Courage the Cowardly Dog
Courage the Cowardly Dog

General Horton is a recurring character in the show. He is a military major general[1] usually seen fighting with his Lieutenant Gidley.




Courage the Fly[]

Courage overhears the General and his lieutenant Gidley talking about a falling satellite headed straight for the Bagge farmhouse. Later on in the episode they reveal how to go inside the satellite to change its route. But Courage accidentally makes it head straight for them.

Mission to the Sun[]

The General appears as a hologram inside the spaceship with Courage, Muriel and Eustace. He tells Courage how to stop the sun from exploding. But since he couldn't understand what the General was saying the computer had to translate.

Katz Under the Sea[]

The General is seen fighting with Lieutenant Gidley in the Pentagon, discussing locating the leak of top secret information. When Courage enters, they mistake him for the pizza man. After he leaves with the Nowhere Newsman, the General sees the report on Tea-&-Tea and demands that word not get out.

Le Quack Balloon[]

The General and Lieutenant Gidley were both fighting each other so much that they didn't notice Le Quack stealing from the big Swedish bank.

Muriel Blows Up[]

Courage who is uncontrollably growing gets help from the General who is the only one who knows how to disarm the time bomb carrot before it explodes. Courage eats the general and swallows him whole, inside he successfully disarms the carrot, Courage then coughs up the giant carrot and the General. Lieutenant Gidley informs him that he had cut the wrong wire with it being too late as Eustace eats the carrot and quickly grows and explodes, blowing up the entire Area 51 base.

Last of the Starmakers[]

This is the second time the General is portrayed as a villain. In this episode, the general captures the last of the Starmakers and separated her from her eggs, he also arrests Muriel for trying to rescue her. He appears again at the end of the episode to ensure Muriel and Courage won't tell anyone about the Starmakers and blasting off Eustace to the sky by the money that was made with secret experimental rocket fuel.

Straight Outta Nowhere: Scooby-Doo! Meets Courage the Cowardly Dog[]

He and the lieutenant were disguised as the servants of the mayor's house, since they suspected that the mayor had something to do with the recent supernatural activity in the town, and they knew that it had to do with the ancient meteorite, they planned to steal it to make experiments with it and to see how it worked, but in the end they let Courage along with the Scooby Doo gang use the meteor as a disco ball for a party. At the end of the movie he and the lieutenant are seen dancing with the Scooby Doo gang and Courage at the party.


  • It is unknown why the General was guarding a Swedish bank.
  • The General's mustache often switches colors.
  • The General is very similar in appearance to other recurring characters that appear throughout the series, including Professor Frith and The Captain.
  • John R. Dilworth mused that the General and Lieutenant could be gay and in a relationship.[2]