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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.
- Frank Oz
- Catch-Phrase: "Good evening, And welcome to Monsterpiece Theatre. Me your host, Alistair Cookie."
- Do Not Adjust Your Set: While running Monsters With Dirty Faces, He remind viewers not to adjust their TV sets because the movie is in Black and White.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: He is based on Alistair Cooke, the host of Masterpiece Theatre.
Baby Tooth and the Funky Funk
The Beach Monsters
- Jerry Nelson (lead singer)
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: They are based on the 1960s surfing rock group, The Beach Boys. The song might be a spoof of The Little Old Lady from Pasadena.
Jim HensonA 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.
Cereal Girl Monster
- Ivy Austin (voiced only)
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: She is based on Madonna. And the song is a spoof of Madonna's hit song, Material Girl.
- Kevin Clash
- One-Shot Character: He was never seen outside "Conservations with my Father."
- Frank Oz (regularly 1969-2001, occasionally 2001-present)
David Rudman (2001-present)
- 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!"
- He even ate an Emmy during a tribute (and may or may have not eaten Stephen Colbert's Peabody Award.
- Foregone Conclusion: Cookie Monster will eat any cookies that are near him, no matter how important they are. He's gotten better, though.
- 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.
- Isophagus: Cookie Monster swallows Kellan Lutz's cell phone while they're trying to explain the word "vibrate," becoming the perfect visual aid in the process.
- Jabba Table Manners: Cookie isn't remotely evil, but his eating habits do reflect poorly on him.
- Leitmotif: A short, instrumental version of "C Is for Cookie."
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: In his earliest appearances, he had fangs.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: According to the song "The First Time Me Eat Cookie", his name was Sidney before he started eating cookies - the "Cookie Monster appellation was just a nickname that stuck.
- Oral Fixation: A very common gesture for Cookie Monster when he's excited or hungry and there's no food (or other non-food object Cookie's interested in eating) around is for him to start chewing on his own fingers.
- Parental Bonus: The undisputed king of this trope. If Sesame Street makes a clever pop-culture reference, chances are it comes from him.
- Signature Song: C is for Cookie (That's good enough for me)....
- Trademark Favorite Food: It's right there in his name: cookies. He loves cookies.
- You No Take Candle: His well-known speech pattern is his bad grammar.
Cookie Monster's baby cousin
- Jerry Nelson
- 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
- 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)
- 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 Miss 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.
- 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."
- Richard Hunt
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: He is based on country singer Ferline Husky.
- Jerry Nelson (regularly)
Martin P. Robinson
- 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?"
- One-Shot Character: They never appeared outside the song.
- Frank Oz (regularly 1970-1998, occasionally 1998-present)
Eric Jacobson (1998-present)
- Affectionate Parody:
- "SUP...ER GROVER!" parodies characters from the Superhero genre, with the absurd outfit and hammy tendencies of many of those characters.
- "Look at yourself. Now back to me. Now back to yourself. Now back to me. Sadly, you are not a monster..."
- The "Near & Far" sketch gets parodied itself quite a bit.
- The sketches in the restaurant underwent Memetic Mutation via The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
- Amusing Injuries: Moreso than any other character, he ends up injured for comedy, often thanks to the ridiculous stunts he tries to pull off.]
- Butt-Monkey: Gets put through a lot of injuries and misfortune.
- Blue Is Heroic: Has blue fur and is a kind hearted sort.
- Can't You Read the Sign?: After Mr. Johnson complains to Grover the Flight Attendant that he's bored and has nothing to read.
- Determinator: The limits to which he pushes himself are actually quite admirable.
- Flying Brick: Super-Grover apparently believes he's one of these, judging from how often he tries to bend bars and lift heavy objects. He actually is capable of flight, but takeoffs and landings are a problem for him.
- Keet: Grover is highly enthusiastic. "HELLLLLLOOOOOOOOOOO EVERYBODEEEEE!"
- Named After Somebody Famous: Grover was named after the U.S. President Grover Cleveland.
- Nice Guy: He truly does mean well.
- Precision F-Strike: When he appeared with other Muppets performed by Frank Oz in An Evening with Jim Henson and Frank Oz, in response to a marionette question.Grover: I do not know what the hell that means.
- Secret Identity: For a certain value of "secret," he tries to convince others he and Super Gonzo are unrelated.
- Spock Speak: According to original performer Frank Oz, Grover doesn't use contractions (except in songs) because he's obsessed with doing everything right.
- Vocal Evolution: In the first season (known then as Fuzzyface) and early season 2, there was far less distinction between how he and Cookie Monster were voiced which makes sense being that both were voiced by Frank Oz. It was up to later on in mid- or late-second season was when Grover had his more distinct and familar voice.
- Jerry Nelson (1970-2004)
Peter Linz (2017-present)
- Badbutt: Was meant to be the "tough guy" among the cast. Being from a show for preschoolers, you obviously can't get too tough...
- The Big Guy: He's very big.
- Blue Is Heroic: A blue furred monster who is very nice.
- Demoted to Extra : This happened to him in the early 2000s.
- Does Not Know His Own Strength: Sometimes he accidentally breaks things with his strength.
- Extreme Omnivore: At least once he shared a bicycle with Cookie Monster - with share defined as both monsters eating it together, much to Kermit's chagrin.
- Gentle Giant: A strong, tall monster but a nice one.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Herry loves dolls and isn't the least bit ashamed of it.
Jack and Jill
- Steve Whitmire (Jack)
Louise Gold (Jill)
- One-Shot Character: They only appear in the song.
The Monster Cookie
- Jerry Nelson
- One-Shot Character: He only appeared in Cookie Monster's dream.
- Joey Mazzarino (2005-2015)
- 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.
- Living Crashpad: Ovejita regularly uses him as one just as a way of greeting him at the start of each segment.
