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    Charlie B. Barkin
Voiced by: Burt Reynolds (1st film), Charlie Sheen (2nd film - speaking voice), Jesse Corti (2nd film - singing voice), Steven Weber (TV series & 3rd film)
First appearance: All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989)
Last appearance: An All Dogs Christmas Carol (1998)

A roguish German Shepherd mix and con artist.

  • Aesop Amnesia: Throughout later installments, his old ways keep catching up on him. It seems not even residing in heaven itself can keep his vices under control.
  • Affably Evil: Before he starts to change for the better in the original, he is very pleasant, talkative and charming, enough so that many viewers won't get that he is a gangster, escaped convict, and a loan shark. His behaviour around Anne Marie isn't any different than his behavior towards his gambling customers. While some of it is due to his belief that it is better and more effective to get things done the nice way rather than through bullying and violence, it also clearly comes to him naturally. Its one of the biggest differences between him and Carface.
  • All Men Are Perverts: In the sequel, he makes no hesitation during Sasha's number to jump up on stage and try to kiss her then and there. He doesn't get a chance, since he's a ghost and she can't see him, but it doesn't stop him from following her around and continuing to hit on her, eventually tricking her into kissing him, once he gets his magic collar from Red.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love:
    • A platonic one in the first movie Anne-Marie. He tells her in the gentlest way possible that he's dead and can no longer be with her on Earth but gives a solemn but genuine "I love you" to her before departing.
    • He sadly does a mutual Love Confession with Sasha in the sequel because they both think he's being sent back to Heaven for good. Thankfully, Annabelle allows him to return.
  • Anti-Hero: At first a Villain Protagonist, but mellows out quite a bit later on in the film and the sequels. He'd much rather spend his time goofing off than being a guardian angel, but when push comes to shove, he'll do the right thing every time.
  • Back from the Dead: Repeatedly, though the reason is always different.
  • Benevolent Boss: Charlie is a jerk, but he was praised for being a fair boss unlike Carface.
  • Big Guy, Little Guy: Downplayed with Itchy. Both are normal sizes for their dog species but Charlie is the Big Guy because he's a German Shepard mix while Itchy is the Little Guy due to being a Dachshund.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Subverted. He angrily states to Itchy that he's planning to dump Anne-Marie at an orphanage after he's done using her but it's clear to the audience that Charlie genuinely loves Anne-Marie.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: At the end of the first movie, he calls out the credit music when he and Annabelle are ascending to heaven...
    Charlie: Hold it, hold it... (Record Scratch) I know we're dead, but so is the music! Come on speed it up a little!
    Gospel Singer: Oh honey you know it!
    (Gospel choir commences to sing)
    Charlie: Yeah, that's nice, that's nice!
    • Likewise afterwards, after Annabelle warns Carface that he can never come back, Charlie looks directly at the audience announcing "He'll be back", winking to them before jumping off screen, leaving his Halo behind, which he reaches back to grab, pulling it off screen before the credits begin.
  • The Charmer: Distracts Annabelle long enough to grab his watch with compliments and dancing with her. He also does this to Anne-Marie to persuade her into talking to animals for him. (As opposed to Carface, who just uses threats).
  • Ear Notch: Charlie has two tears in his right ear.
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • Even before Charlie fully loves Anne-Marie, he is utterly indignant when she compares his treatment of her to Carface. Furthermore, many of their employees and customers at their casino remark that Charlie treats them better than Carface does.
    • In the animated series episode "Free Nelly", he is repulsed by the abusive way a circus owner treats his elephant.
  • Friend or Idol Decision: The finale of the first film forces him to choose between saving his watch or Anne-Marie. He attempts to Take a Third Option by pushing Anne-Marie out of the burning ship on a piece of flotsam and then trying to dive down to grab the watch before it stops instead of devoting all his energy to one of the other. While he fails to prevent his second death, his actions allow a reformed Killer the opportunity to paddle the girl the rest of the way to shore and are considered just noble enough by Heaven to give him a second chance.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: He and Itchy are more like brothers than boss/employees are even friends.
  • He-Man Woman Hater: In the episode "Miss Guidance", he comes off as rather sexist, making remarks about "Blue jobs" and "Pink jobs" which rightfully angers Sasha.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He sacrifices himself to save Anne-Marie, earning back his place in Heaven in the process.
    Annabelle: (her voice echoing from the Heavenly light) Charlie, Charlie. You can come home now.
    Charlie: But you said...?
    Anabelle: Charlie, you gave your life for her. Come home.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: Charlie will be the first to gripe about how being reformed has made his vice-filled life a little less fun, and complain about the sort of missions Annabelle sends him on, but he really is a changed dog who's grown increasingly willing to sacrifice himself for his friends, and he gets own sense of fulfillment whenever he and Itchy manage to change a kid's life for the better.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: His old partnership with Carface would certainly indicate that he suffered from this, not realizing Carface was actively trying to do away with him until after his first death has already occurred. It gets worse in the rest of the series, where despite his full knowledge that Carface is a thug and worse, his murderer, he still manages to find himself either blindly trusting the guy or reluctantly getting mixed up in his schemes even with this knowledge.
  • Informed Species: He is stated to be a mixed breed, "as mixed as they come" apparently. However he looks like a purebred German Shepard.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: In his review, Roger Ebert stated that Charlie not only contained the voice of Burt Reynolds, but a few of his mannerisms as well. Though of course this is true of all characters animated by Don Bluth.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's greedy and vindictive, but ultimately proves he's a good dog.
