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A list of the Characters of the 1997 Don Bluth movie Anastasia.


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    Anya/Anastasia 
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Voiced by: Kirsten Dunst (young), Meg Ryan (adult); Lacey Chabert (young, singing) and Liz Callaway (adult, singing); Cristina Hernández (young), Mirna Garza (young, singing), Dulce Guerrero (adult) and Thalía (adult, singing) [Latin American Spanish dub]

The heroine of our story. She was living a happy life with her family until 1916, when the revolution started which killed most of her family but her grandmother Dowager Empress Marie Feodorovna Romanova. She managed to escape with the help of a young kitchen boy, but when trying to get on a train with her grandmother she slipped and hit her head on the floor, losing her memories. 10 years later, she is now named Anya and with the help of Dimitri and Vlad, hope to find out more about herself and her family.


  • Action Girl: While she doesn't shoot guns or such, her fiery determination and willingness to get her hands dirty make up for it. Case in point, she's the one to ultimately kill Rasputin.
  • Almost Kiss: Anya and Dimitri do this at least twice. They finally get to kiss for real at the end.
  • Amnesiac Hero: She forgot her early life as a princess after getting knocked out during Rasputin's attack on Russia.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: A ton with Dimitri. They argue and snark with each other at the beginning before gradually warming to one another which leads to them mutually falling in love.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Either with a vicious "The Reason You Suck" Speech or death, you do not want to piss her off.
  • Birds of a Feather: She and Dimitri are both snarky, gutsy, resourceful and outwardly confident orphans with a lot of hidden insecurities, troubled pasts and deep-seated loneliness.
  • Brutal Honesty: Anya doesn't shy away from her opinions on things or people.
  • Character Development: "Paris Holds the Key to Your Heart" is a reflection of this — it ties into Anya leaving a dead world for one vibrant and alive, paralleling her leaving behind an empty, soulless existence for one where she could bloom, grow, and begin a new, happy life.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Downplayed with Dimitri. They weren't friends as children, since she was of royalty and he was a servant, but he did save her and her grandmother from getting captured and his act as a child became a key memory for her later on. They fall in love over the course of the story and eventually elope at the end.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Most of her family were murdered by Rasputin. When trying to escape with her grandmother, Anastasia tripped and hit her head, getting lost and amnesiac. She then spent next years of her life in an orphanage.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Being ready to snark makes her an original character among countless princess stereotypes and it fits her, given her anything but sheltered life.
  • Determinator: Anya's defining trait is her sheer determination and will to be with her family and find where she belongs.
  • Fallen Princess: Goes from being a Grand Duchess and daughter of the Tzar to a penniless, amnesic orphan. Playing with this trope though, all she really wants is to find her family again rather than being bothered by her lost status, and chooses to marry commoner and former servant Dimitri rather than return to being a princess.
  • Fiery Redhead: A spunky redhead.
  • Fingerless Gloves: In the beginning, she wore purple ones, though they're more ragged than the usual example.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: With Dimitri — He used to work as a servant in the Winter Palace when he was a boy, and saved an eight-year-old Grand Duchess Anastasia from being captured in the Revolution. They meet again as adults when "Anya" has Trauma-Induced Amnesia and doesn't remember anything about her childhood, while Dimitri for his part remembers the meeting well but doesn't realize she's Anastasia. Anastasia/Anya later recalls a vague memory of "a boy who worked at the palace" saving her - though she doesn't know it was Dimitri - which tips him off about her true identity. She later regains all her memories properly, although by then Dimitri is devastated because a former kitchen boy could never be good enough for a Grand Duchess.
