The characters for The Cleveland Show.
Cleveland Orenthal Brown, Sr.
- Accidental Pervert: He never thinks before he says things, causing this to happen a lot.
- Acquainted with Emergency Services: Good friends with Dr. Fist.
- Acrofatic: Zig-Zagged. One episode, he'll be unbound by his weight, and in other's his obesity prevents him from doing anything.
- Action Dad: "Harder, Better, Faster, Browner", proves him to be a skilled basketball player.
- Adaptational Jerkass: While he hasn't become quite as callous as Seth's other father protagonists, he is noticeably more abrasive, obnoxiously stupid, and self-serving than he was in Family Guy.
- Adaptation Personality Change: More like a compete rewrite of the character as Cleveland is considerably far more abrasive, self-centered, irresponsible, and idiotic than when he was on Family Guy. Special notice goes to the episode "Sex and the Biddy" where Cleveland, despite never acting in such a way before; was depicted as being a gluttonous slob who ate chicken bone sandwiches, always drank a milkshake before bed, guzzled entire bowls of condiments, and couldn't walk on a treadmill for more than a minute without passing out. This was mildly lampshaded in the first episode, but since his return to Family Guy he's mostly settled into the same role he had before the spin-off.
- Affectionate Nickname: Though it's actually caused by his speech impediment, he calls Terry "Turry".
- African Terrorists: Became a Somali pirate in "Das Shrimp Boot".
- The Alcoholic: Known for getting wasted at the stool and coming home drunk. Occasionally gets drunk during work hours, too. His drinking problems landed him in some trouble, when he was a Mall Santa, and started cursing at Rallo, telling him the truth about Robert.
- Ambiguously Gay: Half of the show's jokes revolve around whether Cleveland is or isn't this.
- Amusing Injuries: Gets a concussion after getting drunk, and falling off the toilet, whole trying to grab a burrito he dropped on the floor in front of him.
- Ancestral Weapon: In "Of Lice and Men", his father passed down his beating belt to him. Although he refused to use it, saying they'd lock him up.
- Angry Black Man: Subverted, and referenced to twice in the first episode.Tim: Wow, I've never seen a black guy cry before.Lester: I always thought they just got more pissed off.
- Antagonist in Mourning: Despite clearly hating his ex-wife, Loretta, and feeling glad to be rid of her maritally, he was not happy to be rid of her, completely, as he burst into tears out of nowhere, at her funeral, and spent days, with a broken heart.
- Anti-Hero: Cleveland often lies to his wife and kids, slacks off at his job, gets drunk, betrays his own friends, bullies younger and smaller people, makes sexist comments, and beats people up if he thinks they're being racist.
- Anti-Role Model: Does virtually every wrong thing a parent could do. Rallo put it best in "Jesus Walks".Rallo: I'd just like to go on record and say, you have made every bad decision imaginable in this situation.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Goes on tangents about unrelated bullcrap in multiple instances. People, usually Donna, snap him out of it, and he acknowledges it with a "Yup." whenever they do.
- Bad Liar: Told Donna the truth about stuff he did in "'Tis the Cleveland to be Sorry" and "Brownsized", but had to "start the scene over" and change what he said, in order to keep himself out of trouble.
- Battle Couple: The Waderman to Donna's Hot Cocoa Bang Bang.
- Berserk Button: Saying the word or dressing up in blackface.Cleveland: We may dress as you, but you may not dress as us.
- Beta Couple: He and Donna, in comparison to Donna and Robert, Maurice, Willy Nilly, Dennis Rodman, and just about any other ex-boyfriend and lover of her's. Cleveland is simply just the beta male.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Tends to be the most badass, when fighting ridiculous villains, like the army of old ladies from "Field of Streams" or Jaden Smith's sister from "The Way the Cookie Crumbles".
- Big Eater: Ate a ton of sandwiches in "'Tis the Cleveland to Be Sorry".
- Big Fun: A fat guy, who makes tons of jokes, and leads the guys on various adventures.
- Black and Nerdy: He knows a lot about the Batman franchise, as seen in "Fist and the Furious".
- Black Comedy Rape: Made a humorous quip about rape in "The Brown Knight", when he dressed up as a defenseless woman with a purse, hoping to lure a robber into trying to steal from him, he could catch him in the act.Cleveland: I hope this disguise makes me look good enough to rob, but not good enough to rape.
- Black Vikings: The episode "Wide World of Cleveland Show", featured a parody, where Cleveland Brown played the role of Adolf Hitler.
- Bumbling Dad: Cleveland's is portrayed the same way Peter was during the early seasons of Family Guy, with well-meaning and good intentions beneath his bumbling exterior. He falls into Jerkass territory in some episodes but generally comes off better than Seth's other father characters.
- Butt-Monkey: Though not much, Cleveland gets beaten up more than the rest of his family. Being subject to getting his house destroyed on a daily basis and cast as R2-D2 don't do him any favors either.
- Calling the Old Man Out: Done to his father on a few occasions, berating him for his abusive and neglectful parenting. More often than not, this gets through to Freight Train, who usually goes through aesop amnesia and right back to his good ol' self and it's like it never happened.
- The Can Kicked Him: An entire episode was dedicated to him being the victim of an amusing toilet related injury.
- Catchphrase: He's got a ton of these. Some originating from Family Guy and some, specifically from the show.
- Character Development: Cleveland gets more depth in this series than he ever did on Family Guy. On Family Guy, he was just the sane, slow-paced yet boring black best friend of Peter Griffin, who owned a rarely-seen deli and was married to a Sassy Black Woman who cheated on him with Quagmire and left him. He still is this way on the occasions that Peter, Quagmire, and Joe appear on the show, but, outside of that, Cleveland is shown to be like Peter Griffin back in the early days of Family Guy: a drunken jerk, who eventually does right and sees the error of his ways.
- Over the course of both his time on The Cleveland Show, his first few episodes back on Family Guy there seems to be a recurring point of Cleveland seeking to overcome a lack of fulfillment, mostly represented by his original life in Quahog. Loretta's breakup and leaving the deli behind seeming to have anchored his shift from slow-paced and boring to more active and goofy, though this isn't completely consistent.
- Characterization Marches On: When comparing Cleveland from The Cleveland Show to Cleveland from Family Guy, it's plain to see they're fairly different people. Before and even somewhat after the spin-off.
- Cleveland's hyperactive, goofy self in the series, makes it weird to see him get annoyed with Junior's loudness and restlessness in the early seasons of Family Guy.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: Has himself a bad case of this.Donna: Are you gunna do something about this?Cleveland: 'Course I am, it's my damn show.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Cleveland has trailed off in the middle of his sentences to talk about some unimportant nonsense. He's done this a lot, especially in the middle of serious situations.Plunkett: Cleveland, you gotta stop that bulldozer!Cleveland: Bulldozer. If you had asked me when I was 5 years old, I'd have told you, I'd be riding a bulldozer every day ... You never see a red bulldozer, ... or a yellow firetruck.Plunkett: Cleveland!Cleveland: Yup!
- Cross Dresser: Has dressed up like a woman many times on the show. You can find Cleveland, dressed up in drag in the episodes "The Curious Case of Junior Working at the Stool", "The Brown Knight", "Cleveland Live!", "Another Bad Thanksgiving", "Yemen Party", "The Way the Cookie Crumbles", "Who Done Did It?", and "Squirt's Honor". A few episodes, such as "The Hangover Part Tubbs" and "Crazy Train" have lampshaded this.Donna: You get yourself roped into ridiculous hi-jinks every week. You're always opening spur-of-the-moment businesses, buying random animals as pets, putting on girly dresses ...Cleveland: Or burkas.
- Disability as an Excuse for Jerkassery: In "Gone With the Wind", he played the "Fart Card", every time he pissed someone off with his farts.
- Disproportionate Retribution: When Kenny West didn't credit him for his song "Be-Cleve In Yourself", Cleveland vowed revenge in "Menace to Secret Society", and implied he'd be perfectly okay with killing him.Will.I.am: We need you to kill Kenny West...Cleveland: I'll do it!Will.I.am: ...'s career.Cleveland: Oh.
- Expy: Not an out and out copy, but most of the changes in Cleveland's personality are largely to make him more in line with Seth's other Bumbling Dad protagonists, particularly Peter Griffin.
- Gasshole: Became this in "Gone with the Wind," where Cleveland was forced to go on a strict high fiber diet which caused him to experience severe flatulence.
- Glory Days: His high school years.
- Gratuitous Spanish: On occasion. It's even a minor catchphrase of his, to shot "No! No, [x]" in a Spanish accent, when in denial. (i.e. if someone laughs at him, he responds "No! No funny!"
- He-Man Woman Hater: Proves ridiculously sexist views on women.Cleveland: Donna's a woman. She couldn't have thought up an evil plan as smart as that. Then again, what kind of man would I be if I didn't automatically assume the worst of a woman?
- Heteronormative Crusader: At least up until "Terry Unmarried", where his life-long friend, Terry Kimple turned out to be bisexual and engaged to another man. Cleveland may have learned his lesson after, the events of this episode, but a few offensive one-off remarks of his may prove otherwise.Cleveland: Oh, Junior, you're in love? Who is she? This is a "she" right, cuz if it's a "he", I'm sending you to one of those camps.
- Hilariously Abusive Childhood:
- His father always made him fight for things he wanted to keep. Not to mention the constant beatings he gave Cleveland.Cleveland: Dad can I keep this dog?
Freight Train: You know the rules, If you can beat him a fight.
(Cue Cleveland getting a Curb-Stomp Battle from the dog.)
- He loves Christmas, despite being subjected to an abusive version of Boxing Day, where he had to fight Freight Train for his presents.
- His father always made him fight for things he wanted to keep. Not to mention the constant beatings he gave Cleveland.
- Innocent Bigot: He's made plenty of racist comments about not just whites, but other minorities too, () but he thinks that because he's a minority, then his racism is perfectly justified. Second to white people, Cleveland is mostly racist against Mexicans. As seen in "There Goes El Neighborhood" and pretty much any other episode centered around Choni and/or Cecelia, he holds some pretty stereotypical viewpoints on Mexicans, Latinos, and Hispanics in general.Cleveland: Choni, a black man can't be racist. Listen to you, talking nonsense like some oily Polynesian.
- It Is Pronounced Tropay: Famous for replacing the "air" sound in any of his words, with "ur", most notable is the word "turrible", which has undergone a bit of memetic mutation. Whenever it comes up, he also pronounces "anus" as "annus."
- Laser-Guided Karma: In Cleveland Jr. Cherry Bomb, Cleveland, in a very misogynistic ways that undercuts his wife's authority and Roberta's self-independence, tries to force onto the latter chastity with a church sermon. The result; his son pledges his virginity to him instead of Roberta, turning him into a laughing stock.
- It's All About Me: A lot of family dilemmas are caused by antics or schemes motivated by Cleveland's selfishness, idle lack of responsibility or insistence on making the rest of the family following his whims. He will often pull through ultimately, though there are cases he is just too self absorbed to understand the Aesop properly.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: At his best. He's pretty much like the early incarnation of Peter Griffin, in terms of doing stupid things, but ultimately seeing the error of his ways and trying to do right by his family.
- Lazy Husband: Does absolutely nothing around the house, but self-deprecates both himself, and the hard-working Donna for being so useless. Waterman Cable falling Out of Focus made this trope seem a lot worse.
- Manchild: Whenever he tries sucking up to his abusive father and to anyone who will show him any paternal love. In "How the Cookie Crumbles", he did a fart-filled Mad Libs when he was 17.
- Meaningful Name: He is named after a football team, and he's a big fan of football. In "The Essence of Cleveland", he revealed that he was given this name, because was was conceived at a football game, during the 7th inning stretch of the Cleveland Indians.
- Mistaken for Pedophile: Cleveland is often mistaken as this because of his close relationship with his son Junior. Not helped that his kid loves to kiss him in public and says suggestive things about him.
- Mistaken for Racist: Choni accuses him of being racist towards Mexicans.
- Papa Wolf: To Cleveland Jr. Early episodes depict his progress into becoming one for his adoptive family as well.
- Pet Baby Wild Animal: In "A Rodent Like This", Cleveland keeps a deranged rat as a pet and names it Rat Lauer.
- Pretty Fly for a White Guy: Inverted in "The Men in Me", where Cleveland is voted the "Whitest Black Man in America".
- Protagonist Title: "The Cleveland Show".
- Repressed Memories: Has a lot of these, as seen in "The Men in Me". Cleveland removes his memories and puts them in jars, with labels such as "Junior Yelling at Crossdressing Doll", "Donna Sneezes Naked", "Junior Wrecks His Pants", and "Loretta".
- Skip to the End: By the time Cleveland and Donna had their third wedding, it pretty much became useless enough, that they needed to do this.
- Stay in the Kitchen: Cleveland is a lot more chauvinistic in this series. He never quite gets Donna will only take it for so long either.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: With Donna, though under all the makeup, stuffed bra, and wig◊, she's uglier than him
- Unconfessed Unemployment: A subversion in "Brownsized", where he got a paid month off at work, but told Donna he got fired, otherwise, she'd make him do work around the house.
- Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: At his worst, although he isn't to the extent as Peter Griffin and Stan Smith.
- The Whitest Black Guy: The episode "The Men in Me", centered around Cleveland Brown, being publicly labelled as "The Whitest Black Guy in America", after jamming out to Justin Bieber's "Baby". He spent the whole first act, trying to deny this, by becoming more "black", listening to rap music, dressing in "black" clothes, and going on Soul Train. It finally came about that, the reason he was so "white", was because he was babysat by a white woman a lot as a child.
- Wouldn't Hit a Girl: His dilemma with dealing with Holt's abusive girlfriend, Jane.
Donna Lou Retton Tubbs-Brown
- A-Cup Angst: In case you couldn't tell, she stuffs her bra.
- Abusive Parent: One-off gags and lines, imply that she'd hit her children if she needed to. She advocates spanking as well, notably after returning to "Family Guy".Donna: [to Rallo, acting up in the grocery store] Stop that right now! These people don't know me. I'll hit you.
- Action Mom: Smacks the black off of Holt's abusive girlfriend.
- Afro Asskicker: As Hot Cocoa Bang Bang.
- Alcoholic Parent: Downs large amounts of red wine, to help get her through the worst moments of parenting.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Invoked as the reason she dated and later married Robert.
- Amicable Exes: Despite her divorce with Robert, she still would like to be asked to have sex with him.
- Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: While she rags on Cleveland as much as everyone else and still has a sexual attraction to Robert (her ex-husband), it's clear that Donna considers Cleveland to be the real love of her life, even if she's not often willing to openly admit it.
- Berserk Button: Mentioning her mom or anything about Mother's Day will quickly make her start crying, because she never knew her mom. This stopped when she finally met her in "Mama Drama".
- Black Boss Lady: To the students of Stoolbend High School.
- Blaxploitation: Her "Hot Cocoa Bang Bang" films.
- Blaxploitation Parody: Again, her "Hot Cocoa Bang Bang" films.
- Catchphrase: "Sweet [name of food] and [name of rhyming food]!" (ex. "Sweet peas and jujubes!", "Sweet ham and braised lamb!")
- Child Hater: She's over-confident about adults being superior to kids.Donna: [singing] Every boy and girl you know
is worthless from their head to toe.
It's like a bedbug mated with an invalid.
They're frail and weak and short in height.
Their hands too small, their brains not right.
It's not your fault you suck, you're just a kid.
You're as worthless as a recent song by Sting.
Yes, Kids Suck at Everything!
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Every time Cleveland makes a female friend, she forbids him from seeing her anymore.
- Control Freak: Wants everything around the house to go her way, though she and Cleveland trade this role at times.
- Deadpan Snarker: Mainly towards Cleveland.
- Disappeared Dad: There is no mention of her father at all. In a small throwaway line, even her own mother wonders who he was.
- Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Routinely punches and beats on Cleveland. It's portrayed comically.
- Dreadful Musician: She plays the recorder, but can only play very basic tunes, like "Pop Goes the Weasel" and "When the Saints Go Marching In".
- Expy: She's often seen as pretty much the black version of Lois Griffin or Francine Smith, save a few nuances such as murderous sociopathy.
- Flipping the Bird: After Roberta asked her for money, when she was already pinching pennies.Donna: Oh, Roberta, honey. Watch these boys and don't let them eat candy?Roberta: Got some "watch these boys" money?Donna: Sure, thing baby.[Donna reaches into her purse and takes her middle-finger-pointing hand out]
- Freudian Excuse: Her bad motherhood can come from the fact that she's never known her real mother, during her childhood.
- Friendless Background: Has stated in "BFFs" she has no friend and is completely at peace with that, believing that as a Housewife, she just doesn't need or want any. (Even though she's friends with Arianna, Kendra, and a whole bunch of other lady friends as seen in several other episodes.)Donna: I don't have friends. No housewife does.Cleveland: None of them?Donna: No way. Name one friend of Lois Griffin.Cleveland: Can't do it. noteDonna: Can you think of any friends of Marge Simpson?Cleveland: Not a-one.Donna: What about Francine Smith?Cleveland: Who?
