Characters / CatDog

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    Cat 
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Voiced by: Jim Cummings
  • Abhorrent Admirer: He is occasionally portrayed being attracted to Shriek, who, like the other Greasers, despises cats.
  • Butt Monkey: Attracts a lot of pain, sometimes due to Dog's carelessness.
  • Catchphrase:
    • "Bee-yoo-tee-ful!"
    • "It just doesn't get any better than this!"
    • "Terr-riffic" (sarcastically)
    • "MY BODY MY BODY MY BODYYYYAAAGH!!!"
    • A deep-voiced "Ohhh MOMMA" when he's feeling greedy.
  • Cats Are Mean: Sometimes. On occasion, he's downright cruel.
  • Cats Are Snarkers: And how! He gets it from his dad.
  • The Chew Toy: Poor guy can't seem to catch a break.
  • A Dog Named "Dog": Just like Dog, he's a Cat named Cat.
  • Greed: His obsession with money and material possession can go a little too far sometimes.
  • Happily Adopted: The big movie about finding their long lost parents, they find out in the end that the parents that raised them as kids had adopted them. And were also a talking frog and a sasquatch. They never find out who their biological parents are, but are content to reunite with the ones that cared for them.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He can be mean at times, but he does care about his brother.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Episodes where he acts selfish often end with him getting his comeuppance. For instance, "Fred the Flying Fish" has him lose the money he got from selling Fred to Rancid Rabbit with no regard for how Fred would be treated.
  • Like Father, Like Son: His adoptive father is also a snarker.
  • Mr. Vice Guy: He can be greedy, and cross the line into villainy, but most of the time he is the hero.
  • Neat Freak: In contrast to Dog.
  • No Respect Guy: He isn't very well liked in his town.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Cat quite often has an inflated opinion of himself.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: He's even attached to one!
  • This Loser Is You
  • Trademark Favorite Food: White fish chub. And fish in general. Perhaps best illustrated when he and Dog go to Rancid's all you can eat buffet and Cat expresses irritation at Dog's Crazy Consumption...until Rancid brings out a tray of sushi and Cat proceeds to go ballistic.
    Cat: Fishy...fishy...FISH!!!!! (scarfs down as much sushi as he can)
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: He has aquaphobia which makes him afraid of water. This is best shown when he's at the beach and the others challenge him to ride a big wave, in which he claims he only likes the big waves that are at least thirty feet high.

     Dog 
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Voiced by: Tom Kenny
  • Adorkable: Has shades of it. So does his mother.
  • Berserk Button: Let's just say that stealing his bones from his bone cellar is a suicidal idea and leave it at that.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Cat once learned the hard way not to actually make Dog angry.
  • Big Eater: His appetite appears to be limitless.
  • Break the Cutie: Dog is much more sympathetic than most people realize. He's been laughed at by the entire town of Nearberg for being a failure hero (Dog The Mighty), worked to the point of hypothermia in a sled dog race (Mush Dog Mush), almost sold off as a freak show attraction by his own brother after contacting a disease (Dog's Strange Condition), bullied by mailmen while in a depressed state (Fistful Of Mail), driven to the brink of paranoia (Safety Dog), spent an entire episode thinking he was allergic to his own brother (Sneezy Dog) and has been cheated and lied to several times by his own brother. He also came dangerously close to crossing the Despair Event Horizon in the Great Parents Mystery special.
  • Catchphrase: "Hi-ho diggedy!!" Dog even calls it his catchphrase! He gets it from his mom.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: He is easily distracted by balls, garbage trucks, bones, food, and his overactive imagination.
  • The Cuckoolander Was Right:
    • In "The Great Parent Mystery", Dog comes up with a lot of ridiculous theories about what happened to his and Cat's parents, such as being frozen in a block of ice at the North Pole, being abducted by aliens, and being enslaved by evil mutant tree gnomes. Their adoptive parents later reveal that at least some of Dog's theories happened to them while they were looking for CatDog.
    • In "Meat Dog's Friends", Dog believes that meat comes from meat trees planted by Johnny Meatseed. After going insane from learning that meat is made from animals and attempting to eat his brother Cat when he can't go through with eating vegetables and rocks instead, it turns out that meat trees and Johnny Meatseed actually exist.
  • The Cutie: So very much. It often goes hand in hand with his goofiness.
  • The Ditz: Is often brainless, needing Cat to do everything for him.
  • A Dog Named "Dog": Literally.
  • Dogs Are Dumb: In fact, a good portion of the dogs on the show are portrayed this way.
  • Dumb Blond: Dog doesn't normally have hair however a flashback to The '70s has him with blond hair.
  • Dumb Is Good: Usually is the more reasonable one if Cat is being a major Jerkass in the episode.
  • The Fool: Dog frequently causes multiple catastrophes and Amusing Injuries though more often than not fate is on his side and leaves him unscathed (and then punishes Cat twice as hard for the both of them).
  • Genius Ditz: He's actually shown to be quite the Supreme Chef in the Ingrid Twins' debut episode.
  • Happily Adopted: The big movie about finding their long lost parents, they find out in the end that the parents that raised them as kids had adopted them. And were also a talking frog and a sasquatch. They never find out who their biological parents are, but are content to reunite with the ones that cared for them.
  • Idiot Houdini: Dog is a hyperactive dimwit that causes chaos with his canine tendencies. It is usually Cat that suffers the consequences for it however.
  • Jerkass Ball: Sometimes acts more insensitive than usual.
  • Keet
  • Lethally Stupid: Has caused a lot of destruction just because he didn't know any better.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Like Mother Like Son
  • Man Child: Very immature... not that he shouldn't be, considering he's a dog, but combined with his ability to speak he qualifies as this trope.
  • The Millstone: Dog is usually the one who gets the pair into trouble.
  • The Pig Pen: Almost never cleans up after himself.
  • Ping-Pong Naïveté: Somehow Dog is smart enough to know the ethics against cheating and doing schoolwork but not to realize that dragging his conjoined twin across the street may cause slight physical harm.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Some of the things he does could have gotten them killed.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Bones, moldy meat, and garbage.

