Rúfius (Turma da Mônica)
Rúfius is a bulldog character from the Brazilian comic book series Turma da Mônica. He was introduced sometime during the 2000s and has since become a recurring character in the comics. He's known for his abusive and mean behavior and frequently tormenting children.
Why He Sucks
- He is nothing but a blatant rip-off of Spike the Bulldog from Tom & Jerry, due to the fact that both are bulldogs, but with none of the charm and likability that Spike had.
- He always acts mean and aggressive to children in the Lemon Tree Street and even other dogs, to the point that it gets old.
- His design is really ugly and lazy, even for Turma da Mônica standards. Even though he's supposed to be a pitbull, he looks more like a bulldog, and the shape of his mouth is very uncanny.
- Speaking of his design, it doesn't look like a character from Mauricio de Sousa's art style. Instead, it looks more like a rejected character from Craig McCracken's The Powerpuff Girls or Genndy Tartaovsky's Dexter's Laboratory than a character from Turma da Mônica.
- He is a totally pointless character who only exists to cause trouble with his rude and aggressive behavior.
- He's a Karma Houdini, as he receives zero punishment for his mean deeds against the children on the street.
- He is also one of the most one-dimensional characters ever created in the comics, mainly due to the fact that, unlike Bidu and Mingau, he doesn't even know how to speak (instead, he just growls and barks) or appear with his owner.
- In a story titled "É Rúfius!!", which was published in 2007, it is revealed that the reason for Rúfius' constant aggressiveness is due to the employees that were responsible for writing the text of the comic books for Mauricio de Sousa often misspelling his name as Ruflos or Rufus. But even after this story, Rúfius continued to be aggressive and mean-spirited to the other characters.
The Only Redeeming Quality
- Fortunately, he was one of the few characters from the comics that didn't appear in the cartoon.