Emmitt Nervend is a character who frequently appears in the background, as sort of a deranged version of "Where's Waldo?" He wears a suit, his hair stands on end as if he has just been electrocuted, and he perpetually has a tremendous smile on his face. Generally he looks the same in all of his appearances, and is rarely animated.
The credits in the first season included a gag credit for Emmitt each episode, as well as a credit instructing the viewer how many times Emmitt could be found in the episode. Both practices were abandoned in season 2, but Emmitt continued to appear.
- Main Title ("unemployed" wearing barrel)
- Dance of Doom (at Daylight Savings Time Dance)
- Freakazoid and Friends (appears four times--in the "Friends" group shot, twice marching in an imitation of the Animaniacs main title, and during the lyric "totally freaky")
- Lord Bravery in "Sewer Rescue" (standing on the sidewalk in London)
- Legends Who Lunch (standing outside deli in establishing shot; footage repeated at end)
- Hollywood Bowl Ending (Episode 3) (standing among the fighting Freakazoid! crew members)
- Foamy the Freakadog (background as statue in the Hall of Temporary Freakazoid Sidekicks)
- Episode 2A (appears in post-credits tag)
- The Chip, Part I (two subliminal cutaways as Dexter gets zapped into the Internet and transforms into Freakazoid)
- Episode 7 Main Title (subliminal cutaway)
- Hot Rods From Heck! (poaching eggs in the midwestern desert)
- In Arms Way (as corner Santa)
- Nerdator (in the politician cage on Nerd Island)
- Next Time, Phone Ahead! (at Amblin Freakazoid! crew meeting, seen in four shots; also hiding behind the Freakmobile in the cutaway to the Freakalair)
- House of Freakazoid (as one of the stages in Dexter's transformation to Freakazoid)
- The Wrath of Guitierrez (on the cover of Highlights for Neurotics [with the headline "What's Wrong with This Man?"]; seen twice)
- Dexter's Date (outside Washington Gardens restaurant in top hat; seen in three shots)
- Mission: Freakazoid (cutaway shot in Mission: Freakazoid! opening titles; "Emmitt" credit screen in Mission: Freakazoid! opening titles)
- Virtual Freak (in mall as Portho and Mel fight)
- A Matter of Love (pulls the monster-zapping lever at Professor Heiny's institute; seen twice)
- Statuesque (handing out fliers in Venice Beach, Ca.)
- Island of Dr. Mystico (in a walk-on role as a salty dance hall chanteuse)
- "Tour De Freak" (standing on Warner Bros. lot as part of tour)
Emmitt Nervend Credits
The following is a list of Emmitt's credited job titles in season 1.
- Weird Guy
- Our Mascot
- Mr. Personality
- Smiley Man
- Giggling Fool
- Bobbie's New Boyfriend
- Sexiest Man Alive
- Mitch's Best Friend
- Dan Riba's Barber (Dan Riba is also credited as Emmitt's barber)
- Annie Award Winner
- Santa's Helper
- Network Censor
- In Therapy
- Say Goodbye To
- Emmitt originated as a sketch by first season producer Mitch Schauer. Tom Ruegger saw it hanging in Schauer's office and asked to use the character on the show.
- At Freak-a-Con! 2018, Schauer described Nervend as being "on the verge of being a serial killer or having a nervous breakdown."
- Bobbie Page, Assistant to the Producers.
- The Annie Award is the most prestigious award given only to animated programming.
- Audio Commentary, Episode 1.