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2-D
Birth name Stuart Pot
Also known as 2D, Stu-Pot
Born 23 May 1978 (1978-05-23) (age 31)
Hertfordshire, England, UK
Origin Crawley, West Sussex, England, UK
Genres Electronic rock
Occupations Musician
Instruments Vocals, Keyboard, Melodica, Clavinet, Synthesiser
Years active 1998—present
Labels Parlophone
Virgin Records
Associated acts Gorillaz
Website Official website
Notable instruments
Hohner
Clavinet
Melodica

Stuart Pot (born 23 May 1978), better known by his stage name: 2D or simply spelled as 2-D, is a fictional member of the animated band Gorillaz. He performs the lead vocals and plays the keyboard for the band. He, like all other Gorillaz members, was created by Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett.

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Fictional Biography

2D is a nickname derived from the dent the character has in each eye socket causing them to be pitch black, both caused by accidents with Murdoc's vehicle. His real name is Stuart Pot, most of the time shortened to Stu-Pot. He was born in Hertfordshire, England, yet raised in Crawley, England. His father, David Pot, worked as a mechanic and owner of the Tosspot's Fairground. His mother, Rachel Pot, was a nurse who supplied Stu-Pot with headache pills. Stu-Pot was not a smart boy. He was known as a kind person and had a general love of music. He hit his head when falling from a tree at the age of eleven, which caused his hair to fall out. When it came back it was a deep 'azure blue'.

Stu-Pot attended St. Wilfred's school, where, despite his lack of intelligence and ambition, he got fairly good grades. For most of his life, Stu-pot didn't know what he wanted to do when he got older. He first wanted to become a storm chaser and then he wanted to paint (inspired by Banksy's graffiti works). He developed an interest in machinery when he and his dad customized his Casio VL-1 keyboard. His musical idol was Augustus Pablo and his favorite band was The Human League.

At age 19, the drama in his life began when hooligan Murdoc Niccals, age 31, purposefully crashed his Vauxhall Astra through the wall of Uncle Norm's Organ Emporium, where Stu-Pot had been working, in an attempt to ramraid it and steal the synths. Murdoc's bumper crashed into Stu-Pot's face, landing him with an eight-ball fracture in his right eyeball, and putting him into a deep catatonic state. Murdoc was arrested and sentenced to carry out 30,000 hours of community service as well as care for the vegetablized Stu-Pot for 10 hours every week.

One year later, in a poor attempt to impress some women, Murdoc performed a 360 in a Tesco car park in Nottingham with his vehicle. This sent Stu-Pot crashing through the windshield, hitting his head on the curb. He woke from his coma and also dented his left eye to match his right one, thus giving him black/grey eyes. It was then that Murdoc dubbed him "2D", revealing that the origins of the name "2D" have nothing to do with the term "two-dimensional", but rather stands for the two dents in his head. Rather amusingly, Stu-Pot adores his new nickname, dropping use of his birth name completely.

During the hiatus, 2D went to work on his father's funfair in Eastbourne. He used to collect money for a ride called 'The Switchback Ride', and there he met Shane Lynch, former member of Boyzone, and they became good friends. By the time they met, 2D adopted a teddy boy style and used to stroll the city along with Shane. He didn't really think about Gorillaz until four years later, when he received a text message from Noodle and, with that, he decided to return to Kong with fully restored confidence after he realized he was responsible for the Gorillaz success.

After the El Mañana conspiracy, 2D and Russel were frantic about Noodle's supposed death. It was a hoax, however, and the band has once again gone separate ways but not for long (so promised Murdoc in the autobiography Rise of the Ogre; their biggest project to date is apparently being planned) and the singer was, according to Murdoc, "...pouncing off somewhere. He's probably gonna try and become an actor or a model or whatever..."

According to an official mail-out from October 31, 2007, Murdoc says that "2D is on a vacation at a Jamaican beach." On 13 November, however, the D-Sides text in the G-Shop stated that 2D was currently completing a law degree. Murdoc has revealed that he has kidnapped 2D and is holding him against his will on Plastic Beach, enlisting 2D's vocal talents for use on the third Gorillaz album, Plastic Beach. It was revealed through various media on the trailer in which this kidnapping was revealed that 2D was in a small flat in Beirut at the time, for reasons which are currently unknown.

