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Wallace

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Voiced by: Peter Sallis; Ben Whitehead (Grand Adventures and TV spots)
  • Absent-Minded Professor: He's an inventor who's as eccentric as he is brilliant.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: When it turns out Wendolene is allergic to cheese, they go their seperate ways. In Grand Adventures, he shows no romantic feelings for Felicity Flitt even when she starts developing interest in him in Episode 3, and he's rather shocked when he accidentally proposed to her and spends much of Episode 4 trying to undo this. He's shown to be quite relieved when Flitt gets back with Duncan McBiscuit in the end.
  • Anti-Hero: As the Were-Rabbit.
  • Bald of Awesome: He has no hair and his inventions can be pretty impressive.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Wallace is indeed a great inventor, but many of his inventions are usually designed to make everyday tasks easier for him.
  • Bungling Inventor: Most of his inventions backfire on him.
  • Butt-Monkey: Frequently gets hurt by his own inventions.
  • Catchphrase:
    • "CheeeeEEEEeeeeeeeese!" (with Wallace's trademark excited hands).
    • Also, once things inevitably fall apart, Wallace's "GROMIT! HELP! DO SOMETHING!," or the less emphatic "Gromit! Do something, lad!" There's no ceiling on how many times Wallace will say this in a single episode.
    • "It's all right, Gromit! Everything's under control!"
  • Character Tic: Often waves his fists whenever he's excited.
  • Complexity Addiction: He'll never do anything in one step if he can do it in (at least) a dozen. Take, for example, the Epic Launch Sequence in A Close Shave, where it takes an intricate series of steps for him to get dressed for work and on his motorcycle and sidecar while Gromit simply walks through the door to the garage.
  • Ditzy Genius: He's undeniably smart, but he lacks common sense.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: Despite Ship Tease with three female characters in three different stories, Wallace has never gotten together with anyone.
  • Disney Death: As the Were-Rabbit.
  • Does Not Like Spam: Despite his love for cheese, Wallace does not like American Cheese.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Zigzagged. Wallace is without a doubt a brilliant mind and has plenty of contraptions to prove it. However, there have been instances where some of his designs have come out imperfect.
  • Genius Ditz: He's a terrific inventor, but a bit slow to pick up on some things that are more obvious to others.
  • Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow: According to Curse Of the Were-Rabbit, he had a full head of long hair when Gromit was a puppy. He lost it by the time Gromit finished college.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Gromit - they're hardly ever seen apart and always have each others' backs.
  • Identical Grandson: To Witlace in Grand Adventures.
  • It's All About Me: A minor version of this trope. A reoccurring theme in the Wallace & Gromit shorts, and the movie, is that Wallace is often so wrapped up in his inventing that he doesn't notice how his actions upset (or outright harm) Gromit. Wallace is just too clueless to realize.
  • Jerkass Ball: Wallace can be stubborn or selfish on occasions but they are all inadvertent and unintentional.
  • Limited Wardrobe: He usually wears a white shirt, brown wool trousers, a green knitted pullover, and a red tie.
  • Love at First Sight: He has this for almost every Love Interest he's ever had.
  • Mad Scientist: A heroic example. Wallace's inventions range from malfunctioning Rube Goldberg-esque devices to clever and groundbreaking gadgets — which also have a tendency to malfunction. Notably, he seems more competent in the feature film than in most of the shorts.
  • Meaningful Name: Wallace can be diminutised as "Wally", a slang term for a naïve or foolish person.
  • New Job as the Plot Demands: A window-cleaner in A Close Shave, and a baker in A Matter of Loaf and Death. In Curse Of the Were-Rabbit, a humane pest-control business. In the Grand Adventures games, a beekeeper, runner of an indoor holiday resort, ice-cream vendor and detective.
  • Nice Guy: Perhaps the friendliest and most mild-mannered version of the Mad Scientist trope out there!
  • Non-Action Guy: Compared to Gromit, who usually has to be the one to pull Wallace out of a tight spot.
  • Oh, Crap!: Has this reaction a lot, especially when his inventions go haywire. Most notably when he realizes he's the Were-Rabbit.
  • Our Werebeasts Are Different: When he turns into the Were-Rabbit.
  • Pungeon Master: Makes puns frequently.
  • Science Hero: More often then not turns to science for any given problem.
  • Too Dumb to Live: More and more after each short, though he did find out Piella was a serial killer when Gromit shows him the bomb in A Matter of Loaf of Death.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Cheese, particularly Wensleydale, is Wallace's favorite, which he always has with crackers. Also, his breakfast of choice seems to be jam on toast.
  • Undying Loyalty: After Gromit is framed for sheep rustling and awaiting life imprisonment, Wallace wastes little time concocting a breakout. He also tries to save Gromit when he gets captured by Monty Muzzle.

