!!Abby Cadabby
--> Leslie Carrara-Rudolph (2006-present)
A fairy introduced in season 37. She attends the Flying Fairy School.
* AllLovingHero: Abby sees the best in Oscar, and genuinely doesn't believe that he's that grouchy. That's gotta count for ''something''.
* [[spoiler:AllMythsAreTrue: Abby's mom is Cinderella's fairy godmother.]]
* TheApprentice: Hence [[{{Spinoff}} "Abby's Flying]] [[WizardingSchool Fairy School."]]
* CallBack: She lives Around the Corner, which is a section of the set which was expanded and retracted.
* {{Catchphrase}}: "That's so magical!"
* CheerfulChild
* FairyTaleMotifs: She is a textbook example of a fairy. Well... okay, aside from being a little fuzzy.
* GirlishPigtails
* InnocentBlueEyes
* LeastRhymableWord: Pumpkin.
* MagicalGirl
** BenevolentGenie
** BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor
** MagicMisfire
* MeaningfulName: It's a play on the stereotypical "magic word" Abracadabra.
* MundaneObjectAmazement
* MundaneUtility: In addition to transforming one thing into something completely different or conjuring things out of thin air, her wand also makes a handy backscratcher.
* NonStandardCharacterDesign: She, along with other fairy characters in the show, is one of the few Muppet characters designed with irises. To quote the Muppet Wiki:
--> "Abby's design is an intentional departure from the typical Muppet look because [[FishOutOfWater she's not originally from Sesame Street]]. The implication is that the fairies in her old neighborhood look like her."
* PinkMeansFeminine: Her fur is bubblegum pink.
* RhymesOnADime
* ShoePhone: The secondary use for her wand.
* SignatureLaugh: A cute little giggle.
* TrueBlueFemininity : Her dress.
* WelcomeEpisode: Her debut.
* WideEyedIdealist: Many small children see their world as a place of tremendous beauty and endless possibilities. Abby is no different.
* AWizardDidIt: Close enough.
* [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair You Gotta Have Purple Hair]]: ''And'' freckles.
** SupernaturalIsPurple
* YouKeepUsingThatWord: Sorry, Abby. "Princess" is not a career title. [[note]] Sesame Street defines a career as "a job that you train for and plan on doing for a long time". [[/note]]
* YouthfulFreckles

!!Baby Bear
--> David Rudman (1990-present)
The smallest of the Three Bears. (Later, the second-smallest of the Four Bears.)
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Although he has a great relationship with Curly, and is patient with her.
* BreadEggsBreadedEggs: "He's a hero, he's a guy... Hero Guy!"
* ElmuhFuddSyndwome
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Hero Guy. Baby Bear is a subversion, since he has a younger sister.
* FracturedFairyTale: Invoked, in order to get Goldlocks her own bowl of porridge.
* InformedJudaism
* LiteraryAgentHypothesis: He's the bear from the Goldilocks story.
* MrImagination
* StalkerWithACrush: Initially, Goldilocks.
* SureLetsGoWithThat: He unwittingly names his sister when he meets her.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Porridge.
* TheUnfavorite: DiscussedTrope. Baby Bear feels this way, at first.

--> Toby Towson (1977-1978)\\
Brian Muehl (1978-1984)\\
Fred Garver (1984-1993)\\
Bruce Connelly (1993-present)
This large, playful Muppet dog is Linda's pet, who understands American Sign Language. Unlike Rowlf, Barkley is not anthropomorphized. When he debuted in Season 9, he was known as Woof Woof. In Season 10, he became Barkley after one episode dealt with changing his name by popular vote.
* BigFriendlyDog
* DogWalksYou
* HiddenEyes

--> Frank Oz (regularly 1969-1997, occassionally 1997-present)\\
Eric Jacobson (1997-present)
Long-suffering roommate and [[RedOniBlueOni Blue Oni to Ernie's Red Oni]]. Bert would generally prefer to be left alone with a book than put up with his friend's shenanigans.
* BerserkButton: Do ''not'' lose his bottle caps or paper clips.
* BigOlUnibrow
* {{Bookworm}}
* TheBore: According to Oz, he originally considered Bert a very boring character... then made his dullness his definitive character trait.
* ButtMonkey
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: He openly insulted Ernie in a few early episodes, such as calling him a "ding-a-ling" in one insert.
* ComicallySerious
* {{Drink Order}}: Plain, unflavored soda water.
* LampshadeHanging: Count on Bert to point out just how crazy Ernie is being.
--> [[OhCrap "Oh. Music cue."]]
* MundaneMadeAwesome: "LA LA LA, LINOLEUM!"
* NeatFreak
* OddCouple: With Ernie.
* OhNoNotAgain
* PastimesProvePersonality: He enjoys oatmeal, pigeons and bottlecap collecting.
* SignatureLaugh: A staccato, nasal "eheheheheheh!"
* StraightMan
* TemptingFate: On several occasions, Bert ends up on the receiving end of Ernie's craziness simply by pointing it out.

!!Big Bird
--> Caroll Spinney (1969-present)\\
Daniel Seagren (understudy in a handful of episodes dating to 1970)\\
Matt Vogel (understudy, 1998-present over roughly 20 episodes)
An inexplicably large, yellow bird, perpetually stuck at age 6. Mr. Snuffleupagus is his best friend.
* [[ADogNamedDog A Bird Named Bird]]
* BreakOutCharacter: Is the star of the first official Sesame Street movie ''Follow That Bird'', starred in a special where he travels to China, and is the star of other merchandise items such as storybooks, cassette tapes or records. Possibly the first breakout character before Elmo.
* CassandraTruth: The adults constantly disbelieved Snuffleupagus was real at first. See TheReveal under ''Mr. Snuffleupagus"
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: He was initally a fully grown idiot with a hick-like SimpletonVoice to match rather than the innocent ManChild he eventually became.
* GentleGiant
* HiddenDepths: During the [[VerySpecialEpisode famous episode]] centered on [[DeathIsASadThing the death of Mr. Hooper]], Big Bird draws various caricatures of the adults - of a quality that you may not normally see from a typical 6-year-old.
** Caroll Spinney is a cartoonist and painter in his down time, overlapping with TheCastShowoff.
* MeaningfulEcho:
--> '''Gordon:''' Why are you walking that way? \\
'''Big Bird:''' "Just because." \\
... \\
(Big Bird learns of Mr. Hooper's death) \\
'''Big Bird:''' "Why does it have to be ''this'' way?" \\
({{Beat}}) \\
'''Gordon:''' "Big Bird, it has to be this way because." \\
'''Big Bird:''' "Just because?" \\
'''Gordon:''' "Just because."
* StartMyOwn: Because Oscar wouldn't let him join the Grouchketeers.
* VocalEvolution: Big Bird started off as a fully-grown Village Idiot with a deep, hick-like voice. Over time, however, he became a young child of five (or six, depending on when you were watching the show) with a higher-pitched voice. Because the show reuses its old recordings of songs in later episodes, it can be very jarring to hear Big Bird sing the "Alphabet Song" in his "hick" voice in an episode from c.1975 or later.