  • Karma Houdini: The first time he dies, he only gets to Heaven because he's a dog; Anabelle couldn't find any redeeming qualities in him.
  • Ladykiller in Love: The first movie shows he committed infidelity in the past, implying he was something of a womanizer prior to entering heaven. Now, he's in a committed relationship with Sasha.
  • Large Ham: Charlie-boy's got his moments, especially when he's got a zany scheme going on.
  • A Lighter Shade of Black: Prior to his first death he was really no better than Carface in terms of morals but generally doesn't cross the lines Carface does. He's a Benevolent Boss and runs the casino honestly in comparison to Carface's Bad Boss game rigging habits. And while it's implied he does this partially due to Pragmatic Villainy he honestly does take issue how badly Carface is willing to act.
  • Lovable Rogue: After Character Development, he settles into this. 'Cuz even with a higher moral compass, some bad habits just won't go away. After all, he's Charlie B. Barkin, conman extraordinaire!
  • Love Redeems: He comes to genuinely care for Anne-Marie, and that's what leads him to redeem himself.
  • May–December Romance: The age gap between them doesn't show outwardly, since Charlie stopped aging when he died in the first film, but Charlie is a good sixty years older than his girlfriend / mate, Sasha.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: In the despair points of both the first film and the second film, Charlie is horrified to discover that his previous selfish actions have put his child companions in grave danger of being killed by Carface and his ilk (not to mention, Red threatens every canine in Heaven and Earth). Charlie literally dies making sure Anne-Marie doesn't pay the price for his selfish mistakes, and he nearly does the same for David.
  • Mysterious Middle Initial: His middle name starts with a "B" and it's never touched upon.
  • The Nicknamer: He's implied to be the one who started referring to Ichiford as "Itchy", and calls Anne-Marie "Squeaker".
  • Pale Females, Dark Males: Charlie has darker fur in comparison to Sasha's.
  • Papa Wolf: Not at first, but by the climax of the first film, he pretty much takes on Carface's entire gang to save Anne-Marie. Granted, he gets a bit of help from King Gator, but still. He warms to David in the second film even quicker, and he does his best to protect him from Carface and Red.
  • Parental Substitute: Charlie becomes something of a doting father figure to Anne-Marie the more time they spend together.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: In the first film, this is part of the reason for his being a Benevolent Boss and running the casino honestly; Charlie believes that it's better and more effective to get things done the nice way rather than through bullying and violence
  • Punny Name: His last name, "Bark-in".
  • Really 700 Years Old: The first film is set in the 1930's while the second film and the TV series is set in the 1990's. Charlie doesn't look it, because he stopped aging a long time ago when he died, but he's actually a dog in his sixties for most of the franchise.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Itchy's blue.
  • Redemption Equals Death / Redemption Equals Life: He sacrifices himself to save Anne-Marie's life, thus fulfilling the Equals Death part; in the process, he earns his place in Heaven back, saving his afterlife from Hell. So his redemption both cost him his mortal life AND saved his afterlife.
  • Reformed, but Not Tamed: While Charlie has grown as a person and accepted his affiliation to heaven later in the franchise, he's still hardly above lying, cheating, stealing and generally getting into mischief. In fact, there are even times when Charlie weaponizes his vices and uses them for the greater good.
  • Revenge Before Reason: When he first dies, he's so obsessed with getting revenge on Carface for his murder that he willingly forsakes his place in Heaven to do so.
  • Running Gag: Pulls a disgusted face each time Anne-Marie kisses him on the cheek...until the finale, when it's heartwarmingly/breakingly subverted.
  • Snap Back: In the first film he dismisses staying in Heaven both due to wanting revenge and finding the prospect of eternal paradise boring. At the end of the film, however, he's come to appreciate it. When the sequel rolls around, however, he's right back to complaining about the lack of excitement and conspiring to return to the world of the living — though come the sequel, Heaven is depicted as a much less peaceful, pleasant place.
  • Soul Jar: His watch functions as one. As long as it's intact he's immortal, but if it's destroyed he would be Dragged Off to Hell.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: During the Christmas Special; upon finding out about Carface's Dark and Troubled Past, Charlie, though not to Itchy's extent, does feel sorry for him and acknowledge he's sad. That being said, he also points out that it doesn't excuse Carface's heinous actions, especially since plenty of other dogs have had bad childhoods and turned out just fine.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In the span of two films, Charlie-boy here goes from punching out gangster bulldogs to outlasting Old Scratch himself. Now that's badass!
  • Took a Level in Cheerfulness: While he's still the most cynical member of the main cast, Charlie has become a happier and more laidback canine during the TV series, since he's living a good life on Earth with Itchy, Sasha and David, while occasionally doing some good on one of the missions Annabelle forces him on.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Not unlike Carface, Charlie was initially a heartless and self-centered gangster. Caring for Anne-Marie and growing to see her as a person instead of a tool for revenge finally causes Charlie to become a more compassionate and empathetic person. While Charlie still has his moments of thoughtlessness and selfishness in the sequel and TV series, he never reaches the same level of dickishness as his first movie self, and he's a lot quicker to put himself in difficult spots for his friends and the people he helps.
  • Villain Protagonist: He was Carface's partner in crime and spends most of the first movie pursuing revenge. His life book in heaven calls him a greedy for money, no-good scoundrel. Character Development later kicks in, and though still flawed, he sheds his worst aspects for good.

