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The Belcher Family

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A somewhat idiosyncratic but lovable family who run the titular, family restaurant.
  • Adorkable: Whenever they're seen doing thing's together such as singing or any of their various Mundane Made Awesome activities.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Lampshaded, one example is Mr. Fischoeder calling Bob "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.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Despite the kids constant schemes and other family problems, they are still a loving family. They do care about each other very dearly even when they don't always show it.
  • Badass Family: Not in the action-y sense. But they each have managed to do amazing things either solo or together.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: They've all got their unique quirks and together they are occasionally crazy but they're also all determined, and they can all get pretty feisty when they have to be.
  • Big, Thin, Short Trio: The Belcher siblings with Gene as the big, Louise as the short, and Tina as the thin. More pronounced in the test pilot episode with Tina's predecessor Daniel.
  • Dysfunctional Family: Played for Laughs. They each have their own quirks and moments of crazy, but genuinely care for one another.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Downplayed. All of the Belcher siblings have each done something irresponsible and/or childish, as well as take any opportunity to get out of work. But, Tina is the one less likely to cause trouble and do whatever work her parents ask her to do. Louise will likely love to do some trolling while at work and try to convince her siblings to skip it, but is still has a lot more focused than Gene. Speaking of Gene, he is considered the most irresponsible of the Belcher siblings mostly due to his tendency of "Geneing out."
  • Five Philosophy Ensemble: Linda is the Optimist, Louise is the Cynic, Bob is the Realist, Gene is Apathetic, and Tina is Conflicted.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: They're all prone too Acquired Situational Narcissism to spite being treated as unremarkable by most of the world.
  • Kids Are Cruel: Gene and Louise are savages to Bob. Tina only insults him when he forbids her from doing anything she really wants to do, though she's very rarely cruel to him (outside of her Innocently Insensitive remarks, which she really thinks aren't that).
  • Lame Comeback: Bob and Louise are usually quite witty, but can come out with these when they're too mad to think of anything good.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Bob and Tina are the respective Blue Oni's to Linda, Gene and Louise's Red Oni's.
  • Underestimating Badassery: They are a family capable of incredible acts of craziness which, thanks to skill and/or pure dumb luck, allow them to prevail (most of the time). Despite that, people tend to quickly dismiss them.

    Bob Belcher 
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Voiced by: H. Jon Benjamin

Owner of Bob's Burgers.
  • Adorkable: Despite being full grown adult, Bob has some rather endearing qualities, from having a love of toy train models to constantly making pun-based names for his burgers.
  • Accidental Murder: To Teddy's hamster in "Full Bars".
  • Acrofatic: He is slightly overweight but can run surprisingly quickly when angry or agitated, as shown in "Burgerboss".
  • 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.
    Louise: Why can't you bleed like a normal dad?!
  • Alliterative Name: It applies to his name, his restaurant, and the title of the show.
  • All Take and No Give: Bob sacrifices a lot for his family, even if it costs him his dignity, an opportunity for his restaurant or both, he almost always puts his family first, but unfortunately gets very little (other than affection) in return.
  • 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?
      Bob:Uh... nothing.
      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?!
  • Berserk Button:
    • Try not to talk about Lobsterfest.
    • Linda mentions not to buy him V-neck shirts.
    • Jimmy Pesto drives him insane.
  • 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).
  • Brutal Honesty: While Bob loves his family, he also doesn't sugarcoat his words when it comes to their antics or bad decisions while trying not to upset anyone. In the first episode, he even tells the kids, to their faces, that they're terrible at their jobs and he'd fire them if he could.
  • Bumbling Dad: Averted, especially noticeable considering the saturation of the trope in modern years. Although he never attended college, and doesn't always make the best decisions, he's the Only Sane Man in his family, is very creative and skilled at making burgers (even gaining the praise of a celebrity chef), a caring and Open-Minded Parent to his kids, and generally has a good head on his shoulders.
  • 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".
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: Bob tends to get totally wrecked when it comes to liquor. And it doesn't take a lot to do it, either.
  • 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.
    • "Gene."
