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The main duo of slackers.

  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Both of them have their moments of sudden distraction, mainly Rigby.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: When they aren’t slacking off, playing video games, or engaging in some stupid activity, Mordecai and Rigby are actually pretty competent at their jobs.
  • Butt-Monkey: Both of them are put into a lot of unfortunate events while slacking off from their jobs. Rigby especially.
  • Catchphrase: Both of them say "OOOOOOOOH!" together.
  • Can't Get Away with Nuthin': The main element of a lot of episodes is Mordecai and Rigby attempting to shirk some responsibility and usually doesn't resolve unless they own up to what they've done.
  • Cheated Angle: Both of them are almost never shown head-on.
  • Childhood Friends: They have been best friends since they were kids.
  • Did Not Think This Through: Constantly. They usually come up with a lot of hair-brained schemes that they don't really cover all the angles of, usually leading into alot of the situations of the episode.
  • Foil: Mordecai is considered the much cooler and more responsible part of the duo as he is naturally sociable and friendly, but he has a hard time expressing his feelings, especially when it comes to his romance life. Ironically, he has also been shown to be a Chick Magnet and have two main love interests; Maragret and CJ. Rigby, on the other hand, is considered the irresponsible Butt-Monkey of the duo, being considerably more jerkish and anti-social yet more honest with his feelings. And as for romance, he has been shown to have mild interest in women but entered into a real relationship with Eileen.
  • Friendly Rivalry: The majority of the problems that Mordecai and Rigby face happen because of this, moreso in the early seasons. The relationship they have of almost brothers often leads them to try to one-up the other, with Mordecai being the one (at first) to give in when it seems like Rigby has gotten the best out of him.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: They are each other's best friends and enjoy spending time with one another. What makes them good friends is that they're both slackers who play video games, share a Catchphrase, have the same taste in music, and share the same opinion in some subjects. In the episode "Don", Mordecai even says that they're like brothers.
  • Interspecies Friendship:
    • Mordecai (a blue jay) and Rigby (a raccoon) are each other's best and closest friend.
    • They also form friendships with Benson (a humanoid gumball machine), Skips (an immortal yeti), Pops (a humanoid lollipop), Muscle Man (an ambiguous human), High Five Ghost (a ghost), and Thomas (a billy goat).
  • Jerks With Hearts of Gold: Both of them have less than admirable qualities, but are shown to be brave, selfless, and loyal. See their own sections for more detail.
  • Manchild: Both of them are prone to behaving like rebellious teenage boys trapped in the bodies of full-grown adults.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: They pretty much cause much of the danger in the episodes due to not heeding warnings told to them or just doing something stupid in general. Though they do at least try to fix the problems they cause.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Mordecai is the calm, level-headed Blue Oni to Rigby's hot-headed, rash Red Oni.
  • The Slacker:
    • Both of them will do anything to get out of work, Rigby more so. And while Mordecai is the more responsible one, he often joins in with Rigby's escapades for the sake of rivalry or just for the hell of it. "Just Set Up The Chairs" is a prime example. Since season two had started, he seems to be more inclined to go along with Rigby, but still has a better sense of responsibility than Rigby.
    • By Season 7, their dynamic gets flipped on it's head. While Rigby, up to that point, was definitely the more lazy of the two, also shows more ambition when he puts his mind to it, even eventually getting his High School Diploma and has a functional romantic relationship. Mordecai, meanwhile, is literally stuck in a rut with no idea what he wants to do with his life. The finale shows that he finally followed through with pursuing a career in art.
  • Supporting Protagonist: Both of them enter into this position in season 8, as it is Pops' destiny to defeat his evil twin brother to save the world.
  • Totally Radical: They say "dude" and "man" a lot.
  • Verbal Tic: Both are prone to "Hmm"ing a lot and saying "dude".
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Even though they insult and occasionally get violent with one another, Mordecai and Rigby are each other's best friend, surrogate brothers, and will always have each other's back. They develop the same dynamic with Benson and Muscle Man.
  • Weirdness Magnet: Both of them attract all manners of weirdness at least once a week.


Voiced by: J.G. Quintel

Debuted in: "Pilot"/Season 1, "The Power"
"Ugh, we're so fired for this..."

A tall blue jay out of art school who works with his friend Rigby at the park. Between the two, Mordecai is the more mature, although he will sometimes play along with the more enthusiastic Rigby's hijinks.

  • Accidental Murder: In "It's Time". After getting rattled up all day by Rigby about him getting a date with Margaret and Mordecai not because of his shyness as well as his unwillingness to admit being jealous, Mordecai ends up pushing him out of the tunnel they're going through, killing him. He's remorseful afterwards.
  • Affectionate Nickname: "Mordy" by his mother and Uncle Steve.
