African Rat is a character in the fourth installment of the video game series Tasty Planet, Tasty Planet Forever. He is a selectively bred mine-sniffing rat with a practically endless appetite who grows in size the more he eats.
He is shown to have a determined personality that is present throughout the game as he stops at nothing to eat everything in Africa, be it plant matter, tarantulas, land mines, pangolins, ostriches, poachers, tents, fences, safari trucks, airplanes, or entire resort buildings, feeling no remorse at all no matter how much he eats.
The fourth installment of the series is African Rat's only appearance as of yet. In the game, elephants who try to migrate in Africa are in serious danger, as their routes are often littered with land mines that are painstakingly difficult to remove. However, rats too light to trigger land mines have been selectively bred to sniff out and eat them, one of which is tiny white rat with a different appearance from the rest of the rats. This rat eats more than just land mines though, which proves to be a recipe for disaster.
Throughout the game, African Rat is shown first eating plant matter, followed by dung beetles and their dung balls. As he grows larger, he starts eating bigger animals such as tarantulas, gerbils, and pangolins. He then starts eating man-made things such as land-mines and binoculars, followed by humans themselves. Next he eats tents, fences, safari trucks, airplanes, and then entire thatched resort buildings, resulting in him growing so big that his world's last non-bonus level, Rat's All Folks, truly lives up to its name.
Why He Makes Us All Squeak With Excitement
- His design is adorable and super huggable, and makes you just want to snuggle him (although that would get a bit sandy).
- Despite eating everything, he did technically eat the land mines too, so... mission accomplished, I guess.
- His endless appetite is hilarious, as he literally starts out eating plant matter and termites and then eventually grows large enough to eat an entire resort.
- His design is pretty funny and detailed.
- The noises he makes are pretty adorable as well.
- He occasionally makes cute noises when he eats.
- When he finishes a level, he lets out an adorably high-pitched "Oupa!" which is super cute.
- He once saved the lives of many elephants by cleaning out all the landmines on their migration routes.
- He sometimes gobbles things up without even realizing it, which is really endearing.
- He once lured a bunch of poachers towards him and then tricked them into stepping on land mines, presumably saving the lives of many animals.
- He's a creative parody of the grey goo scenario, a scenario where autonomous self-replicating machines create more and more of themselves and eventually take over the world.
- What makes this even better is that he isn't just a carbon copy of this scenario, as he is just one entity who instead of creating more of himself, replicates his cells to allow him to grow bigger and bigger the more stuff he consumes.
- He is somehow able to eat pools without leaving an enormous hole in the ground, which is hilarious and impressive, albeit nonsensical.
- Even when he grows to the size of almost 200 meters, he still has his same adorable noises, which is both hilarious and cute.
- Although he has a number of unlikable things about him (see "Bad Qualities"), a number of them are fairly hilarious.
- He managed to evade the attempts humanity made to stop him.
- Depending on how you look at it, he could be either a protagonist or an antagonist.
- His strange abilities, while funny, are unexplained and nonsensical.
- He devoured plant matter, tarantulas, land mines, pangolins, ostriches, poachers, tents, fences, safari trucks, airplanes, or entire resort buildings, which, while funny, is also super destructive.
- It isn't ever actually explained why he grows in size when he eats or why he can eat so much stuff.
- His endless appetite can be kind of annoying to some people.
- Sometimes he's kind of mean and eats things just for the sake of eating them.
- He's kind of incompetent and is often blinded by its voracious appetite.
- Depending on how you look at it, his eyes can look kind of soulless.
- He's pretty inconsistent, as sometimes he's doing good things for humanity/animals, but other times he's just devouring everything.
- Technically speaking, he did destroy an entire resort killing hundreds of people in the process...
African Rat in-game.
African Rat about to eat a herd of elephants.
African Rat eating an elephant.
An elephant being exploded by a land mine before African Rat could eat it.
- The only installment in the Tasty Planet series that features African Rat is Tasty Planet Forever.
- In African Rat's Tasty Planet Forever cutscene, he is shown to be much larger than he actually is when you start the level.
- African Rat is only featured in the third world of Tasty Planet Forever.
- African Rat's cutscene is the first one with narration.