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

Carl Fredricksen

Charles 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
  • 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.
  • Fallen Hero
  • Faux Affably Evil
  • Gadgeteer Genius
  • Killed Off for Real
  • Mad Scientist
  • 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
  • Would Hurt a Child

Ellie Fredricksen


  • Adorably Precocious Child
  • Adorkable
  • Cannot Tell a Lie: If only Russell could've laid low about his discovery of Kevin.
  • Cheerful Child
  • Children Are Innocent
  • Disappeared Dad: We never see Russell's dad, and from what we hear about him, he's pretty neglectful of his son.
  • Friend to All Living Things
  • 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...
  • Little Stowaway: Unintentionally.
  • 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.
  • Too Dumb to Live
  • Took a Level in Badass
  • Unlikely Hero
  • "Well Done, Son" Guy: Russell's motivation to earn his last badge.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist




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