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Surly is the main protagonist of The Nut Job franchise.

Official Profile


Surly is a purple squirrel and has brown eyes. He have cream fur for his chest, marks around his Neck and has a black nose.

When he was young, he had a pink nose.


In the first film, he was self-absorbed, coarse, cynical, selfish, bossy, cocky ,inconsiderate and ambitious because of his checkered past but at the end, he realizes that he cares about his friends very much and turns over a new leaf to protect them.

In the second film, he is friendly, naïve, big-hearted, heroic, sweet, innocent, nice and selfless, but he still is a bit cocky when necessary. It's also shown that Surly's love for all his friends has grown so strong that if anything happened to them, he would have nothing else to live for.


Early Life

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The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature

Surly gives the intro about how he and the park are the smallest in the food chain, and then tells that the nut shop was closed by Lana, giving the park a new place to get food from for all of their lifes. He is seen jumping on a barrel, shouting: "Cannonball!", jumping to a barrel and going to slack after that.



Buddy is Surly's best friend since childhood. They met durng a storm when children, where one saved the other's life. In the first film, however, Surly treated Buddy more like a slave than a friend. But, Buddy was extremely loyal to Surly and sees him as his older brother. Surly involuntarily hurts Buddy's feelings by saying that he does not know how to speak and that he is helpless. However, later, Surly learns the value of his friendship with Buddy and apologizes to him, returning to being friends. In the second film, Surly and Buddy are very loyal and protective of each other. They do everything together during the film. When Buddy falls from the roof of the mayor's house, Surly became extremely worried to think that he has died and feels guilty for having provoked the mayor, which causes Buddy's "death". Surly even carries Buddy all the way back to the ruined remains of the nut shop where Andie waits, and she and him both take Buddy to lay on a big piece of slab. Surly then became very happy when he discovers that Buddy is alive and hugs him, demonstrating that Surly sees Buddy as his younger brother.


In the first film, Surly and Andie were rivals, because Surly wanted food only for himself while Andie wanted food for the park, resulting in competitions. Andie hates Surly's selfishness and tries unsucessfully to make him change his attitude. Despite this, Andie is very protective of Surly, even trying to stop a vote to evict him from the park when he accidentally destroys the animals' food. After Surly gets kicked out of the park, Andie meets Surly again while being sent on a mission to find food. They find a nut store and make a deal: share the food half to half. As they work as a team to steal the nuts from the store, Surly changes his personality and learns to share his things. In the end, Surly and Andie starts dating. In the second film, each has different views on the life of the animals in the park: Surly thinks the animals should live in the nut store and get food without any work, while Andie thinks that the animals should live in the park and work hard to get food. However, Surly is willing to make great sacrifices for Andie, including leading a war against humans that want to destroy the park, all just to impress Andie.


In the first film, as Precious is the guard dog of the nut store, and Surly and his friends tries to steal the store's food, they were initially very hostile to each other. When Surly discovers that Precious' weakness in the dog whistle, he blackmails her not to attack him or he blows the whistle. When Surly is trapped in a cage, Precious asks Lana to release him, revealing that she sees him as a friend. In the end, they becomes close friends. In the second film, Precious is one of Surly's best friends and is very loyal to him, and Surly is very protective of Precious, but Surly don't likes when Precious licks his face, but in the end, Surly becomes the honorary uncle of Frankie and Precious' puppies, coming to accept dog licks as a sign of affection.


Like all the animals in the park, Mole initially didn't had a good relationaship with Surly. Surly likes insulting Mole, calling him blind and stupid, and Mole insults Surly, saying that he is just a cheap thief. When Mole tries to sabotage the tunnel, Surly takes advantage of his weakness (the light) to make him confess everything. Mole says he did this under Raccoon's order and they work together to reveal Raccoon's betrayal to the team. Mole is protective of Surly, because he becomes angry when Raccoon lies to Andie, saying that Surly was lying and betraying the team. When the team thinks Surly is the traitor, Mole reveals the true. Then, they becomes friends. In the second film, Surly and Mole are very good friends and Surly trusts him to turn off the boiler so the nut store does not explode. Surly gets disappointed when Mole forgets the work, but they keep their friendship.


