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    Gratuity "Tip" Tucci
Voiced by: Rihanna (movie), Rachel Crow (TV series)

A teenage girl who befriends Oh.

  • Action Survivor: Tip manages to survive an alien invasion and other harrowing predicaments on her own (unless you count her cat, Pig), until she meets Oh, who isn't much help anyway. And she's a young teen, too.
  • Adorably Precocious Child: Tip is quite mature for a young teen and often acts as the adult between her and her mother.
  • Alliterative Name: Only applies with her nickname- Tip Tucci.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: After moving from Barbados to America, she was treated differently from other kids and had trouble fitting in.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Neither the book or film adaptation is specific on Tip's ethnicity.
  • Badass Adorable: Tip is a cute, dorky girl who proves to be quite the badass when push comes to shove.
  • Badass Bookworm: Besides her strength in geometry, Tip also builds Rube Goldberg machines as her security systems (and they work).
  • Beware the Nice Ones: As nice and friendly as Tip is, she's not a pushover.
  • Black and Nerdy: Tip is half-Black and besides being incredibly dorky, she's also a Badass Bookworm.
  • Brainy Brunette: She's described as a very resourceful girl. This proves to be true, when she's able to take care of herself when her mother is kidnapped.
  • Color Motifs: Green. She has bright, green eyes and the usual hoodie she is seen in mostly is green. Plus, most of her t-shirts she wears consists of green.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Tip has a lot of wry, unamused things to say about the aliens who invaded her planet.
  • Determinator: Nothing will stop her from getting to her mother. That includes the distance between continents and a total lack of knowledge as to where she was taken. She does briefly lose hope when she's found the other humans but has no idea where to look, but Oh comes back just in time.
  • Extremely Protective Child: She spent the better part of the movie trying to rescue her kidnapped mother.
  • Girls Love Stuffed Animals: Tip has a considerable amount of stuffed animals in her room.
  • Good with Numbers: Implied. Tip tells Oh that she received an "A" in geometry and also see her Badass Bookworm section.
  • Interspecies Friendship: Tip (human) eventually forms an unbreakable bond with Oh (Boov).
  • In the Hood: She wears a hoodie, a green and orange one, usually the former.
  • Kid Heroine: While a deconstruction, she fits the trope in that Tip is a young teenager or preteen.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: She's very close to her pet cat, Pig.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Has this trait in Adventures with Tip and Oh, to the point where she will frequently claim she got an "A" in <school subject related to the task at hand>, only to admit she was lying when things go wrong.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: The tomboyish, tough and sometimes short-tempered Masculine Girl to Oh's Feminine Boy.
  • Meaningful Name: Tip gives great tips to Oh throughout their journey. Also, her full name, "Gratuity" is another term for "tip".
  • Minor Living Alone: Justified. Normally, she didn't live like this but her mother and the rest of the human population were taken away after the Boov came to Earth, leaving her like this until
  • Mixed Ancestry: Half Italian, Half Barbadian.
  • Morality Pet: To Oh. While the alien wasn't evil or even straight up jerk (or a Jerk with a Heart of Gold), he didn't know how to show any empathy towards other species, besides his own. Spending time with Tip allows Oh to learn.
  • Nice Girl: Tip is quite friendly and kind-hearted.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: She has yet to be called by her full name, Gratuity. However, only Oh calls her that, at first. But when they truly become friends in the middle of the movie, Oh begins to call her "Tip" at Tip's request.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: Throughout her journey with Oh, they form a tight and close bond, being the first friends in each other's lives.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: The True Meaning of Smekday has a century-long Time Skip at the end where Tip suddenly dies of old age during the unveiling of the time capsule. This film lacks the Time Skip ending whilst Tip is still a child.
  • Supporting Protagonist: Tip is the main protagonist, but the story deals with Oh's Character Development in learning empathy towards other species.
  • Tomboyish Ponytail: Sports one in Adventures with Tip And Oh.
  • Unlimited Wardrobe: She wears several different outfits over the course of the movie like a real person on a trip would.
  • Wise Beyond Her Years: Tip gives amazing advice to Oh throughout their journey that allows him to rethink his previous values.

Voiced by: Jim Parsons (movie), Mark Whitten (TV series)

A banished Boov who befriends Tip.

