Here's a list of characters from the Franklin Books, Franklin the animation, its successor, Franklin and Friends and associated works, such as the various Franklin stage productions. Only a limited number of characters are listed at this time, but work is in progress.
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The Turtle Family
"A snack? I can't have a snack when there's too many things to do!"
Voiced by Noah Reid (Franklin Seasons 1-5), Cole Caplan (Franklin Season 6), Cameron Ansell (Franklin and the Turtle Lake Treasure), Graeme Jokic (Franklin and Friends), Graham Mayes (Franklin and the Adventures of the Noble Knights)
Franklin is a young turtle whom aims to please. He's an excitable kid, and is a great friend to all he meets. He's always ready to give a helping hand to his family, friends, and community. Like most kids however, Franklin isn't perfect, but has his family to give him guidance, and steer him in the right direction.
Aesop Amnesia: It seldom happens to him, but when it does, it can be jarring to watch.
Airplane Arms: He exemplified this trope briefly in Franklin Flies His Kite.
Anxiety Dreams: He sometimes has them, and it's usually when something is on his mind.
The Artist: Despite being well rounded in abilities, Franklin excels in the creation of visual arts.
Bear: [noticing that Franklin kicked his skateboard] "Franklin! Your skateboard!"
Franklin: [still dancing] "Da-da-da~...! *gasp*"
Companion Cube / The Confidant: His stuffed dog Sam. In some episodes of Franklin and Franklin and Friends he tries to exemplify how grown up he is by not "needing" it anymore, but ends up coming back to it anyways.
A Dog Named Dog: Actually Averted. Unlike the other characters, he's a turtle named Franklin. This is lampshaded upon in Back To School With Franklin; as Ms. Koala, Franklin's substitute teacher, accidentally referred to him as Turtle, while taking a roll call.
Fear of Thunder: Well he had one, until his friends proved to him that thunder wasn't so bad.
One Mario Limit: He's sufficiently popular that you don't generally see any other Franklins in children's animated shows or picture books, despite it still being a reasonably popular male name. In the French and French Canadian releases, he's Benjamin.
The One Who Wears Shoes: Subverted. While Franklin doesn't wear shoes most of the time, the books often state that he's capable of tying them. In the book Franklin and Harriet we actually see Franklin wearing shoes.
Removable Shell: It has been stated that Franklin's entire family has the ability; but only Franklin himself has been seen with his shell removed.
Ship Tease: Practically every single moment of time when Franklin and Samantha are together, after their rough introduction with each other.
She Is Not My Girlfriend: Blatantly informed to Bear that Samantha wasn't. Go ahead and guess how that turned out. Or better yet? Look right below.
Official Couple / Puppy Love: with Samantha. Not a couple by conventional means, but they are certainly in love with each other by the end of Franklin and the Turtle Lake Treasure. The Turtle family definitely approves.
Smart People Play Chess: Downplayed. His excellent skills earned him the title of Champion, in Woodland Elementary. While Beaver may have intellectual prowess; Franklin is quite smart in his own right, thus evoking the trope.
Snooping Little Kid: Sometimes, Franklin sneaks up on his friends in order to figure out what surprises they have in store for him.
Amateur Sleuth: Puts his sneaking skills to use by forming the "Super-Cluepers" with his friends in Franklin and Friends.
Verbal Tic: In Franklin and Friends, Franklin often used "coolio" as an expression in place of "cool". Over the course of the series however, the phrase is being used less and less.
Wide-Eyed Idealist: He's a very idealistic child, but sometimes, his ideas don't always turn out the way he plans them.
"Harriet help too?"
Voiced by Bryn McAuley (Franklin Seasons 5-6), Dawn Marie Hildebrand (Franklin and the Adventures of the Noble Knights)
Introduced into the book series in Franklin's Baby Sister and in the television series in Franklin and the Green Knight respectively, Harriet is Franklin's sister, whom is getting used to the world around her. She idolizes Franklin, but is an independent turtle in her own right. She has a regular playmate in Bear's little sister Beatrice, though she made a new friend named Kit (Beaver's little brother) in Back to School with Franklin.
