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This is a list of all the characters in Judy Blume's Fudge book series. Spoilers are unmarked.

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    The Hatchers 

Farley Drexel "Fudge" Hatcher
The eponymous character of much of the series.

  • Annoying Younger Sibling: To Peter.
  • Berserk Button: Don't call him by his real name.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: When Tootsie comes into the picture.
  • Catchphrase: "Eat it or wear it" in Tales Of A Fourth Grade Nothing.
  • Character Development: It's subtle, but as the books go on, he becomes a lot less bratty and more imaginative.
  • Child Prodigy: Seems like one in Superfudge when he learns where babies come from and words like "unanimous" at the ripe old age of 5. He also already knows that Santa isn't real by then.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": Fudge does not want to be called Farley.
  • Karma Houdini: Through most of the first book, though it is kinda justified considering he is really young. As he gets older, this is averted.
  • Name's the Same: In-universe, he has the same name as one of his cousins. When the other Farley's older sisters decide to start calling that Farley "Fudge", he's extremely annoyed. (At Peter's suggestion, they finally settle on calling him "Mini", for "Mini-Fudge", which Fudge grudgingly accepts.)
  • Not So Different: in Double Fudge, he's often exasperated by Mini's antics (often similar to his own) in a way that is very similar to how Peter reacts to him.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: It's not clear if the parents meant for the nickname to be as universal as it became, or if it was initially meant to be less permanent, but either way, Fudge will not submit to being called anything else. The source of said nickname, incidentally, is never fully revealed; Double Fudge mentions an older relative also named Farley Drexel, who liked hot fudge sundaes, and implies that this is the reason, but it's not outright confirmed.
  • Spoiled Brat: Peter views him as this sometimes.
  • Theme Naming: He and his sister Tootsie are nicknamed for candies.
  • Unfortunate Name: What were his parents thinking?

Peter Warren Hatcher
Fudge's older brother. He is the character from whose perspective the stories are told.

  • Butt-Monkey: He really can't catch a break, whether it be from his parents, his brother, or even his friends on occasion.
  • Dead Pet Junior: Names his dog Turtle after his first pet.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Occasionally lapses into dry comments about the insanity surrounding him.
  • First-Person Smartass: He's the narrator and can be quite dry for his age.
  • No Sympathy: The loss of his pet turtle Dribble by Fudge ingesting him gains him this from his family, though they do get him a dog after Fudge comes home from the hospital.
  • Odd Name Out: He's the only one of his siblings without a candy-based nickname. He lampshades this.
  • Only Sane Man: Usually presented as this. Then again, he's usually the narrator.
  • The Scapegoat: When Fudge knocks out two of his teeth trying to fly off the monkey bars, Sheila was supposed to be watching him, but their mother still blames Peter. Though once she has a chance to cool off, she admits she was wrong to do so and apologizes.
  • Supporting Protagonist: He's the protagonist and viewpoint character of most of the series. However, he devotes a lot of attention to talking about his brother's antics.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Sheila Tubman. They routinely declare they hate each other, but in their own odd way they get along rather well.
  • The Unfavorite: He often feels like this.

Tamara Roxanne "Tootsie" Hatcher
Peter and Fudge's little sister, who was born in the book Superfudge.

  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Although to a lesser extent.
  • Baby's First Words: "Yuck", said while copying Peter, who was changing her diaper.
  • Baby Talk: Says "Sue" for "shoe", "Foo" for "Fudge", "Pee" for "Peter", "Nu Yuck" for "New York", etc.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Same sentiment with Fudge by the parents, though she thankfully has a more normal name than "Farley Drexel".
  • Parental Favoritism: Once she's born, Tootsie starts getting the lion's share of attention. On the upside, Warren and Anne do start taking Fudge's bad behavior more seriously.
  • Theme Naming: She and her brother Fudge are nicknamed for candies.

Warren Hatcher
The father of Peter, Fudge, and Tootsie.

  • Men Can't Keep House: Barely keeps the house in order while his wife is gone for a week.
  • Pushover Parents: Subverted. While he and Anne are pretty lenient with Fudge (due to him being much younger), they will lay down the law when it's appropriate. Warren in particular is the one who puts his foot down in the chapter "The Family Dog"in Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing (with Peter describing his mother as looking relieved that he did).

Anne Hatcher
The mother of Peter, Fudge, and Tootsie.

  • Doting Parent: She improves somewhat as time passes, but her early doting on Fudge comes across as rather nauseating.
  • My Beloved Smother: She can be this with both of her sons, but especially with Fudge (until Tootsie comes along that is).
  • Parents as People: She really does love her children, but has her own flaws too.
  • Pushover Parents: Subverted. While she does dote on Fudge and is far more lenient with him than Peter, she actually will lay down the law if Fudge crosses a line (like giving him a spanking for ruining Peter's class project).


    The Tubmans 

Sheila Tubman
The main nemesis of Peter Hatcher. Also the narrator of Otherwise Known As Sheila The Great.

Libby Tubman
Sheila's older sister.

  • Alpha Bitch
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: "Libby" is vanishingly rare nowadays as a nickname. Her real first name is never used in the books, so if the reader is unfamiliar with the nickname, they might not know that it's short for Elizabeth.


Jimmy Fargo
Peter Hatcher's best friend.
  • Race Lift: Assumed to be Caucasian in the books, he became black in the TV series.

Merle "Mouse" Ellis
Sheila Tubman's friend.

Maryanne Markman
Libby Tubman's friend


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