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I will be haunted by my actions forever. Hoot hoot!

Hooty is the titular character of The Owl House. He is a house Demon, the Owl House itself, and acts as the guardian of the Owl House. He is also attached to the door of the house.

Appearance

Hooty has a wooden light beige owl face with a darker orange upper side, with brown eyes and an orange beak. Behind the door where he is placed, there is the back frame of his owl body with wings and two peepholes attached where his eyes normally are. As a Bug-type Demon, owing to his extensive brown "neck", Hooty can stretch and move around in worm-like fashion. His overall appearance is similar to a barn owl, as in "Hooty's Moving Hassle", his legs can be seen underneath the house. "Echoes of the Past" suggests he is at least partially an organic creature, as separating himself from the door reveals veins and organs spilling from the gap.

Personality

Hooty is shown to be jovial and a very welcoming creature, often greeting visitors to the Owl House and trying to be accepted as part of a group activity. He's a talkative guy and claims to have many stories of his experiences to share, but he rarely, if ever, gets to share them since most people, including the inhabitants of the Owl House, consider him to be annoying.

Hooty playing hard to get, which frustrates King.

King refers to him as being desperate for attention. He is easily annoyed by the neglect which Eda and King throw at him but nevertheless offers help if needed. Hooty can also be passive-aggressive at times. In "Adventures in the Elements," King refused to let him into his boot camp, causing Hooty to play "hard to get" when King comes to him for help later. Because of his station in life, being bound to the house, most of his activities and hobbies involve talking, telling riddles, listening to music, and rolling around in the mud.

Much like Eda and King, Hooty also has a cheeky and mischievous streak to his personality, on occasion being amused by seeing people getting hurt or poking fun at other people's bad luck. But Eda also claims that despite his annoying tendencies, he still finds a way into Eda's heart.

Like real owls, Hooty is also aggressive and territorial. In the short "Art Lessons with Luz", he mistaken Luz's painting of himself as another owl trying to take his territory, prompting him to freak out and tear up the drawing.

Hooty crying hysterically, thinking he failed to help everyone.

Hooty can also be quite emotional at times. In "Knock, Knock, Knockin' on Hooty's Door", he cries and pulls himself away every time when he thinks he failed to help King, Eda and Luz. After thinking he failed for a third time, Hooty has a nervous breakdown. He decides that everyone in the Owl House will be better off without him and tries to leave, going so far as to ripping himself out of the door in an attempt to get away from the house, all the while crying hysterically. It's only until Eda and King convince him that he did ended up helping them and seeing Luz and Amity hold hands together that he finally calms down and cries happily, knowing that he did help everyone.

Background

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Hooty casually fighting off the Coven Scouts trying to attack him.

Hooty's origins are currently unknown. When talking about his past, Hooty mentions that it all started with a hunt and the skies were blood red.[1] He supposedly has a mother, but it is unknown what happened to her, or if she's still alive.[2] Eda met Hooty prior to stumbling upon King on an island, and they have been together for at least eight years.[3] Hooty mentioned that Eda acted as a teacher to him sometime in the past, but the events of this interaction are vague at best.[4] He serves as the sentient doorknocker located on the Owl House's front door, but is also the house itself and controls several of its utilities, such as the lights.[5] At the same time, Hooty also acts as the guardian of the Owl House and protects the inhabitants from being attacked by enemies such as Coven Scouts from the Emperor's Coven.[6] However, both Eda and King, as well as Luz, treat Hooty with neglect on account of his "annoying" demeanor and his tendency to get himself exceedingly filthy while playing in mud.[7] While he has been described as a House Demon, his specific type was revealed to be a Bug Demon.[2]

Relationships

Luz Noceda

Luz welcoming Hooty to the Boo-Boo Buddy Club in "The Intruder".

