A tall blue jay out of art school who works with his friend Rigby at the park. Between the two, Mordecai is the more mature, although he will sometimes play along with the more enthusiastic Rigby's hijinks.
American Accents: He has an obvious So Cal accent, due to California native J.G. Quintel just using his normal voice for him.
Brilliant, but Lazy: He is much smarter than Rigby (although that's not saying much), and holds a high school diploma.
Catch Phrase: "OOOOOOOOH!", "Dude", "Awww Sick!", and "YAY-YUH!", the last of which is pretty much Quintel's own catchphrase.
Also whenever Rigby's in danger or Mordecai's worried about him, he sometimes stretches out his wing and cries "Rigby!"
Can't Get Away with Nuthin' : The main element of a lot of episodes is Mordecai and Rigby attempting to shirk some responsibility and usually doesn't resolve unless they own up to what they've done.
Characterization Marches On: Yeah, he still punches Rigby in the arm once in a while when he says something jerkish or idiotic (though that seems to be fading as well), but he became less abusive towards Rigby in comparison to the earlier episodes (when's the last time you ever saw them play punchies?)
Character Development: He's gotten better at talking to Margaret, and they've had romantic moments together even if they're not technically dating. She's even let him kiss her. This would never have happened in the earlier episodes. He also appreciates Rigby more (only punching him when he says or something stupid or assholish instead of for no reason), and tends to care far more about him than he did early on.
He gets some more in "I Like You Hi". Asking CJ out instead of beating around the bush like he did with Margaret once he realizes he does like like her.
Cheated Angle: He's almost never shown head-on, and even when he is, his head crest is still angled.
Deadpan Snarker: Occasionally, but when he does, it's usually towards Rigby.
Rigby: (when applying his mom's cleaning formula) "By the power of my mom, stain be gone!"
Mordecai: "Hmm, maybe that's why your house is never clean."
Did Not Get the Girl: Toward the end of "Steak Me Amadeus", Margaret leaves for her dream school, believing she may never get another chance like this again. At least she's got her priorities in order.
Dope Punch: Tends to occasionally punch Rigby in the arm when he either says something stupid, insensitive or insulting in later episodes.
The Gadfly: Picks on Rigby. A lot. Though it's toned down from physical violence for no reason to verbal jabs and the occasional physical one when Rigby either insults him or says something really stupid or insensitive in later episodes.
Genre Savvy: In "Butt Dial", the episode begins with Mordecai raving about how their night hanging out with Margaret and Eileen went so smoothly. Specifically, that "nothing went wrong. No space portals, no video demons, nobody got hurt." Though inevitably, something weird still happens later in the episode.
Going Commando: The secret that Mordecai reveals in "Diary" is that "[he] likes going commando. A lot." Considering he goes around completely naked at all times, this much should already be obvious.
Heroic BSOD: Shown in the montage at the beginning of "Laundry Woes" After Margaret leaves. He snaps out of it after the entire park pulls together to help him.
Deconstructed later on in the series until it's reduced to nothing.
Informed Ability: In "Slam Dunk", Mordecai apparently has enough knowledge in HTML coding for Margaret to ask him to help make her website.
He also mentioned offhand in one episode that he went to an art college, though he has never actually shown any real interest or talent in art (though that could just be a throwaway reference to his creator and voice actor, J.G. Quintel), though in "The Best VHS in the World," he did tell Button McButtonWillow that he should take life drawing classes because of how bad his fanart of The Best VHS in the World is. In "Fool Me Twice", Mordecai brings up his art college again and Rigby revealed that he never graduated which may explain why he works as a groundskeeper. It becomes subverted in "Bad Portrait" where Mordecai paints a portrait and it's revealed that we never see him draw or paint is because of his fear of people misinterpreting or getting offended by his artwork. He gets over it by the end Paints a painting that is incredibly well received and ends up hung in Benson's office and is seen taking an art class at community college with CJ in "I Like You High.
In "Rigby in the Sky with Burrito", he used to play the saxophone in high school when he was in jazz band.
Man Child: He's a lot more level-headed and less impulsive than Rigby, but just as eager to slack off and do childish things.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: He and Rigby are (in)directly responsible for a lot of the really weird things that happen during the show. Though, unlike Rigby, he usually knows when to play and when to be serious when things hit the fan, quickly leaping to straighten things right if it's in his power.
Perhaps the biggest example of this so far is during the episode "It's Time" when he accidentally kills Rigby and has to go back in time to save him.
Official Couple: Mordecai and Margaret eventually get together, but her having to move far away for school ended the relationship. After taking a while to get over her, Mordecai is now officially with CJ.
The Slacker: Doesn't appear so at first, but often joins in with Rigby's escapades for the sake of rivalry or just for the hell of it. "Just Set Up The Chairs" is a prime example. Since season two had started, he seems to be more inclined to go along with Rigby, but still has a better sense of responsibility than Rigby.
A much shorter raccoon and Mordecai's best friend / frequent coworker. Being energetic and immature, he's usually the one who instigates any sort of trouble that Mordecai or the other characters get into. He is a high school drop-out who never received his diploma, and Mordecai thinks that's pretty funny.Has a very tall younger brother named Don, who is an accountant.
Adorkable: Not as much as Eileen but has his moments.
All Men Are Perverts: The only reason he didn't want to see "Pajama Sisters 2" is because "They're just gonna talk about their feelings — fully clothed," yet in "The Unicorns Have Got to Go," he didn't see the appeal of having sexy women tearing a man's clothes off as seen in the Dude Time cologne commercial.
Anti-Hero: Despite being selfish, he's still often willing to do the right thing.
Anti-Role Model: He's lazy, greedy, rude, selfish, smug and convinced he's a lot smarter than he actually is.
Aloof Big Brother: One to his brother Don. Namely because Don was taller, stronger and smarter than Rigby. They patched things up though.
At one point he eats so much junk food his body literally quits on him.
Book Dumb: He's a high school drop-out, and his recklessly stupid attitude only reinforces it. But there is more to him because of:
Brilliant, but Lazy: More-so than Mordecai. The only reason he hasn't been fired is because he's actually efficient when properly motivated.
