|“||You have only yourself to blame. You being the hero of all of this, means that I have to be the villain. BUT I NEVER WANTED TO BE THE VILLAIN! I wanted to be the cute sidekick who gets his own plush toy and a spinoff show! You really don't get it, do you? So happy to star in your amazing world! Can't you see that none of this is real! It doesn't matter, once you're out of the picture, I can be whoever I want! I'm sorry, Gumball Watterson! There's no other way!||„|
|~ Rob to Gumball after seemingly destroying his life in a day.|
|“||I will destroy you and everyone you love!||„|
|~ Rob's catchphrase and most famous quote.|
Rob, formerly known as Dr. Wrecker, is the main antagonist of the animated show The Amazing World of Gumball. He was initially a minor character in first and second seasons, but as of the final episodes of third season, he becomes the main antagonist of the show until the sixth and final season.
Rob was thrown in the Void for being a mistake of the world, but he managed to escape and found a role as a cruel, sadistic and cunning villain and the arch-nemesis of Gumball Watterson. For his new part to play, he wreaked havoc on Elmore and the Wattersons. Eventually, he discovered that the universe was going to be erased, tried his best to save everyone, only to amount to failure and total destruction.
He was voiced by Charles Phillipp. His Dr. Wrecker voice was voiced by David Warner, who also played The Evil Genius in Time Bandits, Ed Dillinger Sr., the Master Control and Sark in Tron, Morpheus in Fallout, Ra's al Ghul in the DC Animated Universe, Archmage in Gargoyles and Jon Irenicus in Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn.
Rob's most prominent feature is the large eye at the center of his head. In Seasons 1 and 2, Rob was blue with light brown hair.
Rob wore a yellow shirt with orange sleeves and red shorts. He also wore a brown backpack. His hands were pink and he wore dark orange shoes with gold laces and black buckles.
From going through the Void, he became a disfigured white cyclops. His skin tone changed from blue to white, his left shoe and hand turned black, and his right shoe is reduced to chartreuse wireframes. Parts of his face display distorted static, his eye is now pale-yellow and has two stuck pupils and his hair turned polygonal and solid brown. His shirt has turned sleeveless.
Initially, Rob was usually nice, social, authentic, and compassionate but got extremely annoyed and argumentative when Gumball and Darwin didn't even know who he was. However, he was still willing to help Gumball and Darwin when he caught a cd that they needed which was about to fall into the sewer, despite Darwin being the one who actually kicked him down the sewer simply to get rid of him. However, he threw the CD down the road when neither could remember his name despite interacting with him just moments before.
Alas, that personality changed in "The Nobody", he has no memory of his past life and thus feels like a nobody. At the end of the episode, Rob remembers what happened in his past and he swears vengeance on Gumball and Darwin for leaving him behind. Although he seems extremely knavish, dangerous, threatening and vituperative when he claims revenge he later proves to be extremely incompetent and inadequate at defeating the main characters in "The Nemesis" where he was shown to have multiple failed attempts at harming Gumball and Darwin, needing help from them to make him a better villain which even then doesn't help him that much. Afterward, and from that point on, Rob was more hateful and evil and is now completely focused on defeating Gumball.
Since then, Rob has become more competent than other villains in the show. Other than trying to ruin Gumball's life, he also seems to be trying to destroy ( "wreck" in his own words) Elmore. This is shown when he assumed Elmore had a dam and tried to break it with the intent of flooding Elmore, though there was no dam in reality, as well as placing a bomb in the Elmore Jr. High school bus in an attempt to kill the students and teachers of Elmore Junior High and get away with a million dollars (although he also said it was his way of trying to kill Gumball as well).
Underneath all of this hate and anger is a very traumatized and insecure teenager who was inevitably forced into the role of the villain that he never wanted, and in the end, simply wants to live a normal life with a family to be loved and remembered. In addition, he does value the lives of others, as he tried to save everyone he could from being sucked into The Void, a place where all the world's mistakes are sent, by making everyone into normal humans. Despite his best efforts, his words ultimately went unheeded, and he was the first to be sucked back into the void as Elmore's destruction began.
Rob first had a cameo in Rachel's party with other Elmore Junior High students in "The Date". He made another appearance in "The Party", where he attends a party hosted by Tobias' older sister, Rachel. He is later one of the Elmore students to watch the fight between Gumball and Tina Rex in "The Fight". Rob later appeared in "The Pony", where he tries to say hi to Gumball and Darwin, but gets angry when Gumball didn't know his name, and even blocks Gumball and Darwin’s path, and gets kicked down a manhole by Darwin; he also denies them the DVD they were after. Rob is later in a crowd of angry Elmore civilians trying to attack the Wattersons before reality is fixed in "The Finale". Rob then appears in "The Void’"as one of Elmore's mistakes sent to the Void.
