Uniqua's Mom (mother)
Uniqua is a unique creature known as a Uniqua, and is the main protagonist of the series. She loves to have fun, tell jokes, and enjoys laughing with her friends. Uniqua is full of energy, eager to take the lead on her adventures, but she is sweet and will notice if you are happy or sad and will possibly say something about it because she cares about you.
Graceful, agile and light on her feet, Uniqua is not afraid of anything and can be quite the daredevil. She loves to run and climb and can ride her bike faster than anyone. Uniqua is her name and also her species - with her pink skin, dark pink spots, and dainty antennae, she doesn't look like any other creature on the planet. She is most likely to be the main protagonist, since she is the only one to have appeared in every episode of the show.
She also happens to be very enthusiastic, and she loves to go on adventures or do dangerous things! Her best friend is Tasha, and they frequently play together. She was the first character to meet Sherman the Worman. Uniqua is smart, friendly, and owns many of the characteristics that come with the "daring" trait.
Uniqua is voiced by LaShawn Tináh Jefferies. Her singing voice, however, is provided by Jamia Simone Nash in seasons one through three and Avion Baker in the fourth season. For authorized public live productions after 2009, Jamia Nash (the singing voice for seasons one-three) potrayed Uniqua's voice, both speaking and singing.
PersonalityUniqua is highly energetic and the sporty type. She is often the character to come up with new ideas for adventures, and if she's not, Uniqua will become a large part of the journey. Uniqua is best friends with Tasha, though she easily gets along with Pablo, Tyrone, and Austin as well. Compared to Tasha, she is the more tomboy-ish of the two, generally being seen with a more adventurous personality than Tasha, who tends to play more feminine roles. On rare occasions, Uniqua and Tasha may get into disagreements over small things, usually due to different opinions. But no matter what, Uniqua will usually find a way to end the quarrel and have a good laugh with her friend.
At her very core, Uniqua knows what it means to be a true friend and she has a heart full of compassion. If she noticed you had a problem, she's the one who would confront you with the honest truth and give you sound advice on what to do, even if you didn't ask for it. She has a strong sense of loyalty to her friends and she loves to help others. Uniqua is very optimistic, and she's determined to overcome any obstacle she faces on her adventures.Regardless of what role she plays on her adventures with her friends, she always has her sweet, lovable sense of humor. Uniqua has played many heroes, such as Ski Patroller Uniqua in The Snow Fort, Uniqua the Pink in Knights Are Brave And Strong, and Weather Woman in Race To The Tower Of Power.
Uniqua is very intelligent and she likes to explore and discover new things and locations. Since she cannot go exploring real places without an adult, Uniqua pretends to visit these places and find these things in her imagination along with her best friends. Uniqua is really friendly, and will do almost anything to help a friend in need. Though not the most playful of the five, Uniqua often plays a major role in the adventure she is part of.
The character of Uniqua was designed by Dan Yaccarino, a popular children's book author, illustrator, and creator of another Nick Jr. television series titled Oswald that ran from 2001 to 2004, and her personality was decided on by the television series' creator, Janice Burgess.
The character's creator, Janice Burgess, describes Uniqua as "the child she wishes she was like as a child", meaning that Uniqua is a very likable character. About 27% of all Backyardigans fans have chosen Uniqua as a favorite Backyardigan, being the second most popular character in general.
Janice Burgess' favorite is also Uniqua, and her liking of her creation is probably what lead to Uniqua appearing in all 77 episodes of The Backyardigans. Most episodes Janice Burgess writes star Uniqua as the center character, for she never missed an episode!
Uniqua lives in a pink-colored house located in the middle of Tyrone's house and Austin's house. It is unknown what most of her house looks like, but a coat rack and table are seen in various episodes when Uniqua exits and enters her home.
LooksUniqua is her very own, unique species: A Uniqua! Her skin is pink with dark pink, randomly placed spots around her body. She has white eyes with normal black pupils and her mouth is noticably wide. Her other most noticeable feature is probably her curled antennae at the very top of her head. Her eyebrows are a very dark red. She wears dark-gloom pink overalls with light pink spots, being a opposite of her skin. She also has two red-pink buttons, one for each strap.