Hooty has not interacted very much with Luz ever since she began living at the Owl House, although their relationship is shown to be marginally better than that shared with either Eda or King. She finds his habit of sneaking up behind her to be scary and even hit him the first time despite his protests that he was simply trying to say good morning. Luz also seems to find him annoying at times and will upright ignore him when something more important is taking place. Despite this, Hooty has been taken care of by Luz given that he is part of the house and as such Luz must attend to the house's regular cleaning duties, including cleaning him whenever he ends up being covered in mud. During the events of "The Intruder" Luz accepted him into the Boo-Boo Buddy Club after treating his injuries, which made Hooty very happy.

In "Knock, Knock, Knockin' on Hooty's Door", Hooty tries to help Luz ask Amity out by putting the two of them in the Tunnel of Love set up by him, which Luz desperately destroys, thinking that Amity will find this a lame way of her confessing her feelings. Luz then apologizes to Amity for this, saying that it was Hooty's stupid idea, but Amity despondently replies that she is leaving, saying that the idea of them dating was stupid. Luz is shocked by this, and Hooty once again believes he messed up. He starts crying hysterically and desperately tries to leave the Owl House, putting it at danger of collapsing. At the end of the episode, Luz ends up confessing her love for Amity and asks her out, to which Amity excitedly accepts. Upon seeing that, Hooty finally calms down and starts crying happily.

Eda Clawthorne

Eda confiding her feelings to Hooty in "Something Ventured, Someone Framed".

Eda has been shown to ignore and mistreat Hooty on a regular basis, going so far as to hit the walls of the house whenever he is being uncooperative and poking his eyes whenever he does not open the door immediately. However, Hooty does offer help when needed and has been shown to be useful when needed. According to Hooty, Eda acted as a mentor in magic to him some time ago. She was even shown to confide in him on occasion when she is feeling troubled or disappointed.

In "Knock, Knock, Knockin' on Hooty's Door", Hooty is worried about Eda not getting enough sleep, so he tricks Eda into eating cookies filled with sleeping nettles. While in her dreams, Eda manages to make a truce with the Owl Beast, and turns into Harpy Eda after she woke up. However Hooty, upon seeing that and not knowing what actually happened, pulls himself away in tears, thinking he just made Eda's situation worse.

King

Hooty explaining the history of demons to King in "Knock, Knock, Knockin' on Hooty's Door".

King's relationship with Hooty has been shown to be the most distant and cold of all his other interactions. King finds Hooty's voice to be annoying and considers him to be desperate. But unlike Eda's more physical intimidation, King is more verbally and emotionally abusive, merely calling him out on his behavior rather than attacking him in some form. Their relationship gets better during the events of "Adventures in the Elements", wherein King is forced to befriend Hooty in hopes of destroying his animated plush toy soldiers.

In "Knock, Knock, Knockin' on Hooty's Door", Hooty tries to help King figure out what kind of demon he is. Unfortunately, the end result is inconclusive, so Hooty tells King that he and Tiny Nose doesn't need to know that to be his friends. This upsets King, who thought Hooty had real answers. He becomes increasingly frustrated at his dad's absence, and shouts in anger, inadvertently unlocking his new voice powers. However, Hooty is too upset to notice that and pulls away in tears, not hearing King calling after him. At the end of the episode, a stranger asks Hooty to deliver a letter to King for him, but Hooty accidentally swallows the letter along with a bug.

Willow Park and Gus Porter

Willow, Gus and Hooty listening to mixed-up audio tracks in "Eclipse Lake".

Willow and Gus become acquainted with Hooty after their very first Moonlight Conjuring that took place at the Owl House, during the events of "Hooty's Moving Hassle". As is the case in his relationships with Luz, Eda, and King, Hooty is often ignored by Willow and Gus, usually whenever something more important is taking place. After several visits to the Owl House, the two young witches have come to consider him very unnerving and creepy. In the episode "Understanding Willow" Gus tries to interview Hooty for a school assignment after coming to the realization that Hooty must have been the cause of Eda and King's eccentric personalities, only for Hooty's obnoxious behavior to drive Gus away. Despite their dislike of him, Hooty appears to be oblivious of the fact that he is driving Willow and Gus away.

In "Eclipse Lake", Hooty's relationship with Willow and Gus improves as they work together to take care of Luz when she gets sick with the Common Mold.

