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Oh, my dear Bartholomew, I'm afraid you have gone and upset me. You know what happens when someone upsets me...
―Ratigan before summoning Felicia

Bartholomew was one of Ratigan's henchmen in Disney's 1986 animated feature film The Great Mouse Detective. When he called Ratigan a rat, he was eaten by Felicia the cat.

Role in the film[]

Bartholomew is an alcoholic. He is constantly seen drinking from a beer mug and becomes disappointed whenever he runs out. During Ratigan's song, when Ratigan dumps a bottle of champagne into his water fountain, Bartholomew gets very excited and immediately runs over to the fountain, where he starts drinking from it. Then Ratigan kicks him, and Bartholomew falls and starts swimming around in it. When Ratigan talks about his history with Basil, Bartholomew starts crying about the part that Ratigan never had a moment's peace in mind.

Later, when they are finishing up a verse of the song, he drunkenly says, "To Ratigan, the world's greatest rat!", which makes Ratigan very mad (as he despises being called a rat). The other henchmen immediately jump to his defense, pleading with Ratigan to spare Bartholomew from his wrath, as they know what punishment he has in mind for him, trying to chalk up his error to a drunken mistake. Unfortunately, their pleas to him fall on deaf ears, as he throws Bartholomew outside of the hideout and summons Felicia with a bell. However, Bartholomew is too drunk to notice her, and she easily catches and eats him. Bartholomew starts drunkenly singing the praises to Ratigan, and is swallowed whole just as he is about to call his vengeful boss a rat again. After a short period of mourning from the other henchmen, Ratigan suggests that they finish the song before he has Felicia eat the rest of them, which they do out of fright.



  • He was voiced by Barrie Ingham, who also voiced Basil of Baker Street in the same movie.
  • Bartholomew and Ratigan are the only characters who definitively die in The Great Mouse Detective.
    • Fidget is only presumed dead after being thrown into the Thames River, and Felicia is only presumed dead after her mauling by the royal guard dogs.
  • He is the only character in the film to have an onscreen death (while Ratigan also died, but it wasn’t shown onscreen).
  • He is the only thug that wears red (Lavender) in the film (while Bill the Lizard wears green), and the other thugs were brown and black).

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