age:11 Born July 7th, Pucca is the series' titular character. She is hopelessly in love with Garu, and is constantly trying to kiss him. Rather than speaking, Pucca communicates with giggling, kissing, and growling sounds (it is mentioned by Ching, however, that she has a pretty singing voice, which you can hear in the episode titled Tokyo-A-Go-Go when she is singing karaoke in the restaurant). She has on occasion said 'hello' to Garu in private and has also said 'ta-da' after performing a feat of skill such as knitting a sweater or carving a fish statue out of a boulder. She has also been seen cheering "G-A-R-U" with Ching on one occasion in episode Tokyo-A-Go-Go when Garu was Sumo Wrestling and on another occasion "A-B-Y-O" when they both acted as cheerleaders in the episode Jujitsu for Dummies!. She and Garu also both sing in Hooray for Bollywood!.
Pucca lives with her guardians, the three Master Chefs at the Goh-Rong restaurant, where she works as a delivery girl, driving around town on her scooter. She has a pink cat named Yani who flirts with other cats but is only interested in Garu's cat, Mio.
Although she is not a ninja, she has demonstrated some unique abilities of her own that make up for what she lacks in training, such as immense speed, strength, and a rock-hard head. Her superhuman abilities are not always necessary for her to save the day, however, as she's extremely present-minded and resourceful. Though she is typically sweet-natured, Pucca can be very aggressive and temperamental when she does not get her way. Pucca has very long black hair, but usually wears it in an odango style. The only times her hair is out of her usual style is in episodes Ghost Of A Kiss (though it is her ancestor, whom looked exactly like Pucca) and He Loves Me Not. Pucca is also a talented musician, as evidenced in And the Band Played Rong, Sooga Size Me, and a few other episodes. Most likely out of a desire to protect him, Pucca often takes over where Garu (unwillingly) gives up.
Pucca also has an alter-ego named "Noodle Girl" that sometimes appears in the series. It is revealed in the episode "Tomb It May Concern" that Pucca is Uncle Dumpling's, Ho's and Linguini's niece (Though not which side of the family they come from), although this was the only time it was ever touched upon.
Voiced by: Tabitha St. Germain
Age 13 as of The Cursed Tie. Born December 2nd, Garu is a skilled and somewhat serious-natured ninja, and the object of Pucca's affections. To Pucca's frustration, however, he only rarely returns her affection and usually frantically tries to escape when Pucca attempts to kiss him.
Despite the fact that he usually desperately tries to avoid her advances, Garu's true feelings for Pucca are a mystery. Interestingly enough, one can come to two separate conclusions about the truth of Garu's feelings depending on which series one chooses to follow. In the original Flash cartoons, it was suggested that Pucca and Garu were officially a couple, and he occasionally gave her flowers, chocolates, and other gifts, on one occasion even melting down his beloved sword to make a little ring for her. The TV series, on the other hand, has hinted that he does care about her to some extent (i.e. getting very defensive when someone insults her), but it has never been implied that his feelings for her are more than platonic. In truth, however, it is said that Pucca and Garu are in a boyfriend/girlfriend relationship. It's just that Pucca is a bit too "friendly," unlike Garu, who doesn't want to show "unnecessary" affection.
Like Pucca, Garu is capable of superhuman athletics and endurance (such as running around the entire world without tiring), yet she still manages to get the best of him. Like Pucca, he does not talk at all in the TV series, continuing to only use the sounds from the Flash cartoons. It's explained in the TV series that he's taken a vow of silence. However in the episode Romancing the Clone, Garu's clone speaks throughout the entire episode in an obnoxious manner, but only because the clone was accidentally sprayed with a dishonor potion made by Jumong who let Tobe try to spray Garu with it. Also to note, in the episode Trial by Fury, the judge (Master Soo) says "Sheesh, I thought he'd never shut up," after Garu takes the stand during the trial, although this was done in a comedic and light-hearted fashion. In "Hooray for Bollywood", he and Pucca actually both sing.
Garu has been shown to immediately accept a quest if told it will bring him "great honor". The reason for this, although not revealed in the TV series to date, most likely stems from one of Garu's ancestors bringing dishonor upon his family (as was revealed in the original Flash cartoons). In addition to being a skilled fighter, Garu has also demonstrated the ability to play the erhu. Another example of Garu's talents, he has attained the status of 'Fire Wasp Ninja,' becoming a member of the legendary group by the same name.
