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Rufus
Full Name: Rufus
Alias(es): No Known Aliases
Gender: Male
Age: 2 (season 1) - 4 (season 4) est.
Build: Rodent-like, slightly rotund
Hair: None, except whiskers
Eyes: Black
Skin: Pink
Hometown: Middleton
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Professional Info
Profession(s):
  Hero
Affiliation(s):
  Team Possible
Relationships
Relative(s):
  No Known Relatives
Friend(s):
  Ron Stoppable
Kim Possible
Wade
Love Interest(s):
  Débutante
Pet(s):
  No Known Pets
Nemesis:
  Commodore Puddles
Shaun's Iguana
Behind the Scenes
First Appearance:
  "Tick-Tick-Tick"
Voiced by:
  Nancy Cartwright

Rufus is a naked mole-rat, the pet friend, and soul brother of Ron Stoppable. He lives almost full-time in Ron's pocket, and accompanies him nearly everywhere. Rufus is exceptionally intelligent for an animal, but average by human standards, and is capable of limited speech.

Appearance

Rufus was a small, pink naked mole-rat. He has black eyes. He is generally portrayed as light and very agile, which proved useful time and again.

Personality

Rufus was typically happy and fun-loving. He had a very strong bond with Ron, and shared most of his likes and dislikes, most notably a love of Bueno Nacho food[1] and a strong dislike of monkeys. Because people often reacted to his hairless body with either confusion or disgust, Rufus was fairly sensitive about comments on it.[2]

According to item 297 in Ron's Care of Rufus Guide, "It is essential for mole rats to get at least 20 hours of sleep a day."[3] While Rufus did indeed spend a great deal of time asleep in Ron's pocket, in sharp contrast, he tended to be extremely active when awake. He was especially active during missions, where he would often run alongside Ron, offer him advice or warnings of approaching danger, and even defend him from certain threats. Like Ron, Rufus also enjoyed using the various gadgets provided to them on missions.[4]

As could be expected, Rufus shared several of Ron's less attractive qualities. In particular, Rufus typically consumed massive amounts or multiple courses of food, often even faster than Ron, and would whine or complain if anyone attempted to prevent him from feasting.[3] As a result, he and Ron tended to overeat, usually together, for a variety of reasons: to keep food from spoiling[5], to prove a point[6], or simply because the food was there and they could. Just as Ron sometimes proved insensitive or simply ill-informed about issues that concerned Kim and other females, Rufus appeared to be equally inconsiderate at times, though in his case this was usually due to him either being focused on his own desires[7], or being puzzled by human behavior in certain situations.

Biography

Backstory

Ron bought Rufus from the pet department at Smarty Mart. Rufus happened to meet Ron's pet requirements exactly, as Ron needed a hairless animal that would not aggravate his father's allergies to animal furs. Though Ron was offered a cage, he chose instead to keep Rufus in his pocket[8], and named him after the imaginary friend he had in pre-K.[9]

Season 1

Season 2

Season 3

Season 4

Abilities

Naked mole rap 1
Rufus during the 'Naked Mole Rap'

Rufus displayed a surprisingly wide variety of skills. Shortly after Ron bought him, Rufus proved capable of opening an electronic gate by fiddling with its inner workings.[9] His electronic and mechanical know-how repeatedly came in handy in various ways: making Rufus a video game legend[10], operating some of Wade's handheld gadgets, and even freeing Kim and Ron from various deathtraps.[5] Rufus has also used his powerful teeth to cut through rope, grass, ground, concrete, and some metal.

Rufus possessed an arguably human level of intelligence. He was able to legibly write Ron's name[11], and it was implied that he could write much more than that.[12] Rufus articulated a fairly large number of random words in clear English on occasion[13], though in most cases this could simply be attributed to making him more easily understood for the sake of the audience. However, Rufus has managed brief but ultimately successful "conversations" with Kim[10] and Monique[14], and Ron always seemed to understand him with no trouble. Furthermore, Rufus has proven proficient at beatboxing on demand[15][8], so his speech capability could not be ruled out entirely.