- Mad Libs Catchphrase: Ever since wrapping up each episode became his job, this has been how the letter and number of the day have been reviewed.
- Non-Human Sidekick: Murray has Ovejita, a little Spanish-speaking lamb with a tiny hairbow, sticks out from the cast of strange monsters. Although it's debatable whether she can be called a "sidekick", as he usually follows her lead.
- Palette Swap: His design is an orange variant of a purple monster, named Filfil, from the Egyptian co-production. In fact, most of the crew just called him "Filfil" until someone came up with "Murray."
- Prison Episode: In the Little Kids, Big Challenge: Incarcerated episode, It reveals that his uncle was sent to jail because his father violated the law.
- Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Played with. He has quite a jaw on him, but his eyelids sport noticeable lashes.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: They are based on The Shangri-Las.
- Bob Payne (1979)Brian Meuhl (1979-1984)Martin P. Robinson (1984-present)
- Characterization Marches On: He was originally obsessed with television, but grew out of that over the years.
- The Eeyore: Telly is known for being somewhat pessimistic.
- Mood-Swinger: Will often go from being calm to scared at the drop of a hat.
- Nervous Wreck: His neuroticism is probably his most prevalent trait.
- Non-Indicative Name: It's an artifact of his early "watched too much TV" phase.
- Puppy Love: While he doesn't have an official age, he's generally treated as a kid; and Marty Robinson confirms that Telly has a crush on Rosita.
- Story Arc: He spends several episodes with a broken arm.
- You Watch Too Much X: A big aspect of his character at first. While more physical activity is being encouraged nowadays, his obsession does still occasionally show up.
- With Friends Like These...: Was once sort-of-friends with Oscar, of all people. Three guesses how that usually went. Thankfully, he later found a much better friend in Baby Bear.
- Peter Friedman and Richard Hunt (ca. 1978)Jerry Nelson and Richard Hunt (ca. 1980–1991)Jerry Nelson and David Rudman (1992–2000)Joey Mazzarino and David Rudman (2001–present)
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: One of the Two-Headed Monster's heads has them. Verging on a Big Ol' Unibrow.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin. Usually appears in order to teach the merits of cooperation or sound out words phonetically.
- Hulk Speak: More so than Cookie Monster.
- And that's when they're actually saying coherent words.
- Multiple Head Case: Exactly What It Says on the Tin in their name, right?
- No Indoor Voice: The Two-Headed Monster's heads are very loud and rambunctious. Often, once they get going, the segment's voiceover has to literally shout to be heard over them.
- No Name Given: Well, sort of. Was named "Horn and Hardart"note in his first appearance in the late '70s; this name was never used again.
- Two Beings, One Body: No one is certain whether or not it's one being with two heads, or this trope; this was lampshaded in A Muppet Family Christmas by Bert and Ernie.
- Carmen Osbahr (1991-present)
- 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.
Camille Bonorah (1988-1992)A bright red haired yellow monster who loves learning experience and research on everything.
- Security Blanket: In the Guys and Doll song from Monsterpiece Theatre, She loves playing with her toy truck.
- Fran Brill (1993-2014)Jennifer Barnhart (2015-present)
- Characterization Marches On: A few years ago, she was permanently dressed in a pink tutu.
- Consulting Mister Puppet: Zoe's pet rock, Rocco, who she talks to in spite of Elmo's sarcastic rebukes.
- The Cover Changes the Gender: She did a cover of the Sesame Street song "Fur."
- Distaff Counterpart: Pretty much a female Elmo.
- Girliness Upgrade: Starting in Season 33, she wears a pink ballerina tutu.
- Hair Decorations: A very subtle set of pink and purple barrettes.
- Pink Means Feminine: Subverted, her ballerina tutu is pink and she does like ballet but she is a tomboy.
- Signature Laugh: A high-pitched, shrill laugh.
- The Smurfette Principle: She was the only female monster on the show.
- Spelling Song: In one of her first inserts, this is how we are introduced to her.
- Thememobile: She rides in a vehicle called "The Zoe Mobile."
- Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Aside from having prominent eyelashes and a smaller pink nose, she usually sports a necklace and bracelets along with her hair decs.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She has picked up on ballet and usually wears a pink ballerina tutu starting in Season 33 and she also wears a necklace, bracelets, and hair barraettes.
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.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: Deliberately invoked so as to avoid Race Tropes.
- The Blank: Until more features are added, they have nothing but mouths.
- Colorful Theme Naming: Examples include Fat Blue, Pumpkin, Little Hot Pink, etc. Justified because, hey, how else can you tell them apart?
- Camille Bonora
- One-Shot Character: She never appeared outside the What's Prairie's Problem? segment.
- Matt Vogel
- 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.
- Fran Brill
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: She is based on actress Arlene Francis.
- Richard Hunt (lead singer)
- 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".
- Carroll Spinney
- 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).
- Fran Brill (1971-2014)Stephanie D'Abruzzo(2015-present)
- Face Palm: When Carl answered a circle on The Triangle is Right.
- Jerry Nelson
- Odd Couple: With Sully.
Bruce Stringbean and the S Street Band
- Christopher Cerf (lead singer/Voiced only)
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: They are based on the New Jersey 1970s rock group, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. Born to Add is based on Born to Run, and Barn in the USA is based on Born in the USA.
- Ivy Austin (lead singer/Voiced only)
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: The lead singer is based on Cyndi Lauper. The song is based on Girls Just Want to Have Fun.
- Michael Earl Davis
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: He is a spoof of the late Wolfman Jack.
- No Indoor Voice: He tends to shout in excitement.
- Signing-Off Catch-Phrase: His sign off phrase is We now return to your regular schedule kiddie show!
- Michael Earl Davis
- One-Shot Character: He never appeared outside the sketch.
