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"To take a blank piece of paper and draw characters that people love and worry about is extremely satisfying. It really does not matter what you are called, or where your work is placed, as long as it brings some kind of joy to some person some place."
Charles M. Schulz

Charles Monroe Schulz (1922–2000), the only child of a Saint Paul, Minnesota barber, wrote and drew Peanuts for 49 years, 3 months and 1 day. The stars of the strip are a boy named Charlie Brown, whom Schulz named for a fellow instructor at the Art School of Minneapolis, and his dog Snoopy.

One of the most popular and influential Newspaper Comics of all time, Peanuts was introduced on October 2, 1950. The strip had its origins as a successor to Li'l Folks, a weekly feature Schulz had drawn for his hometown newspaper in the late '40s. The strip's cast grew as time went on — well, sort of; consensus is their age topped out at about 6 (Linus and Sally) to 8 (Charlie Brown, Lucy, et al.) — but adults were always conspicuous by their absence, famously represented in the TV specials by unintelligible offscreen "wah-wah" noises produced by a muted trombone. (This was originally due to the editor's restrictions on the strip: to fit the kids in at a decent size in the small panels, he put the "camera" at their height and did away with anyone taller.)

When the kids weren't in school, they were usually playing baseball or having amazingly sophisticated intellectual conversations while leaning on a brick wall. Over the years, the strip became famous for its psychological realism, bordering on an all-out satire of more typically sentimental kiddie comics, though it arguably took a turn away from the philosophical toward more direct comedy relatively early in its run (around 1970). Charlie Brown developed from a standard "lovable loser" into a sensitive and intelligent Everyman, whose relentless track record of failure meant he struggled perpetually with the Really Big Questions. Alternately aiding and exasperating him in his quest were his best friend Linus, a philosopher who sucked his thumb and carried a Security Blanket, and Linus' big sister Lucy, a bossy, brassy self-described "fussbudget" who knew that the big problem of the universe was that it never asked her what to do.

The supporting cast included Charlie's little sister Sally, a ditz-in-embryo whose literalist streak was only equaled by her crush on an appalled Linus; Schroeder, a handsome neighbor boy who — much to Lucy's chagrin — lived only to play Beethoven on his toy piano (with painted-on black keys), and Franklin, the smart black kid who quietly integrated the strip in the late 1960s. "Peppermint" Patty, the tough tomboy from across town, and Marcie, her meek bespectacled acolyte, were frequent visitors.

One unique character, The Little Red-Haired Girl, was never seen, heard, or named (except in certain TV specials, but as Schulz made very clear, those don't count). She was Charlie Brown's Ideal, and thus in a sense everyone's, so Schulz wisely let each of those readers envision her for themselves.

Then there was Snoopy, beagle extraordinaire. Nominally Charlie Brown's pet, he actually lived in an incredibly rich world of his own imagination, acknowledging the existence of "that round-headed kid" only when hungry. Over the years Snoopy would invent literally dozens of alternate personae, the most famous of which is the WWI Flying Ace, perpetually locked in combat with the Red Baron. Attending and often abetting Snoopy in his fantasies was his little yellow bird buddy Woodstock, who took to hanging out at the doghouse while he failed to get the knack of the whole "migrating" deal.

Peanuts ended its long newspaper run almost immediately after the Turn of the Millennium, with the final weekday strip being published on January 3, 2000. The final Sunday strip ran on February 13 of that year... which, as it turned out, was one day after Charles Schulz died in his sleep at the age of 77. Since then, the comic has kept a place in many newspapers by way of reruns.

As of 2011, Boom! Studios produced a few comics books of the series (part of the KaBOOM! Comics line) with both new content as well as old strips.

The complete Peanuts comic strip archive can be viewed at GoComics.com. See also the official Peanuts web site. Fantagraphics Books has been publishing a multi-volume series collecting the strip's complete run in dead-tree format since 2004; the series, which will eventually encompass 26 volumes, is expected to be finished in 2016.

Frequent Peanuts Tropes:

  • Snoopy's imagined personae: World War One flying ace, novelist, attorney, golf pro, Beagle Scout leader, 'Mad Punter', tennis player, hockey player, streaker, vulture, helicopter, Easter Beagle, Flashbeagle, Joe Cool, etc. etc.
    • Leading Charlie Brown to ask, "Why can't I have a normal dog like everyone else?"
    • Also, Snoopy's fights against the cat next door (represented by her swipes through his doghouse ceiling) and his tennis playing against the garage door.
  • Charlie Brown's baseball team: Generally visible in these sequences were himself as pitcher, Schroeder as catcher, Linus at second base, Snoopy at shortstop, and — most memorably — Lucy in right field. The team seemed to lose almost every gamenote  unless Charlie Brown was unable to play for some reason, in which case they seemed to win every game (usually with Linus on the mound).
  • Charlie Brown trying to kick the football and Lucy yanking the ball away. (Schulz briefly toyed with the idea of having him finally kick the football, but realized that the entire 'football' gag was about Charlie Brown's unending sense of optimism, rather than Lucy simply being mean).
    • During the arc in which Charlie is seriously ill in the hospital (see under Littlest Cancer Patient below), Lucy vows that if he recovers she'll let him kick the ball for real. Come time to make good, she indeed doesn't pull the football away... but in true Charlie Brown fashion, he kicks her arm instead.
    • In the very last football strip, Lucy is called in for lunch and entrusts the ball to Rerun, who goes outside and enacts the ritual off-stage. When Lucy later asked him whether he pulled it away, the answer is: "You'll never know..."
    • Also, Snoopy never shoots down the Red Baron, Linus never sees the Great Pumpkin rise from the pumpkin patch, all the love is unrequited, etc...
  • Lucy and her "Psychiatric Help 5 Cents" booth (a parody of a lemonade stand). Charlie Brown went through a lot of nickels.
    Franklin: Are you a real psychiatrist?
    Lucy: Was the lemonade ever any good?
  • Charlie Brown's unrequited admiration of the Little Red-Haired Girl...well, not exactly unrequited, as on no recorded occasion did he get himself under enough control to speak to her in the first place.note 
  • Linus sitting up waiting for the Great Pumpkin each Halloween, and/or attempting to convince others to do the same.
  • Various attempts to separate Linus and his blanket, by either Lucy or his "blanket-hating grandmother."
    • Or a certain beagle.
  • Frieda (she of the "naturally curly hair") attempting to roust Snoopy into chasing rabbits.
  • Sally's...creative...school reports: "Butterflies are free. What does this mean? This means you can have as many of them as you want."
    Sally: So much for higher thought.
  • Lucy leaning on Schroeder's piano, trying to get his attention. Or sometimes Snoopy and/or Woodstock playing around with the notes coming from the piano.
  • Peppermint Patty in class, trying and failing hopelessly to figure out what's going on. This sometimes extends to her misunderstanding some concept so completely, and ignoring all rational warnings from Marcie, that she would find herself publicly humiliated.
    • For a long time, she didn't realize that Snoopy was a dog and just called him "The funny looking kid with the big nose."
  • Marcie calling Peppermint Patty "sir", over the latter's objections. Conversely, Patty was the only one who called Charlie Brown "Chuck" on a regular basis (although Marcie also did at first, but later switched to calling him "Charles").
    • At first Peppermint Patty's standard reply was: "Stop calling me sir," but eventually she just gave up. Marcie is the only one who calls Charlie Brown "Charles".
      • In later strips, a girl Charlie Brown meets at camp calls him "Brownie Charles" because, when they met, he was so nervous that he flubbed up his own name.

Various works based on Peanuts:

Television Specials that have Their Own Pagesnote 

Feature Films

TV Series

  • The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show (CBS, 1983-5)
  • Peanuts (Boomerang, 2016)


  • You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (1967)
  • Snoopy: The Musical (1975)

