Characters: The Amazing World of Gumball
The characters of The Amazing World of Gumball include:
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- 0% Approval Rating: Some episodes suggest that the Wattersons' antics have made them rather infamous throughout Elmore, or at least thought of poorly. By the end of "The Finale", there is literally a mob breaking the doors to their house down.
- Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: Gumball and Nicole are blue cats, and Anais and Richard are pink rabbits.
- Animesque: Their facial expressions seem to invoke this. The show's art director has even described their designs as being "very Japanese-inspired".
- Badass Adorable: All of them are quite cute...especially when they do something badass.
- Badass Family:
- In "The Club", the family uses their own odd traits to impressively take out some nerds. Nicole used her anger to take out a locked door, Richard managed to stall another nerd in a board game, Anais used static electricity to short circuit a robot and hacked a computer to intercept Gumball's embarrassing video, and Darwin's dance skills distracted the other nerd into dancing with him. Subverted with Gumball however, who fails to stop the video uploading, and is recognized as so lacking in talent even the nerds don't want to touch him.
- Even moreso in "The Ape" where they work together in a car chase to stop Ms. Simian after she tricked them.
- Barefoot Cartoon Animal: Gumball, Nicole, and Richard. Anais is a Fully Dressed Cartoon Animal (oddly, wearing socks with no shoes) and Darwin only wears shoes. On occasions where they break from their Limited Wardrobe, they may or may not wear shoes.
- Cheated Angle: The Wattersons always have their faces in ¾ view, no matter which way their bodies are facing. Darwin's whole body is always in ¾. Whether they are facing forward or to the side is instead indicated by the position of their ears (or tailfin in Darwin's case).◊ When someone attempted to make 3D models of the Watterson family, the head-on views of their face looked... strange.
- Expressive Ears: All the Wattersons aside from Darwin have these.
- Gender Equals Breed: Inverted as they're a female cat and a male rabbit whose children are a male cat and female rabbit.
- Bit of trivia: In the first two seasons, the boys (yes, even Darwin, who's adopted) have rounded rectangular eyes like their father, while Anais has oval eyes like her mother, so there's a bit more instances of Playing with a Trope going on than meets the eye.
- Humanlike Hand Anatomy: When necessary, the Wattersons' hands change from ovular paws (Powerpuff Girl Hands in Darwin's case) to human-like hands with separate fingers.
- Pale Females, Dark Males: Nicole is a slightly lighter shade of blue than Gumball, but Anais is a slightly darker shade of pink than Richard.
- Perpetual Poverty: Gumball's trademark sweater was said to have been found in a garbage dump, for goodness sake.
- Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Anais and Gumball. Inverted with Richard and Nicole. Both of these even stays true when all of them but Richard have their genders momentarily reversed in "The Job".
- Sphere Eyes: They all have the separated kind of eyes which are ovular in the first season (the boys' being more rectangular), switching between spherical and ovular in the second season, and always spherical in the third season.
- Super-Deformed: The members of the Watterson Family all have rather large heads even compared to the cartoonish proportions most characters in the show have.
- Uncanny Family Resemblance: An odd example in that all five of them share the exact same head shape, even both parents and Darwin, who is adopted. Gumball and Nicole look almost identical.
Zach "Gumball" Tristopher Watterson/Gumball Tristopher Watterson
- Voiced by Logan Grove (seasons 1–3); Jacob Hopkins (season 3 onwards)
- Acquired Situational Narcissism: Subverted in "The Name", where he seems to become crazy egotistical after finding out his real name is Zach, but is actually suffering from a much more serious problem.
- Action Survivor: He survives a ton of encounters that would kill most regular kids.
- Adorkable: On his better days.
- All Guys Want Cheerleaders: Gumball has a crush on Penny, a peanut with antlers who is one of the cheerleaders at Elmore Junior High. The feeling is mutual, but neither of them are capable of expressing it.
- Ambidextrous Sprite: He always has three whiskers on one side and two on the other, but the pattern tends to flip as a result of this. It is likely meant to convey perspective, where his face is actually symmetric but never seen from the front.
- Animals Hate Him: Penny's pet tarantula viciously attacked him on sight, and the family's turtle is stated to especially like biting him.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Inverted. He's older than Anais, and often acts annoying toward her. On a few occasions he goes beyond "annoying" and is more of a Big Brother Bully, most prominently when he left Anais out of a party in "Halloween" by hanging her from a tree branch.
- Attractive Bent-Gender: When he's forced in a dress in "The Dress", everyone instantly likes him and calls him beautiful. It helps that he takes after Nicole, though it might have just been the dress which was really nice.
- Badass Pacifist: In "The Sweaters", he and Darwin both refuse to engage the students from the other school in their idiocy, and ultimately "win" (in the sense of being the only ones who don't look like complete idiots) because they don't play along.
- Bad Liar: Gumball can bluff, doing an excellent (unnecessary) job of Playing the Victim Card in "The Sweaters" and taking advantage of the killer virus's pride in "The Virus", but he acts incredibly nervous any time he tries to lie to his mother.Nicole: Honey, are you in trouble? Because my mother senses are tingling. I can smell trouble.
Gumball: (laughing nervously) Trouble? No, we're fine. Absolutely fine. No trouble here, bye.
Nicole: Are you lying?
Gumball: Ha! Oh, no, of course not.
Nicole: Right. You're lying. I'm coming home now.
- Baths Are Fun: In "The Burden" Gumball and Darwin are enjoying taking a bubble bath in a montage.
- Blue Is Heroic: Gumball is the hero of the series and is a blue cat.
- Brilliant but Lazy: When he puts his mind to it and isn't trying to show off, Gumball shows a surprising amount of intelligence and athleticism.
- Buffoonish Tomcat: Played entirely straight in the first season, especially compared to his mother. Downplayed after that, where he's halfway between this trope and Cats Are Snarkers.
- Cannot Spit It Out: Does this in "The Bros" when he's trying to ask Penny to marry him.
- "*sigh* (aggravated) Fine..."
- "What the what!?" became a semi-recurring line of his in the second season—it was even used as a Mad Libs Catch Phrase a couple times ("What the droid?", "What the wasp?") and mocked by Darwin's impersonation of Gumball in "The Sidekick".
- Cats Are Mean: Downplayed in that he's not usually cruel and can be very kind, but tends to be quite selfish, judgemental, and insensitive. Later on he takes this attitude and combines it with Cats Are Snarkers, constantly making lines that are as mean as they are accurate.Darwin: (imitating Gumball) Duh, hey Sussie! While conveniently ignoring my own character flaws, I'm happy to point out that you eat with the grace of a one-toothed camel!
- Cats Hate Water: Averted, judging by how long he took his shower in one episode. Gumball also seems to love taking baths as seen in another episode. How well he can actually swim is inconsistent: he could just fine in "The Responsible", but couldn't at all in "The Club".
- Characterization Marches On: Initially very childlike and naive (much like Darwin), it wasn't until season two that he became the cynical, sarcastic Jerk with a Heart of Gold we know and love.
- The Chew Toy: Amusing Injuries are quite common, but Gumball seems especially prone to them.
- Classical Anti-Hero: In spite of his lack of physical fitness, intelligence, and maturity, he's usually the most likely one to save the day (although he causes these problems just as much).
- Cool Cat: Gumball often attempts to give off this type of cool, collected confidence, but rarely lives up to it. Perhaps best demonstrated in "The Responsible", where he nearly drowns, vomits up a bunch of water in a panic, then immediately snaps into a relaxed posed and acts unphazed.
- Cowardly Lion: Gumball is a self-described coward, but manages to get by in dire situations even if he spends most of them freaking out.
- Crazy Jealous Guy: He gets insanely jealous at the suggestion of another guy dating Penny, even getting Mad At A Dream where Darwin kissed her despite him showing no interest in real life.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: If his loved ones are threatened or insulted, Gumball can prove much more mature, clever, and determined than he usually is.
- Cute Kitten: He can be cute when he wants to be.
- Cute Little Fangs: His canines aren't visible when his mouth is closed, but are any time it's open and the teeth on his upper jaw aren't being used as part of his expression, even if no other teeth are shown.
- The Cynic: Although initially very optimistic, he develops a strong tendency to expect the least out of people (himself included). The most obvious example would be "The Bumpkin", where his cynical outlook on modern society is a primary plot element.
- Deadpan Snarker: He gets increasingly snarky as the show goes on, especially regarding Darwin. It becomes especially apparent throughout the second season, and compliments his Vocal Evolution (see below) quite nicely, actually.
- Depending on the Writer: His level of intelligence varies from episode. Sometimes he's a complete idiot, sometimes he's just mischievous, sometimes he just acts like a dork, sometimes he's the Only Sane Man. Since the latter half of Season 2, his Only Sane Man status became the more distinct of them all.
- Detachment Combat: It's not used for combat, but Gumball seems to be able to function perfectly whenever a body part gains autonomy.
- Determinator: In "The Third" he rides a tricycle through miles of hills, flies down a hill so fast he catches on fire, and gets covered in quick drying cement (which he promptly breaks through) just to prove that he and Darwin are still friends.
- Embarrassing Middle Name: "The Club" reveals that his middle name is Tristopher, or in shortened form, "Trisha"—it was supposed to be Christopher, but Richard wrote it down wrong.
- Embarrassing Nickname: "The Meddler" has his mom calling him "Gummypuss".
- Everyone Has Standards: For all the mischief he causes, he finds himself physically incapable of shoplifting even a candy bar and slaps himself in the face for trying. Ironic, given he's several times demonstrated he's extremely good at stealing things, even from his own mother, or planting them on other people.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: He has two whiskers pointing forward and three pointing backward, regardless of the direction he's facing.
- First Kiss: He had two or three Accidental Kisses, with Darwin, Carmen, and possibly Sussie, then had his first intentional kiss with Penny.
- Generation Xerox: While obviously similar to his father, Gumball is also similar to his mother in the past, as they both get called losers by the kids or Miss Simian, which is why Nicole wanted to make him a winner in "The Fridge". He and Penny's relationship mirrors Nicole's with Richard growing up as well as Gumball, like his mother, encourages Penny to be herself and come out of her shell.
- Genre Savvy: He almost avoided the plot of "The Sweaters" by simply admitting to Sarah that he's not actually hardcore rather than continue the lie. He also successfully predicted the entire plot. He goes through the ordeal anyway, mainly because of the worry Penny was giving him.
- Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Gumball frequently uses non-profanity, often with the emphasis and tone people usually reserve for actual profanity (including an Atomic Darn Bomb in "The Third"). In "The Safety" he claims that he doesn't even know any real swear words.
- Hartman Hips: A rare male example; his hips are twice the width of his chest. Clearly, he gets it from his mom.
- Hidden Depths:
- Some episodes show that Gumball is a really good cook: he did very well in home ec class and seems to make his own meals a lot because him mom is so busy.
- He's able to sketch a pretty decent (if strange) portrait of Darwin in "The Procrastinators".
- Idiot Hero: He does get a little smarter, though, later on.
- Interspecies Romance: With Penny.
- Iron Butt Monkey: Gumball is, to put it bluntly, indestructible. He's survived falling off a cliff, being punched through a wall, and even being flushed down the toilet.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While he can be exasperated with others and often does some dumb or insensitive things, he's a good kid and will go out of his way to try and help.
- Keet: Early on in the series he is almost perpetually bright and energetic. This trait becomes less pronounced later on, as he becomes plenty capable of apathy and cynicism.
- Loser Protagonist: Lazy, irresponsible, unathletic, Book Dumb to a sometimes dangerous degree, and usually falls victim to endless abuse each episode. Worsened in that he isn't enough of a deadbeat loser like his father, who can reverse it around in his favor.
- Loser Son of Loser Dad: A lot of Gumball's negative traits he has in common with his father.
- No Sense of Direction: He think he can somehow memorize a map after eating it and when the wind is directly speaking to him, in plainly decipherable language, he does the exact opposite of what it tells him.
- Not So Different: He orders his whole family around frantically to make his study date with Penny in "The Knights" perfect, showing he is capable of being just as neurotic, controlling and raging as his mom.
- Official Couple: with Penny
- Only Known by Their Nickname: "Gumball" is actually a nickname, but until "The Name" nobody but Nicole knew his real first name was "Zach"—not even Gumball himself. Then "Zach" becomes a intolerable Split Personality who tries to replace Gumball, so he legally changes his name to "Gumball" to get rid of him.
- Only Sane Man: While he was a mix of this, being simply mischievous, hyperactive or stupid, this is slowly becoming his most seen side. The best example is in "The Fridge," being the only family member not worked up into a competitive spirit (started by his mother) and forced to bring the family back to normal.
- The Protagonist: As the title indicates; after more than one hundred episodes, "The World" and "The Extras" are the only episodes where he doesn't play a major role.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Gumball once had his hair permed and then asked if he could have a pet pony. In "The Meddler", he showed a real (and comical) interest in being a cheerleader, even thinking it would prove how manly he was.
- Relationship Upgrade: After their Big Damn Kiss at the end of "The Shell" he and Penny are now dating.
- Ridiculous Procrastinator: He's puts off things like returning/replacing DVDs, studying, and chores as long as possible. According to Nicole, his first sentence, said at the age of four, was "I'll do it tomorrow."
- Rubber Man: Gumball has been shown numerous times to be incredibly elastic. In "The Virus", he shows has complete control over his entire body to an unsettlingly complex degree...though he will unintentionally move his internal organs around, requiring him to go to the nurse.
- Screams Like a Little Girl: His screams are very high pitch, especially in the first season when his first actor's voice was cracking.
- Single-Target Sexuality: The only girl that has stolen Gumball's heart: Penny Fitzgerald. When he needs to get a date in "The Party" but can't bring himself to ask Penny, he doesn't show romantic interest in any of the other girls he asks, instead treating it like some strange chore.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Early on Gumball is very vocal of his non-existent competence and ability, and how sincere he's being is rather questionable. This tended to make him The Millstone toward the smarter but less assertive Darwin, and a frequent subject to Break the Haughty. Later on, he's far more self-deprecating and aware of his own flaws, albeit seemingly mocking everyone else a lot more to compensate. This trait still shows up occasionally; he's still particularly reluctant to acknowledge his own physical weakness.
- Super-Powered Evil Side:
- Jealous Gumball in "The Flower", which was strong enough to smash through a team of giant football players.
- Zach in "The Name", who supposedly succeeds at almost everything Gumball fails at and "always thinks ahead". However, he refuses to admit where he fails at unlike Gumball but his ego is big enough to cloud such mistakes.
- Supreme Chef: Shown to be at least decent in cooking in the episode "The Secret", . Miss Simian has also called his cooking 'divine' and has gotten a B in home economics because of said cooking. Though he did make a hilariously bad meal for Anais in "The Responsible", though it may have been Rule of Funny at work.
- Strong as They Need to Be: His level of physical fitness is heavily subject to the Rule of Funny and Rule of Cool. He's stated to be in such terrible shape that he can't overpower a girl made of paper and his organs have a fit doing basic exercises, but when a Chase Scene happens he's perfectly capable of keeping up or even pulling Le Parkour moves that rival his mother's.
- Strong Family Resemblance: He looks almost exactly like a shorter version of his mother. Comparing how she looked at his age, the only difference besides clothes was that she was taller, usually has visible eyelashes, and her whiskers look different. In "The Plan", he even tries to impersonate her and since he obscures the huge height difference by standing in a bush, it was amazingly effective.
- Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: He's considerably shorter than Penny, though how much varies by the scene.
- Took a Level in Jerkass/Took a Level in Kindness: A somewhat mixed case that came with his increased intelligence and maturity: in the first season, Gumball usually had a pleasant demeanor, but could be incredibly selfish or rude because he didn't know any better. After then, he has the emotional intelligence to understand people and their problems, but when he's being mean or insulting it's intentional. Even his moments of insensitivity are portrayed less as innocent and more like willful ignorance.
- Twice Shy: His feelings for Penny are mutual, but both struggle to confess to each other. As of "The Shell", they're official.
- Verbal Tic: He tends to squeak, usually when he's yelling. Some of this just seems to be due to Logan Grove's voice cracking.
- Vocal Evolution: His voice cracked a lot in the first season and, along with Darwin's, got deeper over the course of the first two season as his VA got older. His second voice actor stated in an interview that his performance is specifically based off how he sounded in the second season.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: "The Tape" shows he has no problem with wearing a girl's skirt.
- Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: His odd (nick)name is sometimes commented on, most notably by Mr. Small in "The Banana".
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: "AHHH, spider! Knock his block off!"
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: He missed the extreme luck he got from the eponymous hat in "The Helmet" and went insane with using its power once he got it back.
