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Meddling human, towering tall, let my scepter shrink you small!
~ Mouse King who was about to shrink Clara.
I absolutely despise happy endings!
~ Mouse King as he flying towards Clara and Eric on his minion, Pimm.

The Mouse King, also known as The Rat King, is the main antagonist in the 2001 direct-to-DVD animated film Barbie in the Nutcracker. He first appears in Clara's parlor.

He was voiced by Tim Curry, who also played Frank-N-Furter in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the Lord of Darkness in Legend, Wadsworth in Clue, Pennywise in the It television miniseries, Thaddeus E. Klang in TaleSpin, Taurus Bulba in Darkwing Duck, Hexxus in FernGully: The Last Rainforest, the Evil Manta in The Little Mermaid television series, Cardinal Richeliu in The Three Musketeers, Farley Claymore in The Shadow, Kilokahn in Super Human Samurai Syber-Squad, Drake in The Peeble and the Penguin, Dr. Anton Sevarius in Gargoyles, Long John Silver in Muppets Treasure Island, Simon Doonan in the Titanic TV movie, Maestro Forte in Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas, Slagar the Cruel in Redwall, Dr. Slicer in Recess, Ben Ravencroft in Scooby-Doo and the Witch's Ghost, Big Brother in Johnny Bravo, Professor Calamitous in The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, Scarlet Fever and Nick O' Teen in Ozzy & Drix, Dale "The Whale" Biederbeck in Monk, Belial in The Legend of Atlantis, El Maléfico in ¡Mucha Luca!: The Return of El Maléfico, Von Talon in Valiant, Anatoly Cherdenko in Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3, Philippe in Barbie and The Three Musketeers, Billy Flynn in Criminal Minds, and Emperor Palpatine in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.


The Mouse King (before he became a king, of course) was the royal advisor to Prince Eric's father. When the King died, he left his magic sceptre to the Mouse until his son was fit to rule. Unfortunately, the Mouse took a liking to his new status and turned the Prince into a nutcracker.

He arrives in Clara's parlour to finish him off. Clara manages to save her Nutcracker, but not before the Mouse King shrinks her. As the two of them enter Parthenia on their search for the Sugar Plum Princess, the Mouse King tries to stop them at every turn. With the help of his bat spy, Pimm, he sends out rock giants and decoy castles.

At the courtyard, the Mouse King stage a coup as he turning Parthenians into the stone statues, and then the Nutcracker eventually fight him again, but the ruthless tyrant loses by being shrunk to the size of an actual mouse after a shrinking spell cast he cast is reflected back on him, forcing him to flee into the sewers, which had all the people turned back to normal for their freedom and his evil spell was gone. However, still eager for revenge, he snatches the locket Clara wore and opening it, and by sending her home, but is afterwards knocked to the ground after Pimm (whom he is riding on) is knocked out by a snowball throwing by Peppermint Girl.

It is unknown what happened to The Mouse King afterwards.


The Mouse King is the most powerful, influential, and authoritative citizen in Parthenia and he knows it. He uses his power solely to please himself and shows no regard for the citizens under his reign. In fact, he doesn't even think he needs them; he lets his army use their homes as a food source and actually tells the Nutcracker he doesn't need their loyalty. A lot of the Mouse's power comes from the fact that he has an army, a magic sceptre and a spy who can tell him what's going on in the kingdom. Because of this, most people live in fear of him and avoid his army.

Major Mint and Captain Candy - the only people who seem to be trying to defeat him before the Nutcracker and Clara's arrival - are dismissed as "gullible idiots", so they clearly aren't much of a threat to him. The Nutcracker is a tougher opponent; although the Mouse is sceptical of the Sugar Plum Princess's existence, he decides to "reduce the Nutcracker to a pile of splinters before he can find her". He also refers to the Nutcracker as a "thorn in his side".

The Mouse is also shown to be very short-tempered, ruthless, argumentative, cantankerous, and uncooperative, as he wants everything to go as he planned. When two of his soldiers admit they failed to capture the Nutcracker, he turns them to stone with his magic sceptre. Since he has a vast collection of petrified subjects, he clearly does this a lot.


The Mouse King is an anthropomorphic gray rat with yellow eyes with a British accent. He is always seen in his black and purple uniform and crown, sceptre in hand.


  • He was the only main antagonist to be an animal.
  • He is the first antagonist who have a bat, the second being Gwyllion in Barbie: Mariposa & the Fairy Princess.
  • His voice actor Tim Curry worked with Catherine O'Hara (who voiced Duchess Rowena) in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.


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