As though to compliment Garu's talents as a ninja, three female characters have been in love with him: Pucca, Ring Ring, and a Swiss girl named Heidi (although Heidi has only appeared once in the television series), which would suggest that he is rather attractive.
Voiced by: Brian Drummond
The chefs of the Goh-Rong Chinese restaurant, and Pucca's guardians. They are Uncle Dumpling (or Jang Toong), Ho (or Ho-Oh) and Linguini (or Woo-Wuh). They cook jajangmyeon noodles as a team, with Linguini twisting the noodles, Uncle Dumpling chopping up the vegetables, and Ho heating up the dishes with his bare hands. They hold their noodles in very high regard, and possess a culinary honor system.
In Chef Slump, it is revealed the chef brothers are actually quite adept in athletics and martial arts (but in a cooking matter). The trio was able to hold their own against attacking ninjas in "Chef-Napped!" Uncle Dumpling, for example, can handle his knives like swords. The chefs cook the best noodles in Sooga Village and, possibly, the world. It is revealed in Pucca episode Tomb It May Concern that Uncle Dumpling, Ho and Linguini are Pucca's uncles.
His physical appearance is an homage to martial arts icon Bruce Lee, but unlike the late martial artist, Abyo's personality is very headstrong and impulsive and it is with this kind of attitude that he is often left with the shorter end of the stick.
Abyo is the son of Bruce, the police chief of Sooga. He trains under Chang at the Turtle Training hall with Garu, Ching, and Ssoso. He's also a bit of a womanizer, yet usually ignores Ching's crush on him, much to her frustration; this slightly wears off when she proves to be one really good martial artist and saves Abyo's life, though. When Muji tried to lower Abyo into a tub of boiling acid, Ching cut off Muji's moustache, his only weakness and saved Abyo. it is revealed in A Better Boyfriend that he is allergic to mustard which causes his head to grow big,red and swollen.
Voiced by: Lee Tockar
Age 12. Pucca's kind-hearted best friend. Ching is a very sweet, happy girl who is generally well-liked for her sunny, upbeat attitude. She is the daughter of Chang, the owner of the Turtle Training Hall, and she trains under her father with Garu, Abyo, and Ssoso. Ching uses two swords in battle. Ching is easily distracted.
Ching is in love with Abyo, which he more-or-less reciprocates, although he's usually too obsessed with other girls and with martial arts to notice her, which causes poor Ching no end of frustration. Ching has a pet chicken named Won who sits on her head. The eggs that Won lays apparently have magical properties which is said to be true in "The force of won".
Voiced by: Chantal Strand
First appeared in A Christmas Story, but later began to appear more frequently, demonstrating to the viewers what he does while he isn't busy with Christmas. This includes many jobs such as being a doctor, a taxi driver and a shopkeeper. He is mainly used for comic relief. He is usually an unwitting victim of Pucca when she is after Garu — for example, when he dressed up like Garu to get chocolates from Pucca, and was beaten with a tree afterwards. In one episode, Santa is shown signing up to become a ninja like Garu.
Santa is seen in all but a couple of episodes. It has been revealed that before he became Santa, he was known as a thief by the name of Red Lantern who used to work as a partner with a ninja known as "Black Powder" in the episode "Secret Santa".
age 13: A jealous, beautfull and rich girl who considers herself Pucca's rival. She is an opera singer who performs in traditional Chinese robes. She isn't evil and when angered, she transforms into a siren-like persona: the arms of her robes become long propeller-like blades, and her blue hair is apparently prehensile, since she can make it grow, shrink, and move, or grab things at will (the her bad side). Her anger is usually triggered when Pucca is chosen over her. She is also a recurring background character and is at times seen playing with Ching when she's not letting her jealousy get the better of her. Because of her terrible temper it shows she is a Ching's friend.
In the episode It's A Ring Ring Thing, she turns into 2 people: one good, and one evil. When the villagers make a mob, they mistakingly go after the good Ring Ring while the other almost gets Pucca killed.
