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The Dognapper is a minor but pivotal antagonist in the 2020 adaptation of Jack London's The Call of the Wild. He is the man who was responsible for kidnapping Buck and selling him to the Klondike.

He was portrayed by Jonney Ahmanson.

Role

While Buck is walking across town, he comes across a boy selling newspapers and grabs one. However, he drops it as he chases a bike with Katie following him back to Judge Miller's mansion. The dognapper watches Buck as he sees the newspaper and comes up with a plan to sell Buck to the Klondike.

The following night, while Buck is sitting on the porch after ruining the Judge's birthday, the dognapper entices Buck to come over. He throws a treat into a crate and Buck enters it, giving him the opportunity to close it on Buck. The dognapper assistant pays him and leaves with Buck inside the crate. They arrive at a train station and Buck is sold to a man in a red sweater, where he is abused to teach him a lesson.

Buck manages to escape his captors, only to realize that he is on a boat called the Narwhal and arrives at Skagway in Alaska, where he is sold to two Canadian mailers named Perrault and Francoise.

After Buck was sold to the Klondike, he became an experienced sled dog and eventually found his place in the wild with a wolf pack after his companion, John Thornton dies at the hands of Hal and defeating him.

Trivia

  • His name was Manuel in the book and he was a servant to Judge Miller. He only kidnapped Buck to pay off his gambling debts.
  • He is simply credited as "man reading newspaper" in the film.

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The Cruise of the Dazzler: French Pete | Red Nelson
The Call of the Wild: Spitz † | Hal, Mercedes & Charles † | Manuel | Yeehats † | Black Burton † | Dolly † | The Man in the Red Sweater | Wild Huskies | The Baggage Man
The Sea-Wolf: Wolf Larsen
White Fang: Beauty Smith | Lip-Lip † | Jim Hall † | The Lynx † | Tim Keenan | Cherokee

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The Leopard Man's Story: De Ville
Moon-Face: The Protagonist

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White Fang (1925): Beauty Smith
The Sea-Wolf (1926): Wolf Larsen
The Sea-Wolf (1930): Wolf Larsen
The Call of the Wild (1935): Mr. Smith † | Smith's henchmen
White Fang (1936): Beauty Smith
The Sea-Wolf (1941): Wolf Larsen
White Fang (1946): Handsome Smith
Wolf Larsen: Wolf Larsen
The Call of the Wild (1972): Black Burton | Spitz † | Dutch Harry | Francois and Perrault † | Hal, Mercedes & Charles † | Manuel | Yeehats † | The Baggage Man
White Wolf (1973): Beauty Smith † | Jim Hall | Chester | Corrupt Mountie
The Call of the Wild (1976): Spitz † | Francois | Manuel | The Man in the Red Sweater | The Baggage Man
Klonkdike Fever (1980): Soapy Smith † | Will Ryan † | Soap Gang
The Call of the Wild: Howl Buck (1981): Spitz † | Hal, Mercedes & Charles† | Manuel | Wild Huskies | Murderers
Shiroi Kiba Monogatari (1982): Beauty Smith | Kuuti | The Lynx | Kooch | Lip-Lip | Tim Keenan | Cherokee
White Fang (1991): Beauty Smith | Luke & Tinker | Sykes | Cherokee
The Call of the Wild (1993): Spitz † | Hal, Mercedes & Charles † | Yeehats
White Fang 2: Myth of the White Wolf (1994): Reverend Leland Drury † | Mr. Heath | Miners | Lloyd Halverson | Lip-Lip
Call of the Wild: Dog of the Yukon (1996): Spitz† | Hal, Mercedes & Charles† | Manuel | Yeehats | Wild Huskies | The Man in the Red Sweater | The Baggage Man
White Fang (1997): Beauty Smith | Lip-Lip
White Fang (2018): Beauty Smith | Curtis | Jim Hall | Ned | The Lynx
Into the Void: Wolf Larsen
The Call of the Wild (2020): Hal † | Spitz

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