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The Puppington Family

    Orel Puppington 

Orel Puppington

Voiced by: Carolyn Lawrence

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The show's protagonist

  • Abusive Parents: Orel’s parents Clay Puppington and Bloberta qualify for this. Clay often takes his son into his den and belts him whenever his exploits causes Hilarity to Ensue before giving out a Spoof Aesop based off of bigoted 1950s beliefs. He gets even worse as time goes on. In one of those, he instinctively reaches for his belt even though Orel hadn't done anything wrong and had to (innocently) have this pointed out.
    • In one episode Orel’s makes an stop motion film that shows his everyday life about what he has learned from the town’s teachings, one of the things that stand out the most it’s the portrayal of his father Clay who is shown as a drunk snarling wolf, this harsh portrayal coupled with a line from from Orel’s film: ”I need to teach you what you did wrong by beating you in my study, because that’s what I do in the study to you, I beat you and then I lecture you and that’s it nothing else, come here orel as you Pull you pant up from my spanking” and a scene in which a belt (in a way a serpent would ) chases and warps around a figurine which is meant to represent Orel ignites a comment from a citizen questioning if his father was actually molesting him. The abuse gets very horrifying without being sexual. As shown in the episode "Nature".
    • Bloberta leaves her kids unsupervised, and provides them with dangerous tools to keep them calm, when Orel comes from school covered on bruisers and blood she’s far more concerned with the fact that the supplies budget is gonna rise than with Orel’s state and when her younger son Shapey gets switched with another kid it tooks her a lot of time to realize it.
  • Adorably Precocious Child: Seriously, the kid wants to help anybody whenever possible. Too bad that most of the people he tries to help in Moralton are jerks.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: He is way too trusting, takes whatever people say to him very literally, and despite his good intentions he doesn’t realize that what he’s doing is prejudicing to others. Even his grandfather remarks that he is not dumb but rather he just learns in different ways.
  • Ambiguous Innocence: He is an interesting example. Orel is generally a good kid and he always attempted and liked doing good, He wanted to help everyone around him, was open to different perspective and he didn’t judge people for their appearances nor beliefs. He was described as being pure and innocent by his grandpa and the Reverend, but this innocence made him not distinguish what was morally right to what was morally wrong this coupled with the adult’s dubious advise, almost lack of good role models and his town’s backward morality caused shenanigans to occur. Orel is one of the few character that lacked malicious intent, yet he was also capable of doing outright cruel acts by normal morality standard, it’s not that he wanted to do harm rather his lack of moral understanding, his innocence, prevented him from realizing what he was doing wrong. He grows out of this by the end of the series becoming a genuinely good person by the end of the show once he stops following the dogma of Moralton.
  • The All-American Boy: Deconstructed. At first he fits the bill of a typical child from a loving, Christian family, but once the people around him start to fall apart, his chipper attitude starts to fade.
  • Awkward Father-Son Bonding Activity: Orel and his dad go hunting. "Awkward" would be a bit of an understatement. His dad ends up shooting Orel accidentally and then denies any responsibility or guilt for it cause he was drunk at the time.
  • Birds of a Feather: With Christina, who is basically a gender-bent version of him.
  • Black Comedy Rape: Using a pastry bag with his own seed to impregnate women so he won't go to Hell for masturbating.
  • Blood Bath: At the beginning of "Grounded", Orel's dad walks in on him bathing in blood alongside his friends, much to his horror.
  • Break the Cutie: The events of "Nature" completely shatter him, as he realizes just how awful his father really is.
  • Breaking the Cycle of Bad Parenting: Orel's parents have consisted of an abusive father and a neglectful mother. Both had awful parents that turned them into the bitter, hateful people that they are today. The third season shows Orel finally starting to realize this for himself and, in the Distant Finale montage, he's shown in what appears to be a happy family with his childhood crush.
  • Broken Pedestal: He used to look up to his father, but once the hunting trip happened and Clay showed him his true colors, he loses all the respect he once had for him.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: "To Clay in "Nature". "You become a bad person when you drink!", and after Clay drinks the rubbing alcohol that he was supposed to use to treat Orel's wound, Orel says, "I hate you." To which Clay replies, "Hate away, sister. hate away."
  • Character Development: He started out as a naive child who took everything an authority figure said at face value, then he slowly started seeing the flaws of the system he is in and of the people that surrounded him (mainly his father). Ultimately becoming one of the few people with real faith and a loving family by the end of the show.
  • Cheerful Child: He was a happy little boy until Clay shot him.
  • Children Are Innocent: Orel is so trusting and naive, he takes everything he learns from the adults at face value. Lampshaded several times through the series.
    ''Dear Orel, always remember, son, even though you are the perfect candidate for brainwashing in this town, you're also too pure and good-hearted to be corrupted. -Love, Grandpa"
  • Color Motif: Blue, as a four years old he wears a blue jumper, as an 11 years old and as an adult he wears a buttoned blue shirt and it's seen to wear a blue suit to church, and then there's the Blue Herron that follows him through the events of "Nature" which according to Wordof God is meant to symbolize Orel's innocence.
  • Corrupt the Cutie: It's implied that this is the reason why Clay treats Orel so badly-if his son grows up to be as abusive and maladjusted as he is, it'll prove that his own horrid actions and personality were completely inevitable. It ultimately fails, as Orel resolves to be a better parent than Clay was.
  • Creepy Child: Falls into this at times, particularly his even younger self in Beforel Orel when he tries to murder his brother after misinterpreting another lesson.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: Orel gets caught masturbating in "God's Chef".
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Despite the hardships in the final season, Orel manages to come out of it well-adjusted.
  • Expy: Orel bears a good deal of resemblance to Davey Hansen from the Davey and Goliath religious edutainment series.
  • Friend to All Living Things: In "Nature", until the second part.
  • Generation Xerox: To his father and grandmother.
    • Orel resembles his own father Clay Puppington in his younger years, going as far as sharing the same color scheme, a somewhat similar personality before clay started drinking and a similar toxic father-and-son relationship with their own respective fathers.
    • Orel’s grandmother used to be very religious and was the one to come up with the “lost commandments” who then passed them onto Clay who later attempted to pass them onto Orel.
  • A God Am I: Orel gains a short-term "god complex" in "Grounded" after weeks of not going to church as punishment. This folds onto itself as he experiences a revelation (during a coma, no less) of how the Lord can be praised everywhere indiscriminately.
  • Good Feels Good: So much that when Reverend Putty gave a sermon about how evil takes a pleasant form, he started to physical punish himself wherever he made a good action. Shown in a positive light when it was revealed that in the finale it was Orel’s good nature what allowed him live a happy and fulfilling life as an adult .
