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The Aqua Teens
Shake zula, the mike rul-a, the old school-a, you want a trip? I'll bring it to ya.
A giant, talking milkshake. Yes, you read that right. He likes to think he's the boss, but is just a stupid jerk. Voiced by Dana Snyder.
- Abusive Parents: To his bastard son Zeke, who is also a milkshake. Then it's subverted when Zeke isn't just not his son, but thousands of years older than him. Also, Shake is a virgin.
- Anti-Hero: Master Shake is one of the most vile, lazy, obnoxious "heroes" to ever walk the face of the Earth... and he's supposedly team leader. You won't find him leading anything, that's for sure.
- Asshole Victim: When he meets his end, it's usually well-deserved. Except for his Heroic Sacrifice Final Death.
- Barbie Doll Anatomy: Well, he's just a talking cup.
- Blatant Lies: Shake is very fond of telling these, even when it is of no profit for him to do so.
- The Blind Leading the Blind: Shake will frequently attempt to impart knowledge to Meatwad, in spite of being equally (and sometimes even more) dumb.
- Can't Hold His Liquor: Got completely wasted from one bottle of beer in "Frat Aliens".
- Casanova Wannabe: Granted, he's a giant cup, which a lot of chicks aren't into. Even beyond that, though, he couldn't talk to a woman to save his life.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Prone to coming up with crazy ideas out of the blue.
- The Cuckoolander Was Right: There are times when Shake's Insane Troll Logic turns out to be true.
- Control Freak: He is a leader in name only, however he still acts as if he's in control of everything.
- Deadpan Snarker: Fluent in the art of sarcasm.
- Didn't Think This Through: Another major flaw of his, he never thinks his plans through. These include: using and advertising the e-helmet and its peripherals when cell phones are smaller and require none, making a new birthday song and expecting people will accept it and pay royalties so he can pay Zak Wylde for singing it, setting off nuclear missiles to make a wasteland instead of use Frylock's time machine to visit the stone age, etc.
- Dirty Coward: Not one to be relied upon in times of crisis.
- Enemy to All Living Things: No form of life is safe around him, especially animals. He killed all of Meatwad's pets by putting them in the microwave, he even killed his own cat because he forgot he killed Meatwad's. He adopted a dog to attract women, kicked it for not doing what it was adopted for, then ate it because his tattoo told him to. One of his favorite past times is to force feed ducks with nitroglycerin to make them explode. He once trespassed on a farm to force feed a cow pork and ranch dressing so that he could flash fry it with batter and cheese for Labor Day.
- Even Evil Has Standards:
- He may be a selfish, greedy bastard with no remorse for his often absentminded actions, but even he draws the line at certain things, such as poisoning small children with chemical filled balloons at their own birthday parties.
- In "MC Pee Pants", he's actually somewhat mortified at Frylock taking advantage of the titular batshit insane spider-wearing-a-diaper's trust to lure him into an explosive trap disguised as a job interview and kill him. Although perhaps it had something to do with Frylock saying MC would do fine despite his protests, and then immediately rationalizing their murder with the exact same reasons as to why he'd never make it.
- He also looked genuinely horrified when Meatwad implied he was molested in "Deleted Scenes".
- He's also really disgusted by the Slurp-A-Lunch place where he and Frylock work at in "Robositter", considering they don't even take the bone out of the meat when they press and liquefy it- he actually asks who came up with it.
- For all of his attempts in "The Shaving" to persuade Willie Nelson to kill Carl, he's mortified when he sees the bodies that Willie had been keeping in the attic.
- Faux/Affably Evil: He can switch between these two tropes Depending on the Writer.
- Floating Limbs: Occasionally.
- For the Evulz: Master Shake physically and psychologically tormenting Meatwad for no reason other than his own amusement.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Sanguine. He's socially inept, but outgoing and wears his unstable emotions on his sleeve.
- Genius Ditz: Despite his characteristic stupidity, Shake is surprisingly skilled at cooking Italian food, especially lasagna.
- Good Powers, Bad People: Frylock often uses his Eye Beams to save the day. The one time Shake has them, he uses them For the Evulz.
- Heroic Sacrifice: This being Shake, it's also partially a Senseless Sacrifice, but this time it is well and truly with mostly good intentions. He willingly goes with Meatwad to a planet of clams to get Frylock a new jewel, and later throws himself into harm's way to save Meatwad while meeting his own demise at the hands of his shellfish allergy and a desire to die with glory.
- Hidden Depths: He can cook a mean Lasagna, which he mainly uses to torment Carl.
- Implausible Deniability: Shake is a pathological liar, but a bad one. He's the kind of guy who'll vehemently reject an idea he previously clung to with his life.
- In-Name-Only: Frylock's the real leader. Shake calls himself "Master" because it sounds cool.
- Insane Troll Logic: His second most prominent trait after being a jerkass.Frylock: In order to transmit data from human nerve endings, I had to suspend the RAM in a collodial fluid so it wouldn't overheat when the hard drive spun at the speed of time.
Shake: Because you're a witch and you made it disappear with your evil magic!
Meatwad: He's a witch?
Frylock: I'm not a witch.
Shake: Oh yeah. Don't look at him wrong, he'll shrink your head to the size of a pea, I've seen it!
Frylock: Look, the hard drive spun so fast, it sent the computer back in time.
Shake: To the time of witches, where you once lived! Bring forth the stakes! You shall burn for your beliefs, witch!
- It's All About Me: Completely selfish and lazy, one of the rare moments that he bothers to work or help if there's some selfish reason behind it, or whenever his self-preservation kicks in.
- Jerkass: Unrepentantly lazy, rude, selfish, greedy and, particularly in the earlier seasons, downright abusive towards Meatwad. "Video Ouija" demonstrates that Shake is even willing to commit suicide just to abuse Meatwad further.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Sometimes brings up good points;
- In "Super Sirloin", he correctly calls out Meatwad for stealing all their food "for the shorties" (even if he is just doing it for his Steak & Eggs and Duck à l'orange).
- In "Total Re-Carl", when Carl's body got mangled and Frylock transplanted his brain into a weapon-laden Mini-Mecha. Shake's response- "And you're gonna plug him in?" Frylock then says "You're right. Damn, what the hell was I thinking?"