  • Character Tics: Bob's eyes cross a little when he's lying. Only seems to show up in "Burgerboss", though.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Majorly downplayed compared to everybody else in the Belcher family, but see Companion Cube below. Now we know where Tina gets it from.
  • Companion Cube: When drunk, sleepwalking, under stress, or alone, 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.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Despite all the well-meaning speeches he gives to people, they think his way is either boring or unnecessary. Even his children belittle his honest ways.
  • 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 knows he has kids that have weird interests, while he does think they're weird he doesn't try to discourage them. Bob lacks any skills in socialization, which is one of the reasons his restaurant is always lacking customers. Bob has a repeating habit of speaking for inanimate objects when he needs someone to speak to as opposed to an actual person. This makes more sense when seeing how his father raised him; strictly and without being allowed to make any friends or have real toys.
  • 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.
  • Happily Married: With Linda - no matter the crazy things that happen, they both will support one another.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • Bob has a genuine liking towards gardening.
    • It's all but stated that Bob is a movie buff. He has a large knowledge of movies, from classic Japanese monster movies to Cult Classic westerns. The episode "The Deepening" started thanks to Bob's knowledge about the movie-related past of the town.
  • 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.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: Despite the hardships he faces running his restaurant, Bob still maintains a strong sense of integrity.
  • Missing Mom: His mom is never shown, and Bob once said that his mother "wasn't around" when he was younger. In "The Last Gingerbread House on the Left" and "Father of the Bob", it's revealed she is dead.
  • 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).
  • Non-Action Guy: Although there's not a lot of fighting on the show to begin with, Bob tends to lose any physical encounter he gets into whether it be the Capoeira instructor, Hugo, or even a fellow Burger Joint owner.
  • 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.
  • No Sympathy: Often a victim of this whenever his restaurant or his way of life in endangered, especially (and mostly) by his family
  • 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.
  • Not So Stoic: He is perfectly capable of showing emotion despite his normally calm demeanor.
  • 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.
  • Parental Substitute: Felix says that Calvin sees Bob this way, due to a resemblance to their father. Calvin himself has a few stray comments along these lines as well.
  • Parents as People: Bob is a well-meaning and loving father, easily the most realistic dad you will see in an animated family show.
  • The Pig Pen: His personal hygiene is commented on several times to be lacking. Most notably a smell everyone seems to pick up on.
  • Potty Failure: Bob has a "4:30 meeting" every day. His fight with Jairo in "Sexy Dance Fighting" 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.
  • Second Love: Linda left her then-fiancé Hugo because she fell for Bob.
  • 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.
  • Technologically Blind Elders: Has a flip phone, doesn't understand internet lingo, and is absolutely floored when he discovers spell-check.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Linda Belcher 
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Voiced by: John Roberts

Bob's wife.
  • The Alcoholic: In general, she seems to be someone who drinks heavily when the social opportunity presents itself, and in moderation at other times. She denies that she gets drunk, insisting she just like to have fun, and refuses to see this as a negative quality. Louise even brings it up.
    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!
  • Ambiguously Bi: In "Two for Tina" she said Ms. Jacobson was attractive. She also appeared to be acting flirty when telling her that to her face, though it's hard to tell since she was drunk at the time.
  • Bad "Bad Acting": Her "Dreamatorium" show.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Dislikes being called a "boob punch".
    • Linda hates the words "Bad Hair Day", because that's the name of the band that won against her band in school.
  • Big Eater: She's been banned from Devendorf's Bakery for taking too many free samples.
  • Big Sister Instinct: She forbids anyone from insulting or making fun of Gayle, especially her family.
  • 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 Gayle 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!
  • Collector of the Strange: Collects porcelain babies.
  • 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.
  • The Ditz: Linda is not exactly bright. She's been shown to be gullible, impulsive and childish on multiple occasions.
  • Drama Queen: Whenever something excites her or is great news for someone, she tends to be so dramatic that she also breaks into her own made-up songs on the spot.
  • 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".
  • Friendly Enemy: With Jimmy Pesto. Whilst she won't put up with him antagonising Bob in front of her, when the two interact without him they get along just fine.
