List of Bob's Burgers characters
- 1 Belcher family
- 2 Pesto family
- 3 Wagstaff School
- 4 Other recurring characters
- 5 References
The Belcher Family is a family who runs the family business called Bob's Burgers. Loren Bouchard even described their ethnicity:
|“||"For better, for worse we gave [the main characters] the name Belcher so at least one of Bob's parents hails from some French or French-Canadian lineage. But in a perfect world, we'd have the show about a sort of Greek-Armenian-Italian-Jewish-German polyglot."||”|
Bob Belcher (voiced by H. Jon Benjamin) is the husband of Linda, the father of Tina, Gene, and Louise, and the main character of the series. He is a second generation restaurant owner, and currently the proprietor of his eponymous burger restaurant in an as-yet-unidentified Northeastern United States shore town. His childhood has been described as "crappy," as his father discouraged play. While poor with business management, and cursed with an unlucky streak, his skills at burger cooking has been shown to be excellent, to the point where he has been referred to as a "beef artist". His biggest accomplishment is the Meatsiah, a steak tartare, inside a medium well patty, inside a burger wellington. He is allergic to lobster.
Bob, along with Linda, really enjoys drinking and many of the episode gags involve Bob or Linda drinking and getting drunk from alcohol. Bob also has a tendency to take mildly mind altering substances such as absinthe in "An Indecent Thanksgiving Proposal" and his pain medication in "Burgerboss".
Linda Belcher (voiced by John Roberts) is Bob's wife and the mother of Tina, Gene, and Louise. Prior to her marriage to Bob, she was engaged to Hugo, who is now a local health inspector ("Human Flesh"). Linda's attraction to Bob is in part due to his passion for his work, and remains a loyal and devoted wife despite their frequent financial problems and never having had a honeymoon or a day off in 10 years ("Weekend at Mort's"). She has a preference for moustaches, and says Bob "made himself ugly" when he shaved it off ("Sheesh! Cab, Bob?"). Her passions include dinner theater, porcelain figurines, Tom Selleck, nautically-themed romance novels, and prenatal yoga. She handles the accounting for the restaurant, though her bookkeeping methods are sometimes troublesome. She is very fond of alcohol, but is known to say that "Mommy doesn't get drunk; she has fun."
Linda is extroverted, has a thick New York accent, and is somewhat eccentric; she is also fond of tackling problems using unconventional methods, though she is more optimistic than bright and things sometimes go awry. For example, she is devoted to her sister Gayle, and hesistates to criticize her artwork, and even encourages Bob to have an affair with her to boost her self-esteem ("Dr. Yap"). She has an almost endless enthusiasm, especially for her family and novel experiences, her catchphrase being an encouraging "Alriiiiiight!" (which is also the name of her fantasy sailing yacht). She is fond of mediating family "brainstorming sessions," and her belief that there are "no bad ideas" seems to inform her character throughout the series. Bob has described her as a "pushover" and allows people take advantage of her. Linda is often tricked into doing her children's homework ("Synchronized Swimming"), and after taking a job at a supermarket is left to run the entire supermarket by herself because everyone else took the day off ("Lindapendant Woman").
Linda is probably best known for her tendency to spontaneously burst into song, a trait she shares with John Roberts, the actor who voices her character. Many of the songs she is known for are ad-libbed by Roberts, including her "Thanksgiving Song" and a hair-brushing ditty that references the late Harry Truman. Her songs are frequently remade and set to music for the episode's end credits.
