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!The Band

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!!2D (Stuart Pot)

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->Voiced by: Nelson De Freitas (2001-), Kevin Bishop (live interviews, 2017-) (speaking voices), Damon Albarn (singing voice)

->''I never really thought about anything as far as I can remember.''

The ambition-lacking, thick-headed but sweet vocalist, who also provides keyboards and minor instruments (like melodica and panpipes) for the band. 2D used to look up to Murdoc and believed he "saved his life", [[TooDumbToLive despite the fact that Murdoc ran him over - putting him in a coma and fracturing his eyes - twice, beat him up frequently, stole his girlfriend, sold most of his belongings online and stole several of his internal organs]]. As of ''Plastic Beach'', however, 2D seems to have recognized that Murdoc abuses him - but seems hopeful that he and Murdoc can still be friends by [="DoYaThing"=].
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* {{Adorkable}}: He's missing his front teeth and his eyes are full of blood, but his actions, ditziness, and generally nice personality make him pretty lovable. [[http://content.clearchannel.com/cc-common/mlib/4665/02/4665_1329390799.png Aww.]]
* ArtisticLicenseMedicine: 2D injured both his eyes in multiple car accidents (all caused by Murdoc). As a result he now has permanent hyphema in both eyes, which basically means that his pupils are full of blood. In a real-life situation, he should have been blind or have badly impaired vision, yet he appears to be able to see just fine.
** Also, he talks and sings with no pronunciation problems despite missing his front teeth (which he lost because of Murdoc's abuse).
* ADayInTheLimelight: The album "The Fall" was composed and performed pretty much entirely by 2D, and the video for [="DoYaThing"=] focuses on him. Likewise, he's the only band member seen during [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzJGWAfmBco Sleeping Powder]].
* AmusingInjuries: Constantly getting beaten up for laughs, though it becomes less funny when you realize every injury he sustains has lasting effects.
* AntiHero: Type I. He has a heart of gold and is an overall compassionate guy, but he's also dumb as a stump, which makes him generally either completely ineffectual or an outright danger to those around him in almost all situations.
* BerserkButton: Murdoc bringing up the Paula incident around him during an iTunes interview in Phase 3 causes 2D to lash out and attack him. Of course, [[MoralEventHorizon Murdoc manages to overpower him fairly easily with chloroform]]. It's unclear if bringing up Paula around him at all is enough to set him off, or if it was merely the straw that broke the camel's back in [[TraumaCongaLine the long list of horrible things that Murdoc did to him throughout the Phase]].
* BewareTheNiceOnes: In the iTunes sessions interview, he went as far as physically attacking Murdoc when the latter pushed his BerserkButton. Murdoc won the fight via chloroform.
* BigEater: The first thing he does upon entering the abandoned house in the "Saturnz Barz" video is check out the fridge and start eating.
* BlackBeadEyes: There is reason behind this, though. Murdoc drove his car straight into 2D, fracturing his eyeball, turning him into a vegetable. Later, when Murdoc attempted to do donut spins in Nottingham Park, he catapulted 2D out of the window fracturing his other eye, but reviving his mind.
* BokeAndTsukkomiRoutine: He and Murdoc are a rare western example, where he is the boke.
* BornLucky / BornUnlucky: Hard to tell which, but the many strange and painful things he's been through -- and ''survived'' -- certainly make it seem that fate's definitely working for him or out to get him.
* BrainlessBeauty: Invoked, though the "beauty" part may depend on the viewer.
* BreakTheCutie: While he may not be exactly ''cute'', you do have to admit that the poor guy's been through a lot.
* BritishTeeth: His teeth are godawful, and while he ''does'' have countless blunt head trauma to blame for his missing teeth, the ones he has left are in terrible shape.
* BumblingSidekick: Murdoc's, though he mostly loses both the "bumbling" and the "sidekick" part by Phase 3.
* ButtMonkey: Almost always getting abused by Murdoc either physically or verbally and tends to have very bad luck in general.
* CharacterDevelopment: He goes from an incredibly stupid WideEyedIdealist who was blissfully unaware of the world around him and a bizarre hero complex towards Murdoc in Phase 1, to a more self-aware but still nonetheless idiotic party animal in Phase 2, to the OnlySaneMan in Phase 3. By Phase 4, he's mellowed out, and while that seems to have caused him to lose some of the smarts that he gained in Phase 3, he still generally comes off as more confident and at peace with himself than he ever did before.
* CharacterTics: Puts his tongue, as well as his fingers, up his nose a lot. He also has a habit of twiddling his fingers when nervous.
* CoolMask: A clown mask, in the videos for ''Stylo'', ''On Melancholy Hill'' and ''Rhinestone Eyes'' -- he mentioned during an interview that he wore it in an attempt to hide the fact that he was badly hung over.
* CovertPervert: After Murdoc lent him some movies, 2D commented that they're "A bit random, but very, very watchable." With titles like "Tit's A Wonderful Life" and "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Bang", it's pretty obvious what kind of movies those were.
** Also, 2D's various illegitimate children, as referenced in the book and on his computer on the old website.
* CuteButCacophonic: 2D is seen as incredibly attractive in-universe, and while his singing voice is amazing, his ''speaking'' voice is a high-pitched and shrill cockney screech. Of course, [[{{Adorkable}} you could argue that it's also part of his charm]].
* DarkerAndEdgier: Phase 2 has him become [[KnifeNut a knife-flicking jerk]] [[ReallyGetsAround with kids all over the world]]. He's mellowed out by Phase 3.
* DartboardOfHate: He has one in his new room at the Spirit House. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny It's a picture of Murdoc]].
* DeadpanSnarker: Surprisingly, he snaps into this mode fairly frequently during interviews. He's really the only member of the band who is capable of keeping up with Murdoc in the quip department.
* TheDitz: He's a bit brighter by Phase 3, but back in Phase 1 he really was quite harebrained.
* DisneyDeath: Seemingly eaten alive by a whale during the ''Rhinestone Eyes'' video. During one of his radio shows, Murdoc nonchalantly declared him dead due to not having seen him since. While [="DoYaThing"=] reveals him to be alive and well, it wasn't until the beginning of Phase 4 where we learn that he really ''was'' eaten alive, but managed to avoid being digested due to the whale dying shortly after swallowing him.
* TheDogBitesBack: He tried to do this to Murdoc during Phases 2 and 3, but it didn't take. In Phase 4, his most successful attempts at doing so consist of selling the bassist's geep on the sly without his knowledge and "accidentally" beaning him on the head with a golf ball during the ''Saturn Barz'' music video.
* DudeLooksLikeALady: In-universe, at least. He's called "pretty" plenty of times, is occasionally shown wearing nail polish and shirts with low necklines, and the bruises around his eyes can make him appear to be wearing mascara in certain pictures. He apparently looks enough like a woman that he was able to come in first place in a wet t-shirt contest.
* DumbassNoMore: Downplayed. While not exactly Einstein, he seems to have wised up to Murdoc's abuse of him as of Phase 3.
* EatenAlive: During the (scrapped) ''Rhinestone Eyes'' video, he and his entire room were swallowed by the whale Murdoc hired to patrol Plastic Beach. Fortunately, said whale died due to a poor diet not long after, and 2D was able to escape with his life.
* ElmuhFuddSyndwome: Noticeable with words like "really" and "scary".
* EruditeStoner: Despite spending most of his time high on painkillers and playing TheDitz for years, he still has brief moments of lucidity where he can be surprisingly philosophical, even profound.
* ExtremeDoormat: Try as he might, 2D just can't seem to get Murdoc to stop walking all over him. He's slowly getting better, though.
* EyeScream: Doesn't even begin to describe how he got his trademark black eyes...
* {{Foil}}: Becomes progressively more of one to Murdoc as time goes on. 2D is stupid, has horrendous luck, no spine and is an incredibly nice person while Murdoc is a [[EvilGenius genius]], [[KarmaHoudini escapes all punishments with a slap on the wrist]], refuses to back down during conflict and is a despicable human being all around. To further this, 2D comes from a relatively normal family with two loving parents while Murdoc comes from a broken home with an abusive father.
** Physically he's one to Russel, being a tall, rail-thin white man with black eyes to his short, fat black man with white eyes.
* ForceFeeding: Gets force fed an entire fridge full of food courtesy of a ghost in the "Saturnz Barz" video.
* FriendToAllChildren: The music video for ''Dirty Harry'' implies 2D has the instincts, at least. His smiles and demeanor implies that the only reason he's playing at all is to keep the children distracted from their dire situation (stranded in a desert) the only way he knows how; through genre busting music and ethereal vocals. That said, 2D's absentmindedness works against him in actually taking CARE of the children. He dances right past two boys in the middle of a slap fight, ignores blatant bullying and hair pulling, and is totally absent when a boy peaks up a girl's skirt, after stuffing a Dung Beetle's dung ball in his mouth.
* FunTShirt: Has a wardrobe full of them, particularly in Phase 1.
* GadgeteerGenius: Bizarrely builds some pretty advanced machinery during his many escape attempts from Plastic Beach, such as the Donkatron.
* GeniusDitz: He can play a lot of instruments, he composed a lot of songs, and he even wrote some of the lyrics, despite his rather unimpressive mental capacity.
* GoodParents: While his parents are suggested to have been idiots of a similar breed to him, they were also very loving and involved in his life, something that none of his bandmates can relate to.
* HartmanHips: Seems to have been given these in Phase 4, making him a rare male example of this trope. Interviews have revealed that he actually refers to the pants that he wears that accentuate his hips as "mom jeans", furthering this trope.
* HeroicBSOD: Spends all of Phase 3 in the throes of one, to the point where his expression in the videos is pretty much permanently one of complete terror and confusion.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: In one of the most twisted examples in all fiction, with Murdoc. Whether he likes it or not.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: He worships a man like [[{{Jerkass}} Murdoc]] [[TheSociopath Niccals]] and was in a long-term relationship with a woman like [[YourCheatingHeart Paula Cracker]].
