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

Paul Reubens

The titular character and host of Pee-wee's Playhouse.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: The Playhouse gang learned the hard way that, while Pee-wee is extremely childlike, he will assert his authority when necessary.note 
  • Bowties Are Cool
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: It helps that he lives in Cloud Cuckoo Land
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Pee-wee is capable of genuine heroics when the situation calls for it.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Surprisingly slips into this at times, generally when dealing with the more obnoxious characters.
  • Drunk with Power: Pee-wee often becomes this when playing games where he has the center responsibility and takes such way too seriously (i.e., a head librarian in "Love That Story", an office boss in "Let's Play Office", etc.).
  • Excited Kids' Show Host
  • Every Episode Ending: At the end of each episodes, He lifts an iron (and later, cranked the statue's arm) to open the secret door that reveals his scooter. Gets on and gives out one last speech and ending with the Secret word before heading out. During the second, and beyond that point, Pee-Wee started wearing a decorated Cyclop Helmet. This was due to the new Helmet law in 1987.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Towards Ricardo.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Cowboy Curtis.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Pee-wee can be downright terrible at times, but this is clearly more out of childish naivety than any real malice as he's shown to be a nice guy most of the time.
  • Keet
  • The Leader: Of the Playhouse gang. He also tends to take charge when the cast are put into crisis situations.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: He becomes more focused when the situation darkens.
  • Man Child
  • Mr. Imagination
  • One of the Kids: Some of his closest friends are little kids.
  • Papa Wolf: Towards the Playhouse gang. Generally harming them is one of the only ways to see him act like an adult.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Sensitive guy to Captain Carl and Cowboy Curtis' manly man.
  • Ship Tease: With Miss Yvonne.
  • Supreme Chef: While his snack recipes are ridiculously simple, the entire cast will always gush about how great it is.
  • Unknown Rival: He views Ricardo as a rival. Ricardo doesn't.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: His dynamic with both Reba the Mail Lady and Randy. With the former he's unaware, with the latter he's considerably snarkier.

Jambi the Genie

John Paragon

The floating head of a genie who lives inside a box in Pee-Wee's playhouse.

Miss Yvonne

Lynn Marie StewartThe 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.

Laurence Fishburne

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

Suzanne Kent

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

Mrs. Steve

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

Shirley Stoler

Reba The Mail Lady

Pee-wee's long suffering Mail Carrier.

S. Epatha Merkerson

  • 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
  • Ms. Fanservice: In "Rebarella", after Miss Yvonne gives her a makeover to give her a dress and a hairdo to look like Miss Yvonne herself.
  • 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.

Ricardo

Vic Trevino

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

Dixie

The King of Cartoons' snarky cab driver.

Johann Carlo

  • 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

Gilbert Lewis (Season 1) and William H. Marshall (all others)

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

Roland Rodriguez

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

    Puppet/claymation/object Characters 

Chairy

Allison Mork

A talking blue chair.

Dog Chair

George McGrath

A white chair that resembles as dog and is next to Chairy

Cowntess

George McGrath

A life-size sophisticated cow puppet.

Pterri

John Paragon (seasons 1, 3 onward), George McGrath (season 2)

A small green pterodactyl puppet.

Randy

Wayne White

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

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.

Gregory Harrison (season 1), Kevin Carlson (season 2 onward)

  • 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).

Globey

A spinning globe with a face and arms. He gives out the locations of countries and cities by pointing to them on his head.

George McGrath

  • 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.
  • Maurice Chevalier Accent: He has a vaguely French accent.
  • Odd Friendship: With Pterri.

The Puppetland Band

Wayne White (Dirty Dog), Ric Heitzman (Cool Cat), Alison Mork (Chicky Baby)

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

The Dinosaur Family

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

Floory

Kevin Carlson

A sentient piece of the floor, discovered by the others at the start of the second season.

Clocky

A talking clock in the shape of the United States.

El Hombre

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

Ants

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).

Salesman

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.

Ric Heitzman

Refrigerator

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.

Penny

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 with a monkey head 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, and a limited number of appearances afterward.

Roger

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!"


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