Characters / Sesame Street

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    Monsters 
A heterogeneous group of furry creatures, many of whom share the last name "Monster." Examples include Telly, Cookie, Herry, Grover, and Elmo.

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

Various

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.

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, occassionally 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: And 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, "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
  • 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: He even ate an Emmy during a tribute (and may or may have not eaten Stephen Colbert's Peabody Award.
    "That taste even better than Latin Grammy!"
  • Foil: To Prairie Dawn for a while, particularly during the "Letter of the Day" skits, among others.
  • Foregone Conclusion: Cookie Monster will eat any cookies that are near him, no matter how important they are. He's gotten better, though.
  • Guttural Growler
  • 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.
  • Hulk Speak
  • Instant Web Hit: "Share it Maybe" got almost four million hits in four days.
  • Internal Homage: Season 37 episode "Cookie World."
  • 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.

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 this 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!")

Elmo

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.

Frazzle

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

Various

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.

Grover

Frank Oz (regularly 1970-1998, occassionally 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.)

Herry

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!"

Murray

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.

The Shagri-Las

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

Telly

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)

Rosita

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
  • Hair Decorations: A small yellow ribbon.
  • Mentors: Rosita takes Gina's son Marco under her wing, because he is Guatemalan.
  • Military Kid: 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

Zoe

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 weather she's a boy or a girl.

    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".

Alex

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 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.

Biff

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

Martin P. Robinson

A Green Anything Muppet contestant on The Shape 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.

Chrissy

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.

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

Various
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.

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.

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.

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.
  • The Generic Guy
  • Nice Guy
  • 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.
  • Straight Man

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

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

Jeannette

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-pressent; 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.

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.

Nelson

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

Sully

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

Various
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.)

The Androoze Sisters

Various

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.

Barkley

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.

Bert

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.

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 Bird Named Bird
  • Breakout Character: Is the star of the first official Sesame Street movie Follow That Bird, starred in a special where he travels to China, 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
  • 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?"
    (Beat)
    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.

Brad

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.

Bruno

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.

Colambo

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.

Ernie

Jim Henson (1969-1990)
Steve Whitmire (1990-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: His rubber duckie.
  • 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 every writing implement that he couldn't find, adding pudding to the list.
    Bert: "He's improving. Last time he used spaghetti sauce."
  • Crazy-Prepared: In this skit.
  • 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."
  • 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.
  • Jim Henson: Jim was succeeded by Steve Whitmire, who also took over Jim's other, similar-sounding role (Kermit).
  • Odd Couple: With Bert.
  • The Prankster
  • Pungeon Master: This was an especially pronounced trait of his in the first season.
    • A good example would be his very first appearance, when he tells Bert he calls the bathtub "Rosie", and when Bert asks why he replies, "Because every time I take a bath, I leave a ring around Rosie."
  • Signature Laugh: "Kshshshshshshshsh!"
  • Something Only They Would Say: The game "Journey to Ernie" runs on this trope.
  • Straight Man: He's sometimes used as this, as when he's paired with Cookie Monster.

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.

Grouches

A group of crusty, monster-like creatures indigenous to Grouchland.
  • Bad Is Good and Good Is Bad
  • 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.
  • Grumpy Bears
  • Hate Being Touched
  • Planet of Hats
  • Stop Having Fun Guys

Honkers & Dingers

Various
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.

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.
  • 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..."
    • 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.
  • Jim Henson: His 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.
  • 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.
  • Straight Man

Lil' Fish Dude

Steve Whitmire

He complains to the Beach Monster 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.

Martians/Yip-Yips

Various
Jellyfish-like, hovering aliens with antennae, severe underbite, and a distinctive "yip yip yip yip uh-huh uh-huh" sound.

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

Various
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.
  • Kick the Dog
  • Manipulative Grouch
  • Morality Pet: Slimey
  • Nice Job Fixing It Grouchy: 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
  • The Prankster
  • 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 Grouchy To Walk: He's rarely seen walking. When he needs to be transported somewhere, a garbageman named Bruno carries his can.
  • Trash of the Titans
  • 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.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: He gets this reaction from Leela and Elmo for seeing the Mine-itis outbreak as a cause for celebration.
  • With Friends Like These...: Used to be this sort of "friend" to poor Telly.
    • Although, they seem to have fallen into a more traditional Type 1 Vitriolic Best Buds as of late.
  • Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: Often inverted. As you may expect, he does not appreciate being praised by the other characters for doing something less-than-grouchy.

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
  • Precocious Crush/Interspecies Romance: 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.

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.

    People 

Alan

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
  • Supreme Chef
  • Welcome Episode: A proverbial baptism by fire: He successfully caters a Birdketeer meeting.
  • Written-In Absence: He goes on vacation for a few episodes.

Angela

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.

Armando

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.

Bob Johnson

Bob McGrath (1969-present)
An unassuming, low-key music teacher who lives in the apartment above Hooper's Store.

Carlo

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

Celina

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.

David

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.
  • Salt and Pepper: She and Savion were Just Friends.
  • Story Arc: The three-part episode "Gina Adopts a Baby". The original airdate was changed to coincide with National Adoption Month (November 2006).

Gordon

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.

Hiroshi

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.

Jamal

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.

Leela

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

Linda

Linda Bove (1972-2002)
A librarian and Bob's (apparent) girlfriend. Also deaf. Owner of Barkley.

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.
  • 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.
  • Charlie Chaplin: In the 1980s, she did many sketches dressed as Chaplin's "Little Tramp". Two of them featured Linda as a second Chaplin impersonator. Sonia Manzano wrote the sketches herself because as a college student she was a fan of Chaplin's films.
  • Dude Magnet: Even putting aside the number of older viewers who've credited her as their first crush, she's not only dated David and later married Luis, but has also been the subject of infatuation on the part of Snuffy, Placido Flamingo, and Stinky the Stinkweed.
  • Happily Married
  • Invisible Main Character: After Oscar spritzed her with "Disappear-O". Oscar's elephant made her visible again.
  • Mrs. Fixit
  • Promotion To Love Interest: After knowing Luis for 15 or so years.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Gorgeous in a dress, and consistently so.
  • Ship Sinking: Again, David and Maria, c. 1987.
  • Spicy Latina: Added to the cast at the behest of the Latino community.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Oscar.
  • Wacky Cravings: She shared and enjoyed a lunch with Oscar while pregnant.
  • Writer on Board: For a stretch of 20 years.

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.
  • 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.

Nina

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.

Ruthie

Ruth Buzzi (1993-2001)
Owner of the Finders Keepers thrift store.

Savion

Savion Glover (1990-1995)
A boyfriend of Gina and famous dancer.

Sofia

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.

     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.
  • SheWhoMustNotBeSeen: She has been never seen in puppet form. But in the segment, Mr. Johnson brought in a painting of his wife to the frame shop, so it can be put in the picture frame.

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