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Below are the characters featured in the six episode web series Don't Hug Me I'm Scared.

WARNING: Since these videos rely on shock value, expect spoilers for all the episodes, although the plot-related spoilers for the last three episodes will be marked.


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The Students

    General 
The three main characters of the series.
  • And I Must Scream: It is revealed in episode 5 that the students are growing aware of their surroundings. Red Guy has escaped, and Duck Guy resists, to no avail.
  • Butt-Monkey: Their only purpose in existing seems to be to be tortured over and over again by demented psychopaths.
  • Genre Savvy: As of the 4th installment, they're able to tell when an object is about to come to life, though they get which object wrong, as the real teacher comes out of nowhere.
  • No Name Given: The students aren't named throughout the entire series, although Red Guy almost says his real name in Episode 4, before being interrupted.
  • Palette Swap: At the end of the finale, we get a blue Red Guy, a green Yellow Guy, and a red Duck; which also happen to be their favourite colours, as described in episode one.
  • True Companions: The three are always together, and despite the surreal nature of the series, they clearly care about each other a lot. Red Guy's absence and Duck Guy's death in episode 6 leaves Yellow Guy emotionally broken.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: They're all very indifferent to the weirdness around them.
  • Vague Age: The antagonists treat them like children, but the photo of them on the wall reads 19/06/55. The sixth episode shows a picture of Red Guy in a cap and gown with a diploma and has him working in an office building in the "real" world, suggesting that he is at least a young adult.

    Red Guy 
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"I wonder what will happen."
The only one of the main characters played by someone in a costume. He speaks in a dry monotone, never sounding surprised by any of the crazy, horrifying things that happen to him or his friends. Still, he does voice the most concern.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: He's the least willing of the three to participate in the teachers' lessons, and generally seems to just want to lead a (relatively) normal life. In episode 6, he gets an office job in a more normal world and finds it to be extremely boring.
  • Berserk Button: Well, as berserk as Red Guy can get, anyway. The only thing that seems to frustrate him is when his questions are deliberately not answered, as seen in Episode 4.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Tends to do this, usually just as a gag. Usually shrugging at the camera, or asking the audience a question. Done more seriously at the end of episode 4. He leaves the weird digital dancing rave, and finds a crude reconstruction of the first episode. A man in a black jumpsuit comes out, closes an action board, and then Red Guy's head blows up in a glittery pop.
  • Cartoon Creature: Sketchbook is a notepad, Duck Guy's a bird, Yellow Guy's a human, and Tony is a clock, but... what is Red Guy supposed to be again?
    • Becky indicated that Red Guy is a living personification of spaghetti on her Instagram.
  • Cthulhumanoid: Red Guy's strange hair resembles the type of tentacle-beard typical of a Cthulhumanoid, which also fits with the horrific absurdity of the setting.
  • Cult Defector: Left the set after the events of "Computers", and came back only to try and save his friends. He was unable to function in the real-world afterward.
  • Deadpan Snarker: In Help 3: "I don't think this is your dad's house."
    • Also in the interview, when he was asked if he has brown hair: "I pride myself in being fully bald, under all this."
  • Dull Surprise: He has almost no inflection in his voice, even when he's supposed to be singing, creating a humorous contrast to the more excitable teachers like the time-obsessed Clock.
  • Establishing Character Moment: His first line in the series is "That sounds really boring" after Sketchbook says that they use their hair to express themselves. This sets up his general lack of enthusiasm and inflection throughout the next six episodes.
  • Hand Puppet: Wears hand puppets of his friends as part of his bar singing act.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: The Red Guy just wants to be left alone with his friends, rather than having to be taught by a time-traveling clock or a magical sketchbook.
  • Irony: Is the only character who isn't a puppet, yet his voice and actions are fairly wooden.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Can be sarcastic and condescending, but nonetheless cares for his friends.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: In episode 6, before pulling the plug, he taunts Roy:
  • Me's a Crowd: He ends up in a world populated by copies of himself by the sixth installment. However, rather than fitting in, he's an outcast due to his outlook changing because of everything he's been through with the puppets and the teachers.
  • Naked People Are Funny: The sixth installment implies that he hasn't been wearing clothes but his species (whatever the heck it is) normally would. Humorously, rather than being laughed at or seen as a pervert for removing his clothes in the middle of a public place, the piano guy just thinks he's rude—and later they are more preoccupied with how bad he is at singing.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
    • In the fourth video, his smacking Colin is what pisses Colin off enough to trap the puppets in a deteriorating digital world.
    • It's implied in the fifth that he was calling Duck Guy and making him realize what was going on, causing Duck Guy to rebel against the the Healthy Band's lesson. Had he not tried to help his friends, Duck Guy might still be alive and Yellow Guy wouldn't be completely alone.
    • And third time's the charm, come Episode 6; Red Guy makes two blunders. First he starts pushing random buttons in an attempt to get rid of the teachers before they can hurt Yellow Guy, but all he does is cause the system to start randomly switching out teachers, which only frightens his friend. Then when he tries unplugging the machine, it seems like he somehow reset/restarted the universe, leading to the puppets starting it all over again (maybe)... though at the very least he saved Yellow Guy.
  • Not So Above It All: In episode 6 when one of his fellow office workers asks him to file a file he remarks how funny it would be if the file came alive, which is dismissed by his coworker as "Boring".
  • Not So Stoic: In the 4th video, he tells Colin to "Shut Up" in a more annoyed and serious tone compared to the previous videos. In fact, he seems to be more vocally expressive throughout the whole video.
    • He also gets frustrated when Colin doesn't answer him when he asks what there is to actually do in the virtual world.
  • Only Sane Man: He's really the only one who rejects the ideas presented to him by Sketchbook and Tony from the start, and is the only one to question the presence of a dancing clock in his living room.
    Red Guy: (pointing at Tony) What? Who is that?
    • In the case of Colin, he actually tells it to shut up when he realizes his questions aren't going anywhere. He's also the only one who doesn't get sucked into Colin's insane digital world.
    • Inverted in the 6th episode; he soon gets bored of office life and thinks things would be more interesting if objects started singing.
  • Present Absence: Barely appears in the 5th video, but his presence is still heavily felt through a combination of abstract cameos and how noticeable his absence is.
  • Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: In the fourth video, he repeatedly tries to cut the song short. By the end, he is the only one not in the computer, and his attempt to get his friends out fails, leading him to follow the cord to... reality, apparently?
    • It's also implied that he left the house to get away from it all in the fifth video, with his appearance in the credits at the very end.
  • Seen It All: We don't find out what made him this way, but he's completely deadpan when a dancing clock makes time go backwards, and he sounds downright bored to find that he's been kidnapped and tied up in someone else's basement.
  • Spanner in the Works: Whoever controlled the machine, his unplugging it probably wasn't part of their plan.
  • Unexplained Recovery: His head explodes at the end of the fourth video. The fifth shows that he somehow survived and fully recovered, but is no longer part of the lessons.
  • The Un-Reveal: In episode four, he almost says his name.
  • Tranquil Fury: When he gets angry, he raises his voice only a little bit and actually gets inflection in his voice.
  • Your Head A-Splode: At the end of the fourth video.

