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    Courage 
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"The things I do for love..."
Click here to see him when he's scared 
Voiced by: Howard Hoffman (pilot only), Marty Grabstein (rest of series)

Serves as the titular character who is a pink and black spotted dog (of no known specific breed) who saves his owners Muriel and Eustace from all the creatures. No matter if they're Nightmare Fuel, Uncanny Valley, or just plain weird.


  • Action Pet: He has faced numerous horrors that are enough to send a normal human running to the loony bin. But Courage goes through any lengths to save his owners.
  • All Animals Are Dogs: A strange subversion with Courage, in that he behaves like a cat when he's relaxed and happy.
  • Alone with the Psycho: In "Freaky Fred", Eustace "accidentally" locks him in the bathroom with Fred, who shaves all of his fur off.
  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: A pink-furred dog, though he looks purple in low-light scenes.
  • Amusing Injuries: Courage takes a lot of pain in many episodes (most notable perhaps in Mecha-Courage), but he's usually okay, and even laughing (albeit as if slapped silly).
  • Animal Reaction Shot: At almost everything he finds scary, it instantly cuts to him screaming with his mouth open. Different things happen during the screams each time so that each scream doesn't get repetitive.
  • Animal Stereotypes: Courage is very loyal to his owners.
  • Badass Adorable: A lovable, easily scared but loyal Heroic Dog. One of the main tenants of true courage is the ability to confront, and conquer, your fears. He conquers said fears many times to protect his family.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Courage will go above and beyond to protect Muriel since she's the one who adopted him after his parents were shot into space by a psycho veterinarian. He also generally tends to be calm and friendly around people who show him kindness and affection, whereas otherwise he would be extremely timid and easily frightened.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Selfless he might be, hurting Muriel or his other loved ones is one shot at getting screwed. The Cruel Veterinarian learned this the hard way.
  • Big, Thin, Short Trio: Courage is the Short one of the three protagonists, compared to Muriel's Big and Eustace's Thin.
  • Body Horror: Several of his screams result in such to him, such as his teeth flying out, organs popping out of his body, or even him turning inside out.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: "I know something fishy is going on, or my name is (insert random weird name). And it's not!"
  • Butt-Monkey: Courage gets injured a lot, usually by Eustace or the Monster of the Week.
  • Canine Companion: However this dog is the main protagonist here.
  • Captain Obvious: In the early episodes, he had a tendency to point out the obvious. Though he got better as the first season went on, this probably contributed to him becoming a Speech-Impaired Animal in later seasons.
  • The Cassandra: Muriel and Eustace never heed his warnings. Although the fact that he yells at them in gibberish doesn't really help.
  • Catchphrase:
    • "AAAAAAAAHHH!"
    • "NOOOOOOOO!"
    • "YES!"
    • "The things I do for love..."
    • "I know I'm not gonna like this."
    • "Muriel, I'll save you!"
    • "What do I do? What do I do?!"
    • "...Or my name is [strange name], and it's not."
  • The Chew Toy: Not to the same extent as Eustace, but people do enjoy his pain.
  • Civilized Animal: Courage is the Bagges' pet dog, but otherwise he can act like a human, and occasionally speaks English.
  • Classical Antihero: Though just barely. Would be a straight hero, and often is, if not for his massive cowardice.
  • Cool Pet: To Muriel, of the Loyal Animal Companion variety.
  • Covert Pervert: Courage is a Nice Guy for the most part, but there are occasional hints of him having a perverted side. In "Remembrances of Courage Past", Courage is scrambling around a laboratory and opens a door with a woman showering in it. He closes it, but doesn't leave before getting a second glance, and this was when he was just a puppy! Also it is strongly implied that he keeps a collection of porn in his computer.
  • Cowardly Lion: Even if he's seized with terror, he stops at nothing to protect his owners from the supernatural.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He's more chicken than dog, but when Muriel is in danger, he'll do whatever it takes to save the day.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: His parents were kidnapped by a crooked doctor when he was only a pup. No wonder why he's so timid.
  • Deadpan Snarker: When he can talk, he often speaks to make dry remarks about what's happening to himself and the Bagges.
  • Determinator: No matter how terrified he is or how powerful his opponent may be, Courage will never back down. Best exemplified in the battle with Mecha-Courage.
  • Dirty Coward: Usually averted, but played straight on at least one occasion; in "Shirley the Medium", while he at first tries to save Eustace from the monster in Horst's money box, when the monster blocks off their escape route, Courage yells, "Okay, you can have him!", throws Eustace to the beast, and bugs out in a hurry. Since this is Eustace we are talking about, you won't feel bad for him.
  • Dogs Are Dumb: Inverted. Eustace always calls him "stupid dog", yet Courage is anything but stupid (heck, he has far more common sense than either of the two humans whom he lives with).
  • The Dog Bites Back:
    • He gives the Cruel Veterinarian, the same man who took away his parents, a taste of his own medicine by sending him back into the rocket, where he is sent back to the moon and mercilessly mauled to death by the same dogs he sent to the moon (including Courage's parents).
    • One time, he was so fed up by Eustace that he threw him to a monster's hands with no hesitation.
    Okay, you can have him!
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: He's always the first (and only) to detect danger. He is seldom wrong about his detections.
  • Extreme Doormat: He takes crap from Eustace mostly and other baddies more than he should without even considering to bite back.
