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| Alan Keane
| Character Information
Alan is a slightly deflated, teal-colored balloon, whose face is drawn on with black permanent marker ink.
In Season 2 onwards, his design changes very little. Alan has slightly more round/oval shaped eyes than his original design, he appears to be colored brighter, and he has a white string.
In the early reel, Alan seemed to have a nose and freckles, looking more baby-like, but this was taken out when the official series started.
Alan is considered to be "perfect;" he has got good looks, friendly demeanor, and a nice attitude. He has a high-pitched voice, mainly because he is filled with helium. Alan sacrifices himself selflessly in the need of other people and seems to always have the positive outlook on things regardless of how negative they might appear to other people. Even though many people congratulate Alan on his deeds, almost everyone at Elmore Junior High is disgusted by his relationship with Carmen.
Alan's do-gooder personality annoys Gumball so much that in "The Saint," Gumball sets out to prove Alan has a dark side by any means necessary; true to his record of selflessness, Alan eventually pretends to be extremely annoyed by squeaking footsteps simply to appease Gumball. However, Gumball was later proven right in "The Vision," in which Alan is revealed to have extremely manipulative, egotistical and power-hungry inner thoughts. He can outright take advantage of people's vulnerability to rise in power. The episode also shows his intense hatred for sad people and the evil things he plans to do with them in his "Happy Camps."
Despite being a complete do-gooder, he seems to enjoy Gumball and Darwin fighting in "The Apology," claiming the bout would be better with poison nunchucks.
It is revealed in "The Faith" that if Alan loses all faith to make the world a better place, the world will become black and white and lose its color, implying that Alan is a very forgiving and understanding person, as despite how often things go wrong for him and the rest of Elmore, he still has a lot of faith in the world.
- Main article: Alan Keane/Relationships
- "Early reel": His debut. He is popped by Carmen.
- "The Third": Gumball forces him to be his friend.
- "The End": He is in class.
- "The Dress”: He is attracted to Gumball.
- "The Pressure": He is in the cafeteria.
- "The Ghost": He is scared by Carrie.
- "The Mystery": He is accused of hurting Principal Brown.
- "The Gi": He laughs at Gumball.
- "The Kiss": He cheers for Gumball.
- "The Party": He is at the party.
- "The Robot": He gets mad at Bobert.
- "The Picnic”: He is with the class.
- "The Sock”: He is in class.
- "The Genius”: He is in the library and a book pulls him down.
- "The Mustache": He is in gym class and pops.
- "The Ape": He is in class.
- "The Curse": He is in the hallway.
- "The Meddler": He is in class.
- "The Fight": He wants to watch the fight.
- "The Banana": He is popped by Carmen.
- "The Apology": He watches Gumball and Darwin fight.
- "The Words": He sings "What He Thinks About Us!"
- "The Skull": He is in class in Clayton's imagination.
- "The Bet": He is in class.
- "The Sidekick": He is in the yearbook.
- "The Photo": Darwin pops him.
- "The Storm": His first major role. He breaks up with Carmen.
- "The Game": He is in class.
- "The Voice": He apologizes to Gumball and Darwin.
- "The Boombox": He is forced to go into the bathroom with Principal Brown.
- "The Tape": He is in the tape.
- "The Finale" (mentioned)
- "The Coach": He is turned into a square by Coach.
- "The Joy" He turns into a zombie and Carmen pops him.
- "The Recipe": He is on the bus.
- "The Name": Gumball dreams that he is friends with Zach.
- "The Gripes": He donates to Gumball and Darwin.
- "The Void": He tries to remember Molly.
- "The Bros": He is on the bus.
- "The Mirror": He is in class.
- "The Pizza": He tries to eat the Wattersons.
- "The Lie": He is on the bus.
- "The Question": He is beaten up by Julius and Mowdown.
- "The Saint": His second major role. Gumball tries to make him angry.
- "The Oracle": He wants to be the millionth customer at the mall.
- "The Safety": He is on a screen.
