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A comedian at the nightclub "The Scream" who makes fun of Sherman for being fat.

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A loud and obnoxious insult comedian who performs at the nightclub "The Scream" who makes fun of publicly humiliates Sherman for being fat.



* {{Hypocrite}}: He loves making fun of people, but doesn't take kindly to people making fun of him.
* JerkAss: One could have argued that his insults were just him being a typical comedian, but his behavior towards Sherman pushes him well into this trope.
* LargeHam
* LaserGuidedKarma: First Buddy roasts him terribly. Then when Reggie snaps, Buddy decks and throws him into a piano.

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* {{Hypocrite}}: He loves making fun of people, but doesn't take kindly to when people making make fun of him.
* JerkAss: One could have argued that his insults were just him being a typical comedian, doing his job, but his behavior towards Sherman pushes him well into this trope.
* LargeHam
LargeHam: He's quite full of himself.
* LaserGuidedKarma: First After needlessly embarrassing Sherman, he gets even when Buddy roasts him terribly. terribly before upstaging him live. Then when Reggie snaps, Buddy decks manages to overpower him and throws him into a piano.




A crazy TV workout guy who is based on Richard Simmons.



A crazy TV workout guy who is based on Richard Simmons.


->'''Played by:''' Larry Miller

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->'''Played by:''' Larry MillerCreator/LarryMiller

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* MoralityPet: He becomes this to Cletus in the sequel. Thanks to having more screen time, Cletus shows that he does love his son and that he's very proud of him.


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[[redirect:Characters/TheNuttyProfessorFilms]]Characters from the 1996 version of ''Film/{{The Nutty Professor|1996}}'' and its sequel ''Film/NuttyProfessorIITheKlumps''.

[[folder: The Klump Family]]

!! Prof. Sherman Klump
->'''Played by:''' Creator/EddieMurphy
The protagonist of the films. He's very intelligent and very kind, but he's not comfortable with his looks. He invents a potion to make himself thin turning him into a thin man called Buddy Love. However, the potion doesn't last long and Sherman creates more. When Sherman becomes Buddy, he appearance doesn't just change, his personality does too.
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* {{Acrofatic}}: During his exercising montage, he gains a [[TruthInTelevision realistic degree of agility]].
* BigEater
* CatchPhrase: "Oh my goodness."
* DoggedNiceGuy: He has a history of being this.
* EmbarrassingNickname: "Joe College", courtesy of his brother, Ernie Klump.
* GeorgeJetsonJobSecurity: Sherman seems to be fired in each movie before being hired again later.
* MamasBoy
* NiceGuy
* SouthernFriedGenius: A professor who develops serums which transform fat people into thin people, turn split personalities into physical beings, and reverse aging. He can even do complex arithmetic in his head.
* StraightMan: Debatably and most surely. Even though he's just as fat and kind of rugged looking as the rest of them, unlike how his enemy, Buddy Love looks, Sherman is the only one of all the Klumps who behaves most decent and most respectfully and is always good intentioned in all of his blunders.
* TookALevelInDumbass: PlayedForDrama: By removing Love from his DNA [[spoiler: triggered a deterioration of his brain. He can't teach his class, articulate his words, and is a bit of a bumbler. Towards the end of the movie, he loses his memory, and breaks up with Denise, not wanting to burden Denise by being dumb. He his able to recover his brilliance by reabsorbing Buddy]].
* VirginInAWhiteDress: GenderInverted: Grandma Klump mentions that because "Sherman's never had relations", he can wear a white tuxedo.

