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Rufus (Kim Possible)

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Rufus in Rons Pocket
Background information
Feature films Kim Possible: A Sitch in Time
Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama
Short films
Television programs Kim Possible
Lilo and Stitch: The Series (guest star)
Video games Kim Possible: Revenge of Monkey Fist
Kim Possible 2: Drakken's Demise
Kim Possible 3: Team Possible
Kim Possible: Global Gemini
Kim Possible: Kimmunicator
Kim Possible: What's the Switch?
Park attractions
Portrayed by
Portrayed by
Voice Nancy Cartwright[1][2]
Performance model
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name
Other names
Personality Funny, loyal, mischievous, brave, kind
Appearance Slender pink mole rat, buck-toothed, whiskers, no fur, lavender eye circles and feet
Occupation Ron's pet
Alignment Good
Goal To assist Kim and Ron on missions
Home Middleton
Allies His owner Ron Stoppable, Kim Possible, Wade, Monique, Lilo Pelekai, Stitch, Jumba Jookiba, Pleakley
Enemies Dr. Drakken and Shego, Senor Senior Sr. and Senor Senior Jr., Monkey Fist, Duff Killigan, Professor Dementor, DNAmy, Gill, The Bebes, Motor Ed, Camille Leon, Bonnie Rockwaller, Josh Mankey, Electronique, Shaun (and his iguana), Jumba Jookiba (formerly), Pleakley (formerly)
Likes Cheese, nachos, snacking, dancing, romance
Dislikes Insults, enemies, Ron in trouble, Débutante (sometimes), meatcakes, monkeys
Powers and abilities Mystical Monkey Power
Electronic Tampering
Weapons Buck teeth
Quote "Cheese!"
"Plants, phooey!"

Rufus[3] is a naked mole rat, the pet friend, and soul brother of Ron Stoppable and tritagonist in the Kim Possible franchise. Rufus lives almost full-time in Ron's pocket, and accompanies him everywhere. For an animal, he is exceptionally intelligent, but average by human standards, and is capable of vocalizations approximating limited speech; it is unclear if his "speech" is actual or a case of "audience filter" and not understandable to anyone other than Ron.


Rufus is a small naked mole rat at a height of about 4 inches tall. He has no hair and is completely pink. Buck teeth and whiskers protrude from his mouth and face.  


Rufus is generally portrayed as pink, small and light, and very agile, which proves useful time and again. He shares several things in common with his owner: his love of Bueno Nacho food (and subsequently, the Naco), his ability to eat with practically no regard for the food he is eating, sharing Ron's disgust for others, and an overall laid-back, casual attitude. However, unlike Ron, he has been known to abandon this attitude at crucial times, often using quicker thinking than his owner.      

Rufus tends to display frustration with Ron when he uses him in an embarrassing way, or fails to give Rufus (or others) due credit. However, he has generally stuck by Ron in virtually every situation, and though he does not have the same fear, has the same overall dislike for monkeys. Rufus also possesses mystical monkey powers as he was in Ron's pocket when he got his, but never using them beyond displaying a greater degree of mastery of Yamanouchi ninja training than Ron, as well as once controlling the Lotus Blade. In the episode "Oh No! Yono!", he was the first one to be turned into a statue by Yono the Destroyer, but was subsequently turned back.


He was bought by Ron at Smarty Mart, during Ron's quest for a pet which would not aggravate his father's allergies to animal fur. When he was first bought, Rufus's appearance more resembled that of an actual naked mole rat, being wrinkled, eyes barely open and considerably smaller.


  • Electronics and mechanical tampering.
  • Powerful teeth for digging, can cut concrete, certain metals, and rope.
  • Extensive rapping skills.
  • Able to articulate some words in English, the most famous being "cheese."
  • Became exposed to Mystical Monkey Power in "Monkey Fist Strikes", and seems to have better control over it, than Ron has on his own.


He is the pet and friend of Ron Stoppable, and the ally and friend of Kim Possible and in general is friendly with everyone he meets.

Love Interest

Débutante, Camille Léon's hairless cat, playfully adores Rufus. Even though it seems to be a one-sided love, at the end credits of the episode "Trading Faces", Rufus and Débutante are seen dining at a fancy restaurant, but Rufus seemed a little uneasy about it. In "Chasing Rufus", their relationship becomes closer, as they expressed regret for separating to return to their respectful owners.

Alternate Versions

Behind the Scenes


Rufus is 2 as of Season 1; 4 as of Season 4 (estimated, based on his appearance as a newborn in A Sitch in Time).

Appearances in Other Media


  • Aside from Ron understanding him, it is unclear if Rufus is actually able to speak words, or if the vocalizations are a production trick known as "perception filter" for the sake of the audience, which is usually underscored in other franchises where animals speak clearly between themselves, but then briefly shown from the perspective of humans as only making animal sounds.
  • Rufus has a few links to otherwise unconnected Disney characters. He shares the same name as Penny's tabby cat in The Rescuers, and Timon, the meerkat in The Lion King, was originally to be of the same species as him.
  • In the Lilo & Stitch: The Series crossover episode Rufus, Rufus was mistaken by Jumba Jookiba for Experiment 607 (A.K.A. Launch).
  • In A Sitch in Time, despite being with the time-lost Kim and Ron, Rufus had a sizable number of progeny, strongly implying that he has already procreated, or a lesser thought-of idea being that he was cloned, explaining the future Rufus's worship of him. They refer to him as Rufus Prime. Although, given the social nature of mole rat society, it may not be so surprising after all.
  • In the movie, Rufus is asked by the others what the meaning of life is. Rufus responds "cheese" which prompts one Rufus to tell the other, "You owe me a buck."
  • According to the show's creators, Rufus's name is an ironic pun on the name of the naked mole rat's natural enemy, the Rufous beaked snake.
  • Rufus has Mystical Monkey Powers of his own which he got because presumably he was in Ron's pants pocket when Ron got his, and was imbued with his own at that time. If he has some level of control over them it may explain why he can hold his own in a fight and bite through things that a naked mole rat would normally be unable to bite through. However, in A Sitch in Time: Past, he does so even before he gets the powers.
  • "Rufus" was the name of Ron's imaginary friend in preschool. He was "very big".
  • Ron bought Rufus in his preteens.
  • Rufus means "red haired".
  • His voice actress, Nancy Cartwright is perhaps best known as one of the cast members on the Fox Network's long running animated sitcom, The Simpsons (1989-present).