Tina Ruth Belcher (voiced by Dan Mintz) is the eldest Belcher child and the "nerd" of the family. She was said to be Autistic in the first episode, but the claim was immediately dismissed by her parents. She generally speaks in a monotonous low voice, works part-time at the restaurant and is often the voice of reason among the Belcher children, though it is made quite clear that she has her own eccentricities that rival those of her siblings. She is trying to come to grips with her entry into adulthood, and claims to have a complicated relationship with zombies. She is obsessed with horses, boys (particularly Jimmy Jr.), and buttocks; in various episodes she writes in her journal about touching people's butts, which, to her, is the height of sexual contact. According to Gene and Louise on the season two episode "Bad Tina", Tina has written erotic fanfiction of several television shows and movies and has moved on to "erotic friend fiction", in which she uses real-life people. Tina was aged 12 in early episodes and now 13 since the episode "Sheesh! Cab, Bob?". In the episode "Ear-sy Rider" she states that she is good with history, but has "some problems with math". Tina is generally soft-spoken, sweet, and somewhat timid, often in contrast to her more strident siblings. In the show's early stages, the eldest Belcher child was originally written as a boy, Daniel Belcher. Daniel was also voiced by Mintz, and his personality was virtually indistinguishable from Tina's.
Gene Belcher (voiced by Eugene Mirman) is the only son, second child and the middle child of the family. Like his mother, he is very enthusiastic about almost everything. He often promotes the restaurant by wearing a burger costume. Gene is revealed to be 11 years old in the episode "Full Bars". In the Season 2 finale, "Beefsquatch", Gene claims that his newfound fame will allow him to date a 5-and a-half-year-old starlet half his age. In a season 3 episode it is revealed that he is afraid of snakes. He has a predilection for gender-bending, frequently referring to himself as a woman (as in "O.T. The Outside Toilet", when he looks forward to being a mother after getting a flour sack baby in health class), and on one occasion replaced the lounge singers (actually 6th-graders) in his sisters' ersatz casino with himself in a sparkly dress and wig, a development treated with near-indifference by everyone assembled. He is generally the dimmest of the Belcher children, being easily misled and portrayed as not very intelligent. Despite this, he occasionally demonstrates great skill in music and dreams of one day being a famous musician; he enjoys playing a Casio-type keyboard and creates an elaborate love duet in "Topsy".
Louise Belcher (voiced by Kristen Schaal) is the youngest of the Belcher siblings. In spite of being the youngest, she usually dominates her two older siblings. Precocious and intelligent, she is manipulative and aggressive, even towards adults, and is more than willing to exploit people if there is anything to be gained. She has an offbeat and dark sense of humor and picks locks as a hobby. In the episode "Torpedo", she mentions that her age is 9. Louise always wears her signature pink hat with rabbit ears.
Relatives of the Belcher Family
- Al (voiced by Sam Seder) - The father of Linda, father-in-law of Bob, and the grandfather of Tina, Gene, and Louise. He rarely speaks and doesn't hear well which causes him to wear a hearing aid. He always accompanies Gloria everywhere.
- Gloria (voiced by Renée Taylor) - The mother of Linda, mother-in-law of Bob, and grandmother of Tina, Gene, and Louise. Bob doesn't like her very much and he always tries to hide from her when she and Al come over.
- Gayle (voiced by Megan Mullally) - Linda's neurotic artist sister who is the aunt of Tina, Gene, and Louise. She is desperately lonely and once fell in love with Bob because, Linda explains, she always wants what Linda has.
Jimmy Pesto, Sr.
Jimmy Pesto, Sr. (voiced by Jay Johnston) is the owner of the Italian restaurant across the street, the father of Ollie, Andy, and Jimmy Pesto, Jr., and Bob's personal rival. Their rivalry often seems to border on stalking each other and occasionally descends into violence. Their families actually get along well and apart from a few isolated incidents, neither of their businesses actually endanger the other. This is in part because Bob's Burgers are genuinely better than Jimmy's – in the one episode where Jimmy tries to outdo Bob by serving burgers, he can be seen weeping in the middle of the night, knowing that the ruse won't last.
Jimmy Pesto, Jr.
