- "This is important. They are in trouble. It's up to us! To us! Understand? Keep him amused but quiet!"
Violet Parr is one of the two tritagonists (alongside Dash Parr) of The Incredibles franchise. She is a super-heroine who is the daughter (and eldest child) of Bob and Helen Parr, as well as the older sister of Dash and Jack-Jack. At first, she is shy, gloomy, and nervous. But after receiving a pep talk from her mom in Nomanisan Island, she becomes much more confident.
When Violet is first introduced, she is depicted as gloomy, uncertain and socially withdrawn, preferring to hide behind her long raven hair. She has a crush on one of her classmates, Tony Rydinger, but is too shy to approach him and turns herself invisible whenever he looks her way so as to avoid attention.
During a family dinner, her mother Helen, also known as Elastigirl, asks her how school was, noting that she has barely touched her food, but then Dash teases her about her crush on Tony, which insults Violet. This erupts into a fight, in which Dash runs around the table, hitting Violet, and Violet retaliates by generating her force-field that Dash crashes into. The fight is broken up when a family friend, Lucius Best a.k.a. Frozone rings the doorbell. After Violet's father Bob a.k.a. Mr. Incredible returns from his night with Lucius, Violet, and Dash hear their parents arguing loudly and eavesdrop. When Bob senses that Dash is in the same room he and Helen are in, he calls for them to come out, and Violet also appears, having turned invisible to listen to their argument without being noticed. Bob then assures the children that he and Helen work as a team, no matter what. Helen apologizes to the children for waking them up before ushering them back to bed. In one of the montages following Bob's return from Nomanisan Island, Violet is seen listening to music and reading a magazine when he comes up to her and gives her a kiss.
Helen places Violet in charge while she looks for her husband, but Violet notices supersuits in her mother's bag and asks her about them. Dash quickly grabs supersuits for himself and Violet. While examining her suit, Violet discovers that it can turn invisible along with her, rendering her totally unseen, without disrupting her force fields. However, Dash runs off after his mother, prompting Violet to go after him, and they end up stowing away on a plane their mother has borrowed from a friend.
When Elastigirl discovers her children aboard the jet, they argue over whose fault it is, and Elastigirl is shocked that they have left Jack-Jack alone in their house, to which Violet replies that she got someone to take care of the baby. Just then, missiles, sent by Syndrome, close in on the plane, and Elastigirl orders Violet to put a force field around them for protection. However, Violet is reluctant to try to generate such a large force field and is not confident enough to do so. Elastigirl is forced to use her powers to turn herself into a ball around her children, shielding them just as the missiles destroy the aircraft. She grabs them when she sees them falling with her, then turns her body into a parachute to gently land in the water.
Elastigirl morphs into a boat with Dash as a rear propeller while Violet is the sole passenger, as they follow the missiles' contrails. Arriving at Nomanisan Island, they make their camp out in a cave. Elastigirl instructs her children to use their powers should anything goes wrong, but when Violet tries to protest, Helen warns her children that the bad guys they will kill them if they have the chance. She places Violet in charge again in her absence, promising to return by morning. Before Elastigirl leaves, Violet calls for her and apologizes to her for what happened on the plane (and failing to live up to expectations), to which Elastgirl apologizes back to Violet, stating that Elastigirl herself wasn't being fair to suddenly ask so much of Violet. Elastigirl reassures Violet by saying that the latter has more power than she herself realizes, but also warns her that in their situation, doubt is a luxury they can no longer afford.
Her confidence bolstered, Violet practices her power on the fire in the camp, but Dash, out of boredom, decides to look around. Violet tries to talk him out of it, as he thinks they are on a vacation, warning them that their parents' lives as well as their marriage could be in danger. Nevertheless, Dash explores deep into the cave, but he comes running back as flames are coming in his direction as the cave they are in is actually a rocket exhaust pipe. Dash grabs Violet, and they narrowly escape the flames, just in time to see a rocket taking off into the night sky. They spend the rest of the night in a jungle, huddling together to keep warm.
