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    Chowder 
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"Pepper spray? That sounds delicious! *gets sprayed in the face and screams* I WAS WRONG!! I WAS HORRIBLY WRONG!!!"
Voiced by Nicky Jones, C.H. Greenblatt (adult)

Chowder is the excitable, young apprentice of legendary chef Mung Daal. Chowder loves food and dreams of becoming a great chef one day.


  • Affectionate Nickname: Panini calls him "Num-nums".
  • The Apprentice: To Mung.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: If there's anything involving a tasty snack, he'll become distracted.
  • Ax-Crazy: In the beginning of "The Poltergeist".
  • Berserk Button: Don't you dare suggest he has something going on with Panini.
  • Big Eater: He is presumably the biggest eater ever conceived, due to his constant hunger & willingness to eat nearly anything. There was this episode where he ate during midnight & somehow got a werewolf-style curse. He then has to hide all the food in the catering facility from this alternate personality before sunrise. After sunrise, he eats the entire ball of food that is about as big as the building in one gulp.
  • Break the Cutie: Episodes such as "Sniffle Ball", "Creme Puff Hands", and "Brain Grub" will really make you feel sorry for the little guy.
  • Character Aged with the Actor: According to Word of God, he aged with his voice actor, Nicky Jones.
  • Chaste Hero: He shows little to no comprehension to Panini's advances. Averted in the finale, where he marries her.
  • Cheerful Child
  • Childhood Friend Romance: In the last episode, it's shown that he marries Panini when they grow up.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Later seasons will have this trope putting it a bit too mildly.
  • Creator Cameo: Only in the series finale, where he is voiced by C. H. Greenblatt after adulthood.
  • Cute Little Fang
  • The Ditz: He's pretty dim; in one episode, he went up to use the bathroom, and forgot why he went up there in the first place.
  • Doesn't Like Being Touched: When it comes to Panini, that is.
    Panini: Oh, num-nums! Are you...(begins stroking Chowder's cheek affectionately) Ookaaay?"
    Chowder: Please don't touch me.
    • In "The Bruised Bluenana," Panini touching him caused Chowder to shriek like a girl and swat at her with a bunch of grapes.
    • Taken Up to Eleven in "Banned from the Stand", where Panini touching Chowder's arm burned him.
  • Everyone Has Standards: He won't eat food off the ground.
  • Extreme Omnivore: Besides meviled eggs, bird vomit that is claimed to be bacon, and food from a toilet, he'll eat anything.
  • Fat Idiot: Especially in the later seasons.
  • Flanderization: Chowder was more simply naïve than a complete idiot when the show started out, but over time, he literally ventures into the Too Dumb to Live territory. "Brain Grub" emphasizes this a lot.
  • Gasshole: He can be quite flatulent, though this is usually the result of certain foods that he consumes (such as Mayonnaise).
  • Girls Have Cooties: He believes in this, until he found out Panini loved him.
  • Goal in Life: To be a great chef.
  • Happily Married: To Panini.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Gazpacho and Mung.
  • Keet
  • Kindhearted Simpleton: He's far from the sharpest knife in the drawer, but is a very sweet kid most of the time.
  • Lethal Chef: Downplayed. His cooking isn't very good most of the time, but it wont kill you. Played straight in "Burple Nurples", where Chowder unknowingly poisons a batch of the titular dish, and tries to sell them. Good thing he set the price so high that no one would buy them.
  • Lethally Stupid: He's incredibly ditzy, with most of their problems happening because he constantly ignores Mung's warnings and teachings about the potentially dangerous foods they deal with. It's gotten to the point that Mung has started to blame himself for the trouble that Chowder causes because he should know better than to expect Chowder to listen.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: According to Word of God, Chowder is a cat-bear-rabbit thingie.
  • Meaningful Name: His name is a kind of fish soup.
  • Manchild: In the final episode he became one when he was older until he learned to take responsibility.
  • The Millstone: Whenever he tries to help someone out, it's almost a guarantee that he'll either screw it up or do something stupid to make the current situation even worse.
  • Nice Guy: He's a real sweetheart and cares about everyone around him, even if his attempts at helping unintentionally makes things worse.
  • Nice Hat: To the point where there was an episode centered around it.
  • Not Distracted by the Sexy: In "Endive's Dirty Secret", Panini dresses up to look really pretty to manipulate him into giving her the photograph which Mung captured of Endive caught in the act of her secret. Chowder's response? He simply doesn't understand what she's trying to accomplish due to his stupidity.
    Panini: It's so hot today...you know what I'm saying?
    Chowder: What.
  • Obsessed with Food: It's amazing that he didn't become a giant from all the food that he eats.
  • Only Friend: It's said he's Gazpacho's only friend.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: He has a very round, appealing design.
  • Stomach of Holding: Not unlike Rico, he can hold various things in his stomach and disgorge them later.
    • To put that into perspective, he can store things such as an entire fair booth in that stomach.
  • Supreme Chef: Overcomes his incompetence and succeeds in getting his own apprentice in the finale.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Not only does he usually drive the plot along by either destroying something in stupidity or just by being incredibly stupid, but, well, apparently he's literally Too Dumb to Live without someone directing him. This is a guy who once thought the proper way to put away a spoon was to shove it in an electrical outlet after all (and judging from the marks it happened more than once).
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: In the first season, he used to be a naive little boy, but by the second season, he became much stupider, to the point of becoming completely Too Dumb to Live.
  • Vocal Dissonance: In the finale, he still has his young voice as an adult. It eventually changes into his creator's voice by the end of the episode.

