Characters: Aqua Teen Hunger Force
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The Aqua Teens
A giant, talking milkshake. Yes, you read that right. He likes to think he's the boss, but is just a stupid jerk.
- Nominal Hero: If any character is a "hero in name only" it's Shake.
- Asshole Victim: When he meets his end, it's usually well-deserved.
- Barbie Doll Anatomy: Well, he's just a talking cup.
- The Blind Leading the Blind: Shake will frequently attempt to impart knowledge to Meatwad, in spite of being equally (and sometimes even more) dumb.
- 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
- Deadpan Snarker: Fluent in the art of sarcasm.
- Dirty Coward: Not one to be relied upon in times of crisis.
- 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.
- Implausible Deniability: Shake is the kind of guy who'll suddenly 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.
- It's All About Me
- 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.
- Karma Houdini: Occasionally.
- Kick the Dog: Does this a lot, mainly towards Meatwad.
- Know-Nothing Know-It-All
- Lack of Empathy: Especially towards Meatwad.
- 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.
- Man Child: If Shake doesn't get his way, he will break things, even his own property.
- The McCoy: Impulsive beyond all reason.
- Never My Fault: At times, Master Shake can take this trope to extreme levels.
- No Indoor Voice
- Obnoxious Snarker
- Pet the Dog: The one time Shake did something nice for someone was when he found out Frylock was supposedly dying of cancer.
- Raymanian Limbs: Occasionally.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Shake's entire existence revolves around getting people to think he's the best thing since sliced bread. It never works, 'cause he's a moron.
- The Sociopath: Explicity refered as one of these in "Freda".
- Staying Alive: Thanks to Negative Continuity, he always comes back from his deaths, even within episodes.
- Stuff Blowing Up: He seems to have the power to make things explode whenever he tossed them out of frustration or anger.
- Suicide Is Painless: Once killed himself just to mess with Meatwad.
- Supreme Chef: Despite being not capable of doing anything, Shake was shown to be really good at cooking, making four-cheese lasagna, cheese-injected fried beef and cakes. Downplayed, since Shake will cook only for a 'special occasions' like screwing up Meatwad's diet or torturing Carl. In other times he wouldn't mind eating even cat food.
- They Killed Kenny Again: Most of his deaths are his own fault.
- Token Evil Teammate
- 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.
- Ungrateful Bastard
- Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist
- Villain Protagonist: The Aqua Teens are only really detectives from the first three episodes. Once the concept was dropped, Shake, to this day, commits many atrocities that would land him in the clink...which actually happens on a few occasions.
- 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 the questionable power, that anything he drops or throws will explode. This seems quite random, but considering he was created by Dr. Weird, it somewhat understandable
A floating, super-intelligent box of french fries with various powers.
- 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.
- 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.
- Bifauxnen: According to the movie.
- 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.
- The Conscience: Though he's a debatable one at times.
- Control Freak
- Deadpan Snarker
- Eye Beams: Frylock wears contact lenses that shoot just about anything from electricity to fire-retardant foam.
- For Science!
- Jerkass Ball: Picks this up every now and then.
- Midair Bobbing
- Naughty Tentacles: He also has Barbie Doll Anatomy, but unlike Shake, the series never hangs a lantern on this.
- 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. Hi
- Power Floats
- The Spock: He's a bit of a wet blanket, but when your roommates are as dumb as Meatwad and Shake, it's forgivable.
- The Stoic
- The Straight Man
- Surrounded by Idiots
- When He Smiles: He has corrective braces.
- Yandere: When Frylock develops a crush on a girl - there will be blood.
A wad of meat. Pretty slow-witted, but he has a good heart.
- 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!
- Bumbling Sidekick: He's Frylock's lab assistant. He may not be bright, but he's more stable than Shake.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Meatwads perception is...special all right.
- 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.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch/Pay Evil unto Evil: Anytime he gets his revenge on Shake. Which tropes applies depends on how oblivious Meatwad is to Shake's dickery at the time.
- The Kirk: He tries to be the mediator between Shake and Frylock, but he's just too laid back to make much of an impact.
- 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 surprising difficult to injure, as he has shrugged off land mines exploding beneath him, and cutting him in half merely splits him into two smaller meatwads.
- Man Child: He and Frylock basically have a father-son relationship, since Meatwad can't think for himself.
- Manipulative Bastard: To Shake. Pretty much the only intelligent things he does is subtle, psychological revenge on Shake.
- 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".
- Rant Inducing Slight: In "Gee Whiz".
- Shock and Awe: In "Balloonenstein", after Shake puts him in the dryer for a week.
- 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.