  • Always Someone Better: Mordecai's better than Rigby in most aspects: way more friendly with people, more of a case of wasted talent rather than a deadbeat like Rigby and considered more responsible than him. And he will always rub it on his face. Eventually downplayed after realizing how this attitude has made Rigby resentful and insecure.
  • Ambiguously Jewish: Named after Jewish man Mordecai from the Purim story.
  • Amicable Exes:
    • Zigzagged with Margaret. When they broke up with her returning and him being with CJ, it is awkward, as Mordecai has complicated feelings over seeing her again while being in an official relationship. Things gets more messier after they share a kiss. And while they have no ill will for one another, Mordecai's awkward nature initially causes some problems, but they manage to work it out.
    • Averted with CJ. While they ended their relationship on amicable terms, even hugging one another, CJ is (understandably) a little frosty to Mordecai and Word of God confirmed they no longer speak with each other post-breakup.
  • Anti-Hero: A Classical and Sour type. He's as lazy they can come and can also be a surrogate Big Brother Bully to Rigby at time, but Mordecai is willing to stand up for something if interested enough and not as much as a jackass as Rigby.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: He has his moments when he gets distracted by something.
  • Author Avatar: Besides being voiced by him, Creator J.G. Quintel has stated that Mordecai is based on his own personality traits (what he'd do in any given situation).
  • Babies Ever After: He and Stef have three children (2 sons and 1 daughter) in the series finale.
  • Badass Driver: Usually in high speed situations he's the one behind the wheel and can pull off some pretty gnarly tricks.
  • Badass Normal: Mordecai normally goes against powerful beings and supernatural stuff, a lot of which are way more powerful than he is. And more often than not, he and Rigby always come on top, despite being simple groundskeepers.
  • Barefoot Cartoon Animal: Even if dressed for special occasions, he still doesn't wear shoes.
  • Beard of Sorrow:
    • After Margaret leaves. He shaves it off after the rest of the park help him get back to normal again.
    • He also had one when he ran away to Dumptown, USA after CJ broke up with him during Muscle Man's wedding.
  • Berserk Button:
  • Betty and Veronica: The "Archie" for Margaret's girlish, calm "Betty" and CJ's tomboyish, hot-headed "Veronica". At first, Mordecai is with Margaret but they break up because she got into her dream school and he eventually starts a relationship with CJ. Although, due to Mordecai mixed signals which included him kissing Margaret despite being in a relationship with CJ has led to her getting hurt over and over again. Finally, when he attempts to make a Love Confession to CJ or Margaret at Muscle Man and Starla's wedding, they both decide to break up. And in regards to Margaret, both amicably agree they are Better as Friends. And Mordecai finds love in a different person — a batwoman and fellow artist, named Stef.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Mordecai can be a decent person most of the time, but he can be dangerous when pushed to his limits. He once decked Benson in Eggscellent when the latter makes a thoughtless comment towards a dying Rigby.
  • Birds of a Feather: With C.J. They both like to have fun, play video games, go to rock bands, etc.
  • Blue Is Heroic: He's one of the heroes, is more level-headed and is even the blue Oni to Rigby's red Oni.
  • Boxing Battler: If a fight breaks out and involves him, he'll start swingin'. Mordecai clearly isn't a trained fighter, and he's a beanpole besides, so his (non-Death Kwon Do) punches don't do a whole lot of damage.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: He is much smarter than Rigby (although that's not saying much), and holds a high school diploma.
  • Byronic Hero: Downplayed in every part, except when it came to romance and the future. In the earlier seasons, Mordecai would often angst and go to extreme levels to prove his life to not be a waste and that he wasn't a slacker in any sense. He would also be a hopeless romantic, sensitive and dreamy eyed about love, going into deep depression when he would screw up or hesitate. Even recently, after moving on, he still has shades of this, like being torn between two possible love interests.
  • Catchphrase:
    • "Dude."
    • "Awww Sick!"
    • "YAY-YUH!", the last of which is pretty much Quintel's own catchphrase.
    • Whenever Rigby's in danger or Mordecai's worried about him, he sometimes stretches out his wing and cries "Rigby!"
  • Character Development:
    • He's gotten better at talking to Margaret, and they've had romantic moments together even if they're not technically dating. She's even let him kiss her. This would never have happened in the earlier episodes. He also appreciates Rigby more (only punching him when he says or something stupid or insensitive instead of for no reason), and tends to care far more about him than he did early on.
    • He gets some more in "I Like You Hi". Asking CJ out instead of beating around the bush like he did with Margaret once he realizes he does like like her.
    • Mordecai started off completely embarrass of going to visit his mom for anything, given how she would embarrass him whenever he brought home a girl. Getting a What the Hell, Hero? from his past selves helps him realize that embarrassing moments happen and fade, how much of a jerk he was being to her, and remember that she is still a loving mother. And he goes to her for advice in "Sad Sax" to discuss his cheating on CJ with Margaret and how to handle it, without the initial anxiousness her had before.
