--> For Muppets that showed up after The Muppet Show ended, go [[Characters/TheMuppets here.]]

!!Kermit the Frog
->Jim Henson (1955–1990; deceased)
->Steve Whitmire (1990–present)

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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 boyfriend of Miss Piggy and the equally long-suffering pal to Fozzie.

* 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.
* CharacterTics: Flailing his arms around wildly like he's directing air traffic.
* 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.
* [[ChasteToons Chaste Puppets]]: 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]]
* 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 more well-known for his ''Muppet Show'' role.
** EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Not that you could tell due to the shows being in black and white, but he was originally colored blue. He was also a lot more angry at first.
* TheEveryman: One of the most normal Muppets, relatively speaking.
* FreudianTrio: The Superego to Gonzo's Id and Fozzie's Ego.
* TheHeart[=/=]TeamDad: No Kermit, no Muppets. It's been established again and again, the new movie especially.
* TheHero: In most Muppet productions.
* TheHost: Kermit serves as the Muppet Show's emcee in all versions except Muppets Tonight.
* InterspeciesRomance: See below.
* OfficialCouple: Eventually with Miss Piggy.
* OnlySaneMan and OnlySaneEmployee: Well, kind of.
-->'''Kermit:''' Me? Not crazy? [[FridgeBrilliance I hired the others.]]
* SouthernFriedGenius: Although he's from the Deep South, he's quite rational and one of the smarter members of the cast.
* 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
* 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: Goes ''berserk'' when the Muppets do something that pushes them too far, such as kidnapping celebrities for their shows.
* WildTake: With much amusing arm-waving.

!!Miss Piggy
->Frank Oz (1976-2002)
->Eric Jacobson (2001-present)

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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.

* ActingForTwo: Played all four Witches in The Muppets Wizard of Oz.
* ArmorPiercingSlap: More like Karate Chop!
* AttentionWhore: Deprive Piggy of her spotlight at your own risk.
* {{Badass}}
* BigBeautifulWoman: She is usually treated as such, even though she's not a human woman, or even that big.
* 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: ''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.
* ADogNamedDog: A piggy named Miss Piggy in this case.
* DistractedByTheSexy: While she did have a huge crush on 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.]]
* 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.
* 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).
* {{Feminism}}: The only icon of 70s-era feminism to be a pig voiced by a man.
* {{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 has been overused and her negative traits and attitude problems have been over-emphasized.
** Her original JerkWithAHeartOfGold personality was reinstated in the 2011 movie, though.
** However, some of her appearances still Flanderize her. 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.
* 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."
* 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 [[TheGreatMuppetCaper Nicky Holiday]], find her extremely hot.
* InterspeciesRomance: With Kermit the Frog, obviously. 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 love her Kermy or care about the other Muppets, however.
* LargeHam: Both literally and figuratively.
* 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.
* OfficialCouple: With Kermit.
* 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}}
* 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.
* WhiteDwarfStarlet: Hasn't really made it enough to be washed-up, but has the personality.

!!Fozzie Bear
->Frank Oz (1976-2000)
->Eric Jacobson (2002-present)

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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 Borscht Belt comic. Wocka wocka.

* AmbiguouslyJewish [[note]]This is muddied up once we actually meet his mother Emily Bear. Though we've never seen Fozzie's father... Even if his father were AmbiguouslyJewish, though, Jewish heritage is traditionally matrilineal.[[/note]]
* BearsAreBadNews: Averted, despite what JustForFun/StatlerAndWaldorf might think.
* BearyFriendly
* BearyFunny
* 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]]".
* 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.
* CouchGag: First season.
* 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 sites 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
* GiftedlyBad: The schtick for his stage show segments is that Satler and Waldorf get all the punchlines, his original joke is just setup.
* TheLancer: Often content acting as Kermit's sidekick, especially in ''TheGreatMuppetCaper'' and ''Film/TheMuppets''.
* LetsSeeYouDoBetter
** Often does this 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
* ProducePelting: In ''MuppetBabies''
* PungeonMaster
* 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.

!!Gonzo the Great
->Dave Goelz (1974-present)

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[[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.

