Characters: Aaahh!!! Real Monsters
Our main hero, flawed as he is
. Son of the legendary Slickis, he has a lot to live up to... but his Ugly Cuteness
, nervous disposition and self-confidence issues combined with his tendency to slack off keep working against him. Still, one shouldn't underestimate him based his looks or personal problems; his scaring skills
are nothing to laugh at...
- Art Evolution: In "The Switching Hour: Part 1", he has noticeable temple arms next to his eyes suggesting that he wears glasses. Later episodes, he doesn't have them.
- He's actually wearing glasses while disguised as a human kid in "The Switching Hour: Part 2" (clearly visible underneath the backwards ball cap he dons even though the kid he's imitating didn't wear glasses, which suggest Ickis already had a pair with him), and Ickis wears glasses in most scenes from "Monsters Get Real" which was intended to be the series pilot. Either he switched to contacts later, or the animators got tired of drawing them.
- Acquired Situational Narcissism: Give him a situation where he temporarily gets popularity, riches or notoriety... and about five seconds. Hello again, cocky-ass Ickis!
- Aesop Amnesia: A cronic case. See above.
- To be fair, he always becomes cocky for a different reason (he completes a successful scare and gets praised by the Gromble and Dizzle, he's farther along on his homework than Oblina for a change, he finds a bunch of toenails and is temporarily wealthy, he's new in school and thinks having a famous father automatically means he will be respected and revered simply for existing.) The Aesop is never presented as "don't be cocky" but "don't be cocky if *insert situation* happens" so it's likely Ickis never makes the connection that cockiness all by itself is annoying or wrong.
- Berserk Button: Being mistaken for a bunny. He's not cute!
- Big Damn Heroes: Surprisingly good at these when he put his mind to it.
- A Boy and His X: Once adopted a puppy that he named Fungus and tried to hide from the Gromble.
- Brilliant but Lazy: Despite his self-doubt, he actually had real talent and wit; however, he spent a lot of time slacking off and neglecting his scares, leaving them to the last minute... and then panicking about it.
- Catch Phrase: "I hate my life." Doubles as a Shout Out to Rocko's Modern Life, where Ed Bighead (also voiced by Charlie Adler) expresses the same refrain. He has a few other repeated sayings like "On the good foot!", "I'm bad!" and "No way!" that are used sporadically, but not quite to the same extent as "I hate my life."
- The Chosen One: There are definite elements of this. In the first season, "Where Have All The Monsters Gone", The Great Pool, the collective embodiment of all monsters, declares Ickis is the one who will lead the other students to rectify the lack of fear crises — which he does. In the second season, Ickis is the monster selected to undertake the once every 400 years quest to find the Holey Pail; this is a big deal in monster society, and the last monster to quest for it was none other than the Gromble.
- Clark Kenting: His Super Monster costume is nothing more than a towel for a cape, and underpants for a mask. It does at least cover his ears, which seem to be viewed as his most distinguishing feature.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Most commonly kind of goofy, but when he gets serious...
- Cute but Cacophonic: Ickis is the least scary-looking of the regular monsters, but he has a very high-pitched voice. This isn't entirely a bad thing in monster culture; when he and Krumm are mashed together to become Krickis, Krumm is genuinely pleased he can now whine like Ickis does.
- Fantastic Racism: When Ickis becomes spontaneously combustible, almost all the other monsters react with fear and refuse to be around him. Horvak takes it the farthest, by actually pulling Krumm out of the Academy temporarily.
- Forbidden Fruit: Was absolutely fascinated by human culture, despite the Gromble forbidding everything to do with it.
- Guile Hero: Since he didn't have much in the way of sheer physical strength, and going One-Winged Angel couldn't solve all his problems, he tended to rely more on quick thinking and Indy Ploys.
- Hidden Depths: Ickis is a surprisingly good dancer, as shown in multiple episodes.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: Inverted; he has one, but instead of the high-and-mighty airs being his default mode, he only assumes them when given the opportunity. The rest of the time, the emotional mess underneath is fully exposed.
- Interspecies Friendship: While monsters in general seem to look down on humans, Ickis really seems to be quite amiable towards them; whilst he still scares them because he has to, and enjoys doing so, he really does sit in Punch Clock Villain territory with the fact he's quite companionable towards them if given the opportunity. He makes fairly good friends with Bradley, despite their less-than-stellar first meeting, and in one episode becomes attached to a blind old blues player to the point of going on one of his most impressive physical transformations to help him.