Later in the year, in "The Nobody", a mysterious guest steals all of The Watterson's possessions including Nicole's money, Richard's toothbrush, and Anais's Daisy the Donkey doll. The three members of the family blame Gumball and Darwin for stealing those possessions without proof whatsoever and they almost punished them by making them stay in their room while they are away until they confess. The duo then tries to find the mysterious house guest after he passes by them. This leads them to the basement, where they find all of the stolen possessions that the mysterious stranger has stolen. They later chase him throughout Elmore and prevent his escape by throwing condiments at a car, Tina, and a truck driver. This causes the stranger to surrender.
Gumball and Darwin then ask the stranger about why was he in their house. He told them he has no place to live and is nobody. He also tells them that he doesn't have a mom or any siblings. They try to say which the stranger can be but to no avail. They then tell the stranger that he can be a bad guy and be their mortal enemy. They also tell him that he can be the worst mistake ever made. This triggers the stranger's memory and he is revealed to be Rob. Rob then flashbacks that he was trying to get Gumball and Darwin's attention in the Void, but they ignored him to find Molly. As the group left on Mr. Small's van, Janice, Rob clung on to the back of the van as it drove back to Elmore. After the group drove off, Rob escaped from the Void and ended up disfigured in the process. He then vows revenge on Gumball and Darwin for leaving him, claiming that he will take away everything that they ever loved.
Rob's next appearance in "The Nemesis" involves him repeatedly failing (around 563 times, according to a statement made by him) to exact revenge on Gumball and Darwin. The duo decides to help him become a better nemesis by altering his voice, making him an outfit, and giving him a name change. Rob comes to call himself Dr. Wrecker and coins a new catchphrase: "You just got wrecked". Later in the episode, his plot to flood the town backfires when he is unable to escape via bus, so he consults Gumball and Darwin to help him. As all hope seems lost, they realize Elmore doesn't have a dam and Dr. Wrecker just destroyed part of a vending machine. In order to cheer him up, Gumball and Darwin walk into one of Rob's traps set up earlier. The cyclops then walks off in evil laughter as the two beg him to help.
Later on, Rob made two cameo appearances in "The Uploads" and "The Love".
Rob's next appearance in "The Bus" where he is revealed to be the one in charge of the adults' plan to teach the kids to not skip school. His reason for doing this was not to teach the kids, but rather to get money and exact his revenge on the Watterson duo. Later in the episode, he and Gumball have a fight at an airport over two briefcases which were also used as their weapons, one containing the money and the other holding a bomb. Rob is about to crush Gumball with the briefcase, but as the police arrive, he blames Gumball saying that is the cause of everything and ran away. But lucky for Gumball and Richard, they had a briefcase containing the money, and unfortunately for Rob, he had the wrong briefcase (which contained the bomb), which then explodes from a distance, sending Rob flying back to the airport and landed on top of a police car, defeated. Rob is then arrested for his crimes at the end of the episode.
Despite this, Rob returned in "The Disaster", presumably having escaped from prison and visited the Awesome Store and purchased a remote that can control the universe. When the man from the Magic Van wanted the money he owed to Rob, he killed him by erasing him with the remote. While the Watterson family were finding a parking spot, Rob paused the scene and reminded Gumball that he will destroy everything he loved, and turned on all of the car lights and ignitions, crashing the family's own car in a piled-up wreck, which Gumball is blamed for causing despite him pleading innocence, due to him messing with the window even after Nicole ordered him to stop.
While at the Elmore Mall, Rob made Gumball lose his half-brother Darwin by putting up "evil magic subtitles" as insults, making Gumball yell and run to his family about what had happened, and Nicole calms him down. Then Rob made Richard and Nicole break up and go their separate ways by deactivating their parental filters, and he made Gumball break up with his girlfriend Penny and accidentally pushed her to her death and suddenly paused the scene, with everyone frozen in time (except Gumball and Rob). Gumball confronts Rob and wants his revenge on him for messing up his day.
Rob explained that he wanted to be the sidekick of Gumball, not a villain. Rob opens up a portal to the Void with the remote and tries to push Gumball inside, but Gumball immediately attacks him, fighting for the remote. After the fight, Rob pushes Gumball to the portal to the Void and tries to eject Gumball in, but the batteries were dead, so Rob tossed the remote in the Void, forcing Gumball to fall in the Void and get the remote in order to save his loved ones. He successfully hit the rewind button, sending Gumball right back to the beginning of the episode, and a "To be continued..." message appeared, ending the episode.
