Here's a list of characters from the Franklin books, Franklin the animation, its successor, Franklin and Friends and associated works, such as the various Franklin stage productions. At this time, you'll find detailed information for most of the major characters, but work is still needed, particularly on some of the adult characters.
The Turtle Family
Franklin is a young turtle who aims to please. He's an excitable kid, and is a great friend to all he meets. He's always ready to give a helping hand to his family, friends, and community. Like most kids however, Franklin isn't perfect, but has his family to give him guidance, and steer him in the right direction.
- Aesop Amnesia: It seldom happens to him, but when it does, it can be jarring to watch.
- All of the Other Reindeer: Paulette Bourgeois original draft for Franklin in the Dark (titled The Turtle They Called Chicken) had Franklin being the victim of name-calling by the other animals, just because he was the only turtle in the world who had to drag his shell behind him.
- Airplane Arms: He exemplified this trope briefly in Franklin Flies His Kite.
- Amateur Sleuth: Puts his sneaking skills to use by forming the "Super-Cluepers" with his friends in Franklin and Friends.
- Ambiguously Bi: Given Franklin being Platonic Life-Partners with the female Otter, his interest in Samantha the turtle and his very close best friendship with the very Ambiguously Gay male Bear.
- Anxiety Dreams: He sometimes has them, and it's usually when something is on his mind. In "Franklin and the Pickle Problem" from Franklin and Friends, after Franklin lies to Beaver about liking pickles, he has a nightmare in which Beaver and Mr. Mole present him with jars of giant pickles, a cornstalk with a pickle instead of corn and running though a desert in which pickles keep popping up around him like cacti.
- Bag of Holding: In the original television series, Franklin was able to place a lot of items within his shell, such as: a large baseball cap, and even some metal tools his father let him borrow. The trope is absent in Franklin and Friends however, possibly due to Willing Suspension of Disbelief, as Franklin's interior shell can be seen at a glance, if one pays close enough attention.
- Berserk Button: You DON'T want to mess with Sam, his stuffed dog.
- Big Brother Mentor: To Harriet, and to some extent, Snail.
- Birds of a Feather: With Snail. They're often seen together due to the sheer amount of similarities and interests they have. He's also this with Betty; Beaver's cousin.
- Bratty Half-Pint: He acts like this in the beginning, but grows out of it by the later seasons.
- Butt-Monkey: Some episodes go a bit overboard with the misfortunes that poor Franklin goes through just for the sake of a plot.
- Cannot Keep a Secret: As shown in "Franklin Says Sorry", he has a bit of a problem when it comes to being secretive.
- Character Name and the Noun Phrase: Franklin and Friends comes into mind; as well as the many books, episodes, and two movies using this trope.
- Character Title: He's the titular protagonist.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: Franklin always manages to help others in need, even if it isn't his own problem.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Occasionally, Franklin gets to be a litte too silly for his own good.Franklin: [dancing on top of a hill with a bag of lemons on his skateboard] "Hey Bear, look at me! Da-da-da-da~!"Bear: [noticing that Franklin kicked his skateboard] "Franklin! Your skateboard!"Franklin: [still dancing] "Da-da-da~...! *gasp*"
- Companion Cube: His stuffed dog Sam. In some episodes of Franklin and Franklin and Friends he tries to exemplify how grown up he is by not "needing" it anymore, but ends up coming back to it anyways.
- Cool Big Bro: He acts like a big brother to Bear's sister, Beatrice; his neighbor, Squrrel; and his actual sister, Harriet.
- Cuteness Proximity: Hinted at in My Franklin where he even calls Baby Beatrice 'cute'.
- Decomposite Character: When Franklin in the Dark was adapted into the show, it didnt exactly follow the book to a T, due to the absence of Mr. Turtle and four one-shot characters. As a result, Franklins actions were changed into a story told by his mother (the protagonist was simply called Little Turtle).
- The Determinator: He's always motivated to finish a task!
- Several characters resemble the cast of Arthur. Franklin resembles Arthur Read himself, they're both eponymous protagonists who are friendly and caring kids but they can also be rude and selfish at times.
- Paulette Bourgeois reportedly drew Franklin from Hawkeyes experiences in the M*A*S*H* episode C*A*V*E*.
- Fear of Thunder: Well he had one, until his friends proved to him that thunder wasn't so bad.
- Happy Dance: In Franklin and Friends, Franklin can bust some breakdancing moves if he's in a good mood. Looks like those lessons he took in ''Franklin's Dance Lessons'' payed off.
- The Hero: In a traditional sense, as well as "The Green Wonder" in the "Super-Cluepers".
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Bear and Snail.
- Informed Attribute: Franklin's character biography in the DVD of Franklin's Magic Christmas claims he's somewhat of a Large Ham; which isn't the case for Franklin in general.
- It's All About Me: He had a tendency to be a bit self-centered at first, in the earlier seasons. Although the characteristic slips out every now and then in the later ones, and in Franklin and Friends too.
- Jack-of-All-Trades: Be it drawing, playing chess, or fishing, Franklin is good at a number of things.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Depending on the Writer, Franklin can be quite the jerk sometimes. Despite this, he always apologizes for his actions at the end of an episode. After his Character Development, he's pretty much a Nice Guy in Franklin and Friends save for a few snap backs and aesop amnesias.
- Just Friends: Mutually with Betty, despite all the In-Universe Ship Tease as noted with Franklin's friends. Franklin had to support this stance with plenty of She Is Not My Girlfriend talks with his friends as Girls Have Cooties.
- Keeping Secrets Sucks: Inverted. Franklin learns that "Telling Secrets Sucks" the hard way when Bear chews him out after Franklin told Bear's secret to Fox.
- Keet: Has shades of this. This is played up in particular in the Franklin and Friends specials Polar Explorer and Deep Sea Voyage. In both of these, Franklin is shown to be eager to the point of rushing things and has to be reminded in song to take the time to slow down and enjoy life.
- The Leader: He's usually deciding the games he and his friends play, and is the leader of the "Super-Cluepers".
- Light 'em Up: His power as "The Green Wonder".
- Never My Fault: This sometimes goes in hand with the former trope. Thankfully, Franklin is maturing out of this.
- Nice Hat: He wears a red cap.
- No Sense of Direction: Whenever Franklin proposes to take a shortcut, he's always bound to get lost within it, shortly after.
- Odd Couple: Franklin and Bear. They are inseparable and they are a turtle, a slow herbivore, and a bear, a hungry carnivore (well, omnivore).
- Odd Name Out: Unlike the other characters who are examples of A Dog Named "Dog", he's a turtle named Franklin. This is lampshaded upon in Back To School With Franklin; as Ms. Koala, Franklin's substitute teacher, accidentally referred to him as Turtle, while taking a roll call.
