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Characters / Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids

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Fat Albert

  • Acrofatic: Fat Albert is surprisingly agile for a person of his size, being able to run extremely quickly and jump very high, even able to keep up with Harold, who is riding (unsafely) on a bicycle.
  • Big Fun: When things were going well for the gang, Albert was usually this.
  • Catchphrase: "Hey hey hey!"
  • Fat Comic Relief: His size sometimes made him the butt of jokes, but ...
  • Gentle Giant: He's, well, fat and also quite tall, but he's also a kind person who helps anyone in need.
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  • Nice Guy: Easily the nicest, friendliest, wisest, and most helpful character in the series.
  • Only Sane Man: Often Fat Albert would be the sole voice of reason when the rest of the gang got involved in a new (and dangerous) fad.
  • Stout Strength: Albert was strong enough to catch a guy who fell off the roof of a building and hold him long enough to be rescued.

Dumb Donald

  • The Ditz: Like his name suggests, he's not very bright.
  • Eye-Obscuring Hat: Dumb Donald subverts this trope. His knitted hat falls below his eyes, but he has made two eyeholes in the fabric to see through.
  • Nice Guy: He can have an occasional jerk moment but he is a good guy.




  • Bratty Half-Pint / Tagalong Kid: As Bill's little brother, he's the youngest member of the gang.
  • Brutal Honesty: He has a tendency to say some things that may be right, but there are also times where they can be hurtful.
  • Catchphrase: Often throws out jokes about someone, usually Rudy, having "No class".
  • Deadpan Snarker: Most of his cracks are directed at Rudy. Those that aren't tend to be lighter.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He may be a obnoxious or difficult younger brother on occasions but he is a smart, innocent, and well-meaning kid.
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  • Mouthy Kid: Has no problem to saying what he wants to say.
  • Nice Hat: He's dressed for a blizzard, regardless of the weather, including an Ushanka hat.


  • Author Avatar: Of Bill Cosby.
  • The Generic Guy: Subverted. He isn't really a bland character, he just doesn't have a personality that distinct in comparison to the others. He is easily the most normal and easygoing member of the group. Sometimes he acts as a secondary voice of reason.


  • Only Known By His Nickname: In the original series, at least. The movie gives him a full name of James Mush.
  • The Unintelligible: Mushmouth is understandable, but just barely. Specifically, he speaks Ubbi Dubbi. (Even more specifically, he speaks like the patient with his mouth completely numb in Bill Cosby's Dentist routine)

Weird Harold

  • The Klutz: He represents the awkward years of every kid who physically grew quickly.


  • Only Known By His Nickname: Possibly subverted, in that in the live-action movie, Bucky Miller was given as his real name.

  • Satellite Character: Bucky barely had any lines in the series and less screen time than the main cast.

Mudfoot Brown

  • Cool Old Guy: He appears to live in the junkyard that the others have their clubhouse in. He's clearly not well off, but he's another voice of reason in the kids' lives.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: The boys have one with Mudfoot as he often parts advice to the boys.

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