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The Guys Shot Up In Space

     Joel Robinson
Played by: Joel Hodgson

The original "guy shot up into space" and the creator of the robots. Joel was an employee at Gizmonic Institute, both a janitor and inventor. As part of Dr. Forrester's experiment, he was launched into space aboard the Satellite of Love and is forced to watch horrible movies. Joel has a rather laid-back personality, and as their creator, often acts as a father figure to the Bots. Halfway through Season 5, Joel escapes from the SoL and is replaced by Mike. Joel comes back for one episode later on, revealing that after his escape he settled down as the manager of a Hot Fish Shop in Osseo, Minnesota.
  • The Ace: But only in the season 10 premiere, where he fixes the SOL in a few hours among other great things... poor Mike.
  • Adorkable: Has his moments.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He's usually laid-back and takes his captivity in stride, but if the Mads try to hurt his bots he will go full Papa Wolf on them.
  • Catch-Phrase: "We got Movie Sign!"
  • Characterization Marches On: Back in KTMA and season 1, Joel acted as a resentful creator to the Bots, instead of the Team Dad he was famous for.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: "I'm strange, which results in creativity!"
  • Deadpan Snarker: Leans more towards Deadpan than Mike.
  • Dissonant Serenity: You would think being kidnapped and stranded in space would have some effect on him.
  • The Everyman: "There was a guy named Joel, not too different from you or me."
  • Eyes Always Shut: The "sleepy eyes" act is a trait carried over from Joel's previous projects.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: The Ridiculously Human Robots, as well as all of his other inventions.
  • Genius Ditz: Not so much ditzy as he is aloof.
  • Gray Eyes: When they open.
  • Hidden Depths: This guy invented four robots capable of free will, love, dreaming, catching illnesses, and food allergies.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Possibly implied. Joel once said his parents once forced him to take a bath in the front yard.
  • The Kirk (Original)
  • The Mad Hatter: He's quite aware of how quirky he is, but he says it "results in creativity!"
  • Mellow Fellow: Joel is pretty laid back and he seldom gets upset. According to the KTMA Opening Theme lyrics, Joel's response to being shot into space and being forced to watch bad movies?
    Joel says, "When you got lemons, you make lemonade."
  • Motherly Scientist: Often ends up disciplining/comforting the robots that he built.
  • Nice Guy: He's almost impossibly friendly, and very hard to push.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: While neither Joel, Mike, nor Jonah have any ability to control when the movies start or stop, it's Joel's fault. The Expository Theme Song of the earlier seasons notes that he used the parts that could have let him do so to construct the robots.
  • Not So Stoic: When he does lose his cool, it's startling.
    • During Attack of the The Eye Creatures, Joel ends up apologizing for the the rest of the the male sex, and later, actually loses his cool, berating one character:
      Joel: [angry] You know what? You are one sick mamma-jamma.
    • And then his infamous rare outburst in Manos: The Hands of Fate, after twenty seconds go by with nothing of any appreciable importance happening on screen.
      Joel: ...DO SOMETHING!!! God!
    • And shortly after admonishing the Bots for yelling at the endless rock climbing sequence from Lost Continent: "Who are you? Where are we? Can we get a FRAME OF REFERENCE, please?!"
  • Only Sane Man: Roughly.
  • Put on a Bus: Or Put on an Escape Pod, to be precise, in the Mitchell episode.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: They only met once, but he's the Blue to Mike's Red. Which is the opposite of their jumpsuit colors.
  • Reed Richards Is Useless: There was a host segment where Joel created two levers that could alter reality, including but not limited to changing the opinions of people, the position of the Satellite, the lights, and the situation people are in. It never shows up or is mentioned ever again, and Joel only ever uses it to screw around instead of using it to escape the Satellite or anything.
  • Stockholm Syndrome: Compared to Mike. While Joel did make the odd attempt to escape, he was resigned to his position, which is why he built the 'bots in the first place.
  • Shout-Out: His last name is one of these to Will Robinson. Also to Robinson Crusoe, as he frequently mentions being marooned in space.
  • Straight Man: To the Mads and the Bots, despite his own quirkiness.
  • Sudden Name Change: In the KTMA season, Hodgson simply used his full real name for the character. The surname was changed to "Robinson" after the move to The Comedy Channel.
  • Team Dad: Tends to treat the Bots more like his children or students than his creations, taking pride in their accomplishments, reeling them in when they go too far, and going to great lengths to perk them up when they're upset. The Bots, for all the grief they give him, seem to appreciate this.
  • The Stoner: Only subtextually, but given a nod when one of his invention exchange items appears to be basically a motorized bong. Otherwise this particular theory for why he's so gosh darn laid back and sleepy eyed all the time is only fanon.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: During his return appearance in the Soultaker episode , Mike and the Bots ask him to take them back to Earth with him. He refuses, muttering, "Yeah, except I really don't want to..." before covering that he actually enjoyed his years on the SOL, and they made him a man, and tells Mike and the Bots that he doesn't want them to miss another minute of it.
    • Also in Fire Maidens of Outer Space, after the whole "Timmy" incident, he blames Crow despite being dismissive of this strange new being. Granted, it was Crow's fault, but still.
    • Played for Laughs in a KTMA episode with Servo's diary entry, where Joel is portrayed smacking the Bots around and smoking a big cigar. Halfway through he says: "I'm not usually this cruel; it's just Servo's perception of things.

