Characters: The Dreamstone
A guide to the residents of the Sleeping World in The Dreamstone.
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The Land Of Dreams
Tropes shared throughout the Land Of Dreams:
- Born Lucky/Born Winner: The Land of Dreams is a utopian bliss outside it's occasional wars with the Urpneys, who rarely cause any harm anyway, either due to the heroes' vast magic capabilities, greater competence and power, or at fail of them all, near elaborately better luck. They have odd Butt Monkey moments or cases they are forced to struggle for a victory however, especially later on.
- Bunnies for Cuteness: The Noops are basically green anthropomorphic rabbits, and the sweet residents of the Land Of Dreams' city.
- Denser and Wackier: The heroes tend to take part in the slapstick more often in later points of the series. Rufus and Amberley also gain more wisecracking personalities, compared to earlier episodes where the verbal humour was provided almost entirely by the Urpneys.
- Disproportionate Retribution: They are not against submitting enemies to sadistic pranks or lengthy brutal beatings for trying to ruin their lovely dreams. Being The Drag-Along isn't a pass out of it either. Later episodes seemed to be trying to subvert this, toning down most of the Noop's retaliations into harmless trickery, only using a violent approach when it was necessary.
- The goings on in the Land Of Dreams became increasingly harmonious and sickly sweet, originally just a pleasant town in the pilot with some abrasive members apparent.
- In contrast, their treatment of the Urpneys, which was originally just a case of Beware the Nice Ones, became a lot more gratuitously priggish and sadistic after the pilot. In episodes such as "The Dream Beam Invasion", they are all out Smug Snakes who are only willing to attack their foes when they're not a real threat. The later points of the series reversed this and made them far more restrained.
- Glass Cannon: The heroes almost always outmatch the Urpneys with little effort. Perhaps because of this however, they rarely ever anticipate the odd times the latter prove Not So Harmless, usually left helpless and reliant on dumb luck. The Noops and even Albert cowered before Frizz and Nug after they so much as implied they could fight back.
- Good Is Not Soft: The heroes can be very brutal, if not borderline sadistic, towards someone trying to take their stone.
- Hero Antagonist: Most episodes tend to give the Urpneys the greater Sympathetic P.O.V. than the heroes themselves. There are occasional exceptions however.
- Horrible Judge of Character: They seem perfectly and utterly convinced the Urpneys are menacing and willing enforcers of evil.
- Invincible Hero/Invincible Incompetent: While the competence of either side varies from episode to episode, the heroes usually have all the leverage and win with next to no hardship at all. Some later episodes gave them Worthier Opponents however.
- Kick Them While They Are Down: The heroes had a somewhat uneasy fondness for this initially, sometimes giving the Urpneys a post victory beatdown in order to "teach them a lesson" or just to ease the monotony of their harmless schemes. "Blob's Incredible Plan" revolves almost half the episode around the Dream Maker torturing the Urpneys in his daydream wall after already securing the stone from the very start.
- Naughty Is Good: The children of the group are usually well behaved and kind intentioned, but can be rather boisterous and have an occasional habit of disobeying orders when no one is looking.
- No Sympathy: Being The Drag-Along and having brutal execution via your Bad Boss as your only alternative is no excuse to go around ruining good dreams.
- Out of Focus: While the Urpneys still had a hefty amount of Sympathetic P.O.V., the pilot still clearly played Rufus and the other heroes as the main focus. In most later episodes, they are Hero Antagonists. Rufus and Amberley at least shift back into center focus a little in later episodes however.
- Plant Aliens: The Wuts, while not technically alien (though they certainly don't live on Earth at least); in one episode, Pildit is unrecognizable as an aged-looking yellowish Wut until he gets a drink by stepping into a pool of water.
- Pragmatic Hero: Few of the heroes seem to really give a flying fish if the Urpneys are Trapped In Villainy, and will take any brutal measure to stop them. This bordered Blood Knight or outright Unscrupulous Hero territory in early episodes, though later points made their retaliations more defensive, only attacking the Urpneys as far as to protect the stone and even showing mercy if it made their victories simpler. They sometimes relapsed however.
- Revenge Before Reason: The heroes tended to punish the Urpneys rather brutally in early episodes, apathetic to them being unwillingly drafted by Zordrak (usually through threat of torture or death). This was all out of principle for ruining dreams. The later episodes made changes so the heroes looked more provoked and gave them a more pragmatic attitude.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: The Noops and Wuts to a rather saccharine degree. And then there's the "ferocious" Wottles.
- Serious Business: Their entire provocation for most of the series is based on dreams and the stone that grants them. Great elaboration is put into making and perfecting them (including travelling to different planets among other things), and depriving people of them or, even worse, turning them into nightmares is considered nothing short of pure evil.
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: The later episodes focus more squarely on Rufus and Amberley going up against the Urpneys, with the other heroes only getting a couple token key roles.
- Strong as They Need to Be: The heroes' competence can range anywhere between completely outclassing the Urpneys with little effort, or Fools who rely on sheer luck to win. For the large part however, it abides by whatever makes the Urpneys' downfall most comically harrowing.
- Sugar Bowl: The place is fairly cheery and peaceful, to almost saccharine levels outside when Zordrak and the Urpneys attack them.