Video Games

Fan Works

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  • Abhorrent Admirer: Sally to Linus, Lucy to Schroeder, possibly even Peppermint Patty to Charlie Brown. In a weird, deranged way, Clara to Snoopy too.
  • Aborted Arc:
    • Frieda's cat Faron only appeared for a few strips before Schulz realized that since Snoopy didn't speak in words, the only way to have him interact with Faron would be to have them think at each other (as Snoopy would later do with his siblings). (Also, by his own admission, Schulz looked at his drawings of Faron and realized uncomfortably that he couldn't draw cats very well.) When he got rid of the cat, his only regret was naming it after Faron Young, his favorite country singer. In the 1970s, Schulz would introduce the unseen, (originally) unnamed "The Cat Next Door", and was much more pleased with the results.
    • What had been intended as a lengthy – possibly months-long – arc with Linus and Lucy's family moving away came to a very sudden end because fans objected.
  • Absurdly Sharp Claws: The cat who lives next door to Charlie Brown and Snoopy is able to rip large portions of Snoopy's doghouse off in a single swipe, though it's unclear whether this demonstrates sharpness or sheer brute strength. Either way, you wouldn't want to meet that feline in a dark alley.
  • Accidental Athlete: Discussed Trope. One strip has Charlie Brown recounting his fantasy of catching a wild foul ball while watching a baseball game, prompting the manager to declare, "Sign that kid up!" Linus responds that many millions of other kids have had the exact same daydream.
  • Accidental Misnaming:
    • "Stop calling me 'sir'!"
    • "I am not your 'sweet baboo'!"
  • The Ace: Peppermint Patty was introduced as baseball phenom who manages five home runs in her first game, after offering her services to Charlie Brown's team. But she quickly became a Small Name, Big Ego with subsequent appearances.
    • Later Peppermint Patty introduced Jose Peterson, an even bigger baseball phenom who had once hit .640. And followed that up with an .850. To put that in perspective for those unfamiliar with baseball, no major league hitter has hit .400 since Ted Williams in 1941.
  • Acid Reflux Nightmare: The special What a Nightmare, Charlie Brown is all about one of these suffered by Snoopy.
  • Adorkable: Eudora. The fact that her characterization never really developed much beyond this probably explains how she ended up with Chuck Cunningham Syndrome.
  • Adults Are Useless:
    • "Useless"? Try non-existent.
    • There was one animated special, Snoopy's Reunion, where there are not only adults seen, they can be heard. It's the one where Charlie Brown gets Snoopy for the first time. We see the puppy farm owner and he even talks.
    • Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown! had a couple of adult characters who appeared on camera and spoke normally: the cab driver who took Snoopy to Wimbledon, and the teacher at the French school. There is also a London waiter who speaks in a thick Cockney accent that the kids can't comprehend, and Violette's uncle, "The Baron," who speaks normally but appears only in silhouette.
    • And more background adults (or possibly teenagers) at the club in Flashbeagle.
    • Adults are heard, but not seen, in She's a Good Skate, Charlie Brown, but that's due to the storyline requiring intelligible adults for once (most notably, the rink announcer).
    • The adults in This Is America, Charlie Brown. They were everywhere; again, this was needed for the concept - a look at famous American historical events, inventions, and music - to work, plugging in the kids as a Commedia Dell Arte Troupe of sorts. Unlike most of the above, we even see their faces.
    • There's also the live-action title character in It's the Girl in the Red Truck, Charlie Brown (played, incidentally, by Charles Schulz's daughter, Jill).
    • Occasionally in the first decade or so of the strip, there was offstage dialogue from parents — usually Linus and Lucy's — but only once did Schulz even try to draw adults, in a handful of Sunday strips in 1954. Even then they're only seen from the legs down or in distant crowd shots (as part of a storyline involving Lucy participating in a golf tournament). Notably, those four Sunday strips were never reprinted in any Peanuts collection until Fantagraphics put out the 1953-1954 edition of The Complete Peanuts.
    • The strips where Rerun was carried along with his mom when she went bike riding showed her, though admittedly they only showed her back, and she never said anything.
    • Charlie Brown does go to his father's barber shop and comments on how great his father is for showing him affection.
    • Violet always took unseemly pride in comparing her father's accomplishments with those of the other kids'.
    • Off-screen, there had to be a whole townful of adults giving Halloween trick-or-treaters treats, and rocks to Charlie Brown.
  • Adult Fear: One '70s storyline involved Peppermint Patty's house being robbed while her dad was out of town. Also, Charlie Brown frequently worries for Snoopy when the dog goes off on his own with no real idea where he's supposed to be going.
    • Charlie Brown, Peppermint Patty, and Marcie all once got lost in the woods in the middle of a snowstorm.
  • All Love Is Unrequited:
    • Lucy's unrequited crush on Schroeder, Sally's unrequited crush on Linus, Linus's unrequited crush on Miss Othmar, Charlie Brown's unrequited crush on the Little Red-Haired Girl, Peppermint Patty's and Marcie's unrequited crushes on Charlie Brown...
    • Averted with the birds Bill and Harriet, who get married. Snoopy is even Best Beagle.
    • Double subverted with Charlie Brown and Peggy Jean. They actually become an item for awhile and it looks like Charlie Brown will finally be happy. Then she reveals that she's got another guy waiting for her on the soccer field and dumps Charlie Brown.
  • Alpha Bitch: Violet and Patty had traits of this trope in the early years. But the reigning champ is Lucy.
  • Aluminum Christmas Trees:
    • Besides the trope naming artifacts in A Charlie Brown Christmas, there's an early strip where Lucy tries to make Schroeder jealous by claiming she prefers more modern music and Snoopy comes in with an accordion to play "polkas, schottisches, and waltzes." At the time this was a straight reference, while in reprints it looks as though it's a gag on how Lucy and/or Snoopy are out of touch.
    • The character José Peterson represented a Melting-Pot Nomenclature joke at the time, as the idea of someone with a Swedish father and Mexican mother seemed like a bizarrely unlikely combination - it wouldn't be seen as that remarkable in the modern US.
  • And This Is For...: In Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown, when Linus is unable to give his candy to Miss Othmar because she left with her boyfriend, he feels so upset that he goes up onto a bridge and starts throwing off the candies one by one (Snoopy and Woodstock both catch the candies in their mouths and eat them). As he throws each piece of candy off the bridge, he says things that start with this trope:
    Linus: This one is for love! And this one is for Valentine's! This one is for romance! This one is for Elizabeth Barrett Browning! This is for "How do I love thee!" This is for...
  • Animate Inanimate Object: Linus' blanket was depicted as alive in one story arc, and spent the week terrorizing Lucy.
    • The Kite-Eating Tree is also depicted as one of these.
    • Charlie Brown's baseball glove has attempted to avoid associating with him, even attempting to crawl away from him.
    • Charlie Brown and Sally's school building. Sally talks to it on occasion, and it drops bricks on people who insult it.
    • Several other objects occasionally have thought balloons as a punchline, including the pitcher's mound and a leaf Sally brought for show and tell.
  • Animated Adaptation: Quite often.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Sally Brown
    • Linus and Rerun, to Lucy.
  • Anxiety Dreams: Snoopy blames his on eating pizza before bed.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: In the revival version of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown ("Beethoven Day"):
    Lucy: I got it! We'll demand full-page ads in every newspaper!
    Linus: We'll start a chain of Beethoven superstores!
    Sally: We'll build a Beethoven theme park!
    Charlie Brown: We can have a BAKE SALE!
  • Art Evolution: The earliest Peanuts strips have much cleaner, more three-dimensional artwork... which, admittedly, looks really weird nowadays. By the mid-'60s the look of the strip and its characters had more or less settled into what we're all familiar with. Over the final decade or so of the run, meanwhile, the art became scratchy and squiggly due to Schulz's decreasing motor skills.
  • Artistic License – History:
    • An in-universe example occurs in Snoopy!!! The Musical, in the song "Edgar Allan Poe". Everything Charlie Brown says about Poe is utterly incorrect. Linus gets almost everything right, only he inexplicably spells the man's middle name wrong— it's "Allan", with two As.
    • Numerous school reports by Peppermint Patty and Sally. Here are some of them:
      Peppermint Patty: This is my report on Washington, D.C. "D.C." stands for Doctor. Dr. Washington was an ophthalmologist. His best friend was named Bunker Hill. One day on the battlefield Dr. Washington looked at Bunker Hill and said, "There's something wrong with the whites of your eyes!" As a reward for saving his friend's vision, the people voted to make Dr. Washington their coach.
      Sally: Britain was invaded in the year 43 by Roman Numerals.
      Sally: Abraham Lincoln was our sixteenth king and he was the father of Lot's wife.
      Sally: This is my report on Columbus Day. Columbus Day was a very brave man. He wanted to sail around the world. "I can give you three ships, Mr. Day," said the Queen.
  • Aside Glance: Occasionally a character will give one of these to the reader. Snoopy seems especially fond of them.
  • Asleep in Class:
    • Peppermint Patty is always falling asleep in class. Marcie, who sits behind her, will either try to wake her up or play tricks on her while Peppermint Patty is asleep.
    • Marcie herself has fallen asleep in class on a few occasions. In one instance, she had to get up early to be at her school patrol post on time, but fell asleep at her classroom desk.
  • Ass in a Lion Skin: Snoopy has a penchant for pretending to be various other kinds of animals — including an alligator, an anteater, a bald eagle, a bat, a beaver, a songbird, a boa constrictor, a cow, a cricket, a dinosaur, an elephant, a giraffe, a goat, a gorilla, a kangaroo, a lion, a moose, a mountain lion, a mule, an owl, a partridge (in a pear tree), a pelican, a penguin, a piranha, a polar bear, a prairie dog, a rabbit, a rhinoceros, a sea monster, a shark, a sheep, a tiger, a vulture, and a wolf.
    • The beagle's distinctive vulture stance when feeling shy or exasperated is Truth in Television.
  • As the Good Book Says:
    • Linus is frequently given to quoting Scripture. Sometimes other characters also do it.
    • In one strip Sally asks Charlie what all the "John 3:16" signs people are holding up at a football game mean. When he tells her about the reference she says, "Oh. I always thought it was a reference to John Madden."
    • Another strip had a baseball game devolving into a extended discussion on the book of Job, with each character offering up interpretations that fit with their personality.
  • Audience Surrogate: Charles Schultz was for a very long time puzzled why he made such an extreme Failure Hero in Charlie Brown. Then, one day his son came in after a bad softball game and told him he felt just like Charlie Brown. That was Schultz's Eureka Moment than Charlie was the Everyman.
  • Awesomeness-Induced Amnesia: The special It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown has Charlie Brown giving the Little Red-Haired Girl the customary kiss... and after a state of euphoria, he wakes up in bed the next morning with no memory of what happened after. Linus tells him later that he was the life of the homecoming dance, which Charlie can't recall.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other:
    • Linus and Lucy are practically the sibling Trope Codifier, as perhaps best illustrated in the strip where Linus encourages a gloomy Lucy to count her blessings. When she demands to know what blessings he thinks she has, he replies, "Well, for one thing, you have a little brother who loves you." She stares at him for a beat panel, then hugs him and bursts into tears.
    • This goes for the whole gang. If something happens to Charlie Brown, Lucy's a nervous wreck. If something happens to Lucy, it's Schroeder who suffers. And, though Snoopy drives the kids up the wall, everyone is sad when he's not around. Schulz himself probably said it best:
      "I think all the characters in the strip are really very fond of each other, but they are also very hard on each other."
    • One series of strips had Charlie Brown sent to the hospital for unknown reasons and Lucy was a complete nervous wreck the whole time, so much so that she actually swore that she'd let Chuck kick the football the next time around. And she actually did. Partly due to Linus's telling her that you can't break a promise you've made to a sick person, but nonetheless. Unfortunately, Charlie Brown fails to actually hit the ball and accidentally kicks Lucy in hand so hard that she ends up needing a cast for it.
  • Balloon Belly: Upon meeting Snoopy's brother, Spike, Lucy found herself disgusted by how skinny he was and attempted to fatten him up. This trope was the end result.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: Woodstock is sometimes one of these to Snoopy.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Linus, upon being referred to as Sally's 'Sweet Babboo'. Also, when a bully makes fun of a bald girl after he takes her hat (she has leukemia), he flips out and whips the bully into submission with his blanket.
    • Some others include: suggesting Linus should get rid of his security blanket; calling Snoopy "Banana Nose"; insulting Beethoven in front of Schroeder.
  • Big "NO!": Whenever any of the gang is really frustrated, they are prone to scream, "AAUUGH!"
  • Bigger on the Inside: Snoopy's doghouse. Its interior was never shown (except in the cartoon where it appears to be an Elaborate Underground Base), but we know it contains a Van Gogh painting (later replaced with an Andrew Wyeth after the doghouse burned down and was rebuilt), a pool table, a bridge room, a swimming pool, a postage meter, etc...
  • Black Bead Eyes
    • Lampshaded in one strip when Lucy asks Charlie Brown if he thinks her eyes are beautiful, and he replies, "Yes, they look like little round dots of India ink!"
      • Lucy was actually an aversion for much of the '50s, when she was depicted as a toddler with prominent Sphere Eyes. Even later on, she (and Linus, and Rerun) were usually shown with small lines on the sides of their eyes to give them a distinctive look from the other characters.
    • Truffles, a minor character introduced in the '70s as a romantic interest for Linus (and Snoopy), was another Sphere Eyes aversion.
  • Black Comedy: No, there's no death, but laughing at the pathetic tragedy of Charlie Brown's life is still an example of this.
  • Blind Without 'Em: Marcie was once told by Peppermint Patty that she would look more sophisticated with her glasses up on her forehead, resulting in her bumping into walls, a lamppost, etc. Marcie noted that "Before I became sophisticated, I almost never had headaches."
  • Blunder Correcting Impulse: In this strip, Linus has taken over for Charlie Brown as the pitcher for their baseball team. When Charlie Brown sees that Linus is trying to pitch while wearing his blanket over his head, he comes out and takes over the pitching again.
  • Bootstrapped Theme: "Linus and Lucy" is possibly the most famous example. Made even more confusing when there actually is a song called "Charlie Brown Theme" out there, and a few of the specials actually used it. "Linus and Lucy"'s Ear Worm powers are so mighty that they can just usurp the name. Being heavily featured in A Charlie Brown Christmas, the most famous of the specials, helps.
  • Boring Failure Hero: Charlie Brown.