!! Cletus "Papa" Klump
->'''Played by:''' Creator/EddieMurphy
-->"If I want to put a trumpet in my ass and run around this restaurant and blow, then "Hallelujah! Yankee Doodle!" that's my business!"
The father of the family. Says whatever he wants and does what ever he wants, that includes farting at the dinner table when there's guests. Constantly argues with Grandma.
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* AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents: Cletus doesn't hold back his obnoxious personality even when company is over. It doesn't help that he is under the impression that Sherman is getting married to Carla when he brings her over for dinner.
* AppealToNature: He's angered by how everyone is trying to lose weight, because everyone is supposed to be different sizes.
* BerserkButton: Mentioning his performance issues in the bedroom.
* BigEater: All of the Klump family are this, but he appears to be the biggest of them all, as indicated by his having the largest meal in his "retirement" dinner.
* DeadpanSnarker:
* {{Gasshole}}: A mild example; he's more acerbic than outright assholish, but he more than fits the gassy part of the trope. He openly demonstrates his gasshole tendencies on both family dinner scenes in the first movie, resorting to deliberately breaking wind and utterly destroying any tracks of conversation that preceded it. Much to Ernie Junior's vast amusement.
* GrumpyOldMan: Somewhat in the first film; a lot more pronounced in the second film, thanks to the combination of his getting laid off from his job, and his impotence.
* {{Jerkass}}: Mostly aimed towards his mother-in-law, though he tends to argue with his wife about minor things, and loudly proclaims his right to break wind at the table.
** JerkassHasAPoint: Cletus tells Sherman that he's not going to be happy until he accepts who he is and how fat he is.
** JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Clearly cares a lot about his family, no matter how much he may mouth off at them.
* LargeHam
* TheLoinsSleepTonight: A subplot of the second film involves his anxiety about aging and its effect on his bedroom life.
* ManChild: Cletus dresses like a gigantic toddler at home, and farts to troll his wife.
* PapaWolf: When Jason reveals that Buddy Love is trying to kill Sherman, he reveals that he brought a knife.
* PottyFailure: When he craps his pants by accident after trying to fart in the first family dinner scene.
* {{Troll}}: Cletus is definitely one of these, whether it be insulting Grandma Klump or farting at the dinner table.
* RamblingOldManMonologue: Sherman unwittingly sets him off on one after he mentions that he's trying to avoid the calories in the fat and skin of the chicken dinner they've prepared.
* MeaningfulName: "Klump" is German for a clumsy, rude, and fat person. Cletus certainly fits the bill.

!! Anna Pearl "Mama" Klump
->'''Played by:''' Creator/EddieMurphy
--> "Hercules! Hercules! Hercules!"

The mother of the family who gets over excited.
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* AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents: She doesn't help matters when arguing with Cletus about where they Sherman and Carla will get married.
* BerserkButton: Cletus saying bad things about her mother and farting loudly during dinner.
* CatchPhrase: "Fabulous!", "Sherman! Sherman! Sherman!" and "Hercules! Hercules! Hercules!" usually with her clapping.
* LargeHam
* MamaBear: When Jason reveals that Buddy Love is trying to kill Sherman, she reveals that she brought her razor.

!! Ernie Klump Sr.
->'''Played by:''' Creator/EddieMurphy
--> "Happy day, happy day, happy day, my ass."
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Sherman's brother, and the father of Ernie Jr.; unlike Sherman, he's proudly blue-collar and constantly jibes at his brother's college background, until the end of the second film.

* ADateWithRosiePalms: Ernie Klump reveals that he "can relate" to when Grandma "relates" to herself.
* TheGenericGuy: He's the Klump family member who we know the least about, other than that he seemingly takes more after his father, whereas Sherman takes more after their mother. An off-hand comment to Grandma (and Ernie Jr.'s mother not being seen or mentioned in either film) also indicates that he's divorced.
* JerkAss
** JerkassHasAPoint: Ernie mentions that Sherman can eat more heartily if he exercises, which Sherman takes to heart.
** JerkWithAHeartOfGold: At the end of the second film he [[spoiler: sings at Sherman's wedding. He breaks down and says "I love you, Joe College!"]]
* LargeHam

!! Grandma Klump
->'''Played by:''' Creator/EddieMurphy
--> "Keep insultin' me." [picks up a knife] "I'll toss this between the crack of your ass."

Anna's mother, and a very horny Grandma who is always at war with Cletus.
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* CoolOldLady: The way she pulls a dinner knife and prepares to throw it at Cletus, you'd better believe it.
* ADateWithRosiePalms: "Sometimes, when I'm alone, I relate to myself."
* DirtyOldWoman: While she talks about sex a lot in front of Carla in the first film, it's taken UpToEleven in the second when she orders a stripper for Denise's batchelorette party, and then forces herself on Buddy when she mistakes him for said stripper.
* FalseRapeAccusation: After Grandma strips off her clothes, she threatens to scream if Buddy doesn't give her a kiss.
* FanDisservice: That garage scene with Buddy.
* {{Jerkass}}: She could be considered one because of how she not only talks the most cross of all the Klumps, but also because she is the least classy and is most crude and vulgar of them all. Even with the way she always insults Cletus and making them verbally always at each other's throats trading back and forth personal insults which always bothers Anna (Sherman's mother.) Not to mention how vulgar she is by going as far as the stunt she pulls on Buddy Love thinking that he is a male stripper which actually is bad enough to gross out a vulgarly perverted man like him to the point of making him vomit. These along with all the examples with her show you that she has the least moral conduct of all the Klumps.
* LargeHam
* RamblingOldManMonologue: GenderInverted.
* {{Troll}}: Loves needling Cletus about his performance issues.

