[[caption-width-right:300:[[CatchPhrase Won't you be my neighbor?]]]]

->''"It's a beautiful day in this neighborhood,''
->''A beautiful day for a neighbor,''
->''Would you be mine? Could you be mine?''
->''Won't you be my neighbor?"''

'''''Mister Rogers' Neighborhood''''' was a syndicated children's program that ran for over thirty years, making it one of the [[LongRunners longest-running programs on PBS]]. In the show, Fred Rogers took his viewers on virtual tours with him to demonstrate experiments and music, interacting with his friends on the show along the way. Each half-hour segment also included a puppet show called the "Neighborhood of Make-Believe."

Rogers' show had its earliest incarnation in 1954 as ''The Children's Corner'', a local program airing on station WQED in his native Pittsburgh. Rogers then took his talents to Canada in 1963 with a Creator/{{CBC}} TV program called ''Misterogers'', with Ernie Coombs as Rogers' understudy. After three years, Rogers decided to return to the U.S. while Coombs stayed to eventually became his boss' Canadian TV icon counterpart, ''Series/MrDressup''. ''Mister Rogers' Neighborhood'' debuted on National Educational Television (NET) in 1968; two years later, NET became Creator/{{PBS}} and Rogers' show continued through 2001.

The show would inspire an entire generation of children, and, alongside ''Series/SesameStreet'' and ''Series/ReadingRainbow'', anchored PBS' children's programming throughout the '80s and '90s. Reruns of the show are still broadcast occasionally, even after Rogers' death in 2003. Currently, select episodes are available on Creator/{{Netflix}}.

An [[http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11212/1163932-67-0.stm animated spin-off]] called ''WesternAnimation/DanielTigersNeighborhood'' began airing as part of Creator/PBSKids on September 3, 2012, based on the son of the character Daniel Tiger.

The company that produced the show, Family Communications Inc., was renamed The Fred Rogers Company after Rogers's 2003 death. The company went on to produce shows in the 2010s such as the previously-mentioned ''Daniel'', ''[[WesternAnimation/PegPlusCat Peg + Cat]]'', and most recently, ''Series/OddSquad''.

In addition, a Hollywood {{biopic}} about Rogers is in the works.

!!This show contains examples of:

* AerithAndBob: King Friday and Queen Sarah. Averted in that Queen Sarah's last name was Saturday.
* AllLovingHero:
** Mr. Rogers. Pretty much this in real life, too. He was an ordained Presbyterian minister, but he never once mentioned it on his show. He never wore it as a hat or on his sleeve; he just continued to practice his life in that quiet little way he always had. Certain [[TheFundamentalist fundamentalist]] preachers hated him because, apparently not getting the "kindest man who ever lived" memo, they would ask him to denounce homosexuals. Mr. Rogers's response? He'd pat the target on the shoulder and say, "God loves you just as you are." Rogers even belonged to a "More Light" congregation in Pittsburgh, a part of the Presbyterian Church dedicated to welcoming LGBT persons to full participation in the church. He was also a vegetarian, saying "I don't want to eat anything that has a mother."
** To quote (of all things) [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-moments-that-prove-mr.-rogers-was-greatest-american_p2#ixzz2Xw4atpOo Cracked]]: "A lot of people of a lot of faiths are waiting for the Messiah, but even if one arrives, how are you going to tell the difference between him and Fred Rogers?"
* TheArtifact: The red model building once used to show the NET logo; see VanityPlate.
* AsHimself: Many of the human cast or guest stars, notably Betty Aberlin, François Clemmons, John Reardon, Charles R. Aber, and of course Mr. Rogers himself.
* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: Sarah Saturday's coronation as Queen of the Neighborhood of Make-Believe takes place immediately before the royal wedding in episode 1015.
* BeYourself: Mr. Rogers delivered this {{Aesop}} very effectively.
%% * BigFriendlyDog: Bob Dog.
