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Leonard Amadeus Helperman[3] is Spot's owner and one of the three main protagonists of Teacher's Pet. He is bullied at school because his mother is the teacher, and is not popular. He wishes Spot would stop this silly charade and return home to be his dog.


Leonard is Spot's nerdy master and best friend and a ten year old fourth grade nerd. He is very unpopular, because his mom is the teacher and just wants to be normal. All the other kids bully him and are very mean to him. He gets beaten up, wrongly accused, and punished on a daily basis because of Spot. He has a huge crush on Leslie Dunkling, the most popular girl in school. Except for Scott and Leslie, he doesn't have any friends at school. He is very loyal to his pets, obeys his mother, and will do anything for Leslie no matter how difficult it may be. Over the series, he tries to get Spot to go back to act like a regular dog but he always fails. Overall, Leonard is a geek and is mostly left out when it comes to school or parties. Leonard is also a mama's boy as evidenced by the babying his mom does to him and he sometimes calls his mom "mommy". He is very loyal to Scott/Spot and gets involved in his so-called amazing plans and bad things happen to him. When something bad happens to Leonard, it's always Spot/Scott's fault. He always gets blamed for things that are Spot/Scott's fault. At some point when he was a little boy (5 years old to be exact), he and his mom got Spot when he was a newborn puppy during Christmas time. 


Leonard is a kind, moralistic, honest, friendly, and loyal child. Despite all that he doesn't have friends except for Leslie, Spot/Scott, Jolly, and Pretty Boy. He has a crush on the prettiest girl in school who is also his neighbor. Leonard is also very nerdy when it comes to school or he and Scott's rivalry. He is also known to be very insecure of himself because his mom is the teacher and that no one likes him. His low self-esteem is caused by being unloved and unpopular and most likely being fat. He has been filled with grief and loneliness since Leslie stopped hanging out with him. Leonard is generally kind, moralistic, and caring but is also be negative most of the time because of Spot's amazing plans and his life as the school whipping boy. He is also known to be the scapegoat of the series as he gets blamed for Spot/Scott's wrong-doings. Leonard is also tough and dangerous when called "Tubby" as he is sensitive about his weight (although a few times, people have made jokes about his high body fat). He might also be a loner.

Leonard always gets punished or beat up when he gets involved in Spot's "amazing plans". He gets really annoyed by Spot/Scott's actions and sometimes hates him but at the end, he realizes how much he likes and means to him.

Episode Appearance

Leonard is a pudgy ten-year-old kid with extremely pale/white skin and orange hair. His outfit is a navy blue sweater with a red stripe in the middle, yellow slacks, and blue dress shoes.


Leonard wants to be a normal kid and is ashamed that his mom's the teacher. At school, he meets Scott Leadready II and becomes jealous of him. He finds out that Scott is really his dog and reluctantly agrees to let Scott stay and the two become school rivals. He has the biggest crush on the girl next-door, Leslie (even though she likes Spot/Scott better). For some reason, Leonard doesn't have a father. In one episode, it's revealed he had 2 other dogs before he had Spot.


Leonard follows his mother to the awards ceremony in Florida leaving his pets at home. Later, Spot follows Leonard to Florida to meet Dr. Ivan Krank. When they get there, Spot isn't turned into a child, but instead a man (which is Spots age in dog years). After escaping from a cage, they earn $500 and spend it on cool stuff.

When they meet Mary back at the RV park, she starts to fall for Scott which makes Leonard furious because he doesn't want Spot to be his stepdad and now he wants Spot to get out of his life and they both say they never wanna see each other again. Leonard even said "So I think you should leave me and my mom forever"! Leonard even says that he wishes Spot wasn't his dog and Spot says he wishes Leonard was never his master.

The next day, Leonard meets his other pets when they arrive and decides to turn into a dog to be with Spot. But, when he gets there, he realizes he has been tricked and he's gonna be used as bait to lure Spot and then Krank will have the man and the dog and they'll be two media freaks for the price of one. At the lab, Spot saves Leonard and the machine blows up and turns Spot into a pile of dust.

Angry and crying, Leonard kicks the machine and it zaps Spot again, turning him back into a dog. At the end, he gives Spot back his collar making him his dog again.

Relationships with Other Characters

Spot Helperman/Scott Leadready II

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Spot is Leonard's best friend, pet dog, and his rival. In the first episode, Leonard didn't wanna go to school because everyone hates him and just spend time with his dog and his other pets. Leonard is very loyal to his dog even if it means dressing up as his mother, taping the whole air show, taking the blame for his actions, and giving Spot up for Spot to have his dream. At school, Leonard and Scott are arch-rivals and cant stand each other and they get very competitive with each other when there is a test, a game, or an audition. But, whether it's helping Leonard impress Leslie or helping Scott deal with one of his burdens they always stick by each other and help them when they need each other the most. Usually, Spot/Scott has plans that usually get Leonard punished, sent to detention, blamed, or beat up and Leonard sometimes hates Spot but they still remain best friends. In the movie, their friendship is put to the test when Spot/Scott is turned into a man and he decides to marry his mom and be his stepdad. Leonard loses his temper and they say they want each other to get out of their lives. While Spot is trying to return to Leonard, Leonard decides to go turn into a dog to be with Spot again. At the end, when Spot is changed back to normal, they make up and become friends again.

