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Original RAE Lineup
A band of animals, the Rock-afire Explosion also features a ventriloquist act in Rolfe and Earl, as well as main character Billy Bob and his sidekick Looney Bird, and backup singers in the form of The Sun and The Moon.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Among the main cast:
- Fatz: Melancholic
- Mitzi: Sanguine
- Beach Bear: Phlegmatic
- Dook: Choleric
Billy Bob Brockali
Voiced by: Aaron Fechter (1980-present), unknown actor (ShowBiz corporate showtapes, 1986-1987)The mascot and face of ShowBiz Pizza, Billy Bob is a naive brown bear from Tennessee wearing yellow and red overalls. He plays bass on Stage Left.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: While by no means ugly, Billy Bob was significantly slimmed down for The New Rock-afire Explosion.
- Beary Friendly: Hes a friendly bear.
- Berserk Button: Playing the radio while Billy Bob's trying to sing.
- Big Fun: Is a big bear, and is fun at the same time.
- Hayseed Name: "Billy Bob".
- The Heart: Is often the one acting as a peacekeeper for conflicts on Center Stage and Stage Right.
- The Leader: Billy Bob is the main character and often meditates their struggles.
- Nice Guy: You'd be hard-pressed to find a sweeter soul.
- Iconic Outfit: His yellow and red overalls.
- Sensitive Guyand Manly Man: The Sensitive Guy to Fatz' Manly Man.
- Simpleton Voice: Billy Bob has a country-like voice.
- Vocal Evolution: His voice started out as a thick country accent with somewhat broken English. From about 1982 on, his country accent was gradually downplayed until it was almost completely absent.
Voiced by: Aaron Fechter (1980-present), unknown actor (ShowBiz corporate showtapes, 1986-1987)Billy Bob's closest friend, Looney Bird hangs out in the oil drum beside Billy Bob and pops his head out. He is a talented inventor and would work on things inside of his barrel (which seemed to be much larger on the inside), and would also read fanmail.
- The Alcoholic: Looney was this in the early days of the band.
- Characterization Marches On: In the early days, Looney Bird was The Alcoholic instead of a Gadgeteer Genius.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Became this from the mid-1980s onward.
- Labcoat of Science and Medicine: Looney wears a labcoat in The New Rock-afire Explosion.
- The Lancer: Is Billy Bobs companion.
- Plucky Comic Relief: Serves as this.
- Species Surname: His surname is Bird.
- True Companions: With Billy Bob.
Voiced by: Aaron Fechter (1980-present), Joe Conti (ShowBiz corporate showtapes, 1986-1987, 1990)A wolf who, along with his puppet sidekick Earl, hosted several comedy segments in between songs on stage right. He is arrogant, has a big ego, and often gets into fights with band member Fatz Geronimo.
- Fan Boy: Of Frank Sinatra.
- Greed: Rolfe is known for his love of money.
- Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Doesn't wear pants.
- The Host: At times would be the lead-in to songs; nowadays, Rolfe (along with Earl) is the character who gives birthday shoutouts.
- Jerkass: Rolfe is this to other characters such as Earl and Fatz.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite his harsh exterior, Rolfe does have a heart beneath it all.
- Narcissist: To the point where he's possibly sending himself fan mail.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Acted like he was too good to give out autographs when in reality nobody wanted his autograph.
- Ventriloquism: Rolfe is a ventriloquist and Earl appears to be his dummy.
Voiced by: Aaron Fechter (1980-present), unknown actor (ShowBiz corporate showtapes, 1986-1987, 1990)A seemingly sentient ventriloquist dummy who is literally attached to Rolfe and is constantly berating him for it.
- Anti-Role Model: He's the only character in the band that blatantly alludes to sex and drugs.
- The Bully: All of his insults are directed towards Rolfe and hardly anyone else. Not that Rolfe doesn't deserve it, mind you.
- Spell My Name with an "S": His first name is occasionally spelled as Earle, usually by unofficial sources. The final Rock-afire showtape for ShowBiz, The Rolfe & Earle Show, uses this spelling.
Voiced by: Aaron Fechter (1977-1982), Rick Bailey (1982-present), unknown actor (ShowBiz corporate showtapes, 1986-1987)A laid-back surfer polar bear who sits on-top of a surfboard and is the lead guitarist.
- Alliterative Name: Beach Bear.
