Gumball (formerly Zach) Tristopher Watterson (born February 16, 2006) is the main character of The Amazing World of Gumball. He is a 12-year-old, light blue male cat that goes to Elmore Junior High, with his 10-year-old adopted brother and best friend Darwin, and his 4-year-old sister Anais. Gumball is in Miss Simian's class. As of "The Shell," Gumball is dating Penny.
Early Concept Edit
Originally, Gumball was meant to be a blue dog. Not much thought was put into this choice as it was more of a placeholder than a final design. As the creators developed the character further, they decided to make him a black cat in order fit the personality they had in mind for him: unlucky, but optimistic (black cats symbolize bad luck). The creators found this trait to be too restricting in terms of possible plots and stories. In addition, a silhouette cat would be "hard to read" on the backgrounds planned for the show. The decision was finally reached to have him blue, a decision that Bocquelet liked because blue isn't a color usually found on cats, and it had a "70's-80's Japanese mascot" sort of feel.
Final Design Edit
In the actual show, Gumball is a light blue cat. On his oversized head, he has six whiskers, but only five are visible most of the time because his head is mostly shown at an angle. He usually wears grey trousers, coupled with a tan sweater, which has brown cuffs and a brown collar. Like his mother and father, Gumball doesn't wear shoes, and is the only member of the Wattersons without visible eyelashes, although, in some episodes, he is seen with visible eyelashes, like in "The Refund" and "The Boss." The inside of his mouth is pink, his tongue is light pink, and his nose is orange.
In Season 2, his design changes slightly. His head and his whiskers are bigger, while his eyes and tooth are rounder.
In Season 3, Gumball's eyes are permanently round along with the rest of the Wattersons.
Gumball (formerly Zach) Tristopher Watterson is the main character of The Amazing World of Gumball. He is a twelve-year-old, light blue male cat that goes to Elmore Junior High, with his ten-year-old adopted brother and best friend Darwin, and his four-year-old sister Anais. Gumball is in Miss Simian's class. As of "The Shell," Gumball is dating Penny.