  • Flanderization: Originally spoke English regularly, but as the series progressed, his lines became increasingly limited to gibberish and screaming, only using English once in a while or when he really has something to say.
  • Flat "What": Non-verbal variant. Occasionally, Courage will witness something so bizarre that he can't even scream at it, instead responding with weird visual gags that accurately sum up how utterly perplexed he is.
  • Fur Is Clothing: Played for Laughs in "The Quilt Club" and "Le Quack Amnesia Specialist," in which the lower half of Courage's fur is ripped off and in both instances, he's wearing briefs. Like most examples, this is probably non-canon (as not only has he taken baths in his fur, but in a more serious moment in which Freaky Fred shaved him, he is not wearing underwear)
  • Gag Nose: He has a large nose with a zigzag on it.
  • Good Is Not Soft: As kind as Courage can be a close look at his actions shows that he has no compunction at all about leaving villains to their fate and is actually willing to try fighting them head on if needed. Villains who are misguided or who are well intentioned but otherwise resorting to drastic methods he will be willing to help. Villains who are irredeemable, knife twisting jerks he will gladly leave to die.
  • Hair Color Dissonance: Is his fur supposed to be pink or purple? It depends on the lighting of the scene.
  • Heroic BSoD: In "Rememberance of Courage Past", just seeing a missing dogs ad on the side of a milk carton reminds Courage of his Dark and Troubled Past, causing him to go motionless aside from blinking for at least twelve hours straight. Only being told he's going to the vet breaks him out of it, because he's fully aware just how evil that very same veterinarian is.
  • Heroic Dog: When Courage sees danger, he always cowers in fear. Then he always rescues his family, in spite of being scared.
  • Heroic Willpower: On at least two occasions, Courage has been hypnotized or otherwise have his mind controlled by something (a hypnotic advertisement in "King of Flan" and the GodBone in "Stormy Weather"). In all of these cases Courage fights off the effects through a combination of sheer will and remembering that Muriel is relying on him to come through for her. There are also many cases where he faces his fears by remembering that Muriel is in trouble unless he saves her as well.
  • Hey, You!: Much like how Eustace almost never calls Courage by name, Courage also never called him by his name. Heck he didn't even address him in any way except for "Farmer" when talking to the Shadow.
  • Humiliation Conga: Quite a few episodes have Courage taking a lot of beating. Such as Mega Muriel the Magnificent and Courage vs. Mecha Courage.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: The injuries he suffers on a regular basis are never permanent, and he always seems resilient to bounce back up.
  • Ironic Name: Look at the title of the show. Although he does prove otherwise.
  • It's Personal: While villains he encounters have a personal beef with him (even allying themselves with Eustace at one point), Courage has a personal beef with the Veterinarian who send his parents into space. This speaks volumes when Muriel wonders about his fate and Courage growls at a mere mention of him.
  • Large Ham: Prone to overreacting, especially when he is screaming or trembling.
  • Lovable Coward: Subverted. Courage is timid and physically feeble (justified considering how horrifying his foes tend to be), but never lets his fear get in the way of saving Muriel. Therefore, he's more like a Cowardly Lion or The So-Called Coward.
  • Loyal Animal Companion: No matter how scared Courage gets in an episode, he lists Muriel's safety over his own.
  • Made of Iron: He never seems to have any permanent bruises from his injuries... & he suffers a lot of them. Which makes every single injury that he sustains disappear, regardless of how severe they are.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: His typical response to suffering a brutal injury, such as getting Squashed Flat or beaten senseless by a monster, is to let out a wheezing cackle.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: A usual trait of his Overly Long Screams. Usually played for laughs Played straight in "Ball of Revenge": He defeats the Villain Team-Up by screaming loud enough to send the villains flying.
  • Manchild: To a degree. Courage is somewhat childish in his hobbies, such as playing with toys (his red yo-yo), and building sand castles. He occasionally spends his time in the attic where he chews on an old boot (Eustace's boot) and talks to his Computer.
  • Meaningful Name: Despite all his screaming and running, he doesn't run away when his owners are in trouble, because "Courage is not the absence of fear; courage is fighting and overcoming your fears."
  • My Greatest Failure: His inability to save his parents as a child deeply affected him, and remembering the event was enough for him to have an Heroic BSoD in the finale.
  • Narrative Shapeshifting: He typically does this to explain what terrible situation Muriel and Eustace are in, but they never listen.
    • It is unknown if this is just an ability Courage is able to do, as it's mainly used for laughs. But on rare occasions, he uses it to get himself out of a jam.
    • This would later bite him in the ass during a joke in "Evil Weevil", where he calls in some pest exterminators to deal with Jeeves Weevil. When Courage takes on the form of the insect to explain, he just gets hit by bug spray for all his trouble.
  • Nervous Wreck: Very, very often, the poor dog is often in shambles and worrying about everything.
  • Nice Guy: A selfless character who works to benefit others with usually little to no regard for his own well being. He's even willing to help out monsters who aren't as evil as they appear to be.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: Courage survives a lot of really painful and serious injuries, due to the show's cartoony slapstick humor.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: As Courage is aware and pointed out himself, he often suffers in his quest to save his home and protect his masters whenever the Monster of the Week is about to inflict something atrocious upon Muriel, then Courage takes the beating himself because often times that was the only way to shield Muriel.
  • Only Sane Man: Of the Bagge family. Usually, Eustace and Muriel are Too Dumb to Live, and Courage is always the only one who realizes they are in danger. He does warn them many times, but neither of them take his barking as a genuine warning towards them that they should scram.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: You know shit gets real when Eustace's scary mask doesn't frighten Courage in the absolute slightest.
