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- Voiced by: Tami Holbrook (unaired pilot), E.G. Daily
Tropes Associated With Tommy:
- Big Brother Instinct: He cares a lot about his younger brother, Dil. He openly objects to Phil and Lil trying to return him to the hospital in the first movie, and is often quick to defend Dil if someone says bad things about him.
- Catchphrase: "A baby's gotta do, what a baby's gotta do" and after the movie, "Hang on to your diapies, babies".
- Characterization Marches On: In the earliest episodes, Tommy was a regular baby with no distinguishable personality—an infant version of The Everyman or The Standardized Leader. Later Tommy begins to develop a stronger personality, becoming a brave Determinator who loves adventure. It can be pretty strange to see Tommy being relatively quiet and cautious in his solo adventures. E.G Daily herself even mentions that Tommy was more baby-like and tiny in the earlier episodes, but as time went by, he got a lot more mature and wiser in the show's 10th anniversary special documentary.
- Clear Their Name: Tommy's done this a few times, most notably in "Monster in the Garage" and "Fluffy Vs. Spike", where Spike's been blamed for bad things that a mouse and Fluffy did. This was difficult for him because as a one-year-old baby, he can't talk to adults.
- Early Installment Character Design Difference: Tommy wore a red shirt in both the unaired pilot and the actual first episode of the show. After that his signature color became blue, and his main outfit became a blue shirt (though he occasionally wore overalls in early episodes).
- Iconic Item: His trusty toy screwdriver, which he keeps even in his teen years.
- Informed Judaism: Actually averted (unlike most other examples on kids' TV, which always weakly hint that a character may or may not be Jewish). In addition to the token Hanukkah special, his family also celebrates Passover. On top of that, his maternal grandparents (Boris and Minka) are established to be Eastern European Jews (possibly Russian or Ukrainian). In both Rugrats and All Grown Up!, Tommy and his family follow both Judaism and Christianity.
- Jerkass Ball:
- On occasions in earlier episodes (though not to the extent of his cousin, Angelica). Unintentionally, he could be seen as downright selfish and obnoxious, examples including "Tommy and the Secret Club", and even to an extent, "The Odd Couple", while episodes such as "Twins Pique" convey him as something of a narcissist. This however doesn't appear in later episodes.
- This was actually the source of many conflicts with Chuckie in the third season, many of which called out Tommy's usual tendency to pressure or manipulate Chuckie into following his adventures and ideals of "fun" and regularly blow off any unpleasantries it causes him (Chuckie tears him a new one for it in "Farewell My Friend" in particular). While Tommy is still Innocently Insensitive in later seasons, he is often shown to be more compassionate towards Chuckie and worried about his well being.
- Master of Unlocking: Most of the time it's Tommy and his toy screwdriver that undoes any barricade the babies face.
- Mixed Ancestry: Due to having a White dad and a Russian-Jewish mom.
- Nice, Mean, and In-Between: The In-Between to Chuckie's Nice and Angelica's Mean. He's outgoing and adventurous, often forcing Chuckie to come with him against his will, but does genuinely care about Chuckie. He also has moments of being mischievous, but is still overall easy-going and is much nicer than Angelica.
- Rage Breaking Point: In the first movie. Tommy's patience is repeatedly pushed by Dil's selfishness throughout the film. After he saves him from the monkeys, Dil selfishly drinks all of the milk and keeps the large blanket all to himself, which leads to the blanket tearing in half and Tommy falling into a mud puddle. By this point, Tommy has had enough and gives Dil a major "The Reason You Suck" Speech, nearly pouring mashed bananas all over Dil so the monkeys can take him away. Thankfully, he catches himself just before actually doing such and has a massive Heel Realization.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives an absolutely scathing one to Dil in the first movie after the latter rips their only blanket, which is what got Tommy to reach the limit to his patience with Dil's behavior. However, he ends up regretting this.Tommy: You think this is funny?! Phil and Lil was right. You're a bad, naughty baby and you're never gonna get any better! I'm through being your big brother! I don't want my "sponsatility" NO MORE! (tosses his compass away, the monkeys notice)
Dil: My monkey, my monkey! Mine!
Tommy: You want monkeys? Fine, I'll give you monkeys. Oh, you have a monkey mommy, a monkey daddy, and a monkey brother! My friends wanted to take you back to the "hopsicle". But noooooo, I said. He didn't mean it, I said. He was only playin'! But I was wrong. Now I don't have any friends. (throws a diaper over his shoulder, the monkeys grab it) Dil wants monkeys, and monkeys want the manners. (takes out the mashed bananas) Ohhh, EVERYBODY GETS WHAT THEY WANT!
- Sanity Slippage: In the first movie, during his "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Dil, he nearly ends up smearing Dil with banana-flavored baby food.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The adventure-seeking Manly Man to Chuckie's overly-cautious Sensitive Guy.
- Strong Family Resemblance: He resembles the perfect combination of his father Stu and his maternal grandfather Boris.
- Vocal Evolution: In Season 1, Tommy had a very raspy, quiet voice, but it changed a bit in Season 2 and again in Season 4, when it became louder. Also, he had a different voice actress in the pilot, who sounded downright feminine.
Tropes Associated With Chuckie:
- Adorkable: Gawky, neurotic, jumpy, and sweet-natured. And bespectacled.
- Art Evolution: Chuckie looks a bit different in Season 1, owing to Early Installment Character Design Difference. He has fewer strands on his hair, his nose has a slightly different shape, and his head shape is more boxy. His design was refined in Season 2.
- Badass Normal: An interesting variation. When one cartoon had the babies think Chuckie was a super hero to get back his inflatable globe from Angelica, he was told his cape was the source of his powers. He ends up losing the cape and still beating Angelica, knocking her over. He's shocked he did it, too.
- Blind Without 'Em: Cannot see well without his glasses.
- "I Don't Think That's Such a Good Idea..."
- "We're doomed! Doomed, I tell ya!"
- Characterization Marches On: In the first season, he could be quite argumentative and rude to the other babies, but thankfully it was toned down in later seasons.
- Chick Magnet: He's actually quite popular with the ladies, having "relationships" with Megan in Season 3, Emma in Season 5, and having to pretend to be married to Lil in Season 6. It's even theorized among fans that the reason why Angelica torments him so much is because she has a secret crush on him, and they get plenty of episodes with each other throughout the series. The All Growed Up special episode is about his crush on a girl in middle school.
- Companion Cube: His stuffed bear Wawa, a Tragic Keepsake from his deceased mother.
- Cowardly Lion: He will get over his cowardice if his friends are in danger. It even makes him a Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass.
- Cowardly Sidekick: In contrast to the fearless Tommy.
- Deadpan Snarker: This line exemplifies it. When Phil and Lil show up as Hansel and Gretel in Chuckie's Cinderella fantasy:Phil: I'm Hansel and she's Gretel.
Lil: Yah. And we're losted.
Chuckie: Well you're even more losted than ya think. Cus you're in the wrong story.
- Didn't Want an Adventure: He's usually the first one to object to any of Tommy's adventures, but he tags along anyways.
- Dirty Coward: Usually averted but played straight in "Dust Bunnies". Upon hearing that Tommy was attacked by a "dust bunny", he runs off afraid without a second thought. Subverted as he regrets it and comes through in the end.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: This kid goes through a lot without his Missing Mom. By the time of the second film, he finally gains a mother he always wanted.
- Eye Glasses: There isn't much detail in his eyes from inside the lenses of his glasses apart from little black dots and white sclerae which take up the entire space of the lenses.
- Flanderization: Originally, Chuckie was the voice of reason among his friends, being the only one with any idea/worry of how dangerous many of the thing they were doing were. Starting with the second season, Chuckie's sense of caution was exaggerated to the point where he is so cowardly that he's scared of the guy on the oatmeal box. Then things got worse when his voice actress was replaced...
- To Tommy. While Tommy is rather bold and adventurous, Chuckie tends to worry that they're in a bad situation and points out that Tommy's plans could result in trouble.
- Compared to his stepsister Kimi, she is also more bold and energetic than he is. In particular, she's enthusiastic about riding a Reptar mecha while Chuckie was only doing so in order to warn his father that Coco was using him.
- The Heart: He's usually the one that keeps the babies together.
- The Lancer: Often acts as the cowardly contrast to the courageous Tommy.
- Living Emotional Crutch: It is implied that he, at least in some regards, is this to his father, as he is effectively the last Chaz has left of Melinda.
- Missing Mom: The Mother's Day episode heavily implied that his mother died a few months — maybe less than that — after he was born.
- Neat Freak:
- He is shown to be one in "The Odd Couple" when Tommy spends the weekend at his house. Chuckie doesn't want Tommy playing with another toy until after the last one is put away, and he has very particular ways of playing with toys and putting them away.
- In another episode, "Mr. Clean", Chuckie takes it to an extreme, where after learning about germs, he becomes terrified of them. He dons a germ-proof "suit" and attempts to force the babies not to play anything to keep clean. Tommy and the twins quickly get him out of that phase.
- Nerdy Nasalness: Chuckie has a perpetually constipated nose, giving him a nasal voice. note . He fits other nerdy stereotypes as well, as he's gawky, neurotic, jumpy and bespectacled. In "The Smell of Success", Chuckie undergoes a treatment to cure his condition, only to find the effects of it are temporary.
- Nice, Mean, and In-Between: The Nice to Angelica's Mean and Tommy's In-Between. He's afraid of causing harm (as well as most other things) and is overall good-mannered.
- Older Sidekick: He's Tommy's sidekick, but is a year older than him.
- Phrase Catcher: "Aw, quit being a baby!"
- Potty Emergency: Given that he is around the normal potty-training age, he naturally had a few examples of this:
- He has several in "Chuckie Vs. The Potty". The first one happens after he vows to stay in diapers for the rest of his life, which results in a Potty Failure after an unsuccessful attempt to use his potty. Several more happen when Angelica turns the kitchen sink on and off. The last one happens at the end of the episode after he awakens from a nightmare where he is a prisoner flushed down a giant toilet, which results in him successfully using his potty for the first time.
- In "Cuffed", after being handcuffed to Angelica and many unsuccessful attempts to remove the handcuffs, Chuckie asks Angelica if it's a bad time to mention he has to go potty, to which she replies that it is.
- In "The Lympics", Chuckie is desperate to go but Angelica tells him he can't until he's won the race against the McNulty babies. This leads to Chuckie running as fast as he can to win the race quickly, and then subsequently dashing to the park toilet.
- At the end of "A Dose of Dil", Chuckie becomes desperate to go after having drunk too much Ginger-Ale earlier in the episode.
- Potty Failure:
- This has happened to him in "Chuckie Vs. The Potty", where after spending a long time sitting on the potty with Stu and Didi watching him, he climbs off his potty, thinking he doesn't need to go, and pees on the floor immediately afterwards.
- At the beginning of "Accidents Happen", Chuckie has an exciting dream of him exploring a jungle which ends with him falling down a waterfall, resulting in Chuckie wetting Tommy's bed.