Gromit

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  • Ace Pilot: As seen in "A Close Shave" and The Curse of The Were-Rabbit in a Shout-Out to Snoopy.
  • Action Pet: He could technically be considered Wallace's pet and does a lot more traditionally heroic things than his master.
  • Badass Adorable: He isn't just a loyal dog, he's so fiercely loyal that it'll take a lot to take him down. He's also quite cute, as can be seen in his interactions with Fluffles in "A Matter of Loaf and Death".
  • Beleaguered Assistant: He tends to wind up on the wrong end of some of the things Wallace instigates.
  • Big Ol' Unibrow: Gromit never speaks, so this is the only way you know what he's feeling. It's really incredible, the emotion you can wring out of an artfully-squashed bit of plasticine...
  • Bookworm: He seems to have a significant interest in encyclopaedic, classical and philosophical literature. In addition to Electronics for Dogs, his bookshelves feature titles such as Kites, Sticks, Sheep, Penguins, Rockets, Bones, and Stars, while he is seen reading The Republic and Crime and Punishment.
  • Butt-Monkey: Misfortunes happen to Gromit a lot, especially in "The Wrong Trousers".
  • Canine Companion: To Wallace, although he's the brains of the operation.
  • Civilized Animal: He's usually depicted as walking upright, and is capable of creating and operating complex machinery. Generally he's shown to be significantly more shrewd and sensible than his master. However, despite all of this, everyone treats him the same as you treat any dog. He has both a room in the house and a kennel in the yard, and walks on two or four legs as the plot requires. He's also been shown to eat from a dog dish or at a human table on different occasions.
    • The Aardman book "Creating 3-D Animation" revealed that Gromit actually has two different armatures to make this work—one for when he's walking on fours, and another for when he's bipedal.
  • Cloud Cuckoolanders Minder: He spends a lot of time rescuing Wallace from his own predicaments.
  • Deadpan Snarker: While Gromit is usually a Silent Snarker, the duo's mutual diary - published as the Cheese Lover's Yearbook - has little typewritten notes expressing Gromit's reaction to whatever is happening. After the entries for "A Close Shave":
    Wallace: Relieved to have come out of this in one piece.
    Gromit: Instead of several hundred, like Preston. - G
  • Death Glare: Can bust out a remarkably mean scowl whenever the situation calls for it. It can most often be seen in The Wrong Trousers whenever he's in the vicinity of Feathers McGraw.
  • The Engineer: Often has to build and use the inventions that Wallace dreams up.
  • Even the Dog Is Ashamed: This is his constant reaction to Wallace's antics, usually either a Face Palm or a Disapproving Look.
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: He's quick to notice that something's not right with Feathers McGraw, Preston and Piella Bakewell.
  • Expressive Ears: His second most-expressive feature.
  • Four Legs Good, Two Legs Better: Zig-Zagged. Gromit tends to alternate between walking on his hind legs, and walking on all fours.
  • Heroic Dog: Loyal, brave and determined, he usually ends up saving the day.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Wallace - they're hardly ever seen apart and always have each others' backs.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: He is Wallace's assistant and is responsible for at least some of the daily work of running the household, helping with Wallace's inventions, and pulling Wallace's fat out of the fire. In Project Zoo, he's even the main playable character.
  • Identical Grandson: To Gimlet in Grand Adventures.
  • Intellectual Animal: He's much smarter than his bungling owner, having graduated from "Dogwarts University" with a double first in Engineering for Dogs.
  • In Touch with His Feminine Side: He's a very sensitive individual who isn't afraid to cry when things really get bad, and has a love for knitting.
  • The Jeeves: He acts as Wallace's valet, ready to do his master's bidding at the touch of a button: "Slippers, Breakfast, Newspaper, Walkies." Like every good Jeeves, though, his real job is to keep his Cloud Cuckoolander boss out of harm's way.
    • Also Jeeves-like are his highly expressive eyebrows.
  • Meaningful Name: A grommet is a rubber ring used to seal the edge of a hole, to stop it chafing the insulation of wires passed through the hole.
  • Nice Guy: While snarky, he's still good-hearted and eternally loyal as well as protective towards Wallace.
  • No Mouth: Most likely the reason why he's The Speechless.
  • Player Character: Project Zoo's
  • Only Sane Man: Unlike Wallace, Gromit is fully aware of the situation at hand and has to take it upon himself to come out on top.
  • Silent Partner: He is Wallace's fellow worker and never speaks.
  • Silent Snarker: The Trope Codifier and current page image. Being wordless doesn't mean he can't convey sarcasm.
  • Speech-Impaired Animal: He's completely mute, but his non-verbal expressiveness qualifies him for this trope.
  • The Speechless: He never speaks, save for the occasional yelp. But that's not to say he's inexpressive.
  • Straight Man: He's much more grounded and sensible than Wallace.
  • Undying Loyalty: Even upon the discovery of Wallace being the Were-Rabbit, Gromit is fiercely loyal to his master.
    Victor Quartermaine: Your loyalty is moving; sadly, you won't be.

