2D (Stuart Pot)
I never really thought about anything as far as I can remember.
The ambition-lacking, thick-headed but sweet vocalist, who also provides keyboards and minor instruments (like melodica and panpipes) for the band. 2D used to look up to Murdoc and believed he "saved his life", despite the fact that Murdoc ran him over - putting him in a coma and fracturing his eyes - twice, beat him up frequently, stole his girlfriend, sold most of his belongings online and stole his internal organs, as well as kidnapped him and kept him prisoner on Plastic Beach
. As of Plastic Beach
, however, 2D seems to have recognized that Murdoc abuses him - but seems hopeful that he and Murdoc can still be friends by "DoYaThing".
- Adorkable: He's missing his front teeth and his eyes are full of blood, but his actions, ditziness, and generally nice personality make him pretty lovable. Aww.◊
- Artistic License – Medicine: 2D injured both his eyes in multiple car accidents (all caused by Murdoc). As a result he now has permanent hyphema in both eyes, which basically means that his pupils are full of blood. In a real-life situation, he should have been blind or have badly impaired vision, yet he appears to be able to see just fine.
- Also, he talks and sings with no pronunciation problems despite missing his front teeth (which he lost because of Murdoc's abuse).
- A Day in the Limelight: The album "The Fall" was composed and performed pretty much entirely by 2D, and the video for "DoYaThing" focuses on him.
- Amusing Injuries: Constantly getting beaten up for laughs, though it becomes less funny when you realize every injury he sustains has lasting effects.
- Anti-Hero: Type 1. He has a heart of gold and is an over all compassionate guy, but he's also dumb as a stump which makes him generally either completely ineffectual or an outright danger to those around him in almost all situations.
- Berserk Button: You really don't want to bring up the Paula incident around him.
- Beware the Nice Ones: In the iTunes sessions interview, he went as far as physically attacking Murdoc when the latter pushed his Berserk Button. Murdoc won the fight via chloroform.
- Black Bead Eyes: There is reason behind this, though. Murdoc drove his car straight into 2D, fracturing his eyeball, turning him into a vegetable. Later, when Murdoc attempted to do donut spins in Nottingham Park, he catapulted 2D out of the window fracturing his other eye, but reviving his mind.
- Born Lucky / Born Unlucky: Hard to tell which, but the many strange and painful things he's been through — and survived — certainly make it seem that fate's definitely working for him or out to get him.
- Brainless Beauty: Invoked, though the "beauty" part may depend on the viewer.
- Break the Cutie: While he may not be exactly cute, you do have to admit that the poor guy's been through a lot.
- British Accents: He speaks with a very heavy Cockney accent.
- British Teeth: His teeth are godawful, and while he does have countless blunt head trauma to blame for his missing teeth, the ones he has left are in terrible shape.
- Bumbling Sidekick: Murdoc's, though he loses both the "bumbling" and the "sidekick" part by Phase 3.
- Butt Monkey: Almost always getting abused by Murdoc either physically or verbally and tends to have very bad luck in general.
- Character Development: He goes from an incredibly stupid Wide-Eyed Idealist blissfully unaware of the world around him and a bizarre hero complex towards Murdoc in Phase 1, to a more self aware but still nonetheless idiotic party animal in Phase 2, to the Only Sane Man in Phase 3. By "DoYaThing" he wants nothing to do with Gorillaz any more.
- Character Tics: Puts his tongue, as well as his fingers, up his nose a lot. He also has a habit of twiddling his fingers when nervous.
- Cool Mask: A clown mask, in the videos for Stylo, On Melancholy Hill and Rhinestone Eyes — he mentioned at some point it was to hide his headaches.
- Covert Pervert: After Murdoc lent him some movies, 2D commented that they're "A bit random, but very, very watchable." With titles like "Tit's A Wonderful Life" and "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Bang", it's pretty obvious what kind of movies those were.
- Also, 2-D's various illegitimate children, as referenced in the book and on his computer on the old website.
- Darker and Edgier: Phase 2 has him become a knife flicking jerk with kids all over the world. He's mellowed out by Phase 3.
- Deadpan Snarker: Surprisingly, he snaps into this mode a few times.
- Death Seeker: Becomes one midway through Phase 3 due to how completely horrendous his life has become.
- The Ditz: He's a bit brighter by Phase 3, but back in Phase 1 he really was quite harebrained.