- Superpower Lottery: Rufus and Amberley are Badass Normals. Albert can fly. The Dreammaker and the Wuts have magic abilities capable of Super Strength, teleportation, dream creation, and borderline reality bending.
- A Taste Of Defeat: While usually well sheltered, the Urpneys sometimes succeeding in giving them nightmares or ruining some process. "The Dream Beam Invasion" is the only episode to outright end on the Noops being humiliated by the Urpneys however. Doubles as Laser-Guided Karma since they were pretty much Kicking Them While They Were Down at the time.
- "The Spidermobile" has almost every member of the hero ensemble (including the entire Wut army) overpowered by the Urpneys' new weapon twice over. While they manage to get the stone back, it's through dumb luck, and the vehicle and Blob's troops get through the whole episode without so much as a scratch.
- Unscrupulous Hero: A lot of their bouts go from protecting the stone to just screwing with the Urpneys for fun. Lessened in later episodes, where they are more in Pragmatic Hero territory, though this still crops up on occasions.
Wise head council of Dreammakers, responsible for sending dreams within the sleeping world.
- The Ace
- All-Loving Hero: While he's usually as pragmatic as the other heroes, he is clearly a Friend to All Living Things and there is at least one case in the series where he shows compassion towards his enemies.
- Big Good
- Characterization Marches On: In the first few episodes, the Dream Maker was a more eccentric, oblivious old fool, with Albert something of a Hyper Competent Sidekick. Episodes after present him as the most sensible and all knowing of the hero ensemble, usually acting as Mr. Exposition or a Reasonable Authority Figure.
- Ditzy Genius: In Season One.
- Dream Weaver: The Dreammaker is a positive example.
- Eccentric Mentor: In the first season.
- Everyone Calls Him Barkeep
- Hero Ball: The Dreammaker nearly always sends the powerless children Rufus and Amberley to retrieve the stone (with varying degrees of success), despite the enormous army of Wuts, and even himself, often proving capable of stopping the Urpneys much more handily. Numerous episodes are resolved by him using a Deus ex Machina power he seemingly had access to the entire time after the Noops fail.
- Imagination Based Super Power: Most of his powers and tools work as such.
- Mr. Exposition: Especially in later seasons.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: The Dreammaker has a rather advanced dictionary at times, and unlike Blob, seems to get it right (...we think...).
The Dreammaker's loyal dogfish. Brought to life from a dream, Albert swims in the air and has the general mannerisms of a normal dog.
- Badass in Distress: After Amberley, Albert was most liable to be kidnapped in some scheme to get the Dreamstone. He frequently saves himself.
- Big Friendly Dogfish: Very "boisterous" as the Dreammaker puts it, but very friendly overall...
- Angry Guard Dogfish: ...Until a villain tries to nab the stone that is.
- Blood Knight: While none of the heroes (par Spildit) are particularly sympathizing to the Urpneys, Albert is the most exceptionally violent and merciless in stopping them. As the heroes' retaliations tamed a little, he seemed to settle for just scaring them off. Justified since Albert is more or less the form of a temperamental guard dog.
- Evil Detecting Dogfish: Sometimes able to see through the villains' plans.
- Flying Seafood Special
- Hyper Competent Sidekick: In some early episodes, where even the Dream Maker is ignorant to the Urpneys plotting right under his nose. Frequently met with bouts of Not Now, Kiddo.
- Miles Gloriosus: At times he shows a fearful streak, eg. "The Dream Beam Invasion". Like anyone he's terrified of Zordrak as well.
- Narrative Shapeshifting: Often does this when trying to alert the heroes of impending danger.
- Silent Snarker
- Team Pet
- Terror Hero: Type 3. The heroes can usually easily sway the Urpneys away by threatening to send Albert on them.
- Tulpa: Started off as part of a dream to an unsatisfied Noop. The Dream Maker was endeared by him so brought him into the real world so he wouldn't disappear with the rest of the dream.
- The Voiceless: The only word he has ever managed to say is a somewhat distorted "Tower!".
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Ironically enough, Albert is terrified of water. An Out-of-Character Moment occurs in the final episode where Albert nonchalantly swims in the ocean.
Young assistant of the Dreammaker. Clumsy and not to bright but often relied on to protect the stone when the Urpneys attack.
- Aborted Arc: A handful of early episodes referred to his ambition to become a dream maker, learning light magic and at one point even suggested to have an Imagination Based Super Power. This is never looked into again afterwards.
- Adorkable: Rather oafish and spacey at times (especially in the pilot).
- Dork Knight: Balanced by being a somewhat competent hero on occasion.
- Adventure Duo: With Amberley.
- Advertised Extra: Sort of. While Rufus is a prominent character, he was billed as the main character in most promotional work and merchandise (his face is slapped on almost all artwork and video covers). While this treatment is consistent with the pilot, in most other episodes he is either among many Hero Antagonists to the Urpneys or a bit player no more important than Amberley.
- The Artifact: Not as badly as Zordrak, but once the Urpneys took centre spotlight, Rufus' lead role and development was cut rather noticeably.
- Brilliant but Lazy: Utilized on occasion, especially in the pilot. He's a chronic daydreamer and an occasional slacker, but is implied to be an efficient enough worker by the Dreammaker and when the Dreamstone is in danger, he can be surprisingly tactful. Odd episodes show him spontaneously coming up with rather eccentric but successful plans to win the day.
