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    Roddy 

Roddy

Voiced by: Hugh Jackman

  • Accidental Pervert: He has two moments with Rita.
    • The first is when he tries to reach into her pocket to get a paperclip but ends up grabbing something else.
    Rita: There's a paperclip in my back pocket. See if you can get it. *shrieks* In the pocket! The pocket!
    • The other is when Roddy is forced to grab onto Rita's pants when they're zip-lining over the city and accidentally sees a bit too much.
    Roddy: There's so many things I want to do, sights I want to see!
    (Rita's pants fall slightly)
    Roddy: ...that wasn't on the list.
  • Action Survivor: Living with an upper class family has left Roddy with little to no experience with taking care of himself and isn't as action oriented as Rita. However, he eventually starts to learn how to pull his own weight and becomes more capable by the end of the film. It's ironic seeing how he's voiced by Hugh Jackman.
  • Adrenaline Makeover: He becomes less of a Distressed Dude and more capable after throwing away his blazer.
  • Amazon Chaser: He falls in love with Rita, an enterprising scavenger who is one of Toad's arch enemies.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He may be full of himself at times and can be a bit of a pushover, but if he's in a bad mood, just ask Sid.
  • Butt-Monkey: Roddy suffers some Amusing Injuries during about half of the movie, such as suffering an overly long Groin Attack when getting down to group with Rita after escaping the Toad.
  • Distressed Dude: Played straight for the first half of the movie, with Roddy always getting into trouble with Toad's men and always needing to be rescued by Rita. This is later subverted when Roddy becomes more badass and ends up rescuing Rita during the final showdown.
  • Fish out of Water: Seeing how he was a wealthy house pet, it makes sense that it takes him a while to adjust to life in the sewers.
  • Guile Hero: Unlike Rita, much of Roddy's success comes from his wits and quick-thinking.
  • Innocent Bystander: Roddy TRIES to paint himself as one, saying the exact words. Unfortunately, everyone else thought he was introducing himself as "Millicent Bystander".
  • Non-Action Guy: Unlike Rita, Roddy doesn't do a lot of fighting. Most of his contributions come from quick thinking and improvisation.
  • Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense: Displayed perfectly in one scene. Roddy makes Rita optimistic that she'll be able to redeem herself of her poor lifestyle by telling her that he has real minerals stored within a box in his home. Right after she tells her that he'll have to trust his word, Rita spits into her hand for their truce and indicates that he has to spit into his own by saying "You, too," which he immediately misinterprets as having to spit into Rita's hand.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: His big ego mostly comes from the fact his owners were upper class. In a place like the sewers, his name and status up above amount to nothing.
  • Took a Level in Badass: By the end of the film, Roddy has become more capable and independent to the point Rita decides to make him her first mate.
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    Rita 
Voiced by: Kate Winslet

  • Action Girl: Dispatches the mooks easily and is good at getting out of trouble.note 
  • Action Hero: See lancer below.
  • Deuteragonist: The story doesn't get interesting until she shows up.
  • Fiery Redhead: Especially when Roddy breaks her father's prized ruby, realizing that her father had gone through so much trouble for a fraud.
  • Foil: She's one to Roddy. Rita is a somewhat humble, level-headed, self-sufficiant person who barely has enough money to live in a stable house. Roddy lives in an actual mansion of privilege, and has somewhere to store rubies and jewels, but he is extremely lacking the sense to be self-sufficient.
  • The Lancer: Unlike Roddy, she has a huge family, combat skills, Le Parkour and is infinitely more independent and capable.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's pretty tough as nails, but she cares and does everything for her family. Not to mention she doesn't go back on a deal.
  • Mama Bear: Everything she does, she does for her family.
  • Tsundere: She's easily annoyed by Roddy's incompetence and inexperience, but eventually starts to warm up to him and turns out to be pretty nice once you get to know her.

Villains

    The Toad 
Voiced by: Ian McKellen

  • Acrofatic: He's a toad, so being agile and fat is a given.
  • Affably Evil: He crosses between being this and Faux Affably Evil. During his first meeting with Roddy, Toad is actually quite hospitable and cordial, ecstatic to have another person from the upper class in a sewer filled with "pissants". It isn't until Roddy screws up and smashes half of his collection that Toad angrily orders Roddy to be frozen alongside Rita. And while he does plan to wipe out an entire city of rats, it doesn't stop him from being Sophisticated as Hell.
  • Berserk Button: There are three things he can't stand: failure, his Mooks' incompetence, and having his prized royal possessions destroyed.
  • Big Bad: He serves as the film's main antagonist who plots to destroy all rats.
  • A Dog Named "Dog": A Toad Named Toad.
  • The Don: He becomes this of Ratropolis.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Whilst he mistreats his subordinates, he has so many tadpoles to look after and he loves them dearly.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Roddy. Both of them initially lived as pets of wealthy owners before being flushed away into the sewers. However, while Toad loathes every second he spends in the rat-infested sewers, Roddy eventually gives up his old life to become a permanent resident.
  • Evil Is Hammy: What more could you expect from Ian McKellen?
  • Expy: An arrogant, pompous toad named "Toad" who happens to be wealthy. He's basically an evil Mr. Toad From The Wind in the Willows.
  • Fantastic Racism: He hates all rats to the point of obsession. Mostly because his original owner, Prince Charles, had him replaced by a rat and flushed him down the sewers.
  • Green and Mean: He is a toad and he leads a mob of rats to help him with his evil plans.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: One of his greatest weapons is his tongue, which he uses to catch almost anything. Roddy manages to exploit this by getting Toad's tongue stuck in the gears of the flood gate, leaving both him and Le Frog tied to the gears.
  • Lightning Bruiser: His punches break ice with no effort or discomfort and his jumps clear distances swiftly.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless / Stout Strength: Has skinny arms and is undeniably fat, but is also the strongest character in the movie.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Le Frog's blue.
  • Rich Bastard: He lives an upper-class lifestyle. Clearly a result of being Prince Charles's old pet.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Toad is consistently annoyed by his bumbling henchmen and is usually forced to do most of the work.
  • Wicked Cultured: If his layer has anything to say about it. Makes sense given his wealthy origins and trying to recreate it to the best of his abilities.

