The Aqua Teens
- All Men Are Perverts: All three of them have displayed some interest in pornography, sexually clad women, and have tried to get laid at least once. Even Meatwad, the most childlike and innocent of the trio, isn't free from sexuality.
- Anthropomorphic Food: All three of them are talking fast food products. Though in Shake's case, it's more like Anthropomorphic Drink.
- Characterization Marches On: The trio's characterization is wildly different from their initial appearance in "Baffler Meal". Meatwad has a Catchphrase ("The bun is in your mind") that he never uses again and is suicidally depressed over being an abomination, Frylock is just a guy in a mascot costume with No Indoor Voice, and the gem on his back is replaced with an amulet that supposedly lets him detect hungry children, and while Shake is the most consistent with his ATHF self, he has Ignignokt's voice and his flavor is chocolate instead of pistachio.
- Color-Coded Characters: They all have two, and each of their color's correspond to the other's.
- Shake: White and pink.
- Frylock: Red and yellow.
- Meatwad: Pink and brown.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: They've fallen to these too many times to count.
- Deadpan Snarker: Shake and Frylock are prone to delivering sarcasm as a trait of their rivalry. Meatwad can become one too in his more lucid moments, but even then, unintentionally.
- Extreme Omnivore: Although they've been seen eating normal food, many episodes imply that the Aqua Teens eat pet food due to their lack of finance. This is evident when Meatwad brings up how they've been eating nothing but dog food for the past week in "Lasagna", and in "Zucotti Manicotti" when Frylock puts Prozac in Meatwad's wet cat food, whereas Shake is eating a dry bag of it.
- Nice, Mean, and In-Between:
- Nice - Meatwad. Due to his childlike innocence, he is by far the sweetest and most kind-hearted member of the Aqua Teens, and most of his odd rudeness is done out of plain naivety and insensitivity. Most of it.
- Mean - Master Shake is a complete asshole who only cares about and does things for himself, manipulates others so as to get his way, commits atrocities and psychologically torments Meatwad For the Evulz, and in general has little redeeming qualities.
- In-Between - Frylock is usually the most rational and well-meaning member of the trio and serves as a father figure to Meatwad, but even then, he has the odd Jerkass Ball moment; don't believe it? Just watch the episode "Fry Legs". In addition, Meatwad's stupidity often causes Frylock to snap and swear at him, though he usually apologizes when Meatwad expresses his hurt feelings. Also, like the other two members of the trio, he's not above invading Carl's pool without prior consent for some reason, and can be a bit of an Insufferable Genius with a big ego at times.
- Perpetual Poverty: It's been painfully clear that the Aqua Teens live in a constant state of poverty. Their house is run down and rented for dirt cheap, it has no bathroom, Shake has to sleep on a recliner and has no room to himself, Meatwad's room is totally empty of furniture and is torn to pieces, they make occasional complaints that their water supply has been shut off and they have to eat pet food over any actual food. Frylock's room is the exception, filled with rows of books, a computer, a clean bed and is well maintained overall, but he still makes frequent note of how they can't afford fixing any damages caused by Shake and Meatwad's schemes.
- Rule of Three: Three roommates.
- They Killed Kenny Again: All of them have died at one point or another, but due to the series' Negative Continuity, they always appear alive again in subsequent episodes - or even in the next scene of the same episode. Shake dies the most often in particular.
- Vague Age: None of their ages have been specified. Shake describes himself as "thirty or forty years old" (despite acting like a teenager)note , and Meatwad has been identified as both an actual child and mentally deficient (or as Meatwad himself puts it, "retarded") on more than one occasion. In any case, Word of God says Dr. Weird is their creator, so they must be around the same ages.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: The show seems to play with this concept, as very broad human things such as sex and sexuality, biology, justice and citizenship are topics for episodes that subvert expectations. Frylock seems to tip this trope more than the others, as his centric episodes and plotlines explore how being a monster with a human brain effect him.
- For example, when the teens look for friends, actual romantic partners, citizenships and careers, their non human identity is usually what holds them back, despite having human brains (well...some of them). Some episodes make it seem like they have a chance and were just considered unattractive, such as 'Frylegs', 'Big Bro', 'Frieda and Mail Order Bride', 'She Creature', 'Knapsack' (A human woman is willing to have sex with Meatwad, even if she's being paid), 'Rabbit, not Rabbot', and 'Carl', while others would have you believe that their kind have to pose as humans to even be seen and respected, like 'Bible Fruit', 'Super Model', and 'Mc Pee Pants', which all involve Monsters posing as humans or being rejected by them.
Voiced by: Dana Snyder
A giant, talking milkshake. Yes, you read that right. He likes to think he's the boss, but is just a stupid jerk.
- Abusive Parents: To his bastard son Zeke, who is also a milkshake. Then it's subverted when Zeke isn't just not his son, but thousands of years older than him. Also, Shake is a virgin.
- Accidental Pervert: At the end of "Dickesode", Shake accidentally eats Carl's dick out of the trash, mistaking it for a hot dog.
- Ambiguous Disorder: Sometimes Shake can be so messed up to the point where one wonders if there's something wrong with him. He abuses his enemies (especially Meatwad) in the most diabolical ways and is even willing to commit suicide to abuse Meatwad much further. He can also be so sociopathic to the point where it becomes lethal.
- Ambiguously Bi:
- He makes no secret of his attraction to beautiful women and repeatedly makes claims about his (supposed) sexual prowess towards ladies, but he also once masturbated to Carl being raped by dogs, none of them being female.
- He also gets a little too into his Fake-Out Make-Out ploy with Meatwad in "The Marines", notably after driving away military helicopters.
- In "Freda", when Frylock shows how he programmed the titular robot to share Shake's interests, some of his interests include boobs, butts... and boners(?). Question mark included.
- And There Was Much Rejoicing: Downplayed as they don't particularly celebrate it, but whenever Shake dies nobody really gives a shit.Frylock: Master Shake is dead.Meatwad: That's cool.
- Anti-Hero: Master Shake is one of the most vile, lazy, obnoxious "heroes" to ever walk the face of the Earth... and he's supposedly team leader. You won't find him leading anything, that's for sure.
- Anti-Role Model: Shake is by no means a character one should want to be like, given that he's a completely selfish, obnoxious, attention-seeking, heartless jerkass with little redeeming qualities.
- Attention Whore: Always does stupid shit for the sole purpose of seeking attention. Just look at the quote above. Technically speaking, Shake set the entire city on fire in "The Super Hero" with the intent to gain some publicity.
- Asshole Victim: When he meets his end, it's usually well-deserved.
- Ax-Crazy: Shake is a Psychopathic Manchild who is not afraid to terrorize Meatwad and chase him around the house with various weapons.
- Bad People Abuse Animals: He microwaved many of Meatwad's pets to mess with him; although, it was done mostly in a played-for-laughs kind of way.
- The Barnum: Being the massive jerkass he is, Shake will always try to screw others over by tricking them of their confidence. Though, due to his low success rate, he may as well be called a "Barnum Wannabe".
- Berserk Button: At his most dickish, Meatwad's very presence angers him.
- Big Eater: He has a huge appetite, seeing as how he hogs the Thanksgiving table in "The Dressing" and devours the food like a pig.
- Blatant Lies: Shake is very fond of telling these, even when it is of no profit for him to do so.
- The Blind Leading the Blind: Shake will frequently attempt to impart knowledge to Meatwad, in spite of being equally (and sometimes even more) dumb.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: He's shown to actually be a very impressive cook, having made a very appetizing lasagna judging by Carl's obsession with eating it. However, he's constantly complaining about a lack of food and not having money despite possessing such skills. Clearly, he only puts the effort into such a thing if it can satisfy his sadistic pleasures.
- The Bully: Shake gets his kicks out of abusing and messing with Meatwad.
- Bullying a Dragon: Shake has a nasty habit of antagonizing supernatural and extraterrestrial beings.
- Callousness Towards Emergency: Whenever someone's very life is in danger and Shake is nearby, he's too much of a callous jerk to save them. Case in point, when Carl inadvertently shoots himself in the foot in "Super Squatter", Shake does nothing to help and instead makes smartass remarks about Carl's health. Just when it seems that he is about to call the doctor, Shake instead uses this as an opportunity to call a restaurant and mess with Carl.
- Can't Hold His Liquor: Got completely wasted from one bottle of beer in "Frat Aliens".
- Casanova Wannabe: Granted, he's a giant cup, which a lot of chicks aren't into. Even beyond that, though, he couldn't talk to a woman to save his life.
- Catchphrase: Early seasons gave him "Yeah, well Dracula called and he's coming over tonight" when he's losing an argument and runs out of things to say.
- Characterization Marches On: In the first few episodes, he was genuinely committed to his job as a detective and legitimately tried to get things done. In pretty much any other episode, Shake would whine about having to work the entire time and then run away at the first opportunity.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Prone to coming up with crazy ideas out of the blue.
- Cool Big Bro: In his very rare moments where he lets go of his own sociopathic behavior, he can very much share mutual company with Meatwad and have the latter join his many antics to piss off Frylock.
- The Cuckoolander Was Right: There are times when Shake's Insane Troll Logic turns out to be true.
- Cuckoosnarker: Yes, Shake's a complete lunatic with Insane Troll Logic, but that doesn't mean he isn't skilled in the art of sarcasm.
- Conspicuous Gloves: One of the last lines of the finale — before the epilogue, but as far as Shake is concerned, postmortem, is Meatwad showing Carl one of his gloves and saying that it looks like they'll never know why he wore them. "Sumbitch never did the dishes."
- Control Freak: He is a leader in name only, however he still acts as if he's in control of everything.
- Defiant to the End: Whenever he's at someones or somethings mercy, he can stupidly decide to keep his arrogance up until hes dead, apparently not knowing or caring that itd get him killed.
- Didn't Think This Through: Another major flaw of his, he never thinks his plans through. These include: using and advertising the e-helmet and its peripherals when cell phones are smaller and require none, making a new birthday song and expecting people will accept it and pay royalties so he can pay Zak Wylde for singing it, setting off nuclear missiles to make a wasteland instead of use Frylock's time machine to visit the stone age, etc.
- Dirty Coward: Not one to be relied upon in times of crisis, since he always abandons his companions, when hes not selling them out to save his own life.
- Disability as an Excuse for Jerkassery: When Frylock holds Shake in contempt for using the eponymous remote to traumatize Meatwad in "Universal Remonster", Shake claims to have a disease to excuse his actions.Frylock: Last time I'm gonna tell you, Shake, stop doing that!Shake: I can't, and you should respect my addiction. It's a disease. I need help, just not right now, okay?
- The Ditz: Shake's a dumbass who can hardly do anything professional to save his life.
- Enemy to All Living Things: No form of life is safe around him, especially animals. He killed all of Meatwad's pets by putting them in the microwave, he even killed his own cat because he forgot he killed Meatwad's. He adopted a dog to attract women, kicked it for not doing what it was adopted for, then ate it because his tattoo told him to. One of his favorite past times is to force feed ducks with nitroglycerin to make them explode. He once trespassed on a farm to force feed a cow pork and ranch dressing so that he could flash fry it with batter and cheese for Labor Day.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: "Reedickyoulus" reveals that Shake has a soft spot for his magician pet cat, Mr. Sparkles, as he expressed great remorse when he realized that he accidentally killed him.
- Even Evil Has Standards:
- He may be a selfish, greedy bastard with no remorse for his often absentminded actions, but even he draws the line at certain things, such as poisoning small children with chemical filled balloons at their own birthday parties.
- In "MC Pee Pants", he's actually somewhat mortified at Frylock taking advantage of the titular batshit insane spider-wearing-a-diaper's trust to lure him into an explosive trap disguised as a job interview and kill him. Although perhaps it had something to do with Frylock saying MC would do fine despite his protests, and then immediately rationalizing their murder with the exact same reasons as to why he'd never make it.Shake: Who am I talking to? 'Cause I don't know you.
- He also looked genuinely horrified when Meatwad implied he was molested in "Deleted Scenes".
- He's also really disgusted by the Slurp-A-Lunch place where he and Frylock work at in "Robositter", considering they don't even take the bone out of the meat when they press and liquefy it- he actually asks who came up with it.
