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Huey Freeman

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"Vision? What do you know about my vision? My vision would turn your world upside down, tear asunder your illusions, and send the sanctuary of your own ignorance crashing down around you."
Voiced by: Regina King

A young black boy who moves with his brother and grandfather from inner-city Chicago, Illinois to suburban Woodcrest, Maryland. Intelligent yet pessimistic for his age, he is a radical left-wing activist and an alleged "domestic terrorist".
  • The Ace: Huey is incredibly, often super-humanly good at just about anything that doesn't involve social interaction. He's one of the best martial artists in the series, can play kickball with wuxia super-soldiers, infiltrate military bases, appears to know just about everything, never loses his cool, is a scientific genius, and is also fluent in Chinese. This is eventually acknowledged by other characters in the series, but usually for the comedy value of them still not listening to him despite knowing he's always right.
  • Acting Your Intellectual Age: Huey is very intelligent and mature for a 10 year-old child. He has demonstrated a depth of understanding topics that would seem to surpass his young age such as: politics, religion, the media, businesses and corporations, African-American culture, and American society as a whole.
  • Adorably Precocious Child:
    • Early in the comics, Huey rants at a little old white lady for thinking that he's adorable, but she ignores his points.
    • In "The Garden Party", Huey is annoyed that the rich white guests at Wuncler's party find his political rants and conspiracy theories to be cute instead of offensive.
  • Afro Asskicker: He's a preteen badass variant of this trope.
  • All Issues Are Political Issues / Everything Is Racist: Especially in the newspaper comics. Huey won't stop talking about politics, controversies, and other stressful thoughts, even at the most awkward of times. He wants to attach political or philosophical meanings to just about everything. He won't even give himself a break on holidays and vacations.
  • Angry Black Boy: Especially in the comic, though McGruder has been known to use him to criticize the concept.
  • Anti-Hero
  • Aside Glance: He has done this multiple times (especially in the first season) to get his cynicism or disapproval across.
  • Badass: He's a skilled martial artist.
  • Berserk Button:
    • In the comics, Republican politicians and annoying black celebrities bothered him to no end, to the point that they're on his mind nearly 24/7.
    • In "The Red Ball", he tells the Chinese kickball team that "I do not like being laughed at", and teaches them the hard way.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Huey is patient and protective of Riley, even though his brother often doesn't appreciate it. He also tries in vain to dissuade Riley from his bad ideas (which are most of them).
    • Huey will occasionally take it upon himself to discipline his little brother. Riley, anti-authoritarian by nature, resists every step of the way.
  • Birds of a Feather: Huey became best friends with Caesar because of their common political views.
    • Well, it was more because they were the only black kids in Woodcrest (besides Riley) and could relate. While he often agrees with Huey, Caesar is generally much less interested in politics and occasionally gets annoyed that it's all Huey ever seems to talk about.
  • Black and Nerdy: Besides being very intellectual for a kid his age, Huey is also a fan of Star Wars and martial arts movies. His brother even mockingly calls him a "nerd" in the comics.
  • Brutal Honesty: Due to his cynical and pessimistic personality, Huey is not one to mince words about the truth, especially when it concerns the world.
    Huey: There ain't no such thing as a Tooth Fairy.
    Jazmine: Then who leaves the money?
    Huey: Probably your parents. They have both the cash and the access to your room.
    Jazmine: Why would they lie to me?
    Huey: Because the truth hurts, Jazmine. The world is a hard and lonely place, and nobody gets anything for free. And you want to know what else? One day, you and everyone you know is gonna die.
    (Jazmine runs away crying)
  • Butt Monkey: He's often ignored and ridiculed whenever he tries making a point, especially by Riley and Granddad.
  • The Cassandra: Riley and Granddad often ignore his advice.
  • Cavalier Competitor: Over the kickball game. At least until Ming makes it personal.
  • Characterization Marches On: In the first season, Huey tends to be considerably angrier and perhaps more of a conspiracy theorist. In the following seasons, his politics are focused more on critical observations and critiques and he functions as a voice of reason amongst his family.
  • Character Check: He starts quoting Malcolm X in Season 4, and he is not too far off from his character from the comics in some episodes, such as "Freedomland".
  • Chaste Hero: Huey doesn't get romance, nor does he want to.
  • Child Prodigy: Which annoys his teacher.
  • The Comically Serious / The Stoic: He usually keeps a neutral (yet a bit pessimistic) expression on his face, and only a few times has he shown anything else.
    • Not So Stoic: Occasionally you can see Huey look very visibly distressed, such as when his former friend Cairo rejects him. Even rarer, he can be seen in a better mood.
  • Complaining about Shows You Don't Watch: In-Universe, he does this when he says that the first Soul Plane was as funny as a lynching. He justifies it by saying that he's also never seen a lynching, but he knows they're not funny. (Granddad tries to argue that he knows of a funny lynching, but that's neither here nor there.)
  • Composite Character: The animated Huey is a combination of comic Huey's cynicism and radicalism, with Caesar's Only Sane Man attitude.
  • Conspiracy Theorist: Huey is a left-wing radical after all. He believes that racists, corporations, and governments are all scheming to keep the working classes (blacks especially) under their feet.
    • In the comics, he often accuses his teacher Mr. Petto of intentionally brainwashing his students on behalf of higher powers. Though really, it seems that Petto is just trying to do his job.
    • Also in the comics, during one winter break, he formed a convoluted theory that Santa Claus is an agent of the Illuminati. Oddly though, he dismissed Santa as being a childish fairy tale until he incorporated him into his paranoid conspiracy fantasies.
    • At one point in the comics, Huey is reluctant to get vaccinated, as he's afraid that the government wants to inject microchips in people.
    • Huey is introduced in "The Garden Party" by claiming that "Jesus was black, Ronald Reagan is the Devil, and the government's lying about 9/11." Either he really believes all of this, was trying to anger/troll a rich white audience, or probably both.
    • Later in "The Real", Huey thinks that the government is spying on him, through a secret agent he calls "the White Shadow". He can't decide if the Shadow is real or an illusion.
    • In "The Block Is Hot", Huey is seen distributing fliers claiming that the government wants people to die early, so that they can't collect their Social Security benefits.
  • Crazy-Prepared Survivalist: A rare far-left example. As a paranoid conspiracy theorist, Huey hoards a lot of emergency supplies in his house, as he is expecting an epic disaster to strike the world at any moment.
    • In the comics, he totally buys into the Y2K scare to a ridiculous extent, to the point of running drills, asking his grandfather to buy a generator, and (perhaps jokingly) expecting irradiated zombies or space aliens to invade. This results in him totally freaking out when Granddad pulls a prank on him by cutting the lights just as the New Year hits.
    • Later in the comics, he was certain that the bird flu epidemic would destroy America, and stockpiled 18 months' worth of food to prepare, saying he wouldn't even share with his brother when it happened. (Given that the bird flu had no cases outside of Asia, you can only find this rather absurd now along with much of his paranoia.)
    • In the episode "The Fried Chicken Flu", he hoards a lot of supplies to prepare for a great disaster, such as the fried chicken flu epidemic. Though it all goes to waste, as the so-called "fried chicken flu" is really an outbreak of salmonella that was exaggerated by the media to be far deadlier than it actually was.
  • Creepy Child: Even though Huey is a little boy, he never smiles or laughs, and he's also a (wannabe) militant political activist / "domestic terrorist" (and he fully expects to be imprisoned for it some day).
    • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Where do we begin? Huey owns a real sword and an electric shock glove, has planned a prison breakout, brought nunchaku to a cinema, kidnapped Ruckus and hijacked his school bus, and he created a bomb with the intent to assassinate Ed Wuncler II (although in Huey's defense, Ed II is a loan shark who isn't above murdering people).
  • Cunning Linguist: In the episode "The Red Ball", he has shown to understand and speak fluent Mandarin Chinese.
  • The Cynic / The Pessimist: He's the master of negative thinking. No matter the occasion, he will express his unpleasant thoughts about it.
  • Deadpan Snarker: It helps that Huey does in fact have a deadpan personality, and has a penchant for both sarcasm and bluntness.
  • The Determinator: This applies to the first season only, as later seasons show him to be much more apathetic.
  • Dirty Communist: The US government and right-wing media consider him to be one.
  • Disappeared Dad / Missing Mom: It's implied that his parents are deceased.
  • Disapproving Look: The boy is famous for it. Just look at his character image. Particularly noticeable in the show, which is less dialogue-heavy and has more moments of Huey just looking at people to get his skepticism or disapproval across, but even in the comic, the Beat Panels of Huey just looking at someone who is being ignorant or foolish are common.
  • The Eeyore: He sometimes crosses over with Grumpy Bear. His endless war against The Man has left him without the ability to take much enjoyment from things. Naturally, his being a constant downer causes Caesar no shortage of annoyance, ostracizes him from what friends he has at times, and every once in a while results in him being called out on it.
  • Enemy Mine: Thrice in Season 3, Huey has reluctantly worked alongside some personal enemies (twice with Uncle Ruckus, and once with Ed Wuncler I).
    • In "It's a Black President, Huey Freeman", Huey's apathy and Ruckus' hatred for Barack Obama provokes an angry reaction from a crowd of Obama supporters. As they no longer feel like they belong in America, the two decide to drive up north to Canada together, but this plan is aborted when Ruckus is arrested by the Secret Service.
    • In "The Red Ball", Huey has no choice but to accept Wuncler's offer to become the captain of the Woodcrest kickball team and recruit other players, as Wuncler betted most of the real estate in Woodcrest (including the Freeman house) to his business rival Long-Dou from Wushung, China.
    • In "It's Goin' Down", after a confused counter-terrorism operation gone wrong (Jack Flowers mistakenly believed that Huey and Ruckus were terrorists), Jack convinces Huey and Ruckus to help him out by evacuating Dan Stuckey from the Wuncler Tower before a bomb destroys it.
  • Fascinating Eyebrow
  • Funny Afro: There's a running gag in the comic series about Granddad demanding that Huey should get a haircut.
  • Freudian Trio: The Superego to Robert's Ego and Riley's Id.
  • Genre Savvy: Listen to the kid. It might just save your life.
  • Good Is Not Nice: He dreams of a better society, but is not very tactful about it.
  • Hates Everyone Equally: Huey seems to hate everyone and everything. In the comics, he once tried to write a book about people he hated, seeing as he was so good at hating. But he didn't include Osama bin Laden, because as he explains, "He's so EASY to hate. I'm trying to challenge the reader to expand his or her hate horizons." He did however, include Lucy from Peanuts, because of "the whole pulling-the-football-away thing."
  • Hypocritical Humor: In the comic. Caesar is usually responsible for calling him on it.
    Huey: Most people don't have the time or the energy to follow politics, and the government takes advantage of that. This country needs to keep a closer eye on Washington! We need to start holding our elected officials responsible for this mess!
    Caesar: Wow... So who is our Congressman, Huey?
    Huey: Who knows... Some punk...
  • Ignored Expert: Yes. He uses his knowledge of the actions and the personalities of the people involved to know roughly of what is going to happen in the future. Not that anyone listens to his warnings.
    • For example, in "The Fundraiser", Huey accurately predicts what will become of Riley's candy-selling racket, going so far as to give him a bulletproof vest, which eventually turned out to save his life.
  • I Know Mortal Kombat: No explanation is given for how Huey learned martial arts.
  • Insufferable Genius: Particularly in the comic. For example, one year for Christmas, he gave everyone he knew free coupons for hour-long lectures from him on a flaw of theirs of his choice.
  • Intelligence Equals Isolation: Huey has very few friends. He scares everyone off except for Caesar and Jazmine (especially in the cartoon, due to Caesar's absence).
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Tom, and also with the White Shadow to an extent.
  • I Warned You: Writer of "I Told You So: Emergency Household Protocols For Catastrophic Scenario".
  • Jerkass: He's very arrogant and condescending to just about everyone. These traits were especially pronounced in the comics.
    • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: But underneath that cynical elitism, he does care about the well-being of his family and friends.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: He plays it straight and also subverts it when he gets in a fight with Riley.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: Is often bitter and cynical about how little effect his work actually has on the world, and the small chance of him making any sort of difference whatsoever, but still does what he feels needs to be done.
  • Lack of Empathy: In the comics, he can sometimes be a rare heroic example. Though he does care about people, he often has little tolerance for other peoples' feelings, emotions, and problems, especially in comparison to what he thinks their feelings, emotions, and problems ought to be.
  • Meaningful Name / Named After Somebody Famous: Named after Huey P. Newton, co-founder of the Black Panther Party.
    • Incidentally, Huey P. Newton was named for Louisiana governor Huey P. Long, making this kind of a layered example of the trope.
  • Mundane Utility: In the comics, he often tries to use his skills at revolutionary rhetoric and great berth of knowledge of black history to, among other things, get out of mowing the grass. It always fails.
  • Nerves of Steel: He didn't even flinch at the end of the "Attack of the Killer Kung-Fu Wolf Bitch" episode when Luna killed herself with a grenade or when he and Riley pointed the airsoft's at each other's faces. Riley's hand shook and trembled; Huey's was still as stone.
    • Subverted at the end of Stinkmeaner 3: The Hateocracy. When Bushido Brown's head gets cut off, Huey winces just like everyone else; His reaction is just more subtle than the others.
  • Never Live It Down: In-Universe. For a while in the comics, he's unable to live down the extreme extent to which he bought into Y2K.
  • Noble Male, Roguish Male: A relatively noble one.
  • No Respect Guy: To pretty much everyone. Jazmine, however, is an exception as she is the only character, in the whole series, who has consistently shown to listen and even follow Huey.
  • No Sense of Humor: Beyond his sarcasm, he really doesn't seem to have an interest in comedy. A running gag in the comic has Caesar either pointing it out, failing to tell him a joke, or trying and failing to get him to say something funny. One mini-arc even has him trying to teach Huey to tell "yo momma" jokes, with disastrous results.
  • No Social Skills: Sometimes, not that he cares. He doesn't really have time for tact, hates most things, and is especially hard on ignorance, which everyone around him has in spades. He doesn't have many friends, but then that doesn't matter to him either. Because of this, characters rarely approach him in a social setting, so this only comes out occasionally. Poor Jazmine...
  • Not Allowed to Grow Up: Huey, like all the other children, isn't shown to be aging. This is especially confusing in the comics, as he regularly discussed then-current events; this was lampshaded when Caesar commented how the previous US presidential election (four years before that particular strip) felt just like yesterday.
    • The show runs for a total of 9 years (including the awkward hiatuses in-between the 4 seasons). Although the only events that could be dated down was the election and inauguration of Barack Obama in 2008-2009.
  • Not So Above It All: In the comics, Huey thinks he's an Only Sane Man, but he doesn't realize how extreme his viewpoints are, or that in the end he's still just a little kid who can't change much about the world. Downplayed in the show though.
  • N-Word Privileges: He says "nigga", but not as much as Riley or Robert do.
  • Oblivious to Love: Sometimes. Jazmine occasionally implies that she has some kind of crush on him, to which he's usually as brusque as ever, sometimes even more so than usual. For instance, at one point in the comic, Jazmine gives him a Valentine. When she asks if he has one for her, he tells her he does and that that he'll be right back with it. He then shuts the door in her face and leaves her waiting outside. For two hours, until someone shouts at her to go home.
  • Occidental Otaku: Huey knows karate, owns a katana sword, and watches samurai movies.
  • Only Sane Man: In the TV show, due to the exaggerated stupidity of many characters, especially compared to Riley (not surprisingly), and even his Granddad (who is much dumber than his comic counterpart).
  • Out of Focus: In the first season, Huey was a lot more outspoken and would actively try to prevent whatever disaster is happening due to the actions of the other characters. In the later seasons, Huey is a lot more apathetic, and his role in many episodes is to offer a few pointed comments and warn the other characters that whatever they're doing is going to blow up in their face, and he mostly lets them deal with the consequences when they don't listen to him.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Almost always seen with a frown to emphasize his cynical and pessimistic personality. According to Aaron McGruder, the animators are contractually obligated never to depict Huey smiling or laughing, ever.
    • When He Smiles: Rarely though, you can see Huey in a better mood. And it's actually quite nice. Although it has been stated that those instances of him being happy are animation errors, it works for his character as those particular moments of uncharacteristic happiness have something to do with what's happening or who he is speaking to.
      • He smiles when he set up a soapbox and sees Jazmine across the street with her lemonade stand.
      • He smiles when he asks Jazmine to go and assist him on his plan to bust out a wrongfully convicted prisoner. Although this was temporary when Jazmine stated that she could not go.
      • He smiles twice when Riley starts having success during the basketball game.
      • He seems genuinely happy to see Granddad return from his Costa Rica trip.
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: Huey is a far-left-wing activist who dreams of becoming a militant revolutionary, although he never actually gets to commit any crimes (there was an attempted prison break-out and an attempted assassination of Ed Wuncler II, although both of these plans failed before Huey could even execute them). Nevertheless Huey gets a lot of media and government attention, and he's been branded as a domestic terrorist.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: Particularly in the comics, at least at first. Huey is a black nationalist, so he tended to treat white people with some disdain.
    • Huey seems to be dismissive about Jazmine's racial identity confusion, insisting that she's black (never mind that she also qualifies as white).
    • At one point Huey is convinced that there may be a Ku Klux Klan presence in Woodcrest, and he even suspects the very liberal and black-loving Sarah DuBois of being affiliated.
    • Although Huey doesn't hate white people as a whole, and also has just as much vitriol for black people, so maybe he's just more of a misanthrope.
  • Poster-Gallery Bedroom: His (half of the) room is neat with a full bookshelf, a computer and posters of Che Guevara and Malcolm X.
  • Power Fist: The "Black Power Fist". He builds one with instructions from the Internet.
  • The Quiet One: He's generally very calm and reserved, especially after Season 1.
  • Rage Breaking Point: Not prone to overt anger (his rage is usually more calm), but after Bush gets re-elected he spends two weeks holding it in and then explodes pretty much at random. Caesar has to physically restrain him from ranting himself off of a cliff.
    Huey: "It's like middle America called a meeting and said, 'what's the best way to crush Huey's hope for the future?' ... MISSION ACCOMPLISHED B***CHES!"
    Caesar: "Healthy... getting it out is healthy..."
  • Raised by Dudes / Raised by Grandparents: He and Riley are raised by their grandfather Robert.
  • Rant-Inducing Slight: He's usually very calm, even in frustration, but when he's in a foul mood watch out. One arc in the comics had him sulking in a particularly drawn out bad mood, and Jazmine tries to cheer him up by giving him a card... which was unfortunately covered in cherubic looking white children. When he sees this, Huey explodes on her so badly that she starts crying and he immediately apologizes.
    Jazmine: I thought it was the thought that counts!
    Huey: YOU WEREN'T THINKING!
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Riley and Caesar's red. Red to Tom's blue.
  • Responsible Sibling: To Riley's Foolish Sibling.
  • Ridiculous Procrastinator: Huey gets an entire comic arc about how he can't get himself to just mow the grass. Even afterward, him doing absolutely anything he can to avoid doing it becomes a Running Gag.
  • Serious Business: The nerd in him will quote Obi-Wan Kenobi and he's repeatedly overreacted when he's given news of bad black movies etc. by Caesar.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: While Huey isn't so concerned with self-image like Riley is, he does have some traits of this due to being a self-described revolutionary activist, believing he could change the world (despite not doing much besides complaining all the time).
  • Soapbox Sadie: In the episode, "The Block is Hot". However, that is still a natural element to his character.
  • The Spock
  • Straight Man
  • Straw Character: Huey is a far-left radical who preaches socialism and black nationalism. It varies greatly whether he's a strawman of a fringe extremist...
  • Sugar and Ice Personality: Huey is stoic and often blunt, but when the chips are down, so is his personal barrier.
  • Supporting Protagonist: He's the main character and Straight Man to his brother and Grandpa. Most of the show focuses on the schemes of his brother and his Grandpa though.
  • ▄bermensch: Deconstructed. Initially, he was something of a milder case. But as the series progresses, he has his faith challenged in ways that force him to accept there are forces he can't understand and sometimes he can't make a difference. As the series progresses, Huey starts to become more and more hopeless to the point of eventually giving up on society and accepting that his outlook is not enough.
  • The Unfavorite: Implied in the animated series because he's less likely to go along with his Granddad's crazy schemes than Riley is. On the other hand, do we ever see him getting belt-whipped by Granddad? Though of course Riley causes most of the trouble.
  • The Unreveal: We never get to find out who his parents were.
  • Unreliable Narrator: In "Attack of the Killer Kung-Fu Wolf Bitch", though he corrects himself. Huey thinks that Luna has finally moved on from her personal troubles — until she commits suicide with a hand grenade, which he then points out.
  • Violence Really Is the Answer: He strongly believes this.
  • Weekend Inventor: He creates an electric shock glove (called the "Black Power Fist"), an emergency power generator (during an outbreak of salmonella), and chemical explosives (he considered killing Ed II).
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: In the cartoon he certainly acts like this, but the reality is that it's just that: an act. In truth, he just has more common sense than Robert or Riley. He certainly is very mature for his age and he has plenty of knowledge, but he doesn't have all of the intelligence to back it up.
  • The Worf Effect: While a skilled martial artist, he is often the one kissing concrete when he gets into fights, though to be fair, a lot of his opponents are adults and elite Badasses. The only fights he has won or at least, had the advantage in, were against either those in his own age group, or just Mooks.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: In a one-sided way with Jazmine, who is much nicer to him.
  • Sibling Yin

