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Sullivan – Blue Monster from Monsters Inc

The protagonist of the 2001 Disney Pixar animated picture Monsters, Inc. and the deuteragonist of its 2013 prequel is James Patrick Sullivan, best known by his stage name Sulley. He worked with his collaborator and best friend Mike Wazowski at Monsters, Inc., where he was well-known for his scaring tactics.

Sulley’s life is drastically altered when he unintentionally takes care of a human youngster (whom he dubs “Boo”). Sulley discovers a corporate plot while attempting to bring Boo back to the human world. He also resolves the energy issue that the city of Monstropolis was experiencing.

Sullivan - Blue Monster from Monsters Inc

Sullivan – Blue Monster from Monsters Inc

Background

Sullivan – Blue Monster from Monsters Inc works for Monsters, Inc. CEO Henry J. Waternoose and is one of the company’s best scarers. Mike Wazowski is the closest friend Sulley has. His dad is renowned frightmeister Bill Sullivan, and his mother is Mrs. Sullivan (who is not seen in the film but is mentioned by Mike, with whom he appears to be close). Sulley is Monsters, Inc.’s top scarer when he is initially introduced, and he is in charge of producing most of the frights that feed Monstropolis’ power supply.

Sullivan - Blue Monster from Monsters Inc works for Monsters, Inc

Sullivan – Blue Monster from Monsters Inc works for Monsters, Inc

Personality

Sullivan – Blue Monster from Monsters Inc is portrayed as being kind-hearted, hardworking, considerate, and self-assured in the movie Monsters, Inc. He loved his job as a Scarer and, while he basked in the spotlight of being the Top Scarer and was definitely aiming for the All-Time Scare Record.

He also had a humble side and was more concerned with being a good employee for the business. This was most likely a result of him moving up the corporate ladder from mailman to janitor to cafeteria worker to can wrangler to scarer.

His friendship with Mike Wazowski, his Scaring-Assistant, was one of the characteristics that set him apart from other characters. They support one another and are great friends and roommates. Sulley made a reservation at Harryhausen’s for Mike’s date with Celia Mae on her special birthday and took care of him in a paperwork matter.

Sullivan - Blue Monster from Monsters Inc is portrayed as being kind-hearted, hardworking, considerate, and self-assured in the movie Monsters, Inc

Sullivan – Blue Monster from Monsters Inc is portrayed as being kind-hearted, hardworking, considerate, and self-assured in the movie Monsters, Inc

But when Sullivan – Blue Monster from Monsters Inc finds a human infant, his life is turned upside down. At first, he tries desperately to get rid of the child while also attempting not to become “infected” because the Monsters mistakenly think that children are “toxic, dangerous, that a single touch may kill them.”

When he has no other option, he involves Mike, who is more interested in their careers and well-being. However, as Sulley spends time with the girl, he warms up to her and learns to disregard everything he had ever believed about human children. He eventually gives the girl the name “Boo,” and he grows to be very attached to her, almost like a father.

Though he relies on Mike to assist him in his crazy attempts to keep Boo safe from Randall and hide her (and their discretions) from the CDA, his love and protectiveness for Boo strains his connection with Mike. Despite Mike’s objections, Sulley decides to assist Boo rather than satisfy Mike’s ego. When Sulley mistakenly scares Boo during a scare demonstration he performs for his boss, he tries to tell her that it wasn’t real but then realizes that Boo is scared by his roaring in the footage of the demonstration.

But when Sullivan - Blue Monster from Monsters Inc finds a human infant, his life is turned upside down

But when Sullivan – Blue Monster from Monsters Inc finds a human infant, his life is turned upside down

Sullivan – Blue Monster from Monsters Inc understands how the kids really feel when the monsters frighten them. When Boo is so terrified of him that she avoids being touched, his many years as a Scarer come back to haunt him, much to his embarrassment and remorse.

Sulley demonstrates that he is a kind person who tries to do the right thing by all of his deeds. Sulley has a strong moral compass and appears to be a little trusting at times, but he was shown to be attentive and perceptive when Boo’s laughter supercharged electronics in a way that screams had never done.

Sullivan – Blue Monster from Monsters Inc was horrified to learn that Mr. Waternoose was a part of Randall’s scheme to abduct kids in order to collect their screams. Additionally, after frightening Boo and realizing how his actions frightened her, he begins to severely doubt the morality of the business’s operations.

