Here is a listing of the characters featured in the Warner Bros. series Histeria! Some of them pretty much personify some of their tropes.
"The year, ____________. The place, _____________."The host of the show, who knows historical dates down to the second and wear watches from his shoulder to his wrist. Voiced by Frank Welker.
- Mad Libs Catch Phrase: The above quote. Sometimes he switches it and says "the place..." first.
- Mister Exposition
- Shout-Out: Possibly unintentional, but he does resemble Maestro from the French series Once Upon Time Man. Both characters are wise, long bearded old men who apparently are omnipresent through the ages to narrate in their series.
- Word of God did say it WAS unintentional!
Big Fat BabyFather Time's sidekick, and the reason why Histeria! was considered a Gross-Out Show (yet Lydia Karaoke doesn't call the show out on it). He is an egg-shaped parody of Baby New Year with a nasty habit of crapping his diaper. Voiced by Luke Ruegger (brother of Nathan and Cody Ruegger; son of Tom Ruegger)
- Fartillery: The Kid Chorus uses him as this in "Big Fat Baby Theatre".
- Infant Immortality: Seriously, look at what he can survive in The History of Poland sketch.
- Running Gag: The kids request help changing Big Fat Baby's diaper, claiming the last time he had a clean diaper was before something that happened a long time ago.
"We're walkin', we're walkin' we're readin' the wiki page!"A ditzy but attractive tour guide who is always making mistakes with the information she gives out. Voiced by Laraine Newman.
- Brainless Beauty
- Dumb Blonde
- Hello, Nurse!
- Meaningful Name: True to her name, she doesn't get a lot of facts right.
- Punny Name
World's Oldest Woman
"I dated the missing link, let me tell you, you didn't miss much."Voiced by Tress MacNeille
- Abhorrent Admirer: As Cleopatra (and herself occasionally)
- Dirty Old Woman: Hits on Bill Straitman whenever he interviews her and has dated every male world leader in history
- Everyone Calls Him Barkeep
- Older Than They Look
The Kid Chorus
"WHATTA GROUCH!!"A mischievous brown-haired boy who likes to make his statements clear by shouting them in the loudest volume possible. Voiced by Cody Ruegger (brother of Nathan and Luke Ruegger; son of Tom Ruegger)
- Animated Actors: The episode "The Teddy Roosevelt Show" reveals he is also a writer for the show.
- Brats with Slingshots: He is shown using a slingshot in "Histeria! Goes to the Moon".
- Honest John's Dealership: One episode was about him running dealerships of various historical things, like vacations in Pompeii.
- Ink-Suit Actor: Based on his voice actor, Cody Ruegger, who according to his dad Tom, "tended to be the loudest kid on Earth".
- Karmic Trickster
- Meaningful Name
- No Indoor Voice: Loud is, to quote the main page for this show, "more like 'Halfway across Manhattan Voice'".
- Running Gag: He likes to keep watch of things, silently muttering "See it, see it..." when it's visible and screaming "DON'T SEE IT!! DON'T SEE IT!!" when it disappears.
- Tagalong Kid: To the Super Writers.
- Volumetric Mouth: He talks like this.
"Can ya loan me a quart of motor oil and nine feet of chain link fence?"A short blond kid so named for his deep, frog-like voice. Voiced by Nathan Ruegger (brother of Cody and Luke Ruegger; son of Tom Ruegger)
- Big Eater
- Gadgeteer Genius
- Large Ham: When the Wright Brothers can't provide him with the tools he needs.
- The Linus
- Meaningful Name
- Only One Name
- Picky Eater: "A turnip?! Yick! Now I'm really sick!"
"I'm not happy."A melancholy blonde girl who almost always seem to be in a glum mood (except when singing). Voiced by Laraine Newman
- Catch Phrase: The above quote.
- The Eeyore
- Friend to All Living Things: Seen in "When America Was Young".
- Hair Decorations: Wears a bow and a headband.
- Little Miss Snarker
- Punny Name
"What's the dilly-o with that?!"Voiced by Cree Summer
"Hey, you're not Scooby-Doo! Gypola!"A hyperactive red-haired teenager who is constantly bugging people for their autographs. Voiced by Tress MacNeille.
- Catch Phrase: "Ripoffski!" and "Gypola!" (which she sometimes says after getting autographs)
- Mad Libs Catch Phrase: "Hey, you're not ____________!" or "Wait a minute, you're not ____________!"
- Genki Girl
- Historical Character Confusion: Has a habit of asking historical characters for their autograph, then realizing that she had mistaken them for someone else.