- Characterization Marches On: In the pilot Rufus was played more as the main protagonist of the show. He is also played as a much more clownish, downtrodden figure. In most later episodes, Rufus is downplayed into a Hero Antagonist and toned down into a cutesier and far less introspective character.
- The pilot can also be jarring to watch given Rufus takes almost as much cartoon abuse as the Urpneys (violently kicked out of a building, crushed by a stack of dream bottles, charred by lightning, etc). While Rufus has odd buffoonish moments in later episodes, they are much more subtle, the Urpneys delivering most of the heavy exaggerated slapstick.
- Cheerful Child
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: A downplayed case, Depending on the Writer. Especially evident in the pilot.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass
- Deuteragonist: When not a Hero Antagonist. Some later episodes attempt to give him and Amberley small side plots alongside the Urpney's schemes.
- The Ditz
- Early Installment Weirdness/Later Installment Weirdness: Rufus' Cloud Cuckoo Lander habits faded after the pilot. And then reappeared in the final season. He's similarly a lot more slapstick prone in both eras.
- The Everyman: Half the time, due to playing a Hero Antagonist role, Rufus is downplayed heavily. The aforementioned changes to his personality didn't help in this regard.
- Flanderization: Subverted and Reconstructed. While he became more lucid and less cartoony after the pilot, he also became more incompetent. By Season Two he is often Too Dumb to Live and screwing things up on a regular basis (something he only did a moderate number of time in Season One). By Season Four he is back to his goofier but more competent characterisation.
- The Fool: Depending on the Writer Rufus can be rather formidable. Other times however, immense luck seems to be the only thing preventing him from being more pitiful than the Urpneys.
- Forbidden Fruit: Anytime the Dream Maker wards the Noops away from something, it's almost certainly a sign Rufus will disobey it, usually with the stone getting stolen as a result.
- The Hero: A strange nominal case. Rufus is usually billed as such, but is usually of no greater prominence than the others. In most early episodes after the pilot, he borders more as a Tagalong Kid.
- Hero Antagonist: A lot less Sympathetic P.O.V. is given to Rufus in a lot of episodes, in favor of making the Urpneys Villain Protagonists. It varies from episode to episode however (in the pilot he is in fact the main protagonist).
- Hidden Depths: Implied to be a great cook.
- Idiot Ball/Strawman Ball: Usually whenever one of the heroes is required to say or do the wrong thing, he will take the role. Most often to happen when an act of carelessness is required for the Urpneys to get their hands on the Dreamstone.
- Idiot Hero: Of varying degrees Depending on the Writer.
- Indy Ploy: Most of his defining moments are these.
- Invincible Incompetent: He has moments of bravado, but he relies very much on the Urpneys' complete incompetence most of the time. Either way, he is almost always on the winning end.
- The Klutz: Not nearly as much as the Urpneys, but it's definitely there at times.
- The Load: After having Took a Level in Dumbass, most especially in Season Two. Gradually averted afterwards, though he's still the most liable to screw things up.
- Miles Gloriosus: Has moments of this, perhaps most blatantly in "The Dream Beam Invasion".
- Motor Mouth: At times. Leans into Talkative Loon territory in some later episodes.
- Mr. Imagination: Pretty much Rufus' most defining trait, and the key reason he searched for employment from the Dream Maker.
- Non-Action Guy: Most of the time, he has Badass Normal moments however.
- The Meddling Kids Are Useless: Starting from the second season, Rufus became rather ineffective in stopping the Urpneys, usually relying on dumb luck or his more competent peers sorting things out Despite The Plan. This reversed a little during the third season, though still shifts back every now and then.
- Ornamental Weapon: Wears a sword on his belt in the first season, which remains there unused outside the first two episodes. It disappears altogether when he is redesigned.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: Rufus is a Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass Muggle, while next to every other hero is more experienced, level headed and has near insurmountable magic powers on top of it.
- Ricky Morton: The recurring formula for almost every mid-point episode was for Rufus and Amberley to get sent to stop the Urpneys' new plan, only to be outsmarted or captured until their more powerful comrades took over at the last minute. This was mercifully downplayed for the remainder of the series, where they could more frequently handle things themselves.
- Simple-Minded Wisdom: Not nearly as much as Nug, but being over imaginative has it's strong points odd times.
- This Loser Is You: To some degree. He is essentially a normal bumbling kid in a bunch of sagely powerful heroes. Granted having the Urpneys as your foes is enough to make him look like an Invincible Hero half the time.
- Took a Level in Dumbass/Dumbass No More: Zigzagged in intelligence throughout the series. In the pilot and some episodes of the first season, he was more a spacey but resourceful and competent hero. Starting the Second Season he became more an average dopey kid who couldn't level up to the other more capable heroes (and tended to keep being responsible for the stone getting lost in the first place). Throughout the later half of the series, his competence gradually returns and he reverts back to being a dippy but deceptively intelligent hero.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: A more subtle case with Amberley.
- The Watson: Usually utilised to ask questions about the current situations so the Dream Maker could provide exposition.
Best friend of Rufus and fellow child assistant to the Dreammaker. Somewhat more level headed than Rufus, though equally boisterous.
- Adorably Precocious Child: On occasions. She's noticeably more intelligent than Rufus and unlike him, seems to hold down her job rather competently. At times however her bratty temper flares and she can be twice as rambunctious as him.