  • Characterization Marches On: Yeah, he still punches Rigby in the arm once in a while when he says something jerkish or idiotic (though that seems to be fading as well), but he became less abusive towards Rigby in comparison to the earlier episodes (when's the last time you ever saw them play punchies?)
  • Chick Magnet:
    • Margaret eventually started to reciprocate his feelings and stated that being in a relationship with him was most likely the best one she has ever had.
    • Starla was instantly smitten with him after he made a passionate speech about love in her debut episode, "Muscle Woman".
    • When Rigby signed him for online dating in "Yes Dude Yes", 12 girls responded that they wanted to go on a date with him...on the same day Rigby made him the account.
    • He immediately hits it off with CJ when they first meet in the above mentioned episode, with her quickly developing feelings for him and they started dating after he broke up with Margaret.
    • When practicing his plan to kiss Margaret to win a bet in "Do or Diaper", he accidentally practices said kissing in front of another woman. Her response is to give him her phone number.
    • When he accidentally proposes to the mantis princess in "Lost and Found", she immediately accepts the proposal even though she had just met him.
    • The way he and his future wife Stef first met implies Love at First Sight.
  • Classical Anti-Hero: Most of the time, Mordecai is just content with his life and is just too laid-back to care to do any work or take responsibility about anything. He'll still do so if it's needed but has no aspirations for the future other than what he has at the moment.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Mordecai is usually this to Rigby, if not a bit immature and eccentric himself.
  • The Conscience: He's the voice of reason for Rigby.
  • Cool Loser: He's not popular amongst the crowd, or super successful, but he's still a cool guy amongst his friends, and the audience.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Occasionally, but when he does, it's usually towards Rigby.
    Rigby: (when applying his mom's cleaning formula) "By the power of my mom, stain be gone!"
    Mordecai: "Hmm, maybe that's why your house is never clean."
  • Did Not Get the Girl: For all of the focus on Mordecai's romantic turmoil, he doesn't end up with either Margaret or CJ. He does end up marrying a bat woman named Stef and starting a family with her.
  • Does Not Like Spam:
    • Implied. When looking for food for Thomas in "Dead at Eight", Mordecai reacts in disgust when he sees that Death and his family have almond milk.
    • He mentions how much he hates mayo in "Picking Up Margaret".
    • It's shown in "Fries Night" that he strongly dislikes whole wheat pasta.
  • Dope Slap: More like Dope Punch. He tends to occasionally punch Rigby in the arm when he either says something stupid, insensitive or insulting in later episodes.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: He does overcome his various flaws and insecurities in his romantic endeavors and the arts while maturing. The end of the series has him going separate ways with Rigby and becoming a well-respected artist and falling in love with a batwoman before starting a family with her. He also maintains close with the rest of the park gang and the end touches off with him and Rigby thinking back on Pops before searching for the old video games.
  • Easily Impressed: Not as much as Rigby's case but still displays this a lot himself.
  • Embarrassing Slide: He always dreads going to his parents' place because of a VHS his mom has of "Mordy Moments" which consists of screw-ups made during his childhood.
  • Fatal Flaw: His inability to be honest with his feelings. It led to him accidentally killing Rigby, putting a strain on his relationship with Margaret at times, and a major part of the reason behind the messy, complicated Love Triangle between him, Margaret, and CJ.
  • Feather Fingers: He's a humanoid bird with hands that look webbed.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: The Phlegmatic/Melancholic — Pretty much the Straight Man, but also extremely lazy and timid (however he somewhat grows out of this).
  • Furry Denial: Word of God is that he's "a dude in a bird's body". He doesn't fly or do anything remotely avian.
  • The Gadfly: Picks on Rigby. A lot. Though it's toned down from physical violence for no reason to verbal jabs and the occasional physical one when Rigby either insults him or says something really stupid or insensitive in later episodes.
  • Going Commando: The secret that Mordecai reveals in "Diary" is that "[he] likes going commando. A lot." Considering he goes around completely naked at all times, this much should already be obvious.
  • Happily Married: Not with CJ or Margaret, but with a bat-woman named Stef he met after becoming an artist. Given how they're seen in the 25 years park reunion, Mordecai finally found the one.
  • Heavy Sleeper: How he ended up in Australia without noticing in "Mordecai and Rigby Down Under". Beyond that, out of the two, Mordecai is shown having trouble waking up immediately, only doing so when Rigby gently tugs him or when somebody screams like in "Ello Gov'nor".
  • Heroic BSoD: Shown in the montage at the beginning of "Laundry Woes" After Margaret leaves. He snaps out of it after the entire park pulls together to help him.