In the episode Tame That Toon, Ring Ring warps to the past, teams up with her past self, and since Pucca's still wet behind the ears, Ring Ring erases Garu from existence to destroy Pucca's future.
Ring Ring has a Shih-Tzu named Yuni. Ring Ring also has a crush on Garu, and delights in exploiting this fact to arouse Pucca's jealousy. Her relationship with Dada, the Goh-Rong dishwasher, is also worth mentioning, however. In the episode Soap Opera, when Dada was revealed to have a crush on her, Ring Ring was disgusted, but in recent episodes, the two have teamed up on several occasions. In He Loves Me Not, Ring Ring even willingly kissed and almost married Dada (although he was in a Garu costume, and she was simply trying to make Pucca jealous)
In the episode chef napped parts 1,2 and 3 when Ring Ring teamed up with Dada to steal all the great noodle chefs of the world and isn't a jealous thing is a evil thing.
Voiced by: Tabitha St. Germain (English)
Tobe has an X-shaped scar between his eyes and usually wears his ninja mask. However, Tobe has been seen without his mask a number of times before, in which he has a samurai ponytail. He is accompanied by his ninja minions who, more often than not, eliminate themselves by misinterpreting Tobe's commands or just acting utterly stupid, much to Tobe's annoyance. Tobe's minions are almost never unmasked, even if they go to sleep. In "Ching on it" he is by first time a background charater.
A trio of gypsy crooks. They mostly perform petty crimes, and sometimes assist Tobe in trying to bring Garu down. They are also recurring background characters and seem to get along with the rest of the town when they aren't plotting something.
Chief- age 13 (Jing-Jing) is the female boss of the Vagabond Ninja Clan, and she's in love with Tobe. In Evil Love, she even succeeded in marrying Tobe while he was under the influence of Cupid's last arrow. In "4 Eyes-2 Brains" she became intelligent because of Turtle's glasses. She also tried to kiss Tobe(although they were already married) and calls him "darling". Clown- age 15 (Binngure) was kicked out of the circus for not being able to laugh (although in Misplaced Face he was seen laughing at Abyo and in Soap Opera he is seen laughing at Ring-Ring). He often has random twitches and muscle spasms and usually ends with an "eh" when he tries to laugh. Shaman age 13,1/2 (Jumong) is a fat, bungling magician whose spells almost never turn out correctly. But in Chicken Spots and Big Top Bang Bang, they worked. In "4 Eyes-2 Brains", Binngure said that Turtle maybe smart, but they are wise guys although they appear to be rather stupid.
Though in the episode Jingle Cans, Pucca & the gang feel sorry for them and start a food drive for them, but, (as always) try to steal them & eventually start a riot.
Another one of Sooga's resident villains, who often reffers to himself in third person. He is also a recurring background character and sometimes helps out in the village when he's not the episode's villain. He is obsessed with grooming his (apparently sentient) mustache, and loathes anyone who has a bigger mustache than he does. Muji has an army of (rather stupid) zombie minions called "Xombies". He also regularly attempts to lay claim to public property, such as a beach or maple syrup-producing woods. His catchphrase is "Not good for Muji" whenever something goes wrong.
Voiced by: David "Squatch" Ward (English)
A trio of cats. Their names are Brutus, Socrates, and Napoleon (their names are never mentioned in the show, however). They all have crushes on Yani, who isn't interested in any of them. They've never perpetrated any serious crimes, mostly minor thefts and vandalism.
Doga is a witch unlike Jumon/Shaman, but far more capable in magic. She is typically a background character, but was featured most prominently in The Usual Ching, Pucca's Fishy Tale, Hex Door Neighbor, Double A Attack" and Super Sooga Squad" Pucca is considered her mortal enemy because Pucca's positivity toped Dooga's gloom & doom. She has black tear markings on her face that run from her eyes to her chin. She never speaks, except in those episodes where she is featured as the villain. Doga has a small, curved sword or knife strapped to her back that she never uses. But in a Pucca story, Doga used it to fight Abyo but she was no match for him. Doga can shoot magic lasers out of her eyes to grab, transform or zap people. Though she's featured as a villain, Doga is willing to help the village out in the series (attending Garu's birthday and helping the chefs make a giant noodle). Doga is usually described as female when her gender is mentioned at all, but in Dream On, in Pucca's dream, she was wearing a tuxedo and in Surf Ninjas, she appears to be topless (but nothing can be seen). Doga being a female in evidenced in Super Sooga Squad when she falls in love with(and even kisses) Master Soo's evil brother. In Double A Attack, she turns good.
