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...

First Appearance: October 2, 1950 — Final Appearance: February 13, 2000

Perhaps one of the most famous comic strip characters in history. "Good Ol'" Charlie Brown is the star of the strip. He's the kid 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.

  • Actual Pacifist: He seems to despise violence, trying hard to ignore anyone who eggs him on, only once trying to teach a lesson to a bully that had pushed Sally. (He ended up beaten up by the guy's sister.)
  • Adorkable
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Between him and the Little Red-Haired Girl (when you ignore the animated adaptations).
  • Author Avatar: To an extent. For instance, both Charlie Brown's and Schulz's fathers were barbers and their mothers housewives.
  • Big Brother Instinct: To both Sally and Linus. And to Lucy and Schroeder on the early days.
  • Born Unlucky: So it would appear.
  • Break the Cutie: Oddly enough, it's actually quite difficult to break him; he usually keeps at least a little optimism despite what life throws at him. Sometimes he cracks, though, and it's not pretty when he does.
  • Butt Monkey: Dear Lord. He's not the Trope Codifier, but he should be.
  • Cannot Talk to Women: At least those he has a crush on, the biggest reason he is never able to introduce himself to the Little Red Haired Girl.
  • Catch Phrase: "Good grief." "I can't stand it, I just can't stand it." "Rats." "AAUUGH!"
  • Characterization Marches On: Early on, he was originally just cheerful and naïve and not aware of all his flaws before he devolved into the Failure Hero he is today.
  • Charlie Brown Baldness: Trope Namer.
  • Chick Magnet: Difficult as it is to believe, he is the object of affection for many of the strip's female characters, and a few more girls in the TV specials too. Unfortunately for him, he is completely oblivious to it due to his lack of self-confidence and his own hopeless crush on the Little Red-Haired girl. Despite the girls swooning over him, he laments his inability to understand them. The affection gained by Royette, great-granddaughter of Roy Hobbs, actually led her to give him those two game-winning home runs in 1993. Or so she claimed. When he told her that Hobbes was a fictional character she... didn't take it well.
  • Classical Anti-Hero: One of the most prominent examples.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: More like Cloudcuckoolander's owner. When Snoopy's bizarreness causes problems in the neighborhood, there's a tendency for everyone to blame him ("He's your dog, Charlie Brown!"), and he'll end up having to deliver a lecture, explain Snoopy's actions, or otherwise interfere.
  • Color-Coded Characters: Yellow by his iconic shirt. It has been colored red in some Sunday strips, however.
  • Determinator: As often as he's beaten up by the world, he never gives up.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Would you believe Charlie Brown on occasion pulled pranks or said rude things in the fifties?
  • Eating Lunch Alone: "Lunch is the loneliest hour of the day!"
  • The Eeyore: On occasion. You really can't blame him.
  • Enmity with an Object: With the Kite-Eating Tree, assuming it truly is an object; hard to tell sometimes. And the "conflict" between them has been downright nasty.
  • Epic Fail: At everything.
  • The Everyman: Probably the biggest reason fans relate to him so well.
  • Extreme Doormat
  • Failure Hero: But the people around him admire him as much as they hate him.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: ...the fates deny Charlie Brown complete success at the end of a storyline, returning him to Butt Monkey status.
  • Fanboy: Of Davy Crockett, as shown in the early days.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Melancholic.
  • Full-Name Basis: To most people.
  • The Gadfly: Surprisingly enough, in the comic's early years, before he became the "eternal loser" we know today, Charlie Brown was a lot more of a wiseguy and would often purposefully tell bad or insulting jokes just because he thought it was funny when people got all riled up.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: He has a hopeless crush on the Little Red-Haired Girl.
  • Home Sweet Home: Doesn't like going to camp and is glad to be back.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Chuck" by Peppermint Patty. Years later, he was called "Brownie Charles" by Peggy Jean.
  • Limited Wardrobe: His yellow shirt with a zig-zag pattern. Doubles as an Iconic Outfit.
  • Lonely Together: When lonely at camp, he once managed to befriend another lonely kid.
  • Loony Fan: He hero-worships a former major league baseball player named Joe Shlabotnik who's almost as bad as he is. In one arc, Joe was demoted to the minors after a season batting average of .004. His greatest achievements as a player were making spectacular plays on routine fly balls and throwing out a runner who had fallen down between first and second. In another arc, he became manager of a team called the Waffletown Syrups, only to be fired after one game after calling for a squeeze play - with no one on base. (Ironically, that arc ended with a small Crowning Moment of Heartwarming for Charlie Brown, as he did get to meet his hero and get an autographed ball, and save it from a street tough with Snoopy's help.)
  • Love Triangle:
    • Apex of one between Peppermint Patty and Marcie, although he doesn't seem to realize it. And instigates his own once or twice. Unfortunately, All Love Is Unrequited in this series.
    • Many of the early strips implied various forms of love triangles between Charlie Brown, Shermy, Patty, and Violet (once she showed up). Often Patty and Violet fought over who was Charlie Brown's girl friend, although they were just as likely to be fighting to push him onto the other girl.
  • Nice Guy: Usually. Less so in the series' earliest years.
  • Oblivious to Love: Is this way with Peppermint Patty and Marcie. Makes sense in Marcie's case, since she doesn't show it as much, but he must be practically blind to miss all the signals Peppermint Patty throws at him.
  • One-Note Cook: "All I can make is cold cereal and maybe toast."
  • Popularity Power: He may get no valentines from his class, but fans never fail to send them to him by the hundreds. And that's just one example.
  • Second Place Is for Losers: His ultimate fate in A Boy Named Charlie Brown.
  • Stepford Smiler: Perpetually depressed, but always trying to put on a happy face around his friends.
  • Straight Man: In the stories focusing on Sally, Charlie Brown stands back and gets to comfortably be the Deadpan Snarker to his sister's silliness.
  • This Loser Is You: Except Charlie Brown is NOT a "loser".
    Charles Schulz: A real Loser would give up.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: He had some success in the '90s after decades of constant failure – he managed to hit a home run and win the game for his team not once but twice; he defeated a bully named Joe Agate in marbles; and he might have even kicked the ball for once.
    Charlie Brown: I hit a home run in the ninth inning, and we won! I was the hero!
    Sally: You?!
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: As are almost all the kids in this series. It's kind of a staple of Schulz's work.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain:
    • He once won a bowling trophy, but true-to-form it gave him no joy as his name was misspelled on it ("Braun").
    • In a series of strips in April 1973, Charlie Brown's team won the first game of the season but they had to forfeit because of a gambling scandal (Rerun bet a nickel that the team would win).
      • And the better who bet against the team? Snoopy.