The next morning, Dash hears a monitor robot (disguised as a wild bird) asking for identification. He wakes up Violet, who stares curiously at the robotic bird that suddenly triggers a deafening alarm. They run away, with the bird flying after them, and soon they are cornered by three Velocipods patrolled by Syndrome's security guards. She reminds Dash of what their mother has said, telling him to run, which he does, and two of the guards chase after him. Turning invisible to hide from the remaining guard and remaining invisible, she attacks him with a large stick. Displaying a high level of ingenuity, the guard uses dirt to find Violet once she has submerged herself in a shallow pond. Just then, Dash returns and stops the soldier from killing Violet, who in return saves him from that soldier by enclosing both herself and Dash in a force field; both discover that she can float inside her force field if generated in mid-air. Dash then proceeds to move the force sphere by running along its inside surface, propelling it at considerable speeds and mowing down everything in their path. After destroying a couple more Velocipods, they run over their parents. After a brief and joyful reunion, the family works as a super-team for the first time as another wave of henchmen finds and attacks them.
During this fight, Violet once again displays her increasing confidence, raising a large shield that protects her family from a hail of automatic weapons fire. Though the guards are quickly overpowered, Syndrome jumps into the scene and immobilizes the family in his zero-point energy. Once the family is imprisoned in his base's containment unit, Violet, while restrained by suspension beams, succeeds in wrapping a force-field around herself and severs her magnetic bonds and he rolls towards a nearby control panel. As her father vows to get the family out of the situation no matter what it takes, Violet commends him for making some excellent progress and presses a button on the control panel that frees the family from the suspension beams. The family then makes their way to a hanger in hopes of getting a fast vehicle to head to Metroville. Dash suggests they use a rocket, and Violet suggests that they just need to use the coordinates from the previous launch so they won't have to try to fly it manually. The password is provided by Mirage.
After returning to Metroville, the family is faced with Omnidroid v.10, which attacks the children, but Violet wraps her force-field around herself and Dash, protecting them from its claws. The Omnidroid then slams its huge bulk onto Violet's force field, dissipating it and knocking Violet unconscious. Just as the kids are about to be crushed, their father steps in and holds up the robot for Helen to reach for the kids and take them to safety. Bob then finds a remote Syndrome has left behind. Violet and Dash notice that the remote controls the robot. Her involvement in the battle comes after Elastigirl trip-wires the robot when an invisible Violet gets her hand on the remote while dodging the robot's claws. Dash and Violet fight over the remote, which their mother takes control of, and the family waits as the Omnidroid approaches. Violet refuses Elastigirl's order to hide and remains by her side until the Omnidroid is destroyed when Bob launches its detached claw that penetrates through its bulk and rips out its brainpan.
The Parrs return home, where they are caught again by Syndrome, who has baby Jack-Jack in his arms, intending to kidnap him and raise him to be his sidekick. After Jack-Jack is rescued by Elastigirl and Syndrome is killed when his cape gets snagged in the turbine of his manta jet, Violet surrounds her family with a rice field to protect them from the wreckage of Syndrome's jet, though it destroys their house.
Three months later, Violet is courageous enough to talk to her friends, and also Tony, who is now the shy one rather than Violet, and they plan to go to the movies on Friday. Violet tells Tony that she will buy the popcorn. In this scene, Violet was seen wearing a pink shirt and khaki pants instead of her typical dark blue clothing. In addition, her recent change in personality was made present by a desire to wear her hair out of her face - pulled back by a headband. She and her parents cheer for Dash who is participating in track and field and applaud him for finishing in second place. Following Dash's athletic accomplishment, a new super-villain, The Underminer, emerges from underneath the earth. Violet and the rest of the family don their masks and suits, showing their rededication to fighting crime.
In a deleted scene (the original opening), she was still an infant and was implied to have a problem with spitting up. Her life was later threatened by Syndrome, at that time an old villain who intended to get revenge on Mr. Incredible. As he froze Bob and Helen, he heard the sound of Violet cooing and crying and him, still holding the Parrs (called Smiths) hostage and frozen. He tried to look for her in her small crib, but it was revealed she had turned invisible and instantly spat upon Syndrome. It was also originally implied that even her own existence violated the law, as Syndrome, upon discovering that Mr. Incredible was not only married to Elastigirl but also had her, he said: "Isn't it against the law for Supers to breed?"
The sequel picks up right where The Incredibles left off. While battling The Underminer, Violet is told to stay away from the battle with her brothers. Frustrated, she throws her mask on the ground and accidentally reveals her secret identity to Tony Rydinger. This leads to him getting his memory wiped by Rick Dicker, which also erases any recollection that Tony had of Violet. Afterwards, Violet protects civilians from falling rubble by using force field projections. With her father's help, Violet enters the Underminer's drill and protects her family from an explosion caused by Bob and Helen blowing out the engine. However, they are arrested and released by Dicker. At dinner, Violet brings up what happened earlier and the family argue, with Violet believing that they should be allowed to fight crime.