- Redheads Are Uncool:
- He is danger prone, cowardly, wore glasses that would break from time to time, had allergies and was often picked on by other kids. So much so that there were entire episodes devoted to him having an operation that temporarily cleared his nose, him trying to dye his hair black to fit in with the rest of the kids, and his other quirks.
- Sometimes averted: he's actually shown to be quite popular with the ladies in certain episodes (such as "Cradle Attraction").
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The overly-cautious Sensitive Guy to Tommy's adventure-seeking Manly Man.
- The Smart Guy: Chuckie is a bit more smart compared to the other babies.
- The Southpaw: Chuckie is shown to be left-handed.
- Survival Mantra: "I'm a big brave dog, I'm a big brave dog..."
- Team Mom: At times, he tries to keep the group together. Further shown at the end of "What's Your Line", when he utilizes what he's learned from his own father to comfort Dil when he cries.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Started out as a rather argumentative Lancer in the first season, before mellowing out into a Nice Guy from the second onwards.
- You Just Had to Say It: He has a habit of giving his friends ideas, which he didn't mean to, and which ends with him going along unwillingly.
- In "Stu Gets a Job", after accidentally giving Tommy an idea to prevent his dad from going to work, he said "When am I ever gonna learn to keep my big mouth shut?"
- In "Reptar On Ice", Tommy believes Reptar is dead, but Chuckie believes he's just hiding. This cheers Tommy enough to have them go looking for him. Chuckie groans "I did it again."
- In another episode, his friends look at him after saying something, he sighs and says "I'll get the screwdriver."
- In "Let Them Eat Cake," he lampshades the whole thing. Tommy wants to go after the huge cake, and rather than talk him out of it, Chuckie acknowledges that Tommy won't listen to him and come up with "a whole bunch of crazy reasons why we gotta do it," so why not just skip the middleman this time and go along with it?
- In "Tricycle Thief", Angelica was accused of stealing Susie's bike as payback for her laughing when Angelica fell into the mud the previous day. Angelica claims her innocence and wouldn't even bother doing so just for spite, then Chuckie blurted out that he overheard Angelica said something. When the babies asked what it was, he tried to keep quiet only to reluctantly give in, and it only seemed to confirm Angelica's guilt.
Phil and Lil DeVille
- Voiced by: Kath Soucie (both)
Tropes Associated With Phil and Lil:
- Big Eater: They love eating. They especially like mud.
- The Big Guy: Phil is the toughest of the babies and the most hands-on.
- The Chick: Lil is the lone girl of the four main babies until Kimi.
- Extreme Omnivore: Worms, insects, boogers, toilet water— anything is fair game.
- Dirty Kid: After Tommy gets pantsed by Dil in the movie, Lil looks excited by it.
- Divergent Character Evolution: The twins started off as the same character split in two, but later in the series Phil became a borderline Deadpan Snarker and Audience Surrogate, being the character that said what the audience was thinking. Lil would also become the more adventurous of the pair, which is Truth in Television since she's the oldest.
- Filthy Fun: They both like playing in the mud, especially Phil.
- First Name Ultimatum: When they argue, they usually address each other by their full first names (Phillip and Lillian).
- Half-Identical Twins: The only physical difference between them is that Lil has free-hanging earlobes, something minor enough that most people, including their parents, don't notice.
- Hates Baths: To the point where Lil considers the word "bath" a bad word.
- Identical Twin ID Tag: The most obvious way of telling them apart is Lil's bow, which they will sometimes use to pull off a Twin Switch. Lil also wears a diaper under her overalls, while Phil wears shorts. In "Twins Pique" Lil gives herself pigtails, and Phil messes up his hair so they can be told apart.
- Incest Subtext: By way of Children Are Innocent. In "Kid TV", the two of them stage a scene where they're lovers in a Soap Opera, they go to the prom together in "Junior Prom", and they have odd reactions at seeing each other naked in "Naked Tommy". Also in "Cradle Attraction", when the gang finds out that Megan picks on Chuckie because she likes him, Lil shoves Phil and says "it's because I like you" and they both giggle.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: They could be pretty mean at times, but nowhere near the extent of Angelica. In "Weaning Tommy", Tommy (who's going through withdrawal after his parents were told by their dentist to get Tommy off his bottle) tells the twins of his plight, and their answer is "Sorry, Tommy. Wish we could help" and then continue drinking their bottles right in front of him. The worst example has to be in the first movie where they let the monkeys take Dil. Even Chuckie (who at this point has no love for Dil either) couldn't believe it. But nonetheless, the two share a strong bond with each other and care deeply about their friends.
- My God, What Have I Done?: An interesting case for Lil. In Rugrats Go Wild!, Lil catches sight of an animal eating a smaller one and freaks out, realizes what she's been doing all of this time and swears off worms and mud.
- Nightmare Fetishist: Very young versions. The "fetishist" part is downplayed as there is nothing sexual about their interest in what most would be freaked out by.
- The Pig-Pen: Both of them love getting messy.
- Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Lil has pink shoes, and has a pink bow in her hair, while Phil has blue shoes and blue pants. However they both have pink shirts.
- Pink Means Feminine: Lil is color-coded with her pink bow and shoes.
- Prefers Proper Names: They often refer to each other as "Phillip" and "Lillian".
- Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Phil wears pants, while Lil wears a dress and has a bow on her head.
- Theme Twin Naming: Both names rhyming with "ill".
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Lil loves playing in the mud and eating worms, but also plays with dolls and gets excited when she thinks she's playing a princess in Angelica's ballet performance.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Bugs, though Lil swears off them in Rugrats Go Wild.
- Vocal Evolution: Over the course of the series Phil's voice became less feminine and more scratchy, whilst Lil's voice became higher during the Kimi era episodes.
- With Friends Like These...: In earlier seasons, they demonstrated a more selfish side and would on occasion brush off turmoils Tommy or Chuckie suffer or even take Angelica's side if she made a good enough offer. This trait downplayed as the series went on.
- Voiced by: Cheryl Chase
Tropes Associated With Angelica:
- Anti-Role Model: She's pretty much the embodiment of what young children shouldn't act like.
- Attention Whore: She gets enraged when people give more attention to the babies than to her.
- Badbutt: She's the closest thing to a villain that the show has.
- Believing Their Own Lies: She usually torments the younger babies by lying to them about some mundane thing to make it seem terrifying. Correspondingly, her comeuppance often involves circumstances making her think she was right:
- After tricking Chuckie into thinking a disease she made up is turning him into a rhinoceros, a horn-shaped bump on her head, along with gray-colored scabs on her legs, leads her to think that she has contracted "rhinoceritis".
- After all the babies come down with chicken pox, Angelica convinces them that they'll all turn into actual chickens. By the end of the episode, she herself has contracted the pox, and when an egg falls into her car seat, she freaks out and believes that she's turning into a chicken herself.
- She tried to convince the babies that the sky is falling, and ends up believing it herself after a stray tennis ball falls on her head.
- Stu and Didi give Tommy's old toys to Dil, and Angelica tells Tommy that once his parents give all of his old stuff to Dil, he'll disappear. In the end, Susie explains that a person doesn't disappear from giving away hand-me-downs. Angelica expresses her thankfulness on being an only child, and thus gets to keep all of her stuff, but then her dad comes by and tells her that he and Charlotte have decided to give all of her old stuff to Tommy. This causes Angelica to scream in fear that she'll disappear once her parents give all of her old stuff to Tommy.
- After an incident where Tommy accidentally loses one of his toys down the drain, Angelica scares Tommy and Chuckie by saying they could suffer the same fate. Throughout the episode they try to find ways to get out of it, which includes flushing anything bath time related down the toilet. Ironically, she accidentally flushes her own doll, Cynthia, down the toilet. The plumber recovers it, but the doll is ruined.Angelica: (sobbing) It's true! It's true! You can get sucked down the drain!
- Berserk Button: Whatever you do, don't steal Cynthia from Angelica. Not even karma will protect you from her wrath.
- Big Bad: She's always the one causing trouble for the main characters, and as such she's the closest thing to a main antagonist. When it's not her, it's usually her equally bratty crush, Timmy McNulty.
- Big Eater: Usually when desserts (most often with cookies) are involved, to the point where she'll eat any dessert you give to her unless it's flan.
- Big Sister Instinct: Despite how much she torments the babies, she goes ballistic when anyone besides her does this. Lampshaded in Rugrats in Paris:"Listen lady! Nobody messes with my dumb babies except me!"
- Birthday Hater: Due to the fear of the implications of growing up, Angelica behaves this way during her third (or fourth?) birthday. In the end, she regrets it when she realizes that, when growing up, she can eat candy with bigger teeth than the babies'.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She pulls a sweet girl facade in front of the adults while showing her nasty side to the babies.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: A rare example involving both genders; she's the Blonde to Susie's Brunette and Harold's Redhead.
- Bratty Half-Pint: She often whines when she doesn't get her way.
- The Bully: She frequently picks on the babies.
- "You dumb babies!"
- "Can you believe it, Cynthia?"
- "Oh Mommy/Daddy."
- Character Development: At the start, Angelica was a total Jerkass that acted nice in front of the adults, but had strong hate for the babies and she somewhat mocked people behind their back (Graham Canyon is a great example of this, as when Drew tells Angelica to have a good time, after Angelica's polite response, she sticks her tongue out at Drew). In later seasons (mostly after season 3 and the movie), she grows to like them and becomes a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, whereas she is still mischievous, but there's a nicer tone to it.
- Child Hater: Despite being a child herself, she is often mean to the babies and isn't very nice to people her own age either.
- Children Are Innocent: Believe it or not, even Angelica shows shades of this once in a while, most notably her Innocent Swearing in Word of the Day, mercifully censored via Sound-Effect Bleep.
- Clashing Cousins: A one-sided version with Tommy and Dil. Angelica dislikes them and thinks they're "dumb babies". By All Grown Up it's slightly more mutual on Tommy's part and he's grown enough to realize Angelica's brattiness. Though they bicker constantly, it is shown that Angelica does really like Tommy deep down.
- Companion Cube: She often treats her Cynthia doll as if it were a living person.
- Cute, but Cacophonic: She's three years old and has No Indoor Voice.
- Daddy's Girl: Though her parents both love her, she appears closer to Drew, possibly because he's around more than Charlotte. Drew is also more of a softy when it comes to attempts at disciplining his daughter.
- Deadpan Snarker: Often makes remarks towards the babies about their ignorance of how the world works due to being very young, naive, and inexperienced.
- Deliberately Cute Child: Acts sweet and nice when grownups are around to try and manipulate them.
- Depending on the Writer: Is she a Jerkass Woobie (and maybe a Tsundere as well) or a flat out vile little brat whom dangerously borders on being a Villain Protagonist? It depends on how pleasant the writers are feeling about her at the time. Still happens in All Grown Up! but to a much smaller extent. [invoked]
- Devil in Plain Sight: The adults are usually unaware of how bratty and mean she is, though occasionally she did get caught.
