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Gobo

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Performed by: Jerry Nelson (original), John Tartaglia (modern appearances), Townsend Coleman (animated series)

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. He idolizes his uncle, Traveling Matt.


  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Red. It's so obvious that even the Trash Heap's attendants notice.
  • Break the Haughty: Gobo gets this big time in "A Friend in Need," which finds him trapped by the Gorgs while trying to help Sprocket (who's gotten himself stuck in the hole leading to Fraggle Rock) and tearfully admitting (in song no less) that he's not as invincible as he thought he was.
  • Burying a Substitute: In "A Friend in Need," Wembley thinks Gobo was eaten by Sprocket, which seems to be true when all his friends find of him is his hat. Boober suggests burying the hat as a way of remembering him just before Gobo reappears and reveals he's not dead.
  • Crocodile Tears: He gets out of the Gorgs' trap in "A Friend in Need" by fake-crying loud and hard, to annoy Ma Gorg into setting him free.
  • Dead Guy Junior: Possibly. He was named after his great-uncle, whom Traveling Matt adored. Given Matt’s own advancing age and the fact that the original Gobo is only seen in flashback, it’s 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).
  • Ink-Suit Actor: A minor example. Like Jerry Nelson, Gobo wears fedoras on occasion.
  • It's All About Me: One of Gobo's negative traits on occasion.
  • 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.
  • Jerkass Ball: Gobo's treatment of Wembley in "The Beast of Blue Rock" is downright cringeworthy. Makes you want to hug Wembley, especially with the downer of a song he sings afterward.
  • Nice Hat: He has an extensive collection of these, and he wears them in many episodes. One of the hats is a fedora with a feather; Jerry Nelson was known to wear a fedora at times, making that a minor example of Ink-Suit Actor.
  • 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.
  • Unexplained Accent: He has a Canadian accent complete with "eh" at the end of many of his sentences, and pronouncing "again" with a long "a" (though he does not say "aboot"). His Muppeteer, Jerry Nelson, was American; the accent is a reference to the show's Canadian home, as it was shot in Toronto. Nelson reportedly modeled the accent on Bob and Doug McKenzie, of whom he was a fan.
    • Unfortunately, this was flanderized in the animated series.
  • Unwanted Assistance: When he's having a personal problem, he'll typically try to solve it on his own and shun offers of help from his friends. He has a vulnerable, insecure side but does his best to hide it.
  • 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 unleashing the Invisible Gargoyle in "Gobo's Discovery," causing it to freeze over in "The Bells of Fraggle Rock" or sending it into potentially eternal darkness in "The Day The Music Died". Nevertheless, he owns up to his mistakes and does his best to rectify them.
  • Verbal Tic: Often tacks on an "Eh?" to the end of sentences.

Wembley

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Performed by: Steve Whitmire (original), Bob Bergen (animated series), Frankie Cordero (2020 reboot)

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, his best friend, immensely.


  • 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.
  • Chick Magnet: "Love potion number nine" turns him into one in "We Love You, Wembley"—for not only chicks, but male Fraggles too, including Gobo and Boober. (And Junior Gorg, and the Doozers.) But only for 20 minutes.
  • Comically Missing the Point: With Wembley, often seen involving bigger words. For example: "Who needs tranquil? We want peace and quiet!" ("A Cave of One's Own").
  • 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. Sometimes, anyway. The rest of the time he'll sputter incoherently and be unable to put together a cogent sentence until he's turned upside down.
  • The Ditherer: Type 6. His defining trait (at first), so much so that his name is a Neologism for dithering.
  • Dub Name Change: He's given the Meaningful Name "Dudo" in Spanish dubs, which means "I doubt," a reference to his wembling personality.
  • Extreme Doormat: He tends to let the others walk over him before his Character Development.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Poor Wembley. He’s wound up at the mercy of the Gorgs, Convincing John, a mean genie, the shady Wizard of Fraggle Rock...
  • Indecipherable Lyrics: He loves to scat, and his Verbal Tic of "squeet squeet squat squat" (and variations thereof) shows up in many of his songs.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Sort of. Steve Whitmire looked like a human version of Wembley, complete with long, floppy blond hair. Also averted in terms of personality, as Steve was rather shy and somewhat introverted in real life.
  • 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.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Not only in style, but in size. He owns exactly two banana-tree shirts, and often can't make up his mind about which one to wear.
  • Literal-Minded: In "Scared Silly," when Philo and Gunge tell Wembley that Marjory nearly "blew up" (meaning "lost her temper") when they tried to scare her, Wembley, who has been trying to scare Boober for the whole show, thinks he made Boober explode.
  • Meaningful Name: In Spanish dubs, his name is Dudo, which translates into English as "I doubt."
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Being young and naive, he'll sometimes overreact and/or jump to conclusions when he makes a mistake.
  • 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. Or it might be just a result of Convincing John calling him "Wilfred" by mistake.
  • 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.
  • Only Sane Man: Wembley, for all his faults, is the least likely to be distracted of all the Fraggles, and will notice when another Fraggle is depressed first.
  • 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.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: He goes to Convincing John in "The Secret of Convincing John" in the hope that John will convince him to be more decisive. He does end up becoming more decisive, but also turns into an overbearing, bossy bully who calls himself "Wilfred" and foolishly puts himself in dangerous situations he's not equipped to handle, and his friends quickly realize they want the old Wembley back.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: One of his favorites, as mentioned in "Gone, But Not Forgotten," is Peach and Pepper Potage.
  • 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, including the ending theme, creating a charming version of Scatting.
    • 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.