  • Good Parents: In the finale, one of the only characters in the series definitely shown to be this.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Being a strict Christian child, he doesn't swear at all, not even a Precision F-Strike.
  • Happily Married: To Christina in the finale.
  • Hope Spot: on the episode “The best Christmas ever” Orel is left outside in the snow, alone on Christmas after his parents threaten to divorce, the episode ends with Orel praying to god hoping that even though there’s only 2 minutes left before Christmas is over that somehow everything will turn out to be alright, the last two minutes of the episode ends with a silent slow zoom out of him and the whole town.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: He has no idea of how bad a kid Joe is until he starts beating up two presumed gay boys. He has no idea how crazy Miss Censordoll is, and he had absolute no idea on how horrible his father is until the hunting trip.
  • I Am Not My Father: Orel and his father are shown to be similar throughout the show, both having a very difficult childhood and sharing a toxic father-and-son relationship with their own respective father. With the crazy amount of abuse, repression and exposure to toxic habits and cycles Orel was exposed during his childhood he could have had turned into a very screwed up adult not so different than Clay, but while Clay wallows in his own misery harming the ones surrounding him, Orel chose to become a better man becoming everything that his father couldn't.
  • I Choose to Stay: according to Word of God Orel decides to stay in Moralton to make it a better place.
    “Does adult Orel still live in Moralton? at first I thought he might have moved away but then I wondered if he would stay and try to help the town.”
    Dino: Orel’s not one to run away. I see him staying in Moralton and trying to make it a better place. Source
  • Ignored Epiphany: He's spanked into forgetting his Gnostic Epiphany in "Grounded", when he rejects the church doctrine of a Fluffy Cloud Heaven, and the idea that you have to be in a church to worship the lord.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: An interesting example as he is literally too pure to understand when he's doing something wrong, but once he knows he's done something wrong, he can bounce back and shake off any vices he may have picked up along the way without any trouble.
    Putty: Holy Moley! You are pure pureness in its purest form. It's almost irritating.
  • In Harmony with Nature: In the episode "Nature", at least until the second part...
  • Innocently Insensitive: Orel can commit downright cruelty to others out of good intentions. It's not that he's sadistic, but he doesn't realize that he's doing sadistic things.
  • Innocence Lost: It’s a theme in the series that Orel slowly starts to become aware of the town’s lies, and misery developing a better judgement in the process. The most prominent example of this trope being when his father shots him and has a breakdown in front of him in the “Nature” special. and if the series had continued further than it did Orel would have dealt with a crisis of faith, Word of God also confirmed that the blue heron was a representation of Orel’s innocence which is covered with flies by the end of the episode ”Nature”.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Stephanie, Coach Stopframe and with his grandpa, which relationship would have been explored further if the show hadn’t been canceled.
  • Jade-Colored Glasses: He dons a pair in the final season, where he becomes more cynical.
  • Keet: Orel is definitely an enthusiastic kid, but especially as a 4-year-old.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Before "Nature", Orel aspired to be like his father.
  • Literal-Minded: He tends to take any advice he's given at face value. Probably not helped by being raised never to think about what his elders tell him.
  • Meaningful Name Orel means “light of god” in Hebrew, which makes him not knowing what god means as a little kid and then subsequent strong faith later in life kind of ironic. Meanwhile his last name Puppington it’s a play on the words Puppet which are used on stop motion, which it’s the format of the show itself and one of Orel’s favorite hobbies.
  • Naked on Arrival: "Oh... I guess your clothes don't die with you!"
  • Nice Guy: He is definitely a sweet kid in contrast to the citizens of Moralton.
  • Not Afraid of You Anymore: He used to be afraid of his father’s beatings ("I’ll see you in my study"), which were supposed to be reprimands for every time he did something bad. Orel's misbehavior was in reality the result of the neglect and horrible advice given by the adults of Moralton. By the end of the third season, after been able to see through Clay and the town's hypocrisy, he's seen to be rather apathetic and annoyed of his punishments.
  • Only a Flesh Wound: Averted, after Clay shoots Orel in the leg and then waits two whole days to take him to the doctor due to being drunk. From there on, Orel is shown wearing a cast for the rest of the series. In the finale, the cast is finally removed, but Orel will walk with a limp for the rest of his life.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: At the end of "Sundays", when Orel arrives at church depressed.
  • Only Sane Man: He becomes more aware of Moralton's flaws as the show continues to run, but he does his best to keep himself chipper.
  • Parental Substitute: Reverend Putty, and Stephanie, at the very end.
  • The Pollyanna: The early episodes have him blissfully unaware of his actions or how draconian the adults of the town can be.
  • Precocious Crush: On Stephanie, which is over by the end of "The Blessed Union".
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: When he reluctantly shoots a bear in order to rescue Clay.
  • Save the Villain: As said in the above trope, he begrudgingly rescues Clay from getting mauled by a bear, even after Clay had shot him with no remorse. When Clay asks Orel if he shot the bear, Orel just denies it and convinces Clay that he shot the bear as payback.
  • Super Gullible: Orel tends to be overly trusting of authority and interpret his rituals very literally.
  • Superior Successor: He’s able to lead a happy and fulfilling life as an adult in spite of everything bad that happened to him as a child, something that his parents were never able to achieve.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: It happens to Orel for one episode when he misinterprets the preacher's sermon about renouncing worldly pleasures as getting rid of everything that feels good; unfortunately, what makes Orel feel best of all is his relationship with the Lord. He tries to counteract this by subjecting himself to 24/7 torture, but ends up... well, looking forward to his father's next discussion "in the study."
    Clay: You've been having whats? About who!? Doing WHAT!?
    (Clay holds up his belt threateningly, and Orel gives an aroused grin.)
    Clay: (Puts the belt back down, squicked out) Just go to my study.
  • Token Good Teammate: He is the only member of his family that has any sense of morality. As stated above, he is the only one to move on with his life unlike his deadbeat parents.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Plenty of his odd and "bad" behaviors can be attributed to the terrible advise he receives from the questionable authority figures of Moralton. There are plenty of examples like bringing a loaded gun to school, note  or when he started drinking at age of 12.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Orel has a very naive worldview as a result of his religious affiliation.
  • Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: During their father and son hunting trip, Orel loses all respect for his father after he shoots him in the leg. As his father lies asleep in a drunken stupor, a bear enters their camp, and Orel, hesitant to shoot anything all day, kills the bear to save his father. Once Clay wakes up, he sees the dead bear and asks if Orel shot the bear, saying "Make me proud son, tell me you shot that bear". Orel thinks on it for a few seconds, and not wanting to make Clay proud, claims that Clay shot the bear while he was drunk.

