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Jay Prescott Sherman

Voiced by: Jon Lovitz

New York's #3 film critic, and host of his own show, Coming Attractions. Jay generally struggles with his lack of popularity both on television and with other people, due to his cynical attitude and less-than-handsome appearance. Outside of work, he's a single father to his son Marty, after his bitter ex-wife Ardeth divorced him. As a baby, he was adopted into an extremely wealthy family, and he has a somewhat vitriolic relationship with his mother Eleanor.

  • All of the Other Reindeer: Jay is a constant victim of this.
  • Ambiguously Jewish: Jay. The closest to resolving this ambiguity occurs in "Every Doris Has Her Day", when Jay visits the orphanage he was adopted from and asks if he was Jewish. The priest answers, "Oh, what do you think?" Jay crows, "I knew it!" and immediately launches into a fake Hebrew song.
  • Amusing Injuries: Every time Jay gets hit on the head by a blunt object, he’ll swerve around and fall like a bowling pin. Even the sound effects are added in.
    • This is one of the reasons Alice's daughter Penny seems to really like him. Jay ended up endearing himself to her when blunt objects kept falling on his head and she thought it was funny.
  • Animated Actor: Jay did this trope a few times.
  • Balloon Belly: Jay. He balloons himself by turning into a giant blueberry when he steals a certain stick of gum from Willy Wonka, is shown having one in a picture inside Alice's diamond locket, and from eating a giant bagpipe-playing potato.
    • In another episode he becomes morbidly obese after an image consultant advises him that the public loves people who are "big and jolly" like Santa Claus and Rush Limbaugh. It then cuts to Jay getting liposuction for over a year.
  • Big Eater: Jay's obsession with food is so massive that his restaurant bills are what keep Vlada's restaurant afloat.
  • Bumbling Dad: At times toward Marty, but Marty knows he means well.
  • Butt Monkey
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: He and his son get extremely drunk when they each drink a quarter of a glass of wine while in France. After they drink half each, they're hung over.
  • Catch Phrase: Jay has several:
    • "It stinks!"
    • "Hotchie motchie!"
    • "Achhum!"
    • "Ha-haaa, how awkward!"
    • And a fourth was added in the 2nd season, though only in 2 episodes - "Hi guuuuuuuy!"
  • Caustic Critic: Jay Sherman hates just about every movie he sees. If he mentions a movie he DOES like, it's always so that another movie can be compared unfavorably to it.
    • The highest score he ever gives a movie is a 7 out of 10.
    • It's revealed that the only movie Jay likes that isn't foreign and/or artsy is Citizen Kane.
    • It seems this trait of his isn't as bad in season 2. He'll actually say he enjoyed the films he reviews pretty often, even if what was just shown to the audience was just as stupid and goofy as any of the trailers from season 1.
  • Character Blog: Jay has a Twitter account.
  • Character Development: For the second season, Jay's character design was tweaked to give him a friendlier appearance, and most of his harshness and down-and-out traits from the first season were taken away, giving him a warmer, more likable personality.
  • The Chew Toy
  • Compassionate Critic
  • Cosmic Plaything: The universe really has it in for Jay. In the episode "Lady Hawke," when he was sent to go on the balcony so that Jeremy and his sister, Olivia, could have a private discussion, the weather suddenly turned stormy and a strong wind blew off the towel he was wearing. When Jay finally got back inside and it was Jeremy's turn to wait on the balcony...the weather immediately cleared up and became sunny and beautiful.
    • And then greeted by French twins.
    Jay: That hardly seems fair.
    • Jay gives us this gem from the first episode:
      "Oh, my therapist was right, God does hate me!"
  • Goofy Print Underwear
  • Gravity Is a Harsh Mistress: He trips, he falls, has things fall on his head, and especially regarding a bungee jump attempt in the first season.
  • Happily Adopted: His adopted family's quirks aside, it's clear that they love each other.
  • He Panned It, Now He Sucks: What the in-show public thinks about him. invoked
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Jeremy.
  • Holding Both Sides of the Conversation: In season 1, Jay often does this by pretending to be his secretary with a British nanny accent.
  • Honorary Uncle: Penny calls him "Uncle Jay."
  • Hypocritical Humor: This series was built on it. Anytime Jay makes a denying statement about himself, expect him to immediately afterwards do something like it.
    Jay: I've suffered every ailment known to Man. Except delusions of grandeur. Which is why God chose me alone to do His work ON EARTH!
