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Flapjack

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An excitable, adventure-loving boy who was raised by Bubbie, a talking whale. Despite her warnings, Flapjack is spellbound by K'nuckles' stories and has set his sights becoming a real ADVENTURER.

Voiced by: Thurop Van Orman

  • Adorkable: He is easily the cutest character in the series. This isn't saying much because almost everyone in the show is pretty ugly but Flapjack is still adorable.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: As shown in "Flapjack Goes to a Party", the other kids think Flapjack is a weirdo for hanging out with K'nuckles and Bubbie.
  • Apologizes a Lot: Even when he's repeatedly told to stop talking.
  • Broken Pedestal: Occasionally, when K'nuckles greed and selfishness becomes too hard to overlook, such as when he bet Flapjack on a poker game.
  • Catchphrase: "Adventuuuuure!"
  • Cheerful Child: Or rather too cheerful even for a child. His worldview makes him see everything in the whole, wide world as an opportunity for adventuring and having a great time.
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  • Children Are Innocent: Even for a primary school-age kid, he is outright clueless, especially considering that in under-developed societies kids didn't have any childhood and grew up abruptly, treated like small adults. But Flap is so innocent that he still never leaves his childhood behind.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: An entire episode was devoted to how much he looks like a girl, then later how much he SOUNDS like a girl.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: One of the nicest, most innocent characters on the show.
  • Hero-Worshipper: He's the only character who is delusional enough to consistently hold respect for K'nuckles.
  • The Hyena: NYEHEHEHEEEEHEHEEE... Laughing is happy, happy is good, therefore everyone who laughs in in good cheer in his mind.
  • In Touch with His Feminine Side: Has been mistaken for a girl on several occasions, most notably in "Something's a Miss" where the other girls thought he was one. And even more than his looks and his high-pitched voice its his emotionally expressive demeanor like hugging all the time that stands out.
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  • Keet: Energetic and sprightly are probably the best words to describe him along with the words to an excruciating degree.
  • Meaningful Name: There is an actual species of seaweed known as Flapjack, which makes sense as he was discovered by Bubbie in a pile of weeds when he was a baby.
  • Nice Guy: Arguably the purest, most consistently good character in the entire show.
  • Parental Abandonment: He was found on a bed of seaweed as a baby.
  • Raised by Wolves: Flapjack was raised by Bubbie, an intelligent talking whale, who loves him dearly.
  • To Be a Master: His life goal is to become the greatest adventurer in the world.
  • Signature Laugh
  • Sweet Tooth: He and K'nuckles display theirs to an extent greater than most fictional characters. Almost all of their endeavours are about satisfying their candy cravings.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Given the ugliness and insanity around him and above all and K'nuckles being a total phony, he comes across as less wide-eyed and more blind-eyed.

Captain K'nuckles

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A washed-up old Irish-sounding sailor who claims to be the greatest pirate the world has ever known. He's always telling over-the-top tales of his adventures and getting Flapjack wrapped up in his high seas hijinks.


