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Anne Boonchuy (bawn-choo-ey) is a human girl who serves as the protagonist of Amphibia. She is a 13-year-old Thai-American in 7th grade who stole the Calamity Box for her friends Sasha Waybright and Marcy Wu, taking them to the mystical and magical world of Amphibia.

While lost in a strange world on an island in the shape of a lily pad Anne finds a new best friend, an enthusiastic young 10-year-old frog named Sprig Plantar. Together they start seeking adventures and exploring the secrets of the world of Amphibia. Anne and her new friend's family try to uncover the mystery behind the Calamity Box and a way to get Anne back home.

Appearance

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Body

Anne is a Thai-American teenage girl of tall height, with a slender build, light brown skin, and messy auburn hair. Anne has brown eyes which only appeared when she was in fear. 

When she was younger, her hair was braided into a tuft on one side.[1] 

Clothing

Anne wears a school uniform as her everyday outfit. It consists of a white shirt with a purple collar and an "SJMS" (Saint James Middle School) crest embroidered on it, a short purple skirt, a pair of yellow sneakers with white lining, and white socks. She also carries a magenta pink backpack with the TUFSTUF logo on which contains all of her personal belongings.

Anne has several other clothing appearances throughout the show:

In "Lily Pad Thai", she wears traditional Thai attire known as a "Sabai", consisting of a green wrapped skirt with geometric print, a cream breast cloth draped over one shoulder, a chain of flowers in her hair, and an elaborate flower bracelet on her wrist.

In “Hop Pop and Lock”, Anne wears her bun on her head with a green ribbon tying it together, with a light pink headband. She also wears a green undershirt with a slightly darker pink T-Shirt. She also wears dark brown athletic shorts complemented by fuzzy pink legging cuffs. During the dance, she wears a dark marine blue dress with her hair tied onto one side with a ribbon.

In “Girl Time”, she wears her cleansed hair flat reaching her shoulders after a spa and haircut treatment. She also wears a dark lime and yellow knee-length dress with a cross-stitched across the chest. She also wears light brown shoes with black laces.

In “Best Fronds“, Anne wears her swimming kit which consists of a sleeveless black shirt, with cyan linings across the sides. She wears lilac-colored shorts and dark aquamarine sandals, which contain yellow straps.

In “Flood, Sweat & Tears”, she wears her sleeping attire which included a plain white T-shirt along with dark purple shorts with a violet-colored stripe.

In “Stakeout” during her hallucination, she wears her normal clothing, however, her hair doesn’t have the leaves that are typically shown in the series. Instead, her hair glows many shades of blue, purple, and pink, as her entire body, including a small twig in her hair, glows with a blue and purple hue.

In ”Reunion” during the flashback on Earth, her design is identical except that she has her right shoe, meaning this was before the series started. During the battle, Anne wears her normal outfit but along with brown metal armor and leather bands.

Additional features

  • To accompany her auburn hair, Anne has two small leaves and a stick, which are situated in her hair throughout the series (unusually, whenever she changes outfits, she removes the stick and leaves but they always reappear once she dons her original uniform again).
  • She's missing a shoe on her right foot while her only left shoe is worn loose to the point it could fall off unintentionally. Her other shoe is currently in Grime's possession.
  • Her shirt has a brown stain on the bottom left side which is presumably mud.
  • Additionally, for a short period of time after entering Amphibia, she has two rashes on her cheeks and two more stains on her clothes. ("Anne or Beast?")

Personality

Anne was described as "Self-Centered" by the official series description and as "fearless and independent" by her voice actress. As an example, in "Anne or Beast?" she was brave enough to hold back the red praying mantis that was twice her size, in the hopes that Sprig and the Wartwood townsfolk could flee unharmed. Also judging by her appearance, she is seemingly filled with an adventurous spirit, curiosity, and excitement. Anne would show a dislike to pineapples (especially as a pizza topping) and will threaten anyone mentioning it.

She is also a bit of a rule-breaker, not respecting the limitations on her freedom within both Amphibia and the human world. As seen in episodes like "Best Fronds", Anne not only stole a music box while knowing it wasn't right to, but she also showcases somewhat of a stubborn personality, this was shown throughout the series from when Anne pushed Sprig to go to the lake even though Hop Pop specifically told not to as he was still having doubts with Anne - thinking how he should not let a "monster" that is Anne wander outside and might terrorize the town (however, both of these instances had the underlying context of Anne's insecurity and lack of social confidence influencing her poor decisions out of fear of damaging the bonds with those close to her).