  • Informed Deformity/Informed Flaw: One of the shows running gags is that Jay is considered almost monstrously ugly by most people, as well as being enormously heavy due to his informed obesity problem, despite being relatively average looking, and while he is slightly overweight, his short stature means he couldn't possibly weigh more than 250 pounds.
    Freight Helicopter Pilot: I don't understand. This thing is supposed to lift a tank.
    • In "Sherman, Woman, and Child", Alice decides to change up his wardrobe a little a bit and he becomes more popular and confident which implies a part of the problem were his outfits. But although while his outfits were never fashionable, they weren't impossibly tacky enough to make that much of a difference.
  • Kavorka Man: Despite the running gag of women finding him hideous, he has had a surprising amount of luck with women INSANELY out of his league. To be fair, though, some of these apparent successes are only because the women had ulterior motives.
  • Large Ham: On occasion. Being voiced by Jon Lovitz, who lives on this trope, certainly helps.
  • Loser Protagonist: Most potent in the first season.
  • Love Confession: To Alice at the end of "Lady Hawke."
  • Mistaken for Gay: Jay's boss is convinced Jay has a crush on him, despite Jay's insistence that he's straight.
    Jay: Duke, where's your bedroom?
    Duke: (chuckling) You people never give up.
    Jay: I am not gay! And if I was gay, I would do something about that wallpaper. Plaids and florals? Oh, puh-lease Dukey-Dukey.
    • It's not just Duke. There's also Cyrus, who immediately assumes Jay is Alice's gay friend shortly after meeting him. Jeremy Hawke also says at one point that Jay's attraction to his twin sister, Olivia Hawke, is just an outlet for Jay's homosexual attraction to him.
  • The Napoleon
  • Nice Guy: Jay, especially in season 2. In season 1 he's more of a Jerk with a Heart of Gold
  • No Respect Guy
  • Official Couple: With Alice in the second season.
  • One-Liner Echo: "If the movie stinks, just don't go!"
  • Organ Autonomy: Jay's stomach.
  • The Protagonist
  • Ridiculously Average Guy
  • Rousing Speech: In "Eyes on the Prize."
    "I am a movie critic by trade, and until recently, I got paid to tell you people which movies merely stink and which ones you shouldn't screen near an open flame. Well, I'm putting the burden of lousy movies back on you. It's very simple: if you stop going to bad movies, they'll stop making bad movies. If the movie used to be a TV show, just don't go. After Roman numeral II, give it a rest. If it's a remake of a classic, rent the classic. Tell them you want stories about people, not a hundred million dollars of stunts and explosives. People, it's up to you. If the movie stinks, just don't go."
  • Sealed with a Kiss: With Alice in the end of "Lady Hawke."
  • Shirtless Scene: Has had a few of these.
  • Straw Critic: Jay. In a minor subversion, however, he's essentially a decent guy; in his defense, most of the movies he has to review are horrible. Still, he does attack some noteworthy films and/or performers — he once sucker-punched Mister Rogers! — and this is one reason he's so unpopular with the public.
    On Oscar-winner Haing S. Ngor in The Killing Fields: "If you ask me, he should have gone to the acting fields."
    "And that's why I'm glad The Beatles broke up."
    "And that's why Goldie Hawn should be shot."
    • He was basically the Yahtzee of his day.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: (Non-villain) Jay usually feels like he is the only one with an IQ in a room.
  • This Loser Is You: Jay in the first season, but somewhat toned down in the second.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: After putting up with so much crap from his job, his parents, women, the general public, and the universe at large, Jay manages to get a steady girlfriend in Alice at the beginning of the second season.
    • More generally, if the Crossover with The Simpsons is canon, then Jay has a long string of awards. He's also had actresses come on to him in the hopes of getting good reviews, and he's also had off-screen meetings with various celebrities, which suggests that he's well-thought of in the film world, at least. He also seems to make a pretty comfortable living in general.
  • Unlucky Everydude
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist
    • In the first season. He was made more of a Woobie in the second season.
    • Still; even in the first season he goes through so, so much crap from all directions you can't help but feel sorry for him.
  • The Woobie: His levels of sympathy are Depending on the Writer (though mostly varying in the first season) in-verse as well as out. invoked

Martin "Marty" Sherman

The son of Jay and his ex-wife Ardeth. Much like his dad, he struggles with his weight, and isn't very popular at school.

