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    Rocko Rama 
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Voiced by: Carlos Alazraqui
The title character and series protagonist. A timid and mild-mannered wallaby who just immigrated from Australia to live in the USA.
  • Adorkable: His shyness and friendly nature makes him rather likeable.
  • All There in the Manual: His last name, from the book "Not Just Cartoons: Nicktoons!" is Rama. (as in, Rock-o Rama. Get it?) This is not mentioned anywhere in the series (due to the staff not reaching a consensus, he was left without one proper during the show), similar to the protagonist of another show.
  • Animal Gender-Bender: Averted. Being a male wallaby he clearly lacks a pouch.
  • Audience Surrogate: In the 2019 Static Cling special, he represents the special's target audience (90s kids who are nostalgic about the 90s, or children of The New Millennium and The New '10s who like the 90s).
  • Badass Adorable: He's a very likeable person and occasionally isn't afraid to stand up for himself.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: If you manage to wear him down to his last nerve, you may find that underneath his naive politeness and mild manners is a bit of manic violence, and he may do something very not nice to you if you don't get off his back. He has completely destroyed a motorcycle because of bagpipe music once.
  • Big "SHUT UP!": A couple of times later on in the series but especially in Zanzibar.
    Citizens of O-Town (singing): He doesn't know the wooooooooooords!
    Rocko: SHAAADDDUUUUUUUUP!
  • Blind Without 'Em: One episode features Rocko having trouble with his vision just as an amateur jackhammering competition featuring his sports hero is coming up. A doctor pronounces he needs glasses, but endless ribbing from his friends causes him to try to practice without them, with disastrous results. Ultimately he resolves this by getting contacts just in time for the competition, only to discover his hero also uses contacts, but likes his glasses because Smart People Wear Glasses.
    Jackhammer Groupie: Are you an intellectual
    Dave: Yes I am.
  • Born Unlucky: Almost nothing turns out great for him. His luck is almost always irrationally rotten.
  • Butt-Monkey: He has unreasonably bad luck and is treated as a doormat by particularly everyone.
  • Comic Trio: Generally the Leader, although he sometimes becomes the Complainer.
  • The Comically Serious: At times, particularly when dealing with the antics of his friends Heffer and Filburt.
  • Compressed Vice: His Height Angst from the episode "Short Story" isn't brought up anywhere else in the series.
  • Covert Pervert: As seen in "Love Spanked", the generally-innocent Rocko can be pretty eager at times.
  • Deadpan Snarker: At times he can make sarcastic comments about certain things. Particularly when he's annoyed.
  • Depending on the Writer: He either grew up in O-Town or emigrated there from Australia as an adult. The latter is said to be the true backstory of Rocko's life, but the former does crop up from time to time, causing a Continuity Snarl.
  • The Dog Bites Back: In the episode "Wimp on the Barby" when Dingo returned and asked Rocko to punch him in the face for a shot of retribution for bullying him in childhood, Rocko refuses to comply — at least until Dingo asks him a second time, at which point he eagerly socks him. And when he gets fired by his Bad Boss (Mr. Dupette in "Canned" and Mr. Smitty in "Commuted Sentence"), he would find a way to get payback upon getting a new job.
  • Everyone Has Standards: In Static Cling, he was the most resistant to change aside from Ed Bighead (with the plot to save O-Town being him clinging to the past, and wanting the Fatheads back on the air). That said, unlike Ed, when Rachel Bighead was revealed to have transitioned, he was instantly accepting, alongside Heffer and Filbert, being the All-Loving Hero that he is. In fact, when Ed comes around to accept Rachel’s identity, it’s ultimately what convinces Rocko to embrace the present.
  • Extreme Doormat: Big time, though he does have his moments where he puts his foot down.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: Not as extreme as other examples but the Static Cling teaser shows Rocko, Heffer and Filburt diving head first into 2010s-era culture after being in space for 20 years.
    Rocko: Uh, fellas? I don't think we're in the 90's anymore...
  • Funny Foreigner: Subverted. His only trait that qualifies for this is probably his accent, especially when he says "crikey" or "me" instead of "my".
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Subverted, but he does tend to snap a LOT when he's in a bad mood.
  • Height Angst: "Short Story" shows him being insecure about being short.
  • The Hero: Sometimes The Smart Guy.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: The show's intro sums it up perfectly. Maybe even a little bit too perfectly...
  • I Am Not Weasel: He's not a beaver or a kangaroo or a dog. He's a wallaby.
    Dog Catcher: A wallaby?
    Rocko: Yes. It's like a kangaroo. Only smaller.
    Dog Catcher: ...you just made that up!
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Is revealed to have blue eyes, on the occasion that his irises appear.
  • Jerkass Ball: In the episode "Power Trip", where he becomes a Bad Boss to Filburt, All because he pushed a button his boss told him not to press. Luckily, he has a My God, What Have I Done? moment after Really Really Big Man gives him a What the Hell, Hero? speech, and apologizes to Filburt.
  • Kangaroo Pouch Ride: On top of a rogue washing machine.
  • Kangaroos Represent Australia: Close — a wallaby rather than a kangaroo (though he's often mistaken for one), but he's still one of the signature forms of Australian wildlife.
  • Lovable Coward: While Rocko is far from tough, he's also the nicest character on the show.
  • The Kirk: More rational than Heffer, but somewhat less intelligent than Filburt.
  • Mad Libs Catchphrase: "____ day is a very dangerous day..." This Catchphrase was once borrowed by Ed Bighead as a Non Sequitur, *Thud*.
  • Nice Guy: It's pretty rare for him to get angry. In fact, he doesn't show any hostility towards his neighbor Mr. Bighead even though he clearly doesn't like Rocko and constantly tries to make him miserable, if not worse.
  • No Respect Guy: The intro of the show is self-explanatory.
  • Only Sane Man: He's usually the only character without any quirks or eccentricities.
  • Papa Wolf: He's very protective of Spunky.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: When he does something not nice.
  • Rage Breaking Point: Occasionally, whenever he's at his wits' end. One of best-known examples would be in "Rocko's Happy Sack", where he completely snaps after going through a Humiliation Conga while participating in a 99%-off bargain sale only to run out of time at the last second and get charged $150 instead of $1.50 as the sale intended, threatening to "do something not nice" to the cashier (Filburt).
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: He is one cute wallaby. His voice takes it Up to Eleven.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: Not a lot of wallabies in fiction.
  • Series Mascot: Of the show, obviously.
  • Sick Episode: He gets a bad case of the flu...
