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Main characters (The Patels)

    Sanjay Patel 
Voiced by: Maulik Pancholy

The main protagonist of the show. He's a 12-year-old Indian-American boy who lives with his parents and his anthropomorphic pet snake.

  • Beware the Nice Ones: Despite how cheerful and friendly he is, he has an angry and assertive side that comes out whenever he feels he's been tricked or duped. Craig has brought out this side of him in episodes like "Depants Day" and "Heartyface" (the former when Craig tricked him into losing a depants game, and the latter where Craig scared him by going missing, which wound up just being a ploy to take a photo to get attention on a social media website.)
  • But Not Too Foreign: He has an Indian father and a Caucasian mother.
  • Cain and Abel: Often the Abel to Craig's Cain, though it depends on the writer.
  • Character Exaggeration: In the early episodes, he was gullible, clumsy, and childlike. By the end of the first season, he became the shy, well-meaning, good leader we all know and love.
  • Cheerful Child: He is always happy. In one episode he greets Craig in the morning with "Good morning, sunshine!"
  • Cool Loser: He and Craig aren't that "rad-awesome" by Lundgren's standards but they are pretty impressive people to hang out with.
  • Covered in Gunge: He and Craig got covered in bird droppings in "Laugh Quake".
  • The Cutie: One of the show's kindest and most gentle of the characters.
  • Cute and Psycho: He tends to slip into this trope once and a while.
  • Cute Bruiser / Pint-Sized Powerhouse: As shown at the end of "Be Like Tufflips", "Cuddle Buddy" and "Wild Buds", he's shown to pack quite a punch.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: To Belle Pepper, although to be fair, she doesn't seem to realize how fond he is of her.
  • Embarrassing Middle Name: As revealed in "Middle Shame", it's so embarrassing that it's even cursed!
  • Gasshole: Especially in the first season, such as the episode "Fart Baby". This trait winds up being Downplayed over time, and in "2 Tuff 2 Watch", he even expresses losing an interest in farts and Toilet Humor.
  • Hates Being Alone: The plot of "Lundgren Loner" involves him trying to cope with spending an afternoon apart from Craig. After being visited by his inner voice (which appears to be an older version of himself), he finally begins to accept that he won't always be able to be with Craig all the time.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: His crush, Belle Pepper, has reddish-orange hair. He's very fond of this particular feature of hers; in "Middle Shame" he shouts "Belle Pepper is a cutie and I wanna kiss her hair!" while on Craig's boat in the latter's secret spot on a lake. In other episodes like "Ghost Pool" and "Dangerous Debbie", he's seen nuzzling up warmly against her hair.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Craig.
  • Idiot Hero: Mainly in Season One.
  • I Just Want to Be Badass: He idolizes former action film star Remington Tufflips, loves attempting dangerous stunts, and even attends a special school for aspiring stuntmen/stuntwomen.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: His best friend, Craig, is an adult snake (according to Craig himself anyway), while he is a young human adolescent.
  • In Touch with His Feminine Side: Despite having lots of aggressive energy, absolutely reveling in action-oriented and gross-out stuff, and wanting to be a stuntman, he finds his mom's make-up kit in "Dolled Up" and discovers that he very much enjoys pampering himself. He also doesn't seem to mind dressing up, and he has a gentle and caring demeanor and personality in general.
  • Jerkass Ball: In "Traffical Island", he acted like a jerk to his friends. He refused to let Megan not to pretend to be Penny (she wanted to be Belle instead), called Craig a pet snake and viewed Hector as his love interest (Belle) instead of his best friend while prototyping the Frycade. He later came down with a My God, What Have I Done? moment and tries to make it up to them.
  • Mister Seahorse: He becomes "pregnant" with the titular character in "Fart Baby".
  • Keet: He's loud, wild, and overly excitable.
  • Large Ham: He can really turn up the decibels when he wants to.
  • Mixed Ancestry: Sanjay is half Indian and half Caucasian.
  • Nice Guy: One of the nicest members of the cast.

