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  • The Cameo: In the sequel:
    • Katey Sagal a.k.a. Peggy Bundy a.k.a. Leela as Katherine Junk, Emily's mom.
    • Kether Donohue, who was the Alpha Bitch leader Alice, returns as a former Bella.
    • C.J. Perry, the blonde Bella who was gagging at Aubrey throwing up/also a member of the Footnotes, returns as a former Bella.
    • Robin Roberts as an old Bella.
  • Character Signature Song:
    • "The Sign", and to a lesser extent, "Eternal Flame" and "Turn The Beat Around". It's actually deconstructed as Aubrey's insistence on using said songs over and over got the audience and judges tired of their act in addition to members feeling that they're being held back because of it.
    • "Flashlight" in the sequel.
  • Damsel in Distress: In the third film, they are captured by Fergus and held hostage on his boat and it's up to Fat Amy and Beca to rescue them.
  • Girl Group: They're an all-female A Cappella singing group.
  • Meaningful Name: Bellas means beautiful women in Italian.
  • Ms. Fanservice: The film's opening prologue to a handful of Male Gaze.
  • The Rival: With the Treblemakers.
  • The Team:
    • The Leader: Aubrey, the one who calls the shots.
    • The Lancer: Chloe, Aubrey's Number Two.
    • The Heroine: Beca, the main character of the story.
    • The Big Girl: Fat Amy, the largest and most "performance-ready" member of the group.
    • The Smart Girl: Cynthia-Rose, the group's main rapper. Also extends to her performance in Riff-Offs as well, as she's often the first one to get the group going.
    • The Chicks: Stacie and Lilly, the former being the group's resident eye candy, while the latter is mostly The Quiet One.
    • Living Props: Denise, Jessica, and Ashley, who are nothing more than Ghost Extras.
    • Sixth Ranger: In the sequel, the only new member of the Bellas, Emily. Serves as a bit of an audience surrogate until she shows her abilities as a talented song-writer.
  • True Blue Femininity: Their Color Motif is blue, as seen in their uniforms and the pitch pipe. Subverted when they discover their new sound in the first movie and become a lot darker and sultrier.

     Beca Mitchell
Played by: Anna Kendrick
Voiced by: Angelica Villa (Latin-American Spanish, Pitch Perfect), Anette Ugalde (Latin-American Spanish, Pitch Perfect 2), Sanae Kobayashi (Japanese), Anju Inami (Japanese)

An introverted and rebellious freshman who joins the Barden Bellas to appease her professor father and finds herself to like the Bella's.

  • Accidental Misnaming: Luke keeps calling her "Becky". A deleted scene has her correct him. Taken Up to Eleven in the sequel — her new boss thinks her name is Reggie.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She is as beautiful as she is proud and distant.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Her reaction to Kommissar in the sequel may imply this.
  • Character Development: Starts off aloof and detached from college life, but eventually learns to work with, lead, and genuinely desire the success of the Bellas.
  • Chekhov's Hobby: The film heavily emphasizes her love of mashing-up songs. This becomes useful in the Bellas' final performance.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Her replies to the zany cast usually takes the form of snide comments and stoic snark.
    Aubrey: I can see your toner from here!
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: She's pretty cool towards Jesse, and especially the Bellas, but warms up later on.
  • Dismotivation: She couldn't care less about building a social life, let alone college itself. She only grits her teeth and bears it so that she can get her father's support to pursue her dream of becoming a music producer.
  • Fat and Skinny: She's friends with Fat Amy and is very thin and petite.
  • Fish out of Water: An "alternative" loner who joins a competitive a capella group.
  • Follow in My Footsteps: Her father really wants Beca to graduate from college like he did, but Beca just wants to be independent and make music.
  • The Heroine: She is the main character of the story.
  • I Choose to Stay: In the end, she remains in college to lead the Bellas rather than drop out like she intended.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: She stated this as the reason she broke the Bella's routine in the semi-finals. Aubrey and some of the Bellas are not pleased.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She comes out as aloof and a tad insensitive, but Beca means well and has her heart at the right place.
  • The Lancer: While she is The Hero of the story, she's the one who frequently questions Aubrey's authority and advances The Team on her own terms.
  • Lame Comeback: Each time Kommissar insults her, Beca replies... with flirting. And it's not even intentional.
  • Loony Friends Improve Your Personality: It is through the friendships of 'Fat' Amy, Jesse and Chloe that she is able to put the Bellas on the path to success.
  • Missing Mom: Only her father makes an appearance.
  • The Napoleon: She's rather short in height. Normally averted, but played straight in 2 when Beca tries to insult Kommissar but it only ends up with accidental flirting, to her frustration.
  • One of the Boys: Beca reveals that she never had female friends, and was secretly happy to have gained some in the Bellas.
  • Only Sane Woman: Aside from her anti-social nature, she's the only member without an obvious quirk.
  • A Protagonist Shall Lead Them: Near the end, Aubrey steps down as the Bellas' leader because she realized that Beca's innovative ideas will favor the group better in the finals. After Aubrey and Chloe's graduation, she officially becomes The Leader of the group.
  • Stupid Sexy Flanders: Any time she tries to insult Kommissar, it only comes out in compliments that's close to flirting, and it frustrates her.
    Beca: Just because you are making me sexually confused does not mean you are intimidating!