* IdiotHero: ''Oh'' yes. Expect him to randomly mention how he has chlamydia completely unprompted during interviews. Even after becoming the OnlySaneMan in Phase 3, it's still very clear that he's an idiot.
* IdiotSavant: He's very smash, but also a musical genius.
* InformedAttractiveness: He's supposedly considered incredibly good looking in-universe to the point of becoming an international sex symbol during Phase 2. Out of universe, while he certainly has his fans, he's generally considered something similar to UglyCute at best or something out of the UncannyValley at worst.
* IOweYouMyLife: His loyalty to Murdoc is due to his belief in this, when in reality Murdoc was the one responsible for almost killing him.
* KindheartedSimpleton: His defining trait. He's ([[GeniusDitz usually]]) dumb as rocks, but he is generally a very nice person.
* KnifeNut: Develops a fondness for switchblades during Phase 2, and is frequently shown flicking one in pictures.
* LeanAndMean: Largely subverted. He's thin as a stick, but he's very nice despite the fact. Phase 2 played it more straight [[TookALevelInJerkass when he became]] a KnifeNut who [[ReallyGetsAround fathered several illegitimate children]], but since then all instances of him lashing out at others have been justified as being the result of him being under a great deal of stress.
* LikeBrotherAndSister: His relationship with Noodle, who describes it as a "zen bond". After her supposed death, he apparently retired from music entirely before getting forced back by Murdoc in Phase 3.
* MeaningfulName[=/=]PunnyName: "Uh, Murdoc called me 2D because I've got two dents in my head from my ram-raid coma car crash episode in my life, it's not because I'm two-dimensional or anything like that." "Two Dents" is also a pun of "Too Dense", which aptly describes 2D's character; he's not exactly the brightest bulb on the Christmas tree.
** His pre-Gorillaz nickname -- Stu-Pot. Also, he went into a coma, making him a vegetable Stu.
** In France, his nickname "2 Dents" is meaningful too in that "dents" means "teeth" in French, and he's obviously missing two of his front ones.
* MonochromaticEyes: Black, but they're sometimes depicted as being white. Whether this is merely a stylistic effect or if his eyes actually change color depending on the circumstances is unknown.
* MrFanservice: While his attractiveness depends on your opinion of the art style, he's the designated pretty boy in-universe.
* NiceGuy: In contrast to [[{{Jerkass}} Murdoc]], 2D is almost always portrayed as being a friendly and considerate guy.
* NiceHat: He has a lot of them, to the point where he's almost never seen without one throughout Phase 3.
** The very first image of him released for Phase 4 feature him sporting a sweet coon skin cap.
* NonActionGuy: Compared to the rest of the team, 2D is much more likely to curl up into a fetal position when trouble arises. By Phase 3 he's become gutsy enough to attack Murdoc but is immediately overpowered by him in the ensuing fight. His lack of any survival skills bites him in the ass in the backstory of Phase 4, where he was forced to live off of rotten whale meat after becoming shipwrecked due to his inability to fend for himself.
* NoodleIncident: He was living in Beirut before being kidnapped at the beginning of Phase 3. What he was doing there is anyone's guess.
* NoodlePeople: The most apparent example of this in the cast.
* OlderAndWiser: By Phase 3, he became older, wiser and much, much more bitter. Phase 4 has a more traditional example of this. While he's arguably dumber than he was in Phase 3, he's also generally much more calm and confident in himself than he ever was before.
* OlderThanTheyLook: While 2D ''has'' gained a few wrinkles over the years, he hardly looks any different in his mid-thirties than he did in his early twenties. If anything, he looks ''younger''. He finally looks closer to his age in more recent artwork, largely due to his shorter haircut.
* OnlySaneMan: Went from perhaps the least likely of the group to play this role to the only person around with any common sense. This is saying something, as 2D is far past sane by that point. Driven home by the [="DoYaThing"=] video, where 2D is clearly sick of how broken his life has become.
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: While he's not ''really'' a zombie, 2D clearly has a zombie motif going on, what with his seemingly eyeless sockets, getting revived from an inescapable coma, and being brain dead. As a bonus, his favorite kinds of movies are zombie films.
* OverlyLongTongue: While not as extreme as Murdoc's, it is long enough for it to be able to reach into his nose with ease. Although, having no front teeth in the way can be a factor.
* PinballProtagonist: Despite being the band's poster boy, 2D does almost nothing to advance the plot when compared to the other three, and instead just kind of stands around while stuff happens near him.
* PrettyBoy: Repeatedly described as one, and while this is up to the viewer outside of their universe, it should be noted that his facial structure closely resembles the type used for females by Jamie Hewlett.
** LongHairedPrettyBoy: His hair generally reaches down to just above his shoulders, though it varies in length depending on his current hairstyle.
* PunnyName: His real name is a play on "stew pot".
* ReallyGetsAround: If his multiple illegitimate children in Phase 2 are anything to go by.
* RedOniBlueOni: The calm UnfazedEveryman to Murdoc's temperamental psychopath.
* SanitySlippage: Phase 3. It did seem to make him a bit smarter, though.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: The Sensitive Guy to Murdoc's Manly Man.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: 2D or 2-D?
* StraightMan: To Murdoc in Phase 3.
* TheTeamNormal: Murdoc is an insane criminal mastermind who is quite possibly the AntiChrist, Noodle is a genetically engineered SuperSoldier, Russel is possessed by demons on a regular basis and later becomes a giant and 2D is... a slow-witted, extremely unlucky guy.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Quickly became this with Murdoc. While character interactions were tested out between the entire band early on, it became clear that none of them had nearly as good back and forth as them. By Phase 2 it's much more likely to see them together than apart because of this.
* ThrowTheDogABone: Compared to the misadventures experienced by his bandmates, his intermission between Phase 1 and 2 was practically a vacation. And while he did spend months marooned on what he thought was a desert island after the events of ''Plastic Beach'', it turned out he was actually in Guadalupe, New Mexico and was able to enjoy a massive rave when the tourists started coming in before heading back to London with the prize money from WINNING a wet t-shirt contest. Contrast that to Noodle's accidental releasing of a demon into the Japanese criminal underground and how Murdoc and Russel spent much of the interim in captivity.
* TokenGoodTeammate: Becomes this in Phase 3, though it's not exactly hard to do when your other two bandmates are Murdoc and Cyborg Noodle.
* TookALevelInBadass: In Phase 3, after his initial complete mental breakdown, 2D becomes a lot more active, actually attacking Murdoc, hijacking boats and subs and continuously attempting to kill the whale through ThePowerOfRock.
* TookALevelInJerkass: In Phase 2, where he fathers several illegitimate children, frequently brandishes switch blades and has overall become much cockier. He even makes a few (terrible) attempts at picking on Murdoc, only to immediately back down and return to worshipping him. He was perpetually agitated during Phase 3, though considering the only character he was shown interacting with was Murdoc, it's hard to tell if he was like that with everyone.
* UndyingLoyalty: Towards Murdoc, big time. 2D will gladly give Murdoc anything he needs, be it a home, money or his internal organs because Murdoc "saved his life". Seemingly gone by Phase 3, but revealed to still be there somewhere in [="DoYaThing"=], where 2D lets Murdoc live at his house ''and'' still hopes that they can someday be real friends. Phase 4 has it back in full force, as while 2D isn't ''quite'' as much of a pushover around Murdoc as he's previously been, he's still more than happy to work as the bassist's personal butler/maid/pet at almost all times.
* UnfazedEveryman: Part of 2D's humor is that he's a (relatively) normal guy surrounded by insane supernatural phenomena and only reacts to it with mild confusion at least, complete indifference at most.
* UnfortunateNames: His original surname was "Tusspot", before his father, undoubtedly having endured a hell of a lifetime, had it legally shortened to "Pot" shortly after Stu's birth. Even then, he's still nicknamed "Stu-Pot".
* UnrequitedLoveSwitcheroo: A rare platonic example in Phase 3. He begins the series constantly pestering Murdoc, who wants nothing to do with him, but it's the other way around throughout ''Plastic Beach''.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Type 1, with Murdoc and ''how''. In Phase 3, they tend to slide towards type 2, since 2D gathered the courage to insult Murdoc. Their relationship seems to have mostly returned to "normal" by Phase 4, though 2D is still much more willing to give as good as he gets when Murdoc puts him down than he was in the past.
* VocalDissonance: His tall, lean figure, distant expression, and pitch black eyes match Damon Albarn's voice quite well. His speaking voice, on the other hand, is the most high pitched and hilarious cockney accent you'll ever hear in your life. Removed by Phase 3, where ArtEvolution has made his appearance fit his speaking voice quite well. Coincidentally, Phase 3 is the Phase where he's shown singing on screen the least.
* VocalEvolution: His voice has been getting deeper since ''Music/DemonDays''. This goes for both his singing and his speaking voice
* [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes Why Did It Have To Be Whales?]]: He's deathly terrified of whales. This was used against him by Murdoc in Phase 3, where he hired a gigantic whale known as Massive Dick to patrol Plastic Beach to keep 2D from trying escape. His fear proved to be justified, as Massive ''ate'' him during the pirate attack that destroyed Plastic Beach. He may have overcome his fear, as he was forced to live off of Massive's carcass meat for several months when he became stranded on (what he thought was) a deserted island.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: 2D's hair is this color because of [[ArtMajorBiology an accident early on in his life that caused all of his hair to fall out. When it grew out, it was a "deep, azure blue"]] -- though in Phase 1 it was more of a purple color, and Phase 2 it was a rather nice shade of teal.
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!!Murdoc Niccals