- Glamorous Single Mother: Played this role in the first episode. Although technically, she wears a wig, tons of make up, and underneath all that, she's a gross looking middle-aged lady, so she's pretty realistic.
- I Was Quite a Looker: Was being the keyword. She has not aged well. However, she hides it underneath a lot of beauty enhancements.
- Jerkass Has a Point: She can get pretty shrill and domineering at times, but it's often in response to the antics of Cleveland and others.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She can be quite shrill, domineering, and sassy but she appears to be a well-meaning person who is just trying to raise her kids (and her new husband), keep her job together, and be a normal, reasonable person at the same time.
- Loony Fan: To Michelle Obama. She admits she's obsessed with her and only dresses as her during Halloween so it's not weird.
- Noodle Incident: In 'A Vas Deferens Between Men and Women," she casually tells Cleveland (about her fake pregnancy) that she's been pregnant five times... She has 2 children, so...?
- Old Shame: In-universe: Hot Cocoa Bang-Bang, a 1970s blaxploitation film she starred in.
- Sassy Black Woman: Donna justifies her behavior, explaining that the circumstances of her life made this an inevitability.
- Stop Being Stereotypical: In "To Live and Die in VA", Rallo opens a barber shop in their house after Donna banned him from Murray's barber shop and Donna later turns it into a lady's beauty shop. Rallo remarks that Donna ruined his barbershop "just like that "Beauty Shop" movie ruined the "Barbershop" franchise", Donna then tells Rallo that "just because we're black that doesn't mean we have to pretend "Barbershop" was a good movie".
- Temporarily a Villain: In "Nightmare on Grace Street" and the sideplot of "Hustle 'N' Bros".
- Ugly All Along: Donna initially appears as very attractive woman because she wears a wig and plenty of makeup, and stuffs her bra. In reality, she's a very haggard looking woman.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: With Cleveland. Though under all the makeup, stuffed bra, and wig◊, she's uglier than him.
- Violently Protective Girlfriend: Kicked Jane's ass for beating up Cleveland.
- Women Are Wiser: While not without her own flawed moments, she tends to be much saner than Cleveland for the most part.
Cleveland Orenthal Brown, Jr.
- Absentee Actor: Purposely went absent in the episode "Grave Danger", for a fourth wall joke.Cleveland: Hey, Junior. Haven't seen you much, this episode.Junior: Yeah, I got a bye week.
- Adaptational Wimp: Was a lot less dorky and more self-confident in Family Guy
- Ambiguous Disorder: In "You're the Best Man, Cleveland Brown", he off-handedly mentions that he takes medications for what he describes as "bad brainstorms." In "BFFs", when he giddily joins his step-mother at Rallo's Quiz Bowl competition (with popcorn and a soda, singing as he waddles to his seat), Donna hastily claims that "he's got what Radio had".
- Ambiguously Evil: He's a little complicated. The fact that he might not be the real Cleveland, Jr. just raises further questions.
- Amicable Exes: More or less with Cecilia. After Junior tries to protect her by running off with her and getting married, Junior moves out of his family's house to live with Cecilia but she realizes he is just a kid and later admits they are both too young to be married. Junior offers to remain married to prevent her deportation and Cecilia continues to work for her aunt while they live apart.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: In "Who Done Did It?", Junior had a single taste of a ketchup stain on someone's shoe, and his vast knowledge of food, helped him to calculate exactly what kind of food it was.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Very recessive and naive. If you mess with him however, he'll take things up a notch in the most Cool and Unusual manner.
- Case in point: In "Skip Day", he tries to boost Cleveland's self-esteem by giving himself a fake black eye and telling everyone that Cleveland beat him up. When Cleveland gets arrested and Junior realizes he might go to prison, he steals a cop's gun, breaks Cleveland out of police custody and leads half the force on a wild chase through Stoolbend.
- Gives an impressive performance in a rap battle against Kenny West, and earns Kenny's respect in the process.
- He arranges the re-marriage of Cookie and LeVar in the episode "You're the Best Man, Cleveland Brown!", and at the end...Cookie: I don't need this big, fancy wedding. Let's just go down to city hall.
Cleveland Jr.: The hell you will! You are getting married here, today! Now everybody get your ass in the backyard before I turn this into a funeral!
[everyone does so without a word]
- Big Guy, Little Guy: The big to Rallo's little.
- Black and Nerdy: Junior plays this straight.
- The Bus Came Back: In "Ladies' Night", Junior became student-council president. After this, there was no mention of him being president again, leading one to believe that this was only for this episode. However, in "'Til Deaf", Junior ran for re-election as student-council president. This is the first time his status as president was ever mentioned again afterwards, and after this moment, there was no mention of it, again.
- Camp Straight: Despite his feminine characteristics, it was firmly established in "All You Can Eat", that he was a man who was all about the ladies.
- Can't Use Stairs: Nearly passes out, when climbing stairs in general. In "Love Rollercoaster", he had to eat Popeye spinach, just to get to the second floor of his school.
- Cannot Tell Fiction from Reality: Fails to understand that Larry the Leopard is a stuffed animal. Although some episodes, prove that Larry is actually a sentient being.
- Character Development: Early episodes depicted him as a sheltered child, a blissful idiot who didn't recognize his own physical and social awkwardness. After death of his mother during the third season, he showcases a more cynical and rational and assertive side, and was a bit less slow.
- Characterization Marches On: Even more so than Cleveland. Only the name connects his current counterpart to the pint-sized hyperactive Motor Mouth of early Family Guy episodes, which spurred a lot of confusion from audience members who remembered him. He became a little more active in later episodes though.
Cleveland Jr.: I'm Tiger Woods, I'm Tiger Woods! (stops to catch his breath) Looks like I've gained a few pounds since my Quahog days.
- It was implied that Cleveland Jr.'s change between what he looked like on Family Guy and what he looks like on The Cleveland Show was from being on medication to calm his hyperactivity, which caused weight gain. This explanation was included in the Pilot script, and references remain, but it's never confirmed outright.
- Fox heavily promoted an episode where Cleveland Junior picked up golfing again as "finally" explaining "what happened" to him since Family Guy, with clips contrasting Family Guy with The Cleveland Show; it's ultimately a quick gag reprise from his first appearance on Family Guy.
- An episode in the final season jokes on this explaining that Fat Junior is actually a spy who killed the original hyperactive Slim Junior, as part of a gambit to assassinate Tim, who's the head of a terrorist sleeper-cell. It's doubtful this is canon, as it's only told to Rallo. The remaining episodes never brought it up again, and Tim was never killed.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: Basically developed super strength, when Cleveland trained him in "Skip Day".
- Child Prodigy: Possibly. He may just as easily be a moron.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Has convinced himself that Larry the Leopard and other imaginary creatures are real.
- Covert Pervert: Knows a lot more than his father about sex.
- Crazy Jealous Guy: In "There Goes El Neighborhood", Cleveland Jr. helps enroll Cecilia into school. To help her become acclimated, he tries to set her up with a date with Tyler Hudson. But when he sees they become too friendly, he intervenes and threatens Tyler.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: A musical variant. In "Brotherly Love", Junior goes after a beautiful girl named Chanel, but Kenny West, her jealous, overbearing ex-boyfriend, refuses to let the relationship happen. This culminates at a party where Kenny disses Junior with a freestyle rap, to which Junior responds:Cleveland Jr.: [meekly picks up microphone and walks to the stage] Hello? Can you hear me? [looks around nervously before singing to the tune of the alphabet song] A, B, C, D, E, F, G...
[Kenny and his friends laugh]
Cleveland Jr.: [same alphabet song tune] ... someone should've told you not to fuck. With. Me.
- Death Is Not Permanent: Effortlessly brought himself back to life, after dying of cancer in one episode.[Junior is pronounced dead and Cleveland cries his eyes out at his hospital bed]
Cleveland: No, Junior! It's too soon! Please, don't go!
[Junior gets up, alive, and in completely good health]
- Defeat Means Friendship: After he stands up to local teen music star Kenny West with a rap diss (episode "Brotherly Love"), Junior and Kenny turn their rap battle into a duet rap, and Kenny apologizes for trying to keep Junior and (Kenny's ex-girlfriend) Chanel apart.
- Didn't Think This Through: In "Skip Day," he uses makeup and lies to convince people that Cleveland beat him up in an attempt to help his dad through a depression, which inevitably ends with Cleveland getting arrested for child abuse.
- Ditzy Genius: A Running Gag on the show has people trying to figure out whether he's stupid or smart.
- Expy: Of Chris Griffin initially. Later episodes bring back some of his activeness and emphasize his nerdiness more, and focus less on his physical awkwardness.
- Formerly Fit: Was originally skinny in Family Guy.
- From the Mouths of Babes: In "Y Tu Junior Tambien", he proved to know a lot of graphic things about sex. More than his own father.Cleveland: I need to live more.
- "Gender-Normative Parent" Plot: Decorated cakes and later pole danced in "Wheel of Family!", Had a Quincenera in "Wide World of Clevland Show", and became a fan of Justin Bieber in "The Men in Me". Cleveland is frequently embarassed by this.
- Her Code Name Was "Mary Sue": In Junior's imagination, he's an infinitely awesome, all-powerful, well-beloved spaceman, with unlimited powers and the ability to do whatever he wants.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Ernie, and occasionally Rallo.
- Hollywood Atheist: Though he doesn't refer to himself as an "atheist", because to him atheism is also a religious belief, and thinks atheists like Brian Griffin give real atheists a bad name. This is forgotten in season three where he explicitly refers to himself as an atheist.
- Hypocrite: Does not believe in God, but he's perfectly fine in believing the force and Iron Man exist.
- Hypothetical Fight Debate: In "March Dadness", when he heard about basketball teams going against each other, he imagined who would win in a fight between the two mascots, for instance, a Texas Bull and a Clemson Tiger. His predictions of which mascot would win always correlated with the winning team. Crosses right into Insane Troll Logic at times.
- Incredibly Lame Fun: Has fun doing things that are so childish, even Rallo doesn't care for it. In "Of Lice and Men", Rallo had to put up with Junior for the episode, and naturally, had a hell of a time. But once Junior taught him about the power of imagination, playing pretend became an all new amazing experience.
- In Touch with His Feminine Side: Does a lot of traditionally girly things for fun, that his dad isn't too happy about.
- In "Cleveland Junior Cherry Bomb", he pledged his virginity to his father, and joined a bunch of parties with the other virgin girls, and took part in all of their girly activities.
- In "Our Gang", he baked cookies. Granted, these were cocaine cookies, but he thought it was flour.
- In "It's the Great Pancake, Junior Brown", he played with an Easy Bake oven.
- In "A Short Story and a Tall Tale", he had a locket with him and his dad's faces, and said that when it was closed, it would seem like he and his dad were kissing each other on the cheeks.
- In "The Men in Me", he was a screaming, adoring fanboy of Justin Bieber.
- In "Dancing With the Stools", he became a dancer, and a seamstress.Donna: Wow, Junior. You're a good seamster ... Seamster ... Hmm, what's the masculine term for "seamstress"?
- In "Wide World of Cleveland Show", he wore a dress and celebrated his fifteenth birthday in the form of a Quinceanera.
- In "Wheel of Family!", he baked cakes at Cake Cake Cakes. Later on, he became a pole dancer.
- Jerkass Ball: He's the most pleasant of the Cleveland family, though, like any good Seth McFarlane character, he shows a nasty or hypocritical side on frequent occasions, presumably intended as Rule of Funny instances.
- Kiddie Kid: Happily prefers the company of stuffed animals and other toys despite being 14. Cleveland constantly has to remind him that he's 14 years old.
- Kindhearted Simpleton: Though he has noticeable bouts of unusual logic and talent, he is probably the most consistently sweet natured of the Brown family, as well as probably the dopiest.
- Like Father, Like Son: Though he and Cleveland are mostly very different, they share some similarities. They're both fat, and they both tell lots of jokes, they both have iconic little chuckles, and they both have the tendency to sing songs. They also can both be somewhat childish or even sheltered.
- Mistaken for Gay: In one occasion, Junior changes his style and starts going by "C.J." in an attempt to be cooler. He winds up befriending a girl from another school and asking her out to her prom...only for it to come out that she's a lesbian, and thinks he's one too.
- Morality Pet: To his father Cleveland.
- Nerd: Of all kinds.
- Nerd Glasses: Wears them.
- Nice Guy: The only nice guy in the family.
- Obsessed with Perfect Attendance: He earns a perfect attendance award, much to the chagrin of his father.
- Odd Friendship: Given his unpopularity, he's been gaining friendships with the strangest of people, including Ernie, Raymond, Gus, Murray, Kendra, Mayor Larry Box, Cecelia, Choni, and Larry the Leopard.
- Only Friend: Ernie at the beginning of the series, but has developed a series of odd friendships, as the series went on.
- Phrase Catcher: Whenever he does something childish, he's told, "Fourteen. You're fourteen years old." He gets this mostly from Cleveland, but Rallo and Donna have said it too at one point.
- Polka Dork: In one episode, he and a group of other socially unpopular kids formed a polka band.
- Random Smoking Scene: In "Back to Cool", Robert taught Junior how to light a cigarette with the flames from the stove.
- Ship Tease: He and Cecelia are a match made in heaven, and they're married too, but the only reason they married, was so that Cecelia and her family could get a green card. Currently, they exist as a husband and wife who are just friends, though Junior still has some romantic and sexual tension pent up for Cecelia.
- Simpleton Voice: Kevin Michael Richardson based the voice on a mentally-retarded character he played for an episode on the first season of E.R.
- Smarter Than You Look: The smartest family member in the show.
- Student Council President: Junior was elected student council president of Stoolbend High School in the episode "Ladies' Night", and was reelected in "'Til Deaf".
- Super OCD: Which helps him get a job at the Broken Stool in one episode.
- Took a Level in Cynic: Started off as a delightful, blissful idiot, with the mind of a child. But ever since the death of his mother, he started to lose his faith in God. In "Hurricane", onwards, he became more nihilistic, faithless, and thought more rationally about the world. In "Squirt's Honor", Rallo completely shattered his soul, and opened his eyes to all the misery and horrors of the universe.
- The Unfavorite: Despite being his only son by blood, Cleveland doesn't like him much because Jr. is a constant source of embarrassment.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: With Cecilia.
- Violation of Common Sense: He's the only member of an atheist group in school. The weird part is he's somehow its vice-president.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: Used to be this in earlier seasons, but then his mom died, and he lost his faith in God, he became more rational, and would occasionally be quick to negativity.
Roberta Coretta Tubbs
- Absentee Actor: In the episodes "Field of Streams" and "Our Gang".
- Action Girl: Pretty much singlehandedly takes on a group of drunken guys in B.M.O.C.
- Advertised Extra: She's billed as a main character, yet her screentime is much smaller than the rest of her family from early on. While her counterparts from the sister shows Meg and Hayley were used less often over time, at least they were prominent characters on their respective shows' first few seasons. Roberta was never prominent to begin with.
- Adaptation Personality Change: Like the rest of the family when transitioning into Family Guy. Now that Clevelands show is canned and the writers arent handling the cast anymore, Family Guy is free to retool them however they wish, regardless if if its vastly different to how they were portrayed previously. In Robertas case, her troublemaking tendencies have devolved into a full-on whore, implied to have let Quagmire have filthy sex with her, and also mentioned to have an addiction towards analgesics.
- Affectionate Nickname: Her boyfriend calls her "Ro", and she calls her "Federline", when his real name is "Gabriel".
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Roberta became a bad boy loving girl in "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Roberta?" and so she dumped her pansy of a boyfriend, Federline, to find someone new. She started dating a bad boy by the name of "Diego", but his lifestyle was way too extreme for her, and she learned that bad boys are ... well bad.
- Ax-Crazy: Roberta will occasionally go completely insane, mainly when her parents piss her off. She does things like cussing at her parents, throwing furniture, and even running away from home. Episodes such as "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Roberta?", "B.M.O.C.", and "The Brown Knight", are centered around her doing this.
- Bare Your Midriff: Roberta's Limited Wardrobe consists of a green tube top.
- Big Sister Bully: Not often, but she can be this to Junior, at times.
- Black Gal on White Guy Drama: She's dating Federline and her parents are not happy about it.
- Bratty Teenage Daughter: Roberta is a loud, disrespectful, selfish, greedy, teenage girl, but not without her good moments.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: She's actually a mildly sharp cookie, but willingly acts like a vapid teenage cliche, although the exact scale varies based on what Rule of Funny calls for.Roberta: Rihanna didn't go to college, Kim Kardashian didn't go to college, "Hide Your Kids Hide Your Wife" didn't go to college. Why do I have to go to college?
- But Not Too Black: She is the lightest-skinned member of the family.
