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The Puppington Family

    Orel Puppington 

Orel Puppington

Voiced by: Carolyn Lawrence

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  • Adorkable: He is just an overly enthusiastic sweet child trying to be a good Christian and trying being helpful to others. It’s a shame that no one in his town makes the attempt to properly lecture him, so he takes everything he learns to a dangerous extreme with disastrous consequences.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: A poster example, Orel's father is a bitter closeted alcoholic who constantly beats his own son because that's the only way he's capable of showing affection, Bloberta is a neglectful mother trapped in a loveless marriage, who would rather give dangerous tools to her children than parenting them, his brothers are so neglected that they act as 3 years old as a result and despite being the Only Sane Man Orel attempts to follow god's path ends disastrously due the lack of proper guidance.
  • Birdsofa Feather: With Christina who is basically a gender-bend 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: Quite possibly his father's goal towards Orel, who frequently abuses him in the disguise of affection.
  • Breakingthe Cycleof Bad Parenting: Orel's parents have consisted of an abusive father and a neglectful mother. 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 looses all the respect he once had for him.
  • Children Are Innocent:
    ''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"
  • Corrupt the Cutie: His constant affiliation with Christianity jaded him from the perfect life he thought he had.
  • 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: he is SO trusting and naive that he takes everything he Learns form the adults at face value. Lampshade at one point.
  • 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
  • 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 & Goliath" religious edutainment series.
  • Good Parents: In the finale, one of the only characters in the series definitely shown to be this.
  • Happily Married: To Christina in the finale.
  • 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.
  • 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. It's also ironic since they are Protestants, and Martin Luther started protestantism with the idea that one doesn't 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Afraidof You Anymore: He used to be afraid of his father’s beatings “I’ll see you in my study” which were supposed to be repriments 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.
  • Not So Different: when Orel starts drinking and imitating the adults around him, in an misguided attempt to be more mature. This causes him to start acting awfully a lot like Clay. And in a flashback concerning Clay he’s shown to have been someone very similar to Orel in his younger years at least before he was introduced to alcohol.
  • O.O.C. 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".
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Orel has a very naive worldview as a result of his religious affiliation.
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    Clay Puppington 

Clayton Middleinitial "Clay" Puppington

Voiced by: Scott Adsit

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  • 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 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.
  • 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 affection 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. His screwed up childhood is why he has no confidence in himself and virtually no parenting skills.
  • The Gadfly: The most Reality Ensues version 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.
  • 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.
  • It's All About Me: His world revolves around him.
  • 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 signs of caring for anyone is a lie to keep them from leaving him.
  • Like Father, Like Son: To Orel until he shot him. Even moreso with his dad.
  • Lack of Empathy: To everyone except himself.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Bloberta Puppington 

Bloberta Puppington (neé Hymentact)

Voiced by: Britta Phillips

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  • 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.
  • Freudian Excuse: Bloberta's mother was a total Jerkass to her.
  • 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.
  • 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 as cut before this could happen.
  • The Unfavorite: The tone-deaf sibling in a church singer family.

    Shapey Puppington 

Shapey Puppington

Voiced by: Tigger Stamatopoulos

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  • Aerith and Bob: "Shapey" is a less-than-usual kind of name.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: His temperamental demeanor combined with his incoherent, infantile speech is definitely indicative of mental disability.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: While it's unknown if Orel finds him annoying, Shapey is a whiny little shit with a perpetual propensity to throw tantrums.
  • 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.
  • 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 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 virtually 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)

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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 episode's 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: ???

  • Comically Missing the Point: A literal Dead Baby Comedy example, but still. 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.
  • Doting Parent: She spoiled Clay rotten to the point of ignoring her husband due to how all of her previous children were stillborn.
  • 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 stillborns 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 miscarriages before Clay was born. It's because of these miscarriages that she came to hate the word "dead" or any words that rhyme with "dead" ("end-ed" for example).
  • Posthumous Character: Died in 1978, over thirty years before the start of the series.
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Citizens of Moralton

    Ms. Censordoll 

Ms. Frances Clara Censordoll

Voiced by: Jay Johnston; Scott Adsit (Season 3)

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  • Abusive Parents: Her mother, for some unknown reason, had her reproductive organs removed when she was a baby.
  • A Sinister Clue: She's shown as left-handed in "Offensiveness" and "Alone".
  • 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.
  • Old Maid: Except she's just turned 40.
  • 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.
  • 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".
  • 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)

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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: Or that you got between the bear and him.
  • 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.
  • 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

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  • A Date with Rosie Palms: An almost daily visitor to Professor Hans Jerkoff.
  • 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

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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.
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    Stephanie Foamwire-Putty 

Stephanie Foamwire-Putty

Voiced by: Britta Phillips

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  • Butch Lesbian: Lots of piercings, 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.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Hell, she's a downright pleasant individual.
  • 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.

    Joe Secondopinionson 

Joe Secondopinionson

Voiced by: Jay Johnston

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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 a Character Tic.
  • 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.
  • Jerkass: Is usually picking on Orel and Shapey.
  • 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

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  • Apathetic Teacher: You can barely call what she does teaching in the first place.
  • Beehive Hairdo: Her hairstyle.
  • Bi the Way: She would have attempted to marry a male convict and a lesbian woman who was a police officer in the prison the convict was held in "Raped", if the episode wasn't cancelled.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She's really bored and uncaring while on the clock, so her students get a lot of snarky lessons.
  • Dye Hard: 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

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  • Age-Gap Romance: When Nurse Bendy got pregnant with Joe, she was only 13 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 Hard: In Universe. 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.
  • Missing Mom: To Joe. However, the two eventually do meet.
  • The Mistress: To Principal Fakey.
  • 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-years-old.
  • Womanchild: "Alone" shows her lifestyle reminiscence 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

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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

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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

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    Officer Papermouth 

Officer Roger Papermouth

Voiced by: Jay Johnston
  • 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

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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
  • 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 

Dottie

Voiced by: Britta Phillips

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  • A Day in the Limelight: "Sundays"
  • Fat and Skinny: Skinny to Florence's Fat.
  • Odd Couple: With Florence.
  • 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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  • Asshole Victim: After finding out he got killed in his prison cell, it's honestly well-deserved for his rapist actions. Doesn't stop Sculptham from having feelings for him, though.
  • 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.
  • Hate Sink: Even compared to the other citizens of Moralton, he's a sadistic rapist without the slightest bit of redeeming qualities.
  • Pædo Hunt: Tried to elicit Doughy into getting into the back of his van.
  • Serial Rapist: Through some serious Cerebus Syndrome, Creepler is revealed to have raped eight women in the infamous Season 3 episode Alone.
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