Characters: All Dogs Go to Heaven

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    Charlie B. Barkin 
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)

A roguish German Shepherd mix and con artist.
  • 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.
  • Back from the Dead: Repeatedly, though the reason is always different.
  • 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.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: In his review, Roger Ebert stated that Charlie not only contained the voice of Burt Reynolds, but a few of his mannerisms as well.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's greedy and vindictive, but ultimately proves he's a good dog.
  • Karma Houdini: The first time he dies, he only gets to Heaven because he's a dog; Anabelle couldn't find any redeeming qualities in him.
  • Love Redeems: He comes to genuinely care for Anne-Marie, and that's what leads him to redeem himself.
  • The Nicknamer: He's implied to be the one who started referring to Ichiford as "Itchy", and calls Anne-Marie "Squeaker".
  • Papa Wolf: Not at first, but by the climax he pretty much takes on Carface's entire gang to save Anne-Marie. Granted, he gets a bit of help from King Gator, but still.
  • Punny Name:
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Itchy's blue.
  • Redemption Equals Death: In a way, he somehow manages to do this and Redemption Equals Life 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.
  • Redemption Equals Life: In a way, he somehow manages to do this and Redemption Equals Death 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 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.
  • Soul Jar: His watch functions as one. As long as it's intact he's immortal, but if it's destroyed he would be Dragged Off to Hell.
  • Villain Protagonist: He was Carface's partner in crime and spends most of the first movie pursuing revenge.

Voiced by: Judith Barsi
First Appearance: All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989)
Last appearance: All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989)

A young orphan girl with the ability to talk to and understand animals.
  • Cheerful Child: After Charlie rescues her, she's usually rather cheery, unless she finds out he's lied to her.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Anne Marie isn't even namedropped in the sequels. However, there's a very good reason for this.
  • Companion Cube: Has a toy rabbit, which seems to be the only possession she owns.
  • The Cutie: Even her pouty faces are downright adorable!
  • Every Proper Lady Should Curtsy: And she does so in an early scene. This got featured as an image on one of the DVD covers.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Shows genuine concern over the rats, frogs, horses and other animals she speaks with. This becomes important in the climax, when all the other dogs who hear about her kidnapping pass the messages across almost the whole city.
  • Happily Adopted: It's implied at the film's end that she'll be adopted by "the wallet family."
  • Heartwarming Orphan: She has no parents, and being adopted is her motivation in helping Charlie.
  • Ill Girl: Near the end of the film, she contracts what Flo suspects to be pneumonia. Running out into a rainstorm after overhearing Charlie declare he didn't really care about her doesn't help.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Fitting for a child like her.
  • Morality Pet: She becomes Charlie's. Which is ironic, since she's a human and refers to Charlie as "her dog" to other people.
  • Nice Girl: A very sweet and kind girl.
  • Parental Abandonment: And we never do find out what happened to her parents.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: A very cute-looking girl with pale skin, huge blue eyes and dark hair.
  • Shopping Montage: Charlie takes her out and buys her a bunch of new clothes, theoretically so she can get parents.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: The entire reason Carface kidnapped her was so she could use this ability to help him win big at the horse races.
  • Totem Pole Trench: Dons a fake mustache and stands on top of Itchy and Charlie so they can place a bet on a horse race.

    Carface Carruthers 
Voiced by: Vic Tayback (1st film), Ernest Borgnine (Sequels & TV series)
First appearance: All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989)
Last appearance: An All Dogs Christmas Carol (1998)

