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The Puppington Family
Voiced by: Carolyn Lawrence
- Adorably Precocious Child: Seriously, the kid wants to help anybody whenever possible. Too bad that most of the people he tries to help in Moralton are jerks.
- The All-American Boy: Deconstructed. At first he fits the bill of a typical child from a loving, Christian family, but once the people around him start to fall apart, his chipper attitude starts to fade.
- Black Comedy Rape: Using a pastry bag with his own seed to impregnate women so he won't go to Hell for masturbating.
- Break the Cutie: Quite possibly his father's goal towards Orel.
- Corrupt the Cutie: The results jaded him from the perfect life he thought he had.
- Calling the Old Man Out: "To Clay in "Nature". "You become a bad person when you drink!", and after Clay drinks the rubbing alcohol that he was supposed to use to treat Orel's wound, Orel says, "I hate you." To which Clay replies, "Hate away, sister, hate away."
- Cheerful Child: Until Clay shot him.
- Children Are Innocent: Played straight until the third season.
- Creepy Child: Falls into this at times, particularly his even younger self in Beforel Orel when he tries to murder his brother after misinterpreting another lesson.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: Despite the hardships in the final season, Orel manages to come out of it well-adjusted.
- Friend to All Living Things: In "Nature", until the second part.
- A God Am I: Briefly.
- Good Parents: In the finale, one of the only characters in the series definitely shown to be this.
- Happily Married: To Christina in the finale.
- Horrible Judge of Character: He has no idea of how bad a kid Joe is until he starts beating up two presumed gay boys. He has no idea how crazy Miss Censordoll is, and he had absolute no idea on how horrible his father is until the hunting trip.
- Ignored Epiphany: He's spanked into forgetting his Gnostic Epiphany in "Grounded", when he rejects the church doctrine of a Fluffy Cloud Heaven, and the idea that you have to be in a church to worship the lord. It's also ironic since they are Protestants, and Martin Luther started protestantism with the idea that one doesn't have to be in a church to worship the lord.
- In Harmony with Nature: In the episode "Nature", at least until the second part...
- Innocently Insensitive: Orel can commit downright cruelty to others out of good intentions. It's not that he's sadistic, but he doesn't realize that he's doing sadistic things.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Stephanie.
- Jade-Colored Glasses: He dons a pair in the final season.
- Keet: Definitely, but especially as a 4-year-old.
- Like Father, Like Son: Before "Nature", Orel aspired to be like his father.
- Literal-Minded: He tends to take any advice he's given at face value. Probably not helped by being raised never to think about what his elders tell him.
- Naked on Arrival: "Oh... I guess your clothes don't die with you!"
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: At the end of "Sundays", when Orel arrives at church depressed.
- Only Sane Man: He becomes more aware of Moralton's flaws as the show continues to run, but he does his best to keep himself chipper.
- Parental Substitute: Reverend Putty, and Stephanie, at the very end.
- The Pollyanna: The early episodes have him blissfully unaware of his actions or how draconian the adults of the town can be.
- Precocious Crush: On Stephanie, which is over by the end of "The Blessed Union".
Clayton Middleinitial "Clay" Puppington
Voiced by: Scott Adsit
- Abusive Parents: After his mother's death, his father briefly becomes this. He stops when he considers smacking him not worth it, but it only made Clay even worse. The cycle of abuse continues with his treatment of Orel. Played for Laughs initially, but not so much after the "Nature" two-parter.
- Alcoholic Parent: With the amount of liquor he imbues, it's a wonder his liver hasn't given out.
- All Take and No Give: His parenting.
- Attention Whore: Years of being smothered by his fanatical mother warped Clay into serious case of this.
- Backstory: "Passing" and "Help" do a great deal in showing how Clay turned into what he is.
- Broken Ace: Practically the poster child. A handsome, successful, Christian family man who's secretly an abusive, self-destructive, alcoholic jackass who hates everyone, especially himself.
- Catch-Phrase: Before every Spoof Aesop spouted by Clay, he would find Orel and say a sentence that ends with "In my study." Cue gulping.
