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The characters of The Amazing World of Gumball include:
The main character (as indicated by the title). Gumball is a talking blue cat in middle school. A mischief maker and somewhat lazy, the show revolves around his various mishaps around Elmore. Tends to have questionable morals at times and can be a little selfish as well.
- Adorkable: Mostly in the first season, but he still has his moments.
- Attractive Bent Gender: When he's forced in a dress.
- Annoying Older Sibling: To Anais most of the time.
- All Guys Want Cheerleaders: Gumball has a crush on Penny, a peanut with antlers who is one of the cheerleaders at Elmore Junior High. The feeling is mutual, but neither of them are capable of expressing it.
- Bad Liar: Whenever he lies to Nicole, though he’s a good liar otherwise.
Nicole: Honey, are you in trouble? Because my mother senses are tingling. I can smell trouble.
Gumball: (laughing nervously) Trouble? No, we're fine. Absolutely fine. No trouble here, bye.
Nicole: Are you lying?
Gumball: Ha! Oh, no, of course not.
Nicole: Right. You're lying. I'm coming home now.
- Butt Monkey/The Chew Toy: Amusing Injuries are quite common, but Gumball seems especially prone to them.
- The Cynic
- Cute Little Fangs: He is a cat
- Determinator: In "The Third" he rides a tricycle for 140 kilometers, flies down a hill so fast he catches on fire, and gets covered in quick drying cement (which he promptly breaks through) just to prove that he and Darwin are still friends.
- He's determined to repay his debt to Mr. Robinson for "saving his life" (which he just stopped his car because Gumball thought he was gonna get "run over").
- Cute Kitten
- Dumbass No More: Became a much smarter character.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Embarrassing Middle Name: "The Club" reveals that his middle name is Trisha, short for Tristopher--it was supposed to be Christopher, but Richard wrote it down wrong.
- Embarrassing Nickname: "The Meddler" has his mom calling him "Gummypuss".
- Fashionable Asymmetry: He has two whiskers pointing forward and three pointing backward, regardless of the direction he's facing.
- Hartman Hips: A rare male example. Clearly, he gets it from his mom.
- Heroic BSOD: He seems to be prone to these.
- Hypocrite: He often takes up principles which he staunchly preaches, only to abandon them when it suits him.
- Idiot Hero: In season one, though he later became a more cynical Only Sane Man who didn’t care enough to make an effort.
- Jerkass: In the later seasons he slips into this.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- Keet: In season one.
- No Sense of Direction: He think he can somehow memorize a map after eating it and when the wind is directly speaking to him in plainly decipherable language he does the exact opposite of what it tells him.
- Only Sane Man: Whenever someone’s being an idiot, Gumball is always there with a sarcastic remark. Still, his schemes tend to be ill thought out and often backfir.
- Took a Level In Jerkass
- Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Blue Boy to Anais's Pink Girl.
- Verbal Tic: He tends to squeak, usually when he's yelling.
- Why Did It Have To Be Spiders?: "AHHH, spider! Knock his block off!"
Gumball's pet goldfish-turned-family member after it sprouted legs, grew in size, and began to talk. Gumball and Darwin are seen as brothers (Darwin even calls Nicole "Mom") and attend the same school. Darwin is a bit naive due to his forced adaptation among the "normal" world, though he is more rational and moral than Gumball.
- Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal/The One Who Wears Shoes: Lampshaded in "The Meddler", where a scene in the shower pixellates Gumball's genitals and Darwin's feet.
- Actual Pacifish
- Bad Liar: Neither he nor Gumball could resist darting their eyes to the side when lying to Anais.
- Big Eater: At least, he tends to think with his stomach from time to time as most fish seem to do.
- In "The Party", he reveals he's part sucker fish and cleans the house by eating everything.
- Cephalothorax: As Masami put it:
"Yeah, he's great because... he's got legs, and, you know... a head..."
- That's if you want to consider the entirety a fish's body, a head.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Probably because he's a goldfish. Subverted from Season 2 onwards.