    Mung Daal 
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"You see, there is an ugly lady inside us all, and sometimes, that ugly lady makes us do things we're not proud of."
Voiced by Dwight Schultz

He can be a bit scatterbrained, but when it comes to cooking, Mung Daal knows more than almost anyone. He pours his heart into every dish. Mung thinks he's a ladies man and frequently offers Chowder advice about finding love.


  • Abandoned Catchphrase: Mung Daal from had a catchphrase of "Sweet beans in a basket!" in the first trailer and pilot, but it wasn't kept past that point.
  • Ambiguously Bi: He's been married to Truffles for hundreds of years and flirts with the ladies, but there's a surprisingly high number of Ho Yay moments between him and Shnitzel.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: For all their bickering and arguing, Mung On The Rocks shows that Mung truly does love Truffles and is a miserable wreck without her in his life.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Truffles.
  • Berserk Button: Endive brings out the worst in him.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He may seem a bit weird, but he's one of the most skilled chefs in the series.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Fancies himself a ladies man, but most ladies are repulsed by him.
  • Catchphrase: "Ladies!"
  • Deuteragonist
  • Gag Nose: One of his most identifiable features is his massive honker.
  • Happily Married: Despite his constant flirting with women, he only genuinely loves Truffles.
  • Henpecked Husband: Is subject to psychological, verbal and physical abuse from Truffles.
  • Ignored Expert: Half of their problems happen because Chowder will quite blatantly ignore Mung's teachings and warnings about handling the potentially dangerous foods they deal with. This happened so frequently that Mung starts blaming himself for the situations because he should know better than to expect Chowder to listen to him.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Chowder; Mung is 450+ years old.
  • Kid-anova: In his childhood.
  • Large Ham
  • Like an Old Married Couple: A really old couple with Truffles, seeing how they've been married for over 450 years.
  • Meaningful Name: His name is name comes mung beans and a dish made from them, "moong daal" . In fact, Greenblatt intended the character to have an Indian accent, but ditched it in the end.
  • The Mentor: To Chowder.
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: He doesn't die, he's just usually on the receiving end of the Slapstick. In the episode "The Deadly Maze," Gumbo, his apprentice before Chowder, gave up on a revenge scheme against Mung after spending time with Chowder, stating that nothing he could do could be worse than the grief Chowder puts Mung through every day. In "Chowder Grows Up," Mung even lampshades it, remarking that one day, he'll either retire or be killed by Chowder.
  • No Accounting for Taste
  • Parental Substitute: Depends on how you look at it, but most agree he is this to Chowder.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Given that it's revealed in "Mung On The Rocks" he's been married to Truffles for 450 years, he must be unnaturally old.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: A pretty bad case when it comes to Mince-Meach pie. Fifty years ago, when he first made the dish, he was under constant attack by the other Meaches for 25 years, permanently scarring him with an extreme fear of anything having to do with the dish.
  • Supporting Leader
  • Supreme Chef: He's widely considered to be the world's best chef.
  • Younger Than They Look: While it's apparent he is really old, he looks pretty fresh and flexible for being over 400 years to count.
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    Shnitzel 
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"Radda, radda!"

