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The main character and unofficial leader; he is best known for his incredible bravery and the screwdriver he always carries in his diaper.
Voiced by E.G. Daily in the main series and Tami Holbrook in the unaired pilot.
Tropes Associated With Tommy:
- The Ace
- Badass Adorable
- Big Brother Instinct: Towards Dil.
- Bald of Awesome
- Catch Phrase: "A baby's gotta do, what a baby's gotta do" and after the movie, "Hang on to your diapies, babies".
- Characterization Marches On: In the earliest episodes, Tommy was a regular baby with no distinguishable personality--an infant version of The Everyman or The Standardized Leader. Later Tommy begins to develop a stronger personality, becoming a brave Determinator who loves adventure. It can be pretty strange to see Tommy being relatively quiet and cautious in his solo adventures. E.G Daily herself even mentions that Tommy was more baby-like and tiny in the earlier episodes, but as time went by, he got alot more mature and wiser in the show's 10th anniversary special documentary.
- Determinator: One of the youngest ones you'll find in fiction.
- The Hero
- Heroes Love Dogs: Spike is is best non-human friend, and when the pooch goes missing in two separate episodes he's heartbroken.
- Informed Judaism: Averted for a change; in addition to the token Hanukkah special, his family also celebrates Passover.
- Also, Boris and Minka are all the proof you need.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: As seen in the unaired pilot.
- Only Child Syndrome: Until the first movie that is.
- Plucky Boy
- Premature Baby Panic: The Mother's Day episode revealed that he was a preemie, since his first memory of Didi is her reaching through the incubator to hold his hand.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Manly Man to Chuckie's Sensitive Guy.
- Vocal Evolution: In the first episodes, Tommy had a very raspy, quiet voice, and sounds downright feminine in the pilot.
- Write Who You Know: Tommy was based on Arlene Klasky and Gábor Csupó's son, and was named after co-creator Paul Germain's son, Thomas.
In addition to his uncontrollable red hair, big glasses and bucked teeth, Chuckie is easily distinguished from his friends by his dislike of adventure and irrational fear of particular objects, most notably the "guy on the oatmeal box" (the Quaker Oats logo).
Tropes Associated With Chuckie:
- The Big Guy
- Big No: His first word in Rugrats In Paris!
- Blind Without'Em
- Butt Monkey: To the extreme.
- Catch Phrase: "I Don't Think That's Such a Good Idea..."
- "We're doomed! Doomed, I tell ya!"
- Cowardly Lion: Anytime his friends are in serious danger. Granted, at times he may hesitate, but in the end he won't sit idly by and let them get hurt.
- Cowardly Sidekick
- Didn't Want an Adventure
- Face Your Fears: Several of his spotlight episodes deal with this.
- Flanderization: Originally, Chuckie was the voice of reason among his friends, being the only one with any idea/worry of how dangerous many of the thing they were doing were. However, starting with the second season, Chuckie's sense of caution was exaggerated to the point where he is so cowardly that he's scared of the guy on the oatmeal box.
- Genre Savvy
- I Just Had To Say It: In "Stu Gets a Job", after accidentally giving Tommy an idea he said "When am I ever gonna learn to keep my big mouth shut?"
- In another episode, he said "I did it again."
- In another, his friends look at him after saying something, he sighs and says "I'll get the screwdriver."
- Lovable Coward: Probably his defining characteristic.
- Missing Mom: HUGE Tear Jerker.
- Morality Chain: Episodes like "Rebel Without a Teddy Bear", "The Gold Rush" and "Chuckie's Wonderful Life" strongly hint that Chuckie is this to the other babies.
- Nice Guy
- Only Child Syndrome: Until the second movie, that is.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Sensitive Guy to Tommy's Manly Man.
- Survival Mantra: "I'm a big brave dog, I'm a big brave dog..."
Phil and Lil DeVille
Half-Identical Twins who are alike in every possible way, and even dressed to match. They represent the stage of infancy where babies are forever curious and try to eat and drink anything they can reach. Best known for their love of filth.
Both voiced by Kath Soucie
Tropes Associated With Phil and Lil:
- The Lancer & The Smart Guy
- Extreme Omnivores: Worms, insects, boogers, toilet water-- anything is fair game.
- Divergent Character Evolution: The twins started off as basically the same character split in two, but later in the series Phil became a borderline Deadpan Snarker and Audience Surrogate, being the character that basically said what the audience was thinking.
- Full Name Ultimatum: When they argue, they usually address each other by their full first names (Phillip and Lillian).
- Half-Identical Twins: The only physical difference between them is that Lil has free-hanging earlobes, something minor enough that most people, including their parents, don't notice.
