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Telepathic Ruler of the Rodent Army!

Real Name

Victor Falco

Species

Human (Formerly) Mutant Human (Current)

Skin Color

Pale Green

Eye Color

red

Weapon

Army of Rats

Age

Late 50's

Enemies

Ninja Turtles, Ice Cream Kitty

First Appearance

Monkey Brains (Human) I, Monster (Rat King)

Dr. Victor Falco (A.K.A The Rat King) is a character and a villain in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. He first appeared in the episode Monkey Brains. After his final fight with Splinter in which he falls off of a cliff, Falco's fate is left unknown.

Bio

Formerly a scientist who studied DNA and parapsychology, I put one of my mutagenic hybrid compounds to the test, and accidentally transformed myself into 'the Rat King'. I now have the ability to command rodents, including Splinter. And I won’t rest until his meddlesome Turtles are destroyed.

History 

Season 1

Falco

As a human.

Monkey Brains: Dr. Victor Falco is a scientist who was working with Dr. Tyler Rockwell on an experiment that involved Mutagen, a neuro-chemical, and monkey DNA when they were approached by the The Kraang. Falco used the mutagen to mutate Rockwell into a mutant monkey in order to extract a psychic-neuro chemical from his mutant brain. Falco injected this chemical into his own brain, giving himself psychic mind-reading powers. He defeated the turtles, as he was able to foresee their attacks before they made them. It wasn't until Donnie mastered the art of fighting without thought that Falco was defeated, yet was able to escape.

I, Monster: Falco returns in this episode. He is seen at the beginning working in a laboratory, talking to himself about how the turtles and his planned revenge, doing experiments with the Mutagen Ooze and and a lot of rats. He was able to bring back a chemical in the ooze that gave him his psychic abilities in Monkey Brains. However, two rats are chewing on an electrical wire, causing it to break and swing down onto Falco and the ooze. This causes an explosion and makes the ooze go onto Falco, giving him his psychic abilities back, but since he was experimenting on rats, he now has the ability to control the rats' minds and see the world through their eyes. He now calls himself "The Rat King". He is able to take control over Splinter and sends him to attack the Turtles. Donatello, Raphael, Michelangelo are able to tackle him. Leonardo brings him back to normal using the picture with his wife and child, bringing his memories back. When back to normal, Splinter attacks Rat King and knocks him out with just two fingers! The Rat King is then seen being carried away by dozens of rats...

Season 2

Of Rats and Men: The Rat King appears again this time with a new weapon! An army of Giant Rats! His evil plot is to make an army of human rats like Splinter! So he sends out the Giant Rats to take some down to his lair. The Rat King again tries to use Splinters mind. Splinter breaks the spell and defeats him by blind-folding himself (there for blinding The Rat King).  The Rat King tried to defeat Splinter but stumbled and fell into a huge smokey pit to his apparent death.

Appearance

Dr. Falco is middle aged, with dark hair going gray at the temples. Under the effects of the neuro-chemical, his eyes take on a blood shot look. When last seen, he dressed in a long lab coat and tan trousers. He is highly knowledgeable in neuroscience. After the incident in his lab in I, Monster, he starts to call himself The Rat King. The ooze caused him to turn into a very skinny, pale, and zombie/corpse looking like person. His flesh is all dry and wrinkled, and his teeth are decaying. He also lost most of his hair, and his eyes are hypnotic. His clothing as The Rat King consists of a long black coat and with a matching hat, bandages over his eyes (this helps his powers stay in control) and bandages on him in other places such as his arms.

Quotes

  • (When trying to brainwash Splinter) "Join me...Join me!"
  • Falco: "Why do you cling so hard to this life of your's? (Splinter: I am needed here.) Falco: By whom!?! Even your so-called 'Children' have begun to out-grow you".
  • "We both have come to see the world through the eyes of rats...We both have lost everything we held dear. We both have become outcast from society."
  • (During his fight with Donnie) "By the way...do you REALLY think you have a chance with April?"
  • "I am THE RAT KING!"
  • "Who says I'm not in control?" (while running away from Splinter)

Trivia

  • Debatably, he is the most evil character in the series.
  • In the Season 2 theme song, he briefly appears with the other villains, until the sequence was changed in Wormquake!.
  • He was the first villain that named himself, with the exception of Shredder.
  • Besides Spider Bytez and Fishface, The Rat King is the only Mutant to maintain the same exact voice when they were human.
  • Mikey tried to call him Verminator, as an homage to the Archie TMNT character, Verminator X.
  • He returned in Of Rats and Men.
  • He presumably died in Of Rats and Men.
    • But he said to Master Splinter he will live longest Master Splinter lives so quite possible he might be alive.
  • He is mentioned in The Wrath of Tiger Claw.
  • The Skeletons in Mazes & Mutants resemble The Rat King.

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