You don't need to be afraid. I know it's dark, but you'll get used to it.
~ Botticelli, when he makes his first appearance.

Botticelli is the main antagonist in the 2008 computer-animated fantasy film by Universal Pictures, The Tale of Despereaux, as well as the original book series. He is a cruel and manipulative rat who serves as the leader of the rat world.

He was voiced by Ciarán Hinds, who later Steppenwolf in Justice League.

Role in the film

At the beginning of the movie, he encountered Roscuro, who was accidentally abandoned and lost. He told Roscuro to join his rat world. Botticelli was also in charge of sporting events in the rat's Colosseum, where mice were captured and eaten by a cat for the amusement of several other rats.

When Roscuro was turned to the dark side, he, Botticelli and some other rats captured Princess Pea to be eaten by the rats. Botticelli tried to kill Desperaux by feeding him to the cat. After he was defeated by Despereaux and a redeemed Roscuro, Botticelli got trapped in the cat's cage along with the hungry cat, where he met his end.


  • In the book version, Botticelli isn't killed off; rather, he lives in the darkness of the dungeons with the rest of the rats after Despereaux de-tails Roscuro, meaning he does not get the proper commeupance for his deeds.