Darwin Radlin Caspian Ahab Poseidon Nicodemus Watterson III
- Voiced by Kwesi Boakye (season 1–3); Terrell Ransom, Jr. (season 3 onwards)
- Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal/The One Who Wears Shoes: The only clothing Darwin wears are shoes, and he's the only one in his family who does so (though Anais wears socks). Lampshaded by how Darwin's feet will often be subject to pixellation in the same way Gumball's crotch is.
- Mentioned by Anais in "The Job", where she states that they've been wearing the same clothes for a year and that it's time for Darwin to start wearing pants.
- When series director Mic Graves was asked in an interview why Darwin didn't wear pants, he pointed out Darwin doesn't have any buttocks to put them on. Although Darwin actually does have them, sometimes.
- Actual Pacifist: Darwin claims to be a "Pacifish" in the first season. This changes in Season 2.
- Adorkable: More so in season 1, where his naivete is played up more often than Gumball's.
- Awesome McCoolname: His full name includes a famous scientist, a sea, a captain from classic literature, and the Greek god of the seas.
- Badass Pacifist: In "The Sweaters", he and Gumball both refuse to engage the students from the other school in their idiocy, and ultimately "win" (in the sense of being the only ones who don't look like complete idiots) because they don't play along.
- Bad Impressionist: On the phone with Nicole in "The Flakers", trying to impersonate Richard (while speaking in his own usual high voice) after discovering that he has escaped the house:Nicole: Can you pass me onto him, please?
Darwin: Um, yeah... one minute!
(clears throat and tries to impersonate Richard)
Darwin: Hello, Mrs. Mom, what's for dinner?
Nicole: (unconvinced) Really?
Darwin: (defeated) Y-ep.
- Bad Liar: Neither he nor Gumball could resist darting their eyes to the side when lying to Anais.
- Bald of Awesome: His lack of Non-Mammalian Hair is frequently pointed out.
- Beware the Nice Ones/Beware the Silly Ones: He becomes a lot more aggressive when provoked in the second season; a prime example would be "The Banana", when he vandalizes Banana Joe's locker and tries to get in a fight with him for damaging his homework.
- Big Brother Attraction: If dressing himself as Penny just for Gumball to show his love doesn't scream this trope, I don't know what does.
- Cephalothorax: Played with; he's a fish that grew legs, so he technically has a separate head and body. However, his fish parts are highly stylized and his face is disproportionately large, meaning he'd basically be a Flying Face without his human-like arms and legs.
- Referenced several times. Gumball once made angry grabbing motions in the air, saying that he was trying to strangle Darwin but couldn't because he doesn't have a neck. Also given as the reason he doesn't wear a shirt or pants, although he wore a collar and tie around the part where his legs meet his body in "The Puppy".
- Cheerful Child: Under most circumstances, he's a pretty happy guy. When he isn't...
- The Conscience: He has a higher moral sense than Gumball does and will usually voice his concerns. In "The Sidekick", Gumball tells him that he counts on Darwin to stop him from going through with especially bad ideas.
- Creepy Child: Surprisingly, despite him having a higher moral sense and being a decent guy, Darwin has shown instances of being this trope.
Darwin: "You know what we should do? We should make full-sized paper models of ourselves, set the car on fire, and push it off a cliff to teach Mom a lesson." (Cue the looks of horror on Gumball and Anais's faces)
- In "The Limit", when he and his siblings are sent to the car after throwing a tantrum for not getting candy, Darwin, suggests this solution of getting their mother back:
- In "The Sidekick, Darwin's idea of making Tobias give back their game is to kidnap his mother. Gumball understandably calls Darwin out on his idea and at one point calls him a "psycho".
- Deadpan Snarker: Well, usually his snarking is a lot more cheerful, but he gets more and more of it after the first season.
- Depending on the Writer: Like above, his level of intelligence also varies depending on the episode, as does how peaceful and innocent he is. There's a general shift over time, from hopelessly naive and ignorant to mostly moral and positive, but prone to snark and a severe case of Beware the Nice Ones.
- Deuteragonist: He has at least a secondary role in more episodes than anyone but Gumball.
- Elegant Classical Musician: Darwin, though he never tried a musical instrument before, was able to play "Clair de Lune" on a slide whistle.
- Fish out of Water: A literal example.
- Genre Savvy: Like Gumball in "The Sweaters"
- Green-Eyed Monster: He gets incredibly jealous of the attention Gumball gives to Penny once they start dating. The fact that he was immune to being possessed by jealousy in "The Flower" implies this is the first time in his life he's ever been jealous.
- Happily Adopted/Interspecies Adoption: Darwin's treated like as much of a member of the family as Gumball is. Although legally, he's still registered as a pet.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: When taken over by Jealousy in "The Flower" he's the only one with no spite or envy of anyone else, instead just stating he's "actually quite happy with my life". Gumball took a peek inside his head in "The Sweaters" to see if he had any guilt, and just saw a brilliant shining light come out.
- Innocently Insensitive: Whether he unintentionally offends or not varies.
- Insistent Terminology: He considers himself to be/have been an "Animal Companion", not a pet.
- Keet: In early episodes he's almost unfailingly energetic. He becomes less so later on, but he's still usually more upbeat and optimist than Gumball.
- Legacy Character: As his full name states, he's the third Darwin Watterson, the first two having been regular goldfish their whole lives.
- Meaningful Name:
- He was once the family pet fish but then he sprouted legs and doesn't need water to breathe anymore. Think about that for a second.
- His middle names all have nautical connections.
- Morality Chain: Gumball considers Darwin to be this to him.Gumball: Ugh, this momnapping thing was by far the worst leader move I've ever heard of!
Darwin: Oh come on! That's exactly the kind of idea you'd usually come up with!
Gumball: Yeah, but if it was my plan, I would have had you stop me from doing it!
Darwin: What do you mean?
Gumball: I mean, you're not a sidekick, dude. You're a guardian! I need you, man!
- Named After Somebody Famous: Several somebodies.
- Nice Guy: He becomes more aggressive from the second season onwards, but he still remains a Cheerful Child. When he was possessed by a spirit of jealousy, he reveals that "[he's] actually quite happy with [his] life" and holds no spite or envy towards anyone else.Darwin: Is he gonna cry? Because if he cries, I'll cry!
- Obsessed with Food: He tends to think with his stomach from time to time as most fish seem to do.
- Only Sane Man: Though not necessarily the smartest person in any episode he's in, he's traded off on the role of "the only person being objective while everything's going nuts" with Anais on occasion, and has started playing the Straight Man to Gumball's antics more. Gumball basically says in "The Sidekick" that his role in their dynamic is to stop him from doing really crazy things. Though at times, such as "The Sidekick", "The Phone", and "The Banana", roles switch and he actually acts worse than what Gumball does.
- Overly Long Name: In "The Party", he reveals that his full name is Darwin Radlin Caspian Ahab Poseidon Nicodemus Watterson III.
- Pure Is Not Good: Darwin's innocent nature usually makes he fairly kind, but if exposed to certain events that Gumball is up to, he can be worse than him. Even in the first season it was implied he had a lot of pent up rage he was too innocent to express properly: Darwin's attempt to yell out his stress in "The Painting" produced a nuclear explosion, during which he continued smiling.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Darwin seems to have interests in classical music and synchronized swimming (though the latter makes sense, considering he's a fish).
- Sarcasm-Blind: In season 1, he failed to understand sarcasm often, especially from Anais. In season 2, he snarks with the best of them.
- Speaks Fluent Animal: He's able to guess what Chris Morris the hamster says in "The Burden" and speak squirrel in "The Question", probably because he used to be a pet. Of course, all the animals can speak and understand English anyway, making it a bit of a moot point.
- Stepford Smiler: In "The Meddler", Darwin constantly smiles to hide his displeasure of Nicole coming to school—later on he keeps doing so because he forgot how to stop. In "The Gripes", he keeps smiling while trying to cheer up an unreasonably-grumpy Gumball, barely restraining himself from smashing his head in with a toaster, until he collapses into whining along with him.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Generally, he's much more snarky and aggressive in season 2, almost being on the same level as Gumball himself when he's supposed to be more righteous than him. On the other hand, Darwin thereafter avoids the Innocently Insensitive remarks he sometimes made in the first season, often to the point of being excessively considerate.
- Toothy Bird: Despite being a fish, Darwin has teeth that are even more humanlike than the rest of the family's.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Fish flakes, apparently.
- Uplifted Animal: Notably, while this can happen to anything, he's the only character stated to have become human-like rather than being born that way.
- Vocal Evolution: Along with Gumball, his voice got deeper over the course of the first two season as his VA got older. Darwin's voice actor appears to have started puberty slightly later, resulting in Darwin's voice breaking often in season two, something Gumball's voice had mostly stopped by the end of season one (which make sense in-series because Darwin is two years younger). Gumball even mocks Darwin for it in "The Castle".Darwin: Dude, have you noticed that your voice has changed?
Gumball: What, you mean I sound like a man and you squeal like a piglet on helium?
- Voiced by Kyla Rae Kowalewski
- Adorkable: We see a much more awkward side of Anais in "The Friend" as she tries to make friends for the first time.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Gumball is far more likely to annoy her, but she starts to have her own moments of acting bratty in the second season.
- Badass Adorable: She managed to flip Richard.
- Berserk Button: Suggesting that Daisy the Donkey was just a doll made her react with an absolutely monstrous looking face.
- The Chessmaster: In "The Remote", she manipulates the entire rest of the family to lock them outside while she watches TV. She does it again in "The Password," where she tricks Gumball and Darwin into thinking their parents favor her over them just so she can get time on the computer to herself.
- Child Prodigy: Despite being four years old, she is described as the smartest character on the show and even attends Junior High with her much older brother; she is apparently at a higher class than he is.
- Gold Digger: As mentioned below, she wants to marry a prince eventually so that she can basically live like her dad.
- Grade Skipper: She attend middle school at the age of four, two years before most children have even started grade school.
- Hyper Competent Sidekick: She's this to Darwin and Gumball.
- Friendless Background: We never see her with any friends, and "The Friend" shows this is because she doesn't have any.
- It Is Pronounced Tro PAY: Subverted. Her name is pronounced both as An-eye-ees and An-ai-ahs, typically varying by character (and voice actor) and she never favors one over the other. Given that the character is named after Ben Bocquelet's sister and both have French heritage, it's most likely "An-eye-ees".
- Killer Rabbit: Let's just say her mom's gonna have some competition when she grows up.
- Little Miss Snarker: Only 4, and a veteran master of snark.
- Not So Above It All: She's considerably more child-like—or even flat out crazy—when it comes to anything involving Daisy the Donkey. More generally, she's far more likely to involve herself with her brothers' hijinks from the second season on, even if she's usually smarter about it, compared to the first where she almost always refused to let herself get caught up in it.
- Odd Friendship: She forms one with the strange monster in "The Friend".
- Only Sane Girl: Can be her or can be her mother, depending on the episode.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: She is depicted as being able to lift way more than her body weight, such as when she carried a ton of luggage upstairs and the time she carried Darwin with a bunch of stuff on him all the way to the top of a mountain.
- Rascally Rabbit: Although typically well-behaved, she can be very manipulative when it benefits her.
- The Slacker: Ironically, she's often been shown to share some of her father's laziness. Anais seems to study more because she enjoys it than any practical benefit, and has joined with her brothers in laying around and eating junk food on Saturday. Despite being a genius, Anais expresses some decidedly unambitious life goals when giving her Christmas list:Anais: I want a princess tiara and a prince to marry me when I'm old enough so I never have to work like Mom.
- Straight Girl: Usually. She's the most serious character on the show, but sometimes she slithers away from this.
- Strong as They Need to Be: Like Gumball, her level of physical strength varies a lot depending the needs of the plot or the joke. Sometimes she's a Pintsized Powerhouse almost as strong as Nicole. Other times, she's explicitly weaker than anyone else in the family and needs their assistance to get by and to trick them to come out ahead.
- Tuckerization: Named after Ben Bocquelet's younger sister.
- The Ugly Guy's Cute Daughter: Especially noticeable in that when we see Nicole and Richard as children, you see Nicole and Gumball looks very similar but Anais doesn't really look like either of her parents (she does look a lot like Granny Jojo, though).
- Unspoken Plan Guarantee: Her level of intellect seems to hang on this formula. She's great at rolling her eyes and explaining all the things wrong with her brothers' latest Zany Scheme, but when it comes to pulling off her own plans, she tends to fall flat on her face.
- Vocal Evolution: It's not as obvious as her brother's because she's a girl, but her voice has gotten significantly deeper since the show started. Depending on the scene, this can make her sound more mature, angry, or sarcastic. For reference, Kyla Rae Kowalewski was more than twice Anais's age when the show started. Since Darwin and Gumball were recast in the third season but Anais wasn't, she is now the Watterson child with the oldest VA.
- Wacky Parent, Serious Child: The serious child to Richard's wacky parent.
- Wise Beyond Their Years: She usually acts much older than her age in terms of knowledge and maturity.
- When She Smiles: In "The Pony", Darwin and Gumball consider the hoops they'd jumped through to watch a movie with her worth it because they get to see "the happy face"◊.
- Women Are Wiser: The most consistently levelheaded member of the family.
- Voiced by Teresa Gallagher
- Abusive Parents: Sometimes she could be this despite being the Only Sane Man. She leaves Gumball alone in a desert at one point and refuses to take care of Gumball and Darwin until they respect Richard, something she doesn't even do. Her children are so scared of her that, in the episode "The Quest," Gumball and Darwin agree without hesitation that they'd rather face Tina Rex than incur Nicole's wrath.
- Action Mom: She's super-humanly athletic and not afraid to get physical.Gumball: The woman is virtually a ninja.
- Almighty Mom: You don't want to mess with her. She's been known to bring a fully grown tyrannosaurus rex to his knees.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parent: In "The Meddler" she decides to follow Gumball around at school everywhere, even in the public shower, doing things such as feeding him like a baby and calling him "Gummypuss".
- American Accents: While most of the cast have affected "generic/newscaster" accents, Nicole's sometimes sounds a bit more untraceable, usually when she's speaking calmly.
- Badass: To the point where, after she went berserk after a bad day grocery shopping, she melted a trap she was in with pure rage.
- Badass Finger Snap: In "The Castle", after returning home and discovering that her home is a mess, she enters the house, with her eyes glowing an ominous purple, and releases an epic one.
- Berserk Button: MANY. Being called a loser (at least by Miss Simian), threatening her family and disrespecting her authority. And DON'T YOU DARE run away from her if she finds out you're in trouble.
- Beware the Nice Ones: She is sincerely nice, but sometimes she can get really violent, so it's best you run for it if she does.
- Cats Are Mean: Averted; she's quick to anger, but by default quite nice.
- Childhood Friend Romance: Has known her husband, Richard, at least since they were Gumball's age.
- Competition Freak: She has a huge drive to win. This is arguably her biggest flaw.
- In "The Fridge", she wins the company paintball game by shooting everyone, even her own teammates, to win the game as well as sucking most of the family into an achievement binge (Gumball being the Only Sane Man.) She tried to pull a I Surrender, Suckers moment to Gumball during the family paintball game before he finally wins and has the chart removed.
- She cheats Anais out of six spaces while playing "Dodge or Dare" with the family in "The Game" through Loophole Abuse.
- When Richard tries to buy Gumball and Darwin's favor over her, she escalated things into a cross-town car chase.
- Control Freak: Pointed out by Anais in "The Job." Anais thinks Nicole is worried about Richard working as a pizza delivery guy because she thinks it's upsetting the balance of power in the house. Although she's right that there's a bigger problem with that: namely that Richard having a job will destroy the universe.
- Cute Bruiser: Don't make her mad. She is a lot stronger than she looks.
- Cute Little Fangs: Like Gumball, they're only visible when she opens her mouth (in the first season they sometimes didn't even show up then).
- Determinator: She gets scary when she gets mad and probably can and will chase you down. "The DVD" and "The Limit" are based entirely on these moments.
- Death Glare: Her glare pretty instantly gets her family in line and is capable of having a physical effect. "The Castle" gives her Glowing White Eyes swirling with ghosts enough to frighten even the most delinquent person in Elmore. In "The Limit", her stare manifests a shockwave that knocks all the cans off a shelf, melts a plastic-wrap barrier, and frightens a security guard so much, his hair turns white... and stays that way in future episodes.
- Doting Parent: When her kids aren't doing something reprehensible, she can be quite coddling toward them, especially in "The Meddler".
- The Dreaded: Her own family is scared of her, especially when she gets mad. Case in point: in "The Quest," Gumball and Darwin both agree that suffering Tina Rex's wrath is better than suffering Nicole's.
- Everything's Better with Rainbows: Nicole always wears a pin with a (partial) rainbow design on her shirt. She works at the Rainbow Factory, so it's presumably a part of the dress code.
