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Lil' Lightning is the hidden tertiary antagonist of 101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure. He is Thunderbolt's former sidekick and best friend.

Personality

Lil' Lightning posing with Thunderbolt

Lil' Lightning is a trusted ally and a good friend and sidekick to Thunderbolt, having known him since puppyhood.

However, he eventually became increasingly frustrated and extremely jealous of Thunderbolt's fame and attention from ladies, as well as making him feel insecure and unappreciated (aside from Thunderbolt acting like a jerk to him). This is the reason Lightning started to be against Thunderbolt. Afterwards, Lightning secretly planned to get rid of Thunderbolt so he could take his place on the show (which would have become The Lil' Lightning Adventure Hour) and steal the attention from him.

Whilst he is sweet, trusty, cute, and precious, Lightning can also be clever, sneaky, and conniving. Even though he originally betrayed Patch and Thunderbolt, Lightning still shows a bit of remorse and genuine feeling (as well as redeeming qualities) when Thunderbolt fakes his death towards the end of the film, crying for him and thinking he is actually dead (since he had never planned to have him killed and never had a desire to do so), saying through tears, "Good night, sweet prince."

Overall, Lightning is not in any way a bad dog; he was just overcome with jealousy at Thunderbolt getting more attention and admiration than himself.

Trivia

  • Lil' Lightning is sometimes thought to be the hidden main and secondary antagonist of the film. This is not true as Cruella de Vil had bigger plans, as well as Lightning not being as unscrupulous as Cruella or Jasper and Horace.
  • Lil' Lightning is similar to Steele from Balto: They are both canine fame seekers and want to get their rival out of the way so they can keep the fame to themselves (Balto for Steele and Thunderbolt for Lil' Lightning).
  • He is not a true villain as when Thunderbolt faked his death, Lil' Lightning immediately burst into tears, believing him to be dead. He is also not in the least bit evil as he had never intended to kill Patch, Thunderbolt, or anyone.

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