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Red (full name Red J. Bird according to The Angry Birds Movie 2, and originally George in the earlier concepts for the original game) is the mascot of the Angry Birds franchise. He's the leader of the titular Angry Birds flock, and the most dedicated to the cause of protecting the eggs, as well as the angriest bird of them all. Although his status and over-protective father-like personality may cause one to assume he is an adult, Red is actually one of the younger members of the flock, who stepped up to the role as leader as no one else was better suited for it.

Red
Pain is temporary, anger is forever.
RedAngry Birds 2
Gender: Male
Type: Series, protective, and dedicated leader of the flock
Species: Northern Cardinal
Portrayed by:

  • Antti Pääkkönen (Angry Birds Toons)
  • Jason Sudeikis (The Angry Birds Movie and The Angry Birds Movie 2)
  • Aidan McGraw (young, The Angry Birds Movie)
  • Mike Bodie (Angry Birds on The Run)
  • Ian Hanlin (Angry Birds: Summer Madness)
Status: Alive
Media of origin: Angry Birds (2009; first appearance)


They stole your kids. No. They stole our kids. I mean, who does that? Have you ever stolen any one's children? Huh? Have you? And you know what? I'm a little bit angry. Correction. I'm really angry. And I don't think I'm the only one. Come on, we're birds! We're descended from dinosaurs! We're not supposed to be nice! We're getting our kids back, and I don't need any... calm, detached, happy birds. Not gonna help us. Don't need it. I need some angry flocking birds!
RedThe Angry Birds Movie

In the films (which take place in a separate continuity as confirmed by Rovio establishing the "Angryverse" in 2022), Red was an outcast in a community of happy birds because of his anger issues, before rising up to the role of a hero and leader when the pigs attacked and raided their village, becoming loved and accepted.

Red serves as the first and most basic bird in almost every Angry Birds title, meaning that, unlike the rest of his flock, Red usually has no special ability. Usually, because there have been occasions where Red has his own ability, such as in "Red's Mighty Feathers" in the original Angry Birds game, the Telebird power-up in Angry Birds Seasons, and his battle cry toppling structures in Angry Birds 2.

Why He Gets ⭐⭐⭐

Red carries the weight of leadership on his shoulders because he is the one who found the three eggs one day: He will do anything to protect them. Red is fearless and unrelenting in his quest to protect the eggs. He sees himself as their main protector and takes full responsibility for their care. He believes the protection of the eggs is paramount. The responsibility has forced Red to grow up very fast. Despite his young age, the rest of the birds see Red as their leader. Without him, life would be chaotic. He is eager to help anyone being harassed by the pigs. The other Angry Birds always turn to Red in times of trouble and listen to what he has to say. Red knows that the birds are strong enough only when they stick together, and that is why he strives to keep the group united. Red respects the individuality of each of the birds in the bunch and lets them do their own thing, especially if it means they will be better equipped to guard the eggs. But responsibility weighs heavily on Red. He doesn't fully trust the others to protect the eggs as well as he does. He often spends sleepless nights worrying about the eggs' safety and regularly checks on the birds on guard duty just to be sure they are doing their job properly. Chuck (aka Yellow Bird) is the only bird Red can confide in and express his concerns to. He wishes that Mighty Eagle would come to help the birds, and he is disappointed in Mighty's continued decision to live in complete isolation. The pigs' incessant attempts to steal the eggs stress out Red. He hates the threat they pose to the eggs. Any threat to the eggs, whether from pig or bird or anything else, makes Red completely lose it. If Red feels that something is putting the eggs in danger in any way, it will feel his wrath immediately. But it is the pigs who truly enrage Red, because they pose the biggest threat toward the eggs. They are the main reason Red had to abandon the carefree days of his youth, and he desperately misses the freedom he once took for granted. He hopes that once the eggs hatch, the pigs will no longer pose a threat to their safety and he can return to his youthful carefree days.
― About RedAngry Birds: Fed up, Feathered, and Furious

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    Official artwork showing Red's leadership.

