Ryker and the Cicada
Television show information



Created by

Toby Jones

Voices of

Sam Lavagnino
Debra Wilson

Country of

United States





Toby Jones
For Cartoon Network Studios:
Brian A. Miller
Jennifer Pelphrey
For Cartoon Network:
Robert Sorcher

Running time

11 min. (normal episodes; approx.)
22 min. (specials; approx.)


Cartoon Network Studios


Warner Bros. Television Distribution



Cartoon Network

Original release

March 30th, 2020-present

Ryker and the Cicada is an American animated adventure fantasy comedy television series, being created by Toby Jones. It has aired on Cartoon Network since March 30th, 2020.


After a game of truth or dare, Ryker stumbles across a cicada named Cindy who was cursed to be able to talk and ends up befriending her, leading them to have their bizarre adventures.



  • Ryker Yin (voiced by Sam Lavagnino) - a ten-year old Asian kid who finds Cindy and ends up going on bizarre adventures.
    • Cindy (voiced by Debra Wilson) - a cicada who was cursed to have the ability to talk like a human and befriends Ryker.


  • Mr. and Mrs. Yin (voiced by Matthew Yang King and Cristina Vee, respectively) - Ryker's busy parents.
  • Kyle (voiced by Jay Gragnani) - a kid who is Ryker's best friend.
  • Katie (voiced by Ashley Johnson) - a girl whom Ryker has a crush on.
  • Rose (vocal effects by Frank Welker) - a dog who is Ryker's pet.
  • Madame Fortuna (voiced by Laraine Newman) - a woman who is a fortune teller.
  • Chris (voiced by TBD) - a villager who befriends Ryker and Cindy.
  • Roswell (voiced by Danica McKellar) - a girl from Ryker's school that has been hinted to have multiple personality disorder, as she's been seen as a shy introverted girl, a popular queen bee, a creepy goth girl, etc.
  • Evan Yin (voiced by Dante Basco) - Ryker's immature teenage cousin who doesn't really get along with him well.
  • The Mega Centipede (vocal effects by Frank Welker) - a fictional giant centipede from Mega Centipede that destroys buildings and cause chaos, being Ryker and Kyle's favorite monster movie.
  • General Knuckleduster (voiced by Travis Willingham) - a stern and serious military officer who is the Mega Centipede's arch-enemy.
  • Sally (voiced by Grace Rolek) - Cindy's old friend who is also capable of speech.
  • The Baby Grasshopper (non-speaking) - a baby grasshopper who Ryker and Cindy tried to get it home.
  • Doug (voiced by TBD) - an idiotic stickbug who is very weird and likes having fun.
  • Axy (vocal effects by TBD) - an axolotl who befriended Cindy.
  • Gung Chao - an ancient Kung Fu master who is the main of the Gung Chao film series.
  • Whack (voiced by TBD) - TBD


  • The Termite King (voiced by Tommy Blacha) - a termite who leads the termites and is extremely greedy and egotistical.
  • Hayden Hamati (voiced by Rachael MacFarlane) - a kid from school who is Ryker's rival.
  • Zombie Bees (non-speaking) - a group of zombified bees.
  • The Owlman (voiced by Dee Bradley Baker) - an owlman who has been lurking around the forest.
  • Lindy (voiced by Rachael MacFarlane) - a green cicada who got jealous of Cindy for having a human friend when she doesn't and tried to steal Ryker from her.
  • The Cicada Eater (vocal effects by Fred Tatasciore) - a creature that has been going around and eating cicadas.
  • The Iguana (non-speaking) - an iguana who managed to enter Ryker's house and attempted to eat Cindy.
  • Ember (voiced by Candi Milo) - a kid who is obsessed with collecting bugs and tried to collect Cindy.
  • Daisy (voiced by E.G. Daily) - a creepy little girl who speaks in rhymes.
  • Daniel Dangerbutter (voiced by John DiMaggio) - a strange burly man who wants to place Cindy in his museum of weird talking animals.
  • Hissy and Wussy (voiced by Parker Simmons and Ian Jones-Quartey, respectively) - two earthworms who want to hunt down Cindy and bury her underground.
  • Jill Friendly (voiced by TBD) - a strange 10-year old girl who seems like an ordinary friendly girl at first, but soon turns out to have an obsessive crush on Ryker.
  • Frogs (vocal effects by John DiMaggio) - a pack of frogs that swarmed all over the city.
  • The Tree (voiced by Khary Payton) - an intelligent tree who hates people and wants to use trees to cause chaos.
  • The Dark Bugs (non-speaking) - a bunch of bugs corrupted by some sort of dark energy.
  • Jericho (voiced by TBD) - a weird stickbug who wants to kill Cindy.
  • The Cricket Intruders (voiced by TBD, TBD, and TBD, respectively) - a trio of dumb crickets who attempted to break into Ryker's house.
  • The Grouch (voiced by TBD) - TBD
  • Jake (voiced by TBD) - a charismatic teenage boy who wanted to make Ryker "cool".
  • Ridley (voiced by TBD) - TBD
  • Turkscream (voiced by TBD) - TBD
  • Coodly (voiced by TBD) - TBD
  • The Cicada Man (vocal effects by TBD) - a creepy cicada-like humanoid creature who has had sightings around Ryker's hometown since 1987.
  • Robo-Cicada (non-speaking) - a robot cicada who was built for a project by another student of Ryker's, yet the robot cicada ends up getting corrupted and now wants to cause chaos.
  • Bob (voiced by TBD) - an obnoxious and annoying spider who has been Cindy just to get some "funny reactions".


See List of Ryker and the Cicada episodes.



The series has first made its way on Cartoon Network on March 30th.

It has first made its international debut on Cartoon Network Asia on April 4th. It has premiered on Teletoon on June 5th and has premiered on Cartoon Network UK on August 31th. It has premiered on Cartoon Network Japan and Cartoon Network Korea on September 6th and September 10th, respectively. It has premiered on Cartoon Network Italy on September 28th and has premiered on Cartoon Network India on November 6th.

The series' first half of season one has been available for streaming on HBO Max on January 1st, 2021 and the second half will be available on May 28th, 2021.


See Ryker and the Cicada/Tropes.


  • This series premiered just a day before its own creator's birthday.
    • Cartoon Network Studios: The custom animation is Ryker relaxing while Cindy flies around him.
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