* 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.
* {{Badass}}: [[DoingItForTheArt Given the often death-defying nature of his art]].
** BadassAdorable
* 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}}
* CouchGag: His trumpet.
* [[DepravedBisexual Deranged Bisexual]]: 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.]]
* FreudianTrio: The Id to Fozzie's Ego and Kermit's Superego.
* GagNose
* InterspeciesRomance: While ''his'' species isn't known, he has a fetish for chickens, on another occasion a cow and on yet another, Big Bird.
** The movie ''Film/MuppetsFromSpace'' revealed that he's an alien. Unfortunately, [[DontExplainTheJoke this is also why]] that movie is essentially CanonDiscontinuity.
* TheLancer: Well, kind of.
* LiteralMinded: [[CharacterizationMarchesOn Again, in the first season]]
* MadArtist: He's supposed to be a partial {{Expy}} of Salvador Dali.
* 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 [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin wrestling a brick.]]
* VocalEvolution: His voice has gradually gotten deeper and less scratchy over the years. Just watch the first episode of ''TheMuppetShow'' and then one of the post-Henson Muppet films.
* WasntThatFun


!!Scooter
->Richard Hunt (1976-1991)
->David Rudman (2008-present)

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

* {{Adorkable}}
* AuthorAvatar: Richard Hunt reportedly based his performance on how he acted when he was younger.
* CatchPhrase[=/=]OnceAnEpisode: "Fifteen seconds to curtain!"
* 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. [[note]]Some even called UnfortunateImplications at stonewalling away a character whose performer died of AIDS.[[/note]]
* HalfIdenticalTwins: With Skeeter in ''MuppetBabies''
* TheIntern: During the first season.
* {{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
* OnlySaneMan: All the chaos around him is what makes him funny.
* {{Sidekick}}: To Kermit, sort of.
* TheSmartGuy: Well, he is a nerd. He even did a lecture at 2012's TED conference. In RealLife.
** The 2011 movie reveals that he got a job at Google after the Muppets went their seperate ways.

!!Rowlf
->Jim Henson (1962-1990)
->Bill Barretta (1996-present)

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Originally a mascot for Purina Dog Chow, later rising to prominence as a TV sidekick to Jimmy Dean (yes, ''that'' Jimmy Dean). 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: His role of Dr. Bob on ''Veterinarian's Hospital'' was "a quack who's gone to the dogs".
* CoolOldGuy
* DemotedToExtra: In the 1960's, Rowlf was pretty much the main star and leader of the Muppets, with Kermit being more of a second-tier character. In the 1970's, 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.
-->"I used to be a big star then."
* HurricaneOfPuns: Especially the ''Veterinarian's Hospital'' sketches.
* ThePianoPlayer
* StraightMan: In many of the 1960s Muppet productions and on ''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 permanent due to him commonly being attributed as the closest to Jim's actual personality.

!!Sam the Eagle
->Frank Oz (1975-1999)
->Eric Jacobson (2005-present)

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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.

* 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
* FantasticRacism: Hinted, in one episode, he mentions that 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 do.)
* KnowNothingKnowItAll: 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
* MoralGuardian
* OnlySaneMan: How he views himself. He isn't.
* PatrioticFervor
* PerpetualFrowner
* StrawmanPolitical: Of the Nixon-era and the sentiments of MoralGuardians.

!!Dr. Bunsen Honeydew
->Dave Goelz

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

* AbsentMindedProfessor
* CatchPhrase: "Greetings again from Muppet Labs!"
* EyelessFace: His glasses give the appearance of eyes, but his melon-like head is basically TheBlank.
* ForScience
* HeroicComedicSociopath
* JerkAss: Towards poor Beaker, though not intentionally. He's just ''really'' inconsiderate.
* MadScientist
* MeaningfulName: From three sources: Bunsen burners, honeydew melons, and Honeywell International, a huge aerospace/engineering firm that advertised heavily in the 1970s.
* NoOSHACompliance
* ThoseTwoGuys: With Beaker.

!!Beaker
->Richard Hunt, then Steve Whitmire

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Lab assistant to Bunsen Honeydew, whose face sports a perpetual look of shock. Only Honeydew can understand his "meep meeps."

