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Rocko Rama is the main character from Rocko's Modern Life. He is an anthropomorphic wallaby who emigrated to the United States from Australia (changed in the 3rd season to a native-born citizen with Australian heritage) and works at "Kind of a Lot o' Comics" as a cashier (although he had other jobs, including being a product tester at Conglom-O and being an underwear model) before becoming unemployed in Static Cling. A running gag is that other characters assume that Rocko is another kind of animal (usually a beaver, kangaroo, rabbit, or a dog), and then he goes into a lengthy (and often unconvincing) explanation that he is a wallaby. He has unreasonable bad luck and treatment from others in most episodes.

Rocko's original character design had yellow fur, but because a toy company that had planned to produce toys of the show (which they ultimately didn't make) insisted on his fur instead being beige, a change that Joe Murray stated he has never liked.

According to George Maestri, Rocko's surname is never given because the writers did not think of a family name that they desired.[2] In a concept sketch Murray named the character "Rocko Rama".[1] The writers considered the family name "Stretchbrain" because the character's brain popped out of his head during "odd moments." [2] The writers scrapped the idea, leaving the character with one given name. Contradicting Murray's concept sketch, the Boom! Studios revival comic depicts his surname as being "Wallaby".

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Beck, Jerry, Not Just Cartoons: Nicktoons!
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Lisa (Kiczuk) Trainor interviews George Maestri, story writer for Rocko's Modern Life," The Rocko's Modern Life FAQ

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