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Shelf McClain is a minor supporting character of the animated series Pepper Ann. He is a Scottish boy who goes to Hazelnut Middle School with Pepper Ann Pearson and is considered the school's resident bully.


Shelf McClain is a large boy from Scotland who has made a name for himself at Hazelnut Middle School's resident bully. A short-tempered young man, he has been sent to detention probably more often than any other student at the school and is proud of it. It is not known exactly how he came to acquire such a behavior, but based on his mother having a similar personality, it is possible that he inherited it from her. The series continuously implies that he is angry because know one is able to show him any true affection. In "A Valentine's Day Tune", he longed for a Valentine from someone. Pepper Ann gave him one, much to his joy, though he tried to hide it.

In "The Finale", it is established that in the series' version of 2013, Shelf had given up his bullying tendencies and became a priest at the local church; happily greeting his friends from his middle school days.


Shelf McClain is always depicted with a short temper and becomes agitated even if someone says his name while shouting, "Who said my name!? Who!?" Even when he shows an open minded and aware opinion on something, he still does so in a gruff and angry manner like in "To Germany with Love" when he berated Dieter Liederhosen for completely not getting what made Hazelnut so great. Milo Kamalani was able to calm him down and teach him empathy; revealing that he is not all bad. Additionally, he was happy to get a Valentine's gift, but still responded angrily, apparently trying to maintain his reputation.

Physical appearance

Shelf is a very tall and broad shouldered Caucasian boy with big black hair and a light unibrow. He wears a white t-shirt with a flannel jacket over it, denim jeans and large brown boots.


  • Unlike most television shows at the time that depict a bully character, Shelf rarely causes any harm to the main protagonists and was even tamed by one of them in "Manly Milo". It is possible that because of this, he served a slight inspiration for another bully character that broke traditional tropes, Buford Van Stomm from Phineas and Ferb.

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Season 1: "Ziterella" • "Romeo and Juliet" / "Food Barn" • "Old Best Friend" / "Crunch Pod" • "Psychic Moose" / "Doll and Chain" • "Megablades of Grass" / "Family Vacation" • "The Big Pencil" / "Sani-Paper" • "Uniform Uniformity" / "Snot Your Mother's Music" • "The Environ-Mentals" • "Crush and Burn" / "Soccer Season" • "Thanksgiving Dad" • "Sketch 22" / "Manly Milo" • "Have You Ever Been Unsupervised" / "The Unusual Suspects" • "Nicky Gone Bad" / "In Support of"

Season 2: "Quiz Bowl" / "License to Drive" • "Cocoon Gables" / "Green-Eyed Monster" • "Hazelnut's Finest" / "Cat Scan" • "An OtterBiography" / "GreenSleeves" • "Vanessa Less Tessa" / "Peer Counselor P.A." • "A 'Tween Halloween" / "Mash into Me" • "Presenting Stewart Waldinger" / "P.A.'s Life in a Nutshell" • "Like Riding a Bike" • "Radio Freak Hazelnut" / "Framed" • "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Milo" / "The Sisterhood" • "Impractical Jokes" / "Cold Feet" • "Doppelganger Didi" / "Pepper Ann's Day Off-Kilter" • "A No Hair Day" / "That's My Dad"
Season 3: "You Oughta Be in Musicals!" • "Dances with Ignorance" / "Girl Power" • "Beyond Good and Evel" / "One of the Guys" • "The Wash-Out" / "Def Comedy Mom" • "The First Date Club" / "Unicycle of Life" • "A Kosher Christmas" • "Effie Shrugged" / "Mom Knows What P.A. Did Two Nights Ago" • "The Spanish Imposition" / "Single Unemployed Mother"
Season 4: "Burn, Hazelnut, Burn" / "Career Daze" • "G.I. Janie" / "Miss Moose" • "Pepper Shaker" / "Flaw and Order" • "Baggy Bean Buddies" / "The Beans of Wrath" • "The Velvet Room" • "One Angry Woman" • "The Sellout" / "The Telltale Fuzzy" • "A Valentine's Day Tune" • "Sammy's Song" / "Permanent Record" • "Live and Let Dye" • "Remote Possibilities" / "Considering Constance" • "To Germany with Love" • "Bye, Bye Trinket" / "P.A.'s Pop Fly" • "My Mother, Myself" • "The Amazing Becky Little" • "The Untitled Milo Kamalani Project" / "Guess Who's Coming to the Theater" • "The Great Beyond" / "Jaybirds of a Feather" • "The Way They Were"
Season 5: "The One with Mr. Reason" / "Sense and Senselessness" • "Forging Ahead" / "Reality Bytes" • "Carmello" / "Strike it or Not" • "Complimentary Colors" • "The Merry Lives of Pepper Ann" • "A is for Average" / "Alice Kane Went Down to Calcutta" • "Spice of Life" / "T.G.I.F." • "Dear Debby" / "Too Cool to Be Mom" • "Moose in Love" / "Two's Company" • "Zen and the Art of Milo" / "That's My Mama Destructo" • "Unhappy Campers" / "Searching for Pepper Ann Pearson" • "The Word" / "The Perfect Couple" • "The Finale"

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See also
House of Mouse