Characters / The Ren & Stimpy Show

Main Characters

Ren Hoek
Not Ren's natural state, but fitting nonetheless.
Voiced by: John Kricfalusi (seasons 1-2), Billy West (a few episodes in season 2; seasons 3-5), and Kricfalusi again in Adult Party Cartoon

"They think Iím crazy. But I know better. It is not I who am crazy - it is I who am MAD!"

An asthmatic Chihuahua prone to psychotic breakdowns and acts of violence. Whatever he does, expect for it to be somehow materially motivated.

Stimpson J. Cat
Voiced by: Billy West (original series), Eric Bauza (Adult Party Cartoon)

"I'm hiding in the an idiot."

Stimpy is an overweight manx catnote  with, well, let's say "little" brains (though not as extremely little as, say, Ralph Wiggum) and a big heart. Despite having to deal with Ren's insanity and violence, he manages to put up with everything.note 

Other Recurring Characters

Mr. Horse
Voiced by: John Kricfalusi (seasons 1-2), Billy West (seasons 3-5), and Kricfalusi again in Adult Party Cartoon

"No, sir. I don't like it."

Mr. Horse is perhaps the Only Sane Man. But he might be the Ax-Crazy one, too. He was a doctor, a psychologist, a psychically unbalanced creep, a war hero, a spokesman for the United Nations, an airplane pilot and many, many more. Who knows what he really is?

George Liquor, American
George Liquor: American!
Voiced by: Michael Pataki

"It's discipline that begets love!"

George Liquor is an American so conservative, he thinks Republicans are communists. However, that part of his character was expanded in his own cartoon, The Goddamn George Liquor Program - in The Ren & Stimpy Show, he's portrayed as a man with a strong faith in rules and discipline. He's only made 2 appearances on the show, due to the Nickelodeon execs' absolute condemnation for the character.

  • Ax-Crazy
  • Bowdlerize: His last name "Liquor" was censored with a Record Needle Scratch Sound Effect Bleep in original Nickelodeon airings of the show due to the alcohol reference (according to Word of God, Nick also interpreted the name as a play on "lick her").
  • Catch Phrase: "What's this crap?!" and "HELLO! I'M GEORGE LIQUOR! AMERICAN!"
    • "A smart-mouth, huh? A smart-mouth!!"
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: He made only two appearances in the show (one of which was banned for a long duration of time), Nickelodeon allegedly hated the character and were willing to let Kricfalusi take the rights to Liquor with him following his departure. A third Liquor appearance was planned for Adult Party Cartoon but only made it to storyboard stages by the time of its cancellation.
  • Comedic Sociopath
  • Eaglelander
  • Jerkass: Probably unintentionally.
    • He scares Ren at times.
  • Good Is Not Nice: George firmly believes in discipline and rules, but takes them to an overzealous extreme.
  • Large Ham
  • Laser-Guided Karma: In "Man's Best Friend".
  • Line-of-Sight Name: Meta-example; in an interview with Wild Cartoon Kingdom #1, John K said that he instantly conceived the character upon seeing a sign for a (now long gone) liquor store in Van Nuys, California which was named George's Liquor (although the S had fallen off by the time John saw it).
  • Stepford Smiler: Even when Ren was beating him up.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: A strange example of a fictional character being one in real life. The episode with him getting brutally beaten up by Ren was one of the reasons for John Kricfalusi's firing.

Victor and Victor's dad

Victor voiced by Danny Cooksey

Powdered Toastman

Voiced by: Gary Owens

Muddy Mudskipper

Voiced by Harris Peet

Mr. Pipe

Voiced by: Billy West

Mrs. Pipe

Voiced by Cheryl Chase

The Fire Chief

Voiced by Harris Peet

It's That Man Again

Voiced by: Billy West

A smarmy, overly-enthusiastic travelling salesman who occasionally crosses paths with Ren and Stimpy. He also serves as the announcer for the Captain Hoek cartoons.

Abner Dimwitt and Ewalt Nitwitt


Wilbur Cobb

Voiced by Jack Carter

A former cartoon producer, first introduced in the episode "Stimpy's Cartoon", to whom the years have not been kind. He showed up in a few other shorts as a stock "rambling, crazy old man" character.

The Shaven Yak

Mrs. Buttloaves

Stinky Wizzleteats

Old Man Hunger

Voiced by: Billy West

Haggis McHaggis

Voiced by: Alan Young

Svën Höek

Voiced by: Billy West

One-Shot Characters

Reverend Jack Cheese

Voiced by Frank Gorshin

A meat-worshipping reverend. Only appears in the episode "Reverend Jack".

  • Take That: He is said to be based on John Kricfalusi himself and the problems he caused during the show's first season.

Jerry The Bellybutton Elf

Voiced by Gilbert Gottfried


Voiced by Harris Peet


Voiced by: Bill Mumy

The Ghost

A small green ghost that spends his entire appearance trying to scare Ren and Stimpy and failing miserably. Only appears in the episode "Haunted House".

Ralph Bakshi

Yes, THAT Ralph Bakshi. He appears solely in Fire Dogs II, with Ren and Stimpy hanging out with him.