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Trixie and Captain Cuddlepuss
A Happily Married (presumably) lady dog and tomcat who are always seen lounging around on a couch. They often debate with each other about the topic of the episode, or each other's character flaws, or both at the same time. They're not too picky.
- Animal Jingoism: Trixie seems to find the idea of writing a Christmas card for someone's pet cat patently ridiculous, while Cuddlepuss is sitting right next to her. So he offers this gem in response:Cuddlepuss: "Yeah, I can imagine a farmer sending a card to his herd."Trixie: "'For the cow at Christmas!' [Laughs]"Cuddlepuss: "[Under his breath] Yeah, not to be confused with the wife, or anything."
- Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: During the Pet Shop episode, when asked how much they think they're worth, we're treated to this moment:Trixie: "I wouldn't put a price ticket on myself."Cuddlepuss: "No... nope. Not at all."Trixie: "Nope."Cuddlepuss: "I wouldn't even sell you."[Beat]Trixie: "I wouldn't sell you, either."Cuddlepuss: "Aww."Trixie: "Aww!"
- The Couch: Always seen sitting on one, which is notably covered in scratch marks on Cuddlepuss' side.
- Damned by Faint Praise: Trixie at one point says Cuddlepuss is 'not that unsavoury a person'. Cuddlepuss seems to take offence. Probably only for a second, though.
- Deadpan Snarker: Captain Cuddlepuss is probably the main snarker of the series; and he's actually Deadpan, too.
- Female Feline, Male Mutt: A notable inversion.
- I've Heard of That What Is It?: In the aliens episode, Trixie claims to know what a UFO is, but when asked what it stands for, she asks what it is.
- Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Trixie accuses Cuddlepuss of being one of these in "Pet Hates".
- Lazy Husband: Cuddlepuss is implied to be this.
- Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Also inverted; Trixie doesn't have eyelashes and wears a spiky collar, while Cuddlepuss has a fancy-looking leopard-print collar.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: They often have quiet arguments over rather petty things, Like an Old Married Couple. That part's Justified, since they were probably voiced by an actual married couple.
"The Circus is, ummm... [Beat] It's a bit boring, isn't it, really..."
A very cynical, world-weary pet hamster with a droning voice and a history of both physical and mental injuries. Can be relied upon to highlight the dark sides of the episode's topic.
- Butt-Monkey: He often describes unfortunate occurrences he's had in the past, including having scars on every part of his body, having his head slammed in a door on his birthday, and playing witness to a Christmas where the turkey ended up on the wall.
- The Comically Serious: As mentioned in Trivia, is often so dull and pessimistic that he's hilarious.
- The Cynic: Definitely, though sometimes he's so perpetually unhappy that he becomes The Eeyore. The one time he's sounded happy about something is when he admits to liking the feel of the warm sun while sunbathing.
- Self-Deprecation: He admits that most people would find him boring, but if you like the kind of person who sits around and moans a lot, he'd be an excellent companion.
- Straw Nihilist: The speech he gives in disbelief of evolution sounds more like a commentary on the meaningless of life than anything else.Fluffy: "Well, you know, if evolution- that's- that's all a load of rubbish, isn't it, that's not true, is it? Load of rubbish... how can you possibly 'evolve' a set of wings? ...It's not gonna 'appen, is it? ...I mean, I'd like a set of wings. I'd love a set of wings, in fact. If I could have anything, I would- I'd definitely have a set of wings, but... it wouldn't matter how many times I jumped off a tall building... I'd never grow wings. And even if I jumped off a tall building, and then my child jumped off a tall building and his child jumped off a tall building and we did that for ever and ever and ever... [clears throat] ...there is not the slightest chance... that wings would grow out of my back."
Gary and Nigel
A dutiful pair of garden slugs who are never seen apart. Are probably the most 'normal' of the recurring animals.
- Consummate Professional: They admit to taking this attitude towards gardening. Though, given the animal they're animated as, this takes on a completely different meaning.
- Extreme Omnivore: Nigel says he'll eat anything. Except Turkish Delight.
- Massive Numbered Siblings: Gary apparently has seven children.
- Most Annoying Sound: Gary takes pride in his chicken impression, but the ants surrounding them disagree enough to flee en masse the moment he starts.
- Those Two Guys
- Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Gary's wife, when she appears in slug form, is at least a whole eyestalk taller than him, and considerably wider too.
A very cheery Guide Dog with a penchant for chasing everything in sight.
- Abhorrent Admirer: Her caretaker seemed to consider her this; he ran away when she approached him with a Mistletoe.