  • The Alcoholic/G-Rated Drug: Maple Syrup. He is very often shown to stumble around during both day and night because of it, at times returning to Bubbie's very late.
  • Anti-Role Model: It probably can't get any more anti-, than an alcoholic scavenger who opportunistically steals what he can and searches in the garbage for candy the rest of the time, who believes that honest work is for losers while he is incapable of taking care of himself and who expects people to worship him for telling big tales that have nothing to do with reality, while treating everyone like dirt. Oh and believing that the concept of personal hygiene is for sissies. Which makes it more ironic that he tries to raise to Flapjack to be a scoundrel like him, even though Flap has a much better way of behaving towards other people and following his sayings always leads to trouble.
  • Artificial Limbs: Both his hands and his body from the waist down have been replaced by functional wooden prosthetics. Some of the episodes' plots revolve around how he lost some of the aforementioned limbs and occasionally his endeavors to recover the originals.
  • Attention Whore: You better pay attention to K'nuckies lest he throws whatever is taking the attention away from him (like say a little doggie) into the ocean.
  • Authority in Name Only: In "Down With the Ship", it's revealed that his only official naval experience was as a lowly cabin boy and that he appointed himself Captain after sinking the ship. He achieves this rank for real after managing to un-sink the same vessel.
  • Book Dumb: He can only count to 3. But counting to three allowed him to save all of Stormalong once.
  • Cool Old Guy: To an extent, though as mentioned below, he does have his moments where his badass side shows.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He's a cowardly, weak old blowhard, but he DID in fact sail quite a bit in his younger days, and has picked up a few tricks. Mostly about picking things from other people's pockets.
    • In "Gone Wishin", he was able to steal the Mermaid Queen's heart and successfully evade her guards.
  • Depending on the Writer: He's either an irredeemable selfish bum or a Jerk with a Heart of Gold who genuinely cares for Flapjack and Bubbie.
  • Dirty Coward: When faced with any kind of danger.
  • The Ditz: He and reason aren't on the best of terms. If he sees someone falling to a volcano and burning to death slowly and painfully, he is still ready to follow.
    • Genius Ditz: The only form of intelligence that he excels in is deceit and lying. He is as sly as someone with no intelligence and common sense can be.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Despite being a selfish cad who will commit almost any crime to feed his addiction over candy, he has fond memories of his dad and mom and was heartbroken over his grandpa not attending his recent birthday. Flap is also the one character that he is also consistently nice to the point of him being his Morality Pet.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Due to his callousness and laziness, K'nuckles is despised by pretty much everyone in Stormalong except for Flapjack. Bubbie barely tolerates him due to Flapjack looking up to him.
    • Might be a downplayed example, as it's shown that other pirates actually respect him.
  • Heavy Sleeper: As a dead-beat old man who spends most of his time lazing and sleeping. Even when he is threatened his natural defense mechanism is to black out and sleep defenselessly.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: Claims to have been one before getting addicted to candy in "K'nuckles' Hilarious Problem." Given the flashbacks this statement is questionable at best.
  • Jerkass: That goes without saying. Captain K'nuckles is almost always lazy, self-serving, and sometimes takes Flajack for granted.
    • Hidden Heart of Gold/Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He admits in "K'nuckles and His Hilarious Problem" when he's drunk on candy, that he loves Flapjack and Bubbie so much. Overall, he often comes off as a Jerkass, but he has shown he cares about Flapjack, and will feel bad and try to make things right (key word: try) when he realizes he's crossed the line.
    • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: In the episode "That's A Wrap!". He makes Flapjack do all the candy wrap searching, saying he tried to find some. He takes all the credit and eats all the candy that they were suppose to share together all for himself. After Flapjack finds the final piece, the X piece, he betrayed his friendship with Flapjack for 100 pieces of Candy and only went back to him not because of Flapjack but because he didn't want Peppermint Larry to find Candy Island.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: He's basically a lazy man who talks about adventures but never does them, barely knows how to write and count, and everyone in-universe makes fun of him with good reason, but he's capable of carrying Bubbie on his back, winning a fight alone against 100 pirates (admittedly inept ones who relied entirely on their numbers), escape from a room full of traps, sailing a ship in a storm during a fight against 8-Armed Willy, and stealing wish-candies from a mermaid, among other things and he's 70 or 80 years old.
  • Mooching Master: Most of the times he and Flapjack or just Flapjack score a decent amount of candy, K'nuckles takes the lion's share while coming up with some dumb excuse for why he needs it.
  • Mistaken for Pregnant: A photographer once had him pose as the perfect example of a pregnant woman's stomach.
  • Older Sidekick: The age gap between him and Flap is huge considering that he is an old man and Flap is a little boy. And yet the old man is the sidekick who gets dragged along.
  • Older Than They Look: He looks middle aged.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: He is both such a sociopath and so mentally underdeveloped, selfish, egotistical and attention-seeking (to the point of hurting anyone that takes attention away from him) that it often feels that Flapjack is his guardian and the one who takes care of him instead of vice-versa. In fact, Flap is the sole reason that he is still alive.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Its difficult to determine just which of his stories are true and which ones are bullshit. Or maybe not, if you figure that everything cool that he says about himself is bullshit. Then again, in a world like Flapjack's is, it could all be true.
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: He claims to be an adventurer, yet he seems to actively avoid doing anything that involves leaving the harbor or performing manual labor. If he ever does go on an adventure, it's usually because Flapjack guilts him into it, or else by sheer accident. Or if his gluttony becomes his compass. He can loosely be called a pirate albeit a spineless, weak and unambitious one.
  • Seadog Peg Leg: His body is MOSTLY wood: two peg legs, two wooden forearms, and a wooden butt.
  • Sweet Tooth: He and Flapjack may be the most prominent examples of this in animation. They live, breathe and walk to stuff their mouths with candy and are often seen with big bellies and dirty mouths filled with candy likely to be scavenged in the garbage. He takes it to an unhealthy extent not unlike a junkie who would anything to get his fix even once licking a candy leftover that another sailor spat outside a bar.
  • The Slacker: Once held the well-deserved title for laziest man in Stormalong.
  • Talk Like a Pirate: He sounds like a sea-dog for sure with his harsh tone and Irish accent.
  • Too Dumb to Live: If one notices his tendency to steal whenever he gets the chance and from whoever he gets the chance, no matter if its pirates, men rich enough to have an army of thugs, or giant sea monsters they may get the mistaken impression that it demonstrates how fearless he is. The truth of the matter is, he simply isn't capable of considering the consequences of acting like a scummy, wise guy.

