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Laurence Needlemeyer
Character Information
Gender: Male ♂
Also known as: Lazy Larry (formerly)
Species: Origami rock (currently) [1]
Rock (formerly)
Friends: Karen (fiancée)
the Donut Cop
the Wattersons (sometimes), the teal tow truck driver
Enemies: The Wattersons (sometimes)
the cupcake man
Occupation: Various
First Appearance: "The DVD"
Voice: Kerry Shale
Gallery Quotes

Laurence "Larry" Needlemeyer is a supporting character in The Amazing World of Gumball. He works at almost every store in the town of Elmore, usually as a cashier. He generally disliked the Watterson family prior to the events of "The Pizza," but he gets on more friendly terms with them after they apologize for antagonizing him and causing him to quit all his jobs. Larry manages to keep up with all of his jobs by "working very hard," but he has been fired on at least one occasion. He used to be called "Lazy Larry" and was known as the laziest person in Elmore, but the title was stolen by Richard in the summer of 1983.


Larry typically wears a green shirt, an orange tie, a red badge with a diagonal stripe down the middle, and an orange hat with red and white stripes. He also wears black pants and black shoes. His cheeks are pink with freckles on them. However, throughout the show, he starts to wear other uniforms depending on which jobs he works at. He is incredibly skinny, similar to Rob and Miss Simian. His head is disproportionately large and blocky. While being Lazy Larry, he transforms into a huge block, which connects his head to his torso just like Richard.

In season 1, he had a more rocky texture. From season 2 and onwards, those textures were removed, and he looks like he is made completely out of origami.


Larry is a very hard-working and serious person, and cannot be fooled easily. He keeps many jobs around Elmore, from being a store clerk to a cashier, and does an admirable job at each of them. Although, on many of these occasions, he is accidentally fired, or is driven to do so by a member of the Watterson family. However, Larry also has a history of laziness, as shown in "The Laziest." It seems he can be a forgiving person, as seen in "The Pizza." It is also shown that he is often sleep-deprived, usually due to working both day and night shifts, as revealed in multiple episodes.

He has a fiancée named Karen, whom he has attempted to propose to three times in the show, though he failed on all three occasions.

Episode appearances

Season 1

Season 2

Season 3

  • "The Kids": He does not recognize Gumball nor Darwin because of their voices breaking, and calls John so they can leave peacefully. He later calls the police on Gumball and Darwin, and later cuts Nicole’s credit card in the supermarket.
  • "The Name": He is briefly seen while Gumball's alter-ego, Zach, rudely cuts in line in front of the shoppers. Later, he is seen at Joyful Burger.
  • "The Law": He appears working as an ice cream seller.
  • "The Password": He appears once again at Ripley 2000, watching the store get destroyed by Richard.
  • "The Pizza": His second major role. He quits all his jobs, unraveling the commercial structure of Elmore.
  • "The Lie": He is in Elmore Shopping.
  • "The Butterfly": His parking space is stolen by Mr. Robinson.
  • "The Question": He tells Gumball and Darwin his meaning of life.
  • "The Saint": He is one of the citizens to witness Tony choking on the sidewalk.
  • "The Oracle": He tries to tell everyone that there was no prize for the 1,000,000th customer.
  • "The Spoiler": He tries to remove Gumball, Darwin, and Anais from the cinema for pirating a movie.
  • "The Countdown": He can be seen driving his car when time is frozen.
  • "The Nobody": He works at the hot dog stand, and walks past Gumball and Darwin several times as they try to give Rob a role in the world.
  • "The Downer": He is in his ice cream truck watching Gumball cause a traffic jam.
  • "The Egg": He watches Nicole and Felicity have a conversation at Food 'n' Stuff.
  • "The Money": He works at Joyful Burger and offers the Wattersons a commercial job.