Jimmy Pesto, Jr. (voiced by H. Jon Benjamin), almost always referred to as "Jimmy Junior", is Jimmy Pesto, Sr.'s son and Ollie and Andy's older brother. He is classmates with Tina, who has a crush on him and tries her best getting his attention (slow dancing with him, sharing a pasta strand with him, etc.). He switches between thinking Tina is weird and reciprocating her feelings.
Ollie and Andy Pesto
Ollie and Andy Pesto (voiced by Sarah Silverman and Sarah's sister, Laura) are Jimmy Pesto, Sr.'s blonde twin sons who are the brothers of Jimmy Pesto, Jr. They are very childish and care for each other a lot, experiencing extreme anxiety whenever they must be separated– at one point they imply that their backpacks will miss each other when separated and are nearly run over because they were trying to carry each other across the street. They are classmates and good friends with Louise despite the rivalry between their fathers. Ollie and Andy's intense fondness for each other mimics that of Walter and Perry from Loren Bouchard's previous animated television series Home Movies.
Phillip Frond (voiced by David Herman) is the School Counselor of Wagstaff School. Bob describes him as a "tall drink of annoying", and he has stuffed animals that he talks to as if they were real. He feels underused and underappreciated at the school, since nobody really likes him and his advice is never sought after. He occasionally concocts harebrained schemes to advance his own career, which usually backfire spectacularly.
Darryl (voiced by Aziz Ansari) is a student at Wagstaff School, and a video game enthusiast. He goes by DRL in reference to his initials for arcade scoreboards. In the episode Nude Beach, he returns to team up with the Belchers in their attempt to sell tickets to a view of the titular nude beach to children at their school.
Regular-Sized Rudy (voiced by Brian Huskey) is known by his full name of Rudolph Steiblitz. Rudy's nickname comes from his comparison to another student named Rudy, Pocket-Sized Rudy. Rudy has asthma and needs to use his inhaler every two hours. Despite his condition, he loves to have fun. He keeps cymbals in his backpack.
Tammy Larson (voiced by Jenny Slate) is one of the mean girls at Wagstaff and she has a history with bullying Tina (who happens to be Tammy's rival). She usually wears heavy makeup and is described as a bad influence. Andy and Ollie describe her as a "bathroom clown" due to her makeup. She has a problem where if she laughs too hard she passes gas at a rapid speed. Tammy comes from a Jewish family.
Jocelyn (voiced by John Roberts) is a student at Wagstaff School. She performed in a skit with Tina and Jimmy Jr.
Large Tommy (voiced by Larry Murphy) is an overweight nerd-looking student who has brown hair and wears a red shirt and glasses. Like Speedo Guy, he appears randomly in the series, mainly in background roles.
Courtney Wheeler (voiced by David Wain) is an annoying girl who likes Gene in the episode The Unbearable Like-Likeness of Gene. Gene begins going out with her when he is stuck with answering if he "like-likes" her, so he pairs up with her temporarily. Gene's plans were to dump her until he meets her father, Doug (John Michael Higgins), who he believes can launch his career in writing jingles. After breaking her heart though, Doug and Courtney play a last prank on Gene and he doesn't get the future he wishes for.
Millie Frock (voiced by Molly Shannon) is a Wagstaff Middle School student who first appeared in the second Bob's Burgers' Halloween episode "Fort Night." She appears to be the age of Louise Belcher and is also an avid fan of Louise. Millie, to much annoyance of Louise, follows Louise around. Millie trapped the Belcher kids in their fort Halloween night because of Louise's resistance to be her friend.
Choo-Choo (voiced by Brian Posehn) is a student at Wagstaff School and Gene's nemesis. He constantly annoys Gene whenever he tells a joke by saying the punchline before him. He first appeared in "Spaghetti Western and Meatballs."
Jeremy (voiced by H. Jon Benjamin) is one of Louise's classmates. He appears in "Topsy".
