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!!Kermit the Frog
->'''Performed by:''' Creator/JimHenson (1955-1990), Steve Whitmire (1990-2016), Matt Vogel (2017-present)
->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/FrankWelker (''WesternAnimation/MuppetBabies1984'' and ''Little Muppet Monsters''), Matt Danner (''WesternAnimation/MuppetBabies2018'')
->'''Debut:''' ''Series/SamAndFriends'' (1955)


Banjo-playing amphibian from the DeepSouth and eternal StraightMan. Upon being discovered in a swamp by a talent agent, he headed to Hollywood, collecting the other Muppets along the way like so many hangers-on. Regularly depicted as the long-suffering ex-boyfriend of Miss Piggy and the equally long-suffering pal to Fozzie. See also his entry on Characters.SesameStreet.

* AuthorAvatar: He is often seen as one for Henson, who at one point said, "[Kermit] can say things I hold back." Indeed, while Jim never lost his temper, there's a limit to how far Kermit can be pushed before he erupts.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: While he usually takes the antics of his co-stars with mild frustration at worst, there are rare occasions where he completely snaps. Miss Piggy, whose temper Kermit is usually at the constant brunt of, almost lost her job as a result.
* ButtMonkey: He occasionally is this, often being eaten by monsters. In some cases, he gets kidnapped and almost nobody notices.
* {{Catchphrase}}: "Hi-oh, Kermit Dee Frog here..."
* CharacterTics: Flailing his arms around wildly like he's directing air traffic.
* ChasteToons: Has a nephew, but no children. [[note]]This isn't to say he's never expressed a healthy sex drive, especially with certain guest stars and ''sometimes'' with Piggy.[[/note]]
* ControlFreak: In ''The Muppet Show'' and beyond. Kermit does ''not'' like ad-libbing and handles very poorly under pressure. This is because ad-libbing in the Muppets actually is rather detrimental, with bizarre and unpredictable consequences.
* DeadpanSnarker: This was Kermit's original shtick to go along with his OnlySaneMan persona. Later on, his snarkiness was downplayed to highlight his sweetness, but he still gets in on this once in awhile. This trope was reinstated in the 2011 film.
* EarlyBirdCameo: Originally appeared on ''Series/{{Sam and Friends}}'' (before he was a frog) and ''Series/SesameStreet'' as a regular, though he's far better known for his ''Muppet Show'' role.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Not that you could tell due to the shows being in black and white, but on ''Sam and Friends'' he was colored blue. He also had a more simplified design, was depicted as being of indeterminate species (not being definitively established as a frog until his appearance in the 1969 special ''Hey, Cinderella!''), and tended to be much more anger-prone than he would become.
* TheEveryman: One of the most normal Muppets. Well, 'normal' by Muppet standards.
* {{Flanderization}}: In ''The Muppet Show'', Kermit was the OnlySaneMan (being in charge of the Muppets) but was also not above getting into mischief, pulling pranks on others, telling lies, putting himself out there and snarking about or criticizing the other performers himself because of all the craziness he'd have to put up with on a daily basis. Under Steve Whitmire, Kermit's wholesomeness ended up being played up more and more and overtaking his personality, stripping him of his flaws and making him a blander and wussier character. This is believed to be one reason why Steve Whitmire was fired from playing the character in the late [=2010s=] to be replaced by Matt Vogel (let alone the fact that ''Series/TheMuppets'' took Kermit in the exact ''opposite'' direction and made him more cynical than before).
-->'''Brian Henson:''' "Kermit has, as a character, flattened out over time and has become too square and not as vital as it should have been. Again, what my dad brought to it — without even thinking because he was accessing his own character that was coming out of his own personality — was a wry intelligence, a little bit of a naughtiness, but Kermit always loved everyone around and also loved a good prank. There was an awful lot of stuff to Kermit where people thought, 'Oh, Kermit is a wholesome, all-American lovely guy,' which was not really what my dad developed," Henson said. "What my dad developed was that Kermit the Frog is a little bit of a prankster, he likes to put an act onstage that will shock you and is kind of weird. But Kermit the Frog, when push comes to shove, is loyal and believes in the family of friends. Kermit believes you should love and respect the being most different from you because of how different they are. So there was a lot of complexities to Kermit that have been kind of falling away, and I do believe Matt Vogel can access that energy really well. And Matt is a very good performer. And I believe that in protecting Kermit going forward, Matt will do a really wonderful job. I think the fans should not be so scared of change. Steve did Kermit for a very long time — I would say for far too long. And the character was no longer being serviced by Steve performing Kermit."
%%* FreudianTrio: The Superego to Gonzo's Id and Fozzie's Ego.
* HasAType: He likes pigs.
* TheHeart[=/=]TeamDad: No Kermit, no Muppets. It's been established again and again, including both of the recent movies.
* TheHero: In most Muppet productions.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Fozzie and Gonzo.
* TheHost: Kermit serves as the Muppet Show's emcee in all versions except Muppets Tonight.
* InterspeciesRomance: He's a frog that dated a pig.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Kermit has been known to be a bit of a jerk and a wise guy, even in the early days, though not to the point where he becomes unlikable.
* NoGuyWantsToBeChased: Throughout The Muppet Show, he's usually very reluctant to return Piggy's feelings towards him, but whenever she focuses her attention on a male celebrity guest, most notably Christopher Reeve and Peter Ustinov, he gets jealous.
* OfficialCouple: Eventually with Miss Piggy. At least [[http://www.cbsnews.com/news/miss-piggy-and-kermit-the-frog-break-up/ until they broke up in 2015]].
* OnlySaneMan: Coupled with OnlySaneEmployee. Then again:
-->'''Kermit:''' Me? Not crazy? I hired the others.
* PrecisionFStrike: In the 2015 series:
-->'''Kermit''': My life is a bacon-wrapped hell on Earth.
* SouthernFriedGenius: He's from the Deep South, and one of the smarter and more rational members of the cast. Another highlighted similarity between Kermit and Jim Henson, as the latter was from Mississippi.
* SpeciesSurname: In the 2011 Movie, it's stated that his last name is "The Frog". [[note]]It was something of a running gag back in the old days as well.[[/note]]
* StraightMan: One of the most sensible Muppets.
* SupportingLeader: Even if he's not the focus of the story, he'll often be this. Film/MuppetsFromSpace being a good example.
%%* TaremeEyes
* TookALevelInJerkass: The 2015 series throws a rather less flattering light on his managing style than ever before, mostly because he and Piggy are now a ''former'' couple, causing him to take numerous passive aggressive potshots at her.
* VetinariJobSecurity: It doesn't matter how pushy he is with his troupe; the series has proven he's the only person who can keep this bunch of lunatics working as a cohesive unit. The Muppets are already a pretty chaotic bunch, but if he's not around to manage them they become too chaotic to ''function.''
* VocalEvolution: During the first 20 years of his career (1955-1975), his voice sounded deeper, softer, quieter and somewhat stuffy and dull. Beginning in 1976, his voice became louder, more rubbery and less stuffy.
* WhatTheHellHero: The other Muppets occasionally get carried away and commit all sorts of well-meaning anarchy. It's practically Kermit's ''job'' to say 'What the hell?!'
* WildTake: With much amusing arm-waving.

!!Miss Piggy
->'''Performed by:''' Creator/FrankOz (1976-2002), Eric Jacobson (2001-present)
->'''Voiced by:''' Laurie O'Brien (''Muppet Babies (1984)''), Hal Rayle (''Little Muppet Monsters''), Melanie Harrison (''Muppet Babies (2018)'')
->'''Debut:''' ''Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass'' (1974)


The unholy spawn of Music/BarbraStreisand and a rack of pork. Hailing from the Midwest, she was living off of {{Beauty Contest}}s before meeting Kermit. Has a chronic need for stardom and will steal the spotlight from anyone, with violence if necessary.

* AdaptationalHeroism: While still ambitious, she's generally less selfish and abusive in the movies, and much more affectionate towards Kermit.
* ArmorPiercingSlap: More like Karate Chop!
* AttentionWhore: Deprive Piggy of her spotlight at your own risk.
* BadassAdorable: She's TheBigGuy for the team, a born diva, and a cartoony anthropomorphic pig.
* BerserkButton: Plenty of them, one example is getting between her and Kermit,
** Or, for that matter, any kind of [[FantasticRacism pig stereotype.]]
* BigBeautifulWoman: She is usually treated as such, even though she's not a human woman.
* BrawnHilda: She can bend metal bars with alarming ease.
* BreakoutCharacter: She was a fairly minor bit character early on in the first season, but swiftly became one of the most important stars of the show. In real life, Miss Piggy was one of the most popular fictional celebrities ''in the entire world'' during the late 1970s and early 1980s.
* CannotTellAJoke: As seen in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?=3DzoEdmKybRiU this 1984 Dick Clark special]].
* CatchPhrase: "Kissy kissy," ''Hi-ya!'' and ''Moi''.
* CrossdressingVoices: In the original English version and Japanese. Other foreign dubs used female voice actresses until recently, when Disney forced them to use male ones.
* CurbStompBattle: Delivers this to [[spoiler:Constantine]] in Film/MuppetsMostWanted.
* DeadpanSnarker: Especially when appearing as a guest on talk shows and the like; she'll snark about anything and everything. In the shows and movies, this trait is not as apparent, but she still displays it from time to time.
* {{Determinator}} : Do NOT steal her purse whatever you do, she'll chase you all the way through Central Park if she has to.....on Roller Skates. And ''WHEN'', not ''if'', she catches you, she'll kick your ass.
* DistractedByTheSexy: While she did have a huge crush on Creator/ChristopherReeve throughout the entire episode, one special mention goes to the backstage segment. Her somewhat legitimate question about how Reeve got the role for {{Superman}} degrades to "Wahaha!!!" when Reeve takes off his Vet's hospital costume, [[InnocentFanserviceGirl inadvertently showing off his muscles.]]
* ADogNamedDog: A piggy named Miss Piggy in this case.
* DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale: She pummels her male co-stars, usually Kermit, on a regular basis. Female guest stars weren't exactly safe either -- it's just they couldn't [[PunchedAcrossTheRoom be sent flying]] as easily as the male Muppets. In any case, it's all PlayedForLaughs.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: In the first season, Piggy was alternately portrayed by both Oz and Richard Hunt. The latter would usually perform her when the former had to play a more prominent speaking character, such as Fozzie or George the Janitor. It was only in rare occurrences, such as in "(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song", that Oz voiced both Fozzie and Piggy.
* FanDisservice: Piggy acts as the main chorus girl throughout the series and, like most performers in Kermit's troupe, has an inflated impression of her own talents (wearing clothes that are 30 pounds too small for her).
* {{Flanderization}}: When Frank Oz was still performing the character, her karate-chopping schtick was used sparingly (and usually took quite a bit of working up to, although casual sexism could get you there quicker) and her negative traits and attitude problems did not completely dominate her personality. In many of her appearances in the 2000's, however, her karate-chopping schtick became overused and her negative traits and attitude problems were been over-emphasized.
** A perfect example would be her OutOfCharacterMoment in the Muppets' Series/GoodLuckCharlie guest appearance, because she would never ever hurt or threaten children, especially human children.
** Her original JerkWithAHeartOfGold personality was reinstated in the recent movies and TV show, though.
* GratuitousFrench: But not very well.
** Funnily enough, she doesn't seem to know many words other than "moi" and "vous." From the episode hosted by Christopher Reeve:
-->'''Piggy''': Chrissy? May I have a word ''avec vous''?\\
'''Christopher Reeve''': ''Oui, bien sur. Entree.'' [[note]]"Yes, of course. Come in."[[/note]]\\
'''Piggy''': What?
** At one point, Gonzo confides to Elke Sommer that "the only French she knows is what she learned from the back of perfume bottles."
* HairTriggerTemper: It doesn't take a whole lot to get Piggy to give you a smackdown.
* HaughtyHmph: She's rather fond of this, especially after beating the crap out of people with her martial arts, or when she's about to storm off after complaining about or being offended by something.
%%* HiddenHeartOfGold: Yet she doesn't always show it.
* IKnowKarate: The other Muppets fear her anger because of this. Although [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ln07mhUTXCY#t=1m00s Chef's blocking technique is excellent.]] The only people to survive a direct hit from Piggy are Charlie [=McCarthy=] (Solid oak!) and Christopher Reeve (He really is the [[SuperMan Man of Steel!]]). And even Reeve doubled over in pain once Piggy stormed off.
* ImprobableHairstyle: Sometimes sports these. She's also somehow able to go from bob to RapunzelHair and back in between scenes.
* InformedAttractiveness: Some (non-Muppet) humans, most notably [[Film/TheGreatMuppetCaper Nicky Holiday]], find her extremely hot.
* InterspeciesRomance: With Kermit the Frog, until they broke up in 2015. Also attempted by [[Film/TheGreatMuppetCaper Nicky Holiday]] and [[Film/MuppetsMostWanted Jean Pierre Napoleon]].
* ItsAllAboutMe: Piggy is rather narcissistic on occasion, but deep down is rather nice.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Vain and violent tempered prima donna. Don't ever imply that she doesn't care about the other Muppets, however.
* LargeHam: Both literally and figuratively. (Please don't tell her that we described her using either of those words!)
* MisterMuffykins: Her dog Foo-Foo.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Originally named "Piggy Lee", after the larger-than-life singer Peggy Lee. She was hastily renamed Miss Piggy when the show became popular, so as not to insult her namesake.
** Following an ugly breakup with Kermit in the [=2000s=], Piggy somehow becomes the managing editor of ''Vogue''[='s=] Paris branch. This is a fitting nod to Anna Wintour (a.k.a. "[[MeanBoss Nuclear Wintour]]" for her management style).
* OfficialCouple: With Kermit. At least [[http://www.cbsnews.com/news/miss-piggy-and-kermit-the-frog-break-up/ until they broke up in 2015]].
* SlapstickKnowsNoGender: While she's more likely to dole it out to others, she does frequently end up on the receiving end of a lot of physical humor.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Played with, depending on the episode. She sometimes is a big name, but her ego can be even ''bigger''.
* StalkerWithACrush: Her initial relationship towards Kermit.
* ThinksLikeARomanceNovel: Has a rather fantastic opinion as to what life with Kermit would be like.
* {{Tsundere}}: She normally acts elegantly feminine (though her ego is always detectable), but if you piss her off...
* UnlimitedWardrobe: Especially ridiculous (if somewhat justified) in the 2011 movie, when she has a new outfit and hairstyle in every scene in which she appears. In-universe, she's been earning a good living since the Muppet Show years as an editor for a fashion magazine.
* ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend: She can be violent towards Kermit at times, but if anyone else so much as touched her frog, they could be in for a world of hurt. Averted now since Piggy and Kermit broke up.
* WhiteDwarfStarlet: Hasn't really made it enough to be washed-up, but has the personality.
* YouWouldntLikeMeWhenImAngry: That goes without saying, although its also hard to like her when she's ''not'' angry.

