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"Remember, God made you special. And he loves you very much."
— Bob while closing the show

  • Species: Tomato
  • Gender: Male
  • Eye color: Blue (Netflix only)
  • Age: Roughly his early to mid 20's
  • First Appearance: Where's God When I'm S-Scared? (1993)
  • Hair color: Green
  • Creator: Phil Vischer

Bob the Tomato is the host and the main protagonist of VeggieTales.

Since 1993, Bob is the bright red, round face of the VeggieTales franchise, alongside his best friend and show co-host, Larry. Although he is prone to frustration from his friends sometimes, Bob never gives up on his goal to teach kids about God.


Bob first appeared in a 1992 screen test for VeggieTales called Take 38, where he attempted to do an inspirational Martin Luther King Jr. type speech to promote the idea of the new series to the viewer. Despite some silly interruptions from Larry the Cucumber, Bob was able to successfully get through his speech.

In 1993, Bob officially became the host of VeggieTales alongside his best friend, Larry. Since then, Bob has gone on to star in nearly every episode of the series.

Bob often takes on the role of storyteller and narrator, but has played a variety of roles and characters over the years. Some of his most memorable roles include Rack in Rack, Shack and Benny, The Skipper in Larry's Lagoon, Dr. Watson in Sheerluck Holmes and the Golden Ruler, ThingamaBob in The League of Incredible Vegetables, Tomato Sawyer in Tomato Sawyer and Huckleberry Larry's Big River Rescue, and Cavis Appythart in both The Star of Christmas and An Easter Carol.


Bob is very much an educator at heart, having been inspired by the famed children’s show host, Mister Rogers. He is relatively calm and nice to everyone he meets, always trying to do what’s right and be a good role model. Bob's ultimate goal in life is to help kids by teaching them valuable lessons and reminding them how much God loves and cares about them.

Bob works very hard trying to be a good leader and keep things running smoothly. But when push comes to shove, he can be very high-strung and extremely particular about how he wants things to go. Bob often clashes with his friends and peers, who don’t always share his specific vision or mindset. His low tolerance for silliness can often be an issue being paired up as the "straight man" to the goofy and absent-minded Larry.

Bob has been know to get upset when things go awry, becoming irritable and a bit of a control-freak to those around him. But once Bob calms down and makes things right with his friends, he’s able to be resilient with any issues he's facing and ultimately meet his rather ambitious goals.

Physical Appearance

Bob is a bright red tomato. He has a short green stem and small green leaves sprouting out from the top of his head. His face consists of two egg-shaped eyes with black pupils and light red eyelids, an almost perfectly round nose (the same shade as his eyelids), and a flat, simple, cartoony mouth. Initially, Bob was a wider looking tomato and was more angular in shape. But as time went on, Bob lost that width, becoming almost perfectly round. Bob's leaves also originally looked more abstract, but eventually became more realistic around 1999-2000.

In LarryBoy: The Cartoon Adventures, Bob was among the few characters from the original VeggieTales series to be translated into 2D by artist Tom Bancroft. Here, Bob changes very little aside from the simplified "cartoony" style of the show. He wore a blue bowtie and white collar with a green eyeshade to fit into his role as Head Editor at the Daily Bumble news office.

For the 2014 series VeggieTales in the House, Bob was redesigned along with the rest of the VeggieTales cast. Here, he gained angular, black eyebrows and blue irises. His eyes are also further apart, and do not extrude from his face as much. His stem and leaves were also stylized to more closely resemble hair.Bob's mouth also gained such features as three-dimensional lips, a tongue, and teeth that could actually be seen every time he opens his mouth (unlike his original design).His body shape was altered as well, becoming wider and more angular again. His skin has also becomes more reflective and two-toned like an actual tomato. Bob's mouth also gained such features as a three-dimensional lips, a tongue, and teeth that could actually be seen every time he opens his mouth (unlike his original design).

Since 2019's The VeggieTales Show, Bob has reverted back to his original design, albeit with more detail like his previous design.


