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    Alfred Jodocus Kwak
Adult Alfred wearing a red scarf.
The protagonist of the series.
  • Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: Adult Alfred is always seen wearing his iconic red scarf and sometimes even a hat, but usually nothing else.
  • Adult Fear: All of Alfred's adventures often cause Henk to fear for his life, especially after what happened to the rest of the Kwak family.
  • All Just a Dream: Several separate occasions.
    • Most notably the one where Alfred dreams he is a gunslinger in the Wild West.
    • "The White Queen" two-parter is unique in that another character (Dolf) is the one that figures out that they're actually in one of Alfred's dreams. For some reason, Dolf and several others are sharing the dream with Alfred. Then the Queen shows up again after Alfred wakes up...
  • And Now You Must Marry Me: A rare gender-reversal when a Wicked Witch tries to force Alfred to marry her. The witch actualy succeeds, but it thankfully turns out to a nightmare Alfred was having.
  • Animal Stereotypes: A funny duck.
  • Anthropomorphic Shift: Before 1985, Alfred used to look like an actual duck and wasn't yellow.
  • Art Evolution: Harald Sieperman's original design for Alfred resembled Donald Duck. He later gained a new design beginning with the 1989 animated series.
  • Babies Ever After: 21 years after the show's conclusion, he and Winnie eventually have a duckling of their own. A 2010 CD by Herman Van Veen called "Papa Kwak" explores Alfred and Winnie's parenthood.
  • Bad Butt: Despite generally being a well-mannered, peace-loving, happy-go-lucky duck, Alfred is not afraid to get physical when the situation calls for it, especially when it comes to standing up to Dolf.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Alfred is overall a nice person but you better be careful if you hurt his friends of family.
  • Blow You Away: In the original musical, to save himself from execution by hanging. Alfred calls help from the bees to blow the King away from Waterland for good.
  • Catchphrase: "Pico bello!"
  • Clear My Name: Alfred is wrongfully accused of crimes numerous times, leading to him getting Locked in the Dungeon, and often resulting in him screaming that he's innocent.
  • Crossdressing Voices: He is voiced by a woman in the original Dutch dub, German dub, English dub, and Japanese dub. In some dubs of the series, Alfred is voiced by a man once he becomes an adult.
  • Dead Guy Junior: He's named after Henk's grandfather who's probably dead, seeing that his house is unoccupied, he never shows up, and Henk is an adult.
  • Dreadful Musician: On a more humorous note, Alfred's piano playing is apparently so catastrophically bad that it causes Henk physical pain to listen to, and at one point he is even blown away by an onslaught of musical notes when he opens the door to Alfred's house. In the Finnish dub, Henk says Alfred's playing gives him a diarrhea.
  • Dub Name Change: In almost every dub his name remains excatly the same, except the English one where his middle name is changed to Jonathan and in the Hebrew dub where he's named Shealtiel.
  • Full-Name Basis: Alfred commonly introduces himself, or is introduced, by his full name, Alfred Jodokus Kwak. Notably, he's always called either by his first or full name. Nobody ever calls him just "Kwak".
  • Funny Animal: Alfred is given this design starting in 1985 by Harald Siepermann.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Whenever he sees another male bird (Michael Duckson, the golf instructor, even the Happily Married Ollie) getting close to Winnie.
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Occassionally wears a coat (in the North pole and Himalayas), and pants and suspenders when he goes to school.
  • Happily Adopted: By Henk, who was close friends with Alfred's mother and father.
  • Hero Ball: If there's something - anything - bad going on, expect Alfred to be drawn into it.
  • Imagine Spot: Alfred has these a LOT, as his imagination has a tendency to run away with him at times.
  • Informed Ability: The Hebrew dub for the series renamed Alfred ‘Shealtiel’, or ‘Shalti’ for short, and as the name is derived from the same root used by the words ‘question’ or ‘asking’, he was said to be very curious in the opening segment. This doesn’t seem to show up much in the series itself.
  • Interspecies Adoption: Henk, a mole, adopts him after Alfred's parents and siblings get run over.
  • Leitmotif: "Zo Vrolijk" and "Spetter Pieter Patter".
  • A Lizard Named "Liz": He's a duck with the family name "Kwak".
  • Locked in the Dungeon: Happens to Alfred far too many times to count, most commonly after being wrongfully accused of a crime, to the point that you could make a drinking game out of it. It even gets lampshaded in the song "In De Val" ("Trapped") on one of the soundtrack albums, where Herman van Veen wonders "Do barred windows like ducks, perhaps?"