- Buxom Is Better: The only reason guys are into her. Hilariously, she doesn't notice this.
- Continuity Drift: Roberta's middle name was revealed to be "Coretta" in "Da Doggone Daddy Daughter Dinner Dance", but in "Your Show of Shows", her middle name was given as "Benigni".
- Cool Big Sis: She once dressed down Rallo for the way he tore apart Jr.'s faith in the world in Squirt's Honor and some episodes do focus on her supporting Junior or Rallo.
- Dating What Daddy Hates: Cleveland hates Federline.Cleveland: The kid's a moron.
- Demoted to Extra: Even worse than Hayley, Roberta was demoted to this, halfway through the first season, having very little screen time and minimal dialogue, with a focus episode here and there.
- Even worse, since her family moved back to Quahog, she is currently the only family member that hasn't interacted with the Griffins, and hasn't had a single line of dialogue on Family Guy.
- Dumbass Has a Point: In "Squirt's Honor", Roberta gave Rallo a "Reason You Suck" Speech about why he shouldn't have destroyed Junior's sense of childhood wonder.
- Female Misogynist: Expressed some rather sexist views toward women in "'Til Deaf", though in other episodes she is depicted as vaguely feminist, such as "Tis the Cleveland to be Sorry".
- Foil: She's pretty much the exact opposite of Meg in terms of looks and popularity.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: She and Rallo play the foolish sibling to Junior's responsible sibling. This was accentuated best in "Birth of a Salesman".
- Freudian Excuse: Her hatred for Cleveland and lack of respect for the rules is mostly fueled by how much she misses her real father, Robert. Same thing can be said about Rallo.
- Gaydar: Her's must be broken, because she didn't see how Twilight parody characters, Edwin and Caleb were clearly gay and in love with each other.
- The Hedonist: Her philosophy in life is about indulging in happiness.
- Head-Turning Beauty: When she sprouted a pair of breasts, she got the undivided attention of every guy in Stoolbend High. However, she thinks it was because of her stylin' hat at the time.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: She only acts like a bitch to everyone to maintain her popularity, but we see that she does have some kind moments. Unfortunately, she hides it really well. The only one she treats with any kindness are her step-brother and her boyfriend.
- In-Series Nickname: Federline always calls her "Ro".
- Joshikousei: In "Wide World of Cleveland Show", it was revealed that she is this archetype in the Japanese version of The Cleveland Show, complete with a sailor fuku outfit and vibrant pink anime hair.
- Karma Houdini: Rarely gets into meaningful trouble for what she does.
- Meaningful Name: Her name is basically the feminine version of her biological father's.
- Minor Major Character: The least focused on member of the family. She rarely has any talking lines in most episodes, and episodes focusing on her are far and in between. This was lampshaded in "Ain't Nothin' But Mutton Bustin'", when she only appeared at the tail end, having needed a ride home after being forgotten at school:[Roberta enters]
Roberta: I'm home. Anyone have $50 to pay Mrs. Lowenstein?
Cleveland: Oh, yeah, three. We have three children.
- Ms. Fanservice: Portrayed as a sexy teenager, she often wears skimpy clothes. Two good example are the episodes "Fat And Wet" & "To Live And Die In VA" which have Roberta in a bikini in the former and dressed as Slave Leia in the latter. One of her teachers even flirts with her in early episodes.
- No Periods, Period: In "The Brown Knight", Roberta had her period. This is the only time in the series, this ever happened, despite the entirety of the series taking place, over the course of four years.
- Offscreen Breakup: It's unknown if there was a breakup between her and Federline, as in the final episode, she was dating Walt, one of Rallo's friends.
- Older Than They Look: Although Roberta's given age is 15, the fourth-wall breaking episode, "Cleveland Live!", reveals that the actress that plays her is at least 21.
- Out of Focus: Gets the least amount of episodes focusing on her. Consistently left without dialogue and didn't even appear in the episodes "Field of Dreams", and "Our Gang".
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Roberta gave one of these to Rallo in "Squirt's Honor", after Rallo so rudely destroyed Junior's idyllic world view, by scamming him, and exposing him to a harsh reality.Roberta: At least he's not the chump he used to be. Oh, yeah, he was a chump because while you were being too cool for life, he actually tried to see the best in people and he was happy and he walked through the world carrying the tiny candle of hope, shielding it against the bitter winds of negativity. He kept it alive for so long, through his parents' divorce, and his mom's death and, even his 200-pound weight gain, always with a sweet smile and that little candle of hope, and then you come along, Rallo, and what do you do?[Roberta takes out a dandelion and blows the seeds into Rallo's face]
- Sassy Black Woman: To a lesser extent than her mom.
- School Is for Losers: Constantly skips school, to go hang out with Federline.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: She explained this to Junior in "All You Can Eat". Back when she was in 6th grade, she was an average, unpopular girl, with no friends and no romantic life. However, when 7th grade came around, she developed into a taller, prettier, fuller breasted, hottie who got the attention of all the guys and quickly rose to the popularity she had today. Roberta knew she made the right choice, buying that stylin' new hat.
- Skunk Stripe: She has a platinum blonde streak in her otherwise black hair, more than likely a weave or a bleach job.
- Smarter Than You Look: Scored in the 98th percentile on her PSAT; she just doesn't like making a big deal out of her smarts.
- Smitten Teenage Girl: She's shown to be madly in love with Federline, and constantly spends time with him.
- Snark Ball: Roberta is rude to her parents.
- Tornado Move: In "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Roberta?", she broke out of her bedroom, spinning around in a tornado cloud like the Tasmanian Devil.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Did somebody say pancakes?
- The Unfavorite: it's heavily implied that out of all their children Donna likes her least, while with Cleveland it's been outright stated.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: According to Donna, she used to be a nice little girl, back when she lived with Robert. However, on top her her ever-changing teenage hormones, was her mom divorced her dad, and remarried a fat, stupid fuck off, turning her into a bit of a bitch.
- The Voiceless: Became this after the Browns moved to Quahog following the show's cancellation as she's the only one who hasn't had a speaking part on Family Guy at all so far.
Montclair "Rallo" Tubbs
- Annoying Younger Sibling: To Roberta.
- Anti-Hero: Good at heart, but mostly disrespectful, obnoxious, bratty, selfish, racist, sexist, disobedient, rude to his dad, etc.
- Astral Projection: "Died" at the end of their third Halloween special and his astral projection showed him as a fog footed ghost.
- Adaptation Personality Change: Like the rest of the family when they moved to Family Guy. Thanks to his show being cancelled and the writers not handling him anymore, Family Guy strips Rallo of his character in order to make him a more demeaning black stereotype and Butt-Monkey. Case in point, how does he react when Stewie insults him? He does absolutely nothing, and walks away defeated.
- To make matters worse, when Family Guy did a cross over with the Brown-Tubbs residence in The Splendid Source, the writers actually did bother to keep his rambunctious and snarky behavior, when hes rude to Peter because hes fat.
- Barbie Doll Anatomy: Revealed when he spent the majority of "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Roberta?", running around naked.
- Big Guy, Little Guy: The little to Junior's big.
- Bratty Half-Pint: Can be a real dick to his parents and teachers sometimes.
- Cain and Abel: The Cain to both his siblings.
- Child Prodigy: Only as of street smarts, but he sure knows his way around the block.
- The Chessmaster: Has total control over all of his classmates.
- Creepy Child: Sometimes.
- Deadpan Snarker: Has a few witty one-liners, regarding either Cleveland, Junior, or Roberta's stupidity.
- Deliberately Cute Child: Uses his cuteness to get on the good sides of people who don't know him.
- Dirty Kid: He has a thing for the ladies and with Cleveland's help in the "Pilot", has discovered a less obvious way to check out the girls in his kindergarten class at Harper Elementary School.
- Easy Evangelism: Mentioned having converted all his friends at school to Christianity. However, he still has trouble, trying to crack his Jewish teacher, Mrs. Lowenstein.
- Embarrassing First Name: His first name is mentioned several times to be Montclair. Hence he goes by his middle name instead.
- Expy: This kid is the black version of Stewie (moreso early seasons Stewie), lampshaded by Le Var. However, this can be an over-exaggeration in appearance at best. Rallo behaves nothing like Stewie.
- This fact doesn't please Stewie one bit when they finally meet in "He's Bla-ack!" over on Family Guy.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Cares greatly for Donna, mostly because she's the parent he stayed with after the divorce.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He'll only act like a selfish prick if it means pulling off a hilarious prank. Doesn't have the heart to bully someone if he's not gonna have fun doing it.
- Funny Afro: His gigantic fro is often mocked for being on someone so small. As Kenny West puts it, he looks like "A ?uestlove bobblehead".
- HeelFace Turn: Although he's still wild, he's not as cruel as he was earlier in the series.
- Hypocrite: In the episode he learns about slavery, he becomes vocal against interracial relationships but tells Cleveland to ask Lester's thoughts on the singer Seal's relationship as a chance for Cleveland to confront his racism.
- Ignored Aesop: Episodes like "American Prankster" involve him learning nothing and going unpunished for his wrongdoings.
- Jerkass: With the new arrivals of Cleveland and Cleveland Jr. Rallo has shown some initial reluctance to accept both into his life, actively insulting them, and insulting their weight.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Has his moments of this.
- Karma Houdini Warranty: He does get away with a lot of things that he really should be punished for, but there are times where he gets punished (or some kind of karmic retribution happens).
- Kid-anova: More so in the first season than the later years, but it's still there.
- Knight Templar: Thinks of himself as a nice, well-behaved little boy.
- Lack of Empathy: Sometimes.
- Little Miss Con Artist: Used his cuteness to scam people out of their money in "Squirt's Honor".
- My God, What Have I Done?: In Squirt's Honor when Roberta made him realize the way he destroyed Jr.'s optimism was a terrible thing and that he needed to make it right. He even admitted he's a bad person and was scared if he didn't fix what happened, he'd be going to Hell.
- Named After Somebody Famous: Named after Rollo Lawson of Sanford and Son.
- Never Learned to Read: As a five year old, Rallo does not know how to read.
- Obnoxious In-Laws: Rallo originally strongly disliked his new father. However, he warms up to Cleveland, who manages to teach him how to handle checking out the girls in his kindergarten class in the "Pilot".
- Pet the Dog: Occasionally does this on his good days.
- Ping-Pong Naïveté: Has knowledge of stuff well beyond a five year old's knowledge. But also routinely fuddled by typical kid stuff like Santa.
- Prince of Pranksters: To the point Cleveland tries pulling a Scare 'Em Straight in the episode "American Prankster".
- Sadist: That's the reason, why he loves playing pranks so much. He just loves watching people react to the terrible things he does.
- Puppy-Dog Eyes: Used these to manipulate people into buying candy bars from him in "Squirt's Honor".
- Random Smoking Scene: Huffed computer duster in "When a Freight Train Loves His Cookie".
- Also hinted at drinking beer on occasion in "Brownsized".
- Secret Secret-Keeper: He was the first one in the family to know the truth about Auntie Momma. As he says, he's a kid who often sits in family members' laps, and he knows what's supposed to be "down there."
- Stop Being Stereotypical: In "To Live and Die in VA", Rallo opens a barber shop in their house after Donna banned him from Murray's barber shop and Donna later turns it into a lady's beauty shop. Rallo remarks that Donna ruined his barbershop "just like that "Beauty Shop" movie ruined the "Barbershop" franchise", Donna then tells Rallo that "just because we're black that doesn't mean we have to pretend "Barbershop" was a good movie".
- Sweet Tooth: Was really obsessed with Halloween candy in "It's the Great Pancake, Junior Brown."
- Token Evil Teammate: The Bart Simpson of the Brown-Tubbs family.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Mellowed out a bit more in later seasons.
- Traumatic Haircut: Suffered a shaved head in "Of Lice and Men", revealing his peanut-shaped cranium.
- Wise Beyond Their Years: He and his circle of friends generally act like people in their twenties.
- Adopt the Dog: The story of his debut episode.
- Convenient Replacement Character: To Meadowlark Lemon.
- Cousin Oliver: Dropped into the main cast, halfway through season four. Served no purpose in the show, aside from looking cute.
- Dog Stereotype: He appears to be a stereotypical rich, French poodle, and he served this role too, when he was still the pet dog of the Waterman family. However, he broke free from this stereotype, when he started hanging out with Rallo in a more middle-class environment, and became more of a man's best friend.
- Dying to Be Replaced: Could have been Rallo's long-awaited replacement dog, after Meadowlark Lemon died in the Season One episode, "Da Doggone Daddy Daughter Dinner Dance".
- Funny Afro: His afro makes up 80% of his entire head.
- Head Pet: One of the first things Rock Hudson does after Rallo finds him is sit on Rallo's head.
- Meaningful Name: Given his previous owner was senior homosexual, Lloyd Waterman, it makes sense he was named after a gay actor from the 1950's. It's unknown why Rallo didn't rename him to something of his liking. Maybe because "Rock Hudson" sounded 'black' enough, that he'd be fine with keeping it how it was.
- Mr. Muffykins: His basic archetype.
- Named After Somebody Famous: Named after the movie actor.
- Sixth Ranger: To the family, as of his addition in "Hustle N Bros".
- Team Pet: To the team that is The Brown-Tubbs Family.
- Uncatty Resemblance: Or in this case, "Uncanine Resemblance". He shares Rallo's funny fro.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: When The Brown-Tubbs Family moved back to Quahog, Rock Hudson was nowhere to be found.
- In fact, in the episode, where they return. Cleveland implied he didn't have a pet, meaning that Rock Hudson has basically been forgotten about, completely.
Tim the Bear
A deeply religious anthropomorphic bear, he works alongside Cleveland at Waterman Cable.
- Abhorrent Admirer: He really loves Donna and laments how he never made a move on her when she was single. He's still fantasizing about her.
- Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: Sort of brown, but appears to be a shade of orange.
- Animal Facial Hair: Shown with a Perma-Stubble Beard of Sorrow, when he's in states of depression.
- Animal Religion: Though he obeys most of the bible, by the book, he denies the part, where it says that animals don't have souls.
- Animal Jingoism: Literally goes wild, when angered, and if provoked, attacks like a real bear.
- Beary Friendly: A talking bear who's probably the nicest and most affable of the Guys.
- Beary Funny: He's an unrealistically humanlike talking bear in an otherwise realistic Dom Com. Of course, part of the joke is the fact that no one seems to notice that he and his family are bears.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Genial, dull, religious, but still a full grown bear. Something he's aware of (although he does sometimes forget), and not afraid to use.
- The Cameo: Tim made a cameo in the Family Guy episode, "Spies Reminiscent of Us", witnessing Cleveland's bathtub gag all the way over in Stoolbend.Tim: I-I don't-I don't get it.
- Tim also makes an appearance in "No Giggity, No Doubt", along with tons of other character from his show.
- Forgot About His Powers: In "Beer Walk!", Donna fakes two broken legs so that Cleveland will stop being lazy and do the household chores she normally does. At first, when Cleveland's friends find out, Donna tells them off (and throws Holt down a flight of stairs for good measure) and they accept it. Then, the next day:Donna: Tim, I thought I told you and your buddies to stay the hell away from my house!
Tim: Yeah, yeah, you did, you did. And then this morning, I remembered something... I'm a bear. I can kill you, maul you, rip your face off, and eat you, and I won't even go to jail, you know, because... uh, because I'm a bear. I think, you know, in the heat of the moment, I kind of forgot that. But, uh, yeah, I'm a bear. I can kill you. So, uh, tell Cleveland the truth, because if you don't... [roars savagely, then laughs] Okay, byesies.
- The Fundamentalist: Enforces his Christian beliefs onto his friends, or just forces them to do something, with the intent of pleasing Jesus Christ.
- Funny Animal: Like Family Guy has Brian, and American Dad! has Klaus, The Cleveland Show has Tim. Lampshaded in his debut:Cleveland: Agh, a bear!Tim: Ah, a black man! See, not so funny when it's you, is it?
- Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Only wears a shirt and tie.
- Hopeless Suitor: Tim has shown an attraction to Donna multiple times.
- Hypocrite: Tim shuns Lester for his racism, despite his deep-rooted forms of discrimination, born of his adherence to his religion. He also berates Cleveland if he ever lies to his wife, despite the fact that he hides from his own wife that he smokes cigarettes.
- I'm a Humanitarian: He'd gladly eat his human friends, as long as they're already dead.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: He is truly a holy Christian.
- Innocent Bigot: Has made a few iffy comments about black people, but nothing as racist as say, Lester. Most of these comments are really just born of his lack of introspection.
- Jesus Taboo: Gets a lot of eye rolls and groans, for bringing up Jesus all the time.
- Malaproper: Tends to butcher common idioms/sayings during casual conversation. He once commented that he wants Lester and Cleveland to "kiss and make out" (kiss and make up) when the two were in the midst of a feud, and another time asked Cleveland if he wanted "some cheese with that complaining" (some cheese with that w[h]ine). It's never made clear whether or not this is because he's a bear, or some other reason.
