List of The Boondocks characters

The following is a partial list of characters who have appeared in the animated television series The Boondocks.


Main characters

The Freeman family

Other main characters

  • Thomas Lancaster Dubois (voiced by Cedric Yarbrough): The Freemans' neighbor from across the street, Tom Dubois is a well-to-do African-American attorney. His character is seen to be a stereotype of a successful white collar Caucasian man. Tom is skittish and easily frightened. He adheres strictly to the law due to an intense fear of being anally raped in prison, as explained by narration from Huey in the episode "A Date With The Health Inspector": a flashback shows Tom at age ten watching a prison movie on television and being terrified by it; from then on, he refuses even the slightest legal infractions. ("But what if we get caught? We'll get arrested and anally raped!") Huey mentions that Tom's job as a prosecutor is to send other black men to the very fate he most fears. He also played basketball in college. His character can be interpreted as an "Uncle Tom" as he is seen as having turned his back on his black heritage to marry a white woman (Sarah), producing a mixed-race child (Jazmine), and becoming a criminal prosecutor who often convicts black people. Although, in line with the complexity of the show, the "Dubois" portion of his name may be an homage to W. E. B. Du Bois, thus putting his character in a state of conflict. For example, in one episode the neighborhood watch was convinced of the Freeman family's guilt in a string of local break-ins due to their unwillingness to speak to the police, and Tom, rather than acquiescing, confronted the neighborhood watch with the ridiculous nature of their accusations. Tom was at one point the unwilling vessel for Stinkmeaner after Stinkmeaner's escape from Hell; however, Stinkmeaner was eventually exorcised which returned Tom to normal.
  • Sarah Dubois (voiced by Jill Talley): Tom's Caucasian wife. She is very comfortable about their interracial marriage even when Tom is mocked for it in "The Trial of R. Kelly". She even jokingly said to Tom, "I told you about messin' with them white women." Sarah and her daughter are fans of Usher which makes Tom jealous.
  • Jazmine Dubois (voiced by Gabby Soleil): Tom and Sarah's biracial daughter. She can be extremely paranoid and a bit naive, making her an object of ridicule for Huey and Riley. Jazmine was shocked by both the September 11 attacks (and hid in her room for two years as a result in the comic strip) and finding out that the tooth fairy is not real. She is a strong believer in Santa Claus, viewing him as the true meaning of Christmas to the point where she dreams of preaching the gospel of Santa to the masses. Jazmine seems to have a crush on Huey despite the fact he is often cold toward her. This is shown through her constantly following him around. Jazmine first appears in the episode "The Trial of R. Kelly".
  • Uncle Ruckus (voiced by Gary Anthony Williams): An overweight black man with a grotesque appearance, and a glass eye, who idolizes old black slave culture. Ruckus is self-hating, disassociating himself from his African-American heritage as best he can, and hates all non-white peoples.[1] His greatest wish is that black people were still enslaved, because he believes that they were better off that way. His views of black people are in line with the views of white racists. He claims to have a mythical disease called "re-vitiligo" ("It's the opposite of what Michael Jackson's got, lucky bastard" as he always retorts). His hatred of black people is strongly evidenced in the episode "The Garden Party" to the point that when Riley, Huey and Granddad arrive he exclaims "We have a 'code black' at the main gate". During the same episode Ruckus performs an impromptu song entitled "Don't Trust Them New Niggas Over There". Ironically, he is the darkest-skinned character on the show. His character is a hyperbolic parody of the self-hating black man. However, as much as he may hate black culture, he has been shown in other episodes to still socialize with the Freemans. In "…Or Die Trying", Ruckus demonstrates a mastery of the nunchaku and hand to hand combat, equaling or possibly exceeding Huey's skills. In "The Uncle Ruckus Reality Show", he takes a DNA test and is horrified to learn he is 102% African with a 2% margin of error. The knowledge of his true heritage causes him to quit all of his jobs (he is seen in a variety of service jobs in the show) and adopt other behaviors that conform with his racist views. Later in the episode he is shown false documents stating that he is 52% white after the executives in charge of the show become upset over the plummet in ratings that Ruckus' behavior caused. He is told the original results were performed by a black doctor and were erroneous.
  • Ed Wuncler, Sr. (voiced by Edward Asner): an overweight, rich realtor whose family founded the town of Woodcrest and have lived in the area for over a century. His last name draws on the character “the Once-ler” from Dr. Seuss's book The Lorax. Like his namesake, Wuncler acts as the hyperbolic archetypal capitalist. He praises the freedom to exploit cheap labor and complains about high taxes in "The Block is Hot". The wealthy Wuncler owns the mortgage loan on Granddad's house (as he does with every house in Woodcrest) and somehow Woodcrest's police force, and is embarrassed by his inept grandson, Ed Wuncler III. Wuncler also owns the fictional fast food restaurant franchise, "McWuncler's", and the character bears a resemblance to his voice actor. Wuncler sometimes does things considered racist, such as referring to Grandad as "Robert Freedman", and employing only illegal Mexicans at his restaurants; ultimately, though, his racism is portrayed as simply being a byproduct of his insatiable greed rather than an active hatred of those from different races. Ed seems to have taken a general liking to Robert, referring to him as "Old school", and even funding his Soul food Restaurant venture in the episode "The Itis", though this may have merely been a plot to lower property values in the area so that he could purchase the nearby park and "develop" it. He also has a sweatshop which is run by 12-year-old Indonesian girls as Huey