Characters: All Grown Up!
See also the Rugrats characters page.
- The Ace: Played straight, though subverted in "Dude, Where's My Horse?", where he's shown as being no good at being a cowboy. At least, initially.
- Big Brother Instinct: Towards Dil.
- Continuity Nod: Carries around a screwdriver-shaped keychain, a throwback to his trademark toy from Rugrats.
- Gadgeteer Genius
- The Hero: Generally. That is, unless Kimi or Chuckie take the lead in certain episode.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Chuckie, in spades.
- Informed Judaism: Frankly, you'd only know he's Jewish if the episode itself centers around it.
- Jerkass Ball: Happens when he is frustrated.
- Prima Donna Director: Has aspirations of being a great film director, and sometimes falls into this.
- The Scapegoat: There have been a couple of episodes where the entire gang blames Tommy for something he's not technically responsible for. "Dude, Where's My Horse?" is one such episode.
- Ship Tease: The entire focus of the episode "TP+KF".
- Tragic Mistake: Ends up causing him to lose Rachel for good.
- You Gotta Have Purple Hair: Although it's really black.
- Anime Hair: Especially during his "Yu-Gotta-Go!" dream sequences.
- Berserk Button: He'll go absolutely paranoid if he thinks Kimi is in danger.
- Big Brother Instinct: Towards Kimi, who doesn't always appreciate it. (See Berserk Button above.)
- Big Brother Mentor / Older and Wiser: Chuckie has an odd role when it comes to wisdom: most of the time he's nebbish and insecure, but when the moment comes for it he's also often the guy who picks up on his friends' sensitive/emotional problems and gives wise speeches to members of the gang, most often to Tommy and Kimi. Occasionally he's the "lesson giver" when Susie's not around.
- This leads to a Running Gag where Chuckie gives some insightful advice, and then admits he got it out of a fortune cookie / hallmark card.
- Funnily enough, while Chuckie often fills this role for Tommy, Tommy often fills this role for Chuckie. It's a cornerstone of their friendship. In fact, a couple of the speeches he gives to Tommy are of the "teaching a lesson that Tommy didn't realize he was already inspiring in other people" sort.
- Blatant Lies: "HALLO, I AM CHONGO!"
- Bad Liar: Angelica basically has to drill him in how to be an effective liar.
- Blind Without 'Em : Not as bad as in the original series. He actually removes his glasses at times to read fine print.
- Butt Monkey: Even more so in this series. One episode even finds him completely naked on school grounds, save for a guitar.
- Crouching Moron Hidden Bad Ass : He often displays abilities that end saving the day, and when facing his fears he actually proves himself a quite competent leader and hero. Unfortunately, many of his abilities only work in very specific circumstances, a constant source of frustration for him.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Tommy, of course, and even gets jealous if anybody threatens to take his place as his best friend.
- Hidden Depths : In 'Superhero Worship', it's revealed Chuckie has a knack for engineering; his design for a mice labyrinth (required for a school project/contest) was so good that its photo and blueprints appeared in a specialized magazine, and one year later, when helping Tommy do his own labyrinth for the same project, they won first place. Later, in 'Brothers' Grimm', this ability is referenced again, as he makes the blueprints for a treehouse, having professional-like quality.
- The Lancer
- Launcher of a Thousand Ships: In-universe.
- Lovable Coward: Tries HARD to avert being a coward, especially in the earlier episodes.
- My Sister Is Off-Limits!: Played straight in "Bad Kimi" and especially in "TP + KF".
- Nerd Glasses: He wouldn't be Chuckie without 'em, you know.
- Self-Deprecation: Always seems to do this.Chuckie: See? I'm VANILLA! Crustless, vanilla Finster.
- Shower Shy: An episode has him trying to avoid having to shower in gym class, until one of his attempts to do so gets him stranded outside the locker room with no clothes or towel. At the end of the episode he finally overcomes his fear.
