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Voiced by: Patton Oswalt

Rémy is the protagonist; he's a common rat who dreams of being a chef despite his father's wishes. After being separated from his clan, Rémy manages to make his way to Gusteu's, the restaurant of his late idol. Rémy seizes the opportunity to make a wonderful dish, but everyone believes it was done by the bumbling and Cordon Bleugh Chef Linguini. Rémy and Linguini come to an agreement: Linguini will take the credit of creating the food Rémy cooks while Rémy gets to live out his dream at last.

  • Affectionate Nickname: "Little Chef" by Linguini, who can't communicate with him to learn his real one.
  • Be Yourself: What he ultimately learns by the end of the movie:
    I'm sick of pretending. I pretend to be a rat for my father, I pretend to be a human through Linguini. I pretend you exist so I have someone to talk to! You only tell me stuff I already know! I know who I am! Why do I need you to tell me? Why do I need to pretend?
  • Big Brother Instinct: To Émile. He saves him from a rat trap set by Skinner, only to get caught in it himself.
  • Blessed with Suck: What good is being a great chef with refined tastes if A) your Extreme Omnivore family thinks you're just being unnecessarily picky and B) you're more likely to be slaughtered than be allowed into a proper kitchen?
  • Deadpan Snarker: Makes quips from his family to Linguini.
  • Expressive Ears: With his ears, you can tell if he's sad, disappointed, or happy.
  • Fat and Skinny: With Émile. He's the Skinny.
  • Four Legs Good, Two Legs Better: He walks on his hind legs to keep his forepaws clean for eating and cooking. Emile teases him for walking like a human.
  • Head Pet: Not really a pet, but he is Linguini's Non-Human Sidekick and is kept under his hat for the most of the film, as pulling on Linguini's hair allows him to control his movements.
  • In-Series Nickname: Linguini always refers to him as "Little Chef". Justified in that Linguini can't understand anything Rémy says, so Rémy can't correct him.
  • Interspecies Friendship: Remy, a rat, befriends Linguini, a human.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Being criticized time and again by his father (and others) for his passion for cooking, along with having nothing but trash to eat, has made him somewhat bitter at the story's beginning. He starts off being a bit selfish and drags his brother around rather thoughtlessly but he quickly grows out of it once he finds himself alone.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: After he and Linguini come to blows midway through the movie and he gets temporarily sidelined, Rémy brings his clan to the restaurant's kitchen to raid the food stores as payback. Halfway through, Linguini, whose temper has cooled down by this point, comes in to try and apologize for his earlier outrage, which quickly causes Rémy to deeply regret letting his anger get the better of him, doubly so when Linguini sees the other rats and breaks off their partnership for good.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: Inverted; he's the hero of the movie and Linguini is his sidekick.
  • The Nose Knows: He has an excellent sense of smell, and it's useful for both cooking and sniffing out poison.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Since he's presumably unable to write like a human, Linguini never learns his actual name, merely calling him "Little Chef."
  • Picky Eater: Due to his strongly keen senses of smell and taste, Rémy prefers the far more flavorsome and delectable haute cuisine over the decaying discarded food his family consumes.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: Pulls a mild version of these on Linguini when he is about to drop the jar holding him into a river.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Particularly if you're a rat person.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: With Émile. Rémy wants to do his own thing, but Emile follows what their dad wants them to do. Rémy wants to cook good food with great flavor, while Emile is willing to just eat whatever's lying around.
  • Silent Snarker: When he's around the humans and can't talk. When Linguini admits that he can't cook, Rémy doesn't assuade him otherwise—just shakes his head, "No, you really can't."
  • The Speechless: Around the rats, he can talk, and he’s got a lot to say. However, Rémy cannot talk to humans, so anytime he's with one, he's rendered as speechless as any other rat.
  • Supreme Chef: His talents don't have much opportunity to shine in his rat clan, but once he makes his way to Gusteau's, Rémy proves that he is a master in the kitchen. His first-ever dish is a soup that instantly gains the praise of a food critic. The ratatouille he creates at the end of the field completely delights the dour Anton Ego and has him relinquish his criticism of Guesteau's old saying, "Anyone can cook."
  • Technician vs. Performer: The performer to Colette's technician. Colette is all about following the recipe and not trying to pull any stunts, while Rémy is inventive and wants to try new things. This creates friction between her and Linguini (Rémy's human puppet), as she thinks he's trying to be a showoff.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Rémy starts out as a bit of a selfish jerk, bittered by spending so long in an unappreciative rat clan with nothing to eat but garbage, but this largely softens once he's in Paris. He intends to just leave Linguini in the dust when he sets him free, but looking back at the poor guy has Rémy change his mind.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Rémy is never quite understood by his father, but despite this, he wants to be appreciated by him.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Cute?: Lampshaded. Rémy's major struggle is the fact that humans think rats are gross—getting caught in Gusteau's kitchen nearly gets him killed. The movie shows them as just mischievous and self-interested at worst.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Rémy gives into peer pressure and starts supplying Emile and his friends with food from Gusteau's kitchen. Annoyed with Linguini not appreciating him enough, he leads a full raid on the place. Linguini tears into Rémy for stealing from the kitchen and betraying him, and kicks him out (though later comes back to apologize.)

    Alfredo Linguini
Voiced by: Lou Romano

The deuteragonist of the story. Linguini is a bumbling, horribly awkward young man who comes to work at Gusteu's as a request from his late mother, who was close with the deceased Gusteu. When Rémy creates a dish that gets praise from a critic, everyone assumes that Linguini was the one who created it—in truth, he's an absolutely horrible cook. He and Rémy make an agreement for Linguini to take the credit of being the chef while Rémy does the cooking.

