!!Orel Puppington
->Voiced by: Carolyn Lawrence

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* AdorablyPrecociousChild
* TheAllAmericanBoy: Deconstructed.
* BreakTheCutie: Quite possibly his father's goal towards Orel.
* BiTheWay: During his BDSM addiction, he imagined himself being spanked by God.
** Also later when Joe, making fun of him, suggests taking Jesus to the dance because Orel loves him so much, Orel seriously considers it. And yes, like that.
* CorruptTheCutie: See above.
* CallingTheOldManOut: [[spoiler:"To Clay in "Nature". You become a bad person when you drink!", and after Clay applies no medical treatment on him for several days Orel says, "I hate you dad." To which Clay replies, "Hate away, sister, hate away."]]
* CheerfulChild: Until Clay shot him.
* ChildrenAreInnocent: Played straight until the third season.
* CreepyChild: Falls into this at times, particularly his even younger self in ''Beforel Orel'' when [[spoiler:he tries to murder his brother after misinterpreting another lesson]].
* CrossDressingVoices: Orel Puppington is voiced by Carolyn Lawrence.
* EarnYourHappyEnding
* FriendToAllLivingThings: In "Nature", until the second part.
* AGodAmI: Briefly.
* [[spoiler: GoodParents:]] In the finale, one of the only characters in the show definitely shown to be this.
* [[spoiler: HappilyMarried: To Christina]]
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: He has no idea of how bad a kid Joe is until he starts beating up two presumed gay boys. He has no idea how crazy Miss Censordoll is, and he had absolute no idea on how horrible his father is until the hunting trip.
* IgnoredEpiphany: He's spanked into forgetting his Gnostic Epiphany in "Grounded", when he rejects the church doctrine of a FluffyCloudHeaven, and the idea that you have to be in a church to worship the lord. It's also ironic since they are Protestants, and Martin Luther started protestantism with the idea that one doesn't have to be in a church to worship the lord.
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: Practically the TropeNamer.
* InHarmonyWithNature: In the episode "Nature" at least until the second part...
* InnocentlyInsensitive: Orel can commit downright cruelty to others out of good intentions.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: With Stephanie.
* JadeColoredGlasses: He dons a pair in the final season.
* {{Keet}}: Definitely, but especially as a 4-year-old.
* LikeFatherLikeSon: To Clay until he got shot by him.
* NakedOnArrival: "Oh... I guess your clothes don't die ''with'' you!"
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: At the end of "Sundays"
* OnlySaneMan: He becomes more aware of Moralton's flaws
* ParentalSubstitute: Reverend Putty, and Stephanie, at the very end.
* ThePollyanna / StupidGood: Until the end of Nature.
* PrecociousCrush: On Stephanie, which is over by the end of "The Blessed Union."

