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Mary Katherine "MK"
"My dad always told me stories about a hidden world. Where brave warriors watch over and protect us."A girl in her late teens who moves in with her dad in an isolated house in a forest after her mother passes away. After she blows up at him for his dedication to his work, she unwittingly gets caught up in the unending war between the forest's forces of growth and forces of decay.
Voiced by: Amanda Seyfried
- Action Survivor: M.K. isn't a trained warrior, but manages to get through all the chaos she's put under. She even saves the pod by using her dad's recording of bat noises... and this is after she flew a hummingbird to go after her dad.
- Bratty Teenage Daughter: Averted. She's reasonably exasperated with her father's complete focus on his work.
- Dude Magnet: She has Nod and Mub crushing on her.
- Fiery Redhead: Averted. MK is a pretty calm and rational person, and only gets excited when it's appropriate.
- Fish out of Water: Naturally Leafmen customs are all very strange to her.
- A Girl And Her X: A Girl And Her Dog. She loves Ozzie.
- Heroes Love Dogs: MK is clearly fond of her pet pug, Ozzie.
- How Do I Shot Web?: As she gets shrunk, she gets the ability to jump higher than normal. Yet, she only discovers this later in the movie and takes some time to use it well.
- In a Single Bound: She gets this ability when she becomes small.
- In the Hood: Some artwork of the film has her wearing her hoodie.
- Incredible Shrinking Man: How she falls in with the Leafmen.
- Interspecies Romance: With Nod. He is a Leafman and she's a human.
- Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: She's an attractive teenage girl who happens to be the daughter of a kooky professor.
- Only Sane Woman: She even tries to invoke this trope to her father.
- Plucky Girl: She never gives up trying to fix her relationship with her father. Also, she never gives up trying to return to her normal size and get back home.
- She Is All Grown Up: Gets this response from her father when she comes to live with him.
- Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: She is remarkable for her combination of red hair and green eyes, and she is the main character of the movie.
- Skirt over Slacks: Her attire throughout the movie is a skirt over leggings paired with a pink hoodie.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Lampshaded by her father at the beginning of the movie. Except for her red hair, MK looks a lot like her mother.
- Tuckerization: MK is named after William Joyce's daughter, Mary Katherine, who died back in 2010 around the age MK is.
- The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: She is attractive and she's the daughter of Professor Bomba, who... isn't.
- Wacky Parent, Serious Child: The Serious Child to Professor Bomba's Wacky Parent.
- You Know I'm Black, Right?: Nod's mockery of the "Stomper" whom they'd been misleading for years (her dad) doesn't go over well with MK.
"Just because you haven't seen something doesn't mean it's not there."MK's Bumbling Dad, a professor whose research on the Leafmen ruined his marriage and career.
Voiced by: Jason Sudeikis
- Absent-Minded Professor: His outdated computers and messy house suggest he really doesn't get out much.
- Agent Mulder: He's very dedicated in researching on the Leafmen. Of course, this destroys his career and marriage.
- Bumbling Dad: Is unused to interacting with humans in general, let alone his own daughter.
- Cassandra Truth: No one but him believes in a race of tiny people living in the forest, but MK gets shrunk and sees them for herself, which proves that he was right.
- Chekhov's Gun: The bat sounds on his iPod Touch are used to lure the bats away from the moon, allowing the pod to bloom in moonlight.
- Determinator: Deconstructed in that his overwhelming desire to find the Leafmen ruined his marriage and career, kept him from society, and left him estranged from his only child.
- Fiery Redhead: More fiery than his daughter, in an enthusiastic way, not a violent one.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Has built gadgets that allow him to adjust to the "speed" of miniature creatures, allowing him to communicate with them.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: Seeing MK Leafman-sized is the breaking point for him, where he realizes he must have hallucinated and how far detached from society he is. He turns off his cameras and packs up or outright throws his equipment off tables in a rage.
- Mad Scientist: A definitely-not-evil version. Nonetheless, he has become very detached from his family and society due to his research.
- Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: Same deal as his daughter. He too is a central character in the movie.
- Smart People Wear Glasses: To further underline his role as a scientist and a Gadgeteer Genius.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: His wife was quite beautiful; Mr. Bomba on the other hand.... well, you get it.
- Unnamed Parent: His first name is never brought up.
- Wacky Parent, Serious Child: The Wacky Parent to MK's Serious Child.
MK: "Ozzie! No kisses!"MK's one-eyed, three legged old pug.
- Amusing Injuries: Bumps into things constantly on account of his lacking depth perception and reduced mobility.
- Big, Friendly Dog: By Leafman standards. He's certainly very friendly and loves licking.
- Evil-Detecting Dog: He growls at the bat call, which is being sung by Mandrake.
