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Voiced by: Albert Brooks

A clownfish who becomes an overprotective father after his mate Coral and all but one of his offspring were killed by a barracuda, making him very protective of Nemo to the point of isolating him. After Nemo is taken by divers, Marlin risks life and fin to find and rescue his son, becoming a braver and more self-confident person himself. He is the main protagonist of Finding Nemo and the male protagonist of Finding Dory.

  • Acquired Poison Immunity: Marlin is mostly immune to the stings of baby jellyfish, due to living in anemone. This allows him to stay conscious in the jellyfish field longer than Dory.
  • Adult Fear: Marlin is driven by this through the movie. After his wife Coral and four-hundred plus unborn children are eaten by a barracuda, Marlin becomes an over-protective single parent, in the belief that Nemo is fragile and incapable of looking after himself. It only worsens when Nemo is taken by the divers, sending Marlin on a desperate journey to find his son... though this allows him to realise and face his own fears and that Nemo is not as helpless as he believes. The trope returns when Marlin thinks Nemo is dead, and has a Heroic BSoD, until Nemo and Dory reunite with him.
  • Aesop Amnesia: The first movie has him learning over the course of the film to be less of a worrywart and a stick-in-the-mud. In the sequel, while not quite as overprotective, he's back to being a worrywart and a stick-in-the-mud.
  • Anger Born of Worry: In Finding Dory this causes him to lash out at her when she accidentally attracts a hungry squid due to forgetting a warning, which nearly leads to Nemo being eaten.
  • Artistic License – Biology: Clownfish are protandrous hermaphrodites, meaning that if the breeding female of a group, who is the largest one and effectively the alpha, dies or disappears, then the largest male will actually undergo a physical transition to become the new female alpha.
  • Badass on Paper: Marlin does get through most of his trials through wits, desperation or luck, and the tales of his are recounted across the ocean to the point that he is re-imagined as an unstoppable badass Papa Wolf - granted, this isn't far from the truth, and he nearly becomes this during the end of the film.
  • Badass Unintentional: Thanks to his hijinks, Marlin gets this reputation throughout the entire ocean area surrounding Sydney.
  • Cannot Tell a Joke: He's rubbish at telling jokes at the start of the film due to his neurotic personality and being a hermit for years.
  • Character Development: Throughout the journey, he makes several friends and begins to understand that he should have given Nemo more freedom, particularly through his interactions with Dory and Crush because, as Dory states, "You can't let nothing happen to him, because then nothing will happen to him," meaning if Marlin doesn't let Nemo grow up and get out in the world, he won't be able to live life to the fullest.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Hanging around with Dory and encountering many more zany fish makes Marlin the Only Sane Fish.
  • Cowardly Lion: He'll do anything to get his son back; even get over his own fears.
  • Curb Stomp Cushion: He manages to dodge all of the barracuda's bite attacks and even gets two hits in on it (which actually disorient it) before it knocks him out with a single flick of its tailfin.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: No wonder he's so overprotective. His wife and 400 eggs, except Nemo, were eaten by a barracuda.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Sometimes, towards Dory.
  • Despair Event Horizon: After Marlin thinks Nemo has died, he crosses, abandoning Dory and swimming off into the sea until Dory and Nemo find him.
  • Determinator: Willing to tangle with sharks, an anglerfish, jellyfish, and choke his way out of a pelican's throat to find Nemo.
  • Foil: Marlin is much more pessimistic and serious than Dory.
  • Hurting Hero: He lost his wife and most of his children, save one, to a barracuda attack, and he is absolutely paranoid of losing his only remaining son.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Marty", "Clown boy", "Mr. Grumpy Gills", "Jellyman", "Mr. Fish"'s actually very rare that he is referred to by his name.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While he is mostly polite and friendly, Marlin is extremely overprotective towards Nemo, doesn't trust in him very much and can be harsh towards Dory from time to time, such as when he accidentally tells her that forgetting is the only thing she can do, when he knows very well that she suffers from terrible amnesia. However, he is a pretty nice guy most of the time and everything he does is out of love for his son and later, even Dory.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Becomes this for Dory. She says being with him helps her remember things better.
  • Meddling Parents: He is so overprotective of Nemo that it eventually leads him to rebel against him.
  • Memetic Badass: An In-Universe example; his misadventures, along with alterations to the tale through oral history, made him the undersea, clownfish version of Chuck Norris.
  • Nervous Wreck: Due to the trauma of losing most of his family Marlin is always worried and anxious about what might happen next,his adventures help him overcome this somewhat.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: In Finding Nemo, Nemo had absolutely no intention of actually swimming out to the boat, until Marlin intervenes and scolds him for it, finally pushing him over the edge enough to swim out and touch it.
  • Only Sane Man: Meeting a lot of crazy fish on their way and hanging around with a Cloudcuckoolander unsurprisingly makes him this.
  • Orange/Blue Contrast: Serves as the orange contrast to Dory's blue.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: At the beginning of the film, all of his and Coral's eggs get eaten by a barracuda, except one.
  • Overprotective Dad: Deconstructed. Marlin's overprotectiveness towards Nemo is understandable given what happened to his wife and other children. However, him constantly telling Nemo what he can and can't do leads his son to resent his father at times.
  • Papa Wolf: Scared or not; he will face sharks, deadly jellyfish and a whale if it means he will get his son back.
  • Parental Substitute: Acts like this to Dory, to an extent. The creators state that Dory was introduced to serve as a surrogate child so Marlin could re-adapt his parenting approach.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: With Dory.
  • Properly Paranoid: Considering how his family, aside from Nemo, was killed by a barracuda, it's hard to fault him for being at least a little nervous about the dangers of the ocean.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue Oni to Dory's Red Oni. It's actually kinda ironic, seeing their colors are reversed.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: The Savvy Guy to Dory's Energetic Girl.
  • Stunned Silence: Marlin is rendered completely speechless when Nemo utters "I hate you" to him.
  • Suddenly Fluent in Gibberish: Marlin is not impressed with Dory's apparent skill to speak whale, believing she is talking gibberish. However, when it turns out she can and the whale that swallowed them is taking them to Sydney, Marlin is ecstatic and tries to thank the whale by speaking its dialect. Dory then responds with "Wow. I wish I could speak whale."
  • Took a Level in Badass: Marlin goes from a neurotic, overprotective worrywart to a full on Action Survivor.
  • Took a Level in Cheerfulness: His journey to find his son allowed Marlin to loosen up and learn to have fun again.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Sort of. Marlin was initially a very playful, happy, and easygoing clownfish as shown through the interaction with his wife. The death of Coral and all his kids (sans Nemo) turns him into a pessimistic, neurotic worrywart who has the occasional outburst.
  • Was Too Hard on Him: Marlin comes to feel this way towards Nemo. He has this again in the sequel after yelling at Dory, which is not helped by his son constantly reminding him about it.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Marlin is very scared and paranoid that anything could harm Nemo.

Voiced by: Ellen DeGeneres

A Pacific blue regal tang with short term memory loss, Dory becomes Marlin's companion during his search for Nemo. Ditzy and absent-minded, but optimistic and honest, Dory provides much moral support and comfort that Marlin has been missing for years. She becomes the protagonist of Finding Dory.