    Duck Guy 
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"Maybe time's just a construct of human perception!"
A well-dressed dark-green bird. He's a generally chipper fellow, and seems to be mostly oblivious to the dangers that he and his friends face.
  • Ambiguously Human: More like ambiguously organic being, in the sixth installment, he's summoned by the machine, much to his panicked confusion.
  • And I Must Scream: "I DON'T WANNA DO THIS ANYMORE!!!"
  • Auto-Tune: His voice is made through this. In the third and fourth episodes, though, he speaks without it. Otherwise, his voice sounds a lot like Dumbledore’s from Potter Puppet Pals.
  • Back from the Dead: Briefly in the sixth installment, when Red Guy is messing with the Lotus Eater Machine's controls.
    Duck Guy: —there's fish on my tray! (panicked) WHAT!? WHERE AM I!?
  • Barefoot Cartoon Animal: Wears a jacket and shorts, but no shoes.
  • Captain Oblivious: In the Kickstarter video, he and his friends are all tied to chairs in a creepy basement, and his first concern is that whoever lives there needs to tidy things up. And when their captor walks menacingly towards them, he tries to strike up a casual conversation with him.
    • He seems to have wised up by the fifth video. He not only knows there's something wrong with the Healthy Band, but he actually tries to get away.
  • Carnivore Confusion: Actually seems aware of this, despite being an edible bird; he gives the camera a pointed stare after announcing that he's eaten an entire basket of raw chicken.
  • Chromatic Arrangement: He's the green puppet between a red and a blue/yellow puppet.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Oddly enough. In addition to being The Smart Guy, he also seems to enjoy having cold, raw chicken and eggs for picnics, and has a tendency to give bizarre, almost nonsensical answers to any of the questions he's asked, such as remarking in an interview that he finds yogurt exciting. That said, he borders on being the Only Sane Man in certain situations, implying he may just follow his own sort of logic.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: In episode five, his organs are removed and eaten while he is conscious. These organs are then served to Yellow Guy.
  • The Dandy: Based on the way he poses, he seems to really enjoy changing clothes in the digital world, at least until things go terribly wrong. Most of the time in the series proper, he wears what appears to be a trench coat or a suit.
  • A Dog Named "Dog": His name appears to actually be "Duck."
  • Feathered Fiend: When he goes insane during the "let's get creative" scene. The glitched digital model of him in episode 4 also looks the part, glaring into the camera and letting out a loud, crow-like squawk.
    • The "Wakey Wakey" trailer seems to depict him taking over Clayhill after the mayor's disappearance.
  • Feather Fingers: Taken to the logical extreme in "Time". Yes, his feather fingers actually have bones in them.
  • Genius Ditz: Shown to be knowledgeable of complex philosophical ideas and is generally an eloquent speaker, but is usually just as willing to go along with whatever inane lesson the current teacher is singing as Yellow Guy is, suggesting that he doesn't have much common sense.
  • Hair Color Dissonance: Has a very deep shade of green that sometimes looks black.
  • Killed Off for Real: In the fifth video, he's gutted and served to Yellow Guy by a giant talking can of meat. Considering Red Guy is implied to have somehow survived episode 4, whether Duck Guy stays dead is uncertain. However, the Foreshadowing drawing in the beginning shows Red Guy watching from the window and Duck Guy with two X's over his eyes, implying that Duck Guy is actually dead, unlike Red Guy who was just sent to some other place.
  • Mathematician's Answer: When asked where he lives, Duck Guy simply replies "My house!".
  • Motor Mouth: In the HELP video, he talks the most out of the three characters, and the Money Man puts duct-tape on his mouth to make him shut up.
  • Nice Guy: Always outgoing and friendly even after every thing he has been through.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
    • In the second video, he and Yellow Guy questioning time is what causes Tony to rot him and his friends alive.
    • In the third, his swatting a butterfly leads to Yellow Guy running away and join a cult.
  • Odd Name Out: Unlike Yellow Guy and Red Guy's colorful names, his name reflects his species.
  • Oh, Crap!: In episode 4, he's gets somewhat nervous when Colin brags about being able to tell time.
  • Only Sane Man: In episode 5, he very quickly becomes uncomfortable with The Healthy Band and at one point tries to just leave instead of being passive like in the first four shorts. It doesn't end well for him.
  • Out of Focus: Barely appears at all in episode 6 on account of being killed off.
  • Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: In the fifth video, he finally snaps after the Healthy Band's nonsensical song goes on for too long.
    Refrigerator: Everything tastes great! But maybe we should wait!
    Duck Guy: No!
    Refrigerator: Before we put it on the plate!
    Duck Guy: Enough!
    Refrigerator: Or it could be too late!
    Duck Guy: I don't want to do this anymore! (Runs off, knocking over the camera in the process)
  • The Smart Guy: He's got the highest vocabulary of the other puppets, and is aware that time is an illusion, but he gets stopped immediately by Tony screaming.
  • Toothy Bird: When Tony uses time to decay the puppets, Duck Guy gets teeth for some reason.
    • His teeth appear again in episode five when he's distressed and lying down on a table.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: He's set up a Chicken Picnic and refuses to do anything else until it's finished.

    Yellow Guy 
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"I might paint a picture of a clown!"
A yellow-skinned puppet with overalls and blue hair. He's the dimmest of the three, and gets into the most trouble, whether by his own fault or not.
  • Balloon Belly: A non-comedic example at the end of 5, he gets fattened up after being fed the Duck Guy's organs. Then at the beginning of 6, he's skinny again.
  • Break the Cutie: He is the most innocent and childlike of the main trio, and is also most frequently the Butt-Monkey of them. In the final episode, he's severely traumatized to the point where his hair starts falling out.
  • Butt-Monkey: Even more than the other two; almost all of the bad things in the series happen solely to him, to him first before extending to the others, or he simply gets the worst of it. Heck, in the third video "Love," nothing bad happens to the other two. They just enjoy a lovely chicken picnic. Considering that his father was the one controlling everything, it actually makes sense that Yellow Guy would get targeted the most.
  • Captain Obvious: In the fifth video, after about a minute after the song starts, it finally occurs to him to say "Food is talking!"
  • Chromatic Arrangement: He's both yellow and blue to contrast the red and green of his friends.
  • Decoy Protagonist: He's prominently displayed in the series' poster art, he's the last one in the Lotus Eater Machine, and the Big Bad is his father. That said, the one to resolve things in the final episode is Red Guy. Maybe.
  • '80s Hair: His hair is supposed to be styled as a mullet, though its length wildly varies depending on the episode and the current medium he's being portrayed in. Sometimes it's more like a small blue tuft, but other times it goes all the way down his back.
  • Informed Flaw: In interview with puppets, Roy says that he is "arrogant and rude". However, we never see him act like that, he is usually pretty innocent in the series. It could mean that only Roy sees him as such.
  • Genre Savvy: In episode six, his first instinct upon seeing a lamp trying to sing to him is to turn it off and tell it "NO!"
  • Heroic BSoD: Appears to have gone into this state by the start of the 6th episode. Unfortunately for him, the Lamp comes along soon after to subject him to further torture.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With his Dad, apparently.
  • Kill the Ones You Love: He's tricked into eating his only remaining friend alive, Duck Guy, at the end of episode 5. He seems to realize this at the end of the video.
  • Kindhearted Simpleton: He seems to love his father despite his creepyness, runs away crying when Duck kills the butterfly he was delighted by, and genuinely appreciates the "love" Shrignold and his friends give to him. He also considers Red Guy and Duck to be his true companions, and in Episode 6, he is deeply saddened by the loss and dissapearance of his only two friends.
  • Missing Mom: His mom has never been mentioned or seen.
  • Nervous Wreck: Becomes one by episode 6, which is pretty understandable considering everything he's gone through.
  • Nice Guy: Comes across as innocent and friendly like Duck Guy.
  • Non Sequitur: Answered questions in this kind of manner during his interview.
    Interviewer: Do you like cows or goats?
    Yellow Guy: They will bite me on my mouth?