- Freudian Excuse: "The Ape" seems to indicate Nicole's type-A personality and drive to be a winner by any means necessary stems from Miss Simian calling her a loser from the time she took her first steps to the day she got married.
- Full Name Ultimatum: Subverted as she never uses Gumball's Embarrassing Middle Name or even his real first name, it's always "Gumball Watterson".
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Nicole cares for her family, but easily becomes upset when she discovers they did something wrong. She's even taking anger management classes, in which her behavior is far worse than she acts elsewhere.
- Hartman Hips: Not including her head, her hips are the widest feature of her body.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: She's regular sized, but absolutely dwarfed by Richard.
- Hulking Out: She starts doing this when Larry closes the store gates on her in "The Finale" and she starts pulling them up. Odd, given similar or even greater feats of strength she's previous done required no such musculature.
- Interspecies Romance: With Richard.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She is a kindhearted mother and wife, but sometimes her stress can really get the best of her.
- Killer Rabbit: She has proven herself to be made of this trope in countless episodes, most notably in The Fight, where she mercilessly tears through Tina Rex's father just at the mere inkling of assuming that Gumball was being bullied.
- Le Parkour: She's very good at jumping and climbing over fences, walls, and even between buildings.
- Magic Skirt: Her skirt does not go above her legs during any of her running, jumping, or even when she's hung upside down.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Masculine Girl to Richard's Feminine Boy.
- Mama Bear: She's VERY protective of her own family.
- Muscles Are Meaningless: In spite of her arms and legs being quite skinny, she's capable of things like bending steel rods and tearing locker doors off their hinges.
- Not So Above It All: Nicole would be insufferable if not for her insecurity and occasional lapses in judgment.
- Obliquely Obfuscated Occupation: We know Nicole works at the Rainbow Factory, but her job there is rarely shown and possibly may have changed between episodes. We don't know exactly what the factory itself does, and despite the name she definitely works some sort of office job. In "The Helmet" she almost gets a promotion, but when she finds out Richard tricked her she throws a fit that she was apparently fired for. In "The Game", however, she's still working there at the complaints department.
- Only Sane Woman: Depends on the episode, which sometimes gives the role to Anais instead. However, when her temper or competitive streak get the better of her, this aspect goes out the window.
- Parenting the Husband: Nicole often has to parent Richard, due to his own mother having been responsible for his childish nature in the first place. At the same time, Nicole deliberately scolds him less than their children—not because he's an adult, but because she's given up on him getting any better.
- Tuckerization: Named after Ben Bocquelet's mother.
- Shipper on Deck: Nicole was happy to notice Gumball's crush on Penny in "The Gi", was proud that he (thought he) had a date with her in "The Date", and tried to get him to confess about his feelings to her in "The Meddler". Possibly it's because Penny reminds her very much of herself in her childhood when she had a crush on Richard and defended him.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: While it's still a complete of why Nicole fell in love with the lazy Richard, she does admire his trait of being true to himself.
- Unstoppable Rage: She's plenty strong and athletic by default, but when she's angry she gets superhuman strength and sometimes other, stranger abilities (like melting objects and reducing grown men to tears by staring at them). In "The Club", she even has to ask her family to enrage her somehow so she can pull a door open.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: An adorable cat woman, married to a fat, slobbish man bunny.
- Voice of the Legion: When sufficiently pissed off, her voice gets really deep as well as echoing.
- What Does She See in Him?: Richard is by no means a bad person, but he is lazy, irresponsible and pretty offbeat (albeit he was raised that way). She does admire that he is true to himself and that he's a good person, but we don't know what else. Considering her need for control, most other people would either not be able to handle her or other negative consequences.
- Women Are Wiser: Usually this, barring her competitive nature doesn't cause her to go nuts.
- Workaholic: Played for laughs in "The Painting" when Principal Brown tells her to relax and stop working so hard for Anais's sake. But she's so used to it that she can't relax and does her household chores anyway, and then proceeds to trash the house on purpose to give herself more "work".
- Would Hurt a Child: When Leslie and Alan are amongst the group of cannibals trying to eat her family, Nicole bites off part of Leslie's face before swinging him by the neck like a flail and pops Alan (by blowing on him).
- Voiced by Dan Russell
- Acrofatic: He holds up surprisingly well in hand to hand combat against Nicole and was able to keep up with her running until she jump between some buildings.
- Adults Are Useless: Richard practically lives this trope.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parent: In "The Hero", Gumball and Darwin fail to come up with something good for their dad and settles on embarassing moments. Unknown to them at the time, Richard overhears the conversation and leaves depressed.
- Badass Driver: While his religious adherence to the GPS is quite destructive, it did let him drive across the entire town and miles into the countryside in a couple minutes.
- Badass Mustache: He can grow a handlebar mustache and retract it back into his face at will.
- Because Destiny Says So: His getting a job almost causes the apocalypse.
- Big Eater: The man knows how to put food away.Richard: Eat 100 hotdogs in under a minute. Ha! That's not a dare. That's Tuesday.
- In one episode ("The Prank"), Richard is listening to an audio tape. The tape informs him of its duration so he decides to get some snacks to partake in while listening (this is when Gumball and Darwin spring their prank by switching the tape with one of their own that commands him to do goofy things) and calculates how much food he'll need for the length of the tape. When he returns, however, he's empty-handed because he ate everything he was going to eat during the tape on the way back. He makes a self-note to also include calculations for the return trip for the future.
- Brilliant but Lazy: Most often Brilliant At Being Lazy.
- Bumbling Dad: Like you wouldn't believe...
- Calling Your Attacks: "WONDER HUG!"
- Childhood Friend Romance: He's known his wife, Nicole, since they were Gumball's age.
- Cloudcuckoolander: He has his odd moments.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He can be very crafty when he wants to, such as tricking Gumball and Darwin into doing his chores in 'The Laziest'.
- Disappeared Dad: Richard's father was never mentioned until "The Man". His father left him and Jojo when he went out to get milk 42 years ago and never came back. Richard deep down knew this, but he was in denial about it, which explains his hostile treatment to Jojo's boyfriend because he was afraid of losing her.
- The Ditz/Fat Idiot: It's easier to count examples of when he doesn't act like one.
- Drives Like Crazy: He follows his GPS without ever paying attention to the road, including the direction he's facing. When he was high on anesthetics he crashed in several cars and parked in a swimming pool; Gumball considered that an improvement.
- Dumb Muscle/Stout Strength: Richard is a Fat Idiot, but apparently has some serious muscle underneath: in "The Prank" he was able to run through multiple walls, in "The Remote" he effortlessly rips the car door off to get to Nicole, and in "The Return" he smashes his fist through car windows and hotwires the car by smashing the key through the dashboard.
- Fan Disservice: He's frequently shirtless or even in only his underwater, showing off his fat, saggy man boobs.
- Fat Slob: He's very fat, leaves trash on the coffee table, and frequently lays around the house with his pants unzipped or not on.
- Freudian Excuse: His laziness and stupidity is the result of his mother completely sheltering him his entire life and never letting him learn to do anything for himself. His mother's parenting style was to make him (and as she tried with her grandkids), scared of everything.
- Hair-Raising Hare: Richard is adorably stupid most of the time, but pulls off a pretty good Nightmare Face when he's the target of the episode's Sanity Slippage. The dude is on the series' Nightmare Fuel page for a reason.
- Hard Head: He can take quite a lot of cranial damage, sometimes headbutting objects and destroying them.Doctor: You are very lucky Mr. Watterson, it appears your skull is so thick you were able to survive a half a ton of tiles and a satellite dish falling on your head.
Nicole: Is he going to be OK, doctor?
Doctor: Apart from being living proof that we're doomed as a species, he's fine,
- The Hedonist: One episode has him basically calling himself this when Gumball and Darwin ask about the meaning of life.Richard: The meaning of life? Well, I've dedicated my life to the indulgence of the senses. A feeling of total satisfaction and pleasure is the highest form of existence.
Gumball: That just sounds like stuffing your face.
Richard: Yeah, well philosophically.
- House Husband: Richard is home all day because he has no job, though he usually doesn't do his share of the chores either. When he finally gets a job, it nearly destroys the Universe. Nicole being at work means he's often the only one watching the kids (even if he's not as good at it), with the "The Hero" implying they spent most of their time when they were younger with Richard, but at this point the kids are generally better at taking care of themselves.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: He's something like half a head taller than Nicole and several times as large.
- Interspecies Romance: With Nicole.
- Laborious Laziness: Richard is a master at this. He knows how to get food from the kitchen himself without leaving the couch and spent the a day tricking his kids into doing a few minutes of chores.
- Large Ham: Richard is very prone to emotional outbursts.It's because of you I'm mortal! (runs away crying)
- Lazy Bum/Lazy Husband: Laziest man in Elmore since 1983.
- Lethal Chef: The cupcakes he made in "The Hero" are literally rock hard—he may have mixed cement into them. Other times, he's shown be able to make food that is edible, but often "lethal" in a different manner (such as the sluzzlewurst, which had so much fat in it that it makes you sweat butter).
- Man Child: He literally acts the exact same way as he did when he was a kid.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Feminine Boy to Nicole's Masculine Girl.
- Mike Nelson, Destroyer of Worlds: He almost destroyed the Universe by delivering a pizza.
- Moral Myopia: He's repeatedly expressed that bad things are only funny when they happen to someone else.
- Mr. Red Ink: The Watterson's financial problems are not helped by Richard spending money on dumb objects he sees on the internet (the Electro-Fat workout device and a bunch of hormonal supplements), terrible investments (he spent most of the family's saving to buy a star right after Gumball was born), or just by accident (he doesn't understand that money from an ATM withdrawal comes from his own account).
- One of the Kids: An upside to Richard's immaturity is that his kids usually enjoy spending time with him more than their mom, who they usually find boring to hang around with (when she isn't being scary).
- Papa Wolf: In "The Hero", he gets to prove himself as the hero to sons by saving them from a trash compactor (eventually).
- Shipper on Deck: After taking Gumball to a party with Tina as his date, he comes back to see Gumball with Penny, then comments that "I like the new one better."
- Shirtless Scene: Prone to this.
- The Slacker: A rare version that has children.
- Sleepyhead: Most commonly seen sleeping on the couch.
- Straw Loser: Gumball and Darwin actually look like rather intelligent and diligent beings compared to their father. Granted it almost reverses into being a gift for Richard since he's hopeless enough that people just give up trying to place any responsibilities onto him.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Sausages, apparently.
- Too Dumb to Live: Thanks to his mom, he's so bad at handling anything that the simplest of tasks can turn life-threatening.
- Tuckerization: Named after Ben Bocquelet's father.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: An overweight, slob of an idiot. Married to an adorable cat lady.
- Wacky Parent, Serious Child: The wacky parent to Anais' serious child.
- Walking Techbane: Judging from how automatic doors, elevators, and self-checkout scanners treat him.
- "Well Done, Dad" Guy: In "The Hero" he shows he cares a lot about how much his kids think of him, getting very depressed when Darwin and Gumball call him embarrassing.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: Richard was shown wearing woman's clothing on two occasions and has zero qualms with it.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Parodied in The Wand. He thinks he has Power, when it's actually Gumball and Darwin moving along with it so he won't have his childhood dreams crushed. They eventually have enough since it goes overboard.Gumball: Don't you see what you have become?!
A ferocious turtle that Richard bought from a van shop, thinking it was a dog.
- Ax-Crazy: His entire existence is biting. He eats for strength to bite. He reproduces to have more turtles who can bite.
- Badass: It's basically the T-800 in turtle form.
- The Dreaded: The Wattersons are terrified of it. Gumball especially, who calls it evil incarnate and has theorized that it eats souls and misery.
- For the Evulz: We get a first person sample of his "thought process":Turtle: Bite! Bite! Bite! Need food for strength to bite! Bite! Bite! Make little turtles to bite even more!
- Long Neck: It can extend its neck something like a foot out of its shell.
- Mighty Glacier: On one hand, it has Nigh-Invulnerability. On the other hand, it's a turtle.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: One drop of water let it came back to life from a desiccated husk, then it got hit by a car—the car was totaled, the turtle didn't even budge. When the "Awesome Store" (a van that sold a wide array of things) exploded in a giant fireball, he walked out of the flames completely unharmed.
- No Name Given: The Watterson's never gave it a name; they're too busy being terrified by it. When giving it a Premature Eulogy, Darwin simply calls it "evil turtle" as if that was its name.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: Its size doesn't keep it from pulling around full-sized people, though it does make it easy to pick it up.
- Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Unlike most terrapins in fiction, played very straight.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Since the turtle is basically invincible, its pen in the Watterson's house is essentially a way to contain it.
- Seldom Seen Species: A soft-shell turtle. Quite a few viewers didn't know there are turtles that look like that. Word of God specifically called it a "Trionyx", which implies it's an African softshell turtle.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Strong as it is, the turtle's limbs are still very short. If it's picked up by the shell, it won't be able to reach anything and it is unable to climb out of small containers like a terrarium.
Students of Elmore Junior High
- Voiced by Kerry Shale (season 1), Hugo Harold-Harrison (season 2 onward)
- All Balloons Have Helium: He can be re-inflated with a person's breath but still keep floating afterward.
- Apologizes a Lot: In "The Voice" he even apologizes for making someone feel they need to apologize, and continues to apologize until Gumball pops him to make him stop.
- Berserk Button: Gumball finally managed to find something that irritated Alan in "The Saint": the sound people make when they drag their feet on linoleum. Actually, that was just a lie just so Gumball would feel better.
- Bishōnen: His face looks a LOT different in photos than it does in real life. His mole is even beautiful.Gumball: (Trying to blow Alan away) It's bad enough-[blow]-that you're a million times prettier than I am!-[blow]-I don't need you to rub it in my face-[blow]-on how mature and deep you are! [blow]
- Bizarre Alien Biology: Gumball refers to him as a "biological mystery" when he couldn't tell Alan was crying, but Alan explains:
- Characterization Marches On: In his few speaking appearances in the first season, he didn't seem particularly nice to anyone.
- Fatal Attraction: Alan and Carmen are passionately in love with one another, but because Alan is a balloon and Carmen is a cactus, their relationship is impossible.
- Flying Face: Alan is just a balloon with a face drawn on it. His lack of limbs is a frequent frustration of his.
- Good Cannot Comprehend Evil: Gumball does a bunch of horrible things to Alan in "The Saint" (including framing him for cheating on Carmen and having his parents tortured by a clown) all for the sake of trying to upset. Alan doesn't just forgive him immediately, he views them in such a ridiculously optimistic way as to believe Gumball never did anything bad.
- Helium Speech: Justified, as he's a balloon.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness/Parody Sue: Is ludicrously good and perfect - a Purity Sue parody. Gumball spent an entire episode ("The Saint") trying to make him angry. He completely failed.
- Interspecies Romance: Alan (male balloon) is madly in love with Carmen (female cactus).
- Nice Guy: So nice, that it makes Gumball (and everyone else) sick.
- Not So Above It All: In "The Storm," after Gumball interrupts his speech to Masami for the third time in a row, he breaks his usual behavior to tell him "Just shut-up, O.K.!!!" Alan was also seen as one of the members of Mr. Small's apocalyptic tribe about to cannibalize The Wattersons in "The Pizza."
- Running Gag: He has no hands!
- Sickeningly Sweethearts: In "The Storm", he is sickeningly sweet with Carmen, much to their classmates' disgust.
- Skintone Sclerae: As his face is drawn on only in black, his eyes lack any coloration, fitting this trope as much as you can consider any of his body to be "skin".
- Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: While he's a boy, he has obvious eyelashes that makes him appear to be a girl.
- They Killed Kenny Again: He's been popped on multiple occasions.
- Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: He's not even half Carmen's size.
- Voiced by Anthony Hull
- Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: He wears only shoes.
- Animals Hate Him: Ducks and other birds don't hate him, but they do find him delicious.
- Black Bead Eyes
- The Chew Toy: Dies frequently, sometimes by literally being chewed on.
- The Ditz: He was one of the contestants in the dumb race and thought a mirror could talk. It's possible some or all of Anton's memories don't pass on to the next clone when he dies, and thus he can't learn anything because he's always dying—or him already being that stupid is why no one notices him forgetting so much.
- Gang of Bullies: The website described him as a member of Tina and Jamie's gang, whether he wanted to be or not, but this was almost never shown in the actual show.
- Made of Plasticine: One of the reasons he dies so easily. He is just as tough as you would expect a piece of toast to be.
- They Killed Kenny Again: He's been eaten (not even whole, actually torn to piece and eaten) several times now. "The Recipe" shows that he's been killed several times note and each time, his parents clone him. After a montage of his deaths in the same episode, Darwin suggests that they go find out how he keeps coming back by going to his house, because this was getting them nowhere.Darwin: Maybe we should just ask him.
