Charlie Brown's classmates and neighbors
First Appearance: September 19, 1952 Final Appearance: January 1, 2000
A shy, smart young boy. Born in 1952, he developed into a hyper-intelligent toddler who could do almost anything (including build a huge paper boat and dribble a basketball like a pro) but evolved into... well, an Innocent Prodigy. He's not beyond childhood naïveté, such as his established belief in The Great Pumpkin every Halloween. There's also his trademark blue Security Blanket, which he's rarely seen without.
- Adorkable: Linus is an adorable, highly intelligent, shy little boy who carries a baby blue security blanket with him wherever he goes.
- A Day in the Limelight: It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown focused more on him than anyone else.
- Afraid of Needles: Linus is not only afraid of getting shots, he's scared when he has to get a sliver taken out of his finger with a needle or tweezers. (For the latter, Charlie Brown gave some advice, telling him to pretend he was being tortured by pirates who wanted him to tell them where the gold was buried. After having his mother remove the sliver indicated by an off-panel scream from Linus he came back and said, "I told them where the gold was buried!")
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: He outright begs and pleads Lucy to tell him where she buried his blanket. It doesn't work.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Lucy finds him annoying and is embarrassed by his habits.
- As the Good Book Says...: He often quotes Scripture, and can engage in learned theological debate like he's a seminary graduate.
- Badass Adorable: He is proficient in using his blanket as a weapon, a skill that carries over into the animated adaptations and which he won't hesitate to use if you insult his blanket habit or bully a girl in his presence. His most extreme example is the Very Special Episode Why, Charlie Brown, Why?, where, devoid of his blanket for the whole episode (to stress the seriousness of the subject), he nearly clobbers a kid who was bullying his cancer-stricken friend/crush for her chemo-induced baldness.
- Berserk Button:
- Being called "sweet babboo" by Sally. Also, DO NOT bully girls around him, especially ones he has a crush on.
- Insulting his belief in the Great Pumpkin or insinuating the Great Pumpkin isn't real. Watch the end credits of It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown for an example.
- Beware the Nice Ones: That blanket isn't just for show. Get him riled enough and he'll show you what he can do with it. He also yelled at a bully in "Why, Charlie Brown, Why?".
- Brilliant, but Lazy: In the 1960s he was often depicted as not being particularly motivated when it came to schoolwork, achieving only average and sometimes failing grades despite his immense intelligence.
- Characterization Marches On: Before becoming the blanket-hugging, gospel-quoting weirdo, Linus started out as a baby learning to cope with the world.
- Color-Coded Characters: Red
- Character Tic: Sucking his thumb.
- Deadpan Snarker: Sometimes, and it's one of the only traits he has in common with his sister.
- Determinator: No matter how many times Linus is disappointed in the Great Pumpkin's failure to show up, he refuses to give up hope that he will one day see the Great Pumpkin.
- Disappointing Older Sibling: Like his big sister Lucy, Rerun is embarrassed by Linus' habits, such as his security blanket, sucking his thumb, and waiting for The Great Pumpkin every October. Rerun has even admitted to Snoopy that he is unable to look up to Linus as a role model because of these habits.
- Extreme Doormat: To his sister Lucy.
- Failure Is the Only Option: Two for him—he will never see the Great Pumpkin on Halloween, and he will never be able to give up his beloved blanket (and believe us, he has tried).
- Expressive Hair: His hair points straight upwards whenever he's startled, angry, or scared.
- Gentleman and a Scholar: Linus is one of the most self-possessed characters in the strip, lacking Charlie Brown's social awkwardness and Lucy's ego, and he also knows a ridiculous amount about the Bible, Christian theology, education policy and anything else he takes an interest in.
- Going Cold Turkey: Linus has been in this position numerous times over the years with his security blanket. But whether it was voluntary (i.e. asking Snoopy to keep the blanket for him) or forced upon him by Lucy (i.e. making a kite out of the blanket and then letting go of it, causing it to fly away), they've all failed to break him of the "habit."
- Hollywood Jehovah's Witness: Parodied in the Sunday strips where he door knocks the neighborhood trying to spread the word about the Great Pumpkin, right down to his trying to leave literature behind. In fact, one of Schulz's daughters served time as a missionary. He drew some small inspiration from her experiences.
- Improbable Weapon User: He uses his blanket as a whip.
- Innocent Prodigy: Former Trope Namer. He has great insight into some situations and a very high intellect such as being able to precisely quote any passage of Biblical scripture, but he also believed in the Great Pumpkin, which brought him ridicule despite his intelligence. He's an average student at best. And he hates to be separated from his beloved blue blanket.