    Red’s special skills are his leadership qualities, which at first seems feeble compared to the brute force of Terence or explosive power of Bomb. But wait! Someone has to organize this odd flock of birds! He's also a bit highly strung and sees small things as a declaration of war – like hearing the sound of the wind and thinking it's the battle cry of the pig army. So that's kind of intense!
    ― About Red • Official Angry Birds Website (archived)

    As the flock's leader, it is Red's duty to keep his feathery brethren in line, and he does a great job at it. Stern, strict, and a perfectionist, Red will not settle for anything less than the best for the eggs or his flock. Red is also usually the one to come up with plans and strategies to take down the pigs. Despite his extremely serious attitude, Red is also capable of lightening up around the other birds, such as in "Off Duty" and "Slingshot 101". While Red is indeed the de-facto leader of the flock, it's also important that he is also looked up to as a father figure as well, despite actually being one of the younger members of the flock (likely a teenager considering much official promotional material has paired Red with Stella), and in-turn, Red values the other members of the flock more than allies, comrades, or friends, but as family as well, probably because they pretty much are. Angry Birds Toons and Angry Birds Comics show that the flock eats, sleeps, and lives together, so it's only natural they would all be very close to each other. Though Red may roll his eyes whenever Chuck does something stupid or when Matilda insists he takes it easy, and he may scold the other birds when they fail to meet his standards, Red is only hard on them because he really cares, and he would be the first to fly in whenever one of them is in danger. The flock being a family is surprisingly something that actually existed even before the birds were all given proper names (Moon Festival Comic, Halloween Comic, Christmas Comic, and Year of the Dragon Comic).
    • Notably, in the 2016 run of Angry Birds Comics, the first story of the first issue ("Angry Bird") is about Red being mysteriously left completely alone, leading him to believe that his flock had died during an incident, or that they had abandoned him. He even storms Pig City on his own in search of them. However, when it is revealed that they were all completely fine and they were simply planning a surprise birthday party for him, Red was so glad to see them that he shed a tear.
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    Official artwork showing Red's over-protectiveness.

    Having found the three eggs on Piggy Island, Red is vastly over-protective of them and typically over-reacts to the slightest threat to their safety, driving him in to a berserk rage.
    ― About RedAngry Birds: Hatching a Universe

    Red also lets his guard down when he’s alone with the eggs and can be seen softly stroking their shells and telling them bedtime stories. It’s another rare moment of sensitivity and it reveals something of a softer side in him. But when the other flock members come a knocking, something clicks inside and instantly he’s back to being his usual serious and alert self.
    ― About Red • Official Angry Birds Website (archived)

    Red acts as an over-protective father to the eggs, and is the most dedicated to defending them from the pigs. Perhaps "over-protective" is an understatement, as even something as harmless as a butterfly or a leaf blown by the wind will not be spared from Red's wrath if they so much as get too close to the nest. While the other birds are often seen playing around and having other hobbies, it's pretty rare to catch Red doing anything other than guarding the nest. It's already mentioned above that Red also shows his softer and gentler side whenever he's alone with the eggs, which is pretty sweet. According to various sources, Red is actually the one who found the eggs in the first place, which would explain why he's more attached to them compared to the other birds, even Matilda, who acts like a mother to the rest of the flock.
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    Official artwork depicting Red looking over the horizon on the dawn of a new day, finally freed of the burdens and worries of his duty (notice the hatched eggs).

    Despite his youth, Red is kind of a father figure to the other Angry Birds. Red knows that no one else will take responsibility, so he is forced to do so. When the eggs have hatched, Red will have done his duty and will be able to forget the burden of leadership and embrace the carefree nature of his age.
    ― About RedAngry Birds: Hatching a Universe