- For all of his attempts in "The Shaving" to persuade Willie Nelson to kill Carl, he's mortified when he sees the bodies that Willie had been keeping in the attic.
- Shake finds Happy Time Harry so twisted and depressing that his initial attempts to destroy the doll to mess with Meatwad end with him leaving "to go pray" and he later warns Frylock to stay away from Harry in a rare show of concern for someone other than himself.
- Extreme Omnivore: Shake seems to have a fondness for human flesh; he has devoured Carl's corpse, a doctor's hands, and Carl's severed penis (although in the latter case he mistook it for a hot dog).
- Fatal Flaw: His impulsiveness. Even if it ruins everything, gets him killed or causes the problem to get worse, Shake can't help but lie or try to take something for himself (even if he didn't want it and just took it because it's free).
- Faux Affably Evil: He'll attempt to come off as friendly, but it fools nobody.
- First World Problems: He tries to invoke this in "Robositter", where, while working at a fast food joint at the mall, he angrily protests having to work a menial job, and proclaims "These are third-world problems! And I am from the FIRST!"
- Flanderization: Shake was already a Cloudcuckoolander Jerkass in the beginning, but was mostly harmless and determined to solve crimes the Aqua Teens investigated and get things done in spite of his own laziness. Once the detective theme was phased out, he lost these positive traits and had his laziness, idiocy, cruelty, and tendency to use Insane Troll Logic turned Up to Eleven, leaving him a Lazy Bum Psychopathic Manchild who refuses to help anyone unless it benefits him and believes in things bizarre even by the standards of the world in which he lives.
- Floating Limbs: Occasionally, however, this was best seen in the earliest episodes.
- Foil: Shake's personality highlights Meatwad's by contrast. Both of them are incredibly stupid (and sometimes even Too Dumb to Live), immature and possess the logic of a lunatic. However, they differ from each other in that:
- Shake is an incredibly mean, self-serving, narcissistic, sociopathic douchebag with a total disregard for life.
- Meatwad is a perpetually sweet, childlike, and optimistic individual who always tries to do the right thing, even if too dim to be successful.
- For the Evulz: Master Shake physically and psychologically tormenting Meatwad for no reason other than his own amusement.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Sanguine. He's socially inept, but outgoing and wears his unstable emotions on his sleeve.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Frylock and Meatwad at best just tolerate him, and they're not likely to care if he's in danger by his own fault or otherwise. It is averted a few number of episodes. Mostly in ones where Shake is not a total asshole.
- Freudian Excuse: Shake mentions in the episode "Reedickyoulus" that the reason he's so messed up is because he wasn't raised properly.
- Fun Personified: Shake has no tolerance for seriousness and behaves like his Cloudcuckoolander self 24/7. Unfortunately, its almost always at the expense and lives of everyone around him.
- The Gadfly: He annoys the rest of the characters for attention.
- Genius Ditz: Despite his characteristic stupidity, Shake is surprisingly knowledgeable of cooking. He knows how to cook lasagna, steak and eggs, and duck a l'orange, on top of making references to making a balsamic reduction. He's also very clever and manipulative, though his schemes usually backfire on him.
- Gigantic Gulp:
- He orders a life-sized cup of soda (about the same size as him) from the Wong Burger restaurant in "Dickesode", claiming that he needs to consume 85 gallons of soda per day.
- His character in general can be considered this, as he's a gigantic milkshake cup who has been shown to be able to absorb the water of Carl's pool.
- Good Powers, Bad People: Frylock often uses his Eye Beams to save the day. The one time Shake has them, he uses them For the Evulz.
- Green-Eyed Monster: In "PDA", he leads the Aqua Teens on a quest throughout the US and tries to waterboard Meatwad because he was jealous of Romuloxs PDA and had deluded himself into believing it was his.
- Hammerspace: Pulls out random weapons from nowhere when a gag calls for it.
- Have I Mentioned I Am Sexually Active Today?: He frequently tries to act as a ladies'....milkshake cup. Frylock usually lampshades this by pointing out that Shake has no genitalia or reproductive organs. Even disregarding that, Meatwad has had more success at getting ladies' attention than Shake.
- Heroic Wannabe: During the detective theme, Shake would often attempt to look like a hero, mainly through his status as a detective and half-assed inventions and schemes. After this was phased out, it became a general desire for attention, though he still had moments of this, most notably in "Superhero".
- Hidden Depths:
- He can cook a mean lasagna, which he mainly uses to torment Carl.
- Several episodes show that Shake has an unusual interest in the stock market.
- Hot-Blooded: Shake is impulsive beyond all reason.
- Hunter of Monsters: Once claimed to have a doctorate in "Monstrology" and be an expert at capturing monsters. As to be expected, this was a lie he was using to con Meatwad.
- I am a Humanitarian: Albeit unknowingly, Shake has eaten body parts or human remains repeatedly, remarking how delicious they were at least once.
- I Know Mortal Kombat: Shake occasionally uses his knowledge of pop culture to insist that he is right, completely oblivious to the difference between fantasy and reality.Shake: I wasn't born yesterday, okay? I've seen movies.Frylock: He needs medical attention!
- Implausible Deniability: Shake is a pathological liar, but a bad one. He's the kind of guy who'll vehemently reject an idea he previously clung to with his life, even when there's actual evidence that he was the one who came up with the idea.
- In Name Only: Frylock's the real leader. Shake calls himself "Master" because it sounds cool.
- Innocently Insensitive: It's very debatable but Shake possibly can't detect the malice of his actions and might believe that they are done with good faith. This is especially prominent when he uses famous people to back his immorality up.
- Insane Troll Logic: His second most prominent trait after being a jerkass.Frylock: In order to transmit data from human nerve endings, I had to suspend the RAM in a colloidal fluid so it wouldn't overheat when the hard drive spun at the speed of time.
Shake: Because you're a witch and you made it disappear with your evil magic!
Meatwad: He's a witch?
Frylock: I'm not a witch.
Shake: Oh yeah. Don't look at him wrong, he'll shrink your head to the size of a pea, I've seen it!
Frylock: Look, the hard drive spun so fast, it sent the computer back in time.
Shake: To the time of witches, where you once lived! Bring forth the stakes! You shall burn for your beliefs, witch!
- Insufferable Imbecile: He's a dimwitted Jerkass with nonsensical logic fallacies who fails to initiate his many asinine schemes, bullies Meatwad For the Evulz, and antagonizes the rest of the characters for attention.
- In-Series Nickname: Some of the other characters, Carl in particular, will occasionally refer to Shake as 'Cup'.
- It Amused Me: He bullies Meatwad for his own amusement.
- It's All About Me: Completely selfish and lazy, one of the rare moments that he bothers to work or help if there's some selfish reason behind it, or whenever his self-preservation kicks in.
- Jerkass: Unrepentantly lazy, rude, selfish, greedy and, particularly in the earlier seasons, downright abusive towards Meatwad. "Video Ouija" demonstrates that Shake is even willing to commit suicide just to abuse Meatwad further.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Sometimes brings up good points;
Frylock: You're right. Damn, what the hell was I thinking?
- In "Super Sirloin", he correctly calls out Meatwad for stealing all their food "for the shorties" (even if he is just doing it for his Steak & Eggs and Duck à l'orange). Frylock agrees with Shake in this regards.
- In "Total Re-Carl", when Carl's body got mangled and Frylock transplanted his brain into a weapon-laden Mini-Mecha. Shake immediately points out that activating him is not a good idea.
- Jerkass to One: While Shake is generally obnoxious and unpleasant in every possible way, he takes particular pleasure in tormenting Meatwad and generally being abusive to him.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Whenever Shake does good deeds for others, there's usually some selfish motive behind his nice ways.
- Karma Houdini: Sometimes Shake gets away with the malicious things he does. Notable examples include:
- The episode "Lasagna" ends completely in Shake's favor, as he succeeds in involuntarily killing Carl by testing the latter's impulsiveness with his delicious lasagna, essentially prompting Carl to fall to his death in pursuit of said lasagna.
- "Granite Family" ends with him getting off scot-free from plunging the entire world into a nuclear wasteland. In fact, he fully wins, as he gets the "Granite Family" reboot he wanted out of watching Frylock failing to save the world AND a fully functional time machine!
- The episode "Buddy Nugget" ends with Shake having his kickass party without inviting Frylock, Meatwad, and Carl, while also stealing Frylock's idea for the Buddy Nugget device.
- A Played With example in "Reedickyoulus": Meatwad's many pets come back from the dead to give Shake a taste of his own medicine, but their attempt at providing Laser-Guided Karma backfires since Shake is too big to fit in the microwave, letting him go scot-free. Well, other than turning him into an AIDS-infected gay zombie. But Shake seems to be fine with this and joins a zombie party bus.
- A particularly infamous example happens in "Super Squatter". He forces the Aqua Teens to live without power due to his own laziness, he squats in Carl's house despite the latter obviously not wanting him, he lets Carl bleed out his broken leg with no care for his safety and effectively imprisons him in his own house, and decides to steal all of Carl's electricity so he wont have to pay the bills. Meanwhile, Carl cannot dish out any revenge on Shake due to the massive amount of medication he is on.
- "Zucotti Manicotti" has Shake push Meatwad to the brink of suicide after tricking the latter into killing his hero. All because Meatwad kept hogging the TV.
- Karmic Death: Many of Shake's karmic justices have been served in the form of death.
- Kick the Dog: Does this a lot, mainly towards Meatwad. Supposedly, he did most of it in a series of misguided events intended to toughen him up.
- Killed Off for Real: In the series finale. Subverted in the post-finale episode as he is alive and well after the credits.
- Know-Nothing Know-It-All: He insists he is right on everything, especially when Frylock gives a simpler and more rational explanation. This is probably due to him being a Cloudcuckoolander and a complete jerkass at the same time.
- Lack of Empathy: Especially towards Meatwad. In "Zucotti Manicotti", he has no problem with traumatizing Meatwad to the point of becoming suicidal.
- Large Ham: Shake gets overly dramatic when he starts accusing people, usually Frylock, of outlandish things.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Shake's immoral actions usually come back to bite him in the ass.
- Laughably Evil: Shake is by no means someone you'd wanna meet if he exists in real life, but his douchebag behavior is hilarious to watch.
- Lazy Bum: Whenever he's not going out of his way to harass Meatwad or Carl, Shake is usually making a complete lazy ass out of himself by dwelling on the couch, eating junk food, and watching a heap of TV, showing no motivation to participate in important tasks like paying the bills.
- Shake seems pathologically incapable of holding a job. For example, one of the few times he held a job (at Slurp-A-Lunch), he spends his time bitching about his job while everyone else works, and quits before the end of his first day in the job, liquefies his uniform, tries to rob the register, and then steals ham as his severance package
- The Leader: Or so he claims. In reality he's just an egotistical Control Freak. Frylock has the real authority in the household and is the only competent character of the trio, but Shake's schemes and impulses do often drive the plot.
- Lethally Stupid: Shake will ignorantly get himself in trouble that not only poses immediate danger to others, but also himself, be it Bullying a Dragon or messing with Frylock's newest invention. Luckily for the audience, karma will come back and make him pay.
- Made of Iron: Shake can, surprisingly enough, endure many amounts of pain without even scoffing it. For example Shake was able to survive being sliced up to cubes in "Intervention" and having his entire middle part of his body ripped off in "Brain Fairy".
- Manipulative Bastard: Shake will stop at nothing to get what he wants. His rebellious attitude can often lead him to talk his way out of every situation he finds him in.
- The McCoy: Of the Power Trio that is the Aqua Teens, Shake is an exaggeration of this. That cup body of his is full of impulses and irrationality...and, of course, milkshake.
- Miles Gloriosus: Brags about his prowess, skills and other such attempts to look more impressive than he actually is... and chickens out at the sight of something going wrong.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Near the end of the movie he blows Meatwad (who's usually Made of Iron) to bits with a shotgun without any warning. However, he seems genuinely concerned when he realizes this actually killed him.
- Narcissist: Shake is a pathological liar who's extremely self-serving and unsympathetic to the less fortunate, yet he frequently seeks attention wherever he goes.