- Adventure Duo: With Rufus.
- The Berserker: She's much more aggressive in Season One. The pilot is perhaps the most blatant case of this.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Rather friendly and cheerful, but can be rather vicious when angered. The Urpneys learnt that the hard way.
- Characterization Marches On: Similar to Rufus, Amberley was a much more comical and cynical character in the pilot. Also while still displaying Cheerful Child traits in early episodes, she had a more defining temper, and on occasion could be rather shrill, haughty and sarcastic (usually with Rufus' bumbling as a trigger). Much like Rufus she is made much more innocent and less abrasive in later episodes, though her original persona reemerges on spaced occasions.
- Cheerful Child
- Mouthy Kid: But with occasional moments of this.
- Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Depending on how bad Rufus is in the episode, she usually plays The Straight Man.
- Cool Big Sis: Has moments of this towards Spildit.
- Deuteragonist: Like Rufus, when not a Hero Antagonist, she is this.
- Distressed Damsel: Seems to be the most frequently captured of the hero cast. Rufus also daydreams her as one in a couple of his Imagine Spots.
- Faux Action Girl: Though she can throw a mean punch, it usually doesn't stop her getting captured.
- Fiery Redhead: Though usually rather level headed and cheerful, has intense moments of this at times. Borders as The Berserker in the first season.
- The Everygirl: Depending on the Writer (see Rufus example).
- The Fool: Mostly to the same inconsistant level as Rufus.
- Hero Antagonist: Again, with varying lengths from episode to episode.
- Hot-Blooded: Usually Closer to Earth, though shown to have a fiery temperament on occasion.
- Invincible Incompetent: Again, similar to Rufus.
- Little Miss Snarker: Has her moments, especially early on.
- Motor Mouth: Sometimes if excited or amazed by the current events.
- Not So Above It All: Amberley was usually established as more well behaved than Rufus, though at odd times could be randomly disobedient as well (she ignores the Dream Maker's warnings as quickly as he does in "Electric Eggs" for example, and is quickly goaded into joining a reckless mission in "Argorrible Attack").
- Overshadowed by Awesome: Much like Rufus, Amberley is a Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass Muggle within a team of experienced and near omnipotent magical warriors. She fares slightly better than Rufus due to being Closer to Earth however.
- Plucky Girl
- Pragmatic Hero: Despite her usual antipathy for the Urpneys, she actually is one of few to display mercy upon them, stopping Rufus from attacking Urpgor since they already ruined his plan to steal the stone, and thus he is no longer a threat.
- Ricky Morton: See Rufus example above.
- Slapstick Knows No Gender: Zigzagged. She bumbles as much as Rufus does, but her abuse is much softer slapstick compared to that of the Urpneys.
- The Strategist: Between her and Rufus at least, especially later on. She is usually the one to provide exposition to situations and think up strategies to fend off the villains.
- The Meddling Kids Are Useless: Again, depending how incompetent Rufus is in the episode, Amberley is usually the same.
- Took a Level in Badass: Similar to Rufus, Amberley was usually a Useless Protagonist in the second season, and even in the first had limited moments of effectiveness, usually playing a Faux Action Girl or Distressed Damsel. In the third and forth season, Amberley becomes more tactical, often forming team strategies, with her and Rufus being the most consistent reason for the Urpneys being stopped.
- Tsundere: Light case, usually towards Rufus.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Has odd moments of this with Rufus.
- The Watson: Though she is at least a bit more knowledgable than Rufus.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: It is left unexplained how Amberley came to be employed by the Dream Maker between the pilot and the second episode.
- Women Are Wiser: Downplayed example. Amberley is more level headed than Rufus, but still rather bumbling, and much more temperamental at times. She is far less competent than older peers such as the Dream Maker and Pildit as well.
Leader of the Wuts, who guard the Land Of Dreams. Usually mellow but intelligent and powerful in magic.
- The Ace
- Mellow Fellow: Depending on the Writer.
- Mr. Exposition: When the Dream Maker isn't around, Pildit usually takes this role.
- Nice Guy
- Out of Focus: Makes only two or three appearances in Seasons Three and Four.
- The Spock: Not a lot fazes Pildit, who is usually narrowly focused on his tasks and rather mellow and matter of fact about everything.Pildit: *after being attacked by the Urpneys' Whirlyped* Well...that was interesting...
The Dream Maker's curmudgeonly gardener.
- The Chew Toy: The most likely to suffer collateral damage from the Urpneys' antics.
- Most of the rare occasions the heroes suffered a Downer Ending, he was at the main brunt of it (eg. having his surprise gift stolen in "Mr Blossom's Present", the Noops accidentally destroying his plant in "Trouble With The Miners" or crushing his glasses in "Little Urpip").
- Grumpy Old Man
- Hates Everyone Equally: Is apathetic to heroes and villains alike, especially due to their tendencies to take their war all over his precious garden.
- Jerkass: The nearest the Land of Dreams can get to one at least. It's natural in that case he has odd Jerk with a Heart of Gold moments though.
Pildit's somewhat hyperactive grandmother. Also one of the most competant of the Wuts.
- The Ace
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: She's one of the dizzier heroes.
