Characters / The Proud Family

The character sheet for the Disney Channel cartoon, The Proud Family.
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The Prouds

    Penny Proud
Voiced by: Kyla Pratt

The main protagonist.
  • Beauty Mark: Though in the movie it's revealed to be fake.
  • Becoming the Mask: Joins the Gross Sisters to due research for an article she's writing. Not only does she fall into their ways, but she becomes so out of control that the Gross Sisters don't want anything to do with her.
  • Berserk Button: Insulting her. Lacienega usually pushes it.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She can be downright devious when she puts her mind to it, and she has a vindictive streak that puts LaCienega to shame.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Despite her occasional annoyance with babysitting her younger twin siblings, if they should be in danger she'll drop everything to go and protect them.
  • Brainy Brunette: It's stated that Penny gets straight As in school and she happens to have black hair.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: At times.
  • Butt Monkey: Gets her fair share of bad luck, whether it be from her friends constantly ditching her, or from her own parents.
  • Drives Like Crazy: In The Movie, Penny is seen driving like a reckless driver.
  • Dude Magnet: Penny has attracted a number of young men throughout the series. A few include Myron, Kwok, Carlos, possibly Sticky at one point (implied in "Teacher's Pet"), Johnny, (initially) Peabo, 15 Cent, Omar, Tookie, (possibly) Johnny Lovely, Frankie, and Wally (although, he was unknowingly flirting with the Clone!Penny).
  • Friend to All Living Things: Penny seems to have inherited a love of animals from her mother, as shown in "Tiger Whisperer" and "Psycho Duck".
  • Girlish Pigtails: Her main hairstyle since she was 10 and she's quite feminine.
  • Go-Getter Girl: Combines her father's ambition with her mother's common sense.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: She becomes this in the episode "Poetic Justice" when Dijonay improves at poetry and becomes just as good as her.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Her two best friends constantly betray her, belittle her, and scheme behind her back.
  • Lonely at the Top: In one episode, she trades success for her friends. And while she does become successful, her friends refuse to talk to her and Penny ends up missing her old life and friends.
  • Lovable Jock: Penny excels at basketball, baseball, and football. The last two of which she was on a team. And she still remains a decent person.
  • Nice Girl: She's usually a caring, polite, and selfless person, with it being rare for her to catch the Jerkass Ball.
  • Not So Above It All: Falls victim to peer pressure a few times. She sometimes goes along with whatever her friends do, whether they are right or wrong.
  • Only Sane Woman: Often shares this role with her mother, or else they trade off depending on the episode.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: In the episode, "Pulp Boot Camp," she acts very rude and disrespectful to her parents and Suga Mama. She also turns against her friends and bullies them along with the Gross Sisters. She eventually gets sent to Boot Camp and then realizes the errors of her ways when the Gross Sisters refuse to house her and tell her that the fact that she was sent to boot camp, she was a hardened thug instead of a regular bully.
  • Properly Paranoid:
    • In the episode "Thelma and Luis," when she finds out that the retirement home that Papi stayed in was actually a prison. She was right all along, but the adults didn't believe her (except for Suga Mama). She was proven right at the end of the episode, though.
    • In another episode, Penny's teacher gives her report on Hillary Clinton a failing grade, despite the paper being excellent in quality. Penny concludes that her teacher has a personal grudge against her, which gets her a lecture from her mother about "making excuses"...which it turns out Penny actually wasn't, because Penny's teacher did give her an unfair grade, but not precisely because of a grudge against Penny. Actually, the teacher had a grudge against Suga Mama, which she took out on Penny.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Penny comes to this conclusion in "Forbidden Date" when she and Oscar have talk at the end of the episode to discuss why he's so against her dating yet.
    Penny: It's not like that daddy. I'm a different woman after tonight. When I first saw Carlos I thought, "This definitely won't be my first love." But as the date when on, I found another side. He's smart, warm, funny, sweet, brave. Actually, he reminded me a lot of you, daddy.
    Oscar: That big guy?
    Penny: Yeah, he's a good person. And that's what important. Not how cute a guy is, how much ice he's wearing, what kind of car he drives.
  • Straw Feminist: Occasionally for laughs, and normally to gang up with Suga Mama and Trudy against her father.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: It's been said several times that Penny looks a lot like Trudy.
  • The Unfavourite: Penny gets this when BeBe and CeCe are magically aged into teenagers. Her own mother even tells this directly to her face.
  • With Friends Like These...: Her Girl Posse includes an Alpha Bitch (Lacienega), a supposed best friend with Chronic Back Stabbing Disorder (Dijonay), and a Shrinking Violet (Zoey) who always lets herself be pressured by the other two.

