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    Basil of Baker Street
"There’s always a chance, Doctor! As long as one can think."
Voiced by: Barrie Ingham; Roger Carel (European French dub); Newton da Matta (Brazilian Portuguese dub)

A mouse detective who lives in the walls of Sherlock Holmes' house in Baker Street. His main goal is to get Professor Ratigan behind bars and rescue Olivia Flaversham's father, while simultaneously preventing a royal assassination.

  • Arch-Enemy: To Ratigan. The feeling's mutual. Basil describes Ratigan as a simultaneous "genius twisted by evil" that has narrowly evaded Basil's grasp for years, and "the horror of my every waking moment."
  • Asexuality: He wasn't attracted by the Miss Kitty mouse's number, and seems contemptuous of the concept of love. It's about as close to an outright asexual character Disney has ever made, as well as closer to Sherlock Holmes than even his direct book inspiration.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: This is established right at the beginning where Basil is able to figure out Dawson's profession and where he came from in less than 3 lines of shared dialogue. Also, Near the end, Basil escapes Ratigan's killer Rube Goldberg Device by setting it off at a very precise moment.
  • Badass Bookworm: What do you expect from somebody based on Sherlock Holmes? Basil's well-read, intelligent, and quick-witted, using his brain quite often to solve seemingly-impossible crimes.
  • Break the Haughty: After falling into Ratigan's trap, Basil has a Heroic BSoD when he can't believe that Ratigan's managed to outsmart him.
    Basil: Oh, it's finally happened. I've been outwitted!
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Like Sherlock, he may be eccentric, but he gets the job done. When describing the scent of Fidget to Toby, Basil jumps up and down, barking and snarling like an angry dog, in order to get Toby riled up.
  • Celibate Eccentric Genius: Like Sherlock, Basil is a brilliant Bunny-Ears Lawyer who apparently doesn't care about women or romance in general. He was the only man at the bar who wasn't attracted to the sexy stripper.
  • Cultured Badass: Being a Sherlock Homage and an Omnidisciplinary Scientist, he shows skill in various areas such as science and history.
  • David vs. Goliath: The David to Ratigan's Goliath. Best exemplified during the climax.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Is a bit more polite than the traditional example, but he still manages to get in a few good quips. For instance, he fails to mention to Dawson that his friend Toby is a dog, and subverts the Worthy Opponent speech by turning it into an insult against Ratigan.
  • Defrosting Ice King: Is pretty dismissive of Olivia and Dawson when first meeting them; eventually he warms up to the pair (even insisting that he does all his cases with Dawson).
  • Detective Animal: Naturally, he's a mouse. He currently provides the trope page image.
  • Disney Death: He falls from the clock tower with Ratigan. It appears at first as if Basil has died along with Ratigan from the fall, but Basil manages to fly back up with a piece of Ratigan's contraption.
  • Distinguished Gentleman's Pipe: Smokes a pipe while pondering because he is a brilliant English detective. When he's disguised as a sailor, he uses a cigarette instead.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Basil comes across as somewhat rude, especially early in the film, which makes him a good contrast to the Faux Affably Evil Ratigan. Fitting, since the original Holmes can be somewhat of a Jerkass Smug Snake himself at times. Although he does slowly grow out of it, as seen when he tries to comfort Dawson. Granted, he doesn't actually apologise for his rant, but it's clear from the look on his face that he regrets being so harsh.
  • Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: He smokes a pipe while Ratigan smokes a cigarette. And he switches to a cigarette for his "tough guy sailor" disguise.
  • Heroic BSoD: Basil undergoes a near-fatal one after he falls for Ratigan's trap. The fact that Ratigan managed to outwit Basil and lead him into a trap is enough to utterly depress Basil, to the point he doesn't seem to care that he's placed in a Death Trap. It's only an outburst from Dawson giving Basil a Eureka Moment that saves the both of them from it.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Dawson, but only after the adventure's over. Dawson remarks in narration that the two had "many cases" together after solving the mystery around Ratigan and his kidnapping plot.
  • Insufferable Genius: An undeniable genius but a bit egotistical and tactless, especially in his first scene. He gets better, thanks to Dawson and Olivia.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Moody, rude and self-centered but undeniably a good guy. He does slowly grow out of his rude Jerkass attitude, as seen when he tries to comfort Dawson. Granted, he doesn't actually apologize for his rant, but it's clear from the look on his face that he regrets being so harsh.
  • Large Ham: The incredibly expressive, hyperactive unless quite visibly depressed, always overdramatic Basil himself. Barrie Ingham (Basil's voice actor) was also given to dramatic gesturing. Basil's most notably hammy moments are:
    "Young lady, you are most definitely not accompanying us! AND THAT IS FINAL !!!
  • Laughing Mad: He has a brief one of these during his Eureka Moment to set the trap off to escape.
  • Meaningful Name: Named for Basil Rathbone, the famous Sherlock Holmes actor.
  • Nice Hat: A deerstalker hat, much like how Sherlock is commonly depicted.
  • Nice Mice: Downplayed. He may not be nice, but he's still good, and working on the right side of the law.
  • No Social Skills: He is downright rude towards Olivia, and seems to be very uncomfortable while trying to cheer up Dawson.
  • Not Distracted by the Sexy: Basil isn't the least bit distracted by Miss Kitty's burlesque performance. Lucky too, since he notices that his drink is being drugged.
  • Not Now, Kiddo: When Olivia and Dawson first meet him, he's too preoccupied with examining a bullet which might provide evidence to Ratigan's location to listen to what they're saying. And when they finally get his attention, he's less than interested in helping Olivia find her father...until he learns that Ratigan is involved.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Music, chemistry, physics, mathematics, botanics, zoology, ballistics... He's a Sherlock Holmes expy, so this is a given.
  • Only One Name: He's only ever referred to as "Basil" or "Basil of Baker Street", with no indication if it's his first name or his surname. Notable because every other character has stated surnames.
  • Polite Villains, Rude Heroes: The dynamic between himself and Ratigan. While Basil has No Social Skills and comes off as a smug, rude Jerkass, Ratigan is Faux Affably Evil and puts up an act of being a cheerful, pleasant gentleman, despite being a Diabolical Mastermind who's perfectly willing to threaten children to get his way.
  • Protagonist Title: Basil is the "Great Mouse Detective".
  • Renaissance Man: Other than being a detective, he's skilled in many areas such as history, music, disguise, and being an Omnidisciplinary Scientist.
  • Rude Hero, Nice Sidekick: Basil, a Good Is Not Nice detective, has a tendency to be brusque and unconcerned with others, while Dr. Dawson is an awkward Sensitive Guy who gets involved in the adventure to begin with because he can't stand to see a little girl cry. Given that this is a Sherlock Holmes story with mice, the dynamic between Basil and Dawson mirrors the one between Holmes and Watson. This being Disney, he (and Olivia) wind up defrosting Basil.
  • Running Gag: He constantly gets Olivia's surname wrong. The only time he gets it right is when he's talking to her father.

