Mr. Mole is stingy, grouchy, cynical, serious and self-absorbed. He is also rather insecure, as evidenced by how he discreetly asks Ms. Fieldmouse to talk Thumbelina into marrying him instead of making the proposal himself.
Role in Film
Ms. Fieldmouse introduces Mr. Mole to Thumbelina. After asking Thumbelina about how it is "up there", he laments about the time he went up to the above world, but that it was too bright for him,and forced him back to his tunnels where it's 'dark and decent'. Mrs. Fieldmouse then persuades Thumbelina to sing him a 'lovely, sad story', to which she sings about the sun, secretly thinking about Cornelius as she does so. Afterwards, Mr. Mole tells the two about how during his morning walk, he found a seemingly dead bird that fell into his tunnel. The mole taking them to the 'dead bird', Thumbelina was then shocked to find out that it was Jacquimo, and proceeds tend to him. As she does so, Mr. Mole beckons Ms. Fieldmouse over, tells her that he has been meaning to take a wife, and asks her to persuade Thumbelina to marry him, so she can keep him company and tell him stories. He offers her a gold coin in reward for helping him, and Mrs. Fieldmouse agrees to arrange it for him.
The morning of Mr. Mole's Wedding, Thumbelina sadly approaches him at the altar, but becomes lost in thought of her true love, Prince Cornelius. Reverend Rat interrupts her daydreaming, and asks her if she takes Mr. Mole to be her husband, but Thumbelina tells him that she cannot marry the mole, because she doesn't love him. She runs off, so Mr. Mole goes after her, gathering his guests as an angry mob to pursue her. He continues to try to catch her, but Thumbelina opens an exit and climbs out of the hole, causing jewels and coins to tumble down towards him and his guests, pushing them away from her.
At the end of the film, Mr. Mole and Ms. Fieldmouse are seen married at the end of the credits.
- He is played by the late John Hurt who did the Horned King the main antagonist from the Black Cauldron and is also known for the role of Mr. Ollivander in Harry Potter
- Mr. Mole's real name is unclear.
- Mr. Mole is the second villain to hate the sun, the first being The Grand Duke of Owls.
- Despite being a supporting antagonist, Mr. Mole's desire to marry Thumbelina was the bigger threat and he turned out to be more dangerous than Grundel (although the latter also sought marriage and is the main antagonist).