    Interviewer: What happened after the olden days?
    Yellow Guy: I’m as long as a train?
  • Oh, Crap!: Understandably reacts this way in episode 6 when the Lamp ropes him into another lesson.
    Lamp: How can you be sleepy when you don't know how to have DREAMS?
    Yellow Guy: No, I don't want to know! I-I DON'T WANT TO KNOW HOW TO HAVE DREAMS! NO! NOOOOO!
    • When the Yellow guy sees the previous teachers appear unexpectedly, he's immediately terrified.
  • The Pig Pen: Assuming it was dirt, when Tony makes the puppets take a bath, he scrubs Yellow Guy and the water turns brown. (Duck Guy complained they were already clean, but he might have just meant himself and Red Guy.)
  • Prone to Tears: Most prominently shown in the third episode, where he quickly grows attached to a butterfly, and cries his heart out when Duck Guy swats it, thinking it was a bee.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Actively denies the Lamp's lesson, first by turning it off, and then by yelling at it to stop singing.
  • Simpleton Voice: Yellow Guy uses this voice, only emphasized by his short stature, noticeable slowness and status as a Butt-Monkey.
  • Super Strength: He somehow manages to pick up a tree in "Time".
  • Took a Level in Badass: In the final installment, he immediately realizes that something is wrong and demands that the Lamp character singing to him stop trying to teach him about dreams.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: In the first short, he has hints of a Simpleton Voice but is otherwise on-par with the other characters in terms of capability. In the second short he has trouble speaking at all, let alone coherently, and may have not even realized that he was in a musical number. He is, however, still able to follow Duck Guy's line of logic about time being an illusion, asking if anyone truly knows if time is real.
    • Noticeably, he seems to sound MORE dumb in the presence of his father.
    • In the subsequent videos, he's reduced to being very dim, but still slightly aware.
    • Inverted in the final video, when he's well aware that horrible things happen during the lessons and does everything he can to get out of one. Unfortunately...
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Shouted "Spaghetti!" when asked his favorite food.
  • Vague Age: Although many viewers see him as a child, the teaser for the series pilot indicates that he may be 38.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Possibly. It's somewhat implied that Yellow Guy is meant to be a kid, but his voice sounds like that of an old man. Most likely intentional.
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The Teachers

    General 
The antagonists of the series.
  • Affably Evil: Each teacher is bright and cheery, at least a first. Sketchbook's attitude seems to be genuine, whilst for Tony, Colin, and the Healthy Band it's just a thin facade. Shrignold is debatable, and the lamp hardly gets any screen time, so it could be either or.
  • Animate Inanimate Object: Barring Shrignold, all of the teachers are anthropomorphized household objects. The puppets get used to this, and anticipate the Teachers' appearance by the fourth episode.
  • Arc Villain: Of their respective installments.
  • Artificial Human: Or rather Artificial Inanimate Object, the final episode shows ,except maybe Sketchbook and the Globe, that they are created by a machine that projects them into the world. Confirming that, unlike the students, they are not actual inhabitants of their world.
  • Back for the Finale: The first five teachers appear in the final video when Red Guy meddles with the machine controlling Yellow Guy's reality. The only exception is the Sketchbook, who appears at the end to imply the entire series is going to repeat itself.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: They seem nice when they first start their lesson, but always later turn out to have very dark agendas.
  • The Cameo:
    • The Sketchbook appears in the second video behind the Red Guy's radio.
    • The Sketchbook and Tony the Talking Clock both appear in crowd shots of the third video.
    • Colin reappears in the fifth episode as a sticker on the Guys' fridge.
  • Eldritch Abomination: All of the teachers are bizarre, can manipulate reality, have confusing motivations, and are extremely dangerous.
    • Mechanical Abomination: Aside from the fact that Tony's a clock and Colin's a computer, Every one of them appear to be reality warping AI with the sole purpose of torturing the students, assuming Roy didn't hijack them.
  • Flanderization: While the Sketchbook was a hypocritical jerkass like the rest, they were at least somewhat polite and shoked when things got out of hand. The following teachers become only worse with each episode.
  • Laughably Evil: Oh yeah. It doesn't mean they're not terrifying.
  • Offscreen Teleportation: The inanimate object teachers seem to have this as an inbuilt feature.
  • Stepford Smiler: Each teacher is nearly-constantly cheerfully smiling. Naturally, they're all deranged and unstable, which only makes them more terrifying...
  • Straw Hypocrite: They tend to start out preaching a message, but then do a full 180 on it by the end. If they don't, their lesson is completely incorrect and inconsistent.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Assuming that the puppets are children, all of them except possibly Sketchbook have been perfectly willing to torment them in horrific ways.

    Sketchbook 
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"What's your favorite idea? Mine is being creative!"
A talking sketchbook with the voice of a young woman (Or maybe a little boy). They teach the trio about creativity, only for things to spiral out of control.
  • Affably Evil: They're pretty polite and kind, and even when they're mad they don't raise their voice. However, they're also a jerk and hypocrite.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: They're the bad guy, but it's still quite horrific when the Money Man tears their face off in "HELP #3".
  • Ambiguous Gender: Due to the voice sounding somewhat between a mix of a grown woman's and a 12 year old boy's, there is still, albeit a little debate on what they really are in canon.
  • Ambiguously Evil: They're definitely a Jerkass, but it's unclear if they were actually evil and intentionally drove the puppets insane or if things just got out of their control.
  • Animate Inanimate Object: They're just a sketchpad that suddenly came to life.
  • The Cameo: Makes a brief appearance in "TIME", but you have to look really closely. They also appear in the first "HELP" video for a split second; the monster holding the puppets hostage appears to have nailed them to the wall. And they're still smiling.
    • They also appear in "Love" for a few seconds as part of the crowd near the end, but they merely stand still while staring at the Yellow Guy with a neutral expression on their "face". They also look slightly different from their first appearance - their eyes are now three-dimensional (and not flat like the rest of her face) and their covers are striped black and white instead of just plain black.
    • And lastly, they appear in the finale, when the lamp is singing about dreams on one of the pictures on the wall and right at the end. Or should I say, beginning? "What's your favorite idea?"
  • Dissonant Serenity: They're surprisingly calm when they were watching all the other puppets go insane during the "CREATIVE EXPLOSION." However, they were the first one to state that they should never be creative again after said explosion was over, and said this with wide eyes, thus implying that they too were horrified about all that had happened.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Even Sketchbook is horrified about the puppets' creativity going too far.
  • Harmful to Minors: Based on whether or not you consider any of the puppets minors (Yellow Guy might be one), their effect on them was not pretty.
  • It's All About Me: Apparently, you can only be creative in ways they want. It should also be noted that their first line — and the first line of the series — is to ask the students what their favorite idea is, only to deny them a chance to say it.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Unlike the other teachers, they at least have the decency to feel bad about the dangers of their hypocritical lessons.
  • Mad Artist: Not the Sketchbook per se, but what it end up influencing others to be.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: After the CREATIVE EXPLOSION, Sketchbook looks genuinely horrified, but keeps their calm tone of voice. Notably, Sketchbook is the only teacher to reject what they taught in their debut episode.
    Sketchbook: Now let's all agree, to never be creative again.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Unlike Tony, they don't change their expression, even when annoyed.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After the creativity explosion ends, they just flop over and the episode ends.
  • Smurfette Principle: If interpreted as female, they are the only non-male character with a relevant role seen so far.
  • Straw Critic: To the Yellow Guy; everything the guy makes or likes is shot down by them (Or destroyed). And they only allow the Puppet trio to make art that they like (Until the CREATIVITY EXPLOSION where it doesn't seem like they have control over their artistic decisions).
  • Suppressed Rage:
    Sketchbook: Now take a look at my hair! I use my hair to express myself!
    Red Guy: That sounds really boring.
    (beat)
    Sketchbook: (with a hint of anger in their voice) I use my hair to express myself.
  • Take That!: A thinly-veiled parody of by-the-book art school teachers.
  • Token Good Teammate: Good is a relative term, but they're the only teacher that doesn't leave any of the protagonists horribly maimed in any way (in fact, the darker aspects of the episode were the protagonists letting their imaginations go too far, and Sketchbook has a severe case of "My God, What Have I Done?" in the end). The other teachers only get worse from here on out. Aside from Gilbert, they're also the only teacher that has no clear connection to Roy and also, oddly, does not appear in the parade of teachers near the end of Episode 6.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: They seem to genuinely want the puppets to have a good time. At least until they begin to get creative in ways they don't like, like using green.

