|First appearance||That Was Then, This Is Dumb|
|Last appearance||That Was Then, This Is Dumb|
|Voiced by||Frankie Dell|
|Family||Willow Yeager (wife) |
Ethan Yeager (son)
Coyote Yeager and his wife, Willow, are old friends of Jake Morgendorffer and Helen Morgendorffer. The two couples were part of the same commune for an unspecified amount of time in the late '60s/early '70s. When Jake and Helen left the commune to "change the system from within," Coyote and Willow remained there for awhile before carving out an existence outside of society by making hand crafted items, such as hammocks. The families didn't meet again for around 25 years.
Coyote in Canon
Coyote and the rest of the Yeagers are featured in the episode "That Was Then, This Is Dumb." The family arrives in a beat up yellow VW bug, which Coyote maintains himself. At first, he maintains the superiority of his simple life over Jake's materialism, but by the end of the episode he confesses that he hates his car, buying food in bulk, and not flushing every time he goes to the bathroom. He then asks Jake to teach him to play golf so they can "ride in one of those little carts." He also has a fondness for home made berry juice, especially after it ferments.
Coyote in Fanfic
Coyote and Willow are often featured in fanfictions that focus on Helen and Jake's past. Examples include Fireworks by C.E. Forman and the All My Children series by Deref and Thea Zara. They also appear in several AU versions of "That Was Then, This Is Dumb", such as John Lane story A Time for Every Purpose. In 'present day' fanfics, Potential by The Angst Guy has them incarcerated for trying to deal pot.
A significant present-day appearance is in the AU Daria 2007: The Girl From Hope, where due to sliding timescale the Yeagers were inspired by President Carter's term (rather than being hippies) and run a youth residential treatment center that takes in Daria. Coyote's real name is Pete, and he is revealed to have a darker side.
In the AU "punkverse", Coyote (renamed Dingo) and Willow were hardcore punks in the 1980s, and are in a band with fellow punks Helen and Jake in Moving Pictures. In the 2010-set God Save The Esteem, the Yeagers are the ones who have settled and adapted to a normal life, and Helen and Jake are the ones that are still punks.