Characters: Bob's Burgers
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Owner of Bob's Burgers.
Tropes associated with Bob:
- Afraid of Blood: We only see one example of this, but in The Kids Run The Restaurant we see (and hear) that Bob passes out at the sight of blood.
- Alliterative Name
- Ambiguously Bi: Said he was "mostly straight" when getting his turkey in Turkey in a Can.
- After the Deli Guy mistakenly took Bob's repeated turkey purchases as flirting:
Deli Guy: Hey, what do you want to do?
Deli Guy: Wanna go to the beach?
Bob: No... maybe... wait, I'm straight, I mean I'm mostly straight.
(A few lines later)
Bob: Also, I'm married, but if I wasn't... Who am I kidding? You're out of my league, it would never work.
Deli Guy: What are you talking about?
Bob: I really gotta go
Deli Guy: I'm gonna see you tomorrow!
Bob: Probably not (beat) I'll call you!
- In a dream sequence in Sacred Cow Bob also had a dream in which he made out with a talking bull. It was his subconscious telling him he wanted to, and he seems to remember the dream fondly by the end.
- When Louise insinuated that Bob wanted to marry Sandy Frye in 'Easy Com-mercial, Easy Go-mercial', his only objection was that he wouldn't take Sandy's name.
- Ambiguously Brown: Lampshaded.
- Berserk Button: Try not to talk about Lobsterfest, also don't mess with his kids.
- Linda also mentions not to buy him V-neck shirts.
- Butt Monkey: By season 3, this borders on Born Unlucky. With constant money problems and multiple people eager to sabotage his life at any opportunity, Bob just can't win.
- Subverted with "Bob and Deliver," where even though he's unjustly fired from his substitute teaching job, Bob and the class are able to pull off a final Home Ec-staurant for the school in defiance to Mr. Frond and Caf-Co. The episode ends with Bob and Tina enjoying lunch together.
- Carpet of Virility: Bob is a very hairy man.
- Catchphrase: A very deadpan "Oh my God," and a very loud "Oh my God!" You can see every instance from the first four seasons here.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: See Companion Cube below. Now we know where Tina gets it from.
- Companion Cube: When drunk, sleepwalking, or under stress, Bob has a tendency to turn inanimate objects into "friends".
- "Bob Fires the Kids" showed this was because as a kid he was always working at his father's restaurant so he had no friends.
- Cool Teacher: Becomes one in "Bob and Deliver".
- Deadpan Snarker
- Fat Bastard: Averted. Bob is usually a very calm, nice guy.
- Fat Idiot: Also averted, Bob is usually more on the ball than people think. And for all his somewhat old school mentality, he doesn't believe old school is always the best way and he's perfectly comfortable and accepting of unusual things and people. He makes fast friends with Marshmallow for instance despite the fact that Marshmallow is a person of the night in a body thong of ambigious gender.
- Fatal Flaw: His hatred of Jimmy Pesto always brings out the worst in Bob.
- Bob in general tends to have a vindictive streak as well as a desire to prove himself right. Part of this stems from his Only Sane Man mentality where he just doesn't want to deal with crazy ideas.
- Freudian Excuse: Bob's support of his kids' weird interests, as well as the fact that while he does think they're weird he doesn't try to discourage them, makes a lot more sense when you look at how domineering and overly critical his dad was.
- Good Parents: As awkward as his kids are, he still loves them and tries to do the best he can.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness
- Knight in Sour Armor: Despite the hardships he faces running his restaurant, Bob still maintains a strong sense of integrity.
- Missing Mom: His mother "wasn't around." She's implied to be dead.
- Only Sane Man: To his family, and often to the rest of the cast as well. As Alasdair Wilkins notes in an AV Club episode review, "Bob’s place on his show has often been to be the one character who will respond to the latest over-the-top mess like an actual person would."
- Open-Minded Parent: Is pretty supportive of his kids. Gene becoming a cheerleader? He hates cheerleading, but fine. Tina writing erotic friend-fiction? He doesn't judge her, but only moves to stop her from revealing it to less tolerant peers. Louise wanting to sneak off on a school trip? He's easily convinced into joining her. Also, quite notably, Bob is one of the few sitcom dads to not go through Gay Panic or be intolerant of those who are different from him.
- Out of Focus: He's still a main character, but as of the latest seasons, the kids are the stars now.
- The restaurant has been Out of Focus too. Most episodes now focus on the Belchers doing various other things in their everyday life.
- Papa Wolf: When a competitor insults Bob's establishment and food he gets angry enough, but when he calls Bob's kids "crazy"...
- Watch how he reacted in to the grill catching on fire in "Tina-rannosaurus Wrecks"; he was the first to drop everything and save Tina, who was frozen in panic.
- Potty Failure: Bob has a "4:30 meeting" every day. His fight with the capoeira teacher makes him accidentally poop himself.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue Oni to Linda's Red.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Savvy Guy to Linda's Energetic Girl
- Straight Man: Bob himself, so far, plays the straight man to his somewhat crazy family and guest characters. Although cynically pragmatic, he still retains much of his family's quirkiness. However this is still a very unusual role for a sitcom patriarch to play these days note .