!!Clay Puppington
->Voiced by: Scott Adsit

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* AbusiveParents: After his mothers death, his father briefly becomes this. But stops when he considers smacking him not worth it.
* TheAlcoholic: With the amount of liquor he imbues, it's a wonder his liver hasn't given out.
* AlcoholicParent: See above.
* AllTakeAndNoGive: His parenting.
* AttentionWhore: Years of being smothered by his fanatical mother warped Clay into serious case of this.
* {{Backstory}}: "Passing" and "Help" do a great deal in showing how Clay turned into what he is.
* CatchPhrase: Before every Spoof Aesop spouted by Clay, he would find Orel and say a sentence that ends with "In my '''study'''." Cue gulping.
* DeadEndJob: Clay constantly complains about his dead end job, which we are led to believe is some droning office monkey type job. [[spoiler:We find out in the second to last episode that Clay is actually the mayor of Moralton.]] Even Orel is surprised at the discovery.
* DepravedBisexual: Clay appears to only love attention, loving anyone who will show him any amount of it, regardless of who he will hurt in the process. It's this, combined with his abusive nature towards Orel that causes Daniel Stopframe to ultimately reject him.
* DrowningMySorrows: And drowning them good.
-->'''Clay''': Hate her. [''Drinks''] Still hate her. [''Drinks''] Toler-hate 'er. [''Drinks''] Tolerate her!
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: In the case of Clay, [[OedipusComplex a little]] ''[[OedipusComplex too]]'' [[OedipusComplex much]]
* [[EveryoneHasStandards Even Clay Has Standards]] Let's out a BigWhat when Dr. Potterswheel wondered if he molested Orel in his studies.
* FauxAffablyEvil: The guy almost constantly has a pleasant demeanor, which is just a mask because he's drunk pretty much all the time. In "Nature" his true colors are revealed when he sobers up. Even before this, how he can be so calm beating his own son, having to be TOLD Orel didn't do anything wrong since beating him is an impulse for him, his drunken demeanor makes him all the more horrible.
* [[spoiler: FisherKing: Let's face it, once his reveal as Mayor was shown. It's answered ''a lot'' of why Moralton is so messed up.]]
* FreudianExcuse: Clay's dad was a total {{Jerkass}} to him.
* HeelRealization: "Numb" reveals that he not only knows that he's a monstrous wretch, but he knows exactly why he is what he is. However, despite understanding that his self-destructive behavior also hurts the people he loves, he's unwilling to change his ways, making this an IgnoredEpiphany.
* HenpeckedHusband: Though he's not exactly sympathetic in the matter.
* ItsAllAboutMe: His world revolves around him.
* {{Jerkass}}: Good God, yes.
-->'''Clay:''' ''(to Orel, referring to an apology)'' Okay, well, I take everything back. ''(starts to leave)'' [[spoiler:And I'm ''glad'' I shot you.]]
* LikeFatherLikeSon: To Orel until he shot him. Even moreso with his dad.
* LackOfEmpathy: To everyone except himself.
* [[spoiler:MayorPain]]
* NeverMyFault: He actually hoists blame on Orel for ''getting drunkenly shot by his father''.
* OedipusComplex: His desire for attention and motherly over-attention resulted in a disturbing case of this when he grew up.
* SexlessMarriage: With Bloberta.
* SpoiledBrat: Thanks to being endlessly fawned over by his mother.
* ShootTheDog: Quite ''literally'' in "Nature".
--> '''Clay''': (drunkenly) Hunting dogs are...nature's rabbits.
* StandardFiftiesFather: Deconstructed to a horrifying degree.
* StartOfDarkness: When his father begins ignoring him after his mother's death. Even then, he turns out a half-decent guy, but then Bloberta introduces him to alcohol. Given how quickly he takes to it, the alcohol probably let loose all those years of pent-up frustration.
* TookALevelInJerkass: He was a considerably worse father after Nature, nearly disowning Orel. Or to look at it another way, Nature caused the audience (and Orel) to see just how terrible of a person he'd been throughout the whole series, sending his parenting into a retroactive DudeNotFunny.
* TroubledAbuser
* UngratefulBastard: How Clay sees Orel, Bloberta... pretty much his entire family.
* UnwantedSpouse: With Bloberta.
* UsedToBeASweetKid: Well, definitely sweeter than he is now.
* VillainProtagonist: In season 3.
* VillainousBreakdown: Several, in "Nature Part 1," "Sacrifice" and "Honor."
* WhatExactlyIsHisJob: To the point where his kids don't even know. [[spoiler:He's the Mayor.]]
* WhyCouldntYouBeDifferent: Clay wishes that his son wasn't so... innocent and ''sensitive''.

!!Bloberta Puppington (ne้ Hymentact)
->Voiced by: Britta Phillips

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* AbusiveParents: Though unlike Clay, she does it verbally.
* TheAlcoholic: Actually used to be this herself.
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Bloberta's siblings, according to her mother, and all her friends who were getting married, which prompted her to trap Clay into a relationship.
* {{Backstory}}: Explained in the episode "Help" how Clay and Bloberta ended up in such a loveless hate-filled marriage.
* ChristmasCake: Was afraid of becoming this before she married Clay.
* FreudianExcuse: Bloberta's mother was a total {{Jerkass}} to her.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: She still married Clay out of desperation even after he proved himself a horrible drunk and a terrible womanizer.
* NeatFreak: She would even freak out when her cleaning supplies got dirty.
* SexlessMarriage: With Clay.
* StepfordSmiler: And the cracks are very visible.
* UnderstandingBoyfriend: Bloberta always wanted one, tried to get one through multiple affairs, all of whom used her for an ulterior motive and had the series continued, she would have finally gotten one, when she began her affair with Officer Papermouth. Unfortunately the show as cut before this could happen.
* TheUnfavorite: The tone-deaf sibling in a church singer family.
* UnwantedSpouse: With Clay.
* [[spoiler: YourCheatingHeart: Cheated on Clay with Coach Stopframe, resulting in Shapey]].