  • Hikikomori: He becomes this whenever he's gone through a romantic disaffection, often staying the room listening to depressing music, not showering and letting fungus and beard grow. Seen in all of its glory in "Yes, Dude, Yes" and the montage in "Laundry Woes". Taken to its logical conclusion in "Dumptown U.S.A."
  • Hipster: Several instances, but the quote "You can't touch music. But music can touch you" wraps it up.
    • "You gotta be in the know to know, ya know?"
    • Also the bit in "Grave Sights", where his movie of choice is a black-and-white foreign film.
      • Almost all the bands he and Rigby listen to are British Glam Metal bands, implying that they revere the British (which is common amongst American hipsters).
    • The entire episode, "Cool Bikes", when he and Rigby shown to be cool bike riders and in fashion.
    • Mordecai lists the "annoying music" as one of the reasons why he doesn't like going to clubs, though Rigby comments that he likes the music.
  • His Heart Will Go On: It takes him a bit, but he eventually moves on from Margaret with CJ.
  • Hopeless Suitor: With Margaret. Hell, when he ignores her (due to being mindless) in "Brain Eraser", she suddenly finds him attractive. Deconstructed later on in the series until it's reduced to nothing.
  • Hypocrite: In “Eileen Flat Screen” Mordecai becomes annoyed when he learns Rigby has been hanging out with Eileen without him, when Mordecai has constantly ditched Rigby to hang out with CJ and Margaret. Rigby calls him out on it.
    • Several episodes are kickstarted by Mordecai behaving like a Jerkass towards Rigby. Rigby then manages to get back at Mordecai, who will be pissed off beyond belief at this.
  • I Call It "Vera": He's the one who names "The Power" in the first episode, since he has always wanted to date a girl named like that.
  • I'll Kill You!: He yells this to Rigby in "It's Time". And he ends up going through with it.
  • Informed Ability: In "Slam Dunk", Mordecai apparently has enough knowledge in HTML coding for Margaret to ask him to help make her website.
    • He also mentioned offhand in one episode that he went to an art college, though he has never actually shown any real interest or talent in art (though that could just be a throwaway reference to his creator and voice actor, J.G. Quintel), though in "The Best VHS in the World," he did tell Button McButtonWillow that he should take life drawing classes because of how bad his fanart of The Best VHS in the World is. In "Fool Me Twice", Mordecai brings up his art college again and Rigby revealed that he never graduated which may explain why he works as a groundskeeper. It becomes subverted in "Bad Portrait" where Mordecai paints a portrait and it's revealed that we never see him draw or paint is because of his fear of people misinterpreting or getting offended by his artwork. He gets over it by the end Paints a painting that is incredibly well received and ends up hung in Benson's office and is seen taking an art class at community college with CJ in "I Like You Hi".
    • In "Rigby in the Sky with Burrito", he used to play the saxophone in high school when he was in jazz band.
  • Innocently Insensitive: He can be very self-absorbed and self-pitying, but he doesn't intend on hurting anyone.
  • Interspecies Romance: Mordecai (a blue jay) — averts this with Margaret (another bird); plays it straight with CJ (a humanoid cloud) and Stef (a bat).
  • Last Minute Hook Up: He falls in love with and marries an fellow modern artist named Stef during the last few minutes of the series finale.
  • Like a Son to Me: Margaret's father, Frank, refers to Mordecai as a surrogate son in "The 1000th Chopper Party".
  • Looks Like Jesus: During his time at "Dumptown U.S.A.", he lets his hair and beard grow long enough to reach his back and his chest, besides only wearing a bathrobe as a sign of how much has he let himself decay. Just as comparison, he looks like The Dude.
  • Love at First Sight: Implied. While at an art convention, Mordecai bumps into his future wife, Stef, another fellow artist. The two gaze at one another before a Time Skip happens — showing that they are married with three kids.
  • Master of the Mixed Message: Mordecai's biggest problems in his romance life, is that he is never specifically clear on his actions, this making it hard for his love interest to really know if he's genuinely into them. This is lampshaded by Margaret in "Do or Diaper".
  • Meaningful Name: His name is Hebrew for "warrior".
  • My God, What Have I Done?: He has moments of that.
    • In "It's Time" when he accidentally kills Rigby, and deeply regrets it.
    • In "Merry Christmas Mordecai", when he accidentally kisses Margaret when he's currently dating CJ and deeply regrets it and also in the following "Sad Sax". Luckily he made up for it, and got back together with CJ.
  • Never My Fault: While Rigby does convince Mordecai to ditch work, Mordecai does have a choice in it, but always puts the blame on Rigby.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
    • He and Rigby are (in)directly responsible for a lot of the really weird things that happen during the show. Though, unlike Rigby, he usually knows when to play and when to be serious when things hit the fan, quickly leaping to straighten things right if it's in his power.
