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A list of characters from the comic strip ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine''.

! Major Characters
!! Rat
The main character; a ''very'' cynical rat who is critical of the strip's work and often schemes to get a quick buck. He believes himself to be utterly superior to everyone around him and constantly antagonizes and trolls everyone around him.

* AntiHero: He's not the nicest rat you'll ever meet.
* BabysitterFromHell: The ComicStrip/BabyBlues-ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine crossover strip demonstrated that Rat is, bar none, the absolute ''worst'' babysitter that anyone can imagine, making even Vicky from ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' seem like a saint in comparison.
* BerserkButton: ''Oodles.'' Some of which include: stupid people, people he sees to be stupid, anyone who does a stupid trend (i.e. man-buns, selfie-sticks), people who disagree with him, ''PUNS''; DO NOT make stupid, lame, or cheesy puns or he'll beat the crap out of you, like with [[ButtMonkey Stephan Pastis]].
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: See WithFriendsLikeThese below
* CatchPhrase: When Pig does something stupid: "You dumb Pig!"
* ComicTrio: The schemer of the trio.
%%* TheCynic
* CynicismCatalyst: It's heavily implied that his break-up with Farina caused him to be even more cynical and spiteful than before, when he wasn't even near being so.
%%* DeadpanSnarker
* {{Foil}}: To Pig. See below.
* {{Expy}}: There are many traits of Rat that fit the late George Carlin, such as his cynicism and threats of violence.
* GoOutWithASmile: In [[http://www.gocomics.com/pearlsbeforeswine/2005/01/23 one strip]],he literally went nuclear just by attempting to smile, resulting in one of his "{{death|IsCheap}}s."
* HairTriggerTemper: In a 2008 strip, he beat up Pig just for doing something completely harmless, yet stupid (drawing his body parts so that if he losers them he can identify them).
* HerCodeNameWasMarySue: When he [[http://comics.com/pearls_before_swine/2009-10-30/ hijacked the strip once]], he wrote himself as a "Raterpillar" who eats every single character in the strip.
%%* HeroicComedicSociopath
* {{Jerkass}}: Unrepentantly and sometimes proudly so.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Rat is a Jerkass, no question, but his anger is occasionally directed at the rude behavior of others and his misanthropy is largely the result of being subjected to hundreds of little annoyances. When the mood strikes him, he's even capable of being nice to Pig, mainly by keeping him from harsh truths. It's also implied that his cynicism is partly due to Farina breaking up with him, as he wasn't nearly as bad before that.
* JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: He sees himself as this, at one point refusing to look his love interest in the eye because he feels like she can see straight into his head and "it's not a nice place in there", though that shifts into JerkWithAHeartOfGold all the same, being aware that he is not a really good person and tends to be mean to everyone.
* KnowNothingKnowItAll: He 'frequently' does this. In fact, the strip's title comes from the fact that he says bullshit things he thinks are wise to the stupid and gullible Pig (putting "pearls" before swine).
* LackOfEmpathy: Even to his roommate.
* LargeHam
--> ...and the fat man is yelling "DIE, CRACKERS, DIE!!"
* ManChild: But is bratty and arrogant in contrast to Pig's innocence.
* NiceHat: In early strips, he wore a backwards hat like Stephan Pastis does in the strip and also wore a hat that he claimed was lucky in a story arc.
* NietzscheWannabe:
--> '''Rat''': [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D80YutnbwSE Problems *never* go away.]]
* OddFriendship: Being a [[TheCynic cynical]], mean pessimist, he's best friends with a friendly WideEyedIdealist. Huh?
* RageAgainstTheAuthor: Often criticizes or threatens Pastis when a bad {{Pun}} or PainfulRhyme is let off as a punch line.
** He also just shows up at Stephan's house just to mess with him frequently.
%%* {{Schemer}}
* SentimentalDrunk: If [[http://www.gocomics.com/pearlsbeforeswine/2015/04/12 this strip]] is any indication.
* SirSwearsALot: Expressed with SymbolSwearing.
* SitcomArchNemesis: Is this to Stephan and Goat, who he {{troll}}s constantly.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Very much so.
* [[StrawCharacter Strawman Political]]: A ''very'' right-leaning conservative.
* TheyKilledKennyAgain: Once was run over by a car. Died again after exploding from the stress of smiling too much. Died from a heart attack when Pastis himself died in the strip. His head was cut off by Jim Davis for accidentally eating ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}. He came BackFromTheDead each time.
* {{Troll}}: He appreciates the internet because it allows him to be anonymously rude.
** He also enjoys annoying Stephan by mocking his failures (being unable to win a Ruben award), getting him into legal trouble (ripping out a drawing of a bike from "Baby Blues" because Stephan can't draw bikes, leading to a angry phone call with the strip's creator), or screwing with the strip (spilling beer on a strip Stephan was working on, blurring the last panel).
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist
* VillainProtagonist: Sometimes.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Type 1 with Pig. He is the primary target of Rat's abuse, but Rat really does care for him and they remain best friends.
* WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs: "Rat gets a new job" makes up a fair portion of the strips content. Of course, StatusQuoIsGod and he always goes back to being unemployed (which is what you'd expect given his [[JerkAss general attitude]]).
* WithFriendsLikeThese: He treats Pig badly, constantly trolls Goat and Pastis, and has sided with the Crocs whenever it would benefit him.
* YouDirtyRat: Literally and figuratively.