  • Overly Long Scream: A trademark of the character. Almost no episode is complete with at least one of these coming from Courage, be it because of the Monster of the Week, Muriel being in danger, and so on. He even deliberately weaponizes it at one point.
  • Parental Abandonment: Revealed in the last episodes of the series when an evil doctor rocketed his mom and dad in hopes to create a race of super strong space dogs. Luckily, Muriel found him as a baby in a nearby alley.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: Courage is capable of carrying Muriel and Eustace over his head while running away from whatever that is chasing them.
  • Phrase Catcher: Eustace and countless bad guys have called him a "stupid dog".
  • Properly Paranoid: If Courage is scared, there is always a good reason. Except during a Season 1 episode where he and Eustace go to a diner and it seems the owner turns the customers' heads into food. It turns out his "victims" are alive and well and he just made head-shaped meat sculptures using his customers as models.
  • Protagonist Title: He is the main character of the show and his name is the show's title.
  • Refuse to Rescue the Disliked: He's been reluctant quite a few times to save Eustace, a Jerkass of the highest order who regularly abuses and bullies Courage, and never treats him any better despite saving Eustace's life many times.
    • In "Shirley the Medium", Courage grabs Eustace and tries to carry him away from a demonic entity that was trying to drag Eustace into a money box. When Eustace starts throwing some more verbal abuse, Courage gets fed up and throws Eustace at the monster, not wanting to die for him.
      Courage: Okay! You can have him!
    • In "Queen of the Black Puddle", when the titular Black Puddle Queen abducts Eustace to have him over for dinner at her place, Courage couldn't care less about what's happened, and only reluctantly ventures out to save him just to relieve the worries of Eustace's wife Muriel, whom Courage does care about.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: The prime feelings that he espouses in the audience are sympathy, protectiveness and going awww over his cuteness.
  • Sanity Slippage: It's heavily implied that Courage has gone crazy when he plays with the marionettes of Eustace and Muriel at the end of "The Great Fussili".
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: He gives a particularly feminine-sounding scream in "Evil Weevil".
    • This was lampshaded at one point where he runs back to the farmhouse screaming like this and wearing red high-heeled shoes!
  • Silent Snarker: In his non-speaking moments, he non-verbally expresses his disdain and exasperation at things.
  • Rubber Man: He is able to stretch change into different forms and in fact, he does that often.
  • The So-Called Coward: He seems to prove his name 'Courage', even more so than the 'Cowardly' part of the title.
  • Speech-Impaired Animal: Subverted in the early days of the show, where he spoke more freely usually. Due to perhaps Executive Meddling, he played it more straight later. Even in the later seasons, it's occasionally subverted. Notably, the episode "Muted Muriel" cheats a bit by having him explain to Muriel, in perfectly coherent English, how the Monster of the Week needs to be staved off.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: It is revealed in "Remembrance of Courage Past" that his parents look just like him, except his dad has bushy eyebrows and a mustache and his mom has eyelashes and lipstick and wears a hat and shoes.
  • Talking Animal: He was very talkative during the first season. But afterwards, the creators decided to try and make him not quite as chatty and mostly saying one-liners now and then.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: Courage's second most common expression, behind abject terror, is to acknowledge that when he’s up for a task, things are going to get very unpleasant.
  • Undying Loyalty: He's always loyal to Muriel. And by extension Eustace, even though Courage is fully aware that he's a literally dog-kicking jerkass, because Eustace makes Muriel happy.
  • The Unintelligible: As the series went on, the gibberish-to-English ratio tipped towards the former to a major degree, meaning Courage would speak coherent English less and less to a point he would just babble and other characters would still know what he was saying (except Eustace and Muriel, of course).
  • Weapon of Choice: In the pilot, he dug a massive hole simply to dig out a slingshot.
  • Weirdness Magnet: Weird things just happen wherever Courage goes. You could justify it by Nowhere just naturally attracting the supernatural, except for the fact there have been multiple episodes where him and the Bagges are visiting another town (or even another country), yet weird things still happen to them.
  • Wife-Basher Basher: To Mad Dog for Bunny — let's elaborate. He jumps through the back of his car and drives it in front of a train, effectively ending his reign of terror. Although Mad Dog survived with cartoonish injuries (but probably brain-damaged).
  • Wild Take: Frequently, he reacts to the horrors he observes by having his eyes grow large.

    Muriel Bagge 
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"Oh my!"
Voiced by: Thea White, Kath Soucie (as a child in "Little Muriel")

A sweet old lady of Scottish descent who found Courage abandoned by an alley and took him home. She is constantly in danger from the things that come to Nowhere, but she always smiles at some point during the episode. She also loves using vinegar in all of her cooking, and in an early episode picked up playing the sitar and also has a fondness for tea.


  • All-Loving Hero: She's always kind to people she meets and invites them into her home. And she loves Eustace despite his Jerkass personality. The only person she seems to dislike is Eustace's mother.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: A Running Gag has her hit Eustace with a rolling pin whenever he abuses Courage. Also, she once successfully defeated KATZ when he was strangling Courage.
  • Big Fun: She's not only rather fat, but also just as kind. In strong contrast to Eustace.
  • Big, Thin, Short Trio: Muriel is the Big one of the three protagonists, compared to Eustace's Thin and Courage's Short.
