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    Cow 

Cow

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"Fairy princess!"

Click here to see her as Supercow 
"Supercow, al rescate!"

Voiced by: Charlie Adler (English), Teiyū Ichiryūsai (Japanese), Javier Rivero (Latin American Spanish), Gloria Roig (European Spanish), David Kruger (French)

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    Chicken 

Chicken

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"Mom! Dad! Cow's acting stupid and I can't watch TV!"
Voiced by: Charlie Adler (English), Takumi Yamazaki (Japanese), Yamil Atala (Latin American Spanish), César Martínez (European Spanish), Emmanuel Jacomy (French)

    The Red Guy 

The Red Guy

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"Hello, it's me..."
Voiced by: Charlie Adler (English), Katsumi Suzuki (Japanese), Ricardo Hill (Latin American Spanish), David Sánchez Guinot (European Spanish), Michel Mella (French)

  • Abusive Parents: As seen in the Professor Longhorn Steer episode, Red's mother feeds him gruel and keeps challenging him to fight her like a man much to Red's displeasure.
  • Affably Evil: Despite being a devil, he's rather a mischievous and jerkish troublemaker instead of evil, but he can also be polite, friendly and even helpful.
  • Anti-Villain: In later episodes.
  • Badass Teacher: In The Karate Chic, he was a karate teacher.
  • Bad Boss: In Factory Follies where he treats his workers like mules.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: He may be a silly buttwalking nudist, but he can also be quite dangerous when angered and has nearly killed Cow and Chicken more than once.
  • Big Bad: The closest thing the show has to this.
  • Big Red Devil: He certainly looks the part.
  • Breakout Character: He was the only character to be a regular on both Cow and Chicken and I Am Weasel.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: A given, seeing as he's the devil. His Establishing Character Moment has him babbling about how much he loves evilness and hates goodness. It's downplayed in most episodes, though.
  • Catchphrase: "Hello, it's me, (insert name of disguise persona here)."
  • Characterization Marches On: In the pilot, he is outright acknowledged to be the Devil. In the actual series, this was de-emphasized and he was referred to only as "the red guy", and his role ultimately evolved into a devilish-looking generic villain who isn't really implied to be Satan and generally lacks most of the non-superficial qualities of the Satanic Archetype. In his role In the Cartoon Network IDW comics, however, this change gets largely reversed as he attempts to trick Chicken into selling his soul.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Quite possibly the most insane character in the cast, and that's saying something. Just check out his Establishing Character Moment:
    The Red Guy: "HELLOOO! It's me, the Devil! Heh. I stand for all that is bad! Hahahahahaha! Also, I'm naked. AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! I LOOOOVE evilness! I HATE GOODNESS! Right, Cerberus? (to the audience) Cerberus is my assistant. He's got THREE heads!"
  • Creepy Crossdresser: When he's playing the role of the bad guy with a female persona.
  • The Devil Is a Loser: He's not very smart. Plus, he's a devil.
  • Drag Queen: He takes on several different feminine identities such among his itinerary of alter egos, including Mrs. Beaver.
  • Dub Name Change: In the Brazilian dub, he is known as Bum de Fora, possibly a bowdlerization of the expression "Bunda de Fora" (Naked Butt), which is meaninful considering a running gag related to him. See Naked People Are Funny below.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Not only is he the most antagonistic character on the show, but he's the hammiest.
  • Evil Is Petty: He's supposed to be the Devil, but seems to have nothing better to do with his time than mess with Cow and Chicken.
  • Fat and Proud: Or rather, he's proud of his big fat ass.
  • Flaming Devil: Oh, he's very camp.
  • Freudian Excuse: Parodied and implied.
    The Red Guy: It all started when I was about... nine. I was just a boy, I didn't know...pants were required at school. WHO WOULDA GUESSED?!
    • In one of the shorts, he mentions a traumatic experience when his dad took him house hunting. As in, hunting houses for food.
      The Red Guy: I COULD NEVER LOOK AT A PORCH THE SAME WAY AGAIN!
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: His moral standing is constantly switched up episode to episode. He's usually an asshole who harasses Cow and Chicken without being totally evil, but sometimes he might be an authority figure who's not actively trying to screw with them, sometimes he's a flat out villain trying to murder them, and sometimes he's actually their friend.
  • Jerkass: He spends most of his time harassing Cow and Chicken and tormenting their loved ones.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: In Factory Follies he appears to have a change of heart, even thinking he should treat his workers better, only to continue being as abusive as before.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He has his moments. The biggest example is Magic Chicken where he feels pity and sympathy towards Cow when she loses her udder, as he decides to do the right thing by giving it back to her.
  • Large Ham: Good luck naming one episode where he didn't scream at the top of his lungs.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: He almost always gets his comeuppance at the end of each episode.
  • Laughably Evil: A lot of humor in the series is derived from his hilarious and eccentric antics.
  • No Indoor Voice: How many sentences can you count where he hasn't yelled at least once?
  • Naked People Are Funny: A Running Gag in that he is naked and constantly emphasizes his big red butt. Even when disguised in a costume, he is usually still pantless.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: He once got thrown into lava... and started enjoying it seconds after screaming in agony.
  • Otherworldly and Sexually Ambiguous: In spades. Considering he's a jack-of-all-trades, he can pull any kind of role of either gender... and not only that, whenever he plays a female, he clearly has a bust.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: He has lots and lots of blatantly poor disguises, to the point that the opening theme shows dozens of Red Guys, each dressed in a different costume.
  • Psychopathic Man Child: His demeanor most of the time is this.
  • Punny Name: Most of his aliases have some allusion to his bare butt, such as "Mrs. Barederriere".
  • Suddenly SHOUTING!: He often shouts abruptly while talking to others.
  • Super Strength: Shown several times, such as in "Whose Supercow?", when he tries to lure Supercow out by pretending to be crushed by a piece of kryptonite several times his size. When it doesn't work, he just picks the thing up and throws it away.
    • Also shown in "Boneless Kite", the episode where he dresses up as a pilot and gets into a tug-a-war with a small tribe...using Boneless Chicken. If Cow and Chicken didn't help the tribe, he might've won, considering how much they struggled against him.
  • The Sociopath: Many of his behaviors in the series denote him as this from his lack of empathy over his brutal pranks and bullying to his various psychotic outbursts.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Many of his failures are his own fault.
    • Just look at "Comet!", where he mistakes a golf ball on a string for a comet, even though the side facing his telescope clearly had Dad's ball written on it! However, so did everyone except for Chicken...
  • Villainous Breakdown: Near the end of "I Scream Man", he gives off one of the funniest breakdowns in the history of breakdowns due being heckled by the main characters (and a random pig) over ice cream.
    Red: "AAAAAHHHH!!!!! I CAN'T TAKE IT ANYMORE!!!! I don't have any ice cream! None, whatsoEVER! (Hangs near the side of the cop, then switches to a calm, quiet voice) I don't even like ice cream, (switches back to Large Ham mode) OR KIDS! It says 'Eye Screem' on my truck, not 'Ice Cream'! Get it? 'cause I SCREAM!!! Look at me. (screams while spinning in circles) SCREAMING IS MY HOBBYYYYYY!!!!!!.
    Policeman: (hits Red with a weenie) "It's the padded cell for you, scream man!"