!! Pig
The second most important character of the strip and Rat's roommate: a good-natured, yet naive and dimwitted anthropomorphic pig who lives with Rat.

* AllLovingHero: His good nature leads him to make friends with even inanimate objects.
* ButtMonkey: Was this in the early days of the strip, but recently the burden has been tossed to Goat.
** Even at birth he cannot avoid this; he was kicked repeatedly in the head by his siblings while he was a fetus.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: He can come up with and say really weird things sometimes.
* ComicTrio: He's often the blind follower to Rat's schemes.
%%* ExposedAnimalBellybutton
%%* [[ExpressiveHair Expressive Ears]]
%%* FatIdiot
* {{Foil}}: To Rat. Pig's idealistic view on life contrasts with Rat's very cynical view.
%%* TheHero
%%* IdiotHero
* KindheartedSimpleton: By far the nicest of the main cast despite being dumb.
* LiteralMinded: H
* ManChild: His immaturity gets him ridicule from all of his friends.
%%* MessyPig
%%* NiceGuy
* NiceHat: Wears these on a regular basis, like a Russian ushanka.
* OddFriendship: With Rat. Being a friendly, optimistic WideEyedIdealist, he has no problems being friends with a pessimistic cynic.
* ThePollyanna: He keeps a positive attitude even when Rat abuses him.
** He's so optimistic that he fails at doing pessimistic things, like [[http://comics.com/pearls_before_swine/2010-03-10/ playing the blues]].
** He once tried to go Goth, but failed abysmally, as he had Music/HannahMontana playing on his iPod, who is probably tied with Music/TaylorSwift as the farthest thing from Goth.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Pastis hints in a strip dedicated to his father-in-law that Pig was based on him, a big optimist.
%%* UnluckyEverydude
* VitriolicBestBuds: Type 1 with Rat. Even when Rat abuses him, he remains best friends with him.
* WideEyedIdealist: Even when Rat, Goat, and Zebra are all cynical, Pig remains optimistic.

!! Goat
A goat who lives near Pig and Rat. He is much more intelligent than both of them, but his intelligence is usually not acknowledged by either of them.