A shifty, psychotic mixed American Pit Bull Terrier/Bulldog gangster.
  • Fisher King: The casino under his management is pretty poorly run. The dogs that win their bets are given poor meat, the tables are rigged and Carface uses Anne-Marie to get inside information on bets so he can fix em and keep all the profits for himself. Something Charlie notices after hearing the complaints of the patrons yet seeing that Carface's operation wasn't suffering for it.
  • 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.
  • Greed: His main motivation in the first movie. He and Charlie were business partners initially and ran their own casino together. But he wanted it all to himself. So he framed Charlie for a crime that got him sent to prison. But when he broke out, he resorted to murder.
  • Laughably Evil: Moreso in the sequels, though he has his moments in the first movie as well.
  • 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.
  • The Scrooge: In The Christmas Special, naturally.
  • Shout-Out: His name is a pun on the movie Scarface.
  • Smug Snake: In the first movie.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: When he realizes Anna Marie has been stolen, he screams that he's surrounded by morons.
  • Took a Level in Badass: After suffering Villain Decay in the second film and being an Anti-Villain in the series, he actually becomes a good bit more threatening in the third film (though still not as much as he was in the original film). Though it also ends with him pulling a Heel-Face Turn.
  • Unexplained Recovery: The second film ends with him being Dragged Off to Hell as per his deal with Red, only for him to be back on Earth during the series with no explanation.
  • Villain Decay: Heaven must've made him go soft, seeing how he goes from being the Big Bad and a competent gangster to being a bumbling Evil Minion to both Red and Belladonna.
    • Justified on both cases, seeing as how a mere gangster like him couldn't possibly muscle his way against either type of villain. Given his own background, it's not a stretch to assume that Carface is used to "playing the game" of survival, as he puts it himself.

    Itchy Itchiford 
Voiced by: Dom De Luise
First appearance: All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989)
Last appearance: An All Dogs Christmas Carol (1998)

A paranoid, nervous and cowardly Dachshund.
  • Ambiguously Jewish: He has a distinctly New York Jewish accent, mentions bar mitzvahs, and sure can kvetch.
  • Animal Talk
  • 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.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Helps him cope with the insanity Charlie and others put him through.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: As he spells out in his What the Hell, Hero? speech, he saw all the grief that happened to them coming, repeatedly warning Charlie against his revenge plot, etc.
  • The Lancer: To Charlie
  • Lovable Coward: At times. Just look at how easily he panics in certain moments.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's a bit of a jerk towards Anne-Marie at first, as well as being pretty rude about the horses they're betting on, but he's not a bad guy, ultimately.
  • Meaningful Name: Poor guy seems perpetually bothered by fleas.
  • Nice Hat: A red cap he keeps sideways.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Charlie's red.
  • Servile Snarker: Towards Charlie at times and especially towards Anne-Marie.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: The opening of the second film depicts him arriving in Heaven after choking on a chicken bone.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Delivers a tearful speech to Charlie about his neglect, as well as the fact that Charlie's love for Anne-Marie has put Itchy and the casino in jeopardy.

Voiced by: Charles Nelson Reilly
First appearance: All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989)
Last appearance: An All Dogs Christmas Carol (1998)

A misnamed, cowardly, neurotic and spectacles-wearing Schnauzer/poodle hybrid.
  • Afraid of Blood: Which may be why he prefers to "use the pliers".
  • Ambiguously Gay: Sort of. The TV series makes him even more so; 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.
  • Ironic Nick Name: He ain't a killer, but a wimp...
  • Minion with an F in Evil - If he isn't a Punch Clock Villain, he's definitely this.
    Carface: Isn't this just the sweetest thing?
    Killer: Oh, it is, Boss, it really is. You know, it reminds me of when Lassie rescued-
    Carface: Shut up.
  • Nerd
  • Only One Name: The rest of the dogs all have last names. Killer on the other hand is Killer.....Just Killer.
  • Pet the Dog: He doesn't seem to approve of Carface's treatment of Anne-Marie.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: Briefly does this when he mentions that he has a ray gun.

Voiced by: Melba Moore (1st film), Bebe Neuwirth (Sequels & TV series)
First appearance: All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989)
Last appearance: An All Dogs Christmas Carol (1998)

The archangel dog in Heaven.

    King Gator 
Voiced by: Ken Page
First appearance: All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989)
Last appearance: All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989)

An American alligator and voodoo witch doctor, living below the streets of New Orleans.