  • Genki Girl: Very enthusiastic and outgoing.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Puts her hair in this style in "Slumber Party" while hanging out with Louise's classmates.
  • Good Parents: Despite her quirks (and sometimes Depending on the Writer), she does love her kids and tries her best, just like Bob.
  • Guttural Growler: Her voice tends to be like this whenever she's mad.
  • Happily Married: With Bob - no matter the crazy things that happen, they both will support one another.
  • Has a Type: Likes men with mustaches.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: One of Linda's main flaws is that she is entirely too trusting of total strangers, such as the Deuce of Diamonds and the Phenomi-mom who seem like experts but whose advice either does not make sense or is instantly proved wrong, or Millie Frock whom she declares is "Fun." It's especially glaring in the Deuce's case, since his promotional video is very badly edited and it's clear he's a scammer, but she still thinks he's the only answer to Gene's bad baseball playing even when it's repeatedly shown to her face he's incompetent.
  • 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.
  • In Love with Love: Linda is a romantic at heart with rather simplistic ideas on how love works. It's no surprise that Valentine's Day is her favorite holiday.
  • 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.
  • Nice Girl: Despite her more jerk sides in the first season, Linda has always been very cheerful, happy-go-lucky, friendly, helpful, and kind-hearted.
  • 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 Louise's Sitcom Arch-Nemesis.
  • Statuesque Stunner: If one looks closely enough whenever she and Bob are on screen. Linda's confirmed to be 5'10, only two inches shorter than Bob.
  • Stylistic Suck: Her songs are improvised on the spot and clearly John Roberts' voice for Linda isn't exactly fit for singing. In-universe, Louise believes that Linda's voice is shrill.
  • 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.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: As a girl, she used to throw rocks at cars that pass by her house.
  • Twitchy Eye: Sometimes gets one when angry.
  • 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.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Linda has some rather simplistic and childish views on many things, from friendship to romance. She is repeatedly mocked for it.
  • Woman Child: Despite being in her 40's, Linda is rather immature and impulsive. This usually ends up causing a situation to get worse.
  • 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.

    Tina Belcher 
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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: Despite Tina's eccentricities, Bob denies that Tina is autistic. 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.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: This girl's fascination for horses is so strong that she's very attentive to the mere mention of an imaginary horse, which she will latch onto for a while.
  • Berserk Button: Do not be someone who sells horse meat.
  • 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.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: Speaks in a monotonous voice most of the time, but can be even crazier than Louise when the situation calls for it.
  • Breakout Character: Surprisingly enough, the painfully awkward Tina ended up striking a chord with most viewers (probably because she reminds them of themselves), causing her to steadily be elevated into one of the most focused on members of the family.
  • Butt-Monkey: Often gets blackmailed or taken advantage of by her siblings.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Dirty Kid: Loves making "erotic friend fictions" about people touching each other's butts.
  • 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.
  • Dude Magnet: While Tina may be weird, she has attracted a number of young boys.
    • Her main love interest is Jimmy Jr. and he has shown a number of times that he does like her romantically.
    • Josh felt an instant connection with her when they first met and was eager to ask to his school's prom dance in his second appearance.
    • Zeke has shown possible signs of being interested in her.
    • Throughout "The Cook, the Steve, the Gayle, & Her Lover", she is constantly flirted by the younger Zander.
    • She has a short, intense boyfriend/girlfriend relationship with Jordan Cagan aka "Ghost Boy".
    • When she showed off her fiery debating skills, Henry became smitten with her asked if they could become a couple.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Her very first line in the very first episode: "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?
  • The Eeyore: Generally less joyful than her siblings or mother.
  • 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...
  • Female Gaze: Has a fixation for male butts.
  • 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".
  • Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak: She has more girly interests than her sister and mother, but she's not above performing gross feats with her siblings and doesn't have a problem at all with getting dirty.
  • 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.