!!Cookie Monster
--> Frank Oz (regularly 1969-2001, occassionally 2001-present)\\
David Rudman (2001-present)
The very incarnation of gluttony.
* AntiRoleModel: And proud of it.
* BigEater
* BigWordShout: Less frequently, "Cowabunga."
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: He behaved more like a toddler in the first season: he often interfered with others (though unaware he was doing so), was occasionally fussy when he didn't get his way and was scolded by other characters when he misbehaved. It wasn't until his song "C is for Cookie" in 1971 that Cookie Monster's personality was firmly established.
* {{Catchphrase}}: "COOOOOKIE!"
* CrazyConsumption
* DeadpanSnarker: Surprisingly. It's sometimes hard to tell with his HulkSpeak, but he can be quite sarcastic - complete with {{Aside Glance}}s, even.
* ExtremeOmnivore: He even ate an Emmy during a tribute.
-->"That taste even better than Latin Grammy!"
** He even ate [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8klumw4ahg an entire pick-up truck in a very early skit!]]
* FandomNod: In case you need proof that he's not "The Veggie Monster".
--> '''Cookie Monster''': [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WY8jr_qdQLs You members of media blow story way out of proportion]].
* {{Foil}}: To Prairie Dawn for a while, particularly during the "Letter of the Day" skits, among others.
* ForegoneConclusion: Cookie Monster ''will'' eat any cookies that are near him, no matter how important they are.
** [[CharacterDevelopment He's gotten better, though.]]
* GutturalGrowler
* HiddenDepths: He tends to come off as a dim-witted glutton, but as the years went by he started to be portrayed less dense and more single-minded. He's can be very clever when he wants to be, is a surprisingly talented artist (if he can resist eating his own paintings), and even got a few DeadpanSnarker traits over time.
* HulkSpeak
* InstantWebHit: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qTIGg3I5y8 "Share it Maybe"]] got almost four million hits in four days.
* InternalHomage: Season 37 episode "Cookie World."
* JabbaTableManners: Cookie isn't remotely evil, but his eating habits ''do'' reflect poorly on him.
* {{Leitmotif}}: A short, instrumental version of "C Is for Cookie."
* ParentalBonus: The undisputed king of this trope. If ''Sesame Street'' makes a clever pop-culture reference, chances are it comes from him.
* [[SophisticatedAsHell Sophisticated As Heck]]
--> "''Arrivederci,'' frog."
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: It's right there in his name.
* TrashTheSet
* [[YouNoTakeCandle You No Take Cookie]]

!!Count von Count
--> Jerry Nelson (1972-2012, voice; 1972-2004, puppetry)\\
Matt Vogel (2012-present, voice; 2004-present, puppetry)
An Ambiguously Undead purple guy with fangs, a Romanian accent, and a love of counting. He lives in a castle with a number of bats and has been seen dating various Countesses.
* {{Badbutt}}: Associated with creepy music, castles, bats, etc. like classical vampires, but like the rest of the cast he's [[DarkIsNotEvil completely harmless]].
** [[BadassCape Badbutt Cape]]
* [[BatOutOfHell Bat Out of]] [[GoshDangItToHeck Heck]]: Averted; the Count has some of the nicest bats on TV.
* ButNotTooEvil: His original portrayal was fairly ''sinister'' compared to his more child-friendly modern portrayal.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: He acted a bit more like a vampire in his early appearances, moving his hands around as if hypnotizing others as well as walking around with his cape across his face. His laugh was also louder and more sinister as opposed to the softer chuckle of today.
* ClassicalMovieVampire
* DarkIsNotEvil: ''Oscar'' is nastier than he is.
* DramaticThunder
* EvilLaugh: In his earlier incarnations.
* FakeRussian: He even uses [[Franchise/StarTrek Chekov's]] W-for-V substitution.
* FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire
* FunnyForeigner
* GoodWithNumbers
* HighClassGlass
* IAmSpartacus: In episode 4111, the Count wins the Nobel Prize for counting, but the Count runs late, and his neighbors stall for him by impersonating him.
* KarmaHoudini: The Count frequently bothers people with his obsession or even his thunder and lightening. He rarely gets an unhappy ending in his sketches.
* ManiacalLaugh: Although it's been toned down since the '70s, when it was downright ''alarming.''
* OminousPipeOrgan: He plays one during the "Batty Bat" song. Another features in the recurring Number of the Day segment, although admittedly that one isn't very ominous.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: [[FlipFlopOfGod Official sources vary]] on whether or not the Count is actually a vampire, but he's certainly got the look down.
* RepetitiveName
* SignatureLaugh[=/=]UnEvilLaugh
* TookALevelInKindness: His modern appearances are slightly more friendlier by comparison with the earlier appearances...
* TheVonTropeFamily
* VampireVords