  • Acquired Situational Narcissism: Downplayed. Linguini starts to enjoy the life of being a famous chef after it's revealed to the public that he's Gusteau's son, and he starts taking Rémy for granted. However, he realizes that he hasn't been fair to Rémy and tries to make amends with him...only to discover that Rémy, in his frustration, had brought the whole rat colony to steal food from the kitchen.
  • Amazon Chaser: When Colette's been assigned the task to teach Linguini, she nails his sleeves to the bench with knives while performing a Badass Boast and telling him who he's dealing with. When finished, she pulls out the knives and walks away. Linguini's response to her behaviour? "Wow!"
  • A Boy and His X: A Man and His Rat. He even calls Rémy, "Little Chef". He cares greatly for Rémy, whom he treats as his equal and best friend.
  • Buffy Speak: Linguini is not very articulate, as proven time and time again.
    "I am not your puppet! And you are not my puppet... controller... guy!"
    "Appetite is coming and he's going to have a big ego! I mean Ego! He's coming! And he's going to order! Something... from our menu! And we're going to have to cook it!"
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Is seen as this In-Universe. Rémy controls his movement under his toque, but because no one knows, all they see is Linguini flopping and flailing through the kitchen and somehow still making delicious food.
  • Butt-Monkey: Often treated like loser by his boss and coworkers because how clumsy, wimpy and pathetic he is.
  • Chekhov's Skill: While on a date with Colette, he shows off some surprising roller-skating skills—he uses this later when he's a waiter, and a very good one at that!
  • Distracted by the Sexy: After their first kiss, he's constantly getting distracted by Colette, unfortunately for Rémy. This is also what causes him to spill the soup fixed by Rémy, setting the stage for their first meeting.
  • Edible Theme Naming: His first name, Alfredo, is a white cream sauce popular for pasta dishes, and his surname comes from a real-life type of Italian pasta, Linguine, sometimes written as Linguini.
  • Graceful in Their Element: As mentioned below, he's ordinarily The Klutz, but put him on roller skates and he's the deftest, speediest waiter you've ever seen.
  • Heroic Bastard: Gusteau's Bastard, specifically. And still a Nice Guy before and after his rise to fame. He does get a bit caught up in the attention and lashes out at Rémy when he calls him out on it, but makes the first step to apologize.
  • Interspecies Friendship: Remy, a rat, befriends Linguini, a human.
  • The Klutz: His whole first night in the kitchen is filled with him bumbling around and crashing into everything in sight—he almost kills Rémy when he accidentally knocks his glass jar into the river. He's somehow more graceful when Rémy is controlling him like a crazy puppet. That said, when he's waiting on rollerskates at the film's climax, he proves himself to be very adept at the job.
  • Lethal Chef: His first attempt at cooking made him immediately vomit. The smell almost made Rémy throw up.
  • Like Father, Unlike Son: Gusteau was a Supreme Chef renowned through Paris. not.
  • Lost Orphaned Royalty: Maybe not in the "royalty" sense, but his father Gusteau is critically famous and has specified Linguini as the next heir to his restaurant, much to Skinner's despair.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: The Feminine Boy to Colette's Masculine Girl. He's not overtly feminine, but is a great deal more soft-spoken than the aggressive Colette.
  • Meaningful Name: His name is derived from Linguine Alfredo, a classic and simple Italian pasta dish.
  • Nervous Wreck: Incredibly awkward and insecure, he's also VERY high-strung and neurotic when interacting with others.
  • Nice Guy: Overall, Linguini is a kindhearted, yet klutzy person who tries his best to help others and moves people with his kindness and honesty.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: Inverted: he's the human sidekick to Remy.
  • Official Couple: With Colette roughly halfway through the film. They break up when she discovers the truth about Rémy, but eventually come back together.
  • People Puppets: Rémy controls his movement by pulling on his hair beneath his toque. This is how Rémy uses him to create delicious food, albeit at the cost of Linguini flopping around the kitchen like a madman.
  • Quirky Curls: Bumbling, awkward, and horribly inarticulate, Linguini's red curls reflect his quirkiness.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: Colette is assigned to teach him how to properly work in the kitchen. She doesn't take kindly to him first, but when he actually listens to her advice and takes her seriously, she warms up to him. The two kiss about halfway through the film and become an Official Couple thereon.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Goes from clumsy garbage boy to competent waiter on roller skates.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Briefly near the end of the second act when he lets his fame and his budding relationship with Colette go to his head, causing him to ignore Remy's teachings in favor of Colette's and took credit for all Remy's cooking achievements (though to be fair, nobody would have believed that a rat is the actual reason behind Linguini's 'talents'). This caused them to have a Plot-Mandated Friendship Failure near the third act, though Linguini has a Heel Realization and apologizes to Remy about it...just in time to discover that Remy had bought his rat colony to steal the food in the restaurant in retaliation for Linguini being a jerk to him earlier, causing them to go through another friendship failure again.
  • Youthful Freckles: To show how easily excited he can be, and how out-of-place his is among the much more seasoned chefs of Gusteau's.

    Auguste Gusteau
Voiced by: Brad Garrett

One of the two tritagonists (the other being Colette). Gusteau was one of the most renowned chefs in all of Paris, and lived by his motto, "Anyone can cook." Unfortunately Gusteau has passed away by the plot's beginning, seemingly out of a broken heart by a harsh review from critic Anton Ego. Gusteau appears henceforth as a figment of Rémy's imagination.