Gumball: Maybe you should've said that before we iced him fifty times in a row.
- Too Dumb to Live: Many of his frequent deaths are a direct result of a lack of basic self-preservation skills. The gym coach once told him to jump into the school pool. By all rights he should know that, as a piece of toast, he'll turn into mush if he gets wet, yet he jumps in without a second thought.
- Voiced by Mic Graves
- Abnormal Limb Rotation Range: A strange example; his arms, legs, and facial features have a normal range of movement compared to each other, but his banana "body" freely flips around without any horizontal fixed relation to the rest of him.
- Annoying Laugh: He frequently makes a harsh "He-he!" sounding laugh in the first season. His laughter from the second season on isn't nearly as loud or annoying.
- Autocannibalism: It's mentioned in "The Promise" that the last time he went camping, he was left alone in the woods and had to use his banana skin and eat parts of himself to survive. That, and the winter storm that came when he walked home, is why he has no feet.
- Berserk Button: Do not ruin his family's pen. Or his school picture.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Subverted, as even if you provoke his wrath he's too tiny, weak, and incompetent to be a threat to anyone.
- Catch Phrase: "I'm a banana."
- Characterization Marches On: His characterization in the first season was all over the place: sometimes he was kind of a jerk or even utterly psychotic and other times he was cheerful to the point where he literally could not stop making jokes constantly. From the second season on, he's a lot nicer, but still capable of being pushed too far, and is capable of being serious for a minute. He also didn't strip off his peel as much in the earlier episodes.
- Class Clown: Constantly making jokes, but no one really thinks he's funny.
- Jiggle Physics: His eyes in the first season were literal googly eyes whose pupils shook around as he moved.
- Nice Guy: He forgives Gumball and Darwin for their numerous and unwarranted attempts at violent revenge "The Banana" and their horrible negligence in "The Promise".
- No Brows: He has no eyebrows in the first season.
- Plant Person: A walking, talking banana.
- Pungeon Master: Most of his jokes consists of painful puns.
- Species Surname: Although "Banana" is the first part of his name, it seems to be his surname anyway given he's stated to be from the "Banana family".
- Voiced by Kerry Shale
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: In "The Robot", he decides to steal Gumball's life. Conversely, turning super-obedient in "The Bet" made him a vicious Literal Genie. He tends to lose control and try to kill Gumball and Darwin with startling regularity.
- Cute Machines: Appearance-wise, he is quite cute. In terms of personality, he can vary from endearing awkward to intolerably smug or even frighteningly amoral.
- Cyber Cyclops: He has a single, off-center eye.
- Do-Anything Robot: Besides a large variety of weapons of questionable necessity and legality, Bobert has a large number of other functions like video recording, vocal imitation, and spontaneously growing an extendable fan.
- Does Not Know His Own Strength: Gumball learns this the hard way when they play punchies.
- I Just Want to Be You: He tries learn how to make friends by copying Gumball in "The Robot", but instead decides to become him exactly, steal his life, and try to get rid of the real one.
- Insufferable Genius: He's downright condescending towards his classmates despite wanting to be friends with them.
- No Mouth: He doesn't have a mouth, though when he speaks two blacks bars on his face, which are possibly a speaker, light up.
- Nuke 'em: Is capable of this in his fighting robot form. Hiding behind a nearby chair is enough protection though.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Even at normal size he can easily punch someone across a room.
- Sliding Scale of Robot Intelligence: Average Joe: knows a lot of math and science and is the best student in school, but has No Social Skills.
- Teacher's Pet: Considers himself to be this.
- Tin Man: When some kids says he has no emotions, he seems to agree, despite emoting quite regularly.
- Transforming Mecha: Capable of increasing his size into a fighting robot about 5 meters tall.
- Voiced by Teressa Gallagher (Season 1); Alix Wilton Regan (Season 2 onward)
- Black Bead Eyes
- Fatal Attraction: With Alan, as previously stated.
- Interspecies Romance: Carmen (female cactus) is madly in love with Alan (male balloon).
- Plant Person: A walking, talking cactus.
- Sickeningly Sweethearts: In "The Storm", she is sickeningly sweet with Alan much to their classmates' disgust.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Even if the others find Alan's nice guy personality incredibly sappy and sickening, Carmen wouldn't have him any other way.
- The Smart Girl: Carmen is one of the smartest girls in school according to the website.
- Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Averted. She has no distinguished trait that shows she's female.
- Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: She's the same size or smaller than most students of Elmore, but certainly a lot larger than Alan.
- Unable to Cry: She can cry, but there aren't any tears because her body is meant to retain moisture.
- Voiced by Jessica MacDonald
- Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: The only part of her body that is visibly clothing is her hair bow.
- All Girls Like Ponies: Despite everyone else finding A Pony's Tail impossibly terrible, Carrie loved it, completely shocking herself.
- All Women Love Shoes: Lampshaded during "The Flower"Jealousy: How many pairs of shoes do you need!? You don't even have feet!
- Big Eater: She hasn't eaten since she became a ghost, so when she possesses someone's body she'll eat until it passes out.
- Black Bead Eyes
- Cute Ghost Girl: Darwin sure seems to think so when he kissed her.
- Deadpan Snarker: Carrie is almost always deadpan and occasionally snarks. She once has her face sucked into a vacuum and distorted, then replied with a flat "Gross."
- Demonic Possession: She can possess someone's body by flying into their mouth and down their throat.
- Emo Teen: Carrie is described as emo, though she has a lot of goth elements like her occult room decorations and loving the smell of death. One time she even described herself as "punk-rock".
- Friendly Ghost: Despite her morose demeanor, Carrie is good friends with at least some of her classmates, getting very concerned when Darwin and Gumball are turned into ghosts and upset when it seemed they were stuck in the underworld.
- Hair Decorations: Has a bow on the side of her head.
- The Hedonist: It's been so long since she's been able to do things like eating, that when she has a body, she'll immediately starting binge-eating absolutely anything (except, apparently, pickles).
- Heroic Bastard/Nom de Mom: When Carrie says her dad's full name, it ends with "Lokowitchki", not "Kruger". Whether this is because her parents never married or for some other reason isn't specified, though in the case of the former it's likely because her dad turned into the Snatcher before they could.
- The Mirror Shows Your True Self: Sometimes Carrie lacks a reflection or doesn't show up in film (which involves projecting reflections), like when Mr. Small took her class photo."I'm not paying for that."
- Picky Eater: When Carrie takes over Gumball's body and starts binge-eating everything in sight, she takes a moment to remove the pickle slice from a hamburger before devouring the whole combo meal.
- Luminescent Blush: She blushes when Darwin kissed her in "Halloween" and in "The Coach" when she said that all the work-out made her feel alive.
- Non-Human Humanoid Hybrid: Carrie's mother was a ghost of unknown species. Her father was a mortal Cartoon Creature that looked mostly human.
- Our Ghosts Are Different: In "Halloween" she claims she was born a ghostnote which means she stays in the living world and can be seen by anyone, even though other ghost can only come there on Halloween and are Invisible to Normals. "The Mirror" seemingly provides an actual explanation to this: Her mom was a ghost and her dad a mortal who used magic to be able to touch her, apparently making her a sort of half-mortal hybrid. Both of these, however, came after her mentioning that she used to have a body.
- Peek-a-Bangs: Much like Gumball's whiskers, subject to Fashionable Asymmetry and Ambidextrous Sprite.
- Perpetual Frowner: Usually has a morose expression on her face, though she's sported a sharp-toothed grin a few times.
- Shout-Out: Her name is likely inspired by two famous horror characters: Carrie White and Freddy Krueger
- Voiced by Rupert Degas (Season 1), Max Cazier (Season 2 onward)
- Bad Liar/Consummate Liar: He's able to lie constantly with complete conviction because he convinces himself at the same time, but people rarely fall for them because they're so ridiculous. Seemingly the only one who believes him is Tobias.
- Claymation: Although actually computer-animated, Clayton's animation is deliberately similar to a stop motion clay figure.
- I Reject Your Reality: In "The Move" he admits he lies so much because he thinks his actual life is boring.
- The Munchausen: He constantly tells improbably stories about himself and his family.
- No Brows: His design in the first season lacked eyebrows. Adding them was the most noticeable difference in his second season redesign.
- Poisonous Friend: In "The Skull," Clayton constantly includes Darwin and Gumball in his lies and causes them to start lying the same way themselves. To their credit, Gumball and Darwin figure out he's a bad influence on them almost right away and break it off with him... only for him to attempt to lie his way back into their good graces.
- Punny Name: Clay(ton).
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: He can change into a lot of shapes, including other people (and fake their voices as well). Justified, in that he's a ball of clay and clay can be molded into whatever you want it to be, even though it's still clay, no matter what (which also explains why a ball of clay would be a compulsive liar).
- Voiced by Hugo Harold-Harrison (Bomb Guy)
- Action Bomb: The most prominent one has a bomb for a head. Making him mad causes him to explode, incapacitating him while reducing his head to a much smaller size.
- Animated Tattoo: The hand has a tattoo of a skull wearing a crown which acts as his face, being capable of moving around and talking.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: The cupcake guy's pink coloration, mouth that looks like it has lipstick on it, and heeled boots cause Darwin and Gumball to mistake him for a (very ugly) girl.
- Helping Hands: One is a giant human hand and wrist covered in tattoos, one of which acts as his face.
- Killer Teddy Bear: One of them is a giant pink teddy bear who comes off as harmless at first until he bashes Darwin and Gumball's heads together and pops the cupcake guy's cherry.
- Vague Age: They're at most a grade older than Darwin or Gumball, but mostly seem like they're well into their teens or even adults. It's possible some of them have been held back a lot.
- You Dirty Rat: Their smallest member is a rat with a facial scar that always wears a hoodie.
- Voiced by Kerry Shale, Rupert Degas (Season 1), Hugo Harold-Harrison (Season 2 onward)
- Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: They're "eggheads" both literally and figuratively.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: Their eyebrows are very thick and there's a good bit of hair inbetween.
- The Dividual: They're almost always shown together and acting in unison.
- Long Pants: Their pants and shoes appear as a single black-painted section of their body.
- Nerd: Both have nasally voices and always talk about academics or science fiction. One has Nerd Glasses and braces, the other has a face covered in acne.
- No Name Given: They're never referred to by name; "Egghead" is just a Fan Nickname. On his Formspring, one of the writers came up with the names "Frank" and "Beans".
Green Bear Guy
- Voiced by Simon Lipkin (singing)
- Ascended Extra: Somewhat. He was a background character until leading a musical number and a Hostile Show Takeover in "The Extras". Then he sank back into the background.
- Hidden Depths: He's quite a good singer.
- Recurring Extra: Usually seen in the background of the Elmore Junior High cafeteria.
- Vague Age: He looks and sounds like an adult, yet he's usually seen in a middle school cafeteria.
Hot Dog Guy
- Voiced by Dan Russell
- Ascended Extra: He was a background character since almost the show's beginning, then had a speaking role in "The Castle" and joined in the Hostile Show Takeover in "The Extras".
- Cool Shades: He is never seen without his shades.
- Our Nudity Is Different: He considers his hot dog bun clothing, even after it's pointed out it only covers the sides of his body.
- Recurring Extra: Usually seen in the background of the Elmore Junior High cafeteria.
- Vague Age: Like the Green Bear Guy, he's always seen in a middle school cafeteria, but everything else indicates he's an adult.
- Voiced by Kerry Shale
- Art Evolution: Sorta. In Season 1, originally the only thing that can be seen of him was usually just his feet due to him being too big to fit in the screen. Other body parts of his would occasionally be seen also, but he never appeared in full body view. In Season 2, he still retains his original depiction but from time to time, his entire body would be shown in full view, most notably in "The Colossus".
- Berserk Button:
- Do not call him "boring".
- Do not badmouth his mother.
- The Faceless: His face was always offscreen in season one. From season two onward his head is visible, but his fur covers all of his facial figures. The two exceptions to this so far are a view of his ear when Gumball plays music into it in "The Colossus" and a brief shot in season three's "The Butterfly" showing Hector's mouth and nostrils when he falls down.
- Gentle Giant: His mother makes sure he's always extremely calm and gentle, because if he wasn't, he'd quickly wreck up the whole town. In practice, everyone trying to avoid upsetting him has left him rather thin-skinned and easily excited. In fact, according to a Freeze-Frame Bonus on "The Apology," one of the offenses that warrants a suspension from school is "upsetting Hector" (which also counts as "destruction of property").Gumball: You're not boring, dude. You're nuts.
- Meaningful Name: His last name refers to Jötunheimr, the land of giants from Norse mythology. His first name is from the prefix "hecto-", which is a factor of 100.
- Multicolored Hair: It gradually changes color as you go up his body from purple, to orange, to reddish pink.
- Our Giants Are Bigger: He's taller than the building for the school he attends, and thus is only seen hanging around the playground. Judging by a comment he made about his dad on "The Hero" (he mentions his father's so big that three mountain climbers got stuck in his belly button), he's not even fully grown yet!
- Voiced by Kerry Shale (season 1), Hugo Harold-Harrison (season 2 onward)
- American Accents: Appalachian.
- Black Bead Eyes
- Country Mouse: He commutes to school from a farm and doesn't know what a TV is.
- Disney Death: When he appears to die in "The Bumpkin", his parents bury him, and after a short time in the "dirt bath" he pops out good as new.
- Good Ol' Boy: He's a jovial hick.
- Meaningful Name: He's a potato named after a state famous for producing potatoes.
- Plant Person: A walking, talking potato.
- Voiced by Jessica MacDonald (seasons 1-2), Maria Teresa Creasey (season 3 onward)
- Barbaric Bully: You don't get much more barbaric than tearing off someone's arm and spitting it at them.
- Blinding Bangs: She has these now in season 3.
- Cartoon Creature/Mix-and-Match Critters: Has horns like a bull, but a lion's tail and the body of a human. Darwin insults her by claiming she's a "half-cow, half-troglodyte". To make it weirder, her mother is a giant red cube and her father is probably the same species as her but with a pointy hair or hat with straight horns and without a tail.
- Comedic Sociopathy: Fed Anton to ducks? Check. Tore off Teri's arm and spat it at her? Check. Made Sarah and Banana Joe into an ice cream sundae? Check!Gumball: Coach saw what we were all too blind to see. That you're really a sweet, kind... orange thing with, uh, a hat or a wig or some kind of a helmet and horns that we're proud to call our friend.
- Even Bad Women Love Their Mamas: As mean as she is, she immediately toes the line anytime her mother (the Coach) is around.
- Even Evil Has Standards: She's no doubt a bully, but she was just as upset as the others when they thought Gumball kissed Carmen in front of Alan.
- Fully Dressed Cartoon Animal: Although she's easy to mistake as a Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal because her shirt is so similar to her skin in color.
- Informed Ability: The characters page on the official website describes her as being a bully because Ms. Simian held her back a year so she developed an extreme resentment for authority and her new classmates, which was never mentioned in the show. It also says she is Tina's sidekick, but the two were only shown working together once in "The Fight" where Jamie's presence was not commented upon.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: She only apologized to Gumball when Coach came into the scene because she was afraid of getting into trouble, or Coach getting angry.
- Perpetual Frowner: Her default facial expression in season three is a frown. Before that she was, ironically, almost always smiling.
- Red Headed Bully: Her worst acts of bullying include feeding Anton (a piece of toast) to ducks, ripping Teri's (a paper doll) leg off and spitting it back at her a la a spitball, and turning Sarah and Banana Joe into an ice cream sundae while Sarah staggers around with no head and Joe screams.
- Silly Walk: She doesn't have knees, so she basically goose-steps when she walks.
- Voiced by Beatbox Hobbit (in music mode), Hugo Harold-Harrison (in voice mode)
- Big Ol' Unibrow: His buttons visually invoke a unibrow, but they do not move with his facial expressions. In season two he gains regular eyebrows when necessary.
- Foreign Exchange Student: He's from some country in a continent called Boomboxembourg.
- Fully Dressed Cartoon Animal
- Line Boil: Very subdued compared to most examples, but his outline shakes slightly.
- The Unintelligible: He speaks (and writes) in beat box and as a foreign exchange student everyone assumes he's speaking a foreign language. He actually knows how to speak English fine, but when a switch on his head is in the wrong position he can only play music instead of talking. Since he can't reach the switch or tell anyone else, it's been stuck like that for over two years.
- Voiced by Kerry Shale
- Ambiguously Gay: Mostly blatantly shown in "The Mustache", when Gumball's butt suddenly becomes incredibly muscular and Leslie just stares. In "The Pressure", he's shown hanging out with a group of girls throughout the episode, with his presence never being noted; the other male characters mention him when talking about "the girls", and wordlessly joins in their expressions of interest in the idea of watching or kissing boys.Leslie: There's a lot of things you don't know about me, Gumball.
