A character page for Fraggle Rock.
The leader of the Fraggle Five, Gobo is a brave explorer who takes expeditions into far-off places, including Outer Space. While he doesn't always believe everything he hears, and can sometimes be too determined to do things alone, he has a good heart and rarely backs down from a challenge.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Red. It's so obvious that even the Trash Heap's attendants notice.
- Burying a Substitute: Gobo was once thought to have been eaten by Sprocket and all his friends found was his hat. Boober suggests burying the hat as a way of remembering him just before Gobo reappears and reveals he's not dead.
- Dead Guy Junior: Possibly. He was named after his great-uncle, whom Traveling Matt adored. Given Matts own advancing age and the fact that the original Gobo is only seen in flashback, its probably safe to assume that he is deceased.
- Flat-Earth Atheist: The source of some of his angst, most notably during the Festival of the Bells.
- Identical Great Nephew: In the flashbacks to Traveling Matt's childhood, we see that Gobo inherited his great-uncle and namesake's color scheme (orange with fuchsia hair).
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Gobo can be rather self-centered, impatient with the others, and not very understanding when they are having problems he can't identify with, but he's always there for them at the end of the day.
- Nice Hat: He has an extensive collection of these, and he wears them in many episodes.
- Only Sane Man: The writers made him the most steady character to balance the other four.
- Punny Name: Less so than his uncle (see below), but a gobo in theatrical (and tv/film) lighting is a thin disc of metal with cutouts in it that is used to project patterns or writing from a stage light. The name is a shortened form of "go between", as the gobo holder is placed between the fixture's bulb and lens, much as Gobo Fraggle goes between Fraggle Rock and the surface world on a regular basis.
- Ship Tease: He has several of these with Red and Mokey.
- The Southpaw: He plays his guitar left-handed. This is par for the course for Muppets, though.
- Unexplained Accent: He has a Canadian accent complete with "eh" at the end of many of his sentences. His Muppeteer, Jerry Nelson, was American; the accent is a reference to the show's Canadian home, as it was shot in Toronto. Unfortunately, this was flanderized in the animated series.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: All the main characters accidentally cause disasters on occasion, but strangely enough Gobo seems to be the most prone to this; directly or indirectly he's accidentally almost destroyed Fraggle Rock on several occasions — such as causing it to freeze over in "The Bells of Fraggle Rock" or sending it into potentially eternal darkness in "The Day The Music Died".
The youngest of the main Fraggles, Wembley works at the fire department (he's the firehouse's siren). Naive, eager to please, and with a tendency to "wemble" back and forth, Wembley finds it hard to make decisions and stand up for himself, things he learns about as the series goes on. Wembley admires Gobo immensely.
- Adorkable: He's sweet-natured and earnest but nervous, awkward, and lacking in confidence.
- Character Development: While this happens to all the Fraggle Five over the series, Wembley's is the most notable. At the beginning, he has no opinions of his own and just agrees with whoever spoke last, but over the course of the show he learns to think a little more for himself and even stand up for himself when a situation requires it - to the point where Junior Gorg actually mistakes him for the leader of the Fraggles in the penultimate episode - but without losing his flexibility or his ability to see everyone's point of view.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Put dithering, self-proclaimed wimp Wembley under stress and you get a Fraggle who furiously pummels the "Hairy Monster from Outer Space" (read: Sprocket, but consider how a Big, Friendly Dog looks to a smaller creature) or beats The Ace Gobo in a full-out race.
- The Ditherer: Type 6. His defining trait (at first), so much so that his name is a Neologism for dithering.
- Extreme Doormat: He tends to let the others walk over him before his Character Development.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Poor Wembley. Hes wound up at the mercy of the Gorgs, Convincing John, a mean genie, the shady Wizard of Fraggle Rock...
- Ink-Suit Actor: Sort of. Steve Whitmire looked like a human version of Wembley, complete with long, floppy blond hair.
- Keet: He manages to combine being his trademark confusion and insecurity with a high energy level and a great enthusiasm for anything that his friends might suggest.
- Neologism: "Wemble", a verb meaning "to be pathologically indecisive". A "wembler" is a person who wembles, and "wembley" is an adjective describing a person who wembles (and it's also an acceptable name to give a child in Fraggle Rock — though according to Wembley, the people who named him apparently thought it meant "makes his mind up easily.") According to the ancient Fraggle language, "wembling" meant "scratching your nose".
- When Wembley stops being indecisive, he demands he be called "Wilfred", which some have speculated might be his real name.
- Nice Guy: One of the sweetest and kindest Fraggles in existence; he wants everyone to get along and never has a bad word to say about anyone — that is, unless he gets carried away in following someone else's lead.
- Opinion Flip Flop: One of his defining traits at first; his name even means "to wemble," which is a Fragglish verb that means "to waver."