- Took a Level in Badass: In Last Dance For Napkin Lad.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Whenever he acquires any form of superiority over someone else, he becomes almost as bad as Shake.
- 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.
Their fat, bald, middle-aged neighbor.
- Butt Monkey
- 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.
- The Chew Toy: His most noticeable trait is that he gets shafted all the time, just for living next door to the Aqua Teens.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: When he does get killed, it's almost always in this manner.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Fat Idiot
- 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.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Carl's case is also understandable given how he bears the brunt of the Aqua Teen's antics.
- 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.
- They Killed Kenny Again: Carl dies ridiculously often, usually because of something the Aqua Teens did.
- This Loser Is You
- Token Human
- Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Depending on the episode.
The Mooninites (Ignignokt and Err)
Aliens from the moon that look like they'd be better off in an Atari game.
- Anti-Villains: They're more of a nuisance to the Aqua Teen's than an actual threat...for the most part.
- Awesome but Impractical: Their lasers can vaporize anything, but they shoot a...
- Big Guy, Little Guy: They're both short compared to most of the characters, but Ignignokt is much larger than Err.
- Expy: Ignignokt and Err have the voices and personalities of Baffler Meal Master Shake and Frylock respectively.
- 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.
- 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 are dumb, but Err sometimes shows more signs of intellingence than Ignignokt, despite his follower status.
- 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.
- Out of Focus: They appeared much less frequently as the show went on.
- 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.
- 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.
- Sophisticated as Hell: Ignignokt's manner of speech is slightly this. He also owns a stencil with "fart" written in italics.
- The Stoner: Implied
- The Woobie: Err tries to invoke this in "Moonajuna". Doesn't work on Frylock.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Their dynamics are more functional compared to Aqua Teens or Plutonians, but still involve a lot of dissing and snarking at each other, and also, this gem from the movie:
: Look man. I'm here for you, it's Ok. Now, what I want you to do, is drink this. [handles a bottle to Ignignokt] Ignignokt
: [takes the bottle and drinks] Thank you, Err. What was that thick shake? Err
: Well, I'll tell you what it is. It's a mayonnaise i found in a trash can. Ignignokt
: Ugh! Err
: And it had hair on it! And you drank it! Because I'm your doctor. Do what i say!
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. Frylock's assessment of them is the current page quote.
- 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.
- 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're scheduled to reappear in the Season 10 finale.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: It has to be seen to be believed.
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
. 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: The only characters in the entire series that are dumber than the Mooninites. Well, Master Shake is actually right beside them in this case.
: [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 plan do we put our new 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. He's the same one who installed 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) Um... I'm right here. Hey, cool disco ball. Oglethorpe
: No, this is Orbnoticus, our leader. 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
: That 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! Emory
: I'm going! Oglethorpe
: Do not look back, just go!
The Cybernetic Ghost of Christmas Past From the Future
Shake's 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 Dragon
Frylock: Well, there were.
- Genius Ditz: Despite his child-like mind, he still manages to thoroughly defeat Chess Dragon at a game of chess.
- Man Child: He has the appearance and behavioral patterns of a child, but according to Frylock he's older than Shake.
- 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. Then again, he has the mind of a child, and says a number of ridiculous things throughout the episode, so this may or may not be true.
- Too Dumb to Live: "I'm going on an adventure!"
Dr. Wong Burger and Associates
Dr. Wong Burger
A 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 Employees
His stereotypically Asian Boo
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.
- Cosmic Plaything: In all of the Space Ghost Coast to Coast Universe, he's literally the only character to be affected by Continuity.
- Insane Troll Logic: ALL of his plans.
MC Pee Pants: We take these monsters, right? We start a haunted house! Yeah? Yeah, and people'll be coming up to the haunted house 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
- Meaningful Name
- Motor Mouth: He talks like he's out of Speed Racer.
The Aqua Teens landlord. His presence makes there be Continuity
A mad scientist who works out of an abandoned insane asylum in Jersey.
- Ax-Crazy: He's called Dr. Weird for a reason.
- Barbie Doll Anatomy: The Movie explains one of the teaser jokes from an episode of season 1 as this.
- Blatant Lies: When he tells Steve that the second batch of corn shall be different.
Steve: Well all right, cause I am hungry again.
(corn attacks Steve exactly the same way as last time)
- Catch Phrase: "Gentlemen, BEHOLD!!!"
- Chekhov's Skill: In the movie: "I AM A MASTER OF DISGUISE!!!"
- 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. 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!!!
, 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.
- 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
- Mad Scientist: Emphasis on mad.
- Meaningful Name: Everything that he does is weird, 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 die on a semi-regular basis.
Dr. Weird's exasperated and much-abused assistant.