     "Fat Amy"/Patricia Hobart
Played by: Rebel Wilson

A comedic and eccentric member of the Bellas from Tasmania.

  • Acrofatic: Sure, she's called Fat Amy for a reason, but she knows how to dance and kick some asses.
  • Action Girl: She takes out armed thugs on her own in 3.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Her father calls her "Turnip Top".
  • Awesome Aussie: "I've wrestled crocodiles and dingoes simultaneously."
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Bumper. In the sequel, she's eager to take him up on his offer of having sex... if only he can take the hint.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: This quirky chubby australian girl? She knows martial arts and can kick grown men's asses like it's no biggie.
  • Big Fun: Just the fact she calls herself "Fat Amy" showcases she has a good sense of humor.
  • The Big Girl: She's usually the member of the group who enjoys the group's dance routines and clamors for solos. She's physically the biggest as well. Ironically, she's the only one who skipped the cardio training.
  • Breakout Character: From the entire Pitch Perfect franchise, Fat Amy is the most known character, with her Big Fun personality and hilarious one-liners. She even has the deuteragonist role in the third film.
  • *Cough* Snark *Cough*: When Aubrey kicks out a girl for having a one-night stand with a Treble.
    Amy: *cough* Slut.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Would you believe this bumbling lard-bucket has enough martial-arts skills to infiltrate a yacht full of mob goons, take out anyone who spots her, and blow the ship up, all in less than ten minutes?!?
  • Daddy's Girl: Deconstructed. She gives her father another chance into being a real father to her, but once she realizes he lied and is still in the crime world, she definitely breaks it off and kicks her father out of her life. And her father does not take it well..
  • Deadpan Snarker: One of the biggest snarkers in the franchise second to Beca.
  • Fat and Skinny: Good friends with Beca and is the biggest member of the group.
  • Fat Comic Relief: She's well-endowed and the most funniest character in the cast.
  • Funny Foreigner: She's both Australian and rather quirky.
  • Genki Girl: Insanely perky and enthusiastic along with spontaneous and mouthy.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Fat Amy", which she gave to herself so "twig bitches" won't call her it behind her back.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's a sweet girl, but she can be quite a jerk sometimes (especially to Emily).
  • The Lancer: To Beca. The final scene also implies that she's Chloe's successor as the group's Number Two with Beca as their leader. She's Beca's roommate in both sequels, implying a pretty close friendship as well.
  • Lovable Coward: Skipped cardio to do "horizontal running!" and runs away when she and Beca break a campus window to avoid any blame.
  • Mafia Princess: In Pitch Perfect 3, it’s revealed that her dad is a crime lord. Fat Amy ran away from home when she got fed up with her dad’s criminal activities.
  • Naked People Are Funny: Her vagina shows on live TV and in front of the president.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Is constantly referred to as "Fat Amy" than simply Amy. Even after The Reveal.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: She's definitely the least serious of any of the girls.
  • The Reveal: Her real name: 'Fat' Patricia and she changed identities because of her father's life of crime.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: If the trailer for the sequel is any indication. Though then again...
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In the third film she is constantly rude to Emily and also disregards Jessica and Ashley on the verge of gunpoint.

     Aubrey Posen
Played by: Anna Camp

The uptight and traditionalist co-leader of the Bellas.