- Eccentric Mentor
- Girls Need Role Models: Played with. Wildit is rather eccentric and doesn't quite act her age, but is still one of the most formidable heroes in the show. Allegedly she was created due to Executive Meddling calling for more female characters.
- Large Ham
- Never Mess with Granny
- Auntie Bear: To Spildit.
- Out of Focus: Not as badly as Pildit, but her prominence fades in the later seasons.
Wildit's playful niece.
- Badass Adorable: When not obliviously helping the villains, she actually seems more competent than the Noops.
- Break the Cutie: Spends the majority of "The Jolly Bird" despondent after breaking her new toy, until she meets the title character.
- Cheerful Child: Albeit with frequent Bratty Half-Pint moments.
- Cousin Oliver
- Friendly Enemy: She will stop the Urpneys when she knows they are committing evil, but she naively sees it as a game they are playing and is outright charitable to them when they don't seem to be causing trouble.
- Go-Karting with Bowser: Spildit frequently alternates between threatening to bash in the Urpneys and offering a picnic for them.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Is often oblivious to the Urpneys and even Zordrak being villains and obliviously helps (granted the Urpneys aren't really all that evil, but she often ends up duped into helping their schemes regardless).
- Motor Mouth
- Only Friend: About the only thing in the show's universe that doesn't loathe the Urpneys.
- Plucky Girl
- Sympathy for the Devil: Probably the one source of empathy Blob's men ever get.
Tropes shared throughout Viltheed:
- Beware the Silly Ones: While it's not seen a whole lot, it seems Blob's team are actually capable of rare bouts of competence whenever they stop being the Sleeping World's Cosmic Playthings. In several other episodes they actually come close to getting the stone, only losing due to a contrived twist of fate rather than the heroes' own efforts.
- The Chew Toy: The whole damn population.
- Comic Trio: Sgt. Blob, Frizz and Nug. Blob leads incompetently, Frizz is a powerless Only Sane Man and dippy Nug (though similarly cowardly) usually just blindly follows.
- Diminishing Villain Threat: In the pilot episode, the Urpneys were bumblers, but acted out their mission and were at least something of a mortal threat to the heroes. Following this, they are perpetual laughing stocks who are completely no match for the heroes and struggle to even spread nightmares. This reached such a low point that it actually seemed to dial back a little, and by the closing points of the series they revert to being marginally imposing at times.
- Dirty Coward: While they try to get out of their job either way, the Urpneys have nothing against putting the heroes in constant peril if it will spare them from Zordrak's wrath.
- Goldfish Poop Gang: Sgt Blob's squad.
- Harmless Villain: Zordrak was usually inactive, sending his incompetent Urpneys to do his bidding. Especially prominant in early seasons where their plans rarely exceeded trying to give the Land Of Dreams scary dreams.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Starting from "A Day Out", Zordrak expands his plans for the Dreamstone; to take it to the Nightmare Planet and corrupt it's powers into his own so he can be "Lord of the Universe". Suddenly, there's much higher stakes whenever he and the Urpneys near stealing the stone, especially the odd occasion the Urpneys actually managed to pull something off.
- The penultimate episode, "The Spidermobile" conveys Blob and his men as Invincible Villains inside Urpgor's new Spider Tank, only failing due to a well timed blunder by Zordrak and Urpgor.
- Minion with an F in Evil: The Urpneys are portrayed as meek bumblers, usually only victimizing the Land Of Dreams out of fear of Zordrak's wrath. Only Blob and Urpgor are evidently conniving and ambitious, though even they are often ineffectual.
- Ornamental Weapon: Similar to Rufus, the Urpneys wear swords on their belts in the first season that are never used. Season Two onward they just cut the formalities and take them off.
- Pragmatic Villainy: While they are willing to torment the Land Of Dreams if it means preserving their own skin, most of the Urpneys' efforts to steal the stone are non violent and rarely do they go out of their way to cause collateral damage or other unnessessary harm. In the final episode they kidnap a bunch of civilians as ransom, though dump them all (mostly) safely after supposedly collecting the stone. Only punctuated by the heroes' far more personal attitude to things.
- The Scapegoat: The heroes devote a lot more time punishing Drag Alongs Frizz and Nug than they do Zordrak.
- Serious Business: Sending nightmares, or at least ruining good dreams. For Zordrak and the Argorribles at least. Most of the Urpneys couldn't care less, but given the wrath Zordrak inflicts for not getting to sending them, they still know better to comply.
- Team Rocket Wins: On rare occasions, the Urpneys actually succeeded in sending nightmares to the Land Of Dreams (even if the heroes usually got some form of revenge before the episode was over). It is implied that Argorribles actually get past the Dreamstone's barrier on a frequent basis, but in very few numbers.
- Trapped In Villainy: Most of the Urpneys are impersonal dim wits who only follow Zordrak's orders because of his tendency to turn Mooks into stone or feed them to his carnivorous pets should they annoy him. Granted it's not so much they have a conscience as much as they'd just prefer not to be sent out on dangerous missions with ridiculous gadgets in tow to steal from angry Noops and Wuts.
- They change to Punch Clock Villains in later episodes, even sabotaging one of Zordrak's schemes so he won't relieve them off their duties. Frizz and Nug would still rather not be dragged into missions however.
- Villain Ball Magnet: No matter how affable or outspoken they are about hating their job, the heroes always consider the Urpneys the highest level of scum and treat their presence with utter horror or contempt. The nearest to a truce being attempted was by the heroes Heel-Face Brainwashing them.
