Rat Funk

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Rat Funk
Artwork of Rat Funk from the Nintendo Switch version of Super Mario RPG
First appearance Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (1996)
Latest appearance Super Mario RPG (Nintendo Switch) (2023)
Variants
“I've been all around the world. But the strangest person, is this old geezer in Rose Town. He really is weird, but definitely worth meeting.”
Rat Funk, Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars

Rat Funks are blue-colored rodents that reside in Kero Sewers and the Forest Maze in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars and its remake. They are cowardly creatures, and will often flee from battle. Rat Funks are also extremely fast, allowing them to attack before the party. Since these rodents are fairly weak, they tend to travel in numbers or with stronger monsters, including Hobgoblins. In battle, a Rat Funk attacks by slapping its tail at a party member. Their tails can also be used to poison their enemies. These rodents are relatives to the brown-colored Alley Rats.

One friendly Rat Funk who lives in Monstro Town guides Mario to his hometown when he is met in Land's End.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars[edit]

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars enemy
Rat Funk
Battle idle animation of a Rat Funk from Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars HP 32 FP 100 Speed 21
Location(s) Kero Sewers, Forest Maze Attack 20 Magic attack 0
Role Common Defense 14 Magic defense 6
Bonus Flower Once Again! (40%) Yoshi Cookie Mushroom Morph rate 100%
Evade 30% Magic evade 0% Spells Escape
Weak Fire Strong None Sp. attacks Poison
Coins 6 Exp. points 2 Items Able Juice (5%)
Psychopath "Squeek, squeek..."

Super Mario RPG (Nintendo Switch)[edit]

Super Mario RPG enemy
Rat Funk
Artwork of Rat Funk from the Nintendo Switch version of Super Mario RPG HP 32 Weak Elements Fire Drops N/A
Exp. 2 Weak Statuses FearPoisonSleepMute Rare Drops Cleansing Juice
Found in Kero Sewers
Monster List profile They live underground or in other damp places. But they're actually sticklers for cleanliness, so they wear white gloves to keep their hands germ-free.
Thought Peek "Sing along with the rat funk, everybody!"
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Gallery[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese チュータロウ (label)
チュータロー (thought)
Chūtarō
From「ちゅう」(chū, Japanese onomatopoeia for mouse squeaking) and「太郎」(Tarō, a common Japanese given name suffix for males)

Chinese 吱太郎
Zhī Tàiláng
Transliteration of the Japanese name

Dutch Ratjetoe
Pun on rat and likely ratjetoe ("ratatouille")
French Ratatam
Pun on rat and possibly ratatam (a meaningless word from the counting-out rhyme Am stram gram)
German Rattini
From Ratte ("rat") and -ini (the plural form of Italian diminutive -ino)
Italian Topastro
Ugly mouse; shared with Mouser in Super Mario Advance
Korean 찍돌이
Jjikdori
From "찍찍" (jjik-jjik, Korean onomatopoeia for mouse squeaking) and "~돌이" (-dori, a suffix used to denote "guy" friendly)

Spanish Ramatón
Portmanteau of rata ("rat") or ratón ("mouse") and matón ("brute")

Trivia[edit]

  • Rat Funk is most likely a reference to Rat Fink, a line of grotesque cartoon characters popular in the 1960's and 80's.
  • Rat Funk's Japanese thought parodies a line from the theme song to the 1971 anime adaptation of Shin Obake no Q-tarō.[1] This reference is removed in the English translations of the SNES and Nintendo Switch versions; however, the latter's script alludes to the quote's origins by encouraging the reader to "sing along with the rat funk."

References[edit]

  1. ^ Clyde Mandelin (June 29, 2020). The Pop Culture-Obsessed Monsters in Japanese Super Mario RPG. Legends of Localization. Retrieved July 31, 2021.