--> Various (197?-1984)
--> Kevin Clash (1984-2012)
--> Ryan Dillon (2012-present)
A 3½-year-old monster who speaks in a high-pitched voice and eschews pronouns. Host of the "Elmo's World" and "Elmo: The Musical" segments and the object of 1996's Tickle-Me-Elmo craze.
* AllLovingHero: "Elmo loves you."
* AsideGlance: Whenever Zoe is talking to Rocco.
-->'''Elmo:''' "Elmo doesn't believe this."
* BabyTalk
* BreakoutCharacter: He first appeared as a background character in the early '70s. He's now one of the show's most dominant characters.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: In his earlier incarnations in the early Eighties, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6sgwDJfBhK8 he was basically a presumably-adult monster with a deeper, nasally, squawky]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0VJtXB4i5A voice who showed up every so often.]] Then, during Richard Hunt's stint, he was like a rowdy caveman (sounded a lot like Two-Headed Monster). When Richard, who hated doing Elmo, literally tossed the Muppet to Kevin Clash, Elmo was retooled as the bouncy, high-voiced, sweet-natured child-monster we know today.
* CheerfulChild
* CuddleBug: He's very hug-friendly.
* FriendToAllChildren: He kisses a ''lot'' of babies.
* FriendToAllLivingThings
* GoneHorriblyRight: Elmo gives a lecture on different ways that people sleep. The audience is so receptive that ''he'' can't sleep when it's over.
--> '''Elmo''': [[ThatsAllFolks Go home]]!
* [[LittleMissSnarker Little Mister Snarker]]: Rarely, but mainly in regards to Zoe's pet rock.
* [[MilitaryBrat Military Kid]]: Yes, believe it or not. This was central to a series of videos specifically made to help military children cope with having a parent deployed, so he subverts most of the typical, negative stereotypes.
* MrImagination
* NoNameGiven: He was a minor background Muppet simply known as "Baby Monster" before 1985, when his current character started to take shape.
* PrecociousCrush: One story concerns Elmo naively [[InterspeciesRomance wanting to marry Gina]]. On learning this, she explains to him that she ''does'' love him very much, but that the relationship they have is "[[FourLoves a 'friend' kind of love]]."
* SignatureLaugh: Drove a toy craze in the mid-1990s.
* ThirdPersonPerson

--> Jim Henson (1969-1990)\\
Steve Whitmire (1990-present)

An enthusiastic, extroverted prankster who's Bert's roommate and [[RedOniBlueOni Red to Bert's Blue.]]
* ConsultingMisterPuppet: His rubber duckie.
* CouldntFindAPen: Bert asks him to make a shopping list, and the only thing Ernie can find to write with is chocolate pudding. Ernie then makes a list of every writing implement that he couldn't find, adding pudding to the list.
-->'''Bert:''' "He's improving. Last time he used spaghetti sauce."
* HiddenDepths: He lays down an ''amazing'' saxophone solo during "Put Down the Duckie."
* ICantHearYou: "I can't hear you, Bert. I have a banana in my ear."
* JimHenson: Jim was succeeded by [[TheOtherDarrin Steve Whitmire]], who also took over Jim's other, similar-sounding role (Kermit).
* OddCouple: With Bert.
* ThePrankster
* SignatureLaugh: "Kshshshshshshshsh!"
* SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay: The game "Journey to Ernie" runs on this trope.
* YouImaginedIt: No, he didn't. He really did have an encounter with a living statue.

!!Forgetful Jones
--> Michael Earl Davis, Richard Hunt

A cowboy with poor memory.
* {{Catchphrase}}: "Awwwwww. I forget."
* ForgetfulJones: The TropeNamer.
* DemotedToExtra: Has not been given any prominent roles since, but has made recent nonspeaking background appearances. [[note]]The character's initial retirement was due out of respect for Hunt's death.[[/note]]
* SesquipedalianSmith

--> Frank Oz (regularly 1970-1998, occassionally 1998-present) \\
Eric Jacobson (1998-present)

A well-meaning, multitalented monster who suffers more humiliation and injury than the rest of the cast combined.
* AffectionateParody: "SUP...ER GROVER!"
* AmusingInjuries: Moreso than any other character.
* CantYouReadTheSign: After Mr. Johnson complains to Grover the Flight Attendant that he's bored and has [[GetAStupidAnswer nothing to read]].
* TheChewToy
* {{Determinator}}: The limits to which he pushes himself are actually quite admirable.
* FlyingBrick: Super-Grover apparently believes he's one of these, judging from how often he tries to bend bars and lift heavy objects. He actually ''is'' capable of flight, but takeoffs and landings are a problem for him.
* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: UsefulNotes/GroverCleveland
* NiceGuy
* SecretIdentity: For a certain value of "secret."
* SpockSpeak: According to original performer Frank Oz, Grover doesn't use contractions (except in songs) because he's obsessed with doing everything right.
* VocalEvolution: In the first season (known then as Fuzzyface) and early season 2, there was far less distinction between how he and Cookie Monster were voiced which makes sense being that both were voiced by Frank Oz. It was up to later on in mid- or late-second season was when Grover had his more distinct and familar voice.
* WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs

!!Guy Smiley
-->Jim Henson (1969–1990) \\
Steve Whitmire (1998) \\
Eric Jacobson (2005–present)

A manic television personality who emcees whatever TV shows need emceeing.
* AmbiguouslyJewish: Guy Smiley is Bernie Liederkrantz's StageName.
* GameShowHost
* NoIndoorVoice: To the point where Jim Henson hated doing the character; it was hard on his throat.
* SmarmyHost
* WeatherReport: Among his jobs.

--> Jerry Nelson (1970-2004)

A large, blue monster. Rarely appears these days.
* {{Badbutt}}: Was meant to be the "tough guy" among the cast. [[CaptainObvious Being from a show for preschoolers]], you obviously can't get ''too'' tough...
* TheBigGuy
* DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength
* GutturalGrowler
* RealMenWearPink: Loves dolls and isn't the least bit ashamed of it.

!!Hoots the Owl
--> Kevin Clash (1985-2001, 2005)

An old bluesman and sax player.
* DestinedBystander: He (or, at least, the puppet that would later come to be him) first appeared in a single scene in ''Film/SesameStreetPresentsFollowThatBird''.
* TheOwlKnowingOne: Not ''all''-knowing, but he's wise enough to know you can't play the sax with a rubber duck in your hand, and that carrots are healthier than cookies.