Butt Monkey: Possibly one of the best examples, every episode will result in some pain coming to him or even dying in some episodes. Add in his physical weakness where he can't retaliate and near everyone can beat him up and he's almost The Chew Toy.
Benson: First on the agenda is trophy talk. Who gets the trophy on what day? I think the schedule is more than fair.
(Everyone on the team is scheduled to have the trophy for two days each week, except Rigby who only has it one day.)
Can't Get Away with Nuthin' : Along with Mordecai but Rigby mostly makes problems by trying to be cool or doing something petty that he thinks is irrelevant. Naturally, it will always come back to get him.
Cartoony Tail: Rigby's tail always points up when he's standing or walking. Real life raccoons keep their tails on the ground when standing, as their hind legs are usually too weak to support their bodies on their own.
Catch Phrase: "OOOOOOOOH!", "Check it", and "STOP TALKING!".
He also has 'Ah, what?' whenever Benson asks him to do anything (usually as punishment) and 'Why?' when Benson threatens to fire him.
Rigby has grown much closer to Eileen; in "Yes Dude Yes" he eagerly suggests going to the movies with her, while in "Do Me a Solid" he only accepted a date as a solid, and did everything possible to sabotage it. Later, it goes even further in "Diary", where he admits that she looks hot without her glasses on. In "Terror Tales of the Park", his tale even has a photo of her when he's transformed into a house. Seasons four and onward have him spending time with her when Mordecai's unavaliable.
Funny Animal: See above. He digs through trash and runs on all fours when in a hurry.
Genre Savvy: In the episode "Temp Check", he describes himself as a 'lovable scoundrel'.
He's become this in regards to Mordecai's relationships, able to see them clearly when even Mordecai himself cannot. It becomes a plot point when Mordecai nearly strands himself in space to avoid dealing with his feelings towards CJ and Rigby's able to talk him back.
The Glasses Gotta Go: Rigby seems to be a firm believer of this since he thinks Eileen is hot without her glasses on.
Green-Eyed Monster: Most of his idiotic schemes and troubles are motivated by his jealousy of some thing or another.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Driven home in the hot dogs episode, where Rigby truly seems to care for Mordecai after they both get trapped in the freezer.
Also in the episode "A Bunch of Baby Ducks", where Rigby insists on keeping the ducks, and calls them his.
Another example is at the end of "Do Me a Solid" where Rigby destroys the only video evidence of the humiliating solid he made Mordecai do.
The first Halloween special drives home Rigby's dependency on his friends. The characters all share a horror story for the group: Pop's idea of horror is a scary doll drawing on people's faces. Muscle Man's idea of horror is dying in a crash. Rigby's idea of horror? Everyone BUT him dying and being left alone.
He dies too, at the end, by means of a giant egg. This gets worse when you find out later he is deathly allergic to eggs.
In "Video Game Wizards", he was deeply heartbroken when Mordecai chose Skips as his partner instead of him.
Rigby is a total jerkass in "Wall Buddy", for the sole reason that Mordecai doesn't help him tidy up their room. This is in stark contrast to his behavior in most previous episodes, but you could find it hilarious.
Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Particularly in "Rigby's Body," where, even after his body literally quits on him, he stubbornly insists that he was right about everything.
Lame Comeback: He has trouble arguing without resorting to one of these.
Man Child: He may be 23, but he acts like an out-of-control teenager most of the time.
Never My Fault: If he can, he'll try to avoid taking blame for any of his mess up. And he can be really stubborn, so much so that he'll only admit when he's wrong when the problem he caused has grown too large to be controlled.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: He and Mordecai are responsible for a lot of the weird problems that occur in the series. Though a good majority of the problems come from his end due to his immaturity.
"I can fix it! I can fix it!"
No, You: Practically his catchphrase when he argues with someone.
And again in "Stick Hockey" when he arrives just in time to finish Mordecai and Rigby's stick hockey death match and is revealed to be a master at the game.
Got yet another one in "Cool Bikes" when he saves Mordecai and Rigby's lives by attacking the judge that was sentencing them to death and aiding in their escape.
He got a small (yet awesome) one in "Karaoke Video". Mordecai and Rigby are attempting to steal the video of them dissing on their coworkers. Some brawls between the bars employees and them eventually turn into an all out bar brawl. Near the end it shows Benson hopelessly looking at the ridiculous warfare just as the tape lands in front of him. He picks it up curiously and the owner of the bar punches him in the face and orders him to give it back. He then smashes the karaoke tape right into the owner's face, knocking him out and destroying the tape in the process. He basically saved Mordecai and Rigby's necks from himself without even realizing it.
Benson: You want it?! FINE! TAKE IT THEN!
Breath Weapon: Benson unleashes a torrent of pure, pent-up rage at Mordecai and Rigby during "Think Positive" in the form of a mouth laser.
Catch Phrase: "Get back to work!" and "Clean up this mess!" (both of which are usually followed by "Or you're fired!")
The Cavalry: The guys are losing to a physical manifestation of an Ear Worm that they're battling by playing a counter Ear Worm. When Benson arrives, Mordecai assumes he's there to yell at them for messing up the park with their battle. He is there to yell at them, but for forgetting a key part of an Ear Worm: the beat from the drums which he plays.
Character Development: He's noticeably more tolerant of Mordecai and Rigby after "Benson Be Gone", not getting as angry at them for when they mess up. He even came to their rescue in "This Is My Jam".
Also shows in "Jinxed" when he subverts his Rant Inducing Slight because they apologized for slacking off, where before he'd not have given them the time of day. He did lose it earlier in the episode when Rigby was intentionally enraging him trying to break his jinx, but Benson didn't take it out on Rigby and instead vented his rage elsewhere.
Newer episodes even had him lead the group in downtime activities, like a weekly game night and paying for everyone at a bar, even Mordecai and Rigby.
It's revealed in "Stick Hockey" that he used to be a champion stick hockey player until ten years prior to the episode when his apprentice Dave was killed in the final round of a tournament. Now he sees himself as a loser who wasted his life on stick hockey and now he's wasted his life in a dead-end job.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite his extremely short temper and being constantly annoyed by Mordecai's and Rigby's antics, when he's in a good mood he'll treat them very well, and he considers all of his employees to be friends.