- Karma Houdini: Sometimes.
- Kick the Dog: Does this a lot, mainly towards Meatwad. Supposedly, he did most of it in a series of misguided events intended to toughen him up.
- Killed Off for Real: In the series finale. Subverted in the post-finale episode as he is alive and well after the credits.
- Know-Nothing Know-It-All: He insists he is right on everything, especially when Frylock gives a simpler and more rational explanation. This is probably due to him being a Cloudcuckoolander and a complete jerkass at the same time.
- Lack of Empathy: Especially towards Meatwad. In "Zucotti Manicotti", he has no problem with traumatizing Meatwad to the point of becoming suicidal.
- Large Ham: Shake gets overly dramatic when he starts accusing people, usually Frylock, of outlandish things.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Shake's immoral actions usually come back to bite him in the ass.
- Laughably Evil: Shake is by no means someone you'd wanna meet if he exists in real life, but his douchebag behavior is hilarious to watch.
- Made of Iron: Shake can surprisingly enough, endure many amounts of pain without even scoffing it. For example Shake was able to survive being sliced up to cubes in "Intervention" and having his entire middle part of his body ripped off in "Brain Fairy".
- Manchild: If Shake doesn't get his way, he will break things, even his own property.
- The McCoy: Of the Power Trio that is the Aqua Teens, Shake is an exaggeration of this. That cup body of his is full of impulses and irrationality...and, of course, milkshake.
- Never My Fault: At times, Master Shake can take this trope to extreme levels. He's written a self-help book that teaches readers to live this way to succeed in life. It obviously didn't sell, although Shake says it's Frylock's fault because he shut down the website, rather than his advice clearly isn't helpful.
- No Indoor Voice: Constantly boasts, shouts, and whines throughout the series.
- Nominal Hero: If any character is a "hero in name only" it's Shake.
- Out of Focus: The final season. He either plays a supporting to role to the focused character of the episodenote or a minor characternote . This is a noticeable contrast to the last two seasons, where he plays the main role in almost every episode.
- Pet the Dog: The two times Shake did something nice for someone was when he found out Frylock was supposedly dying of cancer, and then when he really was dying, and later during the mission to save him sacrifices himself to protect Meatwad from the clams.
- Pretty Fly For A Milkshake: Shake's a big fan of rap music. He wants to be like Jay-Z, believes Egypt is boring and doesn't exist anymore because DMX never wrote a song about it, tried (and failed) to get MF Doom to do a collaboration album with him, and tried making a Christmas album while impersonating Flava Flav (complete with grill).
- Redemption Equals Death: He spends a surprising amount of time during the series finale being kind, sacrificing himself to save Meatwad after the two are attacked on the planet they travelled to in order to find Frylock a new jewel and save his life. Beforehand, he tells Meatwad that most of his abuse was in the form of Tough Love in his eyes.
- The Reveal: The series finale reveals he has a jewel exactly like Frylock's underneath him.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Shake's entire existence revolves around getting people to think he's as awesome as he thinks he is. Of course, whether it's posing as a superhero or getting plastic surgery to become a model, it never works. He's a moron.
- The Sociopath: Explicitly described this way in "Freda".
- The Straight Man: Shake of all people, was this to the Creditor
- Stuff Blowing Up: He seems to have the power to make things explode whenever he tosses them out of frustration or anger.
- Suicide Is Painless: Once killed himself just to mess with Meatwad. And another so he can see a woman naked.
- Supreme Chef: While usually incapable of doing anything, Shake has been shown to be really good at cooking, making four-cheese lasagna, cheese-injected fried beef and cakes. Downplayed, since Shake will cook only for 'special occasions' like screwing up Meatwad's diet or torturing Carl. At other times he wouldn't even mind eating cat food.
- Talkative Loon: Shake insists on getting the last word in an argument. Since he's a crazy idiot, he tends to ramble while struggling to come up with something clever.
- They Killed Kenny Again: Thanks to Negative Continuity, he but always comes back from his deaths, sometimes even within episodes.
- Token Evil Teammate: A bastard who lives to torture his roommates and for personal gain. The other members of the team often do evil things as well, but Shake is unique in that he doesn't need a reason.
- Too Dumb to Live: He has sliced himself in half with a katana, eaten a sandwich that he knew would send him to a hell dimension where an axe-wielding cyclops awaited to slice his head open, and has gone as far as committing suicide just to ruin Meatwad's Ouija video game.
- Took a Level in Kindness:
- In "Shake Like Me", Master Shake gets bitten by a radioactive black man, turns black and becomes much friendlier compared to his original self. Unfortunately, Shake being nice was found to be a bit too creepy, so Frylock returned him to his normal (jerkass) self.
- The final season as a whole. while Shake is by no means a Nice Guy this season, he's Jerkass tendencies have been notably toned downnote . This reaches it's peak during the Series Fauxnale, where Shake actually acts more nice towards everyone, reveals to Meatwad that all of the abuse he's been giving to him was his (albeit twisted) version of Tough Love and even perfoms a Heroic Sacrifice to save Meatwad and even Frylock's life.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Almost never thanks anyone.
- Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Despite his lack of positive qualities, he's a stupid jerk that makes people laugh.
- Villain Protagonist: Shake at his very worst can be considered this.
- What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Frylock can fire laser beams from his eye and can shoot fry-like projectiles, Meatwad can shapeshift into virtually anything, and Shake... can excrete ice cream.
- Actually subverted, as he also has the questionable power that anything he drops or throws will explode. This seems quite random, but considering he was created by Dr. Weird, it's somewhat understandable.
- Yellow Eyesof Sneakiness: Has a light yellow sclera, and it pretty much fits his jerkass attitude.
Frylock, and I'm on top, rock you like a cop.
A floating, super-intelligent box of french fries with various powers. Voiced by Carey Means.
- Adaptational Badass: Compared to his original "Baffler Meal" appearance where he was arguably more like Meatwad.
- Anti-Hero: Even Frylock, who's normally the voice of reason, has his morally ambiguous moments (notably Fry Legs and The Cloning)
- Badass Baritone: Has a very deep voice.
- Badass Beard
- Badass Bookworm: Frylock's eye lasers and smarts are the only things keeping Shake and Meatwad alive. Well, sometimes.