Voiced by: Kathleen Barr (English)
A rich Texan couple begin buying everything in Sooga Village, eventually creating their own fast-food restaurant that runs the Goh-Rong restaurant out of business and makes everyone in Sooga village fat. They are defeated at the end of the episode. Tex and Sue own a mobile home, which can turn into a giant robot, also, whenever they hear music, they have to dance to it. They appeared again in another episode, selling SUV's to the village, the SUV's needed gas, so oil was dug up, creating pollution and global warming. They were defeated and say "we'll meet again"
He's a luckless dishwasher and waiter at the Goh-Rong restaurant. He is nervous and highstrung, which frequently leads to accidents around the kitchen. He also seems to have a weak bladder and frequently wets himself. However, this has been edited out of the United States version. Even though he is slow and klutzy, he does have some ninja skills as shown in Janitaurus. In Soap Opera, it is revealed that Dada is in love with Ring-Ring, but this idea has not been revisited in the show to date. There are also some very subtle hints that he might have a crush on Pucca, but the evidence for this claim is insubstantial. He is, however, one of the very few people who can intercept one of Pucca's kisses without recrimination from her. He is one of the few characters to use a fork, only to be laughed at as Sooga Village uses chop sticks. The chefs treat him with very little respect which annoys him. In recent episodes, Dada has begun to show a rather villainous side of himself. In Chef Napped, he helped Ring Ring kidnap all the great chefs of the world, and tried to crush the village with a giant robot. In He Loves Me Not, he disguised himself as Garu to help Ring Ring break Pucca's heart. It is interesting to note that he has been teaming up with Ring Ring more and more frequently, and this, combined with Dada's aforementioned crush on her, could indicate a deeper relationship between the two.
Voiced by: Lee Tockar (English)
Master Soo is an old deity who reigns over the village. He lives in an enormous palace in the clouds where he is pampered by beautiful handmaidens. He acts as a being of all knowledge, and often referees competitions, as shown in Ping Pong Pucca, Sooga Showdown, and Gold Medal Garu. When he does come down to earth, he rides on a small cloud, usually with some of his maidens in tow.
Master Soo has the ability to shoot bolts of lightning from both his hands and the magical staff he carries. His accent and use of Yiddish colloquialisms may be indicative of Master Soo being of the Jewish faith. In Woolen Warrior, Soo is revealed to be one of the few legendary Fire Wasp Ninjas.
A young Buddhist monk. He often speaks in proverbs and wise sayings, usually in a sluggish, monotonous "surfer dude"-type voice. He practiced martial arts many years in a Shaolin temple, but left to seek better martial art skills. Ssoso is almost always calm and collected (the only known exception being at the end of Peace Out because Abyo destroyed his building), and though he is a skilled fighter, he is a bit of a pacifist.
Ssoso has very poor eyesight. In Scenes From a Maul when Ssoso's rice bowl was stolen, he continued eating the table, not realizing that his food was gone. In Autograph This!, when he was selected from the audience to fire arrows, he was reading a book upside-down, had to be led to the bow and arrows, and Three Blind Mice played in the background. He trains at the Turtle Training hall with Garu, Abyo, and Ching. Ssoso looks and sounds like he is female.
Abyo's father, Bruce, is the police chief of Sooga Village. He finishes his sentences with the word "over" as if speaking into a walkie-talkie. He takes the law very seriously, and sometimes his habits while on duty overlap into his everyday life. His best friend is Chang, Ching's father. Just as Abyo is an homage to Bruce Lee, Bruce's name could be referencing the Martial Arts master as well.
Voiced by: Lee Tockar (English)
Chang is Ching's father. He is the master of Turtle Training Hall, where he usually teaches Abyo, Ching, Garu and Ssoso martial arts. Chang loves to make fruit juices (that his pet turtle, named Turtle, often swims in) for Ching and friends. His best friend is Policeman Bruce.