  • Straw Fan: Rocko complaining about the new Fatheads special in “Static Cling” is easily meant to represent hardcore fandoms who hate changes to their favorite shows. Luckily, Ed (who has begun to embrace the present himself), manages to convince Rocko to stop living in the past.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: In some occasions, Rocko would have something going his way, mostly when he's around Ed Bighead, who has it much worse than Rocko—not that Bighead doesn't bring it upon himself...
  • Trash of the Titans: Despite being neat and compassionate, Rocko often neglects his living space and ends up leaving his house such a filthy mess, as shown in episodes such as "Trash-O-Madness" and "A Sucker For a Suck-O-Matic".
  • Unlucky Everydude: Emphasis on "unlucky".
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    Heffer Wolfe 
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Voiced by: Tom Kenny
Rocko's best friend. A gluttonous, simple-minded cow..erm, steer literally Raised by Wolves.
  • Acrofatic: He's pretty nimble for a fat guy, for he can skate surprisingly well, as shown in the episode "Wallaby On Wheels".
  • Adopt the Food: He was raised by a family of wolves who had intended to fatten him up and eat him (according to Peter, George even used to call him "steak"), but they came to love him as a son and passed off the markings for the various cuts of beef on his body as a "birthmark".
  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: He's a yellow steer with green hair.
  • Babies Ever After: In yet another case of Getting Crap Past the Radar, Heffer seems to have fathered one of Filburt's kids.
  • Backstory Horror: More so Backstory Tragedy, as shown in the episode Who's For Dinner.
  • Big Eater: One episode even has him end up in Hell for his gluttony after he chokes to death at the Chokey Chicken, though it was All Just a Dream.
    • Taken Up to Eleven in another episode where he wins a van for eating an entire plate of a certain meal thought impossible to finish. While casually talking with Rocko. The kicker is that he only ordered one plate of the meal instead of his originally intended two plates because there wasn't enough cows in the North American continent for two plates.
  • Big Fun: He's overweight and a fun-loving guy.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: While his adopted family is already qualified for this trope (see details in The Wolfe Family folder), his biological family is actually worse—Heffer's biological father didn't want him (as with the "millions of children" that have searched for him,) his real mom was made into a car seat in Illinois, and his stepmom is a sweet cow who's married to a Jerk Ass.
  • Catchphrase: "That was a hoot!" Although outside of the theme song, he only actually says it in "Jet Scream", "Boob Tubed", and "Heff in a Handbasket".
  • Character Overlap: In Camp Lazlo, an older version of Heffer is revealed to be the real scoutmaster of Camp Kidney. He isn't named, but it's pretty obvious to anyone who's seen this series that it's him, and if you have any doubts, well...
    Scoutmaster Lumpus: I'll get you for this, cow!
    Heffer: STEER!
  • Cloudcuckoolander: He isn't all there at times.
  • Comic Trio: Generally the Fool, but sometimes becomes the Leader.
  • The Ditz: He's not very bright.
  • Extreme Omnivore: One time while living with Rocko, he made a casserole for lunch that contained stuff not usually considered edible, such as coffee grounds.
  • Fat Bastard: At his worst, he can act somewhat selfish and cause problems for Rocko and others.
  • Fat Best Friend: Type A (confident and brash) , with some elements of Type C (airheaded)
  • Fat Idiot: Not too bright to say the least. He's at his worst in "The Big Answer" during Filburt's bachelor party where he becomes what adult viewers would call black-out belligerent drunk all because he ate too much ice cream....
  • Fat Slob: He rarely cleans up after himself.
  • Furry Confusion: Applies to all of the characters but it's especially prevalent in a character who eats so much like Heffer... What exactly are all of those burgers and sausages that Heffer scarfs down made out of?
  • Gasshole: Burps and farts a lot. His talent is belch-talking, and he even fathered one of Filburt's children by farting on the egg while he sat on it.
  • Happily Adopted: As stated above, he's a steer that was adopted into a wolf family. While initially upset by learning that he was adopted, he eventually comes to accept the Wolfes as his real family.
  • Heroic BSoD:
    • Happens to just about every character in the series, but Heffer suffers it especially bad when his dad bans him from going to anymore Weasel Scout functions. He gets better, though.
    • Also when he learned he was adopted.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • He's actually skilled at Roller Skating in "Wallaby on Wheels".
    • In spite of being such a slacker, he holds down several jobs throughout the series (paperboy, mailman, Christmas tree salesman, security guardnote , server in the Chameleon Bros.' coffee shop).
  • I Am Not Weasel: He doesn't like it when people call him a "cow" (cows are females, after all); he much prefers the term "steer". Although, at one point, in "The Good, the Bad, and the Wallaby," he even confused himself for a cow, before he was corrected by one of the cattle.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He can be self-centered, socially-challenged and irresponsible, but he does have a good-heart and truly does value Rocko as a friend.
  • Keet: Very fun-loving.
  • Lazy Bum: The catalyst for the plot of one episode is Heffer being too lazy to get up off his fat ass and pick up a TV remote lying on the floor not five feet away from him.
  • Lethal Chef: Suberted and combined with I Ate WHAT?!. On the one occasion he's shown cooking, the food he makes is actually quite delicious. Just don't ask what's in it.
  • Manchild: He's a complete moron who still lives with his (adoptive) parents.
  • The McCoy: Quite the emotional and sweet sort.
  • The Millstone: Many of Rocko's problems are kick-started by something Heffer does, and even when he tries to help, he sometimes ends up screwing things up even worse.
  • Momma's Boy: This is actually plot-relevant in one episode (appropriately named "Mama's Boy"), wherein he tries to grow out of this. In another episode, he gets angry at Mr. Bighead for insulting his mother.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Rocko finds out about this the hard way in "Bedfellows".
  • Nutritional Nightmare: His addiction to Pasture Puffies has landed him in a coma as shown in "Put To Pasture".
  • Raised by Wolves: Literally. The family did intend to eat him (his father even referred to him as "Steak" and passed off marking off the cuts of beef on his body as a "birthmark"), but they grew to love him.
  • The Slacker: Of the main trio, he's the one least likely to do any real work.
  • Straw Loser: He’s a lazy, unintelligent, immature slob who is almost completely incapable of acting like a functioning member of society.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: In seasons 3 and 4, his intelligence seems to have gotten lower and he's even more immature.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Starting in season 3 he gets more obnoxious, causing even more trouble for Rocko and frequently fighting with Filburt.
  • Vegetarian Carnivore: Inverted; he's a normally herbivorous animal who loves to eat meat (and anything else too). Justified by the fact he was raised by carnivores.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: He and Filburt are friends, but they constantly get on each other’s nerves.