* BrandX: Since the show aired on non-commercial PBS, and Rogers himself was strongly against consumerism on children's TV, any grocery products featured on the show were of the made-up "Neighborhood" brand (for example, [[http://www.neighborhoodarchive.com/images/mrn/episodes/1039/snapshot20130326045023.jpg Neighborhood Cat Food]]).
* CallingTheOldManOut: Prince Tuesday does this occasionally, when his father's decisions don't make sense.
* CatchPhrase: Mr. Rogers [[EveryEpisodeEnding closed each show]] with these [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming heartwarming]] words: "You make each day a special day. You know how; by just your being you. There's only one person in this whole world like you. And people can like you exactly as you are."
%% * ChristmasSpecial: ''Christmastime with Mister Rogers'' (1977) which is about.
* ClipShow: A week of 1976 episodes had Mr. Rogers taking viewers through old props and video tapes from the show.
* CoolOldGuy: Towards the end of the show's run, Rogers himself.
* CorrespondenceCourse: X the Owl took one from Owl Correspondence School.
* CrossOver:
** Mr. Rogers encountered Big Bird on ''Series/SesameStreet'', visited with real life pal ''Series/CaptainKangaroo'', and also showed up in ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}''.
** Conversely, Big Bird, Captain Kangaroo, and Arthur all appeared in episodes of ''Mister Rogers' Neighborhood''.
** In later years, [[Series/ReadingRainbow LeVar Burton]] and [[Series/BillNyeTheScienceGuy Bill Nye]] came over to visit.
** There was even a one episode cross over with ''Series/TheIncredibleHulk''.
* DayOfTheWeekName: King Friday XIII, Queen Sara Saturday, and Prince Tuesday. King Friday's father was named King Thursday and he had another relative named King Monday IX.
%% * DeadpanSnarker: Lady Elaine Fairchilde.
* ADogNamedDog: King Friday has two pet birds named ''Mimus polyglottos'' and ''Troglodytes aedon'' (Mimus and Trog, for short). Those are the actual scientific names of species of birds, namely the mockingbird and the house wren.
* DoItYourselfThemeTune: Mr. Rogers composed all music for the series, as he held a degree in music composition and began his TV career as a composer.
* DropInCharacter:
** Mr. [=McFeely=], the delivery man, who, in a ShoutOut of CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming proportions, was named after Rogers' maternal grandfather, the first person to ever tell him that he could make life special just by being himself. Ironically, however, the character was actually supposed to be named Mr. [=McCurdy=], after the show's benefactor. But the Sears-Roebuck Foundation, one of the show's funders, called the producers and told them that they objected to the idea.
** Queen Sara Saturday was named after Rogers' wife, Sara Joanne Rogers, nee Byrd.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Despite the premise of the show changing very little throughout the years, there are some pretty big differences in its early episodes.
** In the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ygr6HDh0uD4 first episode]], Mister Rogers' house is completely different (with a different non-blinking traffic light), and Rogers himself changes into a button-up shirt as opposed to a zip-up cardigan sweater.
** The first three seasons have the title displayed as "[=MisteRogers'=] Neighborhood", with the more familiar title only used after 1971.
** Later color episodes have the house with yellow interiors as opposed to the more familiar blue. The model neighborhood also got a redesign at the same time, with more intricate buildings and a slight change in layout.
** Mister Rogers would thank Picture Picture after showing a film or even ''slides'', which it would then respond with "You're Welcome" on its screen. In the show's earliest years, it would also show the word "Hello" or "Hi" when not in use, as opposed to a painting.
** It was never made explicit, but originally the Land of Make-Believe was spoken of as if it were just as real as Mister's Rogers own house, with people talking about visiting friends there, doing errands, etc.
** Until some point in 1972, the show had a [[ReplacedTheThemeTune different closing song]], "Tomorrow" (no, not the song from ''Theatre/{{Annie}}'').
*** Friday episodes from 1971-72 also had a special closing song called "The Weekend Song"; a slight modification of its first verse would then become the coda of the familiar closing version of "It's Such A Good Feeling".
*** "Good Feeling", in turn, was originally sung at other points in the show, without the "Weekend Song" verse ("I'll be back..."), and with slightly different lyrics ("I think I'll grow 12 inches today!").