Voiced by: Micheal Daingerfield (English)
Common civilians. They are paper-like humanoid creatures. Their genders are determined by their color — blue for males and pink for females. They are usually seen everywhere in Sooga Village, usually doing construction-related work or popping up spontaneously to generate long lines for comedic effect, usually acompained by a signature theme song. They also can be useful to help others. They have special abilities, such as control over fire or water; they can also combine to form one giant Digital Person if their emotions run high enough. They almost never stop smiling, even if they are on the windshield of a car. They only frown if something really bad goes wrong. They are digital stick figures, this is why they are called Digital People.
Chang's anthropomorphic pet turtle, not to be confused with the old man of the same name. He is usually seen in the background. He wears a hat similar to Ho's. He was featured prominentily in Jaunitaurus where he trained Dada in ninjistu.
Garu's beloved black cat. He is often seen with his master, usually on his head or helping in his training/meditation. He is in love with Yani and is a rival to the Cat Clan. He hates going to the vet because he is afraid of getting shots. In "Chef Slump", he and Ho can communicate.
Pucca's beloved pink cat. Yani is the most popular cat in Sooga village and often flirts with other cats such as the mischievous cat clan and can be seen winking at them but she only is really in love with Garu's cat Mio and in some episodes such as "Cat Scratch Fever" at the end of the episode they are seen kissing and cuddling. In Hooray for Bollywood, they make a heart with their tails.
Master Soo's younger brother and is attended by monkeys rather than handmaidens. He received a prank birthday present from his brother in the episode The Choo-Choo Troubles, which was an urn full of toy snakes. He is a tattle-tale and when falling victim to his brother's pranks he goes away declaring "I'm telling to our honorable mother".
A master martial artist who Garu is the #1 fan of. He appears in Autograph This! and Invincible Vengeance. Despite Hiel's supposed superhuman martial arts, he was constantly topped by Pucca. He is also a legendary Fire Wasp Ninja. His name is a pun on the phrase "he'll kick you". He is shown to have a love of money. He is acon artist when it comes to salesmanship: He says "No receipt... no refund."
An old man who resembles a turtle (even down to the green skin and shell). He makes fortunes for fortune cookies that always come true when read. He is also a legendary Fire Wasp Ninja. Turtle is the smartest denizen of Sooga Village, but without his glasses, he becomes dimwitted. (Interestingly, if anyone else wears his glasses, they become super intelligent as long as they have them on) He is, according to Tobe, "just a turtle who write fortunes". He appears in "Unfortunate cookies" and "The Choo-Choo Troubles". He reappeared in "Trial by Fury" and was featured as an important character in "4-Eyes, 2-Brains" And according to that episode, his glasses give him a high IQ.
Stone lions that stand on the sides of the Goh-Rong restaurant's steps. They have talked a few times in the show.
Beautiful maidens that live with Master Soo. They love and are completely devoted to Master Soo. They usually don't speak like Pucca and Garu but in "Sooga Showdown", 2 of them speak. In "Knock it off!", they speak through out the episode and seem to be in love with Abyo. The maiden's also speak in "Skip to my Lou" saying "He has no respect for anyone" referring to Master Loo after his Master Soo impression. One also says "Do you like think Master Soo is angry with us?".
These are characters that appear only one (or maybe even two ) time(s) each in the series.
A deity-esque being a la Master Soo, whom she has a love interest for. She is responsible for bringing Baby New Year each year to Sooga Village to replace Father Time. Master Soo gained a crush on her, calling her "hot stuff" when he greeted her. She speaks in a babytalk manner, using "W"s in place of "R"s. ("Some goon just come and gwabbed him!"). She has only appeared in No Year's Eve.
Abyo's superhero imaginary friend that makes him the Shirtless Avenger. He makes Abyo arrest everyone in Sooga Village then abandons Abyo when he needs him the most. He appears in The Shirtless Avenger. Plus, he might be seen in Tokyo A Go-Go when Pucca, Garu, Abyo and Ching arrived to Japan on a conveyor belt.