     Film Characters 

The Wrong Trousers

Feathers McGraw

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  • Everything's Better with Penguins: Subverted, as he's a villain despite being a penguin.
  • Evil Is Petty: Gets on Gromit's bad side and drives a wedge between him and Wallace all because he wanted him out of the way.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Gromit. Both of them are Intellectual Animals who never say a word. However, Gromit is unshakably loyal to Wallace, while Feathers only befriends Wallace as a means of getting rid of Gromit and using Wallace as a means of stealing a priceless diamond.
  • Evil Genius: Not only is he very manipulative and cunning, but he is skilled in engineering as he tampers with the robot trousers, too.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He is very polite towards Wallace and gives him an extra hand. But he only does this to gain his confidence and eventually use him in his heist plan.
  • Intellectual Animal: Besides modifying the controls of the Techno Trousers, he created his own wide variety of complex inventions as seen in Project Zoo.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: What better place to put a criminal penguin than the Zoo?
  • Manipulative Bastard: He gains Wallace's confidence, drives Gromit out of the house and then uses Wallace as a pawn in his robbery scheme.
  • Silent Antagonist: He never says a word and is the main villain of The Wrong Trousers and Project Zoo.
  • The Stoic: His lack of facial expressions is quite unnerving. If it wasn't for the sinister music playing whenever he's scheming, you'd think he was just a random anthropomorphic penguin.
  • The Voiceless: Feathers does not speak.
  • Would Hurt a Child: In Project Zoo, he threatens the lives of baby zoo animals in order to force their parents into working for him.

A Close Shave

Wendolene Ramsbottom

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Voiced by: Anne Reid

  • Adaptational Villainy: In the comic The Curse of the Ramsbottoms, she's aware of her fiancé Rhett's activities, and when she catches Wallace and Gromit snooping around Rhett's secret study, she throws them out of her house. To add insult to injury, she announces that after she marries Rhett, she and him will run a beauty company that will run Wallace's favorite cheese company out of business for life. This is Wendolene's only role where she acts as a mean-spirited jerkass.
  • Girl of the Week : She's Wallace's love interest for the short.
  • Guilt-Ridden Accomplice: She goes along with Preston's plot, but doesn't like the lengths to which he carries it.
  • Ship Sinking: While she and Wallace certainly have plenty of Ship Tease, they ultimately can't be together due to her being allergic to cheese.

Preston the Bulldog

  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Preston was meant to be a good robot dog that according to Wendolene suddenly became evil.
  • Big Bad: Of A Close Shave.
  • Heel–Face Turn: At the end, where he's back to normal after being rebuilt.
  • Kubrick Stare: Gives one while chasing Wallace and Gromit after ramming the back of their motorcycle.

Shaun the Sheep

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  • Adaptation Personality Change: A perpetually eating Genius Ditz in the Wallace & Gromit series. An anthropomorphised Loveable Rogue in his own series.
  • Anthropomorphic Shift: While having some moments of brilliance, Shaun was more a standard destructive animal in A Close Shave. When branched out into his own show, Shaun evolved into a level of human-like intelligence almost on par with Gromit, was granted a more expressive personality and became far more liable to walk on his hind legs.
  • Breakout Character: Was a hit in the merchandise front of the franchise, ultimately leading him to get his own series.
  • The Cameo: Made one more Wallace and Gromit appearance in the "Shopper 13" instalment of Cracking Contraptions before emigrating to his own show.
  • Intellectual Animal: A mild case in Wallace & Gromit, a full on example in his own series.
  • Loveable Rogue: In his own series.
  • Punny Name: Shaun rhymes with "shorn" (as in "sheared") in non-rhotic varieties of English.
  • Silent Snarker: Like Gromit, he has his moments of conveying sarcasm.
  • The Speechless: Although he does bleat quite frequently.