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->Voiced by: Phil Cornwell

->''Kids, eh? Little treasures. I love them. Couldn't eat a whole one, though.''

Murdoc himself states that if you Website/{{Google}} his name, the first three words to pop up will be "sexy, edgy, dangerous". [[note]][[CaptainObvious They won't be.]][[/note]] A more fitting choice would probably be "immoral, egotistical, hygiene-lacking". Murdoc has provoked both the birth and the demise of the band. While he hasn't been quite right in the head since the band's creation, Phase 3 has only been proving his derangement. In the band, he focuses on playing the bass guitar, but he has also contributed with minor instruments.
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* AbusiveParents: Murdoc's father had forced him to participate in embarrassing talent contests for [[ComicallySmallBribe a couple of pounds]].
* ADayInTheLimelight: Phase 3 is more or less his solo album. As a result, he eclipses the other three in screen time by a sizable margin throughout it.
* AffablyEvil: While Murdoc is a horrible, horrible person, there's no denying that he's extremely charming.
* TheAlcoholic: Was always one, but goes a step beyond in Phase 3, which he begins drunk off his ass and only gets more pissed as it progresses.
* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: He's been turning green more as the Phases go by -- this is explained as his tanning turning him green as a side-effect of his deal with the devil.
* AmbiguouslyHuman: Murdoc was always vile looking, but he originally has tan skin and was clearly human. By Phase 3 he has bright green skin, pointed ears and generally barely looks human anymore. The reveal that he's possibly TheAntiChrist might have something to do with it.
* TheAntiChrist: Phase 3 raises the possibility that he's this. He's extremely excited at the prospect.
* AntiHero: Type V. Besides being one of the protagonists, he doesn't really give the audience any reasons to root for him, and is generally a horrible person.
* AntiRoleModel: He is an unhygenic satanist and a womanizer who treats people like shit. Hardly someone worth looking up to.
* TheAtoner: Has become a ''very'' minor example in Phase 4. While he has no regrets about most of the horrible things he's done across his life, he expresses genuine disgust with himself over the way he treated women in the past, and has grown into perhaps the world's most unexpected feminist as a result.
* AttentionWhore: Murdoc demands to be in the spotlight and will frequently attack or belittle 2D whenever the latter begins hogging his screen time.
** {{Irony}}: The biggest attention whore of the band is the [[NobodyLovesTheBassist bassist]].
* BestialityIsDepraved: The music video for [="DoYaThing"=] [[{{Squick}} implies this]] -- on the other hand, if an old poster and Murdoc's Satanism is anything to go by, he might just be sacrificing it.
* BigBad: While there are a few villains the band have been forced to encounter over the years, Murdoc is always the instigator of the conflict to the point where every problem the band faces can be linked back to him. The revelation that he has apparently been the cause of every major disaster throughout history also means he's one to humanity as a whole.
* BigBrotherMentor: 2D used to view him as one [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter for some reason]], which he took advantage of frequently. He was actually something of this to Noodle when she was younger.
* BlackCloak: Took to wearing one of these for the majority of Phase 2.
* BokeAndTsukkomiRoutine: He forms a rare western one with 2D in which he plays the very violent tsukkomi.
* ButtMonkey: While it hardly balances out the atrocities he's committed, Murdoc tends to get hurt during the music videos.
* CreepyChild: In the artwork of his pre-adolescent self, he looks pretty evil.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: He may come off as a cruel but ultimately harmless thug initially, and has gotten [[OneHitKO knocked unconscious by a single punch]] from [[GentleGiant Russel]], but do ''not'' underestimate Murdoc. Over the past several years, when he makes an enemy, he will ''always'' get the last laugh. Always. Even if that enemy happens to be the government, the mob, or the entire forces of Hell.
* TheDandy: A strange case, as he's incredibly unhygienic. Despite this, his fashion sense has a distinct effete and flamboyant flair to it, including such things as high heels and capes, and he always carries himself with a swaggering charisma. Paula actually describes him as one when talking about why she decided to cheat on 2D with him.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Phase 2 sees him go from a {{Jerkass}} and petty criminal to an EvilGenius at war with an entire Mexican drug cartel. Phase 3 sees him go beyond even this and become a straight-up super villain and possible harbinger of the apocalypse.
* DealWithTheDevil: Murdoc earned the success of Gorillaz for the price of his soul and his middle name, which he legally changed from Alphonse to Faust as a symbol of the contract.
* DepravedBisexual: He'd deny it if asked when sober, but it's pretty obvious that Murdoc isn't exactly picky when it comes to sex.
* DirtyCoward: He abandoned Plastic Beach to London after the events of ''Rhinestone Eyes'', covering it up by faking his death.
* DoorstopBaby
* DrivesLikeCrazy: As seen in ''19-2000'' and ''Stylo''.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: He did seem worried when he discovered that pirates attacking the real Noodle during ''On Melancholy Hill'', and he hurried to help her straight away. Generally, no matter what Phase it is, [[MoralityChain Noodle is the only one who can truly get him to act decently]].
* EvenEvilHasStandards:
** In the interviews, he spoke about "the Boogieman taking the poor manatee", and he was visibly shocked when he was exposed to it in the video.
** During the "Stylo" video, he tries to keep Cyborg Noodle from shooting the innocent cop who's chasing them for speeding, and for a few seconds seems as dismayed as 2D is when said cop runs off the road and crashes.
** According to an interview with 2D, he's apparently fond of animals, stating that when he used to force him to dress up as a fox and hunt him around the woods with a crossbow, the only reason for it was that he would never hurt a ''real'' fox.
** He's recently revealed that he's grown ashamed of the way that he has treated women throughout his life and has become a genuine feminist in an attempt to make up for it.
* EvilBrit: He has a British accent, but he looks like a thug and acts like an asshole to those around him. Phase 2 and 3 had him become more devilish because of his DealWithTheDevil.
* EvilGenius: While his pig-headed personality and tendency to be drunk during interviews may hide this, Murdoc is without a doubt one of the smartest characters in his world, building high-tech super soldiers with relative ease and outsmarting police, drug lords, mobs, pirates, demons and much, much more on a regular basis.
* EvilMentor: 2D was a perfectly nice guy before he met Murdoc, who exposed him to the world of SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll along with many other horrors.
* FauxAffablyEvil: He has moments in the ''iTunes Session'' where he comes across as charming and insightful. Then his interactions with 2D remind us of how much of a bastard he is.
* FemmeFatalons: Despite being a man, his fingernails are clearly going for this.
* {{Foil}}: Becomes progressively more of one to 2D as time goes on. 2D is stupid, has horrendous luck, no spine and is an incredibly nice person while Murdoc is a [[EvilGenius genius]], [[KarmaHoudini escapes all punishments with a slap on the wrist]], refuses to back down during a conflict and is a despicable human being all around. To further this, 2D comes from a relatively normal family with two loving parents while Murdoc comes from a broken home with an abusive father.
** His dealings with the supernatural also contrast Russel's - Murdoc ''willingly'' made a DealWithTheDevil for fame and fortune, while a personal tragedy resulted in Russel getting ''unwillingly'' possessed by the souls of his murdered friends, Del being one of them.
* FreudianExcuse: He blames his father for the way he is. Whether or not this justifies his behavior is up to you.
* GadgeteerGenius: Despite having no knowledge of robotics, Murdoc created a physically identical robotic super soldier clone of Noodle with relative ease.
* GenreSavvy: In the "Saturnz Barz" video:
--> '''Russel''': We should [[LetsSplitUpGang split up and take a look around]].
-->'''Murdoc''': Great idea, Russ! [[SarcasmMode Always works out well in horror movies]].
* GiftedlyBad: His singing voice was described as sounding like a strangled cow.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: A twisted example with 2D. Over time, he has developed a bizarre co-dependence with the singer, but he remains incredibly abusive towards him nonetheless.
* HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood: See AbusiveParents.
* HumanoidAbomination: May or may not be one of these, if his stories are true.
* IAmTheBand: Has said "It's my band!" repeatedly from the beginning and he means it. By Phase 3, the band essentially ''is'' just him.
* ImmuneToDrugs: Murdoc has been chugging bottle after bottle of rum since ''Plastic Beach'', and he's still alive.
* ItsAllAboutMe: More or less incapable of thinking about anything unrelated to himself. [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes When it comes to Noodle, however...]]
* {{Jerkass}}: In Phase 1. By Phase 2, he's more straight up evil than a jerk. It's a wonder how his bandmates put up with him all the time.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He alternates between this and JerkWithAHeartOfJerk. The former mainly applies to [[MoralityChain Noodle]], though he's not ''completely'' incapable of also acting like one towards his other two bandmates.
* KarmaHoudini: He's been arrested a few times, but he's always made it out no worse for wear. Gets taken to extremes in Phase 3, where ''the forces of Hell'' finally come after him only for him to escape unscathed. Averted when, between Phases 3 and 4, the authorities finally caught up to him after the destruction of Plastic Beach and he spent time between Phases 3 and 4 in prison before he was released into the care of the bandmates he so terribly neglected and abused. Then, in Phase 4, he was captured by EMI and forced to produce a new album against his will to earn his freedom. He has since lost much of his bite and even his bullying of 2D has been reduced to wry low-key insults.
* KavorkaMan: Whereas 2D is considered attractive in-universe, Murdoc is frequently described as being gross and strange-looking. Despite this, he gets plenty of tail and has a massive female fanbase in real life.
* KubrickStare: A specialty of his. If he isn't giving a manic smile, he's giving one of these. Sometimes he does both at once.
* LargeHam: Slips into this mode quite often.
* LaserGuidedKarma: Phase 3's story involves him kidnapping musicians and forcing them to produce an album against their will to earn their freedom. Phase 4's story begins with him being captured by EMI and forced to produce a new album against his will to earn his freedom.
* LeadBassist: Type C since he's the band's co-founder, as well as a major AttentionWhore. His actions also generally tend to drive the plot more than the other three's do.
* MadScientist: Without any knowledge of robotics, Murdoc ''created a cyborg from an actual person's DNA''.
* MrFanservice: He ''tries'' to be one. Whether his shirtless scenes and bass gyrating are hot or [[FanDisservice kinda gross]] is up to the viewer. He appears completely nude in the video for Phase 4's "Saturnz Barz", and it was ''uncensored'' until [=YouTube=] cracked down and it was blurred.
* NiceShoes: He really is fond of those Cuban-heeled boots.
* NoodlePeople: Not nearly to the same degree as 2D, as he tends to be drawn with more defined muscles and a noticeable beer gut, but he's still very lean.
* NotAllowedToGrowUp: Averted. Despite beginning the series in his mid-thirties, he has visibly become middle-aged (he is 50 years old by the time phase 4 rolls round), with his skin becoming increasingly more wrinkled and his hair graying as time has gone on. He has also slipped in and out of possessing a beer gut.
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: He's been described as an immortalist that has been around for so long that his body is now [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7cltJP71V_I "a rotting carcass of a human being"]] by Jamie Hewlett.
* OverlyLongTongue: Claims that Gene Simmons ripped off his tongue.
* ThePigpen: Personal hygiene is... not one of his strong suits. His Winnebago on the inside is a right mess.
* PuttingTheBandBackTogether: He ''tried'' doing this in Phase 3 after the "death" of Noodle in Phase 2. The only band member that he succeeded in getting back to record for the new album was 2D, and even that he only managed to do through force.
* {{Reincarnation}}: If Murdoc is correct, he has lived at least 14 times since the beginning of time. He claims to remember some details of his past lives, such as The Great Fire of London (which he started by flicking a cigarette out a carriage window), Roman times and being personally acquainted with Isambard Kingdom Brunel (whom he loved, because of his NiceHat). How or why he keeps being brought back has not been explained yet.
* ReallyGetsAround: Countless women have gone on record stating that he stole their wallets after sleeping with them.
* Really700YearsOld: He has apparently existed since the beginning of time.
* RedOniBlueOni: The hyper-aggressive Red Oni to the passive 2D's Blue Oni.
* ResurrectiveImmortality: He has apparently been around since the dawn of time, though he has a definite birthdate and we've seen pictures of him as a baby. His body is simply reborn every time he dies in an increasing state of decay.
* SanitySlippage: Gets more and more corrupt and unstable with each passing Phase. By Phase 3, a game seems to have been made about seeing just how incomprehensible Murdoc can become.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Manly man to 2D's sensitive guy, though only in terms of sensitivity and temperament, as he's pretty foppish and effeminate himself.
* SlasherSmile: A master of giving these. When he bares his teeth, it can be ''very'' unsettling.
* SociopathicHero: Has ''very'' little empathy for others, and is willing to do plenty of horrible things to help himself get ahead in life.
* SpotlightStealingSquad: He enforces it to the point where he starts to get violent when 2D starts hogging his screen time.
* StealingTheCredit: Before '''The Fall''', Murdoc made it a habit to try and claim that every album his band made was his sole creative invention; the first was heavily influenced by Russel's (at the time) superior musical expertise, ''DemonDays'' was masterminded by Noodle, and the third owed most of its brilliance to the musicians that Murdoc kidnapped and invited to Plastic Beach.
* StepUpToTheMicrophone: "White Light" apparently, though it wasn't so much sung as whisper-rapped.
* TallDarkAndHandsome: During Phase 1, which may explain his success with the ladies. Phased out over time, to the point where he looks like a gargoyle nowadays.
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: He and Russel sincerely hate each other, but both acknowledge the other's skill as a musician.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Quickly became this with 2D due to the immediate chemistry their characters shared. By Phase 2, they were rarely ever seen apart.
* TokenEvilTeammate: While his band mates are all flawed, they're also each fundamentally good people. Murdoc, on the other hand, is rather obviously very evil.
* TookALevelInKindness: In Phase 4. While he's still a generally horrible human being, he seems to have backed down on the genuine super villainy that he pulled off in Phase 3. He's also cleaned up his act around women.
* ToxicFriendInfluence: Supposedly, 2D was a fairly good kid before meeting him.
* TrrrillingRrrs: When he's feeling hammy, he's prone to doing this.
* UncleanlinessIsNextToUngodliness: He has a rather bad sense of personal hygiene, and he's generally a very, very unpleasant person to be around.
* UnrequitedLoveSwitcheroo: A platonic example with 2D in Phase 3. He begins the series constantly getting pestered by 2D, and ends up doing the same to him throughout the Phase.
* UnreliableNarrator: He keeps changing his stance and role in the ''El Mañana'' conspiracy, as well as what actually happened to Noodle.
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: You could make a strong argument that Murdoc is the protagonist, and if he is, he's ''definitely'' one of these.
* VillainProtagonist: He was an asshole in Phase 1 but he was at least relatively harmless and showed some level of compassion toward Noodle. By Phase 3 he's lost any remotely positive trait that he previously possessed.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Type 1 with 2D before Phase 3, where it seems to be sliding into Type 2.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: He's seen more without a shirt than with one.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Murdoc's substance abuse and terrible hygiene make him look significantly older than he is. He looked like he could be in his late forties in Phase 2 when he was still in his thirties.
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[[folder:Noodle]]

!!Noodle

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->Voiced by: Haruka Kuroda (speaking voice), Tina Weymouth, Rosie Wilson, Miho Hatori (singing voice)

->''Every great band is destroyed by their success. [[MediumAwareness Cartoon bands are no exception.]]''