  • 0% Approval Rating: The other girls eventually get tired of her Control Freak tendencies and obsession with sticking to tradition no matter what, especially when it starts to drag the group down and causes Beca to quit.
  • Academic Alpha Bitch: Initially, though she gets nicer by the end.
  • Bottomless Magazines: A variant. Seriously, how come she's able to throw up infinite quantities of vomit?!
  • Break the Haughty: Suffers several, many of them vomit-related, and a few related to her refusal to change causing her own downfall.
  • Character Development: She starts off stuck-up and stubborn, refusing to accept other point of views or even change the Bellas' song routines. By the end of the film, she consolidates everyone's opinions and opens up to more modern song options.
  • Control Freak: She is the top dog of the Bellas and makes sure everyone knows it.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Initially bitchy towards Beca, she becomes more friendly towards her near the end.
  • Disappeared Dad: Her father is mentioned to be always travelling due to being in the military. Though he appears in 3.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: In the first and second movies. Though in 2 it's more Played for Laughs.
  • Dumb Blonde: In her freshman year, she seemed more of an airhead and friendly. Subverted after making her team lose and becoming the perfectionist Alpha Bitch she is now.
  • The Fettered: She is a strict traditionalist and will stick to it no matter what.
  • Freudian Excuse: Her reason for being a control freak is implied to be because of her dad.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Is said to be friends with Chloe for years.
  • High-Pressure Blood: A variation with vomit. She manages to eject about two gallons of viscous yellowish squick in an arc about 10 feet ahead of herself, three times.
  • Honor Before Reason: During the Bellas' first meeting, she immediately kicks two girls off the team after they violate a rule about not sleeping with Treblemakers, even though the Bellas desperately need members and are having difficulty recruiting (because almost nobody will touch them after their disastrous failure at last year's championships).
  • Humiliation Conga: Her pukage at the start pretty much drove her entire Redemption Quest arc.
  • Letting Her Hair Down: During the final performance of the first movie, Aubrey shakes her ponytail loose, symbolizing her loosening up from her overly-perfectionist tendencies and becoming more laidback.
  • Mad Libs Catch Phrase: "A ca-" something.
  • Military Brat: Implied when she quotes her father.
    "My dad always says, 'If you can't take the heat, get the hell out of Kuwait!'"
    • Confirmed in the third movie; the plot is kicked off by her desire for her dad to see the Bellas perform.
  • Ms. Fanservice: After Stacy, she's the one who gets to wear the most revealing outfits and often put in eye-catching situations.
  • My Greatest Second Chance: Her main goal.
  • Never My Fault: When it becomes clear that the Bellas' overused song and dance routines are not working with either the judges or the audience, she points the finger at her teammates' mistakes, rather than admit they need to make some changes.
  • The Perfectionist: Rehearsal is everything. The Bellas are even forced to do cardio.
  • Pet the Dog: She is the first person to comfort Chloe after hearing about her Nodes.
  • Pride: Aubrey's main problem. Her inability to accept anyone else's outlook and admit that she is wrong holds her back.
  • Quickly Demoted Leader: She practically stepped down as The Leader of the group in favor of Beca near the end of the film.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Chloe's blue.
  • Serious Business: She considers the A capella finals important enough to insist that the Bellas skip class for practice.
  • Statuesque Stunner: One of the tallest females and the third tallest Bella after Stacie and Ashley. Then again, it's probably because of the heels.
  • Stress Vomit: She vomits when she's stressed, which caused the Bellas to lose when she was a freshman and the reputation of the Bellas to be mocked and not taken seriously. Each time she's being too nervous, you see her cover her mouth, indicating her stomach is being upset.
  • Supporting Leader: To her frustration, Aubrey's leadership is gradually upstaged by the more innovative Beca.
  • Team Mom: She'd like to be, but it takes her lightening up to really step into the role.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: By the end of the first movie and especially by 3, Aubrey is a complete different person that her perfectionist bitchy self.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Well, a sweet freshman. In her introduction scene, she was friendly and even adorkable. Vomiting in front of a wide audience and having it filmed caused her team to lose, and ever since, Aubrey strikes to make her team win again, but in the wrong ways.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: Her third pukage. The first two (the other being in a video) are blatantly shown.

     Chloe Beale
Played by: Brittany Snow
Voiced by: Jocelyn Robles (Latin-American Spanish, Pitch Perfect), Liliana Barba (Latin-American Spanish, Pitch Perfect 2), Yu Shimamura (Japanese), Eri Nonoyama (Japanese)

The kinder and more civil co-leader of the Bellas.