- Matchmaker Crush: On the Little Red-Haired Girl, whenever it's especially inconvenient for Charlie Brown.
- Nice Guy: He's normally kind, well-meaning, and a good friend to Charlie Brown.
- 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. He also tries it with Charlie Brown with less success.
- An earlier attempt at this with Linus's teacher, Miss Othmar, also failed. In an attempt to get her to stop biting her fingernails, Linus asked his teacher to keep his blanket for him. The trouble was, he made such a deal thinking Miss Othmar would cave and start biting her nails again, which she didn't, and Linus became a wreck without his blanket. He finally got Miss Othmar to agree to give the blanket back, with the tradeoff that he could no longer bring it to school.
- #1 Dime: His blue blanket. Schulz claimed that Linus' blanket was inspired by blankets like this that his own children carried around, and claimed that he had no idea that he would end up coining the term "security blanket" as a result of it.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: He becomes uncharacteristically moody and aggressive in Why, Charlie Brown, Why? when his friend/crush Janice is diagnosed with leukemia, snapping at his sister and nearly clobbering a bully who teased Janice for her chemo-induced baldness. He also is sans blanket for the entire special, a choice made by Schulz to emphasize the seriousness of the subject matter.
- Oral Fixation: He seems hooked on thumb-sucking as much as his blanket.
- Out of Focus: Come the 1990s, in favor of his little brother Rerun.
- Precocious Crush: He had one on his teacher, Miss Othmar.
- Ping-Pong Naïveté: From erudite philosopher to naive kid whose imagination and fears run away from him - snapping back and forth (or doing both at once) is one of Linus' prevailing traits.
- Security Blanket: Trope Namer. An early '60s set of strips showed Linus having a full on nervous breakdown in the time it took for the blanket to run through the washer and dryer. In a Pet the Dog moment for her, Lucy rushes to get it to him before he completely collapses into catatonia.
- She Is Not My Girlfriend: "I'M NOT YOUR SWEET BABBOO!"
- Shipper on Deck: 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.
- Still Sucks Thumb: Whenever he's holding his blanket.
- Smart People Wear Glasses: For a brief period in the early '60s.
- Unexplained Recovery: His blanket is destroyed in a few strips, but always pops up again.
- Whip It Good: Linus showed Roy why he was never concerned about people ridiculing him about his blanket: he uses it as a whip and shears off a tree branch with it.
- Windmill Crusader: More than likely, his annual quest to wait for the Great Pumpkin and prove he exists is a pointless pursuit. (Well, probably. All that is known is, if the Great Pumpkin does exist, Linus has never succeeded in his goal.)
- Wise Beyond Their Years: Possibly wisest of the cast. He can quote multiple Biblical passages from memory, sees images from famous works of art in the clouds, takes replicas of archaeological finds to show-and-tell, and many, many more.
First Appearance: March 3, 1952 Final Appearance: December 13, 1999
Linus's older sister. She started off in 1952 as a wide-eyed, childish little girl but gradually evolved into the bossy fussbudget we all know to this day. She antagonizes not only Linus, but Charlie Brown as well.
- Abhorrent Admirer: Towards Schroder. You have to wonder just why he even let her into his house to bother him, as she could often be an outright vandal when he ignored her, destroying his piano on two separate occasions.
- Afraid of Needles: In one arc, Lucy and Peppermint Patty wanted to get their ears pierced, and Marcie was a big help, telling them about all the dangers of getting that done by an unskilled amateur; Patty almost freaked when Marcie mentioned a penicillin shot. Eventually they decided to go the safe route and have a doctor do it, but Lucy chickened out and ran after hearing Patty overreact to it.
- Big Eater: "Being crabby all day makes you hungry!" she claims.
- Big Sister Bully: She yells at Linus and punches him a lot.
- Big Sister Instinct: She's very protective of Rerun, and sometimes can be protective towards Linus as well.
- Big Sister Mentor: Often acts as a mentor to her little brother Rerun.
- Blatant Lies: She often employs these to induce Charlie Brown to kick the football.
- Catchphrase: "You blockhead!", "I'm gonna slug you.", "I've been kissed by a dog! I've got dog germs! Get hot water! Get some disinfectant! Get some iodine!", and "How about I hold the football, and you come running and kick it?"note
- Characterization Marches On: Early on, she was nothing like her most famous personality: she was a wide-eyed toddler who acted, well, like a toddler. Her future nastiness was occasionally foreshadowed, as even as a baby she still had a propensity towards deliberately antagonizing Charlie Brown in particular. For instance, this, this and this strip. Such moments became more and more frequent until they became one of her trademarks.
