!Main Characters

!!Ren Hoek
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[[caption-width:250:Not Ren's natural state, but fitting nonetheless.]]
->Voiced by: Creator/JohnKricfalusi (seasons 1-2), Creator/BillyWest (seasons 3-5), and Kricfalusi again in ''Adult Party Cartoon''

->''"They think Im crazy. But I know better. It is not I who am crazy - it is I who am MAD!"''

An asthmatic Chihuahua prone to psychotic breakdowns and acts of violence. Whatever he does, expect for it to be somehow materially motivated.
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* AllMenArePerverts: Just watch "Naked Beach Frenzy" and you'll know what we mean.
* AmbiguouslyGay: WordOfGod says Ren likes human women, but "when you look like Ren, you take what you can get".
* AntiRoleModel: Stimpy thinks otherwise, though.
* AxCrazy
* CatchPhrase: "YOU EEDIOT!"
** "YOU SICK LITTLE MONKEY!"
** "Five bucks!"
** "WHAT ''EEEZ'' IT, MAN?!"
** "YOU FAT, BLOATED EEDIOT!"
** "YOU WOOORM!"
* ChewToy: In the original series.
* CivilizedAnimal
* CollectorOfTheStrange: Opera records, uncurable diseases, dinosaur droppings, and celebrity wigs. Glass coffee tables in "Ren Needs Help".
* ComedicSociopathy
* CryCute
* DeadpanSnarker: Sometimes. "What's so secret about ''that'' spot?"
* DepravedBisexual: He has sex with Stimpy and feels attracted to women, while he's not the most stable person to be around.
* DogsAreDumb: Averted. Ren is rather intelligent and most definitely very cunning.
* EnfantTerrible
* FacePalm: Does this frequently. Best example is in "To Salve And Salve Not" when he does the after going insane for about five seconds and his face cracking and turning blue.
* FreakOut: Extremely prone to them, as he's both neurotic and psychopathic. Surprisingly for a cartoon, however, his freak outs tend to be very realistic.
* FreudianExcuse: He explains his tendency to be violent with "the first sensation I felt in my life was [[MinorInjuryOverreaction unspeakable pain]]. From then on, I wanted to inflict the pain on others!". [[DisproportionateRetribution He was referring to a doctor who slapped him on the buttocks right after the carriage.]]
** That and the lye.
* FunnySchizophrenia: "Hermit Ren". His SanitySlippage was extremely disturbing and borderline creepy, every second of it, [[BlackComedy but it was]] PlayedForLaughs.
* GeniusBruiser
* HairTriggerTemper
* TheHedonist
* TheHermit: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "Hermit Ren"]].
* HeterosexualLifePartners: WordOfGod confirmed that the "heterosexual" part varies depending on [[RuleOfFunny what is funnier]] for a specific episode.
* HumanlikeFootAnatomy
* IAmNotWeasel: He was mistaken for a number of other animals, like a rat, cat and even a mosquito.
* IJustWantToBeLoved: Says this word for word in 'Stimpy's Fan Club'.
* InferioritySuperiorityComplex: And how.
* InsaneEqualsViolent: Sort of averted here. Ren is both insane and violent, but almost never at the same time. It's very scarce for him to perform acts of violence when he's having his psychotic {{Freak Out}}s. ToThePain monologues, on the other hand...
* IntelligenceEqualsIsolation: Something he complains about in "Sven Hoek" and "Stimpy's Fan Club". Also, Stimpy seems to be his only friend ''and'' admirer.
* IronButtMonkey
* ItsAllAboutMe: Ren is frequently selfish and inconsiderate (when not outright abusive) to Stimpy. This was a more nuanced vice in the Spumco made episodes, though took over his personality in many Games episodes.
* {{Jerkass}}
** JerkWithAHeartOfGold: In the original series. More of a JerkWithAHeartOfJerk in the Games episodes ([[CharacterCheck with the odd exception]]), but returns to his old personality in some episodes of Adult Party Cartoon!
* KickTheMoralityPet
* LackOfEmpathy
* LargeHam
* LaughingMad: Frequently - Creator/JohnKricfalusi admitted Creator/BillyWest did the most extreme laughs, seeing as John isn't a professional voice actor and was unable to laugh madly enough.
* LeanAndMean
