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The Cuyler Clan

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    Earland Jubal Stonewall "Early" Cuyler 
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Our main character. An inbred backwoods squid who's usually drunk to the point of blacking out and has a violent temper ready to go off at the slightest provocation.

Voiced by: Unknown Hinson

  • Abhorrent Admirer: To any female he fancies, but mostly Glenn's Wife.
  • Abusive Parents: Shooting Rusty, stabbing him, punching him, throwing a rock at him, ripping one of his teeth out, using his skin on a taxidermy model...yeah.
  • The Alcoholic: Big time. The Season 2 episode "A Sober Sunday" has the Sheriff check Early's blood alcohol levels, which the Sheriff finds to be at unnatural levels.
    Sheriff: 0.63?
    Early: Hey, that's good, ain't it?
    Sheriff: Boy, that's well beyond human limits there.
    Early: For real?
  • Asshole Victim: Goes through a lot of Bloody Hilarious injuries — but he always brings it on himself and usually deserves it.
  • Authority in Name Only: Ostensibly, Early's the CEO of Dan Halen Sheetrock International. In truth, his position as CEO is a legal fiction for drawing lawsuits away from Dan Halen, who continues calling all the shots. Early's actual work is a number of blue- and white-collar, sometimes dangerous odd jobs he's tasked with by Dan Halen for little pay.
  • Ax-Crazy: He's one crazy violent hillbilly.
  • Butt-Monkey: He becomes this in many episodes due to his Too Dumb to Live status.
  • The Chew Toy: Especially in the later seasons.
  • Comedic Sociopath: Abusive psycho, yes. But damn if it ain't hilarious.
  • Couch Gag: His hats.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: A combination of being a backwoods idiot, chemical and alcohol consumption of inhuman levels, and several decades in prison has left him with a... unique mindset.
  • The Ditz: Rivals Granny on who’s the most inept Cuyler member.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Early will go to insane and moronic lengths to protest or support most anything. But marrying a bear to protest gay marriage is too insane even for him. This also leads to the first time in the series that he actually relents on a stance, even saying "gays should be allowed I guess to marry as fit." Even the Reverend, who goes strictly by the Bible, thinks the whole marrying a bear idea to stop gay marriage is absolutely stupid and doesn't hesitate to tell him sarcastically, asking if he's willing to take the bear's paw in holy matrimony... "To prove your point?"
  • Freudian Excuse: Given the way his father (or grandfather) treated him as a kid, its not entirely surprising how he ended up.
  • Expy: He's basically the character of Unknown Hinson in Cephalopod form.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Dougal County knows full well there's no predicting what will set Early off. Insults, compliments, defying him, not defying him...
  • Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow: Had a pretty wicked mane before going to jail.
  • Hidden Depths: He’s a pretty skilled guitarist.
  • Humiliation Conga: The episode "Dewey Two-ey". Much of the episode is spent with Dewey Jr. making Early's life a complete living hell for him. Though Early is a massive dick and likely deserves most of it.
  • Jerkass: Oh, big time. And that's putting it VERY mildly.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: You'd be forgiven for thinking this trope doesn't apply to him at all, at first, but every now and then (such as during the Christmas Special) he shows signs that he does love his family, albeit in a really messed up way. This is subverted, double subverted, and then zig-zagged in "Galvin". At first it seems like he only wants Granny back from Galvin because he likes to abuse her all the time. Then, it starts to seem like he genuinely wants his mom back. By the end, Early starts abusing her again by choking her like a stress ball, however they both seem to enjoy this as Rusty then chokes Early followed by Granny choking Rusty.
    • Played straight in the ending of "Blue Lives Battered", when Early reveals that he knows he's a handful, but he really does care about Sheriff, leading to the two of them and Denny crying, hugging, and embracing. And all of it is played 100% straight. Early even cries as he rewatches the footage on his work computer and remarks to Glenn that it's beautiful.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Depending on the Writer. Sometimes deep inside his Jerkass Trigger Happy personality, you'll find... nothing else.
  • Karma Houdini: Often, he does suffer for what he does occasionally and he has been arrested many, many times, but the sheriff lets him out just as often, this pretty much applies to every criminal in Dougal County.
    • Averted way more often starting in Season 4, while he's still let go pretty easily by the Sherrif, more times than not he suffers from a pretty bloody case of Laser-Guided Karma.
  • Knife Nut: His usual weapon of choice, when not sporting his shotgun.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Gets this a lot, especially in episodes after season 4, usually in the form of an incredibly bloody injury or flat out death.
  • Malaproper: His speechanating consistafies of addifying extra verbatages on the end of his wordamating.
  • Nice Hat: A seemingly endless collection of them.
  • Pet the Dog: Is actually capable of being nice, however few and far between these moments might last.
    • In "Blue Lives Battered", he genuinely says that Sheriff is his best friend.
    • In “Rich Dan, Poor Dan”, he tries to teach a financially broke Dan Halen that you can live a happy life without being rich and powerful and has no ulterior motive in mind. Too bad Dan takes immediate advantage of the Cuyler family.
  • Sawn-Off Shotgun: His Weapon of Choice.
  • They Killed Kenny Again: He dies very often.
  • Toxic Friend Influence: To Sheriff. Whenever he does consider him his friend, Early usually takes advantage of him and/or pushes him to do various reprehensible acts. Case in point, "Jacksonville Jackass" is pretty much Early's influence turning Sheriff into a drunken mess.
  • Trigger Happy: His trigger finger is perpetually itchy.
  • Villain Protagonist: Pretty much.
  • Yandere: For Krystal.
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    Ruby Jean "Granny" Cuyler 
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Early and Lil's mom. A perverted, senile old squid with a walker.