It's still there, though, as seen in "Stick Hockey", where he throws out Mordecai and Rigby's stick hockey game (even though they finished all their jobs) just because he didn't think they'd finish (although he does regret his actions, and even helps get it back).
At the end he admits he did so because he was afraid that they'd end up wasting their lives playing the game like he felt he did with a part of his own.
Large Ham: Having a Hair Trigger Temper does not help his case. He's even more rowdy when intoxicated.
Mean Boss: Benson arguably skirts this line. He yells a lot and constantly threatens to fire his employees, but it is fairly clear that he runs a tight ship and his constant yelling is somewhat justified. Furthermore he claims that his aggressive attitude is him trying to hammer a sense of responsibility into Rigby and Mordecai, and he does reward his employees every once in a while.
He walks the talk - he'll genuinely praise his employees, Mordecai and Rigby included, when he feels they've done a good job. The ending of the episode "Grave Sights" is a good example of this.
He's also fairly nice to Skips (who is hard-working) and Pops. He's also a bit strict with Muscle Man, but that's more because he's obnoxious (although he normally does his work).
Never My Fault: When his car ends up missing and the cops don't do anything to help him, he resorts to hiring a bounty hunter from the future to find the perpetrators and his car. It turns out, however, that the perpetrators were Mordecai and Rigby, who secretly took it for repairs after breaking the windshield of his car. To make matters worse, as part of the terms, the bounty hunterwas allowed to do as he wished when he found the thieves, regardless of the outcome, which in this case did not necessitate such a thing by any measure as the car had been returned good as new. In the meantime, the bounty hunter ends up wrecking the house in pursuit of Mordecai and Rigby. Even after Benson called him off, the bounty hunter ends up accidentally destroying the car. Benson sticks Mordecai and Rigby with the tab even though it was his idea to send in the bounty hunter in the first place. Then again, this whole mess would have never happened if Mordecai and Rigby just told Benson that they damaged his windshield or that they took his car in the first place.
It's brought up again in "Gold Watch", where he immediately curses Mordecai and Rigby after waking up in the desert because of his own drunken recklessness.
No Indoor Voice: If you get him really mad, of course. "Think Positive" made it loud enough to make Mordecai and Rigby go deaf!
Calvin Wong's Formspring also spoiled (by accident) that he's a huge fan of rock music, in particular "Foghat, Hall and Oates, Asia, Toto, and Phil Collins."
Not So Stoic: As seen in his scene in the ending of "Mordecai and the Rigbys" where he nonetheless gives them both a standing ovation after their disastrous performance and Mordecai's speech.
Seen again in "This Is My Jam". He's initially angered by the omnipresent ear-worm, but willingly joins in on drums to help Mordecai's improvised band defeat it.
In Carter and Briggs", he lets Mordecai and Rigby use the park cart for a contest where the price is a supporting role in their favorite cop show, on the condition that they wear the park's official shirts on TV if they win.
Which would technically mean that, in Benson's flashback in "Take It Easy," not only did he have stubble 'as a child,' but his mother also had stubble, and his sister's face was almost entirely covered in it, seeing as her "gumball line" was above her eyes. Scary.
"AARRRGGGHHH!! YOU LAZY, NO-GOOD SLACKERS DRIVE ME NUTS! CAN'T YOU JUST LISTEN TO ME ONCE IN YOUR WORTHLESS LIVES?! 'CAUSE IF YOU DID, YOU'D SEE THAT I'VE BEEN TRYING TO TEACH YOU SOME SIMPLE RESPONSIBILITY, SOME PRIDE IN DOING A JOB WELL DONE!! BUT YOU WOULDN'T KNOW A JOB WELL DONE IF YOU PAID SOMEONE TO DO IT FOR YOU, AND EVEN THEN YOU'D SCREW IT ALL UP ON ACCOUNT THAT YOU CAN'T EVEN FOLLOW THE SIMPLEST INSTRUCTIONS, WORRYING MORE ABOUT LOOKING COOL THAN DOING YOUR JOB!!!"
Retired Badass: Was an expert in Death Stick Hockey and played what is considered the world's greatest drum solo.
Seen It All: When the usual daily crisis happens, he tends to not question the fact that it's happening so much as how Mordecai and Rigby caused it. For example, when Mordecai and Rigby turn up with a thawed-out caveman, he simply tells them to get rid of him because he won't be covered by the park's insurance.
The Slacker: If you can believe it, even more so than Mordecai and Rigby. In "Benson Be Gone," the two try to teach Benson it's okay to slack off a little as long as you get back to work, but Benson takes this as meaning it's perfectly fine not to work at all. If he doesn't have a constant stream of work, he won't work at all.
Justified as he used to spend his days as a stick hockey player which is not known for bringing in money. He was a drummer which is less of an example, but given what rock does to a guy... Benson outright states he's wasted his youth.
Team Dad: Despite his annoyance with the main duo and the rest of his employees at times, he's nonetheless very protective of them, evidenced in episodes such as "Benson Be Gone", or "Stick Hockey"
Took a Level in Badass: Arguably in his Day in the Limelight episode "Benson Be Gone", especially when he takes a limo and tries to run down the One-Winged Angel version of Susan, dying in the process.. Leon takes his place at the last minute, but still!
Benson takes another level in badass in "Stick Hockey", where the game is apparently an underground bloodsport complete with rampant death, burning pits, and lots of spikes.
Talking in Your Sleep: In "Saving Time", Mordecai and Rigby notice him doing this while they break into his house.
Took a Level in Jerkass: In later episodes, he's gotten a lot more aggressive and openly spiteful towards Mordecai and Rigby.
The son of the park's wealthy owner who's been sheltered all his life. He's a humanoid lollipop from Lolliland. He's mostly there to be comic relief. Also, Mordecai and Rigby can get away with almost anything around him because he doesn't know better. The episode "Dizzy" reveals that he has an extremely dysfunctional relationship with his father, who's as scary as Pops is kooky.
