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!!The ants

-->'''Voiced by:''' Dave Foley

* {{Adorkable}}: Either when it comes to his inventions or talking to Princess Atta.
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: He is regularly ridiculed and insulted for wasting his time on creative thinking and inventing instead of gathering food for the Offering.
* BadassBookworm: [[spoiler:Becomes this during his stand against Hopper.]]
* BunglingInventor: It's not really his inventions that don't work, but his clumsiness.
* CharacterDevelopment: Goes from being the misfit of the colony to the hero of the film.
* {{Determinator}}: Wants to gain his colony's approval so darn badly.
* DoggedNiceGuy: For Princess Atta.
* HeroicBSOD: After he gets banished from the colony. He gets better with help from Dot and the circus bugs.
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: Flik never shies away from what's right.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: With Dot, mainly because she's the only ant in the colony who admires and looks up to Flik.
* TheMillstone: Was this for most of the film until he TookALevelInBadass.
* NiceGuy: Goes with being played by Dave Foley.
* OfficialCouple: With Atta.
* TookALevelInBadass: [[spoiler:Despite being given a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown from Thumper under Hopper's orders, he gives Hopper a ReasonYouSuckSpeech and inspires the rest of the colony to stand up to the grasshoppers.]]
* WideEyedIdealist: Doesn't once stop thinking that the Ants can have a better life.

-->'''Voiced by:''' JuliaLouisDreyfus

* DefrostingIceQueen: She is rather dismissive towards Flik and his ideas on improving the harvest in the beginning of the film. But warms up to him in the middle.
* DisappearedDad: Her and Dot's birth father was never seen.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: She may be neurotic, but she does care for her colony.
* HartmanHips: For an ant, Atta has pronounced hips.
* NonMammalMammaries: A rather subdued example, but you can tell she's an adult female ant.
* NotSoDifferent: Her and the ant colony, according to Flik.
* OfficialCouple: With Flik.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Once Flik has the idea to get rid of Hopper, she's all the way on board. And after that [[spoiler:she ''finally'' stands up to Hopper.]]
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: While Atta was at first dismissive towards [[NiceGuy Flik]] she wasn't as brutal as the rest, and it was somewhat justified given their colony's current predicament and that his inventions ''did'' cause problems. After he and the Circus Bugs saved her sister from death, Atta started to develop an instant liking towards Flik, even showing her own {{adorkable}} when with him. It was only after she and the colony found out about his lies did she banish him.
* SlapstickKnowsNoGender: She gets knocked to the ground twice by catapulted stalks of grain (thanks to [[BunglingInventor Flik]]) and even falls off the counsel stand in the HilariousOuttakes.

-->'''Voiced by:''' Hayden Panettiere

* TheCutie: An ant version this time.
* DisappearedDad: Her and Atta's birth father was never seen or mentioned.
* EleventhHourSuperpower: "Come on, wings. Fly, fly!"
* IntergenerationalFriendship: With Flik.
* KidAppealCharacter: The only child aged main character.
* PluckyGirl: Shown to be incredibly determined, which allows her to fly.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: See her SpannerInTheWorks section.
* SpannerInTheWorks: She overheard the grasshoppers' plan to [[spoiler:squish the queen]] and flew back to the circus wagon to get Flik and company to return to save the colony.
* YouthfulFreckles: The only ant to have this that also showcases her ''youthfulness''.