!!Kermit the Frog
--> Jim Henson (1955-1990 [the character predates ''Sesame Street''])\\
Steve Whitmire (1990-present)

''Series/TheMuppetShow'''s easily flustered host, here Kermit usually plays a roving news reporter in a trench coat. He also often attempts to give lectures to the audience that are inevitably ruined by another character.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Kermit is usually friendly and even-tempered, but when he's pushed too far he can get very angry indeed.
* ButtMonkey: Frequently the victim of Grover's bumbling and Cookie Monster's hedonism, among other misfortunes, almost to the point of being TheChewToy.
* CatchPhrase: "Heigh-ho, Kermit theee Frog here..."
** PhraseCatcher: Grover's "Heyyyyy, Froggy babyyyyy!" backslap-greeting.
* CallBack: He makes a surprise appearance in "Elmo's World: Frogs", where he is shown [[CivilizedAnimal lounging in his apartment]].
* ContinuityNod: While preparing to interview Old [=MacDonald=], Kermit tells one of the farmer's pigs, "You know, you remind me of somebody..." (a reference to ''The Muppet Show'''s Miss Piggy).
* CrossOver: Kermit once made routine guest appearances, frequently playing off Grover and Cookie Monster. Alas, the frog seldom appears these days, due mainly to Creator/{{Disney}} owning the rights to the character.
* FrogsAndToads
* IfYouCanReadThis: An actual cameraman is named on the slate in the ''Oklahoma!'' sketch.
* IntrepidReporter: During the "Sesame Street News Flash" segments.
* IsThisThingStillOn: A running gag in the news segments.
* JimHenson: His definitive role; Kermit and Ernie aren't that different, acoustically speaking. This is especially apparent in Bert and Ernie's ''[[Series/TheMuppetShow Muppet Show]]'' guest appearance, where Ernie appears and speaks immediately after Kermit introduces the pair.
* LoudGulp: The idea of a frog eating a fly makes him nauseous.
* RealitySubtext: Kermit was PutOnABus because Disney bought out the ''Muppet Show'' Muppets. He still appears now and again in the occasional cameo or legacy segment.
* SomewhereAHerpetologistIsCrying: This is Zigzagged in one scene, in which Bob lists frog facts, and Kermit insists that frogs act more like people, with human diets and apartment buildings.
* StraightMan

!!The Amazing Mumford
--> Jerry Nelson (1971-2012)

A bumbling StageMagician whose magic never works quite right.
* BigOlEyebrows: To the extent that they cover his eyes completely.
* CatchPhrase: "A la peanut butter sandwiches!"
* IneptMage
* MagicMisfire
* MagiciansAreWizards
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: His voice is based on that of comedian Creator/WCFields.
* ShortDistancePhoneCall: Mumford manages to mess up a playdate in Miles' room via a PayPhone Around the Corner.

-->Joey Mazzarino (2005-present)

A fluffy orange monster with a round, oversized jaw who rose to fame by hosting a variety of recurring segments; namely ''Word on the Street'' and ''Murray Has a Little Lamb''. These are unique in that they're kept separate from the regular ''Sesame Street'' scenes by being set in the "real world" where Murray has largely [[{{Improv}} unscripted scenes]] interacting with "normal" people.
* AmusingInjuries: Frequently. Usually in the form of ThePratfall.
* TheCameo: Murray very rarely appears in "street scenes." Joey Mazzarino has said that he prefers for Murray to be kept in the "real world" à la [[FraggleRock Uncle Traveling Matt]].
* EarlyBirdCameo: Murray made several appearances before he was first called by name on screen.
* EpicFail: A lot of his first attempts at the focal activity in the segment results in this. Once, while trying a high-kick in a Dance School segment, he not only sends himself flying onto his back, as he is wont to do, but manages to ''kick himself in the face'' in the process.
* ExcitedKidsShowHost: Murray plays '''Type 1''' to the hilt.
* {{Keet}}: ''Very'' much so.
* LarynxDissonance: With a jaw like his, you may not expect his voice to be as high or childish as it is.
* LiteralMinded
* LivingCrashpad: Ovejita [[RunningGag regularly]] uses him as one just as a way of greeting him [[OnceAnEpisode at the start of each segment]].
* MadLibsCatchphrase: Ever since wrapping up each episode became his job, this has been how the letter and number of the day have been reviewed.
* [[NonHumanSidekick Non-Monster Sidekick]]: Murray has Ovejita, a little [[GratuitousSpanish Spanish-speaking]] lamb with a [[TertiarySexualCharacteristics tiny hairbow]]. Although it's debatable whether she can be called a "sidekick", as he usually follows ''her'' lead.
** HypercompetentSidekick: PlayedForLaughs.
* PaletteSwap: His design is an orange variant of a purple monster, named Filfil, from the Egyptian co-production. In fact, most of the crew just called him "Filfil" until someone came up with "Murray."
* TertiarySexualCharacteristics: Played with. He has quite a jaw on him, but his eyelids sport noticeable lashes.

!!Oscar the Grouch
--> Caroll Spinney (1969-present)

