Characters / Sesame Street

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

Alistair Cookie

Frank Oz

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

Baby Tooth and the Funky Funk


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

The Beach Monsters

Jerry Nelson (lead singer)

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

Bip Bippadotta

Performer: Jim Henson

Anything Muppet: Lavender

A green furry monster with orange beard and cool sunglasses. He is made from a Lavender Anything Muppet. He appeared in songs like The Rhyming Song (Fat Cat Sat Hat), Some of Us, Everybody's Song (With the Androoze Sisters), Scratch My Back (With Jack and Jill), Opposite, and Air.
  • You Look Familiar: He is basically a Sesame Street version of Mah-Na Mah-Na (except he has cool sunglasses in place of the big black eyes).

Cereal Girl Monster

Ivy Austin (voiced only)

She sings Cereal Girl.

Chef John

Kevin Clash

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

Cookie Monster

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

The very incarnation of gluttony. He loves Cookies more than anything, but has been seen talking about Healthy Food, so kids can make good decisions on eating the right foods for them. Starting in Season 44, Cookie Monster has been appearing in segments titled Cookie's Crumby Pictures, in which he is shown as the lead role for a parody of a popular movie.

  • Anti-Role Model: He eats terrible, unhealthy food nonstop, and he's proud of it.
  • Ascended Meme: Cookie Monster's "OM NOM NOM!" catchphrase has become a meme, something that was brought up on the show with Cookie Monster wondering why he hasn't received any royalties for it.
  • Big Eater: He can and will eat just about anything.
  • Big Word Shout: Less frequently, he will shout "Cowabunga."
  • Characterization Marches On: He behaved more like a toddler in the first season: he often interfered with others (though unaware he was doing so), was occasionally fussy when he didn't get his way and was scolded by other characters when he misbehaved. It wasn't until his song "C is for Cookie" in 1971 that Cookie Monster's personality was firmly established.
  • Catch-Phrase: "COOOOOKIE!" and "OM-NOM-NOM-NOM!"
  • Crazy Consumption: Usually found eating very quickly while eating cookies.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Surprisingly. It's sometimes hard to tell with his Hulk Speak, but he can be quite sarcastic - complete with Aside Glances, even.
  • Extreme Omnivore:
    "That taste even better than Latin Grammy!"
  • 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 Alistair Cookie), and even got a few Deadpan Snarker traits over time.
  • Hulk Speak: His speech is a cross between this and You No Take Candle.
  • Instant Web Hit: "Share it Maybe" got almost four million hits in four days.

Cookie Monster's baby cousin

Jerry Nelson

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

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

Cookie Monster's father

Jerry Nelson

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

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


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

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

  • All-Loving Hero: He likes everyone. "Elmo loves you."
  • Aside Glance: Whenever Zoe is talking to Rocco, he turns to the camera.
    Elmo: "Elmo doesn't believe this."
  • Baby Talk: Elmo's general form of speech, particularly to babies.
  • 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: Elmo is a kind monster.
  • Cuddle Bug: He's very hug-friendly.
  • Friend to All Children: He kisses a lot of babies.
  • Friend to All Living Things: He's friends with pretty much everyone on Sesame Street.
  • 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 Mr. Snarker: Rarely, but he can't help making sardonic remarks in regards to Zoe's pet rock, which he really doubts is alive.
  • Military Brat: 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: Has lots of imagination spots, especially in Elmo's World.
  • No Name Given: He was a minor background Muppet simply known as "Baby Monster" before 1985, when his current character started to take shape.
  • Nice Guy: One of the nicest characters of the show, being cuddly and sweet natured.
  • Only Sane Monster: Whenever Zoe appears with her pet rock Rocco, he is the only character that does not take the rock seriously and has to remind Zoe that, "He's a rock!" Mostly, this is because he believes Zoe is getting her way.
  • 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."
  • Red Is Heroic: Has red fur and is very nice.
  • Series Mascot: Possibly the most well known Sesame Street character, he's shown on a lot of merchandise.
  • Signature Laugh: His high-pitched laughter drove a toy craze in the mid-1990s when it was matched with a doll of Elmo.
  • Signature Song: This is a Song, La-la la-la, Elmo's Song....
  • Sudden Anatomy: His eyelids appear when he's sleepy.
  • Third-Person Person: He always refers to himself in as "Elmo" instead of "I" or "me."
    Elmo: And Elmo's Elmo.
    • He will also sometimes refer to someone he's talking to directly in the third person, for example, "Elmo thinks Abby could ask Julia to play again" instead of "I think you could ask Julia to play again."

