Characters: Chicken Run
Voiced By: Julia SawalhaThe unofficial leader of the chickens, who is determined to escape and free her fellow chickens.
- Action Girl: Never shies away from any action, despite being a chicken.
- Badass: Leads the others into escaping with nothing but determination and brains.
- Badass In Charge: Ginger is the unofficial leader of the chickens,
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Rocky.
- Break the Cutie: Ginger is hit with this hard. First, she faces the realism that she and the others may never escape. Then, she learns that Rocky lied about flying when she stumbles upon a flyer of him. Which is after Rocky abandons them out of shame.
- Deadpan Snarker: Ginger is particularly lippy towards Rocky, mostly due to his selfish nature.
- Death Glare: Ginger does this several times.
- Determinator: Determined to save her fellow chickens from the Tweedies.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: Played as straight as possible.
- Fiery Redhead: More like "Fiery Feathered".
- The Heroine: The main protagonist of the story.
- Heroic BSOD: Ginger after Rocky's deceit is revealed along with his departure.
- Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!Ginger:: We'll either die free chickens, or die trying!Babs: Are those the only choices?
- I Just Want to Be Free: Ginger's personal reason for escaping.
- Indy Hat Roll: Ginger rescuing her beret.
- The Leader: Type II (Levelheaded) and III (Headstrong).
- Malicious Misnaming: Hates being called "Dollface".
- Meaningful Name: Ginger is a "ginger" (meaning "reddish") chicken.
- Nice Hat: She wears a green beanie.
- Official Couple: With Rocky. Ending with a kiss after the climax.
- Only Sane Woman: More intelligent and practical than the other chickens.
- Red-Headed Heroine: A ginger chicken and is the heroine.
- Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: She has green eyes and red feathers.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Ginger was annoyed and put off by Rocky's casanova attitude. She starts to grow feelings for him after he cheers up the rest of the hens and saved her from death.
- Slap-Slap-Kiss: With Rocky.
- Tsundere: To Rocky, in their Slap-Slap-Kiss dynamic.
Voiced By: Mel GibsonAn American rooster on the run from the circus.
- Alliterative Name: Rocky Rhodes.
- Becoming the Boast: Rocky and Fowler are an interesting contrast. Both of them make big boasts that they they can't live up to (Rocky's claim that he can fly, and Fowler's exploits in the Royal Air Force). Rocky runs away rather than face the shame of exposure; Fowler comes clean about the fact that he was a mascot, not a pilot, and at Ginger's urging he takes the pilot seat in the chickens' home-made aircraft.
- The Casanova: Coupled with Getting Crap Past the Radar. He says he is brought to England because of all the beautiful English chicks. A few moments later, he is mid-sentence in that scene when he meets the rest of the chickens properly, he turns to one of them, winks at her and goes smoothly, "Hi, how are you?", causing her to faint.
- Changed My Mind, Kid: Rocky returns to the farm in time to help Ginger set the ramp back in place and the pair climb aboard the plane by grabbing a string of lights hanging from the landing gear.
- The Charmer: In rooster form.
- Chick Magnet: Pun intended. All the hens go gaga over him.
- Court-Martialed: Fowler threatens Rocky with this at one point.
- Cowardly Lion: He's scared from the thought of going back to the circus, but he does go to rescue Ginger.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Heavily implied given him begging for Ginger to hide him from the circus and stated that he's never going back.
- Fake Ultimate Hero: Rocky let his "flying rooster" reputation go to his head. Once he had to give an actual demonstration, he chickened out.
- Heroes Want Redheads: Rocky falls for Ginger.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: It's very believable of why Ginger couldn't stand him in the beginning. But, Rocky ultimately proved to be fearless and caring in the end.
- Ladykiller in Love: With Ginger.
- The Lancer: To Ginger's Hero.
- Official Couple: With Ginger.
- Punny Name: His name is a pun on chocolate ice-cream.
- Took a Level in Kindness: See the Jerk with a Heart of Gold section. He came back to help the hens and saved Ginger from almost being squished.
Mrs. Melisha Tweedy
Voiced By: Miranda RichardsonThe cruel owner and 'warden' of the chicken farm.
- Ax-Crazy: Literally, even.
- Bad Boss: Especially regarding her henpecked husband.
- Big Bad: Of the movie.
- The Dreaded: She's feared both by the chikens and most of all her husband. Even the dogs look to be afraid of her.
- Death Glare: Seems to be her default expression.
- Fat and Skinny: With Mr Tweedy. This leads to...
- Faux Affably Evil: She acts amiable and polite when it conveniences her, but it's only skin deep.
- Greed: Her primary motivation.
- Jerkass: A horrible, cruel woman.
- Kill 'em All: Wants to kill all the chickens
- Lady Macbeth: To her husband, Mr. Tweedy.
- Lean and Mean: Skinny evil woman.
- Made of Iron: Seriously; during the final escape she gets hit in the head with a tricycle, slams face first hard into a billboard, drops from an enormous height and lands in the pie making machine, has her head trapped in an enclosed space filled with boiling gravy, and then survives the machine blowing up. And then her husband pushes a door on top of her.
- Mask of Sanity: She acts politely when she needs it. It's taken to a more literal level when the face from the billboar sticks to her face and she removes it to show her real, raging face.
- Punny Name: Her first name is pronounced quite similar to the word "militia".
- Can somewhat cross-over to Meaningful Name as it's easy to mishear it as "Malisha", as in malicious.
- Slasher Smile: She shows an unsettling one before measuring Babs and, later, when she thinks that Ginger is dead.
