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This is the character sheet for the DreamWorks/Aardman film Chicken Run.

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Voiced By: Julia Sawalha

The unofficial leader of the chickens, who is determined to escape and free her fellow chickens.

  • Action Girl: Never shies away from any action, despite being a chicken.
  • Animal Nemesis: To Mr. Tweedy.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: Gives one to Rocky after the chickens escape Tweedy's farm for leaving her.
  • Badass in Charge: Leads the others into escaping with nothing but determination and brains.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Rocky.
  • Break the Cutie: Ginger is hit with this hard. First, she faces the realism that she and the others may never escape. Then, she learns that Rocky lied about flying when she stumbles upon a flyer of him. Which is after Rocky abandons them out of shame.
  • Butt-Monkey: In the opening scene, she's been put into solitary confinement so many times for the escapes she's done. In other scenes, she's sometimes the No Respect Chicken.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Ginger is particularly lippy towards Rocky, mostly due to his selfish nature.
  • Death Glare: Ginger does this several times.
  • Determinator: Determined to save her fellow chickens from the Tweedies.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Played as straight as possible. After years of heartache and failed escape attempts, she finally leads the other hens to safety, gets the freedom she's always wanted and starts a relationship with Rocky.
  • Eureka Moment: While the chickens are brawling in the mud during the Darkest Hour, Fowler's winged "medal" gives her the idea to "build a crate".
  • Fiery Redhead: More like "Fiery Feathered".
  • The Heroine: The main protagonist of the story.
  • Heroic BSoD: Ginger after Rocky's deceit is revealed along with his departure.
  • Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!
    Ginger:: We'll either die free chickens, or die trying!
    Babs: Are those the only choices?
  • I Just Want to Be Free: Ginger's personal reason for escaping.
  • Indy Hat Roll: Ginger rescuing her beret.
  • The Leader: Type II (Levelheaded) and III (Headstrong).
  • Malicious Misnaming: Hates being called "Dollface".
  • Meaningful Name: Ginger is a "ginger" (meaning "reddish") chicken.
  • Nice Hat: She wears a green beanie.
  • Official Couple: With Rocky. Ending with a kiss after the climax.
  • Only Sane Woman: More intelligent and practical than the other chickens.
  • Red Is Heroic: A ginger chicken and is the heroine.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: She has green eyes and red feathers.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Ginger was annoyed and put off by Rocky's Casanova attitude. She starts to grow feelings for him after he cheers up the rest of the hens and saved her from death.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: With Rocky.
  • Tsundere: To Rocky, in their Slap-Slap-Kiss dynamic.
  • The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask: While she plays the role of a strong, confident leader around the other chickens, it's clear when the story begins that she seriously doubts her own capabilities and is losing hope of ever escaping the farm.

    Rocky Rhodes
Voiced By: Mel Gibson

An American rooster on the run from the circus.