- Simple Yet Awesome : Apparently, he doesn't consider his latent engineering skills to be cool or impressive at all, since he never told anyone about how his mice labyrinth's design actually got shown in a specialized magazine, and his friends only found out when looking for reference material for their own labyrinth. It's possible that Chuckie has other cool or useful abilities but he doesn't consider them interesting at all and therefore never shows them until they are actually necessary.
- A similar case in 'Dude, Where's My Horse?", when he finds out he's an extremely good cowboy, but then feels bad when remembering these abilities are useless back at home... and then he starts playing a harmonica with remarkable skill. Even Tommy can't make him confess at what point he learned to play an instrument, as Chuckie himself apparently learned to do it almost without realizing it.
- Techno Babble: Descends into this when he's deprived of television. "TV Rots Your Brain!" indeed.
- The Big Guy
- Gasshole: Demonstrated in one episode, but it's implied that he's like this.
- Continuity Nod: His Season 1 shirt had a yellow duck on it.
- Full Name Ultimatum: When he and Lil argue, they'll address each other by their full names.
- My Sister Is Off-Limits!: When he finally learns the biological differences between him and his sister, he becomes overprotective of her and chases off a guy hitting on her.
- The Pig Pen: Obviously not to the extent of Rugrats, but he'll still engage in gross behaviour now and again.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Wound up in a cooking class full of girls and demonstrated a real talent for it. He only gave up cooking because he learned there were health codes to abide by (such as washing hands).
- Running Gag: If Phil's wearing a hat, expect it to be gone by the end of the episode.
- Theme Twin Naming: Phil and Lil Deville.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished:Lil: It's biologically impossible for girls to fart.
- Deadpan Snarker: Especially when it concerns Phil.
- Designated Victim: In "Dude, Where's My Horse?", she's constantly the butt of Tommy's bad cowboy skills.
- Full Name Ultimatum: Same as Phil, but tends to invoke it more often.
- Hypocritical Heartwarming: Lampshaded by Tommy, "Lil disses Phil but she defends him when other kids do it".
- Lad Ette: She tries to be a girly girl but plenty of episodes show she's still a Ladette at heart.
- The Pig Pen: Formerly so in Rugrats, averted now. And then plays it straight by playing in the mud in "Dude, Where's My Horse?", and having to be dragged away kicking and screaming from it.
- She Cleans Up Nicely
- Punny Name: Remove the last two letters of her name.
- Skunk Stripe: See You Gotta Have Pink Hair.
- The Smart Girl
- Theme Twin Naming: Phil and Lil Deville.
- Tomboy: Strives to be less of a girly-girl than the others.
- You Go Girl
- You Gotta Have Pink Hair: There's a colored streak in her hair, which is usually pink.
- All Love Is Unrequited: Swoons over a boy named Sean, but he doesn't even know she exists. A more noteable example, maybe, is in "What's Love Got to do With It?" where she falls for her substitute teacher, of course, there's absolutely no hope for her, and the episode ends with her in tears.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing
- Blondes Are Evil: But less evil than she used to be and less evil than Savannah, anyway.
- Break the Haughty:
- Deadpan Snarker: Usually around Susie.
- Depending on the Writer: She tends to fluctuate between being a Jerk with a Heart of Gold and a Tsundere a lot.
- Dreadful Musician: Angelica thinks she can sing, but to the others, she's horrible. In later seasons, however, she shows some improvement; in 'Interview with a Campfire' she, along with most of the other characters, participates in a musical, and even if not the best singer, doesn't do it too bad either; also, when she manages to participate in a talents show without Susie entering it, she wins first place. Remarkably, it seems she sings her best when doing it as part of a chorus or group rather than when doing a solo.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Wants nothing more than to upstage Susie, and will pull every trick in the book to do so.
- Evil Virtues : Much of her Character Development comes from her learning how to use her flaws in more positive ways, especially The Trickster and Determinator aspects of her personality. Many times Susie, who's usually The Ace in this duo, is shown to be impressed at her achievements, especially with things Susie had actually failed to accomplish (like defeating Debate champions, kids so smart that actually intimidate her) or does it in a much lower level, as it happened when Susie asked Angelica to help her with a charity collect; working at the same area and time, Susie collects less than a hundred dollars while Angelica, by using persuasion and guilt-tripping, gets over six hundred dollars in cash and a certified check.