- Which can make it that much funnier when he does lose his shit.
- Supreme Chef: As mentioned below, he can cook pretty great burgers.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: In the season 3 finale, "The Unnatural", where Bob tries desperately to get his espresso machine back, even to the point of openly rooting for Gene to strike out at baseball camp. Linda even points this out.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Linda tends to attract most of the admirers while Bob is designed to somewhat ugly in his middle age.
- Averted in the Archer crossover, where Bob is actually the strikingly handsome Sterling Archer with amnesia.
- When All You Have Is a Hammer: Bob's not particularly outstanding in most areas of his business but his skill at making burgers makes up for it. In several instances, his burger making skills have either saved the restaurant or given him catering opportunities.
Voiced by: John Roberts
Tropes associated with Linda:
- The Alcoholic: Lampshaded.
Louise: Mom's the one with the drinking problem.
Linda: The problem is I don't have a frigging drink in my hand. Ha ha!
- Bad Bad Acting: Her "Dreamatorium" show.
- Berserk Button: Three words: "Bad Hair Day."
- Big Eater
- Cain and Abel: The Abel to Gayle's Cain.
- Cannot Keep a Secret: Linda has a terrible habit of blabbing to other people about stuff that's supposed to be kept private- during a Cutaway Gag in "Tina-rannosaurus Wrecks", she arrives at a party and apologizes for being late because "Bob had diarrhea, and in "Turkey in a Can" she ends up telling all the kids and her sister Gale about the second decoy turkey Bob wanted to keep secret. Louise remarks on this:
Louise: Mom's like a vault... that's constantly open and constantly talking.
Linda: Hey, I told you guys not to tell anyone I told you!
- Catchphrase: "Alriiight!" "Ow, my face!"
- Cloudcuckoolander: At times.
- Chubby Chaser: In "Full Bars" she's implied to be one.
- Cute but Cacophonic: Where do you think Louise got it from?
- The Determinator: When Linda gets into something she gets into it, right to the point of Sanity Slippage.
- Extreme Doormat: When a shift manager at a local supermarket, she can't refuse any requests by her employees to take a day off. She ends up the only employee there.
- Fanservice Pack: Linda in the Archer Season 4 opener Cross Over is depicted more realistic looking and surprisingly hot.◊
- Fatal Flaw: In general, Linda tends to have the overly strong desire to get her talents appreciated whether it be in running a Bed-and-Breakfast or working at a supermarket.
- Foil: To Louise, especially in the episodes "Slumber Party" and "Mother Daughter Lazer Razor".
- Innocent Fanservice Girl: In-show example. Linda gets herself into a lot of fanservicey situations without trying to be Ms. Fanservice. To date, she's been seen in swimsuits, in her underwear, in the shower and on a nude beach (no actual nudity is shown, though).
- It's All About Me: If she's being a jerk, this is largely her central motivation (see also: Purple-Rain Union).
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: During the first season there was more emphasis on the "jerk" part. Linda came across as very self-absorbed and apathetic towards other people's emotions in a few episodes.
- Jewish Mother: In voice and behavior, even if she's ambiguously Catholic.
- The Lancer: In the sense that she's the quirky, fun-loving contrast to Bob's stoic, Only Sane Man nature, in their family's Five-Man Band.
- Large Ham
- Mama Bear
- The Music Meister: Lampshaded throughout the show in which she has a habit of breaking into song at impromptu moments.
- My Beloved Smother: She has shades of this with Louise. Whenever the two of them are the focus of a plot it usually deals with Linda trying to force Louise into bonding with her or into some activity that Louise wants nothing to do with.
- Plucky Girl
- Pokémon Speak: Slightly devolves into this at Tammy's Bat Mitzvah when tempted by crêpes.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red Oni to Bob's Blue.
- Runaway Fiancée: Linda was engaged to Hugo before leaving him for Bob.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: The Energetic Girl to Bob's Savvy Guy
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Had one in Colleen Caviello, who apparently would not shut up about the baked ziti dinner she made for a school function a year ago. This is not helped by Linda's memories of said event, where she had to listen to people gush about how great it was with their mouths full.
- Super OCD: Bob notes that whenever Linda tries to entertain she goes completely overboard and then acts hostile when people aren't appreciative enough. Case in point, when she tries hosting a bed and breakfast and the three people staying at the Belcher home are put off by Linda's embarrassing over exuberance, she resorts to locking them in their rooms to get them to stay.
- Took a Level in Kindness and Took a Level in Jerkass: Depending on the Writer, she can still show traces of Jerk Ass every now and then.
- Women Are Wiser: Usually not, but Lindapendent Woman showed that, when she started working away from the restaurant, the entire place started falling apart. Even then, downplayed, because she became an Extreme Doormat that led to her new job ending in disaster by the episode's end.
Voiced by: Dan Mintz
Their oldest 13-year-old daughter.
Tropes associated with Tina:
Voiced by: Eugene Mirman.
The 11-year-old middle child and their only son.
Tropes associated with Gene:
Their 9-year-old youngest daughter.
