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The Bellas

     General Tropes

  • The Cameo: In the sequel:
    • Katey Sagal a.k.a. Peggy Bundy a.k.a. Leela as Katherine Junk, Emily's mom.
    • Kether Donohue, who was the Alpha Bitch leader Alice, returns as a former Bella.
    • C.J. Perry, the blonde Bella who was gagging at Aubrey throwing up/also a member of the Footnotes, returns as a former Bella.
    • Robin Roberts as an old Bella.
  • Character Signature Song: "The Sign", and to a lesser extent, "Eternal Flame" and "Turn The Beat Around". It's actually deconstructed as Aubrey's insistence on using said songs over and over got the audience and judges tired of their act in addition to members feeling that they're being held back because of it.
    • "Flashlight" in the sequel.
  • Girl Group: They're an all-female A Cappella singing group.
  • Meaningful Name: Bellas means beautiful women in Italian.
  • Ms. Fanservice: The film's opening prologue to a handful of Male Gaze.
  • The Rival: With the Treblemakers.
  • The Team:
  • True Blue Femininity: Their Color Motif is blue, as seen in their uniforms and the pitch pipe. Subverted when they discover their new sound in the first movie and become a lot darker and sultrier.

     Beca Mitchell
Played by: Anna Kendrick
Voiced by: Angelica Villa (Latin-American Spanish, Pitch Perfect), Anette Ugalde (Latin-American Spanish, Pitch Perfect 2), Sanae Kobayashi (Japanese), Anju Inami (Japanese)

An introverted and rebellious freshman who joins the Barden Bellas to appease her professor father and finds herself to like the Bella's.
  • Accidental Misnaming: Luke keeps calling her "Becky". A deleted scene has her correct him. Taken Up to 11 in the sequel ó her new boss thinks her name is Reggie.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She is as beautiful as she is proud and distant.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Her reaction to Kommissar in the sequel may imply this.
  • Character Development: Starts off aloof and detached from college life, but eventually learns to work with, lead, and genuinely desire the success of the Bellas.
  • Chekhov's Hobby: The film heavily emphasizes her love of mashing-up songs. This becomes useful in the Bellas' final performance.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Her replies to the zany cast usually takes the form of snide comments and stoic snark.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: She's pretty cool towards Jesse, and especially the Bellas, but warms up later on.
  • Dismotivation: She couldn't care less about building a social life, let alone college itself. She only grits her teeth and bears it so that she can get her father's support to pursue her dream of becoming a music producer.
  • Fat and Skinny: She's friends with Fat Amy and is very thin and petite.
  • Fish out of Water: An "alternative" loner who joins a competitive a capella group.
  • Follow in My Footsteps: Her father really wants Beca to graduate from college like he did, but Beca just wants to be independent and make music.
  • The Heroine: She is the main character of the story.
  • I Choose to Stay: In the end, she remains in college to lead the Bellas rather than drop out like she intended.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: She stated this as the reason she broke the Bella's routine in the semi-finals. Aubrey and some of the Bellas are not pleased.
  • The Lancer: While she is The Hero of the story, she's the one who frequently questions Aubrey's authority and advances The Team on her own terms.
  • Loony Friends Improve Your Personality: It is through the friendships of 'Fat' Amy, Jesse and Chloe that she is able to put the Bellas on the path to success.
  • Missing Mom: Only her father makes an appearance.
  • One of the Boys: Beca reveals that she never had female friends, and was secretly happy to have gained some in the Bellas.
  • Only Sane Woman: Aside from her anti-social nature, she's the only member without an obvious quirk.
  • A Protagonist Shall Lead Them: Near the end, Aubrey steps down as the Bellas' leader because she realized that Beca's innovative ideas will favor the group better in the finals. After Aubrey and Chloe's graduation, she officially becomes The Leader of the group.

