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Why is Splinter from Ninja Turtles not mentioned as one of the positive portrayals of rats in culture? There was an entire decade when "Splinter" was the #1 most popular name for pet rats just because of that character!
Also the main character for the film Ratatouille??? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 184.108.40.206 (talk) 12:36, 12 April 2012 (UTC)
If you feel some characters should be added, please feel free to add them! Ncboy2010 (talk) 11:39, 20 June 2012 (UTC)
Stuart little?? GM1 (talk) 17:51, 2 January 2014 (UTC)
I think that the explanation on mice and rats is too trivial and sounds more like opinions than facts. Besides those lists concern single characters not multitudes of those species. Suggestion: Remove information. Deltasim (talk) 12:28, 2 September 2014 (UTC)
I think the expanded lede is a step in the right direction, but I agree that it is disorganized and perhaps over-filled with trivial details. I would recommend reworking and expanding it. The lede is intended to give a brief summary of the topic and this in turn demonstrates the notability of the list article, guaranteeing its survival at AfD. Because this is a list article the topic to be demonstrated as notable is "fictional rodents". So characteristics of the fictional rodent figure are correctly highlighted in the current version of the lede, however the sourcing that is used isn't great. Specific facts about specific fictional rodents are sourced (e.g. Mickey Mouse was a success for Disney, James Herbert's 'The Rats' is a story about rats eating a vagrant, etc.) but the sources are limited to the narrow claim and do not cover the broader topic of this article: the fictional rodent. In other words there is little or no context in the sources and we need contextual sourcing to summarize and demonstrate notability of the topic as a whole. How does the fictional mouse or rat fit into society? Are rats loathed in many cultures? Let's source that fact. Are mice less menacing and more appealing? Let's source it. What about the other rodents? How has the character of the fictional rodent differed across cultures and changed in time? I would use the lede for list of fictional badgers as a model. It's not perfect, but I think it exemplifies the basic idea we should be shooting for. -Thibbs (talk) 13:15, 2 September 2014 (UTC)