- "I killed a man with this thumb!"
Horst is a character in Ratatouille.
He is a German sous-chef after Skinner, which means he is second in charge when he isn't around. Before Horst worked at Gusteau's restaurant, he was said to have done time; no one knew for sure what he did, as he would change the story every time he was asked. His stories included defrauding a major corporation, robbing the second largest bank in France with only a ballpoint pen, creating an ozone hole over Avignon, and killing a man with his right thumb. He and the other chefs hired Alfredo Linguini as garbage boy without Skinner's permission. Then he joined everybody who tried to kill Remy when he was caught. He next appeared when people asked, "What was new?" He calls the "new" meal "Special Order!" and then joined cheers with Linguini when he took over Gusteau's restaurant. Then when Anton Ego reviewed the restaurant, Horst and the other chefs tried to kill Remy, but Linguini told them to spare the rat and revealed the truth behind his apparent cooking talent. Heartbroken that Linguini was a fraud, Horst was the first one to quit his job.