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The main cast of Regular Show, the staff members of a privately owned (but publicly used) park in an unnamed city.


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    Mordecai 

    Rigby 

    Benson Dunwoody 

Voiced by: Sam Marin

Debuted in: "Pilot"/Season 1, "The Power"

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"Get back to work or YOU'RE FIRED!"

An anthropomorphic gumball machine, and Mordecai and Rigby's boss. Although he generally seems mildly annoyed, at the worst he can get really pissed if Mordecai and/or Rigby have messed something up.


  • All Drummers Are Animals: Subverted in "150-Piece Kit" when the audience finds out that the man behind Hair to the Throne's famous drum solo was Benson.
  • Animate Inanimate Object: He's a talking gumball machine.
  • Anti-Hero: He's nice sometimes. Other times he can be a weapons grade prick.
  • Anti-Villain: Treats Mordecai and Rigby like crap most of the time, but he's just doing his job, and to be fair, they do tend to slack off a lot or otherwise cause harm to Benson and the park as a whole.
  • Ax-Crazy: His Hair-Trigger Temper is so extreme that he reaches many times a psychotic behavior.
  • Beleaguered Boss: He has to deal with slackers Mordecai and Rigby on a regular basis, Muscle Man's constant pranking, and even the others under his command have their moments of Not So Above It All. On top of that, his boss Pops is a Cloud Cuckoolander. It's no wonder Benson frequently gets mad, and needs the constant threat of George Jetson Job Security to keep Mordecai and Rigby in line.
  • Benevolent Boss: Despite his meanness as stated below, in a calm mood, Benson is ordinarily a nice guy who can show a softer side and reward his employees. He soon befriends all of his coworkers.
    • He walks the talk - he'll genuinely praise his employees, Mordecai and Rigby included, when he feels they've done a good job. The ending of the episode "Grave Sights" is a good example of this.
    • He's also fairly nice to Skips (who is hard-working) and Pops. He's also a bit strict with Muscle Man, but that's more because he's obnoxious (although he normally does his work).
    • The episode "My Mom" has Muscle Man calling him to request a break for lunch, which he allows to Mordecai and Rigby's surprise. Muscle Man then explains to them that if you tell Benson what you're up to instead of just being unaccounted for, he is reasonable.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Getting prank calls, apparently.
    • Whatever you do, DON'T THROW TRASH AT HIM.
    • Starts shouting in Angrish and gives chase when Rigby says he's "all talk" in "A Bunch of Full Grown Geese".
    • But the most obvious one is when Mordecai and Rigby either slack off on their jobs, or when they cause a bunch of destruction due to their carelessness.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He IS a nice person, but making him angry is one of the most ill-advised things you can do.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • In "Benson Be Gone" he returns to the park just in time to save it from Susan.
    • He also arrives with his drum set at the last second, giving the cast enough music power to destroy the Summertime Lovin' cassette.
    • And again in "Stick Hockey" when he arrives just in time to finish Mordecai and Rigby's stick hockey death match and is revealed to be a master at the game.
    • Got yet another one in "Cool Bikes" when he saves Mordecai and Rigby's lives by attacking the judge that was sentencing them to death and aiding in their escape.
    • He got a small (yet awesome) one in "Karaoke Video". Mordecai and Rigby are attempting to steal the video of them dissing on their coworkers. Some brawls between the bars employees and them eventually turn into an all out bar brawl. Near the end it shows Benson hopelessly looking at the ridiculous warfare just as the tape lands in front of him. He picks it up curiously and the owner of the bar punches him in the face and orders him to give it back. He then smashes the karaoke tape right into the owner's face, knocking him out and destroying the tape in the process. He basically saved Mordecai and Rigby's necks from himself without even realizing it.
      Benson: You want it?! FINE! TAKE IT THEN!
  • Big "WHAT?!": Screams this midway through "Country Club" when Skips caves in and tells him that Mordecai and Rigby went to the country club to get a golf cart back. Turns out he's actually furious for a different reason.
  • Birds of a Feather: With Pam, as both of them are workaholics and love chicken wings.
  • Breath Weapon: Benson unleashes a torrent of pure, pent-up rage at Mordecai and Rigby during "Think Positive" in the form of a mouth laser.
  • Butt-Monkey: If bad luck's not happening to Mordecai and Rigby, it's probably happening to him.
  • The Captain: He's the supervisor for the park's maintenance crew.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: Has a weakness for chicken wings.
  • Catchphrase: "Get back to work!" and "Clean up this mess!" (both of which are usually followed by "Or you're fired!")
  • The Cavalry:
    • The guys are losing to a physical manifestation of an Ear Worm that they're battling by playing a counter Ear Worm. When Benson arrives, Mordecai assumes he's there to yell at them for messing up the park with their battle. He is there to yell at them, but for forgetting a key part of an Ear Worm: the beat from the drums which he plays.
    • In "Country Club", he shows up with the rest of the park employees to help Mordecai and Rigby get the golf cart back and get revenge on the titular club for stealing their property over the years, which included his boombox.
  • Character Development: He's noticeably more tolerant of Mordecai and Rigby after "Benson Be Gone", not getting as angry at them for when they mess up. He even came to their rescue in "This Is My Jam".
    • Also shows in "Jinxed" when he subverts his Rant-Inducing Slight because they apologized for slacking off, where before he'd not have given them the time of day. He did lose it earlier in the episode when Rigby was intentionally enraging him trying to break his jinx, but Benson didn't take it out on Rigby and instead vented his rage elsewhere.
    • Newer episodes even had him lead the group in downtime activities, like a weekly game night and paying for everyone at a bar, even Mordecai and Rigby.
    • It's revealed in "Stick Hockey" that he used to be a champion stick hockey player until ten years prior to the episode when his apprentice Dave was killed in the final round of a tournament. Now he sees himself as a loser who wasted his life on stick hockey and now he's wasted his life in a dead-end job.
    • "Think Positive" revealed that Benson of all people was The Quiet One in his family, and his father taught him that the only way to get stuff done is with a Hair-Trigger Temper. His giant rant at the end had him imply that he always holds off on firing Mordecai and Rigby because he really just wants to teach them to be more responsible.
    • "150-Piece Kit" reveals he performed a legendary drum solo for the band Hair to the Throne, one everyone though was done by the band's drum machine. He then proceeds to perform said solo again in front of the whole park, proving he did it. The episode also has him turning down an offer to tour with Hair to the Throne to keep working at the park showing how much he loves the place.
    • "Expert Or Liar" has Benson show Rigby a tape of him being humiliated on national television (as Rigby had done earlier in the episode). Benson had to say 'bandanna' in order to win some prize money, which he was planning to use to quit his job at the park, which he hated. However, Benson accidentally says 'banana' instead. He mentions that he couldn't go out for years after that without someone throwing a banana at him, and it also explains why he kept working at the park (note: Benson is highest in command because of how long he'd been working there, but he is not the boss - Mr. Maellard is). It becomes pretty obvious that Benson hates when people don't do what he says, because it puts his job on the line, and he can't afford to fail again at his age (having experienced plenty of failure and humiliation himself). Benson, nevertheless, is shown to be quite easy going on the rare occasion Mordecai and Rigby aren't doing something to anger him.
  • Chick Magnet: Despite his bad luck when it comes to romance, Benson is pretty popular with the ladies — there are his previously mentioned exes, Audrey, Pam, Roxy, and Bluray. Skips even lampshades how Benson became popular with the ladies after entering space.