    Craig Slithers 
Voiced by: Chris Hardwick

Sanjay's talkative pet snake and best friend.

  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold =/= Nice Guy: He can be abrasive and crude (especially in "Susan Loogie") but a lot of times he's shown to be a really sweet person.
  • One of the Kids: He's an adult snake (maybe) and his closest friends are three human kids whom he interacts with as equals. He has a youthful and energetic personality himself and is seen sharing numerous interests, such as watching cartoons in "Googas."
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: His disguise consists of a t-shirt and baseball cap, but nobody notices he's a snake. And if Anthony Gourmand's POV is to be believed, as long as he's wearing his hat and shirt, everyone sees him as a normal (green) human child.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: He can be crude, gruff, and snarky, and he's the Manly Man to Sanjay's Sensitive Guy. Yet he too has a blast pampering himself using Darlene's make-up kit in "Dolled Up."
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Manly Man to Sanjay's Sensitive Guy.
  • Talking Animal: A talking snake.
  • Top-Heavy Guy: His inner voice from "Lundgren Loner".
  • Temporarily a Villain: "Susan Loogie", "Release The Craigan", a brief scene in "Ting", "Road Pizza" (he got possessed so it's justified), "Depants Tag" and "Barfy's Babies".
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Hot wings, of course.
    • As shown in the appropriately titled "Road Pizza" and "Curb Dawgs", he enjoys pizza as well.
  • Vague Age: We're....not quite sure how old he is, really. In "Muscle C.O.P.S", when he and Sanjay are told that they can't participate in police activity because they're kids, Craig remarks "Pretty sure I'm an adult."

    Vijay Patel 
Voiced by: Kunal Nayyar

Sanjay's father who is Indian. He owns a clearance store in the neighborhood. He has invented various mechanicals, such as a party-obsessed, dancing robot, the Partybot.

  • Adorkable: Especially in his high school days.
  • Bollywood Nerd: He's from India, runs a discount merchandise store, invents in his spare time, and is overjoyed when Sanjay and Craig want to go to India to star in Remington Tufflips's movie, only to be disappointed when he discovers how much India has changed since his childhood. He eventually learns to adapt to the fact that things have changed and treasures the quailty bonding time he spent with his family, including Craig.
  • Like Father, Like Son: He's like his son in terms of personality even to this day. They're both Adorkable, cheery goofballs.
  • Nice Guy: Like his son, but an adult.
  • Papa Wolf: Not too often, but occasionally.
  • Secret Keeper: Becomes one after discovering Craig can talk.

    Darlene Patel 
Voiced by: Grey DeLisle

Sanjay's mother who works at a hospital as a nurse and a surgeon. She often tells Sanjay stories about her work.

  • Action Mom: Is heavily this as seen in many episodes like "Brett Venom MD" and "Butts Up".
  • Berserk Button:
    • Has been seen to lose her mind during a power outage.
    • DO NOT wreck her room, or she will kill you!
  • Genki Girl: Sometimes.
  • Hospital Hottie: A rare example where she wears a modern outfit instead of the traditional uniforms.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: She bears more than a passing resemblance to her actress Grey DeLisle, and it really shows!
  • Mama Bear: Very commonly, especially in "Butts Up" and "Conquistador".
  • Secret Keeper: Becomes one after discovering Craig can talk.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Pretty obvious, since she is Sanjay's mother.


Major Secondary characters (Sanjay's Friends)

    Hector Flanagan 
Voiced by: Matt Jones

A chubby and goofy 12-year-old boy who is also one of Sanjay's friends. He wears an eye patch and has a soft and generous heart.