After Helen receives a job from Winston Deavor at Devtech to campaign the return of Supers, the Parrs are given a new, extravagant home owned by Deavor. Violet eagerly waits to attend her date with Tony at the movies, but the latter doesn't show up, causing her to run to her room and rebuff Bob's attempts to console her. She then spends the night crying and eating ice cream. Violet confronts Tony for neglecting their date, but the latter is confused and asks if he knows her. Shocked and abashed, Violet runs away. Back home, she becomes a saddened and agitated wreck. She eventually finds out that Bob had contacted Dicker to find Tony and wipe his memory of Violet's identity as a Super, incidentally wiping the date he had planned with Violet. Furious, Violet openly denounces her life as a Super and attempts to destroy her suit in the kitchen sink's garbage disposal, which proves futile.
Bob later takes Violet, Dash and Jack-Jack to a restaurant called the Happy Platter. When Violet sees Tony she sprays the water she had just drank out her nose and embarrasses herself, she then angrily storms off. The next day, Violet finds out that Jack-Jack has powers and that Bob knew about it all along and never told anyone, she got angry at Bob for keeping it a secret from her and Dash and confronted him about it. Bob then snaps at them due to lack of sleep and parenting without any help. He rants about how overwhelmed he is and how hard he tries to help the children. Violet then calls Lucius for help. Bob later drops Jack-Jack off at Edna's, when Bob gets home later that evening, he goes and apologizes to Violet for getting her erased from Tony's memory and confessed that he wanted be a good dad for her and her brothers, believing that he was no help and that Violet hated him. Violet then comforts him and forgives him telling him he's not "good" but "super" Bob then falls asleep and Violet hugs him again. After 17 hours of sleep Bob wakes up in a much better mood. When Violet asks him how he feels after resting for 17 hours he replies "super".
Violet joins Bob and her brothers to check out Jack-Jack's powers and is amazed with them. When Bob gets a call that Helen is in trouble, he leaves Violet in charge of Dash and Jack-Jack. Realising her parents could be in trouble, she decides to resume superhero work and tells Dash to put his supersuit on. While Bob is away, the wannabe supers attack, under the influence of hypno-goggles that were given by Evelyn Deavor. Luckily, Frozone shows up and helps them fight off the hypnotized supers. Unfortunately, they manage to get mind-controlling glasses onto Frozone's face and are able to gain control of him. Dash summons Bob's Incredibile and they escape. They use the car to get them to the Everjust where Mr. Incredible, Frozone and Elastigirl are being kept. They sneak aboard and try to find their parents. Violet leaves Jack-Jack with Dash and goes invisible to make her way through the yacht undetected, but is caught by Voyd. She fights off Voyd's efforts to put a pair of hypno-goggles on her, and goes back to Dash, only to find Jack-Jack is not with him. They track down and find Jack-Jack, and find their parents, but they are under Evelyn's control. Jack-Jack manages to dislodge Helen's goggles and she frees both Mr. Incredible and Frozone from being mind-controlled, and then free the other supers from Evelyn's control. The group realizes that the yacht is on a course to crash into the city. They work together and manage to stop the boat before it does any damage while Helen thwarts Evelyn's escape. Violet's heroism is individually praised by Winston, and Violet strikes an applauding conversation with Voyd, who apologizes for attacking her on the ship. Shortly after, Supers are made legal again.
Violet then reintroduces herself to Tony and they agree to go on another movie date. Much to Violet's discontent, the couple is driven to the movie theater by the Parrs. The family and Tony go to the movie theater but once they get there they witness two speeding cars engaged in a shoot-out. Violet leaves Tony at the movies with a promise of coming back after having dealt with the threat.
Throughout the first half of The Incredibles, Violet is symbolically hiding behind her hair, as a way to hide from the world. She also uses her invisibility as another way to hide from her peers. However, near the end of the movie, Violet gains enough confidence to ask her crush, Tony Rydinger out on a date during Dash's track and field meet.
In the 2018 sequel, Violet retains her new upbeat and confident attitude. She also displays a much broader range of emotions, typical of a girl her age: throwing tantrums, acting awkward and at times sinking into a very sad mood. However, she ultimately develops a sense of maturity and responsibility. She was also the one who bravely suggested she and her brothers needed to take action after their parents and Lucius were in danger.