    Itchy Itchiford
Voiced by: Dom De Luise
First appearance: All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989)
Last appearance: An All Dogs Christmas Carol (1998)

A paranoid, nervous and cowardly Dachshund.

  • Alliterative Name: Itchy Itchiford.
  • Ambiguously Jewish: He has a distinctly New York Jewish accent, mentions bar mitzvahs, and sure can kvetch.
  • Back from the Dead: At first, he turns down a chance at this because he lived a full life and is content to remain in Heaven. However, in the series, he's living on Earth with Charlie to carry out his angelic missions.
  • Big Guy, Little Guy: Downplayed with Itchy. Both are normal sizes for their dog species but Itchy is the Little Guy because he's a Dachshund while Charlie is the Big Guy due to being a German Shepard mix.
  • Butt-Monkey: He gets bossed around by Charlie, Carface's gang beat him up and then Charlie leaves him a second time when he gets taken to heaven at the end of the movie.
  • Character Development: In the first film, Itchy had moments of being a whiny and cynical despite being initially a loyal and reliable friend to Charlie, but he was also a total doormat when it came to following Charlie's whims, until he tore into him in the last act. After the sixty year time skip, Itchy has become a nicer person in the sequel, but he's also grown more assertive when it comes to calling Charlie out on his terrible decisions. Eventually, after spending two movies being dragged along, helping Charlie out with his problems, Itchy finally makes a decision for himself to part ways with his best friend and live his (after)life the way he wants to in Heaven.
  • The Complainer Is Always Wrong: Subverted. People rarely ever listen to Itchy, Charlie included, to his frustration, but Itchy usually brings up some very good points about Charlie putting his own desires ahead of everyone else's safety. In both movies, Charlie could have saved himself a lot of trouble if he had just listened to his friend for once, which Itchy points out to him.
  • The Conscience: In the first film, Itchy served as the often ignored voice of reason in the gang. In the second film and the TV series, Itchy took on the unofficial role of Charlie's conscience, reminding him of his moral obligations to Heaven that he would keep trying to blow off.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Helps him cope with the insanity Charlie and others put him through.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Gets run through the wringer constantly throughout the first film, ever loyal to Charlie but suffering horribly for it as he watches his best friend get murdered, inexplicably return to life, and is beaten to within an inch of his life when Carface comes after them and Anne-Marie. Before it's all over, he's forced to watch his best friend die again as Charlie gives up his life to save Anne-Marie. After having lost everything, he finally finds a home with Anne-Marie, entrusted to her care by Charlie before he returns to Heaven.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: He and Charlie are more like brothers than boss/employees are even friends.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: As he spells out in his What the Hell, Hero? speech, he saw all the grief that happened to them coming, repeatedly warning Charlie against his revenge plot, and only went through with it because he wanted to be there for his friend. Before that, he draws up the blueprints for and builds his and Charlie's new casino by himself.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: At least in the original movie (the sequels would make him more kind, thoughtful and reasonable). He's significantly more abrasive and resentful than Charlie, especially to Anne-Marie, whom he treats like a burden, but he's undeniably caring and loyal to Charlie.
  • The Lancer: To Charlie.
  • Lovable Coward: At times. Just look at how easily he panics in certain moments.
  • Meaningful Name: Poor guy seems perpetually bothered by fleas.
  • Nervous Wreck: Not so much in the original movie, where he's more of a Deadpan Snarker and arguably more of a bitter personality than Charlie, as much as in the sequel and series, which play up his neuroses, haplessness and short legs.
  • Nice Guy: He evolves into this in the sequels, becoming the friendly and reasonable foil to Charlie's petty and selfish Deadpan Snarker.
  • Nice Hat: A red cap he keeps backwards.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Charlie's red.
  • Retcon: Itchiford in only his last name in the sequels. In the first movie, it's his first name (which is what Itchy is short for) and his last name is Dachshund.
  • Servile Snarker: Towards Charlie at times and especially towards Anne-Marie.
  • Species Surname: In the first movie, his name is Itchiford "Itchy" Dachshund. The later installments made Itchiford his last name.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: The opening of the second film depicts him arriving in Heaven after choking on a chicken bone.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Itchy is much, much nicer in the sequels and animated series compared to how he was a greedy jerk in the original movie.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Delivers a tearful speech to Charlie about his neglect, as well as the fact that Charlie's love for Anne-Marie has put Itchy and the casino in jeopardy.

Voiced by: Judith Barsi (speaking voice), Lana Beeson (singing voice)
First Appearance: All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989)
Last appearance: All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989)

A 6-year-old orphan girl with the ability to talk to and understand animals.

  • Affectionate Nickname: Charlie calls her "Squeaker".
  • All-Loving Hero: Anne-Marie is a loving and compassionate young girl who is a Friend to All Living Things and one of her goals is to create orphanages.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: A platonic one to Charlie. When the dog tells her in the gentlest way that he must officially depart from the living, Anne-Marie gives him a sad "I love you" before he leaves.
  • Animal Motifs: Anne-Marie is given two, but subtle motifs in dogs and rabbits.
    • Dogs are the most overt given she was cared for by Carface and Charlie, both canines before being Happily Adopted. While she's a Friend to All Living Things, dogs are the ones she's seen the most with. Her "I Want" Song has her imagining a life with Kate, Harold, Flo, and the puppies. And the reason she is given proper care in the climax is because Itchy, Flo, and other dogs went to Kate and Harold to get help.
    • She also has a small rabbit motif throughout the movie. Most prominently would be her toy rabbit and, more subtly, the bunny slippers she wears while eating with the "Wallet Family".
  • Cheerful Child: After Charlie rescues her, she's usually rather cheery, unless she finds out he's lied to her. Which unfortunately is often.
  • Children Are Innocent: Anne-Marie is an innocent, naive 6-year-old girl.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Anne-Marie isn't even namedropped in the sequels.
  • Companion Cube: Has a toy rabbit, which seems to be the only possession she owns.
  • The Cutie: Even her pouty faces are downright adorable!
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Whatever happened to her birth parents is unknown and she was somehow found and kept prisoner by Carface who exploited her ability to speak with animals.
  • Every Proper Lady Should Curtsy: Does this whenever she meets someone new. This got featured as an image on one of the DVD covers.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Shows genuine concern over the rats, frogs, horses and other animals she speaks with. This becomes important in the climax, when all the other dogs who hear about her kidnapping pass the messages across almost the whole city.
  • Happily Adopted: It's implied at the film's end that she'll be adopted by "the wallet family."
  • Heartwarming Orphan: She has no parents, and being adopted is her motivation in helping Charlie.
  • Heroes Love Dogs: Given Anne-Marie is a Friend to All Living Things, she is kind and nurturing towards canines.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Justified in that she's a little girl and inclined to see the best in everyone, but she tends to believe whatever she's told. Charlie lies to her quite a few times, and whenever she calls him out on it, she's quick to buy whatever fresh excuse he comes up with.
  • Ill Girl: Near the end of the film, she contracts what Flo suspects to be pneumonia. Running out into a rainstorm after overhearing Charlie declare he didn't really care about her doesn't help.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Fitting for an innocent, trusting child like her.
  • I See Dead People: In the ending of the first movie, the last time she sees Charlie, he's already dead since he sacrificed himself to save her earlier. Thus, this means Anne-Marie was talking to Charlie's spirit.
  • Meal Ticket: How Carface and (initially) Charlie see her, as they want to use her ability to talk with animals to make money.
  • Morality Pet: She becomes Charlie's. Which is ironic, since she's a human and refers to Charlie as "her dog" to other people.
  • Nice Girl: A very sweet and kind girl.
  • Parental Abandonment: And we never do find out what happened to her parents.
  • Pauper Patches: She's first seen clothed in scraps and rags, kept prisoner in The Villain's riverboat-turned-casino. She gets much better clothes once the Wallet couple adopts her.
  • Primary-Color Champion: Her clothing consists of her yellow bow, blue vest with a white t-shirt underneath, and a red dress with yellow patches.
  • Rags to Riches: Downplayed. She's an orphaned girl who lives in horrible conditions. By the end of the film, it's implied she's Happily Adopted by the "wallet family" who are shown to live in a luxurious house.
  • Raised by Wolves: Downplayed. It's ambiguous about what happened to her biological parents but she was taken in and cared for by Carface and, later Charlie, before being Happily Adopted by Kate and Harold.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: A very cute-looking girl with pale skin, huge blue eyes and dark hair.
  • Shopping Montage: Charlie takes her out and buys her a bunch of new clothes, theoretically so she can get parents.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: The entire reason Carface kidnapped her was so she could use this ability to help him win big at the races. She can't, however, understand foreign languages some animals might have. As she put it, the rats throwing her and Charlie to King Gator "talk funny", so she couldn't convince them to stop.
  • Totem Pole Trench: Dons a fake mustache and stands on top of Itchy and Charlie so they can place a bet on a horse race.