  • The Big Guy: Is clearly the largest of the kids.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: He is the goofiest and the silliest out of the gang.
  • Expy: He is similar to Gene Belcher.
  • Eyepatch of Power: For him at least, it's heavily implied that he's only wearing it for show.
    • "2 Tuff 2 Watch" has him pretend to be awake by moving his patch to the other side and keeping a glass eye exposed, confirming he only has one eye.
  • Fat Best Friend: To Sanjay.
  • Fat Comic Relief: Obviously.
  • Fat Idiot: He's not the brightest of bulbs but he is quick enough to free-style a rap about an egg timer.
  • Forceful Kiss: He gives one to Megan in "Cup O' Universe". This may imply that he has a crush on her.
  • Gasshole: Farts a lot.

    Megan Sparkles 
Voiced by: Linda Cardellini

A 12-year-old girl who is one of Sanjay's best friends. She takes part in beauty pageants, among other talents. She is shown to have a crush on Sanjay.

  • Berserk Button: DO NOT mess around with her adorable gerbil, Booger Johnson, or she will kill you.
  • Disappeared Dad: Like Belle Pepper's mom, Megan's dad's status and whereabouts were never mentioned on the show.
  • Gamer Chick: "Combo Attack" reveals that she's very into video games, especially Spirit Animal Pro Fighter 2.
  • Girly Bruiser: A Girly Girl who loves pink and pageantry and can also kick butt. She's earned the title of Little Miss Mixed-Martial Arts, according to her Nickelodeon Africa character bio.
  • Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak: She wears a pink dress with high heels, her room has pink walls and is filled with girly things, and she lives for competing in beauty pageants. She's also skilled in martial arts, she loves performing stunts on her bike, she plays video games, and she regularly hangs out with her best friends, whom are three boys that she doesn't hesitate to roughhouse and indulge in gross-out antics with.
    • This aspect of her personality is even lampshaded in the episode "Combo Attack" where Chido says to her in disbelief, "Little miss pink dress plays video games?"
  • Granola Girl: As shown in "Kung-Fu Catapult".
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She has blonde hair and is usually very kindhearted.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She isn't really a jerk, but she can get easily annoyed by her friends (especially Sanjay and Craig) and can have an attitude toward them at times, but it doesn't stop her from being best friends with them and coming through for them when they need help.
  • Little Miss Snarker: She can be pretty snarky sometimes, especially in regard to her friends' silly antics.
  • Love Interest: She's usually depicted as having a crush on Sanjay, but in some episodes, she seems to view him as a friend.
  • Meaningful Name: Her last name is Sparkles; pretty fitting for someone who loves beauty pageants and girly things.
  • Nice Girl: Well, most of the time.
  • Odd Friendship: She forms one with Chido in "Combo Attack"; she's kind, liked by the other kids, and loves beauty pageants, whereas Chido is aggressive, feared by the other kids, and has no feminine interests. The two bond over video games, however, and Megan brings out a softer, more amiable side of Chido.
  • One of the Boys: Despite her girliness, she seems to not have any female friends other than Belle. Her three best friends are male, though she does wind up making friends with Chido in "Combo Attack", much to Sanjay, Craig, and Hector's surprise.
  • Only Sane Girl: She's a little goofy at times, but she's generally more levelheaded than her friends.
  • Secret Keeper: Becomes one after discovering Craig can talk.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Sometimes with Sanjay.
  • Temporarily a Villain: In "Huggle Day".
  • Tomboy: She became this only in "Susan Loogie", though she herself is a Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Girly Girl to Chido's Tomboy; she shares plenty in common as far as interests are concerned with Chido (video games, skateboarding, and biking), but she has a prominent girly side that Chido doesn't share, loving beauty pageants, the color pink, and wearing a dress regularly.
  • Youthful Freckles: She has a few freckles on her cheeks.
  • Women Are Wiser: She's usually more levelheaded than her three best friends who are male.

    Belle Pepper 
Voiced by: Nika Futterman

One of Sanjay's friends who works at the Frycade, Sanjay and Craig's favorite place to hang out. Sanjay has a crush on her.