    Sally Brown 
"Abraham Lincoln was our 16th King, and the father of Lot's wife…"
—a typical book report from her

First Appearance: August 23, 1959 — Final Appearance: February 6, 2000

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".

"It was a dark and stormy night…"
—opening line to his perennially-rejected novel

First Appearance: October 4, 1950 — Final Appearance: February 13, 2000

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.

  • Accidental Misnaming: Refers to Charlie Brown as "The Round-Headed Kid".
  • The Ace: Charlie Brown fails at almost everything he does; Snoopy can do anything he imagines, which adds a lot of fun to the otherwise down-to-earth comic strip.
  • Adaptational Heroism: While Snoopy isn't a total Jerkass in the comic strips, the cartoons tend to give him more defined selfless moments. The Movie in particular makes him more loyal and empathetic to Charlie Brown.
  • A Day in the Limelight: he's been the star of a few animated specials, including Its Magic Charlie Brown, What A Nightmare Charlie Brown, and the full-length movie, Snoopy Come Home.
  • Anthropomorphic Shift: To the point that Peppermint Patty thought him to be "that funny-looking kid with the big nose". Oddly, he seemed to slide back to acting more like a normal dog in the strip's later years.
  • Arch-Enemy: The Red Baron, when he's imagining himself as "The World War I Flying Ace". His real-life opponent is World War III, the "stupid cat next door", who routinely decimates his doghouse with a single swipe.
  • Breakout Character: Following the Anthropomorphic Shift.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Why can't Charlie Brown have a normal dog like everybody else?
  • Confusion Fu: In one arc, he stands up to Lucy, and licks her into submission. ("What kind of stupid fight is this??" she shouts.)
  • Cool Shades: He dons these as "Joe Cool".
  • Eyes Always Shut: When Snoopy is put into a three dimensional form, like in toys, statues, etc. his eyes will always be closed.
  • Fantastic Racism:
    • "I don't care for any story where the dog comes out second best!"
    • Was the target of this in Snoopy Come Home: "NO DOGS ALLOWED!"
    • Snoopy is extremely racist himself...toward cats.
      "I have the world's largest collection of anti-cat jokes!"
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Leukine.
  • Four Legs Good, Two Legs Better
  • Funny Animal: A non-talking variant, though he "thinks" dialogue.
  • Heli Critter: He sometimes used his ears as a propeller. In fact, he even provides the page image.
  • I Am Not Weasel: For a long time, Peppermint Patty thought that Snoopy was a human, and called him the "funny-looking kid with the big nose".
  • Insistent Terminology: Any time he pretends to be someone important, he'll call himself the "world-famous x", even if that profession is something you would never describe as "world-famous" (e.g. golf caddy).
  • Intellectual Animal
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: It's especially clear in the animated version, but shows up in the comic as well; Snoopy is extremely selfish, self-centered and callous, and he'll often be unsympathetic, haughty or occasionally even directly mean towards the kids in the neighborhood. When it comes down to it though, he's really quite soft-hearted and has on numerous occasions gone out of his way to help people or animals in need.
  • Miles Gloriosus: He tends to insult and threaten the mean cat next door a lot, only to cower in terror when he gets close.
  • Mr. Imagination: Quite often, he'll imagine himself to be anyone.
    • Panthera Awesome: Such as a mountain lion.
    • Big Man on Campus: Joe Cool
    • Ace Pilot: WW1 Flying Ace
    • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Actually helped the baseball team by saving the vacant lot from development. If anyone wants to buy the land, they'll need to speak to his real estate agent brother… in person… in the middle of the desert.
  • Nice Hat: His WW1 aviator's helmet, baseball cap, fishing hat, golf hat, tennis visor, attorney's bowler hat, Beagle Scout campaign hat...
