Characters / The Aristocats

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    Duchess 
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A wealthy and high-class cat belonging to Madame Adelaide Bonfamille, the wealthy single mother of three little kittens. When she's made to be an inheritor in her owner's will, the family butler kidnaps her and her children and abandons them in the countryside. With the help of a handsome tomcat named Thomas O'Malley, she and her family start to make her way home.

Voiced by: Eva Gabor

  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Duchess points out several times to her children that they are better than alley cats, but seems to have no problem with romancing Thomas. Then again, he was being very charismatic.
  • Cat Stereotype: She is a white cat, and therefore elegant and high class.
  • Cool Cat: Of the Proper Lady variety. She also is a connoisseur of music and presumably teaches her kittens to sing and play piano.
  • Damsel in Distress: When she's locked in the oven with her kittens.
  • Dub Name Change: Duchess's name was changed to Hercegnő (Princess) in the Hungarian dub.
  • Glamorous Single Mother: Naturally, she doesn't stay single.
  • Glurge Addict: Though even Thomas admits his praise of Duchess is incredibly cheesy, she loves it.
  • Good Parents: She loves her children dearly and wishes nothing but the best for them. Even when she wakes up in an unfamiliar place, her first instinct is to locate the kittens.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: She falls in love with Thomas (an orange cat).
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Much like Madame, she doesn't believe Edgar would hurt her and her kittens until he puts them in a bag.
  • Light Is Good: Duchess is a white cat and is one of the good guys.
  • Nice Girl: She is kind and friendly to everyone.
  • Official Couple: With Thomas O'Malley.
  • Proper Lady: Graceful, elegant and poised. She is a regal, wealthy cat of refinement and good manners, but takes her adventures well and stays level-headed.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: She performs a variant of this trope concerning her and Thomas' relationship—she vehemently assures the Gobble sisters that she and Thomas aren't married, accidentally offending him by belittling their relationship.
  • Undying Loyalty: The reason she didn't take p Thomas's offer of leaving with him along with the kids was because she couldn't leave Madame alone.
  • Uptown Girl: She (a pet of an aristocrat) fell in love with Thomas (a street cat).
  • What Beautiful Eyes!: And we even get a close up of them as O'Malley's telling her this.

    Thomas O'Malley 
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A shiftless and tough alley cat who has no ties to anyone. He comes upon the Duchess and her kittens while they're lost in the countryside. He takes it upon himself to help the family get home, coming to care about them more deeply as time goes on.

Voiced by: Phil Harris

    Toulouse, Marie and Berlioz 
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Left to right: Berlioz, Marie, and Toulouse.

The Duchess' kittens, a trio of children who, like their mother, are kidnapped and abandoned by Edgar when they're made the inheritors of their owner's will. While generally all well-behaved, they all have the makings of adorable troublemakers, particularly the boys of the three.

Voiced by: Gary Dubin (Toulouse), Liz English (Marie) and Dean Clark (Berlioz)