  • Ac CENT Upon The Wrong Syl LA Ble: Mispronounces the word "escape" as "es-KA-pay" while in the submarine.
  • Accidental Misnaming: Continuously keeps misremembering Nemo's name (e.g. Fabio, Elmo, Pablo). However, by Finding Dory she's gotten much better at remembering names and only gets another character's name wrong once.
  • Animal Talk: Can speak and understand whales - then she forgets that she can.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Dory suffers from Anterograde amnesia. As she can only remember a relatively short span of time clearly, it's easy for her to forget what she was originally doing and thus is likely to switch to a new topic. It runs in her family... she thinks. Although the sequel proves her wrong.
  • Badass Unintentional: She just wants to be Marlin's friend and does some pretty awesome things.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Dory pulls this on a rude crab when he refuses to tell her where Marlin went, and she uses a Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique to make him talk.
  • Blipvert:
    • Experiences this when she remembers Sydney after Marlin abandons her.
    • She has this again in the beginning of Finding Dory, when Nemo mentions The Jewel of Morro Bay, California, causing Dory to recall her parents for the first time in years.
  • Break the Cutie: When she ends up in a tank with some other blue tangs who knew her parents, she thinks that they may have died and goes down the drainpipe to the ocean, frantically swimming about the dark ocean and asking other fish for help, just before she discovers that she's coming close to finding her parents' place.
  • Breakout Character: The most popular character in Finding Nemo, and subsequently the protagonist of Finding Dory!
  • Break-Up/Make-Up Scenario: Marlin abandons Dory after his Despair Event Horizon, but reunites with her when she finds Nemo.
  • Cerebus Retcon: Certain Hidden Depths abilities she showed in the first movie are explained when she's searching for her roots in the second.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Her ability to speak in whale dialects.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: She makes an art out of this.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: In the first film the main character is Marlin, an uptight, anxiety-ridden widower and single father looking for his missing son. In the second film it's Dory, a carefree, scatterbrained amnesiac woman looking for her missing parents.
  • Crazy Awesome: In Universe, Nemo and eventually Marlin and Hank regard her as this. Marlin even admits in Finding Dory that no matter how crazy an idea she comes up with, it works.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Dory was separated from her parents as a child and to had to survive on her own. Something that wasn't easy because of her short-term memory loss.
  • Determinator: She is quite persistent in hoping to find her parents in the second film, and just when she's about to lose hope after going through the drainpipe to the ocean and swimming about to get some visual clues, she finds her parents' place.
  • The Ditz: In spades, but it's mostly due to her short term memory loss rather than actual stupidity.
  • Forgetful Jones: Played for laughs, but sympathetically, in the first movie: presented as tragic in the second. She has trouble processing new memories and retrieving old ones. She manages to maintain a long-term goal in Finding Dory, but only through constant reminders from companions or the environment.
  • Foil: She serves as this to Marlin, being a comical and cheerful character in contrast to Marlin who is typically serious and depressed. Incidentally, Marlin becomes much more cheerful after meeting her and Dory starts remembering better.
  • Gender Flip: The writer explains on the DVD commentary that in fact Dory was originally male, until he saw Ellen DeGeneres on television and realised that was the sweet-but-scattered tone he was looking for.
  • Genius Ditz: Despite her ditzy nature, she is is quick to come up with solutions, knows how to read human writing, understands whale language to communicate with them, and knows a lot of random facts that she learned in her childhood at the Marine Life Institute.
  • Genki Girl: Her perkiness and high energy buoy all her friends in rough times, or just annoy them.
  • Hope Springs Eternal: Pretty good at invoking this with her "Just keeping swimming" mantra.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: According to director Andrew Stanton, one of Dory's fears is that she would get ditched all the time by fishes she tries to befriend. She tries to ensure she can be friendly and helpful as possible in hopes that someone will stick around with her, which is evident in the original movie, as Dory is heartbroken when Marlin tells her that he wants her to leave so that he continue the search for Nemo on his own and after he leaves her behind after thinking that Nemo died.
  • Indy Ploy: In the second film, it is revealed that she has a particular talent for this. So much that the question "What would Dory do?" gets Marlin and Nemo out of some sticky situations.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: A non-romantic example. Her energy and quirkiness help Marlin loosen up in Finding Nemo, while in the sequel her optimism helps Hank get over his fear of others and convinces him to return to the sea rather than spend the rest of his days in an exhibit.
  • Misery Trigger: Dory gets very sad when someone gives off the impression that they don't like her.
  • Nice Girl: Caring, sweet, friendly, optimistic, helpful, good-natured, cheerful, big-hearted and selfless.
  • The Not-Love Interest: To Marlin. Most of the movie consists of their dialogue with each other, they share body contact often, and even though Dory is not attentive most of the time, she truly worries for Marlin. Yet it's not a romance, just a case where two friends of opposite gender make each others' lives richer.
  • Orange/Blue Contrast: Serves as the blue and black contrast to Marlin 's orange and white.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: With Marlin.
  • Please Don't Leave Me: Dory begs Marlin not to go following his Despair Event Horizon, telling him that when he's around that she remembers things better.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: She provides most of the comic beats in the first movie, and is fairly goofy even as the protagonist.
  • Plucky Girl: Considering what she's had to go through, her ability to remain so upbeat is quite impressive.
  • The Pollyanna: Always happy-go-lucky and optimistic.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red Oni to Marlin's Blue Oni.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Baby Dory is pretty much made of raw, unadulterated "UWAAAAAHHH!" material.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Energetic Girl to Marlin's Savvy Guy.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: Before her, not many people have heard of a blue regal tang.
  • Smarter Than You Look: As her Genius Ditz section notes, Dory is more intelligent than she appears.
  • Suddenly Bilingual: She apparently can read Spanish as well as English (and speak Whale). Justified in the second movie: she presumably got a lot of practice at the aquarium she was born in.
  • Suddenly Fluent in Gibberish: Knows how to speak whale but Marlin is skeptical about it. When her skills gets them to Sydney, Marlin thanks the whale in its dialect, and Dory wishes that she could speak whale. This ability leads her back to one of her childhood friends in Finding Dory.
  • Survival Mantra: "Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming."
  • Too Dumb to Live: Has moments of this, such as being oblivious to the danger involved in hanging out with some sharks she has just met, or in being surrounded by a colony of jellyfishes.

Voiced by: Alexander Gould (Finding Nemo), Hayden Rolence (Finding Dory)

Marlin's son. The sole survivor of a barracuda attack, Nemo grows up with a "lucky fin" that did not develop properly. He is very curious and brave, but sheltered. His father's overprotectiveness has kept him from attending school and having adventures. He is captured by divers and placed in a dentist's fish tank, earning the nickname "Sharkbait" for aiding in their escape. In the second movie, he moves from protagonist to Marlin's rather funny moral support.