  • Alliterative Name: Rocky Rhodes.
  • All There in the Manual: The tie-in book Chicken Pies For the Soul goes into a few details on his backstory. Notably, he was raised in Kentucky by his mother.
  • Becoming the Boast: Rocky and Fowler are an interesting contrast. Both of them make big boasts that they can't live up to (Rocky's claim that he can fly, and Fowler's exploits in the Royal Air Force). Rocky runs away rather than face the shame of exposure; Fowler comes clean about the fact that he was a mascot, not a pilot, and at Ginger's urging, he takes the pilot seat in the chickens' home-made aircraft.
  • Big Damn Heroes: At the end of the film, he rescues Ginger from being killed by Mrs. Tweedy and helps the chickens escape.
  • The Casanova: Coupled with Getting Crap Past the Radar. He says he is brought to England because of all the beautiful English chicks. A few moments later, he is mid-sentence in that scene when he meets the rest of the chickens properly, he turns to one of them, winks at her and goes smoothly, "Hi, how are you?", causing her to faint.
  • Changed My Mind, Kid: Rocky returns to the farm in time to help Ginger set the ramp back in place and the pair climb aboard the plane by grabbing a string of lights hanging from the landing gear.
  • Character Development: Upon first arriving at the egg farm, Rocky makes it clear to Ginger he has no intention of helping her or the other hens escape and is only interested in his own freedom. As the film progresses, it becomes apparent that, in his own way, he starts to care for the hens' well being and even organizes a dance party to cheer everyone up. After he escapes the farm in the middle of the night, he celebrates his freedom by riding on a (most likely, stolen) tricycle, but when he sees the billboard for "Mrs Tweedy's Chicken Pies," he turns around and helps Ginger and the hens escape, and even helps found the "'Chikin' Sactuary."
  • The Charmer: In rooster form.
  • Chick Magnet: Pun intended. All the hens go gaga over him.
  • Court-Martialed: Fowler threatens Rocky with this at one point.
  • Cowardly Lion: He's scared from the thought of going back to the circus, but he does go to rescue Ginger.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Heavily implied given him begging for Ginger to hide him from the circus and stated that he's never going back.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He enjoys making one-liners when he gets the chance.
  • Exact Words: He promises Nick & Fetcher every egg he lays for the next month. Ginger confronts him about his deceit:
    Rocky: Don't worry, I'll give them just what I promised.
    Ginger: Which is nothing.
    Rocky: Which is what I'll give them.
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: Rocky let his "flying rooster" reputation go to his head. Once he had to give an actual demonstration, he chickened out.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Rocky falls for Ginger.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: It's very believable of why Ginger couldn't stand him in the beginning. But, Rocky ultimately proved to be fearless and caring in the end.
  • Ladykiller in Love: With Ginger.
  • The Lancer: To Ginger's Hero.
  • Official Couple: He eventually gets together with Ginger towards the end of the film.
  • Punny Name: His name is a pun on chocolate ice-cream.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: See the Jerk with a Heart of Gold section. He came back to help the hens and saved Ginger from almost being squished.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Rocky calls Ginger out on her Brutal Honesty, which he states could demoralize the chickens. His calling her out reaches to the point where Ginger fights back saying that she cares about what happens to them.
    Rocky: Listen! I've met some hard-boiled eggs in my day, but I'd say you're about 20 minutes!
    Ginger: And what's that supposed to mean?
    Rocky: It means you gotta lighten up. You see, over in America, we have this rule: If you wanna motivate someone, don't mention DEATH!
    Ginger: (scoffs) Funny. Over here, the rule is: Always tell the truth!
    Rocky: Oh, hey, that's been working like a real charm, hasn't it? Here's some free advice. You want them to perform? Tell them what they want to hear.
    Ginger: You mean lie? (walks away)
    Rocky: (sighs) Here we go again. Y-you know what your problem is? You're... difficult!
    Ginger: Why? Because I'm honest?! I care about what happens to them! Something I wouldn't expect a lone free ranger to know anything about.
    Rocky: Hey, if this is the way you show it, I hope you NEVER care about ME!
    Ginger: I can assure you, I never will!
    Rocky: GOOD!
    Ginger: FINE!

Voiced By: Benjamin Whitrow

A grumpy old cockerel who always goes on about his time in the Royal Air Force.

  • All There in the Manual: The tie-in book Chicken Pies For the Soul goes into a few details on his past life prior to the Tweedy’s farm. Including his life in boot camp among other reflections.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: He has big bushy ones which gives him a stern look. Notably, he's the only chicken to have them.
  • Cool Old Guy: He earns that status by story's end. In the beginning, he's a pompous windbag who doesn't inspire much confidence in the other chickens. When he gives them the idea to build a plane, he seems to earn everyone's respect... until he explains that he’s somewhat of a Phony Veteran, having served as a mascot—obviously, the British air force wouldn’t let a rooster pilot a plane. When he stands up and flies the plane to freedom, he earns their respect for real, as shown by the chicks listening to his stories of the escape with genuine intent.
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: While he never outright said he was a wartime hero, his ramblings gave off that impression. When he finally admits he was just the mascot, he insists that it should have been obvious, since no one would employ chickens as pilots.
  • Grumpy Old Man: His attitude towards everyone, but mostly towards Rocky, whom he threatens at one point to court martial. Of course, real roosters get along very poorly with each other, often killing each other if forced to coexist.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Ultimately proves it with the whole bunk thing with Rocky.
  • Military Brat: According to Chicken Pies For the Soul, he was an undisciplined youth.
  • The One Guy: Initially starts out as the only rooster on the farm, until Rocky arrives.
  • Phony Veteran: At least semi-phony. Fowler did serve in the military, but only as a mascot. He seems completely shocked when he finds out the other chickens thought he was a combat veteran.
  • Team Dad: Averted; he might be trying to evoke this sense about him (in an A Father to His Men sense), but fails. Played straight when he manages to pilot the plane at the end of the film.
  • Would Hit a Girl: When he finally loses his temper at Bunty, he whacks her in the head with his cane. He does try to apologize once he realizes what he did, but he's interrupted by her unleashing a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown in retaliation.

