Characters / Back at the Barnyard

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Otis

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Voiced by: Kevin James (movie), Chris Hardwick (series)

Otis is the leader of the barnyard. He is a cow.
  • Flanderization: The movie has his personality rather different from the series. In the movie, he's fun loving, but still knows how to think up good ideas. However, in the series, Otis is more goofy and incompetent about this "heroism" business.
  • Genius Ditz: As foolish as he can be, he has a lot of clever ideas on how to fix the mistakes he's made.
  • Idiot Hero: He dosen't know a thing about leading, but is a hero nonetheless.
  • Insult Misfire: Does this often
  • Jerkass Ball: Some episodes will involve him into this. "Save the Clams" and the Halloween specials remain a couple of the more prominent examples.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: At his worst, he can be quite insensitive and selfish, but he genuinely cares about his teammates.
  • Oblivious to Love: Otis is quite unaware of Abby's very obvious crush on him. He won't admit his feelings for her either.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: In the series.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: At his worst.

Pip

Voiced by: Jeff Garcia

Otis' best friend. A mouse.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Self proclaimed, not all that justified.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: Whenever he hits on Bessie.'
  • Has a Type: In one episode, he admits that he's into women who are bigger than he is.
  • Hidden Depths: One episode shows that he can be a quality leader under most circumstances.
  • Hot Skitty-on-Wailord Action: His crush on Bessie.
  • The Lancer: In comparison to Otis
  • Precocious Crush: His crush on Bessie. Okay, he's not exactly a kid, but he's a mouse. Enough said.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: In the episode where Bessie thinks she's Otis' mom, she believes that she needs somebody else to help her handle her kid. She comes so close to marrying Pip before Otis finds a newspaper article that proves he and Bessie are not related.

Abby

A female cow at the barn who has a crush on Otis and vice versa, though they never get to admit their feelings for each other.
  • Action Girl: For one thing, she's an excellent wrestler.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Otis.
  • Betty and Veronica: "Abby & Veronica" plays with it. Veronica is Abby's old friend that actively charms Otis and the other guys into doing whatever she wants. Veronica doesn't love any of them, but it nonetheless makes Abby jealous and angry, so she tries harder to woo Otis.

Pig

Voiced by: Tino Insana

A pig who lives at the farm and hangs out with the main characters.
  • Big Eater
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: He often interrupts the show just so that he can answer fan mail.
    Pig: (reading letter) Dear Dr. Pig, aren't you interrupting the most important part of the episode? Why, yes. Yes, I am.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Not to Freddy's extent, but he can be quite foolish including believing in leprechauns or unicorns.
  • The Cuckoolander Was Right: One episode had him say that maybe a leprechaun stole the Farmer's potatoes. He was right!
  • A Dog Named "Dog": He's the only barn animal named after its species.
  • Jerkass Fašade: Holds this in "Pigmalion" by acting snobby towards his friends so his "royals" can appreciate him better.
  • Odd Name Out: For the most part, as the other characters (besides Peck) tend to have human names or names that could pass for such.

Freddy

Voiced by: Cam Clarke

A ferret who lives at the barn. Best friends with Peck the rooster, and constantly scold himself for thinking about eating him or any other chicken on the barn.
  • Adorkable: His shy and neurotic nature just makes it hard not to love him.
  • Art Evolution: He becomes noticeably less hairy than he was in The Movie.
  • Break the Cutie: "Meet The Ferrets", "Dummy And Dummier", and "Fowl Play" really push him into woobie territory.
  • Butt-Monkey: Probably not to Peck's extent, but he tends to suffer a lot of abuse, too.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Despite his dim-witted nature, he's managed to save his friends from his ventriloquist puppet, Mr. Jinx (which was controlled by ants as revenge for them unknowingly destroying their home).
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Has a lot of rather abnormal traits to him.
  • The Ditz: Is easily the more dim witted of the farm animals next to Pig and, to an extent, Otis.
  • Dumb Blonde: Blonde skin + ditzy nature = this trope.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Played With. While he has a tendency to crave Peck, he's mostly well-meaning in his own way. His golden fur certainly helps him fit this trope.
  • Horror Hunger: He must discipline himself not to eat any barn animals, especially not Peck.
  • Keet: When he isn't trying to eat Peck.
  • Odd Friendship: With Peck, a guy he has tried to eat more than once.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Tries to be, though he's more of a Butt-Monkey.
  • Sad Clown: He has his moments. Also, considering the fact that he has all sorts of psychological problems.

Peck

Voiced by: Rob Paulsen

A rooster who lives at the barn. He's best friends with Freddy the Ferret.
  • Butt-Monkey: More so than Freddie
  • The Chew Toy: He gets most of the accidents out of all the animals. A parody of an On the Next segment was made up exclusively of clips of Peck being injured in different ways.
  • Odd Friendship: With Freddie, a guy who has tried to eat him more than once.
  • Only Sane Man: Very possibly. He might share this with Pip.

