List of fictional rodents

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This List of fictional rodents is subsidiary to list of fictional animals and covers all rodents including beavers, mice, chipmunks, gophers, guinea pigs, marmots, moles prairie dogs and porcupines plus the extinct prehistoric species (such as Rugosodon).

A print showing cats and mice from a 1501 German edition of Aesop's fables.

Rodents, particularly rats and mice, feature in literature, myth and legend. The North American Salish people have an epic tale in which the Beaver, rejected by Frog Woman, sings a rain-power song that results in a disastrous flood.[1] In the Pied Piper of Hamelin, retold in many versions since the fourteenth century, a ratcatcher successfully rids the town of its plague of rats, but is not paid and lures away the children in revenge.[2] In fact rats are loathed in many cultures[citation needed]. The 1971 horror film Willard has a horde of rats ultimately killing the hero who has befriended them,[3] and in James Herbert's first novel, The Rats, (1974), a vagrant is attacked and eaten alive by a pack of giant rats; further horrors follow.[4]

Mice on the other hand are smaller, less menacing and more appealing[citation needed]. Mickey Mouse, the cheerful, anthropomorphic cartoon character, was a tremendous success for the The Walt Disney Company in 1928.[5] Mice feature in some of Beatrix Potter's small books, including The Tale of Two Bad Mice (1904), The Tale of Mrs Tittlemouse (1910), The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse (1918), and The Tailor of Gloucester (1903), which last was described by J. R. R. Tolkien as perhaps the nearest to his idea of a fairy story, the rest being "beast-fables".[6] Among Aesop's Fables are The Cat and the Mice, The Frog and the Mouse and The Lion and the Mouse.[7]

Literature[edit]

Character/s Species Author Work Notes
Morwenna Squirrel Robin Jarvis The Deptford Mice An evil squirrel who betrayed the realm of Greenreach
Vera Mouse Marjolein Bastin Vera the mouse
Ratty Water Rat Kenneth Graham The Wind in the Willows

Comics[edit]

Character/s Species Comic Notes
Hammy Squirrel Over the Hedge A hyperactive squirrel, Hammy is the least intelligent, though also the most lovable character in the strip, spouting random comments at random moments. His comments usually state an unusually short lecture on a topic of little interest to the other characters.

The character started the strip as "Hammy," but the character was replaced by "Sammy." [8]

Princess Sally Acorn Squirrel Sonic the Hedgehog The co-leader of the Freedom Fighters alongside Sonic. She was created as a character for the Sonic the Hedgehog cartoon, and then used in the comic as well. As Princess to the King he once overthrew, and now leader of a rebellion, Robotnik views her as a threat. She wishes to overthrow Robotnik and free her father from the void. A romantic relationship is often shown with Sonic, though often feelings towards other characters, such as Geoffrey St. John, and Monkey Kahn, have arisen as well.

Folklore & mythology[edit]

Character/s Origin Notes
Mouse 1001 Arabian Nights (Volume 3, 150)
The Mouse and the Ichneumon
Mouse 1001 Arabian Nights (Volume 3, 151)
The Flea and the Mouse
Mouse 1001 Arabian Nights (Volume 9, 901-902)
The Mouse and the Cat
Mouse Aesop's Fables
The Lion and the Mouse
Mouse Hickory Dickory Dock
Rats Pied Piper of Hamelin
Mouse The Giant Turnip Makes a difference in pulling out the firmly rooted vegetable
Rat This Is the House That Jack Built This is the Rat that ate the malt, that lay in the house that Jack built
The Mouse King The Nutcracker and the Mouse King An evil seven-headed mouse king that seeks to destroy the Nutcracker.
Three Blind Mice Three Blind Mice
Ratatosk Norse Mythology The squirrel that ferries insults between the Eagle and the Nidhogg

Film[edit]

Character/s Species Film Notes
Ben Rat Ben The leader of the rat swarm and Danny Garrison's best friend.
Benjy Mouse Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy One member of the species which has ordered the Magratheans to construct planet Earth
Frankie Mouse Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy One member of the species which has ordered the Magratheans to construct planet Earth
Hubert Flynn Rat Rat A man who is transformed into a rat by unknown nature and his family tries to cope with the change.
Mouse Mouse Mouse Hunt A smart mouse determined to stay in an old house and avoid the house owners who are trying to rid him in order to auction their property.
Mr Jingles Mouse The Green Mile A mouse domesticated in a prison.
Rupert Squirrel The Great Rupert/A Christmas Wish A dancing squirrel who accidentally helps two economically distressed families overcome their obstacles.