Riley Freeman

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"Game recognize game, and you lookin' kinda unfamiliar right now."
Voiced by: Regina King

Huey's younger brother, a wannabe gangster and juvenile delinquent with an eye for trouble. He's determined to do anything stupid enough to build up his "reputation".
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In the comics, Riley originally had short hair. Much later on, he grows it out into an afro much like Huey's, before changing his hair into the cornrows that he has in the show.
  • Aesop Amnesia: Riley has a certain mindset of how the world should work, so any lessons that don't line up with it are immediately discarded.
    • Lampshaded at the end of "The Fundraiser", when Riley is offered an opportunity back into the candy business, and recalls all the crap he went through near the end of the episode (such as barely escaping a shootout between two rival gangs and the FBI). He then smiles deviously, before the credits roll.
    • Lampshaded again at the end of "A Date with the Booty Warrior". Riley has just went on a field trip to a local prison, which was intended to scare him away from a life of crime. Even after being taken as a hostage during a prison riot, Riley declares that he's not scared of jail, because it was filled with "bitch-ass niggas".
  • Annoying Younger Sibling / Bratty Half-Pint: He frequently gets on the nerves of his big brother and granddad.
  • Anti-Hero
  • Ascended Fanboy: He's a huge fan of gangsta rappers and is friends with a few of his idols, including Thugnificent and Gangstalicious.
  • Badass
    • Badass Adorable: Sometimes, see the trope below.
    • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Despite not having any actual training and just being a kid, Riley has little sense of fear, and will take on ANY opponent, adult or not, that he thinks have wronged him. He usually won't win, but he puts up a hell of a fight.
    • I Just Want to Be Badass: He's the definition of a "wannabe gangster".
    • Took a Level in Badass: In Season 3, Riley performs Badass feats, such as winning his first fight against Lamilton Taeshawn, who is a bigger kid. It is also notable that he is able to dominate Lando with wrestling moves, such as the moonsault and Boston crab. Keep in mind that Lando is a grown man. In Season 4, Riley is shown to be far more agile and spry such as doing impressive aerial flips.
  • Blatant Lies: Riley is fond of lying.
  • Book Dumb / The Ditz / Obfuscating Stupidity: Depending on the Writer; In the comics, he invokes this intentionally. But in the cartoon, he really is that stupid.
    • In the comics, he is exceptionally bright when he wants to be. He does poorly in school to protect his "rep".
    • In the first season of the show, Riley was more on the fence when it came to obfuscating stupidity.
      • For all the dumb things he did, the boy was a surprisingly good debater.
      • And he showed remarkable cunning in "Let's Nab Oprah", by misdirecting Oprah's bodyguards which included Bushido Brown, certainly more cunning than Ed III & Gin Rummy have ever shown.
  • Butt Monkey: In the cartoon. Ed III and Gin Rummy stole his pimped out bike he worked really hard on; he got his ass handed to him by the local bully, who stole his chain on top of it; and Huey absolutely dominated him in the "Home Alone" episode.
  • Catch Phrase:
    • "Nigga, you gay."
    • "Pause."
  • Character Exaggeration: Becomes more of a Small Name, Big Ego in the animated series, and even moreso after the first season. Somewhat justified in that Riley is supposed to represent black youth stirred in the wrong direction, imitating rappers. During the time of the strip most rappers were known for how "hard" or "gangster" they were. Currently most rappers are known for how flashy and braggadocios they are.
  • Cuteness Proximity: One of Grandad's crazy ex-girlfriends tried to kidnap Riley because of how adorable he was.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Riley is a total smart-ass, but he's generally more obscene than deadpan.
  • Delinquent / Enfante Terrible: Well he is a wannabe gangster after all. He really believes that getting into trouble with the law will make him cool.
  • Determinator: He's not a very good fighter, but good luck on getting him to stay down.
  • Disappeared Dad / Missing Mom: It's implied that his parents are deceased.
  • Enemies Equals Greatness: He's a firm believer in this trope, but unfortunately, this led Butch Magnus to steal his chain.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: While Riley is very callous and mischievous, he generally draws the line at doing things that directly hurt people (usually).
    • It often depends on his role in the plot — if he's being an antagonist or a villain protagonist, then he'll be worse; but if the gag is that he's in over his head, he'll always have a line he won't cross.
      • In particular, Riley is thoroughly creeped out by Lamilton, and is often appalled at how extreme Ed and Rummy can be (not that it stops him from calling them).
  • Evil Laugh: His sadistic snicker.
  • Foolish Sibling
  • Freudian Trio: The Id to Robert's Ego and Huey's Superego
  • Fully Automatic Clip Show: Him calling things gay In "The Story Of Gangstalicious, Part 2".
  • Genre Savvy: He can predict the outcome of his Granddad's Catcher Freeman story, which sounds an awful lot like a cliched action/romance movie.
  • Girls Have Cooties
    (After Riley complains that he might never be able to have money and girls like the rappers on TV)
    Huey: Riley, you don't even LIKE girls!
    Riley: I DO SO! (beat) Just as long as they don't touch me...
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: Riley's fighting style is very much a dirty version of this trope... and yet it's inverted in every instance he uses it, as he is usually brutally beaten. Usually by Huey.
  • Guilty Pleasures: He feels great shame when it's revealed he's a Lauryn Hill fan. This isn't because Hill is a regular guilty pleasure, as Huey explains - he doesn't see Hill's positive messages as compatible with his chosen "gangsta" lifestyle. He has an image and mindset to maintain.
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: When he is introduced to something or someone that is or he considers to be gay, he will either criticize, state, or mention that he is straight.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Gangstalicious and Thugnificient's Lethal Interjection Crew. Also friends with Ed III and Gin Rummy, except for that one time when they stole his bicycle.
  • Jerkass: He doesn't care about how his actions affect others (or himself).
  • Kids Are Cruel: He's (usually) not really that bad, but he plays up the "schoolyard tough" act in school in order to build up his "rep". Though some strips imply that he doesn't really have to try that hard...
  • Large Ham: Definitely in contrast to his more reserved brother.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: While Riley never learns any lessons, he doesn't always escape consequences. He usually serves to be his own downfall, and often gets beaten by his grandfather if he pisses him off.
  • The McCoy
  • Mistaken for Gay:
    • In the comics, Cindy finds out that Riley likes Lauryn Hill, so then she assumes that he has other effeminate interests.
    • In the show, Riley unwittingly copies the behavior of gay rapper Gangstalicious, up to and including wearing Gangstalicious' new clothes (Riley unknowingly looks like he's cross-dressing), so Robert and Ruckus are worried that he's also a homosexual.
  • Noble Male, Roguish Male: The roguish one to Huey's noble one.
  • N-Word Privileges: Riley says "nigga" very casually. Lampshaded in "The S-Word", when Riley says the word to his white teacher Mr. Petto, who then copies him. Riley and Robert pretended to be offended so they could sue the school district.
  • Pint-Sized Kid: If the height chart in "Smokin' with Cigarettes" is to be believed, Riley is only 3'4; that's about a foot shorter than you'd expect a real 8 year old to be.
  • Raised by Dudes / Raised by Grandparents: He and his brother are living with their grandfather Robert.
  • Red Oni: Red to Huey's Blue.
  • Schemer
  • Shaking the Rump: Does this in "The S Word" where Huey lampshades he's doing the "Celebratory Booty Dance".
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Oh so much, Riley is very obsessed with proving himself to be an awesome gangster.
  • This Loser Is You: Riley embraces every negative stereotype about black youth; he's an anti-intellectual and self-absorbed trouble-maker.
  • Token Evil Teammate / Villain Protagonist: Riley finds a criminal lifestyle to be very appealing. He's already assisted local crooks such as Ed, Rummy, Lamilton, etc.
  • Too Dumb to Live: At times, such as "The Fundraiser" where he's too cocky and arrogant to realize that dangerous criminals are threatening his life and safety.
  • Toxic Friend Influence: Riley likes to associate with known criminals such as Ed Wuncler III and Gin Rummy, which Huey rightly chastises him for. Riley also starts to hang out with another juvenile delinquent named Lamilton Taeshawn, but even he scares him.
    • And to a lesser extent, Riley's friendships with gangsta rappers such as Gangstalicious and Thugnificent's Lethal Interjection Crew. While they're all a bunch of dim-witted hedonists, they're also decent guys at heart.
  • Trash Talk: He will insult anyone and will not care for whatever the response is.
  • Ungrateful Bastard
  • The Unreveal: We never get to find out who his parents were.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist
  • Verbal Tic: He seems to have picked up a new one lately whenever he mentions something gay, no homo.
  • The Worf Effect: Even worse than Huey as he has no muscles, isn't trained, and his style is just straight up brawling. At the very least, he has some high stamina and can take a lot of punishment. But that just means he get tossed around like a ragdoll.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Riley twice tested out a toy lightsaber by smashing it over Jazmine's and Cindy's heads, disappointed that it wasn't real.

Robert Jebediah "Granddad" Freeman

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"Y'all need to start appreciating your Grandaddy! I went and spent your inheritance on this beautiful house in this neighborhood, and all I ask you to do is act like you got some class..."
Voiced by: John Witherspoon (old), Aaron McGruder (young)