- Didn't Think This Through: She often gets in trouble because she's so focused on being mean to the babies that she doesn't stop and think about how what she's doing might reflect back on her. Justified as she's only three.
- The Dreaded: All of the other kids (except Susie and Kimi) are scared of her.
- Early Installment Character Design Difference: Angelica wore a visible diaper under her dress for the first season, before losing it from the second season onwards.
- Even Bad Women Love Their Mamas: It is shown several times that she loves her parents even when they're not spoiling her rotten.
- Even Evil Has Standards:
- In "Tricycle Thief."Angelica: I may be mean, and I may be a bully, but I'M NO TRICYCLE THIEF! She's not.
- She usually doesn't say rude things about Chuckie's Missing Mom either.
- Whenever Chuckie's thinking about his Missing Mom, she will not torment him.
- She loves to torment the babies and do mean things to them, but if anyone else does things (like try to hurt them), she does not tolerate it.
- In Rugrats in Paris when Angelica helps Coco LaBouche trick Chaz into marrying her, even she knew that was a horrible thing to do and actually genuinely felt bad.
- In "Tricycle Thief."
- Evil Is Petty: She can sometimes fall into this. Like when she convinced Tommy, Phil and Lil that Chuckie was an alien and his new playhouse was his spaceship. The motive? Angelica couldn't fit into the playhouse herself so didn't want any of the babies to enjoy it.
- Haughty "Hmph": Being the spoiled little brat she is, there's hardly an episode that goes by that she doesn't do one of these.
- HeelFace Revolving Door: She more or less treats the other babies like crap and has no qualms with freaking them out with random urban legends or stories, mostly to get something she wants. However, she ends up being a team player if something worse threatens them.
- Hoist by Her Own Petard: Many of Angelica's punishments are brought about by her inability to quit while she was ahead. For instance, in "The Trial", her desire to pin the blame on one of the babies for breaking Tommy's favorite clown lamp leads to her gloating her guilt to the babies... and in front of Didi and Betty.
- Hypocritical Heartwarming: "Nobody messes with my dumb babies 'cept me!"
- Hypocritical Humor: Angelica seems rather insecure about being so close in age to the younger Rugrats — she's always referring to them as "just babies" and to herself as an adult, even though Dil (who's three years younger than Angelica) is the only Rugrats who's technically "just a baby." Angelica and Susie are both only a year older than Chuckie and two years older than Tommy, Kimi and the twins. Angelica even wore a diaper under her dress in the first season, showing she wasn't fully toilet trained yet.
- Ink-Suit Actor: Angelica is essentially a cartoon version of Cheryl Chase (her voice actress, except Cheryl is fairly nice in real life) in many aspects, such as her appearance and some of her interests.
- Ironic Name: She usually acts angelic when she's around adults so they seldom catch on to her true bratty nature.
- It's All About Me: Most of the time, she'll only act on her own selfishness.
- Jerkass: She plays this trope straight, from childhood to the All Grown Up! episodes. She is really willing to manipulate the other characters to get what she wants.
- Jerkass to One: She bullies all the babies, but seems to take special fondness in picking on Chuckie, the Nervous Wreck of the group.Tommy: *angrily* Angelica, why do you always have to pick on Chuckie?
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She has a lot of nice moments — such as when she admits she'll miss Tommy when he almost moves away, or apologizing to Suzie via a hand-made card. In the sequel she Took a Level in Kindness.
- Karma Houdini: Angelica manages to pull one in "Barbecue Story," where she deliberately throws Tommy's ball over a fence without any comeuppance. Presumably, karma wasn't paying attention that time. Angelica was in fact originally conceived as a Karma Houdini to teach the audience sometimes life won't be fair. Allegedly the creators loathed "Barbecue Story", which followed the original direction, and while she has mild cases of getting away afterwards, most of her truly heinous acts are met with karma.
- Karma Houdini Warranty: A meta-example. Angelica was initially intended by the creators to be a permanent Karma Houdini to teach children that sometimes life isn't fair. However, the creators themselves eventually got sick of Angelica's brattiness, so they decided to start having her face punishment.
- Kids Are Cruel: Perhaps the most unflattering depiction of a preschool-aged child in all media.
- Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Since Angelica is able to understand the language of adults, she often takes it upon herself to explain to the babies how aspects of the grown-up world works. The problem is that Angelica is still, well, a child, so there is a lot of context and details that she cannot fully comprehend, leading her explanations to be incomplete and chuck full of misunderstandings at best.
- Large Ham: She often likes to see herself as quite the little performer lets just say.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Her title in this show could very much be "karma's personal punching bag"; in the event she does something that could be considered even vaguely unpleasant, karma is sure to be there to take her down a peg or two.
- Never My Fault: Angelica gets sent to day camp and blames her doll, Cynthia, for suggesting it.
- Never Speak Ill of the Dead: One of Angelicas redeeming qualities was how she never made a negative comment about Chuckies late mother, Melinda, or even interferes during the Mood Whiplash moment of the episode, Mothers Day.
- Nice, Mean, and In-Between:
- In the main series, she's the Mean to Chuckie's Nice and Tommy's In-Between. She's spoiled and often bullies both Tommy and Chuckie.
- In the short-lived spin-off, "Pre-School Daze" (as well as the episode of the same name that inspired it), she retains her position as the Mean to Harold's Nice and Susie's In-Between. She's mean to Harold and has a frenemy relationship with Susie.
- No Matter How Much I Beg: When she tries to give up cookies in the episode "No More Cookies", she asks the babies to keep her from getting any and to never give in regardless of how much she demands a cookie.
- No Indoor Voice: Angelica is constantly yelling to get what she wants.
- Not Me This Time: In "The Tricycle Thief", Suzie blames Angelica for stealing her new tricycle when hers is missing and Angelica shows up with an identical one. Angelica says that it was hers and that her red-painted hands, which she would have gotten if she stole the trike from Suzie's garage, were from finger-painting. Turns out that despite the evidence stacked against her, she was completely innocent.
- Ship Tease: Some episodes show her expressing a Tsundere-ish crush on Timmy McNulty (the grandson of one of Lou's rivals and if possible an even bigger brat than Angelica).
- Spoiled Brat: To the point where even her parents recognize this even as they spoil her! But to their credit, they've tried many times to correct it.Drew: Angelica, if you don't eat your broccoli, then you're not going to get seconds on dessert!
Angelica: BUT THAT'S NOT FAIR!
- The Stool Pigeon: She often acts as a Petty Patty to get the babies in trouble for their shenanigans.
- Stop Having Fun, Guys: An In-Universe version. If the babies are having way too much fun, Angelica will easily get frustrated and ruin their fun. For instance, in "The Box", when the babies take the torn pieces of the Kiddie Karnival box and begin playing around them, she snatches them in anger in shouts out "You dumb babies! Stop having fun! It's just a stupid box!"
- Strong Family Resemblance: She resembles a bit of her mother Charlotte, but also from Miriam on her dad's side of the family.
- Sweet Tooth: She would sometimes eat too many sweets to where she would get sick. In fact, some of her schemes involve something relating to sweets. Especially in "Partners In Crime", where Didi bakes a dozen cupcakes, and Angelica had already eaten all but two. Then she goes on stealing a bowl of cookies and a cake for someone's 100th birthday.
- Tiny Tyrannical Girl: Although she seems like a big bully rather than tiny, since she's three and the protagonists are babies.
- Token Evil Teammate: She serves as the primary antagonist most of the time. Even when she's not being mean to the babies, she tends to be the meanest of the main characters.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Girly Girl to Susie's Tomboy. She loves playing with dolls and dressing up.
- Too Dumb to Live: Shows up on occasion, like the end of "The Trial", where she admits to breaking Tommy's clown lamp and gloats about it because the babies can't say anything, completely forgetting about the fact that Didi and Betty can hear her in the next room.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Takes a mild one after Season 1, and a bigger one after Season 3. She still has lots of Kick the Dog moments in later seasons and even if she's not as consistently "evil" in depiction as she was early on, she's still an obnoxious and selfish bully on occasions. Depending on the Writer comes a lot into play.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Angelica loves cookies. It is even revealed in "No More Cookies" that "cookie" was her first word.
- Two Girls and a Guy: She and Susie are the two Girls to Harold's Guy.
- The Un-Favourite: Subverted. Her parents love her more than she realizes. She was worried that this would happen when she got a little sibling.
- Villainous Glutton: She is shown as this in the episode "Chuckie's Wonderful Life", Chuckie being shown that if he was never born, Angelica would have manipulated her uncle and aunt into abandoning Tommy and endlessly making junk food for her to eat.
- Vitriolic Best Friends: To Susie, especially in the later seasons—given her bossy personality, it is sometimes implied that Susie may be her only real friend outside of the babies.
- Vocal Evolution: Angelica's voice was always Cheryl Chase's own voice tweaked a little bit, but in Seasons 1-6, it was more noticeable that it was Cheryl's own speaking voice. In the Kimi era, her voice gets slightly higher. However in the Tales from the Crib DVD movies, her voice reverts back to Cheryl's and sounds noticeably more like Cheryl than she did in the show's entire run.
- Voiced by: Cree Summer
Tropes Associated With Susie:
- Affirmative Action Girl: Originally added to the cast when the creators noticed that there were too many white, male characters. Luckily, Susie manages to avoid being a token through her Cool Big Sis persona.
- Black Best Friend: Initially to Tommy and later on to Angelica.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: A rare example involving both genders; she's the brunette to Angelica's Blonde and Harold's Redhead.
- Brainy Brunette: Has dark brown hair and is quite the prodigy with knowledge about reproduction and is fluent in French.
- Broken Ace: In "A Rugrats Kwanzaa", Susie worries that she's not a special person because despite her wisdom and her many talents, she doesn't have a trophy like her parents or siblings do. She tries to do the same talents that her siblings have, but it doesn't work out, and her attempt to make a bust of her head is, as Phil would put it, "Really is a bust".
- Characterization Marches On: In her initial appearances she interacted mainly with Tommy, and was kind of a drama queen and a crybaby, sharing Tommy's naivete and ineptness to the world around her. Not long after that, Susie and Angelica met and she became mostly defined by being the Anti'-Angelica; mellow, intelligent and mature (at least for her young age).
- Child Prodigy: At age three, she is already multilingual.
- Cool Big Sis: Acts like this to Tommy and the other babies. Ironically, Susie herself is the youngest of four children, and Alisa, despite having a valley-girl persona to a certain extent, is sort of a Cool Big Sis to Susie.
- Cunning Linguist: It's revealed that she knows ten languages.
- Foil: While Angelica is a mean girl who doesn't treat the babies too well, Susie is rather sweet and caring. Furthermore, she's black and brunette while Angelica is white and blonde.
- Girlish Pigtails: She has her black hair in braids.
- Lethal Chef: One episode has her baking treats for the babies, only for them to hate how they taste.
- Nice Girl: She's a sweet and compassionate little girl who basically serves as a nice foil to Angelica.