  • Belly Dancer: Marty in the episode "A Day at the Races, a Night at the Opera."
  • Big Eater: Just like his dad.
  • Butt Monkey
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: He and his dad get extremely drunk when they each drink a quarter of a glass of wine while in France. After they drink half each, they're hung over.
  • Children Are Innocent
  • First Father Wins: Averted somewhat. While Marty is shown to love Jay very much, his mother's current boyfriend, Alberto, is super rich and lets him fly around in a helicopter and fire a machine gun. Jay obviously can't compete with that, but Alberto and Marty only share a few seconds of screen time, so they're relationship is almost entirely off-screen.
  • First Kiss: Marty and Carmen in the episode "Marty's First Date."
  • Temporary Bulk Change: Marty in the episode "From Chunk to Hunk." He and Jay attend a weight-loss camp which results in Marty to lose a lot of weight and gain a lot of popularity at school. However, he gains it all back by the time the episode ends.
    Soda Jerk: Our freezer is broken. We need someone to eat 50 gallons of ice cream.
    (Marty immediately runs in.)
    Soda Jerk: It's Jay Sherman's kid! We're saved!

Margo Sherman

Voiced by: Nancy Cartwright

Jay's sister, and the biological daughter of Franklin and Eleanor Sherman. Unlike her mother, her relationship with Jay isn't at all strained, and the two of them genuinely love each other like a brother and sister should.

  • A Date with Rosie Palms: Implied in "A Little Deb Will Do Ya".
    Dressmaker: Here's the skinny. We dressmakers have a very strict code, so I need to know; Do you deserve to wear virginal white? Because if you don't, you'll have to wear an off-white, what we call a "hussie-white". So which will it be? White-white?
    Margo: Yes...um...except for the gloves.
  • All Girls Like Ponies
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: In "A Song For Margo," she dated a grunge rocker. She later dumps him upon discovering he cheated on her.
  • Big Brother Worship: She's one of the few people who treats Jay with any respect in Season 1, to the point where she remarks that he and her horse are her two favorite people in one episode.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Deeply cares for her horse.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: When Margo is forced by Eleanor to attend a debutante ball.
  • Soap Box Sadie: Didn't want to attend a debutante ball because it violated everything she stood for. After being forced to go, she eventually rushed the stage to chastise the ball as "a tasteless contest to see who can waste the most money."
  • Tomboy: Her mother threatened to kill her horse before she would attend the girly debutante ball.

Franklin Sherman

Voiced by: Gerrit Graham

Jay's adopted father, and the wealthy former governor of New York. Franklin has a very loose grasp on reality due to his alcoholism. He has a tendency to say and do insane things on a regular basis, much to the embarrassment of his family.

  • Alcoholic Parent: He's usually seen with an alcoholic beverage in his hand.
  • Bungling Inventor: He's shown to have invented device called the Fishmobabywhirlamagig. It drops a never ending stream of fish onto a conveyor belt, which drops them down a chute into a pipe organ. This causes the pipe organ to play music, which makes a swing ride full of babies spin. The exact use of this device is only known to him. He may or may not have also invented something called the "Badger Blaster."
  • Closer to Earth: Subverted. Franklin is completely insane, but he's also a generally pleasant and upstanding guy.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Oh, where to begin.
    • When running for Vice President of the United States:
      Franklin: As the first black female head of the Ku Klux Klan, I'd like to say... America stinks!
      Duke: (watching) This may hurt us more than it helps us.
    • Another instance:
      Geraldo Rivera: I understand you can say your name backwards.
      Franklin: Nilknarf.
      Geraldo: What's your favorite food in the whole wide world?
      Franklin: Nilknarf.
    • At dinner with the family:
      "Oh, son, if I've said it once I've said it a thousand times...Who are all you people?"
    • His recollection of his first date was himself in a 1930's black and white rubber hose cartoon.
    • His family try to write this off as senility, but it's made clear he's been like this for a long, long time.
    Jay: (To a dinner guest) My father had a stroke a few years ago.
    Eleanor: (Bluntly) He didn't really. We just say that to explain his personality.
    Franklin: The peanut is neither a pea nor a nut.
    • According to the video reel from "Frank And Ellie Gets Lost", he became this way after having his first taste of alcohol at his wedding in 1955.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Goes hand-in-hand with his Cloud Cuckoo Lander status. Such as hearing Jay's Rousing Speech of "If the movie stinks, don't go" and interpreting it as "If the movie stinks, do-si-do".
    Jay: Dad, for the last time, are you sure you want to run for Vice President?
    Franklin: {completely serious} Jay, can I do a worse job than Spiro Agnew? Or Aaron Burr? Or William Rufus DeVane King? He died in Cuba six weeks after being sworn in!
    Jay: Wow. Maybe you do know what you're doing.
    Franklin: {He slips a nylon sock over his head.} Yeah! Now, let's rob that bank!
  • Drink Order: Franklin is always seen with a glass of brandy in his hand. Even when the glass was shot out of his hand, he had another one in his other hand.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Only because he sees the road as a crazy game of Donkey Kong where his car horn is the jump button and he needs to swerve wildly to avoid barrels.
  • Jumping Out of a Cake: Franklin jumps out of Jay's birthday cake in the second season's opening credits.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Modeled after Franklin D. Roosevelt, sharing his name and former office of New York governor.
  • Official Couple: With Eleanor.
  • Sleeping Single: Thanks to twin beds and Eleanor protecting hers with barb wire and dobermans.
  • Talkative Loon