Companion Cube: A stuffed bunny in the original TV show; Lily Kitty in Franklin and Friends
Cute Clumsy Girl: Harriet is often clumsy, as shown with her play habits. Franklin however, doesn't find it to be cute, especially since she accidentally dropped Goldie (Franklin's pet goldfish) into the pond once.
Elmuh Fudd Syndwome: It gradually fades as the show progresses, and by Franklin and Friends, she's completely capable of pronouncing her "r"s correctly.
It's All About Me: Justified considering she's just a toddler. Franklin isn't exactly pleased about it however.
SORAS: Possibly a reason for why she shoots from baby in Franklin in the Green Knight to preschooler when the next installment of the television series surfaces, even though her big brother is still about the same age.
"Franklin... Growing up, takes time. It doesn't happen over night."
Voiced by Richard Newman
Mr. Turtle is Franklin's father; and although he's somewhat sarcastic at times, he always knows what's best for Franklin, and often guides him in the right direction, when he needs it. Besides being a father, Mr. Turtle is also an expert at gardening, and knows how to fix a plethora of objects.
A Day in the Limelight: Franklin's Father in the original series; and It's Father's Day Franklin! in Franklin and Friends.
Call to Agriculture: He could be doing something a little more worthwhile, but chose gardening as one of his professions.
Crash into Hello: As a child; this was how he met his future wife. - Mr. Turtle tries to offer some ice cream to Mrs. Turtle, but ends up tripping, and splattering the ice cream all over her. Despite this stumble, Mrs. Turtle fell in love with him.
Disappeared Dad: Mr. Turtle's own father is seemingly absent in his adult life. It is heavily implied that he is not living anymore.
What Have We Ear?: He's capable of simple magic tricks, and taught Franklin how to do perform them.
Why Did It Have to Be Plumbing?: Despite Mr. Turtle's prowess at fixing things, he seemingly has some difficulty handling plumbing, be it a hose, or a faucet that needs to stop leaking; and expresses some annoyance when he just can't properly fix them.
Younger and Hipper: Take a look at Mr. Turtle in the Franklin books, then compare him to his look in the show, and Franklin and Friends. You'll notice how much younger he looks in his latter two incarnations.
"It was tough watching my little turtle fall. But the important thing is that I was there to lift you up and encourage you to keep going."
Voiced by Elizabeth Saunders (Franklin television/film productions), Sharon Bajer (Franklin and the Adventures of the Noble Knights)
The wife of Mr. Turtle, and the mother of Franklin; Mrs. Turtle often gives guidance to Franklin whenever he needs it. She's often seen with Harriet, and occasionally helps her husband out in his gardening work. Sometimes, Mrs. Turtle performs substitute teacher duties for Woodland Elementary, whenever Mr. Owl is away.
Artistic License - Biology: In the movie, Franklin and The Green Knight, she's depicted as being PREGNANT with Harriet. Turtles don't give birth to their young; they lay them in eggs.
"Wow! Nice. A good helper; a promise keeper; a game maker; Franklin, you are a wonder!"
Voiced by Naomi Snieckus
Aunt Turtle, otherwise known as Aunt T., is Mr. Turtle's younger sister. She settled down in Woodland once she was tired of her constant traveling. Aunt. T. is a bit more in touch with her youth than her older brother and his wife, and uses this to nurture Franklin and Harriet in her own, unconventional style. Aunt. T. is also a phenomenal artist, and has gained quite an artistic mind from her travels abroad.
Franklin: "He shouldn't call it babysitting. I think Dad forgets that I'm not so little anymore."
Aunt T.: "Yeah, join the club. I'll still be his baby sister when I'm like one hundred and two."
The Determinator: She's pretty much a focused, if not, somewhat wild turtle, who can get a job done, when need be. She was even able to teach Mr. Groundhog a dance, when he flatly stated that he just couldn't dance.
Aunt Lucy Turtle, is another sibling of Mr. Turtle and Aunt. T. She's an archaeologist, traveling the world in search of the world's lost secrets. Unlike her sister though, Aunt Lucy is almost restless, and only takes some seldom stops at Woodland. She's shown to be a fun loving woman, and may often join in on Franklin's games, like pirates. She has a goddaughter named Samantha, that accompanies her travels for her summer vacation. Unlike the rest of Granny Turtle's children, her only appearance was in Franklin and the Turtle Lake Treasure.
