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->Movie '''Played by:''' Miriam Margolyes and Creator/JoannaLumley

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->Movie '''Played by:''' Miriam Margolyes Creator/MiriamMargolyes and Creator/JoannaLumley


* YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre: There is a scene in the film where convinces the Earthworm to stop being so negative about how the latter handled the shark attack, calling him a hero.

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* YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre: There is a scene in the film where he convinces the Earthworm to stop being so negative about how the latter handled the shark attack, calling him a hero.


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* AntiHero: He is this before his first practical idea to get he and his friends out of danger succeeds.
* BigNo: Happens in the film when [[spoiler: he gets separated from the bugs as they near New York City and the Rhino attacks them.]]
* BreakTheCutie: His life with his parents before the rhinoceros ate them was an extremely positive and James could never have been happier - but once he starts life with Sponge and Spiker, he loses his cheerful nature and becomes totally miserable.

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* %%* AntiHero: He is this before his first practical idea to get he and his friends out of danger succeeds.
* BigNo: Happens He exclaims, "No!" in the film when [[spoiler: he gets separated from the bugs as they near New York City and the Rhino attacks them.]]
* BreakTheCutie: His life with his parents before the rhinoceros ate them was an extremely positive and James could never have been happier - but once he starts life with Sponge and Spiker, he loses his cheerful nature and becomes totally miserable.



* FriendToBugs: He makes friends with all the bugs.



* ImNotAfraidOfYou: [[spoiler: Says this twice when facing the rhino near the end of the film.]]

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* ImNotAfraidOfYou: [[spoiler: Says this exact phrase twice when facing the rhino near the end of the film.]]



* LittleNo: In the film when he finds that [[spoiler: Sponge and Spiker have followed him to New York.]]

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* LittleNo: In the film when he finds that [[spoiler: Sponge and Spiker have followed him to New York.York, he mutters, "No".]]



* NightmareDreams: See DreamSequence above.

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* NightmareDreams: See DreamSequence above.In the movie, he has a nightmare about being a caterpillar and his aunts (who are still humans) chasing him.



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[[folder:AuntSponge [[folder:Aunt Sponge and AuntSpiker]]Aunt Spiker]]



* AdaptationalVillainy: They were certainly evil in the book, but in the movie, they actually try to ''kill'' James towards the end.



* AndThereWasMuchRejoicing: They die in the book and, because they were so evil, James and the bugs sing rhymes about their deaths.



* HateSink: They serve as this, since the story has no real BigBad.

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* HateSink: They serve as this, an object for hate, since the story has no real BigBad.



* SlasherSmile: They show these in the film [[spoiler: when they try to kill James with axes.]]

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* %%* SlasherSmile: They show these in the film [[spoiler: when they try to kill James with axes.]]]]
* SparedByTheAdaptation: In the book, they are crushed to death by the peach, whereas in the movie, they survive.
* WeightWoe: Zigzagged for Sponge. She sees herself as beautiful, but Spiker insults her for being fat. She shrugs this off, but the poem the bugs write about her has her trying to lose weight.



* YouAreFat: In the poem they recite, Spiker calls Sponge ugly for having a fat belly.



* ItsAllAboutMe: See AttentionWhore above.

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* %%* ItsAllAboutMe: See AttentionWhore above.



* LargeHam: Certainly fitting for him when you have Creator/RichardDreyfuss voicing him!

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* LargeHam: He was excitable and dramatic in the book, but it stands out more in the movie. Certainly fitting for him when you have Creator/RichardDreyfuss voicing him!



* NoNameGiven: He's just "the centipede".



* SlapSlapKiss: Has this with Miss Spider in the movie, though there is more slapping than kissing to start off with.

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* %%* SlapSlapKiss: Has this with Miss Spider in the movie, though there is more slapping than kissing to start off with.



* TeethFlying: This happens to him during the giant shark attack.

