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Characters / Captain Underpants George Beard and Harold Hutchins

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Two usually responsible kids. If something goes wrong, they're usually responsible.
Voiced in English by: Kevin Hart (George in the movie)/Ramone Hamilton (George in the animated series), Thomas Middleditch (Harold in the movie)/Jay Gragnani (Harold in the animated series)
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Bruno Coronel (George), Arturo Castañeda (Harold)
Voiced in Japanese by: Tatsuhisa Suzuki (George/movie), Tomoe Hanba (George/TV series), Makoto Naruse (Harold/movie), Shizuka Ishigami (Harold/TV series)

George is the one on the right with the tie and the flat-top. Harold is the one on the left with the T-shirt and the bad haircut. Remember that now.

Two fourth-grade pranksters, who are best friends and next-door neighbors and the main protagonists of the series. They started a comic book company called "Treehouse Comix, Inc.", and make copies of their latest comic book and sell them on the playground. They are the class clowns in 4th grade at Jerome Horwitz Elementary and often get into trouble of epic proportions.

  • Adaptational Heroism: While both versions of the duo are portrayed as mischievous pranksters, the movie portrays them as nobler; pulling pranks on the teachers and faculty to make school-life more tolerable for them and their classmates. Their book counterparts pull pranks and make jokes at everyone's expense, and are usually the only ones laughing at the end.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy:
    • They are still pranksters in the animated movie adaptation, but are given more heroic moments compared to their borderline-Designated Hero counterparts. While they were still heroic and likable in the books, they are more creating humor to brighten others' days rather than using it for their own amusement. This leads to the plot point in the movie that is nearly absent in the books, George and Harold deciding to be nicer to Mr. Krupp because he doesn't have anyone who cares about him. This never happens in the books, where Krupp stays a fairly two-dimensional villain.
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    • This also extends to the animated series where not only are they kind and cooperative with their friends and classmates. Not to mention, they willingly go into Krupp's office, knowing that doing so would result in their expulsion from Jerome Horwitz, to return his rule book. The reason being that they know his job is the only thing that makes him happy in life and taking that away would make them just like him.
  • Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: In the books, their classmates' opinion of them tends to go up and down depending on how irritating their pranks are at the moment (although everyone loves their Captain Underpants comic books). In the animated series, they have a better relationship with their classmates as a result of their efforts to make the school a more fun place for everyone, not just themselves.
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  • Afraid of Blood: Near the end of the movie, it’s implied that George is this.
    George: You know what? Let's do a blood oath! But minus the blood! I don't wanna see the blood, no blood!
  • Alliterative Name: Harold Hutchins.
  • And the Adventure Continues: Two roads are taken at the end of Book 12. The present versions of George and Harold decide to use Melvin's time machine to look for their pets who went missing during the battle with Professor Poopypants. As for the Yesterday duo, they remain in the present timeline and decide to work on a new comic series featuring Dog Man.
  • Arch-Enemy: These fun-loving pranksters are always finding themselves at odds with their cruel child-hating principal, Mr. Krupp, and the school snitch and teacher's pet, Melvin.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: The two have been diagnosed with it by second grade, but they don't mind, even treating it as a badge of honor thanks to them being one of the more creative ones diagnosed with it.
    "All of the 'experts' at Jerome Horwitz Elementary School had their opinions about George and Harold. Their guidance counselor, Mr. Rected, thought the boys suffered from A.D.D. The school psychologist, Miss Labler, diagnosed them with A.D.H.D. And their mean old principal, Mr. Krupp, thought they were just plain old B.A.D.!"
  • Author Avatar: Their love of pranks, writing comic books and generally rebellious attitudes make them similar to Dav Pilkey himself as a child.
  • Batman Gambit: In book 5, they defeat Wedgie Woman by running by with a big box of hair remover spray and yelling that they hope she doesn't get her hands on their giant box of "Extra Strength Spray Starch" (Captain Underpants' one weakness). She falls for it, steals the cans, and sprays them everywhere, which renders her completely bald and powerless, as her powers come from her Prehensile Hair.
    • In the season 3 premiere, they both end up separated by Krupp in the hopes of pitting them against each other to set them up as life long enemies. The boys decide to play along by becoming the worst of enemies to the point that the entire camp ends up in flames and ruins. Not wanting to put up with their destructive "conflict" anymore, Krupp decides to place them in the same camp.
  • Became Their Own Antithesis: In book 10, after realizing all the disasters that happened because of their pranks and time-traveling antics, they decide to start being more responsible and give up fun things like comic books and jokes. Immediately after, they get transported by Tippy Tinkletrousers to a Bad Future where their older selves are evil, fun-hating Sadist Teachers working for an elderly Mr. Krupp.
