The Alvin Show
Clyde Crashcup is a scientist, though hes primarily an inventor rather than a researcher, whose experiments invariable fail. He typically would invent something by taking a pencil out of his lab coat's pocket and drawing a picture in midair of his conception: the picture would then become the actual object.
- Alliterative Name
- Bungling Inventor. Especially given that he is always Reinventing The Wheel (no, the trope is something else)...
- The Cameo: Appears in Alvins dream during A Chipmunk Christmas as well as in an episode of the 80s/90s show.
- Catch Phrase/Character Tic/Verbal Tic: Has the tendency to break down the name of his invention into its etonymic elements to explain his thought process.
- Gag Nose
- Ink-Suit Actor: As drawn, Clyde Crashcup somewhat resembles the physical appearance of his voice actor, Shephard Menken
- Know-Nothing Know-It-All
- Labcoat of Science and Medicine
- Large Ham
- Mad Scientist: Thinks of himself as this.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: His voice is an impression of character actor, Richard Haydn.
- Too Dumb to Live: Has his moments like when he stood smack dab in the middle of two armies heading toward each other for battle. Fortunately, Alvin saves him.
- Verbal Tic: "I invented word. That's capital for capital and restofword for rest of word, word."
Clyde Crashcups short assistant, Leonardo doesnt speak, only whispering into Clydes ear, informing him of his ideas. Leonardo frequently invents or perfects an invention whereas Clyde takes the credit from him, not to mention hes usually emotionally displeased when Clyde insults his intelligence.
As his name may suggest, Stanleys an eagle who befriends the Chipmunks.
- Acrophobic Bird
- Nice Guy: Doesnt mean any harm to anyone.
- No Social Skills: Tries singing with other birds in his last appearance (Eagle Music) but becomes an outcast.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Or at least by the name given by the Chipmunks.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: In his first appearance, though the Chipmunks help him out with that.
Daisy Bell(e) is a girl who pesters the Chipmunks at times or tries to be friends with them. Appears in Three Blind Mice, Sir Alvin and Bicycle Built for Two.
- Bratty Half-Pint
- Disappeared Dad: Her mothers seen onscreen toward the end of Three Blind Mice and is heard off screen in Sir Alvin but her father is never mentioned.
- Not Good with Rejection: Rides away upset from Theodore when she tries flirting with him, but the green-clad Chipmunk only notices her new bike. Upon receiving the same response with Simon, Daisy promptly destroys his erector set he was finishing up with her bike. Daisy then gets into an argument with Alvin when he comments on her bike instead of her.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Is it Bell as in the last name or Belle as in a second name, the world may never know.
- Tomboyish Ponytail
A fast talking short man in a tan trench coat, with only his nose visible in which he relies his decisions on by what smells and, combined with his carelessness, causes destruction. Sam Valiants quick to place blame on or con the person closest to them. Appears in Sam Valiant, Private Nose, Sam Valiant: Real Estate and Dude Ranch.
- Clueless Detective
- Cool Shades
- Determinator: Tries to have Dave use one of the songs hes written when overhearing Daves attempting to create a western song while the latter and the Chipmunks are on vacation.
- Dreadful Musician: In "Dude Ranch", he tries to audition for Dave and the Chipmunks, singing for them whenever he sees them. The only one who seems to appreciate it is a howling coyote at the end of the cartoon.
- Gag Nose
- Motor Mouth: Whenever he's on screen, he almost never shuts up.
- The Napoleon
- New Job as the Plot Demands: Was a shady private investigator in his first appearance, a real estate agent in his next and hotel room clerk in his last appearance.
- Nice Hat: Wears a boater.
- The Nose Knows: Subverted, considering hes always WAY off.
- Shady Real Estate Agent: Tries to sell Dave and the boys a rundown piece of property.
- Too Dumb to Live: Doesnt realize hes sinking in quicksand while showing the Chipmunks the "sand pile" but is pulled out by Dave in a nick of time.
A very annoying neighbor woman whos the head of a group called The Ladies of the Square. who detests the Chipmunks music, Mrs. Frumpington can be seen as representing the proper ladies and acceptable societal behavior. Appears in Squares and Good Manners.
