Characters / Sesame Street

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A heterogeneous group of furry creatures, many of whom share the last name "Monster." Examples include Telly, Cookie, Herry, Grover, and Elmo.
  • Our Monsters Are Different: They may all technically be from one species, but they all share radically different fur colors, shapes, and heights.

Alistair Cookie

Frank Oz

The host of Monsterpiece Theatre. He is basically a Cookie Monster puppet in a red robe and wears a pipe in his mouth.

Baby Tooth and the Funky Funk


They are the three Muppet monster dancers who appeared in the 1990s, They sometimes dance with humans.

The Beach Monsters

Jerry Nelson (lead singer)

They sing Love the Ocean, A song that teaches everybody not to throw trash into the ocean.

Bip Bippadotta

Jim Henson

A green furry monster with orange beard and cool sunglasses. He is made from a Lavender Anything Muppet. He appeared in songs like The Rhyming Song (Fat Cat Sat Hat), Some of Us, Everybody's Song (With the Androoze Sisters), Scratch My Back (With Jack and Jill), Opposite, and Air.

Cereal Girl Monster

Ivy Austin (voiced only)

She sings Cereal Girl.

Chef John

Kevin Clash
An angry chef monster who scolded Cookie Monster and his father after they shared the cookies when it was for the other monsters (not for Cookie Monster and his father) in the Monsterpiece Theatre segment, "Conservations with my Father."

Cookie Monster

Frank Oz (regularly 1969-2001, occasionally 2001-present)
David Rudman (2001-present)

The very incarnation of gluttony. He loves Cookies more than anything, but has been seen talking about Healthy Food, so kids can make good decisions on eating the right foods for them. Starting in Season 44, Cookie Monster has been appearing in segments titled Cookie's Crumby Pictures, in which he is shown as the lead role for a parody of a popular movie.
  • Anti-Role Model: He eats terrible, unhealthy food nonstop, and he's proud of it.
  • Ascended Meme: Cookie Monster's "OM NOM NOM!" catchphrase has become a meme, something that was brought up on the show with Cookie Monster wondering why he hasn't received any royalties for it.
  • Big Eater: He can and will eat just about anything.
  • Big Word Shout: Less frequently, he will shout "Cowabunga."
  • Characterization Marches On: He behaved more like a toddler in the first season: he often interfered with others (though unaware he was doing so), was occasionally fussy when he didn't get his way and was scolded by other characters when he misbehaved. It wasn't until his song "C is for Cookie" in 1971 that Cookie Monster's personality was firmly established.
  • Catch Phrase: "COOOOOKIE!" and "OM-NOM-NOM-NOM!"
  • Crazy Consumption: Usually found eating very quickly while eating cookies.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Surprisingly. It's sometimes hard to tell with his Hulk Speak, but he can be quite sarcastic - complete with Aside Glances, even.
  • Extreme Omnivore:
    "That taste even better than Latin Grammy!"
  • Hidden Depths: He tends to come off as a dim-witted glutton, but as the years went by he started to be portrayed less dense and more single-minded. He's can be very clever when he wants to be, is a surprisingly talented artist (if he can resist eating his own paintings), has shown himself to be a big fan of high culture (host of "Monsterpiece Theatre" as the gentrified Allister Cookie), and even got a few Deadpan Snarker traits over time.
  • Jabba Table Manners: Cookie isn't remotely evil, but his eating habits do reflect poorly on him.
  • Leitmotif: A short, instrumental version of "C Is for Cookie."
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: In his earliest appearances, he had fangs.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: According to the song "The First Time Me Eat Cookie", his name was Sidney before he started eating cookies - the "Cookie Monster appellation was just a nickname that stuck.
  • Parental Bonus: The undisputed king of this trope. If Sesame Street makes a clever pop-culture reference, chances are it comes from him.
  • Signature Song: C is for Cookie (That's good enough for me)....

Cookie Monster's baby cousin

Jerry Nelson
She is Cookie Monster's baby cousin who appeared in a sketch where Cookie Monster was trying to feed her cookies. But would not want to eat one. Then Ernie appears with some groceries filled with fruits and vegetables (which Cousin Monster would go with). Cookie Monster complains that he loves cookies, But his baby cousin would not touch it. And Ernie explains maybe she does not like cookies, And told Cookie Monster that he has to feed his baby cousin something else.

  • Trademark Favorite Food: She loves fruits (such as an apple), and vegetables (such as carrots and celery). She would never touch cookies at all.

Cookie Monster's father

Jerry Nelson
He's the father of Cookie Monster who appeared in the Monsterpiece Theatre segment: "Conservations with my Father". As he teaches Cookie Monster about environment.

  • One-Shot Character: He only appeared in the "Conservations with my Father" sketch.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: He shared a plate of Cookies with Cookie Monster until he got in trouble with Chef John and the other monster scolding those Cookies were for the other monsters (Not for Cookie Monster and his father). As they chase around in a chaos and into Alistair Cookie's living with the conclusion ("This Alistair Cookie's father saying, That's My Boy!")


Various (197?-1984)
Kevin Clash (1984-2012)
Ryan Dillon (2012-present)

A 3½-year-old monster who speaks in a high-pitched voice and eschews pronouns. Host of the "Elmo's World" and "Elmo: The Musical" segments and the object of 1996's Tickle-Me-Elmo craze.

Ferline Huskie

Richard Hunt

A purple muppet monster who sang Comb Your Face.


Jerry Nelson (regularly)
Martin P. Robinson

An orange monster with big teeth.

  • Hulk Speak: Well, In the song Frazzle, The Frazzletones sings about the weird noise as when Frazzle's emotion is. At once Frazzle talked once in the Disco segment where the song is about In and Out. He asked "Excuse me, Is this the home of Sesame Street Fever?"

The Frazzletones


They sing Frazzle's Emotion, A song about Frazzle and his emotion. One of the members looks a lot of Chrissy from Chrissy and the Alphabeats. And the other member was named Maurice Monster.


Frank Oz (regularly 1970-1998, occasionally 1998-present)
Eric Jacobson (1998-present)

A well-meaning, multitalented monster who suffers more humiliation and injury than the rest of the cast combined. He also goes as a superhero named Super Grover.(He became Super Grover 2.0 in 2010.)
  • Affectionate Parody:
  • Amusing Injuries: Moreso than any other character, he ends up injured for comedy, often thanks to the ridiculous stunts he tries to pull off.]
  • Butt Monkey: Gets put through a lot of injuries and misfortune.
  • Blue Is Heroic: Has blue fur and is a kind hearted sort.
  • Can't You Read the Sign?: After Mr. Johnson complains to Grover the Flight Attendant that he's bored and has nothing to read.
  • Determinator: The limits to which he pushes himself are actually quite admirable.
  • Flying Brick: Super-Grover apparently believes he's one of these, judging from how often he tries to bend bars and lift heavy objects. He actually is capable of flight, but takeoffs and landings are a problem for him.
  • Keet: Grover is highly enthusiastic. "HELLLLLLOOOOOOOOOOO EVERYBODEEEEE!"
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Grover was named after the U.S. President Grover Cleveland.
  • Nice Guy: He truly does mean well.
  • Precision F-Strike: When he appeared with other Muppets performed by Frank Oz in An Evening with Jim Henson and Frank Oz, in response to a marionette question.
    Grover: I do not know what the hell that means.
  • Secret Identity: For a certain value of "secret," he tries to convince others he and Super Gonzo are unrelated.
  • Spock Speak: According to original performer Frank Oz, Grover doesn't use contractions (except in songs) because he's obsessed with doing everything right.
  • Vocal Evolution: In the first season (known then as Fuzzyface) and early season 2, there was far less distinction between how he and Cookie Monster were voiced which makes sense being that both were voiced by Frank Oz. It was up to later on in mid- or late-second season was when Grover had his more distinct and familar voice.