The grandfather of Huey and Riley. He was a World War II fighter pilot and a Civil Rights Movement activist. He wants to live out his last days comfortably, but has to contend with his grandsons' antics, while his own pursuit of money and women get him into trouble.
  • Abusive Grandparent: Being an old-fashioned parental figure, Robert believes that beatings are a great way to discipline a bad child. He mostly beats up Riley, and rarely Huey.
  • Adults Are Useless / Bumbling Granddad: As Robert isn't very mature himself, he seems quite incompetent at raising his grandkids. Also see Man Child down below.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Grandparent: For starters, Robert sometimes walks around the house with little to no clothes.
  • Aesop Amnesia: Much like Riley, Robert has trouble learning from his mistakes.
    • This is lampshaded (or perhaps exaggerated) by Granddad at the end of "It's Goin' Down":
    Wow, Huey. You were totally right this time. Just imagine all the problems we could avoid if we just listened to you. Oh well.
    • This is again lampshaded at the beginning of "Good Times", when Huey remarks that his Granddad never learns any lessons. This is demonstrated not only by how Granddad's foolish decisions have bankrupted his family, but also how he repeatedly keeps falling for Ed Wuncler II's scams.
  • Angry Black Man: 'Cause he's a Grumpy Old Man.
  • Anti-Hero
  • Awesome McCool Name: Robert "Bitches" Freeman.
  • Badass
  • Been There, Shaped History: Robert Freeman is known to have been a war veteran and participant in the Civil Rights Movement, though the exact details of his stories tend to vary.
    • In "Wingmen", it was established that he served as a Tuskegee Airman during World War II, a fact that is corroborated by how he attends the funeral of a fellow pilot. However, a throwaway line in "Breaking Granddad" implies that he fought in the Korean War as well.
    • Robert has claimed to have worked alongside Civil Rights figures such as Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Rosa Parks, Jesse Jackson, etc., though we mostly have just his word for those claims. In "Freedom Ride or Die", a documentary interview seems to confirm that he did join the Freedom Riders... albeit against his will.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Riley's disobedience in general.
    • Hitting a woman, as Robert tells Slickback.
    • He doesn't take being told to butter his own popcorn very well.
    • Jimmy Rebel and his racist country music. note 
  • Blatant Lies: "I'm gonna go find myself a white man and lie to 'im right now."
  • Butt Monkey: Usually due to whatever stupid mistakes he makes, he often brings down a lot of bad luck upon himself.
  • Bystander Syndrome: Prone to this attitude, especially in the comics.
  • Casanova Wannabe / Dirty Old Man / Kavorka Man: Despite his old age and fat belly, Robert never stops chasing after younger women. Although his dates tend to go horribly wrong (see Horrible Judge of Character below).
  • Catch Phrase:
    • "Yeeeaaah, boy!"
    • "Boy, where's my belt?!"
    • Not really a phrase, but Granddad has that little tune he sings constantly with the words being just about anything on his mind at the time.
      "New shoes, New shoo-oo-oo-oo-ooo-oes!"
      "Good food, Good foo-oo-oo-oo-ooo-ood!"
      "Soul Plane, Soul Pla-aa-aa-aa-aaa-ane!"
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Robert may be a dirty old man, but he would not allow his prostitute girlfriend to be smacked by her pimp.
  • Confirmed Bachelor: Of the Casanova Wannabe variety. Even on the rare occasion when he finds himself in a relationship with a woman who seems into him, he shows no desire to marry. In the first episode of the animated series, he tells Ed Wuncler Sr. that he believes "all marriage is wrong", although he may have been joking or avoiding the question of his stance on gay marriage or both.
    • Although there is passing reference about his (probably deceased) wife of many years.
  • Cool Old Guy: More so in the comics.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Granddad often makes dismissive replies to whatever Huey or Riley are yapping on about.
  • Deep South: He seems to have lived in this region in his early life. He got himself (in)voluntarily tangled in the political strife there during the height of the Civil Rights Movement.
  • Dirty Coward: This is at least implied when he has a nightmare about being chased by an army of Stinkmeaner clones. He abandoned and sacrificed all of his friends and family so he could save his own skin! Who knows if he would do the same in real life?
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Thugnifficent refers to him as "Old Nigga".
  • Fan Disservice: We frequently see him (semi-)naked.
  • Freudian Trio: The Ego to Huey's Superego and Riley's Id.
  • Don't Make Me Take My Belt Off / Whip It Good: Granddad often pulls off his belt to whip Riley whenever he's out of line.
  • Got Volunteered: In "Freedom Ride or Die", an unwilling Robert Freeman was basically forced by Sturdy Harris to join the latter's risky and life-threatening crusade against segregation.
  • Grumpy Old Man / Screw Politeness, I'm a Senior!
  • He Who Fights Monsters: During Robert's conflict with Stinkmeaner's clone, he slowly turns into another copy of Stinkmeaner (figuratively speaking) by embracing the hatred. Huey only manages to turn Robert back to normal, just before he could kill Stinkmeaner again.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Robert has a bad habit of dating women with low morals or sanity. His girlfriends have included a lazy gold-digging prostitute, several ugly women who pretended to be sexy online, a crazy and homicidal martial artist who nearly killed him, a Dominican drug boss who brought one of her armed henchmen to the dinner table, a crazy woman who kidnapped Riley because of his cuteness, a shady doctor who almost harvested his organs, a narcissistic reality TV star, etc.
    Huey: Your dating habits have been a serious threat to the safety of you, the people of this house...
    Riley: ...And really the entire neighborhood.
  • Hypocritical Humor: A true master.
    • Hypocrisy Nod: Especially in the comics - a common gag is for Huey to point out how he's acting foolish or hypocritical, only for Granddad to agree, but reply that since he's in his golden years he doesn't care.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: In the comics, where he simply desires to live his golden years in relaxation.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: In the show, where he's big on appearances and often wants to live the high life.
  • Indentured Servitude: In Season 4, he signs a contract that forces him to work for Ed Wuncler Jr until he pays off the debt on the house.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Tom and Sarah. Eventually he also befriends Thugnificent.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: As seen during some flashbacks to his youth, he was a handsome fella in his day.
  • Jerkass: Robert usually places his interests before everyone else, and is quick to avoid responsibility.
  • Large Ham: He's a master at overreacting to everything, whether it's justified or not.
  • Man Child: Especially in the TV series. You know that something's wrong with the Freemans' family dynamic, when preteen Huey acts far more adult-like than his old man.
  • Meaningful Name: His surname Freeman, which Ed Wuncler II acknowledges, albeit ironically when Robert loses his freedom to Wuncler.
  • Mentor: Of a sort to Huey in the comics, where his characterization is that he is Older and Wiser, but because he's retired he really doesn't want to have to care. Huey occasionally comes to him for deep conversation, though it's never guaranteed that Granddad will want to get into the situation.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: In "Stinkmeaner: Begun the Clone War Has", during the final fight against the Stinkmeaner clone, Robert decides to spare his life and make peace with him. The Stinkmeaner clone just reduces his harassment to just yelling at Robert from outside his house.
    Robert: This is what I get for doing the right thing? [...] I knew I should've killed your ass again!
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: He does not even have as much as a welt on him in his final battle with the clone of Stinkmeaner.
  • N-Word Privileges: Lampshaded as far back as "The Garden Party", when Robert tells his boys that they shouldn't use the N-word, even though he says it all the time.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: He agrees to spare the life of Stinkmeaner's clone to finally gain peace of mind, only to have Stinkmeaner II pester him 24/7 outside of his house.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Tom DuBois's Blue
  • Refusal of the Call: In Season 4, it is revealed that Robert was drawn into the Civil Rights movement against his will after accidentally getting on a bus full of Freedom Riders whilst escaping from a bus station attendant for using (and messing up) a white men's restroom. He was actually attempting to escape the South and return to Chicago. Once he was on the bus, despite his vehement protests, the protest leader wouldn't let him off, insisting that his people needed him.
  • Riches to Rags: He was never super wealthy, but was implied to have enough savings and presumably a pension to live quite comfortably in the suburbs as well as constantly going on dates. In season 4, it turns out the Freemans are now bankrupt, and most of the episodes, so far, have involved Robert participating in a bunch of harebrained schemes in order to clear his debts.
  • Scatterbrained Senior: One interpretation of his tall tales is that he is suffering from the early stages of dementia.
  • The Scrooge: We don't know exactly how much he's good for, but he's incredibly cheap nevertheless. This is perhaps best demonstrated when he fired the only babysitter capable of handling Huey and Riley just because she left the lights on in the kitchen and used the telephone for five minutes.
  • Self-Serving Memory
  • Shipper on Deck: Granddad seems to ship Huey with Jazmine, and Riley with Cindy; either subconsciously (calling Jazmine Huey's "little friend", and dreaming of Jazmine instinctively hugging Huey when attacked by the swarm of Stinkmeaners), or intentionally (worrying that Riley might be gay, he invited Cindy to play with him).
  • Skewed Priorities: This is a common joke with him. For example, when the Stinkmeaner-possessed Tom is choking him, Riley tries to save him by breaking several vases over his head. Granddad is just mad that Riley broke the vases.
    • And later during that same night, Granddad is more focused on his date with a woman, than figuring out what to do with Stinkmeaner-Tom (who's been chained to a bed upstairs).
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Most of the Season 4 episodes are focused around Granddad, with Huey only getting a few lines each episode.
  • The Stoner: In "Mr. Medicinal", he starts using marijuana to relieve his stress. However he gets convicted twice for possession of it, leading to about a month or so of house arrest, and has to appear in an anti-drug PSA as community service, which all force him to stop smoking weed.
  • Technologically Blind Elders:
    • In the comics, Robert was browsing the Internet and was easily tricked into getting a computer virus.
    • In the episode "I Dream of Siri", he visited an Apple Store and couldn't tell the difference between iPhones, iPads, and Mac laptops.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: While Robert seemed to have some common sense in the comics (except when it came to technology), in the show he's far more stupid and impulsive, a problem that seems to worsen with every season. Whenever there's anything involving money or women, he well jump into it without thinking of the consequences.
    • In the Season 4 episode "Good Times", Ed II keeps tricking Robert into worsening his own debt, until he makes Robert sell himself into indentured servitude.
  • Too Much Information: Granddad does this to Huey and Riley a lot.
    Granddad: Boys, Lando will be living with us for a while, because supposedly it's the right thing to do. I hope you'll take this as a lesson that life can really suck sometimes, and that you should always wear a condom. I'm wearing a condom right now!
  • Unreliable Narrator: It's unknown just how much of Robert's alleged involvement in the Civil Rights Movement (or most of his stories for that matter) actually happened.
  • The Unreveal: We never get to find out who his wife or child was.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist
  • Vague Age: How old is Robert anyway? It's not helped by the apparent Comic-Book Time used by this franchise. If he's a WWII veteran, he would probably be in his 90s (as of the 2010s); although he still has prepubescent grandchildren.
    • Werner Herzog also had trouble estimating his age, and gave a guess between 80-120.
  • When All You Have Is a Hammer: With regard to parenting. Robert says this to a woman at a grocery store who was trying futilely to calm down her bratty son, before Robert loaned his belt to the woman so she could punish her son:
    Robert: You ever try beatin' his ass?
  • Where Da White Women At?: Although Robert is usually seen dating black women, he's not picky about skin color.
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Even though Robert has no problems with smacking his grandsons, he finds it unacceptable to smack a grown woman. Robert forbids Slickback from hitting Cristal in the Freeman house.

    Supporting Characters 

Michael Caesar

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"Remember, the people you want to liberate are still tied to the system. You need big distribution - make it hip. [...] And make it look kinda anime, like PokÚmon: That's popular."

Huey's best friend in the comic strip, but is glaringly absent from the animated series. He's a smart-mouthed black kid from Brooklyn, New York City who chats with Huey about everything from politics to pop culture (mostly the latter, as they have a shared hatred of bad black media).

Uncle Ruckus (No Relation)

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"There are those of you who say I'm wrong for hatin' niggas. I call y'all ALL hypocrites 'cause each and every one of you can name ten niggas you hate right now if you had to!"
Voiced by: Gary Anthony Williams

A fat and old black man who seems to work in every conceivable low-wage job. Despite his ethnicity, he is also a loud-mouthed white supremacist.
  • Acrofatic / Stout Strength: Despite Ruckus' obese physique, in "...Or Die Trying" he is shown to be capable of some impressive martial arts feats, including a jumping-kick attack.
  • Aesop Amnesia: Whenever Ruckus ponders that he could be less racist, he forgets all about it.
    • This is lampshaded in the ending of "The Uncle Ruckus Reality Show". Ruckus claims that learning he was black gave him a more sympathetic perspective on black people, but then he quickly demonstrates that he doesn't actually believe this (see Jerk With A Heart Of Jerk below).
    • At the end of "The Color Ruckus", Ruckus states that he shouldn't hate black people anymore, but instead pity them for their "inferiority" to white people. But in Season 4, we see that Ruckus' opinions of black people are still unmistakably hateful.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Being the type of man he is, his three favorite movies are Birth of a Nation, Gone with the Wind, and, well, Notting Hill.
  • Ascended Extra: He originally appeared very late in the comic strip's run, and became a semi-recurring character. He plays an even greater role in the show, appearing in most episodes and starring in a few of them.
  • Badass Grandpa:
    • In "...Or Die Trying", he's shown matching Huey in martial arts skills, which would arguably make him one of the most skilled fighters in the show.
    • However in "Stinkmeaner 3: The Hateocracy", he receives a brutal beatdown from the Hateocracy. But of course, they did outnumber and outclass him.
    • In "It's Goin' Down", he fights with Dan the Security Man, subduing him with a wrestling suplex move.
  • Bald of Evil: He is partially bald.
  • Been There, Shaped History:
    • In "Return of the King", Uncle Ruckus claimed to have tried (and failed) to throw bricks at Martin Luther King Jr., though this whole episode turned out to be all just a dream by Huey.
    • In "Freedom Ride or Die", Ruckus recalls how he participated in angry mob violence against the Freedom Riders. He's surprised to learn that Robert was among the Freedom Riders when they were attacked.
  • Berserk Button: As a fanatical white nationalist, he is always ready to rant about his frustrations with colored people.
  • Boomerang Bigot: The whole purpose of his character. Uncle Ruckus is always praising white people and detesting black people, despite ironically being the latter. However Ruckus often denies being black, so from his point of view he isn't the hypocrite that he really is.
  • But Not Too Black: Despite having the darkest skin of all characters, Ruckus really wants to believe that he isn't a black man. He often claims to be a white man with a "re-vitiligo" disease that darkens his skin.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: He does this to his father Mister Ruckus in the climax of "The Color Ruckus".
    No no, that's okay. Keep talking dad, keep talking. That's the eulogy this woman [Nelly] deserved. She did this to you, and now you're doing it to me. You've been doing this all our lives, and it's getting old, it's getting old... it's getting real old, old man! So get it all out of your system, then sit down AND SHUT THE FUCK UP!!
  • Catch Phrase:
    • "I'm Uncle Ruckus, no relation."
    • "I've got re-vitiligo (it's the opposite of what Michael Jackson's got)."
  • Changeling Fantasy: In "The Color Ruckus", we learn that Ruckus believes he's a white orphan with re-vitiligo, who was raised by a black family. It turns out that his black family is his real family, and his mother lied and made up this story to make him feel special. Even after his father broke the news though, Ruckus continued to be in denial about it.
  • Characterization Marches On: Season 1 actually has moments where he seems completely aware that he's black. Referring to whites as "they" and blacks as "we" is a subtle example.
    • Other lines include "I was happy at the back of the bus" and "I would have shoot you myself but I realized the white man got better aim." Not to mention the episode "The Passion of Reverend Ruckus".
  • Cult Leader: In one episode, he starts his own racist offshoot of Christianity, promising anyone who converts to white supremacy (even if they're non-white like him) that they can go to "White Heaven", an afterlife ruled by Ronald Reagan.
    • Later, we see him as an exorcist who specializes in dealing with evil black spirits such as Stinkmeaner (though he didn't actually know what he was doing).
    • Later, he's the priest at Robert's aborted wedding to Siri.
  • Deep South: Uncle Ruckus seems to hail from this region, as he speaks with a very thick Southern US accent. He's old enough to remember Jim Crow segregation, which is obviously something he fondly reminisces about a lot.
  • Depending on the Writer: Either Ruckus is aware that he's black, or he's under the delusion that he's actually white. Ruckus would soon accept the latter belief.
  • The Dragon: Ruckus has shown to be a very loyal servant/henchman to Ed Wuncler I, and later to Ed Wuncler II as well.
  • Enemy Mine: Twice in Season 3, Ruckus has found himself teaming up with Huey of all people:
    • In "It's a Black President, Huey Freeman", Huey's apathy and Ruckus' hatred for Barack Obama provokes an angry reaction from a crowd of Obama supporters. As they no longer feel like they belong in America, the two decide to drive up north to Canada together, but this plan is aborted when Ruckus is arrested by the Secret Service.
    • In "It's Goin' Down", after a confused counter-terrorism operation gone wrong (Jack Flowers mistakenly believed that Huey and Ruckus were terrorists), Jack convinces Huey and Ruckus to help him out by evacuating Dan Stuckey from the Wuncler Tower before a bomb destroys it.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He's on very good terms with his mother and brothers; it's his father and grandmother he hates (with good reason).
  • Even Evil Has Standards: In "The New Black", despite his racism and homophobia, he considers mocking or abusing the disabled to be inexcusable.
  • Evil Old Folks / Grumpy Old Man: Though his father and grandmother are even older and worse than he is.
  • Fat Bastard / Fat Idiot: In the comics, there was even a joke about how he's a loyal McDonald's customer.
  • Freudian Excuse: Was raised by an extremely abusive dad who always proclaimed his hatred of white people, as well as a loving yet delusional mom who idolized Caucasians (and lied that Ruckus was born white). This helped warp Ruckus' mind into the self-hating oaf we know, love, and hate.
  • Friendly Enemy / The Friend Nobody Likes / Vitriolic Best Buds: Sometimes he's this with Robert and Tom. Despite his racist views and the verbal abuse they keep slinging at each other because of it, the three sure seem to hang out a lot.
    • For some reason, Ruckus tolerates Robert and plays checkers with him at the park, although Ruckus shows open disdain for his grandsons (by refusing them entry into the school bus).
    • Not surprisingly, Ruckus respects Tom for being an "Oreo" and sharing the same preference for white women.
    • Although in "Mr. Medicinal", Robert and Tom both admit to not really liking Ruckus while they were drunk.
    • And sometimes Ruckus' racism overrides his friendship, as seen when he was bossing around Robert and Tom in "Freedomland".
  • Friend to All White Children: As he loves most white people, he is very polite to the white kids who board his school bus.
    • In "A Huey Freeman Christmas" he has also shown some kindness to Jazmine, because he feels that a mulatto shouldn't be harassed by a black kid like Riley.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: In "The Uncle Ruckus Reality Show", he goes through a DNA test. Ruckus reads the results and finds out that he's 100% African, much to his shock and horror. After Ruckus' unsuccessful suicide attempt, the show's producer (Wedgie Rudlin) forces the geneticist into redoing the DNA test, so that Ruckus is "actually" 50% Caucasian and he snaps back to normal.
  • Gonk: He's old, obese, balding, and has a bulging eye and crooked teeth.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Played for both laughs and drama.
    • Abusive Dad: Well, they try to play it for laughs, but it's not very funny to see how brutally abusive his dad was. He beat the shit out of him for having fun and wanting to be a doctor. No wonder he grew so messed up.
  • His Name Really is "Barkeep": In "The Color Ruckus", When they flashback to his childhood, his mother actually calls him Uncle, so "Uncle Ruckus" is actually his full name. In fact he's named after his father's uncle. Yes, both the Uncle and the Ruckus part.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: His hatred of blacks and blind love of whites. Not to mention his mother. Not that he could see it anyways.
  • Hypocritical Humor / Laughably Evil: Due to the whole absurdity of being a black white-supremacist.
  • I Know Karate: "You think you're the only one to master the ancient and deadly art of the Nunchaku?"
  • Jerkass: Most of the time. He often takes any opportunity to degrade other people of color.
    • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: At times, such as "A Huey Freeman Christmas" and "The Color Ruckus", show that he does have a more decent side. Also see Pet the Dog.
    • Jerk With A Heart Of Jerk: He has a moment like this at the end of "The Uncle Ruckus Reality Show", as he claimed that learning he was black gave him a more sympathetic perspective on Negroes... and then he allowed Huey and Riley to almost get killed by passing traffic for his own amusement.
  • Large Ham: He is very loud and vocal about his views.
  • Leitmotif: Jabba's theme plays most of the time he's on-screen from Season 2 onward.
  • Mad Eye: Interestingly enough, this is the only one with color.
  • Meaningful Name: Uncle Ruckus is a combination of Uncle Tom, Uncle Remus, and Amos Rucker (allegedly a slave soldier who fought for the Confederacy), creating a black man most enthusiastically subservient to white people.
  • New Job as the Plot Demands: Uncle Ruckus is always seen with a different job in every appearance, usually as some kind of low-wage laborer or servant. He apparently has about 30-47 different jobs.
  • N-Word Privileges: No one takes offense to his song "Don't Trust Them New Niggas Over There" in "The Garden Party", or anything else he says because he has these.
    White party guest: I think the "N-Word" is okay if they say it.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Occasionally, Uncle Ruckus proves to be more than just a hateful oaf:
    • During the Jim Crow era, Ruckus supported racist violence. He claimed to have served on a white jury that convicted a blind black man of 3 shooting murders (although this is unlikely to be true, as segregation should've kept any black man off jury duty). A later flashback does seem to confirm that he once incited an angry mob to attack the Freedom Riders though.
    • Ruckus has mastered using nunchucks, and he even beats Huey Freeman in a fight. Though oddly enough, he is never seen showing any similar fighting prowess afterwards.
    • He later becomes Ed Wuncler II's right-hand man, and he takes his harassment of the Freemans to whole new levels, especially when he acts as their overseer in Freedomland.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • In "A Huey Freeman Christmas", Uncle Ruckus restores Jazmine's belief in Christmas and Santa Claus after Riley destroys it. Although it should be noted that Ruckus only likes Jazmine for being half-white.
    • In "The Color Ruckus", he shows genuine love for his mother and younger brothers, even though they are black.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: If you didn't already know, Ruckus is very racist against pretty much anyone who isn't of non-Hispanic white European descent; Africans, Chinese, Mexicans, Arabs, etc.
    • However he doesn't seem to have much ill-will towards multiracial people who are part white, such as Jazmine; Ruckus himself seems to be satisfied if someone else lied that he's 50% Caucasian.
    • And as seen in "The New Black" he's also homophobic, remarking that he doesn't even respect gay white people.
  • Sitcom Archnemesis: Ruckus is usually just an annoying jerk and idiot. But see Not-So-Harmless Villain above.
  • Straw Character: Uncle Ruckus is a satirical spoof of white supremacists and Tea Party Republicans.
  • Tragically Bigoted Villain: Uncle Ruckus' hatred of his own race comes from his hatred of his abusive father and grandmother, along with brainwashing by his delusional mother.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: As a little boy, Ruckus was quite innocent, and he even once dreamed of becoming a doctor. But it's too bad that he had a really horrible childhood.
  • Villain Protagonist: Of "The Passion of Reverend Ruckus", "The Uncle Ruckus Reality Show", "The Story of Jimmy Rebel", and "The Color Ruckus".
  • Where Da White Women At?: Obviously Ruckus doesn't like black women (except for Ebony Brown), and views whiteness as ideal beauty. He considers Tom lucky for marrying Sarah.
  • Would Hurt a Child: If that child is not white. In "...Or Die Trying", Ruckus states that he's been "waiting a long time to do this" before he fights Huey.

