open/close all foldersThe characters for The Cleveland Show.
Brown and Tubbs Family
Voiced by: Mike Henry
- Accidental Pervert: He never thinks before he says things, causing this to happen a lot.
- Adaptational Villainy: While he hasn't become quite as callous as Seth's other father protagonists, he is noticeably more abrasive and self-serving than he was in Family Guy.
- Adaptation Personality Change: More like a compete rewrite of the character as Cleveland is considerably far more abrasive, self-centered, irresponsible, and idiotic than when he was on Family Guy. Special notice goes to the episode "Sex and The Biddy" where Cleveland, despite never acting in such a way before; was depicted as being a gluttonous slob who ate chicken bone sandwiches, always drank a milkshake before bed, guzzled entire bowls of condiments, and couldn't walk on a treadmill for more than a minute without passing out.
- Ambiguously Gay: Half of the show's jokes revolve around whether Cleveland is or isn't this.
- Black Best Friend: On both Family Guy and The Cleveland Show.
- Bumbling Dad
- Character Development: Cleveland gets more depth in this series than he ever did on Family Guy. On Family Guy, he was just the sane, yet boring black best friend of Peter Griffin who owned a deli and was married to a black woman who cheated on him with Quagmire and left him. He still is this way on the occasions that Peter, Quagmire, and Joe appear on the show, but, outside of that, Cleveland is shown to be like Peter Griffin back in the early days of Family Guy: a drunken jerk, who eventually does right and sees the error of his ways.
- Expy: Not an out and out copy, but most of the changes in Cleveland's personality are largely to make him more in line with Seth's other Bumbling Dad protagonists, particularly Peter Griffin.
- Hilariously Abusive Childhood: His father always made him fight for things he wanted to keep.Cleveland: Dad can I keep this dog?Freight Train: You know the rules, If you can beat him a fight.(Cue Cleveland getting a Curb-Stomp Battle from the dog.)
- It Is Pronounced Tropay: Often pronounces "anus" as "annus."
- It's All About Me: A lot of family dilemmas are caused by antics or schemes motivated by Cleveland's selfishness, idle lack of responsibility or insistence on making the rest of the family following his whims. He will often pull through ultimately, though there are cases he is just too self absorbed to understand the Aesop properly.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: At his best. He's pretty much like the early incarnation of Peter Griffin, in terms of doing stupid things, but ultimately seeing the error of his ways and trying to do right by his family.
- Man Child: Whenever he tries sucking up to his abusive father and to anyone who will show him any paternal love.
- Mistaken for Gay: All the time.
- Mistaken for Pedophile: Cleveland is often mistaken as this because of his close relationship with his son Junior. Not helped that his kid loves to kiss him in public and says suggestive things about him.
- Mistaken for Racist: Choni accuses him of being racist towards Mexicans.
- Papa Wolf: To Cleveland Jr. Early episodes depict his progress into becoming one for his adoptive family as well.
- Pretty Fly for a White Guy: Inverted in "The Men in Me", where Cleveland is voted the "Whitest Black Man in America".
- Protagonist Title: "The Cleveland X".
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Manly Man to Cleveland Jr's Sensitive Guy
- Stay in the Kitchen: Cleveland is a lot more chauvinistic in this series. He never quite gets Donna will only take it for so long either.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: With Donna.
- Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: At his worst.
- Wouldn't Hit a Girl: His dilemma with dealing with Holt's abusive girlfriend.
Voiced by: Sanaa Lathan
- A-Cup Angst: In case you couldn't tell, she stuffs her bra.
- Action Girl: Beats up Holt's abusive girlfriend.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Invoked as the reason she dated and later married Robert.
- Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: While she rags on Cleveland as much as everyone else and still has a sexual attraction to Robert (her ex-husband), it's clear that Donna considers Cleveland to be the real love of her life, even if she's not often willing to openly admit it.
- Brawn Hilda: Works out like crazy.
- Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Routinely punches and beats on Cleveland. It's portrayed comically.
- Dreadful Musician: She plays the recorder, but can only play very basic tunes, like "Pop Goes the Weasel" and "When the Saints Go Marching In".
- Expy: She's pretty much the black version of Lois Griffin.
- I Was Quite a Looker: She has not aged well. However, she hides it underneath a lot of beauty enhancements.
- Little Black Dress: Occasionally.