Jerry Nelson (1970-2004)

A large, blue monster. He's strong and has a gruff voice but he is very sweet. Always wanting to help out but usually inadvertently ended up breaking more than he fixed. Herry was a main character on the show from Season 2(1970-1971) until Season 31(2000).

Jack and Jill

Steve Whitmire (Jack)
Louise Gold (Jill)

They sing Scratch my Back with Bip Bippadotta.

The Monster Cookie

Jerry Nelson

A talking cookie who appeared in the 1992 sketch where Cookie Monster has a very sad nightmare after Cookie Monster ate the last of the birthday cookies. He tells Cookie Monster his sad story on how he became a cookie. He used to a blue furry monster too. But his Cookie-Only Diet caused him to become a cookie. And regrets sadly that he never had healthier foods. As Cookie Monster woke up from his sad dream, He declared that he will eat cookies again and started eating carrots, fish, and whole wheat bread. And eats a cookie afterwards leaving a reamrk "Well, Maybe sometime a cookie!"


Joey Mazzarino (2005-2015)

A fluffy orange monster with a round, oversized jaw who rose to fame by hosting a variety of recurring segments; namely Word on the Street and Murray Has a Little Lamb. These are unique in that they're kept separate from the regular Sesame Street scenes by being set in the "real world" where Murray has largely unscripted scenes interacting with "normal" people, with his spanish speaking lamb Ovejita.
  • Amusing Injuries: Frequently. Usually in the form of The Pratfall.
  • The Cameo: Murray very rarely appears in "street scenes." Joey Mazzarino has said that he prefers for Murray to be kept in the "real world" à la Uncle Traveling Matt.
  • Demoted to Extra: Likely to become his fate following Mazzarino's departure from the series in 2015. Matt Vogel confirmed in a May 2016 Facebook post that there are currently no plans to recast him because "it's such a Joey character".
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Murray made several appearances before he was first called by name on screen.
  • Epic Fail: A lot of his first attempts at the focal activity in the segment results in this. Once, while trying a high-kick in a Dance School segment, he not only sends himself flying onto his back, as he is wont to do, but manages to kick himself in the face in the process.
  • Excited Kids' Show Host: Murray plays Type 1 to the hilt, on Murray Has A Little Lamb, and Word on the Street.
  • Keet: Highly energetic.
  • Larynx Dissonance: With a jaw like his, you may not expect his voice to be as high or childish as it is.

The Shagri-Las

They are a trio of singing monsters from the early 1990s. They sang songs such as "Brush Brush Boogie".


Bob Payne (1979)
Brian Meuhl (1979-1984)
Martin P. Robinson (1984-present)

A mildly neurotic, easily discouraged monster. Was best friends with Oscar; now best friends with Baby Bear. He also has an obsession with Triangles.

Two-Headed Monster

Peter Friedman and Richard Hunt (ca. 1978)
Jerry Nelson and Richard Hunt (ca. 1980–1991)
Jerry Nelson and David Rudman (1992–2000)
Joey Mazzarino and David Rudman (2001–present)


Carmen Osbahr (1991-present)

A bilingual monster who plays guitar. She was originally patterned after a fruit bat, but lost the wings in Season 35. She stated in an interview that they just popped off when flying.
  • Continuity Nod: Luis taught her how to play the guitar, and she has retained that skill very well.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: She peppers her sentences with Spanish phrases.
  • Hair Decorations: A small yellow ribbon.
  • Mentors: Rosita takes Gina's son Marco under her wing, because he is Guatemalan.
  • Military Brat: Like Elmo, Rosita has to deal with having a military father. Her father comes home injured and confined to a wheelchair, and she has a hard time adjusting to the consequent changes.
  • True Blue Femininity: A blue furred creature who acts girly.

Ruby Monster

Camille Bonorah (1988-1992)

A bright red haired yellow monster who loves learning experience and research on everything.
  • Security Blanket: In the Guys and Doll song from Monsterpiece Theatre, She loves playing with her toy truck.


Fran Brill (1993-2014)
Jennifer Barnhart (2015-present)

A monster who was added in the 1990s in order to add balance to a predominantly male cast. She is good friends with Elmo, and Big Bird. They gave Zoe a tutu in 2002, so people wouldn't be confused on whether she's a boy or a girl.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She has picked up on ballet and usually wears a pink ballerina tutu starting in Season 33 and she also wears a necklace, bracelets, and hair barraettes.

    Anything Muppets 
The Anything Muppets (known internally as "AMs") are "blank" Muppets with interchangeable features and clothing, and allow puppeteers to create new characters without having to build the Muppets from scratch. Famous Anythings include Guy Smiley, the Count, and Prairie Dawn.

Adrienne Bip

Camille Bonora
A Green Anything Muppet contestant on What's Prairie's Problem? who lives in Nutley, New Jersey. She did better than Fenwick LaTouche. She won the game, But unfortunately, Prarie Dawn did not think of uncovering her mouth. And told Adrienne that she is going to "Auckalafloomfloom".


Matt Vogel
The Tall Orange Anything Muppet kid who has a father in prison.

  • Prison Episode: Well, his father violated the law (an adult rule), and has to go to prison for the rest of his life. They taught Alex about incarceration.

Arlene Frantic

Fran Brill
A green Anything Muppet contestant on What's My Part?.

The Beetles

Richard Hunt (lead singer)

They are the fabulous insect four who sang "Letter B", "Thinking of U", and "Hey Food" (with Cookie Monster). They appear as both Lavender and Green Anything Muppet insects.

  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: They are based on the British 1960s rock group The Beatles. "Letter B" is based on Let it Be; "Thinking of U" is based on "P.S. I Love You" and "Here, There, and Everywhere", and "Hey Food" is based on "Hey Jude".

Bennett Snerf

Carroll Spinney
A lavender Anything Muppet contestant on What's My Part?.

  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: He is based on book writer Bennett Cerf (who is the father of the Sesame Street writer and voice of How Now Brown Cow's Christopher Cerf).

Betty Lou

Fran Brill (1971-2014)
Stephanie D'Abruzzo(2015-present)
A Hot Pink Anything Muppet little girl.
  • Face Palm: When Carl answered a circle on The Triangle is Right.


Jerry Nelson

A Large Lavender Live Hand Anything Muppet construction worker who works with his sidekick, Sully.

Bruce Stringbean and the S Street Band

Christopher Cerf (lead singer/Voiced only)

They sing Born to Add and Barn in the USA.

The Bicuspids

Ivy Austin (lead singer/Voiced only)

They sing Kids Just Love to Brush.

Bushman Bill

Michael Earl Davis

A Large Lavender Live Hands Anything Muppet wild-haired and loud-voiced DJ who hosted The Hit Parade. He introduced Didi O'Dey and The Dew Drops in their hit song: "Be My D".

Captain Breakfast

Michael Earl Davis

An Orange Gold Anything Muppet superhero who tries to persuade a girl to try some healthy breakfast. But the girl didn't want any breakfast, and told Captain Breakfast that it's lunchtime.

