A time cop, who possesses all the physical requirements for his job and none the intellectual. Whenever there's someone who needs a beating up (and even when they don't), he's the best person to get assigned for such a task. Impulsiveness, aggressiveness and air-headedness are traits which define Tuddrussel quite nicely. Not much of his backstory is known, aside from his Southern heritage and a short-lived marriage to fellow time cop Sheila Sternwell. He and Larry have a typical Vitriolic Best Buds relationship (which can legitimately be read and proven as Belligerent Sexual Tension by some viewers), and he is much like an irresponsible father to Otto.
Big Eater: And what he doesn't eat, he uses as a projectile when rough-housing. According to his yearbook on the season one episode "Feud for Thought," he also once had a weight problem, though he insisted that it was a "glandular thing."
Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Tuddrussel can really do some damage, and when he gets over his cowardice or is simply performing his police duties instead of just being 'himself' he really gets into the action. In the pilot he wipes out an entire horde of flesh eating robots by blowing them up!
Everyone Can See It: Other characters (Albert Einstein and Sigmund Freud, for example) sometimes comment on the nature of his relationship with Larry.
Family Honor: Buck's family gets brought up as a source of great pride to him.
Fetish: Tuddrussel's guns are the subject of their fair share of visual innuendo.
Get Back in the Closet: He always berates Larry's effeminate personality and hobbies and tells him to act like a robot.
He-Man Woman Hater: Averted. In spite of his disdain for effeminate men (i.e., Larry), he treats actual women with respect (including his ex-wife, despite referring to her in "Ex Marks the Spot" as a "repressed workaholic who's incapable of having fun of any kind").
The Hero: At least he sees himself this way, if "A Thrilla at Attila's" is any indication.
Insult of Endearment: In "Ex Marks the Spot", Tuddrussel bluntly calls Larry; "Rust-Butt" (a name he had used more than once to insult Larry). As Tuddrussel walks off the screen, Larry giggles yet again and treats the name as a term of endearment, dreamily sighing; "Rust-Butt!... I have got to write that down..."
Jerk Ass: Zigzagged. He can be a complete ass towards Larry most of the time (as well as towards Otto in the last episode) and even doesn't hesitate to hit some of historic figures during missions (even if it's more fueled by stupidity rather than malice), but he's also a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, as he can be showed very caring and protective toward Otto (to the point being a Papa Wolf toward him) and even towards Larry at times.
Even his ex-wife, Sheila Sternwell makes it a point on "Ex Marks the Spot": "He's a man fully at the mercy of his fragile male ego who hasn't progressed mentally or emotionally since early childhood."
This also explains how he can bawl and cry over getting the most superficial splinters (as a child naturally would) and doesn't even come close to shedding a tear when taking in the most brutal physical hits, as seen in "Floral Patton," when he doesn't react to Patton punching him in the face (other than falling unconscious), yet whines and cries over a thorn in his finger.
The McCoy: He's by far the most impulsive and aggressive of the trio.
Mr. Vice Guy: Tuddrussel's violent and gluttonous tendencies are amply demonstrated. More specifically, when offered a million dollars to commit an evil deed in "Nobel Peace Surprise," he eagerly blows up the town sewer system. With a "life-threatening nuclear device."
Obfuscating Stupidity: He knew a considerable amount of information on Billy the Kid, which Larry and Otto were shocked to discover. And When Larry brings out Buck's academy year book, it turns out he was in chemistry club, of all things. Also, if Tuddrussell really was as stupid as he looked, how in the world did he succeed in obtaining any sort of a position in a law enforcement group that requires you to have the knowledge of all history.
Papa Wolf: Has this with Otto; if in mortal danger Tuddrussel will beat the crap out of anyone, and that includes monkeys, to keep Otto out of harms way.
Real Men Eat Meat: Every so often (particularly in the season one episode "A Sandwich By Any Other Name"), Tuddrussell resents Larry's attempts to get him to refine his palate and insists on "real food" such as burgers (which comes back to haunt him in "Larry Upgrade") and nachos instead.
Real Men Hate Affection: Zigzagged throughout the series. Sometimes Tuddrussel refuses displays of tenderness ("Forget the Alamo"); sometimes he welcomes them ("Hate and Let Hate").