- Sassy Black Woman: Donna justifies her behaviour, explaining that the circumstances of her life made this an inevitability.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to Roberta's Girly Girl.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: With Cleveland. Though under all the makeup, stuffed bra, and wig◊, she's uglier than him.
- Women Are Wiser: While not without her own flawed moments, she tends to be much saner than Cleveland for the most part.
Voiced by: Nia Long (before the episode "Love Rollercoaster"); Reagan Gomez-Preston (from "Love Rollercoaster" to the series finale, "Wheel! Of! Family!")
- Action Girl: Pretty much singlehandedly takes on a group of drunken guys in B.M.O.C.
- Bare Your Midriff: Roberta's Limited Wardrobe consists of a green tube top.
- Bratty Teenage Daughter
- Brilliant, but Lazy: She's actually a mildly sharp cookie, but willingly acts like a vapid teenage cliche.
- Buxom Is Better: The only reason guys are into her. Hilariously, she doesn't notice this.
- Cool Big Sis: She once dressed down Rallo for the way he tore apart Jr.'s faith in the world in Squirt's Honor.
- Demoted to Extra: Even worse than Hayley, Roberta was demoted to this since the first season, having very little screen time and even less dialogue. She is also currently the only member of Cleveland's new family that hasn't met the Griffins. However this was mainly due to her voice actress being put on maternity leave.
- Jerkass Façade: She only acts like a bitch to everyone to maintain her popularity, but we see that she does have some kind moments. Unfortunately, she hides it really well. The only one she treats with any kindness are her step-brother and her boyfriend.
- Ms. Fanservice: Portrayed as a sexy teenager, she often wears skimpy clothes. Two good example are the episodes "Fat And Wet" & "To Live And Die In VA" which have Roberta in a bikini in the former and dressed as Slave Leia in the latter.
- Sassy Black Woman
- Skunk Stripe: She has a white or bleach-blonde streak in her otherwise black/dark brown hair, more than likely a weave or a bleach job.
- Smarter Than You Look: Scored in the 98th percentile on her PSAT; she just doesn't like making a big deal out of her smarts.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Girly Girl to Donna's Tomboy
- Trademark Favorite Food: Did somebody say pancakes?
- The Unfavorite: it's heavily implied that out of all their children Donna likes her least, while with Cleveland it's been outright stated.
- The Voiceless: Became this after the Browns moved to Quahog following the show's cancellation as she's the only one who hasn't had a speaking part on Family Guy at all so far.
Voiced by: Kevin Michael Richardson
- Ambiguous Disorder: In "You're the Best Man, Cleveland Brown", he off-handedly mentions that he takes medications for what he describes as "bad brainstorms." In "BFF", when he giddily joins his step-mother at Rallo's Quiz Bowl competition (with popcorn and a soda, singing as he waddles to his seat), Donna hastily claims that "he's got what Radio had".
- Ambiguously Evil: He's a little complicated. The fact that he might not be the real Cleveland, Jr. just raises further questions.
- Amicable Exes: More or less with Cecilia. After Junior tries to protect her by running off with her and getting married, Junior moves out of his family's house to live with Cecilia but she realizes he is just a kid and later admits they are both too young to be married. Junior offers to remain married to prevent her deportation and Cecilia continues to work for her aunt while they live apart.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Very recessive and naive. If you mess with him however, he'll take things up a notch in the most Cool and Unusual manner.
- Case in point: When he finds out Cleveland may go prison in "Skip Day", Junior steals a cop's gun, breaks Cleveland out of police custody and leads them on a wild chase through Stoolbend.
- Gives an impressive performance in a rap battle against Kenny West, and earns Kenny's respect in the process.
- He arranges the re-marriage of Cookie and LeVar in the episode "You're the Best Man, Cleveland Brown!", and at the end...Cookie: I don't need this big, fancy wedding. Let's just go down to city hall.
Cleveland Jr.: The hell you will! You are getting married here, today! Now everybody get your ass in the backyard before I turn this into a funeral!
[everyone does so without a word]
- Big Guy, Little Guy: The big to Rallo's little.
- Black and Nerdy
- Characterization Marches On: Even more so than Cleveland. Only name connects his current counterpart to the pint-sized hyperactive Motor Mouth of early Family Guy episodes. It was implied that Cleveland Jr.'s change between what he looked like on Family Guy and what he looks like on The Cleveland Show was from being on medication to calm his hyperactivity, which caused weight gain.
