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    Michael Caesar 

Michael Caesar

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Huey's best friend in the comic strip, but is glaringly absent from the animated series. He's a smart-mouthed black kid from Brooklyn, New York City who chats with Huey about everything from politics to pop culture (mostly the latter, as they have a shared hatred of bad black media).


  • Adapted Out: Despite being one of the main characters in the comic strip and having a wallpaper of him on the Go Comics website (which is also a design of what he would have looked like in the show), Caesar has never appeared in the TV show for some strange reason. Word of God is that they couldn't find the right voice actor for him. Hopefully, they’ll find one for him in the upcoming reboot.
  • Berserk Button: Caesar usually weathers the world with cool compassion and occasional sarcasm, but there are some moments where he loses that cool. He doesn't have much patience for Huey's cynicism turning completely fatalistic, and he also tends to get more biting when Huey gets judgmental to the point of being nasty or hypocritical about his own faults. But most of all, issues involving his Celebrity Crushes can get... explosive.
  • Black and Nerdy: Caesar has just as much casual nerdy knowledge as Huey.
  • Catchphrase:
  • Celebrity Crush: Claimed Jennifer Lopez was the female ideal of unobtainable beauty and then dumped her off the list because of the movie Enough.
  • Class Clown: He blurts out random jokes to annoy Mr. Petto.
  • The Confidant: One of the people who will actually listen and care about what Huey has to say, lending an ear to his many conspiracy theories and potentially unpopular opinions, even if he'd rather be doing something less weighty.
  • The Conscience: He serves this function particularly when Huey's thoughts or actions threaten to cross a line in some way, reminding him that life doesn't have to be so black and white.
    • A more straight-forward example of Caesar playing the part was when Huey tried to write a civil, courteous letter to President G. W. Bush. Whenever he'd type something cynical or rude, Caesar'd steer Huey back in the 'right' direction.
      (Huey begins typing the header to his letter)
      Huey: DEAR ILLEGAL AMERICAN REGIME
      Caesar: Start over.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Mostly to Huey. One of the few people who can out snark him.
  • Dreadlock Rasta: Caesar falls into the laid-back, anti-authoritarian group of dreadlock wearers, contrasting his best friend's ultra-serious, militant attitude and afro.
  • Foil: Was introduced as a character with Huey's views and wisdom who was much more laid back about it. This quickly put him into the Only Sane Man slot.
  • Fish out of Water: Same as the Freeman kids, though he gets used to it a lot faster than either of them do.
  • The Gadfly / Troll: Though he's usually more generally sarcastic, he sometimes clearly says or does certain things just to get a rise out of Huey - sometimes to make a point, sometimes for fun, and it isn't always clear which.
  • Honest Advisor: Caesar often makes a point of noting when Huey is being hypocritical, is the only one really capable of outright telling Huey when he's being an idiot, and generally offers pointed and sensible alternatives to Huey's more extreme ideas. He's also the only person in the series whose advice Huey always takes when given, at least when its not wrapped up in trolling.
  • The Idealist: He's an optimist and tries to make Huey see the bright side of things.
  • The Lancer: Caesar functions as Huey's right-hand-man on many an activity, such as being a co-founder to their newspaper. At the same time, he generally challenges the kid's serious nature with a much warmer personality.
  • Last-Name Basis: His first name, Michael, is referenced less than a handful of times in the comic strips.
  • Meaningful Name: MC.
  • Meta Guy: He has a habit of vaguely referencing his and Huey's positions as characters, the comic's creator, or the strip itself in meta fashion.
    Caesar: Can you believe it's been four years since the last election?
    Huey: Yeah.
  • Morality Pet: Huey can only control his anger and hatefulness through the one who is Caesar.
  • Nice Guy: He's much more pleasant than Huey anyways.
  • Obligatory Joke: Often, much to Huey's annoyance. Especially since his jokes can come out of nowhere with little-to-no prompt.
  • Only Sane Man: Caesar shares many similar opinions to Huey, but he is far less arrogant and militant about them.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Played with, but is overall the Blue to Huey's Red. Caesar is more energetic and outgoing than Huey is but he's much calmer and closer to earth. Meanwhile, Huey is an overly dramatic Conspiracy Theorist prone to irrational anger.
  • So Unfunny, It's Funny: Most of his jokes fall into this category.
  • Straight Man: To Huey whenever his cynical comments go a bit too far.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Occasionally, Caesar or Jazmine will call Huey out on his Protagonist-Centered Morality.
  • Where da White Women At?: Oh Caesar.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: He is categorized this to an extent. His awareness of the absurdities of society matches Huey's, but he still has a childish persona.
  • You Need to Get Laid: To Condeleeza Rice of all people.
  • Your Mom: Caesar thinks he's perfected these into an art form, much to Huey's continued annoyance. For fun, he tends to spring them in the middle of otherwise normal conversations.
    Caesar: Well Huey, congratulations on making it to another year on planet Earth!
    Huey: Thank you, Caesar. Same to you.
    Caesar: Oh, and before I forget, congratulations to your mom — I heard she got that part as the stunt monkey in the Planet of the Apes sequel.
    Huey: Goodbye, Caesar. (Slams the door in his face.)
    Caesar: (Shouting through the door) I heard she ain't gonna wear a costume or nuthin'!
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    Uncle Ruckus 

Uncle Ruckus (No Relation) note 

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A fat and old black man who seems to work in every conceivable low-wage job. Despite his ethnicity and being perhaps the darkest-skinned character in the show, he is also a loud-mouthed white supremacist. He's incredibly petty, and cruel, and the stereotypical "Uncle Tom."