    Oscar Proud
Voiced by: Tommy Davidson

Penny's overprotective father.
  • Achievements in Ignorance: You'd be surprised how often he warps the laws of physics by simply being so inept at whatever he's doing.
  • Berserk Button: Don't mention "Penny" and "boys" near him.
  • Bumbling Dad: Subverted. Despite being a clumsy goofball, parenting may be one of the few things he's good at.
  • Butt Monkey: On the receiving end of 90% of the slapstick the show has to offer.
  • Can't Get Away with Nuthin': With the amount of punishment he receives, you'd think he'd be a saint by now. But of course, it wouldn't be much of a show if that were the case.
  • Cassandra Truth: See Properly Paranoid below.
  • Catchphrase: "TRUDAAAAAYY!!"
  • The Chew Toy: Yes, plenty of fans enjoy seeing Oscar suffer, only when he deserved it.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Constantly, which usually puts him on the bad end of Suga Mama's cane.
  • The Determinator: He keeps on making snacks despite how horrible they are, and yet he keeps on chugging.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: In one episode when Oscar visits the zoo, Oscar admits to torturing an elephant with his friends. When the elephant sees him again, it does not end well for Oscar.
  • Expy: Of Martin from Martin.
  • Fat and Skinny: The skinny to Felix's Fat.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The responsible (owns his own house and constantly tries to improve his career) to Bobby's foolish (still lives with his mother and has no job).
  • Genius Ditz: His attempts at new snack recipes occasionally reach Mad Scientist levels, spawning a Super Serum in one episode and a perpetual multiplying formula in the movie.
  • Giftedly Bad: His snacks are notorious for being horrible, yet they reach a level beyond simple culinary incompetence that suggest Oscar is simply in the wrong business.
  • Henpecked Husband: And how!!
  • Honor Before Reason: He stays in the snack business despite his incompetence in it. If he applied himself to any ''other' business he'd probably be a lot more successful.
  • Honorary Uncle: Thanks to the Proud's and the Boulevardez's strong friendship, Oscar has become LaCienega's uncle.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Sure Oscar may act obnoxious, but he cares about his wife and kids.
  • Man Child: Even Penny is more mature than he is most of the time.
  • Men Use Violence, Women Use Communication: Oscar is the personification of this trope. Or at least he would be if he wasn't a huge wimp.
  • Never Live It Down: An In-Universe example. Oscar will never live down missing the shot at his high school basketball game. The moment is constantly brought up by Wizard Kelly.
  • No Respect Guy: All he really wants is to be a success. All get gets him is his head handed to him. Repeatedly.
  • Overprotective Dad: He's rabid about keeping Penny away from boys. His weakness for pretty girls implies that he might be projecting just a little bit.
  • Papa Wolf: Wherever Penny is concerned, he immediately grows a spine made of adamantium.
  • Properly Paranoid: About the Talking Baby and his ability to talk, but nobody believes him.
  • Straw Loser: Jobless, unsuccessful, unathletic, and all around untalented. He all but exists to make Penny and Trudy look better by comparison.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: "Teacher's Pet" shows that Oscare got all of his looks from his father.
  • This Loser Is You: A reasonably intelligent man who nonetheless is a perennial failure due to his stubbornness and obsession with becoming a successful businessman. He's basically a G-Rated Willy Loman.
  • Too Dumb to Live: He sometimes falls into this when he ignores advice given to him regarding his safety and ends up bringing some of the bad luck on himself and also going through near-death experiences.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: On the Christmas special.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Not ugly, but very skinny compared to Trudy's curvaceous body.
  • The Unfair Sex: Big time.
  • The Unfavorite: Subverted. It's obvious that his mother prefers his older brother, but she makes it clear that she loves Oscar just as much.
  • Unknown Rival: To Wizard Kelly, a rivalry that is so one-sided that it stretches the meaning of the word to its limit.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Sometimes.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: To Suga Mama, although she does admit she's proud of him on occasion.
  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child: In the Thingy episode, he doesn't try to attack all the babies when they repeatedly hit him in the face. Subverted when he tries to fight the Talking Baby.
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: The reason why Trudy and Suga Mama will always beat Oscar.

