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Alan Keane

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Character Information
Gender: Male ♂
Species: Balloon
Age: 12
Friends: Gumball (sometimes; mostly one-sided)
Carmen (girlfriend)
Darwin
Molly
Juke
Idaho
Banana Joe
Penny
Rob (formerly)
Teri
Bobert
Enemies: Masami
Jamie
Miss Simian
Gumball (at times)
Relatives: Dexter (father),
Jessica (mother),
Phil (uncle),
and other relatives
Occupation: Student
Zoo worker
Old folk's home bingo organizer
Park worker (duck feeder)
Litter picker
Graffiti cleaner
Scout master
First Appearance: The early reel (prototype)
"The Third" (final concept)
Voice: Kerry Shale
(Season 1)
Hugo Harold-Harrison (Season 2 onwards)
Gallery
Color Scheme
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Alan Keane is a supporting character in The Amazing World of Gumball. He is a friendly twelve year old high-pitched teal balloon who attends Elmore Junior High. He is currently dating Carmen.

Appearance

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.

Personality

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."

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.

Relationships

Main article: Alan Keane/Relationships

Episode Appearances

Prototype

Season 1

Season 2

Season 3

Season 4

Season 5

Season 6


Quotes

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"

NO HANDS!

—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


Voice Actors

  • 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)

Gallery

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Trivia

  • 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, again, 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."


ve Characters
Italicized characters are considered extremely minor
The Wattersons GumballDarwinAnaisNicoleRichardGranny JojoLouieEvil Turtle (family pet) • Frankie
The Robinsons GaylordMargaretRocky
The Fitzgeralds PennyPatrickJudithPollyMr. Cuddles (family pet)
The Wilsons TobiasJackieHarold
The Bananas Banana JoeBanana BarbaraBanana Bob
The Rexes Tina RexMr. Rex
The Keanes AlanDexterJessica
The Jötunheims HectorMrs. Jötunheim
The Parhams FelicityBilly
The Yoshidas MasamiMr. YoshidaYuki
School faculty Nigel BrownLucy SimianSteve SmallCoach RussoJoan MarkhamLibrarianMoonchild CorneilleTree Librarian
Student body CarrieBobertSarahLeslieTeriColin and FelixCarmenMollyJamieIdahoAntonOchoJukeSussieClaytonWilliamRobHot Dog GuyJuliusGreen BearMushroomFuzzballRazor8-Bit DogReaperMowdownRotten CupcakeScytheClareJaredWilsonJodieRainbow OctopusBulldogGregoryMoleJoshPeter
The Senior Citizens MarvinGaryAlison Sandra GatorBlue ElephantBettyDonald
Other Elmore Residents LarryDoughnut SheriffSal Left ThumbCupcake WomanKennethKarenPantsbullyTonyHexagon LadySanta ClausPaperballLenny SmithConstruction MenHoboShooting StarRosieClipboard MenEggmanCube DogsCyclops DogRatsThe SunEarthThe MoonPurple SquirrelPink SquirrelThe CreaturesOrange GuardsBandage DoctorMelted Cheese GuyHamburger CopCowboyJeffSusanSicilianaQuattroFloppy DiskThe InternetExercise BaconShape PeopleTeal Tow Truck DriverSaturnSausage DogTan DogCarltonTroyGreen Security GuardBandage ParamedicsGhostsCoffee CopCarmen's fatherRachelIdaho's familyFrench FriesAnton's parentsRichwood High StudentsGumball's BrainDr. ButtSussie's parentsRipley 2000 ManagerHot Dog Man GoblinDolphin ManSpray-Paint BottleButterknifeMr. ChanaxManly WarriorPest ControllerSoulless Office WorkerOval FamilyTimmyCharlieDrum Kit GuyHot Dog Guy LookalikeCupcake ManMikeCamKip SchlezingerClownHand Security OfficerSallyEarlSphere CitizensLeonard DanielsVan ShopkeeperHumanMilk GuyOld DoctorGargarothBrydieMayor of ElmoreFlight AttendantDanielMaryMariaJoaoPhilKayvonCharlie-AnnDoctor Literature
Single appearance JealousyBlitzerVirusMr. KreeseDaniel LennardAnt-OneAnt-TwoAnton ClonesZachScary Old ManScary Old LadyChicken BucketChris MorrisVladSluzzle DudeButterflyChimeraNew BobertAbraham Lincoln GoatEvil Turtle's BabiesChi ChiRibbitChi Chi's ParentsTrollGame ChildHowdyFrankGradyRussian AgentsEthel and BernieMr. GruberAzraelRainbow Factory ShareholdersFuzzy
Objects Daisy the DonkeyElmore's DollarPlanet Cosmos
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