  • Friend to All Children: Implied. When she leaves the orphanage after reaching the adult age, all of the younger kids bid her a farewell and she's also shown playing with children during "Journey to the Past."
  • Friend to All Living Things: Implied. She was quick to adopt Pooka when they only met.
  • Genki Girl: According to Vladimir, she was quite notorious for her mischief among the palace staff during the Romanov reign. As an adult she's very lively and energetic.
  • Hair Decorations: Whenever she wears something in her hair it will most likely be a bow, usually a blue one.
  • Heroes Love Dogs: She instantly adopts Pooka the first time they meet.
  • Historical Hero Upgrade: In regards to the actual Grand Duchess, the only real upgrade is her surviving the Revolution. Although her parents weren't exactly the best rulers, Anastasia herself was, by all accounts, a perfectly nice young girl, albeit with a bit of a mischievous streak, which is included in the movie's characterization. However, if we view Anya as a highly fictionalized version of Anna Anderson, this trope is in force, as the movie upgrades her from "Anastasia imposter" to "real Anastasia".
  • Identical Grandson: She looks somewhat like a younger version of her grandmother, Marie.
  • Meaningful Name: According to Vladimir, the name "Anastasia" means "she will rise again" or "resurrection".
  • Meaningful Rename: Justified. She went from "Anastasia" to "Anya" because of the amnesia she had and thus couldn't recall her birth name.
  • Mysterious Waif: A rare protagonist example—she's fallen royalty who doesn't remember her past. Being the protagonist, she's more proactive than most versions of this trope.
  • Nice Girl: Kind, caring, brave, fun-loving.
  • Nice Hat: In the beginning, she wore a black Russian cap.
  • Official Couple: With Dimitri. They even elope at the end.
  • Plucky Girl: Given she grew up an orphan in poverty, she is very spirited.
  • Protagonist Title: She's the main character and her birth name is the title of the movie.
  • Rags to Royalty: Anya wakes up as an eight years old with no memory, and spends the next ten years of her life in a rundown orphanage, hoping her Orphan's Plot Trinket means she has a family who loves her somewhere. She takes a chance and follows her one clue to Paris, determined to not rest until she finds out who she really is. This pays off, and she discovers she's actually Her Imperial Highness, the Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia, and has a grandmother who has long been searching for her. Subverted in that she ultimately chooses to live away from the public eye with her non-royal love interest, Dimitri.
  • Rapunzel Hair: When her hair is down, it reaches to her waist.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: The spunky, spirited Energetic Girl to Dimitri's sarcastic, down-to-earth Savvy Guy.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She doesn't start to like Dimitri until after he shows his nice, gentle side.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: The real life Anastasia was not as fortunate as in the movie.
  • Tomboy: Gutsy, practical and isn't afraid to go toe to toe with Dimitri's snark.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She is gutsy, outspoken, not afraid to get her hands dirty and happy to throw down grappling hooks and set gun powder alight when the need calls for it. However she's also thrilled to go dress shopping in Paris and enjoys ballroom dancing.
  • Tsundere: Friendly and kind to almost everyone she meets, with the notable exception of Dimtri who she's endlessly disdainful of. In her defense, Dimitri starts off as kind of an ass.
  • Uptown Girl: She (the long-lost princess of Russia) falls in love with Dimitri (a former kitchen boy turned Con Man, though he does lose the last part by the end). Their suddenly-discovered class difference fuels the final portion of the film.
  • Younger and Hipper: Or to be exact, "younger and more relatable to young audiences." The real Anastasia died at age 17, and if she had lived, would have been in her mid 20s when the film's main action takes place. The film's Anastasia is only 8 when the Revolution occurs and 18 throughout most of the film.
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Allies

    Dimitri 
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Voiced by: John Cusack, Jonathan Dokuchitz (singing), Glenn Walker Harris, Jr. (younger); Enzo Fortuny (young), Mario Castañeda (adult) and Raúl Carballeda (adult, singing) [Latin American Spanish dub]

A young con man and former servant of Tsar Nicholas II who falls for Anastasia.