    Trudy Proud
Voiced by: Paula Jai Parker

Penny's veterinarian mother.

    Suga Mama
Voiced by: Jo Marie Payton

Penny's paternal grandmother.

    Bebe and Cece
Voiced by: Tara Strong

Penny's younger twin siblings, a boy (Bebe) and a girl (Cece).

Voiced by: Tara Strong

Suga Mama's pet poodle.
  • Butt Monkey: He's one of the main sources of physical slapstick in the series.
  • Canine Companion: To Suga Mama, being a poodle she is often seen carrying.
  • Meaningful Name: He has a puff of hair.
  • Undying Loyalty: Even when given the chance to be pampered as a dog model, he couldn't bear the thought of being away from Suga Mama.

    Bobby Proud
Voiced by: Cedric the Entertainer

Oscar's older brother.
  • Cool Uncle
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The foolish (still lives with his mother and has no job) to Oscar's responsible (owns his own house and constantly tries to improve his career).
  • Lounge Lizard: Minus the lounge. Will often break out in song speech and use the microphone he always carries with him.
  • Momma's Boy: Suga tends to baby him even more than she does with Oscar.
  • One of the Kids: He's shown to be closest to Bebe and Cece in terms of maturity.
  • Parental Favoritism: Suga Mama likes Bobby more than she likes Oscar.
  • Straw Loser: Being more liked than his brother doesn't prevent Bobby from falling under this trope. He still lives with his mother and isn't very successful in his singing career.
  • Verbal Tic: "Bobby, y'all!"

The Boulavardezes

    Lacienega Boulavardez
Voiced by: Alisa Reyes

Penny's frenemy and the daughter of Felix and Sunset Boulevardez.

    Sunset Boulavardez

Felix's wife and Trudy's best friend. She is the mother of LaCienega, the wife of Felix and is a police officer.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: She's significantly taller than Felix.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Sunset is a very beautiful woman. And while her husband is not ugly, he's short, fat, and not conventionally attractive
  • Women Are Wiser: Like Trudy, Sunset is wiser than her husband.

    Felix Boulavardez
Voiced by: Carlos Mencia

Oscar's neighbor and best friend. He is the father of LaCienega and the husband of Sunset.
  • Big Fun: He's fat and a very friendly, fun guy to be around.
  • Bumbling Dad: Even more so than Oscar, probably explaining how someone so good natured ended up with a daughter like Lacienega.
  • Good Parents: If somewhat on the indulgent side.
  • Henpecked Husband: To Sunset. He's the more submissive one in the relationship.
  • Honorary Uncle: He takes great pride in being Penny and the twins' uncle.
  • Fat and Skinny: The fat to Oscar's skinny.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: He's significantly shorter than Sunset.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: He's not ugly, but he's short, fat, and not conventionally attractive. While Sunset is a very beautiful woman.