- Gender-Blender Name: Male, despite the name and appearance.
- Malaproper: He keeps mispronouncing things in "The Words", much to Darwin's annoyance.
- Nice Guy: He was very willing to forgive and make friends with Gumball after his insane feats of jealousy in "The Flower".
- Plant Person: A walking, talking flower.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Leslie has pink flower petals and is the only male cheerleader of his school's team.
- Straw Vegetarian: Inverted; as a plant, he refuses to eat vegetables and tries to bug Penny into only eating meat.
- Voiced by Jessica MacDonald
- Black Bead Eyes: Her eyes actually appear to be a pair of holes in her face, but give this appearance.
- Attention Whore: Masami is always trying to impress the other girls, faking a relationship with Darwin to seem more mature and partially being interested in Alan because she thought they'd make a popular couple.
- Flying Face: She has no limbs, just a face on a cloud.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: When she's angry, her eyes have an electric glow to them.
- Jerk Ass: The most consistently bitchy character in the show.
- Manipulative Bastard: Forces Darwin to be her boyfriend and then fake-cries to make him feel guilty when he tries to break it off then. After Gumball accidentally breaks up Carmen and Alan, she pretends to help them get back together with an Operation Jealousy, but she actually wanted to be with Alan and tried to blackmail Gumball into keeping quiet.
- Pet the Dog: In "The Tape", she lends her cell phone to Tobias so he can call his mother. She missed the point of his pick-up line, but it was uncharacteristically nice of her.
- Rich Bitch: Lampshaded by Darwin in "The Words". One of the lyrics in his song, "What He Thinks About Us," states that Masami only has friends because she's from a rich family.
- Spoiled Brat: Daughter of the rainbow factory owner and has a smug sense of superiority.
- Weather Manipulation: Can pull off minor things like raining and lightning at will, and when she's really angry she can generate a stormy tornado around herself.
- Yandere: She lies to hook up with Alan in "The Storm" and starts destroying the school when he breaks up with her. She stops once she realizes he's "such a wet cheeseball" and loses interest.
- Voiced by Jessica MacDonald
- The Bus Came Back: Reappears in "The Void." Apparently the dynamics of the world deemed her too boring so she got sucked into a void full of bad ideas. Darwin, Mr. Small, and Gumball manage to get her out, and she's eventually seen back in the backgrounds again later in the season, even though she doesn't appear in classroom scenes that often.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Disappears entirely from Miss Simian's class without explanation in season two, save for a single cameo in the background of a photo in "The Words".
- Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: A sauropod, although she looks more like a Cartoon Creature.
- Ret Gone: The reason for her disappearance.
- Voiced by Max Cazier
- Ax-Crazy: He could kill you for the slightest offense.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: He hasn't made a proper appearance since "The Tape", which was a Season 2 episode.
- The Dreaded: Gumball lives in fear of the guy when he's near. For good reason.
- Four-Legged Insect: A six-legged spider, but since he's a video game character this was probably an in-universe example caused by sprite limitations.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: He literally tries to kill Gumball for insulting him. He is not aware this kind of behavior is inappropriate because people are too terrified to give an honest answer whenever he asks if he's overreacted.
- Meaningful Name: Ocho is Spanish for Eight, like an 8-bit video game processor, though Ocho is based on a graphical style that's even older than the games most people think of as "8-bit". Spiders are known to have eight legs, though he doesn't.
- Suddenly Voiced: He speaks normally in season two.
- The Unintelligible: Spoke in Arcade Sounds in season one.
- Voiced by Teresa Gallagher
- Art Evolution: Went from this◊ during season 1, to what you see above in season 2 up until the season three episode "The Shell."
- Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: Only wears shoes and a sweatband on her arms. After she literally broke out of her shell and revealed that she's a shape-shifting spirit, she no longer wears any clothing normally, but puts the sweatbands back on (plus a third one on her head) when cheerleading.
- Beautiful All Along: In "The Shell", it's shown that Penny is a flying, multicolored creature with wings, who morphs into different shapes depending on her mood. Gumball definitely thinks she looks "extraordinary". Penny wasn't by any means "ugly" before, just decent-looking, compared to the form she was hiding beneath.
- Black Bead Eyes: Like Masami, her eyes have the appearance of Black Bead Eyes, but actually seem to be holes in her shell—Gumball once said she looked like a "coconut with holes in it". Given her shell turns out to be removable, it could be considered a form of Expressive Mask.
- The Cheerleader: She is, technically, a cheerleader. But the malicious version described in this trope is averted.
- Interspecies Romance: With Gumball.
- Involuntary Shapeshifter: Her real form inside her shell. How she looks depends upon her self-image and possibly other emotions, from a rabbit, to a dragon, to a form that looks somewhat similar to how she was with the shell still on. Being distressed or confused causes her to rapidly change between forms. She still always has antlers, though.
- Little Miss Snarker: Penny can be amazingly snarky when putting down Tobias.
- Morality Pet: Downplayed. While Gumball is far from anything evil or even a straight Jerkass, Penny is probably the only person he never speaks sarcastically or cynically towards.
- Nice Girl: Popular, cheerleader, and sweet as can be. In "The Bros", she told Gumball she needed space just so he and Darwin can have time to repair their friendship as the latter was very envious about Penny getting attention from him and she doesn't hold a grudge about it since she also cares for Darwin's well-being.
- Not So Above It All: The end of "The Flower" shows she's capable of the same illogical jealously that Gumball had been going through.
- Official Couple: with Gumball
- Relationship Upgrade: After their Big Damn Kiss at the end of "The Shell" she and Gumball are now dating.
- The Runaway: In "The Shell", she decides to run away from home and go live in the forest, because she believes everyone, even her dad, thinks she's a monster. Gumball convinces her to come back.
- Shapeshifter Default Form: It's not clear whether it's a Type A or B, but when she isn't worried about what other people think of her, under her shell she looks similar to how she did with it on, but with red and orange skin, a larger head, static wing-like appendages, and no hands or feet.
- Single-Target Sexuality: The only person Penny is romantically interested in is Gumball.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Penny is romantically interested in the fundamentally good guy, Gumball. They become an Official Couple after Gumball convinces her she's not the monster she thinks she is.
Gumball! I heard you're gonna sacrifice yourself to save the school. I know it's heroic and selfless and- (looks aside) kind of attractive.
- In "The Sweaters", after she finds out that Gumball (along with Darwin) was challenged to a tennis fight with two kids from Richwood High she gave this bit of dialogue:
- On their first date in "The Burden", Penny also liked Gumball showing his paternal side to the school's pet hamster. Heck, she even called his side "attractive".
- Smitten Teenage Girl: With Gumball. Technically, Pennny is "tweenage".
- Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Penny is always shown as being taller than Gumball, though by how much varies by scene.
- Twice Shy: Her feelings for Gumball are mutual, but both struggle to confess to each other. As of "The Shell", they're official.
- Voiced by Hugo Harold-Harrison (season 2, season 3, "The Nemesis" pre-voice change), David Warner ("The Nemesis" post-voice change)
- Art Evolution: He was CGI in his background appearances in the first season, but in the second season he switches to a 2D design. In season three's "The Nobody," he returns and is back to being in CGI, but the CGI is more well-done than it was in season one.
- Ascended Extra: His first speaking line is mid Season Two, but he appears before that as a background character
- Big Bad: Since Rob needed a new place in life and Elmore basically only had room for villains, he decides to become Gumball and Darwin's Arch-Nemesis.
- Body Horror: Escaping from the void caused his body to become all glitchy and disfigured. Part of his body even displays the void's background pattern.
- Chekhov's Gunman: His cameo in "The Void" turns out to be significant in "The Nobody".
- Evil Brit: Rob let Darwin and Gumball change his voice to one with a British accent specifically because they thought it would be a better "evil" voice.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: After coming back from the void but not remembering who he is, Rob literally calls himself "nobody". Darwin and Gumball suggest he strive for a new place in the world as the worst person ever. Rob then remembers who he is and how they left him behind in the void, and swears to take revenge by destroying everything they care about and taking away everyone they love.
- Harmless Villain: After swearing vengeance in "The Nobody", Rob's evil plans are all so self-defeating that Gumball and Darwin don't even notice them, and they help Rob become more threatening in "The Nemesis". His plan to destroy Elmore's dam fails because Elmore doesn't have a dam, but the ending implies his increased confidence may make him a genuine threat.
- Fully Dressed Cartoon Animal
- Meaningful Rename: Since "Rob" wasn't exactly a great villain name, Gumball and Darwin come up with a bunch of new names for him to go by. After many terrible ones they come up with "Dr. Wrecker".
- The Nondescript: After Darwin and Gumball stop talking to him, they immediately forget who he was or that they even met him. It really says a lot about Elmore and it inhabitants that a blue cyclops is considered "nondescript".
- The Nth Doctor: In "The Nemesis", part of Darwin and Gumball's attempt make him a better enemy is to give him a more intimidating voice. His partially-static body could be altered by a television remote, causing him to change voice actor from Hugo Harold-Harrison to David Warner.
- Heartwarming Orphan: According to "The Nobody":Gumball: Oh, you know what else is thick? Your mom's chin!
Rob: I don't have a mom.
Gumball: Yeah. I meant your mom's skin.
Rob: I still don't have a mom.
- Put on a Bus to Hell: He's seen floating around the bad idea dimension in "The Void", indicating he was Ret Gone. Unlike Molly, Gumball and Darwin do not remember him, so he ends up being left there without comment — until it was revealed that he actually broke out of the void and has been living in the Wattersons' basement with no memory of who he was until Gumball and Darwin tell him that he can be their worst enemy.
- Unknown Rival: Even after he swears to be Darwin and Gumball's nemesis, they still ignore him and probably immediately forget about him.
- Walking Spoiler: The fact that he has any plot significance at all is a rather huge spoiler for "The Nobody" and possibly more.
Sarah G. Lato
- Voiced by Jessica MacDonald
- Ascended Extra: She was a background character until late in season 2.
- Blush Sticker: She has oval-shaped ones on her cheeks at all times.
- Held Back In School: Strangely, she's in Ms. Simian's 7th grade class even though she was previous attending Richwood High, which would imply her transfer involved going back at least two grades. This is probably just an oversight on the writers' part.
- Huge Schoolgirl: With the exception of Tina, she's the tallest girl at the school.
- The Millstone: In "The Sweaters", she keeps pushing for Darwin and Gumball to fight the kids from her old school, despite saying they're not to be messed with, even going behind Gumball and Darwin's backs to provoke them. Some of the pictures in "The Fan" implied Sarah was stalking Darwin and Gumball even before transferring to Elmore, so it's a strong possibility she was solely responsible for Gumball and Darwin's "reputation" at said school that brought the pair in the first place.Gumball: (watching Sarah hanging around his house) This girl's trouble, man.
- Loony Fan: She's obsessed with following Darwin and Gumball's adventures, sometimes trying to get them into more or fit herself into them.
- Losing Your Head: The ice cream part of her can fall off the cone (as seen in "The Coach" and "The Allergy"), but it doesn't seem to do anything to her. Her body can even move independently, though this is difficult for obvious reasons.
- New Transfer Student: In "The Sweaters" it's explained she transferred to Elmore Junior High from Richwood High. In "The Fan" she lets it slip that she transferred just to be closer to Darwin and Gumball.
- Punny Name: A gelato (G. Lato) is a frozen Italian dessert that's a lot like ice cream, though Sarah is modeled after American-style ice cream.
- Remember the New Guy: Sarah showed up in the background of most of season two, but was introduced in one of the season's last episodes ("The Sweaters") as if she's just transferred then. Her one speaking role before that in "The Voice" did show that Darwin and Gumball didn't know her yet.
- Sphere Eyes
- Stalker with a Crush: Her fascination with Gumball and Darwin goes Up to Eleven in "The Fan", including a Stalker Shrine and video of her watching them in secret.
- Straw Fan: She has a lot of traits of a stereotypical fangirl: she draws very bad animesque fanart and writes overly-dramatic, romantic fanfiction about Gumball, Darwin, and herself. Darwin and Gumball end up humoring her and acting it out to cheer her up (before tearing it to shreds).
- Tuckerization: She is named after the series' executive producer, Sarah Fell.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: Aggressively so. Sarah tends to force the boys into whatever kind of story strikes her fancy that week. She even brings her own soundtrack.
- Voiced by Ben Bocquelet (wails, screams, and laughs), Aurelie Charbonnier* (Season 1, speaking), Fergus Craig (Season 2, speaking)
- All Loving Heroine: "Sussie likes everything in the world".
- Big Eater: Rarely seen not eating.
- Cloudcuckoolander: She acts extremely spacey. At one point she held a party and "practiced" welcoming guest by randomly opening the door to greet thin air.
- Fat Bastard: Less bastard and more just plain annoying and gross.
- Fat Idiot: Moreso in season 2.
- Fat Slob: Complete with Jabba Table Manners.
- Fully Dressed Cartoon Animal: Her lower half is shown extremely few times◊, but these times show she wears shoes.
- Hidden Depths: In "The Question," she turns out to be more philosophical than she lets out, citing probably the most insightful answer to Gumball and Darwin's question of what's the meaning of lifenote . She also implies she actually isn't stupid, she just acts that way because to her, that's how she enjoys and finds meaning in her life.
- Kindhearted Simpleton: Despite her kookiness, she is (with the exception of Penny), Miss Simian's nicest student.
- Third-Person Person: Bordering on Hulk Speak after her vanishing intelligence in season 2.
- Verbal Tic: She tends to repeat the last word she hears.
- Voiced by Teresa Gallagher
- Barefoot Cartoon Animal/Fully Dressed Cartoon Animal: Her design isn't detailed enough around the feet to tell if she's supposed to be wearing shoes. Technically she isn't wearing any clothes, just part of her body shaped like a skirt and drawn-on details that indicate clothing.
- Beary Friendly: She's definitely not violent or intimidating (being about as strong as you'd expect a crumpled piece of paper to be) and is on the school's cheer team, though her obsessive, somewhat egocentric behavior gets on people's nerves.
- The Chew Toy: She becomes victim to an incredible amount of physical trauma in season three, likely because being made of paper makes it all Bloodless Carnage. This includes having a hole burned into her face, one arm being torn off by Miss Simian during the Joy virus attack, Jamie ripping off one of her legs, chewing it, and spitting it in her face, and being impaled on Carmen's needles.
- Face Doodling: Does this to herself at times when necessary (e.g. "The Virus", where she draws tears under her eyes to represent crying, and later draws a surgical mask over her mouth) and was seen passed out and drawn on in "The Party." Her paper body gives her the capability of erasing face doodles quite easily.
- Hypochondria: Much to the annoyance of the school nurse.Teri: I can feel myself getting ill...
Nurse: Hmm, like Monday, when you thought the foam in your mouth was rabies only to discover it was toothpaste? Or Tuesday, when you thought you broke your leg even though you don't have any bones? Or yesterday, when you thought you'd gone deaf because nobody had spoken to you for five minutes.
- Ill Girl: Or at least that what she's worried about being.
- Mad Libs Catch Phrase: "You do know that [noun] has more germs on it than a toilet seat?"
- Motor Mouth: When something cause her to talk about disease, Teri tends to go on a detailed clip without any letting anyone else talk.
- Paper People: A crumpled-up one.
- Punny Name: Being made of paper, she is very "tear-y".
- Skintone Sclerae: Like Alan, she has a drawn-on face with no coloring, though in this case that just happens to make her sclerae white.
- Terrified of Germs: She's constantly spraying things clean while talking about how many germs are covering everything. This is apparently a result of her looking at a lot of pictures of infections her doctor mother posted on her medical website.
- Voiced by Dan Russell (Season 1), Stefan Ashton Frank (Season 2 onward)
- Art Evolution: In Season 1, she originally had a cartoon-like design similar to the old T-Rex depictions. In Season 2, she is given a more realistic design similar to modern T-Rex depictions.
- Barbaric Bully: She's a pre-historic bully.
- The Bully: A very intimidating one.
- Demoted to Extra: Tina is one of the only classmates of Gumball's to have become less prominent as the show has progressed: In the first season, she was one of the more frequently recurring characters in Elmore Junior High and had two episodes centered around her ("The Quest" and "The Fight"). In the second season, she still appeared normally, but the one episode planned to be about her was scrapped. In the third season, she is seen and talks fairly rarely.
- The Dreaded: Not just the students, but the school's counselor are terrified of her.
- Female Monster Surprise: The other character have all known her long enough to know Tina is a girl, but her male voice and monstrous, gender-neutral appearance definitely lead most viewers to think she's male until stated otherwise.
