* AdaptationDisplacement: While the TV specials are generally better known than the comic strips, there are a rather vocal section of fans who take their cues from Schulz as far as treating only the strips as canon and ignoring pretty much ''anything'' from cartoons, even if it's minor stuff like the Super Bowl special giving Marcie a last name (which was never stated in the strips).
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: A lot, but specifically that Peppermint Patty and Marcie are SchoolgirlLesbians. In-strip, though, both are clearly crushing on Charlie Brown. A bit further out, there are those who consider Peppermint Patty to be omnisexual/into bestiality, due to her firm belief that Snoopy is 'a funny-looking kid with a big nose'. [[spoiler: She got enlightened later, but still treats him the same way.]]
** Similarly, there are some who consider Lucy's cruelty toward Charlie Brown as a mask for her own romantic feelings for him...yes, there are people who act like that.
** There are those who think that Schroeder is gay.
*** [[SingleTargetSexuality Gay for Beethoven]], maybe.
*** Or maybe [[spoiler: [[DogSeesGod for Charlie Brown]].]]
*** There are also those who think Schroeder is simply Asexual and aromantic.
** In the foreword to the 1975-76 collection, Robert Smigel (an ''Series/{{SNL}}'' writer and the guy behind ''Triumph The Insult Comic Dog'') argues against the popular view of Charlie Brown as a {{Determinator}} - see that entry below.
-->Charlie Brown didn't keep trying to kick Lucy's football out of some inner strength and Horatio Alger resolve we were supposed to admire. He did it because he was weak. He was flawed, and he couldn't help himself. But that's exactly why we love him.
** The reason Violet constantly says MyDadCanBeatUpYourDad is because she doesn't want anyone to know that she wishes he'd spend more time with her.
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic:
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBaLzmBfHgA Flash Beagle]].
*** The first time we hear it (main time), Snoopy, as "Flashbeagle," goes into a 1980s dance club and shows he has dance moves (and dressed in a "Flashdance" outfit--headband, torn sweats, leg warmers) to the humans there.
*** The second time we hear it (reprise), a student heckling Sally and Snoopy pulls out a boom box and turns it on. Snoopy hears the rhythm and music, causing him to dance all over again. He becomes Flashbeagle without the outfit while the other students dance. [[spoiler:This gives Sally her first "A" in Show and Tell and lets her defend Snoopy's behavior to Charlie Brown.]]
** For "She's a Good Skate, Charlie Brown", when Woodstock whistles [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yH_RlC6Ahe8 "O Mio Babbino Caro" by Puccini to help Peppermint Patty perform her ice-skating routine]]. Aside for a little piano, it's non-vocal and mostly a capella.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JgoPl35n_AY LINUS. AND. LUCY.]]
** The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show opening themes, from [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ja91kaT3fdk Season 1's gentle piano keys]] to the jazzy [[DancingTheme "Let's Have A Party"]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-94aF6AF-gM of season 2]].
** ''All'' the music in ''ACharlieBrownChristmas''.
** "The Great Pumpkin Waltz" from ''ItsTheGreatPumpkinCharlieBrown''.
** The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KJeS1MdYWc theme]] from ''A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving'', which is also a HeartwarmingMoment Theme.
** Also from ''A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving''; [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0U9_RZJMQyo "Little Birdie"]].
* BaseBreaker: Lucy. People either [[JerkassDissonance love her]] for her personality [[JerkSue or hate her]] for the very same reasons.
* CargoShip: If taken to the extreme, Schroeder/Toy Piano and Linus/Security Blanket. Unfortunately, those two pairings might be the [[AllLoveIsUnrequited only two requited relationships]].
* CreatorsPet: Rerun, who pretty much usurped control over the strip in the last five-six years at the expense of every character not named Lucy, Charlie Brown, and Snoopy. Spike, Snoopy's older brother, also fits the bill as well.