    Tony The Talking Clock 
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"There's always time for a song."
A clock that teaches the trio about the concept and importance of time, and he does this rather forcefully.
  • Animate Inanimate Object: He's a clock, but still suddenly sprouts legs and arms to sing and dance about the nature of time.
  • Ax-Crazy: He rots the puppets alive for questioning time and leaves them with the memory of their death.
  • Berserk Button: Don't you ever dare suggest time is a concept of human perception or he'll make you prematurely age and bleed due to speeding up time rapidly.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Before the infamous "rotting alive" scene, Tony comes off as unsettling but incredibly goofy, especially his theatrical singing and strange dancing.
  • Came Back Wrong: In "Love", Tony is in the Cultist's crowd, but looks completely dead with white eyes and a greenish complexion. His outer rim is also now white instead of black.
  • The Cameo: In the sixth installment, when Red Guy is messing with the machine's controls.
  • Canon Name: His name, Tony The Talking Clock, was confirmed in an interview for Dazed Magazine.
  • Captain Obvious: When asked when time started and when it will stop, he dodges the question by responding with "Time is important and I am a clock!"
  • Clocks of Control: Tony puts on a front of being a polite gentleman that starts to erode whenever he's not getting his way. He is insistent that the students listen to his song teaching them about how time works, even though some of the things he teaches hardly make sense. Out of all of DHMIS' "teachers", he is the closest to being a Stern Teacher, but without any reason or fairness.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Even for an Ax-Crazy sociopath, Tony is insanely weird.
  • Control Freak: Goes with being a personification of the daily routine.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Tony has a remarkably low, proper-sounding voice for a clock creature.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Affable yes, but much more menacing than his counterpart from the previous installment.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: He obviously doesn't like people asking questions that contradict his schedule.
  • Hell Is That Noise: He can scream really, really loudly.
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Unlike how he is in the main series, in the Original Flavour blog, everything he does has at least a pinch of comedy to it and he even pleads the audience to donate money so that he can pay for the students and Sketchbook's ransom.
  • Inadvertent Entrance Cue:
    Duck Guy: That's not enough time!
    Tony: There's always time...for a song!
  • It's All About Me: When Duck Guy tries to talk about the philosophical aspects of time, Tony starts beeping loudly in a petulant manner.
  • Jerkass: NOT a good person.
    • Jerkass Has a Point: He does have a point that we should make the most of our time on earth before it runs out, even if he demonstrates it accelerating the passage of time and gorily rotting the puppets to rub it in.
  • Knight of Cerebus: He's shown as being undeniably evil compared to Sketchbook, when he used time to speed up the other puppets' aging and rotting as a means to teach them that their time in life would eventually be up.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: It is pretty clear Tony has no idea what he's talking about, especially in regards to history and actual time signatures on an analogue clock.
  • Lack of Empathy:
    Yellow Guy: An old man died.
    Tony: But look, a computer!
  • Large Ham: Especially when he sings.
  • Lean and Mean: When he begins his song, he suddenly acquires long legs. Fanart tends to depict him as tall.
  • Look, a Distraction!: "But look, a computer!"
  • Make Them Rot: He is very heavily implied to be the reason for the Rapid Aging and eventually rotting that the puppets go through at the end of his debut.
  • Mood-Swinger: He goes from calm to cheery to annoyed and back again very quickly.
  • Non-Answer:
    Duck Guy: But when did [time] start?
    Yellow Guy: And when will it stop?
    Tony: Time is important and I am a clock.
  • Reality Warper: He is much more overt about it than Sketchbook, sending the three main characters throughout time and into a strange space-like limbo on a giant ruler. It's also made clear that he is the one causing the creepiness in the ending.
  • Rhyming with Itself: He isn't too good at rhyming.
    Tony: [singing] Let's go on a journey / a journey through all time / a time that's changing all the time / it's time to go to time!
  • Smug Snake: A sadistic, self-important knobhead.
  • The Sociopath: The Psychotic Smirk on his face as he rots the puppets says it all.
  • Straw Hypocrite: He starts the whole journey because the puppets are concerned with time, as means to make them understand that "there will always be enough time". But in the latter parts of the song he makes them worry about time running out, culminating in the horrific decay scene.
  • Stylistic Suck: Unlike the other characters, he's absolutely terrible when it comes to thinking up song lyrics as he goes. And his voice cracks.
  • Suddenly SHOUTING!: Meh! Meh! Meh! MEH! MEH! MEH! MEH!! MEH!! MEH!!
  • Take That!: Given how he's always obsessing over what time it is and dictating what the others can or cannot do, he's a mockery of people who let schedules and routines control their lives.
  • Time Master: Can transport objects back and forth through time at will, as well as speeding up how fast a given object moves through time.
  • Tom the Dark Lord: Tony is a fairly bland name for an Ax-Crazy sociopath with control over the flow of time.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: It's a common joke in the fandom that Tony loves pizza, because he specifically brought it up in his song.