  • Acrofatic: Despite Ruckus' obese physique, in "...Or Die Trying" he is shown to be capable of some impressive martial arts feats, including a jumping-kick attack.
    • Subverted in "A Huey Freeman Christmas" where he claims he is this, but when he actually has to chase Riley, he quickly runs out of breath and collapses.
  • Adaptational Job Change: In The Boondocks reboot, Ruckus is no longer a blue-collar laborer with dozens of different jobs, but he's now an elected politician who is in charge of Woodcrest.
  • Aesop Amnesia: Whenever Ruckus ponders that he could be less racist, he forgets all about it.
    • This is lampshaded in the ending of "The Uncle Ruckus Reality Show". Ruckus claims that learning he was black gave him a more sympathetic perspective on black people, but then he quickly demonstrates that he doesn't actually believe this (see Jerk with a Heart of Jerk below).
    • At the end of "The Color Ruckus", Ruckus states that he shouldn't hate black people anymore, but instead pity them for their "inferiority" to white people. But in Season 4, we see that Ruckus' opinions of black people are still unmistakably hateful.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking:
  • Ascended Extra: He originally appeared very late in the comic strip's run, and became a semi-recurring character. He plays an even greater role in the show, appearing in most episodes and starring in a few of them. Applies even more in the upcoming Continuity Reboot, where he's been promoted to the role of the Big Bad.
  • Bald of Evil: He is partially bald.
  • Been There, Shaped History:
    • In "Return of the King", Uncle Ruckus claimed to have tried (and failed) to throw bricks at Martin Luther King Jr., though this whole episode turned out to be All Just a Dream by Huey.
    • In "Freedom Ride or Die", Ruckus recalls how he participated in angry mob violence against the Freedom Riders. He's surprised to learn that Robert was among the Freedom Riders when they were attacked.
  • Berserk Button: As a fanatical white nationalist, he is always ready to rant about his frustrations with colored people.
  • Big Bad: In the upcoming Continuity Reboot, Uncle Ruckus has been promoted to the role of being the show's main antagonist, rather than merely being an annoyance or the henchman of other villains like the Wunclers.
  • Big Eater: In the comics, there was even a joke about how he's a loyal McDonald's customer. But unfortunately while eating a Big Mac, he suffers a sudden heart attack (which he somehow survives though).
  • Black Republican: Ruckus is a very proud and loyal supporter of the Republican Party, and frequently expresses extremely ultra-conservative and far-right-wing opinions.
  • Boomerang Bigot: The whole purpose of his character. Uncle Ruckus is always praising white people and detesting black people, despite ironically being the latter. However Ruckus often denies being black, so from his point of view he isn't the hypocrite that he really is.
  • Breakout Villain:
    • Due to his rising popularity, he was supposed to have a live-action movie, but it got scrapped due to lack of interest.
    • He appeared on podcast, “The Breakfast Club” where he talks about his political views.
  • But Not Too Black: Invoked. Despite having the darkest skin of all characters, Ruckus really wants to believe that he isn't a black man. He often claims to be a white man with a "re-vitiligo" disease that darkens his skin, the opposite of what Michael Jackson had (lucky bastard).
    • When he recieves a DNA test result claiming he is 50% white, he jumps up cheering. (Thouough to his unknowing, the result was actually faked.)
  • Calling the Old Man Out: He does this to his father Mister Ruckus in the climax of "The Color Ruckus".
    No no, that's okay. Keep talking dad, keep talking. That's the eulogy this woman [Nelly] deserved. She did this to you, and now you're doing it to me. You've been doing this all our lives, and it's getting old, it's getting old... it's getting real old, old man! So get it all out of your system, then sit down AND SHUT THE FUCK UP!
  • Catchphrase:
    • "I'm Uncle Ruckus, no relation."
    • "I've got re-vitiligo (it's the opposite of what Michael Jackson's got)."
  • Changeling Fantasy: In "The Color Ruckus", we learn that Ruckus believes he's a white orphan with re-vitiligo, who was raised by a black family. It turns out that his black family is his real family, and his mother lied and made up this story to make him feel special. Even after his father broke the news though, Ruckus continued to be in denial about it.
  • Characterization Marches On: Season 1 actually has moments where he seems completely aware that he's black. Referring to whites as "they" and blacks as "we" is a subtle example.
    • Other lines include "I was happy at the back of the bus" and "I would have shoot you myself but I realized the white man got better aim." Not to mention the episode "The Passion of Reverend Ruckus".
  • Cool Old Guy:
    • In "...Or Die Trying", Ruckus is shown matching Huey in martial arts skills, which would arguably make him one of the most skilled fighters in the show.
    • Later in "It's Goin' Down", he fights with Dan the Security Man, subduing him with a suplex throw and several kicks to the balls.
