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This character sheet is for all the humans who appear in multiple media in the 101 Dalmatians franchise.

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    Anita and Roger Radcliffe/Dearly
One couple that love their dalmatians.
Roger voiced by: Ben Wright (101 Dalmatians), Billy Lee (singing voice), Jeff Bennett (101 Dalmatians TV series), Tim Bentinck (Patch's London Adventure 2003 sequel)
Anita voiced by: Lisa Davis (101 Dalmatians), Kath Soucie (currently)

A married couple who are the loving owners of the dalmatians.

  • Adaptation Name Change: The two were just "Mr. and Mrs. Dearly" in the book. Dodie Smith wrote Walt Disney about her unhappiness at this name change, and perhaps this was why their surname was changed back to "Dearly" for the live-action remake and the TV series.
  • Adult Fear: The puppies being taken. Anita and Roger feel it just as bad as Perdita and Pongo.
  • Alliterative Name: Roger Radcliffe.
  • Angrish: When Cruella comes to claim the puppies, Roger starts stuttering in anger.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Roger is often like this, with Cruella.
    Cruella: Rumpert, My Boy! Did I wake you?
    Roger: No, I had to get up to answer the door. Now, is there something you want, or did you drop by to remind me that that Halloween's coming?
  • Distinguished Gentleman's Pipe: Roger is rarely seen without his pipe in the original film.
  • Extreme Doormat: Anita in the original animated film. Even if she was trying to be nice, she let Cruella go on and insult her house and husband. At least she put her foot down in the live-action adaptation. Even more so in the animated series, where she works in Cruella's designer firm despite her obviously scheming and abusive manner.
  • Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: In contrast to Cruella's cigarette holder, Roger smokes a pipe.
  • Happily Married: They marry at the start of the film and are in a good marriage.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Anita is far too reluctant to believe that Cruella could be the monster Roger calls her out as when the puppies are kidnapped in the first film, even after her violent outburst when they flat out refused to sell them to her. Even more so in the animated series where she's now working for Cruella. Luckily for everyone Roger is not nearly as oblivious.
  • Large Ham: Naturally, considering Roger is the one who came up with "Cruella de Vil".
  • Love at First Sight: Not so much - though it came eventually.
  • Married to the Job: Roger, before meeting Anita. According to Pongo, he was "a musician of sorts" and "married to his work".
  • Meet Cute: Arranged by Pongo, how Anita meets Roger.
  • Nice Guy: Both of them are kind, loving people.
  • No Social Skills: Roger, at least where Anita is concerned. Pongo even lampshades how in the park he'll just sit and smoke a pipe, ignoring the beautiful lady with her spotted dog, but Roger is enough of a gentleman to help her out of the pond where they both fall and offer his coat and handkerchief.
  • Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: Roger adamantly refuses to sell the puppies to Cruella, no matter how much she offers, since he can tell what kind of person she really is.

    Cruella de Vil
"Poison them, drown them, bash them in the head... I don't care how you kill the little beasts, but do it, and do it now!"
Voiced by: Betty Lou Gerson (101 Dalmatians); April Winchell (101 Dalmatians: The Series); Susanne Blakeslee (since 1997)
"I live for furs!"

Cruella De Vil is the main antagonist of 101 Dalmatians franchise. She is a wealthy, fashion-obsessed heiress who wishes to use the skins of 99 Dalmatian puppies for a fur coat.

