Throughout all six phases of Gorillaz, there have been many minor characters that only appeared once or twice. This page is a list of all of them.
Bonesy was a sort-of mascot for Gorillaz for the first two phases. He was on the Groove Bones Selecta machine in Kong Studios and Plastic Beach. He was also the main character in the game "Bonesy's Apple Bobbing". You can play it here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1yNXFhQTBN16F91IW0H1GpaVhi1f7ekd3/view He also appears as the loading screen in the Gorillaz iOS/Android app. There were also T-shirts with Bonesy on them, a belt with Bonesy as the buckle. There is very little information about the belt. His latest appearance is in Song Machine episode 9, season one.
The cat which the owners of Kong Studios cafe look after as a pet. He wears a set of headphones while listening to the song "Left Hand Suzuki Method". He has blue skin, olive eyes, green shorts, and a pink long tongue.
The family (father and daughter) that ran the cafe were of presumably Japanese descent. It is assumed that the father cooked and the daughter grew up to become the waitress in Phase 2.
Bi Polar Bear and Crocodile
In the "Phase Two: Slowboat To Hades" DVD, inside Kong Studios, there is a pair consisting of a gay polar bear and a crocodile who sit in the music room. If you click on the polar bear he will tell you a random story, then his pants will fall down, with the croc saying "That's what I'm talking about!". If you click on the croc he will say a random phrase.
The polar bear was shown as a cameo in the MTV Cribs special, as well as on the Phase Two: Slowboat To Hades DVD.
The pair return in the Plastic Beach website, floating near the island on pool rafts. You can see them through a pair of binoculars, but you can barely hear them.
The News Monkeys appear in Phase 1 and Phase 2 Kong Studios. They can be seen in the background behind Murdoc. They don't appear in any other Gorillaz or Gorillaz endorsed the content.
There are three monkeys, two wearing blue and red shirts, while the third wears a yellow shirt. The three monkeys sit with their hands holding their heads, looking discontent or upset. One covers its eyes, one covers its ears, and one covers its mouth, similar to the three wise monkeys: see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.
Phase 1 Characters
Sir Emerick Khong
Sir Emerick Khong was the original owner of Khong Mansion which later became Kong Studios.
The site was once a cemetery or body dump for those who died during the Plague of 1665 after being used as a meeting point for the Goat Clan, a clan of druids. Emerick erected his mansion upon the body dump years later.
His ghost lived in Kong Studios long after his death and his agony moaning can be heard in "Tomorrow Comes Today' as his soul is dehydrated while he's clutching his head and looking for painkillers, according to Murdoc in Rise of the Ogre.
Very little other information is known about this character.
The Eel appears in its self-titled G-Bite The Eel.
2-D tries to knock the eel out with a mallet for Russel until Murdoc walks in, telling 2-D to stop the banging. When 2-D announces that he can't kill it, Murdoc then grabs ahold of the eel and takes it to the oven where he attempts to "melt its face". 2-D is worried that Murdoc will mess up and get burned, so he begins to bite his nails. Russel then walks in, asking where his eel is. Murdoc says that it feels "eel (ill)", and holds up the dead eel. The phrase "melt its face" made another appearance as graffiti on the Pac-Man cabinet in the video for PAC-MAN.
The Evil Twins lurk around the corridors of Kong Studios, normally outside the toilets. They have appeared in the "Rock the House" music video, Murdoc's winnebago key video from the self-titled CD, and the "Lil' Dub Chefin'" video. They are probably based on the twins from the 1980 movie, "The Shining".
Bongo Ape was a character which was initially thought as a band member who played the bongos on an early Gorillaz stage, but the idea was scrapped. It appears in some few art, and also was going to be an accessory for the cancelled Gorillaz Art Asylum figures.
The Giant Moose was shown in the "19-2000 (Music Video)" . By the look between him and the closest lamp post near his front left foot in calculations, the moose's height has to be close to 150 feet in height (three times the height of a Brachiosaurus).
Murdoc activates a secret mode of the Geep and fires two missiles at the moose, but he sneezes before the missiles hit him. The force is strong enough to make the missiles come hurtling back to earth on top of the Geep. The last shot is one of the Gorillaz looking worse for wear.
Dwight (The Mechanic)
The Mechanic from "19-2000" was shown at his petrol station along the highways near the salvation church. He wears a red shirt with blue overalls, as well as a green hat with the name Dwight written on, leading many to believe his name is Dwight.