Adventurer Archaeologist: Played straight for the most part. She seems to have paper work every now and then though as evidenced by Samantha, performing her paper work, part time. The paper work itself however, appears to just be filling out numbers.
It Runs in the Family: Even more so than her sister, Aunt T. and even then, Aunt T. has quite a bit of tropes that only apply to her. Aunt Lucy on the other hand, only has three tropes that deviate from the rest of the Turtle family.
Nice Hat: It looks very similar to her brother's lucky fishing hat.
Static Character: She doesn't really change much throughout Franklin and the Turtle Lake Treasure. By the end of the movie she's still the same adventure loving turtle when she first appeared on screen.
"What would you like to do, Franklin? I'd like to do what'd you'd like to do."
Voiced by Corinne Conley
Granny is Franklin's grandmother on his father's side. She lives alone in a house not far from Franklin and his family. Franklin's paternal grandfather is never seen on the series (though he is briefly mentioned), and it is generally assumed that she is a widow, though this was never confirmed in the series itself. Granny is not seen in Franklin and Friends and the role that she played seems to have been largely filled by Aunt T.
A Day in the Limelight: Franklin and Granny and to some degree Franklin and the Turtle Lake Treasure, though she spends most of it sick in bed.
Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Even though her role is now being fulfilled by Aunt T., she does live close to Franklin, so the trope applies. The absence of her presence may imply something else however...
Cool Old Lady: Franklin doesn't think so at first, but changes some mind after spending time together with her in her attic and learning some things about her past.
Dark and Troubled Past: Granny lost her parents in a fire at an early age and is apparently widowed or possibly divorced from her husband, so she's definitely had her share of hardship.
Deadpan Snarker: When Mr. Turtle comments that he hopes Franklin didn't tire her out in Franklin's Granny, she gives an excellent impression of a decrepit old woman on her last legs speaking in a quavery voice: "Oh my, I couldn't keep up. Where's my cane? Lands sakes. Somebody find my cane."
The Piano Player: Subverted in the fact that she has a personality, and has mentored Franklin, Beaver, and most likely her own children in the art as well.
One of the Boys: Franklin's Granny played first base when she was a kid, and baseball generally isn't much of a girl's club.
Unnamed Grandparent: She's never given a first name, even though Franklin's maternal grandmother, who is only seen once, is given one.
Great Aunt Harriet
"Great Aunt Harriet always gives the best gifts."
Great Aunt Harriet is the great aunt of Franklin and her namesake, little Harriet. Harriet is known for often giving great presents and is renowned as a popular explorer. Turtles are known for their longevity and it's implied that Harriet is very old, but still quite spry.
The Ghost: Despite her being well-liked by Franklin's family and important to key plot elements in both Franklin and the Green Knight: The Movie and the Franklin and Friends special "Polar Explorer," she is never seen, even in pictures.
Franklin's Friends / Classmates
"A little bit of jam, I love it, can't you tell? That's all I need to live without a care. I'm a very hungry little bear."
Voiced by Cody Jones (Franklin Season 1), Luca Perlman (Franklin Seasons 2-5), Marc McMulkin (Franklin Season 6), Mark Ramsay (Franklin and Friends), Thomas McCallum (Franklin and the Adventures of the Noble Knights)
Bear is Franklin's best friend. He lives in a tree with his mother, Woodland's doctor, his father and his little sister, Beatrice "Bea" Bear. Bear is generally loyal, but has the potential to become very angry if he feels Franklin has treated him unfairly. Otherwise generally good-natured, Bear seems to fit in well with the other characters, but often spends his time playing with Franklin.
Berserk Button: He really doesn't like it when you lie to him; or accidentally reveal his secrets.
Big Eater: At any given time, he may be snacking on something. The television shows often depict him munching on cookies or other savories, though the Franklin stage show Franklin and the Adventures of the Noble Knights indicated a preference for berries and jam, possibly an attempt to promote healthier snacking.
The Big Guy: Out of all of Franklin's friends, Bear is the one who can perform the physical aspects of a certain task with ease.
Trademark Favorite Food: He never really had a favorite food until the Franklin and Friends series, in which, honey and blueberry jam sandwiches are his favorite.
Waist Coat Of Style: He was originally completely without clothes like most of the other characters, but the blue vest surfaced sometime in the second season and has stuck around ever since, at least on the TV shows.