- Official Couple: with Samantha. Not a couple by conventional means, but they are certainly in love with each other by the end of Franklin and the Turtle Lake Treasure. The Turtle family definitely approves.
- The One Who Wears Shoes: Subverted. While Franklin doesn't wear shoes most of the time, the books often state that he's capable of tying them. In the book Franklin and Harriet we actually see Franklin wearing shoes.
- Performance Anxiety: He had a bad case of stage fright when he was rehearsing for a play but luckily Badger (a shy disabled girl) helped Franklin get over his fears.
- Platonic Life-Partners: He shared a very deep bond with Otter before she and her family moved away. Needless to say, Franklin was the only one among his friends who was devastated when she moved away.
- Removable Shell: It has been stated that Franklin's entire family has the ability; but only Franklin himself has been seen with his shell removed.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Just look at him!
- Security Blanket: He used to have one, but gave it to his little sister Harriet in Back to School with Franklin. He still confides to his stuffed dog Sam however.
- She Is Not My Girlfriend: Blatantly informed to Bear that Samantha wasn't. Go ahead and guess how that turned out. Or better yet? Look right below.
- Ship Tease: Practically every single moment of time when Franklin and Samantha are together, after their rough introduction with each other.
- Siblings Wanted: He had this throughout the first four seasons of the animated series. At times he had a couple of sibling surrogates, first in his best friend Bear's little sister, Beatrice and also in a guest-star youngster character named Squirrel. The Franklin and the Green Knight movie deals with him at first being excited about finally getting a sibling, then becoming worried when he learns that babies get a lot of attention, even before they're born. Franklin's Magic Christmas sees him dealing with jealousy issues with his new sister, Harriet, who is now toddler/early-prescchooler age thanks to a combination of Comic-Book Time and Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome. The fifth and sixth seasons of the program, as well further specials and the spin-off series Franklin and Friends have him, in general, settled comfortably in the role of caring big brother.
- Smart People Play Chess: Downplayed. His excellent skills earned him the title of Champion, in Woodland Elementary. While Beaver may have intellectual prowess; Franklin is quite smart in his own right, thus evoking the trope.
- Snooping Little Kid: Sometimes, Franklin sneaks up on his friends in order to figure out what surprises they have in store for him.
- Stage Magician: Whenever he decides to be "Franklin the Fabulous".
- Strong Family Resemblance: Franklin's father looked a lot like him when he was a kid, barring Franklin's iconic handkerchief and cap.
- That Russian Squat Dance: In addition to those breakdancing moves, he also showed off this dance in Franklin and the Firefly Festival.
- True Companions: He is best friends with Bear. And he gets along with Snail better than his other friends.
- Turtle Power: Despite being a slow turtle, he shows skills and abilities that only turtles can do.
- Verbal Tic: In Franklin and Friends, Franklin often used "coolio" as an expression in place of "cool". Over the course of the series however, the phrase is being used less and less.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: He shares this dynamic with Fox where sometimes they compete and are rivals but sometimes they care about each other and are best friends.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: He's a very idealistic child, but sometimes, his ideas don't always turn out the way he plans them.
Introduced into the book series in Franklin's Baby Sister and in the television series in Franklin and the Green Knight respectively, Harriet is Franklin's sister, who is getting used to the world around her. She idolizes Franklin, but is an independent turtle in her own right. She has a regular playmate in Bear's little sister Beatrice, though she made a new friend named Kit (Beaver's little brother) in Back to School with Franklin.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: She has a perverse urge to make life miserable for Franklin and the book Franklin and Harriet focuses around this trope in a three-dimensional way.
- Baby Talk: Earlier episodes and specials have Harriet talk like that, however she does grow out of it when the spinoff Franklin and Friends rolls around.
- Cheerful Child: She's always upbeat in her attitude.
- Companion Cube: A stuffed bunny in the original TV show; Lily Kitty in Franklin and Friends
- Cute Clumsy Girl: Harriet is often clumsy, as shown with her play habits. Franklin however, doesn't find it to be cute, especially since she accidentally dropped Goldie (Franklin's pet goldfish) into the pond once.
- A Dog Named "Dog": Averted, similarly to her older brother.
- Elmuh Fudd Syndwome: It gradually fades as the show progresses, and by Franklin and Friends, she's completely capable of pronouncing her "r"s correctly.
- Expy: Harriet is the younger sister that can be cheerful and bratty like D.W., though she lacks the pure daring lip that D.W. can exhibit at times, as well as most of D.W.'s cynicism.
- It's All About Me: Justified considering she's just a toddler. Franklin isn't exactly pleased about it however.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Does this need to be explained? Just look at her.
- Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome: Possibly a reason for why she shoots from baby in Franklin in the Green Knight to preschooler when the next installment of the television series surfaces, even though her big brother is still about the same age.
- Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: A bit hard to distinguish from any of her family members at a distance without her usual purple bow.
- Third-Person Person: It zigzags at times, but the trope is still in effect.
Mr. Turtle is Franklin's father; and although he's somewhat sarcastic at times, he always knows what's best for Franklin, and often guides him in the right direction, when he needs it. Besides being a father, Mr. Turtle is also an expert at gardening, and knows how to fix a plethora of objects.
- A Day in the Limelight: Franklin's Father in the original series; and It's Father's Day Franklin! in Franklin and Friends.
- Adaptational Early Appearance: He first appeared in Hurry Up, Franklin!, which was the second book in the series. Due to the TV series not being told in publication order, he appears in the animated adaptation of Franklin in the Dark.
- Anthropomorphic Shift: He and his wife were originally depicted as walking on all fours in the earlier books, but eventually became bipedal in the later ones and in the animated series.
- Bumbling Dad: Completely averted. Mr. Turtle is a responsible and loving father in his own right.
- Call to Agriculture: He could be doing something a little more worthwhile, but chose gardening as one of his professions.
- Crash-Into Hello: As a child; this was how he met his future wife. - Mr. Turtle tries to offer some ice cream to Mrs. Turtle, but ends up tripping, and splattering the ice cream all over her. Despite this stumble, Mrs. Turtle fell in love with him.
- Deus ex Machina: In the TV adaptation of Franklin in the Dark he was apparently catching fireflies while Mrs. Turtle was telling the Little Turtle story to Franklin, instantly resolving the central conflict.
- Disappeared Dad: Mr. Turtle's own father is seemingly absent in his adult life. It is heavily implied that he is not living anymore.
- Do-It-Yourself Plumbing Project: Despite Mr. Turtle's prowess at fixing things, he seemingly has some difficulty handling plumbing, be it a hose, or a faucet that needs to stop leaking; and expresses some annoyance when he just can't properly fix them. So much so that it still comes up as an issue even in the follow-up series Franklin and Friends.
