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  • All-Loving Hero: Lives by his Aunt Lucy's words "If we're kind and polite, the world will be right." This becomes meaningful in the second movie when he helps gradually transform the prison into a more pleasant place.
  • Bears Are Bad News: Downplayed; being also Beary Friendly, Paddington is on the whole a very polite and well-meaning sort of fellow, but tends to nevertheless cause trouble and chaos (albeit of the "social faux pas and mild catastrophes" variety) to those around him through his naivete and clumsiness.
  • Beary Friendly: He is unfailingly polite, courteous and friendly.
  • Death Glare: A downplayed version, at least; while Paddington is usually rather mild-natured and unflappable, if you do manage to annoy him (usually by forgetting your manners) then you may find yourself the recipient of one of his "hard stares".
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: His only clothing is his hat and jacket.
  • Happily Adopted: At least in the film continuity, it is established that Paddington was rescued by Pastuzo and Lucy when he was a cub with no explicit reference being made to his biological parents.
  • Kindhearted Simpleton: Paddington is far from a fool, but his initial lack of familiarity with English (and human) customs cause him some trouble.
  • The Pollyanna: When recalling Aunt Lucy's words:
    Paddington: Aunt Lucy said, "If we're kind and polite the world will be right."
  • Sarcasm-Blind: When Knuckles tells Paddington sarcastically that he loves when people complain about his food, the latter takes this statement at face value and files a complaint with him.

    The Brown Family 

Henry Brown

  • British Stuffiness: Growing out of it is a key part of his Character Development, but he never quite loses all of it.
  • Hollywood Mid-Life Crisis: Is going through one at the beginning of the second film. He dyes his hair, takes yoga and is seen using face masks.
  • Overprotective Dad: Less in a "wary of romantic partners for his children" sense, more in a "trying to protect them from dangers which exist only in his own head" sense. And interestingly, he's notably more overprotective towards his son than his daughter (perhaps because his son cheerfully throws himself into potentially dangerous situations while his daughter is a lot more sensible).
  • Straw Vulcan: He has some of these tendencies in the first movie especially; notice how his various chidings of Jonathan's reckless exploits are based more on exact statistical data ("17% of childhood accidents are caused by jumping!") than the possibility that Jonathan could break his leg or something.

Mary Brown

Jonathan Brown

  • Closet Geek: Is into steam trains but cannot openly admit it.
  • Meaningful Rename: Is trying to be called J-Dog in the second movie.
  • Not So Different: He rolls his eyes at his sister's embarrassment over Paddington and the family in the first film, only to become fixated on his own "cool" reputation in the second.
  • Out of Focus: In the second movie compared to his screen time in the previous film.
  • Pretty Fly for a White Guy: He and his friends are going through this phase in the second movie.
  • Rail Enthusiast: Is a closeted one.

Judy Brown

  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Downplayed in the first film, since she does not throw tantrums or act much like a spoiled brat. But she has clearly reached an age where she is noticeably sullen, easily embarrassed and prefers to distance herself from her family (and Paddington) as much as possible. She gradually warms up however.
  • Does Not Like Men: As a result of a bad break-up in the second film. Her newspaper bans boys but in the credits, says they're now allowed to work with her.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: The film shows her learn at least a few phrases of Bear, which later lets her communicate with him during their attempt to rescue him from the museum.

David Russell
The Browns' American nephew, only appears in the Hanna-Barbera series. He was being picked up at the train station when his aunt and uncle found Paddington.

Mrs. Bird

Traditionally the Brown's live-in housekeeper, although she's established as a relative in the film, though what relation she shares to the family is never specified.

  • Big Damn Heroes: Gets a chance to be this in the film, when she reaches the roof just in time to knock Millicent off the roof before she can shoot Paddington.
  • Cool Old Lady: Sometimes.


Millicent Clyde

  • Bad People Abuse Animals: She was planning on stuffing a live, sentient bear.
  • Big Bad: Of the 2014 movie.
  • Dramatically Missing the Point: Her biggest flaw is her inability to understand why her father let the Geographical Society kick him out. She's become completely obsessed with glory and lost the morals he considered more important.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Part of her motivation for her evil was to restore her dad's glory.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: This attitude basically justifies her willingness to kill Paddington, as she doesn't consider the bears her father encountered to be people even though they were capable of talking.