!! Ernie Klump Jr.
->'''Played by:''' Jamal Mixon
Ernie's son and Sherman's nephew
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* EmbarrassingNickname: Mama Klump calls him "The Baby".
* TheHyena: While he's normally quiet, he'll be left in stitches when Cletus farts or when Grandma begins talking about having relations.
* JuniorCounterpart: To Ernie Klump.
* TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers: The only Klump family member not to be played by Creator/EddieMurphy, instead being played by then-child actor Jamal Mixon.
* TheSilentBob: He has no dialogue in the first film, apart from laughing at his grandfather's flatulence. His only lines in the second film are "Hey, how come Uncle Sherman is talking funny?" and "Now, that's cool. That's real cool." In an extended version of the restaurant scene, he says "How are you doing, Mr Issac?"

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[[folder: Supporting Characters]]

!! Buddy Love
->'''Played by:''' Creator/EddieMurphy
Sherman's alter ego. He seems to be the answer to all of Sherman's problems until he takes over Sherman's life. In the second film he's separated from Sherman's body in an experiment, and gains his own body after a mishap involving a dog.
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* TheAce: He's got all of Sherman's intellect, and none of the qualities that hold Sherman back. Though in the second film, his occasionally acting like a dog occasionally proves troublesome, and ultimately leads to his downfall.
* AdaptationalVillainy: In the original Buddy was pretty obnoxious and conceited but doesn't do anything villainous. In this film, Buddy starts out this way, but starts to become truly evil as the film progresses, eventually attempting to make the transformation stable and permanent which would cause Sherman's identity to be entirely consumed and replaced by that of Buddy ([[Main/FateWorseThanDeath as opposed to Sherman's being killed outright]]).
* EvilLaugh: Has a very loud one that he lets out whenever one of his plans comes to fruition.
* TheHyena: Initially he acts like this deliberately so as to annoy Reggie Warrington, but soon starts doing it unironically, mostly whenever he gets one up on someone.
* {{Jerkass}}: Initially he's not so much this as brash and confident. As time goes on, however, he starts becoming more outright evil, to the point of eventually plotting to permanently change himself into Buddy.
* LargeHam: Just watch the scene where he throws a tantrum at Carla when he arrives to the club an hour late.
* NoIndoorVoice: He speaks with a loud voice.
* SexierAlterEgo: Like his 1960s counterpart, he's a lot more confident and outgoing. However, he also has the benefit of shedding over half of Sherman's body mass.
* {{Troll}}: Being Sherman's hedonistic id, it's not surprising that he takes pleasure in getting on peoples' nerves.
* VillainProtagonist: At first, until it becomes clear that he's a completely separate persona and plans to take over Sherman's life.


!! Carla Purty
->'''Played by:''' Creator/JadaPinkett-Smith
Sherman's girlfriend in the first film
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* MeaningfulName: Purty sounds a lot like "Pretty", which fits given how attractive she is.
* PunnyName: A little more on-the-nose than her 1960s counterpart, with her name being even closer to "Pretty".
* PutOnABus: The second film indicates that she and Sherman decided that they were BetterAsFriends, and that she returned to Chicago.
* ShesGotLegs: How the audience -- and Sherman -- is introduced to her, as we see from Sherman's POV as he looks up from the floor (where he was picking up a sweet wrapper) and looks up her legs to the rest of her body.

!! Denise Gaines
->'''Played by:''' Music/JanetJackson
--> "You reach over here again, you're gonna pull back a nub."

Sherman's girlfriend, and later fiancée and then wife, in the second film.
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* HugeGuyTinyGirl: By the end of the second film, she gets married to Sherman, who weighs probably more than twice as much as she does.
* MaleGaze: Sherman stares at her cleavage at the beginning and he gets what appears to be an erection (which turns out to be Buddy erupting from his crotch).
--> '''Reverend''': If anyone knows why these two should not be married, let them speak now. Or forever hold his penis."
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Aside from one or two minor differences in her character and backstory -- she's implied to have been a former childhood friend of Sherman's, and is a fellow professor instead of a grad student -- she's essentially the same character, note-for-note as Carla.
* UnfazedEveryman: Gets along just fine with the obnoxious overweight Klump family.