- Neet: Shake is not responsible enough to hold down a job, mainly due to his laziness and contempt for authority. Most of the "jobs" he has had were short-lived and unprofessional, like working as a cashier at a mall food court.
- Never My Fault: At times, Master Shake can take this trope to extreme levels. He's written a self-help book that teaches readers to live this way to succeed in life. It obviously didn't sell, although Shake says it's Frylock's fault because he shut down the website, rather than his advice clearly isn't helpful.
- No Indoor Voice: Constantly boasts, shouts, and whines throughout the series.
- Nominal Hero: If any character is a "hero in name only" it's Shake.
- Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: Later on in the show, he tries to justify his horrible treatment of Meatwad as "Tough Love". However the show has made it very blatantly clear that he just does it to be cruel for the sake of it. It doesn't help either that Shake always makes excuses for his actions and never admits he's at fault.
- Out of Focus: The final season. He either plays a supporting to role to the focused character of the episodenote or a minor characternote . This is a noticeable contrast to the last two seasons, where he plays the main role in almost every episode.
- Pet the Dog:
- The two times Shake did something nice for someone was when he found out Frylock was supposedly dying of cancer, and then when he really was dying, and later during the mission to save him sacrifices himself to protect Meatwad from the clams.
- It's also revealed in "Reedickyoulus" that Shake owns a magician cat which he has a soft spot for, and expressed great concern when he realized he accidentally microwaved it.
- Phrase Catcher: "Dammnit Shake!" from Frylock.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Shake is clearly an adult yet lacks independence and constantly relies on Frylock's support. That aside, he throws temper tantrums and starts breaking things if he doesn't get his way, tortures Meatwad For the Evulz, and often uses childish retorts.
- Rant-Inducing Slight: Shake has a tendency to hearing something doesnt like with deranged and disconnected rants.
- Redemption Equals Death: He spends a surprising amount of time during the series finale being kind, sacrificing himself to save Meatwad after the two are attacked on the planet they travelled to in order to find Frylock a new jewel and save his life. Beforehand, he tells Meatwad that most of his abuse was in the form of Tough Love in his eyes.
- The Reveal: The series finale reveals he has a jewel exactly like Frylock's underneath him.
- Running Gag: Whenever Shake throws things on the ground, they immediately explode.
- Sadist: Shake derives amusement from the pain and suffering of Meatwad, or anyone else he happens to have power over.
- Sanity Slippage: Each season he grows more unhinged, sadistic, and disconnected from reality.
- Self-Serving Memory: "PDA" shows that Shakes memory and what really happened are two completely different beasts.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Along with Frylock, he shares the Manly Man role to Meatwad. Shake possesses both more knowledge and interest in adult culture than Meatwad, who has interests typical of a toddler, and is very clever and manipulative when it comes to finding his way out of authoritative contempt. However, on the contrary, Shake is a Psychopathic Manchild and a bit of a coward himself and doesn't really possess much powers other than being able to excrete useless ice cream from his straw, plus there are even times where Meatwad stands up for himself after being exploited too much and gets revenge on Shake.
- The Slacker: Shake lacks the courage to confront rationality and constantly relies on Frylock to support him 24/7. He is unmotivated to get a job and wants nothing more than to dwell in the house watching TV and eating junk food. However, unlike Meatwad, who cries out loud like an immature child, Shake simply yells at Frylock for telling the truth and walks away from the situation into his own little world.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Shake's entire existence revolves around getting people to think he's as awesome as he thinks he is. Of course, whether it's posing as a superhero or getting plastic surgery to become a model, it never works. He's a moron.
- The Sociopath: Explicitly described this way in "Freda".
- Spoiled Brat: Shake has the temper of a spoiled child and gets incredibly furious if his way is not handed over to him.
- The Straight Man: Shake of all people, was this to the Creditor.
- Stuff Blowing Up: He seems to have the power to make things explode whenever he tosses them out of frustration or anger. However, a few other characters have done this in the series, meaning the power isn't unique to him.
- Suicide as Comedy: He's killed himself many times just to mess with the other characters and entertain the audience. "Video Ouija" stands out as the most prominent example, in which he commits suicide by ingesting the fumes of gasoline through a hose, consuming a bunch of sleeping pills, and ultimately jumping into Carl's pool, which has live piranhas and a plugged-in toaster to facilitate the process.Shake: [writing his suicide note] Friends, relations, whatever the hell Meatwad is... I've lived a full life. It's actually been...pretty bitchin'. But now, regrettably, my life has been taken. Please bury me with all my stuff because you know it's mine. Dearest Meatwad, turn on that dumb game cause' I am gonna wail you from the grave, baby! Missing you already, M.S.Frylock: Oh my God.Carl: Fryman, I am so sorry...that, uh, I can't press charges here.Frylock: ...Yeah, me too.
- Suicide Is Painless: Once killed himself just to mess with Meatwad. And another so he can see a woman naked.
- Supreme Chef: While usually incapable of doing anything, Shake has been shown to be really good at cooking, making four-cheese lasagna, cheese-injected fried beef and cakes. Downplayed, since Shake will cook only for 'special occasions' like screwing up Meatwad's diet or torturing Carl. At other times he wouldn't even mind eating cat food.
- Talkative Loon: A Running Gag is that when Shake is ignored or outargued, he'll just start saying whatever he can to get attention.
- Tantrum Throwing: When Shake gets upset, he often starts throwing objects around and breaking them, even if theyre his own property.
- Token Evil Teammate: A bastard who lives to torture his roommates and for personal gain. The other members of the team often do evil things as well, but Shake is unique in that he doesn't need a reason.
- Too Dumb to Live: He has sliced himself in half with a katana, eaten a sandwich that he knew would send him to a hell dimension where an axe-wielding cyclops awaited to slice his head open, and has gone as far as committing suicide just to ruin Meatwad's Ouija video game.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: At the start of the series, what with its Early Installment Weirdness, Shake was incompetent and kind of a self-centered jerk already but he still tried to solve crimes and get things done. Before the first season was even over, Shake was hitting the decline, and by the second season he hit it so hard that he'd let Carl bleed to death by a self-inflicted gun wound he was responsible for by breaking into Carl's house in the first place. From there, Shake's descent into being a Jerk with a Heart of Jerk was cemented and he just got worse with each season.
- Took a Level in Kindness:
- In "Shake Like Me", Master Shake gets bitten by a radioactive black man, turns black and becomes much friendlier compared to his original self. Unfortunately, Shake being nice was found to be a bit too creepy, so Frylock returned him to his normal (jerkass) self.
- The final season as a whole. While Shake is by no means a Nice Guy this season, his Jerkass tendencies have been notably toned downnote .
- Took a Level in Dumbass: Each season, Shake, already a delusional moron in the first season, loses a level in intelligence.
- The Topic of Cancer: He ends up developing cancer (and diabetes) by the end of Super Bowl by eating so many bags of cheesey nacho chips that becomes morbidly obese, severely acne ridden, and he passes out and has to go to the hospital to get the diagnosis, all while trying to win the same Super Bowl tickets Meatwad got on his first try (and not taking Frylocks word that he doesn't have to eat the chips to check for tickets). Unlike Frylock's cancer in Party All The Time, it's played for comedy here, especially when he finds out Meatwad didn't even go to the Super Bowl.
- Troll: Shake manipulates his roommates and Carl purely to see the look on their faces when they realize they've been tricked.
- The Unapologetic: Shake rarely if ever feels sorry for his malicious actions.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Almost never thanks anyone.
- Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Despite his lack of positive qualities, he's a stupid jerk that makes people laugh.
- Villain Protagonist: Shake at his very worst can be considered this in that he's prone to committing crimes For the Evulz.
- Weapon of Choice: Shake is prone to using flamethrowers.
- What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Frylock can fire laser beams from his eye and can shoot fry-like projectiles, Meatwad can shapeshift into virtually anything, and Shake... can excrete ice cream. Actually subverted, as he also has the questionable power that anything he drops or throws will explode. This seems quite random, but considering he was created by Dr. Weird, it's somewhat understandable.
- White Gangbangers: While Frylock is obviously black, and Meatwad some odd mix that leans towards black with his interest in black culture and his speech being peppered particularly with aave, Shake is decidedly White, and still makes a rap album and defualts to black celebirties when attempting to switch bodies.
- Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness: Has a light yellow sclera, and it pretty much fits his jerkass attitude.
Voiced by: Carey Means
A floating, super-intelligent box of french fries with various powers. Usually the most realistic and morally decent member of the trio, but he still has his moments of questionability.
- Adaptational Badass: Compared to his original "Baffler Meal" appearance where he was arguably more like Meatwad.
- Ambidextrous Sprite: The scar under his eye swaps sides depending on which way he's facing.
- Ambiguously Brown: While he's just a red box of French fries, there are some hints that he might be of African-American descent. His voice actor Carey Means is black, not to mention Shake lampshades this in one episode.Shake: You sound black. Where are you from?
- Anti-Hero: Even Frylock, who's normally the voice of reason, has his morally ambiguous moments (notably in "Fry Legs" and "The Cloning").
- Armor-Piercing Response: It doesn't always work, but when Shake is up to no good yet again and trying to coerce or bully Frylock into having his way, a straightforward method of getting Shake to piss off is firmly telling him, "No." The moments it works best are when Frylock's absolutely fed up with Shake, who somehow doesn't see it coming and fumbles the responses afterwards.
- Badass Baritone: Has a very deep voice that goes along with his tough-guy ego.
- Badass Beard: Frylock has a beard that complements his badassery.
- Badass Bookworm: Frylock's eye lasers and smarts are the only things keeping Shake and Meatwad alive. Well, sometimes.
- Beware the Nice Ones: He's the nicest Aqua Teen next to Meatwad. Press his buttons though, and that changes right quick.
- Blasting It Out of Their Hands: More like vaporizing it in their hands. He does this with his eye beams, usually as a show of force or to get someone to pay attention.
- Bungling Inventor: Among the failures were a robotic babysitter that terrorized Meatwad, an experimental toilet that destroyed Carl's body from the neck down when he used it, and a cloning machine that produced unstable copies of the original that would explode/spew blood/gain sentience. Like the examples above, those that aren't outright failures usually end up causing problems because he doesn't seem to get that his immature/irresponsible roommates can't be trusted with them.
- "Damnit Shake!" or "Damnit Meatwad!", which isn't surprising considering how he bears the brunt of their antics.
- "It's not a toy!" in regards to his inventions.
- Characterization Marches On: In the Pilot, he was robotic and subservient to Shake. This quickly changed when he was cemented into the Only Sane Man and real leader of the group.
- Character Development: In the first season, Frylock acted like most of the bizarre situations the Aqua Teens got into were dead serious and, when he wasnt arguing with Shake over his stupidity, took orders from him. As he grew more exasperated with both the bizarre situations he got into and Shakes antics, Frylock began reacting to these bizarre situations with annoyance and on occasion skepticism and refused to take orders from Shake, often preferring to let Shake suffer the consequences of his own actions.
- Chubby Chaser: All of his love interests (except for a woman from "Carl") were women of size.
- Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: In regards to Shake and Meatwad; he is quick to call them out on their immaturity.
- Complete Immortality: Thanks to a magic shampoo he used in the very last episode of the series, Frylock has this. Any injury he sustains is little more than a temporary inconvenience, which he exploits to make extreme gore videos with Carl. Unfortunately, after being imprisoned for murder of a Highlander star, he can't serve out his life sentences because he doesn't age.
- The Conscience: To Shake, Meatwad and sometimes Carl if he feels like listening. Without Frylock, they would probably be complete psychopaths.
- Control Freak: He is usually the straight man and voice of reason, but some of his more pathetic moments approach a Control Freak (especially when he's trying to entertain anyone).
- Didn't Think This Through: In "Total Re-Carl." After mangling Carl's body and several false starts, Frylock rebuilds Carl by giving him a military suit and arming him with weapons of mass destruction. You know just how bad of an idea this was when it's Shake who calls him out on it:Frylock: I give you the ultimate in military hardware, complete with laser cannon, indestructible titanium exoskeleton and motion-activated plasma pulse rifles.
Shake: And you're gonna plug him in?!
Frylock: You're right. Damn, what the hell was I thinking?