  • Hormone-Addled Teenager: And a fairly believable depiction of one at that! She will latch onto any boy or man older than her and never let go unless she realizes it is not meant to be.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: She greatly enjoys making puns, said puns being so bad that she gets compliments from people that have no good taste. To boot, she has a horse of porcelain she calls "Horselain." She inherited this trait from her father.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Began as one for Dan Mintz (the character was even a boy named Daniel) before she was changed to a girl. Still, the resemblance is uncanny.
  • Innocently Insensitive: While she may be a Daddy's Girl, some of her real honest and well-meaning comments to Bob border on this, which exasperate Bob since Tina can't tell much.
  • Larynx Dissonance: For the sake of comedy, Dan Mintz plays her with the exact same male voice he originally used in the pilot when the character was a boy.
  • 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").
  • Most Fanfic Writers Are Female: To the point that she's already written fanfic on every pop cultural item of interest, leading to her writing "erotic friendfiction".
  • 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.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: She knows way too much about horses in general that one could mistake her for a real equine master. So when she gets to go to a horse camp (and interrupt her coach's questions with the right answers before anyone else could answer), she's given...the most challenging horse for her to tame, which is an extreme handful to even ride. Despite her attempts, she fails to make the horse listen to simple commands and ditches it, preferring her imaginary (talking) horse.
  • Not So Stoic: She has her moments of showing emotions like fear or anger, though those are far and few between.
  • 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."
  • Older Sidekick: To Louise, being her older sister and sidekick.
  • Perpetual Frowner: It's usually more of a straight line mouth than a frown, but it still counts.
  • 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.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Tina shows an interest in any boy she's interested in or who she thinks is interested in her, sometimes even kissing one of them. However, she always ends up back to focusing one boy in particular: Jimmy Jr Pesto.
  • The Southpaw: She's the only left-handed Belcher.
  • The Stoic: Does not show a wide range of emotion.
  • 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.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: She's the Girly Girl to Louise's Tomboy, though she isn't particularly feminine, her interests in unicorns, romance and boys are girlier.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Became much more aggressive and confident in later seasons towards everyone in general. In regards to her rivalry with Tammy, Tina has become amazingly become assertive and equally volatile as the former, even making very hostile remarks to her and openly challenging her when provoked.
  • 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.
  • Verbal Tic: Usually makes an elongated monotoned groan when nervous. In season 3, this evolved into loud hyperventilation noises ("HUH! HUH!").
  • Vocal Evolution: In the first two seasons, she would never raise her voice above monotone. By season 3, she would start occasionally shouting when provoked.
  • 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.

    Gene Belcher 
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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".
    • There was also this:
      Louise: What ever happened to Roberto? Did you try showering with him again?
      Tina: ...yeah...
      Gene: ...maybe...
    • He was also very enthusiastic about kissing Jimmy Jr. in "Sheesh! Cab, Bob?"
      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!
    • He got banned from the computer in one episode after he admitted to visiting a website about transvestites. On the other hand, he was traumatized by what he saw, but that may be because it was porn, and he's eleven.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Inverted, as he's the Annoying Older Sibling to Louise. However, he's younger than Tina, still playing this trope straight.
  • 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: 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. This is most notable in "Beefsquatch".
  • Big Brother Instinct: While rarely seen, Gene has a protective side for his younger sister, Louise.
  • Big Eater: He is shown to be excited at the thought of food and eating. You can trick him into doing something if it's food-related.
  • 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, Gene is pretty out there.
  • Cowardly Lion: In "It Snakes A Village", he refused to go in the woods to save his sisters while they were sinking in quicksand because he thought that a snake would eat him. Eventually subverted, as he does rescue them at the last minute.
  • Deadpan Snarker: At times.
  • The Ditz: Far and away the dumbest member of the Belcher family. He can't even remember the name of his father's establishment (and was seriously certain it was Dad's Burgers).
  • Dirty Kid: Likes to talk about penis-shaped things and in the second episode he recorded the sounds his grandparents made whilst making love.
  • Extreme Omnivore: He really enjoys eating the Fracas Foam that the family kept winning on the game show.
  • Fat Bastard: At his worst, he can act self-absorbed and attention-hogging.
  • Fat Idiot: Pretty chubby, and not-so-smart.