- Jock Dad, Nerd Son: His father has won a few trophies, and ribbons, and plaques, and more trophies... A recurring theme is Ickis despairing of ever matching the Great Slickis' exploits. It's telling that when the Gromble forces him to become a last minute entry in a wave-riding competition, the same competition that his father NEVER lost, everyone is betting on Ickis... to lose. In a surprising twist, Ickis proves that he could have won that event, but gives up a sure victory to go back and save Krumm.
- Unusually for this trope, however, his father isn't really that demanding and is quite understanding that his reputation is a lot to live up to. In his introductory episode, he deliberately showcases one of his own embarrassing failures to help his son realise that even The Great Slickis didn't start out so great, and he's highly proud of Ickis's above mentioned moral victory.
- Killer Rabbit: Ickis's transformations include fangs and claws that certainly look quite nasty, even before he starts growing larger. Even when he doesn't have them, he's got a nasty bite, and he's actually pretty good at making scary sound effects (screeching, scraping claws, gnashing fangs). It's usually when he appears and people see how much like a rabbit he looks that they tend to stop being scared.
- Large Ham
- Let's Get Dangerous: When the chips are down is when Ickis tends to forget about his issues and just go with his instincts.
- The McCoy
- Mood-Swinger: Depending on the moment, he could go from cocky Jerkass to wide-eyed naivete to Deadpan Snarker to panicky Woobie.
- Mr. Vice Guy
- Naive Everymonster
- Not So Different: From his father or the Gromble.
- Other Me Annoys Me: Is conned into creating 5 clones in one episode. The clones fulfill his 5 scares in a day assignment, enabling him to play Sewerball. In a rare moment of glory Ickis wins the game. Too bad for him the clones escape from his dorm and annoy The Gromble, The Snorch, Zimbo, Krumm and Oblina, leaving Ickis highly upset.
- Parental Issues
- Ping-Pong Na´vetÚ
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: A signal he was going to start looming was his eyes turning red. The accompanying noises made it sound like they were actually filling with boiling blood.
- Ship Tease: The clone Ickis seems to regret the most is Chickis, the lecherous clone who tries to kiss Oblina, which he claims he will never be able to live down. Bear in mind that Ickis got awfully jealous when Oblina was squishing on the popular Gludge, once confessed that he didn't know what he would do without her, and his version of how they scared an operahouse full of humans had Ickis rescuing the nervous, starry-eyed Oblina who all but swoons over his bravery.
- Size Shifter: Called 'looming' or 'growing', which also functioned as a One-Winged Angel mode for his victims. Of all the monsters, he seems to be the most adept at it, once growing bigger than an apartment building.
- Strong Family Resemblance: He's basically a somewhat scrawnier version of his dad.
Ickis's best friend and fellow underachiever, a squat, hairy pink monster with free-rolling eyes
that he normally carried around in his hands. Cheerful and carefree, he never stressed about scaring as much as his roommates, just enjoying whatever misadventures they got into.
Though her family had enough toenails that she could lounge in the lap of luxury for the rest of her life, Oblina chose to attend the Monster Academy. Since she could pull her insides out,
she quickly became top scarer in their class, despite having two of the worst
students as her roommates. Frequently tries to get them to take their studies more seriously, and isn't above gloating whenever ignoring her advice gets them in trouble... but isn't above the antics herself, and still considers them her best friends
- Action Girl: Or the scarer equivalent.
- Balloon Belly: She is built around this trope. It's usually the horrible way her stomach growled in internal affairs and what happens if she eats something bigger than her head.
- Becoming the Mask: Happened once; while disguised as a human to gather information on them, she had a bad reaction to cotton candy and ended up believing she was really human.
- Braces of Orthodontic Overkill: After a youthful indiscretion of brushing her teeth once, she had to get a set of these to unstraighten them. This grabbed the attention of the Romantic False Lead — or rather, his reflection off of them did...
- Growling Gut: This happens to her when she gets infected by parasites.
- I Warned You: A common refrain on her part.
- Insufferable Genius
- Lonely Rich Kid
- Not So Above It All: Despite her complaints, she could get swept up in things just as easily as her roommates. While she often derided Ickis' fascination with human culture, that didn't stop her from being entranced by The Lamp, or developing an obsession with Westerns, and so on and so forth.
