Eustace Bagge is the tritagonist from the Courage the Cowardly Dog animated series.
A self-proclaimed farmer who tends to be grumpy and isn't really a nice guy to anyone. He thinks he can fix anything and grow anything, but this is never the case. He also has an insatiable greed for money. Later in the series we learn that he didn't have that great of a childhood with a non-loving mom and an always better big brother, and his sad backstory is implied to be the reason behind his unpleasant attitude.
In the XP4 fics, Eustace debuted in the XP4 Heroes Coalition - Neo-City Diaries.
In the AWA fics, Eustace is a student at the AWA Academy and yet to make an appearance.
Eustace wears a pale yellow shirt with olive green overalls with black buttons, he also wears a dark brown hat and large black shoes. In dim lighting, his shirt appears to be orange and his overalls, dark green.
Under his hat he is bald. Eustace does not appear to have any teeth.
Eustace is a stubborn old man who is usually bossy and annoying to people around him. Eustace has an unquenchable thirst for monetary gain. In almost every episode, he is seen sitting in his favorite red chair while reading a copy of the Nowhere newspaper and possibly watching his television which he deems precious to him. He has an adamant disliking for Courage and frequently calls him a '"stupid dog", taking great pleasure in scaring and messing with him whenever possible, which largely stems out of jealousy that Muriel constantly pampers and dotes on Courage; however, it is not uncommon for Eustace to scare or mess with Courage just for fun or to get Courage to leave him alone.
Lack of talent and good looks fuel Eustace's demeanor that has been a wreck since his childhood. Throughout his life, he lived under the shadow of his mean spirited brother Horst, was hated by his mother; and neglected by his father. This is probably why he is so angry all the time. He is in constant denial over his lack of abilities and, as such, believes he can fix anything. Eustace is excruciatingly greedy, and will seize any opportunity to be paid. Courage's arrival was an unwelcome addition to his life, as it distracts his wife Murielfrom feeding him; a fact that he emphasizes frequently, and paying attention to him in general. Despite this, Eustace has shown a genuine love towards Muriel (though not unbending in the least) and has on occasions allied with Courage to protect her. He is immune to emotions but has a soft spot for children that remind him of himself. His constant tormenting of Courage seems to be a disguise to cover up his own cowardice, which is also quick to be displayed in a scary situation; in fact, he often displays even more cowardice than Courage himself. His favorite musician is Velvet Vick, and his interests include watching television, fishing, and reading his newspaper.
Eustace's personality remains the same but has only shown his nice side to some people.
Eustace is a member of the Heroes Coalitions and is a member of the Hunting Team and later becomes a member of the Destiny's Empire. He also attends at the Vanguard Academy as a student.
XP4 Heroes Coalition - Neo-City Diaries
In Chapter 6, Eustace is seen standing in front of a vending machine when Ichigo Momomiya, Lettuce Midorikawa and Bu-Ling Huang greeted him and he responded by scaring them with his green scary mask. Eustace let's out a triumphant laugh while watching the girls ran off when Aria "Arinah" Sakurada hits him with a rolled-up tabloid at the back of his head. Arinah then reprimanded him for his actions and demanded that he apologizes to the girls, Arinah then pulled his ear and drags him off, he whimpered on the process.
In Chapter 8, Eustace is seen watering some plants around the Vanguard Academy when Amu Hinamori, Nina Sakura and Hibari Hanakoganei greeted him and he responded by scaring them with his green scary mask. Eustace then let's out a triumphant laugh while watching the girls ran off when Aria "Arinah" Sakurada hits him with a rolled-up tabloid at the back of his head. He asks her what did he do and she gave him a stern face.
In Chapter 12, Eustace, alongside Aria "Arinah" Sakurada, Jaune Arc, Lie Ren, Wesley Bryans and Mato Kuroi, is seen doing an obstacle course at the Training Camp.
In Chapter 19, Eustace met the new recruits Eddy Skipper McGee, Marcus "The Kane" McGee, Eddward Marion "Double D, Edd" Smith, Edwin Horace "Ed" Williams and Rolf Yrmi. During a training session with Major Richard Stronghold, Eustace is seen running back and forth in spacious gym. Later that night and after a whole day of training, Eustace took part of the little get-together at the training facility's cafeteria.
In Chapter 23, Eustace is seen standing by the vending machine in the halls of the Vanguard Academy when Lissa, Nowi and Sayo greeted him and he responded by scaring them with his green scary mask. Eustace then let's out a triumphant laugh while watching the girls ran off when Aria "Arinah" Sakurada hits him with a rolled-up tabloid at the back of his head. He asks her what did he do and she gave him a stern face.
XP4 Heroes Coalition - Mission Chronicles
In Chapter 3, Eustace, alongside Aria "Arinah" Sakurada, are seen hanging out in the halls of the Training Camp by the water dispenser when Kim Possible, Acacia Greene and Kafuu greeted them. They were later freaked out when Kafuu showed them his eyes.
Eustace is a Blessed with an unnamed Gift which turns his frail physique into a large, muscular body which boost his strength, speed and resilience. And even without his Gift, Eustace is quite athletic and posses kii-like powers.
- Eustace is one of three characters (the others being Courage and Muriel) to appear in nearly every episode.
- He is also one of seven characters (the others being Courage, Muriel, Shirley, Dr. Vindaloo, the Computer and Katz) to appear in every season.
- Eustace is only seen without his glasses in "The Chicken from Outer Space", "The Curse of Shirley" and "Le Quack Balloon". But most of the time, he never takes them off even when sleeping or taking a bath, like Muriel.
- Eustace has an old farm truck based on a 1947 Studebaker truck. He considers it his prize possession and the only thing he may truly unconditionally care about.
- Although Eustace is referred to as "the farmer" by many people in the show (Courage himself never calls him by his actual name), he is never shown performing any actual farm work.
- Surprisingly, Eustace actually called Courage by his name instead of the usual "stupid dog" in The Hunchback of Nowhere, Ball of Revenge, and the Cartoon Network 20th Anniversary Party bumper.
- There is a running gag where he either gets hurt, possessed, or killed at the end of the episode, then inexplicably restored to normal in the following episode.
- This ability of 'immortality' makes Eustace very similar to Kenny McCormick from South Park, who also dies in nearly every episode, particularly in the early seasons.
- Despite Eustace's mistreatment of him, Courage was shown to be worried about Eustace in the Mask when he thought that Kitty was planning to eat Muriel and Eustace.
- His personality was based on John R. Dilworth's early incorrigible attitude.
- It's revealed in Bad Hair Day that the reason he calls Courage "stupid dog" is because of his mother calling him "stupid boy ".
- Although Eustace is bald in old age and was apparently the same as a child, he had a small amount of hair in his younger adulthood, briefly seen in a flashback in "Farmer-Hunter, Farmer-Hunted."
- Eustace was unvoiced in the pilot episode "The Chicken from Outer Space", and was voiced in the first 33 episodes by Lionel G Wilson. Wilson retired due to illness during the show's production, with the role being picked up by Arthur Anderson afterwards up to the show's end. Anderson was replaced by Wallace Shawn for the CG pilot "The Fog of Courage."
- In the XP4 fics, Eustace has a habit of scaring his colleagues with his Monster Mask which ends him getting whacked on the head with a pin-roller by Shizune Takatsuki. A role his wife Muriel usually do.
- In the XP4 fics, in one chapter of Chronicles, Eustace once worn an attire loosely similar to Homer Simpson.
- In the XP4 fics, his abilities are inspired from Jojo's Bizarre Adventures and Dragonball Z.