- Fish Out of Water
- Happily Adopted: Darwin's treated like as much of a member of the family as Gumball is.
- Although legally he's still registered as a pet.
- Meaningful Name: He was once the family pet fish but then he sprouted legs and doesn't need water to breathe anymore. Think about that for a second.
- Named After Somebody Famous
- Overly Long Name: In "The Party", he reveals that his full name is Darwin Radlin Caspian Ahab Poseidon Nicodemus Watterson III.
- Only Sane Man: Darwin is often the voice of reason to Gumball’s stupider schemes. Of course, he can also grab the Idiot Ball just as often.
- Speech Impediment: In 'The Sock', Gumball points out that Darwin has a lisp where gills whistle. Darwin retorts with "You're so stinky, sailors sing sea shanties about how stinky you are!" making a whistling sound with every 'S'. This only happens for that one and only time, though. In fact, the very next sentence he says contains 'S'es without the lisp.
- Stepford Smiler: He is this in The Meddler.
- Uplifted Animal
Gumball's genius little (rabbit) sister, who is his junior by eight years (Gumball is 12, she is 4). Due to her high intelligence, she attends Gumball and Darwin's middle school as well. Despite her competency, she still displays some traits of a typical four-year old.
- Adorably Precocious Child
- Child Prodigy: Despite being four years old, she is described as the smartest character on the show and even attends Junior High with her much older brother.
- Closer to Earth
- Everythings Better With Bunnies
- Fully-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Though she seems to just be wearing socks instead of shoes.
- It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY": Subverted. Her name is pronounced both as An-ai-ees and An-ai-ahs and she never favors one over the other.
- Little Miss Snarker
- Not So Harmless: Has clearly proven herself to be this in The Secret and arguably The Kiss.
- Only Sane Girl: Can be her or can be her mother, depending on the episode.
- Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Pink Girl to Gumball's Blue Boy.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: She is depicted as being able to life way more than her body weight at a very young age at that. Such as when she carried a ton of luggage Upstairs and the time she carried Darwin with a bunch of stuff on him all the way to the top of a mountain.
- Wise Beyond Their Years
- Not So Above It All: She's considerably more child-like when it comes to anything involving Daisy the Donkey.
The maternal member of the Watterson family (and the same kind of cat as Gumball). She holds down a job at the rainbow factory and appears to be the only member of the family with any sense of responsibility. She's normally collected and organized but when things go awry, she succumbs to violent bouts of anger (almost always sparked by her sons).
- Action Mom
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parent: In "The Meddler" she decides to follow Gumball around at school everywhere, even in the public shower, doing things such as feeding him like a baby and calling him "Gummypuss".
- Berserk Button: Being called a loser (at least by Miss Simian).
- Blue Boy Pink Girl: Inverted with both her and Richard.
- Closer to Earth
- Cute Bruiser: Don't make her mad. She is a lot stronger than she looks.
- Cute Little Fangs: Though they're visible far less often then Gumball's.
- Determinator: She gets scary when she gets mad and probably can and will chase you down. The DVD is based entirely on this.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Nicole cares for her family, but easily becomes upset when she discovers they did something wrong. She's even taking anger management classes, in which her behavior is far worse than she acts elsewhere.
- Hot Mom
- Killer Cat She has proven herself to be made of this trope in countless episodes, most notably in The Fight, where she mercilessly tears through Tina Rex's father just at the mere inkling of assuming that Gumball was being bullied.
- Out of Focus: Besides the episodes "The Parents" and "The Web", she has little screentime in season 6.
- Le Parkour: She's very good at this.
- Magic Skirt: Including one scene where she's hung upside down without it moving.
- Mama Bear
- Only Sane Woman: Depends on the episode, which sometimes gives the role to Anais instead. If she loses her temper, though, this goes out the window.
- Parenting the Husband
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife
Gumball's father and Nicole's rabbit husband. Richard is very immature for his age and hates to have any sort of responsibility. He is also quite lackadaisical and sleeps frequently. As a result, Nicole is usually forced to be the parent to their children.