Eleanor Sherman (née Wigglesworth)

Voiced by: Judith Ivey

Jay's adopted mother. She's very bitter and critical of Jay's career and lifestyle. She also isn't a fan of Margo being a tomboy with no interest in the life of a debutante. While she's generally shown to be a Rich Bitch, deep down she does love her children, and only wants the best for them.

  • Closer to Earth: Subverted. Eleanor is sane and wise, but she's also shown herself to be rather spiteful and cold-hearted.
  • Kill the Poor: Jay's mother wants to blast the poor into outer space. She even wrote a book ("Why The Poor Should Be Shot Into Space.")
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Eleanor is named after Franklin Roosevelt's wife Eleanor Roosevelt. Her voice also resembles that of Katharine Hepburn.
  • Not Distracted by the Sexy: A hunky Chippendales-esque handyman attempts to seduce her, rubbing oil on his bare chest at one point. She takes the hint: she shoves a cookie in his mouth and pushes him out the door.
  • Official Couple: With Franklin.
  • Rich Bitch: Elaeanor shows this on occasion.
  • Sleeping Single: If Franklin wants to try anything, he's going to have to get through a pack of wild attack dogs that Eleanor keeps around her bed.
  • Sugar and Ice Personality: Despite Eleanor's austere demeanor, she does show instances of having a heart.

Ardeth

Voiced by: Brenda Vaccaro (season 1) and Rhea Perlman (season 2)

Jay's ex-wife, who despises him more than anyone. She generally only shows up to demand money from him, or to spend time with Marty.

  • Florence Nightingale Effect: Ardeth had this when she first met Jay while he was in traction. That all changed when the bandages came off.
  • Jerkass: Towards Jay. She's also tried to give spooky warnings and put hexes on Jay's girlfriends.
  • One Head Taller: Inverted. Ardeth is taller than Jay and she doesn't even like him.
  • The Resenter: Towards Jay and their marriage. This doesn't affect her parenting of Marty, however. She even goes as far as to admit to Jay's face that they've both raised a great son after Marty becomes the talent-show star with his belly virtuoso act, implying she doesn't completely resent Jay.
  • Your Cheating Heart: She was evidently cheating on Jay with the judge who oversaw their divorce proceedings. This doesn't end well for Jay.

    The Tompkins Family 

Alice Tompkins

Voiced by: Park Overall

A single mother from Tennessee who moved to New York to make it on her own away from her cheating ex-husband, Cyrus. She is eventually hired as Jay's assistant, and the two of them become an Official Couple.

Penny Tompkins

Voiced by: Russi Taylor

Alice and Cyrus' daughter. She's always very upbeat and cheerful, and takes a liking to Jay when she meets him, calling him "Uncle Jay".

  • Cheerful Child: Almost always shown with a smile on her face.
  • Children Are Innocent
  • Cousin Oliver
  • The Cutie
  • Satellite Character: Didn't get nearly as much development as Marty.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: In a funny way rather than a disturbing way. Due to Penny initially having no school to go to, unlike Marty, and Jay and Alice having no babysitter for her, she comes to work with them and hangs out with Doris on her off time. The two of them play mahjong together, and Penny ends up talking like an old lady, much like Doris. This and Doris' constant smoking are what spur Alice into finding her a preschool.
    Doris: Oy, my hip is killing me.
    Penny: Hey, at least ya don't have diaper rash, mahjong.