  • Color Motifs: Red. Most of his body is colored red. Whenever he is angered, his face turns completely red. Lastly, the color can represent anger.
  • The Comically Serious: He's serious most of the time, but his chewing out of Rigby and Mordecai is often played for laughs.
  • A Day in the Limelight: "Benson Be Gone" was his first one, but "Think Positive" was more about his personality.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He sometimes leans on this especially when the HA HA HA— No trope is used.
    Rigby: And we'll be all like "In your face!"
    Benson: Haha, and I will be all like GET BACK TO WORK!
  • Depending on the Writer: Benson's characterization ranges from a cynical, but reasonable Jerk with a Heart of Gold to a full-blown Jerkass that overreacts to everything.
    • He can also either be completely task oriented or much more relaxed and willing to go along with an adventure.
    • His relationship with Mordecai and Rigby. In some episodes, while he gets annoyed by their actions, he does admit that he respects them (Busted Cart, Cool Bikes). In other episodes, he would look for any excuse to get them fired and even gloat about it (Replaced, Muscle Mentor, Lunch Break).
  • Dysfunctional Family: Benson's family taught him to yell whenever he wanted something, which turned him into a big anger ball.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: First appeared in "2 in the AM PM'', one of J. G. Quintel's first short films, in the gas station clerks' acid-induced hallucination.
  • Embarrassing Last Name: In the Dome Experiment Special, the head scientist refers to Benson by his full name and boy it's made clear why he sticks with just Benson. For those who want to know... it's Benson Dunwoody.
  • Enraged by Idiocy: One of his biggest triggers is Mordecai and Rigby's incompetence.
  • Everyone Has Standards: While he's quick to veto any of Mordecai and Rigby's crazy schemes, he quickly gives them full permission for one certain scheme which involves entering a music contest. Not that because the reason why they wanted to enter was to win the natural turducken as a grand prize due to screwing up the upcoming Thanksgiving dinner, but because the winning song would also legally replace "Happy Birthday", which he absolutely detests.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: The Choleric/Melancholic — Has a short temper and is quite bitter too.
  • Freudian Excuse: "Think Positive" implies that Benson is so quick to raise his voice because his father told him, "You'll never get anything you want in this world if you don't yell for it."
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: At times. Examples include "Eggscellent", where Mordecai outright tells Benson during a fight that everyone only hangs out with him because he's their boss (though he takes this back later), and "Return of Mordecai and the Rigbys" where his perfectionism in band practice irritates the other workers/band members.
  • Friend to All Living Things: He seems to have a soft spot for animals. It's established that he's a cat lover, and he's extremely loving to his new pet pig, Applesauce (Leeroy) in "Benson's Pig". He also takes a liking to a bird in "The Dome Experiment Special".
  • Gag Nose: Has a rather pointy nose on his head.
  • George Jetson Job Security: He threatens to fire Mordecai and Rigby on a daily basis. Rigby, at one point, flat-out tells him to his face that he's "all talk", to which Benson responds by screaming and chasing them down, as if ready to beat them up.
  • Good Is Not Nice: He often threatens to fire Mordecai and Rigby, but all he's really doing is his job. He's very friendly when things aren't out of hand.
  • Grumpy Bear: Not much makes him happy, and when Mordecai and Rigby are around him, things don't get any better.
  • HA HA HA— No: Often done with sarcasm.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Has very explosive outbursts that often end with "...OR YOU'RE FIRED!!" Generally seems to be ready to blow his cool at the drop of a hat anyway.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: He's sometimes shown to be a pretty Nice Guy whenever things aren't out of control, or when Mordecai and Rigby actually do their work.
  • High-Pressure Emotion: His gumballs turn red when he's angry.
    • "Think Positive" makes this trope literal. If he holds in his anger too long, he starts burning things at his touch and destroying everything until he's let it out.
    • And even then, at the highest pressure, he turns flaming gold.
  • Interspecies Romance:
    • He (a sentient gumball machine) and Audrey (a human).
    • He (a sentient gumball machine) and Pam (a human).
  • Jerkass: Not as much as he is misunderstood, but his temper can lead him into becoming one.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: While he can be quite obnoxious, it's understandable since Mordecai and Rigby rarely do their job and are almost always slacking off. You just have to wonder why he hasn't fired them for good yet, though.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite his extremely short temper and being constantly annoyed by Mordecai's and Rigby's antics, when he's in a good mood he'll treat them very well, and he considers all of his employees to be friends. On a couple of occasions Benson has claimed that he does something tough on Mordecai and Rigby out of concern for their future and wants to instill some sense of responsibility in a pair of irredeemable slackers. He also gets along just fine with Skips and Pops. And he only gets mad at Muscle Man when he acts obnoxious.
  • Kick the Dog: While "Best Burger in the World" can be justified by Mordecai and Rigby's incompetence, there was no excuse for his actions in "Lunch Break". When Mordecai and Rigby were running out of time on finishing their sandwich, Benson happily tells them that they better pack their things and that they'll never move out of their parents' house just to really twist the knife. When Mordecai and Rigby manage to honor their end of the deal, Benson rewards them by making them run 50 laps and threatens to fire them if they fail.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: Zig-zagged. Benson has a love of cats — owning one and becoming addicted to cat videos in "Cat Videos", but he's a Jerk with a Heart of Gold (sometimes just a straight-up jerkass) instead of a full-on nice guy. In one episode, Benson gives up on cats and becomes a "pig guy" after adopting his pet pig, Applesauce. In the series finale, it's shown that Benson and Pam, who are now Happily Married, are the happy owners of Applesauce and a couple of cats.
  • Knight In Sour Armor: He'll yell a lot, but he does care for the park's well being.
  • Large Ham: Having a Hair-Trigger Temper does not help his case. He's even rowdier when intoxicated.
  • Love Hurts: He has horrible luck with women. He has had many past girlfriends and got dumped by them all.
  • Mean Boss:
    • Benson arguably skirts this line. He yells a lot and constantly threatens to fire his employees, but it is fairly clear that he runs a tight ship and his constant yelling is somewhat justified. Furthermore he claims that his aggressive attitude is him trying to hammer a sense of responsibility into Rigby and Mordecai. Although he once make it pretty clear he has no respect for them when Mordecai ask why they are paid cash in plastic bag instead of check.
    • Eventually becomes a Deconstructed Trope in "Benson's Suit" where it is shown that constantly harping on Mordecai and Rigby may get results in the immediate moment but leaves them with a very low level of respect towards him from a long time of putting up with his temper.
  • Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold: Very often shows he's not as mean as Mordecai and Rigby think. Especially since he's calmer with the other staff.
  • Never My Fault: When his car ends up missing and the cops don't do anything to help him, he resorts to hiring a bounty hunter from the future to find the perpetrators and his car. It turns out, however, that the perpetrators were Mordecai and Rigby, who secretly took it for repairs after breaking the windshield of his car. To make matters worse, as part of the terms, the bounty hunter was allowed to do as he wished when he found the thieves, regardless of the outcome, which in this case did not necessitate such a thing by any measure as the car had been returned good as new. In the meantime, the bounty hunter ends up wrecking the house in pursuit of Mordecai and Rigby. Even after Benson called him off, the bounty hunter ends up accidentally destroying the car. Benson sticks Mordecai and Rigby with the tab even though it was his idea to send in the bounty hunter in the first place. Then again, this whole mess would have never happened if Mordecai and Rigby just told Benson that they damaged his windshield or that they took his car in the first place.
