He is balding, overweight, sarcastic, lazy, misogynistic and very hairy. He is of undeterminate descent (although the "-ewski" suffix of his surname would suggest a Polish background) and his apparel marks him as a typical low-brow New Jerseyite. featuring a fake gold-flake chain, wifebeater shirt, pocketless "New York Giants #1 Superfan" sweatpants designed to "circulate air around [his] genitals and wick the sweat off [his] balls", and flip-flops. He is also known to wear "mesh underwear", which he claims is like "Going commando, but you still got control."
In most episodes, calamity befalls Carl (and increasingly-violently so; initially his car being destroyed, and later decimation of his entire body except for his head), provoking his disgruntlement. He then always appears whole and unharmed at the beginning of every episode, without explanation.
The son of a divorced one-time military man and eventual factory worker (Carl's Dad), Carl grew up without a mother in abject poverty even worse than his current situation, being forced to work at the insulation factory with his father at the young age of 8. In the episode Cybernetic Ghost of Christmas Past from the Future, he is shown in 1968 with his mother absent, receiving a carpet sample as his only Christmas gift (which Carl and his father presumably then boil and consume for Christmas dinner). The Christmas tree is bare and decorated with empty beer cans. Since he later reconnects with his mother when she's bedridden in a Veteran's Hospital, it is presumed he grew up in his father's custody after his parents divorced.
His shockingly poor and neglectful upbringing may shed some light on his later habits and personality.
Carl lives in a sky blue, 2 story house with vinyl siding and an above-ground pool located next to the Aqua Teen House. His pool, something the Aqua Teens lack, is a constant source of conflict with them, as he doesn't like them using it and they frequently do anyway. Like his car, his house is regularly damaged or destroyed by the Aqua Teens and others during various episodes.
His living room contains posters of former New York Giants running back Tiki Barber and ex-NY Giants coach Bill Parcells ("TUNA"). On a table near his yellow couch is a "G-Men Superbowl 2008 SuperChampion Superfan" lamp with #56 (New York Giants linebacker Lawrence "L.T" Taylor's number) on the side; this lamp is eventually stolen by Lance the Duck in order to form his head. In addition to his car, Carl's one additional expensive item is a large front projection flat screen TV on which he frequently watches porno and infomercials until he falls asleep.
His bedroom features a full wall decal of a tropical beach on one wall, along with a poster featuring a bikini girl next to a leopard with "ANIMALISTIC" written in leopard-print pattern. The other walls appear to have been sloppily painted purple, with drips of purple paint visible along the edges of the stained carpet. One wall features a poster of New York Mets catcher Mike Piazza. His nightstand features a lamp in the shape of a woman in a one-piece bathing suit, a large bottle of lotion and a roll of paper towels (for obvious reasons).
He claims to "work out of the home", although he's never been shown to actually do any work and the interior of his house shows no sign of any work going on. At various points he is shown to be selling counterfeit sports and music merchandise, which may account for some of his income.
His car, 2 Wycked, a red Dodge Stealth ES (based off Matt Maellaro's real life car) with a spoiler, chrome rims, hood intake and side decals proclaiming the car's name in stylized script, is usually parked on the sidewalk in front of his house for some reason, despite his house having both a driveway and a garage. He is shown washing and waxing it on several occasions. Since it is the one thing Carl appears to have any pride in, it regularly gets stolen, destroyed or both in various episodes.
As Carl's appearance might suggest, he is extremely low-brow in his tastes, and has been known to frequently visit strip clubs (his favorite is "Melon Shakers") and enlist the services of various prostitutes. He is an alcoholic, often shown drinking canned beer until he passes out on his living room floor. In the episode The Intervention he is arrested for DWI after drinking 18 beers and wrecking 2 Wycked with a hooker in the passenger seat while travelling 136mph in a 25mph school zone ("Don't get your panties in a wad, there ain't no kids out at this hour!"). He ends up getting Tasered after getting belligerent with the police officer and has an alcohol ignition interlock device installed in his car so he can't drive unless he is sober. He gets around it by bringing Meatwad along to blow in the tube on his next trip to Melon Shakers.
