Labeling Courage a coward was a bum rap. Let’s face it, Courage had reason to be scared! Living with the elderly couple Eustace and Muriel Bagge, on an isolated farm in the middle of Nowhere Kansas, Courage routinely found himself defending his owners from paranormal elements that threatened their simple existence. With stories similar in tone to that of B-movie horror flicks from the 1950s, the desolate location provided the perfect backdrop for all manner of creepy encounters.
Inevitably, it fell on the shoulders of Courage to recognize whatever new danger loomed, while his owners remained mostly unaware of their peril. Loyal to the last, Courage desperately strove to make his masters aware of their danger and keep them from harm; all the while in a near panic!
While Courage was loyal to both of his masters, it was Muriel whom he adored. The kind and motherly matron showed a good deal of affection to her four-legged friend. Her cranky husband Eustace, on the other hand, was a self-centered sour-puss with a temper, who considered Courage nothing more than a “Stupid dog!”—which he reminded the canine often.
Courage may forever be underappreciated, stuck as he is with the epithet “coward,” but overcoming four seasons worth of supernatural adversaries must make him worthy of some respect.