  • Corrupt Politician: In the new rebooted comics and show, Uncle Ruckus has been elected as the county executive of Woodcrest County.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Towards other black people. Averted when he's speaking to white people, he's amazingly polite to them.
  • Deep South: Uncle Ruckus seems to hail from this region, as he speaks with a very thick Southern US accent. He's old enough to remember Jim Crow segregation, which is obviously something he fondly reminisces about a lot.
  • Depending on the Writer: In some episodes, Ruckus is a self-hating black man, and in others, he's under the delusion that he is actually a white man. Ruckus would later accept the latter belief.
  • The Dragon: Ruckus has shown to be a very loyal servant/henchman to Ed Wuncler I, and later to Ed Wuncler II as well.
  • Enemy Mine: Twice in Season 3, Ruckus has found himself teaming up with Huey of all people:
    • In "It's a Black President, Huey Freeman", Huey's apathy and Ruckus' hatred for Barack Obama provokes an angry reaction from a crowd of Obama supporters. As they no longer feel like they belong in America, the two decide to drive up north to Canada together, but this plan is aborted when Ruckus is arrested by the Secret Service.
    • In "It's Goin' Down", after a confused counter-terrorism operation gone wrong (Jack Flowers mistakenly believed that Huey and Ruckus were terrorists), Jack convinces Huey and Ruckus to help him out by evacuating Dan Stuckey from the Wuncler Tower before a bomb destroys it.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He's on very good terms with his mother and brothers; it's just his father and grandmother he hates (with good reason).
  • Even Evil Has Standards: In "The New Black", despite his racism and homophobia, he considers mocking or abusing the disabled to be inexcusable (including the non-white disabled folks).
  • Evil Is Petty: Of course, being the racist bigot that he is, he tries to infringe on the rights of black people as many times as possible, even if it is on the smallest, pettiest levels imaginable.
  • Evil Old Folks: An old, bigoted jerkass. Though his father and grandmother are even older and worse than he is.
  • Fat Bastard: He is just as obese as he is hateful.
  • Fat Idiot: Given his entire "loud-mouthed bigot" personality and horrible judge of character, he's also one of the most ignorant and uneducated characters in the show.
  • Foil: To Tom DuBois. As evidenced by their names, they're both a reference to the Uncle Tom stereotype. Tom is a stereotypical sellout that makes money off of throwing other black people in prison as a prosecutor. While he is polite, friendly, and far from a bad person, Tom is part of the same system Huey condemns. In direct contrast to this, Ruckus lives in a shack, works dozens of jobs, and openly hates black people with a passion.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Sometimes he's this with Robert and Tom. Despite his racist views and the verbal abuse they keep slinging at each other because of it, the three sure seem to hang out a lot.
    • For some reason, Ruckus tolerates Robert and plays checkers with him at the park, although Ruckus shows open disdain for Robert's grandsons (by refusing them entry into the school bus).
    • Not surprisingly, Ruckus respects Tom for being an "Oreo" and sharing the same preference for white women.
    • Although in "Mr. Medicinal", Robert and Tom both admit to not really liking Ruckus while they were drunk.
    • And sometimes Ruckus' racism overrides his friendship, as seen when he was bossing around Robert and Tom in "Freedomland".
  • Friend to All Children: Subverted for laughs. Ruckus apparently adores all white children, such as the white kids who ride his school bus (even though they're very rude to him). Ruckus also has a bit of a soft spot for Jazmine because she is partly white (see Pet the Dog; though this doesn't stop him from rudely calling her a "little half-n-half" in another episode). On the other hand, Ruckus openly disdains children who are black or otherwise non-white, such as Huey and Riley (see Would Hurt a Child).
  • Freudian Excuse: He was raised by an extremely Abusive Dad who always proclaimed his hatred of white people, and who threw him out of the house when he was just a child; as well as having a loving yet delusional mom who idolized Caucasians (and lied that Ruckus was born white). This helped warp Ruckus' mind into the self-hating oaf we know, love, and hate.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: In "The Uncle Ruckus Reality Show", he goes through a DNA test. Ruckus reads the results and finds out that he's 100% African, much to his shock and horror. After Ruckus' unsuccessful suicide attempt, the show's producer (Wedgie Rudlin) forces the geneticist into redoing the DNA test, so that Ruckus is "actually" 50% Caucasian and he snaps back to normal.
  • Gonk: He's old, obese, balding, and has a bulging eye and crooked teeth. The last two are a product of what his father did to him before throwing him out of the house.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: In the first episode, he is openly bitter that Ed Wuncler I invited the newly arrived Freemans to his garden party while he's not even allowed enter through the front door of the mansion after 20 years of service.
