Characters: Sesame Street
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- Leslie Carrara-Rudolph (2006-present)
- All-Loving Hero: Abby sees the best in Oscar, and genuinely doesn't believe that he's that grouchy. That's gotta count for something.
- All Myths Are True: Abby's mom is Cinderella's fairy godmother.
- The Apprentice: Hence "Abby's Flying Fairy School."
- 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
- Fairy Tale Motifs: She is a textbook example of a fairy. Well... okay, aside from being a little fuzzy.
- Girlish Pigtails
- Girly Girl
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Girly Girl to Zoe's Tomboy
- Innocent Blue Eyes
- Least Rhymable Word: Pumpkin.
- Magical Girl
- Meaningful Name / Punny Name: It's a play on the stereotypical "magic word" Abracadabra.
- Mundane Object Amazement
- Mundane Utility: In addition to transforming one thing into something completely different or conjuring things out of thin air, her wand also makes a handy backscratcher.
- Non-Standard Character Design: She, along with other fairy characters in the show, is one of the few Muppet characters designed with irises. To quote the Muppet Wiki:"Abby's design is an intentional departure from the typical Muppet look because she's not originally from Sesame Street. The implication is that the fairies in her old neighborhood look like her."
- Pink Means Feminine: Her fur is bubblegum pink.
- Rhymes on a Dime: Abby does this whenever casting spells.
- Shoe Phone: The secondary use for her wand.
- Signature Laugh: A cute little giggle.
- True Blue Femininity : Her dress.
- Welcome Episode: Her debut.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: Many small children see their world as a place of tremendous beauty and endless possibilities. Abby is no different.
- A Wizard Did It: Close enough.
- You Gotta Have Purple Hair: And freckles.
- You Keep Using That Word: Sorry, Abby. "Princess" is not a career title. note
- Youthful Freckles
- David Rudman (1990-present)
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Although he has a great relationship with Curly, and is patient with her.
- Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: "He's a hero, he's a guy... Hero Guy!"
- Elmuh Fudd Syndwome
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Hero Guy. Baby Bear is a subversion, since he has a younger sister.
- Fractured Fairy Tale: Invoked, in order to get Goldlocks her own bowl of porridge.
- Informed Judaism
- Literary Agent Hypothesis: He's the bear from the Goldilocks story.
- Mr. Imagination
- Stalker with a Crush: Initially, Goldilocks.
- Sure, Let's Go with That: He unwittingly names his sister when he meets her.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Porridge.
- The Unfavorite: Discussed Trope. Baby Bear feels this way, at first.
- Toby Towson (1977-1978)
Brian Muehl (1978-1984)
Fred Garver (1984-1993)
Bruce Connelly (1993-present)
- Frank Oz (regularly 1969-1997, occassionally 1997-present)
Eric Jacobson (1997-present)
- Berserk Button: Do not lose his bottle caps or paper clips.
- Big Ol' Unibrow
- The Bore: According to Oz, he originally considered Bert a very boring character... then made his dullness his definitive character trait.
- Butt Monkey
- Characterization Marches On: He openly insulted Ernie in a few early episodes, such as calling him a "ding-a-ling" in one insert.
- Comically Serious
- Drink Order: Plain, unflavored soda water.
- Lampshade Hanging: Count on Bert to point out just how crazy Ernie is being.
- Mundane Made Awesome: "LA LA LA, LINOLEUM!"
- Neat Freak
- Odd Couple: With Ernie.
- Oh, No... Not Again!
- Pastimes Prove Personality: He enjoys oatmeal, pigeons and bottlecap collecting.
- Sanity Slippage: In this skit.
- Say My Name: "ERNIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!"
- Signature Laugh: A staccato, nasal "eheheheheheh!"
- Straight Man
- Tempting Fate: On several occasions, Bert ends up on the receiving end of Ernie's craziness simply by pointing it out.
- Caroll Spinney (1969-present)
Daniel Seagren (understudy in a handful of episodes dating to 1970)
Matt Vogel (understudy, 1998-present over roughly 20 episodes)
- 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.
- 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?"
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 five (or six, 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.
- Frank Oz (regularly 1969-2001, occassionally 2001-present)
David Rudman (2001-present)
- Anti-Role Model: And proud of it.
- Big Eater
- 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.
- Catchphrase: "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.
- 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."
- Parental Bonus: The undisputed king of this trope. If Sesame Street makes a clever pop-culture reference, chances are it comes from him.