Anne is also shown to have a particular desire for friends, so much so that she did anything back on Earth to be friends with Sasha and Marcy, as she believed they wouldn't want to be friends with her if she didn't listen to their requests. Despite her wild nature, she also shows to be caring to her friends and can take a favor, one being as how she was willing to break up Sprig and Maddie because of how anxious and stressed Sprig is. Sometimes called "Angel of Death", it was also implied that she had done this to her other human friends. Oftentimes, Anne knows the wrong decisions she makes aren't right, but she isn't willing to admit it unless she was under massive amounts of pressure. In an episode such as "Contagi-Anne", she learned her mistake when she knew it wasn't the right idea to fake her sickness, as it was likely the reason the rest of the Plantar family became sick due to an extra workload during a storm. She did attempt to make up for her mistake by taking care of the Plantar's in their sick state, but she didn't admit her errors to the family until she believed they were going to die from the "disease" they caught.

Anne is a child of the modern era, Anne is a pop-culture enthusiast with a love for young-adult romance and adventure movies and TV and also reads manga. She has sometimes said slang words and internet acronyms such as "Lit", "IRL" "BRB" and used the shrug emoji when she wrote a letter to announce Sprig's breakup. Whenever she has downtime, she's pretty much always seen on her phone, listening to music, watching shows and films she downloaded and sometimes looking at or showing others pictures of her home. Anne's obsession with her phone has been implied to be more sentimental in nature - as she is shown to seems to care most for the uses and memories the phone contains.

Anne's true selfless nature comes out when others are in danger. In these situations, Anne is willing to do seemingly anything to protect others, such as climbing entire mountains, fighting giant monsters and even standing up to entire armies. A natural athlete, Anne is great at several athletic activities, such as basketball and swimming. Being in shape, and as Humans are naturally stronger than most frogs and frog prey, Anne has proven herself time and time again to be a selfless and heroic defender of her people.
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Anne is kindhearted and warm with a romantic heart. Though her actual romantic relationships haven't been mentioned much, she takes great interest in the romantic lives of her loved ones - going far out of her way to try to make Sprig and Hop Pop confess their feelings to their crushes respectively. Despite this, she can be downright brutal with her breakups, giving her the title of "Angel of Death" back on Earth. She's also a practitioner of easy-break ups, advocating Sprig break up with over a letter.

Anne cares about her adoptive family very much and greatly enjoys hanging out with them, especially Sprig and Polly. Within the first few months of her stay, she started referring to them as her family and after the Battle of the Tower, she told them all that they were family to her. After she became famous, she off-handily told them all that she loved them as she pushed them out of her room.
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She is also sometimes naive, depicted in how she is easily manipulated by her human friends so she's a pushover. In "Best Fronds", it was implied that she used to have an unhealthy relationship with Sasha, stating that when someone needs something, that said friends give it to him/her. However, in "Reunion" she stood up to Sasha stating that Sprig was a better friend to her than Sasha as it was seen throughout the series.

Background

Anne comes from a Thai-American family. She was also shown to be friends with two girls named Sasha and Marcy. However, in "Best Fronds", it is strongly implied that they were actually taking advantage of her, as she claims that one must do anything a friend wants oneself to do to keep the friendship alive, should one want to do it or not. One day, her "friends" forced her to steal a mysterious box from a store. Once she opened it, Anne (along with, unbeknownst to her, Sasha and Marcy) was transported to Amphibia, a world with anthropomorphic frogs and dangerous creatures. For some time, she was forced to live in a cave, which was very unpleasant for her, especially at night (as giant creatures tried to eat her). The cave was a very dark, scary place at the time Anne stayed there for shelter. In “Reunion” according to Anne, she has been eating “garbage” for quite a few months.

As revealed in flashback in "Reunion", Anne started off as a slightly conceited girl who nevertheless embraced her ethnic roots. She was best friends with a girl named Sasha who tended to push her around through peer pressure. At her behest, she abandoned her own birthday party set up by her family to go and steal a music box at a thrift store with her friends. The box transported her to Amphibia where she spent the first couple of weeks fending for herself in the wild.