  • Blind Without 'Em: She's shown to have trouble seeing without her glasses in "Muriel Meets Her Match".
  • Bratty Half-Pint: She was quite a handful as a child, as seen in the episode "Little Muriel".
  • Captain Oblivious: Is always fooled by the bad guys no matter how bizarre or obvious their disguises, even if said villain has menaced them before.
  • Catchphrase:
    • "AAAAAAAAHHH!"
    • "Oh my!"
    • "Courage! So good to see ya!"
    • "[Name of a dish]... with a wee bit of vinegar."
  • Cathartic Chores: It's implied cooking and cleaning are Muriel's way of coping with Eustace's boorish behavior and other dangerous things that attract her. In King Ramses Curse, when the the final curse is destroying their home, Muriel freaks out and proceeds to go into Cope by Creating mode by frantically cooking and baking dozens of cakes and only stops when the curse is over.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Muriel's cooking is always used to solve whatever problems Courage comes across.
  • Cool Old Lady: A kindhearted and motherly old woman, who is very protective of her dog.
  • Cordon Bleugh Chef: She's undeniably a good cook... but tends to add "a wee bit of vinegar" to everything, including candy and even dog food.
  • Damsel in Distress: She is commonly the reason Courage goes so far to try to beat the many villains that attack the Middle of Nowhere.
  • The Ditz: Although she means well, she seems to not be that very smart and never seems to expect all the horrible things that head toward their house.
  • Fat Idiot: Downplayed. She is very chubby, but how dumb she is varies from episode to episode.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Her fatal weakness is unconditional love for all living things, regardless of whether or not they'll reciprocate her kindness.
  • Gasshole: Possibly, as shown when squeezed by the clutching foot.
  • Genre Blind: She is quite oblivious to danger.
  • Good Parents: She adopted Courage and raised him as her own child. He might be a bit of a coward, but he also grew into a good-hearted and chivalrous dog under her care, even with Eustace there.
  • Granny Classic: A kindly old lady who takes in the titular abandoned pup.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Her Fatal Flaw. She is always nice to strangers (usually the Monster of the Week) and fails to see what they are plotting. Oh, and she married Eustace, for some reason.
  • Housewife: A devoted, hard-working one and apparently a good cook.
  • The Ingenue: Usually too innocent to realize she's in danger.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: Muriel can take a lot of wear and tear, in sharp contrast to her husband's frail frame. This was lampshaded in "Muriel the Magnificent".
  • Jerkass Ball: She pretty much became a female version of Eustace after having her kindness removed by an alien visitor in "Car Broke, Phone Yes". However, she managed to get it back by the end of the episode.
  • Kindhearted Simpleton: Downplayed. She's not exactly stupid, she's just really oblivious, but kindhearted nonetheless.
  • Mama Bear: Whenever Eustace scares Courage, she bashes him over the head with a rolling pin or whatever else may be handy at the time.
  • Minnesota Nice: It's hinted at, with the fact she wears large Midwestern boots.
  • Morality Pet: Is one of the few things that Eustace cares about. Sometimes.
  • Multiple-Choice Past: Currently, Muriel has white hair from old age. Whenever a younger version of Muriel appears, her hair color is never the same; it has been shown brown (in a flashback), red (in what was either a painting or photo), blonde (in a dream sequence), and even white (when she was actually turned into a child)!
  • Never Mess with Granny: She sometimes hits Eustace with a rolling pin whenever he does something to scare Courage.
  • Nice Girl: She's very sweet, caring, and trusting, to the point of being way too naive.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: While she doesn't suffer anywhere nearly as much comical physical abuse as her dog or husband do, she's surprisingly resilient.
  • Opaque Lenses: Muriel's glasses are not transparent.
  • Opposites Attract: It's rather surprising that someone as sweet and kindhearted as her married a misanthropic jerk like Eustace.
  • Parental Substitute: Muriel adopted Courage when he was an orphaned puppy, and raised him like he was her own child.
  • Parenting the Husband: Eustace is constantly demanding food and attention from Muriel, and feels jealousy over how much she dotes on Courage. It must be a result of Eustace's strained relationship with his real mother.
  • Ping-Pong Naïveté: Her intelligence/stupidity. There are episodes in which she either seems like the only sane woman or have enough common sense, and there are episodes in which she gets wwwaaaayyyyy Too Dumb to Live.
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner : If she says "Oh you are cheeky!" expect to get hurt. She once bashed Eustace hard enough to send his head into his stomach when she said this and slapped a paleontologist hard enough to see stars one time due to a dirty joke he made.
  • Rolling Pin of Doom: Her Weapon of Choice is a rolling pin, which she often uses to beat Eustace when reprimanding him for terrorizing Courage.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: While Muriel doesn't suffer anywhere near as many Amusing Injuries as Eustace or even Courage, she does have her moments where she ends up on the receiving end at times, such as getting hit on the head with a piece of roof, taking a pie to the face, having her face physically torn off with fly paper, getting decapitated, and so on.
  • Supreme Chef: Can cook and prepare a wide assortment of different dishes. In addition she's entered and won first place in at least two types of cooking contests (albeit one was for dog food but Dr. Vindaloo enjoys it despite knowing so and Eustace also had no problem eating it until he found out it was dog food.) and people have tried to steal her recipes on occasions (even comprising the main plot of "Katz Kandy").