     'Fat' Amy
Played by: Rebel Wilson

A comedic and eccentric member of the Bellas from Tasmania.
  • Awesome Aussie: "I've wrestled crocodiles and dingoes simultaneously."
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Bumper. In the sequel, she's eager to take him up on his offer of having sex... if only he can take the hint.
  • The Big Girl: She's usually the member of the group who enjoys the group's dance routines and clamors for solos. She's physically the biggest as well. Ironically, she's the only one who skipped the cardio training.
  • *Cough* Snark *Cough*: To Cynthia Rose during the scene where the Bellas are sharing "secrets":
    Amy: *cough* Lesbi-onest.
    Cynthia Rose: I have a gambling addiction.
    Amy: Wait for it.
    Cynthia Rose: Which started after I broke up with my girlfriend.
    Amy: Whoomp, there it is.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Would you believe this bumbling lard-bucket has enough martial-arts skills to infiltrate a yacht full of mob goons, take out anyone who spots her, and blow the ship up, all in less than ten minutes?!?
  • Fat and Skinny: Good friends with Beca and is the biggest member of the group.
  • Funny Foreigner: She's both Australian and rather quirky.
  • Genki Girl: Insanely perky and enthusiastic along with spontaneous and mouthy.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Fat Amy", which she gave to herself so "twig bitches" won't call her it behind her back.
  • The Lancer: To Beca. The final scene also implies that she's Chloe's successor as the group's Number Two with Beca as their leader. She's Beca's roommate in both sequels, implying a pretty close friendship as well.
  • Lovable Coward: Skipped cardio to do "horizontal running!" and runs away when she and Beca break a campus window to avoid any blame.
  • Mafia Princess: In Pitch Perfect 3, itís revealed that her dad is a crime lord. Fat Amy ran away from home when she got fed up with her dadís criminal activities.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Is constantly referred to as "Fat Amy" than simply Amy. Even after The Reveal.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: She's definitely the least serious of any of the girls.
  • The Reveal: Her real name: 'Fat' Patricia.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: If the trailer for the sequel is any indication. Though then again...
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In the third film she is constantly rude to Emily and also disregards Jessica and Ashley on the verge of gunpoint.

     Aubrey Posen
Played by: Anna Camp

The uptight and traditionalist co-leader of the Bellas.
  • 0% Approval Rating: The other girls eventually get tired of her Control Freak tendencies and obsession with sticking to tradition no matter what, especially when it starts to drag the group down and causes Beca to quit.
  • Academic Alpha Bitch: Initially, though she gets nicer by the end.
  • Break the Haughty: Suffers several, many of them vomit-related, and a few related to her refusal to change causing her own downfall.
  • Character Development: She starts off stuck-up and stubborn, refusing to accept other point of views or even change the Bellas' song routines. By the end of the film, she consolidates everyone's opinions and opens up to more modern song options.
  • Control Freak: She is the top dog of the Bellas and makes sure everyone knows it.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Initially bitchy towards Beca, she becomes more friendly towards her near the end.
  • The Fettered: She is a strict traditionalist and will stick to it no matter what.
  • Freudian Excuse: Her reason for being a control freak is implied to be because of her dad.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Is said to be friends with Chloe for years.
  • High-Pressure Blood: A variation with vomit. She manages to eject about two gallons of viscous yellowish squick in an arc about 10 feet ahead of herself, three times.
  • Honor Before Reason: During the Bellas' first meeting, she immediately kicks two girls off the team after they violate a rule about not sleeping with Treblemakers, even though the Bellas desperately need members and are having difficulty recruiting (because almost nobody will touch them after their disastrous failure at last year's championships).
  • Humiliation Conga: Her pukage at the start pretty much drove her entire Redemption Quest arc.
  • Mad Libs Catch Phrase: "A ca-" something.
  • Military Brat: Implied when she quotes her father.
    "My dad always says, 'If you can't take the heat, get the hell out of Kuwait!'"
    • Confirmed in the third movie; the plot is kicked off by her desire for her dad to see the Bellas perform.
  • Ms. Fanservice: After Stacy, she's the one who gets to wear the most revealing outfits and often put in eye-catching situations.
  • My Greatest Second Chance: Her main goal.
  • Never My Fault: When it becomes clear that the Bellas' overused song and dance routines are not working with either the judges or the audience, she points the finger at her teammates' mistakes, rather than admit they need to make some changes.
  • The Perfectionist: Rehearsal is everything. The Bellas are even forced to do cardio.
  • Pet the Dog: She is the first person to comfort Chloe after hearing about her Nodes.
  • Pride: Aubrey's main problem. Her inability to accept anyone else's outlook and admit that she is wrong holds her back.
  • Quickly Demoted Leader: She practically stepped down as The Leader of the group in favor of Beca near the end of the film.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Chloe's blue.
  • Serious Business: She considers the A capella finals important enough to insist that the Bellas skip class for practice.
  • Statuesque Stunner: One of the tallest females and the third tallest Bella after Stacie and Ashley. Then again, it's probably because of the heels.
  • Supporting Leader: To her frustration, Aubrey's leadership is gradually upstaged by the more innovative Beca.
  • Team Mom: She'd like to be, but it takes her lightening up to really step into the role.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: Her third pukage. The first two (the other being in a video) are blatantly shown.