A Japanese girl who arrived in a Fed Ex crate at age eight at Gorillaz' doorstep, not being able to speak a word in English [[note]]Aside from her own name, "noodle".[[/note]], [[ChildProdigy but playing the guitar like a virtuoso.]] Before the ''El Mañana'' incident, she was known for being very energetic and high-spirited, as well as being the smartest and most down-to-earth member of the band most of the time. As of the ''El Mañana'' video, she supposedly died, then turned up alive sometime after, but was dragged to Hell -- she officially came back as of ''On Melancholy Hill''. Sometime after the events of ''Rhinestone Eyes'', she was seen living in 212 Wobble Street, London, with the rest of her bandmates in [="DoYaThing"=].
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* TheAce: Being a genetically-engineered super soldier, she was trained to excel at everything, from music to languages.
* ADayInTheLimelight: Phase 2 explains her backstory, ''Demon Days'' was apparently mostly composed by her, and two videos -- "Dare" and "El Mañana" -- focus exclusively on her.
* AllHallowsEve: Born on October 31.
* BadassAdorable: When she was a kid/preteen in Phases 1 and 2, she was really cute yet also very athletic, going as far as to kick one of the zombie gorillas in "Clint Eastwood" (which Murdoc was struggling with). She's matured in Phases 3 and 4 but is still has her badass qualities.
* BareYourMidriff: She occasionally wears outfits that show her stomach in Phase 2 and Phase 4.
* BlindingBangs: She wore her bangs long in Phase 2, hiding her eyes majority of the time. She did not possess them in Phase 3, instead generally wearing a face-concealing mask. While she occasionally wears them in Phase 4, they are nowhere near as omnipresent as they were when she was a teen.
* BreakTheCutie: She was incredibly bubbly in Phase 1, and still cheerful in Phase 2. In Phase 3, she's almost never shown being happy since she's busy fighting for her life and had recently come back from the "dead". In Phase 4, with her troubles behind her and returning to a more stable life with her band members, she is shown to be happier.
* CelibateHero: During a reddit AMA in 2017 to promote ''Humanz'', Noodle revealed that she isn't currently interested in dating anyone.
* CheerfulChild: In Phase 1, she more or less constantly frolicked around madly without a care in the world.
* TheChick: The only girl in the band is also the emotional center. When she "died" in Phase 2, the band split up.
* CoolHelmet:
** She nearly always wore her radio helmet in Phase 1, giving her a quirky edge.
** In Phase 4, the driving helmet she wore when breaking Jaguar Racing's Formula 1 speed record thus becoming their Global Ambassador counted as one as well.
* CoolMask: In Phase 3, she wore a mask with a cat face and ears. [[BeautyIsNeverTarnished Used to hide her bruised face.]]
* CoolShades: By Phase 4, she has started wearing nifty-looking sunglasses.
* CuteBruiser: She was originally trained to be a SuperSoldier and practiced martial arts.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Prior to joining Gorillaz, she was part of a Japanese government project which aimed to create 23 [[{{Tykebomb}} kid Super soldiers]], Noodle's specialty being music -- thus why she is very talented in playing numerous musical instruments. [[SoleSurvivor She was the only one of those children to survive]], while the remaining 22 were killed when the project was abandoned. She was rescued thanks to her creator, Mr. Kyuzo, who erased her memory -- leaving a trigger Phase, "ocean bacon" -- and escorted her to safety after reading the ad for a guitarist Murdoc placed online.
* DisneyDeath: ''El Manana'' has her floating island being bombed, but Phase 3 reveals that she survived the attack.
* DoorstopBaby: Prior to Phase 1, her creator, Mr. Kyuzo, mailed her by parcel to Kong Studios to answer an online ad for a guitarist to protect her from being killed by the Japanese government when their {{Tykebomb}} project was scrapped.
* ExpositoryHairStyleChange: Her ridiculous haircut in Phase 1 emphasized her childishness and the fact that the other three weren't proper guardians. Her trendy BlindingBangs in Phase 2 shows her considerably grown maturity.
* EyesAlwaysShut: Her eyes were often closed in Phases 1 and 2 -- she later averts this, with her eyes constantly shown in Phase 4.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: She had a pet dog in Phase 1, her monkey Mike in Phase 2, and now her [[KindheartedCatLover cat Katsu]] in Phase 4.
* GirlishPigtails: Wears a pair of very short ones in the "Saturnz Barz" music video, though it's mostly for fashion.
* GreenEyes: As seen in the ''El Mañana'' video.
* HartmanHips: Having gone through maturity, her hips develop considerably by Phase 3.
* TheHeart: After composing ''Music/DemonDays'', everyone showed up in Kong at her mere word. Also, after her supposed death, the whole band split up and went their separate ways. For the third album, Murdoc only managed to get 2D, and even that he did by force.
* HumanMail: Arrived at Kong Studios pre- Phase 1 in a [=FedEx=] crate. In the backstory to Phase 4, she [[CallBack mailed herself the same way]] back to the band.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: The bandmate closest to her in age is 2D, who is almost a full decade older than her. Despite this, she's quite close with all three of them.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: As noted in DarkAndTroubledPast, she had her memory of being a {{Tykebomb}} wiped by Mr. Kyuzo, who created the "ocean bacon" trigger phrase to reactivate her memories before shipping her off to Kong Studios to protect her from the Japanese government. She regains her memories between Phase 1 and 2 after hearing the aforementioned trigger phrase.
* LikeBrotherAndSister: Noodle once described the three other members as brothers. In particular, her relationship with 2D is closer to one between siblings than the more parentally-oriented relationships she has with Murdoc and Russel, and she's described it as a "special zen bond".
* MoralityChain: To Murdoc. During her disappearance in Phase 3, almost every hint of goodness inside of him disappeared.
* MsFanservice: Ever since hitting puberty, she's begun wearing outfits that accentuate her figure. Played up especially in Phase 4, where more and more pictures have emphasized her legs and thighs.