- Nice, Mean, and In-Between: The In-between to Harold's Nice and Angelica's Mean. She treats Harold with respect, but has a rivalry with Angelica.
- Out of Focus: Became less prominent as the series progressed, playing minor roles in the first two movies and making less appearances staring in Season 8.
- Token Minority: The only black one of the kids.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to Angelica's Girly Girl. She is very athletic.
- Two Girls and a Guy: She and Angelica are the two Girls to Harold's Guy.
- Wise Beyond Their Years: She's very smart and mature for her age.
- X Must Not Win: While mostly a Good Counterpart to Angelica, Susie has been shown to be very rivalistic to her at times. Comes to an extreme in "Tricycle Thief" where she jumps to the immediate conclusion she stole her trike.
- Voiced by: Tara Strong
Tropes Associated With Dil:
- The Baby of the Bunch: Literally. Even though everyone else in the group is a baby, he's the youngest of them.
- Big Brother Worship: A downplayed example given that he's a baby among babies, but the fact that he dreams of Tommy when his mom sings "Beautiful Dreamer" is telling.
- Cute, but Cacophonic: When he cries, it's a very good example of how grating Tara Strong can make her voice when she has to.
- Embarrassing Nickname: He calls Angelica "Yucky", and Chuckie "Ducky" or "Chubby".
- Fearless Infant: In "Acorn Nuts And Diapey Butts", while falling from a lethal height due to being dropped by a Reptar float in a parade, he is not only shown to be unafraid, but actually enjoying it and laughing.
- Generation Xerox: Dil's initial interactions with his older brother Tommy mirrors that of Stu and Drew Pickles, who did not get along as babies but gradually warmed up to each other. However, while Stu and Drew Pickles still argue with each other on occasion, Dil gets along well with his brother Tommy.
- Hates Baths: Due to his fear of water, he cries whenever having to bathe.
- It's All About Me: Zigzagged. He's younger and thus less developed than the other babies, but like them, he's far more developed than a real infant his age would be. That being the case, he's at least somewhat aware that his selfishness has consequences, and shapes up towards the end of the movie.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He may be selfish and naughty at times but he's still a nice baby.
- Last-Minute Baby Naming: Stu and Didi originally assumed that he was going to be a girl, and planned on naming him after Stu's late mother, Trixie, but end up naming him after Didi's cousin, Dylan.
- The Nicknamer: Partially because he's so young and has no teeth, Dil has a nickname for almost all the babies he interacts with.
- Prone to Vomiting: He frequently throws up or spits up, but it is justified due to his young age.
- Punny Name: Dill is a type of pickle. This pun is actually what convinced Stu and Didi to name him "Dylan".
- The Speechless: He doesn't really say anything due to being the youngest of the babies. Subverted as he also can say short words such as "Yucky", "Tommy", "Poopy", and others.
- Tagalong Kid: He usually tags along on the gang's adventures. Not that he always is useful because of his young age.
- Took a Level in Kindness: He begins the first movie acting selfish and rude but after Tommy's "The Reason You Suck" Speech to him, he becomes a better boy.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: He's afraid of water.
- Voiced by: Dionne Quan
Tropes Associated With Kimi:
- Cheerful Child: Usually is pretty happy about stuff.
- Companion Cube: Superthing, that odd airplane-blimp plushy.
- Distaff Counterpart: Was conceived as being a female Tommy. It's even lampshaded by Chuckie.
- Genki Girl: Adventurous and free-spirited.
- Hair Color Dissonance: Does Kimi have black hair or purple?
- Meaningful Name: Her real name, "Kimiko", means "child without equal", among "empress/noble child".
- Nice Shoes: Who knew they made cowboy boots for babies?
- No Accounting for Taste: Non-romantic example; unlike the others, Kimi actually likes Angelica.
- Plucky Girl: She's extremely fearless. In her first appearance, Chuckie even compares her to Tommy.
- Sixth Ranger: Joined the babies after the Rugrats in Paris movie.
- Voiced by: Pat Musick
Tropes associated with Harold:
- All Love Is Unrequited: Harold has a crush on Angelica, and may be the only guy out there who worships her the way she wishes everyone would. Unfortunately, Angelica treats him with disdain, as she does with the babies.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: A rare example involving both genders; he is the Redhead to Angelica's Blonde and Susie's Brunette.
- Nice, Mean, and In-Between: The Nice to Angelica's Mean and Susie's In-Between. He is good-natured, means well, and has an unrequited crush on Angelica.
- The Pig-Pen: He often matches Phil in terms of grossness, although most of the time, he is oblivious as to how gross he is.
- Two Girls and a Guy: He's the Guy to Angelica and Susie's two Girls.
- Voiced by: Jack Riley (adult); E. G. Daily (child)
- Adorkable: Good-natured, loves to invent, and bumbling at times.
- Art Evolution: Stu has a longer neck in the pilot.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: While most of the parents fall victim to Parental Obliviousness at times, Stu takes the cake. This is particularly prominent in "Toy Palace" (where he drags Chaz to see some of the new toys in the store, giving Tommy and Chuckie the chance to explore) and "Turtle Recall" (where Chaz trusts him to watch over the babies only for Stu to be distracted by a football game on TV).
- Berserk Button: Don't ever bad-mouth his inventions. This especially applies to his older brother, Drew.
- Bumbling Dad: Not quite as extreme as other examples. He's not the most level-headed adult on the series and some of his ideas for toys are...questionable, but for the most part, he's a responsible and loving father to his boys.
- Bungling Inventor / Weekend Inventor: Stu builds toys for income, but said toys can be hit or miss on how well they work.
- Flanderization: In the last few seasons Stu is portrayed as a highly energetic child in a man's body, the best examples can be where he gets really angry and throws his shoes away like he's a child in "Bad Shoes" or when he begs to Didi to keep the puppy in "A Tale of Two Puppies", not like Stu.
- Gadgeteer Genius: While mostly the Bungling Inventor, when he makes something that actually works, it works out REALLY well. His successes include a MacGyver-like coconut radio in Rugrats Go Wild!, the Reptar mech, Boppo the Clown toy and, of course, the Reptar Wagon (as well as the so-so Dactar Glider)
- Generation Xerox: Stu and Chaz were best friends since childhood as well, much like their own sons. One episode even shows Stu and Drew as babies, and Stu sounding exactly like Tommy.
- Good Parents: Not the brightest pop, but still is helpful to his sons in many ways along with Didi. It's clear that he loves them both very much.
- Gone Horribly Right: One of his toy inventions was a voice modulator with terrific range. Unfortunately, when Angelica discovers she can sound just like Charlotte, all manner of trouble is caused forcing him to lock the prototype up for good.
- Grumpy Bear: Sometimes falls under this with Drew.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: In the episode "Regarding Stuie" he hits his head and reverts to a baby-like state and was thus able to interact with the babies. Another hit on the head brings him back to normal again.
- The Leader: Tends to take this role in the adults, though unlike the babies, the others frequently berate him for trying to take charge.
- Manchild: Depending on the episode, Stu ranges from "immature adult" during arguments and short feuds with his older brother Drew, to what can only be described as "borderline mentally deficient" at seemingly random times. In "The Blizzard", he runs into the kitchen and screams "Yippee, school's been cancelled!" after a big snowstorm, at which point Chaz has to remind him that he's 35 years old and doesn't have to go to school anymore. In "Chuckie Vs. the Potty", he rushes to get Chuckie's potty while Chuckie is in the bathroom Didi tells him to "put it down," and Stu puts it down right where he's standing... outside of the bathroom. Even Chuckie probably realizes that the potty doesn't belong in the hallway
- Nice Guy: Most of the time, he's a good father with a big heart.
- No, You: His occasional response to arguments; this exchange from "Family Feud" being the most famous.Stu: YOU'RE AN ABSURD PROPOSITION!
- Papa Wolf: Really gets to work when the kids are lost or threatened.
- Parental Substitute: Along with Didi, Stu could be seen as this to his niece, Angelica. While it's obvious that Drew and Charlotte really do love Angelica, they're generally too busy with work to spend any actual time with her, Stu and Didi pay considerably more attention to their niece and discipline her more often than the other adults on the show, including Drew and Charlotte.
- Perma-Stubble: His face is unshaven, perhaps from tinkering with his inventions.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red oni to Drew.
- Sanity Slippage: Angelica's constant calling and taking things in "Angelica Breaks A Leg" drives Stu up the wall, leading to the infamous scene where Didi catches him making chocolate pudding at 4 AM because "[He's] lost control of [his] life". When the truth of Angelica's leg comes out, he ends up breaking down into tears because it's all over.
- Screams Like a Little Girl: And it's hilarious when he does it, especially, most famously, in "Angelica Breaks a Leg". Downplayed more after Dil is born, though.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Sensitive Guy to Drew's Manly Man, but when it comes to Howard and Charles, he's a Manly Man.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: With Drew, due to their different personalities.
- Slobs vs. Snobs: Slob to his brother Drew's Snob.
- Straight Man and Wise Guy: Wise Guy to his brother Drew's Straight Man.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Very frequently prone to this due to his many inventions. It's even lampshaded by Drew in the first movie at how much his eccentricity tends to lead to chaos.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Purple rather.
- Voiced by: Melanie Chartoff
- Accidental Misnaming:
- Aunt Miriam called her the following names - Dolly, Sally, Callie, Ginny, Phoebe and Fifi.
- And when the mothers go to a spa and get t-shirts with their names on them, Didi's reads 'Dodo' by mistake.
- Anime Hair: Has very puffy hair.
- Author Avatar: Klasky based Didi off herself.
- Berserk Button: Don't call her other names like "Fifi", "Dodo" etc.
- Blind Without 'Em: When she loses her glasses in "Mirrorland" she has to stumble around the house causing Tommy to mistake her for a robot.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The Redhead to Charlotte's Blonde and Betty's Brunette.
- Cruel to Be Kind: She learns this Aesop in the same episode as the babies. She lies to Stu that one of his inventions is a wonderful idea, but snaps at the end."This invention is a menace! If you don't stop soon, we're going to end up living in a tent in the backyard!"
- Dropped Glasses: Happens fairly often. In one episode, she dropped them while changing into a dress; in another, Tommy took them and threw them to the ground in order to get close enough to unleash Spike; and once Angelica took them and ran off when she thought she was invisible.
- Fainting: She does a magnificent one in "Baseball" when she sees Tommy flying through the air.
- Fiery Redhead: Mostly has a very calm demeanor, but she can get very agitated and anxious. Plus, she's red-headed.
- Informed Judaism: Averted. The series actually shows that she's Jewish, has Jewish parents (Boris and Minka), and celebrates Jewish holidays.
- Ink-Suit Actor: According to her voice actress Melanie Chartoff, her facial expressions and quirks were modeled after her. They even have the same large forehead!
- Improbable Hairstyle: Her giant orange triforce must take some maintenance. She's cut it into a slightly more realistic style in All Grown Up.
- Mama Bear: As her vine swinging in the "Vacation" special can attest to.
- Meganekko: A very cute-looking lady with glasses.