    Mike Nelson
Played by: Michael J. Nelson

The second "guy shot up in space" after Joel escaped from the Satellite of Love halfway through Season 5. Mike Nelson is a lifelong temp-worker, bouncing from job to job. Only the coincidence of him being temped out to Deep 13 for their audit at the time of Joel's escape led to him being employed long-term by Dr. Forrester. He's described by Dr. Forrester as a "disgustingly mild-mannered dope". To the bots, he's seen as a big brother, college roommate type, or amicable coworker, depending on the situation.
  • Alternate History: Inspired by a time-traveling Crow's warnings, in one timeline he devoted himself to his rock band, Sex Factory, instead of temping. They actually got successful enough to open for Motörhead, but Mike died due to head trauma from thrown hotel keys and his abusive Jerk Ass brother was sent into space instead.note  Crow had to go back again to avert this.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Or bi. In "Werewolf" he implies he dated a man named Steve who died (but is interrupted by the movie sign), and in "Laserblast" Crow pokes fun at him for thinking one of the actors is cute, among others. He once kissed a surly old truck farmer. (Who was a durned fine kisser.)
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: Common with the entire Sci-Fi cast. Try not to think too hard about it.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Mikey and the Llama comes to mind.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Towards the Bots... at times.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: His Jerkass brother Eddie is just the tip of the iceberg, not the least of which they have a tendency to marry lower primates (which causes Planet of the Apes.) His dad, Elmer "Keg-drainer" Nelson is usually laid back, but can be quite the party animal, according to Crow.
  • Butt-Monkey: Tom and Crow have openly admitted to destroying his most prized possessions just For the Lulz.
  • Catch-Phrase: "We got Movie Sign!" He has also said "Get him!" enough times to make it a minor catchphrase.
  • Character Development: In a sense. Though not a tech guy, he eventually learns how to make repairs and mild alterations to the Bots.
  • Character Tic: More likely the real Mike Nelson's habit, but Mike often unconsciously touches the bots and other props when it's usually not appropriate to.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: He's more of an Everyman than Joel, a part time inventor. The bots tend to ignore or even outright bully him whereas they previously shared genuine camaraderie with Joel. He's also considerably more high-strung than the more relaxed an easygoing Joel. And he wears blue in contrast with Joel's red.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Leans more towards Snarker than Joel.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Makes fun of Robert Z'Dar's Lantern Jaw of Justice in "Future War", despite being an example of the trope himself.
  • The Kirk (Replacement)
  • The Klutz: He's got a pretty big clumsy streak and often screws things up for himself.
  • Kubrick Stare:
  • Lantern Jaw of Justice: He has a rather hunky face.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Apart from the jumpsuit, there's this.
  • Mike Nelson, Destroyer of Worlds: The Trope Namer. He destroyed three planets in the eighth season alone.
  • Name's the Same: invoked As Mike Nelson of Sea Hunt fame. However, it's never referenced til Gorgo. It's odd because the Lloyd Bridges phrase "By this time my lungs were aching for air" was an oft-used riff on the show.
  • Phrase-Catcher: "Good one, Nelson!"
  • The Pig Pen: The man can't stay tidy. Give him a tie, and a few seconds later, it'll be covered in food stains. No wonder at one point, he and the 'bots are living in their own filth.
  • Power Born of Madness: Mike's tendency to randomly assume the identities of other people ended up saving the crew's lives during the Season 7 finale, when he transformed into Captain Janeway and rescued the satellite from a black hole via a stream of Techno Babble. And again in Season 8, when turning into Adam Duritz scared away the aliens attacking the ship.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The one time he met Joel, he came across as the Red to Joel's Blue.
  • Sanity Slippage: Many, many times. Mike isn't quite as coolheaded as Joel, whether it's thinking he's Carol Channing or Captain Janeway, climbing down a stepladder to try to escape the S.O.L.note , or trying to invoke a Joel-style escape while sitting in a water heater after seeing Final Justice (starring Joe Don Baker, of course). He also has elements of Going Postal, such as wearing a Kubrick Stare while quoting Full Metal Jacket or getting a Thousand-Yard Stare thinking about an ex co-worker he thought had it out for him.
  • Shirtless Scene: He's done this a few times.
    Crow: "Ladies and... Gypsy! Michael Nelson is... Lord of the Dance!"
  • The Stoner: During Laser Blast the bots continuously compare him to the 70s stoner protagonist. He really doesn't deny the connection.
  • Straight Man: To both the Mads and the Bots, in spite of his own oddness.
  • Stylistic Suck: Mike the character often sings off-key. Mike the actor sings quite well, however, as evidenced by the fact he sings the Opening Theme in its post-KTMA iterations. He also harmonizes on such songs as "Tubular Boobular Joy" and "Merry Christmas - If That's OK".
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Averted, Mike was very different from Joel. Unlike his predecessor he actively tried to escape from the SOL, gave up on the traditional invention exchanges early on, and was generally more biting and harsh in his riffing style.
  • Tap on the Head:
    • " they conked him on the noggin and they shot him into space..."
    • He also gets one when he thinks he's James Lipton, thinking Crow is Ray Liotta.
  • This Loser Is You: "Just a regular joe they didn't like."
  • Unfazed Everyman: He seems to be pretty cool with being stuck on a satellite forced to watch cheesy movies with robots that destroy his belongings all the time besides the occasional Sanity Slippage and escape attempt.
  • Unlucky Everydude: At the hands of Tom and Crow.
  • Waiting for a Break: Apparently a very talented and prolific stage actor, still had to resort to temp work. It also applies to how he joined the show in Real Life. Originally hired away from TGI Friday's to do "some typing," everyone was very surprised at his joke writing and musical skills, resulting in him soon becoming head writer and getting numerous cameos, and then being the natural choice to replace Joel.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Not so wholesome when he became Captain Janeway.

    Jonah Heston
Played by: Jonah Ray

The third "guy shot up in space" and the first one of the revival. A former pilot for Gizmonic Institute where he was regarded as a Living Legend by the staff there. Initially seen by the bots as step-dad.
  • The Ace: Treated as such by the Gizmonic Institute staff prior to his kidnapping.
  • Ace Pilot: Apparently one of the best space pilots the Gizmonic Insitute had.
  • Adorkable: Gets really excited about practical effects, loves making models and visual aids, loves tinkering, and doesn't shy away from silly costumes. Combine with his looks for one adorkable jumpsuit clad huaman.
  • All Drummers Are Animals/Dumb and Drummer: Averted. Jonah plays a killer drum solo, but he's a friendly and polite guy who's also a genius inventor.
  • Asteroid Miner: The prologue to the Reptilicus episode has him towing "the largest cache of precious meteors the world has ever known" back to Gizmonic Institute's Galactic Mining Strategies subsidiary before he's caught in Kinga's trap at Moon 13.
  • The Big Guy: At a staggering 6'5" he is the tallest host so far, towering over Tom, Crow, and even making Gypsy look dainty by comparison. Kinga calls him a "big stack of flapjacks". It even kind of breaks the illusion that he's sitting in a movie theater seat.
  • Biggus Dickus: Subtly implied and Played for Laughs. During one of the host segments in the Starcrash episode, he mentions that if he were to wear a spacesuit, it "would need a little extra room in the groin-al region." (Given the bots' reaction, he probably wasn't referring to to his height...)
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: The Gizmonic Institute staff also view him this way.
  • Butt-Monkey: Joel was the Bots' father, Mike was their big brother, Jonah is the kid next door. He also has to re-live and re-enact his kidnapping every single episode since Kinga's "Liquid Television" tech can only stream and not record.
  • Catch-Phrase: "We got Movie Sign!"
  • Deadpan Snarker: Like most of the cast, especially when in the theater. On the scale of deadpan vs snark he falls somewhere between Joel and Mike (not nearly as deadpan as Joel, but a bit less biting with snark than Mike). He's willing to drop the snark to comment on when a film is genuinely doing something right.
  • Ditzy Genius: He's a Gadgeteer Genius on par with Joel, but seems to be distracted easily. It was implied his Message in a Bottle severely underplayed his need to be rescued before veering off script completely to talk about his childhood. He's also pretty gullible, believing the bots yarn about a Carnival Magic expanded universe, identifying himself as an easy mark despite his issues with the space circus scam, and getting fooled by Kinga's distress signal in the first place.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: He's a Joel-level tinkerer, making improvements to Gypsy and Tom, developing his "Percussion Drive" and frequently making models and visual aids.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: He was tricked into landing at Kinga's base by a phony distress call, even unhesitatingly dumping his valuable cargo to answer it.
  • Nice Guy: Jonah doesn't seem to have a mean bone in his body and was captured expressly because he was trying to help someone else. He also makes it a point to draw attention to legitimately impressive practical effects used in the movies
  • One of Us: Unlike Joel and Mike, Jonah references a lot of more recent references, including Sailor Moon, Dungeons & Dragons, The Transformers and more.
    • He also engages in some of the long Running Gag riffs, implying he's watched some of the original experiments and states in the re-pilot that he's heard the theme song somewhere before.
    • He's a big fan of practical special effects, always pointing them out even while Crow and Tom don't quite get what the big deal is.
  • Perma-Stubble: Crow demands to know why he doesn't shave.
  • Pet the Dog: He's quick to point out the rare occasions that a movie actually does something impressive, no joke involved.
  • The Pollyanna: Of all the hosts, Jonah is the most upbeat and most inclined to look on the bright side. If he's ever dejected or down, it never lasts for very long.
  • Shout-Out: Much like Joel Robinson above, Jonah's last name is a reference to actor Charlton Heston, who is famous for starring in the original Planet of the Apes.
  • Rage Breaking Point: Don't do an Overly Long Gag and run it into the ground. Tom will attest to that when Jonah pulled off his dome and threw it away in Starcrash.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: He wears glasses and is an inventor.
  • Space Trucker: Jonah's Backjack cargo tug is based on a Freightliner cab-over cargo truck (think G1 Optimus Prime).
  • Super Gullible: has shades of it. He fell for a phony distress call, believes a rather ludicrous claim from the bots that there's a Carnival Magic expanded Universe, identifies himself as an easy mark to PT Mindslap despite noticing how sketchy the whole deal is etc. Downplayed slightly if only because Max and the bots can sometimes be even more easily swayed.
  • Team Dad: Seems to want to be this, trying to point out when someone is a bad role model or helping ease the bot's worries, but doesn't quite have enough respect from Crow and Tom to pull it off. Jonah Ray described his relationship to the bots as being more like the little brother of the kid next door who just really wants the other kids to like him. "You're not my real father, mister!"
  • Unfazed Everyman: For the most part he's pretty cool with playing along with Kinga's experiment sans the ocassional escape attempt and if anything seems to embrace the general craziness around him.
  • Unlucky Everydude: See butt monkey.
  • You're Not My Father: Crow throws this at him verbatim. (In fairness to Jonah, Crow used to tell Joel this as well.)