  • Badass Adorable: He was willing to risk his life to jam the filter after hearing about all his father had done to come and save him.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: When Marlin went too far as he gets angry at Nemo when he tries to swim off to the drop-off by himself and tells him he can't do everything he thinks he can. Nemo didn't hesitate to tell him to his face that he hates him then touches the boat to prove it. Unfortunately, it isn't a smart and safe choice when he gets abducted by two human divers which Marlin has to chase after leading him to Sydney.
  • Bilingual Bonus: "Nemo" is a reference to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, where Captain Nemo chose the name because it means "nobody" in his own language.
  • Cheerful Child: Played straight, personality-wise.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Learning from Gill, Nemo uses the technique of swimming down to save Dory and a whole net of fish.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: When he was only a baby, his siblings and mother were killed by a barracuda.
  • Deadpan Snarker: In Finding Dory, he's written as sometimes snarking at his father. Time will tell whether this is a permanent trait or not.
  • Depending on the Writer: His aforementioned snarking can be seen as this, as the second film didn't have all the same writers as the first.
  • Determinator: After learning from Nigel that his dad had been swimming the entire ocean to find and rescue him, Nemo gains a renewed sense of confidence and becomes determined to escape from the tank and reunite with him.
  • Distressed Dude: Is captured at the beginning and trapped in an aquarium for most of the film.
  • Fun with Flushing: Nemo's escape plan involves him being flushed down the dentist's toilet to the ocean.
  • Grilling the Newbie: Gets a friendly version from the Tank Gang.
  • Handicapped Badass: Despite his bad fin, he is a dauntless little fish.
  • Heroic BSoD: After he is nearly killed by the fishtank's fan, believing he'd let Gill down.
  • Jerkass Ball: Nemo is a good kid who wants to make friends and impress his dad but he has his immature moment after Marlin learns that Nemo's going near the open ocean and stops him. As their argument between them escalated regarding the open ocean. Nemo coldly tells Marlin he hates him, then touches the boat in the open ocean to spite Marlin, much to the latter's horror. It eventually backfires when he gets abducted by two human divers prompting Marlin to chase after them to rescue his son.
  • Keet: On a normal day.
  • Kid Hero: In human years, Nemo will be around 6-10 years if the third film takes place three years after Finding Dory.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Nemo is Marlin's only family and he will do anything to keep him safe.
  • Nice Guy: Polite, kind, sweet, pleasant, gentle, and valiant.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: A fish version.
  • Secondary Character Title: His father Marlin is the protagonist.
  • Sixth Ranger: In the Tank Gang.
  • Sole Survivor: Nemo was the only one of Marlin and Coral's children to survive.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: He is wiser than Marlin in Finding Dory, likely since he went through a great deal of events in the first film that no doubt taught him a lot and unlike Marlin, all of his Character Development stuck.

The Tank Gang

Voiced by: Willem Dafoe

A Moorish idol and the leader of the Tank Gang.

  • Dark Is Not Evil: A sinister-looking Moorish Idol, but he actually helps Nemo and the other fish in the fish tank escape back into the ocean.
  • Determinator: He will almost never give up his dream of escaping from the fish tank and returning to the ocean, despite the fact that all of his previous efforts have failed.
  • Good Is Not Nice: At first, at least. His goal is to get him and the other fish out of the tank and into the ocean, but is so determined to do so that he risks Nemo's safety. He's not exactly cuddly through the rest of the film, but he doesn't try to risk Nemo's life again.
  • Great Escape: He is always planning new schemes of such.
  • Guile Hero: Even though his plans (almost) always fail. He's atypical in that he appears somewhat uncomfortable in this role: he has a My God, What Have I Done? after Nemo almost gets killed by the tank filter while partaking in one of his plans.
  • Handicapped Badass: Like Nemo, he has a bad fin on one side.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Gill's face is strikingly similar to Willem Dafoe's, notably the wrinkles around his mouth.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: He takes on a mentorly role to Nemo.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's certainly not nice most of the time, but isn't a bad guy.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: Despite his desperation to return to the ocean, he refuses to continue his escape plan when Nemo almost dies trying to block the filter.
    Peach: (holding a sobbing Nemo) Gill...don't make him go back in there.
    Gill: No. We're done.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Has one after his initial escape plan fails and nearly gets Nemo killed, which leads to this exchange:
    Nemo: I'm sorry I couldn't stop—
    Gill: No, ''I'm'' the one who should be sorry. I was so ready to get out. So ready to taste that ocean. I was willing to put you through harm's way to get there. Nothing should be worth that. I'm sorry I couldn't get you back to your father, kid.
  • Mysterious Past: Nothing is known of his life before he was captured and put into the tank.
  • Old Soldier: Acts like one anyway.
  • Papa Wolf: In the climactic scene in the dentist's office, he flings himself onto Darla's head, risking his own life to save Nemo's.
  • Parental Substitute: Gill acts as something of a surrogate father to Nemo while in the tank.
  • Rugged Scar: He has a ragged fin and a scar that runs across his mouth from previous escape attempts.
  • Scars Are Forever: He has multiple scars and a damaged fin, mostly from injuries inflicted during his various escape attempts.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Starts out being rather cold towards Nemo, considering he was unwilling to help him, and is interested in him primarily because he believes Nemo will be able to help him escape from the tank. Over time, however, he begins to genuinely care for Nemo and eventually helps him escape alone to reunite with his dad. When Nemo almost dies the first time he tries to block the filter, he's visibly shaken.
  • Truth in Television: In a sense. While they haven't been known to make escape attempts, Moorish idols are infamously known for not taking captivity well.
  • Unreliable Narrator: A deleted scene has Gill telling Nemo that he comes from a place called Bad Luck Bay, and that he had several brothers (Marco, Polo, Lester, Linus) and a sister named Lulu, out in the ocean. Later, Nemo sees a human in the dentist office reading this exact backstory in a storybook called "Bad Luck Bay", in the same tone to boot, which casts doubt on whether Gill is actually from the ocean at all, or if he's just as crazy as the rest of the Tank Gang.

Voiced by: Brad Garrett

A porcupine fish.

  • Beware the Nice Ones: He's not above slapping Gurgle for unintentionally mentioning Darla around a depressed Nemo.
  • Big Eater: He even eats the algae that grows after the tank gets dirty, much to Gurgle's disgust.
  • Character Tics: When he gets scared or agitated, he bloats up, and then one of the other fish has to deflate him.
  • Curtains Match the Windows: He's a brownish-gold fish with brown eyes.
  • Gasshole: Well, he is a blow fish.
  • Large Ham: Especially during Nemo's "initiation" into the Tank Gang.
  • Meaningful Name: A blow fish that bloats up.

Voiced by: Allison Janney

A starfish.

  • Ambiguous Gender: Despite being a female, she has a somewhat androgynous-sounding voice. Makes sense when you realize that most real-life starfish species reproduce asexually.
  • Motor Mouth: She spends most of her time stuck to the edge of the tank, so whenever she talks to her tankmates it involves peeling herself off and then rushing the line out before she falls back.
  • Nice Girl: She’s very kind and caring.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Though she is a starfish, so it makes sense.
  • Straight Man: She is the least quirky of the Tank Gang and often serves as the voice of reason.
  • Women Are Wiser: In contrast to Gill, who is willing to take big risks when devising escape plans.

Voiced by: Austin Pendleton

A royal gramma.