* NiceHat: Has quite a few of them, especially in Phase 2. Her radio set helmet from Phase 1 is the most iconic, though.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: After Phase 3, she wound up separated from the group and ended up living with an elderly fisherwoman... and wound up freeing an ancient demon by accident when she thought she had found treasure to repay her. Thankfully, [[OffWithHisHead she corrected this mistake.]]
* NoodlePeople: No pun intended. Not quite to the same degree as 2D as she's developed some curves over time, but she's still twig-thin.
* NotSoAboveItAll: She came off as pretty mature in Phase 2, when she was a teenager. Despite this, her reaction to Murdoc bringing a camera crew into a room during the "MTV Cribs" segment shows her age.
-->'''Noodle:''' IS MY ROOM! GET OUT, GET OUT! ''(Throws Gameboy at the camera)''
* {{Omniglot}}: As part of her super-soldier training, she was taught to be fluent in every language, although she lost her language skills until she regained her memory between Phases 1 and 2.
* OneOfTheBoys: While she's hardly unfeminine, Noodle spends most of her time with her three male band mates. Though she is generally shown to have the most intellectual and refined interests of the group, she also seems to genuinely enjoy partaking in the same crass hobbies that the three men do.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: She's still known only as Noodle, as far as anyone knows.
* OnlySaneWoman: In Phase 2, she was the most sensible out of everyone else. Averted in other phases -- she was pretty wacky herself in Phase 1, she's not around enough in Phase 3 to count, and everyone's mostly calmed down in Phase 4.
* OutOfFocus: She has much less of a presence in Phase 3 due to still coming back from her apparent death, though it's clear she was going to a play an extremely major role during the second half of the story... [[WhatCouldHaveBeen which never got made]].
* PerpetualFrowner: On the occasions where her face (or at least her mouth) was shown during Phase 3, she always sported a melancholy frown. Averted in Phase 4, where she frequently gives off the same cheeky grins that she did during the first two Phases.
* PersonOfMassDestruction: She was originally created with the intended purpose of being a [[OneManArmy One Woman Army]] to be used in military combat. While she's thankfully gone against her design, she still has the potential to become a force of destruction.
* PlatonicLifePartners: Spends most of her screen time with Russel, and is the closest with him out of the entire band.
* PluckyGirl: An energetic and occasionally downright wacky girl who has no problem keeping up with her much older male band mates in Phases 1 and 2. While she mostly averted this in Phase 3, due to being consistently portrayed as somber and mysterious, it's back in full force in Phase 4.
* TheQuietOne: She's pretty chatty in Phase 1 (though she only speaks Japanese), but from Phase 2 onward she rarely speaks, spending plenty of the music videos without uttering a single line.
* ScarsAreForever: Received a scar on her right eye after getting hit in the face with debris during the ''El Mañana'' video. During Phase 3, it was so unsightly that she wore a cat mask almost constantly to conceal it. It's still visible after the unspecified TimeSkip by ''[=DoYaThing=]'' but it has faded significantly and is obscured by her BlindingBangs. Defied in Phase 4 since it seems to have faded completely.
* SheIsAllGrownUp: She ages in real-time: she started off as 8 in Phase 1, then grew to 14 in Phase 2, and 22 by Phase 3. In Phase 4 artwork, now in her mid-twenties, she's almost unrecognizable as the same character.
* ShesGotLegs: Now that she has become older, she more often than not wears either short skirts, hot pants or stockings. Then again, [[AuthorAppeal almost every female Jamie Hewlett character does]].
* SignificantWardrobeShift: After her maturation in between Phases 1 and 2, she stops wearing the radio helmets and baggy jackets she wore in Phase 1, and starts wearing clothes that are more like what her bandmates wear.
* SoleSurvivor: Of the project instigated by the Japanese government that created 23 child super-soldiers, including her. The only reason she survived at all when the project was abandoned and purged was her creator, Mr. Kyuzo, who wiped all her memories pertaining to her origin and shipped her off to Kong Studios in response to Murdoc's online ad for a guitarist.
* ToHellAndBack: Phase 3 -- she went to Hell in the first place mainly due to being in the wrong place at the wrong time: After the ''El Mañana'' incident, Noodle supposedly died, but actually survived, and went to Kong Studios to search for her bandmates, and was dragged off to Hell by demons in place of either Murdoc or Russel.
* TokenGoodTeammate: The only member of the band who has never done anything morally questionable throughout her life, and more or less the only one who could really be described as a hero.
* TomboyWithAGirlyStreak: While Noodle has developed plenty of traditionally feminine interests as she's grown up, the fact that she was raised by three unruly men can still be seen pretty clearly in her general behavior.
* TriggerPhrase: "Ocean bacon", which brought back her erased memories before Phase 2 started.
* {{Tykebomb}}: Was originally created as one by the Japanese government for a military project. Of the 23 kids created for the project, she's the only one still living, and thankfully gone against her design.
* VerbalTicName: Her name is derived from the sole English word she knew upon first joining the band. She's since become fluent in several languages, English being one of them, but the name has stuck.
* WaifFu: Despite her tiny body, she easily curb stomped [[TheBigGuy Russel]] when she was 10 years old. While the fight in question may or may not have only occurred in a video game, it was still clearly accurate to both of their physical capabilities.
* WomenAreWiser: Consistently portrayed as being the most emotionally stable, intelligent and competent member of the band, compared to the ditzy, pill-popping 2D; the satanic, asshole-ish Murdoc; and the bitter, supernaturally disturbed Russel.
* YouDontLookLikeYou: Practically unrecognizable in Phase 4 when compared to her Phase 1 self. Justified, in that she's aged from 10 to her mid-20's across that time, so it's expected that she'd look different.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Though her hair was black in Phase 1, it faded to purple in Phase 2, then turned rather blue-purple in Phase 3 similar to 2D's hair. It seems to be black again in Phase 4.
* ZettaiRyouiki: Her outfit in Phase 3 -- grade A, of the shirt and stockings variety.
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[[folder:Russel]]