- Good Parents: With his wife, Mrs. Turtle.
- Handy Man: He's quite the expert with various tools, and is always fixing stuff around Franklin's house, and the Woodland neighborhood.
- Happily Married: Again, with Mrs. Turtle.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Mr. Mole. They've known each other since they were kids!
- Noodle Incident: Anything embarrassing regarding his childhood that isn't explained In-Universe counts as this. Mr. Turtle preferably would like to avoid the subject altogether.
- Sarcasm Mode:Mr. Turtle: [while driving]: "Ugh... This car trip is sooooooo long! When will we get there?!"Mrs. Turtle: "Hahaha! Isn't that Franklin's job?"
- Smart People Play Chess: He often plays chess with his close friend, Mr. Mole, and his son; passing on his excellent chess skills on to the latter in the process.
- Through His Stomach: Mr. Turtle has some peculiar tastes in food.Mrs. Turtle: [offering to help make toast with Franklin]: "And I'll help!"Franklin: "No, that's okay mom; Dad showed me how to make toast that tastes good right out to the edges!"Mrs. Turtle: [looks at her husband coyly]Mr.Turtle: "Hehe...*cough*"
- Unnamed Parent: Never revealed what his real name is, we only know him as "Mr. Turtle".
- What Have We Ear?: He's capable of simple magic tricks, and taught Franklin how to do perform them.
- Younger and Hipper: Take a look at Mr. Turtle in the Franklin books, then compare him to his look in the show, and Franklin and Friends. You'll notice how much younger he looks in his latter two incarnations.
The wife of Mr. Turtle, and the mother of Franklin; Mrs. Turtle often gives guidance to Franklin whenever he needs it. She's often seen with Harriet, and occasionally helps her husband out in his gardening work. Sometimes, Mrs. Turtle performs substitute teacher duties for Woodland Elementary, whenever Mr. Owl is away.
- Artistic License Biology: In the movie, Franklin and The Green Knight, she's depicted as being pregnant with Harriet. While we never see Harriet actually being born, mammal-style pregnancy and live birth isn't something turtles do.
- Anthropomorphic Shift: Brenda Clark originally drew Mrs. Turtle and her husband as quadrupeds in the illustrations of the earlier books, but as the books progressed and the TV show came into play, she became bipedal.
- Crash-Into Hello: How she met her husband.
- Deadpan Snarker: With a slight emphasis on deadpan.
- Housewife: While the series takes a few liberties here-and-there with traditional gender roles, Mrs. Turtle is generally portrayed as the happy housewife and a good mother. She does do some substitute teaching, though.
- I Minored in Tropology: In Franklin and Friends, Mrs. Turtle became the go-to substitute teacher for Mr. Owl in Woodland Elementary School.
- Marionette Master: She's quite skilled with the handling of shadow puppets, as seen in Franklin and the Shadow Show.
- Pregnant Reptile: She is depicted as being pregnant with Franklin's little sister Harriet in both the book Franklin's Baby Sister and the film Franklin and the Green Knight, despite being a turtle.
- Trash Can Band: Under Mrs. Turtle's case, it's a mix of this and Banging Pots and Pans. She exemplified them in Franklin's Special Job, garnering positive attention from her family, Fox, and Mr. Fox.
- Unnamed Parent: So far she's only known as "Mrs. Turtle".
Aunt Turtle, otherwise known as Aunt T., is Mr. Turtle's younger sister. She settled down in Woodland once she was tired of her constant traveling. Aunt. T. is a bit more in touch with her youth than her older brother and his wife, and uses this to nurture Franklin and Harriet in her own, unconventional style. Aunt. T. is also a phenomenal artist, and has gained quite an artistic mind from her travels abroad.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: To Mr. Turtle occasionally, due to their clashing personalities.
- Crazy-Prepared: When she goes camping, she brings a ton of gear.
- Deadpan Snarker: On many occasions no less.Franklin: "He shouldn't call it babysitting. I think Dad forgets that I'm not so little anymore."Aunt T.: "Yeah, join the club. I'll still be his baby sister when I'm like one hundred and two."
- The Determinator: She's pretty much a focused, if not, somewhat wild turtle, who can get a job done, when need be. She was even able to teach Mr. Groundhog a dance, when he flatly stated that he just couldn't dance.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Even some of the characters who aren't related to her call her Aunt T., such as Franklin's friends.
- Fantasy Helmet Enforcement:Aunt T.: [noticing Franklin and Harriet playing pretend spaceflight] "Wait a sec! As the 'King of Careful' once told me; The door to safety swings on the hinges of common sense."Franklin: "What's that mean?"Harriet: "Huh?"Aunt T.: "Never fly without your helmet!"
- Genki Girl: She's as energetic as can be for a turtle her age!
- Happy Dance: Has shown to have dancing skills on par with Franklin in Franklin and The Firefly Festival.
- Hidden Depths: Sure, she's hip and has a number of talents, but who would have guessed that she's also a skilled karate sensei?
- It Runs in the Family: Compare and contrast Aunt T.'s tropes to the rest of her family. It must be genetic.
- Musical Chores: Any chore that she assigns to Franklin is often subjected to this.
- Nice Hat: Of the French Beret variety.
- No Indoor Voice: Well, according to her older brother at least.
- One of the Kids: At any given time on the show, she's much more likely to be shown hanging around or playing with the kid characters, even though she doesn't have any children of her own. She's indicated to be clearly young at heart.
- Renaissance Woman: Is knowledgeable and skilled in a variety of areas and disciplines, including karate, dance and visual artwork.
- Sophisticated as Hell: Take a look at some of her quotes above; just look!
- Wax On, Wax Off: Her unorthodox handling of chores gave this effect to Franklin.
Aunt Lucy Turtle, is another sibling of Mr. Turtle and Aunt. T. She's an archaeologist, traveling the world in search of the world's lost secrets. Unlike her sister though, Aunt Lucy is almost restless, and only takes some seldom stops at Woodland. She's shown to be a fun loving woman, and may often join in on Franklin's games, like pirates. She has a goddaughter named Samantha, that accompanies her travels for her summer vacation. Unlike the rest of Granny Turtle's children, her only appearance was in Franklin and the Turtle Lake Treasure.
- Adventurer Archaeologist: Played straight for the most part. She seems to have paper work every now and then though as evidenced by Samantha, performing her paper work, part time. The paper work itself however, appears to just be filling out numbers.
- Collector of the Strange: Like her mother, only Up to Eleven. Her vacation house in Woodland is filled with many artifacts found from her travels abroad.