Tropes associated with Louise:
- Berserk Button:
- We find out in "Bob Day Afternoon" that she doesn't like being told to shut up, even as a jest.
- The bunny-ears hat. Try to grab it and you will get shit for it. As seen in "Ear-sy Rider," the consequences in succeeding are, let's say, rather unfortunate.
- Canada... for some reason... according to "Hamburger Dinner Theater".
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Louise was a literal example note during Bob's dream sequence in episode 3, "Sacred Cow".
- It's hinted with some dialogue from Louise and Gene in "Spaghetti Western and Meatballs" that she actually wants to become a literal example in real life.
- Catch Phrase: Two of them: "SICK!" and "Just... just SHUT UP, MOM!"
- Character Tic: Twitching her eyes whenever she is about to explode from anger◊. She did this for almost the entire second half of the "Ambergris" episode, due to lack of sleep.
- The Chessmaster: Louise will eagerly exploit stupid people for her own amusement, and she's also quite willing to manipulate her family for her own pleasure.
- Comedic Sociopathy: In the most clinical sense. She legitimately does not understand emotions like empathy, and actually thinks she's going crazy when she feels sorry for her dad.
- She does however recognize that she loves her family, and even says so when in a dire position.
- Cry Cute: Her snarky exterior briefly cracks in "Spaghetti Western and Meatballs".
- Daddy's Girl:
- Truly hits home in "Mother Daughter Laser Razor".
- In "Carpe Museum" she even implies that she would succeed her dad at the restaurant.
- Bob may even be her hero.
- If Bob and Linda got divorced, she would choose Bob.
- Deadpan Snarker: Definitely the most socially aware of the three Belcher children, and she knows it.
- The Determinator: Presented with a locked room marked "Secret", she'll do anything to enter, even if it kills Gene.
- The Dreaded: Bob knows better than to interfere in areas Louise holds sacred, such as her room, and rightly so. Linda, not so much.
- Enfant Terrible: She rarely harms anyone, but you better not piss her off. She's also fantasies herself being in a death row.
- Establishing Character Moment
Louise: Hello, and welcome to Bob's Burgers. The Burger of the Day is the "Child Molester". It comes with candy.
- Everyone Has Standards: In "Beefsquatch" she plays both sides of the Bob/Gene rivalry until she becomes visibly fed up with helping both of them and cuts out from disgust.
- Evil Laugh
- Female Misogynist: A common trend in Louise-centric episodes is that she loathes being forced to do things with other girls, including Tina and Linda, and generally thinks girls are unbearable. These episodes also have a tendency to end with Louise finding new respect for the women in her life after dismissing them. Out of everyone in her family, Louise is actually the biggest, and only, misogynist.
- Foil: Tends to be this to her parents.
- The Gadfly: As her mother states she likes messing with people she thinks are stupid—which seems to be a lot of people.
- Genki Girl
- Hypocritical Heartwarming: If she messes with one of her siblings, it's fair game. If someone else outside of the family goes after them, Louise will immediately defend them.
- Iconic Item: Louise is never seen without her pink bunny ears hat.
- It Amused Me
- It's All About Me
- Jerk Ass: At times.
- Large Ham
- The Leader: Of the Belcher siblings
- Little Girls Kick Shins
- Little Miss Snarker
- Mouthy Kid
- The Napoleon
- Never Bareheaded: Louise never takes off her pink bunny ears hat. She refuses to take it off during gym class. When she was a baby she wore a pink beanie. When her hat was taken away in "Ear-sy Rider," she wore a hoodie to cover her head.
- Nice Hat
- Nightmare Fetishist: Whenever anything terrible is happening or seems likely to happen, odds are Louise will be rooting for it.
- Not Me This Time: "Turkey in a Can" where she isn't the one putting Bob's turkey's in the toilet despite being the obvious choice. She spends the rest of the episode trying to figure out who did it, and even puts on a presentation just to highlight that she had no motive while everyone else did.
- Obnoxious Snarker: She's usually this when she makes fun of Bob and the restaurant.
- Ping Pong Naïveté: She seems to know a lot of things a 9-year-old shouldn't know, yet she still believes in Santa Claus.
- The Smart Girl: Oh, yes. Coming up with schemes is her specialty. She even lampshades it in "Easy Commercial, Easy Gommercial" when Bob complements her on her idea:
Louise: I'M THE SMART ONE!!!
- Token Evil Teammate: Within the Belcher family, Louise is easily the closest thing to.
- Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: In the first episode she makes a thrusting motion when explaining her parents are "really grinding... the meat," clearly showing she knows what sex is.
- Tsundere: She acts this way towards Boo Boo in "Boyz 4 Now".
- Twitchy Eye: Whenever she enters Ax-Crazy mode.
- Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: The main Jerkass/Jerk with a Heart of Gold of the family who nonetheless tends to be the most intelligent.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Type I with the Pesto twins. Alternatively their similarities make them Faceless Goons to a Bad Boss.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Delivers one to Tina for leaving her stuck with Tammy in "Mazel Tina".