  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: A ton with Anastasia/Anya. They argue and snark with each other at the beginning before gradually warming to one another which leads to them mutually falling in love.
  • Birds of a Feather: He and Anya are both snarky, gutsy, resourceful and outwardly confident orphans with a lot of hidden insecurities, troubled pasts and deep-seated loneliness.
  • Character Development: Initially, he is sarcastic, cunning and sly, with a hint of an arrogant streak, which often upset Anya. However, as the film progressed, Dimitri matured and developed into a considerate, understanding and kind-hearted young gentleman.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Downplayed with Anastasia/Anya. They weren't friends as children, since she was of royalty and he was a servant. He did save her and her grandmother from getting captured and his act as a child became a key memory for her later on. And they end up eloping at the end.
  • Con Man: He wants to find a near perfect Anastasia phony so he (and Vlad) can get the reward.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: His parents died when he was eight and he worked in the royal castle as a kitchen boy, where he was later attacked during Rasputin's raid. He suffered 10 years under the new Russian regime, and what exactly he went through is never explored but he ended up as a Con Man and far more cynical and selfish than he was as a child.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Its a given, considering the setting and the circumstances and it offers some excellent chances for Snark-to-Snark Combat.
  • Deuteragonist: The second main focus after Anya/Anastasia.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: With Anastasia/Anya — He used to work as a servant in the Winter Palace when he was a boy, and saved an eight-year-old Grand Duchess Anastasia from being captured in the Revolution. They meet again as adults when "Anya" has Trauma-Induced Amnesia and doesn't remember anything about her childhood, while Dimitri for his part remembers the meeting well but doesn't realize she's Anastasia. Anastasia/Anya later recalls a vague memory of "a boy who worked at the palace" saving her - though she doesn't know it was Dimitri - which tips him off about her true identity. She later regains all her memories properly, although by then Dimitri is devastated because a former kitchen boy could never be good enough for a Grand Duchess.
  • Hard Head: He survives a Pistol-Whipping on the temple from a rifle (as a child no less) and quickly recovers from being hit by fallen debris at the end of the film so it's safe to assume his skull is thick.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: He falls in love with the Fiery Redhead, Anya/Anastasia.
  • Insecure Love Interest: After realizing he's in love with Anastasia/Anya, he firmly believes that "princesses don't marry kitchen boys" and decides to walk out of her life forever rather than telling her his feelings.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: At first, Dimitri proves to be an arrogant jerk who only cares for money. However, he's also proven to be brave and selfless when the moment counts, and that was before his Character Development set in to make an even more honorable person.
  • Love Redeems: His interest in receiving the Dowager Empress' money was gradually replaced by a longing for Anya's affection and happiness. His deep romantic feelings for Anya becomes most obvious when he experiences mixed emotions about having to return Anya to her grandmother, because she's the only woman he's ever been truly in love with. So, when he successfully persuaded the Empress Marie to speak to Anya, he departed without accepting his reward money.
  • Official Couple: With Anastasia/Anya. They even elope at the end.
  • Only One Name: The movie never gives us his last or middle name.
  • Pretty Boy: Although the animators tried to downplay this trope with the bump on his nose.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: The sarcastic, down-to-earth Savvy Guy to Anya/Anastasia's spunky, spirited Energetic Girl.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: He gradually stops only looking out for himself and thinking of only money.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Introduced as a selfless kitchen boy who risked his life to help Anastasia and her grandmother escape, as an adult he's become a dishonest, selfish and very bitter conman totally prepared to trick a heartbroken old lady just for her money. Justified as the past ten years in Russia were extremely tumultuous and grim, and there's no knowing what he went through - as a former palace servant he was probably treated harshly.

    Vladimir 
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Voiced by: Kelsey Grammer; Esteban Siller (speaking) and Luis Miguel Marmolejo (singing) [Latin American Spanish dub]

A former nobleman and a friend of Dimitri.


