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Characters: Monsters, Inc.
For characters introduced in the 2013 prequel, see the Monsters University page.

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     James P. "Sulley" Sullivan 
Voiced by John Goodman
Click here  to see Sulley as he appears in Monsters University

  • Et Tu, Brute?: His very reaction to his mentor and best friend banishing him and Mike to the Himalayas.
  • Expy: He looks a lot like Beast. And with more than a passing resemblance to that OTHER Beast.
  • Heel Realization:
    • One of the most powerful scenes in the movie is Sulley, when inadvertedly scaring Boo, realizing just what he's been doing to children all this time.
    • Likewise in the prequel as he bonds more with Mike and Oozma Kappa and realizes what a jerk he's been.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Regarding tampering with Mike's Scare Simulator so he'll be guaranteed to get a record scare, although he comes to regret this.
  • I Was Quite The Looker: Not to us (Unless you're into that sorta thing) but if you pay close attention, you’ll notice that back in his college days he was a lot leaner, had brighter, shiner fur, and more of it on top of his head.
  • Inadequate Inheritor: He mentions to Mike that despite his arrogance, he is quite insecure due to the pressure the Sullivan family puts on him, as Sulley's father was a famous scarer (hence doing anything he can to get back into the Scaring Program).
  • Ink-Suit Actor: He's really just a hairy John Goodman, well, a hairier John Goodman.
  • Jerkass: In Monsters University, he's largely inattentive, apathetic, and outright rude to many of his peers.
  • Jerkass Façade: However, he only acted that way to hide his own fear and insecurity.
  • Jerk Jock: Hand in hand with Jerkass, he was even a member of the Roar Omega Roar fraternity until he got thrown out of the scare program.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Over the course of the film, he outgrows this and becomes a much better person.
  • "Well Done, Son" Guy: His relationship with his father is not even delved into but the expectations over his great family name is what drove his insecurities.
  • Wham Line: To Mike regarding his scaring skills after he found out Sulley cheated:
    Sulley: What, am I gonna let a whole team lose because you don't have it?!"

     Mike Wazowski 
Voiced by Billy Crystal (Noah Johnston as a child)
Click here  to see Mike as he appears in Monsters University

