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Rocko's Modern Life character
Filburt Shellbach.png
First appearance Skid Marks (1993)
Last appearance Nickelodeon: Pixel Town (2019)
Created by Joe Murray
Voiced by Mr. Lawrence
(speaking voice)
Tom Kenny
(singing voice)
Species Turtle
Gender Male
Occupation Various
Spouse(s) Paula Hutchison (wife)

Filburt Shellbach is a main and supporting character of the cartoon Rocko's Modern Life and the comic book series of the same name. He is an anthropomorphic turtle who is often pessimistic. In the Australian website of the television show, his name is sometimes spelled as Filbert and sometimes as Filburt. In the comic book, his name is spelled Filbert. On the show's creator Joe Murray's website and in the episodes "Born to Spawn" and "Uniform Behavior", his name is spelled as Filburt. In the episodes "Born to Spawn" and "Fortune Cookie", he is referred to as Mr. Filburt Turtle. However, in the episode "High Five of Doom" Rocko and Heffer read in Filburt's diary that his full name is Filburt Shellbach, which was officially considered his real name. Mr. Lawrence provided Filburt's voice.

Whenever Filburt feels uncomfortable or disturbed, he is known to say, "I'm nauseous! I'm nauseous!". He also occasionally says, "Oh boy" and "Oh fishsticks." He also popularized the phrase "Turn the page, wash your hands," in reference to clammy hands being stained by poor quality comic book inks.

Filburt becomes age 21 in the episode "Born to Spawn".


Filburt, described on the Australian website as "nerdy" and "neurotic" bears many phobias. Filburt, a former "genius," "babe magnet," and "star athlete," became ruined by a case of "unrequited love." The Nickelodeon South East Asia website states "think of Woody Allen when you think of Filburt."

His birthplace is Kerplopitgoes Island. On his twenty-first birthday, he is required to go back to the island for a period of time.

Filbert in the Rocko's Modern Life comic book series

Filburt and Paula Hutchison have 4 children: Gilbert, Shellbert, Norbert and Missy, whom all came from the same egg. Gilbert and Shellbert look Filburt while Missy looks Paula Hutchison. Norbert, on the other hand has Filburt's eyes, but has a resemblance to Heffer, whom took on the job of "egg-sitting" for Filburt when they realized his rear was too hard for the task. Norbert also often thinks that Rocko is his dad. Filburt holds the record number of jobs in the series: 9. These include a cashier at a grocery store, cashier at Kind of a Lot o' Comics, license checker at the Department o' Motor Vehicles, film runner at the Googleplex Cinemas, lounge singer, Christmas tree salesman, photographer, cook at Stuff on a Stick and a food sample carrier. In 1 episode, it is shown that when between the jobs, Filburt apparently supports himself by recycling an enormous collection of empty cans in his trailer at the Patch o' Heaven Trailer Park. This prompted Rocko to comment, "So this is why he never works." According to geneal records of him, he is forty-four percent Dutch, forty-three percent French and thirteen percent German.

In the comic book, Filburt

A running gag in the series is how multiple, mundane things give Filburt nausea. This is always followed with him saying "I'm nauseous, I'm nauseous, I'm nauseous.". In the end of the episode "Sailing the Seven Z's" while in a submarine, Filburt is about to say it, but Rocko and Heffer consoled and say "You're nauseous" at which point he says "right" and vomits. The other running gag is Filburt's constant and improbable run-ins with bad luck and calamity, which explains his neurosis and permanent state of great fear.

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