  • Bowdlerise: That's right, not even Peanuts was immune to censorship. At least on the television, and namely It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown. Twice during the story's central football game, Lucy pulls the ball away from Charlie Brown, as per the usual, causing the play to fail... and Peppermint Patty blames CB in both of these instances. Viewers protested because it was Lucy's fault, so future airings and releases of the special to this day censor those two instances (but miss others!) of PP's blame. This, however, could add Nightmare Fuel to the special because the "offending" lines were backmasked. Incidentally, you can hear the original lines here and here.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: In an early strip, Schroeder plays a note on his piano, then runs over to Charlie Brown.
    Schroeder: Hey, Charlie Brown! I've got "perfect pitch"!!
    Charlie Brown: You mean "a perfect pitch"... Besides, who cares? The baseball season is over!
    Schroeder: [walking away, annoyed] Sometimes I think I should put in for a transfer to a new comic strip!
  • Breakout Character: Snoopy, in the late '50s. There's a reason the official name of the strip's website was "snoopy.com" for much of the internet era (both before and years after Schulz's death).
  • Break the Cutie: Poor Charlie Brown can barely go a day without being miserable.
  • Break the Haughty: Sometimes Charlie Brown will get a few small victories, making him cocky, only to fail due to his overconfidence.
  • Brick Joke: The first strip about kicking the football had Violet (not Lucy) moving the ball because she was afraid Charlie Brown would miss and kick her arm. Decades later, Lucy promises to let Charlie Brown kick the football if he gets out of the hospital. When he does, she makes good on the promise… and, sure enough, he misses and kicks Lucy's arm.
    • The strip of December 22, 1962 references the San Francisco Giants' heartbreaking loss in Game 7 of that year's World Series two months earlier, with a despondent Charlie Brown asking, "Why couldn't (Willie) McCovey have hit the ball just three feet higher?" Then, in the January 28, 1963 strip, Charlie Brown (apparently still not quite over it) wails, "Or why couldn't McCovey have hit the ball even two feet higher?"
  • Bubble Pipe: Snoopy uses one of these in the special It's a Mystery, Charlie Brown, where he's playing a detective trying to find Woodstock's nest.
  • Butt Monkey:
    • Charlie Brown is the unequivocal epitome of this trope, with a goodly amount of The Chew Toy and Woobie thrown in for good measure. Given the series' focus on neuroses, a good amount of the cast have similar moments, though they struggle to compete with the former.
    • If it isn't Charlie, then it's Peppermint Patty, especially in class. The only real difference between them is that at least Patty is The Ace at baseball.
  • Call Back: One arc in the late '90s has Rerun patting birds on the head, much to the annoyance of Lucy, who comments how Linus did the same thing back in the '60s in a similar arc.
  • Can't Get Away with Nuthin' : Tired of the abuses of the kite eating tree, Charlie Brown told it that if it keeps biting his kites, he would bite him. And he did. Then he is fined by the EPA.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Linus once told one of the gang about how he'd met a really nice girl who he liked a lot, and he'd wanted to say something to her to introduce himself, but he couldn't really find the words. His solution? "So I hit her."
  • Canon Discontinuity:
    • Provoked by the appearance of the Little Red-Haired Girl, Schulz firmly insisted that the animated specials "don't count."
    • Similarly, the existence of Charlotte Braun was denied until the '00s, when Schulz's estate FINALLY agreed to reprint the strips in which the character appeared.
      • Although in one of the final Peanuts books to come out before his death, Schulz did show a reader's letter complaining about the character and the sketch of Charlotte with an axe in her head he sent in response.
  • Cash Lure: According to a strip from 1985, this is Spike's favorite April Fools' Day joke, with a purse on a string. Because he's in the desert, however, no victims come by.
    Spike: I'll wait for ten more hours, but then that's it.
  • Catch Phrase:
    • "Good grief!"
    • "You blockhead!"
    • "AAUGH!"
    • "I can't stand it! I just can't stand it!"
    • "Rats!"
    • "Stop calling me 'Sir'!"
    • Snoopy also had the Mad Libs Catch Phrase "Here's the world-famous (X) doing (Y)".
    • Occasionally, Lucy laments "I'll probably never get married" in response to Schroeder's latest rejection.
  • Cats Are Mean: The cat who lives next door, known as "World War II", has been known to slice vast chunks out of Snoopy's doghouse and beat up Snoopy and Peppermint Patty simultaneously - always off-panel, although often in response to Snoopy's provocation.
    • Brutus from Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown wasn't exactly friendly, either.
    • Averted with Faron, who was content to loaf in Frieda's arms all the time and when presented to Snoopy just stares at him with friendly curiosity.
  • Characterization Marches On/Character Development: In the strip's first few years the characters are barely recognizable.
    • Charlie Brown was, incredibly, a happy and self-confident young child in the earliest strips before he became the universe's Chew Toy. Admittedly, given how Shermy openly insulted him at every opportunity, it's no shock C.B. ended up so broken.
      • Looking at the 50s strips, it's almost jarring - some strips ended with Charlie Brown either chasing someone or being angrily chased for pulling a prank on someone.
    • Lucy started out as a wide-eyed, sweet little baby before evolving into herself.
    • Linus was originally a hyper-intelligent toddler before he became an Innocent Prodigy.
    • Snoopy was just a "regular" dog.
  • Children Are Innocent: Subverted, averted and played straight at various points throughout the strip.
  • Christmas Creep: They joked about this concept a lot. The Halloween-Thanksgiving period was the usual victim of the creep, but in the special It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown, an entire scene takes place in a Christmas display when the gang go to buy eggs.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Many. Schulz had absolutely no qualms about dropping a character if he didn't think they were interesting enough or had run out of ideas for them.
    • The majority of the core cast from the strip's first year got this. Shermy disappeared in the late 60's; Violet and Patty got Demoted to Extra sometime in the early 70's, only appearing in crowd scenes. Only Charlie Brown and Snoopy stayed until the end.
    • Also getting the axe over the years were Charlotte Braun (in her case literally), Frieda, Eudora, and 5, to name a few.
  • Classical Anti-Hero: Charlie Brown is one of the most prominent examples.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Lucy to Schroeder and Sally to Linus.
  • Clown Car Base: Snoopy's doghouse has much more room inside than the outer appearance would suggest, given the many things that have been implied or shown to be in it.
  • Clumsy Copyright Censorship: There were a few product placements for Coca-Cola in A Charlie Brown Christmas. While a scene where the kids throw snowballs at Coca-Cola cans was subsequently reanimated to have non-descript cans instead, the credits end right before the kids finish singing "Hark, the Herald Angels Sing" because an announcer chimed in at that point to plug the soda, and the opening ends up getting a case of What Happened to the Mouse? as Linus landed on a Coca-Cola sign after being flung along with Charlie Brown by Snoopy.
  • The Coconut Effect: At Schulz's insistence, the characters in the Christmas Special were voiced by actual children – some of them very young kids who couldn't even read well and thus had to learn their lines phonetically and recite them one at a time, which gave their reading a curiously stilted quality. This style became a part of the Peanuts tradition and continued even as the kids aged (and were replaced by new sets of kids, an increasing number of whom would be working child actors).
  • Collective Groan:
    • Charlie Brown's ineptitude on the baseball diamond tends to prompt an anguished cry from his teammates.
    • In A Boy Named Charlie Brown, he loses the big spelling bee when he misspells "beagle," Snoopy's breed. Even Charlie Brown himself reacts in this manner, instantly realizing he misspelled it.
    • In You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown, Linus appears to be a lock to be elected Class President, when the day before the election, he addresses the student body... including his campaign team, Charlie Brown and Lucy, who react as expected.
      Linus: ...And, as a change of pace, rather than campaign talk, I've decided to say a few words about the Great Pumpkin...
  • Comedic Sociopathy:
    • Lucy, occasionally Peppermint Patty, earlier characters Patty and Violet, and every adult in the strip's world. In order for Charlie Brown to get a bag full of rocks on Halloween, there has to be a town full of adults who would give a child a rock.
    • He's Your Dog, Charlie Brown! deals in this. Highlights include Snoopy actually physically attacking Charlie Brown, Schroeder, and Linus, Peppermint Patty treating Snoopy as a slave, and even Charlie Brown himself at one point nearly strangling Snoopy with a leash!
  • Comically Missing the Point: Lucy takes this to an extreme in Why, Charlie Brown, Why? in which the plot involves Linus's friend, Janice, being diagnosed with leukemia. Linus tells Lucy who at first doesn't care, then becomes afraid that she will catch cancer from Linus because he was in contact with her. After Linus points out her ignorance, she suggests Janice "probably got cancer because she's a creepy kid." Even after Linus continues to explain otherwise, she still doesn't get it and demands that he takes back the glass of milk she asked him to get, only to have Linus verbally own her: "I don't want to catch your crabbiness!"
    • One Sunday strip had the cast playing a game of baseball. Schroeder complains he stubbed his fingers. Charlie Brown asks if he can still play (meaning the baseball game). Schroeder runs home and plays some classical music on his piano, then runs back to the game and assures Charlie Brown he can still play (the piano).
    • Snoopy misinterprets some very brief "thanks for writing" form letters from Six Bunny-Wunnies author Helen Sweetstory as invitations to visit her and write her biography.
  • Comic Book Adaptation: From 1960 to 1964 Dell (then Gold Key) put out a Peanuts comic book. Schulz only drew the first story, with the rest done by assistants Jim Sasseville and Dale Hale. Then in 2011 a new comic book mini-series began under KaBoom!.
  • Comic-Book Time:
    • Characters grow up, but reach a certain cap. Lucy is introduced as a toddler; Schroeder, Linus, and then Sally and Rerun are all introduced as babies. They grow up and eventually reach or become within a few years of Charlie Brown's age. Charlie Brown himself also aged somewhat over the course of the strip; he stated that he was four in an 1950 strip, six in an 1957 one, and eight and a half in an 1979 one.
    • The strip makes fifty years worth of contemporary cultural references, running the gamut from Patti Page in 1953 to Harry Potter in 1999, all without anyone reaching their ninth birthday.
    • The strip eventually stopped mentioning specific years, but this went on long enough that it started to get weird: for example, in the late sixties Lucy is still referring back to events in 1954 and naming the year, yet the characters clearly haven't aged in time with it.
  • Community-Threatening Construction: There's a series of strips from the 1960s (during the height of the Interstate building boom) involving a proposed freeway that would go right through Snoopy's doghouse (insert your own Fridge Logic here). The sequence ends with the revelation that the freeway isn't being built until 1967.
  • Companion Cube: The school building that Sally chats with.
  • Confused Question Mark: Pop up in speech bubbles sometimes.
  • Continuity Reboot: Happiness Is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown, a 2011 Direct-to-Video film from Warner Premiere, is this to the original run of animated specials and series. An adaptation of strips that had previously been adapted in The '80s, it focuses on the core cast from The '60s (save for a Woodstock cameo in the opening sequence), dials back Snoopy's slapstick and Spotlight-Stealing Squad tendencies, doesn't try to be "relevant", disregards the strip and specials' Art Evolution in favor of the '60s-era designs, and is quieter and more melancholy than most of the later adaptations. (In other words, it could coexist with A Charlie Brown Christmas and Snoopy, Come Home, but not with It's Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown).
  • Cool Mask: In one story arc, Charlie Brown goes to camp with a paper sack over his head, covering his face except for two eye holes (It Makes Sense in Context). While he's there, nobody knows who he is and some kids decide, as a joke, to have him elected Camp President. While he's Camp President, everyone takes his advice and he's given the credit for anything good that happens. One kid in particular treats him as a hero. Then CB takes the sack off his head, and the kid stares at him and says "They made HIM camp president?!"
  • Cosmic Retcon: As mentioned in Comic Book Time above, in the early days, Schulz introduced characters as babies – Schroeder, Linus, and Sally – only to age them up to within a couple years of Charlie Brown with absolutely no explanation nor indication they had ever been so much younger.
    • One particularly weird instance happened in 1959, when Sally was born. Linus (also introduced as a baby a couple years earlier) had already gone through this process, but he explicitly mentions being five years older than Sally. By the time of the Christmas special (1965), they're in the same class at school.
  • Daddy's Girl: Peppermint Patty has a close relationship with her father. Her mother is rarely mentioned – a Mother's Day strip has her state she doesn't have one, and she wants to give a Mother's Day gift to her dad instead.
  • Darker and Edgier: It's nothing special today, but when you consider the types of comics that were around when Peanuts first starting being published in the early 1950s, a little boy reflecting on how depressed he is about his life was unheard of.
  • Dark Horse Victory: In You're in the Super Bowl, Charlie Brown, Melody-Melody ends up coming out of the stands to beat Linus in the Punt, Pass, & Kick competition. In the process she wins a bike and Super Bowl tickets.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Lucy, Linus, Schroeder (usually in response to Lucy's attempts to flirt with him), even Charlie Brown on occasion, but Snoopy most of all.
  • Decided By One Vote: The class election in You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown.
  • Demoted to Extras: Shermy and Patty were the strip's original supporting cast, both appearing for a while as Straight Man to Charlie Brown, Shermy even delivering set-up and punch-line in the very first strip. However, as Schulz started developing new characters they receded further in the background. When Schulz stopped drawing the strip, Shermy and Patty hadn't appeared for years in it.
  • Destined Bystander: In a 1968 sequence Peppermint Patty serves as a summer camp tent monitor for three younger girls named Clara, Sophie, and Shirley. Clara has dark hair and glasses. Three years later Marcie made her official debut, also in a summer camp sequence. The only real difference between Marcie and Clara besides their names is that Clara's glasses aren't opaque. The name Clara got re-used for the overenthusiastic animal lover in Snoopy Come Home.
  • The Determinator: No matter how many times he loses, Charlie Brown simply refuses to give up.
  • Deus Angst Machina: Everything in the universe conspires against Charlie Brown and his search for a bit of happiness.
  • Digging Yourself Deeper: Peppermint Patty giving an account of her vacation to her class at school:
    Peppermint Patty: I spent a week on my grandfather's ranch...well, it isn't exactly a ranch...he lives sort of in the country...kind of on the edge of town...actually, he has an apartment over a drugstore.
  • Does Not Like Spam: Schulz hated anything coconut-flavoured, and as a result none of the characters like it either.
  • Don't Call Me Sir: Peppermint Patty is the Trope Namer… though more commonly the exact line was "Stop calling me 'sir'!"
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: To a mild extent, with Lucy and Charlie Brown (and more with Lucy and Linus). Charles Schulz even admitted as much in an interview; he found that girls being mean to boys was funny, while the other way around, not so much.