Bubbie

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Bubbie is like an over-protective mother to Flapjack. She prefers the safety of Stormalong to the dangers of the open seas, but Bubbie is always there for Flapjack, no matter what kind of trouble K'nuckles gets him into.

Voiced by: Roz Ryan

  • Cool Ship: Flapjack calls Bubbie "the fastest ship in the sea", despite, you know, Bubbie being a whale.
  • Doting Parent: She loves Flapjack dearly, and as such gets more than a little protective sometimes.
  • Hypocrite: Bubbie pretty much lays down the law in her home and tries to raise Flapjack as a respectable person, but she rarely follows any of the advice she actually gives him herself. Advice that includes critising gossiping, spying on others and lying, all of which are part of the life in Stormalong.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: Many of her arguments with K'nuckles are reminiscent of this.
  • Living Ship: Apparently quite common in the shows setting, as one episode shows several other Sailor/Boy teams having been kidnapped and forced to run a laundromat, with their Living Ship showing up along with Bubbie to save them, among others there's a giant lobster, a dolphin and a giant fat woman.
  • Mama Bear: Her maternal feelings are so strong that make her maternal outrages terrifying for the one who caused them by threatening her baby. Even if it a whale double her size.
  • Multipurpose Tongue: Bubbie's tongue is sometimes shown as being prehensile.
  • Only Sane Man: Definitely the most sensible of the three by a large margin. in real life she would come across as more naive and immature than average but by Stormalong's standards she is this even compared to almost all the other characters in the show.
  • Overly Long Tongue: Which she finds useful when she wants to speak to someone while holding them outside her mouth. It can also be used both as a mattress and as a carpet.
  • Out of Focus: Out of the main three characters, Bubbie has the least amount of screen time than Flapjack and K'nuckles. As the show begins to shift towards the residents of Stormalong in the later episodes, her appearances started becoming less frequent.
  • Parental Substitute: She raised Flapjack as a baby.
  • The Peeping Tom: A non-sexual version, she looks through holes to spy on private moments. She later admits she has a problem, because Flapjack and K'nuckles have their adventures while she resorts to peeping to do something.
  • Sassy Blue Whale: Her deep tone, her southern accent and her vocal mannerisms (being to-the-point and outspoken) deliberately invoke this.
  • Talking Animal: She's a talking whale.
  • Team Mom: Mother figure to Flapjack and, unfortunately, K'nuckles too.
  • Third-Person Person: Frequently turns into one of these when ticked off enough fitting with her Sassy Black Woman style of speech.
  • Verbal Tic: "Mmm-hmm" said thoughtfully and/or contentedly.

