Characters / Chicken Run

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Voiced By: Julia Sawalha

The unofficial leader of the chickens, who is determined to escape and free her fellow chickens.

    Rocky Rhodes
Voiced By: Mel Gibson

An 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.
  • Big Damn Heroes: At the end of the film, he rescues Ginger from being killed by Mrs. Tweedy and helps the chickens escape.
  • 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.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He enjoys making one-liners when he gets the chance.
  • Exact Words: He promises Nick & Fetcher every egg he lays for the next month. Ginger confronts him about his deceit:
    Rocky: Don't worry, I'll give them just what I promised.
    Ginger: Which is nothing.
    Rocky: Which is what I'll give them.
  • 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: He eventually gets together with Ginger towards the end of the film.
  • 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.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Rocky calls Ginger out on her Brutal Honesty, which he states could demoralize the chickens. His calling her out reaches to the point where Ginger fights back saying that she cares about what happens to them.
    Rocky: Listen! I've met some hard-boiled eggs in my day, but I'd say you're about 20 minutes!
    Ginger: And what's that supposed to mean?
    Rocky: It means you gotta lighten up. You see, over in America, we have this rule: If you want to motivate someone, don't. Mention. DEATH!
    Ginger: (scoffs) Funny. Over here, the rule is: Always tell the truth!
    Rocky: Oh, hey, that's been working like a real charm, hasn't it? Here's some free advise. You want them to perform? Tell them what they want to hear.
    Ginger: You mean lie? (walks away)
    Rocky: (sighs) Here we go again. Y-you know what your problem is? You're... difficult!
    Ginger: Why? Because I'm honest?! I care about what happens to them! Something I wouldn't expect a lone free ranger to know anything about.
    Rocky: Hey, if this is the way you show it, I hope you NEVER care about ME!
    Ginger: I can assure you, I never will!
    Rocky: GOOD!
    Ginger: FINE!

Voiced By: Benjamin Whitrow

A grumpy old cockerel.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: He has big bushy ones which gives him a stern look. Notably, he's the only chicken to have them.
  • 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 and 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. Of course, real roosters get along very poorly with each other, often killing each other if forced to coexist.
  • 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.

Voiced By: Jane Horrocks

A dim-witted chicken constantly seen knitting.

Voiced By: Imelda Staunton

A 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. Case in point: She was devastated that Edwina didn't ask for any of her eggs to save her from the chop.

Voiced By: Lynn Ferguson

An 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. In fairness, the only one really shown struggling to understand her is Rocky, who's only known her for a few days or a week at most, while everyone else most likely knows her for years.
  • 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 so fast that Rocky can't understand her.
  • 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, though in fairness they've likely been around her all their lives while Rocky's only known her for a few days or a week at most.


A chicken from the same hut as Ginger. She later becomes the Tweedys' dinner when she can't produce enough eggs.
  • Character Death: She is the only character in the movie to die.
  • Off with His Head!: Gets her head chopped off by Mrs. Tweedy (offscreen).
  • Red Shirt: She is only shown in the roll call scene before being taken to the chopping block.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Killed early for not laying eggs in three days. It's supposed to showcase the kind of hell the chickens live in and their motivation to escape it.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Her death sparks Ginger's desire to escape.
  • The Voiceless: She never speaks in the film.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Is only shown for a brief minute in the beginning of the film before she becomes dinner for the Tweedys.


    Mrs. Melisha Tweedy
Voiced By: Miranda Richardson

The cruel owner and 'warden' of the chicken farm.
  • Ax-Crazy: She literally goes nuts with an ax at the end of the film.
  • Bad Boss: Especially regarding her henpecked husband.
  • Big Bad: The main antagonist of the film.
  • The Dreaded: She's feared both by the chickens and most of all her husband. Even the dogs look to be afraid of her.
  • Death Glare: Seems to be her default expression.
  • Expy: Strangely enough, her dress and hair color and brooch call to mind Lady Tremaine.
  • Fat and Skinny: She is the Skinny to Mr. Tweedy's Fat.
  • 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 who abuses her husband and takes sadistic pleasure out of killing chickens.
  • Kill 'em All: Wants to kill all the chickens and turn them into pies.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Mrs. Tweedy is a chilling female example. She starts off the movie beheading one of the characters, is absolutely cruel and controlling with her husband, and comes off as a sociopath overall.
  • Lady Macbeth: To her husband, Mr. Tweedy.
  • Lean and Mean: She's skinny and she is the Big Bad.
  • Made of Iron: 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 seemingly pushes a door on top of her, possibly killing her once and for all.
  • Mask of Sanity: She acts politely when she needs it. It's taken to a more literal level when the face from the billboard 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.
  • Sadist: During the Roll Call, she loves scaring the chickens by slapping her glove in order to keep them on line and she smiles evilly when she picks up Edwina for slaughter. This should indicate that unlike any other farmers who simply kill their own animals just because they have to, and probably feel a little sad about it, she ENJOYS what she does.
  • 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 involves 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 doesn't like that her Cloudcuckoolander of a husband was ultimately right about the chickens.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: She spends most of the movie oblivious to the true nature of the chicken and finds her husbands suspicions of it to be absolutely ridiculous. When she finally does discover it when the chickens are attempting to fly off in the plane, she does not seem surprised in the slightest, immediately proceeding to try and prevent their escape without a moment's hesitation.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Towards the end of the film. Compare how she is towards beginning where she has her husband send Ginger to solitary confinement and telling him that the chickens aren't organised, to the end, where she grabs onto the Christmas lights and attempts to attack Ginger.

    Mr. Willard Tweedy
Voiced By: Tony Haygarth

The long-suffering husband of Mrs Tweedy who is convinced (and correct) that the chickens are organised.


    Nick & Fetcher
Voiced By: Timothy Spall & Phil Daniels

A pair of enterprising rats who supply the chickens with equipment.
  • Jerk with a Heart 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.
    Fetcher (during the "Flip, Flop, Fly" dance scene): Little moments like this, mate. It's what makes the job all the worthwhile!
  • The Rat: Bonus points for the farm's resident scroungers being actual rats.
  • Step Three: Profit: Rocky scams them by promising them eggs that he will personally lay (a case of Exact Words as roosters don't lay eggs). After Ginger learns about their deal, one rat turns to the other and mutters "Sucker," causing them both to snigger before walking away. They evidently think all of Rocky's eggs for the month, in exchange for what they can provide, is a great deal for them. They mention that they found out about the biological issues later on.