  • Too Dumb to Live: Most of the time, she does life-threatening actions that she wouldn't have even tried if she had known better. Such as "Muriel Blows Up" for example, when she eats an explosive cyborg carrot missile twice. Though she does have her moments of clarity (ex. "Family Business").
  • Trrrilling Rrrs: She sometimes trills her "R"'s.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Inverted. Muriel used to be an insufferable bratty child. Now she's very gentle and kind.
  • What Does She See in Him?: Her marriage with Eustace is difficult to understand, seeing what a spiteful jackass he can be. They have Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other moments in "The McPhearson Phantom" and "The Mask" though.
  • Weirdness Magnet: Something strange happens all the time despite the show being set in the middle of Nowhere. Muriel is usually the target of the Monster of the Week or whatever is happening in any episode.
  • Women Are Wiser: While Muriel's naivete varies Depending on the Writer (especially since she's a Horrible Judge of Character), she's always wiser and more reasonable than her Jerkass husband.
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    Eustace Bagge 
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"Stupid dog! Blah blah blah!"
Voiced by: Howard Hoffman (pilot only), Lionel G. Wilson (episodes 1-33), Arthur Anderson (episodes 34-52), Tom Kenny (CN Anniversary bumper), Wallace Shawn ("The Fog of Courage")

A self-proclaimed farmer who tends to be grumpy and isn't really a nice guy to anyone. He thinks he can fix anything and grow anything, but this is never the case. He also has an insatiable greed for money. Later in the series we learn that he didn't have that great of a childhood with a non-loving mom and an always better Big Brother, and his sad backstory is implied to be the reason behind his unpleasant attitude.


  • Abusive Parents: His mother's treatment of him echoes his own treatment of Courage. And considering how Muriel acts as a mother figure to Courage, Eustace is kind of like a horribly abusive father figure.
  • Aesop Amnesia: In "The Curse of Shirley", he learns empathy and compassion... for half a minute. If anything, he's worse than ever afterwards.
  • Anti-Role Model: He's greedy, mean, cruel toward his dog, bossy toward his wife ("Where's my dinner?"), and generally unpleasant. In short, a perfect example of a character who children shouldn’t grow up to be or whose actions children should not be imitating.
  • Anti-Villain: He tends to have a Freudian Excuse for his behavior, and deep down loves his wife, although he rarely demonstrates this.
  • Arc Villain: In "Ball of Revenge", with Katz, the Queen of the Black Puddle, the Clutching Foot, and the Weremole as his accomplices. Also a Non-Action Big Bad since while the rest of his villain band is attempting to kill Courage, he just watches from the sidelines.
  • Asshole Victim: Eustace will usually end up having something bad happening to him, often by getting transformed, trapped or imprisoned, seriously injured or killed, or just being unlucky enough to have his plans fail. He deserves most of it because of how rotten he is to Courage and other people.
  • Bald of Evil: He's very embarrassed about his hair loss. And it isn't because of old age, it seems to have been a problem since childhood.
  • Baldness Angst: To a point where just flat-out saying that he's bald will cause him to go on a rage-inducing breakdown.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Cheating him out of money, and messing with his hat, chair, or truck, are the most effective ways to enrage him.
    • Courage's mere existence seems to be one for him. Probably when it comes to getting Muriel's affections. He especially doesn't like it whenever Courage is allowed to sit at the table for meals.
    • His mom.
  • Big Eater: He constantly demands that Muriel cook for him, and his hunger saved Courage and Muriel from Katz once.
  • Big, Thin, Short Trio: Eustace is the Thin one of the three protagonists, compared to Muriel's Big and Courage's Short.
  • Blah Blah Blah: One of his catchphrases. He says this when something doesn't interest him.
  • Blind Without 'Em: Like Muriel, he can't see well without his glasses. He once got dragged halfway across the world without him knowing it.
  • The Bully: He often picks on Courage.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Occasionally, Eustace seems to take glee in taunting monsters and supernatural beings that are proven to be much more powerful than him. A special mention goes to Eustace back-sassing the Spirit of the Harvest Moon in "House of Discontent". ("At least I got arms and legs! You don't even have a neck!")
  • Butt-Monkey: The main one, besides Courage. He has really bad luck due to being karma's punching bag.
  • Captain Oblivious: Just like Muriel, he's always fooled by the bad guys no matter how bizarre or obvious their disguises, even if said villain has menaced them before.
  • Catchphrase:
    • "AAAAAAAAHHH!"
    • "Stupid dog!"
    • "Stupid [object/person of Eustace's ire]!"
    • [Pulls out mask to scare Courage] "OOGA BOOGA BOOGA!"
    • [After Muriel hits him with a rolling pin] "OW! What did I do?!"
    • "Ah, Wicket!"
    • "Big deal!"
    • "What's your offer?"
    • "Who the heck are you?"
    • "No solicitors!"
    • "Blah Blah Blah!"
    • "Muriel! Where's my dinner?!"
    • "What's — huh?!"
    • "I'm a farmer! FARMER FARMER FARMER!"
  • The Chew Toy: Many episodes end with Eustace suffering some horrible fate, such as Demonic Possession or getting Eaten Alive. Of course, since Status Quo Is God, he's shown to be alive and perfectly okay by the next episode.
  • Cool Mask: His impressive-looking Ooga Booga mask that he uses to scare Courage and a Monster of the Week.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Often makes remarks in an obnoxious (and usually angry) way with all his "Big deal!" and "Blah Blah Blah!"