    Tropes E-K 
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Inverted. Frieda appeared in The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show (and got name-checked in its opening theme song) despite having disappeared from the strip at least ten years prior. Similarly, Violet, who was Demoted to Extra in the '70s, got an appearance in the 2006 TV special He's a Bully, Charlie Brown.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Read the strips from the early 50's. It looks and feels like a totally different series.
    • The art was slicker, and actually used perspective.
    • The humor was far lighter and often came from kids being kids, instead of acting like adults (although they always had large vocabularies).
    • The core cast in 1950-1951 consisted of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Shermy, Pattynote , and Violet. The latter three disappeared from the strip in the late 60's (though they continued to appear in the animated specials to fill out crowd shots).
    • Charlie Brown was a lot more confident and aggressive. His shirt also lacked its trademark zig-zag.
    • Snoopy was a normal dog, and he wasn't Charlie Brown's pet.
    • Lucy was a wide-eyed, cute little Cloudcuckoolander, who appeared to be toddler-aged, almost nothing like her later bossy, crabby, mean self.
    • Linus and Schroeder first appeared as babies.
    • The first pulling-the-football-away strip had Violet instead of Lucy, and she pulled it away from Charlie Brown out of fear he'd kick her hand rather than malice. A later strip had Shermy holding the ball for Charlie Brown, who actually kicked it; albeit not very far.
  • Easter Egg:
    • 95472 was Schulz's ZIP code (Sebastopol, CA).
    • Another Easter Egg was when Snoopy was dictating to Woodstock, who snickered, and Snoopy said "Never dictate a love letter". The shorthand that appeared in the first panel read "To my dearest darling precious sweetie."
  • Easter Special: It's The Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown.
  • Election Day Episode: In one story arc, Linus campaigns for class president, with Charlie Brown as his running mate. At the very end, however, Linus blows the election by mentioning the Great Pumpkin in his final campaign speech.
  • Epic Fail:
    • Charlie Brown's curse is to fail spectacularly at most of what he attempts.
    • Peppermint Patty isn't immune to this either. In a strip from December of 1989, she's getting ready to throw around a football with Marcie. It's very cold, but that's no problem, because Patty has a hoodie to keep her warm! Telling Marcie to kick the ball to her as soon as she gets it on, she puts it on backwards and then pulls the hood up, yes, over her face. Not able to see a thing, she misses the catch and gets hit in the head with the football a moment later.
    • Most of the gang's baseball games go poorly, but once, in the first game of the season, they give up a hundred runs. In another game, where Peppermint Patty is a guest pitcher, she pitches a no-hit game and makes five home runs and the team still loses 37 to 5.
  • Eskimos Aren't Real: Lucy once spent several strips mocking Charlie Brown for telling her that birds fly south for the winter: "In all my life, Charlie Brown, I have never met anyone with an imagination like yours!" When Chuck insisted, and also added that they fly north during the summer, Lucy sarcastically retorted that they must fly east during the spring and west during the fall. Then she pressed the issue further with "Chickens are birds, aren't they?! You never see a chicken flying south for the winter, do you?! CHICKENS ARE BIRDS, AREN'T THEY?!" Eventually Lucy learned (from a third party) that Charlie Brown was right about (some) birds flying south for the winter, and had to eat crow.
  • Even the Dog Is Ashamed: Snoopy frequently feels this way about Charlie Brown.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: Lucy almost believes this trope, except she's aiming for the higher title of queen.
  • Everything's Better with Rainbows: Linus uses this to assure Lucy that the world won't flood – sound theology does tend to put your mind at rest.
  • Everybody Do the Endless Loop: The famous dance sequence in the Christmas special.
  • F Minus Minus: Frequently invoked. Peppermint Patty frequently received Z's for a time in the mid-1970s strips, and the teacher sarcastically admitted her to the "D Minus Hall of Fame" in 2000. After Sally rehearsed her report on Abraham Lincoln:
    Sally: Do you think I'll get an "A"?
    Charlie Brown: Do they give out Z's?
  • The Faceless:
    • The adults watching the golf tournament Charlie Brown and Lucy are competing in, in the Sunday strips of May 16, 1954 and May 23, 1954.
    • A series of strips from May 1971 has Charlie Brown attending summer camp and futilely attempting to befriend an unnamed kid who's always shown with his face turned toward the wall and never says anything other than, "Shut up and leave me alone!"
  • Failure Is the Only Option: ...when you're Charlie Brown and Lucy's holding the football for you to kick. Or, really, when you're Charlie Brown and you're trying to do anything.
  • Fantastic Racism: No dogs allowed!
  • Felony Misdemeanor:
    • A 1959 storyline has Charlie Brown losing a book from the library, leading to Lucy accusing him of having "stolen" it and Charlie Brown working himself up to a state of stark terror at the imagined consequences.
    • Used a couple of times in later years with Sally.
      • In a 1967 storyline, Sally took a crayon home from school and broke it, and, afraid that her teacher would "give her a judo chop" if she confessed to the truth, lied to her teacher about it; Charlie Brown finally shamed her into feeling guilty about it by yelling "GEORGE WASHINGTON!!!!" at her.
      • And in a 1978 storyline, Sally borrowed a ruler from one of her classmates. After the ruler ended up broken when Sally tried to measure the width of the street in front of the school (with a 12-inch ruler), she again put off dealing with the issue (despite admitting she was afraid that the ruler's owner would retaliate). However, this time she did the right thing in the end and bought the kid a new ruler.
  • Flat Character: Virtually any chucked character, such as Patty, Shermy, Pig-Pen, or 5.
  • For Halloween, I Am Going as Myself: Snoopy, in this 1966 strip.
  • Free Prize at the Bottom: One story arc concerned getting one free marble in a box of Snicker-Snacks cereal. In one strip Charlie Brown found that the packing center made an error - there were 400 marbles and one Snicker-Snack.
  • Free-Range Children: Somewhat justified by the times, and how they apparently only hang around their neighbourhood.
  • Freudian Excuse: Lucy's mistreatment of Charlie Brown suddenly makes a lot more sense when you look at the early strips.
  • Frothy Mugs of Water: Snoopy as the WWI Flying Ace often treats himself -and others- to a nice mug of root beer.
  • Full-Name Basis:
    • Charlie Brown, obviously, to everyone except Peppermint Patty (who calls him "Chuck"), Marcie ("Charles"), and Snoopy ("the round-headed kid", because he doesn't remember Charlie Brown's name). Since you don't call your own family members by by your own last name, Sally calls him "big brother."
    • Peppermint Patty is also unusual in calling Lucy "Lucille."
    • Subverted in A Charlie Brown Christmas. Lucy, for the first and only time, calls Charlie Brown "Charlie" when she gives her theory on how Christmas is a racket controlled by a syndicate.
  • The Funday Pawpet Show: The show got the word 'Pawpet' from the little puppet shows that Snoopy would present from atop his doghouse from time to time (usually in Sunday strips).
  • Funny Animal: Over time Snoopy developed into a non-talking version of this.
  • Fuzz Therapy: "Happiness is a warm puppy."
  • Gag Words: Starting in the late 70s, "Zamboni".
    • Petaluma note 
  • Generic Guy: Shermy and later, Franklin. The latter could qualify as an Only Sane Man, though.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: When Snoopy's doghouse burns down, Lucy says he was probably smoking in bed.
  • Girliness Upgrade: Peppermint Patty occasionally, especially these two strips.
  • Girl Posse: Lucy, Patty, Violet, and occasionally Frieda.
  • Gratuitous French: The Flying Ace doesn't know how to speak French, which exasperates him when Marcie and Eudora do.
  • Hair Decorations: The original Patty wore a bow in her hair. So did Sally early in the strip.
  • Hair Flip: Done by Frieda, whenever she needed to show off her "naturally curly hair". And no, she doesn't have Regal Ringlets.
  • Happy Dance: Snoopy is the Trope Codifier (and the page image).
  • He Who Must Not Be Seen:
    • Any and every adult in the strip. Occasionally, especially in the strip's early years, adults would be given speech bubbles and address the kids from off-panel, though more often only the kids' reactions and answers are shown and the adults are neither shown nor directly heard from. In the animated adaptations, this was recreated by the famous "muted trumpet" sound that played whenever adults were talking.
    • The Little Red-Haired Girl (in the strip, although she did appear onscreen – much to Schulz's vocal dismay – in the special It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown).
    • Snoopy's nemesis World War II, aka "that stupid cat next door."
    • Charlie Brown's pen/pencil pal.
    • Sally wasn't seen until about three months after her birth.
  • Headdesk: Charlie Brown does this in You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown, during the song "Little Known Facts".
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Well, Charlie Brown does.
  • Heroic BSOD: Happens twice to Charlie Brown in two of the movies; once after coming home after losing the spelling bee in A Boy Named Charlie Brown, and once again after Snoopy leaves Charlie Brown for Lila in Snoopy Come Home.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Marcie and Peppermint Patty. Not too surprisingly, comedians and wiseacres like to inflate this to Les Yay (even though they both have a crush on Charlie Brown).
  • Hidden Badass: Linus, of all people. When Charlie Brown was crying a bully was attacking The Little Red-Haired Girl, then we see Linus using his blanket as a whip in the air, he goes off-panel and we see the same sound effect of the blanket-whip. Poor bully...
  • Hurricane of Excuses: Lucy, after striking out for Charlie Brown's baseball team.
  • Hypocritical Humor: All the time.
  • I Am Not Weasel: For a long time, Peppermint Patty thought that Snoopy was a human, calling him "the funny-looking kid with the big nose".
  • "I Am" Song/"I Want" Song: A few have cropped up over the years. "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown" gives Charlie Brown the title song, which is both; Lucy has an I Want song ("Schroeder"); and Snoopy gets one of each ("Snoopy" and "Suppertime"). It's Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown has "Lucy Says", which serves both purposes for Lucy. And Someday You'll Find Her, Charlie Brown has the heartbreaking "Alone", an I Want song for Charlie Brown (although he doesn't sing it, it plays in the background and obviously represents his perspective).
  • Iconic Outfit:
    • Charlie Brown's yellow polo shirt with the black zigzag.
    • Linus's red striped T-shirt and Lucy's blue dress and saddle shoes.
    • Sally's blue or pink polka-dotted dress.
    • Peppermint Patty's green striped shirt, navy blue shorts, and sandals.
    • Marcie's orange T-shirt.
  • I Know You Know I Know: Employed for this "Lucy and the football" strip.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Schulz always hated the name "Peanuts", so virtually every single TV special ever made has the name "Charlie Brown" in its title somewhere, as do three of the four films. Extra points if it looks something like this: "(insert phrase here), Charlie Brown". This is also the case with many of the strip's book collections, although Snoopy sometimes gets title billing rather than Charlie Brown.
  • If It Was Funny The First Time: Averted with the "Lucy holding the football" gag. Schulz made a point of keeping it fresh by doing it just once a year, and giving it a slightly different variation each time.
  • If I Were a Rich Man: If Lucy had a million dollars, apparently she'd spend it all on marshmallows.
  • If You Die, I Call Your Stuff: Sally asks Charlie Brown if she can have his room, should something happen to him while he's away at summer camp.
  • I Just Write the Thing: Schulz often spoke about his characters as if they were real people.
  • Improbable Weapon User: In the comic, Linus has used his blanket as a whip to break off a tree branch and beat up bullies.
  • Improbably Predictable:
    • In one Sunday Strip, Linus and Lucy drew pictures for their grandmother. Linus had Lucy take the drawings and ask which one Grandma liked better. He successfully predicted that Grandma would like both drawings equally.
    • Linus predicts to Lucy that if an adult is asked, "We have Mother's Day and Father's Day... why isn't there a Children's Day?" the adult will answer, "Every day is Children's Day." When Lucy tries it, Linus is proved right.
  • Informed Flaw: Peppermint Patty is always complaining that she has a big nose, but it's really no bigger than anyone else's.
  • Insistent Terminology: Snoopy's fantasy alter egos are almost always "The World-Famous (X)", even if it's absurd. (For example, if he gets roped into being a golf caddy, his Internal Monologue cuts to "Here's the World-Famous Caddy stepping out on the green...")
    • In Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown, Linus takes pains to point out that he's not in love with Miss Othmar... he's merely fond of the ground on which she walks.
  • Instrumental Theme Tune: Technically called "Linus and Lucy," but rumors that someone out of the production crew called it anything other than the "Charlie Brown Theme" turned out to be exaggerated.
  • Intellectual Animal: Snoopy.
  • Invisible Parents: As with all other adults, the parents of the characters are never seen and (with a few rare exceptions) never heard. They're not even referenced by their children all that much.
  • It Was a Dark and Stormy Night: The opening line of World-Famous Author Snoopy's 'novel', which was entirely strung together out of banal literary cliches.
  • It Was His Sled:
  • Jerkass: Lucy. As well as, in the early strips, (original) Patty and Violet.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold:
    • Despite Lucy's bossiness and crabbiness, she actually has shown to have a nicer, caring side on a number of occasions.
      • For example, when Charlie Brown has to go to the hospital, Lucy is distressed, and eventually promises that if he gets better, she won't pull the football away. She keeps her promise but Charlie Brown accidentally kicks her hand.
      • Lucy also has a good relationship with her youngest brother Rerun. Charles M. Schulz himself commented on how this came as a surprise to him.
      • In It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, Lucy wakes up in the middle of the night, and - finding that Linus hasn't come home - puts on a coat over her nightgown, goes out to the pumpkin patch, brings her exhausted and shivering brother back to the house, takes off his shoes and socks, and carefully tucks him into bed.
    • Back when she was in the strip, Frieda was always pushy and pressuring toward Snoopy, whom she wanted to be a "real dog" by hunting rabbits instead of being lazy, but it was evident that she liked Snoopy and it was concern for his well-being, no matter how misguided, that motivated her.
  • Kafka Komedy: Seemingly everything in the Peanuts universe is arranged so that poor Charlie Brown will fail spectacularly at anything he sets out to do. If anything it's even worse in the TV specials.
  • Karma Houdini: Lucy, in It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown. Pulling the football away from Charlie Brown is one thing. Causing their football team to lose the game because of it, then managing to convince everyone it was Charlie Brown's fault, is another.
    • While there's Butt Monkey moments for all the cast, nearly everyone has a turn being insensitive or rambunctious with no repercussions shown. Lucy and Snoopy are the most common cases, though even Charlie Brown has the odd moment.
  • Kids Are Cruel: Well, they're always cruel to Charlie Brown. They can occasionally be cruel to each other as well.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All:
    • Lucy often makes wild, ridiculous claims and then laughs Charlie Brown to scorn for talking sense. This bothers him to the point of feeling terribly ill. The song "Little Known Facts" from You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown covers how seemingly uneducated Lucy is.
    • Snoopy, especially when he lectures the Beagle Scouts about nature.

