Characters / Rocko's Modern Life

Rocko Rama

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Voiced by: Carlos Alazraqui
The title character and series protagonist. A timid and mild-mannered wallaby who just immigrated from Australia to live in USA.

Heffer Wolffe

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Voiced by: Tom Kenny
Rocko's best friend. A gluttonous, simple-minded cow..erm, steer literally Raised by Wolves.

  • Acrofatic: He's pretty nimble for a fat guy, for he can skate surprisingly well as shown in the episode "Wallaby On Wheels".
  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: He's a yellow steer with green hair.
  • Ambiguously Gay: As displayed in a deleted scene from Road Rash.
  • Babies Ever After: In yet another case of Getting Crap Past the Radar, Heffer seems to have fathered one of Filburt's kids.
  • Big Eater: One episode even has him end up in Hell for his gluttony after he chokes to death at the Chokey Chicken.
  • Big Fun
  • The Big Guy
  • Cloudcuckoolander
  • The Ditz: He's not very bright.
  • Dysfunctional Family: His adoptive family is...interesting (George is kind of a jerk, Virginia is a Stepford Smiler, Cindy is the typical melodramatic teenage daughter, Peter is a high school dropout who may or may not be a homosexual, and Grandpa Wolfe is prejudiced against wallabies and beavers), to say the least. His biological family isn't as bad, but it's implied that Heffer's biological father didn't want him, his real mom was killed and made into a car seat in Illinois, and his stepmom is a sweet cow who's married to a Jerk Ass.
  • Extreme Omnivore
  • Fat Best Friend: Type A (confident and brash) , with some elements of Type C (airheaded)
  • Fat Idiot: Not too bright to say the least.
  • Fat Slob: He rarely cleans up after himself.
  • Happily Adopted: As stated above, he's a steer that was adopted into a wolf family. While initially upset by learning that he was adopted, he eventually comes to accept the Wolfes as his real family.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: Happens to just about every character in the series, but Heffer suffers it especially bad when his dad bans him from going to anymore Weasel Scout functions. He gets better, though.
    • Also when he learned he was adopted.
  • Hidden Depths: He's actually skilled at Roller Skating in "Wallaby on Wheels".
    • In spite of being such a slacker, he holds down several jobs throughout the series (paperboy, mailman, Christmas tree salesman, security guardnote , server in the Chameleon Bros.' coffee shop).
  • I Am Not Weasel: He doesn't like it when people call him a "cow".
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He can be self-centered at times, but he truly does value Rocko as a friend.
  • Keet
  • Man Child: He's a complete moron who still lives with his (adoptive) parents.
  • The McCoy
  • The Millstone: Many of Rocko's problems are kick-started by something Heffer does, and even when he tries to help, he sometimes ends up screwing things up even worse.
  • Nutritional Nightmare: His addiction to Pasture Puffies has landed him in a coma as shown in "Put To Pasture".
  • Raised by Wolves: Literally. The family did intend to eat him (his father even referred to him as "Steak" and passed off marking off the cuts of beef on his body as a "birthmark"), but they grew to love him.
  • The Slacker
  • Straw Loser
  • Vegetarian Carnivore: Inverted; he's a normally herbivorous animal who loves to eat meat (and anything else too). Justified because he was raised by carnivores.

Filburt Shellbachner

Voiced by: Doug Lawrence, Tom Kenny (singing voice)
Rocko's other best friend. A geeky turtle with numerous phobias. Became married to Dr. Hutchinson in later episodes.

  • Ambiguously Gay: Only mildly, unless you're talking about Camera Shy...
  • Ascended Extra: He started off as a Recurring Extra, but before Season 1 was over, he was fleshed out as Rocko's other best friend.
  • Ascended Meme: I AM THE CHEESE! I AM THE BEST CHARACTER ON THE SHOW! I AM BETTER THAN BOTH THE BALONEY AND THE SALAMI COMBINED!!!
  • Babies Ever After: He and Dr. Hutchison end up having children.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Pushing him too far isn't a good idea.
  • Catchphrase: "I'm nauseous", "Oh boy", "Oh fishsticks"
  • Coming of Age: In the episode "Born to Spawn", Filburt is angsting about becoming an adult as he is forced to go to Kerplopitgoes Island (his birthplace) for a Rite of Passage. Which turns out to be a theme party in honor of The '70s, where all the nerdy turtles become temporarily cool.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: Word of God says that the reason he wears glasses is because he "touched himself too much" when he was a kid.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: In the early episodes like "Canned" and "Rocko's Happy Sack," Filburt was a generic character who wasn't established to be Rocko's friend. In "Canned," he was the customer who kept saying, "Turn the page, wash your hands..." and in "Rocko's Happy Sack," he was a cashier who almost charged Rocko's $150 for his groceries.
  • Give Geeks a Chance: See Happily Married right below.
  • Happily Married: He and Dr. Hutchison get married and are clearly happy together.
  • Hollywood Nerd
  • I Was Quite a Looker: Word of God says he used to be handsome and athletic, but a case of unrequited love sent him into a downward spiral, which entailed a stay at a mental institution and culminated in his present Nerd status.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Dr. Hutchison, much to the irritation of his family.
  • Mistaken for Aliens: In the 'diary' episode, Heffer and Rocko find out that Filburt is an alien bend on taking over the world, but naturally it was just a misunderstanding from his novel called "Filburt's Secret Journal." or WAS IT?
  • Nerd Glasses: Which get passed onto his sons.
  • New Job as the Plot Demands: His earliest appearances would keep on giving him a different job depending on what was appropriate for the episode.
  • Removable Shell: Occasionally, his shell is treated like clothing.
  • Shout-Out: To Woody Allen (just the neurotic, possibly Jewish nerd angle, not the "dating/marrying underaged Asian girls" angle).
  • Shrinking Violet: Usually. When he becomes a lounge singer, he manages to get past this mostly.
  • Sickly Neurotic Geek
  • The Smart Guy
  • The Spock
  • Straw Loser
  • Turtle Power: He's a turtle.
  • Younger Than They Look: He's 38 in "Future Schlock", but looks more like he's in his 80's or 90's. At the end of the episode, he looks like his normal self, suggesting he just hadn't been taking care of himself.