- An episode joke on this explaining that Fat Junior is actually a spy who killed the original hyperactive Slim Junior, as part of a gambit to assassinate Tim, who's the head of a terrorist sleeper-cell. Though its doubtful that this is canon since its never brought up again and Tim is never killed, so was just a Bizarro Episode.
- Covert Pervert: Knows a lot more than his father about sex.
- Crazy Jealous Guy: In "There Goes El Neighborhood", Cleveland Jr. helps enroll Cecilia into school. To help her become acclimated, he tries to set her up with a date with Tyler Hudson. But when he sees they become too friendly, he intervenes and threatens Tyler.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: A musical variant. In "Brotherly Love", Junior goes after a beautiful girl named Chanel, but Kenny West, her jealous, overbearing ex-boyfriend, refuses to let the relationship happen. This culminates at a party where Kenny disses Junior with a freestyle rap, to which Junior responds:Cleveland Jr.: [meekly picks up microphone and walks to the stage] Hello? Can you hear me? [looks around nervously before singing to the tune of the alphabet song] A, B, C, D, E, F, G...
[Kenny and his friends laugh]
Cleveland Jr.: [same alphabet song tune] ... someone should've told you not to fuck. With. Me.
- Defeat Means Friendship: After he stands up to local teen music star Kenny West with a rap diss (episode "Brotherly Love"), Junior and Kenny turn their rap battle into a duet rap, and Kenny apologizes for trying to keep Junior and (Kenny's ex-girlfriend) Chanel apart.
- Didn't Think This Through: In "Skip Day," he uses makeup and lies to convince people that Cleveland beat him up in an attempt to help his dad through a depression, which inevitably ends with Cleveland getting arrested for child abuse.
- Ditzy Genius: A Running Gag on the show has people trying to figure out whether he's stupid or smart.
- Expy: Of Chris Griffin.
- Hollywood Atheist: Though he doesn't refer to himself as an "atheist", because to him atheism is also a religious belief, and thinks atheists like Brian Griffin give real atheists a bad name. This is forgotten in season three where he explicitly refers to himself as an atheist.
- Hypocrite: Does not believe in God, but he's perfectly fine in believing the force and Iron Man exist.
- Jerkass Ball: He's the most pleasant of the Cleveland family, though, like any good Seth Mc Farlene character, he shows a nasty or hypocritical side on frequent occasions.
- Kiddie Kid: Happily prefers the company of stuffed animals and other toys despite being 14.
- Kindhearted Simpleton: Though he has noticeable bouts of unusual logic and talent, he is probably the most consistently sweet natured of the Brown family, as well as probably the dopiest.
- Mistaken for Gay: In a occasion, Junior changes his style and starts going by "C.J." in an attempt to be cooler. He winds up befriending a girl from another school and asking her out to her prom...only for it to come out that she's a lesbian, and thinks he's one too.
- Morality Pet: To his father Cleveland.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Sensitive Guy to Cleveland's Manly Man
- Simpleton Voice: Kevin Michael Richardson based the voice on a mentally-retarded character he played for an episode on the first season of E.R.
- Smarter Than You Look: The smartest family member in the show.
- Super OCD: Which helps him get a job at the Broken Stool in one episode.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: With Cecilia.
Voiced by: Mike Henry
- Annoying Younger Sibling
- Big Guy, Little Guy: The little to Junior's big.
- Bratty Half-Pint
- Child Prodigy
- The Chessmaster
- Creepy Child: Sometimes.
- Dirty Kid: He has a thing for the ladies and with Cleveland's help in the "Pilot", has discovered a less obvious way to check out the girls in his kindergarten class at Harper Elementary School.
- Expy: This kid is the black version of Stewie (moreso early seasons Stewie), lampshaded by Le Var. However, this can be an over-exaggeration in appearance at best. Rallo behaves nothing like Stewie.
- This fact doesn't please Stewie one bit when they finally meet in "He's Bla-ack!" over on Family Guy.
- Fantastic Racism
- Funny Afro
- Heel–Face Turn: Although he's still wild, he's not as cruel as he was earlier in the series.
- Hypocrite: In the episode he learns about slavery, he becomes vocal against interracial relationships but tells Cleveland to ask Lester's thoughts on the singer Seal's relationship as a chance for Cleveland to confront his racism.