     Chloe Beale
Played by: Brittany Snow
Voiced by: Jocelyn Robles (Latin-American Spanish, Pitch Perfect), Liliana Barba (Latin-American Spanish, Pitch Perfect 2), Yu Shimamura (Japanese), Eri Nonoyama (Japanese)

The kinder and more civil co-leader of the Bellas.

     Lily Onakuramara
Played by: Hana Mae Lee

A strange member of the Bellas who speaks too quietly to be heard but is later revealed to be a talented beatboxer.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: Some of her lines imply this.
  • Chekhov's Hobby: You see her hanging around a hip-hop crowd near the end of the film, right? Of course it's going to be brought up.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: You don't see someone making snow angels in a puddle of vomit very often. Some of her dialogue, whispered or otherwise, also counts.
  • Demonic Possession: Jokes about this at the end of the third movie... we hope.
  • Easter Egg: You would probably need to rent and rewatch the movie carefully (or turn on the subtitles) to hear what exactly Lily is saying. And some of it is... really bizarre.
  • Exhausted Eye Bags: She has them, for unspecified reasons.
  • Funny Foreigner: She's both Japanese and very quirky.
  • Hidden Depths: The girl can beatbox like a pro.
  • The Quiet One: She can never utter anything louder than a whisper (except for one time, which prompts Fat Amy to respond that there's no need to shout). (She breaks it by the end of the third movie.)
  • Shrinking Violet: Not so much near the end.
  • Strange Girl: She admits to sleeping upside-down "like a bat"...except in the tent at the retreat, when she licks Beca's nose, and that's just the beginning.
  • Token Minority: While not the only Asian character in the film, she's the only Asian member of the Bellas.

Played by: Ester Dean

A closeted lesbian for most of the film and a tomboyish member of the Bellas.

     Stacie Conrad
Played by: Alexis Knapp

The highly sexually driven member of the Bella's.

     Denise, Ashley, and Jessica 
Denise is played by: Wanetah Walmsley (Denise does not return for the sequel)
Ashley is played by: Shelley Regner
Jessica is played by: Kelley Alice Jakle

Three other members of the Bellas.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Not in any of the movies, but in the soundtrack to the third film, Ashley and Jessica get their own song.
  • Amicable Exes: If Denise is indeed Cynthia-Rose's ex-girlfriend.
  • Butch Lesbian: Denise Zig-Zagged this. While definitely not feminine, she's still not as masculine as her implied ex-lover.
  • The Generic Girls: Jessica and Ashley. Denise at least got a little backstory regarding her alleged past relationship with Cynthia-Rose.
  • Living Props: Aubrey later lampshaded this and directly said (to Jessica and Ashley at least) that they're just... there.
    Aubrey: "Jessica and Ashley, it is like you haven't been here all year long!'"
    Jessica: "Aubrey, really?!'"
    Ashley: "We've literally been here the whole time!'"

    • In the sequel, Beca gets a shot at disregarding them, and the trope is shown hilariously several times. Even the random Denise replacement/gymnast/Token Hispanic Flo gets more lines.
    Beca: "Jessica, Ashley, I'm still not sure which one of you is which."
    Jessica and Ashley: "I'm Jessica!"

  • The Reveal: Possibly. Denise is later implied to be Cynthia-Rose's ex-girlfriend.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Ashley is the second tallest Bella after Stacie and is a Huge Schoolgirl to boot.
  • Those Two Guys: They're members of the Bellas who are, well, members of the Bellas.