- Crazy-Prepared: An Adventurer Archaeologist like Aunt Lucy would happen to have items such as rope, and a blanket in her bag.
- A Dog Named "Dog": Once again Averted.
- It Runs in the Family: Even more so than her sister, Aunt T. and even then, Aunt T. has quite a bit of tropes that only apply to her. Aunt Lucy on the other hand, only has three tropes that deviate from the rest of the Turtle family.
- Nice Hat: It looks very similar to her brother's lucky fishing hat.
- Static Character: She doesn't really change much throughout Franklin and the Turtle Lake Treasure. By the end of the movie she's still the same adventure loving turtle when she first appeared on screen.
Granny is Franklin's grandmother on his father's side. She lives alone in a house not far from Franklin and his family. Franklin's paternal grandfather is never seen on the series other than in a photo, and it is generally assumed that she is a widow, though this was never confirmed in the series itself. Granny is not seen in Franklin and Friends and the role that she played seems to have been largely filled by Aunt T.
- A Day in the Limelight: Franklin and Granny and to some degree Franklin and the Turtle Lake Treasure, though she spends most of it sick in bed.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Even though her role is now being fulfilled by Aunt T., she does live close to Franklin, so the trope applies. The absence of her presence may imply something else however...
- Collector of the Strange: Her attic is loaded with old junk because she saves "every button and bedknob."
- Cool Old Lady: Franklin doesn't think so at first, but changes some mind after spending time together with her in her attic and learning some things about her past.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Granny lost her parents in a fire at an early age and is apparently widowed or possibly divorced from her husband, so she's definitely had her share of hardship.
- Deadpan Snarker: When Mr. Turtle comments that he hopes Franklin didn't tire her out in Franklin's Granny, she gives an excellent impression of a decrepit old woman on her last legs speaking in a quavery voice: "Oh my, I couldn't keep up. Where's my cane? Lands sakes. Somebody find my cane."
- Deceased Parents Are the Best: Look under her Dark and Troubled Past just above.
- No Name Given: She's never given a first name, even though Franklin's maternal grandmother, who is only seen once, is given one.
- One of the Boys: Franklin's Granny played first base when she was a kid, and baseball generally isn't much of a girl's club.
- The Piano Player: Subverted in the fact that she has a personality, and has mentored Franklin, Beaver, and most likely her own children in the art as well.
Great Aunt Harriet is the great aunt of Franklin and her namesake, little Harriet. Harriet is known for often giving great presents and is renowned as a popular explorer. Turtles are known for their longevity and it's implied that Harriet is very old, but still quite spry.
- Adventurer Archaeologist: She has apparently been all around the world and made a number of important discoveries. Even other proud-and-respected adventurer types speak reverently of her.
- Cool Old Lady: She's said to be absolutely ancient, yet this doesn't stop her from doing regular world traveling and also being greatly savvy when it comes to knowing what types of gifts someone would like.
- The Ghost: Once thought be entirely this. Despite her being well-liked by Franklin's family and important to key plot elements in both Franklin and the Green Knight: The Movie and the Franklin and Friends special "Polar Explorer," she is never seen, even in pictures, on the television show. She does, however, actually appear in one scene in the book version of Franklin's Christmas Gift, however, she is shown as looking very old, surely not the still-adventuring type we've heard about on the animated series.
Franklin's Friends / Classmates
Bear is Franklin's best friend. He lives in a tree with his mother, Woodland's doctor, his father and his little sister, Beatrice "Bea" Bear. Bear is generally loyal, but has the potential to become very angry if he feels Franklin has treated him unfairly. Otherwise generally good-natured, Bear seems to fit in well with the other characters, but often spends his time playing with Franklin.
- Ambiguously Gay: He is very close and attached to Franklin, more than best friends usually are, and exclusively hangs out with Franklin for most of his time. He is tender, sensitive, effeminate, and doesn't have any interest in girls unlike Franklin. Bear dresses flamboyantly in a small and unbuttoned blue sleeveless vest note (This is even more odd considering that the characters dont really need to wear clothes. Its definitely not going to keep him very warm anyways which means it could be a gaudy fashion statement.) Bear also likes to get very touchy-feely with Franklin and routinely tickles him,in odd positions.
- Beary Friendly: He is a very kind and friendly bear.
- Berserk Button: He really doesn't like it when you lie to him; or reveal his secrets.
- Beware the Nice Ones: He is nice if you are trustworthy and don't tell his secrets.
- Big Brother Mentor: To his little sister, Beatrice.
- Big Eater:
Bear: (looking panicked) Hey, did anyone bring an extra snack?
- At any given time, he may be snacking on something. The television shows often depict him munching on cookies or other savories, though the Franklin stage show Franklin and the Adventures of the Noble Knights indicated a preference for berries and jam, possibly an attempt to promote healthier snacking. Also, the earliest installments of the television series indicated blueberries being his favorite treat.
- A shining example would have to be in "Franklin Goes to School":
Beaver: Didn't you eat any breakfast?
Bear: Yeah, but that was an hour ago.
Franklin: (pulls out carrots) Here, Bear.
Bear: (deadpan) Oh, carrots. Have you got anything else?
Beaver: (rolls eyes) Ugggghh!
- Even after Franklin gives him a muffin, Bear still gets hungry a few minutes later and asks Franklin for the carrots.
- The Big Guy: Out of all of Franklin's friends, Bear is the one who can perform the physical aspects of a certain task with ease.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: Implied to have this as "Mega Bear" in the "Super-Cluepers".
- Comically Missing the Point: In "Franklin Plays The Game": See also Verbal Backspace and Verbal Backpedaling.
- The Confidant: Always keeps Franklin's and others' secrets. Naturally, he gets very angry if you tell anyone his secrets.
- Cool Big Bro: Becomes this to Beatrice.
- The Cutie: Kind, loyal, and lovable like a teddy bear and you just want to give him a hug.
- A Dog Named "Dog": He is a bear named "Bear".
- Dramatically Missing the Point: In "Franklin's Bad Day", when Franklin gets angry and storms off home, Bear believes it's his fault for getting him mad and ponders about what he did wrong and that he didnt mean to make him mad. In reality, Bear doesnt seem to realize that Franklin is having an awful day overall because he dearly misses his friend Otter, who moved away recently.
- Dumb Muscle: He's only a kid, but he had trouble finding Beaver's huge valentine card box on her desk. Though it is left slightly ambiguous as to whether he was serious or just trolling her.
- Emotional Bruiser: He is strong and he is also caring and sensitive.
