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Characters: UP
This is a Character Sheet for the Pixar film Up:

Carl Fredricksen

Voiced by: Jeremy Leary (child); Edward Asner
  • Berserk Button: Messing with any of his Ellie-related treasures. When he fulfills the adventure he promised Ellie, he overcomes this and throws the vast majority of the treasures out of the house so it's light enough for him to go after Russell.
  • Broken Pedestal: He really did respect Charles Muntz before his reveal.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Ellie.
  • Death Seeker: It's strongly implied that this was what motivated Carl to finally go to Paradise Falls, at least at first. After all, with Ellie dead and having no family left to speak of, what better way to go out in style than to do the one thing he was still able to pull off? Even if he knows that it'd likely be a one-way trip that could go terribly wrong.
  • Expy: Carl was supposedly modeled on Spencer Tracy's appearance in the film Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, right down to the black rectangular glasses.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Carl qualifies, given he outfitted his house with shower curtain sails and a steering system. Carl retrofitted his entire house into an airship in less than one night. He's better than MacGyver!
  • Heroic BSOD: When Muntz burns the house to keep Carl busy while he takes Kevin. And really, he technically has been in a prolonged one since Ellie's death. At least up till the end.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Russell eventually.
  • Tragic Keepsake: The bottlecap "badge", Ellie's Adventure Book, her photo, the house itself... and the airport passes Carl was going to surprise her with just before her final hours. Really, a huge part of the plot is based around this trope and Carl's need to let go of them.
  • Uptight Loves Wild: While not stuffy as a kid, his slightly more reserved demeanor stands out in contrast with Ellie's more wild behavior. And Carl is smitten almost instantly.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Russell calls him out for letting Muntz take Kevin while he tried to save the house instead.

Charles F. Muntz

  • Ax-Crazy: It may not be clear at first, but when he strongly implies that he's actually murdered others in the past just because he was paranoid that they were after his bird, AKA Kevin, it's quite obvious he's gone completely insane after all those years of searching to no avail. And he only gets worse. By the end of the movie, he attempts to kill Kevin, Dug and Russell (a 'kid' mind you), in cold blood with a shotgun.
  • Berserk Button: Kevin. Because he's been trying for well over sixty years to capture her, you'd do well to try and steer clear of both of them, if you know what's good for you...
  • Big Bad: He is trying to capture Kevin, and he will kill anyone who gets in his way.
  • Catch Phrase: "Adventure is out there!"
  • Cool Old Guy: The guy's well over 100, and he almost takes Carl Fredricksen down in a sword fight and designs collars that allow dogs to talk! Some of the other adventures that we only hear bits and pieces of sound pretty epic.
  • Disney Villain Death: It really does not get more dramatic than falling to one's death from 10,000 feet.
  • Egomaniac Hunter: Charles Muntz has become one of these, ad nauseum.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Carl. Both of them were fixated on the past, and on living their adventure. One was able to move on, the other wasn't.
  • Expy: Charles Muntz was modeled after Charles Lindbergh, right down to the nose.
  • Face-Heel Turn: After being called a fraud, he returned to Paradise Falls to capture the bird, and after many, many years of failures, he obviously lost sight that keeping the bird with her family was more important than proving himself.
  • Older than They Look: When Carl as an old man meets Muntz, who was probably twenty or thirty years older than him as a child, it is more than likely that Muntz is over 100 years old.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: By the time the film takes place, Muntz has largely been relegated to history if not outright forgotten, thanks in part to his previous humiliation over Paradise Falls. Even if he did bring Kevin back, few would even know about it.
  • Walking Spoiler: Yeah, he's the Big Bad. Thanks for telling us that, marketing!