  • Magic Music: The magical violin owned by the clown on the moon, which, among other things, is able to make things disappear. Alfred uses it to destroy the deadly Mozons virus.
  • Mascot: Between the late 80s and early 90s, Alfred was the mascot for the defunct TV station VARA which aired the series in The Netherlands.
  • Meaningful Name: Invoked; his middle name "Jodokus" apparently means "jokester"; his father gave him the name due to his natural curiosity and tendency to wander off from home.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Alfred and Henk have a moment like this after they get a sawfish to sabotage K. Rokodil's new advanced fishing boat, which results in a massive explosion that sinks the ship, and the sailors on board to barely escape alive. Worse, Captain Stoppel has a minor Heroic B So D at the sight of his beautiful new ship sinking, and the situation only gets worse when Rokodil announces that he's going to build an even more advanced ship as a result.
  • Music for Courage: In the original theater show, Alfred is occasionally heard singing "Kwek Kwek Kwek, Ik ben wel goed, Maar ik ben niet Gek" to cheer himself up. He's heard singing the song brifely in the 21st episode.
  • Near-Death Experience: After Alfred and Henk visit the sawfish to ask for his help, they're caught in a storm and Alfred is thrown overboard. He almost drowns and has a trippy nightmare in which he imagines being alone in the world, before being resuscitated in Captain Stoppel's home.
  • Nice Hat: As a reward for dealing with the Evil Genie Of Darkness, Alfred is given a fancy turban complete with a sparkling diamond.
  • Not Allowed to Grow Up: Averted. The show follows Alfred from his birth up until he is an adult.
  • Oh, Crap!: Alfred get's this reaction after forgetting about seeing a stage play with Winnie that Henk brought up.
  • The Pollyanna: Even after losing his parents and living through a dictatorship he keeps a positive attitude.
  • Run for the Border: He and his friends and family flee to neighboring Broad Reedland when Great Waterland is turned into a fascist dictatorship by Dolf and his National Crows Party.
  • Scarf of Asskicking: While hardly a violent character, the sheer amount of dangerous situations Alfred escapes while wearing his signature red scarf, he certainly qualifies.
  • Sliding Scale of Anthropomorphism: His wings change into hands when convenient, and he swims like a real duck.
  • Stewed Alive: Alfred has this happening to him in one episode when he and the others are captured by some angry natives who decide to cook them into soup. Although he survives, it is a pretty disturbing scene, not at all Played for Laughs.
  • Storming the Castle: Alfred does this three times, two of them literal. First he storms Dolf's home with an entire army of living chess pieces in tow to get back the White Queen's crown. The second time he goes to get back the money he loaned to the king after he won't pay him back, where he ends up driving the entire royal family out of the castle with the help of some bees. Lastly, Alfred tries to slip past the guards to get the king to give the Wana family a residence permit and make them legal citizens.
  • Taken for Granite: The witch threatens to turn Alfred into stone if he doesn't marry her. When he tries to escape during their wedding, she actually does it to his lower half so he can't run away.
  • Toothy Bird: Even though he obviously doesn't normally have teeth, Alfred occasionally bares them when he's angry. In one episode, he even brushes his teeth after getting out of bed.
  • Vague Age: Whether Alfred is still a school kid or a young (?) adult who has a girlfriend and travels around the world: He always looks exactly the same. Most likely young adult, seeing that Dolf and Ollie are about his age and they visibly grow up during the series. Also Alfred clearly doesn't go to school anymore.
  • We Can Rule Together:
    • Alfred inverts it when he barges into Dolf's office during the Crow's Party arc, demanding that Dolf (a Card-Carrying Villain) stop his evil plans and immediately step down. Dolf laughs in his face and just summarily imprisons him.
    • Dolf offeres this to him, first when he tries to loan money from Alfred for his campaign, and the second time when he has already gotten the funds from elsewhere and had set his plans into motion.
  • What, Exactly, Is His Job?: Although Alfred starts harvesting duckweed at one point, he always reiterates that the proceeds for it go to charity, and so it's unclear if he does actually have a paying job. The way Alfred is constantly ready to go on long trips at the drop of a hat suggests that he doesn't. Kind of glaring considering that most of his friends are shown to have jobs once they grow up. He mentions making a small company out of the duckweed harvesters he designs. He never says all the profits go to charity.
  • Odd Name Out: In the finnish dub he's the only character to not have had a Dub Name Change. While "Alfred" can be a name in Finland, it's more unusual than the other character's finnish names.