- One-Winged Angel: You know the one...
- Parental Issues
- The Spock
- Teacher's Pet: She's the Gromble's personal favorite.
- Toilet Humor: She burps when she eats a shoelace, which, sounds quite weird.
- What the Hell Is That Accent?: Speaks with a vaguely British accent, even though she is an American monster. Notably, her parents have a different accent.
Headmaster and head teacher, The Gromble certainly isn't afraid to berate, belittle and punish his students whenever they falter in their scaring or studies. Particularly likes to single out Ickis and his friends — though admittedly, they do
bring a lot of it down on themselves. For all his harshness, he really does care about his students and wants to see them succeed — even if he has to beat every scrap of hard work out of them!
The SnorchThe Unintelligible
monster who handles all the Cool And Unusual Punishments
rule-breaking students have to suffer. Very intelligent, with a love for the very same things he uses as punishments, like opera and square dancing. Unfortunately, the communication barrier makes it difficult to share his interests and thoughts with others...
As the only monster capable of understanding The Snorch — and a craven little coward with a tiny body and no real physical strength of his own — Zimbo likes to stick close to The Snorch and leech off his fearsome reputation. Also uses his size to his advantage by spying on the students and reporting back to The Gromble.
Ickis's father and the most famous graduate of Monster Academy. Living up to his legacy is quite the responsibility...
- The Ace
- Acrofatic: Flashbacks show him as a chubby bonsty, and even nowadays he's quite a bit broader and heavier than Ickis. Yet Slickis still has an easy time scaring humans, can stand up to a tank, and is great at monster sports (evidenced when he bowls a perfect game of Gorblats.) He might be a Big Eater as he cheerfully suggests buying a large amount of Slime Pies, and his first choice when listing father/son activities was to go forage for food.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Extremely friendly, cheerful and happy, making yet another stark contrast with his emotional son.
- Generation Xerox
- Minor Major Character: He's one of the most famous monsters to have ever graduated from the Gromble's Academy and father to Ickis, yet he only appears in 5 episodes (one of which is a flashback, and another is part of a dream sequence.)
- Not So Different: Has admitted that he didn't have the easiest time in school and was a lot like Ickis.
- Papa Wolf: Risked his own life to save his son's from being flattened by a tank in a botched scaring attempt certainly counts
- Parental Issues
- Scars Are Forever: As an adult his ears are torn in several places.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Was a little taller than Ickis and had a stockier, sturdier build.
Krumm's father, an equally cheerful monster who makes his living as a muck farmer. Has only one eye, and wears a black glove over his empty hand.
- Curse: Like his son, suffered the effects of the Curse of the Krumm. Unlike his son, was never able to break it, and lost his stench for good.
- Eyepatch of Power: Wore a black glove over the hand that was supposed to hold his lost eye.
- Eye Scream: He attempted to scare people in pre-Revolutionary America, but dropped one of his eyes as a soldier dropped a box of musket balls. The soldier grabbed Horvak's eye by mistake, loaded it and... well, it was the Shot Heard Round the World.
- Fantastic Racism: He doesn't want Krumm to attend class with a combustible monster, and tries to come up with an excuse for Krumm to leave.
- Generation Xerox
- Perma Stubble
- Strong Family Resemblance: Basically looked like an older version of his son (minus one eye).
Oblina's rich and overbearing mother. She disapproves of her daughter becoming a common scarer, and would much rather see her return to the lap of luxury.
- My Beloved Smother
- Rich Bitch: Looks down upon other monsters who aren't as wealthy, and thinks that her daughter's dreams of becoming a great scarer are beneath her.
Oblina's meek and submissive father, who only wants to see his wife and daughter happy.
"They want evidence? I'll get 'em evidence!"
Simon D. Hunter
As his title implies, Simon is a self-declared monster hunter, determined to break the masquerade and prove once and for all that he isn't insane. Develops a very personal grudge against Ickis after the little monster thwarts his plans and keeps humiliating him. His surname and middle initial were given in his expired driver's license in the episode "Battle of the Century."
A somewhat nerdy young boy who became curious about monsters after first encountering them. Briefly became Simon's apprentice; however, when Ickis told him what would happen if monsterkind was revealed to humanity
, he promptly helped them escape
and became a Secret Keeper