    • Perhaps the biggest example of this so far is during the episode "It's Time" when he accidentally kills Rigby and has to go back in time to save him.
  • Nobody Calls Me "Chicken"!: He should known better, but rattle him too much and he will give. Especially in the early episodes, when Mordecai's lapses of judgement were often caused by dares or suggestions that he's a coward, afraid or simply doesn't know what he's doing.
  • Not So Above It All: While he's one of the more level-headed ones, he'll still go with some crazy plan and making his own set of bone-headed mistakes as well.
  • Official Couple: Mordecai and Margaret eventually get together, but her having to move far away for school ended the relationship. After taking a while to get over her, Mordecai is officially with CJ until they broke up in "Dumped at the Altar".
  • Only Sane Man: He's usually the voice of reason to Rigby, although he zig-zags between this and Not So Above It All very often.
  • Person as Verb: "Pulling a Mordecai", which is described as "The act of never making a move, but at the same time, not knowing what to do with your hands".
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Blue Boy to Margaret's Pink Girl.
  • Relationship Upgrade:
    • Starts dating Margaret after they their first (mutual) kiss in "Meteor Moves" and Mordecai asking her to be his official girlfriend in "Steak Me Amadeus". Unfortunately, she refuses because she got into her dream school. Afterwards, they decide to stay friends.
    • Asks out CJ in "I Like You Hi" but they break up in "Dumped at the Altar".
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: For all of Mordecai's romantic drama with both Margaret and later CJ, he actually ends the series not getting either. It's a fellow famous artist.
  • Shipper on Deck:
    • For Rigby/Eileen, either when he convinces Rigby to kiss Eileen when the two are under the mistletoe or being genuinely happy at the news of the being together.
    • While attempting to make an awkward Love Confession at their wedding, Mordecai states that Muscle Man and Starla were designed to be together.
  • Straight Man: He plays this role to Rigby as the moral compass.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Mordecai looks exactly like his parents, especially his father, as they both have brown hair.
  • Surfer Dude: Has speech patterns like one.
  • Toothy Bird: He is drawn with a beak full of teeth.
  • Two-Timer Date: Played for Drama and deconstructed. In "Yes, Dude, Yes", Mordecai ends up inviting Margaret to a movie premiere, despite having invited CJ before. This confusion ends up infuriating both of them, with CJ actually Hulking Out in anger and almost killing everyone in a tantrum. After clearing things out, neither wants to go out with him.
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: His Uncle Steve and unnamed aunt bear a very strong likeness to him.
  • Verbal Tic:
    • He has a tendency to stretch out words when excited.
    • Plus, he usually uses "dude" when referring to Rigby.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Every so often he will throw Rigby under the bus, "Wall Buddy" and "Lift With Your Back" come to mind, in which Rigby will call him out on acting like a jerk.
  • Your Cheating Heart: In "Merry Christmas Mordecai", Mordecai went and kissed Margaret, when he was already with CJ.


Voiced by: William Salyers

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

A short raccoon, Mordecai's best friend since childhood, and his closest coworker as a result. Being energetic and immature, he's usually the one who instigates any sort of trouble that Mordecai or the other characters get into. He is a high school drop-out who never received his diploma at least until the show's penultimate season, and Mordecai thinks that's pretty funny.

Has a very tall younger brother named Don, who is an accountant.

  • Adorkable: Not as much as Eileen but he still has his moments owing up to his social awkwardness.
  • Adults Dressed as Children: Type A in "Fuzzy Dices". When the park workers need a kid to get inside a Suck E. Cheese's center, they have Rigby wear a hoodie, a fanny pack, and a backward cap due to his size.
  • Alliterative Name: Rigby the Raccoon. Probably done for humor purposes.
  • All Men Are Perverts: The only reason he didn't want to see "Pajama Sisters 2" is because "They're just gonna talk about their feelings — fully clothed," yet in "The Unicorns Have Got to Go," he didn't see the appeal of having sexy women tearing a man's clothes off as seen in the Dude Time cologne commercial.
  • Aloof Big Brother: One to his brother Don. Namely because Don was taller, stronger and smarter than Rigby. He briefly crossed over into Big Brother Bully as well by telling Don he wished he was never born. They patched things up though.
  • Amazon Chaser: He frequently comments on how Eileen is attractive due to her smarts and survival skills.
  • Amusing Injuries: Rigby, The One-Cheek Wonder. Illustration on the Getting Crap Past the Radar subpage.
  • Anti-Hero: Despite being selfish, he's still often willing to do the right thing.
  • Anti-Role Model: He's lazy, greedy, rude, selfish, smug and convinced he's a lot smarter than he actually is.
  • Attention Whore: The main reason why he resents Don? Don got more attention than him.
  • Babies Ever After: He and Eileen have three children (2 daughters and 1 son) in the series finale.