!!Shapey Puppington
->Voiced by: Tigger Stamatopoulos

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* ChocolateBaby: One reason why Clay didn't get along well with Bloberta was because Shapey didn't look anything like him. It was strongly implied in the second and third season that [[spoiler:Coach Daniel Stopframe is his real father. The Beforel Orel Special confirms this]].
* CrossDressingVoices: Was voiced by a little girl (the creator's daughter).
* OlderThanTheyLook: He acts and looks like a spoiled 3 year old. He's actually ''7''.
* PutOnABus: Or a moving van, really.
** TheBusCameBack: After Bloberta ''finally'' realizes she got him mixed up with Block.
* SpoiledBrat
* TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior: He's shown playing with things like lighters when Clay and Bloberta aren't paying attention to him.
* TheVoiceless: Shapey's "dialogue" is virtually incomprehensible screaming. [[spoiler:Subverted in the third to last episode, where Shapey quietly tells his mother that when he's thirsty, he feels like when he's alone.]]

!!Arthur Puppington
->Voiced by: Dino Stamatopoulos (Younger); Joe Unger (Older)

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* AbusiveParents: Not that it excuses it, but Clay was a spoiled brat who was responsible for his wife's death, and even then Clay's birth resulted in Angela becoming religiously fanatic about him, her "miracle baby". Following Angela's death, he immediately started then stopped hitting Clay because he felt Clay wasn't worth the effort. A flashback in ''Beforel Orel'' indicates that he did shun his son, and that he realized that it permanently screwed Clay up.
* BadassGrandpa: [[spoiler:Especially when he stops Orel from murdering his half-brother]].
* HollywoodAtheist
* JerkassRealization: In ''Beforel Orel''.
* [[LikeFatherLikeSon Like Grandfather Like Grandson]]: If the show continued, he would have had a good relationship with Orel.
** It seems the ''Beforel Orel'' special is finally going to explore what their relationship would have been like, only it focuses on a younger Orel just before Shapey was born.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: In ''Beforel Orel'' when Clay rejects him in front of the police station after saving Shapey, there's a heart wrenching scene as he has a flashback to the moment he decided Clay wasn't worth it (and Clay would act out to such a degree that Arthur couldn't help to because Clay associated abuse with affection). He sees Clay as the bitter, spiteful man that his negligence helped shape.
* OnlySaneMan: Perhaps in all of Moralton.
* ParentalSubstitute: To Orel.
* TimeshiftedActor / TheOtherDarrin: His younger self is voiced by Dino Stamatopoulos and older self in ''Beforel Orel'' is voiced by Joe Unger.

!!Ms. Frances Clara Censordoll
->Voiced by: Jay Johnston; Scott Adsit (Season 3)

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* TheSouthpaw / ASinisterClue: She's shown as left-handed in "Offensiveness" and "Alone".
* BigBad: Besides Clay that is.
** BiggerBad
* ChristmasCake: See Old Maid, although she might be this (See Younger Than They Look).
* EvilMatriarch: Miss Censordoll aspires to be one for the entire town. She actually runs for mayor as "Town Mayor-triarch".
* FreudianExcuse: Had her ovaries and other sexual organs removed as a child.
* HolierThanThou: Bordering on AGodAmI.
-->'''Reverend Putty (on the radio):''' "We ''need'' others in our lives as a constant reminder that we're not the center of the universe. Because there's only ''one'' person who's reserved that particular section of the cosmos. And [[{{God}} you know who that is, ladies]]..."
-->'''Ms. Censordoll:''' "Yes... ''[[ComicallyMissingThePoint ME!!!]]''"
* KarmaHoudini: Thanks to the show being cut short, she's never really punished for her manipulative and hypocritical ways.
* KnightTemplar
* LarynxDissonance: Miss Censordoll is voiced by a man.
* OldMaid: Except she's just turned 40.
* NotSoAboveItAll: Miss Censordoll, after Orel gets her favorite food (eggs) banned from the town, as far as Censordoll going to the Moralton black market to get her eggs like the rest of the townspeople.
* ScaryLibrarian
* StrawHypocrite: Even more so than the citizens of Moralton. Oral campaigned to get eggs boycotted, she went along with it because she felt it would help her image, even though she loved eggs to the point of obsession (and also because she figured she could secretly keep the mayor from ever banning them). When Oral succeeded, she was forced to buy them illegally. WordOfGod stated that if the series continued on, she would've been a practitioner of voodoo.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Eggs
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Hard to imagine that she just turned 40, it's implied that her lack of reproductive organs is why she aged so badly.