    Carface Carruthers
Voiced by: Vic Tayback (1st film), Ernest Borgnine (Sequels & TV series)
First appearance: All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989)
Last appearance: An All Dogs Christmas Carol (1998)

A shifty, psychotic mixed American Pit Bull Terrier/Bulldog gangster.

  • Alliterative Name: Carface Carruthers.
  • And There Was Much Rejoicing: Charlie, as the Ghost of Christmas Future, shows him that in a Bad Future where he went along with Belladonna's plan and didn't pull a Heel–Face Turn, this was the reaction to his death.
  • Bad Boss: Constantly abuses his minions, and it's Killer who takes the brunt of his abuse. It's also mentioned in the first film that he treats his customers at the casino very poorly, especially without Charlie to get in his way.
  • Big Bad: Of the first movie. While he doesn't return to this status, both sequels keep him in a rather important role...minus Villain Decay. Shifts to Anti-Villain in the TV Series and finally performs a Heel–Face Turn in the Christmas Special.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: He's a pretty vicious gangster to start of with, though as the afterlife mythos continue into the franchise, he finds himself playing second fiddle to literal demons and spirits, who are both far stronger than he can ever hope to be and are motivated by evil for its own sake rather than simple greed.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: He betrays and sells out Charlie multiple times across the entire series.
  • Cigar Chomper: Is almost never seen without a stogie in his mouth.
  • Deal with the Devil: Makes one with Red in the sequel for a collar allowing him to remain physical on Earth. He didn't know he was selling his literal soul at the time...Red did.
    • Heavily implied to happen again in the TV series when Belladonna introduces herself as Carface's new boss.
    • Kind of makes one with Belladonna in the third movie. In exchange for getting all the Christmas gifts in the city, he was supposed to help her ruin Christmas. But he underwent a Heel–Face Turn before he could.
  • Demoted to Dragon: In the sequel he's Red's lackey, and in the series he's demoted to Belladonna's.
  • The Don: He was the top dog in New Orleans' canine criminal underworld in the first film.
  • Dragged Off to Hell: Suffers this fate in the second film when Red cashes in his Deal with the Devil and claims his soul. They never explain how he got back...
  • Eaten Alive: King Gator eats him at the end of the first movie.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: The Christmas Special reveals he actually really loved and missed his mother. At the end, after his Heel–Face Turn, he goes to visit her.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He's a horrible person, but the idea of his actions directly resulting in the death of a young crippled puppy in Christmas Carol horrifies him.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Charlie. Both are jerkish gangster who love money and use the young Anne-Marie's gift for speaking with animals for their own personal gain. However, Charlie was a Benevolent Boss and came to be loving and protective over Anne-Marie while Carface is a Bad Boss who only sees the young girl as a way to make money.
  • Evil Is Petty: In the sequel, his only major plan in regards to Gabriel's horn is using it to "open any safe or bank vault in the world." Red criticizes him for this, having far bigger plans than such "entry-level wickedness."
  • Evil Minions: While the Big Bad of the first film, whenever a new Big Bad shows up afterwards, he and Killer normally become their minion. In the second movie, it was to Red and in the series, it's normally for Belladonna. Though in the third film, he gets promoted to The Dragon.
  • Evil Sounds Raspy: He has the voice of a chronic smoker.
  • Exit, Pursued by a Bear: When we last see him alive, he's chased by King Gator.
  • Family-Friendly Firearms: He owns a laser gun in the form of a Thompson SMG. Yeah...
  • Fat Bastard: A short, stocky dog who is the petty, murderous Big Bad of the first movie.
  • Fisher King: The casino under his management is pretty poorly run. The dogs that win their bets are given poor meat, the tables are rigged and Carface uses Anne-Marie to get inside information on bets so he can fix em and keep all the profits for himself. Something Charlie notices after hearing the complaints of the patrons yet seeing that Carface's operation wasn't suffering for it.
  • Flanderization: In the first movie, Carface was calculating and murderous, with only the occasional cartoonish moments. Through the second movie and the TV series, he becomes more and more of a petty buffoon, to the point he is outright considered pathetic enough to be redeemable in the Christmas Special.
  • Freudian Excuse: Revealed in the Christmas Special. He was thrown out of his owner's house on Christmas as a pup because his owner didn't watch him and blamed everything on him. The scene is surprisingly heartbreaking because he still dreams his owner stood up for him instead of what really happened. Even Itchy (who was playing Ghost of Christmas Past) is left feeling bad for him afterwards.
  • Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: It's revealed in the Christmas Special that when Carface was a puppy, he was thrown out of his owner's house on Christmas because his owner didn't watch him and blamed everything on him. The scene is surprisingly heartbreaking because he still dreams his owner stood up for him instead of what really happened. Even Itchy (who was playing Ghost of Christmas Past) is left feeling bad for him afterwards. Charlie admits that what happened to him was horrible, but point out that a lot of dogs had a bad childhood, but they didn't all turn out nasty.