- "The Society": He is in the school play.
- "The Spoiler": He is on the bus.
- "The Downer": He is insulted by Gumball.
- "The Triangle": He is in the school band.
- "The Money": He is on the bus and glitches out of existence.
- "The Return": He is on the bus.
- "The Pest": He is used as a shield by Gumball.
- "The Gift": He explains to Gumball and Darwin about love.
- "The Upgrade": Bobert weds him to Leslie.
- "The Comic": He sings LaserHeart's theme song.
- "The Uploads": He is crushed by Bobert.
- "The Hug": He is on the bus.
- "The Traitor": His third major role. His mother is sick.
- "The Girlfriend": His balloon knot is opened up by Jamie.
- "The Advice": He is popped by the Abraham Lincoln Goat.
- "The Parasite": He is in the cafeteria.
- "The Love": He sings "What is Love?"
- "The Points": He is on an icon.
- "The Bus": He thinks his father, Richard, Harold, and Principal Brown are hijacking the bus.
- "The Night": He has a scary dream.
- "The Blame": He has his string cut by Gumball.
- "The Slap": Tobias slaps his butt.
- "The Fury": He is at school.
- "The Scam": He is at school.
- "The Stories": He is popped by Jamie.
- "The Guy": He pops himself to avoid being friends with Anais.
- "The Vision": His fourth major role. He wants to send his classmates to a happy camp.
- "The Test": Tobias tells him that he hit on his girlfriend.
- "The Fuss": He mourns a dead family member.
- "The Matchmaker": He is forced by Gumball to kiss Teri and Carrie tries to get Darwin to kill him.
- "The Catfish": He is at school.
- "The Grades": He is in class.
- "The Diet": He throws a coin into a fountain, but Richard fishes it out and returns it to him.
- "The Ex": Gumball forced him into Penny's locker.
- "The Sorcerer": He floats into the sky.
- "The Best": He is in the cafeteria. Later, he is blown up by Gumball.
- "The Worst": He is in class.
- "The Lady": He watches Principal Brown go insane.
- "The Cringe": He is on the bus in a flashback.
- "The Anybody": He is popped by Gumball.
- "The Faith": His fifth major role. He loses his faith in the world.
- "The Candidate": He is one of the students trapped by his parents in a boiling hot room for a long time.
- "The Pact": He is on the bus.
- "The Shippening": Sarah ships him with Teri.
- "The Transformation": He is on Elmore Plus.
- "The Ghouls": He goes trick or treating with Leslie.
- "The Awareness": He is on the bus.
- "The Silence": He is on the bus.
- "The Web": He is on Elmore Plus.
- "The Decisions": His sixth major role. He gives Darwin some advice to be a better person.
- "The Inquisition": He is forced to have a body.
A broken heart is like a mirror. It's better to leave it broken, than to hurt yourself, trying to fix it.
|—Alan in "The Storm"|
|—Alan in "The Third"|
Dude, I don't have any hands!
|—Alan in "The Mystery"|
What's so hard to understand? It's not difficult. Air goes in the knot, air goes out the knot.
|—Alan to Gumball in "The Storm"|
Real beauty comes from within.
|—Alan in "The Photo"|
[corrects Gumball, who got his name wrong] Alan.
|—Alan in "The Third"|
Dude, it's never too late for friendship.
|—Alan in "The Third"|
[watching Gumball and Darwin, who are about to "fight"] This would be better with poison nunchucks.
|—Alan in "The Apology"|
But, who would date such a shriveled bag of sadness?
|—Alan in "The Storm"|
Your best buddy is about to play computer games with someone who's rich, athletic, multicolored, and a good listener! He'll never play Dodj or Daar with you again!
|—Alan in "The Third"|
Spaghetti goes in, turns into air, goes back out.
|—Alan in "The Storm"|
[Whispering] Whatever makes you happy, my friend.
|—Alan in "The Saint”|
No matter how much I try, the world will never be perfect.
|—Alan in "The Faith”|
- Kerry Shale (USA/UK, Season 1)
- Hugo Harold-Harrison (USA/UK, Season 2 onwards)
- Sérgio Stern (Brazil)
- Barbara Sacchelli (Italy)
- Marie-Line Landerwijn (France)
- Nicolas Dubois (France, "The Vision")
- Marco Göllner (Germany)
- Anna Apostolakis (Poland)
- Takuya Sato (Japan)
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- Alan can propel himself through the air without any visible assistance.