  • A Date with Rosie Palms: On the song "Titanium", no less.
  • Ambiguously Bi: She's definitely into dudes (we see her in the shower with a naked guy and later making out with a different guy) but she also seems very fond of Beca. All but confirmed in the sequel, where she admits she regrets not experimenting more in college.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Probably the nicest character in the film (or tied with Benji), making her Shut Up, Hannibal! moment all the more awesome.
  • Cool Big Sis: Acts very mentor-like to the newest Bellas.
  • Covert Pervert: She openly admits that she masturbates to "Titanium".
  • Discard and Draw: After removing her nodes, she loses her ability to sing above G-sharp, but instead is able to sing in Basso Profundo.
  • Extreme Doormat: Aubrey walks all over her for most of the movie.
  • Fiery Redhead: Normally averted, but when her buttons are pushed (by Aubrey, for example), watch out.
  • Grew a Spine: Finally had enough of Aubrey's selfish and perfectionist tendencies and calls her out on it, starting a huge brawl in the team.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Is said to have been friends with Aubrey for years.
  • The Lancer: She is both Aubrey's long-time friend, Foil, and her deputy in the Bellas.
  • Minor Injury Overreaction: Admitting the loss of her ability to sing G-sharp is heartbreaking for her.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Aside from her infamous Shower Scene, she's prone to Male Gaze.
  • Nice Girl: She's friendly and the resident Team Mom (since Aubrey is too neurotic and can come out as abrasive).
  • No Sense of Personal Space:
    • She has no problem bursting in on Beca during her shower while both are naked.
      Beca: I can't concentrate on anything you say until you cover your junk!
    • She also gets up in Beca's face (in an overly-friendly way) at a party later. Word of God is she was written as a "close talker".
  • Number Two: She is the deputy leader of the Bellas.
  • Only Sane Man: Of the Bellas, at first, although she clearly has some quirks of her own.
  • Rage Breaking Point: For most of the film, Chloe tolerates Aubrey's Control Freak tendencies, but she finally loses her patience after Aubrey insists on using the same routine three times in a row (nearly costing them the chance at moving on the the finals) and drives Beca away for trying to give the Bellas a new style.
  • Really Gets Around: Not as explicit as Stacie, but we see her fooling around with two different guys in the film with ease...
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Aubrey's red.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: She finally stands up to Aubrey before actually trying to assault her.
  • Team Mom: Plays a more straight example than Aubrey.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Having her nodes surgically removed considerably deepens her singing voice.
  • Youthful Freckles: Her actress' freckles seems to make her even more friendly.

     Lilly Onakuramara
Played by: Hana Mae Lee

A strange member of the Bellas who speaks too quietly to be heard but is later revealed to be a talented beatboxer.

  • Beware the Quiet Ones: Some of her lines imply this.
  • Chekhov's Hobby: You see her hanging around a hip-hop crowd near the end of the film, right? Of course it's going to be brought up.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: You don't see someone making snow angels in a puddle of vomit very often. Some of her dialogue, whispered or otherwise, also counts.
  • Demonic Possession: Jokes about this at the end of the third movie... we hope.
  • Easter Egg: You would probably need to rent and rewatch the movie carefully (or turn on the subtitles) to hear what exactly Lilly is saying. And some of it is... really bizarre.
  • Exhausted Eye Bags: She has them, for unspecified reasons.
  • Fetus Terrible: Played for Laughs since it's one of Lilly's Non Sequitur lines.
    Lilly: I ate my twin in the womb.
  • Funny Foreigner: She's both Japanese and very quirky.
  • Hidden Depths: The girl can beatbox like a pro.
  • The Quiet One: She can never utter anything louder than a whisper (except for one time, which prompts Fat Amy to respond that there's no need to shout). (She breaks it by the end of the third movie.)
  • Ship Tease: With Donald.
  • Shrinking Violet: Not so much near the end.
  • Strange Girl: She admits to sleeping upside-down "like a bat"...except in the tent at the retreat, when she licks Beca's nose, and that's just the beginning.
  • Token Minority: While not the only Asian character in the film, she's the only Asian member of the Bellas.

     Cynthia-Rose Adams
Played by: Esther Dean

A closeted lesbian for most of the film and a tomboyish member of the Bellas.