!!Fozzie Bear
->'''Performed by:''' Frank Oz (1976-2000), Eric Jacobson (2002-present)
->'''Voiced by:''' Greg Berg (''Muppet Babies (1984)'' and ''Little Muppet Monsters''), Creator/EricBauza (''Muppet Babies (2018)'')
->'''Debut:''' ''The Muppet Show'' (1976)


Hopelessly corny, porkpie hat-wearing showman and a magnet for tomatoes. Originally a failed comedian working out of the El Sleazo Cafe, he is the first to join Kermit's troupe. His personality is a send-up of the stereotypical BorschtBelt comic. Wocka wocka.

* AmbiguouslyJewish: He's based on a BorschtBelt comedian, but his Jewish traits have mostly been forgotten over time.
* BearyFriendly: Possibly the most genuinely ''nice'' member of the cast, and tries to be a friend and peacemaker to everyone.
* BearyFunny: And how appropriate that the trope name should be a pun! Wocka wocka!
* TheBigGuy: Being a ''bear'' firmly wedges him into this trope.
* ButtMonkey: To Statler and Waldorf.
* CatchPhrase: Wocka Wocka! And just for the record, it's spelled "Wocka Wocka", not "Wokka Wokka" or "[[PacMan Wakka]] [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX Wakka]]". He also tends to open his sets with "Hiya hiya hiya!"
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: In the first season, he was intended to be the primary foil of Kermit and everyone else backstage. As a result, in the earliest episodes he tends to come off as abrasive, pushy, and obnoxious. They soon found a different, more neurotic, sweet, and vulnerable vibe for him, allowing the previous personality to be quietly discarded.
* CoolCar: With a 1951 Studebaker in "The Muppet Movie" and a 1960s convertible in the 2015 series, he has a taste for vintage iron.
* CouchGag: During the first season, he would tell a joke during the opening. This was dropped when to opening changed in the second season, and replaced with a Statler and Waldorf gag.
* CowerPower: Whenever in a threatening situation, he tends to hide behind the much-smaller Kermit. Which leads to ...
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: He actually does have his share of awesome when matters have fallen into his own hands.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Frank Oz has said it took him a while to get comfortable with the character, and cites the sketch where Fozzie keeps giving Kermit the wrong cues for his "neck-a-tie" joke as the moment when he finally figured out how to make him work.
%%* FreudianTrio: The Ego to Gonzo's Id and Kermit's Superego.
* FunnyAnimal: An anthropomorphic bear.
* GiftedlyBad: The schtick for his stage show segments is that Satler and Waldorf get all the punchlines, his original joke is just setup.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Kermit and Gonzo.
* TheLancer: Often content acting as Kermit's sidekick, especially in ''Film/TheGreatMuppetCaper'' and ''Film/TheMuppets''.
* LaughingAtYourOwnJokes: He does this while doing his stand-up act. He is often the only one laughing.
* LetsSeeYouDoBetter
** Often does this, mostly to Statler and Waldorf. Usually backfires.
*** And in one case, they actually did perform on stage with Fozzie intent on heckling them.
** He has also taken over management of the show from Kermit a few times. [[HilarityEnsues You can guess how well it went.]]
* NiceHat: His brown pork pie hat.
* ProducePelting: In ''WesternAnimation/MuppetBabies'', whenever he makes one of his jokes, people throw food at him.
* PungeonMaster: He loves puns. Most of his jokes contain play-on-words.
* SoUnfunnyItsFunny: He was (in theory) the show's stand-up comedian. Most of the humor of these skits came from how terrible he was at his job.
* TooDumbToLive: In some of the early post-Henson productions such as ''Film/MuppetsFromSpace''. He later returned to his regular level of intelligence.
* VerbalTic: Frank Oz gave Fozzie a series of weird noises (the closest you could come to writing them out would be something along the lines of "Daaaaaaaagh" and "Agghaahaahaa") that he uses to convey certain emotions.
* VocalEvolution: In the original pilot, Fozzie's voice was much, much deeper, especially in the "Cowboy Time" sketch. To explain the different voice, a scene was added where Fozzie asks Kermit if it sounds like he's doing an impression of John Wayne. He also sings with this deeper voice in "Close to You" in the second episode with Connie Stephens.

!!Gonzo the Great
->'''Performed by:''' Dave Goelz
->'''Voiced by:''' Russi Taylor (''Muppet Babies (1984)''), Hal Rayle (''Little Muppet Monsters''), Creator/BenDiskin (''Muppet Babies (2018)'')
->'''Debut:''' ''The Great Santa Claus Switch'' (1970, as Snarl) / ''The Muppet Show'' (1976, as Gonzo)


In the words of Creator/JohnCleese: 'The ugly, disgusting little one who catches cannonballs.' The only non-recognizable animal in Kermit's band (later revealed to [[spoiler:be an alien]]), and the stuntman of the Muppets. He doubles as a Vaudevillian singer.

* AbhorrentAdmirer: In the first season, he had a crush on Miss Piggy, who found him repulsive. This trait carried over into ''WesternAnimation/MuppetBabies''.
* AmusingInjuries: Perhaps most notably, getting one arm stretched to about twelve feet in length in an ill-advised cannonball-catching act, and then turning for assistance to special guest star Creator/JohnCleese, who kept misunderstanding Gonzo's requests and stretched his other limbs to match.
* AscendedExtra: Both in becoming a character in the show (the puppet was first created as a background extra among many other weird monsters in the Christmas special ''The Great Santa Claus Switch'') and becoming ThoseTwoGuys[=/=]{{Narrator}} with Rizzo in the movies.
* BadassAdorable: He's an adorable critter who is good at stunts.
* BetaCouple: With Camilla.
* CatchPhrase: "What a ''terrific'' idea for an act!"
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: In early appearances, his craziness was more subtle, and was depicted as a more slightly more neurotic, pathetic star akin to Fozzie. He gradually became more happy go lucky and his torture became harder to imply, [[TooKinkyToTorture given how much he enjoyed most of it]].
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: He's practically the ''king'' of Cloudcuckooland!
* CouchGag: On every episode of ''The Muppet Show'', he emerges to play the last note of the opening theme with various comedic effects. For the first season, he hits the O in the show's logo like a gong; after that, he pops up within the O to play his trumpet.
* DarthVaderClone: Gonzo portrays "Dearth Nadir" during some "Pigs in Space" segments. In the ''Star Wars'' episode, he torments the real Luke Skywalker and Chewbacca using the persona.
* DepravedBisexual: Gonzo doesn't seem to care which gender his would-be conquests are, although his preference is for females and/or avians. He's even hit on [[ObliviousToLove Big Bird.]] As for 'deranged', well... you ''have'' been reading this list, haven't you?
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The first season Gonzo puppet was [[OffTheShelfFX recycled]] from a TV special, was a bit ratty-looking, and had [[PerpetualFrowner a permanent frown on his face.]] It was rebuilt for the second season, and his base appearance was in place.
* TheEeyore: [[CharacterizationMarchesOn In the first season]], Gonzo's eyes were perpetually half-lidded; that, combined with his sour frustration about no one understanding his "art," made him a rather glum fellow. This disappeared in the second season, and he became manic and jovial, though [[Series/TheMuppets the latest show]] seems to be swinging him back towards his original characterization.
* FreudianTrio: The Id to Fozzie's Ego and Kermit's Superego.
* GagNose: His long, trunk/beaklike nose is a source of many jokes.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Kermit and Fozzie, and later with Rizzo.
* InterspeciesRomance: While ''his'' species isn't known, he has a fetish for chickens, on another occasion a cow and on yet another Big Bird. He even had a crush on Miss Piggy in earlier episodes of ''The Muppet Show''.
** The movie ''Film/MuppetsFromSpace'' revealed that he's an alien. Unfortunately, [[DontExplainTheJoke this is also why]] that movie is essentially CanonDiscontinuity. A later comic cemented this by having Scooter spend an ''entire issue'' trying to figure out what Gonzo was, only for him to say "An artist".
* TheLancer: He's the most manic and unpredictable of the main group, making him the biggest contrast to OnlySaneMan Kermit.
%%* LiteralMinded: [[CharacterizationMarchesOn Again, in the first season]]
* MadArtist: He's supposed to be a partial {{Expy}} of Salvador Dali.
* MeaningfulName: "Gonzo" means crazy or eccentric.
* NightmareFetishist: If it sounds like something no sane person would subject themself to, Gonzo is up for it.
* NoodleImplements: He gets booed off the stage before we can see what he was going to do with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1dK9aABcMQ&feature=related a flaming torch, a tyre swing and a cow]]. The act was originally going to use a typewriter instead of a cow, but he couldn't get one in time.
* OfficialCouple: With Camilla the Chicken.
* SadClown: If Gonzo isn't making you laugh, he's making you wipe away tears.
* StageMagician: Usually not magic, but is a showman called Gonzo "the Great".
* TooKinkyToTorture: Implied in his stage acts in the show, directly invoked in ''Muppet Treasure Island''.
* TrueArtIsIncomprehensible:[[invoked]] On ''The Muppet Show'', his shtick was performing bizarre performance art acts, like demolishing an antique car to the tune of "The Anvil Chorus"... or wrestling a brick, blindfolded.
** In case you're wondering, it was no contest. The brick took him down early in the first round.
* VocalEvolution: His voice has gradually gotten deeper and less scratchy over the years. Just watch the first episode of ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' and then one of the post-Henson Muppet films.
* WasntThatFun: He finds many painful and/or dangerous things entertaining. This makes him a terrible judge of what ''audiences'' would find entertaining.

