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The Belcher Family
Voiced by H. Jon Benjamin
Owner of Bob's Burgers.
- Adorkable: He can show shades of this.
- 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. Like, even a single drop.
- Alliterative Name: Well, sorta.
- 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.
- At the end of "Mutiny on the Windbreaker", when Duval wanted a kiss from Bob. He seemed willing to oblige, if not for the crowd (his family included).Duval: Kiss me!
Bob: Not now. Not a good time.Duval: Then when?!
- After the Deli Guy mistakenly took Bob's repeated turkey purchases as flirting:
- Ambiguously Brown: Lampshaded, one example is Mr. Fischoeder calling him "swarthy". According to Word of God, they're probably Greek-Armenian-Italian-Jewish-German, with at least some French or French-Canadian (the name "Belcher") too.
- Berserk Button:
- Try not to talk about Lobsterfest.
- Linda also mentions not to buy him V-neck shirts.
- Book Dumb: Generally, this is subverted; Bob is a rather intelligent man, especially when it comes to practical wisdom. Although, it's mentioned in "My Big Fat Greek Bob" that he never attended college, though besides that he seems to be generally uninterested in (personal — the kids have college funds) continuing education. He lacks some knowledge of more sophisticated things but he's also extremely creative with his burgers. Despite this, he seems to be good with math, as evidenced by the math in the overly complicated Meatsiah recipe.
- This might be biting him in the ass, as while it's not really brought up on the show, he has a tendency to keep trying to branch out and away from his core competencies (or rather, he's good at cooking burgers, but keeps trying to bring in more money by doing other things).
- When he gets down to it, he can apparently absorb a lot of information in a hurry. In "The Equestranauts" he seems to have learned a fandom's worth of info about that show inside the time frame of a single convention (2-4 days in a weekend, usually).
- 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 triumphantly in "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 of Mr. Frond and Caf-Co. The episode ends with Bob and Tina enjoying lunch together.
- Season 5 as a whole seems to be going out of its way to subvert this with Bob pulling off decisive victories in "The Oedor Games", "Hawk & Chick", and "Father of the Bob."
- 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.
- Character Tics: Bob's eyes cross a little when he's lying.
- 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", usually kitchen utensils or food.
- "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.
- The Complainer Is Always Wrong: Bob is frequently the recipient of this since his family tends to drag him into their crazy schemes.
- Cool Teacher: Becomes one in "Bob and Deliver".
- Crippling Overspecialization: Played With. Bob's specialty as a burger cook has occasionally been mocked on the show, such as in "Bob and Deliver" and "Wagstaff School News". He knows enough about cooking to teach a home economics class, but outside of burgers his cooking abilities aren't really touched upon. Seems he can cook normal meals just fine, though.
- Averted in the Thanksgiving and Christmas episodes, where he is very neurotic about the holiday meals he is preparing. The second Christmas episode has his primary concern being about the ham drying out and overcooking ( before the candy cane truck tries to kill him and his family). The Thanksgiving episode has him trying to prepare a special three-day brined turkey that he's immensely proud of, and becoming increasingly unhinged when it keeps ending up in the toilet.
- Deadpan Snarker: While he normally puts up with others with some degree of passive patience, he is quite capable of throwing out quips, particularly when dealing with Linda.
- Fat Idiot: Averted. While he isn't college educated and is somewhat old-school in his thinking, Bob is regularly shown to be exceptionally sharp and surprisingly open-minded to worldviews outside of his own.
- 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. For instance, in "Art Crawl" he deliberately keeps Gayle's paintings on the wall as a way to spite the Cranwinkles. Part of this stems from his Only Sane Man mentality where he just doesn't want to deal with crazy ideas.
- It's not generalized Pride, incidentally; unless something gets on his bad side, he'll trade off dignity for a solution as needed.
- 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 see 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 while supporting their awkward tendencies with his only worry being how other people would react to them. And he is always — ALWAYS — there for them.
- Hidden Depths: Bob has a genuine liking towards gardening.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Downplayed — he has a vindictive streak that comes out sometimes — but he's still the Belcher who most reliably stays on the straight and narrow.
- Incredibly Lame Pun: Bob is incredibly fond of naming his burgers around these, and becomes visibly upset when their quality is insulted.
- Jerkass Ball: 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.
- To be fair, Linda had stolen the (very expensive) espresso machine and pawned it in order to pay for baseball lessons from a man was quite obviously a scammer. Bob was trying to prove it by showing Gene hadn't improved in baseball at all so they could demand a refund of their money. Still not a pleasant thing to do, though.
- Knight in Sour Armor: Despite the hardships he faces running his restaurant, Bob still maintains a strong sense of integrity.
- Nice Guy: While he's a definite introvert and dislikes having to spend time with pretty much anyone, he's actually a pretty compassionate and understanding guy who's quick to make friends with most people he meets regardless of their eccentricities (see his friendships with Marshmallow and the three transvestite hookers whom he may have tried crack with while sharing a drink with).
- No Social Skills: He tries to go out of his way to avoid having to spend significant amounts of time with anyone, his family included, but this is more out of his own social phobias than an inherent dislike of people. He'll go out of his way to make sure to bond with his kids, but at the end of the day, he's the guy on the grill in the back and he's happy with that.
- Not So Above It All: On occasion he can be just as crazy as his family. A Running Gag with him usually involves Bob getting hooked on stuff, like pain medication or absinthe. Not to mention his penchant for puns. His feud with Jimmy Pesto also has a tendency to bring out his less sane side.
- One-Note Cook: Downplayed. He's noted to be exceptionally excellent at making burgers, with even his biggest critics admitting their great taste, but his skill at cooking all other kinds of food varies from "competent" to "terrible".
- Only Sane Employee: As his employees consist of his incredibly bizarre and wacky wife and kids, he is this by default.
- 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 during a school trip? He's easily convinced into joining hernote . 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.
- He was originally against Tina taking capoeira lessons in "Sexy Dance Fighting" but only because it was cutting into her work at the restaurant and because he missed the father-daughter bonding during said work. He does however support her in the end despite his dislike towards the instructor and he's very annoyed when he flunks her. Being from an early episode, this could just be an example of Character Development for Bob. He was also against Gene taking baseball lessons in "The Unnatural" but for good reasons: the instructor was an incompetent con-man and Linda stole and pawned his new espresso machine to pay for it.
- Opposites Attract: He and Linda couldn't be more different, but they love each other anyway.
- 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 quiet, reserved Blue Oni to Linda's boisterous and energetic Red.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Savvy Guy to Linda's Energetic Girl. Linda rarely speaks in anything lower than a scream and frequently comes up with larger than life schemes, while Bob is quiet and generally more than satisfied simply with getting through the day without having anything bad happen.
- Standard '50s Father: Bob is a modernized example of this trope. He works hard to support his family and usually acts as the voice of reason.
- The Stoic: Downplayed. While he's very capable of having a full on freak out, his generally demeanor is a quiet calm, and it takes a lot to shake him out of it.
- 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: Downplayed. While his cooking is frequently commented on as being very good, with his burgers in particular earning high praise from even world-class critics, it's made equally clear that there are much better chefs out there. Outside of burgers, Bob's cooking skills, while still generally good, are much less noteworthy.
- Technician Vs Performer: In terms of being a restaurant owner, he is the performer to Jimmy Pesto's technician. He knows next to nothing about business, and almost always follows his heart over his brain when making decisions. The end result is that he's a great guy and a fantastic burger chef, but a terrible businessman whose restaurant is always on the verge of closing.
- 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.
- White Sheep: Considering that the quirkiest thing about him is his love for making Incredibly Lame Puns, it can be surprising to see how truly bizarre the rest of his family is.
- Workaholic: Has shades of this, particularly early on, but nowadays it's heavily downplayed. The kids and Linda are understanding of the need to keep the restaurant running, and Bob has some leeway in when and how to run it — as a rule, he will temporarily close the restaurant if his family needs him to. In general, and especially as a small business owner, he has an enviable work/life balance.
Voiced by: John Roberts
- 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!
- In general, she seems to be someone who drinks heavily when the social opportunity presents itself, and in moderation at other times.
- Bad "Bad Acting": Her "Dreamatorium" show.
- Base-Breaking Character: An in-universe example thanks to "Eat, Spray, Linda." When Linda goes missing, Bob and the kids go looking for her at her usual hang outs and realize that the town's opinion of her is divided. One half thinks she's annoying, the other half likes her.
- Big Eater: She's been banned from Devendorf's Bakery for taking too many free samples.
- Birthday Hater: "You get to a certain age and they're no fun" (from Eat, Spray, Linda).
