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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Music.
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 worshiping 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.
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 They won't be. 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.
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.
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: Though his are more razor sharp than other examples.
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 preadolescent 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 themselves.
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.
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 obfoscate this, Murdoc is without a doubt one of the smartest characters in his world, building high tech super soldiers with relative ease, outsmarting police, druglords, mobs, pirates, demons and much, much more on a regular basis.
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.
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.
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.
A Japanese girl who arrived in a Fed Ex crate at age eight at Gorillaz' doorstep, not being able to speak a word in Englishnote Aside from her own name, "noodle"., but playing the guitar like a virtuoso. Before the El Manana 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 Manana 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 Maņana" which focus exclusively on her.
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 Gorillaz ad.
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.
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 Manana 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.
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.
Voiced by: Remi Kabaka
You can't go dressin' up as a goddamn Nazi! You cracker-ass...
Russel comes from Brooklyn and is perhaps best known for being possesed 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.
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".
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.
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.
Battle Butler: She can shoot down demons, planes, ships and cops... and also serves drinks.
Berserker Tears: While shooting down planes and killing everything in her path in Rhinestone Eyes, she sports her usual Slasher Smile... until a closer shot reveals that she's crying, but it's unknown if it's leakage fluid - given she goes insane afterwards - or actual tears.
The Voiceless: Whether or not she could speak at all sort of flip-flopped throughout her run, but she was at least never shown speaking onscreen.
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,
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.
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.
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.
Big Bad: Was this for all of Phase 3. In-story, he's implied to be this to the entire world.
Knight of Cerebus: Played like a legitimate threat in all of his scenes. His status as Flatulence, The Pete Best of the four horsemen, and the fact that he's casually living with the band by "DoYaThing" implies that this was meant to be subverted.