- I'm Your Biggest Fan
- Loony Fan
- Running Gag: She constantly asks historical celebrities for their autographs, only to find out they're not the pop cultural celebrity she mistook them for.
"Ask me if I care."A sunburned teenager who never seems to have a clue about what's going on around him, and never has any interest in the things his guest stars talk about. Voiced by Tress MacNeille.
- Only One Name: Actually, we're not even sure if Toast is his real name.
- Totally Radical: He appears to be an Expy of Bill & Ted (fittingly enough).
"Hi mistah! Wanna buy a magazine?"An obsessive Asian salesgirl who refuses to leave her customers alone until they have bought something from her. She is almost always accompanied by Lucky Bob. Voiced by Tress MacNeille.
- Leitmotif: "Chopsticks" can always be heard as background music whenever she speaks.
"Yeth now!"Cho-Cho's slow-witted sidekick who likes quoting Ed McMahon. The"Underground Railroad" sketch on the episode "General Sherman's Campsite" explains that Lucky Bob was once kicked in the head by wild donkeys (and is called "Lucky Bob" because that only happened to him once), which would explain why he's such a drooling pinhead. Voiced by Jeff Bennett.
- The Ditz
- Dumb Blonde: Gender-flipped
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: A lot of his mannerisms were based on the late Ed McMahon.
"Owww!"Voiced by Frank Welker.
"We're foretht thervice thurveyors, thurveying the forethtth and ecothythtemth for thothiety."A Native American girl with a huge gap between her front teeth, which gives her great difficulty in pronouncing even her own name correctly. Voiced by Tress MacNeille.
- Speech Impediment: She has a huge lisp (though Lucky Bob's is bigger)
Other Main Characters
Mr. SmartypantsThe smartest man in the world, but also so incredibly shy that he wears really tall pants with which to partially cover his face. Voiced by Rob Paulsen.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: He finds it hilarious when this happen and Lydia Karaoke has accused his segment, "What I Find Inside My Pants" of doing this.
- Hammer Space: He can apparently store anything inside his pants.
- Punny Name
- The Smart Guy
FetchLoud Kiddington's pet dog who is so named for his love of fetching round objects. Voiced by Frank Welker.
- Non-Human Sidekick: To Loud.
- Shout-Out: Resembles Hunter from Road Rovers (coincidentally, both this show and Road Rovers were on and off the air for about a year and were made by the same company), albeit a tad darker.
- Word of God said it was intentional!
- Talking Animal
Chit ChattersonAn egotistical salesman with some sanity issues. Voiced by Billy West.
- Honest John's Dealership
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: He is a parody of Phil Silvers' Sergeant Bilko character.
- Small Name, Big Ego
Bill StraitmanAs his name implies, he is the straight foil to the other comedic characters. Can often be seen interviewing The World's Oldest Woman about the many historical events and people she's seen/been with. Voiced by James Wickline.
Sammy MelmanA smarmy network executive. Voiced by Rob Paulsen.
Lydia KaraokeThe resident network censor who sometimes objects to whatever antics the rest of the cast gets up to. Voiced by Nora Dunn.
- Designated Villain: She's pretty much the closest thing to a recurring antagonist, though there are times where she is seen in the sketches, often in crowd scenes or as a game show host.
- Butt Monkey: Sometimes, she gets the worst treatment out of all the characters (particularly when she gets blasted by torpedos and discovers the real reason why "Damn the torpedoes" is an appropriate phrase, despite containing a word that's considered taboo on American children's TV). The treatment is justified as, in most of Steven Spielberg's cartoons, network censors (along with studio executives and lawyers) are Acceptable Targets to mock and make into villains and ButtMonkeys.
- Executive Meddling : Whenever she interrupts a sketch over risque/gross/violent content. One episode had her interrupt Billy the Kid's kid show to complain that he's a violent criminal and his line asking the kids to get a six-shooter from yonder barn will lead to copycat incidents, then tells him that his kids' show can be salvaged if they make it appealing to the young female demographic, so she turns him into a cowgirl.
- Media Watchdog, Moral Guardian, Political Correctness Gone Mad: Her character and appearance on the show represents how network TV cartoons back in the mid-to-late 1990s were being subjected to censorship and Executive Meddling (and her comic abuse is basically the creators taking potshots at the powers that be).
- Think of the Censors: Inverted; the main cast doesn't care if what they say or do is risqué, but Lydia does.
NostradamusVoiced by Paul Rugg
- Large Ham: What do you expect from a Paul Rugg-voiced character?
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Paul Rugg is using his Jerry Lewis-esque director voice from Animaniacs.
- Verbal Tic: "Shaddap!"