The exceedingly strong and dangerous enchanter Rothbart has put in a motion a plan to return from the dead, enlisting a black cat named Number 9 to help by promising him nine extra lives. Number 9 does not particularly care for Rothbart but the lure of 9 extra lives is too much to resist. Number 9 succeeds in luring Derek to the cellar of Uberta’s castle where he opens a chest with the initial R on it. This chest being open is critical for Rothbart’s return from the dead. Number 9’s sarcastic obedience endears him to the audience and his loyalty to Rothbart falters, turning Number 9 into a likable character.