Voiced by: John DiMaggio, Kevin Michael Richardson (in "The Froggy Apple Crumple Thumpkin")

Shnitzel is a big, heavy rock monster who works in Mung Daal's kitchen. He's a serious fellow who tends to end up


  • Angrish: According to one episode, he talks exclusively in this and, when he's able to be relaxed, he actually speaks more clearly but he reverts back to this.
  • The Big Guy: He's the biggest member in Mung Daal's kitchen and usually does the heavy lifting.
  • Butt-Monkey: Nothing ever seems to go right for him. Any work in the kitchen usually involves him getting hurt or doing something he doesn't particularly enjoy.
  • The Comically Serious: He reaction to most of Chowder's antics involves his usually annoyed expression.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Even though the audience cannot understand him, he's quite the snarker, based on tone and body language. Actually lampshaded in this exchange between Chowder and Mung:
    Mung: Just think about dry.
    Chowder: Oh, like Shnitzel's sense of humour?
    Mung: No that's too dry.
  • Genius Bruiser: He's a massive powerhouse who does the heavy lifting and the most grounded of the four.
  • Happily Married: ...to ENDIVE of all characters.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: While he can be a bit rough around the edges, it's easy to understand why given the fact he constantly has to put up with his egocentric boss and dimwitted protege...
    • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: ...but despite it all, especially in "Shnitzel Quits", it's been proven that Shnitzel really does care about Chowder and the rest of the gang, and they care about him.
  • The Lancer: To Mung.
  • Meaningful Name: His name is some sort of fried pig meat.
  • No Respect Guy: He does much of the heavy lifting, cleaning up, and, more often than not, goes to bat for the rest of catering, however, this goes unnoticed.
  • One-Word Vocabulary: The only thing he says is "Radda". Except when Truffles spoke quietly for once... and then was told to go back to saying "Radda".
  • Only Sane Man: To his chagrin.
  • Retired Badass: See Samurai below.
  • Rock Monster: However, it's not clear what he's made of.
  • Samurai: Was this in his past. Though, he still knows how to fight like one. except not really.
  • Silent Snarker: "Dry sense of humor" anyone?
  • Super Strength: It varies from episode to episode, but chances are that Shnitzel will be capable of lifting tons at a time.
  • The Unintelligible: All he ever says is "Radda", leaving the entire cast to interpret what he's saying and is usually played for laughs.
    Chowder: I think something wrong with Mung.
    Shnitzel: Radda radda radda ra-radda.
    Chowder: Why would he be upset about Truffles? She's stopped yelling at us and she never comes in here now. It's perfect!
    Shnitzel: Aw, radda radda...
    Chowder: What do you mean I wouldn't understand?
    Shnitzel: Radda radda ra-radda radda!
    Chowder: What do you mean stop repeating everything you say?
    Shntzel: *grumbles*

    Truffles 
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"What's going on in here!!?"
Voiced by: Tara Strong

Mung Daal's wife, Truffles likes to be the boss and has a very competitive streak. While Mung Daal handles the cooking, Truffles takes care of everything else.


    Kimchi 
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Voiced by C. H. Greenblatt

Chowder's pet, who lives in a cage next to his bed. Kimchi is a brown-colored cloud (an anthropomorphized flatus). He likes things that smell bad, and he "talks" by making flatulent sounds.


    Ms. Endive 
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Voiced by Mindy Sterling

A female chef who teaches cooking to Panini with strict discipline. She regularly berates Mung Daal, whom she considers a rival. In the episode "Chowder's Girlfriend", it is revealed she despises boys and boyfriends because her fiance did not show up on their wedding day. The creator describes her as Martha Stewart with Oompa-Loompa colors.