!! Dean Richmond
->'''Played by:''' Larry Miller
The greedy Dean at Welman College who hates Sherman and makes fun of his weight.
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* BerserkButton: Mentioning his unfortunate incident with Petey the hamster.
* BestialityIsDepraved: Cruelly inverted with a giant hamster.
* ButtMonkey: Mildly so in the first film, where this is limited to his unknowingly drinking coffee laced with hamster droppings and then getting a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech from Buddy near the end. Much more pronounced in the second film, courtesy of his encounter with Petey.
* DeadpanSnarker: Shown in his first scene with Sherman, where
* DeanBitterman: Zig-zagged; while he does show a lot of the jerkish qualities associated with this trope, most of the time it's aimed specifically at Sherman, mostly because of how many rich donors his mishaps have driven away.
* {{Jerkass}}: While he does acknowledge Sherman's ability as a scientist, he also doesn't hesitate to poke fun at his weight, or threaten to fire him.
** JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Despite this, he did ally with Sherman Klump to stop Buddy Love from stealing the patent for the fountain of youth formula in the climax of The Klumps.
* ProfessionalButtKisser: Harland Hartley actually calls him a "professional butt kisser."

!! Jason
->'''Played by:''' John Ales
Sherman's assistant
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* ButtMonkey: Holds this role in the first film, where he gets taken on a dangerously fast ride through Hollywood Boulevard by Buddy as he reverts to Sherman, then gets locked in a storage closet by Buddy, and then gets involved in a punch-up with him at the end. Less so in the second film, where Dean Richmond more holds this role.
* OnlySaneMan: Shares this role along with Carla in the first film, and Denise in the second. He's usually the person who points out the danger that Sherman's experiments are putting him in.
* UndyingLoyalty: Helps Sherman out of the various problems he brought upon himself.

!! Reggie Warrington
->'''Played by:''' Creator/DaveChappelle
-->"Enough! Silence! I can't take this shit no more. Now, you done talked about me enough, boy! I tried to be peaceful, but now it's time for Reggie to 'karatasize' your ass!"

A comedian at the nightclub "The Scream" who makes fun of Sherman for being fat.
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* BerserkButton: He doesn't take kindly to being upstaged by Buddy Love.
* TheBully: Crosses the line from being a caustic comedian into this when he goes from quickly poking at people's flaws to insulting and belittling Sherman non-stop.
* {{Hypocrite}}: He loves making fun of people, but doesn't take kindly to people making fun of him.
* JerkAss: One could have argued that his insults were just him being a typical comedian, but his behavior towards Sherman pushes him well into this trope.
* LargeHam
* LaserGuidedKarma: First Buddy roasts him terribly. Then when Reggie snaps, Buddy decks and throws him into a piano.
* MeaningfulName: Named after Reginald Hudlin and his brother Warrington, who he allegedly had a falling out with after appearing in ''Film/{{Boomerang|1992}}''.
* NiceHat: It covers what Buddy Love calls his "shitlocks".

!! Lance Perkins
->'''Played by:''' Creator/EddieMurphy
--> "I'm a pony! I'm a pony!"
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A crazy TV workout guy who is based on Richard Simmons.

* CatchPhrase: "Yes, I can!" He encourages anybody who wants to lose weight to say this.
* LargeHam
* NiceGuy
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Lance Perkins is a parody of Richard Simmons.

!! Issac
->'''Played by:''' Gabriel Williams
--> '''Papa Klump:''' Well, if it isn't the world's oldest living Negro! Hey, how's things going on the UsefulNotes/UndergroundRailroad, Isaac?

Grandma's boyfriend in the second film.
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* TheVoiceless: He has no dialogue.

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[[folder:Sherman Klump]]
!!Professor Sherman Klump
-> '''Portrayed by:''' Creator/EddieMurphy

A kind-hearted, morbidly obese professor of genetics at Wellman College, who tends to specialize in working with hamsters. His research in the first film helps create a weight loss formula, which he uses to become Buddy Love. By the second film, he's moved onto creating a youth serum.
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* {{Acrofatic}}: At the start of the first film, he struggles to even get up a flight of stairs. Even before he becomes Buddy Love for the first time, however, he manages to improve his mobility with exercise.
* CatchPhrase: "Yes, I can!" in the first film -- albeit it's really Lance Perkins' catchphrase, which Sherman borrows -- and "I'm in charge" in the second one.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: His relationships with Carla and Denise, both of whom are shorter and far slimmer than him, both fall squarely into this trope.
* KavorkaMan: Deconstructed; while you wouldn't expect anyone with the looks of Jada Pinkett Smith or Janet Jackson to be dating someone with Sherman's... ''physique'', it's made clear that they're attracted to him because of his mind. However, Carla is also clearly much more attracted to Buddy at first, and it's only because Buddy [[TookALevelInJerkass takes too much of a level in Jerkass]] that she stops being interested in him.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness:

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[[folder:Buddy Love]]
!!Buddy Love
-> '''Portrayed by:''' Creator/EddieMurphy

Sherman Klump's fast-talking, sex-crazed, and much thinner alter ego. In the first film he appears whenever Sherman takes his weight loss formula, while in the second film he starts out briefly taking control of Sherman at inopportune moments, before Sherman manages to extract Buddy's genes from his body, and a mishap involving a dog causes Buddy to gain his own body.