Upon meeting the native Amphibians, Anne was taken aback by their way of living. It is only when she started living with the Plantars that she began to open up and learn more about herself. Anne realized that much of what she was brought up on made her somewhat materialistic and she began to accept simpler ways of living (though she still relies on her cell phone and has apparently gotten others addicted to its functions). There are even parts of herself that she had suppressed that, thanks to Sprig and the rest of the Plantars, she has opened up on such as cooking as seen in "Lily Pad Thai".

Her relationship with Sasha also begins to unravel as it becomes apparent that much of her decisions were more the result of being pressured and pushed around by her and Marcy. Her perception of friendship is depicted in "Best Fronds" when she states, "If a friend likes a pencil case, you get it for them. If your friend likes your new shoes, you give them to her. And if your friend wants you to steal a crazy music box from a thrift store, even if you really don't want to, you do it, okay?" Through her constant interaction with Sprig, a somewhat simple-minded child, Anne is able to look at friendship in a whole new way. She begins to desire a more compassionate relationship with those close to her. By the end of "Reunion", she finally sees through Sasha's manipulative tactics thanks to Sprig who sees Anne for who she is: a kind and considerate person who is willing to protect her friends.

Much of Anne's family life at home remains a mystery, but it is implied that she maintains a pretty healthy relationship with her parents despite the fact that she clearly is rebellious even at home. Her family apparently runs a restaurant and therefore knows the ins and outs of running one, ("The font on these menus is way too small; Rookie mistake.").

Arc

Anne's characterization, much like most major characters in the show, has a noticeable arc throughout the show. When she first appeared, Anne, though appearing strong-willed and confident, was shown to be easily manipulated and lonely deep-down, as her conversation with Sprig in "Best Fronds" revealed. She was manipulated into skipping school, vandalizing buildings and robbing a thrift shop by her best friends. Unknowingly, she acted this way towards her new friend, Sprig, to a lesser extent, manipulating him into doing something he didn't wish to do. She was also very self-centered and selfish, even if not overtly, believing her problems were worse than others because they were hers.

Despite all of her flaws, Anne still proved herself brave, caring, compassionate and kind in her early days in Amphibia even if she was alienated by her fellow townspeople. As Anne stayed in the small town more and more, she became more accepted and even loved by her townspeople, and Anne herself became better integrated into the town. She helped out with the Plantar farm, helped them sell their goods, shopped at local stores, even worked at Stumpy's Diner briefly and even became a symbol of town pride briefly.

During this period, Anne grew to love the Plantars. Going from her "favorite frog family" to " her family" as the show went on. In general, she acted very sisterly towards Sprig and Polly, almost always carrying Polly whenever they left their house and giving Sprig lots of advice on dating, having fun and other things. There were many times in the show where she referred to the Plantars as her family without hesitation.

The tipping point of Anne's acceptance, however, was when the Tax Collectors came to town. Though she joined them, she was the only member to show compassion for the residents and eventually used her sword-fighting skills to fight off the Tax Collectors, nearly getting killed in the process. After this, Anne became not only a worthy member of the town but a hero to many. She went on adventures with residents such as Wally and Maddie, defended the town from creatures, befriended several others and was even voted to be the "Frog of the Year".

Her arc came at a head when she was forced to fight her best friend from the human world, Sasha, sword-to-sword in order to protect the town she grew to love from destruction.

Other aspects of Anne grew and developed as well. Namely, her reliance on her phone, her laziness and her appreciation of Amphibian food. While never really obsessed with her phone, she used it constantly for various activities, such as looking at pictures of her home, pets, friends, watching movies and TV shows and lighting up dark rooms. Though she still appreciated the phone, she grew to do other things in her spare time.

S1E3A Anne proposes to make pizza

As for her laziness, while never too lazy, she would sometimes connive her way out of work if she felt it was too much. She stopped doing this after her laziness nearly got her friends killed, or so she thought.

In terms of food, as the show went on, Anne subtly went from hating Amphibian food to being okay with it, to even craving it near the end, sometimes catching herself for liking such weird stuff, believing she was in the world for way too long.

Abilities

Cooking

In the episode "Lily Pad Thai", she was seen being proficient in culinary-related activities; having a vast knowledge of her own culture's cuisine. It was also stated that her parents owned a Thai restaurant back in her hometown. It can also be stated that she can be a professional waitress as she can persuade customers to eat at Stumpy's restaurant and acquire each customer's needs like delivering food and refilling drinks.

She can also cook better than Hop Pop that as he once stated before eating Anne's homemade omelet that he was eating "garbage" all this time, it can also be a callback to how he always loose at the food competition when he submits his own food as an entry.

