December 21 1998 (TV series)
"Unknown (Comic Book Episode)"
Cynthia "Cindy"/"Seymore" McPhearson is a girl (voiced by Tara Strong) and originally appeared as a recurring (minor) character in the comic strip. In the strip, Cindy is a girl in Huey's class who is oblivious to racial issues, she enjoys rap music, especially Snoop Dogg. In the TV series, she appears to be this kind of South Central ghetto girl even though she is white also she has an extremely talented junior basketball player for her team, is well-versed (yet overblown) in AAVE, and is just as cocky as Riley. He soon resorts to insulting her mother and the problems related to her in Cindy's life to put her off her game, which leads to her crying and running off the court. Appears in the episode "Ballin'" and "The Story of Gangstalicious Part 2", in Season 2 and in Season 3 in the episodes The Red Ball and The Fundraiser.
Cindy is described to have a good life until Riley revealed profane information about her family (ex. Her mother is a slut that does cocaine, and her parents are going to get divorced).
Despite her tough demeanor, she has her moments of weakness. In the episode "The Fundraiser", she was scared with the others during a gunfight between a SWAT team and mobsters. She also cried and fled from the basketball game in "Ballin'" after Riley told her rumors about her parents. Like the rest of the players, in "The Red Ball" she was severely beaten by the Chinese team.
She is shown to be somewhat competitive, for example in "Ballin'", she was merciless during the game, including taunting Riley, and made the "loser sign" to Tom. In "The Red Ball", she was in the kickball game, but this may have only been because they needed another child player. In "The Fundraiser" she showed several signs of fierceness, including beating up a rival cookie seller, and devising a strategy to get rid of competition when working with Riley.
Much like Jazmine with Huey, it is hinted that Cindy has a one-sided crush on Riley, a recurring cultural stereotype that involves black men dating white women, evidence for this crush might include:
- In "Ballin'", Cindy's constant taunting during the game may be considered flirtatious behavior. However, she may well have done that to whoever the star player would have been, not just Riley. It can also be seen as an evolving crush.
- In "The Story of Gangstalicious: Part 2", Cindy takes the time to hang with Riley, and is noticeably hurt and annoyed when Riley refuses.
- In "The Fundraiser", Cindy is shown to be the only one who doesn't quit the fund-raising business with Riley, even going with him to the hotel where he cuts off the agreement.
In "The Story of Gangstalicious: Part 2", Granddad chose to invite Cindy over (rather than the closer friend to the family, Jazmine) to try to dissuade him from what he believed was Riley becoming gay. Despite his Gangsta belife in staying away from "Hoes", Riley does seem to consider Cindy a friend since it's obvious they share many of the same views of the World.
Cindy is shown to have friends in the Girl Scouts. Not much is known about them except for that they seem to be Cindy's followers. They also seem to be be slightly less brutal as Cindy. However, as Cindy is beating up a competitor cookie seller, they idly stand and watch her get attacked by Cindy, then run after her after she runs away from Cindy. The blonde girl who informed Cindy of the rival seller even held the girl's head while Cindy repeatedly slapped her so she could not run away. The African American girls were voiced by Grey DeLisle, and the blond/blonde haired Caucasian girl was voiced by Mona Marshall.
- In the comic strip, Cindy was shown to be:
- 10 years old (circa 2007) and in Huey's class rather than a friend of Riley's.
- Stereotypically ditzy, white girl.
- Had a long left braided ponytail.
- Jazmine's best friend.
- In the TV series, Cindy:
- 8 years old (born in late 1998) and is closer to Riley rather than Huey.
- Is a streets-smart, "gangsta wannabe", like Riley.
- Has two braided pigtails with the left in front of her shoulder and the right in the back.
- In "Ballin'", Cindy's braided pigtails are shown to constantly switch from one long braid, to two separate braids though scene changes.
- Cindy has so far only had one encounter with Jazmine, in "The Fundraiser".
- Cindy is shown to be in the Girl Scouts.
- She is one of the three "wiggers" (whites that act like sterotypically black thugs) in the series (The others being Ed Wuncler III and Gin Rummy).
- Because of her appearance, Cindy bears a strong resemblance to Street Fighter character Cammy White.