- Blue and Orange Morality: Due to her desire to support her family mixed with Rule of Funny, for example she's OK with Bob murdering Teddy but not the heath inspectors offensive music, or she will allow Bob to cheat on her with a woman she hates to get a space in a garden but draws the line at him bringing a cow in the house.
- Buxom Is Better: Several characters have remarked that she's fairly busty.
- Cain and Abel: Underplayed. She is the Abel to Gayle's Cain, but they're on good terms with each other.
- 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!" "Aw, Bohhh-beeee!"
- Chubby Chaser: In "Full Bars" she's implied to be one.
- Character Tic: If Linda is upset at times, her left eye will twitch.
- Cloudcuckoolander: At times. It's pretty clear the kids get it from her.
- Control Freak: 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.
- Cool Big Sis: While it isn't clear as to which one is older or younger, although, most of the time she plays to Gayle, who she's protective of and helpful towards.
- Cross Dressing Voice: Although unlike Tina her voice actor actually makes a (deliberately half-assed) attempt to sound like a woman. Specifically a stereotypical Jewish Mother.
- Cute but Cacophonic: Where do you think Louise and Gene got it from?
- Deadpan Snarker: On occasion. One such example occurs when she calls Bob on his (lack of) nature survivalism, which results in his food poisoning:
- The Determinator: When Linda gets into something she gets into it, right to the point of Sanity Slippage.
- Extreme Doormat: In "Lindapendent Woman", she takes a job as shift manager at a local supermarket, and can't refuse any requests by her employees to take a day off. She ends up the only employee there.
- In "Synchronized Swimming" the kids have thoroughly convinced her to do all their homework for them.
- Evil Laugh: Whenever her more eccentric personality traits come to play, she has a habit of letting these out (and making her the most likely person Louise got her own Evil Laugh tendencies from).
- Fanservice Pack: Linda in the Archer Season 4 opener Crossover 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 "Mother Daughter Lazer Razor" and "Slumber Party".
- Good Parents: Despite her quirks (and sometimes Depending on the Writer), she does love her kids and tries her best, just like Bob.
- Has a Type: Likes men with mustaches.
- Informed Attractiveness: The art style is naturally pretty ugly, and thus Linda's multiple suitors can come off as a bit of a surprise. Then again, the majority of them are desperate losers and creeps, so it's still not that strange.
- Innocent Fanservice Girl: An in-universe 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). Since the art style is about as far from sexy as possible, though, this is only really fanservice for other characters on the show.
- 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: Linda has a tendency to never consider the feelings of others, her family included, when making decisions, causing her to often act selfishly. Despite this, she is generally shown to be a friendly woman who sincerely cares about her family.
- 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: Particularly since she greatly enjoys musical theater.
- Mama Bear: You do not want to mess with her kids or Gayle.
- 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 all the kids, but Louise takes the most issue with it. 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: Very little actually brings her down.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The loud and energetic Red Oni to Bob's quiet and reserved Blue Oni.
- Runaway Bride: Linda was engaged to Hugo before leaving him for Bob.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: The Energetic Girl to Bob's Savvy Guy. Linda rarely speaks in anything lower than a scream and frequently comes up with larger than life schemes, while Bob is quiet and generally more than satisfied simply with getting through the day without having anything bad happen.
- 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.
- Cynthia Bush mother of Louis's Sitcom Arch-Nemesis.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Depending on the Writer, she can still show traces of Jerk Ass when she is given the Jerkass Ball every now and then.
- The Unfavorite: Inverted; while she loves her children equally, all of them seem much more interested in spending time with Bob, their father. Louise is the most blatant about it, while Gene shows the least favoritism. Most obviously shown in "Mother Daughter Laser Razor," where all three children repeatedly show more interest in spending time with Bob.
- 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.
- Adorkable: She's weird, unattractive and downright creepy at times, but nonetheless completely lovable.
- Airplane Arms: Inverted. When Tina runs, her arms don't move at all.
- All Girls Like Ponies: Her room is decorated with horse posters, and she seems to have some more-than-casual knowledge of them.
- Ambiguous Disorder: Though Bob denies that Tina is autistic, she displays many symptoms of Asperger Syndrome. Likely subverted as well, since her awkwardness could also stem from the fact that she's hitting puberty, which is a time when awkwardness comes in full bloom in some people (the writers seem to be pushing this interpretation more, as well).
- Ambiguously Bi: Showed an interest in female nude scenes in a shark horror movie. In "Crawl Space" she doesn't seem to have any objections to the possibility of a threesome with both a male and female zombie.
- Beware the Nice Ones: She's the nicest of her siblings and is at time an Extreme Doormat. But when push comes to shove, she has shown to be more ruthless than Louise.
- Breakout Character: Surprisingly enough, the painfully awkward Tina ended up striking a chord with most viewers, causing her to steadily be elevated into one of the most focused on members of the family.
- Catch Phrase: Her distressed groan. More of a Catch Noise, really.
- Characterization Marches On: Tina was first playing along fully with her siblings in a prank for the pilot; by episode 4 she developed into a daughter that respects Bob much more.
- In "Hamburger Dinner Theater" she has crippling stage fright. Then in "Family Fracas" in season three:Tina (to the audience): Hi, I'm Tina! I like horses, music, and boys! Hi boys, I'm Tina.
- After a few moments early on, the writers seem to be going out of their way to make it seem more likely that it's teenage awkwardness and not an Ambiguous Disorder.
- In "Hamburger Dinner Theater" she has crippling stage fright. Then in "Family Fracas" in season three:
- The Chick: Not that great at social situations, but she's the (usually outvoted) voice of reason in the Belcher siblings.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Is very quick to fly off into a daydream, particularly regarding boys or romance.
- Covert Pervert: Tina would be this, except she has a tendency to tell people about it anyways. She is uncomfortably enthusiastic on suggestion that she may have to mate with survivors of the storm to repopulate the town.
- Creepy Monotone: Subverted. She's creepy when she's in a vindictive mood — but that's the exception, and for the most part she's Adorkable.
- Daddy's Girl: Of the three Belcher kids, she's the closest to Bob and most likely to immediately support him.
- Subverted in "Bob and Deliver", where she thinks that having her dad as a substitute teacher would make her the automatic teacher's pet. He ends up bonding with Zeke instead much to her frustration.
- Danger Is My Middle Name: ...But it's spelled "Ruth".
- Deadpan Snarker: At times, when she's designated as a Straight Man to everyone else. (But also subverted, in that it's not as though she ever says anything not deadpan...)
- Depending on the Writer: Tina has committed her share of dishonest behavior. She lies to people without a second thought in "Food Truckin'", brokers her way out of school in "Synchronized Swimming", and in "My Fuzzy Valentine", and coolly lies to her mother about a sailing lesson in "Burgerboss."
- The Determinator: Has dozens of crushes on boys yet somehow manages to make it through every day as if it's no big deal, while still focusing on Jimmy Jr., whereas Louise almost went insane after her first crush. Besides that, she has the usual Belcher stubbornness.
- Disapproving Look: According to "The Cook, The Steve, The Gayle, And Her Lover" she has one strong enough to force Louise go through a Heel Realization without having to say a word (though only Gene and Louise can tell it apart from her normal look.)
- Don't Explain the Joke: As part of her Adorkable package, Tina often forgets this.
- Establishing Character Moment: "My crotch is itchy."
- Everyone Has Standards: Despite her obsession with zombies and butt touching, she was creeped out by a kid who was determined to taste the hair of a morning talk show host. In general, she takes after her dad and has reasonably high standards to begin with.
- Evil Laugh: Well... attempts one in "Presto Tina-O" anyway.Louise: ...is something caught in your throat?
- Extreme Doormat: At times, especially if she's trying to get on somebody's good side, that somebody usually being Jimmy Junior or Tammy. However, she will stand up for herself if you push her too far, and has no problem threatening to punch someone in the face again and again and again and again and again...
- Flat Joy: She doesn't emote well, or much.
- Funny Afro: In Gene's story portion of "The Frond Files."
- Friend Versus Lover: Somewhat. Even though she and Jimmy Jr. aren't dating, they do show romantic interests to each other. Although it's 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 former 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."
- Hair Decorations: Her tiny yellow hair clip is always on, and comes into play when she "transforms" into Dina by switching it to her left side.
- Ink-Suit Actor: Intentional or not, Tina's voice actor, Dan Mintz looks just like her.
- Larynx Dissonance: Has an obviously male voice. Also counts as a Development Gag, because originally Tina was going to be an awkward teenage boy named Daniel.