- Jim Henson
- Trademark Favorite Food: The vegetables (such as carrots and celery).
- One-Shot Character: He only appeared in just one song: "Captain Vegetable".
- Martin P. Robinson
- One-Shot Character: He was never seen outside The Triangle is Right.
- Jerry Nelson
- One-Shot Character: He was never seen outside the Say the Word segment.
- Christopher Cerf (voiced only)
Richard Hunt (puppetry only, 1974-1992)
Kevin Clash (puppetry only, 1992-2012)
- The Piano Player: Yes, He does play the piano.
The Cobble Stones
- Christopher Cerf (Lead singer / Voiced only)
Count von Count
- Jerry Nelson (1972-2012, voice; 1972-2004, puppetry)
Matt Vogel (2012-present, voice; 2004-present, puppetry)
- Ambiguously Jewish: His songs are frequently based on klezmer.
- Badbutt: Associated with creepy music, castles, bats, etc. like classical vampires, but like the rest of the cast he's completely harmless.
- Badass Cape: Wears a long, flowing vampire's cape.
- But Not Too Evil: His original portrayal was fairly sinister compared to his more child-friendly modern portrayal.
- Catch-Phrase: "[insert number]! [insert number] [insert noun](s)! ϟϟϟϟ AH-AH-AH-AH!!! ϟϟϟϟ
- Characterization Marches On: He acted a bit more like a vampire in his early appearances, moving his hands around as if hypnotizing others as well as walking around with his cape across his face. His laugh was also louder and more sinister as opposed to the softer chuckle of today.
- Classical Movie Vampire: Count has a Transylvanian accent and lives in a haunted castle.
- Dark Is Not Evil: He's a vampire, but quite nice.
- Dramatic Thunder: Used to signify that he's about to appear.
- Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: Count is an affable vampire.
- Good with Numbers: He loves counting!
- I Am Spartacus: In episode 4111, the Count wins the Nobel Prize for counting, but the Count runs late, and his neighbors stall for him by impersonating him.
- Karma Houdini: The Count frequently bothers people with his obsession or even his thunder and lightening. He rarely gets an unhappy ending in his sketches.
- Maniacal Laugh: Although it's been toned down since the '70s, when it was downright alarming.
- Ominous Pipe Organ: He plays one during the "Batty Bat" song. Another features in the recurring Number of the Day segment, although admittedly that one isn't very ominous.
- Our Vampires Are Different: Official sources vary on whether or not the Count is actually a vampire, but he's certainly got the look down.
- Repetitive Name: Count Von Count.
- Took a Level in Kindness: His modern appearances are slightly more friendly by comparison with the earlier appearances...
- Vampire Vords: He pronounces his "w"s as "v"s.
- Martin P. Robinson
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: He is based on the Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous host, Robin Leach.
- One-Shot Character: He never did appeared outside the two Lifestyles of the Big and Little skits.
Didi O'Day and the Dew Drops
- Name Order Confusion: We are never told which member is named "Didi O'Day".
- Richard Hunt (1974-1992)
- Catch-Phrase: "I'LL NEVER GET IT! NEVER! NEVER! NEVER!" (Slams his head on the piano)
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: The character was banned from rerunning in 1998 when parents 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)
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: He was based on (and voiced by) doo-wop singer legend Thad Mumford.
- Jim Henson
- Cool Teacher: A school teacher with a good sense of humor.
- One-Shot Character: He only appeared in the song The Muppets Rhyme at School.
- Richard Hunt
- One-Shot Character: He only appeared in "What's Prairie's Problem?"
- Michael Earl (1979-1981)
Richard Hunt (1981-1992)
- 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 NelsonA 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.
- One-Shot Character: She never appeared outside the song.
- Jim Henson (1969–1990)
Eric Jacobson (2005–present)
- Ambiguously Jewish: Guy Smiley is Bernie Liederkrantz's Stage Name, as he stated in one "Beat the Time" sketch.
- No Indoor Voice: To the point where Jim Henson hated doing the character; it was hard on his throat.
- Frank Oz (1971-1977)
Matt Vogel (2010)
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Besides the fact that Harvey Kneeslapper was too hard on Frank Oz, the other main reason was that he was only good for that one joke. Despite this, his segments continued to appear in new episodes until 2001.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Some of his pranks (including a Bucket Booby-Trap and Exploding Closet) wound up boomeranging on him in this manner.
- Meaningful Name: He's a prankster, so he sure does know his knee slappers!
- No Indoor Voice: One reason the character was phased out was that voicing him was too hard on Frank Oz's throat.
- Jerry Nelson (1970-1974)
- Put on a Bus: Due to concerns about his appearances in commercial entertainment, Kermit wasn't used in the second season of Sesame Street, so Herbert was introduced to essentially fill the same role on the show. Once Kermit returned in Season 3, the now-superfluous Herbert was phased out. His final appearance to date was as part of the finale sequence of The Muppet Movie
How Now Brown Cow
- Christopher Cerf (voice only)
- 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
- One-Shot Character: They never appeared anywhere besides the Family Food sketch.
- Louise Gold
- One-Shot Character: She never appeared anywhere besides "The Crying Game Show" sketch.
- Karen Prell
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: She is based on Canadian singer and film actress Jeannete MacDonald.
- Jerry Nelson (1969-2012; voice, 1969-2004; puppetry)Matt Vogel (2012-present; voice, 2004-present; puppetry)
- Catch-Phrase: [as he sees Grover in other jobs] "I know you. You are that waiter from over at Charlie's."
- Early Installment Weirdness: In early 'Waiter Grover' skits, he was the one who caused Grover trouble.
- Memetic Mutation: His interactions with Grover are frequently parodied, and he was a meme on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
- Straight Man: Plays one to Grover.
- Unsatisfiable Customer: He gets his orders wrong. And always ends up fainting.