Ferline Huskie

Richard Hunt

A purple muppet monster who sang Comb Your Face.


Jerry Nelson (regularly)
Martin P. Robinson

An orange monster with big teeth.

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

The Frazzletones


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


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

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


Jerry Nelson (1970-2004)
Peter Linz (2017-present)

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 waring the last of his 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 he regrets sadly that he never had healthier foods. As Cookie Monster wakes up from his sad dream, he declares that he will never eat cookies again and starts eating carrots, fish, and whole wheat bread. But then he eats a cookie afterwards, with the remark "Well, maybe sometime a cookie!"


Joey Mazzarino (2005-2015)

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

The Shagri-Las

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


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

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

Two-Headed Monster

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


Carmen Osbahr (1991-present)

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

Ruby Monster

Camille Bonorah (1988-1992)

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


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

A monster who was added in the 1990s in order to add balance to a predominantly male cast. She is good friends with Elmo, and Big Bird. They gave Zoe a tutu in 2002, so people wouldn't be confused on whether she's a boy or a girl.

    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

Performer:Camille Bonora
Anything Muppet: Green

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, Prairie Dawn did not think of uncovering her mouth. And told Adrienne that she is going to "Auckalafloomfloom".


Performer:Matt Vogel (2012-present)
Anything Muppet: Tall Orange
A Tall Orange Anything Muppet kid who has a father in prison. He was introduced in 2012 as part of Sesame Street's Little Children: Big Challenge on the subject of Incarcerated parents. As they help children nationwide with parents or other relatives who are in jail or 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.

The Amazing Mumford

Performer: Jerry Nelson (1971-2003,2005,2012)
Anything Muppet: Large Lavender Live Hands

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

Arlene Frantic

Performer: Fran Brill
Anything Muppet: Green

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

The Beetles

Performer: Richard Hunt (lead singer)
Anything Muppet: Various

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

Performer: Carroll Spinney
Anything Muppet: Lavender

A lavender Anything Muppet contestant on What's My Part?.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: He is based on book writer Bennett Cerf (who is the father of the Sesame Street writer and voice of How Now Brown Cow's Christopher Cerf).

Betty Lou

'''Performer: Fran Brill (1971-2014), Stephanie D'Abruzzo(2015-present)
Anything Muppet: Hot Pink

A Hot Pink Anything Muppet little girl.
  • Face Palm: When Carl answered a circle on The Triangle is Right.


Performer: Jerry Nelson
Anything Muppet: Large Lavender Live Hands

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

Bruce Stringbean and the S Street Band

Performer: Christopher Cerf (lead singer/Voiced only)
Anything Muppets: Various

They sing Born to Add and Barn in the USA.

The Bicuspids

Performer:Ivy Austin (lead singer/Voiced only)
Anything Muppet: Various

They sing Kids Just Love to Brush.

Bushman Bill

Performer: Michael Earl Davis
Anything Muppet: Large Lavender Live Hands

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

Performer: Michael Earl Davis
Anything Muppet: Orange Gold

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

Performer: Jim Henson
Anything Muppet: Lavender

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

Carl Mericana

Performer: Martin P. Robinson
Anything Muppet: Green

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

Chester O'Leary

Performer: Jerry Nelson
Anything Muppet: Lavender

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.


Performer: Christopher Cerf (voiced only)
Richard Hunt (puppetry only, 1974-1992)
Kevin Clash (puppetry only, 1992-2012)
Anything Muppet: Fat Blue

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

The Cobble Stones

Performer: Christopher Cerf (Lead singer / Voiced only)
Anything Muppet: Various

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

Count von Count

Performer: Jerry Nelson (1972-2012, voice; 1972-2004, puppetry)
Matt Vogel (2012-present, voice; 2004-present, puppetry)
Anything Muppet: Large Lavender Live Hands

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.

