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Hedgies

    RJ 
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Voiced by: Bruce Willis
A con artist raccoon who uses group of animals to help him gather food for Vincent to replace the stash he accidentally stole, but soon warms up to the group.
  • Becoming the Mask: He initially only joins the family to get them to gather food for him, but eventually grows to become a legitimate member by the end of the movie.
  • Con Man: RJ is introduced as a scammer.
  • Experienced Protagonist: RJ is already well adept at the human world in his introduction and proceeds to teach the rest about it.
  • It's All About Me: He has no qualms about stealing food from Vincent to feed himself, and later manipulates the hedgies into stealing food for the humans from which he'd later steal for himself. He grows out of this.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: At the start of the movie, he's perfectly happy with stealing some food for the humans to steal it for himself later. However, after Becoming the Mask, he grows to love his adoptive family, though he still retains his snarky, jokey nature.
  • Mysterious Past: We know nothing about him other than his past with Vincent.
  • Rascally Raccoon: He's shown to be crafty and sneaky, and seeking to get the other woodland animals to help him rob a human town of all its food while planning on running off with the entire heist. He does have a redeeming motive, as he needs to pay off a massive food debt to Vincent, who will kill him if he doesn't pay up... although he got into that debt to begin with when he destroyed the bear's food store when trying to steal it.
  • Sixth Ranger: He joins Verne and his group at the beginning of the film and is eventually promoted as The Leader.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Initially a selfish thief, RJ eventually grows to genuinely love his new family.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Verne by the end of the movie.
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    Verne 
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Voiced by: Garry Shandling
A neurotic box turtle who has a suspicious grudge against RJ, unlike the other animals.
  • Butt-Monkey: Something bad seems to happen to him every time he wanders into Suburbia, from having a bike crash into him to almost eating a diaper to losing his shell in a street sweeper. Justified due to his lack of knowledge of how things work there.
  • Character Development: He eventually warms up to the human world and accepts RJ's brand of leadership.
  • Deuteragonist: While RJ is the protagonist, Verne's conflict with him as well as his own fears of the human world are also a major plotline.
  • Insistent Terminology: A Running Gag in the movie involves him correcting everyone who refers to him as an amphibian by calling himself a reptile.
  • It's All About Me: Verne is steadfast in believing his ways are best for everyone and refuses to consider the idea of RJ's methods being more efficient. He later comes around.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: While he's clearly in the wrong for calling his family "too stupid and naïve to know any better", Verne is completely correct in guessing RJ is taking advantage of their naivety to get food for himself.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While he may be pretentious and keeps trying to force his ways on the whole family, he's ultimately only doing it because he believes it's necessary to protect them. He eventually grows to actively enjoy the group's heists, and he steps down as leader after realising they'd all be better under RJ's leadership.
  • The Lancer: He offers up the most opposition to RJ's plans.
  • Naked People Are Funny: This is the impression given every time his shell comes off.
  • Off-Model: Whenever Verne loses his shell, his tail disappears from his character model.
  • Only Sane Man: He's often the only character to actively question RJ's plans. During one of their visits into the human world (with RJ telling them to "lick their privates" in the event of a human), Verne is the only family member who doesn't try it, taking the more reasonable option of hiding in his shell.
  • Quickly Demoted Leader: Once RJ shows up, Verne gradually loses his leadership standing.
  • Token Minority: The only reptilian character in the movie. The rest, including the humans, are mammals.
  • Turtle Power: A turtle who happens to be the leader of the woodland creatures (until RJ comes along).
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With RJ by the end of the movie.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He steals all of his family's stolen food (and doesn't seem to care about what they'd eat afterwards), but only to return it to the humans so they won't kill them in retaliation. The giant explosion that resulted in all the food being destroyed was a complete accident.

    Hammy 
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Voiced by: Steve Carell
A hyperactive and boisterous red squirrel whose mouth moves as fast as his feet and loves cookies.
  • Animal Stereotypes: The squirrel character is hyperactive and quirky.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: He gets distracted really easily. One example would be when he found a cookie on the roof, at which point RJ was forced to use his laser pointer to distract him from the distraction.
  • Break the Cutie: He's heartbroken when Verne accidentally calls him stupid in his rant about RJ.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: He's quite the most eccentric critter in this film, partially stemming from his hyperactivity.
  • Keet: Hammy behaves like a kid who's had too much sugar.
  • Large Ham: (Pun intended) Hammy is a immature, energetic and eccentric animal who behaves quite meaning.
  • Kid-Appeal Character: He's a hyperactive, childlike squirrel.
  • Manchild: He's seemingly an adult, yet behaves like a 5-year-old riddled by candy.
  • Time Stands Still: He moves so fast after drinking caffeine that to him, time stops moving completely.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Cookies.