  • All There in the Script: His name isn't mentioned during the film itself, and only appears in the credits.
  • The Cynic: He is incredibly pessimistic.
  • Large Ham: "Curse you, AquaScum!!!"
  • Neat Freak: Germs make him panicky.
  • Nervous Wreck: By far the most neurotic member of the Tank Gang, and the most neurotic member of the cast along with Marlin.
  • Super OCD: When he learns that Nemo is from the ocean he immediately gets Jacques to clean him. Also is visibly shaking and really nervous when the tank is really dirty for their escape plan.
  • Terrified of Germs: Very much. Living in the filthy tank, he is all but curling up in a ball.

Voiced by: Stephen Root

A yellow tang.

Voiced by: Vicki Lewis

A blue-and-white humbug damselfish.

Voiced by: Joe Ranft (Finding Nemo), Jerome Ranft (Finding Dory)

A Pacific cleaner shrimp who speaks French. We're not sure where he came from either.

  • Bilingual Bonus: Most of his French phrases.
  • Funny Foreigner: Produces humor through his stereotypical French traits, such as feelers shaped like a curly mustache, accompaniment by accordion music, and peppering his speech with gratuitous French.
  • Gratuitous French: Peppers his English speech with French phrases such as "Oui!" for extra flavor.
  • Neat Freak: Jacques "decontaminates" new fish to the tank in the dentist's office. When the tank fish conspire to let the tank get dirty, they have to remind Jacques to stop himself when he starts cleaning a bit out of sheer habit.
  • Nice Guy: He's friendly and kind.

Voiced by: Geoffrey Rush

An Australian pelican. Technically not part of the Tank Gang but still frequently hangs out with them, mostly to watch the dentist's patients.

  • Cultural Rebel:
    • Maybe subverted. As it's said he does eat fish, but apparently, he's not above befriending them, and wouldn't harm any fish friends.
    "Sorry if I ever took a snap at ya. Fish gotta swim, birds gotta eat."
    • According to All There in the Manual, other pelicans find him weird because he likes dentistry. Which makes sense, since pelicans are toothless and have no need for such knowledge.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Gerald according to All There in the Manual. Hinted at in the film when Nigel is the only one who actually tries to help him when he's choking.
  • Instant Messenger Pigeon: He delivers the news of Marlin's journey to Nemo.
  • Large Ham: It's pretty clear that Geoffrey Rush had a blast when voicing this line:
    (As the Seagulls continually clamor for fish) Nigel: Oh would you just shuuuuuuuutttt UUUUUPPP!
  • Motor Mouth: He's prone to babbling, either when excited or talking about dentistry.
  • Nice Guy: Probably one of the friendliest, most helpful characters in the movie, with probably only Crush and Dory beating him.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The last we see of him is him apologizing to Marlin and Dory before flying off. He's not even in The Stinger. And he doesn't appear in the second film, either. However, since it's unlikely that the films have ended, chances are he will reappear at some point.

Other Animals

Voiced by: Elizabeth Perkins

Marlin's wife and Nemo's mother.

  • Death by Origin Story: Dies in Marlin and Nemo's backstory trying to save her young from a barracuda.
  • Didn't Think This Through: When the barracuda shows up, her first instinct is to rush in to protect her eggs instead of taking shelter. It's likely that the barracuda didn't even see the eggs to begin with, meaning that she gave away their position by rushing in to save them, which cost her her life and all of her eggs barring Nemo's.
  • Explosive Breeder: She had over 400 eggs with Marlin. Truth in television, since scientifically speaking, her kind usually lays between a hundred to a thousand eggs. Sadly for her and Marlin, only one of them could hatch.
  • The Lost Lenore: To Marlin. Losing her is one of the reasons he becomes so overprotective of Nemo.
  • Mama Bear: She is killed when she tries to protect her eggs from a hungry barracuda.
  • Missing Mom: She died trying to protect her eggs from a barracuda, for which Nemo, her only surviving son, never got to meet her.
  • Oh, Crap!: The look on her face when she's looking at the barracuda does little to hide the fact that she's likely screaming internally. note 
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Presumably gets eaten by a barracuda before the story actually even begins.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: Subverted. Her attempt to save her children fails and she gets eaten by the barracuda along with all of the eggs...all but one.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: She only appears in the intro and never mentioned again afterwards, but Marlin's loss of her (and their unborn 400 children) is what made him the overprotective single father we see afterwards, not to mention put the entire plot in motion.
  • Staring Down Cthulhu: Finds herself in a staring contest with a distant barracuda before she dives down to protect her children and it eats her.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: She is only shown in the beginning of the film, where she is eaten by the barracuda, along with her eggs, so all we know of her is that she and Marlin met a long time ago.
  • Women Are Wiser: Compared to Marlin. Possibly subverted when she goes to protect her fish eggs, which barracuda don't eat. Then again, they don't eat clownfish either, so the fact that it was sitting there waiting to eat them may have told her that her eggs were in danger as well.

    The Barracuda
Voiced by: N/A

A great barracuda responsible for killing Coral along with her and Marlin's other children.

  • Artistic License – Biology: Barracudas don't eat eggs (or clownfish, for that matter). Lampshaded by Marlin who tries to assure Coral that the eggs will be okay as long as she doesn't give the barracuda a reason to attack. She doesn't listen.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Marlin tries to fend it off when it charges. It goes about as well as you think...
  • The Dreaded: Big time, since the neighborhood totally cleared out when he makes the scene.
  • Eats Babies: Though is left for interpretation, as the change of luminosity in the water implies Marlin was out for several hours, where another animal could have done the deed, he seems to have eaten Nemo's siblings still in egg stage.
  • Fiendish Fish: It's a scary, predatory killer that comes out of nowhere, and Marlin and Coral are powerless to stop it.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Well, he did eat/kill Coral and most of the kids (maybe, see Artistic License – Biology) in the beginning of the movie. The creators say if he had a voice and much more screentime, he would have been the Big Bad of the film, as the movie did not had a clear one.
  • The Heavy: He is ultimately cause for everything: Marlin wouldn't have been so protective of Nemo, and therefore Nemo wouldn't have gone out into open water and been captured by divers if the barracuda hadn't killed Coral.
  • Incorrect Animal Noise: It can be heard growling softly when stalking Marlin and Coral's nest and utters a long, lion-like roar when it attacks.
  • Karma Houdini: Hey, it's a predator.
  • Knight of Cerebus: What happens when he first appears? The neighborhood has fled, the cute music has stopped, and the camera pans to Coral looking at...something in the distance with a worried look on her face. The INSTANT we see him, the music turns spooky. And notice that, unlike other antagonists we see throughout the movie, he's NEVER played for laughs in the slightest. Even after he's long gone, the atmosphere is still dramatic. As if that's not enough, his actions set up the rest of the movie to be...rather different from the past movies Disney and Pixar have come up with. And he only appears once!
  • Noisy Nature: Nope, barracudas don't roar like that.
  • Non-Malicious Monster: Even though its actions caused the loss of Marlin's family save for Nemo, it's just a predatory creature that needs to eat.
  • Rule of Scary: While barracudas, like many fishes, are not able to utter sounds, this one does as it attacks Marlin and Coral's eggs, likely due to this trope.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: Admit it, when's the last time you saw a barracuda in a piece of fictional work? note 
  • Small Role, Big Impact: This creature is (presumably) responsible for eating Marlin's wife and all but one of their children, thus turning Marlin into the Overprotective Dad he is today. And he was only in the movie for about a minute.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: Along with the anglerfish, it's one of the more frightening creatures in the film. Furthermore, it actually kills and eats Coral and all of her children apart from Nemo.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Justified. He killed Coral, but he is a predator.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Justified. He killed all of Marlin and Coral's children (sans Nemo), but he is a predator.