- Badass Mustache: Which he can grow and retract back into his face at will.
- Big Eater
- Brilliant but Lazy: Most often Brilliant At Lazy.
- Bumbling Dad
- Cloudcuckoolander: He has his odd moments.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He can be very crafty when he wants to, such as tricking Gumball and Darwin into doing his chores in 'The Laziest'.
- Everythings Better With Bunnies
- Fat Idiot and Fat Slob
- Flanderization: Inverted. He goes from an idiot Manchild to a victim of neglect and childhood abandonment who struggles to deal with adulthood, but works well with children.
- House Husband: Though he doesn't do much house work either. Later episodes subvert this, where he is depicted as a capable, if bizarre caretaker to the kids.
- Man Child: He literally acts the exact same way as he did when he was a kid.
- Moral Myopia: He's repeatedly expressed that bad things are only funny when they happen to someone else.
- The Slacker: A rare version of one that has children.
- Trademark Favourite Food: Sausages, apparently.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Honestly speaking, he's kinda cute actually (he's a bunny, after all).
- Walking Techbane: Judging from how automatic doors, elevators, and self-checkout scanners treat him.
Alan the balloon
- Fatal Attraction: Alan and Carmen are passionately in love with one another, but because Alan is a balloon and Carmen is a cactus, their relationship is impossible.
- Flying Face: Alan is just a balloon with a face drawn on it. His lack of limbs is a frequent frustration of his.
- Helium Speech: Invoked as he has a high squeaky voice similar to the effects of helium.
- Justified since he's a balloon.
- Nice Guy
- Running Gag: He has no hands!
- Sitcom Arch Nemesis: To Gumball
Anton the Toast
- Butt Monkey
- Demoted to Extra: In season 1-4, he appears frequently. In season 5-6, he barely has screentime.
- The Chew Toy
- They Killed Kenny: He's been eaten (not even whole, actually torn to piece and eaten) several times now.
- Annoying Laugh
- Ax Crazy: In several episodes, though he lost this eventually.
- Class Clown
- Nice Guy: Several episodes of the later seasons show him as this
Bobert the Robot
- Cute Machines
- Does Not Know His Own Strength
- I Just Want to Be You: Tries to become Gumball in "The Robot"
- Kill and Replace: Which inevitably resulted in trying to get rid of the real one.
- No Waterproofing in the Future: He lost to a sprinkler.
- Nuke'Em: Is capable of this in his fighting robot form. Hiding behind a nearby chair is enough protection though.
- Out of Focus: In season 3, he only has one speaking role ("The Joy"), and has very little screentime even if we include that episode. In season 5, he has very little screentime, besides the episode "The Loophole".
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Even at normal size he can easily punch someone across a room.
- Robot Kid
- Teacher's Pet: Considers himself to be this
- Transforming Mecha: Capable of increasing his size into a fighting robot the size of a very large car.
Carmen the Cactus
- Fatal Attraction: With Alan, as previously stated
Carrie the Ghost
- Ascended Extra: In season 1, she has little screentime besides "The Ghost". As of season 2, she begins appearing more to the point where she officially becomes Darwin's girlfriend.
- Big Eater: Justified, considering she hasn't eaten since she became a ghost, but she'll eat until the body she possesses passes out.
- Cute Ghost Girl
- Demonic Possession: She can possess someone's body by flying into their mouth and down their throat.
- Emo Tween
- Hair Decorations: Has a bow on the side of her head.
- The Hedonist: It's been so long since she's been able to do things like eating, that when she has a body, she'll immediately starting binge-eating absolutely anything (except, apparently, pickles).
- Our Ghosts Are Different
- Peek-a-Bangs: Much like Gumball's whiskers, subject to Fashionable Asymmetry and Ambidextrous Sprite.
- Perpetual Frowner
- Troll: As seen here.
Clayton the Clay
Hector the Giant
- Gentle Giant: Literally
Idaho the Potato
Juke the Boombox
- Big Ol' Unibrow
- Squiggle Vision
- The Unintelligible: A foreign exchange student who speaks in beat box
Leslie the Flower
- Ambiguously Gay: Mostly blatantly shown in "The Mustache", when Gumball's butt suddenly becomes incredibly muscular and Leslie just stares.