Cyranose De Bergerac

Performer: Jerry Nelson
Anything Muppet: Green

A poet who has a long blue nose. Gets very angry everytime somebody says "Nose".

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

Performer: Various
Anything Muppet: 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

Performer: Thad Mumford (lead singer/voice only)
Anything Muppet: Various

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

Fenwick LaTouche

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

Forgetful Jones

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

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

The Guided Angel

Jerry Nelson

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

Guy Smiley

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

An Orange Gold Anything Muppet manic television personality who emcees whatever TV shows need emceeing.

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.
  • Annoying Laugh: An obnoxious high-pitched chuckle that was eventually too much for Frank Oz's vocals.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Besides the fact that Harvey Kneeslapper was too hard on Frank Oz, the other main reason was that he was only good for that one joke. Despite this, his segments continued to appear in new episodes until 2001. Since then Harvey has made a single return sketch in 2010, voiced by Matt Vogel.
  • Hilarity Ensues: Several of Harvey's pranks would, in the real world, have him arrested. One of his most serious stunts came when — during a "Sesame Street News Flash" segment — he duped Kermit the Frog into investigating a tip about a person standing outside in a fierce blizzard for a long time, endangering the frog's life!
  • 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.
  • The Hyena: He practically giggles everything he says.
  • Hypocritical Humor: The few times Harvey isn't laughing like crazy is when he's the victim of a prank.
  • Meaningful Name: He's a prankster, so he sure does know his knee slappers!
  • No Indoor Voice: One reason the character was phased out was that voicing him was too hard on Frank Oz's throat.
  • Unspoken Plan Guarantee: Whether a prank worked or backfired often depended on whether he explained it to the audience beforehand.

Herbert Birdsfoot

Jerry Nelson (1970-1974)

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

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

Ida Normer

Louise Gold

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


Performer: Karen Prell
Anything Muppet: Green

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

JP Mouse

Performer: Kevin Clash
Anything Muppet: Green

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.

London Frog

Performer: Jerry Nelson
Anything Muppet: Pointy Green

An anything muppet frog salesman who appeared in the Sesame Street News Flash about The London Fog

London Guardsman

Performer: Richard Hunt
Anything Muppet: Tall Orange

An Anything Muppet Guard from The Sesame Street News Flash about The London Fog. He presented Kermit the famous London Log from the queen. And says that it is okay to talk about the log.

Lord Chatterly

Jerry Nelson (1975-1992)

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

Luke Warm

Martin P. Robinson

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

Mr. Essex

Jim Henson

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

Mr. Johnson

Performer: Jerry Nelson (1969-2012; voice, 1969-2004; puppetry)
Matt Vogel (2012-present; voice, 2004-present; puppetry)
Anything Muppet: Fat Blue

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


Performer: Steve Whitmire
Anything Muppet: Orange Gold

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

Newt the Night Watchman

Martin P. Robinson

A Tall Orange Anything Muppet hippie security guard who is night owl that guards an empty building at night. He appears in the nighttime version of the song, Who are the people in your neighborhood? with Hoots the Owl.

Nick Normal and the Nickmatics

Jerry Nelson (lead singer)

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

Norah Nicks

Fran Brill

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

Old MacDonald

Richard Hunt

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

Over the Top

Jerry Nelson (Lead singer)

They sing "ZZ Blues".

Pat Playjacks

Jim Henson

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

Pierre the Waiter

Jerry Nelson

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

Pierre Blue

Joey Mazzario

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

Prairie Dawn

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

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

Prince Charming

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

Professor Hastings

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

Readers Of The Open Range


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

The Rhymies


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

Roosevelt Franklin

Matt Robinson (1970-1975)

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

The Sad Family


Anything Muppets: Various

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

Sherlock Hemlock

Jerry Nelson (1970-1996)

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

Simon Soundman

Jerry Nelson (1970-1999)

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

Sinister Sam

Jim Henson

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

Sonny Friendly

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

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


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

He is Biff's partner. And is made from Tall Orange Anything Muppet.
  • Suddenly Voiced: Rarely, He speaks (Like in Outrageous Makeover: Home Addition).
  • The Piano Player: Sully has played music on the piano (Including the sketch where is built a piano).
  • The Speechless: Sully usually never did speak.