     Emily Junk 
Emily is played by: Hailee Steinfeld

  • Adorkable: In contrast to Becca, she's very adorable yet more awkward in her mannerisms.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Is a songwriter, which comes in handy for the competition.
  • Deuteragonist: Her story gets the same amount of attention as Becca in the 2nd film.
  • Follow in My Footsteps: Her mother really wants her to continue a tradition of being in the Barden Bellas.
  • Naive Every Girl: Comes into Barden wanting to join Acappella and be more than a "legacy", she has a lot to learn though.
  • Nepotism: Is only accepted into the Bellas (despite the fact they're not allowed to hold auditions) because her Mother was a Bella.

     Florencia "Flo" Fuentes 
Flo is played by: Chrissie Fit

The Treblemakers

     General Tropes

A rival capella group of the Bellas.

     Bumper Allen
Played by: Adam Devine

The egotistical leader of the Treblemakers.
  • Big Bad: The closest thing the movie has to one. He provides the initial threat that instigates Aubrey's Character Development.
  • Break the Haughty: In the three-year gap between the first and second movies, he's fallen pretty far. Although we never find out what happened with John Mayer, he's working as campus security by the time the sequel starts. He's also joined the Tone Hangers, the group he was so quick to mock as washed-up the last time we saw him.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: As soon as he ditches the Treblemakers, everyone agrees he was a jerk.
  • It's All About Me: At the end of the day, he only cares about what he thinks is best for him.
  • Jerkass: Displayed here and there, but solidified when he cheerfully abandons the team before finals.
  • Ladykiller in Love: In the second movie, he reveals romantic feelings for Fat Amy.
  • The Leader: Of the Treblemakers until he leaves.
  • Karma Houdini: The last time he's heard of, he was off to the "big leagues" (being background singer to John Mayer). Even returns in the sequel, and is portrayed to be sympathetic when he's rejected by Fat Amy after asking for a more serious relationship.
  • Token Evil Teammate: While the Trebles are stand-up guys, he is blatantly obnoxious, despicable and is proud of it. He's such a jerk that he even dropped the teammate part altogether.
  • Two First Names: His last name is a more appropriate given name.
  • Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Bumper Allen.

     Jesse Swanson
Played by: Skylar Astin

An outgoing Barden freshman who hopes to one day become a film score composer due to his great love for films. He joins the Barden Treblemakers. He is also the love interest of Beca.
  • Adorkable: His adorably cheesy attempts at winning over Beca.
  • Deadpan Snarker: When he's around Benji early on, he doesn't pull his punches.
  • Demoted to Extra: In the sequel. It's explained in a deleted scene that he is graduating a semester early and going to a film school at USC.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Towards Beca.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Guy: He's handsome, upbeat, a great singer, and constantly trying to break down Beca's defensive walls.
  • The Movie Buff: Has a particular interest in iconic soundtracks, which he tries to share with Beca.
  • Token Good Teammate: To the Trebles. While the others are not Jerkasses, they sometimes go along with Bumper's antics. He later shared this role with Benji, though the other Trebles have probably Took a Level in Kindness at that point.
  • Unknown Rival: He appears to compete with Luke for Beca's affections. Not that there's going on with them for the matter. And he ultimately "won" anyway.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Beca finally gets sick of his constantly butting into situations that don't concern him after she gets mistakenly arrested and gives him this reaction. To be fair, each time he "butts in", he is genuinely trying to help, and one of the times his intervention is a direct result of being personally named in a manner he doesn't appreciate. You kind of need his sort of help when you're getting arrested. He's a good candidate for Dogged Nice Guy.

Played by: Utkarsh Ambudkar

Bumper's right-hand man, who beatboxes, raps, and is a main vocalist.
  • Number Two: The deputy leader of the Treblemakers.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: He likes to wear a fruity shower cap while chilling in the hot tub.
  • Supporting Leader: After Bumper leaves, he becomes the Treble's leader. However, Jesse is the group's front man (at least in the finale) and is implied to possess equal authority that is enough to hire Benji as the 11th-Hour Ranger.
  • Token Minority: The only Indian character in the entire film.
  • You Are in Command Now: After Bumper ditches them before the finals, he assumed the mantle of Supporting Leader with Jesse as the front-man.

Played by: Michael Viruet

A member of the Treblemakers who is always seen carrying a unicycle.