* EdutainmentShow: Probably the TropeMaker for the genre.
* EpisodeCodeNumber:
** The first season had its episodes numbered 1 to 130. When the show started broadcasting in color the next season, the numbering jumped ahead to 1001, and stayed on this track for the rest of the run.
** When the show went on hiatus in 1976, the numbers were added at the end of older episodes.
** On later episodes, they were included in the TitleSequence.
* EveryEpisodeEnding: Mister Rogers sang "It's Such A Good Feeling" at the end of every episode (except for some of the operas) from 1972-2001. On earlier episodes, he closed the show with the "Tomorrow" song.
%% * EverythingsBetterWithPlatypi: The Platypus Family.
* FakeInteractivity: A little lighter than usual. He never really required the audience to play along, but he did treat the camera as the viewer.
%% * FriendToAllChildren: Fred Rogers, famously so.
* IconicOutfit:
** The cardigans. His mother made them all. One of them is now on display in the Smithsonian. Rogers chose that one because the color looked bad on camera.
** His constant changing of shoes.
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: He can even flip the bird with both hands with no malicious intent.
* IrisOut: Used when they go to ''Neighborhood of Make Believe'' (via the ''Neighborhood Trolley'').
%% * JustForPun: The "Adventures in Friendship" DVD contains a red cardigan sweater cover with a zipper.
* LongRunners: Ran from 1968 to 2001.
* MeaningfulName: Prince Tuesday was named for the day of the week upon which he was born.
* MediumAwareness: Since he believed that children should know the difference between real and pretend, Mr. Rogers was up front about the fact that his "house" was a TV studio, showing how the puppets worked, and occasionally even letting viewers see behind the scenes.
* MickeyMousing: Tiny little piano bits orchestrate Rogers' movements often, especially when he's talking directly to the audience. These were mostly {{improv}}ised live during taping by pianist/music director Johnny Costa.
* MoralityChain: If Queen Sarah is around, she'll minimize and help to reverse her husband's periodic lapses in rationality.
* MusicalEpisode: The series included thirteen original episode-length {{opera}}s composed [[DoItYourselfThemeTune by Mr. Rogers]], usually featuring professional opera singers John Reardon and François Clemmons. While of course they're all completely accessible to young viewers, Mr. Rogers [[ViewersAreGeniuses clearly didn't believe in underestimating his audience.]]
* NeverSayDie:
** ''Averted'' over a decade before ''Series/SesameStreet'' had to. He dealt with the death of his pet goldfish in 1970.
** Even earlier than that is his [[http://exhibit.fredrogerscenter.org/advocacy-for-children/videos/view/975/ special that dealt with the death of Robert Kennedy, you'll never again hear a PBS or any kids show repeatedly say the word assassination so many times]].
** Averted again in a 1981 episode, where Prince Tuesday has run away from home. Ana Platypus says that she was worried that he might have been dead.
* NiceGuy: Try to find a better example of this than Mr. Rogers. Just try.
* NoFourthWall: Besides the constant interaction with the viewer, the fact that Fred's "TV house" was a mere set in a studio was made obvious. For example, one episode had Fred walk out of the living room and into the bare studio to introduce viewers to the live band accompanying the show: music director and pianist Johnny Costa, bassist Carl [=McVicker=], Jr., and drummer-percussionist Bobby Rawsthorne.
* NumerologicalMotif: There are subtle references to the number 143, a number Fred Rogers believed was specially significant because 1, 4, and 3 are the numbers of letters in the words "I love you."
* OurTrollsAreDifferent: In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, they're named Robert and speak a playful gibberish "troll-talk."
* PickedLast: Both Mr. Rogers and King Friday both went through this.
* ThePianoPlayer: Music director Johnny Costa showed up on camera from time to time to play some of Fred's tunes. Offscreen, he provided the show's underscore, playing sophisticated jazz improvisations live during taping.
%% * PlatonicLifePartners: Henrietta and X
* PlayingGertrude: Betsy Nadas Seamans (Mrs. [=McFeely=]) was only 24 years old when she began working on the show. Slightly justified, since David Newell (aka Mr. [=McFeely=]) was only 28 or 29 when he debuted.
