Characters: The Cleveland Show

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The characters for The Cleveland Show.

    Brown and Tubbs Family 

Cleveland Brown

Voiced by: Mike Henry

  • A Man Is Not a Virgin: Thinks Junior shouldn't want to stay a virgin in "Cleveland Junior's Cherry Bomb"
  • Accidental Pervert: He never thinks before he says things, causing this to happen a lot.
  • 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
  • Characterization Marches On: Looking back at his roles in episodes of Family Guy after watching episodes of The Cleveland Show is jarring, as Family Guy Cleveland Brown was Peter's only sane friend and the only interesting things about him was that he owned his own delicatessen (which shut down when Superstore USA opened), he has a hyperactive son who used to be thin, and his wife, Loretta, cheated on him with Quagmire. The Cleveland Show Cleveland has a little more depth and backstory (even if some of it does contradict what was already established on Family Guy, like how Cleveland was in high school in the 1980s, yet one episode of Family Guy had Cleveland over 18 when he met Peter in the 1970s). On top of that, Cleveland on The Cleveland Show lacks the original's mellow and slow talking mannerisms and is more aggressive and chauvinistic.
  • 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.)
  • 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.
  • Mistaken for Gay: All the time.
  • 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.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: 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.
  • 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

Donna Tubbs

Voiced by: Sanaa Lathan

Roberta Tubbs

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 Fašade/Jerk with a Heart of Gold: 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.
  • 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?

Cleveland Jr.

  • Adorkable
  • Ambiguous Disorder
  • Ambiguously Evil: He's a little complicated. The fact that he might not be the real Cleveland, Jr. just raises further questions.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • A recent episode implies 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.
  • Cloudcuckoolander
  • Covert Pervert: Knows a lot more than his father about sex.
  • 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.
  • Gentle Giant
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Kill and Replace: He's actually a spy that murdered the real Cleveland Jr.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Sociopathic Hero: He's actually a spy that murdered the real Cleveland Jr., doing so to get close to Tim the Bear.
  • Super OCD: Which helps him get a job at the Broken Stool in one episode.

Rallo Tubbs

Voiced by: Mike Henry


Holt Richter

Voiced by: Jason Sudeikis

A short hipster who lives with his mother.

Lester Krinklesac

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.

Ernie Krinklesac

Voiced by: Glenn Howerton

Lester and Kendra's odd, but friendly son.

Tim the Bear

Voiced by: Seth MacFarlane, and Jess Harnell near the show's end

A deeply religious anthropomorphic bear, he works alongside Cleveland at Waterman Cable.


Voiced by: Arianna Huffington

Tim the Bear's snobby wife.


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

    Extended Family 

Auntie Momma

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
  • 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 Rashād

Donna's mother, who left her with Auntie Momma/Uncle Kevin. The two are reunited years later.

Evelyn "Cookie" Brown

Voiced by: Frances Callier

Cleveland's coddling mother.

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 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.
  • 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.

    Waterman Cable 


Voiced by: Mike Henry

A dull, no-nonsense co-worker of Cleveland, Tim, and Terry.

Lloyd Waterman

Voiced by: Bruce McGill

The 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.

Terry Kimple

Voiced by: Jason Sudeikis

An old high school friend of Cleveland who now works alongside him at Waterman Cable.


Charles McFall

Voiced by: Mike Henry

The 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

Stoolbend's main physician.

Gabrielle Friedman/Federline Jones

Voiced by: Jamie Kennedy

Roberta's wannabe rapper boyfriend.

Gus the Bartender

Voiced by: David Lynch.

The weird bartender of the The Broken Stool.


Voiced by: Carl Reiner

An elderly Jewish man and friend of Rallo.

Wally Farquhare

Voiced by: Will Forte

The nerdy principal of Stoolbend High School, and leader of the school's math club, and capella group The Fluffers.