Voiced by: Dana Snyder

    Russell "Rusty" Cuyler 
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Early's dimwitted, but more well meaning and kindhearted son.

Voiced by: Daniel McDevitt

  • Butt-Monkey: Guaranteed to suffer just by being Early’s son.
  • Characterization Marches On: Originally a very childish, naive, "Well Done, Son!" Guy, and would often take part in his family's vile misadventures. Nowadays he's wisened up enough to become the Token Good Teammate of the Cuylers, the Only Sane Man and is quick to object to any of their heinous actions. His "Well Done, Son!" Guy status seems to teeter between episodes. This is very much due to the show's only story arc where he's raising a family that isn't affected by Negative Continuity.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: In "Events by Russell", he is very aware of how chaotic and asshole-ish Early tends to be and wants no part of him in his new party business.
  • Good Parents: A bumbling and idiotic one, but unlike Early, he loves his son Randy and tries providing for him. In his own boneheaded way.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Squid father, human mother.
  • The Heart: Of the Cuylers. Too bad almost no one listens to him.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: The kid has been a Butt-Monkey since he was born.
  • Jerkass: Given his upbringing, it's no surprise that he has moments of cruelty. In one episode, he threatened Granny with a knife. In another episode, he rolled a limbless Early down the street until Early threw up from motion sickness.
    • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Has his moments. He genuine loves his family and often expresses doubt at his families more morally questionable actions.
  • Only Sane Man: Not on a consistent basis, but he's the only one even approaching this trope on the show.
  • Overly Long Name: His full name is Russell Jesse James Kenny the Gambler Rogers Number Three The Intimidator Dale Earnhardt Kenny the Gambler Rogers America's Number One Cuyler.
  • Smarter Than You Look: On his better days he is way more smart than the show leads him to be. In "Dove in an Iron Cage", he almost effortlessly breaks out of prison when he was wrongfully committed and put on death row.
  • Token Good Team Mate: The closest thing to one. While he can be just as cruel as his family he tends to be the one to object to his families more evil acts. Pronounced more in later episodes.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Though a little smarter about it than Early and Granny.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy
    Lil Cuyler 
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Early's frequently passed out, meth making (and meth using) sister.