Alfred's adoptive father and close friends with his parents.
  • Adult Fear: All of Alfred's adventures often cause Henk to fear for his life, especially after what happened to the rest of the Kwak family.
  • Animal Stereotypes: Wears shades because he apparently can't stand daylight that well.
  • Anthropomorphic Shift: Henk's original design by Annet Kossen was more realistic and looked like an actual mole. Once Harald Sipermann took over in 1985, Henk was given a more humanoid apperance before getting a third redesign in 1987 gave him sunglassses which became his finalized design.
  • Ascended Extra: In the original stage musical, Henk is a minor character who only shows up at the beginning of the first act and doesn't return until the final act, when Alfred becomes king. In the comic and animated series, Henk is a supporting character who becomes a new father to Alfred.
  • Black Bead Eyes: Occasionally when he removes his sunglasses, he is depicted with beady eyes.
  • Brown Note: In the Finnish dub he complains Alfred's piano playing is so bad it gives him a diarrhea.
  • Catchphrase: "Alle molshopen!" ("Great molehills!").
  • Danger — Thin Ice: In an early episode taking place in Alfred's youth during winter, it's mentioned that the lake has frozen over, and after Alfred goes missing Henk worries that he fell through the ice and drowned. Alfred actually fell into an empty well with the school bully Dolf and is stuck there, before they're discovered by the hungry cat Krabnagel. In the climax, Henk saves Alfred by distracting Krabnagel, who then pursues him onto the ice and because of his much larger weight ends up breaking it. However, Krabnagel survives thank to Harmless Freezing, as he returns in later episodes.
  • Dub Name Change: He's named Khefi in Hebrew and Mauri Myyrä in Finnish.
  • Good Parents: With Alfred after the death of his parents.
  • Interspecies Adoption: Henk a mole, adopts Alfred after his family is killed.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Alfred and Henk have a moment like this after they get a sawfish to sabotage K. Rokodil's new advanced fishing boat, which results in a massive explosion that sinks the ship, and the sailors on board to barely escape alive. Worse, Captain Stoppel has a minor Heroic B So D at the sight of his beautiful new ship sinking, and the situation only gets worse when Rokodil announces that he's going to build an even more advanced ship as a result.
  • No Name Given: In the original musical, Henk wasn't given a name and was referred as "Mole". He wasn't named "Henk" until 1987 when the comic series was created.
  • Parental Substitute: Henk functions as this to Alfred after Alfred’s parents and siblings were killed in a car accident. He was a close friend of Alfred's late father, and resolved to raise the boy in his stead. Discussed by Dolf, who thinks Alfred is weird or even inferior for having been raised by someone not his own species.
  • Related in the Adaptation: In the animated series, Henk is Alfred's adoptive father. In the original musical, he was Alfred's friend and had a very small role in the first act.
  • Sunglasses at Night: Henk always wears sunglasses to protect his eyes from light.
  • What, Exactly, Is His Job?: Henk is never explicitly stated to have a job either, but it's reasonable to assume that he makes a living mining coal in the mine next to his house. In the oil rig episode, he goes there as a mining expert, and is also able to estimate how much digging canals in the desert will cost.
  • Papa Wolf: He fights Krabnagel to draw him away from Alfred.

