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The Rat
Background information
Feature films Lady and the Tramp
The Great Cat Family (cameo)
Short films
Television programs
Video games
Park attractions
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Performance model
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name
Other names Herman (in an early script)
Personality Mean, sneaky, hungry, thirsty
Appearance Slender, dark gray, with yellow eyes
Alignment Bad
Goal To find food/water
Home The sewers
Enemies Lady, Tramp
Likes Food, eating, water
Powers and abilities
Weapons Teeth
Fate Gets killed by Tramp

The Rat is a vicious, nameless rodent, and the final and true main antagonist in Disney's Lady and the Tramp.


Lady and the Tramp

Lady first encounters the rat while she is running happily in the backyard. She sees the rat, growls, and chases after it, causing the rodent to scatter through a hole in the fence.

The rat has a bigger antagonistic role in the climax of the film when it comes back to Jim Dear and Darling's house through the fence hole, while Lady is tied to her doghouse on a rainy night. While Lady barks at the rat, Aunt Sarah tells her to shush. Tramp hears Lady's barks and she tells him that there's a rat in the house. Tramp follows the rat to the baby's room just in time before it can harm the infant. The two engage in a fight until at one point, the rat climbs to the top of the baby's crib, about to kill the infant. Tramp chases the rat off the crib while overturning it by accident, causing the baby to cry. Finally, Tramp manages to corner the rat behind the couch and kill it.

Having been alerted by the commotion, Aunt Sarah arrives and, not seeing the rat, mistakenly believes that Lady and Tramp had attempted to harm the baby, promptly locking Lady in the basement and sending Tramp off to the pound. However, as soon as Jim Dear and Darling return, Lady shows them the body of the dead rat, clearing Tramp's name.


  • In an early script, the Rat's name was Herman. Also, Lady fought it instead of Tramp.
  • The Rat is the only antagonist in the film that doesn't make any sound whatsoever other than a few squeaks, while it was being attacked by Tramp.
  • It is never outright stated that the Rat wants to harm the baby. However, it is implied as it sneaks into the baby's room and, at one point, jumps into the baby's crib, but is thrown out by Tramp.
  • The Rat was the only villain to die at the end.
  • The Rat was animated by Wolfgang Reitherman, who also animated Monstro, the climax's antagonist of Pinocchio.
  • Although its role is small, the Rat is likely the main antagonist because it had bigger plans and was far more dangerous than anyone else.


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Media: Lady and the Tramp | Lady and the Tramp (soundtrack) | Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure | House of Mouse

Books: Classic Storybook | Disney's Wonderful World of Reading | Little Golden Book

Characters: Lady | Tramp | Jock | Trusty | Aunt Sarah | Si and Am | Jim Dear | Darling | Jim Jr. | Tony | Joe | Policeman | Professor | The Dogcatcher | Stray Dogs | Al the Alligator | Hyena | Mr. Busy | The Rat | Peg | Bull | Toughy | Boris | Pedro | Dachsie | Scamp | Angel | Annette, Danielle and Collette | Buster | Reggie | Francois | Sparky | Mooch | Ruby | Scratchy | Otis

Locations: Lady's House | The Zoo | Tony's Restaurant | Dog Pound | The Junkyard

Songs: Bella Notte | Jock's Song | What is a Baby? | La La Lu | The Siamese Cat Song | He's a Tramp | Welcome Home | World Without Fences | Junkyard Society Rag | I Didn't Know That I Could Feel This Way | Always There

Start a Discussion Discussions about The Rat

  • How this Rat would harm the baby?

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    • Tramp's fight with the rat is one of my favorite parts in the film, but I have always wondered, how exactly would this rat harm the baby? Would...
    • I think it would have done either one, or bit the baby as well. I used to be so scared of the Tramp vs rat fight scene when I was a little gi...

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