- Accidental Misnaming: She never can get Dave or Alvin's name right, referring to them as "Mr. Sevoid" and "Calvin" respectively.
- Large Ham
- Pretty in Mink: Wears a fur shawl when she first appears.
- Proper Lady: When Dave once complained to her about the boys' complete lack of manners, she volunteers to teach them suggesting that maybe they just need a woman's touch. It works a little too well.
- Butt-Monkey: Though not intentionally considering Dave and the Chipmunks dont notice him until the very end.
- A Day in the Limelight: His onetime episode appearance focuses a little more on his exploits of trying to scare Dave and the Chipmunks from Chesley Estate.
- Evil Laugh: Does this before failing to scare Alvin.
- The Noseless: Well, he is a literal bed sheet ghost
- Our Ghosts Are Different: Being an actual bedsheet ghost not only qualifies but he's solid enough that Dave's able to pick him up and hold him, not to mention being able to fit into tight places like in a can..
- Only Known by Their Nickname: We do never learn what the J and P stand for . . .
- Third-Person Person: Refers to himself by "J. P.," sometimes adding "Lester."
A southern boy with a distinct southern accent, Chuck Wagon is Daves second cousin, twice removed on his father's side. Lacking self-confidence because everybody tells him hes not good at anything, Chuck comes for a visit in hopes to find something he is good at and the Chipmunks help him. Appears in Hillbilly Son.
- Apologizes a Lot: Each time he fails a task given by the Chipmunks, even when he thinks his signing (which he is good at but cant see it) is obtrusive.
- Book Dumb: Took a VERY long time just to read from a basic readers book thats basically a brand x version of Dick and Jane.
- Clothing Damage: Though at the hem of his shirt and pants.
- Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Trying to find something he is good at but fails to see he can sing country tunes to which he considers nothing special.
- Does Not Like Shoes: To go with his hillbilly look.
- The Eeyore: Poor guy lacks self-confidence because everyone (minus Dave and the Chipmunks) telling him he cant do anything.
- Genre Blindness / I Thought Everyone Could Do That: Thinks his country music and singing is nothing special, quite the contrary actually.
- Nice Hat: His coonskin cap definitely counts.
- Punny Name: A chuckwagon or chuck wagon is a type of wagon historically used to carry food and cooking equipment on the prairies of the United States and Canada.
Alvin and the Chipmunks/The Chipmunks
The Sevilles myopic, elderly next door neighbor as well as the Chipmunks babysitter, Miss Miller is the Chipettes guardian, introduced in the first episode of the fourth season.
- Apron Matron: Because of her age, she has difficulty transitioning into a mother figure for the girls as she initially treats them as babies. Though she at first believes she isn't the best person to take care of The Chipettes, she grows to love and appreciate their company.
- The Cameo/The Faceless: Is only heard screaming DAAAAAVVVVIIIIIID!!! on the phone in Meet the Wolfman because Alvin scared the Chipettes to death and they ran all the way to their house in panic.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Sometimes has strong traces of this, especially in A Chipmunk Adventure. In the episode "Goin Down to Dixie" not only she forget the girls on the sidewalk to drive to the airport, but she also forgot to buy tickets. Though this trait considerably toned down in later seasons as she becomes established as the parental figure for the Chipettes.
- Demoted to Extra: She appear only in one episode in ALVINNN!!! and the Chipmunks (because the Chipettes live in their home on the tree).
- Drives Like Crazy: Miss Miller is shown to be dangerous in a car and the boys are usually terrified by her driving. She is seen in multiple episodes speeding, swerving across the road, and hitting objects such as fire hydrants and light poles. Her flying isn't much better.
- The Gambling Addict: In one episode, though she gets better.
- I Was Quite a Looker: Few flashback show that was a beauty girl in the past.
- The Klutz: She makes Jeanette look well-coordinated and graceful.
- Not So Different: Somewhat for the Chipettes. In "Just One of the Girls" despite their deal to focus solely of their vacation and not show-business, Miss Miller (with her old group) and The Chipettes decide to put that agreement aside, without telling the other, to chase a chance in an audition.