    • A recurring flaw of Benson is to blame Mordecai and Rigby for his own mistakes. Several times Benson blames them for several problems he had caused, when Mordecai and Rigby were only tangentially related.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: He isn't so different than Mordecai and Rigby, thus he has his moments.
    • In "Guitar of Rock", he warns the duo not to touch Mr. Maellard's stuff while unloading the boxes, in which they obeyed. Later on, however, he accidentally breaks a guitar himself than was previously held by a famous rockstar.
    • It's brought up again in "Gold Watch", where he immediately blames Mordecai and Rigby after waking up in the desert because of his own drunken recklessness. The test pilots, though, call him out on this, and Benson is forced to take responsibility for his actions.
    • Another instance was in "Lunch Break", where he said it was okay for Mordecai and Rigby to pick whatever they wanted on the menu of the sub shop, he didn't even bother to research the prices, and he paid for the sandwich anyway just to give them a task where they can't succeed. Yeah it was a dick move on their part, but he still should've known better.
  • No Indoor Voice: If you get him really mad, of course. What's even worse, the events of "Think Positive" made his voice loud enough to make Mordecai and Rigby go deaf! His parents taught him that.
  • Noodle People: He has long, gangly arms and legs.
  • Not So Above It All:
    • OOOOOOOOOOOOOOH!!
    • Calvin Wong's Formspring also spoiled (by accident) that he's a huge fan of rock music, in particular "Foghat, Hall and Oates, Asia, Toto, and Phil Collins."
  • Not So Stoic:
    • As seen in his scene in the ending of "Mordecai and the Rigbys" where he nonetheless gives them both a standing ovation after their disastrous performance and Mordecai's speech.
    • Seen again in "This Is My Jam". He's initially angered by the omnipresent ear-worm, but willingly joins in on drums to help Mordecai's improvised band defeat it.
    • In Carter and Briggs", he lets Mordecai and Rigby use the park cart for a contest where the price is a supporting role in their favorite cop show, on the condition that they wear the park's official shirts on TV if they win.
  • Only Sane Man: For a relative use of "Sane".
  • Offscreen Breakup: He revealed in "The Real Thomas" that he and Audrey both broke up months ago and he was depressed and all the park workers helped him through his slump but nobody can remember any of that happening.
  • Perma-Stubble: Word of God is that his gumballs are supposed to resemble this, as a visual sign that he is over-worked.
    • Which would technically mean that, in Benson's flashback in "Take It Easy," not only did he have stubble 'as a child,' but his mother also had stubble, and his sister's face was almost entirely covered in it, seeing as her "gumball line" was above her eyes. Scary. Then again HIS gumballs, not a whole racial thing.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Rarely smiles.
  • Prematurely Bald: A flashback revealed that a younger Benson was humiliated on a game show, and the stress was so intense that he instantly lost all of his brown hair.
  • Rage Breaking Point: Taken Up to Eleven, if not beyond, in "Think Positive", when Pops makes the mistake of telling Benson that he will be fired if he ever gets angry at Mordecai or Rigby, which results in Benson being so filled with rage, that if he doesn't find an outlet for it, he could end up destroying himself, the park, and life as we know it. Pops has no choice but to reverse his decision and allow Benson to tell Mordecai and Rigby off, and he gives them a vitriolic The Reason You Suck speech taken Up to Eleven.
  • Rant-Inducing Slight: Benson doesn't get REALLY upset at Mordecai and Rigby until after whatever horrible situation they created has been resolved. Decreased in number after "Benson Be Gone", after which it happens noticeably less often.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Zig Zagged. Not quite at Depending on the Writer levels but how level headed Benson can be with his employees tends to vary from episode to episode. Usually he is stern and only yells when he given a reason to. At his worst he is petty in his punishments, makes assumptions about what has been done, and will invoke Never My Fault. At his best he is willing to hear out employees and will adjust the schedule to accommodate personal troubles for them but it is rare to catch him in such a mood.
  • “The Reason You Suck” Speech: Gives a truly epic one to Mordecai and Rigby in "Think Positive":
    "AARRRGGGHHH!! YOU LAZY, NO-GOOD SLACKERS DRIVE ME NUTS! CAN'T YOU JUST LISTEN TO ME ONCE IN YOUR WORTHLESS LIVES?! 'CAUSE IF YOU DID, YOU'D SEE THAT I'VE BEEN TRYING TO TEACH YOU SOME SIMPLE RESPONSIBILITY, SOME PRIDE IN DOING A JOB WELL DONE!! BUT YOU WOULDN'T KNOW A JOB WELL DONE IF YOU PAID SOMEONE TO DO IT FOR YOU, AND EVEN THEN YOU'D SCREW IT ALL UP ON ACCOUNT THAT YOU CAN'T EVEN FOLLOW THE SIMPLEST INSTRUCTIONS, WORRYING MORE ABOUT LOOKING COOL THAN DOING YOUR JOB!!!"
  • Red Baron: Benson was once known as the Death Dragon in stick hockey circles.
  • Retired Badass: He was formerly an expert Death Stick Hockey player, and a rock band drummer who played what is considered the world's greatest drum solo.
  • The Scapegoat: He's blamed by Mr. Maellard for whatever destruction Mordecai and Rigby cause.
  • Seen It All: When the usual daily crisis happens, he tends to not question the fact that it's happening so much as how Mordecai and Rigby caused it. For example, when Mordecai and Rigby turn up with a thawed-out caveman, he simply tells them to get rid of him because he won't be covered by the park's insurance.
  • Sore Loser:
    • He takes dodgeball very seriously. He also doesn't take losing very well.
    • When Mordecai and Rigby succeed in finishing their sandwich in "Lunch Break" before their deadline, he decides to make them run 50 laps on the basketball court that everyone worked on while they were eating or else he'd fire them.
  • The Slacker: If you can believe it, even more so than Mordecai and Rigby. In "Benson Be Gone," the two try to teach Benson it's okay to slack off a little as long as you get back to work, but Benson takes this as meaning it's perfectly fine not to work at all. If he doesn't have a constant stream of work, he won't work at all. Justified as he used to spend his days as a stick hockey player which is not known for bringing in money. He was a drummer which is less of an example, but given what rock does to a guy... Benson outright states he's wasted his youth.
  • Talking in Your Sleep: In "Saving Time", Mordecai and Rigby notice him doing this while they break into his house.
  • Team Dad: Despite his annoyance with the main duo and the rest of his employees at times, he's nonetheless very protective of them, evidenced in episodes such as "Benson Be Gone", or "Stick Hockey". He really just wants to beat some responsibility into them.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: The guy really got jerked around romantically first by getting dumped by Audrey offscreen, then getting dumped by Pam after being shot into space. However the finale revealed that he wound up reuniting and settling down with the latter.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Benson has a huge love for chicken wings.
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: Implied. In "Skips' Story", Skips' old high school principal bares a striking resemblance to Benson — similar face, similar body type, and even the same voice. It's implied that Bennett is Benson's distant ancestor.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Even when Mordecai and Rigby save his life, he usually threatens to fire them if they don't clean up their mess. He eventually gets called out for that in "A Bunch of Full-Grown Geese".
  • Vague Age: Word of God revealed that Benson is anywhere between the ages of 25 and 35.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: He constantly chews out Mordecai and Rigby for their constsnt pranks and slacking off, but "Country Club" has him angry at them for not telling him that they were planning to basically raid the titular club to get a golf cart back, which he would gladly help with since they also stole his boombox.
  • You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry: You really wouldn't want to get on his bad side. However, Mordecai and Rigby just won't learn.