- Beware the Nice Ones: He's the nicest Aqua Teen next to Meatwad. Press his buttons though, and that changes right quick.
- Bungling Inventor: Among the failures were a robotic babysitter that terrorized Meatwad, an experimental toilet that destroyed Carl's body from the neck down when he used it, and a cloning machine that produced unstable copies of the original that would explode/spew blood/gain sentience. Like the examples above, those that aren't outright failures usually end up causing problems because he doesn't seem to get that his immature/irresponsible roommates can't be trusted with them.
- Can't Stand Them, Can't Live Without Them: Subverted, whenever episode has Frylock abandon Aqua Teens for one reason or another, he ends up having a much better life and barely regrets the decision.
- Characterization Marches On: In the Pilot, he was robotic and subservient to Shake. This quickly changed.
- Chubby Chaser: All of his love interests (except for a woman from "Carl") were women of size.
- Complete Immortality: Thanks to a magic shampoo he used in the very last episode of the series, Frylock has this. Any injury he sustains is little more than a temporary inconvenience, which he exploits to make extreme gore videos with Carl. Unfortunately, after being imprisoned for murder of a Highlander star, he can't serve out his life sentences because he doesn't age.
- The Conscience: Though he's a debatable one at times.
- Control Freak: He is usually the straight man and voice of reason, but some of his more pathetic moments approach a Control Freak (especially when he's trying to entertain anyone).
- Deadpan Snarker
- Eye Beams: Frylock wears contact lenses that shoot just about anything from electricity to fire-retardant foam.
- For Science!: Frylock falls into this trope on occasion — the toilet that destroyed Carl's body springs to mind.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Melancholic. Frylock is a dour complainer who obsessively frets over problems. Not that you can blame him...
- Gender Bender: The movie reveals that he is actually a lesbian woman trapped in a man's body. Surprisingly enough, there are multiple instances of this being foreshadowed earlier in the series.
- In-Series Nickname: "Fryman", used by friends and enemies alike.
- Jerkass Ball: Picks this up every now and then.
- Karma Houdini: In the episode, "Fry Legs" Frylock gets away with sexually harassing a computer repair woman and killing her boyfriend, while Shake gets killed at the end for no actual reason.
- Killed Off for Real: In the series finale. Though he's alive and well again in the post-finale episode.
- Midair Bobbing
- Nice Guy: Compared to other characters, but even he has moments:[Frylock kills MC Pee Pants, then rationalizes it]
- No Respect Guy: Nobody ever listens to Frylock's advice. They usually suffer for it.
- Not So Above It All: Every now and then, Frylock acts as greedy and mean as Shake. One episode shows him cloning (i.e., counterfeiting) money, even after he told Shake not to.Frylock': (After taking out a resurrected George Washington that tried to lecture them on their misdeeds) Eh, we should have cloned Twenty [dollar bills]. Jackson wouldn't have given a shit.
- Only Sane Man: He's basically the only one of the trio who's capable of... anything, really. Meatwad and Shake are too stupid to take care of themselves in Frylock's absence.
- Parental Substitute: To Meatwad.
- Perpetual Frowner: Most of the time.
- Power Floats
- They Killed Kenny Again: Not as much as Shake or Carl though.
- The Spock: He's the rational one of the Aqua Teens, and is the only one who can even consider sticking to a plan. Yes, he's a wet blanket, but when your roommates are as dumb as Meatwad and Shake, it's forgivable.
- The Stoic
- The Straight Man: Carey Means, who plays Frylock, has the added privilege of playing the Straight Man to lines that usually don't even make sense spoken by anthropomorphic food items and stoned two-dimensional aliens.
- Surrounded by Idiots
- Token Good Teammate: He's the only person on the Force, and really on the show, who has a semi-functioning moral compass, though he's been known to have his moments of extreme depravity that shock even Shake.
- Token Religious Teammate: He seems to take his faith very seriously. Shake doesn't buy it, though.Shake: (referring to Meatwad) Look at him and tell me there's a God!Meatwad: He made me in His own image.Shake: Oh, yeah, that's right. God's a big meatball! I forgot!
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Shake (though the "best buds" part is very debatable).
- Vocal Evolution: He sounded far more deadpan than usual in the first few episodes.
- When He Smiles: He has corrective braces.
- Yandere: When Frylock develops a crush on a girl - there will be blood.
Meatwad make the money, see? Meatwad get the honeys, G. Drivin' in my car, livin' like a star, ice on my finger, and my toes, and I'm a Taurus.
A wad of meat. Pretty slow-witted, but he has a good heart. Voiced by Dave Willis.
- Achievements in Ignorance: In the finale it's revealed he used to have a jewel like Frylock and Shake, but traded it away. Since he didn't know he needed it to live, he stayed alive.
- Ambiguous Disorder: It's heavily indicated that he has some kind of mental disability. In "Super Bowl" and "Ezekial," he outright calls himself "messed up in the head" and retarded in those respective episodes, and in "Rabbot Redux," when Shake complains to Frylock about Meatwad upsetting him, Frylock responds, "He doesn't know any better, and he's never gonna know any better. And you know that."
- Asteroids Monster: As revealed in "Multiple Meats".
- Back from the Dead
- Beware the Nice Ones: Whilst generally kindhearted and frequently abused by his roommate Shake, when he does get his revenge on the "Master"...ho boy!
- Big Eater: When trying to enter the pool, Frylock notes Meatwad ate 40 hot dogs. Meatwad denies this then proudly corrects him with 48.
- Breakout Character: Of all three of the Aqua Teens, Meatwad is perhaps the most recognizable. He has died the least amount of times, survived the real and fake finales of the series and has the most appearances outside of his series; he is featured on numerous DVD covers and the Christmas soundtrack without Shake and Frylock, appears in commercials and commercial bumps, had an honest-to-God hot air balloon for a time, and series creator Dave Willis joked about Meatwad appearing in a kid's show. In "Mouth Quest", he's even referred to as the "popular meatball character".
- Bumbling Sidekick: He's Frylock's lab assistant. He may not be bright, but he's more stable than Shake.
- Butt-Monkey: He gets abused quite frequently by Shake.