- Shoo the Dog: In "Gone But Not Forgotten", he gets treated by Mudwell the Mudbunny and they become good friends, but after he's healed, Mudwell gruffly chases him out so he won't be hurt when Mudwell dies. It doesn't work.
- Sneeze of Doom: In "The Perfect Blue Rollie", he sneezes when he sneaks into Boober's hidey-hole to retrieve the rollie, waking up Boober. Then he sneezes again and blows the rollie into a crack in the wall.
- Verbal Tic: He has a tendency to run around yelling "squeet squeet squat squat" or some variation thereof when he's happy or excited. It shows up in many of his songs, too.
- He also makes curious cough-like noises randomly throughout his dialogue. It's revealed in an interview that this happened when Steve Whitmire had a cold, started coughing in his Wembley voice to be funny, and was encouraged to make it part of the character since it was frankly adorable.
- Wembley's high pitched grunting with each step doesn't hurt the cuteness.
A tomboy and sports expert, Red loves to play and have fun. Her job is to clean the pool in the middle of Fraggle Rock. She can be quick-tempered and a bit too eager to do things on her own, but she has a good heart and rarely gives up when pursuing a goal. Red admires Mokey sincerely, and is overjoyed when the two become roommates later in the series. She also has a crush on Gobo.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Gobo, as noted.
- Big Ego, Hidden Depths: On the surface she comes across as a Small Name, Big Ego character; she can be self-centered and self-glorifying, hugely competitive and bad at listening to other people. However, as early as season one, we discover that much of her brashness is an act to cover up her insecurities, and her worst traits mainly show up when her competitiveness gets the better of her or she for some reason goes on the defence. Time and again the series shows that when not trying to prove herself in some way, she is one of the kindest and friendliest Fraggles around, second only to Wembley in how many Odd Friendships she gains over the course of the series.
- Claustrophobia: Possibly. Red suffers a panic attack in "Marrooned", though this might have brought on by Boober talking about how scary he finds enclosed spaces.
- Deadpan Snarker: Her favorite target for this is Traveling Matt.
- Fearless Fool: She initially comes across as one, being the most gung-ho about trying anything new, no matter how wild or dangerous it is.
- Fiery Redhead: Her name is Red, her entire color scheme (including her hair) is made up of red and other warm colors, and she's a very spirited Genki Girl who's always on the go.
- Genki Girl: You'd be hard-pressed to find any Fraggle who's more energetic, more upbeat, or more loud.
- Green-Eyed Monster: She's obviously jealous of Uncle Matt and Gobo with their tales of Outer Space, but whenever the topic is brought up, she goes into full Sarcasm Mode. Late in the series, she openly expresses her admiration of them and interest in Outer Space.
- Hair Decorations: She wears pink ribbons in her hair.
- I Just Want to Be You: The episode "I Want to Be You" is all about this. Red gets jealous of Mokey for being (so she thinks) more popular than her with everyone ("especially Gobo"), and spends the episode trying to imitate Mokey's hairstyle, voice, touchy-feely new age poetry, etc.
- Innocently Insensitive: She has a habit of emphasizing failures and flaws that others are struggling with, while not noticing just how much it hurts who she's speaking to, especially in the early episodes. One example is when she piles on Boober for failing to alert Gobo (due to fear-induced inability to whistle) to Sprocket's approach when Gobo was trying to get Matt's postcard.
- Odd Friendship: With Mokey. They're total opposites, and yet they are the best of friends.
- Olympic Swimmer: Red is easily the most skilled swimmer in Fraggle Rock, and is constantly competing, playing water sports or leaping into the pool.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: While facing death in "Marooned", she becomes paranoid and freaked out like Boober normally is.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: With Mokey's pet plant Lanford. The two are constantly at odds with each other, but do have the odd Enemy Mine moment.
- Tomboy: Her defining characteristic, especially in her interactions with Girly Girl Mokey.
The den mother of the Fraggle Five, Mokey is artistic, creative, and always willing to help others. Because of this, she can put everyone else's needs above her own, to her detriment, or not realize when others don't need her help. Mokey's job is to pick radishes in the Gorgs' garden. She becomes Red's roommate later in the series, to her delight.
- Art Shift: Rare puppet version: She alternates between live-hand puppet and rod-hand puppet depending on scene. Sometimes even mixing the two.
- Attending Your Own Funeral: In the appropriately titled "Mokey's Funeral". When Junior Gorg thinks he's killed Mokey, he holds a funeral for the Fraggle out of grief; she doesn't attend the service so much as watch it from a distance, but joins Gobo and Red afterwards just to confirm she's alive.
- Beware the Nice Ones: While she's usually kind and gentle, she can become angry if pushed too far, as seen in episodes like "A Cave of One's Own" and "Red-Handed and the Invisible Thief".