  • Greed: His main motivation in the first movie. He and Charlie were business partners initially and ran their own casino together. But he wanted it all to himself. So he framed Charlie for a crime that got him sent to prison. But when he broke out, he resorted to murder. His first thought of what to do with Gabriel's horn is to go on a bank robbery spree.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Attempts one at the end of the second film, but he gets dragged down to Hell in the midst of a peaceful conversation with Charlie. He finally pulls it off in the Christmas Special. He insists it's just a one time thing however, though since it was the Grand Finale, we never find out for sure.
  • Heel Realization: In the Christmas Special, it's revealed that Carface was thrown out of his home as a puppy because his owner blamed him for everything. Because of this, he's very sympathetic for the crippled young puppy Timmy, and is happy to see that he has a more caring family. He's thus horrified when he's shown the future and sees that his scam led to harming Timmy and his family. This causes Carface to reform and help stop Belladonna's plans to hypnotize every dog in San Francisco.
  • Laughably Evil: Moreso in the sequels, though he has his moments in the first movie as well. Part of this comes from being completely outclassed by far more powerful, dangerous demons.
  • The Only One: In the third movie, he's the only one who can stop Belladonna. Justified in that Charlie and company had no idea were she was hiding and he was the only one close enough to her to do it (as Belladonna is far too powerful for Charlie and friends to directly go up against). Naturally they had to make him perform a Heel–Face Turn to do it.
  • Redemption Equals Life: Ghost of Christmas Future (Charlie), revealed that if he hadn't changed, he was doomed to die and go to Hell before the next Christmas. His Heel–Face Turn saved both his earthly life and his afterlife.
  • The Scrooge: In The Christmas Special, naturally.
  • Shout-Out: His name is a pun on the movie Scarface.
  • Smug Snake: In the first movie.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: When he realizes Anna Marie has been stolen, he screams that he's surrounded by morons.
  • Took a Level in Badass: After suffering Villain Decay in the second film and being an Anti-Villain in the series, he actually becomes a good bit more threatening in the third film (though still not as much as he was in the original film). Though it also ends with him pulling a Heel–Face Turn.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: Is a legitimately dangerous thug in the first movie; by the second, not only is he in league with an infinitely more dangerous villain who has him at his mercy, but he unknowingly sold his soul in exchange for the collar that allowed him to return to his mortal self. This ignorance comes back to bite him bigtime later.
  • Unexplained Recovery: The second film ends with him being Dragged Off to Hell as per his deal with Red, only for him to be back on Earth during the series with no explanation. His servitude to Belladonna would imply she released him for her purposes however.
  • Villain Decay: Heaven must've made him go soft, seeing how he goes from being the Big Bad and a competent gangster to being a bumbling Evil Minion to both Red and Belladonna.
    • Justified on both cases, seeing as how a mere gangster like him couldn't possibly muscle his way against either type of villain (though neither of them are as competent or menancing as he was in the first movie). Given his own background, it's not a stretch to assume that Carface is used to "playing the game" of survival, as he puts it himself.
  • Who's on First?: In a surprising display of stupidity, he sided with Red on the second movie on the assumption failure would lead to the loss of his sole. Suffice to say, he joins his hellish master.

Voiced by: Charles Nelson Reilly
First appearance: All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989)
Last appearance: An All Dogs Christmas Carol (1998)

A misnamed, cowardly, neurotic and bespectacled Schnauzer/poodle hybrid.

  • Only One Name: The rest of the dogs all have last names. Killer on the other hand is Killer.....Just Killer.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • He doesn't seem to approve of Carface's treatment of Anne-Marie.
    • In the Christmas Special, he willingly gets Carface a Christmas present in spite of his constant abuse from him. Even Carface himself is bewildered by this.
  • Put on a Bus: He's inexplicably absent in the second film, but returns for the TV series.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: Briefly does this when he mentions that he has a ray gun.
  • Straw Loser: Despite Carface's Villain Decay in the TV series, he still looks rather conniving and sinister next to Killer.
  • Villain Decay: Killer was already low on the evil side of things in the first film (where he was pitiful, but at least eager to help murder Charlie), but when Carface got demoted to his Bumbling Sidekick role with Belladonna in the TV series, Killer got demoted even further down.

Voiced by: Melba Moore (1st film), Bebe Neuwirth (Sequels & TV series)
First appearance: All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989)
Last appearance: An All Dogs Christmas Carol (1998)

The archangel dog in Heaven.