    Mom and Dad 

Mom and Dad

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Mom: "It's times like these that make me proud to be a woman!" Dad: "Me, too!"
Voiced by: Candi Milo and Dee Bradley Baker (English), Aya Yamakawa and Masayuki Nakata (Japanese), Liza Willert and Genaro Vásquez (Latin American Spanish), Dany Laurent and Cedric Dumont (French)

  • Bumbling Dad: Dad is somewhat funny.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Consider the time that they woke their kids up at 3 a.m. to tell them how they met, or how they tried to make their kids scared of the dark.
  • The Faceless: They are only ever seen from the legs down. Parodied to its logical extreme in the pilot episode when it is revealed that Mom and Dad are literally just two pairs of legs with no upper bodies.
    • A common sight gag in the show is any time Mom and Dad have their shadows cast, they stop directly at the waist.
  • Happily Married: However kooky and stupid they may act as parents, as a couple the two are madly in love and completely devoted to one another. In fact, they never argue or show the slightest disinterest in each other.
  • The Hyena: Both of them tend to erupt in over-the-top laughter at even the most minute of things. It even leads to Cow, of all people, questioning their sanity at the end of "Comet!".
  • Papa Wolf: Dad stands up for his kids when he catches the Office Mountie threatening them in "The Full Mounty".
  • Skewed Priorities: A common gag with these two is that they go ballistic over minor things (e.g., Cow and Chicken accidentally dropping crumbs on the floor) but take actual crises (e.g., Cow going missing for years) in stride.
  • Standard '50s Father: Though what kind of standard '50s father makes passing references to possibly being a female-to-male transgender? Or being less of a man than his wife?
  • Unnamed Parent: They're never referred to as anything other than "Mom" and "Dad".
  • Wacky Parent, Serious Child: The Wacky Parents to Chicken's and, to some extent, Cow's Serious Child.