Real Men Wear Pink: For all of his excessive machismo, "Ladies and Gentlemen...Monty Zuma" revealed that Tuddrussell sleeps with a nightlight and a teddy bear and "Hate and Let Hate" shows that he can cook and has no problem wearing one of Larry's pink aprons (nor decorating a multi-tiered wedding-style cake for Larry in pink frosting).
Therapy Is For The Weak: Tuddrussel doesn't believe in it, or at least denies that it works. This is possibly due to the fact that psychologists back at the Academy told him some negative aspects to his personality that he didn't want to face up to.
Topheavy Guy: Tuddrussell's unrealistic proportions put Popeye's to shame.
The resident Robot Buddy and the only one on board able to operate the computer. It's his job to make sure the squad ends up at the right time and place. Initially, he was programmed as a polyglotic robot for diplomatic purposes; when all of the nations rejoiced into one, huge country, his consular abilities were no longer needed. Larry is famous for his effeminate behaviour and interests, which are portrayed all but subtly. Unusually, he is extremely dramatic and open in showing his emotions whilst still being the snarkiest of the trio. He prides himself in having knowledge of proper etiquette and manners. The relationship he shares with Buck Tuddrussel provides what could be some of the most blatant examples of Ho Yay in Western Animation that's not intended for general adult audiences. For Otto, he has been repeatedly depicted as a maternal figure.
The Alcoholic: Doesn't drink (barring the motor oil and brake fluid daiquiri on "Ladies and Gentlemen, Monty Zuma"), but has acted drunk on "Eli Whitney's Flesh-Eating Mistake" and "Pasteur Packs O'Punch" (both times, he mentioned something about being okay to drive, even though he's not).
Butt Monkey: Plays this role most often, but Otto gets his fair share too.
Camp Gay: Not so much in season one (he did come off as Ambiguously Gay in season one — see Flanderization), but by season two, almost all of the ambiguity had given way to camp. One could argue against this label by saying that Larry is just trying to be the sophisticated foil for the crude and ill-mannered Tuddrussell and that his over-the-top "sophistication" could be an excuse for getting away with all the "alleged" homosexual subtext, but then you rewatch the show some time later and begin to notice that a lot of Larry's feminine mannerisms are just there and have nothing to do with being refined ("Blackbeard, Warm Heart" is a perfect episode to see the needlessly feminine/stereotypically gay male moments). Then, there are the signs of a possible relationship with Tuddrussell as seen in such episodes as "Larry Upgrade" and "Ex Marks the Spot."
Covert Pervert: He keeps a video of Tuddrussell singing in front of the sink while wearing nothing more than a towel ("The Prime Minister Has No Clothes"), is thrilled over Winston Churchill's plan to make his military nude (also in "The Prime Minister Has No Clothes"), and reads Jackie Collins books ("Child's Play") — which contain a notoriously high amount of sleaze. And, proving that this aspect of his personality well-engrained enough to be exploited in advertisements, one of the bumpers for Cartoon Cartoon Fridays even had him gleefully fawning over a pec-flexing Johnny Bravo in this manner.
Larry: Ugh! This is disgusting... yet oddly compelling!
Crazy Jealous Guy: While it's nowhere near as dramatic as most examples of the trope, he gets extremely jealous when he (incorrectly) suspects Tuddrussel and Sheila of falling in love again in "Ex Marks the Spot."
Drunk on the Dark Side: Larry can be pretty hammy when he shows his dark side. Take the episode "Ex Marks The Spot"—he makes the most hysterically diabolical monologue on how he's going to ruin Tuddrussel and Shelia's dinner.
Larry: They'll be so repulsed with the meal...(gasp)...THEY'LL HATE EACH OTHER!!! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
Embarrassing First Name: In "Kubla Khan't," it's revealed that his first name is Lawrence. Subverted in that he actually introduced himself as such and wasn't trying to hide it.
Everyone Can See It: Other characters (Albert Einstein and Sigmund Freud, for example) sometimes comment on the nature of his relationship with Tuddrussell.
Expy: Larry is a pessimistic, extremely fey protocol droid, not unlike a really sarcastic C-3PO, but he's voiced not by Anthony Daniels but Mark Hamill, who specifically and intentionally played him as even moreCamp Gay than C-3PO. Dave Wasson intended for the character to be based on C-3PO, but Hamill's voice for Larry was inspired by the "foppish prince" characters on Rocky and Bullwinkle and Jonathan Harris on Lost in Space, even though Larry actually sounds, laughs, and screams like a higher-pitched version of The Joker from Batman: The Animated Series.