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    Clay Puppington 

Clayton Middleinitial "Clay" Puppington

Voiced by: Scott Adsit

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Orel's dad, who was abused by his own dad, Arthur, and Bloberta's alcoholic husband.

  • Abusive Parents: After his mother's death, his father briefly becomes this. He stops when he considers smacking him not worth it, but it only made Clay even worse. It results in Clay associating abuse with worth and affection. The cycle of abuse continues with his treatment of Orel. Played for Laughs initially, but not so much after the "Nature" two-parter.
  • Alcoholic Parent: With the amount of liquor he imbues, it's a wonder his liver hasn't given out.
  • All Take and No Give: His parenting.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: He shares multiple traits common to patients with BPD and Narcissistic personality disorder. He'll swing wildly between emotions on the slightest whim and put up false personalities in an attempt to bait other people, is recklessly impulsive, engages in binge drinking and is deathly terrified of abandonment by Coach Stopframe. He has a general inability to care for others unless they can be useful to him, has formed a grandiose self-image to make up for his feelings of inferiority, and desperately craves attention.
  • Ambiguous Start of Darkness: Even before his mother died, he was a selfish brat, and while some of his brattish behavior could be explained by his mother's treatment of him, he was regardless incredibly lacking in empathy for a child of his age.
  • Attention Whore: Years of being smothered by his fanatical mother warped Clay into serious case of this. His father, Arthur made it even worse when he told Clay he wasn't even worth hitting after his prank caused his mother's death. From then on, Clay came to associate abuse with worth and attention.
  • Awful Wedded Life: He's in a relationship with a woman he utterly hates, only married to Bloberta because she trapped him into marriage. His alcoholic rants reflect this mindset, especially when he goes camping with Orel, where he rants about how women squeeze the life out of men. And he won't consider a divorce because his religion frowns upon such a thing.
  • Backstory: "Passing" and "Help" do a great deal in showing how Clay turned into what he is.
  • Bad is Good and Good is Bad: This is basically what's wrong with Clay; he's psychologically wired to believe that pain is a form of love, which leads him to abuse his family and subordinates while believing he's showing how much he loves (and hates) them, making lying easier than breathing. This manages to ruin most of the town when he shoots his own son (the protagonist) in the leg and uses his mayoral connections to bail himself out. Getting karmic punishment still hurts him but it's clear that he needs the suffering for comfort.
  • Bad People Abuse Animals: The first episode of the series where Clay's cruelty is really taken seriously is "Nature", which is entirely about him trying to make Orel kill things, with him killing a hunting dog at one point and not remotely caring.
  • Boomerang Bigot: Accuses his ex-boyfriend Coach Stopframe of being a pedophile when the latter emotionally councils Orel, despite the fact that Clay himself is bisexual.
  • Broken Ace: Practically the poster child. A handsome, successful, Christian family man who's secretly an abusive, self-destructive, alcoholic jackass who hates everyone, especially himself.
  • Catchphrase: Before every Spoof Aesop spouted by Clay, he would find Orel and say a sentence that ends with "In my study." Cue gulping.
  • Characterization Marches On: While he was never a particularly sympathetic character, the early episodes showed him as an Affably Evil figure who genuinely believed he was doing what was best for his family and would occasionally admit to being in the wrong, albeit usually Comically Missing the Point in the process. From the S1 finale onwards, it becomes clear that his pleasant demeanour is entirely a mask and he hates everyone in his family with a passion, as well as making a point of never admitting to having made even the slightest mistake. Alternatively, one could interpret that he's been getting continually worse over the years.
  • Depraved Bisexual: Clay appears to only love attention, loving anyone who will show him any amount of it, regardless of who he will hurt in the process. It's this, combined with his abusive nature towards Orel that causes Daniel Stopframe to ultimately reject him.
  • Deuteragonist: While his son's the main character, Clay is the second-most important because of his neuroses and insecurities that drive the plot.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: And drowning them good.
    Clay: Hate her. [Drinks] Still hate her. [Drinks] Toler-hate 'er. [Drinks] Tolerate her!
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: In the case of Clay, a little too much.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Lets out a Big "WHAT?!" when Dr. Potterswheel wondered if he molested Orel in his studies.
  • Faux Affably Evil: The guy almost constantly has a pleasant demeanor, which is just a mask because he's drunk all the time. In "Nature" his true colors are revealed when he sobers up. Even before this, how he can be so calm beating his own son, having to be TOLD Orel didn't do anything wrong since beating him is an impulse for him, his drunken demeanor makes him all the more horrible.
  • Fisher King: He's the mayor of Moralton. Probably explains a lot about why Moralton is so messed up.
  • Freudian Excuse: Clay's mother gave him far too much attention while Clay's dad didn't give him enough. After she died, his father shunned him, which led to Clay deliberately provoking him into abusing him because it was the only way he could get his father's attention. His screwed up childhood is why he has no confidence in himself and virtually no parenting skills.
  • Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: That said, he's never depicted in justified for this reason for using it to justify any of his abuse, and his failure to even attempt to change his behavior is largely a result of his own moral weakness.
  • The Gadfly: The most realistic depiction of one, especially seen in Sacrifice; because he associates abuse with attention and affection, and because he's a Hate Sink the entire town seemingly tolerates at best, he spends most of his time abusing everyone in the bar attempting to get a rise out of them, but when cooler heads prevail, he starts to have a Villainous Breakdown.
  • Hate Sink: Clay is intended to be loathsome in every possible way. Ultimately deconstructed when the show goes onto depict, in crushing detail, how being such a ceaselessly awful person has led to everyone who's ever associated with him breaking ties with him out of disgust, and that he's so pathetically awful not because he enjoys it but simply because he's such a fundamentally broken person that it's the only way he knows how to get attention from anyone.
  • Heel Realization: "Numb" reveals that he not only knows that he's a monstrous wretch, but he knows exactly why he is what he is. However, despite understanding that his self-destructive behavior also hurts the people he loves, he's unwilling to change his ways, making this an Ignored Epiphany.
  • Henpecked Husband: Though he's not exactly sympathetic in the matter.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: On first glance, Clay seems to have an incredibly high opinion of himself and rambles about everyone except him is a moron and failure, but it becomes increasingly obvious that the person he hates the most is himself and he's attempting to shift the feelings of loathing onto other people.
  • It's All About Me: His world revolves around him. As a child he was spoiled rotten by his mother and when she died and his father, who pretty much resented him for being the unintentional cause of her death, declared he was not even worth getting punished, Clay did everything he could to receive ANY kind of attention even if it's the negative kind.
  • Jerkass:
    Clay: (to Orel, referring to an apology) Okay, well, I take everything back. (starts to leave) And I'm glad I shot you.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Any sign Clay provides that he actually cares for anyone is a lie to keep them from leaving him.
  • Kiddie Kid: Due to his mother’s constant coddling, even still referring to his age by months, Clay often behaved more like a 5 or 6 year old than a 12 year old. When he constantly kept referring the (in reality, not real) Lost Commandments, his father stated it was cuter when he younger, but rather pathetic for a boy his age. It seemed this mentality seeped over into his adult age as well, such as ordering apple juice at a wedding reception before he became an alcoholic, and still holding on to the “Lost Commandments” well into his adulthood.
  • Like Father, Like Son: To Orel until he shot him. Even moreso with his dad.
  • Lack of Empathy: To everyone except himself.
  • Mayor Pain: "Nesting" reveals that he's the mayor of Moralton. It's unclear if his leadership is why the town's so messed up, or if they simply chose him because his multiple issues made him perfect for leading a screwed-up place like Moralton.
  • Meaningful Name: Clay is something that is easily molded. Not only was Clay himself molded into the person he is by his deeply religious mother, he now tries to mold Orel into someone who fits his distorted worldview. This could also apply to his position as mayor of Moralton.
  • Narcissist: He lacks empathy or remorse, has a desperate pathological desire for attention, uses a grandiose veneer to cover up for his self-image problems, and demands all the resources from any romantic relationship he's engaged in.
  • Never My Fault: He actually hoists blame on Orel for getting drunkenly shot by his father.
  • Oedipus Complex: His desire for attention and motherly doting resulted in a disturbing case of this when he grew up. It got even worse when, after his prank resulted in his mother's death, Arthur told him he wasn't worth hitting. From then on, Clay came to associate abuse with affection and attention.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Between his extreme selfishness, pathological need for attention, and unwillingness to own up to his mistakes, it's obvious that he's completely lacking in emotional maturity.
  • Sexless Marriage: With Bloberta. Given that he doesn't even like being with her in the first place, it's justifiable.
  • The Sociopath: He is revealed to be a self-loathing alcoholic who shoots his son Orel in the leg during a hunting trip and later proclaims that he was glad that he shot him. He tries to invoke reactions from other people regardless if it ends with him being despised out of a desperate need for stimulation; he lacks empathy and remorse for any of his actions; and before his true nature was revealed, he acted like the stereotypical 1950s father as seen in television. That being said, associating abuse with affection and his self-centred but geniune relationship with Coach Stopframe may place him closer to narcissism.
  • Spoiled Brat: Thanks to being endlessly fawned over by his mother.
  • Standard '50s Father: Deconstructed to a horrifying degree.
  • Start of Darkness: When his father begins ignoring him after his mother's death. Even then, he turns out a half-decent guy, but then Bloberta introduces him to alcohol. Given how quickly he takes to it, the alcohol probably let loose all those years of pent-up frustration.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: He was a considerably worse father after "Nature", nearly disowning Orel.
    • His entire life has been this, really. He started off a spoiled and unempathetic but well-meaning child, progressed into a cynical but mostly harmless young man, but upon discovering alchohol, he progresses into a warped version of a Standard '50s Father who was still at least occasionally willing to admit his fault, though usually in an illogical fashion, and acted upon a warped sense of what was best for his family. By the end of season 1, he has fully abandoned this and now sees himself as completely unfallible and doesn't give even an iota of a shit of what happens to anyone. It's difficult to see what else would have happened if the series hadn't been cancelled but he could have only gotten worse.
  • Troubled Abuser: He's a really lousy dad to Orel, but it's only because his own childhood has warped his idea of what love and parenthood is.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: How Clay sees Orel, Bloberta... his entire family.
  • Unwanted Spouse: With Bloberta. Being a Ungrateful Bastard who didn't even wanted to be married with her in the first place, it makes sense.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Well, definitely sweeter than he is now.
  • Villain Protagonist: In season 3 when his alcoholism and lack of self-esteem pretty much alienate everyone he knows.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Several, in "Nature Part 1", "Sacrifice" and "Honor".
  • What, Exactly, Is His Job?: To the point where his kids don't even know. He's the Mayor.
  • Why Couldn't You Be Different?: Clay wishes that his son wasn't so... innocent and sensitive.