  • Heel Realization: At the end of "The Color Ruckus", he comes to the realization that, now that his abusive father is deceased, his hatred for black people actually stemmed from his hatred of him only. He still believes that colored folks are inferior to the white man though (due to his mother's brainwashing), but he says that he will stop hating them and instead sympathize with them. Though his personality quickly reverts back to his usual hateful bigotry in subsequent episodes, as if all of this didn't happen.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Played for both laughs and drama.
  • His Name Really Is "Barkeep": In "The Color Ruckus", When they flashback to his childhood, his mother actually calls him Uncle, so "Uncle Ruckus" is actually his full name. In fact he's named after his father's uncle. Yes, both the Uncle and the Ruckus part.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: His blind hatred of blacks and blind love of whites. Not to mention his mother, who he loves despite being the other big reason he's such a self-hating mess today. On a more personal note, his attitude around the Wuncler family.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Due to the whole absurdity of being a black white-supremacist, it's hard not to enjoy when he's onscreen.
    • Best exemplified during "The Lovely Ebony Brown" episode. Ruckus at first goes on a racist rant about how much he hates black women. Then he meets Ebony Brown, and suddenly falls in love with her.
  • I Know Karate: "You think you're the only one to master the ancient and deadly art of the Nunchaku?"
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: His whole life is centered around bullying and belittling people of color and talking up how great white people are. However, despite his claims of being a white man with re-vitiligo, he always treats white people as separate and superior to himself and occasionally lets slip that he knows he's really black.
  • I Reject Your Reality: He will occasionally outright deny being black.
  • Jerkass: Most of the time. He often takes any opportunity to degrade other people of color.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: At times, such as "A Huey Freeman Christmas" and "The Color Ruckus", show that he does have a more decent side. Also see Pet the Dog.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: He has a moment like this at the end of "The Uncle Ruckus Reality Show", as he claimed that learning he was black gave him a more sympathetic perspective on Negroes... and then he allowed Huey and Riley to almost get killed by passing traffic for his own amusement.
  • Lack of Empathy: Ruckus just doesn't give a damn about problems affecting most of the non-white people around him, with a few rare exceptions.
  • Large Ham: He is very loud and vocal about his views.
  • Laughably Evil: He’s hateful, but it’s hard not to laugh when he’s onscreen.
  • Leitmotif: An excerpt from Jabba the Hutt's theme plays most of the time he's on-screen from Season 2 onward.
  • Lower-Class Lout: Ruckus takes more pride in the quantity than quality of his jobs.
  • Mad Eye: Interestingly enough, this is the only one with color. It's a product of all the times his horrible father hit him.
  • Meaningful Name: Uncle Ruckus is a combination of Uncle Tom, Uncle Remus, and Amos Rucker (allegedly a slave soldier who fought for the Confederacy), thus creating a black man most enthusiastically subservient to white people.
  • New Job as the Plot Demands: Uncle Ruckus is always seen with a different job in every appearance, usually as some kind of low-wage laborer or servant. He has apparently held about 30-47 different jobs simultaneously, working many different shifts throughout the week (how he ever has any free time is unexplained).
  • N-Word Privileges: No one takes offense to his song "Don't Trust Them New Niggas Over There" in "The Garden Party", or anything else he says because he has these.
    White party guest: I think the "N-Word" is okay if they say it.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Occasionally, Uncle Ruckus proves to be more than just a hateful oaf:
    • During the Jim Crow era, Ruckus supported racist violence. He claimed to have served on a white jury that convicted a blind black man of 3 shooting murders (although this is unlikely to be true, as segregation should've kept any black man off jury duty). A later flashback does seem to confirm that he once incited an angry mob to attack the Freedom Riders though.
    • Ruckus has mastered using nunchucks, and he even beats Huey Freeman in a fight. Though oddly enough, he is never seen showing any similar fighting prowess afterwards.
    • While working as a crossing guard in "The Uncle Ruckus Reality Show", he lets Huey and Riley walk across the street and immediately lets a truck drive by at the same time which nearly runs over the boys.
    • He later becomes Ed Wuncler II's right-hand man, and he takes his harassment of the Freemans to whole new levels, especially when he acts as their overseer in Freedomland.
  • Overarching Villain: Regardless of how many other antagonists there are on the show, Uncle Ruckus is the one that opposes and annoys the Freeman family the most.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • In "A Huey Freeman Christmas", Uncle Ruckus restores Jazmine's belief in Christmas and Santa Claus after Riley destroys it. Although it should be noted that Ruckus only likes Jazmine for being half-white.
