He delights in creating elaborate contraptions that often don't work as intended. He is a self-proclaimed genius, evident from his exclamation when he discovers Hutch's borrowed skill, a talent for all things mechanical. Most of Wallace's inventions look not unlike the designs of Heath Robinson and Rube Goldberg; creator Nick Park has said of Wallace that all his inventions are designed around the principle of "using a sledgehammer to crack a nut". He is also very eccentric and funny, and is always willing to provide a good laugh or listen to one himself.
He also likes crackers, describing them as "cracking". He also likes tea in the afternoon and is shown to have a liking to toast for breakfast; he describes toast in The Wrong Trousers as "cracking" as well. The thought of Lancashire hotpot keeps him going in a crisis. He enjoys a nice cup of tea or a drop of Bordeaux red for those special occasions. He reads the Morning Post, the Afternoon Post and the Evening Post and occasionally Ay-Up!, which is a parody of Hello! magazine.
Some of Wallace's contraptions actually are based on a real-life invention. For example, Wallace's method of getting up in the morning, bed waking lever, incorporates a bed that tips over to wake up its owner, an invention that was exhibited at the Great Exhibition of 1851 by Theophilus Carter, and is similar to a device sold in Japan that is used to ensure a certain wake-up time. The jelly-toast contraption that gives him breakfast in the morning also bears a similarity to a Rube Goldberg-type machine, with the ability to do more than one thing at the same time. His versatile nature and inventor abilities have caused him to be hired for a wide variety of jobs. In A Close Shave, he was a window cleaner along with Gromit. In The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, he was a pest controller, and in A Matter of Loaf and Death, he was a baker.
A brilliant inventor who is slightly air-headed when confronted with certain problems, and with one or two screws loose, Wallace is a kind-hearted, friendly, funny and eccentric man and an avid lover of cheese (particularly with crackers). Aside from his near-genius intellect and an expert intricate inventor which are normally quite complex for the situation he created the machine to deal with in the first place. The two more well-known of Wallace's inventions are his moon rocket and the Techno Trousers he gave for his best friend Gromit's birthday. But despite this, Wallace can be quite gullible at times this was most obvious when he went to the moon thinking that it was made out of cheese and actually ate a slice of moon rock. He often eschews conventional methods of tackling simple problems in favour of employing stupid-elaborate contraptions, with very mixed results. He's also brilliant but lazy, often employing his vast intellect to make his life easier and for convenience sake. Wallace is a very highly-strung and energetic individual who is prone to emotional outbursts and melodramatic behaviour. When sufficiently excited or anxious his famous compulsive urge emerges, in which he clenches his fists and flaps his hands, often while repeating himself.
Despite being eccentric, Wallace has shown signs of bravery and heroic actions when he saves Lady Tottington from being threatened by Victor Quartermaine and became so dedicated to her. He shows his bond for Gromit when he sacrificed himself to save him from falling but he was later brought back to life by Gromit by using a slice of stinking bishop cheese.
Wallace has a romantic side when in A Close Shave, he fell in love with Wendolene Ramsbottom who became his first love interest. After he learns that she is allergic to cheese, he ended his love affair with her, but possibly remained friends with her. His second love interest was Lady Tottington who the latter tells him to call her "Totty". His third love interest was Piella Bakewell, but it ended when she revealed herself as the serial killer and was later eaten by crocodiles while trying to escape justice. Wallace remembers all three though, it is possible that Lady Tottington is now his current love interest.
He has a kindly nature, and is perhaps a little over-optimistic. At times he can be inadvertently selfless and inconsiderate, but always means well and has a good heart. His creator, Nick Park described Wallace as "He's a very self-contained figure. A very homely sort who doesn't mind the odd adventure." Wallace is loosely based on Park's father, whom he described in a radio interview as "an incurable tinkerer." He described one of his father's constructions, a combination of a beach hut and trailer, having curtains in the windows, bookshelves on the walls, and full-sized furniture bolted to the floor.
Wallace can be seen wearing a pair of brown wool pants, a white shirt, a red tie and a green knitted pullover. He is slender and has fair skin. In his home, he wears slippers but when outdoors, he wears black shoes.