    Bloberta Puppington 

Bloberta Puppington (neé Hymentact)

Voiced by: Britta Phillips

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Clay's wife and Orel and Shapey's mom, who married Clay to keep from being the Christmas Cake and to get away from her own dysfunctional family....only to end up in an even more dysfunctional family in the process. She once had an affair with Coach Stopframe, who is the biological father of Shapey.
  • Adults Are Useless: While she is not physically abusive to Orel like Clay is, she is very neglectful and despite favoring Shapey, she merely lets him run wild and indulges his whims just to get him to stop screaming.
  • The Alcoholic: Actually used to be this herself. She's also the one who drove Clay to become this so that he will depend on her.
  • Always Someone Better: Bloberta's siblings, according to her mother, and all her friends who were getting married, which prompted her to trap Clay into a relationship.
  • Awful Wedded Life: She didn't like Clay before they were married, but now utterly despises the man. She married him by trapping him into it, believing that it would change him for the better (it didn't), and that Bloberta desperately wanted to be married to someone. And she won't file a divorce because Moralton's religious ways frown upon the concept.
  • Backstory: Explained in the episode "Help" how Clay and Bloberta ended up in such a loveless, hate-filled marriage.
  • Christmas Cake: Was afraid of becoming this before she married Clay... In hindsight, she probably would have been better-off as this trope.
  • The Ditz: While she once claimed to be "a clever one" and acts as though she is a wise maternal figure, many instances shows that she is nowhere near as smart as she likes to think she is.
    • In "God's Image", it's implied that she doesn't seem to know where Europe is located.
    • The fact that it took her months to notice that her son Shapey was switched with Block and even then, it was only because she compared Block's image to a photo she had of Shapey.
    • In "Help", her 18 year-old-self could not think of a proper rhyme for "Unbridled free-thinking", which did not impress Ms. Censordoll.
    • One of the most infamous examples of her stupidity happens in "Numb", where she used a jack-hammer as a dildo and keeps on using it even after experiencing severe injuries just because Dr. Potterswheel (who has a gore fetish) gave her some pain-killers.
  • Freudian Excuse: As a child, she was The Unfavorite to her parents because she couldn't sing as well as the rest of her family. She married Clay so that she could get away from her family and to have a sense of belonging somewhere. A decision she deeply regrets.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: She still married Clay out of desperation even after he proved himself a horrible drunk and a terrible womanizer.
  • Neat Freak: She would even freak out when her cleaning supplies got dirty. After the events of the episode "Nature", we see her kitchen is messy and disheveled.
  • Parental Neglect: While she's not overtly abusive like her husband, she is generally frighteningly apathetic towards her children. She lets Shapey play with loaded guns and other dangerous objects with no supervision, and when Orel repeatedly comes home from school with blood all over his shirt in one episode, her only concern is that she'll have to do the laundry more often.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • In the last episode, when Clay says that the family is going to sing Christmas carols, Bloberta says that Orel should be involved in it too.
    • She also takes Block in for no apparent reason other than the kindness of her heart after his mom abandons him. Moreover, Block seems to like Bloberta better.
    • The very first episode has Bloberta and Clay poking fun at Reverend Putty for reusing an old sermon in a (very) rare instance of them both getting enjoyment out of something.
    • In "Nesting", she is shown knitting banners to help support Orel in his exploits. The first time was for the egg-ban while the second time was to help Orel since he was Miss Censordoll's campaign manager...granted, the latter could have just been to spite Clay.
  • Sexless Marriage: With Clay, given that he absolutely despises her.
  • Stepford Smiler: And the cracks are very visible.
  • Understanding Boyfriend: Bloberta always wanted one, tried to get one through multiple affairs, all of whom used her for an ulterior motive and had the series continued, she would have finally gotten one, when she began her affair with Officer Papermouth. Unfortunately the show was cut before this could happen.
  • The Unfavorite: The tone-deaf sibling in a church singer family.
  • The Unfair Sex: She is just as arrogant, selfish and hypocritical as her husband Clay. However, by the end of the series, while Orel looses all respect for his father and comes to see him as the horrible person that he is, the poor boy still seems to have some love and respect for his mother...most likely because he is still unaware of her own actions that had a hand in shaping Clay into the horrible person that he is today.
  • Unwanted Spouse: With Clay, to the point that she cheated on him for his lover Coach Stopframe.