  • 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.
    • He has an extensive knowledge of wedding rings.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: He's a kid version of his voice actor, Eugene Mirman.
  • In Touch with His Feminine Side: 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.
  • 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.
  • Keet: Generally a bubbly, friendly kid you'd want to know despite his more annoying tendencies.
  • Kiddie Kid: At times. Oscillates wildly between childishness and oddly mature behavior.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Tends to spout out incorrect facts and will stubbornly refuse to admit the people correcting him are right.
  • 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.
  • The One Guy: The only male Belcher sibling.
  • Phrase-Catcher: "Gene."
  • 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. He'll probably end up gender fluid or gender creative, and he has the benefit of a loving, supportive family.
  • 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.

    Louise Belcher 
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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: Has quite a few.
    • 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.
  • Big Sister Bully: Inverted, she is sometimes a little sister bully to Tina and/or Gene.
  • Boomerang Bigot: A throwaway line in "Boyz 4 Now" in response to the obnoxious screaming teenage girls at the titular boy band concert. "No wonder nobody likes women."
  • 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.
  • Bully Hunter: Not often shown, but she's no fan of bullies and has stuck up for weaker kids on occasion. One episode even saw her put into detention by Frond because she pantsed a kid who was bullying a smaller child at lunch.
  • 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!"
    • "Son of a BITCH!"
  • Character Development: In late first season, she mentions how much she can't stand hanging with Tina and Linda, which is made abundantly clear in the episode, but, particularly in the third season due to "Mother Daughter Laser Razor" and "Boyz 4 Now", she grew to respect and like her mother and sister, something made clear by their interactions when they have the focus like "Tina Tailor Soldier Spy" and "The Unnatural".
    • She's also grown more compassionate over time, mostly from to her numerous Jerkass Realizations. Seeing her casually step in to protect Pocket-Sized Rudy from bullies in "Thelma and Louise Except Thelma is Linda" is so very sweet.
  • 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" and she also sheds a few more but very vulnerable tears in "Large Brother Where Fart Thou" after Logan closes in on her and threatens to give her a 'Reverse Norwegian Stinkhold'.
  • 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: Despite her abuse of him, it's made clear on the show that Louise prefers her father.
    • Truly hits home in "Mother Daughter Laser Razor". Linda notes that she prefers Bob over her, even when she was a baby.
    • 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.
    • In "Hawk and Chick", she reveals that she's afraid that she and Bob'll grow apart and not talk for 30 years like the father/daughter stars of the Japanese film series they both love.
  • 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.
    • Bob has been shown to be terrified of incurring her wrath, and is the first to advise others to avoid it as well. When the family accidentally melts her Kuchi Kopi toy, his first instinct is to flee.
      Bob: We should just leave town. Get in the car and go far away.
  • Establishing Character Moment:
    Louise: Hello, and welcome to Bob's Burgers. The Burger of the Day is the "Child Molester". It comes with candy.
  • Even Bad Women Love Their Mamas: She's a bratty, bitter and obnoxious, but she still loves her parents, her father in particular.
  • 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.
    • In "The Quirkducers" she stages a rather bloody finale for Tina's play, but once she sees it in action she's immediately regretful and realizes she went too far. She even agrees with Mr. Frond when he decides to punish her.
    • In "Bob Actually", when she finds out that Chloe is just pretending to be Regular-Sized Rudy's Valentine to get answers on a quiz, she immediately stands up for him. She may not believe in Valentine's Day, but Rudy is still her friend. And when she has to break the news to Rudy, she ends up kissing him.
    • Even she is disturbed by Millie's creepy behavior.
    • Louise thought that blabbing about Jessica's bedwetting secret was too low.
  • 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).
  • Expressive Accessory: The ears on her hat droop a little bit when she was disappointed in "Torpedo".
  • Fangirl: For Boo-Boo (And it terrifies her).
  • Foil: Tends to be this to her parents.