- Sophisticated As Heck"Arrivederci, frog."
- Trademark Favorite Food: It's right there in his name.
- Trash the Set
- You No Take Cookie
Count von Count
- Jerry Nelson (1972-2012, voice; 1972-2004, puppetry)
Matt Vogel (2012-present, voice; 2004-present, puppetry)
- Badbutt: Associated with creepy music, castles, bats, etc. like classical vampires, but like the rest of the cast he's completely harmless.
- Bat Out of Heck: Averted; the Count has some of the nicest bats on TV.
- 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: Oscar is nastier than he is.
- Dramatic Thunder
- Evil Laugh: In his earlier incarnations.
- Friendly Neighborhood Vampire
- Funny Foreigner
- Genius Bonus: According to European folklore, vampires are often portrayed as having arithmomania, an obsessive compulsive need to count things. According to some legends, you can escape a vampire by throwing a handful of rice or seeds at him. He will be compelled to stop and count the rice grains or seeds.
- Good with Numbers
- High-Class Glass
- 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
- Signature Laugh/Un Evil Laugh
- Took a Level in Kindness: His modern appearances are slightly more friendly by comparison with the earlier appearances...
- The Von Trope Family
- Vampire Vords
- Richard Hunt (1974-1992)
- 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 send in hate mail to Children's Television Workshop because their kids were hitting their heads at home.
- Various (197?-1984)Kevin Clash (1984-2012)Ryan Dillon (2012-present)
- All-Loving Hero: "Elmo loves you."
- Aside Glance: Whenever Zoe is talking to Rocco.Elmo: "Elmo doesn't believe this."
- Baby Talk
- Breakout Character: He first appeared as a background character in the early '70s. He's now one of the show's most dominant characters.
- Characterization Marches On: In his earlier incarnations in the early Eighties, he was basically a presumably-adult monster with a deeper, nasally, squawky voice who showed up every so often. Then, during Richard Hunt's stint, he was like a rowdy caveman (sounded a lot like Two-Headed Monster). When Richard, who hated doing Elmo, literally tossed the Muppet to Kevin Clash, Elmo was retooled as the bouncy, high-voiced, sweet-natured child-monster we know today.
- Cheerful Child
- Cuddle Bug: He's very hug-friendly.
- Friend to All Children: He kisses a lot of babies.
- Friend to All Living Things
- Gone Horribly Right: Elmo gives a lecture on different ways that people sleep. The audience is so receptive that he can't sleep when it's over.Elmo: Go home!
- Little Mister Snarker: Rarely, but mainly in regards to Zoe's pet rock.
- Military Kid: Yes, believe it or not. This was central to a series of videos specifically made to help military children cope with having a parent deployed, so he subverts most of the typical, negative stereotypes.
- Mr. Imagination
- No Name Given: He was a minor background Muppet simply known as "Baby Monster" before 1985, when his current character started to take shape.
- Precocious Crush: One story concerns Elmo naively wanting to marry Gina. On learning this, she explains to him that she does love him very much, but that the relationship they have is "a 'friend' kind of love."
- Signature Laugh: Drove a toy craze in the mid-1990s.
- Third-Person Person
- Jim Henson (1969-1990)
Steve Whitmire (1990-present)
- 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
- Signature Laugh: "Kshshshshshshshsh!"
- Something Only They Would Say: The game "Journey to Ernie" runs on this trope.
- You Imagined It: No, he didn't. He really did have an encounter with a living statue.
- Michael Earl Davis, Richard Hunt
- Catchphrase: "Awwwwww. I forget."
- Forgetful Jones: The Trope Namer.
- Demoted to Extra: Has not been given any prominent roles since, but has made recent nonspeaking background appearances. note
- Sesquipedalian Smith
- Frank Oz (regularly 1970-1998, occassionally 1998-present)
Eric Jacobson (1998-present)
- Affectionate Parody:
- Amusing Injuries: Moreso than any other character.
- Can't You Read the Sign?: After Mr. Johnson complains to Grover the Flight Attendant that he's bored and has nothing to read.
- The Chew Toy
- 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: "HELLLLLLOOOOOOOOOOO EVERYBODEEEEE!"
- Named After Somebody Famous: Grover Cleveland
- Nice Guy
- Secret Identity: For a certain value of "secret."
- 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.
- Why Do You Keep Changing Jobs?