Many of Rufus's unexplained abilities may have resulted from various incidents throughout Team Possible's adventures. Rufus was exposed to Mystical Monkey Power at the same time as Ron[16], and displayed a degree of control over it, as well as an aptitude for ninja training, that Ron lacked for some time.[17] Due to his encounter with the top-secret Project Phoebus, Rufus was struck by a beam that contained the brainwave patterns of several geniuses, which in turn made him an unparalleled genius. According to the project's creator, the effects were supposed to be temporary, though during that period Wade admitted that Rufus was, at the time, more of a genius than he ever would be.[18] Rufus was also briefly fused together with Mr. Barkin by DNAmy, which resulted in naked mole-man.[19]

Paraphernalia

Equipment

Clothing

Though Rufus did not typically wear clothes, he would occasionally appear in various outfits, especially for the purposes of either protecting himself against the weather, or making a bold fashion statement.

Relationships

He is the pet and friend of Ron Stoppable, and the ally and friend of Kim Possible and in general is friendly with everyone he meets.

Friends

Ron Stoppable

Main article: Ron Stoppable

Rufus shared several things in common with his owner Ron: the same taste in foods, and an overall laid-back, casual attitude. Unlike Ron, Rufus would abandon this attitude at crucial times, and often used quicker and better judgment than his owner. Still, Rufus stuck by Ron in virtually every situation, even if this was only because he happened to be asleep in Ron's pocket at the time. He also communicated with Ron through a series of squeaks and hisses that Ron alone seemed to understand. Rufus generally got along well with anyone that Ron did.

Kim Possible

Main article: Kim Possible

Kim's first impression of Rufus was that he was "gross, but handy", and she was reluctant to touch him at all.[9] Over time, she came to appreciate him more, both as a friend and a valuable member of Team Possible, and didn't mind Rufus sitting on her shoulder from time to time. During the occasions when Ron was unavailable for some reason, Rufus would usually turn to Kim first for comfort and companionship.[20][3] Even when Ron was present, Rufus would still occasionally dive into the safety of Kim's pocket when frightened.[21]

Family

Hyper-Evolved Mole-Rats

Rufus was the recognized ancestor of Rufus 3000 and all other hyper-evolved naked mole-rats. They all addressed him as "Rufus Prime" and considered him their undisputed leader.

Love Interest

Débutante

Camille Leon's hairless cat Débutante had a very obvious case of love at first sight when she met Rufus. It seemed to be largely one-sided, as Rufus repeatedly reacted with fear and escape attempts when around her.

Enemies

Rufus and Ron shared an overwhelming fear of Ron's seven year-old cousin Shaun. In particular, Shaun bullied Ron and tried to feed Rufus to his pet iguana.[22]

Alternate Versions

  • Young Rufus from Sitch in Time

Quotes

  • "Cheese!"
  • "Yay!"

Gallery

Trivia

  • Obviously because he is one of the four members of Team Possible, Rufus appears in every episode of the series.
  • In the Lilo & Stitch crossover episode, Rufus was mistaken by Jumba Jookiba for experiment 607, A.K.A. Launch.
    • Rufus of course could not be 607, as Ron was about 12 years old when he bought Rufus, while the experiments had only arrived to Earth about a year prior to the episode.
  • In "A Sitch in Time," despite being with the time-lost Kim and Ron, Rufus encountered 3000 of his "hyper-evolved descendants", strongly implying that he has already procreated, or a lesser thought-of idea being that he was cloned, explaining the future mole-rat's worship of him. They refer to him as Rufus Prime. Although, given the eusocial nature of mole rat society, it may not be so surprising after all.
  • According to the show's creators, Rufus' name is a pun on the name of the naked mole rat's natural enemy, the Rufous beaked snake.
  • In the real world, naked mole-rats cannot be kept as pets. They must live in large colonies, and they have fairly strict temperature and humidity requirements and they cannot be exposed to daylight.
  • Rufus has four KP episodes with his name in the title, all of which are all about him. All of them are also half-length episodes[23][24][25][26].
  • Rufus is the only member of Team Possible not to have any known relatives.
  • Drakken does not refer to Rufus as to what he truly is until the end credits sequence of "Larry's Birthday", instead refering to him as a "Pink Weasel Thing".
  • Oddly enough, Motor Ed and Mego, one of Shego's four brothers, were the only people who called him a "Bald Rat", rather than a "Naked Mole-Rat".
  • Wikipedia-wise, a naked mole-rat can also be refered to as either a "Sand Puppy" or a "Desert mole-rat", or both.
  • In reality, naked mole-rats have four buck teeth, with two on the top, and two on the bottom on the inside their mouths. But in the show, Rufus was seen entirely with only two buck teeth, and both were only on the top of the inside of his mouth.