- Extreme Doormat: Bear is very passive and submissive towards Franklin and even goes as far as defending Franklin for his wrongdoings. Sometimes he lets Franklin walk all over him by blaming himself instead of Franklin and allowing Franklin to bend the rules such as when Bear was a junior police officer in "Franklin Needs A Reminder", he gave reminders (tickets) out to everyone that broke the rules except for Franklin. Though, in fairness, it's not like he didn't try like the dickens, it's just that Franklin simply wouldn't let him. Even the other characters acknowledge this.
- Friendly Tickle Torture: He has a habit of tickling Franklin but it's all in good fun since Franklin doesn't mind.
- Friend to Bugs: In Franklin and Friends, he is both interested in and fond of insects to the point that they are one of the very few things that will cause him to stop paying attention to Franklin.Bear: Centipede! I've always wanted to meet you. Sweet!Franklin: Bear, what are you doing?
- Gentle Giant: He is the biggest kid and has the biggest heart.
- Growling Gut: Happens very often to show how big his appetite is and how much he gets hungry.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: He is Franklin's best friend.
- Informed Attribute: Bear tells Franklin that he is scared of lots of things but it's never touched upon.
- In Touch with His Feminine Side: He is attached to his plush toys, has feminine interests, volunteered to design costumes for the school play, and is more sensitive and effeminate than the other kids.
- Keeping Secrets Sucks: Keeping others' secrets sucks, especially when others don't keep your secrets.
- Nice Guy: He's the friendliest bear you could ever meet.
- Odd Couple: Franklin and Bear. They are inseparable and they are a turtle, a slow herbivore, and a bear, a hungry carnivore (well, omnivore).
- Purity Personified: Kind, noble, honest, optimistic, and pure of heart, he definitely stands above the others and even Franklin. For example, in "Franklin's Ups and Downs," the group starts required a password rhyme to come into the treefort. When he can't remember it, he insists that he won't come in until he can because it's the rule, even though Beaver was prepared to accept him as Franklin's guest.
- Secret Keeper: Always keeps secrets no matter what.
- Sleeves Are for Wimps: He wears a blue sleeveless vest.
- Tender Tears: He got homesick and cried when he had a sleepover with Franklin.
- Trademark Favorite Food: In the original series, his favorite food was blueberries. And in the Franklin and Friends series, in which, honey and blueberry jam sandwiches are his favorite. Also cookies. At one point in Franklin and Friends, he refers to himself as a "cookievore."
- True Companions: He is best friends with Franklin.
- Waist Coat Of Style: He was originally completely without clothes like most of the other characters, but the blue vest surfaced sometime in the third season and has stuck around ever since, at least on the TV shows.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: He's often shown vying for his mother's approval (even if she already does), on certain tasks, such as taking care of Beatrice, or helping out in her doctor's office.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: He fears spiders.
- You Said You Couldn't Dance: Bear claims that he can't dance in Franklin and the Firefly Festival, but he actually can dance. All it took was just some honey and blueberry jam sandwiches to get him going!
Beatrice "Bea" Bear is Bear's little sister and was introduced late in the first season. She and Harriet hang out often just like Franklin and Bear.
- Alliterative Name: Beatrice "Bea" Bear.
- Cheerful Child: She is constantly cheerful just like Harriet.
- Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome: Same as Harriet, she started off as a newborn in the first season, then a toddler, and then about the same age as Harriet in Franklin and Friends, despite Franklin and Bear staying about the same age.
Snail is Franklin's other best friend. He's a bit meek, but is always ready to play with the other Woodland kids. He lives in a cozy log with his father and mother. Snail often finds himself in company with Franklin, as they share similar interests, and help each other out in their respective struggles in life. He once had an issue concerning his slow agility, but managed to overcome it, (by curling up into a ball, and enabling considerably faster movement) in Franklin and Friends. Snail considers Franklin to be his best friend, but doesn't seem to mind that Franklin generally considers Bear to be his own best friend. His parents are rarely seen or mentioned, but his mother appears in one of the books and in "Franklin and the Bumpy Fire Buggy," Franklin and Friends, his father appears and is revealed to be one of two volunteer firefighters in Woodland, along with Mr. Fox.
- Armless Biped: Inverted. Snail has no legs, and uses his two appendages around his neck as makeshift arms/hands.
- Birds of a Feather: This is his dynamic with Franklin (in the non-romantic way). Their similarities often keep them close.
- Black Bead Eyes
- Crossdressing Voices: Many viewers have often confused Snail's gender, due to his voice. Averted in Franklin and Friends, as Snail's current voice actor is male.
- Distressed Dude:
- A major subplot of Franklin and the Turtle Lake Treasure; Snail nearly becomes a snack for a group of Eaglets. Fortunately, Franklin and Samantha were successful in the rescue.
- In Franklin and the Green Knight, he gets swept up in a rushing stream and nearly goes over a waterfall, but is saved by Franklin.
- A Dog Named "Dog": He is a snail named "Snail".
- Don't Tell Mama: In Franklin's Advice; Snail accidentally cracks his shell in a soccer game, but hides the fact from his parents, due to his risk of not playing soccer with Franklin anymore. Franklin talks him out of it however. Fortunately, Snail's shell heals, and his parents allow him to play soccer again.
- Expressive Ears: He has these little ear stalks that sometimes droop when he's sad.
- Flight: While Snail can't fly on his own; it's his dream to fly around the world, wherever he pleases. Every now and then, Mrs. Periwinkle lets Snail ride on her plane, thus evoking the trope.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Franklin.
- The Lancer: He's one to Franklin, and the "Super-Cluepers". In contrast to Franklin's other friends, he often prefers doing tasks his own way; and also does this when the rest of the "Super-Cluepers" cannot piece together a mystery.
- Parrot Pet Position: Usually done on Franklin. Lampshaded in Franklin and the Turtle Lake Treasure in which Snail was dressed as a parrot, early in the movie. This also shows up in "Franklin Changes the Rules" on Franklin and Friends.
- Shock and Awe: The "power" that Thunderboy has.
- Small Name, Big Ego: His Thunderboy persona in the "Super-Cluepers" gives vibes of this.
- The Un-Favourite: Fears becoming this to Franklin, in Franklin and the Green Knight once Harriet is born.
Beaver lives with her mother and father in a beaver dam-like house that they constructed themselves at the edge of a pond. Beaver is somewhat brainy and at times a bit overbearing, yet manages to fit in well with Franklin and other the other children of Woodland. She has a cousin named Betty who popped in for one episode in the program's fifth season and a little brother named Kit who appeared in the film Back to School with Franklin, though the two were never shown together.
- Academic Athlete: She's the smart one of the bunch and also loves sports.
- Alpha Bitch: If you believe some of the less charitable viewers of the series, or possibly a Lovable Alpha Bitch. May also depend on the writer to some degree, but she can be friendly and helpful when not being bossy.
