Characters: The Rescuers
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Voiced by: Bob Newhart
- Adorkable: He's timid and bumbling in an endearing way. Obviously Bianca fell for him.
- Adventure Duo: With Bianca.
- Almighty Janitor: A bumbling janitor who somehow gets talked into going with her on a rescue mission. He gets considerably more badass in the sequel.
- Badass Adorable: He definitely counts in the second half of RDU, taking matters into his own hands and wrestling a razorback to the ground.
- Beware the Nice Ones/Beware the Silly Ones: A decent and friendly guy, and a bit of a bumbler, but when push comes to shove, he's a force to be reckoned with. Just see RDU, in which he personally wrestles a razorback to the ground and tames it with a Death Glare.
- Cannot Spit It Out: His marriage proposal in RDU. Matters are not helped by Jake cockblocking him constantly.
- Cowardly Lion: He insists he's just a lowly janitor, he stutters and can be a nervous wreck, but if others are depending on him, he's unstoppable.
- Determinator: Bianca even spells it out in Down Under: "He'll never give up."
- Didn't Want an Adventure: He insists they should have taken the train.
- Got Volunteered: In the first movie, Bianca asks to be paired up with him; by coincidence, Bernard is in the room while she and the RAS chairmouse are discussing the dangerous mission at hand.
- I Don't Like the Sound of That Place: A lot in RDU.
- Knight in Sour Armor: Downplayed, he's not cynical at all, he's just overly cautious and doesn't like the idea of adventures or danger.
- Nervous Wreck: He doesn't like the prospect of danger. (When he's actually in danger, on the other hand, he has Nerves of Steel.)
- Nice Hat: His brown cap.
- Nice Mice: Along with Bianca. They are nice enough to risk life and limb for total strangers.
- Non-Action Guy: Subverted beautifully. Shows the usual signs.
- Official Couple: With Bianca.
- Porky Pig Pronunciation: When he's nervous.
- Red Is Heroic: His red sweater.
- Smarter Than You Look: He is actually quite resourceful, classy and Street Smart. Not what you'd expect from a janitor, although Bianca clearly did.
- Thirteen Is Unlucky: Has a natural aversion to the number thirteen throughout the first film.
- Took a Level in Badass: Has some moments, but the big one is at the end of Down Under. Bernard to the rescue!
- Wacky Marriage Proposal: To Bianca in RDU. Outside factors keep ruining it so he has to make several attempts; thus the final one is pretty rushed.Bernard: Miss Bianca, before anything else happens...
Voiced by: Eva Gabor
- Adventure Duo: With Bernard, but she enjoys it much more than he does.
- Dude Magnet: All mice dudes swoon over her.
- Genre Savvy: Knew from the beginning that Bernard would be more helpful than her fellow delegates in rescuing Penny. Also knew he'd save them in the sequel.
- Got the Call on Speed Dial: In Down Under, much to Bernard's dismay.
- Graceful Ladies Like Purple: Her Iconic Outfit with the purple bow.
- Hello, Nurse!: Most notable with the reaction shots of the various diplomats at the beginning of The Rescuers.
- Jumped at the Call: She is a thrill seeker, and she knows it.
- The Lancer: She would be the hero, but she's just not enough of an Action Girl to overshadow Bernard, especially after the latter's sudden badassery in Down Under.
- Light Is Good: She has completely white fur.
- Mama Bear: Is fiercely protective of both kids in both movies; the quote under her picture above is directed at Medusa, who was very cruel to little Penny.
- Meaningful Name: She's a white mouse, and "Bianca" means "white" in Italian.
- Nice Hat: Her purple cap.
- Nice Mice: Bianca is probably one of the kindest mice you could find. The way she genuinely cares about Penny and Cody is rather touching.
- Non-Idle Rich: She's a rich, high-class Hungarian diplomat.. and also a kind and brave adventurer venturing into danger to save human children.
- Official Couple: With Bernard.
- Pigeon Holed Voice Actor: A tad, but Eva Gabor's previous Disney role (Duchess in The Aristocats) was also a white-furred, classy Uptown Girl falling for someone of much lower social status.
