!!''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' is the TropeNamer for:

* AluminumChristmasTrees (along with the real ones, but ''Peanuts'' is the TropeCodifier)
* CharlieBrownBaldness
* DontCallMeSir
* IGotARock
* ThePigPen
* ThroughAFaceFullOfFur
* SecurityBlanket
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!!Trivia for the franchise in general:

* BasedOnADream: José Peterson debuted after Charles Schulz had a dream about creating a half-Swedish, half-Mexican character. He later admitted that the humor of the idea didn't really translate well from dream to actual strip.
* CreatorBreakdown: Physical example. Following heart surgery in the late-1980's, Schulz's motor skills began to deteriorate, his hand tremors resulting in the "wavy" look of the strip's final years. Despite that, as late as early 1999, Schulz publicly stated he had no intention of stopping the strip anytime soon. He wanted to continue into at least 2002, but his rapidly failing health convinced him to retire in November 1999.[[note]] Newspaper cartoonists traditionally draw strips in bundles, two to three months in advance of their publication ("eight weeks daily, twelve weeks Sunday" is standard). That's why the strip continued into 2000, and why the daily comic ended over a month before the Sunday strips – usually creators will coordinate that sort of thing and end both at once (like ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' did), but Schulz didn't have the time left to do so.[[/note]] He died mere hours before his final comic ran in newspapers.
* CreatorsFavoriteEpisode: Schulz often stated how much he loved the "Mr. Sack" strip sequence from 1973 (and later adapted part of the animated special ''It's an Adventure, Charlie Brown''), where Charlie Brown goes to summer camp wearing a sack on his head after developing a strange rash, only to become the most popular kid there.
* CrossDressingVoices: Peppermint Patty was voiced by a young boy in several of the cartoons.
** For the ''This is America, Charlie Brown'' mini-series (if you want to call it that) from the 1988/89 season, Erin Chase became the only female voice for Charlie Brown.
** Marcie, "Pig-Pen" and Franklin have also been subject to this trope.
* TheDanza: In the Mexican Spanish dubs of the recent specials, Peppermint ''Patty'' is voiced by ''Creator/PatriciaAcevedo''. (''Anime/SailorMoon'', [[Anime/DragonBall ChiChi]] and [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Lisa Simpson]])
** Averted by [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sally_Dryer Sally Dryer]], who in the first few years of the animated shows voiced Violet, Lucy and Patty at various times...but never Sally.
* DawsonCasting: Averted with the animated productions, which traditionally used actual children to play most of the main characters (a mandate from Schulz himself). Whether those children were ''actors'' depended. Charlie Brown was the only character that would always have a working child actor doing his voice.
* ExecutiveMeddling: Schulz was never particularly fond of the title "Peanuts", an invention of the syndicate. He was originally going to call it "Lil' Folks", the title of his proto-''Peanuts'' strip, but had to change it because it sounded too much like names of two other strips from the time, Al Capp's ''ComicStrip/LilAbner'' and the now-unknown ''Little Folks''.
** He specifically worried the title was confusing – that people would just ask [[IAmNotShazam "Who's Peanuts?"]], or refer to it as "Charlie Brown" or "Snoopy". And of course, he was completely right.
*** Not that it's justified, but the strip started in 1950, when the most popular kids' show was ''Series/TheHowdyDoodyShow''. And where did kids sit on ''Howdy Doody''? The ''peanut gallery''. The person who chose the title [[LogicalFallacies fails logic]] ''[[LogicalFallacies forever]]''.
** Schulz's authorized biographer Rheta Grimsley-Johnson argued that it really wasn't that bad of a name. A generic title works well for a strip with LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters; and given the direction the strip eventually took, ''Li'l Folks'' would have wound up being too awkwardly cutesy.
* HeAlsoDid: In the 1950s, Schulz drew numerous religious-themed cartoons for magazines and books published by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_God_(Anderson,_Indiana) The Church of God]], featuring characters that could be seen as teenage versions of the Peanuts gang.
** Schulz also co-created a short-lived late 1950s Sunday comic strip about sports called ''It's Only a Game'', though after a while he let the other co-creator, Jim Sasseville, handle everything.
** Then there were the non-Peanuts-related illustrations he did for paperback humor books by Art Linkletter and Bill Adler.
** Hilary Momberger, who voiced Sally from 1969-1973, is now a prolific [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0597344/ Hollywood script supervisor]].
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: Some specials have still not received a DVD release, notably the live-action/animation blend, ''It's the Girl in the Red Truck, Charlie Brown''. Though it was critically panned, some believe it's SoBadItsGood.
** ''You're in the Super Bowl, Charlie Brown!'' is another instance. It was released on VHS in 1993 exclusively at Shell gas stations (then sponsoring the NFL). Warner Home Video owns the rights to the ''Peanuts'' catalog, but this will probably never see a DVD release because it features NFL insignia and team logos… and the NFL is known to be ''extremely'' aggressive about suing for unauthorized use (or no-longer-authorized use in this case).
** Not entire specials themselves, but a handful of the earliest specials had ProductPlacement from Coca-Cola and Dolly Madison cakes – such as ''WesternAnimation/ItsTheGreatPumpkinCharlieBrown'', ''Charlie Brown's All-Stars'', and, most famously, ''WesternAnimation/ACharlieBrownChristmas''. These only appeared in the first few airings (i.e. when the sponsorship deals were still in place), and any remnants of these are relegated to ancient filmstrip recordings of the specials when they first aired. Thankfully, several of these have been uploaded to Website/YouTube, albeit in varying qualities.
* NetworkToTheRescue: Though their relationship with Schulz grew strained over the years (as noted below), United Feature Syndicate deserves credit for sticking with ''Peanuts'' even after a poor start. It debuted in just seven newspapers, two of which dropped it within the first six months.