- Mistaken for Gay: Since he doesn't wear pants and he's a Bear. He found out that a "Bear" bar is a "Bear" bar.
- Nice Guy: Probably the nicest member of The Guys.
- Only One Name: The closest thing we get to a last name for Tim (as well as his wife and son) is "The Bear."
- The Stool Pigeon: In "Little Man on Campus", he would've had no problem with turning on his own friends, and losing them their baseball game, just to snitch on Holt for pretending to be a kid.
- Talking Animal: He is a talking bear.
- Token Religious Teammate: Although all the guys believe in the Christian God note , Tim is the only one who's hell-bent on going to heaven.
- What the Hell Is That Accent?: According to Seth MacFarlane, the voice he uses for Tim is a botched impression of the Fenstruck brothers from Saturday Night Live, though if you're a 1970s SNL fan with good ears, the voice Seth uses for Tim sounds more like a botched take on Don Novello's Father Guido Sarducci character.
- Younger Than They Look: He's 4. However, as he's a bear, it can be assumed that he is older in his years.
A slightly bigoted redneck slob.
- Abusive Parents: The living environments at his place are so horrible, that Ernie was taken away from him.
- Big Eater: In "Da Doggone Daddy Daughter Dinner Dance", he ate Rallo's roadkilled dog.Lester: Good news, Kendra. We're having Chinese tonight.
- Black Comedy Rape: Lester is friends with a bunch of hillbilly rapists.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: He is often either chronically unemployed or working various minor jobs (and halfheartedly at that). "To Live and Die in VA" shows he can actually be a hard worker and make something for himself if properly motivated.
- The Cameo: Lester makes a cameo in the Family Guy episode, "No Giggity, No Doubt", along with a ton of other characters from the ensemble cast of The Cleveland Show.
- Chubby Mama, Skinny Papa: He is a skinny man married to the chubby Kendra.
- Cool Guns: Has a shot gun, and uses it to shoot animals, and sometimes humans.Lester: You know, I think I like cocking this thing, more than I like shooting it.
- Deep South: The mullet would be your first clue.
- Disney Death: Faked his own suicide in "To Live and Die in VA".
- Dumb Blonde: Lester is pretty stupid.
- The Fundamentalist: Probably part of a racist organization.
- Half-Witted Hillbilly: He's a redneck, and he's not very intelligent.
- Hidden Depths: "To Live and Die in VA" highlights how he actually feels very unfulfilled in life and wants to do better. It doesn't last.
- Hillbilly Horrors: Deeply involved with hillbilly rape, eating live animals, inbreeding, murder, white supremacy, child abuse, etc.
- Innocent Bigot: A lot of his apparent racism comes from simple ignorance, as opposed to hate: he thinks that "KKK" stands for "Kendra Krystal Krinklesac" (his wife's name), that the Confederate flag is actually just The Dukes of Hazzard flag, and that the N-word is a general form of address for black people because he has heard Cleveland frequently use it when talking to Rallo.
- Irony: A mild racist who doesn't like black people, voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson (a black man).
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: One of the most passive racists you can find. He also cares for his family deep down.
- Kissing Cousins: His wife, Kendra, is also his cousin.
- N-Word Privileges: Nearly got himself publicly hanged for dropping the "N" bomb, to a bunch of African-American cruisers in New York city. Was saved by Cleveland, who brought forth the addendum to the rule, "If he has one black friend, he gets one free pass."
- When he did, a message showed up on screen, saying "Results may vary."
- Noble Bigot: His racism doesn't stop him from being friends with Cleveland.
- Pink Girl, Blue Boy: The blue to Kendra's pink.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Revealed in "Of Lice and Men", he used to want to be a ballerina as a little boy.
- Reckless Gun Usage: Does not use his guns responsibly.
- Strawman Political: A stupid, bigoted, redneck, who identifies as a far-right Republican.
- Token Evil Teammate: A racist, bigoted, confederate supremacist, who's part of the group.
- What, Exactly, Is His Job?: Lester claims to be self employed, but it's not clear what he works for. Every time his job is revealed, it's only for that one episode, and in another episode, it's different.
- Why Do You Keep Changing Jobs?: In "A Cleveland Brown Christmas", Lester worked at a Christmas tree patch. In "Once Upon a Tyne in New York", he worked as a limo driver, and later an animal carcass clean up guy. In "A Short Story and a Tall Tale", he was a bus driver. In "Turkey Pot Die", he owned a turkey hunting gallery, and later a pumpkin patch.
Holt Anne Richter
A short hipster who lives with his mother.
- Abusive Parents: His father is a jerk, his mom is worse than that, and Holt once mentioned his mother used to put him in the dryer.
- Big Fun: Subverted, he's the little fun.
- Butt-Monkey: Is repeatedly mocked for his height and sexless social life.
- The Cameo: Holt makes a cameo in the Family Guy episode, "No Giggity, No Doubt", along with a ton of other characters from the ensemble cast of The Cleveland Show.
- Cartwright Curse: Every time he gets even a slightly hot girlfriend, something goes horribly wrong, and their relationship ends, leaving behind nothing, but bad memories.
- Casanova Wannabe: His sex life isn't as huge as he says it is.
- Chivalrous Pervert: He's always thinking about sex, but he's a nice guy.
- Companion Cube: His sex doll, Kimi, who is frequently referenced.
- Compensating for Something: So very often. His car actually becomes a Chekhov's Gun at one point as a result.
- Freudian Excuse: His Abusive Parents explain his need to prove himself.
- Genki Girl: Gender-flipped, obviously. He loves to have fun, acts hyper, and is always the optimist.
- Henpecked Husband: In the episode "Buried Pleasures". Holt starts a relationship with one of Cleveland's co-workers, and she quickly turns physically abusive, for absurd reasons such as if Holt doesn't return her texts immediately.Holt: Jane's texting me. I got 30 seconds to call her back or else I get hit... with evening rates.
- I Just Want to Be Badass: Tried to join the army, but couldn't because of his short stature. Ever since then, he's been trying to act superior to everyone.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: Always needs to make himself look cool in front of others, sadly, he never does.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Jerkiness aside, Holt is still a rather friendly guy.
- Manchild: Still lives with his mama.
- Mistaken for Murderer: In "Buried Pleasure", Cleveland and Donna thought he killed his mother. Spoiler alert: He didn't, but this plot is so well-known, you'd know that even if it wasn't "spoiled" for you.
- The Napoleon: A short little midget guy.
- Older Than They Look: Due to his smaller stature, he is mistaken for being younger than he is. Cleveland hoped to exploit this in "Little Man on Campus" by having Holt pretend to be a high school baseball player in order to get the team a championship win.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Constantly brags about himself.
- Speaks In Shoutouts: Quotes movies and lyrics from songs, and says the name of the work, he's referencing to.
- Stepford Smiler: Acts as the Big Fun with his friends despite having a troubled life.
- Terse Talker: Talks in short bursts. A lot. Like this. It's his thing.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: To his father and, according to "Das Shrimp Boot," to Bradley Cooper.
Dr. Chip Fist (formerly: Green-Jarvis Ben-Ellis)
- Ascended Extra: Originally a minor recurring character whenever a doctor was necessary, who didn't even have a consistent voice. He joined Cleveland's entourage in "Fist and the Furious", and received a permanent voice from Bryan Cranston.
- Character Development: He was developed more as a person, when he was added to The Guys.
- Combat Medic: Being a former gang member, it's no surprise that he can kick ass.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Dr. Fist is now in the Witness Protection Program, to protect himself from the New York Mafia.
- Dr. Feelgood: Often makes his patient's problems worse.
- Dr. Jerk: Mocks his patients all the time.
- Dressed to Heal: Sure is.
- Flat Character: He doesn't receive a lot of a character development throughout the series, and unfortunately he became an Ascended Extra and joined Cleveland's group of friends right around the show's cancellation.
- Hospital Hottie: He is kind of a handsome man, with a chiseled build for a face. Not to mention, when Bryan Cranston took over, he gave him that soothing, orgasmic voice.
- I Know Your True Name: Green-Jarvis Ben-Ellis.
- Kidnapped Doctor: He used to be this, to The New York Mafia.
- Labcoat of Science and Medicine: Part of his work attire.
- M.D. Envy: He sure is proud of being a doctor.
- The Medic: When used as a plot device.
- Orderlies Are Creeps: Gave Donna a breast exam, and stared at her boobs.Dr. Fist: Nice ones.
Cleveland: I know.
- Plug 'n' Play Friends: In "Grave Danger", the very next episode after "Fist and The Furious", where he joined The Guys, he is instantly recognized as a regular character and there's never any mention of how new he is.
- Shot to the Heart: Got this in "Fist and the Furious".Cleveland: Dr. Fist told me that to keep him alive, I needed to shoot him in an area, that was very close to his heart. It was either two inches to the left of the heart, or two inches to the right. Couldn't remember, so I split the difference.
- Sixth Ranger: Fifth in his case, when he was added to the guys group in "The Fist and The Furious".
- Uncle Pennybags: Being a doctor, he must make quit the salary. So, his house is huge. He has an indoor pool, a wall-sized TV, and appropriately enough, a life-sized operation game.
Arianna the Bear
Tim the Bear's snobby wife.
- Alpha Bitch: At least, in the neighborhood. As for all of stoolbend, Fern really one-ups her.
- Animal Religion: Like her husband, she is a strong believer of Christianity.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She acts as a devout Christian with her wholesome family, but read the other tropes to see how well she really is.
- The Cameo: Arianna makes a cameo in the Family Guy episode, "No Giggity, No Doubt", along with a ton of other characters from the ensemble cast of The Cleveland Show.
- Drugs Are Bad: A firm believer in this. She does not allow her son or husband to smoke. Yet they do, anyway.
- Flat Character: Has nothing important to her characters except being a Jerkass towards everyone.
- Friendly Enemy: As much as she and Donna hate each other, they don't have many other options for friends around the neighborhood, so they tend to get along quite well every now and then.
- Good Cop/Bad Cop: The bad cop to Tim's good cop.
- Hate Sink: Her entire character.
- Holier Than Thou: She may be Christian but it doesn't stop her from being a stuck up bitch.
- Hypocrite: For such a religious fanatic, she commits tons of sins. Adultery, violence, smoking, not loving thy neighbor. The list goes on and on.
Arianna: A self-righteous Christian is actually a hypocrite? I'll alert the media.
- Admits to being one when Donna calls her out on her affair with Robert.
- Not to mention, in this same episode, she smoked a cigarette, after having sex with Robert, just like she always tells her husband and son not to do.
- Jerkass: Her defining characteristic.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite not having much character outside of being a Jerkass, it is proven in the first season Thanksgiving episode that she actually likes helping people at the homeless shelter.
- Mama Bear: Literally.
- Passing Judgment: Does this to Donna all the time, criticizing everything about how she runs her life. In "Ladies' Night", it was mentioned that before marrying Cleveland, she didn't even allow Donna into her house, because she didn't like single mothers.
- Religious Bruiser: Believes in The Bible, but will still claw Donna's face off in a fight.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: To Donna in several episodes.
- Strict Parents Make Sneaky Kids: Her strict "No Smoking" policy, has turned Raymond into a complete pothead. It has also led to her husband, sneaking a few cigarettes on occasion.
- Talking Animal: She is a talking bear.
- Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: The same talking bear species as her husband, only she has eyelashes, hair, and a dress.
- What the Hell Is That Accent?: Like her husband, she talks with what can best be described as a slowed down Italian accent.
Raymond the Bear
Ariana and Tim's perpetually stoned slacker son.
- Beary Funny: A bear who's also a stoner that says nonsensical things.
- Black Sheep: The only member of the family to talk with a normal voice, instead of an ambiguously Italian accent.
- Characterization Marches On: His earliest appearances didn't hint at him being The Stoner at all until a bit later in the show's run.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Gets so stoned, he forgets where and who he is.
- Flat Character: Technically his entire existence is to appear stoned and provide no development whatsoever.
- Funny Animal: He's funny cuz he's a stupid bear, who smokes weed and makes various non sequiturs in conversations.
- Catchphrase: A clearly stones and confused, "Hello?"
- Genius Ditz: Despite being a stoner, he does know about American political scandals that happened in hotels (like Watergate, Marion Barry smoking crack, Ronald Reagan's assassination attempt, and Eliot Spitzer and his call girls) and once helped his parents out at a homeless shelter on Thanksgiving.
- The Hyena: Being high, makes him think everything is funny.
- Like Father, Like Son: Tim is addicted to cigarettes, and Raymond smokes weed.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: In "Brown History Month", it was revealed, (possibly just as a gag), that Tim's mother was a kangaroo, making Raymond 3/4 bear and 1/4 kangaroo.
- Nice Guy: When he's not stoned beyond reality, he is a generous, caring guy, who works at the soup kitchen, to help the homeless.
- Non Sequitur: When he gets high enough, he starts saying completely nonsensical things out of nowhere.Cleveland: You know where Roberta is!?Raymond: I know where everybody is.Cleveland: Where is she?Raymond: Because.Cleveland: I gotta buy a bag from that kid.
- The Stoner: He's so stoned, he can give a baseball a contact high and can't feel any pain from getting hit by a car.
- Strict Parents Make Sneaky Kids: Raymond probably wouldn't be so much of a pothead, if it wasn't for his mom's strict ban on smoking.
- Talking Animal: He is a talking bear.
Kendra Krystal Krinklesac
Lester's morbidly obese wife, who is confined to a Rascal scooter.
- Acrofatic: Turned into an ass-kicking machine, when beating up Jane, for what she did to her husband in "Buried Pleasure".
- Alliterative Name: Kendra Krystal Krinklesac. Yes, her initials are ''KKK''.
- Amusing Injuries: When she got run over by Rallo's tricycle, she had to be lifted into an ambulance with a crane, and later put into a dog cone, so that she wouldn't chew on her scab.
- Balloon Belly: In "To Live and Die in VA", she got even fatter.
- Big Eater: Obviously.
- The Cameo: Kendra makes a cameo in the Family Guy episode, "No Giggity, No Doubt", along with a ton of other characters from the ensemble cast of The Cleveland Show.
- Chubby Mama, Skinny Papa: She is a chubby wife, married to the skinny Lester.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Bodypresses Holt's abusive girlfriend for beating up Cleveland, Lester, and Tim.
- In another episode, she jumps her Scooter like a BMX bike into Tim to knock him out so Tim can't expose how Cleveland was having Holt masquerade as a student to win the High School baseball championship.
- Dumb Blonde: A blonde woman, who is rather stupid.
- Dumb Muscle: As fat and dumb as she is, she also has strength of Hulk-like proportions.
- Fashion Model: Used to be this, before becoming fat.
- Fat Comic Relief: This was made fun of in "Die Semi-Hard".Terry: Kendra, go check out that wise-cracking water machine.Kendra: I hope it's next to a vending machine. Get it? Because I'm huuuuuuuuge!
- Fat Slob: She is absolutely disgusting.
- Fetish: Has a fetish for food, and likes it when her husband dresses up as breakfast foods.
Kendra: Can the toast make out with the mustard?
- In "It's the Great Pancake, Junior Brown", Lester had The Guys borrow their breakfast costumes for Halloween. Kendra was watching them from her window, and gave Lester a disturbing phone call.
- Formerly Fit: She used to be a thin, curvy woman, who captured the essence of Marilyn Monroe. Despite being slim enough to move herself, she was still fond of driving her rascal.
- Gasshole: Has horrible gas, after she eats, which is always.
- Genius Ditz: She may not know how to read, but she has an impeccable memory.
- I Was Quite a Looker: Was once a very slim, very beautiful woman back in the 1960s.
- Disabled Hottie: Interestingly, she still used a scooter, suggesting she has some kind of disability in addition to being really fat.
- Informed Deformity: In "Fat and Wet", she said her nippled had grown so big, they had fused together, resembling the Master Card logo. We never actually see this, thank God, because the censors would never allow it.
- Fun with Acronyms: With the full name, Kendra Krystal Krinklesac, her initials are "KKK".
- Hidden Depths: Had a vivid backstory, which she was going elaborate on in "Cleveland's Angels", but Cleveland didn't have time for that.
- We learned that she had a photographic memory in "Tis' the Cleveland to be Sorry".
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Cleveland Jr and Rallo in different episodes.
- Kissing Cousins: Her husband, Lester, is actually her cousin.
- Multiple-Choice Past: A few episodes featured different backgrounds for her that don't all fit together. in "Cleveland's Angel", she is depicted as a thin and attractive woman in the early sixties, while in another episode, she was Lester's guidance counselor when he was in school. Similarly, one episode suggested she and Lester were cousins, and in another half-siblings.
- Never Learned to Read: Doesn't know how to read, as seen in "'Tis the Cleveland to be Sorry".
