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The Pound Puppies
Voiced by: Dan Gilvezan
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Cooler frequently addresses the audience and acknowledges that he's in a cartoon.
- Deadpan Snarker: He sometimes makes sarcastic remarks.
- The Leader: He is the leader of the Pound Puppies.
Voiced by: Joanne Worley (1985 special), Ruth Buzzi (series)
- The Chick: Of the two main female Pound Puppies, she's the most traditionally feminine.
- Flower in Her Hair: Near one of her ears, in the first season.
- Graceful Ladies Like Purple / Pink Means Feminine: Her outfits.
- Southern Belle: She speaks in a Southern accent.
- Sudden Name Change: Was named "The Nose" in the original 1985 TV special.
- Team Mom: Serves as a maternal figure in the second season.
Voiced by: Adrienne Alexander (1985 special), Nancy Cartwright (series)
- The Cheerleader: Aversion of one since she's sweet.
- The Cutie: She is a very endearing girl.
- Genki Girl: She is often cheerful and energetic.
- Hair Decorations: The bow in her hair.
- The Smart Girl
Voiced by: Frank Welker (1985 special), Robert Morse (series)
- The Big Guy: He often does most of the physical work.
- Nice Hat: He wears a derby with a handle on it that activates retractable robot arms and other gadgets.
- Out of Focus: In the second season, he is no longer part of the main cast and is even absent in some episodes.
- The Professor: He's the most intelligent of the main characters and can invent anything that they need to solve a problem.
- The Speechless: In the '85 special, Howler couldn't speak, only howl. This was dropped for the TV series.
- Verbal Tic: Replacing The Speechless above, the series version of Howler gained a tendency to mix up his words when talking, using howling as a mental "reset" to straighten his phrasing out.
Voiced by: BJ Ward
- Afraid of Needles: In "Whopper Gets the Point", he went out of his way to avoid getting a shot.
- Drunk with Power: In "King Whopper", he lets his status as temporary head of the pound get to his head and relentlessly orders everyone around.
- Inflationary Dialogue: At least Once an Episode, his stories have a tendency to have details changed until Whopper makes them as outlandish and blatantly untrue as possible.
- Kid-Appeal Character: He's the youngest of the main characters and a source of comic relief.
- The Lancer: He frequently serves as Cooler's number two.
- Meaningful Name: Appropriately enough, Whopper has a tendency to tell tall tales.
- Mr. Imagination: It's made evident by his constant fabrications that he has quite a vivid imagination.
- Tagalong Kid: Often follows the other Pound Puppies on their adventures.
Voiced by: Ami Foster
- Cool Big Sis: To the Pound Puppies.
- The Cutie: A kindhearted and likable young girl.
- Expy: Disney's Cinderella. Her "Auntie Katrina" and Brattina uses her like a slave for housework. Word of God said that Brattina was inspired by Anastasia and Drizella. Has friends with the Pound Puppies like Cinderella has friends with the mice and birds. Holly even had an episode similar to Cinderella.
- Hair Decorations: Her headband.
- Heartwarming Orphan: Her parents are supposedly deceased, but that doesn't in any way prevent her from being a nice person.
- Naïve Newcomer: At the start of the TV series.
- Pink Means Feminine / True Blue Femininity: Her clothing, through she seemed to wear less pink and more blue in the second season.
- Shorttank: More in the second season.
- Tomboy: In the second season.
Voiced by: June Lockhart
- Older Than They Look: In spite of looking like she's in her 60's, Cooler mentions that she passed away at the age of 101.
- Posthumous Character: She's the founder of Holly's Puppy Pound and the aunt of Katrina Stoneheart. She only appeared in flashbacks during the episode "How to Found a Pound". The house where Katrina lives was inherited from Millicent while Holly inherited the Puppy Pound.
Voiced by: Pat Carrol
- Bald Women: It is revealed in "Tail of the Pup" that her hair is a wig.
- Card-Carrying Villain: She named her kid Brattina! That's all you need to know, other than the fact that she takes it as a compliment when Holly calls her out for stealing the Puppy Pound's food supply in "Whopper Cries Uncle" and when she is booed by the audience in "The Captain and the Cats".
- Catch Phrase: In the second season, she frequently states "Those mutts drive me nuts!"
- Cruella to Animals: Who wants to turn the puppies into fur coats.
- Evil Redhead: She has red hair and is quite mean.
- Ignored Epiphany: In "Happy Howlidays", after the Pound Puppies make her dream that she is a dog so she can witness firsthand how heartless she's being by shutting down the Puppy Pound and leaving the dogs out on the street, she considers changing her ways so that she can be on better terms with the Pound Puppies, but then says "Nah" and goes right ahead with her mean scheme.
- Kick the Dog: Appropriately enough for the trope's name, it's rare for Katrina to go even a single episode without at least attempting to do something cruel to Holly and the Pound Puppies. One particularly cruel example is hiding bills from Holly and not revealing them to her until it's too late to pay them on time in "Happy Howlidays".
- Meaningful Name: She's every bit as nasty as her surname suggests.
- That Makes Me Feel Angry: She can't go one episode without exclaiming how much she hates the Pound Puppies or all dogs in general.Katrina: You Pound Puppies / I hate them, yes I do
Voiced by: Adrienne Alexander
- Abhorrent Admirer: Had a very obvious crush on Captain Slaughter, much to his annoyance.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: She has a crush on Captain Slaughter because of how rotten and mean he is.
- Cute, but Cacophonic: Her voice can get pretty grating.
- Disappeared Dad: Her father isn't even so much as mentioned.
- Evil Redhead: She has red hair and is as bad a person as her mother.
- Meaningful Name: True to her name, she is rather bratty.
- Spoiled Brat: She whines whenever she doesn't get her way.
- That Makes Me Feel Angry: Like her mother, she can't go one episode without exclaiming how much she hates the Pound Puppies or all dogs in general.Brattina: Eww! Pound Puppies! / They’re yucky, icky-poo!
- Valley Girl
- Villainous Glutton: "The Fairy Dogmother" shows her being more concerned with eating food at the dance than actually dancing. In the same episode, when Holly is cleaning at Katrina's house, she has to clean at least 100 dishes and it's implied that they are all Brattina's former meals. When she eats, it’s like a wild animal tearing apart its prey. She eats everything so fast, if you blink you might miss it.
- Who Names Their Kid Brattina?
- You Keep Using That Word: Always calling things "icky", no matter how little sense it makes.
Voiced by: Frank Welker
- Cats Are Mean: Belongs to Katrina and is just as mean as his owner.
- Fat Cat: He isn't called "Catgut" for nothing.
- Right-Hand Cat: He's a pet cat belonging to Katrina Stoneheart.
- The Voiceless: He never speaks, instead meowing and hissing like a normal cat would.
Voiced by: Peter Cullen
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Disappeared completely in The All-New Pound Puppies.
- Determinator: He blamed Cooler for how he lost his hand during a previous chase.
- Evil Sounds Deep: He has a deep and sinister voice, being voiced by Peter Cullen.
- The Faceless: His eyes are the only part of his face visible.
- Knight of Cerebus: Brings a more serious tone to an otherwise lighthearted series whenever he turns up.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: He has menacing red eyes.
- Red Right Hand: His most distinguishing feature is that ginormous robotic prosthetic hand.