* ButtMonkey: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcXiUSZPuWA Recently died.]] '''Still''' doesn't get any respect.
** IronButtmonkey: This trope should almost be renamed "The Beaker."
* CatchPhrase: Meep! Meep!
* 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 finally getting back at Bunsen.
** While being electrocuted by the Muppet Labs Nose-Warmer, he grabs Dr. Honeydew and adds him to the circuit.
* TheUnintelligible
* ThoseTwoGuys: With Bunsen.

!![[SelfDemonstrating/SwedishChef The Swedish Chef]]
->Jim Henson (1976-1990)
->Bill Barretta (1996-present)
->Frank Oz (only hands)

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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.

* ActingForTwo: [[InvertedTrope Inverted]]. Swedish Chef was always one puppeteer for the voice and head, and another doing the hands.
* 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.
* BadassMustache
* BigOlEyebrows: There's nothing up there ''but'' eyebrows. See EyelessFace below.
* ButtMonkey: If he wasn't successful in making dishes, the ingredients would attack him or something.
* 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!
* ChefOfIron: It's not so much that he uses cooking utensils as weapons (although he does)- he actually "cooks" with weapons including a "cakensmoosher" (a [[BatterUp baseball bat]], a "boom boom" (a [[GunsAndGunplayTropes blunderbuss]]), [[AnAxeToGrind an ax]], and more recently, a [[ChainsawGood chainsaw]] and a [[TheresNoKillLikeOverkill bazooka]].
* CrazyPrepared: He keeps battle ax, a chainsaw, and a bazooka in his kitchen ''on the infinitely small chance someone suggests he use them to cook''.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep
** 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 he just calls his nephew "Tom".
* EyelessFace: He has no visible eyes, only bushy eyebrows where eyes should be.
* {{Fauxreigner}}: Is sometimes acknowledged to not really speak Swedish.
* FunnyForeigner
* LethalChef: The very few times he does actually manage to complete a dish, it usually ends up something the non-suicidal would not want to put in their mouths.
* 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
* 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
* TheUnintelligible
** 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.

!!JustForFun/StatlerAndWaldorf
->Richard Hunt and Jim Henson
->Steve Whitmire & Dave Goelz

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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.
* CatchPhrase: Doh-ho-ho-ho-Hoh!
* [[CausticCritic Caustic Critics]]
* 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]]
* DirtyCoward: Statler, as proven when the ''Titanic'' sank
** He still has the dress he used to get onto the lifeboat.
* {{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
* [[GrumpyOldMan GrumpyOldMen]]: Their entire shtick is complaining about pretty much everything.
* GuiltyPleasures
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* HeterosexualLifePartners.
* [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Jerks With Hearts of Gold]]
* [[ScrewPolitenessImASenior Screw Politeness, We're Seniors!]]
* SelfDeprecation
* [[SourSupporter Sour Supporters]]: They showed up every week.
* TheStinger
* ThemeNaming: Named after hotels, of course. Waldorf's wife (who looks like Statler in drag) is named Astoria.
* ThoseTwoGuys
* VitriolicBestBuds: Constantly heckle each other too. "You old fool" is practically a pet name between them.

!!Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem

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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
* FiveManBand: Literally!
** TheHero: 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.

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!!!Dr. Teeth (keyboard)
->Jim Henson, then Bill Barretta
* BadassBeard: Mustacheless variation
* DelusionsOfEloquence
* GoldTooth
* 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 Chesire 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.
* PimpDuds
** NiceHat

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!!!Sgt. Floyd Pepper (bass guitar)
->Jerry Nelson
->Matt Vogel

* DeadpanSnarker
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* KidWithTheLeash: He's the only one with any sort of control over Animal.
** A literal ''chain'' leash, mind you.
* NewAgeRetroHippie
* OfficialCouple: With Janice.
* SecondLove: In the first season, Janice was often seen with Zoot.
* ShoutOut: [[PinkFloyd Guess what color Floyd is...]]
** 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.

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!!!Zoot (saxophone)
->Dave Goelz

* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: At times.
* CoolShades
* 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
* InformedJudaism: Revealed in ''Film/AMuppetsChristmasLettersToSanta''
* NiceHat
* TheQuietOne
* [[ShyBlueHairedGirl Shy Blue Haired Guy]]
* 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.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: And blue skin too.