reveals and Ed confirms in "The Block is Hot", demonstrating his ruthless manner. It appears that Wuncler's pettiness and self-severing nature knows no bounds, as in the episode, The Red Ball, he admits to orchestrating an elaborate hoax in order to emotionally traumatize Huey into never playing kick-ball again, by convincing Huey that he was responsible for giving a young girl a "...permanent, severe limp..." during a friendly kick-ball game, simply to make sure Huey would never challenge Wuncler's own undefeated kick-ball team in future competition. In the season 3 finale, It's Goin' Down, Ed masterminds a false terrorist attack in Woodcrest, with the intention of making the lone victim (an overweight security guard) a national martyr and cultural icon, and then exploit his likeness for profit. The plot is foiled by Huey and a government agent named Jack Flowers, but Ed avoids arrest thanks to the intervention of President Barack Obama. In the final minutes of the episode, an angry Flowers takes Ed's grandson hostage, and he responds by smiling and saying "What are you waiting for? Shoot him!"
  • Ed Wuncler III (voiced by Charlie Murphy): The grandson of Ed Wuncler I. Ed III is a drunken, psychopathic, trigger-happy ex-soldier freshly discharged from active duty in Iraq. His character could be seen as a parody of a young George W. Bush, painted in broad strokes — a figure destined to be president on the strength of his family's wealth and power, despite his sub-average intelligence (as referenced at the end of "The Garden Party", where his grandfather says, "In 30 years, that boy will be President of the United States... and he'll still be a fucking idiot!"). He reveals that while in Iraq, he defecated in his pants out of fear so many times that the smell compromised his unit's position; he was not allowed to go on patrol as a result. Ed's bling includes a large medallion in the shape of the letter W, and he frequently wears a bulletproof vest. Although he is set to inherit an enormous fortune, he insists upon living a life of poorly executed crime, usually on behalf of his grandfather's business interests or as personal favors to Riley Freeman. He seems to have trouble distinguishing targets; as he has repeatedly kidnapped or attempted to murder the wrong person. Ed III and his friend, Gin Rummy, get away with their misguided and comically inept criminal antics because Ed Wuncler Sr. has the police and everyone else in the city on his payroll, and because his status as a member of the U. S. Armed Forces confers the public image of a hero no matter how immoral his actions may be, while Gin Rummy often argues that their escapes are the result of his being a master planner. For example, the pair go unpunished when staging a poorly executed bank robbery; Ed and Rummy are seen as heroes when they rob a convenience store owned by a person of "terrorist descent" after an unexpected shootout ensues; in attempting to kidnap Oprah Winfrey, they mistakenly abduct Maya Angelou, then Bill Cosby instead. Ed's signature line is "The fuck y'all looking at?"
  • Gin Rummy (voiced by Samuel L. Jackson): a former soldier and Ed Wuncler III's best friend. The character is apparently intended as a parody of Donald Rumsfeld by similarities in name, appearance, and use of actual quotes. His last name, "Rummy," matches the nickname given to Rumsfeld that was often spoken by President George W. Bush. Even though he is shown to be more intelligent than his best friend, he shares the same homicidal tendencies. His name is also a reference to the card game, Gin rummy. When someone challenges his poor criminal planning, claiming they only get away because no one comes after them, he defends himself by claiming just because they do not know no one comes after them does not mean there is not anyone coming after them, asserting that "the absence of evidence is not the evidence of absence" (parodying the claims of Bush and Rumsfeld regarding Saddam Hussein's supposed weapons of mass destruction in Iraq) in reference to the assertion that no one ever comes after them or by insisting that he could not plan for "unknown unknowns". Gin Rummy considers himself a patriot and will do whatever it takes to bring the "Fugitives of Justice" their due. He first appears in the episode "A Date With The Health Inspector". His style of speaking often parodies Samuel L. Jackson's character Jules Winnfield from Pulp Fiction. In many episodes Rummy drives a black Cadillac Escalade.
  • Otis Jenkins, stage name Thugnificent (voiced by series producer Carl Jones): A once-famous rapper and Riley's most recent idol, Thugnificent hails from the fictional town of Terra-Belle, Georgia. He is loud-mouthed and sports afro puffs similar to those worn by the rapper Ludacris. His narcissism is unmatched, epitomized by the ubiquitous statues of himself, designed to mirror Ancient Greek gods in their style and pose, that adorn his white-and-gold mansion, as well as by a painting depicting himself standing above Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G. Soon after moving into the neighborhood he begins a rivalry with Robert and later initiates Riley into his entourage, the "Lethal Interjection Crew," consisting of himself, fellow rappers Macktastic and Flonominal, whom he met through his record label, and "other niggas [he's] known his whole life". Despite his less-than-attractive traits, Thugnificent does attempt to be a good neighbor by asking for permission to throw his loud parties and encouraging face-to-face communication within the neighborhood, and is fairly friendly with most other neighborhood citizens. In the episode "The Fried Chicken Flu" he is even seen saving the family from Uncle Ruckus and Mrs. Von Hueson, after Robert kicked him out of the house. In "Bitches to Rags" it is revealed that Thugnificent has a bachelor's degree in Communication. "Bitches to Rags" also reveals that Thugnificent's record sales and popularity have been in sharp decline; by the end of the episode his home is foreclosed and his belongings auctioned to pay his debts. Relinquishing his stage name, Otis thus begins a new career as a delivery man and cuts his hair (all the while hoping for a reality show to save him from "real work"). His catchphrase is "Eat a Dick!!".

