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Shaun the Sheep
Voiced by Justin FletcherThe titular character of Shaun the Sheep. He is the unofficial leader of the flock, and the most intelligent. He first debuted in Wallace and Gromit film A Close Shave, but he became an Ensemble Dark Horse - enough to get his own show.
- Adaptational Personality Change: Shaun's Intellectual Animal traits are amplified a great deal from his Wallace and Gromit appearances, now practically on par with Gromit. As a consequence he also gains a more mischievous and ever-curious and inventive personality, compared to the mindless Extreme Omnivore he was in the latter.
- Big Brother Instinct: Is this to Timmy, despite the fact that they are cousins and not brothers. He is always protective of his well-being and genuinely cares for him.
- The Cameo: Appears as a Mystery Mushroom figure in Super Mario Maker.
- Cool Big Bro: They're cousins, but Shaun acts like one to Timmy sometimes. Little Timmy also idolizes Shaun.
- Hairstyle Malfunction: As seen in the opening, the wool on Shaun's head is apparently a toupee. He loses it in one episode of Season 5, which necessitates enlisting Blitzer's help to it.
- Intellectual Animal: The entire flock is this, but Shaun stands out in particular.
- I Was Having Such a Nice Dream: Shaun dreams of being the first sheep on the Moon until awakened - twice - by Shirley's snoring!
- Jerkass Ball: Holds this in episode "The Farmer's Llamas", due to having a more mean-spirited sense of humor than usual and hanging around with the aforementioned llamas. He even tricked the Farmer into buying them in an auction. He wises up after all the damage they cause.
- The Leader: Of his own flock.
- Lovable Rogue: His schemes often involve screwing the Farmer or Bitzer in some way, but he has no harmful intent and occasionally tries to do nice things for them to compensate. Usually the rest of the flock get in on this too.
- Mr. Vice Guy: Shaun is at times roguish and mischievous but he is still heroic, well-meaning, good-hearted, loving, caring, and very protective of his baby cousin, Timmy.
- Silent Snarker: To an extent.
- Shorter Means Smarter: He's smaller and less fleeced than his fellow sheep (barring Timmy who is an infant toddler), but he is the most intelligent of the flock.
Voiced by Justin FletcherThe youngest of the flock. He is the son of Shaun's aunt, making them cousins. A few of his misadventures are caused by his own childlike curiosity.
- Adorkable: He idolizes his cousin Shaun and is the cutest little thing you'll ever see.
- Adult Fear: His flock's reaction every time he wanders off alone.
- Breakout Character: Has gotten a lot of popularity in the tv show and even had his own spin-off, Timmy Time.
- Children Are Innocent
- Companion Cube: His orange teddy bear. To the point where it serves as a plot point in one episode where the Farmer takes it away from him, causing him to cry until Shaun can get it back.
- Disappeared Dad: He has no apparent father. It's possible that he's part of the flock, just undistinguished.
- Hates Baths: In episode "Spring Lamb".
- Iconic Item: His teddy bear and his yellow pacifier. He loses the pacifier in Timmy Time, as he is a preschooler by human years.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Timmy is troublemaking and rebellious but its simply because he's a a baby and doesn't know any better. He is still very innocent, doting, affectionate, and the most adorable thing ever.
- Living Doorstop: Poor Timmy has been used as a paintbrush, chalkboard eraser, table, plug for a ship's horn, pillow, curling stone, and handkerchief over the course of just two seasons!
- Odd Friendship: In episode "The Farmer's Llamas", he befriends an enraged rhinoceros.
- Straying Baby: Sometimes, he wanders off by himself.
- Tightrope Walking: Does this in episode "Big Top Timmy".
Voiced by Kate HarbourShaun's aunt and the mother of young Timmy, making both Shaun and Timmy cousins. She tends to be a bit careless in looking after Timmy, but should Timmy disappear or get himself in trouble, she is inconsolable until her son is safe and sound.