    Shrignold and the Love Cult 
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"It makes you sad, doesn't it? That there's so much hatred in the world."
A group of puppets, mostly woodland creatures, led by a talking butterfly, who teach the Yellow Guy about love. They include Shrignold the butterfly, Rabbit Boy, a unicorn, a tree, Frog Boy, some flowers, and a gopher.
  • Affably Evil: Straddles between this and Faux Affably Evil, but they really do want to teach Yellow Guy their idea of what love is.
  • Ambiguous Gender: Depending on how you view the ending, Shrignold may in fact be female despite having a soft yet distinctly masculine voice.
  • Anti-Villain: They genuinely want peace and love for all. Unfortunately, they're also extremely hypocritical cultists.
  • The Cameo: In the sixth installment, when Red Guy is messing with the machine's controls.
  • Cult: They worship an idol named Malcolm and indoctrinate Yellow Guy into joining them.
  • Four-Legged Insect: Shrignold only has two arms and two legs.
  • Heteronormative Crusader: Implied, since their song has strong homophobic undertones, like saying that heterosexual marriage is "perfect", "pure" and "the way it's always been", and then insisting that "it's the way all love goes".
  • High Priest: The butterfly, Shrignold, appears to be the leader of the Cult.
  • I Didn't Mean to Turn You On: Yellow Guy does this when he pets the gopher.
    Yellow Guy: I love you too, furry boy!
    Furry Boy: Hehe, (angrily) harder!
  • Informed Species: Frog Boy looks more like a generic human puppet than a frog, and has human features such as ears, a nose, and hair. The only indication that he's a frog was a description on the Instagram image, as seen here.
    • Regarding comments about him being a frog, Becky Sloan replied "He's not a frog he's a Frog BOY".
  • Karma Houdini: So far, they have escaped punishment for attempting to brainwash Yellow Guy and presumably doing the same to numerous others, nor in Shrignold's case for possibly raping Yellow Guy.
  • Knight Templar: They want to end hatred and make everyone feel loved... by zealously worshiping an idol and brainwashing people.
  • Love Freak: They start out sounding like this until they begin to show their very narrow definition of what "love" is. Yellow Guy even seems okay with this at first.
  • No Name Given: None of them are named in the video (except maybe "Furry Boy"), but Word of God has confirmed Shrignold, Frog Boy and Rabbit Boy.
  • Plant Person: The Flowers.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Done to Yellow Guy.
  • Religion of Evil: They worship the king of love, Malcolm, a giant stone head that they feed gravel into, otherwise it gets angry. To join them, one must change their name and clean out their brain.
  • Rule of Symbolism: All members of the Love Cultists are heavily symbolic animals and creatures:
  • Smurfette Principle: The only girls in the cult are the Flower and Yellow Guy's "Special One".
  • Straw Hypocrite: The cultists first promote love towards friends and pets. Then, they claim that the Yellow Guy must save all of his love solely for his "special one".
  • Sunny Sunflower Disposition: They all have this.
  • Take That!: Towards organised religion and cults regarding their manipulation of impressionable minds.
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    Colin 
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"I'm a computer! I'm a computer-y guy! Everything made out of buttons and wires!"
A talking computer that is supposed to teach the puppet trio about the world.
  • A Glitch in the Matrix: His virtual world has a line of broken code at the top of the screen. The Virtual World also has a problem with repeating itself.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Colin continues the trend of sociopathic, unhelpful teachers, despite being explicitly programmed to assist people like the three students.
  • Auto-Tune: His voice is created with autotune, which is particularly noticeable when he gets upset and it is used to create an incredibly sharp screech.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: He successfully keeps Yellow Guy and Duck Guy trapped in the digital world and, possibly unintentionally, kills Red Guy.
  • Beeping Computers: He deliberately resembles a clunky, mid-90's PC. Red Thing draws attention to the fact that they already have a computer (a much more contemporary anthropomorphic laptop), although Colin ignores this.
  • Berserk Button: DON'T TOUCH MEEEEEEEEEEEeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee-!
  • Big Bad: Of the fourth episode. He's also the most serious threat the group faced, due to the fact that he still had Yellow Guy and Duck Guy trapped in an endless loop by the end of the video, whereas with previous teachers everything was undone by the end.
  • The Cameo: In the sixth installment, when Red Guy is messing with the machine's controls.
  • Canon Name: Revealed a week after his episode's release, on Twitter
  • Computers Are Fast: Inverted; he's a little slow and glitchy. Played Straight at the end though.
  • Cyberspace: Traps the trio inside his digital world, where the only three things to do are look at graphs, check out digital styles, and do digital dances.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Pretends to be friendly and helpful, but has no intentions of actually helping anybody. After Red Guy touches his keyboard, he fulfills the "evil" part of the trope by trapping the puppets inside a boring virtual world where they can do nothing but open doors over and over again and possibly murdering Red Guy.
  • "Groundhog Day" Loop: Traps the trio in one when they're in his digital world, and only Red Guy is able to break free from it. It gets faster and faster as it goes on.
    Yellow Guy: Wow, look, a (insert chart type or 'nothing' here)!
    Duck Guy: Digital style!
    Colin: Do a digital dancing! Hey, this is fun!
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Like Tony, he gets enraged far too easily.
  • Hates Being Touched: When Red Guy tells him to shut up and bangs on his keyboard, he screeches not to be touched before making everything glitchy and horrifying.
    Colin: DON'T TOUCH MEEEEEEeeeEEEEEEE-
  • Hero Killer: This is so far the only time where the puppet trio appears to remain in a bad situation at the end of the video, but Red Guy actually ends up with his head exploding. Subverted in the fifth, which shows that Red Guy is not dead, but has been transported to an unknown location.
  • Holodeck Malfunction: The Virtual Reality within him has a problem of repeating itself. This becomes apparent at the end.
  • "I Am" Song: Unlike the other teachers, who sing about the subjects associated with them, he sings about himself. Could also be read as a subtler Villain Song than usual.
    I'd like to show ya inside my digital life
    Inside my mind there is a digital mind
  • Inside a Computer System: The Virtual World inside Colin.
  • It's All About Me: Steals Gilbert the Globe's thunder, does quite a bit of Character Shilling on his own behalf, ignores any questions or observations that has nothing to do with his abilities, and screeches at Red Guy when the latter gets annoyed with him.
  • Jerkass: Doesn't answer the students' questions at all, brags about his capabilities without ever showing them, barrages the students with pointless questions that he doesn't want answers to, and traps them in a deteriorating digital world.
  • Knight of Cerebus: A mild example; he's the first Teacher whose evil acts aren't at least implied to be in the puppets' imagination. He seems to also be the first Teacher to kill a puppet, but the end credits of the fifth video show this isn't true.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Goes on and on about how clever he is, but never says or does anything clever.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Got trapped in his own deteriorating virtual world along with Duck Guy and Yellow Guy.
  • Lack of Empathy: Trapped the puppets in his digital world for one of them hitting him.
  • Magical Computer: It's a living computer that can speak, react, create a virtual world for the main trio, and cause Reality to alter, either intentionally or unintentionally.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: The fifth video reveals that not only did he not kill Red Guy, but he may actually have freed Red Guy from the lessons.
  • Non-Answer: Comes to life when the trio questions what the biggest thing on the Earth is. He never, at any point, answers this.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: At first he simply sings his song and asks a lot of questions while completely ignoring everyone around him. The first time he ever acknowledges any of the puppets is when the Red Guy slams his key board in frustration. This makes him very angry, and that's when things get scary...
  • Reality Warper: Not only can he alter the Virtual Reality world within him, he seems to have the ability to warp reality as well. Whether this is intentional or unintentional is unknown.
  • Sickly Green Glow: When he makes a Nightmare Face after Red Guy touches him, his screen glows bright green.
  • Smug Snake: Very arrogant about how clever he thinks he is.
  • The Sociopath: Narcissistic, violent, and completely indeferent to the suffering of others.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: The puppet trio wanted to know what the biggest thing on the Earth was. They all look towards a globe that turns around and shows its face. Before Gilbert the Globe can get a single word in, Colin starts singing.
  • Take That!: On the futile and addictive part of the internet (like social medias) considering how he traps the puppets inside a very repetitive "virtual world" while saying that it is fun.
  • Tom the Dark Lord
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Oats, which appears to be a cereal composed of... Oats... At least based on the abundance of it in Episode 4.