- Jerkass: With the new arrivals of Cleveland and Cleveland Jr. Rallo has shown some initial reluctance to accept both into his life, actively insulting them, and insulting their weight.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Has his moments of this.
- Karma Houdini Warranty: He does get away with a lot of things that he really should be punished for, but there are times where he gets punished (or some kind of karmic retribution happens).
- Kid-anova: More so in season 1 than the later years, but it's still there.
- Knight Templar
- Lack of Empathy: Sometimes.
- My God, What Have I Done?: In Squirt's Honor when Roberta made him realize the way he destroyed Jr.'s optimism was a terrible thing and that he needed to make it right. He even admitted he's a bad person and was scared if he didn't fix what happened, he'd be going to Hell.
- Obnoxious In-Laws: Rallo originally strongly disliked his new father. However, he warms up to Cleveland, who manages to teach him how to handle checking out the girls in his kindergarten class in the "Pilot".
- Pet the Dog: Occasionally does this on his good days.
- Named After Somebody Famous: Named after Rollo Lawson of Sanford and Son.
- Ping-Pong Naïveté: Has knowledge of stuff well beyond a 5 year old's knowledge. But also routinely fuddled by typical kid stuff like Santa.
- Prince of Pranksters: To the point Cleveland tries pulling a Scare 'Em Straight in the episode "American Prankster".
- Token Evil Teammate
- Took a Level in Kindness: Mellowed out a bit more in later seasons.
- Wise Beyond Their Years: He and his circle of friends generally act like people in their twenties.
Voiced by: Jason Sudeikis
A short hipster who lives with his mother.
- Abusive Parents: His father is a jerk, his mom is worse than that, and Holt once mentioned his mother used to put him in the dryer.
- Big Fun
- Casanova Wannabe: His sex life isn't as huge as he says it is.
- Chivalrous Pervert: He's always thinking about sex, but he's a nice guy.
- Compensating for Something: So very often. His car actually becomes a Chekhov's Gun at one point as a result.
- Freudian Excuse: His Abusive Parents explain his need to prove himself.
- Genki Girl: Gender-flipped, obviously. He loves to have fun, acts hyper, and is always the optimist.
- Henpecked Husband: In the episode "Buried Pleasures". Holt starts a relationship with one of Cleveland's co-workers, and she quickly turns physically abusive, for absurd reasons such as if Holt doesn't return her texts immediately.Holt: Jane's texting me. I got 30 seconds to call her back or else I get hit... with evening rates.
- I Just Want to Be Badass: Tried to join the army, but couldn't because of his short stature. Ever since then, he's been trying to act superior to everyone.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex
- The Napoleon
- Small Name, Big Ego: Constantly brags about himself.
- Speaks In Shoutouts
- Stepford Smiler: Acts as the Big Fun with his friends despite having a troubled life.
- Terse Talker: Talks in short bursts. A lot. Like this. It's his thing.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: To his father and, according to "Das Shrimp Boot," to Bradley Cooper.
Voiced by: Kevin Michael Richardson
A slightly bigoted redneck slob.
- Chubby Mama, Skinny Papa: He is a skinny man married to the chubby Kendra.
- Deep South: The mullet would be your first clue.
- Innocently Insensitive: A lot of his apparent racism comes from simple ignorance: he thinks that "KKK" stands for "Kendra Krystal Krinklesac" (his wife's name),that the Confederate flag is actually just the Dukes Of Hazzard flag, and that the N-word is a general form of address for black people because he has heard Cleveland frequently use it when talking to Rallo.
- Irony: A mild racist who doesn't like black people, voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson (a black man).
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: One of the most passive racists you can find. He also cares for his family deep down.
- Noble Bigot: His racism doesn't stop him from being friends with Cleveland.
- Pink Girl, Blue Boy: The blue to Kendra's pink.
Kendra Krystal Krinklesac
Voiced by: Aseem Batra (one of the writers/producers on the show)
Lester's morbidly obese wife, who is confined to a Rascal scooter.
- Alliterative Name: Kendra Krystal Krinklesac. Yes, her initials are KKK.
- Chubby Mama, Skinny Papa: She is a chubby wife, married to the skinny Lester.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Bodypresses Holt's abusive girlfriend for beating up Cleveland, Lester, and Tim.