- Ditzy Genius: Frylock is inarguably the most rational and logically thinking member of the trio, but to his discredit, he occasionally forgets to beforehand plan out his science experiments, leading to asinine results.
- Enraged by Idiocy: There's only so much of his roommates' stupidity he can take, especially Shake's.
- Eye Beams: Frylock wears contact lenses that shoot just about anything from electricity to fire-retardant foam.
- For Science!: Frylock falls into this trope on occasion the toilet that destroyed Carl's body springs to mind.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Melancholic. Frylock is a dour complainer who obsessively frets over problems. Not that you can blame him...
- Gender Bender: The movie reveals that he is actually a lesbian woman trapped in a man's body. Surprisingly enough, there are multiple instances of this being foreshadowed earlier in the series.
- Hyper Competent Side Kick: Shake is ostensibly the leader of the crew, but Frylock is the problem solver, and the only member of the trio with any real power or intelligence, of which he has quite a lot.
- In-Series Nickname: "Fryman", used by friends and enemies alike, typically Carl.
- Insufferable Genius: While generally a Nice Guy, Frylock has shown shades of this at times; he's prone to forcing his scientific inventions on his roommates when it's clear that they aren't interested (unless the invention in question can be used as a toy) and acting superior over them for being more intelligent. This is a driving point on the storyline in "Unremarkable Voyage". However, these instances seem to be done in an attempt to deconstruct Shake and Meatwad's stupidity and make them interested in a more professional lifestyle.
- Jerkass Ball: Picks this up every now and then, most notably in "Fry Legs" where he sexually harasses a computer repair woman and kills her boyfriend to increase his chances of getting with her.
- Karma Houdini: In the episode "Fry Legs" Frylock gets away with sexually harassing a computer repair woman and killing her boyfriend, while Shake gets killed at the end for no actual reason.
- Killed Off for Real: In the series finale. Though he's alive and well again in the post-finale episode.
- Manipulative Bastard: On occasion, he likes to goad Carl sometimes Shake into being the lab rats to his science experiments, and in the case of Shake in particular, to his death or horrible injury when hes about fed up with him.
- In Total Re-Carl, he pushes Carl into trying out his new eco-friendly toilet by breaking into his house while hes hiding from him, claiming the high-tech toilet he installed outside has a cloaking device, handing him a gift basket of treats that encourage bowel movement when eaten, and then locks him out his own house so Carl has to shit in the toilet he needs tested. The part about the cloaking device was also a lie, which he points out was an obvious lie to Meatwad while spying on Carl shitting outside.
- In Bible Fruit, when the titular Bible Fruit characters relapse into their old drug-addicted and murderous ways, Frylock tells them with a straight face that Shake contains plenty of drugs, while he and Meatwad go outside to rig the house to explode while Shake is getting mobbed and beheaded, still inside with the Fruits when it blows.
- Midair Bobbing: Frylock has the ability to float up and down in midair.
- Nice Guy: Frylock is the second-nicest member of the Aqua Teens behind Meatwad, courtesy of having impulse restraint and civilization.
- No Respect Guy: Nobody ever listens to Frylock's advice. They usually suffer for it.
- Not So Above It All: Every now and then, Frylock acts as greedy and mean as Shake. One episode shows him cloning (i.e., counterfeiting) money, even after he told Shake not to.Frylock': (after taking out a resurrected George Washington that tried to lecture them on their misdeeds) Eh, we should have cloned Twenty [dollar bills]. Jackson wouldn't have given a shit.
- And then of course, there's the episode "Fry Legs", where he sexually harasses a computer repair woman and murders her boyfriend just to increase his chances of getting with her.
- Only Sane Man: He's basically the only one of the trio who's capable of... anything, really. Meatwad and Shake are too stupid to take care of themselves in Frylock's absence.
- Parental Substitute: To Meatwad. They have a father-son relationship, stemming from Meatwad's childlike personality in contrast to Frylock's maturity.
- Perpetual Frowner: Most of the time he's shown with a frown on his face. Not surprising, considering the amount of shit that he goes through on a daily basis.
- Power Floats: Unlike the other two, he only moves around by floating, through via the jewel on his back.
- Team Dad: Often the voice of authority and reason, especially to Shake. He has no problem laying down discipline, like sending Meatwad to his room or even zapping his roommates and their possessions.
- Team Mom: Mostly to Meatwad, or in a firmer sense to Shake when he's bullying Meatwad. He can be downright nurturing, at times.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Frylock is the Manly Man to Meatwad's Sensitive Guy; Meatwad is childishly innocent with little strength or courage, while Frylock is a tough, brave and bold badass who possesses the very power to zap others to death.
- The Spock: He's the rational one of the Aqua Teens, and is the only one who can even consider sticking to a plan. Yes, he's a wet blanket, but when your roommates are as dumb as Meatwad and Shake, it's forgivable.
- The Stoic: In most of the episodes, he doesn't express emotion facial wise (besides raising an eyebrow, smiling, and widening his eyes) but he does express his emotions through his voice (which is more subtle).
- The Straight Man: Carey Means, who plays Frylock, has the added privilege of playing the Straight Man to lines that usually don't even make sense spoken by anthropomorphic food items and stoned two-dimensional aliens.
- Surrounded by Idiots: He lives with a Jerkass milkshake and a childish, painfully naïve meatball, and next door to an unpleasant middle-aged man. Frylock is in fact one of the few people on the show with any intelligence and common sense.
- Token Good Teammate: He's the only person on the Force, and really on the show, who has a semi-functioning moral compass, though he's been known to have his moments of extreme depravity that shock even Shake.
- Token Religious Teammate: He seems to take his faith very seriously. Shake doesn't buy it, though.Shake: (referring to Meatwad) Look at him and tell me there's a God!Meatwad: He made me in His own image.Shake: Oh, yeah, that's right. God's a big meatball! I forgot!
- Tranquil Fury: Sometimes it's not quite "tranquil", but this tends to be a perpetual state of what Frylock has with Shake when he's not either trying to ignore a problem or minding his own business. It's most prominent when Shake pushes him hard enough to shut Shake down with an absolute refusal to continue.
- Transgender: His personal arc in the movie has him decide to transition, whereupon he hooks up with the Cybernetic Ghost of Christmas Past.
- Vocal Evolution: He sounded far more deadpan than usual in the first few episodes.
- When He Smiles: He has corrective braces.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: At the beginning of the first season, he acted like he was in a typical superhero cartoon rather than a Widget Series, and treated most of the situations the Aqua Teens got into as dead serious. This quickly changed.
- Yandere: When Frylock develops a crush on a girl - there will be blood.
Voiced by: Dave Willis
A wad of meat. Pretty slow-witted, but he has a good heart.
- Achievements in Ignorance: In the finale it's revealed he used to have a jewel like Frylock and Shake, but traded it away. Since he didn't know he needed it to live, he stayed alive.
- Acquired Situational Narcissism: Meatwad gets a tight grip on the Jerkass Ball in "Chicken and Beans", where the resulting fame of a viral video he was in causes him to betray the Aqua Teens in exchange for a rich, celebrity lifestyle, having a terrible attitude towards Frylock when asked to come home.
- All-Loving Hero: On a show known for complete cynicism and surrealism, Meatwad tries to serve as The Heart among the many Anti-Heroes and sociopaths, even if too naive to be believable.
- Ambiguous Disorder: It's heavily indicated that he has some kind of mental disability. In "Super Bowl" and "Ezekial," he outright calls himself "messed up in the head" and retarded in those respective episodes, and in "Rabbot Redux," when Shake complains to Frylock about Meatwad upsetting him, Frylock responds, "He doesn't know any better, and he's never gonna know any better. And you know that." According to one episode, Meatwad doesn't even have a brain.
- Ambiguous Gender: Widely accepted to be a male, but him being a literal wad of meat, and his androgynous voice helps muddle things. Discussed and played for laughs in "Gee Whiz"
- Asteroids Monster: As revealed in "Multiple Meats", Meatwad is capable of multiplying when pieces of body are removed. Near the end of the episode, there are approximately 107 Meatwads.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: He has a very small attention span. A good example would be in "Unremarkable Voyage", where he immediately gets distracted by a giant hot dog when he was supposed to get Frylock and Carl out of Shake's body and return them to normal size.
- The Baby of the Bunch: Meatwad is without a doubt the most oblivious and childlike member of the Aqua Teens and is rarely taken seriously by the other two, rather he is used as a scapegoat for their schemes. Since he's unable to think for himself, Frylock constantly has to nurture him with affection and help against his mental deficiency, which Shake usually gets jealous of.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Whilst generally kindhearted and frequently abused by his roommate Shake, when he does get his revenge on the "Master"...ho boy!
- Beware the Silly Ones: Meatwad sure is an eccentric ditz, but he will go to great lengths to get revenge on Shake if the latter harms him enough.
- Big Eater: When trying to enter the pool, Frylock notes Meatwad ate 40 hot dogs. Meatwad denies this then proudly corrects him with 48.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Meatwad is most definitely the kindest member of the trio, but he can still be rather bratty and demanding if Frylock opposes his irrationalities and will become an arrogant prick whenever obtaining some form of fame.
- Bratty Half-Pint: His dynamic with Frylock has shades of this every now and then, as Meatwad will often get irritable when Frylock lampshades his irrational ideals or tells the hurtful truth, leading Meatwad to whine and cry like a spoiled child to bring out his sympathy.
- Breakout Character: Of all three of the Aqua Teens, Meatwad is perhaps the most recognizable. He has died the least amount of times, survived the real and fake finales of the series and has the most appearances outside of his series; he is featured on numerous DVD covers and the Christmas soundtrack without Shake and Frylock, appears in commercials and commercial bumps, had an honest-to-God hot air balloon for a time, and series creator Dave Willis joked about Meatwad appearing in a kid's show. In "Mouth Quest", he's even referred to as the "popular meatball character".
- Break the Cutie: He is frequently put on the receiving end of Master Shake's psychological torment.
- Bumbling Sidekick: He's Frylock's lab assistant. He may not be bright, but he's more stable than Shake.
- Butt-Monkey: He gets abused and manipulated quite frequently by Shake.
- Captain Obvious: Sometimes Meatwad states the obvious.Meatwad: 20 cents off my next order of wasabi fries, alright! You see, they fill the fries with wasabi sauce.
- Catchphrase: "I ain't got no damn money."
- Characterization Marches On: As the series progresses, Meatwad seems to be becoming smarter and less likely to fall for Shake's manipulation. He also seems to be becoming more mature as he's exhibiting more sexual curiosity and knowledge of adult culture, something that his previous self wouldn't have been able to do due to his childish mindset.
- The Chew Toy: Shake's abuse towards Meatwad is mostly intended to get a laugh from the audience.
- Classical Anti-Hero: He usually means well, but is often too dumb to be of any real use.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Meatwad's perception is...special, all right.
- Companion Cube: Meatwad is friends with an apple, a toilet paper tube, and a box named "Boxy Brown", all of whom he anthropomorphizes.
- Corrupt the Cutie: Due to how painfully stupid he is, Meatwad gets morally corrupt at least once per season. His childlike naivety is a frequent source of exploitation by Master Shake, and most of his maturity is inherited from the latter's presence.
- Cry Cute: Whenever Meatwad cries, it's absolutely adorable.
- Cuckoosnarker: While Meatwad is far from normal, that doesn't mean he's not above using sarcasm in his more lucid moments.
- The Cutie: He's hopelessly naive and innocent.
- Deliberately Cute Child: A Running Gag, most especially seen in the earlier seasons, is that whenever Frylock expresses bluntness, Meatwad cries like a little kid until Frylock takes back what he said.
- Depending on the Writer: Meatwad's maturity level. A handful of episodes, the older ones in particular, portray him as having the innocence and behavior of a child, while others, more precisely the later episodes, portray him as just as adult and sexually curious as the other two Aqua Teens.
- The Ditz: Let's put it this way. Shake, who accidentally kills himself on a regular basis, outsmarts and manipulates Meatwad just as often.
- Drunk with Power: There have been a few occasions when he lets power or wealth of whatever he gets his "hands" on goes to his head.
- Dumbass Has a Point: Whenever Meatwad gets his head out of his ass, he can easily spot the moral side of a situation.
- Dumb Is Good: For him, at least, making it more like Dumbest Is Good.