* DorkAge: There are lots of opinions on when the strip's GoldenAge was, how far it fell from that over the years, and exactly when the SeasonalRot first set in, but pretty much everyone agrees that the 1980s were the weakest period, with frequent rehashing of old ideas, misguided attempts at [[WereStillRelevantDammit relevance]], and the inexplicable rise of [[CreatorsPet Snoopy's brother Spike]]. Some of this was due to [[RealLifeWritesThePlot circumstances beyond Schulz's control]], namely a heart attack that forced him to slow down his working pace.
* EarWorm: "Linus and Lucy". How much so? One poll reported that the theme was the most recognizable piece of music in the world.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Snoopy. The first couple of years of the strip had him being a non-entity who never spoke and was treated as a secondary character. But he quickly became arguably the most famous character of the series.
** Alternatively, you have Lucy (upstaging female lead characters Patty and Violet) and Peppermint Patty, who had her own supporting cast of sorts (Franklin, Marcie and occasionally Josť Peterson).
** Schulz himself noted the discrepancy between Pig-Pen's popularity and his rare appearances in the strip
** Peggy Jean is surprisingly popular in fanfiction - maybe because she's the only girl that treats Charlie Brown with nothing but kindness.
* EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory: Linus' belief in the Great Pumpkin is supposedly a metaphor for religious faith, but has been {{Jossed}}.
** Though it ''is'' a metaphor for believing in Santa.
** [[WordOfGod Schulz claimed]] that he thought the idea of a kid confusing Christmas and Halloween (well, Santa Claus and trick-or-treating, anyway) [[RuleOfFunny would be a funny plotline]], but [[{{Jossed}} did not intend to place any deeper meaning or message behind it]].
* FanPreferredCouple: As noted above, fans really like to portray Marcie and Peppermint Patty as SchoolgirlLesbians.
* {{Fanon}}: Several elements of the strip, including the Little Red-Haired Girl's actual name and Marcie's last name ''You're in the Super Bowl'' called her Marcie Johnson, but Schulz has said that he never considered the animated specials canon. Another special gave the Little Red-Haired Girl's name as "Heather." Again, not canon, but fanfiction uses it anyway, usually on the grounds that they have to call her ''something''.
* FanonDiscontinuity: Fans of the newspaper strip versus fans of the animated cartoons, as far as whether or not character details that are expanded upon in the latter (such as Marcie's last name, the number and names of Snoopy's siblings, and what the Little Red-Headed Girl looks like) should count as canon.
* FollowTheLeader: ''Peanuts'' was influential on comic strips in general, but a few strips took very specific inspiration from it:
** ''ThePerishers'' (1959-2006) was a British strip about a group of kids and a dog. The humor was more British-style and the artwork was more in line with British strips like ''AndyCapp''.
** ''Winthrop'' (1967-1993). After ''Peanuts'' became a cultural phenomenon, Dick Cavalli [[{{Retool}} Retooled]] his strip ''Morty Meekle'' to be about...a group of kids and a dog. It also had some slightly altered [[{{Expy}} Expies]] of ''Peanuts'' characters: instead of Pig-Pen, an obsessively ''clean'' boy (Spotless [=McPartland=]); instead of Lucy, a belligerent ''boy'', and so on. The artwork was reminiscent of early ''Peanuts'' as well, but it ''did'' feature some adults in the cast.
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: The very last strip, like all comic strips, was written many weeks in advance...and was printed the day after Charles Schulz died.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: At least two translations of the strip (the French one and the Swedish one) were renamed after Snoopy. He's also ''very'' popular in Japan.
** It would be interesting to note that, if you look at Yoshi from the Super Mario series' look and personality, it's very similar to Snoopy. Even similar enough to think Yoshi might be an AffectionateParody in tribute to Snoopy.
** A peculiar example (almost a form of CoveredUp) is that in the USA the animated specials are better known than the original strips, whereas in other countries it's usually the other way around.
* GrowingTheBeard: The late 1950s, when the characterizations of Charlie Brown (ButtMonkey {{Determinator}}) and Snoopy (AnthropomorphicShift to an IntellectualAnimal) finally crystallized.
* HarsherInHindsight: Listen to contemporary news stories of [[KidsAreCruel bull]][[TeensAreMonsters ying]], then go read a ''Peanuts'' strip, or watch any of the specials (such as the Auditorium scenes in ''ACharlieBrownChristmas''). [[DudeNotFunny Not as funny as it used to be, is it?]]