  • Old Soldier: World War I veteran, and shows a great deal of experience with military customs, courtesies, tactics, and training. Adopted as a mascot by several military organizations. Spent each Veteran's Day enjoying root beer with Bill Mauldin. Allied records regarding his exploits are somewhat vague due to the high level of secrecy involving many of the operations he took part in.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter
  • Scout Out: His "Beagle Scouts" (Woodstock and other birds).
  • Shipper on Deck: In The Peanuts Movie, he tries to get the Little Red Haired Girl to notice his master.
  • The Silent Bob: He becomes one in nearly every animated special and movie, most notably What A Nightmare Charlie Brown. Creator Charles Schulz had considered many ways to animate his thoughts into speech, before deciding not to have him speak at all and communicate only in pantomime (accompanied with various barks, whimpers, and snarls), which worked out rather well.
  • Silent Snarker
  • Take-That Kiss: He does that a lot. Usually to Lucy.
  • Through a Face Full of Fur: Trope Namer.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: By the time the Nineties rolled around, he was pretty obsessed with cookies.
    • Also, angel food cake with seven minute frosting.
    • But originally, it was candies, to the point where Shermy, Patty, and Charlie Brown had to trick him or otherwise give up their candy to him.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Sometimes his getups and antics are noted and commented on. And sometimes it seems like they're missing the point, such as Charlie Brown grumbling about having to untangle Snoopy's ears. After Snoopy had been flying around. Under his own power.


First Appearance: March 4, 1966‡ Final Appearance: January 16, 2000

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.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Snoopy often refers to him as his "Friend of Friends".
  • Ambiguous Gender: Before naming him in 1970, Shultz had considered Woodstock to be a girl as a joke on "her" being Snoopy's "secretary", but the little bird was never referred to by any pronouns beforehand anyway.
  • 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. (Which is odd, considering how he was always scared of being eaten on Thanksgiving in the strips.) To be fair though, Woodstock himself isn't a turkey...maybe.
  • Cartoon Creature: While he's obviously a bird, it's not clear what species of bird he is. Lampshaded in one strip, wherein Snoopy tries to figure out what Woodstock's species is and never finds an answer. Word Of God never clarified the issue either.
  • 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.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Apparently.
  • Depending on the Artist: His flying abilities (or lack thereof) in the cartoons, as per Rule of Funny.
  • Eyes Always Shut: Similar to the Snoopy example, his eyes are always closed in three-dimensional merchandise.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Leukine.
  • Hidden Depths: Is surprisingly good at playing "trivia."
    Snoopy: How'd he ever hear of Ollie Bejma?
  • 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).
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: He once won a fight with the mean cat next door. Seriously. Exactly how is a mystery.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter
  • Scout Out: The named birds often took part in Beagle Scout hikes and campouts with Snoopy as the leader.
  • She's a Man in Japan: The Norwegian translation gives him the name "Fredrikke", a definitely female name, and refers to him exclusively as a female.
  • The Unintelligible: Dialogue spoken by him and his friends is a series of chirps drawn as vertical lines that only Snoopy can understand. (This allows for some interesting Visual Gags now and then using the dialogue balloons. For example, in one Beagle Scout strip, Snoopy takes roll, and they count off "||", "|||", and "||||", then Harriet, who is five, says "||||" with a diagonal slash through it.)
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: His relationship with Snoopy occasionally tips over into this.