- Let's Get Dangerous!: Most of the time Tina is a socially-awkward Extreme Doormat... but when she gets serious, she shows a high level of cunning, planning ("Ambergris" "Tina Tailor Soldier Spy"), and investigative skill ("Broadcast Wagstaff School News" "Lice Things Are Lice").
- Must Have Caffeine: In "The Unnatural," Tina discovers espresso for the first time...and gets hooked on it — to the point that she's drinking motel coffee with discarded cigarettes in it.
- It's not clear if she gave up coffee after that — the fort ("Fort Night") apparently had some used coffee filters in it, and that was before they had access to the garbage bin.
- Nice Girl: The nicest and most (selflessly) helpful of the Belcher kids.
- Nightmare Fetishist: She admires "the swagger" of zombies."I'm not a zombiephile. I just admire their swagger."
- The Reliable One: She's the Belcher child that Bob and Linda are most likely to give responsibility to.
- School Newspaper Newshound: Hosts a hard news segment on the school TV newscast and made and broadcast her own news program with Louise's help after the school TV newcast shoots down her desire to investigate the "Mad Pooper/Butt-ler" mystery.
- The Southpaw: She's the only left-handed Belcher.
- Straight Man: Her mellow and milquetoast persona is quite a contrast to the rest of her family, especially Louise.
- Teens Are Short: Tina's thirteen and is just slightly higher then Bob's waist. Since she is only just a teenager, she may be still early in her pubescent growth spurt.
- Unknown Rival: To Zeke who she sees as an opponent for Jimmy Jr.'s attention, while Zeke sees her as a friend and has hinted to be attracted to her as well.
- Will Not Tell a Lie: Tina is a very honest person, and it's difficult for her to lie. When she's in a situation where she has to, such as in "Tina-Rannosaurus Wrecks," she feels incredibly guilty about it. Also, she is clearly hesitant to sell their newly-discovered ambergris on the black market in "Ambergris".
- Yaoi Fan Girl: Tina has fantasies about two male zombies making out in front of her. This is due to after watching Night of the Living Dead (1968) her zombie nightmares started blending with her hormonal teenage arousal dreams.
- She won the bet when Mr. Fischoeder asked who predicted that Bob and Jimmy Pesto will end up falling asleep on each other if no one wins the fight.
Voiced by: Eugene Mirman.
The 11-year-old middle child and their only son.
- Ambiguously Bi: Fantasized about having a man draw him naked (a la Titanic) in "Mutiny on the Windbreaker".
Tina: When I kiss Jimmy Jr. under the disco ball, it will be like we're all kissing Jimmy Jr. under the disco ball.Gene: I call first!Louise: Really?Gene: Well if I'm gonna kiss him I don't want to go after you guys.Linda: I'll go last, I'm fine with that.Bob: We're not kissing Jimmy Jr!Gene: YES WE ARE!
- There was also this:Louise: What ever happened to Roberto? Did you try showering with him again?
- He was also very enthusiastic about kissing Jimmy Jr. in "Sheesh! Cab, Bob?"
- He got grounded in one episode after he admitted to visiting a website about transvestites of course it should be noted he seemed to be disgusted by it considering his reaction.
- There was also this:
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Gene is distracted very easily, and his inability to focus has caused problems on multiple occasions. The family even refers to the act of losing focus on the task at hand as "Geneing out."
- Attention Whore: In "Beefsquatch."
- Seems to be Gene in general as of Season 3. He makes it clear that he'd prefer attention from his art and/or performance, than just attention in general.
- Big Fun: Will generally prioritize having a good time of things.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: While mostly using his keyboard to record fart noise, he can write some zazzy music when he puts in the effort. Even Bob is surprised he wrote "Electric Love".
- He also creates a pretty impressive electric recorder by combining a recorder with his megaphone in "Itty Bitty Ditty Committee".
- Chivalrous Pervert: With his sound system. The fact that he heard his grandparents "doing it" won't help matters.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Even by this show's standards.
- Deadpan Snarker: At times.
- The Ditz: Far and away the dumbest members of the Belcher family.
- Extreme Omnivore: He really enjoys eating the Fracas Foam that the family kept winning on the game show.
- Gasshole: With his megaphone. In general, Gene loves farts, and farting. After his grandparents stayed in his room over a weekend, he declared he had to go "re-fart" his room.
- Hidden Depths: Is actually a really good musician and songwriter when he applies himself and doesn't just mess around with fart noises.
- Keet: Generally a bubbly, friendly kid you'd want to know despite his more annoying tendencies.
- Ink-Suit Actor: He's a kid version of his voice actor, Eugene Mirman.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: More of a buffoon than a full blown jerk, but he does have some selfish moments. They generally aren't intentional, however, and he does mean well.
- Kiddie Kid: At times. Oscillates wildly between childishness and oddly mature behavior.
- Large Ham: Takes after Linda in his love for the performing arts.
- The Load: As noted under Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!, Gene is known for just completely flaking on the family and making tasks more difficult. Linda lampshades it at one point, saying that Bob entrusted Gene with a task simply to have Gene's screwups as an easy source of blame if he couldn't succeed on his own merits.
- Mama's Boy: If there's one thing Gene is open about, it's his love for his mother.Gene: Why? Because I'm eleven and I still love Mom.
- No Indoor Voice: He has a tendency to loudly deny whenever Bob tries to correct him over something. Generally, if someone tries to correct Gene, he'll just scream that they're wrong. Eh — he's just loud in general.
- One Of The Girls: While he has no problem with hanging out with other guys, he has stated that he prefers the company of girls. This is likely a result of him spending almost all of his time with his two sisters, both of whom are close to him in age.
- Toilet Humor: While farts are by far his stock in trade, Gene is practically guaranteed to be present for (and probably the one delivering) any joke that's toilet-related. Not to mention an entire episode devoted to him bonding with a talking toilet.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: He's begun developing shades of this and often makes comments about being a woman.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: 'It Snakes A Village' reveals Gene has a crippling fear of snakes. Fortunately, he was able to overcome it in time to save his sisters from a quicksand pit.
Voiced by: Kristen Schaal
Their 9-year-old youngest daughter.
- Ax-Crazy: You need to mash a bunch of her buttons for this to come out, but she will boil you alive if you cross her one time too many.
- 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".
- Tampering with her possessions or entering her room without permission can drive her into near-insane fury.
- Breakout Character: In the vein of Bart Simpson or Stewie Griffin, Louise's unrestrained attitude makes her a clear example of the mischievous kind in contrast to Tina's more surprising popularity.
- 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: "SICK!"
- 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. She gets this tic from her mother.
- 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. Linda is perfectly aware of the former, as she tells Mr. Frond (whom Louise had pranked by convincing him her father was dead and haunting the restaurant) that "she likes to mess with people she thinks are stupid".
- Comedic Sociopathy: Of a sort. She claims that she does not understand emotions like empathy, and actually thinks she's going crazy when she feels sorry for her dad. However, many episodes show her being a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
- She does however recognize that she loves her family, and even says so when in a dire position.
- Companion Cube: As seen in "The Belchies," if Louise is left alone long enough, she'll also start treating nearby objects like they're alive, just like her father.
- Cry Cute: Her snarky exterior briefly cracks in "Spaghetti Western and Meatballs".
- Cuteness Proximity: She is quite embarrassed to show a very strong cute side of her when she can't resist petting baby dogs.
- Cute and Psycho: An adorable kid with a bunny ears hat, and see Ax-Crazy and Enfant Terrible.
- Daddy's Girl:
- Truly hits home in "Mother Daughter Laser Razor".
- In "Carpe Museum" she even implies that she thinks she'll succeed Bob 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 MomentLouise: 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 backs away out of disgust.
- Evil Laugh: Yep. Not really clear where she gets it from, though (though most likely Linda, considering she can let them loose whenever her eccentricities get the best of her).
- Fangirl: For Boo-Boo (And it terrifies her).
- 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: Extremely hyperactive.
- Heel Realization: Has this happen occasionally, mostly when her actions can harm those she loves, like her siblings or her Aunt Gayle.
- Hot-Blooded: Tends to go from zero to screaming the fastest among the Belchers.
- 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 make plans.
- Iconic Outfit: Louise is never seen without her pink bunny ears hat, and is rare seen wearing anything other than her green dress.
- The colors extend to infancy, where pictures of baby Louise reveal that she wore a green onesie and a pink beanie.
- It Amused Me: Her motivation for some of the mischief she causes.
- It's All About Me: Knows pretty damn well it isn't, though, and will stop when it harms the people she loves.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's mean and bitter a good portion of the time, but she does have a nice side buried deep down, which mainly comes out when it involves the people she loves.