Rob appeared again in "The Rerun", where Gumball must stop him from destroying his life. When Rob first turns on the insult subtitles to spite and upset Darwin, Gumball rearranges the letters, eventually spelling "Rob is messing with you". Darwin accidentally swallows the letters and then chokes out the words "Where is he". Rob then tries to eject Darwin, but Gumball pushes him out of the way. Rob then tries to once again to break up Nicole and Richard but Gumball jumps on top of him and accidentally presses the rewind button that starts turning Richard and Nicole into babies.
Then Anais died from being erased from existence, and Darwin died from being a normal fish, enraging Gumball who tries to attack Rob, but Rob pushes the same button that fast forwards Gumball into pushing Penny off the railing once again. Then they both fight again for the remote but this time Gumball seems to get the upper hand and ejects Rob into the Void with the remote, defeating his nemesis. Gumball then realizes that he is acting as the bad guy and tries to save Rob before he (Gumball) disappears, (since his parents turned into babies, not allowing him and his siblings to existing any longer).
Right after Gumball catches up to him, Rob grabs the remote and almost kills Gumball, but he refuses and hits the rewind button. Rob then states that Gumball is hard to hate since he came all that way to save him, but Rob realizes the only way to fix everything is to go back in time to break the remote, with Gumball stating he "looks forward to being Rob's enemy in the future". Rob then goes back in time, turning Nicole and Richard back into adults and Anais and Darwin were brought back to life, and destroys the remote, and continues to have his villainous ways, but ends with a groan when the magic van man states the price again, followed by the Wattersons singing happily in the car on their way home.
Rob appeared again in "The Ex" where it is revealed he found himself a new archenemy which is Banana Joe. Gumball refuses to accept Banana Joe's new archenemy to Rob, despite Penny's advice and sabotaged Rob's new "enemy-ship" to Banana Joe. Rob flies into a rage and lashes out at Gumball at the climax of the episode after he foils his plans making Gumball his nemesis once again.
He returned in "The Spinoffs", where he replaced Gumball in that episode, and held Timmy hostage in order to hijack the show.
Rob reappeared in "The Future", where he kidnapped Banana Joe’s mom, Banana Barbara to use the power of her paintings. One week later, Banana Joe asks Gumball and Darwin for his help finding his mother after she went missing. Meanwhile, at an abandoned warehouse, Rob orders Barbara to use her painting power, but when she refuses, Rob strangles her, threatening to kill her if she didn’t use her prediction powers. Barbara then caves in and uses her painting power. While Gumball, Darwin, and Banana Joe were finding his mom, strange things are appearing from Barbera’s magic paintings. She eventually created a portal for the boys to go through to save her, and the three boys confront Rob in a showdown. Rob uses Barbara’s paintings to attack Gumball. With the help of Gumball and Darwin, Banana Joe used white paint on Rob’s painting picture to erase Rob from existence, killing him. Banana Barbers repainted Rob on a picture of him trapped in the Void, stating that there is no future, ending in a cliffhanger.
In "The Revolt", Rob makes a cameo where he is in an Elmore Stream-It video, showing that Banana Barbara was successful in bringing him back and that he apparently escaped from the Void once more. How he escaped is unknown.
In the series finale, "The Inquisition", Rob appears posing as the school superintendant, Evil, to stamp out the cartoonish conduct in Elmore Junior High. This involves having the kids act and transform into humans, examples being when he gave Alan a body, erased Teri's face and made William open a door without using his powers. He manages to transform almost all the kids into humans, save for Gumball and Darwin, who manage to turn all the kids back to their normal forms by reminding them of their habits. After getting confronted, Rob tries to explain his actions, but Tina knocks him out. After that, it is revealed that Rob tried to transform everyone into humans in order to prevent them from being sucked into the void, the place where all the world's mistakes are taken. However, a hole opens up, and he states with horror that "it's started". The void sucks him in and starts destroying Elmore, signifying the end of Gumball and ending the show on a horribly bleak note. The last shot of the show being Rob in the same pose he was in Banana Barbara's painting in "The Future".'
It is unknown if Rob is still alive or not.
Powers and Abilities
- Intelligence: Rob is known for being highly intelligent and is one of the series' smartest characters. He, while 13, has already a major in Canadian History. He was also intelligent enough to hide from the Wattersons for a long amount of time without them knowing, although he states they're the only family dumb enough to not realize it. His intelligence came to a dangerous use for him after he became a criminal, as he was able to formulate a nearly successful plan to blow up the bus and get away with a million dollars and, unlike other villains, failed due to Gumball's interference rather than being incompetent. The same goes with the episode "The Ex", where he formulated a highly foolproof plan to kill Banana Joe that would have been successful had Gumball not interfered yet again. He also was smart enough to kidnap Banana Barbara for week.