- Worthy Opponent: Bonds with Jessica during "Slumber Party" after she proves to be a worthy competitor.
Jimmy Pesto Jr.
Voiced by: H. Jon Benjamin
Jimmy Pesto's oldest son, referred to as Jimmy Jr. and Tina's crush, first appearing in the season 1 episode "Sheesh! Cab Bob?" Since then he has appeared in several episodes and is often seen at the kids' school.
Tropes associated with Jimmy Jr.:
Voiced by: Bobby Tisdale
Jimmy Jr's friend and one of the Belchers' schoolmates. He likes to wrestle and is seen as gross by Tina. Initially it seemed like he might become a rival or antagonist to the kids but he has evolved into a companion in their hijinks when a fourth is needed. In those situations, he often serves as the muscle.
Tropes associated with Zeke:
- Bromantic Foil
- Class Clown: Until Bob became the substitute home economics teacher and discovered Zeke had a talent for cooking.
- Friend Versus Lover: Although never outwardly stated, Tina's interactions with Zeke seem to imply that she feels like she's competing for Jimmy Jr.'s attention with Zeke. This is mainly one-sided, as the fomer tends to act cold and distant to the latter, with Zeke being completely oblivious to this. The biggest example would probably be in "The Belchies."
- Large Ham
- Potty Failure: He is revealed to be the Mad Pooper (or the Butt-ler) in "Broadcast Wagstaff School News" - the first time was accident, the second time was for fun, then it was an accident again, and so on, but after that he did it for Tina.
- Remember the New Guy: In his first appearance, Tina is surprised to see him even though viewers have never seen him before.
- Ship Tease: Arguably done with Tina in "Midday Run". When she helps him get the mascot costume, so he could entertain his grandma before her surgery he is touched by this and says
Zeke: Damn Tina, now I got a story to tell on our wedding day. You think that's not gonna happen, but I'll getcha girl, I'm gonna getcha.
- Supreme Chef: In "Bob And Deliver".
- Those Two Guys: With Jimmy Jr.
- Wingman: For Jimmy, when trying to woo Tina.
Voiced by: Brian Huskey
A sweet, dorky boy who goes to school with Louise, frequently in trouble due to his awkward combination of thrill-seeking tendencies and severe asthma. He originally appeared as Louise's field trip buddy in "Carpe Museum" and sneaked into a closed rainforest exhibit with her.
Tropes associated with Rudy:
A boy that Tina searches for in Lindapendent Woman
. She met him behind the milk fridge. Not being able to see his face, the only way to recognize him is by a turtle bite on his index finger that was covered by a bandage. In the end he meets Tina face to face, kisses her, and receives Tina's phone number. Like Jimmy, he's also a dancer, focusing on ballet.
Tropes associated with Josh:
Andy and Ollie Pesto
Jimmy Pesto's younger twin sons
, who are overly-attached to each other.
Tropes associated with And and Ollie:
One of the kids' classmates. He first appears helping Bob get better at the video game "Burgerboss" in exchange for Bob protecting him from bullies. He later works with the kids on a number of their schemes.
- Black and Nerdy: Even though Darryl is most likely Indian (as in "from India," not "Native American"), like his voice actor (who was born in America, but whose parents were originally from India).
- Hollywood Nerd
- Its Pronounced Tro Pay: "It's Dar-el"
- The Mole: In "Fort Night", selling the rest of the kids out to Millie for a bathroom break.
- Peeping Tom: Has a high-powered telescope he uses to watch his neighbor undress.
A former friend of Tina's and the resident bad girl of the kid's school. Voiced by Jenny Slate
Voiced by: David Wain
A girl in Gene's grade who like likes him. To spare her feelings, Gene agrees to go out with her, to all three kids, and Bob's once he meets her, annoyance. She has a heart condition that requires medication every day.
Voiced by: Molly Shannon
A slightly psychotic young girl who either wants to be Louise's friend or be her in general. Or be a rap duo with her. Louise has no idea and just wants her gone.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Actually, Bitch In Bunny's Clothing.
- Blondes Are Evil
- Cloud Cuckoolander
- Creepy Child
- Evil Counterpart: She's Louise without her manipulative prowess or slight sense of right and wrong.
- To drive the point home, when we first met Millie she is dressed in a bunny costume with ears that won't stand upright. Contrast this to Louise who wears normal clothes and a bunny ears hat which are always upright.
- For the Evulz: What she does to the kids inside their box fort, including making them believe she's dumping spiders in and taunting them with Halloween candy.
- If I Can't Have You: If Louise won't be her friend she will torment her to no end.
- I Just Want to Be You: Louise thinks this may be the case with Millie but isn't sure because Millie is such an aggravating nut job.
- Kids Are Cruel
- Lack of Empathy: When she thinks she accidentally killed the kids she's more concerned with how much trouble she's gonna be in.
- Woman Scorned: When Louise finally has enough and tells Millie exactly what she thinks of her, Millie decides to leave Louise and the others trapped in their box fort while routinely coming back just to torture them.
- You Monster!: Tina calls her a monster when Millie flaunts her newly acquired Halloween candy.
