Ian Hawke is the main antagonist of Alvin and the Chipmunks and Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel and the secondary antagonist-turned-supporting protagonist of Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked. He is the Chipmunks and Chipette's former arch-nemesis and Dave's former arch-rival and best friend.
Alvin and the Chipmunks
In the first film, Ian is visited by Dave, who presents him a song that he has been wanting to be produced. However, he refuses and bluntly tells Dave that he thinks it is bad and he hated it. He proceeds to tell Dave that he should quit writing music that he thinks no one will give attention to.
Later, Dave once again visits Ian to present to him Alvin and the Chipmunks in order to convince him that they would be JETT Records' next big hit. Unfortunately, the audition goes horribly as the trio refuse to sing due to intense stage fright.
Later on, in his house he hears a door bell and thought it was just kids, It happens upon the Chipmunks who sing Ian "The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)" and greatly impress him and make him realize that Dave was right. He welcomes them into JETT Records and later calls Dave in the supermarket, calling him his favorite song writer and to tell him of the song's success and also informing him of the video that got 10,000,000 hits on YouTube. Later, at a Christmas concert, Ian tries to convince Dave to let him work with the trio. However, Dave quickly realizes that Ian would only exploit the Chipmunks and refuses, as well as pretending not to hear his proposition.
This angered Ian, who warns Dave not to go against him, further claiming that he never loses. He later tries to manipulate the Chipmunks by telling them that Dave is holding them back and that he could be making them 20 million dollars a day and that Dave does not view them in a positive light. Later at Dave's house, a misunderstanding occurs and a heartbroken group of Chipmunks contact Ian to see if they can live with him. When the Chipmunks move in with Ian, life at first seems grand as they are given a plentiful amount of toys and activities, but things begin to take a turn for the worse as Ian begins to overwork and exhaust them.
Finally, at the big concert in L.A., Dave wants to visits the Chipmunks but is flatly refused by Ian. Ian then further hurts the Chipmunks' feelings by claiming that Dave sent back tickets for their concert. Later on, Dave tries to sneak into the Chipmunks' performance, but he is blocked by security guards. Claire, however, manages to sneak Dave in by pretending that he is a journalist for a local magazine and giving him a press pass. When Dave enters the theater and calls out their names, the overjoyed group of Chipmunks quickly realize that Ian had lied to them and proceed to ruin the show and cause significant amounts of chaos.
Despite their efforts, Ian manages to once again capture the Chipmunks and quickly whisks them away in a cat cage. However, they easily escape and trick Ian with their doll doppelgangers. As Ian is chauffeured away toward the airport Ian discovers the dolls and proceeds to yell in defeat.
In a post-credits scene, it is revealed that the Chipmunks' escape cost Ian the world tour, as well as his career and fortune. So he tries to get three squirrels to sing, but, of course, fails.
=Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
In the second film, Ian is depicted as a shadow of his former self: Jobless, broke, and stressed out. It seems he is such a poor state that he even eats a piece of muffin that had been in the garbage and a rat had gotten hold of. However, Ian ends up as the adoptive father, caregiver, and manager of the Chipettes. However, he only adopted them to get revenge on the Chipmunks. The two bands later met up at school, but Alvin and Brittany were the only ones that ended up distrusting each other (until Alvin saves her and her sisters from Ian).
Throughout the film, Ian manipulated the Chipettes into believing the Chipmunks were evil and that Alvin literally spat on him. Despite this, he still wanted only the "B-girl" (Brittany) as a star and didn't allow Jeanette and Eleanor on Brittany's way. Brittany refuses to perform without her sisters and locks hands with them, turning on Ian. Ian nonchalantly accepts this and then asks if they like barbecues with a fake smile, earning confused looks from the Chipettes. Suddenly, Ian roughly grabs them by their tails and leaves them dangling. Ian then threatens to cook them in a barbecue restaurant if they don't do as he says. Terrified, the Chipettes are forced to follow Ian's orders.
Ian again loses his fortune after the Chipettes escape just as the Chipmunks did in the first film. This leaves him to lamely make up for their disappearances by dressing up as Brittany and using puppets to play Eleanor and Jeanette. As a result, he is thrown in a dumpster by security guards.
It is unknown what became of Ian afterwards, but he most likely become homeless and went back to seeking revenge on the Chipmunks, the Chipettes, and Dave.
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
In the third film, Ian is now an employee on the cruise ship dressed like a pelican. He tries to crack the Chipmunks and Chipettes' relationship with Dave and ruin his life. However, he, in a way, does re-kindle his relationship with the heroes by helping Dave rescue the Chipmunks and the Chipettes.
At the end of the film, when the Chipmunks and the Chipettes perform at the International Music Awards, Dave and Ian (who has reformed) work together with them to keep them famous and happy, becoming friends again.
Ian is cruel and sneaky.
In the third film, he redeems himself and becomes friendly, outgoing, and happy-go-lucky.
- Ian is the live-action film version of Uncle Harry from the cartoon series.
- Ian is similar to Chef Skinner: Both have locked up the main protagonists in a cage, they are the owners and got kicked out of their own businesses, both become enemies with the protagonists' owner / caretaker.
- He is also similar to Count Olaf: They have abused their own children.
- As well, Ian is quite similar to Henry J. Waternoose: Both are child abusers, both are the owners of their own buisnesses, both become enemies with the child's guardian, and both start off as protagonists, but in the end, reveal themselves to be the main antagonists.
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