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Rattles

Rattles

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Age 9-10[1]
Grade 4th
Gender Male
Animal Cat[2]
Dog[3]
Bear[4]
Hair color Brown
Residence Rattles's house
Family Rattles's mother
Rattles's father
Book debut Muffy's Secret Admirer
Cartoon debut "Arthur Accused!"
Voiced by Scott Beaudin (s14 (at least) - present)
image gallery

Rattles is a fourth grader at Lakewood Elementary School, and a member of the Tough Customers.

Physical appearance

Rattles has a tuft of hair sticking out of his red baseball hat, which he always wears backwards. He wears a black leather jacket with two pockets at the front; a whitish-yellow T-shirt; green jeans and high tops. Depending on the episode, his tuft of hair is either dark brown, or light gray like the rest of his body.

His alternative outfit has him wear a dark blue T-shirt over a whitish-yellow sleeved shirt instead of a T-shirt and leather jacket.

He is shown to be taller than both Binky, Slink, and Molly, but skinnier than Binky.

Species

  • Cat ears
  • Dog ears
  • Bear ears
  • Using earplugs
  • Ears underneath bandages

There is much confusion as to exactly what animal Rattles is. He so rarely takes off his hat that the producers have actually changed what animal he is multiple times. In "D.W., Dancing Queen", he takes off his hat while dancing and has dog ears. This is interesting compared to "Brother Can You Spare a Clarinet?", where he sticks his earplugs into the sides of his head. Also, in an imagination scene of "Thanks a Lot, Binky," he has small ears on the top of his head, although they were hidden under a full-body cast, so they could be cat ears. When playing sports, he sometimes takes off his hat and has cat ears, such as in "Arthur the Loser", "Meek for a Week", and "Arthur Cleans Up." In "Whip. Mix. Blend.", he clearly is seen with bear ears.

Personality

In early seasons, Rattles started off as a tough, generic school bully. After he got an expanded role in Season 8, he becomes the most consistently antagonistic force in the show, with his directly malicious and petty behavior. However, like his friends Binky and Molly, he started displaying a softer and more intelligent side, with his own personal hobbies that he (secretly) enjoys.

In the episode "Bugged" he is seen with the other kids at the playground as they are having a game of marbles. This shows Rattles does indeed hang out with other kids in the school despite being a bully.

He has helped D.W. on a few occasions; in "D.W., Dancing Queen", he and Molly helped D.W. do ballet for a school project after Binky twisted his ankle during practice, both serving as D.W.'s backup dancers. In "D.W., Queen of the Comeback", when the Tibble twins start teasing D.W. over her botched haircut, Rattles tries to come up with good insults for D.W. to use against them, though he thinks their feud is ridiculous and initially suggests to D.W. that she ignore them.

He seems interested in knitting. For example, he is a member of Dr. Fugue's knitting club in "Arthur Unravels." Also, it is mentioned throughout the series, though more recently than before, that he is skilled at sewing.

In the episode "Brain's Chess Mess", Rattles reveals he is a skilled chess player, able to beat Brain quite easily, and tutor him and the other members of the Chess Club.

In "Carl's Concerto", Rattles willingly helped George and Carl rehearse for a children's puppet show, alongside Buster and Binky; he played as Mama Bear in George's "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" play. Although Carl's autism made rehearsals difficult, Rattles willingly put up with it without complaint until the day of the puppet show.

Interestingly enough, he doesn't seem to consider himself a bully or at least does not like the label. In several episodes when other characters refer to him as such he counters by saying that he's just "misunderstood". At several points, he also seems to be smarter than he appears, sometimes using shockingly advanced words to describe or explain something; however, as revealed in "D.W., Queen of the Comeback", he doesn't know the definitions of some of said words, such as "bibliophile", and thinks they make good insults. When Brain offered to do his homework for a month in order to get him to join the Chess Club, he refused by saying that it would deprive him of his education. This could show that like Binky his tough guy personality is just for appearances or to cover up his other hobbies.

Trivia

Appearances

Arthur

Specials

Books

Gallery

Main article: Rattles/Gallery

References


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