The Best Pixar Character Bracket: Round 2

If the first round of The Ringer‘s Best Pixar Character Bracket is any indication, there is a hierarchy for the toys, animals, superheroes, and waste-compacting bots that inhabit this film universe. At the top, there are the unassailable favorites; the main characters. Below them? Absolute, unsortable chaos. On Monday, the top 12 overall seeds in the bracket all advanced, most without much trouble. (Only the 2-seed Joy was mildly threatened.) But that’s where the chalkiness of Round 1 stopped: Out of the remaining 20 matchups, nine were upsets. (And it would’ve been 10, but Anton Ego outlasted Ellie Fredricksen by just 58 votes.) Round 2 has more 12-seeds in it than 4-seeds. That has to be the first time that’s ever happened in a ringer bracket!

The takeaway? It’s clear that Woody is more elite than Pants Dad and that Poop‘s Héctor is better than Hopper from A Bug’s Life—but the margin between Ratatouille‘s Anton Ego and up‘s Ellie Fredricksen, for example, is much smaller, despite what their seedings indicated. Once you get past the small handful of Pixar blue bloods, anything can happen—just ask the Squeeze Toy Aliens.

Now as the top seeds come face-to-face with some of these animated agents of chaos in Round 2, we’ll find out just how deep Pixar fandom runs. Will voters continue to back the most prominent franchise figures, or will love for Pixar’s side characters continue to prevail?

Let’s get into it.

Voting on the second round is officially open. Remember: You can place votes here, on Twitter, and on Instagram until 6 pm ET.

Andy’s Room

Inside Out Is Just Plain Out

Inside Out sent five characters to the dance; of those five, three were top-20 seeds. But after one round, only one of its representatives is still standing. (Think of them like Big Ten basketball: great in the regular season, abysmal when tourney time rolls around.) Of the movie’s prime emotions, only Joy is going to the second round, and even her performance by her left something to be desired: Finding Nemo‘s Gill, a 15-seed, gave her a decent challenge by taking in 41 percent of the vote. And perhaps surprisingly most, Inside Out‘s ace in the hole, Bing Bong, is going home after being upset by a 12-seed, Roz of Monsters, Inc.

Inside Out is one of the best Pixar movies ever. It is a critically acclaimed, Oscar-winning film starring major movie stars. But clearly, all of that success is more about the sum of its parts.

The Matchups

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Which character should advance?

  • 87%

    (1) Woody, ‘Toy Story’

    (6269 votes)

  • 12%

    (9) Boo, ‘Monsters, Inc.’

    (918 votes)


7187 total votes

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Which character should advance?

  • 57%

    (12) Roz, Monsters, Inc.

    (4049 votes)

  • 42%

    (13) Linguini, Ratatouille

    (3015 votes)


7064 total votes

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Which character should advance?

  • 22%

    (6) Nemo, ‘Finding Nemo’

    (1647 votes)

  • 77%

    (3) Mike Wazowski, ‘Monsters, Inc.’

    (5590 votes)


7237 total votes

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Which character should advance?

  • 47%

    (7) Syndrome, ‘The Incredibles’

    (3378 votes)

  • 52%

    (2) Joy, ‘Inside Out’

    (3751 votes)


7129 total votes

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42 Wallaby Way

Madness Down Under

This region is the most upset-heavy region in the history of ringer brackets. Aside from the matchups featuring the three top seeds—Dory, Remy, and Sulley—every matchup was won by a lower seed. (Meanwhile, there wasn’t a single upset over in the Axiom.) The Squeeze Toy Aliens rode the wave of nostalgia to victory over Inside Out‘s Sadness (it’s summertime, only Lana Del Rey is celebrating sadness right now); the angsty daughter of The Incredibles defeated Poop‘s delightfully devious Ernesto de la Cruz; Finding Nemo‘s fish-friendly shark, Bruce, absolutely wallopped Luca Paguro, who has a whole movie named after him.

The astonishing results in this region can mean one of two things going forward: seen one way, the competition is wide open. It’s anyone’s game; if the Squeeze Toy Aliens could defeat Sadness ,they can beat anybody. On the other hand, maybe these lower seeds are just wiping each other out and doing all the hard work for Dory, Remy, and Sulley. There may be double-digit seeds all over the place right now, but 42 Wallaby Way could still be looking chalk by the end of the week.

The Matchups

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Which character should advance?