- Brotherhood of Funny Hats: Her attempts to get into one of these (which seems to alternate between incredibly serious and incredibly silly) make up the story of one episode.
- Girly Girl: In contrast with Tomboy Red.
- Granola Girl: If she were human, you could easily picture her listening to sitar music and polishing crystals.
- I Gave My Word: When Mokey meets Begooney, she promises to come if he calls her. Trouble is, he keeps calling her and pulling her away from her other friends and commitments... but she goes because she can't bear to break promises.
- Odd Friendship: With Red. Where Red is brash, loud and extroverted, Mokey is quiet, poetic and introspective — yet they are best friends, and (despite a shaky start) the best of roommates.
- Soapbox Sadie: She becomes one in episodes like "The Preachification of Convincing John", where her well-meaning attempt to help the Doozers backfires.
- Team Mom: Jim Henson referred to her as "the den mother of the Fraggle Five", and the oldest.
- Wild Hair: Her hair is perpetually unkempt.
- Zombie Advocate: She becomes one in "The Preachification of Convincing John", where she feels sorry for the Doozers having their buildings eaten, and convinces the other Fraggles to stop. Turns out the Doozers like having their hard work destroyed; they love to build things, but they don't care for the completed projects, and if they're torn down, they have more room to keep building.
A grumpy but good-hearted laundromat worker, Boober takes joy in what others find boring. While he has many superstitions and fears, he's willing to step up when push comes to shove, and his negative attitude can help him see real trouble coming. He also loves to cook. Boober has a secret fun side that he keeps on the bottom, named Sidebottom, who sometimes comes out to party.
- Absurd Phobia: According to "Marooned", he's afraid of words with the letter "R" in them. (Presumably including his own name.)
- Blinding Bangs: They cover his eyes throughout the series.
- Deadpan Snarker: Though he claims to have No Sense of Humor, he gets the funniest lines in the show.
- Easy Amnesia/Identity Amnesia: In "Boober Gorg," he gets a thump on the head and ends up thinking he's Junior Gorg. Ma and Pa Gorg think so too.
- The Eeyore: He's not only depressive and fearful, but is also an obsessive expert on diseases, superstitions, and laundry. This actually proves very useful to the other Fraggles, as he's always the first to sense impending disaster.
- Fiery Redhead: A Subverted Trope, given his melancholic temperament.
- Grumpy Bear: At first. Turns out he just has a bad, bad case of OCD.
- Ink-Suit Actor: The character was developed out of comments his performer Dave Goelz had made on the production schedule of The Muppet Show, namely that his busy schedule on the program only allowed him time to worry about "death and laundry."
- Lovable Coward: Not surprising, given his fearful nature. However, he can become a Cowardly Lion when the occasion demands.
- Mundane Made Awesome: His attitude towards laundry.
- Nervous Wreck: Everything scares him. He's especially Terrified of Germs.
- Nice Hat: He wears a fisherman's cap, similar to the ones Bob Dylan and John Lennon wore in the mid-1960s. Becomes a magic hat of courage in You Can't Do That Without A Hat.
- Only Sane Man: He often plays this role for the Fraggles.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: In "Marooned", he becomes more composed and less panicked in the face of death.
- Team Chef: His other specialty besides laundry. Depending on the Writer whether he's a Supreme Chef or a Lethal Chef, but as a rule of thumb we can say that when he sticks to cooking his specialties, he does a good job — it's when he tries to experiment that the food turns out inedible.
- Terrified of Germs: His biggest fear, and the usual reason he'll be reluctant to go anywhere new or deal with anything new — it might be covered in germs.
Uncle Traveling Matt
Gobo's uncle and fellow explorer, he discovers Outer Space and brings back postcards regaling the Fraggles of his travels. In season 4 he moves back into the caves.
- Adventurer Outfit: He wears one (except for the shirt), making him both a Fully Dressed Cartoon Animal and The One Who Wears Shoes, in contrast to his fellow Fraggles.
- Bold Explorer: He's the first Fraggle to explore Outer Space (i.e., our world).
- The Cat Came Back: As a child, he was this (minus the teleportation) to his long-suffering Uncle Gobo.
- Comically Missing the Point: He's the undisputed master of this trope; his performer Dave Goelz even described his frequent misconceptions as the first of his three defining character flaws. (The second one being his clumsiness, and the third one being his utter denial of the first two flaws.) For instance, Traveling Matt is perplexed why it's called "fast food" when it doesn't really go anywhere.
- Cool Old Guy: Despite his flaws, he's courageous enough to explore the human world.
- Entertainingly Wrong: He completely misunderstands every kind of human behavior he sees, leading him to dub us "silly creatures" and try to document as much weirdness as he can.