- Only Sane Woman: Is usually the one to call out Stu when his inventions backfire.
- Parental Substitute: Along with Stu, Didi could be seen as this to her niece, Angelica. While it's obvious that Drew and Charlotte really do love Angelica, they're generally too busy with work to spend any actual time with her, Stu and Didi pay considerably more attention to their niece and discipline her more often than the other adults on the show, including Drew and Charlotte.
- Parenting the Husband: In the movie, Stu is having trouble getting Dil to go to sleep. When Stu tells Didi how frustrated he is, he starts crying, and Didi says, "Oh, Stu!" and puts a pacifier in his mouth.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Girly Girl to Betty's Tomboy.
- Unexplained Accent: Her parents both speak with Yiddish accents but she does not.
- Vocal Evolution: Chartoff originally voiced Didi with her natural voice. However, over the course of the series, her voice became more nasally, just compare her voice from Season 1 to Season 5.
Grandpa Lou Pickles
- Voiced by: David Doyle (first four seasons and first episode of season five), Joe Alaskey (remainder of season five and onward)
- Arc Number: 15 is often used in his stories.
- Bald of Awesome: He no longer has any hair on his head, and he's clearly the manliest of the father figures when push comes to shove.
- Blind Without 'Em: Can't see one bit if his glasses are lost.
- Cool Old Guy:
- Curse of the Ancients: Prone to using nonsense profanities like "consarnit" and "dagnabbit." Lampshaded in one episode when Stu asks: "Why do you always talk like a prospector when you're aggravated, conflabbit?"
- Deadpan Snarker: Never misses a chance to snark it up.
- DecemberDecember Romance: With a nurse named Lulu—they even get married in the second movie!
- Dirty Old Man: If the "Lonely Space Vixens" movie he rents is anything to go by.
- Fat and Skinny: The Skinny to Boris' Fat.
- Florence Nightingale Effect: His relationship with Lulu. They met when he was injured and she acted as his nurse. Later, however, it's revealed that they had met before, they just didn't remember.
- Forgotten First Meeting: In his youth during World War II, Lou met Lulu performing as a singer who kept forgetting the words to her songs. The two of them interacted and Lou offered her something to eat, then left before she could thank him.Lulu: I never was able to thank that man.
Lou: (smiling) You just did.
- Generation Xerox: It is implied that Lou and his cousin Miriam had a relationship similar to that of Tommy and Angelica when they were kids. The latter even brings up a couple friends of Lou's, "Bill and Jill" who, based on the name, were likely similar Phil and Lil.
- Grandparent Favoritism: His two sons, Drew and Stu tend to get on his nerves whenever they argue and/or whenever Stu's inventions malfunction. However, he has a soft spot for his granddaughter, Angelica, and his two grandsons, Tommy and Dil, and will often tell them stories from his youth.
- Grandparental Obliviousness: Like most of the adults, he is unaware of the mischief that the kids get into due to being asleep.
- Identical Grandson: Actually an Identical Father. Flashbacks show he looked a lot like Drew with a mustache — nowadays, he looks more like an elderly version of Stu.
- Manly Tears: In "Reptar on Ice," he was moved to tears by the Interspecies Romance between Reptar and the female reporter.
- Nice Guy: Grandpa is very likable, good-natured, charming, playful, and loving. He is a Papa Wolf to his children (biological and in-laws), grandchildren and all their friends.
- Only Sane Man: Among the adults; not only is he usually the first to notice when something is wrong, he's also often the first to call the others out on it.
- Papa Wolf: Acts fast when his grandchildren (and their friends) are threatened.
- Properly Paranoid: In the episode "Murmur on the Ornery Express", he suspects something fishy about Dwayne Tickerbacker, and not just because he was jealous of him as he was an old flame to Lulu. Turns out he was right at the end when the detectives found out that he was the thief on the train.
- Senior Sleep Cycle: Tends to fall asleep whenever the plot tells him to.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: With Conan McNult, the grandfather of the McNulty brothers.
- Too Dumb to Live: Not him specifically, but the adults constantly rely on him to watch the children, when he will always, without fail, fall asleep and let them get up to their own devices.
- Voiced by: Andrea Martin
- Bald Women: Her beehive hairdo turns out to be a wig. When the kids saw her without it, they thought she was an alien from space.
- Dirty Old Woman: She flirts with Pirate Fred in "Club Fred".Miriam: He's not much of a pirate, but I like his booty!
- The Dreaded: As a kid, she was this in the same vein as Angelica (being a bully who picked on everyone to cover up her insecurities). She's mostly just annoying as an adult, though the babies are shown to find her a tiny bit creepy every now and then.
- Drives Like Crazy: When she drives her car, she knocks over a pair of trash cans, frightens a dog, and parks her car in Tommy's front lawn.
- Elderly Blue-Haired Lady: She has blue hair, which Tommy didn't think was natural. It turns out he was right. It was a wig.
- Freudian Excuse: It is revealed that she picked on Lou mainly because she was jealous of him for being the one who had real friends.
- Generation Xerox: It is implied that Miriam and her cousin Lou had a relationship similar to that of Tommy and Angelica when they were kids.
- Jerkass: She's not very nice to Didi and it is mentioned by Lou that she gave her cousin grief when they were kids.
- Machiavelli Was Wrong:Miriam: (to Lou) Remember when you got your head stuck in the fence and those two kids we used to play with, Bill and Jill helped pull you out?
Miriam: Well...no one would've done that for me. They all liked you.
Lou: But they respected you.
Miriam: No they didn't. They were afraid of me!
- Screw Politeness, I'm a Senior!: In her first visit to Tommy's house, she shows off her lumbago, doesn't remember Didi's name, chides her niece-in-law for "not feeding Stu enough" and for not being a stay-at-home-mom, criticizes her cooking, and even remarked to the woman she certainly has been eating well.
- Voiced by: Debbie Reynolds
- Cool Old Lady: Quite a good dancer, and much younger in spirit than in age.
- Forgotten First Meeting: As mentioned above, Lou and Lulu were later revealed to have met when they were younger, only to move on and forget about it until now.
- The Ghost: Despite being mentioned several times, she's nowhere to be seen in All Grown Up!. Apparently, she's travelling the world.
Grandpa Boris Kropotkin
- Voiced by: Michael Bell
- Alter Kocker: Just by looking at his picture, yes. Also covers all the below tropes.
- Black Bead Eyes: His eyes in all episodes up till the Passover special are drawn like black dots. Starting from the Channukah special, they look like regular eyes.
- The Bus Came Back: They come back for some episodes of All Grown Up!.
- Cool Old Guy: Phil even lampshades this in one episode, describing him as something that is both cool and scary at the same time.
- Deadpan Snarker: Most infamously in "Home Movies" where he calls Dr. Kevorkian because Stu's home movies are so boring.
- Fat and Skinny: The Fat to Lou's Skinny.
- Funetik Aksent: He speaks in a heavy Eastern European accent and his speech is frequently peppered with Yiddish phrases.
- Funny Foreigner: Yiddish and a funny guy.
- Grumpy Old Man: Pretty old, and is sardonic.
- Jews Love to Argue: He's a Jewish man who can be bossy and whiny.
- The Old Country: It is never specifically mentioned which country this is but it is generally described as a Ruritania-type place and implied to be somewhere in the former Soviet Union.
- Put on a Bus: Boris and Minka were left out of the new seasons as time passed.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Originally had one in Mr. Schlomo, they later make up when Boris learns that his longtime rival is actually jealous of him for having children and grandchildren.
- The Storyteller: Has plenty of stories about his childhood.
Grandma Minka Kropotkin
- Voiced by: Melanie Chartoff
- Alter Kocker: Like her husband. Also covers the rest of these.
- The Bus Came Back: She turns up again for one episode of All Grown Up!.
- Funetik Aksent: Ditto to Boris.
- Funny Foreigner: Like Boris, she is Yiddish.
- I Was Quite a Looker: According to Boris, Minka was the beautiful girl in the village that they lived in.
- Jewish Mother: Well Grandmother.... or "Bubbe", if you want to get technical about it.
- Lethal Chef: Her borscht (a cold soup made from beetroot) leaves something to be desired. Boris commented that it tastes like glue, and Stu jokes that it could clean grease spots off the driveway. Lou seems to be the only one that likes it. That being said, it does end up coming to good use, as it cured Chuckie's skunk smell when he bathed in it.
- The Old Country: Comes from an unspecified part of Eastern Europe (implied to be Russia).
- Put on a Bus: Boris and Minka were left out of the new seasons as time passed.
- Vocal Evolution: Like Didi, Melanie Chartoff made Minka's voice more nasally as the series progressed.
- Voiced by: Michael Bell (adult); Pamela Segall-Adlon (child)
- Aloof Big Brother: To Stu in their youth. They're much closer now that they're older, but he still can come off as hostile towards him at times.
- Big Brother Bully: Several Noodle Incident accounts have Stu perceive Drew as a very relentless case of this. Drew in turn regards Stu as an Annoying Younger Sibling, while Lou's account implies Stu and Drew were both just as provocative as each other in childhood.Drew: Well, if you hadn't kicked my cash register then I wouldn't have thrown your rocket!
Stu: Oh, yeah? Well if you hadn't made me play that dumb game—
Lou: ZIP IT, THE BOTH OF YA!
- Doting Parent: He frequently fawns over his own daughter and it's easy for her to manipulate him into spoiling her.
- Grumpy Bear: Same above as Stu.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Has a tendency to be smug and petty, but is shown to be an overall nice guy and caring father most of the time. He often gets into arguments with his brother Stu but he still looks out for him and cares about his family.
- Manly Tears: He cries these in "Angelica's Birthday" as he reads his mother-in-law's birthday card to Angelica, realizing how grown-up his daughter is becoming.
- Papa Wolf: He takes this too far in The Movie when he attacks Stu for accidentally losing Angelica.
- Pushover Parents: Can lean towards this at times, because he usually hesitates to discipline Angelica. He even had a nightmare about Angelica taking him to court.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Stu's red.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Manly Man to Howard, Charles and Stu's Sensitive Guys.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: To Stu.
- Slobs vs. Snobs: Snob to his brother Stu's Slob.
- Stoic Spectacles: Subverted. He has glasses but isn't that stoic.
- Straight Man and Wise Guy: Straight Man to Stu's Wise Guy.
- Why Do You Keep Changing Jobs?: In "Tommy's First Birthday", he was an investment banker; in "Mommy's Little Assets", he was a "successful executive"; and in the first movie, he was an accountant.
- Workaholic: Implied. One of his catchphrases is "Let's get down to business." However, he is a much more mild example than his wife.
- Voiced by: Tress MacNeille
- Adaptational Attractiveness: While Charlotte is always attractive, the degree of her beauty varies throughout the series and the films.
- The Beautiful Elite: She's wealthy (or of an upper status) and the most conventionally lovely of the cast.
- Beauty, Brains, and Brawn: Beauty to Didi's brains and Betty's brawn.