- Lack of Empathy: On one occasion, she freely admits she doesn't understand emotions like empathy, and when she realizes she feels sorry for Bob, she thinks she's going insane.
Louise: A nice person wouldn't put on a "Nice-capades." They wouldn't need to.
- This is thoroughly defied in the episode "Nice-capades." Louise, Tina, and Gene accidentally get on the wrong side of a Mall Santa and fear it'll put them in trouble with the real deal, so they put on an ice show singing about all the nice stuff they've done. However, Louise has a Heel Realization during her list of Blatant Lies, and tells the Mall Santa that only Tina and Gene deserve presents for Christmas.
- Also in "The Cook, The Steve, The Gayle, and Her Lover" she realizes that even though she hates Mr. Frond, she shouldn't ruin things between him and Gayle because Gayle is her aunt and she loves her and wants her to be happy.
- Large Ham: Doesn't chew scenery like Gene, and in fact generally prefers a quiet approach to a heavy-handed one, but she will immediately take center stage when it is to her advantage.
- The Leader: Of the Belcher siblings.
- Limited Wardrobe: More so than anyone else in the family, and she apparently wore a pink hat/green clothes combo when she was a baby as well. Generally only changes outfits when her green dress is completely unsuitable for what she's doing (skiing, costumes, etc.).
- Little Girls Kick Shins: Played straight when she kicks Sergeant Bosco in Bob Day Afternoon, but subverted most other times — she'll tackle you properly if she needs to.
- Little Miss Snarker: Pretty much the modern Western Animation icon for this.
- Mood Whiplash: She does this consistently and in most cases purposefully, especially in the earlier episodes and when trying to 'convince' others to do what she wants.
- Mouthy Kid: The MOUTH on this kid...
- Morality Chain: Her family is pretty much the best way to get her nice side to surface. She also genuinely cares about "Regular-Sized" Rudy, showing concern when his asthma acted up during the museum trip in Carpe Museum and when Rudy reveals he's allergic to chocolate while chocolate is dripping on them from the top of the train in The Kids Rob A Train.
- The Napoleon: Doesn't have any Height Angst, and the trope applies to her less due to her size and more due to how, if left unchecked, no one would be surprised if she took over Europe.
- 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: The bunny ears hat. And heaven forbid if you touch it, as the last person whom did so got a biker gang called on them.
- Nightmare Fetishist: Whenever anything terrible is happening or seems likely to happen, odds are Louise will be rooting for it. She also loves to be terrified, but it takes a lot to manage it. One episode involves her family enacting a huge, elaborate plot involving several other characters to finally manage to scare her, and it turns out to be a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming because it's what she always wanted.
- No Indoor Voice: She's prone to spontaneously shouting at the top of her lungs to get a point across.
- Not Me This Time: In "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.
- Not So Different: To Linda. Their overall craziness is very similar, and is even lampshaded by Bob in "The Kids Run Away":Linda: Hey, you gotta fight crazy with crazy.Bob: Well, Louise gets this from your side of the family.Linda: You don't think I know that? (maniacal laugh)
- Ping-Pong Naïveté: She seems to know a lot of things a 9-year-old shouldn't know, yet she still needs a night light and believes in Santa Claus.
- Sarcastic Devotee: While all of the Belcher family enjoys making fun of Bob from time to time, Louise probably does it the most due to her Gadfly nature. Nevertheless, she is loyal to her family and loves her father.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She claims to dislike most girly things out loud and ridicules Tina for having a crush on Jimmy Junior — or for that matter boys in general, but her room is fairly feminine, she has a soft spot for puppies and she developed a major crush for a boy band's lead singer which she gets over by the end of the episode. Not to mention her hat.
- 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. (Later episodes make it clear that, while she understands the mechanics just fine, the deeper aspects of maturity are still beyond her.)
- Tsundere: She acts this way towards Boo Boo in "Boyz 4 Now", and still does as seen at the end of "Hauntening".Louise: There's that idiot Boo Boo. It was his dumb birthday last week, not that I care or even know that.
- Twitchy Eye: Whenever she enters Ax-Crazy mode. This is a trait she picked up from her mother.
- Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: The main Jerkass/Jerk with a Heart of Gold of the family who nonetheless tends to be the most intelligent (or, that's how she thinks of it, anyway).
- 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.
The Pesto Family
Voiced by: Jay Johnston
Owner of Pesto's Pizza, rival to Bob.
- 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.
- 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: Never referred to by anything other than his full name.
- Evil Is Petty: He regularly gets into pissing contests (or "peeing races," as Linda calls them) with Bob over trivial things.
- Fauxreigner: His real surname is "Poplopovich" which possibly implies a Russian/Slavic heritage but gave himself an Italian name to authenticate his Italian restaurant.
- Jerkass: He's not really shown to have any redeeming qualities. Along with antagonizing Bob, he is generally shown to be a bad person.
- 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. Though Bob does get the last laugh at the end of the episode when he finds out Jimmy doesn't know how to change a tire and lords it over him.
- 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: His food is bad enough to give two people food poisoning, and the burger he makes during a cooking competition is so bad that the judges aren't able to make it through a single bite before spitting it out. Mickey the bank robber even describes his pizza as the worst he's ever had in his life. Played with to a degree, as he is heavily implied to not do most of the cooking at his own restaurant, instead relying on a hired kitchen staff, resulting in the food generally being of higher quality than if he himself had made it.
- Psychopathic Manchild: His behavior towards Bob can be VERY childish, as he pretty much taunts him in the same way a child would taunt another child. That being said, Bob's reactions towards his abuse are hardly more mature.
- Out of Focus: From season 3 onwards.
- 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.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: To Bob.
- Technician Vs Performer: In terms of being a restaurant owner, he is the technician to Bob's performer. He's a highly skilled businessman who runs his restaurant like a well-oiled machine and is willing to do whatever it takes, no matter how underhanded, to optimize his profits. The end result is that he's extremely successful financially but otherwise a terrible person and chef.
- Ungrateful Bastard: He'll still mock Bob even when Bob tries to help him.
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.
- Amazon Chaser: He comes to the conclusion "strong girls are hot" at the end of "The Belchies" after he witnesses how Tina's quick thinking saved Louise's life.
- Attention Whore / Crazy Jealous Guy: Can quickly become this to Tina or Zeke when he feels pressured.
- Betty and Veronica: The aloof Veronica to Josh's approachable Betty.
- Daddy Issues: "Don't tell me not to dance, Dad!"
- Dancing with Myself: He has a passion for dancing his feelings, especially slow dancing, which he doesn't seem to realize is typically done with a partner.
- Green-Eyed Epiphany: Once he finds out that Tina has Josh courting her, he spends a whole episode trying to woo her.
- Jerkass Ball: In "Presto Tina-O", he acts more abrasively towards Tina, to the point of making her angry.
- Missing Mom: While she was mentioned, his mother is yet to be seen. His and the twins' parents are divorced.
- Nice Guy: He's generally always a decent, if somewhat dim and oblivious, guy.
- Oblivious to Love: He has a hard time picking up that Tina's into him, though later episodes suggest that he is at the very least subconsciously aware of it.
- Speech Impediment: Has a very pronounced lisp.
- Technician Vs Performer: The performer to Josh's technician.
- Those Two Guys: With Zeke.
- Too Dumb to Live: Thinks dancing around wildly with scissors is a good idea.
- Will They or Won't They?: With Tina.
Andy and Ollie Pesto
Jimmy Pesto's younger twin sons, who are overly-attached to each other.
- Ambiguously Gay: They're occasionally suggested to be attracted to each other.
- Color-Coded Characters: Andy wears a dark mustard yellow shirt while Ollie wears a sky blue shirt.
- Cute but Cacophonic: Both of them, but Ollie's voice can come off as the more grating of the two
- Expy: They seem to be of Walter and Perry from Loren Bouchard's previous show Home Movies, with both sets being Cloudcuckoolanders in a bizarrely codependent and vaguely romantic relationship.
- The Dividual: To the point where being assigned separate partners on a field trip causes them to have an emotional breakdown.
- Finishing Each Other's Sentences
- Single-Minded Twins: Both of them think alike.
- Twincest: Implied in a very G to PG rated way.
- Twin Telepathy: Implied, considering one of them can feel it when Louis attempts to steal the other one's wallet out of his pants.
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.
- Big Fun: He's big, boisterous and energetic.
- Blatant Lies: After he was found out to be the Mad Pooper the reason why he didn't get punished is because "[his] family moves around a lot." He never disappears after this is said.