    It's already been mentioned a couple times before on this page that Red is actually pretty young, and was forced to grow up thanks to the burdens of his responsibility. Really think about that. Despite the cartoony art style and goofy premise, make no mistake, the Angry Birds series is about war. Many sources prior to The Angry Birds Movie essentially rebooting the franchise have referred to the conflict between the birds and pigs as "The Great Egg War". The book, Angry Birds: Fed up, Feathered, and Furious, reveals that the reason for Terence's silence is because of war trauma, and the Angry Birds Toons episode, "The Porktrait", has implications to the war lasting for generations, with the birds losing prior to the rule of King Smooth Cheeks (the current King Pig and son of King Mudbeard), explaining why there are so little birds on Piggy Island and why there are only three eggs remaining. With this context, it explains a lot about the way Red acts and makes him a far more sympathetic character. It's no wonder he's so paranoid and constantly on edge when he is one of the few last things standing between the eggs and total extinction. Being the leader that holds the entire flock together, Red constantly fears that everything he's worked so hard to protect for years might be gone in an instant if he isn't there for even a second, to the point of him seeing hallucinations of eggs in the Angry Birds Toons episode, "Off Duty". Another example of Red not being well mentally is in another Toons episode, "Happy Hippy", where he gets enraged to the point of seeing pigs everywhere and attacking everything. It has been said that the other birds have tried their best to help calm him down, yet he remains the angriest bird of the all.

    The whole flock tries to keep Red calm and relaxed by telling him to follow a strict program of herbal tea, soothing bath salts and deep-breathing exercises. But this only takes the edge off his anger, and it really doesn’t take much to remind Red of those little pigs trying to get their dirty trotters on the eggs. Even the sight of something green can enrage him!
    ― About Red • Official Angry Birds Website (archived)

    Although the loss of Red's innocence and carefree nature when thrust into the position of a leader during war is tragic, it makes his over-the-top dedication and commitment to protecting the eggs and his flock all the more heroic. No matter what, Red shall stand strong and fight for the last hope of his species' survival, and that makes him more than a great character.
    • Those darker parts of the character and the series are part of what makes them so cool and interesting, but much like the lore in the Kirby series, it's usually tucked away in lesser-known sources and rarely explored outside of that, with most people being able to play the games while being completely unaware of this knowledge, so it is entirely up to the fans to make of this information what they will.
  4. While Red is indeed the fearless leader the entire flock looks up to, he has some flaws of his own. He can be a bit too much of a perfectionist and can get angry over something being even slightly below his standards ("Just So"). He can be extremely stubborn at times, and will sometimes refuse help from others out of pride ("Sink or Swim"). And while he does respect each member of the flock, he also has a tendency to underestimate them and believes that he knows best ("Slingshot 101"). These flaws help humanize Red and give him personality beyond being the leader.
  5. The Bad Piggies essentially ruined his life, by robbing him of his childhood, forcing him and his flock to live a nomadic life, and are implied to be the reason for their species' endangerment. For this, it's reasonable for Red to hold an intense hatred towards the pigs. Yet, Red has been shown to totally okay with co-existing with the pigs, so long as they leave the eggs alone. In the Season's Greedings animation and "The Truce", Red is open to having peace with the pigs. He's nice enough to let the pigs have one of the gifts they tried to steal from them in the Wreck the Halls animation, and is fine with celebrating Christmas with the pigs in "Last Tree Standing". Red will unleash his wrath on the pigs whenever they threaten the eggs, but he'll leave them alive and let them get away, hoping that this time they've learned their lesson. Prior to The Angry Birds Movie 2, Red has teamed up with the pigs in Angry Birds Transformers, and notably, in the comic, Red expresses concern for Starscream Pig when he is sent into space, even after he attempted to betray both the Autobirds and Deceptihogs, while King Pig doesn't care in the slightest.
  6. I'm Red! The mighty defender of the nest! The smasher of pigs! The castle-busting wrecking ball!
    RedAngry Birds Comics #10

