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Characters: Peanuts
The Peanuts comic strip began in 1950 and ran until 2000. In the almost 50 years it was in papers, it saw many characters come and go.
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    Charles "Charlie" Brown 
Charlie Brown: "I'd like to be President or a five-star general or a big-time operator..."
Patty and Violet: (simultaneously) "Hello, there, Charlie Brown!"
Patty: "That Charlie Brown's a good guy, isn't he?"
Violet: "He sure is! Good Ol' Charlie Brown."
Charlie Brown: "But that's all I'll ever be... Just Good Ol' Charlie Brown..."

Perhaps one of the most famous comic strip characters in history. "Good Ol'" Charlie Brown is the star of the strip. He's the kind who never has things go his way. Running Gags with him include trying to kick the football but having it pulled away, failing miserably on the baseball team he manages, and otherwise just being the outright Butt Monkey of the strip.

    Sally Brown 
Charlie Brown's younger sister, born in 1959. She's not that bright, and sometimes prone to firing off sarcasm when Charlie helps her with her homework. She has an unrequited crush on Linus, whom she calls "sweet babboo".

    Snoopy 
Charlie Brown's pet beagle. Introduced two days into the strip, he initially acted much like a normal dog but came to be known as a playful, varied character. Running Gags include him pretending to be a "world-famous" something or other, fighting the Red Baron, teasing the cat next door or stealing Linus' blanket.

    Woodstock 
A yellow "hippie" bird that Snoopy met in the late 1960s. Unnamed at first, the bird became known as Woodstock after the music festival of the same name. Later on, other birds would appear; named ones would include Bill, Conrad, Olivier, Harriet, and Raymond.

  • Acrophobic Bird: A literal example. Going too high causes him a lot of trouble.
  • Art Evolution: Schulz started out drawing more realistic-looking birds and ended up drawing ones that look like Woodstock. This may be because Woodstock was originally supposed to be a chick that hadn't fully matured (see below).
  • Beleaguered Assistant: Sometimes.
  • Butt Monkey: Especially in Snoopy Come Home.
  • Carnivore Confusion: A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving ends with him enjoying a turkey dinner with Snoopy.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: The most notable example is a story arc where he and Snoopy got in a fight, when he sent Snoopy a bill for breaking his heart.
  • Eyes Always Shut: Similar to the Snoopy example, his eyes are always closed in three-dimensional merchandise.
  • He's A Girl In Norway: The Norwegian translation gives him the name "Fredrikke," a definitely female name, and refers to him exclusively as a female.
  • Intellectual Animal: Not as much as Snoopy, but does have his own opinions on things.
  • Intelligible Unintelligible: His dialogue is rendered as scratch marks which Snoopy understands. Often overlaps with Repeating so the Audience Can Hear.
  • The Klutz: Woodstock is not the best flier in the world, when under his own power.
    • It's never outright stated, but Woodstock is implied to be one of two birds that hatched in a nest their parents made on Snoopy's stomach, and which Snoopy tipped out before they were ready to fly—they were later shown to be flying upside down, and one of them became a recurring character that was eventually named as Woodstock. This puts a rather darker turn on their friendship, perhaps even that Snoopy felt guilty over the incident.
  • Only Six Faces: All the birds looked alike, even unnamed generic ones (except Raymond, who got halftone dots).
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter
  • Scout Out: The named birds often took part in Beagle Scout hikes and campouts with Snoopy as the leader.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: His relationship with Snoopy occasionally tips over into this.

    Linus van Pelt 
A shy, smart young boy. Born in 1952, he developed into a hyper-intelligent toddler who could do almost anything (including build a huge paper boat and dribble a basketball like a pro) but evolved into� well, an Innocent Prodigy. He's not beyond childhood naïveté, such as his established belief in The Great Pumpkin every Halloween. There's also his trademark blue Security Blanket, which he's rarely seen without.