* HilariousInHindsight: On June 10, 1959, shortly after Sally's birth...
--> '''Linus:''' When I'm twenty-two and Sally is seventeen, do you think she'll go out with me?
** A 1961 strip has Sally expressing her ''disappointment'' that she can't go to school with the other kids.
** [[http://www.gocomics.com/peanuts/1998/03/20 This 1998 strip]] all but predicts Tiger Woods' sex scandal 11 years later, as long as you take into account [[AccidentalInnuendo the different meanings of "ho/hoe"]].
** In the 1970s, there was a character named Poochie who was [[ShooOutTheNewGuy shooed out almost immediately]]. [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Does that sound familiar?]]
* IAmNotShazam: When the strip first came out, people naturally assumed that Charlie Brown's name was "Peanuts". This frustrated Charles Schulz, who had predicted that this would happen.
* IconicCharacterForgottenTitle: Many people thought the comic strip was called "Charlie Brown" or "Snoopy". Sunday comics added subtitles such as "Featuring Snoopy" or "Featuring Good Ol' Charlie Brown". The reason for this, as mentioned in IAmNotShazam, is because Schulz didn't want the strip to be named "Peanuts" and didn't want any readers thinking Peanuts was Charlie Brown's real name.
* LauncherOfAThousandShips: Believe or not, Charlie Brown. In ''Peanuts'' fanfiction (yes, there is ''Peanuts'' fanfiction), he's been paired up with [[{{Tomboy}} Peppermint Patty]], [[{{Canon}} The Little]] [[SatelliteLoveInterest Red-]]{{H|eroesWantRedheads}}aired [[HeWhoMustNotBeSeen Girl]], [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation Lucy]] and [[CrackPairing Frieda]]. In the strip, there's also {{M|eganekko}}ar[[BrainyBrunette cie]], who has a huge crush on Charlie Brown, and he also had a short-lived romance with a girl named Peggy Jean. And in the early days, [[ThoseTwoGuys Patty and Violet]] sometimes showed romantic interest in him.
* LoveToHate: Lucy Van Pelt.
** And Violet.
* MemeticLoser: Charlie Brown both in and out of universe. As Chris Rock once said, "He didn't even star in his own Halloween special."
* MemeticMutation: Snoopy's happy dance.
** Lucy pulling the football away from Charlie Brown has become a popular analogy. Political pundits especially seem to love it.
* MoralEventHorizon: Lucy crossed it in "It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown", when she decides to humiliate poor Chuck as opposed to give him a ThrowTheDogABone moment by letting him kick the ball. Further cemented in that at the homecoming party, she decides to blame Charlie Brown for losing the game, even though it was her fault Peppermint Patty's team lost the homecoming game.
* NarmCharm: The animated specials, particularly the very early ones, have a great deal of this.
* NauseaFuel: An early 1970s Sunday strip has this, when Lucy drinks some soda with a straw that Snoopy used without her knowledge. The disgusted expressions that Charlie Brown makes because of this distract Lucy from their conversation.
* TheScrappy: Rerun
** RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap: Rerun's late-1990s resurgence, [[BaseBreaker in some fans' eyes]].
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: The strip sometimes suffers from this, due both to its own cultural ubiquity and to the influence it's had on countless other comics over the last half-century.
* TastesLikeDiabetes: "Happiness Is a Warm Puppy", a strip quote that was famously turned into a gift book, leading to an entire [[http://www.amazon.com/Peanuts-Treasury-Happiness-Charles-Schulz/dp/1604330155/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1272322462&sr=1-1 "Peanuts Treasury of Happiness"]] series.
* TearJerker: ''WesternAnimation/SnoopyComeHome'' is the most depressing and gut-wrenching thing the franchise has ever produced.
** This strip from 1972 is the most heartbreaking thing [[http://www.gocomics.com/peanuts/1972/06/22 ever]].
*** The two strips after it though, are [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments downright adorable]], unless you are a Linus/Sally shipper.
