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 of the 2003 fantasy novel The Tale of Despereaux and its 2008 computer-animated film adaptation by Universal Pictures. He is a cruel and manipulative rat who serves as the leader of the rat world.

In the film, he was voiced by Ciarán Hinds, who will portray 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 recruited to the dark side, he, Botticelli and some other rats captured Princess Pea to be eaten by the cat. 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, 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 comeuppance for his deeds.
  • In the movie, Botticelli is noted to be the most evil and dangerous villains in the Universal animated franchise alongside with Steele from Balto.
    • Unlike the other redeeming villains like the Universal animated characters, he has absolutley no redeeming qualities whatsoever.