- Older Than She Looks: She was already an adult back in 1962. She is an old woman, looking much younger than her actual age. In her words "Fat don't crack".
- Photographic Memory: In "Tis' the Cleveland to be Sorry", Kendra remembered what Roberta wanted for Christmas, back when she was five years old, much to her surprise, as even she didn't remember her own wish.Kendra: An elephant never forgets.
- Pink Girl, Blue Boy: The pink to Lester's blue.
- Teacher/Student Romance: She was Lester's school guidance counselor, who convinced him to quit high school and marry her (even though one episode revealed that she and Lester are actually half-brother and half-sister, since Lester's dad cheated on his wife with another woman).Lester: In hindsight, she was a terrible guidance counselor!
- Vocal Dissonance: A gargantuan woman, with a helium high voice. Originally, Aseem Batra wanted to do a gravelly, husky, threatening voice for Kendra, but decided that the helium high voice would be funnier and easier on her vocal cords.
Lester and Kendra's odd, but friendly son.
- Ambiguously Gay: In "All You Can Eat", Junior had him dressed as a woman, and when he was told that he could get out of his costume, Ernie pretended that he was being told he had to keep it on.
- The Cameo: Ernie makes a cameo in the Family Guy episode, "No Giggity, No Doubt", along with a ton of other characters from the ensemble cast of The Cleveland Show.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Makes nonsensical, out of nowhere comments.
- Dumb Blonde: He's got blonde hair and acts like your typical, dumbass, redneck hillbilly.
- Dumbass Has a Point: His whole character revolves around this trope.
- Half-Witted Hillbilly: He's a redneck like his parents, and as a result, he's pretty stupid.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: Had this problem in his debut episode, before meeting Junior.
- Odd Friendship: With Junior.
- Older Than They Look: Ernie is 17 (according to "The Hangover Part Tubbs" (4x14)) but looks about eight or nine. Justified, as Lester and Kendra nursed Ernie on root beer and it stunted his growth (as mentioned on "Field of Streams").
- Its also possible that while hes thin he has his mothers lack of aging genes.
- Only Friend: Junior.
- Salt and Pepper: The salt to Junior's pepper.
- The Thing That Would Not Leave: When he and Junior first become friends, he spends an increasing amount of time at the house. Attempting to get him to go back to his own house leads to Lester temporarily disowning him and the government taking him away.
- Trespassing to Talk: Kept breaking into The Brown-Tubbs House, in "The One About Friends".
The unnamed mother of Holt, who's often yelling at him from offscreen.
- Abusive Parents: In "Pins, Spins, and Fins", Holt mentioned that when he was little, his mom always put him in the laundry machine.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parent: Holt's mom is always babying him in public.
- Expy: Where else has there been a nagging mother, who's never shown onscreen and drives the son that still lives with her batshit crazy?
- Hidden Depths: Although she still didn't appear, we learned a lot more about her character, especially with the introduction of her ex-husband, General Richter, explaining their family relationship with Holt, and his reasons for splitting up with her.
- Missing Mom: She is never shown on screen, and is mentioned in seldom, and heard even less, despite the fact that she lives in Cleveland's neighborhood, in the same house as Holt.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Holt inherited her short stature, according to General Richter.
- The Voice: She's always calling him either from offscreen or inside of a conveniently placed domicile.
Cecelia Brown (née Moreno)
A hot girl that fall in love with Cleveland Jr.. She is the niece of Choni and works at Choni's Cantina Mexican restaurant.
- Amicable Exes: More or less. After Junior tries to protect Cecilia by running off with her and getting married, Junior moves out of his family's house to live with Cecilia but she realizes he is just a kid and later admits they are both too young to be married. Junior offers to remain married to prevent her deportation and Cecilia continues to work for her aunt while they live apart.
- Ascended Extra: She and her family move into Cleveland's neighborhood in "There Goes El Neighborhood".
- Beauty Mark: Above the lip.
- Daddy's Girl: She has shown to be very close to her father. Its implied that she fell in love with Junior because he reminds her so much of her dad.
- Damsel in Distress: When her family was about to be deported, Junior rescued her, by marrying her.
- She also needed Junior to pair her up with a guy, so she'd have a date for the Valentine's Day dance.
- Disappeared Dad: The only time we see her father, is in his picture on a shrine, implying he's dead.
- Electra Complex: The only reason a girl like her would go out with a guy like Junior is because he reminds her of her dead father, who was also fat and unattractive.
- Friends with Benefits: Though not in a sexual manner, she and Junior are husband and wife, despite only being friends.
- History with Celebrity: One of her distant cousins is Sofia Vergara.
- Massive Numbered Siblings: As a Mexican, she comes from an extremely large family. Her siblings include Flora, Marco, and Lupo, just to name a few.
- Ms. Fanservice: She is very attractive, and in one scene she wears an alluring nightie.
- Nice Girl: Unlike most girls in her archetype, Cecelia doesn't act snobbish or condescending toward nerdy boys or anything. She is very polite to the Browns and is really sweet and loving towards her husband, Junior.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: With Cleveland Jr.
- Walking Spoiler: In her debut episode, Cleveland set Junior up with a fat, homely, Mexican girl named Flora. The next scene showed Junior happily saying he's a relationship, describing a girl, who adequately matches Flora's description. It's not until the second act, we find out Junior was really referring to the beautiful goddess, Cecelia Moreno. So, watching any future episode with her, before "Y Tu Junior Tambien", is kind of spoilery.
- What Does She See in Him?: Cleveland doesn't understand how Junior can get a hot girl like Cecilia as his girlfriend. Many characters call him out on it, especially Cecilia's aunt, and pointed out Donna is married to him.
- Though after Cleveland seeing Cecilia's big fat father, this seemed to explain a lot.
Choni is the aunt of Cecilia, the mother of Marco, the possible mother of Flora and owner of Choni's Cantina Mexican restaurant.
- Ascended Extra: She and her family move into Cleveland's neighborhood; though she is initially focused on as Cecelia's aunt, in later episodes Choni is more in focus than Cecelia.
- Borrowed Catchphrase: Used Donna's (Sweet "X" and "Rhyming Y") catchphrase in "Y Tu Junior Tambien", but Donna actually appreciated someone else using it.Choni: Sweet burritos and skeptical papacitos!Donna: Ooh, I like her.
- The Cameo: Choni makes a cameo in the Family Guy episode, "No Giggity, No Doubt", along with a ton of other characters from the ensemble cast of The Cleveland Show.
- Funny Foreigner: A funny Mexican lady.
- Gratuitous Spanish: Occasionally throws in a few Spanish words, every now and then.
- Hartman Hips: Has some wide hips.
- Hypocrite: Choni turns out to have much in common with the stereotypes Cleveland believed her to have and Choni turns out to also have many of her own stereotypes about blacks.
- Irrational Hatred: Choni blames Cleveland for nearly getting her niece deported (the culprit was Lester) and accuses him of being racist towards Mexicans. She's likely still bitter towards him because it bugged him that her attractive niece has feelings for his overweight son.
- Spicy Latina: She is also played by Real Life Spicy Latina, Rosie Perez.
- Verbal Tic: Used the "Rolling R" every time, she made the "R" sound, for a gag in "Y Tu Junior Tambien".Cleveland: How do you do that? Bl-l-l-l-l-l-l. I can't do it.
LeVar "Freight Train" Brown
Cleveland's gruff, abusive father.
- Abusive Parents: He used Boxing Day as an excuse to beat his son up on Christmas and verbally crushes his self-esteem. Oddly, he has an okay relationship with his grandsons.Cleveland Jr.: I have very mixed feelings about your visits.
- Badass Mustache: Like father, like son.
- Bald of Evil: Though it's more like "Bald of Jerkass".
- The Cameo: Freight Train makes a cameo in the Family Guy episode, "No Giggity, No Doubt", along with a ton of other characters from the ensemble cast of The Cleveland Show.
- Character Development: Though not fully consistent, early episodes often focus on his abusive nature towards Cleveland, his desire for him to be more of a man, and him neglecting his wife to sleep with other women. Though he has Aesop Amnesia in some instances, in the final season he mostly moves on in "When a Man (or a Freight Train) Loves His Cookie" and has a noticeably better relationship with his wife, son and grandchildren in the last few episodes.
- Freudian Excuse: The reason why he verbally abuses Cleveland and is distant from him is because Cleveland screwed up in a stunt show when he was a kid, costing him and his family a trip to Orlando and ruining his father's life with bad luck.
- Hidden Depths: Although he is fairly sexist in some instances, it is later revealed he is an accomplished mystery writer (enough even to make him a competent sleuth in real life).
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Has odd moments of (reluctant) compassion for his wife and son. He also cares for his grandson and step-grandson.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Spends the entirety of his first appearance verbally abusing Cleveland and neglecting his wife while shamelessly flirting and sleeping with Donna's Auntie Momma. But then Cleveland reveals that Auntie Momma was actually a transvestite much to his embarrassment and disgust.
- Morality Pet: Junior.
- Pet the Dog: Helped his son out a few times. There's also his closeness with Junior and Rallo.
- Rated M for Manly: More of a man than his pathetic excuse for a son will ever be.
- Really Gets Around: Which is a constant source of friction between him and Cookie. A segment is dedicated in making over dozens of Cleveland-look alikes reacting in shock after he gets told, "Cleveland is your only son." He seems to have mostly gotten over this as of the last season.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Writes mystery novels for women under an assumed name (and even dresses like a woman) as seen in "Who Done Did It?", though keeps the secret in line with his sexism.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Not towards Cleveland, but he respects the family he's made. He also goes from a neglectful, cheating spouse to a loving husband.
Evelyn "Cookie" Brown
Cleveland's coddling mother.
- The Cameo: Cookie makes a cameo in the Family Guy episode, "No Giggity, No Doubt", along with a ton of other characters from the ensemble cast of The Cleveland Show.
- I Was Quite a Looker: Quite quite svelte in her younger days.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She acts rather obnoxious and disrespectful to Donna but she clearly loves her son Cleveland and grandson Junior deeply.
- Older Than They Look: She's easily confused to being Cleveland's wife in one episode.
- Obnoxious In-Laws: In a constant snark war with Donna. Implied to resent her for initially rejecting Cleveland for Robert.
- Parental Neglect: Zig-Zagged. She openly coddles her adult son, but she also had no idea about Freight Train subjecting Cleveland to Boxing Day despite a picture of the three of them at the time showing young Cleveland with a black eye.
- Really Gets Around: Although nowhere near as prominent as Freight Train, she slept with Barbara, Cleveland's white childhood nanny, and leaves Freight Train to spend time with George Clinton in "When a Man (or a Freight Train) Loves His Cookie", spurring Freight Train's development.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Give her a mustache and she'd be a dead ringer for her son.
Cleveland's brother, who works as a Naval soldier.
- Alliterative Name: Broderick Brown.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Broderick was introduced in the episode "Our Gang" and given his closeness with Cleveland, it was implied he was going to be a major or at least recurring character. However, since then on, there's been no mention of him. In fact, the writers clearly forgot his existence as soon as the season one finale, "You're the Best Man, Cleveland Brown", when Evelyn said that Cleveland was LeVar's only son.
- Continuity Nod: The fact that he even appeared in this show at all is a nod to a rather forgettable one-off gag from the super early Season 2 Family Guy episode, "He's Too Sexy For His Fat".
- Deus ex Machina: At the end of "Our Gang", Broderick, who had not many any appearances in that episode, prior, randomly walked in with a bunch of drugs to trade with The Stoolbloods to save Cleveland and Junior. It is unknown how he got his hands on those drugs or even how he knew where Cleveland was or what kind of trouble he was in but ... there he was.
- Why Do You Keep Changing Jobs?: In Family Guy, Broderick worked as a plastic surgeon at the Quahog Hospital. However, in The Cleveland Show, he now works as a naval soldier.
- Verbal Tic: Like his brother, Broderick pronounces the "Air" sound as "Urr".
Loretta Marie Callender Brown
Cleveland's nightmare of an ex-wife.
See Also: —> Family Guy The Neighbors
- The Cameo: Loretta has only made these kinds of appearances in the show. The only episode, where she arguably served a major role was "Gone with the Wind", where the episode centered around her death and how her family reacted to her loss, but even then, she only had one line.Loretta: No, no, no, no, no, NO!!!
- The Ghost: Despite being a key component of the show's main premise, Loretta never really made full appearances at any time in the series, aside from being mentioned and making non-speaking cameos every now and then.
- Given Name Reveal: At her funeral, Reverend Jenkins revealed her full name as "Loretta Maria Callender Brown".
- Killed Off for Real: In "Gone With the Wind", Loretta was killed by Peter Griffin, when he knocked her out of her bathtub and she died on impact with the ground.
Donna's thuggish ex-husband, and the father of Roberta and Rallo.
- The Cameo: Robert makes a cameo in the Family Guy episode, "No Giggity, No Doubt", along with a ton of other characters from the ensemble cast of The Cleveland Show.
- Consummate Liar: In "A Cleveland Brown Christmas", after he left his family, he told Rallo that he was an FBI agent so he wouldn't be upset. When Rallo found out the truth, Robert claimed that he was actually Santa Claus.
- The Drifter: Robert is inconsistently, in and out of his kid's lives. He mostly just drops by to pick up his alimony.
- Funny Afro: Clearly, this was passed down to Rallo.
- Hands-Off Parenting: He's a gigantic imbecile when it comes to raising his kids. Roberta has no emotional attachment to him, and Rallo has been led to believe (initially) that he was a man fighting crime even after the divorce and respected him a lot over Cleveland. Later seasons, Rallo can only angrily snark how his dad is real bad at being a father to any of his children. In his own debut episode, he can't even remember Rallo's or Roberta's names, calling them with different names.
- Irony: Though he is a great parent to Cleveland Jr., despite not being his blood son. His excuse to a jealous Rallo is that Cleveland Jr. needs all the help he can get to be more courageous with his decisons regarding his love life (whether these stuck or not is up in the air, though).
- Happily Married: With Deedee.
- Happy Ending Override: In the last episode, he gets together with Dee Dee and adopts a child. Though this new family is harder than he thought it'd be, he's committed to making it work. Then Family Guy revealed Dee Dee committed suicide.
- Jerkass: Spent most of his time with Donna and the family ignoring them and getting drunk.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Only when he's reminded how much of an ass he's been, he does genuinely care for Rallo and Roberta. He even seems to care for Cleveland Junior, his second wife and his new adopted son.
- Lazy Bum: Does absolutely nothing for the good of humanity. He spends his says, living in a crappy old apartment, watching TV, going to strip clubs, smoking weed, drinking alcohol, occasionally visiting his children, and supporting his own life, with nothing more than his ex-wife's alimony.
- Only One Name: His last name is never revealed.
- Parental Neglect: He is not a diligent father.
- Pet the Dog: Took Junior under his wing in order to help him with his social life.
- Sixth Ranger: The unofficial sixth member of The Brown-Tubbs Family.
- The Stoner: Though he doesn't seem affected by it.
Auntie Momma (formerly: Uncle Kevin)
Donna's eccentric aunt who raised her after Donna's mother gave her up. Actually Donna's Uncle Kevin.
- Big Fun: Almost everybody who meets her seem to like her and her shenanigans.
- The Cameo: Auntie Momma makes a cameo in the Family Guy episode, "No Giggity, No Doubt", along with a ton of other characters from the ensemble cast of The Cleveland Show.
- Catchphrase: "I'm outrageous!" Said usually after lifting her leg and letting out a huge fart.
- Gasshole: She does this all the time. In fact, farting is even part of her catchphrase.
- Fartillery: She was able to propel her on roller skates through the streets with just and her flatulence.
- Nice Guy: Auntie Momma turns out to actually be Donna's Uncle Kevin in disguise. He does this to give young Donna a strong female role model as a kid. This proves that Auntie Momma is extremely loving and likable who will do anything necessary for her and her family. though it's heavily implied he chooses to dress like a woman because he likes it very much and being a mother figure for Donna comes second.
- Really Gets Around: Has apparently got busy with some pretty famous people.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: She only started playing "Auntie Momma" so Donna could have a strong female influence while growing up.
Dee Dee Tubbs
Donna's mother, who left her with Auntie Momma/Uncle Kevin. The two are reunited years later.
- Bus Crash: The Family Guy episode "Candy, Quahog Marshmallow" reveals that she committed suicide, putting an irreversible end to the unfinished story arc of her and Robert, getting married and adopting an Asian child.
- Disappeared Dad: If you think she's an absent parent to Donna, just wait until you hear about Donna's father.Donna: Who's my dad?Dee Dee: Who was you father?
- The Diva: Dee Dee used to be a famous singer, but when she got pregnant with Donna, she had to give her to her brother, Kevin, to take care of her, so she could still appear as young and appealing, to the public. Nowadays, she's very rich and she lives in a fancy mansion. Despite being a grandmother, she still acts like she's as young as she was, when she was a singer.