Adorkable: Incredibly so. His childlike demeanor, antiquated linguistics and kind personality make him very endearing.
The Alleged Boss: He's technically the boss of the park but rarely asserts his position and acts more like a co-worker.
Benevolent Boss: He's technically the head of the park, but he lets Benson run things and acts like any other worker. He treats everyone with kindness and respect. Just listen to how he speaks to Benson when he politely tells him not to yell at Rigby.
Born in the Wrong Century: Though, since he is from Lolliland, it's possible that his way of dress and behavior is normal where he's from.
Perhaps not—as seen in "Skips Vs. Technology", he's over 100 years old.
In "Don", he believes lollipops are the same thing as money, and are therefore suitable for paying bills, which gets the park into some trouble. The exact same situation is the plotline for the aforementioned sketch.
Pops "generally" considers lollipops to be the equivalent of money. "The Power," among other episodes.
He briefly appears in the other JG Quintel sketch (2 in the AM PM) as one of their hallucinated forms.
Childhood Brain Damage: Mordecai and Rigby travel back in time and meet a younger Pops, acting lucid and sane, unlike the Cloudcuckoolander he is in the present. Later during a car chase, they accidentally hit Pops, who then starts giggling like present-day Pops.
Cloudcuckoolander: Pops' flighty behavior is said to come from either getting run over by a cart or by a brain tumor from excessive cell phone use.
Also, in the karaoke episode, Pops punches a guy while singing without even being fazed.
Also in his Character Overlap above, he wipes the floor with three guys. One them the size of a wall.
Fragile Flower: A rare male example that isn't always played for laughs- in fact, seeing Pops cry is absolutely heartbreaking sometimes. Pops is very sensitive and it doesn't take much to make him cry. When someone does greatly upset him, his friends immediately come to his aid and stick up for him.
"Oh, I adore Rock Paper Scissors! Except where I come from, it's called 'Quartz Parchment Shears'"!
Genius Ditz: His wrestling skills. Also, his cherry tart, which one the pie contest for ten years in a row.
The Heart: Despite his many quirks, Pops is a sweet, gentle, child-like man who's the type to have a kind word for anyone when they need it, and to help a baby bird back into its nest. Everybody who works for the park loves and wants to do right by the guy, and messing with him is a collective Berserk Button.
Kindhearted Simpleton: The guy's a total flake (and also somewhat of a crybaby,) but is easily the nicest character in the whole show.
No Social Skills: Sometimes has touches of this. Justified in that he seems to have the maturity of a five-year-old.
Pointy-Haired Boss: He's extremely negligent and a more than a few episodes stem at least in part to him letting something happen or trusting Mordecai and Rigby too much. He also has a problem with failing to see how much Mordecai and Rigby fail as employees.
Shown Their Work: His really real wrestling is actually fairly accurate. Notable moments include dropping Four-Armageddon with a single leg takedown, the Fire Marshall and Hissy-Fit with five-point throws, and finishing Four-Armageddon with a triangle choke.
Genius Bruiser: At times Skips seems to be able to improvise very quickly, as seen in The Power near the end. Likewise, his quick thinking brings about the avatar by which Rigby destroys the Destroyer of Worlds.
Gentle Giant: Is one of the nicer characters on the show, as well as the strongest.
I Hate Past Me: Averted when he meets his teenage self in "A Skips in Time". Walks, before Skips changed his name, doesn't want to be like his present self because he believes he has become boring and refuses to change his name to "Skips". Skips was angry at first but he understands that he's a teenager and he'll grow out of it.
The Lost Lenore: Mona, his high school sweetheart who was killed when she pushed him out of the way of falling rubble caused by Klorgbane's attack on the prom.
Meaningful Rename: He always skips rather than walking. It turns out his real name is not Skips, but Walks. He changed it because he got tired of everybody asking him why he skips everywhere instead of walking
That turns out to be partily true in The Diary, he reveals he likewise skips in memory of a girl he once loved but lost in the past. Skip's Story goes into more detail about this.
Mr. Fixit: According to "Skips vs. Technology", he's in charge of basically any repair work needed around the park, a role he fills quite well... at least, when it comes to physical stuff. Fixing a malfunctioning computer seems to be a bit beyond him.
My God, What Have I Done?: Gets this in "Over The Top" after killing Rigby. He's so guilty that he puts his eternal soul on the line to win Rigby's soul back from Death.
Walking Techbane: As shown in "Skips VS Technology" he can fix almost anything, except computers.
Mitch "Muscle Man" Sorenstein
Voiced by: Sam Marin
Debuted in: "Pilot"/Season 1, "Just Set Up the Chairs"
"You know who else is a troper? MY MOM!!"
An ironically-named, short, out-of-shape guy, who has a hicklike lifestyle.
Acrofatic: There are times, especially during an episode's climax, where Muscle Man shows this. Despite his short and fat build, he seems to have super-strength.
Ambiguously Human: Muscle Man looks more humanoid than anyone else in the regular cast (possibly except for Eileen, who has been identified as a mole, and Pops who is supposed to be a lollipop), but he's green. "Trucker Hall of Fame" showed that Muscle Man's brother's skin was white and his hair was brown (just like his brother and father).
Ambiguously Jewish: Has an Ashkenazinote Ashkenazi Jews are the ones who can trace their ancestry to the indigenous Hebrew speaking peoples of Canaan in South Western Asia, and migrated to non German-speaking areas, including Bohemia, Hungary, Poland, Belarus, Lithuania, Russia, Ukraine, Romania, and elsewhere between the 11th and 19th centuries. last name ("Sorenstein"), and in the Christmas Special, his sweater has a dreidel on it.
An example of this is in 'Trailer Trashed', where he fakes out a false health inspector who's trying to get his trailer, by running an empty truck to the border. Turns out, the trailer was back at the Park, being guarded by High Five Ghost. None of the other park employees were in on it, prompting Rigby to comment, "Remind me to never touch Muscle Man's stuff."
Fat and Proud: He used to be a bodybuilder. But doesn't give a damn that he's a fat dude now.