  • Big Fun: A portly, cheerful and friendly man.
  • Catchphrase: "Anyone can cook."
  • The Conscience: His spirit encourages Rémy to do good whenever he can, telling him not to steal food and nudging him into fixing the soup instead of escaping the kitchen.
  • Death by Despair: The actual Gusteau died shortly after Anton Ego gave him a negative review, suggesting this as his cause of death.
  • Disappeared Dad: He's Linguini's father, but was not involved in his life—Linguini was not aware that they were related until Rémy showed him the will he left behind.
  • Imaginary Friend: A figment of Rémy's imagination, first appearing when Rémy is lost in the sewers and starving. He serves as both a friend to listen to Rémy's excited babble about the kitchen, and The Conscience, voicing Rémy's guilt about stealing and other things.
  • Like Father, Unlike Son: He was a Supreme Chef in life, his son Linguini is very much not.
  • Luke, You Are My Father: When Rémy discovers that Gusteau is Linguini's father, Gusteau's sprite is just as shocked as Rémy. Due to the ambiguity around whether the sprite truly is Gusteau's ghost, it is never explicitly revealed if the real Gusteau knew of Renata's pregnancy or not.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Whether he's supposed to be Rémy's Imaginary Friend, conscience, Gusteau's actual ghost, or something else entirely isn't clear. Interestingly, the script refers to him as "the Gusteau sprite". Whatever he is, he's somehow capable of physically grabbing Rémy and yanking him around.
  • Old Shame: In-Universe example; his "Sweetbread a la Gusteau", which even he wrote off as a complete disaster due to its unappetizing mix of unusual ingredients—cuttlefish tentacle, a seaweed salt crust, dried white fungus, etc. It takes some rapidfire improvisation by Rémy to completely reinvent the dish.
  • Posthumous Character: He died before the start of the movie, seemingly of a broken heart brought on by Ego's scathing review of his restaurant. He appears for the rest of the film as a figment of Rémy's imagination and voiced conscience.
  • Spirit Advisor: As a figment of Rémy's imagination, he sways Rémy to go topside to Paris and pursue the opportunity to cook in a real kitchen. However, he also voices Rémy's guilt, and tries to convince him not to steal from the kitchen.
  • Supreme Chef: Was one of the best and most famous chefs in the business when he was alive.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: An optimist by nature, and recognized that anyone might have an unexpected talent.

Voiced by: Peter Sohn

Rémy's younger/older brother. While he's not nearly so judgemental as his father, Émile still doesn't really "get" Rémy's passion for cooking. He cares very little for good food and flavor—as long as it's edible, he'll eat it.

  • Big Eater: Unlike Rémy, he's not picky at all and would munch on pretty much anything.
  • Big Fun: He's chubby and the nicest rat around.
  • Big Little Brother: Contrary to popular belief, Emile is Rémy’s younger brother, not older. During the movie, Emile calls Rémy "little brother", but this is simply meant to be Emile teasing Rémy about literally being physically smaller than he is. Tie-in material of the movie actually mentions this trope. In the “Guide to Rémy’s World” book, Emile himself even says that he likes "hanging out with my little brother (and I mean size, not years)".
  • Easily Impressed: Rémy calls him this word for word. Indeed, Émile's debut scene in which he bursts out of a slice of cake he and Rémy were eating shows him finding Rémy's acute senses of smell and taste amazing and even calling them "powers".
  • Establishing Character Moment:
    • Émile's introductory scene shows him bursting out of a slice of cake he and Rémy are eating and reacting with unbridled enthusiasm to Rémy's highly developed senses of taste and smell, effectively setting him up as a friendly, if slightly dim, Big Eater.
    • In the teaser trailer, Émile is seen nonchalantly snacking on a piece of trash he found and telling Rémy he should rethink his life and start acting more like a regular rat, much to Django's approval.
  • Extreme Omnivore: Like most rats, Émile will eat virtually anything. Thanks to their relationship, he provides a contrast to the pickier Remy, who tries to teach him about the subtilities of flavor and texture, which is unfortunately lost on Émile.
  • Fat and Skinny: With Rémy. He's the fat one.
  • Fear of Thunder: Shows signs of this in the movie, and the book mentioned above outright states that he hates lightning.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Flip-flopped between the brothers. More often than not, Émile is the Foolish to Rémy's Responsible.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Émile is not a jerk by any means, but, like his father, he's extremely cautious around humans and lightly berates Rémy for spending too much time in Mabel's kitchen looking for ingredients, which he finds rather dangerous. He also thinks that Rémy sneaking away to take ingredients which don't belong to him is a more serious crime than taking trash and discarded food that humans don't want anymore.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He gets a little hostile toward Rémy when he's looking for ingredients at Mabel's kitchen, which he perceives as a "crime" (Considering that the rat colony only takes trash and rotten food the humans obviously won't be eating anytime soon, he's not exactly wrong). and also doesn't approve of his brother reading and watching TV, which he believes, goes against rat nature. He nonetheless loves his brother the way he is.
  • Loose Lips: Émile is happy to keep Remy's secrets about food at first, but he spills the beans that his little brother has prime access to a gourmet kitchen to his friends. Cue hordes of rats showing up night after night.
  • Nice Guy: He's pretty cheerful and sweet much of the time. Rémy even mentions that while Emile may not understand him, he can be himself around him. Emile accepts his brother's abilities and doesn't rat out his brother, no pun intended. That being said, he isn't fond of Rémy spending too much time around humans and also wishes his brother would be more happy with living a more simple life like his fellow rats.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: With Rémy. While he's a simple-minded Big Eater, his brother is a sophisticated dreamer.
  • Stealth Insult: Gives one to Rémy.
    Rémy: *trying to get Emile to understand taste* Chew it slowly… think only about the taste. See?
    Emile: Not really.
    Rémy: Creamy, salty sweet. An oaky nuttiness? You detect that?
    Emile: *sarcastically* Oh, I’m detecting nuttiness.