- Germans Love David Hasselhoff: In-Universe: Her band, The Towlettes, were hot stuff in Germany.
- Happily Married: With Robert in the series finale. Much to the disgust of the rest of the family since she's marrying the father of her daughter's children and ex-son in law.
- Jerkass: When Cleveland called her and Robert out for being unbearably selfish as parents their entire lives, even getting them to admit they only got together because they were selfish and horny, their first act to prove otherwise was to adopt a Chinese baby to care after instead of becoming better parents to their own children.
- Irony: An early joke has Donna having an extreme hatred of Phylica Rashad. Guess who voices Dee Dee?
- Missing Mom: For most of Donna's life.
- Walking Spoiler: Her existence is not dramatically revealed, until the first act plot twist of "Mama Drama", so all future episodes with her, serve as complete spoilers for the episode.
Hong Kong Phooey Tubbs-Brown (formerly:Quang Quang)
- Bratty Half-Pint: Ran around Dee Dee's house naked, laughing, painting on the walls, and destroying stuff.
- Bus Crash: In addition to his show being cancelled, before his story arc could even begin, the Family Guy episode, "Candy Quahog Marshmallow!", revealed that his adoptive mother shot herself, which pretty much puts an absolute end to any stories that could possibly revolve around him.
- Cousin Oliver: Acts as a younger, cuter Rallo.
- Funny Foreigner: Of course, most of the jokes, surrounding him are in reference to him being Chinese.
- Happily Adopted: By Robert and Dee Dee.
- The Piano Player: Plays the piano.
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Stole Rallo's thunder as "the baby" of the family.Rallo: I'm the cute one around here, and you will NOT Olivia Huxtable my world!
- Token Minority: A Chinese baby.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: He was introduced in the last episode of the show, before it was cancelled.
The incredibly wealthy and closeted gay owner of Waterman Cable.
- Bad Boss: Downplayed. He is competent at his job, but is implied to be racist to Cleveland, has sexually harassed Terry (who doesn't seem to notice or care) as seen on "Birth of a Salesman," "Your Show of Shows" and "Field of Streams," and offered a six-month severance package in exchange for cutting off everyone else's health insurance ("Brown-Sized").
- Depraved Homosexual: At best, he sexually harasses Terry at work. At worst, he arranged the death of his wife so he can be with his lover (the town coroner), as seen on "Who Done Did It?"
- Dirty Old Man: A rare occurrence of one who hits on young men namely Terry Kimple, but has branched out to other young men ever since Terry married Paul. He also has a lover in the town coroner. Not even teenage boys are safe from him.
- In "Brown-Sized," it's implied that Mr. Waterman preys on 19-year-old Cuban boys who sell cologne at the mall, and, in "Little Man on Campus," he paid a visit to the high school baseball team as they were showering.
- Engineered Public Confession: Accidentally reveals that he killed his wife so he could run away with his gay lover and gets arrested.
- Everyone Has Standards or Even Evil Has Standards: Mr. Waterman may be a racist, corrupt, repressed Depraved Homosexual who killed his wife; but he actually felt bad for shooting his Bulldog after it attacked the school's star pitcher (cf. "Little Man on Campus"), was concerned for Terry's health when Cleveland crashed the cable truck in "Birth of a Salesman," was the only one who stayed behind to mourn Tom's death (while everyone else broke into his office to loot it) in "Like a Boss," and, in "Das Shrimp Boot," he kicked Cleveland out of his office after Cleveland told him that he needed time off work to mourn the loss of his quintuplets whom he drowned because God said so (Cleveland lied, of course, but Waterman actually took that seriously).
- Freudian Excuse: His racism against black people stems from his mother underestimating (and having sex with) minorities.
- Stalker with a Crush: Towards Terry.
- Transparent Closet: Despite being married, it's pretty much public knowledge that he's not straight. Even his wife knows that she's only married to him as a cheap ploy to make people think he's a heterosexual (as implied in "A Cleveland Brown Christmas").
Lloyd Waterman's wife.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: Just like her husband.
- Flat Character: Has little to no personality, outside of being "Lloyd Waterman's wife".
- Killed Off for Real: In "Who Done Did It?", her character was officially killed off the show, by her husband, Lloyd, who poisoned her soup. At first, Cleveland thought that he was the murderer, because he threw a hard boiled egg at her, right when she died.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: She is just as racist as her husband, taking part in the preservation of the statue of a slaveholder in "The Blue, The Gray, and The Brown", and even singing the outdated Stoolbend anthem, that promoted white supremacy.
- Rich Bitch: She's a bit of one to Donna, as well as fellow rich-bitch, Fern.
- Satellite Character: Doesn't do much that doesn't relate to Lloyd.
An old high school friend of Cleveland who now works alongside him at Waterman Cable.
- Affectionate Nickname: Due to his verbal tic, Cleveland always calls him "Turry".
- Badass Mustache: He has one of his own.
- Big Fun: Parties all the time.
- Childhood Friends: With Cleveland.
- Demoted to Extra: Ever since he married Paul, Terry had become less and less prominent in the guys' lives. By the last season, he was lucky to get the occasional line of dialogue. This also coincided with less emphasis on Waterman Cable.
- Dumb Blonde: He is a bit of an idiot.
- Even the Guys Want Him: Or rather, his boss, Mr. Waterman
- Happily Married: To Paul.
- Hidden Depths: Being the care free, laid back guy he is, it would seem Terry has nothing to hide. However, in "Brotherly Love", it was revealed that he worked a second job as a gigolo, just to make money, and he had sex for tips. And in "Terry Unmarried", we learn that he's a bisexual, who often goes to gay bars, and is in a relationship with a guy named Paul.
- Manchild: Like Cleveland and the other guys, Terry acts the same way he did, back when he was in high school.
- Mr. Fanservice: In damn good shape, and shows it with his barely closed work shirt.
- Nice Guy: A promiscuous layabout, but otherwise a very friendly, loyal guy.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Shares a few personality traits and verbal patters with Matthew McConaughey.
- Out of Focus: After the episode "Terry Unmarried." He's still there, but definitely in a diminished role.
- Really Gets Around: Had a lot of sex with women and men.
- Salt and Pepper: His friendship with Cleveland.
- Self-Sacrifice Scheme: Took the blame for smoking weed on campus, to save his friend, Cleveland. This got him expelled, and it wasn't until his series debut, in "Birth of a Salesman", that he and Cleveland met each other again.
- Sixth Ranger: Before the introduction of Dr. Fist, he was occasionally the unofficial fifth member of The Guys.
- The Stoner: Was this in high school, and still kind of talks like one now.
A dull, no-nonsense co-worker of Cleveland, Tim, and Terry.
- Awful Truth: Isn't afraid to break any unfortunate news to his co-workers.
- The Bore: Has nothing interesting going on.
- The Cameo: Arch makes a cameo in the Family Guy episode, "No Giggity, No Doubt", along with a ton of other characters from the ensemble cast of The Cleveland Show.
- Deadpan Snarker: Makes comments like this to everybody.
- Dull Surprise: His face stays rock solid, even when he's surprised.
- Flat Character: He's the boring prick nobody likes.
- Fun-Hating Confiscating Adult: He only allows his son four laughs a week.
- Jerkass: Acts very rude to other co-workers, because he can.
- Like Father, Like Son: His son is exactly like him.
- Mall Santa: Takes the job as one "Tis the Cleveland to be Sorry" seemingly just so Kendra couldn't.
- Sitcom Archnemesis: Gets under Tim's skin.
- The Stoic: Never makes any facial expressions. Ever.
- Uncatty Resemblance: His dog.
A female employee at Waterman Cable.
- Forbidden Friendship: Since Cleveland is a married man, he is socially forbidden to be friends with a female because, in Donna's mind, it constitutes cheating.
- Fun Personified: She brings tons of fun and enjoyment to Waterman Cable.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Donna became this, when Cleveland kept hanging out with her.
- Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Tori is all about partying the night away and having loads of fun.
- Just Friends: She and Cleveland. Honest!
- Stopped Caring: When Cleveland took the paid company layoff in "Brownsized", she, and everybody else didn't care.
- Token Girl: The only female worker at Waterman Cable.
A generic background character, who works at Waterman Cable.
- Flat Character: Doesn't have any personality, outside of being a worker at Waterman Cable.
- Forehead of Doom: Has a big forehead.
- The Generic Guy: Has no personality or distinguishing character traits at all.
- My Friends and Zoidberg!: In "The Blue, The Gray, And The Brown", he was this to The Guys.
- Recurring Extra: Appears in the background of a lot of Waterman Cable scenes.
- Ridiculously Average Guy: Has just about no interesting physical appearance traits, outside of being bald and having sort of a big forehead.
Stoolbend High School
Principal Wallace "Wally" Q. Farquhare
The nerdy principal of Stoolbend High School, and leader of the school's math club, and capella group The Fluffers.
- Archenemy: To Cleveland.
- Blatant Lies: The opening song has Cleveland describe him as an old friend, but Cleveland can't tolerate him, and the only known interaction they had in the past started with Wally threatening to tattle on a teenaged Cleveland for drinking beer at school and ended with Cleveland scaring him so badly he pissed himself.
- Bring My Brown Pants: In "Field of Streams", he famously soiled his thighs and pocket contents.
- Butt-Monkey: He's so much of an unlikable moron, that not even his students respect him enough to obey him.
- The Cameo: Principal Farquhare makes a cameo in the Family Guy episode, "No Giggity, No Doubt", along with a ton of other characters from the ensemble cast of The Cleveland Show.
- Control Freak: He tries to keep the children of the school under control, with unnaturally strict rules, but he does so in a such an "uncool" manner, that nobody can take him seriously.Principal Farquhare: Watch the height of that five! All high fives must be at least shoulder height or lower.
- Depending on the Writer: Although he's usually a powerless dork, who can't control his students, if the plot needs to raise the stakes, he'll suddenly become more competent, and be able to dish out some real punishment, on whoever the hero of the story is.
- Drugs Are Bad: Hated drugs as both a kid and an adult, and tries everything, with no success, to keep them off his school property.
- Extreme Doormat: Even though he's a full grown adult and the principal of the goddamned school, he still gets no respect and nothing ever goes his way.
- Cleveland and his family are his worst enemies, yet every day of his job, he's forced to work with Donna as his secretary, Cleveland as the school's baseball coach, and with Junior and Roberta as students. It doesn't help that Junior is the class president.
- Also, as someone who strongly prohibits drugs, there sure are a lot of druggies at his school. Raymond the stoner, and Coach McFall, the tobacco addict.
- Fat and Skinny: The skinny to Cleveland's fat.
- Foil: And the geeky nerd to Cleveland's cool dude.
- Geek Physique: He's a tall, lanky, skinny looking dweeb, with a very, very punchable face.
- Jerkass: Also likely from his bullying as well having a position of power.
- Nerd in Evil's Helmet: Tries (but fails) to hide his dweebishness behind his power as the principal.
- Nerds Are Virgins: And he's oddly proud of that fact.
- Older Than They Look: Principal Farquhare is said to look like a student.
- Real Men Wear Pink: A lot of his activities, make him look like a queer. (i.e. In the first Christmas special, he pranced around on stage, wearing a skin-tight leotard, and sang a Broadway-style cover of "Gloria")
- Spell My Name with an "S": The last name, "Farquhare" could not be a trickier, more un-phonetic name to spell.
- The Stool Pigeon: When he was a student, he threatened to tell the principal that Cleveland and his buddies were smoking on campus.
- Tragic Villain: The reason he has it out for The Brown-Tubbs Family so bad is because, Cleveland bullied him back in high school. His most memorable moment of this, was when he was so frightened by Cleveland and his friends, that he peed in his pants. When he tried to get revenge on him, he failed miserably, and the same thing happened again.
- Villain Ball: In "Field of Streams", Principal Farquhar first rose to villainhood, by getting Junior to steal Cleveland's prized baseball jersey and incinerate it.
Gabriel Friedman "Federline Jones"
Roberta's wannabe rapper boyfriend.
- Adam Westing: Basically a take-off of Kennedy's own Malibu's Most Wanted character.
- Black Gal on White Guy Drama: Although his parents don't seem to mind him dating Roberta, Cleveland and Donna do highly disapprove of it.
- Boisterous Weakling: Talks a big talk, but he's so scrawny and weak, he can easily be beaten by anyone in a fight.
- Butt-Monkey: Gets himself slapped, punched, and knocked out a lot. Once time, even by his own parents.
- The Cameo: Federline makes a cameo in the Family Guy episode, "No Giggity, No Doubt", along with a ton of other characters from the ensemble cast of The Cleveland Show.
- Conspiracy Theorist: Proud believer of the Hip Hop Illuminati.
- Cool Loser: On campus, he's actually considered one of the popular kids. Frequently hanging out with the other top dogs of popularity and throwing parties. In the real world however, everyone treats him like the joke he is.
- The Ditz: Believes in some very stupid stuff. For instance, he is very sure that firefighters are a myth.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Cleveland and the adults get pretty much fed up with him for being a slacker and being incomprehensible to talk to if he gets excited.
- Generation Xerox: His father reveals that he used to act the same way at his age.
- He Cleans Up Nicely: When he ditches his wigger persona as a way to show Roberta that he can be an educated person, he dresses in nice and somewhat formal clothes.
- I Just Want to Be Badass: Desperately wants to be a tough, hardcore rap star. Despite being a wimpy Jewish kid, who couldn't win a fight if the other guy gave up.
- Iconic Outfit: His fedora.
- Innocently Insensitive: Black people (sans Roberta) hate him, for culturally appropriating them.Federline: Yo, Robert! Whazzup dawg? (beat boxes)(Robert slaps Federline)Robert: Sorry, Roberta.Roberta: No, I told him not to do that.
- The Millstone: Every mishap Cleveland and friends endure in "Escape from Goochland" is because of Federline.
- Narcissist: He thinks he's all that, but he's really got nothing.
- Nice Hat: Wears a black guy fedora.
- Offscreen Breakup: It's unknown if there was a breakup between him and Roberta, as in the final episode, Roberta was dating Walt, one of Rallo's friends.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: In casual or nonprofessional situations, he's always referred to as "Federline". However, characters like his parents, and Principal Farquhare will always call him "Gabriel".
- Pretty Fly for a White Guy: His entire shtick.
- Race Fetish: Black women, yo.
- Salt and Pepper: Him and Roberta.
- Satellite Character: Only serves a purpose, when Roberta is involved.
- Super Gullible: Believed that Cleveland was Papa Smurf, just because the latter said he was.
- Verbal Tic: Adds random suffixes to his words like, "Flibble", and "Razzle", and "Ding-Ding", etc.
- What Does She See in Him?: He's a giant moron and yet he somehow managed to woo Roberta, who is clearly a wise girl under her appearance.
- Voiced by: Mike Henry
The deaf football jock and Junior's bully.
- The Bully: To Junior.
- The Casanova: Cleveland described him as the most sexually active student in Stoolbend High.
- Dreadful Musician: As a deaf guy, he has no idea how he sounds. When he tried out for a singing part in the school play rendition of "Little Orphan Anny", (note the spelling), he just made a long, obnoxious, deaf guy noise into the microphone.Miss Gargalo: Awful! Awful! That was the worst singing, I've ever heard!Oliver: Did I get the part?Miss Gargalo: [unenthusiastic] Yes.
- HeelFace Turn: At the end of "Ladies' Night", he was competing against Junior, for school president, and originally planned on humiliating him, by beating him, but when Junior saved his life, he dropped out of the race, saying that Junior had proven to be a much better and far more qualified school president than he is.
- Informed Flaw: Despite it being mentioned that he's deaf, hearing has always been a perfectly achievable task for him.
- Jerk Jock: His basic archetype.
- Karma Houdini: Rarely (if ever) gets punished for any of his bullying and wrongdoings. Except for maybe in "Field of Streams", when he was torn apart by Sparky, the rabid bulldog.
- Master of All: Sports. As Ernie said "There isn't a sport he hasn't lettered in, or a girl that hasn't let him in."
- Smarter Than You Look: Has a 3.8 GPA.
- Token Minority: He is deaf.
- Vanity License Plate: His license plate reads "IKNTHR".
Oliver's friend and one of Junior's bullies.
- Afro Asskicker: Although he's mostly an innocent outsider, Reggie is one badass black bully, who will beat up anybody, who dares to piss him off.
- Broken Bird: Life for Reggie doesn't seem so bad, until you learn that he has a severe case of testicular cancer, that's caused him to go impotent, while still a teen.
- The Bully: Bullies people, especially Junior, along with Laine and Oliver Wilkerson.
- Catchphrase: "Whoa!"
- Even Evil Has Standards: In "Da Doggone Daddy Daughter Dinner Dance", he, Oliver, and Laine were making fun of Junior, for being so attached to his father. When Laine took it too far, by telling Junior to "Choke on his dad's corndog", Reggie introduced his famous catchphrase, "Whoa!" and shamed him for taking it too far.