  • All Women Are Lustful: She's all in Stacie's personal space and gropes her boobs and butts to "protect her".
  • Butch Lesbian: Butch enough to be mistaken for a guy at auditions.
  • Dark-Skinned Redhead: She dyes her hair red.
  • Eating the Eye Candy: She is very appreciative of Stacie's Ms. Fanservice status.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: During the Bellas' fight, she gropes Stacie while trying to protect her. When Beca walks in, surprised, Cynthia-Rose has her hands on Stacie's butt.
  • The Gambling Addict: She admits to picking up this habit after a break-up.
  • Token Lesbian: Subverted. Denise, one of those three other Bellas, is implied to be her ex-girlfriend.
  • Transparent Closet: Not so much a closet; she casually mentions her ex-girlfriend while admitting her gambling addiction, making it clear that she's out and proud and just hadn't bothered to explicitly say anything about it.
  • Twofer Token Minority: "I'm black, gay and a woman!"
  • Two First Names: Possibly. It's not stated if her last name is indeed Rose. In case it is, then this trope also applies to her actress, Esther Dean, as well.
  • Unsettling Gender Reveal: When she shows up at the audition, she wears a cap and a hoodie, which makes everyone thinks she's a man.
    Donald: Whenever you're ready, dude.
    [Cynthia-Rose sighs in annoyance, taking off her cap and revealing her pink hair]
    —>Donald: Oh. Not a dude...

     Stacie Conrad
Played by: Alexis Knapp

The highly sexually driven member of the Bella's.

  • All Women Are Lustful: She's the most sexually active of the Bellas, constantly touches herself suggestively during performances and seemed disappointed when Aubrey forbid the Bellas to have any sexual relationships with the Treble Makers.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Physically, she fits every single description being tall, dark-haired, beautiful and Even the Girls Want Her. She, however, is not as aloof as it seems and is actually quite friendly.
  • Babies Ever After: She's pregnant in the third film and gives birth to a little girl she names "Bella" in honor of her acapella group.
  • Brainless Beauty: As noted below, she's very beautiful. She also seems more than a little clueless about the way she comes across (Chloe has to correct her from making inappropriately sexual moves more than once) and has rather shallow interests ("my hobbies include cuticle care, and the E! network.") She also seems to think she has hidden the fact that she Really Gets Around when it is blindingly obvious to everyone else.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Her ballet moves becomes useful in the Bellas' final performance.
  • Chewing the Scenery: When she sings, she emphasize that she's the film's resident Ms. Fanservice by making suggestive movements.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: The girl held her own in the Riff Off with only backing vocals from Fat Amy and Cynthia-Rose; clearly, she's not as stupid as she seems.
    • In the sequel, she and Flo are the only Bellas wearing honours stoles on their graduation robes.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Cynthia-Rose constantly hit on her. Chloe was also impressed when she was Gainaxing during auditions.
  • Gainaxing: Played with. It played straight during her initial appearance. But she defied it during the Training Montage by actually holding her breasts during cardio.
  • I Call Him "Mr. Happy": Alluded to. At one point, she points to her crotch and says "he's a hunter", much to Beca's bemusement.
    Beca: You call it a dude?
  • Male Gaze: She was Gainaxing when we first see her. The rest of the film puts her in a lot of eye-catching situations.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She's a very sexually active girl who wears a lot of eye-catching wardrobe and gets put in a lot of eye-catching situations. It's very noticeable in the final performance, where she's the only one in short shorts, and is the only one performing high kicks and splits on stage.
  • Nice Girl: She's sex-addicted and a bit of a ditz, but she's one of the kindest Bellas.
  • Put on a Bus: She’s pregnant by the time of the third film, so she doesn’t accompany the other Bellas to the European U.S. Army bases.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: She is very beautiful and has very dark hair.
  • Really Gets Around: Her very active sex life is something of a Running Gag.
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: When she sings, she's confident in invoking her Ms. Fanservice status.
  • She's Got Legs: In the final performance, she's the only one in short shorts, and performs a lot of high kicks for no reason other than to show off her legs.
  • Statuesque Stunner: The tallest female in the cast, even without heels.
  • Two First Names: Her last name is commonly used as a male given name.

     Denise, Ashley Jones, and Jessica Smith 
Denise is played by: Wanetah Walmsley (Denise does not return for the sequel)
Ashley is played by: Shelley Regner
Jessica is played by: Kelley Alice Jakle

Three other members of the Bellas.