Voiced by: Andy Kindler
The mortician who works next door to Bob's Burgers.
Tropes associated with Mort:
Voiced by: Larry Murphy
Bob's best customer, a contractor who enjoys telling stories.
Tropes associated with Teddy:
- Bald of Awesome
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Has a particular nasty side which he shows in "Full Bars."
- Expy: Whether this was intentional or not, Teddy bears a lot of similarities to Bill Dauterive from King of the Hill. Bald, out of shape, lots of body hair, used to have a great life before one thing shoved it all down the tube, questionable intellect, emotionally needy, always hanging around the main character and his family, goes nuts when put in a position of power, and not very trustworthy. The only differences between Bill and Teddy are: (a) Teddy was never in the military like Bill was, (b) the Belchers don't take advantage of Teddy as much as the Hills do to Bill, (c) Teddy's self-esteem is slightly higher than Bill's, and (d) Teddy has had more Throw the Dog a Bone moments than Bill.
- Gentle Giant
- Good Is Dumb: He actually believed Bob's last name was "Burgers."
- I Was Quite The Looker: He played "Handsome Lifeguard" in a Jaws Expy back in the eighties. An incident with the mechanical shark smashed his self-esteem and he started binge eating.
- Motor Mouth
- Only Friend: The most loyal friend of the Belcher Family
- Papa Wolf: After he found out that a teenage boy named Jonas abandoned Tina to save his own hide an enraged Teddy responded by throwing his moped into the ocean.
- Sixth Ranger: Seems to be the most prominent non-Belcher, and Larry Murphy is the only non-Belcher voice actor in the main cast.
- Stepford Smiler: A look at Teddy's adult life is actually kind of depressing. He says he likes letting the Belcher kids keep their bikes in his garage because it lets him pretend he has kids of his own. Specifically, he's got an older kid and a pair of twins.
- The Thing That Would Not Leave: He seems to have nowhere else to go but Bob's Burgers. At one point Mort has to restrain him from breaking in during "Food Truckin'".
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Or those theme park employees in full-body animal suits, in Teddy's case. He describes their dead eyes as the only things that get to him. He works it out.
Jimmy Pesto (Poplopovich)
Voiced by: Jay Johnston
Owner of Pesto's Pizza, rival to Bob.
Tropes associated with Jimmy:
- Abusive Parents: When Andy and Ollie are happy to see him after almost dying, he expresses indifference (didn't even notice they were missing) and tells them not to wrinkle his belt.
- He later tried to sign the twins up for baseball lessons and told them "Last chance to win my love, guys." The twins assume that's a joke he likes to make on a regular basis.
- He also attempts to prohibit Jimmy Jr. from dancing.
- The Ace
- Always Someone Better: He's not a better chef than Bob (in fact, it's strongly implied that Bob is superior to him in this field), but he's a far better businessman.
- Case in point, when Jimmy tries to create a new burger entree at his restaurant, it attracts customers, but later when he tries it himself he breaks down into hysterical sobs over how bad it is.
- In the same episode, his sons also mention that two people came down with food poisoning after eating scampi from his restaurant.
- Mickey (the bank robber voiced by Bill Hader) from "Bob Day Afternoon," claims Pesto's pizza is the worst he's ever had.
- In "Best Burger", when the judges try his burger they all spit it out, and he comes in last place.
- Embarrassing Nickname: At the Desire Dungeon, he's known as "Baby Num Nums" because he has a diaper fetish.
- Full-Name Basis
- Evil Is Petty: He regularly gets into pissing contests (or "peeing races," as Linda calls them) with Bob over trivial things.
- Karma Houdini: Doesn't get punished for cheating on "Family Fracas". He was originally going to be, according to Loren Bouchard, but he had second thoughts about the original ending (which saw Bob spray Jimmy Pesto with Silly String) and decided to scrap it because he felt if Bob did get his revenge on Jimmy Pesto, then fans would complain that Bob was acting petty and out of character.
- Laser-Guided Karma: In the first two seasons at least, he ends up getting his just desserts. In "Sheesh! Cab, Bob?" Bob foils Pesto's attempts to keep Jimmy Jr. from attending Tina's party with some help from his "night-friends." In "Burger Wars," Pesto tries to sabotage Bob's attempts to save his restaurant, but fails.
- In season 2, Linda accuses Jimmy Pesto of having "peeing races," with Bob. Pesto's boating friends overhear this and misinterpret "peeing races," as something sexual (instead of "pissing contests," which is what Linda meant) and it ends up possibly costing him a prestigious boating club membership.
- Lethal Chef: Initially, his food is bad enough to give two people food poisoning and his pizza is considered bad by Mickey the bank robber's standards. However, by season 4, his food is at least good enough to make a repeat customer out of Sandy "Can-Can" Fry. By season 5 he seems to go back to being a bad cook when he and bob are in a cooking competition, and the judges try his burger only to spit it out and cause him to be in last place.
- Out of Focus: From season 3 onwards.
- The Rival / Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: To Bob.
- Shadow Archetype: He's everything that Bob is not. While he's successful, he's also divorced, petty, disconnected from his kids, a sexual deviant, and a lousy cook. The few things he has in common with Bob is a penchant for puns and the fact that they both run restaurants and have kids.