*** The final strip, which doubles as a heartwarming moment.
** ''WesternAnimation/WhyCharlieBrownWhy''
** While not as soul-crushing as ''Snoopy Come Home'', ''WesternAnimation/ABoyNamedCharlieBrown'' has a pretty melancholic feel to the whole thing. The basic plot is Charlie Brown dealing with the unrelenting misery and failure that is his life, getting a HopeSpot when he gets a chance at a regional spelling bee, and returning in disgrace after he loses.
* ToyShip: Many of the strip's male/female relationships would qualify as this.
* UncannyValley: The Blue Sky movie is this to some people.
* ValuesDissonance: One strip from the mid-1950s PlayedForLaughs the fact that Linus had mistaken his first snowfall for the fallout from a nuclear war.
* ValuesResonance: ''A Charlie Brown Christmas''[='=] denouncement of commercialism (which carries over into ''A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving'' and ''It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown'' as well) and presentation of the TrueMeaningOfChristmas.
** Which makes later handling of the show even more ironic; due to the fact that networks generally push in more and more commercials into episodes, for several years the special aired heavily truncated. Fan backlash ultimately made them back away from it, giving the special a full hour and tossing in a short from a Christmas anthology special to pad things out so they can air it uncut.
** There's also a bunch of still-relevant political humor in ''You're (Not) Elected, Charlie Brown'' and the strips on which it was based. The fact that they haven't dated is probably due to Schulz lampooning the overall election process rather than a current election or event of his day.
* ViewerGenderConfusion: Some people actually thought that Peppermint Patty was not a {{tomboy}}, but a ''real'' boy. It doesn't help that in some of the animated adaptations, she is ''voiced'' by a boy, and that in the 1980s and '90s, it became a little more acceptable for young males to have longer hair than it would be in the 1950s-1970s. (Where it was ''older'' men who had longer hair primarily!)
** Plus, she's drawn with ''shorts'' - Schulz would often draw the other girls with ''skirts''.
** This was just made worse in the strips constituting "She's a Good Skate, Charlie Brown", where Peppermint Patty goes to get her hair cut by CB's father, a barber, then comes running out, her hair all but scalped, screaming at him, "You didn't tell him I'm a GIRL!"
* VisualEffectsOfAwesome: The 2015 animated film by Creator/BlueSkyStudios looks ''gorgeous'', looking fresh and updated while still keeping true to the spirit and look of both the strips and the animated specials. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1FNL_iIp5c Check out the teaser here.]]
* [[WereStillRelevantDammit We're Still Relevant, Dangit]]: [[TwoWordsObviousTrope One word]]: ''Flashbeagle''.
** In one of the last daily strips, Sally is writing a letter to Literature/HarryPotter. Not as obvious as the previous trope, but this was written around the time the books were becoming popular.
*** ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' also got a ShoutOut in that last year.
* WhatAnIdiot: An entire arc was dedicated to Peppermint Patty attending a "cheap private school" Snoopy recommended and not realizing it was an obedience school until after she graduated and the principal told her when she showed him her diploma as proof that she doesn't need to go back to school.
** She then blamed Snoopy, and looked for him in order to beat him up, but forgave him when he saved her from the cat who lived next door to Charlie Brown (which she had mistaken for Snoopy in a cat suit).
** Let's not forget that Patty for the longest time thought Snoopy was a "funny-looking kid with a big nose." It was not until a series of strips in 1974, when Patty announced she was quitting school and moving into "Chuck's guest cottage," that an irate Marcie finally pointed out the truth to her.
** And a series of strips from 1982 or so when Patty decided to transfer to a school for gifted children because she thought it meant they would give her presents.
* TheWoobie:
** Charlie Brown, whenever his optimism is crushed for the umpteenth time.
** Linus, whenever the Great Pumpkin fails to appear.
** Peppermint Patty gets her moment when she sees the Little Red Haired Girl and how pretty she is, and realizes why Charlie Brown always loved her. It's enough to drive her to tears, and anyone who's ever had an unrequited crush probably knew exactly how she felt. Thank God Linus was there to listen and cheer her up.
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