  • Awesomeness by Analysis: His main talent as shown in Monsters University, which is what makes him an excellent scaring coach.
  • Badass Bookworm: Pulled off, in Sulley's words, "the biggest scare the school has ever seen" simply by reading about the theory behind it and then applying the knowledge.
  • Berserk Button: "YOU'RE STILL NOT LISTENING!"
  • Breakout Character: Went from Plucky Comic Relief Sidekick who didn't even have a part in the final battle against Randall to being the protagonist of the prequel.
  • Break the Cutie: He was very optimistic and Adorkable in the prequel until he got kicked out from the scare program, and had to train a loser team into masters to be able to be in the program he wanted. It didn't work for him since he lacked the spark everyone else in the team had, thus he was never educated as a real scarer.
  • Butt Monkey: Something which Boo finds hysterical.
  • Determinator: MU shows this side of him. Nothing keeps him down.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: Sulley and his morning work-out routine.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Mike and Sulley get kicked off the scare program at Monsters University, take 6 misfits and turn them scarer material just for the chance to get back on. They end up expelled. Undeterred they decide to work their way up together at the ranks at Monsters Inc, from the mail-room up, until they become scarers. They then become the greatest scaring team on record. Only to uncover corruption at their workplace and inadvertently close down the business they worked so hard for. Fortunately they discovered a new means of power along the way. Fittingly, having lost his dream of being a scarer, it's Mike who now gets to take the lead and become one of the greats in his business.
  • Establishing Character Moment: It isn't that clear at first, but in M.U., when a young Mike is mistakenly left behind in the bus, he seems too naive to take offense and instead rejoices over finding a nickel on the bus.
  • Extraverted Nerd: As a college student.
  • Growing Up Sucks: Sacrificed his life-long dream as an on-field Scarer. Even though he works his way into being treated like an equal to on-field Scarers, it doesn't make his past pains any less significant.
  • Hard Work Hardly Works:
    • Mike works very hard to prove himself capable of scaring in Monsters University, but his appearance and size don't help him in the field. And not only does his final effort of proving himself fail, it gets him expelled from MU.
    • Also averted, as he and Sulley climb the ranks at Monsters Inc. until they become a full-fledged scare team. Mike's hard work ultimately brings him to the position as a scare coach rather than a scarer. Not only that but one of the top scarers in the company. Heck even before then, as Sulley and he were working their way up the company. They would in the top in a lot of simple fields such as Mail Clerk, Janitorial Work and Cafeteria Workers. Before ultimately landing a job as scarers, no doubt thanks to his coaching.
  • Heroic BSOD: After Sulley tells him that he doesn't have what it takes to be a real scarer.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Again, implied by Celia's reactions to Mike and Sulley's ineractions on their date.
  • Nice Hat: His blue MU baseball cap given to him by Frank McCay.
  • Official Couple: With Celia.
  • Oh Crap: In Monsters University, after realizing that not only is the girl not scared of him, but he's stuck in an entire summer camp full of kids.
  • The Pollyanna: He was this to everyone's disapproval of him, until he got kicked out from the scaring program and could never be a scarer.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue oni to Sulley's red, which is more prominent in the prequel.
  • Sidekick: Interestingly enough, Mike sees Sulley as his sidekick. In Monsters University, this is explained by showing Sulley as being very dependent on Mike's intellect and knowledge.
  • The Strategist: Thanks to being book smart, Mike formulates plans and tactics that help out greatly during the second film, such as whipping Oozma Kappa into a fairly competent scaring team, and later when he and Sully get trapped in the human world, and he devises a plan to scare the rangers so that they can power the door from the human side. It also has the bonus of surprising Dean Hardscrabble, which had never been done before.
  • Stepford Smiler: On his school field trip. He's acting really chipper and occasionally snarks about, but both when he ends up without a field trip buddy and when a classmate tells him he does not belong on a scare floor, it's clear how disheartened he is. Shades of this character trait are also present when he is older, especially in his reactions to Randall's treatment of him.
  • Technician Versus Performer: The Technician to Sulley's Performer.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Tiny Guy to Celia's Huge Girl.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: An arc in MU. Joins Oozma Kappa for his own motives in order to revive his chances in the Scaring Program. After barely passing the first competition, he holds Oozma Kappa to a rather conforming (ineffective) method in the library challenge. But when he sees that the Oozmas have competence of their own, he becomes more appreciative of them and more accommodating to their special abilities.
  • Tragic Dream: Worked from a very young age to become a scarer. Nobody truly believed in him and in the end it didn't work out, though he did become Sulley's best friend and discovers a true greatness in serving as scare coach along the way. Subverted when he turns out to have quite the talent for making children laugh and so he does become a great in his field of expertise after all. Albeit in a very different way than he'd thought.

     Boo 
Voiced by Mary Gibbs

  • Badass Adorable: She overcomes her fear of Randall at the very last second when she sees him about to give Sulley a Disney Villain Death, beating the crap out of him with her little fists and the help of a baseball bat.
  • Berserk Button: She has one. And Randall figured out much too late that trying to kill Sulley in front of her is a bad idea.
  • Berserker Tears: She actually cries just as much a kid her age would, but in the monster world, any loud noise from her can cause a blackout.
  • Cute Monster Girl: From Sulley's perspective.
  • The Cutie: Extends to her voice actor. Her 'audition' tape was her babbling on camera for a while... but since she's only 3 years old, only the top of her head was visible.