A young female daredevil whom Uncle Dumpling, Ho and Linguini all have a crush on. She takes them on dangerous dates until she finds her true love. Before coming to her conclusion, Master Soo appears and she falls in love with him, becoming one of his maidens. Her physical appearance and lust for adventure seems to be a reference to Lara Croft. Kua returns in Pucca episode Tomb It May Concern.
Two owl-like beings who are responsible for the progression of time. Each Baby New Year would replace Father Time on a treadmill that apparently progresses time and his first word would decide what animal year it would be in Sooga Village (in No Year's Eve, his first word was "Pucca", thus it became the Year of the Pucca). Baby New Year would then progress the year, eventually becoming the new Father Time to be replaced by a new Baby New Year the next year. Baby New Year apparently has some uncontrolled power to make people age (as he did to Muji when he was kidnapped, which in turn transformed Muji into a very old man).
A man from Australia that finds Garu and adopts him as his son. He then gets Garu poisoned with various things, (like an emu, a tree, and an electric fence). He is oblivious to Garu's dislike for him and the danger he puts him in. He may be loosely based on Steve Irwin.
A young Swiss girl featured in the episode Swiss Kiss who falls in love with Garu at first glance. She is very similar to Pucca when it comes to her actions towards Garu, possibly even being more pushy than the former, trying to force Garu into marriage with the help of her two older brothers and father during her debut episode. However, before the two could wed, Pucca interrupts the wedding, and her confrontation with Heidi ends with her punching the Swiss girl into a mountain, causing an avalanche in the process. It is to note that she has not since appeared in another episode as a significant character.
A wealthy playboy in the episode Prince Not So Charming who falls in love with Pucca so Garu decides to help him win her. In the end, he still does not manage to steal Pucca's heart.
A couch formerly owned by Soo who gives it to the Goh-Rong noodle restaurant. It is known to suck in pocket change and anything else nearby, most notably Garu and Abyo. It carries a treasure that Abyo is looking for. In the end, Pucca remodels it into a long, adjustable love seat.
A ghastly look-alike of Pucca who appeared in the episode Ghost of a Kiss, possibly being Pucca's ancestor. In the episode, she was first shown in an antique framed photograph alongside a boy looking exactly like Garu, which Pucca purchased and gave to Garu as a present. However, the ghost awakened and escaped the picture, haunting Garu due to his similar appearance to the boy in the photo. When exorcisms performed by Abyo did not drive the ghost away, and Pucca's own superhuman abilities failing to work, she managed to shake the Garu look-alike out of the photograph, causing the female ghost to instead chase after the male.
A soap genie from a soap bottle who allies Dada to win Ring Ring's heart, but had to be used constantly since dada continued to get dirty and eventually ran out when Pucca cleaned a large set of dishes.
Cupid makes an appearance in the episode Evil Love. During the episode, his last arrow is accidentally fired off by one of the Cat Clan, shooting Tobe in the butt and causing him to unintentionally fall for Chief. When Pucca asks if he could do the same for Garu, he responds by saying that had been his last arrow, which in turn made Pucca angry and caused her to shoot Cupid off in his own bow.
The Easter Bunny makes an appearance in Evil Love with Santa and Cupid. He worries about his eggs falling and breaking and Cupid's bad elbow.
A hooded fiend from Santa's past. Before he became the symbol of Christmas, Santa was an evil ninja known as the Red Lantern who worked alongside Black Powder, looting people's homes. Over time, however, the Red Lantern came to realize that stealing was wrong, and began leaving gifts for people instead of stealing from them. Black Powder was infuriated at this betrayal, and, years later, came to Sooga to seek his revenge.
When the Sooga Volunteer Fire Brigade (made up of Digital People) was exposed to terribly spicy Goh-Rong noodles laced with "dragon peppers," they were engulfed in fire and went on a rampage burning the town. They merged into a giant Fire Smiley Person and Pucca had to drink an entire lake to try and douse it. When that didn't work, she grabbed the Goh-Rong noodle bowl off its roof and stomped the monster out under it, turning it back into normal Digital People. The Smiley People then repair Sooga Village.
Three sumo wrestlers that Garu and Abyo wrestle with. They are able to combine into one sumo wrestler (mega sumo size) and are able to change different sizes. They can also suck things up with their belly buttons. Pucca defeats the sumos by changing herself into a parody on Sailor Moon.