- Ungrateful Bastard: He'll still mock Bob even when Bob tries to help him.
Voiced by: Kevin Kline
Landlord to both Bob and Jimmy.
Tropes associated with Mr. Fischoeder:
- Affably Evil: He's rarely openly mean to Bob (in the beginning, anyway), but still regularly gets Bob in trouble (not even counting rent problems).
- Cain and Abel: With his brother Felix. He's Abel.
- Deadpan Snarker: Has no shortage of jabs towards Bob.
- Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: In Dawn of the Peck, he asks Felix if anyone got out of the wharf after they locked it down to prevent the mad birds from escaping. Felix confirms that everyone is trapped inside, and it's not like anyone would believe them anyway... except they were still on live TV when they were confirming this.
- Eccentric Millionaire
- Eyepatch of Power
- Karma Houdini: Due to his status, he tends to be able to foist off his actions without any repercussions.
- Averted at the end of Dawn of the Peck, when some of the mad turkeys break into his home and attack him and Felix.
- Man in White
- Punny Name: Say it out loud.
- Sharp-Dressed Man
- Took a Level in Jerkass: He seems to have more and more disregard for Bob's well-being as the series progresses. In "Seaplane" he spends much of his screentime basically trolling Bob.
Voiced by: Megan Mullally
Linda's neurotic sister.
Tropes associated with Gayle:
- Abhorrent Admirer: To Bob in "Dr. Yap."
- Cain and Abel: The Cain to Linda's Abel.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Gayle has especially weird ideas and art projects she creates, including a series of paintings depicting animal butts and a giant board game with loads of silly rules that takes nearly all day to play.
- Crazy Cat Lady: Not only does she have several cats, she took one of them off somebody's porch and claimed it was a stray.
- Footsie Under the Table: In "Dr. Yap", she aggressively does this to Bob while pursuing him.
- Fragile Flower: "The rule is you never tell Aunt Gayle anything she can't handle."
- I Just Want to Be Loved: Gayle is a desperately lonely woman with few friends and a less than stellar dating record. Before bedtime, she has to play pretend that the apocalypse has killed everyone on Earth, including the men, so it will be okay to sleep alone. She does this every night.
- Sanity Ball: She holds this in "The Kids Run Away" when she manages to truly relate to Louise on her level regarding her fear of getting her cavity fixed, and convinces her to see it as a game of make believe. This works.
Voiced by: Sam Seder
City health inspector, Linda's former fiance, and constant thorn in Bob's side.
Tropes associated with Hugo:
- Alliterative Name
- Always Someone Better: He tries to pull this on Bob, but would rather do it on his own merits than by cheating.
- The pilot episode does have Linda commenting on his overall attractiveness compared to Bob before revealing why she left him.
- Blondes Are Evil
- Dirty Coward: Refuses to help Bob, Mort, and Teddy deal with the mechanical shark in the basement, despite being more than willing to mock them for incompetence. He is more than willing to help with "crowd control", though.
- Even Evil Has Standards: As mentioned below, no matter how much he hates Bob and would relish in seeing his restaurant shut down, even he wouldn't stoop to sabotage.
- Evil Is Petty: Almost rarely misses an opportunity to make Bob's life difficult, either by nickpicking every slight mistake Bob makes, or just being plain rude.
- His replacement, Tommy, is even worse, stooping to immediately strew rat turds on the floor and shut Bob down when he was snubbed for performing at the restaurant.
- Although as noted above, Hugo wouldn't stoop to falsifying health reports, he **will** stoop to dishing out excessive punishments to Bob's restaurant for otherwise small mishaps, from placing a poster declaring "the cook has filthy dirty hands" on his window for failing to have a "hand-washing license", to having the restaurant completely shut down to fumigate a small patch of green mold on the wall. The kicker is, after Bob discovers the same kind of mold in Pesto's restaurant, he first laughs at Pesto and says he has to have Pesto's Pizzaria shut down, but then Hugo casually says "Nah, just put some bleach on it."
- Fat Bastard: In the episode "Nude Beach", Hugo is shown to have a belly that not only covers up his privates, but also the fanny pack he wears.
- Foil: As noted in one of the episodes, his job is pretty much the antithesis to Bob's (Health Inspector vs Burger Joint). In terms of personality, he tends to be the uptight inspector compared to the more laid back Bob.
- Green-Eyed Monster: He only hates Bob for being married to Linda.
- I Warned You: Tries invoking on this on Bob during "The Deepening" when the ideas for stopping the shark do not work. The trope is averted, however, as he didn't warn Bob at all.
- Jerkass: As mentioned above, his feelings for Linda cause him to constantly antagonize Bob even when he's done nothing to him (and didn't even know who he was until the pilot episode).
- Obstructive Bureaucrat
- Out of Focus: In Season 4.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Returns from a hiatus because Bob's Burgers was about to be shut down - by another health inspector.
- You Need to Get Laid: Possibly. Bob's attempt of setting him up with another woman eventually failed. And in a later episode, it's been strongly implied that he and Linda never came to that stage of their relationship, despite being engaged.