- Fish out of Water: Whenever he's in "Outer Space", not that he lets it worry him any.
- The Klutz: According to Muppeteer Dave Goelz, Matt became this in order to make his segments more interesting to film.
- Lord Error-Prone: He means well, but when he tries to understand the "silly creatures" he gets everything wrong.
- Oblivious to Love: He's been the object of Storyteller Fraggle's affections since they were very young, but he's never noticed, even when she invited him to visit the Kissing Cavern with her.
- Punny Name: A traveling matte is a Chroma Key technique which allows people and equipment to move in front of a camera undetected. It's widely used on the show for scenes where the fraggles move through long passageways uninterrupted (including the beginning of the opening credits).
- Walking the Earth: "Call me Uncle Traveling Matt."
- Performed by: Jim Henson (original), Bob Bergen (animated)
A wandering minstrel who dispenses great wisdom, though rarely in a straight fashion. Cantus often encourages the Fraggles to think about their situations to find solutions.
- Author Avatar: Combined with Ink-Suit Actor; he's pretty much a Fraggle version of a Flanderized Jim Henson.
- Cryptic Conversation: He's quite fond of these. Lampshaded on multiple occasions by Red and Murray.
- Iconic Item: His magic pipe.
- The Stoic: Never loses his calm... though he does at one point consider the possibility of doing so.
- Wandering Minstrel: The leader of a band of five minstrels, though he appears without them on several occasions.
- Performed by: Jim Henson
- Crazy-Prepared: Whatever rare or unlikely items that are needed in case of some spontaneous convincing, Convincing John always just happens to have those exact items on hand. It's Lampshaded by Gobo and Red:Gobo: Where's this guy get all this stuff?!
Red: I heard he was prepared for anything, but this is ridiculous!
- The Dreaded: In his first appearance he's treated as this, having been exiled from the Rock because of his ability, and his eagerness, to convince anyone into doing anything. In later episodes the Fraggles seem to have gotten over their fear and actively encourage him to convince them of the most ludicrous things.
- The Gadfly: He's not above convincing random Fraggles into walking around blindfolded or wearing plastic cups as gloves, purely for laughs.
- Hidden Depths: Deep down he's actually really insecure and has problems making up his own mind about anything. Surprisingly, this is exactly why he's so successful: it allows him to see things from all possible angles.
- Manipulative Bastard: Sort of — he does have the ability to manipulate others, and often uses it purely to Troll them, but as bastards go he's really a fairly harmless one.
The Storyteller Fraggle
- Performed by: Richard Hunt (The Terrible Tunnel), Terry Angus(seasons 2-5), Stu Rosen (animated series)
A wise old Fraggle who loves to tell stories, she often relates Fraggle legends to the group.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Only ever known as "The Storyteller," her real name is never revealed... unless, as it is implied, her name actually is "Storyteller."
The World's Oldest Fraggle
- Performed by: Dave Goelz (original), Bob Bergen (animated series)
The oldest Fraggle in Fraggle Rock and probably the world. He serves as elder for the Fraggles, often officiating at ceremonial events and emergency meetings.
- Bad Boss: To Henchy. He's always berating him and bonking him on the nose with his cane. In the last season, he discovers to his surprise that being hit with that cane hurts, and so promises to stop doing it... only to do it again five seconds later.
- Cane Fu: Uses his cane to hit other Fraggles with when they annoy him too much. The most frequent recipient is poor Henchy, but Red has gotten it a couple of times too.
- Catchphrase: "I knew that!" Usually said to Henchy, accompanied with a bonk on the nose, whenever Henchy tries to inform him (or anyone else) of something.
- Cool Old Guy: For the most part. Apart from his age, there doesn't seem to be a very big difference between him and the other Fraggles; he's as fun-loving, friendly and energetic as any of them, if not more so... and he can also be just as foolish and insensitive.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He can be an incredible douche at times, most notably to Henchy. But he generally means well; none of his Jerkass moments are born out of malice, just out of a tendency not to think ahead.
- Large Ham: He enjoys the spotlight and never misses a chance to ham it up a little when presiding over ceremonies and meetings.
- Screw Politeness, I'm a Senior!: Occasionally, with a side-order of Innocently Insensitive.
- Performed by: John Pattison (original), Rob Paulsen (animated series).
The much-put-upon assistant of the World's Oldest Fraggle. Usually quite enthusiastic about his job, though he can occasionally get fed up with it.
- Beleaguered Assistant: To the World's Oldest Fraggle, though notably without the traditional snark and contempt that's usually seen in this type of character.
- The Dog Bites Back: Indirectly, at least, in the last season. Sick of the World's Oldest Fraggle always hitting him with his cane, he steals the Fraggle Horn so that the World's Oldest can't summon the Fraggles to a meeting.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: He has traces of this; he's clearly more together and has better ideas than the World's Oldest Fraggle... not that he gets any recognition, or thanks, for it.