- Hypocritical Heartwarming : She might offend, tease, and overall antagonize her cousins and friends on a regular basis, but she'll get fiercely defensive of them if anyone else does it.
- It's All About Me
- Jerkass: Wouldn't be Angelica if she wasn't.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: But she's this alot more often than she was as a little kid.
- Large Ham: She'd take any opportunity to be the star of the show.
- Lovable Alpha Bitch
- Odd Couple: Her friendship with Susie and the Ship Tease and with Chuckie.
- Remarkably, she often gets Chuckie's help for her projects and plans but, unlike the original series, when she just forced him to help via intimidation, here they become more-or-less equal partners, with both of them gaining something from the bargain, and in fact when one seeks the other's help, he or she usually offers a Pro Bono Barter. Even if it's often a Leonine Contract on Angelica's side, she always sticks to her part of the deal and at times she actually accepts to help him without asking for any (on screen) reward.
- Pet the Dog: Her attachment to a baby ostrich in "Dude, Where's My Horse?"
- The Shrink: Runs an advice column, and is a borderline Type 1.
- Spoiled Brat
- Tsundere: At times.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Susie. On the one hand, she's incredibly resentful towards Susie's talent and they're often at odds. On the other hand, she does care... deep down... and is clearly a lot closer to her than to the popular kids, with which her relationship is knowingly superficial. When at one point Susie risks her life, Angelica does the same to try to save her.
- Ambiguous Disorder: Sometimes, characters think that there's something severely wrong with him just by how he acts. However, when Didi was told this, she was not too happy.
- Berserk Button: Make fun of his hat, and he will turn on you.
- Chaste Hero: Given his young age compared to the others, he's probably the only character on the show that doesn't really fall for anybody.
- Childhood Brain Damage: It's mentioned that Dil is so strange because Phil and Lil dropped him on his head when they were babies. In another episode, Grandpa Lou claims he was hit in the head by a fly ball at a baseball game. Although Didi doesn't think this is the case, and believes it to be genetic (from Stu's side of the family). Given what Stu and his family members are like, this might not be too unlikely.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander
- First Contact: Dil eagerly looks forward to this. And apparently succeeds in one episode.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Just like his old man. Played straight in one episode where Tommy treats him as the go-to guy for creative inventions, which unfortunately begins to rob Dil of his creativity and oddness.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: He's attached to his brother Tommy, and even has a secret handshake with him. He even attempts this with Phil during a falling out with Tommy, but it doesn't work out.
- Intergenerational Friendship: Dil is pretty certain this is the case with Pangborn since the start of the series. Pangborn tends to humor him at first (when he's not outright irritated by him, of course), but the trope is played straight over time.
- Punny Name
- Speaks Fluent Animal: Can communicate with animals, especially in "Brothers Grimm".
- Tagalong Kid
- The Smart Guy: When he interacts with the older kids, that is.
- Why Couldn't You Be Different?: Averted. So long as Dil's happy, Didi and (to a somewhat lesser extent) Stu are very supportive of his Cloud Cuckoo Lander ways.
- The Ace: Sometimes when Tommy's not around.
- Bare Your Midriff: In Season 1.
- The Chick
- Disappeared Dad: Inverted. She knows where her birth dad is and keeps in touch with him, but is a continent apart from him due to her mom re-marrying Chaz. He even visits her in one episode.
- Easily Forgiven: Despite the many times Kimi put her own overzealous interests over everyone else and gets way in over her head, people apparently let her off the hook, especially Chuckie. Meanwhile Kimi acts as if nothing major happened. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for Tommy (or Angelica when she least deserves it).
- Far East: The chopsticks in her hair in Season 1, her focus on her Japanese heritage in Season 2 onwards.
- Freaky Fashion, Mild Mind: Kimi's fashion on the show tends to lend to a 'bad girl' image, but she's still nice overall. This trope is only really hammered home when she shows up to work with a mohawk.Chuckie: That settles it. Kimi's gone bad.