    Pearl, Sheldon and Tad 
Voiced by: Erica Beck, Erik Per Sullivan and Jordy Ranft

Nemo's friends and classmates. A flapjack octopus, a seahorse and a yellow longnose butterflyfish respectively.

  • All There in the Script: Pearl and Tad's names were not said once (but they were in the video game),
  • Artistic License – Biology: Real octopi have their mouths under their heads, but Pearl has her mouth right below the eyes to make her look more anthropomorphized.
  • Bowel-Breaking Bricks: Pearl: "Aw, you made me ink!" Truth in Television, as cephalopods release their ink when they're scared (it's a defensive reaction).
  • Cheerful Child: All three of them.
  • Demoted to Extra: They're not featured a lot in the original movie, but in the sequel, they're just background characters.
  • Funny Octopus: Pearl, especially when she "inks".
  • Ironic Allergy: Sheldon is "H2O (water) intolerant." ACHOO!
  • Not So Different: They initially tease Nemo about his deformed fin, but Pearl admits that she has one tentacle shorter than the rest ("but you can't really tell"). Then Sheldon admits that he's H2O intolerant, while Tad just says "I'm obnoxious!"
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: They're all smaller, cuter versions of their dads.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: How often do you see a flapjack octopus or a yellow longnose butterflyfish in a work of fiction?
  • The Voiceless: In the sequel, none of them get any lines.

    Mr. Ray
Voiced by: Bob Peterson

A spotted eagle ray. Nemo's teacher at school.

  • Cool Teacher: He's the jolliest science master working in marine education. He believes in the practical, taking his little fishy pupils for a ride on his back to teach them about the other creatures of the seabed and singing a whole bunch of memory-aiding ditties along the way. And the kids love him.
  • A Dog Named "Dog": He is a spotted eagle ray named Mr. Ray.
  • Educational Song: He sings one about the various species of marine life.
  • Large Ham: He has shades of this, as he will often begin his statements with a very loud and drawn out high note before resuming with his lecture.
  • Move Along, Nothing to See Here: Pretty much word for word after he witnesses an angry Nemo tell Marlin he hates him for his overprotectiveness, and he ushers his class away before trying to smooth the situation over.
  • Papa Wolf: He is very protective of his students, telling them to hide under him when danger approaches.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: He talks this way during his introductory song in the first movie:
    Mr. Ray: Mesopelagic, bathyal, abyssalpelagic..
    • Later, when the students are on a field trip, he says "Okay students, optical orbits up front, and remember, we keep our subesophangeal ganglion to ourselves."

Voiced by: Barry Humphries

A great white shark who wants to quit his habit of eating fish.

  • Ax-Crazy: Only when he smells blood.
  • Badass Baritone: Has a very loud deep voice and is a Great White Shark.
  • Black Eyes of Crazy: Bruce has these once he smells blood... Subverted as it is simply his carnivorous tendencies acting up, he tries to control himself outside of these episodes.
  • Blood Lust: Bruce is a nice shark, really. He just has trouble controlling his instinctive urge to eat fish once he smells Dory's blood.
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: His smile says it all.
  • Covers Always Lie: The film's entire advertising campaign heavily implied to audiences that Bruce is the Big Bad of the movie. This is not actually the case.
  • Creepy Good: For being a shark, the other fish are terrified of him and his support group. Bruce is taking the necessary steps to be in control of his instincts and he's at least trying to fight the prejudice towards sharks.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: See Face of a Thug.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Implied to have gotten over his fish-eating habits by the end of the film.
  • Emotional Bruiser: Despite being a big, imposing shark, he begins crying when Marlin explains that Nemo was kidnapped by divers.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Subverted, he's not evil at all, but he does have a "relapse" into his carnivore nature when he smells Dory's blood.
  • Fantastic Racism: He, along with the others, harbours a strong dislike of humans. Though considering how humans treat his species thanks to a certain movie, can you blame him?
  • Face of a Thug: Despite his good intentions, he still comes off initially as extremely terrifying since he is a shark.
  • Gentle Giant: He tries to be nice, at least, but he loses control over his predatory instincts when he smells blood.
  • Large Ham: Particularly in "feeding frenzy" mode, in which he is bellowing every line like a pantomime actor.
  • Meaningful Name: He is named after "Bruce," the code-name for the mechanical shark prop from Jaws.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Only natural for a shark, of course, but his introduction plays it up for maximum sinister effect. He also provides the trope picture.
  • Nice Guy: He's very genuine about wanting to give up his habit of eating fish.
  • Parental Abandonment: Cries that he never knew his father at one point. This is Truth in Television, as most sharks aren't particularly parental animals.
  • Put on a Bus: He doesn't appear in the first sequel. Time will tell if he's ever brought back.
  • Scary Teeth: He's a great white shark, it's par for the course.
  • Shout Out: To Jaws, seeing how the gargantuan great white in that movie (colloquially) shares the name with him.
  • Threatening Shark: Played with. Although he initially comes off as very threatening towards Marlin and Dory, he is actually a Nice Guy who honestly just wants to make friends with them. Unfortunately, he can't help his instincts when he accidentally gets a whiff of Dory's blood. His friends even Lampshade this:
    Anchor: Sorry about- [Bruce bashes the door] Bruce, mate!
    Chum: He's really- [Bruce hits the door again] a nice guy!
  • Tropaholics Anonymous: Bruce is the president of a society for sharks who want to stop eating fish.
    "Fish are friends, not food."
  • Vegetarian Carnivore: He attempts to be one, at least.

    Anchor and Chum
Voiced by: Eric Bana and Bruce Spence

Bruce's two friends, a great hammerhead and a mako shark respectively.

  • Apologetic Attacker: Played with, as they're not the ones attacking, Bruce is, and they’re trying to hold him back from causing any more damage.
  • Black Comedy: Chum appears to have eaten his guest on the way to the meeting.
  • Creepy Good: For being sharks, the other fish are terrified of them and Bruce. Like Bruce, they are taking the necessary steps to be in control of their instincts and they are at least trying to fight the prejudice towards sharks. Chum has had a brief relapse when he ate his fish buddy but the support group understands how hard it is to overcome their instincts.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: See Face of a Thug.
  • Face of a Thug: They're scary looking guys, but genuinely nice.
  • Fantastic Racism:
    • They both seem to harbor a strong dislike for dolphins. Possibly inspired by tales of dolphins attacking sharks to protect themselves or humans, and the other way around.
    • Humans, too. Especially Americans. Their dislike of humans as a whole may also be justified by the way humans have treated and threatened sharks as a dangerous bogeyman following the release of Jaws.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: Try to think of another cartoon mako besides Chum.
  • Those Two Guys: They are always seen together
  • Tropaholics Anonymous: Ditto to Bruce.
  • Vegetarian Carnivore: Like Bruce, although it's implied that Chum may have relapsed at some point.