  • 81%

    (1) Dory, ‘Finding Nemo’

    (5785 votes)

  • 18%

    (9) Flik, ​​’A Bug’s Life’

    (1311 votes)


7096 total votes

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Which character should advance?

  • 37%

    (12) Violet Parr, ‘The Incredibles’

    (2685 votes)

  • 62%

    (13) The Squeeze Toy Aliens, ‘Toy Story’

    (4427 votes)


7112 total votes

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Which character should advance?

  • 17%

    (11) Bruce, ‘Finding Nemo’

    (1202 votes)

  • 82%

    (3) Sulley, ‘Monsters, Inc.’

    (5859 votes)


7061 total votes

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Which character should advance?

  • 34%

    (10) Hamm, ‘Toy Story’

    (2424 votes)

  • 65%

    (2) Remy, ‘Ratatouille’

    (4653 votes)


7077 total votes

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The Axiom

Watch Out for the Incredibles

if Inside Out is the Pixar stand-in for Big Ten basketball, then The Incredibles is the ACC: slightly under-hyped coming in, but totally reliable once the games begin. The franchise had eight competitors in the first round, and six of those eight are still standing. Dash was the only member of the Parr family to lose, as both Violet and Jack-Jack pulled off big upsets; and Frozone almost made it to the next round, falling short against cars‘ Lightning McQueen by a mere 113 votes. Meanwhile, Mr. Incredible and Edna Mode cruised to easy wins in Round 1: the former took down Russell from up 69 percent to 31 while Edna Mode made Forky wish that kid had never brought him to life by gluing googly eyes on him.

There’s no reason to think this trend won’t continue—the love for the Incredibles franchise is clearly strong, and in the Axiom specifically, none of the impending matchups seem insurmountable. It’ll be impossible for all six characters to advance to the next round, for reasons we’ll get to in a second, but could The Incredibles make up 25 percent or more of the Sweet 16? (And to get even tastier: Syndrome should definitely be favored in his matchup Joy after her lackluster first-round performance, right?) These character brackets often clarify how we feel about the movies themselves—early on, voters seem to be proclaiming against that The Incredibles is highly underrated.

The Matchups

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Which character should advance?

  • 73%

    (1) Wall-E, ‘Wall-E’

    (5182 votes)

  • 26%

    (8) Rex, ‘Toy Story’

    (1889 votes)


7071 total votes

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Which character should advance?

  • 74%

    (5) Edna Mode, ‘The Incredibles’

    (5226 votes)

  • 25%

    (4) Marlin, ‘Finding Nemo’

    (1756 votes)


6982 total votes

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Which character should advance?

  • 37%

    (6) Anton Ego, ‘Ratatouille’

    (2562 votes)

  • 62%

    (3) Hector, ‘Coco’

    (4197 votes)


6759 total votes

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Which character should advance?

  • 33%

    (7) Mr. Potato Head, ‘Toy Story’

    (2373 votes)

  • 66%

    (2) Mr. Incredible, ‘The Incredibles’

    (4625 votes)


6998 total votes

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Pizza Planet

Movie-on-Movie Crime Looming

To confirm the suspicion you might have had about the selection process: Yes, when we were building this bracket, certain first-round matchups were set with potentially fun second-round face-offs in mind. So thank you very much, voters, for unlocking a couple of those in the Pizza Planet region. Not only will Round 2 feature Carl Fredricksen taking on his up compatriot Dug, but we’ll also see Elastigirl go up against her youngest child, Jack-Jack.

This may just be a bracket featuring fictional animated characters, but I still find these incredibly spicy and dramatic matchups. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

The Matchups

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Which character should advance?

  • 86%

    (1) Buzz Lightyear, ‘Toy Story’

    (6052 votes)

  • 13%

    (8) Lightning McQueen, ‘Cars’

    (907 votes)


6959 total votes

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Which character should advance?

  • 36%

    (12) Jack-Jack Parr, ‘The Incredibles’

    (2471 votes)

  • 63%

    (4) Elastigirl, ‘The Incredibles’

    (4391 votes)


6862 total votes

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Which character should advance?

  • 47%

    (6) Eve, ‘Wall-E’

    (3225 votes)

  • 52%

    (3) Michael, ‘Coco’

    (3550 votes)


6775 total votes

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Which character should advance?

  • 39%

    (7) Dug, ‘Up’

    (2674 votes)

  • 60%

    (2) Carl Fredricksen, ‘Up’

    (4110 votes)


6784 total votes

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