Voiced By: Jane Horrocks

A dim-witted but cheerful chicken constantly seen knitting.

Voiced By: Imelda Staunton

A fat, cynical chicken who doubts Ginger's plans.

  • The Big Girl: The biggest chicken who lays the most eggs, and is also physically the strongest among the group.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Female example.
  • Boyish Short Hair: Has a crest resembling a flat top.
  • The Cynic: Doubts Ginger's plans and the idea of escaping their predicament.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Of the cynical, dry wit variety.
  • Elder Abuse: Fowler is not immune to her aggressive side, and suffers a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown after he whacks her on the head with his cane.
  • Explosive Breeder: Lays the most eggs among all the other hens in the farm. It's implied she hands off extra eggs to any of the chickens who aren't laying to keep them from getting the axe.
  • Hot-Blooded: Doesn't hesitate to start a fight, if pushed.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Normally a cynical, grouchy hen. But, she does deeply care for her friends. Case in point: She was devastated that Edwina didn't ask for any of her eggs to save her from the chop.
    • She even backs Ginger up later when encouraging Fowler to fly the plane.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: When she suggests they give up trying to escape, Ginger reminds her about Edwina. Bunty simply points out that if Edwina hadn't spent so much time trying to escape, she might have been able to lay a few eggs, which might have prevented her death.
  • Oh, Crap!: If she had any doubts about Ginger's desires to escape, these are quickly pushed aside the moment she realizes the entire flock is to be baked into chicken pies.

Voiced By: Lynn Ferguson

An intelligent, Scottish chicken and Ginger's right hand.

  • Beware the Nice Ones: After Bunty throws Bab's knitting cloth on the wet ground in a fit of rage after discovering that Rocky had abandoned the hens, Mac's response is to call Bunty out on her overly aggressive nature and shove her hard enough to almost knock her to the ground. When a livid Bunty fights back, Mac takes as much force from the others to pull them away from each other.
  • Einstein Hair: Or whatever a chicken's hair is called. It's similar to the crest of a sultan chicken.
  • Informed Flaw: She's supposed to be hard to understand, but she just talks really fast with a few Scottish expressions thrown in on occasion. In fairness, the only one really shown struggling to understand her is Rocky, who's only known her for a few days or a week at most, while everyone else most likely knows her for years.
  • Lady Looks Like a Dude: It's hard to tell that Mac is female, because she's a tomboy and speaks really fast in technical jargon. Not to mention her name is kind of masculine.
  • Motor Mouth: Talks so fast that Rocky can't understand her.
  • Number Two: To Ginger.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Mac uses big words when it comes to her plans.
  • The Smart Girl: The one who makes the inventions that Ginger needs for her plans.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: The only chicken to wear glasses and the smartest of them all.
  • The Unintelligible: Just to Rocky apparently. Ginger and the rest of the chickens can understand her even when she talks rapidly, though in fairness they've likely been around her all their lives while Rocky's only known her for a few days or a week at most.
  • Violent Glaswegian: Averted, or perhaps inverted. Although she's the only chicken with a Scottish accent, she's actually the most intelligent and even tempered of the chickens, except for when Bunty pushes her too far.


A chicken from the same hut as Ginger. She later becomes the Tweedys' dinner when she can't produce enough eggs.

  • Dead Guy on Display: We get to see her bones after she's killed.
  • Driven to Suicide: A possible interpretation of her death. It's mentioned that she didn't tell anyone she hadn't laid any eggs, and either forgot or willingly neglected to tell them.
  • Killed Off for Real: She is the only character in the movie to die.
  • Off with His Head!: Gets her head chopped off by Mrs. Tweedy (offscreen).
  • Red Shirt: She is only shown in the roll call scene before being taken to the chopping block.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Killed early for not laying eggs in three days. It's supposed to showcase the kind of hell the chickens live in and their motivation to escape it.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Her death reaffirms Ginger's desire to escape.
  • The Voiceless: She never speaks in the film.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Is only shown for a brief minute in the beginning of the film before she becomes dinner for the Tweedys.


    Mrs. Melisha Tweedy

The cruel owner and "warden" of the chicken farm.