     Randall "Randy" Boggs 
Voiced by Steve Buscemi
Click here  to see Randall as he appears in Monsters University

  • Adorkable: Not in the original movie, mind you, no way no how. We're talking about Monsters University. D'aww, look at those twiddling fingers and that cheeky little smile...
  • Always Someone Better: No matter how much effort he put into it, he'd never become a better scarer than Sulley, a fact Waternoose acknowledged to Randall even after the two of them banished Sulley for the sake of their Evil Plan.
  • I Was Beaten By A Girl: Guess who!
  • Big Bad: Nope.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Despite being Mike's roommate in college, he was something of a popularity seeker who joins up with ROR and participated in the prank to discredit his old friend's team, although peer pressure might have been a factor.
  • Blind Without 'Em: Well, not necessarily blind, but after he abandons his glasses due to Mike suggesting he do so in order to make the most out of his camouflage ability, he keeps his eyes constantly squinted in order to see. By the time Monster's Inc comes around, he's still squinting.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: He apparently knew what he was doing was evil, as he told Fungus not to fraternize with victims of his evil plot. Those were Fungus' words, not his own, so Fungus might have just been projecting his unease about the whole shady deal unto his view of Randall.
  • Creepy Centipedes: Looks part centipede, part chameleon.
  • Disc One Final Boss: He might have been defeated by Mike and Sulley. But all there is left at this point is Waternoose.
  • The Dragon: To Waternoose in the first movie.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: He's certainly more evil than Mr. Waternoose, and poses a much more direct threat, while Mr. Waternoose doesn't reveal his true characterization until the middle of the movie.
  • Evil Former Friend: To Mike.
  • Evil Genius: Invents the Scream Extractor.
  • Face-Heel Turn: He used to be a friend of Mike's in Monsters University, but decided to partner with Roar Omega Roar instead and swore revenge on Sullivan for accidentally ruining his scare simulation.
  • Freudian Excuse: Averted. He starts out genuinely nice and kind, but nothing awful happens to him in the slightest, and his Start of Darkness was still his own choice. No tragic backstory for you...
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: As University shows, he turns into this.
  • Hollywood Chameleon: He can practically turn invisible. Justified as he's clearly not meant to be an actual chameleon.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: In the prequel, he joins with his and other fraternities to pull nasty prank against OK in their party and makes them into "adorable monster". Later in the final round of Scare games, he accidentally camouflaged hearts motif from the scare simulator room over his whole body, which turned him into "adorable monster" himself. Even his fraternity captain has no qualms in mocking him for this.
  • Last Name Basis‎: Refers to Mike and Sully by their last names out of antagonism. Especially since he referred to Mike by his first name in Monsters University.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Implied by the Hilarious Outtakes, where he comments that he looks good in a suit after a coworker pulls a prank on him during filming.
  • Narcissist: In one scene, we see him checking himself out in a mirror.
  • Nerd: In college, at least for the first half of the film. It can be assumed that he was this in high school, too.
  • Nerd Glasses: Sadly, he drops them within a minute of his first appearance under Mike's advisement.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: An interesting combination of traits. Chameleons typically don't fall victim to this trope, but he also resembles a snake.
  • The Rival: To Sully, ever since university.
  • Smug Snake: Figuratively and literally! He has a very high opinion of himself while simultaneously constantly being in Sulley's shadow and looks like an actual snake.
  • Social Climber: In Monsters University he was one of these, ditching Mike at the first opportunity to hang with the cool teens.
  • Sore Loser: In Monsters University, his loss to Sulley in the final event of the Scare Games gets him mocked in front of the entire school (he got the lowest score of his teammates), lost him all his friends, and served as a catalyst for his resentment of him in Monsters Inc..
  • Start of Darkness: In Monsters University, he slowly turned from a nervous character who was close friends to Mike Wazowski to a resentful foe to Mike and Sulley.
  • The Starscream: It's hinted that he plans on backstabbing Waternoose after his Evil Plan succeeds.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: It says a lot about someone when they're willing to casually murder their university dorm mate.
  • Torture Technician: Invents a horrific machine that will literally suck out children's voices.
  • Villainous Breakdown: After Waternoose tells him that he'll never amount to Sulley, he loses it and tries to kill Sulley.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Subverted. He claims that he's going to revolutionize the scaring industry, but in fact he's only doing it for personal recognition.
  • Unknown Rival: Mike thinks of him as a competitor, while Sulley just thinks of him as a colleague. Randall, meanwhile, sees them as his adversaries.