Gag Boobs: Muscle Man's bitch tits (which he acknowledged on "Party Pete" in his line, "It takes guests with breasts, and mine don't count"). He even got smacked in the face with them in "Rage Against the TV".
Genius Ditz: "Exit 9B" shows that he's actually smart enough to lead a college lecture on quantum physics. Either that, or GBF Jr's brainwashing somehow increased his intelligence.
Genre Savvy: "This is the future, bros. There's gotta be a time machine!" He was right.
Ironic Nickname: He seems to be anything but muscular. It turns out that he used to be very muscular, and even though he's fat now, he's still ridiculously strong.
Jerkass: Originally, Muscle Man was a Jerkass to Mordecai and Rigby, culminating in "My Mom". However, he's become a nicer person since then, willingly working with Mordecai and Rigby in "The Night Owl".
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Although he's still an immature idiot, he's never mean towards women. Plus, he started to willingly work with Mordecai and Rigby and view them as friends.
Meaningful Name: He actually is very muscular, but it's covered by a thick layer of flab.
And as shown in "Slam Dunk" he's actually a good athlete, when he smokes Mordecai and Rigby at basketball. Several times.
In "The Night Owl", he defeats several guards by physical means and knocks out The Night Owl with a single punch.
Considering the fact that he throws trees and boulders effortlessly in Starter Pack Muscle Man might have finally lived up to his name.
In "Power Tower" it's revealed that the nickname is from his bodybuilder days before he let himself get out of shape.
My God, What Have I Done?: Muscle Man get this in prankless after a prank gone wrong nearly killed Pops and swore off pranking (Which is bad since a rival park restarted a VERY vicious war.) the only way to snapped him out of it was tricking Muscle Man that the rival park hurt Pops in a prank as well.
Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Goes batshit insane once Mordecai & Rigby prank him for pranking Thomas nonstop by telling Thomas did it to make him look good. It all turns out to be a big prank against the duo...though Thomas loses his car.
Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: As one episode shows, Muscle Man has a lot of friends around town. Heck, a police officer chases afters him just to tell him how awesome he is.
Sore Loser: Muscle Man. He will someones life an utter hell if he loses at something.
The Stoner: The green complexion, pink eyes, man boobs, chubby build, and Pink Floyd poster do point to signs that Muscle Man could be on drugs (most likely marijuana, since all of those are signs or traits associated with pot use), but nothing has been confirmed by the creators (though given the strong adult undercurrent of the show, it might be true).
Super Strength: When angered, he's able to rip buildings out of the ground and throw them.
Talk to the Fist: In "Night Owl", after returning to the past after the title character froze him, Hi-Five, Mordecai, and Rigby for several hundred years, the Night Owl starts chewing them out for ruining his plan. So Muscle Man knocks him out cold mid-rant.
Vocal Evolution: Muscle Man sounds quite different in a few early episodes, especially "Rigby's Body".
Your Mom: Inverted; Muscle Man makes "My Mom" jokes instead of "Your Mom" jokes. Rigby and Mordecai even try to tell him that the "your mom" jokes work better. "Trucker Hall of Fame" reveals that the "My Mom" jokes were from his father's "My Wife" jokes.
Xanatos Gambit: Some of the pranks he pulls off nearly require clairvoyance with their absurd specificity.
Voiced by: J.G. Quintel
Debuted in: "Pilot"/Season 1, "Just Set Up the Chairs"
Birds of a Feather: With Celia. They love the same coffee shop, down-tempo electronica, the same music album, watching animals in the aquarium, and they don't like the food in Wing Kingdom. But unfortunately, none of them had cellphones back then.
Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Hi-Five Ghost (and his family) can apparently form extra arms when needed. HFG once appeared with five.
The Promise: He and Celia both agreed to meet up again when she finishes her schooling and if they're both single by sending him a postcard to let him know she's back in the country.
The Quiet One: Hi-Five Ghost spoke only one full sentence in the entire first season. The episode "Muscle Woman" has Fives talk more than usual due to Muscle Man isolating himself, implying that he usually doesn't talk because Muscle Man just does all the talking for him.
As one episode shows, apparently he doesn't talk because he's jinxed and Muscle Man will punch him if he ever talks around him. Rigby broke his jinx and afterwards he talks much more often.
Vocal Evolution: When J.G. Quintel took over for Jeff Bennett, Quintel's voice zigzags between sounding like a pitched-up Mordecai and sounding like himself during the "embarrassing voice cracking" stage of male puberty.
Ascended Extra: Actor example; Roger voiced dozens of minor and incidental characters prior to being added to the roster for good as Thomas.
Berserk Button: He doesn't like to be called a mama's boy. Muscle Man learned that the hard way.
Blank Slate: Given he has no specific character role yet, for some fans he tends to fall somewhere between this and The Everyman.
Brick Joke: In the third Halloween special, the group have a story-telling contest where the loser has to wear their Halloween costume until Thanksgiving. He winds up losing and from that episode onward he's stuck in his pizza costume until the Thanksgiving special where he's finally allowed to take it off.
Butt Monkey: Mainly in "Starter Pack" and the Christmas Special.
Chick Magnet: Surprisingly, in "New Year's Kiss", he is seen dancing with three girls at the same time. In "I Like You Hi", he mentions that he has at least four girlfriends.
Cloudcuckoolander: Shows a tiny bit of this in "Journey to the Bottom of the Crash Pit." He works the camera/video booth at the park, but says he "knows a guy" at the climbing equipment booth. "The guy" is still Thomas with a ballcap on, having walked a couple feet to the other booth.
In "Return of Mordecai and the Rigbys", when Mordecai and Rigby can't think of anything for Thomas to do, he decides to be their mean British manager because every band has one.
In "I Like You Hi", when Mordecai asks for advice from a panel of his co-workers for his problem, Thomas just names off some of his girlfriends' music preference and tells him to try it. Mordecai wonders why he's even in this panel.
The Dog Bites Back: In "Exit 9B" He gets fed up with how G.B.F. Jr. treats him so he threw iced coffee in his face before he is kicked off the freeway ramp. But then he is saved and he signs the document to save the park which foils G.B.F. Jr. plans.
