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"My brain is amazing. When I find something boring, it actually prevents me from hearing it."

Voiced by: Logan Grove (seasons 1–2, "The Kids"); Jacob Hopkins (season 3-4, season 5 up to "The Copycats"); Nicolas Cantu ("The Copycats"-present)
Debut: Early reel/Season 1, "The DVD"
Last appearance: Season 6, "The Inquisition"
The eponymous main character. Gumball is a twelve-year-old anthropomorphic blue cat who attends middle school at Elmore Junior High. A mischief maker and somewhat lazy, the show revolves around his various mishaps around Elmore. Tends to have questionable morals at times and can be a little selfish as well.
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  • Achievements in Ignorance: In "The Grades", when he tries to study, he has no idea where to start. When he tries to cheat, going over the material to write crib sheets lets him remember everything he needed to.
  • Aerith and Bob: He has the most strange name in his family (since it is not a family name like Darwin, or foreign like Anais), and possibly in the entire cast since the other strange names are Meaningful Names. However, before "The Name", it was just a nickname.
  • Aesop Amnesia: Basically the whole point of his character. Whenever he gets into major trouble for whatever scheme he devises, he NEVER learns from his past mistakes and continues implementing the same schemes that got him in trouble before. Of course, Darwin does try to talk him out of it, but is completely ignored most of the time.
  • Absurd Phobia: Gumball loathes being filthy to any amount. One drop of anything on Gumball that isn't clean water tends to get him upset, annoyed or saddened in seconds. This fear gets over-exemplified in "The Cage" to the point that at the end of the scene when Gumball's entire head is Covered in Gunge he looks extremely pissed.
  • Acquired Situational Narcissism: Subverted in "The Name", where he seems to become crazy egotistical after finding out his real name is Zach, but is actually suffering from a much more serious problem, which required his name being changed to Gumball to "cure" it.
  • Action Survivor: He survives a ton of encounters that would kill anyone in real life.
  • Adorkable: On his better days. Penny at least thought so.
  • Agent Mulder: Gumball can really be this trope but in some cases, he's right usually due the world he lives in.
  • Affectionate Nickname: "Gummypuss" by his mother.
  • All Guys Want Cheerleaders: Gumball has a crush on Penny, a peanut with antlers who is one of the cheerleaders at Elmore Junior High. The feeling is mutual, but neither of them are capable of expressing it, until the events of 'The Shell' in which Gumball admitted his feelings for her and they began dating.
  • Ambidextrous Sprite: He always has three whiskers on one side and two on the other, but the pattern tends to flip as a result of this. It is likely meant to convey perspective, where his face is actually symmetric but never seen from the front.
  • Ambiguously Bi: He is obviously in love with Penny, but in "The Ex" he is very desperate to get Rob's nemesity back and is very amused when it happens, while a song plays with the lyrics "You will always love me". He has also kissed Fenton Benson the corn cob guy during "The Misunderstanding"; as the title hinted it was a misunderstanding (he'd accidentally won an auction and thought his prize was a kiss with him) but it's worth noting how he just went for it without any reluctance. Masami and Teri have a Side Bet going on that he likes boys as well as girls.
  • Animals Hate Him: Penny's pet tarantula viciously attacked him on sight, and the family's turtle is stated to especially like biting him. Even Gumball's own species hates his guts, as he gets mauled by a white kitten in "The Nest":
    ''That is why I'm not a cat person."
    • Called back to in "The Slip" when the kitten orphanage slaughters him for a couple of seconds.
  • Attention Whore: Gumball will do anything in his power to have some sort of importance in anyone's life. Taken to its absolute extreme in "The Others" when Gumball has been denying the whole existence of other students in Elmore High until Anais told him to notice them...and he promptly tried to shove himself into Clare's parody of a dramatic A Day in the Limelight by making sure she got a forced Esoteric Happy Ending thanks to him.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: When he's forced in a dress in "The Dress", everyone instantly likes him and calls him beautiful. It helps that he takes after Nicole, though it might have just been the dress which was really nice. In "The Worst" when Gumball and Darwin decide to go in Nicole's shoes by applying for a job as a woman, the Green John and Red Security Guard fight over who gets to leave the door open to inside for them.
  • "Awesome McCool" Name: "Zach" was this for him, only. Later, Zach became his alter-ego.