  • All There in the Manual: Chicken Pies For the Soul goes into her backstory, involving both her parents and the reason why she is so money-hungry.
  • Ax-Crazy: She literally goes nuts with an ax at the end of the film.
  • Bad Boss: Especially regarding her henpecked husband.
  • Big Bad: The main antagonist of the film.
  • The Dreaded: She's feared both by the chickens and most of all her husband. Even the dogs look to be afraid of her.
  • Deadpan Snarker: When she buys a pie machine for the chickens, her husband asks what flavor the pies are gonna be and she sarcastically says it's for apple pies, only to yell at him that the machine is for chicken pies when he takes her seriously.
  • Death Glare: Seems to be her default expression.
  • Expy: Strangely enough, her dress and hair color and brooch call to mind Lady Tremaine.
  • Fat and Skinny: She is the Skinny to Mr. Tweedy's Fat.
  • Faux Affably Evil: She acts amiable and polite when it conveniences her, but it's only skin deep.
  • Greed: Her primary motivation.
  • Hate Sink: She is characterized as a vile and greedy "warden" responsible for all the misery on Tweedy's Chicken Farm. She runs the coop like a concentration camp, forcing the chickens to constantly lay eggs to fill her profit margins and sadistically killing any that fails to deliver the quota. When she becomes unsatisfied with their egg production, she decides to turn them all into chicken pies for short-term profits. She is also extremely abusive to her husband, dismissing his concerns about the chickens plotting an escape as mere delusions and forcing him to build (and eventually repair) the pie machine alone. She even kicks him hard enough to leave an imprint when he fails at mending the machine the first time.
  • Hoist By Her Own Petard: At the end of the climax where she tried to chop off Ginger's head, she ended up accidentally cutting off the christmas lights she was holding on to, causing her to fall off the aircraft the chickens built.
  • Jerkass: A horrible, cruel woman who abuses her husband and takes sadistic pleasure out of killing chickens.
  • Kill 'Em All: Wants to kill all the chickens and turn them into pies.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Mrs. Tweedy is a chilling female example. She starts off the movie beheading one of the characters, is absolutely cruel and controlling with her husband, and comes off as a sociopath overall.
  • Lady Macbeth: To her husband, Mr. Tweedy.
  • Lean and Mean: She's skinny and she is the Big Bad.
  • Made of Iron: During the final escape she gets hit in the head with a tricycle, slams face first hard into a billboard, drops from an enormous height and lands in the pie making machine, has her head trapped in an enclosed space filled with boiling gravy, and then survives the machine blowing up. And then her husband seemingly pushes a door on top of her.
  • Mask of Sanity: She acts politely when she needs it. It's taken to a more literal level when the face from the billboard sticks to her face and she removes it to show her real, raging face.
  • Punny Name:
    • Her first name is pronounced quite similar to the word "militia".
    • Can somewhat cross-over to Meaningful Name as it's easy to mishear it as "Malisha", as in malicious.
  • Sadist: During the Roll Call, she loves scaring the chickens by snapping her glove in order to keep them in line and she smiles evilly when she picks up Edwina for slaughter. This should indicate that unlike any other farmers who simply kill their own animals just because they have to, and probably feel a little sad about it, she ENJOYS what she does.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: Her comeuppance at the hands of her own malfunctioning pie making machine is Played for Laughs. And then the shed it's housed in collapses on her for good measure.
  • Slasher Smile: She shows an unsettling one before measuring Babs and, later, when she thinks that Ginger is dead.
  • The Sociopath: At first it might seem that she's just a harsh, ambitious woman whose job involves killing poultry but, as the movie progresses, she proves to be extremely callous and self-centered, to the point that she treats her husband as a mere tool for her plan. She's also prone to fits of anger and seems to enjoy killing chickens. Just like many real life sociopaths, she's able to hide this traits behind a veneer of politeness when it conveniences her.
  • Sore Loser: Clearly, she doesn't like that her Cloudcuckoolander of a husband was ultimately right about the chickens.
  • Super-Persistent Predator: She fights the chickens even while airborne just to get her pies.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Mr. Tweedy is nowhere near as intelligent as she is...or so she thinks.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: The Huge Girl to Mr. Tweedy's Tiny Guy.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: She spends most of the movie oblivious to the true nature of the chicken and finds her husband's suspicions of it to be absolutely ridiculous. When she finally does discover it when the chickens are attempting to fly off in the plane, she does not seem surprised in the slightest, immediately proceeding to try and prevent their escape without a moment's hesitation.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: She significantly darkens the tone of this family film.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Towards the end of the film. Compare how she is towards beginning where she has her husband send Ginger to solitary confinement and telling him that the chickens aren't organized, to the end, where she grabs onto the Christmas lights and attempts to attack Ginger.