  • Accidental Misnaming: Oh mimics Tip and refers to Lucy as "Mymom," because the concepts of a mother and families are alien to him. Likewise, he calls Pig "Pigcat", after Tip explains to him what he is.
  • Adaptation Name Change: He was named J.Lo in The True Meaning Of Smek Day.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Oh is so disliked among his people, his name was the way people reacted to his presence. An annoyed, exasperated "Oh..." sound.
  • Appropriated Appellation: His name comes from the exhasperated "Oh" sound that his fellow boov make when they see him. Naturally, he doesn't seem to mind this much.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: The biggest reason for his deep love for Tip? She was his first real friend.
  • Character Development: Lets go of his Blue-and-Orange Morality and learns to feel compassion for other creatures.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: He generally behaves like one, with odd concepts and theories and is considered one by Boov standards
  • Comically Missing the Point: For much of the film, Oh cannot get it through his head that his brethren hold him in contempt.
  • Deuteragonist: The second main focus after Tip.
  • Expy: Averted in the case that many thought that Oh would be one to Sheldon Cooper, Jim Parsons' other famous role. While they are both intelligent Cloudcuckoolanders who annoy everyone around them and don't understand human behavior, Oh's lack of understanding is a result of unfamiliarity, rather than disinterest as it is with Sheldon, and he never intentionally looks down on anyone. Oh quickly adapts to new human concepts through his association with Tip, whereas Sheldon had to be dragged along bit by bit.
  • From Zero to Hero: Oh went from being universally disliked by all of the other Boov, to being elected their leader. And all it took was saving their entire race.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Oh did make modifications to Tip's car to make it fly using various machines found in a convenience store, primarily a slushie machine.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Oh desperately wants to have friends, and is all too often disappointed by the other Boovs dislike of him. After his journey with Tip he gets one not only in Tip, but also a number of other Boov, who finally realize what a great guy he is after he stands up to Captain Smek.
  • Interspecies Friendship: Oh (Boov) eventually forms an unbreakable bond with Tip (human).
  • Keet: The most happy-go-lucky and optimistic of the Boov, as well as very energetic.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: He grows quite fond of Pig and the feeling is mutual.
  • The Klutz: Oh easily trips on his pods.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: The soft-hearted, silly, and optimistic Feminine Boy to Tip's Masculine Girl.
  • Motor Mouth: Oh is generally talkative, which can be annoying.
  • Nice Guy: While he can be annoying, Oh is well-meaning and friendly.
  • Pinocchio Nose: Oh turns green whenever he lies, which Tip is quick to catch onto.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: Throughout his journey with Tip, they form a tight and close bond, being the first friends in each other's lives.
  • Phrase Catcher: Where Oh's name comes from: he is so disliked that if someone recognizes him they just groan "Oh" in annoyance.
  • Super Not-Drowning Skills: Oh spends several hours underwater at one point. Presumably, so can the other Boov.
  • Took a Level in Badass: After Tip convinces him that risks can pay off, he loses his cowardly streak and becomes the savior of his own people and the humans.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: When Oh finally learns to have some empathy for others.

Voiced by: Ryan Crego (TV series)

Tip's pet cat.

  • Big Eater: For a cat, anyway. How many cats do you know that could scarf down an entire hot dog in a few seconds?
  • Cute Kitten: A small, chubby cat who's put through some slapstick.
  • Gender Flip: In The True Meaning of Smekday was a girl, here he is a boy cat, which is strange because real life calico cats are almost always female due to the genetics of coloring. However, in the original artwork for the film, he was originally supposed to be a Siamese [1].
  • Head Pet: He finds Oh's head very comfortable and treats him like a mobile cat bed. Clinging to Tip's head is also how he saved her from the Boov abductions.
  • Meaningful Name: He's named Pig because his tail is curled like an actual pig, not to mention his eating habits.
  • Spanner in the Works: His presence spared Tip from being abducted with the rest of the humans. When the Boov were collecting the humans, Pig panicked and clung to Tip's head. The scanner detected Pig instead of Tip and disregarded them both, causing Lucy to be taken alone. Were it not for this twist of fate, Earth and the Boov would likely have been destroyed.

    Lucy Tucci
Voiced by: Jennifer Lopez (movie), Ana Ortiz (TV series)

Tip's mother.

  • Adaptational Dye Job: Her brown hair and eyes from the movie become red and green, respectively in Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh.
  • Adaptational Intelligence: In the book version, Happy Smekday, Lucy has traces of being The Ditz. In this movie, she's more level-headed and grounded. The TV Series has her becoming a bit more ditzy.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Thanks to Adaptational Dye Job, Lucy keeps her dark skin but gains red hair and green eyes. Thus, her ethnicity is even more of a mystery.
  • Curtains Match the Windows: In the movie, Lucy has both brown eyes and hair.
  • Dark-Skinned Redhead: Only in the TV series — due to Adaptational Dye Job, her hair is red, but she still has her dark skin.
  • Good Parents: Lucy is a loving and caring mother to Tip, and always looks out for her daughter's best welfare.
  • Mama Bear: During her forced separation from Tip, Lucy has been doing everything she can to find her daughter.
  • Mum Looks Like a Sister: Lucy looks like Tip's older sister instead of her mother.
  • Nice Girl: Every appearance and mention of her shows that Lucy is a kind, thoughtful person and a great mom.
  • Parental Substitute: The series show Lucy becoming something of a mother figure to Oh.
  • Parents in Distress: Tip goes across the world to save her mother.
  • Race Lift: In the book, Lucy was Caucasian. She is Barbados in the animated film.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: In the series, Lucy receives red hair and green eyes, thus making it more clear she's the mother to the protagonists (biological to Tip, an adoptive one for Oh).
  • Strong Family Resemblance: With the exception of the eyes and dark skin, Lucy strongly resembles her daughter — Tip.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Has red hair in Adventures with Tip & Oh.