->'''Performed by:''' Richard Hunt (1976-1991), Brian Henson (2002-2003), Rickey Boyd (2005), David Rudman (2008-present)
->'''Voiced by:''' Greg Berg (''Muppet Babies (1984)''), Adam Hunt (''Film/MuppetsFromSpace''), Matt Vogel (''VideoGame/MuppetRaceMania'')
->'''Debut:''' ''The Muppet Show'' (1976)


The Muppets' stage manager. Originally portrayed as a childish {{Jerkass}}, he grew to be a dependable assistant of Kermit and co.

* {{Adorkable}}: He wears glasses, looks cute, is smart, and a total geek.
* AuthorAvatar: Richard Hunt reportedly based his performance on how he acted when he was younger.
* CatchPhrase[=/=]OnceAnEpisode: "Fifteen seconds to curtain!"
* DaddyIssues: In ''Series/TheMuppets'' episode "Pig's In A Blackout" he calls Kermit [[AFatherToHisMen "Father"]] accidentally.
* DemotedToExtra: Following Richard Hunt's death, Scooter was used far less often - not appearing in most productions and having minimal screentime in others. The 2011 movie appears to reverse this.
** During the 1990s, Scooter was damn near {{unperson}}ed. Other characters without performers (like Rowlf, Dr. Teeth and Janice) at least made token unspeaking cameos, but Scooter was nowhere to be seen for just shy of a full decade. When the official Muppets website was launched, minor characters like Julius Strangepork got their own bios, but Scooter was only added after mass e-mails from angered fans.
* GoshDarnItToHeck: In ''Series/TheMuppets'', he's not even comfortable with saying phrases like "Good grief."
* HalfIdenticalTwins: With Skeeter in ''WesternAnimation/MuppetBabies''
* TheIntern: During the first season.
* MommasBoy: Became one in ''Series/TheMuppets''
* {{Nepotism}}: His uncle owns the theater and got him his job. Before developing a solid friendship with him, Scooter was quick to remind Kermit of this whenever he wanted something.
%%* NerdGlasses
* NiceGuy: Loyal, helpful, and likes everything.
* OnlySaneMan: All the chaos around him is what makes him funny.
* SeriousBusiness: "The Ex-Factor'' shows he treats painting ceramics like this.
* {{Sidekick}}: To Kermit, sort of.
* TheSmartGuy: Well, he is a nerd. He even did a lecture at 2012's TED conference. No, no - not in a movie: in RealLife.
** The 2011 movie reveals that he got a job at Google after the Muppets went their separate ways.
* VagueAge: While considered to be one of the youngest of the main characters (after Robin, of course), his age is never really determined. Throughout ''Series/TheMuppetShow'', everyone refers to him as a kid and his uncle got him the job at the theatre, so he would probably be somewhere in his teens. By ''Series/TheMuppets'', he appears to be at least in his early 20s, seeing that he can go to a bar without getting kicked out, and some of the others tease him for still living with his mother.

!!Rowlf the Dog
->'''Performed by:''' Jim Henson (1962-1990), Bill Barretta (1996-present)
->'''Voiced by:''' Katie Leigh (''Muppet Babies (1984)'')
->'''Debut:''' Purina Dog Chow Commercials (1962)


Originally a mascot for Purina Dog Chow, later rising to prominence as a TV sidekick to Jimmy Dean. (No, not ''[[Creator/JamesDean that]]'' Jimmy Dean. The country singer and pork magnate.) A cameo on ''Sesame Street'' blossomed into a full-time gig for the character.

The in-universe Rowlf is a bluesy musician whom Kermit discovers in a piano bar. Since TheNineties, it's been a popular gag to pair Rowlf up with famous musicians, leading him to branch out into rock.

* AuthorAvatar: A number commented that aside from his piano skills, Rowlf was very much like Jim - arguably even more than Kermit.
* BackAlleyDoctor: The "Veterinarian's Hospital" sketches put him in the role of Dr. Bob, "a quack who's gone to the dogs".
* CoolOldGuy: While he's ageless like the other Muppets, he occasionally references his past career with Jimmy Dean in the '60s.
* DemotedToExtra: In the 1960s, Rowlf was pretty much the main star and leader of the Muppets, with Kermit being more of a second-tier character. In the 1970s, when Kermit officially became a frog and his personality was fully-realized, Rowlf turned those leadership duties over to the frog and became more of a secondary character, yet he remained a prominent character in Muppet productions.
** After Jim Henson's death, his appearances became limited to mostly brief non-speaking background cameos. When Bill Barretta started performing the character, he gradually returned to regular speaking roles and core character status.
* EarlyBirdCameo: Rowlf first appeared in Purina Dog Chow commercials in 1962. A year later, he began making regular appearances on ''The Jimmy Dean Show'' and proved to be quite popular. He also co-hosted the pitch reel for ''Series/SesameStreet'' with Kermit, and had a cameo appearance in one of the "Song of _____" films from that show's first season.
** During the "At the Dance" segment in the ''Sex and Violence'' pilot, he mentions his time on the Dean show and notes wistfully that "I used to be a big star then."
* HurricaneOfPuns: Especially the "Veterinarian's Hospital" sketches.
* NiceGuy: Said to be the closest to JimHenson himself.
* ThePianoPlayer: He's never been the focus of an entire episode's plot in the original series, his main job is playing piano.
* StraightMan: In many of the 1960s Muppet productions and on ''WesternAnimation/MuppetBabies''.
* TaremeEyes: Makes sense, since they go with his kind, quiet, soft, calm, easygoing personality. Also very cute with [[{{Moe}} Baby Rowlf]].
* TheVoiceless: After Jim Henson's death, Rowlf quickly became this until a new performer (Bill Baretta) was found. Many people mistakenly thought that his silence was going to be eternal, as a tribute to Jim.

!!Sam the Eagle
->'''Performed by:''' Frank Oz (1975-2000), Kevin Clash (2002-2003), Eric Jacobson (2005-present)
->'''Debut:''' ''The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence'' (1975)


True to his name, Sam is an uber-patriotic wet blanket who acts as the Muppets' censor. He strives to crack down on "lowbrow humor" and bring dignity to the proceedings, without much success.

* ArchEnemy: Had a particular enmity towards Dr Teeth.
* TheComicallySerious: "Why are they laughing?"
* DitzyGenius: He's ''academically'' smart (even hosting a "Muppet University" segment), but is a complete nutcase in terms of morals and values [[KnowNothingKnowItAll and refuses to believe that he is]].
* {{Eagleland}}: Although he isn't coarse in the way type 2 examples usually are, he still is one.
* TheEeyore: He's not very fun.
* FantasticRacism: Hinted, in one episode, he mentions that he is displeased with his daughter for [[InterspeciesRomance dating an owl.]]
* {{Flanderization}}: On ''Series/TheMuppetShow'', he started out as a general, pro-American detractor of the show's non-cultural content and a [[StopHavingFunGuys Stop Having Fun Guy]] with strong, exaggeratedly right-wing strawman views on various issues. In recent media, such as the WebVideo/MuppetViralVideos, he's been depicted as generally obsessed with Americana itself and not much else. (For instance, he starts singing[[note]]actually sing-talking[[/note]] "American Woman" by The Guess Who just because it has "American" in the title, something that the old Sam would never have done.)
** However, ''Series/TheMuppets'' puts him back in his original role as the Muppets' censor.
* FlatWhat: See 'Comically Serious,' above. Sometimes Sam just cannot cope with the weirdness.
--> '''Kermit:''' And now, a classical Chopin scherzo...
--> '''Sam:''' Culture at last!
--> '''Kermit:''' As performed by... Dr. Teeth?
--> '''Sam:''' ''What.''
* InterspeciesRomance: Gains a (one-sided) crush on Janice in 2015's "Pig Out."
* KnowNothingKnowItAll: For someone who claims to value culture, Sam is a complete ignoramus about the arts. For example, in the Rudolf Nureyev episode he was thrilled that the show would be featuring someone with culture, but referred to Mr. Nureyev (a ballet dancer) as "my favorite opera singer" and didn't recognize him in street clothes.
* LargeHam: Sam enjoys to chew the scenery.
* MoralGuardian: A walking parody of one.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Particularly in his earlier appearances, Sam bears more than a passing resemblance to UsefulNotes/RichardNixon.
* OnlySaneMan: How he views himself. He isn't.
* PatrioticFervor: "World Wide Web? Is there a way to only show it on the American parts?"
* PerpetualFrowner: Not much of a smiley guy.
* StopHavingFunGuy: He thinks ''everyone'' in the rest of the cast are... ''weirdos.'' And he's ''appalled,'' '''[[ChewingTheScenery appalled]]''' I tell you, that guest stars of talent are demeaning themselves by appearing on ''The Muppet Show.'' And have you saluted the flag today? Just as he suspected! Shocking. Shocking.
* StrawmanPolitical: Of the Nixon-era and the sentiments of conservative MoralGuardians.
* SuddenlyShouting: Upon learning that Rudolf Nureyev is doing ''Swine Lake'':
-->'''Sam:''' Culture. Dignity at last...[penny drops] ''SWINE LAKE?!''
* WrongGenreSavvy: Believes he's the OnlySaneMan surrounded by a cast of weirdos and freaks. In truth, he's just as eccentric as they are.

!!Dr. Bunsen Honeydew
->'''Performed by:''' Dave Goelz
->'''Voiced by:''' Howie Mandel (''Muppet Babies (1984)'' seasons 1-2), Dave Coulier (''Muppet Babies (1984)'' seasons 3-7), Creator/BobBergen (''Little Muppet Monsters''), Eric Bauza (''Muppet Babies (2018)'')
->'''Debut:''' ''The Muppet Show'' (1976)


Addled-brained scientist with a head like a melon. Invariably, his experiments result in nearly immolating his assistant Beaker.