- Earn Your Happy Ending:
- After over a decade of constant abuse from Master Shake, the series finale reveals that after Shake and Frylock's deaths, Meatwad gets married, starts a family, and overall finally leads a happy, normal life.
- Ultimately subverted, since it wasn't the real finale. The real finale doesn't change a whole lot, though he's the only character who's not dead or in prison by the end.
- Extreme Doormat: Meatwad is usually too cowardly to defend himself from Shake's torment, albeit more-so in the earlier episodes.
- Extreme Omnivore: He seems to be capable of eating just about anything, from a computer chip to Shake's vomit. He's also eaten 48 hot dogs in one sitting.
- Foil: Meatwad's personality highlights Shake's by contrast. Both of them are incredibly stupid (and sometimes even Too Dumb to Live), immature and possess the logic of a lunatic, but they differ from each other in that:
- Shake is an incredibly mean, self-serving, narcissistic, sociopathic douchebag who possesses a total disregard for life.
- Meatwad is a perpetually optimistic, sweet, and childlike individual who always tries to do the right thing.
- The Fool: Shake certainly thinks so. While Meatwad certainly is gullible in the worst way possible, he's also irritatingly lucky at that and seems to be indestructible. For example, when Shake leaves Meatwad in the washing machine for a week in "Balloonenstein", instead of dying like one would expect, Meatwad instead gains the super power to zap others with electricity. And in "Remooned", when Shake microwaves Meatwad for 5 minutes in an attempt to kill him, twice, Meatwad is still intact afterward.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Phlegmatic. Meatwad is incredibly placid, and since he's dumb as a post, he'll go along with almost anything he's told.
- Genius Ditz: Despite his naïve incompetence, Meatwad is too clever for his own good when it comes to getting revenge on Shake.
- The Heart: The closest thing this show has to one, as he's so sweet and innocent that he wouldn't even hurt a fly, with Shake being the only person he consistently holds a grudge against (which isn't unjustified given the latter's horrible treatment of him).
- Hidden Depths: In spite of his idiocy, hes surprisingly good at using Shakes (who runs mental rings around Meatwad) vanity and need for attention against him.
- Horrible Judge of Character: He consistently views Shake, the Mooninites, and Carl as his friends when it's pretty obvious that they're using him in the name of personal gain.
- Innocently Insensitive: Most of Meatwad's misdeeds are born out of sheer ignorance.
- Insufferable Genius: Turned into one in "Dumber Days." After discovering that his brain is actually a toy, Frylock gives Meatwad a new one with the help of Carl, which not only causes Meatwad's body to grow in size, but made him act like an arrogant know-it-all. note
- Iron Butt Monkey: One could infer that Meatwad is Made of Iron. Some of Shake's attempts to torment Meatwad backfire and thus leave him unaffected in the aftermath, be it leaving him in the laundry machine for a week and microwaving him with tin foil in the oven.
- Jerkass Ball: Whenever he acquires any form of superiority over someone else, he becomes almost as bad as Shake.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Anytime he gets his revenge on Shake. If it's this trope or Pay Evil unto Evil depends on how oblivious Meatwad is to Shake's dickery at the time.
- Kindhearted Simpleton: Meatwad may not be the sharpest tool in the shed, but he has proven to be a really nice fellow.
- The Kirk: Unfortunately, while he tries to be the mediator between Shake and Frylock, he's too laid back, unfocused and dull to make his own decisions, let alone affect theirs.
- Living Toys: They're not really toys, but he can still talk to them. The others can talk to them in "Shake Like Me". In "Dumber Dolls", Frylock buys him an actual living toy, which turns out to be The Eeyore.
- Made of Bologna: Well, hamburger meat, but still.
- Made of Iron: He's surprisingly difficult to kill, as he has shrugged off land mines exploding beneath him and cutting him in half merely splits him into two smaller Meatwads.
- Manchild: Meatwad plays with toddler toys and watches Sesame Street-like shows. He and Frylock basically have a father-son relationship, since Meatwad can't think for himself. Though, as shown in "Knapsack", he's actually 6. By the end of the series, he's grown out of this immensely.
- Manipulative Bastard: To Master Shake, seriously. Shake often runs circles around him, but Meatwad is surprisingly good at using Shake's vanity and need for attention against him.
- Meaningful Name: Yes, he is a wad of meat.
- Nice Guy: Out of the entire trio, Meatwad is arguably the kindest of them all in that he has the sweetness of a child and makes friends with just about everyone he comes in contact with.
- Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Just look at his "dolls". He even says that he can relate to a Darker and Edgier Sesame Street telling him, "You're gonna die."
- Nixon Mask: In "The Shaving".
- Objectshifting: Has the ability to mold his body into other shapes, most commonly a hot dog and an igloo. From time to time, he shows off more unusual forms: at one point in the movie, he becomes an entire office building.
- Pictorial Speech Bubble: His letters and notes to other characters always consist of crudely sketched figures, objects, and scribbles (most having barely any relevance to what he intended to write), accompanied by a voice-over of him reading "it" aloud.
- Prone to Tears Like a very young and immature child, Meatwad tends to have his feelings hurt very easily, such as being told that he doesn't have hair or that his fictional idols don't exist. This seems to be a Running Gag between him and Frylock, where Meatwad persistently cries until Frylock takes back what he said out of sympathy for him.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: He is essentially the Sensitive Guy to both Shake and Frylock's Manly Men. Meatwad has the interests of a little kid, tends to have his feelings hurt very easily, has little strength or courage, and is easy to manipulate. Shake and Frylock, on the other hand, aren't fooled by exploitation and possess more knowledge in adult culture.
- Shock and Awe: In "Balloonenstein", after Shake puts him in the dryer for a week.
- Simpleton Voice: His child-like voice befits his complete lack of intellengce.
- Sole Survivor: With Chicken Bittle killed prior to the series and Frylock and Shake both permanently dying in the series finale, Meatwad is the only member of the Aqua Teens left alive. Downplayed in the true finale, as all 3 of the Aqua Teens were shown perfectly fine at the end, although Meatwad was the only one who wasn't incarcerated.
- Spoiled Brat: It's not uncommon for Meatwad to whine like an obnoxious child to bring out Frylock's support.
- Super Gullible: Meatwad is overly trusting and very easy to manipulate. Shake especially loves to exploit this.
- Too Dumb to Live: Although he's not nearly as self-destructive as Shake, he still has his moments. In one episode in which Shake covers the floor with land mines to deal with their rat infestation, Meatwad ends up setting off more mines than the rats do. The most notorious example would have to be in "Time Machine", in the episode, Meatwad blindly talks to an exterminator not knowing a MISSILE is coming towards him! It's one of the few episodes where Meatwad actually dies.
- Took a Level in Badass: In "Last Dance For Napkin Lad", and in the series finale when it's revealed that he eventually ends up as a mature person with a loving family.
- Unexplained Accent: Despite the series taking place in New Jersey, located in the northeastern part of the United States, Meatwad has a slight southern accent.
- Vocal Evolution: Throughout most of the first season, his voice was rather high-pitched and kind of squeaky. Afterwards, his voice slightly deepened and lost some of the squeaking.
- Voluntary Shapeshifter: He usually only limits himself to turning into a hotdog or an igloo, since those are the only forms he can usually remember.
- You No Take Candle: Often speaks this way.
Voiced by: Dave Willis, MC Chris (young)
Their fat, bald, middle-aged neighbor.
- All Men Are Perverts: He owns a crap ton of pornography, goes to "Melon Shakers" (a strip club) very frequently, masturbates to the yoga channel, and just generally tries hard to get himself laid.
- Berserk Button: The Aqua Teens in general typically piss him off very much, especially when they use his pool or his car.
- Bigger Is Better in Bed: In "Unremarkable Voyage", Carl uses Frylock's Shrink Ray to enlarge the size of his penis.
- Black Bead Eyes: His eyes are just two black dots.
- Born Unlucky: Carl had an abusive childhood in which he was raised in abject poverty without a mother and had the most pathetic excuse for a dad. His misery carried on into his adulthood, where he was forced to live next door to a trio of sentient fast food products who put him through hell both unintentionally and intentionally, can never get the girl of his dreams, still lives in abject poverty, and in general is a Cosmic Plaything.
- Butt-Monkey: Carl has it as bad as Kenny McCormick.
- Carpet of Virility: The man is a very hairy individual.
- Casanova Wannabe: Despite his claims, most of the women he gets on his own are ugly hookers. He even wears a medallion like the former Trope Namer.
- "Ya' know what I'm saying?" or "Ya' know what I mean?"
- "What's in it for me?"
- Character Tics: Facepalming in response to stupidity.
- The Chew Toy: His most noticeable trait is that he gets shafted all the time, just for living next door to the Aqua Teens. Despite this, his status as a Butt-Monkey is clearly meant to make the audience laugh.
- Complete Immortality: He uses the magic shampoo Frylock has and becomes this. He also gets imprisoned and is consistently electrocuted in an attempt to execute him. He just laughs at the effort.
- Cool Loser: A balding, impotent, starving, chauvinistic loser... with a pretty sweet ride and killer taste in classic rock.
- Cosmic Plaything: Carl seems the be the universe's main punching bag, even at times where he has done little to deserve his torment.Carl: I don't know if I believe in God but he probably hates me.
- Cranky Neighbor: Not that it's unjustified, and there's an emphasis on "cranky," but Carl very often gets upset whenever the Aqua Teens use his pool or enter his house without his permission.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Whenever he gets killed, it's almost always in a brutal manner.
- Disco Stu: Has an somewhat outdated sensibilities of what's cool as showcased with the Time Share episode, thinking head bandanas and leather jackets are still the pinnacle of fashion. Also a big fan of 70s and 80s Arena Rock which he mentioned attending during his youth.
- Everyone Has Standards:
- Despite it being clear he hates the Aqua Teens and their constant intrusion in his life, he can be horrified if something awful happens to them. He was saddened for Frylock when he developed cancer and he was horrified when Meatwad once tore Shake's eyes out and put them on his face.
- He's unwilling to have sex with Tammy Tangerine, a sentient fruit.
- Facepalm: He tends to react this way to stupidity.
- Fat Bastard: A short-tempered, vulgar, fat man.
- Fat Idiot: More ignorant than stupid.
- Fat Slob: He's a rather lazy and slovenly guy.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Choleric. We did say he's short tempered and vulgar.
- Freudian Excuse: When taking the sheer amount of shit that the Aqua Teens put him through into account, as well as his abusive and negligent upbringing, it's not hard to see why he's such a jerk.
- Friend in the Black Market: Terry, Carl's go-to guy for illegal material, such as organs.
- Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Carl was a Butt-Monkey even as a child; his father's Christmas gift to him was carpet squares. To eat. And he had to work at an insulation factory that same Christmas.
- Idiot Ball: Despite his common sense, Carl is sometimes dumb enough to fall for Shake's antics, like when he jumped out the window in pursuit of his lasagna when it was clearly obvious that Shake was trying to kill him.
- Image Song: "I Don't Need No Instructions To Know How To Rock!"
- It's All About Me: Carl only does favors for others if there's something in return for him.
- Jerkass: Though not as much as Shake, but that's probably not possible. In one episode he verbally berates his cousin Denise simply because he feels that is his right as her family member. Also, he's not as much a jerk as he is misunderstood.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Carl's case is also understandable given how he bears the brunt of the Aqua Teens' antics.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Whenever Carl does good things for others, there's notably some selfishness behind his kindness, as he'll usually ask how doing so will benefit him.
- Karmic Death: Many of Carl's deaths verge on this.
- In "Storage Zeebles", Carl finds a magical world and decides to ransack the entire dimension, harvesting all of its resources while exploiting the native species's kindness. Even when the Zeebles' king is begging him to stop, Carl makes it overwhelmingly clear that he doesn't care if they all starve and die. In turn, Carl is mauled to death by the "Night Wolf", starting with his crotch.
- In "Hospice", Carl purposely maxes out his mother's credit card while she's dying of cancer. In turn, she (whose cancer has entered remission) decides to burn him alive.
- Large Ham: He has shades of this, as his vocal delivery can sometimes be over-the-top and dramatic.