Supporting Characters

     Winslow 
Voiced by: Carlos Alazraqui
  • Catch Phrase: "What are you, nuts!?"
  • Characterization Marches On: In the first episode, Winslow was less of a malicious prankster and more of an annoying gadfly. He was a little nicer to CatDog too, to the point that Cat actually seemed to like him.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Part of his rude behavior toward CatDog is to make remarks at their expense.
  • Drop-In Character: He lives in CatDog's house (the finale implies that he was its original owner) but has his own place inside the walls of said house. His arrival on the scene usually involves him emerging from a small hole in the wall and saying "Hey there, CatDog!"
  • Even Evil Has Standards: In "Dog Power" he's genuinely appalled at Cat's treatment of Dog.
  • Evil Laugh: His signature cackle.
  • Informed Species: He's allegedly a mouse, but looks more like a Smurf.
  • Jerkass: The majority of the time, he is an unbearable asshole, mostly to Cat. The occasions where he doesn't insult or act rude to CatDog can be counted on one hand.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Played with. Deep down, he seems to cares about CatDog. In "All You Need Is Lube", he even schemes to help CatDog escape from an overly grateful Lube's asphyxiating grip even though it could be because he also wanted him out of the way, and in "CatDog Doesn't Live Here Anymore", he starts mourning over CatDog's absence after a while even though it was because he was missing them as punching bags.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: But, as seen in his final scene of the Grand Finale, not that much.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: On occasion, he gets his just deserts for being a prick to CatDog, like when they agree to wrestle him for making fun of their predicament in "Brothers' Day" or when they chase him for ditching them during their battle with the Greasers in "Siege on Fort CatDog".
  • The Napoleon: He's extremely small and not a very pleasant person.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: To Cat.
  • Small, Annoying Creature: Invoked. He considers himself a "harasser".

     Mervis and Dunglap 
Voiced by: John Kassir

     Mr. Sunshine 
Voiced by: Billy West

     Lola Caricola 
Voiced by: Nika Futterman (credited as "Nika Frost" until "The Great Parent Mystery")

     Randolph Grant 
Voiced by: Billy West
  • Ambiguously Gay: Overall the mannerisms of this celeb and posh stylish character show hints of being gay and at times he seems to have a thing for Dog, especially in episodes "CatDog's End", "Dog the Not so Mighty", and "Dog Ate It".
  • Catch Phrase: "And I LOVE it!"
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: He's a dead ringer for Cary Grant.
  • Upper-Class Twit: Granted, he's a relatively amicable one.