- In another episode, she jumps her Scooter like a BMX bike into Tim to knock him out so Tim can't expose how Cleveland was having Holt masquerade as a student to win the High School baseball championship.
- I Was Quite a Looker: Was once a very slim, very beautiful woman back in the 1960s.
- Disabled Hottie: Interestingly, she still used a scooter, suggesting she has some kind of disability in addition to being really fat.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Cleveland Jr and Rallo in different episodes.
- Older Than She Looks: She was already an adult back in 1962. She is an old woman, looking much younger than her actual age. In her words "Fat don't crack".
- Pink Girl, Blue Boy: The pink to Lester's blue.
- Teacher/Student Romance: She was Lester's school guidance counselor, who convinced him to quit high school and marry her (even though one episode revealed that she and Lester are actually half-brother and half-sister, since Lester's dad cheated on his wife with another woman).Lester: In hindsight, she was a terrible guidance counselor!
- Vocal Dissonance: A gargantuan woman, with a helium high voice. Originally, Aseem Batra wanted to do a gravelly, husky, threatening voice for Kendra, but decided that the helium high voice would be funnier and easier on her vocal cords.
Voiced by: Glenn HowertonLester and Kendra's odd, but friendly son.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander
- Dumbass Has a Point: His whole character revolves around this trope.
- Flat Character: Gets pretty much zero characterization.
- Odd Friendship: With Junior.
- Older Than They Look: Ernie is anywhere between 14 and 17 years old, but looks about eight or nine. Justified, as Lester and Kendra nursed Ernie on root beer and it stunted his growth (as mentioned on "Field of Streams").
Tim the Bear
A deeply religious anthropomorphic bear, he works alongside Cleveland at Waterman Cable.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Genial, dull, religious, but still a full grown bear. Something he's aware of (although he does sometimes forget), and not afraid to use.
- Forgot About His Powers: In "Beer Walk!", Donna fakes two broken legs so that Cleveland will stop being lazy and do the household chores she normally does. At first, when Cleveland's friends find out, Donna tells them off (and throws Holt down a flight of stairs for good measure) and they accept it. Then, the next day:Donna: Tim, I thought I told you and your buddies to stay the hell away from my house!
Tim: Yeah, yeah, you did, you did. And then this morning, I remembered something... I'm a bear. I can kill you, maul you, rip your face off, and eat you, and I won't even go to jail, you know, because... uh, because I'm a bear. I think, you know, in the heat of the moment, I kind of forgot that. But, uh, yeah, I'm a bear. I can kill you. So, uh, tell Cleveland the truth, because if you don't... [roars savagely, then laughs] Okay, byesies.
- Funny Animal
- Hopeless Suitor: To Donna.
- Malaproper: Tends to butcher common idioms/sayings during casual conversation. He once commented that he wants Lester and Cleveland to "kiss and make out" (kiss and make up) when the two were in the midst of a feud, and another time asked Cleveland if he wanted "some cheese with that complaining" (some cheese with that w[h]ine). It's never made clear whether or not this is because he's a bear, or some other reason.
- Mistaken for Gay: Since he doesn't wear pants and he's a Bear. He found out that a "Bear" bar is a "Bear" bar.
- Only One Name: The closest thing we get to a last name for Tim (as well as his wife and son) is "The Bear."
- Talking Animal
- What the Hell Is That Accent?: According to Seth MacFarlane, the voice he uses for Tim is a botched impression of the Fenstruck brothers from Saturday Night Live, though if you're a 1970s SNL fan with good ears, the voice Seth uses for Tim sounds more like a botched take on Don Novello's Father Guido Sarducci character.
Voiced by: Arianna HuffingtonTim the Bear's snobby wife.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She acts as a devout Christian with her wholesome family, but read the other tropes to see how well she really is.
- Flat Character: Has nothing important to her characters except being a Jerkass towards everyone.
- Hate Sink: Her entire character.
- Holier Than Thou: She may be Christian but it doesn't stop her from being a stuck up bitch.
- Hypocrite: Admits to being one when Donna calls her out on her affair with Robert.Arianna: A self-righteous Christian is actually a hypocrite? I'll alert the media.
- Jerkass: Her defining characteristic.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: To Donna in several episodes.
- Talking Animal: She is a talking bear.