    Pops Maellard 

Voiced by: Sam Marin

Debuted in: "Pilot"/Season 1, "The Power"

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"Good show, jolly good show!"

The son of the park's wealthy owner who's been sheltered all his life. He's mostly there to be comic relief. Also, Mordecai and Rigby can get away with almost anything around him because he doesn't know better. The episode "Dizzy" reveals that he has an extremely dysfunctional relationship with his father, who's as scary as Pops is kooky.


  • Achievements in Ignorance: When Pops tries to get on his favorite game show, "Win That Prize". He instead ends up becoming the man that brings a television company back on top even getting promoted up to Senior Senior Vice President.
  • Adorkable: His childlike demeanor, antiquated linguistics and kind personality make him very endearing.
  • The Alleged Boss: He's technically the boss of the park but rarely asserts his position and acts more like a co-worker. In a flashback, it's revealed that Mr. Maellard put Benson in charge specifically because he knows perfectly well that his son is way too scatter-brained to handle the responsibility of maintaining the park.
  • All-Loving Hero: Pops is a friendly and sweet person who never wants to harm anyone if he doesn't have to.
  • Animal Motifs: Butterflies. He likes chasing them and they become more prevalent to him in season 8.
  • Anthropomorphic Food: Pops is a talking, walking lollipop.
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: His birth name is Mega Kranus.
  • Badass Adorable: He's shown to be a skilled wrestler and has even saved the entire universe in the finale.
  • Bald of Awesome: He has a giant bald head and has proven to be quite the badass.
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: Seen when naked Pops is falling down the cliff in "Brain Eraser".
  • Benevolent Boss:
    • He's technically the head of the park, but he lets Benson run things and acts like any other worker. On the rare occasion he does feel the need to assert his authority, he treats everyone with kindness and respect. Just listen to how he speaks to Benson when he politely but firmly tells him not to yell at Rigby.
    • In the first episode, he unhesitatingly gives Mordecai and Rigby a raise when they ask for one. (Though he bestows it in lollipops, it's the thought that counts.) He was also the one who thought of the idea to get Benson a gift in the episode "World's Best Boss," gathering all of the employees together to think of the perfect gift.
  • Beware the Nice Ones:
    • He's a very friendly sort who would rather get along with people than have conflict. But push him too much or hurt his friends and he can be surprisingly formidable.
    • Though he's usually a wimpy pushover, he gets genuinely pissed at Muscle Man's antics in "The White Elephant Gift Exchange," so much so that his anger drives him into getting Muscle Man a can of exploding, very expired clam chowder as a prank gift.
  • Born in the Wrong Century: Though, since he is from Lolliland, it's possible that his way of dress and behavior is normal where he's from. As seen in "Skips Vs. Technology", he's over 100 years old.
  • Butt-Monkey: Downplayed slightly, but in a great deal of his major episode appearances as a main character, he's either badly injured, mildly traumatized, humiliated, or some variation of the three. He also has a nasty habit of hitting his head on things and getting knocked out.
  • Camp Straight: Displays very effeminate mannerisms, a fondness for the color pink, and typically "feminine" pastimes such as baking, poetry, and butterflies. Despite this, he seems to be attracted to women, if the excited look on his face when he sees the sexy dancers in "Party Pete" is any indication.
  • Catchphrase:
    • "(Jolly) good show!"
    • Sometimes turns into "Bad show... very bad show" when he's sad.
    • "Mordecai and Rigby, hellooo!" seems to be another one, said in his typical sing-songey voice.
  • Character Overlap: He first appeared in one of two pre-Regular Show sketches that JG Quintel made called "The Naive Man from Lolliland."
    • In "Don", he believes lollipops are the same thing as money, and are therefore suitable for paying bills, which gets the park into some trouble. The exact same situation is the plotline for the aforementioned sketch.
    • Pops "generally" considers lollipops to be the equivalent of money. "The Power," among other episodes.
    • He briefly appears in the other JG Quintel sketch (2 in the AM PM) as one of their hallucinated forms.
    • In a nice bit of Mythology Gag during the final battle with Anti-Pops, he gets flung into said cartoon short much to his confusion. It's also, in a way, a Book-Ends to his development cycle. Bringing Pops full circle from JG's student film.
  • Childhood Brain Damage: Mordecai and Rigby travel back in time and meet a younger Pops, acting lucid and sane, unlike the Cloudcuckoolander he is in the present. Later during a car chase, they accidentally hit Pops, who then starts giggling like present-day Pops.
  • The Chosen One: To defeat Anti-Pops.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Pops' flighty behavior is said to come from either getting run over by a cart or by a brain tumor from excessive cell phone use.
  • Clueless Boss: As the son of the man who owns the park, Pops means well, but he's woefully unaware of how terrible Mordecai and Rigby are at their jobs.
  • Cool Car: His schway flight capable ride, Carmanita.
  • Cool Old Guy: Maybe.
    • In the karaoke episode, Pops punches a guy while singing without even being fazed.
    • In his Character Overlap above, he wipes the floor with three guys. One them the size of a wall.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: In "Really Real Wrestling" it turns out he used to wrestle. Turns out he's still pretty good at it too.
  • Cuddle Bug: Very openly affectionate with his friends, often expressing this affection with hugs. He even recited a poem about hugs in "Rap It Up."
  • Cultured Badass: Surprisingly well-spoken/educated, and a formidable wrestler.
  • The Cutie: It's pretty rare that an elderly man can be this trope, but his amiable and somewhat timid personality, and his whimsical character design, make him very lovable.
  • The Determinator: Once he has his mind set on doing something, no matter how stupid, it's nearly impossible to talk him out of it. Case in point, "Catching the Wave," when a doctor tells him that he could get himself killed by surfing, Pops ignores his advice and learns how to surf anyway. Not to mention his sheer willpower to beat the milk challenge in "Guy's Night."
  • Dirty Old Man: Implied in the episode "Party Pete." When a group of young, scantily-clad women start twerking around him, he looks thrilled to bits.
  • Foil:
    • To Benson. They're both in positions of authority at the park, but conduct themselves very differently. Whereas Benson is a generally respectable man who occasionally needs to manage his anger, takes his job very seriously, and rightfully calls out Mordecai and Rigby on their shenanigans, Pops is nearly the opposite. Pops is technically in charge but delegates most of his responsibility to Benson, he's friendly to the point of being an Extreme Doormat, has his head stuck in the clouds a great deal of the time, and he's an absolutely Horrible Judge of Character who's almost completely oblivious to how bad Mordecai and Rigby are at their jobs, (and was even the one who decided to hire them in the first place.)
    • He's also a foil to his father, Mr Maellard. While the both of them are obscenely wealthy, his father is rather selfish in how he squanders his wealth, yet he seems to be more level-headed and logically-thinking than his son. Pops on the other hand is usually pretty quick to buy ridiculously expensive gifts for his friends and is much more generous, although he's prone to making stupid decisions.
  • Friend to All Living Things: He loves butterflies and songbirds. According to Benson, Pops once helped a baby bird back into its nest.
  • Funny Foreigner: He's ambiguously British, especially in earlier episodes, where he usually signed off by saying "Ta-ta!".
    "Oh, I adore Rock Paper Scissors! Except where I come from, it's called 'Quartz Parchment Shears'"!
    • A lot of his weirdness is a result of him being a foreigner. In the show's finale, he finds himself in Lolliland, his birthplace, where all of the inhabitants are just as silly and odd as himself.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: The Sanguine/Phlegmatic — He's gentle and reliable and is generally optimistic and upbeat.
  • Genius Ditz: His wrestling skills. Also, his cherry tart, which won the pie contest for ten years in a row.
    • He has many "sophisticated" hobbies, such as playing the harpsichord (among other instruments) and improvising poetry on the spot, (and according to Pops, he's won "many a competition" with his poems.) His speech patterns also imply that he's very well-read. Apparently, he even published a lengthy book about etiquette.
    • In the episode "Win That Prize," he reveals himself to be extremely cunning and manipulative when he wants/needs to be.
    • Pops is a rather talented gardener, displaying an interest in the growing and tending of plants. Becomes a minor plot point in "The Dome Experiment," in which he's put in charge of growing food for the park employees when they settle into their self-sufficient ecosystem.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Dies content that he saved his friends and the universe as well as made up with his brother as the two plunge into a star.
  • Happily Adopted: He turns out to be Mr. Maellard's adopted son, and despite the latter's personality, he and Pops had a loving relationship.
