Characters: Pee-Wee's Playhouse

Below is a list of some of the characters from Pee-wee's Playhouse and tropes which apply to them. Still under construction; feel free to contribute.

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    Human Characters 

Pee-wee Herman

The titular character and host of Pee-wee's Playhouse.

Miss Yvonne

The most beautiful woman in Puppetland.

Captain Carl

Character from the original stage show, played by Phil Hartman.

Cowboy Curtis

An enthusiastic cowboy and Pee-wee's best friend.

Mrs. Renee

Pee-wee's nosey- but kind-hearted neighbor.

Mrs. Steve

Pee-wee's other, much less nice neighbor.

Reba The Mail Lady

Pee-wee's long suffering Mail Carrier.

  • Beta Couple: With her boyfriend fireman Derek to whoever Miss Yvonne is currently obsessed with.
  • Butt Monkey: Tends to get dragged into Pee-wee's antics unwillingly.
  • Character Development: She begins the show completely confused and even terrified of Pee-wee and his bizarre world but later on becomes considerably more adjusted to it and friendly with Pee-wee.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Only Sane Woman: Easily the most normal character in the show and was early one completely stupefied by the absurdity around her.
  • The Smart Guy: Tends to be the most logical thinker of the cast, not like it's hard.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to Miss Yvonne's girly girl.
  • Unfazed Everyman: Later on begins to just roll with the craziness round her.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Pee-wee. She does like him, he's just hard to put up with.


A dashing Latino Soccer Player who is a friend and rival of Pee-wee's.


The King of Cartoons' snarky cab driver.

  • Deadpan Snarker: To a truly hilarious degree.
  • The Driver
  • Fanfare: done traditionally, then followed by a jazz solo
  • Grumpy Bear: To and extent. She hates her job, but seems to like both Pee-wee and the King of Cartoons.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Rather surly, but still pretty nice to Pee-wee and the King.
  • Joisey: Has a rather thick accent.
  • Put on a Bus: She's only in the first season.note 
  • The Stoic: Pretty much always has a neutral expression on her face and a flat voice.

The King of Cartoons

The King of all cartoons and the only authority figure in Puppet Land.

The Playhouse Gang

A group of kids who drop by the Playhouse from time to time.

Tito The Lifeguard

The Playhouse's handsome lifeguard for Pee-Wee's swimming pool and frequent object of Miss Yvonne's affections.

    Puppet/claymation/object Characters 



A life-size sophisticated cow puppet.


A small green pterodactyl puppet.


A red headed marionette, who acts like stereotypical 1950s greaser/school bully. Conceived as kind of an "Anti-Howdy Doody"

The Puppetland Band

Featuring three beatniks (Dirty Dog, Cool Cat and Chicky Baby), the Puppetland Band provided music and rhymes for the Playhouse.


A sentient piece of the floor


Dog Chair

A chair who resembles a dog



  • Homemade Inventions: Implied. His head looks something like a flashbulb camera with two flashbulbs for "eyes", and his torso is a modified "ghetto blaster" boombox that was well known at the time show was made, while his lower half is a record player. He also has a right hand that appears to be a food holder.
  • Robot Buddy

Magic Screen

Mr. Kite

Mr. Window

The Flowers

The Fish

Two wisecracking fish who regularly make jokes at Pee-Wee's expense (and everyone else's for that matter).
  • Statler and Waldorf: In the sense that they make the aforementioned jokes at everyone's expense.


The Dinosaur Family

A clan of a stop-motion dinosaurs with live in a mouse hole.



The various food products in Pee-Wee's refrigerator have various antics when he needs to get a snack or an ingredient to make a snack with. At least one or two episodes also involve Pee-Wee's freezer as well.

Toy Shelf

Only appearing in the first season, the toys on Pee-wee's toy shelf also get into various antics. Replaced by Clocky beginning with the second season.


A claymation girl with pennies for eyes who appears in her own segment talking about her experiences.

Mr. Knucklehead

A hand with eyes and a mouth who tells knock-knock jokes. He appeared Once an Episode in the first season, but only made occasional appearances in the second season onwards.

Magic Glasses

A pair of sunglasses that shows Pee-wee various archival movie and TV footage, although in one second season episode (his only appearance that season), he distorted Pee-wee's vision making him run wild around the playhouse. Otherwise made occasional appearances in the first season.