Bob the Builder is the main protagonist and titular character of the British kids show of the same name. He is a general contractor with being head of his own construction yard based in Bobsville, Sunflower Valley, Fixham Harbour or Spring City depending on the season.
In the original show, he was voiced by Neil Morrissey in the UK and William Dufris, Greg Proops and Marc Silk in the US. In the 2015 reboot, he is voiced by Lee Ingleby in the UK and Colin Murdock in the US.
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- He is a classic British icon, much like Wallace from Wallace and Gromit, Postman Pat, Fireman Sam and Thomas the Tank Engine.
- What makes him unique is that much like Thomas the Tank Engine, he is not only famous in the United Kingdom, but he is also famous all around the world and is also one of the most iconic characters ever created apart from characters such as SpongeBob SquarePants, Mickey Mouse, Bugs Bunny, Pikachu from Pokémon, Super Mario, Hello Kitty, Winnie the Pooh, Homer Simpson from The Simpsons, Sonic the Hedgehog and Tom and Jerry.
- He is pretty good at doing his job as a builder and shown to be very fit at his job in the show, as he is often passionate and determined to get tasks done.
- He is beautifully animated with fluent stop-motion.
- His personality is very good, as he is always portrayed as an intelligent and fun-loving person.
- He isn't one to lose focus and often comes up with ideas on how to fix things.
- All of his voice actors do great jobs at voicing him, especially Neil Morrissey in the original UK version.
- He knows how to be honest without being brutal, and he isn't afraid to let someone know when they've messed up. He doesn't even get upset when someone makes a mistake.
- He has an amazing relationship with the machines, Wendy and the rest of the civilians in Bobsville.
- He acts as a parental figure to his machines and tries his best to keep them in line.
- He and Wendy both have a cute romantic relationship with each other.
- He, along with Scoop, Wendy, Spud and Pilchard contributed to the The Official BBC Children In Need program in the The Official BBC Children in Need Medley in 2009.
- He is one of the few characters who wasn't flanderized in the 2015 reboot.
- He encourages children to always work together and to never give up, making him a great role model for children.
- Sometimes, he can come across as a Gary Stu.
- The way he is animated sometimes makes him look like he has an eternal smile, but this is fixed when his show got turned into CGI.
- Although his US dub actors do decent jobs at voicing him, Greg Proops' voice for Bob doesn't sound as good as the ones given by William Dufris or Marc Silk, as he makes Bob sound a bit too much like Fred from Scooby-Doo.
- Despite not being completely unlikable or out of character in that episode, he was pretty dumb and a bit of an air-head in "Bob's Bugle", due to him not realising that the trumpet he made was awful.
- His redesign in the 2015 reboot is pretty bad and it fails to capture the same charm as his original design, as it looks absolutely nothing like his old design and it makes Bob look way younger than he was before.
- In addition, his design in the 1997 pilot, while decent, feels pretty uncanny and too realistic.
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