Mr. Ratburn is a teacher at Lakewood Elementary School in Arthur, and one of the few Arthur characters where the animal of origin is painstakingly obvious. Though strict in the classroom, he also has a lighthearted side that includes a fondness for cake. Ratburn is also a trailbrazer as one of the few openly gay characters in a preschool program.
On YouChew, Ratburn became popular in image edits thanks to his smug expression.
The genesis of Ratburn's YouChew popularity dates to late 2010 within the Arthur Comic Maker thread. The thread was one of several which saw the forumgoers take an official Flash-based comic creator for a children's cartoon and go wild with it. People quickly caught on to how amusingly smug the usable Ratburn picture looked, with various comics being made where the final panel was just a closeup of Ratburn's face. This prompted cantflyman to establish a maxim Nozdordomu would call "Cantflyman's Law":
"I swear to God, Mr Ratburn's zoomed in face can be the punchline to anything and still be laugh out loud hilarious."
Surely enough, Ratburn remained a focal point of many comics, eventually prompting Rokto to create a standalone thread for Ratburn image edits, which itself proved popular. It further enshrined Ratburn as a YouChew icon, and as the community's second smug sensation in a few months (following Smug Porky). Both threads were later moved to the Hall of Fame. Ratburn was later featured on YouChew Trading Card #36.
- "Did someone say caaaaake?"
- "I'm motherfucking Santa Claus"