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Characters in Best Fiends. Information for their roles in the web shorts are included here as well.

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    The Green Glades 

Temper the Mighty Mite

Voiced by: Mark Hamill (episodes "Boot Camp" to "Howie's Gift"), Phil LaMarr ("Temper's Adventure" onwards)
  • A Day in the Limelight: Has his own solo mission that rewards him with "The Dark Mite" costume.
  • Batman Parody: His standard design is an insect parody of Batman, with a costume called "The Dark Mite" that colors him in Batman blacks. His webseries voice actor is also the most common voice actor for The Joker, Batman's biggest adversary.
  • Determinator: He has boundless courage.
  • Ironic Name: He has no need for anger management despite his name.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Temper and all the other Mites are listed in the Map of Minutia as some of the smallest Fiends, but Temper is a super-strong one.
  • Series Mascot: He's the first Fiend you get, and appears as the "face" of the series.
  • Shout-Out: Is a big shout out to Batman.
  • Stealth Pun: As a mite that invokes Batman in design, this makes him Bat-Mite.

Gene the Tap-Dancing Centipede

Lapoleon the Future Emperor Cockroach

Voiced by: Maurice LaMarche
  • Cockroaches Will Rule the Earth: Is being groomed to be the Emperor of Everything when he grows up, since he can withstand atomic blasts.
  • Creepy Cockroach: Averted, like the other bugs.
  • The Dandy: The web shorts give him an air of being appearance-obsessed, along with being given additional accessories to wear.
  • Maurice Chevalier Accent: Is given one in the webseries, referencing his name.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: Being a cockroach, he's impossible to kill, and it's hinted that it's been attempted multiple times against him before. He takes the threats with more annoyance than fear.
  • Non-Idle Rich: Despite being rich, living in a huge mansion, and appearing to have multiple servants, Lapoleon still joined the fight with the Fiends to help protect Minutia. He's also a key player on a soccer team, while also being the lead of a defense group against the Slugs.
  • Reluctant Ruler: He looks cripplingly shy in his earlier forms, though by his final evolution he looks ready to take his throne.
  • Vampires Are Rich: One of the explanations for his "Dracoleon" vampire costume, which gives him a vampire outfit to fit his rich lifestyle.

Karma the Colour-Blind Chameleon

  • Ambiguous Gender: She goes by feminine pronouns, but her gender is listed as "Unknown" on the website. Some bios end up forgoing pronouns entirely for her as well, or even giving masculine pronouns instead, hinting at a genderfluid nature. Despite this, the book "The World of Best Fiends" lists Karma's gender as female, contradicting the website and game.
  • Fish Eyes: Since she's a chameleon, she can't get her eyes straight all the time.
  • Hollywood Chameleons: Inverted, she always stands out against everything instead of blending in.

Vincent the Moth

  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Any light source will automatically distract him from any goal he has at hand.
  • You Don't Look Like You: His image on the website gives him darker-rimmed eyes, along with a brighter color scheme, while he has standard eyes and duller colors in the game proper.

Lacey the Lacewing

Snap the Dragon Caterpillar


    The Strawberry Patch 

Tantrum the Battle-Hardened Dung Beetle

Gordon the Brave Warrior Scorpion

Voiced by: David Herman

Bob the Grumpy Determined Ladybug

Moose the "Reckoned" Stag Beetle

  • Paper Tiger: He's not as tough as you might think. His horns don't grow out of his head; they're part of his hat.

Wu the Tarsier

  • Barefoot Cartoon Animal: His fourth evolution gives him a set of fighting robes, but leaves him barefoot.
  • Fully-Dressed Cartoon Animal: His fifth evolution gives him the pair of shoes that his fourth form is missing.
  • Monkey King Lite: His whole motif in his final two forms. His static art on the website gives him a cloud to ride on that his game art is missing.

Bam the Caterpillar

Rose the Orchid Mantis

Carmen the Cochineal

  • Insect Gender-Bender: She has wings, a trait that only male cochineal have.
  • The Pig-Pen: She doesn't look messy, but being a cochineal has her leaving messy red stains everywhere.
  • Shout-Out: She's named for Carmen Sandiego, with her tagline on the website even being "Where in the world?".

    The Mellow Flowers 

Kwincy the "Cute" Spider

  • Big Eater: His expression implies it.
  • Crutch Character: He starts out as the first yellow converter character you get in the game, playing a heavy role for yellow-clearing levels. However, further unlocking introduces Woody, whose converter is a double one, meaning he gets twice the power and abilities in the same span that Kwincy can, rendering the spider useless later on.
  • Cyclops: His first form.
  • Extra Eyes: Every form after, and they stack like a pyramid.
  • Informed Attractiveness: He's apparently handsome by Fiend standards.
  • Person as Verb: The Map of Minutia suggests "doing a Kwincy" involves an impolite gaffe.
  • Spiders Are Scary: Averted, as it's implied he's actually quite the looker.