The Bots

    In General 
  • Cute Machines: Relatively speaking.
  • The Genie Knows Jack Nicholson: How they can make over hundreds of pop culture per episode despite being robots who have never been to Earth before, we'll never know.
    • Joel sometimes implies that he programmed the references they didn't get from the T.V. into their memories.
    • Justified in the revival, as they'd last been seen living on Earth even if they ended up back on the Satellite of Love by means we really don't need to worry about, and probably picked up any newer pop culture references while living down here.
  • Ping-Pong Naďveté: How much they know and understand about human life changes depending on what's funniest. At the very least they have a working knowledge of pop culture.
  • "Second Law" My Ass!: Applies to Crow and Tom Servo. Sometimes Gypsy as well. Even Cambot at one point.
  • Robot Buddy: A very loose definition of "buddy".
  • Ridiculously Human Robot: They all have distinct personalities, in addition to being capable of dreaming and free will.
  • Stylistic Suck: They look like they were put together with whatever could be found lying around. This is justified by their in-universe origin (they were built by Joel out of... whatever he could find lying around), and out-of-universe because it's a lampshade of the MST3K Mantra.
  • Tsundere: Show mixed traits towards Mike in the Sci-Fi Channel episodes, with Crow showing elements of a classic Type A.
  • With Friends Like These...: Especially between Tom and Crow.

    Crow T. Robot
Played by: Josh Weinstein (Invaders from the Deep only), Trace Beaulieu (KTMA through season 7, Great Gila Monster Sketch, Turkey Day 2014), Bill Corbett (seasons 8-10), Hampton Yount (season 11)

TV's wise-cracking Crow is a gold-colored hominid. His most obvious features are his pronounced beak made out of a bowling pin, and a hockey mask he wears as a head crest of sorts. He tends to be the most immature of the trio, generally acting out the most or getting into various types of trouble, referred to as "an unathletic nerd" by Mike and Servo. He also fancies himself a bit of an amateur screenwriter, and a Running Gag on the program is him routinely pitching new scripts at the other two. He sits to Joel/Mike/Jonah's right in the theater.
  • Bi the Way: He wrote songs for his love of Kim Cattral and Estelle Winwood, but also has kinky dreams about Servo and fawns over Robert Redford.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: He's smarter than he appears, but gets bored easily and often doesn't bother to put in more than the minimum amount of effort on whatever he's doing. Says a lot that when taking an IQ test he failed to answer even one question because he fell asleep - and drooled on the test somehow.
  • Butt-Monkey: Particularly when Trace played him, he was the butt of quite a few jokes and suffered more than his share of Amusing Injuries.
  • Catch-Phrase: "You're not my real father!" was often hurled at Joel. He wanted to adopt "You know you want me, baby," as his personal catchphrase, mostly to justify a large order of T-shirts, but it didn't stick. Season 11 gave him "He/She/They said 'area!'"
  • Cloudcuckoolander: His mind works in strange ways, even when not in the midst of a Sanity Slippage. It's not always easy to tell when his more wacked-out ideas are just him joking around and when he's being serious.
  • Critical Research Failure (In-Universe) / Blatant Lies: Whenever Crow is called upon to do a research assignment on some historical figure, his results start out okay but soon go delightfully Off the Rails.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Arguably the biggest one on the show.
    Robot Roll Call: What a wise-cracker!
  • Determinator: How does Crow deal with being a Butt-Monkey? According to him, "persevere".
  • Father, I Want to Marry My Brother: In "Racket Girls" he asks Mike for Tom Servo's hand in marriage. Yes, there is a wedding held. And yes, it is glorious. The wedding's never mentioned again after that episode, so it's probably safe to say that it held no legal standing and was just for shits and giggles.
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath
    Joel: And what do you want for Christmas, Crow?
    Crow: I wanna decide who lives and who dies!
    Joel: Oh I don't know...
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Joel had a... weird relationship with him.
    Crow: Did I ever tell you about the time Joel had me dressed as Judy Garland and had me sing show tunes to him all night? I have a lot of pain.
  • Kubrick Stare: Can pull off a very good one, due to the way his head is shaped.
  • The Lancer: Causes the most problems out of all the bots.
  • Large Ham: Especially when voiced by Trace Beulieu.
  • Likes Older Women: His two crushes, Kim Catrall and Estelle Winwood, were both beyond his age level, whatever that is.
  • The McCoy
  • Meaningful Name: Depending on when you ask him, Hodgson named Crow in honor of a Native American college friend with the same surname, or was inspired by the Jim Carroll Band song of the same name.
  • Morality Pet: He's good friends with Pearl Forrester, of all people, and she treats him better than the rest of the cast.
  • Mysterious Past: Crow spent almost all of the 500 years in the Satellite of Love (being pure energy was boring). Even he can't remember what he did, but apparently a large chunk of it was spent eating Nut Goodies and at one point, he tried to conceive (and made a fertility idol of himself to try to help out.)
  • The Nth Doctor: Bill Corbett was The Other Darrin until a joke that his voice changes "every seven years or so" and a throwaway line by Joel saying that he'd changed his "bowling pin" part, making him The Nth Doctor.
  • Sanity Slippage: He's more likely than Servo to descend into madness - and just as easily to Mood Whiplash himself into normalcy. For example, when Crow suckles at his "Mother's" nipple, he shrieks a primal scream when Mike tries to pull him off her - but a few moments later, when Mike gently tells him "That's not your mother", he pauses, and says, "Oh!"... then quickly asks him, "Are you my mother?"
  • Spell My Name with a "The": His middle name.
  • Sphere Eyes
  • Split Personality: In the Sci-Fi Channel episodes, Crow has an occasional tendency to think he's something or someone he's not. Examples include a bear (Jack Frost), Mary Tyler Moore (It Lives by Night), and a Bellerian (Space Mutiny). Very likely a result of Sanity Slippage after he'd been on the Satellite for 500 years.
  • The Starscream: Mirror Universe Crow.
  • Stylistic Suck: His forays into screenwriting, especially the infamous Earth Vs. Soup.
  • Telescoping Robot: Crow's arms look disproportionately small when he's behind a counter. A full body shot reveals he's really just folded his arms up to fit on the counter. This effect is much less prominent in the 2017 revival, where his arms are not only noticeably thicker, but much more animated.
  • Transparent Closet: Has had at least one kinky dream about Tom Servo, and gotten giggly over the thought of touching Robert Redford.
  • UNIX: Crow runs mainly on Unix, according to Monster a Go-Go.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Tom Servo, Type 2.