All of his petrol pumps indicate that there are 3,472 liters of petrol left inside each one.
The UFO spots his Petrol station along the way while it was trying to burn up the Gorillaz for making the wrong turn. It blows up the petrol station for a flammable gas explosion to try and destroy the Gorillaz driving by in that distance. The Mechanic perished in the flames.
The monkey is shown in the 19-2000 (Music Video). Many believe he is Mike the Monkey, but this can be disproved by the several physical differences between the two. The monkey is shown standing on a wrecked bridge during the verse:
There's a monkey in the jungle, Watchin' a vapor trail
Caught up in a conflict, Between his brain and his tail.
The Postman from "19-2000" appears on the highway bridge while the Gorillaz drive by underneath. He sits on his vehicle bare-chested, wearing a visor helmet and a sunflower necklace. He bares a striking resemblance to Juan who later appeared in the Strobelite music video (though this may simply be coincidental).
When they rise up from the ground, they pursue Murdoc and then engage in a bizarre dance routine that is similar to the choreography of Michael Jackson's music video "Thriller". Later on, Noodle is joyfully skipping along, almost as if she is completely unaware of her surroundings, and then delivers a hard kick to one of the zombie gorillas in the face. The gorillas all then disintegrate as soon the sunshine was exposed to them.
Beat Box Bandit
The Beat Box Bandit was a character that used to be present on Russel's Room in Kong Studios during Phase One. His siluette also appeared on various loading screens from games or rooms at the website.
He made a remix of the song "Rock the House" named "Rock the House (Beat Box Bandit Remix)" exclusive to the Gorillaz website, and could be played in the form of a vinyl disc on Russel's record player on the same room.
Phase 2 Characters
Cowboy Gary was the sales associate for the G-Shop in Kong Studios. He went missing near the end of Phase 2 when the studio fell into disrepair and the shop was closed off with police tape. In the credits for Phase Two: Slowboat To Hades, Rob Owen is credited as his vocal coach (voice actor).
Hannibal Niccals is Murdoc's older half-brother. He was mentioned in Murdoc's episode of the book Rise of the Ogre. Not much is known about him. Hannibal got Murdoc into his own music tastes which were dub and punk based. Hannibal hates it when Murdoc plays Heavy Metal music. After Hannibal got Murdoc into his music tastes, he broke Murdoc's nose the second and third time for playing Dio's "We Rock" album on his personal turntable. According to Murdoc, he is currently in prison for "stealing hubcaps or something."
More info on the Jimmy Manson page.
Jimmy Manson, also known as "Wee Jimmy Manson" was a 3 ft. tall hippie musician who once auditioned for the role of a guitar player for the Gorillaz at Kong Studios, but was turned down, along with many others by Murdoc after the job was taken by Noodle. Years later, he became the head of the Gorillaz music label Stateside, with a plan to kill off the Gorillaz and cash in on their success.
During the production of the "El Mañana" video in 2006, Murdoc approached Jimmy and offered to team up with him to complete his plan. Murdoc was to secretly stash a couple of guns in the windmill tower on the floating island, while Jimmy was to hide inside the tower and wait until the helicopters start firing. Then Manson was to come out from hiding, get the guns, kill Noodle, and parachute off the island. The cameras started rolling on March 7th, 2006. As the helicopters fired on the windmill island, Jimmy discovered that Murdoc had set him up by locking him inside the tower with no guns. While Noodle parachuted off the island safely, the island crashed, burned, and blown up, killing Jimmy Manson in the process. Murdoc was the last to see him alive.
Mike was Noodle's pet monkey throughout Phase 2. He wears a fez as well as a brown collared shirt and can sometimes be seen holding Noodle's guitar. He appears nearly fifteen years later in the Song Machine video PAC-MAN, when Russel knocks over a punching bag. He has also recently appeared on the Gorillaz x Fred Perry collaboration.
This Pig was shown in images through the Phase 2 series. It was Russel's pet pig that he had throughout Phase 2. He wears a fez and has pink skin, with black eyes. He's shown several times throughout Phase 2 and can be seen inside Kong Studios several times. He also makes an appearance on the cover of Roadkill: The Mixtape by Russel Hobbs, stretched over the music controls next to Russel.
More info on the Sebastian Jacob Niccals page.