Jojo the Chaos Butterfly

Voiced by: Kate Walsh ("Boot Camp" to "The Fight Before Christmas"), Audrey Wasilewski ("Slug Swap" onwards)

Vega the Firefly

  • Light 'em Up: Fitting as a lightning bug, since she's fighting against darkness, too.
  • Light Is Good: About as good as it gets, in her case.

Newt the Knocked Frog

  • Coconut Meets Cranium: His name is a reference to Sir Isaac Newton, who legend has it theorized about gravity by inspiration from when he was hit in the head by an apple falling out of a tree. Newt had the same thing happen to him, but it didn't inspire him to become Minutia's greatest physicist - instead, his tongue is apparently so fast it defies physics.
  • Fish Eyes: For him, it makes it look like he's constantly spacing out.

Woody the Cannonball Woodlouse

Beebert the Moviegoing Bumblebee

  • The Movie Buff: His defining trait. Aside from the Slug War, his biggest goal is finding 3D glasses to fit over his giant ones.
  • Nerd Glasses: His first form wears a thick pair of horn-rimmed glasses, which turn into different types of eyewear with different evolutions.

Dina the Hickory Horned Devil

    The Glowshroom Garden 

Brittle the Nervous Housefly

  • Flies Equals Evil: Inverted, she's one of the heroes.
  • Girliness Upgrade: Earlier versions showed her final forms as being very hairy, which lead to some people to mistake her for a boy. Later updates feminized her final design, giving her small eyelashes in her final design, along with a hair-like helmet instead of a hairy body.
  • Terrified of Germs: "The World of Best Fiends" book mentions that she's a hypochondriac, due to her fear of her own safety. She's decided that being neat and tidy is the best way to keep herself safe.

Whisper the Bee-Wannabe Yellowjacket

Dennis the Party Animal Grasshopper

  • Dancin' in the Ruins: His goal is to celebrate in the ruins of the Slug empire when the war's over.
  • Life of the Party: He likes parties, and plans to throw a big one in the ruins of the Slug empire.

Bo the Different-Kind-Of-Slug Dragon Slug

CiCi the Cicada

Labbit (no longer available as of the Easter 2017 update)

  • Guest Fighter: Was introduced during a promo with Kidrobot to advertise the new vinyl slug figures, being that he's the mascot of that company.
  • Left Hanging: Where did he come from? How did he keep his moustache so coiffed? His description asks both questions but neither were ever addressed before he got pulled from the game.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: Is a half-bug, half-rabbit creature.
  • Put on a Bus: Disappeared without explanation, at least initially, upon updating to the Easter 2017 edition of the game. The only acknowledgment in the game is an occasional blink-and-you-might-miss-it slide that comes up and says Labbit retired.
  • Shaped Like Itself: Labbit's species is listed as "Labbit".

Rascal the Rabbit who replaced Labbit

  • Rascally Rabbit: As hinted by his name.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Rascal has all the same abilities and attack power as Labbit. If you had already unlocked Labbit, you were given Rascal automatically, and whatever progress you made with Labbit carried over.

Pop the Axolotl

Splendid the Sea Slug

  • The Leader: She's the former regent of a nudibranch colony. With the Slug takeover driving her out, she has gone to the side of the Fiends.
  • Token Heroic Orc: Like Bo, she's a slug that was cast out by the evil ones, bringing her to the side of the Fiends.

Ru the Panda Ant

  • Genki Girl: She's described as being "silly and optimistic".
  • I Am Not Weasel: The Fiends think she's just a furry ant, not realizing she's a type of wingless wasp.

Trill the Oak Treehopper

    The Dewdrop District 

Howie the Knowledge-filled Lizard

Voiced by: Maurice LaMarche
  • A Day in the Limelight: Has his own solo mission to give him a special costume.
  • Fake Brit: An interesting case of being both In-Universe and out of universe at the same time. Maurice LaMarche puts on a British accent for Howie, but it also turns out that Howie wasn't even born with the accent. He was always a wizard, he wasn't always British, that's his "greatest gift", his quest to gain that accent, at least in his eyes. He originally had a thick Texan accent instead.
  • Nerd Glasses: His third form wears a blue pair of glasses, in reference to Harry Potter.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: His voice is an impression of Tim Curry, specifically the slight "smarm" to it.
  • Sir Swearsalot: Despite his seemingly gentleman demeanor in the shorts, he has quite the foul mouth. According to "The World of Best Fiends" book, he has to self-censor himself, primarily for Kwincy's sake. The shorts themselves censor beep out a few of his words.
  • Smart People Speak the Queen's English: Speaks in a Received Pronunciation accent in the shorts.
  • The Cassandra: He is this in spades in the web series. Two stand-out examples of this trope are "Baby Slug's Big Day Out" and "The Fight Before Christmas". In the former, Howie knows the Baby Slug is evil, but the others don't believe him until the short's final moments. In the latter, Howie knows that Saint Slug Nick is corrupted and the two engage in a fight. Despite Howie winning, the Fiends are not too impressed with his efforts and throw him out onto the front yard as a result, viewing Slug Nick as a holly jolly figure.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Slugs originally were his favorite food, until they started to fight back, which is the reason he's on the side of the Fiends.
  • Wizard Classic: His final form.