Captain Vegetable

Jim Henson

A Lavender Anything Muppet superhero rabbit who lives in a secret garden somewhere in New Jersey.

Carl Mericana

Martin P. Robinson

A Green Anything Muppet contestant on The Triangle is Right. He played against Betty Lou. The subject was a triangle. But he answered a circle and lost the game.

Chester O'Leary

Jerry Nelson
A Lavender Anything Muppet contestant on Say the Word. He's from Idaho. He gives out clue to give Maurice Monster to say the word "STOP!" before time runs out.


Christopher Cerf (voiced only)
Richard Hunt (puppetry only, 1974-1992)
Kevin Clash (puppetry only, 1992-2012)

The Fat Blue Anything Muppet lead singer of the band, Chrissy and the Alphabeats.

The Cobble Stones

Christopher Cerf (Lead singer / Voiced only)

They sing (I Can't Get No) Cooperation.

Count von Count

Jerry Nelson (1972-2012, voice; 1972-2004, puppetry)
Matt Vogel (2012-present, voice; 2004-present, puppetry)

An Ambiguously Undead Large Lavender Live Hand Anything Muppet guy with fangs, a Romanian accent, and a love of counting. He lives in a castle with a number of bats and has been seen dating various Countesses.
  • But Not Too Evil: His original portrayal was fairly sinister compared to his more child-friendly modern portrayal.
  • Characterization Marches On: He acted a bit more like a vampire in his early appearances, moving his hands around as if hypnotizing others as well as walking around with his cape across his face. His laugh was also louder and more sinister as opposed to the softer chuckle of today.
  • Classical Movie Vampire: Count has a Transylvanian accent and lives in a haunted castle.
  • Dark is Not Evil: He's a vampire, but quite nice.
  • Dramatic Thunder: Used to signify that he's about to appear.
  • I Am Spartacus: In episode 4111, the Count wins the Nobel Prize for counting, but the Count runs late, and his neighbors stall for him by impersonating him.
  • Karma Houdini: The Count frequently bothers people with his obsession or even his thunder and lightening. He rarely gets an unhappy ending in his sketches.
  • Maniacal Laugh: Although it's been toned down since the '70s, when it was downright alarming.
  • Ominous Pipe Organ: He plays one during the "Batty Bat" song. Another features in the recurring Number of the Day segment, although admittedly that one isn't very ominous.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: Official sources vary on whether or not the Count is actually a vampire, but he's certainly got the look down.
  • Repetitive Name: Count Von Count.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: His modern appearances are slightly more friendly by comparison with the earlier appearances...

Dickey Tick

Martin P. Robinson

The Small Orange Anything Muppet host of Lifestyles of the Big and Little.

Didi O'Day and the Dew Drops

The disco singing trio who performed "Be My D" and "Me Lost Me Cookie at the Disco".

Don Music

Richard Hunt (1974-1992)

A Orange Gold Anything Muppet frustrated composer who often cannot think of a rhyme and he gets into a meltdown and ends up hitting his head on the piano. Kermit the Frog is always helping him for suggestions.
  • Catch Phrase: "I'LL NEVER GET IT! NEVER! NEVER! NEVER!" (Slams his head on the piano)
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: The character was banned from rerunning in 1998 when parents sent in hate mail to Children's Television Workshop because their kids were hitting their heads at home.

Dr. Thad and the Medications

Thad Mumford (lead singer/voice only)

They sing The Ten Commandants of Health to a patient in a hospital.

Mr. Essex

Jim Henson

A Large Lavender Live Hand Anything Muppet school teacher who taught his students (including Prairie Dawn) about rhymes.

Fenwick LaTouche

Richard Hunt
A Lavender contestant on What's Prairie's Problem? who lives in Moose Patrol, Maine. He made wrong answers and lost the game.

Forgetful Jones

Michael Earl (1979-1981)
Richard Hunt (1981-1992)

A Large Lavender Live Hands Anything Muppet cowboy with poor memory.
  • Catch Phrase: "Awwwwww. I forget."
  • Forgetful Jones: The Trope Namer. He has an extremely bad memory.
  • Demoted to Extra: He has not been given any prominent roles since Richard Hunt's death, but has made recent non-speaking background appearances. note 
  • The Quiet One: Became this following Richard Hunt's death.

The Guided Angel

Jerry Nelson

A Pointy Green Anything Muppet angel who appeared in the song, One Way. He helps How Now Brown Cow get to his girlfriend's house the right way on the one way street.

Guy Smiley

Jim Henson (1969–1990)
Eric Jacobson (2005–present)

An Orange Gold Anything Muppet manic television personality who emcees whatever TV shows need emceeing.
  • No Indoor Voice: To the point where Jim Henson hated doing the character; it was hard on his throat.

Harvey Kneeslapper

Frank Oz (1971-1977)
Matt Vogel (2010)

A Large Lavender Live Hands Anything Muppet obnoxious, bug-eyed character who specialized in jokes, both verbal and practical.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Besides the fact that Harvey Kneeslapper was too hard on Frank Oz, the other main reason was that he was only good for that one joke. Despite this, his segments continued to appear in new episodes until 2001.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Some of his pranks (including a Bucket Booby-Trap and Exploding Closet) wound up boomeranging on him in this manner.
  • Meaningful Name: He's a prankster, so he sure does know his knee slappers!
  • No Indoor Voice: One reason the character was phased out was that voicing him was too hard on Frank Oz's throat.

Herbert Birdsfoot

Jerry Nelson (1970-1974)

A Lavender Anything Muppet mild-mannered, bespectacled lecturer who usually appeared in conjunction with either Grover or Cookie Monster.
  • Put on a Bus: Due to concerns about his appearances in commercial entertainment, Kermit wasn't used in the second season of Sesame Street, so Herbert was introduced to essentially fill the same role on the show. Once Kermit returned in Season 3, the now-superfluous Herbert was phased out. His final appearance to date was as part of the finale sequence of The Muppet Movie

How Now Brown Cow

Christopher Cerf (voice only)

The Green Anything Muppet lead singer of How Now Brown Cow and the Moo Waves.—-
  • Mid Vid Skit: His music video parodies feature an MTV-style caption that refers to Mootown Records (a parody of Motown Records).

The Hungry Family

They are contestants on Family Food with host Richard Dawson. They live in Twinport, South Dakota.

Ida Normer

Louise Gold

A Lavender Anything Muppet Female contestant on The Crying Game Show with Sonny Friendly. She lives in Kansas. Her sad story was about how her chicken left the farm to join the circus.


Karen Prell

A Green Anything Muppet lady who sings with Nelson in the song Indian U Call.

Mr. Johnson

Jerry Nelson (1969-2012; voice, 1969-2004; puppetry)
Matt Vogel (2012-present; voice, 2004-present; puppetry)

A Fat Blue Anything Muppet grumpy old customer of Charlie's restaurant where his waiter is Grover.

JP Mouse

Kevin Clash

One of the "Miami Mice". He is a parody of the Miami Vice character Sonny Crockett. And is made from the Green Anything Muppet pattern.

Lord Chatterly

Jerry Nelson (1975-1992)

The Large Lavender Live Hand Anything Muppet host of Alphabet Chat.
  • Chair Reveal: He turns his chair around to the camera during the Alphabet Chat's opening theme.
  • Large Ham: He went into a meltdown in episodes where he tried to do lectures for the letters L, O, and R. When he got too many interruptions, he caused the show to cancel and the producers had to strike the set.