- Classical Anti-Hero: He usually means well, but is often too dumb to be of any real use.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Meatwad's perception is...special, all right.
- Deadpan Snarker: In his more lucid moments, and even then, unintentionally.
- The Ditz: Let's put it this way. Shake, who accidentally kills himself on a regular basis, outsmarts and manipulates Meatwad just as often.
- Drunk with Power: Twice.
- Dumb Is Good: For him, at least, making it more like Dumbest Is Good.
- Earn Your Happy Ending:
- After over a decade of constant abuse from Master Shake, the series finale reveals that after Shake and Frylock's deaths, Meatwad gets married, starts a family, and overall finally leads a happy, normal life.
- Ultimately subverted, since it wasn't the real finale. The real finale doesn't change a whole lot.
- Extreme Omnivore: He seems to be capable of eating just about anything, from a computer chip to Shake's vomit. He's also eaten 48 hot dogs in one sitting.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Phlegmatic. Meatwad is incredibly placid, and since he's dumb as a post, he'll go along with almost anything he's told.
- Happily Married: In the Distant Finale.
- Jerkass Ball: Whenever he acquires any form of superiority over someone else, he becomes almost as bad as Shake.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Anytime he gets his revenge on Shake. If it's this trope or Pay Evil unto Evil depends on how oblivious Meatwad is to Shake's dickery at the time.
- Kid Hero: At least mentally, anyway.
- The Kirk: Unfortunately, while he tries to be the mediator between Shake and Frylock, he's too laid back, unfocused and dull to make his own decisions, let alone affect theirs.
- Living Toys: They're not really toys, but he can still talk to them. The others can talk to them in "Shake Like Me". In "Dumber Dolls", Frylock buys him an actual living toy, which turns out to be The Eeyore.
- Made of Bologna: Well, hamburger meat, but still.
- Made of Iron: He's surprisingly difficult to kill, as he has shrugged off land mines exploding beneath him and cutting him in half merely splits him into two smaller meatwads.
- Manchild: He and Frylock basically have a father-son relationship, since Meatwad can't think for himself. Though, as shown in Knapsack, he's actually 6. By the end of the series, he's grown out of this immensely.
- Manipulative Bastard: To Master Shake, seriously. Shake often runs circles around him, but Meatwad is surprisingly good at using Shake's vanity and need for attention against him.
- Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Just look at his "dolls". He even says that he can relate to a Darker and Edgier Sesame Street telling him, "You're gonna die."
- Nixon Mask: In "The Shaving".
- Pictorial Speech Bubble: His letters and notes to other characters always consist of crudely sketched figures, objects, and scribbles (most having barely any relevance to what he intended to write), accompanied by a voice-over of him reading "it" aloud.
- Rant-Inducing Slight: In "Gee Whiz".
- Shock and Awe: In "Balloonenstein", after Shake puts him in the dryer for a week.
- Sole Survivor: With Chicken Bittle killed prior to the series and Frylock and Shake both permanently dying in the series finale, Meatwad is the only member of the Aqua Teens left alive. Except, in the true finale, this isn't true, as all 3 of the Aqua Teens were shown perfectly fine at the end.
- They Killed Kenny Again: Not as much as Shake or Carl though.
- Too Dumb to Live: Although he's not nearly as self-destructive as Shake, he still has his moments. In one episode in which Shake covers the floor with land mines to deal with their rat infestation, Meatwad ends up setting off more mines than the rats do. The most notorious example would have to be in "Time Machine", in the episode, Meatwad blindly talks to an exterminator not knowing a MISSILE is coming towards him! It's one of the few episodes where Meatwad actually dies in.
- Took a Level in Badass: In "Last Dance For Napkin Lad", and in the series finale when it's revealed that he eventually ends up as a mature person with a loving family.
- Vocal Evolution: His voice was rather high-pitched and kind of squeaky in the first season. Afterwards, while still a bit high, his voice became deeper and lost some of the squeaking.
- Voluntary Shapeshifter: He usually only limits himself to turning into a hotdog or an igloo, since those are the only forms he can usually remember.
- You No Take Candle: He often speaks this way.
"It don't matter. None of this matters."
Their fat, bald, middle-aged neighbor. Voiced by co-creator Dave Willis.
- All Men Are Perverts: He owns a crap ton of pornography, goes to "Melon Shakers" (a strip club) very frequently, masturbates to the yoga channel, and just generally tries hard to get himself laid.
- Anti-Hero: An example of Unscrupulous Hero.
- Berserk Button: The Aqua Teens in general typically piss him off very much, especially when they use his pool or his car.
- Butt-Monkey: Carl has it just as bad as Kenny McCormick.
- Carpet of Virility: The man is a very hairy individual.
- Casanova Wannabe: Despite his claims, most of the women he gets on his own are ugly hookers, and he's still a virgin.
- The Chew Toy: His most noticeable trait is that he gets shafted all the time, just for living next door to the Aqua Teens.
- Complete Immortality: He uses the magic shampoo Frylock has and becomes this. He also gets imprisoned and is consistently electrocuted in an attempt to execute him. He just laughs at the effort.
- Cool Loser: A balding, impotent, starving, chauvinistic loser... with a pretty sweet ride and killer taste in classic rock.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: When he does get killed, it's almost always in this manner.
- Deadpan Snarker: His sarcasm is legendary.
- Everyone Has Standards: He's unwilling to have sex with Tammy Tangerine, a sentient fruit.
- Fat Bastard: A short-tempered, vulgar, fat man.
- Fat Idiot: More ignorant than stupid.
- Fat Slob: He's a rather lazy and slovenly guy.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Choleric. We did say he's short tempered and vulgar.
- Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Carl was a Butt-Monkey even as a child; his father's Christmas gift to him was carpet squares. To eat.
- Idiot Savant: Although contemptuously ignorant in most everything else, Carl's solo webisodes show that, being a dedicated blue-collar tailgater, he's very knowledgeable about football, even if his locks have a spotty accuracy rate and tend to favor his beloved "New York Football Giants".
- Image Song: "I Don't Need No Instructions To Know How To Rock!"
- Jerkass: Though not as much as Shake, but that's probably not possible. In one episode he verbally berates his cousin Denise simply because he feels that is his right as her family member.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Carl's case is also understandable given how he bears the brunt of the Aqua Teen's antics.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Now and then, he has his moments of being nice.
