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The Time Squad
Officer Beauregard "Buck" Tuddrussel
Voiced by: Rob PaulsenA 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.
- Action Dad: Though he isn't related to Otto, he can be this.
- Amicably Divorced: With Sheila.
- Big Brother Instinct: Especially in season 1, Tuddrussel is characterized as a big bully with a soft spot for kids. His relationship with Otto is the prime example of this; but this also comes into play when he first meets Napoleon, he literally thought the man was just a cute little kid with a sword. And even later when this mistake is corrected, he still panics when the guy gets hurt by his wife.
- 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."
- Big Guy, Little Guy: The big to Otto's little.
- Berserk Button: Don't give him orders. And don't attack Otto (and even Larry) if you want to live.
- Boisterous Bruiser
- Bumbling Dad: He might not be Otto's father, but he definitely acts as one of these to him.
- Broken Pedestal: Is devastated and suffers a Heroic B.S.O.D. when he finds out that his idol, his ancestor Jebediah Tuddrussel, one of the soliders at The Alamo, was an effeminate party planner who tried to avoid the battle by inviting the Mexicans to a party.
- Can't Live With Them, Can't Live Without Them: With Larry.
- Catch Phrase: "It's GO TIME!"
- Which Tuddrussel tried to change in the season two episode "Child's Play" after Larry pointed out that "It's go time!" and Buck's other catchphrase "Get some!" are not appropriate for a children's program.
- Character Development: Tuddrussel, throughout the series, is an asshole and is still a douchebag toward Larry, and at times Otto to the very end. However, despite his short comings, it has shown that with Otto's help that he was willing to fix certain issues. By the end, Tuddrussel rarely beated someone up right from the get go. If you notice, he didn't actually hurt anyone until there was no other choice, with only a couple of exceptions to this. Also when Larry chided him in "Child's Play" for being a bad role model for Otto to grow up to, the guy actually wondered if, shockingly, if Larry had a point. Really, while Tuddrussel struggles a lot as a character and has had a painful track record for ruining relationships with people he genuinely tries to be good toward Otto at least, as well as Larry (sometimes).
- 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!
- Dumb Muscle
- Embarrassing First Name: Tuddrussel's real first name is Beauregard, according to the XJ5's computer scan of the castle where Tuddrussel is held prisoner in "Kubla Khan't."
- Establishing Character Moment: His first action in show is to jump out of the shadows, and blindly points a gun at a child for the sake of being a badass.
- Expressive Mask: Buck's goggles essentially serve as his face.
- 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.
- Formerly Fat: From Tuddrussel's academy yearbook and from J.T. Laser's only memory of him from their training days, Tuddrussel used to be incredibly overweight. It really explains why he's constantly working out all the time as an adult.
- Get Back in the Closet: He always berates Larry's effeminate personality and hobbies and tells him to act like a robot.
- Gun Nut: A proud gun enthusiast, Buck uses them whether or not the situation called for them. He has an extensive collection of guns and phasers, subscribes to gun hobby magazines and checks out library books on the subject.
- 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"), with the possible exception of Amerlia Earhart whom he packs off on her deadly voyage to avoid marrying her.
- The Hero: At least he sees himself this way, if "A Thrilla at Attila's" is any indication.
- Idiot Hero: Though definitely not an idolized example of the trope, since his stupidity is Played for Laughs.
- 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.
- Lack of Empathy: His obliviousness to human emotion is often what gets him hate in universe. Sometimes he sees how much he had hurt someone and tries to genuinely care to fix the issue though.
- Lantern Jaw of Justice
- Large and in Charge: Tuddrussel is a huge guy, with a towering height of 7 ft he easily can intimidate anyone he comes across.
- Last Name Basis: The only one who regularly calls him Buck is his ex-wife, Sheila.
- Leeroy Jenkins: Freud diagnoses Tuddrussel as having an "overactive superego," a hypothesis borne out numerous times.
- Like an Old Married Couple: With Larry.
- Man Child: Even Larry mentioned it in the show more than once. His Man Child in Larry's eyes as heard in "Ex Marks the Spot."
- 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.
- Parental Substitute: To Otto, although he isn't a very good father figure.
- Percussive Maintenance: Uses this both in its common usage, such as when he tried to "fix" a malfunctioning microwave by smashing it, and in his job, where he often attempts to literally beat some sense into his suspects, often without telling them what they're doing wrong.
- 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).
- Screams Like a Little Girl: "Napoleon the Conquered" established this.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Manly Man to Larry's Sensitive Guy.
- Seven Deadly Sins:
- Testosterone Poisoning
- 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.