    • In "The Color Ruckus", he shows genuine love for his mother and younger brothers, even though they are black.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: If you didn't already know, Ruckus is very racist against pretty much anyone who isn't of non-Hispanic white European descent; Africans, Chinese, Mexicans, Arabs, etc.
    • However he doesn't seem to have much ill-will towards multiracial people who are part white, such as Jazmine; Ruckus himself seems to be satisfied if someone else lied that he's 50% Caucasian. He is also one of the few people who doesn’t disrespect Tom because he is married to a white woman (and in fact, it seems to be the reason why Ruckus likes Tom in the first place).
    • And as seen in "The New Black" he's also homophobic, remarking that he doesn't even like or respect gay white people. Despite this, he draws the line at disabled folks (including non-white disabled people).
  • Sinister Minister: In "The Passion of Reverend Ruckus", he starts his own racist sect of Christianity, promising anyone who converts to his ideology of white supremacy (even if they're non-white like him) that they can find salvation in "White Heaven", an afterlife ruled by Ronald Reagan.
    • Later in "Stinkmeaner Strikes Back", we see him as an exorcist who specializes in dealing with evil black spirits such as Stinkmeaner (though he didn't actually know what he was doing).
    • Later in "I Dream of Siri", he again serves as a priest during Robert's aborted wedding to Siri.
  • Sitcom Archnemesis: Ruckus is usually just an annoying jerk and idiot. But see Not-So-Harmless Villain above.
  • Straw Character: Uncle Ruckus is a satirical spoof of white supremacists and Tea Party Republicans.
    • He's also a spoof on your typical sellout, in the opposite direction to Tom DuBois.
  • Strong as They Need to Be: His martial arts abilities come and go depending on what would be funnier. He can trade blows with Huey in one episode, and then get blindsided and beaten by the much weaker Riley the next.
  • Tragic Bigot: Uncle Ruckus' hatred of his own race comes from his hatred of his abusive, racist father and grandmother, along with brainwashing by his delusional mother.
  • Transnature: Probably the best way to describe Ruckus, who rejects his black ancestry and self-identifies as a white person, is "transracial". He even literally dreams of going to Heaven and turning into a white man.
  • Uncle Tomfoolery: Whenever he's in the presence of a white person, he immediately becomes fawning and servile towards them and accepts any type of abuse with a grin. He's also proud to be working dozens of demeaning dead-end jobs at the same time, seemingly for free or below minimum wage, while living in a decrepit shack similar to a slave cabin.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: As a little boy, Ruckus was quite innocent, and he even once dreamed of becoming a doctor. But it's too bad that he had a really horrible childhood.
  • Villain Protagonist: Of "The Passion of Reverend Ruckus", "The Uncle Ruckus Reality Show", "The Story of Jimmy Rebel", and "The Color Ruckus". He was also set to star in his own live-action movie had it secured sufficient funding and entered production.
  • Villainous Breakdown:
    • In "The Uncle Ruckus Reality Show" after he takes a DNA test which reveals that he is 102% African with a 2% margin of error.
    • He breaks down in tears when President Obama is being inaugurated.
  • Villainous BSoD: He has a long drawn-out one after his DNA test result reveals that he is 100% black. Ruckus becomes depressed, and tries to live as a stereotypical "black man". He doesn’t like it and eventually attempts suicide right when the producer of his show interferes. Then he recieves a faked test result claiming he is 50% white and becomes enthusiastic about it and goes back to normal.
  • Where da White Women At?: Obviously, Ruckus doesn't like black women (well, except for Ebony Brown), and views whiteness as ideal beauty. He considers Tom to be a lucky man for marrying Sarah. Though given the fact that Ruckus is both horribly cruel and ridiculously ugly, we've never actually seen him in a relationship with any woman, white or otherwise.
  • The Whitest Black Guy: Invoked and lampshaded. When Ruckus is about to take a DNA Test, he tells the doctor that he is very white because, for example, "[his] favorite movies are The Birth of a Nation, Gone with the Wind, and Notting Hill". But this is due to the fact that Ruckus really believes that he is white, so he wanted to "clarify" things up to the doctor before taking the test.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He has no problem with putting non-white children in harms' way, such as the Freeman brothers.
    • In "...Or Die Trying", Ruckus states that he's been "waiting a long time to do this" before he fights Huey in a martial arts duel.
    • In "The Uncle Ruckus Reality Show", Ruckus (while working as a crossing guard) intentionally misdirects Huey and Riley into oncoming traffic, almost getting them run over by passing vehicles just for his own sick amusement. Even though he failed to killed them, he still laughs his ass off.
    • In "A Date with the Booty Warrior", Ruckus pleads with a gang of prison convicts to not hurt any of the white boys they took hostage, while adding that he doesn't care if they do anything to Huey or Riley.
  • Younger Than They Look: Uncle Ruckus is only about 60 years old, give or take a few years, but looks and acts old, if not older than Robert, who's 84.