Other recurring characters
- Calvin Fischoeder (voiced by Kevin Kline) - Calvin Fischoeder is an eccentric local businessman who dresses in a white suit, a white cape, and a white eye-patch over his left eye. He owns or has a stake in just about everything on the harbor (and many things in town) including the Belcher and Pesto restaurants. He likes Bob despite Bob always being late with his rent (partially because Bob knows a legendary burger recipe that he greatly enjoys). Louise describes him as being "one white cat away from being a supervillain". His last name is pronounced "Fish-odor." In "Ambergris," it is revealed that Calvin has a brother named Felix and is the reason why Calvin wears an eyepatch.
- Chuck (voiced by Thomas Lennon) - A daytime talk-show host along with his co-host and (secretly ex-)wife Pam until the Belchers' participation on his show caused their show to be cancelled. He then became the host of a gameshow called "Family Fracas". He and Pam hid their divorce for the sake of their talk-show, but have an antagonistic relationship behind the scenes. Chuck blames the Belchers for his show being cancelled and harbors a grudge against them.
- Cynthia Bush (voiced by Lindsey Stoddart) - The mother of Logan Barry Bush. She has appeared in both of the episodes that Logan has appeared in as well.
- Dr. Yap (voiced by Ken Jeong) - He works as the Belcher Family's dentist. He appears as a competent professional, but when the surface is scratched, he is fairly irresponsible and erratic. He is shown to be somewhat lonely and socially awkward, which leads him to inappropriate behavior with his patients and his fraternity brothers. He is the subject of one of Tina Belcher's youthful crushes.
- Edith and Harold Cranwinkle (voiced by Larry Murphy and Sam Seder) - The elderly owners of Reflections (an art sale, supplies, and lessons store). Edith is the chairperson of the Art Crawl (an event where local businesses display art work). She frequently antagonizes Bob.
- Felix Fischoeder (voiced by Zach Galifianakis) - Felix Fischoeder is the younger brother of Calvin Fischoeder. Felix is known to be rather psychotic and has emotional issues likely stemming from childhood. Felix is the cause of Calvin's poked out eye revealing that he was most likely psychotic. Also to calm him down, they would have to sing a song tributing to Felix, revealing the he is a narcissist. He first appeared in "Ambergris" when he decided to install a new, high-tech bathroom in the restaurant. In the two-part episode "Wharf Horse," he and Bob conspire to convince Calvin to destroy Wonder Wharf in order to put up a condominium and get a nightclub for his girlfriend Fanny. When Bob goes back on his deal to convince Calvin to sell Wonder Wharf, Felix takes matters into his own hands where he has both of them tied up to a dock support beam that would be submerged in high tide. When the Belcher's arrived to look for Bob and Calvin, Felix started to regret his actions and took a paddle boat under the docks to save Bob and Calvin with the Belcher's not far behind. Fanny interfered to make sure she gets her nightclub and orders the Belchers to act like their drowning. With a diversion from Bob, Linda managed to take down Fanny with a loose support beam and save Bob and Calvin with everyone getting out while the old carousel fell into the ocean. As Fanny is arrested by the police, the Belcher Family and Calvin had to cover up Felix's attempted murder of Bob and Calvin by stating that Fanny was behind it.
- Gretchen (voiced by Larry Murphy) - She was first introduced in "Lobsterfest". Gretchen has blonde hair, and is Linda's hairstylist. She is somewhat overweight and provocative, speaking frankly about sex and personal issues, to the point of making others uncomfortable. She also is attracted to men with badges or so called "authority-figures". She also goes to the nude beach and has a tattoo of a dolphin on her back.
- Hugo Habercore (voiced by Sam Seder) - Hugo is a health inspector who used to date Linda but was jilted by her for Bob, a fact that causes him no end of frustration. This fact alone causes him to target Bob any chance he gets, to the point of malpractice as a health inspector. His last name was revealed on a Chyron during a news report in "Human Flesh".
- Ron (voiced by Ron Lynch) - Ron is Hugo's assistant, a trainee health inspector. Often quiet, he is willing to point out Hugo's malpractices when they go too far.