Sebastian Jacob Niccals (or Jacob Sebastian Niccals, depending on who's asking) was born in 1941 and is the father of Murdoc Niccals. In the Gorillaz autobiography, Rise of the Ogre, he is described as a notorious boozehound, gambler, womanizer, and ne'er-do-well. He was rumored to have fathered many children in the land of Stoke-on-Trent, and always avoided work, no matter what the cost. He first discovered Murdoc as a baby abandoned on his doorstep one night while arriving home from the pub. Over the years, he often forced Murdoc into taking part in talent contests in order to make some fast money. He died in 1998.
He has an appearance inside the Winnebago on a picture frame in Gorillaz - MTV Cribs. The plaque under the picture says "Dad - Sebastian Niccals". He was also featured in Murdoc's Winnebago from Phase 1.
Tony Chopper is the school bully from Murdoc's school. Tony referenced Murdoc as a creepy little runt who always stank like an unwashed gym kit; ball sweat. Tony was mentioned in Murdoc's story in the book/audio-book for "Rise of the Ogre". He was described as "a thick, meaty skinhead lump with arms like two racks of kebab meat." He called Murdoc many names such as "Nerdoc", "face ache", "odd sock," "wollybollocks", "gay lord," "runt," "reject" and "great stinking pile of horse dung." The list went on with new ones added daily. One day, Murdoc insulted Tony Chopper, calling him "a useless, bloated backward waste of space who would probably end up getting a job of holding up 'For Sale' signs on the corner of streets only to then get himself fired and replaced by a bucket of soil", causing him to punch Murdoc in the nose and giving him the first of the eight fractures in his wonky nose. In the book, he revealed that he was now 42 and works as a shelf stacker in a Happy Shopper.
Phase 3 Characters
The Manatee appears in the "On Melancholy Hill" music video. The Manatee sits on top of the tall plateau while the Boogieman leans over the creature and massages it. Murdoc is shocked by the sight when he sees it, and orders Cyborg Noodle to attack the Boogieman. Cyborg Noodle misses the Boogieman, only shooting holes in his cape. He then grabs the manatee and dives into the ocean with it. He is referenced in the lyrics of On Melancholy Hill, "Up on Melancholy Hill, sits a manatee". As the boogieman kidnaps it, swimming away for no apparent reason.
The One-Eyed Octopus appeared in the music video for "On Melancholy Hill". It appears when Cyborg Noodle awakens and starts coughing it up inside the Stylo submarine. Another one appears as Russel is rescuing Noodle. Two of these octopuses appear on the art for the Evangelist.
Rick Black (also known as Big Rick) is the owner of Big Rick Black's Record Shack, Plastic Beach's record store. Rick Black is a morbidly obese record store owner from the United Kingdom. During an unknown point after the island's creation, Rick and his radio shack washed up onto the island's shore where it now resides. Due to Rick's immense size, he is unable to leave his store as he is wedged behind the counter. Rick Black is also a loyal Gorillaz fan and owns every Gorillaz project released on both Digital, CD, and Vinyl. Also, Russel used to work at his shop, mentioned above. He also has a twitter page https://twitter.com/bigrickblack
The "Ship Attendant" appears in the "On Melancholy Hill" music video. He comes rushing towards Noodle's room at the start of the video and warns her that there are pirates attacking the ship. He was offering to escort her to the lifeboats, but she says nothing and walks over to a briefcase containing a Tommy gun and walks down the hall past the attendant with the gun to kill the pirates.
The Superfast Jellyfish are creatures that swim around Plastic Beach. As shown in the Superfast Jellyfish music video, they can be eaten for breakfast. They also appeared in "On Melancholy Hill" and made cameo appearances in "Stylo" & "Doncamatic". In On Melancholy Hill, the Gorillaz and their collaborators were traveling back to Plastic Beach, when suddenly they saw a swarm of Superfast Jellyfish up ahead. The jellyfish were sucked into some of the submarines turbines, like De La Soul's (who is featured in the song "Superfast Jellyfish").
Massive Dick is a large whale that terrifies 2-D throughout his time on Plastic Beach. Massive Dick is often seen
outside the window of 2-D's room in the basements of Plastic Beach.
The Evangelist is the counterpart to the Boogieman.
The Sweat Collectors from the "DoYaThing" music video appear in the bathroom next to Noodle's room at 212 Wobble Street, London SW21 7QJ.
They were in the bathroom in order to collect sweat from the Masked Man.
They are blue skinned, wearing yellow, long-sleeved shirts with red overalls on top. They wear a red hat with "Sweat Collector" printed on along with red gloves.