  • The Heart: Despite his many quirks, Pops is a sweet, gentle, childlike man who's the type to have a kind word for anyone when they need it, and to help a baby bird back into its nest. Everybody who works for the park loves and wants to do right by the guy, and messing with him is a collective Berserk Button.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Saves the universe from Anti-Pops by hugging him and holds on, his positive energy weakening his brother. Pops acknowledges that if he let him go, Anti-Pops would just go right back to his murderous ways, and simply holds on as both of them fly into a star.
  • Hurl It into the Sun: Sacrifices himself by hugging Anti-Pops, weakening him with positive energy enough for Pops to restrain him as both fall into a star and die.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: He's the good half of a Physical God.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: In the show's pilot, the irises of his eyes are shown to be baby-blue. The irises of his eyes are also shown to be pale blue during a brief moment in the party scene in the episode "Cheer Up Pops."
  • Innocently Insensitive: For all of his virtues, Pops is a loony with No Social Skills and is dreadfully prone to making social faux pas. Examples include straight-up tackling Mordecai and throwing him onto the floor in "Really Real Wrestling" without knowing that Mordecai was just play-wrestling, and accidentally pelting handfuls of sand at beach-goers in "Catching The Wave." And in "Win That Prize" he unintentionally ruins the cooking show of a Gordon Ramsay expy by running onto the set and eating all of the bacon. He also came very close to making a borderline ableist remark about a makeup artist's prominent limp in "Win That Prize."
  • It Sucks to Be the Chosen One: He feels this way at first during his training with Earl. Everyone else comforts him that it's acceptable to be scared.
  • Keet: Most of the time, he has a playful and cheery personality.
  • Killed Off for Real: Sacrifices himself to save the universe from Anti-Pops by restraining his evil twin with a hug and allowing both of them to fall into a star. The final scene of the show is Pops in Heaven, watching a video tape showing the events of the series.
  • Kindhearted Simpleton: The guy's a total flake (and also somewhat of a crybaby), but is easily the nicest character in the whole show.
  • The Klutz: Seems to be really prone to tripping over his own feet, bumping into things, and falling over. He usually just laughs about it.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: "...Who wants to wrestle?" Curbstomping ensues.
  • Literal-Minded: Inverted by Pops.
    Mordecai: That taxi's yellow!
    Pops: My taxi is no coward, I assure you!
  • Lovable Coward: Under the right amount of pressure/stress he proves himself to be quite badass; but this doesn't change the fact that, by default, he's usually quite a timid and very easily-frightened person.
  • Made of Good: The real reason he's so nice is that he's the living conduit of goodness in the Regular Show universe.
  • Manchild: He's a (super-)centenarian with the mind of a small child. However his vocabulary is very formal.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Briefly becomes one in "Win That Prize", although a benevolent example, resulting in him becoming a Karma Houdini in said episode.
  • Meaningful Name: Pops is an elderly lollipop man.
  • Missing Mom: We first see his mother in 1879 in "Skips vs. Technology". But in the present time, we never see his mother throughout the show.
  • Morality Pet: To pretty much the entire Park crew, just see the lengths they go to get him his birthday present in "Fuzzy Dice."
    • To Benson in particular. Several episodes show Benson holding his hand or trying to protect him. And it's very rare that Benson gets legitimately angry at Pops.
    • To Muscle Man, apparently, according to the book "Muscle Man's Guide to Life." Muscle Man describes Pops as a "gentleman" and states that he needs to keep an eye on him so someone doesn't take advantage of him.
    • To his father. Mr Maellard isn't usually kind to anyone, but has a couple Pet the Dog moments towards his son here and there.
  • Mundane Object Amazement: Pops can summon up an inordinate level of awe for even the most boring task or object.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: Much stronger than his lanky 100+ year old frame suggests. This turns out to be foreshadowing of the fact he's actually an immensely powerful being.
  • Near-Death Experience: Has one of these in the episode "Prankless," when a bed Muscle Man had taped to the ceiling falls on him and crushes him.
    • Happens near the beginning of "Catching the Wave." Due to his ridiculously top-heavy physique, he nearly broke his spine while surfing.
  • Nice Guy: He is probably the single kindest and sweetest character in the entire show. Almost absurdly so.
  • Nice Hat: His little top hat.
  • Nice to the Waiter: Whenever he's shown paying for something, he pays (in his form of currency) what he describes as "more than enough." This originates from his first appearance in JG Quintel's student film, in which a butterscotch ripple lollipop seems to be the equivalent of a one hundred dollar bill when he's paying a tip at a restaurant.
  • Out of Focus: To an increasing degree in later seasons. He often appears and has a few lines when the park staff is gathered, but it's rare for him to have major amounts of screen-time. In season 5, he only has around two actual focus episodes, and none in season 6 (except for a segment of the Halloween Special). To contrast, in the first season, he was featured much more prominently than for example Muscle Man. This is then drastically reversed in the Finale Season, where Pops essentially becomes The Hero of the final storyline while Mordecai and Rigby are Supporting Protagonists.
  • Papa Wolf: Towards Mordecai and Rigby on occasion, coming to their defense in "Really Real Wrestling" and "Think Positive."
  • Performance Anxiety: He's absolutely terrified of public speaking.
  • Physical God: Is a god-like embodiment of goodness. He's so immensely powerful that he and his brother Anti-Pops' fights have always ended in universe breaking ties, forcing the universe to reset.
  • Pointy-Haired Boss:
    • He's extremely negligent and a more than a few episodes stem at least in part to him letting something happen or trusting Mordecai and Rigby too much. He also has a problem with failing to see how much Mordecai and Rigby fail as employees. He can't even maintain the park since he think candies count as currency when doing tax return.
    • Deconstructed in the episode "Think Positive," when Pops does assert his authority over Benson, which nearly destroys the park in the process. Pops seems to have enough self-awareness to admit that Benson is a far greater fit for a managerial position than himself.
  • Prone to Tears: A rare male example that isn't always played for laughs — in fact, seeing Pops cry is absolutely heartbreaking sometimes. Pops is very sensitive and it doesn't take much to make him cry. When someone does greatly upset him, his friends immediately come to his aid and stick up for him.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Zig-zagged; he tries to be one, at least, when the situation calls for it. His idea of conflict resolution usually involves calmly talking things out, but in a world like Regular Show, this is usually pretty ineffective. Then again, on another occasion in which he was put in charge of the other employees, he attempted to lead them all in a dance rather than get any work done...
  • Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense: A more benevolent example of this trope. Still, he isn't all that bright.
  • Secret Legacy: He's really the amalgamation of all the goodness in the universe destined to fight his brother, Malum-Kranus or Anti-Pops, who inherited all the negative traits for the fate of the universe.
  • Sheltered Aristocrat: He's lived in a first class community most of his life with little knowledge of the world.
  • Shown Their Work: His really real wrestling is actually fairly accurate. Notable moments include dropping Four-Armageddon with a single leg takedown, the Fire Marshall and Hissy-Fit with five-point throws, and finishing Four-Armageddon with a triangle choke.
  • Smart Ball: At times when he needs to assert his authority as one of the heads of the park and as one of Benson's bosses, a good example would be in "Think Positive."
  • Spoiled Sweet: No pun intended. He's a literal lollipop humanoid, comes from a wealthy family, and is the nicest guy in the series.
  • Supreme Chef: His cherry tart was the best pie in the pie contest, and he's won said contest 10 years in a row.
  • Taking You with Me: Since he and Anti-Pops are too evenly matched and their fights will always end in universe destroying ties, he ultimately defeats him by hugging him and refusing to let go as the two of them fall into a star, killing them both.
  • Tender Tears: Frequently cries in emotionally charged moments.
  • Together in Death: He and his brother Anti-Pops die while hugging each other as they fall into a star.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Takes a huge one while training to defeat Anti-Pops, where he becomes proficient in telekinesis, mind-reading, and many other abilities.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Implied. Whenever he gets his wallet, it always has a nice amount of lollipops in them.
  • Vocal Evolution: His voice was lower and more soft-spoken in "The Naive Man from Lolliland". It seems to become a little more high-pitched and screechy through each season.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: He wanted to make his father proud in "Dizzy" with his public speech.