  • Adaptational Attractiveness: In the cartoon, she looks like this, but in the special "Disney Villains Designer Collection", she looks like this. You know what? Forget dalmatians.
  • Adaptational Ugliness:
    • In the movie, Cruella is a wild-haired harridan with a corpse-like face; in the original novel's illustrations, she's depicted as an elegant cold-hearted beauty.
    • In the TV series, she looks even worse than in the movie.
  • Adaptation Name Change: An extremely subtle one; her surname is spelled "de Vil" (with a lowercase 'd') in the novels while Disney capitalizes the 'D' in the franchise.
  • Ax-Crazy: She's a Mood-Swinger and absolutely psychotic.
  • Bad Boss: To Jasper and Horace. She verbally abuses them almost constantly until Jasper has finally had it and gives her a Big "SHUT UP!".
  • Big Bad: The main villain of the 101 Dalmatians franchise.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: With Lil' Lightning in the sequel.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Exaggerated. Right from the start, it's obvious that Cruella is a twisted lady, even when she seems to be at least good terms with Anita while acting obnoxiously stuck-up. There's also the fact that she's literally covered in animal clothing.
  • The Chew Toy: For all her villainy in the series, Cruella is also put through the wringer quite a bit to balance things out.
  • Cruella to Animals: The Trope Namer, though her cruelty to animals is downplayed in the Disney adaptations as compared to the original book.
  • The Dreaded: The dogs are understandably terrified of her as are her henchmen, and even Anita seems to find her intimidating. Ironically Roger, who sings about how much she is scary in "The Villain Sucks" Song, is not scared of her and has no problem telling her what he thinks.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Big time. Both the animation and the live-action. Horace and Jasper go a little crazy at the end as well.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Cruella's habit of Chewing the Scenery is one of the most fondly-remembered things about the movie. Specially as played by Glenn Close in the Live-Action Adaptation.
  • Evil Is Petty: Her entire motivation for kidnapping nearly a hundred puppies is to make fur coats out of their exceptionally rare fur, even though Jasper points out that they won't be able to get very many out of them when they're not fully grown yet. This also applies to her kidnapping Roger and Anita's puppies—considering Cruella already had 84 other dalmatian puppies, she did it purely as revenge for Roger standing up to her and refusing to sell their puppies.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: Her attempts at skinning the puppies and buying Dearly Farm.
  • False Friend: Cruella was apparently one of Anita's old school chums - Heaven knows why, since she's an absolute terror even when she's trying to be friendly. Roger immediately takes a disliking to her and quickly (and correctly) assumes that she kidnapped the puppies.
  • Fan Disservice: Played for Laughs in the animated series.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Nearly parodied—her fake kindness is almost as foul as her real demeanor.
  • Fur and Loathing: Cruella and her fur coat provide the page image.
  • Gonk: In the TV series, justified in that it serves as an indicator of her age and inflated vanity.
  • Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: Cruella's cigarette with holder.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Her temper is terrible. She is easily enraged and infuriated, and yells all the time.
  • Jerkass: When you get right down to it, Cruella really has no redeeming qualities and is just generally mean and unpleasant.
  • Knight of Cerebus: The film is a sweet romantic comedy before Cruella rolls in. She is, however, a light Knight early on due to her hamminess and the classic "The Villain Sucks" Song that Roger's playing in the attic.
  • Laughably Evil: As ruthless as she and her goons are in stealing (and attempted murder of) the puppies, their overblown whimsy and bumbling make up a lot of the movie's humor.
  • Lean and Mean: She's a slender, almost skeletal villain with a skeletal face.
  • Light Is Not Good: Cruella dresses in a light colored fur coat, but she is the villain.
  • Mad Libs Catch Phrase: "Memo to myself..." in the TV series.
  • Meaningful Name: Perhaps the supreme example, her name is clearly a mutation of "Cruel Devil".
  • Mood-Swinger: Can snap from deceptively friendly to unsettlingly cheerful (complete with wild laughter) to terrifying, maniacal rage within the span of a few seconds. In both the 1961 and 1996 films her Hair-Trigger Temper can kick in within seconds of things not going her way, which leads to her flying through moods faster than anything.
  • Multicolored Hair: Cruella has hair that's half black and half white. According to some, this symbolizes that she's Two-Faced.
  • Name To Run Away From Really Fast: A fairly unsubtle example. Remove 2 letters and a space, and her name becomes the phrase "cruel devil".
  • Near-Villain Victory: She came very close to capturing the dalmatians at the end of the first film—if Jasper and Horace hadn't accidentally lost control of their van and T-Boned Cruella's car, there's no way the dogs could have escaped her. Her car was hanging right off the back of the truck they were on.
  • Nightmare Face: Especially during the chase scene in the film - which even provides the page image on the Nightmare Fuel page. The animated series has a few moments as well.
  • Not Good with Rejection: When Roger refuses to sell her the puppies, she throws a tantrum and swears revenge.
  • Obviously Evil: "Cruella De Vil, Cruella De Vil, if she doesn't scare you no evil thing will..."
  • Passive-Aggressive Kombat: The entire interaction between her and Anita is this from her end.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: After getting the body of her car shaved off on a bush, her irises and eventually her whole eyes turn devilish-red as she makes her last attempt to derail the moving van and recapture/kill the dalmatians.
  • Rich Bitch: She is an intimidating and very wealthy woman.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Commonly misspelled as "de Ville".
  • The Sociopath: Cruella is shallow, petty and selfish to the point she tries to buy and eventually steals a bunch of puppies - from her supposed "best friend" no less - so she can skin them and make coats out of their hides. She has no problem lying about masterminding the crime and at one point threatens to call the police on Jasper and Horace and put the full blame of the crime on them if they don't do the job quickly. As the film nears its end, she goes full Ax-Crazy mode, becoming physically abusive with Jaspar and Horace, exploding with rage at the drop of a hat, and driving like a maniac to the point she tries to crash a truck to get to the puppies (showing she has as little regard for human life as animal life). Consummate Liar? Lack of Empathy? Criminal and devious? Impulsive and manipulative? Cruella ticks all the boxes.
  • Villain Decay: In the TV series, her only goal is to get the Dearlys off the farm because it's her land, which is nothing compared to how she wants to kill the puppies and make them into a fur coat in the other versions of the franchise. This however, seems to be the result of Moral Guardians not wanting a vicious puppy killer on a Saturday Morning cartoon.
  • Villainous Breakdown: During the climactic Chase Scene. This is especially acute after she accidentally drives her car into a ditch and, in driving it out, accidentally trashes it on some thorny brush. By now, she is plenty pissed off, and it's become clear that it's the dalmatians or her — and she doesn't care who gets in her way. She has yet another one after Jasper T-bones her, wrecking both their vehicles and her dreams of having a dalmatian coat.