  • Book Dumb: They don't get good grades and don't particularly care about doing well in school, although they at least put in the effort to keep their grades at Bs and Cs.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: They sometimes use the word "bub" towards other characters, like Melvin and Captain Underpants.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: George has been stated to be smarter than kids twice his age, but he clearly doesn't see himself as a role model student.
  • Bully Hunter: Kindergartener George in book 9, when he witnessed Kindergartner Harold being bullied by Kipper & his goons. This prompts Kindergartner George to beat up the bullies "Indiana Jones" style.
  • Catchphrase:
    Harold: Oh, No!
    • Also in the books, whenever something bad is about to happen.
    George: I have an idea.
    Harold: What?
    George: RUN!
  • Class Clown: They are known for disrupting classes and pranking others.
  • Classical Anti-Hero: They are genuinely good kids; they just happen to go to a school where most of the staff are terrible, lousy people, and their pranks are meant to act out against the terrible establishment. When something goes too far or it results in a supervillain, they go clean up their mess. Of worthy note is that they actually learn their lesson when they do something bad, such as when they realize that it's not nice to make fun of people at the end of book 4. They consider their (admittedly cruel-hearted) teachers and Insufferable Genius Melvin Acceptable Targets, however.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Both of them to a certain extent, but in The Movie, Harold constantly inserts dolphins into their comics and when he thinks about the Bad Future where he and George aren't friends anymore, it ends with a robot apocalypse, just because "it's the future, there have to be robots".
  • Complexity Addiction:
    • In Book 9, when it comes to neutralizing resident school bully Kipper Krupp. In the beginning, he is already afraid of George due to a previous incident. Instead of using this fact to scare Kipper into giving up his bullying ways, George and Harold devise a complicated plan that involves playing a series of elaborate pranks on Kipper to make him think he's being cursed by "The Haunted Pants of Wedgie Magee".
    • They retain this trait in the animated series. After having their memories erased by Murdsley, the boys discover that they set up an elaborate quest for them to regain their memories. This involves traveling around the globe, switching around the letters to a sign which would activate their locker on voice command which produced a comic that explains everything to them.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: In the film, Mr. Krupp decides to punish George and Harold by placing them in separate classes, hoping that doing so will annihilate their friendship. Despite the two living right next door to each other, they deeply dread this punishment and react as if doing so will genuinely ruin their friendship as Krupp intended.
  • Disappeared Dad: Harold. In the ninth book, it's revealed that his parents divorced and his dad moved to Nevada when he was 6.
  • The Dividual: Really don't have any distinct personality traits that differentiate each other. George is maybe slightly smarter than Harold, but that's about it.
    • The ninth book gave them individual characterizations when they were shown as kindergartners. Little Harold was shy and lonely and spent time coming up with and drawing various superheroes to cope with the stress of being bullied and having a Disappeared Dad. Little George was outgoing, quick-thinking, a prolific writer of silly stories, and curb-stomped four sixth graders who were bullying Harold without breaking a sweat.
    • The movie additionally elaborated on emphasizing George being bolder and more outgoing, with Harold as more reserved and more emotionally sensitive.
    • Their individual characterization is actually quite similar to the way those two Trickster Twins Fred and George are different. Fred and George had some subtle ones that had to be confirmed by Word of God, such as Fred generally being the one who tended to take the lead and be bolder. Overall in the books, Harold is shown to be more Cloudcuckoo Lander and sentimental (prominently when the boys disagree on whether to keep their new pterodactyl as a pet and names it Crackers, or take it back to its own time period), whereas George is more pragmatic and tends to take the lead (such as speaking first or controlling the science device on hand). Concerning their Evil Counterparts, Evil!Harold seems to be the one to take the lead in general.
    • This is lampshaded in Episode 7 of Season 3 when a scene depicts the two of them sharing the same mindscape and are in instant agreement with each other.
  • Dramatically Missing the Point: While training in Ratrick for an assignment in season 2 episode 4 of the series, the latter draws a comic of the loss of his love before the episode. The duo, however, doesn't even realize what he's trying to portray and simply think he finally learned how to make comics, resulting in the rat running away.
  • Dumb Blonde: Downplayed by Harold. He's a little more foolish and odd than George, but he's not dumb. He is, after all, one half of the creative force behind Treehouse Comix, Inc., and he and George are on about equal footing when it comes to dealing with the mayhem of Captain Underpants.
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • At the end of book 4, they felt remorse for making fun of Professor Poopypants.
    • In an episode of the animated series, even they thought a certain idea for a prank was just crossing the line, said prank being giving all the teachers diarrhea and locking all the bathroom doors so they couldn’t get in.
  • For Halloween Im Going As Myself: For a past Halloween, the boys dressed up as each other while trick-o-treating.
  • Friendless Background: In the books, Harold had no friends when he was in kindergarten as he was still processing his father leaving and was a frequent victim to Kipper and his trio of stooges. Although he gains a best friend in George, the rest of the series indicates that the pair only have each other to rely on for support as the rest of their peers are either common fans or unfortunate pranking victims.
