|Rocky and His Friends character|
From left to right, Boris Badenov, Natasha Fatale, and Fearless Leader
|Created by||Jay Ward, Alex Anderson and Bill Scott|
|Portrayed by||Christopher Neame (1992 film)|
Robert De Niro (2000 film)
|Voiced by||Bill Scott (TV series)|
Keith Scott (1998 video game, 2000 film)
Thomas Lennon (2014 short)
Piotr Michael (2018–present)
Fearless Leader is the main antagonist in the 1959–1964 animated television series Rocky and His Friends and The Bullwinkle Show, both shows often collectively referred to as The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show. He is also considered as the main antagonist of the series due to being fellow main villains Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale's employer. He was voiced by Bill Scott.
Fearless Leader is a crime boss from the fictional country Pottsylvania, and the employer of the inept mobsters Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale. He could always be found in his underground hideout, "Central Control." However, it seems evident that he did answer to one man himself: the diminutive Mr. Big. Mr. Big appears in two storylines of the series, "Upsidaisium" and "Metal Munching Moon Mice." Fearless Leader has a notable face scar, much like the Nazi Otto Skorzeny, who may have been the inspiration for the character.
As expected from his given position and name, Fearless Leader is a strict, ruthless character, and often harshly criticizes the incompetence of his main minion Gerald. He is usually shown with a long scar on his cheek and sharp, carnivorous teeth. He is distrustful of his own crime syndicate members, and is known to carry the Pottsylvania treasury with him wherever he goes. Although Pottsylvania's chief spies are given ersatz Russian accents, Fearless Leader's accent seems more in keeping with the Prussian militarist German stereotype. His monocle and sharply-angled features closely resemble Erich von Stronheim and characters from a 1942 anti-Nazi propaganda poster circulated during World War II.[a] He uses some German such as "Achtung" and "schweinhund," typical of German stereotypes in film and TV.
In other media
- Fearless Leader appears in live-action in two films: he is portrayed by Christopher Neame in Boris and Natasha: The Movie (1992) and by Robert De Niro in The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle (2000).
- Fearless Leader was also the background picture seen hanging on the wall in the old newspaper cartoon, "Grin and Bear It" by Lichty, whenever the Kremlin or politburo was being lampooned.
- Fearless Leader appears in the short film Rocky & Bullwinkle, which was released with Mr. Peabody & Sherman on Blu-ray 3D on October 14, 2014, in which he was voiced by Thomas Lennon who also wrote the short along with Robert Ben Garant.
- In the new Amazon Video series The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle Fearless Leader is voiced by Piotr Michael.
- cf: "Winning Entry in War Poster Competition". Getty Images. Retrieved 23 February 2017.
- "Voice Of Fearless Leader - Rocky and Bullwinkle | Behind The Voice Actors". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved September 6, 2017. Check mark indicates role has been confirmed using screenshots of closing credits and other reliable sources
- "Rocky and Bullwinkle return in new short on 'Mr. Peabody & Sherman' 3-D Blu-ray".
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