- Department of Redundancy Department: A common feature of her speech. For example, she thinks Clowns are talented because they're very funny, because they do things in a funny way that makes people laugh, and you have to be talented to do that, and... they're very funny.
- Not Herself: Her initial appearance in the Aliens episode creates this impression, as she talks in an unusually slow and stilted tone, and the animation gives her a noticeable eye twitch.
- The Pollyanna: Is pretty much Fluffy's polar opposite; she's all happy, all the time.
Spanner and Trousers
A pair of mangy dogs who live in a skip. They have some rather interesting habits.
- Actual Pacifist: According to a little booklet in Series 1 Part 1's DVD release, Trousers doesn't believe in biting people.
- Animal Jingoism: They're not especially fond of pigeons.
- Those Two Guys
- The Tramp: If the skip wasn't enough, they've claimed to have 'liberated' food from the bins around the backs of shops and slept in tunnels and under motorways (and on a motorway, on one occasion).
- Wisdom from the Gutter: When Spanner professes to always be searching for a way to evolve, Trousers responds 'one day you think you got there, the next, you get run over.'Spanner: "That's it, game ovah. [Beat] Y'know what I mean?"
An old Bloodhound with horrible luck and a perpetual fear of having objects dropped on his head.
- Butt-Monkey: The biggest one in the series; he's always worried about getting hurt in some way, talking about past conditions or eating food with lead in it, had his doghouse struck by lightning, and got thrown in jail for insulting the Royal Family.
- Nostalgia Filter: He misses the way houses were built in the 1950s, with 'one brick laid on top of the other'. He says this while patting his wooden doghouse with brick-patterned wallpaper on it.
- Tempting Fate: In "Animals In The 'Hood", he says that he's here [in his Doghouse] permanently due to its sturdy construction. In The Stinger, it's shown that it was struck by lightning and obliterated while he was still in it.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: An uninentionally literal example; in the Pet Shop episode, he comments that he's recently been adopted by a loving family.
A very loud and emotional Mouse with a comically thick Geordie accent.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Comes off as one of these. Apparently gives his son a 'little punch' as a sign of affection, and says he has to be 'rough and ready'.
- Casanova Wannabe: Subverted; he used to flirt with women all the time, but knew he might not have much success, as he always kept his fingers crossed.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Victor's animation has him interact with small children's dolls in a doll's house as if they were real people. Though he does look visibly perturbed when he accidentally knocks one of their heads off.
- Fate Worse than Death: His son apparently considered having his father's Geordie accent worse than having diabetes.Victor: "So I try an' cheer 'im up; I say 'y'know was, I swap yer any time y'like, I'll 'ave your Diabetes, an' you can 'ave my Geordie accent.' An' y'know what 'e says, 'e says 'No, I'd rather be Diabetic than 'ave a Geordie accent!' An' I say 'Wha- y'jerkin, arn'yeh?'"
- Mouse World: Played with; in some of his appearances, he's seen living in a doll's house. He remarks he never thought he'd live in a place this 'up-market'.
- Patriotic Fervor: Hearing 'Rule Britannia' gets him all riled up, and 'makes [him] wanna bash somebody'.
A funky Arabian Horse from outta town who's very mobile in the job market.
- Berserk Button: Drunkards. Also, people who do Robert De Niro's 'You Talkin' to Me?' routine.Behzad: "You talkin' to me? You talkin' to- SHUT UP! D'you know, that's SO overdone, it's unbelievable!"
- The Coconut Effect: Parodied; during The Stinger for "Impressions", he seems to be making the stereotypical 'clop clop' sound with his hooves, only to reveal he has coconut shells strapped to them.
- Cool Horse: A literal example. He is a horse, and he is, all things considered, pretty cool.
- The Dandy: He gives fashion advice to the Royal Family, of all people, suggesting that they wear layered shirts with fun slogans on them.
- Dung Fu: Invoked; he suggests tricking drunkards into stepping in excreta on the streets to turn them against each other.
- His Name Really Is "Barkeep": Not Behzad himself, but he suggests this is the case with Queen Elizabeth II's husband. He thinks his name is The Husband Of The Queennote .
- Obliquely Obfuscated Occupation: He's most often seen as a racehorse, but in "Pet Hates" he was with the police, and in "Monarchy Business" he was ferrying around a Beefeater at Buckingham Palace.
- The Old Country: It's not clear where he's originally from; his accent isn't conclusive, but his name is definitely Middle-Eastern and he says he's from a place where people are imprisoned, killed and forced to have sex changes for insulting royals. Assuming he literally meant monarchs and not just politicians, that more-or-less narrows it down to the Arabian monarchies like Saudi Arabia or Qatar (which would make sense, since he's an Arabian horse).