  • A Day in the Limelight: Not in any of the movies, but in the soundtrack to the third film, Ashley and Jessica get their own song.
  • Amicable Exes: If Denise is indeed Cynthia-Rose's ex-girlfriend.
  • Butch Lesbian: Denise Zig-Zagged this. While definitely not feminine, she's still not as masculine as her implied ex-lover.
  • The Generic Girls: Jessica and Ashley. Denise at least got a little backstory regarding her alleged past relationship with Cynthia-Rose.
  • Living Props: Aubrey later lampshaded this and directly said (to Jessica and Ashley at least) that they're just... there.
    Aubrey: "Jessica and Ashley, it is like you haven't been here all year long!'"
    Jessica: "Aubrey, really?!'"
    Ashley: "We've literally been here the whole time!'"

    • In the sequel, Beca gets a shot at disregarding them, and the trope is shown hilariously several times. Even the random Denise replacement/gymnast/Token Hispanic Flo gets more lines.
    Beca: "Jessica, Ashley, I'm still not sure which one of you is which."
    Jessica and Ashley: "I'm Jessica!"

  • The Reveal: Possibly. Denise is later implied to be Cynthia-Rose's ex-girlfriend.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Ashley is the second tallest Bella after Stacie and is a Huge Schoolgirl to boot.
  • Those Two Guys: They're members of the Bellas who are, well, members of the Bellas.

     Emily Junk
Played by: Hailee Steinfeld

A freshman and newest member of the Bellas in the second film.

  • Adorkable: In contrast to Beca, she's very adorable yet more awkward in her mannerisms.
  • Beta Couple: Becomes one with Benji.
  • Brainless Beauty: Downplayed. Is simultaneously beautiful and a tad naive (contrary to outright stupid).
  • Chekhov's Skill: Is a songwriter, which comes in handy for the competition.
  • Deuteragonist: Her story gets the same amount of attention as Beca in the 2nd film.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: During their recording session together, Beca literally can't stop noting how pretty she is.
  • Follow in My Footsteps: Her mother really wants her to continue a tradition of being in the Barden Bellas.
  • Genki Girl: She's always positive and excited about singing.
  • In-Series Nickname: The other Bellas call her "Legacy".
  • Naive Every Girl: Comes into Barden wanting to join Acappella and be more than a "legacy", she has a lot to learn though.
  • Nepotism: Is only accepted into the Bellas (despite the fact they're not allowed to hold auditions) because her Mother was a Bella.
  • Nice Girl: She's kind, funny, dorky, and all around lovable.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She falls for the nice and dorky Benji.
  • Socially Awkward Hero: She's a bit awkward, and the first thing she says to Fat Amy when she meets her is that she "has a beautiful vagina" in the most honest way.
  • Survival Mantra: Due to the fact she hadn't yet done any acappella with the Bellas at this point, during the Riff-Off, she freezes up and, unable to come up with a song, begins singing her original song "Flashlight" instead of anything from the chosen category. This gets them disqualified and Emily in particular scolded and humiliated.
  • Unfortunate Name: Her surname is "Junk".

     Florencia "Flo" Fuentes
Played by: Chrissie Fit


The Treblemakers

     General Tropes

A rival capella group of the Bellas.

     Bumper Allen
Played by: Adam Devine

The egotistical leader of the Treblemakers.

  • Adorkable: In 2, when he's around Fat Amy and tries to win her over.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Fat Amy. They hit on eachother while simultaneously hating eachother's guts due to being in rival teams.
  • Big Bad: The closest thing the movie has to one. He provides the initial threat that instigates Aubrey's Character Development.
  • Break the Haughty: In the three-year gap between the first and second movies, he's fallen pretty far. Although we never find out what happened with John Mayer, he's working as campus security by the time the sequel starts. He's also joined the Tone Hangers, the group he was so quick to mock as washed-up the last time we saw him.
  • Chubby Chaser: He has a thing for Fat Amy.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: As soon as he ditches the Treblemakers, everyone agrees he was a jerk.
  • Friends with Benefits: He and Fat Amy often have sex in 2, and while he wants to step their relationship to another level, Fat Amy only sees it as sexual. At least, at first.
  • It's All About Me: At the end of the day, he only cares about what he thinks is best for him.
  • Jerkass: Displayed here and there, but solidified when he cheerfully abandons the team before finals.
  • Ladykiller in Love: In the second movie, he reveals romantic feelings for Fat Amy.
  • The Leader: Of the Treblemakers until he leaves.
  • Karma Houdini: The last time he's heard of, he was off to the "big leagues" (being background singer to John Mayer). Even returns in the sequel, and is portrayed to be sympathetic when he's rejected by Fat Amy after asking for a more serious relationship.
  • Put on a Bus: By the third movie, he and Fat Amy broken up, and Bumper didn't take it well, getting a tattoo of Fat Amy on his butt cheek.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: He leaves his acapella team when an opportunity opens itself to him and doesn't care that it puts his team in trouble.
  • Token Evil Teammate: While the Trebles are stand-up guys, he is blatantly obnoxious, despicable and is proud of it. He's such a jerk that he even dropped the teammate part altogether.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: He's less obnoxious and showcases an adorkable side around Fat Amy in 2.
  • Two First Names: His last name is a more appropriate given name.
  • Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Bumper Allen.