  • Future Me Scares Me: In Book 10, after realizing all the trouble they caused with their pranks and time-traveling shenanigans, they swear off comic books and all fun things, deciding to be more responsible and act like grown-ups. They immediately renege on that vow after going 30 years into the future and seeing their adult selves as mean, overweight, fun-hating Sadist Teachers working for an elderly Mr. Krupp.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Harold has blonde hair and is one of the most heroic characters (if constantly mischievous).
  • Has Two Mommies: Future Harold has a husband, and they have twins named Owen and Kei.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: They always do everything together. In the movie, Mr. Krupp plans to break up their friendship by putting them in "SEPARATE CLASSES!!" The heterosexual part is eventually subverted with Harold, however.
  • Image Song: The song A Friend Like You perfectly illustrates the friendship between the boys and how much they love and care about each other.
  • Informed Kindness: Each book's opening maintains that regardless of their constant pranking, George and Harold are genuinely good kids. This can be hard to believe in the first five books, especially with how vicious some of their pranks can be, and the fact that more often than not, they're the cause of the current conflict:
    • In the first book, they cause enough disruption at a school football game to get the school to forfeit it, and subsequently ruin everyone else's day, and Captain Underpants is later created as a result of their attempt to avoid being punished for this.
    • In the second book, Mr. Krupp bans them from the Invention Convention because the previous year, they played a prank on the teachers and every other student by secretly gluing them to their chairs. George and Harold refuse any responsibility and sabotage the other kids' inventions out of spite.
  • Innocently Insensitive: In the season 3 premiere, they both poke fun at how ridiculous it was for George to make a comic book with Melvin of all people. To their dismay, Melvin took their insults to heart and decided to tattle on them to Mr. Krupp.
    • throughout the Halloween Special, George and Harold openly talk about how much Melvin loves the holiday despite the nerd making multiple attempts to get the holiday canceled. It isn't later on that they realize that Melvin never got to hang out with them in any past Halloweens like they initially believed. He would always stay at home to give away candy to the other kids. It also doesn't help that the boys would scare Melvin with their costumes each year. Once they make this revelation, they attempt to amend bridges by inviting Melvin to go sneak-or-snacking with them.
  • It Was with You All Along: In the Epic Choice-O-Rama special, Krupp and Melvin planned to destroy the boys' treehouse citing it as the source of their creative imagination. Even George and Harold are afraid of this as they cherish their ability to create fantastical comic books. In one of the endings where the treehouse is destroyed, the boys realize that their creativity was always with them after they instantly make a comic of how they'd become miserable robots who would be enslaved by bug aliens.
  • It's All My Fault: In book 4, they take responsibility for the role they played in Professor Poopypants' Sanity Slippage. They admit that Professor Poopypants probably wouldn't have become evil if they just didn't make fun of him.
  • Kid Hero: Not every pair of fourth-grade best friends gets to save the world with Captain Underpants.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: George and Harold get hit by this a few times in the series.
    • In the first book, they pull pranks that ruin everybody's day, so Mr. Krupp punishes them by blackmailing them (even though said punishment was disproportionate, though).
    • In book 2, after ruining their peers' inventions for the Invention Convention out of spite due to Mr. Krupp justifiably banning them from participating, Mr. Krupp puts them in detention for the rest of the school year (this is reversed in the end, though).
    • In book 3, their pranks influence the lunch ladies (who aren't actually jerks to the children) to resign. So Mr. Krupp punishes them by not allowing them to eat school lunch and making them sit in his office. (Although it's Played With in that they don't really see the first half of the punishment as a punishment, and considering that one of the lunch ladies stated during their resignation that she once ate their own cafeteria food and barely got sick at all, they clearly are about as good as their jobs as everyone else at the school.)
  • The Leader: In the animated series, the two share this role as they guide their friends the M.I.S.F.A.R.T.S. into helping them overcome whatever obstacles that Krupp and/or Melvin throw at them.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Harold always wears a striped T-shirt, and George always wears a white collared shirt and tie.
  • Lovable Rogue: They are good-natured kids with a fondness for tricks, tricks that, in the movie at least, are meant to brighten their classmates' days.
  • Mad Libs Catchphrase: At the beginning of every introductory comic that starts each book, George always says some variation of "We are cool!" and Harold always says "Me, too!"
  • Meaningful Name: George and Harold got their first names from two of Dav Pilkey’s favorite childhood books; Curious George and Harold and the Purple Crayon. As for their last names, he got those from the actors who played his two favorite characters on The Little Rascals; Stymie (Matthew Beard) and Wheezer (Bobby Hutchins).
  • Messy Hair: Harold has poofy hair. The first chapter of every book always introduces him as "the one with the T-shirt and the bad haircut".