Amity Blight

Hooty interrupting Amity in "Enchanting Grom Fright", which enranges her.

One of the most volatile relationships so far, Amity has shown nothing but hostility to Hooty since they first met during "Enchanting Grom Fright". She has physically assaulted the enchanted doorknocker for butting in on her conversations and invading her personal space, making her very annoyed, as a result, Hooty having to wear an eye-patch and several bandages. Even so, Hooty is still shown to be good towards her by giving her a lift to the couch to join the others, at the end of "Wing It Like Witches".

In "Eclipse Lake", Hooty and Amity are finally on good terms as they work together to secure the perimeter of the Owl House from Emperor Belos.

Lilith Clawthorne

Lilith thanking Hooty for the cup of tea in "Echoes of the Past".

Hooty and Lilith were initially enemies. While Lilith was still the coven leader at the Emperor's Coven, she attempted to arrest Eda at her house. But Hooty, being a state-of-the-art defense system, easily defeated her and the Coven Scouts she brought along, utterly humiliating her.

This begins to change after Lilith moves into the Owl House. From the start of "Separate Tides", Lilith makes it clear that she did not want Hooty's help with collecting potion ingredients, but he still considers her his friend and tries to be the best friend he could. This consists of him calling her "Lulu" and following her when she was searching despite her protests. However, their relationship dramatically improved after Lilith realizes that she does, in fact, need help and Hooty comes to her rescue. After they return to the Owl House, they apologize to each other for their behavior and Hooty calls Lilith his best friend. Although she didn't reciprocate, Lilith gives Hooty the nickname "Hootsifer". She also offers to protect him from Luz, Eda, and King, who plan to draw faces on him. In "Keeping Up A-fear-ances," Hooty is greatly saddened when Lilith decides to move back in with her mother, as well as the fact he cannot personally write to her, since he can't hold a pen.

In "Knock, Knock, Knockin' on Hooty's Door", Hooty solves that by using a typewriter. In a previous letter he wrote, he mentioned that he feels unimportant while Luz, King and Eda are out on adventures. Lilith replies by saying that he is The Owl House itself and he takes care of everyone in it, which is a worthy purpose. Lilith's words inspire Hooty and he ends up trying to help King, Eda and Luz solve their problems.

Powers and abilities

  • House manipulation: Being the demonic component of the Owl House, Hooty has control over the architectural facets of the house. This extends to utilities, as Hooty can control the house lights.[5]
    • Door manipulation: Due to him being part of the front door, Hooty can open it at will. One method of opening the door involves Hooty stretching his mouth to encompass the entire surface of the door, thus allowing people to walk inside before shutting his beak back to normal size.
    • House alteration: Hooty can change his body, and therefore, the location's structure, in any way he wants. Notably, he can add pipes and electricity to the house.
      • House transportation: Hooty has demonstrated the magical ability to transport the Owl House by sprouting a pair of bird legs from the house's foundation and walking away with it. The full extent of this power is not currently known and was only used while under the influence of a Moonlight Conjuring, as shown during the events of "Hooty's Moving Hassle".
  • Elasticity: Hooty's most commonly used power is his ability to elongate his head, being able to stretch himself enough to enter the house, interact with his immediate surroundings or ensnare intruders. His elasticity makes him incredibly versatile in combat, allowing him to stretch circles around enemies, as seen when he fought Lilith and several members of the Emperor's Coven in "Agony of a Witch". He can move himself to great lengths effortlessly, and it is currently unknown what his limit is, or if he even has one. In "Escaping Expulsion", Hooty can stretch himself as a means of transportation, as he uses his elasticity to transport Luz to Hexside.
  • Owl physiology: Being an owl-like demon, he possesses all physical traits revolving around real owls, such as being able to puff his feathers when excited or alarmed, or even shedding feathers off his body.
    • Beak: Just like real-life birds, Hooty can use his beak as a means of attacking enemies. It is at least sharp enough to cut and tear through various objects, such as plush toys and papers. It is also strong enough to lift up a person as seen in "Escaping Expulsion".
    • Owl pellets: An ability that stems from his owl physiology, Hooty can sometimes regurgitate objects and beings within brown-green owl pellets.
  • Demonology: Being a demon himself, Hooty appears to have extensive knowledge of his fellow demons.
    • Communicative dance: As a bug demon, Hooty is able to understand the comitative dances used by fellow bug demons.
  • Enhanced strength: Despite his cheerful demeanor, Hooty is deceptively strong. He is able to lift Amity, Lilith, and a coven soldier off the ground with his neck, quickly smash his way underground for a surprise attack, and hit Lilith hard enough to send her flying into a tree.
  • Enhanced hearing: Hooty has excellent hearing, as seen in "I was a Teenage Abomination", where it is shown that he can hear Luz's footsteps despite her being quite some distance away at Hexside.
  • Portability: In "Echoes of the Past", it is revealed that Hooty is able to remove himself from his hole in the door and move to a cuckoo clock-like enclosure to make himself more mobile. However, he leaves behind some guts and veins in the hole in the process, since the house is a part of his body.
  • Storage: Hooty can store things within himself and regurgitate them with ease.
  • Baking: According to Eda in "Knock, Knock, Knockin' on Hooty's Door", Hooty is an exceptional baker, making delicious cookies that look like his own face (even though they were spiked with sleeping nettles). He also made a crumble (that was mistaken for a cake by Tiny Nose) for King's party that was accidentally ruined by King's sonic shout.
  • Longevity: According to Amity in "Knock, Knock, Knockin' on Hooty's Door", house demons tend to act stragely after a few thousand years. While Hooty's exact age is unknown, this statement at least confirms that house demons can live to be a few thousand years old.

