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Louise Belcher
Gender Female
Hair Black
Age 9 mentioned in Stand by Gene
Occupation Works at the family restaurant
Relatives (see Belcher Family)
Behind the scenes
First ""Human Flesh""
Voiced by Kristen Schaal
I will see you in hell!
— Louise Belcher

Louise Belcher is the youngest member of the Belcher family. Her off-balance sense of humor and hunger for conflict makes her somewhat of a liability in the kitchen and often gets her family both into and/or out of tricky situations. Like her siblings, Gene and Tina, Louise goes to Wagstaff School, where she is a fourth grader.[1]

Profile

Appearance

Louise has black hair and tan skin like the rest of the family members. She wears her hair in pigtails with chartreuse yellow hair ties. She is almost never seen without wearing her trademark pink rabbit ear hat. She wears a green frock and black Mary Jane shoes. She is 4' tall (4'7" Including ears).[2]

In "Ear-sy Rider", she wears a blue hooded jacket with the hood up after her hat was stolen. She wears the jacket again with the hood down in Ambergris to conceal the ambergris.

In "Christmas in the Car" and "The Hauntening", she wears a light blue jacket, which looks similar to the jacket worn in "My Fuzzy Valentine" and "Lobsterfest", except with a hood.

Her nightwear sometimes consists of a light blue buttoned pajamas, and more often a light blue classic pajama set. She sometimes wears pink or yellow rabbit slippers.

Personality

Louise is a bright, mischievous, yet manipulative child, especially considering her place as the youngest in the family. Frequently seen giving her older siblings (and sometimes adults) advice and making quick-witted remarks, she displays many signs associated with high intelligence. These include her tendencies towards being aloof and manipulative, but also encompasses her cunning, logic, and problem solving skills. She also tends to be very loud and often shouts at the top of her lungs to get her points across. 

Despite Louise's mischievous nature she is not generally malicious. Though she loves a good prank, she never aims to hurt anybody. Despite this, she has been known to go overboard in episodes like "Topsy" and "Glued, Where's My Bob?"

Louise is shown to highly value her personal space and things and reacts with extreme prejudice when they are threatened. She even proclaimed that in the event of her death nobody was to touch her stuff and that she would leave it all to her ghost ("It Snakes a Village"). Many of her attachments are inanimate objects, especially her Kuchi Kopi night-light ("Bed & Breakfast", "Crawl Space", and "Flu-ouise"). She is also reluctant to stop using her tricycle despite being too old for it ("As I Walk Through the Alley of the Shadow of Ramps"). 

Louise can pick-locks, steals from and tricks her siblings but is always ready to help them when they need it, because despite her unwillingness to admit it, she tends to have a soft spot for the people she cares about. Her recklessness is met with a heart of gold as she tends to help those in need, such as pulling down the pants of a bully who picked on Pocket Sized Rudy in "Thelma & Louise Except Thelma is Linda". Louise doesn’t show affection often, but when she does it’s usually by coming up with plans to help people when they’re in a crunch.

She is also very protective of the people she cares about. She finds ways to avenge Gene in "Drumforgiven", saying “Someone hurts you and my brain goes into destroy mode and I just want to (growls).” Jessica is another friend she is careful to protect, stepping in and saying “Jessica's getting mixed up with someone who's mixed up, and I don't want to let that happen,“ during "Three Girls and a Little Wharfy".

Louise is a fan of Japanese culture. She has many items of Kuchi Kopi merchandise including her favorite nightlight, toys that are based on Japanese folklore (Yōkai) creatures, and is a fan of the Hawk and Chick film franchise. She might also be interested in the Goth subculture, due to having spooky plush toys, animal skulls and watching Tim Burton films. Also, in "The Frond Files", Louise is seen wearing goth clothing and multiple earrings on her bunny ears.

She can be something of a tomboy, often viewing typical "girly" things, like crushes, stickers, and dolls with disdain ("Boyz 4 Now", "Slumber Party").

