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The Emotions are the main characters of the 2015 Disney/Pixar film Inside Out. The Emotions (Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust) are in charge of running the mind of the person or animal they inhabit.

Formation and Leadership

Each Emotion is created at a different moment, usually early in someone's life. They seem to appear from nowhere.

Each person has a central Emotion that acts as the unofficial leader of the group. The central Emotion is usually positioned in the center of the group, and controls most of the person's actions. In Riley Andersen's mind, Joy is in charge, while her father's mind is controlled by Anger, and her mother's mind is run by Sadness.

The film suggests that the first Emotion to appear is the one who is in charge, as Joy appears first in Riley's mind.

Residence

The Emotions reside in the mind of each person and they live and work in Emotions' Headquarters.

Appearance

The Emotions tend to take on the appearance of the person they reside in. For example, Mr. Andersen's Emotions all have a mustache and wear a suit like he does, and Mrs. Andersen's Emotions all have brown hair in a ponytail and wear red-framed glasses. Various other characters' Emotions resemble them in some form, like having dyed hair or multiple piercings. Riley is the only character to have Emotions that do not resemble her. This may have been done to have her emotions stand out from the rest that are seen in the film.

The look of each emotion is also based on other things. Joy is based on a star and a burst of energy, Anger is based on a firebrick, Disgust is based on broccoli, Fear based on a raw nerve, and Sadness as a teardrop.

Trivia

  • While most people's Emotions tend to be the same gender as they are (for example, all of Bill Andersen's Emotions are male and Jill Andersen's Emotions are all female), Riley and some other children and teens seem to have Emotions that are mixed, having both male and female Emotions.
  • Animals are shown to have the same five emotions as humans. However, unlike taking the appearance of shapes, the emotions take the form of the animal they inhabit.
  • The emotions can feel the same things their host feels, such as smell, taste, pain and temperature. This is the reason the Emotions hate broccoli and keep Riley away from it, and why Sadness knew that Riley squirting milk through her nose while laughing felt painful.
  • In psychology, there are actually six classified emotions: anger, disgust, fear, happiness, sadness and surprise. The emotion Surprise was cut because Pete Docter considered the emotion to be too similar to Fear.

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References


v - e - d
Inside-Out-Logo
Media

Films: Inside Out | Riley's First Date?
Video Games: Inside Out: Thought Bubbles | Disney INFINITY: 3.0 Edition | Disney Crossy Road
Books: The Art of Inside Out | The Bing Bong Book | Making Memories | Welcome to Headquarters | Journey into the Mind | The Essential Guide | Driven by Emotions | So Many Feelings: Riley's World Inside and Out | Inside My Mind: A Book About Me! | Joy's Journey | Meet The Emotions | Joy's Greatest Joy/Simply Sadness | Rainbow of Emotions | The Emotions' Survival Guide
Music: Soundtrack

Disney Parks

Inside Out Headquarters

Characters

Joy | Sadness | Anger | Disgust | Fear | The Emotions | Mrs. Andersen's Emotions | Mr. Andersen's Emotions | Bing Bong | Rainbow Unicorn | The Forgetters | Jangles the Clown | Riley Andersen | Mrs. Andersen | Mr. Andersen | Meg | Subconscious Guards Frank and Dave | Fritz | Jordan

Locations

Emotions' Headquarters | Long Term Memory | Imagination Land | Dream Productions | Abstract Thought | Personality Islands | Subconscious | Memory Dump | Minnesota | San Francisco | Riley's House

Objects

Memory Orbs | Core Memory Orbs | Train of Thought | Daydreams | Bottomless Bag | Rocket Wagon

Songs

The Bing Bong Song | TripleDent Gum | Itoshi no Riley | Back in Black | Take My Breath Away

See Also

The Science Behind Pixar | Pixar in a Box

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