- Laser-Guided Karma: He admits in "Handbanana" he thought rape was funny. After being raped by the titular dog, he doesn't have that opinion anymore.
- Lazy Bum: He does nothing but sit on his lazy ass all day 99% of the time.
- Loser Protagonist: Perpetually poor, unemployed, starving, unlucky in love, and generally unlucky in life.
- Noodle Incident: Mostly centered around his friend, Terry, who's been in jail for crimes too gruesome to mention.
- Not So Above It All: Carl is usually the Aqua Teens' voice of reason, yet he himself isn't free of eccentricity, as he's an over-the-top, sex-crazed maniac.
- Odd Friendship: The closest thing he has with Meatwad, as he's less hostile to him in comparison to how he is with Frylock and especially Shake.
- Only Sane Man: Carl's an ignorant, sex-crazed, crude, lazy bum. On any other show, he'd be the wacky next-door neighbor. However, since he's the neighbour of the Aqua Teens, he's the sane one by default.
- Pet the Dog: He let Frylock, who was dying of cancer in one episode, stay at his place for the time being (albeit after wearing a mask to cover his face to avoid possible germs).
- The Pig-Pen: Hygiene is pretty low on Carl's priority list.
- The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: When asked about his job, he claims he "works out of the home", but he's never actually seen doing any work and there's no evidence of it in his home.
- In season 6, he tells Frylock he studied elevator repair.
- Occasionally, Carl is shown to be selling counterfeit sports and music merchandise, which might account for at least some of his income. He's also shown to be connected to various illegal activities as well.
- Politically Incorrect Hero: "Politically Incorrect Anti-Hero" would be more accurate, but Carl displays a lot of sexism and occasional homophobia throughout the show.
- Prematurely Bald: His hairline is already receding when he's seen as a child in the flashback from "Cybernetic Ghost of Christmas Past from the Future".
- Seen It All: Carl has seen and been through so much weird shit that he reacts very casually to aliens in his yard, Frylock's bizarre inventions, and the fix for the elf blood flooding his house being sex with a giant red gorilla in space. He might react with anything but resigned exasperation to fury to pragmatism, but he's used to it. Also, according to him (and as evidenced by the mummy in the crawlspace), the people who lived next door before the Aqua Teens moved in were even weirder. See Unfazed Everyman.
- Sixth Ranger: He's not a member of the Aqua Teens, but he's easily the most recognizable character outside of them, and is more often than not seen hanging out with them.
- They Killed Kenny Again: Carl dies ridiculously often, usually because of something the Aqua Teens did.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: When the Cybernetic Ghost of Christmas Past from the Future causes his pool to become filled with elf blood in the first season finale, he sells his house to Danzig for a million dollars and isn't seen for the rest of the episode, so presumably he got his million. Of course, since the show has Negative Continuity he's back at his house again at the start of the next season.
- Too Dumb to Live: In "Lasagna", while Carl is in the hospital, Shake places a tray of his delicious lasagna on the windowsill to taunt him. Carl knows that chasing after the lasagna will ultimately culminate in his death, but he can't resist and does so anyway.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Carl became really prone to committing crimes and even murder in later seasons.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Maybe to combat the above, he also begins to openly associate himself with the Aqua Teens more often, rather than going to great lengths to distance himself from them.
- Token Human: To the Aqua Teens in that, while he's not the only human character on the show, he's the only one to have a consistently recurring role.
- Tranquil Fury: He has a tendency to express his anger in a calm or deadpan manner. An example would be in "Deleted Scenes," where he points a loaded shotgun at Shake as revenge for literally having him shove a broom up his ass for their movie. Carl, during his exchange with the Too Dumb to Live Shake, expresses his threats in a laid back demeanor.Shake: Ah, Carl, so you found a little prop gun for yourself.Carl: (calmly) No, no, no, it's not a prop gun, it's a shotgun. They use it for uh, for death.
- Unfazed Everyman: It's rare for him to be legitimately shocked by the craziness he surrounds himself with. In fact, in some cases, he'll even join in with it.Carl: (yelling at the two giant Easter eggs destroying his house) 'Ey, make sure the house is completely crushed if you could!
- The Unpronouncable: His last name is pretty darn close. When Frylock tries to read it off a piece of paper in an episode, Carl says to just call him "Smith." Later on a DJ approximates Carl's last name as "Brutowski." Carl angrily shouts the correct pronounciation, which sounds like a jumble of random syllables.
- Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Depending on the episode. While Carl is a self-centered, ignorant, crude, and perverted asshole, he makes the audience laugh with his jerkass ways. However, the "unsympathetic" part is a bit of a stretch, as while he does occasionally commit morally ambiguous acts, it's definitely hard not to pity him based on the amount of times he has been put through hell.
- Verbal Tic: Says the words "frick" and "frig" a lot.
- Vocal Evolution: In the first several episodes, his voice was pretty raspy and not as gruff compared to later episodes.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: While the Aqua Teens' stories are wrapped up in the series finale, it's never explicitly stated what happened to Carl, though it can be inferred that he finally moved out at some point. Subverted in the true finale, where Carl is jailed along with Frylock.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: When Carl isn't outright hating the Aqua Teens, their relationship typically falls under this category.
Voiced by: Clay Martin Croker
A mad scientist who works out of an abandoned insane asylum in Jersey.
- Ax-Crazy: He's not called Dr. Weird for nothing.
- Bad Boss: Steve is often subjected to his borderline insane and downright dangerous experiments. He's even a Jerkass to Steve when he's not doing experiments.
- Barbie Doll Anatomy: The Movie explains one of the teaser jokes from an episode of season 1 as this.
- Berserk Button: Don't mispronounce his name. He'll sic spiders on you. Through the phone lines.
- Blatant Lies: When he tells Steve that the second batch of corn shall be different.Steve: Yeah, I dunno man. I mean, after last time...Dr. Weird: This time...SHALL BE DIFFERENT! MUAHAHAHAHAHAHAAASteve: Well all right, cause I am hungry again.(corn attacks Steve exactly the same way as last time)Dr. Weird: It's not different at all, is it Steve? AHAHAHAHAHAHA
- Catchphrase: "Gentlemen, BEHOLD!!!"
- Chekhov's Skill: In the movie: "I AM A MASTER OF DISGUISE!!!"
- Cloudcuckoolander: Nothing he does tends to have any rhyme or reason to it.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Several times. He once spliced his roommate Randal's DNA with a fried pork chop for not paying his half of the utilities. Another time, he sent spiders through the phone line to attack a telemarketer who mispronounced his name. Then there was the time that he pulled his brain out of his head and started firing lasers at Steve because Steve didn't bring him lunch. There was also the time that he fired several exploding tacos from his mouth at the janitor for picking up his medallion.
- Does Not Like Shoes: He tends to go barefoot for some reason.
- Evil Laugh: Often. It's a sure sign that something bad is about to happen to Steve. It also has shades of Laughing Mad.
- For Science!: Subverted. Steve thinks this is why he had sex with a lawn mower. Turns out he did it because it was free, and the lawn mower was drunk.
- Greater-Scope Villain: He was this in a few of the earlier episodes; having creating episode antagonists such as Rabbot and Mothmonsterman. He's actually the greater scope villain of the entire show, given that he created the Aqua Teens.
- High-Pressure Blood: He believes he has enough blood to launch himself from New Jersey to Arizona on decapitation.Dr. Weird: GENTLEMEN!!! Chop off my head with such velocity, and my blood will rocket through my neck, and propel my lifeless body, ALL THE WAY TO PHOENIX!!!Steve: Wow, what's in Pheonix?
- I Am Your Father: Revealed to be the creator of the Hunger Force in The Movie.
- Turns out to be a zigzagging trope as Dr. Weird then insists Fry is his father, then Walter Melon shows up and says he's all their fathers. By the time their mother, a seven layer burrito, shows up, nobody except Meatwad even cares and the movie goes straight to credits. And then it was revealed in 2010 by series creator Dave Willis that Dr. Weird did create the Aqua Teens, and that Walter Melon was simply one of Weird's creations used for his insane and convoluted plot to mess with the Aqua Teens.
- Insistent Terminology: He almost exclusively reffers to Steve as "Gentlemen", despite there only being one of him.
- Jerkass: When his antics aren't outright insane, they're usually intentionally harmful to Steve.
- Jump Scare: Played for Laughs in one episode, where he interrupts the shot of South Jersey Island by popping up in front of the island and shouting "BULLSH(bleep)!"
- Large Ham: Very large. His entire existence hinges on how exaggerated his character is.
- Mad Scientist: He regularly presents utterly insane inventions and experiments, including the Aqua Teens, for seemingly no reason.
- Meaningful Name: Everything that he does is weird (sometimes even beyond that), though this could be explained by him living in what once was an insane asylum. His antics include teaching his ass to eat his hand, making love to (and impregnating) a lawn mower, sending spiders through the phone lines to telemarketers, tricking Steve into allowing corn to mate with him...twice, using a chain saw to cut off his flesh in order to lose weight, injecting himself with large amounts of barbecue sauce, cutting off his own head so that the blood spraying out of his neck will propel him all the way to Phoenix, asking Steve to agitate a snake coiled up inside his helmet, and much, MUCH more.
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: He's a doctor and an absolute lunatic who regularly abuses his lab assistant.
- Never My Fault: Hinted at in his first appearance. He explicitly avoids naming himself when lamenting the escape of his latest invention:Dr. Weird: WHAT HAS SCIENCE DOOONE?
- No Indoor Voice: He only has one volume: SHOUTING AT THE TOP OF HIS LUNGS!
- Out of Focus: After The Movie, Dr. Weird's prominence in the show was greatly reduced, with the cold open of "Allen Part One" and Season 11's intro being the only appearances he's made since.
- Robosexual: Has a child with a lawn mower.
- Tempting Fate: GENTLEMEN, BEHOLD! MY TIME-SPACE CONTI-
- They Killed Kenny Again: He and Steve died on a semi-regular basis.
Voiced by: Clay Martin Croker
Dr. Weird's exasperated and much-abused assistant.
- Beleaguered Assistant: Steve is frequently on the receiving end of Dr. Weird's antics when he'd rather not be.
- The Chew Toy: He is often taken advantage of by Dr. Weird, and usually in a Played for Laughs sort of way.
- Extreme Doormat: He usually goes along with Dr. Weird's abuse.
- Eye Scream: One episode features his eyes turning into spiders and jumping out of their sockets.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Has given his two weeks notice on more than one occasion.
- Servile Snarker: When Dr. Weird isn't looking.Steve: (immitating Dr. Weird) Gentlemen, fill me with Barbecue sauce because I'm dumb as hell!
- Straight Man: He serves as the voice of reason to Dr. Weird.
- Tempting Fate: See above. His head gets bitten off by a giant Dr. Weird head for imitating him.
- Too Dumb to Live: Falls for Dr. Weird's blatant lies about the second batch of corn being different than the last time. One could argue that the mere fact that he continues to work for Weird after all the mishaps and abuse he has suffered makes him this.
Voiced by: Dave Willis (Ignignokt), Matt Maiellaro (Err)
Aliens from the moon that look like they'd be better off in an Atari game.
- Anti-Villain: They're more of a nuisance to the Aqua Teens than an actual threat...for the most part.
- Arch-Enemy: To the Aqua teens, if only because they're the most recurring "threat".
- Awesome, but Impractical: Their lasers can vaporize anything, but they shoot a...
- Painfully Slow Projectile: Which Carl still manages to get hit by.
- Big Guy, Little Guy: They're both short compared to most of the characters, but Ignignokt is much larger than Err.
- Cold Ham: Ignignokt has a monotone voice, but really loves to deliver arrogant speeches, like he's a top-notch evil mastermind, despite Mooninites' actions being nothing more than rowdyism. Made even funnier, that sometimes Ignignokt will just cut his speech, when he runs out of words to say.
- Demoted to Extra: Despite being the most notable antagonists of the series, they only get a few scenes in the movie. They were actually planned to have more screen time, but much of it had little to do with the plot and was cut.
- Dirty Coward: When confronted for their actions their first instinct is to high tail it and run.
- The Ditz: Besides or perhaps alongside the Plutonians, the Mooninites are probably the only characters that are dumber than either Shake or Meatwad.