- Dumbass No More: Downplayed. While not exactly Einstein, he seems to have wised up to Murdoc's abuse of him as of Phase 3.
- Elmuh Fudd Syndwome: Noticeable with words like "really" and "scary".
- Erudite Stoner: Despite spending most of his time high on painkillers and playing The Ditz for years, he still has brief moments of lucidity where he can be surprisingly philosophical, even profound.
- Extreme Doormat: Try as he might, 2D just can't seem to get Murdoc to stop walking all over him.
- Eye Scream: Doesn't even begin to describe how he got his trademark black eyes...
- Foil: Becomes progressively more of one to Murdoc as time goes on. 2D is stupid, has horrendous luck, no spine and is an incredibly nice person while Murdoc is a genius, escapes all punishments with a slap on the wrist, refuses to back down during conflict and is a despicable human being all around. To further this, 2D comes from a relatively normal family with two loving parents while Murdoc comes from a broken home with an abusive father.
- Physically he's one to Russel, being a tall, rail-thin white man with black eyes to his short, fat black man with white eyes.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Bizarrely builds some pretty advanced machinery during his many escape attempts from Plastic Beach, such as the Donkatron.
- Genius Ditz: He can play a lot of instruments, he composed a lot of songs, and he even wrote some of the lyrics, despite his unimpressive mental capacity.
- Good Parents: While his parents are suggested to have been idiots of a similar breed to him, they were also very loving and involved in his life.
- Heroic BSOD: Spends all of Phase 3 in the throes of one, to the point where his expression in the videos is pretty much permanently one of complete terror and confusion.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: In one of the most twisted examples in all fiction, with Murdoc. Whether he likes it or not.
- Although "DoYaThing" shows that he still would like to have a more normal version of this with him.
- Horrible Judge of Character: He worships a man like Murdoc Niccals and fell madly in love with a woman like Paula Cracker.
- Idiot Hero: Oh yes. Expect him to randomly mention how he has chlamydia completely unprompted during interviews. Even after becoming the Only Sane Man in Phase 3, it's still very clear that he's an idiot.
- Idiot Savant: He's very smash, but also a musical genius.
- Informed Attractiveness: He's supposedly considered incredibly good looking in universe to the point of becoming an international sex symbol during phase 2. Out of universe, while he certainly has his fans, he's generally considered something similar to Ugly Cute at best or something out of the Uncanny Valley at worst.
- I Owe You My Life: His loyalty to Murdoc is due to his belief in this, when in reality Murdoc did just the opposite.
- Kindhearted Simpleton
- Knife Nut: Develops a fondness for switchblades during Phase 2, and is frequently shown flicking one in pictures.
- Like Brother and Sister: His relationship with Noodle. After her supposed death, he apparently retired from music entirely before getting forced back by Murdoc.
- Meaningful Name/Punny Name: "Uh, Murdoc called me 2D because I've got two dents in my head from my ram-raid coma car crash episode in my life, it's not because I'm two-dimensional or anything like that."
- His pre-Gorillaz nickname — Stu-Pot. Also, he went into a coma, making him a vegetable Stu.
- Monochromatic Eyes: Black, but they sometimes turn white — it's unknown what causes it.
- Mr. Fanservice: While his attractiveness depends on your opinion of the art style, he's the designated pretty boy in-universe.
- Nice Guy: In contrast to Murdoc.
- Nice Hat: He has a lot of them, to the point where he's almost never seen without one throughout Phase 3.
- Non-Action Guy: Compared to the rest of the team, 2D is much more likely to curl up into a fetal position when trouble arises. By Phase 3 he's become gutsy enough to attack Murdoc, but is immediately overpowered by him in the ensuing fight.
- Noodle People: The most apparent of the cast.
- Older and Wiser: By Phase 3, he's become older, wiser and much, much more bitter.
- Older Than They Look: While 2D has gained a few wrinkles over the years, he hardly looks any different in his mid thirties than he did in his early twenties. If anything, he looks younger.
- Only Sane Man: Went from perhaps the least likely of the group to play this role to the only person around with any common sense. This is saying something, as 2D is far past sane by that point. Driven home by the "DoYaThing" video, where 2D is clearly sick of how broken his life has become.
- Our Zombies Are Different: While he's not really a zombie, 2D cleary has a zombie motif going on, what with his seemingly eyeless sockets, getting revived from an inescapable coma, and being brain dead. As a bonus, his favorite kinds of movies are zombie films.