  • Badass Normal: Compared to his peers and family, he doesn't have any magical or special powers but what he does have is his quick-wit and silver tongue.
  • Badass Pacifist:
    • In "The Sweaters", he and Darwin both refuse to engage the students from the other school in their idiocy, and ultimately "win" (in the sense of being the only ones who don't look like complete idiots) because they don't play along.
    • Gumball managed to erase a troll out of existence by simply annoying him in "The Sorcerer".
  • Bad Liar: On occasion, Gumball can bluff, doing an excellent (unnecessary) job of Playing the Victim Card in "The Sweaters" and taking advantage of the killer virus's pride in "The Virus", but he acts incredibly nervous any time he tries to lie to his mother.
    Nicole: Honey, are you in trouble? Because my mother senses are tingling. I can smell trouble.
    Gumball: (laughing nervously) Trouble? No, we're fine. Absolutely fine. No trouble here, bye.
    Nicole: Are you lying?
    Gumball: Ha! Oh, no, of course not.
    Nicole: Right. You're lying. I'm coming home now.
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: He has no nipples, and in the uncensored frames where he's naked, there are no genitals where there realistically would be.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Same as Darwin, they both don't react well when someone badmouths Mr. Robinson, as seen in "The Sale".
    • He also gets VERY angry when someone messes with Darwin or Anais.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Gumball is usually a hedonistic, lazy, and mischievous kid who is also one of the main sources of comic relief. However, when something becomes serious to him, he. DOESN'T. MESS. AROUND.
  • Book Dumb: He is stupid but is still in seventh grade, and his report card has mostly average grades.
  • Born Unlucky: Especially in "The Curse". In his early concept, he was a black cat who was always unlucky.
  • Big Brother Instinct: In spite of his cowardly and lazy nature, Gumball will get serious if someone hurts (or threatens to hurt) Darwin or Anais.
  • Birds of a Feather: Him and Darwin. They both share many interests (like video games, the Web, and Mr. Robinson). They spend most of their time together.
  • Blue Is Heroic: Gumball is the hero of the series and is a blue cat.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: When he puts his mind to it and isn't trying to show off, Gumball shows a surprising amount of intelligence and athleticism. This is best demonstrated in "The Grades" where Gumball assumes he'd need to cheat on placement test, but passes just because writing crib notes was enough study even though he didn't use them. "The Triangle" put this trait is a rather negative light:
    Gumball: You see, when you try but fail people think you're a loser, but if you skip the try and decide to fail right away, then everyone thinks you've got the talent but you're to cool to waste it on them! It's like chickens. No one knows if they can really fly or not. That's what makes them cool.
    Darwin: So that's your life plan, huh—be a massive chicken?
    Gumball: Yes. And cackle at the eagle when they crash and burn.
    • "The Brain" shows that Gumball is in the dead middle of the family's intelligence. He's not as smart as Anais or Nicole, but he's smarter than Darwin and Richard.
  • Buffoonish Tomcat: Played entirely straight in the first season, especially compared to his mother. Downplayed after that, where he's halfway between this trope and Cats Are Snarkers.
  • Butt-Monkey: He gets tons of Disproportionate Retribution, ends up filthy nearly all the time or hurt so badly to the point that an official toy states Gumball has broken 271 bones. That's more bones than there are in a cat's skeleton.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: According to the wiki, he breaks the fourth wall the most often.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Does this in "The Bros" when he's trying to ask Penny to marry him.
  • Catchphrase:
    • "*sigh* (aggravated) Fine..."
    • "What the what!?" became a semi-recurring line of his in the second season—it was even used as a Mad Libs Catch Phrase a couple times ("What the droid?", "What the wasp?") and mocked by Darwin's impersonation of Gumball in "The Sidekick". It was used as early as "The Prank" in early season 1, however.
  • Cats Are Mean: Downplayed in that he's not usually cruel and can be very kind, but tends to be quite selfish, judgmental, and insensitive. Later on he takes this attitude and combines it with Cats Are Snarkers, constantly making lines that are as mean as they are accurate.
    Darwin: (imitating Gumball) Duh, hey Sussie! While conveniently ignoring my own character flaws, I'm happy to point out that you eat with the grace of a one-toothed camel!