- Hidden Depths: In "Brownsized", it was revealed that he was into Karate.Reggie: Taekwondoooo!
- Innocent Bystander: Reggie is good at staying out of the line of fire, during dramatic fights at school.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Reggie may be a total dick at times, always riding Oliver's bandwagon, when bullying people, but he actually cares deeply about his friends. In "Da Doggone Daddy Daughter Dinner Dance", Reggie became friends with Junior and offered to help him get revenge on a girl who bullied him, earlier.Reggie: Say, blood. I heard that girl beat you up, the other today.Junior: [sadly] Yeah.Reggie: Want me to go kick her ass for you?Junior: No. That's taking it too far.Reggie: Want me to go out with her, get her to fall in love with me, and then dump her, breaking her heart?Junior: Sure!
- Running Gag: If someone says something offensive, or drops a sick burn, Reggie will just so happen to be passing by, and will say "Whoa!"
- Satellite Character: Doesn't have much to do, when Oliver and Laine aren't involved. He did, however, have a somewhat memorable role as a solo character in "Wide World of Cleveland Show".
- The Topic of Cancer: He revealed to Junior in "Da Doggone Daddy Daughter Dinner Dance", he told Junior that he suffered from testicular cancer.
Coach Charles McFall
The former coach of Stoolbend High School, now homeless and missing a cheek due to years of chewing tobacco usage.
- Abhorrent Admirer: To his old flame Tyne Daly, whose image on a TV camera is enough for him to lick disgustingly like a thirsty dog.
- Aesop Amnesia: Despite learning the hard way, what tobacco does to you, he still chews it, regularly.
- Childhood Friends: Sort of. He was Cleveland's baseball coach, back in high school.
- Crazy Homeless People: Apparently, he doesn't have a place to live, as he asked to stay in Cleveland's house for a few days.
- Cleans up Nicely: As shown in Once Upon a Tyne in New York; give him a bath, a haircut, and a clean suit and he could almost be considered ruggedly handsome, provided one overlooks the gaping hole in his face.
- Dirty Old Man: He is as disgusting in personality as he looks.Coach McFall: Alright, gentlemen. I want you to remember two things: One, you're all great baseball players, and two, drunken, overweight divorcees are an easy lay.
- The Grotesque: Has a horrifying hole in the side of his face, that makes his skull very visible. Don't do drugs, kids.
- Nice Guy: Helps Cleveland out with his problems from time to time.
- Smoking Is Not Cool: Chewing tobacco created a freakishly large and hollow hole in the side of his face.
- The Topic of Cancer: Years of chewing tobacco, has given him a wicked case of oral cancer.
- Two-Faced: Justified as he's a chewing tobacco addict and had half his face removed due to oral cancer.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: In a relationship with Tyne Daly. So, ... really only "hot" by comparison.
- Apathetic Teacher: His basic archetype.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Stopped appearing after season two, as the plot rarely ever needed him again and Roberta was Out of Focus by this point. In the season four episode, "A Rodent Like This", Junior looked through a hit list of all the people he needed to "strike". Mr. Armstrong's picture was there, with a red X on it, jokingly suggesting that his long-time absence was because he was killed.
- Ephebophile: He's sexually attracted to Roberta, and hides in shame, whenever he realizes, he's made an inappropriate pass at her. Whenever she's in trouble, she can seduce him into letting her go.
- Grammar Nazi: Policed his own vocabulary, when he didn't know past-tense of "Ring".Mr. Armstrong: Roberta, the bell has rang ... Or is it, rung, ... Hm, the bell has rang? ... the bell has rung ... rang, rung, rang, rung ... The bell went "Brrrring! Brrrring! Brrrrring!", which means it's time for class, and you should not be out here, in the halls.
- Mrs. Robinson: In love with Roberta, and excuses her for being tardy, just because she's hot.
The androgynous drama teacher, who acts like a stereotypical flamboyant movie director.
- Androgynous: Looks mostly like a male, but acts with feminine characteristics, and identifies as a female.
- Camp Gay: Like many ancillary LGBT characters in this show, he/she acts like an extremely offensive stereotype.
- Do Not Call Me "Paul": Hates being called "Mr. Gargalo" and corrects people, by saying, "It's Miss Gargalo!"
- Prima Donna Director: Acts all flamboyant and bossy, just like one.
- Why Do You Keep Changing Jobs?: Worked as the school drama teacher in one episode, and then worked as a church choir conductor in another.
The Stoolbend High School glee club.
- A Cappella: Their singing group is touted as this, however, instrumental accompaniment is almost always heard, during their performances.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: None of the individual members, (except for Principal Farquhare) are given any actual names. Since they're always seen together, as their singing group, they are always referred to as just, "The Fluffers".
- Sixth Ranger: Principal Farquhare is this to their group. The Fluffers is generally just 4 or 5 generic people, singing a song, but as the self-proclaimed founder of the group, Principal Farquhare will randomly be present, as the lead singer in a few episodes.
- Speak in Unison: They never sing individually.
- Token Minority: There is one black kid in their group, as well as a fat kid, if you count that.
Harper Elementary School
Mrs. Hadassah Lowenstein
- Voiced by: Alex Borstein
Rallo's Jewish preschool teacher at Harper Elementary School.
- All Jews Are Cheapskates: In "Brown History Month", she drove Rallo home from school every time his parents forgot him, for only $50. She drives Roberta home for the same price in "Ain't Nothin' But Mutton Bustin'".
- Apathetic Teacher: Often doesn't care about her job, or at least, her monotonous voice makes it seem that way.
- Author Avatar: Her last name ends in "Stein", just like her voice actor. Coincidence? I think not!
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Her teachings to the kids are certainly not kid-friendly. She regularly has them look after turtles to teach them that they're too young to have kids and would suck looking after one...while being kids themselves. Her class's age average is 5.
- Deadpan Snarker: Brings up dark realities in front of otherwise blissfully joyful young children.
- Dead Pet Sketch: This was done with class pet, Turt Russell in "Like a Boss".
- Everyone Is Christian at Christmas: She hosted a Christmas pageant in "A Cleveland Brown Christmas", which ended in disaster, after Rallo cursed out Santa Claus and the holiday.Arianna: This is why you don't trust a Jew with hosting a Christmas pageant.
- Jewish and Nerdy: A Jew who became a teacher.
- Jewish Complaining: Always complains about everything.
- Verbal Tic: Makes a Jewish hacking sound, whenever pronouncing a "k" or hard "c" sound.
- Yiddish as a Second Language: Occasionally used Yiddish words in mainly English sentences.
Rallo's friend from Harper Elementary School.
- Age-Gap Romance: He and Roberta started dating in "Wheel of Family!" At first it was so Roberta could prove a point but, ... things got serious.
- Best Friend: To Rallo.
- Kid-anova: Just like Rallo.
- Offscreen Breakup: He and Roberta are seen dating in "Wheel of Family!", so it's unknown if Roberta and Federline broke up.
- The Lancer: To Rallo's leader.
- Romantic Wingman: Helps Rallo with landing chicks, and likewise.
- Satellite Character: Only really serves significance as a supporting character in Rallo stories, and has never really had an episode about himself. The same can be said about Julius.
- Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: He's mostly trying to front, like he's a mature, adult-like kid, but in "Beer Walk!", he kept getting scared by Rallo, jumping out of corners, dressed like chucky, causing him to cry and piss his pants, like a normal five year old.
- Wise Beyond Their Years: He's five years old, but he still knows all the tricks and trades of picking up women.
Rallo's friend from Harper Elementary School.
- Butt-Monkey: Occasionally gets the short end of the stick, with his friends Rallo and Walt, because he's white.
- Child Prodigy: At only 6 years old, Julius already has a blog called "Out and About with Julius", that is widely read by kids and adults, alike.
- Old Soldier: He's only 6, yet he talks like he's a tired old man, who's seen it all.Julius: Man, I would kill to be 5 and a half again. I'm just so tired all the time.
- Token Minority: The white guy in Rallo's friend circle.
- Satellite Character: Only really serves significance as a supporting character in Rallo stories, and has never really had an episode about himself. The same can be said about Walt.
- Youthful Freckles: Has three freckles on each cheek.
- Chivalrous Pervert: In "A Short Story and a Tall Tale", Bernard and Theodore found a breast augmentation pamphlet.
- Cool Pet: In "Flush of Genius", Bernard has a pet frog named Mr. Ribbit.
- Repetitive Name: Bernard Bernard.
- Those Two Guys: With Theodore Parker Jr., III.
- Token Rich Student: Though it barely comes up in the show, Bernard's attire would imply that he comes from a high-class family.
- Satellite Character: He and Theodore serve no purpose in the show than to be Rallo's second-tier friends, below Walt and Julius, who are also satellite characters.
- White Gal on Black Guy Drama: Bernard must be into white chicks, as seen in "A Short Story and a Tall Tale", when Bernard exclaimed "All right!", when Rallo said he was marrying a white girl.
Theodore Parker Jr., III
- But He Sounds Handsome: In "Your Show of Shows", Theodore praised his totally awesome uncle, T-Pain.
- Chivalrous Pervert: In "A Short Story and a Tall Tale", Theodore and Bernard found a breast augmentation pamphlet.
- Famous Ancestor: Has a number of famous relatives.
- In "Your Show of Shows", it was revealed that Theodore's uncle is T-Pain.
- In "Fist and the Furious", he said that Etta James was his great grandmother.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Theodore's unce is his voice actor, T-Pain.
- Nice Hat: Thedore wears a backways blue cap.
- Those Two Guys: With Bernard Bernard.
- Satellite Character: He and Bernard serve no purpose in the show than to be Rallo's second-tier friends, below Walt and Julius, who are also satellite characters.
A flamboyant, rollerskating gay kid at Harper Elementary School.
- Camp Gay: Rollerskates around the school, and refers to people as "girl", whether he is or isn't referring to a female.
- Dehumanizing Insult: Makes these, when he's mad.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: Sort of.
- Flat Character: All he is, is the same one-dimensional gay stereotype, we've seen before, with the only difference being, he's a little kid. He only makes short appearances in episodes, with no central plot focus, so we don't know much about him.
- Kill the Poor: In "Grave Danger", it was revealed, he is prejudiced against poor and lower-class people.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Wears mascara and does other effeminate things.
- Rollerblade Good: Never goes anywhere, without rollerskating there.
- Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: His teacher addresses him as "Hot Wheels", so this must be his actual name.
The son of Choni Moreno.
- Alliterative Name: Marco Moreno.
- Bratty Half-Pint: Marco is nothing but trouble. Although he looks like a quiet and well-behaved boy, he's quite the handful, putting Choni, (and Cleveland in one episode), through Hell, when taking care of him.
- Brought Home the Wrong Kid: Cleveland did this, when babysitting him.
- Flat Character: Was never given much screen time, and therefore, had little personality.
- Gratuitous Spanish: Speaks fluent English and Spanish.
- Little Brother Is Watching: Marco repeated Choni's racist comments about black people, in front of Cleveland, and many other people, making her look like an idiot in public.
- Missing Child: Cleveland babysat for him, and got him mixed up with another child. Worst of all, this was just after he got on good terms with Choni.
- National Animal Stereotypes: He likes chickens.Marco: Poyo!
- Satellite Character: Only serves significance, if Choni, and occasionally Rallo, is involved.
- Stop Being Stereotypical: Marco acts like a stereotypical Mexican, going to cock fights, singing Mexican songs, etc. Choni felt ashamed of this, as he acted this way, when trying to prove to Cleveland that his stereotypical viewers on Mexicans were wrong.
Gus the Bartender
The weird bartender of the The Broken Stool.
- Ambiguously Evil: Has some quite funny sociopathic moments, like robbing Vincent Price's corpse and using his leg skin in sandwiches, and threatening to kill Cleveland and his friends if they don't make the second bar they opened succeed.
- Ax-Crazy: He likes some disturbing things.
- The Bartender: The bartender/owner of The Broken Stool. He seems to be on good terms with Cleveland and his friends, giving them their drinks for free and calling Cleveland his "favorite patron". He doesn't pay his mortgage on the bar and learns quite a bit of bartending from Cleveland Jr..
- The Cameo: Gus makes a cameo in the Family Guy episode, "No Giggity, No Doubt", along with a ton of other characters from the ensemble cast of The Cleveland Show.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Can be this at times.Donna: Sorry, Gus. I don't have time for your weird shenanigans.Gus: Make time!
- Everything's Better with Llamas: In "A General Thanksgiving Episode", Gus had an extensive collection of llamas.Gus: I feed them garbage.
- Forehead of Doom: Has a giant forehead.
- I'm a Humanitarian: Steals meat off of corpses.
- Ink-Suit Actor: Modeled in appearance after VA David Lynch.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: This includes his iconic eyebrows.
- Older Than They Look: He is 117 years old.
- Wild Card: He is usually portrayed as just a soft-spoken quirky guy, but there are times he demonstrates how terrifying he can be.
Larry the Leopard, Jr.
- #1 Dime: One of the most precious things in Junior's life. So, if Junior's unhappy about something bad happening to Larry, you know he means business.
- Alliterative Name: Larry the Leopard.
- Companion Cube: To Junior.
- Creepy Doll: At the end of "Squirt's Honor", after Junior decapitated him, Larry reassembled, spun his head around, had red glowing eyes, and turned into a murderous, killing machine.Larry the Leopard: I'm gunna kill you, Cleveland Junior!
- Expy: Of Rupert the Bear from Family Guy.
- Although, he's intended to be loosely based on Hobbes from Calvin and Hobbes.
- Living Toys: Several gags revolve around him turning out to be real.
- Not-So-Imaginary Friend: It will always be jokes that Larry the Leopard is a real, living creature.
- The Voiceless: Obviously. Well, except for that gag at the end of "Squirt's Honor".
A wealthy, privileged, deep-rooted racist mother in Stoolbend, who's superiority has put her on Donna's blacklist.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: Fern uses her large amounts of money and her connections with friends in high places to create massive political movements, to advantage herself, and without considering the impact it would have on people of a lower class than herself.
- Disappeared Dad: She has two kids, but we've never seen her husband. Mr. Stapleton's only mention was in "BFF's", when she blurted out that a friend of her's stole her husband.
- Friendly Enemy: Donna took her to an art museum in "Here Comes the Bribe".
- Fun with Acronyms: Runs a charity called Caucasian Heroes Offering Dollars Everywhere.
- Holier Than Thou: Fern sees herself a superior to everyone else, because she's rich.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Fern is a tad racist against black people. As in, she secretly wishes they were slaves again.
- Rich Bitch: Her basic archetype.
Kenneth "Kenny" West
A famous teenage rapper, and paper-thin parody of Kanye West.
- Absurdly Youthful Father: He's only a 19 year old.
- Adam Westing: The parody of Kanye West is voiced by him.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: He has more money than he knows what to do with, and he uses it on himself and only himself. He lies to other people, who are lower down than him, and refuses to let them in, unless it's to temporarily help him become even more famous.
- Bad Job, Worse Uniform: His job at Fuddruck the Police.
- Battle Rapping: Did this with Junior in "Brotherly Love". Lost epicly.
- Cool Shades: Wears these.
- Disappeared Dad: Subverted. He knocked up a girl, she got pregnant, they had a baby, but he still stays by her side, and cares for their child.
- Friendly Enemy: To Cleveland and Junior.
- I Just Want to Be You: Completely took on the role of Cleveland Brown in "Harder, Better, Faster, Browner".
- Informed Deformity: Had a lazy eye in "Brotherly Love", that was never seen, because it was always being covered by his cool shades. However, it was clearly just meant to be a gag, as he was seen without glasses in future episodes, and his eyes were normal.
- It's All About Me: Anytime his celebrity status is in jeopardy, Cleveland always wishes to help or get involved in it, resulting in success. However, by the next time Kenny shows up, he fervently tries to forget Cleveland ever did anything for him and goes back to being a jerk to him.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Obviously meant to parody Kanye West. He's even voiced by him.
- Stealing the Credit: Did this for the song "Be-Cleve in Yourself".
- Teen Idol: He's 19 years old.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Kenny uses people to make himself famous, and then ditches them, once they've helped him reach the top, taking all the glory for what they did. Did this twice to Cleveland. Once in "Harder, Better, Faster, Browner", and again to in "Menace II: Secret Society". He also did this to Junior in the latter.
- Younger Than They Look: He looks like a full-grown adult, and he lives the life of one too, but he's only 19.
An elderly Jewish man and friend of Rallo.
- All Jews Are Cheapskates: Wrote a whole song about using cheap life hacks, to save a few pennies.
- Cool Old Guy: Wrote a rather vulgar but very catchy rap song for Rallo and his friends to perform on television.
- Dirty Old Man: Goes on top of the retirement home to watch women in a sorority house.
- And of course the whole "Peezy Weezy" song he sang to Rallo and his friends
- Worst of all, he was caught peeping on a bunch of college girls in one episode.