- Early Installment Character Design Difference: It's extremely minor, but the both of them in their first appearance had their eyes placed higher up on their bodies.
- Expy: Ignignokt and Err have the voices and personalities of Baffler Meal Master Shake and Frylock respectively.
- Flipping the Bird: Mooninites' signature gesture, and also the running gag for first three episodes centered around them.Ignignokt I hope they can see this, because I'm doing it as hard as I can.
- Freudian Excuse: Played for Laughs (or not) in "Moonahujana" when Err tells a sob story about his past (parental issues included), and how everything he does is just a cry for attention.
- General Failure:
- In "The Last one Forever and Ever" Ignignokt is this in spades. Him and Err assemble great part of villains and not-so villains from previous episodes to terrorize Aqua Teens. This ends up with most of the characters being killed by each other due to lack of any organisation or plan whatsoever and, yeah, most of the party members being complete morons.
- In "Spacecadeuce", Ignignokt and Err also (presumably) send a bunch of other mooninites to their death by ordering them to investigate a sentient meat-eating spaceship. Just because they had nothing better to do.
- Hot-Blooded: Err will attack anything that bothers him, and a lot of things bother him. But he's really small, so it's no big deal. Don't underestimate him, though.
- Humans Are Morons: This is the opinion held by Igignokt and Err, believing that they are superior to all life on Earth in every possible way. Unfortunately, they themselves are not all that smart and are always ultimately shown to be dumber than just about everyone they ever meet on Earth—human, food product, or otherwise.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: Both of them aren't quite bright, but Err occasionally shows more self-awareness and smarts, despite his follower status.
- Insufficiently Advanced Alien: They claim to be smarter and advancely superior than humans, but as you might tell from the other tropes listed here, they're really not.
- Leitmotif: Though the full version never plays outside of the credits (and even then, each episode gets a different verse), the Mooninites do have a theme song, a few riffs from which always appear in episodes where they feature.
- Mighty Glacier: Their blaster can vaporize stuff, but the bullets are painfully slow.
- Overarching Villain: They're the most recurring and prominent villains in the series.
- Out of Focus: They appeared much less frequently as the show went on.
- Painfully Slow Projectile: Their guns produce massive projectiles, but they move at a pacing of inches per minute. They have larger variations which move even slower.
- Perpetual Frowner: Err is a weird example, in that, due to his design, he literally always has an angry look on his face despite the tone of his voice suggesting otherwise.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: Err is barely bigger than Meatwad, but easily supports his partner's entire mass during Quad Laser attack (not so much during Quad Glacier though), and can knock out Carl like no problem.
- The Power of Rock: In one episode, they get their hands on the Foreigner Belt—a belt that gives the wearer superpowers based on the band's songs. For example, setting the belt to Cold As Ice gives freezing powers.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The serene and haughty Ignignokt is blue, while the hyper and aggressive Err is red.
- Retraux: All moon people are designed to look like 8-bit video game characters. The original plan was to portray them as refugees from a failed Atari game.
- Rogues Gallery: They're the most recurring "villains" of the show. Their only real ambition is to rob stores.
- Sarcastic Devotee: Err often agrees with Ignignokt's words and actions, still wouldn't mind to goof up his plans or snark at given opportunity.Err *reads Ignignokt's note* The Gorgotron has destroyed our armies, our villages and our pets. And he has laid ways to our craps'.Ignignokt: 'Crops' is what I typed, Err.Err: But it says 'craps'.Ignignokt: I know, Err.Err: It should be 'craps', that is funnier.Ignignokt: I've processed that humor.[...]Err: (to Meatwad) So, won't you please help us. S-s-save our craps?[Later in the same episode]Err: And see you later! We gotta harvest our craps!Ignignokt: Err, please!
- Small Name, Big Ego: Ignignokt and Err are always rambling on about how the moon is superior to Earth, but when challenged on it, they can't even explain why.
- Smoking Is Cool: The Mooninites think so.Err: We smoke as we shoot the bird!
- Smug Snake: Ignignokt tries to come across as a grandiose villainous mastermind, particularly in "The Last One Forever and Ever", but he and Err are nothing more than incompetent crooks.
- Sophisticated as Hell: Ignignokt's manner of speech is slightly this. He also owns a stencil with "fart" written in italics.
- The Stoic: Ignignokt. Doesn't stop him from being stupid though.
- The Stoner: They admit they have Moonajuana.
- Stupid Crooks:Ignignokt... as we commit first degree Grand Theft Coffee Table!
- Sufficiently Advanced Aliens: Played for laughs when Ignignokt excuses their Jerkass behavior and criminal tendencies by claiming that he and Err have "advanced beyond rules and manners."
- Tareme Eyes/Tsurime Eyes: Not their eyes themselves, but their eyebrows. Ignignokt, the calm, cool-headed one has tareme eyebrows, while Err, the excitable, hot-headed one has tsurime eyebrows.
- Undiscriminating Addict: Err is such a nicotine addict, he attempts to get high by inhaling the Ominous Fog the Cybernetic Ghost of Christmas Past from the Future summons when telling his stories. It seem to work (via placebo if nothing else), and Err even claimed it tasted like menthol.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: They are not as dysfunctional as Aqua Teens or Plutonians, but still.Err: Look man. I'm here for you, it's okay. Now, what I want you to do, is drink this. [hands a jar to Ignignokt]
Ignignokt: [takes the jars and drinks it] Thank you, Err. What was that thick shake?
Err: Well I'll tell you what it is, it's mayonnaise, I found it in the trash can...
[Err starts laughing while Ignignokt vomits]
Err: ... And it had hair on it! And you drank it! Because I'm your doctor! Do what I say!
- Vocal Evolution: Ignignokt sounded rather odd in his first appearance on the show, being emotionless (well, more emotionless than usual) and less suave compared to his subsequent appearances.
Voiced by: Mike Schatz (Emory), Andy Merrill (Oglethorpe)
Pointy aliens from Pluto. Emory is the green one, while Oglethorpe is the orange one.
- Achievements in Ignorance: They manage to create someone with a vague resemblance to Shake just by handing him a photo of Shake, tossing him in a pizza oven, and telling him to "wing it".
- Aliens Steal Cable: Literally. They use the Fargate to tap into the Aqua Teens' cable.
- Anti-Villain: Despite their efforts, they are simply too dumb to make use of them.
- The Bus Came Back: They make one last major appearance in the Season 10 finale. Apart from a few cameos, the last appearance the duo had was in The Movie, which was released during Season 4.
- A Day in the Limelight: "Spacecaduce" has them as the main focus.
- The Ditz: Whilst the Mooninites aren't the brightest of beings themselves, it says something that the Plutonians (especially Oglethorpe) easily fall for their pranks in "Spacecataz" and are hardly able to top them.
- Easily Thwarted Alien Invasion: In their first appearance, they have no real plan. In the second, they intend to "de-terraform" earth, but again lack a proper plan. In the third, they are literally only stealing the Aqua Teens' cable.
- Even Evil Has Standards: They may be idiots, but they cannot comprehend how weird and dumb Master Shake is.
- Eye Scream: Played for Laughs when Oglethorpe tries to activate a retinal scan:Oglethorpe: "Retinal scan, ON!" (the laser instead vaporizes his eyes, smoke coming out of their sockets) "AYE! DAMMIT! WRONG LASER, WRONG LASER! Why didn't you label them?"
- Feet of Clay: Oglethorpe is initially described as having invented the Insane-O-Flex in the movie, but this is later disproved.
- Foil: To the Mooninites. While they aren't arrogant Jerkasses like the Mooninites, they're also a lot less charismatic and aren't as good at manipulating people.
- Foreign Cuss Word: Oglethorpe frequently says "Scheiße" note .
- Harmless Villain: They plan to conquer the world, but in Frylock's words, they're too incompetent to "take over a damn bowl of Jell-O."
- Hyper-Competent Sidekick: Emory is a lot smarter than Oglethorpe, and is much more in tune with reality than he is. Either due to a weak personality, or just not caring enough to say no, he still goes along with what Oglethorpe says.
- Insufficiently Advanced Alien: While their ship is sufficiently advanced, they (mainly Oglethorpe) are unbelievably stupid and clearly know nothing about how it works. It's even been shown that they don't even know how a simple reading lamp works. Hell, they mistake their own bodily waste for soap and clean their ship with it!
- Mooning: One of the pranks they pull on the Mooninites in one of the "Spacecataz" openings is mooning them.Oglethorpe: Let's show them the dark side of the Plutonian moon!
- Only Sane Man: Emory is a lot more grounded in reality than Oglethorpe.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Oglethorpe is loud and stubborn (red), while Emory is easygoing and sensible (blue).
- Poirot Speak: Oglethorpe, despite being an alien, has a German accent.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Oglethorpe is extremely childish and self-centered; throwing a fit whenever things don't go his way.
- Put on a Bus: Only made a few cameos after The Movie, but they reappear in "Spacecaduce".
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: It has to be seen to be believed.Oglethorpe: We have successfully traveled beyond both space and time through the Fargate...to get free cable!
Emory: I think it's a star...gate?
Oglethorpe: It's the Fargate. F. It's different from that movie which I have never seen, so how would I copy it?
Emory: Chill, man. It's all right, let's just turn it on.
Oglethorpe: I just want to make sure we are clear that it's the Fargate. Goes far, get it? And there is no way it came from that movie or that syndicated series based on the movie.
Emory: But...it sure was a good movie.
Oglethorpe: Yah, yes it was.
- Theme Naming: Oglethorpe and Emory are colleges in Atlanta, Georgia (home of Williams Street Productions).
- Too Dumb to Live: Not only do they fix the Mooninites' self-destruct device in "Spacecataz", but they accidentally activate their own; killing both parties.
- Took a Level in Dumbass: The movie heavily implies that spending so much time with Oglethorpe caused this effect on Emory.
Voiced by: MC Chris
- Broken Pedestal: He loses Meatwad's loyalty as Sir Loin when it turns out he wasn't gathering food for "da shorteez", but for the ridiculous plan he had at the time to pay for his patio furniture.
- Butt-Monkey: He dies and goes to Hell in all of his appearances through increasingly humiliating means, where Satan regularly blasts him with fire.
- Complexity Addiction: His schemes are as overly complex as they are insane.
- Cosmic Plaything: In all of the Space Ghost Coast to Coast Universe, he's literally the only character to be affected by Continuity.
- Expy: Of It's true form.
- Giant Spider: This is his original form.
- Insane Troll Logic: ALL of his plans.MC Pee Pants: We take these monsters, right? We start a haunted house! Yeah? Yeah, you feel me? And we invite everyone to the haunted house, and they come thinking it's gonna be all scary and shit, but in fact, the house is also for sale 'cause it's a condo, get it? Like in "Hilton Head." And people are gonna pay big-ass cash money to buy this, right? And then we take all that money and buy MORE psychedelic mushrooms, YOU FEEL ME?!
- That's supposed to be a plan to "defeat" the Aqua Teens. And "Defeat," in this case, is very ill-defined.
- His plan to commit suicide involves traveling back in time and preventing the dinosaurs from going extinct so that there would be no fossil fuels to power his life support system. Meatwad is the one to point out that it would be much easier to simply unplug it.
- Involuntary Shapeshifting: Satan keep bringing him back as random things, apparently for his own amusement. A cow, a worm, an old man and a fly.
- Mind-Control Music: This is his main schtick. He places subliminal messages in catchy rap songs to rope people into his insane schemes. For instance, in his first appearance, his plan was to brainwash listeners into eating so much candy that their increased blood sugar could power a drill to bore into Hell.
- Meaningful Name: His Sir Loin persona was a cow and Little Brittle is a brittle old man.
- Never Learned to Read: Despite being a lyricist, he is illiterate. This is used against him when he's a cow; convinced that a sign that clearly says "slaughterhouse" reads "bank", he walks right to his doom.
- Motor Mouth: He talks like he's out of Speed Racer.
- Out of Focus: After "Little Brittle", he only makes a few cameos. By the following season Dr. Wongburger more or less became an Suspiciously Similar Substitute for him.
- They Killed Kenny Again: All of his appearances end with him getting killed and sent to Hell.
- Too Dumb to Live: The first thing he decides to do after being turned into a vampire is to walk out into sunlight.
