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.

Alistair Cookie

Frank Oz

The host of Monsterpiece Theatre. He is a parody of Masterpiece Theatre host: Alistair Cooke. And he is basically a Cookie Monster puppet in a red robe and wears a pipe in his mouth.
  • Catch Phrase: "Good evening, And welcome to Monsterpiece Theatre. Me your host, Alistair Cookie."

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.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


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.


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.)


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 from Season 2(1970-1971) until Season 31(2000).


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.


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
  • 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


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.

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).


Jerry Nelson

A 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.


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

The 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 purple 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 host of Lifestyles of the Big and Little.

Don Music

Richard Hunt (1974-1992)

A 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 school teacher who taught his students (including Prairie Dawn) about rhymes.

Forgetful Jones

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

A cowboy with poor memory.

Guy Smiley

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

A manic television personality who emcees whatever TV shows need emceeing.

Harvey Kneeslapper

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

An obnoxious, bug-eyed character who specialized in jokes, both verbal and practical.

Herbert Birdsfoot

Jerry Nelson (1970-1974)

A 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 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).

Mr. Johnson

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

A 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.

Lord Chatterly

Jerry Nelson (1975-1992)

The 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 bumbling Stage Magician whose magic never works quite right.

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

Old MacDonald

Richard Hunt

He 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 host of "Squeal of Fortune", a parody of Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak.

Prairie Dawn

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

A small, pageant-obsessed girl who aspires to a career in journalism.

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 somewhat inept detective. Like many others, he's fallen by the wayside over the past decade or so.

Simon the Soundman

Jerry Nelson (1971-2012, voice; 1971-2004, puppetry)
Matt Vogel (2012-present, voice; 2004-present, puppetry)

The Muppet who has the 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 the 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 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 a itchy an itchy trigger finger (and he means his finger is really itchy).

Sonny Friendly

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

The host of "Sonny Friendly's Traveling Game Show".


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

He is Biff's partner.

Tito Mouse

Martin P. Robinson

One of the Miami Mice. He is a parody of Miami Vice character: Ricardo Tubbs

Velma Blank

David Rudman
The co-hostess of Squeal of Fortune, A parody of Wheel of Fortune hostess, Vanna White. She shows Count Von Count the prizes after he won the game.

Vincent Twice

Martin P. Robinson

The Host of Mysterious Theatre. He is based on the Mystery! host Vincent Price.
  • Catch Phrase: "I am your host: Vincent Twice, Vincent Twice. Welcoming you once again to Mysterious Theatre."
  • One-Shot Character: He never appeared outside the Mysterious Theatre skits.

    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.)

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.

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?"
    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.


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".


Jim Henson (1969-1990)
Steve Whitmire (1993-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
  • 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.


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

All the Muppeteers
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.

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).
  • 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.
  • "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


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

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.

Mr. Snuffleupagus

Front end:
Jerry Nelson (1971 - 1978)
Michael Earl (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.
  • 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.

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.

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
  • 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 Johnson

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

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.

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).


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.

Mr. Hooper

Will Lee (1963-1983)
A grandfather figure to those around him, and the original owner of Hooper's Store.


Linda Bove (1972-2003)
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.

Mr. Noodle and family

Bill Irwin (1998-present)
Michael Jeter (1991-present) as Mr. Noodle's Brother
Kristin Chenoweth (2006-present) 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.

Olivia Robinson

Alaina Reed Hall (1976-1988)
Gordon's sister and a professional photographer.


Ruth Buzzi
Owner of the Finders Keepers thrift store.

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.