* {{Jerkass}}: A mild example at first, but as the first film goes on he becomes increasingly abrasive to the people around him, then starts figuring out how to make the transformation permanent.
* NWordPrivileges: Whereas Sherman never once uses the n-word (outside of one occasion in the second film when Buddy briefly takes control), Buddy liberally drops the word left and right.
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[[folder:The Klump Family]]
!!Cletus Klump
-> '''Portrayed by:''' Creator/EddieMurphy

The patriarch of the Klump family, Sherman's family, and a construction worker with a penchant for constantly breaking wind.

* GassHole: A mild example, at least when it comes to the {{Jerkass}} qualities typically associated with this trope, as he's more acerbic than outright nasty. When it comes to the wind-breaking portion of this trope, however, he's up there with the best of them.
* HappilyMarried: To Anna, though the combination of his getting laid off and his impotence causes its share of trouble in the second film.

!!Anna "Mama" Klump
-> '''Portrayed by:''' Creator/EddieMurphy

Sherman's mother.

* MyBelovedSmother: To Sherman at least, and she's also shown to be a Beloved Grandsmother to Ernie, Jr. during the first film. She ''is'' happy to let Sherman lead his own life, but acts very pushy around Carla in the first film, and to a lesser extent Denise in the second.

!!Grandma Klump
-> '''Portrayed by:''' Creator/EddieMurphy

Sherman's grandmother, and Anna's mother.

* DirtyOldWoman: Even in the first film she talks about sex a great deal, and the second film just takes it UpToEleven, to the point where she orders a stripper for Denise's batchelorette party, and then forces herself on Buddy when he shows up trying to steal Sherman's formula.

!!Ernie Klump, Sr.
-> '''Portrayed by:''' Creator/EddieMurphy

Sherman's elder brother.

* TheGenericGuy: He's the Klump family member we know the least about, though it's clear that he takes more after Cletus, having a similar blue-collar background and outlook on life, whereas Sherman takes more after Anna.

!!Ernie Klump, Jr.
-> '''Portrayed by:''' Jamal Mixon

The son of Ernie Sr., and Sherman's nephew.

* TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers: The only Klump family member (unless you count Denise in the final moments of the second film) not to be played by Eddie Murphy, instead being played by child actor Jamal Mixon.
* TheSilentBob: Has no dialogue in the first film, and stays quiet outside of instances where he's laughing at his grandfather's flatulence. The second film gives him a few lines of dialogue.
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[[folder:Wellman College]]
!!Carla Purty
-> '''Portrayed by:''' Creator/JadaPinkettSmith

A graduate student and long-time admirer of Sherman Klump's work. Sherman initially tries dating her himself, but

* PutOnABus: It's indicated that she returned to her hometown of Chicago in-between the first and second films.

!!Dean Richmond
-> '''Portrayed by:''' Larry Miller

The dean of Wellman College, and Sherman's long-suffering boss.

* ButtMonkey: Especially pronounced in the second film, eventually culminated in his being violated by a ten-foot-tall hamster produced from Sherman's youth formula after Buddy sabotages it.
* DeanBitterman: While he can certainly be a major jerk to Sherman, it's indicated that Sherman's various mishaps have cost the college a lot in terms of damaged equipment and lost sponsors over the years.
* ProfessionalButtKisser: Granted, it's indicated that the college could well lose its entire science faculty without Harlan Hartley's grant in the first film, but he still acts like a major sycophant around the would-be donor, to the point where Hartley himself has to tell him to knock it off.

!!Jason
-> '''Portrayed by:''' John Ales

Sherman's lab assistant in both films.

* ButtMonkey: More the case in the first film, where he gets terrified by a high-speed drive through the city, then locked in a closet, and beaten up (twice) by Buddy in the climax. In the second film, this role is given more to Dean Richmond.
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: Does his fair share of this after Buddy's inopportune reversion to Sherman while in a Ferrari causes them to take a dangerously fast drive through Hollywood Boulevard.

!!Harlan Hartley
-> '''Portrayed by:''' James Coburn

A former student at Wellman College, who is now a multi-millionaire and keen to invest in the college's science faculty, provided the money is used wisely.

!!Denise Gaines
-> '''Portrayed by:''' Janet Jackson

Another genetics professor at Wellman College, who gets romantically involved with Sherman in the second film, ultimately marrying him.
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[[folder:Other Characters]]
!!Reggie Warrington
-> '''Portrayed by:''' Creator/DaveChappelle

A foul-mouthed jerk of a comedian, who rips hard on Sherman one night, eventually leading to his getting his come-uppance at Buddy's hands a few nights later.