Voiced by: Matt Maiellaro
- Catchphrase: THOOOUUSANDS OF YEARS AGO...
- Cloudcuckoolander: He has a penchant for telling drawn-out stories with absolutely no factual basis or consistency.
- Hi, Mom!: Was hyped when he realized he was on television and pulled this.
- Involuntary Shapeshifting: This is pretty hard to call, given the Mind Screw nature of his turkey form and various explanations.
- Mr. Exposition: A parody. The stories he tells make absolutely no sense and typically put everybody to sleep.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: He's a robot, but also supposedly a ghost.
- Once Upon a Time: Again, THOOOUUSANDS OF YEARS AGO...
- Our Ghosts Are Different: He's a robot with a head that resembles a chicken. For that matter, he's not even intangible.
- Overly Long Name: A very weird one at that.
- Telescoping Robot: Shows off an array of hidden weaponry to Carl in The Movie just to prove he's a Not-So-Harmless Villain.
Voice by: Dave Willis
One of Meatwad's toys who he talks to.
- Afro Asskicker: Subverted. He's got the afro, and he's got the attitude of a 70's Blaxploitation protagonist, but he's just a cardboard box Meatwad talks to.
- Blaxploitation Parody: He's clearly modeled after the protagonists of Blaxploitation films.
- Leitmotif: Every time he talks, a funky 70's beat starts playing.
- Not-So-Imaginary Friend: Most of the time, only Meatwad can hear him, but in "Shake Like Me", he gets a scene where Frylock can hear him, and Meatwad makes fun of him for talking to a box, and later, Shake can hear him, although the reason for that one could be chalked up to Shake becoming temporarily black.
- This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: He throws around the word "bitch" a lot if he gets sufficiently annoyed or angry.Meatwad: But you just a box.Boxy: I'm just a what, bitch?
Voiced by: Tommy Blacha
A dick with a coat full of mouths.
- Freudian Excuse: In "Hands on a Hamburger".Wongburger: "'My son isn't a Cheeseburger,' they cried! 'Your son IS A CHEESEBURGER!', I cried BACK!"
- Large Ham: He's overly dramatic and lacks an indoor voice at times.
- Meaningful Name: Played with but his name is a letter off from slang term for a man's parts (which is "Wang").
- Running Gag: He always wants to return to his home planet, whether it's Dick Planet, Tooth Planet, or Burger Planet.
- You're Insane!: And by "Creature From Plaque Lagoon", he's fully aware of it.Frylock: You're a madman, Wong Burger!Wongburger: Eyeah, I KNOW THAT!
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: In each of his appearances after "Dickesode", he's modified himself with a different body, changing from a "dick with balls of rage", to a tooth, and then a giant hamburger. He always keeps his face and glasses, though.
Wong Burger Employees
Voiced by: Andy Merrill and Brendon Small
His stereotypically Asian rice employees.
Voiced by: Matt Maiellaro
The Aqua Teens landlord. His presence makes there be Continuity.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: The "party games" he plans to torture the Aqua Teens with include "Pin the tail on the Shake", "Bobbing for meatballs", and "Ignore the Fryman".
- Daywalking Vampire: In contrast to his Weaksauce Weakness, he seems to have no problems with sunlight.
- Disproportionate Retribution: When Frylock doesn't pay the rent for October, he kidnaps the trio and traps them in a cave in the Mojave desert, instead of just fixing the gas leak or taking Frylock to court for the rent.
- Dying Vocal Change: For some reason, his voice rises to Helium Speech as he melts down following exposure to garlic champagne.
- Evil Is Petty: He kidnaps the Aqua Teens because Frylock didn't pay rent for October. Because of a gas leak that he refuses to fix. He also implies that if Frylock doesn't pay up by Markula's birthday and fix the leak himself, he plans to kill them.
- Knight of Cerebus: Very, very downplayed, but the fact that his introduction brings inter-episode continuity to a show famous for it's Negative Continuity means his actions actually have lasting consequences. He's also slightly more competent than your average ATHF antagonist, actually putting the main trio in peril instead of just being a mild annoyance.
- Our Vampires Are Different: He's different than the usual portrayals, as he actually goes out during the day.
- Really 700 Years Old: Actually, four thousand and forty.
- Voluntary Shapeshifter: In some episodes, he has turned into a bat to travel around.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Garlic, of course, but in the form of champagne.
Voiced by: Dave Willis
A yellow dog that Frylock genetically engineers for Meatwad using the "Make Your Own Dog 1.0" software, Carl's pool, and Master Shake's hand DNA.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: His sinister nature can be chalked up to the side effects from the software that created him, which made it illegal in 80 countries and with a warning not to actually make your own dog.
- Black Comedy Rape: Continuously rapes Carl throughout his debut episode.
- Catchphrase: "Tonight... you."
- Dogs Are Dumb: He acts like this towards the Aqua Teens, and only shows his true colors to Carl.
- Karma Houdini: Ultimately gets away with his actions.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: He isn't seen again until "The Greatest Story Ever Told" making his fate uncertain.
Voiced by: Patton Oswalt
Shake's apparent son... or is he?
- Exit, Pursued by a Bear:Shake: You mean there are two talking milkshake people?
Ezekial is carried away by an enraged Chess Dragon
Frylock: Well, there were.
- Genius Ditz: Despite his child-like mind, he still manages to thoroughly defeat Chess Dragon at a game of chess.
- Manchild: He has the appearance and behaviors of a child, but according to Frylock he's older than Shake by several thousand years.
- Meaningful Name: Meatwad gives him his name so he'll sound like he's from The Bible. Given his stated age, he may very well be!
- Really 700 Years Old: So he says. At the very least, he is older than Shake, though how much older is unknown.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Sometimes misspelled as Ezekiel, like the actual Biblical figure.
- Too Dumb to Live: Gets taken away by Chess Dragon and cheerfully shouts "I'm going on an adventure!" Is presumably killed offscreen.
Voiced by: David Cross (Burt Banana), Kristen Schaal (Tammy Tangerine), H. Jon Benjamin (Mortimer Mango)
A group of three talking fruits, consisting of Bert Banana, Tammy Tangerine, and Mortimer Mango, who are all Born-Again Christians, as well as recovering drug addicts.
- The Alcoholic: All of them are former drug addicts, but Bert has a violent relapse after he finds out Frylock has rum. After Mortimer pours it down the sink, he's actually desperate enough to drink it that he wants to find a monkey wrench and drink it out of the pipes. After that, he goes on a rampage throughout the Aqua Teens' house, demanding cocaine from his friends.
- Anthropomorphic Food: Much to the main trio's surprise, they're another trio of talking food. Frylock met them online, and assumed their pictures were just silly internet avatars.
- Expy: They're a rather obvious parody of the characters from VeggieTales.
- FaceHeel Turn: At first, they're friendly towards Frylock and Meatwad, albeit pushy about their religion. However, Bert has a violent relapse and turns on everyone, demanding cocaine. Mortimer and Tammy then join him after Frylock tells them that Shake is filled with crystal meth.
- Fingore: Mortimer lost two of his fingers when he was building a birdhouse on drugs. Bert also apparently used to beat up Tammy so hard that he needed his hands to be completely amputated and replaced.
- The Fundamentalist: All three of them are extremely Christian and try to push their beliefs on Frylock. However, it's clear that they only turned to Jesus to try and get out of their drug addictions.
Voiced by: Casey WilsonA Robot Girl build by Frylock as a perfect mate for Shake.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Freda rather quickly realizes she can't stand Shake even though she was programmed to love him, so she dumps him and tries to convince Carl to kill him.
- Barbie Doll Anatomy: According to Frylock. As a result, her "sex tapes" show her leafing through a magazine off to the side than participating in some action with Shake note or Carl and Meatwad.
- Beauty Mark: On her upper lip.
- Driven to Suicide: Throws herself off the brigde, after getting fed up with Shake's stalking
- Lady in Red: She's seen wearing a pair of red boots and shorts.
- Ridiculously Human Robot: At the start of episode, we're tricked to believe that Shake actually found his soulmate... until Frylock reveals the truth.
- Robotic Spouse: Built to be this for Shake. She snaps out of it quickly.
- Sex for Services: Offers Carl a handjob if he kills Shake. It's unclear if she actually fulfills her promise.
- Stripperiffic: Well, she was dressed up according to Shake's preferences.
Voiced by: Tom ScharplingA monster that lives in the attic. He loves juice.
- Affably Evil: He's pretty meek and polite to the main cast. He also has a taste for blood. At least he offers some to the main cast.
- Bad Liar: He tells a brutally mangled Shake when he asked if they scared Carl "We did it guy. High five". Shake buys it.
- Deadpan Snarker: He's more deadpan than a snarker, but he does throw out the main casts TV when Frylock tells him they threw out his mail.
- Poke the Poodle: Subverted. His monster gimmick involves shaving, which Shake quickly points out is a stupid gimmick. But, he has brutally dismembered bodies in the attic that he drinks the blood out of.
- I'm a Humanitarian: He rips off Carl's arms and drinks them at the end of his debut episode.
- The Stoic: He hardly emotes through his episode, delivering his lines in a deadpan manner.
- Tranquil Fury: Only has one instance, but when Frylock told him he started throwing out his mail he says "Oh. Good, thanks." and then threw out the TV. He gets over it pretty quick, though.
Voiced by: sound effects from the X-Static Goldmine voice library
A giant robotic rabbit created by Dr. Weird to solve the worlds vegetable problem, that escaped and began wreaking havoc.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: After the Aqua Teens move into a new house, Rabbot shows up to give them a welcoming gift. He then destroys their house.
- Karma Houdini: The Aqua Teens only stop him by getting him to dance to Meatwads jukebox, and later episodes show hes still running around, destroying stuff.
- Starter Villain: The first villain the Aqua Teens face in the series.
Voiced by: H. Jon Benjamin
An easygoing moth-human hybrid created by Dr. Weird that Master Shake mistook for Dracula.
Voiced by: Matt Maiellaro
A deranged homeless man who claims to be a tree wizard and has a propensity for illegal and downright insane activities.
A duo of alien, floating brains who start a car wash in order to steal other people's brains to work for them.
- Brain Theft: Their main goal with their business, and they're absolute idiots when it comes to thinking things through.
- Did Not Think This Through: They surgically removed Carl's brain, as in the Aqua Teens neighbor, and set it down outside to try and attract more customers to the car wash, despite the fact that it can't move like they do or is even alive in the first place, resulting in Carl's brain just rotting on the side of the road next to a radio.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Carl Brain speaks in a low, dramatic, evil mastermind-like voice.
- Name's the Same: They're both named Carl but are unrelated to the Carl we know, which results in confusion when confronted.Frylock: Where's Carls brain?Carl Brain: I am Carl Brain.Frylock: No, Carls brain.Carl Brain: I... am Carl Brain.Frylock: No no no no, different Carl, okay?(Beat)Carl Brain: I... am Carl Brain.Frylock: My friend Carl, his brain!
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Their idea of a disguise for confronting humans, and the Aqua Teens, is a set of googly eyes, a hat, a wig and a plastic smile.
- The Unintelligible: Carl Jr. speaks in a high pitched, crazed gibberish voice that only sometimes has a coherent word in his ramblings.
- Vehicular Sabotage: Their idea of cleaning a car involves dumping a dumpster full of rain water and garbage fluids on the hood, clamping cats so hard they piss all over it and slamming a bunch of hammers down to wreck the car. Amazingly, Carl only started getting suspicious at the last step.
Voiced by: Paul F. TompkinsAn angel that came to haunt Shake after he dropped a slab of concrete into a busy street and killed his human body in a car crash. Now he forces Shake to do nice things for other people or else he'll send him straight to hell to be burnt.
- Dragged Off to Hell: His main power is sending people to hell and bringing them back, which he uses on Shake repeatedly to keep him on his leash.
- Driven to Suicide: When Shake fails to get rid of him and gets sent to hell a bunch of times in less than a minute, he decides he's had enough and shoots himself in the head with a shotgun to get away from him.
- Good Is Not Nice: He seems to have been a pious man before being killed, but he's absolutely and understandably pissed that Shake killed him, and is bent on making his life a literal hell if he doesn't behave nice.