- Fluffy the Terrible: Her name is Tina, but with her last name it becomes Names to Run Away From Really Fast.
- Gonky Femme: Tina doesn't normally act very feminine, but she did try to be in the cheerleading squad and was upset when Darwin told her trying to act girly doesn't work for a huge tyrannosaurus.Darwin: And how about you clip those stupid nails?! They're not gonna make you look more feminine. In case you haven't noticed, you're a ten ton sack of reptile flesh!
- Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: Not the case, especially not when her dad gets involved...
- Hidden Depths: Tina apparently dreams of being a pianist.
- I Am Not My Father:Tina: Everyone thinks I'm a brute, just like my dad. But I'm not!
(Tina kicks a scrap car away)
- Jerkass Façade: It is revealed in "The Fight" that she wasn't intentionally bullying Gumball, she just acts that way because of her scary father and the fact that it is what people expect when they see a T-rex that Does Not Know Her Own Strength.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She shows shades of this from time to time.
- Larynx Dissonance: Has a very deep male voice (and is voiced by a man), due to being a Tyrannosaurus.
- Meaningful Name/Punny Name: T.(na) Rex the T. Rex
- Tyrannosaurus rex: The only T. rex in her school.
- Voiced by Rupert Degas (season 1), Hugo Harold-Harrison (season 2 onward)
- Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: Only wears shoes and sweatbands around his wrist and forehead.
- Casanova Wannabe: Showed hints of this in the second season, especially when he tried to make a video about talking to girls in "The Tape". By the third season, he's hitting on and being rejected by every girl in school. He's basically the only person in the whole show Penny is not nice to.
- Characterization Marches On: Applies not so much to him as to how everyone else treats him: during his first appearance in "The Third", it's pretty obvious to the audience that he's not as great as he claims, yet everyone thinks he's genuinely cool and interesting. In seasons two and three, he usually portrayed as one of the least popular people in the whole school, despite being a jock.
- Dumb Jock: Tobias isn't very smart.
- Jerk Jock: He definitely thinks he's a jock, and can be pretty well a jerk.
- Hopeless Suitor: He constantly goes after Penny in "The Knight", despite her openly rejecting him at every opportunity. His attempts are so hopeless that Gumball, the guy who was furious over a dream of Darwin kissing Penny, doesn't see Tobias as any kind of romantic competition.
- Not a Zombie: Inverted in "The Joy", as being ignored by all the girls left him the only one not infected with the happiness virus that gives you rainbow drool, but his technicolor appearance made Miss Simian think he was anyway (possibly that's why none of the male infected bothered him either).
- Small Name, Big Ego: He thinks he's super athletic and popular, but he's incredibly scrawny, all the girls hate him, and he's generally thought of as a loser. In "The Voice" he can't understand why everything important happens to Gumball, and thinks if anyone should be the main character it should be him.
- Tuckerization: His name comes from Tobi Wilson, one of the show's writers.
A winged eyeball that never talks because he doesn't have a mouth.
- Beware the Quiet Ones: He's incredibly powerful and dangerous because he can't talk, but doesn't know it.
- Faceless Eye
- I Just Want to Have Friends: He was the one after Darwin and Gumball in "The Voice" because he ask them to be friends, they didn't understand him, and seemed to reject him.
- The Informant/Teacher's Pet: Described as such for Ms. Simian on the website, but he never does in the actual show (and it seems he can't because he can't talk).
- Mind over Matter: He has telekinesis that's strong enough to crush lockers and smash down walls.
- Oculothorax: An eyeball with wings, though he can still blink with fleshy eyelids that sudden appear when he needs them.
- The Speechless: He can't speak because he has No Mouth, but until the end of "The Voice" he didn't know that and assumed everyone was just ignoring him.
- What the Hell Is That Accent?: His internal monologue is provided by the show's director, who is clearly trying to mask his British accent but doesn't quite sound American either, or trying to do an impression of Alan Rickman and not quite getting it. Whatever it is, it arguably makes him sound creepier.
Elmore Junior High Staff
Principal Nigel Brown
- Voiced by Lewis MacLeod (Season 1), Steve Furst (Season 2 onward)
- Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: Only wears glasses, though his fur is sometimes treated as if it were an object of clothing. He may also be wearing high heels under his fur, which produce his loud clopping footsteps.
- Berserk Button: Apparently he does not take cheating on a math test well and will give whoever he catches cheating a spring break's worth of detention.
- Cartoon Creature: Even Principal Brown himself doesn't know what species he is."I tried to hibernate until spring, but it turns out that whatever I am doesn't do that."
- Dean Bitterman: Principal Brown can be rather petty, once giving Gumball detention specifically because it might have messed up his face, although sometimes he's the Reasonable Authority Figure reacting to something ridiculous Gumball or Darwin did.
- Eye Glasses: His eyebrows are clearly on top of his glasses. He once took off his glasses dramatic, showing he had another pair of glasses under that while the glasses he took off still had irises and eyebrows on them.
- Humiliation Conga: He's quite prone to these:
- In "The Mystery" he was slammed with a door by Mrs. Simian, leaving him dizzy and causing him to fall down the stairs, covering himself in toilet paper, then smashed into Penny's painting and falling into some burning chemicals, causing him to fall down MORE stairs and wrapping himself in more toilet paper, then finally landing inside Gumball's locker.
- In "The Meddler', Gumball crashes into him and he spills his hot coffee all over his face. He douses the coffee with a can of paint, burning his eyes; he washes off the paint with chlorine for the pool, burning off all his hair; and he finishes by neutralizing the chlorine with fertilizer, painfully growing his hair back. He is unscathed by the end of it, but he gives Gumball detention for potentially damaging his face.
- Happens in "The Sock", though at a smaller scale. In this episode he has his head set on fire, and later he throws himself out of a window to "rescue" Miss Simian.
- In "The Apology" Miss Simian repeatedly trashes his office in rage every time she fails to get Gumball and Darwin in trouble. So he glues everything down. And it all gets stuck to him.
- Morality Pet: He is probably the sole being that Miss Simian shows a soft side to.
- Official Couple: With Miss Simian.
- Phony Degree: "The Fraud" shows his degree in teaching is fake. He's worried about being exposed, but everyone who knows agrees to keep is secret so long as he actually focuses on his job.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Usually he's not (in "The Burden," he stops caring about being a principal at exactly 4:00 in the afternoon, especially if it's a weekend and he has plans with Miss Simian), but in "The Apology" he refuses to punish Gumball or Darwin unless he's given solid evidence and he threatens to fire Miss Simian if she keeps trying to frame them, in spite of his personal feelings for her. Word of God and the episode "The Sock" reveal that his relationship with Miss Simian is cutting into his professionalism.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue Oni to Miss Simian's Red Oni.
- Totally Radical: In "The Fraud", where he tries to keep Gumball and Darwin silent from discovering that he had a fake diploma, one attempt was dressing up in a hip-hop outfit and speaking in 2010s terms such as piercings, hashtag, YOLO, selfies and swag. This went on until Mr. Small had to hit him with a cafeteria tray for being a Jerkass and attempting to be cool.
- Voiced by Dan Russell
- Bait-and-Switch Tyrant: When introduced in "The Coach", she seems like a blowhard Drill Sergeant Nasty, not letting Darwin and Gumball use their excuse note for gym, exhausting everyone in class, talking about ridiculous stories of her accomplishments, and seeming to overly favor Jamie. Halfway into the episode, she keeps Jamie from beating up Gumball and makes her apologizes, to everyone's completely shock. From that point, it becomes clearly she's just a regular gym coach, even if she's overbearing and somewhat dense.
- The Cobbler's Children Have No Shoes/Hypocrite: She's in charge of physical fitness and goes on about how necessary it is, but she's in such terrible shape (literally and figuratively) that she gets exhausted running even the shortest distance. On the other hand, her daughter is very physically fit. Ironically, she's much better at her job than most of the staff, as her introduction has most of the students getting the first real workout they've had in their lives.
- The Comically Serious: She always speaks in a declarative monotone even when describing completely ridiculous situations where gym class lessons would come in handy.
- Fully Dressed Cartoon Animal: Something she has in common with her daughter.
- Lady Looks Like a Dude: Despite the voice and gender-neutral-to-masculine appearance, Coach is actually a woman, something Gumball and Darwin didn't realize until the end of her introductory episode. Specifically, she's Jamie's mom.
- Larynx Dissonance: Like Tina, she is female but voiced by a man—the same man who previously voiced Tina, in fact.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy/Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: She's a giant red cube with a man's voice; her husband is a tiny green man with an effeminate voice. Given her daughter looks somewhat like her father but nothing like her, this is probably also an Interspecies Romance.
- The Munchausen: She claims to have won at least three gold medals. The only proof she has are pictures (or just one picture) where she looks exactly the same as she does now and takes up the entire picture, and some of the details are blatant nonsenselike .
- Rapunzel Hair: She's a very odd example. Her hair goes all the way down to her butt, but she's a Cephalothorax. This creates a strange paradox where he hair can look short or very long depending on if you're comparing it to her face or her body.
- Running Gag: Trying (and failing) to whistle.
- Sarcasm-Blind: She demonstrates this when trying to explain the use for skills learned in P.E.Coach: Let me paint you a picture. You're being chased by another pack of angry dogs. You've reached a ravine with only asymmetric bars allowing you to reach the other side. They want your pen. What do you do?
Gumball: I guess I'd just turn on my jet pack, fly over the ravine, land in my flying car, and drive to space.
Coach: That's completely unrealistic.
- Sports Hero Backstory: Coach claims to have won gold medals at several different Olympic events, but it's pretty obvious that's she's making it all up.
The school's put-upon nurse, a living adhesive bandage, who has to deal with Gumball and Darwin trying to get out of gym class, Teri the paper bear's hypochondria, and `Miss Simian's bad attitude.
- Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: She's a nurse and a living band-aid—as are most of the other medical personnel in the show, including doctors and paramedics (barring Dr. Butt as seen in "The Goons" and the pig doctor from "The Saint").
- Dr. Jerk: Having to put up with Gumball and Darwin looking for doctor's notes, Teri's hypochondria and other general craziness has left her a tad cantankerous.
- Fully Dressed Cartoon Animal: Assuming the dress and shoes aren't just part of her body.
- I'm a Doctor, Not a Placeholder: When people keep sending Bobert her way for fixing, she reminds them she isn't a mechanic. Miss Simian points out that Elmore has all kinds of weird students, so she should just shut up and deal with it.
- Nerd Glasses: She wears enormously oversized eye glasses—or rather lenses inexplicably attached to her face.
- No Name Given: Like the Sheriff, no one has ever called her by name.
- Sphere Eyes
Miss Lucy Simian
- Voiced by Lewis MacLeod (season 1), Hugo Harold-Harrison (season 2 onward)
- 0% Approval Rating: Loathed by the entire town, Principal Brown excluded. Even Rocky, a Nice Guy who claims to like everybody, admits to her face that he hates her.
- Action Survivor: Of the joy virus in "The Joy". She also ends up being the Final Girl.
- Apathetic Teacher: She admits in "The Butterfly" that she doesn't care about the children's education, though you wouldn't either if you've been teaching since the Stone Age.
- Art Evolution/Early Installment Weirdness: In Season 1, she was originally a rigid blocky character◊ with a rather prominent shade of gray, and had a polka-dotted dress. In Season 2, she is given more color, a completely pink dress, a more rounded body, better computer animation, and some slightly noticeable Fan Disservice Jiggle Physics in her much more saggier boobs.
- Bald of Evil/Girls with Moustaches: She's technically bald with a beard. Given she's a monkey, this wouldn't be especially notable if it weren't for it being pointed out to her in "The Boombox" by Principal Brown, showing she had not noticed before.
- Barefoot Cartoon Animal: Wears a full dress but no shoes. Given her feet are realistically primate-like, she probably couldn't fit them in a regular pair of shoes.
- Elderly Immortal/Long Lived: It's unknown if she's lived 300,000 years because of actual immortality or a naturally long lifespan, but either way she looks quite old.
- Everything's Better with Monkeys: Judging by her face and red bottom, she's some sort of mandrill or baboon. Despite clearly having a tail (not pictured here, but visible on the show), she's still often called an ape.
- Fan Disservice: What her body shows (on both the season one and season two designs, with the season two design being more obvious since the CGI is more refined).
- It's All About Me: Her mug even says, "I Love Myself"
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: In "The Ape", she was a complete Jerk Ass to Nicole when she was young and would even use Gumball and Darwin just to get the Teacher Award. She was given a choice to either get the form with the signature on the car and fall out of the bridge or get off the car and redeem herself by staying friends with the Wattersons. She went "Nah!" to the latter and does the former, which leads to her fall.
- Meaningful Name: Lucy is also the nickname of an important hominid fossil.
- Nominal Hero: In "The Joy", while she's doing it for purely selfish reasons (recognition, not liking the sight of so much happiness, etc.), she still tries to stop the spread of the titular G-Rated Zombie Apocalypse (even though she failed).
- Not So Above It All: She's a Jerkass to end all Jerkasses...but she loves a good party.
- Official Couple: With Principal Brown.
- Pet the Dog: She showed herself to not be completely heartless in "The Apology," as she gave up her attempts to frame or catch Gumball and Darwin when they attempted to actually get in trouble to save her dignity, her job and her relationship, and even attempted to clean up the mess they made to keep them out of trouble. Even when Darwin completely milks the fact that she's actually saying sorry for her behavior, she just chuckles. It's a surprisingly sweet moment for such a mean character.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red Oni to Principal Brown's Blue Oni.
- Sadist Teacher: Zig Zagged; she's almost always portrayed as grumpy, self-centered, and mean-spirited when Principal Brown isn't present, but if this translates to actively picking on her students or Gumball specifically varies by the episode.
- Species Surname: Although a bit wider than "species", as "simian" is an infraorder (a taxonomy level between an order and a family).
- Time Abyss: At least 300,000 years old. She's so old, she taught during the Stone Age and her father's skeleton is currently on display at a natural history museum.
- Voiced by Lewis MacLeod (Season 1), Hugo Harold-Harrison (Season 2), Simon Lipkin (Season 3)
- Alliterative Name: Rocky Robinson.
- Barefoot Cartoon Animal: Unlike his parents, he wears no shoes.
- Black Sheep: His father disowned him because he won't take a respectable job, is a deadbeat who never graduated from school, and dresses like a Canadian.
- Bland-Name Product : He wears an AB/CD shirt in season one. From season two to now, the logo was changed to "Bisou" and stylized after the logo for the band "KISS".
- Catchphrase: "Word."
- Like Father, Unlike Son/White Sheep: His parents are both very mean, grumpy, and serious, but Rocky himself is friendly, happy, and laid-back.
- Mellow Fellow: Rocky is very calm and relaxed, generally only losing his cool when in danger or pain.
- New Job as the Plot Demands: He fills pretty much every non-teaching, non-administrative job at school, usually the janitor, the cafeteria worker, and the bus driver.
- Nice Guy: In "The Ape" he tells Mrs. Simian that not even he likes her... and he likes everybody!
- Replacement Goldfish: Becomes a literal replacement goldfish for Darwin in "The Genius", who Nicole and Richard insist on calling "Rockwin".
- Voiced by Rupert Degas (season 1), Adam Long (season 2 onward)
- Alliterative Name: The first letters of his first and last name begin with a "S".
- American Accents: He had a slight Dixie (Southern U.S.) accent in the first season. Season two on, he had a stereotypical hippie voice.
- Characterization Marches On: In season one, Mr. Small's hippie-like tendencies weren't so pronounced and it was generally implied that he was much meaner and more shiftless than he let on, whereas after that he seems to genuinely be a complete doormat. And, as mentioned in the American Accents entry above, his first voice actors played him with a Southern accent.
- Chew Toy: Him being injured as the result of the protagonist's actions has become a Running Gag since the end of season one.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Even besides his deliberately "hippie" behavior, he's done strange things like writing an extremely long poem from the point of view of a shoe and thinking he's become one with the universe when he woke up in a room full of foam.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: He's the judge for cheerleading tryout and is extremely serious about it for a team with about six members.
- Fully Dressed Cartoon Animal
- Hippie Teacher: A counselor variant. Though he's rather less patient than the typical example.
- Mood-Swinger: Can go from an easy-going hippie to an enraged maniac in a snap.
- New-Age Retro Hippie: Right down to the rainbow shirt, temporarily having a diet that was just sunlight, talking about "the man," having a hippie van named Janis (possibly named after Janis Joplin), and even being a literal cloud. There's even a few moments implying he is indeed a stoner; drinking herbal tea that makes him black out and on "The Void," he can bounce through the dimension of the world's mistakes because he's, "...used to feeling spaced out."