- Book Worm: She enjoys reading.
- Break the Haughty: In Franklin and the Puppet Play she suffers to one as Franklin, Bear, and Goose sarcastically mock her Prima Donna Director attitude behind her back. (To be fair, Beaver was bossing them around rather crudely though.)
- Catchphrase: "Everybody knows that!"
- Defrosting Ice Queen: She's usually a skeptic to some of the activities her friends perform, but the turn of events around her often lightens her demeanor.
- A Dog Named "Dog": She is a beaver named "Beaver".
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: Can become either if placed in a position of authority, but genuinely regretful once she sees the effect her behavior is having on those around her.
- Expressive Ears: She can do it, but it's much more subtle than on a character like Rabbit that has huge rabbit ears.
- Expy: She is bossy and snobby and talks almost exactly like Muffy Crosswire. And although the original Franklin books predate the Harry Potter series by years, one can't help but note the similarities between Beaver and Hermione - bossy know-it-alls who do have moments of genuine kindness and are respected members of their friend groups. Incidentally, The Philosopher's Stone came out a mere five months before the Franklin cartoon.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: May have a bit of this, but it's a bit hard to pin down.
- Insufferable Genius: Beaver can be an annoying know-it-all but she's actually right most of the time.
- Jerkass: Similarly to Franklin, she unfortunately has her moments.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She has her moments of genuine kindness.
- Know-Nothing Know-It-All: At her worst. Every now and then, she can be just plain wrong.
- Large Ham: Very much so in the original series. It's downplayed in Franklin and Friends however.
- One of the Boys: Although she hangs out with Goose frequently, she is often seen playing the same games as Franklin and the other guys, such as: baseball, bumpy buggies, pirates, and knights.
- The Smart Girl: She's generally portrayed as the most book smart.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: She alternates between sugar and ice, but again, it's up to the writer.
- Techno Wizard: Her alter-ego, "Book Whiz" in the "Super-Cluepers" is this.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She participates in a number of different sports, is very competitive and is additionally a Book Whiz. She also sometimes exemplifies Vanity Is Feminine and enjoys stuff like dressing up in a pink tutu and dancing around a maypole.
- Vanity Is Feminine: In "Franklin's Valentines," her Valentine mailbox is plastered with preening pictures of her.
Goose is another good friend of Franklin, and is often seen together with Beaver. She's the daughter of Woodland's local librarian, and pharmacist, but the two filed for divorce between Franklin and Franklin and Friends. Despite her family issues, they never bother her. Goose is an energetic girl, that loves to have fun. She's regarded as the best diver of Franklin's friends, as well as being an adept ballet dancer. When she's feeling insecure however, she tends to be rather clumsy, and unfocused. Goose has a little brother, but he is only seen in passing in the "Brothers and Sisters" song number in the first Franklin film, Franklin and the Green Knight.
- Ballet: She's an excellent ballet dancer, with a notable example coming from Franklin Needs to Notice. She was able to be Franklin's magic assistant, while showing off her ballet talent in-show!
- Cute Clumsy Girl: But only when something's bothering her mind.
- A Day in the Limelight: "Franklin Migrates," in which Franklin visits her home for a Migration Eve party, is by far her biggest day in the limelight in the franchise.
- A Dog Named "Dog": She is a goose named "Goose".
- Feather Fingers: Doing Mr. Owl's schoolwork would be nigh impossible without'em.
- Out of Focus: Despite making a common appearance in Franklin's adventures, and having books/episodes centralizing around her; she hasn't had the same Character Focus as some of Franklin's other friends, such as Beaver and Fox.
- Space Master: As "Galaxy Gal" in the "Super-Cluepers".
- Visit by Divorced Dad: It's Father's Day Franklin! exemplified this trope. While Goose's father couldn't visit her on Father's Day, he made a phone call to her on that episode to compensate.
- Wings Do Nothing: Played straight in all incarnations of Franklin except in Franklin and the Green Knight, where it is shown that she can fly. It is never brought up again though, and by the time of Franklin and Friends, Franklin attempted to give her flying lessons.
Rabbit is Franklin's classmate and friend. They don't play together as much as Franklin and Bear do, but get along well enough with each other on the whole. Rabbit is more often seen with Fox. He lives with his parents and his rarely seen little brother, Bunny. He also has an older brother named Jack, and often looks up to him. He also has a big sister who is mentioned only briefly in the Franklin Goes to School book without any name given.
- Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better: He has a friendly speed rivalry with Fox in the stage show Franklin and the Adventures of the Noble Knights.
- Bad "Bad Acting": In "Franklin Plays Hoppity Bop" from Franklin and Friends, Franklin and his friends miss shots on purpose in order to try make the game fun for Bear, who is bad at it. Rabbit, however, is very bad at pretending that he's bad at the game. Somehow, Bear doesn't notice his obvious acting.Rabbit: (stilted) Oh dear! How could I miss the ball?! Clumsy old me, Bear.Franklin: Oh brother. That's enough, Rabbit.
- A Dog Named "Dog": He is a rabbit named "Rabbit".
- Expressive Ears: His ears often droop down when he's sad. Truth in Television, a rabbit's ears may droop when sad.
- Flash Step: He's the fastest of Franklin's friends, and is seen doing this on several occasions, such as Franklin Helps Out.
- Flat Character: While the animated shows have attempted to develop him further, he is still the least developed character of Franklin's friends, being overshadowed by characters such as Beaver, Bear, Snail, and such.
- Non-Ironic Clown: Played up in Franklin and Friends, where his role in the "Super-Cluepers" is The Giggler with a red clown nose, a mask, and a party hat
- The Prankster: Subverted. In Franklin's Funny Business he didn't mean to come off as mean spirited. He just wanted to have a sense of humor like Franklin.
- Rascally Rabbit: Downplayed. He can be a bit of a jokester at times, as seen in Franklin's Funny Business but he isn't all that mischievous or troublesome.
- Rhymes on a Dime: In his role as Giggler in the Super Cluepers on Franklin and Friends, he has a tendency to recap where things are at in the mystery-solving in rhymes.
- Satellite Character: Resulting from his Flat Character state; he is often paired with Franklin, Fox, and occasionally Bear due to this.
- Stock Animal Diet: He is seen in one episode of the original Franklin bringing a bottle of carrot juice to school and in Franklin and Friends snacking from a bag of carrot chips.
- Verbal Tic: On Franklin and Friends, he sometimes repeats words or short phrases twice for emphasis, i.e. "Yeah, yeah, yeah!", "Come on, come on, come on!" or "This box is great, great, great!"