     Jesse Swanson
Played by: Skylar Astin

An outgoing Barden freshman who hopes to one day become a film score composer due to his great love for films. He joins the Barden Treblemakers. He is also the love interest of Beca.

  • Adorkable: His adorably cheesy attempts at winning over Beca.
  • Deadpan Snarker: When he's around Benji early on, he doesn't pull his punches.
  • Demoted to Extra: In the sequel. It's explained in a deleted scene that he is graduating a semester early and going to a film school at USC. To push it any further, he doesn't even appear at all in 3.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Towards Beca.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Guy: He's handsome, upbeat, a great singer, and constantly trying to break down Beca's defensive walls.
  • Nice Guy: Kind and friendly towards absolutely everyone.
  • Put on a Bus: He and Beca have broken up by 3, and he's not seen and only mentioned in the beginning.
  • The Movie Buff: Has a particular interest in iconic soundtracks, which he tries to share with Beca.
  • Token Good Teammate: To the Trebles. While the others are not Jerkasses, they sometimes go along with Bumper's antics. He later shared this role with Benji, though the other Trebles have probably Took a Level in Kindness at that point.
  • Unknown Rival: He appears to compete with Luke for Beca's affections. Not that there's going on with them for the matter. And he ultimately "won" anyway.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Beca finally gets sick of his constantly butting into situations that don't concern him after she gets mistakenly arrested and gives him this reaction. To be fair, each time he "butts in", he is genuinely trying to help, and one of the times his intervention is a direct result of being personally named in a manner he doesn't appreciate. You kind of need his sort of help when you're getting arrested. He's a good candidate for Dogged Nice Guy.

Played by: Utkarsh Ambudkar

Bumper's right-hand man, who beatboxes, raps, and is a main vocalist.

  • Nice Guy: He may be a tad aloof and Bumper's second-in-command, but he's far from being like him.
  • Number Two: The deputy leader of the Treblemakers.
  • Put on a Bus: He doesn't appear in the sequels.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: He likes to wear a fruity shower cap while chilling in the hot tub.
  • Ship Tease: With Lilly. He calls it adorable after she says she sets fires to feel joy,
  • Supporting Leader: After Bumper leaves, he becomes the Treble's leader. However, Jesse is the group's front man (at least in the finale) and is implied to possess equal authority that is enough to hire Benji as the 11th-Hour Ranger.
  • Token Minority: The only Indian character in the entire film.
  • You Are in Command Now: After Bumper ditches them before the finals, he assumed the mantle of Supporting Leader with Jesse as the front-man.

Played by: Michael Viruet

A member of the Treblemakers who is always seen carrying a unicycle.

Other Characters

     Benjamin "Benji" Applebaum
Played by: Ben Platt

Jesse's roommate, friend, and an illusionist, who is a fan of the Treblemakers. He later joins the group after Bumper drops out of the team.

     John Smith and Gail Abernathy-McKinnon
John is played by: John Michael Higgins
Gail is played by: Elizabeth Banks

Commentators of the ICCA.

  • And Starring: The CBB credits them, respectively, as "With John Michael Higgins and Elizabeth Banks". Justified since the latter is also the film's producer.
  • Call-Back: They make many references to Aubrey's mishap in the previous year's tournament, as seen in the intro.
  • Creator Cameo: Elizabeth Banks is also the film's producer.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Sports commentary variety.
  • Straw Misogynist: John is repeatedly sexist during the movie, going as far as saying he would've never thought an all-female group could win the competition. He gets considerably less subtle in the sequel.
  • Those Two Guys: They exist in the film to only give commentary.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: They're both considerably nastier in the sequel.