Jazmine DuBois

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Voiced by: Gabby Soleil (Seasons 1-3), Kiarah Pollas (Season 4)

The biracial daughter of Tom and Sarah DuBois. While Huey finds her to be naive and annoying, she becomes his only friend in the TV show.
  • Accidental Pervert: Poor Jazmine. The first penis she saw belonged to an 80+-year-old man. note 
  • All Girls Like Ponies: Something which Ed Wuncler I takes advantage of in "The Block Is Hot".
  • Break the Cutie: A major reason Huey has for talking to her in the comics, though he doesn't exactly mean to be malicious; he truly thinks she would be better off if she were a cynic like him, so he makes it his mission to tear down her childish beliefs.
  • But Not Too Black: Besides the puffy afro hair texture and slightly tanned skin, she could probably pass as white. Cindy didn't know Jazmine was part black until she was informed so.
  • Butt Monkey: In the comic, though she only tends to be treated badly by Huey and occasionally Riley. It seems like, in general, the world enjoys messing with her naivete. In the show, she's more The Chew Toy since Huey is a lot less abrasive.
  • Children Are Innocent: In the sense of being both naive and good-natured. She also doesn't like it when others drag her into trouble.
  • Demoted to Extra:
    • In the comics, she has a greatly diminished role after Huey meets and befriends Caesar. She even has a two-year absence before she reintroduces herself.
    • In the first two seasons of the show, she would regularly interact with the main characters and even be the focus of a few episodes and plots. In the last two seasons, she's lucky to ever get a line.
  • Fangirl: Of Usher.
  • Fan Of The Underdog: It is no coincidence that she trusts Huey in spite of him being a Jerkass to her. It is especially prevalent in Season 3 as she is the only person who actually listens to him and has spoken highly of him when even the President of the United States has denounced him.
  • Fish out of Water: In the comics. Like the Freemans, her family are newcomers to Woodcrest (where from, she doesn't say). Jazmine also doesn't know how to fit in with black or white people.
  • Funny Afro: Has a huge afro several times bigger than Huey's. It makes her insecure. Played for laughs, naturally.
  • Girly Girl: She wears pink clothes, really wants to have a pony, and she has tea parties with her dolls.
  • Granola Girl: Implied to be a vegetarian.
    • In "The Fundraiser", she donates most of the money she made with Riley to PETA, much to his dismay.
    • In "The Fried Chicken Flu", she didn't jump on the KFC bandwagon that was sweeping the nation because "fried chicken is murder".
  • Hikikomori: Once she returns in the comic strip, her two-year-long Chuck Cunningham Syndrome is explained as her locking herself in her room ever since 9/11 out of fear of terrorists.
  • I Am Not Pretty: In the comics, she would sometimes express insecurity over her appearance (particularly her afro hair).
  • Literal-Minded / Sarcasm-Blind: Extremely so in the comic, to the point where Huey can say almost anything to her and she'll take it at face value. This combined with her Wide-Eyed Idealist traits make her extremely gullible (and as a running gag, very bad at Your Mom jokes).
  • Luminescent Blush: At the end of "Wingmen".
  • Mixed Ancestry: Particularly in the comics, being a mulatto gave her a lot of personal confusion. Downplayed in the show though.
    • To be precise, through her mother's side she is Irish, Swedish, and German; and through her father's side she is African, Cherokee, French, and Scottish.
  • Moe Stare
  • Morality Pet: Jazmine is this to Huey, which is weird as he is often the one to tear down any wide-eyed delusions she carries. But as soon as someone tries to exploit her or if she needs help, knowing that helping her would be at the expense of his own interests, Huey usually helps her out.
    • The best example of this was when he tried to stop Ed I's scheme against Jazmine in "The Block Is Hot".
    • Also in "The Fried Chicken Flu", Huey lets Jazmine stay at his house during the viral outbreak. Although he was reluctant about it, Huey also allowed Jazmine's parents to join them, so she would calm down.
  • Nervous Wreck: She probably got her insecurity from her father.
  • Nice Girl: Her sweet nature never dies out despite all the negativity around her.
  • Pink Is Feminine: Usually seen wearing a pink jacket.
  • Ship Tease: It's implied that she may have a crush on Huey. It's most obviously suggested in two comic strips, one where she asks if anyone (like Huey) would ever marry her, and another where she gives him a Valentine's Day card. But Huey, not being a sentimental (let alone romantic) kind of person, seems oblivious to all of this.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead
  • Stubborn Hair: Part of what makes her Funny Afro funny is that it automatically reasserts itself almost immediately after she manages to sleek it down.
  • Token Half-White
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: In a one-sided way with Huey, who is much ruder to her.
  • Vocal Evolution: Justified, since her voice actress was a little girl when the series began.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: To the point of naivety.

Thomas "Tom" Lancaster DuBois

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Voiced by: Cedric Yarbrough

A black man who "acts white" as much as possible: He's an Ivy League-educated attorney, married to a white woman, and has no "ebonic" accent. A nice guy, but also a big pushover.
  • Apologizes a Lot: Something which causes Sarah to explode on him in "Pretty Boy Flizzy".
  • Berserk Button:
    • In the comics, Ralph Nader is this, as Tom disagrees with his Green Party platform, and blames him for George W. Bush's victory in the 2000 election. It got so bad that he temporarily split from Sarah over her vote for him.
    • In the show, Tom reacts poorly to anyone who wants to rape him, tries to steal his wife from him, or acts inappropriately in front of his daughter.
  • Black and Nerdy: Besides being a milquetoast lawyer, Tom once mentioned that he likes Star Trek in the comics.
  • But Not Too Black: "Well actually, I'm more of a caramel complexion."
    • Tom has approximately 30% Caucasian ancestry (French and Scottish). This would also make his daughter mostly white.
  • Butt Monkey / Extreme Doormat: The guy has practically NO backbone! He gets very little respect from his friends (and at times, even his wife).
  • Celebrity Resemblance: Tom DuBois is noted to look a lot like Barack Obama, except the latter is more wealthy, powerful, and attractive. It would explain why Sarah voted for him.
  • Character Development: Tom starts branching out from a prosecutor who just does his job, to a defense attorney that takes cases based on innocence of the client, regardless of the money he's offered. He's also become less of a doormat as he is more prone to swearing when he's angry and calls people out when he feels disrespected.
  • Cowardly Lion / Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass / Took a Level in Badass:
    • In "A Date With The Booty Warrior". He was still cowardly for much of the episode, but he was able to overcome his fears about rape, and defeat the Booty Warrior.
    • By the end of "Pretty Boy Flizzy", he seems to have grown more of a spine, and resolved most of his marital hang-ups with Sarah.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Much to his dismay.
  • Freudian Excuse: The source of his PTSD-level phobia of prison rape comes from merely watching a movie about it as a kid, rather than actually experiencing it.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: To a lesser extent than Ruckus, but his straight-laced and needy demeanor has occasionally made the Freemans reluctant to deal with him.
  • Henpecked Husband: He feels very insecure around his wife, who in turn feels frustrated by his submissive behavior.
  • Inelegant Blubbering: Whenever he's forced to confront his fear of prison. A manly crier he is not.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Robert and Huey. And sometimes with Ruckus.
  • Ivy League for Everyone: It's mentioned that Tom once attended an Ivy League university (either Harvard in the comics, or Princeton in the show), where he played on the men's basketball team, and of course graduated with a law degree.
  • Lovable Coward / Nervous Wreck: He cries and panics very easily, especially when it comes to marital problems or his phobia of rape.
  • Meaningful Name: Tom as in Uncle Tom, due to his status as The Whitest Black Guy. DuBois from W.E.B. DuBois, as he's a prominent upper-class black man with an Ivy League education.
  • Nice Guy: He's usually a pleasant neighbor and family man.
    • Beware the Nice Ones: Although over the course of the series, he does grow more irritable due to all the shit that happens to him.
  • N-Word Privileges: Averted, as he and his daughter are the only members of the black cast who don't say "nigga".
    • But of course Stinkmeaner has no problem with the word, so while controlling Tom's body, he embarrasses him by making him drop some N-bombs out loud in a courtroom.
  • Only Sane Man: Besides his extreme phobia of rape, Tom is relatively saner and more normal than a lot of other men in the show. Especially compared to guys like Robert or Ruckus.
  • Prison Rape: He has an obsessive and paranoid phobia of going to jail and getting anally raped. The result is that he tries to avoid committing any kind of crime no matter what. The cost is that his wife is too sexually frustrated as a result.
  • Properly Paranoid: In "A Date With The Booty Warrior", the moment he decides to visit prison, he really is being stalked by a deranged rapist! Fortunately, Tom manages to literally save his own ass from the Booty Warrior during a fight.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Tom is the Blue to Robert and Huey's Red.
  • Straw Character: He and his wife are stereotypical clueless moderate liberals. Although they almost split in one comic arc, because he voted for Al Gore instead of Ralph Nader like Sarah did.
  • Where Da White Women At?: In the comics, he is stated to have only dated white women, eventually marrying Sarah. While talking to her about his preference in women, he even quotes the famous line word-for-word from Blazing Saddles.
  • The Whitest Black Guy: Sometimes Huey forgets to count Tom as a black man.
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Which puts Tom at odds with Slickback and Flizzy. He wouldn't even strike back at one of Slickback's hookers in self-defense.

Sarah DuBois

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Voiced by: Jill Talley

A white woman, who is Tom's wife and Jazmine's mother. Her marriage with Tom gets strained because of politics (in the comics) and his phobia of rape (in the show).
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: She wishes that Tom was more assertive and dominant, and less of a pushover and wimp.
  • Art Evolution: Her hair was originally straighter and shorter.
  • Berserk Button: Her husband's lack of assertiveness and masculinity. Hell, she even once threw a pillow at Tom for apologizing to her.
  • Fangirl: Of Usher, Barack Obama, and Pretty Boy Flizzy.
  • Henpecked Housewife: She is often pretty frustrated by Tom's uptightness and awkwardness in public. His obsessive phobia about prison rape has taken a toll on their marriage.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Sarah and Tom respectively. While Sarah isn't a tomboy by any means, she would at least seem so in comparison to her very unmasculine husband. She's frustrated that he isn't the dominant spouse.
  • Moe Stare
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: Sort of. In the comic strip she's also an attorney like Tom, but in the TV series she seems to just be a housewife.
  • Satellite Character: She's Tom's wife, Jazmine's mother, the Freemans' neighbor, and every episode she's featured in deals with one of those facts.
  • Straw Character: She and her husband are stereotypical clueless moderate liberals. Although they almost split in one comic arc, because she voted for Ralph Nader instead of Al Gore like Tom did.
  • Token White
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: To a major extent in "Pretty Boy Flizzy", where her previous frustration at Tom's stuffiness is exaggerated to unreasonable demands and full-blown self-centered mood-swinging. Likewise, her wandering eye is ramped up to the point of throwing herself at other men and putting down Tom in front of her daughter (though granted, that was while drunk).
  • Where Da Black Men At?: In the comics, she is stated to have only dated black men, eventually marrying Tom. She's still openly attracted to other black men, much to Tom's dismay.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Subverted. Although Sarah flirts with other men (Usher, Obama, Flizzy) in front of Tom, she never actually commits adultery.