The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

Lady Campanula Tottington

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Lord Victor Quartermaine

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Voiced by: Ralph Fiennes
  • Bald of Evil: Victor wears a toupee to cover his baldness and is the antagonist of the film.
    • Quartermaine is also the second bald villain that Fiennes would portray as he would also play Lord Voldemort since The Goblet of Fire.
  • Big Bad: Of The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.
  • Butt-Monkey: Nothing ever goes right for Victor Quartermaine, especially during the climax. Aside from failing to poach the Were-Rabbit, he also gets sprayed in the face with weed killer, knocked into a cotton candy machine, and finally stuffed into a Were-Rabbit suit before getting chased away by an angry mob.
  • Egomaniac Hunter: He relishes the rabbit problem Lady Tottington has, as it gives him a chance to stretch his hunting skills and hopefully impress her. The Were-Rabbit is just gasoline on his flame.
  • Evil Poacher: He prefers traditional manners in dealing with Pest Control, and is the main antagonist of the film.
  • Expy: He's a well-respected Egomaniac Hunter who is in a love triangle with the two romantic leads. Essentially, he's the Aardman version of Gaston.
  • Gold Digger: Victor's already a rich nobleman, but he was wooing Lady Tottington solely for her money.
  • It's Personal: Discovering the Were Rabbit is Wallace, who has been gaining Lady Tottington's affections, only makes him even more vehement about blowing its brains out.
  • Jerkass: He's extremely snobby and stuffy, never passes any opportunity to mock Wallace, particularly for his humane pest control methods, and doesn't hesitate to try and kill the Were-Rabbit when he realises it's actually Wallace.
  • Large Ham: On top of being arrogant and opinionated, he has an extremely pompous manner of speech.
  • Only Sane Man: Surprisingly. He's definitely hammy and an asshole, but he's not stupid.
  • Pet the Dog: Treats his pet dog Philip well. He averts it however, when it comes to Gromit.
  • Sore Loser: Seeing Wallace engaging in friendly conversation with Lady Tottington displeases him to say the least. What does he do in response? Create a road block and challenge Wallace to a fist fight.
  • The Rival: He and Wallace are both interested in Lady Tottington, although for different reasons.
  • Uncertain Doom: The last we ever see of Quartermaine is him being chased away by an angry mob. It's unclear whether he was chased out of town or worse.

Hutch

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Voiced by: Peter Sallis

  • Continuity Nod: An odd case in that pretty much every single line of dialogue spoken by him is a quote taken either from earlier in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, or from one of the three shorts preceding it.
  • Helium Speech: His voice is really Wallace's in higher pitch.
  • Talkative Loon: His lines of dialogue are just quotes that Wallace has said at some point in his life with no bearing on what's going on.
  • Uplifted Animal: He used to be a normal rabbit before Wallace accidentally transmitted his brainwaves into him, turning Hutch into a mini-Wallace.

A Matter of Loaf and Death

Piella Bakewell

Voiced by: Sally Lindsay
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  • Bad People Abuse Animals: She's routinely cruel to her dog Fluffles, giving her a few not-too-gentle kicks, verbally tearing her down and outright trying to kill her in the climax. She's not particularly nice to Gromit either, trying to trap him in her house so he has to watch Wallace being blown up.
  • Berserk Button: Wallace mentions her "ballooning".
  • Cruella to Animals: Is heavily implied to be abusive to Fluffles.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: She lost her job as the Bake-o-Lite bakery spokeswoman when she became too heavy to use the balloon featured in all their commercials. Because of this, she decides to murder a baker's dozen worth of bakers to punish all bakers for producing the rich foods that she got fat eating.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: Being eaten alive by crocodiles at the zoo, after she weighs down the balloon on which she's attempting to escape. Thankfully Gory Discretion Shot is in play.
  • Fat Comic Relief: Though one of the darkest villains in the series, they still manage to make a fair amount of humor concerning her weight problem.
  • Formerly Fit: Used to be a lean and skinny woman. However, her binging in bread made her overweight.
  • Hurricane of Puns: She makes many, incredibly unsubtle jokes on how she's going to murder Wallace.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: Before she gained a lot of weight.
  • Jerkass: Is very cruel towards her dog Fluffles and even frames Gromit for biting when he finds out that she's a Serial Killer.
  • Kick the Dog: She literally kicks her dog Fluffles, although in such a way that it could be interpreted as a hard nudge.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Few of her qualities are played for laughs, and unlike most of the villains, has succeeded at murdering innocent people.
  • Never My Fault: Considers her weight problems to be the fault of bakers for producing fattening treats rather than herself for eating too many of them. Seems to be subverted though, as it was part of her job to do said promotions that ruined her body (and mind).
  • Sanity Slippage: Her eyes are twitching and she pulls some horrid faces as she exacts her revenge plan to have a "baker's dozen", but Wallace telling her the balloon won't support her really makes her lose whatever marbles she had left. A Karmic Death follows.
  • Serial Killer: She was responsible for the deaths of twelve bakers, all for a petty reason, no less.
  • The Sociopath: Her revenge is as petty as they come, she has absolutely zero remorse for her killing spree, and even her pet dog is just a tool that she could care less about.
  • Start of Darkness: Piella being forced to do all those promotional stunts with bakers and their confections, utterly destroyed her figure. Her treasured career followed soon after. Now she lives only to exact vengeance on all bakers.
  • Stout Strength: She's shown to be strong enough to push back against a forklift.
  • White-Dwarf Starlet: Wallace recognizes her as the spokeswoman for Bake-O-Lite Bread, but she was fired as the "Bake-O-Lite Girl" when she became too heavy to fly the balloon they used in advertising.
  • Winged Soul Flies Off at Death: At the end, Wallace sees (or imagines) Piella in her prime flying in the balloon to the heavens. As he put it, she'll always be the Bake-o-Lite Girl to him.