     Monsters Inc. Staff 

Henry J. Waternoose

Voiced by James Coburn

  • Broken Pedestal: For Sulley after he reveals himself as a traitor.
  • Character Outlives Actor: James Coburn died in 2002. Waternoose cameos in Monsters University only in a flashback picture (with an afro!) holding Sulley's hand.
  • The Mentor: Implied to be such for Sulley. Waternoose is sincerely despondent when he has to get rid of him, and in the climax Sulley quite truly hopes he can convince him not to go through with the plan.
  • Walking Spoiler: As you can see, it's just hard to discuss him without mentioning a huge twist that occurs two-thirds into the movie.
  • Villainous Breakdown: At the end when he said to Sulley that he'll kidnap a thousand children before letting his company die.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He just wanted to solve the energy crisis and save his family company... by kidnapping children and draining energy out of them through cruel ways instead of a short scare.

Celia

Voiced by Jennifer Tilly

  • Woman Scorned: She really starts to lose her cool when her date with Mike is ruined.

Roz/CDA Agent #001

Voiced by Bob Peterson

  • Chekhov's Gunman: Appears at the end to reveal herself as the Reverse Mole.
  • The Cameo: Shows up as head of the CDA after Mike and Sulley's trip to the human world in Monsters University, telling them that she's always watching.
  • Clerk
    From DVD bonus material: "The pink copy [of your carbonless copy paper scare receipt] goes to accounts receivable. The fuchsia copy goes to purchasing. Ivory goes to your immediate supervisor. And I! Get! The goldenrod! Goldenrod!"
  • Cool Old Lady: Who knows behind a boring and sarcastic clerk, is actually a reasonable leader of this universe's equivalent of The Men in Black?
  • Deadpan Snarker: "Your stunned silence is very reassuring."
  • Foreshadowing: She stoically closes her window when the CDA makes their first appearance.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: In spite of being the head of an organization that is ridiculously paranoid in dealing with humans and hearing the many false horror stories about them, Roz's first inclination upon meeting Boo is to send her safely back to the human world.
  • Reverse Mole: It turns out that she is the Agent #001 of the CDA.

Fungus

Voiced by Frank Oz

  • Butt Monkey: From Randall - every appearance of his involves him getting threatened, beat on, or otherwise dumped upon by Randall in some way.

George Sanderson

Voiced by Sam Black

  • The Dog Bites Back: Near the end, he's had enough and just pushes his co-worker into the door before he can be "sanitised" again.
  • Dumb Jock: In M.U., he was part the not very bright Jaws Theta Chi material.
  • Jerk Jock: Subverted. He was part of the Jaws Theta Chi, but during the scene of Oozma Kappa's humiliation at the ROR house, he is the only member of his frat who looks distraught at what's going on. Word of God says, "he's a good kid in the wrong frat."

Ms Flint

Voiced by Bonnie Hunt

  • True Neutral: We never discover how much she actually knew about waternoose’s plot.
  • Sugar and Ice Personality: Comes off as cold at first, but enthusiastically claps for Sulley when he gives his demonstration.

     Other Characters 

Abominable Snowman

  • The Cameo: He used to work in the mail room at Monsters Inc. along with Mike and Sulley, and warns them that tampering with mail is a crime punishable by banishment.
  • Gentle Giant: He's even bigger than Sulley.
  • Noodle Incident: Whatever got him banished to the Himalayas. It's implied he tampered with the Monsters Inc. mail. But how and why is never seen.

The CDA

  • The Faceless: Rather uniquely, though the various agents are faceless, their body shapes can vary quite a bit.


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