->''"Pepper spray? That sounds delicious! *gets sprayed in the face and screams* ''I WAS WRONG!! '''''I WAS HORRIBLY WRONG!!!'''''"
-> Voiced by Nicky Jones, [[spoiler:C.H. Greenblat (adult)]]

Chowder is the excitable, young apprentice of legendary chef Mung Daal. Chowder [[{{Understatement}} loves food]] and dreams of becoming a great chef one day.
* AffectionateNickname: Panini calls him "Num-nums".
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: If there's anything involving a tasty snack, he'll become distracted.
* AxCrazy: In the beginning of "The Poltergeist".
* BerserkButton: Don't you dare suggest he has something going on with [[StalkerWithACrush Panini.]]
* BigEater: He is presumably ''the'' biggest eater ever conceived, 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 one gulp''.
* BreakTheCutie: Episodes such as "Sniffle Ball", "Creme Puff Hands", and "Brain Grub" will ''really'' make you feel sorry for the little guy.
* CharacterAgedWithTheActor: According to WordOfGod, he aged with his voice actor, Nicky Jones.
* ChasteHero: He shows little to no comprehension to Panini's advances. [[spoiler: Averted in the finale, where he marries her.]]
* CheerfulChild
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: [[spoiler:In the last episode, it's shown that he marries Panini when they grow up.]]
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Later seasons will have this trope putting it a bit too mildly.
* CreatorCameo: Only in the series finale, where [[spoiler: he is voiced by C. H. Greenblatt after adulthood]].
* [[CuteLittleFangs Cute Little Fang]]
* TheDitz: 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.''
* DoesntLikeBeingTouched: 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.
** In "The Bruised Bluenana," Panini touching him caused Chowder to shriek like a girl and swat at her with a bunch of grapes.
** Taken UpToEleven in "Banned from the Stand", where Panini touching Chowder's arm '''burned''' him.
* ExtremeOmnivore: Besides meviled eggs, [[{{ItMakesSenseInContext}} bird vomit that is claimed to be bacon]], and [[{{Squick}} food from a toilet]], he'll eat anything.
* {{Flanderization}}: Chowder was more simply naïve than a complete idiot when the show started out, but over time, he literally ventures into the TooDumbToLive territory. "Brain Grub" emphasizes this a lot.
* GirlsHaveCooties: He believes in this, [[spoiler: until he found out Panini loved him]].
* HappilyMarried: [[spoiler:To Panini.]]
* IntergenerationalFriendship: With Gazpacho and Mung.
* {{Keet}}
* KindheartedSimpleton: He's far from the sharpest knife in the drawer, but is a very sweet kid most of the time.
* LethalChef: Downplayed. His cooking isn't very good most of the time, but it wont kill you. Played straight in "Burple Nurples", where Chowder unknowingly poisons a batch of the titular dish, and tries to sell them. [[spoiler: Good thing he set the price so high that no one would buy them.]]
* LethallyStupid: He's incredibly ditzy, with most of their problems happening because he constantly ignores Mung's warnings and teachings about the potentially dangerous foods they deal with. It's gotten to the point that Mung has started to blame ''himself'' for the trouble that Chowder causes because he should know better to expect Chowder to listen.
* MixAndMatchCritters: According to WordOfGod, Chowder is a [[Main/BuffySpeak cat-bear-rabbit thingie.]]
* MeaningfulName: His name is a kind of fish soup.
* ManChild: In the final episode he became one when he was older until he learned to take responsibility.
* TheMillstone: Whenever he tries to help someone out, it's almost a guarantee that he'll either screw it up or do something stupid to make the current situation even worse.
* NiceGuy: He's a real sweetheart and cares about everyone around him, even if his attempts at helping unintentionally makes things worse.
* NiceHat: To the point where there was an episode centered around it.
* NotDistractedByTheSexy: 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?
-->'''Chowder''': [[FlatWhat What.]]
** He later gives her the photograph for opposing reasons, that she's [[DespiteThePlan "making him lose his appetite".]]
* ObsessedWithFood: It's amazing that he didn't become a giant from all the food that he eats.
* OnlyFriend: It's said he's Gazpacho's only friend.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: He has a very round, appealing design.
* StomachOfHolding: Not unlike [[WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar 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.
* SupremeChef: [[spoiler:Overcomes his incompetence and succeeds in getting his own apprentice in the finale.]]
* TooDumbToLive Not only does he usually drive the plot along by either destroying something in stupidity or just by being incredibly stupid, but, well, apparently he's ''literally'' TooDumbToLive without someone directing him. This is a guy who once thought the proper way to put away a spoon was to ''shove it in an electrical outlet'' after all (and judging from the marks it happened more than once).
* VocalDissonance: In the finale, he still has his young voice as an adult. It eventually changes into his creator's voice by the end of the episode.

