|Created by||Damon Albarn
|Voiced by||Haruka Kuroda
Noodle is a fictional Japanese musician and member of the British virtual band Gorillaz. She provides the lead guitar, as well as some occasional main and backing vocals for the band. Like all other band members of Gorillaz, she was created in 1998 by Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett. Noodle has been voiced by Japanese actress Haruka Kuroda, singer-songwriter Miho Hatori of trip-hop group Cibo Matto, and Talking Heads bassist Tina Weymouth.
When first conceptualizing the depiction of a guitarist for Gorillaz, Hewlett was initially considering depicting her as a 17-year-old adolescent girl carrying guitars, but Albarn noted that the idea was too similar to what Hewlett usually draws and suggested that Hewlett should create "something different". Taking Albarn's advice, Hewlett came up with the first official Noodle, a 10-year-old Japanese girl. Later, Hewlett drew her as 13 years old, and since then, he said he has "aged" her further. Noodle first came to the Gorillaz when they were still a trio of 2-D, Murdoc and Russel. The band was looking for a guitarist, so they ran an ad looking for one. The next day a FedEx crate arrived at Kong Studios, and a little Asian girl popped out, and started playing on her guitar, as 2-D later described it, "The riff to end all riffs". After shredding on her guitar, she spoke a single word to the trio, and it became her nickname: "Noodle".
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