Characters / Courage The Cowardly Dog Major Recurring Villains

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    Katz 
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Hello, welcome to Klub Katz, I'm Katz...
Voiced by: Paul Schoeffler

An anthromorphic Serial Killer cat who is the show's most recurring villain and is implied to have several victims. He seems to have great skill at games such as Handball and staring contests. He is probably the show's first Nightmare Fuel-inducing villain, considering his debut is the first episode after the Chicken from Outer Space's debut, which was more lighthearted and silly than most of Katz's episodes.

See his self-demonstrating page here.
  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: He is a red-furred cat.
  • Always Second Best: His main motivation for kidnapping Muriel in "Katz Kandy" is to discover her secret recipe and take first place at the Nowhere Sweet-Stuff contest, since he's only managed to get second place each time he's participated beforehand.
  • Arch-Enemy: By virtue of being the most recurring villain, he functions as this to Courage.
  • Ax-Crazy: As expected from a psychopathic Serial Killer with a sadistic streak. His first appearance had him feeding the residents of his hotel to spiders, and to remind you this is his first appearance.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: He wears a white tuxedo in "Klub Katz" and "Katz Under The Sea".
  • Big Bad: Of the whole show. While each episode technically has its own villain being a Monster of the Week type of show, Katz is clearly the most recurring antagonist of the series.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: With Eustace in "Ball of Revenge", as the most vocal member of the team.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: In his first episode, he opts to beat Courage at a game of handball before killing him- just because he can- and then after wasting time on that, he does his Evil Laugh while he has Courage cornered long enough for Muriel to come out of nowhere and knock him out with a tennis racket.
  • Catchphrase:
    • "Welcome to [X Business Named After Himself]. I'm Katz."
    • "Sad, isn't it?"
    • "No dogs allowed."
    • "I wish you hadn't done that".
    • "A little sport before dying?"
  • Cats Are Mean: He's a cat and easily the most evil character on the show. And naturally, he dislikes dogs.
  • Cats Are Snarkers: "Pity..."
  • The Comically Serious: Most of the time he is unusually serious but even he can contrast with the silliness of a situation like saying his Catchphrase with difficulty while being crushed under a door.
  • Commissar Cap: He wears one in "Katz Under The Sea", as a submarine captain.
  • Con Man: He sets up a lot of illegitimate businesses, though his intent seems to be more focused on killing people rather than profiting from them.
  • Enemy Mine: In "Ball of Revenge" he teams up with Eustace, who was one of his targets in early episodes.
  • Evil Brit: He has an English accent, but not as obvious as some other characters with accents.
  • Evil Genius: He's good at pretty much everything he does.
  • Evil Laugh: Has one every time he is about to either kill Courage or is delighted that he will kill everyone on his board
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Has a calm, smooth voice.
  • Excuse Me While I Multitask: He drinks tea while playing racket ball against Courage.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He always retains his polite and affable manner even at his worst.
  • Foil: To Courage, strengthening the idea that he’s meant to be the Big Bad. Courage is a small, kindhearted, nervous, but ultimately heroic purple dog that does nothing for himself and acts in defense of his owners every second of his life. Katz is the polar opposite: a tall, malicious, cool-headed and villainous orange cat that is entirely selfish, killing others for personal gain with nary a second thought. In addition, while Courage is often a Pragmatic Hero who goes to absurd lengths to defeat his adversaries, Katz regularly suffers from Bond Villain Stupidity, and loses every time as a result.
  • For the Evulz: He kills people for pure enjoyment.
  • Hero Killer: Noticeably deadlier and harder to defeat than Courage's other foes. Courage has only directly defeated him twice, and on one of those occasions, he was distracted fighting Eustace and didn't expect it. Most of the time, Courage nearly gets killed fighting him.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: After spending the latter half of "Klub Katz" forcing Muriel and Eustace to fight each other after turning them into machines, he's forced to run for his life when, after Courage turns himself into a helicopter and saves Muriel, the Eustace-wrecking-ball turns on him after discovering Katz stole his chair. This is notably the only moment in the entire series where Katz actually panics.
  • Jerkass: As someone who lures people and sends them to their death For the Evulz, he definitely qualifies as an asshole.
  • Knight of Cerebus: As one of the more truly frightening villains in the series, he's more serious and dark than most. An Ax-Crazy Serial Killer played straight.
  • Lack of Empathy: Compassion is one of the few things he isn't good at.
  • Lean and Mean: A lanky, red, evil cat.
  • Leitmotif: A calm, sinister, and very distinctive percussion-heavy piece. There are at least two versions. Almost every time you see him, you'll be hearing it in the background. His episodes also have a unique title card theme.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: "I wish you hadn't done that."
  • Mega Neko: At least compared to Courage, since he's the size of a normal human.
  • New Job as the Plot Demands: From a motel owner, to the manager of a club resort, to a submarine captain, or even a candy salesman, he changes his jobs every time he appears.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: A psychopathic cat with a creepy fixation with killing his victims in rather gruesome ways.
  • Obviously Evil: Courage can easily see how evil he is.
  • Pet the Dog: Sort of, he did seem to care for his spiders in "Katz Motel", so much so that he fed people to them.
  • Sadist: It's quite clear that the only reason Katz challenges Courage to "a little sport before dying" is to drag out the poor dog's suffering for a little bit longer. And those sports challenges are also his mildest displays of sadism.
  • Second Place Is for Losers: How Katz perceives all of his own second place trophies when compared to Muriel's first place to the point of kidnapping her just to become number one.
  • Serial Killer: He sets up seemingly normal locations in his first two appearances to lure people in so he can arrange their deaths. In fact, his candy shop seems to be his only business that's not a front for carrying out murders. Keyword is seems; he seemed pretty well versed in how to turn people into candy...
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: In "Klub Katz" and "Katz Under The Sea".
  • The Sociopath: A ruthless, sadistic Serial Killer who cares for no one.
  • The Stoic: Justified, as he cannot feel the same emotions that other people do. The only emotions he's capable of showing are sadistic joy at others' expense, anger when things aren't going his way, and fear when he realizes he's the one in danger now.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: Even in a setting such as Courage The Cowardly Dog, he still stands out compared to the other villains like the Great Fusilli, Mad Dog or the Cruel Vet.
  • Wicked Cultured: He enjoys the finer things in life such as literature, tea, and murder.
  • Xtreme Kool Letterz: His name is the plural form of "cat" with the C replaced with a K and the S at the end replaced with a Z.