    Skips 

Voiced by: Mark Hamill

Debuted in: "Pilot"/Season 1, "The Power"

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"I've seen this before."

A yeti who also works at the park. He seems the most tolerant of the crazies he works with, and is often quick to find a solution to any problem.


  • The Ace: Most of the time. He's been adventuring and fighting evil for over 100 years. He even won an arm wrestling battle against The Grim Reaper.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Skips is hardworking and levelheaded, and the last person you'd want to mess with.
  • The Big Guy: A unique combo of Class 2 and 5.
  • Bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yeti: The Yeti.
  • Bully Hunter: In "Skips' Story", he was the only one in school to stand up against Klorgbane and challenge him to a fight.
    Walks: Walks never walks away from a bully.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: A highly intelligent yeti who gets around by skipping. Yeah, perfectly normal.
  • Byronic Hero: In his younger days he was very temperamental, passionate and broody. Curiously enough he went to school during the Romantic era (early 19th century).
  • The Comically Serious: He is always serious despite this.
  • Confirmed Bachelor: Of the "Lost Love Bachelor". While Skips has gone on a couple of dates with other women, with one episode focusing on him getting back in the saddle, he ultimately remains single in the series finale.
  • Cool Old Guy: The oldest guy in the cast and quite a cool customer.
  • Cultured Badass: Is actually quite nice and polite as well as being a good fighter.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: He lost the love of his life.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Whenever he makes a remark, he'll do it with a straight face.
  • Everyone Went to School Together: In "Skips' Story", he attended high school with Gary, the Guardians of Eternal Youth, and Klorgbane during the early 19th century (most likely the Regency/War of 1812 period).
  • Former Teen Rebel: Skips was a brawler and a bad boy in his teens before his love for Mona softened him, and his guilt over her demise shaped him into the man he is today.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: The Melancholic/Choleric — during his "Byronic" phase. He has gotten quite phlegmatic nowadays.
  • Genius Bruiser: At times Skips seems to be able to improvise very quickly, as seen in The Power near the end. Likewise, his quick thinking brings about the avatar by which Rigby destroys the Destroyer of Worlds.
  • Gentle Giant: Is one of the nicer characters on the show, as well as the strongest.
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Rarely seen with a shirt on.
  • Heroic Albino: An albino yeti who is also a Cool Old Guy, Gentle Giant, Reasonable Authority Figure, and nice guy in general.
  • Heroic Build: Just look at the guy.
  • I Hate Past Me: Averted when he meets his teenage self in "A Skips in Time". Walks, before Skips changed his name, doesn't want to be like his present self because he believes he has become boring and refuses to change his name to "Skips". Skips was angry at first but he understands that he's a teenager and he'll grow out of it.
  • Interspecies Romance: Him (a yeti) and Mona (a human).
  • Kryptonite Factor: Even with his immortality, it turns out that an excess of stress without proper management is the only thing that can potentially kill him. Unless he kills it himself.
  • The Lancer: Will act as the more laid-back Number Two to Benson when it comes to park management.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: When Rigby gives him a hard time the first time he is ever wrong about something in "Sugar Rush" he claims that they ask for his help with a new problem every week.
  • Meaningful Rename: He always skips rather than walking. It turns out his original name is not Skips, but Walks. He changed it because he got tired of everybody asking him why he skips everywhere instead of walking. That turns out to be partially true in The Diary, he reveals he likewise skips in memory of a girl he once loved but lost in the past. Skip's Story goes into more detail about this.
  • Mr. Exposition: With his Seen It All nature, he usually provides info on whatever threat the park is facing.
  • Mr. Fixit: According to "Skips vs. Technology", he's in charge of basically any repair work needed around the park, a role he fills quite well... at least, when it comes to physical stuff. Fixing a malfunctioning computer seems to be a bit beyond him.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Gets this in "Over The Top" after killing Rigby. He's so guilty that he puts his eternal soul on the line to win Rigby's soul back from Death.
  • Nice Guy: Actually quite nice, although he's always serious.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
    • Um, KILLING Rigby in the arm-wrestling episode.
    • Again in Sugar Rush, a fact that Rigby chides him about.
  • Older Than They Look: He made a deal in order to obtain eternal youth.
    • To the point of Really 700 Years Old (over 220 years at least).
    • It's even foggier now with Skips' Story revealing how he got his immortality, but doesn't reveal when exactly the story takes place.
      • He seems to have been born in the 18th century and witnessed the American Revolution, making him at least two-and-a-half centuries old.
  • Not So Stoic: Has moments where he's smiled and broken his stoic personality.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Gruff, quiet and sardonic. But fun if you get to know him.
  • Super Strength: Those muscles aren't just for show.
  • Top-Heavy Guy: He has a Heroic Build and thin legs.
  • Tragic Keepsake: He still keeps the heart-shaped locket he gave to Mona after her death.
  • Vocal Evolution: His voice was a lot more gruff in the pilot.
  • Walking Techbane: As shown in "Skips VS Technology" he can fix almost anything, except computers.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: Subverted. Skips accepts his immortality specifically because the one reason he wouldn't want to live forever already passed on before he gained it.
  • You Fool!: He does one when Mordecai and Rigby unleash Destroyer of Worlds.
    Skips: You fools! Destroyer of Worlds will kill us all!
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    Mitch "Muscle Man" Sorenstein 

Voiced by: Sam Marin

Debuted in: "Pilot"/Season 1, "Just Set Up the Chairs"

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"You know who else is a troper? MY MOM!!"

An ironically-named, short, out-of-shape guy, who has a hicklike lifestyle.