- Trigger Happy
- Tsundere: Despite berating Larry for his effeminacy, he can be very kind to him when he wants and is generally a caring older brother/father figure to Otto.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Larry.
- Will They or Won't They?: With Sheila. The episodes where she appears apparently hint about potential feelings left for each other. They don't, according to "Ex Marks a spot".
- Then there is with Larry. If you take account of Larry's last line in the same episodethey did.
- Working with the Ex: With Sheila occasionally.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: Buck would be an excellent Dirty Harry-style policeman in nearly any other setting, but unfortunatly he does not seem to grasp that the concept of a "time cop" consists of repairing the timeline using diplomacy, NOT actually arresting historical figures.
The Lawrence "Larry" 3000
Voiced by: Mark HamillThe 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).
- All Gays Love Theater: Subverted. Some of Larry's interests are sophisticated and associated with gay men, but "Child's Play" implies that he isn't particularly fond of theater (especially if he finds it inappropriate for children).
- Badass Gay: He has his moments.
- Berserk Button: How to not set Larry off; 1) Try not to be Tuddrussel (cf. "Love at First Flight" when Otto wears a miniature version of Buck's Time Squad cop uniform and becomes as gross and crass as Buck). 2) Try not to steal Tuddrussel away from him. (He'll look to turn your dinner into a "Hate-Feast"). Also, don't attack Otto in front of him.
- Bootstrapped Leitmotif: Larry's is Luigi Bocherini's "Minuet". The classical piece was originally played as Background Music during Larry's art exposé at the begining of "Ladies and Gentlemen... Monty Zuma!". The song became associated with him as he and another one of his clones hummed its tune in "Day of the Larrys". Later in the same episode, the song was further reinforced as Larry's leitmotif when it was used as the Background Music as Larry clones swarmed the Domisphere of the satellite. The music turned out to be coming from a mini orchestra made up of Larry clones playing cellos and violins under a garden gazebo.
- British Stuffiness
- 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."
- Can't Live With Them, Can't Live Without Them: With Tuddrussell.
- Character Development: On many aspects. Firstly, there is his relationship with Otto in the first season. While he viewed the boy nothing more than a nuisance first, and was relunctant to adopt him, he grew fond of the boy in late episodes, to the point of taking care of him as much as a parent would, like cooking for him, spending some time with him and even defending him when he is threatened (although he failed). Then there is his character development from season 1 to season 2 where he came from an Ambiguously Gay character to a real Camp Gay character. Fans also tend to think that his relationship with Tuddrussel had a development too...
- The Chick: Right down to the hourglass figure.
- 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."
- Daytime Drama Queen: Introduces Otto and Tuddrussel to The Elegant and the Dangerous in "Old Timers' Squad."
- Deadpan Snarker
- Defrosting Ice Queen: In a non-romantic example, Otto often manages to make him smile while he is often shown aloof and sarcastic toward others.
- Did You Think I Can't Feel?: He tells Tuddrussel that despite being a robot, he has dreams, needs and feelings too.
- Distressed Dude: How Tuddrussel imagines Larry in "A Thrilla at Attila's."
- 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!!!
- Easily Detachable Robot Parts: Has an entire room filled with spare parts (which he uses to make clones, as seen in "Day of the Larrys").
- 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 more Camp 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.
- Friendly Rivalry: With XJ5. Despite everything, they can get along quite well.
- 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.
- Girly Run: Especially so in season 2, after Character Development-cum-Flanderization, though his other effeminate gestures were always present.
- 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").
- The Hedonist
- Hypocritical Heartwarming: He says Tuddrussel is a stupid, repugnant, arrogant, smelly, ignorant, selfish, insulting Man Child, but he's his stupid, repugnant, arrogant, smelly, ignorant, selfish, insulting Man Child.
- Implied Love Interest: To Tuddrussel.
- 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 Façade (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.
- The Lancer
- Like an Old Married Couple: With Tuddrussel.
- Mars Needs Men: Barring the Lance Nine Trillion, he seems to find human men more attractive than other robots.
- 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 the Deadpan 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 Life Moral 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.
- Parental Substitute: To Otto, moreso than Tuddrussel.
- Pet the Dog: He may be annoyed by them but he really cares for Otto and Tuddrussel and does his best to please them (even if it often ruined by Tuddrussel's stupidity).
- Poke the Poodle: In "Ex Marks The Spot", Larry tries to sabotage Tuddrussel's alleged relationship with Sheila by cooking a "disgusting" dinner that they actually enjoy very much.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: If Larry has red eyes, that means how much he is serious, and can really harm someone at this state.
