Bob the Builder is the main titular protagonist of the 1998 children's television series of the same name. He is a general contractor and runs his own construction yard based in Bobsville, later in Sunflower Valley, and now in Fixham Harbour. Bob is from a family of builders - his father Robert is also a builder and so was his grandfather Billy. He is assisted by Wendy and a host of anthropomorphic vehicles in various projects in and around town. He is not good with computers. Some of the problems in the show arise from Bob's habit of forgetting to turn his mobile phone on. He also is the owner of Pilchard the Cat.
In the original series, Bob has been voiced by Neil Morrissey in the UK, and the late William Dufris, Greg Proops and Marc Silk in the US. In the 2015 reboot, he is voiced by Lee Ingleby in the UK and Colin Murdock in the US.
Bob is a very passionate man who always shows determination to get jobs done and to encourage everyone else. He is also a fun-loving person in general and very smart. During a crisis or problem, he isn't one to lose focus and often comes up with ideas on how to fix things.
He acts as a parental figure to his fleet of machines and makes sure to keep them in order. While he is honest about things like feelings or when someone messes up, Bob is nowhere mean or strict. He doesn't get upset when someone makes an accident, but he will be sure to tell them where they messed up.
He also seems to have a soft spot for Wendy.
Bob is a tan, fair-skinned man with small black eyes and a medium sized nose. As he is a builder, he is often seen wearing his construction gear, consisting of a red and orange checkered shirt, faded light blue overalls, brown shoes, and a yellow hard hat. Around his waist, Bob also has a tan-colored tool belt.
When his hard hat is removed, he is revealed to have brown hair. His hair was longer when he was younger.
Bob has appeared in every episode in the series and all related media.
His first appearance was in the first Season 1 episode of the Bob the Builder franchise called Scoop Saves the Day that aired on November 28, 1998. His latest appearance was in the last Season 21 episode of the Bob the Builder franchise before the franchise went on hiatus in 2019 called New Year's Spectacular that aired on December 30, 2018. He will appear in Season 22 of the Bob the Builder franchise.
- In the UK dub of the original series Bob can speak in a American accent.
- When Bob used to have long hair his hair is spiky and looks similar to Naruto Uzumaki.
- In Ready, Steady, Build!, Bob is only seen wearing his work clothes. This applies for Wendy, too.
- In 2007, Bob appeared in Comic Relief's music video for "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)", where he alongside Basil Brush, Postman Pat, Rupert the Bear and various celebrities watched and sang along with Brian Potter (Peter Kay), Andy Pipkin (Matt Lucas) and The Proclaimers.
- In 2009, Bob sung and appeared alongside various other children's TV characters in the music video to "The Official BBC Children in Need Medley" by Peter Kay's Animated All Star Band.