    Tropes L-P 
    • Lucy is right behind Sally in volume, and beats her out in terms of hamminess.
  • Lets See You Do Better: During the animation process of one of the animated specials, Charles Schulz oversaw Bill Melendez's animation process and constantly objected to his decisions. After Melendez handed a pen to him and said this phrase, Schulz never interfered with the animators again.
    • In the strip, Linus and Snoopy are often confronted with this challenge, and typically, they do.
  • Lighter and Softer: Surprisingly, Lucy resorted less to physical violence and became more self-conscious in the later strips. She's still snarky and crabby, though.
  • Limited Wardrobe:
    • Most of the characters have these, with Charlie Brown's yellow-and-black zig-zag sweater in particular becoming iconic. Although the wardrobes used to be much more limited; Linus became famous in a red-and-black striped tee, Peppermint Patty in a green one (plus flip-flops), and the other girls in color-coded dresses with puffed sleeves and a bow sash. Schulz dropped this 'girls in dresses, boys/tomboys in shorts or pants' meme somewhere around the '80s.
    • Enforced almost absurdly in It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown. The kids are in their default outfits during the football game; the only concessions to football are the helmets, puffier shoulders suggesting pads, and cleats. Then again, this school obviously couldn't afford other football luxuries, like coaches, or any officials ... or a team doctor ... and apparently a band member called in sick ... there's a cheerleader missing, too ...
  • Literal Ass Kicking: When Snoopy became the manager for Charlie Brown's baseball team, this was his solution for whenever the team messed up. Things got ugly when they lost their first game.
  • Literally Laughable Question: In one strip, Charlie Brown asks Lucy at her psychiatric booth, "So I'm wondering, could I ever learn to be the life of the party?" Lucy says, "YOU?" and laughs hysterically. She apologizes for laughing and says, "You? The life of the party?" followed by another fit of hysterical laughter.
  • Little Known Facts:
    • When Linus was younger, a running gag was for Lucy to fill him up with her "knowledge", which was invariably of the "Artistic License" variety.
      Lucy: (showing Linus leaves falling off a tree in the autumn) See these leaves, Linus? They're flying south for the winter. (She then proceeded to justify this to Charlie Brown, who had witnessed the exchange, by saying, "When you look at a map, north is up and south is down, isn't it?")
    • There's actually a song called "Little Known Facts" in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown that illustrates Lucy's tenuous grasp on accuracy.
    • Linus has done this himself to Sally on at least one occasion, when he tricked her into delivering a lecture about the dangers of "rock snakes" in class.
    • In a late run of strips, Sally had to teach Sunday school classes to younger kids, one of whom persistently confused the details of the Christmas story (and every other Biblical story) with The Great Gatsby.
  • Little Miss Snarker: Most of the female characters have traits of this at some time or another.
  • Little Professor Dialog: Everybody, but especially Linus.
  • Littlest Cancer Patient:
    • Janice in Why, Charlie Brown, Why?
    • Lila in Snoopy, Come Home.
    • Charlie Brown himself in a series of strips. While it's not made clear exactly what lands him in the hospital (he takes himself to the emergency room after a ball game, complaining only of 'feeling kinda woozy...'), he spends an implied several weeks there, while all of the other characters fret about his survival. Lucy even vows never to pull the football away again, if only he gets better. The series of strips also resulted in hundreds of thousands of "Please get well" cards from fans around the world.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters
    • The Musical adaptation You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown largely worked from the early era of the comic, and included Patty - not Peppermint Patty, but another cast member, actually one of the first - as a character. She became a minor character as the years passed thanks to this trope, so when the show was revived on Broadway in the late 1990s, a rewrite dropped her and brought in Sally instead.
  • Loophole Abuse: Whenever Lucy promises not to pull the football away, she always comes up with some loophole making the promise invalid.
  • Love Floats: Linus, in this strip.
  • Love Hurts: And how.
  • Loony Fan:
    • Schroeder's major schtick is that he is a serious Ludwig van Beethoven fanboy.
    • Less frequently mentioned, but Charlie Brown is one for the terrible baseball player Joe Shlabotnik.
    • Snoopy has a phase where he's one for Miss Helen Sweetstory, author of the Six Bunny-Wunnies books.
  • Malaproper: Several characters did this, especially in the fifties (after all, they were little kids), but later on Sally became the main Malaproper. A compilation of the many ways she's fractured the English language.
  • Mathematician's Answer: Charlie Brown notes that Schroeder's toy piano's black keys are just painted-on, and asks him how he's able to play complex classical pieces:
    Schroeder: I practice a lot!
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Is the Great Pumpkin a jerkass genie, putting Linus' faith to test for no good reason? Does it have so high and over-the-top standards, that not even Linus is considered worthy? Or is it as everybody else says: the Great Pumpkin does not exist, and it's just a stupid belief of Linus?
    Linus: STUPID? WHAT DO YOU MEAN STUPID? Just wait 'til next year, Charlie Brown. You'll see! Next year at this same time, I'll find a pumpkin patch that is real sincere! And I'll sit in that pumpkin patch until the Great Pumpkin appears! He'll rise out of that pumpkin patch and he'll fly through the air with his bag of toys! The Great Pumpkin will appear! And I'll be waiting for him! I'll be there! I'll be sitting there in that pumpkin patch... And I'll see the Great Pumpkin! Just wait and see, Charlie Brown! I'll see that Great Pumpkin! I'll SEE the Great Pumpkin! Just you wait, Charlie Brown! The Great Pumpkin will appear and I'll be waiting for him! I'll be there! I'll be sitting there in that pumpkin patch... and I'll see the Great Pumpkin! Just wait and see!
  • May-December Romance: Parodied with Lydia and Linus, whom Lydia believes is "too old" for her (despite the age gap being only a couple months.)
  • Meaningful Name: Rerun is, well, a rerun of the naive Linus before he became an Innocent Prodigy.
  • Meddling Parents: Linus gets notes in his lunch from his mom encouraging him to do well in school and giving him other advice, in an early example of "helicopter parenting".
  • Medium Awareness:
  • Missing Mom: Peppermint Patty lives alone with her father.
  • Mondegreen:
    • Subverted in one series of strips. Sally prepares for a Christmas pageant in which "I come out and say, 'Hark!', then Harold Angel starts to sing." Everyone assumes that she's simply confused by the name of the song... until a kid named Harold Angel actually shows up.note 
    • Also played straight a fair bit with Sally, such as a sequence where she believes that Santa Claus wears a yellow sou'wester and rubber boots (having misheard 'reindeer' as 'rain gear'), or her description of Arbor Day as "the day the ships come sailing into the 'arbor".
  • The Movie: Four of them prior to Schulz's death, one since.
  • Mr. Imagination: Snoopy, a large part of the time.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: Lucy, wanting Schroeder's attention, once threw his toy piano into a tree. That she happened to throw it into one of the neighborhood's many kite-eating trees was complete coincidence on her part. After a period of mourning, he ordered a new piano, which Lucy would later throw down the sewer, where it would be washed out to sea, believing the piano was "too much competition" for her. Schroeder would once again order a new piano.
    Schroeder: How do you explain to an insurance company that your piano was eaten by a tree?
  • Musical Episode:
    • Both stage musicals, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown and Snoopy!!!, were adapted into '80s animated specials.
    • Also It's Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown and Snoopy's Getting Married, Charlie Brown (both of which coincided with Stacy Ferguson's tenure as Sally).
    • And the first movie, A Boy Named Charlie Brown. The later movies also had insert songs, but they weren't performed by the kids themselves.
  • My Dad Can Beat Up Your Dad: Violet was very prone to bragging about her father, and got shot out of the saddle for it just as frequently.
  • Mythology Gag: The iPhone game "Snoopy's Street Fair" reintroduces Faron (Frieda has a cat-petting booth), depicts Lydia running a "Guess the Name" game, and shows Emily selling dance supplies and Shermy selling root beer as in this extremely early strip. All of these jokes probably won't be picked up on by casual Snoopy fans.
  • Named by the Adaptation: The Little Red-Haired Girl was famously named Heather in It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown, and Marcie (Johnson) and Franklin (Armstrong) got last names in You're in The Super Bowl, Charlie Brown, but none of those were ever acknowledged in the strip.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: The (possibly nick) name of the "stupid" cat next door that's been known to take out 98% of Snoopy's doghouse with one swipe? World War II.
  • Neologism:
    • The term "security blanket", which is now listed in Webster's Dictionary.
    • Also "fussbudget," which Schulz inserted into the strip after one of his daughters described herself this way.
  • Nerd Glasses: Marcie.
  • Never My Fault:
    • In It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown. During an important football game Lucy pulls the ball from Charlie's kick, losing the game. She proceeds to blame him – and the others go along with her.
    • Peppermint Patty also tends to dominate her conversations with Charlie Brown, never letting him get a word in edgewise as he attempts to object to or correct her. Then she yells at him when things don't live up to her expectations (though Marcie usually tries to talk her down). "I hate talking to you, Chuck!" Patty will also shift the blame onto Charlie Brown for things that are really her fault - such as failing a test because she talked with him on the phone instead of studying, when she's the one who called him. In a 1984 strip, she tries to blame him for her being sent to the principal's office for attacking a classmate, and her rationale is, "You're my friend, right, Chuck? You should have been a better influence on me!"
  • Nice Hat: Minor characters Roy (a friend of Peppermint Patty's) and Eudora (a friend of Sally's) are always depicted wearing hats. Linus occasionally wore a cowboy hat in the 1950s strips, and some early '60s strips have the male characters donning replica Civil War infantry caps (mirroring a real-world fad inspired by the war's centennial).
  • No Antagonist: Since even Lucy's bullying is offset by her usual good intentions, there isn't really a villain per se for most of the time, and the ones that exist are all mental. The Red Baron is an antagonist in Snoopy's imagination, the kite-eating tree seems to be how Charlie Brown's mind is able to accept so much bad luck with kites, and that was it for a number of years. The animated special Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown! broke tradition and added a team of no-good bullies from parts unknown to torment the gang.
  • No Ending: The last true strip (the actual last strip is just a letter from Schulz to his fans accompanied by recycled artwork) has Charlie Brown explaining his vast knowledge of love letters to Sally; when she notes his expertise, the punchline has him saying "If I ever got one, I don't know what I'd do." A very poignant kind of No Ending.
  • No Indoor Voice: Charlotte Braun exists practically for this trope.
  • No Matter How Much I Beg: Linus enlists Snoopy in this trope to kick his blanket habit (Snoopy eventually resorts to having it made into sport coats for himself and Woodstock). Years earlier he tried the same thing with Charlie Brown. The first time he asked to have the blanket back Charlie Brown promptly obliged. (Linus, in disgust: "You're weaker than I am!")
  • No Name Given: Unnamed characters include the Little Red-Haired Girl (though in one or two specials she was given the name Heather), Charlie Brown's pencil-pal, all the parents (most of them do have family names, though), and "Pig-Pen".
    • Technically, Lydia. She usually introduces herself with a completely different name every time she appears (eg. "Today, my name is Susan"). Lydia is however the only name we see her use more than once, so it is generally accepted as her real name.
  • Non-Indicative Name: No, none of the characters is named "Peanuts". The name was assigned due to Executive Meddling, apparently by someone who assumed it was a slang term for kids. Schulz originally wanted to call it "Lil' Folks", and was none too happy with the title change.note 
  • Noodle People: Spike in his earlier appearances. As the Art Evolution grew, Spike appeared less thin, but still thinner than Snoopy.
  • No Sense of Direction: To Andy and Olaf's credit, they did find a desert when trying to find Spike...
    Andy: Have you ever seen the pyramids by moonlight?
  • Not Allowed to Grow Up: Most characters started out really young, gradually grew up to a certain age, and then remained that age for the remainder of the strip. For example, Charlie Brown was originally 4, then gradually became older, eventually stopping around the age of 8.
  • Oblivious to Love: Charlie Brown never seems to figure out that Peppermint Patty is sort of in love with him.
  • Once a Season: Several recurring jokes occurred once a year. These included Lucy pulling away the football when Charlie Brown tries to kick it, Linus awaiting the Great Pumpkin, and Schroder celebrating Beethoven's birthday. There were also strips commemorating D-Day, and Snoopy going to drink root beers with Bill Maudlin every Memorial Day (based on Charles Schultz's real-life ritual with Maudlin, a cartoonist famous for his satirical cartoons on military life during WWII).
  • One-Note Cook:
    • Charlie Brown once said "All I can make is cold cereal and maybe toast." In a Chex cereal commercial from the early '90s Charlie Brown admits that "I can't even make toast."
    • A similar joke was made about Lucy, after Schroeder told her that Beethoven loved macaroni and cheese and the girl he married would have to be able to make good macaroni and cheese:
      "How did Beethoven feel about cold cereal?"
  • One Steve Limit: Averted with Patty and Peppermint Patty. Perhaps not coincidentally, the former got Brother-Chuck'd at about the same time the latter became popular.
  • One, Two, Skip a Few: In one strip Lucy is skipping rope saying "Fourteen, fifteen, sixteen..." When she passes by Charlie Brown and Linus she loudly says "Ten billion and one, ten billion and two, ten billion and three, ten billion and four..." Once they're out of sight she returns to "Twenty one, twenty two, twenty three..."
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: "Pig-Pen" (for his messiness) and "Rerun" (after Lucy compared having a second little brother to watching television repeats - though it's actually Linus that made the nickname stick)
  • Only Six Faces: All the human characters have almost identical faces and the exact same body shape. This also resulted in a bit of Generic Cuteness, as in a few strips, Peppermint Patty worries about how she has a "big nose" and is "plain looking", but she doesn't really look too different from anyone else.
  • Opaque Lenses: Marcie. She sometimes Glasses Pulled to indicate that she was rolling her eyes, perhaps as a subtle Lampshade Hanging of this trope.
  • Out of Focus: This started to happen to Schroeder sometime in the '80s. Also, Sally and Linus fell victim of this trope in the '90s, when Rerun gained more prominence.
    • Then, of course, there's Shermy, Patty, and Violet, who were major characters initially but Demoted to Extra by the end of the '50s.
  • Painting the Medium: In one late '80s strip, Lucy, frustrated over Schroeder's lack of interest in her, grabbed the musical notation, crumpled it up into a ball, and threw it on the ground before storming away. Schroeder un-crumpled the notation and placed it back in its proper place. Charlie Brown then commented as he was listening to Schroeder play, "Maybe it's none of my business, but your music sounds kind of wrinkled."
  • Panty Shot: An absolutely non-sexual variant (considering these are young kids). Lucy, Violet, and Patty in early strips; Peppermint Patty(!) in She's A Good Skate, Charlie Brown.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: In He's Your Dog, Charlie Brown, when Snoopy returns home, he puts on a fake mustache before revealing himself as a surprise. Charlie Brown sees him and doesn't recognize him until Snoopy takes off the mustache.
  • Parental Obliviousness: One story arc features Charlie brown running away and spending several nights in the rain away from home. Considering the Adult Fear in this... how did they not notice?
  • Perfectly Cromulent Word: Fairly often, mostly from Lucy, always lampshaded.
  • Person as Verb: Charlie Brown, though more usually as an adjective.
  • Pet the Dog: Lucy's protective attitude toward Linus.
  • The Piano Player: Schroeder fits this trope to a tee, except for the fact the the characters aren't in a bar.
  • Plank Gag: Peppermint Patty does this to Marcie in one strip; accidentally beaning her with a loaf of French bread she brought back from her trip to Paris.
  • Please Keep Your Hat On: Happens in one strip when Peppermint Patty wears her ski cap into class. Her teacher tells her to take it off, but when she does, her hair is so wild and unruly that she is immediately told to put it back on.
  • Pluralses: When Snoopy becomes the Head Beagle, we see this thought:
    Snoopy: Let's see now... I'm supposed to direct some collies to Vermont, some golden retrievers to Minnesota, and some Pekingeseseses to... I never could pronounce that!
  • The Pratfall:
    • The famous sequence where Lucy would pull away the football at the last second always resulted in Charlie Brown landing on his backside.
    • The same goes for baseball strips, where he would get zinged by a line drive and get sent flying, often getting half his clothes knocked off in the process.
  • Precocious Crush: Linus had one on his teacher, Miss Othmar.
  • Print Long-Runners: Schulz drew 17,897 strips over a span of 49 years and 4 months. At least one academic has suggested that Peanuts may well be the longest narrative ever composed by a single person in history.
  • Product Placement: The first couple of animated specials had product placement for Coca-Cola, forcing certain scenes to be excised after the initial network airings.
  • Publisher-Chosen Title: "Peanuts" was chosen by the publisher, in spite of Schulz's dislike of the name.
  • Pun:
    • Schulz wasn't above making these now and then. Sally would often use her school presentations to set up a punchline, but she was by no means the only one to make puns that other characters disapproved of.
    • Also quite often occur in Snoopy's writings.
  • Puni Plush: Well, as close as you can get with American comics, anyway.