Fox is another student in Franklin's class. He's often seen with Rabbit as they are best friends, but occasionally hangs out with Raccoon. He lives with his parents in a house with a expansive backyard. His father drives the school bus and is also known for his aptitude at repairing mechanical objects, and recycling various materials and is also one of two volunteer firefighters in Woodland. His mother hasn't been seen much, but does appear in Franklin and the Green Knight at the baby shower for Harriet. She also appears in the book Franklin and the Thunderstorm to get Franklin and his friends out of a tree when they mistakenly think it a safe place to be during a storm. Franklin clutches her for comfort, as he's afraid of thunderstorms, and she later provides the group with treats. Fox is a bit of daredevil and can be a bit of a troublemaker also at times, but is otherwise a good friend to those around him. He doesn't hang around with Franklin as much as Bear and Snail, but the two still enjoy playing together from time to time. There are a couple of indicators in the original series that he has a crush on Badger, such as a reference to a secret Valentine.
- Ambiguous Syntax: Whenever Fox's stoicism shines, his dialogue seems to be open to interpretation.Franklin: [while examining Bear's modifications to their bumpy buggy] "Fox, do you really think our buggy is neat?"Fox: "Sure. What do you think?"Franklin: "I think... I think it looks goofy..."Fox: [laughs, then leaves] "I like goofy! See ya!"
- Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better: In Franklin and the Adventures of the Noble Knights, he has a friendly speed rivalry with Rabbit.
- The Charmer: When not being competitive or teasing, he can be this; his official character page for Franklin and Friends describes him as such
- Cunning Like a Fox: Has some attributes of this, though it isn't usually highly played up.
- A Dog Named "Dog": He is a fox named "Fox".
- Gadgeteer Genius: Although not on the same level as his father, he's quite handy with mechanical things and can be seen creating and repairing objects. His "Kid-Gizmo" persona in The Super-Cluepers plays this trope Up to Eleven.
- Jerkass Ball: It's another case of Depending on the Writer, but his Jerkass tendencies were very noticeable in Seasons 1-3 of the Original Animation. For example, in Franklin's Bicycle Helmet; he and Beaver degrade Franklin and Rabbit for having quirks when they get examined for their bicycle safety skills. Fortunately, he mellows out in Seasons 4-6, and continues to be a collected individual in Franklin and Friends.
- Like Father, Like Son: Like you wouldn't believe.
- Satellite Character: Fox is another character who really doesn't get all that much screentime and generally doesn't have much in the way of A Day in the Limelight episodes devoted to him either. It's a bit better in Franklin in Friends where he's often shown cooperating with Franklin and Bear when they need materials from his Dad's backyard recycling center. In addition to this he also becomes part of the core that is the "Super-Cluepers.", thus establishing himself as a regular.
- Spirited Competitor: No need for examples. His picture quote is blatant evidence.
- The Stoic: After mellowing out of his Jerkass tendencies through Seasons 4-6 of the Original Animation, Fox matures into this in Franklin and Friends. He's more of a talkative stoic than most, but he assists Franklin through some of his personal problems, while keeping his cool.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: He shares this dynamic with Franklin where sometimes they compete and are rivals but sometimes they care about each other and are best friends.
Skunk lives with her parents and her rarely-seen little sister. She is generally somewhat soft-spoken and seems to get along well with everyone. She sometimes hangs out with the other girls Badger, Beaver and Goose, but often spends time on her own. Her father runs the local ice-cream shop. In Franklin and Friends, Skunk appears only towards the very end of the series. In this series, her parents are traveling musicians and because of this, she is home-schooled.
- Book Worm: Often seen reading a book. Curiously, though, she is not one of the characters seen in "Franklin's Reading Club"
- A Day in the Limelight: Skunk doesn't get much screentime, but occasionally gets this sort of episode, such as "Franklin Plays Hockey," "Franklin's Not-So-Broken-Bone," "Franklin's Party Plans," and "Franklin's Swimming Party."
- Demoted to Extra: A Satellite Character like her being demoted? Franklin and Friends does just that. As if that isn't enough, the 2014 Franklin and Friends book Franklin and the Case of the New Friend muddies the waters even further. In this book, the Super Cluepers are puzzled when they find a picture of a skunk family because as far as they know, there are no skunk families in Woodland. They follow the clues and meet a skunk girl named Skunk, whom they invite to play with them and join the Super Cluepers. Huh?!
- A Dog Named "Dog": She is a skunk named "Skunk".
- The Moving Experience: In "Franklin's Party Plans," Franklin thought she was moving away, but she was just moving to another street.
- Satellite Character: She isn't really part of the core group at all and is often reduced background roles or minor appearances. She is in Franklin and Friends, but is the only member of Franklin's class on the show that doesn't have a part in the Super Cluepers group and only shows up in one, maybe two token appearances at most.
- Smelly Skunk: Averted. Skunk has no odor, and is glad Franklin and his friends do not tell jokes like this towards her; it's Truth in Television in that skunks only smell when they've been spraying.
Badger is a shy and kind girl who is disabled with cerebral palsy and uses crutches to help her walk.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: She is only seen in Franklin and even then only a limited basis. She never made the leap to Franklin and Friends.
- The Cutie: She is softspoken, innocent, and simply adorable.
- A Dog Named "Dog": She is a badger named "Badger".
- Hidden Depths: She has an excellent memory and can remember the entire script of a play in order to help those who forget their lines.
- Ill Girl: She has cerebral palsy but she is friendly and everyone gets along with her.
- Nice Girl: She is always very nice and kind to everyone.
- Shrinking Violet: She talks quietly and although she can memorize the script of a play, she is too shy to perform on stage.
Otter is a playful young girl who has been a long time friend of Franklin and the others in Woodland Valley. She is reasonably athletic and agile and a very good swimmer. Early on in the series, Otter has to move away, but she returns for a brief visit.
- The Bus Came Back: Otter returned for a brief visit in the television series in the second season. In the story, Otter is upset when she returns, only to find that the games that she and her friends once played aren't so fun anymore and that many familiar local landmarks are gone. Together, she, Franklin and Bear realize that by learning the new things that they all enjoy, they can still have fun together. This story was also released as a Recursive Adaptation book in the Franklin TV storybooks series. The only other time Otter was seen on the show was on a banner in an episode from the sixth season, and she is neither seen nor mentioned in Franklin and Friends.
- A Dog Named "Dog": She is an otter named "Otter".
- I Am Not Weasel: In "Franklin and Otter's Visit," Mrs. Heron doesn't recognize Otter and refers to her as "Weasel." The fact that the species doubles as the name for most characters in this show makes this also an instance of Accidental Misnaming.
- Platonic Life-Partners: She shared a very deep bond with Franklin before she and her family moved away. Needless to say, Franklin was the only one among his friends who was devastated when she moved away.