Sightings

Behind the scenes

Voice

Hooty is voiced by Alex Hirsch, who also voices King. Hooty's voice was originally a scratch recording made by Hirsch for the show's pilot, performing a bad impression of Mickey Mouse. Dana Terrace liked the voice and kept it for Hooty in the main series.[8]

Debut

Hooty debuted in the series premiere, "A Lying Witch and a Warden", and in Owl Pellets, he debuted in "Art Lessons with Luz".

Foreign voice actors

Language version Actors Notes
Argentina Spanish (Latin America) Tian Brass
Brazil Portuguese (Brazil) Felipe Zilse
Hong Kong Cantonese Frankie Chan Hon Ki (陳漢祺)
Taiwan Chinese Li Shi-Yang (李世揚)
Germany German Pascal Fligg
Denmark Danish Sonny Lahey
Spain Spanish Juan Enrique Palacios Fernández
France French Olivier Prémiel
Greece Greek Vassilis Milios (Βασίλης Μήλιος)
Hungary Hungarian Gábor Seder
Indonesia Indonesian Bambang Riyanto
Israel Hebrew Yuval Garbash (יובל גרבש)
Italy Italian Alessio De Filippis
Japan Japanese Kenta Matsumoto (松本健太)
South Korea Korean Seo Ban-seok (서반석)
Netherlands Dutch Roel Dirven
Norway Norwegian Scott Maurstad
Poland Polish Wojciech Urbański
Portugal Portuguese Luís Nascimento
Thailand Thai Apichit Likhitlimpreecha (อภิชิต ลิขิตลิ้มปรีชา)
Turkey Turkish Mertkan Acar