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!!!SelfDemonstrating/{{Animal}} (drums)
->Frank Oz
->Eric Jacobson

* AllDrummersAreAnimals: Possibly the TropeNamer.
* BreakoutCharacter: From season two of''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
* 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 ''TheMuppetMovie''.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: In the recent-ish Muppet rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody, he only gets as far as "Mama..." Then he starts rushing around the stage shouting, "Mama," overjoyed at the prospect of seeing his dearest mother. Poor guy never does find her.
** 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 as much as heard his mother's voice, he completely geeked out with excitement. That is ADORABLE.
* ExtremeOmnivore
* FieryRedhead
* HulkSpeak / TheUnintelligible
* TheUnfettered: Not in the literal sense, of course. He's the one cast member who regularly has to be chained down.

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!!!Janice (guitar)
->Eren Ozker
->Richard Hunt
->David Rudman

* 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.
* GenderFlip: Also, her original concept drawing indicated that she was male and heavily inspired by MickJagger.
* GranolaGirl
* OfficialCouple: With Floyd. Though she was paired with Zoot in the first season.
* ValleyGirl: "Like, you know, fer sure!"

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!!!Lips (trumpet)
->Steve Whitmire

* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Disappeared after ''Film/TheMuppetChristmasCarol''.
** 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/Muppets Most Wanted''.
* EyesAlwaysShut
* 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
* RememberTheNewGuy: They never bothered to explain why the band had a new member.

!! Rizzo the Rat
->Steve Whitmire

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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 ''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''.
** DemotedToExtra: In ''Film/TheMuppets'', Rizzo doesn't have a single line, only appearing in crowd scenes. He's come full circle.
*** Despite his, Rizzo is still a core character in Muppet productions and will even have a bigger speaking role in Muppets Most Wanted.
* BigEater: Despite his small size.
* ButtMonkey
* DeadpanSnarker: With a Brooklyn accent, no less.
* IronButtMonkey: Nowhere near as bad as Beaker, but he does suffer a lot, sometimes alongside Gonzo, who isn't fazed in the slightest.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* 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
->Jerry Nelson
->Matt Vogel

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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's 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: In ''spades''.
* MadBomber
* SpeakOfTheDevil: Words like boom or dynamite would often prompt him to appear pull his plunger.
** Did someone say "Dynamite?" *KABOOM*
* TriggerHappy

!!Beauregard
->Dave Goelz

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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.

* AlmightyJanitor: He can carry ''pianos'' around by himself!
* BarefootCartoonAnimal
* 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
* DrivesLikeCrazy: As seen in ''TheGreatMuppetCaper''.
* {{Expy}}: Based off of [[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
->Jim Henson
->Steve Whitmire

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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 irresistable to the lady pigs. Needless to say, he falls short in all of those categories.

* BrainlessBeauty
* 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
* FakeUltimateHero
* FantasticRacism: He's a little ''too'' proud to be a pig.
* GeneralFailure
* LanternJawOfJustice: With a cleft you could lose spare change in.
* MilesGloriosus
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed
* OfCorsetsFunny: It's revealed he wears one, as part of his vain personality and Shatner-esque qualities.
* SmallNameBigEgo

!!Lew Zealand
->Jerry Nelson
->Matt Vogel

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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.
* SimpletonVoice
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!!Annie Sue
->Louise Gold

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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
->Jerry Nelson
->Matt Vogel

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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
* 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.
** If AnimatedActors applies to ''The Frog Prince'', maybe Sweetums is a case of MeanCharacterNiceActor ?
* TagalongKid

!!Sweetums
->Richard Hunt
->John Henson
->Matt Vogel

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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
* ButtMonkey: He gets picked on a lot for such a nice guy.
* ExtremeOmnivore
* 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...
** [[TheMuppetMovie Are you kidding?]] [[MuppetTreasureIsland I love you guys!]]
* [[HugeGuyTinyGirl Huge Ogre Tiny Frog]]: Often paired with Robin.
* LarynxDissonance: His voice is deep, but he sounds more "big-city truck driver" than "man-eating monster".
* LightningBruiser: He is a ''fantastic'' dancer.
* OddFriendship: With Robin. Really odd considering ''The Frog Prince'' story cast them as enemies.