Voice by: N/A

A small green fish that Anchor brings to the meeting as his "fish friend".

  • Cowardly Lion: He's absolutely terrified to be at the shark meeting. In the post-credits scene, however, he gets over his fear of predators and eats the Anglerfish in one bite.
  • Named by the Adaptation: He's left unnamed in the film, but is called Blenny in an officially licensed Macintosh game.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Turns out he's actually quite capable of eating large predators despite his small size.
  • The Quiet One: He doesn't say a word in the film. Justified, as he was likely so scared at the shark intervention that talking was the last thing on his mind at the time.
  • Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: He sneaks away after seeing that Chum ate his "fish friend".
  • Took a Level in Badass: In the post-credits scene, he overcomes his cowardice and eats the Anglerfish in one bite.

    The Anglerfish
Voice by: N/A

An anglerfish Marlin and Dory run into after following the diver's mask into a pitch-black trench.

  • Alluring Anglerfish: The page image.
  • Always a Bigger Fish: An example that is oddly both somewhat literal and ironic. In a post-credits scene, she gets Eaten Alive by Blenny, the fish that Anchor brought as his friend earlier. The ironic part is that Blenny is actually much smaller than her.
  • Bioluminescence Is Cool: Invoked; she lures fish in with her light, then eats them.
  • Eaten Alive: In a post-credits scene, she gets swallowed in one bite by the tiny green fish that Chum brought to the sharks' meeting.
  • Eldritch Abomination: How Marlin and Dory see her. Indeed, she's never referred to by any species name and is seen more as a horrifying creature than a normal animal. Justified, as neither of them have seen a creature like this.
  • Female Monster Surprise: Younger audiences might not realise that this is actually female. Male anglerfish are much smaller and lack the bioluminescent lure characteristic of the species.
  • Hell Is That Noise: The shriek it makes, especially when it finally shows itself.
  • Light Is Not Good: She uses her luminescent lure to catch her victims.
  • Nightmare Face: Huge blank eyes, giant teeth, cavernous mouth, etc. This is Truth in Television.
  • Non-Malicious Monster: Like the Barracuda, while she's just hunting to survive, she's nevertheless scary and antagonistic.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: The only thing Dory and Marlin see of it is its hypnotic light. As it ascends, what descends behind them are long, razor-sharp teeth and big, blank, bug-like eyes.
  • Rule of Scary: Like the barracuda, it utters noises, namely vicious snarls and screeches.
  • Scary Teeth: Like all anglerfish, she has a ferocious set of teeth.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Aside from Dory and Darla, she is the only notable female involved on the journey to find Nemo.

    The School of Moonfish

A school of moonfish who give Marlin and Dory directions to Sydney. They also enjoy doing impressions.

  • Deadpan Snarker: Especially towards Marlin.
  • Hive Mind: They have pretty amazingly good synchronization for a large group of fish.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: After Dory explains that Marlin was upset because his son was missing, they warm up and offer to help them out. Even beforehand, they went out of there way to comfort Dory when it seemed like Marlin was bothering her.
  • Synchronized Swarming: The current page image.

    The Jellyfish
Voice by: N/A

A bloom of jellyfish who harass Dory and Marlin after they attack a baby one.

  • Don't Go in the Woods: They're referred to as a "forest".
  • Electric Jellyfish: All of their stings have a "zap" sound effect.
  • The Speechless: They say nothing. Which makes sense, since they have no mouths. Oddly enough, Squishy makes a squeal after Marlin tailwhacks it away.
  • The Swarm: There's a ton of them. They're referred to as a "jellyfish forest".

Voiced by: Andrew Stanton

A green sea turtle who helps Marlin and Dory find their way to Sydney.

  • Creator Cameo: Voiced by director Andrew Stanton.
  • Good Parents: He's a great dad to Squirt, knowing when to interfere and when to let him learn on his own. Marlin learns a thing or two from this.
  • Nice Guy: A friendly guy who's all too happy to help Dory and Marlin out.
  • The Nicknamer: Marlin is "dude" or "jellyman", Dory is "little blue".
  • Older Than They Look: He's 150 years old, dude, and still young.
  • Surfer Dude: Played with. He's a turtle, but he has the laid-back personality.
  • Totally Radical: The way he talks, dude.
  • Verbal Tic: Crush tends to end his sentences with "dude", dude.
  • Wise Old Turtle: He's a bit of a twist on the trope. While at first he doesn't act like a typical wise old mentor, being instead a laid-back Surfer Dude, he still gives Marlin useful advice for his quest... and when Marlin asks him his age, he answers that he's a hundred and fifty — and still young.

Voiced by: Nicholas Bird (Finding Nemo), Bennett Dammann (Finding Dory)

Crush's son.

  • Cheerful Child: Every smiling just about every second he's on screen and seems to be perpetually excited.
  • Keet: He's full of energy.
  • Put on a Bus: Subverted; he still appears in the second film, but is no longer a member of Nemo's class.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: He's small, has huge puppy-dog eyes, and has the energy of a seven-year-old boy.
  • Verbal Tic: He has one like his father, dude.

    The Whale
Voiced by: Frank Welker

A blue whale encountered by Martin and Dory.

  • Artistic Licence Biology: In real life, a whale's blowhole and its mouth are not connected in any way, making this whale's role in the plot impossible.
  • Gentle Giant: Belongs to the largest existing species of mammal, which can be up to 30 meters (98 feet) long and 173 tonnes (191 short tons) in weight. Nonetheless, he mainly feeds on tiny crustaceans called krill and doesn't mean to harm larger fish like Marlin and Dory.
  • Monster Whale: Subverted. While a whale does end up very nearly consuming Marlin and Dory, and Marlin very much acts like they've been swallowed by a terrifying sea monster, it does so unintentionally and turns out to be friendly, giving them some advice that helps them escape its mouth before it can accidentally swallow them.
  • The Unintelligible: He only speaks "whale" language consisting of low-frequency vocalizations which Marlin cannot understand. Dory claims to be able to speak whale, despite Martin's disbelief, and it turns out she's right.

    The Seagulls
Voiced by: Andrew Stanton, Jan Rabson, Jess Harnell

A flock of seagulls who are minor antagonists, only caring for food. They are rather stupid and only say "Mine!"

    Humboldt Squid 

A bioluminescent squid who is a minor antagonist in Finding Dory, as well as the sole new character in who isn't a part of the Marine Life Institute.

