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Ugh. I wish I was as tall as all of you. I'm Envy! Oh... look at your hair...
―Envy, complaining about her height, introducing herself, and praising Disgust's hair

Envy is a major character of DisneyPixar's 2024 animated feature film Inside Out 2. She is one of the new emotions and the seventh inside of Riley Andersen's mind.

Background

Official Description

Envy may be small, but she sure knows what she wants. She's perpetually jealous of everything everyone else has, and she's not afraid to pine over it. Envy's wishful thinking and fascination with the newest, coolest thing pulls her attention in all directions and longs for what Riley doesn't have. Naturally, she wishes she were taller and less childlike.

Personality

Envy, as her name states, is the literal embodiment of any and all feelings of wishing for, longing for, and ambitious drive and desire for more things in one's life. She is perpetually fascinated by anything she finds beautiful, pretty, or desirable she feels she's lacking in, like Disgust's hairstyle, some cool girls Riley ends up meeting, and the height and appearance of the other emotions. She's always wishing for more, whether that be traits, ideas, abilities etc. and can be extremely enthusiastic about what she desires and will speak loudly for what she wishes for and wants to covet. She also has zero sense of personal space, always wanting to get close and reach out to whatever captivates her in an attempt to grasp it. Her main job is to let Riley know what she wants. This can sometimes clash with Disgust's own role in Riley's mind, whose impeccable taste serves as a filter to anything Riley doesn't need or is perceived as a threat to her, both physically and socially.

Envy is somewhat dramatic and easily captivated by things- demonstrating a passionate and curious side to her. Despite being envious she is in no way resentful, but she does have a tendency to get pouty or sad when not able to get to do or attain something (like when refused to plant a memory or touch the new Sense of Self and Riley's best friends getting in the way of her fitting in) when she's criticized by Ennui for caring too much and can get possessive at times such as not wanting to share Val with Riley's best friends. This tendency to admire everything and everyone and undermine herself can sometimes cause her to become somewhat of a people pleaser, both to the other emotions (especially Anxiety) and the people Riley interacts with. This can lead to her to try pretending to be something she is not or that she thinks the same way as them, displaying her insecurities.

Envy also serves as Anxiety’s second-in-command as of all the new emotions and is the most obedient and complicit with Anxiety’s machinations, and often brings her own input and ideas to fuel into Anxiety's plans for Riley's future. However, she can see when Anxiety is going too far. After Riley accidentally hurts one of her friends while trying to outdo Val's goal count when she made it to the team and Anxiety starts to spiral down, Envy was able to see that she was putting too much pressure on Riley and tried to calm her down, to no avail. After that, Envy and the other present emotions tried to plug out the Sense of Self Anxiety created for Riley.

Soon after both the old and new emotions managed to find common ground and understanding, Envy was able to come up with ideas to help Riley to the point she herself end up getting envious of herself.

Physical appearance

Envy is a fairly small emotion compared to the rest of the Emotions, both the new ones and the old ones. She has aquamarine skin, a tiny body, and a head larger than her body. She has neck-length teal hair with some unruly strands tied up in two magenta hair clips. She has big, round aquamarine eyes that always fill with brilliance when she desires what others have. She also has freckles in the middle of her eyes and wears pink blush on her cheeks. Her wardrobe consists of a lilac long-sleeved dress with a magenta collar and white polka dots, brilliant purple leggings, and teal boots.

In the book, Go to Sleep, Anxiety!, Envy is shown wearing a pink nightgown with puffed sleeves and purple hair rollers.