    Shapey Puppington 

Shapey Puppington

Voiced by: Tigger Stamatopoulos

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Orel's little brother who's "off" in some way but it's not clear how.
  • Aerith and Bob: "Shapey" is a less-than-usual kind of name.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: He is almost completely incapable of speech, throws tantrums at the drop of a hat, and is completely unable to understand the feelings of others. It's unclear if he has a genuine mental disability, or if his mother's extremely lax parenting style has stunted his emotional development. He seems to have grown out of it in the Distant Finale.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: He's a very whiny and destructive child who causes nothing but trouble for Orel. Orel never shows any annoyance towards him, but that's probably because his parents have ordered him to always accomodate his brother.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: His entire character revolves around how temperamental he is.
  • The Bus Came Back: After Bloberta finally realizes she got him mixed up with Block.
  • Chocolate Baby: One reason why Clay didn't get along well with Bloberta was because Shapey didn't look anything like him. Beforel Orel confirms that Coach Daniel Stopframe is his real father.
  • Inexplicably Identical Individuals: Despite some distinguishing characteristics (namely head shape, hair color, and shirt color), Shapey and Block act exactly the same. They're similar enough that their parents accidentally took each other's child and didn't notice any difference. Bloberta eventually figured it out and got Shapey back, unofficially adopting Block in the process.
  • Kiddie Kid: Despite being 7 years old, he openly throws tantrums like a spoiled toddler.
  • Mama's Baby, Papa's Maybe: The fact that Shapey doesn't look anything like his dad is yet another strain in the marriage of Clay and Bloberta. "The Best Christmas Ever" reveals that Clay initially didn't want Shapey on the grounds that Bloberta cheated on him, which the entire town knows about. When Clay points out that he doesn't even remember conceiving Shapey, Bloberta blames his lack of memory on his constant drinking. Turns out Clay's suspicions are correct: Shapey is the result of an affair between Bloberta and Coach Stopframe, whom ironically is now who Clay is seeing behind his wife's back.
  • Older Than They Look: He acts and looks like a spoiled 3 year old. He's actually 7.
  • Put on a Bus: Or a moving van, really.
  • Spoiled Brat: "Mine" and incomprehensible screaming and screeching are all he does.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: He started to mellow out some in "Sacrifice". Had the third season kept its full length, there would've been an episode where Shapey and Block bonding is the reason why they're less bratty.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: He's shown playing with things like lighters when Clay and Bloberta aren't paying attention to him.
  • The Bus Came Back: After spending an entire season switched with Block, Bloberta got Shapey back during the first episode of Season 3. She also ended up just keeping Block.
  • The Voiceless: Shapey's "dialogue" is nothing but incomprehensible screaming. Subverted in the third to last episode, where Shapey quietly tells his mother that when he's thirsty, he feels like when he's alone.

    Arthur Puppington 

Arthur Puppington

Voiced by: Dino Stamatopoulos (Younger); Joe Unger (Older)
Clay's abusive dad and Angela's husband. Weirdly, he's a doting grandpa to Orel
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  • Abusive Parents: Not that it excuses it, but Clay was a spoiled brat who was responsible for his wife's death, and even then Clay's birth resulted in Angela becoming religiously fanatic about him, her "miracle baby". Following Angela's death, he immediately started then stopped hitting Clay because he felt Clay wasn't worth the effort. This resulted in Clay associating abuse with affection and attention. A flashback in Beforel Orel indicates that he did shun his son and he realized in the end that it permanently screwed Clay up.
  • Hollywood Atheist: After the way his wife acted, he wants nothing to do with Christianity.
  • Jerkass Realization: In Beforel Orel, when he realized the way he treated his own son has affected Clay horribly.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Or rather, Like Grandfather Like Grandson. If the show continued, he would have had a good relationship with Orel.
    • Beforel Orel finally explored what their relationship would have been like, only it focuses on a younger Orel just before Shapey was born.
    • Tragically, Arthur was an abusive parent himself, which is part of the reason why Clay beats Orel the way he does now. He realizes this to his own horror as an old man, now that it's too late to make amends with the son he's hurt, or stop him from hurting others.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: In Beforel Orel when Clay rejects him in front of the police station after saving Shapey, there's a heart wrenching scene as he has a flashback to the moment he decided Clay wasn't worth it (and Clay would act out to such a degree that Arthur couldn't help to because Clay associated abuse with affection). He sees Clay as the bitter, spiteful man that his negligence helped shape.
  • Not So Similar: The episodes Arthur features in show a number of similarities to Clay, both are cynical, short-tempered, and both physically and emotionally abusive. The difference is that Arthur came to regret his abusive behavior and admitted he was wrong whilst Clay never would and continued to abuse Orel. Arthur in his later years managed to live a happier life, regrets notwithstanding, while in the Distant Finale Clay is shown to still be miserable.
  • Not Worth Killing: Or rather, he felt Clay was not worth hitting after his prank resulted in Angela's death. Unfortunately, this ended up backfiring horribly as from then on, Clay came to associate abuse with affection and attention.
  • Only Sane Man: Perhaps in all of Moralton... before he moved out.
  • Parental Substitute: To Orel in Beforel Orel.
  • Troubled Abuser: He lost his wife to a prank Clay pulled and Clay's constant attempts to get his attention he'd respond with hitting him or ignoring him. Later in life Arthur would come to realize how much his actions affected his son and does try to be a better parental figure to his grandson.

    Angela Puppington 
Voiced by: ???
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Clay's mom, who had ten stillbirths and passed on the "Lost Commandments" to Clay
  • Comically Missing the Point: A darkly comedic example: She attributes Clay being born alive and well to her prayers rather than the fact that she didn't smoke or anything else incredibly stupid while pregnant
    • Entertainingly Wrong: She did pray so much that praying took up most of her spare time and didn't do those wildly stupid things while pregnant with Clay.
  • Doting Parent: She spoiled Clay rotten to the point of ignoring her husband due to how all of her previous children were stillborn.
  • Family Theme Naming: She tells Clay that his siblings would've been named "Clark", "Clarissa", "Clementine", "Clara", "Clarice", "Clea", "Clarence", "Clinton", "Clancy", and "Clondike".
  • Meaningful Name: Angela.
  • Missing Mom: Died when Clay was twelve years old from a heart attack.
  • Ill Girl: Had a heart condition that ultimately killed her.
  • In Mysterious Ways: Her justification why she had ten failed pregnancies and only one that lived.
  • The Lost Lenore: Arthur wouldn't let her death go, including blaming Clay whose feigned suicide caused her fatal heart attack.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: Had ten stillbirths before Clay was born. It's because of these stillbirths that she came to hate the word "dead" or any words that rhyme with "dead" ("end-ed" for example).
  • Posthumous Character: Died in 1967, over thirty years before the start of the series.
  • Pushover Parents: Because Clay was her first living child after ten failed pregnancies, she basically treated him like royalty, giving him everything he wanted and never disciplining him when he misbehaved.
  • Sexless Marriage: She acted very distant toward Arthur after Clay's birth, giving all her affection to Clay.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Played with, she's more "Too Dumb to Reproduce", as she didn't completely realize that high impact activities, heavy drinking, smoking, or any combo of the three would cause 10 of her kids being stillbirths.
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Citizens of Moralton