- Karmic Death: Many of Carl's deaths verge on this.
- In "Storage Zeebles" Carl finds a magical world and then decides to harvest all of its resourcse while exploiting the native species's kindness. Despite the Zeebles' pleading him to stop harvesting their world, Carl ignores him and practically ransacks the whole dimension. In turn however, Carl is mauled to death by the "Night Wolf" starting from his crotch.
- In "Hospice" Carl purposely maxes out his mom's credit card while she's dying of cancer. In turn, Carl's mom (whose cancer has entered remission) decides to burn him alive.
- Loser Protagonist: Perpetually poor, unemployed, starving, unlucky in love, and generally unlucky in life.
- Noodle Incident: Mostly centered around his friend, Terry, who's been in jail for crimes too gruesome to mention.
- Only Sane Man: Carl's an ignorant, sex-crazed, crude, lazy bum. On any other show, he'd be the wacky next-door neighbor. However, since he's the neighbour of the Aqua Teens, he's the sane one by default.
- STD Immunity: Averted. He's very open about the fact that he has crabs.
- They Killed Kenny Again: Carl dies ridiculously often, usually because of something the Aqua Teens did.
- This Loser Is You: A balding, impotent, chauvinistic loser.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: When the Cybernetic Ghost of Christmas Past from the Future causes his pool to become filled with elf blood in the first season finale, he sells his house to Danzig for a million dollars and isn't seen for the rest of the episode, so presumably he got his million. Of course, since the show has Negative Continuity he's back at his house again at the start of the next season.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Carl became really prone to committing crimes and even murder in later seasons.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Maybe to combat the above, he also begins to openly associate himself with the Aqua Teens more often, rather than going to great lengths to distance himself from them.
- Token Human: To the Aqua Teens.
- Unfazed Everyman: It's rare for him to be legitimately shocked by the craziness he surrounds himself in. In fact, in some cases, he'll even join in on it.Carl: (yelling at the two giant Easter eggs destroying his house) Hey, make sure the house is completely crushed if you could!
- Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Depending on the episode.
- Verbal Tic: Says the words "frick" and "frig" a lot.
- Vocal Evolution: He doesn't sound as gruff in the first several episodes as he would later on.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: While the Aqua Teens' stories are wrapped up in the series finale, it's never explicitly stated what happened to Carl, though it can be inferred that he finally moved out at some point.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: When Carl isn't outright hating the Aqua Teens, their relationship typically falls under this category.
The Mooninites (Ignignokt and Err)
"Some might say the Earth is our moon."
"We're the moon."
"But that would belittle the name of our moon. Which is: The Moon."
Aliens from the moon that look like they'd be better off in an Atari game.Voiced by Dave Willis (Ignignokt) and Matt Maiellaro (Err).
- Anti-Villains: They're more of a nuisance to the Aqua Teen's than an actual threat...for the most part.
- Arch-Enemy: To the Aqua teens, if only because they're the most recurring "threat".
- Awesome, but Impractical: Their lasers can vaporize anything, but they shoot a...
- Painfully Slow Projectile: Which Carl still manages to get hit by.
- Big Bad: Sort of. Out of the antagonists of the show, they are the most recurring.
- Big Guy, Little Guy: They're both short compared to most of the characters, but Ignignokt is much larger than Err.
- Cold Ham: Ignignokt has a monotone voice, but really loves to deliver arrogant speeches, like he's a top-notch evil mastermind, despite Mooninites' actions being nothing more than rowdyism. Made even funnier, that sometimes Ignignokt will just cut his speech, when he runs out of words to say.
- Demoted to Extra: Despite being the most notable antagonists of the series, they only get a few scenes in the movie. They were actually planned to have more screen time, but much of it had little to do with the plot and was cut.
- Dirty Coward: When confronted for their actions their first instinct is to high tail it and run.
- Expy: Ignignokt and Err have the voices and personalities of Baffler Meal Master Shake and Frylock respectively.
- Flipping the Bird: Mooninites' signature gesture, and also the running gag for first three episodes centered around them.Ignignokt I hope they can see this, because I'm doing it as hard as I can.
- Freudian Excuse: Played for Laughs in "Moonahujana" when Err tells a sob story about his past (parental issues included), and how everything he does is just a cry for attention.
- General Failure: In "The Last one Forever and Ever" Ignignokt is this in spades. Him and Err assemble great part of villains and not-so villains from previous episodes to terrorize Aqua Teens. This ends up with most of the characters being killed by each other due to lack of any organisation or plan whatsoever and, yeah, most of the party members being complete morons.
- In "Spacecadeuce" Ignignokt and Err also, presumably, send a bunch of other mooninites to their death by ordering them to investigate a sentient meat-eating spaceship. Just because they had nothing better to do.
- Green and Mean: Ignignokt.
- Hot-Blooded: Err will attack anything that bothers him, and a lot of things bother him. But he's really small, so it's no big deal. Don't underestimate him, though.
- Humans Are Morons: This is the opinion held by Igignokt and Err, believing that they are superior to all life on Earth in every possible way. Unfortunately, they themselves are not all that smart and are always ultimately shown to be dumber than just about everyone they ever meet on Earth—human, food product, or otherwise.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: Both of them aren't quite bright, but Err ocassionally shows more self-awareness and smarts, despite his follower status.
- Insufficiently Advanced Alien
- Leitmotif: Though the full version never plays outside of the credits (and even then, each episode gets a different verse), the Mooninites do have a theme song, a few riffs from which always appear in episodes where they feature.
- Mighty Glacier: Their blaster can vaporize stuff, but the bullets are painfully slow.
- Out of Focus: They appeared much less frequently as the show went on.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: Err is barely bigger than Meatwad, but easily supports his partner's entire mass during Quad Laser attack (not so much during Quad Glacier though), and can knock out Carl like no problem.
- The Power of Rock: In one episode, they get their hands on the Foreigner Belt—a belt that gives the wearer superpowers based on the band's songs. For example, setting the belt to Cold As Ice gives freezing powers.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The serene and haughty Ignignokt is blue, while the hyper and aggressive Err is red.