"Well Done, Son" Guy: He's often shown vying for his mother's approval (even if she already does), on certain tasks, such as taking care of Beatrice, or helping out in her doctor's office.
You Said You Couldn't Dance: Bear claims that he can't dance in Franklin and the Firefly Festival, but he actually can dance. All it took was just some honey and blueberry jam sandwiches to get him going!
"But Franklin! You told me to follow my dreams no matter what!"
Voiced by Kristen Bone (Franklin), Liam Tully (Franklin and Friends), Dawn Marie Hildebrand (Franklin and the Adventures of the Noble Knights)
Snail is Franklin's other best friend. He's a bit meek, but is always ready to play with the other Woodland kids. He lives in a cozy log with his father and mother. Snail often finds himself in company with Franklin, as they share similar interests, and help each other out in their respective struggles in life. He once had an issue concerning his slow agility, but managed to overcome it, (by curling up into a ball, and enabling considerably faster movement) in Franklin and Friends. Snail considers Franklin to be his best friend, but doesn't seem to mind that Franklin generally considers Bear to be his own best friend.
Armless Biped: Inverted. Snail has no legs, and uses his two appendages around his neck as makeshift arms/hands.
Birds of a Feather: This is his dynamic with Franklin (in the non-romantic way). Their similarities often keep them close.
Crossdressing Voices: Many viewers have often confused Snail's gender, due to his voice. Averted in Franklin and Friends, as Snail's current voice actor is male.
Distressed Dude: A major subplot of Franklin and the Turtle Lake Treasure; Snail nearly becomes a snack for a group of Eaglets. Fortunately, Franklin and Samantha were successful in the rescue.
Don't Tell Mama: In Franklin's Advice; Snail accidentally cracks his shell in a soccer game, but hides the fact from his parents, due to his risk of not playing soccer with Franklin anymore. Franklin talks him out of it however. Fortunately, Snail's shell heals, and his parents allow him to play soccer again.
Expressive Ears: He has these little ear stalks that sometimes droop when he's sad.
Flight: While Snail can't fly on his own; it's his dream to fly around the world, wherever he pleases. Every now and then, Mrs. Periwinkle lets Snail ride on her plane, thus evoking the trope.
The Lancer: He's one to Franklin, and the "Super-Clupers". In contrast to Franklin's other friends, he often prefers doing tasks his own way; and also does this when the rest of the "Super-Clupers" cannot piece together a mystery.
Parrot Pet Position: Usually done on Franklin. Lampshaded in Franklin and the Turtle Lake Treasure in which Snail was dressed as a parrot, early in the movie. This also shows up in "Franklin Changes the Rules" on Franklin and Friends.
The Unfavourite: Fears becoming this to Franklin, in Franklin and the Green Knight once Harriet is born.
"There's a lot of work to do... but there's no sense losing my head over it."
Voiced by Leah Cudmore (Franklin), Emily Nighman (Franklin and Friends), Jade Repeta (Franklin and the Adventures of the Noble Knights)
Beaver lives with her mother and father in a beaver dam-like house that they constructed themselves at the edge of a pond. Beaver is somewhat brainy and at times a bit overbearing, yet manages to fit in well with Franklin and other the other children of Woodland. She has a cousin named Betty who popped in for one episode in the program's fifth season and a little brother named Kit who appeared in the film Back to School with Franklin, though the two were never shown together.
Break the Haughty: In Franklin and the Puppet Play she suffers to one as Franklin, Bear, and Goose sarcastically mock her Prima Donna Director attitude behind her back. (To be fair, Beaver was bossing them around rather crudely though.)
Busy Beaver: To some extent, but her father, as we've seen, he is, very much a workaholic, in fact, Beaver has warned her friends before not to let him see them, otherwise, he would put them to work. In one episode, where Franklin and his friends try to find somewhere to have a clubhouse, one play they try is Mr. Beaver's tool shed, and sure enough, when he finds them in there, he appears happy to have extra hands to help him get more work done. Mr. Beaver's signature attire is also a tool belt.
Techno Wizard: Her alter-ego, "Book Whiz" in the "Super-Clupers" is this.