Voiced by: Patricia French

  • A Day in the Limelight: "Green and Sober".
  • Demoted to Extra: Courtesy of being passed out almost every episode.
  • Really Gets Around: Not as much as Krystal, but she still gets around. In "Green and Sober" alone, she does Ellis(Three times) the guitar player of the band, a mans wife, and a pervert from the Reverends addict group.
  • The Smart Guy: By Cuyler standards, anyway. She's the only one smart enough to know how to run the meth lab. In one episode, her constant state of being passed out is revealed to be a cover for her running a marijuana grow farm run by naked illegal Mexican immigrants in a massive space underneath the Cuyler house, as she communicates with her workers through a hole in the floor.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Finally becomes sober in "Green and Sober"
  • The Voiceless: Has largely become this.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: According to Early, "She ain't wore a shirt since 89".
    Hezekiah Ray "Ga-Ga-Pee-Pap" Cuyler (AKA: "Twelve Gun" Cuyler) 
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Early and Lil's freewheeling, criminal father. Apparently raised the both of them before running off to who knows where.

Voiced by: Jesco White

  • Bi the Way: Pretty much says it himself.
    Gaga: Hey now, I said related is fine but it's gotta be a woman! I ain't into boys...as much.
  • Catchphrase: "I got you again!" and, in his first episode, "Allegedly!"
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Even by Cuyler standards.
  • Incurable Cough of Death: Got lung cancer from his "Healthy Sticks".
  • Put on a Bus to Hell: Literally. The last time we ever see him (not counting flashbacks) is when he, as a ghost, goes to Hell, mistakenly believing that he's going to Heaven.
    Durwood Cuyler 
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White Sheep of the Cuyler clan. Got a GED, and ran off to the big city, marrying a white woman.

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Dougal County Citizens

    Sheriff Sharif 
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The rather hapless, useless, and frequently killed lawman of Dougal County.

Voiced by: Charles Naiper(Episodes 1-8) Bobby Ellerbee(Episode 9-onwards)

    Deputy Denny 
A tiny, malformed Sheriff clone, and basically the Sheriff's right hand man.
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Voiced by: Dave Willis

    Dan Halen 
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CEO of Dan Halen Sheetrock International. An evil little bugger, who can get away with just about any evil thing he wants.

Voiced by: Todd Hanson

  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: He owns the biggest corporation in Dougal County, and takes full advantage of it.
  • A Day in the Limelight: "Pile M for Murder", "Taint Misbehavin", "Rich Dan, Poor Dan".
  • Evil Redhead: Has red hair and has done some seriously deplorable actions throughout the show.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Has a deep voice and possibly the only character more evil than Early.
  • Expy: Of Mr. Burns with a voice similar to Sideshow Bob's.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He's very well spoken and witty for being such a despicable individual.
  • Hate Sink: The most irredeemable character in the whole show bar Early and has little to no sympathetic qualities to justify it.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: All of his deaths have been this in some form.
  • The Illuminati: Leads two such cabals, the Serpents in the Round (which has nationwide, if not global, influence) and, assuming Sharif wasn't making the whole story up, the Knights of the Noble Order of the Mystic Turquoise Goblet (which is seemingly limited to northern Georgia).
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Has shown cannibalistic qualities from time to time.
  • Karma Houdini: Can avoid almost every punishment due to the amount of power he has over everyone.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: You can count the times he's got what he deserves on one hand. He even lampshades in one episode where died because of his scam that he declared "I've received my comeuppance at last!"
    • In the episodes: "Mud Days and Confused", "Class of '86", and "Granite Caverns", he suffers a Karmic Death.
    • In "The Inkubator Lives!" he gets beaten up by Rusty.
    • In "Forever Autumn" he is forced to work for the living tree people to the point that he may be even worshipping them. Also the first time he's been shown to EVER be scared of anyone.
    • "Rich Dan, Poor Dan" is an entire episode about Dan Halen being humbled. Briefly.
  • Naked People Are Funny: Wears no clothes and is Laughably Evil.
  • No Knees: Exemplied literally as one episode shows his struggles with his kneeless anatomy and shows off the one cause he genuinely cares about: Helping people who like him, were born without knees... of which he is the only member of it (the last and only member was an old guy who lost his legs, to which Halen didn't approve as while he wasn't born with knees he WAS born with feet and legs, which he promptly uses to literally kick said man out).
  • Out of Focus: While still appearing often, Dan Halen's prominence has been slowly diminishing.
  • Pet the Dog:
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Only openly one when supporting prejudice stands to give him money. When he thinks he has more to gain from promoting inclusivity, he will begrudgingly do so.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: The entire city of Chattanooga, Tennessee is his, according to the episodes where he schemes to make Dougal County a better tourist trap.
  • Time Abyss: He's existed since the beginning of recorded history.
  • Villain Decay: Downplayed. Originally the near unstoppable ruler of Dougal County with fingers in pies worldwide, in recent season the emphasis has been put on him as a Corrupt Corporate Executive who is always trying to find a way to get more money, however scummy it is.
    Krystal 
A monstrously fat, monstrously ugly, and monstrously skanky freeloader, who lives in the local junkyard.
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Voiced by: Mary Kraft

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    Glenn 
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Early's perpetually uninterested and abused coworker.