- Kevin Clash
- One-Shot Character: He never appeared outside the "Miami Mice" skits.
- Jerry Nelson (1975-1992)
- 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.
- Martin P. Robinson
- One-Shot Character: Warm only appeared in "The Crying Game Show."
The Amazing Mumford
- Jerry Nelson (1971-2003,2005,2012)
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: To the extent that they cover his eyes completely.
- Magical Incantation: "A la peanut butter sandwiches!"
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: His voice is based on that of comedian W.C. Fields.
- Short-Distance Phone Call: Mumford manages to mess up a playdate in Miles' room via a Pay Phone Around the Corner.
- Steve Whitmire
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: He is a parody of the Canadian singer and film actor Nelson Eddy.
Newt The Night Watchman
Martin P. RobinsonA 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.
- One-Shot Character: He only appears in the song.
Nick Normal and the Nickmatics
- Jerry Nelson (lead singer)
- Mid Vid Skit: The song introduced it with an MTV-style caption that refers to N Records.
- Fran Brill
- Mid Vid Skit: A parody of MTV.
- Richard Hunt
- Mid Vid Skit: Well, it says it all as he introduced the song by The Oinker Sisters.
Over the Top
- Jerry Nelson (Lead singer)
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: They are based on the Texas heavy metal band ZZ Top. And the song is based on Sharped Dressed Man.
- Jim Henson
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: He is based on Pat Sajak, the host of Wheel of Fortune.
- One-Shot Character: He never appears outside the "Squeal of Fortune" sketch.
Pierre the Waiter
- Jerry Nelson
- One-Shot Character: He never appears outside the skit.
- Joey Mazzario
- One-Shot Character: He never appears outside "The Crying Game Show" sketch.
- Fran Brill (1971-2014)Stephanie D'Abruzzo (2015-present)
- Catch-Phrase: "Oh, dear!" *Groan*
- Little Miss Snarker
- Oh No: In one Letter of the Day skit, she actually eats the Letter of the Day and gets very gassy from it.
- Once an Episode: There is a whole set of sketches where Prairie Dawn tries to keep Cookie Monster away from a Letter of the Day Cookie. Guess how that turns out.
- Surrounded by Idiots: The pageants certainly make it look that way.
- Frank Oz
- You Look Familiar: Although it is the same Anything Muppet, Prince Charming has nothing to do with Guy Smiley.
- Frank Oz
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: He was phased out.... Well, He was too dull.
Readers Of The Open Range
VariousThe 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!
- 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).
- Matt Robinson (1970-1975)
- Totally Radical: Being an attempt at a "hip" character, his sketches tend to feel more dated.
- Wise Beyond Their Years: A teacher at his own school.
The Sad Family
VariousThe Anything Muppet contestants who appeared in The Guy Smiley game show: Happiness Begins at 40. They live in Miserable Falls, Colorado.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: Well, That proofs that happiness begins at 40!
- Everybody Cries: The whole family did until they count to 40, When they reach 40, They become happy again.
- One-Shot Character: They never appeared outside Happiness Begins at 40.
- Jerry Nelson (1970-1996)
- Captain Ersatz: It goes without saying that he wears a deerstalker cap and tweed Inverness cape.
- Catch-Phrase: "Egad!"
- Identical Grandson: He evidently had a caveman ancestor: the Royal Smart Person.
- Leitmotif: His entrances are usually heralded by a distinctive organ tune.
- Lampshaded in one skit by Ernie: "Hey, that's detective music!"
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Jerry Nelson patterned his voice for the character after that of the English film actor Ronald Colman.
- Small Name, Big Ego: He maintains that he's "the World's Greatest Detective", despite evidence to the contrary.
- Jerry Nelson (1970-1999)
- 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.
- Jim Henson
- 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).
- Richard Hunt (1986-1992)David Rudman (1992-present)
- Catch-Phrase: "Are we having a nice day, or what?"
- Security Blanket: His Teddy Bear from The Crying Game Show.
- Richard Hunt (1971-1992)David Rudman (1992-present)
- 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.
- Martin P. Robinson
- One-Shot Character: He never appeared outside the Miami Mice skits (only 3).
- 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.
- David Rudman
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: She a parody of Wheel of Fortune co hostess, Vanna White.
- The Speechless: Although she is a silent character, she is puppeteered by David Rudman.
- One-Shot Character: She never appeared outside the Squeal of Fortune sketch.
- Martin P. Robinson
- Leslie Carrara-Rudolph (2006-present)
- All-Loving Hero: Abby sees the best in Oscar, and genuinely doesn't believe that he's that grouchy. That's gotta count for something.
- All Myths Are True: Abby's mom is Cinderella's fairy godmother.
- The Apprentice: Hence "Abby's Flying Fairy School."
- Call-Back: She lives Around the Corner, which is a section of the set which was expanded and retracted.
- Catchphrase: "That's so magical!"
- Cheerful Child: She always has a smile on her face.
- Fairy Tale Motifs: She is a textbook example of a fairy. Well... okay, aside from being a little fuzzy.
- Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak: In "Dress-Up Club", she wants to dress up like a superhero and a pirate. Hilarity Ensues (It Makes Sense in Context).
- Punny Name: It's a play on the stereotypical "magic word" Abracadabra.
- Mundane Object Amazement
- Mundane Utility: In addition to transforming one thing into something completely different or conjuring things out of thin air, her wand also makes a handy backscratcher.
- Non-Standard Character Design: She, along with other fairy characters in the show, is one of the few Muppet characters designed with irises. To quote the Muppet Wiki:"Abby's design is an intentional departure from the typical Muppet look because she's not originally from Sesame Street. The implication is that the fairies in her old neighborhood look like her."
- Pink Means Feminine: Her fur is bubblegum pink.
