"Pepper spray? That sounds delicious! (gets sprayed in the face) AHHH!! I WAS WRONG!! I WAS HORRIBLY WRONG!!!"
Voiced by Nicky Jones
Chowder is the excitable, young apprentice of legendary chef Mung Daal. Chowder loves food
and dreams of becoming a great chef one day.
- Affectionate Nickname: Panini calls him "Num-nums".
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Yummy!
- Ax-Crazy: In the beginning of "The Poltergeist".
- Berserk Button: Don't you dare suggest he has something going on with Panini.
- Big Eater: He is presumedly the biggest eater ever concieved, due to his constant hunger & willingness to eat nearly anything.
- There was this episode where he ate during midnight & somehow got a werewolf-style curse. He then has to hide all the food in the catering facility from this alternate personality before sunrise. After sunrise, he eats the entire ball of food that is about as big as the building in 1 gulp.
- Character Aged with the Actor: According to Word of God, he aged with his voice actor, Nicky Jones.
- Chaste Hero: He shows little to no comprehension to Panini's advances. Averted in the finale, where he marries her.
- Cheerful Child
- Childhood Friend Romance: In the last episode, it's shown that he marries Panini when they grow up.
- Creator Cameo: Only in the series finale, where he is voiced by C. H. Greenblatt after adulthood.
- Cute Little Fangs
- The Ditz: He's pretty dim; in one episode, he went up to use the bathroom, and forgot why he went up there in the first place.
- Doesn't Like Being Touched: When it comes to Panini, that is.
Panini: Oh, num-nums! Are you...(begins stroking Chowder's cheek affectionately) Ookaaay?"
Chowder: Please don't touch me.
- Taken Up to Eleven in "Banned from the Stand", where Panini touching Chowder's arm burned him.
- Extreme Omnivore: Besides meviled eggs, bird vomit that is claimed to be bacon, and food from a toilet, he'll eat anything.
- Girls Have Cooties
- Happily Married: To Panini.
- I'm Not Your Boyfriend!: To Panini.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Gazpacho and Mung.
- Lethal Chef
- Mix-and-Match Critters: According to Word of God, Chowder is a cat-bear-rabbit thingie.
- Meaningful Name: His name is a kind of fish soup.
- Man Child: In the final episode he became one when he was older until he learned to take responsibility.
- Nice Hat: To the point where there was an episode centered around it.
- Not Distracted by the Sexy: In "Endive's Dirty Secret", Panini dresses up to look really pretty to manipulate him into giving her the photograph which Mung captured of Endive caught in the act of her secret. Chowder's response? He simply doesn't understand what she's trying to accomplish due to his stupidity.
Panini: It's so hot today...you know what I'm saying?
- Obsessed with Food: It's amazing that he didn't become a giant from all the food that he ate.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter
- Stomach of Holding: Not unlike Rico, he can hold various things in his stomach and disgorge them later.
- To put that into perspective, he can store things such as an entire fair booth in that stomach.
- Supreme Chef: Overcomes his incompetence and succeeds in getting his own apprentice in the finale.
- Too Dumb to Live
"You see, there is an ugly lady inside us all, and sometimes, that ugly lady makes us do things we're not proud of."
He can be a bit scatterbrained, but when it comes to cooking, Mung Daal knows more than almost anyone. He pours his heart into every dish. Mung thinks he's a ladies man and frequently offers Chowder advice about finding love.
- Badass Mustache: He has a big handlebar mustache, which he takes much pride in.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Truffles.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He may seem a bit weird, but he's one of the most skilled chefs in the series.
- Casanova Wannabe: Fancies himself a ladies man, but most ladies are repulsed by him.
- Happily Married: Despite his constant flirting with women, he only genuinely loves Truffles.
- Henpecked Husband
- Ignored Expert: Half of their problems happen because Chowder will quite blatantly ignore Mung's teachings and warnings about handling the potentially dangerous foods they deal with. This happened so frequently that Mung starts blaming himself for the situations because he should know better than to expect Chowder to listen to him.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Chowder; Mung is 450+ years old.
- Kid-anova: In his childhood.
- Large Ham
- Meaningful Name: His name is a type of beans.
- Mentor Occupational Hazard: He doesn't die, he's just usually on the receiving end of the Slapstick. In the episode "The Deadly Maze," Gumbo, his apprentice before Chowder, gave up on a revenge scheme against Mung after spending time with Chowder, stating that nothing he could do could be worse than the grief Chowder puts Mung through every day.
- No Accounting for Taste
- Parental Substitute: Depends on how you look at it, but most agree he is this to Chowder.