  • Mr. Imagination: They conceived many in-universe fictional superheroes such as Dog Man, Super Diaper Baby, and Diaper Dog, The Amazing Cow Lady and of course, Captain Underpants. Unfortunately for them, they go to Jerome Horwitz Elementary School, where imagination is not only forbidden but discouraged...
  • Naughty Is Good: They're consistently mischievous and show active disdain for the authority figures around Jerome Horwitz Elementary. However, they're also consistently portrayed in much better lights than the school's Sadist Teachers, the authoritarian Principal Krupp, or smug nerd Melvin; and most of their antagonism seems to stem from the fact that the school lives to stamp out the creativity and imagination that they value above all else.
  • The Needs of the Many: They decide to stop Mr. Krupp from being rehired as a future camp director not only to secure their own summer fun but for the sake of all other children.
  • Never My Fault: In book 2, Mr. Krupp (rightfully) bans George & Harold for participating in the Invention Convention due to a prank the duo pulled on all the staff and students when they participated in the previous Invention Convention. Rather than admitting they were wrong for pulling such a stunt, the boys just play the victim, get angry, and sabotage the other kids’ inventions out of spite.
  • Nice Guys: Despite them being designated heroes at times, they are genuinely good kids. This is amped up in the movie and animated series, as they are shown to be popular amongst their peers (except Melvin Sneedly, of course).
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: In some form or another, all of their pranks have resulted in the mayhem that unfolds in each book. They were responsible for the majority of chaos in books 1-5.
  • Not Me This Time: In Book 6, Mr. Krupp blames them for him and the other students (except the 4th graders) getting their pants messed up with ketchup packets. While the boys were responsible for the fads, they weren't the ones who took the time to put those ketchup packets under a lot of toilets.
  • Oh, Crap!: Any time someone snaps their fingers within hearing range of Mr. Krupp, turning him into Captain Underpants.
  • Older Sidekick: Harold is the older one by three months, but George is the leader of the two.
  • Plot Hole: In the Epic Choice-O-Rama special, George is shown with his afro while he and Harold are in 1st Grade. Manga readers can verify that this shouldn't be possible since Harold shaved off his afro when they were still in kindergarten.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: They're both pretty rambunctious, but in general, George is the bold, leader-ly Red to Harold’s calmer, more sensitive Blue.
    • In the animated series, they're both the eccentric Red to Erica Wang's mellow Blue.
  • Ridiculously Successful Future Self: After Ret-Gone-ing their evil future Sadist Teacher selves, they travel to a different and much happier future where they've successfully published the Dog Man comic books together, and are Happily Married to their partners, with two children each.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: George in the animated series. He has a high-pitched shriek that could rival Darwin Watterson.
  • Shipper on Deck: At the end of the movie, they set up Mr. Krupp with Edith the lunch lady.
  • Signs of Disrepair: Their favorite prank is rearranging the letters on signs to spell something silly. Even when running for their lives from giant booger monsters.
  • Stating the Simple Solution: In book 4, Professor Poopypants is Driven to Madness over people constantly making fun of his name and uses Shrink Rays and Humongous Mecha to hold the world hostage, threatening to shrink everyone in the world unless they change their names to ones just as silly as his. When Captain Underpants defeats him and he's being taken away by the police, George and Harold point out that he could have simply changed his own name instead, to which the Professor confesses that such a solution had never occurred to him. Sadly, the name he chooses to change to, Tippy Tinkletrousers, is just as unfortunate.
  • Straight Gay: Future Harold. Apart from having a husband, he shows absolutely no stereotypical gay traits.
  • Straight Man and Wise Guy: George is the more reasonable one at times when it comes to certain choices the duo makes.
  • Those Two Guys: Rare examples of the protagonists being this trope. The two have almost identical personalities.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: George's is chocolate chip cookies and Harold's is gum, implying that they have a mutual Sweet Tooth.
  • Traumatic Haircut: In Wrath of the Wicked Wedgie Woman, they set up a Batman Gambit to de-power Wedgie Woman (whose powers come from her Prehensile Hair) by tricking her into spraying hair remover everywhere. It works, but they get caught in the blast too.
    Harold: (screams) My mom's gonna lay hard-boiled eggs when she sees me!
    George: Relax. Our hair will grow back.
    Harold: That's easy for you to say. Your hair was only half an inch long!
  • True Companions: They're best friends and always do everything together, so much that a driving plot point in the movie is their fear of being placed in separate classes.
  • Who Writes This Crap?!: Being self-aware they are in a fictional story, George and Harold constantly take jabs at the author whenever the plot gets weird or stupid.
  • Your Mind Makes It Real: In episode 5 of season 3, the boys and their friends are transported to a dream dimension where George and Harold hold infinite imaginative power since the dimension was based on their dreams.

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