    Ms. Censordoll 

Ms. Frances Clara Censordoll

Voiced by: Jay Johnston; Scott Adsit (Season 3)
The fun-hating librarian who's obsessed with eggs and censoring what she finds "immoral"
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  • Abusive Parents: Her mother, for some unknown reason, had her reproductive organs removed when she was a baby.
  • Child Hater: According to the episode Alone, she says, "Babies are the Devil's scabies."
  • Evil Matriarch: Miss Censordoll aspires to be one for the entire town. She actually runs for mayor as "Town Mayor-triarch".
  • Freudian Excuse: She had her ovaries and other sexual organs removed as a child. This has caused her to be the a rather unstable matriarch-to-be with a fetish for eggs.
  • Holier Than Thou: Bordering on A God Am I.
    Reverend Putty (on the radio): We need others in our lives as a constant reminder that we're not the center of the universe. Because there's only one person who's reserved that particular section of the cosmos. And you know who that is, ladies...
    Ms. Censordoll: Yes... ME!!!
  • Karma Houdini: Thanks to the show being cut short, she's never really punished for her manipulative and hypocritical ways.
  • Knight Templar: Out of all the adults in Moralton, she is by far the strictest when it comes to upholding God's law.
  • Larynx Dissonance: Miss Censordoll is voiced by a man.
  • Meaningful Name: If you shorten her name to just the initials, you get FCC, a reference to the Federal Communications Commission.
  • Not So Above It All: After Orel gets her favorite food (eggs) banned from Moralton, she joins the rest of the townspeople in buying eggs at a black-market club.
  • Old Maid: Except she's just turned 40.
  • Scary Librarian: She routinely burns books she thinks might be the least bit provocative — right next to the library's circulation desk. Case in point: she tears a Bible in half and burns one half for having "Jewish parts".
  • A Sinister Clue: She's shown as left-handed in "Offensiveness" and "Alone".
  • Straw Hypocrite: Even more so than the citizens of Moralton. When Orel started a protest against eggs, she went along with it because she felt it would help her image, even though she loved eggs to the point of obsession (and also because she figured she could secretly keep the mayor from ever banning them). After the protest led to a citywide ban on eggs, she was forced to buy them illegally. Word of God stated that if the series continued on, she would've been a practitioner of voodoo.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Eggs, especially pickled (from the jar on her desk) or under-fried and "extra-slithery" (served by Mr. Figurelli).
  • Younger Than They Look: Hard to imagine that she just turned 40, it's implied that her lack of reproductive organs is why she aged so badly.

    Coach Stopframe 

Coach Daniel(le) Stopframe

Voiced by: Jay Johnston; Scott Adsit (Season 3)
Orel's gym teacher and Shapey's bio father
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  • Arc Symbol: Rotating crosses, to symbolize his wishy-washy religious affiliation.
  • Depraved Bisexual: His obsession with Clay notwithstanding, Stopframe is also a sometimes-Satanist and had an affair with Bloberta, and in one episode sleeps with a group of prositutes — and one dog.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He's by no means a good person, but even he eventually sees Clay for what he is. Also he was visibly repulsed by the Satanists and their hedonistic ways to the point where he actually mouths "What the f**k?"
    • Coach Stopframe is told by Clay that his son Orel came between him and the bear when he shot Orel's leg. But when Orel tells him the truth, that Clay shot his leg while drunk and blamed the bear, he was disgusted. You can hear the anger and disgust in his voice when he tells Orel that his coming between him and the bear is one of the lies Clay made up.
    Orel: And then he told everyone that I accidentally shot myself or the bear shot me.
    Stopframe: (frowning) Or that you got between him and the bear.
  • Gender-Blender Name: His name is Daniel. But it's pronounced like the feminine "Danielle". Doesn't help that in "Numb" a note from him has him spell it the feminine way.
  • Hollywood Satanism: An on-again-off-again Satanist who regularly tries to play both God and Satan to get what he wants.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's a sleazy off-and-on again satanist, but he's one of the few people who genuinely cares about Orel and is outright disgusted by some people.
  • Karma Houdini: Not only does Clay never find out that Stopframe fathered Shapey with Bloberta but he was never caught for starting the fire that almost destroyed Moralton in "In God's Image".
  • Parental Substitute: In the series finale, he spends time with Orel as a father figure, and they genuinely have fun. Clay instantly misconstrues this as him and Orel having an affair.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • In the finale, he gives Orel some much needed advice.
    • Alongside this he learns what kind of person Clay really is through the way he treats his family. Once he eyes are open he cuts all ties immediately.
  • Stalker with a Crush: For Clay, even going to such lengths as having an affair with his wife to feel closer to him and not-so-discreetly taking pictures of Clay through his bedroom window.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Also for Clay. Until the third season finale.

    Reverend Putty 

Reverend Rod Putty

Voiced by: William Salyers
The Moralton's church's pastor.
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  • A Date with Rosie Palms: An almost daily visitor to Professor Hans Jerkoff.
  • Character Development: One of the few adults to genuinely and unambiguously change for the better.
  • Deadpan Snarker: His sermons are peppered with all kinds of jabs at the holy book.
  • Defeat Equals Friendship: At the start of the series, Putty clearly barely tolerates Orel's devotion toward him, occasionally graduating to outright hatred but interspersed with attempts at genuine advice. At his Despair Event Horizon, Putty finally gets a date with a woman, only for the woman to reveal she's actually his daughter. Putty is convinced that everything in his life is a sham, even mockingly letting Orel stand at the pulpit to talk about God's love. Orel then discusses that God's love comes in faith, friendship, and family, but not often in all three. Putty's moved into his Heel–Face Turn, and genuinely tries to help Orel thereafter.
  • Dodgy Toupee: His rug isn't fooling anyone.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: The main reason he gets burned from his job is he has a lot of the responsibility for dealing with such a miserable flock (and Orel, who while well-meaning is a nightmare to manage), but none of the benefits. Due to the superficiality of faith in Moralton, the reverend is simultaneously the most respected and most hated man in town.
  • Good Shepherd: Surprisingly, by the end of the show, Putty has firmly become one of these.
  • Heel–Face Turn: The only adult in the entire series to unambiguously do this.
  • Heel–Faith Turn: As Putty mellows out, he also develops a renewed faith as well.
  • Heteronormative Crusader: Makes sermons about his disgust for homosexuals, hinting toward his disdain for Coach Stopframe's behavior. He ultimately does evolve from this out of love for Stephanie
  • Luke, You Are My Father: He is Stephanie's father.
  • Not So Above It All: In "Closeface", he bonds with his daughter after finding out that they both have a snarky sense of humor.
  • Only Sane Man: Putty has many of the faults and cynicism that most Mortalon residents have, but he seems more self aware and even at one point tries to have the town stop trying to give Orel lessons since he always misinterprets them and screws something up. As the show progresses he's one of the only people to try and address his own flaws and eventually becomes one of the few to try and reach out to Orel
  • Pet the Dog: Upon realizing that his entire congregation is miserable, including Orel, takes it upon himself to cheer them all. He also tells his daughter that he disapproves of her crush on another girl, solely because the other girl was using her.
  • Snark Knight: Amongst his fellow Fundamentalist. He knows full and well all f'd up the town is.
  • Straw Hypocrite: Like most adults, and one of the few to grow out of it.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: After the events of "Be Fruitful and Multiply".