    Nanny Cook
"The little dears."
Voiced by: Martha Wentworth (101 Dalmatians), Mary Mac Leod (Patch's London Adventure 2003 sequel), Charlotte Rae (101 Dalmatians TV series), Russi Taylor (unknown)

Nanny's hired by Roger and Anita Radcliffe as a cook-and-housekeeper, although the Radcliffes seem to see her more as a member of the family than a servant. Like her employers, she deeply loves the dalmatians.

  • All There in the Manual: She is never called anything but "Nanny" in the original movie, but spin-off and behind-the-cenes material has revealed that her full name is "Nanny Cook."
  • Battle Butler: As Jasper and Horace learn the hard way.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She is not afraid to stand up to Cruella, and put up quite a struggle with Horace and Jasper before they made off with the puppies.
  • Composite Character: In the book there are two Nannies, Nanny Cook and Nanny Butler, who are the family's cook and butler, respectively. The movie's Nanny combines traits of the two.
  • Damsel out of Distress: With frying pan in hand "Now let those puppies go before I knock the stupid out of both of you!"
  • Jump Scare: Gives Roger and Pongo one when she announces that THE PUPPIES ARE HERE!!!
  • Nice Girl: Motherly, sweet, protective, loyal, kind, and understanding. Practically Canine, in Pongo's Eyes?
  • Undying Loyalty: To Roger and Anita.

    Jasper and Horace Badun
Jasper: "Ah, shut up, you idiot!" Horace: "Ah, I still don't like it, Jasper!"
Horace voiced by: Frederick Worlock (101 Dalmatians); Jeff Bennett (since 1997)
Jasper voiced by: J. Pat o'Malley (101 Dalmatians); Maurice LaMarche (since 1997)

Jasper and Horace are Cruella De Vil's bumbling henchmen and the secondary antagonists in the first 101 Dalmatians film.

  • Bald of Evil: Both are bald and act as antagonists.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: They both have bushy eye brows.
  • Bumbling Sidekick: Two incompetent goons for Cruella.
  • Butt-Monkey: Horace in particular gets slapped around by Jasper as well as Cruella. And of course neither of them are any real match for the dogs.
  • Catchphrase: For Horace: "I don't like it" and "I've been thinking".
  • Co-Dragons: Both work under the Big Bad.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: Horace figures that maybe the dogs think like humans can. This is true, but is passed up by Jasper.
  • Fat and Skinny: Jasper and Horace
  • Fat Idiot: Horace, moreso in the animated series.
  • Heel–Face Turn: In the sequel to the 1961 movie, they both give up their criminal ways and open up a dress store as President and Vice-President respectively.
  • Nice Hat: Both of them wear caps.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: They may be bumbling goons, but they can be just as cruel as Cruella when pushed. Jasper in particular seems to enjoy bullying Nanny, Sgt. Tibbs and the puppies. During the final chase, Jasper tries to shove the truck the puppies are hiding on over a cliff, driver and all, cackling while he does it. Any reluctance to kill the puppies is usually due to laziness, rather than sympathy.
  • Running Gag: Horace says something stupid (or maybe not) and Jasper smacks him on the noggin.
  • Ship Tease: Horace with Nanny in the animated series.
  • Smart Jerk and Nice Moron: Jasper is the tall, lanky one, who takes the lead and seems to enjoy being a criminal. Horace is the short, hefty one that follows Jasper because he can't think of anything better to do.
  • Terrible Trio: They form one with Cruella.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: Always seen together, working for Cruella.
  • Villain Decay: Suffering it far worse than Cruella in the TV series. Whereas she can still be somewhat menacing, they're just two cartoony goons.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Horace figures that the dogs can think like humans and evade them through tactics like covering their tracks and disguising themselves. Jasper, under the impression that it's Real Life and the dogs can't, dismisses his concerns.

    The Truck Driver
Voiced By: Basil Ruysdael

"Hey, lady! What in thunder are you tryin' to do?! Crazy women driver..."
—The Truck Driver to Cruella during the climax

The Truck Driver is a minor character from the first movie, who works in a Moving Van. While he doesn't even meet any of the protagonists, he indirectly helps them out in the climax when they hitch a ride on his truck as he goes toe to toe with a very pissed off Cruella.

  • Badass Bystander: This is his role in the film. He's just an ordinary truck driver who just happens to catch the wrath of Cruella's road rage head on, all because the dalmatians are all riding in the back of his moving van, something he isn't aware of.
  • The Determinator: Despite Cruella's aggressiveness, he fights her off as best as he can to keep her from toppling his van, even when she rams her car head on into the back of his truck, getting it stuck and sending the truck swerving out of control.
  • Named by the Adaptation: He is unnamed in the film, but according to the "My Side Of The Story" book, Lucky claims his name is Nigel.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: Definitely has the moral high ground over Cruella, but still, she's not a "crazy woman driver". She's crazy, and she just happens to be a woman. And driving.

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