Real life characters

  • Lamilton Taeshawn, who is based on "Latarian Milton" the 7 year old who jacked his grandmother's car and went for a joyride, quotes such as "I like to do bad things" and "my friend who smokes wit cigarettes" are said by both Lamilton and Latarian. A friend of Riley's but, he soon realizes that Lamilton's intentions were evil.

Recurring characters

  • Gangstalicious (voiced by Mos Def): One of Riley's favorite rappers, Gangstalicious features in "The Story of Gangstalicious", "The Story of Gangstalicious Part 2", and "Thank You for Not Snitching" and makes a cameo appearance in "It's a Black President, Huey Freeman." He is responsible for the hit single "Thuggin' Luv" heard in the show, as well as "Homies Over Hoes". Inspired as a child by Ice Cube, he acted "like a killer" so people would like him. This behavior carried over into his adult life, and he's been living a lie ever since. He is a closet homosexual and goes to great lengths to keep this secret from the public. He was formerly involved in a secret homosexual affair with a gangster named Lincoln who attempts to kill Gangstalicious for betraying their love while on tour, and at some point assaulted a record label executive and rapped about it on TRL only to be arrested later. He was also involved in a relationship with a hip-hop video vixen named Jessica Ethelberg, who later wrote a book revealing he was gay (despite the fact that there were already countless obvious clues to the fact beforehand). His real name is Frederick.
  • Macktastic (voiced by Snoop Dogg): A rapper, and member of Thugnificent's Lethal Interjection crew. Despite his stereotypical gangsta attitude, he is shown to be quite articulate in his speech at times (slightly similar to his voice actor), and is a man of few words. His appearance resembles that of Taboo of The Black Eyed Peas. After the fall-out of Lethal Interjection, Thugnificent mentions that Mack went back to pimpin'.
  • Flonominal, real name Derrick Cornish (voiced by Busta Rhymes): A rapper, and member of Thugnificent's Lethal Interjection crew. His vocabulary seems to be quite limited, and uses hip-hop slang frequently at the end of, even in between his sentences, and if he cannot think of anything else to say such as "Word!" and "Nah mean?" (phrases commonly used by the rapper Ghostface Killah of the Wu-Tang Clan, who plays a role in in "Stinkmeaner Strikes Back"). Although he puts on a hard-man, gangsta facade and is as loud as Thugnificent at times, he is shown to be soft and sensitive, as seen as when his mother called him and scolded him about the controversy caused the Lethal Interjection label and the constant attacks on the elderly by Thugnificent's rivalry with Robert Freeman (Granddad), and when Butch Magnus Milosevic hit him on the leg with a baseball bat, after demanding Riley's chain back. He resigns from the Lethal Interjection in "Bitches to Rags" when Thugnificent is unable to pay for the house and when Thugnificent gets him fired from a job as an office worker. In this episode, however, he is not voiced by Busta Rhymes.
  • Leonard (voiced by DeRay Davis): Thugnificent's dim yet well-meaning friend and member of Thugnificent's Lethal Interjection Crew. Although Leonard was treated as a second-class member of the Lethal Interjection Crew—mostly due to his penchant for being socially awkward—he is the only member of the crew to stick with Thugnificent when he lost all of his money. While he is shown to be slow and a bit of a buffoon (Believing that Buffalo Wings are made from Buffalo), he is also shown to be more thoughtful, generous and loyal than most characters on the show. In the third season he is almost always shown in his Wendy's uniform, the job he took after Lethal Interjection disbanded.