    Linus van Pelt 
"Cheer up, Charlie Brown…"
—A phrase he ends up saying far too often

First Appearance: September 19, 1952 — Final Appearance: January 1, 2000† 

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 
"Five cents, please."
—the price she charges for 'Psychiatric Help'

First Appearance: March 3, 1952 — Final Appearance: December 13, 1999† 

Linus's older sister. 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.

  • All Love Is Unrequited: For Schroeder.
  • Big Eater: "Being crabby all day makes you hungry!" she claims.
  • Big Sister Bully: To Linus.
  • Big Sister Instinct: To Rerun, and sometimes Linus.
  • Big Sister Mentor: To Rerun.
  • Blatant Lies: She often employs these to induce Charlie Brown to kick the football.
  • Characterization Marches On: Early on, she was nothing like her most famous personality: she was a wide-eyed toddler who acted, well, like a toddler. Her future nastiness was occasionally foreshadowed, as even as a baby she still had a propensity towards deliberately antagonizing Charlie Brown in particular. For instance, this, this and this strip. Such moments became more and more frequent until they became one of her trademarks.
  • Character Development: By the same token, Charles Schulz admitted later on that exposure to her brother Rerun had affected her in a positive way, and that this made her rather more difficult to write:
    "Suddenly Lucy's personality has mellowed, and she has become the only Peanuts character to pay much attention to him. We have seen her playing games with Rerun and actually trying to teach him a few things, but directly opposite of the outrageous teachings she used to push upon Linus. This, then, is the problem — what do we do with Lucy? She seems no longer to be a fussbudget, but we also don't want her to be too nice."
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: To Schroeder.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: In her early years.
  • Color-Coded Characters: Blue
  • Creepy Child: Her early appearances depicted her as one - this was unintentional.
  • Everything Is Better With Princesses: She almost believes this trope, except she's aiming for the higher title of queen.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Choleric.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Towards Schroeder, who only cares for Beethoven music.
  • Jerkass: Most of the time she's a "fussbudget", and is proud to be one.
    "Schulz once said that Lucy 'almost immediately developed her fussbudget personality.' That only shows that artists are not always the best judges of what they've wrought, for Lucy is no 'fussbudget.' She's an American nightmare, a combination of zero brains, infinite appetites and infinite self-esteem, who is (for that reason) able to run roughshod over all her playmates. At her best, she is the most terrifying character in the history of comics."Christopher Caldwell
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite her bossiness and crabbiness, she actually has shown to have a nicer, caring side on some occasions. For example, when Charlie Brown has to go to the hospital, Lucy is distressed, and eventually promises that if he gets better, she won't pull the football away. She keeps her promise but Charlie Brown accidentally kicks her hand.
  • Large Ham: In some ways more so than Sally.
    [upon realizing Charlie Brown hesitates to confirm she's pretty] "You didn't answer right away. You had to think about it, didn't you? You think I'm ugly, don't you? I KNOW WHEN I'VE BEEN INSULTED! I KNOW WHEN I'VE BEEN INSULTED!!"
  • Malaproper: She does this on occasion. For example, when she hurts her arm playing baseball, she angrily threatens to sue everyone associated with baseball, including Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, and "Willard Mullin". In one arc, when Snoopy quits the team, she said he's always "changing rainbows."
  • Manipulative Bitch: She will do anything to get what she wants and betray anyone if it serves her or if she can get some laughs out of it.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: Schroeder's piano. Once she threw it to the Kite Eating Tree, and another time she threw it down the sewer. Unfortunately for her, he quickly replaced it each time.
  • Never My Fault: Her constantly pulling the football away when Charlie Brown's supposed to kick it, causing them to lose the game, and then blaming Charlie Brown for it in It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown is one of the main reasons that special has a poor reputation amongst fans.note  It even used to be the Trope Namer for that page.
  • No Indoor Voice: While all the characters can do it to a degree, Lucy is the unrivaled master of it.
  • One-Note Cook: "How did Beethoven feel about cold cereal?"
  • Outdated Outfit: She continued to wear those frilly little puff-sleeved sash dresses and saddle shoes decades after they'd ceased being standard everyday girlswear, though starting in The '70s she often wore a shirt and pants instead.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • She's protective toward Linus.
    • Even more so to Rerun. While she slugs, manipulates, and bosses around Linus all the time, she's very nurturing to Rerun.
    • The famous line "happiness is a warm puppy" originates from her; she says it after giving Snoopy a hug.
  • Running Gag: Pulling the football away after getting Charlie Brown to come kick it.
  • Screaming at Squick: Only happens in response to Snoopy pulling a Take-That Kiss.
  • The Shrink: The advice she gives at her psychiatric booth is usually worthless at best, but where else can you get it for five cents a session?
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: After acknowledging Beethoven's birthday in a 1984 strip, Schroeder gives her a kiss on the cheek. Not that she ever finds out.