* AmbiguouslyGay: Among other things, he finds Beaker "hauntingly attractive" in one episode and is jealous of him spending time with a model in ''A Muppet Christmas: Letters to Santa''. [[https://www.toughpigs.com/weird-science/ Tough Pigs]] and [[http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Bunsen_and_Beaker%27s_relationship Muppet Wiki]] both have articles with more on the subject.
* AbsentMindedProfessor: His absent mindedness causes problems for [[ButtMonkey Beaker]].
* CatchPhrase: "Greetings again from Muppet Labs, where the future is being made today!"
* DissonantSerenity: He maintains a confident, cheery demeanor at all times.
* EyelessFace: His glasses give the appearance of eyes, but his melon-like head is basically TheBlank. His eyes have only been seen once, in ''[[Film/TheGreatMuppetCaper The Great Muppet Caper]]'' as the result of a BlindingCameraFlash.
%%* ForScience
* HeroicComedicSociopath: His apathetic behavior towards Beaker is played for comedy.
* JerkAss: Towards poor Beaker, though not intentionally. He's just ''really'' inconsiderate.
* MadScientist: While he's not evil, and usually not as hammy, he still invents crazy contraptions and experiments that end up blowing up in his (or more accurately, Beaker's) face.
* MeaningfulName: From three sources: Bunsen burners, honeydew melons, and Honeywell International, a huge aerospace/engineering firm that advertised heavily in the 1970s.
%%* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate
%%* NoOSHACompliance
* ThoseTwoGuys: With Beaker.

->'''Performed by:''' Richard Hunt (1977-1991), Steve Whitmire (1992-2016), David Rudman (2017-present)
->'''Voiced by:''' Frank Welker (''Muppet Babies (1984)''), Matt Danner (''Muppet Babies (2018)'')
->'''Debut:''' ''The Muppet Show'' (1977)


Lab assistant to Bunsen Honeydew, whose face sports a perpetual look of shock. Only Honeydew (and in one episode, the Swedish Chef) can understand his "meep meeps."

* AmbiguouslyGay: See above. In the "Flowers on the Wall" [=YouTube=] video, he has a romantic dinner with a fake Bunsen, and constructs a Bunsen-shaped house of cards with hearts in its eyes. Most blatantly, in ''Series/TheMuppets'' episode "Pig Out", he and Bunsen arrive at work in each others' clothing and refuse to talk about it.
* ButtMonkey: Played with in so many ways, often when the experiments go wrong: losing body parts, getting electrocuted, being eaten by a giant germ, and so on. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcXiUSZPuWA He recently died,]] and '''still''' doesn't get any respect from Honeydew. In an online skit, he tries to sing and gets [[{{GIFT}} trolled by commenters]] who laugh as he eventually sets himself and the room on fire.
* CatchPhrase: His ''only'' phrase is "Meep". But you'd be surprised how much you can communicate with that.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: In his first appearance he was a nervous wreck. This was gone by his third.
* TheChewToy: People feel sorry for him, but at the same time, getting hurt is the point of his character.
* TheDogBitesBack
** After accidentally [[CloningBlues cloning himself]] in one episode, Beaker spends most of the episode chasing Dr. Honeydew all over the theater.
** While being electrocuted by the Muppet Labs Nose-Warmer, he grabs Dr. Honeydew and adds him to the circuit.
* TheIgor: With great reluctance. Partly because he's always the one expected to subject himself to the ObviousBeta that's being demonstrated.
* ProperlyParanoid: In the original skits, Beaker's always convinced that demonstrating the invention of the week will go horribly wrong.
* ThoseTwoGuys: With Bunsen.
* TheUnintelligible: To quote Miss Piggy:
-->'''Miss Piggy''': Beaker. How many times have I told you never to talk to me like that? (beat) Because I can't understand it.
** Honeydew is primarily the only one who can understand him when he talks, but in the aforementioned episode where Beaker was cloned, the Swedish Chef understood him just fine, with Beaker likewise understanding his "Swedish".

!![[SelfDemonstrating/SwedishChef The Swedish Chef]]
->'''Performed by:''' Jim Henson (1975-1990), David Rudman (1992), Bill Barretta (1996-present)
->'''Debut:''' ''The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence'' (1975)


A parody of TV chefs. Like to gesticulate with his hands a lot, uses some ''very'' strange cooking equipment, and keeps up a steady stream of Swedish-sounding gibberish as he cooks.

* AnimalsHateHim: ...because he wants to cook them.
* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: The language he speaks is explicitly referred to at least once as "mock Swedish"; it was once claimed that his actual native language is "mock Japanese". He occasionally uses English words and a bit of coherent Danish, but is otherwise just making a lot of nonsensical noises.
%% I don't know what trope this is, but I didn't have the heart to delete it. All I know is we aren't potholing Badass anymore so that won't do. | Being the ONLY person to have ever successfully blocked one of Miss Piggy's punches makes him this by default and he used a cooking pot lid no less.
* BadassMustache: He's the only person who has blocked out one of Piggy's punches, and has a mustache.
* BerserkButton: Don't make disparaging remarks about the ancient Vikings, as Kermit learned the hard way.
* BigOlEyebrows: There's nothing up there ''but'' eyebrows. See EyelessFace below.
* BlazingInfernoHellfireSauce: In one skit, he cooks up a batch of pepper sauce that sends steam shooting out of his ears. He adds even more spices and succeeds in blowing his toque - and the top of his head - clean off.
* ButtMonkey: Nearly every episode ends with his ingredients or equipment getting the better of him.
* CarnivoreConfusion: His sketches often deal with this trope. Half the time, he's trying to cook members of the ''cast''.
--> '''Robin''': Uncle Kermit! Somebody! Anybody! ''help''!
* CatchPhrase: Bork! Bork Bork! (Accompanied by the Chef throwing aside whatever he is holding at the moment.)
* ChefOfIron: It's not so much that he uses cooking utensils as weapons (although he does)- he actually "cooks" with weapons including a "cakensmooscher" (a [[BatterUp baseball bat]]), a "boom-boom" (a [[GunsAndGunplayTropes blunderbuss]]), [[AnAxeToGrind an ax]], and more recently, a [[ChainsawGood chainsaw]] and a [[TheresNoKillLikeOverkill bazooka]].
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: "Piggy eaty ''hot doggy''?"
* CrazyPrepared: He keeps a battle ax, a chainsaw, and a bazooka in his kitchen ''on the infinitely small chance someone suggests he use them to cook''.
* TheDitz: He once offered Miss ''Piggy'' a ''hot dog''.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Everyone calls him "Swedish Chef" or just "Chef."
** Though on the episode featuring Danny Kaye, the chef's Uncle (played by Kaye) revealed his actual full name, which was a string of mock Swedish syllables; he then admitted that the family just calls the Chef "Tom".
*** BilingualBonus: "Tom" is Swedish for "Empty".
* EyelessFace: He has no visible eyes, only bushy eyebrows where eyes should be. His eyes have only been seen once in ''[[Film/TheGreatMuppetCaper The Great Muppet Caper]]'' as the result of a BlindingCameraFlash gag. It's every bit as unsettling to see as it sounds.
* {{Fauxreigner}}: Is sometimes acknowledged to not really speak Swedish.
* FunnyForeigner: He's Swedish, and his humor comes from his Swedish-sounding gibberish and bizarre, ineffectual recipes.
* IntelligibleUnintelligible: Whether or not most of his other co-workers can understand him is based on [[RuleOfFunny whatever is funnier]], but he has been shown on several occasions to be able to communicate with the equally unintelligible Beaker and HulkSpeak speaker Animal.
* {{Irony}}: In the Swedish dubbing, he is in fact the only character who '''doesn't''' speak Swedish.
* LethalChef: The very few times he does actually manage to complete a dish, it usually ends up as something the non-suicidal would not want to put in their mouths. Although he did make two seemingly fine pumpkin pies once,[[spoiler: with a bazooka]].
* NonstandardCharacterDesign: The only Muppet to be designed to use the puppeteer's exposed hands. Note that in such cases it had to be operated by ''two'' puppeteers ''simultaneously'' (Henson: head and voice, Oz: hands). It takes a lot of dexterity to be that clumsy.
* NorseByNorsewest: [[OverlyNarrowSuperlative Perhaps the most famous Scandinavian puppet character in the world.]]
* NotTheIntendedUse: He does this all the time, using items such as firearms, sports equipment, and hand tools to cook his dishes.
* OnceAnEpisode: Doing a little song and dance, then throwing some cooking utensils over his shoulder. Frank Oz had a SelfImposedChallenge to try to knock over every single item on the back wall. He only ever managed it once.
* TeamChef: He seems to actually cook food ''for'' the cast as well as on-stage.
* TheUnintelligible: Mostly speaks in Swedish-sounding gibberish.

->'''Statler performed by:''' Richard Hunt (1976-1990), Jerry Nelson (1975, 1992-2003), Steve Whitmire (2002-2016), Peter Linz (2017-present)
-> '''Statler voiced by:''' Dave Coulier (''Muppet Babies (1984)''), Eric Bauza (''Muppet Babies (2018)'')
->'''Waldorf performed by:''' Jim Henson (1975-1990), Dave Goelz (1992-present)
-> '''Waldorf voiced by:''' Dave Coulier (''Muppet Babies (1984)''), Matt Danner (''Muppet Babies (2018)'')
->'''Debut:''' ''The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence'' (1975)


Two-man peanut gallery and patron saints of {{Caustic Critic}}s everywhere. They've never sat through a show that they didn't hate.

* AudienceParticipation: Anytime the two appeared onstage on the Muppet Show. They aren't actually part of the Muppet Show's staff; they're just audience members. In a different sense, any time they heckled the stage also qualifies.
* CaptiveAudience: And how. One episode ends with them calling for Kermit to unlock the doors and let them out; ''Ride/MuppetVision3D'' has them state that they're bolted to the seats.
* CatchPhrase: Doh-ho-ho-ho-Hoh!
* [[CausticCritic Caustic Critics]]: On the rare occasions when they enjoy a number, they'll complain about the fact that the show is ruining its reputation - for uniformly ''bad'' material.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: In the ''Muppet Show: Sex and Violence'' pilot, the two talked a lot more slowly and sounded more like a couple of weak, tired, dying old men. When the ''Muppet Show'' proper began, they started talking and reacting a lot quicker and became more lively and energetic.
* {{Corpsing}}: One of the most famous aversions, considering they always laugh at their own quips.
* [[DeadpanSnarker Deadpan Snarkers]]: The whole point of their existence is for them to snark at everything.
* DirtyCoward: Statler, as proven when the ''Titanic'' sank... He still has the dress he used to get onto the lifeboat.
* TheDragAlong: One episode suggests they stick around because Kermit locks the doors on them.
* {{Flanderization}}: In The Muppet Show, they were audience members who constantly complained about the show. However, while they complained a lot during the show, they didn't complain about everything. Indeed, when it came to classic vaudeville numbers, they were positively enthusiastic and would even sing along, and rarely had anything negative to say about the guest stars. They show up in various roles later, where they complain about everything and seem to have never had a positive experience in their lives. It reaches its zenith in ''The Muppets at Walt Disney World'', where they actually complain about not having anything to complain about.
* GoodOldWays: They love the more old-fashioned vaudeville and burlesque acts, even performing a few themselves. Their whole heckling style is an old vaudeville bit as well.
* GreekChorus: They'll comment on the numbers just completed, usually managing to work in a pun or joke themselves.
* [[GrumpyOldMan Grumpy Old Men]]: Their entire shtick is complaining about pretty much everything.
* GuiltyPleasures: It's why they show up.
-->'''Statler:''' This show is awful.\\
'''Waldorf:''' Terrible!\\
'''Statler:''' Disgusting!\\
'''Waldorf:''' See you next week?\\
'''Statler:''' Of course.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: They're almost always seen together. Both men are also married (Waldorf's wife Astoria appeared alongside him in one episode; Statler's is never shown, but he states in at least two episodes that he has a wife) and Statler at least is known to have kids, who are mentioned at least once. His infant grandson also appears in one episode.
* [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Jerks With Hearts of Gold]]: Their hearts are in the right place despite their rudeness.
* LiteralMinded: On a few occasions, such as Waldorf calling for a tea break and Statler promptly knocking a teacup off the balcony so it breaks on the floor below (Waldorf even lampshades it: "Literal chap, isn't he?"). In another episode, they agree to "flip for it" ("it" being the chance to go backstage and meet the episode's guest), and instead of flipping a coin, Statler does a backflip. Later, Waldorf comments that "Sometimes, I tickle myself." While the phrase is normally metaphorical, he then proceeds to actually tickle himself.
* SarcasticDevotee: They may be hecklers, but they're members of the Muppet family all the same, and that will never change.
* [[ScrewPolitenessImASenior Screw Politeness, We're Seniors!]]: Loud catcalls and heckling from the old men in the balcony.
* SelfDeprecation: They make fun of ''everything'', including themselves.
-->'''Statler:''' "Hey, we look like members of the rock age."
-->'''Waldorf:''' "No, we look more like members of the Stone Age."
* [[SourSupporter Sour Supporters]]: They showed up every week.
* TheStinger: By the second season, a final comment from Statler and Waldorf was the end to most of the show episodes.
* ThemeNaming: Named after hotels, of course. Waldorf's wife (who looks like Statler in drag) is named Astoria, completing the set.
* ThoseTwoGuys: You know what they say: misery loves company!
* VitriolicBestBuds: They heckle each other, too. "You old fool" is practically a pet name between them.
--> '''Waldorf:''' I have a good mind to leave!
--> '''Statler:''' If you had a 'good mind' you wouldn't be here in the first place!