- Most people who have never seen the show before mistake Alan for a female, possibly because of his eyelashes, which are more common on female characters in animation, and also because of his high voice, which is caused by helium.
- Alan can be seen going out with Masami in the early reel. Ironically, she planned on going out with him in "The Storm."
- Alan seems to be able to float without helium on occasions, as in "The Storm," Gumball inflates him up without the use of helium.
- Alan's voice is never consistent with each appearance throughout Season 1.
- During the first season, Gumball seems to have trouble remembering Alan's name, calling him Alfred, Andrew, Arthur, Alex, etc.
- He is shown to be good at chess, beating Felix in "The Vision."
- He deflates in response to horrible smells, as shown in "The Ghost."
- Alan had popped a total of sixteen times in the series:
- The first time was in the early reel, where Carmen gets launched at him.
- The second time was in the original trailer, where he attempts to kiss Carmen but gets popped by her needles.
- The third time was in "The Mustache," where he pops in shock at Gumball's transformation.
- The fourth time was in "The Banana," where he gets knocked into Carmen by Gumball.
- The fifth time was in "The Photo," where Darwin punches Alan, popping him.
- The sixth time was in "The Voice," where Gumball throws a rock at him for constantly saying "sorry."
- The seventh time was in "The Joy," when he is spreading the Joy Virus and rams into Carmen, causing him to pop on the lockers, leaving behind a rainbow-colored stain in the process.
- The eighth time was in "The Pizza," when he and some other citizens try to attack the Wattersons, and Nicole pops him by spitting out a sharp part of Leslie's petal at him.
- The ninth was in "The Uploads," during Alan's ice bucket challenge.
- The tenth was in "The Advice," when the Abraham Lincoln Goat attacks him.
- The eleventh was in "The Bus," when he thinks everyone should go to school, but Gumball thinks otherwise.
- The twelfth was in "The Stories," when Jamie throws a dodgeball at him.
- The thirteenth was in "The Guy," when Anais tries attacking him.
- The fourteenth was in "The Vision," when he is typing his new world domination plan and Gumball comes in and pops him.
- The fifthteenth was in "The Anybody," when Darwin attempts to find Clayton in the cinema and expose him, he pops Alan due to thinking he is Clayton in disguise.
- The sixteenth time was in "The Decisions," where Gumball pops him to remove all of the water inside him.
- In almost every photo shot Alan appears in, his facial features look very realistic and human-like instead of his original face. However, in episodes such as "The Storm," his pictures, especially with Carmen, shown him with his usual appearance.
- It is revealed in "The Photo" that Alan anonymously donates all of his allowance to charity, and never tells anyone about it, because he cares very much about the cause.
- It is revealed in "The Storm" that whatever he eats gets turned into air.
- If he has a string or not varies in some episodes.
- In "The Uploads," it is heavily implied by Bobert that Alan is not really friends with Gumball.
- His last name is revealed in "The Vision."
- Alan Keane is also the name of a script editor on the series.
- In "The Saint," it is suggested that he is unable to be annoyed or angered by anything.
- This can be contradicted, though, because in "The Storm," he stares angrily at Gumball and Carmen when she tries to test their relationship, and he gets angry at Gumball when he tries to talk to Masami, and yells at him to "shut up." He also gets mad at Gumball for accusing him of attacking Principal Brown in "The Mystery," he screams at him for popping his uncle Phil and later for messing up his mom's surgery in "The Traitor," gets angry with him again in "The Faith" and "The Decisions," and fights his classmates in "The Candidate."