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Voiced by: Charlie Adler (English), Teiyū Ichiryūsai (Japanese), Javier Rivero (Latin American Spanish), Gloria Roig (European Spanish), David Kruger (French)
- Acrofatic: For someone with so much body fat, she is very athletic and fast.
- Action Girl: She's more than capable of looking after herself.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Occasionally, for Chicken.
- Badass Adorable: Supercow? Check. Sweet and childlike? Check.
- 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.
- Big Eater: Has an appetite as big as herself.
- Big Fun: Her weight is stated as 600 pounds, though the earlier episodes (and some later ones) sometimes exaggerated this as anywhere from 700 pounds to 2 tons.
- Big Sister Instinct: She may not be the oldest of the two siblings, but she's definitely the largest, and when push comes to shove, she always faithfully comes to Chicken's aid whenever he's in danger.
- Big Little Sister: At first sight, one might think she's the older one just because she's bigger, but she calls Chicken, "Big Brother".
- Bigger on the Inside: Cow's internal anatomy is vast. Not just cause she's a cow with four stomachs. Its easy to get lost and trapped if accidentally swallowed as Chicken discovered that his sister is far fatter than he thought.
- "Blackmail" Is Such an Ugly Word: Somewhat subverted, though she is not above hesitating to use blackmail to get her brother to do what she wants.
- Blood Knight: As Supercow, an amusing complete contrast to her usual self.
- Cheerful Child: She's eternally optimistic.
- Clothes Make the Superman: Her security blanket is also the cape for her Supercow outfit, and the source of all her alter ego's powers (including the ability to speak Spanish). At one point Chicken donned the outfit and proved useless, insisting the powers came from inside her. Cow then readjusts the blanket right side round, and Chicken becomes super charged.
- Cloudcuckoolander: One of many on this show.
- The Cloudcuckoolander Was Right: It isn't rare for some bizarre implication of Cow's to be real in this universe. Ironically she still usually ends up fully convinced by Chicken she is wrong.
- Comically Invincible Hero: Supercow always decimates her foes without them laying a single scratch, no exceptions. The only episode that so much as toyed with her meeting her match was her face-pulling war against a beaver, and even then when it reverted to usual fisticuffs it was the usual outcome.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: She's kinda dumb, but an amazing superhero.
- Elmuh Fudd Syndwome: Her general form of speech.
- Expy: Of Stimpy. Though more naïve and childish than outright dumb.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Though sometimes roles do reserve.
- Fragile Flower: Is extremely prone to crying fits.
- Gentle Giant: She's a sweetheart and constantly shows her affection, unfortunately she doesn't realize how powerful she is.
- Gonky Femme: Ugly: Check. Masculine voice: Check. Dolls and tea parties: Check.
- Infinite Supplies: She never runs out of milk. Case in point, at the end of Chicken in the Bathroom, a freak milk accident resulted in hundreds of gallons of the stuff washing away her and her family.
- Large Ham: Mainly in Supercow mode.
- Lethally Stupid: Downplayed, Cow is not stupid, but her naïve nature often unintentionally causes Chicken to be squished (either by her hugs or when she unknowingly sits on Chicken) or trampled on.
- Mama Bear: To Chicken, despite being his sister.
- Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold: Mostly Chicken's fault for not bonding with her.
- Nice Girl: In contrast to Chicken.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: As Supercow.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: She proves she has a mischievous and witty side. A prime example culminates in her manipulating Chicken into being her personal slave over a quarter for a ride (that she knew their father owned already).
- The Pollyanna: Has a silly, cheerful personality.
- Promotion to Parent: She ends up becoming Chicken's babysitter, for life.
- Required Secondary Power: Her Supercow alter-ego.
- Rude Hero, Nice Sidekick: Nice Sidekick to Chicken's Rude Hero.
- Sarcasm-Blind: Towards Chicken's sarcasms.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Energetic Girl to Chicken's Savvy Guy.
- Smarter Than You Look: Some episodes show that she isn't as stupid as she behaves.
- Spoiled Sweet: Is nurtured by her parents quite a lot, but is generally a nice kid who shows her affection towards everyone around her.