Adult Dolf sporting a toothbrush mustache.
A crow who goes to school with Alfred and is shown becoming one of the series' biggest villains.
  • Adaptation Species Change: The Finnish dub consistently refers to him as a raven instead of a crow.
  • Adults Are More Anthropomorphic: Played With; Dolf goes from a Funny Animal with almost human-like anatomy but with no clothes (as a child), to a still unclothed and anthropomorphic but decidedly more crow-like appearance with tail and wings — that are always clearly wings while everybody else's wings turn into hands when convenient — and ability to fly when many other bird characters can't or won't (as a teen), back to Funny Animal / Fully Dressed Cartoon Animal (as an adult).
  • Alcoholic Parent: It's heavily implied that Dolf's father frequently gets drunk on beer following the death of his wife. This, of course, does not contribute at all to his son's self-esteem.
  • All Germans Are Nazis: Dolf's parents are rather obviously German expies, and incredibly racist. Subverted with Dolf who has no obvious German traits of his own.
  • A Nazi by Any Other Name: A half-breed crow named Dolf founds the National Crows Party and takes over Great Waterland in a fascist coup. He also likes to constantly talk about how much superior crows are and decides to exterminate all mice over a personal humiliation (his yellow beak being revealed to his followers by said mouse).
  • Animal Species Accent: In the Finnish dub, Dolf often sounds very birdlike and makes weird noises, and in German dub he uses "Kra!" as an exclamation.
  • Animal Stereotypes: An evil crow.
  • Barefoot Cartoon Animal: Until in the second season when he begins to wear shoes.
  • Boomerang Bigot: One of his defining characteristics. He's extremely xenophobic towards half-breeds and cross-species families, as evident in his attitude towards Alfred being raised by a mole. However, he himself is half-blackbird, and absolutely loathes himself for it.
  • Catchphrase:
    • Dolf likes to tell people to "kras op!" ("bug off!")
    • He uses "Kra!" in German dub.
  • Clever Crows: Dolf is a highly intelligent person who happens to be a crow.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: He lost his mother when he was very young and it is implied that his father was an alcoholic.
  • Day of the Jackboot: During the Crow's Party arc, Dolf uses his fascist party to take power in Great Waterland, forcing Alfred and his friends to flee to the neighboring country.
  • Defeat by Modesty: Alfred and Dolf get into a fight after school, and in the process Alfred discovers Dolf's beak is actually covered in shoe polish to hide the fact that it's yellow; Dolf is so embarrassed that he runs away crying.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Dolf reacts to a rat revealing his yellow beak, thereby humiliating him in public, by vowing to exterminate every rat and mouse on the planet.
  • A Dog Named "Dog": His finnish name is Korppi, which means raven, and the rest of the dub refers to Dolf as being a raven as opposed to the original dub calling him a crow.
  • The Dragon: Sometimes acts as this to Rokodil in the second season.
  • Dub Name Change: He's named Kra in German and Korppi in Finnish. The Finnish name of the National Crow's Party is Kansallinen Korppipuolue (Finnish for National Ravens Party), which carries an implication he named it after himself.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Alfred. They both experience traumas during childhood — Alfred loses his parents and siblings soon after he hatched and ends up twice in a cell on ungrounded charges, while Dolf has serious issues with his origins (see Parental Issues below). Dolf bullies Alfred for being raised by a mole while dying his yellow beak black out of fear of being bullied himself. At adulthood, both birds prove themselves to be highly capable and charismatic, but unlike Dolf, Alfred doesn't let his past traumas to influence his presence and justify selfish and evil acts.
  • Evil Laugh: At the end of the first episode of the Reign Of Dolf arc.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: In the English dub.
  • Fantastic Racism: See above. Also Dolf's parents. ("At some level, you have to pity other birds for being so disgusting.")
  • Faux Affably Evil: He can present himself as very charming when he wants to be, but when things don't go his way he immediately shows his true colors.
  • Final Solution: To complete Dolf's resemblance to Adolf Hitler, he resolves to kill every mouse (mice have long been used as an analogy for the Jews, see Maus for instance) on the planet because they (actually a rat, but Dolf seemingly makes no difference between them) angered him.
  • Friendly Enemy: Alfred and Dolf have this dynamic throughout the first season, before Dolf crosses the Moral Event Horizon in the Reign Of Dolf arc. Even when Dolf vengefully confronts Alfred after he has been defeated, Alfred seems more concerned about his former frenemy's mental well-being than about the things Dolf might do to him.
  • Freudian Excuse: Sort of; Dolf had a rather crappy childhood. It's made relatively clear though that a crappy childhood excuses nothing. After all, Alfred himself had a relatively crappy childhood too.
  • Harmless Freezing: In a later episode, Dolf hides from Alfred in a freezer. As soon as Alfred opens the door, the frozen-solid Dolf comes tumbling out.
  • Karma Houdini: Dolf is the king of these. Even after becoming the fascist dictator of all of Great Waterland, he's not persecuted for his crimes, and even comes back later to legally run for presidency in the elections.
  • Meaningful Name: "Dolf" is the Dutch form of "Adolf", popular among Dutch fascists during the country's occupation.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Come on, guess! Doubles as Names to Run Away from Really Fast for obvious reasons.
