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The Croods

    The Crood Family in General 
  • All Cavemen Were Neanderthals: They're the stereotypical neanderthal-esque cavemen with ape-like, bulky, top-heavy physique and flat foreheads. By contrast, Guy (and the Bettermans in the sequel) are modern humans with more slender bodies.
  • Badass Family: They're a family of cavemen who are, from baby Sandy to elderly Gran, capable of defending themselves from and outwitting or outfighting nearly everything they come across.
  • Badass Normal: Each of the Croods, from Grug down to Sandy and even Thunk, can hold their own physically with most animals and are much stronger than they look, mostly due to having to literally fight other creatures for food each day.
  • A Boy, a Girl, and a Baby Family: Thunk is the boy, Eep is the girl and Sandy is the baby.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Even after being introduced to them, the family still goes barefoot most of the time.
  • Last of His Kind: The Croods are the last surviving caveman family.
  • Nice, Mean, and In-Between:
    • Out of the Crood children: Thunk doesn't have a mean bone in his body, Sandy is a Wild Child who is prone to trying to eat her family, especially Thunk, and Eep is way tamer than Sandy but quite the rebellious type.
    • The family as a whole: Ugga and Thunk (nice), Gran and Sandy (mean), and Grug and Eep (in-between).
  • Primal Stance: They have a hunched posture and use their long arms for knuckle-walking quite often, to emphasize their primitive nature. Taken to the extreme with Sandy, who is Running on All Fours all the time.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: As befits their name and caveman status, they majorly rely in their strength. However, circumstances require them to learn different types of skills to survive.
  • Use Your Head: The family members often use headbutts to take out predators.
Voiced by: Nicolas Cage (movies), Dan Milano (Dawn of the Croods), Kiff Vanden Heuvel (Family Tree)

The patriarch of the Crood family.

  • Adult Fear: Has lots of them. Justified given the fact that all of the Croods' family friends died of something, but it's also deconstructed — his fear of the unknown caused his family, especially Eep, to not really live life.
  • Berserk Button: Having his position as leader of the family threatened.
  • Butt-Monkey: Bad things happen to him left and right.
  • Carpet of Virility: He's so hairy that when he goes shirtless, Phil believes he's still wearing his pelt.
  • Character Development: Grug starts off as someone who doesn't believe in trying anything new and sticking to the rules. Near the end, he learns that trying new things aren't necessarily dangerous and he shouldn't just let fear keep him from trying them.
  • Escaped from Hell ...when he hears one of them blowing their shell (which they have used throughout the film as a call for help), he wastes no time in inventing flight because that was the only way he was going to get to them to help them.
  • "Eureka!" Moment: When he realizes that he shouldn't be asking himself what Guy would do, but rather what he would do, and learns how to come up with ideas.
  • Fantasy-Forbidding Father: Repeatedly warns his family, especially Eep, about the dangers of trying new things.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Melancholic/Choleric
  • Happily Married: With Ugga.
  • Hidden Depths: Throughout the film, Grug is shown painting on cave walls, and is better able to make a puppet show fear than Guy is. The credits reveal that, now he doesn't have to spend every waking moment protecting and feeding his family, Grug takes the time to develop his artistic side, creating a gallery of small paintings using multiple colors and putting on a puppet show for Sandy.
    • While his "ideas" at first are often... strange they're more incomplete than downright wrong. For example, his wooden "Shades" closely resemble the bone sunglasses used by the Inuit people, just missing the little eye slit, and he sorta-invents the wheel with his "Ride". He also credits his ideas not to his brain, since he doesn't have one, but to his stomach, which at first sounds ridiculous, then you remember gut feelings are a thing.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: He was actually correct when he said that "fire is not a plaything".
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Incredibly bossy and is incredibly set in his ways, and especially does not like Guy. But everything he does is to protect his family and keep them safe.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: Doesn't really believe that the world is as beautiful as Guy points out.
  • Lightning Bruiser: The Croods have survived where the other cavemen families died out purely because of Grug's strength, and the hunting scene shows he's got speed to match.
  • Overprotective Dad: Tries to keep his kids safe from the outside world, as well as steering away Guy from Eep.
  • Papa Wolf: It doesn't matter if you're a weird cat/owl hybrid thing, and multicolored sabertooth cat or even a new and more civilized cave person. If you threaten Grug's family, indirectly or not, he will take you down. At the end of the film, even resigning himself to oblivion to save his family, the first thing he does when he hears his daughter call for help is to invent a flying machine just to get to her. This is one dad that won't even let the apocalypse stop or threaten his family.
  • Properly Paranoid: The world he lives in is full of horrible blatant and active dangers that are a threat to the safety of his family, explaining his paranoid and overprotective behavior.
  • Shipper on Deck: While he spent a good portion of the movie trying to keep Guy and Eep apart, he finally gets over it and starts to ship them, as evidenced by the cave painting he has of them holding hands together.
  • Stout Strength: Really fat and also really strong.
  • Team Dad: The patriarch of the family, Grug's every thought and action is towards keeping his family safe and fed.
  • Top-Heavy Guy: Grug has body proportions similar to a gorilla, with massive shoulders and arms, but really short legs.
  • You Are Worth Hell: He cheerfully throws his family across the ravine near the end of the film, knowing he couldn't follow them and that he was basically left alone on an exploding continent. He makes it back to them, though.