- Villain Protagonist: The majority of episodes give the Urpneys the larger Sympathetic P.O.V. over the heroes, with all but a couple opening and closing from their perspective.
- Villainous Underdog: The Urpneys are less intelligent, powerful, and especially less lucky than the heroes by miles. Only Zordrak beholds formidable power, but is thoroughly inactive, and even otherwise usually proves no match for the heroes.
Ruthless ruler of Viltheed who will stop at nothing to steal the Dreamstone and disperse nightmares to the Sleeping World. Has a noticeably unpredictable temper, which is often lashed out on his minions.
- Advertised Extra: Partially due to being...
- The Artifact: Zordrak's appearances became more and more superfluous as the show began to revolve more around the antics of Urpgor and Blob's squad, to the point he fulfils almost no role in the show outside his intimidation acting as a driving force for the Urpney's schemes.
- Bad Boss: Zordrak has three primary punishments for his minions. 1: Turning them into stone. 2: As before, then throwing them into the watery pit filled with Extreme Omnivore crocodile/wasp/crab/things known as Frazznats. 3: Throwing them to the aforementioned carnivorous horrors while still alive. We actually see him do method three in the pilot, though of course there's a Gory Discretion Shot. Even when he doesn't kill them, Zordrak is not a kind master to labor under.
- Pragmatic Villainy: While Zordrak seemed to exterminate mooks at whim in early episodes, when Urpgor later encourages him to do the same to Blob, he declines, coming to find the method as ineffective and "a waste of a perfectly servicable Urpney". Not that he won't frequently find other less lethal ways to punish his mooks however.
- Big Bad
- Characterization Marches On: Zordrak seemed more calculating and invested in the Urpneys' schemes in Season One, taking genuine interest in Urpgor's inventions and even giving passive compliments to them. After the failure of "Megattack", Zordrak seemed to lose patience with Urpgor, reduced to a bored, irritable despot who can rarely even be bothered to remember the names of his devices.
- The Comically Serious: Though rather intimidating, his role in the show largely consists of banter with his minions, a lot of which is pretty funny.
- Determinator: He really wants the Dreamstone.
- The Dreaded: His very name brings fear into allies and foes alike.
- Dream Weaver: He used to be one of these alongside the Dreammaker, and could arguably be still classified as one, though now he focuses on creating nightmares (his "Argorribles" are basically living nightmares).
- Flanderization: His Bad Boss facets became the entirety of role Season Two onwards, to the point he spent most of his screentime abusing the Urpneys than doing anything effectively villainous anymore. His temper and voice patterns also took over his personality.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Zordrak can switch between reserved and stoic to earth shattering rage at the blink of an eye. Granted neither are particularly welcoming to his minions.
- Hate Sink: After his involvement as Big Bad dwindled, he seems to exist as little more than the one legitimately evil fraction in Viltheed. The Urpneys' sympathetic blundering is usually interspersed with scenes of the heroes spouting the potential horrors should Zordrak actually get the stone.
- Karma Houdini: Zordrak is about the one genuinely villainous member of Viltheed, and is guilty of mass murder of his troops and at least one hero. Since he spends most of the series dormant in his lair however, he rarely receives punishment, his Mooks taking the brunt of the heroes' wrath the large majority of the time.
- Karma Houdini Warranty: He ends up the Butt Monkey to the Urpney's stupidity in the last handful of episodes (ironically Blob's men get off rather easy for once).
- Knight of Cerebus: In Season One, and to a lesser degree, Season Four. Though not without his own comical moments, is a far more sinister and intimidating villain than his minions by miles, usually the odd occasion he has active involvement in a plan is indication things are going to get a bit more serious.
- Large Ham: And how.
- Mandatory Line: Usually stuck giving the odd unimpressed commentary towards the Urpneys' bumbling for most of Season Two onwards.
- One-Winged Angel: It's eventually revealed that Zordrak as we see him in the series is basically a case of somebody doing this and then staying that way. He was originally part of the Council of Dreammakers as a fairly normal looking, human sized being; when they ousted him for his evil ways, he first assumed his dragon-like form, then grew into the giant monstrosity he presently is.
- Orcus on His Throne: Zordrak rarely comes off his throne, usually leaving his minions to do the dirty work for him. In later seasons, he loses involvement in tactizing as well, having little role except driving Urpgor and the other Urpneys into making new schemes to steal the stone.
- Out of Focus: From about mid Season Two, Zordrak has little role outside the occasional rant at the Urpneys to hurry up stealing the stone.
- The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: From Season Two onward. Since Zordrak usually leaves the schemes entirely in the Urpneys' hands (both in plotting and in action), his role as Big Bad mostly consists of chewing out his minions and sitting on his throne bored.
- Satellite Character: While he at least faced the heroes odd times in the first season, he remains dormant in Viltheed for the rest of the series, his interaction limited to Urpgor and Blob.
- Sorcerous Overlord: He rarely shows it, but Zordrak is a very powerful wizard in his own right, capable of creating horrors like his Argorribles and the Neemod and possibly even his Frazznats, or turning creatures to stone.
- Suddenly Shouting: His trademark speech pattern, especially in later episodes.
