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Actor(s): Dallas McKennon (occasionally in the 1950s and '60s, main voice in 1980s series and 1995 movie), Ruth Eggleston (1950s), Ginny Taylor (1950s), Dick Beals (1960s), Norma McMillan (1960s)

The titular star of the show, a young boy made of green clay, who can do almost anything.


  • The Ace
  • Cheerful Child
  • Dimensional Traveler: He and his friends can enter books and other forms of media. Presumably this is how he can walk through the wall (that is, if you want him to).
  • Eye Color Change: In the 1950s, the pupils of his eyes were small and red, they became big and black in the 1960s, though he still retains his red eyes on merchandise.
  • Interspecies Romance: Shows an interest in Goo sometimes. He officially gain a girlfriend named Tara in the 1995 movie.
  • Living Toys: if modeling clay counts.
  • Nice Guy
  • Vague Age: He acts and sounds like a preteen child in 1950s, but later it's more vague in the 1980s, when he's more or less a teenager.

    Gumby's friends 


Actors: Art Clokey

Our hero's best friend. An orange or red pony/horse from a storybook set in the The Wild West.
  • Big Eater: He regularly has food on his mind.
  • Catchphrase: "Holy Toledo!"
  • Cool Horse
  • Cowardly Sidekick: Gumby's the adventurous one, he's the sensible one.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He's usually got something wry to say about a situation or his friends' flights of fancy.
  • Lovable Coward: He would much rather stay at home and play it safe than go on adventures. That being said, he always sticks by Gumby no matter what.
  • Silent Snarker: His ears help his face to be particularly expressive.


Actors: Art Clokey

A yellow dinosaur, though sometimes he's a dragon, introduced along with Goo in the 1960s series. He is based on the "prickly" personality as described by Alan Watts.


Actors: Norma McMillan (1960s), Gloria Clokey (1980s, 1995 movie)

A blue fish-like creature with blonde hair, introduced along with Prickle in the 1960s series. Though it is never mentioned what she actually is in the shorts, Word of God says she's a mermaid! She represents the "gooey" personality as described by Alan Watts.
  • Breath Weapon: She can spit goo balls.
  • Flight: When she shifts into airplane form.
  • Foil: Designed to be one for Prickle.
  • Interspecies Romance: She debuted showing an interest in Pokey (a horse). At different times she also shows interest in Prickle (a dinosaur/dragon) and Gumby (a... an, um... n-not a mermaid).
  • Lampshade Hanging: In the movie, Prickle says he learned all about what he is by reading books at the library. He suggests Goo go to the library so they can find out what she is exactly.
  • Our Mermaids Are Different: She's never seen in the water and she can fly!
  • The Pollyanna: Specifically intended to be "easygoing, flowing in the here and now, friendly and jolly".
  • Rubber Man: Part of her shapeshifting powers.
  • Stalker with a Crush: In "Goo for Pokey", she follows the poor guy everywhere, eventually capturing him inside herself and dragging him off to do Clokey-knows-what.
  • Tailfin Walking: In the 1980s version and the movie. In the 1960s she slides on her belly, like a pinniped.
  • True Blue Femininity

    Gumby's family 


Gumby's father, a firefighter


Gumby's mother, a homemaker
  • Good Parents: The classic, caring mother. She's very nurturing, and kind, but she's also not afraid to discipline Gumby if she sees it necessary.


Gumby's younger sister and Gumbo and Gumba's second child, introduced in the 1980s series.

Introduced in the series

The Blockheads

Gumby's archenemies, two red clay figures with alphabet blocks for heads.

Henry and Rodgy

Two characters, a teddy bear and a bird made of clay, who made a few appearances in the early 1960s. They were intended to get their own spin-off, but nothing came of it.

Professor Kapp


A dog who can talk, but can only say "no". He appeared in a handful of episodes in 1967 and 1968.

The Groobee

Another of Gumby's pets, a bee with a hammer for an arm, who builds crates around his enemies.


A woolly mammoth or a "furry elephant" as some call him.

Introduced in the movie

The Clayboys

Gumby's band.


Actors: Bonnie Rudolph

A dachshund dog with the ability to cry pearls instead of tears.


Actors: Patti Morse (speaking), Melisa Kary (singing)

A fan who becomes Gumby's love interest.



Tara's best friend.

Larry Claybert

Actor: Dallas McKennon

A talent agent who signs Gumby and his band.