    "Rerun" van Pelt 
"Ask your dog if he wants to play."

First Appearance: March 26, 1973 — Final Appearance: January 30, 2000

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.

  • Annoying Younger Sibling: To Linus, though Lucy seems to handle him just fine.
  • Drives Like Crazy: For a while, his main thing was being stuck on the back of his mother's bicycle. Said mother is a very bad cyclist.
  • Line-of-Sight Name: Lucy is frustrated when he is born that he's male, angry stating he's a "rerun" of Linus. The nickname sticks.
  • Morality Pet: To Lucy.
  • No Name Given: He is Only Known by Their Nickname.
  • Sequential Artist: He specializes in what he calls "basement comics".
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: After around two decades of being an incidental character, he became much more prominent in the strip's last few years, to the point where he was one of the main stars.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: He looks an awful lot like Linus, to the point where fans and even translators have occasionally confused the two. There are a couple of visual differences…
    • They both wear striped shirts, but Rerun often wears overalls over his. (Linus never does)
    • Rerun's hair is only on top of his head, while Linus's hair curls around his ear.

    Patricia "Peppermint Patty" Reichardt 

First Appearance: August 22, 1966 — Final Appearance: January 2, 2000

A Book Dumb tomboy character who's good friends with Charlie Brown despite living on the opposite side of town and attending a different school.

  • Accidental Misnaming: On the giving as well as the receiving end, calling Charlie Brown "Chuck" and Lucy "Lucille".
  • Book Dumb: Grade point average of around 1.0, but easily the most athletic of the kids.
  • Breakout Character: Almost as much as Snoopy. Schulz once said he felt Peppermint Patty was his only character besides Charlie Brown who was 'strong' enough to carry a strip by herself.
  • Catch Phrase: "You kind of like me, don't you, Chuck?" "You're weird, Marcie." Plus, of course, the ever-classic "Stop calling me 'sir'!"
  • Cloud Cuckoolander
  • Color-Coded Characters: Green
  • Daddy's Girl
  • A Day in the Limelight: She was the star of Shes A Good Skate Charlie Brown
  • Does Not Like Shoes: One story arc involved the school's dress code banning her favorite sandals, which her dad bought her because she's a "rare gem".
  • Dumb Jock: This is a girl who spent nearly a decade of the strip's run thinking that Snoopy was "the funny-looking kid with the big nose". And she can be more stupid, like when she was convinced that a dog obedience school was for humans, enrolled as a student doing all the curriculum as the dogs and never questioned why she was the only human doing it. Then she "graduates" and seriously thinks she doesn't have to continue in regular human school including arguing the point with the principal with Snoopy as her lawyer until the principal finally clues her in what she has done.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Sanguine/Choleric.
  • F Minus Minus: She often gets D-minuses or even Z-minuses on her tests.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Marcie.
  • Informed Flaw: She believes she has a big nose, even though to the readers it doesn't look that much different from anyone else's (it is bigger than Linus's, for instance). Of course, that may be the point.
  • 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
  • Love Triangle: Usually low-key rivalry with Marcie over Charlie Brown.
  • 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. One arc featured a player on her team protesting Marcie joining, stating that he didn't want to play with a girl. Patty is… not happy with this statement. 'That's the first time I've ever been threatened with a shredding..'
  • Passionate Sports Girl: She not only manages her own sandlot baseball team, but loves to play football, even in the rain (possibly especially in the rain). There was a brief storyline where she started associating this with the feminist movement, but eventually, she started to just do it for fun. Unfortunately, her bookworm friend Marcie doesn't share her appreciation for it much.
  • Playing a Tree: A variant - in It's Christmas Time Again, Charlie Brown, she gets stuck with playing a sheep. Hilarity Ensues.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: She hates wearing dresses, but has worn some nice skating outfits every now and then.
  • Shout-Out: To the York Peppermint Pattie, a brand of dark chocolate-covered mint confections.
  • 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 with a Girly Streak: She is a fan of (and participates in) figure skating.
  • Youthful Freckles