See Bob's filmography

Casting History

English Voice Actors

International Voice Actors

  • Arben Derhemi (Albanian)
  • Helidon Fino (Albanian, LarryBoy and the Bad Apple and Gideon: Tuba Warrior, LarryBoy: The Cartoon Adventures)
  • Yasser Shaaban (Arabic, Arascope)
  • José Luiz Barbeito (Brazilian Portuguese, Audio News, VHS)
  • Marcius Costa (Brazilian Portuguese, Audio News, DVD)
  • Manolo Rey (Brazilian Portuguese, Herbert Richers, speaking)
  • Sérgio Fortuna (Brazilian Portuguese, Herbert Richers, singing)
  • Gustavo Martinez (Brazilian Portugese, Dubbing Company)
  • Zhen-Zheng Cheung (Cantonese)
  • Tomáš Juřička (Czech, Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie)
  • Mikkel Boe Følsgaard (Danish, The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: A VeggieTales Movie)
  • Mathias Klenske (Danish, VeggieTales in the House)
  • Florus Van Rooijen (Dutch, VeggieTales in the House)
  • Henrique Feist (European Portuguese)
  • Paulo Martinez (European Portuguese, Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie)
  • Enrique Hernández (European Spanish, VeggieTales in the House)
  • Antti Pääkkönen (Finnish)
  • Antti L. J. Pääkkönen (Finnish, VeggieTales in the House)
  • Renaud Marx (French, Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie)
  • Julien Kramer (French, The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: A VeggieTales Movie)
  • Jean-Claude Donda (French, VeggieTales in the House)
  • Luís Iglesia (Galician, VeggieTales in the House)
  • Marek Erhardt (German, speaking)
  • Tobias Künzel (German, singing)
  • Roland Wolf (German, VeggieTales in the House)
  • Κώστας Φιλίππογλου/Kóstas Filíppoglou (Greek)
  • Γιώργος Ματαράγκας/Giórgos Mataránkas (Greek, Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie)
  • Dor Srugo (Hebrew)
  • Háda János (Hungarian)
  • Szabó Máté (Hungarian, VeggieTales in the House and VeggieTales in the City)
  • Ferry Chaniago (Indonesian)
  • Riccardo Rossi (Italian, Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie)
  • Luigi Ferraro (Italian, The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: A VeggieTales Movie)
  • Masami Kikuchi (Japanese)
  • Um Sang-Hyun (Korean)
  • Seo Won-seok (Korean, Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie)
  • Jorge Araneda (Latin Spanish, VHS, speaking)
  • Julio Cármenes (Latin Spanish, Ecuador)
  • Diego Osorio (Latin Spanish, Miami, speaking)
  • Larry Villanueva (Latin Spanish, Miami, singing)
  • Gonzalo Rodríguez (Latin Spanish, Miami, singing, Rack, Shack and Benny)
  • Salvador Nájar (Latin Spanish, Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie)
  • Luis Navarro (Latin Spanish, VeggieTales in the House and VeggieTales in the City)
  • Thomas Stokke (Norwegian)
  • Trond Teigen (Norwegian, VeggieTales in the House)
  • Mohammad Reza Solati (Persian, Parsian Studios, 1st dub)
  • Hooman Haji Abdollahi (Persian, Parsian Studios, 2nd dub)
  • Mateusz Weber (Polish, VeggieTales in the House)
  • Robert Horvat (Slovenian)
  • Oscar Harryson (Swedish, VeggieTales in the House)

Fun Facts

  • According to Bob's various official bios:
  • In the Qubo series, Bob said he was allergic to shellfish.
  • Characters often mistake Bob for having a fever or looking sunburned because the red shade of his skin.
    • Subsequently, in Bob’s Vacation, Bob stated he has sensitive skin. This makes sense since tomatoes are highly fragile in real life.
  • In Moe and the Big Exit, Bob faints at the sight of tomato juice in a similar way to people who faint at the sight of blood.
  • Bob owns a lot of plants in his house. His most notable plant is his fern, Raymond.
  • Initially, Phil Vischer considered naming Bob "Tommy the Tomato", but quickly decided it was too cutesy and stereotypical of a name for the character.
  • The only VeggieTales project to date that Phil Vischer did not provide Bob’s voice for was God Made You Special Live! (2008). John Trauscht voiced Bob as a result of Vischer having negotiation issues with his contract at the time.
  • According to Bob in the first episode of the German spin-off series, VeggieTales FitnessHof, Bob's grandmother is from Spain.
  • Bob is one of the only characters in the franchise who is a tomato. Bob, his parents, and Joe are the only tomatoes in the series to date.
  • Given his size and shape, Bob appears to be a sub-variety of "Beefsteak" tomato called a "Hot House" tomato.
  • He is probably related to Uncle Louie.

See Also




VeggieTales Main Cast
Junior AsparagusArchibald AsparagusPa GrapeLaura CarrotJimmy and Jerry GourdMr. NezzerMr. LuntThe French PeasMadame BlueberryPetunia RhubarbQwerty