- Ridiculously Human Robot
- Robot Buddy
- Robotic Spouse: He isn't Tuddrussel's wife, but tends to act the part. Tuddrussel even referred to him as his old ball and chain once.
- Robot Names
- Second Law My Ass: Larry only abides by the Second Law of Robotics when it suits his mood, much to Tuddrussell's frustration.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Sensitive Guy to Tuddrussell's Manly Man.
- Seven Deadly Sins — Lust: In both the sense of being pleasure-driven and (in a couple of rare cases near the end of the series' run) the literal sense.
- Supreme Chef: Is an excellent chef, but his advanced and elaborate meals often offends the simple tastes of Tuddrussel. However, when he cooks food more to Tuddrussels liking, he's shown to love it as well. He also impressed the King Of France with his "Larry 3000", a kind of souffle.
- 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").
- Team Chef
- Through His Stomach: Larry often tries to serve Tuddrussel exotic and often bizarre food that he prepared, such as a crabmeat risotto or advanced souffles. He declares at one point during an argument over the food, "I was trying to do something special."
- Token Evil Teammate: A minor case but if the mission isn't ruined by Tuddrussel's stupidity, Larry would most likely do it for his selfish goals.
- 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.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Tuddrussel.
- Well, Excuse Me, Princess!
- Will They or Won't They?: With Tuddrussel. Apparently in "Ex marks a spot" episode they did.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: Larry was shown wearing women's clothing a few times:
- 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.
- While not womens clothing, in "Billy The Baby", Larry is seen riding his horse womens style, with both legs over one side of the saddle.
- "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.
- Yiddish as a Second Language: Occasionally says "Oy vey!" when especially dismayed.
Voiced by: Pamela Segall AdlonAn 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.
- Alliterative Name
- Big Guy, Little Guy: The little to Tuddrussel's big.
- Blind Without 'Em: Has had his glasses broken and stolen several times throughout the show's short run.
- Book Worm: A self-aware one at that. Otto's first scene in the series shows him getting caught reading a pile of books by flashlight, with the implications that he snuck behind Sister Thornly's back to read on a consistent basis.
- Born in the Wrong Century
- 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.
- Conveniently an Orphan: Used as an excuse to take Otto in the first place.
- Cute but Cacophonic: Pamela Segall-Adlon made Otto's voice a little too shrill for her own good.
- 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.
- Fiery Redhead
- Fish Out of Temporal Water: He adjusts quickly to living out of his own proper time.
- Happily Adopted: With Tuddrussel and Larry.
- 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: 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.
- Kid Hero
- 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.
- Morality Pet: Toward both Larry and Tuddrussel. And if you attack him, expect one of them (or even both of them) to come and find you.
- Motor Mouth: Larry especially finds this to be his biggest flaw, as demonstrated in "Thrilla at Attila's". Otto found out just how annoying this can be when Tuddrussel exhibits this when he goes off on his own exposition about Billy the Kid.
- 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.
- Pint-Sized Kid
- Raised by Robots: By Larry, naturally.
- Shorter Means Smarter: Otto may be little but he is definitely the smartest.
- The Short Guy with Glasses
- Skilled, but Naïve: 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.
- The Smart Guy: Knows the most of all the historical figures that they deal with on an episodic basis.
- Speech Impediment: Pamela Adlon had mentioned once on Rob Paulsen's podcast that she gave Otto a "Kind of a lazy 'L'" in his speech pattern. You can tell when his voice squeaks and drops on certain vowels and consonants and this particular character vocalization really does add to the idea that Otto is, after all, a little kid who's probably still developing his speech skills.
- Straight Man
- Wise Beyond Their Years: But at the same time, he's just a normal kid in abnormal circumstances.
- Youthful Freckles
Voiced by: Mari WeissA 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.
- Alliterative Name
- Amicably Divorced: With Tuddrussel.
- Better as Friends: It's safe to say that while the marriage didn't work out, they still get along pretty well.
- By-the-Book Cop: She strictly enforces the protocol that she was taught to follow, though there has been times that she lets things slide, including Tuddrussel's blunders.
- Deadpan Snarker: Her sense of humor is incredibly dry, which often makes Larry and Tuddrussel flustered when she makes snarky comments about Otto being there.
- Emotionless Girl: With the exception of her laughing fit in "Ex Marks the Spot", she scarcely expresses her feelings.
- Friend to All Children: Even if she does make remarks to Tuddrussel and Larry about "Still borrowing an orphan" to do their job, she doesn't turn them in for harboring Otto. In fact, her interactions with Otto have been nothing but friendly and respectful and shows approval of him being the one that tries to keep Larry and Tuddrussel out of trouble.