The Drag-Along: Not always eager to be involved in the Park Crew's craziness. Such as saving Muscle Man's trailer, or fighting a rival park crew for a coffee mug.
Going Commando: Decides to do so to avoid getting wedgie'd by Muscle Man again.
Green Rooming: After his two introduction episodes at the start of season four, he ended up not appearing in any episode in a meaningful role (besides the Christmas special) until much later in "Cool Cubed", although a good chunk of that time is spent frozen.
Initiation Ceremony: Mercilessly pranked as part of his hazing in the episode after he is introduced, by Muscle Man in particular. And even when he and Muscle Man prank Mordecai and Rigby, Muscle Man ends up destroying Thomas' car, which wasn't exactly part of the prank itself. Thomas gets screwed either way.
The Intern: Thomas is interning at the park as part of his college course.
Took a Level in Badass: Who knew Thomas was strong enough to put Muscle Man in an armbar in Thomas Fights Back? He also helps the group by pulling off a brilliant gambit as an undercover intern at the opposite park.
Voiced by: Janie Haddad
Debuted in: Season 1, "Caffeinated Concert Tickets"
A red-breasted robin who works at a coffee shop. Mordecai has a crush on her.
All Girls Want Bad Boys: The only time Margaret has shown to have an interest in Mordecai was when he "blew her off" (Mordecai at the time was suffering a Heroic BSOD from seeing Pops naked).
Black Comedy: If her story in "Terror Tales of the Park II" is any indication, she's got a messed up sense of humor.
Brainless Beauty: Had tendencies of this in early seasons, but has developed to be a little smarter and more reasonable. And she did get into college. So there's some modicum of smartness up there.
Characterization Marches On: Margaret was a Flat Character compared to the other recurring cast, that is until "Do Me a Solid" where she's revealed to be a down-to-earth character (the unusual circumstances don't faze her nearly as much as one would expect).
Daddy's Girl: It's implied, since her password for her phone is the trope name.
She also mentioned once that she used to play a lot of mini-golf with her dad.
Genre Savvy: In "Picking up Margaret" Margaret is hesitant to trust that Mordecai just wants to give her a ride and isn't being betted or in some other way forced to, then she wants to make sure nothing crazy is going to happen.
Interspecies Romance: Three of her boyfriends so far have been humans (one of which was apparently a giant), and she almost went on a date with Rigby in an alternate timeline.
Considering her mom married a human, it seems to be a trait she picked up from her.
Lethal Chef: In "Pie Contest", she made a pie that not only looked disgusting but it was burned and raw at the same time and it tasted like barf.
Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Pink Girl to Mordecai's Blue Boy. Technically, she's bright red, but it looks pink due to color saturation.
Put on a Bus: In the season 4 finale, after she was accepted in her dream college.
Satellite Love Interest: In the entire first season not much is known about Margaret, except she's nice and has a good set of lady pecs. Justified in that Mordecai himself can't seem to get past his shyness and learn more about her besides how attracted he is to her. (Note that he's always completely surprised about her boyfriends and entertainment preferences.) She's developed a bit more beyond the first season, however.
Seashell Bra: During Mordecai's dream sequence in the episode "Meat Your Maker", he envisions Margaret wearing one that just ''barely'' covers her lady pecs.
Official Couple: With Mordecai as of Meteor Moves, but the relationship didn't last too long, once she got accepted into college.
The Smurfette Principle: In the entire first season, she was in only three episodes (one of which was only via dream sequence) and had less than three minutes' screen time combined. However, she's gotten a lot more screen time in season 2.
What Does She See in Him?: All of the men she seems to date are obnoxious jerks, who seem to irritate her. Except for Rigby in "It's Time", whom she really seemed to hit it off with.
Margaret: Ugh, what boyfriend? I'm not seeing anyone right now. Guys are jerks.
Mordecai: Gah, I know, right? Guys are the worst! (Flashes Rigby a silent "OOOOOOOOH!")
This extends even to Mordecai, because even though he's a Nice Guy, he is also an admitted slacker who doesn't seem at all interested in improving his life and has stated that he doesn't see himself working anywhere except the park, where as Margaret at least has her priorities concerning her future in order.
Voiced by: Minty Lewis
Debuted in: Season 2, "Brain Eraser"
An adorably sweet mole girl who works at the coffee shop with Margaret. Has a crush on Rigby.
Action Survivor: Proves herself to be one of these in "Camping Can Be Cool". Without her, Mordecai, Margaret and Rigby would probably not have made it out of those woods alive...
And in "Camping Can Be Cool" she admits to going through a phase where she got lost in the woods a lot the previous year, as well as playing with several snakes.
A Day in the Limelight: "One-Pull Up" marks her first important role in an episode, without her playing second fiddle to Margaret. She gets a lesser one in "Tants" Her first major role following Margaret's departure. She get's her first full example of this in "Video 101".
In later episodes Eileen seems to go through a redesign. She loses this and her pigtail is done up on the other side.
She still has this trope with her glasses off.
Stalker with a Crush: Eileen to Rigby. First noted in "Do Me A Solid", when Mordecai notices that Eileen is staring at Rigby from the other side of the Coffee Shop
Subverted in "Diary", Margaret forgot to tell Mordecai and Rigby that she asked Eileen to water her plants since she had the guest room for the weekend. The night before Margaret revealed this, Rigby confessed that his biggest secret was that he thinks Eileen is hot without her glasses on. Guess who comes to serve their coffee without her glasses?
This was subverted in the fact that Eileen heard Rigby say this while she was (unknowingly to Rigby) in the guest room.
Accidental Misnaming: He keeps getting Benson's name wrong by calling him Beancan, Bert, Beanbag, Ball Bucket, Beanton, Bean Teen, and Beanson. By the end of "Benson Be Gone", he finally gets Benson's name correct, which sticks for future apperances.
Bad Boss: He is way meaner than Benson. And any problems that occur in the park, thanks to Mordecai and Rigby, he takes his frustration out on Benson.
Cool Car: He is driven around in a white limousine called "The White Stallion" that's equipped with machine guns, tire spikes, mini missiles, wheel spikes, grapple guns, lasers, and a massive missile.