- Character Development: Schulz admitted later on that exposure to her brother Rerun had affected her in a positive way, which made her more difficult to write.note
- Clingy Jealous Girl: She is obsessively infatuated with Schroeder and goes to ridiculous lengths to beat out her competition for his attention namely, his piano.
- Color-Coded Characters: Blue
- Comedic Sociopathy: When Lucy needs to solve a problem, she shouts. If shouting doesn't work, she uses her fists. If fists don't work, she uses her feet.
- Consummate Liar: No matter how many times she tricked Charlie Brown into trying to kick the football (only to pull it away), he'd always fall for it again the next year.
- Creepy Child: Her early appearances depicted her as one - this was unintentional.
- Deadpan Snarker: She's especially snide towards Charlie Brown.
- Everything Is Better With Princesses: She almost believes this trope, except she's aiming for the higher title of queen.
- Hopeless Suitor: Towards Schroeder, who only cares for Beethoven music.
- Hypocrite: Lucy's good at pointing out other peoples' faults, but try to do the same with her and she'll either slug you, go into Heroic BSoD from shock of someone telling her she isn't perfect, or hit below the belt with an even more cutting insult.Lucy: I just think I have a knack for seeing other people's faults.Linus: What about your own faults?Lucy: I have a knack for overlooking them.
- It's All About Me: Good god, yes.
- Jerkass: It started out with her being a "fussbudget", and it just got worse from there."Schulz once said that Lucy 'almost immediately developed her fussbudget personality.' That only shows that artists are not always the best judges of what they've wrought, for Lucy is no 'fussbudget.' She's an American nightmare, a combination of zero brains, infinite appetites and infinite self-esteem, who is (for that reason) able to run roughshod over all her playmates. At her best, she is the most terrifying character in the history of comics." Christopher Caldwell
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold:
- Despite her bossiness, crabbiness and tendencies towards violence, she's not a monster. For example, when Charlie Brown became ill and had to spend time in the hospital, Lucy got upset (although, characteristically, her first response was "I need somebody to hit!") She eventually prayed that if he got better, she wouldn't pull the football away. She kept her promise. And then Charlie Brown spoiled it all by accidentally kicking her hand.
- A less dramatic, more humorous but still sweet example. In another strip, when Charlie Brown was willing to go outside in the middle of a huge blizzard to just fly a kite, Lucy was truly worried for his safety. Eventually pleading him not to go because he could freeze to death.
- In another strip, when Linus had to temporarily fill in for Charlie Brown during a baseball game and did much better than him, Lucy attempted to spare his feelings and didn't want to directly say he was better. Of course her efforts were in vain, but it was still a nice thing to do.
- By the very late 1980's up until her final appearance, her crabby tone was toned down a little.
- 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.
- Large Ham: She rivals Sally in this department. Particularly in the late '50s and early '60s strips, in which she often has overly dramatic reactions to a simple question or statement from Charlie Brown.[upon realizing Charlie Brown hesitates to confirm she's pretty] "You didn't answer right away. You had to think about it, didn't you? You think I'm ugly, don't you? I KNOW WHEN I'VE BEEN INSULTED! I KNOW WHEN I'VE BEEN INSULTED!!""EWWW! DOG GERMS!!"[after Charlie Brown tells her this is Children's Art Month] "Why THIS month? Why not LAST month? Why not NEXT month? You can't narrow down art to one particular time of year! Art must be UNCONFINED! ART MUST HAVE FREEDOM! YOU CAN'T SAY, 'TODAY WE WILL PRODUCE A WORK OF ART'! YOU CAN'T SAY..." [Charlie Brown sighs as Lucy continues her rant]
- Little Miss Snarker: From her very first appearance, she may well be considered the queen of Little Misses Snarkers. Of course, sarcasm was far from the only thing that made her what she was.
- Mad Love: Her obsession with Schroeder, even if it's clear he's not interested in her.
- Malaproper: She does this on occasion. For example, when she hurts her arm playing baseball, she angrily threatens to sue everyone associated with baseball, including Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, and "Willard Mullin". In one arc, when Snoopy quits the team, she said he's always "changing rainbows."
- Manipulative Bitch: She will do anything to get what she wants and betray anyone if it serves her, or if she can get some laughs out of it.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: The short-tempered masculine girl to Linus' (and to a lesser extent, Charlie Brown's) soft spoken feminine boy.
- Murder the Hypotenuse: Schroeder's piano. Once she threw it to the Kite Eating Tree, and another time she threw it down the sewer. Unfortunately for her, he quickly replaced it each time. Also, on occasion, with Frieda, that is, before Frieda disappeared from the strip.