Voiced by: Emma Stone (movies), Stephanie Lemelin (Dawn of the Croods), Ally Dixon (Family Tree)

The impetuous and rebellious daughter of Grug and Ugga. She is constantly curious and wants to live a life beyond the confines of her cave.

  • Action Girl: She's strong and tough, and she loves a good adventure.
  • Amazonian Beauty: Eep has a robust build, with broad shoulders and thick arms and the strength matching those, but also manages to look pretty.
  • Artificial Limbs: The second film reveals she lost a little toe and replaced it with a peanut. She kept it a secret, till it becomes a Chekhov's Gun.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Towards Thunk in the TV series.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Initially an aloof and angry teen, but she grows out of it by the end of the film.
  • Dark-Skinned Redhead: Has tanned skin and curly, red hair.
  • Fiery Redhead: Eep has red hair and is quite aggressive and adventurous as she wants to visit the outside world the most. She gets the fitting Thunder Sister title of Fire Heart.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Melancholic
  • Le Parkour: She enjoys dangerous stunts.
  • Like Parent, Like Child: Wanderlust aside, Eep is a lot like Grug. She's probably the most capable physically after Grug, and when they're on the same page the two make a great team, as shown in the beginning of the film.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: The Masculine Girl (aggressive and rough) to Guy's Feminine Boy (not really feminine, but is considerably more soft-spoken than Eep).
  • Nubile Savage: It's a tradition of caveman movies, after all.
  • Plucky Girl: Brave and tough.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: To show how, unlike her family, she wants to try new things and explore the world outside the cave.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She quickly develops feelings for the inventive, funny, and helpful Guy.
  • Smitten Teenage Girl: Her diary entries have many drawings of her and Guy surrounded with pink hearts.
  • Strong Girl, Smart Guy: With Guy. She's a Neanderthal, with enough strength to wrestle creatures five times her size, while he is a Cro-Magnan, who knows how to make fire and always has a new idea to try out.
  • Youthful Freckles: Her face and body are covered in freckles to symbolize her rebelliousness and attitude.

Voiced by: Ryan Reynolds (movies), Dominic Catrambone (Dawn of the Croods), Darin Brooks (Family Tree)

A nomad who has been on his own for a long time. Intelligent and resourceful, Guy uproots the Croods when he tells them about "The End."

  • Amazon Chaser: Eep is almost the same height of Guy, possibly twice his weight, impossibly fast and nimble and more than capable of kicking his ass (and does so repeatedly). Guy is absolutely fascinated with her.
  • Brainy Brunette: Compared to the Croods, he's competent and knows how to survive in a way that doesn't just devolve into violence and paranoia.
  • Butt-Monkey: He gets his fair share of slapstick.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Guy's been on his own for a loooong time.
  • Conveniently an Orphan: He reveals to Grug, while they're in a tarpit, that his family died when he was younger.
  • Cool Pet: A Boy and His Sloth. Guy has always been with Belt.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: The reason Guy is a wanderer, with only Belt as company is his family died from sinking in a tarpit.
  • Deadpan Snarker: If you're the smartest of a group of uncivilized cave people, it pays to be this.
  • The Endis Nigh: Predicts the shifting tectonic plates as an apocalyptic event he calls "The End.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Leukine/Phlegmatic
  • Love Makes You Dumb: In the sequel, since falling in love with Eep, Guy is less inventive and more focused with macking on Eep.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Feminine Boy (not really feminine, but is considerably more soft-spoken than Eep) to Eep's Masculine Girl (aggressive and rough).
  • Meaningful Name: "Guy" is another term for identifying someone as a man.
  • Mr. Fanservice: He walks around shirtless showing off his lithe and toned body.
  • Nice Guy: Is a polite, helpful, and heroic guy.
  • Noble Bigot: He used to think Neanderthals were savage brutes, although he was not aware Eep was one when he first met her. But throughout the film he manages to bond with all the Croods.
  • Only Sane Man: Mainly due to being more mentally advanced than the other Croods.
  • Pretty Boy: Thanks to his fine features.
  • The Smart Guy: No pun intended, but he is more intellectual than the Croods.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: This happens in the second film. In an unusual variation, he doesn't get more stupid, just more dependent on Phil's rules and regulations instead of relying on his own instincts.
  • Strong Girl, Smart Guy: With Eep. He is a Cro-Magnan, who knows how to make fire and always has a new idea to try out while she's a Neanderthal, with enough strength to wrestle creatures five times her size.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Never wears a shirt in the entire movie.
  • Weak, but Skilled: He is not as strong as the Croods, but he more than makes up for it with his intelligence and creativity, making and using various inventions, coming up with ideas, and eventually discovering how to make fire.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Guy shows no qualms about poking Eep with a piece of wood or biting her when they first meet.

