To Mister Scrooge, the founder of the feast!

— Bob, showing that his employer's poor spirit cannot diminish his own

Robert "Bob" Cratchit is the abused, underpaid clerk of Ebenezer Scrooge in the Charles Dickens story A Christmas Carol.

In the story, Cratchit is first seen at work, where he copies letters by hand in an underheated "dismal little cell", "a sort of tank". He is repeatedly described as "little" and clothes himself in a tattered white comforter, since he cannot afford a coat. Cratchit is treated poorly by Scrooge and given a weekly salary of "but fifteen bob", insufficient to feed his family a proper Christmas dinner. Nevertheless, he remains loyal to his employer, even in face of the protestations of his wife.

Scrooge invisibly visits Cratchit and his family in their small Camden Town home on Christmas Day as well as on a future Christmas. He is accompanied on these visits by the Ghost of Christmas Present and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, respectively. It is partly through concern for the plight of Cratchit's youngest son, the frail and crippled Tiny Tim, that Scrooge makes the transformation from miser to philanthropist, offering Cratchit a raise and "discussion of his affairs".

An interesting point of departure for adaptations of the story is whether or not Scrooge's final joyful encounter with Bob occurs with his family on Christmas Day itself, or, keeping to the novel, on the morning of the 26th at the counting-house. Many presentations opt to go with the Christmas Day meeting, presumably to give more visible closure to the family's story and actually see them all happy for their new good fortune. This may also provide a "show, don't tell" moment for the described future bond between the former miser and Tiny Tim.


Six Cratchit children are mentioned in the original story, four of whom are named:

  • Martha, the eldest daughter, who works as an apprentice at a milliner's
  • Belinda, the second daughter
  • Peter, the heir, for whom his father is arranging employment at the weekly rate of 5 shillings sixpence
  • An unnamed younger son
  • An unnamed younger daughter
  • Tiny Tim, the invalid youngest son


Picture Performer Feature Year Notes
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Donald Calthrop Scrooge 1935 Calthrop bore a remarkable resemblance to Cratchit as illustrated in the original published edition of A Christmas Carol.
Gene Lockhart A Christmas Carol 1938
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Mervyn Johns Scrooge 1951
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Harry Townes Kraft Television Theatre: "A Christmas Carol 1952
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Voiced by
Jack Cassidy
Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol 1962
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David Collings Scrooge 1970
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Porky Pig
(voiced by Mel Blanc)
Bugs Bunny's Looney Christmas Tales 1979
Mickey Mouse
(voiced by Wayne Allwine)
Mickey's Christmas Carol 1983 Disney's mascot previously portrayed the Bob Cratchit role in the record album An Adaptation of Dickens' Christmas Carol, Performed by The Walt Disney Players, which inspired the animated special.
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David Warner A Christmas Carol 1984
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George Jetson
(voiced by George O'Hanlon)
The Jetsons: "A Jetson Christmas Carol" 1985
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Grace Cooley (portrayed by Alfre Woodard) Scrooged 1988
Kermit the Frog
(puppeteered by Steve Whitmire)
The Muppet Christmas Carol 1992
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Barney Rubble
(voiced by Frank Welker)
A Flintstones Christmas Carol 1994
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Richard E. Grant A Christmas Carol 1999
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Brian McNamara A Diva's Christmas Carol 2000 Bob's character is merged with Scrooge's fiancée Belle.
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Zach Nichols
(voiced by Andrew Francis)
Adventures from the Book of Virtues: "A Christmas Carol" 2000
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Rhys Ifans Christmas Carol: The Movie 2001
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Porky Pig
(voiced by Bob Bergen)
Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas 2006
Voiced by
Gary Oldman
A Christmas Carol 2009
Rainbow Dash
(voiced by Ashleigh Ball)
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic: "A Hearth's Warming Tail" 2016 Rainbow Dash plays a character similar to Bob Cratchit named Snowdash, whose role is merged with Fred. Unlike Cratchit, she does not have a family and is scornful of her employer's dismissal of the holiday season.
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Joe Alwyn A Christmas Carol (2019) 2019
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Lynn Loud Jr.
(voiced by Jessica DiCicco)
The Loud House: "A Flipmas Carol" 2020 Lincoln Loud's fifth-oldest sister has to do deliveries for Flip's Food & Fuel after she accidentally breaks the shop's bathroom door. Flip even says she has to work on Christmas Day, but after having a change of heart thanks to the three ghosts, he tells her that her debt's been fully paid.
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