    Tom Servo
Played by: Josh Weinstein (KTMA - season 1, Turkey Day 2014), Kevin Murphy (seasons 2-10), Frank Coniff (Great Gila Monster Sketch), Baron Vaughn (season 11)

Tom Servo is a red robot. His most obvious feature is the fact that his head is a gumball machine. He also has inoperable arms on springs, and travels by floating on his hover-skirt. Despite these shortcomings, he's the most cultured of the crew and has a lovely singing voice. His jokes tend to be of the more intellectual type. He sits to Joel/Mike/Jonah's left in the theater.

  • Abnormal Limb Rotation Range: He can rotate his body while his head stays in the same place.
  • Berserk Button: HE'S NOT MERRITT STONE!
  • Bi the Way: Usually a Casanova Wannabe, but he also married Crow in "Racket Girls" and fawned over Robert Redford.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Mainly his KTMA-Season 1 persona.
  • Conditioned to Accept Horror: "Future War" reveals he sees everything as a Disney Acid Sequence. He doesn't seem troubled by it at all.
  • Deadpan Snarker: As with the difference between Joel and Mike, Weinstein's Servo is more Deadpan, and Murphy's Servo is more Snarker. Coniff and Vaughn also play him very deadpan.
  • Distressed Dude: Has gotten into this role a couple of times.
  • Eyeless Face: It's implied either the gumball dome or the red rim under it is his eyes.
  • Fat Best Friend: Kevin Murphy has affectionately commented on Tom being "portly", and his entire design is a little rounded and squat to convey stoutness. It's even present when he dons clothing — his jutting keypad tends to accidentally give him a prominent middle.
  • Father, I Want to Marry My Brother: With Crow in "Racket Girls". Tries to go on a date with Gypsy in "Swamp Diamonds."
  • Full-Name Basis: He was usually referred to as "Tom Servo" or "Servo". Only Joel and Jonah regularly called him just "Tom".
  • Genius Ditz: Not exactly the most lucid robot, but he managed to outscore the Observers in an intelligence test and casually bends reality to mess with Crow. His explanation for the test score was that he just tests well.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: He has had a lot of nervous breakdowns throughout the series.
  • In Touch with His Feminine Side: Constantly wearing dresses and wigs.
  • Large Ham: Gets into this on occasions. Especially during his "MIGHTY VOICE!" days.
  • Me's a Crowd: After he was cloned in The Human Duplicators, it became an occasional Running Gag for the rest of the show's run that there are a bunch of other Servos hanging around somewhere on the satellite. In the final episode he blows them all up.
    • The gag gets revisited in Season 11's Reptilicus when Crow takes Tom's arm and regenerates a whole crowd of Servos out of it. Fridge Horror comes in as a close look at the scene reveals the Servo they end up with is not the one they started with.
  • Motor Mouth: Made the longest riff on the show; an entire minute and a half during Manos. He also talked nonstop through an entire segment (and then some) during the "Moment of Silence" from Samson Vs. the Vampire Women.
  • Mysterious Past: Tom apparently had a wild life of adventure during his time an energy being on the edge of the universe, which he refuses to talk about.
  • The Napoleon: Mirror Universe Servo, but also Tom himself on occasion.
  • Race Lift: A vocal example in the revival: his new voice is a black guy. Apparently that's what he'd secretly wanted.
  • Reality Warper: During The Gunslinger, Tom Servo shows that he has such a complex understanding of reality that he's able to perform Offscreen Teleportation and warp time. He apparently uses it to scare Crow at night.
  • Renamed the Same: When he changes his last name to Sirveaux, in the Hamlet episode. It's pronounced exactly the same, but he thinks he can tell when people aren't pronouncing it right.
  • Rule of Funny: Though it's frequently stated that his arms are nonfunctional, he nonetheless will be able to grab objects if it leads to a punchline.
  • Send in the Clones: There's about 517 of him running around the ship by the end. Diabolik has him activating the self-destruct in them, despite not knowing if he's a clone or original.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: In spades, and usually Break the Haughty follows in quick order.
  • The Smart Guy: So much so that when the Observers gave the satellite crew IQ tests, he scored higher than Bill!Observer (aka Brain Guy), though he admits he isn't that smart - he just tests well.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": At one point he changes his name to Htom Sirveaux, and corrects Mike when he doesn't pronounce it correctly (even though it's pronounced exactly the same.)
    Crow: Well, Htom, why don't you hlick me!
  • The Spock: If, as Murphy puts it, "kind of weepy".
  • They Killed Kenny Again: Justified since he has thousands of replacements for himself. In Reptilicus he's melted down and replaced by a clone, who comes clean that he's not the original, but the others don't care.
  • Through the Eyes of Madness: At one point Pearl gives LSD to the robots and has Mike hook them up to a monitor to see what they're seeing. From Servo's point of view, Crow and Mike are gibbering monsters while his vision kaleidoscopes into a mad swirl of horrible colors and shapes. But he laughs it off and says that that's what he always sees.
  • Transparent Closet: Not quite as flagrant as Crow, but he is curvy, gifted with better fashion sense, and the best singer on the ship.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Crow.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: If someone's going to get in a skirt as part of a skit, it'll probably be Servo. Lampshaded when Servo dresses as a Brownie. He angrily tells them that his hoverskirt doesn't give him many options when wearing costumes - or would you rather he wear his Flemish glass blower outfit? Word of God is that the puppet's shape just happened to fit female costumes the best.
  • Yes-Man: Becomes a rather meek one to Eddie in the Alternate Timeline during Time Chasers. Thankfully it's only temporary.
  • Your Head A-Splode: Even more than the other Bots.

Played by: Josh Weinstein (KTMA), Jim Mallon (seasons 1-8), Patrick Brantseg (seasons 8-10), Rebecca Hanson (season 11)

Gypsy was a robot built by Joel to service the higher functions of the ship. As such, she doesn't (typically) go into the theater with everyone else. She's basically a snake form, with a long black tube as a body, and her head is a baby's car seat attached so she kinda looks like a vacuum cleaner with a flashlight that serves as her eye. She has a huge crush on Richard Basehart.

Played by: Kevin Murphy (KTMA), Joel Hodgson (season 1-5) and Michael J. Nelson (season 5-10), although he is only heard during Robot Roll Call in the official seasons.

