Voiced by: Burt Reynolds (1st film), Charlie Sheen (2nd film), Steven Weber (TV series & 3rd film)
First appearance:All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989)
Last appearance:An All Dogs Christmas Carol (1998)
Anti-Hero: At first a Villain Protagonist, but mellows out quite a bit later on in the film and the sequels. He'd much rather spend his time goofing off than being a guardian angel, but when push comes to shove, he'll do the right thing every time.
The Charmer: Distracts Annabelle long enough to grab his watch with compliments and dancing with her. He also does this to Anne-Marie to persuade her into talking to animals for him. (As opposed to Carface, who just uses threats).
Everyone Has Standards: Even before Charlie fully loves Anne-Marie, he is utterly indignant when she compares his treatment of her to Carface. Furthermore, many of their employees and customers at their casino remark that Charlie treats them better than Carface does.
Heroic Sacrifice: He sacrifices himself to save Anna Marie, earning back his place in Heaven in the process.
Redemption Equals Death/Redemption Equals Life: In a way, he somehow manages to do both at the same time. He sacrifices himself to save Anne-Marie's life, thus fulfilling the Equals Death part but in the process, he earns his place in Heaven back, saving his afterlife from Hell. So his redemption both cost him his mortal life but saved his afterlife.
Revenge Before Reason: When he first dies, he's so obsessed with getting revenge on Carface for his murder that he willingly forsakes his place in Heaven to do so.
Running Gag: Pulls a disgusted face each time Anne-Marie kisses him on the cheek...until the finale, when it's heartwarmingly/breakingly subverted.
Snap Back: In the first film he dismisses staying in Heaven both due to wanting revenge and finding the prospect of eternal paradise boring. At the end of the second film, however, he's come to appreciate it. When the sequel rolls around, however, he's right back to complaining about the lack of excitement and conspiring to return to the world of the living.
Cigar Chomper: Is almost never seen without a stogie in his mouth.
Deal with the Devil: Makes one with Red in the sequel for a collar allowing him to remain physical on Earth. He didn't know he was selling his literal soul at the time...Red did.
Kind of makes one with Belladonna in the third movie. In exchange for getting all the Christmas gifts in the city, he was supposed to help her ruin Christmas. But he underwent a Heel-Face Turn before he could.
Evil Minion: While the Big Bad of the first film, whenever a new Big Bad shows up afterwards, he and Killer normally become their minion. In the second movie, it was to Red and in the series, it's normally for Belladonna. Though in the third film, he gets promoted to The Dragon.
Freudian Excuse: Revealed in the Christmas Special. He was thrown out of his owner's house on Christmas as a pup because his owner didn't watch him and blamed everything on him. The scene is surprisingly heartbreaking because he still dreams his owner stood up for him instead of what really happened. Even Itchy (who was playing Ghost of Christmas Past) is left feeling bad for him afterwards.
Morality Chain: Gets one in the form of Timmy, a pup who his greed put in jeopardy, in the third film, which is ultimately what convinces him to perform his Heel-Face Turn and save Christmas. He even yells "This is for Timmy!" when he destroys Belladonna's machine, showing how important the little guy ended up being to him.
The Only One: In the third movie, he's the only one who can stop Belladonna. Justified in that Charlie and company had no idea were she was hiding and he was the only one close enough to her to do it. Naturally they had to make him perform a Heel-Face Turn to do it.
Redemption Equals Life: Ghost of Christmas Future (Charlie), revealed that if he hadn't changed, he was doomed to die and go to Hell before the next Christmas. His Heel-Face Turn saved both his earthly life and his afterlife.
Back from the Dead: At first, he turns down a chance at this because he lived a full life and is content to remain in Heaven. However, in the series, he's living on Earth with Charlie to carry out his angelic missions.
Butt Monkey: Gets bossed around by Charlie, Carface's gang beat him up and then Charlie leaves him a second time when he gets taken to heaven at the end of the movie.
The TV series makes him even more Ambiguously Gay. In one episode, Itchy was disguised as a woman and Killer flirted with him, thinking he really was a woman. Or just watch the Christmas Special and you'll see how much the gayness of this character went up.
Butt Monkey - Carface smokes in his face, tells him to shut up, won't listen to his opinions, screams at him...You'll start to wonder why Killer even bothers.
Lowering him into a piranha tank.
Evil Minion - To Carface normally, but in the series they're more of partners. However, he instantly joins Carface in following Belladonna when she shows up.
Heel-Face Turn: He does help save Anne-Marie at the end of the first movie.
Incidentally, his first scene (which provides the Trope with its name) was intended to introduce him prior to the climax, so that he'd avoid being a Deus ex Machina when he showed up to finish off Carface. Its level of success was... questionable, at best.
Pet the Dog: Once he decides not to eat Charlie, he's surprisingly loyal; it's him who bails Charlie out when he's overwhelmed by Carface's gang. (And he manages to knock the cage Anne-Marie's in off the ceiling.)
That Reminds Me of a Song - He's pretty prone to this, but when Charlie howls piercingly as he's about to eat him, that's what gives him a "biiiiig thriiiilll"!
Villain Ball - While proving to be an excellent and competent villain for most of the movie, he gets this in the end by letting Charlie go free after getting his claws on Gabriel's horn, then, when he's captured all the dogs in heaven, he decides to pull an island down to Hell, surrounding it in water; his only weakness.
Villain Song - "It Feels So Good to Be Bad". He also has a much shorter reprise later on.
Voiced by: Sheena Easton
First appearance:All Dogs Go to Heaven 2 (1996)
Last appearance:An All Dogs Christmas Carol (1998)
All Girls Want Bad Boys: Despite claiming she wants a sophisticated, intelligent, respectful and romantic dog to be her man, she also admits that part of the reason she's attracted to Charlie is because he's a bad boy.
Defrosting Ice Queen: To Charlie in the second film. She can't stand him when she first meets him, due to him acting... well like a Jerk Ass who only wanted to "get some tail" (figuratively speaking); the "tail" in question being hers. She begins to see his good qualities as the film goes on, and by the end has fallen in love with him.
Evil Twin - She's Anabelle's cousin who works for the other side and is the exact opposite of her cousin.
Fallen Angel - While not outright stated, she replies to Anabelle telling Charlie to think of heaven while trying to pull him back from Belladonna's tempting that she's 'been there done that', implying she was an angel before becoming a devil.
For the Evulz - Anything she does that isn't to lure Charlie to her side or get one over on her cousin (and possibly even that too) is this.
When Annabelle first describes how Belladonna's goal is to ruin her Heavenly organization, the latter replies that "a girl needs a hobby," which implies that she really is just doing it for fun.
Good Wings, Evil Wings - While Anabelle is sometimes depicted with angelic wings, Belladonna has devil wings. She also seems to get much more use out of hers.
Hellhound - While her cousin is an angel, she's a demon.
Kill It with Ice - Her weakness is to cold, but due to how strong she is it took getting an extremely large amount dropped on her to defeat her. Still counts though, and her Mooks turn to ash on contact with light snow.
Made of Temptation - Her first try at getting Charlie on her side, by offering him all the meat he can eat (as well as an easier path, but meat was the main thing).
Mooks - Fire Imps in the Christmas Special, though Carface and Killer normally fill this role for her (though Carface somewhat got promoted to The Dragon statis in the third film).
One-Winged Angel - Transforms into a giant Naga-like creature to try and kill Carface after his Heel-Face Turn. However, she took her eyes off her cousin and ended up defeated pretty quickly because of it.