     Kimmy Jin
Played by: Jinhee Joung

Beca's roommate.

  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Being Asian, it's justified that she has dark hair. But not the rudeness, obviously.
  • Asian Rudeness: She's Korean, and she's aloof and mean to Beca for no reason.
  • Jerkass: She's unnecessarily rude to Beca, giving her a cold shoulder for much of the film.
  • Pet the Dog: After Beca is kicked out of the Bellas and rejected by Jesse, Kimmy surprises her by wishing her a happy Spring Break on her way out the door.

Played by: Freddie Stroma

The radio station manager who plays Beca's mix tapes.

     Dr. Mitchell
Played by: John Benjamin Hickey

Becca's father and a college professor.

  • Good Parents: He wants what's best for Beca. He even expressed that he'll support her even if she doesn't honor his wish of finishing college. Aside from that, he also puts up with her snarky attitude.
  • Happily Married: After his divorce, he remarried. Beca calls her the stepmonster.
  • Put on a Bus: He doesn't even get mentioned in the sequel. Presumably he's still around somewhere, but with the reduced focus on college, he doesn't really get a chance to cross paths with the main characters.

Sequel Characters

    Das Sound Machine
Kommissar played by: Birgitte Hjort Sørensen
Pieter Krämer played by: Flula Borg

A rival a cappella group from Germany, currently the World champions, led by the Kommissar and Pieter Krämer.

  • All There in the Manual: Pieter's name. It's easy to miss the first time you watch it, but Kommissar's name was given after the riff-off, when everyone got swept up in singing Kriss Kross' Jump.
  • Closet Key: Kommissar for Beca. And according to Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, Beca for Kommissar.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Beca loses all of her heterosexuality when she stands near Kommissar.
    Beca: [frustrated] She's really in my head!
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: Kommissar is a really attractive blonde woman, and Beca can't help but notes how gorgeous she is (when she actually wants to insult her).
  • Germanic Efficiency: Best exemplified in the riff off, where you'll notice that most of the groups need a second or two to follow up on whatever song their leads start on, DSM has the accompaniment to their songs come in immediately.
  • Ghost Extras: Everyone in DSM who aren't Kommissar or Pieter.
  • Jerkass: Pieter and Kommissar are rude and condescending towards the Bellas.
  • Omniglot: According to Pieter, Kommissar can speak eight languages (of which Loser is not one of them).
  • Opposing A Capella Team
  • Smug Snakes: Pieter and Kommissar, who love to brag about their talent and how they'll crush the Bellas in the competition.
  • Ship Tease: Between Kommissar and Beca in the form of a Belligerent Sexual Tension (mostly from Beca's part).
  • Statuesque Stunner: Kommissar in Beca's eyes. Also helps that she's wearing heels.
  • Visual Pun: The new multi-coloured button mixing pad that Beca is using a lot in this film is a device called Das Sound Maschine.

    World A Cappella Groups 
The other named teams participating at the World A Cappella Championship are: Pentatonix, Penn Masala, The Filharmonic, The Cantasticos and The Singboks. The teams all create a multilingual version of Journey's "Any Way You Want It".
  • The Cameo: AJ Jones, the film's choreographer, is part of one of the groups, like in the original.

    Fergus Hobart
Played by: John Lithgow

Fat Amy's criminal father.

  • Archnemesis Dad: To Fat Amy. The fact she's the daughter of a dangerous crime lord puts her team in danger in the climax of the third movie.
  • Big Bad: Of the third film.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Acts like a new man who wants to renew with his estranged daughter, but he's actually using her like a pawn in a bigger scheme.
  • Disappeared Dad: He goes in and out of Fat Amy's life whenever he needs something from her.
  • The Don: He's the boss of an Australian crime ring.
  • The Faceless: He's shown from the back in the film's introduction, so that the audience doesn't know yet who's the new antagonist the Bellas are facing.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: He acts like he left the crime life behind and wants to be part of his daughter's life... but he's lying yet again.
  • Manipulative Bastard: When he acts like a kind father to Fat Amy, it means he's hiding something crime-related underneath and wants Fat Amy's help for something.
  • Parental Neglect: The fact he cared more about his business than his daughter caused Fat Amy to run away from home and change identities.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He threatens the lives of the Bellas if Fat Amy doesn't do as he says.

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