!!Lance Perkins
-> '''Portrayed by:''' Creator/EddieMurphy

A flamboyant TV personality and aerobics instructor, who Sherman tries to take inspiration from in his efforts to slim down.

!!Leanne Guilford
-> '''Portrayed by:''' Melinda [=McGraw=]

The CEO of a prominent cosmetics company, who is interested in the youth formula that Sherman is creating in the second film.
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[[folder:Sherman Klump]]
!!Professor Sherman Klump
-> '''Portrayed by:''' Creator/EddieMurphy

A kind-hearted, morbidly obese professor of genetics at Wellman College, who tends to specialize in working with hamsters. His research in the first film helps create a weight loss formula, which he uses to become Buddy Love. By the second film, he's moved onto creating a youth serum.
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* {{Acrofatic}}: At the start of the first film, he struggles to even get up a flight of stairs. Even before he becomes Buddy Love for the first time, however, he manages to improve his mobility with exercise.
* CatchPhrase: "Yes, I can!" in the first film -- albeit it's really Lance Perkins' catchphrase, which Sherman borrows -- and "I'm in charge" in the second one.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: His relationships with Carla and Denise, both of whom are shorter and far slimmer than him, both fall squarely into this trope.
* KavorkaMan: Deconstructed; while you wouldn't expect anyone with the looks of Jada Pinkett Smith or Janet Jackson to be dating someone with Sherman's... ''physique'', it's made clear that they're attracted to him because of his mind. However, Carla is also clearly much more attracted to Buddy at first, and it's only because Buddy [[TookALevelInJerkass takes too much of a level in Jerkass]] that she stops being interested in him.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness:

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[[folder:Buddy Love]]
!!Buddy Love
-> '''Portrayed by:''' Creator/EddieMurphy

Sherman Klump's fast-talking, sex-crazed, and much thinner alter ego. In the first film he appears whenever Sherman takes his weight loss formula, while in the second film he starts out briefly taking control of Sherman at inopportune moments, before Sherman manages to extract Buddy's genes from his body, and a mishap involving a dog causes Buddy to gain his own body.

* {{Jerkass}}: A mild example at first, but as the first film goes on he becomes increasingly abrasive to the people around him, then starts figuring out how to make the transformation permanent.
* NWordPrivileges: Whereas Sherman never once uses the n-word (outside of one occasion in the second film when Buddy briefly takes control), Buddy liberally drops the word left and right.
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[[folder:The Klump Family]]
!!Cletus Klump
-> '''Portrayed by:''' Creator/EddieMurphy

The patriarch of the Klump family, Sherman's family, and a construction worker with a penchant for constantly breaking wind.

* GassHole: A mild example, at least when it comes to the {{Jerkass}} qualities typically associated with this trope, as he's more acerbic than outright nasty. When it comes to the wind-breaking portion of this trope, however, he's up there with the best of them.
* HappilyMarried: To Anna, though the combination of his getting laid off and his impotence causes its share of trouble in the second film.

!!Anna "Mama" Klump
-> '''Portrayed by:''' Creator/EddieMurphy

Sherman's mother.

* MyBelovedSmother: To Sherman at least, and she's also shown to be a Beloved Grandsmother to Ernie, Jr. during the first film. She ''is'' happy to let Sherman lead his own life, but acts very pushy around Carla in the first film, and to a lesser extent Denise in the second.

!!Grandma Klump
-> '''Portrayed by:''' Creator/EddieMurphy

Sherman's grandmother, and Anna's mother.

* DirtyOldWoman: Even in the first film she talks about sex a great deal, and the second film just takes it UpToEleven, to the point where she orders a stripper for Denise's batchelorette party, and then forces herself on Buddy when he shows up trying to steal Sherman's formula.

!!Ernie Klump, Sr.
-> '''Portrayed by:''' Creator/EddieMurphy

Sherman's elder brother.

* TheGenericGuy: He's the Klump family member we know the least about, though it's clear that he takes more after Cletus, having a similar blue-collar background and outlook on life, whereas Sherman takes more after Anna.

!!Ernie Klump, Jr.
-> '''Portrayed by:''' Jamal Mixon

The son of Ernie Sr., and Sherman's nephew.

* TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers: The only Klump family member (unless you count Denise in the final moments of the second film) not to be played by Eddie Murphy, instead being played by child actor Jamal Mixon.
* TheSilentBob: Has no dialogue in the first film, and stays quiet outside of instances where he's laughing at his grandfather's flatulence. The second film gives him a few lines of dialogue.
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[[folder:Wellman College]]
!!Carla Purty
-> '''Portrayed by:''' Creator/JadaPinkettSmith

A graduate student and long-time admirer of Sherman Klump's work. Sherman initially tries dating her himself, but

* PutOnABus: It's indicated that she returned to her hometown of Chicago in-between the first and second films.

!!Dean Richmond
-> '''Portrayed by:''' Larry Miller

The dean of Wellman College, and Sherman's long-suffering boss.

* ButtMonkey: Especially pronounced in the second film, eventually culminated in his being violated by a ten-foot-tall hamster produced from Sherman's youth formula after Buddy sabotages it.
* DeanBitterman: While he can certainly be a major jerk to Sherman, it's indicated that Sherman's various mishaps have cost the college a lot in terms of damaged equipment and lost sponsors over the years.
* ProfessionalButtKisser: Granted, it's indicated that the college could well lose its entire science faculty without Harlan Hartley's grant in the first film, but he still acts like a major sycophant around the would-be donor, to the point where Hartley himself has to tell him to knock it off.

!!Jason
-> '''Portrayed by:''' John Ales

Sherman's lab assistant in both films.

* ButtMonkey: More the case in the first film, where he gets terrified by a high-speed drive through the city, then locked in a closet, and beaten up (twice) by Buddy in the climax. In the second film, this role is given more to Dean Richmond.
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: Does his fair share of this after Buddy's inopportune reversion to Sherman while in a Ferrari causes them to take a dangerously fast drive through Hollywood Boulevard.

!!Harlan Hartley
-> '''Portrayed by:''' James Coburn

A former student at Wellman College, who is now a multi-millionaire and keen to invest in the college's science faculty, provided the money is used wisely.

!!Denise Gaines
-> '''Portrayed by:''' Janet Jackson

Another genetics professor at Wellman College, who gets romantically involved with Sherman in the second film, ultimately marrying him.
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[[folder:Other Characters]]
!!Reggie Warrington
-> '''Portrayed by:''' Creator/DaveChappelle

A foul-mouthed jerk of a comedian, who rips hard on Sherman one night, eventually leading to his getting his come-uppance at Buddy's hands a few nights later.

!!Lance Perkins
-> '''Portrayed by:''' Creator/EddieMurphy

A flamboyant TV personality and aerobics instructor, who Sherman tries to take inspiration from in his efforts to slim down.

!!Leanne Guilford
-> '''Portrayed by:''' Melinda [=McGraw=]

The CEO of a prominent cosmetics company, who is interested in the youth formula that Sherman is creating in the second film.
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[[folder:Sherman Klump]]
!!Professor Sherman Klump
-> '''Portrayed by:''' Creator/EddieMurphy

A kind-hearted, morbidly obese professor of genetics at Wellman College, who tends to specialize in working with hamsters. His research in the first film helps create a weight loss formula, which he uses to become Buddy Love. By the second film, he's moved onto creating a youth serum.
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* {{Acrofatic}}: At the start of the first film, he struggles to even get up a flight of stairs. Even before he becomes Buddy Love for the first time, however, he manages to improve his mobility with exercise.
* CatchPhrase: "Yes, I can!" in the first film -- albeit it's really Lance Perkins' catchphrase, which Sherman borrows -- and "I'm in charge" in the second one.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: His relationships with Carla and Denise, both of whom are shorter and far slimmer than him, both fall squarely into this trope.
* KavorkaMan: Deconstructed; while you wouldn't expect anyone with the looks of Jada Pinkett Smith or Janet Jackson to be dating someone with Sherman's... ''physique'', it's made clear that they're attracted to him because of his mind. However, Carla is also clearly much more attracted to Buddy at first, and it's only because Buddy [[TookALevelInJerkass takes too much of a level in Jerkass]] that she stops being interested in him.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness:

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[[folder:Buddy Love]]
!!Buddy Love
-> '''Portrayed by:''' Creator/EddieMurphy

Sherman Klump's fast-talking, sex-crazed, and much thinner alter ego. In the first film he appears whenever Sherman takes his weight loss formula, while in the second film he starts out briefly taking control of Sherman at inopportune moments, before Sherman manages to extract Buddy's genes from his body, and a mishap involving a dog causes Buddy to gain his own body.

* {{Jerkass}}: A mild example at first, but as the first film goes on he becomes increasingly abrasive to the people around him, then starts figuring out how to make the transformation permanent.
* NWordPrivileges: Whereas Sherman never once uses the n-word (outside of one occasion in the second film when Buddy briefly takes control), Buddy liberally drops the word left and right.
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[[folder:The Klump Family]]
!!Cletus Klump
-> '''Portrayed by:''' Creator/EddieMurphy

The patriarch of the Klump family, Sherman's family, and a construction worker with a penchant for constantly breaking wind.