    Stella 
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Voiced by: Wanda Sykes
A sassy skunk who is constantly being told by the other foragers that she needs a man in her life.
  • Ass Shove: As part of her disguise, her friends lodge a cork to... where her glands are.
  • Dating Catwoman: She and Tiger hit it off while he's still the human Big Bad's pet. He makes a Heel–Face Turn after the Final Battle.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Tiger, a cat.
  • Sassy Black Woman: She's quite sassy, and while she's not human her black fur and voice give off this impression.
  • Smelly Skunk: As to be expected from her, being a skunk and all. She doesn't actually play this straight until the near end of the movie, when it becomes necessary to escape, though she does threaten to a few times like a real skunk. Though it acts like a smoke grenade than a spray.

    Ozzie 
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Voiced by: William Shatner
A melodramatic possum who plays dead in response to even the slightest things that happen to him, to his daughter's embarrassment.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: His overdramatic nature embarrasses Heather. Despite this, she loves him dearly.
  • Drama Queen: He reacts to even the most minor troubles by playing dead.
  • Large Ham: Courtesy of being played by William Shatner. Ozzie is prone to being very theatrical when he has to play dead.
  • Pretend We're Dead: Ozzie's favorite prank.

    Heather 
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Voiced by: Avril Lavigne
Ozzie's daughter who is embarrassed by her dad's overdramatic tendencies to play dead.
  • Daddy's Girl: As she is Ozzie's only child, he is quite doting of her.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Downplayed; she's not a Humanoid Female Animal by any stretch, but she does borrow Avril's light blue eyes, and her eyelashes are based on the eye makeup Avril usually wore in the mid-2000's
  • Missing Mom: No mention is made about her mother.
  • Teens Are Short: She's a full head shorter than her dad.
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    Penny & Lou 
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Two porcupines with their hands full of porcupine triplets.

    Bucky, Spike & Quillo 
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Voiced by: Sami Kirkpatrick (Bucky), Shane Baumel (Spike) and Madison Davenport (Quillo)
Penny and Lou's three mischievous triplets.
  • Aerith and Bob: Bucky and especially Spike are common names, but Quillo?
  • Awesome by Analysis: The triplets easily learn things by simply observing.
  • Child Prodigy: The three are smart enough to power up a television and hotwire it to have hundreds of channels in the middle of the forest.
  • Kid-Appeal Character: Th triplets are literally children and are obviously aimed at the younger audience.
  • Outnumbered Sibling: Quilllo is the only female of the triplets.
  • Punny Name: A porcupine name Spike.
  • Sibling Team: They sort everything together.

    Tiger 
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Voiced by :Omid Djalili
A Persian cat owned by Gladys Sharp who can't smell anything.

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Humans

    Gladys Sharp 
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Voiced by: Allison Janney
The president of the Camelot Estates Home Owners Association. She is disgusted by animals and is strict on H.O.A. rules
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Beautiful, financially and professionally well-off, and very, very unpleasant.
  • Ax-Crazy: She attempts to have the animals killed "as inhumanly as possible", and later attempts to kill them with a weed cutter.
  • Big Bad: She's the human antagonist of the movie.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: With Vincent.
  • Braggart Boss: She is the Homeowner's Association president, and brags about it a lot.
  • Crazy Cat Lady: She's a little unhinged and all she has at the beginning is Tiger, so...
  • Create Your Own Villain: While she's never pleasant to begin with, Gladys likely wouldn't antagonize the group to begin with if they didn't scavenge in her house that much.
  • Dark Is Evil: She has black hair and dresses in black clothing a lot, with the exception of her red pajamas.
  • Demoted to Extra: Gladys was a major antagonist in the movie, but in the game's story, she only factors into the plot during the pre-time skip levels (which take place during the movie's climax) and for one section near the end.
  • Hate Sink: Her Jerkass behaviour makes her dislikeable due to using an obnoxious tone to say unpleasantly nonsensical declarations.
  • It's All About Me: Selfish Gladys is obsessed with every house in the neighborhood to be perfect, just so she can flaunt her success.
  • Jerkass: She's a very mean woman, who's also greedy, obnoxious and arrogant.
  • Orcus on His Throne: She hires Dwayne to get rid of the animals and only personally tries to stop them during the film's climax.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: She quickly brings up her company and position while being arrested.
  • Villainous Breakdown: She does not take arrest very well. She even smacks one of the cops arresting her and attempts to run away during them only to be pinned down immediately.