- Never My Fault: Her constantly pulling the football away when Charlie Brown's supposed to kick it, causing them to lose the game, and then blaming Charlie Brown for it in It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown is one of the main reasons that special has a poor reputation amongst fans.note It even used to be the Trope Namer for that page.
- No Indoor Voice: While all the characters can do it to a degree, Lucy is the unrivalled master of it.
- Non-Standard Character Design: In her earliest appearances, she was the only character with Sphere Eyes.
- One-Note Cook: "How did Beethoven feel about cold cereal?"
- One of the Boys: Despite being a Girly Girl, in the later years she would only hang out with Charlie Brown, Linus, and Schroeder
- Outdated Outfit: She continued to wear those frilly little puff-sleeved sash dresses and saddle shoes decades after they'd ceased being standard everyday girlwear, although starting in The '70s she often wore a shirt and pants instead. Eventually, in The '90s, the shirt and pants became her regular outfit, but in pop culture her classic blue dress remains iconic.
- Pet the Dog:
- She can be protective toward Linus. Sometimes. She is also touched whenever Linus does something spontaneously kind for her, probably because she doesn't expect him to.
- Even more so to Rerun. While she slugs, manipulates, and bosses Linus around all the time, she's very nurturing to Rerun.
- The famous line "Happiness is a warm puppy" originates from her; she says it after giving Snoopy a hug.
- In Charlie Brown All-Stars, she (along with the rest of the girls and Snoopy) feels guilty for hurting Charlie Brown's feelings after finding out the reason he turned down Mr. Hennessy's deal on getting uniforms is because the league wouldn't have allowed girls and dogs on a team. So they decide to make him a uniform out of Linus's blanket.
- Running Gag: Pulling the football away after getting Charlie Brown to come kick it.
- Screaming at Squick: Only happens in response to Snoopy pulling a "Take That!" Kiss.
- The Shrink: The advice she gives at her psychiatric booth is usually worthless at best, but where else can you get it for five cents a session?
- Small Name, Big Ego: Very much so, even the quote above describes as "a combination of zero brains and infinite self-esteem".
- Sphere Eyes: In her earliest appearances, and was the only character to have them to boot.
- Third-Person Person: Lucy spoke like this in her earliest appearances, when she was still a toddler.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: After acknowledging Beethoven's birthday in a 1984 strip, Schroeder gives her a kiss on the cheek. Not that she ever finds out.
- Tiny Tyrannical Girl: She's very bossy and loud-mouthed towards other people.
- Token Evil Teammate: Compared to the other kids, she's by far the nastiest.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Surprisingly, Lucy resorted less to physical violence and became more self-conscious in the later strips. She's still snarky and crabby, though.
- True Blue Femininity: A blue dress was her Iconic Outfit for most of the strip's run.
- 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.
- Villainy-Free Villain: Lucy is the closest thing the strip had to an ongoing antagonist, but because this was a newspaper strip and therefore Status Quo Is God, none of the malicious things she did ever had any lasting consequences.
Introduced in 1951, he started off as a sarcastic, deadpan little boy until Charlie Brown introduced him to Beethoven and the piano and gradually evolved into the musical prodigy and Beethoven fanboy he is today. Lucy often tries to hit on him, to little success. He is also set as the catcher on the gang's baseball team.
- Better the Devil You Know: He much prefers Lucy hanging around his piano than Frieda; the first time she did, she thought Beethoven was a drink.
- Berserk Button: Do not mess with his piano. And especially under any circumstances do not ever say anything insulting and disrespectful about Beethoven in front of him. EVER. And never suggest that a pianist should be Only in It for the Money, because a true musician knows it's ART.
- But I Would Really Enjoy It: He usually rejects Lucy's advances completely, but a few strips have suggested that Schroeder is open to the possibility of eventually marrying her:Lucy: Lets say we've been married for six months, and I've made a beautiful tuna casserole for dinner. Then you come back from work and walk into the kitchen and say, "What? Tuna casserole again?"Schroeder (upset): I would never say that...Lucy: Then I'd say, "I worked hard making this tuna casserole, but all you care about is that stupid piano!" Then you'd walk out...(Two beat panels as he puts a jacket on and runs to the sandlot field)Schroeder (to Charlie Brown): Sorry I'm late, I got involved in a marital dispute.
- Celibate Hero: Unlike most characters who suffer from unrequited love for someone else, he only cares about Beethoven's music and hasn't shown any romantic interest in anyone (of course Lucy will never accept this).