Fluffles

Voiced by: Melissa Collier
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  • Actually Pretty Funny: She giggles at Gromit's taste in music.
  • Break the Cutie: Fluffles comes pre-broken, evident from the trembling. Though she eventually overcomes it.
  • Broken Bird: Piella's mad schemes and abuse have reduced her to this at the beginning of the short-film. She gradually gets better.
  • Civilized Animal: Fluffles is capable like Gromit, though she's generally shown on all fours for much of the film. Notably, her moments of bipedalism happen either out of the sight of her abusive master, or at the film's end when she finally stands up to her and remains bipedal for the rest of the film.
  • Cute Mute: Like Gromit, she never speaks (though she makes more sounds, like whimpering). She's also quite adorable.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Fluffles, the mistreated poodle belonging to the 'Cereal Killer', not only bites back but then proceeds to take the killer on with a fork lift truck.
  • Guilt-Ridden Accomplice: As her time onscreen goes on, it becomes obvious that she doesn't like the role she's forced to play in Piella's scheme.
  • Nice Girl: Fluffles is very timid but kind. Gromit ends up falling in love with her when she returns his possessions (by picking them out of the trash no less) when Piella throws them away.
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     Grand Adventures characters 

Felicity Flitt

Major Crum

  • Cloudcuckoolander: He frequently believes he's in a war.
  • The Cloudcuckoolander Was Right: The town really was attacked... just not in the way anyone expected.
  • Multiple-Choice Past: He also seems to have difficulty remembering what branch of the military he was in from chapter to chapter. In the first chapter he claims to have been in the artillery, but in the third he claims to have been in the RAF.

Constable Dibbins

  • Hidden Depths: Knows the legendary Ganges' Grip. Wallace even mentions the trope by name when he learned this.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He locks up anyone (and anything) that he considers to violate the law, and the main plot of The Bogey Man involves him trying to close the local country club mostly because he wasn't invited to it. However, he still an officer of the law and wants what's best for the town.
  • Serious Business: The Constable tends to take his police work seriously.

Mr. Paneer

Voiced by: Peter Marinker
  • Butt-Monkey: No matter what kind of crazy plot Wallace and Gromit are caught up in, it always ends up inconveniencing him somehow. He lampshades this in the final episode.
  • Captain Ersatz: He seems to be W&G's version of Apu from The Simpsons.
  • Meaningful Name: "Paneer" is Hindi for "cheese".

Duncan McBiscuit

Monty Muzzle

  • Alliterative Name: Monty Muzzle.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He opens up a fundraiser on the claims of rebuilding a dog shelter. It's actually a scam to swindle money out of the townsfolk and using actual strays as labor for the rides.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Has fond memories of eating Fish N Chips at his mum's shop growing up.
  • Kick the Dog: Monty kidnaps strays dogs to move his ride the Muzzler. Some of his dialogue implies that a couple of dogs died because of this.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: He lands in jail, and the only thing keeping him company are the two mean dogs from the previous episode.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Fish N Chips. Making a deep-fried potato pie topped with fish-flavored ice cream is key to a puzzle

Mr. Gabberly

  • Jerkass: He is very abrasive to everyone and proud of it.
  • The Unseen: He's only ever a voice coming out of the window of his flat. Even when he's supposed to be minding Mrs. Gabberly's news stand, he just yells down to the customers.

Alternative Title(s): The Curse Of The Were Rabbit

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