* {{Bookworm}}: He is often seen reading while at the diner that he and his friends go to.
* BritishStuffiness: Sometimes falls into this, as he has a British accent in the official animated shorts.
* CatchPhrase:
** CheckPlease
** After reading Rat's latest work: "You cannot put this in X!" (usually a children's novel) or "You really should stop writing X."
** "I give up", "Why do I even...?"
* CharacterFilibuster
* ComicTrio: He's the smart yet powerless one between Rat and Pig.
%%* DeadpanSnarker
* FacePalm: Or occasionally an EyeTake.
* FanNickname: Many people in the [=GoComics=] comments refer to him as [[spoiler: "Paris]] Goat", due to it being revealed as his real name in a strip where Goat visited his annoying mother.
* IneffectualLoner: Prefers to keep to himself and his books for the most part. This may be because many of the other characters are irredeemably stupid in spite of Goat's efforts to correct their misconceptions. He seems to get along best with the level-headed Zebra.
* MommasBoy: Averted. Goat himself admits that he hasn't talked to his mother for a period of some years, though there is later a week-long arc when he does visit her. She's very critical and overbearing.
* OnlySaneMan: Along with Zebra.
* SurroundedByIdiots: Rat and Pig are both {{Manchild}}s, with thee former acting like a bratty, sociopath and the latter being so stupid and annoying, he has literally driven Goat to run away screaming.
%%* NoRespectGuy
%%* TheSmartGuy
* StageNames: [[spoiler: His real name is Paris, he claims Goat is a stage name.]]

!! Zebra
A friend of Pig, Rat, and Goat. He's also quite intelligent and also very kind and gentle. At first, he was seen patching relations long-distance with his relatives back home and a pride of lions. Later, he primarily tries to avoid the schemes of the crocodile fraternity Zeeba Zeeba Eata.

* BreakoutCharacter: He was supposed to be a one-shot, but fan demand brought him to major character status.
* DeadpanSnarker: Towards the crocodiles, anyway.
* {{Hypocrite}}: While he doesn't want the Crocs or lions to eat him, he has no problem with eating lobster.
** To be fair, it's not the same thing as stalking and threatening a living creature (himself vs. the Crocs), as the lobster is already dead. However, he did kill Larry when he got stuck on a desert island with no food when Larry became a crab and when Larry got shrunken in the "Alice in Wonderland" story arc.
* InTouchWithHisFeminineSide: Much to the chagrin of his lion friends.
* OnlySaneMan: Usually, but not as often as Goat.
* TheWoobie: He tries his best to help his species and predators get along, but all his attempts have failed and many of his family members have died due to the predators refusing to change.

!! Zeeba Zeeba Eata/ The Crocs
A fraternity of crocodiles whose fraternity house is next door to Zebra. Their primary goal is to kill and eat Zebra, but due to their stupidity, they are unable to accomplish this.

* [[ArchEnemy Arch-Enemies]]: Of Zebra, but they aren't on good terms with the rest of the cast.
* CatchPhrase: "Hullo, zeeba neighba." and "Peese shut mouf."
* CriticalResearchFailure: Invoked. If any of their plans involves a famous person, odds are they not only get the person's history completely wrong, but the person is most likely dead.
* [[DroppedABridgeOnHim Dropped a Bridge on Them]]: Their plans constantly get their own members killed.
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: They will never eat Zebra.
* FunetikAksent: See their CatchPhrase above. They also occasionally lapse into YouNoTakeCandle.
* GoldfishPoopGang: Their plans mostly kill their own members rather than Zebra.
* HiddenDepths: They can swim. Yes, really. For all their idiocies, they can swim to save their lives. Rat found this out [[http://www.gocomics.com/pearlsbeforeswine/2009/07/03 the hard way]].
* PaintingTheMedium: They speak in a unique, properly capitalized font in contrast to the BoldInflation used by the rest of the cast.
* PaperThinDisguise: A frequent part of their schemes. Zebra is never fooled.
* {{Red Shirt}}s[=/=]{{Mooks}}: All of them, with the exception of Larry.
* TooDumbToLive: Literally, as noted above.
* UndignifiedDeath: Many of them have met humiliating ends.

!! Larry
A member of Zeeba Zeeba Eata, Larry lives in the house behind Zebra and is even dumber than his fellow Crocs, though not by much. He also has a wife, Patty, and a son, Junior.