Voiced by: Catherine Keener (movies), Cree Summer (Dawn of the Croods), Amy Landecker (Family Tree)

The matriarch of the Crood family.

  • Action Mom: Being a mother of three doesn't stop her from being strong and tough. She gets the Thunder Sister title of Blood Horn.
  • Deadpan Snarker: More so in the sequel.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Later on in the film , she has her own idea, and uses it to protect herself, her mother, and Sandy from giant carnivorous flowers. This is a turning-point for Ugga as she literally and figuratively starts letting her hair down and puts the old ways her family followed ("Never leave the cave! New is always bad; never not be afraid!") behind her.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Phlegmatic/Melancholic
  • Happily Married: With Grug.
  • Letting Her Hair Down: An accident example:When escaping from man-eating plants with Sandy and Gran, her hair comes loose after taking off her costume.
  • Mama Bear: Whenever there's trouble, her motherly instincts will take over, and she will do whatever she can to fix it.
  • Nice Girl: A warm, motherly figure.
  • Open-Minded Parent: Downplayed. Ugga is a little more open-minded than her husband, Grug, but keeping the family safe stops her from trying new things like Eep does.
  • Team Mom: She's the caregiver of the family, making sure everyone is clean and healthy.
  • Women Are Wiser: Is a lot more calm and rational than her husband. That said, she also has her stupid moments, such as when she's completely mesmerized by fire and throws a giant corncob into it.

Voiced by: Clark Duke (movies), AJ Locascio (Dawn of the Croods, Family Tree)

Grug and Ugga's son. A lovable but easily scared, and not all that intelligent boy.

  • Acrofatic: Quite fast for a stocky guy.
  • Butt-Monkey: Thunk has lots of Amusing Injuries. Not quite as bad as Grug though.
  • Character Development: At the beginning of the film, Thunk is very terrified of everything. He gets somewhat better over the course of the film, then at the very end, when the Croods are looking over a whole new land and Grug says they should go, Thunk is the first to head down the hill. He certainly came a long way.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He may be a cowardly neanderthal, but he is still a Crood. If the opening scene of the first film is to go by, he is just as strong as the rest of his family.
  • The Ditz: He's not very bright on how to handle something new.
  • Dumbass Teenage Son: Ugga comments on his intellect, saying, “I don’t think Thunk will ever catch up. We love him."
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Sanguine
  • Ironic Name: His name is an unusual conjugation of "think", which is something he's not very good at.
  • Kindhearted Simpleton: Thunk's a sweetheart, which makes up for his lack of rudimentary intelligence.
  • Lovable Coward: He's a big scaredy cat when it comes to something new, but a Nice Guy who cares about his loved ones dearly.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: No matter how scared he is, Thunk will follow his father's lead to the letter. So Thunk deciding to go with Guy's plan later on, really sets the stone on how Grug's ways aren't working anymore.
  • The One Guy: He's the only male in the Thunder Sisters.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Thunk resembles his father's looks with his short brown hair and prominent cheekbones.

Voiced by: Cloris Leachman (movies), Laraine Newman (Dawn of the Croods), Artemis Pebdani (Family Tree)

Ugga's mother and Grug's mother in law.

Voice Design by: Randy Thom (first movie)
Voiced by: Grey DeLisle (Dawn of the Croods), Kailey Crawford (sequel), Dee Bradley Baker (Family Tree)

The hyperactive youngest Crood. Less of a child, and more like an animal.

Voiced by: Chris Sanders (movies, Dawn of the Croods), Dee Bradley Baker (Family Tree)

Guy's pet sloth and only friend.