    Filburt Shellbach 
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Voiced by: Doug Lawrence, Tom Kenny (singing voice)
Rocko's other best friend. A geeky turtle with numerous phobias. Early on, he was more of a generic character. Filburt got married to Dr. Hutchison in the third season, becoming a father in season 4.
  • Adorkable: Filburt may be the nerdiest character of the series, but he's also the only one of the main trio to get married.
  • Ambiguously Jewish: His last name is Shellbach, apart from being partly an homage to Woody Allen.
  • Ascended Extra: He started off as a Recurring Extra, but before Season 1 was over, he was fleshed out as Rocko's other best friend.
  • Babies Ever After: He and Dr. Hutchison end up having children.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Pushing him too far isn't a good idea.
  • Blind Without 'Em: He's barely able to function without his glasses. For instance, when the Stork takes his specs, he crashes with a post instead of entering the hospital. We then see him being carried by Rocko and Heffer until Dr. Hutchison gives him back the glasses.
  • Catchphrase: "I'm nauseous", "Oh, boy", "Oh, fishsticks". He also occasionally has "Okay, that's enough of that!" when things annoy him.
  • Cold Ham: When Filburt goes crazy on a sugar rush in the Halloween Episode, he absolutely devours the scenery without ever raising his voice.
  • Comic Trio: Generally the Complainer, although he sometimes becomes the Fool.
  • Coming of Age: In the episode "Born to Spawn", Filburt is angsting about becoming an adult as he is forced to go to Kerplopitgoes Island (his birthplace) for a Rite of Passage. Which turns out to be a theme party in honor of The '70s, where all the nerdy turtles become temporarily cool.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: In the early episodes, Filburt was a generic character who wasn't established to be Rocko's friend.
    • In "Canned", he was Rocko's customer who kept saying, "Turn the page, you wash your hands...".
    • In "Rocko's Happy Sack", he was a cashier who almost charged Rocko's $150 for his groceries instead of $1.50 and was very nearly murdered by the wallaby.
  • Flipping Helpless: He was often subject to this, particularly in "Popcorn Pandemonium" and "Yarnbenders".
  • Geek Physiques: Depending on the case, he can be of the scrawny kind, or be as overweight as Heffer.
  • Give Geeks a Chance: See Happily Married right below.
  • Happily Married: He and Dr. Hutchison get married and are clearly happy together.
  • Hollywood Nerd: He wears glasses and is often socially inept.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: Word of God says he used to be handsome and athletic, but a case of unrequited love sent him into a downward spiral, which entailed a stay at a mental institution and culminated in his present Nerd status.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Dr. Hutchison, much to the irritation of their families.
  • Lounge Lizard: Had a dream of becoming a nightclub singer, particularly idolizing Buddy Gecko (a literal example).
  • Mistaken for Aliens: In "The High-Five of Death", Heffer and Rocko find out that Filburt is an alien bent on taking over the world, but naturally it was just a misunderstanding from his novel called "Filburt's Secret Journal"... or WAS IT?
  • Neat Freak: At least compared to Rocko and Heffer...
  • Nerd Glasses: Which get passed onto his sons.
  • Nervous Wreck: Becomes one whenever he has to face a crowd, or even thinks about that possibility, which often ends up with him having a rash.
  • New Job as the Plot Demands: His earliest appearances would keep on giving him a different occupation depending on what was appropriate for the episode.
  • Removable Shell: Occasionally, his shell is treated like clothing.
  • Self-Abuse: Show creator Joe Murray says that the reason he wears glasses is because he "touched himself too much" when he was a kid.
  • Shout-Out: To Woody Allen (just the “neurotic, possibly Jewish nerd who once stayed in a mental institution” angle.)
  • Shrinking Violet: Usually. When he becomes a lounge singer, he manages to get past this mostly.
  • Sickly Neurotic Geek: He tends to get sick easily, and he's shy.
  • The Smart Guy: He tends to be more intelligent than Rocko and Heffer.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": His name was spelled "Filbert" in the earlier episodes.
  • Straw Loser: As a Sickly Neurotic Geek who has terrible luck, he qualifies.
  • Super OCD: He can be this sometimes, especially for he just can't stand having ink on his hands while reading comic books.
  • Toothy Bird: While not exactly a bird, he not only has teeth, his mouth is drawn looking like a snout instead of a turtle's beak.
  • Turtle Power: He's a turtle.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Heffer.
  • What, Exactly, Is His Job?: After being fleshed out as a proper character, it's no longer clear what he does for a living. Considering he has a spacious basement full of cans, he probably never has to work anymore.
  • Younger Than They Look: He's 38 in "Future Schlock", but looks more like he's in his 80's or 90's. At the end of the episode, he looks like his normal self, suggesting he just hadn't been taking care of himself.