  • Adaptational Badass:
    • In the "Disney Marie" book by Kitty Richards made in 2007. Marie actually looks very threatening when she successfully scares off a stray kitten from eating Roquefort Jr alive.
    • The same can be said for the Japan and Brazil only manga "Miriya & Marie" where Marie serves as a Mentor to Miriya (A character exclusive to the manga) and does more stuff that you would never imagine when it's a spin-off to the original film.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Outside the film, if you find any Disney merchandise featuring Marie or sometimes with her brothers. She is always seen looking very sweet,friendly, and acting cute. While Marie was like this in the film, you hardly see Disney showing any merchandise or modern pictures of Marie where she's annoyed or acting spoiled with the exception of showing Marie's sassy side.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Marie is easily impressed by O'Malley's flirty Casanova attitude. Justified because she's a child and innocently thinks he is so romantic. But then there's this dialogue:
    Abigail: (about O'Malley) Obviously a philanderer who trifles with unsuspecting women's hearts.
    Marie: How romantic!
  • Anthropomorphic Shift: In the cancelled tv series, the kittens were going to be teenagers judging by the concept art. The kittens were going to look more cartoonist and had the ability to walk in two feet..
  • Attention Whore: Out of all of Duchess kittens, Marie loves getting her mothers attention much to the annoyance of Toulouse and Berlioz. She even calls her mother when never Berlioz or Toulouse start messing with her or when they do something very mischievous.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: In the 2007 book "Disney Marie" written and illustrated by Kitty Richards. Marie actually looks threatening when she see's a stray mean kitten attempting to have Roquefort as his lunch. She starts out by politely asking him to let him go, but quickly turns from sweet to scaring the stray cat off.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Marie (white), Berlioz (dark) and Toulouse (orange).
  • British Accents: Due to Marie being voiced by a young Louise English (who would later become one of the Hill Angels in the The Benny Hill Show). Marie is given a British/mid-atlantic accent as result
  • Butt Monkey: Marie, to an extent. She runs into trouble more than everyone else (like falling from a truck and later falling into a river) and sometimes gets teased by her brothers.
  • Cassandra Truth: Toulouse, who is the only character who suspects Edgar from the beginning.
  • Catch Phrase: "Mama" or "Mama Mama" for Marie mostly when she's around Duchess.
  • Color-Coded Characters: They each have the same color fur as the adult cats they most take after (Toulouse and O'Malley, Marie and Duchess, Berlioz and Scat Cat.)
  • Cute Kitten: All three of them of course. Particularly Marie, who's been seen on quite a bit of merchandise in recent years.
  • Damsel in Distress: Marie is put through a fair bit of peril throughout the film.
  • Distressed Dude: All three kittens end up in trouble alongside their mother near the end.
  • Evil-Detecting Baby: Toulouse is an Evil Detecting Kitten towards Edgar.
  • Expy: Marie is inspired from the famous child actress, Shirley Temple.
  • Fat Cat: Believe it or not, Marie started out as a chubby aristocratic kitten seen in one of the earliest character designs for the film. She even was given dimples around her face which isn't present in her final design for the film.
  • Fiery Redhead: Toulouse has his moments. O'Malley even nicknames him "Tiger."
  • Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak: Marie is a self-proclaimed "lady", she acts prissy, loves romance and tries to mimic the elegance of her mother. But she still does enjoy the occasional tumble with her male siblings.
    Duchess: Marie, you must stop that. This is really not ladylike.
  • Hair Decorations: The fur at the top of Marie's head is held up by a tiny pink bow that matches her neck ribbon.
  • The Kids Are American: None of them have a French accent. Then again, neither does their mother.
  • Knew It All Along: Toulouse suspects that Edgar is behind their kidnapping, and is proven right when Edgar traps them and tries to ship them to Timbuktu.
  • The Load: They can be seen this way - none of them really do anything useful for the story, aside from Marie occasionally providing a chance for the initially reluctant O'Malley to play the Papa Wolf.
  • Mythology Gag: O'Malley refers to Toulouse as "Tiger". While he calls him that because of his orange colored fur it's also a reference to Toulouse's original character design where he resembled a tiger cub.
  • Parent with New Paramour: And her kittens don't mind in the least, wanting their mother to get together with Thomas.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Marie is very feminine (at least, she tries hard to be ladylike), and has a small pink bow on her head that matches her neck ribbon.
  • Pride: Marie most of the time, mainly when she tries getting her mothers attention and tries to act last like much to the annoyance of her brothers.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: A trio of cute kittens.
  • Shipper on Deck: For Duchess and O'Malley, not necessarily because they're a fan of the romance (at least in the case of Toulouse and Berlioz) but because they want O'Malley as a father. Marie is the most notable of the kittens that really want the two to get together.
  • Spoiled Brat: Marie acts like one sometimes.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Marie, Marie and Marie in Asia. As mentioned in Germans Love David Hasselhoff, you're unlikely to find merchandise of any of the characters except Marie in Asia. Averted, at least, in the U.S. during the 1990's. It was Scat Cat who represented the film during a McDonald's toy promotion, while a Special Edition VHS came with a plush of Thomas O'Malley. Marie would later start becoming the solo representation of the film in U.S. starting as early as 1997 and she was even included as a cameo in Flubber starring Robin Williams and two books both starring her such as "Disney Marie! by Kitty Richards where she and Roquefort Jr are visiting various places in Paris to a musical CD which also came with a Purse book called "A Is For Adorable" where the books theme from the CD is talking about how perfect and cute Marie is.
  • Theme Naming: Toulouse and Berlioz. It's even referenced in their respective hobbies— Toulouse is named after Henri De Toulouse-Lautrec, and is seen paw-painting, while Berlioz is named after Hector Berlioz, and is shown playing his scales and arpeggios on the piano. As for Marie, she might be named after Marie Antoinette (she is, after all, a little princess) even during the early concept art for the kittens gave Marie a full name which has contained "Marie Antoinette".

