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The characters from the film Spies in Disguise.

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    Lance Sterling 
Voiced by: Will Smith
"You know how you can tell when you're the world's greatest spy? Everyone knows the name."
The world's greatest secret agent, who ends up on the run after being framed as the mastermind behind the drone attacks.
  • The Ace: He's the world's greatest secret agent for a reason. This works in a negative way too: when he is framed, he becomes The Dreaded and is the target of a manhunt.
  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: Pigeon Lance is bright blue, with a small mark resembling a bow tie on his chest.
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: And how!
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: His regular attire consists of a snazzy black suit, and he's the world's greatest secret agent.
  • Baleful Polymorph: He gets turned into a pigeon by one of Walter's inventions.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Has rather thick eyebrows.
  • Blue Is Heroic: His pigeon form is mainly blue.
  • Break the Haughty: Played for laughs when he becomes a pigeon, then done seriously when it looks like Killian killed Walter.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Didn’t remember Killian until he pointed out the mission, saw him as just another bad guy he faced before.
  • Chick Magnet: Literally — when Lance turns into a pigeon, Lovey tries to cozy up to him, much to his annoyance.
  • Clear My Name: He's framed as the mastermind behind Killian's schemes, and his goal in the movie is to prove that it wasn't him.
  • Furry Reminder: Plenty of these during his time as a pigeon. For example, after he transformed:
    Walter: Lance, look at me.
    Lance: L-look at you?! I can't not look at you, Walter! I can see my butt and your face at the same time!
  • Expy: Of James Bond. Or specifically, Daniel Craig's take on the character.
  • Freudian Excuse: His I Work Alone mentality and actions stem from not wanting to see any more of his fellow agents die in the line of duty.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: His (human) character design greatly resembles his actor, Will Smith.
  • Irony: Before he become one himself, Lance had a low opinion of pigeons, seeing them as "rats with wings".
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Starts out with a massive ego (though not without a reason), and fires Walter for incorporating one of his cutesy gadgets into a mission despite it proving to actually be effective in the battle. He also blames Walter for turning him into a pigeon (despite him being the one who took the potion before Walter had a chance to explain what it does), and spends the first half of the movie hating Walter's guts because of it. Because of his status as a pigeon and being framed for a federal crime, he does suffer a Break the Haughty moment, and spending time with Walter caused him to warm up to him and realize that his inventions are useful after all. It's also revealed that a lot of his mannerisms stem from not wanting to see any more good agents die in the line of duty.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: If you take away the morality of Walter's Do No Harm practices, Lance's contempt for him at the beginning of the movie isn't exactly unmerited. Regardless of the effectiveness of Walter's unorthodox gadgets, it doesn't change the fact that Walter meddled with Lance's equipment behind his back without his consent, and doing so caused Lance to be affected the same as his assailants and got a knife dangerously close to his throat due to being caught off-guard. Such behavior in spying and government businesses is inexcusable since as little as one miscommunication or mistake can mean the difference between success and failure, or life and death. Lance was the most merciful compared to how Joy Jenkins would've handled the news. He also has a point that sometimes villains, especially the worst of the worst, have to be put down hard.
  • The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: While sneaking into Kimura's hotel, he is unable to stop himself from eating some discarded food from under a table.
    Lance: Why am I eating food off the ground? Why does it taste amazing?!
  • Morphic Resonance: While in pigeon form, he retains his Big Ol' Eyebrows while the lower half of his body is a darker blue as a holdover from his suit. The bowtie also appears as a bow-shaped mark on his chest.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: He has a minor silent one when Killian reveals that the attack Lance led in Kyrgyzstan killed Killian's entire crew and horribly disfigured him.
  • Scary Black Man: Well, as scary as a Will Smith character can get, but he's definitely not someone you'd want to fight against.
  • Tsurime Eyes