Pet the Dog: In his debut, he would mispronounce Benson's name and barely thanks him. But when Benson help saves the park in "Benson Be Gone", he thanks Benson properly and finally gets his name correct. He also loves his son dearly.
Rockers Smash Guitars: He owns a guitar, autographed by a famous rock star, just for this purpose. Mordecai, Rigby, and Benson were left speechless after going through all that trouble to replace the guitar Benson accidentally broke.
A cloud girl who Mordecai goes on a blind date with after thinking Margaret was engaged and befriends as a result.
Action Girl: In "Dodge This". Despite her team being rookies, they make it all the way to the finals of the dodgeball tournament and end up winning the whole thing. She even beats Mordecai, the park's best player, one on one after they work things out.
She even saved him and Rigby, with Eileen's help, in "Portable Toilet".
Big Damn Kiss: With Mordecai in New Years Kiss, albeit unknowingly as she couldn't tell it was him until they dropped their disguises.
Done again at the end of "Real Date".
Beware the Nice Ones: Went berserk when Mordecai chose Margaret over her but only because she thought Mordecai and her were dating.
Biker Babe: She revealed that she has a motorcycle license and she did motocross when she was younger.
Gamer Chick: Just like Mordecai, she's pretty good at playing video games. She even managed to make the top high score three times on the same arcade game.
Genre Savvy: In "I Like You Hi", when Mordecai ask her on a date by texting, she replies with ";-)" (a winky face). When Mordecai starts to wonder what it means, she quickly sends another message to clarify she means "yes" and tells him not to misinterpret it.
Goth: In "Real Date", there's picture of her in her Couple Corral profile (a dating site) when she was going through a Goth phase.
Hulking Out: She turned into this giant stormy cloud (shaped like an actual cloud rather than her human-like shape) and causes an actual storm when she's upset at Mordecai.
Just Friends: In "Dodge This", Mordecai and CJ both agreed to start over as friends. "Portable Toilet" Makes it rather obvious they have feelings for each other. Eventually blown to all hell in "I Like You Hi. ".
Love Hurts: Mordecai honestly hurts her by choosing Margaret over her.
Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Sort of. She brings Mordecai out of a funk after he thinks Margaret is engaged, but doesn't really change him in any way. Played straight in "I Like You Hi", she both helps him move on from Margaret for good and gets him out of his habit of never making a move.
Nice Girl: When she first meets Mordecai, she understands that he's not interested in dating at the moment so she hangs out with him to cheer him up. Reinforced when it turns out she was avoiding Mordecai not because she was mad at him for kissing her but because she thought HE was mad at her for running out on him.
Paper-Thin Disguise: Apparently neither Mordecai nor Rigby could tell it was her at the New Year's party despite just having simple mask over her eyes. Then again neither could she since Mordecai was wearing the same thing.
Put on a Bus: Introduced in Season 3 but seems to disappear without a trace, generally believed that she was just a one shot character. That is until Season 5.
Uncanny Family Resemblance: Despite having the same head and facial design as Rigby, the thing that makes him look different is his body.
Voiced by: J.G. Quintel, William Salyers, Sam Marin, & Mark Hamill
Debuted in: Season 2, "A Bunch of Baby Ducks"
A bunch of baby ducks that Mordecai and Rigby found in the park fountain. They imprinted on Rigby and started following him around and copied his actions. They are able to fuse together and transform into a giant human with a duck's head.
Suddenly Voiced: By the end of "A Bunch of Baby Ducks", they first start talking when they fuse to become a giant and we hear one of them talk when they thank Mordecai and Rigby. In "A Bunch of Full Grown Geese", all of them starts talking.
Amicable Exes: Kinda. While she did invite her ex-boyfriend to her party, her ex tries to prevent anyone from dating her.
Innocently Insensitive: In "The Christmas Special", when Benson shows off his christmas sweater to her, she comments on Benson's sweater saying it should be the winner for "Ugliest Sweater", thinking he's only wearing the sweater as a joke.
A party entertainer that Mordecai and Rigby hired to help liven up their party.
Balloon Belly: After drinking several Radicolas which gave him strange powers. After finding out Benson was going to return to the park to see what all the commotion was about, the gang had to keep giving Party Pete Radicolas so he'll burn out in order to get rid of him before Benson showed up, thus ending Mordecai and Rigby's party with a bang.
Expendable Clone: It turns out the Party Pete that we saw in his debut is actually a clone who would explode when the party is over.
Comically Missing the Point: He is fully unaware that everybody hates his jokes and thinks the only reason why people don't laugh is because they don't get his jokes. This is the reason why he got fired from the comedy club. He finally figures it out once Skips finally tells him the truth.
Don't Explain the Joke: He explains a lot of jokes if the person/people he's telling them to don't laugh (but that's because they aren't funny).
Friendless Background: Despite having a fiancée, he absolutely has no friends for obvious reasons. And he only made Skips his best man for his upcoming wedding and has a bachelor party with just Skips, Mordecai, Rigby, Muscle Man, and Hi-Five Ghost because of this particular reason.
Quips: (asking a request from Skips) At the end of the night, I want to eat wings on a hill with my best buds! Well, your best buds. Can I borrow your best buds? Just to reiterate, I don't have any friends.
He appears to have dropped this as of his second appearance on the show.
Too Dumb to Fool: When Skips and Quips are trapped inside a mirror box, Reginald, one of the Guardians of Eternal Youth, tries to make Quips understand how unfunny he is by making reflections of Quips appear inside the box telling his bad jokes. It doesn't work because he finds the jokes hilarious.
Too Dumb to Live: He constantly makes fun of Reginald and doesn't take the game they are playing seriously which angers Reginald into trapping him and Skips inside a mirror box. He thinks he can get them out by telling Reginald more jokes which makes the situation they are in even worse.
Serious Business: He takes cannonballsnote (The diving technique not the ammunition) ridiculously serious.
The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: The majority of Margaret's family are birds, mostly red colored robins with the exception of her cousin John who's orange. Frank however one ups John as he's a human.