- Spanner in the Works: It's thanks to her running the Vorstein's car off the road (while on the way to pick up Dave from the airport) in Chipmunk Adventure that Klaus and Claudia are finally apprehended at the end.
- Team Mom
A kind, good natured anthropomorphic chipmunk, Vinny is Alvin, Simon and Theodores biological mother who left her babies with Dave Seville because he was nice to the forest animals, because she realized that her boys wouldn't survive the journey if she brought them with her when all the animals in the forest were forced to abandon their homes due to a horrible winter storm. When spring came, Vinny finally returned to get them but she saw how happy they were with Dave, and thought they would be better off with him. Appears in A Chipmunk Reunion and Vinnys Visit.
- Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: As single mother, she reveals to her sons note that she left them on Dave's doorstep because she genuinely couldn't support all four of them in a particularly snowy and cold winter. At one point, she did try to get them but after seeing how happy they were with Dave, she decides to leave them to their "new life".
- Fish out of Water: When she comes to visit the boys in the city where to brought her animal friends with her, much to Dave's chagrin, and causes trouble in the process like buying a lot of stuff.
- Granola Girl: A mild example.
- In the Hood: In her first appearance (when she first leaves her boys on Dave's doorstep in the flashback), she wears a hood which hides her face and doesn't speak.
- Missing Mom: For the Chipmunks.
- Only One Name
- Trademark Favorite Food: Her favorite soup is acorn soup.
In their first two appearances, they were farmers living in fictional South Spoon Ranch. Though in their last, they lived just a couple blocks from Daves school whereas Grandpa Seville is an accountant and Grandma Seville is possibly a typical housewife.
- The Cameo: Both appear in Merry Christmas, Mr. Carrol.
- Cloudcuckoolander: In their first appearances.
- Hey, You!: They are even referred to as grandpa and grandma by each other!
- Nice Guy/Nice Girl Or at least subverted for Grandpa Seville in his last appearance.
- No Name Given
- Series Continuity Error: Farmers in their first two appearances, but Grandpas became an accountant and Grandmas possibly a housewife in their last.
Grandma SevilleShe appears as the typical grandmotherly figure with her hair in a bun in Grandma and Grandpa Seville, and How You Gonna Keep Em down on the Farm?, not to mention being about a head shorter than her husband. Though, in Back to Daves Future, she appears taller, hair in a fifties fashion and her face is longer. Then in her cameo in Merry Christmas, Mr. Carrol, shes back to her granny classic look but pudgier.
- Apron Matron
- Granny Classic: In her first two appearances and in her Merry Christmas Mr. Carrol cameo anyways.
- Housewife: Possibly this in her last appearance.
In Grandma and Grandpa Seville, and How You Gonna Keep Em down on the Farm?, Grandpa Seville is a tall, lanky man with a full head of hair brushed to one side as well as a bent posture and wears a pair of blue-jean dungarees over his top. In his last appearance Back to Daves Future, however, he appeared to have gain a lot of weight in his belly, seems to be losing his hair considering theres little left on top his head and wears a business suit. Though when he appears in Merry Christmas, Mr. Carrol, hes back to being to how he appears in his first two appearances.
Harrys a charlatan anthropomorphic scruffy chipmunk who claims to be the Chipmunks long lost uncle in hopes to pay off a debt by convincing the boys to work with him to raise money so that they can visit their mother. Overall, Harry uses similar schemes throughout the series to try and get the Chipmunks (as well as Chipettes) to work for him so he can steal their earnings but always seems to backfire. Appears in Uncle Harry, Lights, Camera, Alvin, Santa Harry and A Little Worm in the Big Apple.
- The Antagonist: The main one for the Chipmunks during the early series.
- Can't Get Away with Nuthin': Is doomed to fail in his schemes when he crosses the Chipmunks, although he successfully scammed the Chipettes . . . but that doesnt mean the Chipmunks arent gonna do anything about it.
- Con Man: In every episode with him, he uses schemes to try and get The Chipmunks and The Chipettes to work for him so that he can steal their earnings; however, he never succeeds in actually stealing from either group in any of these episodes
- Evil Uncle: Subverted. He initially just claim to be the Chipmunks long lost uncle, but is a lie for his scheme. Howewer, it is called always "Uncle" Harry despite no parental link.