Large Marvin and Feenie
- Performed by: Dave Goelz (Large Marvin), Jerry Nelson (Feenie)
Two loud-mouthed Fraggles who aren't the brightest bulbs in the bunch, they become unexpected heroes when Cotterpin Doozer goes on trial.
- Acrofatic: Large Marvin is the biggest, fattest and heaviest Fraggle, but he's surprisingly athletic, and even one of the few Fraggles who can beat Red in a swimming race.
- A Day in the Limelight: Usually very minor characters, they do get to star in, and even be the heroes of, an episode.
- Big Eater: Large Marvin is so-called due to his love of snacking.
- The Ditz: Neither Marvin nor Feenie are what you might call intellectuals, but Feenie is definitely the ditziest.
- Those Two Guys: Their primary role in the series are as background characters and occasional comic relief.
- Performed by: Steve Whitmire
An unusually sneaky, shifty and ambitious Fraggle; Marlon is always trying various schemes in order to gain power, but never has any success with them.
- Ambition Is Evil: The most ambitious Fraggle, but also one of the least trustworthy.
- Cult: He's been trying to start one for years, but nobody wants to join it.
- Manipulative Bastard: He really, really wants to be one, but nobody really takes him seriously.
- Token Evil Teammate: Well, Token Amoral Teammate, anyway. He's not so much evil as completely self-centered and somewhat untrustworthy.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: He's pretty blatantly modeled on Peter Lorre.
Beige FraggleA Cave Fraggle, she befriends Red and helps the two sides make peace when they nearly go to war.
The Cave's Eldest FraggleThe oldest Fraggle in Fraggle Cave, she leads the Cave Fraggles in the same way the World's Oldest Fraggle does for the Fraggles of Fraggle Rock.
- Performed By: Jerry Nelson (face/voice, original), Gord Robertson (body, original) Patrick Pinney (animated series)
The patriarch of the Gorg family, Pa Gorg is a blustery, self-important man who considers himself King of the Universe. While sometimes prone to anger, he's helplessly devoted to Ma Gorg. He wants his son, Junior, to grow up just like him.
- Henpecked Husband: He's the King of the Universe, and everyone has to obey him — and yes, of course he'll do whatever Ma Gorg wants, right away.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's impatient, completely self-centered, sometimes needlessly cruel and even violent; he works Junior like a slave sometimes, and of the three Gorgs he is by far the most likely to grab the Villain Ball. But he does genuinely love his wife and son, and he has other redeeming qualities such as a strong sense of honor.
- Small Name, Big Ego: He thinks he's the brightest, the best and the most powerful guy around. He's wrong.
- Performed By: Myra Fried (face/voice, original season 1), Cheryl Wagner (voice/fase, original seasons 2-5) Trish Leeper (body, original) Patricia Parris (animated series)
The matriarch of the Gorg family, Ma Gorg is the self-styled Queen of the Universe. She can nag her husband at times, but truly cares for him and their son, Junior. She dislikes the Fraggles for stealing their radishes.
- Early Installment Weirdness: Ma Gorg is the only character to go through a substantial redesign over the course of the show. Her puppet looks drastically different in the early episodes, with a permanent frown, a different face shape and slightly darker purple skin. The redesigned Ma has a rounder face, a milder expression, lighter skin and a different hairstyle, and she's the design you see for most of the series — except for the opening sequence, which still features the original Ma.
- Eek, a Mouse!!: Or in her case, "Eek! A Fraggle!"
- Performed By: Richard Hunt (face/voice, original), Rob Mills (body, original season 1-4) Frank Meschkuleit (body, original season 5) Michael Laskin (animated series)
The only son of Pa and Ma Gorg, Junior is initially the main Gorg antagonist on the show, being the one who sets up traps for the Fraggles and trying to thump them with his club. Despite this, he isn't really a bad guy — just naive and a little simple.
- Catchphrase: "Ooh, a fwaggle!"
- Character Development: Goes through quite a bit of it, especially in later seasons, as he matures slightly, becoming kinder and more aware of others.
- The Ditz: Junior ain't very bright, and is almost ridiculously easy to fool. He gets a little better throughout the course of the series.
- Elmuh Fudd Syndwome: More pronounced in the animated series, but definitely noticeable in the original as well.
- Gentle Giant: There are hints of this in his personality from the start, and this part of him becomes more pronounced in later seasons.
- Simpleminded Wisdom: On a good day.
- Took a Level in Kindness: In the first season he's not very friendly at all, but as the show goes on he develops a softer side and ends up a friend to the Fraggles.