  • Bioluminescence Is Cool: Not quite in its case, as it lets it notice potential prey in wreckage but also gives itself away. Justified in that they flash red rather than blue when in hunting mode, suggesting it wasn't actively looking for prey but just disturbed.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: Of the Barracuda in Finding Nemo. Like the Barracuda the Humboldt Squid is a non-sentient predator who briefly appear and tries to eat the main characters. However, the Barracuda appeared in the beginning of the movie and despite his brief appearance and having to share its screen time with other antagonistic forces, serves as the main catalyst for the first movie's conflict, while the Humboldt Squid appears in the middle of this movie is the only antagonistic force found here but has nothing to do with its main conflict.
  • The Dreaded: Cephalopods are major predators of crustaceans so it makes sense that the local crabs would fear it even without taking its temperament into account.
  • Giant Eye of Doom: It's a jumbo squid, which have disproportionately large eyes compared to most animals.
  • Giant Squid: Well, not quite the real deal but it plays as one towards the main characters (considering relative size).
  • Plot-Irrelevant Villain: The only antagonistic figure found in Finding Dory, but has nothing to do with the main conflict and only appears for a short time.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: When was the last time you saw a humboldt squid in a fictional work?
  • Super-Persistent Predator: Crashes through corten steel containers in an effort to catch two clown fish and a blue tang, only stopped because one falls on it, while it continues to try and snap at what are less than bite snap snacks to it with a door slammed on one of its limbs.
  • Tentacled Terror: He is an antagnistic Humboldt squid.


    Dr. Philip Sherman
Voiced by: Bill Hunter

The dentist who "rescues" Nemo from the reef and puts him in his fish tank, thus setting up the main plot of the film.

  • All There in the Script: His name is only mentioned on the scuba mask (as simply "P. Sherman"). His first name Philip is not said at all.
  • Humans Are Cthulhu: To the fish when in his scuba diving gear. He's currently the page image.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: His Establishing Character Moment shows he's more of this than the usual dentist, accidentally pulling a tooth without anesthesia and joking about it shortly after. That being said, he's a relatively friendly guy and loves his niece.
  • The Kindnapper: Why did he take Nemo? Because he (not unreasonably) thought the young clownfish was going to die if he didn't.
  • Lethally Stupid: Keeps giving fish to his niece despite the fact that she keeps killing them by shaking their bags.
  • Obliviously Evil: To some degree. He was under the impression that Nemo was struggling and dying away from the coral reef and is unaware that he separated a child from his father. Similarly, he is oblivious to the fact that the fish in his tank are miserable and wish to be freed into the ocean.
  • Punny Name: "P. Sherman" sounds like "fisherman".

Voiced by: LuLu Ebeling

Dr. Sherman's niece, but known to the Tank Gang as "the fish killer."

  • Baby Talk: "Fishy!"
  • Braces of Orthodontic Overkill: God those braces of hers are massive! They basically make her default expression a Slasher Smile for the fish.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Although her brattiness is unintentional.
  • Chronic Pet Killer: The reason why she is feared by the Tank Gang.
  • Creepy Child: To the Tank Gang. Subverted considering the fact that she seems quite nice, if not a bit overenthusiastic about her pets.
  • The Dreaded: To the point that her scenes are accompanied by "Psycho" Strings.
  • Genki Girl: An overexcited and hyperactive little girl.
  • Girlish Pigtails: She has red hair in pigtails.
  • The Heavy: Is more of a direct danger than her uncle, whose only role was putting the fish in the tank and keeping them there.
  • Idiot Houdini: As far as we know, she isn't punished for killing fish by shaking their bags. If she is, we never hear about it.
  • Lethally Stupid: Darla is actually a relatively normal girl (except for the braces), what makes her an antagonist is her bad habit to shake her fishes like crazy. This is justified, however, by how young and hyperactive she is.
  • Obliviously Evil: Even more so than her uncle. She doesn't seem to know that her actions towards fish (particularly shaking their bags) are extremely harmful.
  • Scary Teeth: Thanks to her Braces of Orthodontic Overkill.
  • Speech Impediment: Darla has trouble speaking with those terrible braces.
  • Spoiled Brat: She gets everything she wants from her uncle.
  • Youthful Freckles: That match her red hair.

The Marine Life Institute


Voiced by: Ed O'Neill

A grouchy octopus who's determined to bust out of the institute.

  • An Arm and a Leg: He's missing one of his arms, and Dory calls him a "septopus" because of that.
  • Broken Bird: The traumatic loss of his tentacle is implied to be the reason why he's such a bitter loner.
  • Chameleon Camouflage: Can blend in with any surrounding. Justified because octopuses can do that in real life, though it's mostly for underwater situations; octopuses are not very effective at blending in with human-made objects.
  • Con Man: Hank is more than happy to trick Dory into handing over her tag in the beginning by any means possible. Once he realizes that she's Too Dumb to Fool, however, he quickly changes tactics and reluctantly begins helping her.
  • The Cynic: In stark contrast to Dory's more optimistic outlook on life.
  • Deadpan Snarker: When meeting Dory for the first time, he starts to tell Dory his plan, saying "It'd never work, it's too crazy." When Dory asks to hear it, saying she's okay with crazy, he remarks "You know, I could see that".
  • Defrosting Ice King: Hank starts out as a cynical, grumpy loner who's only willing to help Dory for his own gain. However, her sweetness and optimism slowly begin to crack away at his icy exterior until he wants to help her for real.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Twice. First with a baby cart and second with a TRUCK. Justified, however, in that he "can't see squat" either time.
  • Escape Artist: We never once see where Hank is actually supposed to be within the institute, since he's gotten himself out and been on the run for an indefinite amount of time. His ability to escape and camouflage himself are extremely helpful to Dory and extremely irksome to the staff at the marine hospital.
  • Foil: Created to be one for Dory. While she is optimistic, friendly, and looking to find her family so she won't feel alone, Hank is cynical, grouchy, and looking to live in solitude for the rest of his life. Dory is also a textbook example of The Fool who relies on good luck and a good attitude to succeed, and generally doesn't bother with making plans; by contrast, Hank is a hypercompetent badass with a whole array of useful "superpowers", and he meticulously plans his every move. And while Dory is rather forgetful and wants to remember her parents, Hank has memories that he DOESN'T want to remember.
  • Funny Octopus: Even though he mostly plays the Straight Man to Dory, he still has a handful of humorous moments, mostly related to his Master of Disguise abilities - including disguising himself as a human baby.
  • Grumpy Bear: He may be the most grumpy character in the series so far, and that's saying something.
  • Handicapped Badass: Despite having lost one of his tentacles, Hank is easily one of the most agile characters in the series; able to swing from objects with ease, pilot a baby stroller in a crowd of humans, and even drive a truck.
  • Hates Being Touched: Hank detests physical contact and wanted to be sent to quarantine so that he can live peacefully in an isolated glass box without having to be mishandled by anyone.
  • Hates Small Talk: Goes along with his ultimate desire to be left alone. Hank actually launches into a small rant about how much he doesn't like "talking and chatter" when Dory initially tries to make conversation with him.
  • Hollywood Chameleon: Just like real octopuses, he has the ability to change his body color to blend in with his environment.
  • Ineffectual Loner: Hank doesn't want friends or family and aspires to live completely alone in a glass tank for the rest of his days. Thankfully, he comes out of this mindset after spending time with Dory.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Extremely prickly and ill-tempered, and only agreed to help Dory to get her tag. Despite this, he eventually grows attached to her and becomes one of her best friends.
  • Luminescent Blush: It's very brief, but Hank blushes deeply when Dory tells him, "I think I'll remember you."
  • Loner-Turned-Friend: Though Hank spends most of the movie rebuffing Dory's attempts to befriend him, she eventually gets under his skin and he actually gives up his goal of going to Cleveland to return to the ocean with her.
  • Master of Disguise: Due to his flexible body and color-changing abilities, he disguises himself as a number of things over the course of the movie, from a potted plant to a human baby.
  • No Mouth: As an octopus's beak is on the other side of its body from its eyes, Hank talks for the most part without any visible mouth movement. However, the animators compromised and gave him a mouth between his front two tentacles which can be seen when he shouts or is otherwise riled.
  • Noodle Incident: Exactly what caused Hank to lose a tentacle and develop his fear of the ocean and physical contact is never Finding Dory, at least.
  • Opposites Attract: In a platonic sense. The creators say that Hank was created to be Dory's exact opposite and the two of them become good friends.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: While not a literal veteran, Hank lost one of his tentacles in an unmentioned "accident" that may or may not have to do with his fear of the ocean but which has everything to do with his PTSD-like fear of being touched. It is also implied to be the reason he's so cynical and adamant about not getting close to anyone— physically or emotionally.
  • Sour Outside, Sad Inside: Over the course of the movie, Hank reveals in bits and pieces that his past (whatever it is) weighs heavily on him and he wishes he could forget about it: "No memories, no problems."
  • Straight Man: To Dory.
  • Super Not-Drowning Skills: Inverted. He can survive outside of water for an improbably long time compared to real-life octopuses.
  • Trauma Button: Part of his PTSD-like symptoms, Hank is extremely paranoid about being touched by anyone, and the idea of it alone is enough to make him a terrified wreck.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifter: Like all octopuses, he can make himself look like something else by changing the color and texture of his skin, although since they're going for realism here, his abilities are somewhat limited.