    Doughy Latchkey 

Doughy Latchkey

Voiced by: Scott Adsit
Orel's best friend
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  • Butt-Monkey: He's subject to a lot of physical pratfalls, especially at Hurtball.
  • The Ditz: The kid's not all there upstairs.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: His parents treat him more like an Annoying Younger Sibling, resulting in him being badly affection starved.
  • Jerkass Ball: He holds this in both "Trigger" and Beforel Orel.
  • Kids Are Cruel: Towards Orel, as a 4-year-old, but only because he played along with two other bullies.
    • Although he has shown tendencies of being a jerk to Orel for his own gains in the episode "Trigger".
  • Loving a Shadow: He probably only had a crush on Miss Sculptham because she called him "son," something his parents don't.
  • Meaningful Name: His surname refers to latchkey kids.
  • Parental Neglect: His parents constantly want him out of the house so they can just cuddle and make out together.
  • Precocious Crush: On Miss Sculptham.
  • Visual Pun: The lost episode "Abstinence" has him constantly ruining people's chances for sex. So what does his dad give him as a job? To stop roosters from fornicating at the farm.
  • Yes-Man: Toward Orel, he usually attempts to talk him out from his ideas, but always ends up helping him go through them.

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    Stephanie Foamwire-Putty 

Stephanie Foamwire-Putty

Voiced by: Britta Phillips
The atheistic owner of Buried Pleasures and the most rational person in the entire town. Also Rev. Putty's daughter.
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  • Butch Lesbian: Lots of piercings, has short hair, always wearing black, and runs a sex shop.
  • Character Tics: She makes new piercings on herself whenever she gets too emotional.
  • Cool Big Sis: To Orel as she gives him much saner advice than anyone else in all of Moralton.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Hell, she's a downright pleasant individual and the nicest person out of the rest of the town.
  • Depraved Homosexual: Subverted. While she has all the surface traits (she gets Orel his first job at her porn store, and has several fetishes heavily implied), she deeply cares for everyone in her life, even people she knows are just using her.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Orel.
  • Only Sane Man: Stephanie's the only recurring adult character who takes her relationship with Orel seriously and responsibly.
  • Parental Substitute: Stephanie's so maternal to Orel, in fact, she gives herself another piercing to tamp down her rising parental instincts for him, as she knows he's got a crush on her.
  • The Pastor's Queer Kid: In the season 3 episode "Closeface", we learn that she is a lesbian because she was in a relationship with Doughy's mother back when they were in school. Of course, Doughy's mom thought it was just a way to get Doughy's dad to notice her. We also learn that Reverend Putty knows his daughter's a lesbian, and is actually okay with that.

    Joe Secondopinionson 

Joe Secondopinionson

Voiced by: Jay Johnston
Coach Stopframe's nephew and another friend of Orel's. Also, Nurse Bendy's son.
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  • Attention Whore: His bullying antics are just to make sure all eyes are on him.
  • Blowing a Raspberry: Almost bordering on Character Tics.
  • The Bully: A classic archetype for Orel to deal with. Of course, that also gets deconstructed in Season 3.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: His bonding with Nurse Bendy is one of the few sweet moments in Season 3.
  • Freudian Excuse: Joe is unquestionably a total brat. Having no parents that can adequately care for him in any way can make this happen.
  • Hate Sink: Joe is a cruel and obnoxious brat. He turns out to be a subversion when we discover what the cause of his behavior is and he reconciles with his mother. The true hate sink is his father, who raped Nursed Bendy when she was a teenager, causing her extreme emotional problems.
  • Jerkass: Is usually picking on Orel and Shapey.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: After being depicted as a complete jerk, he slowly begins to get better when he meets his real mother, Nurse Bendy.
  • Kids Are Cruel: He's a budding sociopath before he and his mother bond.
  • Son of a Whore: Specifically, Nurse Bendy. However, he doesn't mind it at all.

    Miss Sculptham 

Miss Agnes Sculptham

Voiced by: Britta Phillips
The schoolteacher who Doughy had a crush on and really doesn't seem to like her job.
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  • Apathetic Teacher: You can barely call what she does teaching in the first place.
  • Beehive Hairdo: Her hairstyle.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She's really bored and uncaring while on the clock, so her students get a lot of snarky lessons.
  • Does Not Like Men: It's implied that she doesn't like men in the lost episode "Raped", where,after finding out that she's (still) pregnant, she tells the fetus, "Oh, I hope you don’t turn out to be a man."
  • Dye or Die: In an attempt to get raped by Creepler.
  • Gold Digger: Towards Doughy.
  • Good Girls Avoid Abortion: Possibly plays this trope straight if you didn't consider her to be "good." Word of God says that her coathanger abortion wasn't successful, as she was pregnant with twins and only killed one.
  • No-Dialogue Episode: To add to its shock value, she does not speak a word during "Alone." note 
  • Stockholm Syndrome: She is in love with Cecil Creepler, because she had an orgasm as a result of him raping her. She still gets off to the memory of her rape.

    Nurse Bendy 

Nurse Nursula Bendy

Voiced by: Britta Phillips
The Town Bicycle nurse of the school and the Moralton's hospital. Also, Joe's mom.
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  • Age-Gap Romance: When Nurse Bendy got pregnant with Joe, she was only 14 years old, which would have put Dr. Secondopinionson at about 75 when he impregnated Nurse Bendy. No wonder she's got so many issues.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Granted, Joe may be the neighborhood bully, but he is the only one who respects Nurse Bendy in contrast to the other residents seeing her as a sex toy. This gets her and Joe to bond.
  • Brainless Beauty: Deconstructed when she shows that she really wants to have children and raise a normal family, but the stereotype of being a nymphomaniac keeps her from fulfilling it.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: She was molested by her biological parents, was a statutory rape victim to someone 60 years her senior (and was impregnated by him, no less!), fell victim to sexual abuse countlessly, etc.
  • The Ditz: She's not a very bright individual.
  • Dumb Blonde: A blonde nurse who is incompetent at her job, and the only reason she got hired was because others find her attractive.
  • Dye or Die: Her real hair is black. Like her son, Joe.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: After all her psychological troubles, she got to reunite with her biological son and moves on from her "toy children".
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Downplayed. She has her flaws, but she's easily much more pleasant than most of the other adults in Moralton.
  • Hidden Depths: When she's stopped being used as the town bicycle, she reveals a nice personality under it.
  • Hired for Their Looks: And hoo boy did it do a number on her mental status.
  • Hospital Hottie: Why she has the job in the first place. She's not very good at the medical stuff.
  • Missing Mom: To Joe. However, the two eventually do meet.
  • The Mistress: To Principal Fakey.
  • Really Gets Around: She's well known around town for having dozens of sexual partners.
  • School Nurse: Though she doesn't really do much nursing.
  • Stepford Smiler: When she's off the clock. Otherwise, she usually has a tired, frowning look on her face.
  • Teen Pregnancy: She had given birth to Joe when she was only 13.
  • Womanchild: "Alone" shows her lifestyle to be strongly reminscent of that of a 7-year-old, playing with her stuffed toys and acting like they're real people.