Cambot serves as the camera on the Satellite of Love, projecting to the Mads in Deep 13. As such, he's never seen, never heard, and it's easy to forget he's even there, but he's obviously an essential member of the crew, without whom we wouldn't see all the wacky hijinx on the Satellite.
  • Camera Abuse: Got attacked by Timmy, unplugged once by Joel, and had champagne spilled onto his sequencer in the middle of a music number.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The KTMA episodes had Cambot actually be a more humanoid robot with bug-eyes who filmed with a separate cameranote . Season 1 introduced his more familiar "autonomous camera" design.
  • Evil All Along: In a Kickstarter update, Joel considered that, despite being featured in the Robot Rollcall, Cambot was probably aligned with the Mads, since it was integral to their experiment. The new design will be taking this into account.
    • When looking at a fan's drawing of the old show, Jonah refers to the "floating orb" Cambot as "Old Cambot", suggesting that the one in the revival is not the same character.
  • He Who Must Not Be Seen: Kind of a given, since he's the one who has to film everything.
  • In-Universe Camera: Invoked, as Joel built him specifically to be this.
  • Last-Name Basis: If "Bride of the Monster" is to be believed, his first name is Mort.
  • Not So Stoic: See Tender Tears below.
  • The Nth Doctor: Cambot went through four different bodies over the course of the show (five, if you count changing paint jobs).
  • Phrase-Catcher: "Cambot, give me Rocket Number Nine!" Except for one time when it was "Cambot, give me Rocket Number Eleven Minus Two!"
  • Running Gag: Mike, Joel or Jonah calling "Cambot, give me Rocket #9!" any time something is happening outside the ship. No matter what is being looked at, external visual is always from Rocket #9.
  • Sdrawkcab Name: During Robot Roll Call his name is backwards because he's taping himself in a mirror.
  • Silent Snarker: Made his only riff in 'Sidehackers', though makes a few jokes in the host segments here and there.
  • Spikes of Villainy: In noticeable contrast to his post-Season 5 design, where he was a friendly little sphere, the new evil Cambot is all harsh angles and points, looking like a cross between a "barndoor" stage light and a projector.
  • Tender Tears: In the Danger!! Death Ray review the deaths of so many innocent cameras leaves him crying through the last host segment, blurring out the scene.
  • The Voiceless: Except during the Robot Roll Calls.

    Magic Voice
Fan art by Andrew Dickman
Played by: Jahn Johnson/Alexandra Carr (seasons 1-5), Mary Jo Pehl (seasons 5-7) and Beth "Beez" McKeever (Seasons 8-10)

Magic Voice is a female, disembodied voice who resides in the Satellite of Love, and whose main task is to announce when commercial sign is coming up and otherwise make the occasional comment on the action. It's never revealed exactly what she is, but seems to be robotic in nature, given how Joel was able to reprogram her along with the other 'Bots. The most common fan theory is that she's the ship's computer.
  • A Day in the Limelight: A minor presence in the show who usually just chimed in with short comments and announced upcoming commercial sign, she did get a few skits and segments where she received more attention, most notably in the fifth-season episode "The Atomic Brain, where she feels lonely and wishes she could meet someone else like her but changes her mind after an encounter with the creepy voice-over guy from the episode's movie.
    • She also counsels Tom Servo about making out in Attack of the the Eye Creatures.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: She's one of the few characters to vanish from the show with no real explanation.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Not to the extent of Joel/Mike and the Bots, but she gets a few good lines in from time to time.
  • Out of Focus: While never a major presence in the show, she appeared less and less in later seasons, and in the Sci-Fi years only made the odd cameo before vanishing completely in season 10.
  • The Voice: Literally; she is only a voice and lacks any sort of corporeal form.

     The Nanites 
Something Crow picked up in the 500 year time gap between season 7 and 8 at a space carnival, he only got two of them, but they reproduced like sea monkeys do, and there are now billions of them on the Satellite of Love. They're capable of almost anything, but are rather unwilling to do anything without a work order.
  • The Bully: Mooki the Nanite is from the bad side of the Satellite, and Servo makes the misfortune of stepping on his turf when he tries to join the Nanites.
  • Complexity Addiction: Their ideas for distractions include constructing micro-size battle fleets that pull people's pants down and synthesizing an android programmed to say: "Hey, look over there!"
    Mike: Can't you just cut the tractor beam holding us here?
    Nanite #1: (disappointed) Eh, a Number 5, sure.
    Nanite #2: We never get to have any fun!
  • Explosive Breeder: Crow won two of them at a space carnival. 500 years later and they cover every surface of the ship.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: When the Observers cut off the SoL's navigation systems, Mike asked them to take care of it. Cue Earth-Shattering Kaboom.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: The nanites won't do anything unless they have the paperwork in writing, even if the ship is seconds away from being destroyed.
    Nanite: Hey, man, I don't go to the john without a work order!
  • Literal Genie: When asked for tall hair or the dry look, Mike was given mile high hair and a literal desert on his head.
  • Weird Trade Union: Actually had a strike, which delayed the Satellite's repairs for a week, until nanite strike breakers came in and busted the strike. It's not entirely clear who ultimately won; in their next appearance they were back on the job and had picked up a Not in My Contract attitude.

The Mads

    In General 
  • Affably Evil/Friendly Enemy: They've all had their fair share of chummy moments with their captives.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: Refusal to go into the theater is met with either electrocution or the removal of the ship's oxygen.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: None of the movies will ever break the SOLites' will. Although they have gotten close on a number of occasions.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: The Satellite Of Love crashing bringing an end to the experiments (and therefore the show) in Diabolik reduced Pearl to tears, with her makeup running and her hair in a mess.
    • Dr. Forrester when Frank died, especially displayed in his song "Who Will I Kill?"
  • Large Ham: Dr. Forrester and Pearl.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: TV's Frank to Dr. Erhardt; Pearl to Frank, and later Dr. Forrester; though to be fair while they filled similar roles their characters were all quite different.

    Dr. Clayton Forrester
Played by: Trace Beaulieu

Dr. Forrester is the green-coated head scientist down in Deep 13 who oversees the experiment on the Satellite of Love. While he's evil with a capital E, he's also not particularly effective, given how after several years, he still has yet to find that perfect movie that will drive people insane. Oftentimes, the relationship between Dr. F and the folks on the Satellite tends to be strangely amicable.
  • Adaptational Villainy: He's noticeably more sadistic in The Movie than he is in the series proper, going so far as actually cutting off Mike's air supply when he gives him lip. He lampshades this when he first appears, saying that he's "feeling particularly evil today". It also may have something to do with the movie being right after Frank left.
  • Affably Evil: Though a megalomaniacal Mad Scientist who tortures his captives with bad movies, abuses his assistant and takes pride in being Evil, he's got surprisingly many friendly moments.
  • Bad Boss: Especially to Larry.
  • Berserk Button: As Mike found out in his first experiment, Dr. Forrester does not like being kept waiting.
    Dr. Forrester: Oh, Mr. Nelson. Mr. El Relaxo. That's nice. Maybe I' your invention exchange first! First! DO YOU HEAR ME? FIRST!!
  • Card-Carrying Villain: "Supervillain" is his actual job title.
    Dr. Forrester and Dr. Erhardt: What do you want from us? WE'RE EVIL!
  • Characterization Marches On: Started out as a smug, stern, pompous, deeper-voiced jerk but eventually became a manic, mincing, Charles Nelson Reilly-ish maniac.
  • Clark Kent Outfit: As can be seen in the San Francisco International episode, underneath the scrubs, Doctor Forrester is cut!
  • Einstein Hair: From Season 1 onwards.
  • Embarrassing Middle Name: Deborah Susan
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He actually apologizes to Joel for showing him Manos: The Hands of Fate, which is odd given the show's premise, but once you see the movie you'll understand.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: In KTMA, almost to the point of Nightmare Fuel.
  • Evil Laugh: NAUGHTY NAUGHTY!!!
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: His Freudian Excuse includes a mother who doesn't seem to care about his existence, rejection from every girl in high school, several Noodle Incidents involving ice rinks, the shower incident, and a humiliating expulsion from the chess club.
  • Insult Backfire: He gets all warm and fuzzy when he's accused of crimes against humanity (or robotity).
    Joel: That may be the most despicable thing I've ever heard of.
    Dr. Forrester: [smugly] Thank you!
  • Locked into Strangeness: According to his Back Story, he was struck by lightning, which gave him his Skunk Stripe.
  • Mad Scientist: A textbook example.
  • Nerd Glasses: The Cave Dwellers episode had them change from green to black with no explanation, and was never mentioned again.
    • Beaulieu himself during a Q&A explained that he had accidentally left his only pair of green glasses in the pocket of his lab coat (they had 2 lab coats that they switched out each episode), and that coat was sent to the dry cleaners. By the time he realized his mistake, it was too late to get them back before filming of the episode was to commence, so he slapped on an old pair of Dr. Erhardt glasses so they wouldn't have to delay filming.
  • Shout-Out: He's named after the hero of the 1953 film adaptation of The War of the Worlds, and Joel has commented that much of his later petty, fussy characterization was inspired by Dr. Fate from The Great Race (including his catch phrase of "push the button").
  • Skunk Stripe: In his hair and mustache. Trace has hinted during a convention panel that it also appears in a third place (the location of which is for the reader to decide). Apparently got it after getting struck by lightning.
  • "Stop Having Fun" Guys: invoked During "Turkey Day '91", he's more concerned with world domination than Thanksgiving.