Allies

    Scat Cat 
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The leader of a gang of swinging alley cats and a friend of Thomas O'Malley, who meets the Duchess and her kittens while the alley cat is taking them back home.

Voiced by: Scatman Crothers

    Scat Cat's Gang 
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Left to right: Billy Boss, Hit Cat, Shun Gon and Peppo.

A group of alley cat musicians who play jazz with Scat Cat. They help rescue Duchess, O'Malley and the kittens at the climax of the film.

Voiced by: Lord Tim Hudson (Hit Cat), Paul Winchell (Shun Gon), Thurl Ravenscroft (Billy Boss) and Vito Scotti (Peppo)

  • Adaptation Name Change: If you accept the names given at Wikipedia and The Disney Wiki (which are used here) as official, all the alley cats have different names in the Spin-Off comic O'Malley and the Alley Cats (Hit Cat becomes Cyril, Shun Gon becomes Chino, Billy Boss becomes Boris and Peppo becomes Luigi).
  • Anachronism Stew: Hit Cat is a late 60s hippie—in 1910.
  • Captain Ethnic: Their personalities are largely defined by the ensuing National Stereotypes.
  • Cats Are Mean: Along with their leader, the alley cats taunt Roquefort while preparing to eat him—until he tells them that O'Malley, Duchess and the kittens are in danger. They immediately rush to the rescue, allowing Roquefort to lead them.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: All of them count; they're introduced as O'Malley's friends, only to turn into Big Damn Heroes by the climax.
  • Cool Shades: Hit Cat wears them.
  • Hot Blooded Sideburns: Peppo has them.
  • Multinational Team: Hit Cat is British, Shun Gon is Chinese, Billy Boss is Russian and Peppo is Italian.
  • Nice Hat: Peppo wears one.
  • True Companions: To each other, to Scat Cat, to O'Malley, and eventually to Duchess and the kittens. O'Malley lampshades this: "They're kinda rough around the edges, but if you're ever in a jam, wham! They're right there."

    Roquefort 
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A small mouse that knows the Duchess and her kittens from their time at home; once the kittens go missing he does what he can to find them, before also becoming involved in stopping Edgar from getting rid of the cats completely.

Voiced by: Sterling Holloway

    Frou-Frou 
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Madame Bonfamille's horse and friend of Roquefort and the cats. Edgar takes care of her and confides his guilt to her assuming she can keep a secret.

Voiced by: Nancy Kulp

  • Chekhov's Gunman: Like Roquefort, she wasn't particularly useful throughout the movie...until the climax.
  • Cool Horse: She helps the heroes to defeat Edgar at the end.
  • Pink Means Feminine: In her first scene she wears a pink hat with flowers in it.

    Napoleon and Lafayette 
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Left to right: Lafayette and Napoleon.

Two redneck dogs that get into antics throughout the film, particularly causing trouble for Edgar.