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: He never holds back on his insults, even in the face of powerful monsters. Not surprisingly, this usually won't end well. For example in "King Ramses' Curse", he repeatedly refuses to return Pharaoh Ramses' tomb slab. After Ramses casts the three curses, Eustace thinks he's got a chance at keeping the slab. Ramses pulls one last curse up his sleeve: he turns Eustace into an engraving on his coffin.
  • Dirty Coward: He will sometimes leave Courage and/or Muriel to their fate to save his own skin. In fact, in "The Shadow of Courage", at the end of the episode, the titular Shadow declared Eustace to be an even bigger coward than Courage himself.
  • Distressed Dude: He often gets caught in dangerous situations along with his wife.
  • Dysfunctional Family: He was emotionally abused by his mother and brother. It's unknown what role his father played though, as he's only mentioned and not even seen in flashbacks. Regardless it's no wonder why Eustace is such horrible person.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Despite that love not really being returned. At the end of "Mother's Day", it's implied they have a love/hate relationship.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He's a cruel old man who hates pretty much everyone. Muriel and his mother (see above) are the closest thing he has to loved ones, as he has genuine Pet the Dog moments with them. Although, if he cares or not about Muriel varies Depending on the Writer.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Almost everyone except Muriel and his mother just calls him "the farmer" (including Courage himself). In fact, Eustace is the only one of the trio who never had an episode named after him, and the ones that does focus on him refer to him as "Farmer" (ex: "Farmer Hunter, Farmer Hunted", "Aqua Farmer")
  • Everyone Has Standards: He's a grouchy, grumpy, mean old git, but even he believes no little boy should be without a hat on a boiling hot summer's day.
  • Evil Old Folks: Usually, he's more of a grumpy, crabby Jerkass than actually evil, but he definitely fits the bill in "Ball of Revenge", orchestrating a Villain Team-Up to kill Courage.
  • Fearless Fool: In many situations, he's completely uncaring of the danger. He wasn't scared at all of King Ramses, the absolutely horrifying mummy who told him "Return the slab or suffer my curse!". His only reaction was "What's your offer?" in an angry tone, as King Ramses was just some guy in front of him.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: He has a low-down and greedy personality, so his glasses do well even as Sinister Shades since his eyes are rarely seen.
  • Flanderization: He was just grumpy and selfish in the earlier episodes, but became a Psychopathic Manchild as the series progressed.
  • Freudian Excuse: His mother is much worse than he is and his brother was The Ace and rubbed it in his face his entire life (his brother's entire life that is). The end of "The Curse Of Shirley" has his 'true self' shown to him by a mirror (well, it was broken, but considering it was supposedly magic). What was it? A sad little boy. He also knows his baldness is due to his mother being bald. No wonder he's so screwed up.
  • Genre Blind: Eustace can be very stupidly stubborn in the face of danger.
  • Get Rich Quick Scheme: Tries schemes in getting a lot of money many times, never works out for him.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: He seems to have a rather large scar on the right side of his stomach, indicating that he had a major surgery at some point in his life.
  • Greed: Many episodes have him obtaining (only to lose it later), wanting, or basically bathing in money he found.
  • Grumpy Bear: Subverted, Eustace is definitely grumpy, but the show itself is pretty grim and far from a happy and idealistic world.
  • Grumpy Old Man: Should be really obvious at this point that he's an crotchety old man with a bad attitude, considering what he does for most of the series.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: He gets angry rather easily, especially when he's around Courage. Turned Up to Eleven in one episode, where an experimental hair growth serum gives him the ability to make things explode whenever he's mad (and it ends with Eustace himself literally exploding).
  • Hate Sink: Eustace is a Grumpy Old Man and a greedy bastard who is nothing but nasty towards Courage and puts his pride and love of money above all else. This makes the fate he suffers at the end of many episodes very satisfying to watch.
  • Heavy Sleeper: In "Profile In Courage", Courage repeatedly tries to wake him up, even throwing a Cartoon Bomb at him. Eustace sleeps through all this.
  • Hey, You!: He never calls Courage by name, instead calling him "stupid dog" or just "dog". He refers to Courage by his real name only a few times, the first in "The Hunchback of Nowhere", the second in "Ball of Revenge", and the third in the Cartoon Network 20th Anniversary Party bumper.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: While physically and verbally abusive to Courage and neglectful to Muriel, he does have some care for them (or at least Muriel, while he simply tolerates Courage since Muriel is so attached to him) and doesn't throw them out of the house.
  • Hypocrite: He calls Courage a "stupid dog" when he himself gets injured, maimed, transformed, and otherwise killed for being Too Dumb to Live. In addition, he criticizes Courage for not doing anything right when Eustace himself can't cook, can't grow anything in his farm, and can't fix anything, not to mention that he's completely useless during whatever ordeal the Bagges come across. In short, Eustace is exactly everything he calls Courage out for being, with the only difference being that he's a much bigger coward than Courage, which at one point was even lampshaded by the Shadow in "The Shadow of Courage".
  • It's All About Me: Aside from a couple of Pet the Dog moments, he usually never cares about anything other than himself.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: Between his ball-busting mother, his damn near perfect Big Brother Bully, and his Disappeared Dad, Eustace is starved to death for affection. It really puts his apparent jealousy of Courage in perspective.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: He's survived, or healed from, all manner of ridiculously painful and deadly injuries on a regular basis.
