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.
Characterization Marches On: In the first season Huey was very spiteful towards white people, to the point that you could consider him racist against them. In the following seasons, while Huey still rails against The Man and the government, you usually won't hear him insult white people specifically.
The Comically Serious: A ten year old who plans a prison escape, thinks he can bring down the man and brings nunchucks to the cinema. And all with a straight face - though his seriousness is played for laughs less in the show than it was in the comics.
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 has seen a funny lynching, but that's neither here nor there.)
Conspiracy Theorist: He thinks that every white man's in on it, and that you can't tame them with cheese. He's at least wrong about the cheese part. Downplayed in the cartoon, where he acknowledges that most white people are just very, very ignorant, or are evil for non-racist reasons.
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!
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 what so ever, but still does what he feels needs to be done.
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 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.
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 seasons after, 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 pessimistic and cynical personality. He's only smiled about 5 times in the animated series.
Poster-Gallery Bedroom: His (half of the) room is neat with a full bookshelf, a computer and posters of Che and Malcolm X.
Power Fist: He builds one with instructions from the Internet.
Psychic Powers: An odd example, as The Boondocks as a series only ever slightly ventures into Urban Fantasy territory in its cartoon iteration, but Huey has a tendency to come across information that he would have otherwise never known about in unnatural ways.
Similarly, but with much less at stake, in the comic strip Huey had a dream that his Granddad had "betrayed" him by getting a government job. He confronted his granddad about it, asking if he had perhaps gotten work as a mailman. At this point, Robert reveals to the boys that he has just gotten work as a census taker, much to Huey's dismay.
My Significance Sense Is Tingling: When Stinkmeaner's spirit is running around spreading discord in Tom's body, they cut to a shot of Huey on his hill, narrating the fact that he could sense an evil force gathering nearby, unable to shake the feeling nor the memory of his earlier dream from his mind.
Spirit Advisor: He's the only person who can see or hear the voice of the blue Star Wars ghost version of Ghostface Killah, (who isn't actually dead, so this trope cannot fall into the I See Dead People category).
The White Shadow, who for most of his existence seemed to be a non-supernatural, imagination-based entity, became something of a Spirit Advisor to Huey in the episode "It's Goin' Down". The key element that made him not just a hallucination that spits out things Huey had heard earlier in the day like he was in the episode "The Real", was that 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. What or who the White Shadow is remains to be seen.
The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: This is an odd one. A few of season 3 episodes rely on the fact that Huey is a domestic terrorist although the extent of how or why he is one is ambiguous at best. The animation has him state that he runs several left wing radical groups. In the comic strip, when a teacher reads his profile, he mentions that Huey has several Socialist groups. Then, you look at his adventures, gear, abilities, and personality, it's kind of hard to pin if it was a literal title or a satirical title. And no, Huey has never engaged in any terrorist activities in either the strip or animation.
▄bermensch: Deconstructed. Initially, Huey is the picture perfect example or was one in progress. However, as the series progresses, he has his faith challenged that force him to accept that there are forces he can't understand and sometimes he can't make a difference. As the series progresses, Huey starts become more hopeless to 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.
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. Understandable, since no child, no matter how well trained, is going to be able to overpower an adult.
"Game recognize game, and you lookin' kinda unfamiliar right now."
Voiced by: Regina King
Adaptation Dye-Job: Not a dye job but a hairstyle change. Riley's hair was changed from being short to having cornrows.
It should be noted that his hairstyle also changed later in the comic's run; in fact there was an arc about him growing his hair out.
Aesop Amnesia: Has a certain mindset of how the world should work, so any lessons that dont line up with it are immediatly discarded.
Bad Ass: Despite not having any actual training and just being a kid, Riley has absolutely no sense of fear, and will take on ANY opponent, adult or not, that he thinks have wronged him. He usually wont win but he puts up a hell of a fight.
Book Dumb: In the comics, he invokes this intentionally.
Butt Monkey: In the cartoon. He got his ass handed to him by the local bully, who stole his chain on top of it, Edd III and Gin Rummy stole his pimped out bike he worked really hard on, and Huey absolutely dominated him in the "Home Alone" episode.
Character Exaggeration: Becomes more of a Ted Baxter in the animated series. 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.
Determinator: He's not a very good fighter, but good luck on getting him to stay down.
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.
Obfuscating Stupidity: In the comics. Outside of being a talented artist, he is also exceptionally bright when he wants to be. He does poorly in school to protect his "rep". In the cartoon, he really is that stupid.
He does also learn to be a great artist during an episode in the first season of the show.