Sullivan - Blue Monster from Monsters Inc understands how the kids really feel when the monsters frighten them

Sullivan – Blue Monster from Monsters Inc understands how the kids really feel when the monsters frighten them

Despite this, Sullivan – Blue Monster from Monsters Inc has a strong commitment to the people he loves. He risked his job, his life, and even his friendship with Mike to save Boo, and despite their disagreements, despite their ups and downs, they remain real and devoted friends.

Being the son of accomplished Scarer Bill Sullivan and possessing the natural talent inherited from his family, 18-year-old Sulley was depicted in Monsters University to be very different from the man he would become later in life: Sulley was more laid-back, haughty, cocky, immature, a slacker, and something of a party animal. Sulley was not a model student due to these characteristics, and he was also quite lazy. Sullivan – Blue Monster from Monsters Inc once said, “You don’t need to study Scaring; you just do it!”

Despite this, Sullivan - Blue Monster from Monsters Inc has a strong commitment to the people he loves

Despite this, Sullivan – Blue Monster from Monsters Inc has a strong commitment to the people he loves

With Mike Wazowski, a classmate in the scaring program who had the intellect and brains but not the natural talent, he grew competitively competitive. Due to his skill as a Scarer and the fact that he was the son of a well-known Scarer, he was also selected to join the Roar Omega Roar fraternity.

To his dismay, Mike was outperforming him in class due to Mike’s diligent preparation, while Sulley was struggling academically as a result of not giving his coursework his full attention. As a result, until Suley defeated Mike in the final exam, Johnny Worthington III temporarily held onto Suley’s ROR jacket.

When Dean Hardscrabble expelled him and Mike from the Scare Program—a decision for which he blamed Mike despite the fact that the latter was mistreating him and neglecting to study—Sulley recognized that having talent alone wasn’t enough. He was expelled from their group when Roar Omega Roar also grabbed his jacket.

Sullivan - Blue Monster from Monsters Inc first came off as superficial, thinking Oozma Kappa were doomed to failure as they kept losing (even suggesting to Mike that they find a new team in addition to cheating), but he soon warmed to them for their relationship

Sullivan – Blue Monster from Monsters Inc first came off as superficial, thinking Oozma Kappa were doomed to failure as they kept losing (even suggesting to Mike that they find a new team in addition to cheating), but he soon warmed to them for their relationship

Later, however, after overhearing Mike and Hardscrabble’s wager that if OK won, the entire team would be permitted in the Scaring Program, he became desperate enough to join Mike and the Oozma Kappa fraternity in an attempt to gain back in by winning the Scare Games.

Sullivan – Blue Monster from Monsters Inc first came off as superficial, thinking Oozma Kappa were doomed to failure as they kept losing (even suggesting to Mike that they find a new team in addition to cheating), but he soon warmed to them for their relationship. Nevertheless, Sulley arranged the last competition so that Mike would easily win, despite the fact that he didn’t genuinely believe Mike was terrifying. Sulley wanted so much to rejoin the Scaring Program.

Mike and Sullivan - Blue Monster from Monsters Inc were able to surprise Dean Hardscrabble, who implicitly pushed them to work as mailmen for Monsters Inc

Mike and Sullivan – Blue Monster from Monsters Inc were able to surprise Dean Hardscrabble, who implicitly pushed them to work as mailmen for Monsters Inc

At first, Sulley tried to defend his cheating, but he soon realized what it almost cost him, especially when Mike tried to prove himself by frightening real kids. After an argument broke out between them, Sulley admitted that while he pretended to be scary and confident, in reality, he was terrified of the expectations placed on him and what his family would think of him if he failed to live up to them.

Mike and Sullivan – Blue Monster from Monsters Inc were able to surprise Dean Hardscrabble, who implicitly pushed them to work as mailmen for Monsters Inc. when she was compelled to expel them from school, thanks to their friendship and cooperation. They cooperated till they finally realized their goal of becoming a scare team.

As he learned that laughter was 10 times more potent than screaming, Sullivan – Blue Monster from Monsters Inc introduces the idea of harvesting human children’s laughter in Monsters at Work. Therefore, he was aware that laughing would end the Monstropolis energy issue, maintain the operations of Monsters Incorporated, and improve conditions for both monsters and human children. Sulley was the driving force behind changing the entertainment industry from scaring to laughing, despite his initial reluctance to take on the role of the company’s new CEO.