- Villain Ball: Zordrak's Army of Urpneys measures thousands if not Tens of Thousands. He uses them en-masse in only a handful of episodes, and goes himself even less. For the rest of the entire series he just uses Blob, Frizz and Nug (and Urpgor at a stretch). Never deviating to use more or try different ones despite their consistent failure.
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: Zordrak is a pretty creepy villain, even when not compared to a highly cutesy Noops.
Psychotic Mad Scientist and loyal right hand minion to Zordrak (at least when the time fits). Creates the many inventions the Urpneys use to attack the Land Of Dreams and steal the Dreamstone.
- Breakout Character: In the first season, Urpgor's role was somewhat minor and more as a Satellite Character for the Urpneys. Later on he gains a more active role and is often as much a Villain Protagonist as Blob, Frizz and Nug (naturally this also begins his ascension as The Chew Toy).
- Characterization Marches On: In early episodes, Urpgor was more decrepit and even more manic (like a traditional Igor), he also seemed to be more on the winning end of his war with Blob's team, his implied favoritism from Zordrak seeming to be true. From the very start of the second season however, Urpgor starts gaining more Sympathetic P.O.V., from which his personality becomes more lucid and cynical and he is revealed to be even more of a Butt Monkey to his master than the others.
- The Chew Toy
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: To extremes.
- Co-Dragons: Of the rivalistic sort alongside Sgt Blob to Zordrak.
- Comedic Sociopath: Enjoys torturing Blob and his men, actually thrives on the idea Zordrak will do to them what he did to their predecesor.
- Eyes Always Shut: In the first season, he has a near perpetual squint. This disappears after he is given a more expressive redesign in Season Two.
- Gadgeteer Genius: As buffoonish as he is, most of his inventions are very intricate and work exactly as are intended. It often more their mishandling by him or Blob's team that is their downfall.
- Genre Savvy: Urpgor knows Blob's team are incompetent handling his inventions and will most likely fail at their mission, something he tries vigorously to convince Zordrak.
- Giggling Villain
- Glory Hound
- The Igor: Obviously, with a name like that.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain
- Insufferable Genius
- Iron Butt Monkey
- Large Ham
- Lets See You Do Better: In later episodes Urpgor sometimes has involvement in missions to steal the stone. "Urpgor's Great Adventure" in particular revolves around him trying to do the job himself after getting tired of Blob's incompetence, with the expected results.
- Mad Scientist
- Middle Management Mook: Seems to be given a higher position than most of Zordrak's mooks. As a result he sees himself as superior to the other Urpneys, constantly giving orders or abusing them. All the while he is usually just as incompetant and spends the majority of spare time from making gadgets acting as Zordrak's favorite punching bag.
- The Other Darrin: Leonard Whiting is replaced by Gary Martin for the final season.
- Psycho Supporter: To Zordrak, when not trying to usurp his throne for himself anyway.
- Reliable Traitor: Zordrak seems aware of Urpgor's two faced ways, though given he creates the large majority of the Urpney's weaponery, transportation, and even most of the plans in later episodes, he's rather indespensible. Naturally when Zordrak finds an alternate force to send nightmares, he often kicks Urpgor out on the spot.
- Satellite Character: Urpgor usually remained in Viltheed, and even in most exceptions rarely faced the heroes directly, as such his interaction was limited to Zordrak and the Urpneys.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: To Blob. Also to Zarag to a lesser degree.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Equally bumbling as the rest of the Urpneys, but highly narcissistic, being "the flower of Urpney inteligence" and all.
- Smug Snake
- The Starscream
- Verbal Tic: Often lets out a big slobbery rasp after finishing a sentence.
- Villain Protagonist
Gung ho but dillusional military leader of the Urpneys (promoted after the previous leader was fed to the Frazznats).
- Affably Evil: Sgt Blob is far more scheming and willingly devoted to Zordrak than most of the other Urpneys, though that's still not saying very much.
- The Blind Leading the Blind: Pretty much sums up his leadership skills.
- Boisterous Weakling: He has a loud mouth and puts on a formidable front, but often ends up handily outdone by two child Noops and their pet dogfish.
- The Chew Toy
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Not as much as Urpgor, but definitely not all there.
- Co-Dragons: To Zordrak alongside Urpgor (usually rivaling each other for their master's approval).
- Colonel Kilgore: Depending on the Writer. Other cases he is blatantly a Miles Gloriosus.
- Delusions of Eloquence: Blob's Malaproper tendencies are most obvious when he's trying to sound intellectual and/or authoritative.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: Sgt Blob plays with this, for the large part he has all the key traits of one and frequently drives the other Urpneys mad as a result, but it is presented in a harmless slapstick manner and he does frequently convey a genuine camaraderie towards his cadets.
- Fearless Fool: Blob plays with this, while he does have a cowardly streak, he seems to Know When to Fold 'Em a lot less often than Frizz and Nug.
- Glad I Thought of It: A Running Gag where Nug obliviously suggests a plan. Blob commends him for coming to the same conclusion he did.
- Glory Hound
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain
- Iron Butt Monkey
- Large Ham
- Malaproper: In addition to his 'eavily haccented speech, Blob's dialogue is rife with malapropisms.
- Mean Boss/Pointy-Haired Boss: To Frizz and Nug, the extent of either Depending on the Writer.