Edward the Redeemed Mosquito

  • A Day in the Limelight: Had his own solo mission to get more coconut water. This was later extended to give him a "Hypersonic Suit" costume.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Before the story began, he regrets his bloodsucking nature.
  • Insect Gender-Bender: He used to suck blood.
  • Mosquito Miscreants: His antagonistic past, back when he was a bloodsucker, is mentioned in his bios. Nowadays, he's a heroic character who regrets his past.
  • Shout-Out: To a certain sparkling vampire. Whether the reference were intended as flattering remains to be seen.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Coconut water.
  • Vegetarian Vampire: Despite not being one, he drinks coconut water instead of the "red stuff". He is also against malaria and a supporter of the "Malaria No More" organization.

Buggles the Speedfreak Dragonfly

Nog the Allergic Weevil

Freddie the Cricket

  • Dreadful Musician: Zig-zagged. He's great when it comes to instruments, his singing skills...not so much.
  • One-Man Band: He plays multiple instruments at once, with each evolution adding more and more.
  • Shout-Out: To Freddie Mercury, the virtuoso frontman of Queen.

Terry the Tarantula

  • Sweet Tooth: Well renowned for it, to the point he has a food column in the Green Glades Gazette called "Terry Tries Treats".

Thorn the Rhino Beetle

  • Cartoon Creature: We know he is a rhino beetle, but he's not telling what kind he specifically is.
  • Informed Ability: He can supposedly fly, according to his bio.

    The Earthworms 



  • Fiery Redhead: She has an impulsive personality, but a soft side as well. Also, her hair is literally red, since she takes the place of the Strawberry Patch fiends.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Sports a pair of 'em.
  • The Lancer: More impulsive compared to Kim.
  • Promoted to Playable: She would later be promoted to a special Strawberry Patch unlockable character.


  • Eye Glasses: His glasses are much wider on his face than the standard Fiend eyeballs, making his pupils move around like this. His pupils also blink instead of his eyelids.
  • Nerd Glasses: Wears a thick pair of black glasses.
  • Promoted to Playable: He would later be promoted to a special Glowshroom Garden unlockable character.
  • The Smart One: Comes up with the gadgets for the team.


  • The Big Guy: The powerhouse of the team.
  • The Ditz: Isn't really all there.
  • Dumb Blonde: Represents the Mellow Flowers, so he has yellow hair, which complements his ditzyness.
  • Nice Guy: For all of his lack of intelligence, he's a really nice guy.
  • Promoted to Playable: He would later be promoted to a special Mellow Flowers unlockable character.


  • The Baby of the Bunch: She's the youngest earthworm, and is cared for the most by the others. Being the youngest, she's the most inactive in the plans.
  • Promoted to Playable: She would later be promoted to a special Dewdrop District unlockable character.
  • The Quiet One: All of her speech is presented as ellipses.

    The Slugs 
  • Always Chaotic Evil: Save for the babies, which must be raised right by the Fiends, all the Slugs are voracious eaters that have taken over Minutia.
  • Big Eater: The meteor strike on Mount Boom corrupted the Slugs to be voracious eaters that attack the land.
  • Enfant Terrible: The short "Baby Slug's Day Out" features a Baby Slug that is adopted by the Fiends in an attempt to prove "nurture vs. nature". Only Howie is able to see the Slug's true evil motives, but no one believes him.
  • No-Sell: Shelled Slugs are immune to attacks of the color of their shell.
  • Only Six Faces: Compared to the Fiends, the Slugs reuse the same models for the whole bunch.
  • Token Good Teammate:
    • The Baby Slugs, if given enough carrots, grow up uncorrupted by the meteor's strike, letting them leave on good terms with the Fiends, and possibly give a future key to help the others.
    • In "Howie's Gift", a Slug ends up as Howie's mentor to help unlock his "greatest gift".
  • Upbringing Makes the Hero: The Baby Slug challenges has the player collecting carrots to feed a baby slug. Raising them like this ends up keeping them from being corrupted by the Slug Army.