- Retr Aux: All moon people are designed to look like 8-bit video game characters. The original plan was to portray them as refugees from a failed Atari game.
- Rogues Gallery: They're the most recurring "villains" of the show. Their only real ambition is to rob stores.
- Sarcastic Devotee: Err often agrees with Ignignokt's words and actions, still wouldn't mind to goof up his plans or snark at given opportunity.Err *reads Ignignokt's note* The Gorgotron has destroyed our armies, our villages and our pets. And he has laid ways to our craps' .Ignignokt 'Crops' is what I typed, Err.Err But it says 'craps'.Ignignokt I know, Err.Err It should be 'craps', that is funnier.Ignignokt I've processed that humor.[...]Err (to Meatwad) So, won't you please help us. S-s-save our craps?[Later in the same episode]Err And see you later! We gotta harvest our craps!Ignignokt Err, please!
- Small Name, Big Ego: Ignignokt and Err are always rambling on about how the moon is superior to Earth, but when challenged on it, they can't even explain why.
- Smoking Is Cool: The Mooninites think so.Err: We smoke as we shoot the bird!
- Sophisticated as Hell: Ignignokt's manner of speech is slightly this. He also owns a stencil with "fart" written in italics.
- The Stoic: Ignignokt, doesn't stop him from being stupid though.
- The Stoner: They admit they have Moonajuana.
- Stupid Crooks:Ignignokt... as we commit first degree Grand Theft Coffee Table!
- Tareme Eyes/Tsurime Eyes: Not their eyes themselves, but their eyebrows. Ignignokt, the calm, cool-headed one has tareme eyebrows, while Err, the excitable, hot-headed one has tsurime eyebrows.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: They are not as dysfunctional as Aqua Teens or Plutonians, but still.Err: Look man. I'm here for you, it's Ok. Now, what I want you to do, is drink this. [hands a jar to Ignignokt]
Ignignokt: [takes the jars and drinks it] Thank you, Err. What was that thick shake?
Err: Well I'll tell you what it is, it's mayonnaise, I found it in the trash can...
[Err starts laughing while Ignignokt vomits]
Err: ... And it had hair on it! And you drank it! Because I'm your doctor! Do what I say!
- Vocal Evolution: Ignignokt sounded rather odd in his first appearance on the show, being emotionless (well, more emotionless than usual) and less suave compared to his subsequent appearances.
The Plutonians (Emory and Oglethorpe)
Pointy aliens from Pluto.
- Achievements in Ignorance: They manage to create someone with a vague resemblance to Shake just handing him a photo of Shake, tossing him in a pizza oven, and telling him to wing it.
- Aliens Steal Cable: Literally. They use the Fargate to tap into the Aqua Teens' cable.
- Anti-Villains: Despite their efforts, they are simply too dumb to make use of them.
- The Ditzes: Whilst the Mooninites aren't the brightest of beings themselves, it says something that the Plutonians (especially Oglethorpe) easily fall for their pranks in "Spacecataz" and are hardly able to top them.
- Easily Thwarted Alien Invasion: In their first appearance, they have no real plan. In the second, they intend to "de-terraform" earth, but again lack a proper plan. In the third, they are literally only stealing the Aqua Teens' cable.
- Even Stupid Evil Has Standards: They may be idiots, but they cannot comprehend how weird and dumb Master Shake is.
- Eye Scream: Played for Laughs when Oglethorpe tries to activate a retinal scan:Oglethorpe: "Retinal scan, ON!" (the laser instead vaporizes his eyes, smoke coming out of their sockets) "AYE! DAMMIT! WRONG LASER, WRONG LASER! Why didn't you label them?"
- Feet of Clay: Oglethorpe is initially described as having invented the Insane-O-Flex in the movie, but this is later disproved.
- Foreign Cuss Word: Oglethorpe knows a German one.
- Harmless Villain: They plan to conquer the world, but in Frylock's words, they're too incompetent to "take over a damn bowl of Jell-O."
- Hyper-Competent Sidekick: Emory is a lot smarter than Oglethorpe, and is much more in tune with reality than he is. Either due to a weak personality, or just not caring enough to say no, he still goes along with what Oglethorpe says.
- Insufficiently Advanced Alien: While their ship is sufficiently advanced, they (mainly Oglethorpe) are unbelievably stupid and clearly know nothing about how it works. It's even been shown that they don't even know how a simple reading lamp works. Hell, they mistake their own bodily waste for soap and clean their ship with it!
- Only Sane Man: Emory is a lot more grounded in reality than Oglethorpe.
- Poirot Speak: For some reason, Oglethorpe has a German accent.
- Put on a Bus: Only made a few cameos after The Movie, but they reappear in "Spacecaduce".
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: It has to be seen to be believed.Oglethorpe: We have successfully traveled beyond both space and time through the Fargate...to get free cable!
Emory: I think it's a star...gate?
Oglethorpe: It's the Fargate. F. It's different from that movie which I have never seen, so how would I copy it?
Emory: Chill, man. It's all right, let's just turn it on.
Oglethorpe: I just want to make sure we are clear that it's the Fargate. Goes far, get it? And there is no way it came from that movie or that syndicated series based on the movie.
Emory: But...it sure was a good movie.
Oglethorpe: Yah, yes it was.
- Theme Naming: Oglethorpe and Emory are colleges in Atlanta, Georgia (home of Williams Street Productions).
- Too Dumb to Live: Besides Master Shake and occasionally Meatwad, they are the only characters in the entire series that are dumber than the Mooninites.Oglethorpe: [After "trapping" Shake in some circular floating laser rings, he brings down a disco ball, believing it to be a god.] Orbnoticus, we seek wisdom; to what evil purpose shall we put our slave to use? [No reply]
Emory: ...Maybe he's sleeping.
Oglethorpe: DO NOT INSULT ORBNOTICUS OR YOU SHALL BE DAMNED FOREVER TO THE FORBIDDEN ZONE!!
Emory: I'm just saying, maybe we should call the installer. I mean, it's the same guy that did the laser rings.
Oglethorpe: [Looks over and sees Shake is no longer in the rings.] THE PRISONER! HE'S ESCAAAAAPED!!
Shake: (Standing right next to the rings) Nah, I'm over here. Hey, that disco ball is pretty cool.