  • Granola Girl: She certainly has shades of this. She adorns a hippie headband and in "2 Tuff 2 Watch", she's passionate about preserving a sanctuary for reptiles.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: On Sanjay's side.
  • Jerkass Ball: She's uncharacteristically selfish and brash in "Fowl Work", where she pressures Sanjay to keep her secret about throwing parties at the Frycade during its after hours, and reacts angrily and defensively toward him when he tries to talk some sense into her. She winds up confessing to throwing parties to her father, though, and explains that she was doing it because she felt overworked. Penny empathizes with her and starts giving her Fridays and weekends off.
  • Nice Girl: The majority of the time.
  • Missing Mom: Her mom's status and whereabouts were never revealed on the show.
  • Oblivious to Love: She doesn't seem to realize just how much Sanjay likes her.
  • Precocious Crush: On Sanjay's side.
  • Temporarily a Villain: In "Blackout" and "Huggle Day".
  • Younger Than They Look: She's 16 but could pass off as a little older.

     Sam Lastnamè 
Voiced by: Tania Gunadi

One of Sanjay's friends who mostly serves as a background character. She made her debut in the Season 2 episode, "Butt's Up", and took the spotlight again in Season 3's "G.U.T.S. Busters".

  • Break the Cutie: In her debut episode, "Butt's Up".
  • The Cutie: Aside from Sanjay and Megan, one of the cutest characters on the show.
  • Living Prop: Her only major appearances was her debut episode and the GUTS episode. For the rest the series, she's just used as a background character.


     Ronnie Slithers 
Voiced by: Nolan North

Craig's long-lost brother who made his debut in the Season 1 finale, "A Tail of Two Slithers". He was extremely rich, as he was the former owner of a company called International Shovel which produces snake-killing shovels. (Despite the fact that he's supposed to be a snake).

  • AxCrazy: This gem, Craig even lampshades it.
    Ronnie: I decided then and there,the way to get you back was to become a human too. And what's the most powerful human?
    Craig: Um...King Kong?
    Craig: Um...
    Craig: Look at you! You're crazy!
  • Boomerang Bigot: In his debut episode, he once had some sort of hatred to his own kind, since he owned a company dedicated to killing snakes, and pretends to be a human being instead.
  • Cain and Abel: The Cain to Craig's Abel
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: During the events of "A Tail of Two Slithers", He refused to believe that he's a snake, and would rather be like a human.
  • Heel–Face Turn: At the end where he spares Sanjay and Craig's lives....for now
    • In the "Booyah for Bollywood" finale, he happily accepts Sanjay's and Craig's offer to join the family.

Recurring characters

    Leslie Noodman 
Voiced by: Tony Hale

Sanjay and Craig's next door neighbor and mortal enemy who hates snakes and plans to get rid of Craig.

  • Abusive Dad: Noodman's father enjoyed torturing him with snakes when he was a kid. He still does it even when he's an adult.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Pretty much. He admires his pet female cat a lot, has a lispy voice and possesses other flamboyant mannerisms. Though this trope may be subverted as he mentions attempting to woo a girl during his youth in "Fartwerk."
  • Big Bad: The closest thing to what this show has.
  • Butt-Monkey: The poor guy never seems to catch a break from his father or Sanjay and Craig's pranks.
  • Child Hater: Not only does he hate snakes, he also hates children to a lesser extent (though this is because children remind him of snakes).
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He seems to be blossoming into such as of "Family Re-Noodman", "Fartwerk", "Galaxy Geeks", and "Friend Card".
  • Sympathy for the Devil: After seeing how badly his father treats him at the family reunion, Craig actually feels bad for Leslie. Sanjay is less moved until he sees how devastated Leslie is, so the boys prank the old man.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Has a fixation for blueberries, he's even growing a whole garden of them in his yard.
  • Troll: He tries to torture Craig and him his worst nightmare. Though, this may be due to him being afraid of snakes and being tortured himself by his father. See Abusive Dad.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Much to Sanjay and Craig's surprise, Noodman was childhood friends with Darlene until they had a falling out.

     Lady Butterscotch 

Mr. Noodman's pet cat who is very admired and obsessed over by him. She used to be Darlene's pet until Noodman won her in a game of Butt's Up.