  • Beware the Nice Ones:
    (to Carface) "I said... TOUCH THAT CLOCK AND YOU CAN NEVER COME BACK!!!"
  • Big Good: The closest the series has to one. She's seemingly in charge of the day-to-day affairs of Heaven, including registering the newly deceased.
  • Characterisation Marches On: In the first movie, she comes off as something of a Bunny-Ears Lawyer, and in spite of having shades of pious overconfidence, she's way more ditzy and fun-loving, even enjoying Charlie dancing and flirting with her, compared to the sequels' authority figure who can seldom stand his nonsense.
  • Flanderization: She became more uptight and regal after the first film, the change in voice actress exacerbating it.
  • Great Big Book of Everything: Has one that keeps record of the past, present, and future of all dogs.
  • Light Is Good: Being an honest-to-goodness angel makes her one, naturally.
  • Magic Mirror: Annabelle can communicate with Charlie and Itchy using any reflective surface, and has used such surfaces to get between Heaven and Earth...
  • Not So Omniscient After All: Claims to be omniscient, and yet is completely taken by surprise when Charlie steals and rewinds his watch. She is also reduced to a Damsel in Distress with the other dog spirits by Red in the sequel, again failing to anticipate Charlie's carelessness.
  • Off-Model: In all three installments, the animators can't decide if her ears are tied up in her ponytail or she simply has no ears at all.
    • Actually, she does have small, pointed ears in the first movie. So, in all other installments, she is drawn without ears.
  • Only One Name: She's only called "Whippet Angel" in the credits of the first movie. She doesn't get the name Annabelle until the sequel.
  • Our Angels Are Different: A pink whippet, at that!
  • Pink Means Feminine: She has pink fur.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: Casually mentions how little she thinks of humans compared to dogs, saying that unlike people, dogs are fundamentally good and kind and loving. To her credit, she's right...barring Carface. And the Hellhound. And Belladonna if you take the sequels as canon.

    King Gator
Voiced by: Ken Page
First appearance: All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989)
Last appearance: All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989)

An American big lipped alligator and voodoo witch doctor, living below the streets of New Orleans.

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Towards poor Charlie...
  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: A green alligator.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Shows up just in time to bite through the ropes tying Charlie to an anchor, sink Carface's ship, and eat him.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: He loves singing and dancing a lot in the style of an opera singer and he has a No Indoor Voice (He even asks Charlie if he finds his voice sounds like a baritone or a tenor).
  • Camp Gay: With a capital G! He's effeminate, flamboyant, wears makeup and eye shadow and puts on a fabulous Esther Williams-style musical number, all while clearly flirting with Charlie.
  • Gag Lips: He has massive red lips, hence the "big lipped" part of Big-Lipped Alligator Moment.
  • Gentle Giant: At least if you get onto his good side. Once he decides that he like Charlie, he spares his life and, later, saves him from Carface.
  • Heel–Face Turn: He was about to eat Charlie at first, but after hearing him howl, he thinks he's a "fellow singer" and decides to spare him.
  • Homage: His first scene starts as one to King Kong. Once it goes off the rails, it becomes one to Esther Williams.
  • Large Ham: Both literally and figuratively speaking.
  • Never Smile at a Crocodile: He's a genuine threat to Charlie at first, almost eating him.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: It's heavily implied he eats Carface.
  • Pet the Dog: Once he decides not to eat Charlie, he's surprisingly loyal; it's him who bails Charlie out when he's overwhelmed by Carface's gang. (And he manages to knock the cage Anne-Marie's in off the ceiling.)
  • Sapient Eat Sapient: He would have eaten Charlie and Anne-Marie, but Charlie's howl, which he found beautiful, made him change his mind. It's strongly implied that he finally ate the (also sapient) Carface.
  • Sewer Gator: He lives in the sewers of New Orleans.
  • That Reminds Me of a Song: He seems to be pretty prone to this: when Charlie howls piercingly as he's about to eat him, that's what gives him a "biiiiig thriiiilll"!
  • Trrrilling Rrrs: As part of his hammy way of talking, he rolls his R-s.

    The Hellhound
Voiced by: Dan Molina
First Appearance: All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989)
Last appearance: All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989)

The series' equivalent of the Devil who appears in Charlie's nightmare and intends to drag him off to Hell.

  • Animalistic Abomination: He is a draconic, dog-like entity born from fire and brimstone.
  • Cumulonemesis: In the living world, he manifests as a large black cloud of smoke.
  • Dragons are Demonic: He takes the appearance of an enormous canine dragon.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: He only has a few lines, most of which are whispered, but, at full volume, his voice is spine-chillingly deep and booming.
  • Fog of Doom: His appearance in the world of the living.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: As the canine equivalent of the Devil, he is essentially evil incarnate. Presumably, he is superior to all the other demonic characters.
  • Knight of Cerebus: While Carface has a few comedic moments, the Hellhound only ever appears to torture Charlie's soul.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: He is terrifying beyond belief and positively traumatising in the extended cut.
  • Obviously Evil: Being the Devil will do that to you.
  • Pet the Dog: He allows Charlie to say goodbye to Anne-Marie before he claims his soul.
  • Satan: Of the canine variety.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: Charlie's nightmare sequence was shortened for fear of children being scarred for life by this character who only appears on-screen for a few seconds as it is.
  • Voice of the Legion: While on his own turf. Otherwise, he uses an equally creepy whisper.
  • Wreathed in Flames: He emerges out of the fires of Hell and appears as a fiery cloud when he comes to claim Charlie's soul.
  • Your Soul Is Mine: In the extended version of his first appearance, he declares this as he lunges at Charlie through the river of lava.

    Kate and Harold 
Voiced by: Earleen Carey (Kate) and Rob Fuller (Harold)
First Appearance: All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989)
Last appearance: All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989)

A kindly married couple who care for Anne-Marie.