Flanderization: Larry's effeminate hobbies and mannerisms were actually toned down a bit (but still noticeable) in season one. By season two, the writers took Larry's effeminacy and ran with it (probably because the writers knew the show wouldn't last and did this as a final "Up yours!" to Cartoon Network), to the point that branding him as Camp Gay wouldn't be out of place.
Gay Best Friend: Averted overall in the series since he's one of the regulars, but tries to invoke this trope in "Shop Like an Egyptian" (and "Forget the Alamo," when he befriends Tuddrussel's party-planning ancestor, Jeremiah). Observe:
Larry: Cleopatra! Your Highness! Your shoes are to die for! Let me guess: Italian leather?
Cleopatra: Why, yes! They are! You do have quite an eye for fashion.
Larry: Well, I have been programmed in apparent composition and design.
Half-Dressed Cartoon Robot: Even when Larry wears clothes, he almost never wears pants and a shirt at the same time (cf. the tuxedo top on "Houdini Whodunit" and "Day of the Larrys," the shirtless cowboy get-up on "Day of the Larrys," the matador costume on "Forget the Alamo").
Jaded Washout: As mentioned on "Eli Whitney's Flesh-Eating Mistake" and "Day of the Larrys," Larry was once an assistant to many a royal and political figure but since the future one world government made him obsolete, he now has to be the manservant to a boorish time cop and an illegally adopted history whiz.
Jerkass: Larry also has some moments of Jerkass Fašade (even if it's courtesy of Tuddrussel's behavior and what's mentioned in Jaded Washout section) as seen in "A Sandwich by Any Other Name" or "Pasteur's Packs O Punch" where he nearly beats up Otto (though this was because Larry's circuits were fried, making him act belligerent, drunk, and like Jerry Lewis)
That's not the only point of Larry. He can also be a Jerk with a Heart of Gold. He definitely cares about Otto and Tuddrussel after all.
Me's a Crowd: He creates myriad clones of himself (accidentally, as it happened; he only intended to build the one) in "Day of the Larrys."
Mood-Swinger: It's amazing how much emotion this particular robot is capable of showing. When he's happy, he's absolutely delighted. When he's upset, he puts on a drama. And yet, he's theDeadpan Snarker. Take notice of his closeted saucier side too, contrasting with his prissy, more sophisticated self (although the writers succeeded in making it rather nuanced).
Moral Guardian: Acted like one on "Child's Play," effectively making Shakespeare rethink doing children's plays, which is truly ironic as Larry is the kind of character that Real LifeMoral Guardians would find too risque for kids (though most kids either wouldn't understand Larry's Camp Gay personality or not think much of it until they grow up and see the show in a new light) and the show itself plays fast and loose with Cartoon Network's censorship (like a lot of Cartoon Cartoons at the time).
Mr. Vice Guy: He tries to hide this side of himself behind his moralistic facade (and did succeed in "Child's Play," when he basically acted like a Moral Guardian throughout the episode), but occasionally abandons official duties in pursuit of pleasure (as seen in "Forget the Alamo," "Father Figure of Our Country," "Shop Like an Egyptian," and "Out with the In Crowd").
Naked Apron: If his claim that he's a nudist (according to "The Prime Minister Has No Clothes") is true, then that's what that pink apron he always wears when he cooks is.
Papa Wolf: Or Mama Bear... He can flip out really bad if Otto is attacked as in "Nobel Peace Surprise" where he assaulted a cow which looked threatening toward Otto... he failed however.
However in "Hate Let Hate" Tuddrussel has more this trope and while he beats the crap out of monkeys, Larry hugged Otto to reassure him.
The Spock: His hedonistic tendencies notwithstanding, he fills the role of the group's "moral compass," primarily in the sense of being a nagging maternal type.
Stripperiffic: Some of his costume choices come across as deliberate attempts at this trope (particularly the Indian princess/Playboy Bunny get-up from "Tea Time for Time Squad" and the shirtless cowboy get-up from "Day of the Larrys"), especially when it's revealed that he usually considers himself a nudist (in "The Prime Minister Has No Clothes").
Through His Stomach: Larry often tries to serve Tuddrussel exotic and often bizarre food that he prepared, such as a turkey stuffed with gravy and with a single cherry on top. He declares at one point during an argument over the food, "I was trying to do something special."