- Boisterous Bruiser: The show doesn't make use of his "bruiser" side much (the Belcher kids go straight to him for their bouncer in "The Kids Run The Restaurant", so it's recognized in-universe), but he is definitely boisterous.
- Bromantic Foil: A variant, where he is often more Tina's foil rather than Jimmy Jr's.
- 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 former tends to act cold and distant to the latter, with Zeke being completely oblivious to this — and in fact, seems to like her as a friend just fine. The biggest example would probably be in "The Belchies."
- Interestingly enough, Tina is generally nicer to Zeke when Jimmy Jr. isn't around.
- Hidden Depths: As Bob helps him discover, he has a hidden talent for cooking — specifically, he might have a perfect palate, and he demonstrates an aptitude for short-order cooking. The occasional stray comment indicates that he greatly appreciates peoples' trust in him.
- Hot-Blooded: The kind of kid who will jump to action at the drop of a hat. Any action, any hat.
- Large Ham: Just chews scenery every time he shows up. He spends large parts of "Presto Tina-O" not actually doing much, for example, but still manages to have a presence.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Wears a jockstrap on his face while giving Gene a purple nurple in "Gene It On". Gene is too stupid to tell him apart even when Zeke tells him on the face it's not him.
- 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 saysZeke: 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", Bob discovers he has a highly acute sense of taste and natural talent at cooking, greatly improving the soup Bob was showing them despite not knowing what most of the spices he was using even were.
- Teen Pregnancy: According to a throw away line from "OT:The Outside Toilet", he was the result of one."Oh, man. This is heavier than my mom at the prom. 'Cause she was pregnant with me."
- Those Two Guys: With Jimmy Jr.
- Wingman: For Jimmy, when trying to woo Tina.
Voiced by: Brian Huskey
AKA Regular-Sized Rudy. 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.
- Adorkable: A nerd and somewhat awkward.
- And Zoidberg: “AND RUDY’S… there!”
- Beware the Nice Ones: Once he finds out that Tina lost Zeke, when she was suppose to escort him to the principal, and lied to Mr. Frond, saying she did. He is upset with her, and sabotages her attempt later to cover up her mistake.
- Broken Pedestal: Saw Tina as this "Midday Run"
- Challenge Seeker: Regularly participates in activities far too strenuous or risky for a child with asthma, apparently specifically because someone told him not to. This includes tree-climbing, baseball, sneaking off during field trips and train robbing. He’s a bit of an adrenaline junkie.
- Companion Cube: Beanbag.
- Crazy-Prepared: “You never know when someone will want to jam.”
- Determinator: Serious asthma doesn't stop him.
- Exactly What It Says on the TinBob, incredulous: Regular-Sized Rudy? Why do they call you that?
Rudy: Just look at me.
- He's called this to differentiate him from Pocket-Sized Rudy, who is apparently the size of a baby if his height compared to Louise in "Carpe Museum" is any indication (he's too short to appear on screen when the camera is eye-level with Louise).
- Generation Xerox: As seen in "The Kids Rob A Train", Rudy greatly resembles a smaller version of his father, but with no glasses.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: And will risk asthma-related death to keep up with them. The Belcher children (Louise in particular) like him.
- In-Series Nickname: As opposed to Pocket-Sized Rudy.
- Morality Pet: To Louise, on occasion. She seems to genuinely like him.
- Nerdy Inhaler: Not all that nerdy, but still needs a hit o' inhaler every couple of hours or else.
- Nice Guy: Unusually low concern regarding his own mortality aside. Louise is shocked during The Kids Rob A Train when he convinces her that his offer to pull the stolen chocolate into the juice caboose and then help her up is genuine, and not an attempt to double-cross her. She even states she can't work with someone who wouldn't take the obvious chance to double-cross someone.
- Non-Action Guy: Emphasized in “The Unnatural”, when he takes the baseball scam class and falls down gasping from hitting an imaginary ball.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: "Regular-Sized Rudy"/"Reg-Size Rudy". He's called this because there are two Rudys in the school, with the other one being called Pocket-Sized Rudy. He likes his nickname, while Pocket-Sized Rudy doesn't like his.
- Rimshot: Supplies Louise with a cymbals-only sting after she insults Mr. Frond.
- Sixth Ranger: The child most often to join the Belcher kids on their misadventures.
- Voiced by: Ben Schwartz
- Betty and Veronica: The approachable to Jimmy, Jr.'s hard-to-get.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Originally a relatively minor character in his debut episode, only having two scenes.
- Incompatible Orientation: Hinted at with his friend from performance school.
- Nice Guy: He's more open and similar to Tina than Jimmy Junior is.
- Technician Vs Performer: The technician to Jimmy Jr's performer.
- Will They or Won't They?: With Tina.
Voiced by: Aziz AnsariOne 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.
- Ambiguously Brown: It's not sure what ethnicity he is. Bob thinks he might be black, but isn't sure.
- Asian and Nerdy: It's not stated precisely but 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).
- 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.
- New Neighbors As The Plot Demands: First appears in "Burgerboss" specifically because Bob needs a video game expert to mentor him. The Belcher kids do not seem to know who he is. But he is subsequently revealed to be a student at the Belchers' school who moves in the same social circles as they.
- Peeping Tom: Has a high-powered telescope he uses to watch his neighbor undress.
Voiced by: Jenny SlateA former friend of Tina's and the resident bad girl of the kid's school.
- Alpha Bitch: Acts this way, though she doesn't have the legion of friends you'd expect of the trope. (That Tina was her first friend at Wagstaff should tell you something.)
- Disproportionate Retribution: In “Bad Tina”, she blackmails Tina into spending time with her and misbehaving by threatening to give Jimmy, Jr. an erotic story Tina wrote about him. Then when Tina fails to show up for a double date and ruins Tammy's chances with a boy she likes (because Tina got grounded for trying to sneak out in the middle of the night with a bottle of margarita mix, using the family's emergency phone to text Tammy, and calling Linda a boob punch), Tammy decides to read the story to the entire school.
- Friendly Enemy: Tina is still very cordial with her, which angers Tammy.
- Go-Karting with Bowser: Seems to be her relationship with the Belcher kids. Even though they're rivals they occasionally team up, like when Gene joined her cheer-leading squad.
- Gasshole: Farts when she laughs too hard.
- And when she's lifted during a cheer-leading routine.
- And when she's really nervous like when she snuck into a high school party.
- Informed Judaism: Her Bat Mitzvah episode is the only indication she's Jewish, otherwise she fits the stereotype of the spoiled WASP.
- Jerkass: Blackmails her friends on a frequent basis, and a total stuck up.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: She'll only be friendly when you happen to have something she wants. And not even that will save you from her awful attitude.
- Jewish American Princess: "Mazel Tina" reveals she's Jewish.
- Karma Houdini: Unlike some of the other characters in the show, this tends to be averted. Fate always seems to turn the tables on Tammy, one way or the other.
- Kent Brockman News: In her second appearance and now a regular trait with her as seen in "The Millie-churian Candidate."
- It's All About Me: Her ideal theme for her Bat Mitzvah? Herself.
- Never My Fault: When it comes to farting, she almost always tries to deny it or blame it on someone else. It's sort of running gag at this point.
- New Transfer Student: In her first appearance.
- Not So Different: She and Tina have actually ended up bonding more than once, mostly over boys, and Tina has gradually become more equally aggressive in their rivalry. There are some hints that Tammy actually likes Tina, but is too petty and jealous to actually be her friend.
- The Rival: To Tina, though she's actively more aggressive than Tina
- Spoiled Brat: Is yelling at her mom over the phone in "Mazel Tina". And at her Rabbi.
- Unusual Euphemism: "Don't be such a boob punch!"
Voiced by: John RobertsA recurring classmate of Tina and Tammy.
- Dumb Blonde: Extremely shallow, she has very few opinions of her own.
- Girl Posse: An extremely poor man's one to Tammy, even though the two don't actually seem to like each other all that much.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Not only does she seem moderately unintelligent, but she once pulled the fire alarm when she witnessed a fight because she assumed the Fire Department would know what to do.
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.
- Abhorrent Admirer: To Gene.
- Alpha Bitch: Though not as bad as Tammy. Definitely more "annoying" than "bitch." Becomes a Lovable Alpha Bitch in the sixth season.
- Annoying Laugh: The thing that drives... everyone nuts.
- Character Tic: Sucking on her necklace
- Crossdressing Voices: Voiced by David Wain, better known from The State and as the voice of the Warden on Superjail!.
- Hidden Depths: She's not too bad of an actress.
