Characters: The Cleveland Show
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The characters for The Cleveland Show
Brown and Tubbs Family
Voiced by: Mike Henry
- 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".
- 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!")
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
Voiced by: Arianna Huffington
Tim the Bear's snobby wife.
- Hypocrite: Admits to being one when Donna calls her out on her affair with Robert.
- 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."
Lester 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").
A short hipster who lives with his mother.
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.
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.
Donna's eccentric aunt, and the one who raised her. Originally Donna's Uncle Kevin.
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.
Voiced by: Corey Holcomb
Donna's thuggish ex-husband, and the father of Roberta and Rallo.
A dull, no-nonsense co-worker of Cleveland, Tim, and Terry.
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 occurence 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.
Voiced by: Mike Henry
The former coach of Stoolbend High School, now homeless and missing a cheek due to years of chewing tobacco usage.
Dr. Chip Fist
Stoolbend's main physician.
Gabrielle Friedman/Federline Jones
Voiced by: Jamie Kennedy
Roberta's wannabe rapper boyfriend.
Gus the Bartender
The weird bartender of the The Broken Stool.
Voiced by: Carl Reiner
An elderly Jewish man and friend of Rallo.
Voiced by: Will Forte
The nerdy principal of Stoolbend High School, and leader of the school's math club, and capella group The Fluffers