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See Also



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Kim Possible | Kim Possible: What's the Switch? | Kim Possible: Kimmunicator | Kim Possible: Revenge of Monkey Fist | Kim Possible 2: Drakken's Demise | Kim Possible 3: Team Possible | Kim Possible: Global Gemini | Lilo and Stitch: The Series | Phineas and Ferb | Kim Possible World Showcase Adventure


Heroes: Kim Possible | Ron Stoppable | Rufus | Wade | Dr. Ann Possible | Dr. James Possible | Jim and Tim Possible | Mr. Stoppable | Mrs. Stoppable | Hana Stoppable | Monique | Steve Barkin | Bonnie Rockwaller | Ned | Nana Possible | Team Go | Martin Smarty | Artie Smarty | Team Impossible | Betty Director | Cousin Larry | Vivian Francis Porter | Felix Renton | Zita Flores | Master Sensei | Yori | Slim Possible | Joss Possible | Yono | Mego | Hego | Wego Twins | Steel Toe | Pain King | Professor Acari | Connie Rockwaller | Lonnie Rockwaller | Mrs. Rockwaller | Tara | Jessica | Hope | Marcella | Liz | Crystal | Franklin Barkin | Wayne | Shaun | Reuben Stoppable | Vinnie | Big Mike | Mr. McHenry | Junior | Prince Wally | Wanda Wong | Toshimiru | Alan Platt | Akute | Officer Hobble | Amelia | Pop Pop Porter | Kyoko Yoshiko | Nakasumi-San | Timothy North | SADI | Middleton High School Cheerleaders | Will Du | Cyrus Bortel | Oh Boyz | Roachie
Villians: Dr. Drakken | Shego | Monkey Fist | Duff Killigan | Señor Senior, Senior | Señor Senior, Junior | Amy Hall | Gil Moss | Camille Leon | Frugal Lucre | Bebe | Adrena Lynn | Gemini | Professor Dementor | Fashionistas | Warmonga | Warhok | Edward Lipsky | Falsetto Jones | Nanny Maim | Hank Perkins | Stone Gorilla | Jackie the Jackal | Aviarius | Fukushima | Knights of Rodegan


Season One: Crush | Sink or Swim | The New Ron | Tick-Tick-Tick | Downhill | Bueno Nacho | Number One | Mind Games | Attack of the Killer Bebes | Royal Pain | Coach Possible | Pain King vs. Cleopatra | Monkey Fist Strikes | October 31st | All the News | Kimitation Nation | The Twin Factor | Animal Attraction | Monkey Ninjas in Space | Ron the Man | Low Budget
Season Two: Naked Genius | Grudge Match | Two to Tutor | The Ron Factor | Car Trouble | Rufus in Show | Adventures in Rufus-Sitting | Job Unfair | The Golden Years | Virtu-Ron | The Fearless Ferret | Exchange | Rufus vs. Commodore Puddles | Day of the Snowmen | A Sitch in Time | A Very Possible Christmas | Queen Bebe | Hidden Talent | Return to Wannaweep | Go Team Go | The Full Monkey | Blush | Partners | Oh Boyz | Sick Day | The Truth Hurts | Mother's Day | Motor Ed | Ron Millionaire | Triple S | Rewriting History
Season Three: Steal Wheels | Emotion Sickness | Bonding | Bad Boy | Showdown at the Crooked D | Dimension Twist | So the Drama | Overdue | Roachie | Rappin' Drakken | Team Impossible | Gorilla Fist | And the Mole Rat Will Be CGI
Season Four: Ill Suited | The Big Job | Trading Faces | The Cupid Effect | Car Alarm | Mad Dogs and Aliens | Grande Size Me | Clothes Minded | Big Bother | Fashion Victim | Odds Man In | Stop Team Go | Cap'n Drakken | Mathter and Fervent | The Mentor of Our Discontent | Oh No! Yono! | Clean Slate | Homecoming Upset | Chasing Rufus | Nursery Crimes | Larry's Birthday | Graduation


SADI | Neuro-Compliance Chip | Lotus Blade | Kimmunicator | Silver Cutlass | The Attitudinator | Amulet of the Monkey King | Molecular Muscle Enhancer | Naco | Diablo Sauce | Giant Laser Drill | Pop Pop's Mini Corn Dogs | Pop Pop's Blimp


Middleton | Middleton High School | Middleton Mall | Bueno Nacho | Smarty Mart | Possible House | Stoppable House | Club Banana | Middleton Space Center | Middleton Medical Center | Camp Wannaweep | Yamanouchi Ninja School | Forbidden City Museum | Pickle on a Pike | Middleton Institute of Science and Technology | Middleton Magnetic Institute | Middleton Geological Center | Middleton Motor Lodge | University of Upperton | Canada | Tokyo | Japan | Port Mystic Cove Haven


Call Me, Beep Me! | Could it Be | Rappin' Drakken | Naked Mole Rap | Say The Word | Pop Pop's Mini Corn Dogs (song)

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