- Characterization Marches On: From 1980-82, Beach Bear was a Dumb Jock with a dopey voice, continued from his Wolf Pack 5 incarnation. Once Rick Bailey took over the role, he became a wise Deadpan Snarker.
- Character Tic: Beach Bear tends to cross his eyes when he sings, a leftover from his Dumb Jock incarnation.
- The Conscience: Whenever a conflict arises, he usually tries to diffuse it.
- Deadpan Snarker: Usually dishes out snide remarks toward Fatz, playfully.
- Dumb Blonde: Wore a blonde wig in the early 1980s and again from 2003 onward, and was pretty idiotic before Bailey took over.
- Dumb Jock: The pre-Rick Bailey incarnations were basically this.
- The Reliable One: The wisest and most levelheaded one of the group.
- Species Surname: His surname is "Bear".
- Surfer Dude: Downplayed: he is a surfer, but doesn't have the stereotypical mannerisms.
Voiced by: Burt "Sal" Wilson (1980-2006, 2020-present), Aaron Fechter (2006-2020), unknown actor (ShowBiz corporate showtapes, 1986-1987)The keyboardist and unofficial front man. Fatz dominates the stage with his presence directly in the center and his bombastic voice.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Fatz was slimmed down significantly for The New Rock-afire Explosion.
- Berserk Button: Call Fatz a "big ol' fat monkey" as Rolfe did and he'll threaten to break your neck.
- The Big Guy: Serves as this.
- Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Only wears a jacket and bowtie.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Fatz is based on real-life singer and pianist Fats Domino, right down to his name, as well as Ray Charles. His voice sounds very similar to Tennessee Ernie Ford.
- Sensitive Guyand Manly Man: The Manly Man to Billy Bob's Sensitive Guy.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Wears a nice jacket and bowtie.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: With Rolfe.
- Vocal Evolution: Fatz originally had a deep baritone voice. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, his voice started getting more nasal. Aaron Fechter's performances for Fatz ranged from sounding like Burt "Sal" Wilson did in the 1980s to sounding like Rolfe trying to do a Fatz impression. Wilson's return performances as Fatz sound more aged.
Voiced by: Aaron Fechter (1980-1982), Monique Danielle (1982), Shalisa James (née Sloan, 1982-present), unknown actor (ShowBiz corporate showtapes, 1986-1987)A teenage cheerleader mouse who is the female vocalist.
- Character Aged with the Actor: When Shalisa Sloan became the voice of Mitzi, the character began aging. Her official birthday is at midnight on New Year's Eve, with the New Year's Eve 1988 showtape partially being about her imminent 18th birthday.
- Girlish Pigtails: Wears these.
- Girly Girl: Is obsessed with boyfriends, gossip, and (appropriately for the time), Michael Jackson; she also talks about getting a car in the Christmas 1986 showtape.
- Nice Mice: Mitzi is a mouse, and is naïve and innocent.
- Pom-Pom Girl: Being a cheerleader, Mitzi carries pom-poms in her hands.
- Rodents of Unusual Size: Mitzi is a mouse, and is about the size of a human.
- Smitten Teenage Girl: Naturally.
- The Smurfette Principle: Is the band's sole female member.
- Tagalong Kid: She's the youngest member of the cast, and frequently gets ridiculed for it.
- Vocal Evolution: Originally, Mitzi had a shrill, high-pitched voice provided by Aaron Fechter. Beginning in 1982, Shalisa Sloan (who was 11 at the time of casting) gave Mitzi a more natural, realistic voice.
Voiced by: Duke Chauppetta (1980-1994, 2016-present), unknown actor (ShowBiz corporate showtapes, 1986-1987)A dog who wears a spacesuit and serves as the band's drummer.
An eccentric talk show host who appeared in about 30 ShowBiz Pizza Place locations in the 1980s.
Voiced by: Jeff Howell (1983), unknown voice actor (1983), Shawn Fernandez (1985)
- Cloud Cuckoolander: He's not called an abomination for nothing...
- Gonk: Which makes his "Thank you, I'm beautiful" Catchphrase in his second showtape especially ironic.
- Ink-Suit Actor: Klunk is modeled after his original voice actor, Jeff Howell.
- Simpleton Voice: Klunk's second voice actor gives him one.
- Token Human: The only human member of the band.
An alien retrofit of the Rock-afire introduced in 1985.
Voiced by: Unidentified employee named MaxThe laser guitarist.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Lizards.