* ManHug: Not very manly in some instances, like "Stimpy's Fan Club".
* TheMentallyDisturbed
* TheNapoleon
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Ren is one of a long line of cartoon characters who have a voice based on PeterLorre.
* NoIndoorVoice
* NoRespectGuy
* OddCouple
* OddFriendship: One has to wonder how they became best friends in the first place. Stimpy is a KindheartedSimpleton whereas Ren is an AxCrazy {{Jerkass}}.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Pursuant to "I Was a Teenage Stimpy", he is much older than his best friend, maybe even around 60 years old in human age.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Billy West's voicing for Ren had a very erratic dialect to say the least. Kricfalusi had some moments too, but far more subtle.
* PlayedForLaughs: '''Averted''' in most cases of his epic [[FreakOut freak outs]]. When pushed to his mental limit, Ren becomes genuinely terrifying and disturbing. Some of them are quite ''dark'' for an ostensibly [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids "kids cartoon"]]; it seems as though the aim of several of his freak outs weren't exactly to incite laughter from the audience, but for pure shock value. Take, for a good example, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dW3Roqmfr94 this scene]] where he very realistically descends into madness while contemplating murdering Stimpy.
* PsychopathicManchild
* RaisedCatholic: Revealed in "Ren Seeks Help".
* SanitySlippage: Too many of them, but the most infamous examples are "Stimpy's Fanclub", "Space Madness" and "Hermit Ren".
** "Ren Needs Help" turns this UpToEleven.
* TheScrooge: He can have some greedy tendencies.
* {{Seme}}: In 'Adult Party Cartoon', he explicitly states himself as this.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Manly Man to Stimpy's Sensitive Guy.
* ShorterMeansSmarter: this varies, of course, due to the {{Off Model}}ness of the show - sometimes, Ren would be Stimpy's height, others, he would be noticeably smaller.
* SmallNameBigEgo
* TheSociopath
** SociopathicHero
* StrawNihilist: Would have been revealed to be one in the unmade episode "Life Sucks". He spends the whole episode telling Stimpy about the horrors of humanity and hammering into him that life is meaningless, horrible and stupid.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: Averted with Sven. He has some typical canine traits, but in general resembles Stimpy much more than Ren, both in terms of appearance and personality.
** Ren's father would either resemble Ren physically, albeit taller (Ren Seeks Help), or look more like Sven (Hermit Ren).
*** His mother looks like him more.
* TalkingAnimal
* TookALevelInJerkass: In the Games episodes. One could argue he's no less sociopathic under Spumco's pen, but he lacks as many redeeming moments of genuine empathy or repentance ([[JerkWithAHeartOfJerk or reveals them to have a insincere or selfish ambition]]).
** According to Bill Wray, the series was actually pressured to make Ren meaner in the Games era (a complete contrast to the mandates of the Spumco seasons). Some accounts even suggest some softer moments for Ren were intended in episodes such as "Ren's Pecs" and "Sammy And Me", but were omitted to befit this mandate.
* TranquilFury: He can get so angry that he becomes [[DissonantSerenity eerily pleasant]], which is best shown at the end of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iR6KjNmN2BA Sven Hoek]].
* TrueCompanions: Stimpy.
* {{Tsundere}}: Borderline type A.
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist
* VillainProtagonist: In The Games episodes and the occasional episodes of Adult Party Cartoon.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Type A with Stimpy.
* VocalEvolution: When Kricfalusi returned to voicing Ren in Adult Party Cartoon, his pitch was somewhat deeper and gravelier, with his resemblance to Peter Lorre being more blatant. Allegedly this was because Kricfalusi had trouble making his voice sound right via pitch shifting.

