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The characters featured in DreamWorks Animation's The Croods.

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    The Crood Family in General 
  • 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, 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.
  • 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.

  • Last of His Kind: The Croods are the last surviving caveman family.
Voiced by: Nicolas Cage (movie), Dan Milano (TV series)

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.
  • 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.
  • Overprotective Dad: Tries to keep his kids safe from the outside world, as well 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.
  • 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 (movie), Stephanie Lemelin (TV series)

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.
  • 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 drawing 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.

Voiced by: Ryan Reynolds (movie), Dominic Catrambone (TV series)

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.
  • 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 (movie), Cree Summer (TV series)

The matriarch of the Crood family.

  • Action Mom: Being a mother of three doesn't stop her from being strong and tough. Grug's overprotectiveness does, though.
  • 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 mother 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 thing 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 (movie), AJ Locascio (TV series)

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Lovable Coward: He's a big scaredy cat when it comes to something new.
  • 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 way aren't working anymore.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Thunk resembles his father's looks with his short brown hair and prominent cheekbones.

Voiced by: Cloris Leachman (movie), Laraine Newman (TV series)

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

Voice Design by: Randy Thom (movie)
Voiced by: Grey DeLisle (TV series)

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

Voiced by: Chris Sanders

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.
  • Catchphrase: "Dun dun DUUUUUNNN!"
  • 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.
  • 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.

    The Betterman Family in General 
  • 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

The patriarch of the Betterman family.

  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Despite 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.
  • Happily Married: With Hope though he does keeps secrets such as his man-cave and the mysterious banana-eating monsters.
  • 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 hold 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

The matriarch of the Betterman family.

  • Character Development:
  • 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 badly misjudging them and releasing
  • Happily Married: With Phil.
  • 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.
  • 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 break-down 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

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.
  • 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 her, Hope's, actions and words have been rude, to say the least.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Eep.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Her pet sloth, Sash, is pink and foofy!
  • Ruleof Cute: Her big brown eyes and 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

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.


Thunk's pet crocopup.

     Spiny Mandrilla 
The tyrannical leader of the Punch-Monkeys.

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


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