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Family Ben (adoptive father, deceased)
Daisy (ex-wife)
Lil' Ben (son)
Abby (girlfriend)
Otis' Father (biological father, presumably deceased)
Otis' Mother (biological mother, deceased)
Occupation Leader of the Barnyard
Powers and Abilities None
Played By Kevin James (film, video game)
Chris Hardwick (TV series)
Status Alive
Appeared In Barnyard (film), Back at the Barnyard, Cowman: The Uddered Avenger, Barnyard: The Video Game, Back at the Barnyard Slop Bucket Games

Otis is the main protagonist of the Barnyard franchise. He is Pip's best friend, Daisy's ex-husband, Lil' Ben's father, Abby's boyfriend, and Ben's adoptive son.

Early life

In his youth, Otis lost his biological mother when he was a calf. It is unknown what happened to his biological father, but he presumably died of an illness. Afterwards, Otis was adopted by Ben and lived a happy, normal life with him as father and son.


Young Otis getting bullied by young Krauser

When he was young, Otis was constantly bullied by Krauser Krebs, who would beat him up and squeeze the milk out of his udders. Then Otis grew up and made friends with the other animals of the Barnyard.

In the film, Otis had lost Ben when Dag killed him outside the chicken coop. Devastated and depressed, Otis blamed himself for his father's death since he wasn't there for him. In the end, Otis is elected the new leader of the Barnyard, manages to defeat Dag, and becomes a father to Daisy's newborn son Lil' Ben (whom he named after his late father).


Otis is an intelligent, fun-loving, friendly, energetic, happy-go-lucky, goofy, carefree, kindhearted, brave, adventurous cow who knows how to work guitars, cell phones, and microphones. Instead of having strict rules, he would rather have fun with his best friends and mess around all he wants and not take responsibilities.

Otis is glad to face his fears to save himself and his best friends; however, when it comes to money, Otis is usually selfish and greedy and keeps it all to himself. Despite this, he is genuinely a nice, caring cow with a bovine heart of gold.

He enjoys hanging out and having fun with his best friends. He also likes to pull tricks on the Beadys and the Farmer.

In the film, Otis has a somewhat rebellious big-man on campus nature with Ben and deliberately ignores him when he tells him to grow up and become more responsible instead of goofing off since he will become the leader of the Barnyard someday when Ben passes away.
Barnyard Movie Otis Witnessing Ben Dying

Otis witnessing Ben dying

After Ben gets murdered by Dag that night, Otis witnesses his father dying in his hooves and becomes extremely depressed and not as outgoing, devastated by the incident. Later, Otis is elected the new leader of the Barnyard, despite him blaming himself for Ben's death and dwelling on it as he strongly feels that he should have been there for him instead of partying with the animals in the Night Barn.
Barnyard Otis to the Rescue

Otis confronting Dag

Towards the end of the film, Otis avenges his father by bravely defeating Dag in the junkyard while protecting and rescuing the captured hens and Maddy (though he got bitten in the leg by Dag at one point, just like Ben). Upon arriving back home, Otis eventually becomes a loving husband to Daisy and a father to his newborn son Lil' Ben (whom he and Daisy had named after his late father). Slowly, he starts to mature as a more responsible leader, husband, and father.

When Daisy left the Barnyard in Back at the Barnyard and was replaced by Abby, it is unknown if Otis was reluctant about falling in love with Abby since he had Daisy and Lil' Ben before.

He is also rather gullible as in the Back at the Barnyard episode "Abby & Veronica," while playing ball with Abby, when she fake-panics and asks Otis if there is a scorpion on a nearby tree while pointing at it, Otis immediately believes her words and freaks out and thus, loses the game by getting hit by Abby's ball.


Otis is a white cow with black spots. Despite not being a female, he has a pink snout and udder.

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Otis after being milked

Once, after getting milked by attaching the machine to his udder, Otis became extremely skinny because his body was drained of all its milk content.

Human disguises

Among his many disguises in Back at the Barnyard are newscaster Gill O'Malley (in "The Big Barnyard Broadcast" and "Anchor Cow"), politician Ned Bovine (in "Otis for Mayor"), golfer Heifer Woods (punning off Tiger Woods in "Cowdyshack"), real estate agent Dick Human (in "Buyers Beware"), or Bob Notacow (in "Bling My Barn").


Otis as Cowman

Otis has a superhero alter-ego as Cowman. Once, he has even gone as far as to dress in drag as a female to prove that girls have it easy in the episode "Some Like It Snotty."


  • Despite being biologically male, Otis has an udder like the other male cows. In reality, only female cows have udders, not bulls. It is unknown why all the male cows were designed like this in the franchise.
  • Otis can make milk from his udder, which can be used for drinking and attack purposes. As well, it is an alien weakness.
  • Otis is nicknamed Oaty by Maddy.



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