!!Coach Daniel(le) Stopframe
->Voiced by: Jay Johnston; Scott Adsit (Season 3)

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* DepravedBisexual: Extra emphasis on the depraved part.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: He's by no means a good person, but even he eventually sees Clay for what he is. Also he was visibly repulsed by the Satanists and their hedonistic ways to the point where he actually mouths "What the f**k?"
* GenderBlenderName: His name is Daniel. But it's pronounced like the feminine Danielle. Doesn't help that in "Numb" a note from him has him spell it the feminine way.
* KarmaHoudini: Not only does Clay never finds out he fathered Shapey with Bloberta but he was never caught for starting the fire that almost destroyed Moralton in "In God's Image".
* ParentalSubstitute: In the series finale, he spends time with Orel as a father figure, and they genuinely have fun. Clay instantly misconstrues this as him and Orel having an affair.
* PetTheDog: In the finale
* SingleTargetSexuality: For Clay.
* TransparentCloset: Although he's openly bisexual.

!!Reverend Rod Putty
->Voiced by: William Salyers

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* ADateWithRosiePalms: An almost daily visitor to [[UnusualEuphemism Professor Hans Jerkoff]].
* DeadpanSnarker
* DefeatEqualsFriendship: At the start of the series, Putty clearly barely tolerates Orel's devotion toward him, occasionally graduating to outright hatred but interspersed with attempts at genuine advice. At his DespairEventHorizon, Putty finally gets a date with a woman, [[spoiler: only for the woman to reveal she's actually his daughter. Putty is convinced that everything in his life is a sham, even mockingly letting Orel stand at the pulpit to talk about God's love. Orel then discusses that God's love comes in faith, friendship, and family, but not often in all three. Putty's moved into his HeelFaceTurn]], and genuinely tries to help Orel thereafter.
* DodgyToupee. His rug isn't fooling anyone.
* HeteronormativeCrusader: Makes sermons about his disgust for homosexuals, hinting toward his disdain for Coach Stopframe's behavior. [[spoiler: He ultimately does evolve from this out of love for Stephanie]]
* [[spoiler:HeelFaceTurn]]: The only adult in the entire series to unambiguously do this.
** [[spoiler:HeelFaithTurn: As Putty mellows out, he also develops a renewed faith as well.]]
* [[spoiler:LukeYouAreMyFather: He is Stephanie's father.]]
* AManIsNotAVirgin: Averted, his ''trash can'' saw more action than he himself ever did. [[spoiler: Until "Presents for God"]].
* NotSoAboveItAll: In "Closeface", he bonds with his daughter after finding out that they both have a snarky sense of humor.
* OnlySaneMan: Compared to the townfolks.
* PetTheDog: Upon realizing that his entire congregation is miserable, including Orel, takes it upon himself to cheer them all. He also [[spoiler:tells his daughter that he disapproves of her crush on another girl, solely because the other girl was using her.]]
* SnarkKnight: Amongst his fellow Fundamentalist. He knows full and well all f'd up the town is.
* StrawHypocrite: Like most adults, and [[spoiler:one of the few to grow out of it.]]
* [[spoiler:TookALevelInKindness]]

!! Doughy Latchkey
->Voiced by: Scott Adsit

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* TheDitz: The kid's not all there upstairs.
* HotForTeacher: See PrecociousCrush.
* IJustWantToBeLoved: His parents treat him more like an AnnoyingYoungerSibling, resulting in him being badly affection starved.
* KidsAreCruel: Towards Orel, as a 4-year-old.
* LovingAShadow: He probably only had a crush on Miss Sculptham because she called him "son," something his parents don't.
* MeaningfulName: His surname refers to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latchkey_kid latchkey kids]].
* ParentalNeglect: Is a victim of this.
* PrecociousCrush: On Miss Sculptham.

!! Stephanie Foamwire[[spoiler:-Putty]]
->Voiced by: Britta Phillips

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* ButchLesbian
* CoolBigSis: To Orel.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Hell, she's a downright pleasant individual.
* DepravedHomosexual: Utterly subverted. While she has all the surface traits (she gets Orel his first job at her porn store, and has several fetishes heavily implied), she deeply cares for everyone in her life, even people she knows are just using her.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: With Orel.
* OnlySaneMan: Stephanie's the only recurring adult character who takes her relationship with Orel seriously and responsibly.
* ParentalSubstitute: Stephanie's so maternal to Orel, in fact, she gives herself another piercing to tamp down her rising parental instincts for him, as she knows he's got a crush on her.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: She was originally going to be a gay man until Carolyn Lawrence suggested she should be a female.

!! Joe Secondopinionson
->Voiced by: Jay Johnston

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* AttentionWhore
* BlowingARaspberry: Almost bordering on a CharacterTic.
* TheBully
* {{Jerkass}}
** JerkassWoobie: Considering his home situation, you can hardly blame him.
* KidsAreCruel: He's a budding sociopath before he and his mother bond.
* [[spoiler: SonOfAWhore]]: Specifically, [[spoiler:Nurse Bendy.]]