    Edward "Ed" Bighead 
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Voiced by: Charlie Adler
Rocko's cantankerous toad neighbor who hates Rocko (and everything else). Works as a corporate drone for Conglom-O Corporation.
  • Angrish: He often mutters incoherently under his breath whenever he's greatly annoyed.
  • Asshole Victim: Whenever he Takes a Level In Jerkass, he will get his just desserts for it. The episodes "Canned" and "Zanzibar" are blatant examples.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Despite all of the dysfunction between him and Bev, several of their character centric-episodes end with an enforcement of this trope.
  • Bad Boss:
    • In "Canned". How many people hire someone just to kill them, anyway?
    • In "Gutter Balls", he's shown to be an abusive bowling team manager. After shouting at Virginia Wolfe for being a terrible bowler ("YOU BOWL LIKE A WIMP!!"), Virginia leaves in mid-tournament and goes home, and teammates Tammy and Bev follow suit. Leaving Ed with no bowlers left and an attempt to cheat by disguising himself as Bev (the tournament disallows substituting players in, including the non-bowling team captain), which doesn't work.
  • Big Bad: On a few occasions, he acts as the main antagonist. Helps that he's the only main character without a moral compass.
  • Born Unlucky: Although it's not like he never brings most of it on himself.
  • Break the Cutie: "Old Fogey Froggy" showed he was actually a happy go-getter, but the same job and routine for 30 years sapped his will to live.
  • Butt-Monkey: Takes it even worse than Rocko.
  • Can't Get Away with Nuthin': Every misdeed he does comes back to bite him in the ass.
  • Catchphrase: "I hate my life."
  • The Chew Toy: Any injury he suffers is satisfying since he brings most of them upon himself.
  • Cranky Neighbor: He despises Rocko with a passion and constantly chastises Spunky for getting into his salmon bushes.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: In "Wacky Delly" he reveals that beneath his house he has assembled a NASA-esque organization run by dozens of Conglom-O employees and includes a giant heat ray all for the sole purpose of eliminating Rocko, Spunky, Heffer and Filburt because he hates them that much.
  • The Cynic: And how!
  • Deuteragonist: of Static Cling, being the other most adverse to change cast member, and, with him accepting his transgender daughter, having the most Character Development aside from Rocko.
  • Facial Horror: If "Put to Pasture" is to be believed then Bighead had a weird, photo-realistic human face during the time when Heffer was his paperboy. An unfortunate head first fall into Bev's recently-repaired giant blender resulted in the face he has today.
  • Fat Bastard: Less fat than Heffer, but still a jerk.
  • Foil: To Rocko. Rocko is a nice person who doesn't mean anyone harm, while Ed is a jerk who does everything he can to make Rocko miserable.
  • Green and Mean: A grumpy toad with an ill-tempered attitude.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: When Bev adopted Earl in the episode "Frog's Best Friend", Ed was hellbent on getting rid of him because Bev was giving him more attention and feeding him steaks (Ed happened to be on a diet at the time).
  • Grumpy Bear: One of the crabbiest characters on the show.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Almost anything sets him off, to Spunky eating in his salmon bushes to living next door to Rocko in general.
  • Heel–Face Turn: In Static Cling, Ed finally sees the error of his ways and in the end he is eventually on better terms with Rocko and accepts Rachel. He also becomes a better person as he gives Rocko a heartfelt speech about change is a part of life and should be embraced and Rocko accepts and the two of them have finally become true friends and no longer frenemies.
  • Henpecked Husband: Bev is the only person on the show he fears.
  • I Have No Son!:
    • He severed ties with his daughter Rachel after she became a cartoonist and created Meet the Fatheads, a cartoon starring unflattering caricatures of the creator's parents. He eventually reconciles with Rachel after realizing that she does care about him after all, and is proud of Rachel after finding out how well-paid she is.
    • He does this again when he sees Rachel for the first time in years, after she's transitioned to her new identity and screams "I have no daughter!" Again, he reconciles after watching the new "Fatheads" special and realizing Rachel incorporated happy memories the Bigheads shared when Rachel was a baby.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: In the greatest instance of self-sacrifice he's ever shown, following Bev accidentally getting a nose due to a surgical mix-up, they're both shocked to discover Ed stinks really badly and Bev is having difficulty being around him. Realizing how much Bev's new nose meant to her, Ed tearfully told her she deserved better than to be tied down with a stinky old toad like him. Thankfully, Bev's nose later got infected and she had it removed, meaning Ed's stench was no longer an issue. But considering how much of a cranky bastard Ed usually is, this moment showcased how far he'd go to make Bev happy.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: As seen in a Flashback from when he and Bev were first married some 30 years back as well from the time Heffer was a paperboy.
  • Jerkass: His defining character trait is that he's really unpleasant, especially due to his irrational enmity towards Rocko and constantly going out of his way to make the wallaby's life a living hell.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: His reconciliation with his daughter Rachel earns him this, but only towards her (and his wife). In Closet Clown, his heart of gold is amplified Up to 11. Otherwise, he's a...
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: For example, think he was being generous when he offered Rocko a job? Two seconds later, he blows that sky high when it's revealed he only did so because the job was "Test Subject" and it would have involved Rocko being mutilated or even killed. Subverted in Static Cling, as Ed gets is on better terms with Rocko and becomes much more friendly and finally sees the error of his ways as he learns on how to be a better person.
  • Large Ham: He shouts a lot of his dialogue. It helps that his voice actor is Charlie Adler.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: What he gets struck with when his jerkassness crosses the line, usually resulting in him uttering his catchphrase.
  • No Indoor Voice: His loud voice once caused an avalanche in the episode "Cabin Fever" for starters.
  • No-Neck Chump: While none of the Bigheads have necks, Ed's the only one that could be considered a chump.
  • Perpetual Frowner: He rarely smiles.
  • Pet the Dog: He may be a tactless grouch with no moral compass, but his interactions with his wife and reconciliation with his daughter - both times - show that he's certainly a family man.
  • So Proud of You: At first Ed believed Rachel's desire to become a cartoonist was an insult to everything he stood for and viewed it as an undignified career. After the two mend fences when Ed realizes how much Rachel loves him, and then learning Rachel's actually done well for herself financially, Ed couldn't be prouder.
  • Straw Loser: If there's one character who's got it much worse than Rocko, it's Ed Bighead, who usually deserves it.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: He'll happily eat anything with flies.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: In "Cabin Fever," he finds out he actually booked his cabin retreat with Bev in July, not January. When Rocko happily offers to share the cabin with the Bigheads, Ed does nothing but gripe about having to share it with Rocko and Heffer and goes out of his way to try and ruin their good time.
  • Unknown Rival: Rocko and friends are aware of what a jerk Ed can be, but they have no idea that Ed hates them so much that he has an entire team of scientists dedicated to disposing of them.

