|“||James, this company's been in my family for three generations, and I would do anything to keep it from going under.||„|
|~ Mr. Waternoose|
Henry J. Waternoose, III, Mr. Waternoose, or simply just Waternoose, is the hidden true main antagonist of Disney/Pixar's 2001 movie Monsters, Inc.. He is the former CEO of Monsters, Inc. and was the last character to be played by actor James Coburn.
He was originally a very friendly old man who wanted power if the kids the monsters scare scream. He wanted James P. Sullivan to help him out on the work to show other monsters what it takes to be a top scarer. After he found out Boo was the child the CDA are looking for, he decided to join Randall's side and banish Mike and Sulley to the Himalayas, where they meet the Abominable Snowman. He is later seen in Randall's top secret lair, kidnapping Boo along with Randall and Fungus. Sulley comes in roaring, rescuing Boo. Waternoose realizes he's trying to save Boo, much to his anger, in which he tells Randall to finish him off. After the two defeat Randall and banish him to the human world, Mr. Waternoose is later seen with the CDA. He then chases Sulley down after the CDA chase Mike carrying the purple monster suit Boo wore. When he comes into the door, he gets into negotiation with Sulley arguing about Boo. Mike becomes rather amused when he hears him saying "I'll kidnap thousands of children before I let this company die!", after the CDA hear him three times, they arrest him.
Waternoose didn't appear physically in the film, but he is seen in a photo greeting Mike and Sulley to Monsters, Inc.
Waternoose originally had a father-like personality to Sulley, admiring his enhanced skill at scaring children and being the top scarer. He became extremely evil, cruel and abusive sadly after Sulley tried to save Boo from him, Randall, and Fungus.
- He appeared very briefly in the film's prequel, Monsters University, in a photo only. He is seen with an afro and facial hair while shaking hands with Mike and Sulley, welcoming them to Monsters, Inc. Interestingly, after the death of his original voice, James Coburn, Kelsey Grammer was going to portray Mr. Waternoose's voice, but was dropped out for some reason.