Louise frequently slaps people. She does this when she dislikes someone (like Logan in "Late Afternoon in the Garden of Bob and Louise") or is attracted to a person ( like Boo Boo in "Boyz 4 Now" and "Bye Bye Boo Boo"). She even slaps Regular Sized Rudy after their first kiss in "Bob Actually". This could be inherited from her mother who seems to share the trait. In "Burger Wars", Linda tells Bob to punch Jimmy Pesto “right in his handsome face.”

Relationships

Relatives

Bob Belcher

Louise and her father have many things in common, and she seems to have acquired Bob's quirk of making inanimate object talk in "Spaghetti Western & Meatballs", "Weekend at Mort's" and "The Kids Rob a Train". Bob and Louise's close relationship that can be seen In Hawk & Chick, when she becomes distraught over the possibility of losing touch with her father as she ages. Louise becomes jealous when Bob pays attention to others, including his plants and to Logan Late Afternoon in the Garden of Bob & Louise, and Gene in Spaghetti Western and Meatballs. The two also share a fear of the dentist, watch TV at night together, which they call the "Burn Unit" (Spaghetti Western and Meatballs).

Bob and Louise's relationship is strengthened when Bob is field trip chaperone for Louise's class in Carpe Museum. In this episode, Louise even lets slip that she plans to take over Bob's Burgers when her father retires, and we learn that she called Bob "daddy" until she was 8.

Bob is also shown to understand and respect Louise's boundaries more than Linda. When Linda gives away Louise's room when she turns their apartment into a bed & breakfast, Bob warns that this is a terrible idea (Bed & Breakfast).

Louise looks up to her father. H. Jon Benjamin, voice of Bob, claims that he believes Louise is Bob's favorite child.

Linda Belcher

Linda and Louise's relationship is not always easy, as Louise has been a known daddy's girl since she was a baby, as seen in Mother Daughter Laser Razor. The two undoubtedly butt heads as Linda tries to parent willful Louise well.

While she Louise loves her mother, their relationship can be strained. While Bob recognizes that Louise needs to have her space and be herself, Linda is often overstepping and unintentionally pushing Louise away.

However, the are undeniably very alike, sharing a love of mischief and a tendency to take things too far but a strong sense of justice, as illustrated in Thelma & Louise Except Thelma is Linda. In "Eat, Spray, Linda," it is shown that Louise and Linda go to a pet store to pet the puppies seeing as Louise knows an employee, Robert, there and a puppy that she always pets, Colonel Fluffles.

Gene Belcher

Gene is Louise's older brother, but as addressed in the episode Large Brother, Where Fart Thou?, he doesn't do traditional big brother stuff. That being said, they are closer than most siblings, and choose to spend most of their free time in and out of school together with their oldest sister Tina. They even sit together at lunch, where the two play "food court" in Spaghetti Western and Meatballs.

Louise's brother often goes along with, or is even used in, her schemes and plans, like when he plays Thomas Edison in her science fair play in Topsy. He does on rare occasion protest, in episodes like It Snakes a Village and Stand by Gene.

Tina Belcher

Although older than her sister Louise by 4 years, Tina and Louise spend most of their time together with Gene, even eating lunch together at school. Like Gene, Louise often accompanies Tina to events with her friends despite being much younger.

Tina is shown to easily swayed and manipulated by Louise, and almost always follows along with her adventures and schemes. This dynamic has extended to hurt Tina in episodes like Tina Tailor Soldier Spy and Bye Bye Boo Boo. When Louise gets carried away, Tina is portrayed as the voice of reason/ conscience that reigns her little sister in and teaches her lessons about growing up.

Friends

Kaylee Morganstern

Kaylee made her first appearance in Season 10 Episode 12 A Fish Called Tina as Tina’s preferred ‘Little Fish’ in the Big-Fish Little-Fish mentoring activity. Although she didn’t make much of an impression on Louise during that time, only a few episodes later, on Season 10 Episode 22 Prank You for Being a Friend, she comes in aid of Louise asking her for help how to get into trouble, so that she could get homeschooled. (SPOILERS) In the end of the episode, however, Louise realizes that Kaylee had the wrong reasons to leave Wagstaff, as she had only wanted to leave so that she could be alone and not have to talk to anyone anymore, she calls of what would have been ‘the greatest prank the world will never see’ and ends up befriending Kaylee.