* TheAlcoholic: Often is seen drinking beer.
* BirthdayHater: He's revealed to really hate his birthday. He tries some strange tricks like hiding from his birthday cake, and covering his ears(?) and saying "Me can't hear you!" more than once when his name is called in the "Happy Birthday" song. He does these things because he thinks he won't grow a year older if he does them. He wants to think of himself as 26 years old, when he's apparently twice that age.
%%* BumblingDad
%%* ButtMonkey
* [[EducationMama Education Papa]]: Inverted. He doesn't want Junior to go to school, and instead just wants him to stay home and play Wii, at one point even tackling Junior to keep him from going to school.
* {{Jerkass}}: When Patty got kidnapped once, his first instinct was to beg for food until he realized she was gone and if it wasn't for Junior begging him, he probably would have let Zebra keep her.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Despite his greedy nature, he loves his son.
%%* TheLoad
* ManChild: He believes that tofu comes from a "Tofu Cow" (which he sculpts the tofu into), and will follow any Simon Sez order without question, for example.
%%* MauveShirt
%%* NeverMyFault
%%* SmallNameBigEgo
* TheyKilledKennyAgain: Has died at least once.

!! Patty
Larry's wife and Juniors mother. Puts up with a lot from Larry and is constantly disappointed in him.

* DamselInDistress: Zebra kidnapped her for a few weeks in an attempt to get Larry and his fellow crocs to stop trying to eat him. He eventually returned her when he realized Larry really didn't care and Zebra was only hurting Junior.
* FantasticRacism: Does not like her son dating a zebra and wants Larry to kill Zebra. Justified in that Larry's a predator. Later Subverted in that while she still wants Zebra dead, she's willing to put differences aside so Junior will come home for Christmas.
* [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Woman]]
* YourCheatingHeart: [[spoiler: Implied to have had an affair with Stephan Pastis.]]

!! Junior

Larry and Patty's son. He tries not to be like the rest of his race and is not only friends with Zebra but a vegetarian. He has a zebra girlfriend named Joy, who happens to be Zebra's niece. Larry and Patty are not happy about any of this.

* CarnivoreConfusion: Does not eat meat, yet Crocodiles cannot digest plant matter in real life.
* InterspeciesRomance: With Zebra's niece Joy.
* MoralityPet: Larry clearly cares for and loves him very much. The only real reason Larry tried to plan a rescue of Patty was because of Junior's unhappiness.
%%* MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch
%%* OddFriendship: With Zebra.
%%** IntergenerationalFriendship
%%* WhiteSheep

!! Guard Duck
Pig's, well, Guard Duck that he bought when he and Rat couldn't afford a guard dog. He is highly paranoid and his first solution to most problems is to shoot like the dickens. He occasionally works as a soldier of fortune and is usually off on his own adventures separate from the group these days.

* AcrophobicBird: He never learned to fly.
%%* AxCrazy
%%* BadassAdorable
* BerserkButton: Don't insult him or talk down to him It won't end well.
** And as the Crocs learned, don't mention Maura leaving him if you don't want to become a pair of boots.
* BreakoutCharacter: Was originally just another week of one-off strips but the fans liked him enough that Stephan brought him back.
* TheCaligula: During his brief reign as Mayor he used the city's funds to get revenge on his enemies list, build a giant statue of himself, and saw ''All the President's Men'' as an instruction book on how to run the city.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Originally, he was just a very violent guard duck. Later, his personality shifted to paranoid and delusional soldier who sees Pig's neighborhood as a war zone.
* ConspiracyTheorist: Eventually comes to the conclusion that cows are in control of the world and he tries to convince Pig and his friends about this.
%%* FeatheredFiend
* HeartbrokenBadass: During the times Maura has left him he's made one of the Crocs into a pair of boots, and killed one with a copy machine.
* HeroicBSOD: After Maura, his non-anthropomorphic duck girlfriend, leaves him again he proceeded to stalk other couples in Paris and tell them how long he thinks the relationship will last and burns down the greeting cards section of a store.
* HesBack: After his HeroicBSOD after Maura left him to be an AFLAC spokesduck, he takes out the last member of the Crocs "Fantastic Four" and destroys a puppet Rat had been using to torment Pig into obeying him.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Despite his violent tendencies, he did genuinely love Maura, is friends with Snuffles, and cares deeply about Pig.
%%* KillerRabbit
%%* PermaStubble
* PsychoForHire: Worked as one of these before coming back to Pig and Rat.
* PutOnABus: Granted we still saw snapshots of his life with Maura, but he left the main cast for a while to live with her.
%%* SmokingIsCool
* TriggerHappy: Seriously so. His first response to almost anything is a rocket launcher.