  • Achilles in His Tent: In "Prankless" after one of his pranks nearly kills Pops. However, he brings himself out of the tent just in time to save the park.
  • Acrofatic: There are times, especially during an episode's climax, where Muscle Man shows this. Despite his short and fat build, he seems to have super-strength.
  • Amazon Chaser: He makes comments to Starla on how he thinks her wrecking stuff is "foxy". He also expresses admiration for her mud wrestling prowess in "Tent Trouble".
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: He has natural green skin.
  • Ambiguously Human: Muscle Man looks more humanoid than anyone else in the regular cast (possibly except for Eileen, who has been identified as a mole, and Pops who is supposed to be a lollipop), but he's green. "Trucker Hall of Fame" showed that Muscle Man's skin was white and his hair was brown when he was younger (just like his brother and father).
  • Ambiguously Jewish: Has an Ashkenazinote  last name ("Sorenstein"), and in the Christmas Special, his sweater has a dreidel on it. In "Dumped at the Altar," he had a Jewish wedding (or at least included the ritual where the groom steps on the glass covered in white cloth). In "Christmas in Space", he goes skiing as a "Chanukah tradition".
  • Ascended Extra: Since season 2, he has had more regular appearances.
  • Babies Ever After: While Muscle Man is in space, Starla gets pregnant and gives birth to their daughter, who he finally meets after he returns. By the series finale, she and him have had more children.
  • Battle Couple: Whenever he and Starla are in a brawl, they make an effective fighting team.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: His friendship with Hi-Five Ghost is revealed in "New Bro on Campus", as both of them met in high school and Muscle Man continually acted like a jerk to HFG out of jealousy of the latter's popularity. But, when HFG saves his life after the drag race went sideways, Muscle Man was grateful at the selfless act and declared them as best friends.
  • Berserk Button: Don't spill soda on him. It will most certainly lead to your Disproportionate Retribution.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Muscle Man may seem like an idiot. But with the occasional bout of Super Strength, a serious vindictive streak, and Chessmaster level smarts at times, it's wise to avoid his ire.
  • Big Eater: Muscle Man is most often eating something in his hands or eating a large portion of a meal.
  • Big Fun: A stout, fat guy with a penchant for pranks and a lot of energy.
  • Big Man on Campus: "New Bro on Campus" shows that Muscle Man used to be the most popular guy in high school.
  • Catchphrase:
    • "You know who else __________? MY MOM!"
    • "Oh no, bro!"
    • Often says "LATER, GRANDMAS!!" before exiting a scene.
  • Character Development: He becomes friendlier towards the duo since season 3.
  • Characterization Marches On: Was a lot more antagonistic towards Mordecai and Rigby in the early seasons.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Do NOT get Muscle Man mad. His strength increases to insane proportions when he does for some inexplicable reason.
  • The Chessmaster: Surprisingly, Muscle Man is more than capable of pulling off a multilayer The Plan. An example of this is in "Trailer Trashed", where he fakes out a false health inspector who's trying to get his trailer, by running an empty truck to the border. Turns out, the trailer was back at the Park, being guarded by High Five Ghost. None of the other park employees were in on it, prompting Rigby to comment, "Remind me to never touch Muscle Man's stuff."
  • Does Not Like Spam: He hates anything salad related.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: Muscle Man becomes this to Rigby in "Muscle Mentor" in order to teach the latter, per Benson's instructions, to complete a task. And it actually works.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: In-Universe.
    • Near the finale of "The End Of Muscle Man", all of the Park members are not pleased when Muscle Man makes them think he's dying when he was really doing a ritual to propose to Starla.
    • In "Guy's Night," the other employees have this reaction when Muscle Man starts jovially chanting "911! 911!" after Pops has passed out.
  • Everyone Has Standards: He may be an avid prankster, but Muscle Man was ashamed of himself when Pops got hurt from one of his pranks.
  • Fan Disservice: Played for Laughs. He is noted to be quite ugly due to his Gonk appearance.
  • Fat and Proud: He was once a bodybuilder, but he doesn't give a damn that he's a fat dude now, as evidenced by how he happily accepts a job showing off his stomach in "Gut Model". However, this trope may be Downplayed since another episode has him mention being overweight when lamenting about his flaws.
  • Fat Bastard: He's heavyset and can become like this when he's the episode's antagonist.
  • Fat Best Friend: To High-Five Ghost.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: The Choleric/Sanguine — A prankster with a short fuse.
  • Fun Personified: He absolutely lives for pulling pranks and will do so no matter what's going on, as evidenced by how he tricks Rigby into bumping into a butt shaped mug in "World's Greatest Boss" while the gang was at the mall frantically searching for a specific mug for Benson. He also loves making bets, spinning donuts, taking his shirt off and waving it around, and he goes streaking in "New Year's Kiss".
  • Gag Boobs: Muscle Man's bitch tits (which he acknowledged on "Party Pete" in his line, "It takes guests with breasts, and mine don't count"). He even got smacked in the face with them in "Rage Against the TV".
  • Gasshole: According to Rigby in "Out of Commission", he "releases noxious fumes all the time." Displayed on-screen in "Trucker Hall of Fame" where he farts in the car while driving with Mordecai and Rigby, and in "Starter Pack" where he farts in Thomas's face.
  • Generation Xerox: He's pretty much his father right down to his love of parks and working a menial job. By the finale of the series, he even dresses like him.
  • Genius Ditz: "Exit 9B" shows that he's actually smart enough to lead a college lecture on quantum physics. Either that, or GBF Jr's brainwashing somehow increased his intelligence.
    • Invoked in the episode "Cool Cubed," in which he wants to prove himself to be an intelligent individual capable of more than just brute strength. Turns out, he is capable of being intelligent.
    • Played for Laughs in the book "Muscle Man's Guide to Life," in which he mentions that he plays chess with Pops on a regular basis, then comments, "What - you didn't think I knew how?"
  • Gonk: The most consistently unattractive man in the cast.
  • Guttural Growler: Has an exaggeratedly deep, growling voice, in contrast with the light, high voice of Pops and the more monotonous, slightly nasal tone of Benson (all performed by Sam Marin).
  • Happily Married: Starla and he were definitely made for each other so it's no surprise the two would be married, which indeed happens at the end of season 6. Even when he's shot for a time into space, Starla remains loyal to him and waits for his return and with good reason, she has his child while he's off in space, whom he meets three years later after they blasted off. The Distant Finale shows they're still married and now have many more kids.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: He and HFG have been best friends since high school, are always paired up together to do chores, and genuinely value the other's company.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • In "Exit 9B," it's revealed that he's somehow qualified to teach quantum physics.
    • In "Killit Radio," he shows himself to be a rather good guitarist/songwriter.
  • Ironic Nickname: Subverted. He seems to be anything but muscular. It turns out that he used to be very muscular, and even though he's fat now, he's still ridiculously strong.
  • Irony: One episode shows that he was afraid of going bald. By the finale that's exactly what happens.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: Downplayed. Muscle Man was still a Gonk back then, but was a little cuter as a child and had one heck of a muscular body as a teenager.
  • Jerkass: Originally, Muscle Man was a Jerkass to Mordecai and Rigby, culminating in "My Mom". However, he's become a nicer person since then, willingly working with Mordecai and Rigby in "The Night Owl".
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Although he's still an immature idiot, he's never mean towards women, or to Pops. Plus, he started to willingly work with Mordecai and Rigby and view them as friends.
  • Kavorka Man: Despite his Gonk physical qualities, Muscle Man is surprisingly popular with the ladies.
    • First and foremost, there's his main love interest, Starla. And they are deeply in love with one another.
    • When he started flexing his pecks, many women (including Margaret and Eileen) were enamored by it.
    • During his high school years, a lot of girls were attracted to him.
  • Large Ham: "WOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Both of them at the end of "The Night Owl".
  • Like Parent, Like Spouse: Like Muscle Man, Starla's parents are ill-mannered, good fighters, and love the chicken wings from Wing Kingdom.
  • Lookalike Lovers: He and Starla look almost exactly alike despite not being blood related.
  • Manly Man and Sensitive Guy: The... well... Manly Man to Five's Sensitive Guy.
  • Meaningful Name: He actually is very muscular, but it's covered by a thick layer of flab.
    • And as shown in "Slam Dunk" he's actually a good athlete, when he smokes Mordecai and Rigby at basketball. Several times.
    • In "The Night Owl", he defeats several guards by physical means and knocks out The Night Owl with a single punch.
    • Considering the fact that he throws trees and boulders effortlessly in "Starter Pack" Muscle Man might have finally lived up to his name.
    • In "Power Tower" it's revealed that the nickname is from his bodybuilder days before he let himself get out of shape.
  • Metalhead: Judging by the song he refers to as his "jam" in "My Mom", and the "ROCK ON!" poster seen in his trailer, it's a safe assumption that he's a fan of metal or rock music.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Muscle Man gets this in "Prankless" after a prank gone wrong nearly killed Pops, leading the former to swear off of pranking. This proves to be bad since a rival park restarted a VERY vicious prank war and Muscle Man is the only one who can easily defeat them. The guys snap him out of his slump when they trick him into thinking that the rival park hurt Pops in a prank as well.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: He is basically either Danny McBride or John Belushi with green skin and "My Mom" jokes.
  • No Indoor Voice: Easily has the loudest voice of the main cast.
  • Not So Different: He is prone to making mistakes like the duo. For instance, in "Firework Run", he accidentally lit all the fireworks before the event in the start of the episode.
  • N-Word Privileges: Muscle Man is the only one allowed to make the "You know who else likes to [action]? My mom!" jokes. When Mordecai and Rigby tell him he's not saying it right and it's supposed to be "Your mom", Muscle Man makes it clear he doesn't like anyone else dissing his mom.
  • Official Couple: With Starla, and the two are engaged and married by the season 6 finale.
  • Oh, Crap!: His catchphrase, "Oh no, Bro!". When he's aware he messed up big time, he'll react to that and say his phrase.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Averted; his real name of Mitch Sorenstein is revealed in "Muscle Woman". "Cube Bros" also confirms that Mitch is short for Mitchell.
  • The Pig Pen: Even worse than Rigby. Muscle Man hardly showers, doesn't know proper table manners, and his trailer is a mess.
  • The Prankster: He's apparently the best in town.
  • Prince of Pranksters: "Prankless" puts him firmly into this trope. "Ugly Moons" has him become the best prankster in the entire galaxy.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: He's one of the most traditionally manly guys of the cast, but in "Operation: Hear No Evil", he's addicted to a soap opera called Lazer Hunters. He even cries while watching it and expresses no shame in doing so.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Goes batshit insane once Mordecai & Rigby prank him for pranking Thomas nonstop by telling Thomas did it to make him look good. It all turns out to be a big prank against the duo... though Thomas loses his car.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: As one episode shows, Muscle Man has a lot of friends around town. Heck, a police officer chases after him just to tell him how awesome he is.
  • Sore Loser: He will make someone's life an utter hell if he loses at something.
  • Stealth Pun: Muscle Man is a green-skinned humanoid who likes to mess with and torment the other characters. He's a troll, both literally and figuratively.
  • The Stoner: The green complexion, pink eyes, man boobs, chubby build, and Pink Floyd poster do point to signs that Muscle Man could be on drugs (most likely marijuana, since all of those are signs or traits associated with pot use), but nothing has been confirmed by the creators (though given the strong adult undercurrent of the show, it might be true).
  • Stout Strength: He doesn't look super strong, and just super fat, but he's the strongest guy in the park next to Skips.
  • Super Strength: When angered, he's able to rip buildings out of the ground and throw them.
  • Talk to the Fist: In "Night Owl", after returning to the past after the title character froze him, Hi-Five, Mordecai, and Rigby for several hundred years, the Night Owl starts chewing them out for ruining his plan. So Muscle Man knocks him out cold mid-rant.
  • Tears of Joy: When he returns from space and Starla introduces him to his daughter for the first time.
  • Those Two Guys: Muscle Man is often accompanied by Hi-Five Ghost.
  • Token Minority Couple: He and Starla (along with their families) are the only short, green skinned people in the series.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Especially in "The Night Owl" where he willingly works with Mordecai and Rigby to win an antique car and is willing to share it with the other three if they do win. Episode "Gut Model" takes this a step further.
  • Token Human: Of the main characters. Maybe.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Muscle Man is a Big Eater in general, but he seems to have a particular affinity for Wing Kingdom chicken wings.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Gender Inverted. No one harms and/or disrespects Starla in front of him.
  • Vocal Evolution: Muscle Man sounds quite different in a few early episodes, especially "Rigby's Body".
  • What the Hell, Hero?: In "The End of Muscle Man," everyone, with the exception of Fives, was extremely angry with Muscle Man when they thought the latter was going to die by the end of the episode. It turns out this was an act to propose to his girlfriend Starla. She happily accepts.
  • Your Mom: Inverted. Muscle Man makes "My Mom" jokes instead of "Your Mom" jokes. Rigby and Mordecai even try to tell him that the "your mom" jokes work better. "Trucker Hall of Fame" reveals that the "My Mom" jokes were from his father's "My Wife" jokes.
  • Xanatos Gambit: Some of the pranks he pulls off nearly require clairvoyance with their absurd specificity.