Voiced by: Kaitlin Olson

A nearsighted whale shark and Dory's pipe pal.

  • Birds of a Feather: It's no wonder she got along so well with Dory.
  • Blind Without 'Em: She has very poor eyesight and is constantly running into walls because of them. She mostly relies on Bailey's echolocation (dubbed in-universe as "The World's Most Powerful Spectacles") to "see".
  • Childhood Friends: She and Dory used to communicate to each other using the tank pipes when they were younger.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: An adorably sweet and helpful whale shark who frequently crashes into objects because of her poor vision. Even in-universe she's seen as cute enough that the MLI is selling stuffed animal versions of her.
  • Cute Giant: A huge and downright adorable whale shark.
  • Genki Girl: Cheerful and enthusiastic, she gets very excited to reunite with her old friend, and will stop at nothing to help Dory.
  • Gentle Giant: Huge compared to the rest of the cast, but super nice. Truth in Television, since the whale shark is the largest living fish species, yet feeds on plankton and is docile even toward humans.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: Frequently bickers about the most minute of things with Bailey, but they would develop a close bond as Bailey becomes her "eyesight".
  • Seldom-Seen Species: Whale sharks are fairly well-known, but there's a small chance you might see one in a cartoon.


Voiced by: Ty Burrell

A beluga whale who lives in the tank next to Destiny. He has an unknown injury that causes his echolocation to not function properly.

  • Disabled Snarker: Is rather sardonic due to his inability to echo locate.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: He can't remember how his echolocation works.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: He frequently pick fights with Destiny, but they share a close enough bond for him to agree to her requests, and he later promises her to be her "eyesight" when they return to the ocean.
  • Pstandard Psychic Pstance: Invoked. Bailey's not trying to use ESP, but he still takes the pose.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: Belugas aren't that common in fiction.
  • Super Senses: While his echolocation is not functioning perfectly, it still allows him to "see" through solid objects and locate stuff from far distances.

    Fluke and Rudder

Voiced by: Idris Elba and Dominic West

Two sea lions that hang around the shore close to the Institute.

  • Fat and Skinny: Fluke is rather burly, whereas Rudder is slender.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: As Marlin points out, sea lions live principally on fish. However, Rudder and Fluke are perfectly willing to help the protagonists.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: With Gerald, constantly trying to keep him off their rock.
  • Sweet Seal: Both are pretty amicable even to their natural prey. That said, they are territorial.
  • Those Two Guys: They appear together all the time. Truth in Television: sea lions are especially gregarious animals.


Voiced by: Torbin Xan Bullock

A common loon that is friends with Fluke and Rudder and tries to help Marlin and Nemo find Dory

  • Artistic License – Ornithology: She's treated more like a semi-aquatic pigeon than an actual loon, walking around on two legs, eating popcorn and making pigeon noises. Real life loons move rather ungainly on land and are piscivores (which would make them another threat to Marlin and Nemo).
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Despite trying to help Marlin and Nemo find Dory, she gets distracted by popcorn that has fallen to the ground.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: She is less anthropomorphized than most animals in the film, with realistic bird eyes. She also looks different from the other loons in the movie, with scruffer feathers.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Averted. She has eyes that are realistic (if a bit too large) for her species, but is quite friendly.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: She loves popcorn.


Voiced by: Torbin Xan Bullock

A sea lion that is always trying to get on the rock that Fluke and Rudder are on.

  • Ambiguous Disorder: From the way he's portrayed, there's clearly something not quite right about him.
  • Big Ol' Unibrow: Just look at it.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Seems to be not quite there.
  • Comically Cross-Eyed: He has unfocused, outward-looking eyes.
  • Fish Eyes: Ironic, considering he's one of the few characters that's not a fish.
  • Nonstandard Character Design: Compared to the rest of the characters, Gerald looks like he escaped from a much more cartoony film.
  • One Steve Limit: He shares the name with a pelican that attempts to eat Marlin and Dory in Finding Nemo. They are both ugly and unpopular members of their species (the other pelicans refuse to help Gerald the pelican when he's choking on the protagonists).
  • Thousand-Yard Stare: Again, his eyes are unfocused and looking into a distance.

    Jenny and Charlie 

Voiced by: Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy

Dory's long lost parents.

  • Audience Surrogate: They represent the many parents who live through the struggle of having a child with special needs. Many parents would be able to relate, especially the scene with Jenny crying in worry over whether Dory can survive on her own.
  • Determinator: They never gave up hope that their daughter would one day return. When she disappeared, they escaped the institute, set up a home near the exit pipe, and spent every day since setting up seashell trails in every direction in the hope that Dory would stumble upon one of them and follow them back home.
  • Good Parents: They're incredibly patient with Dory and her short-term memory loss, and did everything they could to keep her from getting lost.
  • Parental Abandonment: Though not by choice. Dory got swept away by the undertow and was lost for years, with her parents trying hard to find her.
  • Parents as People: As much as they love Dory, they genuinely wondered if she could make it on her own.
  • Stepford Smiler: Jenny and Charlie acted happy and gentle around their daughter, and partially they really were, but underneath, they were always worried about her getting hurt or lost without their supervision.
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Their stripe patterns resemble a hairstyle, with long hair for Jenny and a receding hairline for Charlie.

Alternative Title(s): Finding Dory


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