!! Miss Agnes Sculptham
->Voiced by: Britta Phillips

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* ApatheticTeacher: You can barely call what she does teaching in the first place.
* BeehiveHairdo
* [[spoiler:BiTheWay]]: Had one of Dino's written scripts been made into an episode.
* DeadpanSnarker
* [[spoiler:DyeHard]]: In a twisted attempt to [[spoiler:get raped by Creepler.]]
* GoldDigger: Towards Doughy.
* [[spoiler:GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion]] Possibly plays this trope straight if you didn't consider her to be "[[spoiler:good]]."
* NoDialogueEpisode: To add to its shock value, she does not speak a word during "Alone."[[note]]She does still utter standard vocal effects[[/note]]
* [[spoiler:RapeAsBackstory]]:And good lord, is it dark.

!! Nurse Nursula Bendy
->Voiced by: Britta Phillips

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* BrainlessBeauty: [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]]
* TheDitz: She's not a very bright individual.
* DumbBlonde: [[spoiler:See Below]]
* [[spoiler: DyeHard: Her real hair is black. Like her son, Joe.]]
* HelloNurse: And actually ''is'' one. At least in title.
* HiddenDepths: When she's stopped being used as the town bicycle, she reveals a nice personality under it.
* HiredForTheirLooks: And hoo boy did it do a number on her mental status.
* HospitalHottie: Pretty much why she has the job in the first place.
* [[spoiler:MissingMom: To Joe]]
* TheMistress: To Principal Fakey.
* SchoolNurse: Though she doesn't really do much nursing.
* StepfordSmiler

!! Dr. Quentin Xavier Potterswheel
->Voiced by: Scott Adsit

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* DrFeelgood: Which might have resulted in his wife's death--he kept giving her with painkillers rather than actually treating her wounds.
* DrJerk: Very snarky.
* LackOfEmpathy: Not very caring for a doctor.
* NeverMyFault: Death is Gods fault, not his...
* NightmareFetishist: He's turned on by Bloberta mutilating her lower region. It's ''strongly'' implied that his wife indulging him in this is what led to her death.

!! Christina Posabule
->Voiced by: Carolyn Lawrence

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* CheerfulChild
* DistaffCounterpart: To Orel
* [[spoiler:HappilyMarried: To Orel]]
* MeaningfulName: Clay says that her name means "tiny little female Christ."
* OfficialCouple: With Orel
* SatelliteLoveInterest: It's hard to describe her other than being Orel's mutual crush.

!! Principal Norm Fakey
->Voiced by: Jay Johnston

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* HarmfulToMinors: [[spoiler:Walking around the school angrily with his pants down.]]
* ImplausibleDeniability: Does this to himself after taking Orel's advice, saying that he's been as faithful as ever ''as he's having sex with Nurse Bendy.''
* IWasQuiteALooker: Formerly Coach Fakey, and appeared to be in good shape.
* UglyGuyHotWife as well as Ugly Guy, Hot Girlfriend to Nurse Bendy.
* YourCheatingHeart: Almost constantly.

!! Officer Roger Papermouth
->Voiced by: Jay Johnston
* ActorAllusion: Possibly unintentional, but Jay Johnston has played a cop in ''Series/TheSarahSilvermanProgram'', ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' and briefly in a ''Series/MrShow'' sketch. He plays one here as well.
* HeelRealization: After he shoots up his daughter's teddy bear.
* PoliceAreUseless: Quite often, which is part of the reason Florence left him.
* UnderstandingBoyfriend: Would have been this to [[spoiler:Bloberta]]

!! Florence Papermouth
->Voiced by: Britta Phillips
* AbhorrentAdmirer: To Reverend Putty.
* AscendedExtra: She's merely a background character often seen at Church and occasionally in Moralton throughout the whole show. It isn't until "Sundays" we actually learn about her (which features most of her appearances).
* ADayInTheLimelight: "Sundays."
* BigEater
* FatAndSkinny: Fat to Dottie's Skinny.
* [[FatGirl Fat Woman]]
* OddCouple: With Dottie
* [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair You Gotta Have Pink Hair]]: One of the few characters in the show to pull off this trope.

!! Dottie
->Voiced by: Britta Phillips
* ADayInTheLimelight: "Sundays"
* FatAndSkinny: Skinny to Florence's Fat.
* OddCouple: With Florence.
* ParentalNeglect
* WeightWoe: She is bulimic.