DuBois Family

    Jazmine DuBois 

Jazmine DuBois

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Voiced by: Gabby Soleil (Seasons 1-3), Kiarah Pollas (Season 4)

The biracial daughter of Tom and Sarah DuBois. While Huey finds her to be naive and annoying, she becomes one of his only friends.


  • All Girls Like Ponies: Something which Ed Wuncler I takes advantage of in "The Block Is Hot", offering her a pony to trick her into working in slave-like conditions in a lemonade stand.
  • Break the Cutie: A major reason Huey has for talking to her in the comics, though he doesn't exactly mean to be malicious; he truly thinks she would be better off if she were a cynic like him, so he makes it his mission to tear down her childish beliefs. However, she has shown herself to be as capable as giving as good as she gets, being the only character besides Caesar to render Huey speechless at times.
  • But Not Too Black: Besides the puffy afro hair texture and slightly tanned skin, she could probably pass as white. Cindy didn't know Jazmine was part black until she was informed so. Justified as her ancestry is mostly European (see Mixed Ancestry below).
  • Butt-Monkey: In the comic, though she only tends to be treated badly by Huey and occasionally Riley. It seems like, in general, the world enjoys messing with her naivete. In the show, she's more The Chew Toy since Huey is a lot less abrasive.
  • Category Traitor: Early on, Huey considered her one for not completely rejecting her white heritage and becoming another black nationalist like him.
  • Children Are Innocent: In the sense of being both naive and good-natured. She also doesn't like it when others drag her into trouble.
  • Cry Cute: Any time Jazmine cries, it just makes her even more endearing.
  • Curly Hair Is Ugly: Jazmine displays this viewpoint on herself. She has a complex about her kinky hair texture and wishes that it was straight like her mother's.
  • The Cutie: Just try not to gush when Jazmine is around.
  • Demoted to Extra:
    • In the comics, she has a greatly diminished role after Huey meets and befriends Caesar. She even has a two-year absence before she reintroduces herself.
    • In the first two seasons of the show, she would regularly interact with the main characters and even be the focus of a few episodes and plots. In the last two seasons, she's lucky to ever get a line.
  • Fangirl: Of Usher, much like her mom.
  • Fan of the Underdog: It is no coincidence that she trusts Huey in spite of him being a Jerkass to her. It is especially prevalent in Season 3 as she is the only person who actually listens to him and has spoken highly of him when even the President of the United States has denounced him.
  • Fish out of Water: In the comics. Like the Freemans, her family are newcomers to Woodcrest (where from, she doesn't say). Jazmine also doesn't know how to fit in with black or white people.
  • Funny Afro: Has a huge afro even bigger than Huey's. It makes her insecure. Played for Laughs, naturally.
  • Foil: To Huey. While he is a stoic kid who is very mature for his age, Jazmine is naive, innocent, and curious about the world around her.
  • Girly Girl: She wears pink clothes, really wants to have a pony, and she has tea parties with her dolls.
  • Granola Girl: She is implied to be a vegetarian and displays characteristics of this trope.
    • In "The Fundraiser", she donates most of the money she made with Riley to PETA, much to his dismay.
    • In "The Fried Chicken Flu", she didn't jump on the KFC bandwagon that was sweeping the nation because "fried chicken is murder".
  • Hair Color Dissonance: Her hair in the cartoon is presumably supposed to be brown like it is in the comics, however it looks reddish.
  • Hikikomori: Once she returns in the comic strip, her two-year-long Chuck Cunningham Syndrome is explained as her locking herself in her room ever since 9/11 out of fear of terrorists.
  • I Am Not Pretty: In the comics, she would sometimes express insecurity over her appearance (particularly her afro hair).
  • Literal-Minded / Sarcasm-Blind: Extremely so in the comic, to the point where Huey can say almost anything to her and she'll take it at face value. This combined with her Wide-Eyed Idealist traits make her extremely gullible (and as a Running Gag}}, very bad at Your Mom jokes).
  • Loophole Abuse: Jazmine becomes the victim of this in "The Block Is Hot" where she gets scammed by Ed Wuncler I into signing a contract where Wuncler provides her lemonade stand supplies (straws, lemons, cups) in exchange for a share of the revenue. The contract enforces Jazmine recoup the budget for supplies but receive only 5 cents per glass of lemonade at a price of $1 as while Wuncler gets the other 95 cents.
  • Luminescent Blush: At the end of "Wingmen".
  • Mixed Ancestry: Particularly in the comics, being a mulatto gave her a lot of personal confusion. Downplayed in the show though. To be precise, through her father's side she is African, Cherokee, French, and Scottish; and through her mother's side she is Irish, German, and Swedish.
  • Moe Stare: One of the few things that can cause Huey to let his guard down.
  • Morality Pet: Jazmine is this to Huey, which is weird as he is often the one to tear down any wide-eyed delusions she carries. But as soon as someone tries to exploit her or if she needs help, knowing that helping her would be at the expense of his own interests, Huey usually helps her out.
    • The best example of this was when he tried to stop Ed I's scheme against Jazmine in "The Block Is Hot".
    • Also in "The Fried Chicken Flu", Huey lets Jazmine stay at his house during the viral outbreak. Although he was reluctant about it, Huey also allowed Jazmine's parents to join them, so she would calm down.
  • Nervous Wreck: She probably got her insecurity from her father.
  • Nice Girl: Her sweet nature never dies out despite all the negativity around her.
  • Pink Is Feminine: Usually seen wearing a pink jacket.
  • Precision F-Strike: She usually avoids profanity and strong words. Sometimes she slips up, such as in her uncensored version of her dream Santa Claus sermon.
  • Ship Tease: It's implied that she may have a crush on Huey. It's most obviously suggested in two comic strips, one where she asks if anyone (like Huey) would ever marry her, and another where she gives him a Valentine's Day card. But Huey, not being a sentimental (let alone romantic) kind of person, seems oblivious to all of this.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: Due to the cartoon making her hair a strawberry blonde, and her status as the protagonist's best friend / Morality Pet / Ship Tease (were they not both 10 years old). Combine this with her light brown skin, and she personifies one of the rarest color combinations on Earth.
  • Stubborn Hair: Part of what makes her Funny Afro funny is that it automatically reasserts itself almost immediately after she manages to sleek it down.
  • Token White: She's the only character in the show with mixed heritage, being half black and half white.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: In a one-sided way with Huey, who is much ruder to her.
  • Vocal Evolution: Justified, since her voice actress was a little girl when the series began.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: To the point of naivety.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Much like Caesar, Jazmine will sometimes call Huey out on his Protagonist-Centered Morality.

    Tom DuBois 

Thomas "Tom" Lancaster DuBois

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Voiced by: Cedric Yarbrough

A black man who "acts white" as much as possible: He's an Ivy League-educated attorney, married to a white woman, and has no "ebonic" accent. A genuinely Nice Guy, but also a big pushover.


