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Rebecca Rat is born to the Lord High Mayor, Robert Rat (and, of
course, his wife!). As she grows up, she'd determined to lead as normal a
childhood as possible, and, for the most part, she does, making friends at
Perfecto Elementary with Uke, Barb, and Catastrophe (the pint-sized genius
who's six years her senior, and first discovers her keen scientific
When it seems that her father has become a ruthless dictator, even
going so far as to apparently murder the rest of his own family in front
of her eyes, Rebecca goes into shock; and while struggling with him, she
scratches his face, leaving readily identifiable scars. She's rescued at
the last second by Uke, however, who shows up to ask what all the
commotion is about, and she's spirited away to his underground hideout.
Recovering, she eventually pairs up with Catastrophe in his secret
laboratory where, ironically, she's safe for the most part, since
Catastrophe is considered so insignificant by "the mayor" that it never
occurs to him to look for her there! Being cooped up with him in such
close quarters, it isn't long (a week) before they fall helplessly in
Rebecca makes a chance remark about wishing she could be in some
other universe one day, and that gives Catastrophe the idea to build the
transdimensional portal. Outside of never being able to get a fix on one
location long enough to do any good, its most annoying feature is emitting
a noise that sounds like a cross between a rolling tympani and a runaway
freight train! (This also has the unexpected drawback of alerting the
mayor's "goon squad" to their location.)
After numerous failed tests, the portal finally hones in on one
spot long enough for Rebecca to make good her escape: the Acme Forest.
Unfortunately, before she gets the chance, it pulls Buster, Babs,
Rhubella, Plucky, Shirley, Fifi, and Alex Redolence into Perfecto Plaza
instead! ("Parallel Parking") After that story, Rebecca decides to come
with the Toonsters to Acme Acres anyway, even though the threat to her
life is over, because Perfecto now holds too many bad memories for her,
and Rhubella talks her mom, Rhonda, into letting her stay with them until
she can find a place of her own. Determined to start over, Becky (who used
to cook back home) takes a job at the Acme Diner, although it does take
her a little bit of time to get used to properly preparing Earth food.
Eventually, she becomes so attached to Rhonda (and vice versa) that Rhonda
decides to adopt her ("The Rat Stuff"); but before that happens, events
take place that will prevent that once and for
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