    Major Dr. David Q. Dawson
Voiced by: Val Bettin; Philippe Dumat (European French dub); Magalhães Graça (Brazilian Portuguese dub)

Previously of the Queen's 66th Regiment in Afghanistan. His character is based upon Dr. John H. Watson from the Sherlock Holmes stories. The interaction between him and Basil mimics that of Watson and Holmes, as Dawson is constantly amazed by Basil's deductions. He eventually becomes Basil's associate, friend, and personal biographer.

  • Alcohol-Induced Idiocy: After having just one drink at the pub, Dawson completely loses himself, getting onstage and dancing with Miss Kitty's other performers and accidentally starting an all out brawl. Downplayed as it's not exactly the drink that makes him act like an idiot, it's the drug slipped into it that does. Still, the results certainly don't seem very different.
  • Alliterative Name: David Q. Dawson.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: Dawson says "You're despicable!" when he and Basil are tied up in a giant mouse trap by Ratigan.
  • Butt-Monkey: The movie's most frequent victim of comic mishaps and slapstick abuse.
  • Expy: Inspired by Sherlock Holmes' partner John Watson, most notably by Nigel Bruce's portrayal of the character.
  • Fat and Skinny: Fat to Basil's Skinny. They work as a duo.
  • Fat Best Friend: To Basil. Mainly a mix of type B (meek and awkward) and C (the bumbling type).
  • Heroic BSoD: He has a bit of a minor one after Olivia is kidnapped by Fidget. Basil's rant of whom she's being taken to probably doesn't help, either..
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Basil. They become best friends over the course of the movie and still work together by the end.
  • The Lancer: Basil's sidekick and his total opposite. Mainly because Dawson is a polite Nice Guy while Basil is rude and arrogant.
  • Last-Name Basis: Never called by his first name, similar to Watson.
  • Most Definitely Not a Villain: When in disguised as a ruthless shipmate, is still as polite as ever. Basil can't help but groan every time he does this.
  • The Narrator: Only twice; once to open the story, and once to close it.
  • Nice Guy: He may not be the sharpest knife in the drawer, but Dawson is above all a decent and kindhearted person who would give you the shirt off his back if needed. It's only because of Dawson's kindhearted help that Olivia manages to find Basil in the first place.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Had he not kept a closer eye on Olivia, she probably wouldn't have been kidnapped by Fidget in the toy store. This is something he acknowledges.
  • Nice Mice: Compared to Basil, Dawson is more polite and respectful.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: He's pretty clearly modeled on Nigel Bruce's portrayal of Watson.
  • Older Sidekick: Heavily hinted to be much older than Basil.
  • Only Sane Man: For most of the movie, with a few exceptions like when he gets drugged in the bar. On seeing a lost child, he takes her to Baker Street when she asks and encourages her to talk to Basil when the detective is ignoring her distress. He reminds a Heroic BSoD Basil that the mouse needs to shape up and save everyone because no one else will. It's for this reason that Basil makes him his partner.
  • Parental Substitute: He does his best to keep Olivia safe during the case and is clearly crushed when she gets kidnapped.