Phoenix Buchanan

  • Big Bad: He is Paddington's rival for the pop-up book, gets him into prison and almost killed via drowning.
  • The Dandy: Is vain and flamboyant.
  • Graceful Loser: His prison time ends up forcing him to learn how to work with other people. It also gives him a literal captive audience, leaving him actually pretty pleased he got caught.
  • Large Ham: In spades. It's justified due to him being a conceited actor who's just as flamboyant off the stage as on. Hugh Grant is clearly having the time of his life playing this character.
  • Loners Are Freaks: His career is in the toilets because he can't work with other people.
  • Man of a Thousand Voices: Can expertly disguise his voice, and switch back and forth between them easily. He disguises himself as a cockney when robbing the book, and does a Scottish accent when quoting Macbeth.
  • Master of Disguise: Part of the difficulty in proving Paddington's innocence is Phoenix's extensive mastery of disguises. The Browns briefly believe there's a pack of criminals who have framed the bear, rather than one man.
  • Sissy Villain: Is vain and obsessed with his appearance.
    Mr Brown: Geeze, that man spends a lot on face cream!
  • Small Name, Big Ego: His opinion of himself far outweighs his much reduced circumstances. Deconstructed, since it’s repeatedly shown that Phoenix actually is legitimately talented, but let his ego become so out of control that people just ended up refusing to work with him, thus wrecking his career. Essentially, the big ego directly led to the small name.
  • Sword Cane: Pulls one out when suspecting intruders in his home (who turn out to be Mary and Henry).
  • Talking to Themself: Does this acting out his many different personas whilst providing some exposition.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: He is a distinguished member of the community, and even Mr. Brown refuses to believe that he's the thief until he discovers the book in his attic.
  • White-Dwarf Starlet: Makes a few playful mock-pompous jokes about his status as a "West End Legend" at the start of the fair, but his irritation at Paddington pointing out his dog food commercials and subsequent scenes make it clear that it's not really an act; he is a fallen star, he has an ego so enormous it ruined him completely, and he finds his current low status humiliating. Unlike most examples of this trope, however, he's shown to be extremely talented all the same.

    Other characters 

Mr. Samuel Gruber
An elderly Hungarian immigrant who owns an antique store in Portobello Row. Paddington's closest human friend outside the Brown family.

  • Eccentric Mentor: When Paddington has a question about anything, he asks him.
  • Odd Friendship: With Paddington, but the two seem to relate since they are both immigrants to England.

Mr. Reginald Curry
The Browns' next door neighbor, who doesn't really like Paddington
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Even though he doesn’t like Paddington, Mr. Curry was shocked and horrified that Millicent wanted to kill and stuffed Paddington. He honestly thought that she was just taking him back to Darkest Peru and quickly calls the Browns to rescue Paddington (albeit attempting to use an assumed name).
  • Meddlesome Patrolman: As head of the "Community Defense Force" he wanders over to the Colonel's home trying to turn his opinion against Paddington in the second film. As the Colonel bluntly points out, his position has absolutely no power and all he's done is bought a yellow vest for himself. Later, he's seen enjoying himself by patrolling the now much gloomier, Paddington-free street, writing up others for minor infractions and discouraging Miss Kitts from spreading the "propaganda" the Browns are printing.
  • Nosy Neighbor: A couple of times, especially in in the 2014 movie.

Aunt Lucy

  • Mama Bear: A literal example at the start of the second movie, when she rescues young Paddington from the rapid river, and raises him with Uncle Pastuzo.

Knuckles McGinty

  • Berserk Button: Don't criticize his food. Or bop him on the head with a baguette. Or smear condiments on his clothes.
  • The Dreaded: Feared by even the most hard-boiled inmates and when Paddington goes to confront Knuckles about the Poverty Food he serves, the warden preemptively calls for the medics.
  • Embarrassing Tattoo: Has "NUCKEL'S" tattooed onto his knuckles.
  • Knife Nut: A downplayed example; his knife skills in the kitchen are impressive but he didn't learn how to use a knife by cooking...
  • Knuckle Tattoos: Predictably.
  • Lethal Chef: Until Paddington showed up.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Knuckles insists his name be spelled with a capital N thanks to his horribly misspelled Knuckle Tattoos.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Once he and Paddington work together in the kitchen to make marmalade sandwiches, [McGinty] warms up to the bear and becomes his friend.

Alternative Title(s): Paddington 2


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