Characters: Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
aka: Anchorman 2 The Legend Continues
Character sheet for Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
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Ronald 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 Alcoholic
Ron 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 just about 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.
- Kent Brockman News
- Lady Killer In Love: With Veronica.
- Large Ham: Even more so in the sequel.
- The Leader
- Man Child: Taken Up to Eleven in the sequel.
- 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 Stiffie
- 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."
- Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist
- Unusual Euphemism: He's goin' to Pleasure Town.
The 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.
The 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 lethally in the second film during the real newscaster battle, leading to the deaths of the Canadian News Team and several others.
- The Casanova
- 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.
- The Lancer: To Ron.
- Lovable Sex Maniac: His defining characteristic.
- 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.
Champion 'Champ' Kind
Played By: David Koecher
The 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.
Played By: Christina Applegate
From Asheville, North Carolina, she is ambitious to become a network anchor and wants to be taken seriously in the male-dominated newsroom.
Edward 'Ed' Harken
Played By: Fred Willard
The news director of KVWN.
- Da Chief: 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.
- Those Two Guys: With Garth in the sequel.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: His relationship with his son seems to be... complex.
Played By: Chris Parnell
Ed'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: Peanut
Ron'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.
The 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.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Jerkass: Taunts Ron and the News Team, especially after Veronica comes in.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: 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.
- The Rival: To Ron.
- 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".
The 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.
- Smug Snake
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To Wes Mantooth.