AppearancesUniqua has appeared in every episode and special of The Backyardigans. Her first appearance was in Knights Are Brave And Strong. Her last appearance was in The Tale of the Not-So-Nice Dragon. For a complete list of her appearances, go to List of Uniqua's Appearances.
- Season 1- Uniqua started out a bit pudgy. Her eyes are almond shaped, and her eyelids are more visible.
- Season 2- Uniqua's model has changed this season. She's more skinny, her eyes are less almond shaped, her eyelids aren't visible, and her spots on her face look a bit painted, rather just circles, though the spots on her overalls are more circular. Her eyebrows are slightly higher.
- The spots on her face look more painted.
- Her spots went back to the Season 2 model. The overall spots are slightly circlulated.
- Uniqua's age is unknown. Dave Palmer, the director of the show, said that she would round the age to 6-7 years old.
- Uniqua is the only character to appear in every episode, being the main protagonist.
- Uniqua's house is visited the most, being the main character.
- Uniqua's singing sounds different from her normal talking voice.
- Uniqua's voice portraying changing through the series is similar to Austin: Having the same speaking voice throughout, the same singing voice for three seasons and changed at the last season.
- Uniqua can play the clarinet.
- Uniqua is the only main character who does not have a real animal species.
- Several dubs say that she is a space alien.
- Due to her antennae, some fans believe that Uniqua is supposed to be an anthropomorphic bug of some kind, specifically an ant (as said on many forum comments and questions). Though, most asian dubs state she is an alien.
- "You guys!" - Various episodes
- "It's me, Uniqua!" - Various episodes
- "You can say that again." - Various episodes
- "Pretty spooky, huh, guys?" - It's Great To Be A Ghost!
- "Where's my soccerball?" - Monster Detectives
- "SOCCER!" - Monster Detectives
- "Blah!" - Monster Detectives
- " 'Please' and 'thank you', that's the secret of the Nile!" - The Key To The Nile
- "Let's sail the seas, me bucko!" - Pirate Treasure
- "The Ski Patrol never gives up!" - The Snow Fort
- "I'd recognize that anywhere: They're yeti droppings!" - The Yeti
- "I'm Uniqua, and I'm gonna be a knight!" - Knights Are Brave And Strong
- "We'll limbo our way under those laser beams!" - Secret Mission
- "Darn tootin'!" - Polka Palace Party
- "Knock, knock!" - High Tea
- "There's no quicksand in the jungle!" - The Heart Of The Jungle
- "I gotta hold on tight!" - Viking Voyage
- "You can 'ugh' that again." - Cave Party
- "It looks awfully hot and dry out there... but, it is a desert, after all!" - Race Around The World
- "We're using my brilliant new invention: The Laser X-Ray Bone Finder!" - Eureka!
- "Great! Come on, then! Let's go to my house for some applesauce!" - Castaways
- "Oh, wow! You got the rad moves! The rad, rad, rad, rad moves!" - Surf's Up
- "Tarnation!" - Riding The Range
- "Ewwww! This is so gross!" - Race To The Tower Of Power
- "Float, flutter, fly!" - The Quest For The Flying Rock
- "You guys, we're astronauts! And astronauts never give up!" - Mission To Mars
- "Pie? I heard them say 'pie'!" - Samurai Pie
- "I don't like to be afraid! I'd rather have some lemonade!" - Scared Of You
- "Nothing like a mystery on a misty, gloomy day!" - Whodunit
- "Mad? Of course, not!" - The Legend Of The Volcano Sisters
- "We'll make a campfire! And we'll have s'mores..." - The Swamp Creature
- "On your mark... get set... scoot!" - Horsing Around
- "Grrr!" - Special Delivery
- "Movers of Arabia! We move Arabian things!" - Movers Of Arabia
- "Looking for this... Bad Bots?" - Cops And Robots
- "Siren says..." - Sinbad Sails Alone
- "Austin needs a hug goodbye!" - Best Clowns In Town
- "P-r-r-r!" - Into the Deep
- "No need to thank us, fisherlady! Just doing our job!" - Save The Day
- "I show up to find out......what's shakin'!" - News Flash
- "Well... you just said a mouthful there, pardner." - Catch That Butterfly
- "I'll get you next time, Mr. Secret!" - International Super Spy
- "I love snow!" - The Secret Of Snow
- "I'm a giant!" - A Giant Problem
- "I proclaim: This doth stink!" - Tale of the Mighty Knights
- "Just like I told you: I take care of my town!" - Blazing Paddles
- "Uniqua is my name... and navigation... is my game!" - Garbage Trek
- "Mi-mi-mi-mi-mi... a singing telegram!" - Fly Girl
- "You think he's getting tired? You think he's getting faint?" - Who Goes There?
