|“||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.|
Rob (formerly known as Dr. Wrecker) is the main antagonist of The Amazing World Of Gumball, serving as a minor character in Season 1, a half-antagonistic character in Season 2, a supporting antagonist in Season 3 and the main antagonist of Season 4 and Season 5. He is Elmore's greatest threat, Miss Simian's former student and Gumball's arch-nemesis. Originally, he was an extremely lonely person, who Gumball completely ignored and couldn't even remember the name of. After escaping the Void, being one of the Universe's "mistakes", he was left with a broken body and then vowed to destroy Gumball and everyone he loves. He is arguably the most dangerous and threatening villain that Gumball has ever faced (especially with the Universal Remote), due to his strong hatred towards Gumball and ability to destroy the Universe.
He is voiced by Hugo Harold-Harrison, and his Dr. Wrecker voice is voiced by the legendary actor, David Warner.
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 an 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 offended and argumentative when people forgot his name or walked away from him. 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). Afterwards, and from that point on, Rob was more hateful and evil, and is now completely focused on defeating Gumball.
Rob first had a cameo in Rachel's party with other Elmore Junior High students in The Date. 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, trying to say hi to Gumball and Darwin, but they ended up ignoring him and kicking him into a manhole; 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 as one of Elmore's mistakes sent to the Void.
Years later, in The Nobody, a mysterious guest steals all of The Watterson's possessions including: Nicole's money, Anais's Daisy the Donkey doll, and Richard's toothbrush and toothpaste. The three members of the family blame Gumball and Darwin for stealing those possessions and Nicole punishes them by making them stay in their room while they are away until they confess. The duo then try 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 decide 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 2 cameo episode appearances in The Uploads and The Love.
Rob's next appearance in The Bus, 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 cry 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. Rob tosses the remote in the Void, and Gumball, upon being defeated, had no other choice but 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 for the remote but this time Gumball wins and pushes Rob into the Void. Gumball then realizes that he is acting like 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 exist 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 every thing is to go back in time to break the remote, with Gumball stating he "looks forward to being Robs 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 its 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.
|“||Did you just call me Rich like it was a question?||„|
|~ Rob, when Gumball called him rich in "The Pony"|
|“||They kicked me down a manhole!||„|
|~ Rob, when the citizens of Elmore were breaking into the Watterson's house in "The Finale"|
|“||I clung to life, and I came back. But at a cost. You left me disfigured, a nobody, but now you've given me a part to play in the world.||„|
|~ Rob during his flashback in "The Nobody"|
|“||I'm trying, man, I'm trying to be your enemy!||„|
|~ Rob trying to destroy Gumball in "The Nemesis"|
|“||I will destroy you and everyone you love!||„|
|~ Rob in "The Nemesis"|
|“||Darn auto-correct... stupid thing never works||„|
|~ Rob messaging in "The Bus"|
|“||You made me the villain, Gumball Watterson, you left me with this broken body, you gave me this ridiculous voice! But now, I am in control. And the time has come for you to pay.||„|
|~ Rob in "the Disaster"|
|“||No, no, no, my name isn't- MY NAME IS ROB, GOSHDARN IT!||„|
|~ Rob when Gumball mispronounces his name in "The Disaster"|
|“||Why? This is where my story ends! I belong here with the rest of the universe's mistakes, like socks and sandals, the helicopter ejector seat, and ...whatever that thing is.||„|
|~ Rob after being stuck in the Void in "The Rerun"|
|“||Yea, I should have let you know. The thing is, I'm name-seeing someone else now.||„|
|~ Rob to Gumball in "The Ex"|
|“||Never mind, I've rigged Banana Joe's front door handle so when he opens the door to take out the trash, and unlocks the latch on a truck down the street releasing the oil drums which will roll down the sidewalk towards him so just as he lifts the lid, he is obliterated.||„|
|~ Rob explaining how he'll kill Banan Joe in "The Ex"|
|“||What is wrong with you?! You just ruined the whole thing for me again! I don't believe it! You've got to be the most insufferable, annoying, selfish person I've ever met!||„|
|~ Rob yelling at Gumball in "The Ex"|
|“||In fact, I think I really, really, REALLY (Gumball: Say it) HATE YOU!||„|
|~ Rob becoming Gumball's nemesis again in "The Ex"|
- 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 in 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 a mother 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.
- Despite being the main antagonist of the show, and the most dangerous with the Universal Remote, he is not the most evil villain in the show, due to his extremely tragic nature. Villains like the Gamechild, Ant-One, Jealousy, Gargaroth and Virus are all, arguably more evil, than Rob.
- However, Rob is still a far bigger threat to Gumball, and as stated before, with the Universal Remote, is far more powerful than any other The Amazing World of Gumball villain.
- Rob is similair to Toffee from Star vs. The Forces Of Evil, as both were shown as pupils to the former main antagonist until they take control as the villain of the show. Both are slender and take a new form after their destruction.