Voiced by: Brian Dennehy

Rémy and Emile's traditionalist father and leader of their family. He harshly disapproves of Rémy's dream to cook, believing that humans will only reject Rémy at best and outright kill him at worst.

  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: The “Guide to Rémy’s World” book even mentions this.
  • "Blackmail" Is Such an Ugly Word: Insists to Rémy that their scavenging garbage for food is acceptable practice, since "It's not stealing if nobody wants it."
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: He’s quite adamant about this. Justified since by it's very nature, the relationship between humanity and rats, at least wild ones, is incredibly antagonistic.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Despite being a dick about it, he DOES have a point with his disapproval of Rémy's pickiness and him befriending a human. Scavengers like rats can't afford to be picky about what they eat, and humans, while capable of liking rats, almost certainly won't react well to a wild one.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Gruff and tough when he needs to be, but is actually a pretty jolly guy and clearly loves his boys.
  • Large and in Charge: He’s the leader of his colony and is quite huge, second to Git, the lab rat.
  • Mundane Utility: When he finds out that Rémy has very advanced sense of taste and smell, even for a rat, he is suitably impressed, but to Rémy's annoyance, instead has him become the colony's food tester, making sure that the food they find isn't poisoned through scent.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Said to be named after Django Reinhardt, the famous gypsy jazz musician, which explains Django's (the rat) fondness for this type of music, and why they snuck a Reinhardt stamp into the Your Friend the Rat short.
  • Papa Wolf: He’s very protective of his kids and really doesn’t want any harm to befall them at the hands of humans.
  • Parental Favoritism: Implied. Django seems to slightly prefer Émile a bit over Rémy due to his agreeable, non-rebellious nature and more rat-like behavior. Nonetheless, he dearly loves both of his sons.
  • The Patriarch: Can easily command an entire clan of rats and will leap right into the action himself to help out Rémy if the situation calls for it.
  • Perpetual Frowner: He has his reasons, though he does finally seem happier by the movie's end.
  • The Voice: Was this in the teaser trailer, in which only his voice was heard berating Rémy for his overly selective taste in food and happily agreeing with Émile for telling his rambunctious brother he should rethink his life.

    Colette Tatou
Voiced by: Janeane Garofalo

One of the two tritagonists (the other being Gusteau). Colette is a seasoned chef at Gusteau's who takes Linguini under her wing (reluctantly) and teaches him the ins and outs of being a proper chef. Colette upholds the late Gusteau's old motto, "Anyone can cook," but is also a believer in following the recipe and not trying to pull any tricks.

  • The Ace: She is "the toughest cook in [the] kitchen", and makes sure Linguini remembers that.
  • Angry Chef: A fierce, hot-tempered woman who wants to work her way up in the kitchen. Since the job is male-dominated, she had to be twice as tough to get to the top. She eventually softens up to Linguini.
  • Badass Boast: Performs one for Linguini when she's been assigned to teach him.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: She starts off rather harsh towards Linguini, but softens up to him over time because he actually takes her advice seriously.
  • Biker Babe: Rides a stylish motorcycle.
  • Boyish Short Hair: Her hair is short and neatly cut, most likely so it doesn't get in the way while cooking.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Starts out harsh towards Linguini, but only so he can succeed. She quickly becomes more friendly once she realizes that Linguini actually listens to her and appreciates her guidance, and even becomes a couple with him.
  • Determinator: Colette was willing to go through hell to become a top chef.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Colette shouts with Linguini a lot, waves knives threateningly at him, and actually hits him in the face on several occasions when she is upset with him. He never complains and she is still presented as completely sympathetic throughout the film.
  • Face Palm: When Ego looks through Gusteau’s kitchen after tasting Rémy’s dish.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: Inverted. Colette makes it clear that it's very difficult for a woman to get into haute cuisine, due to the sexism ingrained in the system, and that the only reason why she managed to become a professional cook was because she was willing to go through hell.
  • Hair Color Dissonance: Lighting in certain scenes gives it a violet tint.
  • Hot-Blooded: A good example: "Keep your [Linguini] station clean, or I will kill you!"
  • Knife Nut: Demonstrates her skill with knives throughout the movie, most notably while "introducing" herself to Linguini.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: The Masculine Girl to Linguini's Feminine Boy. He's not overtly feminine, but is a great deal more soft-spoken than the aggressive Colette.
  • Motor Mouth: When she rambles about cooking.
    Colette: You think cooking is a cute job, ay? Like Mommy in the kitchen? (rapidly chopping vegetables as she talks) Well, Mommy never had to face the dinner rush when the orders come flooding in and every dish is different and none are simple and all have the different cooking time and must arrive at the customer's table at exactly the same time, hot and perfect! Every second counts and you CANNOT BE MOMMY!
  • Neat Freak: "Keep your station clear, or I WILL KILL YOU!" Justified: a cluttered kitchen station will cause delays which can easily snowball into a disaster.
  • Official Couple: With Linguini, eventually.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Of all the French accents in the film, Garofalo's is the one who slips the most in an out.
  • Slasher Smile: Delivers a couple to Linguini while telling him why she is the only woman in the kitchen. Doesn't help that she is playing with knives in that scene as well.
  • The Smurfette Principle: She's the only woman in the kitchen. She actually brings this up and the reason why when she laid down the law for Linguini. She's pretty much the only major female character in the entire movie, with most of the others being very minor by comparison.
  • Stern Teacher: Initially harsh on Linguini when teaching him how to handle cooking, though she softens over time.
    Colette: (seeing dirty dishes at Linguini's station) What is this? Keep your station clear. (chucks dirty dishes into the sink) Dinner rush come, what will happen? Messy station slow things down. Food doesn't go, orders pile up, disaster. I'll make this easy to remember: Keep your station clear, or I WILL KILL YOU!
  • Teacher/Student Romance: Since she's been assigned the task to teach Linguini about cooking in a small portion of the film, and that they later become an Official Couple, this qualifies.
  • Technician vs. Performer: The technician to Rémy's performer.
  • Tsundere: Type A. Colette is harsh and hot-blooded, but is also loyal, kind, and softens to those who earn her respect.
  • You Go, Girl!: She was willing to go through hell to get a job in a gourmet kitchen; a place only men are allowed to work. This fact is also Truth in Television.