!!Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem


A rock band consisting of Dr. Teeth on vocals and keyboards, Animal on drums (which he sometimes eats), Sgt. Floyd Pepper on bass guitar, Janice on guitar, and Zoot on saxophone. Lips later joined the band on trumpet.

* DemotedToExtra: Throughout the '90s - with only Animal maintaining a steady presence and involvement in stories. Likely a result of Jim Henson and Richard Hunt's passings.
* FakeBand: Sort of a fictional equivalent of the Saturday Night Live orchestra.
* FiveManBand: In a more literal sense as usual.
** TheLeader: Dr. Teeth.
** TheLancer: Sgt. Floyd Pepper
** TheSmartGuy: Zoot
** TheBigGuy: Animal
** TheChick: Janice
** SixthRanger: Lips
* MusicalThemeNaming: Most of them are [[NamedAfterSomebodyFamous named after famous musicians]].
* OnlyOneName: Only Floyd’s full name is given.

!!!Dr. Teeth (keyboard)
->'''Performed by:''' Jim Henson (1975-1990), John Kennedy (1991-2003), Bill Barretta (2005-present)
->'''Debut:''' ''The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence'' (1975)

* BadassBeard: A fringe beard, with no mustache.
* DelusionsOfEloquence: The cause of most of his WordSaladLyrics.
* GoldTooth: To give him more of a blues look.
* GutturalGrowler: ''I'm gonna 'splode an atom bomb... drill a hole to your sooooouuuuulllll...''
* NeverBareheaded: Until the action figure came out in 2002, he was never seen without a hat, often wearing his usual hat when dressed or or playing the role of The Cheshire Cat, and wearing a night cap when wearing pajamas (while the rest of the band didn't wear hats). The action figure had a removable hat, revealing that the character has a bald spot. The actual puppet wasn't seen hatless until a late-2000s group photo, and the first actual production to show him without his hat is ''{{Film/The Muppets}}''. In the latter two cases, he's shown at angles where the bald spot can't be seen.
* NiceHat: A large baggy stovepipe, striped.
* PimpDuds: His 'stage clothes' are vivid, striped and include those odd little shades.

!!!Sgt. Floyd Pepper (bass guitar)
->'''Performed by:''' Jerry Nelson (1975-2003), Matt Vogel (2008-present)
->'''Debut:''' ''The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence'' (1975)

* CloudCuckoolander: Has shades of this in the 2015 series- for example, he believes that the Earth revolves around the Moon and that's why winter occurs.
* DeadpanSnarker: He's full of snarky comments and lampshades. In one episode he even takes over for Statler and Waldorf for a while.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Not afraid to poke fun at others, but he still is plenty nice.
* KidWithTheLeash: He's the only one with any sort of control over Animal. A literal ''chain'' leash, mind you.
%%* NewAgeRetroHippie
* OfficialCouple: With Janice.
* OnlySaneMan: At least at first. Of the members of the band he's the least eccentric, and even among the entire cast he's typically the "laid back, normal one." Many of his appearances on the Muppet Show involve him watching and making snide comments as craziness goes on around him. In later series, however, he became somewhat sillier - see CloudCuckooLander.
* SecondLove: In the first season, Janice was often seen with Zoot.
** There's also the [[Music/TheBeatles Sgt. Pepper]] reference.
* TheStoner: He even smokes a hookah in the ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'' parody episode.
* SunglassesAtNight: First season only.
* TrueArtIsIncomprehensible: Invoked. He mentions in one episode that he hates composing, because he doesn't like the music that results.
--> '''Floyd:''' If I didn't ''know'' I was a genius, even ''I'' wouldn't listen to the garbage I write!

!!!Zoot (saxophone)
->'''Performed by:''' Dave Goelz
->'''Debut:''' ''The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence'' (1975)

* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: If he says anything, it's 99% guaranteed to be a NonSequitur.
* CoolShades: He wears his sunglasses at all times.
* CouchGag: During TheStinger, he'd blast a note on his sax. Sometimes something... odd... would happen.
* DivergentCharacterEvolution / EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Something of an odd example. In the first season, Floyd Pepper made few appearances, due to the availability of his performer. During this time, Zoot essentially played Floyd's role on the show outside of musical numbers, which is why he is much more verbal during this period, as well as dating Janice. When Floyd became a full-time cast member, Zoot rescinded his duties and became the silent, low-key character we know today.
* HeavySleeper: It's implied he once slept for three months straight.
* InformedJudaism: Revealed in ''Film/AMuppetsChristmasLettersToSanta''
* NiceHat: A fedora-like hat.
* TheQuietOne: In some of his later appearances he mostly expresses himself with music rather than words.
* [[ShyBlueHairedGirl Shy Blue Haired Guy]]: Unlike the other band members, he hardly ever talks.
* StarvingArtist: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vAomKAMN2Pw Recently revealed]] that he's been sleeping in a phone booth for three months. This isn't quite an example, though, Zoot seems to imply that he's been sleeping for the entirety of those three months.
* TheStoner: Even more so than Floyd.
-->'''Floyd:''' Uh oh. Zoot skipped a groove again!
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: And blue skin too.

!!!SelfDemonstrating/{{Animal}} (drums)
->'''Performed by:''' Frank Oz (1975-2000), Eric Jacobson (2002-present)
->'''Voiced by:''' Howie Mandel (''Muppet Babies (1984)'' seasons 1-2), Dave Coulier (''Muppet Babies (1984)'' seasons 3-7), Hal Rayle (''Little Muppet Monsters''), Creator/DeeBradleyBaker (''Muppet Babies (2018)'')
->'''Debut:''' ''The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence'' (1975)

* AllDrummersAreAnimals: A comment about him by Buddy Rich is the TropeNamer.
* BreakoutCharacter: From season two of ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' onwards, he's a prominent part of the main Muppet cast, gets more merchandise than ''Kermit'', and is the member of the Electric Mayhem seen most often without his bandmates (he's probably the second-biggest example of this next to Miss Piggy). He was even the mascot of the U.S. snowboarding team for the 1998 Winter Olympics!
* BigEater: He has an endless appetite.
* CartoonCreature: Is he a human? [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin An animal]]? A whatever? The most plausible explanation is that he's a [[OurMonstersAreDifferent monster]] like the ones on ''Series/SesameStreet''.
* DarkIsNotEvil: He behaves like a complete psycho and tends to destroy things around him (hence his being kept in chains), but seems to be fairly close friends with his bandmates and the other Muppets. He even gets a ''major'' BigDamnHeroes moment in ''Film/TheMuppetMovie''.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: In the recent-ish Muppet rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody, he only gets as far as "Mama..." Then he starts looking for her and shouting "Mama!" overjoyed at the prospect of seeing his dearest mother. When he doesn't find her, he begins searching for his father.
** Later, they made a short celebratory video when the Bohemian Rhapsody parody won a Webby Award. The episode is just Animal calling his mama and excitedly telling her they won a Webby... the punchline being that he only caught her voice mail. The implications are that the second he heard his mother's voice, he completely geeked out with excitement. That is ADORABLE.
* EvilDetectingDog: Well, not a dog, but similar mentality. In ''Film/MuppetsMostWanted'', when Constantine replaced Kermit, he was the only one to realize it right away, and didn't trust him.
-->"Bad froggy!"
* ExtremeOmnivore: He even tries to eat his drums sometimes.
* FieryRedhead: Has orange fur and is wild.
%%* HulkSpeak / TheUnintelligible
* TheUnfettered: Not in the literal sense, of course. He's the one cast member who regularly has to be chained down.

!!!Janice (guitar)
->'''Performed by:''' Fran Brill (1975), Eren Ozker (1976-1977), Richard Hunt (1977-1991), Brian Henson (2002-2003), Tyler Bunch (2005), David Rudman (2008-present)
->'''Voiced by:''' Dave Coulier (''Muppet Babies (1984)''), Matt Vogel (''Muppet [=RaceMania=]'')
->'''Debut:''' ''The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence'' (1975)

* CrossdressingVoices: Averted in the ''Sex and Violence'' pilot and the first season of ''The Muppet Show,'' when she's played by actual women (Fran Brill for the pilot and Eren Ozker for the show proper). From the second season on, she was passed over to Richard Hunt, who created her ValleyGirl persona, and ever since then she's been a prime example of the trope.
* EyesAlwaysShut: Her original concept drawing actually had ''no'' eyes, but the actual puppet became this. That said, she's been seen with her eyes open twice - once in her chicken form when a Cluckitus epidemic spread on ''The Muppet Show'' and the other time was in ''Film/TheGreatMuppetCaper'' as the result of a BlindingCameraFlash gag.
* GenderFlip: Also, her original concept drawing indicated that she was male and heavily inspired by Music/MickJagger.
%%* GranolaGirl
* OfficialCouple: With Floyd. Though she was paired with Zoot in the first season.
* ValleyGirl: "Like, you know, fer sure!"

!!!Lips (trumpet)
->'''Performed by:''' Steve Whitmire (1980-2016), Peter Linz (2017-present)
->'''Debut:''' ''The Muppet Show'' (1980)

* TheBusCameBack:
** Reappears in ''Film/TheMuppets'', although completely divorced from the rest of the band.
** Before that, he returned as part of The Electric Mayhem in the 2009 ''Christmas at Rockfellar Center'' appearance.
** He rejoined the Electric Mayhem in ''Film/MuppetsMostWanted''.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Disappeared after ''Film/TheMuppetChristmasCarol''.
* EyesAlwaysShut: The only time Lips' eyes have been seen open is in ''Film/TheGreatMuppetCaper'' as the result of a BlindingCameraFlash gag.
* LivingProp: They only made him so Steve Whitmire would have his own character in the band. He got no CharacterDevelopment, and the band still works just as well with the original five.
* TheQuietOne: the number of times he spoke can be counted on the fingers of one hand. This is because Steve Whitmire wanted him to have a Music/LouisArmstrong voice, but was worried it might come off as [[UnfortunateImplications offensive]].
* RememberTheNewGuy: They never bothered to explain why the band had a new member.