  • Back to School: After being mocked for never getting his high school diploma, Rigby briefly tried going back to school. His first attempt didn't last long, though he does try again and finally graduates a few seasons later.
  • Bad Liar: Partially averted; Rigby is perfectly capable of telling a convincing lie, but Mordecai is better than him at lying.
  • Big Brother Bully: He wasn't nice to his younger brother Don at all, and in Don's debut episode, Rigby even says he hates him. When Don asks if he did something wrong, Rigby says "Yeah! You were born!". He gets better eventually.
  • Big Eater: Rigby is definitely one of these.
    (Rigby's stomach growls)
    Mordecai: Don't touch that cake.
    Rigby: It's a medical emergency!
    Mordecai: You just ate a sandwich!
    • In "Rigby's Body" he eats so much junk food that his body literally quits on him, and in "Temp Check" he considers busyness to consist of having a meatball sub to eat. Many other episodes have him complain about being hungry.
  • Big "SHUT UP!": "STOP TALKING!", which is one of his Catch Phrases.
  • Book Dumb: He's a high school drop-out, and his recklessly stupid attitude only reinforces it. But there is more to him.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: A rare full-grown example, neverless he's one of the shortest of the cast and fittingly enough one of the most childish.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Or more accurately, competent but lazy. He can actually be a more efficient worker than Mordecai when properly motivated.
  • Butt-Monkey: Possibly one of the best examples, every episode will result in some pain coming to him or even dying in some episodes. Add in his physical weakness where he can't retaliate and near everyone can beat him up and he's almost The Chew Toy. Luckily, he has moments these days where he's successfully able to punch a guy back.
    Benson: First on the agenda is trophy talk. Who gets the trophy on what day? I think the schedule is more than fair.
    (Everyone on the team is scheduled to have the trophy for two days each week, except Rigby who only has it one day.)
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Rigby calls out his father for never supporting him.
  • Cartoony Tail: Rigby's tail always points up when he's standing or walking. Real life raccoons keep their tails on the ground when standing, as their hind legs are usually too weak to support their bodies on their own.
  • Catchphrase:
    • "Check it."
    • He also has "Ah, what?" whenever Benson asks him to do anything (usually as punishment) and "Why?" when Benson threatens to fire him.
  • Character Development:
    • Rigby grows pretty close to Eileen over the course of the series. In "Yes Dude Yes", he eagerly suggests going to the movies with her, when previously he only accepted a date as a solid, and did everything possible to sabotage it. Later, it goes even further in "Diary", where he admits that she looks hot without her glasses on. In "Terror Tales of the Park", when his story has him transformed into a house, the living room has a photo of her. Seasons four through six have him spending time with her when Mordecai's unavailable, before eventually revealing to Mordecai (and the audience) that he and Eileen had been dating for several months by the time of "Dumped At The Altar". The show's "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue reveals that they married shortly after the events of the finale.
    • Rigby also became more supportive Mordecai's crush on Margaret. He started off hostile of that aspect but eventually grew to trying to help Mordecai navigate his love life, showing a better understanding of Mordecai's relationships than Mordecai himself, pointing out problems and trying to help him solve them.
    • As seen in "Bank Shot", he now has a much better relationship with Don after working out his resentment towards him in "Don" and calls him for help when everyone else is mad at him at the moment.
  • Characterization Marches On: Mordecai's character development is much more apparent and pronounced at the beginning of the show, but once Rigby's character development sets in, it really sets in. Later seasons have him going back to high school and graduating, entering into a serious relationship with Eileen (and resultantly being able to give Mordecai good relationship advice), and gaining an overall better sense of self-esteem and self-discipline.
  • The Chew Toy: He's quite the Butt-Monkey though he brings it on himself sometimes.
  • Claustrophobia: He displays this in "Terror Tales of the Park II" and in "Portable Toilet" and he doesn't think clearly when he's in closed spaces.
    Rigby: We're gonna starve before they find us! Why did you eat the whole sandwich?! You should've saved some just in case!
    Mordecai: Dude that makes no sense.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: He'll come up with silly ideas out of the blue.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Rigby is small and weak, and to compensate he'll use every trick he can think of in a fight.
  • Cool Loser: He's incompetent and incredibly lazy, but has some good style.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Proven in the "Death Punch" episode.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Not as much as Mordecai, but is able to hold his own.
    Mordecai: Come on, Margaret and I are just friends.
  • Death Is Cheap: Rigby has died at least three times (expelled from his own body, thrown into a time void, crushed during an arm wrestling match), being revived each time.
  • Defrosting Ice King: Rigby was initially cold and mean to Eileen. Spending time with and getting to know her, makes him warm up to her considerably to the point she became his Morality Pet, girlfriend, and eventual wife.