!!Stimpson J. Cat
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[[caption-width:250:Joy!]]
->Voiced by: Creator/BillyWest (original series), Eric Bauza (''Adult Party Cartoon'')

->''"I'm hiding in the closet...like an idiot."''

St[[strike:ee]]impy is an overweight manx cat with little brains (not as extremely little as, say, [[TheSimpsons Ralph Wiggum]]) and a big heart. Despite having to deal with Ren's [[AxCrazy insanity]] and violence, he manages to put up with ''everything''.
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* {{Adorkable}}
* AmbiguouslyGay: Prominent in the original series (unlike Ren, he was never portrayed as attracted to any female character, though the very first episode showed Stimpy as a chick magnet when he became famous), obvious in ''Adult Party Cartoon''.
* AscendedFanboy: In 'Stimpy's Big Day', he wins a poem writing contest for the chance to meet Muddy Mudskipper, and becomes a big star in Hollywood, doing all sorts of TV shows and commercials.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: He calls out on Ren and is extremely grumpy in "Son of Stimpy".
** In "Terminal Stimpy", he manages to terrify Ren in a fit of rage.
* BigEater
* BreakTheCutie: "Son of Stimpy".
* BumblingSidekick
* ButtMonkey
* TheCaretaker
* CatchPhrase: "Oh joy!"
* CatsAreMean: Subverted. Stimpy is a cat and possibly the nicest character on the show.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: In the pilot, Stimpy was more a slightly dopey prop for Ren to bounce off of, and barely had any speaking lines. The show quickly evolves Stimpy into an idealistic CloudCuckooLander who has almost as many limelight roles as Ren.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}
* CollectorOfTheStrange: Magic nose goblins.
* TheCutie: He is not very bright, but he has a heart of gold.
* DumbIsGood
* ExtremeDoormat
* FatBestFriend
* [[FatIdiot Fat Bloated EEDIOT]]
* FatCat
* {{Gasshole}}
* GeniusDitz: Well, he thinks of and creates his own inventions. Some of which actually work, although their level of usefulness to humanity is unimpressive.
* HeavySleeper: Quite a few times. Ren would be awake at night and screaming, and not bothering Stimpy one single little bit!
* HeterosexualLifePartners: On Stimpy's side, however, this was highly debatable in the Nickelodeon days of the show, with many thinking that Stimpy was either asexual, [[BiTheWay bisexual]] with no proof, or just StraightGay. ''Adult Party Cartoon'' confirms the last implication.
* HumanlikeFootAnatomy: Subverted, as he's toeless.
* IAmNotWeasel: George Liquor has mistaken him for a dog, but didn't change his stance in this matter even after being corrected by Stimpy.
* InelegantBlubbering: He's quite a sight when sad or otherwise hurt.
* InnocentBlueEyes: In various close-ups you can see that he has them.
* IronButtMonkey
* JerkassBall: Similar to Ren, while the Games seasons mostly remained loyal to his original KindheartedSimpleton persona, there are more frequent instances of Stimpy acting obnoxious, spoilt or high order InnocentlyInsensitive when the plot requires it.
* KindheartedSimpleton
* MadScientist: In his spare time, when he's not hanging around with Ren.
* ManChild
* MoralityChain: To Ren, to an extent - we can't be sure due to cases of DependingOnTheWriter.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: His voice is based on [[Film/TheThreeStooges Larry Fine]] from ''The Three Stooges''.
* OddCouple
* OddFriendship: One has to wonder how they became best friends in the first place. Stimpy is a KindheartedSimpleton whereas Ren is an AxCrazy {{Jerkass}}.
* ThePollyanna: Except for "Ren Seeks Help", when he finally loses it.
** A draft for ''In The Army'' did have him chewing out Ren for getting them into trouble multiple times, but it seemed out of character for him, so they changed it.
** "Son Of Stimpy" also has his completely heartbroken from [[ItMakesSenseInContext losing his fart]].
* ReedRichardsIsUseless: If Stimpy has the money and genius to make inventions like the Happy Helmet, why doesn't he sell some of them so that he and Ren won't have to keep changing jobs?
** [[FridgeHorror Because they could be used for evil]].
* SadClown: Stimpy is usually a happy-go-lucky buffoon, when he is truly broken however, it's an unbearably sad and sorry sight, sometimes even for Ren.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Sensitive Guy to Ren's Manly Man.
* SimpletonVoice: Modeled after another famous {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, [[Film/TheThreeStooges Larry Fine]].
* SpeciesSurname
* StupidGood
* TalkingAnimal
* {{Uke}}: In "Adult Party Cartoon", as explicitly stated by Ren.
* WhiteGloves: Don't ask why he has fingernails over them, though.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Type A with Ren.
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!Other Recurring Characters

!!Mr. Horse
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[[caption-width:202:A true RenaissanceMan.]]
->Voiced by: Creator/JohnKricfalusi (seasons 1-2), Creator/BillyWest (seasons 3-5), and Kricfalusi again in ''Adult Party Cartoon''

->''"No, sir. I don't like it."''

Mr. Horse is perhaps the OnlySaneMan. But he might be the AxCrazy one, too. He was a doctor, a psychologist, a psychically unbalanced creep, a war hero, a spokesman for the United Nations, an airplane pilot and many, many more. Who knows what he really is?
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* DeadpanSnarker
* OnlySaneMan
* RenaissanceMan
* ThinkingTic: When asked what he thought of something, he would rub his chin with his hoof and pucker his lips saying "Hmm...", before inevitably replying "No sir, I don't like it."
* WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs
* WriterOnBoard

!!George Liquor, American
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[[caption-width:250:George Liquor: American!]]
->Voiced by: Michael Pataki

->''"It's discipline that begets love!"''