- Really 700 Years Old: Given that it's revealed in "Mung On The Rocks" he's been married to Truffles for 450 years, he must be unnaturally old.
- Small Name, Big Ego
- Supreme Chef: He's widely considered to be the world's best chef.
- Younger Than They Look: While it's apparent he is really old, he looks pretty fresh and flexible for being over 400 years to count.
"Think of something dry!"
"Like Shnitzel's sense of humour?"
Shnitzel is a big, heavy rock monster who works in Mung Daal's kitchen. He doesn't have much of a sense of humor, and Chowder is always getting on his nerves.
"What's going on in here!!?"
Mung Daal's wife, Truffles likes to be the boss and has a very competitive streak. While Mung Daal handles the cooking, Truffles takes care of everything else.
Chowder's pet, who lives in a cage next to his bed. Kimchi is a brown-colored cloud (an anthropomorphized flatus). He likes things that smell bad, and he "talks" by making flatulent sounds.
Voiced by Mindy Sterling
A female chef who teaches cooking to Panini with strict discipline. She regularly berates Mung Daal, whom she considers a rival. In the episode "Chowder's Girlfriend", it is revealed she despises boys and boyfriends because her fiance did not show up on their wedding day. The creator describes her as Martha Stewart with Oompa-Loompa colors.
- Ax-Crazy: Especially in "The Babysitter" and "Shnitzel Quits".
- Does Not Like Men
- Gonk: The sight of her puckering up to Shnitzel is enough to make the flowers in his bouquet vomit.
- Happily Married: To Shnitzel.
- Jerk Ass
- Large and In Charge
- Ship Tease: A lot this with Shnitzel (although unwanted), but oddly enough, with Mung. In "The Apprentice Games", she flirtatiously states that they are alone at one point. Panini herself has hypothesized that she picks on Mung so much because she likes him.
- Yandere: To Shnitzel in "Shnitzel Quits".
- Your Size May Vary: Goes from being maybe two feet taller than most characters to being large enough to initiate a Colossus Climb, depending on the need of the plot.
"Oh, hiiii, Chowder..."
Panini is the apprentice to Ms. Endive. She's convinced that Chowder is her boyfriend and takes every opportunity to let him know this.
- Abhorrent Admirer: "I'M NOT YOUR BOYFRIEND!!!!!"
- Bunny Ears: She is part bunny after all.
- Childhood Friend Romance: In the last episode, it's shown that she and Chowder get married.
- Clingy Jealous Girl
- Cute Little Fangs
- Cute Monster Girl
- The Cutie
- Ears as Hair
- Explosive Breeder: Apparently, Panini is prone to this, given her rabbit-like species and that she has fifty babies in the series finale with Chowder, twenty of which she gave birth to in one day.
- Flanderization: She started off as a relatively nice girl with an innocent cute crush on the protagonist, to an horribly obtrusive and disrespecting to Chowder's personal space.
- Genki Girl: Occasionally, especially when it comes to Chowder.
- Satellite Love Interests: She doesn't want anything to do, but have Chowder be her boyfriend and future husband. Not much is known about her personality, (besides her huge crush on Chowder).
- Happily Married: To Chowder.
- Meaningful Name: Her name is a type of Italian sandwich.
- Motor Mouth: At times. Like when she was asking Shnitzel what Chowder likes in "Shnitzel Quits".
- Mix-and-Match Critters: She's the same species as Chowder but with rabbit ears. Most likely sexual dimorphism at work here.
- Operation Jealousy: In one episode, she pretended to be in love with Ceviche to make Chowder jealous when he starts hanging out with fellow Cloud Cuckoolander Marmelade.
- Plucky Girl: That means big trouble for Chowder.
- Post-Kiss Catatonia: After Chowder gives a peck on the cheek in the Christmas episode.
- Self-Proclaimed Love Interest
- Single-Target Sexuality: Chowder-sexual.
- Stalker with a Crush
- Yandere: In later seasons, that is. She was way cooler about her crush in the first season.
"Come. Sit. Buy my beans!"
Voiced by Dana Snyder
A storekeeper who sells strange produce and ingredients. He does his best to offer advice to Chowder when needed. He lives with his overbearing mother, who never appears. Gazpacho shows no interest in moving out and improving his own life.
"Don't strain yourself, Pudge."
A young apprentice candle holder with a surly attitude. He resents Chowder due to him having a better job.
"After I escort you home could I weed your garden and hang some dry wall?"
Ceviche is a dancer and the apprentice of Pate. He is fairly easy going and has a crush on Panini. Because of this he follows her around and does what she says.