!! Rizzo the Rat
->'''Performed by:''' Steve Whitmire
->'''Voiced by:''' Ben Diskin (''Muppet Babies (2018)'')
->'''Debut:''' ''The Muppet Show'' (1980)


Self-interested, sarcastic and snide, Rizzo basically hangs around with the Muppets, making a [[IncrediblyLamePun pest]] of himself and shoehorning himself into every act he can just for the attention. Even when ''Series/MuppetsTonight'' gave him a job, he didn't change much. He likes eating, wooing female rodents, and having laughs at his castmates' expense, although a softer side of him does come out, especially when with his best pal Gonzo.

* AscendedExtra:
** Rizzo started out as an anonymous member of a group of rats, but thanks to Steve Whitmire's performance soon emerged as the central rat character, started getting solo appearances and in the final season of the ''Muppet Show'' began popping up everywhere, usually as a background character and often in skits he had no place in. He was a pivotal supporting character in ''Film/TheMuppetsTakeManhattan''. Then, in ''Film/TheMuppetChristmasCarol'' he made the jump to main star when writer Jerry Juhl discovered just how well the Gonzo/Rizzo team worked, and since then has either been among the main characters or at least had a notable appearance in every major Muppet production. He also got what was pretty much Scooter's role on ''Series/MuppetsTonight''.
** After being mostly absent from the two movies, he became an AscendedExtra again in the [[Series/TheMuppets 2015 TV series]].
* BigEater: Despite his small size.
* ButtMonkey: Lots of bad stuff happens to him.
* DeadpanSnarker: With a Brooklyn accent, no less.
* DemotedToExtra: In ''Film/TheMuppets'', Rizzo doesn't have a single line, only appearing in crowd scenes. He did get one scene in 'Muppets Most Wanted'... in which he complains that he's been DemotedToExtra.
* IronButtMonkey: Nowhere near as bad as Beaker, but he does suffer a lot, sometimes alongside Gonzo, who isn't fazed in the slightest.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He's gluttonous, prankish, and mean, although he's one of Gonzo's best pals.
* LovableCoward: Usually played up whenever he's with Gonzo, to better contrast Gonzo's FearlessFool tendencies.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Most often with Gonzo, but sometimes with Pepe.
* UnlimitedWardrobe: During his ''Muppet Show'' days, Rizzo would sport a different outfit for just about every scene he was in. Starting with ''Muppets Tonight,'' this was {{Inverted}} when Rizzo got his red-and-beige jacket and white tee-shirt, which [[LimitedWardrobe became his trademark outfit.]]
* YouDirtyRat: Largely subverted as Rizzo is a JerkWithAHeartOfGold, but he still has a few of the trademark characteristics, mostly his cowardice, gluttony and poor personal hygiene.

!!Crazy Harry
->'''Performed by:''' John Lovelady (1974, 1976-1977), Richard Hunt (1975), Jerry Nelson (1977-2003), Rickey Boyd (2005), Matt Vogel (2008-present)
->'''Debut:''' ''The Muppets Valentine Show'' (1974)


A wacko even by the Muppets' standards, Harry doesn't do much other than detonate random explosions, laughing all the while. Needless to say, he's something of a fan favourite. His personality was based on Muppet builder Don Sahlin, who had a similar fondness for wacky pranks that, yes, involved explosions.

* CrazyPrepared: Harry is constantly seen detonating explosives... Explosives that logically would need to be set up ahead of time.
* [[EvenEvilHasStandards Even Psychotic Has Standards]]: During the song "Comedy Tonight", some monsters are seen chasing and terrorizing a little girl. Harry looks at the scene for a few seconds before blowing the monster up.
* LaughingMad: Half the time he does nothing but laugh while blowing things up.
* MadBomber: His entire personality is blowing stuff up when you least expect him to.
* SpeakOfTheDevil: Words like boom or dynamite would often prompt him to appear pull his plunger.
** Did someone say "Dynamite?" *KABOOM*
* TriggerHappy: He likes explosions a lot.

->'''Performed by:''' Dave Goelz
->'''Debut:''' ''The Muppet Show'' (1978)


A dopey, hard-toiling fellow, Beauregard is the loyal janitor of the Muppet Theater. He's generally agreeable and obliging, although his bumbling has spelled disaster for more than a few sketches.

%%* BarefootCartoonAnimal
* TheBigGuy: He can carry ''pianos'' around by himself!
* CartoonCreature: He's some sort of brown...lump.
* DemotedToExtra: Used to be a prominent character on the show, movies and TV specials, but fell out of use because the scriptwriters, while liking him as a character, had problems with finding material for him. (The problem, according to one of them, was that Beuregard "has no desires; he doesn't want anything.") Nowadays, you're lucky to find someone who remembers him. [[note]]His last major role was in ''The Muppets Visit Walt Disney World'', a special that's been rarely seen since is initial broadcast due to Jim Henson's death ten days after its premiere. In the special, he's paired with Miss Piggy, tricking her into riding thrill rides instead of shopping and dining.[[/note]]
** TheBusCameBack: He shows up again in the 2011 film. [[LampshadeHanging Apparently he had been cleaning the Muppet theater for somewhere around 30 years without having noticed everyone was gone]].
* TheDitz: He's not the smartest member of the Muppet Theater by a long shot.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: As seen in ''Film/TheGreatMuppetCaper''.
* {{Expy}}: Based off of [[Literature/EmmetOttersJugbandChristmas Wendell the porcupine]], whom Goelz also performed.
* HiddenDepths: He seldom takes the stage himself, but he has been shown to be a surprisingly gifted harmonica player.

!!Link Hogthrob
->'''Performed by:''' Jim Henson (1977-1990), Steve Whitmire (2000-2016), Peter Linz (2017-present)
->'''Voiced by:''' Bob Bergen (''Little Muppet Monsters'')
->'''Debut:''' ''The Muppet Show'' (1977)


Imagine Creator/WilliamShatner with double the ego, half the brains, and a pig's snout. Link, star of the ''Pigs In Space'' sketches, considers himself a gifted actor, a brave action star, and irresistible to the lady pigs. Needless to say, he falls short in all of those categories.

* BrainlessBeauty: He considers himself handsome, though he isn't so smart.
* TheCaptain: In ''Pigs in Space''
* DaChief: In the ''Bear on Patrol'' sketches with Fozzie.
* DemotedToExtra: If your familiarity with the Muppets is only with the movies, it comes as a surprise to see what a major character this guy was on the Muppet Show proper. After Jim Henson died, however, Link pretty much [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome disappeared.]]
** TheBusCameBack: He returned in the 2011 movie, appearing regularly in the background or in group scenes. He even has a major role in the "Smells Like Teen Spirit" musical number, singing as a member of the Muppet Barbershop Quartet with Sam, Rowlf and Beaker. As a result, this is the biggest role that Link has ever had in any of the theatrical Muppet films to date.
** Link also had a good amount of lines and screentime in ''Film/MuppetsMostWanted''.
* DodgyToupee: The wig he wears isn't his real hair, a clear nod to one of Shatner's most infamous quirks.
* FakeUltimateHero: He calls himself brave. Nothing could be further from the truth.
* FantasticRacism: He's a little ''too'' proud to be a pig.
%%* GeneralFailure
* LanternJawOfJustice: With a cleft you could lose spare change in.
%%* MilesGloriosus
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Of Creator/WilliamShatner.
* OfCorsetsFunny: It's revealed he wears one, as part of his vain personality and Shatner-esque qualities.
* SmallNameBigEgo: He considers himself to be a lady's man, smart, gifted, etc.

!!Lew Zealand
->'''Performed by:''' Jerry Nelson (2008-2003), Bill Barretta (2002-2005), Matt Vogel (2008-present)
->'''Debut:''' ''The Muppet Show'' (1978)


A goofy clown who throws fish all over the place. Only on the Muppets would this act be considered ''boring''. His act hasn't changed at all over the decades, but he's still trying relentlessly for the chance to show the world his comedic genius.

* AscendedExtra: Originally created as a one-shot character, he appeared multiple times on ''The Muppet Show'' and in the movies.
* CatchPhrase: I throw the fish away! And they come BACK to me!
* FlatCharacter: 99% of his appearances consist of variants on his boomerang fish act or talking about fish. He's still really funny.
* ICallItVera: But with boomerang fish.
* NonIronicClown: He dresses and acts like a vaudevillian clown. His act is presented as ridiculous, but he's not [[MonsterClown evil]] or [[SadClown sad]].
* SimpletonVoice: Even his voice sounds silly.

!!Annie Sue
->'''Performed by:''' Louise Gold
->'''Debut:''' ''The Muppet Show'' (1978)


A child prodigy, Annie Sue was introduced as Miss Piggy's understudy, known as the most hazardous position in the industry. Despite Piggy's scarcely-veiled animosity towards her, Annie Sue remained cheery and never failed to please the crowd. This, of course, only enraged Piggy even more.

* AscendedExtra: Had turned up as a generic female pig used in various production numbers, but didn't get featured as a named character until season 3.
* TheCutie: She's cute as a button, much to Piggy's chagrin.
* TheIngenue: Oh, so ''very'' much.
* MeaningfulName: MarySue, as confirmed by WordOfGod.
* RecurringCharacter: Whenever the writers felt like tweaking Piggy.
* SitcomArchNemesis: As Miss Piggy's younger, prettier and very talented understudy, this is how Miss Piggy saw her. It didn't help that Kermit found her to be quite charming and the theater audience ''adored'' her.

!!Robin the Frog
->'''Performed by:''' Jerry Nelson (1971-2003), Matt Vogel (2008-2017), Peter Linz (2017-present)
->'''Voiced by:''' Russi Taylor (''Muppet Babies (1984)'')
->'''Debut:''' ''Film/TalesFromMuppetlandTheFrogPrince'' (1971)

Kermit's adorable little nephew, Robin's role on the Muppet Show fit his status as the youngest of the cast members. Sometimes he would cutely win the crowd over, and other times he would ask embarrassing questions, make impolite comments, and pout when he didn't get his way. Robin also seems to be the Muppet character designed to appeal best to small children.

* ArtifactTitle: Why is he named Robin? In his first appearance, he was a human prince named [[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail Sir Robin the Brave]] who had... [[Film/TalesFromMuppetlandTheFrogPrince well, we all know this story.]] After this, he was retooled as Kermit's nephew (the whole Frog Prince thing could probably fall under the AnimatedActors clause), but he kept his medieval-era name.
* CheerfulChild: He's a good-natured, optimistic kid.
* ADayInTheLimelight: Robin may be a relatively minor character, but he's had two opportunities to take the spotlight all for himself: his performance of "Halfway Down The Stairs" (which became a Top 40 hit), and starring in his own action game for the Playstation.
%%* InnocentProdigy
%%* KidAppealCharacter
%%* [[LittleMissSnarker Little Mister Snarker]]: Sometimes.
* LovableCoward: Has some elements of this, being a kid and all. You may think "Sir Robin the Brave" is a reference to [[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail something]], but ''The Frog Prince'' [[OlderThanTheyThink predates that movie by a few years]].
* MoralityPet: If the Muppets ever need to dial down the chaos and get a little sentimental, Robin is usually front and centre.
** Notably, in the episode featuring Alice Cooper, they have Robin sing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow". In an episode full of irreverent humor, ghosts, monsters, and the most controversial guest star to date, they had that one sweet, innocent moment.
* {{Nephewism}}: The second season firmly established Robin as Kermit's nephew. His parents are never seen, but his father was mentioned once on this show. ''WesternAnimation/MuppetBabies'' later referred to his mother being Kermit's older sister. This trope is so evident that Robin played the Tiny Tim role to Kermit's Bob Cratchit in ''Film/TheMuppetChristmasCarol''.
* NotAllowedToGrowUp: He's been a kid for 45 years and counting.
* OddCouple: He and Sweetums are the best of friends.
* OddFriendship: With Sweetums. Really odd considering ''The Frog Prince'' story cast them as enemies.
* TagalongKid: For the Muppets, being the youngest.