- "Worman... worman... on the... ru-un, our little gamin' has begun!" - What's Bugging You?
- "We deliver!" - Chichen-Itza Pizza
- "Snooze!" - Match On Mt. Olympus
- "I challenge you to a dolphin race!" - The Great Dolphin Race
- "Zoid-zoid!" - Ranch Hands from Outer Space
- "Don't take off the leash!" - Caveman's Best Friend
- "Hey guy, why so shy?" - Escape from Fairytale Village
- "The board doesn't make the skater, the skater makes the board!" - The Magic Skateboard
- "That's not our fault, we really tried!" - The Swamp Creature
- "Sacrebleu!" - Le Master of Disguise
- "The greatest super hero that you probably ever seen!" - The Masked Retriever
- "Try it my way, just think about it!" - International Super Spy
- "When I saw him he made me feel freaky outy I'll admit." - The Funnyman Boogeyman
- "Ugh, the police!" - Caveman's Best Friend
- "Now we gotta major job to do. There's just no way around it." - The Funnyman Boogeyman
- "Don't worry, I'll give you a hand!" - Caveman's Best Friend
- "I'm Uniqua!" - The Backyardigans Theme Song
- "See you later!" - various episodes
- "See ya!" - various episodes
- "Pablo Pablovich, you're brilliant!" - Catch that Train!
- "Faster Pablo Pablovich!" - Catch that Train!
- "My pet!" - Elephant on the Run
- "Banana." - High Tea
- "Break Out!" - Break Out!
- "Good idea Tasha." - Special Delivery
- "Not!" - Horsing Around
- "Well well well!" - A Giant Problem
- "Siren says..." - Sinbad Sails Alone
- "After you my dear!" - Break Out!
- "Let's snap to it!" - The Action Elves Save Christmas Eve
- "Huka Pele!" - The Legend Of The Volcano Sisters
- "In The Name Of The Empress!" - The Two Musketeers
- "Austin!" - The Two Musketeers
- "Follow the feather." - Follow the Feather
- "Balderdash! Inventions are always the way!" - To The Center Of The Earth
- "That was delicious." - Castaways
- "We are mad!! Hoo! Hoo!" - The Legend Of The Volcano Sisters
- "That is not what we wanted!" - The Legend Of The Volcano Sisters
- "That sounds more like my cup of tea!" - High Tea
- "Mine has pompoms." - Cave Party
- "Next time, I'm gonna invent... the elevator." - Cave Party
- "Prrrrrrrt!" - Into The Deep
- "Is that your real laugh?" - Flower Power
- "You're right, the first laugh is better." - Flower Power
- "I mean you, buddy!" - Eureka!
- "What's baklava?" - Match On Mt. Olympus
- "To the viewers watching everyday!" - News Flash
- "That's three in one day!" - Robot Rampage
- "Don't call me boss. I'm a lady." - International Super Spy
- "Those are pirate rules." - Pirate Treasure
- "Arrgh!" - Pirate Camp
- "Hey there! Is that ice cream?... Mmm, may I have a bite?" - Robot Rampage (Part 2)
- "When I finish my plan!" - International Super Spy
- Uniqua - en.wikipedia.org
- TV for Tots - What is Uniqua?
- Treehouse TV.com - The Backyardigans Characters - Uniqua