Voiced by: Ian Holm

Chef Skinner (also known as "Skinner") is the main antagonist and the head chef of Gusteau's, who is now selling said late owner's image to make cheap TV dinners. Skinner has a personal vendetta against Linguini, and when he gets an inkling that something is up with his inexplicable cooking skills, he makes it his mission to find out what it is.

  • Ambiguously Brown: His skin is slightly darker but he still speaks with a French accent. His surname does not exactly clear things up.
  • Angry Chef: A diminutive, bad-tempered head chef frequently shown barking orders to his employees.
  • Bad Boss: He steals Lalo's scooter at one point to chase after Remy.
  • Batman Gambit: Tries to spring one on Linguini by forcing him to make a dish Gusteau himself hated, saying he's just doing it as a challenge for the "budding chef". Thankfully, Rémy's around to make it into something that's actually good.
  • Big Bad: He is Rémy's and Linguini's central antagonist.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: After being ousted from the restaurant when Linguini claims his inheritance, Skinner is reduced to a minor nuisance compared to the real threat to Linguini's rising success, Anton Ego. While Skinner does lay the foundation for the restaurant's eventual closing (namely calling in a health inspector), the real climax is Rémy cooking up to Anton's standard and prove him wrong.
  • Cassandra Truth: Obviously everyone who hears him rant about Rémy just thinks he's nuts.
  • Celebrity Resemblance: Skinner is based on the French star comedian Louis de Funès. He also looks a little like Adolph Caesar.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: Linguini throwing him out and claiming his rightful inheritance is only the first half of the movie. Even after that, Skinner still tries to sabotage Gusteau's, though he proves pretty pathetic outside of almost kidnapping Rémy and (eventually) getting a health inspector sent out who shuts the restaurant down when he finds rats in the kitchen.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Threatens to have Linguini drawn and quartered when he catches him cooking his soup. He was obviously exaggerating, but the sentiment is quite real... and justified, considering Skinner (the head chef) just found the recently-hired garbage boy daring to cook in Skinner's kitchen.
  • Dropping the Bombshell: Skinner reveals during a discussion with his lawyer that he is paranoid about the rat, thinking Linguini is trying to psyche him out. Skinner's lawyer notes that he had to take a second sample of Linguini's hair. When Skinner asks why, the lawyer says:
    Lawyer: The first time, it came back identified as rodent hair.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • Despite the fact that he is a greedy, selfish schemer, he takes his job as chef seriously, and doesn't want to see Gusteau's closed down forever. The one time he does not, it backfires on him.
    • He's willing to sell out Gusteau's name to sell a line of frozen TV dinners, but tells the artist (who drew Gusteau as a dog in a giant corn costume for a box of corn dogs) that the design must at least have some dignity.
    • When he learns that Linguini's mother has died, his condolences seem sincere.
  • French Jerk: Speaks with a thick French accent and is a volatile jerk pretty much 24/7.
  • Hidden Depths: Early versions of the script (from before Gusteau was made a Posthumous Character) suggest that he and Gusteau were long-standing partners, but that working in the restaurant business made him more and more jaded over time.
  • Inspector Javert: Always accuses the rat of being the real chef.
  • Karmic Transformation: Metaphorically speaking. Skinner hates rats (especially Rémy), but when Linguini inherits the restaurant and replaces him as the new head chef, Skinner gets banned from the restaurant and treated by his former employees as if he were a rat too.
  • Kick the Dog: It's easy to miss, but making Linguini serve the Gusteau sweetbread recipe was nothing other than pettiness on Skinner's part. The only reason to do so was to undercut Linguini (and Remy).
  • Large Ham: He's always prone to dramatics about anything, from his cooking to the rat.
  • Mister Big: Skinner is in charge of a restaurant where all of his employees are about twice his height and he needs a footstool to see through the window on the door to the dining room. In contrast his predecessor was Gusteau, who we could safely assume to have been the largest person in the room. The animators even confirmed they made Skinner's hat large so he would be visible in the crowded kitchen scenes.
  • Mean Boss: Skinner repeatedly demeans his employees (especially Linguini). He's basically Pixar's Gordon Ramsay, without the Hidden Heart of Gold.
  • Meaningful Name: Named after scientist B. F. Skinner, who performed experiments on rats to study animal behaviour.
  • Meaningless Villain Victory: He successfully exposes Linguini's working with rats and gets Gusteau's shut down, but Linguini, Collette, and Rémy just open another equally-popular restaurant called "La Ratatouille" with Ego's help and keep on working there.
  • The Napoleon: The shortest in the kitchen and with the most anger issues.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: He practically does all of Linguini's homework for him in proving he is Gusteau's son. Hell, Skinner insisted that Linguini coming forward with less than a month left on the will's stipulation could not be a coincidence, when in fact it was. Nothing hinted that Linguini even knew or cared who his father was; the boy just wanted a job.
  • Oh, Crap!: Both Skinner and the health inspector after barging in the kitchen and seeing all the rats.
  • Only in It for the Money: Is much more interested in whoring out Gusteau's image for a line of frozen foods than restoring the restaurant's reputation, and doesn't especially care about how this move has damaged Gusteau's standing in the culinary world. Justified from a financial perspective, as the restaurant's rating (and by extension its popularity) that attracts customers is lower than it used to be in Gusteau's heydey, and the frozen food sales are at least keeping the staff paid and the lights on.
  • Pet the Dog: In spite of his usual behavior, Skinner has a couple moments where he acts decently.
    • He's genuinely taken aback when he finds out Linguini's mother has died and tries to offer condolences.
    • Despite all his threats beforehand, he gives Linguini a reasonable chance to recreate the soup that Rémy modified. After he seemingly does, Skinner willingly allows Linguini to join his kitchen as a chef with only a stern but fair warning not to get complacent. Of course this doesn't last once he finds out Linguini is Gusteau's son.
  • Properly Paranoid: He is right about a rat being a chef.
  • Reassignment Backfire: Skinner, trying to get Linguini kicked out of the kitchen, gives him the task of cooking a recipe that Gusteau himself said was a disaster. To his shock, Rémy quickly fixes the recipe to the point where it is so delicious that everyone else in the restaurant wants it, running the cooks ragged to keep up with orders and convincing everyone else in the kitchen that Linguini is a master chef.
  • Sanity Slippage: He goes through this throughout the entire movie, to the point he made conspiracy theories of the rat chef. Even his lawyer asks if he should be worried about his client.
  • Shorter Means Smarter: Played with; he's certainly not an idiot, but he lacks the creative prowess of his former boss and for that the restaurant has struggled to rebuild its reputation in Gusteau's absence.
  • Villain Has a Point:
    • Skinner is justifiably angry when he catches Linguini "cooking" since these dishes are prepared at professional standards and one screw-up could cost the restaurant another star.
    • He tells Linguini to get rid of Rémy because if it was found out that there was a rat in the kitchen, Gusteau could be closed down. He is ultimately proven right when the health inspector orders the restaurant shut down due to a rat infestation.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Or for this movie's case, "What Happened to the Rat?". It's unknown what happened to Skinner by the end of the movie. The last we see of him is him being thrown into the pantry by Rémy's rat chefs tied and gagged along with the already captive health inspector. Remy mentioned in the epilogue that they eventually released Skinner and the health inspector, but we still don't know about his whereabouts after that.