When he was younger, he had brown hair and a moustache but when he got older, his hair had slightly disappeared but he had a tuft of hair when he was in a picture with Gromit (on his graduation from Dogwarts University) by now, Wallace is bald.
In The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, due to him eating too much cheese, Wallace gained a bulk build, but after eating loads of vegetables (in Were-Rabbit form) he had gone a little thinner and after he got rid of his Were-Rabbit curse, he probably slowed down his cheese appetite to avoid getting a bulk build.
In the first photo shown on The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, it was revealed that once, when Gromit was little, Wallace had much hair and mustache and, on the photo that shows Gromit's graduation from "Dogwarts University", Wallace had lost his mustache, but still had a little hair. The reason behind Wallace's loss of hair is unknown. In A Matter of Loaf and Death, when Wallace is talking to Gromit, a picture is seen behind Gromit of Wallace with a brown mustache and brown hair.
Residence and Voice Actor
Both Wallace and Gromit live together at the fictitious address of 62 West Wallaby Street, Wigan, Lancashire. However, his accent as voiced by the late Peter Sallis is from Sallis' native Holme Valley in Yorkshire but in 2007, Wallace made a cameo appearance on Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends in the episode "Ticket to Rod" and he was voiced by Dwight Schultz. On June 2nd 2017, Wallace's voice actor Peter Sallis died and he is currently voiced by Ben Whitehead.
In the National Trust's A Jubilee Bunt-a-thon short film, all games except Project Zoo, and Wallace and Gromit's Musical Marvels At The Proms, he was voiced by Aardman Team Member, Ben Whitehead. In Project Zoo, Wallace is voiced by Peter Sallis.
Gromit is Wallace's pet and best friend. Although Wallace often will forget about Gromit's needs when distracted by a new friend or invention, they share a mutual respect and will do anything for each other - even sacrifice their lives, which Wallace does in the climax of Curse of the Were-Rabbit.
Wallace and Wendolene had a very good start but once Wallace found out about her cheese allergy he changed his tune about her. Although a romantic relationship is out of the question, it is unknown if they are still friends.
Shaun is a little sheep who sought refuge in Wallace And Gromit's home after escaping Preston's truck, although Wallace can get quite annoyed at from for eating his cheese, he still very much shares care for him, in fact more than Gromit sometimes.
Feathers and Wallace originally kicked off when they first met although Wallace was unaware he was being manipulated by Feathers, once finding out he was a criminal, he soon turned on him and sought to help Gromit catch him.
These two are considered two of Wallace's most valued customers, often when meeting Wallace often gets along well with them, they often show gratitude for Wallace's services.
When Wallace met Tottington it was love at first sight, ever since, the two got on very well and always got past minor hiccups or misunderstandings between the to, not much is known however of what became of their relationship post Curse Of The Were Rabbit.
Hutch is a mutated bunny transformed from one of Wallace's experiments, Wallace takes quite the pride with him overall.
Wallace overall is often quite fearful of Victor and see's him often as a threat, even in Were-Rabbit form he still was fearful of him, this fear overall went away after his defeat however as he was shown how much of a fraud Victor really is.
Preston is Wendolene's robot dog, Wallace has always been quite fond of him despite his evil quality's showing admiration for his "Mutton-O-Mattic" and even fixing him after Shaun knocked him into the machine.
Wallace had admired Piella for her role is the Bake-O-Lite girl, which she used to lure him into a false relationship that, if successful, would allow her to murder him. Despite Piella's attempted homicide, Wallace shows mercy towards her and mourned her death when she was eaten by crocodiles.
Fluffles is Piella's pet dog, Wallace doesn't often pay much attention to her although shares sympathy with Gromit when she is under threat by Piella.
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- Wallace was originally a postman named Jerry, but Nick Park felt the name did not fit with Gromit.
- Wallace has a different look in A Grand Day Out, his top of his head is smaller, bigger ears and his mouth is not so wide.
- In 2009, Nick Park said Wallace was born on August 7, 1959, so Wallace is currently 62 years old.