    The Chicken from Outer Space 
Voiced by: Howard Hoffman

The very first monster to disturb the Main Characters' house. In the pilot, he harasses the chickens out in their henhouse and he is thwarted after he accidentally shoots himself via a mirror from Courage. He would later return, albeit as a cooked chicken, in a later episode where he looks for a new head. It is revealed later he had a wife and a kid with 3 heads.

  • Animalistic Abomination: Sort of. He's an alien chicken, but clearly much more monstrous than the Earth kind.
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: He looks like a chicken, but can lay eggs despite being male (and said eggs can trigger a viral transformation if consumed) and his limbs can grow back if removed.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: His wife and three-headed son plan revenge on Courage for his death.
  • Feathered Fiend: One of the evilest chickens you could ever meet.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: His own gun. In his second appearance, his ship's giant plunger ends up triggering a missile launch at a military base when trying to get Courage with it, taking down his ship.
  • Mr Seahorse: He's a male chicken but can somehow lay eggs. Justified because he's an alien, though the fact that he has a wife and son makes this doubly confusing. It's possible that for his species, females lay eggs that hatch into direct offspring, while males lay eggs that turn people into chicken monsters, as Eustace can attest to.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: He became a Headless Zombie Alien Chicken, though at first he was just an Alien Chicken.
  • Nonhuman Undead: He is somehow able to return despite being roasted and decapitated.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: Strong and nasty enough to break the necks of all normal chickens and fight Courage.
  • Predecessor Villain: Of Son of the Chicken from Outer Space, where his three-headed son shows up to try and kill Courage in an attempt to avenge his father's death.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: If it weren't for his red eyes, he could pass as normal poultry.
  • Sore Loser: The biggest one of Courage's many rivals. First he played fencing and after being beaten he angrily asked for another round, so they played chess until he lost and angrily swiped the chessboard, then they tried arm wrestling, palm games and a breathing contest all of them ending with his defeat and him demanding a rematch. After Courage got fed up and told him to pack his stuff and leave, he reacted by trying to turn the dog to ashes.
  • Starter Villain: The very first villain Courage faces. He later comes back as as a living cooked chicken to get revenge, and later still his wife sends their three-headed son(s) to avenge him.
  • The Virus: In the pilot short, Eustace eats the alien chicken's eggs, causing him to turn into an alien chicken too. Though of course he's back to normal the next time he appears.
  • The Voiceless: He never says a word. His second appearance slightly averts this, but since he had stolen Eustace's head to replace his own, it was still in Eustace's voice for his single line (which was Eustace's catchphrase anyway.)