Oglethorpe: This is Orbnoticus, and he is all-knowing.
Shake: Then why ain't he saying Jack crap? [In the background, we see the spaceship they're in suddenly begin hurdling down toward Earth.]
Emory: Yeah, man. How come?
Oglethorpe: Because silence is his wisdom. Obviously he's busy navigating us through the stars and— [Suddenly notices they're about to crash.] OH MY GOODNESS!! [Spaceship crashes, Emory and Oglethorpe, carrying the disco ball rush out of a hole in their ship and run away.] Go, go, go!
Emory: We're goin'!
Oglethorpe: Do not look back, just go!
The Cybernetic Ghost of Christmas Past From the Future
"THOUSANDS OF YEARS AGO..."
Read his name again if you're having trouble with this one.
- Involuntary Shapeshifting
- Mr. Exposition: A parody. The stories he tells make absolutely no sense and typically put everybody to sleep.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot
- Once Upon a Time: Again, THOOOUUSANDS OF YEARS AGO...
- Our Ghosts Are Different: He's a robot with a head that resembles a chicken. For that matter, he's not even intangible.
- Overly Long Name
Shake's apparent son... or is he?
- Exit, Pursued by a Bear:Shake: You mean there are two talking milkshake people?Ezekial is carried away by an engraged Chess DragonFrylock: Well, there were.
- Genius Ditz: Despite his child-like mind, he still manages to thoroughly defeat Chess Dragon at a game of chess.
- Manchild: He has the appearance and behavioral patterns of a child, but according to Frylock he's older than Shake by several thousand years.
- Meaningful Name: Meatwad names him Jesus Ezekial Jesus, so he'll sound like he's from The Bible.
- Really Four Thousand Years Old: So he says. At the very least, he is older than Shake, though how much older is unknown.
- Too Dumb to Live: Gets taken way by Chess Dragon and cheerfully shouts "I'm going on an adventure!" Is presumably killed offscreen.
Dr. Wong Burger and Associates
Dr. Wong BurgerA dick with a coat full of mouths.
- Freudian Excuse: In "Hands on a Hamburger".Wong Burger: "'My son isn't a Cheeseburger,' they cried! 'Your son IS A CHEESEBURGER!', I cried BACK!"
- Large Ham
- Mad Scientist
- Meaningful Name
- Running Gag: He always wants to return to his home planet, whether it's Dick Planet, Tooth Planet, or Burger Planet.
- You're Insane!: And by "Creature From Plaque Lagoon", he's fully aware of it.Frylock: You're a madman, Wong Burger!Wong Burger: Eyeah, I KNOW THAT!
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: In each of his appearances after "Dickesode", he's modified himself with a different body, changing from a "dick with balls of rage", to a tooth, and then a giant hamburger. He always keeps his face and glasses, though.
Wong Burger EmployeesHis stereotypically Asian Boo-like employees.
MC Pee Pants
Whatever form he's in, he has a Batman Gambit to take over the world, but he really wants to be free from Satan. He still has a diaper, yellow eyes, and a shower cap, though.
- Broken Pedestal: He loses Meatwad's loyalty as Sir Loin when it turns out he wasn't gathering food for "da shorteez", but for the ridiculous plan he had at the time to pay for his patio furniture.
- Cosmic Plaything: In all of the Space Ghost Coast to Coast Universe, he's literally the only character to be affected by Continuity.
- Expy: Of It's true form.
- Giant Spider: This is his original form.
- Insane Troll Logic: ALL of his plans.MC Pee Pants: We take these monsters, right? We start a haunted house! Yeah? Yeah, you feel me? And we invite everyone to the haunted house, and they come thinking it's gonna be all scary and shit, but in fact, the house is also for sale 'cause it's a condo, get it? Like in "Hilton Head." And people are gonna pay big-ass cash money to buy this, right? And then we take all that money and buy MORE psychedelic mushrooms, YOU FEEL ME?!
- That's supposed to be a plan to "defeat" the Aqua Teens. And "Defeat," in this case, is very ill-defined.
- Involuntary Shapeshifting: Satan keep bringing him back as random things, apparently for his own amusement. A cow, a worm, an old man and a fly.
- Mind-Control Music: This is his main schtick. He places subliminal messages in catchy rap songs to rope people into his insane schemes. For instance, in his first appearance, his plan was to brainwash listeners into eating so much candy that their increased blood sugar could power a drill to bore into Hell.
- Meaningful Name: His Sir Loin persona was a cow and Little Brittle is a brittle old man.
- Never Learned to Read: Despite being a lyricist, he is illiterate. This is used against him when he's a cow; convinced that a sign that clearly says "slaughterhouse" reads "bank", he walks right to his doom.
- Motor Mouth: He talks like he's out of Speed Racer.
- Too Dumb to Live: The first thing he decides to do after being turned into a vampire is to walk out into sunlight.
The Aqua Teens landlord. His presence makes there be Continuity.
The Bible Fruit
A group of three talking fruits, consisting of Bert Banana, Tammy Tangerine, and Mortimer Mango, who are all Born-Again Christians, as well as recovering drug addicts.
- The Alcoholic: All of them are former drug addicts, but Bert has a violent relapse after he finds out Frylock has rum. After Mortimer pours it down the sink, he's actually desperate enough to drink it that he wants to find a monkey wrench and drink it out of the pipes. After that, he goes on a rampage throughout the Aqua Teen's house, demanding cocaine from his friends.
- Anthropomorphic Food: Much to the main trio's surprise, they're another trio of talking food. Frylock met them online, and assumed their pictures were just silly internet avatars.
- Expy: They're a rather obvious parody of the characters from VeggieTales.
- Face–Heel Turn: At first, they're friendly towards Frylock and Meatwad, albeit pushy about their religion. However, Bert has a violent relapse and turns on everyone, demanding cocaine. Mortimer and Tammy then join him after Frylock tells them that Shake is filled with crystal meth.
- Fingore: Mortimer lost two of his fingers when he was building a birdhouse on drugs. Bert also apparently used to beat up Tammy so hard that he needed his hands to be completely amputated and replaced.
- The Fundamentalist: All three of them are extremely Christian and try to push their beliefs on Frylock. However, it's clear that they only turned to Jesus to try and get out of their drug addictions.