As he learned that laughter was 10 times more potent than screaming, Sullivan - Blue Monster from Monsters Inc introduces the idea of harvesting human children's laughter in Monsters at Work

As he learned that laughter was 10 times more potent than screaming, Sullivan – Blue Monster from Monsters Inc introduces the idea of harvesting human children’s laughter in Monsters at Work

Physical appearance

Sulley is a big, purple-spotted, hairy, cyan creature with indigo eyes. He has long, dinosaur-like fangs, curving horns, white claws, a massive chin, and white spikes that extend from the bottom of his back to the tip of his tail. He also has a gigantic, furry tummy. He has a turquoise nose and thick eyebrows. He sheds, was thinner, had hair that resembled a mullet, was a little shorter, and his horns were softer and less pointed, according to Monsters University.

Sulley is a big, purple-spotted, hairy, cyan creature with indigo eyes

Sulley is a big, purple-spotted, hairy, cyan creature with indigo eyes

Appearances

Monsters, Inc

Sullivan – Blue Monster from Monsters Inc, the head scarer of Monsters, Inc., was naturally terrified of people because they were said to have a “toxic touch” that could instantly kill even the greatest monsters. That is, until he encountered Boo, a human girl who had somehow managed to get into the monster world and the factory. Sulley, who was originally apprehensive, eventually gained the position of a father to Boo and became his guardian. He was constantly worried about her, trying to keep her safe, and learning more and more about how harmless people really were.

Boo was initially treated like a pet, but as he grew to love her, Mike became less envious of his affection. Sulley’s adversary Randall Boggs, who aspires to be the best scarer, attempts to utilize Boo in an experiment to forcibly extract screams for the mounting energy crisis that depends on their cries to give, endangering his friendship with Mike in the process. When Waternoose banishes Sulley and Mike to the human realm after discovering they were covertly working as Randall’s sidekick, Sulley’s shame quickly turns to horror as he finds his boss—with whom he had always been friendly—is not the kind man he thought he was. Sulley makes every effort to return to the land of the monsters despite this.

Sullivan - Blue Monster from Monsters Inc, the head scarer of Monsters, Inc., was naturally terrified of people because they were said to have a "toxic touch" that could instantly kill even the greatest monsters

Sullivan – Blue Monster from Monsters Inc, the head scarer of Monsters, Inc., was naturally terrified of people because they were said to have a “toxic touch” that could instantly kill even the greatest monsters

Back in Monstropolis, Sulley confronts Randall in an attempt to save Boo. The two spar briefly before Mike, who had followed Sulley back to apologize, intervenes and gives Sulley the advantage to finish off Randall. Once they are all together again, Mike, Sulley, and Boo look through the doors for Boo’s room.

When Randall gets up to them, Boo aids in defeating him, and the group sends Randall through one of the doors, trapping him in the real world. When the group reunites, Waternoose tries to put the plan into action by following Sulley and Boo back into Boo’s room and abducting the young girl.

But as it turns out, Mike secretly recorded Mr. Waternoose’s confession and proudly played it back to the on-looking CDA agents that he had allegedly “distracted” while he admitted to being Randall’s minion and disclosing Randall’s scheme. The CDA direct their attention to Mr.

Back in Monstropolis, Sulley confronts Randall in an attempt to save Boo

Back in Monstropolis, Sulley confronts Randall in an attempt to save Boo

Waternoose right away and detain him for conspiring with Randall. Sullivan – Blue Monster from Monsters Inc is devastated and says goodbye to Boo after undercover CDA agent Roz orders that Boo’s door be destroyed after Boo is brought home safely. Sulley is even more dejected because the entire incident will cause the factory to close down. Without anyone noticing, he quickly retrieves a piece of the door.

However, Mike’s inadvertent remark and an earlier observation led Sullivan – Blue Monster from Monsters Inc discover that laughing is 10 times more potent than screaming in humans. By having monsters make children laugh instead of scare them, he not only manages to save the business but modernize it, ending Monstropolis’ energy issue. Sully also takes over as the company’s new CEO.

However, Mike's inadvertent remark and an earlier observation led Sullivan - Blue Monster from Monsters Inc discover that laughing is 10 times more potent than screaming in humans

However, Mike’s inadvertent remark and an earlier observation led Sullivan – Blue Monster from Monsters Inc discover that laughing is 10 times more potent than screaming in humans

Mike tells Sullivan – Blue Monster from Monsters Inc that, after much trial and error, he was able to restore Boo’s door all but the piece Sulley still possesses. Despite his achievement, Sulley misses Boo and tearfully hangs onto the piece of Boo’s door and a drawing she created of him and her holding hands. Sulley replaces the component, activates Boo’s door once more, and then enters.