- Hates Baths: Especially Phil.
- Nightmare Fetishists: Very young versions.
- The Pig Pen: Both of them.
- Talking To Herself: They both have the same voice as their mother.
- Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Phil wears pants, while Lil wears a dress and has a bow on her head.
- Theme Twin Naming
- Toilet Humor: Provide a good chunk of the series' pee and poop jokes.
Spoiled and bossy, Angelica is Tommy's cousin and serves as the main antagonist of the series. She hates Tommy and the other "stupid babies" and lives to make them miserable whenever they're in the same place.
Voiced by Cheryl Chase
Tropes Associated With Angelica:
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing
- Blondes Are Evil
- Blue Eyes: In Preschool Daze.
- Birthday Hater: Due to the fear of the implications of growing up, Angelica behaves this way during her third birthday. In the end she regrets it when she realizes that, when growing up, she can eat candy with bigger teeth than the babies'.
- Bratty Half-Pint
- The Bully: To the babies, big time.
- Butt Monkey: If you can believe this, Angelica, despite being the antagonist, gets her comeuppance a lot (eg: sitting in time out and pizza falling on her hair, causing her to cry as she hates the stress of having her hair washed), but sometimes, she can be the show's buttmonkey, even when she isn't the antagonist!
- The Chick
- Companion Cube: Her Cynthia doll, to the point where sometimes she treats the doll like her own child and loses it when anything bad happens to her.
- Crying Wolf
- Character Development / Villain Decay: In the first season, Angelica was a total Jerkass that acted nice in front of the adults, but had strong hate for the babies and she somewhat mocked people behind their back (Graham Canyon is a great example of this, as when Drew tells Angelica to have a good time, after Angelica's polite response, she sticks her tongue out at Drew). In later seasons (namely two, but mostly, after the movie), she grows to like them and becomes a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, whereas she is still mischievous, but there's a nicer tone to it! (A great example of this is "Grandpa Moves Out", where instead of tricking Tommy and the gang into doing something bad, she was friendly to Tommy and even teamed up with him to help make the old people stop being "tired" so they could get Grandpa back.)
- Depending on the Writer: Is she a Jerkass Woobie (and maybe a Tsundere as well) or a flat out vile little brat whom dangerously borders on being a Villain Protagonist? It depends on how pleasant the writers are feeling about her at the time it still happens in All Grown Up but to a much smaller extent.
- Devil in Plain Sight: Though this gets toned down later on as the adults grow wise to her antics and take a firmer hand with her.
- Even Angelica Has Standards: Unless she’s the one dishing it out, no one is to torment her cousins, Thomas (Tommy) and Dylan (Dil), and their friends and get away with it.
- Enfant Terrible
- Fluffy the Terrible: Not just her Right-Hand-Cat...
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Sometimes, due to the way she treats the babies.
- Tommy: We gotta save Angelica!
- Phil and Lil: Why?
- Girlish Pigtails
- Heel Face Revolving Door: She more or less treats the other babies like crap and has no qualms with freaking them out with random urban legends or stories, mostly to get something she wants. However, she ends up being a team player if something worse threatens them.
- Hypocritical Heartwarming: "Nobody messes with my dumb babies 'cept me!"
- Ironic Name: The name “Angelica” contains “angel”… she’s no angel, though she has her moments where she is.
- It's All About Me
- Jerkass: In season one only! But can still occasionally be this in later seasons.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Season two onwards. A great list of examples are: "Grandpa Moves Out", where Angelica wanted Tommy to tag along (even if it meant causing trouble), "New Kid in Town", where she was incredibly annoyed at how Josh (the new kid) treated them, so much that she pushed him over and he started to cry, and "Rugrats in Paris", when she was disgusted at how Coco treated the babies. Basically, she's not a jerk (the only season where she was a jerk was season one, really), rather, even though she calls the babies "dumb", she doesn't really mean it, and more than often wants to hang around with them (even Tommy).
- Large Ham: She often likes to see herself as quite the little performer lets just say.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Her title in this show could very much be "karma's personal punching bag"; in the event she does something that could be considered even vaguely unpleasant, karma is sure to be there to take her down a peg or two.
- Never My Fault: Tends to blame either the babies or Cynthia for her own mistakes.
- No Matter How Much I Beg: When she tries to give up cookies
- Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Quite a lot of examples can be found on the Rugrats Nightmare Fuel page.
- Only Child Syndrome: Unlike Tommy and Chuckie, she was this for the entire series.
- Spoiled Brat: Not much of one, but is only one when it comes to punishment. Although her parents do tend to punish her, they just really don't wanna break her heart.