George Liquor is an American so conservative, he thinks Republicans are communists. However, that part of his character was expanded in his own cartoon, ''The Goddamn George Liquor Program'' - in ''TheRenAndStimpyShow'', he's portrayed as a man with a strong faith in rules and discipline. He's only made 2 appearances on the show, due to the {{Nickelodeon}} execs' absolute condemnation for the character.
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* AxCrazy
* Bowdlerize: His last name "Liquor" was censored with a RecordNeedleScratch SoundEffectBleep in original Nickelodeon airings of the show due to the alcohol reference (according to WordOfGod, Nick also interpreted the name as a play on "lick her").
* CatchPhrase: "What's this crap?!" and "HELLO! I'M GEORGE LIQUOR! AMERICAN!"
** "A smart-mouth, huh? A ''smart-mouth!''!"
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: He made only two appearances in the show (one of which was banned for a long duration of time), Nickelodeon allegedly hated the character and were willing to let Kricfalusi take the rights to Liquor with him following his departure. A third Liquor appearance was planned for Adult Party Cartoon but only made it to storyboard stages by the time of its cancellation.
* ComedicSociopath
* {{Jerkass}}: Probably unintentionally.
** He scares ''Ren'' at times.
* GoodIsNotNice: George firmly believes in discipline and rules, but takes them to an overzealous extreme.
* LargeHam
* LaserGuidedKarma: In "Man's Best Friend".
* StepfordSmiler: Even when Ren was ''beating him up''.
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: A strange example of a fictional character being one in real life. The episode with him getting brutally beaten up by Ren was one of the reasons for Creator/JohnKricfalusi's firing.

!!Victor and Victor's dad

* ArchEnemy: Victor, for Ren and Stimpy.
* TheBully: Like father, like son.
* BigBad: Victor is probably the closest thing to the show's main antagonist.
* ForTheEvulz
* HairTriggerTemper: Victor
* [[{{Jerkass}} Jerk Asses]][=/=][[JerkWithAHeartOfJerk Jerks With A Heart Of Jerk]]: They are even worse than Ren.
* KilledOffForReal
* KnightOfCerebus: Victor is known for being the most malicious and unpleasant character who has probably appeared on the show. And probably, he and his father are the only true antagonists in the show.
* {{Sadists}}

!!Powdered Toastman
->Voiced by: Gary Owens

* AdamWesting: It's Gary Owens using his ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhost'' voice.
* BadassPreacher: His secret identity is that of a "cool youth deacon."
* BreakoutCharacter: He started out as a segment.
* CartoonCrossover: Received one with ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' during the series' Creator/MarvelComics run. In addition to a brawl between the two superheroes, it also featured cameos by Mary Jane Watson and even Creator/StanLee.
* CatchPhrase: "Leave everything to me!" and "POWDEEEEEEEEEEERED TOOOOOOOAAAAST MAAAAAAAAAAAN!"
* CatholicSchoolGirlsRule: His assistant and implied love interest is one.
* DistressCall: He gets these frequently.
* {{Gasshole}}
* IncrediblyLamePun: He is prone to making these.
--> "This lead pipe will foil your plans!"
--> "Lead? Foil? You're mixing your metal-phores."
* LargeHam
* SomethingPerson
* SuperZeroes
* TenMinuteRetirement: In "Waffle Woman Vs. Powdered Toastman" after failing Little Jimmy.

!!Muddy Mudskipper

* AlliterativeName
* CatchPhrase: "Ya lousy bum."
* InterspeciesRomance: In "Jerry the Bellybutton Elf," he brings his human girlfriend to a party, where she promptly eats all the clam dip.
* {{Jerkass}}
* NiceCharacterMeanActor
* SeldomSeenSpecies: You don't see mudskippers that often in cartoons.

!!Mr. Pipe

* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}
* TheFaceless
* FanDisservice: Do we really need to see his skinny, hairy legs all the time?
* {{Gasshole}}
* ParentalSubstitute: To Ren and Stimpy in "Big Baby Scam."
* StandardFiftiesFather

!!Mrs. Pipe

* BlindDriving: While she's driving an RV in "Road Apples," we see in the rear view mirror reflection that her eyes are closed.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}
* Collector of the Strange: Dirty diapers.
* TheFaceless: Although we do see the back of her blond head while she drives an RV in "Road Apples."
* {{Housewife}}
* ParentalSubstitute: To Ren and Stimpy in "Big Baby Scam."
* WomenDrivers

!!The Fire Chief

* AxCrazy
* BerserkButton: CIRCUS MIDGETS!
* HairTriggerTemper
* LargeHam

!!It's That Man Again
-->Voiced by: Creator/BillyWest

A smarmy, overly-enthusiastic travelling salesman who occasionally crosses paths with Ren and Stimpy. He also serves as the announcer for the Captain Hoek cartoons.