  • Jerkass: He hates Courage more than anything, is fairly neglectful to Muriel, and has no patience for anyone or anything whatsoever. The episode "Curtain of Cruelty" even had him labeled "the meanest creep in Nowhere."
  • Jerkass Has a Point:
    • Eustace once told Muriel that Dr. Vindalooo doesn't know what he's doing. He's not wrong.
    • He considers Fred to be a freak. Given what Fred does to Courage, and what we learn about his past, it's honestly hard to argue he's wrong about that.
  • Jerkass to One: Eustace is an all-around asshole to everyone, but he's especially an asshole to Courage, constantly insulting him, scaring him, and even physically abusing him to a degree.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Most of the time. In "Curtain of Cruelty", he was hit by an energy wave that can turn people nice, but he was unaffected by it.
  • Kick the Dog: Literally; he takes whatever opportunity he can to torment Courage or even physically harm him. At least some of it stems from jealousy since Muriel tends to pay more attention to Courage than to him, but he also does so just for laughs or to get Courage to leave him alone especially when Courage tries to warn him about impending danger.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: He thinks he knows everything and can fix anything, but this is never the case, in fact, he knows less than most other people. In "Farmer Hunter, Farmer Hunted", when he sees a globe of the Earth, he thinks it's "a bowling ball covered with throw up".
  • Lack of Empathy: He doesn't really have much empathy toward most people, especially Courage.
  • Lantern Jaw of Justice: Well, nix the "justice" part.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: He gets struck by this almost every episode... Eustace is literally karma's punching bag. Ironically subverted on at least a few occasions: he suffers a horrible fate even in a rare episode where he didn't deserve it ("The Demon In the Mattress"), while in the episode where he's at his absolute worst ("Ball of Revenge") he only gets a very minor comeuppance, bordering on Karma Houdini.
  • Laughably Evil: He has his funny moments, also thanks to his Butt-Monkey status.
  • Lazy Husband: Does little more than read the newspaper, watch TV and demand getting fed.
  • Lean and Mean: He's skinny and very mean, in contrast to his wife who is an overweight but sweet Cool Old Lady.
  • The Load: On most trips, he doesn't do anything noteworthy other than needing to be rescued.
  • Meaningful Name: Eustace Bagge could be interpreted as 'Useless Baggage', which is what he is during most adventures. Could also count as a Stealth Pun for "Money Bag", given Eustace's meaning.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Quite a few Cartoon Network bumpers portrayed him as such, to the point of him being one of the few people who speaks cordially to Scrappy Doo. In the Cartoon Network birthday celebration, he even speaks fondly of Courage while showing a photo of his family to Muscle Man (though he still makes fun of Courage's cowardice) and gets offended when Muscle Man mistakes Muriel for a monster.
  • The Millstone: He actively hinders and endangers his family's attempts to survive in this dangerous world. Special mention goes to "King Ramses' Curse", which happens almost entirely due to Eustace's continual stubbornness against the threats of a powerful monster.
  • Money Fetish: He's often convinced to help Courage's Rogues Gallery for money, and even bathing in cash.
  • Never Gets Fat: A gluttonous Lazy Bum who always wants Muriel to cook for him, but for some reason his hard-working wife is overweight, while he remains skinny. Subverted with his Kangaroo Monster version in "The Transplant" who actually gets very fat after eating too much.
  • Never My Fault: A Running Gag is that Eustace scares or hurts Courage for fun, which results in Muriel promptly bashing him over the head with a rolling pin or whatever else may be handy at the time, after which Eustace angrily demands, "What did I do?!" Also in his mind, everyone and everything is stupid apart from himself, even when a (now-cursed) hat turns him into stone he manages to call it a stupid hat after having crumbled into a pile of dust.
  • Nice Hat: His brown newsboy cap, which is pretty much the only 'nice' thing about him.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: Like Courage, Eustace can get seriously harmed and yet never suffer anything permanent, due to all the cartoony violence. Apart from his deaths which need to be subjected to Negative Continuity to be reversed.
  • Opaque Lenses: His glasses are not transparent.
  • Perpetual Frowner: He only smiles when he wants to laugh at Courage's (or someone else's) pain or sees an opportunity to gain fortune.
  • Personal Raincloud: In "The Curse Of Shirley", Shirley casts a spell that creates a small storm cloud over his head to teach him a lesson in kindness. Of course he doesn't learn for most of the episode and it leads to mushrooms growing on him. The cloud only goes away when he sees a small boy in desperate need of a hat to shade his head from the sun. Really it was Courage holding up a broken mirror. What Eustace saw was himself as a little boy but couldn't recognize the child.
  • Pet the Dog: Sometimes does something nice to prove he's not a complete bastard, though these moments involving Courage are very rare. As a rule, he generally acts marginally nicer to Muriel than everyone else... sometimes.
    • In "Heads of Beef", he orders Courage a burger after seeing that he was hungry, albeit the smallest one on the menu.
    • In "The Demon In the Mattress", he helps Courage to save Muriel when she was possessed by a haunted mattress.
    • In "Mother's Day", when his mother is desperate about her hair loss, he tries to comfort her and tells her that she looks good to him no matter what.
    • In "The Curse of Shirley", a hallucination caused by the curse has him see Courage as himself as a young boy with no hat. So he gives him the hat in order to protect him from the rain.
    • In "Katz Kandy", he also defends Muriel and even puts up a fight with Katz.
