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    Stu Pickles 
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Voiced by: Jack Riley
The father of Tommy and Dil, and husband of Didi. Also the younger brother of Drew and uncle of Angelica. A largely unsuccessful Bungling Inventor with wacky ideas that occasionally come in handy.

Associated Tropes

  • Adorkable: Good-natured, loves to invent, and bumbling at times.
  • Art Evolution: Stu has a longer neck in the pilot.
  • 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 or 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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    Didi Pickles 
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Voiced by: Melanie Chartoff
Mother of Tommy and Dil, wife of Stu, and Angelica's aunt. A part time school teacher, who frequently consults a famous pediatrician for advice on how to raise the children.

Associated tropes:

  • 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 
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Voiced by: David Doyle (first four seasons and first episode of season five), Joe Alaskey (remainder of season five and onward)
Father of Stu and Drew, and paternal grandfather of Tommy, Dil and Angelica. Being a grandparent and all, he is known for spoiling the babies at every opportunity and is generally considered by them to be their favorite of the grown-ups.

Associated tropes:

  • Arc Number: 15 is often used in his stories.
  • Blind Without 'Em: Can't see one bit if his glasses are lost.
  • Catchphrase:
    • "In my day..." whenever he warms up another one of his stories.
    • "Fif-TEEN [so and so]!"
    • His below mentioned Curse of the Ancients whenever he's frustrated.
  • Cool Old Guy:
    • An elderly man who tells stories and is a nice guy.
    • In the retirement home episode, he singlehandedly rescues Tommy and Angelica. With a fishing pole.
    • It's been mentioned in the story that he's a World War II combat veteran.
  • 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.
  • December–December 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Stu.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Vitriolic Best Friends: Oftentimes, he and Grandpa Boris have this kind of relationship.
  • When I Was Your Age...: Lou LOVES this trope, telling many stories about the hardships that he suffered in his youth (some of which contradict each other). He is especially fond of incorporating the number 15 into these anecdotes (i.e., "fifteen miles", "fifteen years").

     Miriam Pickles 
Voiced by: Andrea Martin
Lou Pickles' cousin. Referred to as "Aunt Miriam" by Tommy, Angelica, and their parents despite technically being their cousin and not their aunt.

Associated Tropes

  • 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.
  • 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?
    Lou: Yeah?
    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.

     Lulu Pickles 
Voiced by: Debbie Reynolds
Lou Pickle's second wife and stepmother to Stu and Drew.

Associated Tropes:

  • 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 
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Voiced by: Michael Bell
Father of Didi, maternal grandfather of Tommy and Dil, and married to Grandma Minka. He is Ashkenazi Jewish, hails from "the old country" (implied to be Russia), and frequently laments about how much better things were there than in America. He has a knack for storytelling and appears most prominently in the Hanukkah and Passover episodes displaying this talent.

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     Grandma Minka Kropotkin 
Voiced by: Melanie Chartoff
Mother of Didi, maternal grandmother of Tommy and Dil, and married to Grandpa Boris. She displays many of the same stereotypical "Jewish grandparent" traits as her husband but is generally more mild-mannered and serves as the voice of reason for him.

Associated Tropes:

  • 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.

     Drew Pickles 
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Voiced by: Michael Bell
Father of Angelica, uncle of Tommy and Dil, and married to Charlotte. The opposite of his younger brother Stu in almost every way, they do have their spats, but do care about each other.

Associated Tropes

  • 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 insist Drew was a very relentless case of this. Likely a case of Self-Serving Memory however, Drew and Lou's accounts imply Stu was just as provocative, if not usually the one who started all their squabbles 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.
  • 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.

     Charlotte Pickles 
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Voiced by: Tress MacNeille
Mother of Angelica, aunt of Tommy and Dil, and married to Drew. She's the CEO of her own company and is frequently seen talking on a cell phone to an invisible assistant (at least until "Mommy's Little Assets" and some later episodes where he was actually shown) named Jonathan.