!! Russel Hobbs

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->Voiced by: Remi Kabaka

->''You can't go dressin' up as a goddamn Nazi! You cracker-ass...''

Russel comes from Brooklyn and is perhaps best known for being possessed by the souls of his dead friends, that he lost in a drive-by shooting. Ever since he has been the most psychically unbalanced out of the group, what with the demons inside him taking advantage at times. Russel himself is a melancholic, well-spoken person -- even if our character quote doesn't quite prove it -- who deeply cares for Noodle. He provided drums for "Gorillaz" and "Music/DemonDays", but he was not invited to play on "Plastic Beach" because nobody could find him. Of course, [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever he didn't have this problem when Phase 3 rolled around.]]

As of [="DoYaThing"=], he is living with the rest of the band on 212 Wobble Street, London, where he sleeps on the roof of the apartment, though Phase 4 seems to have [[RetCon retconned]] this and he has shrunken back down due to an incident in North Korea.
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* AllDrummersAreAnimals: Averted -- Russel is the drummer yet one of the more well-spoken members of the group, and often the most reasonable.
* AntiHero: Russel is a goodhearted and caring person, but also a grouchy and highly unstable loner.
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: Was a giant for all of Phase 3, but was eventually undone due to North Korea capturing him (mistaking him for Film/{{Pulgasari}}), and feeding him nothing but rations of extremely poor quality.
* BadassBaritone: His voice is ''deep'', but also rather soothing, reflecting his nature as a BruiserWithASoftCenter and GentleGiant.
* BaldOfAwesome: He's totally bald and is a world class drummer with close ties to the supernatural. In addition, he's one of the most rational and intelligent members of the band.
* BigBeautifulMan: He was voted the third sexiest cartoon character of all time by Nerve.com, after all.
* BigEater: While he claims his weight is the result of a wheat allergy, he puts away ridiculous amounts of fast food constantly.
* BigBrotherInstinct: Toward Noodle.
* TheBigGuy: The biggest guy out of the group. He's strong, serious and gruff, but also a GentleGiant underneath it all.
* BrooklynRage: He's from Brooklyn and has anger-management problems.
* TheBroCode: Broke Murdoc's nose when he caught him fooling around with 2D's girlfriend, Paula.
* ChasteHero: Details are actually unknown, but he's the only one of the male band members who doesn't openly [[ReallyGetsAround get around]].
* ComedicUnderwearExposure: Splits his pants doing a sumo stomp in the "Game of Death" G-Bite.
* ConspiracyTheorist: Seems to have settled into this characterization in Phase 4. Considering what he's been through, it's not hard to see why.
* CosmicPlaything: His suffering isn't as blatant as 2D's, but it's there. His friends were gunned down during a drive-by shooting, their souls invaded his body and caused him to lash out in a possessed state which got him kicked out of private school, Murdoc kidnapped him to force him into the band, he was frequently infuriated and injured during the Gorillabitez, the Grim Reaper hunted him down and ripped said souls from his body after the Gorillaz movie imploded, the solo album he tried to produce with Ike Turner mutated into an assemblage so horrific that he buried all the associated materials (and it's implied his increasingly frayed mind might have imagined all that), he spent a lot of Phase 2 as a strung-out shell of his former self obsessed with taxidermy by way of necromancy, when he managed to get his head straight it was just in time to discover that Murdoc had replaced him with a drumming machine, his reckless attempt to swim to Plastic Beach exposed him to oodles of hazardous chemicals which turned him into a giant, he was denied his vengeance upon his arrival there due to a sudden attack by heavily armed pirates, and to top it all off, he spent the time between Phases 3 and 4 as a prisoner of the North Koreans, who had mistaken him for the fictional {{Pulgasari}} in spite of the fact that he looked nothing like him. How did he get back to normal size, you might ask? The North Koreans more or less starved him into doing so by accident.
* DemonicPossession: Being possessed by spirits has been an issue for him since his childhood.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: First demons made him attack his classmates, resulting in an exorcism that left him in a coma for four years. Then he was the lone survivor of a drive-by shooting that killed all his friends.
* DemotedToExtra: Steadily falls into the background as the story goes on, to the point where he not only doesn't contribute any music to the album during Phase 3 but also ''doesn't speak a single line of dialogue''. He's back in the spotlight somewhat in Phase 4, though his status as TheQuietOne still makes him the weakest presence of the band.
* {{Determinator}}: Swam to Plastic Beach on his lonesome in Phase 3.
* GeniusBruiser: He's as strong as he looks but is also surprisingly eloquent and well-read. He came from an upper-class family and was set to have a privileged education up until his first possession.
* GentleGiant: He's big but also quite polite and very caring. Even more appropriate in Phase 3, where he grew so big that he had no problem ''picking up and throwing a whale'' -- by eating polluted material on his way to Plastic Beach.
* TheGrimReaper: Russel was directly involved with the Grim Reaper who apparently exorcised Del's soul from him.
* HeroicBSOD: This happened to him when the Grim Reaper eventually claimed the souls of his dead friends from his body.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Russel and Del, the ghost that was particularly open about haunting him. Russel claimed Del to be his "life-long soul-brother".
* IAmBigBoned: Insists that his weight is the result of a wheat allergy.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He's gruff and dour due to a lifetime of supernatural struggle, but is actually a pretty caring guy, especially towards Noodle.
* MagicPants: When he grew larger, his clothes did too.
* MagneticMedium: Is connected to the supernatural, making him a target for possession amongst other things.
* MightyGlacier: Strong enough to shatter bones with a single punch, but too slow to stand a chance of keeping up with Noodle in a fight.
* MonochromaticEyes: They turned permanently white after the spirits of his dead friends took up residence in his head.
* NiceHat: In Phases 1 and 2, having a nice hat in every image is kind of trademark of his. His most reoccurring one is a fez, which even shows up in a few pictures in Phase 3.
* NoodleIncident:
** Between the self-titled album and ''Demon Days,'' Russell struck out to produce his own album. But the loss of Del, his own mental instability, and various other occult happenings apparently made it go so wrong that he had to take medication for some time afterward.
** His entire plot line during Phase 3 due to it getting CutShort. We know that he grew giant by eating polluted gunk on his way to Plastic Beach and... nothing else. We don't know ''why'' he was going to Plastic Beach, we don't know why he was so pissed off, and we don't know what he did after he finally arrived there. It took until the build-up to Phase 4 to find out what happened to him afterward, and even then everything that happened before it is still a mystery.
* OnlySaneMan: He was the most rational member of the band during Phase 1, though his sanity has been slipping more and more ever since.
* OutOfFocus: After losing Del in Phase 2, his screen time takes a major hit. By Phase 3 he's not around for 90% of the plot and does little more than transport Noodle to Plastic Beach. Notably, in Phase 3 lore, after Murdoc got the band back together, he felt 2D[[note]]Unwilling to come back[[/note]] and Noodle[[note]]At that point, [[KilledOffForReal DEAD]].[[/note]] were important enough that he respectively kidnapped and cloned them, but didn't even bother to try and contact Russel, and instead used a drum machine in his place. This may have had more to do with the fact that the two of them hate each rather than Murdoc not considering Russel to be an important part of the band, though.
* PapaWolf: Has acted as a protective guardian figure to Noodle ever since she joined the band. One interview in Phase 1 has him displeased at a rumour involving Noodle and a Japanese football player and tells her she's too young to be dating; and in Phase 3 the now-giant Russel looks after her after they reunite and he's concerned for her when a plane nearly attacks them again in the concert footage for "Broken".
* ParentalSubstitute: Acts the most like a parent to Noodle.
* PlatonicLifePartners: He spends most of his screen time with Noodle, and is the closest with her out of all of the band.
* ProperlyParanoid: Fears a cyborg uprising. Considering the world he lives in, he's probably right to worry.
* TheQuietOne: Generally soft-spoken and gruff, in sharp contrast to [[LargeHam Murdoc]], [[CuteButCacophonic 2D]] and [[GenkiGirl Noodle when she was younger]].
* RealMenWearPink: Russel is hands down the manliest of the three male members of the group, but he also expresses an interest in dressing like a prima ballerina.
* SanitySlippage: Between Phases 1 and 2 he had all of the spirits living inside of him taken by the Grim Reaper, including his lifelong friend Del. He never managed to fully recover from the loss, and became much quieter and unstable afterward.
* ScaryBlackMan: Russel is a large, quiet, serious and unsociable black man with the strength to match. He's generally a GentleGiant despite what first appearances may suggest, though.
* SealedInsideAPersonShapedCan: He ''is'' the can, and his body housed dozens of spirits before the Grim Reaper took them from him.
* SharpDressedMan: A substantial portion of his outfits consist of tailored suits with matching hats, which stand out when compared to his bandmates' usual attire, which ranges from very casual to downright bizarre.
* SleepyHead: It's never commented on, but Russel seems to be able to sleep anywhere. This includes ''on-stage mid-performance''. The first thing he does upon entering the spirit house in the "Saturnz Barz" video is to find the nearest bedroom and take a nap.
* TheStoic: He was never the most expressive guy to begin with, but losing Del made him mostly close off his emotions from the rest of the world.
* StoutStrength: He's incredibly strong along with being very fat.
* TaxidermyIsCreepy: Has a fondness for creating Frankenstein-esque taxidermy crossbreeds, which are about as unsettling as they sound like they are.
* TeamMom: He's the most maternal of the group, though since Noodle is significantly younger than most of them and 2D and Murdoc are.. [[TooDumbToLive 2D]] and [[{{Jerkass}} Murdoc]], this isn't hard.
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: He and Murdoc sincerely hate each other, but both acknowledge the other's skill as a musician.
* VitriolicBestBuds: He picks on 2D from time to time, but the two seem to generally get along pretty well, and Russel frequently sticks up for 2D when Murdoc starts picking on him.
* WeirdnessMagnet: Supernatural entities seem strangely drawn to him.
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!Former Bandmembers and Collaborators

[[folder:Paula Cracker]]

!!Paula Cracker

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Gorillaz guitarist, first appearing in ''Rise of the Ogre''. She was the then-two-month-long girlfriend of Stuart Pot. During their time together, Paula was noted to be a sub-par musician (or at least, not as good as her successor). In a brief interview, she waxes nostalgic on her encounter with Mr. Niccals. One fateful night, Russel caught her with Murdoc inside the third cubicle of the bathroom. For her betrayal, she was promptly kicked out of the group.

Clearly bitter and damaged from the ordeal, Paula seemed to be on edge when telling her side of the story, while unapologetic about the affair with the green-skinned satanist, she nevertheless goes on with her life.
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* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: She describes 2D as "sweet", but instantly fell for Murdoc the moment she saw him. "Green skin, yellow teeth, then I thought: oh yeah, he's the one for me."
* BitchInSheepsClothing: In the one interview with her, she comes off as surprisingly nice and quite bubbly, speaking fondly of 2D and generally seeming fairly well adjusted. Then she starts talking about how she feels sick in the head and has urges to kill the entire band.
* FemmeFatale
* {{Jerkass}}: From what little we know about her, she seems to be an unpleasant person. Considering she cheated on her mentally handicapped boyfriend ''with the man who made her boyfriend mentally handicapped'' she falls here.
* MotorMouth: In her interview for "Rise of the Ogre". Perhaps she's on some sort of medication...
* ThePeteBest
* PsychoExGirlfriend: 2D's, though she's thankfully stayed away from the group for the time being.
* SixthRangerTraitor: She was the last of the original four to join the band, but got kicked out after a few weeks when she cheated on 2D.
* YokoOhNo: {{Invoked}}. She even looks a bit like the real life Yoko.