    Anton Ego 
Voiced by: Peter O'Toole

The secondary antagonist. Ego is an infamously harsh food critic. Prior to the start of the story, he left such a scathing review of Gusteau's (and the chef's motto, "Anyone can cook") that it apparently killed Gusteau via a broken heart. When he catches wind of Linguini's talent, he sees an opportunity to once again write another unforgiving review.

  • Ambiguous Disorder: It's never confirmed, but it's likely that he may have been suffering from depression and had become bitter over the course of time. This all changes when he takes a bite of ratatouille. It's more implied by his final speech in the film that he had perhaps become a little too used to his position of power as a Caustic Critic and his ability to tear people down, and that Rémy and his dish open his eyes to this and make him realize that.
  • Animal Motifs: He has a vulture-like appearance to make him look more menacing.
  • Anti-Villain: Ego is merely doing his job as France's top food critic, and even though he inadvertently caused Gusteau's death and damaged his reputation, with no remorse for the majority of the film, he finally changes his tune (along with his appearance) after tasting Rémy's ratatouille. He admits in his monologue at the end of the film that harsh criticism is "fun to read and fun to write," and that as a critic, he's gained some sense of authority to decide whether something has value or not.
  • Beauty Equals Goodness: After tasting the ratatouille Rémy's made for him, Anton finally begins to smile and his complexion improves considerably. In the epilogue, he's shown with a much healthier skin tone and brighter attitude than he did at the start of the movie.
  • Berserk Button: Never suggest that he doesn't appreciate cuisine. When Linguini does, Ego's fury is enough to make him cower back into his seat.
    Anton Ego: You're slow for someone in the fast lane.
    Linguini: And you're thin for someone who likes food.
    Anton Ego: I don't "like" food. I love it! If I don't love it, I don't SWALLOW.
  • Bring It: He comes for his second review of Gusteau's as if it's a battle he's already won.
    "Tell your chef, Linguini, that I want whatever he dares to serve me. Tell him to hit me with his best shot!"
  • Caustic Critic: He's a prime example. Ego is infamous for how scathing and merciless his reviews are, and he shows no remorse for it. However, the ratatouille at the end of the film causes him to take a good look at himself and reevaluate. In his monologue, he notes that critics such as he can sometimes be caught up in the "fun" of harsh criticism and the authority being a critic brings.
  • Character Development: He's a massive Caustic Critic who lambasted Gusteau's "anyone can cook" motto. Showing no remorse for his actions and took a personal pride in restaurants going out of business that failed to live up to his impossibly high standards. That said, Remi impressing him with his rendition of the titular dish, and The Reveal that the one who made it was a rat, gave him reason to reflect, and understand the true meaning of Gusteau's words, becoming much more humble in the process.
  • Cold Ham: Spends almost the entirety of the movie being dour and quiet. Despite this, both his body language and speech have a distinct dramatic flair to them.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: While he looks like a potential villainnote , with his dark wardrobe and pale complexion, he's just a very harsh critic. He has high expectations, wanting to see at least one restaurant give him an experience to remember.
  • Deadpan Snarker: As befitting of such a dour person, Ego is merciless with his snarking at others for a good 3/4 of the movie:
    Anton Ego: (about the restaurant) Finally closing, is it?
    Servant: No...
    Anton Ego: More financial trouble?
    Servant: No, it's...
    Anton Ego: ...announced a new line of microwave egg rolls, what, what? Spit it out!
  • Dramatic Drop: He drops his pen when he first tastes Rémy’s dish in slow-motion and with a dramatic BANG as it hits the floor.
  • The Dreaded: His taste buds are so hard to please that even Gusteau, Rémy's indirect mentor, couldn't do so. Ego is so infamously picky in Paris that if he announces his intentions to visit a restaurant, it's treated like the death knell of said restaurant's rating since absolutely no-one has been able to satisfy him.
  • Drink-Based Characterization: He seems to have a preference for the incredibly rare and expensive Cheval Blanc 1947. Fitting as he's a notoriously hard-to-please critic.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: He could pass for a vampire. After tasting Rémy's ratatouille however, his skin starts gaining color as he finds himself actually enjoying a dish for the first time in a long time.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: “Bad” may be a bit too strong of a word to describe him, but Rémy's ratatouille reminding him of the kind his mother used to cook kicks off the film's resolution and denouement.
  • Final Boss: Satiating his taste buds is Rémy's final real challenge.
  • French Jerk: Downplayed; he is usually quite disdainful in his reviews and has a discriminatory appreciation of fine cuisine, but he's never malicious. (He also speaks in an English accent.)
  • Foil: To Remy. They’re both picky eaters and have an interest in food. There are some major differences however. Ego is completely harsh with his opinions, is utterly cold to others, and is, well, a human-being who judges cuisine. Remy is more careful with his criticism, treats others more graciously, and is a rat who cooks food.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Played with; he isn't necessarily evil, but his unforgiving criticism paired with his powerful reputation can singlehandedly destroy a restaurant's reputation, as Gusteau's can attest to. It takes the culinary genius of a rat to bring out a much warmer side in the man.
  • A Glass of Chianti: It's France and he's a big-name critic who focuses on haute cuisine, what did you expect? He actually stops himself mid-Spit Take because he doesn't want to waste good wine!
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Indirectly responsible for Gusteau's death and, consequently, his restaurant's downfall, allowing Skinner to take over the business.
  • The Grim Reaper: Clearly modeled after one, and he effectively acts as the Death of Restaurants. Not only is he pale and gaunt, but also his typewriter has a skull motif and his study is shaped after a coffin. His in-universe nickname is even "The Grim Eater ", and at one point he drove a chef to Death by Despair through his scathing review.
  • Guttural Growler: His voice is ridiculously deep, low and menacing.
    Ego: I don't like food, I love food. And if I don't love it, I don't swallow.
  • Heel–Face Turn: While he was never actually evil, he had a particularly antagonistic relationship with the staff of Gusteau's in the past, and was indirectly responsible for the death of Gusteau himself. Despite this, after tasting Rémy's cooking, he instantly becomes much friendlier towards them, even to the point of sacrificing his own career and reputation in order to assist them in starting up a new restaurant after the old one is closed.