- Rhymes on a Dime: Abby does rhymes whenever casting spells.
- Shoe Phone: The secondary use for her wand is to substitute for a cell phone.
- Signature Laugh: A cute little giggle.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: Many small children see their world as a place of tremendous beauty and endless possibilities. Abby is no different.
- You Keep Using That Word: Sorry, Abby. "Princess" is not a career title. note
The Androoze Sisters
- David Rudman (1990-present)
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Although he has a great relationship with Curly, and is patient with her.
- Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: "He's a hero, he's a guy... Hero Guy!"
- Elmuh Fudd Syndwome: Pronounces his "l"s and "r"s as "w"s.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Hero Guy. Baby Bear is a subversion, since he has a younger sister.
- Fractured Fairy Tale: Invoked, in order to get Goldlocks her own bowl of porridge.
- Literary Agent Hypothesis: He's the bear from the Goldilocks story.
- Sure, Let's Go with That: He unwittingly names his sister when he meets her.
- Toby Towson (1977-1978)
Brian Muehl (1978-1984)
Fred Garver (1984-1993)
Bruce Connelly (1993-present)
- Big, Friendly Dog: A big, playful dog.
- Hidden Eyes: His eyes are covered by his hair.
- Frank Oz (regularly 1969-2001, occassionally 2001-present)
Eric Jacobson (2001-present)
- Berserk Button: Do not lose his bottle caps or paper clips.
- Big Ol' Unibrow
- The Bore: According to Oz, he originally considered Bert a very boring character... then made his dullness his definitive character trait.
- Butt-Monkey: Put on the receiving end of Ernie's mischief a lot.
- Characterization Marches On: He openly insulted Ernie in a few early episodes, such as calling him a "ding-a-ling" or a "meatball".
- Comically Serious
- Drink Order: Plain, unflavored soda water.
- Lampshade Hanging: Count on Bert to point out just how crazy Ernie is being.
- Mundane Made Awesome: "LA LA LA, LINOLEUM!"
- Pastimes Prove Personality: He enjoys oatmeal, pigeons, and bottlecap & paperclip collecting.
- Sanity Slippage: In this skit.
- Say My Name: "ERNIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!"
- Signature Laugh: A staccato, nasal "eheheheheheh!"
- Signature Song: Doing the (Coo-Coo) Pigeon....
- Tempting Fate: On several occasions, Bert ends up on the receiving end of Ernie's craziness simply by pointing it out.
- Caroll Spinney (1969-present)
Daniel Seagren (understudy in a handful of episodes dating to 1970)
Matt Vogel (understudy, 1998-present over roughly 20 episodes)
- A Dog Named "Dog": He sure is a large aviary creature. Hey, what's this guy's name again?
- Breakout Character: Is the star of the first official Sesame Street movie Follow That Bird, starred in specials where he travels to China and Japan and is the star of other merchandise items such as storybooks, cassette tapes or records. Possibly the first breakout character before Elmo.
- Cassandra Truth: The adults constantly disbelieved Snuffleupagus was real at first. See The Reveal under ''Mr. Snuffleupagus"
- Characterization Marches On: He was initally a fully grown idiot with a hick-like Simpleton Voice to match rather than the innocent Man Child he eventually became.
- The Cutie: Even in the context of Sesame Street his innocence and sweetness stand out.
- Extreme Doormat: Well, maybe not "extreme", but he has a hard time standing up for himself - he once let Humphrey and Ingrid talk him into giving Radar to Natasha, and he would have lost his nest to Minnie Myna if Chris hadn't helped him.
- Gentle Giant: He's a Big Bird with a good heart.
- Hidden Depths: During the famous episode centered on the death of Mr. Hooper, Big Bird draws various caricatures of the adults - of a quality that you may not normally see from a typical 6-year-old.
- Caroll Spinney is a cartoonist and painter in his down time, overlapping with The Cast Showoff.
- Meaningful Echo:Gordon: Why are you walking that way?
Big Bird: "Just because."
(Big Bird learns of Mr. Hooper's death)
Big Bird: "Why does it have to be this way?"
Gordon: "Big Bird, it has to be this way because."
Big Bird: "Just because?"
Gordon: "Just because."
- Start My Own: Because Oscar wouldn't let him join the Grouchketeers.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Birdseed, which he eats (or in the case of birdseed milkshakes, drinks) in seemingly infinite variations.
- Vocal Evolution: Big Bird started off as a fully-grown Village Idiot with a deep, hick-like voice. Over time, however, he became a young child of 5 (or 6, depending on when you were watching the show) with a higher-pitched voice. Because the show reuses its old recordings of songs in later episodes, it can be very jarring to hear Big Bird sing the "Alphabet Song" in his "hick" voice in an episode from c.1975 or later.
- Rick Lyon
- One-Shot Character: He only appeared in 2 sketches.
- Richard Hunt
- That Makes Me Mad: Well, Bert got angry with Ernie about putting too many toys in the tub.
- Carroll Spinney
- 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".
- Richard Hunt
- One-Shot Character: He never appeared outside the Here is Your Life sketch on the tooth.
- Joseph Mazarrio
Davey and Joey Monkey
- David Rudman (Davey Monkey)
Joseph Mazarrio (Joey Monkey)
- Jim Henson (1969-1990)
Steve Whitmire (1990-2014)
Billy Barkhurst (2014-2017)
Peter Linz (2017-present)
- Consulting Mister Puppet: Ernie often talks to his trademark rubber duckie about his problems.
- Couldn't Find a Pen: Bert asks him to make a shopping list, and the only thing Ernie can find to write with is chocolate pudding. Ernie then makes a list of all the writing implements that he couldn't find. Ernie tacks chocolate pudding onto the end of the list, since he needed to use all the pudding in the apartment to write it out.Bert: "He's improving. Last time he used spaghetti sauce."