"That was very profound, Sir."

First Appearance: July 20, 1971 — Final Appearance: January 2, 2000

A nerdy girl who first met Peppermint Patty at summer camp, and then later met the rest of the cast. She acts as a foil to Peppermint Patty, whom she calls "sir", much to P.P.'s chagrin.

  • Adorkable: She's even branded as such in her character poster for the 2015 Peanuts film.
  • Beware the Nice Ones:
    • When set off, Marcie can prove to be tougher than Peppermint Patty, going so far as to demolish Snoopy's dog house with one punch. Furthermore, when she is being insulted, Marcie once furiously growled "Let's go shorten a few lifespans!" and Patty had to rein her back.
    • Patty didn't hold her back when she confronted Thibeault after he'd been giving her a hard time about being a girl in baseball. She's ready to chew him out, threatening that if he says one word, she'll 'belt [him] right across the chops!' He replies 'Oh?' Marcie's response is a left hook.
  • Brainy Brunette
  • Blind Without 'Em: Once, when pressured to not wear her glasses to increase her popularity, she spent the rest of the day walking into walls and poles.
  • Catch Phrase:
    • "You're weird, sir."
    • "Whatever", in response to someone correcting her Malapropers.
  • Cloud Cuckoolanders Minder: To Peppermint Patty, though she has plenty of Cloud Cuckoolander moments of her own.
  • Color-Coded Characters: Orange
  • Compliment Backfire: One summer camp arc revolves around this, she complains about a boy who's calling her names, and proceeds to hit him with her lunch, push him in the lake, and push him into a patch of poison oak, all off-panel; even Patty tells her to stop, saying she's "going to kill that kid". As it turns out, it’s a boy who has a crush on her, calling her “lambchop" as a show of affection.
  • Cunning Linguist: When the kids go to France in Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (And Don't Come Back), Marcie's shown to be the most fluent in French out of the entire group.
  • Deadpan Snarker: A more subtle one than many examples. It's often hard to tell how many of her Cloud Cuckoolander moments are genuine and how many are just her being sarcastic.
  • Ditzy Genius
  • Education Mama: In a 1990 storyline, she reveals to Charlie Brown that her parents put a lot of pressure on her to bring home good grades.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Melancholic/Phlegmatic.
  • Glasses Pull: Several strips end with Marcie taking off her glasses to roll her eyes at Patty - probably because we wouldn't see the eye roll otherwise.
  • Gretzky Has the Ball: She's often unclear on the particulars of various sports, much to Peppermint Patty's irritation. In fact, chances are she's probably name-dropped the trope at some point.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Peppermint Patty.
  • Love Triangle: Low-key rivalry with Peppermint Patty for Charlie Brown's favor.
  • Malaproper: Quite often. Among other things, she says "Zucchini" for "Zamboni" and "Splendid Bowl" for "Super Bowl".
  • Meganekko: She also wears Nerd Glasses with Opaque Lenses. And she's Blind Without 'Em.
  • Nerd Glasses: Not only that, Opaque Nerd Glasses.
  • Sempai/Kohai: Only in the Japanese-dubbed version. She address Patty as such as part of the adaptation in that language, seeing as calling a classmate "-san" (equivalent to sir or ma'am) is considered normal in Japan.


First Appearance: May 30, 1951 — Final Appearance: September 12, 1999

Introduced in 1951, he started off as a sarcastic, deadpan little boy until Charlie Brown introduced him to Beethoven and the piano and gradually evolved into the musical prodigy and Beethoven fanboy he is today. Lucy often tries to hit on him, to little success. He is also set as the catcher on the gang's baseball team.