Red

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Performed by: Karen Prell (original), Barbara Goodson (animated series)

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.
  • Berserk Button: Steal her supply of Radish Bars at your own peril.
  • 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, physically aggressive, and a poor listener. 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 defense. 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 "Marooned", though this might have brought on by Boober talking about how scary he finds enclosed spaces.
  • Comfort Food: Radish bars.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Her favorite target for this is Traveling Matt, but no one is immune—not even Mokey, her best friend.
  • Dub Name Change: Red is renamed Maggie in the French dub, and Rosi in Spanish versions.
  • 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.
  • Hypocrite: She's upset when she thinks her Radish Bars were stolen, but she thinks nothing of stealing some of Wembley's to set a trap for the thief, rationalizing it by claiming she's just "borrowing" them.
  • 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.
  • Jerk Jock: At her worst, Red will be this.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Red on her better days. Yes, she's quite the braggadocios type who's extremely competitive with her fellow Fraggles, can often be Innocently Insensitive and hates to admit her mistakes, but, being a Fraggle, she's still nice on the inside, and has shown that she is willing to do a lot for her friends.
  • 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.
  • OOC 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.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Loves her radish bars.
  • Unwanted Assistance: In "Let the Water Run," she rather rudely refuses her friends' offers of help in preparing for her swim meet, insisting she can "Do It on [Her] Own." Eventually, she's forced to admit she needs help with some things, sometimes.

Mokey

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Performed by: Kathryn Mullen (original), Mona Marshall (animated series), Donna Kimball (2020 reboot)

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.
  • The Bard: Mokey often writes poetry.
  • 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.
  • Comically Missing the Point: She sometimes gets so wrapped up in waxing artistic that she loses track of reality and doesn't realize when danger strikes until it's too late—if she notices at all. In "A Cave of One's Own," she's so focused on gathering leaves and herbs for the cave-warming party that she fails to notice Red being yanked into the brush by a cave monster, and when Red manages to get free and then faints, Mokey scolds her for sleeping on the job.
  • Dreary Half-Lidded Eyes: She has half-lidded eyes to go with her dreamy and relaxed personality. When her eyes are open all the way, you know she's rattled or angry about something.
  • Dub Name Change: In the French dub, Mokey is renamed Bea. In Spanish, her name is Musi.
  • Girly Girl: In contrast with Tomboy Red, though she's not the stereotypical example thereof.
  • 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 Begoony, 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.
  • Morning Routine: Hers includes rhyming incantations and banging a gong, much to Red's chagrin when the two first move in together. Mokey is equally perplexed by Red's morning routine of "pumping granite."
  • 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.
  • Prehensile Tail: Like that of the other Fraggles, her tail is somewhat prehensile—for instance, she can use it as a paintbrush. In the episode "I Want to Be You," she is shown painting two pictures, one with a brush and one with the tip of her tail.
  • 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.