Luke Warm

Martin P. Robinson

A Pointy Green Anything Muppet contestant on "The Crying Game Show" with Sonny Friendly. He lives in Wisconsin. His sad story was about how his friend can't come to play.

The Amazing Mumford

Jerry Nelson (1971-2003,2005,2012)

A Large Lavender Live Hands Anything Muppet bumbling Stage Magician whose magic never works quite right.


Steve Whitmire

An Orange Gold Anything Muppet Canadian Mountie police who sang Indian U Call with Jeanette.

Nick Normal and the Nickmatics

Jerry Nelson (lead singer)

They sing The Letter N.
  • Mid Vid Skit: The song introduced it with an MTV-style caption that refers to N Records.

Norah Nicks

Fran Brill

The Small Orange Anything Muppet host of NTV. She introduced Nick Normal and the Nickmatics' new music video, The Letter N.

Old MacDonald

Richard Hunt

A Tall Orange Anything Muppet guy who introduced the music video of The Oinker Sisters' new hit song: The New Way To Walk.
  • Mid Vid Skit: Well, it says it all as he introduced the song by The Oinker Sisters.

Over the Top

Jerry Nelson (Lead singer)

They sing "ZZ Blues".

Pat Playjacks

Jim Henson

The Large Lavender Live Hand Anything Muppet host of "Squeal of Fortune". Although not mentioning Guy Smiley, he claims to be America's Second Favorite Game Show Host.

Pierre the Waiter

Jerry Nelson

A Green Anything Muppet waiter who works at Chet Nomie: The restaurant of the Semi-Stars. He counted Guy Smiley's studio audience to lunch. It reveals he only has a table for 39. But no table for 40.

Pierre Blue

Joey Mazzario

A Fat Blue Anything Muppet French man who is a Contestant on The Crying Game Show with Sonny Friendly. He lives in Paris, France. His sad story was about the restaurant all out of croissant. He would had won the official Sonny Friendly Teddy Bear but Sonny Friendly denies it by sobbing harder than him and the other contestants and Sonny Friendly wins the teddy bear instead. He and other contestants ended up sobbing in failure because there is no consolation prize.

Prairie Dawn

Fran Brill (1971-2014)
Stephanie D'Abruzzo (2015-present)

A Hot Pink Anything Muppet, pageant-obsessed girl who aspires to a career in journalism.

Prince Charming

Frank Oz
An Orange Gold Anything Muppet prince who appeared on Sesame Street News with Kermit the Frog.
  • You Look Familiar: Although it is the same Anything Muppet, Prince Charming has nothing to do with Guy Smiley.

Professor Hastings

Frank Oz
A Fat Blue Anything Muppet Teacher who would give out some lectures. He also appeared as a panelist on What's My Part?

Readers Of The Open Range


The trio Cowpokes who love to read.
  • Can't You Read the Sign?: When they saw the banner sign reading Welcome to Bisbee Arizona. They told the citizens who think they are lost in the range that Bisbee Arizona is the name of the town.
  • Signature Song: We're Readers, Readers, Readers of the Open Range, We're Readers, Readers, Readers of the Open Range!

The Rhymies


An Anything Muppet trios who speaks in Rhyme. Their names are Larry (Lavender) Marry (Pointy Green) and Barry (Fat Blue).
  • One-Shot Character: They only appeared in two skits (One were they went sailing on a boat at sea and the other had them going camping in the woods).

Roosevelt Franklin

Matt Robinson (1970-1975)

A young African-American boy who appeared in seasons 1-7. Though popular, the character was dropped. He was the spiritual predecessor to Kingston Livingston III.

The Sad Family


The Anything Muppet contestants who appeared in The Guy Smiley game show: Happiness Begins at 40. They live in Miserable Falls, Colorado.

Sherlock Hemlock

Jerry Nelson (1970-1996)

A Green Anything Muppet somewhat inept detective. Like many others, he's fallen by the wayside over the past decade or so.
  • Identical Grandson: He evidently had a caveman ancestor: the Royal Smart Person.
  • Leitmotif: His entrances are usually heralded by a distinctive organ tune.
    • Lampshaded in one skit by Ernie: "Hey, that's detective music!"
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Jerry Nelson patterned his voice for the character after that of the English film actor Ronald Colman.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: He maintains that he's "the World's Greatest Detective", despite evidence to the contrary.

Simon Soundman

Jerry Nelson (1970-1999)

A Fat Blue Anything Muppet who has an unusual way of talking. He would replace some words with sound effects.
  • Stock Sound Effects: He has the ability to speak with added sound effects. For example: In one of the Grover the Waiter sketches, Simon said to Grover, "I would like to buy a [clucks like a chicken] sandwich!" In another sketch, he wanted to use Ernie's telephone, but Ernie had trouble understanding him.
  • Unsatisfiable Customer: When he was at Charlie's, Simon ranted, "Why did my brother recommend this restaurant? The service is terrible." It may be that Simon Soundman's brother is the usual customer, Mr. Johnson. And both are Fat Blue Anything Muppets originally performed by Jerry Nelson.

Sinister Sam

Jim Henson

The Large Lavender Live Hands Anything Muppet meanest roughest cowboy in the west.
  • Men Are Tough: Well, Sam looked for some suspect for some problems he is having problem. Like at one time, he was looking for Doc Holiday because he had an itchy trigger finger (and he means his finger is really itchy).

Sonny Friendly

Richard Hunt (1986-1992)
David Rudman (1992-present)

The Large Lavender Live Hands Anything Muppet host of "Sonny Friendly's Traveling Game Show". He also appeared as the host of The New Here Is Your Life in the 1990s.


Richard Hunt (1971-1992)
David Rudman (1992-present)

He is Biff's partner. And is made from Tall Orange Anything Muppet.

Tito Mouse

Martin P. Robinson

One of the Miami Mice. He is a parody of Miami Vice character: Ricardo Tubbs. He is made from Lavender Anything Muppet.

The Twiddlebugs


A Group of Anything Muppet insects who lives in Ernie's window.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Even though the Twiddlebugs always manage to overcome even the most seemingly insurmountable tribulations, such as figuring out how to exit a roller rink, their ultimate solutions are rarely the most logical, though they remain blissfully unaware of them.

Velma Blank

David Rudman

The Green Anything Muppet co-hostess of Squeal of Fortune. She shows Count Von Count the prizes after he won the game.

Vincent Twice

Martin P. Robinson

The Orange Gold Anything Muppet Host of Mysterious Theatre.

    Other Muppets 

Abby Cadabby

Leslie Carrara-Rudolph (2006-present)

A fairy who moved to Sesame Street during season 37. She's a 3-year-old fairy in training, who attends the Flying Fairy School.(as of Season 40.)
  • Call Back: She lives Around the Corner, which is a section of the set which was expanded and retracted.
  • Catchphrase: "That's so magical!"
  • Cheerful Child: She always has a smile on her face.
  • Fairy Tale Motifs: She is a textbook example of a fairy. Well... okay, aside from being a little fuzzy.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Many small children see their world as a place of tremendous beauty and endless possibilities. Abby is no different.
  • You Keep Using That Word: Sorry, Abby. "Princess" is not a career title. note 

The Androoze Sisters


The three singing pig trios who performed Everybody's Song with Bip Bippadotta.