* GassHole: A mild example, at least when it comes to the {{Jerkass}} qualities typically associated with this trope, as he's more acerbic than outright nasty. When it comes to the wind-breaking portion of this trope, however, he's up there with the best of them.
* HappilyMarried: To Anna, though the combination of his getting laid off and his impotence causes its share of trouble in the second film.

!!Anna "Mama" Klump
-> '''Portrayed by:''' Creator/EddieMurphy

Sherman's mother.

* MyBelovedSmother: To Sherman at least, and she's also shown to be a Beloved Grandsmother to Ernie, Jr. during the first film. She ''is'' happy to let Sherman lead his own life, but acts very pushy around Carla in the first film, and to a lesser extent Denise in the second.

!!Grandma Klump
-> '''Portrayed by:''' Creator/EddieMurphy

Sherman's grandmother, and Anna's mother.

* DirtyOldWoman: Even in the first film she talks about sex a great deal, and the second film just takes it UpToEleven, to the point where she orders a stripper for Denise's batchelorette party, and then forces herself on Buddy when he shows up trying to steal Sherman's formula.

!!Ernie Klump, Sr.
-> '''Portrayed by:''' Creator/EddieMurphy

Sherman's elder brother.

* TheGenericGuy: He's the Klump family member we know the least about, though it's clear that he takes more after Cletus, having a similar blue-collar background and outlook on life, whereas Sherman takes more after Anna.

!!Ernie Klump, Jr.
-> '''Portrayed by:''' Jamal Mixon

The son of Ernie Sr., and Sherman's nephew.

* TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers: The only Klump family member (unless you count Denise in the final moments of the second film) not to be played by Eddie Murphy, instead being played by child actor Jamal Mixon.
* TheSilentBob: Has no dialogue in the first film, and stays quiet outside of instances where he's laughing at his grandfather's flatulence. The second film gives him a few lines of dialogue.
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[[folder:Wellman College]]
!!Carla Purty
-> '''Portrayed by:''' Creator/JadaPinkettSmith

A graduate student and long-time admirer of Sherman Klump's work. Sherman initially tries dating her himself, but

* PutOnABus: It's indicated that she returned to her hometown of Chicago in-between the first and second films.

!!Dean Richmond
-> '''Portrayed by:''' Larry Miller

The dean of Wellman College, and Sherman's long-suffering boss.

* ButtMonkey: Especially pronounced in the second film, eventually culminated in his being violated by a ten-foot-tall hamster produced from Sherman's youth formula after Buddy sabotages it.
* DeanBitterman: While he can certainly be a major jerk to Sherman, it's indicated that Sherman's various mishaps have cost the college a lot in terms of damaged equipment and lost sponsors over the years.
* ProfessionalButtKisser: Granted, it's indicated that the college could well lose its entire science faculty without Harlan Hartley's grant in the first film, but he still acts like a major sycophant around the would-be donor, to the point where Hartley himself has to tell him to knock it off.

!!Jason
-> '''Portrayed by:''' John Ales

Sherman's lab assistant in both films.

* ButtMonkey: More the case in the first film, where he gets terrified by a high-speed drive through the city, then locked in a closet, and beaten up (twice) by Buddy in the climax. In the second film, this role is given more to Dean Richmond.
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: Does his fair share of this after Buddy's inopportune reversion to Sherman while in a Ferrari causes them to take a dangerously fast drive through Hollywood Boulevard.

!!Harlan Hartley
-> '''Portrayed by:''' James Coburn

A former student at Wellman College, who is now a multi-millionaire and keen to invest in the college's science faculty, provided the money is used wisely.

!!Denise Gaines
-> '''Portrayed by:''' Janet Jackson

Another genetics professor at Wellman College, who gets romantically involved with Sherman in the second film, ultimately marrying him.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Other Characters]]
!!Reggie Warrington
-> '''Portrayed by:''' Creator/DaveChappelle

A foul-mouthed jerk of a comedian, who rips hard on Sherman one night, eventually leading to his getting his come-uppance at Buddy's hands a few nights later.

!!Lance Perkins
-> '''Portrayed by:''' Creator/EddieMurphy

A flamboyant TV personality and aerobics instructor, who Sherman tries to take inspiration from in his efforts to slim down.

!!Leanne Guilford
-> '''Portrayed by:''' Melinda [=McGraw=]

The CEO of a prominent cosmetics company, who is interested in the youth formula that Sherman is creating in the second film.
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