Television[edit]

Character/s Species Television show Notes
Chuck Gopher Gopher Gophers! The head of the Gopher family. Played by Lou Hirsch.
Rat-In-A-Hat Rat Bananas In Pyjamas The shopkeeper of Cuddles Avenue.
Rattus P. Rattus Rat The Ferals A puppet character. He is a black rat with Ochre eyes, a mischievous sense of humour, has a love of foul odors and wears a leather-jacket. He is the leader of the ferals.
Rizzo the Rat Rat The Muppet Show A recurring character in the show and Gonzo's partner in films.
Roland Rat Rat Various Popular British television puppet character.
Splinter Rat 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' The mentor of the TMNT

Animation[edit]

Character/s Species Film Notes
Jerry Mouse Mouse Tom and Jerry A fictional animated character, in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's series of Tom and Jerry theatrical cartoon short films. Created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, Jerry is a brown anthropomorphic mouse, who first appeared in the 1940 MGM animated short Puss Gets the Boot.[9] Hanna gave the mouse's original name as "Jerry",[10] while Barbera claimed the mouse went unnamed in his first appearance.[9]
Mickey Mouse Mouse Mickey Mouse A cartoon character created in 1928 by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks at The Walt Disney Studio.[11] Mickey is an anthropomorphic black mouse and typically wears red shorts, large yellow shoes, and white gloves. He is one of the most recognizable cartoon characters in the world and is the mascot of The Walt Disney Company, the world's largest media conglomerate in terms of annual revenue.

Mickey debuted in November 1928 in the animated cartoon Steamboat Willie after initially appearing in a test screening earlier that year. Mickey appeared primarily in short films, but also in a few feature-length films. Nine of Mickey's cartoons were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film, one of which, Lend a Paw, won the award in 1942. In 1978, Mickey became the first cartoon character to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Speedy Gonzales Mouse Looney Tunes Speedy Gonzales (commonly shortened to just Speedy) is an anthropomorphic mouse in the Warner Brothers Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of cartoons. He is portrayed as "The Fastest Mouse in all Mexico" with his major traits being the ability to run extremely fast and speaking with an exaggerated Mexican accent. He usually wears an oversized yellow sombrero, white shirt and trousers (Which is a common traditional outfit worn by men and boys of rural Mexican villages), and a red kerchief, similar to that of a reveler in the San Fermin festival.

Video games[edit]

Name Type Game Notes
Conker Squirrel Diddy Kong Racing Protagonist and main character in the Conker series. In the newer games, Conker is a greedy, heavy drinking, red squirrel. Conker, though highly materialistic, always approaches new characters with a positive outlook. In Conker's Pocket Tales, he rescues his girlfriend, Berri, from the Evil Acorn; the same version of Conker appears in Diddy Kong Racing, where he is a playable character and that game marks his first appearance. In The King of Fighters XIV for the Xbox 360, Conker decides to enter the tournament to stop the Violator.
Mappy Mouse Mappy The game's main character itself is a mouse. Mappy runs on Namco Super Pac-Man hardware, modified to support horizontal scrolling. The name "Mappy" is likely derived from mappo, a Japanese slang term (slightly insulting) for a policeman.
Spike Mouse Commandos 2: Men of Courage A trained mouse given to commando Paul "Lupin" Toledo by the Burmese Spiritual Leader which can be used to distract enemies so that the commandos can evade or incapacitate them.

Mascots & Others[edit]

Character/s Species Use Notes
Chuck E. Cheese Mouse Chuck E. Cheese's Pizza Restaurant Formerly Chuck E. Cheese's Pizza Time Theatre and Chuck E. Cheese's Pizza.
Digger Gopher NASCAR on Fox camera icon Character is shown in the corner of the camera starting with the 2009 Daytona 500.
Kia Soul Hamsters Hamsters Kia Soul Video Commercials A trio of hamsters who do various gimmicks to represent the KIA Soul car.
The Nutty Squirrels Squirrels Shirley, Squirrely and Melvin A scat singing virtual band, formed the late 1950s with the song "Uh-Oh".

References[edit]

  1. ^ Thompson, M. Terry; Egesdal, Steven M. (2008). Salish Myths and Legends: One People's Stories. University of Nebraska Press. p. 103. ISBN 0-8032-1764-1. 
  2. ^ Mieder, Wolfgang (2007). The Pied Piper: A Handbook. Greenwood. pp. 71 and passim. ISBN 0-313-33464-1. 
  3. ^ "Willard (1971)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 17 August 2014. 
  4. ^ Holland, Steve (21 March 2013). "James Herbert obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  5. ^ "Disney History". The Walt Disney Company. Retrieved 17 August 2014. 
  6. ^ Tolkien, J. R. R. (2001). On Fairy-Stories. Tree and Leaf (HarperCollins). p. 16. ISBN 0-007-10504-5. 
  7. ^ Gibbs, Laura (2002–2008). "Aesopica". MythFolklore.net. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  8. ^ Fry, Michael; T. Lewis (14 May 2005), Over the Hedge, retrieved 9 October 2010 
  9. ^ a b Barbera, Joe (1994). My Life in 'Toons: From Flatbush to Bedrock in Under a Century. Atlanta, GA: Turner Publishing. pp. 73–76. ISBN 1-57036-042-1. 
  10. ^ Hanna, William (2000). A Cast of Friends. Da Capo Press. pp. 39–46. ISBN 0-306-80917-6. 
  11. ^ Kenworthy, John (2001). The Hand Behind the Mouse (Disney ed.). New York. pp. 53–54.