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Walter the Softy

Real Name
Walter Brown
Current Alias
Walter the Softy
Base Of Operations
Next door to Dennis

Normal human birth
Place of birth
First appearance

Beano (1953)


Walter "The Softy" Brown is Dennis' neighbour and arch-enemy, most likely because he is the complete opposite of Dennis. He is always Teacher's Pet at school, another reason for Dennis to be jealous. Walter has a poodle called Foo-Foo, who likes to shove hedgehogs up and a girlfriend called Matilda. His best Softy friends are Bertie Blenkinsop and Spotty Perkins; good point too, since they both share the same Softy characteristics as Walter. He is really soft.

Walter is strongly disliked by Dennis because of his teddy-bear picnics and softy antics, and because he is always the teacher's pet at school. Despite his good behaviour, and a personality that verges on the sickeningly obsequious, he has been punished by adults many times, often for perceived misdemeanours that were actually Dennis' fault.

Walter lives next door to Dennis and is normally scared of him, but can sometimes act spoilt rotten as explained in the 1996, 2009 and 2013 series. He always plays with his fellow Softies, including Spotty Perkins, Bertie Blenkinsop, Jeremy Snodgrass, Dudley Nightshirt and Nervous Rex.

His girlfriend Matilda speaks with a lisp and can sometimes lose her temper. For example, Walter brings her a bunch of ragged nettles and dandelions because he had lost his glasses, and she angrily slams the door in his face.

Also, his evil uncle, Slasher Brown, who owns a barber shop in Beanotown, tries to cut Dennis' hair live on TV, but fails, as it is revealed that Dennis had a wig, landing Walter in trouble.

Walter has been punished many times despite his well-behaved nature.

One's opinion of Walter depends on whether one was the sort of child who liked raising Cain and smashing stuff up (like Dennis), or the sort of child who preferred a quieter, more contemplative life with room for aesthetic and cultural pursuits (like Walter). In adult life Walter (perhaps working as a programme producer for the BBC) probably has dozens of female friends who value his sympathetic nature and appreciation of the finer things in life, while Dennis is probably serving a prison sentence after breaking the curfew imposed by his electronic tag.

Powers and abilities[]


Extreme weediness; camper than a row of tents at Eurovision.


Floral identification; interior design.

Strength level

You're joking, right?


Take your pick.



He's far too soft to carry weapons.


Walter was once given a girlfriend called Matilda, to show that he isn't gay and that therefore Dennis picking on him doesn't count as homophobic bullying.


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