    Olivia Flaversham
Voiced by: Susanne Pollatschek; Barbara Tissier (European French dub); Adriana Torres (Brazilian Portuguese dub)

A young female mouse of Scottish descent who seeks Basil's help in finding her toymaker father.

  • Accidental Misnaming: Basil has a habit of constantly getting her surname wrong.
  • Badass Adorable: Downplayed. She doesn't fight much (though she does stomp on Fidget's foot and bite Ratigan), but she's still brave enough to stand up to Ratigan in the climax.
  • The Cutie: An innocent, cute little mouse girl.
  • Daddy's Girl: She's very close to her father.
  • Damsel in Distress: Ratigan eventually succeeds in kidnapping her to manipulate her father into working for him.
  • Damsel Errant: She's the one who brings Rattigan's Evil Plan to Basil's attention by asking him to look for her father.
  • The Glomp: Basil is uncomfortable when Olivia glomps him after he agrees to take the case, but is a bit more accepting when she hugs him at the end of the movie.
  • Kid-Appeal Character: Is the child the young audience can mostly identify with, as the rest of the cast are middle-aged men (well, mice).
  • Little Miss Badass: She stands her ground much more than you'd expect her to.
    Olivia: [to Ratigan] Just wait! Basil's smarter than you! He's going to put you in jail! He's not afraid of a big, old, ugly rat like you!
  • Missing Mom: Continuing a long Disney tradition. When Dawson asks where her mother and father are, Olivia only replies in tears that it's why she has to find Basil. No mention of her mother's fate is ever made, though it's implied through later conversations that Olivia's mother is dead.
  • My Parents Are Dead: She gains Basil's sympathy when she flat-out tells him she doesn't have a mother to go to for help finding her missing father.
  • Nice Hat: A cute little tam o' shanter, of course.
  • Nice Mice: She's a friendly Nice Girl and a mouse.
  • Plucky Girl: Olivia shows a lot of courage at the climax of the film.
    Olivia: Just wait! Basil's smarter than you! He's going to put you in jail! He's not afraid of a big, old, ugly rat like you!
    Ratigan: Would you kindly sit down and shut up!
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: She looks like a cute little mouse, as to be expected from a Disney animal protagonist. Her Puppy-Dog Eyes also convince Dawson to help her.

    Hiram Flaversham
Voiced by: Alan Young; Serge Lhorca (European French dub); Dário Lourenço (Brazilian Portuguese dub)

Olivia's loving Scottish father. He works as a toymaker, and is kidnapped by Fidget to make the Queen Mousetoria robot for the evil Ratigan.

  • Brave Scot: Defiantly stands up to Ratigan and refuses to assist him with his scheme, even if it would cost him his life; he only relents when his daughter is threatened instead.
  • Distressed Dude: He is kidnapped by Fidget to create the clockwork Mouse Queen for Professor Ratigan.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Well he's willing to, but Ratigan needs him too much and instead decides to hold his daughter as a hostage.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: He is a toymaker, after all. It's why Ratigan went after him in the first place.
  • Good Parents: A very loving parent to Olivia.
  • Kidnapped Scientist: Flaversham is a toymaker, but he qualifies. His skill with making mechanical toys had applications for chicanery that Ratigan made forcible use of.
  • Last-Name Basis: He is only ever referred to by his surname in the movie's dialogue, and the end credits just call him "Flaversham." Hiram is a popular first name for him in the fandom, however.
  • Nerd Glasses: Has big eyeglasses, and he's a techno-savvy toymaker.
  • Nice Mice: Despite being a relatively minor character, he's undoubtedly a Nice Guy.
  • Parents in Distress: His kidnapping is what sets off the whole plot.
  • Reluctant Mad Scientist: Forced to use his talents for Ratigan's evil scheme so Ratigan won't hurt Olivia.

Voiced by: Frank Welker

Basil's trustful Basset Hound. He technically belongs to Sherlock Holmes, who lives above Basil.