  • Cats Hate Water: Despite proving many times in the past that he was inconsistently competent at swimming and usually the one chore he almost never ignores is showering, Gumball in Season 6 flat out can't swim without panicking, fussing and nearly drowning to the point putting him in any amount of water, or pointing out that he is in water will freak him out to not wanting to die levels.
  • Cats Are Superior: While a Loser Protagonist, the boy is also a bit of an egotistical narcissist.
  • Characterization Marches On: Initially very childlike and naive (much like Darwin), it wasn't until season two that he became a cynical, sarcastic Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
  • The Chew Toy: Amusing Injuries are quite common, but Gumball seems especially prone to them.
  • Cheerful Child: In the first season and when he was a toddler.
  • Chick Magnet: Zigzagged. In "The Robot", he becomes this... Except it is actually Bobert pretending to be him. Gumball is actually a downplayed version, as he has a mutual attraction with Penny while Sarah has a Stalker with a Crush on him and Darwin.
  • Classical Anti-Hero: In spite of his lack of physical fitness, intelligence, and maturity, he's usually the most likely one to save the day. Although he often causes these problems, or even is the problem.
  • Companion Cube: The lump of Principal Brown's hair in "The Burden", which he believed to be Chris Morris.
  • Cool Cat: Gumball often attempts to give off this type of cool, collected confidence, but rarely lives up to it. Perhaps best demonstrated in "The Responsible", where he nearly drowns, vomits up a bunch of water in a panic, then immediately snaps into a relaxed posed and acts unfazed. Even in 4th grade Gumball was trying to show this off by wearing a Fedora to school to impress his friends. They laughed.
  • Cowardly Lion: Gumball is a self-described coward, but manages to get by in dire situations even if he spends most of them freaking out.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: He gets insanely jealous at the suggestion of another guy dating Penny, even getting Mad at a Dream where Darwin kissed her despite him showing no interest in real life.
  • Crazy-Prepared: He often plans ahead to ensure he has to exert as little effort as possible.
    • One example would be in "The Spoiler" where he has a checklist of items for seeing a movie such as "affordable candy 'cause the stuff at the movies is a total rip-off" and "Clippers in case someone with big hair sits in front of us."
    • Another example would be in "The Vegging" where Darwin commends him for "thinking of everything" so that their day off would go uninterrupted.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: If his loved ones are threatened or insulted, Gumball can prove much more mature, clever, and determined than he usually is, and can be as strong and athletic as his mother.
  • Cute Kitten: He can be cute when he wants to be. "The Origins" shows that at the age of four, he was absolutely adorable.
  • Cute Little Fangs: His canines aren't visible when his mouth is closed, but are any time it's open and the teeth on his upper jaw aren't being used as part of his expression, even if no other teeth are shown.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He gets increasingly snarky as the show goes on, especially regarding Darwin. It becomes especially apparent throughout the second season, and compliments his Vocal Evolution (see below) quite nicely, actually.
  • Depending on the Artist: The white part of his pants is either a button or just a texture.
  • Depending on the Writer: His level of intelligence varies from episode. Sometimes he's a complete idiot, sometimes he's just mischievous, sometimes he just acts like a dork, sometimes he's the Only Sane Man. Since the latter half of Season 2, his Only Sane Man status became the more distinct of them all, as he's often able to see through another character's insane plot in a deadpan manner.
  • Detachment Combat: It's not used for combat, but Gumball seems to be able to function perfectly whenever a body part gains autonomy.
  • Determinator: In "The Third" he rides a tricycle through miles of hills, flies down a hill so fast he catches on fire, and gets covered in quick drying cement (which he promptly breaks through) just to prove that he and Darwin are still friends.
  • Disappointing Older Sibling: Anais doesn't respect Gumball very much, given he's less mature than her or Darwin, and tends to bother her much more than vice-versa. On a few occasions he can even be Big Brother Bully, most prominently when he left Anais out of a party in "Halloween" by hanging her from a tree branch.
  • Disguised in Drag: In some episodes like "The Dress" and "The Worst" he dresses up as a girl.
  • Don't Tell Mama: He preferred to go to Tina's cave to get Daisy back than not go and Anais telling mom about it.
  • Dumbass No More: He went from Too Dumb to Live to a more normal level of intelligence after the first season.
  • Early Installment Character-Design Difference: Besides Darwin, his design was the one who changed the most from the early reel to the actual show.
