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|“||Breaker, breaker, little mate. I forgot to tell you around here, you need to be QUIET! Or the Rangers might hear you. Now, sit down, relax, enjoy the view. Nothing but abandoned opal mines as far as the eye can see. And dead ahead is home sweet home.
♪ Home, home on the range
Where the critters are tied up in chains
I cut through their sides
And I rip off their hides
And the next day, I do it again ♪
♪ Home, home on the range... ♪
|~ Percival C. McLeach to Cody and then he sings his own twisted version of Home on the Range.|
Percival C. McLeach is the main antagonist of Disney's 29th full-length animated feature film The Rescuers Down Under.
He is an evil, cunning, bloodthirsty, aggressive, heartless and ruthless poacher who is motivated to kill animals and sometimes humans without any reason besides his own sadistic pleasure and greed, as he sought to capture a rare eagle and sell her for a fortune and had multiple attempts on Cody's life. McLeach was so utterly antisocial that he was willing to feed Cody to a swarm of crocodiles once the boy had outlived his usefulness. This makes him one of the most sadistic Disney villains to date. He is also the archenemy of Cody and Bernard.
McLeach is an extremely traitorous, hedonistic, ruthless, cruel, murderous and greedy man, a person who is so evil, brutal, menacing and merciless that he would willingly kill anyone, including children, if they got in the way of his sinister designs. He is a remorseless and wicked sadist, even with his attempts at being affable masking his true self. McLeach is an insanely immoral, unstable and treacherous poacher who hunts down rare animals and then keeps them in torturous conditions only for him to kill or sell them to the highest bidder; and would stop at absolutely nothing to achieve his evil goals, whether it is through lies, bargaining, threats, or blackmail. Despite knowing that the animals that he hunt are sapient, he's delighted to "tear off their hides." However, McLeach does have something of a comedic edge, but this only highlights his cruelty and sadism, as well as the fact that it is normally at the expense of others. Thus, his funnier moments do not contradict his crimes.
Contradictory to his appearance and manner of speaking, McLeach is a smart person who has actually shown to be quite canny and intelligent, so much that he did not underestimate Cody even though he was a boy because he knew that he could still tell the rangers on his poaching and decided to kidnap and then fake that he was eaten by the crocodiles. He also realized that Cody possessed an emotional connection between the boy and the eagle he was hunting, so he pretended to free and then sadistically lied that the eagle was dead and followed him to her nest where he was able to capture her. So, McLeach is utterly psychopathic and certifiable that he was willing to eat the eagles' eggs so that it stayed rare and would have fed Cody to a swarm of hungry and vicious crocodiles. McLeach, on top of almost killing Cody, showed delight in tormenting him. He went as far as to dunk him inside the corcodiles several times for fun. This indicates that on top killing various animals and possibly humans, he also tortures them for no reason other than pure sadism.
As shown by his own twisted version of "Home on the Range", McLeach enjoys inflicting pain on animals, which is also revealed by the conditions he kept the animals that he poached and the way that he constantly threatens and insults his pet lizard named Joanna. However, despite how much McLeach is irritated by Joanna, he still does not kill her; although he does come close in parts of the film. This shows that he is willing to spare animals that are useful towards him.
He is also shown to be highly sarcastic, vituperative, cynical, uncomplimentary and contumelious, after cornering Cody he mockingly pretends to be scared that he might call the Rangers and turn him in to justice. He is also not above torturing people for information and has also shown to possess extreme arrogance, as shown when he had fended off a swarm of crocodiles, McLeach proceeded to yell triumphantly and did not realize that a waterfall was behind him and later fell to his death, as well as boasting about having a third grade education, showing that he is all too sure of himself when overestimating his intelligence. That said, his feats show that he was capable of anything he wanted as long as it involved making a profit.
Overall, Percival C. McLeach is one of the evilest villains ever created by Disney. His sadism, greed and attempted murder of a child make him an example of someone who is smart regarding being as vile as possible in spite of lacking an education.
|“||I didn't make it all the way through third grade for nothing!||„|
|~ McLeach before pursing Cody in his truck.|
Not much known about McLeach's early life, but he had 3 years of formal education before either being needed at home, quitting, or being expelled. He considers this a great achievement. It is unknown how he got his pet monitor lizard named Joanna, although he accepts her as his poaching partner, he constantly disliked her incompetence and shows her little patience. At an unknown point, he captured several animals, including a frill-necked lizard named Frank and a koala bear named Krebbs, for a profit and held them all in the same room for an unknown period of time prior to the film. Krebbs found it surprising that McLeach would add a human to this collection.