- Ill Girl: Played with. She has a heart condition which makes faking a heart attack played quite realistically — the heart attack was fake, but the problem was real. Health-wise though, besides that, Courtney's not that much different from any other girl her age.
- It's All About Me: About as much as would be realistic.
- Jerkass: Downplayed but clearly there.
- Jerkass Has a Point: When Gene finds out Courtney's dad works in advertisement, he continues seeing her because he thinks he can get a jingle used in a commercial. He then tries to use her birthday party to pitch something and gets so mad at Courtney his screaming causes her to have a heart attack. She gets back at Gene by having her dad and doctor pretend that she dies. From that point the two seem amicable after Gene apologizes for using her even though Gene has to help set her up with another kid.
- Lack of Empathy: Downplayed — she has some empathy, but is a Spoiled Brat. Averted in the sixth season.
- Official Couple: With Gene for the duration of The Unbearable Like-Likeness of Gene.
- The Rival: To Gene in Work Hard Or Die Trying, Girl. Unlike her fellow blonde rivals Tammy and Millie, Courtney and Gene do get along a little better.
- Spoiled Sweet: Becomes this in the sixth season.
- Took a Level in Kindness: While still in an "antagonist" role and something of an irritant, she is far less obnoxious in her appearance in Work Hard Or Die Trying, Girl. Comes to a head in the sixth season when she moves firmly out of the antagonist role doing the morning announcements with Gene. The two enter a relationship again that is mutual on both ends, but it is Courtney who decides they need to break up because it's negatively effecting their performance. After Gene does a heartfelt song about Valentine's Day and demonstrates he respects Courtney's choice, she gives him a kiss, saying it is Valentine's Day.
- Worthy Opponent: Despite not initially getting a role in Gene's musical, she expresses open heartfelt admiration when she sees in it action.
Voiced by: Molly Shannon
A 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.
- Ambiguous Disorder: There is something really wrong with this girl, but it's unclear if she's a straight up sociopath, psychotic, a mix of the two, or something else.
- Ax-Crazy: Has, uh, nearly killed people.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Actually, Bitch In Bunny's Clothing.
- Case in point, In "The Millie-churian Candidate" she's able to convince everyone in school that she's interested in being president to help the other students. She really only wants the power to make Louise her friend, using a "bestie system". However, her fake attitude almost helped her win the election.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: About as much as Gene. This also drives Louise nuts.
- Creepy Child: It's not just her fixation with Louise, either—there's something genuinely off about her. A good moment occurs early in "The Millie-churian Candidate" after Louise departs from Millie's presence, where Millie starts singing a really creepy song to herself.Millie: Little bunny Lou-Lou, hopping through the forest.
- Easily Forgiven: In her second appearance, she appears to have forgiven Louise for what she said in "Fort Night". Though considering this is Millie, it makes sense.
- 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. However, by her second appearance, her manipulative prowess has become much better and she utilized Louise's paranoia to pull a Wounded Gazelle Gambit and make herself beloved by their classmates.
- Eye Twitch: Not as prominent as her other traits, but her eyes have a tendency to twitch whenever she's being particularly stalkerish.
- 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.
- Karma Houdini: In her first appearance, the only comeuppance we see her get is Louise and the others she trapped taking her candy. There's no serious punishment for keeping the kids trapped in the fort all night.
- Averted In "The Millie-churian Candidate", where Louise is able to expose her to the student body, and get her disqualified.
- Kids Are Cruel: Goes above and beyond what other kids in the show are willing to do.
- Lack of Empathy: When she thinks she accidentally killed the kids she's more concerned with how much trouble she's gonna be in.
- Manipulative Bitch: In "The Millie-churian Candidate" she got most of the school on her side during the election, although she managed to achieve this mostly because Louise's efforts to smear Millie only endeared her to everyone.
- The Rival: To Louise in an obsessive way
- The Sociopath: She was bad in "Fort Night," and got worse in "The Millie-churian Candidate" where she showed she is more than willing to kill someone if it means Louise will be her best friend.
- It must be said, however, that Millie is indeed aware that her actions are not right. When she tries killing Abby in front of the student body, she quickly stops after realizing what she's doing and that there are witnesses. During "Fort Night," her only concern when it looked as though the kids died because of her was that she was going to get in trouble. So while she knows her actions are wrong, she doesn't feel guilty, she just doesn't want to get in trouble.
- Stalker Without a Crush: She's always obsessed with Louise, though Louise doesn't fully know the reason (though it's implied in "The Millie-churian Candidate" that she wants to be best friends with Louise).
- 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.
- Wounded Gazelle Gambit: During "The Millie-churian Candidate," she uses Louise's smear campaign against her to earn sympathy from the students, further inflamed when Louise's actions during the debate make her seem unhinged and needlessly attacking Millie.
- Yandere: Pretty well sums her up.
- You Monster!: Tina calls her a monster when Millie flaunts her newly acquired Halloween candy.
Voiced by: Katie CrownStudent of Wagstaff and Schoolmate of Louise. Attended Louise's ill-fated sleepover in "Slumber Party"
- Blatant Lies: Harley tells Louise that she'll trade stickers with her, but that her stickers are really rare, so one of Harley's equals six of Louise's.
- Innocently Insensitive: Louise spins a story about Gene's feral twin biting off her buttcheek in order to get Harley to leave. Her response?Harley: Is that why you dance weird in dance class?(beat)Louise: Shut up, Harley.
- Motor Mouth: Louise quips that Harley "Hard-ley ever shuts her mouth"Harley: Louise, what are your ten favorite colors of dogs? Mine are red, brown, spots, black, white, orange spots, kinda-brown, kinda-black, brown spots, black spots, red spots, red stripes..."
- Oblivious to Hints: Harley can't tell that Louise hates her guts.Harley: I made an orange and yellow tie-dye, because my cat is orange and yellow! And my cat's name is Popover. What's your cat's name?"Louise: My cat's name is 'I don't have a cat, stop talking to me right now, Harley!'"Harley: Aw, so cute! Where is it?"
Voiced by: Rachel DratchStudent at Wagstaff, Schoolmate of Louise and member of Thundergirl troop 119. Attended Louise's ill-fated sleepover in "Slumber Party" and was a possible suspect for the mole in Troop 119 in "Tina, Taylor, Soldier, Spy"
Logan Barry Bush
Voiced by: Kurt BraunohlerInitially introduced as the antagonist of "Ears-y Rider", Logan is a sullen teenager with a bad attitude who has become sort of a Sitcom Arch-Nemesis character to Louise.
- Not So Different: Logan doesn't exactly have the best relationship with his mother Cynthia, as seen in "Mother Daughter Laser Razor", much like Louise. He also willingly plays along with her plan to fake a stomachache in order to escape from the punishment room later in the episode (although this could have been more a sign of his desperation).
- Embarrassing Middle Name: "Barry" isn't actually an embarrassing middle name in and of itself, but saying his full name out loud sounds like "loganberry bush". His mother admits that she and her husband didn't think that one through.
Voiced by: Jim GaffiganQuite possibly the only student at Wagstaff Elementary who is even dorkier than Tina.
- The Chessmaster: During the school elections, he manages to successfully predict and manipulate the actions of both Millie and Louise, leading to their both being disqualified, leaving him as the only remaining candidate.
Voiced by: Andy Kindler
The mortician who works next door to Bob's Burgers.
- Dodgy Toupee: He's got hardwood under that rug.
- The Drag-Along: He's usually dragged into doing things that he never agreed to.
- The Fun in Funeral: He's upbeat and chipper.
- Meaningful Name: "Mort" is French for "death," and he works at a funeral home.
- Can also be short for mortician. (Knowing Mort, he probably tells this joke every chance he gets.)
- Nice Guy: Opened his home and provided use of his car (hearse) to the Belchers when they needed it.
- Out of Focus: While still present, his role is diminished.
- Those Two Guys: Often appears with Teddy as Bob's regulars.
Voiced by: Larry Murphy
Bob's best customer, a contractor who enjoys telling stories.
- Ambiguous Disorder: "Friends With Burger-fits" suggests that he might be suffering from an eating disorder.
- Bald of Awesome
- Berserk Button: He doesn't take it well when Bob is forced to cut him off from his burgers in "Friends With Burger-fits".
- Beware the Nice Ones: In "Full Bars", he gets very angry when his hamster is accidentally killed by Bob.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Has a particular nasty side which he shows in "Full Bars."
- Big Eater: He especially loves Bob's burgers, to the point where his cholesterol is dangerously high, and Bob spends a whole episode encouraging him to mix his diet up with the healthier options in the restaurant.