- Pinball Protagonist: Unfortunately, her screentime and plot part in Down Under was much less than in the original Rescuers.
- Power of Trust: How she cheers up Penny.
- Pretty in Mink: In Rescuers.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: What does she see in Bernard? His loyalty, resourcefulness, determination, kindness and - deep down - courage. None of which is immediately visible.
- Slapstick Knows No Gender: The crocodiles and Medusa show her no mercy.
- Sleep Cute: She intentionally falls asleep on Bernard's shoulder.
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: She fancies Bernard right from the start and does not waste any time being subtle with her affections, but he's hesitant because she's so much more powerful and important than him. He finally gives in though after they save Penny together. They progress as a couple slowly and mostly off-screen but Bernard finally proposes to her post-climax in DU and she gleefully accepts, making them the Official Couple.
- Uptown Girl: She's a lady of high social standing who falls for a janitor.
Voiced by: Michelle Stacy
- Badass Adorable: She's very brave, especially when she stands up to Medusa's crocodiles.
- Companion Cube: She carries her teddy bear everywhere with her and treats it like her own child. Medusa later holds the bear hostage when she sends Penny into the caves again, telling her she'd better find the diamond or she'll never get the teddy back. It works.
- Damsel out of Distress: She managed to arrange a rescue for herself with a Message in a Bottle. Normally that would be no easy task given how close a watch Medusa keeps over her, but it's implied she sent the bottles out only when Medusa wasn't around.
- Expecting Someone Taller: Penny is surprised, to say the least, that her rescue party is a pair of mice. She was apparently expecting the police.
- Generic Cuteness: Medusa calls Penny "homely" at one point. Even if Medusa wasn't merely saying that to be a jerk (and she was), Penny certainly isn't drawn homely.
- Girlish Pigtails: Short blonde pigtails.
- Girls Love Stuffed Animals: Again, the teddy bear.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Penny has golden-brown hair, and aside from sneaking extra ginger snaps at lunch once, she's completely nice and innocent. (Besides, she snuck those ginger snaps to give to Rufus.)
- Heartwarming Orphan: But she becomes Happily Adopted at the film's end.
- Kid Hero: A Badass Adorable brave little girl.
- Little Miss Badass: Among other things, she saves Bernard and Miss Bianca from drowning in a whirlpool, and stands up to Medusa while held at gunpoint.
- Panty Shot: Twice, but played completely innocently in both cases. First, the alligators rip her panties by accident when catching her for Medusa, and second, she shows off said ripped panties to Bernard and Bianca as a demonstration of how nasty Medusa's alligators can be.
- Parental Abandonment: She's an orphan for most of the film.
- Poke the Poodle: She once took extra ginger snaps at lunch, and to quote, "We're not supposed to do that." She snuck those ginger snaps to give to Rufus. Rufus chuckles that he won't tell anyone.
- Speaks Fluent Animal: Unlike adults who don't appear to be able to understand animals.
Voiced by: Jim Jordan
- Ace Pilot: Well, not 'pilot' exactly, but...
- Butt Monkey: He's a bit clumsy, though he's much less of a Butt Monkey than Wilbur in Down Under.
- Captain Crash: His very first scene is of him making a big crash landing in which he skids across the ground, and telling Bernard and Bianca that it was "one of [his] better landings." This does not help Bernard's anxiety one bit.
- Cool Helmet: His flying helmet.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Based on their personalities, Orville seems responsible while Wilbur is foolish.
- Giant Flyer: Justified because he's an albatross.
- Large Ham: One of the hammiest characters, albeit to a lesser extent than the villains.
- Meaningful Name: It's a Shout-Out to one of the Wright Brothers.
- Put on a Bus: Did not appear in DU due to his voice actor having passed away before recording could begin.
Voiced by: John McIntire
- Brick Joke: Penny doesn't know how to carry a cat. Poor Rufus ends up in a very uncomfortable and undignified posture, both in his flashback and in the TV interview at the end.