The Rescuers Down Under
McLeach was first introduced to Cody when the boy fell into a pit-trap after he befriended a rare and magnificent eagle known as Marahute beforehand. The boy still had one of her feathers as a parting gift, which would prove to be a mistake as McLeach noticed the feather and decided to kidnap the boy to help him track down the eagle (though McLeach was also intending on kidnapping the boy regardless, so as not to risk being found by the authorities). Cody told him the feather was a secret and he could not tell McLeach who gave it to him, but McLeach insists that he knows who gave him it seeing as to how he has the exact same feather of Marahute's mate whom he killed.
McLeach proceeds to toss Cody's backpack to crocodiles to trick the rangers into believing that the boy had been eaten by the animals and thus covering his tracks. Meanwhile, Cody is driven to McLeach's lair where he is soon put in a cage alongside a collection of rare and protected Australian wildlife, many of which are living in terrible conditions.
However, Cody is in luck as two mice from the Rescue Aid Society are soon sent to aid him, being none other than Bernard and Bianca, the heroes of the first film. Upon arriving in Australia, the two mice become aware of McLeach's true plan once they track him down.
Knowing that Cody was emotionally attached to the eagle, McLeach cruelly lied to the boy, telling him that he heard from the radio that the Marahute had been shot by another hunter and thus, nobody was around to guard her eggs. However, this was a facade and when Cody ran off to find the eggs, McLeach followed in his bushwacker. He also brought along his lizard sidekick named Joanna, so that she could eat the eggs and thus, ensure that McLeach gets even more wealth via making Marahute the last of her kind (not knowing that Bernard had managed to save the eaglets and put three egg-shaped rocks in their place).
McLeach proceeds to capture Cody and Marahute, taking them to a cliff where he ties Cody up and decides to feed the boy to a swarm of saltwater crocodiles since he had outlived his usefulness, but Bernard manages to stop the machine McLeach was using to lower Cody into the river.
McLeach has responded by getting out of the vehicle and personally started firing at the rope holding Cody with a shotgun, but Bernard once again thinks fast and tricks Joanna into chasing him, causing her to knock both McLeach and herself into the river in the process.
While in the river, McLeach is attacked by crocodiles, but he fends them off. After a while, the crocodiles departed and McLeach taunts them triumphantly thinking that he out did them. However, as McLeach turned around and notices Joanna waving goodbye, he realizes in horror that the crocodiles were not actually afraid of him, but were swimming away from a huge waterfall. McLeach panics and tries to escape, but is swept over the falls and plunges from the waterfall to his watery grave.
House of Mouse
McLeach was briefly seen in the episode "House of Crime", where he got into a heated and acrimonious argument against Stromboli from Pinocchio. He also makes a possible cameo appearance in Mickey's House of Villains, but he does not take part in the takeover.
- Bryan Brown, Clint Eastwood, Paul Hogan, the late John Mahoney, the late Jack Palance and Mandy Patinkin were considered for the role of McLeach before the late George C. Scott was cast. John Mahoney also played Robert Terwilliger Sr. in The Simpsons and Management in Burn Notice. Jack Palance also played Rothbart in The Swan Princess, Carl Grissom in Tim Burton's Batman and Voltan in Hawk the Slayer. Mandy Patinkin also played Huxley in The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland by Columbia Pictures and Satan in Touched by an Angel.
- Although he is the main antagonist of the second film of the series, he is considered to be more evil than his predecessor Madame Medusa, who was as greedy as he was, but never murderous, nor as dangerous as McLeach was. His crimes are generally far worse than hers even disregarding his attempted murders.
- However, he is to her as they both kidnap a little child who has the same gender as them (a girl named Penny for Medusa, a boy named Cody for McLeach) to get an item they want to become rich (Medusa wants the Devil Eye, McLeach wants an eagle for a fortune). They both have vicious pets who are the opposite gender to them (male crocodiles named Brutus & Nero for Medusa, female lizard named Joanna for McLeach). Both have shotguns. And they both end up being chased by crocodiles in the climax of each movie (Medusa is faced by Brutus & Nero who want to eat her as revenge for abusing them unable to escape them, McLeach bravely fought off the unnamed Crocodiles).
- The shotgun that McLeach uses is a Winchester Model 1912 with heavy modifications inclusive of a scope.
- Ironically, George C. Scott was actually an animal lover.
- The early drafts of the film originally had C. McLeach being eaten and maimed by a pack of dingoes, but this idea was dropped from the film due to its graphic nature.
- Several Disney's villains such as Gaston LeGume, John Ratcliffe, Cecil Clayton and Commander Rourke were based on McLeach.
- His sinister version of Home on the Range was in fact intepreted by Joanna the Goanna's actor.