A while after the movie’s events, Sulley introduces “Put That Thing Back Where It Came From or So Help Me,” a company play that features Mike and that he also co-stars in. Mike also directed, wrote, and produced the play.

Mike tells Sullivan - Blue Monster from Monsters Inc that, after much trial and error, he was able to restore Boo's door all but the piece Sulley still possesses

Mike tells Sullivan – Blue Monster from Monsters Inc that, after much trial and error, he was able to restore Boo’s door all but the piece Sulley still possesses

Monsters University

In the prequel, Sullivan – Blue Monster from Monsters Inc makes an appearance and seems shorter, skinnier, and shaggier. He has a cowlick on the left side of his head, which is another noticeable difference. He was born on August 17 and is described as being 7’6″ (228 cm) tall, weighing about 500 pounds.

He makes a fearsome entrance by roaring in the middle of his first Scaring lesson, then apologizes and claims that he was only responding to the word “roar” when he overheard it. He then discloses that he is the son of renowned scarer Bill Sullivan and begs a fellow student for a pencil because he lost his own, but he ends up using it as a toothpick. Sullivan – Blue Monster from Monsters Inc rarely worked hard in his classes, relying instead on his ancestry and natural abilities.

He preferred to spend his time having fun and pulling practical jokes, including kidnapping the mascot of the rival college Fear Tech. He sneaks into Mike Wazowski’s room while trying to hide the school mascot, which sets off a wild chase when the pig escapes. His abilities plus his family’s reputation enable ROR, the top school fraternity, to notice him and accept him.

As a result of Mike’s superior grades in his classes and Mike’s belief that he doesn’t need to know “that stuff” to scare, Sullivan – Blue Monster from Monsters Inc soon discovers that Professor Knight and ROR have switched their approval from him to Mike.

Sullivan - Blue Monster from Monsters Inc rarely worked hard in his classes, relying instead on his ancestry and natural abilities

Sullivan – Blue Monster from Monsters Inc rarely worked hard in his classes, relying instead on his ancestry and natural abilities

This has led to ROR considering revoking Sulley’s membership and Professor Knight telling him, “One frightening face does not a Scarer make Mr. Sullivan.” The President of Roar Omega Roar, Johnny Worthington III, gives him his ROR jacket on the day of the final exam and warns him that if he fails it or is once again surpassed by Mike, he would be kicked out of ROR.

Sullivan – Blue Monster from Monsters Inc intentionally riles up Mike, starting a Scare Spat. Sulley accidently knocks down and damages Dean Hardscrabble’s cherished scream-canister while the two are trying to scare each other during the final test as a result of Mike and Sulley’s growing argument. On the spot, Dean Hardscrabble puts them to the test, failing Mike before moving on to Sulley.

With a shout, he jumps the gun, and Hardscrabble tells him that his approach won’t make the fictitious child scream, pointing out that he’s disrespecting the significance of the study. As a result, she kicks him out of the program. Hardscrabble merely states that his family will be quite disappointed as Sulley attempts to persuade her by pointing out that he is a Sullivan. Worthington and his frat boys are seen leaving by Sulley without saying anything to him. Despite the fact that Sulley initiated the disagreement, Sulley immediately accuses Mike of failing and storms off.

The following semester, Mike and Sullivan – Blue Monster from Monsters Inc are both enrolled in a dull class for managing scream canisters, but Sulley continues to blame Mike as seen by his persistent glare and his tendency to smash a canister in his hand.

Sullivan - Blue Monster from Monsters Inc intentionally riles up Mike, starting a Scare Spat

Sullivan – Blue Monster from Monsters Inc intentionally riles up Mike, starting a Scare Spat

Later on, though, he witnesses Mike running off to sign up Oozma Kappa for the Scare Games after making a wager with Hardscrabble. If OK wins, Hardscrabble would admit the entire squad to the Scaring Program; however, if they lose, Mike will depart from Monsters University.

However, when Hardscrabble mentions that he is short one player to qualify, Sullivan – Blue Monster from Monsters Inc seizes the moment and smugly joins the squad because Mike has no other option, successfully qualifying for the games. Oozma Kappa is not renowned for being a terrifying organization, but after meeting the OK members, Sulley is worried because Mike trains them for the competitions.