Baby Bear

David Rudman (1990-present)

The smallest of the Three Bears. (Later, the second-smallest of the Four Bears.) He is best friends with Telly Monster.


Toby Towson (1977-1978)
Brian Muehl (1978-1984)
Fred Garver (1984-1993)
Bruce Connelly (1993-present)

This large, playful Muppet dog is Linda's pet, who understands American Sign Language. Unlike Rowlf, Barkley is not anthropomorphized. When he debuted in Season 9, he was known as Woof Woof. In Season 10, he became Barkley after one episode dealt with changing his name by popular vote. By the start of the new millennium, Barkley hasn't appeared as often, but has been seen a couple times in recent years.


Frank Oz (regularly 1969-2001, occassionally 2001-present)
Eric Jacobson (2001-present)

Long-suffering roommate and Blue Oni to Ernie's Red Oni. Bert would generally prefer to be left alone with a book than put up with his friend's shenanigans. He also really likes Pigeons and Oatmeal.
  • Tempting Fate: On several occasions, Bert ends up on the receiving end of Ernie's craziness simply by pointing it out.

Big Bird

Caroll Spinney (1969-present)
Daniel Seagren (understudy in a handful of episodes dating to 1970)
Matt Vogel (understudy, 1998-present over roughly 20 episodes)

An inexplicably large, yellow bird, perpetually stuck at age 6. Mr. Snuffleupagus is his best friend. He lives in a nest near the apartments
  • A Dog Named "Dog": He sure is a large aviary creature. Hey, what's this guy's name again?
  • Breakout Character: Is the star of the first official Sesame Street movie Follow That Bird, starred in specials where he travels to China and Japan and is the star of other merchandise items such as storybooks, cassette tapes or records. Possibly the first breakout character before Elmo.
  • Cassandra Truth: The adults constantly disbelieved Snuffleupagus was real at first. See The Reveal under ''Mr. Snuffleupagus"
  • Characterization Marches On: He was initally a fully grown idiot with a hick-like Simpleton Voice to match rather than the innocent Man Child he eventually became.
  • The Cutie: Even in the context of Sesame Street his innocence and sweetness stand out.
  • Extreme Doormat: Well, maybe not "extreme", but he has a hard time standing up for himself - he once let Humphrey and Ingrid talk him into giving Radar to Natasha, and he would have lost his nest to Minnie Myna if Chris hadn't helped him.
  • Gentle Giant: He's a Big Bird with a good heart.
  • Hidden Depths: During the famous episode centered on the death of Mr. Hooper, Big Bird draws various caricatures of the adults - of a quality that you may not normally see from a typical 6-year-old.
    • Caroll Spinney is a cartoonist and painter in his down time, overlapping with The Cast Showoff.
  • Meaningful Echo:
    Gordon: Why are you walking that way?
    Big Bird: "Just because."
    (Big Bird learns of Mr. Hooper's death)
    Big Bird: "Why does it have to be this way?"
    Gordon: "Big Bird, it has to be this way because."
    Big Bird: "Just because?"
    Gordon: "Just because."
  • Start My Own: Because Oscar wouldn't let him join the Grouchketeers.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Birdseed, which he eats (or in the case of birdseed milkshakes, drinks) in seemingly infinite variations.
  • Vocal Evolution: Big Bird started off as a fully-grown Village Idiot with a deep, hick-like voice. Over time, however, he became a young child of 5 (or 6, depending on when you were watching the show) with a higher-pitched voice. Because the show reuses its old recordings of songs in later episodes, it can be very jarring to hear Big Bird sing the "Alphabet Song" in his "hick" voice in an episode from c.1975 or later.

Blue Bird

Rick Lyon

He is a comic book super hero character created by Big Bird.


Richard Hunt

He is Bert's Nephew. He appeared in the sketch where Bert is giving his nephew a bath. But Ernie told Bert that he cannot go into the bathtub with bath toys. He fills up the toys into the tub until gets furious and scolded to Ernie that he cannot give Brad a bath with too much toys.
  • That Makes Me Mad: Well, Bert got angry with Ernie about putting too many toys in the tub.


Carroll Spinney

A Garbage man who carries Oscar the Grouch's trashcan.
  • Suddenly Voiced: All though Bruno is usually a silent character, He did speak a few times (like in the end of Follow that Bird, He replied to Oscar "Sure, Boss!"). He even sang with The Trashmen with the song, "Put it in the trashcan".

Carl Carrot

Richard Hunt
A talking carrot who honored about the story the tooth in the Tooth episode of Here is Your Life with Guy Smiley. He appeared with Melvin. He told Guy Smiley that tooth chewed all his vegetables to keep the tooth in good shape.


Joseph Mazarrio

He is a black a sheep detective who solves the crime of the Fairy Tale / Mother Goose stories.

Davey and Joey Monkey

David Rudman (Davey Monkey)
Joseph Mazarrio (Joey Monkey)
Two famous monkey duos that appeared on Sesame Street in the 80's and 90's.


Jim Henson (1969-1990)
Steve Whitmire (1990-2014)
Billy Barkhurst (2014-present)

An enthusiastic, extroverted prankster who's Bert's roommate and Red to Bert's Blue. He enjoys taking baths with his rubber duckie.
  • Consulting Mister Puppet: Ernie often talks to his trademark rubber duckie about his problems.
  • Couldn't Find a Pen: Bert asks him to make a shopping list, and the only thing Ernie can find to write with is chocolate pudding. Ernie then makes a list of all the writing implements that he couldn't find. Ernie tacks chocolate pudding onto the end of the list, since he needed to use all the pudding in the apartment to write it out.
    Bert: "He's improving. Last time he used spaghetti sauce."
  • The Gadfly: He loves to prank, trick and tease Bert. Much of his random weird behavior is just done to mess with his friend, because it's funny when Bert gets frustrated.
  • Hidden Depths: He lays down an amazing saxophone solo during "Put Down the Duckie."
    • He's also a really good painter... even if he does re-imagine Bert as a beatnik.
  • I Can't Hear You: "I can't hear you, Bert. I have a banana in my ear."
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Well, yeah — you wouldn't think so, but Ernie is a far bigger jerk than Bert. Watching the Bert & Ernie skits, it's sometimes surprising to see just how badly Ernie treats his best friend, often for no good reason at all. He plays tricks on him, makes a fool out of him, steals his snacks or cruelly tempts Bert with snacks before eating them himself, and in general causing him no end of frustration, humiliation and heartache. When Ernie still comes across as the most likeable and friendly of the two, it's because, well, he is a genuinely sunny and affable person who just wants to have fun and share a laugh with people. He's never malicious, just a little insensitive.

Fine Young Camels

Paul Jacobs (Lead Singer/Voice Only)

A Muppet Camel with two Anything Muppet Arabian guys (One Lavender and one Tall Orange) as back up singers. They sang C Drives Me Crazy.

Flo Bear

Richard Hunt (1986-1992)
David Rudman (1992-1993)
She is a ursine writer bear.

Granny Bird

Carroll Spinney
She is Big Bird's grandmother.


