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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.

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Billy Bob Brockali

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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.

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  • Adaptational Attractiveness: While by no means ugly, Billy Bob was significantly slimmed down for The New Rock-afire Explosion.
  • Beary Friendly: He’s 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.

Looney Bird

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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.

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Rolfe DeWolfe
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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.

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  • 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.

Earl Schmerle
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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.

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  • 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.

Beach Bear
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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.

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Fatz Geronimo
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”Hey, we got a birthday in the house!”
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.

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Mitzi Mozzarella
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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.

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Dook LaRue

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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.

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     Uncle Klunk 
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"This is Uncle Klunk, your voice of the pizza..."
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)

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     The Moonrockers 
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An alien retrofit of the Rock-afire introduced in 1985.

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Voiced by: Unidentified employee named Max
The laser guitarist.
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