Dock Hag
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She's the miserly old hag who runs the dock of Stormalong Harbor. The Dock Hag has an almost mystical flair for issuing tickets. And her favorite ticket is for leaving whales in the water unattended.

Voiced by: Daran Norris

  • Abhorrent Admirer: To K'nuckles, as we learn in on episode, and she even has a doll made of him out of parking tickets
  • Bearded Woman: In the episode Bearded Buddies and there's facial hair all over her body. She forgot to shave that day. Which helps her win the contest by a landslide.
  • Evil Debt Collector: She has a unique talent for issuing tickets for various unusual reasons like laughing, arguing or dragging your feet.
  • Gonk: Her face has been generously offered for a good number of the show's more disturbing closeups. It helps that her expression during these moments is either mindless fury or in one case depraved lust.
  • I Own This Town: She doesn't need anything close to a decent excuse to order people around and make up rules to punish the people she wants like Knuckles. Its easy when there isn't any higher public authority in Stormalong.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: According to one episode, she could use a friend but knows her unpleasantness puts people off.
  • Jerkass: Her attitude makes her one of the most disliked among the Stormalong citizens, not only because of her ticket fetish but also because of her other fetish, which is shouting at everyone and using really long insults for little to no reason.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Apart from treating Flapjack as a worthless waste of space like K'nuckles, she also had no objection towards having him swim through shark-infested waters for taking the blame for getting them accidentally stranded on a raft.
  • Vague Age: While it's not said how old she is, she's called a "hag" , a name that as accurate as it is, refers more about her looks and demeanour, however, one episode implies she's middle-aged.

Peppermint Larry
Peppermint Larry is the overly-friendly owner of the Candy Barrel. He's the only person who can satisfy our heroes' candy cravings. When they don't have money for candy. Larry feeds them unreliable clues to Candied Island.

Voiced by: Jeff Bennett

  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Unlike what one would expect from a man who has a wife made ouf of candy and whom even Flapjack once called lonely, he has a very enterprising mind, always recognising business opportunities and is thusly a very successful businessman.
  • Companion Cube: Candy Wife. A companion that can be very demanding and argumentative and who doesn't obviously interact with anyone else, but is still somehow treated and accepted as a person by the rest.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: A person who imagines that his imaginary wife flirts with other men has some serious issues. Taken to extremes in Candy Colleague where he demands that the aforementioned smooth-talking colleague (who is also imaginary) takes his imaginary eyes off his imaginary Candy wife and helps a (very real) lynching mob find him, thinking that they will kill his rival.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: He considers cutting someone's hands, mouth and tongue off and then throwing them into the ocean with a giant straw in their mouth an appropriate response for sounding the alarm for sea monsters in vain even if it was by mistake. In general, he seems to have a skewed perspective of what is considered an acceptable response, like agreeing to throw even Flapjack to the sharks for thinking that he accidentally got them stranded in the sea, despite the fact that they could just oar their way back.
  • Greed: His other big character flaw apart from jealousy is his desire for profit, which can and will lead him into morally questionable acts.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: On the other end of the spectrum his friendliness is most often out of his desire to attract customers and he quickly changes his tune when it turns that there is no money to be made.
  • Only in It for the Money: He has a lot of expressions and behaviours and all of them are about sucking up and fawning over well-paying customers.
  • Pet the Dog: He does have a few kind moments here and there like accepting K'nuckles apologies during Low Tidings eve and softening up (that is until he realised that he faked it) and offering Flap a free piece of candy as consolation for his two guardians parting ways.
  • Pungeon Master: Has an entire episode devoted to him competing in a contest to see who can crack the most puns. During Knuckle's supposed funeral he couldn't resist cracking at least one pun among his other inconsiderate remarks.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: He and K'nuckles despise each other and often come to blows, not least of all because of K'nuckles attempts to cheat him, steal from him and even act as a love rival for his Candy Wife. Unsurprisingly, Larry has a very low opinion of him.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Played with towards Flap. On one hand he is one of the friendlier merchants towards Flapjack and at times even offers him advice, which is naturally better than K'nuckles. On the other hand, given how many times the little kid has stood up for him when everyone turned their backs on him like when he became a puppeteer or lost miserably in both a pun contest and in a pool game, it still feels rather hollow and less than enough. One egregious case is when Flapjack dragged his Candy Wife out of danger which led Larry to declare him a hero and claim that he was indebted to him. That however didn't stop him from laughing at and mocking him when he became a laughingstock thanks to a ridiculous photo that he took.