An irritable, antisocial Grouch who lives in a BiggerOnTheInside trash can with his worm, Slimey,and his elephant Fluffy.
* AntiRoleModel: One purpose of the character is to poke fun at irritable people. [[StrawmanHasAPoint Which isn't to say that his irritation isn't justified sometimes.]]
* BigOlUnibrow: It's a species trait.
* BizarreTasteInFood: He hates foods most would consider nice or healthy, but loves noxious combinations of food that are ''technically'' still edible... just really gross. Like sardine ice-cream. Again, it's a species trait.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: He was orange for a year. (Apparently he still would be, if he ever bathed.)
* GrumpyBear
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Every now and then, some of the mean-spirited pranks and schemes he pulls tend to backfire, where he may end up being the victim himself. Often happens when he's frustrated when targeting a rather slow-witted character with his pranks.
* [[JerkAss Jerk]][[RunningGag ...]] ''[[GoshDangItToHeck Butt]]'': The [[TheWikiRule Muppet Wiki]] puts it best:
--> Oscar's mission in life is to be as miserable and grouchy as possible, and pass that feeling on to everyone else. When a visitor knocks on his trash can -- invariably interrupting him from a nap or an important task -- Oscar greets them with a snarl. He complains that he wants to be left alone, although when he's left entirely to himself, he's dissatisfied -- there isn't anybody around to irritate or complain to.
** [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Jerk with a]] HiddenHeartOfGold: The true depths of his jerk nature are often called into question and he can get comically defensive when [[SlaveToPR his reputation as a "true Grouch"]] is threatened.
** Otherwise, it's JerkWithAHeartOfJerk, which he would be more than proud to admit.
* KickTheDog
** PetTheDog: He has his moments.
* [[ManipulativeBastard Manipulative Grouch]]
* MoralityPet: Slimey
* [[NiceJobFixingItVillain Nice Job Fixing It Grouchy]]: There does appear to be an occasional running gag, where as mentioned previously when his intended mean-spirited ways backfire, unwittingly causing rather pleasant and helpful results for other characters along with a few other schemes he may try to pull. Much to his dismay, of course.
* TheNicknamer: As far as Oscar is concerned, Bob and Maria are Bright Eyes and Skinny, respectively.
* ThePigpen
* ThePrankster
* SlapSlapKiss: His relationship with [[DistaffCounterpart Grungetta]].
* SlaveToPR: One has to wonder if he'd be so concerned about being a "real Grouch" - or if he'd be so self-conscious anytime he says, does, or thinks something even remotely pleasant - if it weren't for Grouch society constantly stressing how Grouches are ''supposed'' to act.
* [[TooImportantToWalk Too Grouchy To Walk]]: He's rarely seen walking. When he needs to be transported somewhere, a garbageman named Bruno carries his can.
* TrashOfTheTitans
* {{Troll}}: He can definitely come off as this at numerous times.
* VitriolicBestBuds: He's easily a Type 1 with ''any'' of the nice Sesame Street residents that like being sweet and chummy with him, especially Elmo and Telly; although he and Maria are more of a Type 2.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Jim Henson originally intended Oscar to be purple, but TV cameras in 1969 couldn't handle that color. The first-season orange Oscar was abandoned for the same reason.
* [[WhatTheHellHero What the Heck, Hero?]]: He gets this reaction from Leela and Elmo for seeing the Mine-itis outbreak as a cause for celebration.
* WithFriendsLikeThese: Used to be this sort of "friend" to poor Telly.
** Although, they seem to have fallen into a more traditional Type 1 VitriolicBestBuds as of late.
* YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame: Often inverted. As you may expect, he does not appreciate being praised by the other characters for doing something less-than-grouchy.

!!Prairie Dawn
--> Fran Brill (1971-present)

A small, pageant-obsessed girl who aspires to a career in journalism.
* {{Foil}}: To Cookie Monster for a while.
** HugeGuyTinyGirl
** PinkGirlBlueBoy
* {{Catchphrase}}: "Oh, dear!" *Groan*
* FacePalm
* IntrepidReporter
* LittleMissSnarker
* OnceAnEpisode: There is a whole set of sketches where Prairie Dawn tries to keep Cookie Monster away from a Letter of the Day Cookie. [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption Guess how that turns out]].
* OnlySaneWoman
* PinkMeansFeminine
* TrueBlueFemininity
* SurroundedByIdiots: The pageants certainly make it ''look'' that way.

!!Roosevelt Franklin
--> Matt Robinson (1970-1975)
A young boy who appeared in seasons 1-7. Though popular, the character was dropped, due to some complaints that he represented [[UnfortunateImplications a negative African-American stereotype]].
* CheerfulChild
* JiveTurkey
* {{Keet}}
* PutOnABus
* RhymesOnADime
* TotallyRadical: Being an attempt at a "hip" character, his sketches tend to feel more dated.
* WiseBeyondTheirYears: A teacher at his own school.

--> Carmen Osbahr (1991-present)
A bilingual monster who plays guitar. She was originally patterned after a fruit bat, but quickly lost the wings.
* ContinuityNod: Luis taught her how to play the guitar, and she has retained that skill very well.
* GratuitousSpanish
* HairDecorations: A small yellow ribbon.
* {{Mentors}}: Rosita takes Gina's son Marco under her wing, because he is Guatemalan.
* [[MilitaryBrat Military Kid]]: Like Elmo, Rosita has to deal with having a military father. [[spoiler:Her father comes home injured and confined to a wheelchair, and she has a hard time adjusting to the consequent changes.]]
* TrueBlueFemininity

!!Sherlock Hemlock
--> Jerry Nelson (1970-1996)
A somewhat inept detective. Like many others, he's fallen by the wayside over the past decade or so.
* CaptainErsatz: It goes without saying that he wears a deerstalker cap and tweed Inverness cape.
* CatchPhrase: "Egad!"
* CluelessDetective
* IdenticalGrandson: He evidently had a caveman ancestor: the Royal Smart Person.
* SmallNameBigEgo: He maintains that he's the World's Greatest Detective, despite evidence to the contrary.

!!Mr. Snuffleupagus
->Front end:
--> Jerry Nelson (1971 - 1978)\\
Michael Earl (1978 - 1980)\\
Martin P. Robinson (1980 - present)
->Back end:
-->Richard Hunt (1971-1975)
-->Peter Friedman (1976-1978)
-->Brian Muehl (1979)
-->Frank Kane (1979)
-->Bryant Young (1979-present)

A slow-talking, elephantlike creature and Big Bird's best friend.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: He started out with a rather odd and perpetually sad personality as well as speaking with a rather creepy, echoing, sad voice. It wasn't until when Marty Robinson took over the character that, though still sad occasionally, his personality became relatively more cheerful and his voice had a wider range of emotions.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Snuffle used to have wide yellow eyes with green sclera and was understandably changed to a different lazy eyed design as the debut appearance was... [[NightmareFuel unsettling, to say the least]].
* TheEeyore: Used to be one of his defining character traits, but he steadily grew out of it [[CharacterizationMarchesOn as time went on]].
* InSeriesNickname: "Snuffy." He calls Big Bird "Bird."
* MissedHimByThatMuch: In his early appearances, he'd wander off before anyone other than Big Bird could spot him, leading to speculation that he was BB's ImaginaryFriend.
* NotSoImaginaryFriend
* PrecociousCrush[=/=]InterspeciesRomance: Pre-dating the Elmo and Gina plot (see above), he had such a crush on Maria for a while.
* RealAfterAll: He is revealed to the adult cast ''13 years'' after his debut, in order to encourage kids to be more honest with their parents. It was an emotional experience for the characters and actors.