  • National Animal Stereotypes: Dolf, the Adolf Hitler expy, is a German bird. While he is referred to as a crow, his crooked beak recalls the German Imperial Eagle.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: He's very blatantly based on Hitler and Napoleon.
  • Nonhuman Humanoid Hybrid: Dolf's parents are a crow and a blackbird. Dolf has a yellow beak to show for it.
  • Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: Dolf leads a fascist coup of Great Waterland after building up his own political movement and making public speeches denouncing the King's terrible spending and that he doesn't take his job very seriously. While Dolf is absolutely right about those things and his own popularity with the people is what gets him into power, he is actually only interested in seizing the throne for himself. After deposing the King, he immediately names himself Emperor and becomes even more tyrannical than his predecessor.
  • Only One Name: Seems to be the case. Not even the lawyer calls him anything but "Dolf".
  • Parental Issues: A significant reason why Dolf is so messed up: his mother was a blackbird, which greatly shames him since he wants to be a full-blood crow. Worse, she apparently dies while Dolf is still young, resulting in Dolf's father becoming an alcoholic.
  • Pokémon Speak: Dolf's name in the German dub is Kra ("Caw"), the sound crows make, and his Catchphrase when startled or annoyed.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: As said before, he's basically bird version of Hitler. During the Crow's Party arc he rants about racial purity on television.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Dolf gets these when he is in a particularly nasty mood; most prominently when he tries to kill Lispel so he can't tell anybody about Dolf breaching the dike.
  • Schoolyard Bully All Grown Up: While originally he is a mischievous child due to his upbringing he quickly ascends through the ranks of villainy, at several different points being a fascist dictator, a thief, an arms dealer, and closest the series has to a Big Bad.
  • Take Over the World: Because of an innate fear of being perceived as weak by others, when he's still a child Dolf decides that one day he will simply rule over everyone and everything. Moreover, when he stages his coup he outright declares that he simply wants power for its own sake. A dream he has in the final episode reveals that despite many years having passed he still harbours this desire.
  • They Call Me Mister Tibbs: Under Dolf's rule, citizens are punished for referring to him as anything but "President Dolf".
  • Time Stands Still: In the finale, Dolf dreams about bulldozing a massive, multi-story hourglass, and promptly presents an ultimatum to the world that everything will stop unless he is named the ruler of the world.
  • The Usurper: In the "Crows Party" arc, Dolf uses his new fascist party to throw King Franz Ferdinand out of his palace and declare himself Emperor Dolf I.
  • Villain Ball: Dolf has one of these implanted in his skull. You may have noticed he is really not a nice person.
  • Villain Has a Point: While Dolf's campaign to take over the leadership of the Great Waterland is done out of his own ambitions rather than real concern for the country, leading Alfred and Henk not to trust him, he's correct to say that King Ferdinand is not taking his political responsibility seriously enough and no one's doing enough to rectify the growing unemployment. Similar to how Adolf Hitler gained power, Dolf wins the people's initial trust by offering employment and seemingly actively doing something to stabilize the country. After Dolf has driven King Ferdinand away, the king acknowledges that his irresponsibility contributed to Dolf's uprising. Also, Dolf's claim of the monarchy being outdated gains weight during the second season when King Ferdinand decides to change the Great Waterland from an absolute monarchy to a constitutional monarchy with a democratically elected president (which is ironically something Dolf predicted would happen long before his coup d'état).
  • Villainous Breakdown: On several occasions when his plans are foiled. Especially prominent is when he loses the presidential elections to Ollie, and walks off into the sunset with crazy eyes while muttering to himself how he's the only one fit to rule, and later when he gets arrested after stealing Professor Paljas' formula for a clean automobile fuel.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Dolf, both times that he tries to become president of Great Waterland. The second time is especially egregious considering he staged a fascist coup the first time.
  • We Can Rule Together: Dolf twice offers this to Alfred, first when he's looking for money to fund a political party, second when he's found the money elsewhere and is already in the process of seizing power in the entire country.
  • We Will Meet Again: After Alfred destroys Dolf's fascisct coup, Dolf and his associates are forced to flee. Just before he does that, he shows up at Alfred's door, and warns him that he may have won this time, but that one day he'll come back and be powerful again.
  • Whole Costume Reference: His Napoleon attire from the Reign Of Dolf arc.
  • Wound That Will Not Heal: Dolf makes repeated mentions of how breaking his wing when falling down the well messed it up for life, and how it still aches periodically.
  • War for Fun and Profit: Dolf's last villanous occupation is a combination of arms dealer and warmonger.
  • You Are What You Hate: Dolf's not a full-blooded crow; His mother was a blackbird, though he darkens his yellow beak with shoe polish to hide it.
  • Your Size May Vary: As a grown-up, Dolf is generally drawn to be taller than Alfred, but sometimes he's depicted as downright minuscule to make him seem like The Napoleon especially when he's on his fascist dictator power trip.