Ed Bighead

Voiced by: Charlie Adler
Rocko's cantankerous toad neighbour who hates Rocko (and everything else). Works as a corporate drone for Conglom-O Corporation.

  • Asshole Victim: Whenever he Takes a Level In Jerkass, he will get his just desserts for it. The episodes "Canned" and "Zanzibar" are blatant examples.
  • Bowties Are Cool: Bowties are pretty common throughout the series, but Ed is the most prominent character to wear one as part of his regular outfit.
  • Break the Cutie: "Old Fogey Froggy" showed he was actually a happy go-getter, but the same job and routine for 30 years sapped his will to live.
  • Butt Monkey: Takes it even worse than Rocko.
  • Can't Get Away with Nuthin'
  • Catchphrase: "I hate my life"
  • The Chew Toy: Any injury he suffers is satisfying since he brings most of them upon himself.
  • Cranky Neighbor: He despises Rocko with a passion and constantly chastises Spunky for getting into his salmon bushes.
  • The Cynic: And how!
  • Foil: To Rocko. Rocko is a nice person who doesn't mean anyone harm, while Ed is a jerk who does everything he can to make Rocko miserable.
  • Green and Mean: A grumpy toad with an ill-tempered attitude.
  • Grumpy Bear
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Almost anything sets him off, to Spunky eating in his salmon bushes to living next door to Rocko in general.
  • Henpecked Husband: Bev is the only person on the show he fears.
  • I Have No Son: At first.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: As seen in a Flashback from when he and Bev were first married some 30 years back.
  • Jerkass: His defining character trait is that he's really unpleasant.
    • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: His reconciliation with his son Ralph earns him this, but only towards his son. Otherwise, he's a...
    • Jerk With A Heart Of Jerk: For example, think he was being generous when he offered Rocko a job? Two seconds later, he blows that sky high when it's revealed he only did so because the job was 'Test Subject' and it would have involved Rocko being mutilated or even killed.
  • Large Ham: He shouts a lot of his dialogue. It helps that his voice actor is Charlie Adler.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: What he gets struck with when his jerkassness crosses the line, usually resulting in him uttering his catchphrase.
  • No Indoor Voice: His loud voice once caused an avalanche in the episode "Cabin Fever" for starters.
  • Straw Loser: If there's one character who's got it much worse than Rocko, it's Ed Bighead, who usually deserves it.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: He'll happily eat anything with flies.
  • Unknown Rival: Rocko and friends are aware of what a jerk Ed can be, but they have no idea that Ed hates them so much that he has an entire team of scientists dedicated to disposing of them.

Bev Bighead

Voiced by: Charlie Adler
Ed Bighead's wife.

Spunky

Voiced by: Carlos Alazraqui
Rocko's pet bull terrier

Dr. Paula Hutchison

Voiced by: Linda Wallem
A cat dentist with a hook hand and a big smile on her face. Became Filburt's wife in later episodes.

Chuck and Leon Chameleon

A pair of snooty chameleons with exaggerated Swedish accents. Usually seen running random businesses.

Really Really Big Man

Voiced by: Tom Kenny
O-Town's local superhero. His power is the, ahem..."Nipples of the Future" which he stretches out into people's eyes and shows them the future.

Mr. Dupette

Voiced by: Charlie Adler
The head of Conglom-O Corporation and Ed Bighead's boss, although he started out as the owner of a comic book shop. Appears to be a reptile of some kind.

Gladys The Hippo Lady

Voiced by: Charlie Adler
A large hippopotamus woman in stretch pants. Don't invade her personal space. That won't end well

  • Big Fun: Once Rocko gets to know her better, she enjoys having fun with him.
  • Catch Phrase: See "Who Dares"
  • The Ditz: See "Fat Idiot".
  • Fat Girl: Though it doesn't bother her
  • Fat Idiot: Most notably in her last appearance, where she has difficulty grasping the concept of the "ding dong ditch" prank.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Somewhat. She's a lot nicer and grateful to Rocko in her last appearance, and doesn't even pummel him once.
  • Tsundere
  • Vocal Dissonance: Whenever she shouts "How dare you", her voice suddenly becomes masculine.
  • Who Dares?: She shouts "HOW DARE YOU?!" whenever some unfortunate person ends up in her cleavage.

Ralph Bighead

Voiced by:Joe Murray
Ed and Bev's son and creator of Shows Within A Show "The Fatheads" and "Wacky Delly".

Melba Toast

A mysterious girl who lives next door to Rocko. The only thing we really know about her is that Rocko has a crush on her.


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