    Hi-Five Ghost 

Voiced by: Jeff Bennett (earlier seasons), J.G. Quintel (Season 3 onwards)

Debuted in: "Pilot"/Season 1, "Just Set Up the Chairs"

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Muscle Man's perpetually nervous ghost-looking friend who hi-fives him a lot.


  • Adorkable: "The Postcard" sets him up to be this.
  • Babies Ever After: He and Celia have a son together by the series finale.
  • Big Man on Campus: "New Bro on Campus" shows that HFG became instantly popular at the high school he and Muscle Man attended. In fact, in one day, he became more popular than Muscle Man, who was this trope himself.
  • Birds of a Feather: With Celia. They love the same coffee shop, down-tempo electronica, the same music album, watching animals in the aquarium, and they don't like the food in Wing Kingdom. But unfortunately, none of them had cellphones back then.
  • Boy Meets Girl: How he meets Celia fits this trope nicely.
  • A Day in the Limelight: "The Postcard". Only took five seasons.
  • Does Not Like Spam: HFG actually doesn't like chicken wings and most likely pretends to like them due to his friendship with Muscle Man.
  • Everyone Has Standards: While he's okay with some of Muscle Man's pranks, he doesn't like the pranks he pulls during "The White Elephant Gift Exchange" and he even goes along with the other park staff to get revenge on Muscle Man.
  • Four-Fingered Hands: Fives has... well, four digits on each arm.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: The Phlegmatic/Sanguine: He doesn't do much aside from participating in Muscle Man's pranks.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: He and Muscle Man have been best friends since high school, are always paired up together to do chores, and genuinely value the other's company.
  • Hidden Depths: He actually has a natural talent of being a manager.
  • Intangible Man: At least when he wants to be. Usually demonstrated when someone tries to punch him. He'll let it pass through, then strike back. Oddly enough, he fails to escape after being gripped by the evil living pumpkin in "Terror Tales of the Park III", despite Mordecai even shouting out: "Fives! Just phase through, man!"
  • Interspecies Romance: He (a ghost) and Celia (a human).
  • Light Is Good: HFG is a white ghost and is quite friendly.
  • Manly Man and Sensitive Guy: The sensitive guy to Muscle's Man's, well, manly man.
  • Meaningful Name: As his name implies, he gives high fives and is a ghost.
  • Morality Pet: While Muscle Man is not above pranking Hi-Five Ghost, he is one of the few people Muscle Man shows his soft, kind side to.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Hi-Five Ghost (and his family) can apparently form extra arms when needed. HFG once appeared with five.
  • Nice Guy: He's a decent and friendly person.
  • Only Sane Man: One of the dome scientists specifically calls HFG the logical one among the Park members which is mainly attributed to each of the other members' central flaws — Mordecai's self-doubt, Rigby's laziness, Skips' checkered past, Pops' childlike tendencies, Muscle Man's poor hygiene, and Benson's insecurity.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: It's not clear whether HFG is living or undead. His family also consists of ghosts, and they all live normal lives.
  • Out of Focus: Oh, yeah. He has a lot of episodes that just don't focus on him. Averted in Season Three where he starts to get more screen time and he's actually talking more than usual.
  • Perpetual Smiler: He's usually seen with a huge grin on his face.
  • The Promise: He and Celia both agreed to meet up again when she finishes her schooling and if they're both single by sending him a postcard to let him know she's back in the country.
  • The Quiet One: Hi-Five Ghost spoke only one full sentence in the entire first season. The episode "Muscle Woman" has Fives talk more than usual due to Muscle Man isolating himself, implying that he usually doesn't talk because Muscle Man just does all the talking for him. As one episode shows, apparently he doesn't talk because he's jinxed and Muscle Man will punch him if he ever talks around him. Rigby broke his jinx and afterwards he talks much more often. Averted in the episode "Gut Model," where he blurts out more dialogue for the first time.
  • Satellite Character: Hi-Five Ghost is excluded from a lot of the park group's activities, serving mostly as an accessory to Muscle Man. A cut gag from one ending storyboard lampoons this. "Exit 9B" actually had to have brand new scenes when his memory was restored, because he's so ancillary.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: With Low-Five Ghost. HFG is quiet and shy while LFG talks more often and is outgoing.
  • Strong Family Resemblance:
    • Aside from his older brother having stubble, having Cool Shades, and wearing a hat, they look a lot alike.
    • HFG has a strong resemblance to his father. The only difference being his father is visibly older with wrinkles.
  • Vocal Evolution: When J.G. Quintel took over for Jeff Bennett, Quintel's voice zigzags between sounding like a pitched-up Mordecai and sounding like himself during the "embarrassing voice cracking" stage of male puberty.

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