* PunnyName:
** Donkey Hodie. [[Literature/DonQuixote Get it?]]
** Also, King Friday XIII. (Think about it.) This doubles as a MeaningfulName, since the character was originally created to amuse a child who had been disturbed by superstitions about [[ThirteenIsUnlucky a certain calendar date]].
** Cornflake S. Pecially?! (''corny especially'')
* TheResolutionWillNotBeIdentified: The last episode was treated like any other, with the understanding that the show would live on in reruns. Mr. Rogers did show some pictures of his neighbors, and he shook hands with Mr. [=McFeely=].
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter:
** Daniel Tiger! D'aaaaaawwwwwwwwwwwwww!
** And Henrietta Pussycat.
** And now their super-cute little kids! AWWWWWW!!!
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething:
** King Friday may have a small kingdom but he rules with an iron hand.
** Fortunately, he's usually easily pleased and his subjects seem to know how to get around him pretty easily.
* SafetyWorst: One 1981 story arc has King Friday ban all play as a safety measure.
* SceneryPorn: The amazingly detailed model town shown at the beginning and the end of every episode.
* SentientVehicle: The trolley seemed able to converse to some extent with Mr. Rogers and the inhabitants of the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, though it only communicated with dings and whistles.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness:
** King Friday again. His revised version of "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" is particularly impressive:
--> "Propel, propel, propel your craft
--> Gently down liquid solution,
--> Ecstatically, ecstatically, ecstatically, ecstatically,
--> Existence is but an illusion."
** Though that's nothing compared to his other favorite song:
-->"Scintillate, scintillate diminutive stellar orb. How inexplicable to me seems this stupendous problem of your existence. Elevated at such at an immeasurable distance, in an apparently perpendicular direction from this terrestrial planet which we occupy. Resembling in thy dazzling and unapproachable effulgence, a gem of purest carbon, set solitaire in a university of space."
* ShoutOut:
** X and Henrietta, to EdwardLear's "The Owl and the Pussycat."
** And, mentioned above, [[PunnyName Donkey Hodie]] to another [[Literature/DonQuixote literary figure]]. For additional ParentalBonus points, the donkey lives in a windmill.
** An outer-space visitor to the Neighborhood of Make-Believe was given the name [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yo-Yo_Ma Yo-Yo]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pattie_LaBelle LaBelle]], after two famous musicians.
** The town seen at the beginning of every episode is modeled after Latrobe, Pennsylvania, where Rogers was born and raised.
** And [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0062588/quotes?item=qt0393343 this]] exchange:
---> '''Queen Sara''': Robert Troll, where have you been keeping yourself?
---> '''Robert Troll''': Under the [[Music/SimonAndGarfunkel bridge over troubled waters.]]
* SignificantMonogram: The antagonist in the opera "Windstorm in Bubbleland" is named W. I. Norton Donovan.
* SoProudOfYou: Mr. Rogers would regularly [[NoFourthWall tell his viewers]] "I'm proud of you, just the way you are," cited by many as one of the show's HeartwarmingMoments. This was even set to music in the song, "I'm Proud of You."
* SpecialGuest:
** Several rather big names from the world of art and music made appearances over the show's run. Wynton Marsalis, Yo Yo Ma, Van Cliburn, Ella Jenkins, Ezra Jack Keats, Eric Carle, Andrew Wyeth, Margaret Hamilton, Michael Keaton, Lou Ferrigno, Big Bird...
** Yo Yo Ma in particular appeared so frequently he could almost be called a {{recurrer}}. Ma and Rogers were actually close friends, with Rogers even citing the former as one of his heroes.
** Notably, the Neighborhood's {{Special Guest}}s were just as likely to be ordinary people as well-known celebrities.
%% * SpeciesSurname: Most of the puppets.
* SpinoffBabies: In 2012, PBS Kids began airing ''Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood'', a series focusing on the pre-school aged offspring of characters from the original series, with the adorable son of Daniel Striped-Tiger as the lead.