- I'm Standing Right Here: Invoked in the 2nd season a few times.Tommy: Why would I be interested in Kimi?Kimi: Hello, I'm in the room?
- Irony: She goes on a campaign to ban cellphones in school, and doesn't even have one herself. Guess what she gets near the end of the episode?
- Karma Houdini
- Lethal Chef: Starts off as this in "Dude, Where's My Horse?" She gets better. Lampshaded by Lil, who describes her egg rolls as "prone to explode."
- Little Miss Snarker: As opposed to the sweet cheery girl people may remember from the original series (with the exception of the comic strip), Kimi is a general snarker towards any one close to her, possibly due to being old enough to recognize gender differences, her lack of sympathetic nature, and generally seeing boys her age as immature.
- Red Oni: Kimi is quick to anger, impatient at times, often easily standoffish (as well as often being the most bluntly snarky of the group, which is saying something), often instantly passionate about things and has a strong enough sense of justice that she will almost immediately rally behind a cause with lots of fervor. Interestingly, her Blue Oni is her own mother, who is exceedingly calm, patient and level-headed. However, as Kira is only rarely a major character Kimi is more often a Foil for Chuckie.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: Anytime it's a special occasion.
- Ship Tease: With Tommy in "TP+KF". It's implied that she still has feelings for him.
- Soap Box Sadie:
- Token Minority
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: And, in one episode, a pink mohawk. In season two, it becomes lilac purple. Oddly, just like Tommy, it's supposed to be black.
- The Ace: She gets all of the good grades, she's a talented singer, and she's basically loved and respected by her peers. Deconstructed Trope in 'Susie Goes Bad Lite', as she reveals that keeping this image can be quite stressful at times.
- Badbutt: Her attempt to avert her "goody two-shoes" status in the aptly named "Suse Goes Bad Lite". It doesn't work out.
- Broken Bird: Almost became this when she got conned out of a thousand dollars.
- Cool Big Sis: Plays this role towards the others, though less as much than the original show.
- Cree Summer
- OnlySaneGirl: Most of the time.
- Sassy Black Woman
- Token Minority
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Angelica. One the one hand, whenever Angelica's got some scheme going Susie's the first to try and take her down, sometimes going out of her way to stick it to her. On the other hand, she's probably the best friend Angelica has and often tries to do what's right by her (and encourage her to do the right thing)... even if Angelica doesn't see it that way. A lot of episodes involving Angelica and the popular kids also have Susie being the more supportive friend.
- All Love Is Unrequited: Possibly with Angelica.
- Ascended Extra: Started off as a side character in the Rugrats spin-off "Pre-school Daze", is now arguably a main character.
- Butt Monkey: Often finds himself as this to Angelica.
- Geek : Loves action figures and comic books; in 'Superhero Worship' he goes to a comic-con and cosplays as his favorite superhero, almost getting into a physical fight with fellow geek Chuckie as they defend their favorite superheroes, and in the end of the episode he continues using the disguise on the street.
- Apparently It Runs in the Family since Harold says this disguise used to belong to his father.
- Genius Ditz : Despite being quite klutzy, he has some useful or cool abilities, including skating, guitar playing, baking, and manual work in general; remarkably, he once broke a DNA model Susie needed a week to complete, and replaced it with a far superior one he did in just one afternoon... while claiming he was lucky enough to 'find the hiccups gene'.
- He's also very competent at giving sensitive, reasonable advice (except when Rule of Fun is on play), and only stops doing it because he has problems handling the pressure of hearing so many problems at once.
- The Igor: To Angelica.
- The Shrink: Tries to be Type 3 when he starts his advice column, but is a borderline Type 2.
- Alpha Bitch
- Girl Posse: The alpha girl.
- Green Eyes: In Preschool Daze.
- Jerkass: It's quite an accomplishment when you can actually out-jerkass Angelica.
- Karma Houdini: YES.
