Thaddeus:Well, well... Look who it is. Rufus: We should've eaten him the first time we met him. Thaddeus: But, Rufus, if we had eaten him, he would never have led us here. We've been meaning to thank you. Now, be a good little donkey and run along. You've served your purpose.
~ Thaddeus and Rufus confronting Bo in Bethlehem.
Thaddeus and Rufus are the secondary antagonists of the 2017 animated film The Star. They were the Hunter's pet dogs who used to work for King Herod.
Being loyal to the Hunter, Thaddeus is intelligent and very serious, compared to Rufus, who isn't exactly bright and think mostly about eating, but just as mean. However, they turned over a new leaf after realizing that the Hunter never cared for them, and Rufus became friendly while Thaddeus became kinder and wiser.
Thaddeus and Rufus first appeared when the three wisemen arrive at Herod's palace and they scare the wisemen' camels Felix, Cyrus and Deborah. When the wisemen tell Herod about the new king, Herod feels threatened and send the Hunter to kill the newborn at all costs. To that end, Thaddeus and Rufus tortured a jerboa named Abby due to her spreading the story to the animals. Abby confessed that she witnessed a girl named Mary being greet by several angels, who foretold of her being the mother of the new Son of God.
The Hunter and the dogs then surveyed around Nazareth to find Mary, eventually tracking down her house. However, they soon learn that she left with her husband Josepf and that a donkey named Bo and a dove named Dave are currently staying in the place. Dave tries to distract the dogs with dancing, but Thaddeus discovers Bo trying to escape. They intimidate Bo into telling them after he says Mary's name, but the soldier lifts him and the dogs sniff the bandage on his leg to catch the scent. They then let Bo and David go, in hopes that they would lead them and the Hunter to Mary and Joseph.
As Bo helps Mary and Joseph reach Bethlehem to prepare for the child's birth in a manger, Thaddeus and Rufus arrived to the scene, telling Bo to leave as they want to kill the newborn baby. However, Bo refuses to leave and gives Rufus a hoof on the head, and Thaddeus tries to attack, but the chain that he's connected to prevents him from doing so. However, the Hunter arrives to the scene, allowing Thaddeus to pin down Bo.
Before the Hunter can accomplish his goal to kill the newborn child, Felix, Cyrus and Deborah bring in a flock of sheep to attack the Hunter and the dogs, sending them on the edge of a cliff. Hanging for dear life, Thaddeus and Rufus begged for the Hunter to save them, but the Hunter shows no compassion as he prepares to drop them to save his own skin. Fortunately, Bo saves Thaddeus and Rufus while the cliff breaks some more, sending the Hunter to fall to his death.
After being reeled back to safety and being freed from their chain, Thaddeus and Rufus start to regret their actions, seeing now that the Hunter was only using them. Fortunately, Bo convinces them to forget about it as they are free now and can change for the better. Thaddeus and Rufus would later witness the birth of Jesus, with Thaddeus suggesting that he and Rufus should try to become nice.
During the credits, Thaddeus and Rufus are shown betraying, rejecting, and arresting King Herod as punishment for his crimes after their rehabillation.
Thaddeus: Hold it right there, camels. Rufus: I bet they can play that game we made up. Thaddeus: That was fun. What was it called again? Rufus: "How High." Thaddeus: On three. One, two... Three! [Threatening barkingand, the camels pile up in fear and then fall] How high? Rufus: Camel high.
~ Thaddeus and Rufus bullies the camels.
Rufus: Nice story, rat. Here's how it ends. The end. [Swallow Abby] Thaddeus:Rufus, spit it out. We need that rat to talk. Abby: I am not a rat. l'm a pygmy jerboa. Rufus: What's a jerboa? Abby: It is in the rodent family but an entirely different species.[Be swallowed by Rufus again] Thaddeus: Rufus, enough. Spit it out. Rufus: l was just starting to get a little bit of the flavor. [Spit Abby] Thaddeus: You've been telling this story to every critter in Galilee. Now it's our turn to hear it. From the beginning. Abby: From the beginning? Okay. Well... l was born in a sack of barley somewhere in Capernaum. Rufus: Skip to the end! Who's the woman? Abby: Her name is Mary. She lives in Nazareth. But, please, don't hurt her. She's really nice. Thaddeus: Don't worry. We're harmless.
~ Thaddeus and Rufus interrogates Abby about the location of Mary to better find the newborn.
Rufus: Look at him. Thaddeus, are we good dogs now? Thaddeus: We have to try.
~ Thaddeus and Rufus's Redemption.
Thaddeus' evil grin.
"You just made a big mistake."
Thaddeus and Rufus before the Hunter drops them into the void.
Thaddeus and Rufus' redemption.
Thaddeus and Rufus seeing the newborn and accepting Bo's friendship.
Thaddeus is a purebred wolf. Wolves are indigenous to both Eurasia and North America.
Surprisingly, despite being the secondary antagonists, they both had more time on the screen than the Hunter.
Rufus is most likely a Staffordshire bull terrier (a smaller English breed, a very close relative of the pitbull).