- Logan Barry Bush (voiced by Kurt Braunohler) - He first premiered in "Ear-sy Rider" as a bully to the Belcher kids, eventually stealing Louise's hat. He manages to keep it from her until the climax of the episode where Louise gets a biker gang to get it back. He later appears in the episode Mother Daughter Laser Razor attending the Mother Daughter seminar where Dakota calls him a "male daughter." His middle name was chosen to make his full name a play on words based on the loganberry bush.
- Jen (voiced by Wendy Molyneux) is the babysitter for Gene and Louise when Tina is unavailable or when Tina isn't trusted to watch them. Tina resents her because she replaced her job as a babysitter in "Purple Rain-Union." In the same episode, she is shown to be extremely ticklish and gives Tina a black eye.
- Josh (voiced by Ben Schwartz) - A boy that Tina met while in the milk fridge of the supermarket from "Lindapendent Woman." He returns in "Two for Tina" where both he and Jimmy Pesto Jr. both attempt to win over her heart and take her to the dance. He goes to a different school.
- Marshmallow (voiced by David Herman) - A transvestite prostitute that first appeared in "Sheesh! Cab, Bob?" She is dark-skinned and is always seen in a white monokini. She usually appears in the full swing of something really ridiculous, to the point where her presence and appearance aren't that shocking and everyone just greets her with a subdued, "oh, hey, Marshmallow".
- Mort (voiced by Andy Kindler) - Mort is the owner of the "It's Your Funeral" funeral home next to the restaurant and also a regular customer of Bob's Burgers. He is a little odd and has a stereotypically morbid sense of humor. He is good friends with Bob and Teddy.
- Officer Julia (voiced by Jerry Minor) - Officer Julia is a local police officer. She acts tough with people she arrests. She appears mostly with Officer Cliffany. From the beginning of the season 2, she is written out of the storylines for unknown reasons, but she does make a few cameo appearances.
- Officer Cliffany (voiced by Sam Seder) - Officer Cliffany is a local tall, androgynous, and overweight police officer. She works frequently with Officer Julia whenever there is a case in town. Like Officer Jullia, she was written out of the show after Season 1, but she does make some cameo appearances.
- Pam (voiced by Samantha Bee) - A daytime talk-show host along with her co-host and (secretly ex-)husband, Chuck. The Belchers cause her show to be cancelled. Pam later gets a daytime court show called "Pam's Court" despite not being a real judge. Unlike Chuck, she does not harbor resentment toward the Belchers (likely because she doesn't have to put up with Chuck as much thanks to them). Despite initially keeping their divorce secret to the public, Pam harbors deep resentment toward Chuck. She claims that fame ruined their marriage. Pam is a binge drinker.
- Randy (voiced by Paul F. Tompkins) - Randy is a man who has done various odd-jobs in his appearances. In "Sacred Cow," Randy worked as a film maker who constantly makes Bob feel guilty about making burgers by putting a cow next to his restaurant and convincing people not to eat there. In "Food Truckin'," Randy worked as a food truck caterer. In "Easy Commercial, Easy Gommercial," Randy helped the Belcher Family film their Super Bowl commercial.
- Speedo Guy - A unnamed blonde man in pink speedos and roller blades. He appears randomly in the series, often seen in background scenes in various episodes (such as "Burger Wars"' and "The Deepening").
- Teddy Francisco (voiced by Larry Murphy) - Teddy is a lonely contractor, regular customer of the Belcher family restaurant, and something of a family friend to them. Long winded at times, he enjoys telling stories. Bob's Burgers seem to be among, if not his single favorite food. Teddy participates in on-going therapy sessions. He was attractive and physically fit enough in his youth to be cast as a lifeguard in a 1980s exploitation movie filmed at Wonder Wharf.
- Trav (voiced by H. Jon Benjamin) - Trav is Jimmy Pesto's Bartender and Janitor.