[[folder:Mung Daal]]
->''"You see, there is an ugly lady inside us all, and sometimes, that ugly lady makes us do things we're not proud of."''
-> Voiced by Creator/DwightSchultz

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.
* AbandonedCatchphrase: Mung Daal from had a catchphrase of "Sweet beans in a basket!" in the first trailer and pilot, but it wasn't kept past that point.
* AmbiguouslyBi: He's been married to Truffles for hundreds of years and flirts with the ladies, but there's a surprisingly high number of HoYay moments between him and Shnitzel.
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: For all their bickering and arguing, Mung On The Rocks shows that Mung truly does love Truffles and is a miserable wreck without her in his life.
* BelligerentSexualTension: With Truffles.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: He may seem a bit weird, but he's one of the most skilled chefs in the series.
* CasanovaWannabe: Fancies himself a ladies man, but most ladies are repulsed by him.
* {{Catchphrase}}: "Ladies!"
* {{Deuteragonist}}
* HappilyMarried: Despite his constant flirting with women, he only genuinely loves Truffles.
* HenpeckedHusband
* IgnoredExpert: 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.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: With Chowder; Mung is 450+ years old.
* KidAnova: In his childhood.
* LargeHam
* LikeAnOldMarriedCouple: A ''really'' old couple with Truffles, seeing how they've been married for over 450 years.
* MeaningfulName: His name is two types of beans used in Indian cuisine. In fact, [[WhatCouldHaveBeen Greenblatt intended the character to have an Indian accent, but ditched it in the end.]]
* MentorOccupationalHazard: 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.
* NoAccountingForTaste
* ParentalSubstitute: Depends on how you look at it, but most agree he is this to Chowder.
* Really700YearsOld: Given that it's revealed in "Mung On The Rocks" he's been married to Truffles for 450 years, he must be unnaturally old.
* SmallNameBigEgo
* SupportingLeader
* SupremeChef: He's widely considered to be [[UpToEleven the world's best chef]].
* YoungerThanTheyLook: While it's apparent he is really old, he looks pretty fresh and flexible for being over 400 years to count.

->''"Radda, radda!"''

->''"Think of something dry!"''
->''"Like Shnitzel's sense of humour?"''
->''"No that's too dry."''

->Voiced by: Creator/JohnDiMaggio, Creator/KevinMichaelRichardson (in "The Froggy Apple Crumple Thumpkin")

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.