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[[folder:Del]]

!!Del tha' Ghost Rapper

->Voiced by: Music/DelThaFunkeeHomosapien

Del was a rapper from Brooklyn who befriended band drummer, Russel Hobbs when Russel was transferred to a high school in Brooklyn after being possessed and then exorcised. He and Del became best friends quickly and remained friends even after Del's death. Del, along with all of Russel's new friends were gunned down in a drive-by shooting in which Russel was the only survivor. The souls of all of Russel's friends, including Del, all took up residence inside of Russel for many years. Del was finally removed from Russel by the Grim Reaper, who ripped Del out of Russel to take him to the great beyond during the band's hiatus in-between Phases 1 and 2. Russel was affected greatly by this and had a nervous breakdown. Del has not been heard from since.
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* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Russel, his "Soul Brotha".
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He messes with the rest of the band whenever he's around, but he's shown to deeply care about Russel's well-being.
* LivingEmotionalCrutch: Russel's. Okay, undead emotional crutch, but as soon as he got taken out of the picture Russel broke down hard.
* NiceHat: It's Russel's.
* OurGhostsAreDifferent: He looks more like a hologram than a ghost.
* PutOnABus / KilledOffForReal: Reaped by death between Phases 1 and 2, causing Russel to have a breakdown.
** TheBusCameBack: In a fashion in Phase 4, where the real Del has occasionally performed live with Albarn and crew.
* SixthRanger: Collaborated and hung out with the band on occasion when he was still possessing Russel.
* {{Troll}}: When summoned during the videos, he seems to screw with the rest of the band just for kicks.

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[[folder:Cyborg Noodle]]

!! Cyborg Noodle

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-> Voiced by: N/A.

-> ''Beeeeeeep Beep;''

Built as a replacement for the supposedly late Noodle, Cyborg is a meticulous replica of her fourteen-year-old self. She has all the musical skills of the original with none of the personality and is programmed to obey Murdoc's every command. Cyborg is a firearm aficionado and often acts as a bodyguard, but also has to spend most of her time charging.

At some point in Phase 3, she sustained a bullet wound to her head which eventually caused her to go haywire in the ''Rhinestone Eyes'' video. She was thought for a time to have been destroyed by the real Noodle after she arrived on Plastic Beach, but this was later changed to assisting Murdoc in his escape from the island in Phase 4's ''The Book of Murdoc''. Her current status is unclear.
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* AxCrazy: [[http://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/hypebeast-wordpress/image/2010/10/gorillaz-rhinestone-eyes-storyboard-film.jpg Just look at her face]] during the battle in the ''Rhinestone Eyes'' music video.
* BattleButler: She can shoot down demons, planes, ships and cops... and also serves drinks.
* BerserkerTears: While shooting down planes and killing everything in her path in "Rhinestone Eyes", she sports her usual SlasherSmile... until a closer shot reveals tears streaming down her cheeks. It's unknown if this was simply leakage from her body, as she apparently went haywire shortly after the events of the video, or if she was genuinely crying.
* {{BFG}}: Regularly seen carrying large rifles and shotguns.
* DeadPersonImpersonation: Her original purpose, though Noodle was NotQuiteDead -- Murdoc didn't know at the time.
* TheDragon: Murdoc's obedient muscle throughout Phase 3.
* DroppedABridgeOnHer: Went haywire and was killed by the real Noodle off-camera. Given the amount of foreshadowing spent on her, it can probably be assumed this wasn't her originally intended fate. As this was changed to escaping with Murdoc, it's unknown whether she will go on to do more or if she was destroyed off screen through some other means.
* EmptyShell: Spends most of her screen time as an emotionless weapon for Murdoc. Her occasional [[SlasherSmile Slasher Smiles]] and seemingly full on BerserkerTears during the unmade ''Rhinestone Eyes'' makes her status as this somewhat debatable, however.
* HypercompetentSidekick: The cyborg performs most of the heavy lifting for Murdoc throughout Phase 3, and is totally subservient towards him.
* LiteralMinded: Her (now debunked) profile page on the website showed that she has difficulty interpreting unclear commands, though she can translate "Bad French".
* MediumBlending: Was always rendered in 3D in the music videos, even when the rest of the band was animated in a 2D style.
* NiceHat: Wears a slick military beret in every music video she's featured in.
* RobotGirl: A robotic duplicate of Noodle. She's just as cute as the real thing and perhaps even more deadly, but also much more unstable and creepy.
* RobotMe: An identical robot copy of Noodle. Due to Phase 3's story being CutShort, however, the full extent of her interactions with the real thing are unknown, with the two only appearing in a handful of pictures together across the phase.
* SexyWalk: In the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arBrHQ9ZuSs O2 Priority promo]]
* SilentPartner: Possibly -- she's only ever spoken in [[http://www.usmagazine.com/moviestvmusic/news/us-reconnects-with-the-hot-gorillaz-guitar-player-201033 one interview]]; notable for how her answers speak of how different she is from the real Noodle.
* SlasherSmile: If she isn't being completely emotionless, she's giving an absolutely horrifying murderous smirk.
* UncannyValleyGirl: She looks exactly like the real Noodle, but is a silent killing machine who spends almost all of her screen time leaking excessive amounts of oil from a gunshot wound in her head, being hyper violent and flashing [[SlasherSmile Slasher Smiles]], all in all making her come off as infinitely creepier than the person she's modeled after. As if to further emphasize this, she's rendered in 3D even in videos where all of the other characters are 2D animated, making her always seem wrong and out of place.
* UncertainDoom: While Murdoc claimed that she had been destroyed by Noodle at the end of Phase 3, this was debunked in ''The Book of Murdoc'', which showed her driving the sub that he was using to escape from Plastic Beach. Currently, two totally different explanations for what happened to her exist. In the live interview, 2D claimed that [[https://youtu.be/-OPFbjEVXic?t=20m49s she lives in Lincolnshire and that he's still in contact with her]], while Noodle claimed in the Reddit AMA to [[https://www.reddit.com/r/Music/comments/682hwf/ama_we_are_the_gorillaz_ask_us_anything/dgva6iv/ be growing a bonsai out of her severed head]].
* TheVoiceless: Whether or not she could speak at all sort of flip-flopped throughout her run, but she was at least never shown speaking onscreen.
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[[folder:The Boogieman]]

!!The Boogieman
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Debuting in Phase 3, the Boogieman is an ancient force of evil with whom it was implied that Murdoc made his DealWithTheDevil. While his first shown victims were merely a cop and a manatee, it is shown in the video for ''Rhinestone Eyes'' that he wants to collect Murdoc's soul to complete their bargain.

According to an interview with Jamie Hewlett, he is actually the fifth horseman of the apocalypse, Flatulence, who "carries an evil stink wherever he goes", and got kicked out of the group "before they made it big". How this ties into the plot at all is unknown.

As of the video for [="DoYaThing"=], however, it seems that he's given up on that, now living with the band on 212 Wobble Street, London.
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* AffablyEvil: If he's still evil by the events of [="DoYaThing"=], he is most definitely this, considering he's seen casually reading a newspaper and has a brief and nonchalant exchange with 2D.
* ArcVillain: While the band has had to face off against several villains behind the scenes, the Boogieman was the first antagonist to ever actually be featured in the videos, and he serves as the primary antagonist throughout Phase 3.
* BigBad: Was this for all of Phase 3.
* ButtMonkey: Of TheFourHorsemenOfTheApocalypse. While the other four are shown riding terrifying demon steeds causing chaos, the Boogieman is trailing behind on a tiny donkey making everything smell bad. He was also apparently kicked out of the group "before they got big".
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Nowhere to be seen in Phase 4 so far.
* FemmeFatalons: Though he never uses them.
* TheFourHorsemenOfTheApocalypse: He's the fifth one.
* {{Gasshole}}: Said to spread an evil stink wherever he goes. He's the horseman of flatulence after all.
* GasMaskLongcoat: His entire design consists of a gas mask face and a tattered long coat.
* HeelFaceTurn: Well... he's living with the Gorillaz in [="DoYaThing"=] and during his brief exchange with 2D they appear to be on pretty good terms.
* HumanoidAbomination: Has the proportions of a human, but is most definitely not one.
* IHaveManyNames: While he's referred to as the Boogieman in almost every instance where he's referenced, Mos Def used the name "Sun Moon Stars" when talking about him in an interview. Though it's very possible that Mos was just high out of his mind when he used it, the name has generally stuck with the character since then.
* KnightOfCerebus: Played like a legitimate threat in all of his scenes. His status as Flatulence, ThePeteBest of the four horsemen, and the fact that he's casually living with the band by [="DoYaThing"=] suggests that this was meant to eventually be subverted before the phase was CutShort.
* LeanAndMean: He is quite thin, and steals souls for a living.
* MalevolentMaskedMen
* NoodleIncident: How or why he's living with the Gorillaz during [="DoYaThing"=] is never explained.
* SixthRanger: By [="DoYaThing"=] he's now living with the band.
* WeaksauceWeakness: He can be killed by ''bullets'' if his reaction to getting shot at is anything to go by.

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