Voiced by: Ronald Lynch
Hugo's partner and only friend.
Tropes associated with Ron:
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Hugo.
- Nice Guy: In "My Fuzzy Valentine" he helps Bob and the kids try to find the Love tester machine Bob thought he and Linda used on their date. When Hugo refuses to help them despite knowing it's location, Ron tells Bob Hugo's wrong for not helping them, and gives them the spare clipboard of places where it could be. And in "Best Burger" without hesitation, he helps the kids escape the store manager they stole the black garlic from, so they could help Bob win the competition.
- Only Sane Man: Tries his best to curb Hugo's vendetta with Bob.
Voiced by: David Herman
"Oh, hey, Marshmallow."
A friendly prostitute and semi-regular customer of Bob's Burgers.
Tropes associated with Marshmallow:
A guidance counselor at Wagstaff Junior High whom most of the Belchers, especially Bob and Louise, consider either annoying or pathetic.
Tropes associated with Mr. Frond:
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing
Mr. Frond:Why would you do a job without Rodney! You stupid idiot!
- Butt Monkey: The Belcher kids love to screw him over and prank him (cf. "The Frond Files")
- Designated Villain: Invoked in-universe in The Frond Files. He is not happy to be the villain in all three of the Belcher kids' stories about Wagstaff and almost breaks down in tears because Tina's story had him locking himself in a room while the students were being attacked by zombies. It's also because he finally realizes they don't like him.
- Also invoked in "Bad Tina" where he is called the Horrible Headmaster Frond in Tina Zombie Friend Fiction Butloose
Tina: Touching butts had been banded by the horrible Headmaster Frond.
Mr. Frond: What?
- Dirty Coward: In "Bob Day Afternoon" he asks that women and children should be released only for Bob to tell him that he isn't a woman. His response?
Mr. Frond: I will tuck my junk so fast!
- Hippie Teacher: Has shades of this.
- It's All About Me: "Synchronized Swimming" is a prime example of all his negative traits. He initially lets the Belcher kids get away with their "independent study" after they tell him they don't like the competitive nature or being judged in gym. Then it becomes obvious he's just using the synchronized swimming class to make a name for himself with the school board, ordering the kids that they have to take a final exam in front of said school board and that "You are judged from the day you're born to the day you die!" He then threatens the kids with summer school if they don't go along with it.
- Lawful Stupid
- Misplaced Kindergarten Teacher: Slightly.
- The Scrappy: In-universe, few people actually like him.
- Straw Loser: He's a guidance counselor even though it's pointed out that he's not married and he doesn't have kids of his own.
- Would Hit a Girl: When Bob asks if they're supposed to be challenging the kids in school during his substitute teaching stint, Frond assumes he means challenging them to a fight. Frond is horrified at the notion but says he'd consider it if he was fighting the girls, and even then, his tone seemed to say he wouldn't fight the kids because he knows they could wipe the floor with him.
The family's dentist, a rather insane and pathetic man.
Tropes associated with Doctor Yap:
Edith and Harold Cranwinkle
Owns an art shop called Reflections
- Big Guy, Little Guy
- Evil Old Folks: Well "evil" is kind of a stretch but Edith is very unpleasant and makes things difficult for the Belchers because she thinks they're pigs and should burn in Hell.
- Fat and Skinny
- Henpecked Husband: Harold.
- Moral Guardian: During "Art Crawl" Edith tries to censor Gayle's animal anus paintings because she thinks they're inappropriate. Bob initially hated them too and thought they were bad for business, but shifted priorities because he didn't like that Edith was trying to tell him what he could and couldn't hang up in his own establishment.
- Nice Hat: Harold's.
- The Nicknamer: Harold never calls Bob by his real name.
- Punch Clock Villain: Edith let Gene and Tina take her art class despite her feud with Bob simply because her class is open to anyone interested in art, but they either left or she kicked them out when Bob destroyed nearly $1000 in merchandise.
- Screw Politeness Im A Senior: Edith, especially to Bob.
- Sitcom Archnemesis
- Yes-Man: Harold
A friend of Linda's whose love life is very messed up.
Linda's best friend who is never seen on screen, though Linda frequently talks to her over the phone.
- The Ghost
- Good People Have Good Sex: Subverted. She apparently drugs her husband with "penis pills" all the time, or he takes them regularly. Linda wasn't clear on the details.
Linda: I wanna be edgy like them. Pill popping sex freaks!
- Noodle Incident: Linda usually relates weird stories about Ginger to her family but without all the details.
Linda: Ginger's cat died, but in a really funny way!
- Satellite Character
- Shout-Out: Possibly to Home Movies. In the earlier seasons of that show, Paula would often be talking to an unseen friend on the telephone, though that was mostly for exposition's sake.
Voiced by: Wendy Molyneux
Occasionally appears to babysit Gene, Tina and Louise. A generally meek person, she's usually thoroughly unprepared for their hijinks.
Mr. Fischoeder's even more off-kilter brother.