- Characterization Marches On: While he was never a particularly sympathetic character, the early episodes showed him as an Affably Evil figure who genuinely believed he was doing what was best for his family and would occasionally admit to being in the wrong, albeit usually Comically Missing the Point in the process. From the S1 finale onwards, it becomes clear that his pleasant demeanour is entirely a mask and he hates everyone in his family with a passion, as well as making a point of never admitting to having made even the slightest mistake.
- Dead End Job: Clay constantly complains about his dead end job, which we are led to believe is some droning office monkey type job. We find out in the second to last episode that Clay is actually the mayor of Moralton. Even Orel is surprised at the discovery.
- Depraved Bisexual: Clay appears to only love attention, loving anyone who will show him any amount of it, regardless of who he will hurt in the process. It's this, combined with his abusive nature towards Orel that causes Daniel Stopframe to ultimately reject him.
- Drowning My Sorrows: And drowning them good.Clay: Hate her. [Drinks] Still hate her. [Drinks] Toler-hate 'er. [Drinks] Tolerate her!
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: In the case of Clay, a little too much.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Lets out a Big "WHAT?!" when Dr. Potterswheel wondered if he molested Orel in his studies.
- Faux Affably Evil: The guy almost constantly has a pleasant demeanor, which is just a mask because he's drunk all the time. In "Nature" his true colors are revealed when he sobers up. Even before this, how he can be so calm beating his own son, having to be TOLD Orel didn't do anything wrong since beating him is an impulse for him, his drunken demeanor makes him all the more horrible.
- Fisher King: He's the mayor of Moralton. Probably explains a lot about why Moralton is so messed up.
- Freudian Excuse: Clay's mother gave him far too much attention while Clay's dad didn't give him enough. His screwed up childhood is why he has no confidence in himself and virtually no parenting skills.
- Heel Realization: "Numb" reveals that he not only knows that he's a monstrous wretch, but he knows exactly why he is what he is. However, despite understanding that his self-destructive behavior also hurts the people he loves, he's unwilling to change his ways, making this an Ignored Epiphany.
- Henpecked Husband: Though he's not exactly sympathetic in the matter.
- It's All About Me: His world revolves around him.
- Jerkass:Clay: (to Orel, referring to an apology) Okay, well, I take everything back. (starts to leave) And I'm glad I shot you.
- Like Father, Like Son: To Orel until he shot him. Even moreso with his dad.
- Lack of Empathy: To everyone except himself.
- Never My Fault: He actually hoists blame on Orel for getting drunkenly shot by his father.
- Oedipus Complex: His desire for attention and motherly doting resulted in a disturbing case of this when he grew up.
- Sexless Marriage: With Bloberta.
- Spoiled Brat: Thanks to being endlessly fawned over by his mother.
- Standard '50s Father: Deconstructed to a horrifying degree.
- Start of Darkness: When his father begins ignoring him after his mother's death. Even then, he turns out a half-decent guy, but then Bloberta introduces him to alcohol. Given how quickly he takes to it, the alcohol probably let loose all those years of pent-up frustration.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: He was a considerably worse father after "Nature", nearly disowning Orel.
- Troubled Abuser: He's a really lousy dad to Orel, but it's only because his own childhood has warped his idea of what love and parenthood is.
- Ungrateful Bastard: How Clay sees Orel, Bloberta... his entire family.
- Unwanted Spouse: With Bloberta.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Well, definitely sweeter than he is now.
- Villain Protagonist: In season 3 when his alcoholism and lack of self-esteem pretty much alienate everyone he knows.
- Villainous Breakdown: Several, in "Nature Part 1", "Sacrifice" and "Honor".
- What, Exactly, Is His Job?: To the point where his kids don't even know. He's the Mayor.
- Why Couldn't You Be Different?: Clay wishes that his son wasn't so... innocent and sensitive.
Bloberta Puppington (neé Hymentact)
Voiced by: Britta Phillips
- The Alcoholic: Actually used to be this herself.
- Always Someone Better: Bloberta's siblings, according to her mother, and all her friends who were getting married, which prompted her to trap Clay into a relationship.
- Backstory: Explained in the episode "Help" how Clay and Bloberta ended up in such a loveless hate-filled marriage.
- Christmas Cake: Was afraid of becoming this before she married Clay.