- Overly Long Tongue: While not as extreme as Murdoc's, it is long enough for it to be able to reach into his nose with ease.
- Pinball Protagonist: A strong argument can be made that 2D is the protagonist, but he himself has the least amount of impact on the plot of the entire band and instead just kind of stands around while stuff happens around him.
- Pretty Boy: Repeatedly described as one, and while this is up to the viewer outside of their universe, it should be noted that his facial structure closely resembles the type used for females by Jamie Hewlett.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: His hair generally reaches down to just above his shoulders, though it varies in length depending on his current hairstyle.
- Really Gets Around: If his multiple illegitimate children are anything to go by.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The calm Unfazed Everyman to Murdoc's temperamental psychopath.
- Sanity Slippage: Phase 3. It did seem to make him a bit smarter, though.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The sensitive guy to Murdoc's manly man.
- Spell My Name with an "S": 2D or 2-D?
- Straight Man: To Murdoc in Phase 3.
- Stupid Sexy Flanders: 2D gets this interpretation from many male fans' point of view. And Murdoc's.
- The Team Normal: Murdoc is an insane criminal master mind who is quite possibly the Anti Christ, Noodle is a genetically engineered Super Soldier, Russel is possessed by demons on a regular basis and later becomes a giant and 2D is... a slow witted, extremely unlucky guy.
- Those Two Guys: Quickly became this with Murdoc. While character interactions were tested out between the entire band early on, it became clear that none of them had nearly as good back and forth as them. By phase 2 it's much more likely to see them together than apart because of this.
- Token Good Teammate: Becomes this to Murdoc and Cyborg Noodle in phase 3, though it's not exactly hard to do.
- Took a Level in Badass: In Phase 3, after his initial complete mental breakdown, 2D becomes a lot more active, actually attacking Murdoc, hijacking boats and subs and continuously attempting to kill the whale through The Power of Rock.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: In Phase 2, where he fathers several illegitimate children, frequently brandishes switch blades and has overall become much more cocky. He even makes a few (terrible) attempts at picking on Murdoc, only to immediately back down at return to worshipping him. He's perpetually agitated during Phase 3, though considering the only character he's shown interacting with is Murdoc, it's hard to tell if he's like this with everyone.
- Undying Loyalty: Towards Murdoc, big time. 2D will gladly give Murdoc anything he needs, be it a home, money or his internal organs because Murdoc "saved his life". Seemingly gone by Phase 3, but revealed to still be there somewhere in "DoYaThing", where 2D lets Murdoc live at his house and still hopes that they can some day be real friends.
- Unfazed Everyman: Part of 2D's humor is that he's a (relatively) normal guy surrounded by insane supernatural phenomena and only reacts to it with mild confusion at least, complete indifference at most.
- Unfortunate Names: His original surname was "Tusspot", before his father, undoubtedly having endured a hell of a lifetime, had it legally shortened to "Pot" shortly after Stu's birth. Even then, he's still nicknamed "Stu-Pot".
- Unrequited Love Switcheroo: A rare platonic example. He begins the story constantly pestering Murdoc, who wants nothing to do with him. By Phase 3 it's the other way around.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Type 1, with Murdoc and how. In Phase 3, they tend to slide towards type 2, since 2D gathered the courage to insult Murdoc.
- Vocal Dissonance: His tall, lean figure, distant expression and pitch black eyes match Damon Albarn's voice quite well. His speaking voice on the other hand, is the most high pitched and hilarious cockney accent you'll ever hear in your life. Removed by Phase 3, where Art Evolution has made his appearance fit his speaking voice quite well. Coincidentally, Phase 3 is the phase where he's shown singing on screen the least.
- Vocal Evolution: His voice has been getting deeper since Demon Days. This goes for both his singing and his speaking voice
- Why Did It Have To Be Whales?.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: 2D's hair is this color because of an accident early on in his life that caused all of his hair to fall out. When it grew out, it was a "deep, azure blue" — though in Phase 1 it was more of a purple color, and Phase 2 it was rather teal.
Kids, eh? Little treasures. I love them. Couldn't eat a whole one though.
