Characters: The Aristocats

Duchess

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.
  • Damsel in Distress: When she's locked in the oven with her kittens.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Official Couple: With Thomas O'Malley.
  • Parent with New Paramour: And her kittens don't mind in the least.
  • Proper Lady: Graceful, elegant and poised.
  • 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.
  • Uptown Girl: Cat version.
  • What Beautiful Eyes: And we even get a close up of them as O'Malley's telling her this.

Thomas O'Malley

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

Edgar

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 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.
  • 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?
  • Laughably Evil: Due to his Butt Monkey status.
  • Smug Snake: Edgar becomes this when he thinks he's gotten rid of the cats for good.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Madame Adelaide Bonfamille

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

Georges Hautecort

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

Scat Cat

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

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.
  • 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."

Toulouse, Marie and Berlioz

Left to right: Marie, Toulouse and Berlioz.

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)

  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Marie (white), Berlioz (dark) and Toulouse (orange).
  • Cassandra Truth: Toulouse, who is the only character who suspects Edgar from the beginning.
  • 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 //Distressed Dude: Marie is put through a fair bit of peril throughout the film, and all three kittens end up in trouble alongside their mother near the end.
  • Expy: Marie is inspired from the famous child actress, Shirley Temple.
  • Fiery Redhead: Toulouse has his moments. O'Malley even nicknames him "Tiger."
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critters: 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.
  • 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.
  • Theme Naming: Toulouse and Berlioz. It's even referenced in their respective hobbies— Toulouse is named after 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), but Marie is a very common French name, so who knows?

Roquefort

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

Napoleon and Lafayette

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 Dogs: 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

Left to right: Amelia and Abigail.

Two 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)

  • Comically Missing the Point/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.
  • 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.
  • Single-Minded Twins: Aside from the color of their hats, they are the same character.