* TheBigGuy: He's the biggest member in Mung Daal's kitchen and usually does the heavy lifting.
* ButtMonkey: Nothing ever seems to go right for him. Any work in the kitchen usually involves him getting hurt or doing something he doesn't particularly enjoy.
* TheComicallySerious: He reaction to most of Chowder's antics involves his usually annoyed expression.
* DeadpanSnarker: Even though we can't make out what he says, you can tell when he has something snarky to say.
* GeniusBruiser: The strongest and most competent of the main crew.
* HappilyMarried: [[spoiler:...to ENDIVE of all characters.]]
* JerkassHasAPoint: While he can be a bit rough around the edges, it's easy to understand why given the fact he constantly has to put up with his egocentric boss and dimwitted protege...
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: ...but despite it all, especially in "Shnitzel Quits", it's been proven that Shnitzel really does care about Chowder and the rest of the gang.
* TheLancer: To Mung.
* MeaningfulName: His name is some sort of fried pig meat.
* NoRespectGuy
* OnlySaneMan: To his chagrin.
* PokemonSpeak: The only thing he says is "Radda". Except when Truffles spoke quietly for once... and then was told to go back to saying "Radda".
* RetiredBadass: See {{Samurai}} below.
* RockMonster
* {{Samurai}}: Was this in his past. Though, he still knows how to fight like one. [[spoiler:except not really.]]
* SilentSnarker: "Dry sense of humor" anyone?
* SuperStrength: It varies from episode to episode, but chances are that Shnitzel will be capable of lifting tons at a time.
* TheUnintelligible: All he ever says is "Radda", leaving the entire caste to interpret what he's saying and is usually played for laughs.
-->'''Chowder:''' I think something wrong with Mung.
-->'''Shnitzel:''' Radda radda radda ra-radda.
-->'''Chowder:''' Why would he be upset about Truffles? She's stopped yelling at us and she never comes in here now. It's perfect!
-->'''Shnitzel:''' Aw, radda radda...
-->'''Chowder:''' What do you mean I wouldn't understand?
-->'''Shnitzel:''' Radda radda ra-radda radda!
-->'''Chowder:''' What do you mean stop repeating everything you say?
-->'''Shntzel:''' *grumbles*

->''"What's going on in here!!?"''
-> Voiced by: Creator/TaraStrong

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.
* BelligerentSexualTension: With Mung.
* BerserkButton: There are rules to follow in order to avoid her wrath.
** If you bring gum home, you ''must'' share with her, or ELSE.
** ''Never'' interrupt her mahjongg game.
* TheDreaded: Chowder, Mung Daal and Shnitzel are all terrified of Truffles when she's angry.
* TheFairFolk
* HairTriggerTemper: Has a ''very'' short fuse.
* HappilyMarried: To Mung. She was genuinely upset when he forgot their anniversary and despite their constant bickering, they clearly love eachother.
* IWasQuiteALooker: She was very cute and curvy when she was younger. She can apparently revert to this at will, as shown in "Dinner Theater" when she attracts some customers.
-->'''Truffles:''' Guess I'll have to get out [[ShowSomeLeg the legs.]]
* LikeAnOldMarriedCouple: Technically married and ''very'' old.
* MeaningfulName: Her name is a type of mushroom, hence her hat.
* NiceHat: A mushroom hat, to be exact.
* NoIndoorVoice: "The Trouble with Truffles" focuses on this, leading her to change her voice to a softer one.
* Really700YearsOld: Given that it's revealed in "Mung On The Rocks" she's been married to Mung for ''450'' years, she must be unnaturally old.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: The only female within the kitchen, not counting customers.
* TookALevelInJerkass: In later seasons, she has become more hostile and disrespectful towards her employees.

-> Voiced by [[CreatorCameo C. H. Greenblatt]]

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.
* CreatorCameo: He is "voiced" by C. H. Greenblatt.
* DemotedToExtra
* DubNameChange: In Japan, he is renamed as "Nattou" (Fermented soy beans), possibly for [[UsefulNotes/KoreansInJapan avoiding having a character with a Korean name.]]
* MeaningfulName: After a Korean dish made with fermented vegetables.
* TheUnintelligible

[[folder:Ms. Endive]]
-> 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.
* AbhorrentAdmirer: To Shnitzel in for most of the series. He ''really'' isn't very fond of her advances towards him.
* AxCrazy: Especially in "The Babysitter" and "Shnitzel Quits".
* DoesNotLikeMen: She has a habit of advising Panini to stay away from boys with a surprising amount of venom.
-->"''Stay away from boys!'' They are dity. They are smelly. They tell you they love you so you wait by the telephone till they ''finally'' work up the nerve to propose! And ''then'', they have the '''gaul''' to '''''not show up to the wedding'''''!"
* {{Gonk}}: The sight of her puckering up to Shnitzel is enough to make the flowers in his bouquet vomit. The sight of her ''[[NakedPeopleAreFunny naked]]'' caused Gazpacho to faint.
* HappilyMarried: [[spoiler:To Shnitzel]].
* JerkAss
* LargeAndInCharge: She dwarfs over [[StalkerWithACrush Panini]] and any other person who works in her kitchen and is in charge of said kitchen.
* MeaningfulName: A type of vegetable known for its bitter taste. Greenblatt had chosen it as it suited her personality.
* TheRival: To Mung Daal.
* ShipTease: 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".
* YourSizeMayVary: Goes from being maybe two feet taller than most characters to being large enough to initiate a ColossusClimb, depending on the need of the plot.