    Dr. Laurence "Larry" Erhardt
Played by: Josh Weinstein

Dr. F's first assistant, who didn't get much characterization at all, since he was only around for one season. He pretty much aped Dr. F's tendencies towards loving evil and played the part of the sniveling aide.

    TV's Frank
Played by: Frank Conniff

Dr. Erhardt's replacement after Season 1, TV's Frank was, in the end, far more fleshed out than his predecessor. More laid back, goofy, and ineffectual than even Dr. F himself, Frank often found himself the butt of jokes, or just plain dead. He departed the show at the end of Season 6, where he was assumed into Second Banana Heaven.
  • Affably Evil: Every once and while Frank will show that he's as evil as Clayton.
  • Ascended to a Higher Plane of Existence: When Torgo the White brings him to Second Banana Heaven. His season ten cameo reveals he got kicked out later.
  • Attention-Deficit Disciple: "Hike Your Pants Up" and "Mike Ma-ma-Mike" are good examples.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!:
    TV's Frank: WHY?! WHY?! WHY?!?!?! Oooh, McKenna's Gold is on!
  • Big Eater: Reached his limit in the second Turkey Day marathon, when Dr. F forces him to eat fifteen entire turkeys.
  • Bizarre Human Biology: He's survived multiple kinds of dismemberment (has replacement organs!), having his blood replaced with antifreeze (blood which is of a previously-unknown type, by the way), and apparently exists in a state of perpetual cardiac problems (his heart works so hard it can power an engine).
  • Burger Fool: Dr. Forrester found him working at an Arby's. His first episode had him try and take Joel and the Bots' orders.
  • Butt-Monkey: At the hands of Dr. F.
  • Catch-Phrase: Had one for his first season, a weird mouth sound that kind of came out as "Eeeukk-ghueeee!" Didn't last into Frank's second season.
  • Death Is Cheap: Frank gets killed a lot.
    TV's Frank: Ooh, that's my old head! Just file that under "Frank's Old Head".
  • The Ditz: Not as much as Bobo, but still.
  • The Dog Bites Back: As badly as Dr. Forrester usually treats him, Frank turns the tables in Red Zone Cuba. After borrowing fifty thousand dollars from the mob, Frank sends Dr. F out to speak to the mob enforcer at his doorstep. Dr. F gets pummeled so badly, he spends the rest of the episode in a full-body cast.
  • Friendly Enemy: With Joel, Mike and the Bots.
  • Mad Bomber: After watching several action movies featuring assassins, bomb plots, and explosions, the easily suggestible Frank becomes a cackling, scheming lunatic who plots to blow up Deep 13. (Of course, he's still Frank, so he doesn't bother tying Dr. F's ropes very tightly, or even keeping track of his hostages.)
  • Minion with an F in Evil: The reason why so many escape attempts hinged on trying to convince Frank to hit the button that would return the satellite to earth. It almost worked on multiple occasions, Forrester stopping him each time.
  • Phrase-Catcher: "Push the button, Frank!"
  • The Pigpen: Implied, as one short about hygiene was picked out by Doctor Forrester specifically so Frank could watch it.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: The man-childishness was pretty consistent; the psychopathy waxed and waned, and its targeting was erratic- Frank could just as often be plotting Dr. Forrester's grisly demise during a friendly chat with Joel/Mike and the 'bots as the other way 'round.
  • Put on a Bus: To Second Banana Heaven.
  • They Killed Kenny Again: He dies a lot.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Literally, as he was killed multiple times.
  • Transparent Closet: With Dr. Forrester. One sketch revolved entirely around them acting like a fussy old married couple when nobody's watching, and the guests at "Auntie McFrank's Tangleberry Inn" sheepishly ask just what he and Clay's relationship is after seeing Frank in a housedress and bonnet.