- Gender Blender Name: Male, despite the name and appearance
- It's not made entirley clear what gender Leslie is in the FIRST place. While originally introduced as a boy, Leslie hangs out with the girls, and didn't object when referred to collectively as 'the girls.'
- He's definitely a guy, a very flamboyant and girly guy, but a guy nonetheless.
- Leslie is a flower. Technically speaking, (s)he's both.
Masami the Cloud
- Spoiled Brat: Daughter of the rainbow factory owner and has a smug sense of superiority.
Molly the Sauropod
- The Bus Came Back: She disappears from season 2 (despite appearing on photos in "The Words" and "The Sidekick"), and does not reappear physically until "The Void". However, after she reappears, she appears much less.
- Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: A sauropod, although she looks more like a Cartoon Creature.
Ocho the 8-Bit Spider
- Ax Crazy: He tries to kill people who piss him off.
- Hair-Trigger Temper
- Meaningful Name
- The Unintelligible: Speaks in Arcade Sounds. Subverted In the later seasons
- Beauty Equals Goodness
- The Cheerleader: Averted.
- Demoted to Extra: She was part of the supporting cast in seasons 1-4. However, in seasons 5-6, she has little screentime besides the episodes "The Ex", "The Transformation" and "The Mess".
- Expy: Her face resembles that of Togemon.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: Penny is a peanut with antlers.
- In other words, a doe nut
- Smitten Tweenage Girl
Sussie the Chinnikin
Teri the Paper Bear
- Everything's Worse with Bears: Not the case even if she wanted it to be, as she has about the strength you'd expect out of a crumpled piece of paper
- Ill Girl: Or at least that what she's worried about being
- Paper People: A crumpled-up one.
- The Bully
- Fluffy the Terrible
- Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: Not the case, especially not when her dad gets involved...
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She shows shades of this from time to time.
- Larynx Dissonance: Has a very deep male voice
- Dissonant for a Middle School girl, maybe, but not for a Tyrannosaurus.
- Meaningful/PunnyName: T.(na) Rex the T. Rex
- Tyrannosaurus Rex
Tobias the Jock
- Jerk Jock: Although he is nicer after "The Third".
- Small Name, Big Ego: Claims to be well-built when he's clearly very scrawny.
- Out of Focus: Downplayed. In season 6 he barely appears any less but it is significant though.
- Big Bad
- Harmless Villain: Depending on the Writer. Other times, he is a Not-So-Harmless Villain.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Gumball and Darwin inadvertently left him in the Void, and he was left disfigured when he escaped. When he regained his memories, he vowed revenge and became Gumball’s arch nemesis.
- Misaimed Fandom: In universe, Gumball and Darwin actually like him and try to hang out with him, much to his annoyance.
William the Eyeball
- Faceless Eye
- The Informant: For Ms. Simian
- Oculothorax: An eyeball with wings, though he can still blink with fleshy eyelids that sudden appear when he needs them
- Teacher's Pet
Principal Nigel Brown
- Cartoon Creature: "furry slug" is the most accurate description of what exactly he's supposed to be. Lampshaded, since no one, not even he know what he is.
I tried to hibernate through winter, but it turns out that whatever I am doesn’t do that.
- Dean Bitterman: Sometimes.
- Humiliation Conga: Happens to him in "The Mystery" where he was slammed with a door by Mrs. Simian, leaving him dizzy and causing him to fall down the stairs, covering himself in toilet paper, then smashed into Penny's painting and falling into some burning chemicals, causing him to fall down MORE stairs and wrapping himself in more toilet paper, then finally landing inside Gumball's locker.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue Oni to Miss Simian's Red Oni.
- Donut Mess with a Cop: A cop and a living donut. As his donut hole is his mouth, anything he tries to eat (like other donuts) goes immediately out the other end.