- Kick the Dog: She once tried to host a party on the same day as Angelica's 13th birthday, to make sure nobody shows up for Angelica's party.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Disappeared entirely after the pilot, subjected to Epileptic Trees as to her identity (see below) and then averts this in a cameo in one episode.
- Satellite Love Interest: Surprisingly averted here, several episodes actually flesh out Rachel a bit.
- Satellite Character: By simply being Tommy's girlfriend and having a limited number of appearances, she never hangs out with Tommy when he is with his friends, nor does she have interaction with anyone else, aside from Didi in "Lost at Sea".
- Tragic Mistake: One of these caused her to dump Tommy for good.
- Badbutt: Appears to be a Badass to the others, but he's really an okay guy who helps with charities.
- Put on a Bus
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Screw the rules, I have green hair!
- Dead All Along
- Mr. Fanservice: For Lil and Kimi.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning
- Really 700 Years Old
- The Stoic
- The Ditz: By her own admission, she spaces out sometimes, but it still doesn't explain why she took a chair with somebody still sitting in it without even realising that.
- The Ditz: It doesn't truly hit home until he ties his hair into a lampshade.
- You Gotta Have Purple Hair
- Heel-Face Turn - Thanks to Dil chewing him out for his obnoxious behaviour.
- Pungeon Master - The 'Master' part being debatable.
- The Ditz: Are you sensing a pattern here?
- Jerkass: Boy, does it show in "The Old and the Restless". He constantly puts down Grandpa Lou during the tour and doesn't even lift a finger to help Tommy and Justin escape from a malfunctioning exhibit, because in his own words, he's "too cool for that."
- The Slacker
- Those Two Guys: He's always seen with his best friend, Justin.
- Satellite Character: Never seen without Sean.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Tells Sean this when the latter refuses to help Tommy in "The Old and the Restless".
- Black Best Friend: To Dil.
- Ink-Suit Actor: Of his voice actor, Lil Romeo.
- The Obi-Wan: To Dil.
- Physical God: Heavily implied to be a Cupid-esque figure trying to earn his wings, who is constantly denied because he keeps making people fall in love with the wrong people.
- Shipper on Deck: Whoever he hits with his hacky sack falls in love with the first person they see.
- Stealth Pun: Lil Q is a matchmaker. His voice actor's name is Lil Romeo. Do the math.
- The Big Guy
- Gentle Giant: Is big and intimidating (to Chuckie, at least) but is pretty mild mannered overall.
- Gag Nose: He has a REALLY huge honker.
- Meaningful Name: His fin-like mohawk, the feelings of fear he inspires in other players, and his almost habitual 'devouring' of opponents by beating them and taking their cards.
- Stealth Pun: His name is Shark. He plays a card game. This makes him a card shark!
- Irony: Is The Voiceless, and is later seen signing up for a singing contest.
- Nerd Glasses
- Shout-Out: To a fanartist of the same name.
- The Voiceless
- Demoted to Extra: Remember all of those wacky mishaps with his inventions that practically made his character a fan favorite in Rugrats? Don't expect to see much of that here.
- Though he certainly faired better than Drew.
- Genius Ditz
- Gadgeteer Genius: When his inventions work, that is.
- Mama Bear: When Pangborn went on about how Dil should learn to be normal, Didi got in the ex-wrestler's face and yelled at him.
- Skunk Stripe: A mild one in her hair.
- So Proud of You: Often towards Tommy and Dil.
Grandpa Lou Pickles
- Badass Grandpa: His war training really saved the day when he used his know-how to save the kids from a malfunctioning exhibit.
- Cool Old Guy
- Deadpan Snarker:Didi: So, do you have all the emergency numbers?Lou: Let's see... 9... 1... er, what was the last number again?
- Old Soldier: A kinder example. Would relate this stories to the kids about his time in the war.
- Opposed Mentors: With Grandpa Boris. Downplayed, in that it's really a conflict of grandparenting cultures and styles... like it's been for a decade.
- Alter Kocker: Justified, as he is a Jew from Eastern Europe.
- Cool Old Guy
- Jews Love to Argue: In his case, with Grandpa Lou.
- Opposed Mentors: With Grandpa Lou.