Alfred's family

    Johan Sebastian Kwak 
Alfred's father. Lived in a shoe where he later built a nest for his and Anna's eggs.
  • Killed Off for Real: At the beginning of episode 2.
  • Papa Wolf: He goes through hell to get back an egg stolen from his nest by a hungry eagle.
  • Toothy Bird: He brushes a mouthful of teeth before going to court Anna.

    Anna Kwak 
Alfred's mother.

    Alfred's siblings 
Alfred's six nameless siblings.

Alfred's Friends & Allies

Adult Ollie wearing a suit.
One of Alfred's childhood friends, and escapes Dolf's regime with him after they're arrested. After the king steps down, Ollie wins the election and becomes Great Waterland's first president.
  • Crossdressing Voices: Like Alfred, he's voiced by a woman. This makes sense in-universe, as the series' world is set somewhere between the middle ages and the nineties and Ollie thus presumably doesn't have access to testosterone shots.
  • Dub Name Change: He's named Olli in Finnish and Lolly in Hebrew.

Pikkie as a child.
  • Thieving Magpie: He is actually compelled to steal anything shiny that he lays his eyes on, gaining Mind-Control Eyes in the process. In the first episodes he appears, he steals a key and then the king's ruby, accidentally framing Alfred and almost getting him a death sentence when he ends up looking responsible. When the truth is revealed, the king pardons Pikkie since as a magpie he apparently can't help himself. It seems to be something Pikkie can't control, but also seems to fade away with age, as he's shown to be able to handle diamonds without any compulsions as an adult.
  • Unfortunate Names: "Pikkie" is a pun on "pikken", a Dutch slang term for stealing (because he can't resist stealing shiny objects). Unfortunately, "Pikkie" is also a Dutch slang term for a small penis.

    Winnie Wana
Winnie Wana in her first appearance.

The oldest child of the Wana family and Alfred's love interest. She first meets Alfred while the Wanas are hiding on a train to Great Waterland to escape Atrique's police.
  • Damsel out of Distress: When Dolf kidnaps Winnie, she manages to wiggle out of her bindings and pick up a chair to bash his head in — except that Alfred gets there first.
  • Dub Name Change: She's named Iiris Wana in the Finnish dub

    Tom Wana

Winnie's little brother.

    Kwa Wana

The leader of the black ducks' resistance in Atrique, which is heavily based on Apartheid-era South Africa. He escaped to Great Waterlands with his wife and children only to leave Winnie and Tom with Alfred, and return to Atrique with Blanche to continue the fight after attaining their citizenship. He's based on Nelson Mandela.

    Blanche Wana

Kwa Wana's wife.

    Von Paljas 
A polar bear inventor Alfred meets and befriends after traveling to the north pole in order to stop whalers.
  • Gratuitous German: Notably, "Ja!" and "Scheisse!"
  • Herr Doktor: He's German in at least the original Dutch dub.
  • Never Say "Die": While the series usually averts this hard, Von Paljas, for whatever reason, says his spaceship crashing into the Himalayas would "destroy" him and Alfred.
  • Omni Disciplinary Scientist: Professor Paljas, adult Alfred's friend and ally, who is apparently an expert in mechanical engineering, rocket science, Egyptology, and linguistics, among other things. Slightly averted when he mentions that global warming is not his field, but played completely straight otherwise.
  • Poirot Speak: Professor Paljas has a habit of mixing random German words into his sentences, to the point where some of what he says becomes absolutely incomprehensible.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: He's a professor, but his field is never specified.

     Inspector Sherlock 
A basset hound police inspector.

    Captain Stoppel 
A walrus captain.

     The driver 
A pelican who appears as a bus driver, the King's driver, and Stoppel's friend.

    Professor Ramses 
A cat professor from the university and Von Pallas' old friend.
  • Modest Royalty: He's a part of a royal family, but lives as an ordinary university teacher in Great Waterland.
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: He looks like he could be the identical twin brother of his cousin, who works as a seer in The Land Of Pyramids and apparently belongs to an ancient Egyptian royal family.
  • Vague Age: He looks excatly like his cousin, who's the grandfather of an adult woman.

The king & his court

     As a whole 
The king's council that consists of, among others, colonel Rangpang, sir Poen, the archbishop, and the secretary of the treasury.—-
  • Decadent Court: They are happy to jail an innocent man and steal in order to maintain their lavish lifestyle during the country's economic hardships. Well, everybody but Franz Ferdinand himself. He hesitates, but is quickly convinced to do what the council wants.
  • Heel Realization: Dolf's coup give many of them a reality check, in particular the King. Colonel Rangpang and Poen van Kale Koen take the time to apologize to Alfred for their theft before they escape Dolf.
  • Villainous Glutton: They immediately spend Alfred's money on banquets.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: We don't know what happens to them after Franz Ferdinand abdicates.