!! Stephan Pastis
The creator of the strip. Frequently visits, or is visited by Rat to his never ending frustration.

* AuthorAvatar: Literally.
* AuthorGuestSpot
* ButtMonkey: He's criticized and threatened by Rat all the time. He doesn't get much love from the other characters, either.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: He used to be HeWhoMustNotBeSeen, then an arrogant douchebag, and many other appearances until he settled on one modeled after himself.
** Interestingly enough, the cartoon design for his wife Staci (the rare times she's been drawn in the strip) has always been pretty consistent.
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: His motivation for creating "Licensable Bippy" (see down below).
* SmokingIsCool: Averted. Not only does the real Stephan not smoke, but Stephan is shown as an out of shape middle aged pudgy guy. Pastis' author commentary reveals that this is because he intended to make himself look like a loser.
* WritersSuck

! Recurring Characters

!! Farina
Pig's sister and the love of Rat's life. More like the one that got away.

* [[BubbleBoy Bubble Girl]]: By choice, as she's really germaphobic. So is her father
* InterspeciesRomance: All her romances have been this, except when she [[spoiler: was briefly married to another pig.]]
* NeatFreak: Hence being germophobic.
* ReallyGetsAround: Has dated both Dilbert and Hagar the Horrible while apparently with Rat and then left him for Ziggy. She's also apparently dating someone else now.
* TookALevelInJerkass: After Rat sent letters to her in an attempt to get back together with her, instead of telling him [[spoiler: that she got married and has a kid,]] she throws away his letters, which leads to her [[spoiler: husband trying to kill Rat]]. Then in another strip, she has the GALL to ask Rat to watch her child while she and her [[spoiler: HUSBAND go on a honeymoon.]] Which leads to Rat attempting suicide. She then comes back to tell Rat that she divorced her husband, but when Rat asks to date her again she says that she doesn't want to because she just went through a divorce,[[spoiler: but she is dating other comic book characters, like Dilbert and lies about to Rat, then when he finds out, she treats it like nothing.]] In two more further appearances, she tells Rat that she's leaving him (?) for Ziggy because he's a real man (?!) and then when she WANTS to get back together with Rat, she rejects him because he's working in a clown store. PLEASE Mr. Pastis, let someone tell her off.

!! Pigita
Pig's on-and-off girlfriend of many years. She is constantly frustrated with his immaturity.

* MoodSwinger: She didin't used to be called moody Pigita for nothing.
* WhatDoesSheSeeInHim: She only sees the bad in Pig and threatens to break up with him constantly but never does for long.

!! Snuffles
A cat that the Crocs bought to maim Zebra, but ended up as Zebra's pet. Does shady activities including terrorism, selling stolen watches and running a gambling ring. Also Guard Duck's best friend.

* BashBrothers: With Guard Duck
* CatsAreMean: Subverted, despite his shady activities, he loves Zebra, as he let himself get arrested when Zebra got blamed for one of his activities.
* TheDragon[=/=]TheLancer: To Guard Duck
* FriendVersusLover: Would not leave Guard Duck and Maura alone when they were in Paris to the point of chaining himself to the toilet and then threatening to blow himself up when asked to leave.
%%* TheIngenue
* TheUnintelligible: Only says Meow.