    Although he is the most basic bird in the original game, in Angry Birds Toons, Red is shown to be incredibly powerful. In "Off Duty", Red is shown to be capable of retrieving the eggs and destroying Pig City all on his own in mere seconds, and in "Slingshot 101", he is able to run all the way from a distant mountain back to the nest in a short time. "The Great Eggscape" is also another good example of why Red is a force to be reckoned with.
  7. The movies take the character in a different direction, where Red is a cranky loner who was born an orphan and spent his entire life as an outcast, before rising up to become a hero to birdkind after being proven right about his suspicion towards the invading pigs. In The Angry Birds Movie 2, Red has a fear of losing that status and going back to being a loser, but eventually manages to overcome that and grows to work with others as a team, even if he isn't the one in charge and getting all the credit. He even manages to get a love interest in Silver and make peace with the pigs. While Classic Red has a soft side that he rarely shows when he's not busy being fussy, stressed out, or completely furious, Movie Red desires to be loved and accepted by the other birds despite his lack of social skills due to his rough upbringing and tries to hide his insecurities with sarcasm and an aloof attitude, that and his anger issues make him a more relatable character to some people.
    • As The Angry Birds Movie was one of the first pieces of Angry Birds multi-media in production, it's inconsistencies with the way the "Classic Dimension" was fleshed out in non-game media such as The World of Angry Birds Official Guide and Angry Birds Toons are excusable.
  8. Red's signature color was not only an important visual aspect - red being the color typically associated with anger - but also had vital implications with regards to the marketing of Angry Birds the brand. "Making the main bird red was a key decision," notes Peter Vesterbacka, "because it really stands out in a very crowded marketplace. The big question is: how do you stand out against the millions of other products." Within the offices of Rovio, many employees can be found wearing Red Bird hooded tops with the icon's fierce eyes emblazoned on the chest! They're far from the only ones: the Red Bird has become the focal point of Angry Birds advertising and vast merchandising, providing a potent and highly recognizable face for a worldwide brand.
    ― About Red's design • Angry Birds: Hatching a Universe

    His design, though simple, is great and has become extremely iconic. It's very impressive how the artists at Rovio manage to make Red so animated and expressive in animated promotional shorts and Angry Birds Toons, despite him having no limbs (which also applies to the other birds and pigs). His anthropomorphized design in the movies is also good, not only because they managed to give him limbs without being too off-putting, but when he is launched out of the slingshot, he can curl up into a ball to resemble the games' design, which is genius.
    • Notably, Red's cinematic reimagining had several scrapped designs that more closely resemble his classic counterpart. They can be viewed here.
  9. The very fact that his personality can be described in this much detail is proof of just how much the people behind the series cared about crafting an interesting series. Remember, this all started from a simple mobile game where you fling birds at pigs like projectiles, they did not have to go out of their way to characterize each and every one of them, but they did. A lesser series would simply have Red be his own species, as the weakest and most common bird, much like the Peashooters from Plants vs. Zombies or the monkeys from Bloons, but instead they went decided to make him his own character.

Angry Qualities

  1. After the first movie, the series started to become more focused on Red, Chuck, and Bomb as a trio instead of them all being part of one big flock. The flock wasn't just some crew or a team or a group of friends, but a family, despite all of them being from different species (with Red and Terence and Jay, Jake, and Jim being exceptions). The idea that they are all that they have, trying their best to survive on an island that belongs to - and is literally named after - the enemy, is infinitely more charming and interesting than it just being Red as the main hero and Chuck and Bomb as his sidekicks, and now that part of Red, and by extension, the rest of the birds, is something that has been sorely missing from the series for a long while.
  2. "Not sure about the dabbing though."
  3. He was flanderized in season 3 of Angry Birds Toons, and although he is likable and relatable in The Angry Birds Movie, his angry demeanor is overused, which causes him to become stale quickly.