Behind the Scenes

Voiced By

Rufus is voiced by Nancy Cartwright in all four seasons, who is also famous for voicing Bart Simpson in the animated sitcom The Simpsons.

Age

Rufus is 2 as of Season 1, 4 as of Season 4; estimated, based on his appearance as a newborn in A Sitch in Time.

Episode Appearances

Season 1
Production
Number
US Broadcast
Number
Episode
101 6 Bueno Nacho
102 4 Tick-Tick-Tick
103 13 Monkey Fist Strikes
104 9 Attack of the Killer Bebes
105 3 The New Ron
106 8 Mind Games
107 10 Royal Pain
108 17 The Twin Factor
109 18 Animal Attraction
110 15 All the News
111 2 Sink or Swim
112 7 Number One
113 1 Crush
114 19 Monkey Ninjas in Space
115 21 Low Budget
116 5 Downhill
117 11 Coach Possible
118 12 Pain King vs. Cleopatra
119 16 Kimitation Nation
120 20 Ron the Man
121 14 October 31st
Season 2
Production
Number
US Broadcast
Number
Episode
201 25 The Ron Factor
202 44 Partners
203 23 Grudge Match
204 30 Virtu-Ron
205 24 Two to Tutor
206 22 Naked Genius
207a 27a Rufus in Show
207b 27b Adventures in Rufus-Sitting
208 48 Motor Ed
209 31 The Fearless Ferret
210 29 The Golden Years
211 28 Job Unfair
212 38 Queen Bebe
213 26 Car Trouble
214 41 Go Team Go
215 37 A Very Possible Christmas
216 47 Mother's Day
217a 33a Rufus vs. Commodore Puddles
217b 33b Day of the Snowmen
218 34 A Sitch in Time: Present
219 35 A Sitch in Time: Past
220 36 A Sitch in Time: Future
221 39 Hidden Talent
222 40 Return to Wannaweep
223 43 Blush
224 42 The Full Monkey
225 32 Exchange
226 45 Oh Boyz
227 50 Triple S
228 49 Ron Millionaire
229 56 Showdown at the Crooked D
230 51 Rewriting History
231a 46a Sick Day
231b 46b The Truth Hurts
Season 3
Production
Number
US Broadcast
Number
Episode
301 52 Steal Wheels
302 53 Emotion Sickness
303 54 Bonding
304 55 Bad Boy
305 63 So the Drama, Part 1
306 64 So the Drama, Part 2
307 65 So the Drama, Part 3
308 57 Dimension Twist
309a 58a Overdue
309b 58b Roachie
310 62 And the Mole Rat Will Be CGI
311 59 Rappin' Drakken
312 61 Gorilla Fist
313 60 Team Impossible
Season 4
Production
Number
US Broadcast
Number
Episode
401 66 Ill Suited
402 70 Car Alarm
403 68 Trading Faces
404 67 The Big Job
405 71 Mad Dogs and Aliens
406 75 Fashion Victim
407 72 Grande Size Me
408 73 Clothes Minded
409 69 The Cupid Effect
410 74 Big Bother
411 76 Odds Man In
412 79 Mathter and Fervent
413 77 Stop Team Go
414a 84a Chasing Rufus
414b 84b Nursery Crimes
415 78 Cap'n Drakken
416 80 The Mentor of Our Discontent
417 81 Oh No! Yono!
418 82 Clean Slate
419 83 Homecoming Upset
420 85 Larry's Birthday
421 86 Graduation, Part 1
422 87 Graduation, Part 2

Appearances in Other Media

References

  1. Bueno Nacho
  2. Showdown at the Crooked D
  3. a b c Adventures in Rufus-Sitting
  4. Job Unfair
  5. a b Animal Attraction
  6. Grande Size Me
  7. The Golden Years
  8. a b Rappin' Drakken
  9. a b c A Sitch in Time
  10. a b Virtu-Ron
  11. Hidden Talent
  12. Ron the Man
  13. Big Bother
  14. Clothes Minded
  15. Bonding
  16. Monkey Fist Strikes
  17. Exchange
  18. Naked Genius
  19. Downhill
  20. The New Ron
  21. Oh No! Yono!
  22. Bad Boy
  23. Rufus in Show
  24. Adventures in Rufus-Sitting
  25. Rufus vs. Commodore Puddles
  26. Chasing Rufus
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