Pretty Boy and Mr. Jolly

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Leonard loves his cat and bird just as much as he loves his dog. He always turns to them for help when he needs them the most. He does not appreciate it when they're in danger such as, Tallulah trying to hurt them and eat Pretty Boy or when Jolly is in a stone funk. In the movie, when Leonard missed having Spot and was holding a grudge at him, Jolly and Pretty Boy arrived on the scene and Leonard was like "oh it's you". Pretty Boy was mad about this and they decided to leave but Leonard quickly apologized and was glad that they were in Florida and he never needed anyone more. Leonard has a great friendship with his 3 pets.

Leslie Dunkling


Leslie is the love of Leonard's life. They have known each other since Leonard was 1 year old and they became playmates and they quickly became best friends. When 4th grade came, she decided to not hang out with him as much because he's a boy and she is a girl, but they remained good friends. When 4th grade came, Leonard realized his feelings for her and she gained her pre-teen beauty and he fell in love with her. Leonard tries to talk to Leslie but he can hardly talk to her and she likes Spot/Scott and Younghee more than him. Sometimes, Leslie will often seek comfort from Leonard when she is hurt or trying to open up to him. Leslie does have feelings for Leonard and once said she thinks he's cute and funny. The most notable episodes where Leslie's true love for Leonard are proved in are "Inspector Leadready II", "What's Sweat Gotta Do With It?", and "All About Eavesdropping".

Mary Helperman

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Leonard is a mama's boy. He is ashamed about his mother being his teacher because she tends to humiliate him and sometimes enjoys it. But, he always obeys her because of his kind, friendly, moralistic nature. He sometimes even calls his mom "mommy". In fact, he sees some advantages of his mom being the teacher at times.

Outside the Show/Movie

Spot/Scott and Leonard have appeared in numerous of Gary Baseman's events and appearances and museums. They have appeared in many of Baseman's paintings and they have been featured as walk around characters at many of Gary Baseman's events, appearances, guest speeches, and more along with Baseman's other characters.


  • Leonard has a singing talent.
  • Leonard and Spot are the only characters to be in every episode.
  • The name Helperman is Jewish, so it can be assumed that Leonard is Jewish. However, this has not been confirmed. He is most likely Jewish on his disappeared dad's side. But in the show, he celebrates Christmas instead of Hanukkah. However, some Jews celebrate both holidays so he might celebrate Hanukkah.
  • Spot/Scott isn't a human and not a kid (Spot is 35 in dog years) and Leslie doesn't hang out with Leonard as much anymore, so therefore, Leonard has no friends. 
  • He is the 2nd character to be voiced by Shaun Fleming. The first being the Max Goof from Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas.
  • Leonard is chubby but in some shots, he is skinny.
  • Leonard shares the many traits, role, and qualities of Charlie Brown of the Peanuts franchise. They both are nerds, they both have dogs, they are hated and mistreated, they always get bullied, and they have very few friends.
  • Leonard is also similar to Tintin of The Adventures of Tintin. They both have the same hair color, they have the same hairstyle, they have the same head shape, they both wear dark navy blue sweaters, they both have dogs, and they're both nerds.
  • Even though Leonard is the main character of the show, he is listed second on the character bios on the show's website and at the end credits.


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Teacher's Pet | (Episode List) | Teacher's Pet: The Movie
Leonard Helperman | Spot Helperman/Scott Leadready II | Mary Helperman | Crosby Strickler | Leslie Dunkling | Pretty Boy | Mr. Jolly | Ian Wazselewski | Tyler, Trevor and Taylor | Chelsey and Kelsey | Younghee Mandlebom | Tallulah | Ruth | Dr. Ivan Krank | Dennis and Adele
"Muttamorphosis" | "Pet Project" | "Movin' on Pup" / "Escaping Dog Trick" | "A Lick is Still a Kiss" | "Being Mrs. Leadready" | "Let Sleeping-Over Dogs Lie" / "Costume Pity Party" | "Scott's Honor" | "Fifi" | "Bad to the Bone" / "Always Knock the Postman Twice" | "You Can't Bite City Hall" | "A Dog for All Seasons" | "Tallulahpalooza" | "Saving Mr. Jolly" / "Rule of Paw" | "Never Take Candy from a Kindergartner" | "A Few Good Boys" | "Bad Fur Day" | "The Tale of the Telltale Taffy" | "Don't Count Your Chickies Before They Hatch" | "No Substitutions, Please" | "Mr. Jolly: Man...or Mouser?" / "Party Animal" | "Taint Valentine's Day" | "Strickler's Pet" / "Fresh 'n' Frozey Chocolaccino" | "The Grass Seed is Always Greener..." | "Don't it Make My Brown Eyes Green" | "What's Sweat Got to Do with It?" | "Dogfight" | "Science Not Fair" | "To Bee or Not to Bee" | "One Dog's Junk" | "Team Scott" / "Take Me Out of the Ball Game" | "Inspector Leadready II" | "The Turkey That Came to Dinner | "Double Dog Dare" | "Attack of the 50 Inch Girl" | "The Flipper" | "The Blight Before Christmas" | "All About Eavesdropping" | "The Nose Knows" / "Don't Bite the Hound That Feeds You" | "A Breed Apart"
I, Ivan Krank | Small But Mighty | A Whole Bunch of World | Take the Money and Run | I Wanna Be a Boy | I'm Moving On | Proud to Be a Dog | A Boy Needs a Dog

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