Charlie is a former antagonist-turned-supporting protagonist of Rio 2 and a supporting protagonist in the following installments. He is one of Blu's best friends.
Originally one of Nigel's henchmen, Charlie was hired by Nigel to assist him in his revenge plot against Blu. However, Nigel did not care much about Charlie's hunger for ants and forced him to continue the plan. Ultimately, Charlie decided to switch sides and quits Nigel's team, officially becoming a part of Blu's family.
Charlie was forced by his owner to tap dance for tourists until Nigel freed him. Nigel uses him as a form of transportation, riding on his back when he escapes the street fair with Gabi. Charlie serves as the muscle in Nigel's plan to find Blu and get revenge on him. He obeys Nigel's whims because he was promised all the ants he could eat, but was usually denied them because Nigel was too busy planning his revenge to care about Charlie's hunger. His long tongue proves to be useful on several occasions to Nigel as he uses it to catapult himself towards Blu, as a climbing rope, as a leash, and as a pulley system. Charlie is at Nigel's beck and call – until he is inevitably distracted by ants.
After the group sneaks onto the same boat as the Spix's Macaw Family, Charlie inadvertently foils Nigel's attempt to kill Blu in his sleep; having been distracted by some ants in a plastic bottle, Charlie gets his snout stuck trying to get the last one. When he finally pulls his snout out, he accidentally hits the switch for the boat's horn, waking everyone up. The humans then drive them off the boat.
The next morning, they are shown to be floating on a life preserver. Seeing Blu and his family flying away, Nigel has Charlie use his tongue like a propeller to move them through the water. Later, Charlie carries Nigel and Gabi through the jungle and, following an attempt to get Nigel airborne, climbs up a tree for Nigel to get a better look.
The next day, they see what appears to be Blu. Nigel has Charlie "tongue-apult" him to their target (Who turns out not to be Blu). Charlie watches Nigel's audition and later hears his plan to kill Blu, rehearsing his part by firing a dart with Gabi's poison on it at a fruit made up to look like Blu.
During the battle against the loggers, Nigel sees an opportunity to kill Blu. Charlie fires a dart, but it misses. When Blu and Nigel are struggling, Charlie fires again, accidentally hitting Nigel. It is then that they discover that Gabi is not poisonous.
As Nigel is being dragged away by Gabi, who plans to shower him with love, Charlie responds to his call for help by giving two thumbs up and shuffling away, fed up with Nigel's abuse and officially quitting his team. He is later seen at the "Amazon Untamed" party, dancing around his tongue as if it were a lasso.
Charlie does not talk at all because he has an occupation on eating ants. He is usually seen with a smile on his face.
At the end of the film, he redeems himself by quitting Nigel's team and is now friends with Blu and the others. Charlie has since grown extremely attached to Carla, Bia, and Tiago as their best friend.
Overall, Charlie has proven himself as a truly good anteater, despite his previous affiliation with Nigel.
Charlie is a beige and brown Northern tamandua with brown eyes. The darker patch of his fur resembles a vest, with white fur on the rest of his body.
He wears a black bowler hat and a red bow tie with a dark brown collar.
- Charlie is partially based on (and named after) Charlie Chaplin and his popular screen persona The Tramp.
- His mime tactics are based on Marcel Marceau.
- Northern tamanduas are great tree climbers, but Charlie does not look like he can climb at all, using his tongue like a rope to hold on and climb, like a lumberjack. This may be due to him being raised in captivity and therefore not having any experience climbing trees.
- According to Blue Sky Studios' Twitter, Charlie was originally going to be working in a circus with Nigel and Gabi.
- His character description on the official film site stated that "red ants make him crazy." This is never seen in the second film. In the Junior Novel, eating a red ant causes him intense pain, but also gives him a burst of energy.
- Charlie was never actually evil, but merely originally helping Nigel since he was the one who had freed him.
- In Rio: Match 3 Party instead of speaking he's thinking.
- Charlie on Villains Wiki.