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  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: Gumball and Nicole are blue cats, and Anais and Richard are pink rabbits.
  • Animesque: Their facial expressions seem to invoke this. The show's art director has even described their designs as being "very Japanese-inspired".
  • Badass Adorable: All of them are quite cute...especially when they do something badass.
  • Badass Family: More and more as the series continues. In the later seasons, more episodes involve them teaming up to deal with huge catastrophes together.
    • In "The Club", the family uses their own odd traits to impressively take out some nerds, Colin and Felix and also Bobert and Ocho. Nicole used her anger to take out a locked door, Richard managed to stall Felix in a board game, Anais used static electricity to short circuit Bobert and hacked a computer to intercept Gumball's embarrassing video, and Darwin's dance skills distracted Colin into dancing with him. Subverted with Gumball however, who fails to stop the video uploading, and is recognized as so lacking in talent even the nerds don't want to touch him.
    • Even moreso in "The Ape" where they work together in a car chase to stop Miss Simian after she tricked them.
    • "The Pizza" has them managing to survive through a Mad Max-esque apocalypse.
  • Barefoot Cartoon Animal: Gumball, Nicole, and Richard. In Gumball's case, however, it's because he gave his shoes to Darwin to protect his sensitive foot fins. Anais is a Fully Dressed Cartoon Animal (oddly, wearing socks with no shoes) and Darwin only wears shoes. On occasions where they break from their Limited Wardrobe, they may or may not wear shoes.
  • Butt-Monkey: All of them suffer from injuries quite frequently.
  • Cheated Angle: The Wattersons always have their faces in ¾ view, no matter which way their bodies are facing. Darwin's whole body is always in ¾. Whether they are facing forward or to the side is instead indicated by the position of their ears (or tailfin in Darwin's case). When someone attempted to make 3D models of the Watterson family, the head-on views of their face looked... strange.
  • Expressive Ears: All the Wattersons aside from Darwin have ears that pop up and down to indicate expressions.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Of the Watterson children, Anais is the most mature and rational of them. And while Darwin may go along with Gumball's schemes, he often acts as the voice of reason and calls out Gumball when his actions are out of selfishness and/or spite. And Gumball is the laziest, most selfish, and the most likely one prone to getting himself into mischief.
  • Freudian Trio: In terms of the Watterson siblings:
  • Gender Equals Breed: Inverted as they're a female cat and a male rabbit whose children are a male cat and female rabbit.
  • Humanlike Hand Anatomy: When necessary, the Wattersons' hands change from ovular paws (Fingerless Hands in Darwin's case) to human-like hands with separate fingers.
  • It's All About Me: They all have their moments. Most notably in "The Pizza", where they all complain about having horrible days, and Anais has to spell out to them that Larry had a far worse day than all of them because he bore the brunt of the Wattersons' Jerkassery.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Not always, but their reckless actions often come back to bite them. Like in "The Nuisance" where they are publicly humiliated after trashing their town in a misguided attempt to save their neighborhood.
  • Literal-Minded: They all have their moments, Richard especially.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Whenever a problem or crisis occurs in an episode, it's usually at least one of them who causes it. Case in point: in "The Pizza," the entire plot kicks off because the Wattersons treated Larry so badly that he finally got sick of it and quit all of his jobs, resulting in all of Elmore falling into chaos.
  • Only Child Syndrome: Averted. Notably, the Wattersons are one of the few families in Elmore with more than one child. The only other cases depicted are The Fitzgeralds, Idaho's family, Hot Dog Guy's family, and The Wilsons (the latter of which only during Season 1).
  • Pale Females, Dark Males: Nicole is a slightly lighter shade of blue than Gumball, but Anais is a slightly darker shade of pink than Richard.
  • Perpetual Poverty: Gumball's trademark sweater was said to have been found in a garbage dump, for goodness sake.
    Gumball: We're so broke that we give "you-owe-me's" to charity.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: They frequently cause massive property damage, some good examples being "The Skull" (when Gumball and Darwin indirectly cause $20,000 of damage to the boy's shower room) and "Christmas" (when Gumball, Darwin, and Anais similarly cause thousands of dollars of damage at the local mall). By the end of the second season, the total amount they've done to Elmore is measured to be $800,000.
    • Even when doing something simple, it can happen. In the episode "The Job", Richard becomes a pizza delivery guy. However, Richard getting a job was such a massive violation of the natural order, the universe began dissolving into chaos, especially as he got closer to finishing his route.
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy:
  • Pretentious Latin Motto: The Wattersons actually have a coat of arms with a motto reading "familia hic insere sententia" which according to Nicole translates to "Insert family motto here". The coat of arms is meant to indicate the Wattersons' genetics as they have a long standing history of stupidity. However, the motto is actually mistranslated as it actually reads "the sentence of graft in the family here", the joke still applies though since the image is of a man sawing off the branch he's sitting on.
  • Sphere Eyes: They all have the separated kind of eyes which are ovular in the first season (the boys' being more rectangular), switching between spherical and ovular in the second season, and always spherical in the third season.
  • Super-Deformed: The members of the Watterson Family all have rather large heads even compared to the cartoonish proportions most characters in the show have.
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: The Wattersons have a distinct head shape unique to the family, but somehow shared by all five of them, even both parents and Darwin, who is adopted. The same even applies to Nicole's father and both of Richard's parents.
  • Weirdness Magnet: They are almost in the center (and cause) of all the strange events in their town.
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    Gumball Tristopher Watterson 
For tropes related to him, see this page.

    Darwin Raglan Caspian Ahab Poseidon Nicodemius Watterson III 
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"Sorry, what was that? I was distracted by—Oh look, a shoe!"

Voiced by: Kwesi Boakye (season 1–3); Terrell Ransom, Jr. (season 3-4, season 5 up to "The Copycats"); Donielle T. Hansley, Jr. ("The Copycats"-"The Cage"), Christian J. Simon ("The Faith"-present)
Debut: Early reel/Season 1, "The DVD"
Last appearance: Season 6, "The Inquisition"

Gumball's ten-year-old pet goldfish-turned-family member who sprouted legs, grew in size, and began to talk. Gumball and Darwin are seen as brothers (Darwin even calls Nicole "Mrs Mom" and Richard "Mr. Dad") and attend the same school and class. Darwin is a bit naive due to his forced adaptation among the "normal" world, though he is more rational and moral than Gumball.



  • Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: The only clothing Darwin wears are shoes, and he's the only one in his family who does so (though Anais wears socks and the shoes were Gumball's before he gave them to him). Lampshaded by how Darwin's feet will often be subject to pixellation in the same way Gumball's crotch is.
    Darwin: That's all I have left to hide!
    • Mentioned by Anais in "The Job", where she states that they've been wearing the same clothes for a year and that it's time for Darwin to start wearing pants.
    • When series director Mic Graves was asked in an interview why Darwin didn't wear pants, he pointed out Darwin doesn't have any buttocks to put them on. Although Darwin actually does have them, sometimes.
  • Actual Pacifist: Darwin claims to be a "Pacifish" in the first season. This changes in Season 2.
  • Adorkable: More so in season 1, where his naivete is played up more often than Gumball's.
  • All-Loving Hero: Darwin always tries to see the goodness in others and will often go out of his way to selflessly help those who are sad.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Ok, he's a goldfish, but he has a mild African American affect to his speech, no doubt owing to his voice actors being African American. His anthropomorphic counterpart in "The Shippening" is indeed black.
  • Anthropomorphic Transformation: Started off as a regular pet fish for Gumball, but soon learned to talk after bonding with him, although it's implied that he was intelligent even before this. Eventually, he developed legs and lungs through sheer determination to make his way back to Gumball after they were separated.
  • Apologetic Attacker: On occasions where he is forced to get physical he will often do this such as in "The Copycats" where he fights his doppelganger.
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: His full name (see Overly Long Name below) includes a famous scientist, a sea, a captain from classic literature, and the Greek god of the seas.
  • Back from the Dead: Briefly after being killed off the show in "The Mirror", he was brought back as a revived corpse and went through an Unexplained Recovery shortly afterwards. Later in the episode "The Rerun", he died in front of Gumball only to be brought back by Rob going back in time to prevent his death and anything else that occurred in the episode from ever happening.
  • Badass Pacifist:
    • In "The Sweaters", he and Gumball 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.
    • In "The Loophole", Darwin managed to stop Bobert from destroying all of mankind by reminding him that one of his rules include protecting all life, even viruses like mankind.
  • Bad Impressionist: On the phone with Nicole in "The Flakers", trying to impersonate Richard (while speaking in his own usual high voice) after discovering that he has escaped the house:
    Nicole: Can you pass me onto him, please?
    Darwin: Um, yeah... one minute!
    (clears throat and tries to impersonate Richard)
    Darwin: Hello, Mrs. Mom, what's for dinner?
    Nicole: (unconvinced) Really?
    Darwin: (defeated) Y-ep.
  • Bad Liar: Neither he nor Gumball could resist darting their eyes to the side when lying to Anais. And in "The Plan" Darwin had to be given a script because of his difficulty to improvise when lying.
  • Bald of Awesome: His lack of Non-Mammalian Hair is frequently pointed out.
  • Berserk Button:
    • For most of "The Banana", Darwin remains patient and friendly in regards to Banana Joe apparently chewing on his pen despite Gumball's insistence of Darwin getting revenge. What finally made Darwin angry was how he thought that Banana Joe trashed his desk.
    • Same as Gumball, they both don't react well when someone badmouths Mr. Robinson, as seen in "The Sale".
  • Beta Couple: With Carrie as of "The Matchmaker".
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He becomes a lot more aggressive when provoked in the second season; a prime example would be "The Banana", when he vandalizes Banana Joe's locker and tries to get in a fight with him for damaging his homework.
  • Big Brother Attraction: If dressing himself as Penny just for Gumball to show his love possibly implies this trope.
  • Butt-Monkey: The second biggest one after Gumball.
  • Came Back Wrong: After his death in "The Mirror", he was resurrected by another spell but appeared as a revived corpse. He got better though.
  • Cephalothorax: Played with; he's a fish that grew legs, so he technically has a separate head and body. However, his fish parts are highly stylized and his face is disproportionately large, meaning he'd basically be a Flying Face without his human-like arms and legs. Referenced several times. Gumball once made angry grabbing motions at his legs, saying that he was trying to strangle Darwin but couldn't because he doesn't have a neck. Also given as the reason he doesn't wear a shirt or pants, although he wore a collar and tie around the part where his legs meet his body in "The Puppy" and wore pants in "The Egg" and many other episodes.
  • Character Development: In the first season, Darwin was carefree, naive, and often had the moral high ground in many situations, not to mention often speaking with a grin on his face or his mouth going into a characteristic c-shape. In the second season, he's a lot more irritable and often no better than Gumball, though Darwin also gained the tendency to commit random acts of violence and became more of a Deadpan Snarker.
  • Character Tic: Starting with season 2, he is often seen puckering his lip when his mood is neutral.
  • Cheerful Child: Under most circumstances, he's a pretty happy guy. When he isn't...
  • Chick Magnet: Just ask Carrie, Jamie, Sarah, Masami, and Rachel.
  • The Conscience: He has a higher moral sense than Gumball does and will usually voice his concerns. In "The Sidekick", Gumball tells him that he counts on Darwin to stop him from going through with especially bad ideas.
  • Creepy Child: Surprisingly, despite him having a higher moral sense and being a decent guy, Darwin has shown instances of being this trope.
    • In "The Words", he's encouraged to speak freely and criticize. He ends up torturing an entire classroom with all his bottled-up loathing at their quirky antics.
    • In "The Limit", when he and his siblings are sent to the car after throwing a tantrum for not getting candy, Darwin, suggests this solution of getting their mother back:
      Darwin: "You know what we should do? We should make full-sized paper models of ourselves, set the car on fire, and push it off a cliff to teach Mom a lesson." (Cue the looks of horror on Gumball and Anais' faces)
    • In "The Sidekick", Darwin's idea of making Tobias give back their game is to kidnap his mother. Gumball understandably calls Darwin out on his idea and at one point calls him a "psycho".
    • In "The Safety", he ends up turning Elmore into a police state (which devolves further into a totalitarian dictatorship).
  • Cute, but Cacophonic: Sometimes, when his voice breaks. Taken to extremes in "The Castle" when Gumball makes fun of his voice and he lets out a scream so shrill, it almost renders Gumball and Anais catatonic.
  • The Cutie: Played to comical heights.
  • Dark-Skinned Redhead: The human version of him Sarah drew in "The Shippening" has brown skin and orange hair.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Well, usually his snarking is a lot more cheerful, but he gets more and more of it after the first season.
  • Depending on the Writer: Like above, his level of intelligence also varies depending on the episode, as does how peaceful and innocent he is. There's a general shift over time, from hopelessly naive and ignorant to mostly moral and positive, but prone to snark and a severe case of Beware the Nice Ones.
  • Deuteragonist: He has at least a secondary role in more episodes than anyone but Gumball.
  • Elegant Classical Musician: Darwin, though he never tried a musical instrument before, was able to play "Clair de Lune" on a slide whistle.
  • Empathy Pet: In "The Origins", he was this to Gumball.
  • Everyone Has Standards: In "The DVD" he became extremely pissed off when Gumball considered committing video piracy.
  • Fangs Are Evil: During his Villain Song, "No More Mr. Nice Guy", he has fangs and red eyes, as he happily points out. He reverts back to his normal appearance when Gumball slaps him.
  • Fingerless Hands: Darwin's fins don't usually have fingers, but he can still handle things as if they did. He may gain a thumb and sometimes an index finger.
  • Fish out of Water: A literal example.
  • Good Cannot Comprehend Evil: In "The Wicked", he insists nobody's truly evil, and he spends the episode trying to prove that Mrs. Robinson has some good in her. He changes his mind when he makes Mrs. Robinson think he's choking, and she just smiles and watches.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: He gets incredibly jealous of the attention Gumball gives to Penny once they start dating. The fact that he was immune to being possessed by jealousy in "The Flower" implies this is the first time in his life he's ever been jealous.
  • Happily Adopted: Darwin is Gumball & Anais' brother without question, and even though he calls them Mr. Dad and Mrs. Mom, they're his real Dad & Mom to him; obviously the feeling is completely reciprocated.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Gumball. They are brothers, best friends, and even sang a song in "The Compilation" about how close they are.
  • Hidden Depths: "The Sale" shows he knows hand signing.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: When taken over by Jealousy in "The Flower" he's the only one with no spite or envy of anyone else, instead just stating he's "actually quite happy with my life". Gumball took a peek inside his head in "The Sweaters" to see if he had any guilt, and just saw a brilliant shining light come out.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Like Gumball, Darwin tended to unintentionally offend people in the first season. Afterward he's much more snarky and aggressive, usually toward Gumball, but also more considerate—often excessively so.
  • Insistent Terminology: He considers himself to be/have been an "Animal Companion", not a pet.
  • Interspecies Adoption: Darwin's treated like as much of a member of the family as Gumball is. Although legally, he's still registered as a pet.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Carrie and explored more in "The Scam". It finally happened between them in "The Matchmaker".
  • In Touch with His Feminine Side: Darwin seems to have interests in classical music and synchronized swimming (though the latter makes sense, considering he's a fish).
  • Keet: In early episodes, he's almost unfailingly energetic. He becomes less so later on, but he's still usually more upbeat and optimistic than Gumball.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Sometimes go through this. In "The Roots", he attempts to guilt trip the rest of the family into buying him a bigger fish tank, which eventually results in him going through a massive Humiliation Conga,
    • Gumball isn't afraid to knock him down a peg or two when he acts too insufferable as seen in "The Phone", "The Hug", or "The Loophole".
  • Legacy Character: As his full name states, he's not the first Darwin Watterson, the previous having been regular goldfish their whole lives. Though "The Origins" shows that the current Darwin is actually the sixth replacement, the previous having all died due to negligence and stupidity.
  • Literal-Minded: Darwin often takes figurative speech literally, which sometimes leads to pain on his part.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • He was once the family pet fish but then he sprouted legs and doesn't need water to breathe anymore. Think about that for a second.
    • His middle names all have nautical connections.
  • Morality Chain: Gumball considers Darwin to be this to him.
    Gumball: Ugh, this momnapping thing was by far the worst leader move I've ever heard of!
    Darwin: Oh come on! That's exactly the kind of idea you'd usually come up with!
    Gumball: Yeah, but if it was my plan, I would have had you stop me from doing it!
    Darwin: What do you mean?
    Gumball: I mean, you're not a sidekick, dude. You're a guardian! I need you, man!
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Several somebodies.
  • Never My Fault: Darwin's quick to blame Gumball for a problem but will rarely own up to his own involvement in the situation. Gumball even calls him out on this in "The Law".
  • Nice Guy: He becomes more aggressive from the second season onwards, but he still remains a Cheerful Child. When he was possessed by a spirit of jealousy, he reveals that "[he's] actually quite happy with [his] life" and holds no spite or envy towards anyone else.
    Darwin: Is he gonna cry? Because if he cries, I'll cry!
  • Not So Above It All: While he's usually the Only Sane Man, when exposed to certain events that Gumball is up to, the roles can switch and Darwin can actually be even worse than Gumball himself:
    • In "The Sidekick", Darwin's idea of making Tobias give back their game is to kidnap his mother; Gumball outright calls him a psycho for doing so.
    • In "The Banana," he initially preaches Turn the Other Cheek even as Gumball tries to insist he take revenge on Banana Joe for allegedly chewing the pen he borrowed, but when Joe accidentally destroys his homework as a result of Gumball's glue prank, Darwin completely disregards his own advice, vandalizes Joe's locker, and when Mr. Small calls them into his office, has to be physically restrained from attacking Joe by Gumball.
    • "The Bros" and "The BF Fs" are both episodes showing just how violent, possessive, and irrational Darwin will become if he feels his status as Gumball's best friend is threatend.
  • Obsessed with Food: He tends to think with his stomach from time to time as most fish seem to do.
  • Official Couple: As of "The Matchmaker", he and Carrie are a couple.
  • Only Sane Man: Though not necessarily the smartest person in any episode he's in, he's traded off on the role of "the only person being objective while everything's going nuts" with Anais on occasion, and has started playing the Straight Man to Gumball's antics more. Gumball basically says in "The Sidekick" that his role in their dynamic is to stop him from doing really crazy things. Though at times, such as "The Sidekick", "The Phone", and "The Banana", roles switch and he actually acts worse than what Gumball does.
  • The Other Darrin: He is voiced by Jake Pratt in the early reel, Kwesi Boake in Season 1, 2, and “The Kids” He is voiced by Terrell Random Jr. from the end of “The Kids” to “The Copycats”, he is voiced by Donnielle T. Hansley Jr. from the end of “The Copycats” to the beginning of “The Anybody”, He is voiced by Christian J. Simon from “The Anybody” - present.
  • Overly Long Name: In "The Party", he reveals that his full name is Darwin Raglan Caspian Ahab Poseidon Nicodemus Watterson III.
  • Parental Title Characterization: Darwin calls his parents "Mrs. Mom" and "Mr. Dad"—not because he's distant from them, but because he's polite and slightly eccentric. "The Origins" showed this started when Richard asked to be called "Dad" instead of "Mr. Watterson", and Darwin partially missed the point.
  • Pure Is Not Good: Darwin's innocent nature usually makes him fairly kind, but if exposed to certain events that Gumball is up to, he can be worse than him. Even in the first season it was implied he had a lot of pent up rage he was too innocent to express properly: Darwin's attempt to yell out his stress in "The Painting" produced a nuclear explosion, during which he continued smiling.
  • Relationship Upgrade: He becomes a couple with Carrie in "The Matchmaker".
  • Same Clothes, Different Year: Darwin wears the same style of shoes in every flashback set after the end of "The Origins", where Gumball gave him his first pair.
  • Sarcasm-Blind: In season 1, he failed to understand sarcasm often, especially from Anais. In season 2, he snarks with the best of them.
  • Sarcastic Devotee: Can be this to Gumball on occasion.
  • Selective Obliviousness: Like Gumball, he can't comprehend that Mr. Robinson can't stand the Watterson family even when the evidence is right in front of him.
  • Sour Supporter: He'll usually be the first person to call Gumball out on a selfish plan but will often end up assisting him anyway.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: He's able to guess what Chris Morris the hamster says in "The Burden" and speak squirrel in "The Question", probably because he used to be a pet. Of course, all the animals can speak and understand English anyway, making it a bit of a moot point.
  • Stepford Smiler: In "The Meddler", Darwin constantly smiles to hide his displeasure of Nicole coming to school—later on he keeps doing so because he forgot how to stop. In "The Gripes", he keeps smiling while trying to cheer up an unreasonably-grumpy Gumball, barely restraining himself from smashing his head in with a toaster, until he collapses into whining along with him.
  • Super Not-Drowning Skills: He's a very good swimmer and can breathe underwater. He's a fish, what do you expect?
  • Toothy Bird: Despite being a fish, Darwin has teeth that are even more humanlike than the rest of the family's.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Fish flakes, apparently.
    • "The Potato" shows Darwin having a near obsession with potatoes.
  • Twice Shy: Darwin has a mutual crush on Carrie, and both become nervous when they try to ask each other out.
  • Unexplained Recovery: After he Came Back Wrong, he was restored completely for no good reason aside from the implication that it occurred as the Snatcher's curse was broken.
  • Uplifted Animal: Notably, while anything can become humanlike, he's the only character stated to have become human-like rather than being born that way. "The Origins" gives us an explanation of how he got uplifted; He was always as intelligent as he is now (as well as being fully capable of speech), but it was Gumball's love and refusal to give up on him coming home after accidentally being flushed down the toilet that caused his lungs and legs to grow in so that he could actually get back to Elmore. The love is also presumably what caused him to grow in size, as he was regular goldfish sized when they first bought him, but by the time he gets home he is as tall as a 4-year-old Gumball.
  • Villain Song: "No More Mr. Nice Guy", where his voice drops a number of octaves and he gets an Evil Makeover.
  • Vocal Evolution: Along with Gumball, his voice got deeper over the course of the first two seasons as his original VA (Kwesi Boakye) got older. Darwin's voice actor appears to have started puberty slightly later, resulting in Darwin's voice breaking often in season two, something Gumball's voice had mostly stopped by the end of season one (which make sense in-series because Darwin is two years younger). Gumball even mocks Darwin for it in "The Castle".
    Darwin: Dude, have you noticed that your voice has changed?
    Gumball: What, you mean how I sound like a man and you squeal like a piglet on helium?
  • Would Hit a Girl: In “The Puppy” he kicks Evil Turtle. Of course at that point he didn’t know she was a woman and it was to save Gumball.
  • Yandere: Darwin shows shades of this to Gumball in "The BFFS", Wherein Gumballs original best friend, Fuzzy, returns from Minnesota and the two bond, making Darwin extremely jealous. He threatens Fuzzy to stay away from Gumball and even tries to manipulate Fuzzy into looking like the bad guy. It reaches it's point near the climax, where Darwin bashes Fuzzy's head with a shovel to kill him and bury him in an unmarked grave in the woods where no one will find out. This was before he found out that Fuzzy was evil (and a robot), so far all intents and purposes, Darwin was going to murder a completely innocent person out of jealousy.
  • Younger Than They Look: When Darwin was two, he was of similar size and mental development as the four-year-old Gumball, and apparently started school at the same time (they're still in the same grade despite Darwin lacking the academic skills to skip grades). One assumes that Darwin aged faster before becoming a fully Uplifted Animal.