- The Sociopath: At first it might seem that she's just a harsh, ambitious woman whose job implies killing poultry but, as the movie progresses, she proves to be extremely callous and self-centered, to the point that she treats her husband as a mere tool for her plan. She's also prone to fits of anger and seems to enjoy killing chickens. Just like many real life sociopaths, she's able to hide this traits behind a veneer of politeness when it conveniences her.
- Sore Loser: Clearly, she does not like it when her Cloudcuckoolander of a husband was right about the chickens being organized.
- Villainous Breakdown: When she sees the chickens escaping.
Mr. Willard Tweedy
Voiced By: Tony HaygarthThe long-suffering husband of Mrs Tweedy who is convinced (and correct) that the chickens are organised.
- Butt Monkey: At the hands of his wife.
- The Cloudcuckoolander Was Right: Mr. Tweedy is correct about the hens being smarter than they look, which Mrs. Tweedy finds out the hard way.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: He knows the chickens are organized, patrols the area, spies on them, and when he has a chance to kill one, chooses their leader Ginger.
- The Dragon: Mrs Tweedy's (former) henchman.
- Henpecked Husband: No pun intended.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Subverted with Mr. Tweedy, who's smart enough not to underestimate the chickens, in particular Ginger, who he decides to use as the first victim of the pie machine.
- I Warned You: Once the chickens escape, he gets the final insult on his wife.Willard: I told you they was organized!!
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Despite being goofy and quite dimwitted he always menaged to caught Ginger while she tried to escape. The other examples here say all.
- Properly Paranoid: Is indeed correct in thinking the chickens are up to something. But his wife won't believe him.
- Sycophantic Servant: Perhaps more of a Love Martyr, and/or he fears her.
Voiced By: Benjamin WhitrowA grumpy old cockerel.
- Cool Old Guy: He earns that status by story's end. In the beginning, he's a pompous windbag who doesn't inspire much confidence in the other chickens. When he gives them the idea to build a plane, he seems to earn everyone's respect... until he explains that he’s somewhat of a Phony Veteran, having served as a mascot—obviously, the British air force wouldn’t let a rooster pilot a plane. When he stands up flies the plane to freedom, he earns their respect for real, as shown by the chicks listening to his stories of the escape with genuine intent.
- Fake Ultimate Hero: While he never outright said he was a wartime hero, his ramblings gave off that impression. When he finally admits he was just the mascot, he insists that it should have been obvious, since no one would employ chickens as pilots.
- Grumpy Old Man: His attitude towards everyone, but mostly towards Rocky, whom he threatens at one point to court martial.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Ultimately proves it with the whole bunk thing with Rocky.
- Phony Veteran: At least semi-phony. Fowler did serve in the military, but only as a mascot. He seems completely shocked when he finds out the other chickens thought he was a combat veteran, see Captain Obvious on the main page.
- Team Dad: Averted; he might be trying to evoke this sense about him (in an A Father to His Men sense), but fails. Played straight when he manages to pilot the plane at the end of the film.
Nick & Fletcher
Voiced By: Timothy Spall & Phil DanielsA pair of enterprising rats who supply the chickens with equipment.
- Barefoot Cartoon Animal: Like all the chickens, but they wear pants.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Fetcher, Nick's slow-witted partner.
- Fat and Skinny: Nick and Fetcher, respectively.
- Jerks With Hearts Of Gold: They're pretty slimy and shady characters and find the chickens' attempts at flying hilarious, but they do seem to care about the chickens and are just as overjoyed when they escape.
- The Rat: Bonus points for the farm's resident scroungers being actual rats.
- Step Three: Profit: Rocky scams them twice by promising them eggs that he will personally lay (a case of Exact Words as roosters don't lay eggs). During the second such scam, one rat turns the other and mutters "Sucker", causing them both to snigger before walking away. This gives the impression that the rats are somehow scamming him. They give him stuff, receive no eggs (and apparently know they won't get an egg, as one admits to knowing about the biological issues later on) and yet are expecting to still profit somehow.
Voiced By: Jane HorrocksA dim-witted chicken constantly seen knitting.
- Big Eater: She loves to eat chicken feed.
- The Chick: Babs offers a lot of optimism throughout the movie.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: She say alot of...odd things."I don't want to be a pie! ...I don't like gravy!"
- The Ditz: The farm's resident "knit-wit".
- Graceful Ladies Like Purple: Babs wears a purple necklace around her throat and she's the most feminine member of the main cast.
- Nice Girl: Babs is a kind, friendly chicken.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Looking at her picture, the top part of Babs' hair is shown to have blue feathers.
Voiced By: Imelda StauntonA fat, cynical chicken who doubts Ginger's plans.
- The Big Girl: The biggest chicken who lays the most eggs.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Female example.
- Brawn Hilda: And the physically strongest.
- The Cynic: Doubts Ginger's plans and the idea of escaping their predicament.
- Deadpan Snarker: Of the cynical, dry wit variety.
- Hot-Blooded: Doesn't hesitate to start a fight, if pushed.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: A cynical, grouchy hen. But, she does deeply care for her friends.
Voiced By: Lynn FergusonAn intelligent, Scottish chicken and Ginger's right hand.
- Einstein Hair: Or whatever a chicken's hair is called. It's similar to the crest of a sultan chicken.
- Informed Flaw: She's supposed to be hard to understand, but she just talks really fast.
- Lady Looks Like a Dude: It's hard to tell that Mac is female, because she's a tomboy and speaks really fast in technical jargon.
- Motor Mouth: Talks a mile a minute.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Mac uses big words when it comes to her plans.
- The Smart Girl: The one who makes the inventions that Ginger needs for her plans.
- Smart People Wear Glasses: The only chicken to wear glasses and the smartest of them all.
- The Unintelligible: Just to Rocky apparently. Ginger and the rest of the chickens can understand her even when she talks rapidly.