- Nothing but Skin and Bones: On a few occasions where he wears skin-tight clothes (or any type of revealing clothes, like the midriff-bearing holistic doctor outfit he wore in "The Allergy," the tattered clothes he had in "The Pizza," and when he wore nothing but a loincloth in "The Void") we can see his ribcage with a disturbing amount of detail. Justified as he starved himself on a diet of sunlight and (rarely) eats meat.
- Large Ham:"Don't hate me because I'm beautiful!"
- Piss-Take Rap: Has one about honesty; while dressed in a bear costume.
- Psycho Psychologist: Mr. Small is the school's counselor but really needs therapy more than any of his students. Especially in the first season, where he often showed himself to be violently bipolar. Seasons two and three had him more as spacey and paranoid.
- Scare 'Em Straight: Does this to Gumball and Darwin by showing them a grotesque diagram of the soul of a liar. This can also be applied to his sock puppet, the Silence Snake, whom he uses to scream at people and shock them into shutting up.
- Sphere Eyes
- Straw Vegetarian: In "The Castle" he states he's only a vegetarian so he can rub his superiority over not eating meat in everyone's faces. In "The Pizza," it's revealed that in dire survival situations, he will turn to cannibalism, but only if the person about to be eaten hasn't had any antibiotics or anything that's not considered organic. Principal Brown in "The Fraud" mentions that he hates vegetarians because they're boring, always go shirtless, and have a smug superiority to them, which may or may not be how he really feels about Mr. Small.
- Tuckerization: Named after a friend of the show's creator that also works in animation—the same one that made his character design, in fact.
- Unmoving Plaid: His rainbow-patterned shirt played this straight◊ a few times in season one. Every other time it's a downplayed example, because the pattern will rotate and shift as his body parts move, but does not change when his shirt gets folded◊.
Other Citizens of Elmore
Banana Bob and Banana Barbara
- Voiced by Mic Graves (Bob), Sandra Searles Dickinson (Barbara)
- Alliterative Name: Both of them.
- Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: Barbara wears a polka-dot ribbon. Bizarrely, Bob's mustache was shown in "The Shell" to actually be a detachable accessory.
- The Chew Toy: Barbara is subject to a large amount of prat-falls in "The Mothers", many of them caused by her extreme clumsiness.
- Hidden Depths: Banana Bob used to be a musician. And a bank robber.
- Lookalike Lovers: They're basically identical save their Tertiary Sexual Characteristics, as seen in "The Shell" where it's revealed that Banana Bob's mustache is detachable and, without it, his voice is very high and girl-like.
- Mad Oracle: In "The Shell" it's implied that Banana Barbara paints portraits that predict the future. "The Oracle" shows that she's been doing it for years, though Banana Joe never noticed because all of them were of the Watterson family. And any time she's seen making one, she stares around blankly.
- Obliviously Evil: Banana Bob mentions in "The Oracle" that people threw their hands up and gave him money any time he put on a balaclava (or "bananaclava" as he calls it) and walked into a bank, not understanding that those people thought he was robbing them.
- Species Surname: Like their son, "Banana" is their family name even though it's their first.
- Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Barbara has eyelashes, lipstick, and a bow while Bob has a mustache. In "The Shell," Banana Bob's mustache is detachable and the only thing keeping his voice masculine, which carries some odd implications.
Billy and Felicity Parham
- Voiced by Richard Overall (Billy), Sandra Searles Dickinson (Felicity)
- Abusive Parents/Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Billy does not have a very good mom.
- In "The Extras," she crashed her car (with her son in it) into a house and left him in there while she walked out and beaned herself on the head with a shovel.
- In "The Gripes," she threw her son in the trunk of the car and buckled up her groceries as she accused Gumball's father of being a bad parent.
- In "The Law," she leaves her son behind when she hijacks the ice cream truck and goes on a crime spree.
- In "The Butterfly," she shoved her own son out of the way when he was chasing after the $20 bill that the hairy hobo lost. Fortunately, she got what was coming to her when Mrs. Robinson shoved her out of the way to get the $20 bill.
- Ascended Extra: They started as Recurring Extras throughout season 2before that , then they got a skit in "The Extras" and major roles in "The Law" and "The Egg".
- Ax-Crazy: Felicity, and how.
- Blue Orange Contrast: Not only are they blue and orange, but the mother has blue lips.
- Child Prodigy: Billy is about as smart as Anais, and a bit more of an Insufferable Genius.
- Hipster: Billy seems rather disdainful of suburban living. He gets along with Anais very well, celebrating how they'll do hipster things like tour Europe and get tattoos, until she admits she likes Daisy the Donkey, which he thinks is a mindless show that exists solely to sell merchandise.
- Rich Bitch: It's not clear exactly how rich they are, but they're both pretty stuck up. When it appears to them that Gumball and Darwin were being arrested, the mother assumes it's because they went to public school.
- Sphere Eyes
- Stepford Smiler: Beneath her cheery demeanor, Felicity is bitchy at best and mentally deranged at worst. In their skit in "The Extras" when she got tired of Billy's pestering, she crashed her car into their house and knocked herself out with a shovel so she didn't have to listen to him. In "The Law," the sight of Gumball not being stopped by the Doughnut Sheriff (who was fired) for jaywalking enrages her so much that she immediately figures law and order doesn't exist anymore, hijacks Larry's ice cream truck, leaving her son behind, and plows through Elmore until she reaches the police department and threatens to kill the Chief of Police with an ice cream cone. "The Egg" is pretty much an entire episode of her making catty remarks about The Wattersons while barely trying to keep her cheerfulness at bay.
- Tuckerization: Their last name comes from one of the show's writers, Joe Parham.
- Unexplained Accent: Billy has a British accentnote , even though his mother and the rest of Elmore do not.
- Unnamed Parent: Until "The Egg", Felicity's name was never stated.
- Voiced by Dan Russell
- Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: Normally wears only sandals with socks under them. When at work he also wears a hardhat and when jogging he replaces the sandals with tennis shoes and adds sweatbands.
- Black Bead Eyes: Like his daughter, his eyes look like this, but actually seem to be holes in his shell.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Gumball, Darwin, and Nicole run through his backyard in "The DVD", when he wouldn't get a speaking role until "The Date" later that season.
- Fat Idiot: Subverted. Mr. Fitzgerald is scarily on the ball when it comes to parenting, and seems to be a very authoritative and strict person, despite his size - which, given what the Fitzgeralds are like under their shells, may not be indicative of his weight anyway.
- Large and In Charge: The biggest in the Fitzgerald household.
- Only Sane Man: Has a justified grudge against the Wattersons, and Gumball in particular, but is unusually quick to put it aside as events dictate. Was pretty much the only Elmore resident who was willing to work with the Wattersons in some way during the events of "The Finale" (by taking a fall in a "Dad Fight" between him and Richard, as things had clearly gotten well out of hand with the crowd and all).
- Overprotective Dad: He refuses to let Penny see Gumball after his family makes a bad impression in "The Knights", and flat-out refuses to even let her say anything about it. "The Shell" implies a lot of this is because their whole family are secretive about what they're like under their shells, but this ends up backfiring and making Penny feel ashamed after she leaves her shell. Since "The Shell," however, Patrick hasn't been as overprotective or as antagonistic to Gumball: In "The Spoiler," he still feels the need to eavesdrop over Gumball and Penny's phone conversation, but he's notably less hostile towards Gumball than he was before and actually feels bad about revealing a major plot point in The Screamening.
- Papa Wolf: To Penny. The fact that she likes Gumball doesn't help. However, as of "The Shell" (when Gumball called him out on hurting Penny's feelings when she was freaking out over her new form, then consoled him and told him that "parenting is hard" and went through hell to get Penny back to her default form and back to her father), Patrick has loosened up a bit.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: His wife isn't fat like he is, though he seems to be in much better shape than Richard.
- Unnamed Parent: His given name (Patrick) wasn't stated until "The Shell". The same episode played with it by Gumball repeatedly calling him some variation of "Robert", when the audience would have no idea that he was wrong.
A large, strange creature made of many different parts (mostly Lego bricks, a Barbie doll leg, a plastic shark's head, and a leg from an action figure of The Thing from The Fantastic Four). He pretended to be an imaginary friend created by Anais, Darwin, and Gumball but was actually a creation of a lonely toymaker who outlived him.
- Adorkable: His social skills are rather poor because he'd previously never talked with anyone but his creator. Gumball even tells Anais that she finally found someone as socially awkward as her, to her delight.
- Bizarre Taste in Food: He eats hair.
- Detachment Combat/Pulling Themselves Together: Although he doesn't use them to fight, The Friend can remotely control his detachable pieces and reassemble himself at will. He shows this off by taking his head off then comes together again after being blown to pieces.
- Does Not Know His Own Strength: He barely nudges a pinata and it's sent flying into the sky.
- Living Toy: An old toymaker made him because he was lonely.
- Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold: After his creator died, he started wandering around at random and his appearance made people scared of him even though he's actually quite nice.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: And a rather bizarre one even by Elmore standards: his body is a collection of LEGO-like blocks, his left arm is robot-like and has a buzzsaw, the right arm is like a giant action figure's arm, his right leg is like a mannequin's, his left like Ben Grimm's, and he has a shark's head with long hair.
- Not-So-Imaginary Friend: He shows up right after Anais, Darwin, and Gumball try to make up an imaginary friend together, and pretends to be the friend they made up.
- No Name Given: He never uses any name, isn't ask for one, and might not have one.
- Odd Friendship: He forms one with Anais.
- Voiced by Sandra Searles Dickinson
- Characterization Marches On: Rather than being overly protective, in the first season she seemed extremely apathetic, not wanting to do anything in "The Kiss" but watch TV all day and uncaringly telling Richard that magic wasn't real in a flashback in "The Wand". Compare with episodes like "The Authority" and "The Man," where it's established that she was an overprotective parent to Richard and lied to him about why his father wasn't around.
- December-December Romance: With Louie (the Mickey Mouse Expy); when Richard finds out, he freaks.
- Gross-Up Close-Up: We constantly get this of her putting on her lipstick in "The Kiss".
- Freudian Excuse: "The Man" implies that Richard's father leaving him and his mother 42 years ago when he was very young is part of why she's so overprotective.
- Fully Dressed Cartoon Animal: Like her granddaughter, but unlike her son, she wears shoes.
- Miniature Senior Citizen: In the first season she was noticeably shorter than Richard or Nicole. Her second season design is barely taller than Anais.Granny Jojo: (inside, talking about the kids outside) See, this is exactly the kind of thing I was worried about.
Nicole: How would you know? You're not even tall enough to look out the window!
- My Beloved Smother: She thinks a mother has to protect her family from everything by making them scared of everything. Richard's such a Fat Idiot because she had him sit around eating all day, never learning how to do anything himself.
- The Nicknamer: Calls Gumball "the blue one" Darwin "walking fish" and "fish kid".
- Obnoxious In-Laws: Both Nicole and Richard prefer to be as far away as possible whenever she visits. She has an extremely low opinion of Nicole as a mother that she vocalizes regularly, yet also leans on her for ridiculous demands, making her waste one of her only four days off to be her chauffeur.
- Vague Age: In "The Man" she states herself to be 63 years old, yet she already looked old when Richard was a kid, and he's now thought to be between 40 and 50 years of age.
- Screw Politeness Im A Senior: She's very blunt, doesn't bother to remember her grandkids names, and she made Anais carry a suitcase that's clearly too heavy for her.
- Voiced by Sandra Searles Dickinson
- Absurdly Youthful Mother: Inverted; she looks far too old to have a middle school-aged son. Possibly whatever species she is looks like that regardless of age, or giants like Hector grow more slowly than "regular" people.
- Blue-Collar Warlock: She is a rather comical mixture of a traditional witch (she lives in a cave, uses a Magic Cauldron, knows about magic spells, and flies on a broom) and an everyday person (she goes into town like everyone else, she works as a custodian, and she has a son in middle school).
- Expy: Her character design is heavily based on Yubaba.
- Interspecies Romance: Her husband is stated to be a giant even bigger than Hector, implying she's a member of some Witch Species, rather than a giant that shrank with old age. And she's not even as big as a human.
- Good Is Not Nice: Mrs. Jötunheim is fairly unpleasant to talk to, but is the main thing keeping Hector from destroying the town and helps Gumball from the Snatcher in "The Mirror" without asking for anything in return.
- Miniature Senior Citizen: Even Gumball towers over her.
- My Beloved Smother: She's extremely controlling of everything Hector sees and does, even vetoing his online friend invitations and heavily censoring his comics. However, this isn't to protect Hector, it's to keep him calm, protecting everyone else from him.
- Wicked Witch: She turns out to really be a witch, as Gumball had guessed, and has a lot of the visual traits, including discolored warty skin, a big nose, and a witch broom, but isn't really evil.
Laurence "Larry" Needlemeyer
- Voiced by Kerry Shale
- Barrier Maiden: He holds so many jobs that his continued employment is required to keep Elmore's economy (and society as a whole) from spontaneously collapsing.
- Cartoon Creature: He's suppose to be a rock-man, but his design makes this slightly hard to tell.
- Chew Toy: He can hardly make an appearance where something terrible doesn't happen to him — usually at the hands of the Watterson family.
- Fully Dressed Cartoon Animal: Wears a shirt plus Long Pants.
- Funny Schizophrenia: In "The Game", he takes a pizza being ordered to his own address from a Prank Call, then argues with himself over who pays for it, ultimately throwing the pizza in his own face.Larry: I think all these jobs are messing with my head.
- Humiliation Conga: Goes through one at the hands of Gumball and Darwin in "The Laziest", as they get him fired while causing his car to be destroyed and girlfriend to dump him. He's back to normal by his next appearance.
- New Job as the Plot Demands: Runs pretty much every shop in town and does a lot of other jobs as well that isn't already covered by other characters. Lampshaded in the "The Finale" where it is explained that because of the Wattersons' constant antics, he has to take on more than one job in order to pay for all the damage they caused for him. In "The Pizza", it turns out he's the only one in town doing many of these things (including pest control workernote , police station accountant, and roadside repairman), and if he goes, the town's economy falls.
- That Man Is Dead: He used to be "Lazy Larry", the laziest person in Elmore, but after he lost that title to Richard he's been trying to get his life together and doesn't like being called "Lazy Larry" anymore.
Richwood High Tennis Team
- Voiced by Hugo Harold-Harrison (Carlton), Fergus Craig (Troy), Steve Furst (Mr. Kreese)
- Ambiguously Brown: Troy has a somewhat dark skin tone, but it might just be a tan.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: In spite of their delusional behavior, Carlton and Troy are actually extremely skilled at playing tennis. The one time Gumball actually tried to return one of their serves, the spin alone was enough to tear the racket out of his hand.
- Defeat Means Friendship: Ironically it's after they win that Darwin and Gumball get their respect. They're impressed that Gumball managed to keep playing after a minor injury, despite neither one trying to win before or after it.
- The Dividual: Carlton and Troy are, for most purposes, the same person.
- Expy: Carlton/Troy and Mr. Kreese blatantly parody the arrogant but honorable student/ruthless coach dynamic of Johnny and John Kreese in The Karate Kid. Although unlike John Kreese, Mr. Kreese has a Heel-Face Turn.
- Impossibly Tacky Clothes: They wear extremely stereotypical 1980s clothing, including tennis shoes and high-socks with rainbow highlights, long wavy hair, rectangular shades, and brightly color sweaters worn as both clothing and accessories for the shoulder and waist at the same time.
- Man Child: Mr. Kreese engages in Unsportsmanlike Gloating with all the grace, eloquence, and enthusiasm of a five-year old.
- Non-Standard Character Design: Their designs look like they're from a 70s or 80s cartoon made by Filmation or Sunbow. Even with the show's extremely diverse art style they're all very out of place.
- Opposing Sports Team: Relentlessly parodied: all three continuously insist that they're "more hardcore" than Darwin and Gumball, despite facing no disagreement, and won't stop bothering them until the two accept their challenge to prove it.
- Retraux: Their 80s-ness extends not just to their clothes and character design, but also their animation: their movement are all very choppy, they make flamboyant mannerisms reminiscent of Speed Racer, closeups◊ show them with non-uniform outlines and bleeding colors to make them look like they're cel-animated, and there are some deliberate art errors like Carlton suddenly having freckles for just one scene.
- Rich Bastard: Carlton threatens to have his rich dad bulldoze Elmore Junior High to make a golf course if Gumball and Darwin don't have a tennis match with them.
- Token Human: They are the only human character seen in-person. However, Carlton, Troy, Mr. Kreese, and the background characters of Richwood High are animated rather than live-action like the humans shown on television, so they might not be quite the same thing.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: All of them act like they're in a cheesy 80s sports movie when they're really in an episode of a cartoon parodying those movies. Unfortunately, their presence seems to cause almost everyone else to act the same.