    Anais Watterson 
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"This plan already reeks of failure."

Voiced by: Kyla Rae Kowalewski
Debut: Season 1, "The Responsible"
Last appearance: Season 6, "The Inquisition"
Gumball's sister, a genius four-year-old pink rabbit. Due to her high intelligence, she attends Gumball and Darwin's middle school as well, one grade higher than them. Despite her competency, she still displays some traits of a typical four-year old.

  • Adorkable: We see a much more awkward side of Anais in "The Friend" as she tries to make friends for the first time.
  • Age Lift: In the show, she is four years old, but in a comic she states being eight, meaning in this continuity, she was born when Darwin was adopted. Despite this, she is still the same size.
  • Agent Scully: She's this to Gumball's Agent Mulder as she questions about such things as Gumball having bad luck in "The Curse" and Gumball having good luck when wearing the tinfoil hat in "The Helmet".
  • All Girls Like Ponies: In "Christmas" she tells Santa Claus that she wants not just one, but four ponies: one for the bedroom, one downstairs, one for the bathroom, and a spare one that no one else (namely Gumball) is allowed to use.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Gumball is far more likely to annoy her, but she starts to have her own moments of acting bratty in the second season.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Anais has an amazing analytical ability, which is seen in "The Parking" and "The Detective", especially the latter.
  • Badass Adorable: She managed to flip Richard when she was lost and scared in the desert as seen on "The Vacation".
  • Berserk Button: Suggesting that Daisy the Donkey was just a doll made her react with an absolutely monstrous looking face.
  • Brainy Baby: "The Choices" reveals that she was extremely smart even as an infant, being able to hold a pencil to correctly spell her name.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Shows this side of herself sometimes, such as in "The Car". In that episode, Anais doesn't care that Nicole is exhausted from working all night and just wants some sleep; Nicole promised to take her to see Daisy on Ice, and if she has to resort to guilt-tripping Nicole into going by repeatedly playing an auto recording of her declaring herself a "horrible mother" for not taking Anais to see her favorite show, then so be it.
  • Bunnies for Cuteness: Anais looks like a cute little rabbit.
  • The Chessmaster: In "The Remote", she manipulates the entire rest of the family to lock them outside while she watches TV. She does it again in "The Password," where she tricks Gumball and Darwin into thinking their parents favor her over them just so she can get time on the computer to herself.
  • Child Prodigy: Despite being four years old, she is described as one of the smartest characters on the show and even attends Junior High with her much older brothers; she is apparently at a higher class than they are. It's also revealed at the end of "The Genius" that she secretly took and passed Darwin's aptitude test with flying colors, and was judged smart enough to have her intelligence studied in a laboratory.
  • Cute Bruiser: Nowhere in Nicole's level, but she did curb-stomp Richard.
  • Daddy's Girl: Out of her and her brothers, she's the closest to their father.
  • Depending on the Writer: In the first season, it varied from episode to episode whether Anais had her own room or shared one with Gumball and Darwin. Later seasons always show the three of them sharing the same bedroom.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Falls into this in "The Friend." She sets up a big party, and is genuinely shocked that no one bothered to show up. As it turns out, Anais didn't actually invite anyone because she has no friends, and it doesn't occur to her that no one would show up under those circumstances until she actually says it out loud.
  • Girly Bruiser
  • Enfant Terrible: She mostly grew out of it, but "The Rival" shows that Anais spent a considerable amount of her infancy trying to murder her brothers. Even once she comes to accept them, she still enjoyed using her cuteness to frame them in front of their parents.
  • Expy: She looks quite similar to Panini from Chowder.
  • Friendless Background: We never see her with any friends, and "The Friend" shows this is because she doesn't have any.
  • Gold Digger: As mentioned below, she wants to marry a prince eventually so that she can basically live like her dad.
  • Grade Skipper: She attends eighth grade at the age of four, two years before most children have even started grade school.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Sometimes. She seems to inherit this from Nicole.
  • Hyper-Competent Sidekick: She's this to Darwin and Gumball.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: She has no friends, and in "The Parasite" we see she can get too obsessive the first sign of having a friend shows up.
    • "The Guy" cements that Gumball and Darwin, and later Jamie (along with the Chimera in "The Friend") will forever be her only true friends, much to her chagrin.
  • Innocent Prodigy: Despite being the smartest of the family, she still has shades of mentality of a toddler, and plays with Daisy the Donkey like a typical four-year old girl.
  • Insufferable Genius: She can act like this at times, smugly telling others what's logical and correct and getting flustered whenever it proves to be wrong. After all, she did manage to pull a Chessmaster scheme against her family on two occasions.
  • It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY": Her name is pronounced both as An-eye-ees and An-ai-ahsnote , typically varying by character (and voice actor) and she never favors one over the other.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite being snarky, bratty, and insufferable, she's a pretty decent person most of the time.
  • Killer Rabbit: Can prove to be quite dangerous when the situation requires it. Given her small size, she usually has to rely on her resourcefulness rather than brute strength.
  • Like Parent, Like Child:
    • From her mother, Anais got her temper and impressive fighting skills.
    • From her father, she (ironically) got his childish tendencies.
  • Little Miss Snarker: Only four years old, and a veteran master of snark.
  • No Name Given: The only of the main Wattersons whose middle name is not known.
  • No Social Skills: Given her intellect and attitude Anais can be very socially awkward. Case and point, her idea of friend hunting literally involves hunting for friends.
  • Not So Above It All: She's considerably more child-like—or even flat out crazy—when it comes to anything involving Daisy the Donkey. More generally, she's far more likely to involve herself with her brothers' hijinks from the second season on, even if she's usually smarter about it, compared to the first where she almost always refused to let herself get caught up in it. Seasons 3 and 4 implies that she can be lazy like Richard and is more willing to resort to violence upon others than her mother, even having to be convinced by her brothers not to beat up a kid who's picking on her.
  • Odd Friendship: She forms one with the strange monster in "The Friend".
  • Only Sane Woman: Can be her or can be her mother, depending on the episode.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Zigzagged. When the plot demands it, she is depicted as being able to lift way more than her body weight, such as when she carried a ton of luggage upstairs and the time she carried Darwin with a bunch of stuff on him all the way to the top of a mountain.
  • Rascally Rabbit: Although typically well-behaved, she can be very manipulative when it benefits her.
  • The Slacker: Ironically, she's often been shown to share some of her father's laziness. Anais seems to study more because she enjoys it than any practical benefit, and has joined with her brothers in laying around and eating junk food on Saturday. Despite being a genius, Anais expresses some decidedly unambitious life goals when giving her Christmas list:
    Anais: I want a princess tiara and a prince to marry me when I'm old enough so I never have to work like Mom.
  • The Smart Girl: She's often the one in her family who comes up logical solutions to their problems. Whether or not they work (given Elmore's illogical setting) depends on Rule of Funny.
  • Straight Man: Usually. She's normally serious, but sometimes she slithers away from this. Justified as she is still a child thus has childish tendencies.
  • Strong as They Need to Be: Like Gumball, her level of physical strength varies a lot depending the needs of the plot or the joke. Sometimes she's a Pintsized Powerhouse almost as strong as Nicole. Other times, she's explicitly weaker than anyone else in the family and needs their assistance to get by and to trick them to come out ahead.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: She is a pink rabbit with a noticeable tooth like her dad, but her head and mouth shape is similar to her mom's.
  • Tuckerization: Named after Ben Bocquelet's younger sister.
  • The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: More "cute". Especially noticeable in that when we see Nicole and Richard as children, you see Nicole and Gumball look very similar but Anais doesn't really look like either of her parents (she does look a lot like Granny Jojo, though).
  • Unspoken Plan Guarantee: Her level of intellect seems to hang on this formula. She's great at rolling her eyes and explaining all the things wrong with her brothers' latest Zany Scheme, but when it comes to pulling off her own plans, she tends to fall flat on her face.
    Gumball: Hey, where is everyone?
    Anais: I don't know! I prepared everything and no one came [to my party]!
    Darwin: Did you invite anyone?
    Anais: Of course not. I have no friends.
    *Moment of realization kicks in.*
  • Vocal Evolution: It's not as obvious as her brothers' because she's a girl, but her voice has gotten significantly deeper since the show started. Depending on the scene, this can make her sound more mature, angry, or sarcastic. For reference, Kyla Rae Kowalewski was more than twice Anais' age when the show started. Since Darwin and Gumball were recast in the third season but Anais wasn't, she is now the Watterson child with the oldest VA.
  • Wacky Parent, Serious Child: The serious child to Richard's wacky parent.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: She usually acts much older than her age in terms of knowledge and maturity.
  • When She Smiles: In "The Pony", Darwin and Gumball consider the hoops they'd jumped through to watch a movie with her worth it because they get to see "the happy face".
  • Women Are Wiser: The most consistently levelheaded member of the family.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She's a pink-furred rabbit.

    Doctor Nicole Watterson 
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"No, it was the school of life. I have raised three kids and one husband."

Voiced by: Teresa Gallagher
Debut: Season 1, "The DVD"
Last appearance: Season 6, "The Heart"
The maternal member of the Watterson family (and a blue cat like Gumball). She holds down a job at the Rainbow Factory and appears to be the only member of the family with any sense of responsibility. She's normally collected and organized but when things go awry, she succumbs to violent bouts of anger (almost always sparked by her sons).