- Only One Name: His surname is unknow.
Marsha was a young woman who Dave felt he had a strong connection with while dating her. She is also a single mother of three boys named Maxwell, Chucky and Eddy. Appears in Daves Getting Married.
- The Ace: Solves the Chipmunks problems quite easily, (Alvin hitting the bulls eye with his baseball, Simon with some mathematical if not scientific equation and Theodore with cooking), which gains the Chipmunks liking her.
- Birds of a Feather: Feels a strong connection with Dave but the only thing holding them back is their boys constant bickering against each other.
- Dark-Skinned Blond: Though her skin is not too dark but still qualifies.
- Ink-Suit Actor: Marsha◊ was based off Janice Karman◊.
- The Ghost: Shes mentioned in Grounded Chipmunk but not seen.
- Nice Girl: Very much so, compared to her boys.
- Only One Name
Light brown hair and brown eyed Maxwell is the tallest of the three, who wears glasses and seems a smidge thinner than Chucky.
Chuckys the second tallest with blue eyes and flamboyant orange hair and little more physical build than his tallest brother.
Then theres the obese Eddy who has a visible double chin, the brown eyes to go with his brown hair boy is the shortest of the brothers.
- Big Eater: Eddy, possibly more so than Theodore.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead:
- Blonde = Maxwell
- Brunette = Eddy
- Redhead = Chucky.
- Bratty Half-Pint
- The Bully
- Captain Ersatz/Expies: Basically human versions of Simon (Maxwell), Alvin (Chucky) and Theodore (Eddy).
- Disappeared Dad: Their fathers not mentioned or is even hinted if hes dead or divorced.
- Fat Bastard: Eddys a kid variant.
- Mama's Boy: Possibly Maxwell, considering he ran to Marsha after Simon accidentally got sand in his eyes.
- Nice Hat: Chucky.
- Nerd Glasses. Maxwells big, square rimmed ones.
- Only One Name
- Youthful Freckles: Chucky.
- Clothing Damage: At least while at the orphanage. Even her toes were peeping out of her right shoe!
- Cool Big Sis: For the Chipettes.
- Happily Adopted
- Nice Girl
- No Name Given: Her adopted parents.
- Orphan's Ordeal
- Only One Name: Subverted. She mentions getting her bracelet from her (birth) mother, so we assume she has one but we also dont learn her new last name when shes adopted.
- Parental Substitute: To the baby Chipettes.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: At least when describing America to the Chipettes:The streets are paved with gold and telephone poles are made out of candy cane and all your dreams come true!
A very unpleasant woman who runs the Miss Grudges Orphanage in Australia where Olivia and the Chipettes lived, Miss Grudge sought a way to make money by forcing kids to sing for her. When she finds out the Chipettes can not only talk but sing as well, Miss Grudge promptly kidnaps and locks them away in hopes to use their singing for her own needs. Fortunately, they escaped. Appears in The Chipette Story.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Displays a pleasant persona in front of the couple who adopts Olivia and when the girl cant find the Chipettes, she told her they ran away.
- Child Hater
- Dreadful Musician/Hollywood Tone-Deaf: She wonders why her singing Orphans Groups singing are off . . .
- Fat Bitch
- Orphanage of Fear: The owner
- Scary Teeth
Evas a selfish, young girl who lived in the same orphanage as Olivia and knows the infant Chipettes can sing and threatens to tell Grudge. Appears in The Chipette Story.
- Blackmail: Threatens to tell Miss Grudge about the Chipettes signing ability unless Olivia gives the bracelet given by her mother to Eva. Until the Chipettes decided to steal it back, alerting Grudge to the commotion Eva and the Chipettes caused does the woman learn about the Chipettes. Miss Grudge wouldnt have learned they could talk if Brittany hadnt opened her mouth, thus lading to Eva revealing the fact they can sing.
- Bratty Half-Pint
- The Bully
- Only One Name
Despite his elderly appearance, Uncle Willy, nicknamed Uncle Adventure, is a strong and active man whos determined to not let anyone tell him how young he can act as a result of his age.