  • Determinator: Despite his slacker ways, when he's properly motivated, he can be surprisingly focused. For example, he stayed attached to Muscle Man's chest for eight solid hours in a mentor-harness just so he could keep his job. Did a pull up to complete a physical exam despite over-stimulating his muscles to the point he could barely move. Completed a literal back breaking job he had taken to prove he wasn't lazy. Stopped a jerk-ass roommate of Eileen's from breaking her flat-screen. The whole of season 7 found him going back to high school to gain his diploma. And pushing Mordecai to see a final concert of Fist Pump when he has all but given up hope.
  • Disney Death: In the episode "It's Time". He came back to life via time travel.
  • The Ditz: Rigby is not so bright.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Even more than Mordecai, having grown up a good deal. The Season 7 finale had him graduate and finally finish high school before the Season 8 arc. After the adventures there, the end of the series has him going separate ways with Mordecai and starting a family with Eileen. It's unknown if he has a job or if he is a House Husband, but is Happily Married to Eileen and raises a family. He also maintains close with the rest of the Park Crew, and the end touches off with him and Mordecai thinking back on Pops before searching for their old video games.
  • Easily Impressed: Gets dazzled by hilariously mundane things like 8-bit graphics despite all the crazy things that happen daily.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: He got the nickname "The One-Cheek Wonder" when he had to have surgery on one of his buttocks after a game of punchies with Skips went awry.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Despite him being very lazy and a messy individual, even he was disgusted by the way everyone in Dumptown, USA were living their life.
  • Expressive Ears: His ears droop when he's sad.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The foolish sibling (a slacker who never graduated high school) to Don's responsible sibling (an accountant who owns his home). Although, Rigby does get better by season 7.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: The Sanguine/Choleric — He is extremely immature and rather hyperactive.
  • Funny Animal: He digs through trash and runs on all fours when in a hurry.
  • Furry Reminder: As with all raccoons, Rigby is basically a Fragile Speedster in addition to his relative size, which is a problem with the rest of the park members when they tried to give him The Chase in every occasion, right until he gets toppled over by smarter, stronger characters like Skips.
  • The Glasses Gotta Go: Rigby seems to be a firm believer of this since he thinks Eileen is hot without her glasses on, though he really doesn't care once they start dating.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Most of his idiotic schemes and troubles are motivated by his jealousy of some thing or another.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Whenever called out or trolled.
  • Happily Married: He and Eileen get married in the Distant Finale and even raise a family together, as seen in the 25 years park reunion.
  • Heavy Sleeper: How he ended up in Australia without noticing in "Mordecai and Rigby Down Under".
  • Heroic Build: On his back in one episode
  • Hidden Depths: Much of his Jerkassery is a cover for his insecurity.
  • Hot-Blooded: Can be easily angered whenever he's under stress.
  • Hypocrite: In "Bet to be Blonde", he makes fun of Mordecai and the Blonde Men for being blonde, but it's revealed that he used to have blonde hair during high school.
  • Indy Ploy: Unlike Mordecai, who is at least concerned with how the rest of the day or week will turn out, Rigby basically doesn't plan ahead beyond the next few seconds and is pretty much defined by his impulsiveness.
  • Informed Species: Despite being a raccoon he looks more like a South American coati.
  • Interspecies Romance: Rigby (a raccoon) is dating Eileen (a mole).
  • Jerkass Has a Point: In "Lift With Your Back", he made a very good point about how, even if he also has a tendency to do this, Mordecai also takes advantage of him regularly and never thanks him for all the stuff he has done for him.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's more overtly callous than Mordecai, but he also takes their friendship more seriously, and is much better at romance than him.
    • Driven home in the hot dogs episode, where Rigby truly seems to care for Mordecai after they both get trapped in the freezer.
    • Also in the episode "A Bunch of Baby Ducks", where Rigby insists on keeping the ducks, and calls them his.
    • Another example is at the end of "Do Me a Solid" where Rigby destroys the only video evidence of the humiliating solid he made Mordecai do.
    • The first Halloween special drives home Rigby's dependency on his friends. The characters all share a horror story for the group: Pop's idea of horror is a scary doll drawing on people's faces. Muscle Man's idea of horror is dying in a crash. Rigby's idea of horror? Everyone BUT him dying and before finally being left all alone. He dies too, at the end, by means of a giant egg. This gets worse when you find out later he is deathly allergic to eggs.
    • In "Video Game Wizards", he was deeply heartbroken when Mordecai chose Skips as his partner instead of him.
      • In fact, this happens a lot. Mordecai takes Rigby's friendship for granted, and then has to repair it after damaging it; by contrast, Rigby never does it to Mordecai.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Particularly in "Rigby's Body," where, even after his body literally quits on him, he stubbornly insists that he was right about everything.
  • Lame Comeback: He has trouble arguing without resorting to one of these.
  • Large Ham: A big ham in a tiny body.