Bessy

Voiced by: Wanda Sykes

A cow who lives on the farm and criticizes Otis.

Duke

  • Grumpy Bear: Tends to have a rather sour mood.
  • I Owe You My Life: "Cow's Best Friend" follows the basic beats, with Duke annoying Otis to no end and not stopping until the score is even. Otis fakes various situations, has to repeatedly save Duke whenever things go wrong, tells the truth, gets saved for real, and is told he owes Duke for the various incidents that endangered his life.
  • Only Sane Man: Often expresses mundane and cautious courses of action.

    Humans 

Mrs. Beady

Voiced by: Maria Bamford

A human who lives close to the farmer. She knows that the animals walk and talk, and is always looking for evidence, causing her husband to believe she's crazy.
  • Ascended Extra: Originally more of a joke than anything in the original movie, she appears much more frequently in the show, making much more of an effort to expose the animals. Doubles as From Nobody to Nightmare with how antagonistic she's gotten towards the animals since those days.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: In Beady and the Beasts, it's shown that as crazy as he thinks she is, Nathan still loves Nora. It's telling that after she comes back from being kicked out by Nathan's overbearing mother, he doesn't hesitate to stand up and try to hug her.
    Nathan's Mother: Fine, I know when I'm not wanted.
    Nathan: You're just less wanted. Bye, ma!
  • The Cassandra: When she tries to point out what the animals are doing, she's never believed.
  • Chronic Villainy: To the animals, anyway
  • Deadpan Snarker: This is subtle
  • Housewife: Even if her husband does think she's lost it.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Episodes such as "Saving Mrs. Beady" will make you feel more sympathy for her than any other episode.
  • Last-Name Basis: As revealed in one episode, her last first name is "Nora".
  • Mama Bear: Mess with her nephew, and you'll suffer the consequences.

Snotty Boy

Voiced by: Steve Oedekerk

Mrs. Beady's nephew who likes to mess with the barn animals.
  • Fat Bastard: He's a Jerkass, who just so happens to be on the pudgier side
  • Fat Idiot: He's not terrifically bright.
  • Jerkass: This is the reason as to why he's called "Snotty Boy"
  • Knight of Cerebus: Snotty Boy is usually more of an unbearable annoyance than a threat. But then came Snotty's New Pet, where he captures Pip and tried to feed him to his snake, even after the snake refused. While he ain't no Dag, this might be the only time he came close to ending one of the main characters. The way he treats that poor snake makes it even worse; not only does he abuse him, but the affects said abuse has on the snake are eerily reminiscent of those of real life abuse victims.
    Pip: Why do you let him do that stuff to you?
    Snake: Nah, I deserved it because I disrespected him.
  • Harmless Villain: More of a bother than a threat to Otis and friends.
  • Meaningful Name: He's a snotty boy
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: His real name is Eugene, as mentioned in a few episodes

Pizza Twins

Voiced by: Rob Paulsen and Steve Oedekerk

Two guys who work at a pizza restaurant and pop up to say stupid things.
  • Catch-Phrase: "Doodley Doodley Doo Doo!"
  • Those Two Guys: They're always together.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: From the movie, they hardly appeared, even though they were pretty stupid. In the series, they're recurring characters, and are equally, if not more stupid.

The Farmer

Voiced by: Fred Tatasciore

The owner of the farm. He's not a very important character, and he's unaware of the animals' ability to walk and talk.
  • Butt-Monkey: Less so than Peck or Freddie and this was mostly in the movie and earlier episodes.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": To the point where the animals are surprised to learn what his last name is.
  • Hero of Another Story: Several episodes allude to him having a very wide variety of hobbies and interests that he tends to be absent from the barnyard for. We never really get to see them beyond cutaway gags.
  • No Name Given: We don't know what his full name is, though one episode reveals that his last name is Buyer (which leads to a hilarious misunderstanding on the animals' part).
  • Out of Focus: He appears more in the earlier episodes. In later episodes, he tends to be off doing other stuff and appears more infrequently.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: In the film, he didn't really appear much. In the series, he appears more, but possesses more stupidity than he would have in the movie.

The Vet

The local Vetrenarian who's feared by the animals she treats.

  • Conspicuous Gloves: The Vet seems to never take off her pair of latex gloves, to the point that it's implied her name is actually "Dr. Glove" by Pip in "Dead Cow Walking". However, given her line of work, it's not surprising she feels the need to constantly glove up.
  • Glove Snap: In the episode "Dead Cow Walking" the Vet has tendancy of doing this whenever she performs a "checkie-poo". Ugh, let's just hope she changes gloves afterwards.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: The procedures the Vet prescribes for her patients are often ungodly cruel (two words: butt leeching).
  • Obliviously Evil: The Vet cares deeply for all the animals she treats. Despite this, she often puts them through a great deal of pain.
  • You Don't Look Like You: The Vet is given two redesigns in the series: one in " Snotty's New Pet" and another in "Doggleganger". Though it may be implied that these redesigns may just be different characters with similar attire, personalities, and voice actresses, it's not made entirely clear.