- Freudian Excuse: Bloberta's mother was a total Jerkass to her.
- Horrible Judge of Character: She still married Clay out of desperation even after he proved himself a horrible drunk and a terrible womanizer.
- Neat Freak: She would even freak out when her cleaning supplies got dirty. After the events of the episode "Nature", we see her kitchen is messy and disheveled.
- Parental Neglect: While she's not overtly abusive like her husband, she is generally frighteningly apathetic towards her children. She lets Shapey play with loaded guns and other dangerous objects with no supervision, and when Orel repeatedly comes home from school with blood all over his shirt in one episode, her only concern is that she'll have to do the laundry more often.
- Pet the Dog:
- In the last episode, when Clay says that the family is going to sing Christmas carols, Bloberta says that Orel should be involved in it too.
- She also takes Block in for no apparent reason other than the kindness of her heart after his mom abandons him. Moreover, Block seems to like Bloberta better.
- Sexless Marriage: With Clay.
- Stepford Smiler: And the cracks are very visible.
- Understanding Boyfriend: Bloberta always wanted one, tried to get one through multiple affairs, all of whom used her for an ulterior motive and had the series continued, she would have finally gotten one, when she began her affair with Officer Papermouth. Unfortunately the show as cut before this could happen.
- The Unfavorite: The tone-deaf sibling in a church singer family.
- Unwanted Spouse: With Clay.
- Your Cheating Heart: Cheated on Clay with Coach Stopframe, resulting in Shapey.
Voiced by: Tigger Stamatopoulos
- The Bus Came Back: After Bloberta finally realizes she got him mixed up with Block.
- Chocolate Baby: One reason why Clay didn't get along well with Bloberta was because Shapey didn't look anything like him. Beforel Orel confirms that Coach Daniel Stopframe is his real father.
- Older Than They Look: He acts and looks like a spoiled 3 year old. He's actually 7.
- Put on a Bus: Or a moving van, really.
- Spoiled Brat: "Mine" and incomprehensible screaming are all he does.
- Took a Level in Kindness: He started to mellow out some in "Sacrifice". Had the third season kept its full length, there would've been an episode where Shapey and Block bonding is the reason why they're less bratty.
- Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: He's shown playing with things like lighters when Clay and Bloberta aren't paying attention to him.
- The Voiceless: Shapey's "dialogue" is virtually incomprehensible screaming. Subverted in the third to last episode, where Shapey quietly tells his mother that when he's thirsty, he feels like when he's alone.
Voiced by: Dino Stamatopoulos (Younger); Joe Unger (Older)
- Abusive Parents: Not that it excuses it, but Clay was a spoiled brat who was responsible for his wife's death, and even then Clay's birth resulted in Angela becoming religiously fanatic about him, her "miracle baby". Following Angela's death, he immediately started then stopped hitting Clay because he felt Clay wasn't worth the effort. A flashback in Beforel Orel indicates that he did shun his son and he realized in the end that it permanently screwed Clay up.
- Badass Grandpa: Especially when he stops Orel from murdering his half-brother.
- Hollywood Atheist: After the way his wife acted, he wants nothing to do with Christianity.
- Jerkass Realization: In Beforel Orel, when he realized the way he treated his own son has affected Clay horribly.
- Like Father, Like Son: Or rather, Like Grandfather Like Grandson. If the show continued, he would have had a good relationship with Orel.
- Beforel Orel finally explored what their relationship would have been like, only it focuses on a younger Orel just before Shapey was born.
- Tragically, Arthur was an abusive parent himself, which is part of the reason why Clay beats Orel the way he does now. He realizes this to his own horror as an old man, now that it's too late to make amends with the son he's hurt, or stop him from hurting others.
- My God, What Have I Done?: In Beforel Orel when Clay rejects him in front of the police station after saving Shapey, there's a heart wrenching scene as he has a flashback to the moment he decided Clay wasn't worth it (and Clay would act out to such a degree that Arthur couldn't help to because Clay associated abuse with affection). He sees Clay as the bitter, spiteful man that his negligence helped shape.
- Only Sane Man: Perhaps in all of Moralton... before he moved out.
- Parental Substitute: To Orel in Beforel Orel.
