Dirty Rat is the main antagonist of Lapitch the Little Shoemaker - as his name suggests he is a nasty rat and the archenemy of the heroic titular mouse, he was also a shameless thief and vagabond who also had a gang of equally gruesome clowns to act as his henchmen in the series: like many villains in children's stories Dirty Rat is quite proud of his "nasty" reputation and is likewise despised by almost everyone outwith his criminal gang.