    • In "The Mask", he seems genuinely concerned about Kitty's past, and reassures Muriel when she worries about her faults (though he subverts this trope in it's literal sense when he makes it clear he doesn't give a damn if Courage is okay or not in the same breath that he reassured Muriel)
    • His moments with Muriel in "The McPhearson Phantom" due to marriage counseling.
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: Eustace is supposed to be a farmer, yet he is very rarely seen doing any farm work, preferring to just sit and watch TV instead. Granted, the land on the farm isn't exactly what one would call "fertile."
    • In "The Magic Tree of Nowhere", it's mentioned that he hasn't grown anything in 50 years, not even weeds.
    • This later becomes a plot point in "The House of Discontent", when the evil Harvest Moon Spirit challenges Eustace to grow a plant, threatening to kill him and Muriel if he fails.
    • The occasional presence of cows on the farm points seems to imply that it's a cattle farm but nothing concrete gets stated about it.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Let’s face it. Eustace is basically a Bratty Half-Pint in an old man's body. In fact, Eustace's relationship with Muriel seems less like husband and wife, and more like son and mother; Eustace hardly does any work while constantly demanding food and affection from Muriel, and also getting jealous over Muriel's apparent preference for Courage.
    • In "Mother's Day", when Ma Bagge gave Courage a teddy bear, Eustace threw a temper tantrum and whined, "Why don't you ever get me anything?"
    • In "Ball of Revenge", Eustace conspires with some old villains for an evil scheme, because he was fed up with Muriel constantly pampering Courage; for Eustace, the last straw was when Muriel gave Eustace's favorite blanket to Courage.
  • Running Gag: Him pulling out a green mask and yelling "BOOGA BOOGA BOOGA!" to scare Courage whenever he feels like it.
  • Sadist: Eustace really gets a kick out of Courage's own suffering.
  • Screw Politeness, I'm a Senior!: He's an old man who doesn't give a rat's ass about being respectful.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: He has an inflated opinion on his own pathetic skills.
  • Snap Back: Eustace relies on this trope to continually exist in the show considering a good number of occasions have him separated by the other two by the episode's end with no resolution.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: He looks like his parents and his brother. His father looks exactly like Eustace with a beard.
  • They Killed Kenny Again: Due to Negative Continuity, despite all kinds of injury and death, he is shown alive and well by the next episode.
  • This Is My Chair: Eustace always sits in his armchair and in a few cartoons would refuse to get off it and would get mad at anyone who tried to sit in it.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone:
    • He somehow comes out on top at the end of "Bad Hair Day", covered in hair from head to toe and carrying two huge stacks of money. Of course the fact that it's implied that he earned the money legally (allowing himself to be used in an experiment to grow hair) as well as the fact he didn't do so at the expense of either Muriel or Courage (trying to get money for Muriel being taken initially notwithstanding) likely allowed him to dodge his particular dose of Laser-Guided Karma that episode.
    • In "Heads of Beef", it looks like he's getting set up to be eaten by a cannibal pigman and his wife, but instead turns out they're actually a nice couple who give him a hearty meal of hamburgers. The pigman's wife even makes a sculpture of Eustace out of beef which certainly gives him some that attention he craves so much.
  • Token Evil Teammate: One would wonder how an asshole like him gets such a kindly wife and a loyal dog.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Like Muriel, he often blissfully gets in harm's way. Sometimes, Eustace is too stubborn to get out of harm's way.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In "Ball of Revenge", he hired several villains to kill Courage; even going as far as holding his own wife Muriel captive, to use as bait to lure Courage.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Whenever he and Muriel hosted Cartoon Cartoon Fridays, he was way more genial than he would ever be in-show; justified because there it's a case of Animated Actors off the clock. Though averted in the original hosting bumpers when he did the job solo. Then he would just nag and complain about the classic CCF bumpers, the lack of parents in Ed, Edd n Eddy, and how awful the viewer's tastes are in the viewer's choice cartoon segment.
  • Tragic Villain: Due to his sad childhood and backstory, he can come off as a bad guy who deserves sympathy sometimes.
  • Unexplained Recovery: No matter how badly Eustace turned out at the end of the show, Status Quo Is God, and the Reset Button will be hit for the next episode with him coming back none the worse for wear.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: No matter how many times Courage saves his life, Eustace will still treat him like crap. Once in "Shirley the Medium", Courage was annoyed by Eustace's ungratefulness and decided to throw him away during the middle of a rescue attempt, terrified that there was no escape and being unwilling to die for Eustace. An even bigger example is in "Farmer Hunter, Farmer Hunted" where he tried to shoot the Deer, after the Deer was convinced by Courage to spare Eustace.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: A lot of humor in the show comes from just how much of a douchebag Eustace can be, and the negative consequences he suffers because of it.
  • The Unfavorite: He's apparently the unpopular child to his mother. She even likes Courage more than him.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: It is suggested that he used to be a good-natured child until his Dysfunctional Family made him too rotten.
  • Villainous Glutton: A rare skinny example of a bad guy with an enormous appetite - most likely because most of his dinners get ruined before he can eat it.
  • Villain Protagonist: By the end of the series, he's pretty much an evil protagonist. In "Ball of Revenge" he becomes an antagonist for the episode, by hiring some old villains to get back at Courage.
  • Weapon of Choice: Any possible threats will be met with him going to get his mallet.
  • Weirdness Magnet: He, like his wife and dog, is not immune to the strange things that happen in Nowhere.

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