    Lucille "Lucy" van Pelt 
Linus's older sibling. She started off in 1952 as a wide-eyed, childish little girl but gradually evolved into the bossy "fussbudget" we all know to this day. She antagonizes not only Linus, but Charlie Brown as well.

    "Rerun" van Pelt 

Linus and Lucy's younger brother, born in 1972. He was never given a true name, and was always referred to as "Rerun" after a comment that Lucy made about a younger brother being akin to a TV rerun.

    Patricia "Peppermint Patty" Reichardt 
A Book Dumb tomboy character who's good friends with Charlie Brown. She first appeared in the strip in 1966.

  • Book Dumb: Grade point average of around 1.0, but easily the most athletic of the kids.
  • Catch Phrase: "You're weird, Marcie." Plus, of course, the ever-classic "Stop calling me 'sir'!"
  • Cloudcuckoolander
  • Daddy's Girl
  • Don't Call Me Sir/Accidental Misnaming: On the giving as well as the receiving end, calling Charlie Brown "Chuck" and Lucy "Lucille".
  • Dumb Jock
  • F Minus Minus: She often gets D-minuses or even Z-minuses on her tests.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Marcie.
  • Informed Flaw: She apparently has a big nose, even though to the readers it doesn't look much different from anyone else's.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Sort of. She often gets an idea in her head, and doesn't seem to hear people correcting her until she's already humiliated herself.
  • Lovable Jock
  • Missing Mom: She lives with her father; it's hinted that her mother may have died, which at least partly accounts for her tomboy nature. In the series of strips where she commissions Marcie to make her a new skating dress, Marcie's mother does it, and Marcie notes that her mother feels sorry for Patty because she doesn't have a mother of her own.
  • Never My Fault: She tends to blame others when things don't go her way. In one strip she even tells Charlie Brown that her problems are his fault because she needs someone else to blame.
  • The Nicknamer: She insists on calling some of the other character by nicknames, most famously "Chuck" for Charlie Brown.
  • One of the Boys: Almost, for all intents and purposes.
  • Playing a Tree: A variant - in It's Christmas Time Again, Charlie Brown, she gets stuck with playing a sheep. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Sleepyhead: She falls asleep in class so often that she once got tested for narcolepsy. One strip explains that her father works nights, and Patty stays up late waiting for him to come home because she's afraid to sleep in the empty house.
    • One series of strips had her held back a year in school - and the sound of snoring still came from her empty seat!
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to Marcie's Girly Girl.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She is a fan of (and participates in) figure skating.
  • Youthful Freckles

    Marcie 

A nerdy female character introduced in 1971. She acts as a foil to Peppermint Patty, whom she calls "sir".

    Schroeder 

Introduced as a baby in 1951. Soon showed himself to be a musical prodigy whose main focus is playing Beethoven on his toy piano. Lucy often tries to hit on him, to little success. He is also set as the catcher on the gang's baseball team.

    Franklin 

Introduced in 1968, the strip's first black character and Only Sane Man. He never developed much of a personality beyond that, although he's apparently unnaturally good at break-dancing.

    "Pig-Pen" 

Another mostly-undeveloped character, introduced in 1954. He existed mainly to be, well, a dirty character. Schulz phased Pig-Pen out gradually because he thought Pig-Pen was a one-joke character.

    Frieda 

An early female character whose main concern was her "naturally curly hair." Early on, she was a schoolmate of Linus'. She also carried a cat called Faron, whom Schulz eliminated out of fear of making it a cat-and-dog strip. Only in the strip from 1961 to 1975.

    Patty 

An early character in the strip (from the very first day), she and Shermy were both portrayed as older than Charlie Brown. Patty existed mainly to antagonize Charlie Brown before even Lucy did so. She got Demoted to Extra early on but disappeared entirely as Lucy upstaged her and Violet.