  • Abusive Mom: Sometimes, she could be this despite usually being the Only Sane Man. She leaves Gumball alone in a desert at one point in her well-meaning but insane attempt to mold Gumball into a winner (though this was the episode where Gumball was Only Sane Man here.) Another has her refuse to provide for Gumball and Darwin after the two upset Richard through Brutal Honesty. Her children are so scared of her that, in the episode "The Quest," Gumball and Darwin agree without hesitation that they'd rather face Tina Rex than to incur Nicole's wrath.
    • "The Choices" gives Nicole two of her own: a cold mother who has her life planned for her minute by minute and only accepts Nicole being the best, and a father with horrible anger issues. She goes on her own path to find happiness with Richard. The fact they didn't come to their wedding (despite being invited and Granny Jojo coming) says a lot... though it turns they did want to come and they ended up getting lost.
  • Action Mom: She's super-humanly athletic and not afraid to get physical. One flashback shows her in what looks like a Karate gi, explaining her martial prowess.
    Gumball: The woman is virtually a ninja.
  • Almighty Mom: You don't want to mess with her. She's been known to bring a fully grown tyrannosaurus Rex to his knees.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: In "The Meddler" she decides to follow Gumball around at school everywhere, even in the public shower, doing things such as feeding him like a baby and calling him "Gummypuss".
  • Ax-Crazy: Oh yes. Her dad's temper combined with her mother's remnants of obsessive perfection means Nicole can kinda go off the deep end at times.
  • Badass Finger Snap: In "The Castle", after returning home and discovering that her home is a mess, she enters the house, with her eyes glowing an ominous purple, and releases an epic one.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: How Nicole's relationship with Richard started. He encouraged her to make her own decisions, do what made her happy and accept herself for who she was. Given her appalling parents, it was easy to see why she ended up with him.
  • Berserk Button: MANY. Being called a loser (at least by Miss Simian) and disrespecting her authority. And DON'T YOU DARE run away from her if she finds out you're in trouble.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She is sincerely nice, but sometimes she can get really violent, so it's best you run for it if she does.
  • Blue Is Heroic: Like her eldest child, she's a blue cat and is a definite good guy.
  • Break the Cutie: As strong-willed as she is, if she married Harry she would break under his nagging, get extensive plastic surgery to try and get his approval and eventually kill him.
  • Broken Bird: She was very emotionally compromised before leaving her abusive parents for good, choosing Richard and her own wants over them. After all the hurdles and changes in her life, she became a rare fully recovered example.
  • Cats Are Mean: Averted; she's quick to anger, but by default quite nice.
  • Cats Are Superior: A very literal example.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: She has known her husband, Richard, since they were at least Gumball's age. Another episode shows it was back they were even in elementary school age.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: When she was a child, her martial arts training let her do things like sprint impossibly fast for blocks without tiring and using a butterfly in flight as a springboard. From then on, it gets even crazier: Nicole actually gave up martial arts decades ago, and has worked a desk job for years with no time for training or exercise. Yet her skill and physical strength have gotten much greater just from the tribulations of being a working mother, albeit one in a family that has large amounts of chaos invited into their lives pretty much daily.
  • Competition Freak: She has a huge drive to win. This is arguably her biggest flaw.
    • In "The Fridge", she wins the company paintball game by shooting everyone, even her own teammates, to win the game as well as sucking most of the family into an achievement binge (Gumball being the Only Sane Man). She also tried to pull a I Surrender, Suckers moment to Gumball at the climax of the family paintball game before he finally wins and has the chart removed.
    • She cheats Anais out of six spaces while playing "Dodge or Dare" with the family in "The Game" through Loophole Abuse.
    • When Richard tries to buy Gumball and Darwin's favor over her, she escalated things into a cross-town car chase.
    • When Gumball is trying to show how video games bring families together in "The Blame" Nicole is so obsessed with winning that she fails to notice how Anais ends up choking on the controller.
    • SUBVERTED when confronted against old friend-now-bitter rival Yuki who wants a rematch in a fight, which Nicole refused because she still sees her as her childhood friend until Yuki threatens to take away her job and home.
    • "The Choices" reveal that she was this since she was young, because of how her mother raised her to be the best and that winning was the only thing that mattered.
  • Control Freak: Pointed out by Anais in "The Job." Anais thinks Nicole is worried about Richard working as a pizza delivery guy because she thinks it's upsetting the balance of power in the house. Although she's right that there's a bigger problem with that: Richard having a job is so unnatural it is causing the universe to fold in on itself.
    • Given how "The Choices" revealed how her life was dictated by her parents until she met Richard, her Control Freak tendencies could be a way of showing how she is happy to have control over her life and does not want to give it up, though she tends to display it aggressively (she got her temper from her dad).
  • Cute and Psycho: She's a beautiful kitty who has a major temper problem.
  • Cute Bruiser: Don't make her mad. She is a lot stronger than she looks.
  • Cute Little Fangs: Like Gumball, they're only visible when she opens her mouth (in the first season they sometimes didn't even show up then).
  • Dangerously Short Skirt: Her Art Shift to anime in "The Fury" was able pull this off, showing off her healthy, muscular legs. It's no wonder Richard is unbearably lucky.
  • Determinator: She gets scary when she gets mad and probably can and will chase you down. "The DVD" and "The Limit" are based entirely on these moments. In "The Fury", this trait is how she beat her old friend Yuki in the Tournament Finals even when she was her junior and then again even when Yuki trained for years to get revenge on Nicole.
  • Death Glare: Her glare pretty instantly gets her family in line and is capable of having a physical effect. "The Castle" gives her Glowing White Eyes swirling with ghosts enough to frighten even the most delinquent person in Elmore. In "The Limit", her stare manifests a shockwave that knocks all the cans off a shelf, melts a plastic-wrap barrier, and frightens the orange security guard so much, his hair turns white... and stays that way in some future episodes (although his hair is still white in "The Finale", it is black again in an episode that took place before before that, in "The Castle").
  • Doting Parent:
    • When her kids aren't doing something reprehensible, she can be quite coddling toward them, especially in "The Meddler".
    • Then "The Choices" reveal how her own parents treated her (extremely overbearing and demanding perfection from her). It's no wonder she dotes on her kids, she doesn't want them to experience the same sort of pain she did.
  • The Dreaded: Her own family is scared of her, especially when she gets mad. Case in point: in "The Quest," Gumball and Darwin both agree that that they'd rather get beaten up by Tina Rex than face an angry Nicole.
  • Embarrassing First Name: Nicole is her middle name. Her real first name is "Doctor".
  • Everything's Better with Rainbows: Nicole always wears a pin with a (partial) rainbow design on her shirt. She works at the Rainbow Factory, so it's presumably a part of the dress code.
  • Eye Colour Change: While standard cartoon designs depict her eyes as dim as coal, her eyes can shift color depending on the episode.
  • Fatal Flaw: Her temper; case in point, her inability to control her temper caused her family to legitimately fear her, got her in trouble with her job once, and caused her to be jailed for violating Larry's restraining order on her family.
  • Freudian Excuse:
    • "The Ape" seems to indicate Nicole's type-A personality and drive to be a winner by any means necessary stems from Miss Simian calling her a loser from the time she took her first steps to the day she got married.
    • In "The Choices", it turns out that her parents have been abusive in controlling her life. She gets her Control Freak and Competition Freak nature from her mother, who is a staunch perfectionist and doesn't show love for her, only wanting success. It's no wonder Nicole fell in love with Richard, who showed kindness to her and liked her for being herself, otherwise Nicole would have been everything her mother wanted and much worse. Her Hair-Trigger Temper, meanwhile, comes from her father. Furthermore, her Control Freak tendencies could also be a way of asserting the newfound liberty that Richard had showed her, it's just channeled aggressively because of her background.
    • Latter seasons frequently show Nicole as obsessed with getting and saving money, to the point she couldn't bring herself to return money Richard accidentally took from the bank. Considering she'd been supporting Richard on a low salary since they were young adults, and remains poorly paid as the sole breadwinner for a family of five, it's hard to blame her.
  • Full-Name Ultimatum: Subverted as she never uses Gumball's Embarrassing Middle Name or even his real first name, it's always "Gumball Watterson".
  • Gagging on Your Words: In "The Fuss," she believes that Richard forgot their anniversary, but it turns out that she got the date wrong because her calendar was upside down and she thought it was November 1 when it was actually October 11. Even then, Nicole is, in Anais' words, "pathologically incapable" of admitting she was wrong.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Nicole cares for her family, but easily becomes upset when she discovers they did something wrong. She's even taking anger management classes, in which her behavior is far worse than she acts elsewhere.
  • Happily Married: She may often be irritated or put off by Richard's behavior, but the two utterly adore one another.
  • Hartman Hips: Two kinds:
    • In the first series, she had quite a large bottom, Depending on the Artist for how big it was.
    • From series 2 onwards, her bottom has gotten smaller (though it still got lampshaded in "The Fury"), but her hips have gotten wider, in a design similar to Gumball.
  • Hopeless with Tech: Nicole is a one-finger hunt-and-peck typer, does not understand firewalls, viruses, or bugs, tries to pay for online purchases by placing money in the disc drive, lets pop-up ads accumulate on her desktop, and attempts to print video files. Presumably the only reason she hasn't been fired for incompetency is that everyone else at the office is just as bad.
  • Horrifying the Horror: In "The Sale", after she tells Gumball and Darwin there could be more decent neighbors replacing Mr. Robinson, they both scare her into submission with demonic faces and voices, and tell her to take her words back.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: She's regular sized, but absolutely dwarfed by Richard.
  • Hulking Out: She starts doing this when Larry closes the store gates on her in "The Finale" and she starts pulling them up. Odd, given similar or even greater feats of strength she's previously done required no such musculature. In "The Money" she almost literally hulks out (growing much bigger and muscular with glowing green eyes) to give Richard a severe reprimanding after she finds out that Richard took all her money, converted it into gold, and sent it to an "offshore bank account" (read: put the gold in a briefcase and tossed it off a pier).
  • Interspecies Romance: Her (a cat) and Richard (a rabbit).
  • Jerkass Has a Point: She's controlling, easily angered, and extremely competitive. But there are some cases where her anger is justified.
