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Rocko's Modern Life character
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First appearance Trash-O-Madness (1992)
Last appearance Nickelodeon: Pixel Town (2019)
Created by Joe Murray
Voiced by Carlos Alazraqui
Nickname(s) Scruffy (in "Wimp on the Barby")
Species Dog
Gender Male

Spunky is a fictional character in the Nickelodeon cartoon series Rocko's Modern Life and the comic book series of the same name.

Spunky is Rocko's dog. Though not explicitly stated on the show, he is a Miniature Bull Terrier. Spunky emits foul odors, eats trash, drinks his saliva, and rolls in and eats Ed Bighead's salmon bushes, causing Mr. Bighead to feel annoyed. Nickelodeon Southeast Asia's website described him as "loving", "loyal" and "gassy".


Spunky Dog is different compared to most cartoon dogs, who are often more intelligent than their masters. Spunky is less intelligent than real dogs. He drools all the time with an expression. 1 of his humorous actions is drooling into his water dish, mistaking it for more water and drinking it again and then repeating that over and over. He sits on his butt and drags it as he crawls around the house. He is always getting Rocko into crazy situations because of his humor. Once, he ended up getting eaten by Earl after getting thrown out as trash. He also wandered off and was snatched away by a bird at the beach and once got vacuum packed at the supermarket. Spunky is always safe in the end and thank you to Rocko's utmost care. He appears to have a loving special bond with Spunky. Even though Rocko treats him like a brother, he does what every pet owner does: he plays with Spunky, feeds him, bathes him and walks him. Rocko never puts him on a leash during a walk. Spunky also sleeps with Rocko in the bed.

Bloaty and Squirmy

Spunky is a host to 2 parasites named Bloaty the Tick and Squirmy the Ringworm. These 2 characters have had a couple episodes that revolve around them and their lives on Spunky. The way they live is much different from that of Rocko and the other characters: they sit in "armscabs", find food that Spunky has eaten and drink by sticking straws into Spunky's veins and taking in blood like real parasites. 1 of their adventures focused on exploring "new land" which had appeared for no explainable reason. Later in the episode, it was revealed that the new land was a result of Spunky gaining weight, causing to stretching his body.


Spunky is a major character in Rocko's Modern Life, and therefore has played an important role in many episodes. In "Trash-O-Madness," Spunky caused trouble by playing with a "slime" that Rocko found in the refrigerator, and then he was taken out with the rest of the trash and nearly thrown away forever. In "Sand in Your Navel," Spunky and Rocko head to the beach for a relaxing day, which soon turns into a crazy experience due to Spunky's antics. He was swooped away by a large bird, and then sold as a fish. Rocko had to chase him around the beach and then buy him back. Spunky is also well known for falling in love with a mop in "Clean Lovin'" - an episode that is popular among fans for having many innuendos. Spunky has played a role in many other episodes, such as being held hostage by Ed Bighead in "Sailing the 7 Zzzs," swallowing a bad pill in "Down the Hatch," and even being interviewed in "Dumbbells."

Video game appearance

Spunky also stars in his own game, Rocko's Modern Life: Spunky's Dangerous Day. The title is similar to Rocko's catchphrase in which that a day "is a very dangerous day", (e.g., "Garbage Day is a very dangerous day.").

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