!!2D (Stuart Pot)

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->Voiced by: Nelson De Freitas (voice), Damon Albarn (vocals)

->''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 his internal organs, as well as kidnapped him and kept him prisoner on Plastic Beach]]. 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.]]
* ADayInTheLimelight: The album "The Fall" was composed and performed pretty much entirely by 2D, and the video for [="DoYaThing"=] focuses on him.
* AntiHero: Type 1. He has a heart of gold and is an over all 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: You ''really'' don't want to bring up the Paula incident around him.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: In the iTunes sessions interview, he went as far as physically attacking Murdoc when the latter pushed his BerserkButton.
* 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.
* 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.
* BritishAccents: He speaks with a very heavy Cockney accent.
* BritishTeeth
* ButtMonkey: Sometimes treated as this.
* CharacterDevelopment: He goes from an incredibly stupid WideEyedIdealist 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 [="DoYaThing"=] he wants nothing to do with Gorillaz any more.
* 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 at some point it was to hide his headaches.
* 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, 2-D's various illegitimate children, as referenced in the book and on his computer on the old website.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Phase 2 has him become a knife flicking jerk with kids all over the world. He's mellowed out by Phase 3.
* DeadpanSnarker: Surprisingly, he snaps into this mode a few times.
* DeathSeeker: Becomes one midway through Phase 3 due to how completely horrendous his life has become.
* TheDitz: He's a bit brighter by Phase 3, but back in Phase 1 he really was quite harebrained.
* 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.
* MrFanservice: While his attractiveness depends on your opinion of the art style, he's the designated pretty boy in-universe.
* ExtremeDoormat: Try as he might, 2D just can't seem to get Murdoc to stop walking all over him.
* EyeScream
* {{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.
* 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 unimpressive mental capacity.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: In one of the most twisted examples in all fiction, with Murdoc. Whether he likes it or not.
** Although [="DoYaThing"=] shows that he still would like to have a more normal version of this with him.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: He worships a man like Murdoc Niccals and fell madly in love with a woman like Paula Cracker. 2D is this all over.
* IdiotSavant
* IOweYouMyLife: His loyalty to Murdoc is due to his belief in this, when in reality Murdoc did just the opposite.
* KindheartedSimpleton
* LikeBrotherAndSister: His relationship with Noodle. After her supposed death, he apparently retired from music entirely before getting forced back by Murdoc.
* 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."
** His pre-Gorillaz nickname - Stu-Pot. Also, he went into a coma, making him a vegetable Stu.
* MonochromaticEyes: Black, but they sometimes turn white - it's unknown what causes it.
* NiceGuy: In contrast to Murdoc.
* NiceHat: He has a lot of them.
* 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.
* NoodlePeople
* 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''.
* 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.
* PinballProtagonist: A strong argument can be made that 2D is the protagonist, but he himself has the least amount of impact on the plot of the entire band and instead just kind of stands around while stuff happens around 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.
* ReallyGetsAround: If his multiple illegitimate children 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.
* StupidSexyFlanders: 2D gets this interpretation from many male fans' point of view. And [[DepravedBisexual Murdoc]]'s.
-->'''Murdoc:''' When he stood up...''wow''. What an image. [[HoYay Tall, pretty, blue spikey hair...]]
* TheTeamNormal: Murdoc is an insane criminal master mind 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.
* 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 ThePowerOfMusic.
* TookALevelInDumbass: [[InvertedTrope Inverted]], as he wised up to Murdoc's abuse of him in Phase 3.
* TookALevelInJerkass: In Phase 2, where he fathers several illegitimate children, frequently brandishes switch blades and has overall become much more cocky. He even makes a few (terrible) attempts at picking on Murdoc, only to immediately back down at return to worshiping him. He's perpetually agitated during Phase 3, though considering the only character he's shown interacting with is Murdoc, it's hard to tell if he's like this 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 some day be real friends.
* 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. He begins the story constantly pestering Murdoc, who wants nothing to do with him. By Phase 3 it's the other way around.
* 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.
* 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 ''Demon Days''.
* [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes Why Did It Have To Be Whales]]
* 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 rather teal.