Voiced by: Pat Buttram (Napoleon) and George Lindsay (Lafayette)

  • Catch Phrase: "I'M the leader, I'LL decide _____" is Napoleon's - followed immediately by a Gilligan Cut.
  • Dogs Are Dumb: Downplayed with Lafayette who is the dumber of the two but sometimes proves to be smarter than Napoleon, despite Napoleon staunchly insisting that he is the leader of the farm dogs.
  • Fat and Skinny: Lafayette is the fat one and Napoleon is the skinny one.
  • Large Ham: Lafayette mostly, though both of them have their moments.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Napoleon is the Blue, Lafayette is the Red.
  • Straight Man: Napoleon, being the most serious of the two.
  • Super Senses: Napoleon, with sound rather than smell, surprisingly.
  • That's All, Folks!: At the end of the film. Napoleon is hit in the head by the words: THE END.
  • Theme Naming: Named for Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte and General Gilbert Lafayette.
  • Those Two Guys: Always appear together and have little impact on the outcome of the plot—they don't even meet the Duchess and her kittens.

    Amelia and Abigail Gobble 
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Left to right: Amelia and Abigail.

Two English geese sisters who stumble upon O'Malley in the river and mistakenly assume he's trying to learn to swim.

Voiced by: Carole Shelley (Amelia) and Monica Evans (Abigail)

  • Gossipy Hens: They're quick to whisper between themselves over how "scandalous" it is for O'Malley to be traveling with Duchess and not be married to her.
  • Nice Hat: Abigail wears a blue bonnet, Amelia wears a pink bonnet.
  • Oh Crap!: When they realize O'Malley genuinely can't swim and is about to drown, they stop giggling and dive under to save him.
  • Sarcasm-Blind: When O'Malley calls them "chicks," they insist that they're geese. When he then sarcastically says he thought they were swans, they reply that he's a flatterer.
  • Single-Minded Twins: Aside from the color of their hats, they are the same character.
  • Theme Twin Naming: Amelia and Abigail.

    Uncle Waldo 
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Amelia and Abigail's uncle who meet up with his nieces, O'Malley, Duchess and the kittens after being thrown out from a restaurant.

Voiced by: Bill Thompson

  • The Alcoholic: Implied, he stated he was basted with wine when being served at the restaurant. O'Malley's somewhat aware of his drunken state.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Even more than his nieces. Justified because he always appears to be drunk.
  • Cool Uncle: He gets along with Amelia and Abigail.
  • Nice Hat: Wears a worn out top hat.

Humans

Allies

    Madame Adelaide Bonfamille 
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An old rich woman who, although single, pours all her love into her pet cats. She makes plans to have them be the inheritors of her fortune, unintentionally sparking the resentment of her butler, Edgar.

Voiced by: Hermione Baddeley

  • Cool Old Lady: A Cool Old Proper Lady.
  • Crazy Cat Lady: She makes her cats inherit all of her fortune, and in the end of the movie she adopts the stray cats of Paris. Both actions question her mental state. Nevertheless, they are shown as good things in the movie.
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: The purple dress she wears when she meets with George, complete with a pink feather boa.
  • Grandma, What Massive Hotness You Have: She aged rather well. George certainly finds her attractive.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: She never once suspects Edgar. However - unlike the audience - she had no idea that Edgar was eavesdropping her conversation with Georges. Also being a Kindhearted Cat Lover, she always believed that Edgar wants the best for both her and her cats and couldn't imagine that he could do something like that. Still she could find a little bit suspicious that her butler doesn't seem to worry about their loss as much as she did.
  • Kind Hearted Cat Lover: Which she takes too far, at least if you ask Edgar.
  • Meaningful Name: Her surname means "good family" in French.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Arguably. Her putting the cats first in her will is the drive behind Edgar's decision to get rid of them, effectively kicking off the entire plot.

    Georges Hautecort 
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Madame Adelaide Bonfamille's eccentric lawyer, who maintains a young and fun-loving attitude despite his staggeringly old age. He helps his client draw up the will to leave her inheritance to her cats.

Voiced by: Charles Lane

Antagonists

    Edgar Balthazar 
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A long-serving butler of Madame Adelaide Bonfamille. After hearing that his employer was planning to leave her inheritance to her cats instead of him, he plots to kidnap the cats and leave them out in the countryside. He creates the plot of the film and remains the central antagonist.