Murdoc himself states that if you Google
his name, the first three words to pop up will be "sexy, edgy, dangerous". note
A more fitting choice would probably be "immoral, egotistical, hygiene-lacking". Murdoc has provoked both the birth and the demise of the band. While he hasn't been quite right in the head since the band's creation, Phase 3 has only been proving his derangement. In the band, he focuses on playing the bass guitar, but he has also contributed with minor instruments.
- Abusive Parents: Murdoc's father had forced him to participate in embarrassing talent contests for a couple of pounds.
- A Day in the Limelight: Plastic Beach is more or less his solo album.
- The Alcoholic: Was always one, but goes a step beyond in Phase 3, which he begins drunk off his ass and only gets more pissed as it progresses.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: He's been turning green more as the Phases go by — this is explained as his tanning turning him green as a side-effect of his deal with the devil.
- Ambiguously Human: Murdoc was always vile looking, but he originally has tan skin and was clearly human. By Phase 3 he has bright green skin, pointed ears and generally barely looks human any more. The reveal that he's possibly The Antichrist might have something to do with it.
- The Antichrist: Phase 3 raises the possibility that he's this. He's extremely excited at the prospect. Unfortunately, it ends before it was ever resolved.
- Anti-Hero: Type V.
- Anti-Role Model
- Attention Whore: Murdoc demands to be in the spotlight and will frequently attack or belittle 2D whenever the latter begins hogging his screen time.
- Irony: The biggest attention whore of the band is the bassist.
- Bestiality Is Depraved: The music video for "DoYaThing" implies this — on the other hand, if an old poster and Murdoc's Satanism is anything to go by, he might just be sacrificing it.
- Big Brother Mentor: 2D used to view him as one, for some reason, which he took advantage of frequently. He was actually something of this to Noodle when she was younger.
- Black Cloak: Took to wearing one of these for the majority of Phase 2.
- British Accents: He has a Cockney accent, but it also has traces of midlands.
- British Teeth: His mouth seems to be exclusively full of yellow snaggle teeth.
- Butt Monkey: While it hardly balances out the atrocities he's committed, Murdoc tends to get hurt during the music videos.
- Creepy Child: In the artwork of his pre-adolescent self, he looks pretty evil.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He may come off as a cruel but ultimately harmless thug initially, and has gotten knocked unconscious from a single punch from Russel, but do not underestimate Murdoc. Over the past several years, when he makes an enemy, he will always get the last laugh. Always. Be they the government, the mob, or the entire forces of Hell.
- Darker and Edgier: Phase 2 sees him go from a Jerkass and petty criminal to a Criminal Mastermind at war with an entire Mexican drug cartel. Phase 3 sees him go beyond even this and become a straight up super villain and possible harbinger of the apocalypse.
- Deal with the Devil: Murdoc earned the success of Gorillaz for the price of his soul and his middle name, which he legally changed from Alphonse to Faust as a symbol of the contract.
- Depraved Bisexual: He'd deny it if asked when sober, but it's pretty obvious.
- Dirty Coward: He abandoned Plastic Beach to London after the events of Rhinestone Eyes, covering it up by faking his death.
- Doorstop Baby
- Drives Like Crazy
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He did seem worried when he discovered that pirates attacking the real Noodle during On Melancholy Hill, and he hurried to help her straight away.
- Even Evil Has Standards: In the interviews, he spoke about "the Boogieman taking the poor manatee", and he was visibly shocked when he was exposed to it in the video.
- Evil Genius: While his pig headed personality and tendency to be drunk during interviews may obfuscate this, Murdoc is without a doubt one of the smartest characters in his world, building high tech super soldiers with relative ease, outsmarting police, drug lords, mobs, pirates, demons and much, much more on a regular basis.
- Evil Mentor: 2D was a perfectly nice guy before he met Murdoc, who exposed him to the world of Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll along with many other horrors.
- Faux Affably Evil: He has moments in the iTunes Session where he comes across as charming and insightful. Then his interactions with 2D remind us how much of a bastard he is.
- Femme Fatalons
- Foil: Becomes progressively more of one to 2D as time goes on. 2D is stupid, has horrendous luck, no spine and is an incredibly nice person while Murdoc is a genius, escapes all punishments with a slap on the wrist, refuses to back down during conflict and is a despicable human being all around. To further this, 2D comes from a relatively normal family with two loving parents while Murdoc comes from a broken home with an abusive father.
- Freudian Excuse: He blames his father for the way he is.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Despite having no knowledge of robotics, Murdoc created a physically identical robotic super soldier clone of Noodle with relative ease.