  • Embarrassing Middle Name: "The Club" reveals that his middle name is Tristopher, or in shortened form, "Trisha"—it was supposed to be Christopher, but Richard wrote it down wrong.
  • Embarrassing Nickname:
    • "The Meddler" has his mom calling him "Gummypuss".
    • In "The Club", Colin calls him "Trisha" from his middle name Tristopher.
    • In "The Kiss", Granny Jojo calls him "The Blue One".
  • Everyone Has Standards: For all the mischief he causes, he finds himself physically incapable of shoplifting even a candy bar and slaps himself in the face for trying. Ironic, given he's several times demonstrated he's extremely good at stealing things, even from his own mother, or planting them on other people. Also, in "The Dream", he states that once, he squashed a fly, and never got over the guilt.

  • Fashionable Asymmetry: He has two whiskers pointing forward and three pointing backward, regardless of the direction he's facing.
  • First Kiss: He had two or three or even four Accidental Kisses, with Darwin, Carmen, and Teri who flew to his face and possibly Sussie, then had his first intentional kiss with Penny.
  • Friend to All Children: Gumball may be despised by nearly everyone that is a non-friend, the world itself, animals, and even cats but "The Grades" shows that he can easily get along with kids. Helps that they were nice to him.
  • Generation Xerox: While obviously similar to his father, Gumball is also similar to his mother in the past, as they both get called losers by the kids or Miss Simian, which is why Nicole wanted to make him a winner in "The Fridge". He and Penny's relationship mirrors Nicole's with Richard growing up as well as Gumball, like his mother, encourages Penny to be herself and come out of her shell. More depressingly (though at least Nicole murders Harry and Gumball's is an Imagine Spot), both him and his mom had potential bad futures with shitty partners who make them emotionally abused housewives.
  • Genre Savvy: When the plot demands it but for the most part he'll end up being Wrong Genre Savvy due to Rule of Funny.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Gumball frequently uses non-profanity, often with the emphasis and tone people usually reserve for actual profanity (including an Atomic Darn Bomb in "The Third"). In "The Safety" he claims that he doesn't even know any real swear words.
  • Goth: According to "The Fraud", he had this phase once.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: While it doesn't surface too often, Gumball tends to do insane things when he's jealous of someone. In "The Flower", he tries to kill Leslie over Penny, although that was because a spirit was possessing him, he didn’t do it; in "The Dream", he obsesses over a kiss between Penny and Darwin that he knows he imagined; and in "The Triangle", he tries to stop Darwin from getting to a band rehearsal because he knows Darwin is achieving more than him. However, most of Gumball's jealousy is reserved for Alan, the local Parody Sue that Gumball loathes for how seemingly perfect and popular he is. In "The Saint", he tries to destroy Alan's life to expose his flaws, and in "The Traitor", he stalks Alan all over town to confront him about 'lying' to him.
  • Hartman Hips: A rare male example; his hips are twice the width of his chest. Clearly, he gets it from his mom.
  • Heinz Hybrid: He is half cat and half rabbit as his mom is a cat and his dad is a rabbit.
  • Hero with a Unique Name: Most of the cast have mundane names, so the main character going by "Gumball" makes him stick out pretty clearly.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Darwin. They are brothers, best friends, and even sang a song in "The Compilation" about how close they are. In "The Origins", Gumball's love for his missing (then) pet actually caused Darwin to evolve into the form he has today.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • Some episodes show that Gumball is a really good cook: he did very well in home ec class and seems to make his own meals a lot because his mom is so busy.
    • "The Photo" reveals that Gumball wants to be a doctor (or a lifeguard) when he grows up.
    • He's able to sketch a pretty decent (if strange) portrait of Darwin in "The Procrastinators".
    • "The Compilation" shows he can play the ukulele fairly well.