->'''Performed by:''' Richard Hunt (1976-1991), John Henson (1991-2005), Noel [=MacNeal=] (2008), Matt Vogel (2009-present)
->'''Voiced by:''' Carl Banas (''Tales from Muppetland: The Frog Prince''), Jerry Nelson (''Muppet [=RaceMania=]'')
->'''Debut:''' ''Tales from Muppetland: The Frog Prince'' (1971)


Sweetums first appeared as one of the main villains in Jim Henson's ''The Frog Prince'' special, but deep down inside, he's actually [[GentleGiant quite sweet]] despite his intimidating looks. He's a large, full-bodied ogre who's often paired with Robin.

* TheBigGuy: He's a full-body monster, which makes him tall even compared to humans.
* ButtMonkey: He gets picked on a lot for such a nice guy.
* ExtremeOmnivore: He once ate Candace Bergen's camera, saying "I've tasted better." When she complains to Kermit, he says "You're lucky. [[ImAHumanitarian Last week he ate the guest.]]"
* FluffyTheTerrible: This was played straight in his first appearance, but nowadays "Sweetums" is a MeaningfulName.
* GentleGiant: He looks big and mean, but it's just bluster 90% of the time. Just watch out for that remaining 10%...
** Except in "Film/TalesFromMuppetlandTheFrogPrince", which was also his first appearance. He repeatedly tried to eat or smash Robin. Speaking of...
** [[Film/TheMuppetMovie Are you kidding?]] [[Film/MuppetTreasureIsland I love you guys!]]
* [[HugeGuyTinyGirl Huge Monster Tiny Frog]]: Often paired with Robin.
* LightningBruiser: He is a ''fantastic'' dancer.
* OddFriendship: With Robin. Really odd considering ''The Frog Prince'' story cast them as enemies.
* VocalDissonance: His voice is deep, but he sounds more "big-city truck driver" than "man-eating monster".

->'''Performed by:''' Jerry Nelson (1978-2003), Alice Dinnean (2005), Matt Vogel (2008-present)
->'''Voiced by:''' Frank Welker (''Muppet Babies (1984)'')
->'''Debut:''' ''The Muppet Show'' (1978)


A chicken, and a non-anthropomorphic one at that. Despite this handicap, Camilla hasn't let that stop her from being a singer and an actress in many acts on the show. It's also won her the love of the Great Gonzo, although her boyfriend's roving eye for all manner of fowl has often put a strain on their relationship.

* AscendedExtra: She only appeared a few times on the show, but is well-known to fans of the movies.
* CloudCuckooLander: Shares a lot of Gonzo's wild interests, especially in the Disney World special
* CrossdressingVoices: Played by Jerry Nelson.
* DartboardOfHate: She has a dartboard with a picture of [[UsefulNotes/KentuckyFriedChicken Colonel Sanders]] on it in her dressing room.
* InterspeciesRomance: With Gonzo.
* OfficialCouple: With Gonzo.
** The 2015 series establishes that they split up shortly before the start of the show when Gonzo wanted to get more serious, but they get back together later in the first season.
* TertiarySexualCharacteristics: Those glamourous eyes of hers.
* TheUnintelligible: Only speaks in chicken sounds.

->'''Performed by:''' Jerry Nelson (1980-2002), Matt Vogel (2011-present)
->'''Debut:''' ''The Muppet Show'' (1980)

The Muppet Theater's crotchety, semi-senile old doorman. In the show's final season, guest stars had to get through him to get on the show - [[HilarityEnsues hilarity often ensues.]]

* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: "There's something terrible in this coffee! ...oh, heh heh, it's my finger."
* EyesAlwaysShut: Behind transparent glasses, no less!
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Sometimes he slips into a Southern accent for no real reason.
* SeniorSleepCycle: Zzzzzz....

!!Uncle Deadly
->'''Performed by:''' Jerry Nelson (1976-1979), Matt Vogel (2011-present)
->'''Debut:''' ''The Muppet Show'' (1976)


The "Phantom of the Muppet Theater", Uncle Deadly is some sort of refined, British dragon-ghost-thing known for performing Shakespeare. He was murdered by the critics and spent his time afterwards scaring the theater's crew just for fun. He became more well-known after ''Film/TheMuppets'', where he served as TheDragon to the CorruptCorporateExecutive BigBad.

* AscendedExtra: Became a major character in ''Film/TheMuppets'' film. After being absent from [[Film/MuppetsMostWanted the following film]], he gains a decent presence in [[Series/TheMuppets the 2015 TV series]].
%%* ClassicallyTrainedExtra
* DastardlyWhiplash: Has this role in the Melodrama sketches with Wayne and Miss Piggy.
* {{Dracolich}}: A non-malicious example.
* EvilBrit: He took some serious umbrage with this trope.
* HypercompetentSidekick: He's one to Miss Piggy in the 2015 series, his most important job being to manage the pig's temper.
-->"I've woven such a cocoon of lies, she has no idea of her size, weight, or even how old she is."
* OddFriendship: With Wayne. The Melodrama sketches they starred in would always get diverted into the two bonding over a CommonalityConnection, much to the annoyance of Miss Piggy (who played the DamselInDistress).
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: Resembles a dragon, and was referred to as one in [[Film/TheMuppets the 2011 movie's]] junior novelization.
* OurGhostsAreDifferent: The ghost of a Shakespearean actor who was murdered... by the critics!
* RecurringCharacter: In the second and third season, would periodically star in on-stage skits, usually (and bizarrely) paired with Wayne after Wanda was dropped.
* TokenEvilTeammate: He ain't called "Uncle Deadly" for nothing.

!! Dr. Julius Strangepork
->'''Performed by:''' Jerry Nelson (1977-2003), Matt Vogel (2009-present)
->'''Voiced by:''' Greg Berg (''Little Muppet Monsters'')
->'''Debut:''' ''The Muppet Show'' (1977)


''Pigs in Space'''s German-accented science officer, forever the bearer of bad news, and the only crewman on the ''Swinetrek'' who takes his job seriously. Outside of this role, Julius' performances are few and far between.

* DemotedToExtra: Didn't appear much on the show outside of [[PunctuatedForEmphasis PIGS ... IN ... SPAAAACE!]] anyway but has made a few background cameos here and there.
* HerrDoktor: The science officer in Pigs In Space.
* OnlySaneMan: Trapped on a spaceship, facing constant hazards and hostile aliens, with no company other than two self-absorbed twits for years... poor Strangepork.
* SatelliteCharacter: For Link. The official Muppets website even spelled this out in his bio.
* YouKeepUsingThatWord / DelusionsOfEloquence: Not used by himself, but the narrator always introduces him in this way ("And the ubiquitous / [[SesquipedalianLoquaciousness sesquipedalian]] / inexplicable Dr Julius Strangepork!"

!!Marvin Suggs
->'''Performed by:''' Frank Oz (1976-1981), Eric Jacobson (2011)
->'''Debut:''' ''The Muppet Show'' (1976)


One of the show's stranger recurring characters, Marvin Suggs is a crazy little blue man with a silly accent who enjoys making music by beating on an instrument made up of sentient furballs (the Muppaphones). Despite his unusually cruel act, he rarely got any sort of comeuppance.

* BlackComedy: Injures his sentient muppaphones all the time.
* CatchPhrase: "SHUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUT UP!" (to his Muppaphones, whenever they started complaining or getting restless)
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: When Leslie Ann Warren upbraids Suggs for hitting living creatures, he exasperatedly responds, "Of course they're alive. You can't make music by hitting DEAD creatures!"
* {{Expy}}: This is a somewhat less psychotic version of the Creator/MontyPython "Mouse Organ" sketch.
* FrenchJerk: His accent sounds french, and he's rather unpleasant.
* JerkAss: He's rather sadistic.
* KarmaHoudini: Except twice -- first when he himself gets clobbered with a gigantic mallet and second when a witch doctor gave him a well-deserved KarmicTransformation.
* KickTheDog: His poor Muppaphones...[[note]]Frank Oz imagined that they had an even worse private life, at home with Marvin.[[/note]]
* MadArtist: He has a bizarre act that no one understands, and is quite strange and aggressive himself.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Quite the egotist.
* WhatTheHellIsThatAccent: According to Frank Oz, he based Marvin's accent on an exaggerated version of a French friend's voice.
* YouDoNotWantToKnow: Marvin once told Kermit that the Muppaphones have to be replaced after a while because they go flat (literally). When Kermit asks him what happens to the old Muppaphones, Marvin replies, "I don't think you want to know."

!!The Newsman
->'''Performed by:''' Jim Henson (1976-1989), Jerry Nelson (1996), Brian Henson (2001-2003), Steve Whitmire (2008-2016), Eric Jacobson (2017-present)
->'''Debut:''' ''The Muppet Show'' (1976)


A bespectacled, stone-serious journalist, the Newsman never hesitates to break the latest news story... and the subject of the latest story never fails to break ''him''. One of the Muppets' most slapstick characters.

* ButtMonkey: Whenever he talks about news stories, you know Newsman will get attacked by the subject.
* CatchPhrase: "This is a Muppet news flash!"
* ChangingOfTheGuard: Basically taking over Kermit's news reporter job from ''Series/SesameStreet'', since Kermit's occupied with running the show.
* DeadLineNews: Or at least ''injured'' line news.
* DoomMagnet: When he breaks news stories, bad luck will happen to him.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Only ever called "The Newsman".
* GenreBlind: He ''never'' learns, and continues with his newscast even when he really shouldn't.
* IHaveManyNames: The Newsman, the Newscaster, the Reporter...
* RunningGag: Whatever he's reporting on ''will'' come back to bite him.
* [[SpeakOfTheDevil Speak Of The Falling Cow]]: Almost anything he reports on will promptly either appear and attack him or just fall out of the sky onto him.
* TemptingFate: His entire act revolves around this.
%%* ThisJustIn
* ThrowTheDogABone: In the 2011 movie, the Muppets allow the Newsman to participate in their telethon, running the phone lines. Not only does nothing bad happen to the Newsman for once, but at the end of the film, he is able to report a news story in full, suffering no injuries! He also shows up in ''Muppets Most Wanted'', delivering a plot-relevant report with no ill effects.
%%* WeInterruptThisProgram:
* WhoWritesThisCrap: After one interview with a woman who's trying to break the world record for the most jumps in a row (motivating herself by standing on a hot plate), the Newsman calls someone to ask "Where do we get these nuts?" In many other sketches, while he doesn't say it aloud, his expression just ''screams'' the trope name.

!!Wayne and Wanda
->'''Wayne performed by:''' Richard Hunt (1976-1981), David Rudman (2011-present)
->'''Wanda performed by:''' Eren Ozker (1976-1977), Kathryn Mullen (1979), Alice Dinnean (2011), Julianne Buescher (2017)
->'''Debut:''' ''The Muppet Show'' (1976)


A pair of snobby singers who would frequently take the stage to sing tired old ballads - only to abruptly have some strange fate befall them, always foretold by the song's lyrics. None of the Muppets seemed to like them much, except Sam the Eagle, who was forever trumpeting them as the only respectable act on the show. If only they could finish a number...