A group of crusty, monster-like creatures indigenous to Grouchland.
  • Big Ol' Unibrow: As mentioned under Oscar's entry, it's a species trait.
  • Bizarro Universe: Grouch society mirrors human society (right down to similar celebrities — Dan Rather-Not and Donald Grump, for example), but they prefer unhappiness and filth to happiness and cleanliness.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: As explained above, they dislike (often downright condemn) nice and pleasant things, and like things that most other people would find unpleasant. Although a bit odd, it sounds simple enough, right? Well, this also means that they like feeling miserable, and yet the nice things they hate make them miserable, which they like and... yeah. Try not to think about it too hard.
&&* Hates Being Touched

Honkers & Dingers

Two species of Muppet, one with a bicycle horn for a nose and the other with a table bell on top of its head, which they use instead of speaking.

Hoots the Owl

Kevin Clash (1985-2001, 2005)

An old bluesman and sax player.

Humpty Dumpty

Frank Oz (1976)
Jerry Nelson (1992)

An egg from the famous nursery rhyme. He was interviewed Kermit on Sesame Street news. He later appeared on episode 3076 and had so many falls.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Well, he is based on the famous nursery rhyme: Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall....

Jackman Wolf

Jerry Nelson

The VJ wolf who hosts The Sesame Street Rock and Roll Request Show.


Stacey Gordon (2017-present)

A little girl who has autism, a neurological and developmental disorder characterized by impaired social interaction, verbal and non-verbal communication, restricted and repetitive behavior, etc. Introduced in 2017 in the wake of increased diagnoses (1 in 68 children) of autism and autism-spectrum disorder conditions.

  • Character Tic: Flapping her arms in excitement.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Described as doing things "in a Julia sort of way".
  • Hollywood Autism: Subverted; Julia's portrayer, Stacey Gordon, has a son who is autistic.
  • Inspirationally Disadvantaged: As storylines progress about Julia, her strengths were set to be played up. In her first appearance, for instance, she is participating in a game when she begins jumping up and down. Instead of rejecting Julia, the other characters and Muppets decide that jumping up and down is a lot more fun.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: The show's puppets typically only have one articulated arm, but she has both due to the above-mentioned Character Tic.
  • The Quiet One: Doesn't talk much.
  • Security Blanket: Her raggedy toy rabbit, which is torn in several places and perhaps looks like it should have been thrown out years ago. But it is her comfort object.

Kermit the Frog

Jim Henson (1955-1990 [the character predates Sesame Street])
Steve Whitmire (1990-present)

The Muppet Show's easily flustered host; here Kermit usually plays a roving news reporter in a trench coat. He also often attempts to give lectures to the audience that are inevitably ruined by another character. Jim Henson's definitive role; Kermit and Ernie aren't that different, acoustically speaking. This is especially apparent in Bert and Ernie's Muppet Show guest appearance, where Ernie appears and speaks immediately after Kermit introduces the pair. See also his entry on Characters.The Muppet Show.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Kermit is usually friendly and even-tempered, but when he's pushed too far he can get very angry indeed.
  • Butt Monkey: Frequently the victim of Grover's bumbling and Cookie Monster's hedonism, among other misfortunes, almost to the point of being The Chew Toy.
  • Catch Phrase: "Heigh-ho, Kermit theee Frog here at Sesame Street News..."
    • Phrase Catcher: Grover's "HEYYYYY, FROGGY BAYBEEEEE!" backslap-greeting.
  • Call Back: He makes a surprise appearance in "Elmo's World: Frogs", where he is shown lounging in his apartment.
  • Continuity Nod: While preparing to interview Old MacDonald, Kermit tells one of the farmer's pigs, "You know, you remind me of somebody..." (a reference to The Muppet Show's Miss Piggy).
  • Crossover: Kermit once made routine guest appearances, frequently playing off Grover and Cookie Monster. Alas, the frog seldom appears these days, due mainly to Disney owning the rights to the character.
  • "I Am" Song: "Bein' Green" and "This Frog".
  • If You Can Read This: An actual cameraman is named on the slate in the Oklahoma! sketch.
  • Intrepid Reporter: During the "Sesame Street News Flash" segments.
  • Is This Thing Still On?: A running gag in the news segments.
  • Loud Gulp: The idea of a frog eating a fly makes him nauseous.
  • Somewhere, a Herpetologist Is Crying: This is Zigzagged in one scene, in which Bob lists frog facts, and Kermit insists that frogs act more like people, with human diets and apartment buildings.

Lil' Fish Dude

Steve Whitmire

He complains to the Beach Monsters about the ocean being filled with trash.

Little Bird

Fran Brill

She lives on a tree in front of 123 Sesame Street, and was a little friend of Big Bird.


Jellyfish-like, hovering aliens with antennae, severe underbite, and a distinctive "yip yip yip yip uh-huh uh-huh" sound.
  • Fish out of Water: In their first few years they were very unfamiliar with Earth, to the point where they spent most of their time attempting to communicate with inanimate objects.
  • Incredibly Lame Fun: They dance to radio static.
  • Innocent Aliens: They're just confused tourists.
  • Intangible Man: They often enter scenes by phasing through walls.
  • Special Person, Normal Name: The primary two are named "Joe" and "Bob." Although in the game show sketch Bring that Thing, Guy Smiley addressed them as "Stevie" and "Jonathan" Martians.

Melvin Milk

Jerry Nelson
A talking glass of milk who was with Carl Carrot on the Here is Your Life salute to the tooth.

The Oinker Sisters

The three singing pig trios who sang The New Way To Walk.

Oscar the Grouch

Caroll Spinney (1969-present)
Eric Jacobson (understudy,2014-present)
An irritable, antisocial Grouch who lives in a Bigger on the Inside trash can with his worm, Slimey, and his elephant Fluffy.
  • Anti-Role Model: One purpose of the character is to poke fun at irritable people. Which isn't to say that his irritation isn't justified sometimes.
  • Big Ol' Unibrow: Huge eyebrows are a species trait.
  • Bizarre Taste in Food: He hates foods most would consider nice or healthy, but loves noxious combinations of food that are technically still edible... just really gross. Like sardine ice-cream. Again, it's a species trait.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: He was orange for a year. (Apparently he still would be, if he ever bathed.)
  • Grumpy Bear: He's a Grouch. It's a species trait.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Every now and then, some of the mean-spirited pranks and schemes he pulls tend to backfire, where he may end up being the victim himself. Often happens when he's frustrated when targeting a rather slow-witted character with his pranks.
  • Jerkass: Cranky, rude, and mean. Although as much is allowable on a preschool show. The Muppet Wiki puts it best:
    Oscar's mission in life is to be as miserable and grouchy as possible, and pass that feeling on to everyone else. When a visitor knocks on his trash can — invariably interrupting him from a nap or an important task — Oscar greets them with a snarl. He complains that he wants to be left alone, although when he's left entirely to himself, he's dissatisfied — there isn't anybody around to irritate or complain to.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: The true depths of his jerk nature are often called into question and he can get comically defensive when his reputation as a "true Grouch" is threatened.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: There does appear to be an occasional running gag, where as mentioned previously when his intended mean-spirited ways backfire, unwittingly causing rather pleasant and helpful results for other characters along with a few other schemes he may try to pull. Much to his dismay, of course.
  • The Nicknamer: As far as Oscar is concerned, Bob and Maria are Bright Eyes and Skinny, respectively.
  • The Pigpen: Always seen in a trash can, so yeah.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: His relationship with Grungetta.
  • Slave to PR: One has to wonder if he'd be so concerned about being a "real Grouch" - or if he'd be so self-conscious anytime he says, does, or thinks something even remotely pleasant - if it weren't for Grouch society constantly stressing how Grouches are supposed to act.
  • Too Important to Walk: He's rarely seen walking. When he needs to be transported somewhere, a garbageman named Bruno carries his can. (He does in Christmas Eve on Sesame Street a few times.)
  • Troll: He can definitely come off as this at numerous times.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Easily with any of the nice Sesame Street residents that like being sweet and chummy with him, especially Elmo, Telly, and Maria.