    Pearl Forrester
Left, Deep 13. Right, Castle Forrester
Played by: Mary Jo Pehl

Dr. F's beloved mother, who showed up a few times in Season 6, but became Dr. F's foil in Season 7 when she moves back in. Starting Season 8, after Trace Beaulieu leaves the show, she becomes the head scientist showing the movies. The story is that after Clayton died (again, it's a bit complicated), she was put in cryogenic freezing, thawed by the future apes, and became the Lawgiver. Doesn't make much sense, but you know how it is.
  • Absurdly Youthful Mother: Her actress is two years younger than the actor who played her adult son, and despite raising him In-Universe twice she still looks no more than middle aged. As usual, the mantra applies.
  • Abusive Parents: She was never the best mother to Dr. Forrester — and as the 2017 revival reveals, she's a pretty bad grandmother to Kinga as well. Stuck with raising her granddaughter, she apparently tried abandoning Kinga several times, but Kinga "always came back."
  • Affably Evil: In some situations, usually as a riff on the stereotypical good-naturedness of Midwesterners.
  • Black Widow: She actually threatens Bobo and Observer, "Sit down, or I'll marry you!"
  • Bullying a Dragon: She's able to control nigh-omnipotent Observer through sheer force of will (and threat of violence.)
  • Card-Carrying Villain: At least, her goal, as she desperately wants to join the Fraternal Order of Mad Scientists.
  • Characterization Marches On: She appeared as an annoying, naggy, overbearing mother stereotype in the Deep 13 episodes, but morphed into a more bullying version of Dr. F when she took over as the main villain. Her first appearance also had her looking uncannily like her son (right down to a small, fuzzy mustache on her upper lip), something that was toned down in subsequent episodes.
  • Catch-Phrase: "It's called (title of movie) and it sucks on toast."
  • Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: Both the "sadistic mad scientist" and "clueless middle-manager" kind — Pearl's personal idea of fun is inflicting cruelty on her subordinates, but in Final Justice, she also forces Mike and the 'bots to endure the dull, forced levity of novelty glasses and "Wacky-Dress-Up Day", in the hopes that it'll liven up the workplace.note 
    Pearl: (Completely flat monotone) Do-you-begin-to-see-how-creativity-can-lead-to-productivity?
    Tom: Well... no, I'm just kinda depressed.
    Crow: Yeah, mostly I feel sad, and... ache-y?
  • The Gambling Addict: In Prince of Space, she states that her favorite hobby is playing slot machines. And in Hamlet, Mike ropes her into playing a Shell Game and ends up winning his choice of a movie. Of course, Pearl turns the situation back in her favor by sending him a crappy, black-and-white, dubbed version of Hamlet. This continues into season 11: she makes a cameo in Cry Wilderness and blows off visiting Kinga to save her spot at her favorite slot machine instead.
  • Glad I Thought of It: Pearl's usual reaction to good advice by Observer and Bobo. Neither of them bother to correct her, probably because she'll probably hurt them.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: It's actually her fault the Satellite of Love finally went back to Earth in "Diabolik", since she both broke the joystick she was controlling it with, and messed with Brain Guy's powers so he couldn't intervene.
  • Legacy Character: Especially once she moves into Castle Forrester in season 9.
  • Mad Scientist: Spends most of Season 10 trying to get her license.
  • My Beloved Smother: Her original characterization with regards to Clayton. She also literally smothered him to death off-screen between seasons 7 and 8, when she didn't get around to raising the reborn Dr. Forrester and he grew up to be the same maniac he was before.
  • Never My Fault: The whole reason she took over as head Mad was because she blamed Mike and the Bots for Clayton's death after she smothered him to death with a pillow.
  • Psychopathic Woman Child: She has many temper tantrums.
  • "Reports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated, crapheads!"
  • Skunk Stripe: Apparently she was also struck by lightning.
  • Tender Tears: In "Diabolik" when the Satellite of Love crew finally escaped her clutches.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Noted to have a fondness for chicken-in-a-biskit snack crackers several times, to the point that Brain Guy uses it as motivation to prevent the destruction of the universe. No more universe, no more chicken-in-a-biskit.
  • Twitchy Eye: Has one driving her VW camper in the title sequence.
  • Weirdness Magnet: Invoked directly by her in Hamlet, when she asks the viewer, "Is it me? Am I a magnet for these idiots?"

    Professor Bobo
Played by: Kevin Murphy

An evolved gorilla from the year 2525, from a future where apes evolved from men?. Yes, it's a madhouse. He's heard it all. First appearing in the beginning of Season 8, he's a professor of anthropology, but soon becomes little more than The Ditz often foiling Pearl's machinations.
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: Twice; first when falling off the Widowmaker and onto a nearby planet, and again when he had to... "go."
  • Butt-Monkey: Pun not intended. While Observer gets most of Pearl's verbal abuse, Bobo takes the lion's share of physical abuse, often being slapped, beaten, or knocked around.
  • Characterization Marches On: While a bit dumb to begin with, Bobo started off as a more serious, Only Sane Man head scientist in Deep Ape, often scolding his subordinates for being silly & exasperated at the stuff going on around him. Upon leaving Deep Ape he immediately became a doofus... eventually becoming not much more that a talking family pet. See Only Sane Man & Took a Level in Dumbass. His introduction in Season 8 can be a bit jarring to those used to "Bobo The Big Idiot Sidekick".
    • Not So Above It All: Though it's hinted he's a doofus in that while he insists he's intelligent, it doesn't take much prodding for him to wear a diaper like a domesticated chimp. Also, his idea of "research" is telling Peanut to play in a tire swing.
  • The Ditz: Even moreso than Frank.
  • Dung Fu: Bobo isn't above this, as Observer finds out to his horror.
  • Extreme Omnivore: He is constantly either eating or looking for food, and on top of that, is occasionally shown to eat things that aren't food.
    Bobo: Well, you see, the fact of the matter is I've swallowed so darned many things over the years that there must be a key in there somewhere that'll work.
    • Which leads to this...
      Bobo: [regurgitates a hairpin] Ah, a hairpin!
      Bobo: [indignant] I did not, Brain Guy! I swallowed a wig.
  • Informed Species: He looks much more like a chimpanzee than a gorilla, despite repeatedly asserting that he is the latter.
  • Insistent Terminology:
    Peanut: I'm Peanut!
    Bobo: That's Doctor Peanut! [dope slap]
  • Meaningful Name\Bilingual Bonus: Bobo is Spanish for "fool".
  • Mike Nelson, Destroyer of Worlds: He may not be the Trope Namer, but Bobo shares just as much responsibility as Mike does in blowing up Earth. He did help repair the bomb that did it after all.
  • Only Sane Man: Was this back in Deep Ape. The very second they left, Bobo shoots himself in the foot. Twice.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Has infrequent moments when he'll talk like this; even after he Took a Level in Dumbass he kept a very advanced vocabulary and often spoke in a "cultured" tone.
  • Took a Level in Badass: When he remembers he's descended from the line of "Godo, Gobo, and Chim-chim!"
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: Bobo wasn't exactly the brightest knife in the full deck before Earth blew up, but afterward he became a complete idiot.

    Observer ("Brain Guy")
Played by: Bill Corbett

A member of an allegedly advanced species, the Observers. He and his kind first appear in Season 8 to observe the experiment, but Mike ends up blowing up their planet, leaving only the one behind to hang around with Pearl and Bobo. Allegedly, his species is just the brain, which his "host body" carries around in a salad bowl, but this show being what it is, the concept is only tangentially ever alluded to, and you may as well assume the guy in pale face with the robe is "Brain Guy".
  • Achilles' Heel: Turns out keeping your brain in a big, open salad bowl is kind of a crummy idea.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Aside from the Transparent Closet, he tends to be a little effete.
    Observer: [on Fortinbras] He made me look butch.
  • But Not Too White: His stark clown-white makeup was eventually toned down as the series progressed — he was in increasingly more scenes next to Bobo, and the crew found it hard to properly light the contrasting dark tones of the suit's fur while preserving detail on Bill's face.
  • Butt-Monkey: Even Bobo gets to mock him quite a bit.
  • Ditzy Genius: Theoretically omnipotent and omniscient... unfortunately, he's a complete wimp and sad sack with no initiative.
  • Expy: Seems to be modeled after the psychic mutants from Beneath the Planet of the Apes.
  • Hive Mind: According to Observer, his race is an interconnected neural net, which might explain the Power Creep Power Seep below.
  • Insistent Terminology: Observer states he doesn't have a body. Except, you know, for the fact he actually does have one.
    Observer: [after being thrown onto a grenade to protect others] It's a good thing I don't have a body!
    • Which leads to a weird situation in Space Mutiny when his body and brain being separated makes both a complete idiot with half their power.
  • In Touch with His Feminine Side: And looks surprisingly decent in a nurse's outfit.
  • Pacifist: Subverted. His race doesn't believe in war. They kill only out of personal spite.
  • The Omniscient: Claims to be this, but actions speak louder than words...
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Mostly. Very few people ever call him Observer.
  • Only Sane Man: For instance, he's the only one who notices during Hobgoblins that Mike and the 'bots have replaced themselves with cardboard cutouts.
  • Oxymoronic Being: The limitations of the supposedly all-knowing, all-powerful Observer species are made into a Running Gag of sorts — their brains are claimed to be "entirely self-sufficient" but still require host bodies that may or may not exist, said brains are kept in jars (where they have a functional range of only 50 yards) rather than inside their heads, and their infinite intelligence can be hoodwinked by crude trickery or intimidated by physical threats.
  • Planet of Steves: All of his species are named "Observer", which leads to this when they reunite!
    Observer: [sees Mike-Observer] Observer! [sees Paul-Observer] Observer!
    Mike-Observer: Oh, Observer...
  • Power Creep, Power Seep: Apparently, spending time with Pearl has weakened his powers. When confronted by other Observers, Observer said he'd blight Mike with his powers - and ended up giving Mike a new tie.
  • Sufficiently Advanced Alien: Parodied. Once, Observer huffed at Pearl, "I'm not that omnipotent, Pearl!"
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: Though to a lesser extent than Bobo. Possibly justified, as it was the Bill Corbett Observer who was found wanting by the other Observers and his brain placed in the Enrichment Chamber, which Bobo confused for a refrigerator and subsequently carved up his brain for sandwich meat. Being separated from the Hive Mind Observers dampened his powers as well, as noted by Mike-Observer.
  • Transparent Closet: Inverted. Everyone but Observer are shocked by his Camp Gay behavior, such as dressing as a nurse or wearing drummer outfits. When he takes some condoms, he tells Pearl it's for his many ... lady friends.