Voiced by: Adam Wylie
First appearance: All Dogs Go to Heaven 2 (1996)
Last appearance: "All Dogs Go to Heaven: The Series'' (1996 1998)

A lonely 8-year-old human boy and Sasha's owner. He believes that Charlie and Itchy are his guardian angels sent to get him back home.
  • The Artful Dodger: Seriously. The way he and his dogs broke Gabriel's horn out of the Lost and Found station was awesome!
  • Cheerful Child
  • Parental Abandonment: His birthmother passed away, and he's having trouble with his stepmom.
  • The Runaway: He ran away from home under the notion his family didn't want him.
  • Stage Magician: Though the only time he occasionally dresses as one is during his song.

Voiced by: George Hearn
First appearance: All Dogs Go to Heaven 2 (1996)
Last appearance: All Dogs Go to Heaven 2 (1996)

A powerful demon cat from Hell and the main antagonist. He wants to imprison the dogs of Heaven and drag them into Hell.

    Sasha La Fleur 
Voiced by: Sheena Easton
First appearance: All Dogs Go to Heaven 2 (1996)
Last appearance: An All Dogs Christmas Carol (1998)

A beautiful Irish Setter, serene lounge singer and Charlie's love interest in the sequel.
  • 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.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • 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.
  • Does Not Like Men: Her entire introduction song "Count Me Out" is about how she's not interested in a relationship. Presumably she dislikes most of the male dogs she's met because most of them are jerks.
  • "I Want" Song: "Count Me Out".
  • Plucky Girl

Voiced by: Taylor Epperson
First appearance: An All Dogs Christmas Carol (1998)
Last appearance: An All Dogs Christmas Carol (1998)

A crippled puppy who nevertheless doesn't complain about it. He is Martha's pet.
  • Expy: He's based off of Tiny Tim from the original A Christmas Carol.
  • Morality Chain: To Carface. Timmy is a pup who put in jeopardy by Carface's greed, 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.
  • Morality Pet: He ends up being this to Carface.
  • Nice Guy: A sweet puppy.

Voiced by: Bebe Neuwirth
First appearance: All Dogs Go to Heaven: The Series (1996 1998)
Last appearance: An All Dogs Christmas Carol (1998)

Annabelle's evil cousin.
  • Bad Boss: During "I Always Get Emotional At Christmas Time", she puts her minions through quite a bit of abuse.
  • Bowdlerize: Does she ever say "Hell"? No. She's Anabelle's evil counterpart, and Anabelle is from Heaven. But then again, can you imagine her appearing in the hell sequence of the original?
    • Flanderization: That could mean she was the red demon at the end of the original.
  • Big Bad: Of the Christmas Special and serves as close to a Big Bad as the series got after she showed up.
  • Blackmail Is Such an Ugly Word: When Anabelle calls her 'doggone bad', she replies she's not bad, she's 'morally challenged'.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: She's working for the same side as Red, this is a given.
  • The Corrupter: Most of her appearances revolve around trying to lure Charlie to her side.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil:
    Belladonna: Think of my organization as an equal opportunity employer. No matter who you are or what you want to be; when you join with me, it's always an easy ride.
  • Evil Laugh: Has a pretty nice one.
  • 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 Annabelle 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 demon.
  • 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 demonic wings. She also seems to get much more use out of hers.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: She wears a leather jacket wherever she goes.
  • 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).
  • Magic Mirror: Belladonna can use reflective surfaces in a similar method to Annabelle.
  • 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 status 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.
  • Our Demons Are Different: Usually described as a "witch" instead, but the executives aren't fooling anyone, what with her infernal attributes, corrupting influence, implication of being a Fallen Angel...
  • Playing with Fire: Because she's a demon. She can use sufficiently large enough flames to go between Hell and Earth.
  • Reality Warper: A low level one.
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: She's Anabelle's cousin but they look very alike; she's just wearing a leather jacket, is purple, and has devil wings.
  • Villain Song: "Take the Easy Way Out" and "I Always Get Emotional At Christmas Time".
  • Villainous Breakdown: Flying into a homicidal rage is her normal manner of dealing with her plan falling through.
  • We Can Rule Together: Since her first appearance, she's wanted Charlie to work for her team, and has gone to great lengths to do so.