Mr. Snuffleupagus

Front end:
Jerry Nelson (1971 - 1978)
Michael Earl Davis (1978 - 1980)
Martin P. Robinson (1980 - present)
Back end:
Richard Hunt (1971-1975)
Peter Friedman (1976-1978)
Brian Muehl (1979)
Frank Kane (1979)
Bryant Young (1979-present)

A slow-talking, elephantlike creature and Big Bird's best friend. He originally wasn't thought to be real, but was revealed in a Season 17 episode.
  • Abandoned Catchphrase: Mr. Snuffleupagus used to always say "Oh, dear" in a worried voice. Big Bird even lampshaded it once; when Snuffy went missing in one episode and BB called the police (an Anything Muppet) to take a report, part of his description was that he said "Oh dear" a lot.
  • Characterization Marches On: He started out with a rather odd and perpetually sad personality as well as speaking with a rather creepy, echoing, sad voice. It wasn't until when Marty Robinson took over the character that, though still sad occasionally, his personality became relatively more cheerful and his voice had a wider range of emotions.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Snuffle used to have wide yellow eyes with green sclera and was understandably changed to a different lazy eyed design as the debut appearance was... unsettling, to say the least.
  • The Eeyore: Used to be one of his defining character traits, but he steadily grew out of it as time went on.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Snuffy." He calls Big Bird "Bird."
  • Missed Him by That Much: In his early appearances, he'd wander off before anyone other than Big Bird could spot him, leading to speculation that he was BB's Imaginary Friend.
  • Not-So-Imaginary Friend: For Big Bird. Everyone assumes that Snuffy is imaginary and even Big Bird thinks this at one point, but they are convinced otherwise later on.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: His real name is Aloysius Snuffleupagus. Even though almost everyone on the series refers to him by his nickname, his mother usually refers to him by his real name.
  • Precocious Crush: Pre-dating the Elmo and Gina plot (see above), he had such a crush on Maria for a while.
  • Real After All: He is revealed to the adult cast 13 years after his debut, in order to encourage kids to be more honest with their parents. It was an emotional experience for the characters and actors.

Preston Rabbit

Steve Whitmire
He is a postman rabbit who works at the Sesame Street Post Office.
  • It Was a Gift: Well, he likes to deliver things to other characters. He once tried to give Elmo a sign that reads ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ. Elmo ended up singing the famous song originally sung by Big Bird. At that point, Big Bird and the kids told them that it's not a word, It's the alphabet.

Shelly the Turtle

Martin P. Robinson

He is a friendly but a slow moving turtle.

The Squirelles


They are a trio singing squirrels who sang various doo-wop songs.

Watson the Dog

Steve Whitmire
He is Sherlock Hemlock's sidekick dog who appears at every Mysterious Theatre skits.

Wolfgang the Seal

Kevin Clash (1988-2013)
He is Uncle Wally's pet seal. He debuted on season 20 (1988-1989) and has continued to appear after his owner after Uncle Wally left the show in Season 23(1991-1992).

Zelda the Chicken

David Rudman
She appears on The Message from your local chicken with Gordon.
  • Animal Talk: Well, She can only cluck. But Gordon translates the chicken's cluck into human words.
  • Voice Over Translation: Gordon translated her clucks into human words.

Miscellaneous Muppets

Sesame Street features a vast array of other Muppets ranging from animals, letters, and numbers to bathtubs and Singing Food.



Alan Muraoka (1998-present)
The current owner of Hooper's store.
  • Call Back: He debuted in the first episode to feature Elmo's World, when he hosted a huge Birdketeer meeting, and was in over his head. In the first episode to feature Elmo the Musical, he knows what he's dealing with, and tries to nip chaos in the bud during another big event.
  • Asian Store-Owner: The stereotypes are downplayed, though.
  • Hilarity Ensues: He tends to get dragged into Muppet hijinks.
  • Iconic Item: A dish towel, frequently on his shoulder.
  • Oh No: Ignites a grease fire in Hooper's while, causing Maria to evacuate herself and Elmo and call the FDNY


Angela Jemmot (1993-1995)
The female owner of the Sesame Street day care centre at Around the Corner and Gordon's cousin.
  • Happily Married: He is married to Jamal, And has a baby daughter named Kayla.


Ismael Cruz Cordova (2013-2015)

An energetic young Puerto Rican writer. Always interested in trying new things and encouraging his Muppet friends to be true to themselves. Mando also loves technology.

The Baker

Alex Stevens (1969, "The Baker")
Jim Henson (1969, singing voice)

Character who appears in the final segment of a series of counting shorts, unofficially named by fans as the "Baker Films." The Baker is a hapless individual who, after proclaiming (to trumpet fanfare) that he has a number of baked goods in his arms, attempts to walk down a short flight of steps, but ultimately he trips and spills everything, making a huge mess.

Bob Johnson

Bob McGrath (1969-present)

An unassuming, low-key music teacher who lives in the apartment above Hooper's Store.
  • Mentors: Gordon and Susan are like a mom and dad; Bob is gentler.
  • Running Gag: The production staff loves to put Bob in costumes.


Carlo Alban (1993-1998)
A teenager who was a student in Gordon's science class. In 1995, he started working at Hooper's Store.


Annette Calud (1993-1998)
A very empathetic dance instructor who taught many different forms of dance.

Chris Robinson

Christopher Lawrence Knowings (2007-present)

Gordon's nephew who came to Sesame Street looking for a job, and took one at Hooper's Store, to pay for college.


Northern Calloway (1971-1989)

One of the original human cast members of Sesame Street. He took over Hooper's Store after Mr. Hooper's death in 1983.
  • Character Outlives Actor: After Nothern Calloway had health issues, Gina informed the viewers that David does not live on Sesame Street anymore. He moved to live with his grandmother in a farm. And gave the store to Mr. Handford. He died on January 9th, 1990.
  • Cool Teacher: In a sketch where he plays a professor doing a lecture on trees.

Gabi Rodriguez

Gabriella Rose Reagan (1989-1993)
Desiree Casado (1993-2012)

Maria and Luis' daughter and a close friend to Gordon and Susan's son Miles.

Gina Jefferson

Alison Bartlett O'Reilly (1987-present)

She started out as an assistant at Hooper's Store during The '80s. A lot has changed since then.
  • Character Development: In the span of 24 years, she has assisted at Hooper's Store and a daycare, gone to veterinary school, opened a veterinary practice, and adopted her own son, Marco.
  • Instant Sedation: In one episode, books on the Letter of the Day and the Number of the Day have this effect on Marco.
  • Story Arc: The three-part episode "Gina Adopts a Baby". The original airdate was changed to coincide with National Adoption Month (November 2006).


Garret Saunders (test pilots)
Matt Robinson (1969-1972)
Hal Miller (1972-1974)
Roscoe Orman (1974-present)

A father figure to the Muppets and kids on the street, and the de facto leader when things go wrong.