    Kinga Clayton Forrester
Played by: Felicia Day

The daughter of Dr. Clayton Forrester. She's following the footsteps of her father and grandmother in sending the most terrible movies possible to Jonah and the Bots.
  • Greed: Her primary motivation for restarting her father's experiment is to make it popular and sell it to Disney for a billion dollars. She also frequently attempts to market other money-making endeavors and gain investors for her work, but these efforts never pan out.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: A joke in At the Earth's Core implies that she was raised by Pearl, who tried to abandon her multiple times. But Kinga just kept coming back.
  • Kick the Dog: Apparently the sight of cute animals fills her with the desire to punt them across the room. She invented Punt Bunnies specifically to indulge this.
  • Legacy Character: Is proudly carrying on her father's and grandmother's legacy of trying to drive a guy in a jumpsuit insane with bad movies.
  • Mad Libs Catch Phrase: "Prepare to enter the nightmare-fueled world of <movie title>!"
  • Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: Without a doubt the most physically attractive of the Forresters.
  • Missing Mom: Her mother's identity and whereabouts have not been brought up yet.
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: Apparently bought the rights for the show from Joel.
  • The Un-Favourite: Initially Pearl doesn't seem to like her much; she intentionally tries to avoid meeting up with Kinga. Pearl seems to warm up to her in the season eleven finale though.
  • Villainous Crush: Initially, she has an online boyfriend, but he breaks things off when Kinga wants to see him in person. Then, she falls in love with Jonah Heston—or at least, falls in love with the huge ratings boost she'd get from marrying him.
  • Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: "Kinga"?
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Kinga treats the new season as if it's still on Comedy Central or the Sci-Fi Channel, attempting to pull off ratings stunts so she can make it a ratings hit and sell it to Disney. As Max continuously points out, they're on Netflix, which doesn't run on those sorts of ratings. Not that she listens.

    TV's Son of TV's Frank (Max)
Played by: Patton Oswalt

The son of TV's Frank. Like his father, he assists Kinga in torturing Jonah and the Bots with low-grade movies, as well as button-pushing.
  • Affably Evil: He mostly just follows orders and inherited the cheerful personality of his father. He does unleash a monster that attacks Jonah in the season 11 finale, but his primary motivation is to stop Jonah and Kinga's wedding.
    • Ambiguously Evil: It's not made clear by the end if he's crestfallen that Kinga didn't react as he hoped, disappointed at how everything turned out, or genuinely remorseful that he might've accidentally killed Jonah.
  • Butt-Monkey: Much like his father, he gets little to no respect from the Forrester in charge.
  • Exposition Fairy: He does the voiceovers during the ad bumpers, to give viewers info about Moon 13.
  • Friendly Enemy: He gets along well with Jonah and the bots for the most part. Jonah also makes a point to call him by his preferred name.
  • Generation Xerox: Has the same build as his dad, the same hair (complete with a curl in the front), the same taste in black, double-breasted suits, the same good-natured dim-wittedness...
  • Ignored Enamored Underling: He's madly in love with Kinga. She treats him like some kind of furniture that occasionally talks.
  • Insistent Terminology: He insists on being called TV's Son of TV's Frank. Kinga never complies and just calls him by his real name, Max.
  • Legacy Character: Carrying on the Second Banana legacy of his father.
  • Shout-Out: The fact that his real name is Max is a reference to The Great Race, where Professor Fate's minion, also named Max, often received the order, "Push the button, Max!"
  • Super Gullible: Pretty much the only reason he didn't give the spirit of "Red Crow" (clearly Jonah and the bots in a wooden cut out) the keys to Jonah's ship was because Kinga intervened.
  • Villainous Crush: On Kinga Forrester.
  • Yes-Man: While the previous Mads' assistants typically vacillated between helpful and unhelpful (Pearl often had to threaten or coerce Bobo and Observer into helping her out if it didn't involve torturing their shared enemy Mike, and TV's Frank's relationship with Dr. F was bizarrely codependent and mercurial), Max is easily the biggest suck-up since Dr. Erhardt. The only thing about his job that he seems to dislike, apart from Kinga's coldness and abuse, is that he's treated like a common grunt and discouraged from fun things like hyping the movies' badness or bantering with Jonah and the Bots.

    Kinga's other minions 


Played by: Rebecca Hanson

A clone of Pearl Forrester, graciously donated so the real Pearl wouldn't need to visit her granddaughter.
  • Clone Degeneration: Implied. She moves very stiffly and she talks like a robot. Most of the time...
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: In "Cry Wilderness", she acts like a normal person as soon as the original Pearl leaves, suggesting that she's just faking the Clone Degeneration.
  • Separated-at-Birth Casting: Synthia came about because Rebecca Hanson looks a lot like a young Mary Jo Pehl.
    • In fact, at least one online outlet reviewing the series' trailer (in which Synthia makes a split-second appearance) assumed it was Mary Jo Pehl.
  • The Voiceless: In most episodes, she just shows up in the background and doesn't say anything.


Played by: Joel Hodgson

The guy in the hazmat suit who sends the movies up. He also manages the movie storage tanks in the even-lower basements of Moon 14.
  • Adaptation-Induced Plot Hole: He helps the show avoid them, pointing out what happened in important scenes that were cut for time.
  • Catch-Phrase: "Movie in the hole!", and "This is Ardy, your maintenance man..."
  • Creator Cameo: Which finally allows Hodgson to join his fellow Mystery Science Theater 3000 alumni who've played multiple characters throughout the series (he only played Joel Robinson during the series' original run).
  • Faceless Goons: Wears a face-concealing hazmat suit at all times.
  • Shout-Out: Ardy's latter catchphrase (listed above), mundane function, lackadaisical demeanor, and facelessness are partially inspired by Carlton the Doorman, who also helped influence Joel's laid-back nature on the original show (and was briefly imitated by him in the Mitchell episode).
  • Spell My Name with an "S": The end credits say his name is "Ardy", but the episode subtitles give it as "R.D."

The Skeleton Crew

Minions in black-and-white skeleton outfits who play the show's theme music, wrangle dinosaurs, and fulfill Kinga's other, unknown whims.