- Voiced by Rupert Degas (Season 1), Stefan Ashton Frank (Season 2 onward)
- Big Ol' Unibrow
- Cranky Neighbor/Grumpy Old Man: Mr. Robinson's smug sense of superiority toward the Wattersons is one of his only sources of enjoyment, and he's constantly trying to find something wrong with them, going so far as to camp in his trash can all day to find out if they were using it without his permission. He even sometimes drives his car around town, trying to make as many people miserable as possible.
- Fully Dressed Cartoon Animal
- Happily Married: He and his wife Margaret are "happily" married because they argue, a lot.
- Hidden Depths: Despite his uptight personality, he has a love of dance, and gives a big musical performance in his first episode.
- Hopeless with Tech/Technologically Blind Elders: He doesn't know how to program his alarm clock (he says this himself as he sees someone else is doing it) and mistakes a video camera for a musical instrument.
- Lookalike Lovers: Broadly; he and his wife are both CGI muppets with the same nose and color scheme, but their hair and body shapes are entirely different. Strangely, their son has his father's body shape, but neither the color or nose his parents share.
- Marionette Motion: Invoked, given what he's based off of.
- Voiced by Teresa Gallagher
- Cranky Neighbor: She doesn't go out of her way to antagonize the Watterson as much, but clearly hates them as well and enjoys cutting flowers from her garden just because she can.
- Fully Dressed Cartoon Animal
- Happily Married: See Mr. Robinson's entry above.
- Hartman Hips: Her body shape is basically a tiny torso on top of large, egg-shaped hips.
- Lookalike Lovers
- The Unintelligible: She speaks only in unintelligible grunts and grumbles. Her husband can understand her at least, albeit with some difficulty.
- Your Cheating Heart: In "The Boss," while Mr. Robinson was in the hospital, suffering from a stuffing deficiency, she ran off to go on an island vacation and nearly married one of the sailors she met there.
Sal Left Thumb
- Voiced by Kerry Shale
- Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: Only wears a mask.
- American Accents: Has a thick Bronx-accent.
- Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: He's a criminal and a walking piece of forensic evidence.
- Blatant Burglar: He's always shown wearing a Domino Mask, except a flashback that showed him as a kid.
- Improbable Weapon User: He uses a spoon to rob people. He never actually uses it for anything but threatening people; it's basically a very over-the-top form of Family-Friendly Firearms.
- Sphere Eyes
- Verbal Tic: Says 'suckers' a lot, which is what eventually gets him in trouble at the end of "The Spoon".
- Voiced by Dan Russell (Marvin), Maria Teresa Creasey (Betty, Season 3), Gillian Hanna (Betty, Season 4 on), Shane Rimmer (Louie)
- Ascended Extra: Marvin and Louie end up getting major roles in "The Watch" and "The Man", respectively.
- Cool Old Guy: Louie shows himself to be a very friendly and amiable person, despite Richard's refusal to let him date his mother. He can also dance (sort of).
- December-December Romance: Louie is dating Granny Jojo.
- Feuding Families: Marvin hated the Wattersons because they'd been feuding with his family for generations over the possession of an old watch. They stop once both sides realize no one actually cares about the thing, but the feud briefly resumed once they find out it's worth a lot of money—then ends again when the watch is destroyed.
- Rated M for Manly: Louie went against Richard in a "man off" and won every single event.
- Scatterbrained Senior: When Louie is off his meds, he mistakes a trash can for a young man trying to compete with him in a dance contest.
- Violent Glaswegian: The plaid man has a Scottish accent and agrees to let Gumball have his scooter if he can beat him in a fight, though he immediately gives up once he realizes he can't even get out of his chair.
- Voiced by Lewis MacLeod (Season 1), Dan Russell (Season 2 on)
- Badass Driver: Taken to a ridiculous extent at the end of "The Law", where he drove a truck off the road using a stroller instead of one of the bikes conveniently located next to it.
- Carnivore Confusion: His favorite food is doughnuts.
- Donut Mess with a Cop: He's a cop and a living doughnut, as well as the page image.
- Drives Like Crazy: When he was trying to show that he could be "cool", he goes on a driving spree where snaking through mailboxes was the least crazy thing he did ("Darn, missed all of them!").
- Everyone Calls Him Barkeep/No Name Given: He's never addressed by name and only even addressed by rank in "The Car".
- Expy: He has a lot in common with Chief Wiggum from The Simpsons, though Doughnut Sheriff is slightly more competent than Chief Wiggum is. They're both even voiced with an Edward G. Robinson impression, and Wiggum is specifically cited as inspiration for the voice.
- Fully Dressed Cartoon Animal: Like Spongebob Squarepants, being a full dressed Cephalothorax results in him having sleeves for a shirt that isn't on his body.
- Police Are Useless: Zigzagged. There are times where he is competent and does his job, but for every time that happens, there are at least three or four times he does something reckless that, in the real world, would have gotten him thrown off the force years ago.
Video Game Store Manager
- Voiced by Dan Russell
- Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal/Fully Dressed Cartoon Animal: Either he's wearing some kind of coveralls (with teddy bear ears) or that's part of his body and the only article of clothing is his tie.
- The Bus Came Back: He was originally just a One-Shot Character in "The Refund", then suddenly made a reappearance in "The Question" (on the part where Larry goes mad from the realization that his life is a grind) more than two seasons later.
- Honest John's Dealership: He absolutely refuses to give refunds for anything under any circumstances, and sold a paper shredder claiming it was a game console.
- Jerkass/Mean Boss: He makes Laurence admit it was his fault that there was traffic which caused him to be late (and probably make him say it like he means it). Then he hangs up on him.
- Killer Rabbit: Subverted; despite what Needlemeyer insists, he's physically capable of nothing more than slight annoyance. The person he was attacking just happened to be a complete wuss.
- Money Fetish: He makes Mr. Krabs look generous.
- The Napoleon: Short and incredibly aggressive.
- Voiced by Kerry Shale
- Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: Wears only a tie and the front of a collar—he doesn't even wear shoes like his son does.
- Dirty Coward: When Harold and his wife think they're in danger, he claims he can handle it, but then just runs away, leaving her behind.
- Henpecked Husband: In "The Castle," he stays with the Wattersons because Jackie won't let him be himself at home. Taken to extremes in "The Pizza," when Harold is shown on a leash and barking when Jackie emerges from the wrecked van, symbolizing how Harold is treated like a dognote
- No Sense of Personal Space: He likes poking people for no reason, and even went to the Watterson house in "The Castle" so his wife wouldn't stop him.
- Voiced by Teresa Gallagher
- Voiced by Jessica MacDonald
- Voiced by Stefan Ashton Frank (Ant-One)
- Evil Twin: After surviving being burnt, Ant-One comes out of the garbage can to try and replace the original Anton.
- Expendable Clone: Although Darwin and Gumball worry about getting in trouble for making them, almost all of them die, and nothing seems to come of it.
- Literal Genie: They're so naive that they'll follow whatever orders they hear first as literally as possible, even taking "split up" to mean "tear yourself in half".
- Not Enough to Bury: Ant-One falls into a pool and is torn to pieces by the grate of the drain he's sucked into.
- Sole Survivor: Ant-Two is the only clone left at the end of "The Recipe". The "real" Anton also died, but he was just a different line of clones that would presumably be replaced again by his parents, raising the question of exactly what happened to Ant-Two.
- Too Dumb to Live: All but Ant-One have even fewer self-preservation instincts than the real Anton, even directly causing their own deaths just because some random people told them to.
- Verbal Tic: Ant-Two repeats the last words of something someone else said.
Penny's pet tarantula who was thought to have died in "The Date". He seems to really, really hate Gumball.
- Bus Crash: He wasn't with the Fitzgerald family when they were standing outside their burning house at the end of "The Bros". That implies, probably accidentally, that Mr. Cuddles died in the fire or was already dead for some other reason.
- Fluffy the Terrible: Despite the name, he's a tarantula, and a fairly aggressive one.
- Talking Animal: Like all animals in Elmore, he showed that he could talk in "The World", but doesn't do it normally.
Not only is every individual object in the Elmore alive and sentient, but Elmore in its totality seems to possess some sort of intelligence. Although it hasn't talked or shown a face like any of the others objects or the planets, "The Void" heavily implies the world itself was responsible for the void's creation and "mistakes" being sent into it.
- Genius Loci: Elmore is able to decide what things the world would be better without, then send them to the void. Mostly, it gets rid of dated fads and inefficient technology, but people may go out as well.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Its modus operandi is pretty much that of an author who doesn't mind changing their world retroactively or doing terrible things to their characters for the sake of making the story more interesting.
- Reality Warper: The world can send things and people to another dimension, suppress most memories of them, and coverup evidence that they ever existed. Given the void's pattern flashed at the end of "The Kids", it might also be responsible for Gumball and Darwin's voice changing. It doesn't have absolute power, however, as Mr. Small, Darwin, and Gumball were able to remember anyway and break Molly out of the void before they were all sealed in.
- Totalitarian Utilitarian: If it will make the world better, it will take people and make them spend the rest of their life in an infinite nothingness with nothing but other mistakes for company. Naturally, it also wants to keep this a secret, even if it means sealing people who it didn't think of as mistakes in that same void. Of course, since it is the world, utilitarianism and selfishness are one and the same.
- Walking Spoiler: Simply knowing that the world has a will of its own is a major part of the twist of "The Void".
A strange creature accidentally created when Darwin and Gumball's "gross jar" is heated in a microwave. He eats basically anything and eventually anyone, growing larger all the time.
- I Love Nuclear Power: Gumball claims Kenneth was created by "the atomic power of the microwave", though microwaves actually have nothing to do with nuclear radiation.
- It Came from the Fridge: Kenneth originated when a bunch of gross stuff Gumball put in a jar was put in the microwave.
- Miracle-Gro Monster: It's voracious eating habits let it keep growing and growing until, after a few days at most, it goes from approximately football-sized to two stories tall.
- Monster of the Week: Kenneth is not mentioned after "The Microwave" until he reappears in "The Finale" when Richard takes him out of storage.
- Muck Monster: Kenneth body looks like it's made of mud or sludge. Rather than being industrial waste, he's simply made of all the gross things Gumball could collect, including used tissues, bird poop, belly-button lint, and spoiled milk that was swallowed then regurgitated.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: In "The Finale", it turns out Kenneth was dealt with offscreen by reducing him to his original size again, putting him in his original jar, and freezing it. He's unsealed as part of the Watterson family's Last Dance.
- Ugly Cute: In-universe, Gumball and Darwin certainly think Kenneth, as their "son", is cute, and Anais reluctantly describe it using these exact words. At least before he starts growing to tremendous proportions after eating people alive.
The Solar System
- Voiced by Kerry Shale (sun)
- British Accents: In "The Debt", the moon and Saturn have Estuary accents. All the planets and the moon have generic American accents in every other scenes until "The Question", where every planet (but not the sun) has an Estuary accent.
- Genius Loci: They're cable of thinking, speaking with each other and people on Earth, and singing.
- Smug Super: They're bigger than you, will live longer than you, and flat out tell Gumball that his life and everyone else's are insignificant. What they don't get is that even their existence is finite, and end up wasting the rest of their lives rubbing their superiority into the face of someone who can't hear them.
- Time Abyss: Since they're planets, they've been "alive" for billions of years and will be for billions more.
- Weird Moon: The moon has visible butt cheeks, which it enjoys shoving into Earth's face, sometimes while singing.
- Weird Sun: The sun can swing around the horizon to complain about people making too much noise at night. In "The Dress" it was even small and close enough for a balloon to float into it.
- Voiced by Kerry Shale
- Adaptive Ability: It's constantly mutating, causing it to gain strange properties such as flight and infecting computers instead of people.
- Avenging the Villain: The virus was the commander of a virus army and Sole Survivor of Gumball washing his hands. He swears he'll avenge them by infecting and killing Gumball, his family, his friends, and everyone else until "nothing is left alive on the surface of the Earth".
- Evil Sounds Deep: Played with; anytime it's in closeup, it's voice sounds very deep. Farther shots, however, show that its voice is extremely high-pitched from a subjective perspective because it's so small.
- Extra Eyes: It has three eyes, though given it's a virus any of the eyes are "extras".
- Guttural Growler: It speaks with a very guttural voice.
- Monster of the Week: He's dead by the end of the episode he premiered in.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: It has eight tentacle-like protrusion that it uses like two legs and six arms.
- No Name Given: As a virus, he probably doesn't even have a name.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: It speaks of infecting a body like waging a war and is extremely offended at Gumball calling it a coward.
- Undignified Death: For the sake of proving its might, it agrees to fight mano-a-mano against Gumball, who is millions of times his size, and is immediately Trampled Underfoot.
- Voiced by Jacob Hopkins
- Asshole Victim: Gumball more or less kills Zach, albeit in self-defense and maybe by accident. Considering Zach was an independent consciousness, this might have significant moral implications... but he's such an jackass that no one gives it a second thought.
- Cool Cat: Zach definitely tries to invoke the "confident" form of this trope, even wearing sunglasses, but everyone just thinks he's a tremendous douche. He even proudly declares that "There's a new cat in town!" shortly after appearing.
- Cool Shades: He suddenly starts wearing neon-purple rimmed shades from nowhere, which really aren't very cool looking, and work more like Sinister Shades.
- Crazy-Prepared: One genuine skill he demonstrates it planning all sorts of tricks to delay the other Wattersons, even putting a trap in his pocket for when they'd try to frisk him.
- Evil Counterpart: To Gumball. They both have huge egos and usually fall flat on their face because they try to look cool. However, while Gumball can show compassionate and empathy belatedly, Zach is a straight up jerkass. Also, unlike Gumball, who recognizes his own failures, and lives with them, Zach refuses to acknowledge any of his shortcomings or losses, going so far as to alter the memories of his/Gumball's failures to turn them into victories.
- Evil Sounds Deep: When Zach is in control, Gumball speaks in a deeper voice. However, it's so obviously affected that instead of being intimidating it just makes Zach sound like more of a poser. In his last scene in Gumball's mind, however, his voice starts getting pitched down and slightly distorted, being more of a genuine example of this trope.
- Fascinating Eyebrow: He's raising one of this eyebrows almost constantly, which leads Darwin to tell him he "spent the whole day with one eyebrow raised, behaving like a horrible jock".
- Identical Twin ID Tag: You can tell when Zach is controlling Gumball's body because he pops the (non-existent) collar on Gumball's sweater.
- I Reject Your Reality: He maintains he disillusions of greatness and popularity in the face of all evidence and words of others. He goes so far as to consciously and completely alter his memory of events so he'll look better in them.Zach: Hey Carrie, I think we really nailed the song last night. We’re totally gonna win the battle of the bands, man.
Carrie: You’re not in a band. I’m not in a band. I bet you can’t even give me the name of a band.
Zach: Psh, yeah, like... Germany.
- Jerkass: Zach is amazingly impolite, has an almost pathological disregard for and lack of awareness of other people, and literally won a contest for being obnoxious.
- Jerk Jock: Zach thinks he's a jock, despite not being on any sports teams, not being able to ride his skateboard well, and generally not being any more athletic than Gumball was before.
- No Body Left Behind: When Gumball finally beats Zach at something, bits of him start chipping off, showing a bright light in his silhouette as his torn to pieces. Although this of course wasn't really a "body" to start with.
- Small Name, Big Ego: For all the misplaced confidence Gumball has expressed, Zach is much worse in this regard than Gumball ever was. Gumball would always acknowledges his shortcomings eventually; Zach does not and seems to believe his own hype with all his heart.
- Split Personality: Gumball initially seems to be acting obnoxious when he finds his real name, but Zach becomes a separate entity before he even notices.
- Split Personality Takeover: He attempts to do this by altering Gumball's memories until he's erased.
- Super-Powered Evil Side: Played with. There isn't as much focus on Zach being evil as being a huge jerk, though he really is evil, as he planned to erase Gumball's original personality so he didn't have to share. He's also not really that much better at most things than Gumball, he's just extremely confident and obnoxious. But when mentally confronting his other, less-confident side, said confidence provides a tremendous advantage. But it's also his biggest weakness, as Gumball is mentally resilient enough take losing all the time, but the one time Zach is forced to face defeat it literally destroys him.
- Smug Snake: His boundless pride directly leads to Gumball beating him.
- Third-Person Person: Zach always refers to himself in third person, likely to emphasize he's not Gumball, and it's definitely the "arrogant" form.
- The Unapologetic: He accidentally bites part of a kids face off and shows no regrets for it, because "Zach does what he wants".Zach doesn't apologize, he uses his charm.
- Undignified Death: Zach is destroyed in Gumball's mindscape, then Gumball immediately farts, his body literally clearly out the hot air.