Template:The Willis Sextuplets - Rhonda
(to be Rhonda Willis)
|Queen of the Willis character|
|First appearance||"And then there were 13!" (2008)|
|Voiced by||Ava Zinn|
|Full name||Ronald Bartholomew Willis|
(to be Rhonda Lois Patrice Willis)
(to be Female)
|Occupation||student at Vivica A. Fox Elementary School|
|Family||see Willis Sextupets infobox|
September 30, 2008
Ronald Bartholomew "Ron" Willis (to be known as Rhonda Lois Patrice Willis is a fictional character in the American animated television series Queen of the Willis and part of the Wilis family. Ron/Rhonda is voiced by series creator Ava Zinn impersonating Gordon Ramsay as a male and Nancy Cartright. Ron/Rhonda is the eldest sextuplet and the the sixth child of Ava Willis and the third child of Angie Willis.
Ron/Rhonda's hobbies include skateboarding, watching television (especially Queer Eye), playing video games and generally causing mischief with the yongest half-sister Brynn. Ron/Rhonda attends Vivica A. Fox Elementary School and has been in Debbie Piazza's fourth grade class. While Ron/Rhonda is too young to hold a full-time job, Ron/Rhonda has had occasional part-time jobs. Ron/Rhonda works as a bartender at Bart the Bully's social club .
As a male, Ron's character traits of rebelliousness and disrespect for authority have been compared to that of Bart Simpson from The Simpsons and Eric Cartman from South Park, and he has been described as both characters rolled into one.
As a male, Ron's rebellious attitude made him a disruptive student at Vivica A. Fox Elementary School, where Ron was an underachiever and proud of it. He was constantly at odds with his teacher Ms. Piazza, Principal Debby Knox, and occasionally Groundskeeper Nichole. Ron does poorly in school and is well aware of it, having once declared, "I am just a dumb-ass, okay? Dumber than Jim Carrey! Think I'm happy about it?"
In one episode Ron becomes hall monitor and his grades go up, suggesting that he struggles mainly because he does not pay attention, not because he is stupid. This idea is reinforced in one episode in which it is revealed that Ron has Autism. The diagnosis of Autism can also be attributed to the hereditary "Willis Autism Gene", which affects the intelligence of most male and transgender female members of the Willis family. Although, he gets into endless trouble and can be sadistic, shallow and selfish, Ron also exhibits many qualities of high integrity. He has, on a few occasions, helped Principal Debby Knox and Ms. Piazza:
Due to Ron's mischievousness and Angie's often uncaring and incompetent behavior, son and mother have a turbulent relationship (á la Ron's father and his paternal grandmother). Ron regularly addresses Angie by her given name instead of "Mom", while Angie in turn often refers to him as "the boy". Angie has a short temper and when enraged by Ron will strangle him on impulse in a cartoonishly violent manner. One of the original ideas for the show was that Angie would be "very angry" and oppressive toward Tom, but these characteristics were toned down somewhat as their characters were explored. Ava is a much more caring, understanding and nurturing parent than Angie, but she also refers to Ron as "a handful" and is often embarrassed by his antics.
In "Ava is Ashamed", (season 9, 2021) she felt she was fathering Ron too much and began acting more distant towards him after he was caught shoplifting. At the beginning of the episode, Rhonda protested at her over-fathering but as her attitude changed, he felt bad and made it up to her and Angie. Despite his attitude, Ron is sometimes willing to experience humiliation if it means pleasing his parents. Ava has expressed an understanding for her "special little guy" and has defended him on many occasions. She once said "I know Ron can be a handful, but I also know what he's like inside. He's got a spark. It's not a bad thing... Of course, it makes him do bad things like a jack-ass would."
Ron shares a sibling rivalry with his older transgendered sister Deanna, younger sisters, Emilie, Hillary, and Luanne, but has a buddy-like relationship with his youngest sister Brynn, and brothers Brian and Stuart. While Ron has often hurt Deanna, Emilie, Hillary, and Luanne, and even fought one of them physically, they are often very close. Ron cares for his siblings deeply and has always apologized for going too far. He also believes Deanna to be his superior when it comes to solving problems and frequently goes to her for advice. Ron is also highly protective of Deanna and her sextuplet siblings: When a bully destroys Emilie's box of cupcakes in "Ron the General", (season 10), Ron immediately stands up for her.