Tito Mouse

Performer: Martin P. Robinson
Anything Muppet: Lavender

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

The Twiddlebugs


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

Velma Blank

Performer: David Rudman
Anything Muppet: Green

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

Vincent Twice Vincent Twice

Performer: Martin P. Robinson
Anything Muppet: Orange Gold

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


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

Baby Bear

David Rudman (1990-present)

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


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

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


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

Long-suffering roommate and Blue Oni to Ernie's Red Oni. Bert would generally prefer to be left alone with a book than put up with his friend's shenanigans. He also really likes Pigeons and Oatmeal.

Big Bird

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

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

Blue Bird

Rick Lyon

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


Richard Hunt

He is Bert's Nephew. He appeared in the sketch where Bert is giving his nephew a bath. But Ernie told Bert that he cannot go into the bathtub with bath toys. He fills up the toys into the tub until gets furious and scolded to Ernie that he cannot give Brad a bath with too much toys.


Carroll Spinney

A Garbage man who carries Oscar the Grouch's trashcan.
  • Put on a Bus: He was retired when the foam interior of the puppet ended up disintegrating after years of storage, and it would have been too expensive to rebuild.
  • Suddenly Voiced: All though Bruno is usually a silent character, He did speak a few times (like in the end of Follow that Bird, He replied to Oscar "Sure, Boss!"). He even sang with The Trashmen with the song, "Put it in the trashcan".

Carl Carrot

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


Joseph Mazarrio

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

Davey and Joey Monkey

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


Jim Henson (1969-1990)
Steve Whitmire (1990-2014)
Billy Barkhurst (2014-2017)
Peter Linz (2017-present)

An enthusiastic, extroverted prankster who's Bert's roommate and Red to Bert's Blue. He enjoys taking baths with his rubber duckie.
  • Consulting Mister Puppet: Ernie often talks to his trademark rubber duckie about his problems.
  • Couldn't Find a Pen: Bert asks him to make a shopping list, and the only thing Ernie can find to write with is chocolate pudding. Ernie then makes a list of all the writing implements that he couldn't find. Ernie tacks chocolate pudding onto the end of the list, since he needed to use all the pudding in the apartment to write it out.
    Bert: "He's improving. Last time he used spaghetti sauce."
  • 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."
    • He's also a really good painter... even if he does re-imagine Bert as a beatnik.
  • I Can't Hear You: "I can't hear you, Bert. I have a banana in my ear."
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Well, yeah — you wouldn't think so, but Ernie is a far bigger jerk than Bert. Watching the Bert & Ernie skits, it's sometimes surprising to see just how badly Ernie treats his best friend, often for no good reason at all. He plays tricks on him, makes a fool out of him, steals his snacks or cruelly tempts Bert with snacks before eating them himself, and in general causing him no end of frustration, humiliation and heartache. When Ernie still comes across as the most likeable and friendly of the two, it's because, well, he is a genuinely sunny and affable person who just wants to have fun and share a laugh with people. He's never malicious, just a little insensitive.
  • Odd Couple: With Bert.
  • The Prankster: Usually pranks Bert.
  • 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."
  • Security Blanket: His rubber ducky.
  • Signature Laugh: "Kshshshshshshshsh!"
  • Signature Song: Rubber Ducky, You're the one! You make bathtime lots of fun...
  • Something Only They Would Say: The game "Journey to Ernie" runs on this trope.
  • Straight Man: Even though he's normally just the opposite, he's sometimes used as this when paired with characters other than Bert, such as Cookie Monster or the Count.

Fine Young Camels

Paul Jacobs (Lead Singer/Voice Only)

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

Flo Bear

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

Granny Bird

Carroll Spinney
She is Big Bird's grandmother.


A group of crusty, monster-like creatures indigenous to Grouchland.
  • Bad Is Good and Good Is Bad: This is their culture.
  • 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 Bear: A species of them.

Honkers & Dingers

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

Hoots the Owl

Kevin Clash (1985-2001, 2005)

An old bluesman and sax player.