Athleticism

Anne has been shown to be a natural athlete, claiming to have played varsity and practiced bouldering in school. In "The Big Bugball Game", she quickly becomes the star player of the team and is able to help them win the annual Bugball game. She is also able to use her skills in combat as well, holding her own stand against Toad Soldiers in "Toad Tax" and other threats throughout the show.

Hunting

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Anne distracting the prey with the "Plantar Ritual".

In "Anne Hunter" Anne put her self-consciousness aside in order to learn the true way of the hunter. After not listening to Sprig about the Plantar Ritual, she found herself in a problem as the Plantar's were captured. Anne panics and with the a hallucination version of Sprig, she completes the Plantar ritual and saves the family. 


Role in the series

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Anne first appears at the start of "Anne or Beast?", when she gets close to a frog named One-Eyed Wally, who mistakes her for a frog-eating beast and runs away. She later appears when a young frog named Sprig Plantar, who was following her to capture her and prove himself responsible, falls victim to a trap. Sprig tells Anne that he tastes terrible, only for Anne to explain that she doesn't want to eat him, and explains that she actually went near to Wally because she tried to ask him for help.

Suddenly, a giant mantis that was following Anne appears, forcing her to run, though she chooses to help Sprig escape. The two then hide from the mantis in a log. The two then introduces themselves, before a hungry Anne asks something to eat (aside from Sprig's first option, which was bugs). Sprig and Anne then go out for some food and eventually find food that Anne is willing to eat. Sprig asks Anne what and from where she is, to which she explains that she is a human being from another world, though she explains that she doesn't know how she was transported to Amphibia. Before the two can continue talking, however, Anne is suddenly ambushed by an angry mob from Sprig's village, who ties her, causing Anne to assume that Sprig set a trap for her.

Suddenly, the giant mantis comes back and tries to eat everyone. Sprig then redeems himself in Anne's eyes by untying her so she could escape. In spite of having her way clear, Anne chooses to help Sprig, who, thanks to Anne, manages to tie the mantis. With the creature defeated, everyone wonders what to do with Anne, with Mayor Toadstool proposing to run Anne out of the village out of fear of her eating somebody. However, Sprig explains that she's just lost and in need of help, and takes responsibility for her well-being, while Sprig's grandfather, Hop Pop, takes responsibility from both. Anne then asks for a map to get out of Amphibia, only for Hop Pop to reveal that the mountains surrounding Amphibia can't be climbed until a couple of months or she could die.

Relationships

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Foreign voice actors

Language version Actors
Flag of Argentina Spanish (Latin America) Arelys González
Flag of Brazil Portugese (Brazil) Juliana Cagiano
Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Terezie Taberyová
Flag of Spain Spanish Paula Carro
Flag of France French Julia Khaye
Flag of Hungary Hungarian Csuha Bori
Flag of Japan Japanese Rio Satō (佐藤 里緒)
Flag of Malaysia Malay Aby Zarina Ahmad Roslan
Flag of Netherlands Dutch Lottie Hellingman
Flag of Poland Polish Magdalena Wasylik
Flag of Thailand Thai Pimpida Pitaksonggram (พิมพิดา พิทักษ์สงคราม)
Flag of Turkey Turkish Gözde Kısa
Flag of Ukraine Ukrainian Viktoriya Bakun (Вікторія Бакун)

Memorable Quotes

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Behind the Scenes

Early Development

Early concept art showed that Anne was originally going to have blue hair and lighter skin.

In Amphibiland, Anne was originally going to sport both of her shoes (the other one being broken) when being transported to Amphibia.

Later concept art by Joe Sparrow showed that Anne was going to have a much rougher hairstyle and have a more boring personality on Earth. She was also shown to be wearing many different styles of clothing including a SJMS jacket and longer shirt.

Name and Basis

Anne's last name, Boonchuy, roughly translates to "one who encourages or performs good deeds" in the Thai language.[2]

Anne was based on Matt Braly's childhood trips to Bangkok, Thailand, in which she is a Thai-American.[3]

She was also based on Pacifica Northwest, a self-centered girl who improves her behavior as time goes by from the show "Gravity Falls", which Matt Braly worked on,[4] and on Matt Braly's grandmother when she was a child.[5]

Voice

Anne is voiced by Brenda Song, who is coincidentally also Thai-American. While Kai Zen as Young Anne in "Lost in Newtopia".