Transparent Closet: Started in "Blackbeard, Warm Heart," and got more and more transparent, especially around season two when the censors seemed to have said, "Fuck it!" and let Wasson and company make Larry as Camp Gay as possible without explicitly stating it.
Trigger Happy: In "Hate and Let Hate," Larry handles some of Tuddrussel's guns and becomes phaser-crazy, shooting up the Domisphere before sobbing and exclaiming "I miss the big oaf!" and reuniting with Tuddrussel.
Tsundere: Probably even moreso than Tuddrussel. His mood swings seem to be rather random, while Tuddrussel's low/high spirits are usually justified in some way.
In "Tea-Time for Time Squad," he was dressed as an American Indian princess (with two feathers on his head positioned in almost the same way as the bunny ears on a Playboy Bunny would be).
In the season two opening, when one of the scenes flashes to feudal Japan, Larry can be seen dressed as a geisha.
Tuddrussel's side of the Atilla the Hun story on "A Thrilla At Atilla's" had Larry dressed in a tutu (with Larry unsure of whether or not he actually wore it).
One of the Larry clones in "Day of the Larrys" had on a tutu.
In "Ladies and Gentlemen, Monty Zuma," Tuddrussell mentions an unspecified time where Larry had on make-up.
Larry had had on make up a few other times too, in episodes "Tea-Time for Time Squad" and "Father Figure of Our Country". Both of which he was dressed in ridiculously pastel 18th century clothing, the latter being even more ridiculously pastel, including pink bows, scarf, and a pink powdered wig to match (but it wasn't as if wearing pink for Larry was anything rare for the series — it was just too much packed into one scene).
As Tuddrussel read Larry's diary aloud in "Feud for Thought" it was mentioned that Larry had admitted that he thought he had looked stunning in the red dress that he wore to a costumed Halloween gala.
Larry often wears a ladies' sun hat while tending his garden, complete with pink ribbons from either side which he conveniently ties around his neck in a bow.
"A Thrilla at Atilla's" had Larry as a fitness instructor (in both Larry's and Otto's side of the story) wearing an aerobics get-up straight out of the 1980s, complete with pastel purple leotard, pink and fluffy leg warmers, a torn, purple half-shirt, and matching sweat band. Think Jane Fonda. He did.
An orphan illegally traveling along with Tuddrussel and Larry, taken on board due to their incompetence and his impressive historical knowledge (and for Otto to escape his brutal life at the orphanage). Despite being a bookworm, his demeanor is far from boring; he is just as childlike and jocular as any regular 8-year-old. Even though he is the youngest, he is also the most responsible out of the squad, being the only one pure enough to not let himself get swayed by temptations. Depending on who he's siding with, he can either become loud, obnoxious and destructive (when Tuddrussel has him company) or composed and calm (when it's Larry he agrees with).
Adorably Precocious Child: Otto balances between being the sole responsible member of the team that everyone feels compelled to go along with when he has his own plan and being the excited little kid that can babble on and on about his favorite subjects with no one giving a care about what's being said no matter how important.
Celibate Hero: The only time he even acknowledges awareness of girls occurs in "Child's Play," when Shakespeare's agent describes him as "an attractive boy lead" for "girls six to nine." He cares for books first and foremost, in any case.
Embarrassing Nickname: "Orphan Substitute" revealed that he was called Snotto when he lived in the orphanage.
Enraged By Idiocy: Otto's Berserk Button, a few Historical Figures such as Buffalo Bill have lead him to completely lose his cool. Tuddrussel and Larry are also instigators in this trait, such as when he yelled at them for being so clueless about Benjamin Franklin when they helped him invent the light bulb. (He was sick and had to stay behind, leaving the remaining unit helpless at their job).
Expy: Of Sherman from the "Mr. Peabody's Improbable History" shorts on Rocky and Bullwinkle.
Has Two Daddies: Wasn't made apparent in the show until Freud mentioned it...in the third episode. It gets all the more obvious in the second season, when it's Otto's birthday and he's opening presents Tuddrussel and Larry are looking at him from a short distance in a very loving, parental way that you'd expect to see in any sitcom.
Heartwarming Orphan: Otto has a tendency to take control of a mission by telling a historical figure the error of their ways, for example, with Alfred Nobel he told him that with so much evil in this world it would be better to celebrate peace and goodness in people instead. His speech not only moved Nobel but also the entire gang of murderers into wanting to be good from then on.