Phase 4 Characters
Mazuu is a shape-shifting ancient demon from hell that can take on human form. He was accidentally released from a pearl shell by Noodle, who spent years searching for him across Japan. The only way to destroy Mazuu is by separating his head from his body, which is exactly what Noodle does after finally finding him in The Demon's Lounge.
Chiyoko is an old woman who rescued Noodle when she washed up on the shores of Japan after the attack of Plastic Beach. Chiyoko nursed Noodle back to health and became her pearl diving mentor. Under her apprenticeship, Noodle would accidentally release Mazuu.
Kool Klown Klan
The Kool Klown Klan is a mysterious cult, they appear in some art and visualizers from Humanz, as well as being mentioned on the lyrics of the song Momentz. Little is known about them. During the Demon Dayz Live Festival, a group of people dressed as the Kool Klown Klan opened the show, all holding bells, marching to "Phoenix On The Hill". Is likely they are a parody of the real-life cult Ku Klux Klan.
Katsu is Noodle's pet cat. Katsu is mainly featured on Noodle's Instagram account: https://www.instagram.com/watashiwanoodle/?hl=en Katsu is also featured in the Gorillaz app, where he can be seen in Noodle's room.
Spirit House Demons
The Spirit House Demons are the creatures in the "Saturnz Barz" music video. They haunt 2-D, Russel, and Noodle.
More info on the Juan page.
Norbert P. Rockerfeller
Norbert P. Rockerfeller was the owner of the Spirit House prior to Gorillaz filming Saturnz Barz. He dabbled in the occult stock market, eventually placing his soul down for collateral, leading to him being dragged down to Hell for not reading the fine print.
Phase 5 Characters
More info on the El Mierda page.
El Mierda is a demon and former kingpin of a crime dynasty. Murdoc claims that El Mierda framed him for smuggling, sending him to prison when the two had never actually met. El Mierda has retired his criminal life and now owns El Montana Wellness Centre in Patagonia.
More info on the Big Balls McGuinness page.
Big Balls McGuinness is a prisoner at HM Woodworm Scrubs. He is considered the toughest prisoner and Murdoc wants to fight him so he can earn respect from the other prisoners, and in turn, ask them about El Mierda.
Vlad the Inhaler
Vlad the Inhaler is also a prisoner at HM Woodworm Scrubs. He's working for El Mierda and has a map leading to their boss's secret hideout tattooed on his head. Murdoc wants to acquire a photo of the map so he can learn El Mierda's whereabouts. Vlad has a fiancé named Millie, the two first met during his arrest.
Madge is Murdoc's pet yak named after Madonna. According to Murdoc, he purchased the demonic yak from a warlock in Patagonia. Murdoc rode Madge through Patagonia after escaping prison, eventually reuniting with Noodle at the El Montana Wellness Centre. Madge passed away sometime in 2020
The Rejects are a band that was meant to open for Gorillaz at the 2018 Demon Dayz Festival, but their appearance was seemingly canceled for unknown reasons. The band features a tall Frankenstein's monster-like man named Billy and a female guitarist that looks suspiciously like an adult Cyborg Noodle, complete with the bullet hole she received before the events of the "Stylo" music video.
Don Alien is the antagonist of Mission M101, a web-series made to promote the band's limited edition line of watches. Don first appears in the second episode at a club in Galaxy M101.
Phase 6 Characters
Lake Como Monsters
The giant monsters of Lake Como, Italy can be seen in the Désolé music video surrounding the lake as the band enjoy their boat ride.
The Pink Phantom is a ghost that haunts the band’s West London Kong Studios. The Pink Phantom first appears in The Pink Phantom’s music video where it is being hunted by Murdoc, before reappearing in the music videos for The Valley of the Pagans and The Lost Chord.
Beatrix Blotter was the editor of the Gorillaz Almanac, tasked to "keep everyone in check". Beatrix noted that the band "aren't the easiest bunch to work with, especially that awful green one".
The Sea Monster
The Sea Monster that lives under Plastic Beach was discovered by the band after inadvertently traveling back the island in the music video for The Lost Chord. When the band arrived 10 years after the events of phase 3, the Monster awoke to destroy the island before returning to the depths of the ocean.
GFlat is a whistleblower at the "Department of Musical Corrections" a shadowy organisation in the music industry tasked with keeping the pop-music world safe and "harmonious" by stifling originality. In December 2021 GFlat revealed to the public that Gorillaz was the DMC's number 1 target, and contacted the band at Kong Studios, promising to leak DMC documents in an attempt to bring the organisation down.