    Flem and Earl 

Flem and Earl

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Flem is voiced by: Howard Morris (English, primarily), Maurice LaMarche (English, "Lost at Sea" only), Katsumi Suzuki (Japanese), Mario Filio (Latin American Spanish), Aleix Estadella (European Spanish), Cyril Monge (French)
Earl is voiced by: Dan Castellaneta (English, using a less drunk version of his Barney Gumble voice), Takayuki Okada (Japanese), Genaro Vásquez (Latin American Spanish), Yann Le Madic (French)

  • Ambiguously Bi: In addition to always being together all the time, the two had an Imagine Spot in "Lost at Sea" where they were homecoming queen and king, respectively. On the other hand, they're both madly in love with Cow, and in the same episode share another Imagine Spot where they both marry Cow, as well as have kids, grow old and die together.
  • Fat and Skinny: Flem and Earl, respectively.
  • Gender-Blender Name: In "Dirty Laundry", The Red Guy (as Jeraldo Rearviewa) doctored their birth certificates so their middle names (actually last, since viewers never find out what their last names are) are Beatrice and Jennifer (Earl "Beatrice" and Flem "Jennifer") so they can get arrested for being boys with girl middle names.
  • Interspecies Romance: The two have a crush on Cow.
  • Only One Name: Flem even lampshades it in "Dirty Laundry". ("I don't even have a last name! I'm just Flem!")
  • Those Two Guys: They are always seen together.

    Teacher 

Teacher

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"Shut your pie-holes, ya room full of hairless lackeys!"
Voiced by: Candi Milo (English), Yuko Sato (Japanese)

  • Beehive Hairdo: Has a curly red beehive that's a twist between Marge Simpson and Joan Holloway Harris.
  • Fiery Redhead: Red-haired and very bad tempered.
  • Gonky Femme: She is very hideous and loud, yet dresses very feminine and acts boy-crazy.
  • No Indoor Voice: To say she's loud would be an understatement.
  • No Name Given: Her name was never revealed. However, in "The Ballad of Cow and Chicken", a marquee that reads "Teacher sings The Ballad of Cow and Chicken" implies that "Teacher" is her actual name.
  • Sadist Teacher: She insults her students and constantly tells them to shut their pie-holes.
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    Manure the Bear 

Manure the Bear

Voiced by: Dee Bradley Baker

  • A Day in the Limelight: "Cow's Toys", in which he, Crabs and Piles leave Cow's room to search for their original owner—"Maiden Hong Kong".
  • Grumpy Bear: Quite literally! He's a grouchy character in a lighthearted cartoon and is an actual bear to boot.
  • Living Toys: Along with Piles the Beaver and Crabs the Warthog, he's revealed to be a living toy in "Cow's Toys".
  • Perpetual Frowner: Always seen frowning. Considering he's dealing with a rash all the time, its justified.
    • However, he does flash a brief, mischievous smile when he leaves Piles off at "Maiden Hong Kong's" home at the end of "Cow's Toys".

    Crabs the Warthog 

Crabs the Warthog

Voiced by: Dee Bradley Baker

  • A Day in the Limelight: Along with Manure the Bear and Piles the Beaver, he is given a starring role in "Cow's Toys", where the three try to find "Maiden Hong Kong" under the belief that she is their original owner.
  • Living Toys: As with Manure the Bear and Piles the Beaver, it is revealed in "Cow's Toys" that he's actually a sentient toy.
  • Never Learned to Read: When he tries to read what's written on Manure's tag, he claims that "reading isn't one of [his] strong points".
  • Perpetual Smiler: His usual default expression is a bright, happy smile on his face. However...
  • Stepford Smiler: He's implied to be faking his cheerful demeanor to cope with his life's difficulties and hardships, as he is clearly not too happy about being played with by Cow, even going into a small rant about it as soon as she leaves. Also, near the end of "Cow's Toys", when it's revealed that the adventure that he, Manure and Piles went on to find "Maiden Hong Kong" led them back to Cow's house, he states that he is "starting to lose [his] ever-present optimism".

    Piles the Beaver 

Piles the Beaver

Voiced by: Tom Kenny

  • A Day in the Limelight: "Cow's Toys", where he, Manure the Bear, and Crabs the Warthog leave Cow's room to search for "Maiden Hong Kong", whom they believe to be their original owner.
  • Living Toys: "Cow's Toys" reveals that he, Crabs the Warthog, and Manure the Bear are actually alive in spite of being toys.