!!The grasshoppers

-->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/KevinSpacey

* AxCrazy: When he's in a bad mood.
* BadBoss: As Molt tells the ants during the raid in the film's second half: "You don't want to make him mad. ''Believe me!''" He takes out his frustration at his brother by punching out another member of his gang because of a promise to his mother. Later, he matter-of-factly ''kills'' several of his fellow grasshoppers just to demonstrate a point in an argument.
* BigBad: Hopper is the leader of the grasshoppers and without him the others wouldn't even care.
* TheBully: He's psychotic and loves picking on weaker species to make himself feel big.
* BullyingADragon: He understands the weakness of his position against the numerically superior ants, and engages in a campaign of terror specifically to keep the ants from wising up and fighting back.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: For one, Hopper realizes the strength of the ants, and keeps them in fear enough to prevent an uprising. He also realizes the significance of one ant inspiring the rest ([[KickTheDog and uses this to callously kill some of his followers]]). He also ends up seeing past the bird disguise. However, during the climax, another bird appears, and he thinks it's another trick. [[spoiler:[[WrongGenreSavvy It's]] [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath NOT.]]]]
* DeadpanSnarker: He is voiced by Kevin Spacey, after all. Throughout the film, he makes dry remarks about anything that annoys him.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: He says that promising mother on her deathbed not to kill Molt is the only reason he has not done so. This could, however, not really be a matter of loving his mother and instead be more of a matter of [[IGaveMyWord simply keeping a promise]], especially seeing how it just makes him more dangerous, see BadBoss above
* EvilIsPetty: When his big elaborate plan fails, he settles for mercilessly beating up Flik and trying to kill him. In fact, his only reason for going back was to kill one ant who was no apparent threat and only hurt his pride.
* FauxAffablyEvil: He becomes chillingly polite when about to do something like murdering his own henchmen or preparing to feed children to deranged grasshoppers.
* FreudianExcuse: Averted. Unlike other Pixar villains, Hopper has no known "reason" behind his twisted acts. He's just a bully, plain and simple.
* GeniusBruiser: He can easily beat down most anybody else in the film, and he's hardly dumb; he knows that if all the ants stood up to the grasshoppers, since they're far more numerous, the ants would easily push them away. [[spoiler: And indeed it does happen, they just needed a push.]]
%%* ItsAllAboutMe
* {{Jerkass}}: Just a wildly unpleasant individual all round.
* JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: He gives the impression of being more than a bully when he announces to his men that they're going to spend the rest of the winter partying instead of returning to the ants' island. Then he kills some of his men to make a point.
* KarmicDeath: He gets his JustDesserts when he becomes the meal of some hungry bird chicks.
* KickTheDog: A number of times. One example is him belittling Atta after "the grasshoppers" meal is gone.
%%* LargeHam
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: In the HilariousOuttakes, he's a fairly sensitive guy that puts up with a lot of goof ups and teasing from the rest of the cast.
* ObviouslyEvil: Domineering presence, strongest of his group, enjoys making people suffer.
* PerpetualFrowner: There is rarely a scene where he cracks a smile.
* PetTheDog: Though the ants had messed up badly in giving his grasshoppers food, he's ultimately willing to give the ants another chance, though he makes the ants double the amount of food they would have given him to compensate.
* PragmaticVillainy: Zig-zagged: when some of the other grasshoppers point out to Hopper that they have enough food and an easy life without needing to exploit and oppress the ants for food, he kills them and tells the rest that they oppress the ants for its own sake, not for the food. However, Hopper's point is that the oppression is pragmatic if you take a longer view: while individual ants are no threat to the grasshoppers, the ants as a group outnumber the grasshoppers by hundreds to one. If the grasshoppers let up on the pressure at all, the ants may realize their own power, at which point the grasshoppers' leisurely lifestyle ends.
* ScarsAreForever: One over his (also likely blind) right eye, which WordOfGod confirms was inflicted by the [[spoiler:first]] bird that attacked him.
* SmugSnake: Big time. He's smart and utterly convinced of his superiority but has no idea how to deal with the unexpected.
* TheSociopath: One of the scariest villains Pixar has ever done.
* TranquilFury: When not at borderline frothing rage point, he's committing brutality with a stoic, outright bored look on his face. How he makes his case towards [[WithAllDueRespect his men ditching going after the ants]] is a key example.
-->'''Hopper:''' ''*politely*'' Does anybody ''else'' wanna stay?...
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler:He goes through one when he's about to be eaten by a bird, and has another when he realizes the bird has hungry babies.]]
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: According to Atta, he was afraid of birds. [[spoiler: This is his eventual fate when he gets eaten in the end.]]
* WouldHurtAChild: Hopper doesn't hesistate in pretending to feed child Dot to [[AxCrazy Thumper]].

-->'''Voiced by:''' David Lander
* AxCrazy: Shown in full when [[spoiler:he mercilessly beats up Flik]].
* TheBrute: He's by far the most violent member of Hopper's swarm.
* FluffyTheTerrible: If you associate the name "Thumper" with a certain [[Disney/{{Bambi}} adorable bunny]], it's weird to see an AxCrazy grasshopper having the same name. On the other hand, it's also a MeaningfulName, as he likes to thump his enemies in the ground.
* KarmaHoudini: He gets scared away by Dim, but apparently survives.
%%* PsychoForHire
* SuddenlyVoiced: In the outtakes.
** MeanCharacterNiceActor: Actor!Thumper is rather polite, completely sane, and far from the AxCrazy character he is in the movie.
* TeamPet: Though it's ambiguous whether he's supposed to represent an attack dog or an ax-crazy human, he seems to be this to the grasshoppers to some degree. A blink-and-you'll-miss-it scene shows him begging Hopper for treats and catching a piece of grain tossed to him in his mouth.
* TheUnintelligible: Speaks in grunts, rasps, growls, snarls, and [[spoiler:whimpers (when Dim scares him away)]].

-->'''Voiced by:''' Richard Kind

* AffablyEvil: Nice and friendly, even trying to tell funny stories to ants he's menacing. He even gives them a friendly warning during the second raid, having himself made Hopper angry one too many times:
-->"Do as he says; you don't want to make him mad. ''Believe me!''"
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: He infuriates Hopper.
* TheDitz: Molt isn't exactly the smartest bug in the movie.
* GentleGiant: He's a big guy and doesn't really want to pick on the ants.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: Joins the circus bugs at the end of the film as a strongman.]]
* HiddenDepths: He knows just how foolish and evil Hopper's plan is but is scared to refuse to go.
* MinionWithAnFInEvil: While he's one of the bad guys, he's a dim-witted GentleGiant, often infuriating his intelligent but evil older brother.
* MotorMouth: Loves to babble on and on. Helps that he's voiced by Richard Kind.
* PunchClockVillain: When the food's collected and the circus is performing, he happily claps and plays along, rather like a child.
-->"The circus, the circus, I love the circus!"
* TokenGoodTeammate: He's not really evil, just following along with the other grasshoppers.