  • Abhorrent Admirer: To Shnitzel in for most of the series. He really isn't very fond of her advances towards him.
  • Ax-Crazy: Especially in "The Babysitter" and "Shnitzel Quits".
  • Big Eater: While unmatched by Chowder's gluttony, she's definitely prone to stuffing her face in a disgusting fashion.
  • Does Not Like Men: She has a habit of advising Panini to stay away from boys with a surprising amount of venom. Given her words, it's very likely she was stood up at the altar, so it's at least understandable.
    "Stay away from boys! They are dirty. They are smelly. They tell you they love you so you wait by the telephone till they finally work up the nerve to propose! And then, they have the gall to not show up to the wedding!"
  • Gonk: The sight of her puckering up to Shnitzel is enough to make the flowers in his bouquet vomit. The sight of her naked caused Gazpacho to faint.
  • Fat Bitch: She's huge, and not just in height.
  • Happily Married: To Shnitzel.
  • Jerkass: Her personality is caustic, condenscending, and just flat out rude. An example of this is that one time she locked Mung and Chowder in a room with growtatoes and still wouldn't give them moodfruit necklace.
  • Large and in Charge: She dwarfs over Panini and any other person who works in her kitchen and is in charge of said kitchen.
  • Meaningful Name: A type of vegetable known for its bitter taste. Greenblatt had chosen it as it suited her personality.
  • The Rival: To Mung Daal.
  • Ship Tease: A lot this with Shnitzel (although unwanted), but oddly enough, with Mung. In "The Apprentice Games", she flirtatiously states that they are alone at one point. Panini herself has hypothesized that she picks on Mung so much because she likes him.
  • Yandere: To Shnitzel in "Shnitzel Quits".
  • Your Size May Vary: Goes from being maybe two feet taller than most characters to being large enough to initiate a Colossus Climb, depending on the need of the plot.

    Panini 
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"Oh, hiiii, Chowder..."
Voiced by: Liliana Mumy, Grey DeLisle (adult)

Panini is the apprentice to Ms. Endive. She's convinced that Chowder is her boyfriend and takes every opportunity to let him know this.


  • Abhorrent Admirer:
    Chowder: "I'M NOT YOUR BOYFRIEND!!!!!"
  • Berserk Button: Anyone and anything that gets between her and her attempts to claim Chowder, even Chowder himself, will see she's not as cute as she looks.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: In the last episode, it's shown that she and Chowder get married.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: She flips if she sees Chowder with another girl.
  • Cute Little Fangs: Her fangs are always present, even when her mouth is closed.
  • Cute Monster Girl
  • The Cutie
  • Ears as Hair: She has her tied back like a ponytail or topknot.
  • Explosive Breeder: Apparently, Panini is prone to this, given her rabbit-like species and that she has fifty babies in the series finale with Chowder, twenty of which she gave birth to in one day.
  • Flanderization: She started off as a relatively nice girl with an innocent cute crush on the protagonist. However, that crush gradually enveloped her personality, and she became horribly obtrusive and disrespectful to Chowder and his personal space.
  • Genki Girl: Occasionally, especially when it comes to Chowder.
  • Happily Married: To Chowder.
  • Hypocrite: She obsesses over Chowder and ignores how much he wants to avoid her, but is annoyed with Ceviche for his own affection for her, especially since it's not as deranged as her's.
  • Laugh of Love:
    • She tends to giggle or laugh on occasion when she's with Chowder, who doesn't return her feelings until the series finale.
    • She invokes this in "A Faire to Remember", when pretends to laugh as she hangs out with Ceviché in an attempt to make Chowder jealous. It doesn't work.
  • Meaningful Name: Her name is a type of Italian sandwich.
  • Morality Pet: She tries to be this to Ms. Endive on occasion with normally mixed results.
  • Motor Mouth: At times. Like when she was asking Shnitzel what Chowder likes in "Shnitzel Quits".
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: She's the same species as Chowder but with rabbit ears. Most likely sexual dimorphism at work here.
  • Operation: Jealousy: In one episode, she pretended to be in love with Ceviche to make Chowder jealous when he starts hanging out with fellow Cloud Cuckoolander Marmalade.
  • Phrase Catcher: All together now...
    Chowder: "I'm not your boyfriend!"
    • Made all the more hilarious by the fact that he'll sometimes immediately follow it up with cheerfully initiating conversation with her, or just slip it in as an afterthought.
  • Plucky Girl: That means big trouble for Chowder.
  • Post-Kiss Catatonia: After Chowder gives a peck on the cheek in the Christmas episode.
  • Satellite Love Interests: She doesn't want anything to do, but have Chowder be her boyfriend and future husband. Not much is known about her personality (besides her huge crush on Chowder).
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: she is a hybrid of a bunny and a cat, after all.
  • Self-Proclaimed Love Interest
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Chowder-sexual.
  • Stalker with a Crush: In the early episodes, she was able to have a conversation with Chowder without coming on to him. Later? She wants to pass a law that will let her legally own Chowder.
  • Yandere: In later seasons, that is. She was way cooler about her crush in the first season.
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    Gazpacho 
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"Come. Sit. Buy my beans!"
Voiced by Dana Snyder

A storekeeper who sells strange produce and ingredients. He does his best to offer advice to Chowder when needed. He lives with his overbearing mother, who never appears. Gazpacho shows no interest in moving out and improving his own life.