  • Adaptational Attractiveness: In Holmesian canon, Toby is described as a rather ugly-looking dog. The Toby presented in this movie, on the other hand, is adorable.
  • Advertised Extra: During the time of the film's original release and re-release there were many reviews and articles questioning why "the big dog" was pushed so heavily in the advertising, despite his secondary role in the movie.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Toby might be a big silly dog that loves crumpets and children but he's still Sherlock Holmes' trained hound. When Basil tells him Ratigan's plot he immediately gets serious and races them over to the Palace then attacks and chases off Felicia.
  • Big Friendly Dog: The emphasis here is on big, since the main characters are mice. Also Played With since he is friends with Basil, growls at Dawson, and chases down criminals. He is, after all, a dog that belongs to the great Sherlock Holmes.
  • The Big Guy: Much bigger than the other characters. While not sapient, he still helps Basil by carrying him around and following scent trails.
  • Canine Companion: He's the dog of Sherlock Holmes, but also a loyal friend to Basil.
  • Female Feline, Male Mutt: Male Mutt to Felicia's Female Feline, although they are enemies.
  • Friend to All Children: Quickly warms to Olivia - she has an easier time instructing him than Basil does, to his consternation.
  • Heroic Dog: He helps Basil solve cases.
  • Interspecies Friendship: He gets along quite well with Basil, and Basil's own companions for that matter.



    Professor Padraic Ratigan
Voiced by: Vincent Price (The Great Mouse Detective), Corey Burton (audiobook), Maurice LaMarche (House of Mouse); Gerard Rinaldi (European French dub); André Filho (Brazilian Portuguese dub)

Basil's archenemy. He is based on Professor Moriarty from the Sherlock Holmes stories. He plots to seize control of the British mice monarchy.

  • Adaptation Species Change: In the original Basil of Baker Street books, he was a mouse. The film changed him into a rat (though he still claims to be a mouse), making the name more meaningful.
  • All There in the Script:
    • His first name is Padraic. This makes sense, as—in various forms—it is one of the most common given names in Ireland, much like Moriarty is a common Irish surname. Furthermore, the name 'Padraic'note  means "noble man" or "of noble birth" and becoming nobility (or royalty) is Ratigan's goal.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Basil. The feeling's mutual.
  • Ax-Crazy: Towards the climax, when he's enraged. Not that he was particularly sane to begin with.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Wears a suit like a Sharp-Dressed Man and he is a badass criminal who is also very strong.
  • Bad Boss: Though his minions generally respect him, it's best not to upset Professor Ratigan, or he'll feed you to his Right-Hand Cat ...or simply toss you overboard when you're weighing him down.
  • Berserk Button:
    • He despises being called a rat, even though he technically is one. So easy is it to get to him that one of his own men, and a punch-drunk one at that, manages to make him livid when he absent-mindedly calls him one.
      • Subverted when Basil tries to press his button by calling him a rat, Ratigan freezes, spawns Technically a Smile, informs him that he would have stuck around to watch his death, but Basil was fifteen minutes late and closes his pocket watch with the most controlled anger he manages to show throughout the film.
    • He also really doesn't like it when Basil interferes with his plans.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: He's pompous and overacting but he's also a wicked mastermind responsible for an unconfirmed number of atrocious crimes. Not to mention his terrifying Villainous Breakdown at the climax.
  • Big Bad: Professor Ratigan is the king of London's underworld and the mastermind behind the film's Evil Plan. He's based on Professor Moriarty, after all.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: Justified. He explains that he did plan on staying and watching as his latest Death Trap did its work, but since Basil and co. showed up 15 minutes later than he planned, he doesn't have time to stay, and so he rigs a camera to capture Basil's dying moment instead.
  • Burn the Orphanage: "Worse than the widows and orphans you drowned?"
  • Cape Snag: Basil invokes this on Ratigan towards the climax, shoving Ratigan's cape into some nearby gears to trap him long enough for him and Olivia to escape.
  • Captain Ersatz: Professor Moriarty.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: He boasts of how much grimmer his current Evil Plan is than any he has down before. Interestingly enough, his minions enjoy working for him because of this. And of course, he's also voiced by Vincent Price.
  • Child Hater: He's drowned an unspecified number of orphans, planned to eliminate orphans after becoming a king, and he's not nice towards Olivia. At all.
  • Clothing Damage: After Basi traps him with his cape and makes to escape from him, Ratigan finally snaps and ferally gives chase, uncaring as he keeps catching gears and ripping bits of his clothing off. By the time he's caught up to Basil, he's lost his gloves and shoes, his chest is bare, and his cape is little more than strips of ragged cloth.
  • Complexity Addiction: He couldn't decide on a single way to kill Basil, so he opted instead to make a Rube Goldberg Device that used deadly instruments like a mousetrap, a gun, a crossbow, an axe, and an anvil all at the same time.
  • Dastardly Whiplash: He wears a suit with a cape and a top hat, comes up with diabolical schemes and death traps, and is a Faux Affably Evil Large Ham Card-Carrying Villain.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Ratigan being voiced by Vincent Price does have his moments:

    • "By the way Basil I just love your disguise"
  • Diabolical Mastermind: Defined by Basil as the "Napoleon of crime" (an obvious reference to Professor James Moriarty).
  • Disney Villain Death: His Karmic Death. When Big Ben chimes on the hour, he and Basil fall from the top of the clock tower to the ground. Basil manages to survive thanks to using Ratigan's flying contraption, but Ratigan is unseen after they fall. Given the height of Big Ben, it can be reasonably assumed that Ratigan died.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: He feeds one of his henchmen to Felicia just because he called him a rat... while drunk.
  • The Dreaded: Ratigan is the most hated being in the Mousedom, because he's such a vile, cruel monster, and once he comes out in front of the other citizens, he's met with contempt and disgust immediately. However, he's well aware everyone hates him, so by replacing the queen and have her grant him full control, his subjects won't have any choice but to serve him or die.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He seems to care for Felicia, his Right-Hand Cat.
  • Evil Brit: Strangely, he's a British rodent with the American voice of Vincent Price.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Basil. They're both intelligent men of culture and taste, eccentric, and Large Hams of the first order. They're on completely opposite ends of the law, though.
  • Evil Feels Good: Expounds on the pleasure of evil: "Oh, I love it when I'm nasty!" He even gets his minions to sing about how evil he is just to stroke his own ego.
  • Evil Genius: As to be expected due to being Basil's archenemy.
  • Evil Is Bigger: Far larger than anyone else in the cast, to the point the muscles in his arm alone are bigger around than Basil's waist! This is because he is a rat.
  • Evil Is Hammy: The only person in Mousedom who can match Basil in Ham-to-Ham Combat. He's loud, flashy, boisterous, and loves to show off. Look at who voiced him. It's inevitable.
  • Expy: Ratigan is the Evil Counterpart to Basil, just as Moriarty is to Holmes.
  • Famous Last Words: Ratigan says "I've won!" just before Basil distracts him with his handheld bell. Then, he hears the sound of Big Ben tolling and ends up falling to his Disney Villain Death.
  • Fangs Are Evil: He has a mouth full of noticeably jagged and yellowed teeth.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He comes off as rather cheerful and pleasant, especially when compared to Basil (who can be a bit of a smug Jerkass). However, he's also an evil criminal genius who's perfectly willing to threaten a child in order to get what he wants, and when he gets angry the friendly veneer disappears fast.
  • For the Evulz: Doesn't kill Basil right away once he's got him cornered. He also didn't need to keep Olivia locked in a bottle with no way to escape after Flaversham agreed to help him. Ratigan just did all that because he's a jerk.
    Ratigan: You don't know what a delightful dilemma it was trying to decide on the most appropriate method for your demise.
  • Genius Bruiser: He's an evil genius... but is also strong enough to lift up Flaversham with one finger and trounce Basil in a one-on-one fight.
  • Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: Ratigan smokes a cigarette (complete with long stemmed filter), while his Arch-Enemy Basil smokes a pipe.
  • I Am Not Weasel: A variant: he's clearly a rat, but he detests being called one. He even kills one of his subordinates when they make the suggestion in a bit of Alcohol-Induced Idiocy.
  • Insistent Terminology: He denies being a rat and insists on being called a "big mouse" (which he actually was in the books, amusingly enough).
  • Karmic Death: Just as Ratigan used a handheld bell to execute his incompetent followers, he dies when the bell from Big Ben tolls. That it's one of his contraptions that saves Basil and this is one of the last things he sees further drives home the karmic part.
  • Kick the Dog: When he breaks the toy Flaversham made for Olivia. And later kicks Olivia herself.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Ratigan throws Fidget off his ship after he asks if he can toss Olivia overboard.
  • The Kingslayer: Attempted regicide on Queen Mousetoria to take over the Mouse World equivalent of the British Empire.
  • Large and in Charge: He's significantly larger than his mooks.
  • Large Ham: Is one of Disney's largest. In fact, Vincent Price said that this was his favorite role, and that he had a lot of fun with it. What's more, he also professed to being "flattered" that all of Ratigan's songs were written specially for him so that he could act as over-the-top as possible. Mr. Price was prone to making wild, over-the-top hand gestures and such while acting, which the animators worked into Ratigan's character as well.
  • Last-Name Basis : He's only known as Ratigan, the original book series reveals that his first name is Padraic.
  • Laughably Evil: It also helps that he's voiced by a man who plays laughably evil characters.
  • A Lizard Named "Liz": Despite what he claims, he is a rat named Ratigan.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: So he claims. His hideout is rather fancy and elaborate, along with his apparent love of classical music and high society.
  • Muscles Are Meaningful: He's one of the biggest and most muscled characters in the film that isn't a dog or cat, and he utterly dominates Basil during their brief wrestle near the end of the film, only losing thanks to Basil outwitting him.
  • Narcissist: Perhaps one of the best examples in Disney canon, down to the over-the-top melodramatics.
  • Near-Villain Victory: Basil may have foiled Ratigan's plans, but Ratigan very nearly puts down the determined detective in a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown atop Big Ben. Ratigan surely would've triumphed if not for a stroke of dumb luck on Basil's part.
  • Nice Hat: Like Basil, he wears a hat, although in his case he wears a top hat.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Towards the end of the movie, Ratigan mercilessly attacks Basil while shouting "There's no escape this time, Basil!" That Ratigan is usually more friendly than that only makes his suddenly vicious attack feel even more intense. It was Memorable enough to provide the page image for a while.
  • Nothing Personal: Not with Basil (with whom it is extremely personal) but downplayed with Dawson, who he barely acknowledges when the latter is tied to a Death Trap, though as he leaves he gives Dawson an offhanded apology while telling him that he shouldn't have gotten involved with Basil.
    "Sorry, chubby. You should have chosen your friends more carefully!"