    Boneless Chicken 

Boneless Chicken

Voiced by: Charlie Adler (English), Hideki Ogihara (Japanese), Genaro Vásquez (Latin American Spanish), Aleix Estadella (European Spanish)

  • Deadpan Snarker: So deadpan it's hard to tell whether or not he's joking.
  • Disabled Snarker: He has no bones and a dry wit.
  • Out of Focus: Was a recurring character in the first 2 seasons, but was absent in Season 3 and made a cameo in Season 4.

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Minor Characters

    Cerberus 

Cerberus

Voiced by: Jess Harnell
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"[Mr. Devil], you hate goodness! You only like cute and fluffy things! Oops! Uhhh... no! Evil things! GAHHHHHHHHHH!"
  • Dropped After the Pilot: He was introduced as the Red Guy's assistant in the original "No Smoking" pilot, but outside of a brief cameo in a Cartoon Cartoons promo and two appearances in the comic series, he doesn't make any appearance in the series proper.
  • Hellhound: A rather unique example, as each of his three heads is a different breed—a Dachshund, a Poodle and a Dalmatian.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: He reminds the Red Guy that he must follow the rules in order to claim Chicken's soul.
  • Unexplained Recovery: He gets smacked by Red which sends him flying into a nearby pool of lava, which he quickly climbs out of largely fine, outside of his fur being burned off. Being a demon of Hell and running on cartoon logic might have something to do with it.

    Cousin Sow 

Cousin Sow

Voiced by: Pamela Adlon

    Snail Boy 

Snail Boy

Voiced by: Tom Kenny

    The Buffalo Gals 

The Buffalo Gals

Voiced by: Judy Tenuda (Kelly), Diane Delano (Tough Buffalo Gal)

    Professor Longhorn Steer 

Professor Longhorn Steer

Voiced by: Tom Kenny

    Cousin Black Sheep 

Cousin Black Sheep

Voiced by: Tom Kenny
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"Hello! I'm your long-lost Cousin Black Sheep who's come to stay with you!"
  • Black Sheep: He's the black sheep of the family.
  • Motor Mouth: In comparison to other characters, Black Sheep tends to speak rather quickly and precisely in an attempt to get his point across or to explain himself.
  • Nice Guy: Despite being the black sheep of his family, he's a kind person.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Has quite the advanced vocabulary that, despite his well-intentions, gets used against him by others as an example of how "bad" he is.
    Black Sheep: "You know, Earl, I couldn't help noticing how your dental contraption truly compliments Flem's ocular accouterments."
    Flem: (sobbing) "He's making fun of me! Boo-hoo-hoo!"
    Chicken: "Hey, you can't talk to my friends that way! Come on, guys, we don't have to stand around being insulted by no Black Sheep!"
    (Chicken leaves with his friends as Cow walks up to Black Sheep)
    Cow: "Whoa! Cousin Black Sheep, now you have gone and did it! You'd better say you are sorry!"
    Black Sheep: (chasing after the trio) "Wait! I assure you, you misconstrue!"
    (Chicken gasps as Flem and Earl babble incoherently)
    Chicken: "What kind of foul language is being forced into our tender, innocent ears by Black Sheep?!" (the three run away, leaving Black Sheep alone)
    Black Sheep: (sobbing) "Oh, you misconstrue..."

    Flem's Dad 

Flem's Dad

Voiced by: Michael Stanton

    Grandmama 

Grandmama

Voiced by: Dee Bradley Baker

    Grandpapa 

Grandpapa

Voiced by: Dee Bradley Baker

    Chachi the Chewing Gum Seal 

Chachi the Chewing Gum Seal

Voiced by: Tom Kenny
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  • The Dog Bites Back: When Chicken continues chewing onto him, he starts to beat the living tar out of him.
  • The Eeyore: He's a very pessimistic seal. Not even gaining sentience and coming to life makes him happy.
  • Jerkass: See Ungrateful Bastard below.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: When Cow is understandably heartbroken by Chachi, she puts him under the table and runs away crying; while Chachi tries to apologize for yelling at her. Unfortunately, due to being made of gum, he cannot move and tell Cow he's sorry.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Cow congratulates him since she helped him get back at Chicken. However, instead of thanking her, we get this:
    Chachi: "Don't patronize me, you freak! I'm sick of your yapping! You're a waste of bones and organs!"

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