- Genius Ditz: Looking at Ozzie's behaviour, it sometimes seems like he has a better understanding of the situation than the humans do! Notably, he's clearly just trying to be affectionate with MK (not realising what that mean for her tiny size), and clearly directs (or tries to direct) Bomba to important things (MK's note, MK on the monitor).
"C'mon! You're with us now!"A free-spirited young Leafman soldier who quits his job because he doesn't work well in a team, much to his superior Ronin's chagrin.
Voiced by: Josh Hutcherson
- Ace Pilot: He is very skilled when riding birds, as shown in the race scene. He wins even in spite of all the cheating done by his competitors.
- Badass Arm-Fold: On the cast poster.
- Butt Monkey: Especially when Mub's involved.
- Character Development: Nod slowly, but ultimately comes to accept the importance of thinking of others.
- Deadpan Snarker: Again, the race scene showcases it best, and he manages to make witty comments even when beaten up by Bufo's cronies.
- Deuteragonist: Much of the movie revolves around his development from selfish loner to selfless Leafman warrior.
- Foil: Ronin the seasoned warrior, to Nod, the rookie warrior.
- Heroes Want Redheads: Falls in love with MK.
- I Work Alone: This is his reason for quitting the Leafmen. He states that teamwork is not his thing and he'd rather do things by himself.
- In a Single Bound: Something common to all Leafmen.
- Interspecies Romance: With MK. She's human and he is a Leafman.
- Ironic Name: A nod is a physical sign that someone agrees with or will obey someone else. Now the guy named "Nod" doesn't do either.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Nod doesn't like teamwork and rather do his own thing. But, he does have a good heart. And, over the course of the movie, Nod does change.
- Like a Son to Me: It's implied Ronin might be growing to see Nod this way, but their mutual stubbornness gets in the way. Only reinforced by the fact that Nod's father was good friends with Ronin.
- Love Interest: To MK.
- Reluctant Warrior: Quits the Leafmen because he doesn't play well as part of a team, preferring doing things his way.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome: Fits the general criteria well.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Ronin gives him a big one when he and MK go for a walk through the forest when he should be guarding the pod.
"If our world dies, your world will die too."Nod's commanding officer and the no-nonsense captain of Queen Tara's guard.
Voiced by: Colin Farrell
- Authority Equals Asskicking: The queen's highest-ranked soldier, and the most powerful Leafman in the movie.
- Badass Back: Ronin blocks an attack from behind with the scabbard of his sword, without even a flinch.
- Badass In Charge: He's not the commander for nothing.
- Body Guard Crush: Is strongly implied to have been in love with Tara.
- Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: The Brooding Boy to Tara's Gentle Girl. She mentions that he used to smile when they were children and is noticeably flirty with him when he keeps things professional between them.
- Catch and Return: Ronin does one of these. Can be seen at about 1:38 in the second trailer.
- Childhood Friends: With Tara.
- Cultured Badass: Looks very dapper in his white coat, as opposed to scruffy Nod. Also, compare their poses in the promotional cast picture.◊
- Deadly Dodging: Ronin dodges a shot from Dagda and kills him in return, but Dagda's shot hits the queen as a result.
- Deadpan Snarker: On par with Nod.Mandrake: Ronin. What a surprise! I get so few guests.Ronin: Must be the stench of death. Some people don't care for it.
- Failure Knight: Ronin is determined to protect MK and the pod because the pod is all the forest has left of Tara.
- Fighting Irish: Can kick butt and has an Irish accent.
- Foil: Ronin the seasoned warrior, to Nod, the rookie warrior.
- Heartbroken Badass: Pretty much, it's obvious Tara's death is really affecting him.
- Icy Blue Eyes: They fit his overall stern and stoic personality.
- Lady and Knight: White Knight to Tara's Bright Lady.
- Lantern Jaw of Justice: Lampshaded by Grub.
- Mangst: His facial expressions show that he's visibly upset over Tara's death well, but he takes it in stride.
- McNinja: All Leafmen are this to an extent, but he's the most notable example, given his overall appearance. His armor seems designed to resemble samurai's armor, he wields a katana to fight and his name refers to samurai without lords.
- Meaningful Name: A ronin is a samurai without a lord to serve. Fittingly, he goes through most of the movie without a queen to command him.
- Mentor Occupational Hazard: Subverted. Ronin only looked done for; it turned out he was much too badass to just go out surrounded by hundreds of Boggans.
- Not So Above It All: He joins in with Nod on making fun of Professor Bomba.
- One-Man Army: He survives the fight against a swarm of Boggans in the climax and defeats Mandrake.
- Parental Substitute: Acts as a father figure to Nod, especially since he promised Nod's actual father he would look after him.
- Sergeant Rock: He may act tough towards Nod, but he does it because he wants him to become a great warrior, what was probably the wish of Nod's father.