- Sweet Tooth: Quite a few episodes are devoted to her trying to get cookies or candy all for herself.
- Stock Yuck: Hates broccoli. Once she threw her father's office papers out the car window because he made her eat it, and another episode has her throwing a tantrum when both her parents try to make her have some.
- She also thinks baked apples and flan are yucky.
- Token Evil Teammate
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Girly Girl to Susie's Tomboy.
- Trademark Favorite Food: "Cookie" was Angelica's first word.
- Tsundere: Some of her "nicer" stories do occasionally give her these kind of vibes as well.
Susie moved across the street from Tommy early on in the series. A multi-talented, brave, and humble little girl, she served as the opposite of Angelica and often acted as The Rival to her. If Angelica was The Big Bad, Susie would be The Big Good.
Voiced by Cree Summer
Tropes Associated With Susie:
- Affirmative Action Girl: Originally added to the cast when they noticed that not only were their mains mostly male (with one of the only two girls being, well, Angelica), they were also a sea of white. Luckily, Susie manages to avoid being a token through her Cool Big Sis persona.
- Black Best Friend
- Characterization Marches On: In her initial appearances she interacted mainly with Tommy, and was kind of a drama queen and a crybaby, sharing Tommy's naivete and ineptness to the world around her. Not long after that, Susie and Angelica met and she became mostly defined by being the Anti-Angelica; mellow, intelligent and mature (at least for her young age). Though she still has her dramatic and bratty moments, such as in "Tricycle Thief".
- Child Prodigy: At age three, she is already multilingual.
- Cool Big Sis: Ironically, Susie herself is the youngest of four children.
- Good Counterpart: To Angelica.
- Out of Focus: Became less prominent as the series progressed, playing minor roles in the first two movies and making less appearances after the arrival of Dil.
- Sassy Black Woman
- Sixth Ranger: At first, but by the time Kimi was introduced, she became more or less The Mentor.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to Angelica's Girly Girl.
- X Must Not Win: While mostly a Good Counterpart to Angelica, Susie has been shown to be very rivalistic to her at times. Comes to an extreme in "Tricycle Thief" where she jumps to the immediate conclusion she stole her trike.
Tommy's little brother, who was born in The Movie. Unlike the others, he can't talk as well, so he's a baby even to the other babies. As a newborn, most of his time is spent sitting around and drooling.
Voiced by Tara Strong
Tropes Associated With Dil:
- Ambiguous Disorder: One interpretation of his character, since other characters around his age are able to talk without a problem.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Tommy felt this way about him in the first movie, but now cares for him.
- Cousin Oliver
- Embarrassing Nickname: He calls Angelica "Yucky".
- The Nicknamer: Partially because he's so young and has no teeth, Dil has a nickname for almost all the babies he interacts with.
- Punny Name
- Tagalong Kid
First appearing in the second movie, Kimi is an adventurous girl whose mother married Chuckie's father, making her his step-sister.
Voiced by Dionne Quan
Tropes Associated With Kimi:
- The Ace
- Broken Pedestal: Kimi feels this way about Angelica when she's at her worst.
- Cheerful Child
- Companion Cube: Superthing.
- Distaff Counterpart: Was conceived as being a female Tommy.
- Genki Girl
- Girlish Pigtails
- Hair Color Dissonance: Black hair or purple?
- Nice Shoes: Who knew they made cowboy boots for babies?
- No Accounting for Taste: Non-romantic example; unlike the others, Kimi actually likes Angelica. That said, she came in after Angelica had been softened up from previous seasons.
- Sixth Ranger
Chuckie's equally cowardly father.
Voice by Michael Bell
Tropes Associated With Chaz:
- Bumbling Dad
- Butt Monkey: Like father, like son.
- Happily Married: To Kira.
- Nerd Glasses
- Overprotective Dad: Pre-Kira, he's been known to fuss over Chuckie and go insane trying to keep him safe, but it's also extremely justified. The poor man's still hurting over the loss of his wife, and Chuckie is all he has left.
- Talking to Himself: With Drew Pickles
She is the mother of Kimi and step-mother of Chuckie. The (2nd) wife of Chaz.
Voice by Julia Kato
Tropes Associated With Kira:
The father of Tommy and Dil, and husband of Didi. He's also the brother of Drew and uncle of Angelica.
Voiced by the late Jack Riley.
- Bumbling Dad: Not quite as extreme as other examples. He's clumsy, but his heart's in the right place.
- Bungling Inventor or Weekend Inventor
- Deadpan Snarker: At times.
- Fanboy: Of Randy Carmichael, who writes for the Dummi Bears cartoon. Randy isn't amused.