    King Franz Ferdinand 
The King of Waterland and the son of king Radboud. Franz seems to be a little divorced from reality and used to living in luxury, but is a mostly good person. He never wanted to be a king and eventually steps down to make Great Waterlands a republic.
  • Abdicate the Throne: In season 2, he decides to step down and let his people elect a president.
  • Accidental Misnaming: Episode 6 of the Finnish dub calls him prince Rohkea and his father Leijonamieli III. In all later episodes Franz is consistently called Leijonamieli III.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: In the animated series, King Franz Ferdinand is a lot more sympathetic and likeable compared to his role in the original musical.
  • Animal Stereotypes: He's a lion and a king.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: His father, Radboud, is never seen again after Franz Ferdinand ascends to the throne. Since his son is the new King after the Time Skip he probably died in the interim, but it's never mentioned.
  • Dub Name Change: He's named Leijonamieli III in Finnish.
  • Manchild: In the original musical, the King acted very childish. He starts giggling after he addresses the audience by making them cheer by raising his hands.
  • Reluctant Ruler: He never wanted to be a king.
  • Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense: Because of his priviledged upbringing, Franz has little understanding of the things commoners go through.
  • Rightful King Returns At the end of the Crow's Party arc, when Dolf is dethroned and escapes. Interestingly, Franz doesn't seem to return the money Dolf had taken from the commoners by force.
  • Sheltered Aristocrat: Doesn't seem to understand lots of things. Dolf's take-over of his kingdom is a great learning experience for him.
  • Shout-Out:
    • His original name refers to archduke Franz Ferdinand von Habsburg.
    • "Kuningas Leijonamieli" is commonly used as a stock name for fictional kings in Finland, referring to king Richard from Arthurian legends.
  • Unwitting Pawn: His negligence leads to Dolf being able to take over all of Great Waterland and usurp him without any resistance. However, this does lead the king to realize what a fool he's been all along.
  • Upper-Class Twit: King Franz Ferdinand is at first a totally oblivious ruler who neglects his subjects, though when we first see him as a young man it's clear that he didn't particularly want to be king anyway. He spends most of his time in his lemonade baths and swindles Alfred out of a significant sum of money. When Dolf takes over in a fascist coup Franz Ferdinand demonstrates such a level of ignorance that Dolf and his cronies openly laugh at him before exiling the King. Subverted when this leads Franz Ferdinand to reconsider his own actions and he becomes a better ruler after he returns to Great Waterland.
  • What's Up, King Dude?: In season 2, Franz Ferdinand lets Alfred come and go as he pleases, even if the guards don't like it.
  • The Wrongful Heir to the Throne: He's ignorant and bad at his job.
  • You Don't Look Like You: In his first appearance in episode 6, he has different features and even a different fur colors than in his later appearances as a king.

    King Radboud 
Franz Ferdinand's father and the previous king.
  • The Caligula: Aside from the gun incidents mentioned above, Radboud also wants to execute an one-year old child for stealing his ruby, and has to be convinced to do as much as arrange a trial.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Radboud is never seen again after Franz Ferdinand ascends to the throne. Since his son is the new King after the Time Skip he probably died in the interim, but it's never mentioned.
  • Gun Nut: Goes on hunting trips. In a world filled with sentient animals. To shoot birds that might or might not have human-level sentience. He also shoots at a bus because he somehow mistakes the sound it makes for a moose call. Later, he's upset that the start pistol he's given for the triathlon is loaded with blanks, complaining that it isn't any fun that way.
  • Too Important to Walk: In his hunting trip, he's carried around on some kind of a rocking horse by four servants.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: He dissappears from the series after episode 6. It can be assumed he dies, because his son ascends to the throne. In episode 12, Dolf says he's confident Radboud would die soon, which implies the king was getting old and/or ill.

    Colonel Rangpang 
An orangutan navy colonel and a part of the king's council.
  • Dressing as the Enemy: With Alfred, to make their way through the NCP-controlled city and sneak into the castle.
  • High-Class Glass: Wears a monocle. Even when disguised as a NCP redshirt. Somehow it doesn't strike the enemy as weird.

     Poen van Kale Koen 
A turkey with a seat in the king's court.
  • Dub Name Change: He's named Ruupertti in Finnish and just called "the Baron" in English
  • No Name Given: In the English dub, he's just the Baron.

     Unnamed frog servant 
Franz Ferdinand's closest servant.

    The Archbishop 
  • Corrupt Church: The Archbishop of Great Waterland seems to be interested only in his personal gain. He initially remains on the sidelines when Dolf prepares to take over the country (citing the fruitful affiliation between the crown and the church), but openly supports his new regime after receiving a hefty bribe.

Villains & Antagonists

  • We Used to Be Friends: While Hannes and Wannes were both seen picking on Alfred and Henk as children. They had a very brief friendship with Alfred and Henk (especially during Alfred's first birthday).
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: He disappears after the Reign of Dolf arc.

  • Dub Name Change: He's named Harri in Finnish.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Wannes is basically the personification of racism during the Apartheid arc.
  • Terrible Trio: Forms one with Dolf and Hannes when they're young.
  • Those Two Guys: With Hannes until he dissappears from the series after season 1, and Wannes makes his following appearances alone.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Wannes starts out as one half of Dolf's duo of mostly harmless, dim-witted henchmen. Following a Time Skip, he becomes a well-dressed, wealthy goose who is openly racist against black ducks, to the point where he relentlessly hounds the Wana family and tries to get them arrested.