- Adult Fear: As Timmy's mother, she reacts strongly whenever Timmy wanders off unsupervised or gets himself in danger. An example would be "Big Top Timmy" after Timmy sneaks away to the circus; when she finds Timmy missing the next morning, she has a big Freak Out!.
- Iconic Item: Her pink hair curlers. She also carries a pink coin purse which pops up in a few episodes.
- The Speechless: Technically. But when Timmy is endangered, she lets out bleats that sound heavily like "Oh no!".
- Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Played straight in her case, as her hair curlers is a play on a stereotypical housewife.
Voiced by Richard WebberThe largest of the sheep, characterized by her huge size and love of food.
- Abhorrent Admirer: Towards the Fox in one episode.
- Big Eater: Obviously, which explains why she's so large. Her eating habits are a plot point for episode "Shape Up with Shaun", where her heavy weight makes Shaun come up with a plan for her to lose weight.
- The Big Guy: Becomes a female example in "Lock Out", in order to deal with Pidsley.
- Big Fun: Shirley is so large she gets wedged in sheepruns and between gateposts, which is not surprising for a Big Eater. She also makes for a useful trampoline.
- Fat Comic Relief: She makes a good trampoline, among other things.
- Hammer Space: Her large fleece serves as a storage space for all kinds of objects. It is so large that other animals and even Shaun can hide in her fleece without trouble.
- Hidden Depths: Despite usually being portrayed as a dim-witted Living Doorstop or Big Eater, in "Lock Out" she easily curbstomps Pidsley and nails him to a wall with a hammer, and in "In the Doghouse" she turns out to be Secretly Wealthy and contributes several large wads of cash to pay for Bitzer's new deluxe kennel, while all of the other sheep, having no idea of even the concept of money, have contributed buttons, etc
- Temporary Bulk Change: In "Shape Up With Shaun", she temporarily becomes slim, but then goes back to normal.
- Viewer Gender Confusion: With her very low voice and huge body shape, those unfamiliar with series can easily mistake her for a male.
- Woman Scorned: Shirley is furious at the Fox for tricking her and knocking her out that she decides to punish him when he is at her mercy.
Other Farm residents
Voiced by John SparklesThe Farmer's long-suffering sheepdog. Very loyal to his master, and often put in charge of watching over Shaun's flock.
- Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: Wears a hat and collar.
- Butt-Monkey: Poor guy can't seem to catch a break, though he should be glad he's not Gromit.
- Beleaguered Assistant: At times, though not to the extent of poor Gromit.
- The Comically Serious: Putting a serious person like Bitzer in the middle of a mischievous flock of sheep has produced many a hilarious moment.
- Crazy-Prepared: In Season 1 episode "Shape Up with Shaun", Bitzer flips through his clipboard of ways to get Shirley out - including rocket powered and being on wheels until he found one where she's in a shopping cart.
- Door Slams You: Poor Bitzer always gets the door slammed open on his nose in the opening theme of every episode. Averted at the end of the movie, when the Farmer carefully opens the door to make sure he doesn't hit Bitzer... and then happens anyway when a tired, confused Pig staggers out of the house after the Farmer.
- Greed: It has been noted on several occasions that whenever food is involved, Bitzer can be quite selfish, unwilling to share them with anyone, including his friends.
- Iconic Item: His blue-knit hat which the Farmer gave to him as a puppy. Also doubles as a Nice Hat. In Season 2 episode "Bitzer's New Hat", he is left completely despondent when the Farmer throws his hat in the trash and instead gives Bitzer a hideous new one given to him by his young niece.
- Mr. Vice Guy: He's strict but he does care for the flock and is still a Nice Guy.
- Not So Above It All: He tries to keep the sheep in line, but sometimes he joins in with their antics.
- Sick Episode: In Season 2 episode "Fireside Favorite", Bitzer comes down with a cold and has to stay indoors. Which makes him a target for the Jerkass cat Pidsley.
- Silent Snarker: Even more so than Shaun.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: He's afraid of spiders.
Voiced by John SparklesThe absentminded owner of a modest farm. Also the master of Bitzer and every animal currently living on his farm. He is largely unaware of the misadventures his sheep (and Bitzer) get into on a daily basis.