- Super Hero: Becomes one when she's Supercow.
- Super Strength: As Supercow. One example would be Buffalo Gals, where several members of said group jump onto her, and she throws them off easily.
- Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: The Huge Girl to Chicken's Tiny Guy.
- Token Good Teammate: Is one of the only generally nice characters of the show.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Girly Girl to Cousin Sow's Tomboy.
- Youngest Child Wins: Zigzagged. She can be quite idiotic and has her own moments as The Chew Toy, but usually comes out better than her brother.
Voiced by: Charlie Adler (English), Takumi Yamazaki (Japanese), Yamil Atala (Latin American Spanish), César Martínez (European Spanish), Emmanuel Jacomy (French)
- Aloof Big Brother: Chicken does not always want to play with Cow.
- Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Everyone's immediate reaction to whenever Chicken hugs Cow, and gets squashed in return.
- Badass Normal: Sometimes is able to win in the end even without superpowers.
- Berserk Button: He flies into a rage when Mom asks him to take out the garbage while he's watching TV.
- 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.
- Butt-Monkey: Most of the time. He's also The Chew Toy due to his constant slaptstick attraction.
- 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.
- Deadpan Snarker: Mainly at Cow's expense.
- Expy: Of Ren Hoëk. Though is far less cruel than Ren and tends to be more bitter, than outright aggressive.
- Grumpy Bear: He's quite cynical.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: He traps everyone outside their bathroom during Potty Emergency just so he wouldn't need to take a bath. Then, Cow's udder explodes from holding it in too long and he gets trapped in the milk flood that was his fault.
- Hypocritical Heartwarming: Often claims he's the only one allowed to bully his younger sister.
- I Don't Know Mortal Kombat: Averted. Chicken never seems to accept when he's no expert, and the opposition clearly has him outmatched and outgunned.
- Identity Impersonator: Impersonates Supercow to protect his sister's Secret Identity in one episode.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He can be greedy and cynical, but he does have a good heart underneath.
- Laser-Guided Karma: He'll always get punished for his selfish acts.
- Little Big Brother: He's 11, but his 7-year-old sister is taller and stronger than he is.
- Made of Iron: A lot has happened to him... the majority of things that caused him pain have lasted for more than a few seconds. Although there are times when he's reached his limit and his little fragile frame shows.
- Manipulative Bastard: Sometimes uses Cow's naivete to his advantage. These usually end up backfiring onto him.
- Only Sane Man: Is the most (and pretty much only) normal character on the show.
- Protectorate: Cow always faithfully responds to his cries for help.
- Rude Hero, Nice Sidekick: Rude Hero to Cow's Nice Sidekick
- Sanity Slippage: Happens at least twice. In Stay Awake when he unknowingly consumes a whole bowl of Coffee Flakes, he goes insane trying to fall asleep. And in Chickens Don't Fly, where he freaks out when he finds out the plane hasn't taken off yet after some mental torture from The Red Guy.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Savvy Guy to Cow's Energetic Girl.
- Sibling Rivalry: Chicken hates how his younger sister is stronger, savvier, taller and far bigger than him. He cannot beat her physically or mentally no matter what he does.
- Surrounded by Idiots: Lives with parents who have serious mental problems and a sister who is abnormal in her own way (though easily has much more common sense and sanity than the former). Everyone else outside his home is either a complete stooge or just an outright abnormal human being.
- Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: The Tiny Guy to Cow's Huge Girl.
- Toothy Bird: Has quite the set of chompers on him.
- Wacky Parent, Serious Child: The Serious Child to his Wacky Parents (though even "wacky" is a bit of an understatement).
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: He has a fear of flying.
The Red Guy
The Red Guy
Voiced by: Charlie Adler (English), Katsumi Suzuki (Japanese), Ricardo Hill (Latin American Spanish), David Sánchez Guinot (European Spanish), Michel Mella (French)
- Abusive Parents: As seen in the Professor Longhorn Steer episode, Red's mother feeds him gruel and keeps challenging him to fight her like a man much to Red's displeasure.