->''"Oh, hiiii, Chowder..."''
->Voiced by: Liliana Mumy, [[spoiler: Creator/GreyDeLisle (adult)]]

Panini is the apprentice to Ms. Endive. She's convinced that Chowder is her boyfriend and takes every opportunity to let him know this.
* AbhorrentAdmirer:
--> '''Chowder''': '''"I'M NOT YOUR BOYFRIEND!!!!!"'''
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: [[spoiler:In the last episode, it's shown that she and Chowder get married.]]
* ClingyJealousGirl: She flips if she sees Chowder with another girl.
* CuteLittleFangs
* CuteMonsterGirl
* TheCutie
* EarsAsHair
* ExplosiveBreeder: [[spoiler: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.
* GenkiGirl: Occasionally, especially when it comes to Chowder.
* HappilyMarried: [[spoiler:To Chowder.]]
* LaughOfLove:
** She tends to giggle or laugh on occasion when she's with Chowder, who doesn't return her feelings [[spoiler:until the series finale]].
** She {{invoke|dTrope}}s this in "A Faire to Remember", when pretends to laugh as she hangs out with Ceviché in an attempt to make Chowder [[OperationJealousy jealous]]. It doesn't work.
* MeaningfulName: Her name is a type of Italian sandwich.
* MotorMouth: At times. Like when she was asking Shnitzel what Chowder likes in "Shnitzel Quits".
* MixAndMatchCritters: She's the same species as Chowder but with rabbit ears. Most likely sexual dimorphism at work here.
* OperationJealousy: In one episode, she pretended to be in love with Ceviche to make Chowder jealous when he starts hanging out with fellow CloudCuckoolander Marmalade.
* PhraseCatcher: All together now...
--> '''Chowder:''' "I'm not your boyfriend!"
** Made all the more hilarious by the fact that he'll sometimes immediately follow it up with cheerfully initiating conversation with her, or just slip it in as an afterthought.
* PluckyGirl: That means big trouble for Chowder.
* PostKissCatatonia: After Chowder gives a peck on the cheek in the Christmas episode.
* {{Satellite Love Interest}}s: 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).
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: she is a hybrid of a bunny and a cat, after all.
* SelfProclaimedLoveInterest
* SingleTargetSexuality: Chowder-sexual.
* StalkerWithACrush: In the early episodes, she was able to have a conversation with Chowder without coming on to him. Later? She wants to pass a law that will let her legally own Chowder.
* {{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.
* AbusiveParents: From what we hear about his mom, she's ''very'' controlling of him; he once stated that she's "usually" mad at him, and that she "crushes hopes and dreams."
* AxCrazy: Shown multiple times. Think about it; we never actually see Gazpacho's mother despite her being mentioned all the time, which "Spookiest House In Marzipan" points out, implying that she is made up and Gazpacho might be [[FunnySchizophrenia schizophrenic]]. It was PlayedForLaughs.
** In that episode he gives an offhand comment that he is going to kill Chowder, Gorgonzola and Panini after coffee. That's right, he's going to stab ''[[WouldHurtAChild three children, featuring his best friend]]''.
** In "Dinner Theatre", he enjoys his villainous role a little too much, pretending to be this character outside practicing and at the end this line occurs with literal axe craziness:
--> '''Chowder''': [[ItMakesSenseInContext Well, at least no one got killed]].
--> '''Gazpacho''': At least...''(takes an axe)'' [[PunctuatedForEmphasis NOT! YET!!!!!]]
** "Banned From The Stand" has Gazpacho going paranoid that Mung and Chowder are going to buy berries off of him by help from other people, which is at the beginning ProperlyParanoid, but then he goes overboard and thinks everyone is trying to help Mung and Chowder, speaking to himself in a crazy manner and banning everyone, including from every other stand and the bathroom, and his overly paranoid behaviour ends with him babbling incoherently right before banning himself from his ''own'' stand. This all happened because Mung and Gazpacho had a [[ComicalOverreacting disagreement]] [[DisproportionateRetribution on the berry's colour.]]
* CloudCuckooLander: He doesn't provide to make a situation less complicated.
* CovertPervert: Chowder imagines him as such in "Brain Freeze".
* GambitRoulette: His plan on teaching the scouts how to fold napkins involved too many variables to count.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: Mung lampshades this by pointing Chowder is literally his only friend.
* LargeHam: Keyword: Dana Snyder.
* ManChild: Taken to the extreme in the series finale, where [[spoiler: he couldn't change anything to make his life better, so he ran away and made up a whole bunch of lies. Adult Chowder eventually finds him and brings him out of hiding.]]
* MeaningfulName: His name is a kind of tomato sauce.
* MommasBoy: This was his codename during the episode, "The Heist".
* MundaneMadeAwesome: When he's a Scout Master, learning to fold napkins involves hiking a mountain that moves, abandoning most of the scouts along the way, having the few remaining scouts believe he has contracted Ray-B-Cs, try to run away from him, and nearly ''dying''. Oh, and sitting down and breathing required hazmat suits and flamethrowers.
* MyBelovedSmother: [[spoiler: If she even exists, that is.]]
* SanitySlippage: He goes even more off the deep end in "Banned from the Stand".
* ShadowArchetype: [[spoiler: It takes him being a dark reflection of what Chowder was becoming for Chowder to accept his destiny]].
* SplitPersonality: Remember when Gazpacho [[spoiler:was revealed to be his own Mother!?]]. But then again that wasn't real. [[spoiler: OR WAS IT!? Just kidding it probably WASN'T!!]]
* UnreliableNarrator: In "The Spookiest House In Marzipan".
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Giving Chowder a literal ChickMagnet in "Apprentice Appreciation Day" sets off the events of the episode, with Mung competing with Endive over who appreciates their apprentice more.
* WasItAllALie: See ManChild above.