    • "The Limit" has her scare her family into running for their lives, but their constant disobedience to her decisions (and the fact they were caught shoplifting) makes her increasing frustrations understandable. Anais even admits that they were wrong.
    • Nicole grounding her sons in "The Mothers" isn't wrong since they (along with Tobias and Banana Joe) put her through a bunch of stressful tests.
    • Her near severe reprimanding to Richard in "The Money" was completely understandable given he lost the family's entire source of income.
    • While her snapping at Richard almost made him cry in "The Parking", she was right about his continuous times of blowing the family's chances to park were a problem.
    • Nicole's suspicions over visiting Frankie in "The Outside" proves to be valid when he confesses in the end that he was guilt tripping the family into letting him stay at their house, which Richard points out to be unnecessary.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She is a kindhearted mother and wife, but sometimes her stress can really get the best of her. She doesn't even want to fight Yuki because she regrets their last fight when she was victor and wants to be friends again. She accepts it because her job and home were threatened to be taken away.
  • Killer Rabbit: She has proven herself to be made of this trope in countless episodes, most notably in "The Fight", where she effortlessly tears through Mr. Rex just at the mere inkling of assuming that Gumball was being bullied.
  • Le Parkour: She's very good at jumping and climbing over fences, walls, and even between buildings.
  • Like Parent, Like Child: "The Choices" shows she inherited her mother's need to succeed and her father's short temper.
  • Magic Skirt: Her skirt does not go above her legs when she's running, jumping, or even when she's hung upside down. The exception is exactly one frame in "The Fury" when she was hopping one car to another to take her kids to school and her skirt flies up, despite it staying down for several similar motions in the same scene.
  • Mama Bear: She's VERY protective of her own family.
    • She becomes furious when she believes Tina gave Gumball a black eye in "The Fight".
    • Nicole becomes just as enraged as Richard after he tells her that Mr. Fitzgerald nearly ran over Gumball with his car (though Mr. Fitzgerald wasn't planning on doing something like that) in "The Knights".
    • "The Mothers" has Nicole become a superhero-expy in order to save Gumball and Darwin from falling off a building.
    • She practically fights to get inside her house when she thinks her kids are inside with a dangerous person in "The Friend".
    • Nicole briefly uses a shovel to protect her kids from the swarm of babies of the Evil Turtle.
    • When her job and home are threatened by Yuki who wants a rematch in "The Fury", she accepts it.
    • In "The Roots", Nicole says "I will destroy anyone who tries to take my baby" (in reference to Darwin), smashing a computer screen in the process of her rage.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Masculine Girl (aggressive and competitive) to Richard's Feminine Boy (easily emotional and soft-hearted).
  • Minored in Ass-Kicking: Named Doctor and probably the toughest member of the family when she needs to be.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: In spite of her arms and legs being quite skinny, she's capable of things like bending steel rods and tearing locker doors off their hinges.
  • My Greatest Failure: It's revealed in "The Fury" that Nicole gave up training out of sadness for losing Yuki as a friend after their match which she won since she just wanted to be friends with her again.
  • Not So Above It All: Nicole would be insufferable if not for her insecurity and occasional lapses in judgment.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: In "The Fury," the kids are absolutely baffled when Nicole puts up with Yuki's harassment rather than fight back.
  • One-Winged Angel: She responds to Felicity's "The Reason You Suck" Speech in "The Egg" by turning into a demon, complete with Voice of the Legion.
    Nicole: COME ON, THIS IS NOT THE FIRST TIME YOU'VE SEEN ME CHEW SOMEONE OUT.
  • One-Woman Army: Whether it's her own family, a gang of apocalyptic cannibals, or a robbery group, Nicole can take them all.
  • Only Sane Woman: Depends on the episode, which sometimes gives the role to Anais instead. However, when her temper or competitive streak get the better of her, this aspect goes out the window.
  • Opposites Attract: Nicole (action-y, competitive, and sometimes has to be the Only Sane Woman) is married to Richard (lazy, hedonistic, and a Manchild).
  • Out of Focus: In Season 6.
  • Parental Favoritism: Towards Anais in the earlier episodes such as "The Goons". However in later episodes she seems to favor Gumball, for example supporting his new lifestyle in "The Bumpkin" even though she personally disapproves and sharing top spot on "The Fridge" during her obsession to make him a winner.
  • Parenting the Husband: Nicole often has to parent Richard, due to his own mother having been responsible for his childish nature in the first place. At the same time, Nicole deliberately scolds him less than their children— not because he's an adult, but because she's "given up" on him getting any better.
  • Selective Enforcement: In "The Prank," she reprimands Gumball and Darwin for pranking Richard while ignoring the fact that Richard pranked them first. When Gumball calls her out on it, Nicole justifies it by claiming that it's "too late" for Richard.
  • Shipper on Deck: Nicole was happy to notice Gumball's crush on Penny in "The Gi", was proud that he (thought he) had a date with her in "The Date", and tried to get him to confess about his feelings to her in "The Meddler". Possibly it's because Penny reminds her very much of herself in her childhood when she had a crush on Richard and defended him.
  • Shotgun Wedding: According to a flashback of one episode, she and Richard got married shortly after finding out she was pregnant with Gumball.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Judging by flashbacks to her childhood, Nicole has only ever been romantically interested in Richard.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Despite him being lazy, hedonistic and childishly excitable, Nicole loves Richard for who he is and that he is always true to himself.
    • The importance of this (as well as the origins of their relationship) is expanded upon in the episode "The Choices". Nicole's parents were massive Control Freaks and her own mother an extreme perfectionist, demanding nothing but success from her. Richard was the first person who liked her for being her and made her feel like she already has self-worth, contrasting on how she felt like she had to win to mean anything as a result of her upbringing. He taught her how to be happy and to like her for who she was.
    • In "The Fury," Nicole is listless and depressed, and not only does Richard pick up on this, he lightens her mood in seconds.
  • Super Strength: Have you seen how much weight she can lift in spite of her slim design?
  • Strong Family Resemblance: "The Choices" show that Nicole got her blue fur from her mother, but her head shape, facial structures, and whisker positions from her father.
  • Taught by Experience: When her old Martial Arts rival, Yuki Yoshida, asked her how she became so strong despite her training her entire life, she attributed it to being the sole authority figure in the Watterson household.
  • Tuckerization: Named after Ben Bocquelet's mother. She even had the same maiden name, "Senicourt".
  • Unstoppable Rage: She's plenty strong and athletic by default, but when she's angry, she gets superhuman strength and sometimes other, stranger abilities (like melting objects and reducing grown men to tears by staring at them). In "The Club", she even has to ask her family to enrage her somehow so she can pull a locked door open.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: An adorable cat woman, married to a fat, slobbish man bunny.
  • Uptight Loves Wild: Nicole is the ultra-competitive and high-maintenanced Almighty Mom who fell in love with the lazy and carefree Manchild Richard. "The Choices" actually delves into this and how they came together: She was a very motivated child, but very much pushed by her parents to be the best and nothing else mattered but success. She ends up falling for Richard as children, who told her to live how she wanted to and restored her sense of self-worth (after the damage done by her parents).
  • Vague Age: We know Richard and Nicole are the same age, but various things (and many contradictory numbers) have implied they're anywhere from barely in their thirties to almost fifty. Ben confirmed that she is 38.
  • Violently Protective Wife: She is very protective over Richard.
    • In "The Finale", Nicole squeezed the Chanax CEO's hand incredibly hard because he hit Richard.
    • In "The Fury", Yuki tries to invoke this by harassing Richard just to goad Nicole into fighting her.
  • Voice of the Legion: When sufficiently pissed off, her voice gets really deep as well as echoing.
  • What Does She See in Him?:
    • Richard is by no means a bad person, but he is lazy, irresponsible and pretty offbeat (in his defense, he was raised this way). She does admire that he is true to himself and that he's a good person, but we don't know what else. Considering her need for control and temper, one can make the argument that very few people outside of Richard would be able to handle her. And later seasons give their relationship more moments - and focus episodes - that show how well they connect:
    • In a clip from "The Love," she's unable to come up with a definite answer as to why she loves him — she simply does. She is finally able to do so in the song "Weird Like You and Me" during "The Compilation."
    • "The Choices" actually do show how the two ended up together. They met back when as children, she helped him get unstuck from a log before having a conversation. Earlier, it was revealed that her parents were very strict, demanding and controlling, having planned out everything for her. Contrast to Richard who advises her to be herself. In essence, he was the first person to like her for herself and inspired her that she didn't need to win or succeed to earn people's love as well as to do things for herself. This makes her statement on why she admired Richard being true to himself much more prominent. Nicole did things to please her parents and to succeed, but it didn't make her happy nor was she true to herself... until she met Richard. She sees him as the first good thing in her life and who saved her from her parents' teachings and became assertive with her life (and prior, we were given several glimpses of what would happen if she never met Richard and safe to say, things would not have gone well).
  • What, Exactly, Is His Job?: We know Nicole works at the Rainbow Factory, but her job there is rarely shown and possibly may have changed between episodes. We didn't know exactly what the factory itself does until "The Factory", where it's revealed they make rainbows, and despite the name she definitely works some sort of office job. In "The Helmet" she almost gets a promotion, but when she finds out Richard tricked her she throws a fit that she was apparently fired for. In "The Game", however, she's still working there at the complaints department.
  • Women Are Wiser: Usually this, barring her competitive nature doesn't cause her to go nuts.
  • Workaholic: Played for Laughs in "The Painting" when Principal Brown tells her she needs to relax and stop working so hard for Anais' sake. But she's so used to it that she can't relax and does her household chores anyway, and then proceeds to trash the house on purpose to give herself more "work".
    • Given what's been revealed in "The Choices", this is probably a holdover from her parents' teachings.
  • Would Hurt a Child: When Leslie and Alan are amongst the group of cannibals trying to eat her family, Nicole bites off part of Leslie's face before swinging him by the neck like a flail and pops Alan (by blowing Leslie's petal at him).
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Like her eldest child, Nicole has blue fur.