Humpty Dumpty

Frank Oz (1976)
Jerry Nelson (1992)

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

Jackman Wolf

Jerry Nelson

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


Stacey Gordon (2017-present)

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

  • Broken Record: Has a bit of echolalia when talking with other characters, but also repeats some of what she, herself, says.
  • Character Tic: Flapping her arms in excitement.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Described as doing things "in a Julia sort of way".
  • Hollywood Autism: Sesame Street stops in its tracks to point out how atypical Julia is, and she's portrayed as having stereotypical mannerisms.
  • Inspirationally Disadvantaged: As storylines progress about Julia, her characteristics are played up. In her first appearance, for instance, she is participating in a game when she begins jumping up and down. Instead of rejecting Julia, the other characters and Muppets decide that jumping up and down is a lot more fun.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: The show's puppets typically only have one articulated arm, but she has both due to the above-mentioned Character Tic.
  • The Quiet One: Doesn't talk much, as pointed by Elmo.
    Elmo: Yeah, Julia doesn't say a lot.
  • Security Blanket: Her raggedy toy rabbit, which is torn in several places and perhaps looks like it should have been thrown out years ago. But it is her comfort object.
  • Vocal Dissonance: She's four years old, but she sounds like a grown woman.

Kermit the Frog

Jim Henson (1955-1990 [the character predates Sesame Street])
Steve Whitmire (1990-2009)note 

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

Leo Birdelli

Peformer: Jerry Nelson

He is a bird salesman who was attempting to trade the drawing of Mr. Hooper by Big Bird for more Birdseeds. But Big Bird refuses to to do so. Because the drawing was a tribute to his death.

Lil' Fish Dude

Steve Whitmire

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

Little Bird

Fran Brill

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

London Warthog

Performer: Jerry Nelson

A British Chap Warthog who appeared on Sesame Street News Flash on The London Fog with Kermit the Frog.


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.

Murphy Brownbag

Candice Bergen (voice only)

Kevin Clash (puppetry only)

A talking brown bag who hosted of Lunch Talk. He interviews Cookie Monster about what lunch is.

The Oinker Sisters

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

Oscar the Grouch

Caroll Spinney (1969-present)
Eric Jacobson (understudy,2014-present)
An irritable, antisocial Grouch who lives in a Bigger on the Inside trash can with his worm, Slimey, and his elephant Fluffy.
  • Anti-Role Model: One purpose of the character is to poke fun at irritable people. Which isn't to say that his irritation isn't justified sometimes.
  • Big Ol' Unibrow: Huge eyebrows are a species trait.
  • Bizarre Taste in Food: He hates foods most would consider nice or healthy, but loves noxious combinations of food that are technically still edible... just really gross. Like sardine ice-cream. Again, it's a species trait.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: He was orange for a year. (Apparently he still would be, if he ever bathed.)
  • Grumpy Bear: He's a Grouch. It's a species trait.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Every now and then, some of the mean-spirited pranks and schemes he pulls tend to backfire, where he may end up being the victim himself. Often happens when he's frustrated when targeting a rather slow-witted character with his pranks.
  • Jerkass: Cranky, rude, and mean. Although as much is allowable on a preschool show. The Muppet Wiki puts it best:
    Oscar's mission in life is to be as miserable and grouchy as possible, and pass that feeling on to everyone else. When a visitor knocks on his trash can — invariably interrupting him from a nap or an important task — Oscar greets them with a snarl. He complains that he wants to be left alone, although when he's left entirely to himself, he's dissatisfied — there isn't anybody around to irritate or complain to.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: The true depths of his jerk nature are often called into question and he can get comically defensive when his reputation as a "true Grouch" is threatened.
  • Kick the Dog: Sometimes takes his rudeness a little too far, as when he upset Big Bird by teasing him with How Can Santa Deliver All Those Toys? questions in Christmas Eve on Sesame Street.
  • Morality Pet: Slimey
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: There does appear to be an occasional running gag, where as mentioned previously when his intended mean-spirited ways backfire, unwittingly causing rather pleasant and helpful results for other characters along with a few other schemes he may try to pull. Much to his dismay, of course.
  • The Nicknamer: As far as Oscar is concerned, Bob and Maria are Bright Eyes and Skinny, respectively.
  • The Pigpen: Always seen in a trash can, so yeah.
  • The Prankster: Sometimes
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: His relationship with Grungetta.
  • Slave to PR: One has to wonder if he'd be so concerned about being a "real Grouch" - or if he'd be so self-conscious anytime he says, does, or thinks something even remotely pleasant - if it weren't for Grouch society constantly stressing how Grouches are supposed to act.
  • Too Important to Walk: He's rarely seen walking. When he needs to be transported somewhere, a garbageman named Bruno carries his can. (He does in Christmas Eve on Sesame Street a few times.)
  • 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: For Big Bird. Everyone assumes that Snuffy is imaginary and even Big Bird thinks this at one point, but they are convinced otherwise later on.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: His real name is Aloysius Snuffleupagus. Even though almost everyone on the series refers to him by his nickname, his mother usually refers to him by his real name.
  • Precocious Crush: Pre-dating the Elmo and Gina plot (see above), he had such a crush on Maria for a while.
  • Real After All: He is revealed to the adult cast 13 years after his debut, in order to encourage kids to be more honest with their parents. It was an emotional experience for the characters and actors.

