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Played By: Will FerrellRonald Joseph Aaron "Ron" Burgundy, a five-time (local) Emmy Award-winning journalist, he is the main anchorman for the KVWN Channel 4 News Team from 1964 to 1977. Always confident and well-dressed, he is ignorant, egotistical, misogynistic, and narcissistic, stating that he believes "diversity" to be some type of "old, old wooden ship used in the Civil War era."
- The AlcoholicRon Burgundy: I love scotch. Scotchy, scotch, scotch. Here it goes down, down into my belly...
- Angrish: Devolves into this in moments of extreme rage and/or grief.
- Beard of Sorrow: Grows one after getting fired and Baxter is punted.
- Big "NO!": After the bad man punted Baxter.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He's a good anchorman, and that's it.
- Cain and Abel: With Wes Mantooth, as revealed in a deleted scene from the original film that discloses they are half-brothers.
- Character Development: Becomes less of a jerk in the sequel.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Although not to the extent of Brick.
- Cringe Comedy: Ron is a master of this, mostly driven by his Small Name, Big Ego. Whether it's his propensity to No Indoor Voice, pressing on with his point regardless of how many people are telling him to stop talking, or the fact he'll read anything on the teleprompter without questioning it, Ron will find a way to make you wince (particularly in the sequel).
- Flanderization: Even more of a Large Ham and Man Child than usual in the sequel.
- Genius Ditz: Completely inept in social situations and matters of trivia but he's got a pretty wide collection of accolades for his on-air work.
- It's All About Me: "I'm kind of a big deal".
- Jerkass Has a Point: Self-absorbed as Ron usually is, in the sequel when he finds out Veronica has been erasing messages from his doctor about treating his blindness, he does have a point when he brings up that being able to see again doesn't mean he wouldn't still love his family.
- Narcissist: Right from the opening scene.Ron Burgundy: Hmmm, I look good. Like, real good. Hey everyone! Come and see how good I look!
- Not Helping Your Case: Lampshaded in the unrated version of the first film. When he denies to Veronica that the F word was in his dictionary, he says "fuck" four times almost in quick succession, then yells a fifth "fuck" when he apparently realizes how many times he had just said "fuck" in the space of less than a minute.Ron Burgundy: Don't you know I would never say the word "fuck"? I would fucking never fucking ever say that! Don't you know I would never say "fuck"? ...FUCK!
- Politically Incorrect Hero: He is sexist and somewhat racist, especially when a woman or minority becomes an anchor.
- Precision F-Strike: A plot-relevant one in the first film.Ron Burgundy: And I'm Ron Burgundy. Go fuck yourself, San Diego.
- Raging StiffieVeronica Corningstone: Mr. Burgundy, you have a massive erection.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: He wears "suits so fine they made Sinatra look like a hobo."
- Shirtless Scene: When showing off his Guns to Veronica.
- Signing Off Catch Phrase: "You stay classy, San Diego."
- Speaks Fluent Animal: But not Spanish.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Becomes much kinder after the events of the first film, although he does briefly become a jerk as a side effect of going "ratings crazy."
- Unusual Euphemism: He's goin' to Pleasure Town.
Played By: Steve CarellThe weatherman for the KVWN news team, he has a habit of providing unrequested or irrelevant information. Tamland is good hearted and loyal but not very bright, having an I.Q. of 48, making him "mentally retarded". Brick is an innocent led astray by the rest of the group.
- Badass: To elaborate, he rode a bear and was the only one to get any kills during the battle between all the news shows.
- And speaking of the news battle, managing to get your hands on a grenade and (in the second movie) a ray gun from the future definitely qualifies.
- If Wake Up, Ron Burgundy means anything canon-wise, and all of the Channel 4 News Team indeed were together in Vietnam, Brick was their leader, taking charge and giving out precise military tactics.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He is a good weatherman, but that's about it.
- In one of the alternate "where are they now?" endings, it's revealed that he becomes an amazing member of the police bomb squad, famous for his nerves of steel... because he doesn't realize he's working with explosives.
- Embarrassing Middle Name: Courtney, but considering that most things Brick says don't even make sense...
- Flanderization: In the first film, he was simply silly and under-intelligence compared to his friends, but in the second film, he borders on barely being able to function in society.
- The Fool: As mentioned above, Brick is simply too stupid to realize that many of the things he does, such as riding a bear, are potentially dangerous.
- The Heart: The nicest member of the Channel Four News Team and, in a way, the one that holds them all together. He is also a peace-keeping member of the group.
- Lame Comeback: To Wes Mantooth insulting the suits the team are wearing."Hey. Where did you get those clothes? The toilet store?"
- Large Ham: Mostly in the second film.
- Lethally Stupid: Intentional or not, he actually kills somebody in the newscaster skirmish.
- Not Now, We're Too Busy Crying over You: Cries over himself.
- Official Couple: With Chani at the end of the second film.
- Took a Level in Dumbass: Somehow he comes off even dumber in Anchorman 2.
- Younger Than They Look: Brick notes in one point in Anchorman 2 that he's 19, which would have made him a teenager during the events of the first film. Considering this is Brick, though, this should be taken with a grain of salt. note
Played By: Paul RuddThe stylish and over-sexed field reporter for KVWN news. He is arrogant, narcissistic, and overestimates his personal qualities.
