|“||Why be you, when you can be new?||„|
|~ Ratchet changing Bigweld's inspirational slogan.|
|“||Do you know what I call robots who can't afford upgrades? SCRAP METAL!||„|
|~ Ratchet planning on outmoding the entire lower-class population of Robot City.|
Phineas T. Ratchet is the central antagonist of Blue Sky's 2nd animated feature film Robots.
He is trying to take over Bigweld Industries through lies and manipulation so that he can recycle all outmoded and discarded robots in town as ingots to be used for upgrades. He is Madame Gasket's son and Rodney's arch-enemy along with Gasket.
Ratchet hates Rodney bringing Bigweld back to life. His goal is to destroy Bigweld. He has a mother named Madame Gasket, who is the true mastermind behind Ratchet's plot to take over Robot City. He flirts with Cappy and wants her to be his wife, but she is repulsed by him and his motives.
When Bigweld returns to Bigweld Industries and fires Ratchet, Ratchet was told to get out. In desperation, Ratchet whacks Bigweld in the head with the intercom, knocking him out. Then he ordered his guards to send Bigweld to the Chop Shop to be turned into ingots for Summertime upgrades along with Rodney, Wonderbot, and Cappy, and to "put Ratchet's name on Bigweld's parking space". Then, during the battle, he activated the moving pails to dump Bigweld and sets his cars to destroy everything and then, his cars are knocked down. When Madame Gasket was pushed into the melter, Ratchet tries to escape on a cable but bumped into the roof and lost all of his upgraded parts. His father tries to comfort him with Bigweld's inspirational motto, but Ratchet cuts him off, growling "Oh, just STOP!".
Ratchet's ultimate fate remains debatable whether he is arrested for his crimes, or remains strapped to the ceiling with his father.
Ratchet is a cruel, ruthless, sadistic, merciless, blameworthy and scandalous corporate social climber, who takes control of Bigweld Industries after Bigweld leaves and goes into hiding. He is extremely greedy, sarcastic, self-centered, narcissistic and materialistic, as he decides to discontinue making spare parts so that the older robots would be forced to either buy upgrades or become outmodes and get taken away to his mother's Chop Shop. This was partly because of greed, and because he hates outmode robots. In order to move his plans forward, Ratchet intimidates most of his employees, into supporting him. Because of this, Ratchet is also viewed as an arrogant, egotistical, and traitorous bully by most of his underlings and the tumbledown robots. He also believes himself to be quite provocative and flirtatious, as he unsuccessfully tries to flirt with Cappy several times.
However, Ratchet is just a stooge compared to Madame Gasket. He carries out her plans and obediently bends to her will. It is revealed that when Ratchet causes Bigweld Industries to stop making spare parts, the robots who cannot afford to buy upgrades will be gathered up by Madame Gasket's sweepers and taken to the Chop Shop, where they will be melted down and turned into ingots for upgrades. Ratchet is partially only performing Gasket's plan, but it does benefit him as well. Despite his uncaring and treacherous nature, Ratchet is shown to have a softer side, as he is seen when he is around his mother, as they do genuinely seem to care about each other. However, Ratchet is embarrassed by her because of her grotesque appearance and was horrified to find he shared in his parental figure's insanity. He also has a bond with his father.
- Steve Buscemi, Kevin Spacey, Arnold Vosloo, Alec Baldwin, and the late Rutger Hauer were all considered for the role of Phineas T. Ratchet before Greg Kinnear was cast.
- Ratchet is so far the only animated movie villain to be voiced by Greg Kinnear.