Boris Badenov is the main antagonist in The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, the main character of Boris and Natasha (1992 film) and the secondary antagonist of The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle (2000 film). He was advertised as the main antagonist, but this was the plot to reveal the true main villain later on.
Boris and his fellow evil spy, Natasha Fatale, are the arch-enemies of Rocky and Bullwinkle. They both speak with a Russian accent and worked for Fearless Leader. Boris, like many comical cartoon villains, would often create elaborate schemes and traps for his foes, but they would always backfire. He has a black outfit, fedora and small mustache.
Boris enjoys light reading; his favorite book is an anthology of fiendish plans called the Fireside Crook Book. He is also a charter member of the Van Gogh Society, a club whose members collect human ears.
Boris attended USC (University of Safe-cracking) and received his scoundrelship with magna cum louse.
Boris's name is a pun on a historical character, a Russian Tsar, later the subject of a famous play and opera named Boris Godunov.
A running gag of the Bullwinkle series is that the heroes never seem to recognize the villains, no matter how many times they met, and that the flimsiest disguises used by Boris and Natasha would fool them entirely. The villains often also met with undignified, painful fates as the adventures ended. It seems possible that these aspects of the characters inspired the plot patterns of Team Rocket in the Pokemon anime.