- Giftedly Bad: His singing voice was described as sounding like a strangled cow.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: A twisted example with 2D.
- Hilariously Abusive Childhood: See Abusive Parents.
- Humanoid Abomination: May or may not be one of these, if his stories are true.
- I Am the Band: Has said "It's my band!" repeatedly from the beginning and he means it. By Phase 3, the band essentially is just him.
- Immune to Drugs: Murdoc has been chugging bottle after bottle of rum since Plastic Beach, and he's still alive.
- It's All About Me
- Jerk Ass: In Phase 1. By Phase 2 he's more straight up evil than a jerk.
- Karma Houdini
- Kavorka Man
- Lead Bassist: Type C since he is the band's co-founder, but it also helps that he's a crazy demon and a bit fanservicy.
- Mad Scientist: Without any knowledge of robotics, Murdoc has created a cyborg from an actual person's DNA.
- Mr. Fanservice: He tries to be one. Whether his shirtless scenes and bass gyrating are hot or kinda gross is up to the viewer.
- Nice Shoes: He really is fond of those Cuban-heeled boots.
- Obnoxious Snarker: He's the team's resident snarker, although he's far from deadpan about it. More or less gone by Phase 3, with 2D taking it up in his place.
- Overly Long Tongue
- The Pigpen
- Putting the Band Back Together: At all costs.
- Reincarnation: If Murdoc is correct, he has lived at least 14 times since the beginning of time. He claims to remember some details of his past lives, such as The Great Fire of London (which he started by flicking a cigarette out a carriage window), Roman times, and being personally acquainted with Isambard Kingdom Brunel (whom he loved, because of his Nice Hat). How or why he keeps being brought back has not been explained yet.
- Really Gets Around
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The hyper-aggressive red Oni to the passive 2D's blue Oni.
- Sanity Slippage: Gets more and more corrupt and unstable with each passing phase. By phase 3 a game seems to have been made about just how far low Murdoc will go.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Manly man to 2D's sensitive guy.
- Sociopathic Hero
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: He enforces it to the point where he starts to get violent when 2D starts hogging his screen time.
- Step Up to the Microphone: "White Light" apparently, though it wasn't so much sung as whisper-rapped.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome: During Phase 1, which may explain his success with the ladies. Phased out over time, to the point where he looks like a gargoyle nowadays.
- Those Two Guys: Quickly became this with 2D due to the immediate chemistry their characters shared. By phase 2, they were rarely ever seen apart.
- Token Evil Teammate: While his band mates are all flawed, they're also each fundamentally good people. Murdoc, on the other hand, is rather obviously very evil.
- Toxic Friend Influence: Supposedly, 2D was a fairly good kid before meeting him.
- Trrrilling Rrrs
- Uncleanliness Is Next to Ungodliness
- Unrequited Love Switcheroo: A platonic example. He begins the story constantly getting pestered by 2D and ends it doing the same to him.
- Unreliable Narrator: He keeps changing his stance and role in the El Mañana conspiracy, as well as what actually happened to Noodle.
- Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: You could make a strong argument that Murdoc is the protagonist, and if he is, he's definitely one of these.
- Villain Protagonist: He was an asshole in Phase 1 but he was at least relatively harmless and showed some level of compassion toward Noodle. By Phase 3 he's lost any remotely positive trait that he previously possessed.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Type 1 with 2D before Phase 3, where it seems to be sliding into Type 2.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: He's seen more without a shirt than with one.
- Younger Than They Look: Murdoc's substance abuse and terrible hygiene make him look significantly older than he is. He looked like he could be in his late forties in Phase 2 when he was still in his thirties.
Voiced by: Haruka Kuroda (voice), Tina Weymouth, Rosie Wilson, Miho Hatori (vocals)
A Japanese girl who arrived in a Fed Ex crate at age eight at Gorillaz' doorstep, not being able to speak a word in English note
, but playing the guitar like a virtuoso.
Before the El Mañana
incident, she was known for being very energetic and high-spirited, as well as being the smartest and most down-to-earth member of the band most of the time. As of the El Mañana
video, she supposedly died, then turned up alive sometime after, but was dragged to Hell — she officially came back as of On Melancholy Hill
. Sometime after the events of Rhinestone Eyes
, she was seen living in 212 Wobble Street, London, with the rest of her bandmates in "DoYaThing".