-->Bob Payne (1979)
-->Brian Meuhl (1979-1984)
-->Martin P. Robinson (1984-present)
A mildly neurotic, easily discouraged monster. Was best friends with Oscar; now best friends with Baby Bear.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: He was originally obsessed with television.
* TheEeyore: More often than not.
* MindControlEyes: When he watched TV.
* MoodSwinger
* NervousWreck: His neuroticism is probably his most prevalent trait.
* NonIndicativeName: It's an artifact of his early "watched too much TV" phase.
* PuppyLove: While he doesn't have an [[VagueAge official age]], he's generally treated as a kid; and [[WordOfGod Marty Robinson]] confirms that Telly has a crush on Rosita.
* SomethingPerson: ''Texas Telly'' In "The Golden Triangle of Destiny".
* StoryArc: He spends several episodes with a broken arm.
* YouWatchTooMuchX: A big aspect of his character at first. While more physical activity is being encouraged nowadays, [[ForgotFlandersCouldDoThat his obsession does still occasionally show up.]]
* WithFriendsLikeThese: Was once sort-of-friends with Oscar, [[OddFriendship of all]] [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter people]]. Three guesses how that usually went. Thankfully, he later found a much better friend in Baby Bear.

!!Two-Headed Monster
-->Peter Friedman and Richard Hunt (ca. 1978)
-->Jerry Nelson and Richard Hunt (ca. 1980–1991)
-->Jerry Nelson and David Rudman (1992–2000)
-->Joey Mazzarino and David Rudman (2001–present)
ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. Usually appears in order to teach the merits of cooperation or sound out words phonetically.
* HulkSpeak: More so than Cookie Monster.
** And that's when they're actually saying [[TheUnintelligible coherent words]].
* MultipleHeadCase
* NoNameGiven: Well, sort of. Was named "[[NamedAfterSomebodyFamous Horn and Hardart]]"[[note]]after a fast food chain[[/note]] in his first appearance in the late '70s; this name was never used again.

--> Fran Brill (1993-present)
A monster who was added in the 1990s in order to add balance to a predominantly male cast.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: A few years ago, she was permanently dressed in a pink tutu.
* ConsultingMisterPuppet: Zoe's pet rock, Rocco.
* TheCoverChangesTheGender: She did a cover of the Sesame Street song "Fur."
* DistaffCounterpart: For Elmo.
* HairDecorations: A very subtle set of pink and purple barrettes.
* SignatureLaugh: [[CuteButCacophonic A high-pitched, shrill]] laugh.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple
* SpellingSong: In one of her first inserts, this is how [[IAmSong we are introduced to her]].
* {{Thememobile}}: The Zoe Mobile.
* TertiarySexualCharacteristics: Aside from having prominent eyelashes and a smaller pink nose, she usually sports a necklace and bracelets along with her hair decs.
* {{Tomboy}}: She's a GenkiGirl and SheCleansUpNicely. Her [[TomboyAndGirlyGirl girly girl]] counterpart is Abby.
A heterogeneous group of furry creatures, many of whom share the last name "Monster." Examples include Telly, Cookie, Herry, Grover, and Elmo.
* OurMonstersAreDifferent
* {{Vaudeville}}: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhKV-2l7tMM Fuzzy and Blue (and Orange)]]

A group of crusty, monster-like creatures indigenous to Grouchland.
* BadIsGoodAndGoodIsBad
* BigOlUnibrow: As mentioned under Oscar's entry, it's a species trait.
* BizarroUniverse: Grouch society mirrors human society (right down to similar celebrities -- Dan Rather-Not and Donald Grump, for example), but they prefer unhappiness and filth to happiness and cleanliness.
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: As explained above, they dislike (often downright ''[[FelonyMisdemeanor condemn]]'') nice and pleasant things, and like things that most other people would find unpleasant. Although a bit odd, it sounds simple enough, right? Well, this also means that they like feeling miserable, and yet the nice things they hate ''make'' them miserable, which they ''like'' and... yeah. Try not to think about it too hard.
* [[GrumpyBear Grumpy Bears]]
* [[HatesBeingTouched Hate Being Touched]]
* PlanetOfHats
* [[StopHavingFunGuy Stop Having Fun Guys]]

!!Honkers & Dingers
--> All the Muppeteers
Two species of Muppet, one with a bicycle horn for a nose and the other with a table bell on top of its head, which they use instead of speaking.
* GagNose: Honkers squeeze theirs in order to honk.
* TheUnintelligible
* ShoutOut: The Honkers are essentially an entire species of [[MarxBrothers Harpo Marxes.]]

--> All the Muppeteers
Jellyfish-like, hovering aliens with antennae, severe underbite, and a distinctive "yip yip yip yip uh-huh uh-huh" sound.
* AmusingAlien
* FishOutOfWater: In their first few years they were very unfamiliar with Earth, to the point where they spent most of their time attempting to communicate with inanimate objects.
* IncrediblyLameFun: They dance to radio static.
* InnocentAliens: They're just confused tourists.
* IntangibleMan: They often enter scenes by phasing through walls.
* SpecialPersonNormalName: The primary two are named "Joe" and "Bob."
* StarfishAliens

!!Anything Muppets
The Anything Muppets (known internally as "[=AMs=]") are "blank" Muppets with interchangeable features and clothing, and allow puppeteers to create new characters without having to build the Muppets from scratch. Famous Anythings include Guy Smiley, the Count, and Prairie Dawn.
* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: Deliberately invoked so as to avoid RaceTropes.
* TheBlank: Until more features are added, they have nothing but mouths.
* ColorfulThemeNaming: Examples include Fat Blue, Pumpkin, Little Hot Pink, etc. Justified because, hey, how else can you tell them apart?
* UnlimitedWardrobe

!!Miscellaneous Muppets
''Sesame Street'' features a vast array of other Muppets ranging from animals, letters, and numbers to bathtubs and [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Singing Food.]]
* AnimateInanimateObject
* EverythingTalks
* LetsMeetTheMeat: Singing Food will cheerfully discuss how nutritious it is.