- Ambiguous Disorder: In his first appearance, though it's quietly dropped in "Wharf Horse".
- Big Bad: Of the "How Bob Saves/Destroys The Town" two-parter.
- Cain and Abel: He turns out to be Cain.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: His grasp on sanity makes Calvin seem almost well adjusted.
- Eye Scream: Is offhandedly revealed to have stabbed out his brother's eye.
- Heel-Face Turn: Has second thoughts about leaving Bob and Calvin to drown and goes back to save them.
- Manipulative Bastard: Uses Bob's desire for a nice burger joint to manipulate him into trying to get Calvin to sell Wonder Wharf
- Sanity Slippage: Granted he wasn't really sane to begin with, but Bob convincing Mr. Fischoder not to sell Wonder Wharf causes him to hold them both at gunpoint and tie them under the pier to be drowned by the tide.
A bank robber who befriended Bob.
Tropes associated with Mickey:
- Affably Evil: At first Bob was terrified of him, but once he was one of Mickey's hostages, he realized Mickey can be a pretty nice guy, although a bit eccentric, and scared.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Case in point, in “Dawn of the Peck” he thought that the birds that escaped were planning on taking over the earth.
- In "Bob Fires the Kids," he thought he could rob the same bank twice since it's unconstitutional to be tried for the same crime twice in America, even after Bob tells him that's not how "double jeopardy" works.
- Friendly Enemy: When he was still a bank robber (and sometimes when he still causes trouble), he was this to the Belchers.
- Heel-Face Revolving Door: Played for Laughs. In “Bob Fires the Kids” he got released from prison and says he planned on straightening himself out and worked for Bob for bit, only for Bob to find out that he was using their basement to tunnel into the bank, and fires him.
- In “Ambergris” we see him happily working at the Wharf, and is reluctant to help Louise sell the ambergris since it’s illegal. She does convince him to do “one last job” so he could use his share to open a bar, and officially go straight. However, when Tina says she’ll give him the full ambergris, because Louise was going to double-cross him he reveals that he’d use his share to buy a tank to rob a bank.
- As of “Wharf Horse” he seems to still be working at the Wharf, and focuses his job, and tells Louise she’s too short to ride the Rollercoaster only to later let her ride it when she claims she's with Fischoeder. And in “Dawn of the Peck” he gladly runs the ride that the kids are on, only to abandon them when the birds start attacking. But later comes back with Linda, and Teddy (although begrudgingly) to help save the kids and later Bob, and joins everyone for Thanksgiving.
- In “Best Burger” he helped the kids get the black garlic to Bob, and helped the kids avoid the store manager they took it from.
- Villainous Friendship: With his old partner Rodney, to the point where he looked up to him.
- Why Do You Keep Changing Jobs?: His job at the Wharf always keeps changing, whether it is controlling the Rollercoaster or “The Scramble Pan”.
“Big Bob” Belcher
Voiced by: H. Jon Benjamin ("Bob Fires the Kids" only), Bill Hader
Bob’s father, and the owner of Big Bob's Diner.
Tropes associated with Big Bob:
- Abusive Parents: When Bob (our main character) was a kid, Big Bob would have him work in the restaurant all summer rather than let his son play outside and make friends, resulting in Bob befriending inanimate objects.
- In “Father of the Bob” we see that he wouldn’t give his son a chance to make his own burgers, insisted that he listen to him and follow the menu he created, and throws out the burger Bob made.
- Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Despite how overcritical he was, he did still try to get along with his son, giving him a Christmas present of changing the restaurant from “Big Bob’s Diner” to “Big Bob’s and Son’s Diner” and wanting to be partners (only for Bob Jr. to refuse due to how impossible his dad was).
- By the end of “Father of the Bob”, Bob realizes that his father kept the first review of Bob’s Burgers; they both apologize for how they both treated each other. Bob says he’s sorry for how he handled saying no to Big Bob’s offer and accepts Big Bob for who he is, and Big Bob apologizes for being impossible to work with, and says Bob has done well for himself and should be proud.
- Control Freak: Refused to let Bob change the menu at all. It's why Bob choose not to become partners with him
- Early-Bird Cameo: We don’t see his face, but we hear his voice, and get our first glimpse at what kind of father he was in “Bob Fires the Kids”.
- His restaurant also makes an appearance in the background of many episodes, as a picture in Bob’s living room
- Early Installment Weirdness: In “Bob Fires the Kids” Big Bob sounds like Bob, but a bit deeper, unlike “Father of the Bob” where he sounds completely different.
- In “Bob Fires the Kids” Bob and Linda also say that Big Bob sold his diner, and some ladies had bought the place. Fast Forward to “Father of the Bob” Big Bob still has the same diner, and it’s still where it was in the flashback implying that he either bought his Diner back, or this has been retconned.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Made his son work each summer instead of having fun, and was always critical of how he would cook. But he does love his grandchildren, and his son enough to keep the first review of his restaurant, admits that he is hard to work with, and believes that his son has done fine on his own, and should be proud.
- The Other Darrin: Voiced by H. Jon Benjamin in "Bob Fires the Kids," later played by Bill Hader.