- Affably Evil: Despite being a devil, he's rather a mischievous and jerkish troublemaker instead of evil, but he can also be polite, friendly and even helpful.
- Anti-Villain: In later episodes.
- Badass Teacher: In The Karate Chic, he was a karate teacher.
- Bad Boss: In Factory Follies where he treats his workers like mules.
- Beware the Silly Ones: He may be a silly buttwalking nudist, but he can also be quite dangerous when angered and has nearly killed Cow and Chicken more than once.
- Big Bad: The closest thing the show has to this.
- Big Red Devil: He certainly looks the part.
- Breakout Character: He was the only character to be a regular on both Cow and Chicken and I Am Weasel.
- Card-Carrying Villain: A given, seeing as he's the devil. His Establishing Character Moment has him babbling about how much he loves evilness and hates goodness. It's downplayed in most episodes, though.
- Catchphrase: "Hello, it's me, (insert name of disguise persona here)."
- Characterization Marches On: 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", and his role ultimately evolved into a devilish-looking generic villain who isn't really implied to be Satan and generally lacks most of the non-superficial qualities of the Satanic Archetype. In his role In the Cartoon Network IDW comics, however, this change gets largely reversed as he attempts to trick Chicken into selling his soul.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Quite possibly the most insane character in the cast, and that's saying something. Just check out his Establishing Character Moment:The Red Guy: HELLOOO! It's me, the Devil! Heh. I stand for all that is bad! Hahahahahaha! Also I'm naked. AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! I LOOOOVE evilness! I HATE GOODNESS! Right, Cerberus? (to the audience) Cerberus is my assistant. He's got THREE heads!
- The Devil Is a Loser: He's not very smart. Plus, he's a devil.
- Drag Queen: He takes on several different feminine identities such among his itinerary of alter egos, including Mrs. Beaver.
- Dub Name Change: In the Brazilian dub, he is known as Bum de Fora, possible a bowdlerization of the expression "Bunda de Fora" (Naked Butt), which is meaninful considering a running gag related to him. See Naked People Are Funny below.
- Evil Is Hammy: Not only is he the most antagonistic character on the show, but he's the hammiest.
- Fat and Proud: Or rather, he's proud of his big fat ass.
- Flaming Devil: Oh, he's very camp.
- Freudian Excuse: Parodied and Implied.The Red Guy: It all started when I was about... nine. I was just a boy, I didn't know...pants were required at school. WHO WOULDA GUESSED?!
- In one of the shorts, he mentions a traumatic experience when his dad took him house hunting. As in, hunting houses for food.The Red Guy: I COULD NEVER LOOK AT A PORCH THE SAME WAY AGAIN!
- In one of the shorts, he mentions a traumatic experience when his dad took him house hunting. As in, hunting houses for food.
- Heel–Face Revolving Door: His moral standing is constantly switched up episode to episode. He's usually an asshole who harasses Cow and Chicken without being totally evil, but sometimes he might be an authority figure who's not actively trying to screw with them, sometimes he's a flat out villain trying to murder them, and sometimes he's actually their friend.
- Jerkass: He spends most of his time harassing Cow and Chicken and tormenting their loved ones.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: In Factory Follies he appears to have a change of heart, even thinking he should treat his workers better, only to continue being as abusive as before.
- Large Ham: Good luck naming one episode where he didn't scream at the top of his lungs.
- Laser-Guided Karma: He almost always gets his comeuppance at the end of each episode.
- No Indoor Voice: How many sentences can you count where he hasn't yelled at least once?
- 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.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Lots and lots of them, to the point that the opening theme shows dozens of Red Guys, each dressed in a different costume.
- 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".
- 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.
- The Sociopath: Many of his behaviors in the series denote him as this from his lack of empathy over his brutal pranks and bullying to his various psychotic outbursts.
- 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 weenie) It's the padded cell for you, scream man!
- Villainous Crossdresser: When he's playing the role of the bad guy with a female persona.
Mom and Dad
Mom and Dad
Voiced by: Candi Milo and Dee Bradley Baker (English), Aya Yamakawa and Masayuki Nakata (Japanese), Liza Willert and Genaro Vásquez (Latin American Spanish), Dany Laurent and Cedric Dumont (French)
- Bumbling Dad: Dad is somewhat funny.