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* %%* TeethFlying: This happens to him during the giant shark attack.



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[[folder:OldGreenGrasshopper]][[folder:Old Green Grasshopper]]
An elderly grasshopper who makes music (actual music, not just grasshopper sounds) with his body. He is one of the wisest bugs.

* CoolOldGuy: He's said to be old and he's wise and a good musician.
* NoNameGiven: He doesn't really have a name, but people always put "Old, Green" before his species, so "Old Green Grasshopper" is sort of his title.
* YourSizeMayVary: In the book, he's the size of a large dog, but in the movie, he's several times taller than James.



A pessimistic, blind earthworm. He is the one who has the most rivalry with the centipede.

* AccessoryWearingCartoonAnimal: He wears a hat and sunglasses in the movie.
* EatDirtCheap: Like all worms, he eats dirt, which he talks about to James in the book.
* TheEeyore: Always points out the negative and complains a lot. One time, he even complains about ''there being no problem''.
* LiteralMinded:
** In the book, when James says, "Can't you see that...?", he replies, "How can I see? I'm blind!"
** In the movie, James says that he defeated a giant shark single-handedly, to which the worm replies, "''No''-handedly!".
* NoNameGiven: His name is never revealed in the book or the film.
* VitriolicBestBuds: He and the Centipede have the biggest rivalry but are also friends.



Another one of the big bugs. She is one of the friendlier bugs and doesn't tend to insult people like the Earthworm and Centipede do.

* EatDirtCheap: In the movie, she's the one who sings the "plate of soil with engine oil" line in the "Eating the Peach" song.
* ExtremeOmnivore: According to the "Eating the Peach" song in the movie, she eats ''engine oil'', which is not usually what ladybugs eat.
* FriendToAllChildren: Not only does she love James, her biggest fear in the book is finding out that her house is on fire and her children all gone. She also happily anticipates being surrounded by children in the "That's the Life for Me" song in the movie.
* NatureLover: In the movie, when the bugs are singing "That's the Life for Me", she enthuses about sunshine, a park, and flowers.
* NoNameGiven: Like most of the other bugs, her real name isn't revealed.
* UnnamedParent: Her name isn't revealed and she apparently has four hundred larvae.



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[[folder:MissSpider]][[folder:Miss Spider]]
The only bug with a real name, she is (as her name implies) a spider.

* ArtisticLicenseBiology: She weaves ''nylon'' at the end of the book.
* DarkIsNotEvil: She's a spider, and in the movie she was quite gothic, but she is very benevolent.
* FriendlyNeighborhoodSpider: She becomes one of James's best friends, almost a family member.
* {{Goth}}: In the movie, she looks forward to being near a dead oak tree at night with "putrid vapors rising".
* NotEvilJustMisunderstood: She mentions in the book that she, and her species in general, are often judged negatively, but they do nothing but good.
* SpeciesSurname: The "Miss" in her name implies that "Spider" is her last name.


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One of the bugs. She provides lighting for the peach's interior.

* NoNameGiven: Like most of the bugs, her name isn't revealed.
* VagueAge: Is treated like an adult, but in real life, glowworms are larvae.


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A sleepy silkworm who has the least dialogue. She doesn't feature in the movie.

* ArtisticLicenseBiology: Claims to be running out of silk when she and Miss Spider are making silk to catch the seagulls and later on, she gets taught to spin nylon.
* NoNameGiven: Her name isn't revealed.
* {{Sleepyhead}}: Likes to sleep on the floor.


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The rhinoceros that ate James's parents. In the movie, a smoke version of it appears inexplicably just before the peach reaches New York.

* AmbiguousGender: Nobody got the chance to tell if it was a boy or a girl.
* AscendedToCarnivorism: It eats James's parents even though rhinos are generally herbivores.
* NoNameGiven: It isn't named.
* TheVoiceless: It doesn't have dialogue.


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The parents of James, who unfortunately got eaten by the rhino.