  • Friend to All Living Things: You wouldn't expect it based on her attitude, but she has a soft spot for animals and in return they seem to like her back, as seen in "Adventures in Chinchilla-sitting" with the class-pet Princess Little Piddles preferring her over his usual caretaker Wayne, and with the puppy Colonel Fluffles licking and nuzzling her in "Eat Spray Linda".
    • In general, Louise can show affection much easier to animals than she can to people.
  • 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, and borderline psychotic.
  • A God Am I: In "Burger Wars", when she becomes convinced that she has supernatural powers.
    "Voodoo works. I'M A GOD".
  • Gun Nut: Doesn't own any guns herself but seems to show an interest in them throughout the series. In one episode she comments on how she wants to get a gun license. She also admires Mr. Fischoder's ex-girlfriend who was a competitive shooter, and she tries to buy a Derringer at a pawn shop.
    Louise: If you teach me to shoot, I'll teach you to regret teaching me to shoot!
  • Heel Realization: Has this happen occasionally, mostly when her actions can harm those she loves, like her siblings or her Aunt Gayle.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • She's got this cute side of being really affectionate to puppies. Mind you, she's not like other average normal girls.
    • She stood up for a kid in "Thelma & Louise Except Thelma is Linda" because he was being bullied by not being able to get his lunchbox from two bigger kids (and she pulled the pants down from one of them). Linda herself has a really hard time trying to accept how morally right it was for Louise of all people to defend someone else (more so when the bullies didn't get punished but Louise was).
  • 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.
  • The Lad-ette: Prefers to spend time with the male side of the family than the women and on some occasions will refer to them all as "the guys", odd considering Bob and Gene are both In Touch with His Feminine Side.
  • 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.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: The loud-mouthed and crazy Masculine Girl to Regular Sized Rudy's Feminine Boy.
  • 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.
  • Morality Chain: Her family is pretty much the best way to get her nice side to surface.
  • Mouthy Kid: The MOUTH on this kid...
  • 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 her bunny ears hat off. When she was younger, she wore a pink beanie. Even when her hat gets stolen from her in "Ear-sy Rider", we still don't find out what she looks like beneath it, as the top of her head gets censored, then later she wears a hood. Whatever she looks like without it though, it's clear she does not want anyone to see what's underneath it.
  • 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.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: Despite being authoritative and controlling towards her family and peers, Louise is still just a 9-year-old girl with most of the same physical capabilities. Against bigger bullies and experienced adults, she tends to be outmatched. It has been noted on more than one occasion, however, that she's much stronger than she looks, and it takes the entire family working together to hold her down long enough to get her to take flu medicine.
  • 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)
  • Occidental Otaku: It's implied she has an interest in Japanese media. She own a lot of stuffed animals who seem to be Japanese, and either from Kaiju or Studio Ghibli movies. Her Kuchi Kopi toy is also from a Japanese character (and it's box is all written in Japanese).
  • Ping-Pong Na´vetÚ: 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.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Not the most feminine girl, but her hat is pink.
  • Pintsize Powerhouse: Louise is remarkably strong for her stature, being able to resist a full-family holddown while sick with the flu.
  • 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.
  • Sex Is Violence: G-rated version. When she develops a crush on Boo Boo from Boys 4 Now, she doesn't want to kiss him or get his autograph, she wants to slap him. When she kisses Regular-Sized Rudy in "Bob Actually", she also slaps him.
  • The Smart Girl: Of the Belcher children. She thinks up a lot of plans/schemes.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: Her major crush on Boo Boo from Boys 4 Now. She constantly tries to hide her infatuation by mixing insults with her compliments to him.
  • Shorter Means Smarter: She's the shortest of the siblings and is the one who plans out most of the kids' schemes.
  • Tears of Fear: In "Large Brother, Where Fart Thou?", when she's about to be beaten up by Logan, she's so scared she actually starts crying.
  • Tiny Tyrannical Girl: Even her parents are intimidated by her.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: She's the Tomboy to Tina's Girly Girl, while she isn't particularly boyish, her tomboyish side is especially evident with how she prefers the company of the guys of her family Bob and Gene, and she generally joins Gene in performing gross feats, enjoys anime, Gothic culture and scary things.