Mr. Handford

Leonard Jackson (1989-1990)
David L. Smyrl (1990-1998)

A retired firefighter and the owner of Hooper's Store between David and Alan.
  • Accidental Misnaming: Snuffy would sometimes call him "Mr. Handfoot".
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Unlike his predecessors, we never find out what happened to him. Or his assistant Carlo, who vanished at the same time that he did.


Geddie Watanabe (1988-1992)

A Japanese-American artist and vet on Sesame Street.

Mr. Hooper

Will Lee (1963-1983)

A grandfather figure to those around him, and the original owner of Hooper's Store.
  • Bus Crash: How he dies.
  • Cool Old Guy: A snarky, funny guy.
  • Death Is a Sad Thing: Played so, so straight with his death. In doing the episode's defining scene in one take, an unintentional lesson — that even adults cry and feel deeply saddened when someone they are close to dies, and that oftentimes entire families cry together in times of grief (indeed, several of the adult characters are visibly emotional and on the verge of tears as they explain to Big Bird that Mr. Hooper died and is not coming back ... ever) — made its indelible mark on this episode and earning it critical acclaim.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Mr Hooper is somewhat sarcastic but he is a nice person.
  • Last Name Basis: As the oldest on the street in his day, he considered this a mark of respect.
  • Never Say "Die": A subversion, which is still met with acclaim today; after his actor died, the writer's decided to use the opportunity to directly address death for the show's young audience.


Jou Jou Papailler (1993-1995)

A park ranger of the Sesame Street park.
  • Happily Married: He is married to Angela and has a baby daughter named Kayla.


Nitya Vidyasagar (2008-2015)
A young Indian-American who owned and operated the laundromat.


Linda Bove (1972-2002)

A librarian and Bob's (apparent) girlfriend. Also deaf. Owner of Barkley.
  • Disabled Snarker: She once subbed for Oscar. That's got to count for something.
  • Inspirationally Disadvantaged: Averted at actress Linda Bove's request. Both the actress and the character are deaf, but Bove specifically requested that her deafness not be treated as the defining aspect of the character, and that the writers not shy away from jokes about ASL.

The Number Painter

Paul Benedict (1972)

A smocked painter who paints a given digit or two-digit numeral wherever he wants to. His character appeared in a series of 10 segments teaching number shape recognition, and would air for more than 20 years; Benedict's co-stars in these shorts were Stockard Channing and Jerome Raphael.

  • Hilarity Ensues: Most of the Painters' antics would get him arrested for such things as trespassing, vandalism and criminal mischief.

Luis Rodriguez

Emilio Delgado (1971-present)

A Chicano who runs the Fix-It Shop with his wife, Maria.

Maria Rodriguez (née Figueroa)

Sonia Manzano (1971-2015)
Maria worked as Luis' employee before settling down and marrying him.
  • Aborted Arc: She was hooked up with David until the mid-1980s.
    • According to Louise Gikow, who wrote for various international co-productions, the reason why the David–Maria romance angle was dropped was due to health problems involving David's actor, Northern Calloway. Calloway had been battling stomach cancer since the 17th season began in 1985, and by the time the 20th season ended in 1989, he became so ill and ill-looking that he had to leave the show, dying only a year later in 1990.
  • Apple of Discord: She successfully petitions Luis for a raise (before marriage).
  • Aside Glance: One of the most noted characters of the human cast to do this, particularly when dealing with Muppet characters.

Miles Robinson

Miles Orman (1985-1993)
Imani Patterson (1996-2002)
Olamide Faison (2003-2008)

In the mid eighties Susan and Gordon adopted a son. Miles went from being a younger sibling type character to being an older brother figure to the Muppet characters. Miles had a close friendship with Maria and Luis' daughter, Gabi.

Mr. Macintosh

Chet O. Brien (1971-1992)

A fruit vendor at the arch next to Hooper's Store.

Mr. Noodle and family

Bill Irwin (1998-2009)
Michael Jeter (2000-2003) as Mr. Noodle's Brother
Kristin Chenoweth (2001,direct to video specials ;TV appearances,2006) as Mr. Noodle's Sister

An oddly dressed vaudevillian mime who lives outside the window of Elmo's World. The role is occasionally performed by Mr. Noodle's brother Mr. Noodle, his sister Miss Noodle, or his other sister Miss Noodle.
  • Big, Friendly Dog: Mr. Noodle, the brother, owns one named Schmoodle. That he takes a couple of tries to play fetch with successfully.
  • The Ditz: The Noodles' role is to provide a character to whom 3-year-old viewers can feel superior.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted. Of course, all the Noodles are pretty much interchangeable.
  • The Speechless: When a Noodle vocalizes, he or she usually produces a French horn or animal sound.


Suki Lopez (2016-present)

A bilingual Latina who is a college student who now owns the bicycle shop (formerly owned by Luis) and also works at the laundromat (formerly operated by Leela).

Olivia Robinson

Alaina Reed Hall (1976-1988)

Gordon's sister and a professional photographer.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She was not above taking good-natured jabs at her neighbors.
    [sees Big Bird's picture of David] A little young, don't you think?
  • Sassy Black Woman: A bit more outspoken than Susan.


Ruth Buzzi (1993-2001)

Owner of the Finders Keepers thrift store.


Savion Glover (1990-1995)

A boyfriend of Gina and famous dancer.


Jasmine Romero

A one shot character who made her sole appearance in the 2013 special entitled "Little Children,Big Challenges:Incareration".
  • Prison Episode: He told Alex that when she was Alex's age, Her father was also incarcerated, She taught everybody that incarcerated means that when somebody violates the law (an adult rule), They have to go to jail or prison.

Susan Robinson

Loretta Long (1969-present)

Gordon's wife and, as such, a maternal figure to those around her.

Uncle Wally

Bill McCutcheon (1984-1992)

Bob's humorous and warm-hearted uncle who loves to tell tall tales.
  • Man Child: His constant telling of tall tales and precocious personality made him one.

     Animated Characters 

Teeny Little Super Guy

Jim Thurman

An animated stop motion character of a cel character drawn in a cup who helps other kitchen object characters on stuff.
  • Every Episode Ending: At the end of each Teeny Little Super Guy episodes, We see Teeny Little Super Guy return to the rotating cabinet of a kitchen as last verse of the Teeny Little Super Guy theme plays. And Teeny Little Super Guy would sing "OH, YEAH!" And the cabinet closes.

The Typewriter

A talking typewriter with eyes, arms and wheels. He appears in 26 sketches, one for each letter of the alphabet.

     Unseen Characters 

Charlie the Chef

The chef who owns Charlie's Restaurant.
  • He Who Must Not Be Seen: He is only mentions by Grover.
  • Suddenly Voiced: Charlie was usually a silent character. But in the Russian restaurant skit, he replied to Grover, "NYET!" That means "NO!" in Russian. He says it when they are out of those certain foods.

Mrs. Johnson

The wife of Grover the Waiter's costumer: Mr. Johnson.
  • He Who Must Not Be Seen: She has been never seen in puppet form, though in one segment, Mr. Johnson brought in a painting of his wife to the frame shop to put in a picture frame.


The kid who was going to be the forth Birdketeer for The Number 4 Dance in the Dances from All Over The World Day episode on Sesame Street. Unfortunately, Celina got a phone call from Spencer's mother and she informed Celina that Spencer is sick and is unable to attend Dances from All Over The World Day.