Characters: The Cleveland Show
open/close all foldersThe characters for The Cleveland Show.
Brown and Tubbs Family
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"
- 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.
- 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.
- 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".
- 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
Voiced by: Sanaa Lathan
- 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.
- 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."
- Sassy Black Woman
- 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!")
- 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.
- 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.
- Ms. Fanservice: Portrayed as a sexy teenager, she often wears skimpy clothes.
- Sassy Black Woman
- Skunk Stripe
- 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.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Did somebody say pancakes?
Voiced by: Kevin Michael Richardson
- Ambiguous Disorder
- 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.
- 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.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander
- 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.
- Expy: Of Chris Griffin.
- Genius Ditz / Ditzy Genius: A Running Gag on the show has people trying to figure out whether he's stupid or smart.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Voiced by: Mike Henry
- Annoying Younger Sibling
- Big Guy, Little Guy: The little to Junior's big.
- Child Prodigy
- The Chessmaster
- Creepy Child: Sometimes.
- Dirty Kid
- Expy: This kid is the black version of Stewie (moreso early seasons Stewie), lampshaded by Le Var.
- 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
- 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.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Has his moments of this.
- Karma Houdini: Zigzagged. 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.
- Named After Somebody Famous: Named after Rollo Lawson of Sanford and Son.
- Ping-Pong Na´vetÚ: Has knowledge of stuff well beyond a 5 year old's knowledge. But also routinely fuddled by typical kid stuff like Santa.
- Token Evil Teammate
- Villain Protagonist
- Wise Beyond Their Years: He and his circle of friends generally act like people in their twenties.
Voiced by: Arianna HuffingtonTim the Bear's snobby wife.
- 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.
- 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: Glenn HowertonLester and Kendra's odd, but friendly son.
- 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").
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.
- Compensating for Something: So very often. His car actually becomes a Chekhov's Gun at one point as a result.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex
- The Napoleon
- Speaks In Shoutouts
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: To his father and, according to "Das Shrimp Boot," to Bradley Cooper.
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.
- 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: 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.
Voiced by: Nat Faxon (one of the writers of the show)Ariana and Tim's perpetually stoned slacker son.
- 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
Tim the Bear
A deeply religious anthropomorphic bear, he works alongside Cleveland at Waterman Cable.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Genial, dull, religious. But he's still a bear. Something he's fully aware of, and not afraid to use.Tim: I'm a bear. I could kill you. So tell Cleveland the truth or... *Savagely roars* ... Ok? Ok, byesies!
- Funny Animal
- Hopeless Suitor: To Donna.
- Talking Animal
- Token Evil Teammate: One episode states that he's part of a terrorist cell, and the primary target of Fat Junior.
- 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: Kym Whitley (Auntie Momma) and Kevin Michael Richardson (Uncle Kevin)Donna's eccentric aunt, and the one who raised her. Originally 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.
- 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.
- Germans Love David Hasselhoff: In-Universe: Her band, The Towlettes, were hot stuff in Germany.
- 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: A female version of her son without mustache.
LeVar "Freight Train" Brown
Voiced by: Craig Robinson
Cleveland's gruff, abusive father.
- Abusive Parents: He regularly beats 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".
- 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.
- 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?"
Voiced by: Corey Holcomb
Donna's thuggish ex-husband, and the father of Roberta and Rallo.
- The Drifter
- Funny Afro
- Hands-Off Parenting
- Jerk Ass: Spent most of his time with Donna and the family ignoring them and getting drunk.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He does genuinely care for Rallo and Roberta. He even seems to care for Cleveland Junior.
- Lazy Bum
- 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
- Fun-Hating Confiscating Adult: He only allows his son four laughs a week.
- 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.
- 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 pitbull after it attacked the star pitcher (cf. "Little Man on Campus"), he was concerned for Terry's health when Cleveland crashed the cable truck in "Birth of a Salesman," he 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.
- 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").
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)
- 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.
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
- 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.
- Uncle Pennybags
Gabrielle Friedman/Federline Jones
Voiced by: Jamie KennedyRoberta's wannabe rapper boyfriend.
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.
- The Bartender
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander
- Forehead of Doom
- 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.
Voiced by: Will ForteThe nerdy principal of Stoolbend High School, and leader of the school's math club, and capella group The Fluffers.