- The Ace: Pretty much the best at everything. She gets called a Mary Sue by some because of it.
- A Day in the Limelight: Phase 2 explains her backstory, was apparently mostly composed by her and has two videos, "Dare" and "El Mañana" which focus exclusively on her.
- Badass Adorable
- Bare Your Midriff: Occasionally in Phase 2.
- Blinding Bangs: Mostly, in Phase 2 — left unclear by Phase 3 due to her mask, but she doesn't have them anymore by "DoYaThing".
- Break the Cutie: She was incredibly bubbly in Phase 1. By Phase 3 she's almost never shown being happy. Not that she doesn't have good reasons not to be.
- Cheerful Child: In Phase 1, where she more or less constantly frolicked around madly without a care in the world.
- The Chick
- Cool Helmet: Her radio helmet in Phase 1.
- Cool Mask: In Phase 3, a mask with a cat face and ears. Used to hide her bruised face.
- Cute Bruiser: She was originally trained to be a Super Soldier and practiced martial arts.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Prior to joining Gorillaz, she was part of a Japanese government project which aimed to create 23 kid Super Soldiers, Noodle's specialty being music — thus why she is very talented in playing numerous musical instruments. She was the only one of those children to survive, while the remaining 22 were killed when the project was abandoned. She was rescued thanks to her creator, Mr. Kyuzo, who erased her memory — leaving a trigger phase, "ocean bacon" — and escorted her to safety after reading the ad for a guitarist Murdoc placed online.
- Doorstop Baby/Girl in a Box
- Expository Hair Style Change: Her ridiculous haircut in Phase 1 emphasized her childishness and the fact that the other three weren't proper guardians. Her trendy Blinding Bangs in Phase 2 show her considerably grown maturity.
- Eyes Always Shut: Mostly in Phases 1 and 2 — seems to have completely vanished as of Phase 3.
- Girl with Psycho Weapon
- Green Eyes: As seen in the El Mañana video.
- Hartman Hips: Phase 3.
- The Heart: After composing Demon Days, everyone showed up in Kong at her mere word. Also, after her supposed death, the whole band split up and went their separate ways. For the third album, Murdoc only managed to get 2D, and even that he did by force.
- Intergenerational Friendship: The bandmate closest to her in age is 2D, who is close to a full decade older than her. Despite this, she's quite close with all three of them.
- Known Only By Her Nickname: She's still known only as Noodle, as far as anyone knows.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: See Dark and Troubled Past.
- Like a Badass out of Hell: Phase 3 — she went to Hell in the first place mainly due to being in the wrong place at the wrong time: After the El Mañana incident, Noodle supposedly died, but actually survived, and went to Kong Studios to search for her bandmates, and was dragged off to Hell by demons in place of either Murdoc or Russel.
- Like Brother and Sister: Her relationship with 2D is closer to one between siblings than the more parentally oriented relationships she has with Murdoc and Russel.
- Morality Chain: To Murdoc.
- Nice Hat: Has quite a few of them, especially in Phase 2. Her radio set helmet from Phase 1 is the most iconic though.
- Omniglot: As part of her training she was taught to be fluent in every language, although she lost her language skills until she regained her memory between Phases 1 and 2.
- Only Sane Woman: Mostly in Phase 2. In Phase 1 she was pretty wacky herself and she's not around enough in Phase 3 to count.
- Out of Focus: She's much less of a presence in Phase 3, though it's clear she was going to a play an extremely major role during the second half of the story... which never got made.
- Person of Mass Destruction
- Platonic Life Partners: Seems to be this with Russel due to the two of them sharing most of their screen time.
- Plucky Girl: Prior to Phase 3, it's unknown if she's still.
- She Is All Grown Up: She ages in real time-she started off as 8 in Phase 1, then grew to 14 in Phase 2, and 22 by Phase 3. It shows.
- She's Got Legs: After she becomes older, she's more often than not wearing either hot pants or stockings. Then again, almost every female Jamie Hewlett character does.
- Damon Albarn actually mocked Jamie for constantly putting her in hot pants after claiming that he saw her as an entirely pure character.
- Super Soldier
- Trigger Phrase: "Ocean bacon", which brought back her erased memories.
- Verbal Tic Name
- Waif-Fu: Despite her tiny body, she easily curbstomped Russel when she was 10 years old.