    Walter Beckett 
Voiced by: Tom Holland
"Pigeons are seen in every corner of the world, and no one notices them. It's the most perfect form a spy can take!"
A scientist at the same agency Lance works at, whose non-violent (yet still effective) gadgets are ridiculed by fellow scientists and agents alike. Lance turns to him to make him "disappear" after he gets framed.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Was always treated as "weird" by everyone else, from when he was a child up to his young adult years.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Walter is socially awkward and secluded, is gifted in science, has a bizarre obsession with pigeons (and to a lesser extent, Korean pop culture), expresses his knowledge in pigeons via random facts about them, has strange ideas when it comes to his inventions, and is often considered "weird" by everyone because of this. Obviously, Walter heavily shows signs of being neurodivergent to some degree, although it's never directly stated nor are the movie's intentions clear.
  • Child Prodigy: He's been studying chemistry and technology since he was a young child and graduated from MIT at the age of fifteen.
    • According to Eyes, he figured out a way to edit the human genome... in middle school.
  • Childish Tooth Gap: He had this as a child.
  • CloudCuckoolander: Both as a child and as a young adult, Walter is considered "weird" by his peers because he insists that criminals should be dealt with non-lethally. However...
    • The Cuckoolander Was Right: Walter's gadgets, such as the "kitty glitter", do ultimately serve as effective distractions for criminals, and Walter is successfully able to non-lethally bring Killian into custody using his "inflatable hug" device.
  • Disappeared Dad: No mention is ever made of his father, even in the prologue where he's a child.
  • Dying as Yourself: He would rather die than kill, and nearly does, fortunately Lance is able to rescue him.
  • Expy: Of Ben Whishaw's version of Q.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Provides the gadgets that Lance uses.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: His character design is a blue eyed caricature of his VA, Tom Holland.
  • In Name Only: He has the same name as the main character from Pigeon: Impossible, and that's about it.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Walter has no social skills and he is naive and kindhearted.
  • Nice Guy: Walter is arguably the nicest character in the film- he rarely gets offended and consistently shows kindness to everyone, including people who are actively trying to hurt or incapacitate him.
  • Save the Villain: As part of his Thou Shalt Not Kill schtick, he saves Killian by trapping him in an inflatable hug.
  • Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: One of the reasons, if not THE reason, he's considered a weirdo by nearly everyone in the agency, especially with their line of work. Lance tells Walter that "evil doesn't care that you're nice" and "can't save the world with hugs".
  • Super-Cute Superpowers: Walter definitely seems to be In Touch with His Feminine Side when it comes to his work, as most of his gadgets involve glitter, stuffed animals, kittens, or the color pink. This initially causes embarrassment towards Lance when he's forced to use them in battle, although he learns to embrace it after realizing their efficacy.
  • Tareme Eyes
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: His moral compass. He deeply believes that violence is never the answer and all of his gadgets are made to be as safe as possible yet still effective, much to the doubt of everyone at the agency, including Lance. His gadgets prove to be very effective after all.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: He sees the world as populated not by "good people" and "bad people", but just people he can help.
  • What You Are in the Dark: He insists the whole movie that villains should be dealt with non-lethally. In the climax, he puts Killian in an "inflatable hug" to bring him into custody even though it puts Walter himself at risk of falling to his death.

