You don't have to be an expert in Greek mythology to enjoy Fox's new animated comedy Krapopolis. Created by Dan Harmon, the series follows a family of gods, humans, and monsters as they embark on a new experiment called "civilization." The leaders of Krapopolis are definitely on to something with their attempt to build a functional society, but establishing one of the world's first cities comes with an unexpected set of challenges, from ideological conflicts to jurisdictional disputes among the gods of Mount Olympus.
Bringing Harmon's vision of Ancient Greece to life is a talented voice cast led by Hannah Waddingham (fresh off Ted Lasso) and What We Do in the Shadows' Matt Berry. The series regulars will be joined by dozens of guest stars playing the famous gods and mortals of the era, including Ben Stiller as Prometheus, Susan Sarandon, and, in a Community reunion, Yvette Nicole Brown and Joel McHale.
With 1,500 years of history to work with, there's no limit to where Harmon and showrunner Jordan Young can take their quirky comedy, which has already been renewed through Season 3. As Krapopolis gears up for a long run on Fox, we've put together a guide to the show's main characters and the actors behind the voices:
Hannah Waddingham trades her AFC Richmond jersey for a tunic as Krapopolis matriarch Deliria. The goddess of self-destruction and the mother of Tyrannis, Deliria is initially skeptical about the civilization experiment, but her desire to amass power — over her mortal followers and the other deities up on Mount Olympus — wins out. Still, she oversees the proceedings with a steely gaze that reflects her disdain for the humans she's now tasked with defending.
The character of Deliria represents something of a pivot for Waddingham, who has earned widespread acclaim for her Emmy-winning performance as Ted Lasso's Rebecca Welton and her multi-episode arc on Game of Thrones. Krapopolis serves as the British actor's first animated role, but it won't be her last: She'll next appear in Chris Pratt's Garfield movie, which is expected to premiere in 2024.
Fans of Greek mythology are likely familiar with centaurs and manticores, but Shlub may be the very first mantitaur, a mash-up of the two creatures. (That makes him part human, horse, lion, and scorpion, for those keeping track at home.) Shlub, Tyrannis' father, is the ultimate hedonist: His number one priority is finding an orgy to participate in, prompting frustration on the part of those more concerned with the business of city building. Krapopolis' resident pleasure-seeker is played by Matt Berry, another Brit best known to American audiences for his role as Laszlo in FX's long-running comedy What We Do in the Shadows. Berry has also appeared in Toast of London (which he co-created) and Year of the Rabbit, and recently lent his voice to Netflix's Disenchantment and Star Wars limited series The Book of Boba Fett.
Tyrannis, the mortal son of Deliria and Shlub, believes civilizations are the future, but he soon learns that guiding humanity out of the wilderness is no easy feat. It doesn't help that Tyrannis, the self-styled King of Krapopolis, has a complex about his mortality and a tendency to act in his own self-interest. He and Deliria may not see eye to eye very often, but when it comes to narcissism, there's no denying that mother and son are cut from the same cloth.
Krapopolis marks the latest collaboration between Berry and The IT Crowd co-star Richard Ayoade. In the decade since the British sitcom ended, Ayoade has hosted various TV shows across the pond, including Travel Man and The Crystal Maze, and voiced key roles in Cartoon Network's Apple & Onion, The Mandalorian, and Disenchantment.
With everyone else focused on what happens inside the walls of Krapopolis, it's up to Stupendous to keep an eye on external threats. The daughter of Deliria and a cyclops (and therefore Tyrannis' half-sister), Stupendous is a warrior at heart, though she struggles to convince her family to wage war against the powerful Asskillians and the cannibalistic tribes surrounding the city. She's voiced by Pam Murphy, a veteran comedian and actor who came up through the Upright Citizens Brigade. Murphy has nearly 100 credits to her name, including recent stints on Mapleworth Murders and NBC's Night Court revival (pictured above).
Rounding out Krapopolis' dysfunctional family is Hippocampus, the offspring of Shlub and a mermaid. As his name suggests, Hippocampus is responsible for all things science-related, from developing weapons to formulating a written language and system for telling time. He and Stupendous are united by their frustration over Tyrannis' rule, and despite their obvious differences, they often work together to solve problems around the city. The man behind Hippocampus is Duncan Trussell, a stand-up comic and podcaster known for his role in Netflix's short-lived animated series The Midnight Gospel. Trussell has also voiced characters in Adventure Time and hosts a popular podcast, The Duncan Trussell Family Hour.
Krapopolis premieres Sunday, September 24 at 8:00 PM ET on Fox. Join the discussion about the show in our forums.
Claire Spellberg Lustig is the Senior Editor at Primetimer and a scholar of The View. Follow her on Twitter at @c_spellberg.