!! Maura
A non-anthropomorphic duck and the love of Guard Duck's life. Left him to go south for the winter and later came back for him, only to leave him again to be a spokesduck for Aflac.

%%* TheUnintelligible

!! Alphonse
A suicidal porcupine, though he mainly plans it for attention.

* AttentionWhore: Most of his plans for suicide are for sympathy.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Anti-Suicide groups were not amused.

!! Annie May
Pig's arch enemy who's also a sea anemone.

* BackFromTheDead: Became two Sea Anemones after Rat killed her the first time.
* HurricaneOfPuns / SublimeRhyme: Annie May, Pig's sea anemone enemy.
* SitComArchNemesis: To Pig
* UndignifiedDeath: Cut in half by a garage door.

!! Leonard
A man who worked at an amusement park. Wore his costume all the time and moved in with Rat and Pig. Was eventually killed off.

%%* DeadpanSnarker
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: Got his head stuck in a toilet and died. Justified in this case as Rat was put in charge of deciding how he died.
%%* KilledOffForReal
%%* SixthRanger
* UndignifiedDeath: He got his head stuck in a toilet and drowned.
%%* UnluckyEverydude

!! Wee Bear
A young bear and social activist

* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: He never really cut on.
%%* SoapBoxSadie
%%* ThePollyanna
%%* WideEyedIdealist

!! Chuckie the Non-Anthropomorphic Sheep
A sheep. That's about it.

%%* TheUnintelligible
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Subverted. Though he's non-anthropomorphic, he does stand on his back legs a lot. Otherwise, he can only say "Baa!" and it's not certain that he understands what's going on around him.

!! Miss Bootyworth
A syrup bottle that Pig fell in love with until Pigita and Rat killed her.

%%* BlandNameProduct
%%* KilledOffForReal
%%* ReallyGetsAround
* UndignifiedDeath: Emptied and recycled.
* YourCheatingHeart: Subverted. It turns out she has a husband, but they're separated.

!! Toby The Agoraphobic Turtle
A turtle who never leaves his shell. Drinks from a beer bong into it.

* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: He never really caught on.

!! Angry Bob
A fictional character made by Rat. Dies at the end of every story.

* BackFromTheDead: Or as Rat puts it "[[UnexplainedRecovery Angry Bob undied.]]"
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: No matter what he does to try and find happiness, no matter how good his motives, he will always get killed for his troubles.
%%* TheyKilledKennyAgain

!! Andy
A dog tied up to a chain in his owner's backyard, but that doesn't stop him from trying to follow his dreams. [[spoiler: [[http://www.gocomics.com/pearlsbeforeswine/2012/12/12 Not anymore, it would seem.]] ]]

%%* ParentalNeglect
%%* ThePollyanna
* YankTheDogsChain: Had a girlfriend who was also chained up in the backyard for a while. They couldn't reach far enough to touch each other. She escaped in the middle of the night and did not try and help him. Ouch.
** He finally escapes to visit his dying father. Turns out his father couldn't care less about him.
*** PetTheDog: [[spoiler: [[http://www.gocomics.com/pearlsbeforeswine/2012/12/25 Love you too, kid.]] ]]

!! The Killer Whale
A killer whale who tried to trick a family of seals by befriending them so he could eat them. Eventually died, but later "un-died".

* BackFromTheDead: Made a brief appearance at a strip from October 28, 2008 (lampshaded by Rat in the strip afterwards) and again at the conclusion of the "Killer Dolphins" arc.
* BlatantLies: Most of his attempts to get into the seals' house.
* KilledOffForReal: Seemingly was this at first, but then subverted in that Pastis decided to "un-die" him in a later strip.

!! Jeffy
From ComicStrip/TheFamilyCircus

* BitchInSheepsClothing: "So I'm battling a few demons."

!! Controlling Connie
A girl rat dated. Very very controlling.

* ControlFreak: Taken to the point where she was timing Rat's sneezes and tried to give him a different ''mother''.
* DistractedByTheSexy: The only reason Rat put up with her is because he thought she was cute.