- Your Cheating Heart: Has a lot of hot sex with Robert in "Cleveland Live!", and Tim's dad, according to "Of Lice And Men."
Voiced by: Nat Faxon (one of the writers of the show)Ariana and Tim's perpetually stoned slacker son.
- Flat Character: Technically his entire existence is to appear stoned and provide no development whatsoever.
- Funny Animal
- Genius Ditz: Despite being a stoner, he does know about American political scandals that happened in hotels (like Watergate, Marion Barry smoking crack, Ronald Reagan's assassination attempt, and Eliot Spitzer and his call girls) and once helped his parents out at a homeless shelter on Thanksgiving.
- The Stoner: He's so stoned, he can give a baseball a contact high and can't feel any pain from getting hit by a car.
- Talking Animal
Voiced by: Kym Whitley (Auntie Momma) and Kevin Michael Richardson (Uncle Kevin)Donna's eccentric aunt who raised her after Donna's mother gave her up. Actually Donna's Uncle Kevin.
- Big Fun: Almost everybody who meets her seem to like her and her shenanigans.
- Catch Phrase: "I'm outrageous!" Said usually after lifting her leg and letting out a huge fart.
- Gass Hole
- Really Gets Around: Has apparently got busy with some pretty famous people.
- Transsexual: or at least a Wholesome Crossdresser.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: She only started playing "Auntie Momma" so Donna could have a strong female influence while growing up.
Dee Dee Tubbs
Voiced by: Phylicia RashādDonna's mother, who left her with Auntie Momma/Uncle Kevin. The two are reunited years later.
- Bus Crash: The Family Guy episode "Candy, Quahog Marshmallow" reveals that she committed suicide.
- Germans Love David Hasselhoff: In-Universe: Her band, The Towlettes, were hot stuff in Germany.
- Happily Married: With Robert in the series finale.
- Irony: An early joke has Donna having an extreme hatred of Phylica Rashad. Guess who voices Dee Dee?
- Missing Mom: For most of Donna's life.
Evelyn "Cookie" Brown
Voiced by: Frances Callier
Cleveland's coddling mother.
- Bi the Way: With Barbara.
- I Was Quite a Looker: Quite quite svelte in her younger days.
- Obnoxious In-Laws: In a constant snark war with Donna. Implied to resent her for initially rejecting Cleveland for Robert.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Give her a mustache and she'd be a dead ringer for her son.
- Younger Than They Look: She's easily confused to being Cleveland's wife in one episode.
LeVar "Freight Train" Brown
Voiced by: Craig Robinson
Cleveland's gruff, abusive father.
- Abusive Parents: He used Boxing Day as an excuse to beat his son up on Christmas and verbally crushes his self-esteem. Oddly, he has an okay relationship with his grandsons.
- Badass Grandpa
- Badass Mustache: Like father, like son.
- Bald of Evil: Though it's more like "Bald of Jerkass".
- Hidden Depths: Apparently an accomplished mystery writer (enough even to make him a competent sleuth in real life).
- Jerk Ass
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Has odd moments of (reluctant) compassion for his wife and son. He also cares for his grandson and step-grandson.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Spends the entirety of his first appearance verbally abusing Cleveland and neglecting his wife while shamelessly flirting and sleeping with Donna's Auntie Momma. But then Cleveland reveals that Auntie Momma was actually a transvestite.
- Morality Pet: Junior.
- Pet the Dog: Helped his son out a few times. There's also his closeness with Junior and Rallo.
- Rated M for Manly
- Really Gets Around: Which is a constant source of friction between him and Cookie. A segment is dedicated in making over dozens of Cleveland-look alikes reacting in shock after he gets told, "Cleveland is your only son."
- Real Men Wear Pink: Writes mystery novels for women under an assumed name (and even dresses like a woman) as seen in "Who Done Did It?"
- Took a Level in Kindness: Not towards Cleveland, but he respects the family he's made.
Voiced by: Corey Holcomb
Donna's thuggish ex-husband, and the father of Roberta and Rallo.
- The Drifter
- Funny Afro
- Hands-Off Parenting: He's a gigantic imbecile when it comes to raising his kids. Roberta has no emotional attachment to him, and Rallo has been led to believe (initially) that he was a man fighting crime even after the divorce and respected him a lot over Cleveland. Later seasons, Rallo can only snark how his dad is real bad at being that.