Debut

Anne first debuted in the series premiere, "Anne or Beast?", and in Teen Girl in a Frog World, she first debuted in "No Signal".

Sightings

Trivia

  • Anne's parents have a Thai restaurant back on Earth named Thai Go.
    Thai Go Restaurant

    Thai Go restaurant owned by Anne's parents.

  • Anne had a black and white-colored cat called Domino back on Earth.[6]
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    Anne's cat Domino as she scrolls through her phone.

  • It is revealed in "Reunion" that the day Anne was teleported to Amphibia was also the same day she turned 13 years old, and her parents had planned to throw her a party at home.
  • Anne had possession of the magic chest until she trusted Hop Pop to take it for further research. For an unknown reason, the chest is now missing its gem colors.
  • Anne's eyes faded blue in "Anne or Beast?" but the reasoning is still unknown.
  • She's skilled at fusion cooking and cutting food.
  • Anne was part of her school's Tennis Varsity ("Flood, Sweat & Tears"), which explains why she often carries a tennis racket with her.
  • She has brown irises. ("Breakout Star")
  • She is a loud and messy eater. ("Flood, Sweat & Tears")
  • She likes massaging chairs and will deny if being asked to get off them. ("Girl Time")
  • She reads zoo books and manga sometimes. ("Trip to the Archives")
  • She did a bouldering club in school. ("Wally and Anne")
  • Back at home she was bullied and picked on by a girl named Maggie ("Reunion")
  • Anne has currently been living in Amphibia for more than 4 months as of "Marcy at the Gates."
  • Anne is the first leading animated character in television history, to be Thai-American and the second leading Asian-American animated character on Disney Channel after Jake Long from American Dragon: Jake Long, who is of Chinese-American descent.
  • Anne mentions that she is once a whack-a-mole champion on Earth. ("Whack-A-Mole")
  • It is strongly implied that Anne is very responsible for the use of her phone since she spent days in Amphibia with her phone still being at full battery until Hop Pop drained it all in the episode "Taking Charge".
  • She attends Saint James Middle School which seems to be a parochial school.
  • Despite showing that she can get clean and has worn clean clothing and comb or slicked her hair on more than one occasion, her hair always seems to revert back to having leaves and sticks in it as if she has been dragged through the woods again.
  • Anne was originally envisioned as being boring on earth before being reinvented by the crew. Her personality was loosely based on Pacifica Northwest from Gravity Falls and Matt Braly's grandmother when she was a little girl.
  • Her last name "Boonchuy" (Thai: บุญช่วย) roughly translates to "one who encourages or performs good deeds" in Thai. This fits her character as she always attempts to help the people of Wartwood and improve herself
  • Anne has shown a number of interesting talents over the course of the series such as dancing, shooting, cooking and sewing. It is implied that she learned some of these skills either through her family, her school clubs, or her friends.
  • Some of Anne's quips such as her saving "Obvi", which is short for "Obviously", most likely came from Sasha, showing the influence she has had on her.
  • In "Reunion", it is revealed that prior to meeting the Plantar family, Anne hated frogs to the point that Sasha would make fun of her because of it and try to gross her out.
  • Before living with the Plantars, Anne located herself in a cave that was filled with creatures.
  • Clothing similar to Anne's school uniform were shown by Carbon Costume for fans who want to cosplay as her.
  • Revealed in "A Caravan Named Desire", Anne once accidentally ruined a school play as a child after she knocked herself over on stage, which set the stage ablaze and caused her classmates to panic. She deems this experience as traumatizing.
  • In the episode "Quarreler's Pass", it is revealed by Hop Pop that he's going to talk everything about Anne's boyfriend "again" to Sprig and Polly when Anne pushed him off the the Fwagon and off the cliff to prevent anyone from knowing about her boyfriend. This implies that Anne may or may not actually have a boyfriend back home.
  • Matt Braly said during an interview that Anne reads manga, "[probably saw] anime", and watched The Lord of the Rings films.[7] The first fact was supported in the episode "Trip to the Archives", where she shouts "Zoobooks and manga, here I come!".

Gallery

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References


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Supporting characters Sasha WaybrightMarcy WuGrimeBessieYunnanKing AndriasLady OliviaWally RibbitonIvy SundewMaddie FlourMayor ToadstoolToadieLeopold LoggleSadie CroakerArchieFelicia SundewSylvia SundewPercyBraddockMr. FlourStumpyAlbus DuckweedChuckSoggy Joe
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