- In 2005 a fire broke out in Aardman's storage facility destroying props from the original 3 Wallace And Gromit short films alongside props from other Aardman productions prior to 2005. Very few of Wallace's puppets from the original 3 shorts survive to this day.
- The only known puppet surviving from these shorts is Wallace in his heist appearance from "The Wrong Trousers", it is currently on display on the original museum set in Bradford. This is due to it being on display at Bradford since the 1990's and not being present in the storage facility.
- One of Wallace's hands from "A Close Shave" is currently up for purchase on Ebay, it was previously in possession of a Aardman crew member before being put up for sale.
- Since Peter Sallis passed away in 2017 Wallace will now be voiced by Ben Whitehead.
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- Wallace's usual day clothes are a green knitted pullover, a white shirt, brown coloured trousers and red tie.
- In "Curse of the Were-Rabbit", Wallace is sometimes wearing the Anti-Pesto uniform and cap.
- In "The Last Resort", after Wallace gets all the things he need for the seaside in the cellar, Wallace is wearing an orange tie, a red shirt with white stripes, and red trousers.
- In "The Bogey Man", after Gromit makes Wallace join Prickly Thicket, Wallace is wearing a Prickly Thicket official tank top, instead of his pullover for the rest of the episode.
- Ooh.. Get Yourselves Organized Down There!
- Lovely food! For rabbits, that is!
- No crackers, Gromit! We've forgotten the crackers!
- Cracking toast, Gromit.
- One for the album!
- Hotter, Gromit!
- Hmm, new boiler, lad. That will save us some pennies.
- Don't forget the crackers!
- Cheese Gromit! We'll go somewhere where there's cheese!
- Not even Wensleydale?
- Vegetables are good only for rabbits.
- That was a "Close Shave", was it, lad?
- But Piella, you’re the Bake-O-Lite girl!
- Help, Gromit!
- Hold tight, lad! And think of Lancashire hotpot!
- Hey, cut that out!
- Lovely food... for rabbits, that is.
- Go and have a root around for some more tools, will you, lad?
- Can't fix this, I need more tools.
- Hmm. Tricky. No. I'll need some extra tools.
- More tools needed for this, old friend.
- Tools, that's what this needs.
- Better find some more tools for this job, Gromit.
- Oh, dear. I'll need some more tools to sort this one out.
- Collect some more nuts, and I reckon I can fix this.
- I'll need some more bolts to fix this.
- More bolts, or we can have this mended in a jiffy.
- Not enough nuts yet.
- Those nuts and bolts could come in handy.
- Need a few more nuts, I'm afraid.
- More nuts and bolts, lad, that's what's needed.
- Ouch! That looked painful, Gromit.
- You okay, lad?
- Nothing broken, I trust.
- Aye, I’d better see to him.. The bounce has gone from his bungee.
- Hope you didn't damage your undercarriage.
- Don't shoot!
- I didn't do it, honest!
- Careful with that thing!
- Eh, eh, eh! Careful! Careful there.
- Mind where you're pointing that.
- Dead handy, that.
- We'll find a use for this, and no mistake.
- Just what we've been after.
- I'm sure we can recycle this.
- Bit rusty.
- Oo! That'll do nicely!
- That'll come in handy.
- Top notch, Gromit.
- Tickety-boo! Just the ticket.
- Just the ticket.
- Okay. Be there in no time at all, lad.
- I'll be there in two shakes of a... a lamb's tail.
- I'll be there before you can say Jack Robinson.
- Hmm. It's a bit further than I thought.
- Hang on there, just a bit longer, lad.
- Oh, I'm not made for all this running around!
- I'm not in as good shape as I... as I used to be, Gromit.
- Two ticks and I'll be there.
- Bit dry down here. I could do with a cup of tea.
- Bit dry down here could do with a cuppa.
- Best mention this to someone when we get back.
- Hope I remembered to turn the immersion off before we left.
- Better keep going, Gromit.
- Come on, Gromit, no time to waste.
- Keep going, Gromit.
- Keep going, Gromit!
- On you go, lad.
- Away you go, Gromit.
- Go on, lad! Scarper!
- Ahoy there, pooch!
- Farewell, my angel cake... You’ll always be my Bake-O-Lite girl.