The closes thing the Doozers have to a rebel. Unlike all the other Doozers, who think building and construction is the greatest thing ever, Cotterpin hates the thought of being a builder and refuses to join the work force. She befriends Red and learns to follow her true path — to become an architect.
- The Apprentice: After refusing to join the work force, and after a failed attempt at becoming a Fraggle, Cotterpin eventually finds her place in Doozer society as Apprentice Achitect.
- Commander Contrarian: Prior to becoming an Apprentice Architect, she's got this reputation among the Doozers. A cut line from the script of her debut episode reveals that other Doozers call her "Contrary Cotterpin" and claim that she "would say that sugar's sour just to annoy a person." In reality, being contrary in and of itself is never her goal; she just has different ideas than the other Doozers.
- Deadpan Snarker: She's got quite the mouth on her!
- Early-Bird Cameo: Cotterpin's first appearance is as a tiny, unnamed baby Doozer in The Great Radish Famine in season one. Come season two, she gets her own name and becomes the main Doozer character on the show.
- Reality Ensues: Initially wants to become a Fraggle, but discovers that as a Doozer she has entirely different physical and emotional needs which she can't just swap out for those of a Fraggle.
- Take a Third Option: Doesn't want to join the working force, and when she tries to leave Doozerdom behind and join the Fraggles instead it doesn't work out. Luckily, she discovers that there is a third option available; to become an Architect.
The Chief Architect of the Doozers, who also serves as their ceremony master, teacher and primary authority figure.
- Commander Contrarian: Like Cotterpin, is revealed to have had this reputation in his youth. In fact, as he reveals, this is a trait found in all the Doozers who end up becoming Architects; it's a sign that they have new ideas to bring to the table.
- Cool Old Guy: He's not unlike a calmer, more thoughtful version of the World's Oldest Fraggle — just without the Jerkass moments and Bad Boss tendencies.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": He's always just called "the Architect," and his real name is never revealed.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He might occasionally get fed up when other Doozers do things he doesn't approve of, but as a rule he's sympathetic and understanding.
Cotterpin's more traditional best friend, who unlike her is quite happy to conform to Doozer ways... but he may not be as conformist as he himself thinks.
- A Day in the Limelight: While Cotterpin is the main Doozer character, Wrench gets to star in a couple of episodes as well.
- Cowardly Lion: He can be timid, but he had more courage than he thinks.
- Hidden Depths: At first he's mainly in the show as a more "normal" young Doozer to contrast against Cotterpin, but as we get to know him a little better, it turns out he has a bit of a non-conformist streak himself.
Flange and Wingnut
- Parents as People: They're good parents for the most part, but they have their own trials and problems, and don't always know the right thing to do.
- Pride: Flange's biggest character flaw. An amiable Doozer as a rule, he can't stand it if he thinks he's not getting the respect or recognition he deserves.
- Scare 'em Straight: They initially try this tactic with Cotterpin, telling her the horror story of what happens to Doozers who don't want to work — they grow too big and turn into Fraggles. The tactic backfires spectacularly, because it makes Cotterpin decide that she wants to be a Fraggle.
- Unexpected Character:
- Flange makes a surprise appearance as an unlockable racer in the Muppet Race Mania video game. He's only credited as "Doozer," and has a black mustache instead of a brown one, but he has the same voice and helmet.
- Both Flange and Wingnut were made into plush toys by Hasbro — while Cotterpin, a vastly more popular character, wasn't.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: And Wingnut has very blue curly hair.
Characters from Outer Space, AKA Earth. Which characters Sprocket interacted with differed between international versions—for instance, America had the inventor Doc while England got the Captain of a lighthouse and France got the owner of a bakery.
- Animal Talk: Sort of hinted when he "talks to" Rowlf in A Muppet Family Christmas.Sprocket: (spots Rowlf and barks exitedly)
Rowlf: Woof woof!
Sprocket: (nods eagerly, lets out a number of barks)
Rowlf: Yeah, bark bark! Oh? Yeah, bark!
Doc: (aside, chuckling) Don't you just hate it when you can't speak the language?
- Bad Impressionists: A Running Gag, especially in the American version, is Sprocket trying to imitate another animal or even a human. Being a dog, he generally does a bad job of it (his impersonations of Ned Shimmelfinney and Commander Ponsonby consists of pretending to strangle himself)... but he does a surprisingly accurate Swedish Chef.
- Big Eater: He loves his food.
- Big, Friendly Dog: Well, initially the Fraggles don't think he's friendly at all, taking him to be a scary monster — but they end up quite friendly.
- Cassandra Truth: Try as he might, he just can't convince his owner that Fraggles exist.
- Intellectual Animal: The French version of Sprocket, renamed "Croquette," is noticeably more intellectual and "continental" than the American, British or German versions. While still a dog who barks at Fraggles, Croquette is an avid stamp collector and has a passion for reading high literature — even donning reading glasses on several occasions.