Associated Tropes:

  • 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 conventinally 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".

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The Finsters

     Chaz Finster 
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Voice by: Michael Bell
Chuckie's equally cowardly father. Was revealed to be a widower in the Mother's Day special episode, but got remarried in the second film, Rugrats in Paris.

Tropes Associated With Chaz:

  • Acquired Situational Narcissism: When he wins the lottery he becomes noticeably snobbish and arrogant, irritating Stu and Didi.
  • Adorkable: He's shy, awkward, nervous and wears glasses.
  • Ambiguously Jewish: Aside from acting similarly to Mort Goldman, Chas 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".
  • 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.
  • 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 lottery 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.
  • Happily Married: To Kira. In the spin-off set a decade later, they're still going strong.
  • 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.
  • Nice Guy: You can see where Chuckie got it from.
  • Nerd Glasses: Square ones.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The sensitive (alongside Howard) to Stu and Drew's macho.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: He greatly resembles his son Chuckie.
  • Those Two Guys: Often paired with Howard as this in the later seasons.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: He's kind of a geek while Kira is attractive. Even so, they're very much attracted to each other. His first wife, Melinda, was also kinda 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?.

     Kira Finster 
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Voice by: Julia Kato
She is the mother of Kimi and step-mother of Chuckie. The (2nd) wife of Chaz.

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.
  • 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.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She falls in love with the nerdy Chas 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.

     Melinda Finster 
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Melinda with a baby Chuckie
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 said he was leaning towards divorce.
  • The Ghost: Up until the Mother's Day episode, she was mentioned in throwaway lines.
  • Happily Married: What we can guess from Chaz's mentions of her her.
  • Ill Girl: She's was implied to be this and this lead to her death.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

The DeVilles

     Howard DeVille 
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Voiced by: Phil Proctor
Father of Phil and Lil, and married to Betty. He is rather soft-spoken and little seen on the show compared to his wife but does make occasional appearances as a friend of the other babies' dads.

Associated Tropes:

     Betty DeVille 
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Voiced by: Kath Soucie
Mother of Phil and Lil, and married to Howard. She is a very loud, athletic, and outgoing woman and clearly the more dominant partner in her marriage. Also usually portrayed as Didi's best friend.

Associated Tropes:

  • 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.
  • 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, 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.

The Carmicheals

     Lucy Carmichael 
Voiced by: Cheryl Carter
Mother of Alisa, Buster, Edwin and Susie, and wife of Randy. A doctor and Harvard-educated wonder mom.

Associated Tropes:

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  • 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.

Others

     Dr. Lipschitz 
Voiced by: Tony Jay
A world-renowned child psychologist to whom Didi always quotes.

Associated Tropes:

     Jonathan 
Voiced by: René Auberjonois (first appearance) Dan Castellaneta (subsequently)
Charlotte's frequently put-upon assistant.
  • 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 position—it'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.

     Rex Pester 
Voiced by: Tim Curry
An obnoxious news reporter who will do anything for a story. Only appears in The Rugrats Movie.

Associated Tropes:

  • Big-Bad Ensemble: He and Scar Snout are the major antagonists of The Rugrats Movie.
  • The Chew Toy: Being an arrogant, nosy jerk reporter in a kids' cartoon movie, it is kind of expected.
    • First, Stu accidentally slams into his helicopter while riding Dectar, ripping out the throttle and sending him crashing into the forest.
    Rex: And I never won an Emmy!
    • 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.
    Rex: No! Not my toupeé! No!
    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.
  • Laughably Evil: while not exactly evil, he can bring a few chuckles due to his personality.

     Coco LaBouche 
Voiced by: Susan Sarandon
The primary antagonist of Rugrats in Paris, who tried to trick Chaz into marrying her, so she could become president of Reptarland.

Associated Tropes:

  • Big Bad: Of Rugrats in Paris.
  • 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.

     Jean Claude 
Voiced by: John Lithgow
Coco's lackey and the secondary antagonist.

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