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S4E21 The Origins 2 Young Teri


Character Information
Gender: Female ♀ (final concept)

Male ♂ (prototype)

Also known as: Paper Boy (by Gumball in the early reel)
Species: Paper bear
Age: 12
Friends: Gumball (at times)
Joan (unrequited)
Rob (Formely)
Enemies: Tina
The Virus
Gumball (at times)
Relatives: Unnamed mother
Unnamed father
Occupation: Student
First Appearance: "Early reel" (prototype)

"The Third" (final concept)

Voice: Teresa Gallagher[1]
Juan Dellaglio (early reel)
Color Scheme
coat cloth eye outline

Teri is a supporting character in The Amazing World of Gumball. She is a hypochondriac, and can usually be found in the nurse's office. Despite her being a bit self-absorbed, she is a very nice girl.


Teri is a slightly crumpled paper cutout of a bear. Her design resembles that of a school kid doodling on a piece of folder paper, and then cutting it out – some parts of her coloring are messier. She is usually seen wearing a blazer, which is commonly used for school uniforms or formal occasions and she has three blush lines permanently drawn on her cheeks.

In Season 2, she acquires eyebrows, though the rest of her design remains unchanged.

In "The Origins: Part Two," she is shown to be smaller and her facial features are crudely drawn, resembling a child's drawing.


Teri is a hypochondriac, and her hypochondriac tendencies seep into many facets of her personality. Teri is a hypochondriac to the point she is fairly delusional, believing that she has contracted a number of ailments based on one or two flimsy and exaggerated pieces of evidence. This is especially apparent in "The Virus" and "The Allergy"; in both episodes, she believes that she has fallen ill to a multitude of diseases, causing her to make a fool of herself, much to the irritation of others. This habit of hers lands her in the nurse's office nearly everyday.

Hypochondria and germaphobia go hand-in-hand with each other, and Teri is no exception. In much of her free time, Teri can be caught with a spray bottle in hand, disinfecting everything and everyone in her path. Even those who she views as friends, such as Gumball and Darwin, are not safe from her wrath of cleanliness, as evidenced by "The Virus," in which she and Gumball have an argument about Gumball's refusal to wash his paw after Penny high-fived it.

Her hypochondria does pay off, however. Because she is so fearful of the microscopic world, she has dedicated much of her study time to learning how to fend off the vile creatures. This makes Teri one of the more intelligent members of her class.

When she puts aside her fears, Teri is one of the nicer characters on the show, willing to befriend everyone that gives her a chance.

Episode Appearances


Season 1

Season 2

Season 3

Season 4

Season 5

Season 6

Voice Actors


School Nurse

Much like her relationship with Gumball and Darwin, Teri always collides with the nurse seeing her treating to the students wrong and overact with her, which makes the nurse usually ignore Teri more than she usually does with the other students.


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  • Her name is a pun on the fact that you tear paper easily.
  • In her concept art, Teri was wider, and un-crumpled. She also lacked a collar and buttons on her dress.
  • In the early reel, Teri was male, as he was blown into the girls' bathroom, eliciting quite a commotion. Gumball also refers to Teri as "Paper Boy."
  • A writer of the show suggests that Teri is skilled at paper craft and origami. This is supported by her reading a book on origami on three occasions: in "The Quest," "The Mystery," and "The Vision."
  • Because Teri is made out of paper, she is very fragile and physically weak. An example was when she "slapped" Gumball in "The Party."
  • She may like Leslie, since she was with him in "The Party." She may also like Clayton, since she blushed at him in "The Skull."
  • She can use a pencil to draw anything on her face or body, such as a teardrop or a face mask in "The Virus," or clothes in "The Night."
    • In the latter episode, she is also shown to draw a sleep mask before going to bed.
  • She likes to scribble fake tattoos on her arm, according to James Lamont's Formspring.
  • In "The Phone," it is shown that Teri plays the xylophone (the marimba, specifically).
  • In "The Flower," Teri was unaffected by the rain, despite being made of paper.
  • In "The Words," it is revealed that if Teri stands in the sunlight, you can see "inside of her."
  • In "The Virus," it is revealed that Teri's mother is a doctor, which may explain why she is such a germaphobe.
  • In "The Mystery," if you look closely in the yearbook, you can see that Teri is in her early reel design.
  • It is revealed in "The Origins: Part Two" that when she was younger, her face was crudely drawn.
  • Her parents made their first appearance in "The Potato," although they were seen as origami because of Gumball and Darwin.
  • She appears to have almost complete control of her body, folding her head all the way backwards to protect herself from being decapitated by a buzzsaw blade in "The Virus" and crumpling herself up and tossing herself in a trashcan to hide from Gumball and Darwin in "The Night."
  • She seems to be a fan of J-pop as seen in "The Singing."


ve Characters
Italicized characters are considered extremely minor
The Wattersons GumballDarwinAnaisNicoleRichardGranny JojoLouieEvil Turtle (family pet) • Frankie
The Robinsons GaylordMargaretRocky
The Fitzgeralds PennyPatrickMrs. FitzgeraldPollieMr. 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
School faculty Nigel BrownLucy SimianSteve SmallCoachJoan MarkhamLibrarianMoonchild Corneille
Student body CarrieMasamiBobertSarahLeslieTeriColin and FelixCarmenMollyJamieIdahoAntonOchoJukeSussieClaytonWilliamRobHot Dog GuyJuliusGreen BearMushroomFuzzballRazor8-Bit DogReaperMowdownRotten CupcakeScytheClareJaredWilsonJodiePixel OctopusBulldogGorillaMoleSparkle GirlJosh
The Senior Citizens MarvinGaryCrocodile WomanBlue ElephantBettyDonald
Other Characters LarryDoughnut SheriffSal Left ThumbCupcake WomanKennethKarenPantsbullyMartinHexagon LadySanta ClausNewspaper EmployeeLenny SmithConstruction MenHoboShooting StarRosieMother and SonClipboard MenThe SunEarthThe MoonOrange GuardsBandage DoctorMelted Cheese GuyHamburger CopCowboyJeffSusanSicilianaMr. PepperoniFloppy DiskThe InternetExercise BaconShape PeopleTeal Tow Truck DriverSaturnCarltonTroyGreen Security GuardBandage ParamedicsGhostsCoffee CopCarmen's fatherRachelIdaho's familyFrench FriesAnton's ParentsRichwood High StudentsGumball's BrainDr. ButtSussie's parentsRipley 2000 ManagerGoblinManly WarriorMother and BabyCharlieDrum Kit GuyHot Dog Guy LookalikeCupcake ManMikeCamKip SchlezingerHand Security OfficerSphere CitizensLeonard DanielsHumanMr. YoshidaMilk GuyOld DoctorMayor of Elmore
Single appearance JealousyVirusMr. KreeseDaniel LennardAnt-OneAnt-TwoAnton ClonesZachScary Old ManScary Old LadyMr. ChanaxChicken BucketVladSluzzle DudeButterflyChimeraNew BobertEvil Turtle's BabiesYukiMr. and Mrs. SenicourtByrdieChi ChiRibbitChi Chi's ParentsTrollGamechildHowdyFrankGradyJoaoMaria
Objects Daisy the DonkeyWandaElmore's DollarPlanet CosmosLucky HelmetUniversal Remote
Non-anthropomorphic characters Purple SquirrelCyclops DogCube DogSausage DogTan DogPink SquirrelThe CreaturesSea CreaturesBlitzerChris MorrisRatsAbraham Lincoln GoatGargaroth

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