Season 4

Season 5

  • "The Rerun": He is working at Laser Video.
  • "The Guy": He kicks Gumball out of Joyful Burger.
  • "The Code": He is seen working at Food 'n' Stuff, reading post-its left by Darwin and Gumball, then bans Gumball and Darwin from Food 'n' Stuff.
  • "The Loophole": He argues with Mr. Small about the pronunciation of quinoa.
  • "The Vase": His voice is heard during Anais' vision.
  • "The Box": He almost runs over the box.
  • "The Cycle": Harold gives him his credit card.
  • "The Stars": His third major role. Gumball, Darwin, and Richard keep giving him bad reviews, forcing him to do whatever they want.
  • "The Diet": His voice is heard when he tells Richard he is delivering pizza.
  • "The Ex": He gives Banana Joe an explosive burger.
  • "The Menu": His fourth major role. Richard tries to find out the Joyful Burger menu's secret item from him.
  • "The Uncle": He charges money on Richard's store credit card.
  • "The Heist": He, alongside the cupcake man, works as a bank teller, during which he is "robbed" by Richard.
  • "The Singing": He sings a verse in "I'm Singing," operates the Joyful Burger drive-thru, and is forced to rap in Principal Brown's song.
  • "The Worst": Richard makes him sing a song about fish.
  • "The Line": He makes the Wattersons stay on the other side of the line to get into the theater.
  • "The List": He is in the yearbook photo.
  • "The News": He works at Joyful Burger.

Season 6


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Similar to Rocky and Karen, Larry works numerous jobs. As of "The Menu," Larry is confirmed to have thirty-eight.

Laser Video

This is the first job Larry has been seen working at on-screen, where he works as the cashier. It is very similar to Ripley 2000 from "The Refund." Larry was seen here first in "The DVD."

Elmore Gas Station

This is the second job Larry has been seen working at. Sal Left Thumb has attempted to rob the store twice in Larry's presence but was stopped on both occasions. Despite this, Larry was seen working here in "The Bumpkin" and "The Night."

Food 'n' Stuff

Larry works here as a cashier. He got fired for yelling at a customer as an attempt to get Gumball and Darwin away from him in "The Laziest," but he is seen working here again in "The Name." This is currently the only job Larry has been fired from on-screen.

Joyful Burger

Larry's fourth job is where he works as a cashier. In "The Menu," Larry can be seen working at several different Joyful Burgers around Elmore.

Shoe store

Larry works as a cashier here. He was seen working here in "The Prank," when Richard wanted to return the shoes he bought originally for Gumball and Darwin, but is denied the return because they were filled with baked beans for a prank.

Ripley 2000

For his sixth job, he works as a clerk in the local video game store. He was first shown working here in "The Refund," when he denies Gumball and Darwin a refund for their computer game. He may have been fired from there as he failed to keep Gumball from getting a refund and abandoned his post. However, in the video "What Dad Would Do for a Sausage Part 1," he is seen working there, as well as later in "The Password."

Fervidus Pizza

In "The Job," Larry works for Fervidus Pizza. Larry is Richard's employer, and he fires Richard for eating parts of the pizzas he had to deliver. In "The Game," he gets prank-called by Nicole and delivers a pizza to himself as a consequence. In "The Pizza," he is seen working here again, during which he briefly quits, leading to the destruction of Elmore.

Elmore Shopping

He is seen working at Elmore Shopping in "Christmas" as the mall Santa in a small cabin called "Santa's Grotto." His girlfriend Karen is also seen directly outside of it, dressed as an elf.

Bank of Elmore

Larry can be seen working at the bank in "The Check" and "The Heist" as a bank teller.

Pet store

Larry is seen working at the pet store in episodes such as "The Origins" and "The Origins: Part Two," where he gives Richard all of the pet fish, and "The Roots."

Elmore Zoo

Larry is seen working here in "The Stars" as a zookeeper.

Other Jobs

Other jobs that Larry is seen, or mentioned doing include being the police force accountant, an ice cream vendor, a pest controller, a curator at an art gallery, and a repairman. He works so many jobs that Elmore's economical structure depends on him, and that if he ever stops working, the whole town would break down.