Vanity Is Feminine: In "Franklin's Valentines," her Valentine mailbox is plastered with preening pictures of her.
"Sorry Franklin... But I'm just not ready to fly yet."
Voiced by Olivia Garratt (Franklin Seasons 1-5 and Franklin and the Green Knight), Vivien Endicott-Douglas (Franklin Season 6 and Back to School with Franklin), Mackenzie Fahie (Franklin and Friends'')
Goose is another good friend of Franklin, and is often seen together with Beaver. She's the daughter of Woodland's local librarian, and pharmacist, but the two filed for divorce between Franklin and Franklin and Friends. Despite her family issues, they never bother her. Goose is an energetic girl, that loves to have fun. She's regarded as the best diver of Franklin's friends, as well as being an adept ballet dancer. When she's feeling insecure however, she tends to be rather clumsy, and unfocused. Goose has a little brother, but he is only seen in passing in the "Brothers and Sisters" song number in the first Franklin film, Franklin and the Green Knight.
Ballet: She's an excellent ballet dancer, with a notable example coming from Franklin Needs to Notice. She was able to be Franklin's magic assistant, while showing off her ballet talent in-show!
Call From Divorced Dad: It's Father's Day Franklin! exemplified this trope. While Goose's father couldn't visit her on Father's Day, he made a phone call to her on that episode to compensate.
Out of Focus: Despite making a common appearance in Franklin's adventures, and having books/episodes centralizing around her; she hasn't had the same Character Focus as some of Franklin's other friends, such as Beaver and Fox.
Feather Fingers: Doing Mr. Owl's schoolwork would be nigh impossible without'em.
Wings Do Nothing: Played straight in all incarnations of Franklinexcept in Franklin and the Green Knight, where it is shown that she can fly. It is never brought up again though, and by the time of Franklin and Friends, Franklin attempted to give her flying lessons.
"I learned to draw sunset clouds from my favorite artist... you, Franklin."
Voiced by Kyle Fairlie (Franklin, Seasons 1-5 and films), Mitchell Eisner (Franklin, Season 6), Christian Martyn (Franklin and Friends), Wes Rambo (Franklin and the Adventures of the Noble Knights)
Rabbit is Franklin's classmate and friend. They don't play together as much as Franklin and Bear do, but get along well enough with each other on the whole. Rabbit is more often seen with Fox. He lives with his parents and his rarely seen little brother, Bunny. He also has an older brother named Jack, and often looks up to him.
Non-Ironic Clown: Played up in Franklin and Friends, where his role in the "Super-Clupers" is The Giggler with a red clown nose, a mask, and a party hat
The Prankster: Subverted. In Franklin's Funny Business he didn't mean to come off as mean spirited. He just wanted to have a sense of humor like Franklin.
Rascally Rabbit: Downplayed. He can be a bit of a jokester at times, as seen in Franklin's Funny Business but he isn't all that mischievous or troublesome.
"I'll race you to Thrill Hill and back and tell you all about it!"
Voiced by Gil Filar (Franklin, Seasons 1-3), Ali Mukaddam (Seasons 4-6), Jake Roseman (Franklin and Friends), Joshua Bouchard (Franklin and the Adventures of the Noble Knights)
Fox is another student in Franklin's class. He's often seen with Rabbit as they are best friends, but occasionally hangs out with Raccoon. He lives with his parents in a house with a expansive backyard. His father drives the school bus and is also known for his aptitude at repairing mechanical objects, and recycling various materials. Fox is a bit of daredevil and can be a bit of a troublemaker also at times, but is otherwise a good friend to those around him. He doesn't hang around with Franklin as much as Bear and Snail, but the two still enjoy playing together from time to time. There are a couple of indicators in the original series that he has a crush on Badger, such as a reference to a secret Valentine.
Gadgeteer Genius: Although not on the same level as his father, he's quite handy with mechanical things and can be seen creating and repairing objects. His "Kid-Gizmo" persona in The Super-Clupers plays this trope Up to Eleven.
Jerkass: It's another case of Depending on the Writer, but his Jerkass tendencies were very noticeable in Seasons 1-3 of the Original Animation. For example, in Franklin's Bicycle Helmet; he and Beaver degrade Franklin andRabbit for having quirks when they get examined for their bicycle safety skills. Fortunately, he mellows out in Seasons 4-6, and continues to be a collected individual in Franklin and Friends.