- Bottled Cool: Sex Panther, by Odeon. It has pieces of real panther in it... so you know it's good.
- Not to mention that he uses it as a weapon in the second film during the real newscaster battle, choking the Canadian News Team.
- Genius Ditz: Much like Ron himself he's a complete idiot in the common sense ("I'm not a wine guy but I know you're supposed to keep it warm") but is actually very good at his job. In the second film, he made a fortune as the world's best cat photographer and later did an investigative journalism expose on Koala Airlines that everyone agreed was of great quality.
- Handsome Lech: Hits on every attractive woman around and has seven illegitimate children.
- Only Sane Man: His fondness for odd colognes aside, Brian is clearly the sanest of the Channel Four News Team.
- Pornstache: To go along with his personality.
- Wacky Americans Have Wacky Names: His private parts."I know what you're thinking. And the answer is yes, I do have a nickname for my penis. It's called The Octagon. But I've also nicknamed my testes. The left one is James Westfall, and the right one is Dr. Kenneth Noisewater."
Champion 'Champ' Kind
Played By: David KoecherThe KVWN sportscaster, he seems to have hidden feelings for Ron Burgundy (which implies that Champ may be a closeted homosexual). He is the most chauvinistic member of the news team.
- All Love Is Unrequited:
- For Ron. He's heavily implied (short of outright saying) that he's in love with Ron.
- "Wake up Ron Burgundy" makes this explicit, with an Overly Long Gag of him proclaiming his love for Ron, but the canonicity of said movie is questionable.
- Armoured Closet Gay: Not only is it implied he has an unrequited thing for Ron, but in the "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue, he is said to have been accused of sexual harassment by Terry Bradshaw.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's a racist, a chauvinist, and a loudmouth, but genuinely does care for Ron and the rest of the news team.
- Modern Major General: The second movie and Ron Burgundy's autobiography make it clear that he doesn't actually know anything about sports.
Played By: Christina ApplegateFrom Asheville, North Carolina, she is ambitious to become a network anchor and wants to be taken seriously in the male-dominated newsroom.
- Big "NO!": After Ron is fired, she shoots off a few of these.
- Precision F-Strike: In the R-rated version of the second film, it's her turn to swear live on television when Ron tries to kiss her during a WBC broadcast early on.Veronica Corningstone: [offended] Fuck's sake!
Edward 'Ed' Harken
Played By: Fred WillardThe news director of KVWN.
- Demoted to Extra: In the sequel, he has little screen time, with brief appearances during Brick's "funeral" scene, and watching the former Channel Four News Team on air.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: His relationship with his son seems to be... complex.
Played By: Chris ParnellEd's assistant at KVWN. Ron Burgundy is his hero. The news team frequently ignore him, even though his main job at the station appears to be keeping them out of trouble.
Played By: Kathryn Hahn
Played By: PeanutRon's beloved dog. Burgundy's relationship with Baxter is almost one of equality. Burgundy and Baxter are able to hold conversations, with Baxter apparently being able to speak Spanish as well as English.
- Badass: Survives being thrown off a bridge, travels across America with a bear companion to jump into a bear pit and talk down the mother bear.
- Big Damn Heroes: To Ron in the second movie when Doby tries to kill him.
- Older Than They Look: According to deleted scenes, he's older than 26. And not in dog years either.
Played By: Vince VaughnThe lead anchor of the competing KQHS Channel 9 Evening News Team and Burgundy's main rival.
- Annoying Laugh: A girly giggle.
- Badass Boast: Makes one when he goes to save Ron in the sequel, after him and his news team pour gasoline under Jack Lime's feet.Wes: With the things I've done in my life, oh I know I'm going to burn in hell. So I sure as shit ain't afraid to burn here on earth.Ron: That's the most badass thing I've ever heard!
- Berserk Button: NEVER bring his mother into an argument, because he will always espouse that Dorothy Mantooth is a saint.
- Big Damn Heroes: Arrives just in time to save Ron's life during the showdown in the second movie.
- The Cameo / Demoted to Extra: In the second film.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Taunts Ron and the News Team, especially after Veronica comes in. He does love his mom, and does respect Ron as a journalist, and even saves his life.
- Momma's Boy: As mentioned in Berserk Button, Wes loves his mom very much and never takes kindly to anyone badmouthing her.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Like the other anchors, he's well-dressed...for his time.
- Worthy Opponent: He utterly hates Ron, but deeply respects him as a colleague.
- Took a Level in Kindness: In the sequel, he goes from saying he despises Ron to saying they just "don't always agree on everything".
Played By: James MarsdenThe biggest name (and paid) reporter at GNN, and the anchorman in the prime time slot.
- Embarrassing Last Name: after he's forced to change it to Jack Lame. It gets worse later on with Dick Phuck.
- Jerkass: Almost notable immediately after his introduction is that he's a smug ass full of himself. He also causes Ron's blindness near the end of the film so he can usurp his position at GNN.
- Walking Spoiler: it's hard to talk about him much without spoiling a good chunk of the film.
- The Bet: makes a bet with Ron early in the film that he can get better ratings than him. He loses, and is forced to legally change his name to Jack Lame for the remainder of the film.
- The Rival: To Ron in the sequel, similar to Wes in the first movie.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To Wes Mantooth.