    • Surprisingly enough, he's shown to have considerable skill with a bow and arrow across a couple episodes
      • In "The Society", he lands a headshot on Mr. Small from across the stage when he's asked for a headshot when auditioning for the school play with a Pre-Asskicking One-Liner to boot (though he claimed to have been aiming for the portrait of Tobias that Mr. Small was holding)
        Gumball (suddenly using a deep voice): How's this for a headshot *proceeds to shoot Mr. Small in the forehead with his bow and arrow prop*
      • In "The Matchmaker", he casually and effortlessly scores multiple direct hits with arrows tipped with love potion, first on Darwin and Teri (from a great distance no less) to make them fall in love with each other when he and Carrie mistakenly believed that Teri was Darwin's crush, and later on Teri's spray bottle to deal with Teri when Carrie's love breaks the spell on Darwin and allows the two to become an Official Couple
      • His first instinct is also to use his stuffed bullfrog with a harp as a make shift bow and arrow to attempt to shoot an enraged Tina at a kissing booth in "The Mess". This doesn't go quite as well, however, though it may be justified as he was operating on a lack of sleep the entire day.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: More like Hilariously Abusive Babyhood. When he was little, his dad dropped him on the ground and that may be the reason he had a deformed head at one point.
    • "The Grades" shows that Gumball can do fine academically if he actually studies (by accident).
    • Gumball has a wonderful singing voice (unless the humor comes from his terrible singing). This is displayed in several episodes such as "The Kids", "The Compilation", "The Uncle" and "The Parents".
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Not usually but when it comes to Mr. Robinson, for some reason Gumball can't see he's a bitter, miserable, old jerk who hates everything for no good reason.
  • Hypocrite: Gumball can get stubborn and preachy about beliefs he'll suddenly take up without being able to live by. For example in "The Money," he refuses to sell out the family to do a Joyful Burger commercial despite them in desperate need for money after Richard tosses it all in the ocean. When the family is forced to sign the contract lest all of Elmore is destroyed, Gumball still has one last stubborn stand for his principles of the day... except when he sees the contract.
    Gumball: I got principles! Just turns out I can't live by them.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: A recurring gag is Gumball engaging in reckless behavior so he can do something out of the ordinary. One of his own fantasies has him allowing unprotected exposure to dangerous mutagenic processes in the slim hope of gaining superpowers.
  • Imaginary Friend: In "The Catfish", it's revealed he has an imaginary friend called Mr. Smiggles... which turns out to be real. "The Puppets" shows several more.
  • Innocently Insensitive: When Gumball acted selfish or rude in the first season, there was a general implication that he did so because he didn't know any better. The biggest difference in his character from the second on is that he's less innocent and more sensitive: he's portrayed as more culpable for his immaturity, ignorance, and insults, but he's also better at realizing when someone needs his help or if he's done something wrong.
  • Interspecies Romance: He (a cat) and Penny (a peanut with antlers, later revealed to be a shape-shifting fairy-like creature).
  • Interspecies Friendship: He (a cat) and Darwin (a fish).
  • In Touch with His Feminine Side:
    • Gumball once had his hair permed and then asked if he could have a pet pony.
    • In "The Meddler", he showed a real (and comical) interest in being a cheerleader, even thinking it would prove how manly he was.
    • He dressed as a girl playing Anais as a doll in a commercial he did in "The Tape".
    • In "The Roots", he wore a mermaid outfit so Darwin could feel more right at home.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: Gumball is, to put it bluntly, indestructible. He's survived falling off a cliff, being punched through a wall, and even being flushed down the toilet.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While he can be exasperated with others and often does some dumb or insensitive things, he's a good kid and will go out of his way to try and help... Even when explicitly told not to. You can't say he isn't a good boyfriend, either, as Penny is the only person he has never been rude towards, no matter the circumstances. Even when he's bumbling or fouling things up, he never means it.
  • Jerkass to One: He's generally a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, but despises Alan and takes every opportunity to abuse him. Gumball will occasionally acknowledge having no good reason to hate Alan, but keep doing it anyway as he hates that Alan is a kinder, more generous person than he could ever be.
  • Keet: Early on in the series he is almost perpetually bright and energetic. This trait becomes less pronounced later on, as he becomes plenty capable of apathy and cynicism. In "The Origins" when he was a toddler, he was so hyper that his parents couldn't find the time to rest as long as he's active.
  • Knight Templar Big Brother: He tends to get this way about Anais most of the time, like in "The Parasite" where he attempts to poison Anais' seemingly Poisonous Friend by poisoning her sandwich or in "The Rival" where in he fantasizes about football punting Kayvon, who he imagines as a toddler bully.

  • Like Parent, Like Child:
    • From his father's side, being a slacker and Adorkable enough to touch the hearts of their respective romantic interests.
    • From his mother's side, he's a lot more athletic, determined, and can have as much temper and strength as his mother than he realized deep down as long as he is motivated.