    Richard Buckley Watterson 
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"They shouldn't say 'All you can eat' if they don't mean it!"

Voiced by: Dan Russell
Debut: Season 1, "The Responsible"
Last appearance: Season 6, "The BFFS"
Gumball's father and Nicole's pink rabbit husband. Richard is very immature for his age and hates to have any sort of responsibility. He is also quite lackadaisical and sleeps frequently. As a result, Nicole is usually forced to be the parent to their children, but she's not home a lot, so Richard's often the only one available.

  • Acquired Situational Narcissism: After becoming totally ripped in "The Diet", he starts being an egotistical jerk who thinks anything anyone said to him is about his new muscles and takes every opportunity to show off said muscles.
  • Acrofatic: He holds up surprisingly well in hand to hand combat against Nicole and was able to keep up with her running until she jumped between some buildings.
  • Action Dad: Not as giftedly athletic as Nicole, but Richard can pull off some amazing feats when he gets serious.
  • Adorkable: His incredibly ditzy personality is what stops Nicole from being depressed while preventing toxic life choices.
  • Adults Are Useless: Richard practically lives this trope.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: In "The Hero", Gumball and Darwin fail to come up with something good for their dad and settles on embarrassing moments. Unknown to them at the time, Richard overhears the conversation and leaves in depression.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: He's initially portrayed as lazy and grossly incompetent, to the point that he's only ever shown to be employed for one shift of one job in his entire life. Nonetheless, he's capable of wrangling the Watterson kids where Nicole cannot, and regularly helps Nicole manage her own copious issues. Given his vivid fantasy life but utter lack of real world skills, it's possible he's mildly autistic or schizophrenic.
  • Badass Driver: While his religious adherence to the GPS is quite destructive, it did let him drive across the entire town and miles into the countryside in a couple minutes. He's also said to be a better driver while high on dental anesthetics.
  • Badass Mustache: He can grow a handlebar mustache and retract it back into his face at will.
  • Because Destiny Says So: His getting a job almost causes the apocalypse.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: One of the reasons Richard loves Nicole is because she was one of the few people to approve of him.
  • Big Eater: The man knows how to put food away.
    Richard: Eat 100 hot dogs in under a minute. Ha! That's not a dare. That's Tuesday.
    • In one episode ("The Prank"), Richard is listening to an audio tape. The tape informs him of its duration so he decides to get some snacks to partake in while listening (this is when Gumball and Darwin spring their prank by switching the tape with one of their own that commands him to do goofy things) and calculates how much food he'll need for the length of the tape. When he returns, however, he's empty-handed because he ate everything he was going to eat during the tape on the way back. He makes a self-note to also include calculations for the return trip for the future.
    • In "The Father", Richard indulges in so much comfort-eating that the stress of providing food for him puts poor Larry in shock and he has to be hospitalized.
  • Big Fun: Richard may be fat and slobbish, but he's definitely the "fun" parent.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Most often Brilliant At Being Lazy.
    • Often shows great returns on minimal efforts, such as by pitting his children against each other to tire them out.
  • Bumbling Dad: Like you wouldn't believe...
  • Bunnies for Cuteness: He's a rabbit, and he's pretty cute.
  • Calling Your Attacks: "WONDER HUG!"
  • Childhood Friend Romance: He's known his wife, Nicole, since they were Gumball's age.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: He has his odd moments. In "The Deal", Richard goes on strike to prove his worth around the house. Nicole is dismissive at first until she finds the kids in their "unsupervised state" too much to handle.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He can be very crafty when he wants to, such as tricking Gumball and Darwin into doing his chores in 'The Laziest'. He even saves Gumball's life by inspiring him in "The Hero".
  • Dating What Daddy Hates: Gender Inverted. Even after marrying and having children with Nicole, Granny JoJo still makes it clear of how much she thinks Nicole isn't a good wife or mother.
    • That being said, Nicole's parents don't exactly approve of their daughter marrying a deadbeat with no job and have tried to get rid of him or replace him twice each.
  • Drives Like Crazy: He follows his GPS without ever paying attention to the road, including the direction he's facing. When he was high on anesthetics, he parked in a swimming pool; Gumball considered that an improvement.
  • The Ditz: Quite likely the dumbest member of the whole family.
  • Extreme Omnivore: In "The Mirror", he mentions being kicked out of an all-you-can-eat buffet with Nicole and says that the restaurant shouldn't claim its buffet is all-you-can-eat unless they really mean it. Nicole then quips that he ate a chair.
  • Fan Disservice: He's frequently shirtless or even in only his underwear, showing off his fat, saggy man boobs.
  • Fanservice/Mr. Fanservice: Richard once gained a highly-toned, muscled body from exercising non-stop and spent a half an episode showing it off.
  • Fat Idiot: It's easier to count examples of when he doesn't act incredibly moronic.
  • Fat Slob: He's very fat and frequently lays around the house sometimes with his pants not on.
  • Flanderization: Inverted. He starts out an idiot Manchild, and gradually develops to being a survivor of childhood abandonment and neglect that struggles to deal with basic concepts of adulthood, but works well with children.
  • Freudian Excuse: His laziness and stupidity is the result of his mother completely sheltering him his entire life and never letting him learn to do anything for himself. At the same time, he lacked having a father figure to straighten him out (as his biological father abandoned him, not to mention that Frankie Watterson is also a Con Man). His mother's parenting style was to make him (and as she tried with her grandkids), scared of everything.
  • Good Parents: "The Deal" shows that while Richard has an unorthodox way of supervising his and Nicole's kids, it's surprisingly effective. He explains in "The Father" that because his kids see him as better as he is, he tries every day to live up to that.
  • Hair-Raising Hare: Richard is adorably stupid most of the time, but pulls off a pretty good Nightmare Face when he's the target of the episode's Sanity Slippage. The dude was once on the series' Nightmare Fuel page for a reason.
  • Happily Married: Even though he fears Nicole as much his children, Richard loves her deeply.
  • Hard Head: He can take quite a lot of cranial damage, sometimes headbutting objects and destroying them.
    Bandage Doctor: You are very lucky, Mr. Watterson. It appears your skull is so thick, you were able to survive a half a ton of tiles and a satellite dish falling on your head.
    Nicole: Is he going to be okay, doctor?
    Bandage Doctor: Apart from being living proof that we're doomed as a species, he's fine.
  • The Hedonist: One episode has him basically calling himself this when Gumball and Darwin ask about the meaning of life.
    Richard: The meaning of life? Well, I've dedicated my life to the indulgence of the senses. A feeling of total satisfaction and pleasure is the highest form of existence.
    Gumball: That just sounds like stuffing your face.
    Richard: Yeah, well philosophically.
  • He Cleans Up Nicely: With make-up and tight clothes, a fat pink bunny turns into an attractive woman in "The Lady".
  • Hidden Depths: There's a lot more to Richard than his lazy persona would tell.
    • Richard appears to be quite handy, as shown in "The Car", where he rebuilt the Robinson's car, albeit leaving it extremely fragile, and is seen using tools in “The Authority”.
    • It is also shown in "The Remote" that Richard can speak Spanish.
    • In "The Man", Richard is shown to be able to play a guitar, as in the flashback, when he plays a serenade to Nicole.
    • Despite thinking an online calculator was an online video game, "The Uploads" show that he likes to review online video games.
    • "The Hero" and "The Father" make it clear Richard is well aware of how important he is in his kids' lives, having lacked a father figure himself growing up, and feels that he needs to live up to the role.
    • "The Master" shows that not only is he a pretty good D&D Dungeon Master, but also possesses a degree of understanding on resolving conflict when the family is at odds with one another.
  • House Husband: Richard is home all day because he has no job, though he usually doesn't do his share of the chores either. When he finally gets a job, it nearly destroys the Universe. Nicole being at work means he's often the only one watching the kids (even if he's not as good at it), with the "The Hero" implying they spent most of their time when they were younger with Richard, but at this point the kids are generally better at taking care of themselves. This seemingly changes in later seasons, as Richard is portrayed as a more effective, if very bizarre, child caretaker.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: He's something like half a head taller than Nicole and several times as large. His wedding band hangs loose on Nicole's arm.
  • Idiot Houdini: Nicole often lets him get away with his antics because she's completely given up hope that he'll ever get any better. Case in point: in "The Prank," she scolds Gumball and Darwin for pranking Richard, and when Gumball points out he pranked them first, Nicole simply responds that Gumball knows that it's "too late" for Richard.
  • Informed Deformity: Richard is repeatedly called bald, but his entire body is covered in a uniform coat of fur which looks exactly the same as when he was a child and technically speaking, none of the Wattersons have visible hair. His head is shown as reflective in "The Stars", suggesting Richard is bald, but it's impossible for the viewer to tell because his fur and skin are the same color. A different joke in "The Cycle" suggested he covered his bald spots with pink paint.
  • Insecure Love Interest: In "The Fury", he makes a comment about that he thinks Nicole could do better than him.
  • Interspecies Romance: Him (a rabbit) and Nicole (a cat).
  • Keet: While Richard is quite lazy, he can get excited, especially when it comes to food.
  • Kindhearted Simpleton: He's an idiot, but he's also a full-on Nice Guy.
  • Laborious Laziness: Richard is a master at this. He knows how to get food from the kitchen himself without leaving the couch and spent the a day tricking his kids into doing a few minutes of chores.
  • Large Ham: Richard is very prone to emotional outbursts.
    "It's because of you I'm mortal!" (runs away crying)
  • Lazy Husband: Laziest man in Elmore since 1983.
  • Lethal Chef: The cupcakes he made in "The Hero" are literally rock hard—he may have mixed cement into them. Other times, he's shown be able to make food that is edible, but often "lethal" in a different manner (such as the sluzzlewurst, which had so much fat in it that it makes you sweat butter).
  • Manchild: He literally acts the exact same way as he did when he was a kid.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Guy: "The Choices" reveal Richard was this to Nicole when they first met. His carefree nature helped Nicole stopped trying to live by her parents' Control Freak rules.
    • While Nicole repeatedly shows difficulty explaining why she loves Richard, and frequently berates or mocks him for his ill behavior, he never once holds it against her, loving her unconditionally.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Feminine Boy (easily emotional and soft-hearted) to Nicole's Masculine Girl (aggressive and competitive).
  • Metalhead: When he was younger he wore a red flannel shirt with t-shirts parodying Motörhead and Nirvana, these suggested that Richard is or was a fan of rock music.
  • Mike Nelson, Destroyer of Worlds: He almost destroyed the Universe by delivering a pizza.
  • Mix-and-Match Critter: Downplayed, since he's the offspring of Jojo (a rabbit), and Frankie (a rat), yet his physical appearance shows no rat-like physical traits like a tail or round ears.
  • Morality Pet:
  • Moral Myopia: He's repeatedly expressed that bad things are only funny when they happen to someone else.
  • Ms. Red Ink: The Watterson's financial problems are not helped by Richard spending money on dumb objects he sees on the internet (the Electro-Fat workout device and a bunch of hormonal supplements, though unusually enough, both worked as well as advertised), terrible investments (he spent most of the family's savings to buy a star right after Gumball was born), just by accident (he doesn't understand that money from an ATM withdrawal comes from his own account), or basically uninformed mismanagement (creating an offshore bank account by throwing his money in a briefcase offshore).
  • Nice Guy: Despite his childish laziness, misguided advice, and uncouth mannerisms, Richard usually has good intentions, and loves his family all the same.
    • "The Choices" reveal he was this since he was a child and it was one of the reasons that Nicole was drawn to him.
  • No-Neck Chump: His body is wide enough to make his head look like it's melded with the rest of his body.
  • One of the Kids: An upside to Richard's immaturity is that his kids usually enjoy spending time with him more than their mom, who they usually find boring to hang around with (when she isn't being scary).
  • Opposites Attract: Richard (lazy, hedonistic, and a Manchild) is married to Nicole (action-y, competitive, and sometimes has to be the Only Sane Woman).
  • Papa Wolf: In spite of his lazy and childish personality, Richard will do anything to protect his kids.
    • Richard is enraged when he sees Mr. Fitzgerald nearly run over Gumball (it was a genuine accident though) in "The Knights".
    • In "The Hero", he gets to prove himself as the hero to his sons by saving them from a trash compactor (eventually).
    • In "The Return", he tries to rescue his kids who were trapped in the ball pit and went through destruction to get them back.
    • Invoked and Played for Laughs in "The Sale": Gumball and Darwin put a shovel and a wolf mask on Richard while he slept, then woke him up by yelling that Anais is trapped in the shed. Richard immediately runs out to the shed with an axe to break her out, but between the wolf mask, wearing nothing but his underwear, the Determinator attitude, his yelling, "I'm coming for you! Daddy's coming!", and some potential house buyers seeing this, it makes him look like an Ax-Crazy maniac.
  • Professional Slacker: Having no job is his job and he is very good at it.
  • Shipper on Deck:
    • After taking Gumball to a party with Tina as his date, he comes back to see Gumball with Penny, then comments that "I like the new one better."
    • When Richard found out Darwin had (unwillingly) become Jamie's girlfriend, he's quite pleased—until she assumes he's trying to break them up, and viciously shoves a lacrosse stick in his mouth for it.
  • Shirtless Scene: Prone to hanging around with his shirt, and possibly pants, off.
  • Shotgun Wedding: According to a flashback of "The Choices", he and Nicole got married shortly after finding out she was pregnant with Gumball.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Judging by flashbacks to his childhood, Richard has only ever been romantically interested in Nicole.
  • The Slacker: A rare version that has children and, on occasion, does a fair job raising them.
  • Sleepyhead: Most commonly seen sleeping on the couch.
  • Stout Strength: Richard is a Fat Idiot, but apparently has some serious muscle underneath: in "The Prank" he was able to run through multiple walls (even though he broke five ribs doing it), in "The Remote" he effortlessly rips the car door off to get to Nicole, and in "The Return" he smashes his fist through car windows and hotwires the car by smashing the key through the dashboard.
  • Straw Loser: Gumball and Darwin actually look like rather intelligent and diligent beings compared to their father. Granted that it almost reverses into being a gift for Richard since he's hopeless enough that people just give up trying to place any responsibilities onto him.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Body shape from his dad. Fur color and head shape from his mom.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Thanks to his mom, he's so bad at handling anything that the simplest of tasks can turn life-threatening.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Sausages, apparently.
  • Tuckerization: Named after Ben Bocquelet's father.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: An overweight, slob of an idiot married to an adorable cat lady.
  • Vague Age: We know Richard and Nicole are the same age (confirmed to be 38), but various things (and many contradictory numbers) have implied they're anywhere from barely in their thirties to almost fifty.
  • Wacky Parent, Serious Child: The wacky parent to Anais' serious child.
  • Walking Techbane: Judging from how automatic doors, elevators, and self-checkout scanners treat him.
  • "Well Done, Dad!" Guy: As revealed in "The Hero", he shows that he cares a lot about what his kids think of him, getting very depressed when Darwin and Gumball call him embarrassing.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Richard was shown wearing woman's clothing on several occasions ("The Finale", "The Name", "The Safety" and "The Lady") and has zero qualms with it. In "The Lady", he explains he did so because he had difficulty making male friends.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Parodied in "The Wand". He thinks he has power, when it's actually Gumball and Darwin moving along with it so he won't have his childhood dreams crushed. They eventually had enough since it goes overboard.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Like his youngest child, Richard has pink fur.
  • Youthful Freckles: He had these as a child, which is perfect given his extremely childlike attitude.
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    Joanna "Granny Jojo" Watterson 
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"A good mother prevents incidents before they happen."