    Papi Boulavardez
Voiced by: Alvaro Gutierrez

Felix's father and Suga Mama's love interest. He is the grandfather of LaCienega.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Towards Suga Mama.
  • The Hyena: 50% of his dialogue is a shrill, cackling laugh.
    • In one episode, he instead cries, twice. First, tears of joy when Suga Mama is marrying someone else, but she thinks he's sad. Second, he's sad when she's single again and back to her old self, and she thinks they're tears of joy.
  • Jerkass: He needlessly insults Suga Mama in Spanish despite knowing her obvious and genuine affection for him.
  • Love at First Punch: More like "Love at First Insult", but in the movie he starts trying to court Suga Mama's clone when she insults him back.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Looks like an elderly version of Cesar Romero as The Joker sans makeup.
  • No Guy Wants to Be Chased: Especially by Suga Mama. Inverted in the movie, too, wherein Suga Mama's clone (who can speak Spanish) starts throwing insults back at him. He immediately starts courting her (to no avail, though the rejections seem to make him all the more persistent).
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: He has green hair.


    Dijonay Jones
Voiced by: Karen Malina White

Penny's selfish, funny, caring, and enthusiastic best friend.
  • Abhorrent Admirer: Towards Sticky. She is usually unaware of how much he finds her annoying.
  • Aesop Amnesia: All the freakin' time. Watch and lose count how many times she's learned not to take her family for granted, to be a better friend to Penny, not to be so shallow, etc.
  • Balloon Belly: In "Tween Town".
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Penny can't trust her for anything. It's a wonder the two are still friends.
  • Dark-Skinned Blonde: Likely dyed.
  • False Friend: To Penny.
  • Freudian Excuse: Being one of 10 children has given her a serious case of Middle Child Syndrome. She's not used to having her own things, her own space, or any attention at all, so once she gets the opportunity, she seizes it without question.
  • Genki Girl: Too bad all of that energy is used for evil.
  • Gossipy Hens: To the extent that she runs a pseudo-news broadcast dedicated to spreading rumors.
  • Hidden Depths: She turns out to have a talent for poetry.
  • It's All About Me: Unlike Lacienega, most of the time she's not trying to be selfish. But she can never seem to concern herself with anything other than her own satisfaction.

    Sticky Webb
Voiced by: Orlando Brown

Penny's other best friend and a cool tech nerd.
  • Butt Monkey: Has a tendency to rival Oscar in this regard, depending on the episode.
  • Cool Shades: Come with a built-in camera.
  • Expy: Sticky resembles Khalil from Bébé's Kids.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: He becomes this when Dijonay goes out with Duke in the episode "Surf and Turf".
  • Nice Guy: Heck, he's probably one of the few characters who doesn't do outright jerkass things.
  • No Guy Wants to Be Chased: He generally flees screaming from Dijonay. And yet, when she loses interest, he immediately wants her.
  • Only Sane Man: In a show that desperately needs one.

    Zoey Howser
Voiced by: Soleil Moon Frye

Penny's shy friend.
  • Even Nerds Have Standards: She's just as repulsed as Penny when the bottle points at Myron. And even she thinks Agatha Ordinaro is geeky (mostly for being... homely).
  • Hollywood Nerd: She's designed to be legitimately homely, but how successful they were is at least debatable.
  • Token White: The only one in the show (besides her mother, who only appears in one episode.)

    The Gross Sisters
Voiced by: Raquel Lee (Nubia)

Three sisters who constantly bully Penny and her friends into giving them their money.
  • Big Sister Instinct: "The Makeover" shows that Nubia has a protective streak for her sisters, threatening to beat up Penny and her friends if they don't do a good job with giving Olay a makeover.
  • Big, Thin, Short Trio: Olay is the biggest, Nubia is the slimmest, and Gina is the shortest.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: They love each other.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • The Gross Sisters refuse to house Penny after she escapes from boot camp, figuring that while they're bullies, the fact that Penny was sent to boot camp makes her a hardened thug.
    • All of them are quite disgusted to see Wizard Kelly Jr. sleeps with a stuffed animal while sucking his finger.
  • Expy: Nubia Gross resembles LaShawn from Bébé's Kids.
  • Gang of Bullies: A trio of bullying sisters who have been taking money from their peers since they were young.
  • Jerkass: That's what expected from bullies.
  • Karma Houdini: They hardly ever pay for stealing money from Penny and her friends.
  • Pet the Dog: They have moments that show they're not completely heartless.
    • In "The Party". They don't show up to torment Penny... they actually legitimately act like nice people.
    • Suga Mama is one of the only people they genuinely respect.
    • Papi also earned their respect during the episode where the kids had to live in different cultural homes. Apparently Papi liked them enough to teach them Spanish, with Gina once using his signature laugh.
    • Nubia takes a moment to comfort Bebe and Cece in "Tween Town" when they start to miss their parents and Suga Mama.
  • Punny Name: Gross is a real surname in addition to the gang's name describing their personalities.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Olay, who in better clothing also appears thinner as well.
  • Terrible Trio
  • The Voiceless: Olay and Gina never have a single line throughout the series.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Actually, they have blue hair, blue skin, and wear blue overalls. It's revealed that the reason the girls are blue is due to them being ashy.