  • Loser Protagonist: Lazy, irresponsible, unathletic, Book Dumb to a sometimes dangerous degree, and usually falls victim to endless abuse each episode. Worsened in that he isn't enough of a deadbeat loser like his father, who can reverse it around in his favor. However, he's growing out of this in later seasons.
  • Loser Son of Loser Dad: A lot of Gumball's negative traits he has in common with his father.
  • Lovable Coward: Gumball may be frightened about a lot of things but it's pretty difficult to not feel bad when he gets in a more nasty situation than he's used to.
  • Momma's Boy: Specially in "The Meddler". In general, Nicole is very protective of him.
  • Motor Mouth: In the Japanese dub, courtesy of his voice actress. He has his moments in the original English version too, such as in "The Schooling" when he tells Larry what he learned from taking his jobs for five minutes.
  • Mr. Vice Guy: Gumball can be sarcastic, prideful even when he can't live up to his beliefs, envious especially around Alan, and unmotivated but he is overall loyal, is willing to help out of good intentions even unwarranted, and cares for his family and loved ones. Not to mention having his own moral compass after he realized his mistakes.
  • Naked People Are Funny: Out of all the characters in the entire series, he will appear nude the most to his embarrassment. Though ironically he is one of the few characters to wear clothes to begin with.
  • Narcissist: Despite his underachieving, several episodes are based around Gumball going to extreme lengths to prove himself right for some trivial reason, purely to validate his own ego.
  • Neat Freak: Gumball occasionally looks ticked whenever he gets dirty and is known to adore taking showers while in "The Burden" he took a bath smiling.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: He himself has assumed he doesn't have powers, but sometimes he gets temporary ones. For instance, he shapeshifts in his imagination song in "The Money" and transforms his head into a goat's in "The Advice" to call the Abraham Lincoln Goat.
  • New Transfer Student: He pretends to be one in "The Dress", going under the name GumballOopsEggWobbleUnderpants.
  • Nice Guy: In season one, he was very nice to almost everyone, especially Mr. Robinson.
  • Noodle People: He is incredibly skinny, similar to Rob, Julius, Nicole, Larry, Gary, Hexagon Lady, and Miss Simian.
  • No Sense of Direction: He think he can somehow memorize a map after eating it and when the wind is directly speaking to him, in plainly decipherable language, he does the exact opposite of what it tells him.
  • Not So Different: He orders his whole family around frantically to make his study date with Penny in "The Knights" perfect, showing he is capable of being just as neurotic, controlling and raging as his mom.
  • Official Couple: With Penny.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: "Gumball" is actually a nickname, but until "The Name" nobody but Nicole knew his real first name was "Zach"—not even Gumball himself. Then "Zach" becomes a intolerable Split Personality who tries to replace Gumball, so he legally changes his name to "Gumball" to get rid of him.
  • Only Sane Man: While he was a mix of this, being simply mischievous, hyperactive or stupid, this is slowly becoming his most seen side. The best example is in "The Fridge," being the only family member not worked up into a competitive spirit (started by his mother) and forced to bring the family back to normal.
  • Orange/Blue Contrast: The blue to Darwin's orange.
  • The Other Darrin: He is voiced by Nicky Jones in the early reel, Logan Grove in Season 1, 2, and “The Kids”. He is voiced by Jacob Hopkins from the end of “The Kids” to “The Copycats”. He is voiced by Nicolas Cantu from the end of “The Copycats” - present.
  • The Power of Love: It's apparently so powerful that it's what allowed a young Darwin to grow lungs and legs just by Gumball's sheer determination and inability to give up on him coming home. Spoilered example aside, underneath his Deadpan Snarker attitude he is actually a pretty sweet kid who's more than willing to help where he can, and he has had a crush on Penny for a long time before finally winning her heart. Not to mention, being able to appeal to Rob's good side in "The Rerun" to undo the events of "The Disaster".
  • Relationship Upgrade: After their Big Damn Kiss at the end of "The Shell" he and Penny are now dating.
  • Ridiculous Procrastinator: He's puts off things like returning/replacing DVDs, studying, and chores as long as possible. According to Nicole, his first sentence, said at the age of four, was "I'll do it tomorrow."
    Darwin: You said you'd deal with it.
