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The Dalton Brothers

  • Asshole Victim: Considering how abrasive, violent and haughty they can get, it's not hard to see why other prisoners or the Indians treat them the way they do.
  • The Dreaded: They are this but only to civilians outside of the prison, Miss Betty, the Guards, the Indians or Peabody, don't feel the same.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: All of them deeply love their mothers and recalls fondly of their youth with her. Except for Joe, who seems to fear her more than anything else.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: As Jack puts it to Joe: "Family is sacred".
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Robbing people, brutalizing, manipulating (or simply being jerkasses to) everyone else? No problems. Abandoning a baby in the middle of the desert? Hell no!
  • Berserk Button: A lot of things, but most of the time, Averell talking.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: When he wants something out of someone who isn't one of his brothers, he can get quite friendly, but it's all an act.
  • Complexity Addiction: Some of his plans are unjustly complicated.
  • The Determinator: If we consider that there is as much escape attempts as there are episodes (no less than 195) plus the ones off-screen or the multiple ones in one given episode, it makes Joe qualifies as this, as he never gives up getting out of the prison. His brothers can sometimes get resignated, but Joe is always here to remind them.
  • Jerkass: With his fellows prisoners and his brothers.
    Averell: But Joe, if we anger the buddies, wouldn't we be not buddies anymore?
    Joe: Justly Averell, this way we won't miss them once we've had escape.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Though not a master of this, Joe knows how to pull people's strings to get what he wants. Best exemplified with Peabody, exploiting (multiple times) his greed or desire for fame to advance his agenda.
  • Never Going Back to Prison: He'd rather die in the desert than go back in prison.
  • The Un-Favourite: An aspect of him which was only suggested in previous works is here expanded upon, the fact that Joe is the one of his brothers that recieves the less love from Ma', which could actually explains some aspects of his personality.

  • The Engineer: Jack has served this role twice, disasembling a Big Wheel and helping constructing a high-tech car.
  • Those Two Guys: With William.


  • Big Eater: Even more so than in previous adaptations.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: While obviously the less intelligent of the brothers, he can occasionally display unexpected bouts of competence, or completely random (and useful knowledge). See also Renaissance Man.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Which explains why the animals love him.
  • Hypocrite: In "Gigi the Giraffe", Averell resents the titular giraffe for stealing Joe's affection away from him. While it's quite understandable giving that Joe shows more love towards Gigi than he has ever shown towards his brothers, one has to recall all the times Averell has bonded with an animal and neglected Joe the same way.
  • Renaissance Man: See Main page.
  • What an Idiot!: More often than not...

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The Penitentiary

  • Adaptational Intelligence: Very slight. Unlike his comic book counterpart he usually gets at least the general gist of what people are saying to him — but he's still very much The Ditz and not a very good guard dog.

     Melvin Peabody 
  • Chivalrous Pervert/ Covert Pervert: As seen in "The Director's Girlfriend" Peabody can be quite the ludicrous one. However the fact that he never gets this... insistant towards Miss Betty or any other beautiful woman, respecting them and treating them as colleagues and/ or equals (in opposition to The Daltons or Pete and Emmett who have Peeping Tom tendencies), proves that he is both of these tropes
  • Greed: From time to time his love of money makes him do real stupid mistakes.
  • Only Sane Man: When Miss Betty doesn't figure out that the Dalton are playing her, Peabody serves as this.

     Miss Betty 

     Pete and Emmett 

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