- Crazy Jealous Guy: To Bob, as shown when he became (platonically) interested in a guy called Steve.
- Does Not Like Spam: He spits out a veggie burger when he's tricked into eating it.
- Gentle Giant: Tall, and a very nice guy in general.
- Good Is Dumb: He actually believed Bob's last name was "Burgers", and had to take notes on how to turn off an oven (apparently thinking that it was going to be a complicated "chef" thing rather than a garden-variety dial).
- Hidden Depths: In spite of his sometimes spotty intellect, he was able to assemble a giant, functional Van de Graaf generator in high school (and later provide it for Louise's science fair project). He's also very competent as a contractor, and a surprisingly able babysitter.
- Honorary Uncle: He's the closest adult friend of the Belcher family and has even referred to the Belcher children as his temporary nieces and nephews in one episode. They return the affection, and like him. Bob and Linda even trust him to watch the kids while they go to a burger convention in "Uncle Teddy", where he bonds with all three kids: Gene and Louise while working on the sink drain due to it draining slowly, and Tina after he gets her out of trouble with a Park Ranger after a boy she crushed on left her out to dry.
- 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.
- Jerkass Ball: In "Full Bars", after his pet hamster is accidentally crushed and killed by Bob.
- Motor Mouth: When he starts telling stories.
- Only Friend: The most loyal friend of the Belcher family. "Friends With Burger-fits" seems to hit this point home, as he may very likely be Bob's best friend.
- 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 (he immediately regretted doing so though).
- 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. At the same time, he's usually optimistically upbeat about things, and he seems to be doing okay for himself.
- The Thing That Would Not Leave: Downplayed — he seems to have nowhere else to go but Bob's Burgers, but they all like him and he's a loyal customer.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Loves Bob's burgers. At one point Mort has to restrain him from breaking in out of desperation during "Food Truckin'".
- Temporarily a Villain: In "Full Bars", see Jerkass Ball.
- 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.
Voiced by: Kevin Kline
Landlord to both Bob and Jimmy.
- Affably Evil: Downplayed — "evil" is kind of a stretch with him (Chaotic Neutral, sure), but it's clear there's basically nothing stopping him from just doing that. He's rarely even directly antagonistic to Bob, but still regularly gets Bob in trouble, not counting rent problems.
- Big Bad: Despite his affable nature towards the Belcher family, he does have a number of questionable ventures and schemes that are hinted at. He owns most of the properties in the city as well, likely making him the most powerful antagonist in the setting... were he to ever actually be more antagonistic.
- Cain and Abel: With his brother Felix. He's Abel.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Wonder Wharf is rife with rigged games and safety issues, and is apparently staffed exclusively by criminals. His other business ventures are implied to be even worse—he once implied that he employs children as coal miners, and from there, things get...darker:Bob: What if you found out that someone you knew was doing something sort of bad, and you were helping them do that sort of bad thing?Mr. Fischoeder: Is it me? Is it abortions?
- 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.
- This is a common problem of his: he regularly and openly tells people (mostly the Belchers) of his less than legal actions at the drop of a hat.
- Eccentric Millionaire: Is by far more "eccentric" than actually "evil", and you get the feeling that his immense wealth and power has insulated him from normal human behavior.
- Eyepatch of Power: The richest man in the city, and he owns most of the properties as well.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He seems to have a genuine liking to the Belchers.
- 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.
- Parental Substitute: His brother Felix says that he sees Bob this way, due to a resemblance to their father. Calvin himself has a few stray comments along these lines as well.
- Pet the Dog: His debut episode shows him planning to evict Bob for his rent problems, until he tastes Bob's food, and extends his lease. It's implied that he gives Bob copious amount of slack due to the quality of his burgers and/or personal liking for the Belchers, rather than using the restaurant space for a more lucrative business. (In production order — his broadcast order debut has him giving Bob a temp job as a cabbie to bring in some extra money.)
- Punny Name: His last name sounds like fish odor.
- Sharp-Dressed Man In White: Wears a white suit no matter what.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: He seems to have more and more disregard for Bob's well-being as the series progresses. "Seaplane!" is a good example — it's made very clear that he could have very easily helped Bob directly and his neglect nearly gets the Belchers killed, but he's the only reason Bob knew to rescue Linda at all.
- Subverted in the season 5 finale. He seems to be willing to raise everyone's rent, and then just wants to cause great trouble for the Belchers, until it's revealed that he just feels slightly abandoned by Bob and wants to be friendlier.
- Verbal Judo: What keeps him from being properly evil is his openness to being talked down, typically by Bob.
Voiced by: Megan Mullally
Linda's neurotic sister.
- Adorkable: Almost to Tina's extent.
- Abhorrent Admirer: To Bob in "Dr. Yap", though on his end this is largely because he's already married. The other objects of her affections don't seem to feel this way.
- Cain and Abel: The Cain to Linda's Abel. Downplayed, as apart from her tendency to lust after Linda's boyfriends they get along great.
- Characterization Marches On: Is a wreck of a human being at first, but gradually becomes a bit more stable as time passes. (She mentions changing medications in her second appearance, so it could just be that.)
- 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.
- Forceful Kiss: She forcefully kisses Mort in "Turkey in a Can". He's clearly trying to get her to stop,
- Fragile Flower: "The rule is you never tell Aunt Gayle anything she can't handle." She becomes somewhat less fragile with time, and goes from someone who you can't believe would be able to live on her own, to clearly doing just that.
- 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... and apparently she sleeps like a baby.
- Meganekko: Wears glasses.
- Obfuscating Disability: In Gayle Makin' Bob Sled, it's revealed that she has a tendency to fake injuries and illnesses to get attention. Since she doesn't actually get herself sick or injured, she's more this than Munchausen Syndrome.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: In the same episode as above, she may or may not have done this in order to get attention after her lover left her behind by making an excuse to visit his aunt. He did go to visit his aunt for Thanksgiving.
- Operation: Jealousy: Linda notes that Gayle tends to fall for this — Gayle has a habit of falling in love with whoever Linda's with. This resulted in her lusting after Bob for most of "Dr. Yap," until Linda intentionally used this to get Gayle interested in Dr. Yap instead.
- 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.
- Speech Impediment: While no longer present, it's stated in "Purple Rain-Union" that she used to have this (of the Porky Pig Pronunciation variety).
- Strange Minds Think Alike: With Mr. Frond. They start dating because of this..
Voiced by: Sam Seder
City health inspector, Linda's former fiance, and constant thorn in Bob's side.
- Alliterative Name: His first and last name both start with "H".
- 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.
- 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 fine with helping with "crowd control", though.
- Drunk with Power: Whenever he's on the Belchers' case.
- 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 never misses an opportunity to make Bob's life difficult, either by nitpicking 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).
- Karma Houdini: Tends to get away with being a jerk to Bob, especially when he ordered a shutdown of the restaurant after the girlfriend Bob set him up with dumped him at the end of "Lobsterfest".
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: Towards Bob.
- Out of Focus: In Season 4.
- The Resenter: To Bob
- 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 LynchHugo's partner and only friend.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Hugo.
- Morality Chain: Usually the one to call Hugo out when he starts abusing his power to spite Bob.
- 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 its 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.
- Satellite Character: Until "Best Burger" in Season 5, he never appeared without Hugo.
Voiced by: Daran NorrisOne of the Family Fracas hosts. Also a bit of a nutbar.
Voiced by: David Herman
A friendly prostitute and semi-regular customer of Bob's Burgers.
- Ambiguous Gender: At first, however, it was mentioned or made clear somewhere that she is a transexual, likely one that is a flat-chested post op.
- That said, Bob comments (while trying to prove Linda is wrong, to be fair) that "Marshmallow isn't handsome. She's...beautiful."
- Also has huge hips. It's not uncommon for women with wide hips to be flat chested as well.
- Hartman Hips: Has huge hips, even for the art style.
- Hooker with a Heart of Gold: She is really nice and is one of the prostitutes that remind Tina that she has a good father.
- Phrase Catcher: "Oh, hey, Marshmallow."
- Trademark Favorite Food:"If you show me a sweet potato pie, I am on top of it."
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Normally, a person in a scandalously revealing monokini would attract some attention (mostly shock and disgust, considering Marshmallow's gender identity), but Bob usually just responds when with "Oh, hey, Marshmallow". Part of it is because Bob is an accepting person, part of it is because his family's eccentricities are much stranger, and most of it is the show creator actually making characters like Marshmallow human and three-dimensional.
A guidance counselor at Wagstaff Junior High whom most of the Belchers, especially Bob and Louise, consider either annoying or pathetic.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: In "Bob Day Afternoon":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.
