Characters of the 2013 animated film Epic
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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.
"Just because you haven't seen something doesn't mean it's not there."
Voiced by: Jason Sudeikis
MK's Bumbling Dad
, a professor whose research on the Leafmen ruined his marriage and career.
- Absent-Minded Professor: His outdated computers and messy house suggest he really doesn't get out much.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 already unused to interacting with humans, let alone his own daughter.
- 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: Even more fiery than his daughter.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Has built gadgets that allow him to adjust to the "speed" of miniature creatures, allowing him to communicate with them.
- Heroic BSOD: 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.
- Significant Green-Eyed Redhead
- Smart People Wear Glasses
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: His wife was quite beautiful; Mr. Bomba on the other hand....well, you get it.
- Wacky Parent, Serious Child: The Wacky Parent to MK's Serious Child.
MK: "Ozzie! No kisses!"
MK's one-eyed, three legged old pug.
"C'mon! You're with us now!"
Voiced by: Josh Hutcherson
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.
- 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.
- Disappeared Dad: His father died prior to the events of the movie. This is mentioned several times.
- Foil: Ronin the seasoned warrior, to Nod, the rookie warrior.
- Heroes Want Redheads: Falls in love with MK.
- In a Single Bound: Something common to all Leafmen.
- Interspecies Romance: With MK.
- 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.
- Missing Mom: His mom is neither seen nor mentioned. Nod's mother may have died before his father.
- 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
"If our world dies, your world will die too."
Voiced by: Colin Farrell
Nod's commanding officer and the no-nonsense captain of Queen Tara's guard.
"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 an pod which will bloom into her successor.
- Badass: 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.
- 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.
- 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
- Sacrificial Lamb
- 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
- Walk on Water: The lily pads actually glide to her feet so she has places to step over the water.
- We Hardly Knew Ye
Other Forest Residents
Mub and Grub
Voiced by: Aziz Anzari (Mub) and Chris O'Dowd (Grub)
A slug (Mub) and snail (Grub) responsible for overseeing the pods' care.
A glow worm in charge of keeping the Scrolls, which record every event that happens within the forest. This makes him a valuable source of advice and information.
- Big Fun
- The Cast Showoff: Steven Tyler gets to sing as Nim Galuu.
- 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
- Reality-Writing Book: Nim's tree is a data recorder example. 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 frog deeply involved in bird racing.
Voiced by: Emma Kessey
A young girl who admires Tara.
"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.
- Affably Evil: Indulges in lighthearted banter while battling Ronin, and shares stories about his son's youth with Mub and Grub.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Leader of the Boggans, and also the most powerful.
- Big Bad: To Tara's Big Good.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones
- Evil Overlord: Wants to overthrow the Leafmen and take over the forest.
- Failure Is the Only Option: Obviously frustrated that Queen Tara can regrow whatever they destroy with a wave of her hand.
- 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.
- It's Personal: Mandrake really gives his all in defeating the Leafmen after one of them kills his son.
- Papa Wolf: Singlehandedly destroys an entire tree after someone makes light of his son's death.
- 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.
- Relative Button: Mandrake does not take kindly to Dagda's death.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Near the end of the movie. And in a tree, technically.
- Skeletons in the Coat Closet
- 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.
Voiced by: Blake Anderson