Raccoon is Surly's arch-nemesis. They both hate each other and Raccoon (for being the leader of the park) expels Surly when he accidentally destroys the animals' food. Surly sees him as a liar. When Raccoon turns out to be a traitor, Surly change his attitude and does everything to save the park. In the end, Surly sacrifices himself over a waterfall to save the park from Raccoon's tyranny. Both survive, but Surly wins, because the current took him back to the park, while Raccoon gets defeated because the current took him to the ocean, where he is surrounded by sharks.


Surly and Grayson initially were rivals, because Grayson helps Andie get food for the park, and Surly wanted the food just for himself, resulting in competitions (Surly and Buddy vs Andie and Grayson). Surly thinks Grayson is a stupid and an idiotic. When Grayson get lost on a mission to find food, He is very happy when finds Surly. He thinks Surly is protecting him from something. Later, Grayson helps Surly stop Raccoon's evil plans. In the ends, Grayson gets the credits for saving the park (something that Surly did) but eventually Grayson steps down due to possible guilt and admits that Surly is the real hero who saved the park, thereby turning over his title to the former rouge.


Johnny and Surly initially has a neutral relationship. Johnny thinks working with Surly is a danger, because he has (accidentally) destroyed all the food in the park. Although Johnny is Police with Surly, he doesn't trust him very much. But later they develop a good relationship. In the second film, they are very good friends, because Surly twists at him in the eating contest and Johnny sees Surly as a hero.


Jimmy thinks Surly should be punished for his selfishness. Like Johnny, Jimmy doesn't like the idea of working with Surly because he doesn't trust him very much. But later they develop a good relationship. In the second film, they are very good friends and Jimmy sees Surly as a hero and even thinks that Surly can do anything.


Jamie initially sees Surly as a danger to the park. Although Jamie likes Surly's plans and ideas, she is very suspicious of his intentions towards the team when he says that Raccoon is betraying the park. Jamie is also very angry when Surly calls Buddy helpless. But later they develop a better friendship. In thedoes ond film, they are very good friends, but they don't interact very often.

Mr. Feng

Surly and Mr. Feng initially didn't had a good relationaship. Mr. Feng hates being called cute, but Surly doesn't resists (as Mr. Feng is really very cute). Mr. Feng orders orders Surly and Buddy return to the park and threatens to kill them if them back to the city. Surly later goes to ask Mr. Feng's help to defeat the mayor. Mr. Feng initially doesn't accept, but Surly convinces him. Soon, they becomes friends and, after defeat the mayor, Mr. Feng moves to the park where Surly lives.

Mayor Muldoon

The mayor wants to destroy the park where Surly and his friends lives to build an amusement park. For being the leader, Surly tries to defend the park, which puts the animals in a truly war against the mayor and his workers. Although the mayor doesn't understand what animals say, the mayor somehow realizes that Surly leads the animals, and therefore, os more obsessed with him than with other animals.


They don't interact very often. In their first meet, Frankie tries to catch Surly by the mayor's orders. Surly asks Precious to distract Frankie so the animals can escape. But later they becomes good friends, as Frankie (and Precious) licks Surly as a sign of affection. Surly also becomes the honorary uncle of Frankie and Precious' puppies.

Memorable Quotes (The Nut Job)

  • "Holy macadamia! Lunch is served! … We've gotta get those nuts! These nuts are ours! … You guys smell like burnt nuts or something? Is that me?"

Memorable Quotes (The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature)

  • (voice-over) "If you are lucky, they will give you nuts. But if you are unlucky, they are nuts."
  • (voice-over) "But things got a whole lot better last summer when the Nut Shop went out of business, and left a lifetime supply of food in the basement. Fur once, the little guy at the bottom of the food chain came out on top."
  • "Whoa, nice. 10. Now, if you'll excuse me, I gotta get back to slacking off."
  • "In the name of the park, I order you to stop your vehicle and... Aah!"
  • "When we find food, Andie's gonna be all like... 'Oh, Surly, you were right all along. And I was wrong all along.' Please, Andie, don't beat yourself up about it. 'Oh, Surly, you're so wise and forgiving and kind and nice and furry.' Shh. Don't worry, Andie. I forgive you."
  • "Jackpot. Or should I say, le jackpot."
  • "No instincts, huh? How do you explain this?"
  • "No, Andie, we can't. Not with only two of us."
  • "You know, Andie, you were right. I'm so happy we're back in the park, living off the land like nature intended. I can honestly say, I'm a changed squirrel."


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