!!Camilla
->Jerry Nelson
->Matt Vogel

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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
* InterspeciesRomance: With Gonzo.
* OfficialCouple: With Gonzo.
* TertiarySexualCharacteristics: Those glamourous eyes of hers.
* TheUnintelligible
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!!Pops
->Jerry Nelson
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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....
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!!Uncle Deadly
->Jerry Nelson
->Matt Vogel

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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''.
* {{Badass}}: In [[Film/TheMuppets the 2011 movie]], where [[spoiler:[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome he (a Muppet) pushes his boss (a human) off a building]]]]!
* ClassicallyTrainedExtra
* EvilBrit: He took some serious umbrage with this trope.
* 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!
** {{Dracolich}}: A non-malicious example.
* [[ThePhantomOfTheOpera The Phantom of the]] [[ShoutOut Muppet Theater]]
* 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

!! Dr. Julius Strangepork
-> Jerry Nelson

''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.
* ShoutOut: To ''DrStrangelove''.
* 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
-> Frank Oz
->Eric Jacobson

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
* 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.
* JerkAss
* 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]]
* LargeHam
* MadArtist
* MustacheOfFailedHeterosexuality: It's fake, too.
* SmallNameBigEgo
* WhatTheHellIsThatAccent: According to Frank Oz, he based Marvin's accent on an exaggerated version of a French friend's voice.
** FrenchJerk
* 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
-> Jim Henson

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
* CatchPhrase: "This is a Muppet news flash!"
* DeadLineNews: Or at least ''injured'' line news.
* DoomMagnet
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep
* GenreBlind: He ''never'' learns.
* IHaveManyNames: The Newsman, the Newscaster, the Reporter...
* OnceAnEpisode
* RunningGag
* [[SpeakOfTheDevil Speak Of The Falling Cow]]
* 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!
** No harm comes to him in ''Film/MuppetsMostWanted''.
* WeInterruptThisProgram

!!Wayne and Wanda
->Richard Hunt
->Erin Ozker

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...

* FlatCharacter: What happened to them was funnier than the characters themselves actually were.
* HollywoodToneDeaf: A nice aversion. Richard Hunt and Erin 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.
* 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 the writing staff changed, 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

!! Mahna Mahna
->Jim Henson
->Bill Barretta

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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 Snouths 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
* ScrewySquirrel
* SitcomArchnemesis: For the Snowths especially, but potentially ''anybody''.
* TricksterArchetype
* {{Troll}}
* TheUnfettered: Let's put it this way; he once made ''Zoot'' angry.
* TheUnintelligible

!!Hugga Wugga
->Frank Oz

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
* 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 ''{{Pikmin}}'' enemy.
* PokemonSpeak
* TheUnintelligible

!!Angus [=McGonagle=]
->Jerry Nelson

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 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]]).
* FieryRedhead: Has red hair and a red beard, and gets quite passionate and angry about his... umm, "art".
* 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.
* OverlyLongTongue
* TrrrillingRrrs: "Yes sirrrrree, Scoo'er lil' buddy, I'm rrrrready t'gae!"
* ViolentGlaswegian

!!J. P. Grosse
->Jerry Nelson

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
* 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 four 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. To see how they ultimately dealt with him, see below.
* GrumpyOldMan
* KilledOffForReal: If you take a deleted scene from ''ItsAVeryMerryMuppetChristmasMovie'' as official word, Kermit inherited the theater after Grosse's death. Either way, he hasn't been seen since. It says something about how unsuccessful the character was that he was the only Muppet to be ''killed off''.
* RichInDollarsPoorInSense
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney
* TheScrooge

!!Thog
->Jerry Nelson

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
* PutOnABus: He stopped making appearances in Muppet productions after ''The Muppet Show'' ended.
** TheBusCameBack: He was resurrected in the 2011 film ''The Muppets''.
* YourSizeMayVary: When Thog was rebuilt in 2011, the new version of him ended up being taller than the original 1970 Thog costume.
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