    Recurring Characters 

Colonel H. Stinkmeaner

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Voiced by: Cedric Yarbrough

An old and blind black man with a sadistic sense of humor. He starts a legendary blood feud with Robert Freeman, which results in his accidental killing of Stinkmeaner during a street fight. Afterwards though, Stinkmeaner escapes from Hell and haunts Robert as a ghost. Later, Stinkmeaner's acquaintances and even his clone also come for revenge.
  • An Axe to Grind: He uses one while in Tom's body to try to kill Granddad.
  • Asshole Victim: When Granddad accidentally kills him. Lampshaded when Huey states that the world is probably better off without him, even though the Freeman family mourn him anyway.
  • Ax-Crazy: At first Stinkmeaner was more of a nuisance than a real threat, but after his ghost returns to haunt Robert, he's actually kind of frightening. Especially when he's holding a literal ax to attack Robert with.
  • Back from the Dead: Sort of happened once when he possessed Tom, but now Season 4 has confirmed that he is indeed back again via cloning.
  • Badass: Well sort of...
    • Badass Grandpa / Handicapped Badass: Subverted in his first appearance. When Stinkmeaner trips Robert and beats him with his cane, Huey assumes that he must be some kind of blind yet talented martial artist. It turns out that Stinkmeaner was just lucky that time, as during the second fight he stood no chance at all against Robert.
    • Took a Level in Badass: However while Stinkmeaner was damned in Hell, he literally took Training from Hell and learned how to fight an army of demons. The Devil was so impressed that he releases him from Hell for revenge. So when Stinkmeaner's ghost possesses Tom's body, thus regaining youthful prowess and the ability of eyesight again, he proves to be more than a capable threat to the Freemans.
  • Bed Trick / Not Right in the Bed: While Stinkmeaner was possessing Tom, he took advantage of it by having sex with Sarah, who was oblivious yet enthusiastic about her husband's strange behavior.
  • Big Bad: Of the Stinkmeaner / Nigga Moment episodes, particularly "Granddad's Fight" and "Stinkmeaner Strikes Back".
    • Bigger Bad: He's the man behind the Hateocracy (from "Stinkmeaner 3: The Hateocracy") and his clone (from "Stinkmeaner: Begun the Clone War Has"), although he no longer plays an active role in those episodes.
  • Blind Black Guy: He became blind due to cancer in his adolescence, but he didn't consider it a big loss, because he never appreciated looking at beautiful sights such as sunsets and rainbows.
  • Blood Knight: Really enjoys Nigga Moments.
  • Boomerang Bigot: While he hates everyone, he hates black people slightly more than everyone else.
  • Came Back Strong: Initially just a hateful old man who managed to get lucky in a single fight. When he comes back from Hell, though...
  • Catch Phrase:
  • Demonic Possession: Stinkmeaner's ghost rises out of Hell to possess Tom, ready for revenge on the Freeman family. And later, Ruckus and the Freemans attempt an exorcism on him.
  • The Determinator: Not even death could end Stinkmeaner's Nigga Moment! The only thing that can stop it is peace.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: Stinkmeaner called Satan himself a "bitch-ass nigga".
  • Drives Like Crazy: In his defense, have you tried driving while blind?
  • Evil Cripple: He doesn't care that driving while blind may endanger innocent people.
  • Evil Is Hammy / Laughably Evil: He may be one of the biggest assholes around, but he sure is hilarious to watch.
  • Evil Old Folks / Grumpy Old Man / Screw Politeness, I'm a Senior!: Though he was just as nasty when he was young.
  • For the Evulz: The sole motivation behind his very breathing.
  • Good Is Bad And Bad Is Good: He believes that witnessing bad things happening to others is what makes life worth living.
  • Gonk: Not as ugly as Ruckus, but still pretty ugly.
  • Hates Everyone Almost Equally / Misanthrope Supreme: Stinkmeaner is a misanthrope who hates everybody, including people of all races, but black people especially. And the closest thing that Stinkmeaner ever had to a circle of friends were the Hateocracy, but he admits that he only hated them slightly less than everyone else.
  • Hell Of A Time / Training from Hell: Literally. Stinkmeaner doesn't seem to be very bothered by his eternal damnation, and in fact he enjoys spending his time in Hell by learning martial arts, beating up lots of demons, and preparing for his revenge on Robert Freeman. He at least finds Hell to be preferable over jail.
  • Interactive Narrator: Stinkmeaner, from the dead, quickly steals the narrator role from Huey in "Stinkmeaner 3: The Hateocracy".
  • Jerkass: The biggest example in the series. He puts Ed Wuncler to shame.
  • No Indoor Voice: He frequently yells at the top of his lungs.
  • N-Word Privileges: Though he often pronounces "nigga" as "nyukka".
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: Stinkmeaner appears as a vengeful spirit in "Stinkmeaner Strikes Back".
  • The Power of Hate: He owes his long life to his "love of hatred". It's also what allows him to return from the afterlife to continue his Nigga Moment. However, it turns out that the only way to exorcise Stinkmeaner's ghost out of Tom is tricking Stinkmeaner into bonding with Ruckus over their shared Boomerang Bigotry; because a Nigga Moment will end should it turn peaceful.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: When Stinkmeaner's soul escapes from Hell, he plans to get back at Robert by murdering him, but first he trolls a lot of people along the way.
  • Sadist: He lives for making others suffer.
  • The Sociopath: While narrating his backstory, Huey makes it clear that Stinkmeaner was always rotten and never cared about other people.
  • Troll: What he does for a living.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He had no problem fighting Huey and Riley when they tried to exhort his spirit out of Tom.
    'Stinkmeaner: You're never too little to get your ass whooped!

Edward "Ed" Wuncler I

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Voiced by: Edward Asner

Ed Wuncler I is the wealthiest businessman in Woodcrest. Not surprisingly, his greed and amorality are insatiable.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: His family has controlled Woodcrest since the 19th century, maintaining a tight economic and political stranglehold on the city.
  • Bad Boss: Not surprisingly, he treats his employees like crap.
    • He arbitrarily fired the entire staff of a restaurant, except for the illegal immigrants from Mexico.
    • He proudly exploits child labor, whether it's outsourced to a foreign sweatshop, or even Jazmine's lemonade stand at home.
    • He orders the murder of a kickball referee, because he accepted bribes from the Chinese team instead of Wuncler himself.
    • And he almost got Dan the security guard murdered, as part of a convoluted plot to profit from his death.
  • Bald of Evil: Partially bald, but close enough.
  • Big Bad: Due to being the most socially powerful villain in the show, although he's only the antagonist of some few episodes.
    • Bigger Bad: Well he is the man behind his son and grandson, who are also crooks just like him.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing / Faux Affably Evil: He can be very polite when he needs to be, especially to Robert Freeman. But he still has zero qualms about cruelly manipulating other people for his own greed.
    • The best example of this is when he tricks Jazmine into selling her lemonade stand to him, while promising her a pony. He then orders her to work like a sweatshop laborer, while using loopholes to avoid paying his end of the bargain.
  • The Chessmaster: While most of the other villains are crazy and/or stupid, Ed I is very clever and cunning.
  • Con Man: Wuncler has no problems with simple dishonesty, such as in "The Block Is Hot" when he tricked Jazmine into selling lemonade for him with an empty promise of a pony.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: He owns most of Woodcrest, including the authorities.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Ed I is a master of mean-spirited sarcasm and sardonicism.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: His business tactics in "The Itis" are deliberately played as using drugs and crime to drive down property values on desirable locations.
  • Enemy Mine: In "The Red Ball", Huey has no choice but to accept Wuncler's offer to become the captain of the Woodcrest kickball team and recruit other players, as Wuncler betted most of the real estate in Woodcrest (including the Freeman house) to his business rival Long-Dou from Wushung, China.
  • Evil Old Folks: Old enough to have an adult grandson.
  • Evil Plan: Hatches a few, usually involving money.
  • Fat Bastard: He personifies the "fat cat capitalist".
  • Greed / Only in It for the Money: Wuncler is probably the richest, most powerful man in the country, but he'll still pull many messed-up scams and crimes to get more cash. Because shit, you can never have enough, right?
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Imagine Ed Asner still channeling Lou Grant, and you wouldn't be too far off.
  • Jerkass: Wuncler has done multiple acts of pure malice throughout the series, and he is very proud of them. Hell, he had no problem with hurting a little girl's feelings.
  • Karma Houdini: You know you're one when even the President personally phones the agent holding you at gunpoint to tell him to stand down.
  • Loophole Abuse: He refuses to give Jazmine the pony he promised, and sticks her with a $300 bill, despite Jazmine selling more than enough lemonade cups than they agreed on; due to subtracting the money it took to build her new stand, marketing and promotion, the lemons, cups, umbrellas, straws, and even the gas that was used to drive Wuncler back and forth from her cut.
  • Meaningful Name: His name refers to the Once-Ler from Dr. Seuss' The Lorax, who was just as greedy as he is.
  • Morally Bankrupt Banker: He owns the bank that holds the loan on the Freemans' house (and apparently most of the other real estate in town as well).
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: He dislikes Arabs and Muslims. Possibly subverted when it comes to any other ethnicities; he's not really racist towards them, just a greedy old man.
  • Screw The Rules, I Have Connections and Money!: His family is stated to have easily bribed the local police department. And they even have immunity from the federal government.
  • The Sociopath: He will do anything to get more cash, other people be damned. He's done everything from cheating people out of money, to conspiring to murder them.
    • Also after Jack Flowers abducts Ed III at gunpoint, Ed I seemed rather disturbingly apathetic about his own grandson's well-being.
    Ed I: Why don't you just shoot him?
  • Straw Character: Some of his rhetoric seems to be conservative/libertarian-based. Since he is a satiric characterization of Prescott Bush, it is kind of expected.

Edward "Ed" Wuncler II

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Voiced by: Sam McMurray

Ed Wuncler II is the son of Ed I, and father of Ed III. The main antagonist of the Season 4 story arc, he's a loan shark who only worsens Robert's bankruptcy.
  • An Axe to Grind: He tries to cut off Huey's legs with an ax to make a public example out of him.
  • Ax-Crazy: Between his short and volatile temper, and being implied to have stabbed a debtor to death in a fit of rage, he's fairly unstable; and unlike most of the humorous sociopaths on the show, it's rather scary to watch. Hell, near the climax of "Freedomland", we see him when he's literally holding an ax, planning to cut the foot off a little boy with it.
  • Big Bad: Of the Season 4 story arc.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing / Faux Affably Evil: Barely hides his malice toward his debtors behind a smile, and is implied to kill those who make him too angry. He also cares little about actually getting the debt paid off, opting to trick his debtors into further debt or more serious binding contracts, to wring out every penny he can get from them.
  • Berserk Button / Hair-Trigger Temper: Do not owe him money. He has been known to kill people for that.
  • Composite Character: Ed II possesses the business-driven attitude and mannerisms of his father. He also possesses characteristics of his son, such as engaging in petty thievery, and a tendency to commit impulsive acts of violence.
  • Con Man: Wuncler easily tricks Robert into signing contracts that further increase his own debt.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Like father, like son.
  • Disposing of a Body: Leaves one in the Freemans' garage, and implies this is the type of work that Robert Freeman will do for him.
  • The Dragon: As the second-in-command of the family business, although his dad only played one minor role in the Season 4 storyline.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: Sort of, in his own twisted way. The Freedomland slaves consist of both black and white people.
  • Eviler Than Thou: Actually manages to be worse than his father in Season 4. His business practices, such as forcing people in debt to him to sign themselves into slavery, makes anything Wuncler Sr. did look like a Girl Scout troop by comparison. He doesn't even care that much about collecting his debts; he just likes having people indebted to him.
  • False Friend: He comes across as everyone's friend, even though he fully plans to manipulate them to the max. He often acts disappointed when his "buddies" fail, when he secretly has planned for things to go this way.
  • The Ghost: Played with. Ed Wuncler II's existence was implied because Ed Wuncler III was Ed Wuncler I's biological grandson. However, he finally makes an appearance in Season 4.
  • Indentured Servitude / Made a Slave: He makes his debtors sign away their freedom to serve him, forcing them to role-play as slaves in Freedomland, a theme park modeled after a 19th century plantation.
  • Jerkass: Being a Wuncler after all, this should come off as no surprise.
  • Karma Houdini: The most karma that Ed II receives is getting kicked in the face by Huey, who then succeeds in destroying Freedomland. But otherwise, Wuncler managed to escape without long-term consequences.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Even in a black comedy like this show, Ed II's evil behavior is rarely ever played for laughs. He is presented as being very menacing, and his homicidal tendencies are treated as nightmare fuel in-universe.
  • Loan Shark / Morally Bankrupt Banker: He comes toward financially vulnerable people such as Robert Freeman and offers to "help" them out, only to make them owe even more money than before.
  • The Mafia: In contrast to his son's wannabe street gangster attitude, Ed II acts more like a "made man", showing up to places in a white suit and committing crimes well-associated with the mob such as extortion, loan sharking, and financial blackmail.
  • N-Word Privileges: Gives himself these, since he's a Wuncler.
    Ed II: Robert Freeman, my nigga! Can I say that? Yes, I can!
  • Screw The Rules, I Have Connections and Money!
  • The Sociopath: And he's an even worse one than his father. He's committed similar crimes with even more ruthless execution.
  • White Gang-Bangers: Though more like a mobster and less like a street gangster.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He had no problem with trying to slice off Huey's legs, simply for opposing his slavery park.

Edward "Ed" Wuncler III

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Voiced by: Charlie Murphy

Ed Wuncler III is the youngest (and dumbest) member of the Wuncler family. After returning from the Iraq War, he and his best friend Gin Rummy commit a series of petty crimes.
  • Ambiguously Bi / Gay: Although Ed likes women, his friendship with Rummy sometimes comes off (accidentally) looking like a gay romance. This was lampshaded by Riley.
  • Ax-Crazy: He's prone to impulsive outbursts of violence, often at the wrong times.
  • Bring My Brown Pants: His time in Iraq... good God. To be precise, he soiled himself at least a dozen times, the other members of his unit called him "Stinkbomb", and he was eventually kept from joining on patrols because the enemy could smell him coming.
  • Catch Phrase:
    • "(What the) fuck y'all lookin' at?!"
    • "KIYAAA, BITCH!!" (Whenever he's about to kick a door in)
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome / What Happened to the Mouse?: He's last seen in the Season 3 finale "It's Goin' Down", which had a rather ambiguous ending. He's nowhere to be seen or heard from in Season 4.
  • Comedic Sociopathy / Laughably Evil: Due to a combination of being recklessly malicious, yet also stupidly incompetent.
  • Evil and Fiery Redhead
  • Failed a Spot Check: Ed takes this to truly impressive levels.
    • While trying to kidnap Oprah, Ed assaults the wrong bookstore and mistakenly takes Maya Angelou, even though one had a large crowd of people outside and a large sign saying "Welcome Oprah".
    • Another time, when Riley tries to get his help in dealing with a bully, Ed kidnaps the wrong kid... despite the fact that Riley gave him a picture.
  • Fearless Fool: He invites Riley to test his ballistic vest with live ammo while he's wearing it, wanders in full view through raging gunfights firing wildly at nothing, and seems to forget that taking both hands off the steering wheel to shoot out of a moving car is a bad idea, among other things. He's really, really lucky to be alive at this point.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: He's best friends with Gin Rummy. Although the "heterosexual" part might be questionable.
  • Idiot Houdini / Karma Houdini: Due to his grandfather's protection, he is practically untouchable to law enforcement.
    • But this is possibly subverted in "It's Goin' Down". In the ending, Ed III is last seen being taken away as a hostage by Jack Flowers. We don't know what happens to him afterwards.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: Despite being a war veteran, he's really bad at shooting. We only see him manage to shoot two people:
    • A police officer in "A Date with the Health Inspector" (by accident, though he somehow survived).
    • A mob enforcer in "The Fundraiser" (who may have actually been killed).
  • Jerkass: Hoo boy. Though he's not quite as bad as his dad or granddad.
  • Motor Mouth: Nobody does rambling anecdotes quite like Charlie Murphy.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: He may be a stupid and incompetent criminal, but that doesn't mean he's not dangerous, as he's still tried to shoot at people with lethal intent, and might have killed someone (see Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy above).
  • N-Word Privileges: He and Rummy call each other "niggas" despite both of them being white.
  • Pocket Protector: His bulletproof vest and big "W" medallion has spared him from death on several occasions.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Ed III and Gin Rummy once tried to rob a Middle Eastern store owner, claiming he was a terrorist as an excuse. Although the shopkeeper and his coworkers retaliated by shooting at them with assault rifles, so this allegation may or may not have been true.
  • Pretty Fly for a White Guy / White Gang-Bangers: Despite being a rich white guy, he acts like a black gangster.
  • Psychopathic Manchild / Spoiled Brat: He's an overgrown rich boy who doesn't have a real job, and instead he just spends his time committing armed robberies.
    • Also when angered once, he shot up his PlayStation 2, before his butler replaced it with another PS2.
  • Running Gag: Will generally find some way to get shot in the chest (surviving due to his vest).
  • Screw The Rules, I Have Connections and Money!
  • Seinfeldian Conversation: Which he hangs a lantern on.
  • Stupid Crooks / Stupid Evil: Ed and Rummy usually botch their crimes hilariously. They still prove to be menaces to society though.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: With Rummy.
  • Too Dumb to Live: But he always survives because of his bulletproof vest and idiot immunity.
  • Trigger Happy: He's often itching to unload his gun on something.
  • Upper-Class Twit: A good example of how money doesn't buy class.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: In "A Date with the Health Inspector", Ed and Rummy get away with robbing a convenience store, because it seemed that the owners were terrorists (or were mistaken for terrorists, it wasn't made clear who they really were). They were painted as heroes afterwards.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He's willing to kidnap and torture a kid if someone asks him to do it.

