Tipa (voiced by Jeffrey Garcia in his male body and Wendie Malick in his female body) is a secondary supporting villain that appears in Alvin and the Chipmunks 3: Trouble in Rio de Janeiro. He is one of Marcel's dimwit minions, alongside Armando (Davi Vieira). Like Armando, he despises Nigel (Jermaine Clement) because their boss Marcel (Carlos Ponce) always favored Nigel over him and Armando. Many audiences often mistakes Tipa (along with Marcel and Armando) as main villains. However, Nigel himself was the true main villain because he was more villainous plans that Tipa, Armando, and Marcel themselves, so they are considered as a decoy antagonists by the audiences.

Tipa and Armando contacts the police (who is actually Alvin Seville in disguise), angrily telling him that the ransom has been increased from thirty million French euros to seventy million French euros, and threatens to kill Theodore Seville (Jesse McCartney) if anything else goes wrong. Disgraced and guilt-ridden, Alvin (Justin Long) and his younger brother Simon (Matthew Gray Gubler) are ordered off the investigation, and Simon is informed that he and his older brother Alvin will be sent back to Fresno (their old hometown in Central California where they grew up). Alvin refuses to drop the case, however, and confronts his younger brother Simon on the plane in order to enlist his help, and the two boys decide to save their younger brothers Theodore together.

In the confusion, Simon sees Tipa and Armando handing Marcel a detonator to the one that he and his older brother Alvin had previously recovered, deducing that Marcel and Mortimer are one and the same. Marcel then threatens to detonate the explosive black leather jacket attached to Theodore if the delivery is being interrupted. During the stand off, Alvin, along with Brittany (Christina Applegate) and Jeanette (Anna Faris) manages to locate Theodore where he was being held captive by Marcel, Tipa, and Armando. Alvin, Brittany, and Jeanette proceeds to take the explosive black leather jacket off him, but Theodore tells them that he heard them say that the explosive black leather jacket will explode in an instant if anybody tries to take it off incorrectly. Alvin then drives the white Honda van into the buildings and brings the explosive black leather jacket within a range to kill everybody inside the exhibition.

After the gunfight breaks out, Simon and Linda Gunderson (Leslie Mann) climb in the back of the white Honda van and Linda manages to get the explosive black leather jacket off Theodore, but tells Simon that it still can be set off with the remote control. Simon then takes the explosive black leather jacket and pursues Marcel. Later on, Tipa and Armando goes into the control room and starts putting French euros into another briefcase. As Tipa and Armando about to make their cowardly escapes, they are interrupted by Alvin, Brittany, and Jeanette. Tipa and Armando then challenges Alvin, Brittany, and Jeanette to fight like a woman. Alvin, Brittany, and Jeanette agrees, but as the five gunfighters put their pistols down, the five of them pulls out their secondary pistols, and Alvin, Brittany, and Jeanette shoots both Tipa and Armando in the processes, killing them instantly. After killing both Tipa and Armando in a brutal gunfights, Alvin, Brittany, and Jeanette throws a pink rose bouquets over their lifeless corpse, telling them that they are finally dead.

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