Cyrus Tompkins

Voiced by: Sam McMurray

Alice's cheating husband. He's a country music star who uses his sweet, sultry voice to charm Alice into staying with him, at least until Jay comes along. He appears in the season 2 episode "Sherman, Woman and Child."

  • Aroused by Their Voice: The only reason Alice has trouble leaving him until Jay comes along. Every time she talks about leaving him, he starts singing to her, causing her to lose all reason and fall for his charms.
  • Jerkass: He cheats, feels no shame in it, and is not even subtle about it.
  • We Will Meet Again: After Jay manages to break Cyrus' spell on Alice and she kicks him out, he says he won't give up...before immediately moving on to another woman.
    Alice: Cyrus, it's not workin'. It's over, darlin'. Don't ya come back now, y'hear?
    Cyrus: I'm never gonna give up! (To a woman offscreen) Hey, gorgeous, what's your name!?
  • Your Cheating Heart: And he's not at all subtle about it, to the point where he released an album called I'm Being Unfaithful To My Wife, Alice Tompkins. You Heard Me, Alice Tompkins.

Miranda Tompkins

Alice's sister, who always outshines Alice at everything she does. She arrives in New York in order to find a rich husband. She appears in the season 2 episode "Dukerella."

  • Always Someone Better: She was this to Alice, until Miranda arrives in New York City. Alice has spent some time in the city, and knows how to get around quickly and safely. Miranda takes one step outside alone, and comes back a few seconds later with cement shoes and covered in graffiti.
  • Attention Whore: She would always try to upstage Alice at everything. She wore a wedding dress to Alice's wedding, and then promptly took it off in front of everyone. She also tries to get attention from Jay when he starts kissing Alice.
  • Country Mouse: She's a southern girl who has trouble adjusting to life in New York City.
  • Friend to All Living Things: A clip from Alice and Miranda's childhood shows her to be this. After Alice attempts to sing a song to a mockingbird, it flies away from her and towards Miranda, who is surrounded by other woodland creatures while she performs a Disney-esque musical number for them.
  • The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: Alice resents Miranda for constantly outshining her at everything and being a general Attention Whore.
  • Gold Digger: Sort of. She wants to find a husband mainly for their money, though she clearly wants them to like her as well. She clearly falls in love with Duke for more than just his money.
  • Southern Belle: Outright called this by Duke Phillips. She's much more glamorous compared to the more plain looking Alice.
  • They Do: Ends up marrying Duke Phillips in "Dukerella".
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The girly girl to Alice's tomboy.

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Duke Phillips

Voiced by: Charles Napier

The owner of Phillips Broadcasting (Formerly Duke Phillips Chicken and Waffles), which broadcasts Jay's show. He is an egotistical billionaire businessman, and constantly pesters Jay to either make changes to his show or threaten his job.

  • Aroused by Their Voice: Birds like the sound of his voice, to the point where one flew into his mouth while he was talking at one point.
  • Bad Ass Baritone: Courtesy of Charles Napier.
  • Bad Ass Mustache
  • Big Fancy House
  • George Jetson Job Security: If Duke hasn't fired Jay for the episode, then he's threatening to pull him off the air.
  • Hunk
  • Jerkass
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Moreso in the first season - he's fairly quick to point out why Jay's show has low viewership and isn't interesting to the general populace, such as when he points out that Jay repeated the same joke about Tom Cruise being on "Cruise control" three times.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Has shown instances of this. One example is when Alice had problems enrolling Penny in preschool, Duke builds his own preschool for Penny to attend. Though in all he did this on a dare. He also becomes dismayed to the point of desperation whenever Jay temporarily leaves the network.
  • The Nicknamer: For Jay.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Duke is modeled after Ted Turner.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: When one of his employees is really in trouble, he doesn't yell; he's nice to them.
    Duke: Hello, handsome! (Kisses Jay on the top of his head) How's my special little guy?
    Jay: That's it, I'm doomed!
  • Shameless Self-Promoter:
    • He built "Duke Phillips Hospital," which includes a giant statue of himself chanting "All hail Duke. Duke is life."
    • While campaigning to be President for the '96 election, Duke flashed messages of "VOTE FOR DUKE" in the middle of an airing of Coming Attractions.
  • They Do: Duke marries Alice's sister Miranda at the end of "Dukerella."

