Characters / Rocko's Modern Life

Rocko Rama
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.

  • Adorkable: His shyness and friendly nature makes him rather likeable.
  • All There in the Manual: His last name, from the book "Not Just Cartoons: Nicktoons!" is Rama. (as in, Rock-o Rama. Get it?) This is not mentioned anywhere in the series (due to the staff not reaching a consensus, he was left without one proper during the show), similar to the protagonist of another show.
  • Animal Gender-Bender: Averted. Being a male wallaby he clearly lacks a pouch.
  • Badass Adorable: He's a very likeable person and occasionally isn't afraid to stand up for himself.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Occasionally. He has completely destroyed a motorcycle because of bagpipe music once.
  • Born Unlucky: Almost nothing turns out great for him. His luck is almost always irrationally rotten.
  • Butt Monkey: He has unreasonably bad luck and is treated as a doormat by particularly everyone.
  • The Comically Serious: At times, particularly when dealing with the antics of his friends Heffer and Filburt.
  • Deadpan Snarker: At times he can make sarcastic comments about certain things. Particularly when he's annoyed.
  • Depending on the Writer: He either grew up in O-Town or emigrated there from Australia as an adult. The latter is said to be the true backstory of Rocko's life, but the former does crop up from time to time, causing a Continuity Snarl.
  • The Dog Bites Back: In the episode "Wimp on the Barbie" when Dingo returned and asked Rocko to punch him in the face for a shot of retribution for bullying him in childhood, to which Rocko reluctantly complies to.
  • Extreme Doormat: Big time, though he does have his moments where he puts his foot down.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Subverted, but he does tend to snap a LOT when he's in a bad mood.
  • Height Angst: Of the short variety.
  • The Hero: Sometimes The Smart Guy.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: The show's intro sums it up perfectly. Maybe even a little bit too perfectly...
  • I Am Not Weasel: He's not a beaver, he's a wallaby.
  • Kangaroos Represent Australia: Close - a wallaby rather than a kangaroo, but he's still one of the signature forms of Australian wildlife.
  • Lovable Coward: While Rocko is far from tough, he's also the nicest character on the show.
  • The Kirk
  • Mad Libs Catchphrase: "____day is a very dangerous day..."
  • No Respect Guy: The intro of the show is self explanatory.
  • Nice Guy: It's pretty rare for him to get angry. In fact, he doesn't show any hostility towards his neighbor Mr. Bighead even though he clearly doesn't like Rocko and constantly tries to make him miserable.
  • One of Us: invoked Worked at comic book stores (Super-Lot-O-Comics, headed by Mr. Dupette before he moved to Conglomo and Kind-Of-A-Lot-O-Comics, headed by Mr. Smitty), and loved it there (despite putting up with two terrible bosses).
  • Only Sane Man: He's usually the only character without any quirks or eccentricities.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter
  • Series Mascot
  • Sick Episode: He gets a bad case of the flu...
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: In some occasions, Rocko would have something go his way. These occasions happen mostly when he's around Ed Bighead, who has it much worse than Rocko, not that the former doesn't bring it upon himself.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In the episode "Power Trip", where he becomes a Bad Boss to Filburt. Luckily, he has a My God, What Have I Done? moment when Really Really Big Man gives him a What the Hell, Hero? speech, and apologizes to Filburt.
  • Unlucky Everydude: Emphasis on "unlucky".
  • White Male Lead: Well, if such a character was a wallaby.

Heffer Wolffe
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: He's overweight and a fun-loving guy.
  • 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: One time while living with Rocko, he made a casserole for lunch that contained stuff not usually considered edible, such as coffee grounds.
  • 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"; he much prefers the term "steer".
  • 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: Of the main trio, he's the one least likely to do any real work.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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: He wears glasses and is often socially inept.
  • 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.
  • Self-Abuse: Show creator Joe Murray says that the reason he wears glasses is because he "touched himself too much" when he was a kid.
  • 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: He tends to be more intelligent than Rocko and Heffer.
  • The Spock
  • Straw Loser
  • Turtle Power: He's a turtle.
  • What, Exactly, Is His Job?: After being fleshed out as a proper character, it's no longer clear what he does for a living.
  • 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': Every misdeed he does comes back to bite him in the ass.
  • 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: He severed ties with his son after he became a cartoonist and created The Fatheads, a cartoon starring unflattering caricatures of the creator's parents. He eventually reconciles with his son after realizing that he does care about him after all.
  • 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.


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.

  • Bowties Are Cool: Sports a flashy green one.
  • Cartoon Creature: What is he exactly? An iguana? A crocodile? A dragon? A dinosaur?
  • Character Tic: He's always picking his nose.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: He's the head of Conglom-O and is often a very unpleasant person.
  • Evil Redhead: His pointy hair is a rather unusual shade of orange.
  • Graceful Loser: In "Teed Off", he plays a game of golf against Ed. Mr. Dupette is undefeated, since his underlings always conspire without his knowledge to make sure he wins, but when Heffer catches wind of this, he foils their plans and makes Ed win. Mr. Dupette takes it all surprisingly well, although Ed misses out on the promotion he would have gotten had he lost.
  • Hidden Depths: Has a side job as a clown, and persuades Ed to accept and act on his desires to be a clown.
  • Pointy-Haired Boss: Literally and figuratively.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: His job title? "Slimy Boss."

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.


He may have a silly name, but he's probably the closest thing the show has to a Big Bad. Lives in You-Know-Where.

  • Big "NO!": Belts one out as being given "the Ultimate Punishment."
  • Deal with the Devil: Nets Heffer into one in "Heff in a Handbasket." Too bad Heffer's Grandma has other ideas.
  • Fate Worse Than Death: Suffers the "Ultimate Punishment" by the end of "Heff in a Handbasket". It's having a cartoon show that the main characters dismiss as boring.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: His name is Peaches.
  • Grim Reaper: He's basically supposed to bring people to their eternal Darnation, but he apparently hasn't done that for more than 600 years, much to the rage of his Master.