    Gumball: I said I'd do it in a minute. You don't have to remind me every hour.
    • Being squeaky clean is usually Gumball's highest priority over most of those.
  • Rubber Man: Gumball has been shown numerous times to be incredibly elastic. In "The Virus", he shows that he has complete control over his entire body to an unsettlingly complex degree...though he will unintentionally move his internal organs around, requiring him to go to Joan. In "The Wicked", he manages to stretch out his arm and extend it up through Mr. Robinson's shirt. "The Photo" also shows that his face is exceedingly malleable, with Darwin able to mold his lips into a mustache (and an infinitely repeating copy of his mustachioed face) as well as completely alter the bone and muscle structure of his face to give him a handsome (if somewhat Uncanny Valley) face for his school picture.

  • Screams Like a Little Girl: His screams are very high pitch, especially in the first season when his first actor's voice was cracking.
  • Selective Obliviousness: He's completely incapable of understanding that Mr. Robinson is a cantankerous old man who can't stand him or his family, even when the evidence is right in front of him.
  • Shipper on Deck: For Darwin and Carrie. When they have their first Official Couple kiss, he smiles warmly and doesn't bother closing his eyes.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: The only girl that has stolen Gumball's heart: Penny Fitzgerald. When he needs to get a date in "The Party" but can't bring himself to ask Penny, he doesn't show romantic interest in any of the other girls he asks, instead treating it like some strange chore. He literally has eyes for no girl but Penny.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Early on Gumball is very vocal of his non-existent competence and ability, and how sincere he's being is rather questionable. This tended to make him The Millstone toward the smarter but less assertive Darwin, and a frequent subject to Break the Haughty. Later on, he's far more self-deprecating and aware of his own flaws, albeit seemingly mocking everyone else a lot more to compensate. This trait still shows up occasionally; he's still particularly reluctant to acknowledge his own physical weakness.
  • Smart Ball: No Pun Intended. He is sometimes the Only Sane Man, such as in "The Bus" (while everyone else gets the Idiot Ball instead).
  • Stalker Without a Crush: "The Sale" shows him, alongside Darwin, to have an obsessive and stalker-esque Hero Worship of Mr. Robinson. When they find out Mr. Robinson is moving away, Gumball asks to take a lock of his hair to cook and eat so that Mr. Robinson will be a part of him forever.
  • Strong as They Need to Be: His level of physical fitness is heavily subject to the Rule of Funny and Rule of Cool. He's stated to be in such terrible shape that he can't overpower a girl made of paper and his organs have a fit doing basic exercises, but when a Chase Scene happens he's perfectly capable of keeping up or even pulling Le Parkour moves that rival his mother's and running for blocks without slowing down.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: He looks almost exactly like a shorter version of his mother. Comparing how she looked at his age, the only difference besides clothes was that she was taller, usually has visible eyelashes, and her whiskers look different. In "The Plan", he even tries to impersonate her and since he obscures the huge height difference by standing in a bush, it was amazingly effective.
  • Supporting Protagonist: In some episodes, like "The Butterfly" and "The Night".
  • Super-Powered Evil Side:
    • Jealous Gumball in "The Flower", which was strong enough to smash through giant football players.
    • Zach in "The Name", who supposedly succeeds at almost everything Gumball fails at and "always thinks ahead". However, he refuses to admit where he fails at unlike Gumball, but his ego is big enough to cloud such mistakes.
  • Super Speed: When the plot calls for it, he's fast enough to set people on fire when he passes by them, such as "The Traitor" and "The Best". Otherwise, he's as fast as a normal kid his age.
  • Supreme Chef: Shown to be at least decent in cooking in the episode "The Secret". Miss Simian has also called his cooking 'divine' and has gotten a B in home economics because of said cooking. Also in "The Traitor" he singlehandedly prepares a rather impressive dish from a hodgepodge of ingredients.
    • Though he did make a hilariously bad meal for Anais in "The Responsible" and tried to make a meatloaf out of bread crumbs, an onion, an egg and toothpaste in "The Downer", though it may have been Rule of Funny at work.
  • Tall Poppy Syndrome: Gumball can be both very lazy and very stubborn. This leads to him resenting when others, especially Alan, succeed when he's not even trying.