- The Gadfly: He loves to prank, trick and tease Bert. Much of his random weird behavior is just done to mess with his friend, because it's funny when Bert gets frustrated.
- Hidden Depths: He lays down an amazing saxophone solo during "Put Down the Duckie."
- He's also a really good painter... even if he does re-imagine Bert as a beatnik.
- I Can't Hear You: "I can't hear you, Bert. I have a banana in my ear."
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Well, yeah — you wouldn't think so, but Ernie is a far bigger jerk than Bert. Watching the Bert & Ernie skits, it's sometimes surprising to see just how badly Ernie treats his best friend, often for no good reason at all. He plays tricks on him, makes a fool out of him, steals his snacks or cruelly tempts Bert with snacks before eating them himself, and in general causing him no end of frustration, humiliation and heartache. When Ernie still comes across as the most likeable and friendly of the two, it's because, well, he is a genuinely sunny and affable person who just wants to have fun and share a laugh with people. He's never malicious, just a little insensitive.
- 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: He's sometimes used as this, as when he's paired with Cookie Monster.
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.
- Richard Hunt (1986-1992)
David Rudman (1992-1993)
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: She is based on the French writer Gustave Flaubert.
- Carroll Spinney
- Cool Old Guy: A kindly old bird.
GrouchesA group of crusty, monster-like creatures indigenous to Grouchland.
- Big Ol' Unibrow: As mentioned under Oscar's entry, it's a species trait.
- Bizarro Universe: Grouch society mirrors human society (right down to similar celebrities — Dan Rather-Not and Donald Grump, for example), but they prefer unhappiness and filth to happiness and cleanliness.
- Blue and Orange Morality: As explained above, they dislike (often downright condemn) nice and pleasant things, and like things that most other people would find unpleasant. Although a bit odd, it sounds simple enough, right? Well, this also means that they like feeling miserable, and yet the nice things they hate make them miserable, which they like and... yeah. Try not to think about it too hard.
Honkers & Dingers
- Gag Nose: Honkers squeeze theirs in order to honk.
- The Unintelligible: They only speak in honking and dinging.
- Shout-Out: The Honkers are essentially an entire species of Harpo Marxes.
- Signature Song: Well, Their official song is Honk Around the Clock.
- The Speechless: Although they do not speak, Their performers will vary depending on what puppeteer is available.
Hoots the Owl
- Kevin Clash (1985-2001, 2005)
- Destined Bystander: He (or, at least, the puppet that would later come to be him) first appeared in a single scene in Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird.
- The Owl-Knowing One: Not all-knowing, but he's wise enough to know you can't play the sax with a rubber duck in your hand, and that carrots are healthier than cookies.
- Frank Oz (1976)
Jerry Nelson (1992)
- 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....
- Jerry Nelson
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: He is based the late radio announcer Wolfman Jack.
- Stacey Gordon (2017-present)
- Character Tic: Flapping her arms in excitement.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Described as doing things "in a Julia sort of way".
- Hollywood Autism: Subverted; Julia's portrayer, Stacey Gordon, has a son who is autistic.
- Inspirationally Disadvantaged: As storylines progress about Julia, her strengths were set to be played up. In her first appearance, for instance, she is participating in a game when she begins jumping up and down. Instead of rejecting Julia, the other characters and Muppets decide that jumping up and down is a lot more fun.
- Non-Standard Character Design: The show's puppets typically only have one articulated arm, but she has both due to the above-mentioned Character Tic.
- The Quiet One: Doesn't talk much.
- Security Blanket: Her raggedy toy rabbit, which is torn in several places and perhaps looks like it should have been thrown out years ago. But it is her comfort object.
Kermit the Frog
- Jim Henson (1955-1990 [the character predates Sesame Street])
Steve Whitmire (1990-2009)note
- Beware the Nice Ones: Kermit is usually friendly and even-tempered, but when he's pushed too far he can get very angry indeed.
- Butt-Monkey: Frequently the victim of Grover's bumbling and Cookie Monster's hedonism, among other misfortunes, almost to the point of being The Chew Toy.
- Catch-Phrase: "Heigh-ho, Kermit theee Frog here at Sesame Street News..."
- Phrase Catcher: Grover's "HEYYYYY, FROGGY BAYBEEEEE!" backslap-greeting.
- Call-Back: He makes a surprise appearance in "Elmo's World: Frogs", where he is shown lounging in his apartment.
- Continuity Nod: While preparing to interview Old MacDonald, Kermit tells one of the farmer's pigs, "You know, you remind me of somebody..." (a reference to The Muppet Show's Miss Piggy).
- Crossover: Kermit once made routine guest appearances, frequently playing off Grover and Cookie Monster. Alas, the frog seldom appears these days, due mainly to Disney owning the rights to the character.
- "I Am" Song: "Bein' Green" and "This Frog".
- If You Can Read This: An actual cameraman is named on the slate in the Oklahoma! sketch.
- Intrepid Reporter: During the "Sesame Street News Flash" segments.
- Is This Thing Still On?: A running gag in the news segments.
- Loud Gulp: The idea of a frog eating a fly makes him nauseous.
- Somewhere, a Herpetologist Is Crying: This is Zigzagged in one scene, in which Bob lists frog facts, and Kermit insists that frogs act more like people, with human diets and apartment buildings.
Lil' Fish Dude
- Steve Whitmire
- One-Shot Character: He only appeared in Love the Ocean.
- Fran Brill
- Fish out of Water: In their first few years they were very unfamiliar with Earth, to the point where they spent most of their time attempting to communicate with inanimate objects.
- Incredibly Lame Fun: They dance to radio static.
- Innocent Aliens: They're just confused tourists.
- Intangible Man: They often enter scenes by phasing through walls.