Voiced by: Sandra Searles Dickinson
Debut: Season 1, "The Kiss"
Last appearance: Season 6, "The Agent"

Richard's mother, another pink rabbit. She is overprotective of Richard, antagonistic towards Nicole, and a pretty bad care-taker to Gumball, Darwin, and Anais.



  • Abusive Mom: "The Authority" implies that she was sometimes this to Richard, frequently traumatizing him and making him paranoid of the outside world (ironically out of a desire to shelter and protect him) to the point where she stunted his mental development growing up.
  • Characterization Marches On: Rather than being overly protective, in the first season she seemed extremely apathetic, not wanting to do anything in "The Kiss" but watch TV all day and uncaringly telling Richard that magic wasn't real in a flashback in "The Wand". Compare with episodes like "The Authority" and "The Man," where it's established that she was an overprotective parent to Richard ("The Authority") and lied to him about the true whereabouts of his father ("The Man").
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: As shown in "The Catfish", Jojo can get extremely jealous when she suspects another person is trying to hit on Louie.
  • A Day in the Limelight: In "The Authority," "The Man," "The Signature," "The Catfish," and "The Possession."
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Granny Jojo's extreme, controlling streak from "The Authority" returns with a vengeance in "The Catfish", when she violently isolates her new husband Louie from his friends Marvin, Betty, and Donald and immediately tries to kill Fake Muriel when she suspects Louie is cheating on her. By the episode's end, she's learned nothing from the experience, and this is largely Played for Laughs.
  • December–December Romance: With Louie (the Mickey Mouse Expy); when Richard finds out, he freaks.
  • Gross-Up Close-Up: We constantly get this of her putting on her lipstick in "The Kiss".
  • Fatal Flaw: Granny Jojo is a bit of a Control Freak and has a bad habit of trying to make her loved ones' lives revolve around her desires. As revealed in "The Authority", Granny Jojo traumatized Richard for most of his childhood and made him overly dependent on her in a misguided attempt at helping him (and later tries to do the same with her grandkids). In a flashback in "The Choices", Granny Jojo kicks young adult Richard out of her house because she doesn't want him as a Basement-Dweller and didn't want Nicole living with her too. In "The Catfish", Jojo keeps her new husband Louie on a tight leash, cutting him off from his former friends and having violent fits whenever he looks at another woman. Darwin and Louie call her out on being stifling and overly-controlling, and a remorseful Jojo, realizing she'd gone too far, promises to back off.
  • Freudian Excuse: "The Man" implies that Richard's father leaving him and his mother 42 years ago (later retconned to be 33 years) when he was very young is part of why she's so overprotective.
  • Fully Dressed Cartoon Animal: Like her granddaughter, but unlike her son, she wears shoes.
  • Funny Animal: A rabbit.
  • Has a Type: Taking in consideration of Louie and Frankie, she seems to have a thing for rodents.
  • Hypocritical Humor: In "The Authority," for the sake of protecting her grandchildren, Granny Jojo horribly endangers and traumatizes them, nearly running Gumball over with her car, setting off a bomb inside Anais' room, pretending to cut her arm off in front of Darwin, and would have wildly waved a hacksaw around in Richard's face if he had opened the tool shed.
  • Interspecies Romance: Her (a rabbit) and Louie (a mouse). And before him, Frankie (a rat).
  • Jerkass Has a Point: She's not pleasant, but she makes a few accurate points.
    • While she went extremely overboard in teaching her son and grandchildren dangers in the world, she was technically right on there being danger even when you do a simple task, how knives and tool-sheds are dangerous, and that you can get hurt while in the house.
    • Her angry outburst of calling Frankie a thief turns out to be true since he nearly stole his own son's home, only stopping himself near the end.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's smothering and unpleasant to Nicole, but ultimately has good intentions. Like Nicole's parents, she did not approve of Richard's relationship with her. Unlike them, she eventually grew to accept the relationship enough to assist them with their wedding and keep contact with them all these years.
  • Miniature Senior Citizen: In the first season she was noticeably shorter than Richard or Nicole. Her second season design is barely taller than Anais.
    Granny Jojo: (inside, talking about the kids outside) See, this is exactly the kind of thing I was worried about.
    Nicole: How would you know? You're not even tall enough to look out the window!
  • My Beloved Smother: She thinks a mother has to protect her family from everything by making them scared of everything. Richard's such a Fat Idiot because she had him sit around eating all day, never learning how to do anything himself.
  • The Nicknamer: Used to call Gumball "the blue one" Darwin "walking fish" and "fish kid". In “The Man” she calls Gumball by his name.
  • Not So Above It All: While she's normally stern and cantankerous, Granny Jojo is seen earnestly indulging in childish fun in "The Check".
  • Obnoxious In-Laws: Both Nicole and Season 1 Richard prefer to be as far away as possible whenever she visits. She has an extremely low opinion of Nicole as a mother that she vocalizes regularly, yet also leans on her for ridiculous demands, making her waste one of her only four days off to be her chauffeur.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Her first name is apparently Joanna, but everyone except her ex-husband and Nicole calls her "Jojo".
  • Screw Politeness, I'm a Senior!: She's very blunt, used to not bother to remember her grandkids' names, and she made Anais carry a suitcase that's clearly too heavy for her.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: She's still just flat-out mean to Nicole, but at least shows nice intentions toward her son and grandchildren instead of being totally selfish and apathetic. After she starts dating Louie, Jojo is just much nicer in general.
  • Vague Age: In "The Man" she states herself to be 63 years old, yet she already looked old when Richard was a kid, and how long ago Richard's father left implied he was 40 and 50 years of age. "The Signature" subtracted nine years from that length time, implicitly putting Richard in his late 30s or early 40s, so it's anyone's guess how old she is now.
  • Yandere: She was willing to kill Fake Muriel when she thought Louie was romancing her.

    Louie Watterson 
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"I was gonna suggest we could settle this by sitting down, and having a calm, reasonable conversation."

Voiced by: Dan Russell (The Colossus and The Kids) Shane Rimmer (The Extras onwards)
Debut: Season 1, "The Debt"
Last appearance: Season 6, "The Web"

A former member of the Senior Citizens who is an Off-Model Mickey Mouse-looking rodent and Granny Jojo's boyfriend in season 3. He later marries her in season 4 and officially becomes part of the Watterson family as Richard's stepfather and the kids' step-grandfather.


  • Butt-Monkey: After Louie dates Granny Jojo and officially becomes a Watterson after marrying her, a lot more unfortunate things start happening to him - being harassed by Richard several times prior to being part of the family, being tossed through a roof several times, being on the receiving end of Granny Jojo's Yandere behavior, and having his wallet stolen by Frankie. He doesn't mind most of it, though.
  • Cool Old Guy: Louie shows himself to be a very friendly and amiable person, despite Richard's initial objections to him, and has a good relationship with his new grandkids. He can also dance (sort of).
  • A Day in the Limelight: In "The Man," "The Signature," and "The Catfish."
  • December–December Romance: Louie dates, and eventually marries, Granny Jojo.
  • Funny Animal: A mouse.
  • Interspecies Romance: Him (a mouse) and Granny Jojo (a rabbit).
  • Morality Pet: To Jojo, who becomes nicer to her family when they start dating.
  • Only One Name: Because of bizarre legal circumstances, Louie takes Jojo's last name when they marry. We never see what his last name was before.
  • Parent with New Paramour: At first, Richard does not approve of him dating his mother, but eventually comes to accept him as his stepfather.
  • Rambling Old Man Monologue: "The Catfish" shows Louie can be very chatty about his life, messaging to "Muriel" on Elmore Plus for hours about his life story and his relationship with Granny Jojo.
  • Rated M for Manly: Louie went against Richard in a "man off" in "The Man" and won every single event.
  • Scatterbrained Senior: When Louie is off his meds, he mistakes a trash can for a young man trying to compete with him in a dance contest and thinks Marvin is a talking fire hydrant.
  • Second Love: Louie is this to Granny Jojo, since her ex-husband abandoned her and her (then) young son.

    Frankie Watterson 
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"It's perfectly normal to be nervous your first time driving... a getaway car."

Voiced by: Rich Fulcher
Debut: Season 4, "The Signature"
Last appearance: Season 6, "The Anybody"

Richard's deadbeat father, a gray rat surprisingly, who left him and Jojo when Richard was very young.