  • Temporarily a Villain: In "The Saint," Gumball becomes a Villain Protagonist, doing a series of increasingly cruel and harmful things to Alan solely to prove that Alan can't possibly be as perfect as he appears and that something must upset him, going so far as selling Alan's parents to Elmore’s resident Monster Clown and showing Alan a tape of them being twisted into balloon animals; at this point, Darwin remarks that Gumball has long since crossed the line and will most likely go to prison.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In "The Mustache" (which was in Season 1, when he was much more of a wimp), he becomes a grown man and throws a dodgeball at Tina. It makes her break the walls.
  • Took a Level in Cynic: There is significant shift of optimism to cynic that hit him heavily ever since Season 2 rolled. Justified, he's been effectively The Chew Toy since his debut.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: In the early reel, he was able to make a complex plan to escape school, and even said that one was simplified. His intelligence was passed to Anais when the series started.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Incredibly zig-zagged in Season 6 he's a lot closer to how he interacted with others in Season 1 being almost as sweet as he was then but also keeping up being a lazy, easily annoyed snarker at the same time.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Gumball is almost as much a Cheerful Child as Darwin in the first season, and considerably more acerbic from the second season onward. Granted, even back then Gumball was repeatedly shown as selfish, rude, and destructive, so it's more a shift in attitude than benevolence.
  • Toxic Friend Influence: Inevitably but justifiably teaches Darwin to say anything that's on his mind. Of course it backfires just as much as it is successful.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: He's considerably shorter than Penny, though how much varies by the scene.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: In "The Awkwardness", he mentions that ketchup is his favorite sauce.
  • Twice Shy: His feelings for Penny are mutual, but both struggle to confess to each other. As of "The Shell", they're official.
  • Unfazed Everyman: He is perhaps the most normal person in Elmore. Or at the very least he is aware of all the weirdness that surrounds him and is quite comfortable with it.
    Gumball: Wait a minute, this here’s a talking, dancing banana who somehow has a butt. We go to school with a T-Rex, a ghost, a toast, and whatever Principal Brown is. Now who dares to say the world isn't amazing?
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: "Origins" showed that the cynical, snarky Gumball was once a sweet, energetic toddler.
  • Verbal Tic: He tends to squeak, usually when he's yelling. Some of this just seems to be due to Logan Grove's voice cracking.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Gender-flipped. Hurting or insulting Penny will get the same reaction to the point that in "The Shell", he scathingly calls out her father for calling her a monster after she broke out of her shell and he actually agrees with Gumball that he was wrong. And in "The Test", he goes back to being his brutally blunt self after seeing Tobias who took over the show get close to his girlfriend and even unleashes his tirades on him in form of an acid attack which burns his face off!
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Gumball can have a pretty acerbic attitude toward all of his classmates but Darwin and Penny, yet most of them seem to consider him their friend. "The Return" has everyone worried over Darwin and Gumball's absence even though they all thought things were way nicer without them (too nice even).
  • Vocal Evolution: His voice cracked a lot in the first season and, along with Darwin's, got deeper over the course of the first two seasons as his VA got older. His second voice actor stated in an interview that his performance is specifically based off how he sounded in the second season.
  • Weirdness Magnet: Elmore is already pretty weird, but whenever something especially weird happens it always happens to him.
  • Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: His odd (nick)name is sometimes commented on, most notably by Mr. Small in "The Banana".
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: He has no problem dressing up like a girl if need be. Some examples would be in "The Tape", "The Meddler" and "The Worst".
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: "AHHH, spider! Knock his block off!"
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: He missed the extreme luck he got from the eponymous hat in "The Helmet" and went insane with using its power once he got it back.
  • Would Hit a Girl:
    • When he becomes a full grown man in "The Mustache", he throws a dodgeball on Tina and launches her over the gym wall.
    • He also slaps Jackie's hand in "The Spoiler".
    • Overlaps with Would Hurt a Child in "The Faith", where he's implied to have beaten some little kids with a baseball bat, two of which were girls.
    • When Gumball thinks Jodie is taking advantage of Anais, he tries to knock her out and then poison her.
    • In “The Slide” he pushed Betty twice and the blue triangle woman once, and in “The Fan” he pushes Sarah many times.
  • Would Hurt a Child: In "The Faith", it's implied he beat up a bunch of younger kids who tried to hold him up.
    Gumball: Meh. Shame they didn't earn their self-defense badges either.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Gumball is a blue-furred cat.

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