- Expy/Shout-Out: He has a lot in common with Chief Wiggum from The Simpsons, they even sound similar.
- Police Are Useless: Most of the time, like letting Felicity off with a warning after she rampages through town because Gumball jaywalked in front of her.
- Butt Monkey: So, so much.
- Cartoon Creature: He's suppose to be a rock-man, but his design makes this slightly hard to tell.
- Humiliation Conga: Goes through one at the hands of Gumball and Darwin of all people, but he gets better.
- That Man Is Dead: Lazy Larry.
- Why Do You Keep Changing Jobs?: Runs pretty much every shop in town.
- Cranky Neighbor
- Marionette Motion: Invoked, given what he's based off of.
- Unhappily Married: He and his wife Margaret are "happily" married because they argue, a lot.
- Cranky Neighbor
- Hartman Hips
- Jerkass: To the point of being a Complete Monster
- The Unintelligible: She speaks only in unintelligible grunts and grumbles.
- Unhappily Married: See Mr. Robinson's entry above.
- Catch Phrase: "Word."
- Nice Guy: In 'The Ape' he tells Mrs. Simian that not even he likes her...and he likes everybody!
- Replacement Goldfish: LITERALLY with Rockwin in "The Genius".
- Why Do You Keep Changing Jobs?: He fills pretty much every non-teaching, non-administrative job at school from the janitor to the bus driver
Mr. Steve Small
- Conspiracy Theorist: Shown to be this in a few episodes. He is right about the Void, but he has several other outlandish ones.
Gumball: Mr. Small, your crazy conspiracy theory was right!
Mr. Small: You mean redheads really are aliens?
Gumball: No, the other one.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: His short rant/speech in "The Meddler".
- Hippie Counselor: Though he's rather less patient than the typical example.
- Mood Swinger: Can go from an easy-going hippie to an enraged maniac in a snap, though he grows out of this.
- New Age
- New Age Retro Hippie
- Large Ham:
"Don't hate me because I'm beautiful!"
- Piss-Take Rap: Has one about honesty; while dressed in a bear costume.
- Scare'Em Straight: Does this to Gumball and Darwin by showing them a grotesque diagram of the soul of a liar. This can also be applied to his sock puppet, the Silence Snake, whom he uses to scream at people and shock them into shutting up.
- Unmoving Plaid: His shirt.
- Zero-Percent Approval Rating
- Everything's Better with Monkeys: Eh, close enough.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: In the Ape, she was a complete Jerkass to Nicole when she was young and would even use Gumball and Darwin just to get the Teacher Award. When she was given a choice to either get the form with the signature on the car and fall out of the bridge or get off the car and redeem herself by staying friends with the Wattersons. She went "Nah!" to the latter and does the former which leads to her fall.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red Oni to Principal Brown's Blue Oni.
- Sadist Teacher: Miss Simian has been teaching seventh grade for 300,000 years and really doesn't like Gumball.
- Species Surname
- Time Abyss: At least 300,000 years old
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: He does not appear at all since season 4.
- Wild Card: He has no real allegiance, selling dangerous items and also sold Darwin to Richard, but he helps out on occasion.
Banana Bob and Banana Barbara
- Bumbling Parents
- A Day in the Limelight: For Barbara in "The Future".
- Hidden Depths: Bob used to be a musician and a bank robber.
Video Game Store Manager
- Bad Boss
- Honest John's Dealership: He absolutely refuses to give refunds for anything under any circumstances, and also once sold a paper shredder claiming it was a game console.
- Jerkass: He makes Laurence admit it was his fault that there was traffic which caused him to be late (and probably make him say it like he means it). Then he hangs up on him.
- Killer Rabbit: Subverted; despite what Needlemeyer insists, he's physically capable of nothing more than slight annoyance. The person he was attacking just happened to be a complete wuss.
- Money Fetish: He makes Mr. Krabs look generous.
- The Napoleon
Sal Left Thumb
- Deadpan Snarker
- Gross Up Close-Up
- The Nicknamer: Calls Gumball "the blue one" Darwin "walking fish" and "fish kid".