--> Alan Muraoka (1998-present)
The current owner of Hooper's store.
* CallBack: He debuted in the first episode to feature ''Elmo's World'', when he hosted a huge Birdketeer meeting, and was in over his head. In the first episode to feature ''Elmo the Musical'', he knows what he's dealing with, and tries to nip chaos in the bud during another big event.
* AsianStoreOwner: The stereotypes are downplayed, though.
* TheDanza: played by Alan Muroaka.
* HilarityEnsues: He tends to get dragged into Muppet hijinks.
* IconicItem: A dish towel, frequently on his shoulder.
* [[OhCrap Oh No]]: [[spoiler:Ignites a grease fire in Hooper's while, causing Maria to evacuate herself and Elmo and call the FDNY]]
* SupremeChef
* WelcomeEpisode: A proverbial baptism by fire: He successfully caters a Birdketeer meeting.
* WrittenInAbsence: He goes on vacation for a few episodes.

!!Bob Johnson
-->Bob [=McGrath=] (1969-present)
An unassuming, low-key music teacher who lives in the apartment above Hooper's Store.
* ActorAllusion: He has a music degree, as well as an established career which predates ''Sesame Street'''s run.
* AsideGlance: Trying to teach the Two-Headed Monster to play the clarinet evokes a flustered look at the camera.
* [[BigDamnHeroes Big Darn Heroes]]: Bob makes his sole appearance in the 38th season so that [[ItMakesSenseInContext he can coax an elephant out of a bathtub.]]
* CoolOldGuy: Became this with time.
* CoolTeacher: Was originally a shop teacher, but later became a piano and singing teacher.
* TheDanza: Bob Johnson is performed by Bob [=McGrath=].
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: He was originally a shop teacher.
* {{Foil}}: To neurotic worrywart Telly, and Oscar, Mr. "have a rotten day".
* HappyBirthdayToYou: He teaches everyone to sign the song.
* {{Keet}}: Of course.
* {{Mentors}}: Gordon and Susan are like a mom and dad; Bob is gentler.
* NiceGuy
* ThePianoPlayer
* RunningGag: The production staff loves to put Bob in costumes.
* ShipTease: Concerning Linda.
* ThatRemindsMeOfASong
* TranslatorBuddy: For Linda.
* YouAreTheTranslatedForeignWord: Bob speaks and signs at the same time, so he doesn't have to repeat himself.

!!Chris Robinson
-->Christopher Lawrence Knowings (2007-present)
Gordon's nephew who came to Sesame Street looking for a job, and took one at Hooper's Store, to pay for college.
* AsideGlance: Does this OnceAnEpisode.
* ButtMonkey: Sometimes, this is because Alan is facing similar circumstances, and he needs Chris's help.
* TheDanza: Played by Christopher Knowings.
* DawsonCasting: Chris is supposed to be in High School or College, making him 17-18 in his first season. Chris Knowings was actually 27 at the time his debut aired.
* RealLifeRelative: His twin sister is [[ThemeTwinNaming Christy]], both on- and [[TheDanza off-stage]].
* RearrangeTheSong: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QohiXVGwrMQ A rock remix]] for "People in your Neighborhood".
* StraightMan[=/=]OnlySaneMan: Although he too can be prone to goofiness and general [[TheKlutz clumsiness]].
* WelcomeEpisode

!! Gina Jefferson
-->Alison Bartlett O'Reilly (1987-present)
She started out as an assistant at Hooper's Store during TheEighties. A lot has changed since then.
* CharacterDevelopment: In the span of 24 years, she has assisted at Hooper's Store and a daycare, gone to veterinary school, opened a veterinary practice, and adopted her own son, Marco.
* InstantSedation: In one episode, books on the Letter of the Day and the Number of the Day have this effect on Marco.
* IronyAsSheIsCast: According to Muppet Wiki, Allison Bartlett O'Reilly is allergic to dogs. However, Gina doesn't treat any real ones.
* SaltAndPepper: She and Savion were JustFriends.
* StoryArc: The three-part episode "Gina Adopts a Baby". The original airdate was changed to coincide with National Adoption Month (November 2006).
* WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs: It's more drawn out than usual, but Gina's occupation does change several times.

-->Matt Robinson (1969-1972)\\
Hal Miller (1972-1974)\\
Roscoe Orman (1974-present)
A father figure to the {{Muppet}}s and kids on the street, and the ''de facto'' leader when things go wrong.
* {{Badbutt}} [[BadassBaritone Baritone]]
* [[BadassMustache Badbutt Mustache]]
* BaldBlackLeaderGuy
* CoolTeacher: He's a High School Science teacher.
* TheDanza: It was decided that Gordon would be given the last name Robinson, in honor of his original post-pilot performer.
* HappilyMarried
* IrritationIsTheSincerestFormOfFlattery: Elmo admires him enough to have followed him around in a bald cap.
* LetsGetDangerous:
-->"Big Bird, jump!"
* TheOtherDarrin: Roscoe Orman, the current and longest-running Gordon, is the third actor to play the character after Matt Robinson and Hal Miller (the fourth, if you count Garrett Saunders, the actor in the week of test episodes from summer 1969). And the only one without a 'fro.
* TeamDad

!!Mr. Hooper
-->Will Lee (1963-1983)
A grandfather figure to those around him, and [[CaptainObvious the original owner of Hooper's Store]].
* AccidentalMisnaming: That's ''Hooper'', Big Bird, ''Hooper''!
* AlliterativeName: His full name is Harold Hooper.
* AmbiguouslyJewish
** SuddenlyEthnicity
* BaldOfAwesome
* BlindWithoutEm
* BusCrash
* TheCharacterDiedWithHim
* CoolOldGuy
* DeathIsASadThing
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* LastNameBasis: As the oldest on the street in his day, he considered this a mark of respect.
* NeverSayDie: A subversion, which is still met with acclaim today.
* ShirtlessScene: On the beach, in Hawaii.
* UnexpectedSuccessor: David had to pretty much scrap his plans for law school when Mr. Hooper died.
* WhosWatchingTheStore: Subverted. Mr. Hooper would either close the store or ask someone else to run it.