Main article: Larry Needlemeyer/Quotes

Voice actors

  • Kerry Shale (US/UK)
  • Romain Barbieux (France)
  • Victor Posta (Hungary, season 1)
  • Lehel Kisfalusi (Hungary, season 2–4)
  • Gabor Joo (Hungary, season 5 onwards)
  • Miklos Kapacsy (Hungary, some season 2 episodes)
  • Gyorgy Istvan Gubanyi (Hungary, in "The Law")
  • Paulo Vignolo (Brazil, seasons 1–2, "The Name" and season 4 onwards)
  • Manolo Rey (Brazil, season 3)
  • Hiroki Gotō (Japan)
  • Maxim Polak (Russia, season 1–2)
  • Daniel Stepin (Russia, season 3–5)
  • Andrey Grinevich (Russia, season 6)
  • Andrey Barkhudarov (Russia, season 6)
  • Juha Varis (Finland)


  • Karen is his fiancée; a running gag throughout the series is him attempting to propose to her, but ultimately failing to do so due to circumstances outside of his control. This has happened in "The Laziest," "The Goons," "The Shippening," and on Anais' Flickr if one counts it as canon.
  • In "The Schooling," Larry claims that he makes $7 per hour.
  • In "The Night," he states that he does not sleep but in "The Question" he says his routine involves sleep.
  • In "The Finale," it is revealed why he has so many jobs: to repay damages the Wattersons have done.
    • Also in "The Finale," it is revealed Larry has a restraining order against the Wattersons.
    • Because Larry practically has every job in Elmore, if Larry quits all of them, Elmore's society would collapse and eventually lead to a full-blown apocalypse. This is seen in "The Pizza."


ve Characters
Italicized characters are considered extremely minor
Watterson family GumballDarwinAnaisNicoleRichardGranny JojoLouieEvil Turtle (family pet) • Frankie
Robinson family GaylordMargaretRocky
Fitzgerald family PennyPatrickJudithPollyMr. Cuddles (family pet)
Wilson family TobiasJackieHaroldRachel
Banana family Banana JoeBanana BarbaraBanana Bob
Rex family TinaMr. Rex
Keane family AlanDexterJessica
Jötunheim family HectorMrs. Jötunheim
Parham family FelicityBilly
Yoshida family MasamiMr. YoshidaYuki
School faculty Nigel BrownLucy SimianSteve SmallCoach RussoJoan MarkhamLibrarianMoonchild CorneilleTree librarian
Student body CarrieBobertSarahLeslieTeriColin and FelixCarmenMollyJamieIdahoAntonOchoJukeSussieClaytonWilliamRobHot Dog GuyJuliusGreen bearMushroomFuzzballRazor8-bit dogReaperMowdownRotten cupcakeScytheClareJaredWilsonJodieRainbow octopusBulldogGregoryMoleJoshPeter
Senior citizens MarvinGaryAlisonBlue elephantBettyDonald
Other Elmore residents LarryDonut CopSal Left ThumbMarthaKennethKarenPantsbullyTonyHexagon ladySanta ClausPaperballLennyConstruction menHoboShooting starRosieClipboard menEgg manCube dogsCyclops dogRatsSunEarthMoonPurple squirrelPink squirrelCreaturesOrange guardsBandage doctorMelted cheese guyHamburger CopCowboyJeffSusanSicilianaQuattroHaydenInternetExercise baconShape peopleTeal tow truck driverSaturnSausage dogTan dogCarltonTroyGreen security guardBandage paramedicsGhostsCoffee copMr. VerdeIdaho's familyFrench friesAnton's parentsRichwood High studentsGumball's brainDr. ButtSussie's parentsRipley 2000 manager"Porky" Cassidy GoblinDolphin manSpray-paint bottleButterknifeMr. ChanaxManly warriorPest controllerSoulless office workerOval familyTimmyCharlieDrum kit guyHot Dog Guy lookalikeCupcake manMikeKenKip SchlezingerClownHand security officerSally the SnakeEarlSphere citizensLeonard DanielsVan shopkeeperHumanMilk guyOld doctorGargarothBrydieMayor of ElmoreFlight attendantDanielMaryMariaJoaoPhilKayvonCharlie-AnnBook doctorTeapotDebbie
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 dollarSolar System