Preston Rabbit

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

Shelly the Turtle

Martin P. Robinson

He is a friendly but a slow moving turtle.

The Squirelles


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

Watson the Dog

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

Wolfgang the Seal

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

Zelda the Chicken

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

Miscellaneous Muppets

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



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


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


Ismael Cruz Cordova (2013-2015)

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

The Baker

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

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

Bob Johnson

Bob McGrath (1969-present)

An unassuming, low-key music teacher who lives in the apartment above Hooper's Store.
  • Manly Tears: In the episode dealing with Mr. Hooper's death, making the famous scene all the more heartbreaking - especially since the tears were unscripted.
  • Mentors: Gordon and Susan are like a mom and dad; Bob is gentler.
  • Nice Guy: The gentlest and sweetest of the show's male adults during the Classic era.


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


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

Chris Robinson

Christopher Lawrence Knowings (2007-present)

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


Northern Calloway (1971-1989)

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

Gabi Rodriguez

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

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

  • The Danza: Initially.
  • Real-Life Relative: The first Gabi, Gabriela Rose Reagan, is Sonia Manzano's real-life daughter. In fact the character was created to work Manzano's pregnancy into the show. But the part was eventually recast when Manzano realized that little Gabriela didn't enjoy acting.

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 best friends.
  • Story Arc: The three-part episode "Gina Adopts a Baby". The original airdate was changed to coincide with National Adoption Month (November 2006).


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

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

Mr. Handford

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

A retired firefighter and the owner of Hooper's Store between David and Alan.


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.
  • Accidental Misnaming and My Name Is Not Durwood: That's Hooper, Big Bird, Hooper!
  • Alliterative Name: His full name is Harold Hooper.
  • Ambiguously Jewish: At least until Bob wished him a Happy Hanukkah in Christmas Eve on Sesame Street.
  • Bald of Awesome: Is bald and a Cool Old Guy.
  • Blind Without 'Em: In one episode during the era when everyone thought Snuffy was imaginary, he came face-to-face with Snuffy, but couldn't see him because he had lost his glasses.
  • Bus Crash: When his death was finally revealed on the show, he had already been absent for a year following the death of Will Lee.
  • Cool Old Guy: A snarky, funny guy.
  • Death Is a Sad Thing: Played so, so straight with his death. In doing the episode's defining scene in one take, an unintentional lesson — that even adults cry and feel deeply saddened when someone they are close to dies, and that oftentimes entire families cry together in times of grief (indeed, several of the adult characters are visibly emotional and on the verge of tears as they explain to Big Bird that Mr. Hooper died and is not coming back ... ever) — made its indelible mark on this episode and earning it critical acclaim.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Mr Hooper is somewhat sarcastic but he is a nice person.
  • Last-Name Basis: As the oldest on the street in his day, he considered this a mark of respect.
  • Never Say "Die": A subversion, which is still met with acclaim today; after his actor died, the writer's decided to use the opportunity to directly address death for the show's young audience.
  • Shirtless Scene: On the beach, in Hawaii. Obviously not played for Fanservice.
  • Suddenly Ethnicity: Bob wishes him a Happy Hanukkah in Christmas Eve on Sesame Street.
  • The Character Died with Him: He was killed off after his actor (Will Lee) died on December 7, 1982.
  • They Call Me Mister Tibbs: Harold Hooper was seldom referred to by his first name. Two known instances among a handful: The episode when Hooper got his GED (sometime in the mid-1970s); and in 1980, when Maria took a job as a census taker and interviewed Hooper.
  • 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.