Boober

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Performed by: Dave Goelz (original), Rob Paulsen (animated series)

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.)
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking:
    Boober: I'm a quivering collection of the worst and least helpful emotions. Fear, anxiety, terror, paranoia, indigestion, dishpan hands...
  • Blinding Bangs: They cover his eyes throughout the series.
  • Cowardly Lion: Despite his phobias, he can still be counted on to help out his friends if needed.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Though he claims to have No Sense of Humor, he gets the funniest lines in the show.
  • Dub Name Change: Boober is known as Bombo in the Spanish dubs.
  • 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, as they can't find Junior and think an evil sorcerer has transformed him.
  • 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."
  • Innocently Insensitive: In "Gone, But Not Forgotten," when Wembley is crushed over Mudwell's death, Boober offers to cheer him up by making his favorite: Peach and Pepper Potage. This ends up upsetting Wembley more, as Mudwell had made him a Peach and Pepper Potage that was superior to Boober's.
  • 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, with a shag haircut to boot. 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.
  • OOC 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.
    • He's constantly doing laundry, and obsesses over having clean socks... despite no Fraggle ever wearing socks. He just has them so they can be washed.

Uncle Traveling Matt

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Performed by: Dave Goelz (original), Patrick Pinney (animated series)

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).
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: During his segments, he'll often turn to the viewer to offer a side comment on what he's just seen, or sometimes just an incredulous facial expression. He also emceed HBO's first promos for the series in late 1982, speaking directly to the viewers about Fraggle Rock and its inhabitants.
  • Calling Me a Logarithm: In his guest appearance on Today in 1993 (to promote Fraggle Rock VHS tapes), he mentions he was called a "buffoon" by Bryant Gumbel. In a variation of this trope, he's proud of it. On the other hand, Katie Couric takes offense to Matt calling her a "silly creature."
  • The Cameo: He's probably made more cameo appearances in other Muppet works than at least any of the other Fraggles (Sprocket has had quite a few as well). Which makes sense considering that he's exploring the same "Outer Space" where Kermit, Miss Piggy and the other Muppets live.
  • The Cat Came Back: As a child, he was this (minus the teleportation) to his long-suffering Uncle Gobo.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: We "silly creatures" watching the show would consider him one if we were to meet him in real life. His fellow Fraggles, of course, do not (except maybe Red).
  • 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.
  • Cool Uncle: To his nephew, Gobo, who idolizes him. In one episode, when Mokey is appointed ruler of Fraggle Rock, Gobo tries to convince her to order the building of a monument to his uncle.
  • 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.
  • Fantastic Anthropologist: Uncle Traveling Matt explores "Outer Space" (our human world), trying to understand the differences between fraggle-kind and humanity. Every episode, he sends a postcard back to Fraggle Rock with details of a recent adventure he's had involving humans.
  • Fish out of Water: Whenever he's in "Outer Space", not that he lets it worry him any.
  • Interspecies Friendship: He develops one with Sprocket, of all creatures, in the "Weekly Reader" children's book Follow That Fraggle (aka Sprocket, Dog Detective), after the dog starts trailing him everywhere.
  • 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."

Cantus

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.


Convincing John

Performed by: Jim Henson
A smooth-talking salesman who can convince anyone to do anything with a really catchy song, Convincing John holds many secrets.
  • Author Avatar: Another example of Jim Henson, though it's more of an in joke, as Henson's enthusiasm and vision always got everyone who worked for him to do the most ludicrous things, good or ill.
  • 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 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 to walk around blindfolded or wear 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. He claims 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 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.


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.

Henchy

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.

Marlon

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.


Beige Fraggle

A Cave Fraggle, he befriends Red and helps the two sides make peace when they nearly go to war.

The Cave's Eldest Fraggle

The 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.

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    The Gorgs 

Pa Gorg

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.


  • Catchphrase: "Drat and Deuteronomy!"
  • Enraged by Idiocy: Junior's stupidity tends to trigger Pa's temper.
  • Henpecked Husband: He's the King of the Universe, and everyone has to obey him—and yes, of course he'll do whatever Ma 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 (he's visibly upset in "The Challenge" when he thinks Junior is dying), and he has other redeeming qualities, such as a strong sense of honor.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Pa's song "Dum of a Son of a Gun" is one—in musical form—for Junior, who happily sings along, either because he's too dumb to realize it or because he realizes his father cares for him in spite of the song's lyrics.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: He thinks he's the brightest, the best and the most powerful guy around. He's wrong.

Ma Gorg

Performed By: Myra Fried (face/voice, original season 1), Cheryl Wagner (face/voice, 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 (though other characters, including Gobo and Sprocket, also had their designs tweaked). 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!"
  • Flowery Elizabethan English: She sometimes speaks in this manner when addressing her husband, particularly when trying to get him to do something for her.