Doctor Barber
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The resident doctor and barber of Stormalong Harbor. Dr. Barber often comes off as having malicious intentions, though he usually means well.

Voiced by: Steve Little

  • Autopsy Snack Time: Given how a lot of his surgeries may turn out, it feels that the brunch that the good Doctor enjoys having right next to his helpless patients is only one step away from an autopsy.
  • Creepy Monotone: His tone is very passionate and betrays his obsession, but generally in a subdued, examining kind of way.
  • For Science!: Doctor Barber regularly performs surgery for no reason other than his toying with the laws of nature. This surgery could be necessary or not, dangerous and often turns out bad.
  • Gonk: Even when he doesn't show his teeth or gives one of his disturbing grimaces he still looks wrong.
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: He rarely antagonises the main characters and can actually be very helpful and even reasonable, thing is he can also be other things...
  • Mad Doctor
  • Momma's Boy: It doesn't seem that the doctor has much of a personal life, especially given that his mother is always with him when he is working, inside a drawer in his office specifically.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Doctor Barber is far too obsessed with performing strange surgeries on people.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: For most people sicknesses like the plague, surgeries and weird experiments are the stuff of nightmares. For him, its like a free day to the candy store (or rather to the Candy Barrel).
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Not so much because of his occupation but mostly because of his passion with the grislier aspects of it. The doctor's one not the barber's.
  • Truth in Television: It was often the case back in history where being a ships barber and being the ships "doctor/surgeon" was pretty much the same thing. Also it was true that doctors were more feared than they are now, due to the high risk of death and disease from surgery due to poor understanding of medicine commonplace in the West until the mid 1800s.
  • Verbal Tic: Doctor Barber has the tendency to say repetitively "Hmm" and/or "yes" in between sentences.

Sally Syrup

A young seashell seller who Flapjack takes a liking to.

Voiced by: Jackie Buscarino

Lolly Poopdeck

Stormalong's resident comedian.

Voiced by: Steve Little

  • Butt-Monkey: Found out that the hard way to become a successful comedian was to be this on purpose and got himself injured by various hard objects. He became an instant hit.
  • Companion Cube: Is also always carrying his buckets.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Once K'nuckles gave Candy Wife (who for EVERYONE involved is considered a person) the Carrie treatment, he immediately objected and told him that he took it too far and that you don't threw pickle juice to a Candy Woman, despite laughing earlier when he threw a platter of her lifeless hands or hit her with her own hand.
  • Gonk: One of the most grotesque of characters, even for this show's freakish standards, probably as a result of malnourishment and the extremely low (low as non-existent) hygienic standards of Stormalong.
  • Stepford Smiler: His buckets contain his tears, at least according to K'nuckles.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: In "A Day Without Laughter", he is revealed to be Lady Richington's long-lost son, who ran away due to her not approving of his dreams to make people laugh.


Eight Armed Willy
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The most dangerous creature on the high seas, Eight-Armed Willy is a bone-crushing sea monster with an appetite for whales, adventurers and especially candy. He's our heroes' main rival for Candied Island.

Voiced by: Richard McGonagle

  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: A giant octopus with a gruff and fierce look surely qualifies as a bruiser by human standards and it comes as no surprise when he shows how merciless he can be towards auspicious thieves. What comes as a surprise however is how fond he turns out to be of singing and gradually also shows some fondness for Flapjack himself.
  • The Dreaded: He is the ultimate yardstick by which the dangers of the sea are measured in-universe. Making a wager about beating him is treated at best like an extreme-sport and at worst like a death sentence.

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