* CaptainErsatz: He looks a bit like The Genie from Disney/{{Aladdin}}
** Or rather, the Genie looks a bit like him.
* HonestJohnsDealership
* LargeHam
* NoIndoorVoice: 'HOW MUCH LONGER BEFORE HE PUSHES THAT BUTTON, THE JOL-LY, CANDYLIKE BUTTON THAT WILL ERASE HIS VERY EXISTENCE?'

!!Abner Dimwitt and Ewalt Nitwitt

* TheDitz
* GoodOlBoy
* JeopardyThinkingMusic
* MeaningfulName

!!Kowalski

* DumbMuscle
* FatIdiot
* NoodleIncident: He's serving a lengthy prison sentence for unspecified crimes against humanity.
* PsychopathicManChild
* SmokingIsCool

!!Wilbur Cobb

A former cartoon producer, first introduced in the episode "Stimpy's Cartoon", to whom the years have not been kind. He showed up in a few other shorts as a stock "rambling, crazy old man" character.

* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}
* {{Malaproper}}
* RamblingOldManMonologue: He's prone to this. In one episode, he's rambling to another old man who promptly dies. Cobb fails to notice and goes right on talking.
* Really700YearsOld: He rants about yanking off Thomas Jefferson's "silly powdered wig", suggesting that he was alive during the Colonial era. In another episode, he claims to have been there when the first prehistoric life-form crawled out of the sea, and that he was the one who killed the dinosaurs.
* SitcomArchnemesis: "''Creator/WalterLantz!'' No-account son of a bus driver..."
* ThoseWackyNazis: "[[AnachronismStew World War I]]...there I was, up to my elbows in Nazis..."

!!The Shaven Yak

* TheBigGuy
* YouMeanXmas

!!Mrs. Buttloaves

* {{Gonk}}
* FatIdiot

!!Stinky Wizzleteats

* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}
* LargeHam: "WHY DIDN'T YA BELIEVE ME?!"
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Burl Ives.

!!Old Man Hunger

* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}
* DirtyOldMan
* MadLibsCatchphrase: "I just LOVE skinny (verb)!"
* NakedPeopleAreFunny

!!Haggis [=McHaggis=]
-->Voiced by: Creator/AlanYoung

* AxCrazy
* BerserkButton: Overcooking his eggs.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: In "Scotsman In Space".
* HairTriggerTemper
* LargeHam
* NiceHat

!!Svn Hek
-->Voiced by: Creator/BillyWest

* CollectorOfTheStrange: Band-Aids and spit.
* TheDitz
* DogsAreDumb
* FatIdiot
* FunnyForeigner: He has something of a different accent to Ren's.
* NiceHat

!One-Shot Characters

!!Reverend Jack Cheese

A meat-worshipping reverend. Only appears in the episode "Reverend Jack".

!!Jerry The Bellybutton Elf

* AxCrazy
* BerserkButton: LINTLOAF!?
* DisneyAcidSequence / WordSaladLyrics: "Climb Inside My World".
* DoesNotLikeSpam: '''LINTLOAF?!?!?!?!'''
* EldritchAbomination: As Contorno.
* HulkingOut: He turns into a giant bacon monster.
* LargeHam

!!Sarge

* DrillSergeantNasty
* HairTriggerTemper
* {{Jerkass}}
* LargeHam

!!Brainchild
-->Voiced by: Bill Mumy

* BrainyBaby
* MadScientist

!!The Ghost

A small green ghost that spends his entire appearance trying to scare Ren and Stimpy and failing miserably. Only appears in the episode "Haunted House".

* BackFromTheDead: At the end of the episode.
* DrivenToSuicide: He's already dead to begin with, but when he gives up on trying to scare the duo, he drinks a bottle of poison to try anyway--and inexplicably comes back to life as a jolly fat black guy, [[GainaxEnding who promptly drives off in a convertible.]]
* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: Not exactly villainous of sorts, but he is pretty hapless at getting so much as a look of surprise out of Ren and Stimpy.
* NiceHat
* NoNameGiven

!!Ralph Bakshi

Yes, THAT Creator/RalphBakshi. He appears solely in Fire Dogs II, with Ren and Stimpy hanging out with him.

* AdamWesting: Yes, that really is Creator/RalphBakshi playing himself.
* FanDisservice: The scene where he's on the toilet.
* MoodSwinger