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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Pee-wee Herman

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

Jambi the Genie

The floating head of a genie who lives inside a box in 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.

Fireman Derek

A Firefighter who appeared on the 4th season ("Rebarella").
  • One-Shot Character: Well, He only appeared once, when he went on a date with Reba the Mail Lady. They couldn't go to the Fireman's Ball because the ballroom burned down.

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 talking blue chair.


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.


A talking clock in the shape of the United States.

Dog Chair

A chair who resembles a dog.

El Hombre

A Latin Spanish speaking animated super hero who appeared in the 4th and 5th season.


They live in the ant farm next to the video phone.
  • Don't Say a Word: They don't speak. Instead, They make resemble to sentence with words that Pee-Wee and other characters can read. (For example: In the episode Mystery!, When Pee-Wee ask them, What are they doing? The Ants respond with the message that reads "Hanging Around" and Everybody screamed because "Around" was the secret word).

Conky (AKA Conky 2000)

A robot made from various objects like a turntable, a boombox, and camera flashbulbs. He provides Pee-Wee with the secret word of the day.
  • 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.
  • Catchphrase: Conky 2000, Ready to asset you, Pee-Wee!
  • Robot Buddy
  • Speech Impediment: He stutters quite frequently.

Magic Screen

A colorful screen that contains a fantasy land inside.

Mr. Kite

A pink kite with glasses and a bow tie who would often fly above the playhouse. Pee-Wee would often ask him about the weather.

Mr. Window

A yellow window that resides next to the playhouse's entrance. He often let's everyone know when someone is about to enter.

The Flowers

A trio of flowers next to the door. They'll announce whoever is coming inside, which includes singing the King of Cartoons' theme song.
  • Catch Phrase: After Mr. Window's catchphrase, they'll announce who's entering the door.
    Mr. Window: Someone's coming!
    Flowers: It's Cowboy Curtis!

The Fish

Two wisecracking fish who regularly make jokes at Pee-Wee's expense (and everyone else's for that matter).


A spinning globe with a face and arms. He gives out the locations of countries and cities by pointing to them on his head.
  • Catch Phrase: Whenever the name of a country or city comes up, or something that just sounds like one ("Grease" becomes "Greece", "Tampon" becomes "Tampa") he'll say "That's over here!" and then point on his head the location of said country or city.
  • Odd Friendship: With Pterri.

The Dinosaur Family

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


A horrifying giant-headed salesman who would come to Pee-Wee's door to try and sell him something, only for Pee-Wee to scream and slam the door on him.


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. However in the 2 episodes ('Mystery and Tango Time) of the 5th Season, The toy shelf was relocated between the video phone and the ant farm.


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.


A green cyclop monster with two mouths.
  • One-Shot Character: Not quite, He only appears twice, In Monster in the Playhouse, and Pajama Party.

The Talking Cactus

A Cactus who appeared at the end of Let's Play Office. As they put the cactus next to the three flowers, He told Pee-Wee and Cowboy Curtis "I will stick around, But don't needle me!"