|“||Listen Mole, there is no such thing in this world, as friends!||„|
|~ The Chief Weasel to Mole|
The Chief Weasel is the main antagonist in the 1996 film The Wind in the Willows. He is portrayed by Antony Sher.
The Chief Weasel plays a very similar role in the film as he does in the novel, except in the film he and the weasels also own a large dog food factory. The Chief tries to kill Toad, Ratty and Badger by dropping them into a mincer but they are saved by Mole. The Chief then goes to Toad Hall and receives a birthday bake from his fellow weasels, but as he blows out the candles, it explodes in his face.
Before the weasels can decide who will be their new leader, Toad and his gang raid the dining room and sang a song about their friendship while the weasels were too busy fighting each other. The Chief, still alive, takes the opportunity to escape to the dog food factory in order to detonate the explosives he had supposedly placed in Toad Hall. Toad spots him and gives chase. The Chief Weasel revealed to Toad that he's also planning to destroy the forest. Toad asks the Chief why he's doing this. The Chief explained to him that doing so will make him rich, before making him plummet and continuing the countdown. Toad runs back to the hall to warn Badger, Ratty and Mole (who were still singing) that they are in grave danger, but he is too late as the Chief sets off the explosives before he can reach it. However, he is unaware that Ratty and Mole had previously switched the explosives with bones that were meant to go to the factory, meaning the explosives are actually in the factory. As a result, the Chief Weasel perishes in a huge explosion that destroys the factory, and Toad and his gang are unharmed.