  • Beta Bitch: More of a follower to Violet than a full-fledged Alpha Bitch. When she was alone, she was usually quite friendly; whenever with Violet she was all too happy to join in on all the meanness.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Vanished from the strip eventually, though made a surprise return in Happiness Is A Warm Blanket Charlie Brown.
    • She was one of the characters in the original 1967 production of You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown. By the time of the 1985 Animated Adaptation of the musical, she had been gone from the strip for so long that nobody remembered who she was, and she was replaced with Sally — an exchange that was followed through by the 1999 revival of the stage production.
  • Hair Decorations: She always sports a bow in her hair, but only on one side of her head.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted, though when Peppermint Patty made the scene, Patty was already on her way Out of Focus.
  • Pet the Dog: Of the three "mean girls" (Patty, Violet and Lucy), Patty was by far the most likely to something nice for someone, and was on friendlier terms with Charlie Brown than the other two.
  • Team Mom: In the 1950s, anyway.
  • Those Two Guys: Started out as a solo character, but as the years went by she was rarely seen without Violet.

    Violet Gray 

In the strip from 1951 to 1984. She never developed all that much in her run, and existed mainly as a young Suzy Homemaker-type and tormentor of Charlie Brown (moreso than Lucy). She also held her dad in high esteem.

  • Alpha Bitch: She once got inexplicably angry at Charlie Brown, threw his coat and hat at him, and shoved him out of the house. They were in his house at the time.
  • Demoted to Extra: At some point in the 1970s, until she along with Patty just unceremoniously vanished from the strip.
  • Informed Attractiveness: According to Word of God, she was introduced to be "the pretty girl" of the gang, which explains the reactions she got from every single one of the male characters in early '50s strips.
  • Jerk Ass: Developed into one of the strip's most clear-cut examples of this over time, being less violent but more catty and malicious than Lucy.
    • She could get violent enough at times. In one Sunday strip, she angrily chases after Charlie Brown and eventually punches him, with no explanation ever given.
  • My Dad Can Beat Up Your Dad: A running theme in the strips was Violet telling Charlie Brown how and why her dad was superior to his in every way.
  • Parasol of Prettiness: In one strip. The parasol in question was stated to be "hi-fi."
  • Rich Bitch: Implied rather than outright stated, but her family seems to be considerably well-off — certainly more so than the Brown family — and she seldom passes up a chance to lord her social superiority over the other kids.
  • Those Two Guys: Along with Patty, above.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: She was very nice and sweet in the early days of the strip (especially to Charlie Brown, surprisingly enough). But a few years down the line...

    Shermy 

A male character featured in the strip's early years, Shermy was the first Peanuts kid to speak, having all the dialogue (and delivering the punchline) in the very first strip on October 2, 1950. His original purpose was to serve as a Straight Man to Charlie Brown, but he gradually got fewer and fewer roles as Schulz said that he saved him for instances when he "needed a character with very little personality".

  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Shermy's last appearance in the strip was in 1969. The last time his name got mentioned was during a strip in 1977 when Charlie Brown mentioned Shermy was the baseball team's Designated Hitter.
  • Demoted to Extra: One of the first characters to suffer this.
  • Generic Guy: The reason for his reduced role and eventual vanishing; he just didn't have many interesting qualities about him.

    Eudora 

Sally's classmate and summer campmate, who makes even her look smart by comparison.

  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Without question the most eccentric cast member; she writes her book reports on the TV guide, eats chocolate-and-gravy sandwiches, tries to attack the water with loud battle cries when going swimming, and goes on field trips to a car wash.
  • The Ditz: Just as an example:
    Sally: Eudora! What are you doing here? There's no school on Saturday!
    Eudora: There isn't? That explains everything. Saturday's the only day I never get anything wrong.
  • Nice Hat: She's never seen without her cap.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Sometimes.

    The Little Red-Haired Girl 

Charlie Brown's one true love, though he's too spineless to come out and admit it to her. First referenced in 1961.

