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Just who is this rat fink, anyway? And how did Agatha know she needed to build a rat fink detector? -- William Ansley (talk) 04:30, 4 June 2021 (UTC)

I think Ratticus is likely the survivor of some shipwreck or airship wreck, who got lucky in being able to disguise himself as one of Dr. Monahan's rats. Interesting she's not keeping track of the numbers. And I wonder if there is something that eats her rats on occasion. I think mini-clank is yet another search engine. Doug Relyea (talk) 04:40, 4 June 2021 (UTC)
I suspect it's the rats he's trying to fool, not Monahan; he's probably never been anywhere near her. He dresses like one of her creations, and smears himself with their scent, and they leave him alone. And yeah, Agatha had to assume there were some kind of guards or defenses, and so built a device which homed in on the nearest unrecognized human.--Geoduck42 (talk) 05:09, 4 June 2021 (UTC)
No-no-No. He is merely a slightly-mislaid Disney Cast Member, in full Ratatouille costume. Bosda Di'Chi 10:20, 4 June 2021 (UTC)
When Kaja posted the pre-coloring version on Patreon, it wasn't altogether clear to me that this was a human being dressed as a rat, rather than a giant, uplifted Horrible Rat. Now I see the ragged edges of the gray costume. But I'm still not 100% sure that the (pink, his skin color) tail isn't real. If he's a survivor of a shipwreck, what's he eating, how long has he been there, and why did he come prepared with a rat costume? I'm more inclined to guess that he's there on purpose, spying for someone or other. Bkharvey (talk) 09:30, 4 June 2021 (UTC)
I didn't expect his disguise to fool Dr. Monahan, just the Horrible Rats. My point was something allows him to harvest the necessary parts to maintain his disguise without setting off mental alarm bells. Maybe the Horrible Rats wander off the cliffs looking for the bird nests. Doug Relyea (talk) 10:05, 4 June 2021 (UTC)
Since they're Horrible Rats, maybe they kill each other (horribly) when they run out of other victims. -- William Ansley (talk) 17:40, 6 June 2021 (UTC)
I figure Rat Fink will do as a nonce for the moment, although I expect we'll find out more about them very soon. I also like Horrible Rats as a general descriptor for Monahan's friends. It's unclear what the Horrible Rats have been eating (and vice versa), although we saw a new-ish skull on Monday. Zibbiz (talk) 05:04, 4 June 2021 (UTC)
I wonder if the red-and-white garment we can see under the rat disguise is pirate-y? Mylorite (talk) 11:49, 4 June 2021 (UTC)
Ratticus (my favorite of the newly coined names for this character so far), seems to be wearing the remains of an outfit very similar to the one Higgs usually wears (or wore, in his guise of an ordinary airman), so perhaps he was a member of an airship crew. But we have seen pirates (or, at least Europans of piratical descent) wearing similar shirts (last panel on linked page). -- William Ansley (talk) 14:30, 4 June 2021 (UTC)

The helmswoman of the recently decommissioned HMA Crisp also wore a similar shirt, which made think he was a wreck survivor. The object he's carrying seems more like a staff than a spear or pike. Doug Relyea (talk) 15:01, 4 June 2021 (UTC)
Another stripy balloonjack - looks like it's a consistent thing. Zibbiz (talk) 02:17, 5 June 2021 (UTC)
It's probably akin to a Marinière. Zibbiz (talk) 23:23, 4 June 2021 (UTC)
That's my conclusion, or rather Breton shirt, which redirects to Marinière. That article only mentions blue and white stripes, and how it went from the French Navy (where evidently it remains standard issue) to high fashion and a symbol of the French generally. Traditionally made of wool and easy to see if you fall overboard. Red and white might be even easier to see. But they make less sense on an airship. Basically a shirt that suggests Navy. ⚙Zarchne (talk) 14:12, 5 June 2021 (UTC)
Yeah, the first print novel explicitly notes that red and white stripes are the official uniform of Wulfenbach aircrews. --Geoduck42 (talk) 23:42, 6 June 2021 (UTC)
So the fact that the helmswoman on a British airship was dressed that way seems to have been a mistake. -- 🔧William Ansley (talk) 05:12, 7 June 2021 (UTC)
Apparently not. Our castaway is of the HMA (Her Majesty's Airship) Esther de Groot, not the Wulfenbach Airship Esther de Groot. Doug Relyea (talk) 05:57, 7 June 2021 (UTC)

Rat-guy may be about to provide the team with a handy way to get past the "millions" of rats. Time for another taxidermy robot? and I also just wondered if there might be a few parallels with "The Guns of Navarone" ... Scientician (talk) 12:33, 4 June 2021 (UTC)

”Bzzt! I am in hell!” Zibbiz (talk) 15:11, 4 June 2021 (UTC)
Yep. Who would have guessed RotWQ was foreshadowing? ⚙Zarchne (talk) 14:12, 5 June 2021 (UTC)
Dangerous Clues scattered about this Epic? Frame1 and Frame2 . Doug Relyea (talk) 16:07, 5 June 2021 (UTC)
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