Voiced by: Marcus T. Paulk

A classmate of Penny's who has a crush on her.
  • Black and Nerdy: He's black and is known as a geek at his and Penny's school.
  • Chick Magnet: Temporarily becomes one when his and Penny's classmates think something more went on between the two of them during Penny's party.
  • Nerd Glasses: He wears big, square-rimmed glasses that serve to show more of his nerdy nature.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: In the episodes "Rumors" and "Election."

    Wizard Kelly 
Voiced by: Aries Spears

An incredibly wealthy, very smart and famous businessman who made his fortune playing professional basketball.

    The Talking Baby
Voiced by: Ron Glass

A talking baby that torments Oscar.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He only talks when Oscar is around and torments Oscar, then acts like a regular baby around other people.
  • Creepy Child: Even without the talking and the strangely un-childlike behavior, he's pretty strange looking.
  • Enfant Terrible: He's an evil genius in the making, the true extent of which is never shown.
  • Jerkass
  • Karma Houdini: He never gets punished for his unprovoked jerkass behavior towards Oscar.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He plays Oscar better than most adults, if only because Oscar never learns not to underestimate him.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: To Oscar.

Voiced by: Cree Summer

The Prouds' 9-year-old Neighbour.


A jock and one of Penny's friends.
  • Chick Magnet: Most of the girls in his school have a crush on him.
  • The Ditz: He is a dimwitted guy.
  • Dumb Jock: He's a quarterback and as mentioned, is not entirely smart.
  • Jerkass Ball: Sometime he will openly mock someone else when surrounded by bad influence.
  • Lovable Jock: Despite being a Dumb Jock, Omar is usually nice.

Voiced by: Phil LaMarr

Penny's flamboyant friend.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: "Who You Callin A Sissy" explores how he's often bullied because of effeminate nature.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Although a couple of episodes have implied that he has a crush on Lacienega (of all people).
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He's generally easy going and friendly, but one episode focused on him constantly getting picked on until he couldn't take it anymore and became The Dreaded for the latter half of said episode.
  • Butt Monkey
  • Camp Straight: Possibly—a couple episodes teased something going on between him and Lacienega, to the point that the last straw for him in the episode mentioned in Beware the Nice Ones was her making fun of him, implying that he genuinely liked her.
  • The Dandy: To the point that he was voted most fashionable in their yearbook.
  • Ship Tease: Twice with Lacienega of all people.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: His dad, the school football coach, makes his son call him "Coach" in public (or at least when they're at school) and it's implied this is due to Michael being Ambiguously Gay.

    The Chang Triplets
Voiced by: Lydia Look

Triplets who are the smartest kids in Penny's class.
  • Asian and Nerdy: They are Asian straight-A students who enjoy academic challenges and showing people up as they have talents in many subjects.
  • Butt Monkey: They get bullied by the Gross Sisters and sometimes get kicked out of events.
  • No Name Given: Only one of the Chang triplets is ever given a name. (The girl in the red dress is Debbie).
  • Same-Sex Triplets: Averted, one is male and two are girls.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: And daughters. They all strive to live up to their father's expectations.