Eugene, fondly known as “Gene” Belcher, holds the unique position of being the sole boy among Bob and Linda Belcher’s three children.
With dreams of musical stardom and a penchant for mischief, Gene often finds himself at the heart of the family’s adventures. He shares a deep bond with his parents and is tightly knit with his sisters, Tina and Louise.
While Tina and Gene often become unwitting accomplices in Louise’s cunning plans, they all come together as a trio at Wagstaff School.
Eugene “Gene” Belcher
From the first beat of his trusty keyboard to his knack for writing unpredictable yet catchy tunes, Gene showcases the heart of an artist. We’ve watched him evolve, not just as the middle child of the Belcher family, but as a budding musician with limitless potential.
Whether he’s crafting jingles for the family’s restaurant or serenading a crush, Gene’s enthusiasm for music is contagious. More than his tunes, his fearless individuality stands as a testament to every aspiring musician out there.
If Gene can turn fart sounds into music, surely there’s hope for us all!
Played by: Eugene Mirman
Many would agree that in the colorful tapestry that is “Bob’s Burgers,” Gene’s vibrant thread shines the brightest. Where others might shy away, Gene embraces his eccentricity with open arms.
Don a burger suit?
Turn a school presentation into a musical? Absolutely! This unabashed acceptance of self makes Gene’s character an emblem of confidence. His zest for life reminds viewers of a crucial life lesson: being true to oneself is the most important performance.
Peek into the dynamics of the Belcher family, and you’ll witness Gene’s pivotal role in maintaining the balance. As the middle child, he often bridges the gap between the ever-practical Tina and the effervescent Louise.
His bond with his father, Bob, offers countless heartwarming moments, highlighting their mutual love for music and humor. Not to be left behind, Linda, the matriarch, frequently fuels Gene’s wild antics, proving that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
Each relationship Gene nurtures displays his depth as a character and the nuanced roles he plays within the family and larger story.
Gene loves using sound effects, especially recorded fart sounds, on his Casio SK-5 keyboard or megaphone to entertain and annoy. At 11, he exhibits mature moments but has a crude sense of humor revolving around bodily functions.
In “Broadcast Wagstaff School News,” he embraces his resemblance to a young Bob by mimicking his father’s style, even sporting a faux bald-spot.
Gene thrives in the limelight, relishing performance art and seizing chances to showcase his musical talent, like performing at Jimmy Pesto’s. He’s imaginative, yet struggles with commitment to prolonged tasks.
Nonetheless, his raw talent shines in original songs and performances, such as his one-man Die Hard musical at Wagstaff School. While the keyboard is Gene’s primary instrument, he admits to limited formal training, playing in just two keys.
Gene and Fashion: An Underrated Duo
We mustn’t overlook Gene’s unique sense of style. Whether it’s his iconic burger suit, a two-man horse costume, or a turquoise sequined jumpsuit, Gene possesses an undeniable flair for fashion.
This might not be haute couture, but it’s authentic, fearless, and unforgettable. Every wardrobe choice, no matter how outlandish, is a testament to his philosophy: wear your personality on your sleeve (or entire body, for that matter). And isn’t that the essence of true style?
Life as an Inspirational Muse
Believe it or not, Gene’s life lessons can be a beacon for many of us. In a world where judgment is often just a click away, Gene’s resilience and refusal to be boxed into stereotypes are exemplary.
Whether it’s about confronting fears, embracing change, or simply dancing to one’s own tunes, literally and metaphorically, Gene’s journey offers wisdom. One might argue that a cartoon character can’t be an inspiration, but Gene Belcher defies that notion, proving that profound insights can come from the most unexpected sources.
Collaborations and Team-ups
Beyond solo endeavors, Gene’s collaborations with other characters add layers to the narrative. Teaming up with Tina and Louise for various schemes (often as “Gene-al Poo-poo”) or joining forces with Regular-sized Rudy for musical extravaganzas, these partnerships bring out different facets of his character.
These interactions highlight Gene’s adaptability and shed light on his role as an enabler, often encouraging and amplifying the quirks of those around him.