On the Gorillaz website it was recently stated by 2D, in the Plastic Beach adventure game, that Murdoc "kindly" had 2D gassed and shipped to Plastic Beach. Where he is currently forced to sing for his new demos. His room is located on floor B2. When you enter his room he is found trembling on his bed. When you talk to him he asks who you are, and that he didn't think anyone else was on the island. He states that Murdoc has been gassing various people and forcing them to be on the album. When you tell him he looks scared, he says:

"That... whale..that Big Fish. That tttthing is eying me up! It wants to eat me blud! Whales!! They're enourmous too big. Too big it's... it's a horror." You then state,"What thing? I can't see anything." 2D continues, "Huh? Really? Oh thank God has it gone?" ((The whales eye appears in the porthole)) "Waaaaaaaagh! It's STILL There, can you see it. Are you trying to get me killed. Go away. Go on. Sod off. Sod off. What are you doing here anyway?"

After you speak to him again he says the whale is still there. Then you can close the curtains and 2D lies down in his bed, relived. You click on him again and he starts talking again:

"Oh he's gone. Thank you so much. I hate whales." You say "No problem." Then 2D continues, "Thanks a lot who are you then? D'you wanna watch a zombie film? I just got a Blue-Ray of 'Evil Dead'. Or maybe 'Driller Killer' Or have you seen 'The Brood' That's great. Or 'Let the Right One In' You say, " Horror films don't frighten you?" 2D continues, "Well...no. Unless they've got a whale in them. I can't stand whales."

You can then ask him various question about why his bedroom is located so far down, what other movies he has, who is Dave, etc. When you ask why his bedroom is underwater, he states that Murdoc paid a whale to watch him, he doesn't know how he paid the whale, but he did, and that he is deathly afraid of whales. And that Murdoc knows it. He also makes a brief reference to the other movies he has, in the process suggesting that Murdoc has been renting pornographic films for both himself and 2D, who names and describes the three films he's been given as "a bit random, but very, very, very watchable." After you finish your conversation he asks if you can figure out a way to get the whale permanently off his back, and that he would be very grateful.

Role as Musician

2D has a twofold role in Gorillaz: he sings and plays keyboard. He has also claimed to have played "some divvy panpipes" for "Rock the House". 2D's singing voice is much lower than his warbly speaking voice. His vocal range is very wide, and he has sung everything from Baritone to a falsetto Soprano. All his singing voices are provided by Albarn, including the spoken verses in the 2005 hit Feel Good Inc.. 2D apparently has had some influence in the lyric-writing process (as evidenced by the credits on the insert of the Gorillaz debut album, even though his intelligence is reputedly negligible).

Character & Personality

As stated in Rise of the Ogre, he lost his tonsils in a food fight that started at the party held in honour of the Gorillaz label signing, when an éclair was pushed into his face.

Also stated in Rise of the Ogre 2D is 6'2"

He has big hands and long fingers. Despite missing his two front teeth, 2D can sing clearly. His speech, while still mainly clear, has a definite Cockney (or thereabouts) accent: he says "sumfink" instead of "something", and "fing" instead of "thing." His singing voice has become deeper since the first album.

Like Noodle, 2D's looks seem to have changed from Phase 1 to Phase 2, though not nearly as drastically as young Noodle's. In Phase 1, 2D is seen with very geometric, and almost purple hair at times, unlike in phase two, where his hair has seemed to gain a more realistic, lined tone and has turned to an almost teal color. Further, his shape in Phase 1 was almost ruler-straight; in Phase 2, he seemed to gain some tone and shape and wrinkles, making him look more realistic, compared to his Phase 1 appearance.

2D's relationship to the other band members is not heavily emphasized in Gorillaz media. He seems to aspire heavily to Murdoc, even though the bassist has stolen away two of his love interests and otherwise abused him throughout the years. More recently, though, 2D has developed a grudge against Murdoc, first for chloroforming him and shipping him to Plastic Beach, and then for sticking him in a room below sea level and (somehow) paying a whale to watch him constantly, because, according to 2D, " He (Murdoc) knows I hate whales." Noodle has remarked that he smells 'of butterscotch angel delight'. However, Russel has both picked on and stood up for 2D. In a similar fashion to his referral to Murdoc as "Muds," Russel often calls 2D simply "D."

As Mentioned above, it is revealed by 2D in the Plastic Beach Online Game that he has a severe case of Cetaphobia, or fear of Whales. At this time, however, it is not known where he gets this fear from.

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