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Voiced by: John Travolta; Richard Anconina (European French Dub)

The main and titular protagonist.

Voiced by: Susie Essman; Marie Vincent (European French Dub)

A stray cat who Bolt befriends on his journey to find Penny.

  • Balloon Belly: She gains one after having Bolt beg for food from the people in the RVs. She loved every minute of it, and also lampshades it.
  • Butt-Monkey: (See Slapstick Knows No Gender Below) She was prone with being thrown into slapstick jokes or situations with Bolt and/or Rhino.
  • Broken Bird: She's been traumatized by her Dark and Troubled Past, and it's made her bitter and cynical.
  • Cats Are Mean: Subverted. Initially, she kicks around the pigeons and makes them bring her food, but during her journey with Bolt and Rhino, she softens up and grows a heart.
  • Cats Are Snarkers: Responds to Bolt's superhero delusions, among other things, with much sarcasm. She's the page picture for a reason.
  • Cat Stereotype: She's black and white, so she's snarky and becomes unlucky.
  • Con Man: Since she's been declawed, she can't hunt. But she likes to threaten people with her claws that don't actually exist. Before she met Bolt, she survived by extorting food from pigeons in this way, by making empty threats to the pigeons of, "bring me food or I eat you."
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Her owners suddenly packed up and moved away one day, leaving her, a declawed cat, to fend for herself. She wonders what she could have possibly "done wrong" to cause them to abandon her.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Replies to nearly everything with snark.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Cold and selfish, but ends up warming up to Bolt. Eventually.
  • Female Feline, Male Mutt: She forms this dynamic with herself as the female cat and Bolt as the male dog.
  • Freudian Excuse: The reason she's a jerk who runs a protection racket against pigeons for a living, is because her owners abandoned her.
  • From Stray to Pet: At the end of the film, she's taken in by Penny. Though she seems to be more for Penny's mother than Penny herself.
  • Interspecies Friendship: She eventually becomes friends with Bolt (a dog) and Rhino (a hamster).
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: She uses snark to mask her depression about being abandoned by her family.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's not very nice, but underneath it all she's just desperate and lonely.
  • Lean and Mean: Was very skinny due to not having means of food as a stray, though the "mean" part is averted later in the movie.
  • Messy Hair: She has messy fur because she's a stray.
  • The Not-Love Interest: Though they're never romantically involved, her plot arc with Bolt has a lot of the hallmarks of a romantic subplot, complete with a pseudo-Falling-in-Love Montage. By the end, they're basically Platonic Life-Partners.
  • Only Sane Woman: Amongst herself, Bolt, and Rhino, she's the only one who knows that Bolt's TV show isn't real. When Rhino mentions seeing Bolt perform amazing feats on the "magic box", she immediately pieces together that he's a TV star.
  • A Pet into the Wild: Mittens was a pet cat until her owners abandoned her.
  • The Pigpen: Is rather dirty and scruffy-looking due to her status as a stray. However, in the ending scene, her fur is much neater and has a softer look, implying Penny or her mother cleaned her up.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: Ends up being this with Bolt.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: Somewhat Downplayed, but occasional mild injuries, and Bolt's abuse of her when he thinks she's an agent of Dr. Calico and these are Played for Laughs.
  • Talking Animal: Like every other animal character in the movie, she's one of the "can talk to other animals but not to people" variety.

Voiced by: Mark Walton; Gilles Lellouche (European French Dub)

A hamster that meets Bolt and Mittens.

Voiced by: Miley Cyrus, Chloë Grace Moretz (young); Camille Donda (European French Dub)

Bolt's beloved owner.

  • Action Girl: It is implied that she does all of her own stunts, and in the video game adaptation, is playable alongside Bolt himself, fighting Dr. Calico's goons with a device referred to in-game as a wheelbar. If the game, which has the premise of being Rhino watching the Bolt TV show, is considered canon to the events of the film, and if Penny really does do everything she's seen doing in the show, that would make her very capable.
  • Badass Adorable: She is a very cute girl. Not so much a badass, but she plays one on TV.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Her short brown hair matches her brown eyes.
  • The Cutie: Just look at her!
  • Disappeared Dad: Off-stage, her father is neither seen nor mentioned.
  • Damsel in Distress: Plays one in the Show Within a Show, then becomes one for real at the climax of the movie.
  • Guilt-Ridden Accomplice: Penny loves Bolt and wants to treat him like a normal dog, but begrudgingly goes along with the show's wishes to keep him isolated from the real world. She is completely shattered when this results in his disappearance, and feels bad about having to work with his replacement.
  • Heroes Love Dogs: Isn't this kind of obvious?
  • Missing Mom: Her TV show counterpart has no mother. However, it is averted when she has a real mother.
  • Nice Girl: See?
  • Protectorate: To Bolt.
  • Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: After the studio fire, Penny quits the Show Within a Show.
  • Red Is Heroic: Though her hair's more of a brownish red, she still wears a red shirt, and is a hero.
  • Tights Under Shorts: Wears tights under her shorts.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: She's pretty smart.

    The Agent 
Voiced by Greg German

Penny's Studio Agent.

  • Hate Sink: He is so annoying and unsympathetic towards Penny and Bolt that you wish you could just hurt him so bad.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: When Penny and Bolt almost died in the fire, he had no empathy towards them.
  • Lack of Empathy: He didn't care how much Penny missed Bolt, just how much he was getting paid.


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