!!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 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 embarassing talent contests for [[ComicallySmallBribe a couple of pounds]].
* ADayInTheLimelight: Plastic Beach is more or less his solo album
* 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 any more. 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. Unfortunately, it ends before it was ever resolved.
* AntiHero: Type V
* AntiRoleModel
* 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.
* 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.
* BritishAccents: He has a Cockney accent, but it also has traces of midlands.
* BritishTeeth
* 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 preadolescent self, he looks pretty evil.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: He may come off as a cruel but ultimately harmless thug initially, and has gotten knocked unconscious from a single punch from Russel, but do ''not'' underestimate Murdoc. Over the past several years, when he makes an enemy, he will ''always'' get the last laugh. Always. Be they the government, the mob, or the entire forces of Hell themselves.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Phase 2 sees him go from a {{Jerkass}} and petty criminal to a CriminalMastermind 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.
* DirtyCoward: He abandoned Plastic Beach to London after the events of ''Rhinestone Eyes'', covering it up by faking his death.
* DoorstopBaby
* DrivesLikeCrazy
* 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.
* 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.
* EvilGenius: While his pig headed personality and tendency to be drunk during interviews may obfoscate this, Murdoc is without a doubt one of the smartest characters in his world, building high tech super soldiers with relative ease, outsmarting police, druglords, mobs, pirates, demons and much, much more on a regular basis.
* FemmeFatalons
* {{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 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.
* FreudianExcuse: He blames his father for the way he is.
* GadgeteerGenius: Despite having no knowledge of robotics, Murdoc created a physically identical robotic super soldier clone of Noodle with relative ease.
* GiftedlyBad: His singing voice was described as sounding like a strangled cow.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: A twisted example with 2D.
* HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood: See AbusiveParents.
* 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
* JerkAss: In Phase 1. By Phase 2 he's more straight up evil than a jerk.
** JerkWithAHeartOfGold[=/=]JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: He alternates between the two. The former mainly applies to [[MoralityChain Noodle]].
* KarmaHoudini
* KavorkaMan
* LeadBassist: Type C since he is the band's co-founder, but it also helps that he's a crazy demon and a bit fanservicy.
* MadScientist: Without any knowledge of robotics, Murdoc has ''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 kinda gross is up to the viewer.
* NiceShoes: He really is fond of those Cuban-heeled boots.
* ObnoxiousSnarker: He's the team's resident snarker, although he's far from deadpan about it. More or less gone by Phase 3, with 2D taking it up in his place.
* OverlyLongTongue
* ThePigpen
* PuttingTheBandBackTogether: At all costs.
* {{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
* RedOniBlueOni: The hyper-aggressive red Oni to the passive 2D's blue Oni.
* SanitySlippage
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Manly man to 2D's sensitive guy.
* SociopathicHero
* 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.
* TokenEvilTeammate
* ToxicFriendInfluence: Supposedly, 2D was a fairly good kid before meeting him.
* TrrrillingRrrs
* UncleanlinessIsNextToUngodliness
* UnrequitedLoveSwitcheroo: A platonic example. He begins the story constantly getting pestered by 2D and ends it doing the same to him.
* UnreliableNarrator: He keeps changing his stance and role in the ''El Manana'' 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.

!!Noodle

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

->''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 Manana'' 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 Manana'' 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: Pretty much the best at everything. She gets called a MarySue by some because of it.
* ADayInTheLimelight: Phase 2 explains her backstory, was apparently mostly composed by her and has two videos, "Dare" and "El Maņana" which focus exclusively on her.
* BadassAdorable
* BareYourMidriff: Occasionally in Phase 2.
* BlindingBangs: Mostly, in Phase 2 - left unclear by Phase 3 due to her mask, but she doesn't have them anymore by Do Ya Thing.
* TheChick
* CoolHelmet: Her radio helmet in Phase 1.
* CoolMask: In Phase 3, a mask with a cat face and ears. [[BeautyIsNeverTarnished Used to hide her bruised face.]]
* 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 kid {{Super Soldier}}s, Noodle's specialty being music - thus why she is very talented in playing numerous musical instruments. 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 Gorillaz ad.
* DoorstopBaby[=/=]GirlInABox
* EyesAlwaysShut: Mostly in Phases 1 and 2 - seems to have completely vanished as of Phase 3.
* GirlWithPsychoWeapon
* GreenEyes: As seen in the ''El Manana'' video.
* HartmanHips: Phase 3.
* TheHeart: After composing ''Demon Days'', 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.
* [[NickNameBasis Known Only By Her Nickname]]: She's still known only as Noodle, as far as anyone knows.
** NoNameGiven[=/=]OnlyOneName
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: See DarkAndTroubledPast.
* LikeABadassOutOfHell: 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 Manana'' 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.
* MoralityChain: To Murdoc.
* NiceHat: Has quite a few of them, especially in Phase 2.
* {{Omniglot}}: As part of her 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.
* OnlySaneWoman
* OutOfFocus: She's much less of a presence in Phase 3, though it's clear she was going to a play an extremely major role during the second half of the story... which never got made.
* PersonOfMassDestruction
* PluckyGirl: Prior to Phase 3, it's unknown if she's still
* 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. It shows.
* SuperSoldier
* TriggerPhrase: "Ocean bacon", which brought back her erased memories.
* VerbalTicName
* WaifFu
* [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair You Gotta Have Purple Hair]]: Though it 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.
* ZettaiRyouiki: Her outfit in Phase 3 - grade A, of the shirt and stockings variety.