    Beverly "Bev" Bighead 
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Voiced by: Charlie Adler
Ed Bighead's wife.
  • Alliterative Name: Her first and last names both begin with B.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: She has this moment with Ed a lot of times.
  • Cool Old Lady: She's much more of a party animal than her husband and knows how to have fun with Rocko and his friends. She's also incredibly smarter than she lets on and had a fulfilling career as a Conglomo executive for a while.
  • Cranky Neighbor: Though less so than her husband.
  • Dirty Old Woman: Has some shades of this in the first season. She's notably quite perverted for a married woman, is shown to call sex phone lines in the very first episode, and at one point attempts to seduce Rocko. In another episode she openly joins in with an impromptu nudist colony in Rocko's backyard, then invites them to her yard after Rocko kicks them out.
  • Fiery Redhead: She has red hair and can sometimes get quite furious.
  • Fluffy Tamer: She ends up being Earl's one and only Morality Chain. It's telling that in "Frog's Best Friend", while Earl loves Bev and is nice to her, he's still mean and vicious to everyone else.
  • Guile Heroine: In a couple of episodes.
  • Hidden Depths: Despite being a housewife, she very quickly rose up in Conglom-O's ranks in Ed's place when he had a nervous breakdown.
  • I Have No Son!: Averted. Unlike her husband, she did not willingly cut off ties with Rachel and wanted her to come back to the family again. The only reason she asked Rocko to bring Rachel back was because Rachel refused to have anything to do with both her parents.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: As seen in a Flashback from when she and Ed were first married some 30 years back ("Old Fogey Froggy")
  • Mama Bear: Towards Earl the vicious dog, after learning he was used for animal testing. She's also rather protective of Rocko when Ed is being a douchebag towards him.
  • Morality Pet: Bev is one of the only people besides Rachel whom Ed can ever treat nicely on a regular basis, even if he does act grumpy with her.
  • Mrs. Robinson: She tried to seduce Rocko on the infamous episode "Leap Frogs".
  • Nice Girl: She's usually much nicer than her husband, but can still be pretty grouchy.
  • Open-Minded Parent: She's much quicker to accept her daughter's transition than Ed is. Indeed, she buys some shoes for her and it's implied that this was her immediate reaction to finding out.
  • Sick Episode: She comes down with an amphibian throat illness from eating an infected mosquito...and winds up getting a nose intended for someone else.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Her icy side seems reserved almost exclusively for Ed, but usually when he's being an asshole. Towards Rocko and the rest of the character she's very friendly, but there are rare moments when she's mean to them (though usually for more justified reasons than Ed has shown).
  • Tsundere: Type A.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Tries to seduce Rocko in "Leap Frogs".