- “Stop Having Fun” Guy
- Sugar and Ice Personality: Puts up a cold exterior which he only drops around people he's close to, like Tara.
- Tritagonist: He gets some screentime for himself, namely to display his relationship with Tara.
- You Shall Not Pass: Allows himself to be swarmed by Boggans so that MK and Nod can escape. He manages to survive the ordeal.
"You're here for a reason. Sometimes the connections aren't clear, but they're always there."The current Queen of the Forest, a Mother Nature-like figure who oversees the balance between growth and rot. At the onset of the movie, she is due to choose a pod to bloom into her successor.
Voiced by: Beyoncé
- 100% Adoration Rating: Implied. The news of her death doesn't go well with anyone in the forest.
- Badass In Charge: Manages to fight off several mooks pursuing her in her few minutes of screentime.
- Big Good: The rulers of the forest are this in general.
- Black Best Friend: To Ronin in their childhood and maybe more as adults.
- Black Dude Dies First: The first named character to die.
- Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: The Gentle Girl to Ronin's Brooding Boy. She always tries to get him to smile and is shown as a caring and friendly queen, whereas Ronin is a strict professional soldier.
- Childhood Friends: With Ronin.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Comes across this way in her introductory scene, though it's possibly unintentional. She accuses Ronin of being too serious, but she just comes across as not taking the Boggan threat seriously.
- The Chooser of The One: It's the Queen's duty to pick her successor. Later, she picks MK to carry the pod to Nim Galuu.
- Cleavage Window: Though high-cut as to avoid any actual cleavage.
- Crazy-Prepared: Queen Tara tells MK how to restore herself to normal size before she's even been shrunk, knowing that MK would follow her subsequent instruction to find Nim Galuu, and from him procure a record of that memory from the Queen's perspective so as to get the message.
- Dead Star Walking: Being voiced by Beyonce didn't help.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: Dies in Ronin's, much to his chagrin.
- Green Thumb: Can control the forest. Mandrake hates her for it.
- The High Queen: Allows the Boggans to come after her instead of letting them near her people.
- I'm Dying, Please Take My MacGuffin: Is killed by a Boggan arrow while running from them carrying the pod which will bloom into her successor. MK finds her, and Tara bids her to take the pod to Nim Galuu before dying.
- Ink-Suit Actor: Looks an awful lot like Beyonce.
- Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: She runs through the forest in a leaf dress while commanding the forest to smack her pursuers around.
- Lady and Knight: Bright Lady to Ronin's White Knight.
- The Lost Lenore: To Ronin.
- Meaningful Name: "Tara" means "Queen" in Irish Gaelic.
- Pimped-Out Dress: Her flower petal gown.
- Retirony: Queen Tara is on her last day of being in charge. When she's picking her replacement, the villains show up, and well...
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Though she has her soldiers to fight the Boggans, she will fight them herself if she has to.
- Sacrificial Lamb: Her death seems to show how powerful and threatening the Boggans are.
- Silk Hiding Steel: Introduced as flighty and gentle, but willing to go through great lengths to protect her people.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: The 'mother nature'-like figure.
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth: She has an air of purity around her and she dies much to the mourning of her people.
- Walk on Water: The lily pads actually glide to her feet so she has places to step over the water.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: She gets enough screentime to have her personality and importance established, but dies early in the film.
Other Forest Residents
Mub and Grub
- Voiced by: Aziz Anzari (Mub) and Chris O'Dowd (Grub)
- Ascended Fanboy: Grub spends the whole movie wanting to become a Leafman, but obviously can't because he's a snail. Ronin lets him at the end.
- British Stuffiness: Played with. Some American viewers think that Grub has an English accent but although his character fits this trope (stuffy, uptight and snarky), he actually has an Irish accent, like his voice actor.
- Fat and Skinny: Mub is the Fat and Grub is the Skinny.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Though it doesn't stop them from poking fun at each other.
- Hypocritical Humor: Mub mocks Nod for his humanoid appearance, calling him stuff such as "flat face". Yet, he has a crush on MK, which is as "flat faced" as Nod.
- Interspecies Romance: Mub crushes on MK.
- Not So Different: Despite his persistence to remain mature and composed, Grub can be just as silly as Mub.
- Plucky Comic Relief: Their role in the movie is to provide funny moments.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Grub is the Blue Oni and Mub is the Red Oni.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Mub is the Manly Man and Grub is the Sensitive Guy.
- Those Two Guys: They are always seen together and serve as comic reliefs.
- Voiced by: Steven Tyler
- Big Fun: He is a big, large and very friendly glow worm.
- Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Nim is only as powerful as the scrolls that write the forests' activities, which cannot predict the future, and can only record so much. In the climax, MK calls him out on how he's relatively useless on his own.