Jeremy Hawke

Voiced by: Maurice LaMarche

One of Jay's closest (and only) friends. Jeremy is a highly attractive actor from Australia who generally makes movies that Jay dislikes. Despite this, Jay gave a good review to Jeremy's first movie, Kegger Party at Hanging Rock, and was the only critic to do so, thus beginning their friendship. Jeremy also has a twin sister named Olivia.

  • Awesome Aussie: He is one, and almost always plays his characters like this...even if he's playing someone who isn't Australian, like Mahatma Gandhi.
  • Chick Magnet: No matter what he does, he attracts women. He's tried not shaving, not bathing, and talking in a goofy voice, but none of it stopped women from being attracted to him.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Jay.
  • Hunk
  • Land Down Under: Jeremy and Olivia's country of origin.
    • Bonus points for Olivia actually singing it in the shower.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Jeremy is a mix of Mel Gibson and Paul Hogan. Vocally, he's reminiscent of Kirk Douglas.
  • Odd Friendship: With Jay. He's an actor, and Jay's a critic, one who doesn't like most of his films. However, Jay was surprisingly the only critic to give a positive review of Jeremy's first movie, Kegger Party at Hanging Rock. According to him, Jay's the only decent person he's met in America.
  • Older Than They Look: Jeremy is 43 years old. When Jay blabs this out, everyone is so shocked that it's a front-page headline.
  • Shirtless Scene

Doris Grossman

Voiced by: Doris Grau

Jay's elderly, chain-smoking makeup artist. She's generally snarky and takes pleasure in seeing Jay suffer, and also has a crush on Duke Phillips, much to his disgust.

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Towards Duke Phillips, especially in season two.
  • Aesop Amnesia: Despite Jay and Doris becoming friends in "Every Doris Has Her Day", she doesn't treat him any differently in following episodes.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • I Was Quite a Looker: She was allegedly cast as a dancer in some old beer commercials, but her career came to an end when she was knocked up by the Fruit-of-the-Loom banana.
  • Must Have Nicotine: Doris is hardly ever seen without a lit cigarette in her mouth. Duke once snatched one out of her mouth in an attempt to make her quit smoking, only for a new lit one to immediately pop out of it, with a cash register "Ka-CHING!" sound effect. He repeated the act a few more times, only for the same result to happen every time.
    Doris: I can do this all day.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: She and Jay start an Intergenerational Friendship when evidence pops up that Doris may be Jay's biological mother - though the DNA test they both took proved that to be false, they remained friends at the end of the episode. This still doesn't stop Doris from snarking at Jay and vice-versa.

Vlada Veramirovich

Voiced by: Nick Jameson

The owner of Jay's favorite restaurant, L'ane Rich (French for "The Wealthy Jackass"). He's something of a friend to Jay, though Vlada is only interested in him because Jay's Big Eater tendencies account for most of his profits. Not that Jay doesn't know.

  • Alliterative Name: Vlada Veramirovich.
  • Ambiguously Gay: He has somewhat effeminate mannerisms, and rejects the affections of Olivia Hawke. With that said, though, he's never shown to be interested in a man, and he does have a presumably biological son.
  • Demoted to Extra: Though he was the only other character from the first two seasons besides Jay to appear in the webisodes, he plays a much more minor role in them compared to before.
  • False Friend: Vlada to Jay. He's honest about it, though.
    Vlada: I love you, too!
    Jay: Oh, you just love my money.
    Vlada: This is true, but it is a love that will never die.
    • This is to the point where Vlada actually gets scared when Jay tells him he's on a diet.
    Jay: Hello Vlada. Tonight, I'm on a diet.
    Vlada: (picks up the phone in disappointment) Tell Vlada Jr. no Harvard.
    Jay: In fact, I may just have coffee.
    Vlada: (sadly back to phone) Pull the plug on Mama.
  • Funny Foreigner: He's a bit quirky, and he's Eastern-European.
  • Lethal Chef: Zig-zagged. His restaurant is quite popular, though there's several times where he's shown to be very lazy and dishonest with preparing his food. Once, he served soup to Jeremy Hawke with a large HAM radio in it. Instead of making a new batch, he swaps it with his mother's foot soaking water, with a stocking still in it. He also wanted to serve Jay's dog as food, and he would serve him raw to save on electricity.
    Vlada: Ignore them, Mr. Sherman. Vlada is still your friend.
    Jay: Thanks, man.
    Vlada: (To his waiter) Serve him the tainted clams.
  • The Loins Sleep Tonight: Apparently, Vlada's souffle hasn't risen in years.
  • Shout-Out: Vlada is from Pottsylvania.