    Le Quack 
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Voiced by: Paul Schoeffler

A French duck that disguises himself as many jobs but is actually a thief that steals riches from his victims. After his debut his plans are more towards getting revenge on Courage while at the same time trying to steal stuff. He always seems to escape capture every time, and repeats "They have not seen the last of...Le Quack".
  • Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: His blue bow-tie which gives a sophisticated flair.
  • Ax-Crazy: He's just a little bit unhinged.
  • Cardboard Prison: He's always seen escaping police custody by the end of his episodes, with the implication that he slaughtered his way to freedom.
  • Catchphrase:
    • "How annoying."
    • "Qu'est-ce que c'est?"
    • "They have not seen the last of Le Quack."
  • The Chew Toy: One of the only villains who frequently falls prey to Amusing Injuries.
  • Con Man: He often impersonates as someone else to scam people and rob them of all money.
  • Evil Laugh: Often has one whenever he is delighted at "serving" his customer.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Has a smooth voice with a French accent.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He maintains a suave demeanour towards people while planning thievery and their demise.
  • Feathered Fiend: An antagonistic con artist duck.
  • French Jerk: Speaks with a thick French accent, and also a thieving con man and a chauvinist as well.
  • Non-Mammalian Hair: He's a duck with a head of blue hair.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: Like most of the antagonists in the series he is much stronger than he appears to be.
  • She Knows Too Much: In "Le Quack Ballon" he tricks Muriel into helping him rob giant Swedish piggy bank by telling her that the Swedish vinegar she needs is at the bottom of all the "green leaves" she must first remove. Once she removes them all she notices they look like money, so Le Quack shoves her out of the ballon and tries to saw through her bungee cord.
  • Shout-Out: Could be coincidental, but for older audiences, they might recognize the French phrase "Qu'est-ce que c'est?" from Talking Heads' song "Psycho Killer".
  • Smug Snake: He has such an inflated ego and such contempt for the "American swines".
  • "Take That!" Kiss: He did this to Muriel once. After tying her up and torturing her for where she keeps her riches, he eventually told her he had to leave her for a moment to chase Courage, knocking her out with Eustace's mallet and giving her a goodbye kiss on her forehead in the spot he hit her.
  • Tickle Torture: Did this to Muriel once.
  • Toothy Bird: He's a duck with teeth, which is useful for a Slasher Smile.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: He disappears halfway through "Ball of Revenge" and doesn't appear to be killed with the rest.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Le Quack has blue hair.