Voiced by: David Hornsby

Sanjay's primary rival for Belle's affections. He carries a scooter in his pants, and speaks in a British accent.

  • The Bully: He's one for the lead quartet, Sanjay in particular.
  • Bad-mannered Brit: He's snooty, rude, and constantly tries to up-show Sanjay just because he can.
  • Jerkass: He's a dick to Sanjay and the gang for no reason other than he doesn't like them.
  • Only One Name: All he's ever referred to is "Tyson".
  • Patriotic Fervor: He's willing to take of his Union Flag swim briefs to be knighted by the "Queen" (read: Craig in a bad disguise), only to be humiliated when the ruse is up.

    Sandy Dickson 
Voiced by: Grey DeLisle

The lead singer of the hard rock band "Tuff Skulls".

    Scabs Dickson 
Voiced by: Keith Ferguson in "The Giving G," Grey DeLisle in other episodes

One of Sandy's two brothers.

  • Cross-Dressing Voices: After his debut episode.
  • Flat Character: He doesn't have much of a character when compared to his siblings. Sandy's the leader, Baby Richard is the youngest and meanest, and he's just there.

    Baby Richard Dickson 
Voiced by: Maulik Pancholy in Episodes 1-6, Nolan North in episode 7 onward.

Sandy and Scabs's infant brother. He is the youngest of the trio.

  • Bratty Half-Pint: The smallest character on the show and the one who causes the most trouble.
    • Enfant Terrible: Not evil but a horrible little gremlin of a baby/toddler that causes trouble for the hell of it.
  • Gasshole: His disgusting habits make Sanjay and Craig look like a couple of rookies in comparison.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He is implied to be this in "Doom Baby".

    Brenda Dickson 
Voiced by: Grey DeLisle

The Dicksons' grotesque-looking mother.

  • The Unintelligible: Brenda only speaks through grunting and snorting. Averted in "Enter Sandman", where it is revealed that she actually can talk, but only when her kids aren't around. In fact, they don't believe that their mother has ever talked in her life.

     Remington Tufflips 
Voiced by: Chris D'Elia, credited as just Tufflips himself.

Sanjay and Craig's idol, a washed-up action movie hero who lives in a trailer park, but is nonetheless Lundgren's biggest celebrity.

    Huggle Bunny 
Voiced by Nolan North, despite the fact that he is apparently The Voiceless.

A mysterious, magical man in a bunny suit, who mostly serves as a carnival entertainer. The town of Lundgren celebrates a Christmas-like holiday centered around him, which they name "Huggle Day".

Voiced by Natasha Lyonne in "Bike-O Psycho", Pamela Adlon in other episodes.

A sarcastic and tough red-headed girl who has a soft side.

  • Fiery Redhead: She's tough, sarcastic, and has a pretty short temper.
  • Gamer Chick: As seen in "Combo Attack", she's very into video games, especially Spirit Animal Pro Fighter 2.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She is viewed as a bully by most, but she actually has a very sympathetic side. In the episode "All Night Bummer Party", after telling Sanjay that "best friends are for dorks anyway", her face gets all sad indicating that she wished to have a friend. The episode "Combo Attack" really shows her sympathetic side throughout the entire episode.
  • Odd Friendship: She forms one with Megan in "Combo Attack"; she's aggressive, feared by the other kids, and has no feminine interests, whereas Megan is kind, liked by the other kids, and loves beauty pageants. The two bond over video games, however, and Megan brings out a softer, more amiable side of Chido.
  • Only One Name: Like Tyson, she was only ever referred to by her first name.
  • Tomboy: She's a rude, crude, aggressive bully who spits, picks fights, skateboards, plays electric guitar, plays video games, and doesn't appear to have anything in the way of femininity (aside from having a slight sensitive side).
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Tomboy to Megan's Girly Girl; she's aggressive and violent with no apparent feminine interests, while Megan (a Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak), despite sharing many of her interests, is also into beauty pageants, wears a pink dress, and has an overall girlier demeanor.
  • Tomboyish Voice: Has a low-pitched, gravely voice.
  • Wild Hair: Has big, messy red hair.

