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, 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. 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. 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/sSpeciesAuthorWorkNotes
MorwennaSquirrelRobin JarvisThe Deptford MiceAn evil squirrel who betrayed the realm of Greenreach
VeraMouseMarjolein BastinVera the mouse
RattyWater RatKenneth GrahamThe Wind in the Willows

Comics[edit]

Character/sSpeciesComicNotes
HammySquirrelOver the HedgeA 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 AcornSquirrelSonic the HedgehogThe 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/sOriginNotes
Mouse1001 Arabian Nights (Volume 3, 150)
The Mouse and the Ichneumon
Mouse1001 Arabian Nights (Volume 3, 151)
The Flea and the Mouse
Mouse1001 Arabian Nights (Volume 9, 901-902)
The Mouse and the Cat
MouseAesop's Fables
The Lion and the Mouse
MouseHickory Dickory Dock
RatsPied Piper of Hamelin
MouseThe Giant TurnipMakes a difference in pulling out the firmly rooted vegetable
RatThis Is the House That Jack BuiltThis is the Rat that ate the malt, that lay in the house that Jack built
The Mouse KingThe Nutcracker and the Mouse KingAn evil seven-headed mouse king that seeks to destroy the Nutcracker.
Three Blind MiceThree Blind Mice
RatatoskNorse MythologyThe squirrel that ferries insults between the Eagle and the Nidhogg

Film[edit]

Character/sSpeciesFilmNotes
BenjyMouseHitchhikers' Guide to the GalaxyOne member of the species which has ordered the Magratheans to construct planet Earth
FrankieMouseHitchhikers' Guide to the GalaxyOne member of the species which has ordered the Magratheans to construct planet Earth
MouseMouseMouse HuntA 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 JinglesMouseThe Green MileA mouse domesticated in a prison.
RupertSquirrelThe Great Rupert/A Christmas WishA dancing squirrel who accidentally helps two economically distressed families overcome their obstacles.

Television[edit]

Character/sSpeciesTelevision showNotes
Rat-In-A-HatRatBananas In PyjamasThe shopkeeper of Cuddles Avenue
Rizzo the RatRatThe Muppet ShowA recurring character in the show and Gonzo's partner in films.
SplinterRatTeenage Mutant Hero TurtlesMaster of the Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles in the Cartoon.
Roland RatRatVariousPopular British television puppet character.

Animation[edit]

Character/sSpeciesFilmNotes
Jerry MouseMouseTom and JerryA 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 MouseMouseMickey MouseA 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 GonzalesMouseLooney TunesSpeedy Gonzales (commonly shortened to just Speedy) is an 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]

NameTypeGameNotes
ConkerSquirrelDiddy Kong RacingProtagonist 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.
MappyMouseMappyThe 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.
SpikeMouseCommandos 2: Men of CourageA 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.

Mascot[edit]

Character/sSpeciesUseNotes
Chuck E. CheeseMouseChuck E. Cheese's Pizza RestaurantFormerly Chuck E. Cheese's Pizza Time Theatre and Chuck E. Cheese's Pizza.
DiggerGopherNASCAR on Fox camera iconCharacter is shown in the corner of the camera starting with the 2009 Daytona 500.

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.