Tina: Touching butts had been banned by the horrible Headmaster Frond.Mr. Frond: What?
- Also invoked in "Bad Tina" where he is called the Horrible Headmaster Frond in Tina's Zombie Friend Fiction "Buttloose".
- 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.
- Hypocrite: It becomes increasingly clear he doesn't care about helping kids so much as he desperately wants to make a name for himself as a guidance counselor through his ridiculous programs.
- 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.
- Jerkass: At first glance he looks like an overly emotional guidance counselor who tries too hard to reach out to the kids and teach passive aggressive means of dealing with their problems, and he kind of is. But he's also rather self-absorbed, petty, and cares more about making a name for himself even at the cost of blatantly spreading misinformation and traumatizing the students.
- Screams Like a Little Girl: Has an incredibly high-pitched shriek, does this in almost all his appearances.
- The Scrappy: In-universe, few people actually like him.
- Strange Minds Think Alike: He shares so many things in common with Gayle that they eventually start a serious relationship.
- 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.
- Your Cheating Heart: "Lice Things Are Lice" reveals he's seeing other women while dating Gayle, a fact that pisses Tina off because Gayle thinks she's in a committed relationship with Frond.
Voiced by: Ken Jeong
The family's dentist, a rather insane and pathetic man.
- Abhorrent Admirer: To Gayle originally, using "The Prince of Persuasia's" sexually harassing pick-up techniques. One involved making sure Gayle couldn't get away from him by physically cornering her in a room.
- Casanova Wannabe: You get the feeling that he'd do a whole lot better without his personal issues, too.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: He is by all accounts a successful and skilled dentist... but he's also a mess of a human being, which doesn't help.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Tina painted a nude of him in "Art Crawl".Bob: Was he naked with you?
Tina: I took artistic license.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Does not like the fact the Betas prefer Bob over him.
- Jerkass: Especially in his second appearance in "My Big Fat Greek Bob", where it's clear he's just getting worse and worse.
- Took a Level in Kindness: In "The Kids Run Away" he is a lot nicer and more rational than his last two appearances.
- Manchild: Only in his personal life; he's acceptably professional at work.
- Manipulative Bastard: He's been pranking Beta House for years and making them think it was the Alphas so he would be more appreciated.
- Meaningful Name: "Yap" is slang for a person's mouth.
- Oblivious to Love: Is entirely ignorant of Tina's obvious crush on him. Although in "The Kids Run Away" he seems aware of it and tries to discourage it by quickly telling Tina she has to go.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Hasn't quite grown out of a frat-boy mentality, even 20 years after graduating.
- The Thing That Would Not Leave: To his old frat, Beta House.
- Vanity License Plate: Has one on his yellow sports car: BRN2DRLU. note
- Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Shaves his head and steals Beta House's stuffed iguana to instigate massive retaliation against the Alphas.
Edith and Harold Cranwinkle
Voiced by: Larry Murphy (Edith), and Sam Seder (Harold)
Owns an art shop called Reflections.
- Big Guy, Little Guy: Harold is big, Edith is small.
- 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: Edith is fat while Harold is skinny.
- Henpecked Husband: Harold.
- Jerkass: Edith will frequently come by just to insult Bob.
- 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, I'm a Senior!: Edith, especially to Bob.
- Yes-Man: Harold agrees with almost anything Edith says.
- Voiced by: Larry Murphy
A friend of Linda's whose love life is very messed up.
- Abhorrent Admirer: She says she stalked famous people and former boyfriends.
- Dumb Blonde: She isn't the sharpest knife in the drawer, to be frank.
- Fat Bastard: See The Sociopath.
- Fat Idiot: She's fat, and not so bright.
- Formerly Fat: In one episode she loses weight using a diet consisting of fruit and vegetable peels. However due to Negative Continuity she's back to her old body shape.
- This actually Makes Sense In Context, since such crash diets are very unhealthy and any weight loss achieved is extremely difficult to maintain because of the stress it puts on the body.
- Satellite Character: She increasingly became a character who only showed up in Linda-related stories.
- The Sociopath: She's made comments about stalking celebrities and old boyfriends, and has also mentioned attacking them and their loved ones with her car in an offhand fashion. She also joked about being fired from her job for sexual harassment.
- Stalker with a Crush: Stalks celebrities and ex-boyfriends.
Linda's best friend who was never seen on screen, though Linda frequently talks to her over the phone.
- The Ghost: Averted in the season 6 premiere when we see the back of her in Linda's flashback.
- 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: The whole point of her character is just to be Linda's best friend.
Voiced by: Wendy Molyneux
Occasionally appears to babysit Gene, Tina and Louise. A generally meek person, she's usually thoroughly unprepared for their hijinks.
Voiced by: Zach Galifianakis
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.
- Easily Forgiven: Even after the incidents of "How Bob Saves/Destroys The Town" (See the Sanity Slippage section for more details) his relationship with his brother is exactly the same in the following episodes and his attempt to murder his brother and Bob is never mentioned again in the series.
- 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. Fischoeder 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.
Voiced by: Bill Hader
A bank robber who befriended Bob.
- 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.
- 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.
- Karma Houdini: He nearly was about to go to prison, but it turned out the prosecutor against him had gone to the trial while under heavy influence of meth, allowing him to skip all obvious charges and be set free.
- Villainous Friendship: With his old partner Rodney, to the point where he looked up to him.
- Why Do You Keep Changing Jobs?: His debut as a criminal has somehow not stopped this man from getting a job. Though, every time he appears, he is already working on a different job. Though they're all on Wonder Wharf, which is staffed entirely by criminals like Mickey.
"Big Bob" Belcher
“Big Bob” Belcher
Voiced by: H. Jon Benjamin ("Bob Fires the Kids" only), Bill HaderBob’s father, and the owner of Big Bob's Diner.
- 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 Bobs 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 (because he was played by H. Jon Benjamin in the former, but Bill Hader was cast for his major appearance in the latter).
- 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.
- Voiced by: Gary Cole
- Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: Claims to be part of a secret society that hunts people for sport in "My Fuzzy Valentine."
- Police Are Useless: Bosco is...not good at his job. He nearly got Bob killed when he ordered a shot at Mickey in "Bob Day Afternoon", dismissed Bob's emergency texts as drunk texts in "World Wharf II: The Wharfening", and was willing to risk his detective career on Linda's nonexistent psychic abilities in "I Get A Psy-chic Out Of You".
- Voiced by: Robert Ben Garant
- Affably Evil: Leader of the One-Eyed Snakes Outlaw Motorcycle Gang, cooks and sells meth, killed a cop, and is involved with the White Power movement. However, he's a genuinely nice and friendly guy who pays Bob for the damages the gang caused while hanging out at the restaurant, bowdlerized himself when explaining his patches to the kids, and later helps them turn an old bumper car into a go-kart for free (though he claims it's because most of the parts are "donated"). He even tries to spare Bob's feelings regarding the biscuits he made to hide the fact he was selling Teddy's homebrew in the restaurant from Hugo.
- All Bikers Are Hells Angels: Is the leader of the One-Eyed Snakes Outlaw Motorcycle Gang.
- Bowdlerized: Does this to himself when explaining the patches on his vest to the Belcher kids, including such things as "tickling a cop" and "not being part of the White Power movement".
- The Chains of Commanding: Feels the weight of being the new head of the One-Eyed Snakes after the death of their previous leader, Horny Dave. He even admits he feels like he isn't worthy of succeeding Horny Dave and laments how he doesn't have the man's natural authoritative personality.
- This becomes too much for him by "Wag the Hog", saying that he left the group to pursue his new vocation as a family man. This left them bitter of his departure, though Bob manages to make them understand having a kid is not bad (while his kids belittle him of this).
- Intergenerational Friendship: With the Belcher kids. He helps Louise get her beloved pink bunny-ears hat from Logan and later helps the kids turn a broken-down bumper car into a go-kart for free.
- Official Couple: With Mudflap after he finds out the kid she's pregnant with is his and not Horny Dave's like they all believed.
- Reformed, but Not Tamed: All the parking tickets he hasn't paid aside, Critter really got it made after becoming a family man: a wife he can relate to, a son who takes on her, and a job at a super important tech store that pays him a hell lot more than Bob's job as a burger guy. It's too bad Critter doesn't see his job as such a big deal even though he was very close to losing it.
- Soul-Sucking Retail Job: Invoked. Critter's job at a tech store is much better than a normal retail job, but he still feels like this anyway. He's even embarrassed that Louise sees him in uniform and thinks less of him.