    The Healthy Band 
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"Doo doo doo doo doo! Doo doo doo doo doo! Do it healthy!"
A group of talking food that sings about being healthy. The members include a human-sized lamb chop made to resemble a chef, a can of spinach, and a loaf of bread who drums. Later on, a refrigerator also joins.
  • AcCENT upon the Wrong SylLABle: The way Lamb Chop pronounces organs.
  • All Drummers Are Animals: The Bread certainly goes crazy banging on the Peanut Butter and Jelly Jars. He's also barely able to speak, as he just mumbles the names of various foods.
  • Ambiguous Gender: Like Sketchpad, the spinach can has a somewhat feminine-sounding (and very dumb-sounding) voice.
  • Anthropomorphic Food: And anthropomorphic food containers.
  • Big Bad: Of DHMIS 5, where they have their cans kill Duck Guy and then proceed to feed Yellow Guy Duck Guy's organs Also literally, since Lamb Chop and Fridge are the largest teachers yet.
  • The Cameo: In the sixth installment, when Red Guy is messing with the machine's controls.
  • The Dividual: They mostly act as one teacher, and there's not much distinction between them aside appearance and accent. They do frequently contradict each other, but then they contradict themselves as well, and no-one in-universe comments on it.
  • Dissonant Serenity: The Fridge seems to be happy all the time unlike the Lamb Chop who uses a lot more intonation when upset.
  • Dreadful Musician: Compared to the other teachers, not only are they bad singers, but their song hardly even qualifies as one. What's worse is that they're a band and the Fridge talks rather than sings!
  • Evil Phone: When they're around, answering the phone causes a transition between their song and a dark and creepy operating table. However, this might not be connected to them, since they seem just as confused about the phone ringing as the main puppets.
  • Faux Affably Evil: They put on a friendly, playful demeanour, but ignore everything the main characters say and it's heavily implied that they tricked Yellow Guy into eating his only remaining friend alive.
  • Generic Doomsday Villain: Far less characterized than any of the previous teachers. They don't suffer from delusions of helping people like Shrignold and Sketchbook seem to, they don't show much sign of having a Hair-Trigger Temper like Tony and Colin, and they don't even seem to enjoy making people suffer like the Lamp; their only real motivation for forcing Yellow Guy to eat Duck Guy is because they're evil and it's an evil thing to do.
  • Hypocritical Humor: They end up condemning cooked meat as a "fancy, show-offy food," even though one of the singers is a big, dancing lamb chop.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: They force feed Duck guy to Yellow guy, all while condemning him for eating various foods.
  • Insane Troll Logic: They seem to believe that plain foods are healthier than "show-offy" foods, regardless of the fact that all the plain foods they listed were heavily processed and low in nutrition while all the unhealthy foods they described were organic and nutritious.
  • Karma Houdini: They have received no punishment for force-feeding Duck Guy to Yellow Guy.
  • Kick Them While They Are Down: Lamb Chop does this with a model of the human body to emphasize how unhealthy foods make the body "all broken and on the floor".
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Their ideas of what are considered healthy and unhealthy foods are really inconsistent. They state that healthy foods include anything that is plain looking, like bread and cream. However, since fruits and vegetable are so colorful, they consider them unhealthy. Their food pyramid really doesn't help, or as they call it, a "health shape."
  • Lack of Empathy: They see no problem with force feeding Duck guy to Yellow guy.
  • Metaphorgotten: Their comparison of the digestive system to a house.
    Lamb Chop: You see, the body is like a special house! With blood, hair, and organs in the different rooms. Oh look! There's Mr. Bladder in the basement! Ha ha!
    Duck Guy: ...What?
    Lamb Chop: Now food comes in through the chimney, mouth, and goes from room to room greeting all the different organs.
    Yellow Guy: Hello!
    Lamb Chop: Now, the good healthy food is very nice and polite to the organs, and so is invited to stay! For a party! Yay! But the bad, not healthy foods are very rude, and must leave through the cat flap!
    Spinach Can: Rude!
    Duck Guy: ...That doesn't make sense.
  • Nice Hat: Possibly. Lamb Chop has what looks like a bone shaped chef's hat on his hair. Then again, he is a walking piece of meat, so that could easily be part of his body.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Lamb Chop is very hands on with Duck Guy, and ignores his protests about it.
  • Oop North: Lamb Chop's accent, strangely, not a true one otherwise he would say 'Stranger's Plaaaate'.
  • Open Heart Dentistry: One of their reasons for not eating unhealthy foods (or any foods at all) is that it'll make your teeth or gums "go grey."
  • Perpetual Smiler: The fridge.
  • Simpleton Voice: The Spinach Can has one, which emphasizes the low quality of his/her song and helps invalidate his/her flimsy health advise.
  • Skewed Priorities: Their main idea of what qualifies as healthy food is if it's plain looking with no colour. This includes bread, cream, "white sauce" and aspic, and end up calling cooked meat, fruit salad, vegetables and eggs unhealthy. Eventually, they even contradict their own eating guidelines.
  • Take That!: Their existence is a satire on educators and officials who blindly adhere to outdated, discredited, and wildly contradictory assumptions about food and nutrition.
  • Ugly Cute: Spinach Can.
  • Viewer Species Confusion: American viewers tend to interpret Lamb Chop as a steak.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The bread loaf disappears after the first phone call.
  • White Gloves: They all have them.

    The Lamp 
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"Oh! Looks like somebody's having a bad dream!"
Appears briefly in the sixth installment to teach Yellow Guy about dreams. This time, Yellow Guy refuses to listen.
  • Bad Dreams: Constantly talks about them, and makes them happen.
  • Broken Record: From what we see of his song, it's mostly him just listing different bad dreams that Yellow Guy can have.
  • Celestial Body: His pattern invokes this, tying into his night and dream themes.
  • Dreadful Musician: Oh, yes. For starters his singing voice is even more grating to listen to than the whole Healthy Band.
  • Dream Weaver: And it evidently wanted Yellow Guy to have a nightmare.
  • Fish Eyes: Explicit in the animated sequence, not as apparent on his puppet.
  • It Won't Turn Off: Yellow Guy switches him off, but he lights up again without explanation.
  • Jerkass: One line in his song is about losing one's friends, which is not the most tactful thing to be so cheery about given the episode's context.
  • Kick the Dog: "And you could have a dream about losing your friends!"
  • Lampshade Wearing: Albeit he is a lamp, the trope may well have inspired his tipsy characterization.
  • Leitmotif When he's not singing, a sparkly electronic tune plays.
  • Light Is Not Good: He is a lamp, after all. He's also a sadist mocking a child and inducing nightmares.
  • Sadist: When Yellow Guy protests too much, he suddenly starts drowning in oil, while the lamp mockingly says he's having a bad dream.
  • Simpleton Voice: His voice combined with his Fish Eyes makes him seem drunk and immediately demonstrate his incompetence.
  • Straw Hypocrite: Probably the simplest example in the series—he talks about how the Yellow Guy can't sleep because he doesn't know how to dream, but his attempts to teach Yellow Guy only make him more awake.
  • Stylistic Suck: From what we hear of his song, it seems to be very slapdash and makes little effort to rhyme.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Only got to sing some of its song before getting interrupted by Red Guy.