- Jim Henson (1969–1990)
Steve Whitmire (1998)
Eric Jacobson (2005–present)
- Ambiguously Jewish: Guy Smiley is Bernie Liederkrantz's Stage Name.
- Game Show Host
- No Indoor Voice: To the point where Jim Henson hated doing the character; it was hard on his throat.
- Smarmy Host
- Weather Report: Among his jobs.
- Frank Oz (1971-1977)
Matt Vogel (2010)
- Annoying Laugh
- 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
- No Indoor Voice: One reason the character was phased out was because voicing him was too hard on Frank Oz's throat.
- The Prankster
- Wacky Guy
- Jerry Nelson (1970-1974)
- 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
- Jerry Nelson (1970-2004)
- Badbutt: Was meant to be the "tough guy" among the cast. Being from a show for preschoolers, you obviously can't get too tough...
- The Big Guy
- Does Not Know His Own Strength
- Guttural Growler
- Real Men Wear Pink: Loves dolls and isn't the least bit ashamed of it.
Hoots the Owl
- Kevin Clash (1985-2001, 2005)
- Destined Bystander: He (or, at least, the puppet that would later come to be him) first appeared in a single scene in Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird.
- The Owl-Knowing One: Not all-knowing, but he's wise enough to know you can't play the sax with a rubber duck in your hand, and that carrots are healthier than cookies.
- Jerry Nelson (1969-2012; voice, 1969-2004; puppetry)Matt Vogel (2012-pressent; voice, 2004-present; puppetry)
- Catch Phrase: (As he sees Grover in other jobs) I know you. You are that waiter from over at Charlie's.
- Straight Man: Plays one to Grover.
- Unsatisfiable Customer: He gets his orders wrong. And always ends up fainting.
Kermit the Frog
- Jim Henson (1955-1990 [the character predates Sesame Street])
Steve Whitmire (1990-present)
- 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).
- Cross Over: 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.
- Frogs and Toads
- 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
The Amazing Mumford
- Jerry Nelson (1971-2012)
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: To the extent that they cover his eyes completely.
- Catch Phrase / Magical Incantation: "A la peanut butter sandwiches!"
- Inept Mage
- Magic Misfire
- Magicians Are Wizards
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: His voice is based on that of comedian W.C. Fields.
- Short-Distance Phone Call: Mumford manages to mess up a playdate in Miles' room via a Pay Phone Around the Corner.
- Joey Mazzarino (2005-present)
- 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.
- 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.
- Keet: Very much so.
- Larynx Dissonance: With a jaw like his, you may not expect his voice to be as high or childish as it is.
- Living Crashpad: Ovejita regularly uses him as one just as a way of greeting him at the start of each segment.
- Mad Libs Catchphrase: Ever since wrapping up each episode became his job, this has been how the letter and number of the day have been reviewed.
- Non-Monster Sidekick: Murray has Ovejita, a little Spanish-speaking lamb with a tiny hairbow. Although it's debatable whether she can be called a "sidekick", as he usually follows her lead.
- Palette Swap: His design is an orange variant of a purple monster, named Filfil, from the Egyptian co-production. In fact, most of the crew just called him "Filfil" until someone came up with "Murray."
- Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Played with. He has quite a jaw on him, but his eyelids sport noticeable lashes.
Oscar the Grouch
- Caroll Spinney (1969-present)
- 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: It's 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
- 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.
- Jerk... Butt: 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.
- Kick the Dog
- Pet the Dog: He has his moments.
- 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 Heck, 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.
- Fran Brill (1971-present)
- Foil: To Cookie Monster for a while.
- Catchphrase: "Oh, dear!" *Groan*
- Face Palm
- Intrepid Reporter
- Little Miss Snarker
- Oh No: In one Letter of the Day skit, she actually eats the Letter of the Day and gets very gassy from it.
- Once an Episode: There is a whole set of sketches where Prairie Dawn tries to keep Cookie Monster away from a Letter of the Day Cookie. Guess how that turns out.
- Only Sane Woman
- Pink Means Feminine
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Girly Girl to Betty Lou's Tomboy
- True Blue Femininity
- Surrounded by Idiots: The pageants certainly make it look that way.
- Matt Robinson (1970-1975)
- Cheerful Child
- Jive Turkey
- Put on a Bus
- Rhymes on a Dime
- Totally Radical: Being an attempt at a "hip" character, his sketches tend to feel more dated.