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Supporting Characters

    Ralph/Rachel Bighead 
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Voiced by: Joe Murray

The child of Ed and Bev, she was originally Ralph Bighead, having created the Show Within a Show Meet the Fatheads based on Ed and Bev and later made Wacky Delly as part of a plan to leave the contract. Came out as transgender and goes by Rachel in Static Cling, after years of soul-searching.


  • Adaptational Jerkass: In Issue 6 of the comics, she took Spunky away from Rocko once she saw that Spunky, not Rocko, was the one getting all the social media attention, and refused to give him back no matter how hard Rocko tried. Furthermore, in that comic, she was uncharacteristically callous about Rocko falling from the top of her penthouse, and was more concerned about Spunky, her social media "asset", jumping off after him.
  • Author Avatar: Joe Murray described the character as a "less stable" version of himself.
  • Character Tic: She tucks her hair under her hat whenever she's doing work of any kind.
  • Chewing the Scenery: Does a fair amount herself. In Wacky Delly, when her studio shut down, she stood up on her car and yelled, "YOUUUU CRETINS!! YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT ART IS!!! I'LL SHOOOOOW YOUUUUUU!!!"
  • Five-Second Foreshadowing: In retrospect, her noticeable eyelashes and bust when first seen in Static Cling were a dead giveaway of her being transgender.
  • Gone Horribly Right: She assigned Rocko and his friends to create Wacky Delly, believing that their incompetence and lack of training will cancel the show outright. Instead, it becomes a major hit and she's stuck in her contract.
  • In-Series Nickname: Rocko and his friends call her "RB".
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's a bit abrasive and somewhat understandably frustrated with her career, but she's a good person deep down. Must be a family trait. Granted, when she becomes Rachel, her abrasiveness vanishes a good bit.
  • My Beloved Smother: Possibly. Despite Rachel's insistence on never seeing either of her parents again in her debut, it's telling that her thinly veiled caricature of her mother is much nicer than that of her father. For Bev's part, she did not disown her like Ed did, desperately wanted the two to reconcile and while Ed seems to view The Fatheads as a direct act of mockery against them, Bev is simply saddened at the fact that her own child sees her parents as such cruel people. Bev also deeply misses Rachel in the movie, begs Rocko to track her down, and is more than eager to accept her gender and even buys her shoes.
  • Morality Pet: After reconciling with Ed, Rachel became one for her father alongside Bev.
  • Never My Fault: In Wacky Delly she blames most of her sabotage attempts on Rocko and his friends, except for the moment where she and Ed sent a flood to Holl-o-wood, only for Heffer to accidentally save Bighead Studios by levying it with a car jack.
  • Never Live It Down: In-Universe example: She can never live down Wacky Delly, even after she sculpted the world's largest still life.
  • Springtime for Hitler: When Rachel tries to sabotage Wacky Delly, it grows in popularity. But when she's inspired to finally try hard in making it great, it's immediately canned.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: After years of soul-searching, Rachel has come to terms with her identity and found inner peace and happiness. As such, she's a lot more relaxed and less edged when Rocko and friends finally find her.
  • Transgender: She's come out as a woman in the 20-something years between the show and the film.
  • Truth in Television: Rachel’s coming out in the film might reference how reed frogs in real life are able to change their sex from male to female. Of course, sex isn't always synonymous with gender — and the Bigheads are cane toads... although it was a pretty common myth in the 90s that cane toads were also capable of changing their genders, until science proved otherwise.
  • Write Who You Know: In-Universe example: As well as writing thinly veiled versions of her parents for a cartoon, she also made a caricature of Rocko for a Fatheads cartoon. In Static Cling, the baby Fathead she created is a caricature of herself as a baby.
  • Yes-Man: Is surrounded by them when at the studio, being quite annoyed by this.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Rachel has purple hair, unlike her redheaded mother and bald father.

    Spunky 
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Voiced by: Carlos Alazraqui
Rocko's pet bull terrier.

    Dr. Paula "Hutch" Hutchison 
Voiced by: Linda Wallem
A cat dentist with a hook hand and a big smile on her face. Became Filburt's wife in season three.
  • Affirmative Action Girl: Was put into the show because the higher-ups wanted more female characters.
  • Babies Ever After: She ends up having children with Filburt.
  • Catchphrase: "Kay?" (often with the sound of her neck straining)
  • Cat Girl: She's a humanoid female feline.
  • Character Tic: Tilts her head when saying her Catchphrase.
  • Daddy's Girl: From what little interactions we see between her and her father, she clearly adores him and he adores her in kind.
  • Dating What Daddy Hates: Or rather, what her mother hates. The Widow Hutchinson loathes Filburt and does nothing to hide her resentment that Paula is in love with a turtle, to the point of making her daughter cry. As for her father, well, he's a turtle himself so he doesn't mind.
  • Happily Married: She is married to Filburt and they're clearly happy to be together.
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend: Filburt worries about a guy he sees her with, but it turns out they are only friends.
  • Hook Hand: The executives wanted a character with a hook. They got one.
  • Hospital Hottie: Even though she doesn't always work in the hospital.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Filburt, much to the irritation of her family. She apparently got it from her mother, who was married to a turtle named Frank Hutchison, who she still loves.
  • New Job as the Plot Demands:
    • Lampshaded in "Tickled Pinky," the first time she switches jobs.
      Rocko: Dr. Hutchison? I thought you were a dentist.
      Paula: I was, but I got tired of always looking down in the mouth. (laughs) Dental humor.
    • In "Kiss Me, I'm Foreign", Filburt finds Hutch working at the drugstore.
      Filburt: Hey, I thought you were a surgeon.
      Dr. Hutchison: I was, but I just couldn't cut it. (laughs)
    • Then, in "The Fatlands", Rocko finds out she has become a vet.
      Rocko: Didn't you used to be a dentist, and then a surgeon, and then a pharmacist?
      Dr. Hutchison: Yes, it's been quite a year. (laughs)
  • Nice Girl: She's usually very friendly and jovial.
  • Parental Hypocrisy: Her mother is against her marrying a turtle even though she was married to a turtle herself and still had feelings for him.
  • Perpetual Smiler: She is generally seen with a big grin on her face.
  • What Does She See in Him?: Constantly questioned (mostly by her family) about her relationship with Filburt.

    Chuck and Leon Chameleon 
Voiced by: Tom Kenny (Chuck), Carlos Alazraqui (Leon)

A pair of snooty chameleons with exaggerated Swedish accents. Usually seen running random businesses.