    Lovey, Jeff and Crazy Eyes
From left to right: Jeff, Lovey and Crazy Eyes
The pigeons that accompany Lance and Walter on their mission. Lovey is Walter's pet pigeon, while Jeff and Crazy Eyes are wild pigeons who bring Lance into their flock.
  • Abhorrent Admirer: Lovey falls in Love at First Sight with Lance's pigeon form, which greatly irritates him.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Lovey is downright ruthless when it comes to those she deems her enemies. When Marcy's agents corner Lance and Walter in Venice, she suggests that they Kill Them All. Lance, who has no qualms about killing when necessary, calls this "dark". During the Final Battle, she saves Marcy from a drone that was behind her shoulder, then claims she was aiming for Marcy's head.
  • The Big Guy: Jeff is the largest of the pigeons we get to see in the film.
  • Blood Brothers: Jeff and Crazy Eyes are from the same flock.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Lovey is cute and sweet, but shows some disturbing possessive tendencies towards Lance.
  • Extreme Omnivore: Crazy Eyes will eat anything.
  • Fat and Skinny: Jeff and Crazy Eyes, respectively.
  • Fish Eyes: Crazy Eyes is named for his eyes.
  • Gonk: Crazy Eyes has an uglier and more exaggerated design than the other pigeons, with large bulging eyes, scraggly feathers, and a skinny body. He also jarringly sports a used lollipop on his head.
  • Love at First Sight: Lovey falls for Pigeon Lance at first glance.
  • Loyal Animal Companion: All three of them. Special mention goes to Lovey, as she was Walter's pet from the beginning.
  • Nice Hat: Crazy Eyes wears a lollipop on his head.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: They all serve as this to Lance and Walter.
  • Secret Weapon: Crazy Eyes becomes this after he swallows Walter's gadget pen. The unpredictability of his attacks quickly makes him a valuable asset to the team.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Lovey falls for Lance hard once he becomes a pigeon. While she is noticeably as surprised as everyone else at the sudden reveal that his pigeon form is biologically female, she still displays attraction towards him. Lance being turned human again does nothing to dull her ardor, to the point that she even actively tries to shoot Marcy with one of Walter's more volatile non-lethal weapons out of jealousy. Male, female, pigeon or human, Lovey only has eyes for Lance.
  • Smarter Than You Look: Crazy Eyes, though dopey-looking and an Extreme Omnivore, is just as smart as the other pigeons.
  • Those Two Guys: Jeff and Crazy Eyes, who are rarely seen apart.

    Marcy Kappel 
Voiced by: Rashida Jones
The agent assigned to take Lance down after he (supposedly) goes rogue.
  • Badass Driver: She does a pretty good job of keeping up with Lance's Cool Car right up until it takes a jump off a bridge.
  • Hero Antagonist: She spends most of the movie trying to capture Lance, but as far as she knows she's chasing after an agent who suddenly went rogue. Once she sees proof of Lance's innocence, she's back on his side with no hard feelings, albeit without an explicit apology.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Has more than a passing resemblance to her voice actor.
  • Inspector Javert: Her main contribution to the plot is her doing her job as an Internal Affairs agent.
  • Internal Affairs: She serves in essentially her agency's equivalent.
  • Kind Hearted Cat Lover: Downplayed. She's a bit rough around the edges, and has 5 cats, each one named after a member of New Kids on the Block.
  • Male Gaze: We get some nice shots of her butt.
  • Not So Above It All: She laughed when she finds out that Lance has been a pigeon the whole time. Then she quickly stops and realizes how messed up it is.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: She tries to talk down Walter from being Sterling's ally, and when Killian is exposed she allows him an apology.
  • The Unapologetic: She doesn't directly apologize for assuming Lance gone rogue and trying to apprehend him. She does admit that Lance was right about his innocence, which Lance accepts.

Voiced by: Karen Gillan
One of Marcy's agents, who specializes in spectral analysis and quantum optical thermography.

Voiced by: DJ Khaled
One of Marcy's agents, who specializes in communication and sound-based detection.

    Joy Jenkins 
Voice by: Reba McEntire
The head of H.T.U.V., and Lance's direct superior.
  • Big Good: She's the head of the organization Lance, Walter, and Marcy all work at.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Joy is a tough but fair boss to Lance, and despite her annoyance at him occasionally blowing off her orders to be a team player, she trusts his judgment as an agent.
  • Lawful Good: When presented with the evidence that Lance stole the drone, she cooperates with Internal Affairs not because she thinks Lance is guilty, but because she believes that working with the system will only prove his innocence.

Voiced by: Ben Mendelsohn
A mysterious cyborg villain with a grudge against Lance and the H.T.U.V. in general.

    Katsu Kimura 
Voiced by: Masi Oka
An arms dealer who supplies Killian with the drones.


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