|"For more then 50 years we have struggled and failed. We've used every means in our power with nothing to show for it but pain and humiliation. And yet our mission continues. That mission is kill Moose and Squirrel! Well it's no more Mr. Nice Guy! "|
-Fearless Leader (2014 Dreamworks short)
Dictator of Pottsylvania
Fearless Leader is the dictator of the fictional country Pottsylvania, and the employer of the inept government agents Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale . He could always be found in his underground hideout, "Central Control." However, it seems possible that he did answer to one man himself: the diminutive Mr. Big. Mr. Big appears in two storylines of the series, "Upsidaisium" and "Metal Munching Moon Mice." This is the Enemy (Koehler/Ancona, 1942): possible basis for character appearance. As Mr. Big's overall role is only speculated, it is unknown whether Fearless Leader or Mr. Big is the head of Pottsylvania.
According to the Rialto Theater's "Moosebill" or "Downhill: The Musical" (a special table of contents insert created for the DVD box set Rocky and Bullwinkle & Friends, The Third Season) Fearless Leader is one of only three survivors of the ruling clique of Pottsylvania, the other two being Boris Badenov and Mr. Big.
He wears a monocle and a German Military uniform, including black boots, a large hat with a skull and crossbones, and poofy pants. He has a long, pointed nose, sharp cheekbones, and a long pointed chin that juts out. His most notable feature is a long scar on his cheek, where the marks of stitches can be seen. He is taller than Boris, and a only slightly shorter than Natasha. He is usually seen smoking from a cigarette holder .
As expected from his given position and name, Fearless Leader is a strict, ruthless character, and often harshly rebukes the incompetence of his main minion Boris. He is distrustful of his own government employees, and is known to carry the Pottsylvania treasury with him wherever he goes. He himself is untrustworthy, as he once convinced an employee to tell him bad news by convincing him to trust him and after the information was given proceeded to do exactly what the employee feared he would, while shouting to let it be a lesson to not trust others. He is shown to have a harsh temper, and will often resort to violence when insulted.Despite this, he is rather patriotic, at one point singing the national anthem of Pottsylvania whe revealing his plan for world domination in the Missouri Mish Mash story arc, and in the Goof Gas story arc his motive is revealed to be that since Pottsylvania has no culture, arts, or resources to export, they will simply export their meanness by declaring war without telling anyone. In a newspaper comic, he even assigned Boris onto a mission to improve Pottsylvania's reputation and fame across the world.
The only thing he seems to fear is Pottsylvanian television programming, which was bad enough that Boris and he tried to weaponize it in the Rocket Fuel arc to blackmail the United States.
Although Pottsylvania's chief spies are given ersatz Russian accents, Fearless Leader's accent seems more in keeping with the German stereotype. He uses some German such as "Achtung" and "Schweinhund," typical of German stereotypes in film and TV. He speaks loudly in a demanding tone, rarely ever speaking softly.
Boris Badenov: Fearless Leader considers Boris one of their worst agents, and even once becomes enraged to find out Boris is the only agent available for a highly important mission. Fearless Leader does not trust him, and for good reason: Boris has attempted betray Fearless Leader before, and sometimes insults Fearless Leader behind his back. However, Fearless Leader does seem to admire and reward Boris's foul deeds and overall nastiness, and shows great appreciation when Boris does a job well done.
Natasha Fatale: Fearless Leader seems fairly indifferent to Natasha, and directs most of his anger towards Boris. However, as Boris's partner, she often ends up being rebuked, as well.
Rocky and Bullwinkle: As the two often get mixed up in Fearless Leader's plans, their role changes based on situation. In some situations, Fearless Leader may see them as pawns to try and manipulate. In others, they may need to be killed as they are interfering. In many situations, he keeps switching between needing them dead or alive, as the situation changes due to various blunders.
AbilitiesFearless Leader is an effective strategist, a convincing liar, and is presumed to have a strong military background. He is knowledgable with firearms, and seems to consider physics something "any Pottsylvanian schoolchild could tell you."
In the 2014 short, he is evidenced to be a skilled hunter, as he has a variety of different animals mounted on his wall (missing only a Moose and a Squirrel).
In other media
- Fearless Leader appears in two live-action films: he is portrayed by Christopher Neame in Boris and Natasha: The Movie (1992) and by Robert De Niro in The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle (2000).
- Fearless Leader was also the background picture seen hanging on the wall in the old newspaper cartoon, "Grin and Bear It" by Lichty, whenever the Kremlin or politburo was being lampooned.
- In Jamie Gilson's book 4B Goes Wild, the strict, no-nonsense headmistress of the elementary school is called that behind her back. When the protagonist, Hobie Hanson, wins a lunch date with the headmistress in a raffle, his friends tease him as to "When are you going to eat with Fearless Leader?"
- Fearless Leader appears in the short film Rocky and Bullwinkle, which was released with Mr. Peabody and Sherman on Blu-ray 3D on October 14, 2014, in which he was voiced by Thomas Lennon.
- His sharply-angled features closely resemble those from an anti-Nazi propaganda poster circulated during World War II (see Gallery for image).
- He apparentally has a weakness for autographd celebrity photos, as he let Boris Badenov live in exchange for an autographed photograph of Sonny Tufts, while refusing everything else Boris offered. When Boris presented this in exchange for his life, Fearless Leader was briefly shocked, and told Boris "You've found the chink in my armor."
- According to the 2014 short, he wanted to kill Rocky and Bullwinkle to mount their heads and add them to his collection, as a Moose and a Squirrel are the only two animals missing.
- When Fearless Leader gets sent flying out of the studio in the climax of the film, the color streak he makes is blue (his suit), Boris's was white (his skin), and Natasha's was red (her dress), the colors of the American flag.
- In early episodes, Fearless Leader had a very different design. First, he was slim, wearing a trenchcoat, and disguised himself with sunglasses and a hat. Then, he was large and fat. Eventually, the design we now know was introduced and kept (see image in Gallery).
- Some fans have suggested that, alternatively, several previous Fearless Leaders were overthrown during the first few episodes. However, many find this unlikely as they all have the same voice. 
- Which cheek his scar is on tends to be rather inconsistent, but is usually on the left cheek.
- If he is particularly pleased with someone, he allows them to call him F.L.