Gumball (formerly Zach) Tristopher Watterson is the titular main protagonist of The Amazing World of Gumball. He is a twelve-year-old, blue male cat that goes to Elmore Junior High, with his adopted brother Darwin and his four-year-old sister Anais. Gumball is in Miss Simian's class. As of "The Shell", Gumball is dating Penny.
Why He Is Amazing
- He is a very imaginative person. Despite his mediocre academic performance, he can be surprisingly brilliant when it comes to formulating all sorts of mischievous schemes.
- Gumball is also pretty optimistic. Despite his cynicism towards society itself, as seen in episodes such as "The Bumpkin" and "The Money", he is still fairly positive in what to expect out of people (though there are exceptions). When his family is financially suffering in "The Money", he reminds them of the joys of family and pushes them to be more optimistic. In "The Others", he is quick to reject Clare's notion of "no happy ending", only wanting to see her have a happy ending (no matter how forced it was). He's also happy to help others, as seen in "The Void", "The Upgrade", and "The Slide", in which in all three he went great lengths to assist Molly, Bobert, and Rocky, respectively.
- In general, Gumball is very protective of his loved ones. On multiple occasions, he is quick to go into a sort of "over-protective" mode whenever anybody tries to hurt his siblings, Darwin and Anais, as seen in "The Parasite", in which he tried to nearly poison Jodie when he thought she was hurting Anais, or in "The Rerun", in which he aimlessly tried to attack Rob out of rage when Darwin died.
- For some reason, Gumball was very cheerful, kind-hearted, selfless, and collected in season 1.
- He's generally portrayed as very fun loving and creative.
- Gumball has a very sarcastic nature, which is typically fun to watch.
- His design is absolutely great, especially in seasons 2-6.
- He has a lot of hilarious moments throughout the show.
- His relationship with his brother/friend Darwin is amazing.
"What the What!?" Qualities
- He can be very obnoxious and scummy sometimes.
- When season 2 began, he became a really big cynical jerk. At this point, some fans will think that Gumball should resort back to his season 1 self in The Amazing World of Gumball: The Series.
- He was very wimpy and pretty humble in season 1.
- Thus, there are many episodes (usually after the first season) where he is unlikable.
- He almost never learns from his mistakes, either because of stupidity or narcissism.
- In fact, he's proud by how dumb he is.
- He can be incredibly selfish, even admitting in "The Promise" that no amount of guilt can outweigh his selfishness.
- He ends up suffering a lot of misfortunes in episodes such as "The Curse", "The Robot", "The Hero", and "The Triangle". You can't help but feel super bad for him.
- Although he may be an likeable character, he can sometimes be very unlikeable in episodes including "The Dream", "The Promise", "The Saint", "The Slap" (depending on your view), "The Ex" and "The Candidate" (depending on your view).
- He can be extremely hypocritical. In "The Bumpkin", he openly admits he can't live by his own principles.
- He is incapable of taking responsibility for his actions and will even blame others.
- While he can be selfless, most of the time, he only helps others to be the center of attention (e.g. "The Others").
- Gumball is known to be a caricature of a young Ben Bocquelet.
- Gumball makes a cameo in OK K.O. Let's Be Heroes crossover Nexus as one of the Cartoon Network heroes Strike summoned and defeated, he also appeared again as one of Ben's Cartoon Network transformations to defeat Strike.