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Brutus and Nero the Crocodiles
Background information
Feature films The Rescuers
The Rescuers III: Cody & Penny
Television programs House of Mouse
Jungle Cubs
Video games
Park attractions
Portrayed by
Portrayed by
Animators Frank Thomas
Voice Candy Candido
Performance model
Inspiration Tick-Tock the Crocodile
alligators From The Swan Princess
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name
Other names Creepy old dragons (referred to by Penny)
Leatherheaded lizards (referred to by Mr. Snoops)
Personality Ferocious, mean, harmful, cowardly, funny
Appearance Slender green American crocodiles, yellow eyeballs, lime muzzles, underbellies, and undertails
Occupation Madame Medusa's pet crocs
Affiliations Bad, later neutral
Goal To obey their master (formerly; when betray her in the end during Penny and Mr. Snoops' escapes)
To get back at their their own ex-master
Home Swamps of Devil's Bayou
Allies Each other, their boss Madame Medusa (formerly; when try to eat her up) and Mr. Snoops (formerly)
Enemies Bernard, Miss Bianca, Penny, Ellie Mae, Luke, Deadeye, Gramps, Deacon Owl, Digger, Evinrude, and Madame Medusa (at the end as their apparent food)
Likes Playing a pipe organ, eating mice, and bullying Snoops
Dislikes Being mistreated by Madame Medusa
Powers and abilities Swimming abilities
Weapons Teeth and tails
Fate Plan to eat their own master after she had mistreated them for the last time.

Brutus and Nero the Crocodiles are Madame Medusa's two pet crocodilians from Disney's 1977 feature film the Rescuers. They are voiced by Candy Candido.


77 Rescuers cast

Brutus and Nero, and the cast of The Rescuers, as they appeared in Disneyland in 1977.

Brutus and Nero are both ferocious, mean, and harmful. They show nothing but loyalty to Madame Medusa until the end. However, to Mr. Snoops, they show neither loyalty nor respect to him. They heartily dislike him, no matter how many times Mr. Snoops tries to make friends with them. It is clear that they can understand every word that is said around them.

Role in the film

Brutus and Nero first appear watching Penny, an orphaned little girl, and making sure she doesn't escape, all while knowing she is not intimidated by them. They later have to find Penny because of Medusa's incompetent assistant, Mr. Snoops. Brutus and Nero are congratulated by Medusa while she confronts Mr. Snoops. Later, Brutus and Nero try to eat Bernard and Bianca, two rescuing mice, who are going to rescue the kidnapped Penny. However, when Medusa hears them playing the organ, where the mice were hiding in, she stops them from making a lot of racket. Medusa sees the mice and she, Mr. Snoops, Brutus and Nero try to kill them both, but they all fail. Brutus and Nero, after Penny is forced to get the diamond for Medusa, take Penny back to Medusa's home. The animals help Penny by attacking Medusa and outsmarting her on every move. Brutus and Nero are tricked into going after Bernard and Bianca, and they become trapped in the elevator by the mice. Brutus and Nero are freed after the house falls apart. Medusa then, for some reason, hits them both with a rope in the final chase. However, they all land onto a pole that used to be part of Medusa's home. Realizing that their mistress has no real respect for them, Brutus and Nero try to kill Medusa in revenge for her abuse towards them in the end.


  • Candy Candido's grave voice was used for the crocs' growling. Though he is uncredited, it can be assumed that some of their growls are recycled from Maleficent's dragon form from Sleeping Beauty. Curiously enough, Candido also voiced Captain Crocodile from Robin Hood.
  • They are likely based on the bloodhounds Tyrant and Torment, from Miss Bianca.
  • Brutus and Nero are crocodiles. They are called "crocs" by Miss Bianca during her, Bernard and Penny's escape plan. It is also noted that crocodiles show both their top and bottom teeth and have V-shaped snouts, whereas alligators only show their top teeth and have U-shaped snouts.
  • The idea of Brutus and Nero understanding everything that is said to them makes sense, since crocs are surprisingly intelligent.
  • Brutus and Nero may have also inspired the pets of several other Disney villains:
  • Similarly, their eventual turning against their master as revenge may have also inspired the pets/henchmen of several other Disney villains:
  • Brutus was named after the adopted son of Julius Caesar, who in the end betrayed him; and Nero was named after a tyrannical Roman Emperor named Emperor Nero.
  • An unnamed crocodile with a similar design to Brutus and Nero appears as a minor villain in Jungle Cubs.
  • Brutus and Nero attacking Bernard and Miss Bianca parodies a scene in the non-Disney animated film The Swan Princess, where two alligators attack Jean-Bob.


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The Rescuers

Media: The Rescuers | The Rescuers Down Under | House of Mouse

Characters: Bernard | Miss Bianca | Chairmouse | Louis (deleted) | Rufus | Penny | Penny's Teddy Bear | Cruella De Vil (deleted) | Madame Medusa | Mr. Snoops | Orville | Brutus and Nero | Ellie Mae | Luke | Evinrude | Deadeye | Digger | Gramps | Deacon Owl | Bats | The Orphans | Penny's Adoptive Parents | Jake | Cody | Cody's Mother | Faloo | Marahute | Percival McLeach | Joanna | Sparky | Wilbur | Frank | Krebbs | Red | Baitmouse | The Razorback | Twister | Crocodiles

Objects: Devil's Eye | McLeach's Bushwacker

Locations: Devil's Bayou | New York | Morningside Orphanage | Australia | Australian Outback | Abandoned Opal Mine | Rescue Aid Society

Songs: The Journey | Rescue Aid Society | Tomorrow is Another Day | Someone's Waiting For You