- Beauty Is Bad: She's the most conventionally physically attractive of all the women in the show but also has the least attractive personality (at least before her Character Development).
- Big Fancy House: Inverted. While Drew and Charlotte's house is certainly fancier than Stu and Didi's, it isn't that much larger.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The Blonde to Betty's Brunette and Didi's Redhead.
- Catfight: Has one with Angelica's preschool teacher in "Educating Angelica".
- Convenient Miscarriage: Unclear. She possibly had one in "Angelica's Worst Nightmare" (or, at the very least, a chemical pregnancy). It's also possible she could've just simply misread or done her pregnancy test incorrectly, had a phantom pregnancynote , or merely realized that at-home pregnancy tests aren't always accuratenote .
- Cool Car: Owns several different ones throughout the series, mostly BMWs.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Occasionally implied, especially in "Mommy's Little Assets" where she compares her corporation to a giant monster that subsists on smaller monsters.
- Cucumber Facial: Gets them in "A Whole New Stu" and "Club Fred".
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Surprisingly for a show with minimal continuity, Charlotte begins as the biggest outsider of the group, hesitant to spend time with the other adults and is overall quite cold and mean spirited. By the later episodes, she's shown to have struck up a strong friendship with the other women and is overall much more sociable.
- Doting Parent: Not as bad as Drew, but can be this to Angelica at times.
- Education Mama: Shows shades of this in a few episodes being concerned on whether Angelica (and to a lesser degree the other babies) will eventually get into college, especially an Ivy League one (see below).
- Establishing Character Moment: Her first appearance in "The Santa Experience" gives us this when Stu is saying how happy he is to have her at the cabin with everyone."Well it is Christmas, the season of love and joy. (on the phone to Jonathan) I don't care, Jonathan! We've got to crush the competition and we've got to crush them now!
- The Fashionista: Appears to be much more concerned with fashion trends and her appearance than the other adults.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Especially when talking to Jonathan.
- Hartman Hips: Has very big hips.
- Haughty "Hmph": Gives one to Stu in Rugrats Go Wild.
- Hypocrite: Can be this at times, such as in "Mommy's Little Assets" where she claims that Betty and Howard spoil Phil and Lil.
- Impossible Hourglass Figure: Much of the time, she has a very large bust, a very small waist, and very large hips. This is inconsistently animated though, mostly evident in the second and third seasons as well as Rugrats Go Wild and the final few seasons, and downplayed in the fourth through sixth seasons.
- It's All About Me: She often puts her own needs and interests before that of her own family and friends. For example, in "The Family Tree", she shows little to no interest in Stu and Didi's anniversary and is much more concerned with her business trip to Japan, and in "Babies in Toyland", she is more upset about being trapped in a cabin because it is her first Christmas as a CEO than because she and the other adults are separated from their children.
- Ivy League for Everyone: Though her own alma mater is unknown, Charlotte displays interest in having Angelica attend Harvard in "Educating Angelica", and claims that Chuckie's left-handedness will prevent him from being accepted to an Ivy League university in "Chuckie's a Lefty".
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: What she really is — Charlotte may act abrasive and rude sometimes, but she's a good person deep down, only wanting what's best for her family.
- Large Ham: Has a very demanding presence whenever she's on the screen.
- Letting Her Hair Down: Does this very seldom, most notably in Rugrats Go Wild.
- Make-Up Is Evil: Wears more makeup than any of the other women (prior to the introduction of Kira) and is the nastiest of them (prior to the introduction of Coco LaBouche).
- Married to the Job: She's often seen talking on her cellphone talking to her assistant, Jonathan — or some other business. She does watch the kids from time to time, but she's usually on the phone anyway.
- Mean Boss: Especially to Jonathan, but also to her other employees. She even went as far as firing her own grandmother.
- Mega-Corp: The actual name of the company she owns. From how she described it (The "big hungry monster" analogy), it sounds like a conglomerate based entirely around Mergers and Acquisitions (mostly Acquisitions).
- Modesty Towel: Wears one in the comic.
- Ms. Fanservice: Quite sexy-looking, it doesn't hurt that she has an hourglass figure.
- Mysterious Past: Unlike most of the adults, little about her childhood or background is revealed and her parents or siblings are never shown (and only mentioned once in the case of her mother).
- Narcissist: Implied. She calls herself a "very important business executive" in "Educating Angelica."
- No Indoor Voice: Most of the time, her voice is quite loud and abrasive.
- Obnoxious In-Laws: She is Stu and Didi's sister-in-law and can be quite obnoxious at times.
- Only in It for the Money: Implied. She is shown reading a magazine entitled "More Money" in an official promo image.
- Parent Service: Provides many examples of this.
- Pimped-Out Dress: Some of her outfits.
- Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense: Despite being extremely successful, she occasionally is shown to have little common sense or understanding of the real world, such as in Rugrats Go Wild! when she tells Jonathan to stop the storm.
- Slipknot Ponytail: During her Action Dress Rip scene in Rugrats Go Wild!.
- Spoiled Brat: Can act like an adult version at times due to her power and wealth.
- Statuesque Stunner: She sometimes appears to be significantly taller than Drew, though this could be because of her high heels.
- Status Cell Phone: Her constant cell phone use established her as a wealthy, powerful businesswoman during a time when cell phones were rare and expensive.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Girly Girl to Betty's Tomboy.
- Tsundere: She often abruptly switches from being relatively nice while speaking to Angelica or the other adults to angrily and rudely screaming to Jonathan.
- Unlimited Wardrobe: Wears far more different outfits than any other character in the series.
- Wakeup Makeup: In "Pickles vs. Pickles", she is shown going to sleep while wearing all of her makeup as well as her earrings and ponytail.
- When You Coming Home, Dad?: Charlotte does try to be a good mom and really does love her friends and family, but she's also a career woman and, as anyone can tell you, that can put a strain on family life. She was on the phone minutes after delivering Angelica, vowing to be back in the office the very next day.
- Workaholic: Even when she's not working, she's often blabbering away on her cellphone to her assistant, Jonathan, and/or doing some kind of business-related matter. She might be the first example of someone using a cell phone in such a manner so extensively in children's media (at least until children's shows in the late 1990s into the 2000s had to keep up with current trends).
- Workout Fanservice: In "Princess Angelica".
Charles "Chaz" Finster
- Voice by: Michael Bell
Tropes Associated With Chaz:
- Acquired Situational Narcissism: When he becomes rich after winning a sweepstakes he becomes noticeably snobbish and arrogant, irritating Stu and Didi.
- Adorkable: He's shy, awkward, nervous and wears glasses.
- Afraid of Blood: If his Fainting at the sight of Tommy's bleeding finger in "The First Cut" is anything to go by.
- Ambiguously Jewish: Aside from acting similarly to Woody Allen, Chaz says "Oy gevalt" in "Home Movies" and even his claim that "we're not really Jewish, actually we're not really anything" in "Passover" does not rule the possibility out.
- Art Evolution: During the first season, Chaz' clothes had a different color and his hair was darker. However, this was changed during the second season.
- Beware the Nice Ones: He's easily intimidated and cowardly, but it's not smart to push him too far. Also if Chuckie is in danger you're in his way, hoo boy, watch out!
- Not to mention he spit out a very convincing reason-you-suck speech to Stu, Didi, Betty and Howard in "Family Feud".
- Birds of a Feather: Both he and Kira are very kind, doting parents to their kids and tend to be more reserved in demeanor. That said, the "reserved" part drops if their loved ones are in danger.
- Blind Without 'Em: As revealed in "Crime and Punishment."
- Bumbling Dad: He is a kind, well-meaning man, but he is also clumsy, awkward, absent-minded and frequently a Horrible Judge of Character.
- Butt-Monkey: Like father, like son.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He's known to go Papa Wolf once he realizes his son is in danger. For example, in "Toy Palace," when he and Stu figure out that their respective sons have wandered off, they have a word with the security guard. Unlike Stu, he is not distracted by the guard's state-of-the-art technology, instead insisting that he retrieve Chuckie.
- The fact that Chaz has a jock for a father doesn't hurt.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: Like his son, he clearly misses his late wife. But thanks to Paris, he has a family of four with Kira and Kimi within his household.
- A Fool and His New Money Are Soon Parted: Chaz wins a $10 million sweepstakes but loses almost all of it after a failed business investment with Drew.
- Good Parents: Despite being bumbling, there's no doubt he loves Chuckie more than anything else. Later to Kimi.
- Handicapped Badass: Hard to believe considering he's a Nervous Wreck. But his asthma and allergies don't hamper his Papa Wolf behavior. He also once ended a feud by calling everyone out on it.
- Happily Married: To Kira. In the spin-off set a decade later, they're still going strong.
- He was also this with Melinda, his first wife (and Chuckie's mother). In "Mother's Day", it's shown that her death from a terminal illness affected him greatly, to the point that he attempted to hide her old belongings from Chuckie (and himself) out of grief. Luckily, by the end of the episode, he begins sharing his memories of her with Chuckie.
- The Heart: Like his son, he helps hold the parents together, such as in "Family Feud", as the Pickles and DeVilles were bickering.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Best shown in the second film when he almost marries a Child Hater who terrified Chuckie.
- Jerkass Ball: Happens in "Chuckie Is Rich". After winning $10 million in a contest, Chaz becomes a smug, superficial jerk, much to the annoyance of Stu and the other adults. He gets over himself when he loses all his money to a bad investment.
- Jerkass Realization: When he finally sees how horrible Coco is, he's ashamed for getting so caught up in the romance of Paris, he didn't realize who he was trying to romance.
- Jock Dad, Nerd Son: "The Family Tree" reveals that Chaz is the Nerd Son to his father Marvin's Jock Dad.
- Nerd Glasses: Square ones.
- Nerdy Inhaler: Uses one in the episode "Toy Palace", and is shown to have an entire collection of them in "Chuckie Collects".
- Nerdy Nasalness: Chaz has a nasally voice, complete with an entire collection of nerdy inhalers, as seen in "Chuckie Collects". He wears glasses and looks like a typical adult nerd who is awkward and nervous in most situations.
- Nice Guy: You can see where Chuckie got it from.
- Overprotective Dad: It may be because he's lost his wife, but Chaz shows shades of this concerning Chuckie at times. For example, in "Mr. Clean," he's so concerned about his son getting sick that he gives Chuckie excessive baths and tells him about germs. He meant well, but with his son's worried nature, he ended up making the poor kid Terrified of Germs.
- Papa Wolf: Very protective of Chuckie and Kimi, he even one time threw a huge muscular guy out his car just to retrieve Chuckie out of a car wash. In Rugrats In Paris, he rejects Coco on his son's behalf after seeing her true colors.
- Parent with New Paramour: The whole premise of Rugrats in Paris is how Chaz finds a new woman to fill the void left behind with the passing of Melinda.
- Playing a Tree: When he was in fourth grade, he played a willow tree in his and Drew's class production of The Wind in the Willows.
- Sad Clown: Beneath his goofy exterior and Butt-Monkey nature lies not only a Nervous Wreck, but a grieving widower. He even makes a birthday clown appearance alongside Howard for Angelica's party.
