Teresa Brisby
Teresa Brisby
Background information
Feature films The Secret of NIMH
The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the Rescue
Television programs
Video games
Park attractions
Portrayed by
Portrayed by
Animators Don Bluth
Troy Saliba
Voice Shannen Doherty (As A 12 Year Old)
Jamie Cronin (As A 16 Year Old)
Tara Strong
Performance model
Honors and awards
Inspiration Sis Rabbit
Character information
Full name
Other names
Personality Tomboyish, sweet, kind, mature, protective, caring, loving, understanding, sympathetic, sentimental, sensitive, astute, judicious, responsible, unafraid, cute, beautiful, thoughtful, easy-going, respectful, even-tempered, selfless, affectionate, benevolent, realistic, independent, supportive, big-hearted, polite
Appearance Scrawny, young brown mouse, blue eyes (originally), heterochromia (blue left eye and green right eye) (In The Sequel), pink bow on head, purple dress with lilac vest and a dark purple patch on the skirt (As A 12 Year Old), light blue apron (in laundry scene), barefoot, purple dress with a violet shirt and white apron and collar (As A 15 Year Old)
Occupation None, just Elizabeth Brisby's eldest child
Alignment Good
Home In the garden patch, by the stone
Relatives Auntie Shrew (great-aunt) Jonathan Brisby (father, deceased), Mrs. Brisby (mother), Martin Brisby and Timothy Brisby (brothers), Cynthia Brisby (sister)
Allies Her family, Justin, Jeremy
Enemies Dragon, Jenner, Farmer Fitzgibbons
Likes Her Auntie Shrew
Dislikes Martin's bad behavior, peril, the house sinking
Powers and abilities
Fate Bandages her mother's hands, after the stone burned her hands.
Quote "Oh. Auntie Shrew."

Teresa Brisby is the eldest of Mrs. Brisby's children. She is voiced by Shannen Doherty. She is a supporting character in The Secret of NIMH and a minor character in The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the Rescue.


Teresa is 11-12 years old (by human age) and holds part of the responsibility of the Brisby household. She is responsible and mature for her age.

Role in film

Teresa Brisby is the eldest child of the Brisby family. She helps Auntie Shrew take care of the household while her mother is gone. She is very beautiful, cute, kind, and sweet, though she dislikes it when her younger brother Martin fights or argues with Auntie Shrew.


  • Teresa in the original film had blue eyes like her mother, but in the other films, she possesses heterochromia which is odd as her father had brown eyes, so where she inherited her green eye is unknown.
  • She was similar to Sis in Robin Hood.
  • Teresa is similar to Yuna from Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2 as they both have Heterochromia.
  • Teresa’s Voice Actor, Shannen Doherty and Her brother were contestants of the 1987 Game Show, I’m Telling.