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    Tommy Pickles 
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Voiced by: Tami Holbrook (unaired pilot), E.G. Daily
The main character and unofficial leader; he is best known for his incredible bravery and the screwdriver he always carries in his diaper.

Tropes Associated With Tommy:

  • The Ace: He's good at everything.
  • Badass Adorable: He's only one year old, and is very courageous.
  • Bald of Awesome: Since his hair hasn't grown yet, he only has a few hairs on his head.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: When he was sick of Dil's behavior in the first movie, he gives Dil an angry, hateful speech and almost dumps baby food on Dil for him to be abducted by the monkeys.
  • 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.
  • Blue Is Heroic: He is usually seen wearing a light blue t-shirt.
  • 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, usually when Spike's been blamed for causing trouble.
  • Determinator: One of the youngest ones you'll find in fiction.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: The number of times Tommy wears shoes can be counted on one hand.
  • 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).
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Chuckie: they've been best friends since the start of the series, and continue to remain besties in the All Grown Up! spinoff.
  • Iconic Item: His trusty toy screwdriver, which he keeps even in his teen years.
  • Improvised Screwdriver: Tommy regularly keeps a toy screwdriver in his diaper to break out of his playpen. It is occasionally used as an actual screwdriver.
  • 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.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: As seen in the unaired pilot.
  • 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.
  • The Leader: Of the babies.
  • 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 Jewish Boy: He's a good boy with a Jewish Mother.
  • 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 mischevious, but is still overall easy-going and is much nicer than Angelica.
  • Only Child Syndrome: Until the first movie, when Dil was born.
  • 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.
  • "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!
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Chuckie's blue.
  • Sanity Slippage: In the first movie during his "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Dil.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Manly Man to Chuckie's Sensitive Guy.
  • 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.

    Chuckie Finster 
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Voiced by: Christine Cavanaugh (first seven seasons, some episodes of season eight, The Rugrats Movie, Rugrats in Paris), Nancy Cartwright (the rest of season eight and onward)
In addition to his uncontrollable red hair, big glasses and bucked teeth, Chuckie is easily distinguished from his friends by his dislike of adventure and irrational fear of particular objects, most notably the "guy on the oatmeal box" (the Quaker Oats logo).

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.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Chuckie's a coward, through and through. However, push the kid too far and he'll man up to deal with the problem at hand, and he'll always come through for his friends when they need it.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Towards all of the gang. Once his father and Kira get married, he develops this for Kimi, especially in their teenage years.
  • Big "NO!": His first word in Rugrats in Paris.
  • Black Bead Eyes: Whenever he's seen without his glasses, his eyes are drawn this way.
  • Blind Without 'Em: Cannot see well without his glasses.
  • Blue Is Heroic: He is usually seen wearing a light blue t-shirt with a yellow and red Saturn on it.
  • Butt-Monkey: Very often due to his lack of confidence, though not to Angelica's extent.
  • Catchphrase:
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Foil:
    • 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.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Tommy: they've been best friends since the start of the series, and continue to remain besties in the All Grown Up! spinoff.
  • 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.
  • Lovable Coward: Probably his defining characteristic.
  • Missing Mom: The Mother's Day episode heavily implied that his mother died a few months — maybe less than that — after he was born.
  • Morality Chain: Episodes like "Rebel Without a Teddy Bear", "The Gold Rush" and "Chuckie's Wonderful Life" strongly hint that Chuckie is this to the other babies.
  • 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.
  • Nice Guy: Becomes this after the first season.
  • 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.
  • Only Child Syndrome: Until the second movie, when his father remarried and he got a stepsister.
  • Phrase Catcher: "Aw, quit being a baby!"
  • Potty Emergency: Since he is very young, he had a few Downplayed instances of this in "Chuckie vs. the Potty", "A Dose of Dil", and "Cuffed". He also had a pretty severe one in "Potty Training Spike".
  • Potty Failure: He had this once in Chuckie vs The Potty and once in Accidents Happen.
  • Redheads Are Uncool:
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Tommy's red.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl The Savvy Guy to Kimi's Energetic Girl.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Sensitive Guy to Tommy's 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.
  • Youthful Freckles: The Chew Toy and adorkable redhead.
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    Phil and Lil DeVille 
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Voiced by: Kath Soucie (both)
Half-Identical Twins who are alike in every possible way, and even dressed to match. They represent the stage of infancy where babies are forever curious and try to eat and drink anything they can reach. Best known for their love of filth.

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.
  • Deadpan Snarker: To a certain extent, though especially Phil.
  • Dirty Coward: In "Farewell My Friend" they ditch Tommy at one point.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Sibling Rivalry: They both argue frequently.
  • Single-Minded Twins: They tend to be on the same page, though they occasionally argue.
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Phil wears pants, while Lil wears a dress and has a bow on her head.
  • Those Two Guys: They are twins, after all.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Bugs, though Lil swears off them in Rugrats Go Wild.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Angelica Pickles 
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Voiced by: Cheryl Chase
A Large Ham and bossy, Angelica is Tommy's cousin and serves as the main antagonist of the series. She hates Tommy and the other "stupid babies" and lives to make them miserable whenever they're in the same place. She is able to understand the babies' language and communicate with them.