Aside from drinking and hookers, Carl is extremely fond of sports and has a strong, almost fanatic loyalty to New York sports teams such as the Giants and the Yankees. This is reflected in his spin-off Internet series Carl's Stone Cold Lock of the Century of the Week on Adult Swim Video.
Friends, family and associatesEdit
Carl's only known friends and associates other than the Aqua Teens include Terry, an old friend (cousin in "Laser Lenses") who is an ex-con who now does illegal plastic surgery in a van and an auto repair garage down by the docks, Vishal his insurance agent, and former classmates Donna Bryson and Denise Zambrano (neither of which can actually remember his name when he calls at 2am to sexually harass them).
Carl has a second cousin, Denise, who's claim to fame is once having given a handjob to the singer Meatloaf after a show in Newark, New Jersey. He calls her during Kangarilla and the Magic Tarantula to see if she can arrange for him to play a benefit concert, and also to "lord over her" that she once gave him a handjob.
One a couple of occasions Carl is seen arguing on the phone with his mother, who he apparently abandoned in a Veteran's Hospital and doesn't visit but continues to support financially to some degree. When he finally visits her during the events of Wi-Tri, he does it only to try and "turn [her] into a triangle", saying he "doesn't wanna kill [her] or nothin', just shut [her] up". When he gets there, she is shown to be morbidly obese, bald and sloppy, much like an older female version of Carl. She angrily accuses him of "not paying for the meal plan", which causes him to respond (only half-jokingly) "What, you think I'm trying to starve you to death?".
The fact that his mother resides in a Veteran's Hospital suggests Carl's father was at one point a member of the military (prior to becoming an insulation factory worker as seen in the 1968 Christmas flashback).
Carl is very unfortunate, having his things either stolen or destroyed, being injured, or even getting killed.
Carl's musical influences include Foreigner, Bryan Adams, Boston, Judas Priest, Loverboy, and Ted Nugent, Led Zeppelin. Zeppelin's "The Ocean" was sung acapella and air-performed (complete with a sloppy air drum solo) by a drunken Carl in an effort to impress the Sirens enough to let him have sex with them and John Kruk. He claims to have seen most of these bands live in concert and has a wide array of band memoribilia from the tours (such as a loincloth from Ted Nugent's Cat Scratch Fever tour he wears on laundry days), although he views Boston's More Than a Feeling as the best song in the universe.
While many travel to the beat of a different drummer, Carl has specified the drummer he moves to, specifically the drummer from Foghat, despite being unable to remember his name. Carl has also written his own hard rock song called I Want to Rock Your Body ('Til the Break of Dawn), which he performed acapella for a whore he picked up and took home after getting newfound confidence from a clown-infected hairpiece in The Clowning.
Relationship with his neighborsEdit
Carl's relationship with the Aqua Teens is complex and strained; though they generally mean well, he is often the victim of their wacky antics. Despite many attempts to get away from the Aqua Teens, he did in fact once sell his house to Glenn Danzig, though this was mostly due to the million dollars Danzig offered him and to avoid being forced to have sex with a giant red ape in space (the only other way to stop the elf blood from filling his pool and faucets) than to free himself from his colorful neighbors.
In the film Carl gets big muscles after being trapped on the Insanoflex for several hours, the muscles later being stolen off his body and attached to Dr. Weird's in order to fight Frylock. Carl survives, but most of his body is gone.
In the live-action episode, Last Last One Forever and Ever, Adult Swim and Burger King teamed up to do a casting call for Carl. David Long Jr. plays him, and fans liked his performance.
Spin-off Web ShowEdit
See Also: I'M PISSED
In 2007 a show on Adult Swim. com called Carl's Pissed (later changed to Carl, then Carl's Stone Cold Lock of the Century of the Week) aired. The show is mainly about Carl's feelings and comments on sports.
- Out of all the main characters featured on the show, Carl has died the most frequently.
- Out of all the main characters featured on the show, Carl has been in the least amount of episodes.
- Carl's car, 2 Wycked, is in fact, ATHF creator Matt Maiellaro's real car in cartoon form.
- Dual Core's first album, Zero One, features a single about Carl called 2 Wycked.
- The collectable Carl Nesting Doll available on adultswimshop.com, reveals that Carl has a gold-tooth.
- There is an episode named after Carl, but is named "Spacegate World" on the DVD release.