  • Better The Devil You Know: He much prefers Lucy hanging around his piano than Frieda; the first time she did, she thought Beethoven was a drink.
  • Berserk Button: Do not mess with his piano. And especially under any circumstances do not ever say anything insulting and disrespectful about Beethoven in front of him. EVER.
  • But I Wouldreally Enjoy It: He usually rejects Lucy's advances completely, but a few strips have suggested that Schroeder is open to the possibility of eventually marrying her:
    Lucy: Lets say we've been married for six months, and I make some beautiful tuna casserole. Then you come back from work and walk into the kitchen and say, 'What? Tuna casserole again?'
    Schroeder (upset): I would never said that!
    (Two beat panels as he puts a jacket on and runs to the sandlot field)
    Schroeder (to Charlie Brown): Sorry I'm late, I got involved in a marital dispute.
  • Child Prodigy: Mastered complex compositions by Beethoven and Mozart before he could even speak ... on a toy piano ... with painted-on keys.
  • Color-Coded Characters: Purple
  • Deadpan Snarker: In reaction to Lucy and Charlie Brown.
  • Flanderization: Schroeder has been in the strip almost as long as Charlie Brown, and he wasn't always just "The Beethoven Guy". During the early days of the strip, he was The Lancer to Charlie Brown, before that role was taken by Linus.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Choleric/Melancholic.
  • Last Name Basis: Seemingly, as he was always known simply as "Schroeder", even before he could talk and play the piano; although Word Of God is that that is his first name.
  • Loony Fan: His main character trait is being a fanboy of Ludwig van Beethoven.
  • Manly Tears: Shed some in a strip where Charlie Brown was reading him a Beethoven biography, and it explained how the deaf composer had his back to the thunderously applauding audience and had no idea how much they loved his music.
  • Nice Guy:
    • One of the few characters who never insults or tries to take advantage of Charlie Brown, and on a couple of occasions even got angry with other kids for treating Charlie Brown badly. Justified, since as shown in the early days of the comic, he used to be Charlie Brown's closest friend before Linus showed up.
    • He's rather less than kind to Lucy, to the point where even Charlie Brown calls him out on it when he exhibits signs of missing her after the van Pelts temporarily move away.
  • Not So Stoic: There was that time when Lucy moved away...
  • Out of Focus: Occurred in the 1980s.
  • The Piano Player
  • Satellite Love Interest: Inverted; most of his personality is based on his sarcastic replies to Lucy's advances.
  • The Stoic: Almost always seen with a perfectly calm expression.


First Appearance: July 31, 1968 — Final Appearance: November 5, 1999

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. According to Word Of God, he's the only character whose knowledge of scripture comes close to rivalling Linus's. Also, he manages Peppermint Patty's baseball team.

  • Badass Grandpa: Franklin often mentions that his grandfather was a real go-getter who likes his age with the quote, "When you're over the hill, you pick up speed."
  • Black Best Friend: Trope Maker for the comics page.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Phlegmatic/Sanguine.
  • The Generic Guy
  • Only Sane Man: He frequently lampshades the other kids' eccentric natures. This strip is a good example.
  • Token Minority: The only reason he existed. Schulz himself insisted that Franklin's race was immaterial to his creation.
    • Charles Schulz actually got in a fair bit of trouble for the character at the time. Several readers (mostly in the Deep South) wrote to him and his editors, angrily demanding Franklin not be shown interacting with the rest of the (white) cast due to the "controversy" of it. When Schulz ignored the complaints, at least a few Southern papers dropped the strip in protest.


First Appearance: July 13, 1954 — Final Appearance: September 8, 1999

Another mostly-undeveloped character, introduced in the strip's first decade. He existed mainly to be, well, a dirty character. Schulz phased Pig-Pen out gradually because he considered Pig-Pen to be a one-joke character.


First Appearance: March 6, 1961 — Final Appearance: November 22, 1985

An early female periphery 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 during the so-called "Golden Era".

  • Cats Are Snarkers: Sometimes implied with Faron.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Disappeared from the strip before The '80s were over. However, she continued to appear in the cartoons to fill crowd shots.
  • Demoted to Extra: By the 70's
  • Hair Flip
  • Individuality Is Illegal: She disliked the fact that Snoopy would rather dance and play with rabbits than hunt them, and once even reported him to the Head Beagle over it. (Fortunately, the Head Beagle is a Reasonable Authority Figure.)
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's constantly badgering Snoopy to hunt rabbits, as stated above, but only because she cares about him in her own way.
  • Motor Mouth: Early on, especially in her first week of strips. In fact, this was initially her key character trait, her "naturally curly hair" shtick springing from a whole series of almost Talkative Loon-type asides in the first strip featuring her:
    "How do you do, Charlie Brown? I have naturally curly hair! Do you feel that spring will be here soon? I belong to twelve record clubs! Now that we're getting a good picture on our TV, the programs are lousy!"
  • Shout-Out: Faron was named for Country Music singer Faron Young.
  • Tomboyish Baseball Cap: Inverted. She refuses to wear a baseball cap even when she is playing baseball! She's afraid it will mess up her "naturally curly hair".