    Tropes R-S 
  • Raw Eggs Make You Stronger: In one strip, Charlie Brown adds a raw egg to Snoopy's dog food to give him a shiny coat. Snoopy doesn't like this.
    Snoopy: BLAH!! So much for suppertime!
  • Readings Blew Up the Scale: In one strip, Snoopy adds the number of pizzas he and Woodstock ate before midnight to the number of pizzas they ate after midnight. The result blows up his pocket calculator.
  • Reality Is Unrealistic: Considering how many holiday specials have been done, one might assume upon first hearing that It's Arbor Day, Charlie Brown is a parody title that somebody made up. Then they check out the Easter special's DVD ...
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
    • A story arc from July 1969 has the Little Red-Haired Girl moving away with her parents. Linus urges Charlie Brown to talk to her while he still has the chance, but when the moment comes he, as usual, freezes in panic. After she's gone for good, Linus flips out and tears into Charlie Brown for his wishy-washiness:
      Linus: She's gone! You didn't do anything! You just stood there! You never do anything! All you ever do is just stand there! You drive everybody crazy, Charlie Brown! I'm so mad I could scream! I AM screaming!!! (to Lucy) And don't YOU give me any trouble!!!!
    • The special Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown has an amusing subversion of this (adapted from this 1963 strip). On the morning after Valentine's Day, Charlie Brown's female classmates approach him, explain that they feel bad he didn't get a single valentine card, and offer him one of their own cards with the original name scratched off and his penciled in. Seeing this, an outraged Schroeder tears into them for their hypocritical gesture:
      Schroeder: Hold on there! What do you think you're doing? Who do you think you are? Where were you yesterday, when everyone else was giving out valentines? Is kindness and thoughtfulness something you can make retroactive? Don't you think he has any feelings? You and your friends are the most thoughtless bunch I've ever known! You don't care anything about Charlie Brown, you just hate to feel guilty! And now you have the nerve to come around one day later and offer him a used valentine, just to ease your conscience! Well, let me tell you something! Charlie Brown doesn't need your...
      Charlie Brown (shoving him aside): Don't listen to him! I'll take it!
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Most obviously Lucy (Red Oni) and Linus (Blue Oni)note , but there are several other of these pairings: Snoopy (red)/Charlie Brown (blue); Sally (red)/Charlie Brown (blue); Lucy (red)/Schroeder (blue); Sally (red)/Linus (blue); Peppermint Patty (red)/Marcie (blue).
  • Refrain from Assuming: The iconic instrumental theme song isn't called "Peanuts" or "Charlie Brown". It's actually called "Linus and Lucy".
  • Repeating so the Audience Can Hear: Used in the characters' conversations with adults.
  • Rescue Arc: October/November of 1980 saw a lengthy Beagle Scout arc that started with the troop's only girl, Harriet, getting arrested while the troop was camping in the woods (having gone into town with the boys one night and ended up starting a fight with some blue jays, resulting in being detained by the Humane Society). Charlie Brown gets her out, but they get lost in the woods trying to get her back to Snoopy. After hearing about it from Sally (who has again started moving into Chuck's room), Peppermint Patty and Marcie form a rescue party. Then it starts snowing.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Snoopy and Woodstock.
  • Right Out of My Clothes: A Running Gag is that whenever Charlie Brown pitches for his baseball team, the opposing batter hits the ball so hard it knocks Charlie Brown out of his clothes.
  • Ripped from the Headlines: A lot of the strips, especially the earlier ones, were very topical — because of this, they have often not been reprinted until recently. Some examples:
    • Charlie Brown being obsessed with Davy Crockett merchandise in the 1950s. Schroeder's Beethoven obsession was originally intended as a parody of this (i.e. why is it normal for one historical character to be a famous institution popular with kids and yet absurd for another one from the same era to be). Ironically, Schroeder's Beethoven fandom became so iconic that it survived as a joke long after the Davy Crockett craze was forgotten.
    • The kids going space crazy after the Sputnik launch in 1957.
    • Snoopy landing on the moon in the 1960s. (The Apollo 10 Command and Landing modules were named Charlie Brown and Snoopy, and one component of the Apollo astronauts' spacesuit — a black-and-white cap that covered the ears and top of the head — was known as the 'Snoopy cap.')
    • Snoopy wanting to compete in figure skating at the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble.
    • Rerun being suspended for flirting with a girl was ripped from the headlines of crazy school rules about sexual harassment and zero tolerance policies.
    • Linus and Lucy's experiment with "Stereophonic Fussing" in the late 1950s, at a time when stereophonic sound was just becoming common for record albums.
    • Snoopy going in for his dog license renewal. In the process he ends up with a fishing and driving license from mixups, but is told he doesn't need a license for 'that'. Cue assault rifle.
    • Snoopy challenging Hank Aaron for Babe Ruth's career home run record in 1973 (and getting hate mail similar to that received by Aaron in real life).
    • About two months after the 1962 World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the New York Yankees, Schulz – a Giants fan – published a strip that had Charlie and Linus sitting silently for three panels, only for Charlie to exclaim in the last, "Why couldn't McCovey have hit the ball just three feet higher?!" (the series ended with a Yankee victory in the final game when Giants first baseman Willie McCovey hit what would have scored the winning runs directly to the Yankees' second baseman). About a month later, an identical strip was published, instead ending with Charlie exclaiming, "Or why couldn't McCovey have hit the ball even two feet higher?!"
  • Roger Rabbit Effect: It's the Girl In the Red Truck, Charlie Brown. In fact, it debuted a couple months after Who Framed Roger Rabbit was released, making it falsely appear to be a case of Follow the Leader (it had been in production for a few years). Inevitably reviewers compared the two (a bit unfair since Schulz didn't have anywhere near the budget to work with).
  • Runaway Bride: In the cartoon special Snoopy's Getting Married, Charlie Brown, Snoopy is all set to get married to a dog named Genevieve when Lucy soon arrives with news that the bride-to-be has just run off with a golden retriever. Snoopy is heartbroken at first, but soon lightens up at the prospect of remaining a bachelor, and enjoys the wedding cake with Woodstock.
  • Running Gag:
    • Charlie Brown and Lucy's football. Could it get any more classic?
    • Snoopy and his imaginary fantasies, especially the accursed dogfights with the Red Baron.
    • In the 90s, there were many strips that used the setup of Charlie lying in bed at night saying "Sometimes I lie awake at night and I ask X...Then a voice comes to me out of the dark and says Y."
    • In the early years there was: "Everyone is (engaging in some fad)"..."everyone?"...show Snoopy engaging in the fad..."everyone!"
    • For a while in the late 50s:
    Lucy or Violet or Patty: Hey Charlie Brown! Look at my new hi-fi (non-audio item)!
    Charlie Brown (to us): How can a (non-audio item) be hi-fi?
  • Sadist Teacher:
    • Charlie Brown's teacher makes him read War and Peace over the Christmas break in the New Year's special. This is a novel of old Russia that's over a thousand pages long in most editions. And good ol' Charlie Brown is 8. What's even worse is that nobody else seems to have to read it. Even Linus, who is explicitly in the same class (and was sitting behind Charlie Brown when the assignment was given) is never shown so much as picking up the book. Either the teacher is such a sadist she only gave Charlie Brown that assignment, or he's the only one who bothered to actually do it (and got a D-).
    • In the original comic, the book is Gulliver's Travels - which is around a fifth of the size but still fairly scary for an eight-year-old. However, everyone else finishes the assignment early in the break where as Charlie Brown does it at three in the morning the day it's due. The fact that his paper was a last-minute rush job (and probably done while sleep-deprived, if the look on his face on the way to school is an indicator) whereas everyone else got it done properly was probably the determining factor in his just-above-failing grade.
    • Peppermint Patty had a couple of scary assignments also. One test: "Explain World War II." Patty (incredulous): "Explain World War II!?" Last panel, the rest of the assignment: "Use both sides of the paper, if necessary."
    • In one strip from 1988, Patty's teacher assigns the class to read the first 35 chapters of Anna Karenina by the end of the week. However, all it takes is Patty yelling, "What? WHAT? WHAT?!" progressively louder to make the teacher change her mind.
    • Sally was once asked to factor a pretty scary math problem that shouldn't show up until Algebra I in 1974.
  • Sarcasm Mode: Schulz had a unique way of showing this, with characters' eyes changing from dots to quote mark shapes to imply eye-rolling.
  • Satellite Love Interest: The Little Red Haired Girl, for Charlie Brown.
  • Saw "Star Wars" Twenty-Seven Times:
    • A Sunday Strip from the early 1970s saw Snoopy (as Joe Cool) remark, "I see they're showing Citizen Kane again… I've only seen it 23 times." It later became something of a Running Gag to have a character keeping track of how many times he/she had seen Citizen Kane.
    • And then there was Schroeder's response to Lucy asking him if his grandfather had fought in World War I - "No, but he's seen Victory At Sea twelve times!"
  • Scout Out: Snoopy's "Beagle Scout" troop.
  • Selective Obliviousness: Linus always point that he's not Sally's "sweet baboo". She simply replies that he's so cute...
  • Self-Deprecation: The strip of January 1, 1974 has Lucy watching the Rose Parade. When Linus comes in and asks if the Grand Marshal has gone by yet, Lucy replies, "Yeah, you missed him...but he wasn't anyone you ever heard of!" (That's right, the Grand Marshal that year was Charles Schulz.)
  • Serious Business: The kids' baseball games, spelling bees, school elections, Christmas pageants, etc.
    • One series of strips involved the kids' wintertime snowman-building efforts being organized by parents into actual leagues with championship trophies, referees, sponsors, and so forth.
    • Linus' annual vigils for the Great Pumpkin.