A human girl Hi-Five Ghost met four years ago before she went off to study in Prague, Czech Republic.
Birds of a Feather: With Hi-Five Ghost. They love the same coffee shop, down-tempo electronica, the same music album, watching animals in the aquarium, and they don't like the food in Wing Kingdom. But unfortunately, none of them had cellphones back then.
Punch Clock Villain: Whenever he's seen on the opposite side of the heroes, he's stated he's just doing his job. Further proven when he represents Mordecai and Rigby in Cool Court, and is clearly trying his best to help them.
Deal with the Devil: Whenever he appears, he's willing to let mortals keep their souls if they beat him at a contest/game, or do favors for him.
The Devil Is a Loser: Death never wins at anything. He lost to Skips' arm-wrestling in "Over the Top", he got beaten by the Park Strikers in "Skips Strikes", and he got himself disqualified for vomiting during a hot dog eating contest in "Last Meal".
Everyone Has Standards: He may be the grim reaper but even he was disgusted by Muscle Man and Starla making out in "Last Meal".
Evil Brit: He resembles British rocker Lemmy and is voiced by British voice actor Julian Holloway.
Go Karting with Bowser: He often ends up playing various games with the main characters (Usually Skips), such as an arm-wrestling match or playing him in a bowling tournament. Granted, your soul is on the line in these matches, but still, it's the principle of the thing.
Heel-Face Turn: He is temporarily counted among the park crew's allies in "Exit 9B".
Of course, he may have just been doing his job; Exit 9B was built to let all of the show's dead villains out of the underworld.
Hidden Depths: He's very knowledgeable on rock music and its lifestyle when he helps Mordecai, Rigby, and Benson get into the Rock & Roll Underworld. It doesn't help that he's based off a rock musician.
God Is Good: He is willing to train Mordecai and Rigby to play basketball even after Mordecai bad-mouthed basketball. He plays fairly when he has to sub for High Five Ghost and gives Muscle Man basketball powers. In "Bank Shots", he informs Rigby that his "double or nothing" shot was still in play.
Graceful Loser: Even thought he lost to Mordecai and Rigby, he's still a good sport and congratulates them after the game.
Creepy Child: Not surprisingly due to being the demonic son of Death.
Enfant Terrible: He caused the deaths of three of his previous babysitters. Death was impressed to see Mordecai and Rigby alive.
Evil Is Petty: Because of a simple insult, one he brought on himself no less, Thomas spends the whole time trying to ruin Mordecai's and CJ's relationship, nearly getting all three of them killed in the process.
Expecting Someone Taller: When Mordecai and Rigby first encounters him, they don't believe he's Santa due to his appearance not matching what everyone imagines. Santa says that TV producers made up his appearances.
Fun with Acronyms: "GBF" does not stands for "Giant Bearded Face" or "Giant Beardo Face".
Groin Attack: Receives one from Mordecai but since he's just a giant head with arms and legs, he reacts with "My Chin!"
Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Did this to prevent Mordecai and Rigby from beating his record. It works but Mordecai and Rigby still beat his record at the end.
Your Head A Splode: After Mordecai and Rigby beats his record, his head exploded and his brain goo flew everywhere.
Happens again in "Exit 9B" when Mordecai and Rigby stops his son's plan.
Sung by: Sean Szeles
Debuted in: Season 2, "This Is My Jam"
When Rigby gets the song, "Summertime Loving, Loving in the Summer (Time)", stuck in his head and gets it out of his head, the song manifested itself into a physical form of a tape cassette and annoys everybody with its song.
The Bully: He was this in high school and nobody stood up to him due to being huge and immortal until Skips came along. Headmaster Bennett was unaware of his bullying until he saw his true colors during prom.
Voiced by: John Cygan (leader), Mark Hamill (Louie), & Dawn Lewis (duck)
Debuted in: Season 3, "Fuzzy Dice"
A group of living audio-animatronic that are criminals. The gang consist of two bears, one that resembles a bear and is also the leader and the other one that barely resembles a bear named Louie, and a female duck.
Beware the Silly Ones: They may look like a joke, but they prove they're dangerous when they pull out real guns.
Complexity Addiction: Their plan for revenge on the park workers is printing fake Amadeus dollars (coupons to buy steaks at "Steak Me Amadeus") and sell them to Pops who would give them to the rest of the workers. When they want more steaks, they would set up a meeting to exchange more Amadeus dollars and then ambush them. Their whole plan is dependent on the park worker's desire for steaks and apparently they didn't bother to take in account that if they use these counterfeit coupons they would get arrested and won't have the chance to meet them. Rigby lampshades it:
Rigby: Dude, that's really weird. Capicola Gang Leader: Well it worked didn't it?
Even Evil Has Standards: When Margaret runs out crying after breaking up with Mordecai to attend her dream college, everybody, including the Capicola gang, ceasefire to allow her leave the restaurant. The leader even tries to talk her out of attending college, which results in him and his gang getting blown to bits by the restaurant owner.
No Name Given: Only one of them has their name revealed which is Louie the bear.
Not Helping Your Case: When the leader tries to talk Margaret out of college, he tells her he didn't go to college and he turned out fine. Then the owner of the restaurant, Amadeus Martinez, proceeds to blow up the Capicola gang with a rocket launcher for talking down on college education.
Not Quite Dead: They survived the events of "Fuzzy Dice" to seek revenge on the park workers.
Revenge: They seek revenge on the park workers for foiling their plans on stealing the fuzzy dice filled with diamonds.
Berserk Button: Using blankets or geese repellent on makes them angrier. Mordecai and especially Rigby learn that the hard way.
The Dreaded: These geese are so terrifying that even Skips, who has no problems dealing with any dangerous situation, doesn't want to go near them.
Evil Is Petty: They ruin Mordecai, Rigby, and Pop's sandwich by knocking the sandwich to the ground, kicking dust on it, throwing it in a trash can, beating up the trash can, and rolled that trash can towards Mordecai, Rigby, and Pops. After they temperory beat the baby ducks, they start to destroy everything Mordecai and Rigby cares about, and the first thing they destroy is their standard-defintion TV by blowing it up with missiles.