Gin Rummy

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Ed III's best friend, a fellow Army veteran, and his partner in crime.

Cindy McPhearson

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Voiced by: Tara Strong

A little white girl obsessed with stereotypical black culture. In the comics, she tries to be friendly to Huey, but comes off as ignorant and annoying. In the show she becomes an exaggeration of herself, is more of a jerk, and befriends the like-minded Riley.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Similarly to Riley, her hair doesn't change color, but it does change styles from a single ponytail to a pair of giant braids. She keeps the Hair Antennae, though.
  • Character Exaggeration: In the original comic, she was simply a white student obsessed with black culture and oblivious to Huey's blatant dislike of her. In the show, she's an over-exaggerated wigger.
  • Cheerful Child: The comic version seems to be very cheery and enthusiastic about everything.
  • Children Are Innocent: In the comic strip only. She tries being nice to Huey, failing to realize that her wigger antics annoy him. She's also easily tricked by Riley, who takes advantage of her trusting nature.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Cindy only appeared in the comic strip for the first two years during the comic's lifespan. The other four years? She dropped off the face of the earth. She made her first appearance in seven years on the show, becoming a recurring character in the second and third seasons. She's absent from the fourth season though.
  • Defeat Equals Friendship / Fire-Forged Friends: With Riley in the cartoon. Even though Riley broke Cindy into tears with a Yo Momma routine to beat her at basketball, they seem to have become friends in later episodes.
  • The Ditz / Dumb Blonde: Not very bright in the comic, especially when it comes to racial matters. An early Running Gag had Riley use her as a patsy or victim in his schemes, simply because she was so easy to fool.
    • She is, however, street smart in the cartoon, able to organize and lead Girl Scouts like a gang leader. Amusingly, this changes the nature of her dynamic with Riley significantly.
  • Genki Girl / Girly Girl: In the comics she is a lot more feminine, though in both cases she still likes hip hop music.
  • Girl Scouts Are Evil: She runs her troop like a gang, selling Girl Scout cookies in an underhanded way. Later she helps Riley with his chocolate fundraiser in a similar manner. The whole scheme spoofs the illegal drug trade.
  • Innocent Bigot / Innocently Insensitive: Extremely so. At least in the comics; this part of her character is phased out in the show. It's implied to be because the only things she knows about black people come from TV and her bigoted father.
  • Little Miss Badass: Her first instinct when getting taunted by a man in a suspicious black limo is to chase him down with a baseball bat, for starters. She also knees a thug in the groin.
  • Pretty Fly for a White Girl: Parodied.
  • Token White
  • Tomboy: In the show. Here, she's a wannabe gangster who plays basketball. As mentioned above she is a Girl Scout, albeit still acting like a gangster.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In the TV series episode "The Fundraiser", where she harasses any competitors in the cookie or chocolate fundraisers.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: As seen in "The Fundraiser".

Otis "Thugnificent" Jenkins

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Voiced by: Carl Jones

A not-very-bright gangsta rapper who moves into Woodcrest. Riley is his biggest fan. In Season 3, he becomes broke while his music career ends, so he then has to take a job as a UPS driver.
  • A Bro To His Men
  • Ascended Extra: Albeit slightly; having only appeared in 3 episodes in Season 2, he appeared in 5 episodes for Season 3.
  • Auto-Tune: Uses it in his album "Mo' Bitches, Mo' Problems." Which fails spectacularly since he uses it in all his songs.
  • Big Damn Heroes: In "The Fried Chicken Flu". Even after getting kicked out of Granddad's house, Otis doesn't hold any grudges about this, as he still managed to come to the rescue by using his van to ram the Neighborhood Militia bus off the road when they were chasing the Freeman and DuBois families.
  • Catch Phrase: "No homo."
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: He is absent from Season 4.
  • A Day in the Limelight: "Bitches to Rags".
  • Drives Like Crazy
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Kind of. That song "Booty Butt Cheeks" you hear throughout Season 1? He made that.
  • Expy: Of Ludacris. If his actions aren't proof enough, there's also his hair. note 
  • Fallen-on-Hard-Times Job: His attempt to sell crack. Later he finds work as a UPS van driver and postman.
  • Feigning Intelligence: He unsuccessfully attempts to seem smarter when he supports Barack Obama during the 2008 election. His lack of actual political awareness results in him getting humiliated by Bill Maher on national television.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Gets off to a rocky start with Granddad, but eventually they put aside their differences. This is especially apparent after Otis gives up his "Thugnificent" persona.
    Thugnificent: Old man, I know I told you to go eat dicks in the past, but you alright with me.
  • Funny Afro: He has one until "Bitches to Rags".
  • Genius Ditz: Maybe. It turns out that Thugnificent has a college degree, although he chose a career as a "professional buffoon" in hip hop music. Later when he's no longer a rapper and he goes bankrupt, he tries applying for a white-collar job, but he's rejected for unprofessional behavior.
  • I Minored in Tropology: In the episode "The Story of Thugnificant," the title character congratulated Huey for his enjoyment of reading. Huey thought it wasn't a big deal, but what he didn't know was that Thugnificent has a bachelor's degree in communications, meaning he does understand the importance of education.
  • Important Haircut: After he sells his home, he loses the "Mickey Mouse" afro.
  • Incoming Ham: The Running Gag of his arrival being heralded by a glass-shatteringly loud rendition of one of his own songs.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Riley, and later with Robert.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's an irresponsible idiot, but he's probably one of the nicest characters in the series.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Gets his buddy fired from his job, due to No Such Thing as H.R..
    • And again when he visits a record producer for help with his failing career, and instantly got it just from simply asking. The thing though is that he brought Ed Wuncler III with him, since he thought it was a drug deal. When Ed realized he wasn't getting any money out of it... yeah.
  • N-Word Privileges: Being a black rapper after all.
  • Rags to Bitches: He grew up in the shantytown of Terra Belle, Georgia. But then he became a millionaire rapper.note 
  • The Stoner: In "Mr. Medicinal", he recommends marijuana to Robert, and also introduces him to a marijuana dealer.

Macktastic

Voiced by: Snoop Dogg

A friend of Thugnificent, and a fellow rapper of the Lethal Interjection Crew.

Derrick "Flonominal" Cornish

Voiced by: Busta Rhymes

Another friend of Thugnificent, also a fellow rapper of the Lethal Interjection Crew.
  • My Beloved Smother: In "The Story of Thugnificent", Flonominal is extremely distressed when his mother calls to chastise him for his part in the "Eff Grandad" debacle.
  • No Such Thing as H.R.: To build on Thugnificent's Nice Job Breaking It, Hero, there was logically nothing stopping Flo from contesting his termination due to the extremely flimsy guilty by association pretense.
  • Satellite Character: He doesn't serve much of a role beyond being Thugnificent's friend.

Leonard

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Voiced by: DeRay Davis

Yet another friend of Thugnificent, and also counted as part of the Lethal Interjection Crew, although he's not a rapper.
  • Big Damn Heroes: With Thugnificent in "The Fried Chicken Flu".
  • Butt Monkey: Usually the odd-man-out and the butt of jokes, as far as members of the Lethal Interjection Crew go.
  • Fallen-on-Hard-Times Job: Working at Wendy's.
  • A Friend in Need: He's the only one left in the Lethal Interjection Crew who sticks around when Thugnificent's money dries up.
  • Good Is Dumb: While he's one of the kindest characters in the show, he's not particularly bright.
    Leonard: You know what, when I tried [a buffalo wing], I thought to myself, "This tastes like chicken," but the fact it's a buffalo, I was like, naw, I don't want to say it out loud 'cause y'all gonna think I'm stupid. That's why I ain't get no chicken; I just got the buffalo.
  • Kind Hearted Simpleton: Leonard isn't too swift, but he is a rare character in this show who consistently puts the needs of others over his own.
  • Lovable Coward: He will not die for his chain.
  • Nice Guy
    • Token Good Teammate: When the Lethal Injection Crew were talking about what they were going to do if their careers fail, they all talk about becoming burglars and drug dealers. Only Leonard talked about getting a paying job, which he was immediately chewed out for.
  • Odd Name Out: The Lethal Interjection Crew consists of Thugnificent, Macktastic, Flonominal, ...and Leonard.
  • The Runt at the End
  • Satellite Character: He doesn't serve much of a role beyond being Thugnificent's friend.
  • Workaholic: He works so much when Thugnificent goes broke in the third season that you hardly see him out of his Wendy's uniform.
    • When he figures out that the mortgage on the mansion is $12,000 a month and his boss won't give him extra hours to cover it, he reasons that he'll try to work his job, do telemarketing, and sell art out of the drive-through window at the same time.

Betty von Heusen

Voiced by: Marion Ross

An elderly white woman who's in charge of the local neighborhood watch, along with a pro-gun interest group.
  • Crazy Survivalist / Right-Wing Militia Fanatic: Betty von Heusen is known for owning many firearms, and she has twice tried to turn the neighborhood watch into a "militia":
    • In "Thank You for Not Snitching", after a series of home burglaries committed by Ed Wuncler III and Gin Rummy, she becomes a militarized vigilante and tries to hunt down the culprits herself.
    • Later during the titular outbreak of "The Fried Chicken Flu", von Heusen and other neighbors learn that the Freeman family and their friends are hoarding emergency supplies, so they form a bandit gang and attempt to rob the supplies from them.
  • Grumpy Old Woman / Screw Politeness, I'm a Senior!
  • Jerkass: She's always a nasty curmudgeon when she appears.
  • Racist Grandma: In "The S-Word", Betty and some other old white people went on an armed pro-gun protest. They clashed with Rollo Goodlove's black protesters, shooting at their direction and calling them "niggers"; which Rollo sees as an opportunity for a juicy lawsuit.
  • Straw Character: A caricature of NRA Republicans.

A Pimp Named Slickback

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"Let us pray the Pimp's Prayer. Lord, please pray for the soul of this bitch and guide my pimp hand and make it strong, Lord, so that she might learn a ho's place. Amen."
Voiced by: Katt Williams

A Pimp Named Slickback. He's a firm believer of a sexist outlook on life. He first appears as the boss of a prostitute named Cristal. He later offers Tom his own twisted advice about marriage problems.
  • Berserk Button / Hair-Trigger Temper: He throws a hissy fit if anyone calls him "Slickback". He also reacts to his hookers' indiscretions by slapping them.
  • Catch Phrase: "I'm A Pimp Named Slickback."
  • Cool Shades: Tinted purple to match his suit, even.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Expy: He's based on Katt Williams' character "Money Mike" in the Friday film series.
  • Full-Name Basis / Insistent Terminology: He hates it when people shorten his title to just "Slickback", insisting that one must say the whole name, including the "A Pimp Named" part.
  • Jerkass: He IS a pimp after all.
  • Karma Houdini: He is rich and successful due to running an abusive prostitution ring. And he's still doing well.
  • Lean and Mean
  • Only in It for the Money: Everything he does is motivated by money (and sex of course).
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: "A Pimp Named Slickback" isn't a real name is far as we know.
  • Pimp Duds / Purple Is Powerful: Wears a purple suit, like any cliched pimp would.
  • Smoking Is Cool: He smokes. He's cool.
  • Straw Misogynist: But would you expect any better from a pimp?
  • Would Hit a Girl: A Pimp Named Slickback regards this as normal and something every man should be doing as often as is necessary, putting him at odds with Robert and Tom who both Wouldn't Hit a Girl.
    • In his first appearance Slickback tries to smack Cristal, only to be stopped by Robert pulling away his hand with his belt lasso.
    • Slickback's reaction when Tom refuses to consider hitting Sarah:
      Slickback: It's okay, Tom. We all got phobias. Some niggas can't cross bridges, you can't go upside a bitch's head.

Butch Magnus Milosevic

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Voiced by: Daryl Sabara

A bully who antagonizes Riley in "Shinin'", by stealing a chain necklace from him. Also cameos in "The Red Ball" (as part of the Woodcrest kickball team), and "A Date With The Health Inspector" (as part of a group of other suspended students touring the prison).

Rev. Rollo Goodlove

Voiced by: Cee-Lo Green

A black liberal activist who seems to be more interested in money and publicity, instead of actually advancing any causes. Appears in "The S-Word", "The Hunger Strike", and "The New Black".
  • Angry Black Man: Though he seems to be exaggerating quite a bit of that anger on purpose.
  • Attention Whore: Oh yeah.
  • Expy: An unflattering lampooning of Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson.
  • Fat Bastard: He's not exactly a jerkass, but he's still kind of annoying to other people.
  • N-Word Privileges: "The S-Word" is about Rollo helping out Robert and Riley in their attempt to sue the school district, because Riley's teacher Mr. Petto had said "nigga"; even though Riley, Robert, and Rollo all use that word casually; and Petto was simply copying Riley's words without malice, and tried to apologize afterwards.
  • Straw Character: He's depicted as a straw liberal who launches a lot of bogus protests for money and publicity.
    • Straw Hypocrite: Besides the problem with his N-Word Privileges as stated above, Goodlove once helped out with Huey's protest against BET, only to end it by getting his own sitcom on that same channel.
  • Where Da White Women At?: He's attracted to Ann Coulter (who in this universe, only pretends to be a right-wing firebrand).

Frederick "Gangstalicious"

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Voiced by: Mos Def

Riley's other favorite rapper, who also happens to be a closet gay man.
  • Arch-Enemy: Has a feud with rival rapper Eat Dirt that turned violent.
  • Armored Closet Gay: Gangstalicious keeps denying that he's homosexual, despite increasingly obvious hints that he is.
  • Broken Pedestal: Subverted, as Riley says that he's telling "their stories."
  • Expecting Someone Taller: His videos make him out to be a lot bigger than he actually is.
    Riley: Damn nigga, you short.
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: To Riley, though he gets over it pretty quickly as despite his flaws, Gangstalicious is a great performer and very nice to his fans.
  • Gayngster: Gangstalicious was once in love with a street thug, but their break-up turned violent. Fortunately, his ex-boyfriend was very bad at trying to murder him.
  • Jerkass Fašade: His gangsta persona is a complete act; he's actually a mild-mannered gay man from the Midwest, not at all cut out for the dangerous hardcore gangsta rap scene.
  • Only a Flesh Wound: Was shot twice on stage, one of them in his right shoulder, and laid there bleeding out for 45 minutes before anyone thought to call an ambulance. He got better.
  • Straight Gay: He tries to put on a tough guy gangster image, at least at first...
    • Camp Gay: But in his second appearance, he starts to display some homosexual stereotypes. For example his homoerotic "Homies Over Hoes" song and music video, and he also promotes a fashion line of very feminine-looking clothing, which his fans are completely oblivious to.
  • You Are the New Trend: After his extremely successful "Homies Over Hoes" single drops, a lot of his fans start buying from his ridiculous new fashion line.

The White Shadow

Voiced by: John C. McGinley

Huey's nickname for a federal agent who seems to be stalking him. Is he real, or imaginary? He seems to know everything about Huey. He appears in "The Real" and "It's Going Down".
  • Cool Shades: Being a federal government agent, the White Shadow wears a pair of sunglasses, which he claims is to imitate his idol Bill Cosby.
  • Friendly Enemy: He may be a creepy spy, but he's polite to Huey and offers him advice.
    White Shadow: Just because I tape your phone conversations and monitor your emails, doesn't mean we can't be friends.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: It hasn't been revealed just who or what the White Shadow actually is. Only Huey has seen and heard him, making him wonder if the Shadow is just a paranoid hallucination.
  • The Men in Black: The White Shadow's job is to monitor Huey, but he has nothing to do with covering up the paranormal, though he certainly has the appearance.
  • No Name Given: Huey just gives him the nickname "the White Shadow".
  • The Schizophrenia Conspiracy: In "The Real", Huey concludes that he's either crazy, or that the government is trying to make him think he's crazy.
  • Spirit Advisor: In "It's Goin' Down", the White Shadow warned him of the imminent invasion of his home by actual federal agents, something that Huey had no idea was going to happen. This could hint that he's a real man and not an illusion.