In the first season, 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.
Also, 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.
The third season of the cartoon also brings him closer to this; he is, among other things, a master strategist, but is willinglyGenre Blind to an extent that would require him to be secretly Genre Savvy.
Although he's actually pretty asexual in both the comic and show. He sees bitches as more of a status symbol than anything. Justified in that he is just a kid attempting to mimick his idols, despite not even being close to puberty yet.
The Worf Effect: Even worse then 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.
Although how much of it is true is uncertain to say the least. He definitely was a Tuskeegee Airman and present (albeit deeply unpopular) at Rosa Parks' bus protest and the Birmingham marches, definitely wasn't the UFC light-middleweight champion or a member of G-Unit, and may or may not have gotten into a knife fight with Jesse Jackson.
Well actually, the Rosa Parks thing was revealed in an episode that turned out all to be Huey imagining what would happen if Martin Luther King had fallen into a coma an woken up in the year 2000 rather than dying, so that one may not be true either.
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.
Mentor: Of a sort to Huey in the comics, where his characterization is that he isOlder 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.
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.
Shipper on Deck: Granddad seems to ship the boys with Cindy and Jazmine intentionally (Trying to get Riley to show interest in girls) or sub-consciously (Calling Jazmine Huey's "little friend" and dreaming of Jazmine instinctively hugging Huey when attacked by the swarm of Stinkmeaners.)
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. Grandad is just mad that Riley broke the vases.
Unreliable Narrator: Its unknown just how much of his alleged involvement in the Civil Rights movement actually happened. Werner Herzog theorized that Robert might be a patholigical liar or in the early stages of dementia.
Weapon of Choice: If he needs to fight, it's a good bet that he'll be using his belt.
Badass: In one episode he's shown matching Huey in martial arts skills, which would arguably make him one of the most skilled fighters in the show. In spite, of this, he holds that blacks are ultimately inferior in combat to whites.
Freudian Excuse: Was raised by an extremely abusive dad who always proclaimed his hatred of white people as well as a loving mom who idolized Caucasians. This helped warp Ruckus's mind into the self-hating oaf we know and love.
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 up so messed.
His Name Really Is Barkeep: When they flashback to his childhood, his mother actually calls him Uncle, so "Uncle Ruckus" is actually his full name. Its revealed in "The Color Ruckus" that its named after his fathers uncle. Yes, both the Uncle and the Ruckus part.
I Know Karate: "You think you're the only one to master the ancient & deadly art of the Nunchaku?"
The Confidant: One of the people who will actually listen and care about what Huey has to say, lending an ear to his many conspiracy theories and potentially unpopular opinions, even if he'd rather be doing something less weighty.
The Conscience: He serves this function particularly when Huey's thoughts or actions threaten to cross a line in some way, reminding him that life doesn't have to be so black and white.
A more straight-forward example of Caesar playing the part was when Huey tried to write a civil, courteous letter to President G. W. Bush. Whenever he'd type something cynical or rude, Caesar'd steer Huey back in the 'right' direction.
Accidental Pervert: Poor Jazmine. Her first penis display belonged to an 80+ year old man.
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 childlike beliefs.
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.
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 is arguably even more cheerful than Jazmine since she doesn't have Jazmine's insecurities or Huey to depress her.
Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Cindy only appeared in the comic strip for the first 2 years during the comic's lifespan. The other four years? She dropped off the face of the Earth. She made her first appearance in 7 years on the show and has been shown to be becoming an Ensemble Darkhorse.
Dumb Blonde / The Ditz: Not particularly bright in the comic, especially when it comes to things about race. An early Running Gag had Riley use her 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 as a minor drug boss. Amusingly, this changes the nature of her dynamic with Riley significantly.
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 bachelors degree in communications, meaning he does understand the importance of education.
And again when he visit a Asian friend for help for his failing career and instantly got it just from simply asking. The thing though 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.
Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense: A good showman but due to trying to preserve his image, not the smartest when it comes to money. Ultimately derails his music career in season three.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Failed a Spot Check: Ed takes this to truly impressive levels. While trying to kidnap Oprah, Ed assaults the wrong book store, even though one had a large crowed 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 firingwildlyat 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.
Badass andJerkassCrew: Stinkmeaner in his slightly younger days belonged to the Hateocracy, a group of senior citizens who hated everything and were all jerkasses. Stinkmeaner might not be that dangerous a fighter, but the rest of the Hateocracy is dangerous enough to defeat and beheadBushido Brown.
Dark and Troubled Past: Troubled would be an understatement for this girl: beside 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.
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.