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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. The fact the Urpneys, even in rare bouts of competence, are also the show's Cosmic Playthings ensures that the heroes rarely require much effort or hardship at all to come out on top.
  • Bunnies for Cuteness: The Noops are basically green anthropomorphic rabbits, and the sweet residents of the Land Of Dreams' city.
  • 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.
  • 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 averting to being The Fools. The Noops and even Albert cowered before Frizz and Nug after they so much as implied they could fend them off.
  • 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 win with next to no hardship at all.
  • Kick Them While They Are Down: The heroes had a somewhat uneasy fondness for this, 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. Ends up their own undoing in "The Dream Beam Invasion" where they spend so much time tormenting Frizz and Nug their shrink spell wears off.
    • Later episodes mercifully undid this trait for the large part (even directly subverting it a couple of episodes), leaning the heroes more firmly into Cornered Rattlesnake territory.
  • 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 seasons made their retaliations more defensive, only attacking the Urpneys as far as to protect the stone. They sometimes relapsed however.
  • Protagonist-Centered Morality: Though they get the shorter end of focus, the narrative seems to side with the Land of Dreams, who generally treat the Urpneys as Villain Ball Magnets and repel and often sadistically punish them for trying to give them bad dreams (disregarding Zordrak tortures or kills those that don't). The fact the heroes are exceptionally pious about it helps little either. Later episodes at least tone down their attitude and give them a more genuine provocation, though the Urpneys still aren't really any more willingly villainous than before.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: The Noops and Wuts to a rather saccharine degree. And then there's the "ferocious" Wottles.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: The later episodes focus more squarely on Rufus and Amberley, 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.
  • A Taste Of Defeat: While usually well sheltered, the Urpneys sometimes succeeding in giving them nightmares. "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 The Urpneys While They Were Down at the time.
  • 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.

The Dreammaker

Wise head council of Dreammakers, responsible for sending dreams within the sleeping world.

Albert

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.

  • Big Friendly Dogfish: Very "boisterous" as the Dreammaker puts it, but very friendly overall.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Rufus

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 one of his daydreams even taking life while conscious.
  • Adorkable: Rather oafish and spacey at times (especially in the pilot).
    • Dork Knight: Balanced by being a somewhat competent hero on occasion.
  • 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, almost a Good Counterpart to the Urpneys. In most later episodes, Rufus is downplayed into a Hero Antagonist and toned down into a cutesier and far less introspective character.
  • Cheerful Child
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: In the pilot, Rufus has a more spacey and eccentric personality, bursting into hammy dialogue or dancing and humming to himself, in addition to his constant daydreaming. This is diluted for the rest of the series, though still appears every now and then, especially during the final season.
  • Compressed Vice: While his actual personality is hard to distinguish for most of the series, usually the odd occasion one of the heroes is required to say or do the wrong thing, he will take the role.
  • 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
  • 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. Originally the Cloud Cuckoo Lander in the pilot, he was tamed into a slightly ditzy Everyman for most of the series afterwards. Similar to Amberley, he is given Character Checks to his pilot personality in later episodes.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Idiot Ball: A lot of times, the Dreamstone got stolen due to his carelessness with it, either disobeying an order from the Dream Maker or cluelessly leaving it in harm's way.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • What Could Have Been: Rufus was originally designed to be the main protagonist when the Urpneys were still planned as minor comic relief. Also when the show's concept was still planned as a Darker and Edgier novel, Rufus was originally going to be prophecised as a hero by the Dreammaker.

Amberley

Best friend of Rufus and fellow child assistant to the Dreammaker. Somewhat more level headed than Rufus, though equally boisterous.

Pildit

Leader of the Wuts, who guard the Land Of Dreams. Usually mellow but intelligent and powerful in magic.

  • The Ace
  • 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...

Mr Blossom

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.

Wildit

Pildit's somewhat hyperactive grandmother. Also one of the most competant of the Wuts.

Spildit

Wildit's playful niece.

    Viltheed 

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 "The Spidermobile", all the heroes efforts' actually prove useless against them in Urpgor's (literal) Spider Tank, to the point they have to retrieve the stone via Zordrak's bumbling for once. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Zordrak

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.

  • 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.
  • 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 personality Season Two onwards, to the point he spent most of his screentime abusing the Urpneys than doing anything effectively villainous anymore.
  • 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.
  • Knight of Cerebus: 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • What Could Have Been: Zordrak's production name was Nasta Shelfim, an anagram for "Satan Himself". Producers feared the religious undertones and had it changed.

Urpgor

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.
  • The Igor: Obviously, with a name like that.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain
  • Insufferable Genius
  • Iron Butt Monkey
  • 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.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Equally bumbling as the rest of the Urpneys, but highly narcissistic, being "the flower of Urpney inteligence" and all.
  • The Starscream
  • Verbal Tic: Often lets out a big slobbery rasp after finishing a sentence.
  • Villain Protagonist

Sergeant Blob

Gung ho but dillusional military leader of the Urpneys (promoted after the previous leader was fed to the Frazznats).

Corporal Frizz

Neurotic member of Blob's "elite squad". Constantly moaning or suffering breakdowns from the abuse of missions.

Corporal Nug

Other member of Blob's squad. Somewhat more upbeat than Frizz, but even more brainless.

Captain Crigg

The original leader of the Urpneys.


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