    • Beethoven's birthday, for Schroeder. In the rare years he forgot about it, he was beside himself with guilt.
    • Snoopy's assignments from the "Head Beagle," and the arc in which Frieda reported him to said Head Beagle for refusing to chase rabbits.
    • Lucy has been shown to have many trophies, including one bigger than her, for being a "fussbudget."
  • She's a Man in Japan: In the Norwegian translation, Woodstock is a girl named Fredrikke (a female name over there).
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: Linus denies it when Sally calls him her sweet babboo.
  • Shipper on Deck:
    • Sally, to Charlie Brown and Marcie. Alhough she does it with her usual lack of grace and sensitivity:
    • Linus ships Charlie Brown and the Little Red-Haired Girl, resulting in him having an utter Freak Out at Charlie Brown for not having the courage to speak to her before she moves away. However, his own penchant for the Red-Haired Girl has occasionally caused him to sabotage his own ship.
    • Peppermint Patty shipped Snoopy/Marcie for a while, since she thought Snoopy was a human being.
    • Marcie used to ship Charlie Brown/Peppermint Patty. It was later revealed that she liked Charlie Brown herself, but figured he'd never go for her because she wore glasses.
    • In the TV special You're In Love, Charlie Brown, Peppermint Patty tried to set Charlie Brown and Lucy up on a blind date. Charlie Brown assumed Patty was trying to get him together with the Little Red-Haired Girl; we don't know for sure but we could assume Lucy assumed Patty was setting her up with Schroeder. When Charlie Brown and Lucy saw each other, they immediately shouted in unison, "YOU??? BLECCHHH!!!"
  • Shocking Swerve: In-Universe, Snoopy's story "It Was a Dark and Stormy Night" includes one of these. A shot rings out, a door slams, and the maid screams. Up to that point, it reads like a murder mystery. But then Snoopy writes that a pirate ship shows up! With an Aside Glance and a grin, Snoopy thinks "This twist in the plot will baffle my readers..."
  • Shoo Out the New Guy: Charlotte Braun in the 1950s, and one actually called Poochie (although not the Former Trope Namer) in the 1970s.
  • Shout-Out: Now with its own page.
  • Shown Their Work:
    • The music notation that appeared when Schroeder played was always accurate.
    • Parodied with the Snoopy as WWI Flying Ace strips, in which on two occasions Snoopy himself (after describing in great detail the operation of a Sopwith Camel) comments on how good his research is.
  • Show Within a Show:
    • In the animated specials, at least, Snoopy was a fan of The Bunnies, apparently a series of children's books about the comedic adventures of a family of hyperactive rabbits that were also adapted into animated shorts.
    • In the strip the book series is called 'The Six Bunnie-Wunnies', and is written by Miss Helen Sweetstory. Snoopy develops a raging crush on her at one point, until he learns she's a cat person.
  • Signature Sound Effect: The 'wah-wah' sound that represented adult speech was a muted trombone.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Charles Schulz himself with MAD magazine. The friendly feud started when Mad complained about Peanuts` use of Comic-Book Time and started drawing their own strips showing the characters growing up; Mad also ran a series of strips depicting the Red Baron drawn in Peanuts style in which other German pilots tease him because his Worthy Opponent is a dog, and others. Eventually the crossover was returned when Schulz climaxed a 1970s story about Charlie Brown hallucinating baseballs everywhere with a cameo by Mad mascot Alfred E Neuman. They had a little fun afterwards, too. A later (90s-era) Mad back cover featured a parody of Metropolitan Life insurance ads featuring Snoopy, as an evil 'Mutt Life' representative. Sparky's reply? A sketch of Snoopy going door to door, claiming he wasn't the guy on the cover of the magazine.
  • Sitting on the Roof: By the end of the 50s, Snoopy spent more time on the roof of his doghouse than he did inside of it. The first time he attempted to sleep on the roof, he rolled off.
  • Sitting Sexy on a Piano: Lucy with Schoeder's piano... well, sort of.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: More for pratfalls than actual punches, but the girls take their lumps too. Brawling is not completely exempted..
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Lucy, oh so very much.
  • Smart Animal, Average Human: The unlucky boy Charlie Brown and his intelligent pet beagle Snoopy.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Averted in the comic at large, but in the Beagle Scout stories, the only female troop member is Harriet, thanks to her skill at creating angel food cake with seven-minute frosting.
  • Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome: In the first decade, some characters aged far more rapidly than others. Notably:
    • Schroeder, introduced in early 1951 as an infant, within a year became first a toddler piano prodigy, and then not only fully verbal but apparently the same age as Charlie Brown, Shermy and friends.
    • Lucy was a crib-bound toddler in her first appearances, and aged until she reached a point where she's apparently slightly older than Charlie Brown (based on the fact that Charlie Brown and her little brother, Linus, are usually depicted as being in the same class).
    • Linus, introduced in late 1952, was somewhere between infant and toddler for two years, and a typical preschooler for the next year or two. Then, in 1957, he rapidly became the precocious Christian theologian he would remain ever after. (He never gave up his security blanket, however.)
    • Sally Brown was the first character born into the strip, in 1959 (Snoopy mentions waiting "until her eyes are open" to go visit her). Theoretically, this should make her at least several years younger than the rest of the cast. But by the early 70s she was more or less the same age as Linus. Similarly, almost overnight in the 90s, Rerun Van Pelt went from a toddler to kindergarten age.
  • Something Completely Different: In 1988 the syndicate allowed Schulz to ditch the strict four-panel format and gave him greater flexibility for the daily strips. After that he used a three-panel format as his base but frequently played around with it. He especially liked doing single panels, sometimes with no dialogue, even occasionally with captions a la The Far Side.
  • Sore Loser: Snoopy in You're a Good Sport, Charlie Brown; after losing a tennis match, he goes on a tirade that would make John McEnroe blush.
  • Sound Defect: In a 1956 strip, Linus is surprised to hear a leaf make a "klunk" noise as it hits the ground.
  • The Speechless: The characters first introduced as infants (Schroeder, Lucy, Linus, Sally, Rerun) were justifiable examples of this, although their thoughts were frequently "verbalized" via thought balloons a la Snoopy.
  • Spelling Bee: One arc involves Charlie Brown entering one. After a bunch of strips involving him practicing for the bee, before he washes out on the first word 'maze', which he spells 'M-A-Y-S'. He was thinking of Willie Mays at the time.
  • Spell My Name Without a "T": His name is Charles Schulz, not Schultz. The fact that people still get it so wrong so often, even on this very wiki, is appalling.
  • Squee!: Snoopy's usual reaction, in both the strip and the animated tales, to The Six Bunnie-Wunnies.
  • Stating the Simple Solution: Linus, in this 1963 strip.
  • Stock Footage: Present in several of the animated specials.
  • The Stoic: Schroeder, who can seem rather emotionless, even when playing his piano. Well, at least until you insult Beethoven, when he becomes Not So Stoic.
  • Story Arc: One of the staples of the strip. Many of them were later adapted for the TV specials.
    • They started getting longer and more elaborate in the '70s. Perhaps the most famous example was a nearly-month-long arc from the summer of 1973, in which Charlie Brown starts seeing baseballs in everything he looks at, then develops a baseball-shaped rash on the back of his head, which forces him to wear a paper sack over his head, then he leaves for camp, where he becomes the unexpectedly popular and successful "Mr. Sack" and even gets elected camp president, then he loses the sack after the rash disappears, then he decides to confirm that he's "cured" by getting up to watch the sun rise to see if it looks like a baseball... only to find that it looks like Alfred E. Neuman instead.
  • Straw Feminist:
    • Peppermint Patty occasionally shows a mild straw feminist streak. Lucy and Sally sometimes do, too.
    • In the early '70s, Lucy went so far as to withdraw from Charlie Brown's baseball team because she felt baseball was degrading to women as a male-dominated game. Also an example of Ripped from the Headlines.
    • Sometimes they did voice Schulz's own concerns, as in the Sunday strip where Peppermint goes on a rant about TV sports news neglecting women's sports (rattling off the names of twenty sportswomen of the time in the process). Charles M. Schulz was a great admirer and personal friend of Billie Jean King and hosted a women's tennis tournament himself.
  • Straw Misogynist: In TV special #2 (Charlie Brown's All-Stars, 1966), a local businessman offers to sponsor the team and give them uniforms and everything. The kids are excited and start practicing really hard, making great plays. Charlie calls off the deal - because the businessman wanted him to cut Snoopy and the girls from the team and have only boy players.
  • Strip Archive: Here.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Having half-circles around their eyes all the time seems to be a common trait in the Van Pelt family.
  • Suddenly Voiced: In most of the animated specials and films, Snoopy was The Speechless (though his thoughts could be read in the comic strip). However, in the adaptations of the two Broadway musicals and during some segments of The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show, he actually gained a voice for his internal monologues. This, however, had a blacklash effect to fans who felt it didn't fit him. Thus subsequent animated adaptions left Snoopy voiceless once again.
  • Summer Campy: Used in numerous storylines in the strip, as well as the TV specials It Was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown and He's a Bully, Charlie Brown and the feature film Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown.
  • Surprise Jump: Charlie Brown and Sally are walking to school. While waiting for the bus, Charlie Brown tells Lucy that Sally is so scared about her first day of kindergarten that if someone even mentions kindergarten while she's around, she'd jump 30 feet in the air. Putting this theory to the test, Lucy says "Kindergarten" to Sally, who then promptly jumps up into the air in fear. Lucy then muses, "Only 10 feet. I knew you were exaggerating."
  • Sweetie Graffiti: This 1954 strip.