- 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.
- A common sight gag in the show is any time Mom and Dad have their shadows cast, they stop directly at the waist.
- Happily Married: However kooky and stupid they may act as parents, as a couple the two are madly in love and completely devoted to one another. In fact, they never argue or show the slightest disinterest in each other.
- The Hyena: Both of them tend to erupt in over-the-top laughter at even the most minute of things. It even leads to Cow, of all people, questioning their sanity at the end of "Comet!".
- 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 and Earl
Flem is voiced by: Howard Morris (English, primarily), Maurice LaMarche (English, "Lost at Sea" only), Katsumi Suzuki (Japanese), Mario Filio (Latin American Spanish), Aleix Estadella (European Spanish), Cyril Monge (French)
Earl is voiced by: Dan Castellaneta (English, using a less drunk version of his Barney Gumble voice), Takayuki Okada (Japanese), Genaro Vásquez (Latin American Spanish), Yann Le Madic (French)
- Ambiguously Bi: In addition to always being together all the time, the two had an Imagine Spot in "Lost at Sea" where they were homecoming queen and king, respectively. On the other hand, they're both madly in love with Cow, and in the same episode share another Imagine Spot where they both marry Cow, as well as have kids, grow old and die together.
- 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!")
- Those Two Guys: They are always seen together.
Voiced by: Candi Milo (English), Yuko Sato (Japanese)
- Beehive Hairdo: Has a curly red beehive that's a twist between Marge Simpson and Joan Holloway Harris.
- Fiery Redhead: Red-haired and very bad tempered.
- Gonky Femme: She is very hideous and loud, yet dresses very feminine and acts boy-crazy.
- No Indoor Voice: To say she's loud would be an understatement.
- No Name Given: Her name was never revealed.
- Sadist Teacher: She insults her students and constantly tells them to shut their pie-holes.
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.
Voiced by: Pamela Adlon
Voiced by: Charlie Adler (English), Hideki Ogihara (Japanese), Genaro Vásquez (Latin American Spanish), Aleix Estadella (European Spanish)
- Deadpan Snarker: So deadpan it's hard to tell whether or not he's joking.
- Disabled Snarker: He has no bones and a dry wit.
- 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.
Voiced by: Tom Kenny
Crabs the Warthog
Voiced by: Dee Bradley Baker
- A Day in the Limelight: See Manure the Bear.
Piles the Beaver
Voiced by: Tom Kenny
- A Day in the Limelight: Again, see Manure the Bear.
The Buffalo Gals
Voiced by: Judy Tenuda (Kelly), Diane Delano (Tough Buffalo Gal)
- Butch Lesbian: Very much hinted at and are very masculine looking.
- Lesbian Jock: They love softball.
Professor Longhorn Steer
Voiced by: Tom Kenny
Cousin Black Sheep
Voiced by: Tom Kenny
- Black Sheep/Meaningful Name: He's the black sheep of the family.
- Nice Guy: Despite being the black sheep of his family, he's a kind person.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Has quite the advanced vocabulary that, despite his well-intentions, gets used against him by others as an example of how "bad" he is.
Voiced by: Michael Stanton
Voiced by: Dee Bradley Baker
Voiced by: Dee Bradley Baker
Chachi the Chewing Gum Seal
Voiced by: Tom Kenny
- The Dog Bites Back: When Chicken continues chewing onto him, he starts to beat the living tar out of him.
- The Eeyore: Is a very pessimistic seal.
- Jerkass: See Ungrateful Bastard below.
- My God, What Have I Done?: When Cow is understandably heartbroken by Chachi, she puts him under the table and runs away crying; while Chachi tries to apologize for yelling at her. Unfortunately, due to being made of gum, he cannot move and tell Cow he's sorry.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Cow congratulates him since she helped him get back at Chicken. However, instead of thanking her, we get this:Chachi: "Don't patronize me you freak! I'm sick of your yapping! You're a waste of bones and organs!"