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.
  • Butt-Monkey: If you can believe this, Angelica, despite being the antagonist, gets her comeuppance a lot (e.g.: sitting in time out and pizza falling on her hair, causing her to cry as she hates the stress of having her hair washed), but sometimes, she can be the show's butt monkey, even when she isn't the antagonist!
  • Catchphrase:
    • "You dumb babies!"
    • "Can you believe it, Cynthia?"
    • "CYNTHIAAAAA!"
    • "Hmph."
    • "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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Enfant Terrible: More bratty than evil, but still has her moments.
  • 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.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Susie. While Susie is sweet and friendly, Angelica is bratty and selfish. This is reflected when Susie attempts to sing a song during a baby shower during the Rugrats Movie and Angelica keeps interrupting.
  • 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.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: Not just her Right-Hand Cat...
  • Girlish Pigtails: And purple bows to go with the dress.
  • 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.
  • Heel–Face 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Lancer: Whenever Chuckie isn't filling this role.
  • 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.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Despite being well-meaning, her parents are pretty clueless, and sometimes downright negligent, when it comes to raising her.
  • 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 Angelica’s redeeming qualities was how she never made a negative comment about Chuckie’s late mother, Melinda, or even interferes during the Mood Whiplash moment of the episode, Mother’ 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.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Quite a lot of examples can be found on the Rugrats Nightmare Fuel page.
  • 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.
  • Only Child Syndrome: Unlike Tommy and Chuckie, she actually stayed an only child throughout the show's run. She did come close to having a sibling on an episode where Charlotte (her mom) thinks she's pregnant and Angelica thinks that her parents will outright neglect her once the baby is born, but by the end, Charlotte reveals to Angelica that the doctor told her that she's not pregnant.
  • Rich Bitch: It is implied that Angelica's family is better off than most of the other characters', especially given that both of her parents are business executives. However, Chaz and Chuckie briefly become richer than her family in "Chuckie is Rich," until Drew makes Chaz invest all of his money in a company which fails (possibly out of envy).
  • 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!
  • "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!"
  • 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.
  • Tsundere: Some of her "nicer" stories do occasionally give her these kind of vibes as well.
  • Two Girls and a Guy: She and Susie are the two Girls to Harold's Guy.
  • 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.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Has pulled this a few times, with mixed results. She also taught Tommy to do it in "Attention Please," though she called it "acting."
  • 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.

    Susie Carmichael 
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Voiced by: Cree Summer
Susie moved across the street from Tommy early on in the series. A multi-talented, brave, and humble little girl, she served as the opposite of Angelica and often acted as The Rival to her. Like Angelica, she can understand the babies' language perfectly and communicate with them.

Tropes Associated With Susie:

  • The Ace: She is Wise Beyond Their Years and has many talents.
  • 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.
  • Blood Knight: Turns into a variation of this in "The Tricycle Thief", going to great lengths to prove Angelica stole her trike and paint her as something of a monster who'd keep stealing so she'd get what she wants.
  • Brainy Brunette: Has dark brown hair and is quite the prodigy with knowledge about reproduction and is fluent in French.
  • 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.
  • Good Counterpart: To Angelica. If Angelica was The Big Bad, Susie would be The Big Good.
  • 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.
  • Only Sane Woman: Usually.
  • 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.
  • The Rival: To Angelica. Susie was soon made as a rival to Angelica, and was shown to be better than her in many things ("Susie vs. Angelica").
  • Sixth Ranger: At first, but by the time Kimi was introduced, she became more or less The Mentor.
  • Team Mom: Acts as a big sister to the babies.
  • 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.
  • Vitriolic Best Friends: With Angelica.
  • 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.

    Dil Pickles 
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Voiced by: Tara Strong
Tommy's little brother, who was born in The Movie. Unlike the others, he can't talk, so he's a baby even to the other babies. As a newborn, most of his time is spent sitting around and drooling.

Tropes Associated With Dil:

  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Tommy felt this way about him in the first movie, but now cares for him.
  • 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.
  • Catchphrase:
    • "POOPIE!"
    • "Mine!"
  • Cousin Oliver: Sums up the page quote quite nicely. For the most part, even in episodes where he's a major focus, he ends up feeling more like a living plot device than anything else.
  • 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.
  • Living Prop: Semi-justified, considering that he's a baby who can't say a whole lot and doesn't do much.
  • The Millstone: In the first movie.
  • The Nicknamer: Partially because he's so young and has no teeth, Dil has a nickname for almost all the babies he interacts with.
  • 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.
  • Spoiled Brat: He is for two thirds of the movie, and still can be on occasion. It's understandable, since like many children his age, Dil is too young to understand the concept of sharing.
  • 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.

    Kimi Watanabe-Finster 
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Voiced by: Dionne Quan
First appearing in the second movie, Kimi is an adventurous girl whose mother married Chuckie's father, making her his step-sister.

Tropes Associated With Kimi:

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    Harold Frumpkin 
Voiced by: Pat Musick
A boy in Angelica and Susie's preschool class. He made a few appearances in the last season of Rugrats and has made several appearances in the All Grown Up! spin-off.

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.
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