Fluble P. Marshell, the comic's eponymous hero and archetypal loser, a genetically engineered, vaguely anthropomorphic frog living in Syracuse, New York. Hopelessly unemployed. Never hesitates to come up with a Zany Scheme or Conspiracy Theory. Dies on several occasions during the comic's run.
Balt Baltmer, an exiled alien scientist who lives with Fluble and Burble, and inexplicably tolerates their antics.
Burble, formerly a creature of almost godlike power, now a walking tomato. Also, completely insane.
Clown, the circus freak and local token female. Fluble's unrequited Love Interest. Loves animals, though her pets are tragically short-lived.
All Girls Want Bad Boys: Parodied in the storyline where Clown swoons over Zangoth despite the fact that the demon is clearly abusing her.
Clown: This meat tastes very interesting.
Zangoth: It's an old family recipe.
Clown: Well, just remember after dinner we have to walk my dog.
Zangoth: No, we don't.
Art Shift: Twice. Why does the boiled lobster sing is drawn in a more stylized, Frank Miller-esque fashion that goes with the spoof Film Noir feel. Woonsocket, which is told from Burble's perspective, is in appropriately psychedelic full-color.
Bizarro Episode: I Like Bunnies, a five-strip "storyline" featuring Burble in random situations. And by "random" I mean "flip the dictionary open and point at a random word to determine what happens next"-random.
Dada Comics: I will only point out that the image for this article depicts a hallucinatory gargoyle giving romantic advice to an anthropomorphic frog who is in love with a circus freak whose house is full of vikings (again).
Deadpan Snarker: Balt, though Fluble can display some acidic wit if he wants to.
Everyone Is Jesus in Purgatory: invoked The original website had an article entitled "How to read Fluble", explaining that it's completely fruitless to try and find any hidden meaning in Fluble.
If one strip has, for example, an image of cannibalistic teddy bears, you may think, "Ah, so the bears are there to symbolize the anguish of modern man?" No.No, damn you. It's there because cannibalistic teddy bears are funny.
Genre Savvy: Fluble sometimes attempts to take advantage of genre conventions, only to fail miserably.
I Don't Pay You to Think: One standalone strip rides this for all its worth, with Clown's boss saying no less than three variations of it:
"Dammit Coinean, I don't pay you to ask relevant questions! I pay you to shred Arruda files!"
"Dammit Coinean, I don't pay you to point out my obvious stupidity! I pay you to make Arruda files!"
"Dammit Coinean, I don't pay you to shred Arruda files! I pay you to shred Arruda files!"
At the final showdown in the Woobie saga, Fluble's Evil Future Self disguises himself as Jacques Cousteau by putting on a red knit cap. It works.
In Onions Of Thunder, Clown has to get out of her workplace so he asks Fluble and Burble to cover for her. When Clown's boss walks by, they both claim to be Clown (standing right next to each other). It works.
In Do You Remember Love?, Rubble once again attempts to take Fluble's place. Burble then drags in Zangoth dressed in a frog costume and proceeds to prove that he is the real Fluble by pointing out things such as "The real Fluble has a tag marked 'Fluble costume'", or that "the real Fluble is actually not Fluble at all". It works.
The Power of Love: Subverted in Do You Remember Love?. Fluble seems to be Killed Off for Real, and Clown sheds a single tear upon his lifeless body as she confesses that she loves her. Fluble immediately springs back to life...
Clown: As a friend, yeah.
Fluble: That's what I came back from the dead for? Friend-love?