- Playful Otter: You bet. She loves to play, is energetic, and is also considered quite funny.
- Put on a Bus: In both the original books and the television show, Otter moves away from Woodland to a big city early on in the franchise. This makes Franklin greatly sad, but he is cheered up by deciding to stay in contact with her through letters, though this is never depicted later in the series. Otter appears in the intro sequence of the first season of the television show. The intro sequence was changed beginning in the second season to no longer show any scenes involving Otter and was never altered again from that point on.
Samantha is Aunt Lucy's goddaughter, and is a bit of a jokester. She's a brash, and adventurous girl, and often expresses her interests of traveling and exploring. Through those reasons alone, she convinced her parents to let her travel with her godmother as an archaeologist's assistant. It is implied she lives quite a bit away from Woodland, and has only appeared in the Franklin and the Turtle Lake Treasure movie.
Interestingly, she shares the 'Turtle' surname with Franklin and his family despite not being blood related to each other by any means.
- Catchphrase: "You're such a kid!". To the point where it reminds one of a certain purple haired Pokémon Trainer.
- Genki Girl: Oh yes. Very genki indeed.
- Icy Blue Eyes: Used to signify how cold she can be to others at times.
- In-Series Nickname: "But please, call me Sam!"
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She can be a bit of a jerk to whomever she meets at first, but will gladly open up, once one gets to know her.
- Official Couple: With Franklin.
- Outdoorsy Gal: She was absolutely not pleased at first when her godmother decided to drop by Woodland after their expedition was canceled; and she was even more upset when that time in Woodland was first spent doing paperwork for her godmother.
- Pink Means Feminine: Which is a sharp contrast to her tomboyish nature.
- The Prankster: Lets see here... Tricking Franklin and Snail by pretending to be a ghost? Weighing down Beaver with a large rock? Putting a sizeable amount of chili pepper into Bear's ice cream? You get the point. Interestingly, Franklin finds her jokes to be funny, when they're not played on him.
- Ship Tease: With Franklin of all people. Despite her Jerkass introduction with Franklin, she was the one who advanced on Franklin, before he admitted his feelings back to her.
- Tomboy: Is into things that most boys are into.
- Tomboyish Name: Sam; which is short for the feminine name, Samantha.
- Tsundere: An obvious Type A.
- Unfortunate Name: Inverted. Much to Franklin's chargin. Her nickname is identical to Franklin's stuffed dog. As a result, of this conversation, Franklin's Berserk Button was triggered, leaving him in a foul and self-centered mood for quite a bit.Mr. Turtle: "Hello, Samantha."Samantha: "Hi! But please, call me Sam!"Mrs. Turtle: [looking at Franklin teasingly, along with her husband]: "What a coincidence! That's the name of your stuffed toy Franklin!Franklin: [whispering]: "Mom!"Samantha: "That's okay! Most little kids I know have dolls!"
Jack Rabbit is Rabbit's teenage older brother and a good friend to Franklin and his buddies.
- Teens Are Monsters: Averted. Jack Rabbit is depicted as being nice and friendly to the younger characters, especially in "Franklin Delivers", wherein he helps Franklin and Bear with a newspaper route.
Moose and his parents moved to Woodland near Franklin in the book and television episode "Franklin's New Friend." Moose is initially shy and retiring, but Mr. Owl assigns Franklin to be his class buddy. Though Franklin is initially scared of him due to his great size, they become fast friends.
- The Big Guy: Not as anthropomorphized as the other characters and appears around the size of a real young moose. His parents are even bigger.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Moose is introduced in "Franklin's New Friend" and only appears later in a smattering of book releases and no further episodes of the television show, completely disappearing without any explanation. Possible reasons include his large size making him a pain to animate/draw and perhaps that he was never intended to be a regular character, but they wanted to adapt the book for television anyway. Even so, the way he was Chucked out was more than little jarring considering that one of the big Aesops of the story was about making a new friend. (Note: A group of three moose that may or may not be Moose and his family are briefly seen in the opening of Franklin and the Green Knight.)
- A Dog Named "Dog": He is a moose named "Moose".
- Expressive Ears: In both the book and the television episode, though it's easily missed considering how little he's seen.
- The Klutz: Prone to accidents and a bit clumsy, but only due to his large size
- Leitmotif: A deep, galumphing theme that matches his deep voice and awkwardness.
- Moose Are Idiots: Averted. Moose isn't stupid, he's just awkward due to his large size and shy.
- The Quiet One: Certainly doesn't say all that much, even once he gets over his shyness.
Hawk is one of Franklin's friends who only appears in the books, including Franklin and the Thunderstorm and Franklin Fibs. From what little is seen, he seems to be a nice guy who helps to comfort Franklin when he's afraid of thunderstorms. He is less anthropomorphized than the other bird characters, lacking Feather Fingers and being fully capable of flight. He dislikes the way the wind ruffles his feathers in a storm.
Knowledgeable and kindly, Mr. Owl has been the regular teacher for Franklin and his friends throughout all incarnations of Franklin. He teaches in a one-room schoolhouse within the Woodland neighborhood and continues to serve as the teacher even when the children move up from kindergarten to first grade. He is temporarily replaced by Miss Koala in Back to School With Franklin when called away on a family emergency, and is also sometimes helped by Mrs. Turtle in Franklin and Friends.
- Cool Old Guy: He's implied to be as old as Mr. Groundhog in Franklin and Friends, but never manages to act like a grump, or overtly traditional.
- Cool Teacher: Perhaps not quite the level of cool of Miss Koala, but nevertheless understanding, good at motivating the students in fun ways, and sympathetic & helpful.
- Diurnal Nocturnal Animal: Owls of course are known for being active at night. This wouldn't really work for an owl who has to teach a regular daytime class.
- Feather Fingers: It would certainly be hard to hold chalk or grade test papers if he didn't have them.
- The Owl-Knowing One: He is the teacher of the children on the show and also a character they're likely to go to for advice. He is quick to admit that he doesn't know everything, but he does know quite a lot and is happy to pass on that knowledge.
- Psychologist Teacher: He often helps his students deal with their childhood angst.
Mr. Mole is a childhood friend of Mr. Turtle and the owner of Woodland's general store. His gumball machine is popular amongst the children of the town, while Mr. Turtle often visits his shop to get the things that he needs for the family garden. He is something of an amateur paleontologist, having a collection of fossils, and is happy to share is knowledge about them with the children of the town. He is generally a genial fellow and ha come to trust Franklin for his honesty, so much so that he is willing to believe without question a seemingly outrageous but nevertheless true tale in one installment. He is the president of Woodland's Chamber of Commerce, as well as a horticulturist and bird-watcher. He is also known for running the annual haunted house on Halloween.