Bushido Brown

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Voiced by: Cedric Yarbrough ("Let's Nab Oprah"), Michael Jai White ("Stinkmeaner 3: The Hateocracy")

A legendary swordsman, martial artist, and professional bodyguard. He was hired by Oprah Winfrey, and later by Robert Freeman.

Barack Obama

Voiced by: Marlin Hill

The current President of the United States. His election is the focus of "It's A Black President, Huey Freeman", and he also cameos in "The Fried Chicken Flu" and "It's Goin' Down" (voice only).
  • Celebrity Resemblance: Barack Obama is noted to look a lot like Tom DuBois, except the former is more wealthy, powerful, and attractive. It would explain why Sarah voted for him.
  • Emergency Presidential Address: Parodied in "The Fried Chicken Flu", where all President Obama was talking about during the crisis is how he's perfectly safe in the White House bunker, not bothering to hide that things won't be so okay for the common people.
  • Hype Backlash: In-universe example: liberal Democrats are enthusiastic about the first African-American President, while conservative Republicans such as Ruckus are unhappy about him, and Huey is totally apathetic about the whole election.
    • Among the people shown supporting Obama (Robert, Riley, Tom, Sarah, Thugnificent, etc.), they all seem disappointed for various reasons (except for Sarah, who is pleased by Obama's charm alone).
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: He calls Jack Flowers to tell him that he can't arrest Ed Wuncler I.
  • Take That: The show has a decidedly negative view of Barack Obama, depicting his campaign as being nothing more than one big hype machine full of shallow promises.
    • And by extension, the Democratic voters (both black and white) who voted for Obama mostly because of his race and those aforementioned shallow promises.
    • But the show also mocked Republican voters who were convinced that Obama was a "Socialist Muslim Antichrist" who would bring about America's downfall.

    Minor Characters 

Psycho Star Wars Guy

A Star Wars fanatic who only appears in some early comic strips.

Cristal

Voiced by: Tiffany Thomas

A prostitute whom Robert dated in "Guess Hoe's Coming To Dinner". She works for A Pimp Named Slickback.
  • Ambiguously Brown: She has blonde hair and light skin, but speaks with an ebonic accent. Riley calls her a "fake-ass Mariah Carey".
  • Big Eater: She packs it away at the Red Lobster restaurant, and then asks for more food when she gets back to the Freeman house.
  • Gold Digger: She dates Robert, because he's obviously way above her social class. A song called "Gold Digger" even plays in the background at one point.
  • Hooker with a Heart of Gold: Maybe.
  • Insistent Terminology: "Cristal, like the champagne."
  • Lazy Bum: Huey and Riley complain about how she doesn't do any work around the house, instead just leeching off Robert's food and money.
  • Ms. Fanservice
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: "Cristal" might not be her real name. Huey notes that girls named after liquor are usually hoes.
  • Status Quo Is God: At first it seems that she takes Robert's advice to start a clean and honest life by getting an education and a real job, but instead she just runs back to Slickback, not knowing any different lifestyle.
  • Streetwalker

Art Teacher

Voiced by: Rob Paulsen

A painter who gives Riley some art lessons after he's caught spraying graffiti. Ironically, he helps Riley improve his graffiti skills by teaching him to paint cool murals on houses.

Moe Jackson

Voiced by: Mike Epps

An old friend of Robert, whom he knew from World War II. Apparently not a good friend, as they split due to Moe's jerkiness and a dispute over a woman. Robert attends his funeral in Chicago.
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: He tried to take credit for some of Robert's wartime medals and achievements.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: It turns out that everyone who knew Moe had this relationship with him. Everyone is left wondering what they actually liked about him.
  • Jerkass: His goofing around nearly got Robert killed in combat, and he just loved to mess around with everyone in general.
    • Jerk With A Heart Of Jerk: In his video will, Moe promised something nice for Robert... which was just a jar of foam peanuts.
  • Posthumous Character: Robert remembers him through flashbacks and a video will.
  • The Prankster / Troll: Not even his own impending death would end his capacity for annoying jokes and pranks.
  • The Tape Knew You Would Say That: Parts of his video will include begging Robert to go through with his wishes, including a pleading glance made until the exact moment Robert agrees to them. And a final laughing fit saved until after Robert received his "inheritance".

Luna

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Voiced by: Aisha Tyler

Luna is the antagonist of "Attack of the Killer Kung-Fu Wolf Bitch". She was briefly Robert's girlfriend, but she turned out to be a deadly martial artist who was emotionally unstable. She doesn't take his rejection well...
  • Affably Evil: Luna is friendly at first and she just wants to date Robert, until he dumps her due to his fear of her abilities. And then she has a Villainous Breakdown.
  • And Show It to You: She ripped out somebody's heart back in the Kumite (WA-TA!), all completed with this line:
  • Ax-Crazy: Oh yes. Especially, when she kidnaped and started torturing Robert.
  • Badass: As a master of White Lotus Kung Fu, she once overpowered and killed a man much bigger than her. And she later beats the utter shit out of Huey.
  • Berserk Button / Hair-Trigger Temper: Any time she thinks that a man has wronged her somehow, whether it's physical or emotional abuse, or just being lied to.
  • Blood Knight: She proudly recalls the time that she fought in the Kumite (WHA-CHA!) contest and killed a man with her bare hands, which disturbs the Freemans.
  • Broken Bird: Her past relationships has reduced her to this. Her friend Nichole does nothing to help.
  • Cute and Psycho: Despite her sexy appearance and overall nice demeanor, she's pretty unstable.
  • Cute Bruiser: Definitely. She once ripped a man's heart out with her bare hands.
  • Dark Action Girl: See Cute Bruiser.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: "Troubled" would be an understatement for this girl; aside from being Raised by Wolves, Luna has suffered every type of abuse in every relationship she's been in. It doesn't help that she grew up in a broken home with an abusive father.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Like her mother, Luna was severely abused over the slightest things, whether the cooking was cold or the laundry was done wrong.
    • Her friend Nicole doesn't help, either; she suggested that Luna should just outright kill Granddad just for cutting their weekend short.
    Nicole: Now remember, this is not your fault. This man took your weekend from you. Two days you'll never get back! You gotta kill him.
  • Domestic Abuse: Her mother suffered from it at the hands of her father, and she would suffer the same from other boyfriends (before she met Granddad). Her father and one boyfriend (a Hong Kong mob boss) would go berserk over fried chicken:
    Luna's dad / Kenny Wu: BITCH, THIS CHICKEN IS COLD! (slap)
  • Femme Fatale: Not by choice though.
  • Interrupted Suicide: Only most likely because Granddad and Tom were in the same room and tied up when Luna contemplated whether she should blow herself up with a grenade.
  • Large Ham: "If I could just find a man to love me-he-he-he-he *gasp* eh-he-he-he-he *gasp* eh-he- *beat* -eee."
  • Meaningful Name: Luna is a lunatic. It also invokes the Moon, and her love of wolves.
  • Medium Aware: When she arrives at the Freeman's home, her MySpace photo appears beside her and she looks over at it.
  • Poisonous Friend: She hangs on Nicole's every word, even if she tells her to kill Graddad, or herself.
  • Raised by Wolves: She also owns fifteen of them.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: After kidnapping Robert, she locks Huey and Riley inside their rooms, and threatens to butt-rape Robert with a broomstick if either of them made a sound. Robert immediately tells them to quiet down after this.
  • She-Fu: She beats the living shit out of Huey, chokes out Granddad, and tosses Tom across the room by the neck with her legs.
    • Waif-Fu: Luna is also much stronger than she looks, as she is seen a flashback beating the crap of a guy three times her size in the Kumite (HIYAA!) flashback and rips his heart right out of his chest. She also laments wiping the floor with Huey by punching a hole in the wall.
  • Skilled, but Na´ve: A literal example; she's practically a trained killer, but easily fell for Granddad's Fidel Castro lie.
  • Straw Feminist: Her best friend Nicole is convinced that there are no good (black) men. Her beliefs have also rubbed off on Luna.
  • Stepford Smiler: First she's a pretty bombshell, then a dangerous psycho, until finally she's just a sad girl.
  • Toxic Friend Influence: Her friend Nicole is the epitome of this trope.
  • Tragic Villain: Her past relationships sucked.
  • Unusual Euphemism: Her "friendly sparring match" with Huey wasn't so friendly... for Huey, that is.
  • Wham Line: "I thought you were going to say that I was crazy and you didn't want to see me again like the others."
  • A Wolf Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Robert certainly wasn't expecting a woman who turned out to be as insane as she was beautiful.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Triggered by Robert lying to her, she becomes violently angry, but eventually just breaks down into tears.
  • Woman Scorned: She rose hell when she found out Granddad lied to her about attending Fidel Castro's birthday party.
  • Yandere: And how.

Jericho Freeman

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Voiced by: Cedric the Entertainer

A relative of Robert Freeman. Jericho and his branch of the family fled from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, only to move into Robert's house and shamelessly mooch off of him.
  • Con Man: After mooching off of Granddad for a few months, he pretends that FEMA denied his compensation request so that he won't have to pay him or anyone back.
  • Fat Bastard / Fat Slob
  • Forgot to Pay the Bill: Really, Robert neglected to pay the utilities and phone bills in the hopes it would send the New Orleans Freemans packing.
  • Jerkass
  • Karma Houdini: Gets no comeuppance for leeching off Robert.
  • Lazy Bum: He spends all of his time waiting for FEMA to pay for his life and family instead of going out and actually getting a real job.
  • The Load
  • Lower-Class Lout: He and his family are rather unflattering depictions of poor black people: lazy, uneducated, and having too many kids. Even Riley has a low opinion of them.
  • Ragin' Cajun: Lived in New Orleans when the hurricane hit.
  • The Tramp
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Doesn't seem to care one bit that Granddad let him and his family live in their house or gave him money to help them out.

Deborah Leevil

Voiced by: Debra Wilson

The evil CEO of the BET network, who plans to destroy black people.

Wedgie Rudlin

Voiced by: Donald Faison

The President of BET. He produces a reality show starring Uncle Ruckus.

Mr. Long-Dou

Voiced by: Sab Shimono

A wealthy businessman from Wushung, China. He tries to settle Ed Wuncler I's massive debt to him by gambling with the outcome of a kickball game between Woodcrest and Wushung; if Wushung wins, then Long-Dou will seize all of Wuncler's real estate in Woodcrest.

Ming Long-Dou

Voiced by: Tiffany Espensen

Mr. Long-Dou's granddaughter, who has been trained as an expert kickball player. Ming was Huey's rival and opponent in a kickball game.
  • Anti-Villain: Subverted. She lies about being forced to play kickball so that Huey would go too easy on her.
  • Little Miss Badass: Ming is not The Natural like Huey, but her lesser talent has been painstakingly trained to do one thing: win at kickball.
  • Not So Different: Invoked. Ming manages to psych Huey out for a time by exploiting this trope.
  • Serious Business: Her entire life, her function, is kickball.
  • Tyke Bomb: Not to bring up kickball again, but say it with us: kickball.
  • Worthy Opponent: Huey comes to realize that he's finally up against somebody as furious, ruthless, and determined as he is.

Jimmy Rebel

Voiced by: Nick Jameson

A white nationalist country singer known for almost exclusively recording anti-black music. Much to his surprise (but not ours), his biggest fan is a black man named Uncle Ruckus. The two become close friends anyways.
  • Aesop Amnesia: In the end, Jimmy states that he's not as racist as he used to be, and wants to sing about other subjects besides hating black people. But then Jimmy and Ruckus team up to write an anti-Mexican song.
  • Affably Bigoted: He may be extremely racist, although he has an otherwise genial personality.
  • Deep South: Hails from a city there called Spokenhoke, which he calls "the Jewel of the South". It's also the location of the headquarters of his record company, Racist Records.
  • Even Racists Have Standards: He makes an exception to his hatred of black people for his kindred-spirited friend, Uncle Ruckus. This puts Jimmy at odds with his own audience though.
    • At the end of the episode, Jimmy admits that he doesn't really hate black people that much anymore. But he still hates Hispanic people though.
  • Expy: He's based on a real racist country singer known as Johnny Rebel.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: "Jimmy Rebel" sounds like a stage name (though it's likely that his first name really is "Jimmy").

The Hateocracy

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Voiced by: Aries Spears (Rufus Crabmiser), Jimmie Walker (George Pistofferson), Bebe Drake (Esmeralda Gripenasty)

Stinkmeaner's old crew of equally nasty senior citizens, who roll into Woodcrest looking to kill the Freemans. They consist of Rufus Crabmiser, George Pistofferson, and Esmeralda Gripenasty.
  • Avenging the Villain: Subverted, they weren't really moved by Stinkmeaner's death. The thin veneer of "revenge" was just an excuse to attack the Freemans for the fun of it.
  • Badasses: The three old codgers whoop heaps of ass and kill Bushido Brown. The only thing that can defeat them? Jail.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: They beat Uncle Ruckus until he's hospitalized. They later prove to be more than a match for the Freemans, so they have to hire Bushido Brown to protect them.
  • Evil Bald Woman: Esmeralda wears a wig, which she loses while fighting Bushido Brown.
  • Evil Old Folks / When Elders Attack: A whole trio of them!
  • Expies: George Pistofferson, Rufus Crabmiser, and Esmeralda Gripenasty are based on JJ Evans, Fred Sanford, and Aunt Esther respectively.
  • For the Evulz: As they explain, they weren't looking to avenge Stinkmeaner, they just wanted to fuck with any unfortunate victim.
  • Jerkasses: What do you expect when these three assholes are the closest thing that Stinkmeaner has ever had to being a circle of friends? Even then they admit that they don't actually like each other, due to their ambivalence towards Stinkmeaner's death.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Crabmiser uses a weaponized lobster cage with blades on the side. He uses it to behead Bushido Brown.
  • Nietzsche Wannabe: Rufus Crabmiser gives a speech to Granddad to this effect, using crab fishing as a metaphor.
    Crabmiser: Fascinating creature, the crab. Got that hard exterior, but he ain't really dangerous, except to another crab. Dumb as all hell, can't even walk straight. Matter of fact, the only thing a crab is good for is holding back other crabs. A crab don't wanna see another crab make it. Crab is like, "If I'm gonna die, we all gonna die." I admire that. We all gotta die sometimes, might as well help each other get there. I mean, that's what you did to Stinkmeaner. Isn't that right, Robert Freeman?
    (Robert panics, and then Crabmiser attacks him.)
  • Sadists: Like Stinkmeaner, they're delighted by the suffering of other people.
  • Sociopaths: And of course, they're utterly devoid of love for anyone, not even for each other:
    Gripenasty: Just 'cause Stinkmeaner was our nigga, don't mean we gave a shit about his ass!
  • Standard Evil Organization Squad
  • Walking the Earth: After their dickish behavior got them kicked out of the nursing home they met in, they wandered the world for ten years together before splitting up.
  • Would Hurt a Child: They have no qualms about trying to kill children. George and Esmeralda even attacked Huey and Riley at their school.
  • Villains Out Shopping: Crabmiser enjoys crab fishing in his spare time, though when he's introduced doing this, he's also trying to kill Robert.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Though in a twisted way that only psychopaths such as themselves could understand. All four of them were misanthropes who hated everyone in the world, but hated each other slightly less. The surviving three weren't actually interested in avenging their fallen acquaintance Stinkmeaner, they just needed an excuse to harass the Freemans.