- Happily Married: With Deedee.
- Jerk Ass: Spent most of his time with Donna and the family ignoring them and getting drunk.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Only when he's reminded how much of an ass he's been, he does genuinely care for Rallo and Roberta. He even seems to care for Cleveland Junior.
- Lazy Bum
- Loveable Sex Maniac: Holds the title of the "Coolest Guy in Town."
- Parental Neglect: He is not a diligent father.
- Pet the Dog: Took Junior under his wing in order to help him with his social life.
- Sixth Ranger
- The Stoner: Though he doesn't seem affected by it.
ArchVoiced by: Mike HenryA dull, no-nonsense co-worker of Cleveland, Tim, and Terry.
- The Bore
- Dull Surprise
- Flat Character: He's the boring prick nobody likes.
- Fun-Hating Confiscating Adult: He only allows his son four laughs a week.
- Jerk Ass
- Mall Santa: Takes the job as one "Tis the Cleveland to be Sorry" seemingly just so Kendra couldn't.
- Sitcom Archnemesis
- Uncatty Resemblance: His dog.
Voiced by: Bruce McGillThe incredibly wealthy and closeted gay owner of Waterman Cable.
- Bad Boss: Downplayed. He is competent at his job, but is implied to be racist to Cleveland, has sexually harassed Terry (who doesn't seem to notice or care) as seen on "Birth of a Salesman," "Your Show of Shows" and "Field of Streams," and offered a six-month severance package in exchange for cutting off everyone else's health insurance ("Brown-Sized").
- Depraved Homosexual: At best, he sexually harasses Terry at work. At worst, he arranged the death of his wife so he can be with his lover (the town coroner), as seen on "Who Done Did It?"
- Dirty Old Man: A rare occurrence of one who hits on young men (namely Terry Kimple, but has branched out to other young men ever since Terry married Paul) rather than young women.
- In "Brown-Sized," it's implied that Mr. Waterman preys on 19-year-old Cuban boys who sell cologne at the mall, and, in "Little Man on Campus," he paid a visit to the high school baseball team as they were showering.
- Engineered Public Confession: Accidentally reveals that he killed his wife so he could run away with his gay lover and gets arrested.
- Everyone Has Standards or Even Evil Has Standards: Mr. Waterman may be a racist, corrupt, repressed Depraved Homosexual who killed his wife; but he actually felt bad for shooting his Bulldog after it attacked the school's star pitcher (cf. "Little Man on Campus"), was concerned for Terry's health when Cleveland crashed the cable truck in "Birth of a Salesman," was the only one who stayed behind to mourn Tom's death (while everyone else broke into his office to loot it) in "Like a Boss," and, in "Das Shrimp Boot," he kicked Cleveland out of his office after Cleveland told him that he needed time off work to mourn the loss of his quintuplets whom he drowned because God said so (Cleveland lied, of course, but Waterman actually took that seriously).
- Freudian Excuse: His racism against black people stems from his mother underestimating (and having sex with) minorities.
- Stalker with a Crush: Towards Terry.
- Transparent Closet: Despite being married, it's pretty much public knowledge that he's not straight. Even his wife knows that she's only married to him as a cheap ploy to make people think he's a heterosexual (as implied in "A Cleveland Brown Christmas").
- Your Cheating Heart: Has had a lot of male lover despite being married to a woman.
Voiced by: Jason Sudeikis
An old high school friend of Cleveland who now works alongside him at Waterman Cable.
- Badass Mustache
- Bi the Way: Freely admits to sleeping with several hot chicks, and some hot dudes too. Eventually settles down with a guy named Paul (voiced by Justin Timberlake)
- Big Fun: Parties all the time.
- Even the Guys Want Him: Or rather, his boss, Mr. Waterman
- Happily Married: To Paul.
- Mr. Fanservice
- Nice Guy: A promiscuous layabout, but otherwise a very friendly, loyal guy.
- Out of Focus: After the episode "Terry Unmarried." He's still there, but definitely in a diminished role.
- Really Gets Around: Had a lot of sex with women and men.
Voiced by: Mike HenryThe former coach of Stoolbend High School, now homeless and missing a cheek due to years of chewing tobacco usage.
