Madame Medusa is the main antagonist in The Rescuers. She is the proprietor of a pawn shop in New York. She is voiced by Geraldine Page.
Role in the filmEdit
Prior to the film, Medusa discovers that the world's largest diamond, theDevil's Eye, is buried deep underground in a pirate's cave in Devil's Bayou. Much to her disappointment, the cave entrance is much too narrow for her to fit through. Neither her incompetent henchman, Mr. Snoops, nor her two pet crocodiles, Brutus and Nero, can fit through it. It is then that she decides to return to New York, where her pawn shop is located, and captures the poor orphan Penny to fetch the diamond for her.
Three months later (when the film introduces her), Medusa finds that although Snoops has managed to force Penny down into the cave, he is unable to persuade her to search. Moreover, he has caught the little girl sending out messages in bottles. Medusa, frustrated with Mr. Snoops' inability to manage an orphan girl, takes the next flight back to Devil's Bayou to take charge.
Upon arriving, Medusa made things even more miserable for Penny, so much so that Penny attempted to run away numerous times, only to be caught by Medusa and her two faithful crocodiles every time. Medusa lost her patience with Penny and declared that no matter what, Penny would find the Devil's Eye, and would stay underground until she did so, regardless of the danger. Prior to their search, Bernard and Miss Biancafrom the Rescue Aid Society in New York arrive to try to save Penny, but Medusa panics upon the sight of them and nearly blows them away with her shotgun. This fails however, as the two mice escape and soon afterwards meet Penny face-to-face.
She ultimately forces Penny down into the cave, holding her teddy bear hostage, and refusing to lift her back out until she has found and retrieved the diamond. Since the cave fills with water at each high tide, Penny was aware that Medusa's threat was a potentially lethal one. She was accompanied by Bernard and Miss Bianca and with their help, she found the Devil's Eye. Unfortunately, it was stuck in the skull of a dead pirate and they could not get it out, but Medusa refused to hoist Penny up until she retrieved it. With the tide rising and the waters splashing violently, Penny and the mice recovered the diamond by opening the skull with a sword, and were lifted back to the surface just in time. Medusa immediately indulged in her newfound wealth, refusing to let Snoops so much as look at it. The group made their way to the riverboat where Medusa planned her escape.
While Miss Bianca and Bernard called their swamp friends for help, Medusa held Penny and Snoops at gunpoint, intending to escape with the diamond herself (Which she hid in Penny's teddy bear). However, the two mice literally trip Medusa up, allowing Penny to grab the diamond and make a run for it. Medusa and her crocs fought the animals slowing her down but was easily overpowered, and was soon at the mercy of Mr. Snoops' fireworks after the animals set them off.
Penny fled in Medusa's swampmobile, but Medusa refused to give up, and pursued Penny by water skiing. She ran into her two crocs and whipped them with a rope to get them to move faster, much to their anger. However, the ropes broke and Penny was able to escape and Medusa was sent flying into her riverboat, which was now sinking due to the fireworks display. Medusa watched in defeat as Penny and the animals escaped with the Devil's Eye, leaving her to face the angry Brutus and Nero alone while Mr. Snoops fled the scene, all the while laughing at Medusa's misfortune.
It was never shown if Medusa was able to escape the angry crocodiles, although it's implied that she never escaped in time and was presumably killed by them.
Medusa is an evil, greedy, short-tempered, cruel, mean, impatient, abusive and villainous woman who kidnapped Penny to get the Devil's Eye. She hates mice and tries to kill them with a shotgun, and she gets crabby when things don't work.
Medusa is a slender, ugly woman with short red hair, sea green eyes, pale skin, a buck-tooth, fake eyelashes and a pointy nose. She usually wears a red sleeveless dress, aqua earrings and light purple stockings. When she goes somewhere in Devil's Bayou, she wears a dark blue cloak and black boots. On her way to Devil's Bayou, she wears a purple fur coat.
- Madame Medusa was named after the Greek creature, Medusa, who had the power to turn anyone into stone if they exchange eye contact.
- Medusa shares some similarities to Percival C. McLeach, the antagonist of the film's sequel, The Rescuers Down Under, including the abduction of a child, both owning a reptile, and both owning shotguns. Also, both of them are attacked by crocodilians at some point.
- Medusa also shares similarities to Bill Sykes, as both kidnapped a young girl as part of a scheme to get rich.