Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Dog of the Geek: Courage the Cowardly Dog!

courageBreed: Unknown

Original Appearances: Cartoon Network What a Cartoon! “The Chicken From Outer Space” (1996), Courage the Cowardly Dog (Cartoon Network, 1999-2002).

Other Appearances: Probably some merchandise.

Biography: Abandoned as a puppy after his parents were sent into outer space, Courage was found by Muriel Bagge, who lives with her husband, Eustace, on a farm in Nowhere, Kansas. Eustace hates Courage, and mistreats him every chance he gets, while Muriel dotes on him. Naturally Courage has very little courage, mostly being a coward – the only courage he demonstrates is when his owners need to be protected. He's been injured and almost cured in his efforts! Courage gets his only help by a self-aware Computer that is kept in the attic, and seems to know everything. He's battled pretty much every kind of outer space or supernatural or super-science menace that could possibly be imagined, it seems!

Powers: Courage can speak clear English, but only to viewers of the show and non-human characters, speaking gibberish to other humans (only Dr. Vindaloo can understand him). Courage sometimes transforms into other things when he tries to communicate to humans.

Group Affiliation: Bagge household.

Miscellaneous: Courage's arch foes are Katz, an anthropomorphic cat, and Le Quack, a French con artist duck. Courage is sometimes also aided by Shirley (a green Chihuahua Gypsy fortune teller) and Di Lung (a young Chinese inventor).

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