* TheChewtoy: Invariably their duets ended with one or both of them injured.
* FlatCharacter: What happened to them was funnier than the characters themselves actually were.
* HollywoodToneDeaf: A nice aversion. Richard Hunt and Eren Ozker were both talented singers, and they gave Wayne and Wanda voices like those of modestly talented performers overconfidently pushing their vocals harder than they could handle.
* TheMoralSubstitute: "They're also church people", according to Sam.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Based on old Hollywood musical sweethearts Nelson Eddy and Jeanette [=MacDonald=].
* PlatonicLifePartners: Given their limited personalities, it was hard to pin down their relationship in their old days; they seemed pretty chaste for a pair known for singing love songs to each other. [[RelationshipUpgrade They were caught getting]] [[UnusualEuphemism pretty un-platonic]] in the 2011 movie.
%%* PublicDomainSoundtrack
* PutOnABus: While Wanda's disappearance after the first season was unremarked at the time, she and Wayne reunited reappeared a couple years later as part of a ''ThisIsYourLife'' show for Kermit's birthday. They revealed that Kermit had fired them, and they were now scraping by on minimum-wage jobs. Kermit, appalled that he could have done such a thing, [[ThrowTheDogABone re-hired them.]] When they sang out of joy, [[YankTheDogsChain Kermit re-fired them.]] Amusingly, this successfully kept the pair out of the Muppets for the next three decades.
** TheBusCameBack: The pair finally rejoined the Muppets in the 2011 movie. While their return was a mild surprise in and of itself, nobody expected them to get one of the biggest laughs in the film!
* RunningGag: The first season of the show had more running gags than character pieces. When Jerry Juhl replaced Jack Burns as head writer, Wanda was dumped, as running gags were all she had. Wayne, however, sporadically appeared in skits during the second and third seasons, oddly paired now with Uncle Deadly!
* SmallNameBigEgo: One of the few times they were given any non-musical dialogue, they made rude remarks about Kermit until they realized that [[RightBehindMe he was listening the whole time]].
* SpeakOfTheDevil: Their injury is usually related to whatever they're singing about.

!! Vendawish
->'''Performed by:''' Jerry Nelson

An arcade machine who grants wishes.

* JackassGenie: He fulfils one man's wish to be taller by physically stretching him out.
* MakeAWish: Well said! As a muppet drops a coin, They will have their wish granted.
* YouLookFamiliar: The same puppet was also used for Vendaface in the first season.

!! Mahna Mahna
->'''Performed by:''' Jim Henson (1969-1976), Bill Barretta (2001-present)
->'''Debut:''' ''Series/TheEdSullivanShow'' (1969)


A scruffy, hyperactive little guy who joins in musical numbers unannounced and uninvited. He pops all over the place, either yammering in incoherent scat or playing an obnoxiously loud instrument. There's no stopping him, and it's foolish to try.

* DivergentCharacterEvolution: A Muppet on ''Series/SesameStreet'' sang "Mahna Mahna" on its first season, and was retained for future musical numbers. This character is ''not'' Mahna Mahna, but a different Muppet named Bip Bipadotta; although one could be forgiven for confusing them, as the two characters look very similar, and are both played by Jim Henson using the same voice. [[note]]Bip Bipadotta wears sunglasses and sings in English; Mahna Mahna doesn't wear sunglasses and speaks only in scat.[[/note]] This distinction is SeriousBusiness amongst the fandom.
* NonSequitur: His act basically makes no sense whatsoever, but it's extremely catchy to most people. In ''Series/MuppetsTonight'', the song was presented as a mental disorder wherein the Snowths would appear from nowhere and sing whenever someone would say the name of the song. In ''Film/TheMuppets'', it's played during the end credits. Some people say it to break the ice in a conversation when they don't know what else to say, in the same vain as "[[Film/MaryPoppins Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious]]"!
* {{Flanderization}}: While many of his early appearances were in performances of the song, many of his early appearances also had him doing other things. In a sketch on ''The Ed Sullivan Show'', he played the drums and provided wisecracks (and spoke coherent English) in the "String Quartet" sketch. In the "Sax and Violence" number he played the triangle bell and stole the show. But in recent years, his appearances are almost always performances or parodies of "Mahna Mahna". Even his ''Sesame Street'' counterpart, Bip Bipadotta, shouted "Mahna Mahna!" when he made a cameo in a 2009 episode.
%%* OffscreenTeleportation
* PokemonSpeak: He's called "Mahna Mahna" because that's all he ever says, apart from {{scatting}}.
* {{Scatting}}: Either that or some weird language.
%%* ScrewySquirrel
* SitcomArchnemesis: For the Snowths especially, but potentially ''anybody''.
%%* TricksterArchetype
%%* {{Troll}}
* TheUnfettered: Let's put it this way; he once made ''Zoot'' angry.
* TheUnintelligible: Can only say his name.

!!Hugga Wugga
->'''Performed by:''' Frank Oz
->'''Debut:''' ''The Muppet Show'' (1976)


One of the best-remembered "one-sketch" characters (possibly second to Mahna Mahna), Hugga Wugga is some sort of purple alien who wanders around an alien swamp [[PokemonSpeak chanting his name]]. He gets angry at creatures who try to sing anything else and tries to "assimilate" them, but is ultimately given his just desserts by a happy yellow creature that sings "You Are My Sunshine".

* BerserkButton: Creatures that sing anything other than "Hugga Wugga".
* BlowYouAway: Shoots jets of air out of his nose whenever he gets angry.
* {{Jerkass}}: He gets really angry at anyone singing a different song.
* LaserGuidedKarma: The happy yellow creature that sings "You Are My Sunshine" gives him his just desserts at the end of the sketch.
* PlantPeople: He looks rather like a ''VideoGame/{{Pikmin}}'' enemy.
* PokemonSpeak: People call him "Hugga Wugga" because that's all he says.
%%* TheUnintelligible

!!Angus [=McGonagle=]
->'''Performed by:''' Jerry Nelson
->'''Debut:''' ''The Muppet Show'' (1980)


The original planned "guest star" for the ''[[Film/ANewHope Star Wars]]'' episode, Angus [=McGonagle=] is an ugly purple gargoyle Scotsman whose main (and possibly only) talent is gargling Music/GeorgeGershwin compositions "gorgeously". For some reason, his act is widely hated among the Muppets and their intergalactic guests.

%%* BadassBeard
* BrownNote: Gonzo (as Dearth Nadir) uses Angus' act to torture [[StarWars Luke Skywalker]]. Only a GainaxEnding is able to rescue him.
* TheDragon: Acts as this to Dearth Nadir ([[BlatantLies not Gonzo in a Darth Vader outfit]]).
* FauxHorrific: His gargling is painful enough to psychologically torment a Force-sensitive human and a fully-grown Wookiee.
* FieryRedhead: Has red hair and a red beard, and gets quite passionate and angry about his... umm, "art".
* FunnyForeigner: His Scottish-ness serves no real purpose other than to make him funnier and more random.[[note]]George Gershwin was an American composer of Eastern European Jewish ancestry, not Scottish.[[/note]]
* {{Gonk}}: He's pretty ugly. According to 2014's Muppets Character Guide, he ''is'' an actual gargoyle.
* ManInAKilt: Has only been seen in full Scottish regalia.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: His description reads like a MadLibs game: he's a purple kilted Scottish gargoyle who gargles Music/GeorgeGershwin compositions for his act. And his boss is Gonzo as a DarthVaderClone.
* OurGargoylesRock: A purple Scottish one with the [[FauxHorrific terrifying power]] of gargling jazz tunes.
* OverlyLongTongue: Has a longer tongue than most Muppets, all the better to gargle with.
* PurpleIsPowerful: He has purple skin, and his [[FauxHorrific Gershwin-gargling]] is the greatest threat to the Rebel Alliance in the Muppets' universe.
* TrrrillingRrrs: "Yes sirrrrree, Scoo'er lil' buddy, I'm rrrrrarrring t'gae!"
* ViolentGlaswegian: Played with. He gets angry, but the worst he actually does is gargle. His gargling is then played as [[FauxHorrific horrific]].

!!J. P. Grosse
->'''Performed by:''' Jerry Nelson
->'''Debut:''' ''The Muppet Show'' (1977)


Scooter's uncle, the owner of the Muppet Theater, and the man who Kermit has to keep happy at all costs. He was an unseen presence in the first season of the show, but made appearances in person for the second season, only to disappear again.

* CigarChomper: Always seen with a cigar whenever he actually appears.
%%* CorruptCorporateExecutive
%%* TheDreaded
* EvilUncle: Although his nephew was the only one he was nice to.
* TheGhost: As noted, at first the mere mention of him was usually enough to cow Kermit into giving in to Scooter or Muppy's demands. After three seasons of this, they finally brought him out as a regular character. However, the writers and performers eventually degreed that while Grosse was fun as an offscreen presence, in person he was too abrasive and threatening to be funny. Grosse was quickly DemotedToExtra.
%%* GrumpyOldMan
%%* RichInDollarsPoorInSense
%%* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney
* TheScrooge: He's usually characterized as tight-fisted, although he lets the Muppet Theater fall behind on their rent regularly.

->'''Performed by:''' Jerry Nelson (1970-1980), Tyler Bunch (2011)
->'''Debut:''' ''The Great Santa Claus Switch'' (1970)


A furry blue nine-foot-tall monster who loves to sing and dance.

* BreakupBreakout: In his debut appearance in the 1970 TV special ''The Great Santa Claus Switch'', he was paired with a slightly-similar green-furred counterpart named Thig. Unlike Thog, Thig [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome made no further appearances after that special]].
* GentleGiant: He's humongous and completely harmless.
* PutOnABus: He stopped making appearances in Muppet productions after ''The Muppet Show'' ended.
** TheBusCameBack: He was resurrected in the 2011 film ''The Muppets''.
* TheQuietOne: In many of his appearances, he doesn't speak at all. His scene with Harvey Korman revealed that he has a fussy, lisping little voice.
--> '''Marvin the Monster Trainer:''' [[ChewingTheScenery Speak, you demon! Speak!!]]
--> '''Thog:''' I hardly know where to begin. [[HiddenDepths I was weading Balzac the other day]] - just in translation, of course...
* YourSizeMayVary: When Thog was rebuilt in 2011, the new version of him ended up being 2 and a half feet taller than the original 1970 Thog costume. This was due to the puppet builder not having enough reference material of the original puppet to determine his proper height.

->'''Performed by:''' Unknown
->'''Debut:''' ''The Muppet Show'' (1979)


Waldorf's wife. She filled in once when Statler was sick and was unable to come see the show.

* IdenticalStranger: She looks like Statler in drag.
* OneShotCharacter: She only appeared in the Dizzy Gillespie episode.
* ThemeNaming: She and her husband Waldorf form the name of the famous Waldorf-Astoria hotel.

!!The Announcer
->'''Performed by:''' John Lovelady (1976-1977), Jerry Nelson (1976-2011), Matt Vogel (2016-present)
->'''Debut:''' ''The Muppet Show'' (1976)


The announcer for ''Pigs In Space'', ''Veterinarians' Hospital'' and ''Bear on Patrol''.

* NarratorAllAlong: In the Series finale episode (with Creator/GeneKelly), The narrator reveals to be a blue whatnot muppet.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: PIGS! IN! SPACE!