    Benton Tarentella 
Voiced by: Peter Fernandez

An evil zombie director who puts his "actors" in a position where they'll listen to everything he says where they can be Killed Off for Real on camera or torture themselves for humor on a live TV show.
  • Ax-Crazy: How else would you call a cannibal and a fan of Snuff Film?
  • Bald of Evil: If you don't count the twigs sticking out of his head, then he's bald.
  • Catchphrase: "This is GREAT!"
  • Con Man: And unusually, one who is less interested in the material possessions of his victims than he is in their lives themselves.
  • Faux Affably Evil: For a psychotic zombie, he can sure turn on the charm when he needs to.
  • Film Felons: He and his partner killed 12 people, presumably after tricking them into appearing in their movies.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Wears a pair of Groucho glasses in his first appearance and is a psychotic killer.
  • Gag Nose: He wears a comically oversized fake nose to disguise himself.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: He is an undead zombie after all, so it's no surprise that he enjoys eating people. In his first appearance, his plan was to eat Muriel, alongside his late partner Errol von Volkheim.
  • Lean and Mean: Being a zombie it goes without saying that there is not much flesh left, but he was shown to be lean and certainly mean in past photos.
  • Meaningful Name: His surname, which can also count as No Celebrities Were Harmed, refers to the tarantella, a folk dance that got its start as a psychosomatic "symptom" of a spider bite. (And by "symptom", we mean "superstition".)
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: He's based on Quentin Tarantino.
  • Noodle People: His thin and wiry body shape is justified since he is not exactly a natural person.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: This zombie is different because he's actually sapient, capable of speech, and horrifically clever. He still has a taste for human flesh though.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: A pair of Groucho glasses does nothing at all to hide his decaying face. Perhaps he himself realized this, as he's stopped wearing them by his second appearance.
  • Scarf of Asskicking: He spares no cost in looking like a stereotypical director after all.
  • Serial Killer: In life, he and his partner killed at least 12 people. He was arrested and died in prison.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: He has a good taste in clothing and knows how to make himself presentable, as much as it is possible for a rotting corpse anyway.
  • Shout-Out: He is a nod to the one and only Quentin Tarantino.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: Perhaps yes perhaps not. In his first appearance, it seems that he's dumb enough to be defeated by Courage simply rewriting his script. Even though he realizes that it's not his work, he still follows it. It is not clear however if it was stupidity or just the quarrel with Erol that made him lose his appetite.
  • Take That!: Benton answers to someone named "Lazzo," referring to then-executive of Cartoon Network Mike Lazzo. The character himself could be a light Take That! towards Quentin Tarantino's overwhelming and downright brutal use of violence in his movies.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: In his second appearance, the fact that he's a zombie isn't commented upon.
  • Villain Decay: Hey, all we're saying is that no mentions of serial killing is made in his second appearance.
  • Vocal Evolution: He sounds much raspier in his second appearance.
  • Wicked Cultured: He is a cinephile after all, just a very twisted and obsessed one.

    The Snowman 
Voiced by: Paul Schoeffler

A snowman who dreads the disapperence of his snowman friends and the easily meltable substance they're made out of. He tries to avoid ever melting by extracting the Anti-Melting gene of humans in order to maintain himself as it gets warmer where he lives. He's the Last of His Kind, as all the other Snowmen melted, until Courage repairs the hole in the Ozone Layer, reviving the others and saving his home. Is also one of the few recurring foes to find redemption.
  • Anti-Villain: He just wants to save his species.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: All he really wanted was to resurrect his friends.
  • Evil Brit: He has a British accent. The evil part is subverted in that he only wants to revive his friends.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: His voice is deep. The evil part of this one is also subverted when his true intentions are revealed.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Once Courage repairs the hole in the Ozone Layer and revives all the Snowman's dead friends, he's more than happy to stop being a bad guy and return home in peace.
  • Instant Ice: Just Add Cold!: "The first frozen snowman... not too shabby!"
  • Last of His Kind: He's the last Snowman, as the others all melted due to the hole in the Ozone Layer. This is his primary motivation, as he doesn't want his species to die out. Courage fixes the hole in the Ozone Layer, which revives the other Snowmen, allowing him to return home in peace.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: His voice is a clear Sean Connery impersonation.
  • Obliviously Evil: When he freezes Nowhere into his West Pole, he does get bossy to the Bagges and freezes Eustace for being disobedient. However, after he accomplishes his goal, he graciously welcomes the Bagges into his family as companions and friends and addresses them as Snow people. He is overjoyed when they don't leave him all the while being completely unaware that they have frozen solid. He doesn't realize humans can't handle the kind of cold that he needs to survive.
  • Shout-Out: He's introduced with his invention, the Coldfinger, in a Conneryesque brogue. To make things super-clear, his introduction is, "The name's Man. Snowman."
  • Snowlems: He is a peculiar kind of living snow-being and with a peculiar motivation.
  • Villain Song: In "The Snowman's Revenge". Also counts as a Big-Lipped Alligator Moment, since it came completely out of nowhere and was never mentioned again.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist:
    • Well, at least in his 2nd apperence. He decides to freeze the area the Bagges live because his home is being melted by the Ozone Hole.
    • Also in his first one, as he's just trying to stop his race from going extinct.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: The poor guy lost all of his friends and family because of global warming, is it really any wonder that he wanted to freeze everything in the world?

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