Citizens of Moralton
Ms. Frances Clara Censordoll
Voiced by: Jay Johnston; Scott Adsit (Season 3)
- Abusive Parents: Her mother, for some unknown reasons, had her reproductive organs removed when she was a baby.
- A Sinister Clue: She's shown as left-handed in "Offensiveness" and "Alone".
- Evil Matriarch: Miss Censordoll aspires to be one for the entire town. She actually runs for mayor as "Town Mayor-triarch".
- Freudian Excuse: She had her ovaries and other sexual organs removed as a child. This has caused her to be the a rather unstable matriarch-to-be with a fetish for eggs.
- Holier Than Thou: Bordering on A God Am I.
- Karma Houdini: Thanks to the show being cut short, she's never really punished for her manipulative and hypocritical ways.
- Knight Templar: Out of all the adults in Moralton, she is by far the strictest when it comes to upholding God's law.
- Larynx Dissonance: Miss Censordoll is voiced by a man.
- Old Maid: Except she's just turned 40.
- Not So Above It All: After Orel gets her favorite food (eggs) banned from Moralton, she joins the rest of the townspeople in buying eggs at a black-market club.
- Scary Librarian: She routinely burns books she thinks might be the least bit provocative - right next to the library's circulation desk.
- Straw Hypocrite: Even more so than the citizens of Moralton. When Orel started a protest against eggs, she went along with it because she felt it would help her image, even though she loved eggs to the point of obsession (and also because she figured she could secretly keep the mayor from ever banning them). After the protest led to a citywide ban on eggs, she was forced to buy them illegally. Word of God stated that if the series continued on, she would've been a practitioner of voodoo.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Eggs, especially pickled (from the jar on her desk) or under-fried and "extra-slithery" (served by Mr. Figurelli).
- Younger Than They Look: Hard to imagine that she just turned 40, it's implied that her lack of reproductive organs is why she aged so badly.
Coach Daniel(le) Stopframe
Voiced by: Jay Johnston; Scott Adsit (Season 3)
- Even Evil Has Standards: He's by no means a good person, but even he eventually sees Clay for what he is. Also he was visibly repulsed by the Satanists and their hedonistic ways to the point where he actually mouths "What the f**k?"
- Gender-Blender Name: His name is Daniel. But it's pronounced like the feminine Danielle. Doesn't help that in "Numb" a note from him has him spell it the feminine way.
- Karma Houdini: Not only does Clay never finds out he fathered Shapey with Bloberta but he was never caught for starting the fire that almost destroyed Moralton in "In God's Image".
- Parental Substitute: In the series finale, he spends time with Orel as a father figure, and they genuinely have fun. Clay instantly misconstrues this as him and Orel having an affair.
- Pet the Dog: In the finale, he gives Orel some much needed advice.
- Single-Target Sexuality: For Clay. Until the third season finale.
Reverend Rod Putty
Voiced by: William Salyers
- A Date with Rosie Palms: An almost daily visitor to Professor Hans Jerkoff.
- Deadpan Snarker: His sermons are peppered with all kinds of jabs at the holy book.
- Defeat Equals Friendship: At the start of the series, Putty clearly barely tolerates Orel's devotion toward him, occasionally graduating to outright hatred but interspersed with attempts at genuine advice. At his Despair Event Horizon, Putty finally gets a date with a woman, only for the woman to reveal she's actually his daughter. Putty is convinced that everything in his life is a sham, even mockingly letting Orel stand at the pulpit to talk about God's love. Orel then discusses that God's love comes in faith, friendship, and family, but not often in all three. Putty's moved into his Heel–Face Turn, and genuinely tries to help Orel thereafter.
- Dodgy Toupee: His rug isn't fooling anyone.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: The main reason he gets burned from his job is he has a lot of the responsibility for dealing with such a miserable flock (and Orel, who while well-meaning is a nightmare to manage), but none of the benefits. Due to the superficiality of faith in Moralton, the reverend is simultaneously the most respected and most hated man in town.
- Heteronormative Crusader: Makes sermons about his disgust for homosexuals, hinting toward his disdain for Coach Stopframe's behavior. He ultimately does evolve from this out of love for Stephanie
- Heel–Face Turn: The only adult in the entire series to unambiguously do this.