Ron is portrayed as a popular cool boy and has many friends at school. Out of all of them his best friend is Sonia Fischer, although Ron has at times shown embarrassment about their platonic friendship. Ron is a bad influence on Sonia, and the two have been involved in a lot of mischief together. Because of this behavior, Sonia's mother forbids Sonia from playing with Ron in "Angie Defined". Sonia is a frequent target for local bullies Billie Jones and her lesbian friends Allison Muntz, Maria Aik, and Jennie. At times, Ron also finds himself at the hands of their abuse and at one point one of Billy's friends gets pregnant. Despite being the more socially powerful of the two, Ron's social popularity has temporarily subsided various episodes either due to extreme embarrassment caused by his family or other people (or even himself) or an unfortunate coincidence. Sonia describes their social standing as "Three and a half. We get beat up, but we get an explanation." While Ron and the bullies have been adversaries at times, with Ron once declaring war on Billie, the school bullies actually like Ron for his ways and hang out with him at times, especially Billie who eventually becomes close friends with him.
Despite being currently portrayed as an underachiever, Ron was actually very happy and looking forward about going to school. However, the boy's initial enthusiastic nature is crushed by an uncaring and bitter teacher who said that he would be a failure at life and never amount to anything. Deeply hurt by this comment, Ron then began the process of developing his path into the mischievous way of life.
The respective gender transitions of Rhonda (formerly Ron), Suzanne (formerly Stuart), and Brittani (formerly Brian) were respectively the main focus in the season eight episode "Revenge of the Male Anchors 4", season nine episode "Ava is Ashamed", and season thirteen episode "And Now There Are No Men"
In "Revenge of the Male Anchors 4", after Tabby bites off Scott Swan's pinky finger because of the retirement of John Stehr and resentment of closing Quillsville 24 (as NBC 13 and Quillsville 24 merged news departments a year earlier) and losing their jobs. As Scott Swan escapes the animal atttack, Ron has his external male parts bit off by Tabby. Tabby and Shushu are unable to find Ron's penis and testicles, which are later found by Melissa Rose at Methodist Hospital in Indianpolis (only for doctors not able to reattch them as they were not saved) a month later cooked on a grill by Bill Rose.
After Ava and Angie hear about Swan's close call, Melissa and the Methodist team persuaded the Ron's parents that sex reassignment surgery would be in Ron's best interest. Melissa performed Ron's bilateral orchidectomy, in which his testes were already bitten off by Tabby and a rudimentary vulva was fashioned. Ron was reassigned raised as female and Ron chose to go by Rhonda. Psychological support for the reassignment and surgery was provided by Teagan Fountaine, who replaced Lynsay Gerardo after she retired from at Quillville Family Therapy for consultations and to assess the outcome. Ron's reassignment was considered an especially valid test case of the social learning concept of gender identity as well as Rhonda becoming the fourth transgendered female member of the Willis family after Ava Willis (confirmed in "Quillsville Cold Case: Albert Willis"), Deanna Willis (confirmed in "Bowers for Two"), and Tabby Willis ("Ten Years to Life")
Rhonda's transition in the episode "Revenge of the Male Anchors 4" was met with massive favor and shock from Queen of the Willis fans around the world, many of whom threatened to boycott the show due to absence, as well as other fans sending death threats to the writers. Queen of the Willis' official Facebook and Twitter pages were bombarded hostile messages directed towards Queen of the Willis' producing and writing staff, including the show's creator, Ava Zinn. Zinn later thanked fans "for caring so much about the Willis sextuplets, she is overcome with gratitude." Unsucessful fan petitions sprang up within hours of "Revenge of the Male Anchors 4"'s first airing, also receiving media attention including most prominently a Change.org petition directed towards Ava Zinn, attracting over 12,000 signatures.In the ninth season premiere, Brynn still misses Ron dearly and spots a past incarnation of herself who has traveled forward in time to the sextuplets birthday (An event referenced in "And Then There Were 13!"). Stealing the time machine's return pad from her past self while Heather provides a distraction, Brynn goes back in time to Angie giving birth to six girls. Rhonda, Suzanne, Brittani, Luanne, Hillary, and Emilie are extremely grateful for being saved, but Brynn of this timeline finds the sextuplets' affections unnerving, not knowing the reason behind them. The episode ends with the family sitting around the kitchen with the sextuplets celebrating their 12th birthday with almost everything back to normal. After the episode aired, Ava Zinn tweeted, "you didn't really think we'd kill off the male sextuplets, did you? They are now females, for God's sake. Damn, we'd have to be high and dangerously drunk."
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