  • 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. Not to mention her hat.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Throughout the seasons, it's subtle but shown that Louise has slowly grown a little more compassionate overtime, and while she hasn't lost her mischief and chaotic-loving nature, she has shown to be fairly willing to do things for the people she cares about, especially if it's her family or a close friend.
    • She's even willing to help out someone she doesn't like, as seen in "A Few 'Gurt Men" where she somewhat reluctantly decides to defend Mr. Frond in a case where he is thought to be guilty for something he didn't do, because she understands what that's like.
  • 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).
  • The Unreveal: When it looks like we'll finally see her without her hat off when it gets taken in "Ear-Sy Rider", the top portion of her head is censored by the upper camera border.
  • 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".
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Played with. She's definitely got the vocabulary, mentality, and intelligence of an adult, but she still shows some childish naivete, such as still believing that Santa Claus is real.
  • Worthy Opponent: Bonds with Jessica during "Slumber Party" after she proves to be a worthy competitor.

Belcher Extended Family

    Gayle 
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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, considering her mindset, either claims or believes it was a stray.
  • Enemy to All Living Things: Despite owning three cats, they all seem to not like her very much. She claims they are vegetarians (which cats are not), suggesting she doesn't properly feed them. She forcefully puts Pretty Paws on them and they have apparently scratched her and went for her eyes. She has mentioned that Mr. Business, the cat she essentially stole, hates the sound of her voice. It's said the pound will not give her another cat, likely because they recognize she's not a good pet owner.
  • Extreme Omnivore: She once ate lipstick.
  • 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.
  • Hormone-Addled Teenager: To no one's surprise, Gayle was one during high school, if the incredibly sexual songs she wrote for Linda's band are any indication. Interestingly, this makes the similarities between her and Tina even more apparent.
  • 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.
  • Informed Attractiveness: Like her sister, some people have referred to Gayle as attractive. However, like Linda, most of the men who are interested in her are depicted as being over-emotional and desperate.
  • It's All About Me: In general Gayle tends to have a pretty self-centered mindset, and at her worse moments, Gayle will try to steal her sister's husband, be upset when Bob takes down her clearly unsettling paintings for the kids' artwork and fake a leg injury all because she wants love and attention without anyone else's consideration.
  • Lackof Empathy: Downplayed, but Gayle doesn't seem to understand how she manages to inconvenience her family members with her problems and mainly focuses on herself, but despite those instances she is still capable of returning favors to them, such as Louise in 'The Kids Run Away' and Bob in 'Gayle Makin' Bob Sled'.
  • Meganekko: Wears glasses.
  • Nice Girl: Her bizarre behaviour aside, she's ultimately a decent lady who loves her nieces, nephew, and sister and brother-in-law. One episode even makes the point of her buying (probably fairly expensive) tickets for a concert for herself, Louise, and Tina.
  • 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.
  • Obnoxious In-Laws: If it weren't for Linda, Bob would admit he hates Gayle.
  • 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.
  • Tomboyish Ponytail: Her default hairstyle is a ponytail.

    "Big Bob" Belcher 
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Voiced by: H. Jon Benjamin ("Bob Fires the Kids" only), Bill Hader

Bob'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 Bob’s Burgers; they both apologize for how they both treated each other. Bob says he's sorry for how he handled saying no to Big Bob's offer and accepts Big Bob for who he is, and Big Bob apologizes for being impossible to work with, and says Bob has done well for himself and should be proud.
  • Berserk Button: Not doing things his way, like serving a customer something different from his usual.
  • Control Freak: Refused to let Bob change the menu at all. It's why Bob chose 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.
  • Fantasy-Forbidding Father: He threw away the first burger Bob ever cooked, the "Baby you can chive my car Burger", because it wasn't the usual order the customer gets. He was extremely critical and demanding of Bob, always wanting Bob to cook like him and not be creative. He admits that he was too hard on Bob when they reconcile.
  • Freudian Excuse: "Father of the Bob" suggests his raising Bob came from being unable to cope with his wife's death.
  • 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.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Regularly hangs out at the neighboring gay bar to watch Scandal.
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