!! Christmas Tree Girl
A girl who sells Christmas trees and occasinally dates Rat.

%%* IncorruptiblePurePureness
%%* WhatDoesSheSeeInHim

!! Connie The Judgmental Cow
A cow that shouts insults from a distance.

%%* {{Jerkass}}

!! Hobart
A train conductor for toy trains. Got laid off, then had his wife leave him and things just kept getting worse from there.

* HumiliationConga: Lost his job, lost his wife, had her move the new guy into his house, got stepped on, was forced to move to the microwave, was almost cooked alive in said microwave, and then finally held on to Pig's balloon and got sent into a ceiling fan.
%%* ThePollyanna
* UndignifiedDeath: Killed by a ceiling fan.

!! Dickie the Cockroach
A comic strip character created by Rat that came to life. Kidnaps people who he dosen't like.

* BoundAndGagged: What he does to his victims.
* DisproportionateRetribution: As Rat puts it: "If you say something stupid, Dickie ties you up and slaps duct tape over your mouth."
* TurnedAgainstTheirMasters: Has done it to Rat on one occasion.

!! Danny Donkey
A children's book character created by Rat. Like to drink to forget his problems.

%%* TheAlcoholic
* EvilCounterpart: To Hobbes of ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes
* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop:[[invoked]] Morals to his stories have included "Never Share", "If you can't feel good about yourself, make everyone else feel worse." and "Only hit Billy while the Principal isn't looking."
%%* LivingToys

!! Ellie the Elephant
Another one of Rat's creations, Ellie is an elephant that has a terribly thoughtless boyfriend, Henry the Hippo.

* TheDogBitesBack: Her response to Henry's thoughtlessness is to stomp him on the head.

!! Max and Zach
A pair of Lions who live next door to Zebra. Despite being Zebra's predators, they are actually on quite good terms with him since their wives do all the hunting and even warn him when their wives sense weakness in Zebra.

* AntiVillain: Really, they have no reason to antagonize Zebra since their wives catch plenty of other animals for them, but they still eat other zebras and antelopes.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: They are usually friendly and harmless, but when the Crocs steal their meat, they proceed to viciously hunt them until the one responsible (or at least the one Larry framed) was caught.
* NightmareFace: Max demonstrates one after their first set of wives leave.
* {{Polyamory}}: As it is in nature, the wives are really not assigned to either of them and are free to mate with whichever one they feel like at the moment and vice versa.
* SpannerInTheWorks: Help Zebra avoid being eaten.
%%* TotallyRadical

!!Licensable Bippy
A character that Stephan created to grab a quick buck. He is described by his creator as bland, big-eyed, and smiling.

* ButtMonkey: Abused by Rat as soon as he was introduced.
* ContractualPurity:[[invoked]] Unfortunately lost his licensable status once Rat got him drunk.
* PerpetualSmiler: An integral part of his licensable status.
* TheVoiceless: He never speaks.

!!The Lemmings
A group of lemmings, always standing on top of each other in a group of four, who plan to leap off their cliff to their deaths. Often, however, they will do silly things prior to this, diminishing the impact of said deaths. Even away from the cliff, they will always stand on top of each other, even on a date.

%%* SuicideAsComedy

!!The Penguins
A group of penguins -- including Moe and Saul -- living on a tiny ice shelf in the South Pole. Originally their strips involved a polar bear trying to eat them, then we saw them struggling to tell their wives apart. To escape from the polar bear, they got adopted by the Crocs, who thought they were Oreos due to their colour scheme.

!!Neighbor Bob
* BaldOfAwesome: Is usually drawn with a bald head, although this is because Pastis finds bald men easier to draw.
* TheGenericGuy: Stephan Pastis only uses him when the strip calls for a human character to interact with the main cast.
* PlanetOfSteves: Pastis confirmed in one of the treasury books that there are many "Neighbor Bobs" in the comic strip, and are never meant to be the same individual, even if they are all drawn similar.