- Wise Beyond Their Years: A teacher at his own school.
- Carmen Osbahr (1991-present)
- 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
- Jerry Nelson (1970-1996)
- Captain Ersatz: It goes without saying that he wears a deerstalker cap and tweed Inverness cape.
- Catch Phrase: "Egad!"
- Clueless Detective
- Identical Grandson: He evidently had a caveman ancestor: the Royal Smart Person.
- Sherlock Homage
- Small Name, Big Ego: He maintains that he's the World's Greatest Detective, despite evidence to the contrary.
Jerry Nelson (1971 - 1978)
Michael Earl (1978 - 1980)
Martin P. Robinson (1980 - present)
Michael Earl (1978 - 1980)
Martin P. Robinson (1980 - present)
Back end:A slow-talking, elephantlike creature and Big Bird's best friend.
Richard Hunt (1971-1975)
Peter Friedman (1976-1978)
Brian Muehl (1979)
Frank Kane (1979)
Bryant Young (1979-present)
- 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.
- Richard Hunt (1986-1992)David Rudman (1992-present)
- Bob Payne (1979)Brian Meuhl (1979-1984)Martin P. Robinson (1984-present)
- Characterization Marches On: He was originally obsessed with television.
- The Eeyore: More often than not.
- Mind-Control Eyes: When he watched TV.
- Nervous Wreck: His neuroticism is probably his most prevalent trait.
- Non-Indicative Name: It's an artifact of his early "watched too much TV" phase.
- Puppy Love: While he doesn't have an official age, he's generally treated as a kid; and Marty Robinson confirms that Telly has a crush on Rosita.
- Something Person: Texas Telly In "The Golden Triangle of Destiny".
- Story Arc: He spends several episodes with a broken arm.
- You Watch Too Much X: A big aspect of his character at first. While more physical activity is being encouraged nowadays, his obsession does still occasionally show up.
- With Friends Like These...: Was once sort-of-friends with Oscar, of all people. Three guesses how that usually went. Thankfully, he later found a much better friend in Baby Bear.
- 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)
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin. Usually appears in order to teach the merits of cooperation or sound out words phonetically.
- Hulk Speak: More so than Cookie Monster.
- And that's when they're actually saying coherent words.
- Multiple Head Case
- No Name Given: Well, sort of. Was named "Horn and Hardart"note in his first appearance in the late '70s; this name was never used again.
- Fran Brill (1993-present)
- Characterization Marches On: A few years ago, she was permanently dressed in a pink tutu.
- Consulting Mister Puppet: Zoe's pet rock, Rocco.
- The Cover Changes The Gender: She did a cover of the Sesame Street song "Fur."
- Distaff Counterpart: For Elmo.
- Girliness Upgrade: Starting in Season 33, she wears a pink ballerina tutu.
- Hair Decorations: A very subtle set of pink and purple barrettes.
- Pink Means Feminine: Subverted, her ballerina tutu is pink and she does like ballet but she is a tomboy.
- Signature Laugh: A high-pitched, shrill laugh.
- The Smurfette Principle
- Spelling Song: In one of her first inserts, this is how we are introduced to her.
- Thememobile: The Zoe Mobile.
- Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Aside from having prominent eyelashes and a smaller pink nose, she usually sports a necklace and bracelets along with her hair decs.
- Tomboy: She's a Genki Girl and She Cleans Up Nicely.
MonstersA heterogeneous group of furry creatures, many of whom share the last name "Monster." Examples include Telly, Cookie, Herry, Grover, and Elmo.
GrouchesA 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
- All the Muppeteers
- Gag Nose: Honkers squeeze theirs in order to honk.
- The Unintelligible
- Shout-Out: The Honkers are essentially an entire species of Harpo Marxes.
- All the Muppeteers
- Amusing Alien
- 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."
- Starfish Aliens
Anything MuppetsThe 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.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: Deliberately invoked so as to avoid Race Tropes.
- The Blank: Until more features are added, they have nothing but mouths.
- Colorful Theme Naming: Examples include Fat Blue, Pumpkin, Little Hot Pink, etc. Justified because, hey, how else can you tell them apart?
- Unlimited Wardrobe
Miscellaneous MuppetsSesame Street features a vast array of other Muppets ranging from animals, letters, and numbers to bathtubs and Singing Food.
- Alan Muraoka (1998-present)
- 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.