- Lovable Coward: He's not a brave dog at all. Sure, he'll bark at small harmless creatures, but if they try to put up a fight, he tends to panic and run away.
- Nearly Normal Animal: He's very clearly a dog, with typical dog interests and priorities, but he displays a human-like intelligence and is able to to do ridigulously human things like reading (though, at least if we don't count the French version of the character, he may just be looking at the pictures of the cute female airedales), playing videogames, and even helping Jim Henson do the dishes.
- Silent Snarker: He speaks only in barks, whines and growls — but they can sure be sarcastic barks, whines and growls.
Jerome "Doc" Crystal
- Bungling Inventor: He's a low-key version of this; he makes a lot of inventions but few of them have much practical use and a number of them don't work as intended. It's kept fairly realistic, though, and his inventions seldom if ever seldom if ever surpass what's plausible for an elderly man to have come up with on a shoestring budget.
- He reveals in the last episode he came to the area to be a marine biologist — and just ended up being a pensioner who tries his hand at inventing.
- Cool Old Guy: He does have some occasional traces of Grumpy Old Man, but more often he's a clear example of this trope.
- Grumpy Bear: Initially takes on this role in A Muppet Family Christmas, being less-than-enthused about spending Christmas in a Muppet-filled house.
- Manchild: He never loses his childlike enthusiasm or passion for life — though occasionally he can get directly childish, sulking when things don't go his way and getting unreasonable. He has a sort of parent/child dynamic with Sprocket, but it can vary between episode which one's the parent and which one's the child.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: For the entire series, he's never called by any other name than "Doc" — in the very last episode we learn that this is a nickname and that his real name is Jerome Crystal.
- Speaks Fluent Animal: Played with and parodied. He clearly understands everything Sprocket is saying, but has a tendency to Comically Miss The Point. At one point he decided that he wanted to learn to "communicate" with Sprocket and spent the entire episode completely missing the fact that they already were communicating.Doc: And now the "I want to be friends" gesture. (rolls on his back like a dog, limbs in the air)
Sprocket: (gives him a look)
Doc: I resent the implication that I've gone mad.
- Stealth Pun: As Henson staff writer Craig Shemin pointed out at the 2001 MuppetFest convention, his real name being "Jerome Crystal" would make him "Doc Crystal."
- Vitriolic Best Buds: with his neighbor, Ned Shimmelfinney. The two argue and fight and get into prank wars, but in the end they are the best of friends.
- Played by: Fulton MacKay
- Catchphrase: "Oh, Sprocket!"
- Everything's Louder with Bagpipes: In one episode, overcome by national nostalgia due to a parcel he received from his niece, he begins wearing traditional Scottish regalia and playing the bagpipes. Sprocket does not appreciate this.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He can be a bit of a curmudgeon, but he's ultimately a nice guy and very close to Sprocket.
- Man in a Kilt: In one episode, when he embraces his Scottish inheritance.
- The Character Died with Him: After Fulton MacKay died between seasons two and three, the Captain was retired from the show and replaced with his nephew P.K.
P.K. ("Principal Keeper")
- Played by: John Gordon Sinclair
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Like uncle, like nephew. He can be a bit of a jerk at times, but when he realizes he's crossed the line he'll usually make amends.
- Kind Hearted Cat Lover: He's fond of cats, certainly preferring them to dogs — in fact, the main reason why he agreed to come over and look after Sprocket was that he thought Sprocket was a cat. Needless to say, their first meeting did not go well.
B.J. (Bertwistle Jr.)
- Played by: Simon O'Brien
- Nice Guy: Perhaps the difference between P.K. and B.J. can be summed up in their respective appearances in the show's opening: P.K. is angrily fighting with Sprocket over a sock, while B.J. is smiling and scratching the dog's belly.
- Played by: Michel Robin
- All Love Is Unrequited: He's got a thing for the unseen but elegant Madame Pontaven, and is always trying to impress her or ask her out, but never has any success.
Ned ShimmelfinneyDoc's neighbor and closest (human) friend. He's never seen on-screen, but Doc often talks with him on the phone, and his feuds and friendship with Doc drives several of the Doc/Sprocket plots. It's his having to move away for his health that sets the story of the final episode of the show in motion.
- The Gadfly: He's a prankster, and he really loves riling people up... especially Doc.
- The Ghost: Often discussed but never seen or heard. The closest we get to a physical apppearance of Ned is a glimpse of his hand in one episode, when he hands Doc a neighborhood petition through the door.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: From his interactions with Doc, he comes across as this; he can get a little mean-spirited at times but isn't actually a bad person.
- Performed by: Karen Prell
Marjory the Trash Heap
- Performed by: Jerry Nelson (original), Rob Paulsen (animated series).