* {{Spoonerism}}: Occasionally showed up in the title theme: ''"It's a neighbourly day in this beautywood..."''
* SuperFunHappyThingOfDoom: From a Neighborhood of Make-Believe segment with an anti-war {{aesop}}:
--> '''X the Owl''': [has been asked to help assemble a bomb] I don't think we should call them "bombs", though. We should call them "[[UnusualEuphemism surprise treats]]" or something like that. Bombs are scary things and hurting things.
* SyndicationTitle: ''Mister Rogers' Neighborhood'' as ''Mister Rogers''.
* ThatMakesMeFeelAngry: Invoked a lot. Justified, as Mr. Rogers was intentionally teaching his viewers that it was OK to deal with their emotions. The concept was even addressed in song, one example being "What Do You Do With the Mad That You Feel?"
* TheyCallMeMisterTibbs: For all his [[FriendToAllChildren warmth and friendliness]], Mr. Rogers was still ''Mister'' Rogers to his young viewers. His grown-up neighbors freely called him "Fred," however.
* TimeSkip:
** ''Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood'' also qualifies as this, since it will feature the original Neighborhood of Make Believe characters as the new main characters' parents.
** There also seems to have been a Time Skip between the 1968-76 and 1979-2001 runs, because Prince Tuesday and Ana Platypus were aged up from toddlers to preschool level. However, Daniel Striped Tiger was also featured as their classmate in spite of not having apparently aged, so it could also be seen as a ContinuityReboot.
%% * TinCanTelephone: On the original set.
* TransAtlanticEquivalent: ''Series/MrDressup'' from up north in Canada, although the show was somewhat both broader and more down to earth with the clownish costumes he used and it didn't have the equivalent of the Land of Make-Believe, the puppet characters largely came to him.
* {{Tuckerization}}: Queen Sara was named for Mr. Rogers's wife. Miss Paulifficate was named for his children, Paul, Elizabeth ("Iffy"), and Kate. [=McFeely=] was his own middle name and his mother's maiden name.
* {{Undercrank}}: "[[AddedAlliterativeAppeal Funny Fast Film]]", sped-up videos of people doing mundane things.
* UnlimitedWardrobe: Henrietta Pussycat had more costumes than some of the human characters.
%% * UrsineAliens: The Purple Panda.
* VanityPlate: From 1968 to 1969, When PBS was still called NET, a house featuring [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ygr6HDh0uD4 its logo]] was used in the model city in the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7xWobgZTSY opening]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBViQkaaiNM end credits]]. It was remodeled twice after that, which explains why the roof has an odd slant to it.
* VerbalTic:
** Meow meow Henrietta Pussycat again meow meow meow.
** Also, Dr. Bill Platypus' usage of the word "bill" in place of "very". For example, "That's bill, bill, bill good".
** Bob Dog, and how.. hooowww... HOOOWWWWWLLLLL!!!
** Donkey Hodie had a habit of punctuating everything he said with "hee-haw" or "haw-hee".
* VerySpecialEpisode: He did a week-long series in 1983, "Conflict" (#1521-1525), as supplemental material with ''Film/TheDayAfter'', to help kids cope with the themes of the miniseries.
* YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre: "Are you brave and donít know it? / Are you brave and canít tell? / Are you brave and just donít show it / While others know it very well?"

!!Didn't contain, but was still related to examples of:

* AffectionateParody: Several instances:
** First, on an episode of MuppetBabies; in one daydream, Fozzie walked into a not-quite replica of Mr. Rogers' house, whilst singing "It's a beautiful day in my neighborhood!" in a way that didn't bear any resemblance to the actual theme song (probably to avoid a lawsuit).