Ellie Fredricksen

Voiced by: Elizabeth Docter (child)

Russell

Voiced by: Jordan Nagai
  • Disappeared Dad: We never see Russell's dad, and from what we hear about him, he's pretty neglectful of his son.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Carl.
  • Like a Son to Me: One Word of God interview says that Russell was designed to be the child Ellie and Carl were unable to have, in both a figurative and literal spirit. Figurative in that if they had had a child, that child would be very much like Russell (especially at the end when he has both a mother and father figure in his life), and that Russell fills the hole Ellie left behind when she died, much like Carl and Ellie's potential child would have. Literal in that if you look close enough, Russell has features VERY similar to that of both Ellie and Carl...
  • The Load: Russell at first seems to fit this category: he loses his Wilderness Explorer GPS, literally acts as a deadweight while Carl is towing the house, cannot put up his tent, and reveals to Muntz that he and Carl have met "the Monster of Paradise Falls" (i.e. Kevin the Bird). Probably meant to be an inversion of how in many films where a crotchety old man is paired up with a spunky kid, it's the adult who's portrayed as inept and in need of rescue. Plus, Russell has the excuse that he has no real way of getting home under his own power. If Carl doesn't do it, the poor kid is toast. However, he eventually takes a level in badass.
  • Motor Mouth: Carl tries to get him to play "Who Can be Quiet the Longest":
    Russell: My mom loves that game!
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Not as much as Dug, but still notable.

Kevin

Voiced by: Pete Docter
  • Animal Nemesis: In a roundabout way to Muntz. Unlike most, she isn't even responsible for any degree of pain he went through, he just wants her so he can prove he was right.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Becomes rather clingy and protective of Russel upon first meeting him and repeatedly shrieks at Carl for trying to get in the way of that. Later turns out to be a case of Mama Bear.
  • Expy: Kevin bears a strong resemblance to the Road Runner.
  • Foreshadowing: The fact that she's not only female but a mother is hinted at by the affectionate why she acts toward Russel when she first meets him, at least once cradling him like a baby.

Dug

Voiced by: Bob Peterson
  • Don't Explain the Joke: "See? It is funny because the squirrel gets dead!"
  • Dumb Is Good: Dug is noticeably stupider than all the other dogs, who can talk in complex sentences and even, in at least one case, cook. The dogs themselves are not that intelligent, but they're still smarter than Dug.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Dug eventually leaves Charles Muntz and joins Carl in the end.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Dug decides that Carl is his master after being repeatedly mistreated by Alpha, Beta, Gamma and Omega.
  • Odd Name Out: Dug's is the only name (that we hear) that is not from a letter in the Greek alphabet.

Alpha

Voiced by: Bob Peterson
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Alpha is a Double Subversion, as his collar gives him a squeaky voice, but only when it's not working right. However, when his voice becomes deep, it becomes really deep.
  • Heel-Face Turn: The credits show all of the villain's dogs, including Alpha, assisting the infirm.
  • Large Ham: The broken wire in his collar doesn't help.
  • Vocal Dissonance: In-universe. Despite his imposing appearance, his voice sounds high-pitched and squeaky due to a malfunction in his collar.

The Dogs

Beta Voiced by: Delroy Lindo
Gamma Voiced by: Jerome Ranft
  • Amplified Animal Aptitude: Muntz has definitely dedicated some time to training his dogs. Other than talking, they can cook and fly planes.
  • Dogs Are Dumb: Most of them have not yet mastered human speech.
  • Heel-Face Turn: The credits show all of the villain's dogs, including Alpha, assisting the infirm.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: During a routine search for Kevin, Alpha chuckles to himself on getting Dug out of their hair. Beta however states that Muntz won't be pleased for losing one of his dogs. Which Alpha begrudgingly realizes he's right.
  • My Instincts Are Showing: Smart as they are, they're still animals and can't ignore their instincts for certain things like tennis balls and SQUIRRELS!
  • Punch Clock Villains: Lampshaded. They do whatever Muntz tells them to. In the scene where he says that they are his guests now, you can even hear one of them say "I like you temporarily!"

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