Trivia

  • Red's Toons voice actor, Antti Pääkkönen, is also the voice of Squidward Tentacles in the Finnish dub of SpongeBob SquarePants.
    • Ironically, Red's movie voice actor, Jason Sudeikis, also made a cameo appearance in "SpongeBob's Big Birthday Blowout".
  • Aside from being a natural leader, strategist, and expert marksman, Red's other talents include playing the guitar in his Angry Birds POP! map idle animation, playing the accordion in "Last Tree Standing", and in The Angry Birds Movie, Red is shown to have an artistic side as well. The opening credits of the movie shows Red in his younger years painting a sculpture of Mighty Eagle, and later on in the film, Red paints several paintings of Leonard being tormented by him as part of Matilda's anger management class. Another thing of note in the film is that Red built his own house in 5 years, and makes a miniature figure of it as well. While it is never shown, the book Angry Birds: Fed up, Feathered, and Furious claims that Red also plays chess as a hobby, possibly to sharpen his wits.
  • In The World of Angry Birds Official Guide, Red was interviewed. The interview in full can be read here, word for word:
    • What's the best thing about living on Piggy Island? The eggs. They are the future of the Flock and all that matters.
    • What's the worst thing about living on Piggy Island? The pigs. They're always trying to get their dirty little trotters on our eggs. It makes me mad!
    • What makes you angry? Didn't you just hear me? Why can't those swine just leave us alone? Just the thought of their piggy little snouts gets my feathers in a flap!
    • What's your best quality? My dedication. No one cares more about protecting the nest than me. I wish they did. Don't they realise that the world is a dangerous place? Especially if you're still in your shell.
    • What would you improve about yourself if you could? Matilda is always telling me to relax, but how can I when there are hungry piggies everywhere? I know I can be a bit of a know-it-all when it comes to keeping the eggs safe. The trouble is, I do know best. What else can I do?
    • Do you have any hobbies? Who has time for hobbies when there are vulnerable eggs to guard?
    • Who is your favorite bird in the flock? I like Chuck, although it does get annoying when he follows me around all the time. The Blues are great. They have so much enthusiasm and energy. Of course, I'd rather they were kept safe in a nest, but every bird needs to do their duty.
    • Which bird drives you crazy? Bomb! He's so powerful, but doesn't take life seriously enough. And don't talk to me about the so-called Mighty Eagle. He's always in his cave, never joining the fight 'til the very last moment.
    • What's your biggest secret? When no one's around I sing to the eggs. All the old nursery rhymes - except 'Humpty Dumpty'. I mean, who would leave an egg sitting on a wall? Makes my blood boil!
  • As Terence was originally referred to as the "Big Brother Bird" in early Angry Birds media, one can speculate that he and Red are related. Both Angry Birds: Fed up, Feathered, and Furious and The World of Angry Birds Official Guide reveal that Red is the only one who is able to connect with the usually silent Terence, but in the latter, Red also says "I seem to be able to get through to him more than the others. Maybe its because we're from the same species.", which isn't something he'd say if they really were brothers.
    • However, the possibility still exists that they are indeed brothers, but are simply unaware of it, because they were separated since birth, after all, The Angry Birds Movie reveals Red to be an orphan, which might also be the case in the "Classic Dimension" due to none of the birds' parents being seen on Piggy Island (likely because they, along with many other birds, were killed during the Great Egg War) and the only remaining eggs, being the 3 that the flock protects and the one that Silver came from, were simply found, implying that they were possibly hidden by their true parents "Baby Moses style" to protect them from being eaten by the pigs. But hey, that's just a theory.
  • According to the Angry Birds Career Test, Red and those with a personality similar to his would excel at being a CEO, FBI agent, or politician.
  • Much like Sonic the Hedgehog, Red runs the official Twitter account promoting the series and has made many memorable interactions with the series fans, and even other brand accounts, with his rivalry with Cult of the Lamb, being one notable example.
    • Ironically, on April 17, 2023, it was confirmed by both Rovio Entertainment Corporation and Sega Sammy Holdings that Sega would acquire Rovio with a $775 million dollar deal (previously estimated to be $1 billion), claiming that they can reach the Angry Birds franchise to 'strengthen its position' in the global game market. Rovio previously declined an earlier bid from Israeli mobile company Playtika for around $736 million, which would make Red part of Sonic's company.
  • Red has officially seen fanfiction shipping him and Chuck.
  • Red (or at least the Movie version of him) is confirmed to be bisexual, when he did "smash or pass" on TikTok.

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Related Characters

Similar Characters

  • Donald Duck
    • Both he and Red are iconic "Angry Birds". Red's relationship with the Blues is similar to Donald's relationship with his nephews. In the 2017 reboot of DuckTales, Donald channels his anger to become a protective guardian for his nephews, not unlike Red's overprotectiveness towards the eggs. In printed media taking place in the movie universe such as Seeing Red and Angry Birds: Big Movie Eggstravaganza, it is shown that Red can't hold down a job due to his temper, which is another thing he shares with Donald.
  • Knuckles the Echidna
    • Both are red, powerful, dedicated, stubborn, and hotheaded guardians who come from a dying race, with Red and the flock being the only remaining birds on Piggy Island, and Knuckles being the last of his kind. Knuckles is just as dedicated to protecting the Master Emerald as Red is to protecting the eggs, yet they can't help but yearn to be free from the burden of their responsibilities.

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