- Cats Are Mean: Subverted; he's a true friend to Penny, and he's no threat to Bernard and Bianca.
- Cool Old Guy: An elderly Cool Cat.
- Friend to All Living Things: Prefers talking to mice, not attacking them. Though he implies that he's mellowed with age.
Voiced by: Geraldine Page
- Ax-Crazy: In the climax.
- Bad Boss: To Snoops.
- Big Bad: Of the first film.
- Big "Shut Up!": Medusa seems to be fond of yelling this at Snoops.
- Bitch Alert: The movie lets you know very quickly that you're not supposed to like Madame Medusa.
- Chewing the Scenery: In some dubs even more than in English.
- Cool Boat: Madame Medusa's "swampmobile".
- Drives Like Crazy: Just another trait she borrowed from Cruella.
- Eek, a Mouse!!: She is terrified of Bernard and Bianca, to the point that she actually tries to shoot them.
- Evil Is Hammy: Like most Disney villains, she's hammy as hell.
- Evil Redhead: A ruthless, cruel redhead. She also qualifies as a Fiery Redhead.
- Expy: One early draft of the film cast Cruella de Vil as the villain. Consequently, Madame Medusa bears more than a passing resemblance to her, in both appearance and mannerisms, and drives the same car. Cruella was even considered to return for the movie, but this was ultimately dismissed because Disney was not interested in doing sequels. Interestingly, this was the result of a rivalry between the villainesses' lead animators. When veteran animator Marc Davis drew Cruella the Vil for the Dalmatians movie in 1961, everyone was showering him with praise. His friend and colleague Milt Kahl then promised Davis he'd draw a villain that would blow Davis' Cruella out of the water. Hence, Milt Kahl created Medusa. He so badly wanted her to be perfect he did almost all of the animation on her himself. Also, Kahl based Medusa on his ex-wife.
- Excessive Evil Eyeshadow: Another trait she borrowed from Cruella.
- Faux Affably Evil: Medusa puts on a facade of being sweet and kindly to Penny, apparently in an attempt to make the girl willing to listen to her.
- Fluffy Tamer: She has two pet alligators, Brutus and Nero.
- Gonk: She calls Penny "homely" at one point. In reality, Penny isn't ugly at all, while Medusa herself is hideous.
- Greed: She's greedy, and willing to do anything to get the big diamond.
- I Just Shot Marvin in the Face: She accidentally shoots off Snoops' hair while aiming for the Rescuers.
- Karmic Death: The last we see of her, she is stuck in the swamp with her former pet gators (that she abused) chomping at her, so this trope likely applies.
- Kick the Dog: See the quote above.
- Laughably Evil: A bumbling, over-the-top villain.
- Love Hungry: Madame Medusa lampshades this. Penny might have been willing to accept Medusa as a foster parent if Medusa had not prioritized obtaining the MacGuffin over Penny's safety.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: She's named after Medusa!
- Obviously Evil: See all the Evil Tropes.
- Pretty in Mink : Except she's not pretty at all.
- Reckless Gun Usage: She has a gun, which she shoots several times into Mr. Snoops.
- Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: A rare villainous example.
- Trigger Happy: See Reckless Gun Usage. She even pulls out her gun to try to rid herself of the Rescuers.
- Villainous Breakdown: "There goes my diamond!"
- Weaksauce Weakness: Her fear of mice.
- Would Hurt a Child: Or rather, would drown a child!
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Briefly attempts to pull this on Snoops and Penny.
- You're Insane!: Bianca's assessment of Madame Medusa is as follows:Bianca: She's insane. Utterly mad.
Voiced by: Joe Flynn
- Bald of Evil: Nearly bald, and one of the antagonists.
- Bumbling Sidekick: The typical bumbling minion of a Disney villain.
- Butt Monkey: At the hands of Medusa.
- Cowardly Sidekick: Again, to the much stronger Medusa.
- The Dragon: To Medusa.
- Fat Idiot: Medusa's fat Bumbling Sidekick.
- Gonk: Like his boss, he's very unattractive in a cartoony way.