* DeceasedParentsAreTheBest: They apparently raised James well before they died.
* EatenAlive: A rhino ate them alive.
* GoodParents: They were apparently very fun, supportive parents.
* NoNameGiven: All we know about their names is that the father's last name is "Trotter".
* UnnamedParent: Neither of them have been named.
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[[folder: Relatives of the Bugs]]
In the book, Miss Spider's uncle and grandmother are mentioned, as are the ladybug's four hundred children.

* DisappearedDad: We don't know who the ladybug's children's father is.
* MassiveNumberedSiblings: The ladybug's children. There are apparently ''four hundred'' of them.
* NoNameGiven: None of them are named.
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[[folder: The Police]]
Several police officers that work in New York.

* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Only referred to by such titles as "The Head of the Cops".
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[[folder: Cloud Men]]
Mysterious people made of cloud that work to make weather.

* FreezeSneeze: Discussed when they anticipate sneezing and nose-blowing as a response to the hailstorm they make.
* HairTriggerTemper: When the Centipede insults them, they throw things at him.
* OneGenderRace: Apparently, there are no cloud ''women''.
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[[folder: Seagulls and Sharks]]
A flock of seagulls that drive the peach along, and some sharks (there was only one in the movie) that tried unsuccessfully to eat the peach.

* GreyAndGrayMorality: The seagulls tried to eat the Earthworm, but they also aided James and the bugs in their trip.
* ThreateningShark: Downplayed for the sharks, who churned the water to a froth, but didn't eat or harm anyone.
* TheVoiceless: They can't talk.
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[[folder: Mysterious Old Man]]
The guy who sold James the crocodile tongue pills.

* BreakingTheFourthWall: In the movie, he says, "And that is what you have just seen" at the end to the audience.
* CoolOldGuy: He wanted to make James's dreams come true.
* TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers: When listing the ingredients for the magical pills, he lists body parts of animals, but finishes the list with "and three spoonfuls of sugar".
* NoNameGiven: Is one of the many unnamed characters.

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* SnarkToSnarkCombat: He engages in this in both the book and film with different characters - in the book, the Earthworm is his rival due to his crippling pessimism, while in the film Miss Spider does this with him.

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* TheVillainSucksSong: He sings one about Sponge and Spiker in the book after Miss Spider expresses her sadness over the death of her father. It's a rare example when it's sung ''after'' the villains' death.

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* ShoutOut: [[WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas Jack Skellington's]] cameo is made very evident by the Centipede's line "A skellington? Jackpot!"
* SlapSlapKiss: Has this with Miss Spider in the movie, though there is more slapping than kissing to start off with.
* SomeonesTouchingMyButt: A moment in the film where all the lights are out and everyone is in a heap. Centipede tries to pinch Miss Spider but ends up doing so to the Earthworm. In retaliation, Miss Spider tries to smack him but ends up smacking the Old Green Grasshopper instead.
* SuperNotDrowningSkills: In the movie, he, James and Miss Spider pull this off while by being able to speak and fight undead pirates in freezing cold Arctic water. (It could possibly be an effect of the crocodile tongues, though.)
* TeethFlying: This happens to him during the giant shark attack.
* TookALevelInBadass: Centipede is, when first introduced, extremely incompetent when it comes to getting the others out of a big problem. However, after pulling his HeroicSacrifice, he becomes a true hero and earns back the respect of the other bugs.
* TookALevelInKindness: Whilst in the book, he retains his snobbish attitude throughout as a result of being a StaticCharacter, but in the film, he learns from his mistakes and becomes nicer to his friends as the things progress, particularly to James.
* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue: At the end of the book, he becomes the spokesperson for a high-class firm of shoe and boot manufacturers, while in the film, he steps into politics to run for Mayor of New York, promising "The Moon and then some", although it's not made clear as to whether he won or not.