- Heel–Faith Turn: As Putty mellows out, he also develops a renewed faith as well.
- Luke, You Are My Father: He is Stephanie's father.
- Not So Above It All: In "Closeface", he bonds with his daughter after finding out that they both have a snarky sense of humor.
- Only Sane Man: Compared to the townfolks.
- Pet the Dog: Upon realizing that his entire congregation is miserable, including Orel, takes it upon himself to cheer them all. He also tells his daughter that he disapproves of her crush on another girl, solely because the other girl was using her.
- Snark Knight: Amongst his fellow Fundamentalist. He knows full and well all f'd up the town is.
- Straw Hypocrite: Like most adults, and one of the few to grow out of it.
- Took a Level in Kindness: After the events of "Be Fruitful and Multiply".
Voiced by: Scott Adsit
- Butt-Monkey: He's subject to a lot of physical pratfalls, especially at Hurtball.
- The Ditz: The kid's not all there upstairs.
- I Just Want to Be Loved: His parents treat him more like an Annoying Younger Sibling, resulting in him being badly affection starved.
- Kids Are Cruel: Towards Orel, as a 4-year-old, but only because he played along with two other bullies.
- Loving a Shadow: He probably only had a crush on Miss Sculptham because she called him "son," something his parents don't.
- Meaningful Name: His surname refers to latchkey kids.
- Parental Neglect: His parents constantly want him out of the house so they can just cuddle and make out together.
- Precocious Crush: On Miss Sculptham.
- Visual Pun: The lost episode "Abstinence" has him constantly ruining people's chances for sex. So what does his dad give him as a job? To stop roosters from fornicating at the farm.
Voiced by: Britta Phillips
- Butch Lesbian: Lots of piercings, always wearing black, and runs a sex shop.
- Character Tics: She makes new piercings on herself whenever she gets too emotional.
- Cool Big Sis: To Orel as she gives him much saner advice.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Hell, she's a downright pleasant individual.
- Depraved Homosexual: Subverted. While she has all the surface traits (she gets Orel his first job at her porn store, and has several fetishes heavily implied), she deeply cares for everyone in her life, even people she knows are just using her.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Orel.
- Only Sane Man: Stephanie's the only recurring adult character who takes her relationship with Orel seriously and responsibly.
- Parental Substitute: Stephanie's so maternal to Orel, in fact, she gives herself another piercing to tamp down her rising parental instincts for him, as she knows he's got a crush on her.
Voiced by: Jay Johnston
- Attention Whore: His bullying antics are just to make sure all eyes are on him.
- Blowing a Raspberry: Almost bordering on a Character Tic.
- The Bully: A classic archetype for Orel to deal with. Of course, that also gets deconstructed in Season 3.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: His bonding with Nurse Bendy is one of the few sweet moments in Season 3.
- Freudian Excuse: Joe is unquestionably a total brat. Having no parents that can adequately care for him in any way can make this happen.
- Jerkass: Is usually picking on Orel and Shapey.
- Kids Are Cruel: He's a budding sociopath before he and his mother bond.
- Son of a Whore: Specifically, Nurse Bendy. However, he doesn't mind it at all.
Miss Agnes Sculptham
Voiced by: Britta Phillips
- Apathetic Teacher: You can barely call what she does teaching in the first place.
- Beehive Hairdo: Her hairstyle.
- Bi the Way: Had one of Dino's written scripts been made into an episode.
- Deadpan Snarker: She's really bored and uncaring while on the clock, so her students get a lot of snarky lessons.
- Dye Hard: In Universe. In a twisted attempt to get raped by Creepler.
- Gold Digger: Towards Doughy.
- Good Girls Avoid Abortion: Possibly plays this trope straight if you didn't consider her to be "good."Word of God says that her coathanger abortion wasn't successful, as she was pregnant with twins and only killed one.
- No Dialogue Episode: To add to its shock value, she does not speak a word during "Alone." note
Nurse Nursula Bendy
Voiced by: Britta Phillips
- Brainless Beauty: Deconstructed when she shows that she really wants to have children and raise a normal family, but the stereotype of being a nymphomaniac keeps her from fulfilling it.
