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The characters of the television series The Backyardigans:

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Voiced by: Lashawn Tináh Jefferies
Singing voice: Jamia Simone Nash (seasons 1–3), Avion Baker (season 4)

Uniqua is a pink uniqua. She is energetic and positive, but rather stubborn. She is the main protagonist of the series.

  • Absentee Actor: Averted, as she's the only member in the group who stars in every episode.

  • Action Girl: She can be just as tough as the guys.
  • A Dog Named "Dog": According to the wiki, her species is called the uniqua.
  • Author Avatar: Janice Burgess based Uniqua on her childhood self. She is also the only black girl in the group.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: The gentle girl to Austin's brooding boy.
  • Cartoon Creature: Her species name is called "uniqua" and she doesn't seem to be any kind of real creature.
  • Determinator: This is both her greatest strength and her biggest flaw. Uniqua has a tendency to push forward in the face of problems and she often encourages her friends to not give up, but this often leads to her being very stubborn.
  • Ding-Dong-Ditch Distraction: While she never did this in the series, her page on the Nick Jr. wiki describes her as "the kid most likely to ring the doorbell and run away".
  • Dub Name Change:
    • Victoria in French.
    • Unika in Norwegian and Russian.
    • Uniki in Japanese.
    • Żabusia in Polish.
    • Michaela in Hebrew.
    • Joana in European Portuguese.
    • Čudance in Serbian.
  • Genki Girl: Uniqua has a cheerful, energetic, and lovable personality, and she's often the character to come up with new ideas for The Backyardigans' adventures. Heck, this is especially common in the first season, like in "The Yeti", "Knights Are Brave and Strong", Monster Detectives" and "High Tea". This is also helped by the Japanese dub, where in a few episodes she says the word "genki" after introducing herself.
  • Ghetto Name: Her name sounds a little "ghetto".
  • The Leader: She is widely considered the leader of the group.
  • Meaningful Name: Her name is Uniqua. She certainly is a unique creature that's for sure.
  • Nude-Colored Clothes: Her overalls are the exact shades of pink that are on her skin.
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: The Pink Girl to Pablo's Blue Boy.
  • Pink Means Feminine: She's pink with darker pink spots.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: She is often the excitable Red Oni to Tasha's more practical Blue Oni, though they have switched roles just as often.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: The energetic girl to Tyrone's savvy guy. This is especially common in the Season 1 episode "Monster Detectives".
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Tomboy to Tasha's Girly Girl.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Uniqua is pink all over and is just as likely to be a princess as Tasha is.

Voiced by: Zach Tyler Eisen (season 1), Jake Goldberg (seasons 2–4)
Singing voice: Sean Curley

Pablo is a blue penguin. He is very energetic (even moreso than Uniqua) and easily excited. However, he is also very neurotic and tends to have panic attacks. He is the secondary protagonist of the series.

Voiced by: Reginald Davis Jr. (seasons 1–2), Jordan Coleman (seasons 2–3), Christopher Grant, Jr. (season 4)
Singing voice: Corwin C. Tuggles (season 1), Leon Thomas III (seasons 2–3), Damani Roberts (season 3), Tyrel Jackson Williams (seasons 3–4)

Tyrone is an orange moose calf. He is snarky and relaxed. However, as proven multiple times in Season Two, he has his limits. He is the tritagonist of the series.

"Well, that certainly is convenient."

  • Berserk Button: Downplayed. Tyrone doesn't go "berserk", but episodes like "The Yeti" and "To the Center of the Earth" show that Tyrone becomes highly annoyed when his opinion is ignored.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He's usually the calmest of the five, but when he's mad, he's scary.
  • Big Fun: While he's typically the straight man, he does have his moments.
  • The Big Guy: The biggest of the cast. Justified, as moose are quite large in real life.
  • Big Guy, Little Guy: The big guy to Pablo's little guy.
  • Blue/Orange Contrast: Has orange skin and wears a blue (and red) sweater.
  • Captain Obvious: According to his page on the Nick Jr. wiki, being a deep thinker sometimes makes him a "master of the obvious".
  • Catchphrase: As mentioned above, "That certainly is convenient".
  • Character Development: Early episodes depict him as having a tendency to get nervous, but he gets over it pretty quickly. He also has trouble with any kind of skating, but fittingly improves in "The Magic Skateboard".
  • Deadpan Snarker: Easily the snarkiest of the cast.
  • Dub Name Change:
    • Thèo in French.
    • Anton in Norwegian.
    • Łosiek in Polish.
    • Yaron in Hebrew.
    • Eugênio in European Portuguese.
    • Telibor in Serbian.
    • Tajronnote in multiple dubs.
  • Freudian Trio: The ego to Pablo's id and Austin's superego.
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Tyrone only wears a red and blue striped shirt, yet somehow he always seems to put his hands in his pockets.
  • Hidden Depths: Later episodes (for example, "To the Center of the Earth" and "Robot Rampage") imply he gets motion sickness. note 
  • Nice Guy: This (poor quality) video describes him as "the nicest little moose you ever met".
  • Only Sane Man: There is a very good reason why he's the Deadpan Snarker.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: The savvy guy to Uniqua's energetic girl.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The manly man to Pablo's sensitive guy (with Austin in the middle).
  • Shown Their Work: Regarding his antlers. Only male moose have antlers, and they usually start growing when they're a year old. Someone did their research.

Voiced by: Naelee Rae (seasons 1–2), Gianna Bruzzese (seasons 3–4)
Singing voice: Kristin Danielle Klabunde (seasons 1–3), Gabriella Malek (seasons 3–4)

"Oh, for goodness' sake!"

Tasha is a yellow hippo. She is strong-willed and a bit bossy, but she has a soft side as well. Due to not appearing as often as the Power Trio listed above, she is simply listed as a main character.

  • Alpha Bitch: Often plays this role.
  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: A yellow hippo.
  • Catchphrase: As noted above, "Oh For Goodness Sakes!", usually when she's frustrated.
  • Character Development: Tasha was considerably bossy in the first season, but she mellows out throughout the series.
  • The Chick: Often Tasha plays the role of the character who kicks off the plot, but does not necessarily drive it. Lady Tasha in "Whodunit" is a good example as while she did invite everyone to Mystery Manor, Pablo was the one the episode focused on.
  • Dub Name Change:
    • Flora in Norwegian.
    • Hipcia in Polish.
    • Dana in Hebrew.
    • Nilka in Serbian.
    • Ticha in European Portuguese.
  • Girly Bruiser: She's just as much of an Action Girl as Uniqua.
  • Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak: While Tasha is the most feminine of the main cast, she is willing to get dirty if a role requires it. For example, she was the head of the Do-Gooder biker gang in "Special Delivery".
  • Iconic Outfit: Her red Mary Janes, to the point where she is only shown with any other footwear if it's absolutely necessary.
  • The One Who Wears Shoes: She is the only Backyardigan to consistently wear shoes.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: She is typically the practical Blue Oni to Uniqua's excitable Red Oni.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: In terms of slapstick, she's second only to Tyrone.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Girly Girl to Uniqua's Tomboy.

Voiced by: Jonah Bobo
Singing voice: Thomas Sharkey (seasons 1–3), Nicholas Barasch (season 4)

Austin is a purple joey. He is very shy (even having a song about it in "Castaways"), but finally blossoms in later seasons. Due to appearing less than the Power Trio and Tasha, he is simply listed as a main character.


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