The fact that Jaws Theta Chi had cheated disqualified them from the games and allowed Sullivan – Blue Monster from Monsters Inc and Mike to reenter the competition saved them from losing the first round due to their animosity. When Mike insists that the team follow his lead alone in the following round, they come close to losing, and it is only when the other members of OK cooperate that they succeed.

However, when Hardscrabble mentions that he is short one player to qualify, Sullivan - Blue Monster from Monsters Inc seizes the moment and smugly joins the squad because Mike has no other option, successfully qualifying for the games

However, when Hardscrabble mentions that he is short one player to qualify, Sullivan – Blue Monster from Monsters Inc seizes the moment and smugly joins the squad because Mike has no other option, successfully qualifying for the games

After the incident, though, Python Nu Kappa informs them of a party and asks them to attend. Sulley says he has a bad feeling about this, but Mike recommends they go since he thinks they’re being seen.

The RORs embarrass Oozma Kappa in front of the entire campus during the party at the ROR mansion. Sullivan – Blue Monster from Monsters Inc advises Mike to give up and asserts that no matter how hard he tries, he will never be able to change the nature of monsters. The other members of the team concur with this statement.

In order to cheer up the team, Mike takes them on a “field trip” to Monsters, Inc. As a result, Mike and Sullivan – Blue Monster from Monsters Inc start to understand one another and develop a friendship. Given that they only joined the team to get back into the program, they also begin to develop a fresh appreciation for the other members and their abilities.

Mike and Sulley’s cooperation allows Oozma Kappa to advance to the championship match versus ROR. However, the night before the final round, Sulley chats with Hardscrabble in the hopes that there won’t be any animosity if OK wins and they are accepted into the Scaring Program.

Sullivan - Blue Monster from Monsters Inc advises Mike to give up and asserts that no matter how hard he tries, he will never be able to change the nature of monsters

Sullivan – Blue Monster from Monsters Inc advises Mike to give up and asserts that no matter how hard he tries, he will never be able to change the nature of monsters

But Hardscrabble insists that for OK to win, each member must demonstrate their undeniable scariness in front of the entire school; in her professional judgment, she claims that one of the members of OK is not.

When Sullivan – Blue Monster from Monsters Inc learns she is referring to Mike, he tries to defend Mike’s worthiness, but Hardscrabble demands to know whether he believes Mike is frightening. Sulley is left speechless since, in all honesty, he doesn’t.

Sullivan – Blue Monster from Monsters Inc tries to teach Mike how to roar before they go to bed, telling him to “dig deep inside and let the scary out,” but despite Mike’s best efforts, Sulley doesn’t think Mike can be frightful, but he doesn’t say as much to save Mike from getting frustrated.

Sullivan - Blue Monster from Monsters Inc tries to teach Mike how to roar before they go to bed

Sullivan – Blue Monster from Monsters Inc tries to teach Mike how to roar before they go to bed

In order for Mike to receive a perfect score and ensure that Oozma Kappa wins the competition, he tampers with the scare simulator settings in the last round, setting it to easy. However, when Mike discovers this, he is devastated and outraged, accusing Sulley of being exactly like Hardscrabble.

The rest of OK, who were equally ashamed that Sullivan – Blue Monster from Monsters Inc ruined their victory by cheating, leave behind the undeserved trophy knowing that they were never going to win in the first place as they feel deeply hurt by Sulley’s attempt to justify his actions but insult Mike by saying that he lacks the qualities necessary to be frightening. This hurts Mike terribly.

Feeling remorseful, Sulley admits to Dean Hardscrabble about the infidelity after rejecting ROR’s attempt to recruit him back into their fraternity. He is told to leave campus by tomorrow by an enraged Hardscrabble, who labels him a disgrace to MU and his family name.

They hear a report of a break-in at the door lab at that very moment, and Sullivan – Blue Monster from Monsters Inc immediately recognizes that Mike had entered the human world to demonstrate his menacing nature. Sensing that Mike would be in great danger, he was able to enter when Don created a distraction against Hardscrabble.

The rest of OK, who were equally ashamed that Sullivan - Blue Monster from Monsters Inc ruined their victory by cheating

The rest of OK, who were equally ashamed that Sullivan – Blue Monster from Monsters Inc ruined their victory by cheating

Final Words

Dean Hardscrabble unexpectedly appears as they are leaving MU, counsels them to keep “surprising people,” and obliquely offers them a job with a fear company. At the conclusion of the film, Mike and Sulley accept mailman positions at Monsters, Inc. In the credits, it is revealed that both of them progress from being ineffective scare actors to effective fear actors.

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