** In the second season of ''WesternAnimation/BillAndTedsExcellentAdventures'', those two righteous dudes were shocked and totally bummed out to learn that their favourite childhood show, [[WritingAroundTrademarks Mr Radish's Condo]], is about to be cancelled because [[GoodIsOldfashioned kids today don't want his brand of sweetness]]. Cue Wyld Stallyns trying to make him stay... [[StopHelpingMe and making things a lot worse for him]]. Eventually, Mr Radish decides to [[WereStillRelevantDammit change his image completely]], ending up as a TotallyRadical rocker, which Bill and Ted initially consider to be most excellent... until they realise [[WhatHaveIDone that maybe this was perhaps a most]] {{egregious}} [[CaptainObvious error in judgement]]. Thankfully, [[DeusExMachina Rufus shows up]] with Ted's bratty brother, who points out to Mr. Radish that you should BeYourself, [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped for your own sake if nothing else]]. Mr Radish agrees, and changes back into his [[CostumeInertia red sweater]].
** The most recent one of these was in a LawyerFriendlyCameo in an episode of WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents. How recent? Oh, about [[FunnyAneurysmMoment about three months before Rogers died]]. Whoops!
** EddieMurphy was featured in a series of ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' skits, "Mr. Robinson's Neighborhood," in which he copied Mr. Rogers' speaking style but discussed antisocial behavior in a gritty urban setting. ("You know any other words that start with X, boys and girls? How about... Ex-con?") Fortunately, Mr. Rogers recognized Murphy's [[AffectionateParody affection]] and took them in good fun.
** WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy: At least two examples:
*** In the episode "No Chris Left Behind," Stewie pretends that he is King Friday XIII, complaining about the castle's too-close proximity to the Trolley tracks.
*** "Brian in Love" features a blackout gag with a frame-for-frame re-creation of the show's opening segment, and Rogers bantering with the audience before attempting to transition into the "Neighborhood of Make-Believe" segment; Stewie rides out on the Trolley, announcing that he had used his gun to destroy the neighborhood. Rogers investigates and finds the entire neighborhood in flames and its inabitants either dead, or fleeing in horror and screaming over their injuries (Henrietta Pussycat: "Meow, meow, skin graft!"). Rogers begs for his life but Stewie shows no mercy, shooting him with a laser gun. Stewie awakens at this point and his mother, Lois, comforting him ... until "Lois" pulls off a mask to reveal himself as Mr. Rogers. Rogers is about to shoot Stewie, until Stewie wakes up for real. Apparently, [[EvenEvilHasStandards even Seth [=McFarlane=]]] regrets this segment ever airing.
** In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Homer responds to a PBS pledge drive only to get the free goodies. When he attempts to get out of paying up his promised donation, several PBS characters are sent to 'persuade' him.
*** [[CrowningMomentOfFunny "It's a beautiful day to kick your ass!"]]
** ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine'' had a series of strips in which Rat substituted as host for Mr. Rogers (PBS gave him that job to stop his "Occupy Sesame Street" protests). Things quickly became hilariously DarkerAndEdgier, culminating in an an Arab Spring uprising against King Friday's monarchy which led to a Jihadi takeover of the neighborhood. ("[[http://www.gocomics.com/pearlsbeforeswine/2012/02/04 Bad news. Mr. [=McFeely=] taken hostage by rival sect.]]")
** Creator/JimmyFallon did a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PfSqJ9cYIFE parody]] of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood during the 2012 election making fun of the two presidential candidates as well.
** ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_PJbIBnl1w Mr. Copperfield's Neighborhood]]''. Definitely more AffectionateParody than CaptainErsatz.
** Tim Russell occasionally did a Mr. Rogers impression on ''Radio/APrairieHomeCompanion'', depicting Mr. Rogers as a hard partier outside of the show and using him in a memorable [[http://prairiehome.publicradio.org/programs/19970329/97_0329MRROGERS.htm Mister Rogers Comfort Audio]] skit. They later did an episode where they [[http://prairiehome.publicradio.org/programs/20030301/celebrities.shtml justified the parody]] by saying that they make fun of all sorts of celebrities.
** An episode of the ''WesternAnimation/SuperMarioWorld'' animated series had a spoof called ''Mr. Koopa's Neighborhood'' with King Koopa as the title character.
* AllLovingHero: Probably the closest thing to the archetype we have in real life.