  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: Although he's the most normal-looking of all the animals, he still has reddish-brown fur, opposed to the dull grey fur real-life sloths have.
  • Amplified Animal Aptitude: He understands human speech, can craft tools following Guy's instructions, and can even play music!
  • Animal Stereotypes: Averted. For a sloth, he is quite active.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He's a very nice and helpful sloth, but when it looks like Gran is about to eat him, he very readily pulls out a knife on her which Guy warns he will not hesitate to use.
  • Catchphrase: "Dun dun DUUUUUNNN!" Used to emphasize significant moments.
  • Meaningful Name: He's called Belt because he keeps Guy's pants up. When they were younger he rested on Guy's forearm and acted as a lookout, Guy considering calling him Watch then.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: Serves as the faithful sidekick of Guy.
  • Only Friend: Belt was Guy's only companion for most of his life.
  • Shipper on Deck: Belt ships Guy and Eep and tries his best to bring them together. He starts off small by pulling the two closer together when they're near each other to eventually throwing flowers around trying to get the two together.
  • Undying Loyalty: Even when Guy is about to be drowned by tar, Belt stays with him.

Voiced by: Dee Bradley Baker

The Crood family's pet macawnivore and ride.

  • Cowardly Lion: A massive predator who's dead-afraid of the dark.
  • Gentle Giant: Though initially he acted like a predator, trying to eat the Croods, once they tame him he starts acting very friendly, allowing them to ride on his back.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: Downplayed; he's mostly a sabre-toothed cat, but he has the coloration of a parrot.
  • Panthera Awesome: A giant sabre-toothed cat with vibrant, parrot-like colors.
  • Undying Loyalty: Once befriended by Grug, he becomes very loyal to him.


Thunk's pet crocopup.


Dawn of the Croods

Voiced by: Grey Delisle

Eep's best friend who is obsessed with her.

    One-Eyed Amber 
Voiced by: Laraine Newman

The toughest caveperson in Ahhh! Valley and Grug's boss.

    Snoot Boor 
Voiced by: Chris Parnell

The Croods' conceited neighbor who is convinced he is the smartest caveman in Ahhh! Valley. He often butts heads with Grug.

Voiced by: Dee Bradley Baker

The mean-spirited "teacher" of Ahhh! Valley. Takes great pride in tormenting his "students" and setting them off on dangerous quests for "homework" (his dinner).

The Croods: A New Age

    The Betterman Family in General 
  • Elemental Motifs: The Bettermans represent water, in contrast to the Croods and their experience with fire. The family wears aqua blue, their residence contains a cave of geysers, Hope gets the Thunder Sister title of Bog Water, and Phil used water to create his farm and treehouse which he stole from the Punch Monkeys.
  • Foil: The Bettermans act as this towards the Croods with their civilized and refined ways.
  • Weak, but Skilled: They can build and arrange things great to get round danger and obstacles, but in terms of direct combat aren't too helpful. Phil is this more than his wife and daughter, though.

Voiced by: Peter Dinklage (movie), Matthew Waterson (Family Tree)

The patriarch of the Betterman family.

  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Despite the world of big, bad animals Phil doesn't believe the Punch-Monkeys' have a monster problem. He later learns he was very wrong.
  • Foil: To Grug. Both want to protect their family, but employed different ways to go over it.
  • Happily Married: With Hope though he does keeps secrets such as his man-cave and the mysterious banana-eating monsters.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: He's basically under the impression that he's smarter than anybody who's not him or his immediate family. A lot of the sequel's problems turn out to be because of this mindset, and his attempts to assert his intelligent dominance over the punch-monkeys only turn things From Bad to Worse.
  • Overprotective Dad: Tries to keep his daughter safe from outside the wall, as well as protecting his adopted son Guy from Grug's wild nature. Like Grug, Phil always tries to protect his kids from all kinds of danger.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni The calm, skinny and snobbish Phil is the Blue Oni to Grug's rough, soft-hearted, and muscular Red Oni.
  • Thinking Tic: Phil holds his palms together over his lips when listening.
  • Yuppie: Phil enjoys bragging about how "through higher thought" he diverted a river to run through his farm and grow lush vegetation.

Voiced by: Leslie Mann (movie), Amy Rosoff (Family Tree)

The matriarch of the Betterman family.