- Hartman Hips
- Hidden Depths: She isn't as serious and cold as she appears to be. While she is married to the job, she still is able to have fun, something she occasionally shares with Tuddrussel.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: The tiny to Tuddrussel's huge.
- Married to the Job: Tuddrussel accurately describes her as "a completely repressed workaholic who's incapable of having fun of any kind."
- Pet the Dog: Even if she seems cold at times, she helps Tuddrussel, Larry and Otto a lot of times and she didn't mention Otto's presence in her report.
- Platonic Life Partners: With XJ-5.
- The Stoic: She hardly expresses her emotions.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: Although she's unemotional, she's not cold-hearted.
- Tomboyish Ponytail
- Took a Level in Badass: Not that she is NOT badass most of time, but she has her best moments, such like beating the crap out of guards in "Kubla Khan't" or fighting against Alfred Nobel's Five-Bad Band in "Nobel Peace Surprise".
- Workaholic: According to Tuddrussel.
- Working with the Ex: With Tuddrussel occasionally.
Voiced by: Daran NorrisA advanced robot that is more qualified for the job of a time cop than Larry, and he loves to rub it in. Working with Officer Sternwell, he provides actual help and guidance on missions.
- Do-Anything Robot: His equipment is more useful on missions than Larry's. Played for a Double Entendre in "Nobel Peace Surprise":XJ5: (after showing off his thermal sensor) Nice, isn't it?Larry: It's not the size of the equipment. It's how you use it.
- Fifth Ranger
- Known Only By His Model Number
- Hidden Depths: His first appearance portrays him as The Stoic as well as kind of jerk toward Larry and Tuddrussel. (Especially Larry) However, the following episodes show that he isn't always in charge of the situation and can be very easily awkward and concerned, especially if Sheila is around.
- 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.
- Not So Different: Larry and XJ 5 have more in common than they think, beside two of them being robots. Indeed, they both hate Tuddrussel's stupidity. Funnily, once they realize it, they laugh about 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.
- Robot Buddy
- The Stoic: He doesn't express emotions.
- Not So Stoic: Sometimes he can sound sarcastic (especially when Tuddrussel's or Larry's stupidity is involved) and worried (when Sheila and Tuddrussel expressed some interest in each other in "Ex Marks the spot")
- Platonic Life Partners: With Sheila.
- Took a Level in Badass: XJ5 has his moment in "Nobel Peace Surprise" when he fights against Lizzie Borden. She lost, being electrocuted, but the best part was that XJ5 didn't even make a move to attack her and everything happened while he got one of his arms missing (courtesy of Tuddrussel).
Voiced by: Jim WiseProfessional and competent, he's the best of the best of what Time Squad has to offer; but he's also a arrogant jerk that gladly makes trouble for Tuddrussel and Larry.
- The Ace: He "graduated top of [his] class" at the Academy and has a perfect success rate with missions.
- Even the Guys Want Him: Tuddrussel has difficulty controlling himself in his presence.
- Jerk Ass: Implied. And Tuddrussel is happy for him acting like one.
- Showy Invincible Hero
- Topheavy Guy: Oddly, his physique is less exaggerated than Tuddrussel's, though Laser is supposed to be even manlier.
Lance Nine Trillion
Voiced by: Kevin Michael RichardsonThe best officer in Time Squad needs to have the robot with the most advanced technology right? Lance is the perfect partner for J.T.
- The Ace: He's J.T. Laser's partner, so this trope is a natural.
- Do-Anything Robot: A more literal example than XJ5. He can even turn into a flying vehicle.
- Dude Magnet: Larry can't resist fawning over Lance when they meet in "Out with the In Crowd." Reinforced by a visual pun in which Lance attaches a magnet to him.
- Jerk Ass: Implied. And Larry is happy for him acting like one.
- Robot Buddy
Voiced by: Dee Dee RescherOtto'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.
- Child Hater: To the point she uses them as slave labor.
- Evil Matriarch: While obviously not related to Otto, she still was in charge of taking care of him and 32 other kids.
- Fostering for Profit: Implied, if not outright said by Otto that she's the head of the orphanage so that way she can make the kids work for her.
- Karma Houdini: Was never punished in the final episode.
- Knight of Cerebus: All of her acts are played seriously.
- Meaningful Name: Tells a lot about her peronality.
- Nun Too Holy: She maybe a nun, but doesn't act like what nuns should.
- Orphanage of Fear: While doubling as a Inner City School, Sister Thornly's School For Wayward Tots is a creepy, run-down Victorian home with junk scattered all over the yard and with an electric fence. . .and that's just from the outside!
- Stern Nun: Some would say borderline psychotic really.