  • The Ghost: She's always off-panel in the comic strip.
  • Heroes Want Redheads
  • No Name Given, in the comic strip, although in the 1977 TV special It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown, she was dubbed "Heather" (as well as being seen for the first time), a name that Schulz had revealed for her nine years earlier in an article in Woman's Day magazine.

    Spike 

One of Snoopy's five brothers, and the first of his siblings to be introduced, in 1975. Spike lives in the desert outside Needles, California, and hangs out with his only friend, an inanimate saguaro cactus. He works as a den-cleaner for coyotes. Snoopy often sends him mail to keep in touch.

  • A Day in the Limelight: Surprisingly for such a minor character, Spike got his own Spinoff live-action movie, It's the Girl in the Red Truck, Charlie Brown.
  • Companion Cube: The cactus.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Surprisingly, one Sunday strip revealed this as the reason why he lives alone in the desert:
    Spike: Why do I live all alone out here in the desert? I'm going to tell you something I've never told anyone. Years ago when I was young, I was out walking with some people. Suddenly, a rabbit ran across in front of us. "Get him!" shouted the people. Even though I didn't want to, I darted after the rabbit. I wouldn't have known what to do even if I had caught him. Then it happened! the rabbit ran into to the road, and was hit by a car! I was stunned! Why did I do it? Oh, how I hated myself! And how I hated those people who shouted, "Get him!". So I came out here to the desert where I couldn't hurt anything again. I've never told this to anyone before.
    *Spike looks at the cactus he's been telling the story to*
    Spike: I guess I still haven't.
  • Honest John's Dealership: At one point he had a real estate office.
  • Nice Hat
  • The One Who Wears Shoes: Not usually, but sometimes. Spike claims that his shoes were a gift from Mickey Mouse.
  • Perma Stubble
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: At one point he had a real estate office. His clients? A pack of coyotes. One of his most visible deals? Selling them the ballpark. The ramifications? Celebration that some strict league rules would not be as heavily enforced.

     Snoopy's other siblings 
Apart from Spike, Snoopy has six other siblings. Four of them, Andy, Olaf, Marbles and Belle, have appeared in the comic strip. The final two, Molly and Rover, only appeared in the animated TV special Snoopy's Reunion.

  • Advertised Extra: Belle, kind of. She never became more than an extremely minor character in either comic or cartoon, but she's had a lot of merchandise dedicated to her and even appeared in the intro for The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show, as one of the characters mentioned by the theme song — despite never actually appearing in the show itself.
  • Canon Foreigner: Molly and Rover. While the strip made it quite clear that Snoopy had seven siblings, only five of them were named in the strip itself, and the names and appearances of Molly and Rover are not considered canon to the strip.
  • Canon Immigrant: Andy. He's the only Peanuts character to have debuted in animation before appearing in the comic.
  • The Klutz: Andy has traces of this.
  • Fat Idiot: Olaf is the chubbiest and probably the dimmest of the siblings.
  • The One Who Wears Shoes: Marbles, like Spike, occasionally wears shoes. Unlike Spike, he doesn't wear anything else.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Marbles's reaction when Snoopy's World War I fantasies get too weird for him.
  • The Smart Guy: Marbles is considered the brains of the family, and has spent some time researching why some dogs walk at an angle. He's also the only one of them who doesn't buy into Snoopy's fantasies and finds it ludicrous when his brother refers to his doghouse as a Sopwith Camel.
  • Spoiled Sweet: Molly seems to be this; she has a luxurious doghouse and her own makeup, but is a loving dog all the same.
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Belle and Molly have prominent eyelashes. In addition, Molly wears makeup and Belle wears a lace collar, sometimes a pearl necklace, and a dress in her animated appearances.
  • Those Two Guys: Andy and Olaf eventually took on this role in the strip.
  • Walking the Earth: Andy and Olaf took to doing this, but as they're not very good at finding their way they never seem to end up where they want to be. Somehow they always do manage to find their way back to Snoopy's doghouse, though.


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