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* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: In the movie, Centipede starts to fend off the skeleton pirates before James and Miss Spider return to the surface. Cue the DeadHatShot which indicates his apparent fate, but then [[spoiler:he emerges from the water completely alive and unharmed.]]
* PapaWolf: He eventually shares this with the Old Green Grasshopper in the film. Don't threaten James in their presence - you'll regret it.

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* MeatOVision: At one point in the film before the "Eating the Peach" song, he is so hungry that he starts to see everything and everyone around him as food.


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* TheMillstone: In the book, his sole contribution to the party is gnawing over the peach stalk and getting it rolling. After that, he mainly makes nuisances of himself (though he does get some of the funniest lines and sings most of the books' songs).
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: After getting the peach lost and hearing everyone talk about meeting their end in the Arctic, he is utterly ashamed of himself. This prompts him to [[spoiler: jump into the water to find a compass and ultimately save everyone's lives.]]
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: This hits him hard in the movie when the others call him out on his BlatantLies and turn their backs on him. Cue him pulling off his HeroicSacrifice.
* NiceMeanAndInBetween: To an extent, he is the Mean when compared to the other two male bugs - the Old Green Grasshopper being the Nice due to being the friendliest of the three and the most supportive of James, and the Earthworm being the In-Between due to being overly pessimistic and cynical but not doing anything insensitive like the Centipede.


--->"That'll teach you to mess with ''me'', you overgrown sardine! I'm from Brooklyn!

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--->"That'll -->"That'll teach you to mess with ''me'', you overgrown sardine! I'm from Brooklyn!


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* DefrostingIceKing: He is something of this towards James in the film; he is the one who takes the longest to warm up to him.


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* {{Foil}}: He and Miss Spider in the movie have a similar arc that involves [[DefrostingIceQueen defrosting]], but while Miss Spider is reserved and aloof towards the other bugs but loving and affectionate towards James, Centipede acts outgoing among the others and is rather slow to accept James into the group.


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* InterspeciesRomance: Has one with Miss Spider in the movie after [[spoiler: returning from the Arctic waters alive.]]
* ItsAllAboutMe: See AttentionWhore above.
* JerkassRealization: In the film, he is absolutely devastated when he realises what his selfish behaviour has led to, prompting him to make his HeroicSacrifice.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Centipede may be boastful, sarcastic and attention-seeking, but aside from that he is laid-back and goodhearted, and he does care for his friends. He really isn't that bad of a person at the end of the day.
* KarmicDeath: In the book, he sums up the deaths of Sponge and Spiker as a result of them killing Miss Spider's uncle - after all, everyone knows ''it's bad luck to kill a spider''.
* LargeHam: Certainly fitting for him when you have Creator/RichardDreyfuss voicing him!
* MilesGloriosus: In spades. In the book, he's always going on about what a dangerous pest he is, but he's really pretty harmless. In the movie, he also brags about being a globetrotter, but his knowledge about navigation and geography are severely lacking. [[spoiler: Turns out all his knowledge comes from the time when he lived between two pages of an old issue of the ''National Geographic'' magazine.]]
--> [[spoiler:"Very informative magazine, the ''National Geographic.'' [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar Wonderful pictures.]]"]]


* AndIMustScream: At one point in the book, he gets coated with paint that dries quickly, making him immobile and only able to communicate through muffled noises.

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* AndIMustScream: At one point in the book, he gets coated with paint that dries quickly, making him immobile and only able to communicate through muffled noises. Earthworm sees it as an improvement, and is very disappointed when the paint gets washed off.



* BrooklynRage: In the film, he has a thick Brooklynese accent and is quite fierce-tempered, courtesy of Creator/RichardDreyfuss voicing him.

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* BrooklynRage: In the film, he has a thick Brooklynese accent and is quite fierce-tempered, courtesy of Creator/RichardDreyfuss voicing him. He even lampshades it after the robotic shark is defeated:
--->"That'll teach you to mess with ''me'', you overgrown sardine! I'm from Brooklyn!