- Superhuman Abilities: Rob is shown to be an extremely deadly opponent in combat. Even though he is still a kid, he is capable of defeating Gumball in a one-on-one fight and while Gumball may be younger than him, he is an extremely skilled martial artist in his own right who has defeated some of the most powerful villains. He is also shown to be extremely fast and posses a lot of stamina, having been able to run from Gumball and Darwin at a constant rate without stopping and effortlessly dodged a charged attack from Gumball even when he sped the latter up. He is also shown to have an extreme amount of endurance, having able to take the strongest blows from both the Watterson brothers and still come out unharmed and victorious in their fight. He was even able to take a huge amount of explosion from a bomb he was holding and still survives, even when he lands on a car from a considerable height of falling.
- Gumball Watterson - Archenemy
- Darwin Watterson - Secondary Archenemy
- Anais Watterson
- Nicole Watterson
- Richard Watterson
- Banana Joe
- Rob made a cameo on the computer in The Genius, and it shows that his friends are (in order) Teri, Alan, Leslie, and Carmen, also, it shows him wearing a mustang mask in the desert on Fessebook. This same page reappears on The Internet.
- Technically, Rob, Bobert, and Banana Bob have the same name, since they are both shortened forms of the name Robert.
- Originally for Season 1, Rob was animated with CGI. In Season 2, he was changed to a 2D animated character, probably to make him easier to animate. In The Nobody, he is back to being animated in CGI. This makes him and Blitzer the only characters to be animated in both 2D and CGI.
- In The Nobody, it is revealed that Rob never had parents or any siblings, although at the time he stated this he was suffering from amnesia.
- He is the second character to have a permanent change in the show, the first was Penny.
- He is aware of the fact that the world he lives in is fictional, although, in recent episodes, he decided to forget about it until the events of the finale "The Inquisition".
- Despite his tragic nature, Rob is arguably one of, if not the, most evil and most dangerous villain Gumball has ever faced, having conjured schemes that nearly killed the main cast and managed to escape from it all, something that villains like Jealousy and Ant-One couldn't do. However, in the series' finale, Rob tried to redeem himself in the end in order to save the cast, but ended up getting knocked out by Tina Rex and then fell into his unknown fate inside the Void before he could.
- When Rob tells Gumball he "could be whatever he wants" when Gumball's "out of the picture" in The Disaster, It hints that Rob was also planning to rule the universe with the remote's power and, by doing so, will no longer be ignored by everyone.
- Rob states in The Bus that he has a major in Canadian History, meaning that, while he is 13, has already proceeded in his studies, unlike his former friends, further implying that he was Elmore's smartest student.
- Rob's last name is unknown, although it's implied he changed his name to "Robert Wrecker" to keep is Dr. Wrecker alter ego.
- Rob is somewhat inspired by Mister Nobody from DC comics.
- In The Uploads, he has an internet channel called Dr. Wr., with his video being called W.R.E.C.K.T.R.E, parody to S.P.E.C.T.R.E in OO7.
- Rob is potentially the most dangerous antagonist in Cartoon Network, even being more dangerous than Grandfather from Codename: Kids Next Door- Operation: Z.E.R.O., due to him being able to get control over the universe easily.
- However, Rob's guest appearance in Villainous shows him to be exponentially weaker than Black Hat, who Gumball speculates has greater dominion over the forces of evil in general, although this appearance is considered non-canon.
- Rob is also shown to be eviler than Grandfather, since, while Grandfather did still have care for his son, Monty, Rob, on the other hand, had no care for everyone and went as far as to try to blow his former friends up in The Bus. However this changed at least somewhat in The Inquisition where he tried to save everyone he could from being destroyed by The Void.
- It should be noted that Rob's static would change depending on how he feels. When he is in his evil persona, his static become's a bit dark, while when he's angry or freaking out, his static becomes white.
- Rob is arguably one of the strongest characters in the show, having defeated Gumball and his family, who are considered to be one of Elmore's strongest residents.
- Rob has received critical acclaim by critics and fans of the show for his role as the series new villain, some going far into calling him the best character on the show after Darwin an Gumball.
- Despite having a redeeming side in "The Rerun", Rob's latest appearances have shown him becoming more evil and dangerous. In fact, he arguably crossed the Moral Event Horizon in The Disaster, The Rerun and The Future as well, including:
- Killing the Van Shopkeeper while smiling about it.
- Breaking up Gumball's family.
- Having Gumball nearly kill Penny twice.
- Turning Nicole and Richard into infants, which caused Anais to be erased from existence, and Darwin eventually dying from reverting back to a normal fish. with Rob only telling Gumball how he warned him that he would kill everyone he loves.
- Creating a shark to eat Gumball during their battle in The Future.
- Currently, Mrs. Watterson is the only one who hasn't encountered Rob's villainous nature or presumably discovered Rob was the real thief.
- Rob on The Amazing World of Gumball Wiki