    Stasi Stuntman 
Voiced by Janet Varney

A stuntgirl and famous student at the Stuntman School, with her mom and dad as the founders of the Stuntman School.

  • Huge Schoolgirl: She towers over the other 12 year-olds in Lundgren. (Sanjay, Hector, Megan, Sam, and Chido) Though she still looks quite short compared to Glen. (Who happens to have the body of a ripped grown man, despite the fact that he is apparently 12.)
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: The reason she is a stuntgirl and has a big ego is because of her overbearing parents. The end of her episode reveals (After hearing Sanjay's speech about how he has to be his own lead) that she wants to live her dream of doing stand-up comedy.

    Penny Pepper 
Voiced by: John DiMaggio

The owner of The Frycade and Belle's father.

    Debbie Sparkles 
Voiced by: Grey DeLisle

Megan's mother.

    Grandma Wheezy 
Voiced by: Eliza Schneider

Sanjay's Grandmother who first appeared in the Season 2 episode "Conquistador".

  • Cool Old Lady: A perfect example of one.
  • I Have Many Names: Her many nicknames include "G-Ma Dubz", "Old Mother Hubbard", "Mother in a Cupboard", "Rat Rider", and "Darlene's Mother".
  • Never Mess with Granny: Despite her age, she can keep up with her grandchildren. She also beats up a living and seemingly dangerous Conquistador statue in "Conquistador" to protect her family, before finding out that the statue isn't malevolent as previously thought. A dance party ensues.

    Noodman's Father 
Voiced by: John DiMaggio

The very abusive seventy-year-old father of Leslie Noodman. He enjoys making his son's life miserable by pranking him with his fear of snakes.

  • Abusive Father: Torments his son any chance he gets, whether it's throwning snakes at him or humiliating him in front of his girlfriend. It runs in the family as his father abused him.

     Hank Flanagan 
Voiced by Nolan North

Hector's "awesome" dad, who is apparently said to be Irish.

     Mrs. Flanagan 
Voiced by: Linda Cardellini in Season 1-2, Grey DeLisle in Season 3.

Hector's mother, who is apparently said to be Hispanic.

     Hector's Grandmother 
Voiced by: Grey DeLisle.

Hector's Grandma who cooks Hector's favorite Tamales, and is considered to be quite a hugger when greeting people.

     Farmer Larry 
Voiced by: Toby Huss.

The crazy farmer at the Blueberry Farm, as well as the current owner of 100 dogs that Sanjay won in "Dog Wave".

     Bertha Van Weld 
Voiced by: Kimberly Brooks

A young cyborg-like woman who is "the singularity", as well as the head of the Lundgren Tech Expo.

     Maximum Dennis 
Voiced by: Nolan North, credited as just Maximum Dennis himself.

A popular American Tough Guy. Sanjay and Craig once disguised as him in order to beat Tyson, and to attract Belle.

    Chicken Chuck 
Voiced by Nolan North

The oldest and best friend of Penny, he's been going to the Frycade for years. He's a bit of a loser.

  • Ascended Extra: He starts off as a background character whose record is beaten to show off Tyson's wing eating skills before showing up more later.
  • Adorkable: He's goofy, weird, and kind of lovable in a pitiable sort of way.
  • Badass Beard: Not really, as his "beard" is a soul patch (which he didn't realize he had) and mustache combo and he's not what one would call "badass".
  • Carpet of Virility: He's a very hairy man; his chest hair looks like it's going up his neck.
  • '80s Hair: His hair is very long and very wild.
  • Hidden Depths: In "Guitar Zeroes" he turns out to be a skilled rock guitarist who gave up the rock lifestyle due to his crazed fans.
  • The Rock Star: What he used to be as seen in "Guitar Zeros"
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Penny's wings. Their friendship hits a rough patch when Chicken Chuck wants to change them.

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