Junior Gorg

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 keeps 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.
    • It's worth noting that for all his talk about wanting to "thump" Fraggles, he's upset to the point of tears in "Mokey's Funeral" when he mistakenly believes he killed Mokey.
  • 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.

    Doozers 

Cotterpin

Performed by: Kathryn Mullen (original), Mona Marshall (animated series)

The closest 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 Architect.
  • Commander Contrarian: Prior to becoming an Apprentice Architect, she had 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.
  • Little Miss Snarker: A prime example.
  • Reality Ensues: Initially she 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: She 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 Architect

Performed by: Jerry Nelson (original), Townsend Coleman (animated series)

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.

Wrench

Performed by: Dave Goelz

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

Performed by: Steve Whitmire (Flange, original), Patrick Pinney (Flange, animated series) Karen Prell (Wingnut)
Cotterpin's parents, who are very traditional Doozers. While they are loving parents, they have some problems understanding their non-conformist daughter. Flange is a Bulldoozer (i.e. the leader of his own building team) and holds the distiction of being the first Doozer ever to meet a Gorg.
  • 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.

    Outer Space Characters 

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.

Sprocket

Performed by: Steve Whitmire (original), David Barclay (international version) Rob Paulsen (animated series)
A big, friendly—if cowardly—sheepdog, he's the main connection between the Fraggles and the human world and the one character who appears in the human world segments of both the American/Canadian, British, French and German co-productions, having a different human owner in all four of them. Sprocket is initially suspicious of the Fraggles but eventually warms up to and befriends Gobo, on some rare occasions even entering Fraggle Rock itself and going on adventures with the Fraggles.
  • Abandoned Pet in a Box: Sprocket is given a backstory in the children's book Sprocket's Christmas Tale: he was abandoned as a puppy and would have been consigned to the pound had Doc not rescued him and taken him in.
  • Accidental Bargaining Skills: In "The Terrible Tunnel," Sprocket becomes attached to a horseshoe, which Doc needs to complete his collapsible bookcase. Doc is forced to bargain with his own dog in order to get the horseshoe, and eventually ends up giving up his slippers (as chew toys) and finally his dinner (to which the dog finally agrees). Once the horseshoe is added, the collapsible bookcase lives up to its name by—what else?—collapsing.
  • Afraid of Doctors: The very mention of the word "veterinarian" sends Sprocket into a panic in "The Beast of Blue Rock."
  • 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.
  • Brutal Honesty:
    Doc: Have you been chasing Shimmelfinney's cat Fluffinella around the block again?
    Sprocket: [barks 3 times]
    Doc: Three times! Aren't you ashamed of yourself?
    Sprocket: [barks no]
  • Cassandra Truth: Try as he might, he just can't convince his owner that Fraggles exist. One early HBO promo for the show had Doc wondering what Fraggles looked like and then offering a near-perfect description of the species, then ignoring Sprocket's excited reaction and deciding it couldn't be true. Cut to a "why do I even bother" expression from Sprocket as the clip ends.
  • Character Development: He initially distrusts Gobo and the other Fraggles, chasing them whenever he sees them. After they save him when he gets stuck in the wall, however, he warms up to them, and becomes friends with Gobo. He also befriends Uncle Traveling Matt in one of the spinoff children's books.
  • Dub Name Change: He's known as Croquette in French, although the "Doc's workshop" segments in the French version are original, not redubbed from English. Also in the Japanese version, his name is Mac, probably because "Makku" is easier to say than "Supurocketto."
  • 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 ridiculously human things like cooking, 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, using a hammer, using the telephone, 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

Played by: Gerry Parkes (original), Hans-Helmut Dickow (German co-production), John Stephenson (animated series)
An eccentric inventor and tinkerer, Doc is Sprocket's human owner in the American/Canadian version of the show. He doesn't interact with the Fraggles personally until the end of the series, but it's his home that receives the postcards Matt sends, and sometimes what he does can have an effect on the Fraggles' world—whether he realizes it or not. In the German version of the show, he was played by German actor Hans-Helmut Dickow, but unlike the UK and French versions of Sprocket's owner, the German one seems intended to be the same character, just played by a different actor and with a different nationality.
  • 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 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.
    • Undying Loyalty: The entire reason Doc moves to the desert is to remain neighbors with Ned, who can't live near the sea anymore due to a medical condition.