Voiced by: Roddy Maude-Roxby

  • Anti-Villain: Edgar is one of the few Disney Villains who is not exactly pure evil; while he is greedy, he does not seem to be cruel. It would have been easy for him to just kill Duchess and her kittens, but instead, he chose to kidnap them and release them into the wildó-and when that didn't work, he decides to send them to Timbuktu. Moreover, he's shown to have more redeeming features and is never willing to kill anyone.
  • Big Bad: Edgar still counts even if he is an Anti-Villain, being the main (and only) antagonist.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: Although it's implied he doesn't have what it takes to actually kill the cats (and even if he did, he wouldn't have tried because he thought that Cats Have Nine Lives).
  • The Butler Did It: Although it isn't really much of a secret to the audience.
  • Butt Monkey: Napoleon and Lafayette's primary purpose in the film seems to be assaulting him.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: He turns to villainy over his own impatience.
    "Each cat will live about 12 years, I can't wait that long."
  • Freudian Excuse: Edgar served Madame Bonfamille faithfully and loyally all his life, and she put the cats first to inherit her fortune.
  • Gold Digger: A non-romantic example.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard:
    • Quite literally at one point. It leads to him getting locked in his own chest and mailed to Timbuktu.
    • The whole film is this for him. His failed attempts to get rid of the cats when taking care of them meant he was still part of the inheritance backfire and gets him cut from Madame Adelaide's will after he is sent to Timbuktu (she thinks he just got up and quit without knowing about the will).
  • Humiliation Conga: The climax and a whole bunch of other scenes with his attempts to get rid of the cats leads to him getting bitten, chewed up, and spat out, and it eventually leads to him getting stuffed in a trunk set for Timbuktu, which leads to him losing any claim to Adelaide's fortune when she thinks he departed her service on his own volition.
  • Idiot Ball: For starters, there's the fact that, if the Madame dies, him being the caretaker of the cats would mean he gets her fortune anyway.
  • Illegal Guardian: Not originally, but becomes this once Madame Bonfamille's fortune is mentioned.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Easily one of the most pathetic Disney villains.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Some fans don't blame Edgar for trying to get rid of the cats (not killing them) - come on now! You have to wait until some cats die before inheriting a fortune?
  • Large Ham: While not to the level of hamminess such as the Queen Of Hearts,Cruella Deville, and Ursula. He does have moments like this mainly when he's alone.
  • Laughably Evil: Due to his Butt Monkey status.
  • Literal-Minded: Edgar does believe Cats Have Nine Lives.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: When Edgar discovers the cats have returned home. He actually attempts to murder them such as attempting to suffocate them by stuffing them in a bag and locking them into a locked chess to burning them alive inside an oven.
  • Smug Snake: Edgar becomes this when he thinks he's gotten rid of the cats for good.
  • Tranquil Fury: When he discovers that Duchess,Marie,Toulouse, and Berlioz have somehow found there way back home. He acts nice with the cats but is also pretty angry since he acts passive-agressive with them and doesn't show how he really feels about them until he trapped them inside he bag. Especially when he realizes that his previous plan of getting ride of the cats is by spiking the milk they drink and driving all of them far away from their home.
  • Tempting Fate: "You're going to Timbuktu if it's the last thing I do!" Guess who ends up going there instead!
  • Stupid Evil: If Edgar just had enough sense to realize that at the very least Duchess has prepared a guaranteed job for him after her death taking care of the cats before he inherits everything, the whole plot would not have happened.
  • The Villain Makes the Plot: Without Edgar, absolutely nothing would have happened.
  • Villainous Breakdown: While not the typical type in Disney Villain fashion. When Edgar discovers that the cats have somehow found there way back home. He acts nice around them until he decides to stuff all of them inside a bag and puts them into an oven showing Edgar's true feeling with them. And when that isn't enough, he even tries to suffocate them by stuffing them inside a locked chest while they are still inside the bag.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Edgar shows no sign of regret when he later attempts to burn the kittens alive inside an oven and tries to suffocate them when he stuff all of them into a locked chest.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: He does seem like a fairly decent guy near the beginning, despite his bumbling nature. Is it really so hard to feel bad for him when he learns that he'll likely never see a penny of his mistress's fortune because the cats inherit it first? Granted, he becomes a lot less decent as the film goes on, but still.

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