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Every day and in every way, I am getting better & better.
~ Dreyfus' quote prior to going insane

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Chief Inspector Charles LaRousse Dreyfus is an antagonist in Blake Edward's Pink Panther series (excluding the original and Inspector Clouseau (1968)). He's villainous for his hatred on the main character of the series, Jacques Clouseau. In the original Pink Panther Series, Dreyfus was played by the late Herbert Lom.

Although playing a more neutral/anti-heroic portrayal in the remake, Dreyfus was played by Kevin Kline, and by John Cleese in the 2009 sequel, 

Biography

A Shot in the Dark (1964)

Although he wasn't seen or mentioned in the 1963 original, Dreyfus appears as the true secondary antagonist of the movie. Holding his rank as Commissioner, Dreyfus attempts to overtake the Ballon murder case (which Clouseau has been inadvertedly assigned to). As the movie progresses, a bumbling Clouseau succeeds to solve the Ballon murder case, step by step in the most unexpected ways, as Dreyfus becomes more paranoid about Clouseau. At the climax of the film, he attempts to kill Clouseau by placing a bomb in his car as Clouseau confronts the Ballons. After it was revealed that all the Ballons, with the exception of butler Maurice and supposed murder Maria Gambrelli played a part in the murder spree. Everyone, with the exception of Maria attempts to escape in Clouseau's car—Little did they know that the bomb was going to be triggered via start of the car engine. Dreyfus then goes mad after failing to kill Clouseau has failed as he is taken away by Hercule Lajoy, Clouseau's partner.

Return of the Pink Panther (1975)

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The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976)

Dreyfus is the main antagonist of The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976) After the events of Return of the Pink Panther (1975), Dreyfus is placed into a mental asylum due to being crazy because of Clouseau. After released from the asylum, Dreyfus attempts to live in peace, but Clouseau arrives and humiliates him several times. Therefore, he attempts to murder him again, going too far and hiring minions to do his bidding. One major crime he committed was kidnapping Professor Fassbender, a nuclear physicist and his daughter. He forces the Professor to build a doomsday machine so Dreyfus can destroy the world until he has Clouseau dead. This includes dissolving the United Nations Headquarters and blackmailing the World Leaders into killing Clouseau, who was in Germany at the Oktoberfest. Assassins from around the world attempt to kill Clouseau, but most of them end up killing each other.

While being seduced by the Russian operative Olga, she reveals to Clouseau that Dreyfus' lair is in Bavaria, at an ancient castle. Clouseau fails miserably to infiltrate the castle. He then disguises as a doctor to arrive in the castle, whilst attempting to "heal" a toothache that Dreyfus had. Dreyfus eventually realizes the doctor is Clouseau as he runs. Dreyfus then decides to disintegrate England, but Clouseau inadvertently foils his plans and turns the doomsday machine to Dreyfus' direction, disintegrating him & the castle as everyone runs from the vanishing stronghold. 

Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978)

Dreyfus appears as the quaternary antagonist of this film. After somehow surviving being disintegrated, Dreyfus was taken back to the asylum and was supposedly cured from his mental behavior as the doctor describes him as a "changed man". After Clouseau was supposedly assassinated by the French Mafia led by Phillipe Douvier, Dreyfus regains his position as Chief Inspector. Little did he know that Clouseau was still alive, he attempts to spook Dreyfus whenever he comes in contact with him, from being dressed as the pope to inadvertedly breaking into his flat telling in the processthat he had a lead that brings him to Hong Kong later. Dreyfus, knowing that Clouseau is alive goes to Hong Kong and attempts to crack the Douvier case of Clouseau's murder. While doing so, Dreyfus sees Clouseau alive and attempts to kill him, knowing his status. A chase scene that leads them to Lee Kee Shipyards turns into a brawl in a nearby warehouse. While trying to kill Clouseau, Dreyfus accidentally lights up fireworks leading to the arrest of Douvier. Supposedly, both Clouseau and Dreyfus escaped the fireworks.

Trail of the Pink Panther (1982)

Clouseau is assigned to Lugash to find the thief of the Pink Panther diamond which has been stolen once again, despite protests from Dreyfus after what happened in Hong Kong.arrives to London to confront Sir Charles Lytton (having forgotten that he lives in Southern France). Clouseau blows up his car while arriving to the airport, thinking someone tried to assassinate him. Dreyfus foresees Libyan terrorists marking Clouseau for termination, but Dreyfus disregards this by putting this as his chance to finally kill Clouseau. By doing so, Dreyfus sends Clouseau to Lugash. However, mid-flight, Clouseau's flight disappears (this was due to the fact that Clouseau's actor, Peter Sellers suffered a heart attack and passed away).

An interviewer, Marie Jouvet confronts what was supposed to be the antagonist and the primary antagonist of this film's successor Bruno Langois. In the outcome, Marie files a complaint to Dreyfus, but he does not press charges.

Quotes

How can a blind man be a lookout?
How can a policeman be an idiot?!
~ Clouseau & Dreyfus
 
If someone has died here, please let it be Clouseau.
 
...No crater? But I WANT A crater! I want wreckage, twisted metal, something the world will never forget!
What about the maid?
The maid?
Was he jealous of her too? He strangled her!
It is possible that his intended victim was a man and he made a mistake.
A MISTAKE? In a NUDIST CAMP?
Nobody's perfect.
Idiot! Nincompoop! Lunatic!
~ Dreyfus & Clouseau

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