  • Heel Realization: Downplayed, Remy's cooking and its effect on him forces him to reevaluate nearly everything he's preached his entire career, and makes him realize his criticism should not be taken as gospel like it has been. He was wrong, anyone, even someone from the lowliest origin imaginable, can cook.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Non-fatal version. His glowing review of Gusteau's at the climax is also his last - Ego's reputation and credibility as a critic are destroyed the instant Skinner and the health inspector reveal the "rat infestation". He's able to bounce back by becoming a small-business investor, fortunately enough.
  • It Amused Me: His speech at the end implies that his harsh standards developed in part because he found tearing into restaurants with negative reviews more enjoyable than writing positively.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He is initially shown as a Jerkass critic who gives out scathing criticism to anyone who doesn't meet his expectations. He causes Gusteau's death through despair by not just condemning his cooking, but slamming his beliefs "that anyone can cook", and he remains totally unrepentant for his actions throughout the film — until the end, that is; after Gusteau's is forced to close, it's heavily implied that he helped front the money to open La Ratatouille, and he's a regular customer there. He's also one of the few people who respects and appreciates Rémy's talent even after finding out that he's a rat; he even sacrificed his job and reputation to give Rémy's cooking the praise it deserves.
  • Lean and Mean: A tall, angular and rail-thin man who is a legendarily harsh food critic. His extremely thin frame despite eating food for a living further supports his reputation of being able to determine the quality of a dish from only a single bite, and since he refuses to swallow food that doesn't meet his culinary standards, implies just how often those standards are not met.
  • Looks Like Cesare: Despite not actually being evil, Ego's appearance, paired with his reputation, is enough to immediately indicate that he is an antagonist. It also says something, that when he Takes a Level in Kindness, his pale complexion becomes much more healthy.
  • Meaningful Name: The name Ego is from the Latin meaning "I" or "self", but is now associated with egotism (narcissism) or egoism (self-interest). This would allude to a certain level of vanity and arrogance on the part of Anton.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: His appearance was inspired by French actor and director Louis Jouvet. It's also been claimed (though not confirmed) that Ego was based on theater critic Kenneth Tynan, who was close friends with Peter O'Toole in real life. Furthermore, his scathing judgment of dishes and intimidating personality bring to mind Gordon Ramsay.
  • Not So Different: Turns out that he was just as passionate about food as Rémy is. This gives them a mutual respect for one another.
  • No Sympathy: It's implied that he actually takes pride in the fact he caused Gusteau's death, and the restaurant's slow decline by extension.
    That is where I left it. That was my last word, the last word.
  • Pensieve Flashback: When he takes a bite of ratatouille, he instantly thinks back to his mother making him ratatouille years ago. It's safe to assume that she's the reason why he became a food critic. And all of this is done without a line of dialogue.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Spends close to all of the movie frowning, befitting his status as an unpleasable food critic.
  • Picky Eater: Is an infamously harsh critic, judging dishes with a single bite. Justified in that this is his job.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Perhaps he's overly harsh, but as a critic, it's his job to give bad ratings to restaurants he doesn't like.
  • Rags to Riches: Depending on how much you read into Collette's claim that ratatouille is a "peasant dish". In any case, the flashback to Ego's childhood at the very least strongly implies that he comes from if not an outright poor, then at least a modest background.
  • Riches to Rags: Following the closure of Gusteau's, he winds up losing his job and his credibility as a critic and ends up becoming a small business investor.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Even when it's revealed that Rémy was the one who prepared his dish, he was more than willing to dub him the finest chef in France (and keep quiet about the fact that they're breaking the rules about not having rats in a kitchen).
  • Red Baron: In the opening TV segment about Gusteau, Ego appears with a title listed under him as "the Grim Eater".
  • Secret Keeper: He wrote his review without mentioning that "the genius now cooking at Gusteau's" is a rat, in order to protect the employment of "the finest chef in France," but the Health Inspector and Skinner shut down the restaurant because of rats either way. That said, he does foot the bill for a new restaurant officially run by Linguini and Colette, and, for obvious reasons, he's more than willing to keep the secret afterwards.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Especially his ending narrative is incredibly hard to understand as a kid. Then again, he's a sophisticated critic.
  • A Sinister Clue: Anton uses his left hand for eating and handling glasses, although he's shown using his right more often when in public. Downplayed in that he is not evil, just a very strict critic.
  • Spit Take: Subverted; he suddenly stops in the middle of one to he make sure the wine he’s drinking is okay to spit out. Given that eagle eyed viewers can spot that it's a bottle of Cheval Blanc '47, one of the rarest and most expensive wines in the world, he very understandably decides to swallow it instead.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Tasting Rémy's cooking and learning that it was made by a rat causes him to completely reevaluate his lifelong belief that only a select few are truly capable of being great chefs. This results in him overall becoming a much more pleasant guy.
  • What You Are in the Dark: Anton genuinely loves Rémy's ratatouille but he knows that a rat is still a rat in the public's eye and that Gusteau's restaurant is doomed to closure regardless of what review he gives if the secret gets out (and it did). Anton could just easily write a condemning review and keep his critic reputation intact. Instead, he decides to risk his entire career to give well-deserved praise to Rémy's skills as a chef and recant his disbelief with Gusteau's motto "Anyone Can Cook", proving his worth as a genuine critic even if the rest of the world tears him to shreds for writing a positive review for a rat-infested restaurant.
  • When He Smiles: After tasting Rémy's ratatouille, he smiles for the first time in the film (and knowing him it's also probably the first time he's smiled genuinely in years). It's absolutely adorable.