An octopus spy first seen spying for Sparrowland. He has some kind of a compulsion about telling people things (for a price, of course).
  • Dub Name Change: Liero Lonkero ("sneaky/louse tentacle(s)") in Finnish.
  • Only in It for the Money: Lispel will spy on anybody and sell the information to whoever pays him the most, but objects when asked to perform sabotage, and only agrees to do it when threatened.
  • Principles Zealot: Of all people, maybe as part of his Blue-and-Orange Morality. When somebody has paid him to disclose secres, he simply has to tell them (even if the buyer alredy knows the secrets). Not disclosing information that has been paid for literally makes him sick.
  • Stealthy Cephalopod: Lispel seems to be an octopus (he has suckers on his tentacles like an octopus), yet strangely refers to himself as a jellyfish. Either way, he is a freelance spy who will work for anyone who is willing to pay him for his services. It should be noted that the Dutch word for jellyfish, kwal, can also refer to a slimy and untrustworthy person. So even though Lispel looks and behaves like an octopus, the Punny Name was probably too good to pass up. He also uses Sssssnake Talk.
  • They Call Me Mister Tibbs: "It's 'mr. Jellyfish' to you." Nevermind that he's pretty clearly not an actual jellyfish.

A hippo who acted as Dolf's closest aide during his stint as a dictator. He reappears in the final episode, still loyal to Dolf, to help him escape prison.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: He sees the writing on the wall when Dolf loses all his money and flees. He leaves a note for Dolf advising him to do the same before he's arrested when the King returns.

    Mayor K. Rokodil 
A ruthless businessman whose car killed Alfred's parents and siblings.
  • Interspecies Romance: He's married to a quail. They are also said to have children (who never appear in person). Whether they're his biological children or not is left unexplained.
  • Karma Houdini: For most of the series, he gets away with everything.
  • Punny Name: His name in the finnish dub is K. Rokodiili. The actual finnish word for crocodile is krokotiili, while diili means "deal" as in a business deal.

A hippo scientist working for K. Rokodil.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Is shocked when Rokodil decides to kill the people protesting his fishing ship who are blocking their way, though he doesn't do anything about it.
  • Only in It for the Money: Hannibal is happy to design whatever K. Rokodil needs, regardless of its intended purpose.

A cat bandit who's usually shown trying to eat small people and children. He dissappears from the series after resisting arrest when he's suspected of burglary.
  • Cats Are Mean: Tries to eat Henk, child Dolf and Alfred, and The White Queen.
  • Carnivore Confusion: He's a dangerous criminal and known to eat others (including little children). He is never charged for this, when he ends up in prison it's for other crimes.
  • Danger — Thin Ice: In an early episode taking place in Alfred's youth during winter, it's mentioned that the lake has frozen over, and after Alfred goes missing Henk worries that he fell through the ice and drowned. Alfred actually fell into an empty well with the school bully Dolf and is stuck there, before they're discovered by the hungry cat Krabnagel. In the climax, Henk saves Alfred by distracting Krabnagel, who then pursues him onto the ice and because of his much larger weight ends up breaking it. However, Krabnagel survives thank to Harmless Freezing, as he returns in later episodes.
  • Dub Name Change: He's named Karski-Katti in Finnish.
  • Fully Dressed Cartoon Animal: Sans shoes.
  • Harmless Freezing: He survives being frozen in a block of ice and sinking into a lake.
  • Running on All Fours: When following scents and attacking.
  • Sapient Eat Sapient: He tries to eat Dolf and Alfred when they're children, and chased Henk on two separate occasions. He tries to kill Alfred again when he's a teenager, and also attacks The White Queen.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Dissappears from the series after being accused of burglary, resisting arrest, and shooting at the police. Given the strict laws of Great Waterlands at the time, his other crimes, and the fact the real burglar (Dolf) was never exposed, it's possible Krabnagel was sentenced to death.

     Igor a.k.a Peter 
A spy from Sparrowland who later defects and helps Alfred and his friends escape NCP, going to Broad Reedlands with them.
  • Dub Name Change: He's named Iiro/Petteri in Finnish.
  • Fake Nationality: He pretends to be natives to Broad Reedlands while in actuality being from Sparrowland.
  • Improbable Age: He's around Alfred's age (a few years old at most) while doing the spying.

     The Poodle 
A female poodle that only shows up in the 26th episode. She's an observer with K. Rokodil and Hannibal during their visit to the Himalayas.

Characters exclusive to the original stage musical

     The Fox 
The fox that Alfred encounters in the musical.

     The Ladder
The Latter as played by Herman Van Veen.
An effeminate talking french ladder that helps Alfred as he's heading towards the king's castle.
  • Gratuitous French: The ladder can be heard using various french words and refers to Alfred as "Alfredo".
  • Incredibly Long Note: He's mostly heard singing very long notes. Eric Van Der Wurff can be seen conducting his performance.
  • Nice Hat: He wears a french beret.

     The River
A talking river that helps Alfred.


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