  • Babies Ever After: Downplayed. The ending of the first movie heavily implies that they adopted Anne-Marie.
  • Happily Married: Implied. Their relationship isn't expanded on, but the few times they are shown onscreen together suggests this trope. Harold keeps a picture of their wedding in his wallet, they are shown lovingly intertwined with each other at the park, and hold each other whenever they talk or for comfort.
  • Mama Bear: Kate's maternal instincts for Anne-Marie show when asking the latter about her living conditions when they first meet and when the young girl comes to her and Harold's home. Once Kate becomes aware, she then tells her husband they can't let her go back in such conditions. When Itchy brings Anne-Marie's rabbit toy as a sign that the girl needs help in the climax, Kate and Harold immediately rush to where she is along with calling the police and ambulance.
  • Nice Guy: Both of them have shown to be kind and sweet people.
  • Papa Wolf: When his wife states that they can't let Anne-Marie go back to such ill living conditions, he immediately agrees with her and starts suggesting accommodations for the young girl. When Itchy brings Anne-Marie's rabbit toy as a sign that the girl needs help in the climax, he and Kate immediately rush to where she is along with calling the police and ambulance.
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Mostly shown in their pajama garb — Kate still wears all pink while Harold is all blue.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Kate's outfits all are pink, she wears pink nail polish, and has a classic feminine design.


Introduced in the sequel movie

Voiced by: Adam Wylie
First appearance: All Dogs Go to Heaven 2 (1996)
Last appearance: "All Dogs Go to Heaven: The Series'' (1996 – 1998)

A lonely 8-year-old human boy and Sasha's owner. He believes that Charlie and Itchy are his guardian angels sent to get him back home.

  • The Artful Dodger: Seriously. The way he and his dogs broke Gabriel's horn out of the Lost and Found station was awesome!
  • Cheerful Child: Like Anne-Marie before him, he begins to show his brighter side after befriending Charlie.
  • Child Prodigy: David's an 8-year-old kid and a talented amateur magician.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: To Anne-Marie. Both are the main human characters after Charlie, who act something of a Morality Pet and even surrogate child to the wild canine. Anne-Marie was an orphaned girl before being Happily Adopted, had an ability to understand animals, and never saw Charlie again after his Heroic Sacrifice. David ran away from home because he believed his stepmom didn't like him, is a talented amateur magician, didn't have the innate ability to talk to animals, and adopted Charlie and Sasha at the end of the sequel.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: David's blue eyes match his friendly, cheerful demeanor.
  • Nice Guy: David is a kind, brave, and heroic individual.
  • Parental Abandonment: Subverted. His birth mother passed away, and he's having trouble adjusting to his stepmom because he thinks she dislikes him. Thankfully, he's proven wrong at the end.
  • Parent with New Paramour: David was under the belief that his stepmother didn't love him and ran away some time after learning she and his father were having another baby.
  • The Runaway: He ran away from home under the notion his family didn't want him. Thankfully, he's proven wrong as they both greatly miss and have been frantically looking for him since.
  • Stage Magician: The boy's surprisingly gifted with cards and other assorted tricks common with the magician trade, though the only time he's seen dressing as one is during his song number "Easy Street".
  • Strong Family Resemblance: David looks like a younger, shorter version of his father.

Voiced by: George Hearn
First appearance: All Dogs Go to Heaven 2 (1996)
Last appearance: All Dogs Go to Heaven 2 (1996)

A powerful demon cat from Hell and the main antagonist. He wants to imprison the dogs of Heaven and drag them into Hell.

    Sasha La Fleur
Voiced by: Sheena Easton
First appearance: All Dogs Go to Heaven 2 (1996)
Last appearance: An All Dogs Christmas Carol (1998)

A beautiful Irish Setter, serene lounge singer and Charlie's love interest in the sequel.

  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Despite claiming she wants a sophisticated, intelligent, respectful and romantic dog to be her man, she also admits that part of the reason she's attracted to Charlie is because he's a swaggering, charismatic rogue.
  • Ambiguous Syntax: She tells Charlie she's "got a kid" in an effort to get rid of him. Charlie interprets this as her being a single mother, only to discover that said kid is human ("She's got a kid kid!").
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: She sadly does a mutual Love Confession with Charlie in the sequel because they both think he's being sent back to Heaven for good. Thankfully, Annabelle allows him to return.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Her last name is French for "the flower." Like a flower, she's very beautiful.
  • The Chanteuse: Canine example. She earns her living this way in order to provide for David, a runaway young boy whom she's developed a close fondness for.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Whenever a character (usually Charlie) does or says something that annoys her, she'll respond with biting wit.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: In a manner of speaking. Charlie doesn't exactly make a great first impression on her, as he spends most of their early scenes together more-or-less sexually harassing her (feeding her cheesy pickup lines, following her home, tricking her into kissing him), so she understandably can't stand him at first. Through the events of the film, especially with how he helps her take care of David, she sees his better qualities and eventually falls for him.
  • Does Not Like Men: Her entire introduction song "Count Me Out" is about how she's not interested in a relationship. Presumably, she dislikes most of the male dogs she's met because most of them are jerks. Charlie is initially no exception, but she warms to him once his nobler qualities start to come on display.
  • Head-Turning Beauty: Is this trope to canines as evidenced during her debut song Count Me Out. Her entire musical number is drowned out by the onslaught of cat-calls and wolf-whistles she gets from her male audience.
  • Iconic Sequel Character: She was absent in the first movie, though after debuting in the second movie, she stuck as a main character in the TV series.
  • Informed Species: Is stated to be an Irish Setter, but looks more like a Saluki.
  • Lyrical Dissonance: Her entire musical act is a silky, seductive number with lyrics that say, in a no shortage of ways, "Go away and leave me alone."
  • Pale Females, Dark Males: Sasha's fur color is noticeably lighter than Charlie's
  • Plucky Girl: Maybe not Manic Pixie Dream Girl level of optimism, but she's nonetheless optimistic despite her less-than-ideal life as a street dog, going out of her way to care for a runaway human child without expecting anything in return. She even perks Charlie up when she senses his depression, leading to their Falling-in-Love Montage.
  • The Tease: Subverted in that it's All Part of the Show. She'll flirt and flounce during her musical number, but isn't otherwise flirtatious.

Introduced in sequel shorts and TV series

Voiced by: Taylor Epperson
First appearance: An All Dogs Christmas Carol (1998)
Last appearance: An All Dogs Christmas Carol (1998)

A crippled puppy who nevertheless doesn't complain about it. He is Martha's pet.