Jou Jou Papailler (1993-1995)

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


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


Linda Bove (1972-2002)

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

The Number Painter

Paul Benedict (1972)

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

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

Luis Rodriguez

Emilio Delgado (1971-present)

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

Maria Rodriguez (née Figueroa)

Sonia Manzano (1971-2015)
Maria worked as Luis' employee before settling down, marrying him, and having a daughter, Gabriela.
  • Aborted Arc: She was hooked up with David until the mid-1980s.
    • According to Louise Gikow, who wrote for various international co-productions, the reason why the David–Maria romance angle was dropped was due to health problems involving David's actor, Northern Calloway. Calloway had been battling mental illness 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 of excited delirium complications only a year later in 1990.
  • Apple of Discord: Once before their marriage, she successfully petitioned Luis for a raise.
  • Aside Glance: One of the most noted characters of the human cast to do this, particularly when dealing with Muppet characters.
  • Happily Married: To Luis.
  • Invisible Main Character: After Oscar spritzed her with "Disappear-O". Oscar's elephant made her visible again.
  • Ms. FixIt: Along with Luis.
  • Promotion To Love Interest: After knowing Luis for 15 or so years, they got married.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Gorgeous in a dress, and consistently so.
  • Ship Sinking: Again, David and Maria, c. 1987. After she married Luis, David became her Amicable Ex until he left the show.
  • Spicy Latina: Not normally an example, but she can lose patience a bit more dramatically than most of the other adults: see, for example, her "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Oscar in Christmas Eve on Sesame Street after he caused Big Bird to go missing.
  • Team Mom: When she first joined the show she was more of a Cool Big Sis figure while Susan was the Team Mom of the show, but as Maria matured she took on a more motherly role too. In the direct-to-video special where Big Bird gets sick and goes to the hospital, the receptionist asks her "Are you his mother?" and she responds "Not exactly... Sort of... Yeah."
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Oscar. He's normally just as rude to her as to anyone else, and she has no qualms about standing up to him (for example, in the above-mentioned Christmas Eve scene), but they've shared more friendship moments than he has with any other human. When she gave birth to Gabi, he was the one who drove her to the hospital in his Sloppy Jalopy.
  • Wacky Cravings: She shared and enjoyed a lunch with Oscar while pregnant.
  • Writer on Board: For a stretch of 20 years.
  • Written-In Infirmity: Her pregnancy was written into the show, with her actual daughter playing the role of Gabi until age four.

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, 2017-present)
Michael Jeter (2000-2003) as Mr. Noodle's Brother
Kristin Chenoweth (2001,direct to video specials ;TV appearances,2006) as Mr. Noodle's Sister
Sarah Jones (2009) as Mr. Noodle's other sister, Ms. Noodle
Daniel Koren (2017-present) as Mr. Noodle's brother, Mr. Noodle
Daveed Diggs (2017-present) as Mr. Noodle's other brother, Mr. Noodle

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


Suki Lopez (2016-present)

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

Olivia Robinson

Alaina Reed Hall (1976-1988)

Gordon's sister and a professional photographer.


Ruth Buzzi (1993-2001)

Owner of the Finders Keepers thrift store.

  • Commuting on a Bus: Ruthie was prominent from 1993 to 1998 when she was owner of Finders Keepers, but when the Around The Corner set was removed after the 29th season, she continued to appear but only in segments than on the street.


Savion Glover (1990-1995)

A young male friend of Gina's and a famous dancer.


Jasmine Romero

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

Susan Robinson

Loretta Long (1969-present)

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

Uncle Wally

Bill McCutcheon (1984-1992)

Bob's humorous and warm-hearted uncle who loves to tell tall tales.
  • Cool Old Guy: Uncle Wally seemed to take over this role after Mr. Hooper's death.
  • Manchild: His constant telling of tall tales and precocious personality made him one.

     Animated Characters 

Teeny Little Super Guy

Jim Thurman

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

The Typewriter

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

     Unseen Characters 

Charlie the Chef

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

Mrs. Johnson

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


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