Milquetoast the Cockroach
is a fictional character in Berkeley Breathed
's comic strips Bloom County
. The character has also appeared in other works by Breathed.
Though Breathed had sporadically used cockroaches
in Bloom County
beforehand, Milquetoast was the first cockroach to become a significant player in the strip. First appearing in the strip's later years, he is a purple cockroach with a large nose, and is often depicted as disgusting and unsavory. He is Opus
' recurring nemesis, and frequently bests him in battles of wit. Milquetoast has also done such things as squirt chemicals (like Liquid-Plumr
, for instance) up Opus' nose and claim he has no control over his behavior. He also steals food and sends subliminal messages
to the other members of the Bloom Boardinghouse while they sleep.
Milquetoast was also one of the original Bloom County
characters to cross over into Outland
, where he became a major player. During Outland'
s run, he is revealed to be an occasional cross-dresser
. Also during Outland
, Milquetoast is depicted as Opus' best friend, after Ronald-Ann Smith
In the animated Outland Christmas special A Wish for Wings That Work
, Milquetoast was voiced by Dustin Hoffman
Despite being a regular in Outland
, he did not appear in its sequel, Opus