-->Linda Bove (1972-2003)
A librarian and Bob's (apparent) girlfriend. Also deaf. Owner of [[BigFriendlyDog Barkley.]]
* [[HandicappedBadass Awesome Handicapped]]: In ''Follow That Bird''.
* TheDanza
* DisabledLoveInterest
* DisabledSnarker: She once subbed for ''Oscar''. That's got to count for something.
* InspirationallyDisadvantaged: Averted at actress Linda Bove's request. Both the actress and the character are deaf, but Bove specifically requested that her deafness not be treated as the defining aspect of the character, and that the writers not shy away from jokes about ASL.
* HotLibrarian
* ShipTease: With Bob.
* WillTheyOrWontThey: Bob and Linda dated, but they didn't get married.

!!Luis Rodriguez
-->Emilio Delgado (1971-present)
A Chicano who runs the Fix-It Shop with his wife, Maria.
* TheCastShowoff: Emilio Delgado translated the lyrics for "Sing" into Spanish himself.
* GratuitousSpanish: Not so much these days, now that Rosita's around.
* GreekChorus: In "The Cowmonster Pair".
* HappilyMarried
* MrFixit: He specializes in toaster repair.

!!Maria Rodriguez (née Figueroa)
-->Sonia Manzano (1971-present)
Maria worked as Luis' employee before settling down and marrying him.
* AbortedArc: She was hooked up with David until the mid-1980s.
** RealLifeWritesThePlot: [[WordOfGod According to Louise Gikow, who wrote for various international co-productions]], the reason why the David–Maria romance angle was dropped was due to health problems involving David's actor, Northern Calloway. Calloway had been battling stomach cancer since the 17th season began in 1985, and by the time the 20th season ended in 1989, he became so ill and ill-looking that he had to leave the show, dying only a year later in 1990.
* AppleOfDiscord: She successfully petitions Luis for a raise (before marriage).
* AsideGlance: One of the most noted characters of the human cast to do this, particularly when dealing with Muppet characters.
* Creator/CharlieChaplin: In the 1980s, she did many sketches dressed as Chaplin's "Little Tramp". Two of them featured Linda as a second Chaplin impersonator. Sonia Manzano wrote the sketches herself because as a college student she was a fan of Chaplin's films.
* DawsonCasting: Maria celebrated her 21st birthday in 1979. Sonia Manzano, on the other hand, was 29 at the time the episode aired.
* HappilyMarried
* InvisibleMainCharacter: After Oscar spritzed her with "Disappear-O". Oscar's elephant made her visible again.
* [[MrFixIt Mrs. Fixit]]
* PromotionToLoveInterest: After knowing Luis for 15 or so years.
* SheCleansUpNicely: Gorgeous in a dress, and consistently so.
* ShipSinking: Again, David and Maria, c. 1987.
* SpicyLatina: Added to the cast at the behest of the Latino community.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Oscar.
* WackyCravings: She shared and enjoyed a lunch with ''Oscar'' while pregnant.
* WriterOnBoard: For a stretch of 20 years.

!!Mr. Noodle and family
-->Bill Irwin (1998-present)
-->Michael Jeter (1991-present) as Mr. Noodle's Brother
-->KristinChenoweth (2006-present) as Mr. Noodle's Sister
An oddly dressed [[{{Vaudeville}} Vaudevillian]] mime who lives outside the window of Elmo's World. The role is occasionally performed by Mr. Noodle's brother Mr. Noodle, his sister Miss Noodle, or his other sister Miss Noodle.
* TheDitz: The Noodles' role is to provide a character to whom 3-year-old viewers can feel superior.
* OneSteveLimit: Averted. Of course, all the Noodles are pretty much interchangeable.
* TheSpeechless: When a Noodle vocalizes, he or she usually produces a French horn or animal sound.

!!Olivia Robinson
-->Alaina Reed Hall (1976-1988)
Gordon's sister and a professional photographer.
* CameraFiend
* TheCastShowoff: Alaina Reed's career began in Broadway musicals. She often took the opportunity to show off her singing chops.
* DeadpanSnarker: She was not above taking good-natured jabs at her neighbors.
-->(sees Big Bird's picture of David) A little young, don't you think?
* SassyBlackWoman: A bit more outspoken than Susan.

!!Susan Robinson
-->Loretta Long (1969-present)
Gordon's wife and, as such, a maternal figure to those around her.
* GirlsNeedRoleModels: Invoked. She started off as a housewife; in the second season she became a nurse in response to concerns that the series marginalized women. [[SarcasmMode This despite the fact that the show was created by a woman, Joan Ganz Cooney]].
* HappilyMarried
* ParentsWalkInAtTheWorstTime: Including one incident where Miles didn't want her to see the chaos happening in his room.
* RealLifeRelative: Loretta Long's mother played Susan's mom.
* StatuesqueStunner
* TeamMom

!!Uncle Wally
-->Bill [=McCutcheon=] (1984-1992)
Bob's humorous and warm-hearted uncle who loves to tell tall tales.
* BowtiesAreCool: Just like his nephew Bob's sweaters, Wally's bowties were a part of his IconicOutfit.
* CoolOldGuy: Uncle Wally seemed to take over this role after Mr. Hooper's death.
** CoolUncle
* DawsonCasting: In reality, Bill [=McCutcheon=], the actor who portrayed him, was only eight years older than actor Bob [=McGrath=].
* HeyItsThatGuy: He was also the [[SantaClausConquersTheMartians Laziest Man on Mars.]]
* ManChild: His constant telling of tall tales and precocious personality made him one.