- Karma Houdini: Well, sort of. He gets away scot free, and gets to laugh at Medusa while doing it. Justified, however, because his evil and criminal acts were more of the 'accomplice' level.
- Minion with an F in Evil: He can't get Penny to cooperate. Which is fortunate, since overhearing his phone call to Medusa lets the mice know just where to go.
- Who's Laughing Now?: The last we see of him in the movie, he manages to escape and upon seeing his former boss getting cornered by crocodiles, he laughs.
- Yes-Man: To Medusa.
Brutus and Nero
Voiced by: Candy Candido
- Amplified Animal Aptitude: When Bernard and Bianca hide in a pipe organ, the two start playing said organ to draw the two out.
- The Dog Bites Back: They turn on and attack Medusa in the end after she starts whipping them.
- Meaningful Name: Brutus was named after the adopted son of Julius Caesar, who in the end betrayed him, and Nero was named after a tyrannical Roman Emperor.
- The Nose Knows: They sniff out Bernard and Bianca thanks to Bianca's perfume. The mice later use this to their advantage to lure Brutus and Nero into a trap.
- Reptiles Are Abhorrent: They're the loyal pets of the Big Bad, so this trope is a given.
- Those Two Bad Guys: Two Evil Minions crocodiles to Medusa.
Voiced by: Adam Ryen
- Badass Adorable: Surprisingly capable for being 8 and manages to get out of a few messes on his own.
- Children Are Innocent: Naturally, see Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold below.
- Crucified Hero Shot: When he jumps off the waterfall.
- Defiant Captive: Isn't the least bit afraid of McLeach, despite the poacher using him for target-practice with thrown knives as interrogation.
- Disappeared Dad: Comments on this when he finds the nest of Marahute's fatherless eggs.
- Fed to the Beast: Almost has this happening to him, but he is saved just in time.
- Free-Range Children: Explores the Australian wilderness on his own, armed with only a pocket knife.
- Friend to All Living Things: And it works both ways: the Outback is not ordinarily safe for children.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Young, adorable, plucky and very much innocent.
- Improbable Age: According to Word of God, he is 8 years old, yet he appears to be 11 or 12 and does things that one usually doesn't expect from kids his age.
- Kid Hero: Thanks to his background, he has a lot more applicable skills than poor Penny, and spends almost as much of his screen time rescuing animals as being rescued by them.
- Speaks Fluent Animal: Unlike adults who don't appear to be able to understand animals.
- Artistic License – Biology: An actual eagle could never grow as large as Marahute. Haast's eagle, the largest species to ever exist was not even half her size.
- Big, Badass Bird of Prey: And a golden one, none the less.
- Cute Giant: Marahute the giant beautiful eagle.
- Cute Mute: The bird doesn't utter a single word where other animals do plenty of talking.
- Determined Widow: McLeach actually already killed her mate.
- Gentle Giant: A loving mother, and a good friend to Cody.
- Giant Flyer: The closest to the trope, being a giant eagle.
- Mama Bear: Towards both her eggs and Cody once she warms up to him.
- Monster Is a Mommy: Has a nest with three eggs.
- Seldom Seen Species: Its closest real-life counterpart is a wedge-tailed eagle◊, which is native to Australia. It's not golden, though.
Voiced by: Tristan Rogers
- The Ace: Suave, confident, clever, brave and badass.
- Always Someone Better: To Bernard.
- Awesome Aussie: In mouse form, none the less.
- Betty and Veronica: The Veronica to Bernard's Betty for Bianca's Archie.
- Butt Monkey: Sort of, especially when Wilbur is around.
- The Charmer: Acts like this around Bianca.
- Determined Defeatist: For all his bravery, he does give up rather easily.
- Embarrassing Rescue: A fan of inflicting these on Bernard.
- Graceful Loser: He accepts it without complaint when Bernard beats him out of the running for Bianca's hand.
- Nice Hat: He wears one.
- Nothing Can Save Us Now: Jake to Bianca, during the climax.
- The Rival: To Bernard.