- Magic Librarian: His role is to record the forest' activities on the magic scrolls.
- Reality-Writing Book: Nim's tree is one of a data recorder type. Everything that happens in the forest is recorded on the scrolls within, down to the most minute actions.
"Oh look, it's Ronin. Defender of the weak, pooper of parties."A toad deeply involved in bird racing.
Voiced by: Pitbull
- Deadpan Snarker: See his quote. Also, he fearlessly mocks the Boggans' competence right in front of their leader.
- A Dog Named "Dog": A toad named toad. In Latin.
- Jerkass: The little amount of screentime he gets shows him as this. He has Nod beaten up for not losing the bird race and mocks Dagda in front of Mandrake.
- Oh, Crap!: When he realizes that the guy he called an idiot general was Mandrake's son.
- Voiced by: Emma Kessey
- Ascended Fangirl: Idolizes Queen Tara, especially after the queen saves her from a Boggan attack early in the film. At the end she gets chosen as Tara's successor.
- Badass Adorable: Marigold Girl helps save Queen Tara from a Boggan.
- Big Good: Chosen by Tara to be the new ruler of the forest.
- Cheerful Child: A happy little girl who idolizes the queen.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Becomes the queen at the end of the movie.
- A Child Shall Lead Them: Tara chooses her as the next queen and Marigold Girl is roughly at the age of 11 or 12.
- The Chosen One: By Tara.
- Fiery Redhead: She is an orange marigold and is energetic.
- Genki Girl: Her screentime consists of showing about 80% of her energy.
- No Name Given: Her official name is never known.
- Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: Besides being an orange marigold, she also has green eyes.
"The forest belongs to the darkness."King of the Boggans, the forest's forces of rot, who oppose Tara and the Leafmen. He aims to steal the pod Tara chooses to upset the balance.
Voiced by: Christoph Waltz
- Affably Evil: Indulges in lighthearted banter while battling Ronin, and shares stories about his son's youth with Mub and Grub.
- Attack Reflector: When he invades the Moon Haven for the pod, some Leafmen archers shoot at him. He reflects the arrows with one swing of his staff.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Leader of the Boggans, and also the most powerful.
- Badass Cape: Part of his typical Evil Overlord persona.
- Big Bad: To Tara's Big Good.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Surprisingly enough for an evil overlord, he has a pretty good relationship with his son.
- Evil Only Has to Win Once: It's not made explicit, but it's pretty clear if Mandrake stops a new queen from being crowned, the forest wouldn't be able to come back from him rotting it.
- Evil Overlord: Wants to overthrow the Leafmen and take over the forest.
- Evil Plan: Stealing the pod in hopes to overthrow Tara and rule the forest.
- Exactly What I Aimed At: Nod mocks him from missing an attack. Mandrake replies he wasn't aiming at him, but for the bat he was riding.
- Failure Is the Only Option: Obviously frustrated that Queen Tara can regrow whatever they destroy with a wave of her hand.
- It's Personal: Mandrake really gives his all in defeating the Leafmen after one of them kills his son.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Mandrake, a plant which can send the user into a coma in high doses. Also, in mythology, could kill people with its scream.
- Papa Wolf: Singlehandedly destroys an entire tree after someone makes light of his son's death.
- Relative Button: Mandrake does not take kindly to Dagda's death.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: He is the King of the Boggans and leads his own troops to the fight against the Leafmen.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Near the end of the movie. And in a tree, technically.
- Skeletons in the Coat Closet: A common feature to the Boggans is wearing the skeletons of dead animals as armor.
- Touch of Death: The Boggans' weapons can deteriorate anything with one touch. Mandrake is much more potent than all of the other Boggans, though, being able to destroy an entire tree by himself.
- You Killed My Father: He says his reason for attempting to steal the pod was because the Leafmen kill Dagda. It's just a convenient excuse, as he was planning to take it anyway. It's possible that Mandrake's original plan was to simply destroy the pod; once Dagda dies, he begins to talk about how the pod will become his "dark prince" and heir.
- Voiced by: Blake Anderson
- Disney Villain Death: he falls to his death as he is shot from his bird.
- Morality Pet: Mandrake, for his whole Evil Overlord schtick, really does care about his son.
- Overlord Jr.: Growing into this.
- Primal Stance: We see he walks like this when he gets off a bird.
- Skeletons in the Coat Closet: Common to all Boggans. Mandrake even compliments him, saying he looks "good in bat".
- Touch of Death: The Boggans' weapons can deteriorate anything with one touch.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: He gets enough screentime to develop some personality, but dies early into the movie.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Subverted; this seems the case during his first appearance but Mandrake really does care about his son.Dagda: I'll make you proud, Dad!Mandrake: I know you will.