    Dwayne La Fontant 
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A exterminator who takes his job extremely seriously. He is hired by Gladys to kill RJ and the gang.
  • Acrofatic: He may be portly, but he can still pull off combat rolls and climb over fences with no problem.
  • Affably Evil: He may want to kill the animals, but he's still a jolly guy overall.
  • Archenemy: He appears to be this to Verne, personally going after him first and being the only one in the film to refer to him by his species' proper name of reptile.
  • Big Bad: Of the video game.
  • The Dragon: In the movie, Gladys hires him to get rid of the animals.
  • Dragon Ascendant: Initially The Dragon to Gladys, he steps up his game to become the full-on Big Bad of the game while Gladys is Demoted to Extra.
  • Exit, Pursued by a Bear: The last we hear of him in the film is him getting attacked by Nugent the dog offscreen after he climbs over a fence and ends up in his yard.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: He wears a pair of rectangular glasses and is quite enthusiastic when it comes to capturing animals.
  • The Nose Knows: He can sniff out what species of animals are around, and with two sniffs of Ozzie could determine both his weight and sex.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Even if he is a villain, he is only trying to do his job as an exterminator, the action Gladys assigned him for; and it's shown straight to us he doesn't resist going all-out on his animalistic enemies.
  • Red Baron: Characters tend to refer to him as "The Sniffer" in the game, in reference to his tendencies to sniff out the area for vermin.
  • Sanity Slippage: It's made clear in the video game that he's gone off the deep end since the animals last defeated him, which in turn has resulted in the creation of his brainwashed animal army.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: In the game, he's not only placed traps in people's backwards, but inside people's houses as well. Plus he's got a whole army of animals under his control.

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    Vincent 
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Voiced by: Nick Nolte
A massive black bear who threatens RJ's life if he doesn't get back all the food RJ destroyed.
  • Bears Are Bad News: He threatens to kill RJ for destroying his stash and later extends his anger to the rest of RJ's family.
  • Beary Friendly: He becomes a Gentle Giant and a friend to the hedgies after his Heel–Face Turn in the game.
  • Big Bad: Of the movie, since the immense danger he poses to RJ drives the events of the story.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: With Gladys and Dwayne, though he's different in that he works separately from them.
  • Dark Is Evil: A black-furred bear who threatens RJ's life throughout the movie.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: After he gets defeated a second time in the tie-in game, Vincent initially ends up allying himself with the Hedgies to get vengeance on Dwayne for mind-controlling him, but he eventually pulls a Heel–Face Turn and joins the group by the end of the game.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Unless driven into a rage, he always talks to RJ casually - like a friend. But given that pretty much all of his dialogue is about how he plans to kill RJ - often as indifferently as if he were giving the weather - the effect is just unsettling.
    (cheerfully, about the betrayal) So I was on my way down here to kill you, but I stopped to watch the show, and I gotta say...that, right there, is a thing of beauty!
  • Friend to All Children: After his Heel–Face Turn, he gets along surprisingly well with Heather and the porcupine kids. Their respective parents still fear him, but he's (thankfully) pretty chill by that point.
  • Guttural Growler: Thanks to Nick Nolte. Delves into Softspoken Sadist at times.
  • Heel–Face Turn: In the tie-in game, he initially only works with RJ and his family to get revenge on Dwayne for controlling him, but he eventually becomes an actual friend to the group.
  • Not So Different: He applauds RJ for his duplicitous actions, because it's what he would have done. It's implied that the two have known each other for some time, and he believes RJ to be a selfish, greedy user like he is. While he isn't wrong, RJ has the capacity to change, while Vincent does not.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Twice in the film.
    • He goes into a murderous rage and chases after RJ for getting his food destroyed but gives him a week to replace it.
    • In the near end, he completely loses it when RJ once again uses the wagon of Vincent's food to save his animal friends and attacks him trying to kill him and his friends.
  • Villainous Glutton: If all the "Do Not Feed The Wildlife" signs he's collected and defaced were any indication, Vincent loves having more food than anyone. Heck, his hibernation's almost over, and he still has a huge stockpile.
  • Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: His cruel approval of RJ screwing over Vern and the rest of the animals, and his pointing out that the two are Not So Different, is what finally spurs RJ on to change.

    Nugent 
Voiced by: Brian Stepanek
A Rottweiler who really, really wants to play with everyone he sees.
  • Big Friendly Dog: Never means harm, but he has no idea how rough he plays and thinks running away from him is just part of the game.
  • One-Word Vocabulary: Plaaaaay! Playplayplayplay!
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