Other Characters

    Roy 
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"..."
Yellow Guy's father, an incredibly sketchy man who does not speak. He only breathes loudly.
  • Abusive Parents: The finale heavily implies that the whole series was a simulation he set up to torture Yellow Guy.
  • Absentee Actor: Aside from a book being labelled "ROY", he makes no appearances during the whole pilot.
  • Ambiguously Evil: See Greater-Scope Villain. He can also be seen stalking the puppets in the background of the fifth video, and Yellow Guy initially couldn't tell the difference between Roy's house and the base where he and his friends were kidnapped, tied up, and held hostage by the Money Man.
    • Even his ominous appearances in episode 6 lead to speculation. Were his glares and gestures toward Red Guy meant to be threatening, or was he trying to get him to save his son? However, it's more likely the former, given his interview quote about wanting to "send his son to "punish land".
  • Big Bad: Possibly, if the finale means that he is the one controlling the lessons.
  • The Cameo:
    • Appears in episode 3 as part of the crowd near the end.
    • And in episode 4 in the corner of the darkened room after Yellow Guy and Duck Guy have been trapped in the digital world.
    • And in episode 5 he is above the set, looking down at Duck Guy and the Fridge when Duck Guy is freaking out.
    • And again in episode 6 where he appears several times across the brief animated sequence during Yellow Guy's dream, including sitting in the movie theatre of his mind, standing in a phone booth while he rides a horse, and simultaneously peeking out through a back window and from a cuckoo clock while he drowns in oil.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Implied. His name apparently doubles as brand or a company of sorts, seeing how it appears on several products throughout the series.
  • Creepily Long Arms: Given one in episode 6.
  • Death Glare: That never leaves his face.
  • Dirty Old Man: He blatantly looks up porn on the computer in front of his own son during the journey through time.
  • Freudian Excuse: The finale implies that he suffered through similar trauma as Yellow Guy at some point in the past, as Yellow Guy begins to look more and more like him as he crosses the Despair Event Horizon.
  • Gonk: His nose is crooked, he has bloodshot eyes and tends to be staring menacingly, and overall just looks less polished than the main cast, which makes him look creepy.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Heavily, Heavily, implied that he is the cause of the puppets situation. The finale only makes it more ambiguous.
  • Humanoid Abomination: The way his arms stretch beyond their natural length, along with his ability to slip into random scenes without drawing attention to himself, the way the music changes whenever he appears as well as the fact that Red Guy was teleported right after making eye contact with him make him seem far too abnormal for such a crudely made puppet.
  • Karma Houdini: Sure Red Guy pulled the plug of the machine, which possibly means the show was cancelled as well, but he didn't recieve any known comeuppance for putting his son through hell and indirectly killing Duck Guy.
  • Pet the Dog: Sorta- he never actually does anything evil (that we see...), but his apparent friendship with his son is kinda sweet, even if he's still very creepy. Ultimately subverted if the official interview and finale are of any indication.
  • Silent Antagonist: He never says anything throughout the videos, adding to his ominous character alongside his heavy breathing and piercing stare. He only says something in a text-only interview, and oh boy...
  • Thousand-Yard Stare: His only expression is a vacant, terrifying stare.
  • Tom the Dark Lord: The Big Bad of the entire series.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Isn't seen again after Red Guy pulls the plug of the machine and it's unknown if he received any karmic punishment for his actions.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: One possible interpretation as mentioned in Freudian Excuse above—basically, it's possible that he's the way he is and set up the lessons because he's been through the same thing his son has been through and was Driven to Madness because of it.

    Money Man 
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"MONEY! MONEY MONEY MONEY!"
"The big bad MON£Y man", he is the captor of the puppets in the Kickstarter promo campaign. He's the most actively aggressive character the puppets face, outright threatening them with violence with no buildup to it.
  • All There in the Script: He's only named in a couple of Facebook posts.
  • Big Bad: Of "HELP", the Kickstarter video for a DHMIS series.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: He speaks in a deeply distorted bass voice.
  • Greed: Presumably his motivation, given the fact that the only decipherable word he says is "money".
  • Karma Houdini: Never did receive any punishment for kidnapping and horrifically torturing the puppets and ripping Sketchbook's face off.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: He has only been addressed twice. Once as "the money man", and once as "the big bad MON£Y man".
  • Putting on the Reich: He wears a dark-green uniform with a red armband above his elbow.
  • Torture Technician: It is heavily implied by "HELP #2" that he is at least torturing the Yellow Guy, who, with a bag over his head, is crying and saying "I don't want this." In "HELP #3", he is mailing bloody pieces of the three puppets to an unknown location, and wrote "YOU" in their blood.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: His monstrous appearance, coupled with his uncomfortably realistic crimes make him stand out from the otherwise colorful antagonists in the series, especially since this he appeared before the puppets were put in any real harm.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The Money Man never shows up again after the Kickstarter videos.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Assuming that the Yellow Guy at least is a child, he's most certainly willing to do this.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Again, assuming that the Sketchbook is a girl, then he certainly would, given that he seems to have nailed them to a wall.

    Michael 
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"The Ugliest Boy in Town"
The main character of a story told to Yellow Guy in order to convince him that everybody has a special one. Problem is, his life goes completely against that message.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: He doesn't even interact with a girl in his story. The only interaction he has in his story is a woman calling him a freak as he walks by.
  • The Grotesque: He is described as being the ugliest boy in town.
  • Informed Flaw:
    • He's called "The Ugliest Boy in Town", but he never interacts with any other boys or girls, meaning that we don't get any sort of comparison between him and a child who would be considered at least average-looking.
    • We're also informed that he's weak... even though he managed to move a huge boulder blocking a cave all by himself.
  • Lost Aesop: Michael's story was supposed to prove to Yellow Puppet that everyone has a "Special Someone". However, the Story clearly does not have that:
    This is the story of Michael, the ugliest boy in town
    Ugly and weak, they called him a freak
    So he lived on his own underground
    He lived on his own underground
    (x2)
    Shrignold: You see? Everyone has a special one.
    (Beat)
    Rabbit Boy: Even Michael!
  • Run Away Hide Away: A "no where to go" example, running away because he was so ugly and hated by everyone, and having only a small cave to live in.
  • Single Tear: He sheds a single tear at the end of his segment.
  • Stepford Smiler: He's constantly smiling throughout his story, even as he sheds a tear after going to live in a hole underground.

    Malcolm 
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"We must feed him. We must feed him gravel! Or he becomes angry..."
Malcolm is the God of the Love Cult. He is a giant stone head who can only move his jaw.
  • The Cameo: Appears in "4" as a statue in the background.
  • Companion Cube: He shows no sign of sentience, but the Love Cultists fear his wrath if they don't feed him.
  • Eat Dirt, Cheap: He eats Gravel.
  • Easter Egg: In the fourth video, a much smaller version of Malcolm's head (with hair burned to ash) can be seen on the fireplace mantle.
  • God-Emperor: He is the Love Cult's God and King.
  • A God Is You: What the Love Cult claims Malcolm is.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Of episode 3, as Shrignold is his servant.
  • Kill It with Fire: During the Credits, he is burned to the ground by a mysterious figure who has a Gas Canteen similar to the Money Man from the Kickstarter Videos. The Cult is nowhere to be seen, however...
  • Love Goddess: He is the God (And King) of Love, according to The Love Cultists.
  • Meaningful Name: "Malcolm" is suspiciously similar to Milcom, the name of a Canaanite god who also had huge statues in which things were burned. Including human children.
  • Physical God: He is the god of the love cult after all.
  • Tame His Anger: Feeding him is the only thing to keep him from getting Angry, according to The Love Cultists.
  • Tom the Dark Lord: Malcolm seems like an ordinary name for a God of the Love Cult.
  • Walking Spoiler: His existence spoils the nature of the Love Cult.