* BadassPacifist: If ever a man was this, it was Mr. Rogers.
** Take a look at this [[http://xkcd.com/767/ XKCD strip]] and try to say this is an exaggeration.
** Mr. Rogers once faced down a [[HauledBeforeASenateSubCommittee hostile U.S. Senate committee]] that was threatening to cut a $10 million government grant for Creator/{{PBS}}. He simply gave a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXEuEUQIP3Q six-minute speech]] describing his TV show. The grant was ''increased'' to $20 million.
** He was also cited as a key witness in the [[AmericanCourts Supreme Court]]'s decision that home recording technology was fair use. Think about that: The man could persuade [[UsefulNotes/AmericanPoliticalSystem the U.S. government]] to change their minds on a controversial policy issue ''simply by talking to them''. Now that's {{badass}}.
** When [[Advertising/TheBurgerKing Burger King]] had a series of TV commercials featuring a NoCelebritiesWereHarmed spokesman, "Mister Rodney," promoting their food, Mr. Rogers took issue with his likeness being used for commercialism and politely asked them to cease and desist. Burger King, a massive multi-million dollar corporation, pulled all the ads ''immediately,'' and the VP he spoke with later remarked to the press, "Mister Rogers is one guy you donít want to mess with, as beloved as he is."
* BadassPreacher: Being an Ordained Minister and facing down the US Senate clearly qualifies Mister Rogers for this.
* BerserkButton: Making a derogatory comment or a sick joke about Fred Rogers while in the company of certain people can be a very, ''very'' bad idea.
** Certain people being almost anyone who grew up watching the show, for example. Considering that the show was on for [[LongRunners nearly half a century]], that is a ''lot'' of people.
*** Put it this way: 4chan, the imageboard rampant with {{Rule 34}} and infamously known by many as the cesspool of the internet, will '''fry''' you if you post any insult directed at Mr. Rogers.
* DigitalPiracyIsOkay: Fred Rogers testified to the U. S. Supreme Court in favor of home video recording during a contentious case when the MPAA was arguing that personal recording devices like the VCR should be banned because they would kill the entire industry. Mr. Rogers simply stated the case that it would actually be beneficial to allow people to watch shows whenever was best for them. [[BadassPacifist We all know how that turned out]].
* EmbarrassingMiddleName: Fred ''[=McFeely=]'' Rogers. He's a bit unfortunate, especially considering that he works with kids.
* ExcitedKidsShowHost: Mr. Rogers' gentle and peaceful demeanor made him a notable exception to the norm.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Koko the sign language gorilla loved him.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** Averted; a blooper reel has a bleeped "sh--" in a segment where Mr. Rogers attempts to set up a tent in the back yard, only for it to fall over unexpectedly. (The segment never aired on the PBS series, but was featured several times on various DickClark ''Bloopers'' programs.)
** A very early episode features Mister Rogers and some neighbors singing the children's song "Where Is Thumbkin?". During the "where is Tall Man?" verse, Rogers responds to that question by extending his middle finger to the camera in the same manner as FlippingTheBird. A still image of this became viral after the episode was released online; technically this was taken out of context, but some have surmised based on the expression on Rogers' face that he knew exactly what he was doing.
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: UrbanLegends notwithstanding, Fred Rogers maintained his reputation as a downright all-around ''good'' guy on and off screen, even in the midst of the cutthroat television industry.
* ItHasBeenAnHonor: This is the sentiment which David Newell, who played Mr. [=McFeely=], described pertaining to his final scene with Mr. Rogers, in which the two shake hands.
* ItsTheBestWhateverEver: Noted actor Tim Robbins, who presented Mr. Rogers his Lifetime Achievement Award at the 24th Daytime Emmy Awards (in 1997), described him as "the best neighbor any of us has ever had".
* JawDrop: Mr. Rogers and Jeff Erlanger were reunited when Rogers was inducted into the TV Hall of Fame in 1999. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PI_9GegVoYk&feature=player_detailpage#t=335 Rogers was completely surprised]].
* JustThinkOfThePotential: Fred Rogers felt that it was important that television be used for good.