  • Offstage Villainy: Lists his previous villainous exploits in his opening song (The Big Ben Caper and the Tower Bridge Job, as well as a plot that involved drowning widows and orphans), but as his Card-Carrying villainy would suggest we never get to see them.
  • One-Winged Angel: In the ending, he reverts to his monstrous feral rat form and comes within a hair's breadth of killing Basil.
  • Out-Gambitted: "Poor Basil — oh, he is in for a little surprise..."
  • Perma-Stubble: Looks like he has stubble but this is technically just the fur color.
  • Polite Villains, Rude Heroes: Despite being a creepy and vicious Diabolical Mastermind who is perfectly willing to threaten children to get his way, Ratigan puts up an act of being a cheerful, pleasant gentleman, in stark contrast to his nemesis Basil, who has No Social Skills and often comes across as a rude, smug Jerkass.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Despite him seeming to enjoy matching wits with Basil, it seems like his plan for his latest scheme was to make sure Basil wasn't involved at all and would be none the wiser until well after he'd taken control. Based on Basil's remarks about "another dead end" at the beginning it would seem he'd successfully been off Basil's radar for months, and he's initially furious that Fidget making a move for Olivia when she was in Basil's custody tipped him off that everything was part of a Ratigan scheme. Though once he realizes it he does quickly work a way to set a trap for Basil and try to kill two birds with one stone.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: When Bartholomew calls him a rat, Ratigan turns on him growling out, "What. Was. THAT?!"
  • Punny Name: Ratigan.
  • Right-Hand Cat: Felicia, who he interestingly seems to care about.
  • Running on All Fours: After his Villainous Breakdown, Ratigan stops walking upright and chases after Basil on all fours like a real rat. He's remarkably fast like this, constantly cutting off Basil's escape.
  • Sadist: By his own admission, he takes pleasure in being evil. His exposition song mentions he drowned widows and orphans For the Evulz.
  • Shame If Something Happened: He uses this to threaten Flaversham's daughter Olivia if Flaversham doesn't help him with his evil scheme.
    Professor Ratigan: (activating Olivia's wind-up ballerina doll and watching it dance) I would spend many a sleepless night if anything were to befall her. (proceeds to pick up the doll and viciously squeeze it until it breaks)
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Even during his Villainous Breakdown, he's never out of his suit. Although, it is straining against his muscles.
  • Sissy Villain: Before he turns into a psychotic, feral rat at the end, he is quite possibly one of Disney's most cold-blooded villains... and yet he surrounds himself with pink and purple fabric, fashionable capes, and sings songs while being carried around by his hired boys.
  • Slasher Smile: Usually shows one of these. Most notably during the climax.
  • The Social Darwinist: Shows shades of this, in wanting to put special taxes on "parasites and spongers".
  • The Sociopath: He has no problem with murdering orphans and widows just because he can. He tried to kill the main characters and is fine with killing off his own henchmen if it means satisfying himself. It's implied that he fed lots of people (or mice) to Felicia.
  • Spit Take: Just as Ratigan takes a sip of champaign, Bartholomew drunkenly calls him a rat, causing Ratigan to spit out his drink with a long gasp.
  • Stepford Smiler: The Mask of Sanity type. He's truly a savage and feral monster under that veneer of wicked cultured.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky: Unlike Basil, he's never deadpan.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: His ridiculously over-the-top Death Trap for Basil, which is set up so the detective will be snapped by a mousetrap, shot by a gun, impaled by a crossbow, chopped in half by an ax, crushed by an anvil, and get his picture taken. As he explains, he had trouble deciding just what idea he would use on Basil... so he went for all of them.
  • Tranquil Fury:
    • Throughout most of the movie, Ratigan repeatedly gets angry, but manages to reign it in and remain Faux Affably Evil as he threatens and murders his henchmen. When his plans are ruined, the affability drops entirely.
    • The first time Basil calls him a rat, he's able to control his temper more effectively, simply snapping his pocket watch shut to acknowledge the insult, all without his smile fading.
  • The Unfettered: Outright called as such by Basil:
    Basil: There's no evil scheme he wouldn't concoct! No depravity he wouldn't commit!
  • Unstoppable Rage: During the climax, he goes completely berserk, pursuing and attacking Basil with unprecedented savagery while ranting crazily.
  • Vile Villain, Laughable Lackey: Is the strong, savvy villain against his lackey Fidget who has a crippled wing and peg leg (while far from incapable of real villainy) and is funny and not near as threatening by comparison.
  • Villain Song:
    • "Oh, Ratigan! To Ratigan! The world's greatest criminal mind!"
    • Also, "Goodbye So Soon"
  • Villainous Breakdown: Ratigan, towards the final battle, turns from a formal and composed rat into a hulking and monstrous one. It's even the trope's picture on the film page! Made even more frightening is the fact he was previously so Faux Affably Evil. It serves to show just how insane and feral his breakdown has left him, especially since he had, up to now, succeeded in keeping Olivia and her father separated from each other. When he sees Basil successfully reuniting them before his very eyes, and thus depriving him of what little victory he had had left, this accelerates Ratigan's breakdown.
  • Wicked Cultured: Formal, well-dressed, charismatic, with a genius IQ and can play the harp.
  • Wicked Pretentious: He tries to pass himself off as a Mouse of Wealth and Taste, but his Berserk Button, coupled with his Villainous Breakdown, only serve to show the audience how classless he really is.
  • Wolverine Claws: He keeps them hidden under his gloves, but Ratigan has very long and sharp claws. In the climax, he brings them to bear against Basil and nearly cuts him to ribbons.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Just ask Olivia. Or the widows he drowned.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He has Olivia kidnapped and threatens to kill her in order to make her father cooperate, and during the climax of the film, he kicks her into Big Ben's gears to be crushed. Basil saves her Just in Time. Also, "the orphans he drowned", mentioned in his Villain Song.
  • You Are What You Hate: "I am not a rat!"
  • You Have Failed Me: When Fidget tires from pedaling the blimp's propeller, he suggests lightening the blimp, Ratigan does so... by throwing him off of it.