  • Butt-Monkey: She suffers some misfortune when traveling with the remaining Croods to find Grug, Phil, and Guy. Being frozen, for one thing
  • The Finicky One: She tries to keep things in order whether they should be or not, and tends to repress her feelings. She later learns to loosen up.
  • Happily Married: With Phil, though it's not without its issues.
  • Housewife: Hope is very concerned with keeping her treehouse clean and making baskets of soaps, snacks and neck-pillows.
  • Hartman Hips: Only character that has them.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She may be a bit arrogant and snobbish, but between the scheming and subtle insults Hope does has aunt-like love for Guy and treasures her daughter above all else. Later, she grows to accept the Croods after they save her and Dawn.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She is the most attractive female seen so far.
  • Rapunzel Hair: She has knee-length hair that she keeps in a pigtail, but later on she lets it down and gets in touch with her wild side.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Her mental breakdown opened a flood of insults she was holding back on the Crood kids and gysters' blasts covered some adjectives.
  • Stepford Smiler: Ugga notices Hope grip the 'travel basket' tightly while they talk about the Croods' stay.

Voiced by: Kelly Marie Tran (movie, Family Tree)

Phil and Hope's daughter and only child. She is a shy girl who dreams of exploring the world outside the wall.

  • Action Girl: Becomes this during her time with Eep. She gets the Thunder Sister title of Sister Sunset.
  • Bait-and-Switch: At first, her connections to Guy mean she may be the one for him. But Guy chooses Eep, with no hard feelings from Dawn.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Dawn quickly bonds with a spider-wolf pup by simply being kind and patient.
  • The Heart: Dawn genuinely likes the Croods, especially Eep, and gently explains to her arrogant mother how Hope's actions and words have been rude.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Eep.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Her pet sloth, Sash, is pink and foofy!
  • Rule of Cute: Her big hazel eyes and giddiness while riding Chunky are just plain adorable.
  • True Companions: Dawn and Eep have a lovely friendship built on listening and support.

Voiced by: James Ryan (movie), Dee Bradley Baker (Family Tree)

Dawn's pet sloth and Belt's love interest.

    Guy's Parents 
Voiced by: Melissa Disney and Joel Crawford

  • Heroic Sacrifice: They encourage Guy to go onwards and leave them trapped in the tar pits.

    Shaman Monkey 
The apparent leader of the Punch Monkeys; after the Spiny Mandrilla, in the second film and shaman.
  • Badass Beard: He's the leader of the Punch Monkeys, has the fighting skills that come with it, and he sports a long white beard.
  • The Dragon: To Spiny Mandrilla.
  • Expy: Shares more than a few physical characteristics with Rafiki, both are elderly monkeys with beards, carry a staff with gourds attached to it.
  • Maniac Monkeys: Downplayed, as a member of the Punch Monkeys he's antagonistic towards the heroes, but only out of necessity.
  • Simple Staff: Carries a staff more than twice his height, with a gourd attached to it.
  • Starfish Language: As a Punch Monkey he communicates by hitting someone, usually the individual he's talking to.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Implied, though they mostly want the bananas as an offering towards the Spiny Mandrilla, his conversation with Guy implies that he along with all other Punch Monkeys love bananas.

    Spiny Mandrilla

The tyrannical leader of the Punch-Monkeys.

  • Bad Boss: To the Punch-Monkeys, willing to eat them if they don't feed him with fruit.
  • Big Bad: Spiny is the main antagonist of the second movie. He is the ruler of the Punch-Monkey kingdom and the one behind the attacks on the Bettermans' homeland and for kidnapping Grug, Phil and Guy.
  • The Bully: Keeps the Punch-Monkeys in terror and forces them to feed him.
  • Disney Villain Death: Falls to his death after getting knocked into a chasm, grabbing onto Eep's peanut toe.
  • Evil Is Bigger: He's larger than any other animal in the franchise, and is also among the meanest, terrorizing the Punch-Monkeys and forcing them to feed him. He can easily fit three adult men in his mouth.
  • King Kong Copy: He's a giant ape whom the local tribe (the Punch-Monkeys) appease with sacrifices, while the other locals (the Bettermans) hide behind a wooden wall from him.
  • Kaiju: A colossal, mountain-sized ape.
  • Knight of Cerebus: In a mostly comedic film, things turn seriously dark when he shows up.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: As all Croodaceous fauna. He has the head of a mandrill, the body of a gorilla, and the spines of a echidna.
  • Monstrous Cannibalism: If he's not fed with bananas, he'll eat the Punch-Monkeys. And was about to eat Grug, Guy and Phil too.
  • Obviously Evil: A gigantic Killer Gorilla with massive fangs and glowing red eyes, covered in spines.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: It has red eyes with vertically slit pupils, befitting its monstrous nature.
  • Spikes of Villainy: It's covered in long spines that dramatically emerge from a mist upon its arrival.
  • Villainous Glutton: It has an enormous appetite for both fruit (especially bananas) and meat. Justified by its massive size.

Alternative Title(s): Dawn Of The Croods, The Croods A New Age, The Croods Family Tree