->''"Don't strain yourself, Pudge."''
->Voiced by: Will Shadley, [[spoiler:Creator/DaveWittenberg (adult)]]

A young apprentice candle holder with a surly attitude. He resents Chowder due to him having a better job.
* FriendlyEnemy: In "Panini for President" and "The Blackout".
* {{Jerkass}}
* MeaningfulName: He is named after gorgonzola cheese. Greenblatt commented that since cheese was his least favourite food, he felt it would fit Gorgonzola's surly attitude.
* NiceHat
* TheRival: To Chowder.
* TheSnarkKnight

->''"After I escort you home could I weed your garden and hang some dry wall?"''
->Voiced by: Elan Garfias

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.
* {{Bishonen}}: To a noticably exaggerated extent.
* BlackBeadEyes: Has tiny black dots for eyes. However, in "The Dinner Theater", there is sclera around them in a close-up of his face.
* CampStraight
* CreepyMonotone: "We must avenge Panini's death!"
* DoggedNiceGuy: To Panini.
* HookedUpAfterwards: [[spoiler:With Marmalade, [[http://chgreenblatt.tumblr.com/post/114500523397/helloi-really-want-to-knowwhat-was-ceviche-doing according to]] WordOfGod.]]
* HopelessSuitor
* LoveTriangle: He loves Panini who loves Chowder who [[spoiler: doesn't accept Panini's affections until the GrandFinale]]. He, however, is loved by Marmalade.
* MeaningfulName: Ceviche is a seafood dish found in Latin American cuisine.
* StalkerWithACrush: Unfortunately for him, Panini has only eyes for Chowder.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: He has purple hair.