    Fidget the Bat
"Ow! My only foot!"
Voiced by: Candy Candido; Jacques Deschamps (European French dub); Silvio Navas (Brazilian Portuguese dub)

Ratigan's bumbling bat henchman. He tends to do the dirty work for his boss. He has a crippled wing and a peg leg, and, as a result, he cannot fly.

  • Adorable Evil Minion: Beside his violent evil nature, Disney meant for him to be both lovable and scary.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Despite his apparent Disney Villain Death, the spin-off comic reveals he's alive and well, and on much better terms with Olivia, as he solves mysteries with her.
  • Bag of Kidnapping: Does this to Olivia.
  • Bat Out of Hell: He's a bat, and he's one of Ratigan's henchmen. He has some genuinely scary moments, like the Nightmare Face he makes when he breaks into Flaversham's workshop and kidnaps him.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Fidget might provide most of the films comic relief, but he can be downright brutal when he wants to be. As a variation of the usual trope, he's shown to be scary and brutal in his first scene (played very seriously) while his silly and comical traits are visible later.
  • Bumbling Sidekick: Subverted quite brutally. He can be a bit clumsy when off-duty and he does provide a few good bits of humor, but is very competent and can be downright terrifying when he needs to be.
  • Butt-Monkey: Ratigan has a tendency to treat Fidget as such, treating him as a disposable moron. When Fidget fails him one too many times, Ratigan sicks his pet cat on Fidget, only letting him live thanks to a Eureka Moment. The disposable part kicks in in the climax, however, when Ratigan is trying to escape from Basil and decides to lighten his load.
  • Composite Character: Of several Sherlock Holmes villains
    • Colonel Sebastian Moran (The Empty House) - Ratigan’s right-hand bat.
    • Jonathan Small (The Sign of Four) - Peg-legged villain.
    • Tonga (The Sign of Four) - Short and dark-skinned lackey.
  • Disney Death: He gets tossed off of Ratigan's airship by Ratigan himself to "lighten the load" and since he can't fly, he falls into the River Thames. The spin-off comic reveals that he survived the fall.
  • Dissonant Serenity: As the Bar Brawl breaks out, Fidget just sits at the bar, finishing his drink, having likely watched such occurrences too many times to count.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Gets his peg leg stuck in a floorboard when he's too busy watching Miss Kitty's burlesque act.
  • The Dragon: He's Ratigan's right-hand-bat and the most familiar with him of all his thugs. He has likely been with him for a very long time unlike the others who didn't seem to know as well.
  • Evil Cripple: Has a peg-leg and a crippled wing so he can't fly, and a rather nasty character to boot.
  • Evil Sounds Raspy: An extreme example, his dialogue is so raspy that it verges on The Unintelligible.
  • Handicapped Badass: He has a peg leg, and a "broken" (mishealed? misshaped?) wing. Yet, he is a competent fighter.
  • Hidden Depths: Despite his faults, Fidget had been shown various times to be quite competent. There's also the start of the movie...
  • Indy Ploy: The chase scene with Basil in the toy store demonstrates this quite well. Fidget really knows how to think on his feet (even if he only has one foot).
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Don't be fooled by his occasional bumbling and physical limits, he's far from harmless. The scene where he brutally beats up and kidnaps Flaversham best demonstrates just how frightening and dangerous Fidget really is.
  • Scary Teeth: Which he uses occasionally during his ambushes.
  • Shadow Discretion Shot: The scene of Fidget and Flaversham's fight was so brutal, it's only showed through their shadows. It can be also noted that Flaversham's toy shop was left in chaos after the fight.
  • Sycophantic Servant: Seems to have felt a genuine amount of admiration and loyalty towards the Professor, as he did neither suspect that his sudden affection was only skin-deep as usual for the monster hiding behind it (and was actually touched about it) nor anticipated that he would feed him to Felicia for making a mistake and even AFTER that, that he would be the one thrown off the blimp to lighten the load.
  • Vile Villain, Laughable Lackey: The lackey to Ratigan. Has a crippled wing and peg leg (while far from incapable of real villainy) and is funny and not near as threatening by comparison.
  • Violence Is Disturbing: In the scene where Fidget kidnaps Flaversham. Along with the climactic fight between Basil and Ratigan, this is one of the most brutal and frightening scenes of the whole movie.
  • Vague Age: Olivia refers to him as "old", but he is small, somewhat cute, and has a high-pitched voice; in one of the spin-off comics, post-Heel–Face Turn, he was implied to be a teenager just a handful of years older than Olivia, if you can believe that.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Perfectly willing to throw Olivia out of Ratigan's blimp to "lighten the load". It didn't work out as he had hoped.