Voiced by: Dave Willis
    Glenn's Wife / Donna 

Glenn's wife Donna and the object of Early's perverse obsession when he's not chasing Krystal

Voiced by: Dana Swanson

  • All There in the Script: Her name being Donna doesn't come up very often in the show, but it's there if you look for it
  • Flat Character: Not much is known about her other than the fact that she's Glenn's wife and that she runs a catering business.
  • Nice Guy: One of the few consistently nice characters in the show.
  • Informed Attractiveness: Downplayed mostly due to the artstyle, but she is noted to be looking finer than hell by Early.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Shockingly she even though she tells Glenn that she hates Early and that he's just a stalker, she asks him to call her right as he and Rusty leave the couples property. On another occasion, she sucks a dying Early's toes when asked without too much resistance.
    Tammi 
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A gap toothed, more sane minded redneck girl, and Rusty's first girlfriend. Also the mother of his son, Macho Man Randy Cuyler.

Voiced by: Elizabeth Cook

  • Beware the Nice Ones: She is usually passive and patient with almost everyone. That being said.. she isn't afraid to pepper spray Early or put a restraining order on him if he goes too far.
  • Closer to Earth: Compared to...damn near everyone else in Dougal County, she's got a level head on her shoulders.
  • A Day in the Limelight: "Muscadine Wine".
  • Incest Is Relative: Finds out a little late that she and Rusty share the same mother.
    • Possibly implied by she and her dad sleeping in the same bed. If they did more than just sleeping in there, it's not stated.
    Boyd 
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Unlucky proprietor of the local convenience store, and frequent victim of robberies from Early.

Voiced by: Pete Smith

  • Butt-Monkey: Robbed almost daily by Early, usually getting his hand blown off before it's over.
  • Character Tic: He's so conditioned from robberies, that he frequently talks with his hands held up.
  • Killed Off for Real: When his VA Pete Smith retired, he was permanently offed in the season 11 premiere.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: His death in "Dove in an iron Cage" is what kickstarts the plot of Rusty being wrongfully imprisoned.

    Reverend 
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The town reverend. A put upon man of the cloth who is no fan of the Cuylers.
Voiced by: Scott Hilley

  • Black Comedy Rape: Granny once raped him while under the power of her Beast Implants.
  • Depending on the Writer: He's either one of the more sane people in Dougal County or just as stupid as them.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Moves to another county, far away from the Cuylers. One where his church has an actual roof. Given how sadistic this show can be, this is a genuinely happy sendoff for him.
  • Moral Guardians: Whether or not he's holding the Sanity Ball, being a moralistic busybody is a consistent trait of his.
  • Nervous Wreck: Years of dealing with Cuyler shenanigans has taken its toll on him.
  • Put on a Bus: Shipped off permanently following the death of VA Scott Hilley.

    Ellis 
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Owner/bartender of The Jiggle Hut. One of the few people in town not afraid to fight Early.
Voiced by: Dave Willis

  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Ellis is one of the only townspeople not scared to kick Early's ass when he misbehaves in his bar.
    Doctor A.K.A. Dr. Donald Cock 
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The town's seemingly only doctor. A bit of an odd duck.
Voiced by: Brendon Small

    Pastor Kyle Nubbins 
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The town's new church leader, brought in after the Reverend is shipped off.
Voiced by: Jason Isbell

  • Beware the Nice Ones: Is nothing but kind and patient to Early. But when Early steals his guitar, Kyle is not afraid to give Early his just desserts.
  • Good Shepherd: A genuinely nice, non-corrupt guy. Just don't touch his guitar.

Other

    Squid Jesus 
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A squid version of Jesus.
Voiced by: Fred Armisen


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