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Botticelli Remorso is the main antagonist of the 2003 fantasy novel The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo and its 2008 computer-animated film adaptation of the same name by Universal Pictures.

He is a cruel and manipulative sewer rat who serves as the tyrannical leader of the rat world.

He was voiced by Ciarán Hinds, who also played Steppenwolf in Justice League, Jonathan Reiss in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – The Cradle of Life and Mephisto in Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance.


Botticelli is domineering, oppressive, pompous and tyrannical. He is a greedy and manipulative sewer rat who plans to devour all the humans of the kingdom, so that he and the rats could have a commanding influence on the outside world and roam the city for life. He is shown to be a sadistic and deceptive trickster, as he loves to trick others and watch them suffer.

What Makes Him Pure Evil?

  • Believes the meaning of life is to make others suffer.
  • Killed most of his enemies and decorates his town with the bones of his enemies.
  • Has the mice tortured and enslaved in his dungeon.
  • Throws mice into an arena and forces them to fight a large feral cat for his own amusement and the cat has won most of the time.
  • Double-crosses Mig and Roscoro by imprisoning her as well as Princess Pea despite the deal being Mig will be Princess while Pea is imprisoned.
  • Plans to eat every human in the kingdom and then rule it and plans to kill Princess Pea to provoke them.


  • It's quite ironic that his surname be "Remorso" (Italian for 'remorse'), since Botticelli felt anything but remorse for his crimes, which is fitting for his Pure Evil status.

External Links


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Animated Features
Warren T. Rat | Steele | Botticelli Remorso | Archibald Snatcher

Mr. Grasping | Toplofty and O'Bloat | Chief McBrusque


See Also
Universal Pictures Pure Evils