We get a crew, we break in, but we do it MY way.
~ Surly telling his plan to Buddy

Surly is the main protagonist of The Nut Job and The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature.

Although he's not a very evil character, some can consider him a hate-able main character because throughout the film he had no care for any of the characters and wanted the nuts for himself which makes him a selfish, greedy and very unlikable character, however near the end he does have some care for his partner Buddy and Andie and he fully redeems.

He is voiced by Will Arnett.


In the first film, he was self-absorbed, coarse, cynical, selfish, bossy, cocky and ambitious, but at the end, he becomes friendly, naïve, big-hearted, heroic, sweet, innocent, nice and selfless.


The Nut Job

Surly is sweet and fluffy on the outside, but inside, he's a cunning and sarcastic rogue who trusts no one. He loves surviving on his own since he was young and uses cons and swindling methods to pull off his schemes to get nuts for the winter.

Surly's dull past has made him an outcast in his community, but it also made him a true survivor.

Despite his cunning and deceitful ways, Surly knows deep in his heart that he has a conscience within him.

Over the course of the film, Surly puts his community in tight situations, breaks the rules, and believes love is for chumps until he meets his match in the feisty Andie and his woodland buddies.

The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature

Surly is now friendly, naïve, big-hearted, heroic, sweet, innocent, nice and selfless. He is the current leader of the park and is Andie's boyfriend. In the events of the next sequel, they have a daughter that's to be confirmed by name and description. Now he will save the park which is gonna turn into a amusement park, by the orders of the Mayor.


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  • Surly is voiced by Will Arnett, who also voiced The Missing Link in Monsters vs. Aliens and Batman in The Lego Movie.
  • Surly serves as a parallel to Raccoon, as they are both loners and want food for themselves. Unlike Raccoon however, Surly learns to accept what it means to give food to his friends. Raccoon on the other hand does not share his food.
  • Like most main protagonists, Surly is shown to be prone to injury.