Jessica

In Slumber Party, Linda is shocked that Louise has never been to a slumber party and wants her daughter to have a best girl friend, like Ginger. Linda invites several girls over and Louise scares all of them off except Jessica. Louise, partially influenced by her hatred of the forced sleepover, believes Jessica to be a boring individual. However, this soon changes after they bond over Jessica's spy like mission to retrieve her pajama pants. Louise is impressed with her lock picking skills and pillow fighting. In return, Jessica appreciates Louise's lack of judgement over her bedwetting tendencies. Louise decides she likes Jessica and wants to continue a sleepover with her.

In Three Girls and a Little Wharfy Jessica and Louise hang out once again. She gets jealous that Jessica has been hanging out with Fifth Grade Megan. Louise thinks that Megan is crazy and doesn't want her to get 'poor, sweet Jessica' dragged into that stuff.

Jessica would be Louise's first female friend, as she usually just hangs out with her siblings, or boys that share her similar tomboy-ish interests like Burobu.

Andy and Ollie Pesto

Through Louise's manipulation or their sheer willingness, the Pesto twins have consistently found themselves involved in Louise's schemes and/or mishaps. In Art Crawl, the boys are recruited (Borderline enslaved) by Louise to produce art for monetary gain. By the end of the episode, Louise shows no remorse towards her actions and continues to lord her power over them.

Love-Interests

Regular Sized Rudy

Louise was first introduced to Rudy in Carpe Museum after being paired with him for a field trip. Despite having almost no choice in their partnership, Louise and Rudy appear to connect quickly, the latter even assisting the former in heckling Mr.Frond on the bus.

In The Kids Rob a Train, a scheming Louise includes Rudy in her plans to rob the train's chocolate. While running parallel to the train, Rudy suggests that Louise hands over the chocolate so he and the other Belcher kids could pull her through the window. Though hesitant, Louise decides to trust Rudy and allow him to help her. When they're all consuming melted chocolate, Rudy jokingly fakes an allergic reaction. Out of all the Belcher kids, Louise shows an especially distressed reaction by being the first to approach him. When Rudy reveals it to be a farce, the youngest Belcher responds by lightly kicking him in the leg.

Louise has never purposefully tried to kill or otherwise harm Rudy, which counts as a serious soft spot by her standards. Despite this, Louise makes it abundantly clear that she has no problem teasing her asthmatic classmate, as shown in episodes such as Friends with Burger-fits and Dawn of the Peck.

The show has never actually suggested a romance before, which makes it all the more impressive how quickly they commit to the idea once it’s out there in Bob Actually. The episode cleverly subverts Louise’s—and at least some of the audience’s—expectations by having Rudy actually carry a torch for someone else, which lets Louise move from weird, bad feelings like attraction and love and into much clearer, easier emotions like jealousy and rage.

Louise decides to meet him after school in Bob Actually. She then tells him that Chloe (Rudy's valentine interest) will not show up because she is not in love with him and she surprises him by kissing him on the mouth. Afterwards she slaps him and threatens him so he will not tell anyone about their kiss or she will "end him".

Louise will sometimes call Rudy "Buddy" and can be heard calling him that in episodes like As I Walk Through the Alley of the Shadow of Ramps and Y Tu Ga-Ga Tambien. She also called him "Rudy-Rudes" while trying to comfort him about his ruined birthday. (House of 1000 Bounces)

Boo Boo

Louise has palpably insane feelings for a pint-sized pop star. Louise swoons for Boo Boo—the moment where Louise strokes her computer screen while swearing she will have her reunion with Boo Boo. Most of this is just a retread of Louise’s original encounter with Boyz 4 Now. Louise’s crush can fit in with the rest of her character, as Louise repeatedly recognizes how disgustingly out-of-character her feelings are. Louise clearly hates this about herself, yet she is far too overwhelmed to deny her crush, which opens up yet another vein in Just One of the Boyz 4 Now for Now.