- Crazy Homeless People
- Cleans up Nicely: As shown in Once Upon a Tyne in New York; give him a bath, a haircut, and a clean suit and he could almost be considered ruggedly handsome, provided one overlooks the gaping hole in his face.
- Nice Guy: Helps Cleveland out with his problems from time to time.
- Two-Faced: Justified as he's a chewing tobacco addict and had half his face removed due to oral cancer.
Dr. Chip Fist
- Ascended Extra: Originally a minor recurring character, he joined Cleveland's entourage in "Fist and the Furious".
- Dark and Troubled Past: He was a mob doctor, and is the Witness Protection Program.
- Dr. Jerk: Mocks his patients all the time.
- Flat Character: Even when he becomes a part of the gang he really isn't all that developed.
- Uncle Pennybags
Gabrielle Friedman/Federline Jones
Voiced by: Jamie KennedyRoberta's wannabe rapper boyfriend.
- He Cleans Up Nicely: When he ditches his wigger persona he dresses in nice and somewhat formal clothes.
- I Just Want to Be Badass
- Nice Hat
- Pretty Fly for a White Guy
Gus the Bartender
Voiced by: David Lynch.
The weird bartender of the The Broken Stool.
- Ambiguously Evil: Has some quite funny sociopathic moments, like robbing Vincent Price's corpse and using his leg skin in sandwiches, and threatening to kill Cleveland and his friends if they don't make the second bar they opened succeed.
- Ax-Crazy: He likes some disturbing things.
- The Bartender
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander
- Forehead of Doom
- I'm a Humanitarian: Steals meat off of corpses.
- Ink-Suit Actor
- Older Than They Look: "I am a hundred and seventeen years old".
Voiced by: Carl Reiner
An elderly Jewish man and friend of Rallo.
- Cool Old Guy: Wrote a rather vulgar but very catchy rap song for Rallo and his friends to perform on television.
- Dirty Old Man: Goes on top of the retirement home to watch women in a sorority house.
- And of course the whole "Peezy Weezy" song he sang to Rallo and his friends
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Rallo.
- Not So Different: With Rallo.
- Senior Sleep Cycle
Voiced by: Will ForteThe nerdy principal of Stoolbend High School, and leader of the school's math club, and capella group The Fluffers.
- Archenemy: To Cleveland.
- Bring My Brown Pants: In "Field of Streams".
- Control Freak: Most likely from being bullied by Cleveland and Terry in high school.
- Geek Physique
- Jerk Ass: Also likely from his bullying as well as position of power.
- Nerds Are Virgins
- Villain Ball: In "Field of Streams".
Cecilia Moreno/ Brown
Voiced by: Elia SaldanaA hot girl that fall in love with Cleveland Jr.. She is the niece of Choni and works at Choni's Cantina Mexican restaurant.
- Amicable Exes: More or less. After Junior tries to protect Cecilia by running off with her and getting married, Junior moves out of his family's house to live with Cecilia but she realizes he is just a kid and later admits they are both too young to be married. Junior offers to remain married to prevent her deportation and Cecilia continues to work for her aunt while they live apart.
- Ascended Extra: She and her family move into Cleveland's neighborhood.
- Beauty Mark: Above the lip.
- Ms. Fanservice: She is very attractive. In a scene she wears an alluring nightie.
- Nice Girl
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: With Cleveland Jr.
- What Does She See in Him?: Cleveland doesn't understand how Junior can get a hot girl like Cecilia as his girlfriend. Many characters call him out on it, especially Cecilia's aunt, and pointed out Donna is married to him.
- Though after Cleveland saw Cecilia's father's (who looked very similar to Junior), this seemed to explain a lot.
Voiced by: Rosie PerezChoni is the aunt of Cecilia, the mother of Marco, the possible mother of Flora and owner of Choni's Cantina Mexican restaurant.
- Ascended Extra: She and her family move into Cleveland's neighborhood.
- Hartman Hips
- Hypocrite: Choni turns out to have much in common with the stereotypes Cleveland believed her to have and Choni turns out to also have many of her own stereotypes about blacks.
- Irrational Hatred: Choni blame Cleveland for nearly getting her niece deported (the culprit was Lester) and accuses him of being racist towards Mexicans. She's likely still bitter towards him because it bugged him that her attractive niece has feelings for his overweight son.
- Spicy Latina: She is also played by Real Life Spicy Latina, Rosie Perez.