Lamilton Taeshawn

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Voiced by: Bobb'e J. Thompson

A preteen psychopath, whom Riley makes the mistake of hanging out with.
  • Abusive Parents: Apparently he was horribly abused by his mom and dad. Inverted with his grandma, who is horribly abused by Lamilton himself!
  • The Bully: Even worse than Butch Magnus.
  • Card-Carrying Villain / For the Evulz: See his Catch Phrase below.
  • Catch Phrase: "I'm a bad kid. I like to do bad things."
  • Creepy Child / Enfante Terrible: His former school counselor actually suggested that he's The Antichrist.
  • Delinquent: His idea of having a fun time is to commit all kinds of petty crimes, from dropping objects on passing cars, to shooting a chained dog.
  • Disney Villain Death: Lamilton falls off from the roof of the J. Edgar Hoover Elementary School building, but this is subverted when his body fat protects him, allowing him to survive with only broken bones and a limping walk.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: He beat up his own grandma because she didn't get him fried chicken.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Well, what do you expect? He's only eight.
  • Expy:
  • False Friend: Lamilton acquaints himself with Riley. Eventually though Riley, a boy who is very often a horrible judge of character when it comes to befriending people, realizes that there's something very wrong with his "friend", and tries to leave when Lamilton goes too far.
  • Fat Bastard: Robert even calls him a "fat fucker".
  • Freudian Excuse: His grandmother states that he came from a very abusive and dysfunctional family.
  • Jerkass: Oh yes, and he can barely hide it. His facade of friendship with Riley is quite shallow.
  • Kick the Dog: In a literal case of Shoot the Dog, he guns down Betty von Heusen's guard dog, claiming he was acting in "self-defense", even though the dog was still chained when he tried trespassing into von Heusen's yard.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Some of his scenes were among the rare moments not played for laughs. His threatening behavior towards Riley was nightmare fuel played very straight.
  • Lack of Empathy: He makes it clear that he doesn't care about other people.
  • Ominous Latin Chanting: "LAM-IL-TON! TE-SHAWN!"
  • Sadist: While he doesn't even smile about it, one can tell that he enjoys inflicting torment.
  • Smoking Is Cool: He certainly thinks so.
  • The Sociopath: His therapist outright considers him to be pure evil. And this assessment is hardly an exaggeration.
  • The Stoic: Done to very creepy effect, with Lamilton barely making any facial expressions, or speaking differently from his constant monotone. It seems he only knows a few emotions: sadism, anger, and fear (you too would scream if you fell from a building and got injured).
  • Stout Strength: At least enough to deliver an intense beating to his grandmother. Though he's not as strong as Butch Magnus, as Riley could hold his own against Lamilton.
  • Stupid Evil / Too Dumb to Live: Lamilton even claims to not care much about himself. His reckless crimes threaten not only other people but himself as well; he smokes even though it poisons his lungs, almost got himself killed when trying to joyride in his grandma's car, and he even wanted to burglarize the home of a heavily armed old woman.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: The most stand-out example of the series so far.

Dr. Doomis

Voiced by: Tom Kane

Lamilton's psychiatrist. After studying his anti-social behavior, Doomis became obsessed with stopping Lamilton before he ends up killing someone.

Alistair Ripley

Voiced by: Greg Ellis

The boss of the UK-based World's Ultimate Chocolate company, which produces chocolate bars for school fundraisers - and also happens to be a front for organized crime. He doesn't react well to Riley and his friends starting their own chocolate business.

Winston Jerome

Voiced by: Affion Crockett

A gay black playwright/screenwriter. In "Pause", he recruits Granddad to act in one of his productions, but he is oblivious to Winston's plan to have sex with him.
  • All Gays Love Theater: And that's just one item of his checklist of gay stereotypes.
  • Armored Closet Gay: Winston keeps insisting that he's a heterosexual Christian man, until the end when he admits that he really is just trying to find men to sleep with.
  • Camp Gay: No man can be more effeminate than him.
  • Creepy Crossdresser: He's known for playing a Madea-like character. He claims that God and Jesus told him to make plays and movies while dressed like a woman.
  • Cult Leader: His quasi-Christian theater group requires its members to live in a compound, and sever any ties to their old lives.
  • Expy: A spoof of Tyler Perry.
  • Uncle Tomfoolery: His plays and movies make use of a lot of black stereotype humor.

The Booty Warrior

"I like ya, and I want'cha. Now we can do this the easy way, or we can do this the hard way, the choice is yours."
Voiced by: Carl Jones

When Tom and Ruckus take Huey, Riley, Butch, and four other boys on a visit to jail to scare them straight, they meet an inmate who is obsessed with anal rape. In other words, the personification of Tom's worst nightmares!

Lando

Voiced by: Gerald Johnson

A gardener and landscaper who claims to be the illegitimate son of Robert Freeman.
  • Butt Monkey: Not surprisingly, he gets into quite a bit of mishaps when he moves in with the Freemans.
  • Luke, You Are My Father: He claims to be the offspring of Robert and one of his girlfriends born circa 1980. According to a DNA test however, Lando is in fact NOT the son of Robert Freeman.
    • Luke, I Am Your Father: Ironically, Billy Dee Williams (the actor who played Lando Calrissian) claims to actually be Lando's father.
  • Meaningful Name: Lando sharing a name with Star Wars character Lando Calrissian is noted, while Lando mentions that around the time he was conceived, his mother and father watched The Empire Strikes Back. In fact, the actor who played Lando Calrissian is his real father.
  • Nice Guy: Overall, he's a very friendly man. However, during his journey to discover his father, he's brought into conflict with some other people (especially Uncle Ruckus and TV host Steve Wilkos).

Ebony Brown

Voiced by: Gina Torres

Robert's Girl of the Week in "The Lovely Ebony Brown". Unlike Robert's previous girlfriends, Ebony is a very pleasant woman and not bat-shit crazy at all. In the end though, Robert's paranoid insecurities lead them to splitting up anyways.
  • 100% Adoration Rating: She's so charming that all of the main characters seem to like her. Not even the cynical Huey and Riley (who've met all of Robert's crazy ex-girlfriends), nor even the black-hating Ruckus (who develops his own crush on her), can find any genuine faults about Ms. Brown.
  • The Ace: Bordering on Parody Sue. Ebony Brown is athletic, beautiful, kind, smart, and successful. Essentially, a perfect woman.
  • Meta Girl: She lampshades the show in a Leaning on the Fourth Wall kind of way. She finds Robert Freeman's life stories about all his crazy misadventures and the wacky people he's met to be very entertaining. She even asks if she can be a "main character" in his life.
  • Nice Girl: She does a lot of humanitarian work overseas, and is probably the most good-natured person that Robert has ever met.
  • Why We Can't Have Nice Things: Despite all this, Robert's paranoia that Ebony doesn't find him attractive enough derails their relationship.

Nelly Ruckus

Voiced by: Luenell Campbell

The mother of Mister Ruckus, and the paternal grandmother of Uncle Ruckus. She's just as ancient as she is hateful.
  • Abusive Parents / Evil Matriarch: She raised Mister to be an asshole much like herself. She's also an Abusive Grandparent, as she smacks Uncle, and attacks one of his younger brothers with a knife.
  • Death Seeker: For most of her life, she's been waiting to die of old age. Her wish is finally granted when she passes away while sitting in Robert's living room chair.
  • Evil Old Folks: Possibly well over 100 years old when she died.
  • Jerkass: Uncle notes that she's even nastier than Mister, and that's really saying something.
  • Knife Nut: She intends to die in Robert's chair despite his dismay. So she threatens everyone with a knife, and slashes the hand of one of the Darrel/Darryl twins.
  • Misanthrope Supreme / Nietzsche Wannabe: She hates just about everyone and everything in her life, which is why she doesn't want to live any longer.
  • The Sociopath: She's very open about her hatred and apathy for all people.

Mister Ruckus

Voiced by: Don Curry

The father of Uncle Ruckus. Uncle (his actual name) hates his dad with a passion (and with good reason).
  • Abusive Alcoholic Parent: To extreme levels. Mister Ruckus was an angry drunkard who had frequently beaten a much younger Uncle Ruckus for little or no reason. Eventually, he personally dragged and threw his own son out of the house.
  • Catch Phrase: "Nigga, did I just catch you [doing something]?!" (slap)
  • Evil Old Folks: Old age has not watered down his asshole behavior. However, his own mother is even older and more evil than he is.
  • Freudian Excuse: He was abused by his own asshole mother, and also by racist white men.
  • Jerkass: Big time. Despite having a tragic backstory of his own, not once is he shown as being redeemable.
    • Jerkass Has a Point: As awful as he is, he correctly points out the fact that his entire immediate family are, in one way or another, completely subservient to white people... and it pisses him off.
  • Karmic Death: When he tries to hit Uncle one last time, he succumbs to an old back injury, and accidentally falls into his mother's grave, breaking his neck in the process.
  • Knight of Cerebus: His horrible abuse of Uncle Ruckus is still darkly humorous, but yet also quite crushingly tragic at the same time.
  • Last Disrespects: He attends his mom's funeral, because it's the event he's been gladly anticipating for his whole life.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Mister is a racist old man, though at heart he's probably another "hates everybody" misanthrope like Nelly or Stinkmeaner.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Lays a cruel but accurate verbal beatdown on his family during their dinner, particularly Bunny and Uncle Ruckus:
    Mister: Shut your ass up, Bunny! I'm sick of you talkin' about that goddamn white man all the time. Name one of them who ever did shit for any of you. Huh?
    (Bunny puts her head down in shame)
    Mister: Can't do it, can you? Look at what you did. All my kids is some damn Uncle Toms.
    (Looks at his kids and finally addresses Uncle)
    Mister: And you're the worst! A black fool who hates himself so much, he can't even see what's in front of him in the mirror. Just another black nigga like the rest of us.
    • Later in the climax, Mister himself is at the receiving end of a speech like this (see "Calling the Old Man Out" in Uncle Ruckus' section).
  • The Sociopath: What else do you call someone who willingly throws away their own innocent child, without any hint of hesitation or remorse?
  • Tough Love: The Darrel/Darryl brothers suspect that Mister's abuse could have been his twisted way of toughening them up for a tough world.
  • Tragic Villain / Troubled Abuser: Oh so very much.

Bunny Ruckus

Voiced by: Star Jones

The mother of Uncle Ruckus. She loves her children, but also loves white people more than her own race.
  • Accentuate the Negative: Here's an example when she tried to teach history to Uncle:
    Uncle: Mama, who was George Washington Carver?
    Bunny: He's the man responsible for more peanut allergy deaths than anyone who ever lived.
  • Adults Are Useless / Useless Bystander Parent: Responsible for Uncle Ruckus' internalized racism, and also not providing her husband with emotional support after the abuse he suffered from his mom and white men, and at the same time, failed to stop her husband's subsequent abuse of his son.
  • Boomerang Bigot: While Bunny doesn't hate black people, she still thinks that they're inferior to white people. This helped influence Uncle's worldview.
  • Catch Phrase: (After Mister slaps Uncle) "Lord have mercy, my baby!"
  • Dark-Skinned Blonde: She dyed her hair blonde, and eventually got blue eye contacts to match.
  • Karma Houdini: She gets off scot-free for making her son racist, and being a useless bystander to the abuse her husband suffered, which led to him taking it out on Uncle.
  • May-December Romance / Your Cheating Heart: After her husband's death, Bunny decides to engage her significantly younger white boyfriend.

Darrell and Darryl Ruckus

Voiced by: Gary Anthony Williams

Uncle's younger twin brothers. Despite growing up in a dysfunctional family, they became functioning members of society.

Jack Flowers

Voiced by: Artt Butler

A federal government agent who is assigned to stop a terrorist plot in Woodcrest.

Dan "The Security Man" Stucky

Voiced by: Louis Lombardi

A private security guard who worked at the Wuncler Tower. Ed I, Ed III, and Rummy conspired to murder Dan with a bomb, so they can paint him as a martyr and profit from it.

Pretty Boy Flizzy

Voiced by: Michael B. Jordan

An R&B singer who, much like Usher, seemed to be a threat to Tom's and Sarah's marriage. At the same time though, he gives Tom his own advice about women.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: He claims that women would prefer abusive jerks like himself, rather than boring nice guys like Tom.
  • The Casanova: He's a notorious womanizer, and it really shows in his music (most of his song titles and lyrics are very sexually explicit).
  • Domestic Abuse / Would Hit a Girl: He notably beat up his girlfriend Christianna. Of all the crimes he was charged with, Flizzy admits to this being true.
  • Expy: He's meant to be Chris Brown.
  • Jerkass: He beats women and taunts about the idea of adultery in your face.
    • Jerkass Fašade: He hired actors to help stage his robberies so that he could stay relevant in the music community. Also does this to provoke Tom into hitting him.
    • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Although he's a trouble-making domestic abuser, he did try to help Tom keep his wife. And most of his crimes (besides hitting his girlfriend) were revealed to be staged anyway.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Something which he boasts about a lot, hence his stage name.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Pretty Boy Flizzy only acts like an idiotic jerk, just so he can get higher up on the ladder in the music industry, and maintain his status among his fanbase.
  • Where Da White Women At?: He has a song called "White Wife Booty". He also intentionally angers Tom by threatening to steal Sarah from him, so that Tom could finally man up.

Boss Willona

Voiced by: Jennifer Lewis

A businesswoman and mobster who runs a black women's hair care company. She sells an explosive compound created by the Freemans as hair cream.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: She knowingly sells poisonous and explosive chemicals as hair care products. Her excuse? She at least places warning labels on the boxes.
  • Legitimate Businessmen's Social Club: She claims that her business is "perfectly legitimate", but later admits that it's "not completely legitimate".
  • Stuff Blowing Up: During a confrontation in the desert, Willona accidentally ignites some explosive gases that filled an RV, causing herself and her henchman to get blown up.

Rev. Sturdy Harris

Voiced by: Dennis Haysbert

A civil rights leader who organized one of the Freedom Rides in 1961. He met Robert when he accidentally boarded their bus, forcing him to stay along for the dangerous road trip.
  • The Ace: He is a graduate student from Fisk University, captain of its football team, charismatic to his followers, and a huge man who is built like a tank.
  • Badass
    • Badass Pacifist: During a race riot in Birmingham, Alabama, he was able to physically defeat several attackers without injuring them.
    • Badass Preacher: He's a reverend.
  • Death Seeker: Robert accused him of caring more about martyring himself for the cause, rather than the cause itself.
  • The Determinator: Despite facing all the racist mob violence and spending some jail time, he's determined to keep defying segregation no matter what.
  • Fearless Fool: Sturdy never hesitates from taking risks, and he never worries about danger.
  • Made of Iron: He's easily able to resist several blows from an angry mob due to his huge and muscular frame.
  • Suicidal Pacifism: Willingly faces racist mobs and trigger-happy police with no clear goal.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: Sturdy insists that God has given Robert the duty to help liberate his fellow Negroes, even though Robert has no will to risk his life for it.

Siri

Voiced by: Grey DeLisle

An application that came with Robert's iPhone. This Siri is far smarter than it should be, and menaces Robert.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: She's scarily intelligent, malevolent, and powerful for an iOS application.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Stops being helpful after a while.
  • Driven to Suicide: An attempted murder-suicide. After framing Robert as a jihadist, she orders a drone strike on his house, so they'll live on as spirits. But fortunately Siri is the only casualty.
  • Hollywood Hacking: She can take over any piece of technology, which she uses to harass Robert into "loving" her back.
  • Love Makes You Evil: Well, creepy and one-sided love anyways.
  • Ridiculously Human Robots: Too human in fact. She even claims to have a soul.
  • Stalker with a Crush: She develops an unhealthy obsession with Robert.
  • Yandere: And she'll use any dirty trick to make sure he can't ignore her. It ranges from draining Robert's bank account, posting disgusting photos on his Facebook page, to framing him as an Al-Qaeda terrorist.

Stinkmeaner's Clone

Voiced by: Cedric Yarbrough

The clone of Colonel H. Stinkmeaner, created in an illegal underground laboratory. The original Stinkmeaner posthumously gives him instructions to start a new Nigga Moment with Robert Freeman.
  • Avenging the Villain: Subverted. The clone never knew the original Stinkmeaner; he just thinks that his only purpose in life is to annoy Robert Freeman like his predecessor did. After the clone is defeated, Robert decides to make peace with him:
    Stinkmeaner's Clone: Well sure, all you had to do was ask. I don't even know you, I'm just the clone.
  • Badass Grandpa / Handicapped Badass: The clone also seems to be blind, however he has enhanced strength and martial arts skills. Although Robert trains hard enough to defeat the clone in a rematch.
  • Born as an Adult: The clone is confused as to why he's an old man biologically, despite only being a few years old chronologically.
  • Cloning Blues: Subverted, as he doesn't really feel any different knowing he's a clone, only that he's alive and the other guy's dead.
  • Evil Is Hammy / Laughably Evil: Just like the original!
  • Jerkass: Just as mean as the first Stinkmeaner.
  • Rooting for the Empire: In-universe example. Stinkmeaner's clone gets a large fan base who support his side of the Nigga Moment against Robert.
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