  • Big Fun: Very fat and fun to be around.
  • Cool Old Guy: A former aristocrat that is friendly with Dimitri, good listener and teacher, very friendly and fun.
  • Fat Comic Relief: Often the source of comic relief with him falling over and with his outbursts of emotions.
  • Heavy Voice: Very heavy yet beautiful (sings well) voice.
  • Karma Houdini: Despite being in on the scam with Dimitri, Vladimir suffers no sort of repercussions from his actions nor undergoes any character development to improve his morality like Dimitri.
  • Master Forger: He plans to escort his partner Dmitri and orphan Anya out of Soviet Russia and has already forged their passports, but discovers during the escape that the new government has changed the design from the old czarist blue; the new ones under Stalin are in red. "Everything in red," he laments. Somehow, Vladimir is able to forge completely new passports in less than an hour aboard a moving train that pass a cursory inspection by the Soviet police.
  • Nice Guy: He's a sweet and kind man.
  • Official Couple: His exact relationship with Sophie is unclear, but she's certainly his lover.
  • Parental Substitute: His interactions with Dimitri shows them having a father-son relationship.
  • Shipper on Deck: Becomes this for Dimitri and Anya/Anastasia, and is very direct it. I.e. "You have to tell her."
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: He disappears towards the end of the film and isn't seen again, nor is he brought up by Dimitri.

    Pooka 
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Voiced by: Frank Welker

Anastasia's pet dog.


  • Animal Companion: Becomes this to Anastasia when she leaves to go and find out about her past.
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: Can sense danger and warned Dimitri about Anastasia's sleep walking after failing to fight the spirits sent to hypnotize her. Also he started to bark aggressively the moment he felt the demons presence in the train.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: At any given moment, part of his fur covers either one of his eyes.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: Possesses them as he is a puppy and very persuasive.

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Romanova Royal Family

    Dowager Empress Marie Feodorovna Romanova 
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Voiced by: Angela Lansbury; Beatriz Aguirre [Latin American Spanish dub]

The mother of Nicholas II and Anastasia's grandmother.


  • Broken Bird: Following the brutal execution of her son's family, the massacre of many Romanov members, and the banishment of the surviving Romanov family including herself Marie initially comes off as a rather cold-hearted old woman, although it is later revealed that she is simply sad and heartbroken by the loss of her entire family.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Her son and his family were killed by Rasputin, sans Anastasia. However, the two were separated. The Empress spent years looking for her only granddaughter, only to be met with con artists.
  • Doting Grandparent: She was extremely close to Anastasia and they had a tight bond.
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: The outfits she later wears are usually purple and she is poised and regal.
  • Grande Dame: Was an Empress and very composed.
  • Jade-Colored Glasses: Has grown more cynical since the Revolution and after dealing with several con artists and impostors.
  • Mama Bear: She did everything she could to protect her granddaughter.
  • Nice Girl: Empress Marie is a generally kind and pleasant woman with an automatic regal and presence.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: Sadly outlived most of her grandchildren and her son, Nicholas.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Sophie's Red, she's very calm and composed yet depressed compared to her merrier and livelier cousin.
  • Shipper on Deck: Subtle, but she appears to have become an Anastasia and Dimitri shipper. At the end, when she hears of their elopement, she is nothing but happy for the couple.
  • Took a Level in Cheerfulness: She becomes happier and livelier due to being reunited with her granddaughter.

    Sophie Stanislovskievna Somorkov-Smirnoff 
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Voiced by: Bernadette Peters; Yolanda Vidal (speaking) and Ivette Pérez (singing) [Latin American Spanish dub]

The Dowager Empress' cousin and Vladimir's love interest.