Satellite Character: Fox is another character who really doesn't get all that much screentime and generally doesn't have much in the way of A Day in the Limelight episodes devoted to him either. It's a bit better in Franklin in Friends where he's often shown cooperating with Franklin and Bear when they need materials from his Dad's backyard recycling center. In addition to this he also becomes part of the core that is the "Super-Cluepers.", thus establishing himself as a regular.
The Stoic: After mellowing out of his Jerkass tendencies through Seasons 4-6 of the Original Animation, Fox matures into this in Franklin and Friends. He's more of a talkative stoic than most, but he assists Franklin through some of his personal problems, while keeping his cool.
Ambiguous Syntax: Whenever Fox's stoicism shines, his dialogue seems to be open to interpretation.
Franklin: [while examining Bear's modifications to their bumpy buggy] "Fox, do you really think our buggy is neat?"
Fox: "Sure. What do you think?"
Franklin: "I think... I think it looks goofy..."
Fox: [laughs, then leaves] "I like goofy! See ya!"
"I know what it's like when people find out about something that you really don't want them to know. I didn't want you to feel that way."
Voiced by Annick Obonsawin (Franklin)
Skunk lives with her parents and her rarely-seen little sister. She is generally somewhat soft-spoken and seems to get along well with everyone. She sometimes hangs out with the other girls Badger, Beaver and Goose, but often spends time on her own. Her father runs the local ice-cream shop.
Book Worm: Often seen reading a book. Curiously, though, she is not one of the characters seen in "Franklin's Reading Club"
A Day in the Limelight: Skunk doesn't get much screentime, but occasionally gets this sort of episode, such as "Franklin Plays Hockey," "Franklin's Not-So-Broken-Bone," "Franklin's Party Plans," and "Franklin's Swimming Party."
The Moving Experience: In "Franklin's Party Plans," Franklin thought she was moving away, but she was just moving to another street.
Satellite Character: She isn't really part of the core group at all and is often reduced background roles or minor appearances. She is in Franklin and Friends, but is the only member of Franklin's class on the show that doesn't have a part in the Super Cluepers group and only shows up in one, maybe two token appearances at most.
Smelly Skunk: Averted. Skunk has no odor, and is glad Franklin and his friends do not tell jokes like this towards her.
"A lot of things have changed around here, but having good friends like you guys hasn't changed at all."
Voiced by Sophie Lang (Franklin Season 1), Marieve Herington ("Franklin and Otter's Visit")
Otter is a playful young girl who has been a long time friend of Franklin and the others in Woodland Valley. She is reasonably athletic and agile and a very good swimmer. Early on in the series, Otter has to move away, but she returns for a brief visit.
Put on a Bus: In both the original books and the television show, Otter moves away from Woodland to a big city early on in the franchise. This makes Franklin greatly sad, but he is cheered up by deciding to stay in contact with her through letters, though this is never depicted later in the series. Otter appears in the intro sequence of the first season of the television show. The intro sequence was changed beginning in the second season to no longer show any scenes involving Otter and was never altered again from that point on.
The Bus Came Back: Otter returned for a brief visit in the television series in the second season. In the story, Otter is upset when she returns, only to find that the games that she and her friends once played aren't so fun anymore and that many familiar local landmarks are gone. Together, she, Franklin and Bear realize that by learning the new things that they all enjoy, they can still have fun together. This story was also released as a Recursive Adaptation book in the Franklin TV storybooks series. The only other time Otter was seen on the show was on a banner in an episode from the sixth season, and she is neither seen nor mentioned in Franklin and Friends.
I Am Not Weasel: In "Franklin and Otter's Visit," Mrs. Heron doesn't recognize Otter and refers to her as "Weasel." The fact that the species doubles as the name for most characters in this show makes this also an instance of Accidental Misnaming.
Playful Otter: You bet. She loves to play, is energetic, and is also considered quite funny.
"It was just a joke! I didn't think you'd be so scared."