- Ambiguously Jewish: Her accent, though it varies depending on where in The Gorgs' Garden she is located, is often heavy in Yiddish inflections. John O'Connor of the New York Times described her as sounding "like somebody's idea of revenge on a Jewish mother-in-law."
- Demoted to Extra: A major character in season one, she appeared roughly every other episode. From season two and onward, her appearances became much more sporadic, though she still played major parts in the final three episodes of the last season.
- Ditzy Genius: At times she seems like she's not all there, she can get a little too caught up in herself, and some of her advice is a little weird, but she generally does know what she's talking about and her advice, when not totally misunderstood, is usually very good.
- Grand Dame: A good-natured parody of the trope, complete with a...
- High-Class Glass: She has a lorgnette which she'll frequently hold up to her eyes.
- Magic Feather: A frequent provider of these early in the first season, when she'd present the Fraggles with some placebo and tell them it was magic, but this tendency was phased out and hardly ever occurred again after the first season.
Philo and Gunge
- Performed by: Dave Goelz (Philo, original), Richard Hunt (Gunge, original) John Stephenson (both, animated series), Bob Bergen (Gunge in some episodes of the animated series)
- Catchphrase: They share two; as part of their job as the Trash Heap's attendants.
Gunge: You are in the presence of —
- The first one, used to greet visitors, has a few variants, but usually goes like this:
Philo: —the all-knowing —
Both: Trash Heap! Nyeeeeah!
"The Trash Heap has spoken! Nyeeeah!"
- The second one, delivered at the end of a lecture, goes like this:
- Deadpan Snarker: They have their moments.
- The Dividual: Of the Twindividual variation; though easy to distinguish visually they are rarely seen apart and share a personality.
- Verbal Tic: "Nyeeeah!" Always a part of their two Catch Phrases.
- Performed by: Rob Mills
- Hidden Depths: Somehow, he managed to become a member of the Order of Poobahs before Mokey did.
- Man-Eating Plant: Certainly has all the traits of one — even if he never actually eats anyone, there's always the feeling that he might.
- Planimal: More clearly a plant than most examples of this trope; he stays rooted to his flowerpot and can't walk around on his own, but he otherwise displays more animal-like characteristics and is definitely more pet than houseplant.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: With Red. They do not get along, but their enmity is always played for laughs.
- Performed by:" Steve Whitmire (Murray, seasons one and two), Gord Robertson (Murray, season five), Tim Gosley (Brool), Terry Angus (Brio), Various (Balsam)
- All There in the Manual: Only Cantus is actually named in the show itself.
- Cartoon Creature: Murray and Brool. Brio is definitely a Fraggle, and Balsam seems to be some kind of large insect, but Murray and Brool just seem to be random, undefined cave creatures.
- Deadpan Snarker: Murray is one of the most notable one in the series — almost every single line he utters is either a sour comment or a sarcastic quip.
- The Dividual: Of the Syndividual variety. While Cantus gets a few solo appearances and most of the individual characterization, the other four minstrels are mainly important as a group. They're clearly very different, but they are united by their love for music.
- Expy: They are basically Fraggle Rock's Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem in terms of roles and personalities.
- Five-Man Band:
- The Generic Guy: Brool and Balsam don't get much characterization... outside of songs they never speak, and Balsam doesn't even have a consistent performer. Their solo lines in the song "Music Makes Us Real" do hint that Balsam is The Ditz and that Brool was a Proud Warrior Race Guy before dedicating his life to music, but this isn't explored anywhere outside that particular song.
- Grumpy Bear: Murray is a grouch, a complainer and a Deadpan Snarker.
- Out of Focus: They never get a whole lot of attention, but they do appear alongside Cantus in the first two seasons. In the third and fourth seasons, however, Cantus only makes solo appearances, with no comment as to where the other minstrels are. They return in season five for the penultimate episode of the show.
- Smart People Wear Glasses: Brio wears glasses, and seems to be the smartest of the group.
- The Smurfette Principle: Brio is the only female minstrel.
- Sour Supporter: Murray, to Cantus. He'll complain and snark about Cantus's decisions, and is the first to point out all the ways being a minstrel isn't so great, but he's loyal and dedicated all the same.
- Translator Buddy: When Cantus's sayings get too weird and cryptic, Brio is the one who puts them in terms that other people can actually understand.
- Performed by: Bob Stutt
- Hidden Depths: Averted — he's the only character on the show who doesn't have any.
- Or...? He makes a surprise cameo in The Muppet Christmas Carol, as one of Fred's dinner guests. and gets on famously with the others (this appearance even hints that he's Happily Married); he's the one who insists that they must have a game now that it's Christmas. A case of Mean Character, Nice Actor... or just another of his scams?