!! 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 possesed 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 "Demon Days", but he was not invited to play on "Plastic Beach" because nobody could find him. Of course, [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever he doesn't have this problem anymore.]]

As of [="DoYaThing"=], he is currently living with the rest of the band on 212 Wobble Street, London, where he sleeps on the roof of the apartment.
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* AllDrummersAreAnimals: Averted - Russel is one of the more well-spoken members of the group, and often the most reasonable.
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: Phase 3.
* BaldOfAwesome
* BigEater
* BigBrotherInstinct: Toward Noodle.
* TheBigGuy: Started out as a combo of Classes 2 and 5. Currently seems to be turning into Class 1.
* BrooklynRage
* 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 Really Get Around]].
* ComedicUnderwearExposure: Splits his pants doing a sumo stomp in the "Game of Death" G-Bite.
* DemonicPossession: It's 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''.
* {{Determinator}}: Russell swimming to Plastic Beach on his lonesome in Phase 3.
* GentleGiant: Even more appropriate ever since 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 this guy - the Grim Reaper has 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".
* MagicPants: When he grew larger, his clothes did too.
* MagneticMedium
* 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 for Russel.
* 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's so pissed off, and we don't know what he does after he gets there. The fact that he's with the band again during [="DoYaThing"=] implies ''something'' happened, but we have no idea what.
* OnlySaneMan: He played this role mostly 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.
* PapaWolf: To Noodle.
* ParentalSubstitute: Acts the most like a parent to Noodle.
* SanitySlippage: Since Phase 2.
* ScaryBlackMan
* SealedInsideAPersonShapedCan: He IS the can.
* StoutStrength
* 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.
* VitriolicBestBuds: He picks on 2D from time to time, but the two seem to get along pretty well most of the time, and Russel frequently sticks up for 2D when Murdoc starts picking on him.
* WeirdnessMagnet: Supernatural entities seem strangely drawn to him.

!! Cyborg Noodle

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-> No voice actor known.

-> ''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 was shot in the head off-screen, prior to the ''Stylo'' video. She eventually had a meltdown in the same video - recovering in the ''On Melancholy Hill'' video - and caused her to go haywire after the ''Rhinestone Eyes'' video, supposedly killing Murdoc - who actually faked his death to escape Plastic Beach - which ended up with her being destroyed by the original Noodle.
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* AxeCrazy
* 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 that she's crying, but it's unknown if it's leakage fluid - given she goes insane afterwards - or actual tears.
* {{BFG}}: She has a few.
* DeadPersonImpersonation: Her original purpose, though Noodle was NotQuiteDead - Murdoc didn't know at the time.
* TheDragon: To Murdoc in 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.
* EmptyShell: Though that's a bit debatable.
* HiddenDepths: Again, debatable.
* HypercompetentSidekick
* LiteralMinded: Her profile page on the website shows she has difficulty interpreting unclear commands, though she can translate "Bad French".
* NiceHat
* RobotGirl
* 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
* UncannyValleyGirl
* 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.

!!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 quite 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.
* 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.

!!Del
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 emtotional crutch, but as soon as he got taken out of the picture Russel broke down hard.
* NiceHat: Its Russel's.
* OurGhostsAreDifferent: He looks more like a hologram than a ghost.
* PutOnABus: Reaped by death between phases 1 and 2, causing Russel to have a breakdown.
* 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.

!!The Boogieman
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.
[[spoiler: According to an interview with Jamie Hewlett, he is actually the fifth horseman of the apocalypse, Flatulence, who "carries an evil stink where ever he goes", who got kicked out of the group before they made it big. How this ties to 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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* BigBad: Was this for all of Phase 3. In-story, he's implied to be this to the entire world.
* FemmeFatalons
* [[spoiler: TheFourHorsemenOfTheApocalypse: He's the fifth one.]]
* {{Gasshole}}: Said to spread an evil stink where ever he goes. [[spoiler: He's the horseman of flatulence after all.]]
* GasMaskLongcoat
* 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
* KnightOfCerebus: Played like a legitimate threat in all of his scenes. [[spoiler: His status as Flatulence, ThePeteBest of the four horsemen, and the fact that he's casually living with the band by [="DoYaThing"=] implies that this was meant to be subverted.]]
* LeanAndMean
* 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.

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