    Dr. Potterswheel 

Dr. Quentin Xavier Potterswheel

Voiced by: Scott Adsit
The town's gynecologist, who's obsessed with gore.
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  • Comically Inept Healing: He's a pretty terrible doctor when it comes down to it. When Oral has a gunshot wound to the foot, his advice is to eat a lot of fatty foods to clog up his arteries, thereby minimizing bleeding. This is played for laughs at first, but not so much when it starts to sink in how having such an inept doctor hurts the town.
    Dr. Potterswheel: (Looking at a flat-lining Orel) It isn't healthy to be dead that long.
  • Dr. Feelgood: Which might have resulted in his wife's death—he kept giving her painkillers rather than actually treating her wounds.
  • Dr. Jerk: Very snarky and not really good at his job, all things considered.
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • When Clay tries provoking him into a fight, most notably insulting his dead wife and his malpractice. Potterswheel and the others just blow him off rather than stoop to his level.
    • Similarly he stops Papermouth from pistol-whipping Clay after Clay hits his Berserk Button.
  • Lack of Empathy: Not very caring for a doctor.
  • Never My Fault: Death is God's fault, not his.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: He's turned on by Bloberta mutilating her lower region. It's strongly implied that his wife indulging him in this is what led to her death.

    Christina Posabule 

Christina Posabule

Voiced by: Carolyn Lawrence
Orel's Distaff Counterpart who's seemingly more normal.
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  • Cheerful Child: Just as cheerful as Orel since they're both similar.
  • Distaff Counterpart: To Orel as they both come from hardcore Protestant familes and have an optimistic attitude. Rev. Putty even refers to her as Orel's "little Orelette."
  • Happily Married: To Orel in the far off finale.
  • Meaningful Name: Clay says that her name means "tiny little female Christ."
  • Official Couple: With Orel, especially in "Closeface" when they dance together.
  • Satellite Love Interest: It's hard to describe her other than being Orel's mutual crush.

    Principal Fakey 

Principal Norm Fakey

Voiced by: Jay Johnston
The School's principal who's in an affair with Nurse Bendy.
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    Officer Papermouth 

Officer Roger Papermouth

Voiced by: Jay Johnston
One of Moralton's police officers.
  • Everyone Has Standards: When Clay goes off on him over Papermouth's own insecurities, he just takes it. When Clay makes a derogatory comment to the bartender Dolly, hereto shown only as a friendly individual to all of them, Papermouth slams Clays head on the bar table and was about to pistol whip him had Dr. Potterswheel stopped him.
  • Heel Realization: After he shoots up his daughter's teddy bear.
  • Police Are Useless: Quite often, which is part of the reason Florence left him.
  • Understanding Boyfriend: Would have been this to Bloberta

    Florence Papermouth 

Florence Papermouth

Voiced by: Britta Phillips
Officer Papermouth's ex-wife.
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  • Abhorrent Admirer: To Reverend Putty. Until "Sundays" completely dashes away her expectations of him.
  • Ascended Extra: She's merely a background character often seen at Church and occasionally in Moralton throughout the whole show. It isn't until "Sundays" we actually learn about her (which features most of her appearances).
  • A Day in the Limelight: "Sundays."
  • Big Eater: It's why she's so fat!
  • Extreme Doormat: Subverted with most people, as she's one of the few people in Moralton actually prepared to stand up for herself rather than put up with another's abuse or shameful behaviour. Played straight with Reverend Putty though for whom she'll put up with anything, including him calling out her roommate's name during sex. His open regret over sleeping with her before they even get out of bed is a step too far, though.
  • Fat and Skinny: Fat to Dottie's Skinny.
  • Formerly Fat: Would have become this, had the show not been cancelled.
  • Odd Couple: With Dottie. She's shyer and is easily put down or dismissed by Dottie.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her hair is pink. She's one of the few characters in the show to pull off this trope.

    Dottie 

Deloris "Dottie" Trophywife

Voiced by: Britta Phillips
Florence's friend and she was more of a background character until "Sundays".
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  • A Day in the Limelight: "Sundays", where we get more characterization out of her.
  • Fat and Skinny: Skinny to Florence's Fat. At one point, Dottie mocks the latter because of her weight.
  • Odd Couple: With Florence. Most of what she does with Florence is mock her weight and dismiss her, along with being more assertive and domineering.
  • Sour Outside, Sad Inside: Barely lets anyone get a word in edgewise, openly mocks Florence's size, and flirts with Reverend Putty in front of her just because she can. However, she breaks down crying when it costs her her friendship with Florence and seems quite insecure in general after her husband left her.
  • Weight Woe: She is bulimic.

    Cecil Creepler 

Cecil Creepler

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The ice-cream man
  • Asshole Victim: After finding out he got killed in his prison cell, it's honestly well-deserved for his disgusting, depraved rapist actions. Doesn't stop Sculptham from having feelings for him, though.
  • Bad Humor Truck: He's Moralton's local ice cream man and is a serial rapist and child molester.
  • Driven to Suicide: He was found dead in his jail cell. A planned episode of Season 3 Raped would've had him do so in response to Miss Sculptham terminating the pregnancies.
  • The Eeyore: A very mopey man who rarely smiles. It only adds to how... off he is compared to everybody else.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He may look like a nice, friendly ice cream man, but in reality, he's a vile pedophile and rapist.
  • Hate Sink: Even compared to the other citizens of Moralton, he's a sadistic rapist without the slightest bit of redeeming qualities. While many of the characters on this show are either complete jerks or insane religious fundamentalists, all of them, including Clay, at least have sort of moral restraint or a good excuse for their behavior. Creepler has none of that.
  • Lack of Empathy: Being a sociopath, he's doesn't fell any sort of empathy to his victims that he just sexually assaulted.
  • Meaningful Name: His last name Creepler is fitting as he's a depraved serial rapist and pedophile.
  • Pædo Hunt: Tried to elicit Doughy into getting into the back of his van so that he can molest him, only to backfire at the end of the episode.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: He's a serial rapist, and is the most unlikable and evil character in the whole series, surpassing Clay in sheer unlikability and amoralness in every consivable way
  • Serial Rapist: Through some serious Cerebus Syndrome, Creepler is revealed to have raped eight women in the infamous Season 3 episode "Alone".
  • The Sociopath: He's a sociopathic rapist and pedophile who doesn't feel any remorse for his depraved actions or any of the victims he raped.
  • Would Hurt a Child: While he's raped 8 women, kids aren't off his menu, either.
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