Other Characters

     Benji Applebaum
Played by: Ben Platt

Jesse's roommate, friend, and an illusionist, who is a fan of the Treblemakers. He later joins the group after Bumper drops out of the team.
  • Adorkable: Even moreso than Jesse with his general enthusiasm and nerd gear.
  • Ascended Fanboy: He eventually replaces Bumper just in time for the a capella finals.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: He's rejected from the Treblemakers and fades into the benches, but later helps Loophole Abuse The Bellas into the finals.
  • 11th-Hour Ranger: Officially becomes a Treblemaker in the finals.
  • Hollywood Nerd: He does magic, loves Star Wars, and makes nerd references.
  • Loony Fan: Of the Treblemakers, even after Bumper insults him and rejects his audition.
  • Stage Magician: His dream. He practices magic tricks regularly.

     John Smith and Gail Abernathy-McKinnon
John is played by: John Michael Higgins
Gail is played by: Elizabeth Banks

Commentators of the ICCA.
  • And Starring: The CBB credits them, respectively, as "With John Michael Higgins and Elizabeth Banks". Justified since the latter is also the film's producer.
  • Call-Back: They make many references to Aubrey's mishap in the previous year's tournament, as seen in the intro.
  • Creator Cameo: Elizabeth Banks is also the film's producer.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Sports commentary variety.
  • Straw Misogynist: John is repeatedly sexist during the movie, going as far as saying he would've never thought an all-female group could win the competition. Gail calls him out on this at the end of the movie. He gets considerably less subtle in the sequel.
  • Those Two Guys: They exist in the film to only give commentary.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: They're both considerably nastier in the sequel.

     Kimmy Jin
Played by: Jinhee Joung

Beca's roommate.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Being Asian, it's justified that she has dark hair. But not the rudeness, obviously.
  • Jerkass: She's unnecessarily rude to Beca, giving her a cold shoulder for much of the film.
  • Pet the Dog: After Beca is kicked out of the Bellas and rejected by Jesse, Kimmy surprises her by wishing her a happy Spring Break on her way out the door.

Played by: Freddie Stroma

The radio station manager who plays Beca's mix tapes.

     Dr. Mitchell
Played by: John Benjamin Hickey

Becca's father and a college professor.
  • Good Parents: He wants what's best for Beca. He even expressed that he'll support her even if she doesn't honor his wish of finishing college. Aside from that, he also puts up with her snarky attitude.
  • Happily Married: After his divorce, he remarried. Beca calls her the stepmonster.
  • Put on a Bus: He doesn't even get mentioned in the sequel. Presumably he's still around somewhere, but with the reduced focus on college, he doesn't really get a chance to cross paths with the main characters.

Sequel Characters

    Das Sound Machine
Kommissar played by: Birgitte Hjort Sørensen
Pieter Krämer played by: Flula Borg

A rival a cappella group from Germany, currently the World champions, led by the Kommissar and Pieter Krämer.
  • All There in the Manual: Pieter's name. It's easy to miss the first time you watch it, but Kommissar's name was given after the riff-off, when everyone got swept up in singing Kriss Kross' Jump.
  • Closet Key: Kommissar for Beca. And according to Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, Beca for Kommissar.
  • Germanic Efficiency: Best exemplified in the riff off, where you'll notice that most of the groups need a second or two to follow up on whatever song their leads start on, DSM has the accompaniment to their songs come in immediately.
  • Ghost Extras: Everyone in DSM who aren't Kommissar or Pieter.
  • Omniglot: According to Pieter, Kommissar can speak eight languages (of which Loser is not one of them).
  • Opposing A Capella Team
  • Visual Pun: The new multi-coloured button mixing pad that Beca is using a lot in this film is a device called Das Sound Maschine.

    World A Cappella Groups 
The other named teams participating at the World A Cappella Championship are: Pentatonix, Penn Masala, The Filharmonic, The Cantasticos and The Singboks. The teams all create a multilingual version of Journey's "Any Way You Want It".
  • The Cameo: AJ Jones, the film's choreographer, is part of one of the groups, like in the original.

Fat Amy's criminal father.
  • Big Bad: Of the third film.
  • Disappeared Dad: He goes in and out of Fat Amy's life whenever he needs something from her.