Voiced by: Frank Welker

Ratigan's massive and pompous pet cat. Ratigan calls upon her by ringing a special bell to dispose of traitors or anyone who makes him angry.


Other Characters

     Miss Kitty Mouse
Voiced by: Melissa Manchester; Marie Ruggeri (European French dub)

A female dancer/showgirl mouse who briefly appears in the movie.

  • All There in the Script: Her name isn't brought up anywhere in the film, but it can be seen on her character model sheet. Although it isn't likely to be her actual name, but a descriptor.
  • Bad Girl Song: "Let Me Be Good to You".
  • Beautiful Singing Voice: While Basil and Doctor Dawson visit the seedy seamen's pub, the rowdy patrons fall silent when the chanteuse Kitty Mouse takes the stage and begins "Let Me Be Good To You." They regain their raucous fervor after Kitty's tone-shift turns her act into a striptease.
  • The Chanteuse: Performs this role by singing a melancholy song in a bar during Basil's investigation. Her appearance is homey, until she discards it to reveal something much more stripperific and shifts into a more high energy fanservice song.
  • Chorus Girls: Miss Kitty's musical number also has two backup dancers that dance alongside her. They are her twin-sisters, each with a Beauty Mark.
  • Family-Friendly Stripper: Her song-and-dance number is period-accurate for Victorian-era England, with her just showing some leg in a leotard.
  • Head-Turning Beauty: When Miss Kitty start to strip, in her musical number, only Basil pays no attention while patrons grab fruitlessly at her.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Her only appearance in the film is her putting on a burlesque performance while stripping from a dress to a showgirl outfit, earning quite a bit of cheers from the bar patrons.
  • No Name Given: As noted above, "Miss Kitty" is not actually her name. Rather, she's "the Miss Kitty mouse," i.e., the mouse reminiscent of Miss Kitty from Gunsmoke.

    The Mouse Queen
Voiced by: Eve Brenner

The Queen of Mousedom.

  • Cool Old Lady: She is no slouch. When Ratigan ties her up and sends Fidget to feed her to Felicia, she fights as he carries her. Then she helps Basil and Dawson tie up Ratigan's men and save her people from Ratigan being made consort.
  • Damsel out of Distress: Is old, but she can fight. She kicks Fidget as he carries her to a hungry Felicia. Later, she helps Basil and Dawson take down Ratigan's men.
  • Never Mess with Granny: Is supposed to be as old as Queen Victoria, but she is tough. When Fidget carries her Bound and Gagged to a waiting Felicia, she fights back and kicks him for all that it's worth. After Basil saves her, she helps him subdue all of Ratigan's men and ties up Fidget with obvious pleasure.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: A clear analogue of Queen Victoria.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Downplayed but the Queen is seen helping tie up Ratigan's mooks. She can also be seen helping with trying to restrain Ratigan before he escapes.

    Mrs. Judson 
Voiced by: Diana Chesney

Basil's beleaguered and long-suffering housekeeper, who tries to keep the apartment in order in the midst of Basil's antics.

  • Berserk Button: Hates it when Basil fires weapons in the house, mainly because he keeps shooting her throw pillows.
  • Expy: Clearly based on Sherlock's housekeeper Mrs. Hudson.
  • Friend to All Children: She dotes on Olivia almost immediately, making her tea and crumpets and setting her up by the fireplace.


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