    Gilbert the Globe 
A Globe that wants to tell the puppets about the World. Presumably.
  • Butt-Monkey: Besides getting upstaged by Colin, he doesn't even show up during the overload of teachers in 6, save for a background cameo... in which he's turned around, anyway.
  • Early-Bird Cameo - Can be seen on top of the shelf at the start of "Don't Hug Me I'm Scared II - TIME."
  • Everyone Has Standards: Even he seems confused by how suddenly Colin appeared in the show.
  • Red Herring: Was announced as being the teacher for the fourth episode, but he ends up upstaged by Colin the Computer.
  • The Un-Reveal: Because Colin the Computer steals his thunder, we'll never know what lesson he would have taught the puppet trio or how his lesson would have gone wrong.
  • Token Good Teammate: The only teacher not to unleash some terror upon the protagonists. While it's true he didn't exactly have much of a chance to do so, he is also the only teacher apart from Sketchbook not summoned in part six, implying that he isn't a part of Roy's Lotus-Eater Machine.

    Spoiler Characters 

Camera Crew and Puppeteers

The googly-eyed studio crew that make brief appearances throughout the series. Later accompanied by two puppeteers, one in a white body-suit and one in a black body-suit.
  • Author Avatar: Very likely represent Becky and Joe, the show's actual creators.
  • Googly Eyes: The camera and clipboard sport some.
  • Outside-Context Problem:
    • Just what are they, and what do they want with the puppets?
    • The camera is apparently connected to Colin the Computer through the cord that the Red Guy follows.
  • Stylistic Suck: The Red Guy stumbles upon them filming a crude re-enactment of the original video... exactly why they're doing this is anyone's guess.
  • Walking Spoiler: The fact that they appear spoils the ending to Episode 4.

Cans

Giant Cans with yellow faces and open mouths. They appear in Episode 5, where they are eating the guts of the Duck Guy.
  • The Butcher: The giant meat can that rips out Duck Guy's organs and cans them so that they can be forced upon Yellow Guy.
  • The Dragon: To the food band, who feed the cans to Yellow Guy after the cans eat his guts.
  • Evil Laugh: The giant meat can constantly giggles as he rips out Duck Guy's organs.
  • Hero Killer: They eat Duck guy's guts and then bake a cake out of his face.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: They eat Duck guy's guts with audible glee.
  • Knight of Cerebus: They're the only villains in the series so far to be explicitly shown hurting a puppet (unless you count Tony making Yellow Guy's ears bleed). The scene where they eat Duck Guy's organs while he's still alive is so gory it makes the first four instalments look like actual Sesame Street by comparison. Duck Guy seems terrified throughout the fifth, in stark contrast to the puppets' reactions to Sketchbook, Tony, the Money Man, Shrignold, and Colin, where no-one realized their malice until it was too late. Given that Red Guy survived having his head exploded, they're also the only villains so far to kill a puppet.
  • Walking Spoiler: For Duck Guy's death.

The Red Guys

After leaving the fuzzy felt "world" of the other puppets, Red Guy takes up residence in a society of identical Red Guys. He finds, however, that he doesn't quite fit in with his kin.
  • Art Shift: Whereas the main DHMIS world is entirely made out of felt and follows the simple aesthetic of children's shows, the scenes with the Red Guys are filmed in live-action environments, further emphasizing the distinct shift between these two worlds.
  • Ditto Aliens: Not only do they all look exactly the same, but have the same voice, personality, and general mannerisms. Given the weirdness of the series, though, it's unclear whether they're an actual species or if they're just copies of Red Guy.
  • Dreadful Musician: The red piano guy just bangs on the piano, though it's not clear if this is considered "good" music in this world.
  • Dull Surprise: It seems Red Guys in general are simply incapable of getting worked up or expressing strong emotions about anything.
  • Growing Up Sucks: It's not hard to view their life- working all day in a monotonous office where they "file files", then traipsing to a mediocre nightclub- as some kind of commentary on adulthood.
  • Ironic Echo: After our Red Guy suggests that it would be funny for a file to come to life and sing to them, his boss responds with "That sounds really boring." The same words Red Guy said to Sketchbook when it said it uses its hair to express itself.
  • The Stoic: Even when they're booing a singing nudist off the stage, their criticisms don't get much harsher than "it's not very good at all!"

Other Teachers

In the sixth episode, Red Guy winds up tampering with a console, summoning some of the old teachers and a variety of random teachers based on inanimate objects. This includes a model of the solar system, a football, a magnet, a shovel, a saxophone, a file, a stoplight, a gel jar, a cigarette, and a boom box.

  • A Glitch in the Matrix: They grow increasingly bizarre and random with every iteration.
  • Brick Joke: One of the teachers to appear is a File, who sings the same song Red Guy proposed earlier in the episode.
  • The Cameo: A lot of the previous teachers appear, and even some of the previous characters who weren't teachers (like the clapperboard) appear as such.
  • Captain Obvious: Again, the File, who's song is self-descriptive and nothing else.
    "I am a file and you put documents in me..."
  • Cool Shades: The Saxophone sports a pair.
  • Dreadful Musician: Their songs are only heard briefly, but they are noticeable bad as the ones from The Healthy Band and The Lamp.
  • Finishing Each Other's Sentences: As the Teachers rapidly switch back and forth, they always switch on a word shared between their songs.
    "Duck Guy: What where am I?....
    "Space Guy: We are in the universe. Planets live inside the moon".
  • Gretzky Has the Ball: One of the teachers is a talking American football whose knowledge of sports leaves much to be desired.
    "Sports! Ball! Let's play sports! Cricket ball! Red card!"
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: The Universe guy, who claims that "planets live inside the Moon".
  • Non Sequitur: Many of them spout off songs or ideas related to their "theme", but the saxophone apparently wants to teach Yellow Guy how to buy a canoe.
  • Nonstandard Character Design: While all of the other teachers are puppets, the solar system is a person in a costume, with only the face being a puppet.
  • Simpleton Voice: The Shovel. Who also happens to possibly be the only American in the whole thing.
  • Stylistic Suck: Whether or not what they sing can even be counted as songs is arguable.

Pilot Characters

    The Key to the City / Mean Steve 
The supposed "Key to the City". He guides Duck Guy into becoming the new mayor of Clay Hill. He slowly brainwashes Duck Guy into becoming a crazy Control Freak and secretly seizes control over the town.

    Mayor Pigface 
The original mayor of Clay Hill, whom is mysteriously missing from town.

    The Milk Jug 
A supposed cool, punk rebel that Yellow Guy begins to follow.
  • Animate Inanimate Object: He's a giant milk bottle.
  • Broken Pedestal: At first, Yellow Guy admires how rebellious he is and wants to become just like him. Then, when Yellow Guy revolts against the new mayor (Duck Guy), Milk Jug immediately backs away from Yellow Guy, to the latter's annoyance.
  • Cool Shades: Sports these for the entire pilot.
  • Dirty Coward: In truth, he's actually terrified of Duck Guy as the mayor.
  • Dude Not Cool: When Yellow Guy vandalizes Duck Guy's poster, Milk Jug immediately drops his cool suave attitude.
  • Face–Heel Turn: He seems to be allied with Yellow Guy but during the climax, he tries to stop him from usurping They Key to the City and a brainwashed Duck Guy.
  • Rebellious Spirit: Subverted. At first he seems like the typical Rebel Without a Cause bad boy, but in reality, he wants nothing to do with breaking the rules and only wants to drink fizzy milk.

    Big Ian 
One of the trio's neighbors.

    Mrs. Greneld 
Another citizen of Clay Hill. She seems to like baking cakes and pies.

Alternative Title(s): This Is It

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