Voiced by Taija Isen
Samantha is Aunt Lucy's goddaughter, and is a bit of a jokester. She's a brash, and adventurous girl, and often expresses her interests of traveling and exploring. Through those reasons alone, she convinced her parents to let her travel with her godmother as an archaeologist's assistant. It is implied she lives quite a bit away from Woodland, and has only appeared in the Franklin and the Turtle Lake Treasure movie.Interestingly, she shares the 'Turtle' surname with Franklin and his family despite not being blood related to each other by any means.
A Dog Named Dog: It's almost as if turtles are the only ones that have creativity when naming their children.
The Prankster: Lets see here... Tricking Franklin and Snail by pretending to be a ghost? Weighing down Beaver with a large rock? Putting a sizeable amount of chili pepper into Bear's ice cream? You get the point. Interestingly, Franklin finds her jokes to be funny, when they're not played on him.
Ship Tease: With Franklin of all people. Despite her Jerkass introduction with Franklin, she was the one who advanced on Franklin, before he admitted his feelings back to her.
Outdoorsy Gal: She was absolutely not pleased at first when her godmother decided to drop by Woodland after their expedition was canceled; and she was even more upset when that time in Woodland was first spent doing paperwork for her godmother.
Unfortunate Name: Inverted. Much to Franklin's chargin. Her nickname is identical to Franklin's stuffed dog. As a result, of this conversation, Franklin's Berserk Button was triggered, leaving him in a foul and self-centered mood for quite a bit.
Mr. Turtle: "Hello, Samantha."
Samantha: "Hi! But please, call me Sam!"
Mrs. Turtle: [looking at Franklin teasingly, along with her husband]: "What a coincidence! That's the name of your stuffed toy Franklin!
Franklin: [whispering]: "Mom!"
Samantha: "That's okay! Most little kids I know have dolls!"
"I'm glad you were my buddy. I was worried that nobody would play with me."
Voiced by Amos Crawley
Moose and his parents moved to Woodland near Franklin in the book and television episode "Franklin's New Friend." Moose is initially shy and retiring, but Mr. Owl assigns Franklin to be his class buddy. Though Franklin is initially scared of him due to his great size, they become fast friends.
Brother Chuck: Hoo boy. Let's just get this one out of the way right now. Moose is introduced in "Franklin's New Friend" and only appears later in a smattering of book releases and no further episodes of the television show, completely disappearing without any explanation. Possible reasons include his large size making him a pain to animate/draw and perhaps that he was never intended to be a regular character, but they wanted to adapt the book for television anyway. Even so, the way he was Chucked out was more than little jarring considering that one of the big Aesops of the story was about making a new friend. (Note: A group of three moose that may or may not be Moose and his family are briefly seen in the opening of Franklin and the Green Knight.)
The Artist: Yet another artist and a good layout designer - he intuitively figures out how to fit everything Franklin needs into his bake sale poster and then sketches it in the sandbox.
The Big Guy / Gentle Giant: Not as anthropomorphized as the other characters and appears around the size of a real young moose. His parents are even bigger.
Expressive Ears: In both the book and the television episode, though it's easily missed considering how little he's seen.
Leitmotif: A deep, galumphing theme that matches his deep voice and awkwardness.
The Klutz: Prone to accidents and a bit clumsy, but only due to his large size
The Quiet One: Certainly doesn't say all that much, even once he gets over his shyness.
"I'd be glad to help. That's why I'm here. ...We all learn new skills at our own pace."
Voiced by James Rankin (Franklin)
Knowledgeable and kindly, Mr. Owl has been the regular teacher for Franklin and his friends throughout all incarnations of Franklin. He teaches in a one-room schoolhouse within the Woodland neighborhood and continues to serve as the teacher even when the children move up from kindergarten to first grade. He is temporarily replaced by Miss Koala in Back to School With Franklin when called away on a family emergency, and is also sometimes helped by Mrs. Turtle in Franklin and Friends.
Cool Teacher: Perhaps not quite the level of cool of Miss Koala, but nevertheless understanding, good at motivating the students in fun ways, and sympathetic & helpful.
Voiced by William Colgate, Jared Wall (as youngster)
Mr. Mole is a childhood friend of Mr. Turtle and the owner of Woodland's general store. His gumball machine is popular amongst the children of the town, while Mr. Turtle often visits his shop to get the things that he needs for the family garden. He is something of an amateur paleontologist, having a collection of fossils, and is happy to share is knowledge about them with the children of the town.