  • Little Big Brother: He's older than Don, but Don is much, much taller and more buff than him. Because of this, people apparently sometimes mistake Don for being the older one.
  • Lethally Stupid: Tends to instigate life-threatening anomalies from simple, mundane subjects. Like unleashing a destructive video game monster when he was warned not to cross the wires.
  • Lovable Rogue: This is evidently how he sees himself, since in "Temp Check" he refers to his "lovable scoundrel shtick".
  • The McCoy: Short tempered and emotional.
  • Mean Boss: Acts as one towards a temp named Doug in the episode "Temp Check", where he just lounges around and gives Doug orders.
  • The Millstone: While Mordecai does cause his fair share of problems, it's typically Rigby's fault whenever something bad happens. More often than not, whenever he tries to fix things, he just keeps making it worse.
  • The Napoleon: Somewhat small and quite rude.
  • Never Live It Down: In-Universe. Not getting a high school diploma and sometimes being reminded that he only got his current job by Mordecai vouching for him. He eventually does get his degree, though.
  • Never My Fault: He will usually make some half-brained excuse for doing something irresponsible.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: He and Mordecai are responsible for a lot of the weird problems that occur in the series. Though a good majority of the problems come from his end due to his immaturity.
    "I can fix it! I can fix it!"
  • No, You: Practically his catchphrase when he argues with someone.
  • Official Couple: In the episode "Dumped at the Altar" Rigby reveals that he and Eileen have been dating in secret for a couple months.
  • Ping-Pong Naïveté: Despite the All Men Are Perverts joke above, he doesn't understand "why people really go to concerts."
  • The Pig Pen: He sleeps in a pile of dirty clothes and reacted in disgust over taking a shower. Eileen also mentions in "Dumptown USA" that he doesn't floss or brush his teeth, ever.
  • Rascally Raccoon: To an extent. He's pretty prone (especially in early seasons) to lying or cheating to accomplish his goals. "Terror Tales of the Park" even has him don a burglar costume for Halloween.
  • Running Gag:
    • He can never win at punchies.
    • As a Foil to the above gag, Rigby frequently wins against Mordecai in Rock Paper Scissors.
  • Running on All Fours: Given that he is a Rascally Raccoon.
  • She's Not My Girlfriend: Will deny any sort of feelings for Eileen despite spending almost all his time with her when not with Mordecai. Averted during the second half of the show, where he and Eileen begin secretly dating but have been keeping it on the down low for a several months. He even admits to Mordecai that he's been really happy with her, and the two are eventually happily married.
  • Shipper on Deck:
    • Downplayed for Mordecai and Margaret, but it's mostly because he wants the former to be happy, and he personally doesn't like the latter all that much.
    • Played straight when he switches to Mordecai and CJ. In "I Like You Hi", he flat out says to Mordecai, "Dude, CJ's way cooler than Margaret."
  • Sibling Rivalry: Hates his brother Don for being more popular than him, stealing his friends, and being mistaken for Rigby's big brother when ''Rigby'' is the older brother.
  • Smart Ball: Despite his tendency to be The Load around the park, Rigby gives surprisingly sound romantic advice to Mordecai. Justified in that he was dating Eileen behind everyone's back, meaning that he knew how to approach many of Mordacai's potential issues due to experience.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Rigby shares the exact same physical traits from his parents and brother.
  • Temporarily a Villain: Depending on the Writer. He had done some villainous deeds which are not acceptable.
  • Took a Level in Badass: As the seasons progress, Rigby matures significantly, enough to help Mordecai out of his depression after being dumped by CJ.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Towards Eileen. At first he was a jerk to her, but as the series went on he warmed up to her and began showing genuine compassion for her. The biggest example of this is "Eileen Flat Screen", where he offers to take her new flatscreen back to her home, and even plans to set it up and order pizza as a surprise. Mordecai is openly impressed, calling it the nicest thing he's ever done... before telling him to tone it down, because it's freaking him out. He also reveals he waters her plants for her when she's out of town, and that they do things like go to Renaissance fairs together. The episode was basically foreshadowing for the reveal in the season 6 finale that the two have been dating for several months, to Mordecai's utter surprise.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Once tried to eat a huge omelette to earn a free hat, despite being deathly allergic to eggs.
    • "I thought if I ate really fast, maybe I wouldn't notice."
    • Played for laughs at times. He also appears to have a knack for dousing life threatening fires with lighter fluid.
  • Tsundere: Is heavily implied to be this, especially towards Eileen.
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: When his extended family are shown in "Just Friends", they all bear a striking resemblance to Rigby.
  • The Unfavorite: Justified. Rigby's father prefers his young brother, Don. This has some merit since Rigby is a slacker who lies and does other things to get out of work while Don does the exact opposite.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Most of the time. He's reckless, selfish and immature. He grows out of it at the end.


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