Violet is a 14-year-old girl with a slender build and a small waistline. She stands at 160 centimeters (5'3") and weighs 40 kilograms (90 lbs). She has a circular head, fair skin, pink lips, rosy cheeks, long straight black hair with a hint of blue (which covers the right side of her face in the first half of the first film), and bluish-purple eyes. Following the events of the first film, she wears a pink or purple headband to keep her hair back. Her super-suit consists of a red unitard with black bottoms and an "I" insignia on the chest, along with an orange belt and black gloves, thigh-high boots, and a black eye mask. She wears an orange headband with her super-suit.
Powers & Abilities
- Invisibility: Violet can render herself wholly or partially invisible at will. She does this by turning herself ultraviolet (which is invisible to the human eye). The exact nature of this superpower is not explained, nor are its limits (such as if it extends beyond the visible light spectrum). Violet is not able to render her normal clothes invisible as well, with the exception of her "super suit" created by designer Edna Mode to coordinate with her powers.
- Force-Field Generation: Violet can also mentally generate a psionic field of purple-tinged force, which she uses for a variety of effects. Most commonly, Violet generates near-indestructible force fields around herself or other targets. By generating additional force behind her psionic force shields, Violet can turn them into offensive weapons, as seen during her fight against Voyd. She is capable of generating and manipulating multiple psionic force fields at the same time. The interiors of her force fields can have an anti-gravitational effect, allowing Violet to levitate the objects or people they are surrounding. Her shields are incredibly durable, surviving attacks from the Omnidroid v.10, and can be used to deflect heavy oncoming artillery. If Dash is inside the force field, he can move it at very high speeds while running, mowing down anything or anyone in the way.
- High Intellect: Violet seems to be quite intelligent. For instance, she came up with the idea to fly a rocket, when no one knew how by using the coordinates from the last launch. She also knew how to escape from the electrical bonds that Syndrome kept her and her family imprisoned in, and was quickly able to deactivate their restraints. She also helped formulate a plan to redirect a wayward ship, with no usable controls and stopped it from crashing into a highly-populated area.
- Athleticism: Although it was not exactly seen in the first movie, in Disney INFINITY, Violet was very acrobatic and nimble, despite her skinny frame. In the 2018 sequel, during a quick brawl with a mind-controlled Voyd, Violet was able to keep away from Voyd's portals despite being in close-range. Violet also displayed enough strength to overpower Voyd when grabbed by the throat.
- Blunt force: While exceedingly sturdy, if very heavy blunt force is applied to Violet's force field, it can be crushed and she can be hurt badly and even fall unconscious. It can also be moved or squashed.
- Corrosive substances: liquids such as Reflux's molten acid can corrode the force field.
- Energy draining: Both her powers can also sap her physical energy if she tries to maintain them under sustained heavy assault (as seen in A Magic Kingdom Adventure).
- Physical apparel: Violet cannot turn her normal clothes or any item she holds invisible like she can with herself, so she is forced to wear a specially designed super suit that will disappear completely as she does. This limits the usefulness of her invisibility to a great extent, unless in her super suit.
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- It is possible that Violet's powers are based on Marvel Comics' Invisible Woman, a member of the Fantastic Four who could create force-fields and turn invisible.
- Violet may be named after the term "shrinking violet": a person who does not wish to be noticed. She is very shy, and, even at home, stays in the background and does not speak too much. This would fit both her personality and powers. And interestingly, Shrinking Violet is the name of a DC Comics super-heroine whose superpower was to literally shrink.
- Violet writes in cursive, as shown in a diary entry.
- Violet's hair evolves over the course of the film to match her personality and personal growth; first partially obscuring her face in the first half of the first film to match her retreating nature, and then being held back completely by a colorful hairband in the second half of the first film onwards, revealing her new self to the world.
- Violet is arguably the most powerful figure in Disney INFINITY.
- In a deleted scene (the original opening), Violet was to first appear as an infant who had problems with spitting up. It was originally implied that her existence violated the law, as Supers were forbidden to marry each other and have children.
- One possible explanation for her inability to make her clothes invisible is her young age (she is still a teenager). If true, this means she eventually could make her clothes (and things she holds) invisible.
- Violet (and possibly her mom Helen) was originally going to appear in the canceled Princess Academy shorts (due to a piece of concept art showing her with other characters). Had this not occurred, it would have marked the first time Violet and her mom would have appeared in 2D format (not counting that The Incredibles was originally envisioned as a 2D film).
- She is the only one in her family that has primarily black hair while her family members have either reddish-brown or blonde hair.
- Out of all the Incredibles, Violet is the only one who did not destroy a pair of Hypno-Goggles.
- Her eyes can sometimes be seen as purple due to certain lightings and the bluish-purple color in her eyes.