- The Ditz: She's not a very bright individual.
- Dye Hard: In Universe. Her real hair is black. Like her son, Joe.
- Hello, Nurse!: And actually is one. At least in title.
- Hidden Depths: When she's stopped being used as the town bicycle, she reveals a nice personality under it.
- Hired for Their Looks: And hoo boy did it do a number on her mental status.
- Hospital Hottie: Why she has the job in the first place.
- Missing Mom: To Joe. However, the two eventually do meet.
- The Mistress: To Principal Fakey.
- School Nurse: Though she doesn't really do much nursing.
- Stepford Smiler: When she's off the clock. Otherwise, she usually has a tired, frowning look on her face.
Dr. Quentin Xavier Potterswheel
Voiced by: Scott Adsit
- Comically Inept Healing: He's a pretty terrible doctor when it comes down to it. When Oral has a gunshot wound to the foot, his advice is to eat a lot of fatty foods to clog up his arteries, thereby minimizing bleeding. This is played for laughs at first, but not so much when it starts to sink in how having such an inept doctor hurts the town.Dr. Potterswheel: (Looking at a flat-lining Orel) It isn't healthy to be dead that long.
- Dr. Feelgood: Which might have resulted in his wife's death—he kept giving her painkillers rather than actually treating her wounds.
- Dr. Jerk: Very snarky and not really good at his job, all things considered.
- Everyone Has Standards:
- When Clay tries provoking him into a fight, most notably insulting his dead wife and his malpractice. Potterswheel and the others just blow him off rather than stoop to his level.
- Similarly he stops Papermouth from pistol-whipping Clay after Clay hits his Berserk Button.
- Lack of Empathy: Not very caring for a doctor.
- Never My Fault: Death is God's fault, not his.
- Nightmare Fetishist: He's turned on by Bloberta mutilating her lower region. It's strongly implied that his wife indulging him in this is what led to her death.
Voiced by: Carolyn Lawrence
- Cheerful Child: Just as cheerful as Orel since they're both similar.
- Distaff Counterpart: To Orel as they both come from hardcore Protestant familes and have an optimistic attitude. Rev. Putty even refers to her as Orel's "little Orelette."
- Happily Married: To Orel in the far off finale.
- Meaningful Name: Clay says that her name means "tiny little female Christ."
- Official Couple: With Orel, especially in "Closeface" when they dance together.
- Satellite Love Interest: It's hard to describe her other than being Orel's mutual crush.
Principal Norm Fakey
Voiced by: Jay Johnston
- Harmful to Minors: Walking around the school angrily with his pants down.
- Implausible Deniability: Does this to himself after taking Orel's advice, saying that he's been as faithful as ever as he's having sex with Nurse Bendy.
- I Was Quite a Looker: Formerly Coach Fakey, and appeared to be in good shape.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife as well as Ugly Guy, Hot Girlfriend to Nurse Bendy.
- Your Cheating Heart: Almost constantly.
Officer Roger Papermouth
Voiced by: Jay Johnston
- Everyone Has Standards: When Clay goes off on him over Papermouth's own insecurities, he just takes it. When Clay makes a derogatory comment to the bartender Dolly, hereto shown only as a friendly individual to all of them, Papermouth slams Clays head on the bar table and was about to pistol whip him had Dr. Potterswheel stopped him.
- Heel Realization: After he shoots up his daughter's teddy bear.
- Police Are Useless: Quite often, which is part of the reason Florence left him.
- Understanding Boyfriend: Would have been this to Bloberta
Voiced by: Britta Phillips
- Abhorrent Admirer: To Reverend Putty. Until "Sundays" completely dashes away her expectations of him.
- Ascended Extra: She's merely a background character often seen at Church and occasionally in Moralton throughout the whole show. It isn't until "Sundays" we actually learn about her (which features most of her appearances).
- A Day in the Limelight: "Sundays."
- Big Eater: It's why she's so fat!
- Fat and Skinny: Fat to Dottie's Skinny.
- Formerly Fat: Would have become this, had the show not been cancelled.
- Odd Couple: With Dottie
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her hair is pink. She's one of the few characters in the show to pull off this trope.