  • A Pimp Named Slickback (voiced by Katt Williams): A pimp who gets easily irritated when someone calls him "Slickback" for short, demanding to be addressed by his complete self-professed name: "It's like 'A Tribe Called Quest' — you say the whole thing." He first appeared in "Guess Hoe's Coming to Dinner" when Granddad began dating his prostitute, Cristal. He made a cameo appearance in "Return of the King" but had no speaking lines. He appears in the season 2 episode "Tom, Sarah and Usher", in the episode where Tom believes Sarah is having an affair with singer Usher, attempting to teach Tom to gain the respect of his wife through violence and intimidation. The character is modeled after Katt Williams' character of "Money Mike" in Friday After Next. He also drives a purple BMW which matches his purple suit. He also appears in "The Story of Gangstalicious Part 2" where he is brought in by Granddad to talk to Riley about sex and dissuade him from homosexuality.
  • Colonel H. Stinkmeaner (voiced by Cedric Yarbrough): A blind old black man whose appearance resembles Dr. Badvibes from C.O.P.S.. As Huey states, Stinkmeaner has acted like an ornery old man for his entire life, taking absolutely no pleasure in things such as trees, sunsets, dolphins and rainbows. This is exemplified when Stinkmeaner is shown witnessing all of these things simultaneously from an oceanside cliff and declaring it, "Some old bullshit". At age fifteen, he loses his sight to cancer, and dedicated the rest of his life to making everyone's lives a living hell. The doctors expected him to die within three years, but it is believed that his "Love of Hatred" was what has kept him alive to old age. After beating Robert in a fight in the mall parking lot, Huey mistakes Stinkmeaner for a blind swordsman (specifically Zatoichi) and has Granddad train to fight Stinkmeaner. During the second fight, Huey realizes Stinkmeaner does not actually have sensitive hearing, but fails to stop the fight before Granddad unintentionally kills him; Granddad only escapes prosecution for the death because Tom and Huey had the fight legally sanctioned at the last minute. In Hell, Stinkmeaner trains and perfects martial arts and the Devil calls him "the baddest motherfucker Hell had ever seen." Stinkmeaner tells the Devil he'd have to kick him out of Hell because he is having the time of his life and also calls the Devil a "bitch ass nigga." Stinkmeaner comes back in the episode "Stinkmeaner Strikes Back", being sent to Earth by the Devil to spread ignorance and chaos among black people. He possesses Tom Dubois and attempts to take revenge upon Robert Freeman. His soul is eventually exorcised after Huey tricks him into talking peace with Ruckus (as the two share a like of hating things). In the season 3 episode The Hateocracy, it is revealed that many years before his encounters with the Freemans, Colonel Stinkmeaner belonged to a crew of violent, elderly hoodlums known as the "Hateocracy." The Hateocracy consisted of Colonel H. Stinkmeaner, Lord Rufus Crabmiser, Lady Esmerelda Gripenasty and Mister George Pistofferson. The latter three are highly skilled martial artists, easily defeating Huey in hand-to-hand combat. Lord Rufus Crabmiser uses a modified crab trap as a flying guillotine to deadly effect, even beheading the legendary Bushido Brown with it. Once notified of Stinkmeaner's death, the surviving members of the Hateocracy reunited to enact revenge on the Freeman family. However, they reveal that they did not care about Stinkmeaner and were antagonizing the Freemans simply because Robert murdering Stinkmeaner gave them an excuse to do so and that they would have just picked someone at random and ruined their life. They are arrested shortly after, to which Stinkmeaner says, "I may be in Hell but at least I ain't in jail nigga." Both Stinkmeaner and Tom are voiced by Cedric Yarbrough.[2]
  • Rev. Rollo Goodlove (voiced by Cee-Lo Green): An African-American left-wing activist whose activism seems more to get him media exposure than to show his opinion on the issue. He originally appeared in the Boondocks episode "The S-Word", as a supporter of the Freemans after Mr. Petto used a racial "slur" on Riley. He then turned it into a political debate between himself and Ann Coulter (which was carefully orchestrated) giving him more media exposure. His protest was overshadowed (forcefully with rifles) by elderly women protested for the right to own guns. Granddad was certain he will receive lots of money for the incident. He also helped Huey in a hunger strike in an attempt to pull BET off the air, but Rollo was offered a TV sitcom to be aired on BET, which led to him no longer aiding Huey's strike. His character is loosely based on Rev. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson.