- You Gotta Have Purple Hair: Though it was black in Phase 1, it faded to purple in Phase 2, then turned rather blue-purple in Phase 3 similar to 2D's hair.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Her outfit in Phase 3 — grade A, of the shirt and stockings variety.
You can't go dressin' up as a goddamn Nazi! You cracker-ass...
Russel comes from Brooklyn and is perhaps best known for being possessed by the souls of his dead friends, that he lost in a drive-by shooting. Ever since, he has been the most psychically unbalanced out of the group, what with the demons inside him taking advantage at times. Russel himself is a melancholic, well-spoken person — even if our character quote doesn't quite prove it — who deeply cares for Noodle. He provided drums for "Gorillaz" and "Demon Days
", but he was not invited to play on "Plastic Beach
" because nobody could find him. Of course, he doesn't have this problem anymore.
As of "DoYaThing", he is currently living with the rest of the band on 212 Wobble Street, London, where he sleeps on the roof of the apartment.
- All Drummers Are Animals: Averted — Russel is one of the more well-spoken members of the group, and often the most reasonable.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Phase 3.
- Bald of Awesome
- Big Beautiful Man: He was voted the third sexiest cartoon character of all time by Nerve.com, after all.
- Big Eater
- Big Brother Instinct: Toward Noodle.
- The Big Guy: Started out as a combo of Classes 2 and 5. Currently seems to be turning into Class 1.
- Brooklyn Rage
- The Bro Code: Broke Murdoc's nose when he caught him fooling around with 2D's girlfriend Paula.
- Chaste Hero: Details are actually unknown, but he's the only one of the male band members who doesn't openly Really Get Around.
- Comedic Underwear Exposure: Splits his pants doing a sumo stomp in the "Game of Death" G-Bite.
- Demonic Possession: It's been an issue for him since his childhood.
- Dark and Troubled Past: First demons made him attack his classmates, resulting in an exorcism that left him in a coma for four years. Then he was the lone survivor of a drive-by shooting that killed all his friends.
- Demoted to Extra: Steadily falls into the background as the story goes on, to the point where he not only doesn't contribute any music to the album during Phase 3, but also doesn't speak a single line of dialogue.
- Determinator: Russell swimming to Plastic Beach on his lonesome in Phase 3.
- Gentle Giant: Even more appropriate ever since he grew so big — that he had no problem picking up and throwing a whale — by eating polluted material on his way to Plastic Beach.
- The Grim Reaper: Russel was directly involved with this guy — the Grim Reaper has apparently exorcised Del's soul from him.
- Heroic BSOD: This happened to him when the Grim Reaper eventually claimed the souls of his dead friends from his body.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Russel and Del, the ghost that was particularly open about haunting him. Russel claimed Del to be his "life-long soul-brother".
- Magic Pants: When he grew larger, his clothes did too.
- Magnetic Medium
- Monochromatic Eyes: They turned permanently white after the spirits of his dead friends took up residence in his head.
- Nice Hat: In Phases 1 and 2, Having a nice hat in every image is kind of trademark for Russel.
- Noodle Incident: Between the self-titled album and Demon Days, Russell struck out to produce his own album. But the loss of Del, his own mental instability, and various other occult happenings apparently made it go so wrong that he had to take medication for some time afterward.
- His entire plot line during Phase 3 due to it getting Cut Short. We know that he grew giant by eating polluted gunk on his way to Plastic Beach and... nothing else. We don't know why he was going to Plastic Beach, we don't know why he's so pissed off, and we don't know what he does after he gets there. The fact that he's with the band again during "DoYaThing" implies something happened, but we have no idea what.
- Only Sane Man: He played this role mostly during Phase 1, though his sanity has been slipping more and more ever since.
- Out of Focus: After losing Del in Phase 2, his screen time takes a major hit. By Phase 3 he's not around for 90% of the plot and does little more than transport Noodle to Plastic Beach.
- Papa Wolf: To Noodle.
- Parental Substitute: Acts the most like a parent to Noodle.
- Platonic Life Partners: He spends most of his screen time with Noodle.
- Sanity Slippage: Since Phase 2.
- Scary Black Man
- Sealed Inside a Person-Shaped Can: He IS the can.
- Stout Strength: He's incredibly strong along with being very fat.