- Romantic False Lead: No need spoilering it, really.
- Seldom Seen Species: A kangaroo mouse◊. It's hard to tell, there's the possibility he could be a potoroo, bettong, or rat-kangaroo (not to be confused with kangaroo rats). All these species are the marsupial equivalent of rats. And virtually unheard of in media.
Voiced by: John Candy
- Big Brother Instinct: He almost immediately agrees to fly Bernard and Bianca to Australia when they confirm that a child (Cody) is in danger.
- Butt Monkey: Far more so than Orville.
- Children Are Innocent: A firm believer of this, which is what convinces him to go on the rescue mission, despite his former reluctance (it would have required flying through a massive blizzard).
- Giant Flyer: Justified because he's an albatross.
- Large Ham: Like Orville.
- Meaningful Name: Again, just like Orville.
- Nice Guy: The whole reason he goes on the rescue mission is that he can't stand the thought of a small child being harmed.
- Sibling Team: Wilbur is Orville's brother, they apparently run the airline business together.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To Orville due to the death of Orville's voice actor.
- Theme Naming: Like Orville, is named after one of the Wright Brothers.
Percival C. McLeach
Voiced by: George C. Scott
- Ax-Crazy: He clearly enjoys being a violent murderous thug even beyond wanting to make himself rich.
- Bad Boss: Constantly abuses Joanna both physically and verbally.
- Bald of Evil: A variant; McLeach has notable male-pattern baldness.
- Batman Gambit: He played this card on Cody when he realized that psychologically torturing the boy wasn't enough. By pretending that the Eagle had been shot by another hunter and acting upset over it, Cody played right into his hands by leading him to the eagle's nest.
- Big Bad: Of the second film.
- Book Dumb: For someone who barely got through the third grade, he's pretty smart.
- Cool Car: McLeach's half-track.
- Evil Is Hammy:Let's see if we can't refresh that rusty old memory of yours. Is she on SATAN'S RIDGE? Or NIGHTMARE CANYON? What do you think Joanna? Yeah that's it. Right smack dab in the MIDDLE, at CROC FALLS!
- Evil Poacher: There's a picture of him on the trope page, as well as the lyrics to the cheery little ditty he sings. Did we mention he has a scope shotgun? Now there's a guy who loves to see the faces of his victims before he riddles them full of holes...
- Faux Affably Evil: He often acts in a way that is almost charming, but his true, brutish traits always shine through.
- Karmic Disney Villain Death/Inevitable Waterfall
- Knife Nut: McLeach throws, flourishes, or menaces Cody with a variety of large, unpleasant skinning knives. Of course, as a professional poacher he's got to be skilled with such implements, but does he have to enjoy it so much?
- Large Ham: Voiced by George C. Scott!
- Nice Hat: His akubra hat.
- Reckless Gun Usage: For a poacher, he does not handle his rifle properly, the first instance of this being when he uses it (already loaded and cocked) to pull Cody out of a trap.
- Right-Hand Cat: His pet goanna, Joanna.
- Shark Pool: With a river full of crocodiles.
- The Sociopath: Has tell-tale signs of this.
- Villain Song: A rather warped version of "Home on the Range".
- Would Hurt a Child: And how! He interrogates Cody, stopping just short of physical torture, and is even willing to kill him in a brutal manner.
Joanna the Goanna
Voiced by: Frank Welker
- All Animals Are Dogs: She acts more like a pet dog than anything. She begs, she whimpers, she wags her tail, she crawls through doggy doors, and she watches McLeach's catches like a guard dog. She also is as sneaky - and smart about it - as any hound dog.
- Butt Monkey: Much of her screen time consists of her being abused by McLeach both physically and verbally.
- The Dragon: To McLeach, almost literally.
- Karma Houdini: Survives the film and gets off scot-free for her aid in McLeach's poaching operations.
- A Lizard Named Liz: A goanna named Joanna.
- The Millstone: Often bungles up McLeach's plans.
- Seldom Seen Species: She's a monitor lizard (also known as goanna in Australia).