Also because of this trait, it leads Larry and Tuddrussel into treating Otto from a pet with job security to more or less their own kid that they try to nurture and protect later on as the series progresses.
Hilariously Abusive Childhood and Social Services Does Not Exist: Established in the first episode "Eli Whitney's Flesh-Eating Mistake" that Otto was often punished for reading history books by doing chores, though the extent of the abuse (which goes straight into Dude, Not Funny! territory when it's discovered that Otto and the other orphans were used as cheap labor under Sister Thornley's iron fist) wasn't made clear until the last episode, "Orphan Substitute."
Insufferable Genius: Larry's side of the story in "A Thrilla at Attila's" portrays Otto this way.
I Know Karate: He didn't just get his knowledge from books, apparently Otto enjoyed watching karate movies while at the orphanage to the point where he learned the moves and can teach others how to fight.
The Kirk: He acts as the mediator between Tuddrussel and Larry's excesses.
Little Professor Dialog: Otto's speech patterns are actually quite typical of an elementary school-aged child, except for some of his lengthier expositions.
Mr. Exposition: He fills in the details about the historical figures before each mission.
Only Sane Man: As the only child in a kids' program otherwise filled with adult characters, this is a given. Furthermore, he's the sole member of his team who stays focused on the missions at all times, rather than falling prey to a vice.
Skilled, but Naive: While indeed a bright child that obviously understands the power of words and speech and is intelligent in subjects ranging from history to advanced mathematics and interestingly enough psychology, it's clear that Otto doesn't fully grasp a couple of things. It's implied that while he does have very positive feelings toward Tuddrussel and Larry as if they were his parents and is okay with them to treat him as if they were, it's not obvious to him that Larry has very conflicting romantic feelings about Tuddrussel—he only comprehends that Larry is acting 'weird' around him. His idealistic nature often clashes with the frequently cynical world that he's thrust into, and Larry in particular chides him for making such childish remarks.
A lieutenant within Time Squad ranks, Sheila Sternwell is a no-nonsense woman that takes her job seriously. The ex-wife of Buck Tuddrussel, it's made clear that while she regrets making the mistake of marrying in the first place, and can be slightly bitter towards him, she doesn't actually resent him and still does her job and helps out Tuddrussel and his unit when needed. She even seems to go far in not ratting out Tuddrussel and Larry over Otto, and other screw ups that she should be reporting.
Action Girl: She is an incredibly skilled fighter and has a keen intellect, and props for being a good example of how awesome Time Squad could be.
Affirmative Action Girl: She was most likely created to balance out the sexes, since there are rarely any female characters that the guys came into contact with period.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In "Ex Marks the Spot." Despite his superior attitude toward Larry and Tuddrussel, he seems to care for Sheila (possibly to the point of being Platonic Life Partners with her), and willingly investigates Tuddrussel and Sheila's "romantic dinner" after observing Larry's distress over it.
Pet the Dog: he shows often more a superior attitude but he acts kind at times and seems to care really about his partner.
Otto's former caretaker before getting taken by Larry and Tuddrussel. Otto had good reason to fear her, as did the other kids that she kept. Obviously not afraid of the police or anyone coming after her, Sister Thornley freely abuses the kids that are put into her care, while at the home and even more disturbingly in public. Her motives are despairingly questionable, such making the children work under horrific conditions in order to make a quick buck. Or why she had a problem with Otto reading books. (Or any child reading, for that matter. She apparently had an entire policy against it.) Quick to punish, she makes it clear that one does not want to cross her path.
Stern Nun: Some would say borderline psychotic really.
Doctor Sigmund Freud
The Austrian doctor who is often credited as the father of modern psychology. The Time Squad was sent to stop the psychologist from hypnotizing his patients into thinking that they are wild animals as a means of controlling their mental issues.
Single Issue Psychology: Freud often hypothesizes that the main reason the Squad and his patents for that matter are so miserable is because of a deeply rooted childhood related trauma.
As the first president of the United States, Washington is portrayed with a rare sympathy that other historical figures do not enjoy. He's a man of integrity and with a deep love for his country, and of complete sound of mind and body. Also to boot, he's shown to be an overworked leader that wants more than anything to spend time with his family and is in a constant state of worry thanks to hippies and rabid fans.