    Le Frog 
Voiced by: Jean Reno
Toad's French cousin who comes to London and is the true mastermind of his plan.
  • Advertised Extra: Despite being the film's secondary antagonist, he only appears about less than 25 minutes of screen time.
  • Affably Evil: Compared to Toad, Le Frog is much more civil towards Rita and Roddy.
  • The Dragon: To The Toad.
  • French Jerk / Green and Mean: A frog, rude to everybody, arrogant and is French. Lampshaded in the movie.
    Toad: "You find my pain FUNNY?!"
    Le Frog: "I find everyone's pain funny but my own. I'm French! *chuckles*"
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Just like Toad's. See his above.
  • National Stereotypes: Of France; he's rude, dislikes the British, a frog, drinks coffee and is voiced by Jean Reno.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: While he's not exactly a great guy himself, Le Frog is clearly not as ruthless or obsessed with the devastation of rats as Toad is. He only works with him because he's family.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Toad's red. Toad loathes all forms of rats and will stop at nothing to see his plans through, whereas Le Frog is more laid-back, wanting to enjoy the finer things in life.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Much like his cousin, Toad, he can get pretty exasperated by his henchmen.
    Le Frog: "Okay, men. To action!"
    Le Frog's Men: *Raise their arms* "We surrender!"
    Le Frog: "No! No that one, you idiots! The kung fu thing!"

    Spike 
Voiced by: Andy Serkis

  • Ax-Crazy: Spike is clearly quite unhinged, as witnessed by his constant twitching and crazed expressions, and is obsessed with committing violence, even going so far as to proclaim he despises happy endings at the end of the film.
  • Big Guy, Little Guy: The Little to Whitey's Big
  • Boisterous Weakling: Spike's pretty ineffective without Whitey's muscle.
  • The Chew Toy: Spike is basically the evil version of Roddy, as he too is always put through something extremely painful with less sympathy.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: He and Whitey are only working for Toad to pay the bills. Once Toad is defeated, they seem to have stopped being evil all together.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red to Whitey's Blue.
  • Those Two Guys: With Whitey.
  • Torture Technician: With a nutcracker he calls the "Persuader".
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    Whitey 
Voiced by: Bill Nighy

  • Big Guy, Little Guy: The Big to Spike's Little.
  • The Brute: Whitey is the main muscle of the Toad's men.
  • Dumb Muscle: As big and tough as he is, Whitey's really lacking in the brains department. It could be a side effect of the fact he was used in shampoo experiments before living in the sewers.
  • Gentle Giant: As tough as he is, Whitey doesn't actually do much to try and harm Rita and Roddy.
  • Heel–Face Turn: At the Dance Party Ending of the film, it is revealed that they turned against the Toad and Le Frog after Roddy and Rita defeated them and changed from bad to good.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: He is the nicest of the folks working for Toad, and never once tries to hurt the heroes.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: They're only working for Toad to pay the bills. Once Toad is defeated, they seem to have stopped being evil all together.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Even supports this trope by wearing mittens during the freezer scene.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue to Spike's Red.
  • Those Two Guys: With Spike.
  • Top-Heavy Guy: Whitey's legs are pretty stubby compared to his upper body.

Other Characters

    Sid 
Voiced by: Shane Richie

  • Advertised Extra: Appeared in quite a lot of trailers and posters, but in the end he only appears in the movie itself a select few times.
  • Fat Idiot: Subverted: he initially appears to be nothing more than a fat moron more concerned with his own pleasure than anything else, but he quickly realizes that Roddy is trying to trick him and sends him down the toilet instead.
  • Gasshole: His very first scene has him burping so loudly it knocks the cake frosting off his body.
  • The Hedonist: Unconcerned with anything more than satisfying his own selfish urges.
  • Hourglass Plot: The movie begins with Sid, a thuggish sewer rat, invading the wimpy Roddy's home and makes a total pushover out of him. Following his experiences down the sewers, Roddy returns as a hardened, bitter rat with a foul temper and a commanding personality, whereas Sid's time at living the luxurious lifestyle has rubbed the edge out of him and he's reduced to being an even bigger wimp than Roddy used to be, with the latter now pushing Sid around.
  • Jerkass: Is shown to be nothing but an unrepentant jerk to Roddy during their initial meeting, as he eats his food, uses his stuff, tries to make Roddy his butler, and eventually sends him down the toilet.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: After he sends Roddy down the toilet, the constant life of luxury eventually turns him into an utter wimp that Roddy himself easily pushes around when they meet up again. And then there's the cat.
  • The Thing That Would Not Leave: Upon ending up at Roddy's house, he refuses to leave and gets Roddy banished to the sewers after the latter tries to get rid of him.
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