A mad scientist who works out of an abandoned insane asylum in Jersey.
- Anything That Moves: Including a lawnmower. Which then bore his child.
- Ax-Crazy: He's not called Dr. Weird for nothing.
- Barbie Doll Anatomy: The Movie explains one of the teaser jokes from an episode of season 1 as this.
- Berserk Button: Don't mispronounce his name. He'll sic spiders on you. Through the phone lines.
- Blatant Lies: When he tells Steve that the second batch of corn shall be different.Steve: Yeah, I dunno man. I mean, after last time...Dr. Weird: This time...SHALL BE DIFFERENT! MUAHAHAHAHAHAHAAASteve: Well all right, cause I am hungry again.(corn attacks Steve exactly the same way as last time)Dr. Weird: It's not different at all, is it Steve? AHAHAHAHAHAHA
- Catch-Phrase: "Gentlemen, BEHOLD!!!"
- Chekhov's Skill: In the movie: "I AM A MASTER OF DISGUISE!!!"
- Cloudcuckoolander: Nothing he does tends to have any rhyme or reason to it.
- Dirty Old Man: See Anything That Moves.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Several times. He once spliced his roommate Randal's DNA with a fried pork chop for not paying his half of the utilities. Another time, he sent spiders through the phone line to attack a telemarketer who mispronounced his name. Then there was the time that he pulled his brain out of his head and started firing lasers at Steve because Steve didn't bring him lunch. There was also the time that he fired several exploding tacos from his mouth at the janitor for picking up his medallion.
- Does Not Like Shoes: He tends to go barefoot for some reason.
- Evil Laugh: Often. It's a sure sign that something bad is about to happen to Steve. It also has shades of Laughing Mad.
- For Science!: Subverted. Steve thinks this is why he had sex with a lawn mower. Turns out he did it because it was free, and the lawn mower was drunk.
- High-Pressure Blood: He believes he has enough blood to launch himself from New Jersey to Arizona on decapitation.Dr. Weird: GENTLEMEN!!! Chop off my head with such velocity, and my blood will rocket through my neck, and propel my lifeless body, ALL THE WAY TO PHOENIX!!!Steve: Wow, what's in Pheonix?
- I Am Your Father: Revealed to be the creator of the Hunger Force in The Movie.
- Turns out to be a zigzagging trope as Dr Weird then insists Fry is his father, then Walter Melon shows up and says he's all their fathers. By the time their mother, a seven layer burrito, shows up, nobody except Meatwad even cares and the movie goes straight to credits. And then it was revealed in 2010 by series creator Dave Willis that Dr. Weird did create the Aqua Teens, and that Walter Melon was simply one of Weird's creations used for his insane and convoluted plot to mess with the Aqua Teens.
- Jerkass: When his antics aren't outright insane, they're usually intentionally harmful to Steve.
- Jump Scare: Played for Laughs in one episode, where he interrupts the shot of South Jersey Island by popping up in front of the island and shouting "BULLSH(bleep)!"
- Large Ham: Very large.
- Mad Scientist: Emphasis on mad.
- Meaningful Name: Everything that he does is weird (sometimes even beyond that), though this could be explained by him living in what once was an insane asylum. His antics include teaching his ass to eat his hand, making love to (and impregnating) a lawn mower, sending spiders through the phone lines to telemarketers, tricking Steve into allowing corn to mate with him...twice, using a chain saw to cut off his flesh in order to lose weight, injecting himself with large amounts of barbecue sauce, cutting off his own head so that the blood spraying out of his neck will propel him all the way to Phoenix, asking Steve to agitate a snake coiled up inside his helmet, and much, MUCH more.
- No Indoor Voice: He only has one volume: SHOUTING AT THE TOP OF HIS LUNGS!
- Robosexual: Has a child with a lawn mower.
- Tempting Fate: GENTLEMEN, BEHOLD! MY TIME-SPACE CONTI-
- They Killed Kenny Again: He and Steve died on a semi-regular basis.
Dr. Weird's exasperated and much-abused assistant.
- Beleaguered Assistant
- The Chew Toy
- Only Sane Man
- Servile Snarker: When Dr. Weird isn't looking.Steve: (immitating Dr. Weird) Gentlemen, fill me with Barbecue sauce because I'm dumb as hell!
- Tempting Fate: See above. His head gets bitten off by a giant Dr. Weird head for imitating him.
- Too Dumb to Live: Falls for Dr. Weird's blatant lies about the second batch of corn being different than the last time.
A yellow dog that Frylock genetically engineers for Meatwad using the "Make Your Own Dog 1.0" software, Carl's pool, and Master Shake's hand DNA.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: His sinister nature can be chalked up to the side effects from the software that created him, which made it illegal in 80 countries and with a warning not to actually make your own dog.
- Black Comedy Rape: Continuously rapes Carl throughout his debut episode.
- Catch-Phrase: "Tonight..You!"
- Dogs Are Dumb: He acts like this towards the Aqua Teens, and only shows his true colors to Carl.
- Jerkass: Shows no remorse for his actions.
- Karma Houdini: Ultimately gets away with his actions.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: He isn't seen again until "The Greatest Story Ever Told" making his fate uncertain.
A Robot Girl build by Frylock as a perfect mate for Shake
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Freda rather quickly develops sentience and realises she can't stand Shake, so she dumps him and convinces Carl to kill him.
- Asexual: Is implied to be this. As the 'sextapes' show, she would rather leaf through a magazine on the sofa, than participate in some action with Shake or Carl and Meatwad.
- Beauty Mark: On her upper lip.
- Expy: She looks like T-1000 without her 'human' face.
- Driven to Suicide: Throws herself off the brigde, after getting fed up with Shake's stalking
- Lady in Red
- Ridiculously Human Robot: At the start of episode, we're tricked to believe that Shake actually found his soulmate...until Frylock reveals the truth.
- Robotic Spouse: Build to be this for Shake. She snaps out of it quickly.
- Sex for Services: Offers Carl a handjob, if he kills Shake. It's unclear if she actually fulfills her promise.
- Sexbot: Subverted, she may be designed like one, but she's really not into it.
- Stripperiffic: Well, she was dressed up according to Shake's preferences.