  • A Day in the Limelight: "The Emperor's New Joe"
  • Always Camp: They're always in a career field associated with fashion or art.
  • Catchphrase: "I love this job!" And also referring to their business as "exclusive", and also, "Tsk, tsk."
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Even more so than Heffer.
  • Disembodied Eyebrows: Both of the twins have eyebrows that are not connected to their eyes in any way.
  • Fauxreigner: The accent is fake.
  • Hipster: Snobby, and always chasing after "The Next Big Thing."
  • Informed Species: To be honest, they both look more like some kind of dinosaur.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: In Static Cling the two are hired to create the new "Fatheads" special, and proceed to do so using computer programs to produce it cheaply thinking they're updating the concept for the 21st Century. The end result is badly dated CGI with the two of them providing the voices from a script that's nothing but a cliche, and they don't even read it right.
  • New Job as the Plot Demands: They tend to have a different job based on what is needed for the episode.
  • Single-Minded Twins: They're rarely seen apart.
  • Species Surname: Bonus points for Leon having (part of) his species' name as his first name.
  • Those Two Guys: Again, they're rarely seen apart.
  • Unreliable Narrator: They tell a story of when they used to live in the country of Ballzack, and how the made the (rancid) coffee they use now in their new cafe. They tell it to try and indite pity to Rocko, and then tell another story to another customer about their equally bad cheesecake.
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    Really Really Big Man 
Voiced by: Tom Kenny, Tom Smith (movie version in "Static Cling")
O-Town's local superhero. His power is the, ahem..."Nipples of the Future" which he stretches out into people's eyes and shows them the future.
"Where are you, Really Really Big Man?"
"Where are you, Really Really Big Man?"
"Where are you, Really Really Big Man?"
"Where are you, Really Really Big Man?"
"Where are you, Really Really Big Man?"
  • Top-Heavy Guy: He's a big muscular guy with disproportionately tiny legs.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Works as a secretary by the name of "Lois" (furthering the Expy connection) when he isn't out being a superhero.

    Mr. Dupette 
Voiced by: Charlie Adler

The head of Conglom-O Corporation and Ed Bighead's boss, although he started out as the owner of a comic book shop. Appears to be a reptile of some kind.


  • Cartoon Creature: What is he exactly? An iguana? A crocodile? A dragon? A dinosaur?
  • Character Tic: He's always picking his nose.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: He's the head of Conglom-O and is often a very unpleasant person. Though this gets downplayed later on.
    • Subverted in "Zanzibar!" where after Rocko and the mob invades his conference room. Unlike most depictions of a corporate executive in Greep Aesop episodes, he's ultimately more negligent than genuinely malevolent.
  • Everyone Has Standards: He's unfazed by Rachel's transition in Static Cling.
  • Evil Redhead: His pointy hair is a rather unusual shade of orange.
  • Graceful Loser: In "Teed Off", he plays a game of golf against Ed. Mr. Dupette is undefeated, since his underlings always conspire without his knowledge to make sure he wins, but when Heffer catches wind of this, he foils their plans and makes Ed win. Mr. Dupette takes it all surprisingly well, although Ed misses out on the promotion he would have gotten had he lost.
  • Hidden Depths: Has a side job as a clown, and persuades Ed to accept and act on his desires to be a clown.
  • Honest Corporate Executive: In later episodes he's far less corrupt than he first appeared.
    • In "Zanzibar!" he immediately agrees to clean up Conglom-O's waste distribution after Rocko and the townspeople meet with him, and then orders Ed Bighead to start doing just that. Which actually makes sense since it seems Ed was in charge of handling the company's waste, yet was doing so by carelessly dumping it wherever he pleased.
    • After hearing "Ed's" business proposal, he declares him to be a genius, and when he finds out Bev was the real brains behind the proposal he immediately offers Bev a lucrative job offer and does nothing but praise her decisions.
  • Pointy-Haired Boss: Literally and figuratively.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: His job title? "Slimy Boss."
  • Took a Level in Kindness: As hard as it is to believe, he's honestly a lot nicer in some of his later appearances.

    Mr. Smitty 
Voiced by: Tom Kenny
Rocko's cruel boss at the Kind of a Lot o' Comics who often gives Rocko a hard time at work. He is the only character that Rocko openly dislikes.
  • Bad Boss: It takes a special kind of jackass to leave his only employee in the comic store to fix a minor mistake on every last comic cover all night! How Smitty hasn't gotten charged for this is an enigma.
  • Bait-and-Switch Comment: He often says something genuinely complimentary to Rocko right before either switching back to chastising him for whatever mistake he makes or demands him to work on whatever he's ordered to do.
  • Cigar Chomper: He is almost always seen smoking on a cigar.
  • Fat Bastard: A fat, grumpy toad who even makes Ed Bighead look far more sympathetic in comparison.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Any minor mistake Rocko makes, Smitty will vociferously chastise him for it in a rather angry tone of voice.
  • Hate Sink: His aggression and tyrannical demeanor towards Rocko make it easy for him and the audience to despise him with a fiery passion.
  • Jerkass: He has absolutely no respect for Rocko and treats him and his customers like trash in general.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Just when you think he's genuinely a fair boss deep down, it's only a ploy to revert back to his cruel self, such as when Rocko barely made it to work on time, only to be reminded by Smitty that he IS on time...to be fired!
  • Karma Houdini: Smitty gets away with overworking Rocko in "Day of the Flecko."
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Smitty does pay for the consequences in certain occasions, such as making Rocko late for work at the beginning of "Commuted Sentence" and fires him the minute Rocko actually arrives to work on time. This gets Rocko a chance to take a job at the tow truck company and have Smitty's car impounded for parking it close to a red line.
  • Suddenly SHOUTING!: He speaks this way to Rocko a lot.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: He doesn't thank Rocko and Filburt in "Power Trip" when then raised a lot of money to repair the comic book store, and Rocko gets fired along with Filburt when the former refuses to fire the latter under Smitty's demands.