Trivia

  • Concept art of the first film almost shows Envy as a slick greedy man, but this was later scrapped. In the sequel, Envy was redesigned as an excited little girl, shorter than her concept design, and her signature color is aquamarine instead of pale green.
    • Likewise, concept art for Inside Out 2 shows that Envy originally had shorter hair (similar to Joy) and longer eyelashes (similar to Disgust) and her costume was teal to match her theme color.
  • The concept book of The Art of Inside Out 2 reveals that among the discarded ideas of Envy's design was that her hair be tied up in two pigtails that evoke the ears of a sad, wet puppy.
    • Another scrapped idea shows that Envy would originally have the ability to replicate the looks and personalities of the core Emotions.
  • According to Keiko Murayama (character art director), the reason Envy has big eyes is because the word "envy" is related to the Latin word invidia, which means "to look within"; which is why they decided to emphasize her eyes.
  • Envy replaces Anger as the shortest and smallest of the emotions inside Riley's mind. She is so small that she needs to sit on the console in order to operate it and can be carried by the other emotions as if she is a toddler.
    • She is, in addition, the youngest of the Emotions appearance wise.
    • Her size plays into the idea of feeling tiny compared to others based off of one’s status and possessions they don’t have.
  • This is Ayo's second animated role from Disney in Kiff as Professor Totsy and the third animated role in film following Sony Pictures Animation's Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse as Glory Grant and Nickelodeon/Point Grey's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem as April O'Neil.
  • Envy's eyes when being amazed by something she likes are similar to Mei Lee's eyes from Turning Red when she tries to resist a box full of kittens during a test.
  • Envy is the only one of the nine emotions that has four fingers.
    • This references the fact that envy is the feeling that something is missing, since the other emotions have five fingers.
  • The emotion of envy is typically potrayed as bitter and jaded, but Envy is instead an admiring character to reflect Riley's kind demeanor.

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Promotional images

Concept art

Screenshots

Miscellaneous


v - e - d
Inside-Out-Logo
Media
Films: Inside Out (video/soundtrack) • Inside Out 2 (video/soundtrack)

Shows: Dream Productions
Shorts: Riley's First Date?
'Video Games: Inside Out: Thought BubblesDisney Infinity: 3.0 EditionDisney Crossy RoadDisney Emoji BlitzLEGO The IncrediblesDisney Heroes: Battle ModeDisney Magic KingdomsDisney Speedstorm
Books: The Art of Inside OutThe Art of Inside Out 2

Disney Parks
The AnnexInside Out HeadquartersInside Out Emotional WhirlwindPLAY!Pixar Pal-A-Round

Entertainment: Pixar Playtime PalsPixar Pals Playtime Party
Restaurants: Angry Dogs
Shops: Bing Bong’s Sweet StuffInside Out: Joyful Sweets
Parades: Better Together: A Pixar Pals Celebration!Dreams.... And Shine Brighter!Move It! Shake It! Dance and Play It! Street PartyPixar Play Parade
Fireworks: Disney EnchantmentDisney in the StarsHappily Ever AfterIlluminate! A Nighttime CelebrationMomentousTogether Forever: A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular
Spring: Disney Color-Fest: A Street Party!
Summer: Pixar Water Play Street Party!
Christmas: World of Color: Season of Light

Characters
Inside Out: The Emotions (JoySadnessFearDisgustAnger) • Mrs. Andersen's EmotionsMr. Andersen's EmotionsBing BongRainbow UnicornThe ForgettersJangles the ClownJangles's EmotionsRiley AndersenMrs. AndersenMr. AndersenMegFrank and DaveJordanFritz Brazilian Helicopter PilotMind Workers

Inside Out 2: New Emotions (AnxietyEnvyEmbarrassmentEnnuiNostalgia) • Val OrtizGrace HsiehBree YoungCoach RobertsBloofyPouchyLance SlashbladeDeep Dark Secret
Deleted characters: GloomHopePrideLoveGuiltShameSchadenfreudeIdea Farmer

Locations
Riley's Mind: Emotion HeadquartersLong Term MemoryImagination LandDream ProductionsAbstract ThoughtPersonality IslandsSubconsciousMemory DumpBelief SystemVaultStream of ConsciousnessSar-ChasmBack of the Mind

Real Life locations: MinnesotaSan FranciscoRiley's HouseBay Area High School

Objects
Memory OrbsCore Memory OrbsTrain of ThoughtDaydreamsBottomless BagRocket WagonPixar BallA113Pizza Planet TruckSense of SelfBrainstorm
Songs
Bundle of JoyThe Bing Bong SongTripleDent GumItoshi no RileyBack in BlackTake My Breath AwayGrowing UpBloofy's House Theme SongA Scene
See also
The Science Behind PixarPixar in a Box
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