ALVINNN!!! and the Chipmunks
- Apathetic Teacher: Miss Smith is an unpleasant person most of the time and Alvin doesn't help. She is sometimes annoyed so badly she allows Alvin to leave detention early, just so she doesn't have to listen to him anymore.
- Contralto of Danger: She has a somewhat low, raspy voice.
- Dean Bitterman: She has little to no tolerance for Alvin's shenanigans.
- Expy: She seems really similar to the principal in the episode "The Brunch Club" from the 80s series.
- 0% Approval Rating: Bocarter tends to be hated by everyone in school, even the bully Derek can't stand him. This is mostly because of Bocarter being extremely narcissistic and downright rotten and spoiled, which disgusts everyone greatly. He is the one person that Theodore and Jeanette truly hate and they both consider him to be cruel and greedy to the core. Not even a single kid or student in the neighbourhood would invite Bocarter to their parties because of his rotten behaviour and for being a greedy narcissist who often breaks the law and endangers animals.
- Arch-Enemy: To the Chipmunks (especially Alvin) and Chipettes as a whole.
- Big Bad: Becomes this as the CGI series goes on.
- Cruella to Animals: He tends to lock up animals (especially monkeys) in cages to make them do what he wants and never gives them any freedom and treats them more like slaves than pets.
- Evil Brit: Bocarter comes across as this, with his posh British accent, and often challenging the Chipmunks in some way to show them up (and will even do what he has to to sabotage them in the process).
- Expy: A Jerkass version of Richie Rich.
- Evil Counterpart: To Alvin Seville. While both of them are egotistical and self absorbed, Alvin always does the right thing when he goes too far and always there for his family and friends, while Bocarter is a downright narcissistic spoiled brat who cares about no one but himself and is greedy to the core, plus has no friends and likes to do whatever is necessary to get what he wants.
- Foil: To Derek. He is as mischievous as him, but rather than resorting to brute force, in order to assert his dominance, Bocarter attempts to buy influence, and resorts to unethical practices such as stealing and cheating in order to get his way. However, Bocarter is a whole lot worst as Bocarter is a complete narcissist and cares about no one but himself and his father and brother, while Derek is more of a bully than a criminal and doesn't hate the Chipmunks and Chipettes as much as Bocarter.
- Named After Somebody Famous: If he's not a weird tribute to Bogie in name, I dunno what it's supposed to mean...
- Narcissist: Bocarter is a outright egotist and lacks generosity.
- Rich Bitch: He believes he can do whatever he wants because of his large fortune.
- Cannot Spit It Out: In "Secret Admirer".
- Depending on the Writer: Kevin is either a pretty good friend to everyone, or can be kind of a jerk sometimes.
- Nerd: A classic example. Nonathletic body, above-average intellect and interested in mathematics and video games.
- With Friends Like These...: Kevin seems to be the biggest example of this, as it's not uncommon for him to tease any of his friends, such as when Cheesy believes he's got an online girlfriend, or even get them into some kind of trouble, like when he and Cheesy begin prank-calling people in the neighborhood and it comes back to bite them in the butt.
- Cloudcuckoolander: He's not always that bright considering his advice for kids to take whatever dangerous risks necessary to be a hero.
- Cool Shades: Has large large sunglasses.
- Expy: He seems an awful lot like a modern day Barney Fife.
- Police Are Useless: Officer Dangus is shown to be less than a reasonable authority figure, usually bungling things up even moreso whenever he tries to diffuse certain situations. In "Ride Along," Alvin learns that he's on the verge of being terminated from the force for being such a lousy cop; the fact that he hadn't had any leads in a recent string of bike thefts didn't help his case much either.
- Unexplained Accent: Officer Dangus has a very pronounced southern drawl for seemingly no reason.
- Foil: To Miss Smith.
- Precocious Crush: In "Principal Interest", Alvin develops a crush for her.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: In stark contrast to Miss Smith, Principal Meadows is quite a generous and easygoing person by comparison, giving the children a fair bit of leeway before administering punishment.