     The Ingrid Twins 
Voiced by: Laraine Newman

Antagonists

     The Greasers 
Voiced by: Tom Kenny (Cliff), Maria Bamford (Shriek), Carlos Alazraqui (Lube)

     Rancid Rabbit 
Voiced by: Billy West
  • Big Bad: Nearly every episode he's in has him as the main antagonist.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Deteriorates into this as the show went on.
  • Catch Phrase: "Leaping lumbago!" and "What what WHAT!?"
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: It's implied that he actually owns Nearburg.
  • The Ditz: Sometimes.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Seeing CatDog swarmed with psychotic fleas and the flea belt no longer being enough to help them is enough to convince him to give them a flea bath with no apparent ulterior motive.
  • Fat Bastard: Not as chubby as Cliff, but still counts.
  • Jerkass: He's very antagonistic towards CatDog. In one episode, he bans them from a taco restaurant for no reason.
  • Mayor Pain: Since he owns all the jobs including the government positions.
  • Meaningful Name: His name best describes his rancid personality.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Rancid Rabbit.
  • New Job as the Plot Demands: He has all the jobs. What job he is doing depends on the episode.
  • Pet the Dog: He'll sometimes help out CatDog when it's absolutely necessary. He's not the least but antagonistic in "Flea or Die" (in which he plays a doctor), and at the end of the episode, when the duo show up at his clinic covered in fleas and begging for a flea bath, he freaks out and immediately gives them one without hesitation.
  • Species Surname: Rancid Rabbit.

     Eddie the Squirrel 
Voiced by: Dwight Schultz
  • Harmless Villain: Of all the people who actively antagonize CatDog, he's the most ineffectual and isn't really a threat.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Heavy on the ineffectual, light on the sympathetic.
  • Informed Species: He's supposed to be a squirrel?
  • Jerkass
  • Motor Mouth: Nobody can shut the little twerp up.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: He almost killed Lube with a tick at one point and built a giant robotic cat to get revenge on the Greasers and enslave the town.
  • The Sixth Ranger: Despite the Greasers dislike towards him, there are a few episodes where he is shown hanging out with them without any problems. One example is Rinky Dinks where he is a member of their ice hockey team and joins them in kicking everyone off the ice.
  • Small, Annoying Creature
  • The Team Wannabe: He wants to be a member of the Greasers, but Cliff, Lube, and Shriek won't give him the time of day.

     Tallulah Headbank 
Voiced by: Maria Bamford

     "The Mailman" 
Voiced by: Dave Thomas
  • Arch-Enemy: To Dog.
  • Bald of Evil: When seen without his hat on, he is shown to be bald.
  • Big Bad: Of "Fistful of Mail".
  • Formerly Fat: As the Paperboy, he was so chubby as to be unrecognizable as a slender, sleek adult. An interesting example, as its only relevance to the plot is to reveal just why Dog didn't recognize him at first.
  • Gold Tooth: Which signals to Dog that he's the Paperboy all grown up.
  • Jerkass: He picked on Dog ever since he was a puppy.
  • Lizard Folk: He appears to be a very fast lizard in cowboy attire.
  • Nice Hat: In keeping with his "Cowboy" theme.
  • No Name Given: He's never given a name and is called "Mailman" in the credits.
  • Schoolyard Bully All Grown Up: Used to be a paperboy who mocked Dog for being too slow to get the newspapers he threw.
  • Slasher Smile: Wears one whenever he's not being a Smug Smiler.
  • Smug Snake: An appropriately reptilian one too, though he's a lizard.
  • Super Speed: His specialty. He's the first and last mailman to surpass Dog in speed.
  • Unstoppable Mailman: The first mailman Dog couldn't stop. Until the end, that is.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Has one after Dog defeats him.

Spoiler Characters

    Spoiler Characters 

CatDog's parents

Voiced by: Billy Bob Thornton (Dad), Jane Krakowski (Mom)
  • Bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yeti: The mom looks like this kind of creature. None of the other characters know what she is, not even her husband.
  • Catch Phrase: Dog got his from the mom.
  • Deadpan Snarker: The dad, which is where Cat gets it. Seeing his father make the same sarcastic remark he makes is what ultimately leads Cat to accept that these two are indeed his parents.
  • Genki Girl: The mom, which is where Dog gets it. They bond almost instantly.
  • Good Parents: They loved CatDog dearly, even though they weren't their biological parents. When they were separated, the two of them spent almost their whole lives searching for their sons.
  • Happily Married: They are clearly happy together.
  • Interspecies Adoption: They adopted CatDog when the two of them were babies.
  • Interspecies Romance: The dad's a frog, the mom is a big blue Sasquatch looking thing.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Dog takes after the mom, Cat takes after the dad.
  • Mama Bear and Papa Wolf: To CatDog; they spent years searching for them after they were separated.
  • Unnamed Parent: Neither of them are given a real name and are only referred to as Mom and Dad.
  • Walking Spoiler: Knowing too much about them spoils the Grand Finale.
  • Wham Line: The mom has one when she finally speaks:
    CatDog's Mom: HI HO DIGGETY!
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