  • Apologizes a Lot: Something which causes Sarah to explode on him in "Pretty Boy Flizzy".
  • Berserk Button:
    • In the comics, Ralph Nader is this, as Tom disagrees with his Green Party platform, and blames him for George W. Bush's victory in the 2000 election. It got so bad that he temporarily split from Sarah over her vote for him, and later he even kidnapped Nader during the 2004 election.
    • In the show, Tom reacts poorly to anyone who wants to rape him, tries to steal his wife from him, or acts inappropriately in front of his daughter.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Tom is usually a mild and non-confrontational guy but even he has limits as Usher and Sarah have found out.
  • Big "OMG!": Inverted; he follows up his (or rather Stinkmeaner's) courtroom outburst with a tiny, horrified "ohmygod..."
  • Black and Nerdy: Besides being an awkward and milquetoast lawyer, Tom once mentioned that he likes Star Trek in the comics.
  • Bourgeois Bohemian: Of the "left-leaning but still distinctly The Establishment" variety.
  • But Not Too Black: Tom has approximately 30% Caucasian ancestry (French and Scottish). This would also make his daughter mostly white.
  • Butt-Monkey: He's a very polite and sweet-natured gentleman, but his neurotic, whiny, and weak-willed personality usually causes almost everyone around him to never give him any respect.
  • Category Traitor: R. Kelly's defense attorney (who is white) uses the fact that Tom is married to a white woman to make the all black jury even more hostile towards Tom.
  • Celebrity Resemblance: Tom DuBois is noted to look a lot like Barack Obama, except the latter is more wealthy, powerful, and attractive. It would explain why Sarah voted for him.
  • Character Development: Tom starts branching out from a prosecutor who just does his job, to a public defender that takes cases based on innocence of the client, regardless of the money he's offered. He's also become less of a doormat, as he is more prone to swearing when he's angry, and calls people out when he feels disrespected.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: When his junior basketball team lost in a big match when it looked like they would finally win, he went on a long cluster shit bomb.
  • Cowardly Lion:
    • In "A Date With The Booty Warrior". Tom was still cowardly for much of the episode, but he was able to overcome his fears about rape, and defeat the Booty Warrior.
    • By the end of "Pretty Boy Flizzy", he seems to have grown more of a spine, and resolved most of his marital hang-ups with Sarah.
  • Extreme Doormat: The guy has practically NO backbone! He gets very little respect from his friends (and at times, even his wife).
  • Freudian Excuse: The source of his PTSD-level phobia of prison rape comes from merely watching a movie about it as a kid, rather than actually experiencing it.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: To a lesser extent than Ruckus, but his straight-laced and pitifully meek demeanor has occasionally made the Freemans reluctant to deal with him.
  • Foil: To Ruckus. Unlike Ruckus, Tom is actually a legitimately nice, non-bigoted man that lives in a mostly white neighborhood, with a privileged job and loving family. However, Tom, true to his name, is a stereotypical sellout, not because of his job or his status, but his attitude. He's a spineless wimp who would gleefully sell out other people to avoid going to prison and getting anally raped. He's part of the system that Huey hates so much, The Whitest Black Guy in the room. That said, Tom learns from his past mistakes, and eventually by Season 3 he starts to grow a backbone. Ruckus actively refuses to learn from his own misfortunes and continues to live in his self-inflicted misery.
  • Good Parents: Aside from being a bit too insecure and sheltering Jazmine a bit too much, Tom still tries to do a better job at raising his daughter than Robert does with his grandsons.
  • Henpecked Husband: He feels very insecure around his wife, who in turn feels frustrated by his submissive behavior.
  • Inelegant Blubbering: Whenever he's forced to confront his fear of prison. A manly crier he is not.
  • Insistent Terminology: He's not just afraid of getting raped, he's afraid of getting anally raped. And he will add that qualifier every single time.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Robert and Huey. And sometimes with Ruckus.
  • Ivy League for Everyone: It's mentioned that Tom once attended an Ivy League university (either Harvard in the comics, or Princeton in the show), where he played on the men's basketball team, and of course graduated with a law degree.
    • Interestingly, though, Princeton doesn't have a law school, so it makes more sense if he attended Harvard.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Sarah and Tom respectively. While Sarah isn't a tomboy by any means, she would at least seem so in comparison to her very effeminate husband. She's frustrated that he isn't the dominant spouse. Also taken Up to Eleven when concept art for a video game in development shows Sarah angrily armed with a crossbow as while Tom is cowering with a wooden shield and (crooked) boat paddle.
  • Meaningful Name: Tom as in Uncle Tom, due to his status as The Whitest Black Guy. He may also be named after the prominent civil rights leader W.E.B. DuBois, who was also an upper-class black man with an Ivy League education.
  • Nervous Wreck: Tom can be a very mild-mannered gentleman but he can also be a skittish and uptight weakling that often cries and panics very easily, especially when it comes to marital problems or his phobia of rape.
  • Nice Guy: He's usually a pleasant neighbor and family man due to his gentle and sensitive nature.
    • Beware the Nice Ones: Although over the course of the series, he does grow more irritable due to all the shit that happens to him.
  • N-Word Privileges: Averted, as he and his daughter are the only members of the black cast who don't say "nigga". The one time he tries he stumbles and says "Nincompoop" instead.
    • But of course Stinkmeaner has no problem with the word, so while controlling Tom's body, he embarrasses him by making him drop some N-bombs out loud in a courtroom.
  • Only Sane Man: Besides his extreme phobia of rape and spinelessness, Tom is relatively more cautious and rational than a lot of other men in the show. Especially compared to guys like Robert or Ruckus.
  • Prison Rape: He has an obsessive and paranoid phobia of going to jail and getting anally raped. The result is that he tries to avoid committing any kind of crime no matter what. The cost is that his wife is too sexually frustrated as a result.
  • Properly Paranoid: In "A Date With The Booty Warrior", the moment he decides to visit prison, he really is being stalked by a deranged rapist! Fortunately, Tom manages to literally save his own ass from the Booty Warrior during a fight.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Tom is the straight-edge somewhat idealistic Blue to Robert and Huey's cynical and pragmatic Red.
  • The Smart Guy: Butt-Monkey antics aside, Tom is one of the saner and smarter members of the cast. When Granddad goes to fight Stinkmeaner the first time, he and Huey made legal arrangements in case Grandad killed him, which he did.
  • Straw Character: He and his wife are stereotypical clueless moderate liberals, to the disdain of the radical leftist Huey. Although they almost split in one comic arc, because he voted for Al Gore instead of Ralph Nader like Sarah did.
  • Where da White Women At?: In the comics, he is stated to have only dated white women, eventually marrying Sarah. While talking to her about his preference in women, he even quotes the famous line word-for-word from Blazing Saddles.
  • The Whitest Black Guy: Sometimes Huey forgets to count Tom as a black man.
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Which puts Tom at odds with both A Pimp Named Slickback and Pretty Boy Flizzy. He wouldn't even strike back at one of Slickback's hookers in self-defense.