    Gladys, the Hippo Lady 
Voiced by: Charlie Adler
A large hippopotamus woman in stretch pants. Don't invade her personal space. That won't end well
  • Actually Pretty Funny: She completely goes from being mad to laughing hysterically when Rocko explains the concept of ding-dong-ditch.
  • Big Fun: Once Rocko gets to know her better, she enjoys having fun with him.
  • Catchphrase: "How DAAAAARE you?!"
  • The Ditz: See "Fat Idiot".
  • Fat Girl: Though it doesn't bother her.
  • Fat Idiot: Most notably in her last appearance, where she has difficulty grasping the concept of the "ding dong ditch" prank.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: It doesn't take much to set her off. You know, kinda like real hippos.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Her name is Gladys but even by the end of their misadventure Rocko still refers to her as "Hippo Lady."
  • Shown Their Work: Hippopotamuses are known to be very violent, ill-tempered animals. This fact is reflected by her beatings on Rocko when he unintentionally ticks her off.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Somewhat. She's a lot nicer and grateful to Rocko in her last appearance, and doesn't even pummel him once.
  • Tsundere: Type A.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Whenever she shouts "How dare you!", her voice suddenly becomes masculine.
  • Who Dares?: She shouts "HOW DARE YOU?!" whenever some unfortunate person ends up in her cleavage.
  • Your Size May Vary: She was a LOT taller and fatter in the earlier seasons, to the point that Rocko would look like a dwarf to her. But when she appears in Season 3, she's about Heffer's height now.

    Melba Toast 
A mysterious girl who lives next door to Rocko. The only thing we really know about her is that Rocko has a crush on her.

    Peaches 
Voiced by: Tom Kenny
He may have a silly name, but he's probably the closest thing the show has to a Big Bad. Lives in You-Know-Where.
  • Affably Evil: He's in charge of sentencing souls to Heck, but can take time to amuse others with some jokes.
  • Big "NO!": Belts one out as being given "the Ultimate Punishment."
  • The Cameo: He would regularly appear in the backgroud, whenever the characters appear in a hell-like background... or sing-along with the rest of O-Town about the benefits of spring cleaning.
  • Deal with the Devil: Nets Heffer into one in "Heff in a Handbasket." Too bad Heffer's Grandma has other ideas.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Especially around Heffer.
    Heffer: Peaches?
    Peaches: Okay, Heffer. Oh, that's a good name!
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Does this after getting yelled at by his boss for failing to bring one soul to Hell for the last 600+ years.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Suffers the "Ultimate Punishment" by the end of "Heff in a Handbasket". It's having a cartoon show that the main characters dismiss as boring appropriately named "Peaches' Modern Life".
  • Fluffy the Terrible: His name is Peaches.
  • Grim Reaper: He's basically supposed to bring people to their eternal Darnation, but he apparently hasn't done that for more than 600 years, much to the rage of his Master.
  • Humiliation Conga: Has one in "Heff in a Handbasket" where he tries to get Heffer score one game show question correctly to complete the contractual obligation of Heffer suffering in Hell for the rest of eternity.

    Bloaty the Tick and Squirmy the Ringworm 
Voiced by: Tom Kenny and Carlos Alazraqui respectively
Two parasites that live on Spunky.
  • Artistic License – Biology: Despite the name, ringworm infection is not caused by a parasitic worm, let alone one with a hoop-like anatomical structure. It's actually caused by a fungus. Additionally, Squirmy is claimed to be an intestinal parasite. Real ringworm is actually a skin condition.
  • Fat and Skinny: Bloaty is the fat guy, Squirmy is the skinny guy.
  • Show Within a Show: Whenever an episode focuses on them, a catchy theme-song pops up (or in the case of "Down the Hatch", a serious set of subtitles appears instead).
  • Sole Survivor: They're the only remaining parasites that survive the toxic Fathead vitamin. Whether it was the vitamin or themselves that were cursed, they shrug it off and frolic away.

    The Wolfe Family 
Voiced by: Charlie Adler (George and Hiram Wolfe)
Doug Lawrence (Peter Wolfe)
Linda Wallem (Virginia and Cindy Wolfe)
Heffer's adopted Dysfunctional family.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Peter hasn't been outright stated to be gay, but it's very heavily implied.
  • Berserk Button: While Heffer only gets mildly annoyed at worst when called a cow instead of a steer, George will usually yell whenever Heffer is called a cow.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: They are...interesting, to say the least—George is kind of a jerk, Virginia is a Stepford Smiler, Cindy is the typical melodramatic teenage daughter, Peter is a high school dropout who may or may not be gay, and Grandpa Wolfe is prejudiced against wallabies and beavers.
  • Carnivore Confusion: They're wolves in a World of Funny Animals, and in "An Elk for Heffer" it's revealed that it's a Wolfe family tradition to kill and eat an elk when you come of age. When Heffer brings back a live, sentient elk, they didn't care in the slightest that she was sentient.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Peter is one of the snarkiest characters on the entire show.
  • Grumpy Old Man: Hiram Wolfe is Heffer's grandfather who never seems happy and is always shown complaining or insulting "the beaver" (Rocko).
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: George is very easily pissed off, especially regarding Heffer and Peter.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold:
    • George may be a very angry person, but he does care about his family.
    • Hiram, too. In "Cruisin", Rocko falls overboard the boat amidst the chaos. Since Hiram had been de-aged into young adulthood, he immediately tried to save him, nevermind that he usually seems to despise Rocko.
  • Neet: Peter is a high-school dropout who doesn't seem to have a job.
  • No Indoor Voice: George gets very loud when he's riled up.
  • Posthumous Character: Somewhere in-between the series proper and the Static Cling special, Hiram died and is seen as a ghost in his appearance.
  • Racist Grandpa: Hiram. Before Rocko meets the Wolfes, Heffer tells him that Hiram hates wallabies, but he shouldn't worry because he's nearsighted. Heffer then claims Rocko to be a coyote, and Hiram scoffs that he's obviously a beaver and bullies him for that.
  • Stepford Smiler: Virginia seems cheerful enough, but she frequently twitches when her family acts dysfunctional.

Alternative Title(s): Rockos Modern Life Static Cling

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