- Miles Gloriosus: Has moments of this. He is braver than most other Urpneys, though that's not saying a lot.
- Mook Lieutenant
- Sanity Ball: Though usually an overzealous buffoon, he can often play an Only Sane Man to his completely unthreatening comrades. There are also a handful of occasions he is a surprisingly cunning villain.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: To Urpgor.
- Smug Snake: At his worst.
- Villain Protagonist
- You Are in Command Now: After his superior, Captain Crigg, is executed for questioning Zordrak's plans one time too many, Blob winds up taking his place. Oddly, he isn't actually promoted and remains a sergeant.
Neurotic member of Blob's "elite squad". Constantly moaning or suffering breakdowns from the abuse of missions.
- The Chew Toy
- Commander Contrarian: Any plan the villains make, no matter whether it works or not, he moans it's ridiculousness. in fairness, he's rarely proven wrong.
- Cowardly Sidekick: To Sgt Blob.
- Deadpan Snarker: A trait which usually provides each episode's closing line.
- The Drag-Along: Nothing he says or does can prevent him getting press ganged into the next mission to steal the Dreamstone.
- The Eeyore: Not that he doesn't have good reasons.
- Flanderization: Part of his Divergent Character Evolution. Was intially a dim witted Cowardly Sidekick almost interchangeable with Nug. As the first season progresses he becomes slightly more intelligent, but much more neurotic and cynical. Also, in the first season he wore glasses.
- The Finicky One
- Genre Savvy: Often notices and predicts the follies in the teams' schemes, fails to be Dangerously Genre Savvy since he rarely manages to do anything about it.
- Grumpy Bear
- Hypochondriac: While he is entitled to fear for his well being given his occupation, he still moans endlessly over even the most menial jobs. In "Too Hot To Handle" he wraps himself completely with bandages and casts after suffering a small fall from a window sill.
- Iron Butt Monkey
- Lovable Coward: The fact he is a villain does not seem to affect this at all.
- Minion with an F in Evil
- Not So Above It All: Though usually dreading having to go after the Dreamstone over and over, he occasionally expresses great excitement in finally capturing it. He gains a small bout of Acquired Situational Narcissism when he (seemingly) catches it himself in "Mr Blossom's Present".
- Nervous Wreck: Most Urpneys are cowardly, Frizz however takes the cake.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Frizz attempts this repeatedly with varying degrees of failure. Finally achieved for the final gag of the series.
- Sickly Neurotic Geek
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Nug at times.
- You Savage Noops!
Other member of Blob's squad. Somewhat more upbeat than Frizz, but even more brainless.
- The Chew Toy
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Some of his theoretical observations lean him as this.
- Cowardly Sidekick: Again to Sgt Blob - he's slightly braver than Frizz, but not by much.
- Deadpan Snarker
- The Ditz: Especially in later episodes.
- Genius Ditz: He sometimes seems more perceptive than Blob and Frizz in certain situations.
- The Drag-Along: Similar to Frizz, if less vigorously.
- Extreme Doormat: All of the Urpneys are wimpy Cosmic Playthings, but Nug is among the few that actually manages to be rather passive about it a lot of the time.
- Flanderization: Again, part of his Divergent Character Evolution from Frizz, however instead Nug had his dopey traits exaggerated, becoming more jovial and dimwitted.
- Genre Savvy: Similar to Frizz. He also has a somewhat creepier savviness concerning the grim potential fates any of their blunders could leave them.
- Iron Butt Monkey
- Lovable Coward: Not as much as Frizz but certainly has his moments.
- Minion with an F in Evil
- Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Nug is an in-universe supplier of Fridge Horror, often inadvertantly scaring Frizz stiff with his unsettling predictions of the terrible situations they end up in.Frizz: I'm gonna fall!!!Nug: If you did, you'd probably break every bone in your body...probably.
- Sanity Ball: Nug isn't all that bright but he does show good observation of his comrades' bumbling at times and like Frizz can often anticipate something bad coming their way.
- Simple-Minded Wisdom: Expect him to supply this at least Once per Episode.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Frizz at times.
The original leader of the Urpneys.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Not that it saves him.
- Eaten Alive
- General Failure
- Killed Off for Real
- Mook Lieutenant
- We Hardly Knew Ye: We don't see him for long before his one-way trip into the Pit of No Return.
- You Have Failed Me: Zordrak gives him "a lesson in obedience," although it isn't one he can learn from, casting him into the Pit of No Return.
Zordrak's narcissistic sister. Both hate each other and compete for the Dreamstone.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Despite her vain and buffoonish mannerisms, the Dream Maker and even Zordrak warn that she is deceptively devious. Especially evident in her final appearance.
- Cain and Abel: Zordrak in fact banished Zarag into a bottle prison over a disagreement. This would supposedly have been indefinite if Nug hadn't obliviously released her some 500 years later. Her first action after being freed was to steal the Dreamstone and gloat relentlessly at him.
- Eviler Than Thou: Backstabbed her brother and the Urpneys several times (albeit after his own extreme penalty on her). Also poses as a slightly more challenging threat for the heroes.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Like her brother, she is very tantrum prone.
- No Indoor Voice: When infuriated, only Urpgor can challenge her in shrillness.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Following a disastrous tenure serving her, Zarag and Urpgor both very mutually and very vocally hate each other.
- Smug Snake