  • Cindy McPhearson (voiced by Tara Strong): A girl who originally appeared as a recurring character in the comic strip. In the strip, Cindy is a girl in Huey's class who is oblivious to racial issues. She enjoys rap music, especially Snoop Dogg. In the TV series, she appears as an extremely talented junior basketball player for her team, is well-versed (yet overblown) in AAVE, and is just as cocky as Riley. Riley soon resorts to insulting her mother and the problems related to her in Cindy's life to put her off her game, which leads to her crying and running off the court. Appears in the episode "Ballin'" and "The Story of Gangstalicious Part 2", in Season 2 and in Season 3 in the episode The Red Ball as part of the kickball team led by Huey. In that episode, however, she does not speak. She appears in and has a bigger role in the season 3 episode "The Fundraiser" as one of Riley's partners in his chocolate enterprise. Cindy may have a crush on Riley. Her appearance in the TV series is similar to that of Cammy from the Street Fighter series.
  • Mr. G. Petto (voiced by Fred Willard): A teacher who originally appeared as recurring character in The Boondocks comic strip. In the series, he is Riley's teacher. In the strip, however, he is Huey's teacher. He caused a lot of controversy when he called Riley a "nigga", with Riley and Grandad threatening to sue over the incident. He claimed to be confused as to how offensive it could be taken, given Riley's constant use of the word, and the hip-hop songs apparently advocating its usage. The incident eventually grew into a political debate, from left-wing and right-wing proponents. Throughout, he seemed regretful and apologetic for using it, admitting his own confusion over the word. Appears in "The S-Word".
  • Sway (voiced by himself): The MTV News reporter who first appears in "The Story of Gangstalicious" narrating the documentary "Gangstalicious: Resurrection" and then the breaking news. He later appears in "The Story of Thugnificent" narrating the documentary "Thugnificent: Rags to Bitches." He also appears in shinin' reporting Riley's chain getting stolen.
  • Xzibit (voiced by himself): He pimps the Freemans' car Dorothy as a result of one of Riley's scams, and makes a short appearance in the second season when Granddad asks him to assist with a diss rap.
  • Bushido Brown: (first voiced by Cedric Yarbrough, then Michael Jai White) He's a kung-fu bodyguard hired by Oprah. For a while on the show he is the best martial artist whose skills greatly surpass Huey Freeman. He appeared in the season one episode "Let's Nab Oprah" and the season two episode "Attack of the Killer Kung-Fu Wolf Bitch". He is killed in the season three episode "Stinkmeaner 3: The Hateocracy" after being decapitated in a fight with three elderly martial artists, the "Hateocracy", who were out to kill Robert using a flying guillotine. Before his demise, he is revealed to be an arrogant jerk who overcharges his clients for his services. Bushido Brown's character is heavily influenced by the character Williams from Enter the Dragon (played by martial artist Jim Kelly), as well as Michael Jai White's own character parody "Black Dynamite" from the film Black Dynamite.
  • Wedgie Rudlin: (voiced by Donald Faison) President of entertainment for BET, and a simpering yes-man to his superiors. An obvious parody of actual BET President of entertainment (and executive producer for the Boondocks) Reginald Hudlin.
  • Mrs. Von Heusen: (voiced by Marion Ross) A right-wing elderly woman who is head of the local neighborhood watch, and Second Amendment Sisters. When Ed the 3rd and Gin Rummy are engaging in their local crime spree, she tries militarizing the neighborhood watch after the Freemans. During the Fried Chicken Flu, she organizes another militia to try and take the Freeman's supplies.


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