- Screams Like a Little Girl: Does this from time to time, and it sounds quite funny, but not as funny as when Stu does it.
- Second Love: To Kira.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The sensitive (alongside Howard) to Stu and Drew's macho.
- Strong Family Resemblance: He's basically Chuckie with a mustache.
- Tender Tears: He once cried his eyes out during a wedding.
- Those Two Guys: Often paired with Howard as this in the later seasons.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Both of his wives are shown to be more conventionally attractive.
- What the Hell, Hero?: In "Family Feud", Chaz, tired of their parents' petty arguments, flips out in anger when the babies run off and they do nothing but keep arguing. This invokes many a My God, What Have I Done?.
- Voice by: Julia Kato
Tropes Associated With Kira:
- Berserk Button: It's not a good idea to try snatch a dress on sale that she saw first either. One lady during a baby sale at the mall learned this the hard way. Didi was also quite shocked.
- Beware the Nice Ones: She went nuclear when a woman tried to take a dress that Kira saw first.
- Birds of a Feather: With Chaz, whom she connected with pretty much from the moment they met.
- Determinator: If she sees a dress she wants for Kimi during a clothing sale, she will get it.
- Doting Parent: To Kimi and later Chuckie.
- Foil: In the film, she serves as this for Coco. Unlike Coco, she in fact loves children and objects to Coco attempting to take away Chuckie's teddy bear, giving it back to him instead of destroying it like Coco asked, as well as when she realizes that Coco is simply marrying Chaz so that she could get a promotion, attempting to stop the wedding in the end. Unsurprisingly, she's the one who ends up hooking up with Chaz in the end instead of Coco.
- Good Parents: She loves Kimi and Chuckie very much.
- Happily Married: To Chaz.
- Heroes Want Redheads: Pulls a big hero move by racing through Paris on a bike to stop the wedding and falls in love with redheaded Chaz.
- Mama Bear: Acts quickly when she thinks her kids and their friends are in peril.
- Meganekko: She wears glasses.
- Nice Girl: One of the most kind-hearted individuals of the show.
- Parent with New Paramour: Kira is divorced from her first husband Hiro, and falls in love with Chaz, a widower.
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: The show and movies have her appear with jet black hair and light skin.
- Second Love: To Chaz.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She falls in love with the nerdy Chaz when she seems how sweet he is and they bond over their love for their children.
- Team Mom: Along with Betty, she had a slight tendency to be a mom to the other moms.
Chaz's deceased first wife and Chuckie's mother.
Tropes for Melinda
- Ambiguously Absent Parent: Before "Mother's Day", she was mentioned but never seen. One of the writers admitted that they weren't certain on whether she should be divorced or dead because the Moral Guardians at Nickelodeon wouldn't allow for either topic on a show for as young a demographic as this one.
- The Ghost: Up until the Mother's Day episode, she was mentioned in the occasional throwaway line.
- Happily Married: What we can guess from Chaz's mentions of her.
- Ill Girl: She was implied to be this and this lead to her death.
- The Lost Lenore: To Chaz, as said in the Mother's Day episode. Part of the reason he hid mementos of her was because he was still mourning her.
- Love at First Sight: According to "Acorn Nuts & Diaper Butts", this was when she and Chaz first met and she also saved him from an allergy he had.
- Missing Mom: To Chuckie, as she died of a terminal illness.
- Posthumous Character: As we find out in "Mother's Day" and she's mostly seen in photographs and flashbacks.
- Soap Opera Disease: How she died isn't quite said but, from what's implied, it was a sudden terminal illness, however, it isn't too clear what that illness was.
- Tragic Keepsake: The teddy bear, Wawa, she made for Chuckie.
- Voiced by: Phil Proctor
- Bumbling Dad: He is somewhat clumsy at times.
- Camp Straight: Looks effeminate, would like to be a movie director, and is married to Betty, who conversely can be considered Butch Straight.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Pretty spacey.
- The Generic Guy: Not to say Howard doesn't have a personality, its just not as much of one as the other characters than the rest of the adults and might be the easiest one to forget.
- Happily Married: To Betty, despite their personality differences
- Henpecked Husband: While he and his wife obviously love each other, he's clearly the more submissive one in the relationship.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Feminine Boy to Betty's Masculine Girl, being more reserved than she is.
- Nice Guy: A kind, sensitive man.
- Non-Ironic Clown: Makes a birthday clown appearance alongside Chaz for Angelica's party.
- Papa Wolf: A slight example in the "Vacation" special and the films.
- The Quiet One: Frequently doesn't say a thing.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Sensitive Guy to Drew and Stu's Manly Men.
- Those Two Guys: Often paired as this with Chaz in the later seasons.
- Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Tiny Guy to Betty's Huge Girl, however, this is more weight than height.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: He really does have blue hair.
- Voiced by: Kath Soucie
- Beware the Nice Ones: She's a good natured, likable person unless you mess with her kids.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The Brunette to Charlotte's Blonde and Didi's Redhead.
- Brainy Brunette: Not an intellectual like Chaz, Didi or Drew, but she's usually the voice of reason regarding blindly following the parental advice of experts by pointing out that said experts probably aren't that qualified and that she merely uses common sense when it comes to raising children.
- Bruiser with a Soft Center: She's a tough, rambunctious feminist who has a soft side, particularly for her kids.
- The Lad-ette: As much of one as a kid's show can get away with.
- Like Parent, Like Child: It's obvious that the twins got their rambunctiousness from Betty.
- Loving Bully: She used to prod Howard with her index finger when she was eight years old. It took him about 20 years for him to figure out that this was her way of telling him "I love you."
- Mama Bear: She gets very angry when somebody does anything bad to her kids.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Masculine Girl to Howard's Feminine Boy.
- Nice Girl: Tough exterior, loud nature, and hard edge aside, she has a very friendly and pleasant personality.
- No Indoor Voice: She tends to speak in a strong tone of voice.
- Only Sane Woman: While she's easily the most aggressive of the adults (besides Charlotte), Betty has a tendency to play this role to the others—see Brainy Brunette above for part of the reason why.
- Straw Feminist: In some of the earlier episodes, she can lean slightly towards this stereotype.
- Street Smart: Probably the most worldly and down-to-Earth out of all the adults.
- Team Mom: She and Kira tended to be the moms for the moms along with being this trope for their own children.
- Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Huge Girl to Howard's Tiny Guy — they're roughly the same height, but she has a much broader build than he does.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Betty's the Tomboy to Didi, Charlotte and Kira's Girly Girls (mostly Didi).
- What the Hell, Hero?: Betty isn't too happy when she catches her kids running around stark naked with Tommy and when Didi tries to say it's natural, she tells her to forget her precious Lipchitz and "the 60s are over and we lost, so get with the program!" Unfortunately, Didi doesn't listen.
- Voiced by: Cheryl Carter
- The Ace: She is completely awesome at everything she turns her hand to: aviation, cooking, parenting, mechanical engineering, medicine. During the episode that introduces her and her husband, it's a running gag how Didi is constantly discovering new things to admire about her new friend and being totally blown away and a little intimidated. She's also quite friendly and kind the kind of person who makes you wish you were cool enough to be her friend.
- Brainy Brunette: Has a head full of dark hair....and was a Harvard grad, currently works as a doctor, and took some courses from Le Cordon Bleu amongst other things.
- Doting Parent: Despite being a career woman, like Charlotte, she pays more attention to her kids and actually disciplines children if they don't behave properly.
- Good Parents: She cares about her daughter and always tries to cheer her up when she's upset.
- Happily Married: With Randy, as many of the episodes show.
- Ivy League for Everyone: Is a Harvard graduate.
- Supreme Chef: She takes great pride in her cooking.
- Voiced by: Tony Jay
- Adult Fear: Downplayed; his intentions are pure, but his advice is TERRIBLE and often guides the adults away from whatever issues the babies are facing.
- Badass Baritone: Comes with the territory of being voiced by Tony Jay.
- The Blind Leading the Blind: The man has NO idea what he's talking about, yet has a sizeable following of well-meaning parents plunging ahead blindly on his advice.
- Break the Haughty: Played with as he doesn't really act haughty and is more of a know it all but this happens "A Visit from Lipschitz".
- The Ghost: He was mostly mentioned and quoted before "A Visit from Lipschitz".
- Herr Doktor: He speaks with a German accent. And his first name is Werner.
- Know-Nothing Know-It-All: At first, though it's downplayed—it's less that he doesn't know how babies work and more that he kind of over-analyzes them. His interactions with Tommy and Chuckie fix that.
- Meaningful Name: He's a Know-Nothing Know-It-All whose advice ranges from incorrect to downright terrible. In short, his lips are full of shit. (Counts as an EPIC case of Getting Crap Past the Radar, as Lipschitz is an actual Jewish surname.)
- The Shrink: He's a child psychologist.
- Smart People Wear Glasses: He's a brainy, bespectacled psychologist.
- Butt-Monkey: Is constantly verbally abused by Charlotte.
- George Jetson Job Security: In "Mommy's Little Assets", Charlotte has Jonathan keep an eye on Tommy and Angelica when she is forced to take them to work due to all the adults being gone and no babysitter wanting to look after Angelica more than once. Jonathan neglects to keep an eye on the kids (which the all adults do at least once an episode), and Tommy and Angelica get away and roam the building. Charlotte immediately fires him after she finds the children, even going as far as to tell Jonathan to call security on himself. At the end of the episode, Charlotte re-hires Jonathan with a promotion as a reward for bringing Famous Ethel and Abe, who are impressed with her maternal instincts towards Angelica and have decided to sell their cookie company to MergeCorp based on it, to her house. To Jonathan's dismay, it's not a Vice President positionit's supervisor of MergeCorp's daycare center, starting with watching Angelica.Angelica: (grabs Jonathan's hand and smiles evilly) Boy, Jonathan, are we gonna have fun...
- The Ghost: Save for a few episodes, Jonathan is usually only referenced by name when Charlotte's on the phone with him.
- Voiced by: Tim Curry
- The Antagonist: Scar Snout is only one true villain in this film, not Rex because he just antagonistic jerk.
- The Chew Toy: Being an arrogant, nosy jerk reporter in a kids' cartoon movie, it is kind of expected.
Rex: And I never won an Emmy!
- First, Stu accidentally slams into his helicopter while riding Dectar, ripping out the throttle and sending him crashing into the forest.
Rex: No! Not my toupeé! No!
- He later reappears with an arm in a sling, pushing away another reporter already on the scene. He is promptly attacked by the monkeys who steal his toupee, with Betty cheering them on.
Betty: (laughs) Go get him, you little simians!
Charlotte: Hey, Rex! Time for your closeup!
Chaz: [in mock sympathy] Oh dear, too bad.
- Hate Sink: He gets Drew to fight Stu and tells Didi that she might never see her children again. He's also not all that subtle about the fact that he doesn't really care about the lost babies he's pretending to be all heartbroken about and is exploiting the situation just to boost his own career.