Zoltan Veramirovich

Voiced by: Nick Jameson

Vlada's possibly transsexual son. He attends the same school as Marty.

Shackleford

Voiced by: Maurice LaMarche

The butler to Franklin and Eleanor Sherman. He hates working for them, due to being subjected to Franklin's insane tendencies and Eleanor's general unpleasantness. He doesn't like Jay either, usually greeting him as "Adopted Master Jay".

  • Burn Baby Burn: Said word for word as the Sherman Estate goes up in flames due to Franklin leaving the stove on in one episode
  • Butt Monkey: Is often subjected to Franklin's whims, such as being smacked over the head with a guitar while Franklin was acting as El Kabong. He's also had to clean Jay's clothes from time to time, which is presented as a punishment in itself.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Expy: Modeled after the butler character Hobson from the 1981 film Arthur.
  • Hidden Depths: Has a knowledge of and love for various rock and roll musicians, apparently having worked for them in the past.
  • Identical Stranger: In "Frankie and Ellie Get Lost", Franklin finds a replacement butler on their deserted island; an ape who looks exactly like a simian version of Shackleford, whom Franklin calls Shackleape.
  • The Jeeves
  • Servile Snarker: Mostly towards Jay, though he will have his revenge on Eleanor and Franklin if he can, whether they know it or not.
  • Stealth Insult: Shackleford refers to Jay as "Adopted Master Jay," but in this case he says it right to Jay's face.
    • In "Every Doris Has Her Day," after finding out Doris may be his mother, Jay tells him his adoption jibes can't hurt him anymore.
    Shackleford: (with a tear in his eye) They can't?

Principal Mangosuthu

Voiced by: Maurice LaMarche

The principal of the UN School that Marty attends. He's generally very rude to people, pointing out their faults and letting out a loud, boisterous laugh.

  • Brutal Honesty: Generally all he does is point out other people's flaws or mistakes, and laugh at them.
    Principal Mangosuthu: Our next event is the long jump.
    (Marty jumps in slow motion, but falls backwards)
    Principal Mangosuthu: I'm afraid you've actually gone back a few feet. You would have been better off just standing there! Haaa-hahahahahaha!
  • Helium Speech: When a helium leak occurs offscreen, Mangosuthu is heard talking like this.
  • The Hyena: He's known for letting out big laughs, mostly at other people's expense.
  • Jerkass: He spends all of his time laughing at other people's misfortune.
  • Signature Laugh: "Haaa-hahahahahaha!"

Easter Island Kid

One of Marty's classmates. His had is a large, heavy Easter Island statue, which makes life very hard on him.

  • Bit Character: Never has a speaking role, and exists only for jokes about the weight of his head.
  • Eenie, Meenie, Miny Moai: His head is an Easter Island statue.
  • The Voiceless: He never gets a speaking role, and exists mainly for gags on how heavy his head is.

Humphrey the Hippo

Voiced by: Tress MacNeille

An Expy of Barney the Dinosaur whose rating beat Jay's, much to his annoyance.

  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: Humphrey is a green hippo.
  • Samus Is a Girl: Humphrey is actually played by a very attractive woman who has the hots for Jay at one point.
  • Smoking Is Cool: One of the companies that Jay's parents own, Phlegm Fatale Cigarettes, hires Humphrey the Hippo to peddle smoking to children, and tell them what happens when you get a lung removed (You get ice cream!).

Jennifer (webisodes only)

Voiced by: Valerie Levitt

  • One Head Taller: Inverted. Jennifer is taller than Jay.
  • Really Gets Around: In webisode 2, Jennfier says to Jay that "It's so hard to turn (men) away," and reveals after she has sex with them, they become "fixated" with her afterwards. This is probably the reason she has quite a lot of children (revealed in webisode 8).
  • Replacement Scrappy: She replaced Doris as Jay's Makeup Lady and Alice as Jay's girlfriend. Also, the entirety of Jay's supporting cast are not present either, with the exception of Vlada, and even he only appeared in the fourth of the ten webisodes. Jennifer is far less developed as a character than Alice, Doris, or any of the other characters, although that could be somewhat attributed to the inherent limitations of the new format. invoked
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