- Team Mom: He's the most maternal of the group, though since Noodle is significantly younger than most of them and 2D and Murdoc are... 2D and Murdoc, this isn't hard.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: He picks on 2D from time to time, but the two seem to get along pretty well most of the time, and Russel frequently sticks up for 2D when Murdoc starts picking on him.
- Weirdness Magnet: Supernatural entities seem strangely drawn to him.
Built as a replacement for the supposedly late Noodle, Cyborg is a meticulous replica of her fourteen-year-old self. She has all the musical skills of the original with none of the personality, and is programmed to obey Murdoc's every command. Cyborg is a firearm aficionado and often acts as a bodyguard, but also has to spend most of her time charging.
At some point in Phase 3, she was shot in the head off-screen, prior to the Stylo
video. She eventually had a meltdown in the same video — recovering in the On Melancholy Hill
video — and caused her to go haywire after the Rhinestone Eyes
video, supposedly killing Murdoc — who actually faked his death to escape Plastic Beach — which ended up with her being destroyed by the original Noodle.
Gorillaz guitarist, first appearing in Rise of the Ogre. She was the then-two-month-long girlfriend of Stuart Pot. During their time together, Paula was noted to be a sub-par musician (or at least, not as good as her successor). In a brief interview, she waxes nostalgic on her encounter with Mr. Niccals. One fateful night, Russel caught her with Murdoc inside the third cubicle of the bathroom. For her betrayal, she was promptly kicked out of the group.
Clearly bitter and damaged from the ordeal, Paula seemed to be on edge when telling her side of the story, while unapologetic about the affair with the green-skinned satanist, she nevertheless goes on with her life.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: She describes 2D as "sweet", but instantly fell for Murdoc the moment she saw him. "Green skin, yellow teeth, then I thought: oh yeah, he's the one for me."
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: In the one interview with her, she comes off as surprisingly nice and quite bubbly, speaking quite fondly of 2D and generally seeming fairly well adjusted. Then she starts talking about how she feels sick in the head and has urges to kill the entire band.
- Femme Fatale
- Jerkass: From what little we know about her, she seems to be an unpleasant person. Considering she cheated on her mentally handicapped boyfriend with the man who made her boyfriend mentally handicapped she falls here.
- Psycho Ex-Girlfriend: 2D's, though she's thankfully stayed away from the group for the time being.
- Sixth Ranger Traitor: She was the last of the original four to join the band, but got kicked out after a few weeks when she cheated on 2D.
- Yoko Oh No: Invoked. She even looks a bit like the real life Yoko.
Del tha' Ghost Rapper
Del was a rapper from Brooklyn who befriended band drummer, Russel Hobbs when Russel was transferred to a high school in Brooklyn after being possessed and then exorcised. He and Del became best friends quickly and remained friends even after Del's death. Del, along with all of Russel's new friends were gunned down in a drive by shooting in which Russel was the only survivor. The souls of all of Russel's friends, including Del, all took up residence inside of Russel for many years. Del was finally removed from Russel by the Grim Reaper, who ripped Del out of Russel to take him to the great beyond during the band's hiatus in-between Phases 1 and 2. Russel was affected greatly by this and had a nervous breakdown. Del has not been heard from since.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Russel, his "Soul brotha".
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He messes with the rest of the band whenever he's around, but he's shown to deeply care about Russel's well being.
- Living Emotional Crutch: Russel's. Okay, undead emotional crutch, but as soon as he got taken out of the picture Russel broke down hard.
- Nice Hat: Its Russel's.
- Our Ghosts Are Different: He looks more like a hologram than a ghost.
- Put on a Bus: Reaped by death between phases 1 and 2, causing Russel to have a breakdown.
- Sixth Ranger: Collaborated and hung out with the band on occasion when he was still possessing Russel.
- Troll: When summoned during the videos, he seems to screw with the rest of the band just for kicks.
Debuting in Phase 3, the Boogieman is an ancient force of evil with whom it was implied that Murdoc made his Deal with the Devil
. While his first shown victims were merely a cop and a manatee, it is shown in the video for Rhinestone Eyes
that he wants to collect Murdoc's soul to complete their bargain. According to an interview with Jamie Hewlett, he is actually the fifth horseman of the apocalypse, Flatulence, who "carries an evil stink where ever he goes", who got kicked out of the group before they made it big. How this ties to the plot at all is unknown.
As of the video for "DoYaThing", however, it seems that he's given up on that, now living with the band on 212 Wobble Street, London.