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A pet cat by day. A cat burglar by night.

  • Cats Are Mean: Subverted. You think because he helps in thefts he's mean, but Dino is only antagonistic towards those he doesn't like.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: He's a black cat and yes he's a thief, but Dino does love Zoe and Nico very much.
  • Empathy Pet: To both Zoe and Nico, as he either mimics one's actions (Nico) or comforts them during a stressful situation (Zoe).
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: An interspecies example: With Nico, an adult human male. They share a close bond and respect one another.
  • Papa Wolf: Do not harm a hair on Zoe's head.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: An interspecies example: With Zoe, a female human child. He is as close to her as he is with Nico, as well as being quite protective.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Inverted. Dino is a black cat with red "stripes" and while he may be thief, he's one of the good guys.
  • Uncatty Resemblance: Dino is basically a cat version of Nico. Even their names are identical!

Voiced by: Oriane Zani (French); Lauren Weintraub (English)

A nice, mute girl and daughter of the Police Commissioner.

  • Morality Pet: Zoe becomes one for Nico and Dino, though ironically Dino is her literal pet. They spend the second half of the movie protecting her.
  • Nice Girl: Best proven when she gives back the bracelet Dino gave to her when Jeanne explains that someone else might miss it.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: An interspecies example: With Dino, a male cat. Dino is as close to her as he is with Nico, as well as being quite protective.

Voiced by: Dominique Blanc (French); Marcia Gay Harden (English)

The superintendent of the French police and Zoe's mother.

  • Action Mom: Jeanne is proficient in martial arts, in what seems to be either Wing-Shun or Taichi. This is what Costa found out in the climax.
  • Battle Couple: Implied to have worked closely with her cop husband before Costa murdered him.
  • Broken Bird: Her husband's murder by Costa turned her into one. She gets better.
  • Crusading Widower: Jeanne's main reason for going after Costa is because the latter murdered her husband.
  • Da Chief: The superintendent of the French police.
  • Fair Cop: She's Da Chief and is very attractive.
  • Happily Married: Implied. When Jeanne speaks about her husband, she is obviously still distraught over her husband's murder and describes him as a "good cop".
  • Mama Bear: Unless you want to face an ultimate smack down, it's best that you leave Zoe alone.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: A cop example with Lucas. They have a close relationship with no romantic tension.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She refers to her late husband as a good cop. And after seeing Nico risking his life to protect Zoe, Jeanne starts to like him, and he does to her. By winter time, they're married.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: If her hair was slightly more redder she be an adult version of Zoe.
  • Struggling Single Mother: Jeanne has to deal with a stressful job and dealing with her husband's murder while also trying to raise her daughter who has been mute.

Voiced by: Bruno Salomone (French); Steve Blum (English)

A night burglar and partner of Dino.

  • Anti-Hero: Nico is a night burglar but proves to be more heroic than he lets on.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Nico wears all black during his escapades as a thief, but is a Nice Guy mixed in with Gentleman Thief, adding a good heaping of Friend to All Children.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He may be a thief, but he doesn't hesitate to try to save Zoe when she's in danger. On his thefts, he refuses to directly hurt anyone involved.
  • Friend to All Children: Nico's scenes with Zoe qualifies him as one. Especially when he warns Jeanne to go after Claudine to make sure Zoe is safe.
  • Gentleman Thief: Just look at his rescues of Zoe and the fact he never uses violence in his thefts. The only exception being Costa.
  • Greed: A rare non-lethal example. He's a thief, but isn't anywhere as horrible as Costa.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: An interspecies example: With Dino, a male cat. They share a close bond and respect one another.
  • Hidden Depths: Despite his career as a thief, he clearly has a sense of right and wrong. The biggest portrayal of this is how Nico selflessly helps out Zoe when Costa wants to use her as a hostage.
  • Nice Guy: Look past his thieving crimes and you'll see a likable, heroic guy.
  • Papa Wolf: Nico becomes very protective over Zoe throughout the movie as he helps rescue her from Costa and his goons.
  • Reformed Criminal: The ending apparently implies that he's given up his thieving ways after marrying Jeanne.
  • Second Love: To Jeanne. The end of the movie shows that they are now married.

    Victor Costa
Voiced by: Jean Benguigui (French); JB Blanc (English)

The main antagonist.

  • Acrofatic: Despite his bulk, he's able to keep up with Nico.
  • Bald of Evil: More like "Half-Bald of Evil."
  • Big Bad: He's the main antagonist of the movie, and also murdered Zoe's father.
  • Cop Killer: He murdered Zoe's father and Jeanne's husband, a cop.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: At one point, he angrily told Nico not to bring up his mother.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Costa genuinely seems to treasure his sweetheart, Claudine.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Nico. Both have a history of thefts and are wanted men because of it. However, while Nico draws the line at murder or physically harming anyone, Costa shows no moral qualms of doing either. Also, both are accompanied in their thefts with accomplices, but while Nico genuinely respects and cares for Dino, Costa has no such feelings for his goons, except Claudine.
  • Fat Bastard: A large and cruel man.
  • Giver of Lame Names: He assigns his henchmen demeaning codenames like "Mr. Baby" and "Mr. Potato".
  • Jerkass: He's not a pleasant man.
  • The Napoleon: He's a rather short man, with a short temper to match. It's implied that his obsession with the Colossus of Nairobi reflects some insecurities about his height.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Except for when it comes to the Colossus of Nairobi or Claudine.
  • Unholy Matrimony: Costa is in a relationship with Claudine.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Showed no hesitance over planning to do so to Zoe.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Costa tried to strangle Jeanne.

Voiced by: Bernadette Lafont (French); Anjelica Huston (English)

Zoe's nanny.

  • Evil Redhead: Claudine is really working for Costa.
  • Maid: She was hired to take care of Zoe.
  • The Mole: She feeds information about Jeanne's investigation to Costa.
  • Morality Pet: Costa genuinely seems to care about her the most.
  • Nice Girl: The scene with Zoe and her dead lizards is the prime example. It was actually an act.
  • Unholy Matrimony: Claudine is in a relationship with Costa.
  • Walking Spoiler: Anymore revealings than her name will give away the twist.

Voiced by: Bernard Bouillon (French); Matthew Modine (English)

Jeanne's second-in-command.

  • Butt-Monkey: Goes through a lot of comedic moments that puts him at edge.
  • Number Two: Lucas is in second-in-command, after Jeanne.
  • Perma-Stubble: The man needs a good shaving.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: A cop example with Jeanne. They have a close relationship with no romantic tension.


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