  • Abusive Parents: From what we hear about his mom, she's very controlling of him; he once stated that she's "usually" mad at him, and that she "crushes hopes and dreams."
  • Ax-Crazy: Shown multiple times. Think about it; we never actually see Gazpacho's mother despite her being mentioned all the time, which "Spookiest House In Marzipan" points out, implying that she is made up and Gazpacho might be schizophrenic. It was Played for Laughs.
    • In that episode he gives an offhand comment that he is going to kill Chowder, Gorgonzola and Panini after coffee. That's right, he's going to stab three children, featuring his best friend.
    • In "Dinner Theatre", he enjoys his villainous role a little too much, pretending to be this character outside practicing and at the end this line occurs with literal axe craziness:
    Gazpacho: At least...(takes an axe) NOT! YET!!!!!
    • "Banned From The Stand" has Gazpacho going paranoid that Mung and Chowder are going to buy berries off of him by help from other people, which is at the beginning Properly Paranoid, but then he goes overboard and thinks everyone is trying to help Mung and Chowder, speaking to himself in a crazy manner and banning everyone, including from every other stand and the bathroom, and his overly paranoid behaviour ends with him babbling incoherently right before banning himself from his own stand. This all happened because Mung and Gazpacho had a disagreement on the berry's colour.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: He doesn't provide to make a situation less complicated.
  • Covert Pervert: Chowder imagines him as such in "Brain Freeze".
  • Gambit Roulette: His plan on teaching the scouts how to fold napkins involved too many variables to count.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Mung lampshades this by pointing Chowder is literally his only friend.
  • Large Ham: Keyword: Dana Snyder.
  • Manchild: Taken to the extreme in the series finale, where he couldn't change anything to make his life better, so he ran away and made up a whole bunch of lies. Adult Chowder eventually finds him and brings him out of hiding.
  • Meaningful Name: His name is a kind of tomato sauce.
  • Momma's Boy: This was his codename during the episode, "The Heist".
  • Mundane Made Awesome: When he's a Scout Master, learning to fold napkins involves hiking a mountain that moves, abandoning most of the scouts along the way, having the few remaining scouts believe he has contracted Ray-B-Cs, try to run away from him, and nearly dying. Oh, and sitting down and breathing required hazmat suits and flamethrowers.
  • My Beloved Smother: If she even exists, that is.
  • Noodle Incident: He states that he tried to clean the Cartoon Network logo off the screen, with no success.
  • Sanity Slippage: He goes even more off the deep end in "Banned from the Stand".
  • Shadow Archetype: It takes him being a dark reflection of what Chowder was becoming for Chowder to accept his destiny.
  • Split Personality: Remember when Gazpacho was revealed to be his own Mother!?. But then again that wasn't real. OR WAS IT!? Just kidding it probably WASN'T!!
  • Unreliable Narrator: In "The Spookiest House In Marzipan".
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Giving Chowder a literal Chick Magnet in "Apprentice Appreciation Day" sets off the events of the episode, with Mung competing with Endive over who appreciates their apprentice more.
  • Was It All a Lie?: See Manchild above.

    Gorgonzola 
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"Don't strain yourself, Pudge."
Voiced by: Will Shadley, Dave Wittenberg (adult)

A young apprentice candle holder with a surly attitude. He resents Chowder due to him having a better job.


  • Friendly Enemy: In "Panini for President" and "The Blackout".
  • Jerkass: He's egocentric, surly, and mean to everyone around him.
  • Meaningful Name: He is named after gorgonzola cheese. Greenblatt commented that since cheese was his least favourite food, he felt it would fit Gorgonzola's surly attitude.
  • Nice Hat: His candle.
  • The Resenter: He's primarily motivated by his resentment of Chowder having a better job than him despite Chowder not being very bright. To where in the grand finale, his reason for helping Chowder grow up is so he can have someone to brag to.
    • Hilariously, it still fails as after he brags to Chowder, Chowder just congratulates him and Gorgonzola screams at Chowder to be jealous of him.
  • The Rival: To Chowder, for some reason.
  • The Snark Knight

    Ceviché 
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"After I escort you home could I weed your garden and hang some dry wall?"
Voiced by: Elan Garfias

Ceviche is a dancer and the apprentice of Pate. He is fairly easy going and has a crush on Panini. Because of this he follows her around and does what she says.



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