    Sarah DuBois 

Sarah DuBois

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Voiced by: Jill Talley

A white woman, who is Tom's wife and Jazmine's mother. Her marriage with Tom gets strained because of politics (in the comics) and his phobia of rape (in the show). She's also the least seen member of the DuBois family.


  • Adaptational Job Change: In the comic strip, she's also an attorney just like Tom; but in the TV series, she seems to just be a housewife.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: She wishes that Tom was more assertive and dominant, and less of a pushover and wimp.
  • Berserk Button: Her husband's lack of assertiveness and masculinity. Hell, she even once threw a pillow at Tom for apologizing to her.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Especially towards Tom whenever he acts cowardly or submissively.
  • Early Installment Character Design Difference: Her hair was originally straighter and shorter. This matches her comic design.
  • Fangirl: Of Usher, Barack Obama, and Pretty Boy Flizzy.
  • Flanderization: As the series goes on, her primary characteristic becomes that she's lustful over strong black men and is frustrated that Tom isn't tough or willing to "put her in her place."
  • Gainaxing: Noticeably in "Pretty Boy Flizzy".
  • Has a Type: Very attracted to African American men. While she does love Tom, she seems to prefer her crushes to be more "street" and firm.
  • Henpecked Housewife: She is often pretty frustrated by Tom's uptightness and awkwardness in public. His obsessive phobia about Prison Rape has taken a toll on their marriage.
  • Jerkass Ball:
    • In "Tom, Sarah, and Usher" where she blatantly flirts with Usher in front of Tom and then has the nerve to get mad at him for reacting poorly. Even worse is that it was all an elaborate plan to get Jazmine, who is a huge fan of Usher, a chance to meet him (though it is heavily implied that she does still hold a degree of attraction), which, if she had simply told Tom that, probably would've helped extinguish his suspicions.
    • To a major extent in "Pretty Boy Flizzy", where her previous frustration at Tom's stuffiness is exaggerated to unreasonable demands, insensitivity and self-centered mood-swinging. Likewise, her wandering eye is ramped up to the point of throwing herself at other men, and putting down Tom in front of their daughter (though granted, that was while drunk).
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: But at the end of that episode, she apologizes to Tom for pushing him around earlier. She also shows care for Tom, tearfully refusing to leave him behind in the "Fried Chicken Flu" episode.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Sarah and Tom respectively. While Sarah isn't a tomboy by any means, she would at least seem so in comparison to her very unmasculine husband. She's frustrated that he isn't the dominant spouse. Also taken Up to Eleven when concept art for a video game in development shows Sarah angrily armed with a crossbow as while Tom is cowering with a wooden shield and (crooked) boat paddle.
  • Progressively Prettier: In the first season, she was closely modeled after her comic appearance and was pretty plain-looking. With Season 2, she's taller, her hair is now wavy instead of straight, and she has a sleeker physique with a bigger bust.
  • Really Gets Around: Implied to have dated many men (only black as befitting her Race Fetish) before she settled down with Tom.
  • Satellite Character: She's Tom's wife, Jazmine's mother, the Freemans' neighbor, and every episode she's featured in deals with one of those facts.
  • Straw Character: She and her husband are stereotypical clueless moderate liberals. Although they almost split in one comic arc, because she voted for Ralph Nader instead of Al Gore like Tom did.
  • Where da White Women At?: In the comics, she is stated to have only dated black men, eventually marrying Tom. She's still openly attracted to other black men, much to Tom's dismay.
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