- Everybody's Dead, Dave: As a man Murray's age, it's no surprise that all his companions keep dying. Murray lives in a retirement home, where it's a running gag for the "Now Serving" sign to drop in numbers, during every establishing shot. He was seen visiting a dead friend in "Grave Danger", and everybody else in his entire rest home died in a fire in "Pins, Spins, & Fins".
- Grumpy Old Man: Murray acts very cold and closed off, during the Christmas season. This is because he is sickened by the lack of Hanukkah representation in media, as it leaves him with no way of getting into the holiday spirit.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Rallo.
- Jewish Complaining: Although most of his complaints are fairly justified, he tends to moan and complain a lot.
- Living is More Than Surviving: In his first appearance, he wants to escape his retirement home—saying "that farshtinkener place" is killing him, despite the treatment he receives there.Murray: Look, kid, you're too young to understand this, but living isn't just about life; it's quality of life.
- Never My Fault: With the exception of admitting to how he misunderstood Rallo and his holiday in "Murray Christmas", Murray often fails to admit, to his wrongdoings, even when he knows he fucked up.
- "Not So Different" Remark: With Rallo.Rallo: Come on, Murray. Let's go sit on a public park bench together, and watch people try to figure us out.
- Plot Immunity: In "Pins, Spins, & Fins", Stoolbend Rest Home burns down, and 88 of the seniors died. All except for Murray, who was miraculously the only survivor. Can't kill off a recurring character, can we?
- Senior Sleep Cycle: Fell asleep on the roof, waving his penis as police helicopters.
- When I Was Your Age...: And what stereotypical old man character would be complete, without constantly complaining about how things were better, when he was young, and how kids these days, don't know what they're missing?
The news reporter, who has some kind of lisp.
- Ambiguous Disorder: It's not clear, what kind of physical handicap he has, causing him to talk this way. Could be a stroke, could be cerebral palsy. We don't know. It was never explained.
- Catchphrase: "I'm Dwayne Meighan."
- Coincidental Broadcast: His news channel always comes on at just the right time, to cover the exact topic, the characters need to know, just to be a convenient plot device.
- Department of Redundancy Department: States things twice a lot.
- Expy: His shtick is similar to that of semi-recurring character, Floyd Wetherton's from Family Guy.
- Hypocrite: When Rallo called him, on his radio show, Dwayne repeatedly told him to turn his radio off when he called, even after he got the point and despite Rallo not even turning on his radio to begin with. However, later on in the phone call, Dwayne couldn't resist turning the radio on, himself, for no reason at all.
- Saying Sound Effects Out Loud: Generally does this when describing action packed incidents.
- Speech Impediment: Always talks like he's having a stroke.
- Strange-Syntax Speaker: His weird way of wording things, makes it complicated to understand what he's talking about.
- Why Do You Keep Changing Jobs?: Although he's generally a news reporter, he has been shown to also be on a sports-related radio talk show.
A large-framed, jovial goofball, with no friends, on account of his obnoxious overuse of lame puns and stupid jokes.
- Ax-Crazy: Went this in "Nightmare on Grace Street", in a direct reference to trope mascot, Johnny Torrance.Donny: Heeeeere's Donny!
- Butt-Monkey: As hilarious as he is, the best jokes revolving around Donny, are the ones, where he's the victim.
- The Dreaded: People hate him even coming into the room, since he's such a nuisance to be around.
- Evil All Along: Started off, as an innocent, but annoying comic relief character, but he went bat-shit insane in the Halloween episode, after being rejected one to many times, by Cleveland, the guy who he wanted to be friends with.
- Evil Laugh: His annoying laugh turned into this, when he became evil.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: If you can even call him a friend.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: His primary struggle in the series. He mainly pesters Cleveland for bro time, since he made the mistake of sitting at his table, after getting kicked out of The Guys group in "How Cleveland Got His Groove Back".
- Lame Pun Reaction: Almost always gets this reaction to all his jokes.
- Laughing at Your Own Jokes: Since nobody else will.
- One Steve Limit: Donny comes dangerously close to breaking this rule, since one of the main characters is Donna.
- Plucky Comic Relief: That's Donny, alright.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: He hates black people.
- Running Gag: In two of the parody episodes, the alternate version of Donny was shot dead, for making a stupid joke.
- Stealth Pun: Since he peppers his dialogue with so much puns, gags, and references, it's easy to miss one now and then.
- Strawman Political: When Donny turned out to be an evil, detestable character, they decided to cram in some racism into his character, just before his death, as his final words were "I HATE BLACK PEOPLEEEEEE!"Cleveland: Figures.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Donny died in "Nightmare on Grace Street", only his second appearance, after his debut in "How Cleveland Got in Groove Back". Judging by his prominence in the parody episodes, it can be assumed that he was supposed to be a longer lasting character.
An exuberant, preachy black priest, from the clergy of Stoolbend Community Church. Present at weddings, funerals, and sermons.
- Dramatic Reading: Does this for things that aren't even all that dramatic.
- Emphasize EVERYTHING: That's what he does, alright.
- The "Fun" in "Funeral": When he gives eulogies at funerals, they're always a riot.Reverend Jenkins: Loretta Brown, is someone, I did not know. But according to Wikipedia, a woman by that name won a Grammy award in 1989, for best-spoken word album. Another woman by that name, or possibly that same woman, served in the Australian parliament, between 1958 and 1964. CITATION NEEDED!
- Good Shepherd: A very kind-hearted soul, who helps people out the Christian way.
- High Priest: He is the leader of the Stoolbend Community Church, as mentioned in "The Men in Me".
- Magical Negro: Speaks in bible passages, to help people on their journeys.
- Vow of Celibacy: Took this to become a priest.
- Uncle Tomfoolery: His comedy is mainly derived from him being a loud, screaming black man.
Mayor Larry Box
The casually profane fucking mayor of Stoolbend.
- Censored for Comedy: Larry's dialogue is bleeped out on the DVD version of the show.
- Cluster Bleep-Bomb: This happens, when he gets mad.
- Friend to All Living Things: Mayor Larry Box is a bit of a fucking pussy, when it comes to animals. In "Turkey Pot Dick", he pardoned a fucking turkey for Thanksgiving, because animals are shitty people too.
- Hollywood Tourette's: Might have a case of this.
- Male Gaze: In "The Fucking Hurricane", Mayor Larry Box was caught eyeballing a hot bitch's ass, on live fucking television.
- N-Word Privileges: Doesn't care. He's the fucking mayor, and he's going to be interacting with Cleveland and his family members a lot on the goddamn show, so you'd better get ready to fucking hear this.
- Odd Friendship: This motherfucker attended the funeral for Junior's fucking refrigerator, Perry. The only goddamned reason in hell, he would do this, is if he had some kind of dildolicking friendship with that cunt.
- One Steve Limit: There's already a fucking character named "Larry" in this shitty show, you cocksucking bitch. And that homosexual dickface is none other than Larry the cuntkissing leopard, himself, motherfucker.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Better look good enough to fuck with the lights on, if you're gunna be the piss shitting mayor of Stoolbend, bitch.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: Most characters swear in seldom, and when they do, it's always lower tier words like "Damn" or "Hell", but Mayor Larry Box is known for dropping F-bombs and S-bombs at least two or three times, during all his sentences.
- This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: Has done this a few times.
- Badass Arm-Fold: His standard position.
- The Big Guy: Very large framed and muscular.
- Bouncer: He works as a bouncer.
- Not on the List: Usually the problem, when people face him.
- The Omnipresent: He's standing outside of every club in Stoolbend.
- Perpetual Frowner: Eddie never smiles.
- The Stoic: Always carries the same, expressionless face.
- Why Do You Keep Changing Jobs?: Works as a bodyguard, at every place that required one.
The Brown-Tubbs' family lawyer.
- Deus ex Machina: Helps The Brown-Tubbs Family out of a legal jam, by doing some lawyer nonsense.
- Evil Lawyer Joke: Subverted. Since Len Stein is on their side, he serves as the hero to the family.
- Flat Character: Has little to no role in any of the episodes, and is rarely given development. Whenever he's the central focus of anything, he's mostly just playing off of Jewish stereotypes or lawyer stereotypes.
- Greedy Jew: Must be a bit of this, as he's become a lawyer, who is all about suing people.
- He Who Must Not Be Seen: Len Stein tends to make "mentioned only" appearances, more than he does on screen appearances. Usually, he's just being talked to on the phone, whereas his voice can't be heard.
- Jews Love to Argue: That's why he became a lawyer.
- Law Procedural: That's what he's all about.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Len Stein is a paper-thin parody on Jewish lawyer, Ben Stein.
- Token Minority: He's Jewish, and the show won't let you forget that.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Bagels.
Donna's single friend, from after Robert dumped her and before she met Cleveland.
- Aerith and Bob: The Aerith to Donna's Bob.
- Blatant Lies: Donna tells her, that she's not married, in order to maintain her friendship with her.
- Confirmed Bachelor: She is single, and she wants to stay that way.
- Demoted to Extra: Given the context of her friendship with Donna, it's very complicated to make her appear for long periods of time, without knowing about Cleveland. Therefore, whenever Donna hangs out with friends, they're usually Arianna, Kendra, and Fern, while Yvette is always being forgotten about.
- Does Not Like Men: Loves being single, hanging out with female friends, and doesn't need no man.
- Glory Days: Donna hangs out with her, because she reminds her of this, and makes her feel like she's reliving them for a a moment.
- Growing Up Sucks: Clings on to her twenties, by partying, drinking, and going wild every night. Refuses to accept adulthood, by marrying a man, when the fact of the matter is that at this point, she's most likely in her forties, assuming she's in the same age range as Donna.
- Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Her basic archetype.
- Kaleidoscope Hair: Yvette is a black woman with orange hair.
- Old Friend: Before "Ladies' Night", Donna hadn't seen her, since she married Cleveland.
A large breasted woman, who works as a grocery store cashier.
- Beauty Mark: It's hard to notice, but she has a cute little beauty mark on her face.
- Best Known for the Fanservice: In-universe example; receives mentions by other characters in more episodes than she appears, each of which relates to her being attractive and busty.
- Dumb Blonde: Not the sharpest tool in the shed.
- Gag Boobs: Her main character trait is that she has big, bouncy boobs.
- Gainaxing: Though it's mostly caused by other characters, some of this happens on its own in "Of Lice and Men".
- Lust Object: Every male character thinks she's hot.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Known as "Big-Boob June", even by the main characters' wives.
- Vocal Dissonance: Only speaks in "Of Lice and Men", where she has a deep voice.
Holt's disapproving father, and a tough-as-nails military general.
- The Cameo: General Richter makes a cameo in the Family Guy episode, "No Giggity, No Doubt", along with a ton of other characters from the ensemble cast of The Cleveland Show.
- Daddy Issues: Holt has these with him.Holt: Die daddy die! Die daddy die! [starts crying] Die daddy di-hi-hi-hi-hie!Tim: Uh, way to go, Holt. Not creeping me out at all.
- Disappeared Dad: For the first three seasons, until he finally appeared in "A General Thanksgiving Episode", when Rallo invited him to Holt's house, without asking Holt first. Since then, he's been appearing regularly.
- General Ripper: Their names even sound alike.
- Hypocrite: He's a tough jackass who can't stop belitthing people under his status, often calling them all maggots. But once he is called a maggot himself, he's mortified and sadly retorts he is a human being.
- I Have No Son!: General Richter is very unhappy with the fact that his son is a diminutive (because he must be at least 5 feet tall to be allowed to be a soldier) and claims that he will never live to be the toughened war-worthy soldier he's always wanted him to be.
- Ignored Aesop: At the end of "A General Thanksgiving Episode", Holt proved that he can be a competent war hero, despite his stature, but General Richter completely ignored this.
Angus & Gordy
- Voiced by: Alex Sulkin (Angus), John Veiner (Gordy)
Two sports announcers who provide comedic narration of every sports event in Stoolbend.
Maria Conchita Gonzalez Ramirez
Holt's overbearing, smothering nanny, who still treats him like a child. (Only appeared in a deleted scene from "You're the Best Man, Cleveland Brown".
- '50s Hair: Maria Conchita Gonzalez Ramirez wears an Elizabeth Taylor.
- Affectionate Nickname: Refers to Holt as "Holtito".
- Beauty Mark: She has one on her cheek.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: It's likely she was intended to be a recurring character but due to her scenes from her debut episode getting cut, she never made it past the first season, or to the first season for that matter.
- Cultural Stereotypes: Acts like a stereotypical Puerto Rican housekeeping lady.
- Expy: A dead-on clone of Consuela from Family Guy with only a few cursory changes in appearance and personality.
- Funny Foreigner: The funny Puerto Rican lady.
- Gratuitous Spanish: Constantly repeats the things she says in Spanish for no reason.
- Hartman Hips: She has these.
- Ms. Fanservice: Basically a younger, skinnier, and arguably hotter version of Consuela.
- Then of course, there's the way she shoved Holt's face into her boobs.
- Noodle Incident: There was an incident where Tim used here to cheat on Arianna, which was never seen.
- Overly Long Name: Has four names and is only referred to by all four of them.
- Team Mom: As if his real mom wasn't enough, Maria Conchita Gonzalez Ramirez is an even more smothering, in-your-face maternal figure to Holt Richter, who just won't leave him alone.Maria Conchita Gonzalez Ramirez: No, chocolaté! Tu barriga engordará.
- The Thing That Would Not Leave: Much like Consuela, Maria Conchita Gonzalez Ramirez is always getting all up in Holt's business and annoying him to no end, refusing to leave him alone.
Running Gag Characters
A magical talking walrus, that comes to the rescue, when Cleveland and his friends are in a pinch.
- An Aesop: When he saves people, he gives them some words of wisdom, to help them avoid getting into that situation again.
- Funny Animal: A completely goofy walrus creature.
- Deus ex Machina: Solves problems in an unexplained way, whenever there's no logical way to escape the conflict.
- Everything's Better with Rainbows: Leaves behind a trail of rainbows, when he flies.
- Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Only wears a top hat.
- Phrase Catcher: "Thanks, Mr. Flippers."
- Running Gag: He is a complete joke, who appears for comedic purposes only.
- Talking Animal: He is a talking walrus.
Pete the Janitor
An overworked, underpaid janitor, who apologizes for other people's wrongdoings.
- Apologizes a Lot: Sure does, and he's never actually done anything wrong.
- Art Shift: After his first appearance in "The Blue, The Gray, and The Brown", his appearance was completely revamped.
- Butt-Monkey: Gets a lot of crap, for doing nothing, but his job.
- Catchphrase: "Sorry, sorry." and occasionally, he adds "My fault."
- Early Installment Weirdness: In "The Blue, The Gray, and The Brown", he looked completely different.
- Human Hammer-Throw: In "Die Semi-Hard", Cleveland threw him off a building, so he would crash into Junior's police car, just to get the latter's attention. He died in the process, but that didn't matter.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Also known, in the fandom, as "Apologetic Janitor".
- They Killed Kenny Again: In both of the parodies he appeared in, he died.
Daryl Hall Angel and John Oates Devil
- An Aesop: Hall Angel gives these to Cleveland.
- Anti-Advice: Cleveland gets this from Oates Devil.
- As Himself: They're both voiced by the real Hall and Oates.
- The Conscience: Hall Angel is this to Cleveland.
- Good Angel, Bad Angel: Daryll Hall is the angel and John Oates is the devil.
- Good Colors, Evil Colors: Angel Hall wears the purest of sky blue, while Devil Oates wears a sinister, blood red.
- Good Wings, Evil Wings: Angel Hall has angel wings, and Devil Oates has demon wings.
- Holy Halo: Angel Hall has this.
- Like an Old Married Couple: That's how these two argue.
- Running Gag: These two will occasionally appear for comedic effect.
- Those Two Guys: A pair of forgettable side characters, with contrasting personalities. Hall and Oates have a respective Good/Bad chemistry with each other.
Two Guys From the University of Delaware
Two college students who watch The Cleveland Show from the other side of the fourth wall.
- Audience Surrogate: These two criticize the show, the way a savvy TV watcher would.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Their appearances do this.
- Conversational Troping: The two do this.
- Running Gag: Their appearances are this.
- Seinfeldian Conversation: They have these.
- Self-Deprecation: These two are used as a device for the show to criticize its use of tropes.
- The Stoner: It's presumed, they both smoke marijuana.
- Those Two Guys: They epitomize this trope.
An offscreen stagehand, who usually hands in-series characters objects they need.
- Behind the Black: Freddy is meant to be portrayed as a behind-the-scenes worker, who will occasionally stand just offscreen and then stick his hand into the frame to hand actors important objects.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Every time he appears, it's considered a fourth wall joke, since Freddy technically doesn't exist inside the universe of The Cleveland Show.
- He Who Must Not Be Seen: Freddy's full body is never shown. Only his hand.
- Phrase Catcher: "Thank you, Freddy."
- Running Gag: His appearances are this.