Characters: Pitch Perfect

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     The Bellas 

General Tropes

  • The Cameo: In the sequel:
    • Katey Sagal aka Peggy Bundy aka 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.
    • Kristen Wiig plays a Bella, too.
  • 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

  • Accidental Misnaming: Luke keeps calling her "Becky". A deleted scene has her correct him. Taken Up to Eleven in the sequel - 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 and Skill: 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 could 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 aka 'Fat' Patricia

Played by: Rebel Wilson

  • 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.
  • Fat and Skinny: Good friends with Becca 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 the sequel, implying a pretty close friendship as well.
  • Lovable Coward: Skipped cardio to do "horizontal running!"
  • 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...

Aubrey Posen

Played by: Anna Camp

Chloe Beale

Played by: Brittany Snow

Lily Onakuramara

Played by: Hana Mae Lee

  • 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.
  • Easter Egg: You would probably need to rent and rewatch the movie carefully to hear what exactly Lily is saying. And some of it is... really bizarre.
  • 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).
  • 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.

Cynthia-Rose

Played by: Ester Dean

Stacie Conrad

Played by: Alexis Knapp

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

  • 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 Three Girls: 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.

     The Treblemakers 

General Tropes

Bumper Allen

Played by: Adam DeVine

  • 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

  • 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.
  • 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.

Donald

Played by: Utkarsh Ambudkar

Unicycle

Played by: Michael Viruet

     Other Characters 

Benji Applebaum

Played by: Ben Platt

  • 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.
  • The Danza: He is played by Ben Platt.
  • Eleventh 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

Kimmy Jin

Played by: Jinhee Joung

  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Being Asian, it's justified that she has dark hair. But not the rudeness, obviously.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen/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.
  • Jerkass: She's unnecessarily rude to Beca, giving her a cold shoulder for much of the film.

Luke

Played by: Freddie Stroma

Dr. Mitchell

Played by: John Benjamin Hickey
  • 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 layed 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.

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 mash-up of Journey's "Anyway You Want It" and "Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'".
  • The Cameo: AJ Jones, the film's choreographer, is part of one of the groups, like in the original.
  • Cast the Expert: Who better to represent expert a cappella groups than actual expert a cappella groups?

The 44th President of the United States and First Lady Obama

  • As Himself
  • The Cameo
  • Stock Footage: Some presidential footage is taken from the 2013 Kennedy Center honors. Anna Kendrick, Beca, actually performed at this and so have one of the World a cappella groups, Penn Masala.