- Woman in Black: She of course is a nun wearing the traditional outfit, but with her black attire and witchy personality she definitely resembles Death itself.
Doctor Sigmund Freud
Voiced by: Tom KennyThe 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.
- All Psychology Is Freudian: obviously.
- Hypno Fool
- 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.
Voiced by: Michael GoughAs 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.
- Ideal Hero: According to Otto, he is this.
- Reluctant Ruler: True to the history books, Washington becomes weary of the job as President after a while.
- The Cape
Voiced by: Roger RoseAKA Edward Teach, the Time Squad has a rough time trying to get the pirate from saving the planet to stealing goods.
- Soap Box Sadie: In a male example, Blackbeard constantly preaches on the importance of protecting the environment.
Voiced by: Vanessa MarshallThe famous Egyptian queen is busy destroying the Great Pyramids of Giza and making way for a mall that only royals can afford to go to.
- Gay Best Friend: Cleopatra uses Larry as her shopping buddy while at the mall.
- God Save Us from the Queen!: Her royal attendants bemoan the destruction of the pyramids and the dead rulers that get thrown out to make way for the mall. Otto ends up asking Julius Caesar to set her straight.
- Rich Bitch: She's the most powerful woman of her era, but uses her status as Queen to buy whatever she wants at the expense of her subjects.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Staying true to history, Cleopatra's true love interest is none other than Julius Caesar.
Voiced by: Maurice LaMarcheThe Time Squad discovers that the great city of Rome was thrown into shambles thanks to Caesar's poor handling of his role as leader.
- Fat Slob: it's easy to understand why the people of Rome would choose the tall, muscular warrior leader like Tuddrussel over the fat and lazy Julius Ceasar to be the Emperor.
- Jaded Washout: His reason for the decay of Rome was because he was tired of having to take care of the empire.
Voiced by: Carlos RamosThe French leader is a strange little man who clearly wants to do what History dictates for him to do. But unfortunately, for Napoleon and the Time Squad, the only thing standing in the way of war and conquest for France is the Emperor's wife, Josephine.
- Henpecked Husband: His flaw is that instead of trying to conquer the world, he's too scared to stand up to his wife. Thankfully, the gang help him get over it in the end.
- The Napoleon: Of course the writers portray him as having an Napoleon complex!
- The Unintelligible: Napoleon speaks in what's essentially "French gibberish", which includes a lot of twittering and stuttering things like "Twa tu twat le twat" with the only real French being spoken is key phrases such as 'oui' and 'c'est la vie'.
Edgar Allan Poe
Voiced by: Paul GreenbergInstead of finding a depressed alcoholic writer of horror, we get a children's book author that refuses to let the dark and cruel side of life get him down.
- Berserk Button: He goes on a violent tantrum after Larry insults his cooking.
- The Pollyanna: The gang try to break him of his abundant joy by taking him to depressing locations, but he just sees the brighter side of the coin. Heavily subverted when Larry insults the cake he makes for them.
Voiced by: Nika FuttermanTime Squad must convince the radical hippie leader to give back Washington's troops before the British army attack and to make America's first flag.
- Granola Girl
- New-Age Retro Hippie
- Stoners Are Funny: She and the rest of her army have pink eyes and all around act like they're half baked. Later Tuddrussel off handy mentions that Betsy baked "brownies" for General Washington as a peace offering.
America's Founding FathersIncluding Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Samuel Adams, John Adams, and John Hancock.
Voiced by: Patti DeutschThe first female pilot is too paranoid of germs to even consider the thought of going outside, let alone fly a plane when the Time Squad comes along.
- Abhorrent Admirer: Towards Tuddrussel in "Love at First Flight." This is a somewhat unusual example— Tuddrussel and Amelia Earhart get along well until she declares her desire to marry him.
- Neat Freak
- Super OCD
George Washington Carver
Voiced by: Kevin Michael RichardsonCarver, the brilliant inventor for more than a hundred uses for the peanut doesn't need Time Squad's help in figuring out what to do with his findings. What he needs is help from his evil little brother Todd Washington Carver.
Voiced by: Tom KennyKnown as the inventor of the cotton gin, Whitney somehow manages to instead make a horde of flesh eating robots that manage to destroy everything in their wake.
- Buffy Speak
- Didn't Think This Through: When Otto asks why he'd make flesh eating robots, he responds that he wanted to invent something that could help mankind. When asked where the logic in such a creation fits in, he has no answer.
Voiced by: Jeff BennettKnown for the creation of the Pony Express, Buffalo Bill becomes a crazed tabloid artist obsessed with the paranormal.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Somehow believed that Thomas Jefferson is involved in an alien conspiracy.