Characters / Cow and Chicken

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     Main Characters 

Cow

Voiced by: Charlie Adler

  • Beware the Nice Ones: Cow is the nicest, sweetest character in the show, but mess with her precious big brother in any way, you're dead meat.
  • Big Brother Worship: She adores her older smaller brother and cannot understand why he's always trying to get away from her.

Chicken

Voiced by: Charlie Adler

  • Big Brother Bully: Chicken can be an absolute jerk to his sister at times.
  • Big Brother Instinct: He tries to pretend he really doesn't care about his sister at all, however when she appears to be in mortal danger, Chicken always comes through.
  • Big Brother Mentor: On occasion when he is looking out for Cow, he'll try to educate her, only usually to come unstuck himself upon realizing how limited his knowledge of the world is.
  • Brother-Sister Team: When Chicken puts his ego and pride aside.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Not as pronounced as Cow, but Chicken can be skillful at times. He donned the Supercow costume in at least two episodes after Cow was put out of action.
  • The Cynic: Always thinks negatively of Chicken's actions.

The Red Guy

Voiced by: Charlie Adler

  • Affably Evil: Despite being the devil, he's rather a mischievous troublemaker instead of evil, but he can also be polite, friendly and even helpful.
  • Abusive Parents: His mom feeds him gruel and keeps challenging him to fight her like a man.
  • Anti-Hero: In later episodes.
  • Badass: When he beat Chicken with a smoke, and fought Cow in No Smoking.
  • Badass Teacher: In The Karate Chic, he was a karate teacher.
  • Big Bad: The closest thing the show has to this.
  • Big Red Devil: In the pilot, he is outright acknowledged to be the Devil. In the actual series, this was de-emphasized and he was referred to only as "the red guy".
  • Breakout Character: He was the only character to be a regular on both Cow and Chicken and I Am Weasel.
  • Catchphrase: "Hello, it's me, (insert name of disguise persona here)."
  • Jerkass: He spends most of his time harassing Cow and Chicken.
  • Large Ham: Good luck naming 1 episode where he didn't scream at the top of his lungs.
  • Naked People Are Funny: A Running Gag in that he is naked and constantly emphasizes his big red butt. Even when disguised in a costume, he is usually still pantless.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: He once got thrown into lava... and started enjoying it seconds after screaming in agony.
  • Otherworldly and Sexually Ambiguous: In spades. Considering he's a jack-of-all-trades, he can pull any kind of role of either gender... and not only that, whenever he plays a female, he clearly has a bust.
  • Psychopathic Man Child: His demeanor most of the time is this.
  • Punny Name: Most of his aliases have some allusion to his bare butt, such as "Mrs. Barederriere".
  • Satan: In the pilot episode (and only the pilot episode).
  • Suddenly Shouting: Does this all the time.
  • Super Strength: Shown several times, such as in "Whose Supercow?", when he tries to lure Supercow out by pretending to be crushed by a piece of kryptonite several times his size. When it doesn't work, he just picks the thing up and throws it away.
    • Also shown in "Boneless Kite", the episode where he dresses up as a pilot and gets into a tug-a-war with a small tribe...using Boneless Chicken. If Cow and Chicken didn't help the tribe, he might've won, considering how much they struggled against him.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Many of his failures are his own fault.
    • Just look at "Comet!", where he mistakes a golf ball on a string for a comet, even though the side facing his telescope clearly had Dad's ball written on it! However, so did everyone except for Chicken...
  • Villainous Breakdown: Near the end of "I Scream Man", he gives off one of the funniest breakdowns in the history of breakdowns due being heckled by the main characters (and a random pig) over ice cream.
    Red: AAAAAHHHH!!!!! I CAN'T TAKE IT ANYMORE!!!! I don't have any ice cream! Not one, so! EVER! (Hangs near the side of the cop, then switches to a calm, quiet voice) I don't even like ice cream, (switches back to Large Ham mode) OR KIDS! It says "Eye Screem" on my truck, not "Ice Cream"! Get it? 'cause I SCREAM!!! Look at me. (screams while spinning in circles) SCREAMING IS MY HOBBYYYYYY!!!!!!.
    Policeman: (hits Red with a sausage) It's the padded cell for you, scream man!

Mom and Dad

Voiced by: Candi Milo and Dee Bradley Baker

  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Consider the time that they woke their kids up at 3 a.m. to tell them how they met, or how they tried to make their kids scared of the dark.
  • The Faceless: They are only ever seen from the legs down. Parodied to its logical extreme in the pilot episode when it is revealed that Mom and Dad are literally just two pairs of legs with no upper bodies.
  • Standard '50s Father: Though what kind of standard '50s father makes passing references to possibly being a female-to-male transsexual? Or being less of a man than his wife?
  • Wacky Parent, Serious Child: The Wacky Parents to Chicken's and, to some extent, Cow's Serious Child.

Flem and Earl

Flem Voiced by: Howard Morris (primarily), Maurice LaMarche (occasionally)
Earl Voiced by: Dan Castellaneta (using a less drunk version of his Barney Gumble voice)
  • Fat and Skinny: Flem and Earl, respectively.
  • Gender-Blender Name: In "Dirty Laundry," The Red Guy (as Jeraldo Rearviewa) doctored their birth certificates so their middle names (actually last, since viewers never find out what their last names are) are Beatrice and Jennifer (Earl "Beatrice" and Flem "Jennifer") so they can get arrested for being boys with girl middle names.
  • Interspecies Romance: The two have a crush on Cow.
  • Only One Name: Flem even lampshades it in "Dirty Laundry." ("I don't even have a last name! I'm just Flem!")

Teacher

Voiced by: Candi Milo
  • No Name Given: Her name was never revealed
  • Sadist Teacher: She insults her students and constantly tells them to shut their pie-holes.

     Other Characters 

Manure the Bear

Voiced by: Dee Bradley Baker
  • A Day in the Limelight: "Cow's Toys" in which he, Crabs and Piles leave Cow's room to search for their original owner - Maiden Hong Kong.

Cousin Sow

Voiced by: Pamela Segall-Adlon

Boneless Chicken

Voiced by: Charlie Adler
  • Out of Focus: Was a recurring character in the first 2 seasons, but was absent in Season 3 and made a cameo in Season 4.

Snail Boy

Voiced by: Tom Kenny

Crabs the Warthog

Voiced by: Dee Bradley Baker

Piles the Beaver

Voiced by: Tom Kenny

The Buffalo Gals

Voiced by: Judy Tenuda, Candi Milo, and various

Professor Longhorn Steer

Voiced by: Tom Kenny

Cousin Black Sheep

Voiced by: Tom Kenny

Flem's Dad

Voiced by: Michael Stanton

Grandmama

Voiced by: Dee Bradley Baker

Grandpapa

Voiced by: Dee Bradley Baker