Gallery

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Trivia

  • The name Louise means "famous warrior" in Old German.
  • Louise converted the hall closet into her bedroom
  • Louise is the only main character to be voiced by a woman.
  • Louise used to build pillow forts with her parents when she was little, as shown in a flashback from Sacred Couch.
  • Besides her siblings, Louise seems to be friends with the Pesto twins; and even better Regular Sized Rudy; In the episode "Slumber Party", she makes friends with Jessica.
  • In "Spaghetti Western and Meatballs" (season 1), Louise is seen crying for the first time, and for the second time in "Large Brother, Where Fart Thou?" (season 7).
  • In "The Unnatural," Louise claimed to have sold her soul and suffered no ill effects.
  • Louise told Tina Belcher that she only poops once a week, as shown during the episode, "Broadcast Wagstaff School News".
    • It is later revealed in "Poops! I Didn't Do It Again" that she has a fear of public pooping, which is likely the reason for these weekly poops.
  • As said in "Hamburger Dinner Theater", Louise hates Canada.
  • Louise uses mostly her right hand, but in "Crawl Space" she is seen to do coloring with Mr. Frond's crayons using her left hand, hinting that she may be ambidextrous.
  • Louise is often seen drawing (Crawl Space, Li'l Hard Dad).
  • Louise is closer to her dad than her mom, even when she was an infant she preferred Bob over Linda.
  • Starting in the Episode "Boyz 4 Now", Louise has an extreme crush on boyband member Boo Boo, of which she is completely embarrassed (The Hauntening, Bye Bye Boo Boo, Just One of the Boyz 4 Now for Now)
  • Louise often gets detention, as seen in The Cook, the Steve, the Gayle & Her Lover. Once, she even got in school suspension (Thelma & Louise Except Thelma is Linda).
  • Louise and Regular Sized Rudy shared their first kisses in the Valentine's Day episode "Bob Actually".
  • According to Creator Loren Bouchard in an interview with AV Club, Louise’s signature rabbit ears are based off a character from the anime Tekkonkinkreet, claiming “You get a little cognitive dissonance where you experience Louise both as a little girl and Bugs Bunny at the same time.”
  • Louise has a knack for thinking adults are way older than they actually are, such as thinking Bob is 80 and how Edith fought the dinosaurs.
  • Louise’s “Central Park” counterpart is Molly Tillerman: Both share the same facial design, personality and love comic book culture.

Quotes

Sorry, I'm saving my spit and blood for my honeymoon.
Turns out dad has been putting murdered cows in our hamburgers.
And I'm going to get my gun license, finally.
I hope they're using protection because I am not taking care of that baby.
Why don't you start speaking in words instead of your DAMN DIRTY LIES!
Your room looks like it was decorated by a perverted jockey.
I said shut your mouth, it's art crawl.
Hey, I don't appreciate your lack of sarcasm.
The treasure's in the crack of the ass, I can smell it.
Don't tell me to shut up!
And I told you I have a raging staph infection under here! Touch this hat and we all go down! You want to play dodge ball in the hospital?!
Full bars? Full bars! FULL BARS? She just gave us Full-Sized Chocolate Bars! Does she know? Oh my god! Was it an accident?
Kissing is like a fight with lips.
I smell fear on you.
Yeah! Messing with Tina is a privilege, not a right!
Dad, why does art crawl suck so much?
YOU SMELL LIKE OINTMENT AND PEE!
Alright listen up! So all these suckers come out for art crawl. And they all wanna pay money for crap. So paint some crap and we can sell it.
Dad, I'm nine. I spit out vegetables and hide them around the house.
SICK!
—Many episodes
Yeah, who wouldn't want to molest this face?
You have to pull... yourself... together. You have two children and a Louise to take care of!
I told you, wipe front to back.
YOU SHUT UP, MOM!
You hear me, people? I'm saying it loud and proud; I... LIKE... BOO BOO!
It's Louise, as in 'Jeez Louise, You're the best!
—"Topsy"
MURDERER!
SHUT UP! IT DOESN'T MATTER!


References

  1. still in fourth grade as of season 10, in "Poops!… I Didn't Do It Again" her teacher says "welcome to the fourth grade lock-in"
  2. :File:Fish_Tina_Script.png

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