  • Alliterative Name: Sophie Stanislovskievna Somorkov-Smirnoff.
  • Big Beautiful Woman: As pretty and sexy as she is fat. In the words of her lover, she is a "a decadent pastry covered in whipped cream and laughter!"
  • Big Fun: She's very merry and takes the newly arrived Anastasia, Dimitri, and Vlad out on the town.
  • Cute Bruiser: During "Paris Holds the Key", she casually beats up a group of men while still singing.
  • Fat Best Friend: Serves as this to Marie, though she's technically her cousin.
  • Official Couple: Her exact relationship with Vladmir is unclear, but she's certainly his lover.
  • Older Than They Look: She's around the same age Vlad and Marie, but yet she looks young enough where she could be Anastasia's mother (or possibly even one of her sisters).
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Marie's Blue, she's much merrier and spontaneous than her justifiably depressed cousin.

    Czar Nicholas II of Russia 
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Voiced by: Rick Jones

The last Russian Emperor and Anastasia's father.


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Villians

    Rasputin 
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Voiced by: Christopher Lloyd, Jim Cummings (singing); Germán Robles (speaking) and Francisco López (singing) [Latin American Spanish dub]

The main antagonist of the film; an evil warlock.


  • Adapted Out: He is omitted from the stage musical, due to the show's more realistic story (he's essentially replaced by a new antagonist, Gleb). His Villain Song, In the Dark of the Night, was cut out as well, although its melody was reworked into the song "Stay, I Pray You".
  • Big Bad: By seeking vengeance, he has brought ruin to Anastasia's family, causing turmoil for her and also seeks to kill her.
  • Body Horror: He's all rotten and has to stick his body parts back on whenever they fall off/out.
  • Composite Character: Rasputin the Mad Monk by way of Koschei the Deathless.
  • Deal with the Devil: He got his powers by giving up his Soul to dark forces. Foreign translations outright say it was the devil.
  • Dragged Off to Hell: When Anastasia stomps his reliquary, the tie-in picture book explicitly states this is what happened to him.
  • The Dreaded: Potential party-poopers can only aspire to achieving his effect of ruining the festive mood with his uninvited and undesired appearance at the ball. Everyone hastily steps back with even glasses falling from their hands as his looks prove the various rumours about this man's dealing with the demonic element.
  • Evil Is Petty: You turn to drive the (self-proclaimed) great Rasputin away?! He in turn will banish you from the world of the living by casting a curse on your whole family including the innocent children, for which he sold his own soul to Satan, that will end with everyone dead. If there are any survivors he'll make it his un-life's mission to exterminate the last Romanov, even if that means that he will pass over into hell once he succeeds.
  • Gonk: Even before he became a rotting corpse, the guy was as ugly as sin. Then again, when he was seen for a blink and you miss it moment, before he became in body and soul a property of the Dark Forces, he looked more plain.
  • Green and Mean: Rasputin has a green color scheme (mostly related to his skin and magic) and is the Big Bad of the story.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Not one to accept disagreements or criticism he flies off the handle if things don't go his way. Which as an undead means that his body parts end up flying around as well.
  • Historical Villain Upgrade: Hilariously and spectacularly dead before the revolution, IRL. Also, he was probably not an undead sorcerer who cursed the Romanov family with revolution IRL.
  • No Social Skills: He probably charmed his way into Nicholas good graces once with his vast knowledge given that he is definitely not otherwise a people person. Even in Limbo he reacted to a perceived intruder to his hermitage by shouting and kicking a wall made out of bones while demanding that they get out.
  • Not Quite Dead: Due to his curse, he's stuck in Limbo, decomposing and falling apart, but unable to die.
  • Not Using the "Z" Word: He has almost all the traits of a classic lich, including the Soul Jar, but he's never called one.
  • Obviously Evil: Rasputin had a gruesome, unkempt appearance and vicious conduct well before he became undead. A natural since he only cared for studying the occult arts and never for looks or social grace.
  • Our Liches Are Different: Unlike most liches, Rasputin wasn't actually trying to become immortal. He just became immortal upon receiving his reliquary. Speaking of which, that particular phylactery doesn't actually contain his soul. It's a substitute for one!
  • Pulling Themselves Together: As said in body horror, has to stick his bits back on whenever they fall off.
  • Sickly Green Glow: His reliquary has this; his demonic minions manifest as tiny, anthropomorphic bats that glow green as well.
  • Soul Jar: His Reliquary. It gives him power, but if he breaks it, he dies right away.
  • Stripped to the Bone: Part of his Dark Pact involves being flayed alive. The moment he grabs the Reliquary and seals the contract with the Forces of Evil he regains his body, but now it belongs to someone else. When his Reliquary is destroyed, they melt, leaving him as a skeleton again...which then crumbles to dust.
  • Villain Song: In the Dark of the Night is his personal monologue about how evil he is (" the nightmare was ME!) and how overjoyed he is to finally fulfill his grudge.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He didn't hold back on killing the female members of the royal family.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He had no qualms over trying to kill Child!Anastasia or causing the deaths of the other children of the Romanov family.