    Mr. Willard Tweedy
Voiced By: Tony Haygarth

The long-suffering husband of Mrs Tweedy who is convinced (and correct) that the chickens are organized.

  • All There in the Manual: The movie tie-in book Chicken Pies For the Soul explains why he is suspicious of the chickens: his Uncle Jimmy got himself killed by a big rooster named Brute.
  • Butt-Monkey: At the hands of his wife.
  • The Cassandra: From the very begining of the film, he tries to warn Mrs. Tweedy that the chickens are very organized and is convinced that Ginger is their leader, especially after he keeps foiling her escape attempts, but Mrs. Tweedy forces him to accept that "it's all in his head". At the end, when the chickens escape on their flying machine, and the barn is destroyed in the pie machine explosion, he says, "I told you they was organized."
  • The Cloudcuckoolander Was Right: Mr. Tweedy is correct about the hens being smarter than they look, which Mrs. Tweedy finds out the hard way.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He is moronic and timid around his wife, but he is very menacing to the chickens.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Mr. Tweedy manages to combine this with Throw the Dog a Bone. After having been humiliated, laughed at and doubted by his wife, Mr. Tweedy delivers a subtle I Warned You to her after the chickens escape, and just as she's about to lose her marbles on him, the disgruntled husband seemingly drops a door on her out of pleasure.
    • He has a minor moment when he's ordered by his wife to build the pie machine on his own with no help from his partner whatsoever:
    Willard: (sarcasm) I'll put it together then, shall I?
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Downplayed. While Mr Tweedy's abuse at the hands of his wife is Played for Laughs, he is blatantly portrayed as more sympathetic.
  • The Dragon: Mrs Tweedy's (former) henchman.
  • Freudian Excuse: He has a personal hatred of Ginger, though given her constant escapes and trouble making get Mr. Tweedy in trouble with his unpleasant wife, it's no wonder why.
  • Henpecked Husband: Pun almost certainly intended.
  • I Warned You: Once the chickens escape, he gets the final insult on his wife.
    Willard: *nervously* I told you they was organised!!
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Subverted. His status as a Henpecked Husband is pitiable, but he's much smarter than he looks. This is best shown when his wife orders him to get a chicken to test the pie machine on: he immediately selects Ginger, having accurately pieced together that she is the chickens' leader.
  • It's Personal: He definitely has it out for Ginger, given all the hell she's raised for him in the presence of his wife. He clearly takes great pleasure in (almost) seeing her reduced to a pie when he has the opportunity to be rid of her.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Despite being goofy and meek, he's always managed to catch Ginger when she tried to escape. The other examples here say it all.
  • Properly Paranoid: Is indeed correct in thinking the chickens are up to something. But his wife won't believe him at first.
  • Sycophantic Servant: Perhaps more of a Love Martyr, and/or he fears her.
  • Trademark Favourite Food: As he says, he loves apple pie.



    Nick & Fetcher

A pair of enterprising rats who supply the chickens with equipment.

  • Barefoot Cartoon Animal: Like all the chickens, but they wear pants.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Fetcher, Nick's slow-witted partner.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Nick offers snarky one-liners.
  • Fat and Skinny: Nick and Fetcher, respectively.
  • Friend in the Black Market: Once Ginger starts freely paying them in eggs, they prove very competent in delivering everything Ginger demands. The fact Ginger regards the eggs as too valuable to give away for most of the movie, they even follow the high-price this trope usually entails.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: They're pretty slimy and shady characters and find the chickens' attempts at flying hilarious, but they do seem to care about the chickens and are just as overjoyed when they escape. They even sacrifice their eggs to save Ginger, though visibly sob as they do so.
    Fetcher: Little moments like this, mate. It's what makes the job all the worthwhile!
  • Meaningful Name: The items they Fetch are usually Nicked from Mr. Tweedy's workshop.
  • Missing Steps Plan: Rocky scams them by promising them eggs that he will personally lay (a case of Exact Words as roosters don't lay eggs). After Ginger learns about their deal, Nick turns to Fetcher and mutters "Sucker", causing them both to snigger before walking away. They evidently think all of Rocky's eggs for the month, in exchange for what they can provide, is a great deal for them. They mention that they found out about the biological issues later on.
  • The Rat: Bonus points for the farm's resident scroungers being actual rats.
  • Those Two Guys: Those two rats, actually.
  • Trademark Favourite Food: Eggs. They use them as a price for their work.


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