!!The circus bugs

[[folder:P.T. Flea]]
-->'''Voiced by:''' John Ratzenberger
* BadassNormal
* {{Jerkass}}: Though he's not as mean as Hopper is.
* NiceHat: Wears what appears to be a very small top hat.
* LetsGetDangerous: There's no denying that's he's a {{Jerkass}}, but he shows his courage by heroically attacking what he ''thought'' was a real bird to save everyone.
* RepulsiveRingmaster: He is the ringmaster of the circus bugs, and while not outright evil, he is the least heroic and most {{Jerkass}} out of them.
* TheNapoleon: As a flea, he's tiny and mean.
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom:
** He's responsible for [[spoiler:the ants finding out the circus bugs aren't warriors, costing Flik his newly earned good name. He suddenly shows up demanding that his circus bugs return to work for him. This in turn causes the ants to give up on rebelling against Hopper, almost resulting in the villain's victory.]]
** He also [[spoiler:ruins the ants' original plan of scaring the grasshoppers off with a fake bird by setting said bird on fire, thinking it to be the real deal.]]

-->'''Voiced by:''' Joe Ranft
* BigEater: How he mainly copes with not getting to be a beautiful butterfly.
* FatIdiot: A very fat and not very bright caterpillar.
* FunnyForeigner: He has a thick German accent.

-->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/DenisLeary

* BerserkButton: "SO! Being a ladybug automatically makes me a girl! Is that it, fly boy?! Huh?!"
* BrooklynRage
* DudeLooksLikeALady: Has a feminine appearance that routinely makes him a target for male bugs.
* GutturalGrowler: The contrast of appearance is complete with his raspy, definitely male voice.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* RealMenWearPink
* TertiarySexualCharacteristics: Parodied. ''He'' has long eyelashes, full lips and a {{beauty mark}}.

-->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/DavidHydePierce

* ButtMonkey: He's always used in his acts as a prop.
* DeadpanSnarker: Throughout the film, but especially when Francis uses him as a "sword".
-->''(completely deadpan)'' "Swish swish. Clang clang."
* EquippableAlly: He is often used as a circus prop, such as a sword.
* GrievousHarmWithABody
* PlayingATree: He is usually just used as a prop in his circus acts.

-->'''Voiced by:''' Bonnie Hunt

* PlatonicLifePartners: With Dim.
* TeamMom
* WomanInBlack: Being a black widow spider, though [[AvertedTrope she doesn't carry the usual characteristics]].

-->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/BradGarrett

* BigGuy: The biggest and strongest of the Circus Bugs.
* FriendToAllChildren: Dim even tried to [[spoiler:sneak some ant children away to the circus.]]
* GentleGiant: He's the BigGuy and [[FriendToAllChildren is nice to kids.]]
* ManChild: The most childish of the group.
* PlatonicLifePartners: With Rosie.
* ThirdPersonPerson
* YouNoTakeCandle

[[folder:Manny and Gypsy]]
-->'''Voiced by:''' Jonathan Harris and Madeline Kahn

* CoolOldGuy: Manny
* CloudCuckoolander: Gypsy seemed much more interested in her appearance than her husband walking into the walls.
* HappilyMarried
* InterspeciesRomance: A male praying mantis and a female butterfly.
* TheKlutz: Manny.
* LargeHam: What do you expect? It's [[Series/LostinSpace Dr. Smith]]!
* MayDecemberRomance: Gypsy certainly appears to be much younger than Manny.
* NonActionGuy: Manny again.
* StageMagician: Manny once again.
* UglyGuyHotWife: A beautiful gypsy moth married to an elderly praying mantis.

[[folder:Tuck and Roll]]
-->'''Voiced by:''' Mike [=McShane=]

* FunnyForeigner: Both are the comic reliefs and have Hungarian accents.
* KeepItForeign: They never learn a word of English, except... "[[CatchPhrase You fired]]!" WordOfGod says they're Hungarian, even though their gibberish sounds nothing like the actual language.
* ThoseTwoGuys: The only twins of the group.
* TheUnintelligible: Especially when they slip into Hungarian.


[[folder:The Bird]]
-->'''Voiced by:''' Randy Thorn

* AlwaysABiggerFish: A gigantic predator (from the bugs' point of view) [[spoiler: who defeats the film's true villain Hopper in the end]].
* DeusExMachina: Shows up just in time [[spoiler: to kill Hopper before he can catch and kill Flik]].
* TheDreaded: Everyone is afraid of birds, even Hopper.
* FeatheredFiend: To the bugs. A human would probably find her rather cute.
* GiantFlyer: A mix of the "normal sized flyer seen from a small character's perspective" and "giant predator" varieties.
* GreaterScopeVillain: At first, [[spoiler: although is ultimately the one to do Hopper in]].
* {{Kaiju}}: What everybody sees it as.
* MonsterIsAMommy: The bugs are terrified of her, but she's just a mother bird looking to feed herself and her chicks.
* NonMaliciousMonster: It's only looking to eat and feed its young.