- Blind Without 'Em: In Season 2 episode "Ewe've Been Framed", he's revealed to have extremely short-sided vision without his glasses.
- Clueless Boss: Tends to be portrayed as such, and it was often only through the efforts of Blitzer that things were kept in line.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": His name is unknown.
- Green Around the Gills: In "Shaun the Farmer", his face turns green before throwing up.
- Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow: In the movie adaption, he's revealed to have a fuller head of hair in his younger days. Now he's on the verge of balding completely
- Identity Amnesia: Suffers from this in the movie adaption, due to Shaun and the flock's antics. He recovers his memory in the end.
- Mr. Vice Guy: The Farmer is actually a genuine good guy who is nothing short of loving and lovable. Its that he can be quite grumpy and overworked at moments.
- Sick Episode: Gets a flu-like illness in "Shaun the Farmer", however, he's better by the end of the episode.
- Strong Family Resemblance: He and his extended relatives all wear glasses and have his orange hair to some extent.
- Vomit Discretion Shot: Throws up offscreen in "Shaun the Farmer".
The Farmer's often mean-spirited pet cat. He clashes with Shaun and the flock from time to time.
- Big Bad: In Season 2, and to a lesser extent in Season 1.
- Breakout Character: A relatively minor character in Season 1, but in Season 2 he becomes a prominent antagonist for Shaun and his flock.
- Cats Are Mean: Fits this trope to a T.
- Jerkass: Causes havoc for the flock, and rude.
- Kick the Dog: In Season 2 episode "Fireside Favorite", he tried to throw an ill Bitzer out of the house and possibly leave him to freeze to death in the snow, because Bitzer was occupying his favorite cushion. Bonus points in Bitzer being a dog.
- Laser-Guided Karma: From Season 2 onward, every time he causes trouble, he ends up getting the boot from the Farmer, usually either by his own doing or being set up by the sheep (and Bitzer) he picks on.
The Naughty Pigs
A trio of pigs who live on the other side of the farm, separated from the field the sheep occupy by a stone wall.
- Enemy Mine: They will occasionally work with the flock, just as long as they'll get food in return.
- Even Evil Has Standards: See Wouldn't Hurt a Child.
- Gluttonous Pig: They are frequently seen eating, and one episode revolved around them refusing to let Shaun and the flock get apples from a tree that grew in their pen.
- Jerkass: So very much.
- Laser-Guided Karma: In "Pig Trouble", all of their messing around the farm and exploiting both the sheep and Bitzer as their slaves gets them in trouble with the Farmer, who isn't entirely pleased to see his home a total pig sty.
- Not-So-Innocent Whistle: They are scared of the Mother Duck, and do this when she gives them a Death Glare.
- Terrible Trio: Three pigs who are naughty, hence the name.
- Wouldn't Hurt a Child: When they find Timmy after he gets separated from the herd due to one of their antics, they react by putting him in a stroller and giving him a slice of the pizza they stole from the sheep. When he accidentally ends up in danger later in the episode, they help Shaun save him.
The Farmer's NieceA young girl who is the Farmer's niece, obviously. The titular character of episode "The Farmer's Niece", she quickly becomes an irritation to Shaun and his flock.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She seems so sweet and innocent on the outside, but to the audience and the farm animals, it's only a masquerade she keeps up in front of her uncle, the Farmer.
- Bratty Half-Pint: Oh so very much. Both Shaun and Bitzer learn this the hard way.
- Girlish Pig Tails: Her hair is styled into a pair of these.
- Hair Decorations: Has red bows tied into her braids.
- Jerkass: She seems to derive childish amusement from tormenting the sheep and Bitzer, including taking away and playing with Timmy's pacifier, getting Bitzer covered in thorns and wrapping him up in bandage tape, and riding Shaun like a horse to the point of exhaustion.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Her antics with the flock ultimately get her in trouble with the Farmer, when a game of "play horsey" with Shaun launches her right into the cake her uncle was making.