* {{Kayfabe}}: Averted breaking of the trope when Carroll Spinney and the Children's Television Workshop objected to Rogers' idea to have Spinney remove his Big Bird costume on camera, as a way of Rogers explaining the difference between make-believe and reality. Spinney did agree to appear (as Big Bird) in the "Neighborhood of Make-Believe" segments, and then on the regular show talk about his career and puppetry. Rogers did make a few sly remarks, however, about fantasy creatures.
** Early in the series' run, Rogers and his supporting cast referred to the "Neighborhood of Make Believe" as a real place, before this was quietly dropped.
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Lampshaded when he brought on [[Film/TheWizardOfOz Margaret Hamilton]] to talk about the differences between fantasy and reality. Also done with [[Series/TheIncredibleHulk Lou Ferrigno]].
* NewMediaAreEvil: Rogers' initial reaction to television. [[{{Reconstruction}} He sought to]] [[StartMyOwn make it better]].
* PieInTheFace: The first thing Mr. Rogers saw on television was a whole routine of this. He was repulsed.
* RealMenLoveJesus: He was an Ordained Presbyterian Minister, see Badass Preacher.
* SarcasmFailure: Induced this in Website/{{Cracked}}, which snarks anything and everything, with no exceptions -- [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-moments-that-prove-mr.-rogers-was-greatest-american but Mister Rogers]]. When ''Cracked'' can't snark at you, and instead writes a tribute to your memory calling you "The Greatest American", well...
* StupidStatementDanceMix: One was made by PBS themselves to pay tribute to the ideas in the show. Though in this case, more like a ''wise'' statement dance mix.
* TruthInTelevision: The Mr. Rogers you saw on TV was the real deal. As [[Webcomic/{{xkcd}} Randall Munroe]] put it:
** ''"Mr. Rogers projected an air of genuine, unwavering, almost saintly pure-hearted decency. But when you look deeper, at the person behind the image ... that's exactly what you find there, too. He's exactly what he appears to be."''
* UrbanLegends:
** Mr. Rogers was [[http://www.snopes.com/radiotv/tv/mrrogers.asp absolutely not a sniper, child molester, or violent criminal]].
** The story about [[http://www.snopes.com/radiotv/tv/rogerscar.asp his stolen car being returned to him with a note reading, "Sorry, we didn't know it was yours!"]] (and, in some versions, [[StolenGoodReturnedBetter after having it detailed]]) is merely undetermined. It's totally plausible, but then, spreading stories for that reason is where UrbanLegends come from in the first place.
** Music director Johnny Costa did serve in the military during WorldWarII. That's the extent of the military careers of anyone connected with the show.
** The child molester accusation came about partially because he never had children on his show. The truth was that Mr. Rogers believed that his show would be better served if he addressed the viewer directly. There's also an aphorism in show business: "Never work with animals or children".
** Also, he didn't wear those long-sleeved sweaters to cover his tattoos, because he never had any tattoos.
** One urban legend that ended up being slightly true (but even then, just barely.) There's a [[http://i.crackedcdn.com/phpimages/article/6/1/9/128619.jpg?v=1 photo of him]] apparently "giving the finger" to the camera that's been circulating. The photo is real in the sense that it wasn't faked or manipulated; however, it's taken out of context. What he was doing was singing the old nursery rhyme where you count off your fingers in turn to the tune of "Frère Jacques." The photo was a screencap of when they were singing "Where is tall-man?" [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ic4mEc_6JQ8 Here's the video proof.]]
** The military rumors may have started when fellow soft-spoken PBS star [[Series/TheJoyOfPainting Bob Ross]] was confused for Mr. Rogers. Ross actually ''was'' in the Air Force, as a DrillSergeantNasty, no less!
* VoiceClipSong: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFzXaFbxDcM The Garden Of Your Mind]], by the guy who does WebVideo/SymphonyOfScience, officially sanctioned by Creator/{{PBS}} no less.

''You make each day a special day. You know how; by just your being you. There's only one person in this whole world like you. [[YouAreNotAlone And people can like you exactly as you are.]]''