    Others 

The Jersey Cows

Voiced by: S Scott Bullock (Eddy), John DiMaggio (Bud), Maurice LaMarche (Igg)

Three trouble-making cows.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: They are only referred to as The Jersey Cows.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: As mischievous as they were in the movie, they were still Otis's friends and had his back when things got tough. Now they're complete jerks in their appearance in the series.

Wild Mike

Voiced by: Rob Paulsen

A bizarre creature covered almost entirely in hair.

    Movie Exclusive Characters 

Ben

Voiced by: Sam Elliot

A cow and Otis's adoptive father.
  • Arc Words: "A strong man stands up for himself. A stronger man, stands up for others."
  • Badass Adorable: A cow who defends the other barn animals from harm. He also has a playful side when he is teasing with Otis.
  • Badass Grandpa: Fights coyotes and protects the other animals from harm.
  • Cool Old Guy: He can take on a pack of coyotes.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Dies protecting the hens from the coyotes.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He may be harsh on his adoptive son, but he definitely loves him and he is only trying to make him grow up a bit. It's made clear that, despite all the bickering he and Otis do, there's a very strong bond between them.
  • Killed Off for Real: The first Nickelodeon character to die, more the first one we actually have a death scene for.
  • The Patriarch: Fittingly for a middle-aged black cow, he's the tough guy of his family.
  • Pet the Dog: He does sometimes show genuine love for Otis, and, although stern, he does care for the barnyard animals' safety.
  • Rated M for Manly: He is a pretty tough and manly cow.

Daisy

Voiced by: Courteney Cox

A pregnant cow who arrives on the farm with Bessy.


  • Flat Character: She's a pretty bland love interest. Her being sweet and nice is pretty much her only characteristics. She is mainly used as a device to help Otis become a man.
    • Somewhat subverted as the creators do try to give her a Tragic Backstory but it could be cut out of the movie entirely.
  • Nice Girl: Immediately takes a liking to Otis.
  • Sole Survivor: Daisy and Bessy are the sole survivors of a storm that wiped out their herd.

Miles

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Voiced by: Danny Glover

An elderly mule.


  • Badass Grandpa: Enough to help fight off coyotes and set things straight.
  • Cool Old Guy: Maintains peace in the barnyard. He also had nothing but respect for Ben and became a father figure for Otis after [[spoiler his death]].
  • Nice Guy: He is very kind-hearted, helpful, and wise.

Dag

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Voiced by: David Koechner

A cruel and carnivorous coyote.


  • Ax-Crazy: He's a psychopathic "lady killer" in his own words. Not only does he keep parts of the corpses of his prey to use as trophies, he clearly gets a kick out of killing other animals. It's subtly implied that not even humans are safe from him, as he tells Otis that, if he breaks their deal, he and his pack will slaughter everyone in the farm, the farmer being presumably included.
  • Big Bad: The leader of the coyote pack that is terrorizing the farm. Naturally, he is also the most cunning and dangerous of them all.
  • Dirty Coward: Dag prefers to sic his pack on others and waits for an opportunity to sneak attack others when they don't see him coming. He also begs and cowers for his life the moment things go south for him.
  • Establishing Character Moment: The very first thing he does in the movie is sneaking into the chicken coop with his pack and terrorizing the hens with his chain, which is decorated with the legs of his previous victims, all while sadistically chuckling. All of it demonstrates just how murderous and out of his mind he really is.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Just listen to how Dag talks to the chickens as he is about to take and eat the chickens. One example is his first scene:
    Dag: Good evening ladies. Sorry to call you so late in the evening but we did have a previous engagement. (That's when he gets out chicken feet chain to scare the hens with)
  • Kick the Dog: If killing Ben and mocking Otis about it wasn't bad enough, he also tries to eat Maddy just because she called him a "meaner".
  • Knight of Cerebus: The comedic tone of the film drops like a rock whenever he appears, not helped by his sadistic demeanour.
  • The Sociopath: To be his most ruthless and evil nature.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: A goofy animated movie about partying farm animals, with a sadistic coyote who shows signs of being a serial killer. Why not?
  • Would Hurt a Child: He certainly wasn't going to spare Maddy just because of her young age.

Etta

Voiced by: Andie Mac Dowell

A mother hen.


  • Demoted to Extra: She only had two speaking lines in the series, and maybe a few more nonspeaking cameos, but that's it.
  • Mama Bear: As shown before, picking on Maddy will be a regrettable action

Maddy

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Voiced by: Madeline Lovejoy

A young chick who enjoys playing with Otis. She is slightly troublesome for her mother Etta to take care of because she often wanders off from the chicks.



Alternative Title(s): Barnyard

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