    Captain Smek
Voiced by: Steve Martin (movie), Nolan North (series)

The leader of the Boov race.

  • Adaptational Villainy: In The True Meaning of Smekday, the Gorg were the true Big Bad while Smek was more incompetent than actively malevolent. Here, he's the Big Bad.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: He's so angry in Adventures With Tip and Oh that red has become his new default color.
  • The Dragon: To the Gorg.
  • Evil Is Petty: Spends most of Adventures With Tip and Oh trying to get revenge on Oh, and attempting to do so in extremely minor and petty ways, such as buying up the earth's supply of cat litter to so that Lucy will be disappointed in Oh for not being able to get any.
  • Extreme Omnivore: Likes to eat footballs.
  • Horns of Villainy: They're more like appendages, but they're shaped like horns, which go perfectly which his devilish nature and status as the Big Bad to Tip and Oh. By comparison, other Boov have them curled up.
  • Jerkass: Smek is egotistical, cowardly, and condescending.
  • Karma Houdini: Captain Smek is arguably responsible for everything bad that happens in this film, but other than losing the captaincy, he's never punished.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Throws himself on the ground and cries out loud like a toddler when he doesn't get his way.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: He thinks himself to be a competent leader but is in fact too stupid to realize he isn't as competent as he likes to imagine himself.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Footballs.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: During an attempted peace conference with the Gorg, Captain Smek ran and grabbed a small rock on the way out, placing it on his "shusher wand." It is later revealed that the rock actually contains the next generation of Gorg, which is the true reason the Gorg has been chasing the Boov.

Voiced by: Matt L. Jones

Oh's self-proclaimed "best friend", Kyle is a Boov police officer tasked with capturing Oh.After the Gorg incident on Earth, Oh abdicates his position as leader of the Boov over to Kyle, who combines it with his police job to become "King of Police".

  • Heel Realization: After Oh saves the Boov using a Gorg Superchip, he realizes that he should have accepted Oh as his friend and sides with him against Smek.
  • Not So Different: In a minor example, he is amused by the same Slusious flavour name ("Bust A Lime") that Oh laughed at.

    The Gorg 
Voiced by: Brian Stepanek (movie) Tom Kenny (series)

A mysterious alien race that are pursuing the Boov.

  • Adaptational Heroism: While in both The True Meaning of Smekday and this movie, the Gorg was the only one left of the his species, in the former, his species wiped themselves out and the Gorg were characterized by invading planets for no good reason and were Jerkasses to the point where they started a long civil war over a parking space. Here, the Gorg only attacks the Boov to repopulate his species with the children taken by Smek.
  • Anti-Villain: The Gorg may have destroyed the Boov's original home planet, but his children were stolen from him. It's not entirely hard to see why he’d be so upset.
  • Big Bad: Of the film.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Things get much more serious when The Gorg enters the picture. Even if he himself is not evil at all.
  • The Last of His Kind: As we find out, his reasons for trailing the Boov was because he is trying to avoid this as Smek accidentally swiped an incubator.
  • Mobile-Suit Human: The Gorg is revealed to be this, his true form being that of a small starfish-like creature.
  • Not So Different: As explained in the end by Oh, the Gorg was simply acting irrationally violent and making poor decisions out of sadness and anger at the Gorg children being essentially kidnapped, which is different from the Boov's Blue-and-Orange Morality but a lot closer to how a human would react.
  • Papa Wolf: The Gorg tailing the Boov across the universe and laying waste to everything in their path was all a desperate quest to rescue his stolen children.
  • Skeletons in the Coat Closet: The Gorg's shoulder spikes are adorned with several tiny skulls. He might have them there for aesthetic reasons.
  • Spell My Name with a "The": The Gorg. It's literal as there is only one of them; his actual name is K-Trong.
  • Spikes of Villainy: The Gorg wear armor adorned with spikes that have skulls impaled on them. Subverted – he’s actually pretty nice.
  • Starfish Alien: The Gorg are literally this, as they resemble starfish.


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