- Linda Belcher (mother)
- Bob Belcher (father)
- Tina Belcher (older sister)
- Louise Belcher (younger sister)
- Al Gennaro (maternal grandfather)
- Gloria Gennaro (maternal grandmother)
- Big Bob (paternal grandfather)
- Gayle Gennaro (maternal aunt)
- Mrs. Belcher (paternal grandmother)br>Ernest Lombard (paternal maternal great great uncle)br>Burt (maternal great great-grandfather)
- Vanessa (first cousin once removed)
Friends / Allies
- Alex Papasian (best friend)
- Jimmy Pesto, Jr.
- Andy and Ollie Pesto
- Regular-Sized Rudy
- Courtney Wheeler (Girlfriend)
- Tammy Larson (sometimes)
- Mr. Ambrose
- Peter Pescadero
- Ranger Carl
- Ferdinand Spratt
- Captain Davis
- Mr. Frond (sometimes)
Bob Belcher: Gene’s father and the owner of “Bob’s Burgers.” Bob is hardworking, often stressed but deeply loves his family. He shares a close bond with Gene, especially in moments when they bond over music or cooking.
Linda Belcher: Gene’s enthusiastic and ever-supportive mother. Linda often encourages Gene’s musical aspirations, sometimes even joining in with her unique singing.
Tina Belcher: Gene’s eldest sister, known for her awkwardness, love for horses, and obsession with zombies and boys. Tina and Gene occasionally team up in the family’s adventures.
Louise Belcher: Gene’s younger sister, a sharp-witted and naughty girl. Gene and Louise share many antics, with Gene often getting roped into her schemes.
Friends and Acquaintances
Regular-Sized Rudy: A close friend of Gene from Wagstaff School. He’s got a good heart and often partners with Gene in various escapades.
Courtney Wheeler: Gene’s on-again, off-again love interest. Daughter of the school’s guidance counselor, she shares Gene’s love for music.
Darryl: Another friend from Wagstaff, Darryl is tech-savvy and has partnered with Gene on musical projects.
Zeke: Tina’s sometimes-crush, Zeke occasionally teams up with Gene and provides another layer of comedic relief with his boisterous personality.
Jimmy Jr.: Tina’s primary love interest and son of Bob’s business rival, Jimmy Pesto. Gene and Jimmy Jr. have a rocky relationship, but they’ve had moments of camaraderie, especially around music and dance.
Tammy and Jocelyn: Primarily Tina’s friends (or frenemies, in Tammy’s case). They occasionally interact with Gene, especially in school-related episodes.
Gene dresses up as Bob
Musical Inspiration: Gene’s iconic keyboard is a Casio SK-5, a real model that was popular in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Voice Actor: Gene is voiced by Eugene Mirman, who lends a unique blend of innocence and sarcasm to the character. Fun fact: Eugene’s stand-up comedy inspired aspects of Gene’s personality.
Named After: Gene’s name, like all the Belcher family members, was originally intended for a different gender. In the original concept for “Bob’s Burgers,” the family was composed of cannibals and Gene was conceived as a teenage girl.
Burger Outfits: Gene has worn the burger suit more times than any other character on the show.
Musical Talent: Despite his love for music and many performances, Gene admits in the “Itty Bitty Ditty Committee” episode that he can only play his keyboard in two keys.
Similarity to Bob: As seen in the “Broadcast Wagstaff School News” episode, Gene looks strikingly similar to how Bob looked when he was 11. This realization led to a hilarious subplot where Gene started emulating his dad.
Die Hard Fan: Gene is a huge fan of the movie “Die Hard.” In the episode “Work Hard or Die Trying, Girl,” he creates and stars in a school musical based on the film.
Unique Sound Effects: Gene often uses his keyboard to punctuate his emotions or situations, giving him a unique comedic edge among the characters.
Allergies: In the episode “Easy Com-mercial, Easy Go-mercial,” it’s revealed that Gene is allergic to strawberries.
A Bit of an Actor: Outside of his musical aspirations, Gene has also shown interest in acting. He’s played various roles in school plays, including the titular character in “Topsy.”
Frequent Crossdresser: Gene often doesn’t hesitate to dress up as female characters, be it for his musicals, school projects, or just because he feels like it. It’s a part of the show’s ongoing theme of breaking gender norms.
Belcher Mashups: Gene occasionally combines with other family members for various antics. For example, when combined with Tina, they are called “Gene-al Poo-Poo.”