|Bob's Burgers character|
|Occupation||Hairstylist at Hair Barrel/"Pleasureologist"|
|Behind the scenes|
|Voiced by||Larry Murphy|
Gretchen is Linda's friend who works as a hairstylist at Hair Barrel, and previously held a bar-tending position at a local "cop bar," until she was fired for groping. She is attracted to men with badges or so called "authority-figures."
Gretchen has blonde hair tied into a side ponytail, which she briefly dyed brown in "Tina Tailor Soldier Spy." Her usual outfit consists of a purple tank top, black stirrup pants, and brown shoes. In "The Unbearable Like-Likeness of Gene", she lost weight and wore a pink tank top, purple shorts, and dark blue shoes. Her slender figure was retained in "God Rest Ye Merry Gentle-Mannequins" and "Nude Beach" but was back at her previous size in "My Fuzzy Valentine" and all later appearances. In "The Unbearable Like-Likeness of Gene", she has a dolphin tattoo that doesn't appear in any other episode. She also mentions having a tattoo on her thigh.
Gretchen is outspoken, naughty, flirtatious, and free. She has no filter on the things she says or does. Nearly all of her words and actions being hilariously inappropriate. She hasn't shown any sign of hesitation towards even the most gratuitous of her choices. Most notably her profession as a LadyGoods saleswoman in "My Big Fat Greek Bob", the product being sex toys. And attempting to murder several people with a motor vehicle in "My Fuzzy Valentine" for petty reasons. She could be easily identified as a 'free spirit', but she has proven herself to be much more complicated than that.
She is good friends with Linda Belcher, as they share many interests. Gretchen is also usually on board with whatever Linda thinks up. Finding or creating humor in it ("I Get Psy-chic Out of You", "The Hormone-iums"). She is arguably the third most prominent family friend of the Belchers, behind Teddy and Mort.
In "Lobsterfest", Bob hooks her up with health inspector Hugo Habercore, describing him as a 'food sheriff'. She breaks up with him by the end of the episode as she "doesn't mind small badges but Hugo doesn't know how to use his".
In "I Get Psy-chic Out of You", it is revealed she has an ex-boyfriend who lives in Philadelphia after having a psychic reading from Linda in which she gets a vision of the Liberty Bell telling her to go there. However, when she returns she reveals that he his married and is faithful to his wife.
- Claims to be a medium who can talk to dead animals, though as Bob suggested, she might have just been drunk. ("Full Bars")
- According to Teddy, she has a sister who is on methamphetamines. ("The Unbearable Like-Likeness of Gene")
- Gretchen is a "pleasureologist" who sells LadyGoods. ("My Big Fat Greek Bob")
- Has had car accidents involving both Pam Dawber and Vinny Testaverde's wife. ("My Fuzzy Valentine")
- Full Bars
- The Deepening
- The Unbearable Like-Likeness of Gene
- God Rest Ye Merry Gentle-Mannequins
- Nude Beach
- My Fuzzy Valentine
- My Big Fat Greek Bob
- I Get Psy-chic Out of You
- Wharf Horse (or How Bob Saves/Destroys the Town - Part I) (non speaking cameo)
- World Wharf II: The Wharfening (or How Bob Saves/Destroys the Town - Part II) (non speaking cameo)