- Generation Xerox: Stu and Chaz were best friends since childhood as well, much like their own sons. Stu and Drew also behaved a lot like Tommy and Angelica, right down to Drew being a bully and Stu having a lot of Tommy's mannerisms and keeping a screwdriver in his diaper.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: In the episode "Regarding Stuie" he hits his head and reverts to a baby-like state. Another hit on the head brings him back to normal again.
- Man Child: At times. Sometimes the bad kind (when he's fighting with Drew) but other times the fun kind (when he's entertaining the kids).
- Papa Wolf: Overcomes his fear of the high dive to rescue Tommy from falling in a pool.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: With Drew.
- Straight Man and Wise Guy: Wise Guy to Drew's Straight Man.
- Tender Tears: Sobs over a Dummi Bears movie.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Purple rather.
Mother of Tommy and Dil, wife of Stu, and Angelica's aunt. A part time school teacher, who constantly consults a famous pediatrician for advice on how to raise the children.
Voiced by Melanie Chartoff
- Anime Hair
- Author Avatar: Klasky based Didi off herself.
- Blind Without'Em
- Fiery Redhead
- I Just Want to Be Special: The episode "Game Show Didi" reveals she's never won or been a standout at anything, and being on the game show is her one chance to find her "place in the sun."
- Informed Judaism: Averted. She is revealed to be of Jewish descent, and the family is shown to celebrate Jewish holidays.
- My Beloved Smother: Even setting aside the justification of Tommy being an infant, early episodes have her going down a rabbit hole of anxiety over his behavior. One episode had her take him to a psychologist because he was coloring on the walls! She slowly gets over this in later seasons.
Father of Angelica, uncle of Tommy and Dil, and married to Charlotte. The opposite of his brother in almost every way, they do have their spats, but do care about each other.
Voiced by Michael Bell.
- Big Brother Bully: According to Stu, anyway.
- Doting Parent
- Jerkass: At his worst. In one episode he locks Stu out of the house during a party over a minor disagreement, causing him to be picked up by the police and locked in the car while they go for donuts!
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: That said, he's not a complete asshole. He does care about Stu even if they don't get along half the time, adores his wife even if they can't get much alone time due to their jobs, and loves Angelica to pieces even if he can't show it without spoiling her or gets exasperated by her brattiness. He also reminds her to be nice to the babies, especially Chuckie.
- Papa Wolf: In the movie, he beats the shit out of Stu when he learns he inadvertently let Angelica go missing.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: To Stu.
- Stoic Spectacles: Subverted.
- Straight Man and Wise Guy: Straight Man to Stu's Wise Guy.
- The Workaholic: Implied.
Mother of Angelica, aunt of Tommy and Dil, and married to Drew. She's the CEO of her own company and is frequently seen talking on a cell phone to an invisible assistant named Jonathan.
Voiced by Tress MacNeille
- Convenient Miscarriage: Very possibly had one in "Angelica's Worst Nightmare."
- Hot Chick in a Badass Suit
- Hot Mom
- Married to the Job
- Missing Mom: Not entirely - she does try to be a good mom and does love her family, but is often sidetracked by her work. She can put her foot down with Angelica when the occasion's called for.
- The Workaholic: Even when she's not working, she's blabbering on to her assistant Jonathan over a cell phone. She might be the first example of someone using a cell phone in such a manner so extensively in children's media.
Grandpa Lou Pickles
Father of Stu and Drew, and grandpa of Tommy, Dil and Angelica.
Voiced by David Doyle, and Joe Alaskey after David Doyle's death
- Blind Without'Em: Justified due to his advanced age.
- Cool Old Guy
- December-December Romance: With a nurse named Lulu. They even get married later!
- Grandpa Wolf: Is very protective of Tommy. In one episode, Tommy is accidentally taken away in a luxury car and he freaks out before drawing on his (apparent) past as a private eye to look for him.
- Senior Sleep Cycle
- Ten-Minute Retirement: Literally. One episode has him feeling unwanted by his family, so he moves into a retirement home. He gets thrown out thanks to the chaos caused by Tommy and Angelica, and is happy to move back in with Stu and Didi.
Mother of Phil and Lil.
Voiced by Kath Soucie.
- Loving Bully: Of a sort, to Howard when they were kids. The most she did was poke him in the back all the time, but it did take him a while to figure out it was her way of showing affection.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: With Howard
- Passionate Sports Girl
- Trademark Favorite Drink: Really enjoys her coffee, which she's always bringing over to share with Didi.
Father of Phil and Lil.
Voiced by Phil Proctor.