  • Anthropomorphic Animal: A rat.
  • Artistic Age: Bizarrely, he looks about the same age as Richard, despite being his father and probably about Jojo's age. He even looked the same in a flashback to thirty-three years ago. In context, he looks younger than his ex-wife, but according to "The Signature", he's actually older than her.
  • Butt-Monkey: He becomes this in "The Outside", due to the Wattersons' misguided attempts at "helping" him.
  • Character Development: In the episodes following "The Signature", Frankie softens up; he becomes more relaxed and genial and tries to be a part of his son's life as well as the rest of the Watterson family, but is not very good at it (being a life-long, career criminal whose idea of fun is seeing how many laws he can break in one day, Franke fails to grasp social norms). His guilt over abandoning Richard also increases, becoming convinced that he's an irredeemably terrible father and that the bond between him and Richard is severed for good until Richard convinces him otherwise at the end of "The Father"; showing that despite everything else he did, he genuinely does still care about his son.
  • Con Man: When Frankie's house and everything in it is repossessed, he looks in the paper for a someone to con and tricks the Wattersons into giving him possession of their house. Turns out he's been a conman for a long time, as the reason he left his wife and son was to dodge a (very short) jail sentence for a Landmark Sale.
  • A Day in the Limelight: In "The Outside" and "The Father."
  • Deadpan Snarker: True to his status as a Watterson, Frankie deals with stress by being snarky, especially in "The Outside".
  • Disappeared Dad: He left Richard when he was very young, and didn't see him again until "The Signature". In "The Outside", he admits he ran away to avoid a (very short) jail sentence. In "The Father", he also confesses he didn't take Richard with him because he didn't want him to follow in his footsteps.
  • Evil Parents Want Good Kids: "The Father" makes it clear that while Frankie can't fully change his ways, he was proud of Richard for not ending up like him.
  • Fat Bastard: A fat, lazy, and incredibly selfish Con Man until he has a change of heart in the end of "The Signature".
  • Fully Dressed Cartoon Animal
  • Heel–Face Turn: Frankie has an attack of conscience at the end of "The Signature", and lets the Wattersons take back their house from him after he tried to steal it from them. Richard accepts him as his father again, Frankie decides he wants to be a part of his son's life, and they're shown to have kept in touch from that point forward.
  • Interspecies Romance: Prior to him walking out on his family, him (a rat) and Granny Jojo (a rabbit).
  • It's All About Me: He came back to Richard just to con his family out of their home until Richard talks him out of it.
    Darwin: But it's our home.
    Frankie: (defensive) If they can buy one, they can buy another!
  • Laser-Guided Karma: After trying to steal their house in his debut, the Wattersons unwittingly put Frankie through quite an ordeal in his second appearance, to the point of giving him PTSD. In his third appearance, the Wattersons invite him over to sing him a very mean spirited song about how much of a terrible person he is.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Frankie and Richard are both lazy moochers, although Frankie takes it even further as an outright Con Man.
  • Lovable Rogue: By the end of "The Father", Frankie has become a friendlier rat and made an effort to be a better father to Richard, but doesn't seem any more hesitant to commit crimes.
  • My Greatest Failure: Abandoning Richard is his biggest regret and one of the few things he seems to feel genuine guilt and remorse for.
  • Nice Hat: He wears an olive-brown hat.
  • Noodle Incident: Several past con jobs and encounters with the Wattersons he's had between episodes.
  • Obnoxious In-Laws: Like Granny Jojo, "The Outside" makes it clear that Nicole really doesn't enjoy visiting Frankie or vice-versa. It's understandable considering he tried to make off with her house in his debut, and even at his most earnest, Frankie has a habit of dragging the family into criminal mischief, as seen in "The Father".
  • Once a Season: He makes one single appearance each season in the second-half of the show starting from his debutnote .
  • Reformed, but Not Tamed: Though he decided not to con the other Wattersons and becomes a part of their family again, "The Outside" makes it clear Frankie still has some selfish or manipulative tendencies. The whole plot starts with his attempt to guilt his son's family into letting him move in (which Richard points out to have been unnecessary), which backfires horribly. "The Father" further shows he's still a career criminal, albeit a personable one.
  • Scars Are Forever: He has a black eye that he apparently got long after he left his family. It appears to be permanent since his subsequent appearances show him still having it.
  • Shadow Archetype: To Richard. He represents what could've happened to Richard had he taken being a lazy person a (darker) step further.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Looks like Richard as a different species.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: A Zig-Zagged example. While he remains a shameless crook, Frankie has generally become a friendlier man in each of his subsequent appearances, thanks to the Wattersons' influence and his unconditional love for his son.
  • Walking Spoiler: His presence reveals him as one of the reasons why Richard is the way he is today.
  • You Dirty Rat!: He's a rat, a deadbeat, and a Con Man. Still is as ever until the end of "The Signature". This trope is later lampshaded when Frankie witnesses "The Vermin Man", a performance Granny Jojo wrote detailing every single one of his bad traits.

    Daniel and Mary Senicourt 
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Daniel: "We only wanted the best from you. Why settle for B-minus when you can have A-plus?"
Mary: "We gave you every possible chance to succeed!"

Daniel Senicourt voiced by: Garrick Hagon
Mary Senicourt voiced by: Liza Ross
Debut: Season 5, "The Choices"
Last appearance: Season 6, "The Web"

Nicole's parents, both cats like her.


Tropes applying to both:
  • Abusive Parents: They were controlling of Nicole's life to the point of having ridiculously impossible expectations and calculating exactly when she should succeed. They claim they did it only because they wanted what was best for her, and needed to reign in her intense behavior, although this only led to Nicole resenting them. Although perhaps their worst parental trait is just how dangerously incompetent they are when it comes to treating children.
  • Cats Are Mean: They're both cats who were very controlling of their daughter Nicole.
  • Characterization Marches On: Their first appearance in "The Choices" heavily implied they demanded success from Nicole purely to take material advantage of it, and abandoned her completely when she moved out and failed to get a good-paying job. "The Parents" shows their concern for her welfare as genuine (if no less overbearing): Nicole's parents tried to contact her for years after she left, still want to reconcile in the present despite the Watterson family's Perpetual Poverty, and the biggest sign of their apathy (skipping Nicole's wedding) was actually an accident. As the former was shown purely through Nicole's memory, it makes Nicole come off as an Unreliable Narrator.
  • A Day in the Limelight: In "The Parents."
  • Fully Dressed Cartoon Animal: Both of them wear clothes.
  • Funny Animal: Cats. Mary is a blue cat, like her daughter, and Daniel is white and brown.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: Daniel and Mary were strict with Nicole because they wanted to reign in her violent temper and give her a successful future. They ended up intensifying Nicole's anger issues (or causing them in the first place) and driving her to move out at a young age, leaving her much less prosperous than she could have been. Ironically, this is still better than if Nicole had obeyed them.
  • Jerkass: Mary is very condescending, and Daniel is always surly and pissed at nothing in particular.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: The episode "The Parents" shows Daniel and Mary to be this. Despite the fact that they put too much pressure on Nicole as a child, it's shown that they do genuinely love her, and their abuse was unintentional, in a misguided way to raise Nicole to be a successful person. They reconnect with her at the end of the episode.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Just as Nicole told them off before she left them, it looked like her mother regrets it as she cries. Later at the wedding... they didn't show up even when invited. Ouch. Subverted, however when a later episode reveals that they at least tried to go, but they got the location wrong.
  • Obnoxious In-Laws: They have a low opinion of Richard, as they expected Nicole to marry someone richer. Nicole mentions they tried to set her up with another man during their honeymoon.
  • Parents as People: The episode "The Parents" reveals that Daniel and Mary truly do love their daughter Nicole. Their problem, however, is that their mix of insane logic and ambition for Nicole has caused them to be controlling and put too much pressure on her, unintentionally being abusive to her.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Nicole gets her fur color and body shape from her mother, and her ear, whisker, and head shape from her father. Mary also has the same whiskers as her grandson Gumball.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Mary is taller than Daniel.
  • Unnamed Parent: The first appearance has neither given a stated name, and their surname is only known from reading Nicole's report card. "The Parents" names both of them, Daniel and Mary.

Tropes applying to Daniel:

Tropes applying to Mary:

  • Control Freak: Mary has planned out every part of Nicole's life, timing down to the minute when she would graduate high school, get a law degree, and marry a successful doctor.
  • Education Mama: She pushed unrealistically high expectations on Nicole from an early age, even berating her for not getting straight A's because they put F as her gender.
  • Second Place Is for Losers: When Nicole heads off to a tournament, her mother's only words for her are "Second place is first place for losers."
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    Evil Turtle 
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"[in her thoughts] BITE, BITE, BITE! NEED FOOD FOR STRENGTH TO BITE, BITE, BITE! MAKE LITTLE TURTLES TO BITE EVEN MORE!"

Debut: Season 3, "The Puppy"
Last appearance: Season 4, "The Compilation"

A ferocious turtle that Richard bought from a van shop, thinking she was a dog.



  • Ax-Crazy: Her entire existence is biting. She eats for strength to bite. She reproduces to have more turtles who can bite.
  • A Day in the Limelight: In "The Puppy" and "The Nest."
  • The Dreaded: The Wattersons are terrified of her. Gumball especially, who calls her evil incarnate and has theorized that she eats souls and misery. In "The Nest", her Latin name is "Occidere machinae ex infernum"note 
  • For the Evulz: We get a first person sample of her "thought process":
    Turtle: Bite! Bite! Bite! Need food for strength to bite! Bite! Bite! Make little turtles to bite even more!
  • Long Neck: She can extend her neck something like a foot out of her shell.
  • Implacable Man: She's basically the T-800 in turtle form.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: One drop of water let her came back to life from a desiccated husk, then she got hit by a car—the car was totaled, the turtle didn't even budge. When the "Awesome Store" exploded in a giant fireball, she walked out of the flames completely unharmed.
  • No Name Given: The Wattersons never gave her a real name; they're too busy being terrified by her. The closest they get is calling her "evil turtle" a few times.
  • Pet the Dog: In her latest episode, "The Nest", after the Watterson family brought her and her children to the water, she parts amicably with them, but not before nuzzling Gumball as a form of thanks.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: Her size doesn't keep her from pulling around full-sized people, though it does make it easy to pick her up.
  • Put on a Bus: She swims off into the ocean with her children at the end of "The Nest".
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Unlike most terrapins in fiction, played very straight.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Since the turtle is basically invincible, her pen in the Watterson's house is essentially a way to contain her.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: A soft-shell turtle. Quite a few viewers didn't know there are turtles that look like that. When Anais identifies her in a book, the label says "Trionyx" and mentions she naturally lives in the Nile river, which both indicate she's an African softshell turtle.
  • Verbal Tic: She either hisses or says "F-F-F-F-F-F-F-F-F-F-F-F-F-F-F-F-F-F'"
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Strong as she is, the turtle's limbs are still very short. If she's picked up by the shell, she won't be able to reach anything and she is unable to climb out of small containers like a terrarium. She eventually learns to bypass this weakness by burrowing through the bottom of the container (the counter, and the floor).
  • Your Tomcat Is Pregnant: In "The Nest", it is discovered the turtle is both female and had children.

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