Voiced by: Will Arnett

Of German descent, he is the sous-chef of the kitchen meaning he is in charge when Skinner isn't around.

  • Brutal Honesty: Horst just cuts to the chase on anything. From informing Skinner that Linguini's mother died or that he was hired as a garbage boy.
  • Germanic Depressives: He has a stern and serious demeanor, though he is also The Comically Serious because of how he keeps changing his story about how he was sent to prison.
  • Lean and Mean: Played with; he has a criminal record and is rather imposing in the kitchen, but isn't at all that malicious otherwise.
  • Multiple-Choice Past: Keeps changing his story of how he ended up in jail.
    "I defrauded a major corporation."
    "I robbed the second-largest bank in France using only a ballpoint pen."
    "I created a hole in the ozone over Avignon."
    "I killed a man...with this thumb."
  • Mysterious Past: How did Horst wind up in jail?
  • Noodle Implements: One of his Multiple-Choice Past stories is that he robbed the second-largest bank in France with only a ballpoint pen.
  • Once Killed a Man with a Noodle Implement: "I killed a man... with this thumb."
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Leaves with the rest of the kitchen staff after Linguini reveals Rémy was the real chef. Unlike Colette, he doesn't come back.
  • Suddenly SHOUTING!: Horst has a habit of exploding half way through a sentence when things are going south.
    "He changed it as it was going out the door!"


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