The gait is pretty consistent and purposeful while the swinging arms and the quiff gives it a sense of leisure.
Although what you described pretty much describes his purpose. I have a cliche sidescroller in mind where some villager comes hurried to your house goes like
Poor Villager wrote:
Please, you must save the world from great evil.
And you go
And off you go
The idea is to make a completely linear game, and brag about it, serving some gaming cliches, and maybe some homage's to other game characters (somehow i want him to meet guybrush threepwood
Game time would be around 15 minutes i suppose so it will be a fairly small game. (i.e. one i will manage to actually finish)
Here are a couple more animations i played around with.http://dl.dropbox.com/u/12237727/Blackbob/blackbob.html
Man, doing idle animations is even harder, you move one pixel too many and he looks like he's on speed.
Looks more bouncy, or hoppy. somehow reminds me of Enchantress animation in dota 2 (i'd link a video, but you cannot watch it either way
Will check what you did in detail