- Special Person, Normal Name: The primary two are named "Joe" and "Bob." Although in the game show sketch Bring that Thing, Guy Smiley addressed them as "Stevie" and "Jonathan" Martians.
- Jerry Nelson
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
- Special Person, Normal Name: One of the Oinker Sisters is named "Suie Oinker".
Oscar the Grouch
- Caroll Spinney (1969-present)Eric Jacobson (understudy,2014-present)
- Anti-Role Model: One purpose of the character is to poke fun at irritable people. Which isn't to say that his irritation isn't justified sometimes.
- Big Ol' Unibrow: Huge eyebrows are a species trait.
- Bizarre Taste in Food: He hates foods most would consider nice or healthy, but loves noxious combinations of food that are technically still edible... just really gross. Like sardine ice-cream. Again, it's a species trait.
- Early Installment Weirdness: He was orange for a year. (Apparently he still would be, if he ever bathed.)
- Grumpy Bear: He's a Grouch. It's a species trait.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Every now and then, some of the mean-spirited pranks and schemes he pulls tend to backfire, where he may end up being the victim himself. Often happens when he's frustrated when targeting a rather slow-witted character with his pranks.
- Jerkass: Cranky, rude, and mean. Although as much is allowable on a preschool show. The Muppet Wiki puts it best:Oscar's mission in life is to be as miserable and grouchy as possible, and pass that feeling on to everyone else. When a visitor knocks on his trash can — invariably interrupting him from a nap or an important task — Oscar greets them with a snarl. He complains that he wants to be left alone, although when he's left entirely to himself, he's dissatisfied — there isn't anybody around to irritate or complain to.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: The true depths of his jerk nature are often called into question and he can get comically defensive when his reputation as a "true Grouch" is threatened.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: There does appear to be an occasional running gag, where as mentioned previously when his intended mean-spirited ways backfire, unwittingly causing rather pleasant and helpful results for other characters along with a few other schemes he may try to pull. Much to his dismay, of course.
- The Nicknamer: As far as Oscar is concerned, Bob and Maria are Bright Eyes and Skinny, respectively.
- The Pigpen: Always seen in a trash can, so yeah.
- Slap-Slap-Kiss: His relationship with Grungetta.
- Slave to PR: One has to wonder if he'd be so concerned about being a "real Grouch" - or if he'd be so self-conscious anytime he says, does, or thinks something even remotely pleasant - if it weren't for Grouch society constantly stressing how Grouches are supposed to act.
- Too Important to Walk: He's rarely seen walking. When he needs to be transported somewhere, a garbageman named Bruno carries his can. (He does in Christmas Eve on Sesame Street a few times.)
- Troll: He can definitely come off as this at numerous times.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Easily with any of the nice Sesame Street residents that like being sweet and chummy with him, especially Elmo, Telly, and Maria.
- 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.
Jerry Nelson (1971 - 1978)
Michael Earl Davis (1978 - 1980)
Martin P. Robinson (1980 - present)
Michael Earl Davis (1978 - 1980)
Martin P. Robinson (1980 - present)
Back end: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.
Richard Hunt (1971-1975)
Peter Friedman (1976-1978)
Brian Muehl (1979)
Frank Kane (1979)
Bryant Young (1979-present)
- 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.
- Steve Whitmire
- 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. RobinsonHe is a friendly but a slow moving turtle.
VariousThey are a trio singing squirrels who sang various doo-wop songs.
Watson the Dog
- Steve Whitmire
- Animal Talk: He can only bark.
Wolfgang the Seal
- Kevin Clash (1988-2013)
- Animal Talk: He can only bark.
Zelda the Chicken
- David Rudman
- 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 MuppetsSesame Street features a vast array of other Muppets ranging from animals, letters, and numbers to bathtubs and Singing Food.
- Let's Meet the Meat: Singing Food will cheerfully discuss how nutritious it is.
- Alan Muraoka (1998-present)
- Call-Back: He debuted in the first episode to feature Elmo's World, when he hosted a huge Birdketeer meeting, and was in over his head. In the first episode to feature Elmo the Musical, he knows what he's dealing with, and tries to nip chaos in the bud during another big event.
- Asian Store-Owner: The stereotypes are downplayed, though.
- Hilarity Ensues: He tends to get dragged into Muppet hijinks.
- Iconic Item: A dish towel, frequently on his shoulder.
- Oh No: Ignites a grease fire in Hooper's while, causing Maria to evacuate herself and Elmo and call the FDNY
- Welcome Episode: A proverbial baptism by fire: He successfully caters a Birdketeer meeting.
- Written-In Absence: He goes on vacation for a few episodes.
- Angela Jemmot (1993-1995)
- Happily Married: He is married to Jamal, And has a baby daughter named Kayla.
- Ismael Cruz Cordova (2013-2015)
- Remember the New Guy: Like most of the show's characters,Mando didn't get a Welcome Episode. He was just a character that everyone on the street already knew.
- Alex Stevens (1969, "The Baker")Jim Henson (1969, singing voice)
- Bob McGrath (1969-present)
- Aerith and Bob: The literal "Bob" to his brother Minneapolis's Aerith.
- Aside Glance: Trying to teach the Two-Headed Monster to play the clarinet evokes a flustered look at the camera.
- Big Darn Heroes: Bob makes his sole appearance in the 38th season so that he can coax an elephant out of a bathtub.
- Cool Teacher: Was originally a shop teacher, but later became a piano and singing teacher.
- Early Installment Weirdness: He was originally a shop teacher.
- Foil: To neurotic worrywart Telly, and Oscar, Mr. "have a rotten day".
- Happy Birthday to You!: He teaches everyone to sign the song.
- Mentors: Gordon and Susan are like a mom and dad; Bob is gentler.
- Running Gag: The production staff loves to put Bob in costumes.
- Will They or Won't They?: Bob and Linda dated, But they never were married.