** The first ''Peanuts'' book appeared in 1952. It was published mainly because the publishing house's editor-in-chief was an early fan of the strip.[[note]] He discovered ''Peanuts'' when he happened to notice it in the paper one day after reading a daily column about TabletopGame/{{bridge}}! [[/note]]
* TheOtherDarrin: Since the specials and movies used actual children to voice the characters, there was of necessity a great deal of cast turnover through the years. Averted with Bill Melendez, who continued to voice Snoopy and Woodstock through the years (and even appeared, posthumously, in 2015's ''WesternAnimation/ThePeanutsMovie'').
* OutlivedItsCreator: While this was famously (and thankfully) averted with the strip itself, the characters continue to appear in new animated works, commercials, merchandising, etc., more than a decade after Schulz's death.
* RecycledScript: Many of the animated specials have gags, dialogue, and even entire storylines lifted from the newspaper strip. To be fair, some of this was at Schulz's insistence.
* ScrewedByTheNetwork: Although Charles Schulz became a very rich man from the strip, he was never able to buy the copyright back from the syndicate – the price was always just a ''bit'' more than he could afford (the standard contract has changed since 1950; now the copyright for NewspaperComics automatically reverts to the creator after 20 years).
** Syndicates owning rights to the comics they distributed was largely standard practice until the 1980s and Bill Watterson's famous fight to prevent ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' merchandise. After that happened, Creators' Syndicate was founded and comic strip creators owning their work become more common.
** During a late 1970s contract dispute, the syndicate secretly hired Creator/DCComics vet Al Plastino as a possible replacement for Schulz. Plastino drew some spec strips that were shelved after a deal was reached with Schulz. Schulz didn't learn about the situation until long after the fact, and he was understandably ticked off. A couple of Plastino's strips [[http://hoodedutilitarian.com/2013/03/peanuts-oddity/ have been leaked]], and they're just as cringeworthy as you'd expect.[[labelnote:Explanation]] The two strips linked here show the characters acting much more mean-spirited than Schulz would ever have them. The slapstick is also more brutal and less funny.[[/labelnote]]
* TalkingToHimself: Bill Melendez voiced both Snoopy and Woodstock, so...
* TributeToFido:
** Snoopy was based on Charles Schulz's childhood dog, Spike. In the 1970s, we meet Snoopy's brother, who is named Spike.
** Snoopy's brother Andy was named (and modeled) after a dog that Schulz had in his later years.
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece:
** Some of the animated specials come off as this, especially during TheSeventies. Two examples are "It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown", where Sally wants to buy platform shoes, and "There's No Time For Love, Charlie Brown", where Peppermint Patty comments that the metric system will probably be official by the time she reaches high school[[labelnote:•]] (like the rest of the English-speaking world, the United States was on track to switch to metric by the early 1980s; ''unlike'' everywhere else, however, the process went completely off the rails by the end of the 70s – major industries were split on the issue [some supported it, but the economically-vital housing sector {construction, engineering, surveying, etc.} was dead-set against], the public was overwhelmingly opposed [this was also true in other countries, but their governments forced it through anyway], and the cost of changing millions of road signs and other official stuff during the era of Stagflation was deemed "not worth it"; so Congress gave up partway through, leaving the weird mix of Customary & Metric that's still in use in the USA today)[[/labelnote]]. There's also ''It's Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown'', which could not more obviously be tied to the 1983 film ''Film/{{Flashdance}}''.
** Many strips refer to real world events, but these were rarely reprinted (precisely because they were dated) until ''The Complete Peanuts''. Occasionally some slipped through when the reference was sufficiently obscure: for example, a series of strips in which Snoopy observes birds having furious (but unintelligible) political arguments while holding signs depicting different punctuation marks. This accompanied the bitter polarized political discourse in the US in the run-up to the 1964 election.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Originally, Marcie was going to be a boy as a joke for his long feminine hair until Schulz changed his mind and was forever thankful he did considering he almost threw away a great character for a cheap joke.
** Peppermint Patty was intended to be a main character of another comic strip Schulz planned. But he didn't have the time, so he added her in the ''Peanuts''.
* WriteWhoYouKnow: Both of Schulz's major biographies (''Good Grief'' by Rheta Grimsley-Johnson and ''Schulz and Peanuts'' by David Michaelis) agree that, for a man who preferred his privacy, Schulz put much of his personal life subtly in the strip. Grimsley-Johnson pointed to real people and situations that inspired Schulz. Michaelis went much further, arguing that the mean, restless Lucy was based on Schulz's first wife, and after their divorce (represented in the strip as Lucy getting kicked off the baseball team), Lucy became LighterAndSofter to reflect Schulz's happier second marriage, plus that he revealed his affair with another woman during his first marriage through Snoopy falling in love with another beagle and sending love notes and getting scolded for making long-distance phone calls. There has been some debate over how much of that is legitimate and how much is WildMassGuessing on the part of Michaelis.

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