- Jerkass: True to his name, he is a nosy, selfish and arrogant news reporter—a real pest.
- Large Ham: Curry was clearly having fun as usual.
- Laser-Guided Karma: At the end, arrogant Jerkass reporter Rex Pester (already injured from Stu accidentally causing his chopper to crash) finally meets his karma when being ambushed by the circus monkeys, to everyone's amusement.
- Voiced by: Susan Sarandon
- Big Bad: Of Rugrats in Paris.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Coco pretends to like kids in front of certain people like Kira, her boss, and Chaz. Only the kids can see her true colors. In fact, Coco stops hiding her true colors as the movie progresses.
- Child Hater: To the point where she sends her lackey to dispose of the babies in a giant mech.
- The Fashionista: And a thematic one, too! She wears a different outfit in every scene she appears in and it always seems to have a theme to it; when she meets Stu, she's got a clock-themed outfit, the outfit she wears to the restaurant is pink and covered in coils, she wears peacock feathers to her wedding, etc.
- French Jerk: She's French and cruel.
- Gold Digger: Though not for whatever riches Chaz had, she wanted to marry him so she could have the image of someone that could become president of Reptarland. Unfortunately for her, her true colors come out during the wedding and her boss sees it all and fires her.
- Hate Sink: Quite likely the single most despicable character in a Rugrats related property ever; a heartless, shrill, child-hating harpy who dishes out abuse to both her employees and the babies whilst also pathetically brown-nosing her boss just 'cause she wants his job when he retires. Even Angelica starts to hate her after a while, and seeing her get what's coming to her is very, very satisfying.
- Jerkass: She's such a reprehensible hag that she makes Angelica look like a saint by comparison.
- Kick the Dog: When she orders Kira to burn Chuckie's teddy bear, which was a dying gift from his biological mother.
- Large Ham: Being played by Susan Sarandon.
- Obviously Evil: With her dark eye shadow, triangular brows, and devilish outfits. Even the babies are quick to notice how Coco LaBouche means big trouble. Chaz on the other hand doesn't notice this blindingly obvious fact. Hell, even Dil notices how obviously evil Coco is, as he promptly whacks her with his rattle upon first meeting her.
- Russian Reversal: "No one fires Coco LaBouche, Coco LaBouche fires others!"
- Would Hurt a Child: Has no qualms against harming children.
- Voiced by: John Lithgow
- Badass Adorable: He manages to beat up a wolf in the first film.
- Big Friendly Dog: Big compared to the babies, at least.
- Dogs Are Dumb: While by far not an extreme example of this trope, Spike does have his occasional moments of doing dimwitted things, such as kicking off one episode's plot by running away in the rain to chase a cricket.
- Female Feline, Male Mutt: Male Mutt to Fluffy's Female Feline.
- Heroic Dog: He has saved the babies' skins on more than one occasion. He becomes a Big Damn Hero in The Movie.
- Papa Wolf: A near literal example as hes a dog who is very protective of the babies. Protective enough to fight a large wolf and to almost pull a Heroic Sacrifice. Its also worth noting that he refers to them as his babies in Rugrats Go Wild.
- The Scapegoat: A frequent plot point in the show involves the adults blaming Spike for something he didn't do and then the babies attempting to find a way to clear his good name, which is rather difficult for them since they can't talk (see below for a prominent example).
- Undying Loyalty: Many episodes and all three movies show just how loyal Spike really is to the babies and the Pickles clan on the whole. Justified because he's a dog.
Angelica's white cat, who shares both her pigtail hairstyle and her mean personality. She was first introduced in "Fluffy vs. Spike" as a designated rival for Spike. After that, she became more of a background character.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She acts like an innocent kitty most of the time, but takes delight in getting Spike into trouble.
- Cats Are Mean: What gets her on Spike's bad side. However, in Babysitting Fuffy, she was mainly "mean" out of self-defense and was purring and being friendly when she's being doted on.
- Female Feline, Male Mutt: Female Feline to Spike's Male Mutt.
- Girlish Pigtails: Shares her owner's hairstyle as well.
- Light Is Not Good: Put the white fur and bad attitude together, and there you go.
- Uncatty Resemblance: To Angelica, given the pigtails and similar expressions
- Voiced by: Dee Bradley Baker ("Bigger Than Life")
Son of Spike and Fifi, born later in the series.
Daughter of Spike and Fifi, born later in the series. A very timid puppy who lives with her mother and the Finsters.
- Genki Girl: She was named "Pepper" because of her peppy personality.
- Meaningful Name: Was named Pepper due to her pep.
- Shrinking Violet: Early on, as she was very shy and would hide from everyone.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: She's not nearly as rambunctious as her brother, Spiffy.
- Uncatty Resemblance: Looks and acts so much like Chuckie that it's almost scary—not only is she shy and afraid of nearly everything, but she also has orange fur, some of which sticks out like Chuckie's hair and even a purple spot over her eye that resembles Chuckie's glasses.
A scary huge wolf and the worse predator in this forest who hunts every meal when he found. He's also the main antagonist of "The Rugrats Movie".
- Big Bad: He provides the biggest and darkest threat the babies have ever face in the entire series and was only shown as true evil.
- Evil Counterpart: To the alligator and the tyrannosaur. He's sounds the same like them which has a long V-shaped snout full of teeth, but also has a howl sound too and doesnt have a bark sound like a normal wolf.
- Super-Persistent Predator: When he stalks the babies and Angelica through most of the movie, Scar Snout was portrayed as sentient predator which was made a villain character at Hollywood in 1998. He is not a normal predator because he goes over-hunting which it has mistaken for the normal wolf.
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: He's a Savage Wolf played straight in a kid's movie, and the darkest threat the babies ever faced.
In-Universe Fictional Characters
A Japanese Kaiju from a film franchise the babies love.
- Breakout Character: Became very popular and had quite a few episodes to himself as time went on. After The '90s Are All That was rebranded as The Splat, Reptar was the subject of every Rugrats related advertisement.
- Bully Hunter: Really hates aliens showing up trying to take over and boss mankind around.
- Catchphrase: "Halt! I am Reptar!", though later on he became The Voiceless.
- Destroy the Product Placement: The Kaiju sees red when he spies buildings with 'Viacom' on them. We honestly can't imagine why.
- Destructive Saviour: He always saves the day, but this usually leads to the city's destruction.
- Expy: Of Godzilla. He's a giant lizard from Japanese monster films who battles other giant monsters.
- FaceHeel Turn: Subverted in Runaway Reptar, in which he appears to turn evil, but it turns out he was replaced by an evil robot replica made by a Mad Scientist. Or Angelica.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: Through an anomalous event, he ends up in the very futuristic 2010.
- Friend to All Children: The babies love him and many episodes show that the feeling is mutual. VERY mutual. As in, do NOT mess with kids when he's around.
- Goofy Suit: Subverted. Many people have donned a variety of Reptar suits for live performances over the years, some cooler than others. But nearly all of them have hated the job, leading their managers to ponder why they ever bothered to apply for it in the first place.
- Hidden Depths: From having relationships with people (on ice!), to dancing on Broadway, Reptar is more than your average giant dinosaur.
- The Juggernaut: He's a giant Nigh Invulnerable monster.
- Kaiju: A friendly one at least.
- Kids Love Dinosaurs: The babies love Reptar, and do such things as watch his TV show, eat his cereal and candy, and play with toys of him.
- Lighter and Softer: Unlike Godzilla on whom he was obviously based, Reptar is a far more heroic entity and more consistently good, much like the Big G's late Showa characterization.
- Not Evil, Just Misunderstood: His backstory in the origin film Reptar 2010. Thrust forwards in time, completely out of his element, mutated into a gigantic unstoppable form, all he can do with himself is destroy everything. The ending, having made his peace with humans he must co-exist with, shows his real character.
- Papa Wolf: Does not take kindly to anyone trying to harm the kids or their families, that goes DOUBLE for giant monsters.
- Tyrannosaurus rex: Formerly one, before the space-time anomaly.
- What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: In-universe example which is subverted. Overly protective adults like Didi feel he's far too frightening for younger children, failing to understand Tommy and the gang already adore the giant Kaiju.
An enemy turned ally of Reptar. Appeared in "Runaway Reptar" and made some cameos thereafter.
- All Flyers Are Birds: Being babies, Phil and Lil don't quite seem to get what Dactar is. Phil thinks he's a giant bird, Lil thinks he's a butterfly. They're both wrong, but Phil's guess is a little closer.
- Decoy Antagonist: Of Runaway Reptar. Turns out the real villain is Reptar's robot replica and its creator.
- Expy: The Rodan to Reptar's Godzilla.
- Giant Flyer: As a pterodactyl based kaiju, this is a no brainer.
- HeelFace Turn: At the end of "Runaway Reptar", like Rodan before him. While he started out destructive, Dactar eventually helps Reptar take down the Robot Reptar. Lampshaded by Tommy, who comments that Dactar "turned out to be a little bit of a hero too".
- Kaiju: A more malevolent one than Reptar.
- Ptero Soarer: By virtue of being a Rodan expy (although he actually looks more like an actual pterosaur than Rodan himself does).
- The Ace: There are Cynthia dolls with just about every profession imaginable. Justified, because she's a Barbie parody.
- Bald Woman: Downplayed as she still has some hair, but the hair you see pictured is actually not typical of the standard Cynthia doll—several episodes show that most Cynthia dolls have normal hair. Several episodes suggest that Cynthia's scraggly, nearly bald hairstyle is Angelica's fault.
- Butt-Monkey: She tends to get messed up pretty badly, usually as Laser-Guided Karma for Angelica, though sometimes Angelica herself is the one doling out the doll's abuse. Lampshaded in one episode, wherein Angelica mentions that Cynthia's "been through a lot lately".
- Companion Cube: Angelica's.
- Creepy Doll: To a slight degree. Granted, the creepiest thing about her is that she's Angelica's favorite toy, though her overall unnerving appearance doesn't help much.
- Expy: Of Barbie.
- Morality Pet: In a sense, she's the only thing Angelica seems to genuinely care about.
- Phrase Catcher: "Can you believe it, Cynthia?" and oftentimes "CYNTHIAAAAAAA!!!!!!"
- Security Blanket: For Angelica. Even well into her teens, as she lost it when she found out that Charlotte tossed Cynthia out after Angelica stopped playing with her when she was five.
The Dummi Bears
A set of fictional bears that the kids (and their parents) are fans of. Their creator is Randy Carmichael, Susie's father.
- Beary Friendly: Being a parody of the Care Bears, they don't have any mean bones in their bodies.
- Expy: Of the Care Bears.
- Leitmotif: "SING THE HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY SONG!"
- The Movie: "At the Movies" is set around the Pickles going to the multiplex and the adults watching The Dummi Bears in The Land Without Smiles.Grandpa Lou: Land Without Brains is more like it!
- The Pollyanna: All of them are very optimistic.
- Tastes Like Diabetes: In-universe. Not that anyone seems to mind. Except Grandpa Lou.