  • Expy: He's based off of Tiny Tim from the original A Christmas Carol.
  • Morality Chain: To Carface. Timmy is a pup who is put in jeopardy by Carface's greed in the third film, which is ultimately what convinces him to perform his Heel–Face Turn and save Christmas. He even yells "This is for Timmy!" when he destroys Belladonna's machine, showing how important the little guy ended up being to him.
  • Morality Pet: He ends up being this to Carface.
  • Nice Guy: A sweet puppy.

Voiced by: Bebe Neuwirth
First appearance: All Dogs Go to Heaven: The Series (1996 – 1998)
Last appearance: An All Dogs Christmas Carol (1998)

Annabelle's evil cousin.

  • Bad Boss: During "I Always Get Emotional At Christmas Time", she puts her minions through quite a bit of abuse.
  • Bowdlerize: Does she ever say "Hell"? No. She's Anabelle's evil counterpart, and Anabelle is from Heaven. But then again, can you imagine her appearing in the hell sequence of the original?
    • Flanderization: That could mean she was the red demon at the end of the original.
  • Big Bad: Of the Christmas Special and serves as close to a Big Bad as the series got after she showed up.
  • "Blackmail" Is Such an Ugly Word: When Anabelle calls her 'doggone bad', she replies she's not bad, she's 'morally challenged'.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: She's working for the same side as Red, this is a given.
  • The Corrupter: Most of her appearances revolve around trying to lure Charlie to her side.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil:
    Belladonna: Think of my organization as an equal opportunity employer. No matter who you are or what you want to be; when you join with me, it's always an easy ride.
  • Eviler Than Thou: Much like Red, when she shows up the heroes are well aware that she's way worse than Carface is and consider her a much bigger threat than him. Shows in the Christmas Carol: Carface didn't realize until it was nearly too late than Belladonna's plan wasn't just to ruin Christmas, but ruin the lives of every dog in the city, which would've resulted in at least one death (and of a child at that). Carface is actually horrified by this. She shows on multiple occasions to be every bit as murderous as Carface was in the first film (including attempting to run a dog through a dog food making machine) but much much stronger.
  • Evil Laugh: Has a pretty nice one.
  • Evil Is Easy: Has an entire Villain Song devoted to telling Charlie this trope.
  • Evil Twin: Well, cousin, technically, but she and Annabelle look near-identical despite being polar opposites.
  • Fallen Angel: While not outright stated, she replies to Annabelle telling Charlie to think of heaven while trying to pull him back from Belladonna's tempting that she's 'flown there done that', implying she was an angel before becoming a demon.
  • Final Boss: Is the final villain in the franchise, serving as the antagonist of the Grand Finale Christmas special.
  • For the Evulz: Anything she does that isn't to lure Charlie to her side or get one over on her cousin (and possibly even that too) is this.
    • When Annabelle first describes how Belladonna's goal is to ruin her Heavenly organization, the latter replies that "a girl needs a hobby," which implies that she really is just doing it for fun.
  • Good Wings, Evil Wings: While Anabelle is sometimes depicted with angelic wings, Belladonna has demonic wings. She also seems to get much more use out of hers.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: She wears a leather jacket wherever she goes.
  • Hellhound: While her cousin is an angel, she's a demon.
  • Kill It with Ice: Her weakness is to cold, but due to how strong she is it took getting an extremely large amount dropped on her to defeat her. Still counts though, and her Mooks turn to ash on contact with light snow.
  • Made of Temptation: Her first try at getting Charlie on her side, by offering him all the meat he can eat (as well as an easier path, but meat was the main thing).
  • Magic Mirror: Belladonna can use reflective surfaces in a similar method to Annabelle.
  • Mooks: Fire Imps in the Christmas Special, though Carface and Killer normally fill this role for her (though Carface somewhat got promoted to The Dragon status in the third film).
  • Meaningful Name: Named for the belladonna flower, aka "deadly nightshade." Like the character, it has a pretty-sounding name and an appealing bluish-purple color, but is deathly toxic.
  • One-Winged Angel: Transforms into a giant Naga-like creature to try and kill Carface after his Heel–Face Turn. However, she took her eyes off her cousin and ended up defeated pretty quickly because of it.
  • Our Demons Are Different: Usually described as a "witch" instead, but the executives aren't fooling anyone, what with her infernal attributes, corrupting influence, implication of being a Fallen Angel...
  • Playing with Fire: Because she's a demon. She can use sufficiently large enough flames to go between Hell and Earth.
  • Reality Warper: A low level one.
  • Sdrawkcab Name: Sort of; her name reverses the syllables of Annabelle's name, not the letters.
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: She's Anabelle's cousin but outside of the leather vest, wings and color, they look more like twins.
  • Villain Song: "Take the Easy Way Out" and "I Always Get Emotional At Christmas Time".
  • Villainous Breakdown: Flying into a homicidal rage is her normal manner of dealing with her plan falling through.
  • We Can Rule Together: Since her first appearance, she's wanted Charlie to work for her team, and has gone to great lengths to do so.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Her plan in the Christmas Carol would've directly resulted in the death of a crippled puppy, and no matter what she intended to get him thrown out of his house and onto the streets. Notably this is a line even Carface didn't want to cross.

Voiced by: Tress MacNeille
First appearance: All Dogs Go to Heaven: The Series (1996 – 1998)
Last appearance: All Dogs Go to Heaven: The Series (1996 – 1998)

Itchy's girlfriend.

  • Deadpan Snarker: She can easily go toe-to-toe with Charlie, Itchy and Sasha in the sarcasm department.


    Lance The Wonder Pup 

  • Identical Stranger: To Charlie Barkin.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Or dog in his case. He's a showdog yet is clearly upset that his master's child can't play with him.
  • Nice Guy: One of the nicest characters in the animated series despite only appearing in the episode "Trading Collars"

Alternative Title(s): All Dogs Go To Heaven 2


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