    Tropes T-Y 
  • Take That:
    • Over the years MAD magazine was very fond of parodying Peanuts in their publication. Schulz got back by featuring Alfred E. Neuman in one 1973 strip.
    • The short-lived '80s character "Tapioca Pudding" was a Take That to Merchandise-Driven franchises like Strawberry Shortcake. Her father works in licensing and is planning to put her likeness on lunchboxes and countless other knickknacks.
      • Which is also an example of Hypocritical Humor, when you remember just how much Peanuts merch there is (and if anything there was even more back when that comic was made).
  • Take-That Kiss: Snoopy uses this fairly frequently.
  • Tempting Fate: In one storyline, Linus is running for class president with Charlie Brown as his running mate. After some very rousing speeches, it looks like Linus has the election in the bag. During his closing speech, Lucy and Charlie Brown watch in the audience, and Lucy notes that there's no way they could lose, unless Linus says something incredibly stupid. Linus picks that very moment to talk to the student body about the Great Pumpkin and promptly gets laughed off the podium.
  • That Cloud Looks Like: Happens several times over the course of the series. One of the most famous instances was reused in an animated special.
  • That Was the Last Entry: In a 1990s arc, Snoopy and Woodstock find a tiny book inside a dented cage. The book is a diary that supposedly belonged to Woodstock's grandfather.
    Snoopy: (reading diary) "Once a week, they put my cage outside in the sun. Sooner or later they're going to leave that little door open. Anyway, this is a stupid life sitting here alone, waiting for that to …" (turning to Woodstock) "And that's it! The diary ends right there! [Your grandfather] probably got out, and is sitting on a telephone wire right now looking down at us…
  • The Thing That Would Not Leave: Snoopy becomes this for Peppermint Patty in the TV special He's Your Dog, Charlie Brown.
  • Those Two Animals: Snoopy and Woodstock.
  • Those Two Guys: Although Patty and Violet were originally the primary female characters in the strip, both of their personalities were fairly generic. Once Lucy arrived their role became limited to tormenting Charlie Brown (and occasionally others) for sport. The two were generally seen as a pair, and when seen apart, they were usually playing Straight Man to another character. Not much was seen of them after the 1970s. Patty ironically started out as part another "those two guys" pair, as far as as Patty and Shermy being a couple in the first couple months of the strip.
  • The Three Certainties in Life: One Sunday strip where Lucy, holding a football, challenged Charlie Brown to name three things that are certain. Charlie Brown guessed Death and Taxes but drew a blank at the third...until Lucy pulled the football away. "It was so obvious, Charlie Brown."
  • Thought Bubble Speech: Snoopy's speaking is only in his thoughts, with bubbles portraying them.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone:
    • People who complain about Charlie Brown always getting the short end of the stick and never being able to kick the dang football probably never saw the 1980s TV special, It's Magic, Charlie Brown.
    • As many problems as Charlie Brown has, parental issues aren't one of them; as he occasionally talks about how great his dad is for making time for him.
  • Through a Face Full of Fur: Snoopy is often shown blushing. In one 1950s strip, Charlie Brown wonders, "How can anyone blush through a face full of hair?" (thus becoming the Trope Namer).
  • Token Minority: Franklin is one of the few characters who aren't some shade of white. However, Schulz forbore to make any more of a point of it than necessary; Franklin (and later Swedish-Mexican character José Peterson) speak the same amusingly hyper-correct English the white characters do.
  • Tree Cover: One story arc has Charlie Brown hiding behind a tree in front of the home of the Little Red-Haired Girl, trying to muster up enough courage to knock on her door and talk to her.
  • True Meaning of Christmas:
    • Linus reads off part of the Gospel of Luke in the Christmas special. Yes, folks, the original meaning gets used.
    • Similarly, the Thanksgiving special has Marcie giving a brief lecture on the True Meaning of Thanksgiving.
  • Tsundere:
    • Lucy is sweet when it comes to Schroeder, her love interest, but she's mean and crabby when it comes to everybody else. And when it comes to her "competition" for Schroeder (namely, his piano), then it's a completely different story.
    • Peppermint Patty is a bit more sweet towards Charlie Brown than she is towards anyone else, but is still prone to blow up at him if things don't go her way
  • Tuckerization: Most of the characters were named after people that Charles Schulz knew, most famously his Art Instruction Schools colleague Charlie Brown. Of particular note is Linus Van Pelt, with the first name of another Art Instruction co-worker and the last name of one of Schulz's neighbors.
  • Umpteenth Customer: In one Sunday strip, Charlie Brown goes to the movie theater because they're offering free candy bars to the first 500 children in line. He lets Lucy ahead of him, and she's the 500th child.
  • Undesirable Prize: In You're a Good Sport..., Charlie Brown finally wins something (A motocross event where everyone else broke down before the finish), but instead of getting tickets to the Pro Bowl (as the promised prize), he gets a gift certificate for five haircuts... which is useless to him because his dad's a barber, and he doesn't have hair to cut in the first place.
  • The Unintelligible: Every adult, ever.
    • An exception: Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (And Don't Come Back) had two intelligible adults, for plot reasons, but it was toyed with earlier in the movie when British people talking to the kids speak a language that is intelligible to the audience but not to the main characters.
    • Also, You're in the Super Bowl, Charlie Brown has an intelligible announcer/narrator. As did She's a Good Skate, Charlie Brown. Snoopy's Reunion featured the appearance of the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm owner, and It's Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown had a number of teenagers/adults in the disco where Snoopy goes.
    • Woodstock's chirpings are unintelligible to the reader/viewer, but apparently not to Snoopy.
  • Unsound Effect:
    • Linus jumps into a leaf pile, making the Written Sound Effect "Ker-leaf!" in the process. This gets lampshaded by Charlie Brown, who makes an Aside Glance and asks, "Ker-leaf?!"
    • Also, the "polkas, schottisches and waltzes" strip mentioned above. Snoopy's accordion playing was captioned with those words.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight:
    • Nobody (except Charlie Brown) ever seems to think it odd that a beagle is riding atop his doghouse in full WWI Flying Ace getup, among many other things (Marcie even participates in the WWI fantasy on occasion, as a 'simple French lass' with whom he shares wistful root beers in little cafes). A running gag was that Peppermint Patty thinks Snoopy is a "funny-looking kid with [a] big nose." In fact, Snoopy provokes most of the moments like these.
    • This is averted in one of Franklin's early appearances where he encounters, in rapid succession, Lucy's psychiatric booth, Snoopy doing the Flying Ace thing, and Linus talking about the Great Pumpkin, at which point he proclaims to Charlie Brown that the neighborhood is just too weird and goes home.
  • Vandalism Backfire: In an early strip, Lucy takes a blanket away from Linus and tears it apart. Linus says, "That wasn't my blanket. It was yours." Cue Lucy pounding the floor in frustration.
  • Very Loosely Based on a True Story:
    • A 1966 storyline, involving Snoopy's doghouse catching fire and burning to the ground, was inspired by a fire at Schulz's studio in Sebastopol, CA earlier that year.
    • A story arc about Charlie Brown ending up in hospital for weeks on an end was based on Schulz going through a bypass surgery that included a similarly lengthy recovery period.
  • Very Special Episode: "Why, Charlie Brown, Why?" (aka the Cancer Special).
  • The Von Trope Family: Lucy, Linus and Rerun Van Pelt.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: An in-universe example happens in this early strip, in which the local drug store has tons of violent comic magazines neatly arranged in a section labelled "For the Kiddies".
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Everyone does this to Charlie Brown when he trades Snoopy for five players from Peppermint Patty's team.
    • In A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, Peppermint Patty bitches and moans about the shoddy Thanksgiving feast (toast, popcorn, jelly beans). Marcie angrily tells her that she invited herself to the dinner, and that she has no right to complain.
  • When It Rains, It Pours: Rain in the comics is truly a black line-y torrential downpour.
  • When Trees Attack: The Kite-Eating Tree, which is implied to be sentient.
  • Where the Hell Is Springfield?:
    • We're never told the location of the town the characters live in, or even its name. However, the look of the houses is based on those in Schulz's own birthplace of St. Paul, Minnesota, and an early strip has Lucy winning a trophy for "Outstanding Fussbudget of Hennepin County" (real-life location of Minneapolis).
    • The character "5" is established to live inside ZIP code 95472, which is Sebastopol, California.
    • The 1963 book Security is a Thumb and a Blanket contains the passage "Security is having a home town", with a picture showing Linus hugging a sign post for Pinetree Corners (Population 3,260).
    • The school that Charlie Brown, Sally, et al. attend is variously referred to as James Street Elementary, Pinecrest Elementary, and (in the specials) Birchwood Elementary.
    • If you look closely at a letter envelope in Charlie Brown's Christmas Tales, it lists the town as "Sparkyville, USA". ("Sparky" was Schulz's nickname.)
    • If A Boy Named Charlie Brown is to be believed, the gang live about a day's bus drive from New York City. On the other hand, Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown has them attending summer camp in what is clearly a Western state with mountains, desert, etc.
    • Lampshaded in a 1995 strip:
    Rerun: They say Joe Agate is the best player this side of the Mississippi.
    Lucy: Which side of the Mississippi are we on?
    Rerun: I don't have the slightest idea.note 
  • Who's on First?:
    Sally: I'm practicing my Y's.
    Linus: Why?
    Sally: No, Y's! I did a whole row of them.
    Linus: Oh.
    Sally: Not O's, Y's!
    Linus: I see.
    Sally: I C? Who said anything about I's and C's? These are Y's! Don't you ever listen?
    Linus: Gee!
    Sally: Not G! Y's!! Now pay attention… these are U's…
    Linus: They don't look like me at all…
    (Sally throws papers at Linus)
  • William Telling: Charlie Brown does it to Snoopy in this early strip.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Charlie Brown and Linus.
  • Wolverine Publicity:
    • The special It's the Girl in the Red Truck, Charlie Brown stars Snoopy's brother, Spike, and Charlie Brown himself only gets a small cameo.
    • Similarly, What a Nightmare, Charlie Brown! centers around Snoopy, with Charlie Brown only appearing at the beginning and end.
    • He also only appears briefly in the Peppermint Patty and Marcie-centric She's a Good Skate, Charlie Brown.
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Used (and subverted) a few times in the early days of the strip. Explained more on the trope page.
  • Writers Cannot Do Math: In one strip Peppermint Patty is asked to solve a (word) algebra problem involving relative ages. Peppermint Patty gives up without trying, but if you actually work out the problem, you'll discover that the father is only 12 years older than his daughter!
  • X Must Not Win:
    • Whenever Charlie Brown has any real chance of winning something, someone has to be around specifically to prevent him from achieving the victory, usually Snoopy.
    • The most prominent case is in A Boy Named Charlie Brown, where he is one of the two remaining contestants on a winner-takes-all national spelling bee. Charlie Brown screws up spelling "beagle" due to a combination of Snoopy (who is a beagle) following him along and worry over Linus getting angry at Charlie Brown for a trivial reason.
    • In Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown, Charlie Brown's team is set to win the river race, but the bullies sabotage his boat, allowing Woodstock to win.
    • Averted in "You're a Good Sport, Charlie Brown". He actually wins a motocross race, but the victory is somewhat dampened by the Undesirable Prize. (above)
  • Yank the Dog's Chain:
    • One cartoon had Charlie Brown's baseball team win their first game ever (with Charlie Brown, that is - with him absent they won a few)...then have to forfeit because Lucy's baby brother Rerun had broken a rule. Ironically, Rerun had also been the chief reason they had won the game in the first place.
    • One story arc had Charlie Brown's team in the championship game. Charlie Brown balks and ends up losing the game as the other team gets an extra run added to their score for the balks.note 
  • You Are Number 6: 555 95472 ("5" for short) and his sisters 3 and 4 (and, presumably, parents 1 and 2); 5 explains that his father is commenting on the prevalence of numbers in our lives: not as a sign of protest, but of surrender.
  • You Said You Couldn't Dance: In It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown, after the titular event, Charlie Brown can suddenly dance, and does so with all the girls... and can't remember it the next morning.
  • You Wouldn't Hit a Guy with Glasses?: Linus, who wore glasses for a short time in the early '60s. Lucy got mad at him for eating the last apple and snapped that if it not for the fact that Linus were wearing glasses, she would slug him, leading Linus to remark, "Glasses are good for your eyes. They keep you from getting punched in them!"