- Character Development: Charlotte seems a lot more involved in her daughter's life than she was in Rugrats, and has basically taken over Drew's role as the authority figure in the household.
- Just the Way You Are: Averted. Somebody should have really told her this, because her cosmetic surgery winds up giving her a...
- Nightmare Face: Her face actually made Didi scream in terror.
- It gets somewhat better in Season 2 onwards, explained in "Interview With a Campfire" as the result of a few touch ups.
- Shout-Out: Her disco outfit in the pilot is one to Madonna.
- Demoted to Extra: He's barely seen in the series and doesn't even talk save for a few episodes. It's particularly noticeable when you realize that Michael Bell also voices Chaz, who appeared often.
- Averted in "Brothers Grimm", where he plays a major role in the episode with Stu.
- Amusing Injuries
- Ascended Extra: Is arguably more of a main character here than in Rugrats.
- Bumbling Dad
- Butt Monkey: Like father, like son.
- Happily Married: To Kira.
- Nerd Glasses
- Beware the Nice Ones: This is played straight in "The Finster Who Stole Christmas".
- Blue Oni: To her own daughter, with which she is occasionally contrasted (most obviously in "The Finster Who Stole Christmas").
- Happily Married: To Chaz.
- Ill Girl: In "R.V. Having Fun Yet? Part 1". Vomit Discretion Shots everywhere.
- Action Mom
- Badass: Actually confronted Pangborn, a former pro-wrestler, when his Berserk Button got pressed.
- In 'River Rats', Phil also mentions a Noodle Incident when Betty saved a bus full of children, and literally did it single-handely since she had a fractured arm at that time; not to mention she was holding a pizza while doing the rescue.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Sometimes. Who else do you know would cheer loudly when they DIDN'T win a raffle?
- Mama Bear
- Butt Monkey: Tends to fall into this whenever he's around.
- Vomit Discretion Shot: He gets sick fairly easily.
- Disappeared Dad: Averted. He writes to his daughter Kimi often, and even visits her in one episode.
- The Comically Serious: Inverted...he tries to make humour sometimes, but it ends up falling flat because of his monotone.
- Funny Afro: Take a good look at one of the pictures on his wall of fame.
- I Was Quite a Looker: States he used to be a buff handsome man before taking the test. The picture looks obviously photoshopped.
- Nerd Glasses
- Shout-Out: Ben Stein's character in "Ferris Beuller's Day Off."
- Spock Speak
- Fiery Redhead
- Official Couple: With Principal Pangborn.
- Large Ham: Always speaks like she's a Shakespearean actress on stage.
Principal Estes Pangborn
- Bald of Awesome
- Berserk Button: Tell him you don't like his poetry. I DARE YOU.
- Butt Monkey: He seems to collect the brunt of Chuckie's shenanigans, and he doesn't like it one bit.
- Gentle Giant: He seems very scary in person, but once he recites his poetry, that's when all doubt about his sensitive side vanishes.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Ever see what happens when he can't open a door?
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Dil... sort of.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- Official Couple: With Miss O'Keats.
- Real Men Wear Pink: In his spare time, writes poems that tastes like diabetes, and in one instance, went 'Oopsie!' when he was just about to step on a ladybug. And can still put you in a neckbrace if you tick him off enough.
- Shout-Out: Seems to be one of Jesse Ventura, another bald wrestler who took up a professional occupation.
- Warrior Poet
- Arch-Enemy: Madtooth the Magician.
- Blind Without 'Em
- Butt Monkey: His civilian identity.
- The Klutz
- Nerd Glasses
- The Scrappy: It says something that he's treated as this in-universe and out, excluding Chuckie, of course.
- Stone Wall: Type 2, the Turtler.
- Super Zero
- What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: His power is to curl up like an armadillo and withstand abuse until his enemies give up. Which works.
- You Remind Me of X : The 'Remind me of Myself' variant. The reason Chuckie is such a fan of Armadillo Dave is because they're too similar, and AD manages to be a hero despite all his flaws, something Chuckie longs to be.