    Bartok 
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Voiced by: Hank Azaria; Javier Rivero [Latin American Spanish dub]

Rasputin's familiar, a talking, albino vampire bat.


  • Adapted Out: Along with Rasputin, he was completely removed from the musical adaptation.
  • Anti-Villain: If it weren't for the fact that he was a sidekick to an evil sorcerer, Bartok wouldn't even qualify as a villain. In fact, he doesn't even do much of anything other than tag along with Rasputin and make wisecracks. He does at one point state that he'd karate Anastasia himself if he was bigger, but being stuck in limbo, nothing comes of this. He even abandons Rasputin in the end once he realizes how off the rocker his old master became.
  • Breakout Character: He's one of the film's more popular characters and even had his own movie.
  • Deadpan Snarker: A Servile Snarker to be precise. He acts like he's babysitting Rasputin and like a true emotion coach urges him to forget Anja and get a life. He also treats the whole demon thing with a remarkable amount of apathy.
  • The Ditz: Somehow he missed the whole memo of Rasputin selling his soul to the devil because of his obsesssion with revenge and thinks that he can just being talked into changing his mind. Or the memo about the reliquary being the only thing that keeps him away from hell and he even comes close to unwittingly killing Rasputin by casually tossing it.
  • Dub Name Change: He is renamed to "Bartek" in the Hungarian dub, to avoid any association with Hungarian composer Béla Bartók.
  • Evil Albino: Subverted. He plays an antagonistic role, but he only qualifies as "evil" by technicality.
  • Familiar: He's a little animal creature that accompanies Rasputin.
  • Gratuitous Animal Sidekick: To Rasputin. He contributes nothing to the film other than comic relief.
  • Kick the Dog: The only legitimately evil action he commits in the movie is at the start of the movie, where he sees child Anastasia fleeing to safety from murderous insurgents and immediately alerts Rasputin to this so that he can kill her personally. Of course, this ends up backfiring horribly, since it leads directly to the end of Rasputin's mortal life, not that he could have seen that coming.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: As a bad guy, he sucks. He is arguably responsible for inadvertently getting his master stuck in limbo, and accidentally almost kills him at one point.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: He may not always like it, but Bartok will still help Rasputin commit evil by the virtue of Rasputin being his master, whom he is loyal to (although he has his limits.)
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: He alerts Rasputin to Child!Anastasia escaping, leading to Rasputin trying to kill her, which leads to Rasputin getting knocked through the ice and getting stuck in limbo as a zombie. Whoops.
  • Non-Action Guy: He doesn't really do anything plot-relevant except for holding on to Rasputin's reliquary and serve as comic relief.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Bartok is clearly only with Rasputin because of a familiar-friendship thing. He even urges the lich to "forget the girl and get a life!".
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Bartok abandons Rasputin during the climax.
    "You're on your own, sir! This can only end in tears!"
  • Vile Villain, Laughable Lackey: Far less evil and more comical than his master.

Alternative Title(s): Bartok The Magnificent

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