First Appearance: October 2, 1950 — Final Appearance: November 27, 1997

One of the first characters to appear in the strip (she's there on its very first day!), she and Shermy were both portrayed as older than Charlie Brown in the beginning. Patty existed mainly to antagonize Charlie Brown before even Lucy did so. She got Demoted to Extra early on and then 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 she 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.
  • Love Triangle: Many of the early strips implied various forms of love triangles between Charlie Brown, Shermy, Patty, and Violet (once she showed up). Often Patty and Violet fought over who was Charlie Brown's girl friend, although they were just as likely to be fighting to push him onto the other girl.
  • 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 do 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 

First Appearance: February 7, 1951 — Final Appearance: November 27, 1997

The other original female in the strip. 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.
  • Girlish Pigtails: In the early '50s strips, Violet often wore her hair in braided pigtails, giving her a noticeably prettier appearance than Patty's. The pigtails made a return in her cameo appearance in one 1989 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, though. In one Sunday strip, she angrily chases after Charlie Brown and eventually punches him, with no explanation ever given. Lucy at least usually explained herself.
    • Worth noting that she and Lucy do not get along. At one point they have a "crab-off". Violet initially dominated due to being bigger, until Lucy got fed up and completely schooled her.
  • Love Triangle: Many of the early strips implied various forms of love triangles between Charlie Brown, Shermy, Patty, and Violet (once she showed up). Often Patty and Violet fought over who was Charlie Brown's girl friend, although they were just as likely to be fighting to push him onto the other girl.
  • 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. Ultimately has this turned around on her, as Charlie Brown explains that no matter how busy his father is at the barber shop, he will always stop to acknowledge his son, something Violet has no comeback for.
  • 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...
    • Interestingly, the personality flip seems to coincide with her hairstyle changing from its original braided pigtails to the topknot (making her look a lot like Lucy in the process). Unintentional Important Haircut moment?


First Appearance: October 2, 1950 — Final Appearance: June 15, 1969

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.
  • Love Triangle: Many of the early strips implied various forms of love triangles between Charlie Brown, Shermy, Patty, and Violet (once she showed up). Often Patty and Violet fought over who was Charlie Brown's girl friend, although they were just as likely to be fighting to push him onto the other girl.
  • Straight Man: Served as this when paired with Charlie Brown.


First Appearance: June 13, 1978 — Final Appearance: June 13, 1987

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

  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Arguably the last major character to get introduced in the strip, she debuted in the late seventies and was a semi-major character for nearly a decade until she vanished around the late eighties.
  • 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.
    • The Peanuts Movie plays with this: she's on-camera quite frequently, but her face is always obstructed, or she's being seen from far away, or she has her back to the camera. She's only shown close-up in plain view in the last few minutes.
  • Heroes Want Redheads
  • Informed Attractiveness: She has never been shown in the comic strips, but has appeared a handful of times in the various animations. Most of the time, she has roughly the same face model as the other children, with two separate appearances giving her the Blush Sticker treatment to set her apart from the others. The new movie gives her almost the exact same face model as the other kids, just with a smaller, pointier nose.
  • Named by the Adaptation: Heather in the TV show.
  • 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.
  • Put on a Bus: She moves away (devastating Charlie Brown) in a 1969 story arc.
    • The Bus Came Back: Charlie Brown glimpses her while on a skiing trip a few months after her departure, Peppermint Patty and Marcie see her at a girls' summer camp in 1972, and she's revealed to be back in the neighborhood in 1978.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: This is her role in The Peanuts Movie. She becomes Charlie Brown's summer pen pal not out of pity, but because he's a genuinely good person that she likes and respects.


First Appearance: August 13, 1975 — Final Appearance: December 21, 1999

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: His brown fedora.
  • Noodle People: Spike is extremely emaciated-looking from the neck down.
  • 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.