The Captain

Played by: Fulton MacKay
A retired sailor and the keeper of Fraggle Rock Lighthouse, the Captain is Sprocket's human owner in the first two seasons of the UK version of the show.
  • 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
The Captain's nephew and replacement in the third season of the UK version of the show. Initially he doesn't like the lighthouse, or Sprocket, very much, but he comes around.
  • 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
P.K's replacement and Sprocket's owner from the fourth season and on in the UK version of the show. He's the son of Mr. Bertwistle, the owner of the Fraggle Rock lighthouse, and unlike P.K., he enjoys both Sprocket's company and being in the lighthouse.
  • 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.

The Chef

Played by: Michel Robin
A retired chef who lives in a closed-down bakery, and Sprocket's owner in the French version. He's inherited the place from his eccentric uncle Georges, who was an inventor, and whose inventions are still frequently found around the place.
  • 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 Shimmelfinney

Doc'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.

Fluffinella

Performed by: Karen Prell
Ned Shimmelfinney's pet cat. Unlike her owner, Fluffinella does make the occasional brief on-screen appearance, generally as an orange streak as she charges at something (Sprocket, more often than not).
  • Cats Are Mean: Initially. Sprocket is actually afraid of her, though they come to an understanding later in the series.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: Don't let her cutesy name fool you—this kitty is dangerous when annoyed.

    Others 

Marjory the Trash Heap

Performed by: Jerry Nelson (original), Rob Paulsen (animated series).
A living, talking pile of refuse, the Trash Heap is the source of all the Fraggles' wisdom. She is the only one who knows how all of their worlds intersect.
  • 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." For his part, Jerry Nelson claimed the accent was meant to be Russian, not Jewish, as he modeled the character's voice on Maria Ouspenskaya, a legendary Russian actress.
  • 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.
  • Did Not Think This Through: In one episode, she removed all the radishes from the garden, assuming that the Fraggles, Doozers and Gorg would become friends and cooperate in the face of disaster. Just the opposite happens.
  • 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.
  • Dub Name Change: Marjory is renamed Germaine in the French version, and Justina in the Latino Spanish dub. In the European Spanish dub, she has no name and is just referred to as La Montaña de Basura (the trash mountain).
  • 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.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Putting aside that she's a mound of garbage that can talk, she seems to have supernatural insight, sort of a predecessor to Guinan.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: It's revealed she's able to communicate with Sprocket when he ends up in the Gorgs' garden.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: She wants world harmony. Aside from the above Did Not Think This Through, she's ecstatic in the final episode that a human made friends with a Fraggle.

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)
The Trash Heap's rat attendants, Philo and Gunge rarely leave her side.
  • Catchphrase: They share two; as part of their job as the Trash Heap's attendants.
    • The first one, used to greet visitors, has a few variants, but usually goes like this:
    Gunge: You are in the presence of—
    Philo: —the all-knowing—
    Both: Trash Heap! Nyeeeeah!
    • The second one, delivered at the end of a lecture, goes like this:
    "The Trash Heap has spoken! Nyeeeah!"
  • 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. They even sing, "Down in Fraggle Rock, nyeeah!" during the last episode's credits.

Lanford

Performed by: Rob Mills
A sentient plant, more specifically a Night-Blooming Yellow-Leaved Deathwort, owned by Mokey. Affectionate towards her, not so much towards anyone else—particularly Red.
  • 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.

The Minstrels

Performed by:" Steve Whitmire (Murray, seasons one and two), Gord Robertson (Murray, season five), Tim Gosley (Brool), Terry Angus (Brio), Various (Balsam)
Murray, Brool, Brio and Balsam are the four minstrels who follow Cantus on his mission to unite the Rock with music.
  • All a Part of the Job: As Murray will tell you, although the Minstrel life is rewarding, it's anything but easy.
  • 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 (Ping!)" 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.
  • Meaningful Name: Balsam was likely named after Phil Balsam, who wrote most of the Fraggle Rock songs along with Dennis Lee.
  • 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. Yet, she was also performed by a male (Terry Angus).
  • 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.

Wander McMooch

Performed by: Bob Stutt
The only truly evil character in the series, he's a toad who works as a Con Artist. He despises Fraggles and their inherent goodness. McMooch only appears twice, and is foiled each time.
  • 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?


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