- You Are The Translated Foreign Word: Bob speaks and signs at the same time, so he doesn't have to repeat himself.
- Carlo Alban (1993-1998)
- Annette Calud (1993-1998)
- Christopher Lawrence Knowings (2007-present)
- Butt-Monkey: Sometimes, this is because Alan is facing similar circumstances, and he needs Chris's help.
- Rearrange the Song: A rock remix for "People in your Neighborhood".
- Straight Man: Although he too can be prone to goofiness and general clumsiness.
- Northern Calloway (1971-1989)
- 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.
- Gabriella Rose Reagan (1989-1993)
Desiree Casado (1993-2012)
- Alison Bartlett O'Reilly (1987-present)
- Character Development: In the span of 24 years, she has assisted at Hooper's Store and a daycare, gone to veterinary school, opened a veterinary practice, and adopted her own son, Marco.
- Instant Sedation: In one episode, books on the Letter of the Day and the Number of the Day have this effect on Marco.
- 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)
- Irritation Is the Sincerest Form of Flattery: Elmo admires him enough to have followed him around in a bald cap.
- Leonard Jackson (1989-1990)
David L. Smyrl (1990-1998)
- Accidental Misnaming: Snuffy would sometimes call him "Mr. Handfoot".
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Unlike his predecessors, we never find out what happened to him. Or his assistant Carlo, who vanished at the same time that he did.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: When the first actor played him.
- Nice Guy: When the second actor took over.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: The first Mr. Handford (a bespectacled, elderly Jerk with a Heart of Gold) was like this, but for Mr. Hooper, not for David.
- Geddie Watanabe (1988-1992)
- Will Lee (1963-1983)
- Accidental Misnaming and My Name Is Not Durwood: That's Hooper, Big Bird, Hooper!
- Alliterative Name: His full name is Harold Hooper.
- Bus Crash: How he dies.
- Cool Old Guy: A snarky, funny guy.
- Death Is a Sad Thing: Played so, so straight with his death. In doing the episode's defining scene in one take, an unintentional lesson — that even adults cry and feel deeply saddened when someone they are close to dies, and that oftentimes entire families cry together in times of grief (indeed, several of the adult characters are visibly emotional and on the verge of tears as they explain to Big Bird that Mr. Hooper died and is not coming back ... ever) — made its indelible mark on this episode and earning it critical acclaim.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Mr Hooper is somewhat sarcastic but he is a nice person.
- Last Name Basis: As the oldest on the street in his day, he considered this a mark of respect.
- Never Say "Die": A subversion, which is still met with acclaim today; after his actor died, the writer's decided to use the opportunity to directly address death for the show's young audience.
- 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)
- Happily Married: He is married to Angela and has a baby daughter named Kayla.
- Nitya Vidyasagar (2008-2015)
- Linda Bove (1972-2002)
- 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 Speechless: Linda never did speak because she is deaf.
- Will They or Won't They?: Bob and Linda dated, but they didn't get married.
The Number Painter
- Paul Benedict (1972)
- Hilarity Ensues: Most of the Painters' antics would get him arrested for such things as trespassing, vandalism and criminal mischief.
- Emilio Delgado (1971-present)
- Gratuitous Spanish: Not so much these days, now that Rosita's around.
Maria Rodriguez (née Figueroa)
- Sonia Manzano (1971-2015)
- Aborted Arc: She was hooked up with David until the mid-1980s.
- According to Louise Gikow, who wrote for various international co-productions, the reason why the David–Maria romance angle was dropped was due to health problems involving David's actor, Northern Calloway. Calloway had been battling stomach cancer since the 17th season began in 1985, and by the time the 20th season ended in 1989, he became so ill and ill-looking that he had to leave the show, dying only a year later in 1990.
- Apple of Discord: She successfully petitions Luis for a raise (before marriage).
- Aside Glance: One of the most noted characters of the human cast to do this, particularly when dealing with Muppet characters.
- Invisible Main Character: After Oscar spritzed her with "Disappear-O". Oscar's elephant made her visible again.
- 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.
- Wacky Cravings: She shared and enjoyed a lunch with Oscar while pregnant.
- Writer on Board: For a stretch of 20 years.
- Miles Orman (1985-1993)
Imani Patterson (1996-2002)
Olamide Faison (2003-2008)
- Chet O. Brien (1971-1992)
Mr. Noodle and family
- Bill Irwin (1998-2009)Michael Jeter (2000-2003) as Mr. Noodle's BrotherKristin Chenoweth (2001,direct to video specials ;TV appearances,2006) as Mr. Noodle's Sister
- 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)
- Alaina Reed Hall (1976-1988)
- Deadpan Snarker: She was not above taking good-natured jabs at her neighbors.[sees Big Bird's picture of David] A little young, don't you think?
- Sassy Black Woman: A bit more outspoken than Susan.
- Ruth Buzzi (1993-2001)
- 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)
- Salt and Pepper: He and Gina were just friends.
- Jasmine Romero
- 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.
- Loretta Long (1969-present)
- Parents Walk In at the Worst Time: Including one incident where Miles didn't want her to see the chaos happening in his room.
- Bill McCutcheon (1984-1992)
- Bowties Are Cool: Just like his nephew Bob's sweaters, Wally's bowties were a part of his Iconic Outfit.
- Cool Old Guy: Uncle Wally seemed to take over this role after Mr. Hooper's death.
- Man Child: His constant telling of tall tales and precocious personality made him one.
Teeny Little Super Guy
- Jim Thurman
- 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 TypewriterA talking typewriter with eyes, arms and wheels. He appears in 26 sketches, one for each letter of the alphabet.
Charlie the ChefThe 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. JohnsonThe 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.
SpencerThe 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.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Ruthie fills in for Spencer on The Number 4 Dance.