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* CurseCutShort: When he gets caught by the undead skeleton pirates, he yells, "HOLY SHIPWRECK!!!". Sounds very much like he was going to say something else, doesn't it?


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* ExtremeOmnivore: The song he and the others sing about "eating the peach" is about a few of the many scrumptious dishes he's eaten over the course of his life, all of which are quite ... exotic.
* TheGadfly: He frequently drives the others nuts for his own amusement.
* GoodIsNotNice: He is extremely proud of that in the book and stubbornly refuses to change. In the movie, he starts off as this, but gets nicer as things progress.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:In the film, he jumps into freezing Arctic waters to save everyone's lives, but ultimately survives.]]

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* DeadHatShot: In the film, [[spoiler: this appears to be his fate, but he survives.]]
* DemBones: Again in the film, he, James and Miss Spider face a band of undead skeleton pirates in a shipwreck underwater.
* DeadpanSnarker: He is by far the most sarcastic member of the main cast, and he frequently expresses his sarcasm quite openly and loudly, so the "deadpan" part could be downplayed.
* DoNotTauntCthulhu: In the book, the Cloud People are pretty sinister from the get-go, but are too astonished at the sight of the flying peach to attack, so naturally, the Centipede calls them names and makes rude gestures just to prove he's not afraid of them. This is something [[WhatTheHellHero the others call him out on for]], but by then, the damage has already been done and the peach is well and truly under attack.


* BrooklynRage: In the film, he has a thick Brooklynese accent and is quite fierce-tempered, courtesy of RichardDreyfuss voicing him.

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* BrooklynRage: In the film, he has a thick Brooklynese accent and is quite fierce-tempered, courtesy of RichardDreyfuss Creator/RichardDreyfuss voicing him.him.
* ButtMonkey: Centipede suffers the most abuse out of any character that is not James, and in the book he's quite proud of that - [[StaticCharacter he doesn't take anything away from it]].
* CharacterDevelopment: In the film, however, he goes through a significant arc: he starts off as the MilesGloriosus he is in the book, always making rousing speeches and bold claims but proving to be extremely incompetent when it comes to getting everyone out of a bad situatuion. He eventually realises how selfish he has been and turns himself into a pure-hearted hero.

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A member of the group of bugs that James befriends. He is self-centred and narcissistic, and takes longer to warm up to James than most of the others, but eventually accepts him into the surrogate family that has been formed in the end.
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* AdaptationalJerkass: He is vain and attention-seeking in both incarnations, but in the film he is so in an aggressive fashion rather than in a mischievous one in the book.
* AdaptationalNiceGuy: However, there is also a pivotal point in the film where he realises what a fool he has been when everyone is stuck in the Arctic and could potentially die because of him. It's something that his book counterpart would never have done, so it's certainly saying a lot.
* AlienLunch: In both the book and the movie, he sings a song about some of the finest dishes a bug could ever have such as "pickled spines of porcupines", "earwigs cooked in slime" and "curried slugs". In the book, he sings it alone, while in the film, some of the other bugs take up a few of the verses.
* AndIMustScream: At one point in the book, he gets coated with paint that dries quickly, making him immobile and only able to communicate through muffled noises.
* AttentionWhore: Very much so. Out of the entire group of bugs, he is the one that strives to always have the attention of everyone else, much to their annoyance.
* BrooklynRage: In the film, he has a thick Brooklynese accent and is quite fierce-tempered, courtesy of RichardDreyfuss voicing him.


* {{Gonk}}: In the film, they are made to look as grotesque as possible, especially noticeable in Spiker's case, seeing as she was played by former model Creator/Joanna Lumley.

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* {{Gonk}}: In the film, they are made to look as grotesque as possible, especially noticeable in Spiker's case, seeing as she was played by former model Creator/Joanna Lumley.Creator/JoannaLumley.

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