- Bob McGrath (1969-present)
- Aside Glance: Trying to teach the Two-Headed Monster to play the clarinet evokes a flustered look at the camera.
- Big Darn Heroes: Bob makes his sole appearance in the 38th season so that he can coax an elephant out of a bathtub.
- Cool Old Guy: Became this with time.
- Cool Teacher: Was originally a shop teacher, but later became a piano and singing teacher.
- Early Installment Weirdness: He was originally a shop teacher.
- Foil: To neurotic worrywart Telly, and Oscar, Mr. "have a rotten day".
- Happy Birthday to You: He teaches everyone to sign the song.
- Keet: Of course.
- Mentors: Gordon and Susan are like a mom and dad; Bob is gentler.
- Nice Guy
- The Piano Player
- Running Gag: The production staff loves to put Bob in costumes.
- Ship Tease: Concerning Linda.
- That Reminds Me of a Song
- Translator Buddy: For Linda.
- You Are The Translated Foreign Word: Bob speaks and signs at the same time, so he doesn't have to repeat himself.
- Christopher Lawrence Knowings (2007-present)
- Aside Glance: Does this Once an Episode.
- Butt Monkey: Sometimes, this is because Alan is facing similar circumstances, and he needs Chris's help.
- Rearrange the Song: A rock remix for "People in your Neighborhood".
- Straight Man/Only Sane Man: Although he too can be prone to goofiness and general clumsiness.
- Welcome Episode
- Alison Bartlett O'Reilly (1987-present)
- 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).
- Why Do You Keep Changing Jobs?: It's more drawn out than usual, but Gina's occupation does change several times.
- Matt Robinson (1969-1972)
Hal Miller (1972-1974)
Roscoe Orman (1974-present)
- Badbutt Baritone
- Badbutt Mustache
- Bald Black Leader Guy
- Cool Teacher: He's a High School Science teacher.
- Happily Married
- Irritation Is the Sincerest Form of Flattery: Elmo admires him enough to have followed him around in a bald cap.
- Let's Get Dangerous:"Big Bird, jump!"
- Team Dad
- Will Lee (1963-1983)
- Accidental Misnaming: That's Hooper, Big Bird, Hooper!
- Alliterative Name: His full name is Harold Hooper.
- Ambiguously Jewish: Bob wishes him a Happy Hanukkah in Christmas Eve On Sesame Street
- Bald of Awesome
- Blind Without 'Em
- Bus Crash
- Cool Old Guy
- Death Is a Sad Thing
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- 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.
- Shirtless Scene: On the beach, in Hawaii.
- Unexpected Successor: David had to pretty much scrap his plans for law school when Mr. Hooper died.
- Who's Watching the Store?: Subverted. Mr. Hooper would either close the store or ask someone else to run it.
- Linda Bove (1972-2003)
- Awesome Handicapped: In Follow That Bird.
- Disabled Love Interest
- 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.
- Hot Librarian
- Ship Tease: With Bob.
- Will They or Won't They?: Bob and Linda dated, but they didn't get married.
- Emilio Delgado (1971-present)
- The Cast Showoff: Emilio Delgado translated the lyrics for "Sing" into Spanish himself.
- Gratuitous Spanish: Not so much these days, now that Rosita's around.
- Greek Chorus: In "The Cowmonster Pair".
- Happily Married
- Mr. Fixit: He specializes in toaster repair.
Maria Rodriguez (née Figueroa)
- Sonia Manzano (1971-present)
- Aborted Arc: She was hooked up with David until the mid-1980s.
- Real Life Writes the Plot: 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.
- 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.
Mr. Noodle and family
- Bill Irwin (1998-present)Michael Jeter (1991-present) as Mr. Noodle's BrotherKristin Chenoweth (2006-present) as Mr. Noodle's Sister
- 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.
- Alaina Reed Hall (1976-1988)
- Camera Fiend
- The Cast Showoff: Alaina Reed's career began in Broadway musicals. She often took the opportunity to show off her singing chops.
- 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.
- Loretta Long (1969-present)
- Girls Need Role Models: Invoked. She started off as a housewife; in the second season she became a nurse in response to concerns that the series marginalized women. This despite the fact that the show was created by a woman, Joan Ganz Cooney.
- Happily Married
- Parents Walk In at the Worst Time: Including one incident where Miles didn't want her to see the chaos happening in his room.
- Statuesque Stunner
- Team Mom
- Bill McCutcheon (1984-1992)