Quotes

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Trivia

  • In a music video, Hooty is shown in a band called Hooty and the Parliament Owls Angelic.[9]
  • The whole house, not only the door he resides in, is a part of Hooty's body, so he can feel pain if the house is damaged (such as Eda cracking a wall in frustration).
  • As seen in "Art Lessons with Luz", Hooty cannot distinguish between a real person and a drawing and very easily freaks out as a result.
  • Before "Knock, Knock, Knockin' on Hooty's Door", Hooty's status as a demon was implied by the eyepatch demon hunter in "Hooty's Moving Hassle", as a type of demon known as a house demon. This was supported further in "Agony of a Witch", where Lilith also identifies Hooty as a house demon.
    • As a demon, Hooty is both a living creature and an object. In the episode "Something Ventured, Someone Framed", Hooty can be seen trying to catch flies in his beak and he mentions that he enjoys eating them, thus implying that he needs to eat in order to survive. This is further emphasized given that the Owl House is alive.
    • He, along with the Bat Queen, are the only known characters to be identified as being both sentient objects and demons at the same time.
  • In the Polish dub, he is portrayed as a female for unknown reasons despite being voiced by a male actor.
  • In an AMA Dana Terrace hosted, a fan asked a question regarding Hooty's complete length. To which the creator responded with "There is no beginning. There is no end. There is only... Hooty." This implies that Hooty's neck is infinite.[10]
  • According to Dana Terrace, Hooty has an evil twin called "Booty".[11]
  • He is 20% mucus as stated in "Once Upon a Swap".
  • Hooty is very likely inspired by the Slavic tale of Baba Yaga, who is said to live in a hut on chicken legs. This is supported by him growing legs in "Hooty's Moving Hassle".
  • Lilith's nickname for Hooty, "Hootsifer", is a reference to "Lucifer", one of the many names given to the Devil.
    • It might as well be a reference to "Calcifer", the fire demon from "Howl's Moving Castle" that similarly, is bound to their witch's house, and keeps it running.
  • He is able to remove himself from the door.
  • In "Knock, Knock, Knockin' on Hooty's Door", Amity mentions that house demons tend to act weird after a couple of thousand years, which could suggest that Hooty is at least a thousand years old.
    • However, it's unlikely that Amity knew the actual age of Hooty, and therefore considered this possibility simply as an explanation of Hooty's behavior.
    • If Hooty actually is a few thousand years old, he would be one of the oldest known living character in the series to date, the other one being Bat Queen.
  • Based on Hooty's anatomy diagram posted by Ryan Andrews on his Twitter, Hooty has teeth inside his stomach.[12]

Videos

References

  1. John Bailey Owen (writer) and Aminder Dhaliwal (director) (August 1, 2020). "Understanding Willow". The Owl House. Season 1. Episode 15. Disney Channel.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Dana Terrace, John Bailey Owen, Zach Marcus (writers) and Amelia Lorenz (director) (July 31, 2021). "Knock, Knock, Knockin' on Hooty's Door". The Owl House. Season 2. Episode 8. Disney Channel.
  3. Mikki Crisostomo (writer) and Bridget Underwood (director) (June 26, 2021). "Echoes of the Past". The Owl House. Season 2. Episode 3. Disney Channel.
  4. Zach Marcus (writer) and Sabrina Cotugno (director) (March 13, 2020). "Something Ventured, Someone Framed". The Owl House. Season 1. Episode 9. Disney Channel.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Dana Terrace, Rachel Vine, Manuel Jesse Nieto Jr. (writers) and Stu Livingston (director) (January 31, 2020). "The Intruder". The Owl House. Season 1. Episode 4. Disney Channel. — King: "Hooty controls the house lights. He probably just fell asleep."
  6. John Bailey Owen (writer) and Aminder Dhaliwal (director) (August 22, 2020). "Agony of a Witch". The Owl House. Season 1. Episode 18. Disney Channel.
  7. Dana Terrace, Rachel Vine, Charley Feldman (writers) and Aminder Dhaliwal (director) (March 6, 2020). "Once Upon a Swap". The Owl House. Season 1. Episode 8. Disney Channel.
  8. Hirsch, Alex (August 16, 2021). "Hooty's voice" (Tweet). Twitter.
  9. "The Owl House: Hooty and the Parliament Music Video". Facebook (December 21, 2019).
  10. "Dana Terrace's AMA". Reddit (September 2, 2020). “There is no beginning. There is no end. There is only... Hooty.”
  11. "Dana Terrace's AMA". Reddit (September 2, 2020). “Yes and it's Booty, bc that's what keeps autocorrecting whenever I text about Hooty.”
  12. Andrews, Ryan (August 1, 2021). "Here's a close-up of that Hooty anatomy diagram. Not sure what lies past the 2nd set of intestines but I imagine it's equally impressive. #TheOwlHouse". Twitter.
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