- Characterization Marches On: In his earliest appearances, Schroeder was a baby with no notable characteristics. On September 24, 1951, Schulz incorporated his daughter Meredith's toy piano into the strip, giving it to Schroeder, and the rest is history.
- Child Prodigy: Mastered complex compositions by Beethoven and Mozart before he could even speak, on a toy piano. With painted-on keys.
- Color-Coded Characters: Purple.
- Deadpan Snarker: In reaction to Lucy and Charlie Brown.
- Flanderization: Schroeder has been in the strip almost as long as Charlie Brown, and he wasn't always just "The Beethoven Guy". During the early days of the strip, he was The Lancer to Charlie Brown, before that role was taken by Linus.
- Heroic BSoD: Happens to him during an arc where he forgets Beethoven's birthday. He actually walks up to a large statue of the composer and hangs his head in shame, saying, "I hate myself!"
- Jerkass to One: He's less than kind to Lucy, probably because she's always talking to him while he's practicing. When the van Pelts temporarily move away and Schroeder finds that he misses Lucy, Charlie Brown calls him out on it:"Well, what do you care? You never liked Lucy anyway! You were always insulting her!"
- Last-Name Basis: Seemingly, as he was always known simply as "Schroeder", even before he could talk and play the piano; although Word of God is that that is his first name.
- Loony Fan: His main character trait is being a fanboy of Ludwig van Beethoven.
- Manly Tears: Shed some in a strip where Charlie Brown was reading him a Beethoven biography, and it explained how the deaf composer had his back to the thunderously applauding audience and had no idea how much they loved his music.
- Nice Guy: One of the few characters who never insults or tries to take advantage of Charlie Brown, and on a couple of occasions even got angry with other kids for treating Charlie Brown badly. Justified, since as shown in the early days of the comic, he used to be Charlie Brown's closest friend before Linus showed up.
- Not So Stoic: There was that time when Lucy moved away...
- Out of Focus: Occurred in the 1980s.
- Only One Name: His full name was never revealed.
- The Piano Player: He does get lines (usually trading Lucy's flirtations for sarcasm), but in big crowd scenes he tends to stay in the background, hunched over his instrument.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Dishes out a fantastic one to Violet in a Sunday strip (adapted into Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown), after she gives Charlie Brown a valentine out of pity.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!
- Satellite Love Interest: Inverted; most of his personality is based on his sarcastic replies to Lucy's advances.
- Shown Their Work: The musical scales above Schroeder that illustrated his playing were often actual drawn sheet music; Schulz said he liked thinking that at least a few readers were trying to figure out what he was playing.note
- The Stoic: Almost always seen with a perfectly calm expression.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Much like his idol, macaroni and cheese. He tells Lucy in one strip he'd never marry someone who couldn't make it well.
- Visual Gag: A lot of strips involving him with Snoopy or Woodstock had them. Like Snoopy reclining on the musical scale or getting his foot caught in it, the notes falling off the scale and onto an umbrella-holding Snoopy, Woodstock sliding down notes, or running from a treble clef, or Schroeder quieting him with a pound sign on his beak. He once even got Lucy to clam up with a music scale over her mouth! The stuff you can only pull off in comic strips.
First Appearance: July 13, 1954 Final Appearance: September 8, 1999
Another mostly undeveloped character, introduced in the strip's first decade. He existed mainly to be, well, a dirty character. Schulz phased Pig-Pen out gradually because he considered Pig-Pen to be a one-joke character.
- Early Installment Character-Design Difference: His trademark dust cloud didn't show up for a couple of years.
- Flat Character: The reason for the above. Charles Schulz disliked the character, because he was basically just one joke, but character popularity forced him to include Pig-Pen occasionally.
- Hidden Depths: One-note character or not, Pig-Pen is the only one of the gang to be truly happy and secure in his own skin. He also plays a mean upright bass.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: If he does have a real name, it is never mentioned.
- The Pig Pen: Trope Namer. One strip from the 1950s features a clean Pig-Pen. He looks weird. Often he pushes the bounds of believability. Even when he is clean, he can often become dirty within seconds merely by stepping outside (at which point he says, "You know what I am? I'm a dust magnet!" He once got dirty while walking in a snowstorm. The other characters in the strip are torn between disbelief and a weird sense of admiration towards him. (Charlie Brown once said half-sarcastically that Pig-Pen "might carry on him the dust and dirt of ancient civilizations".)
- Plucky Comic Relief: He mainly exists to showcase his poor hygiene.
First Appearance: September 30, 1963 - Final Appearance: May 22, 1983
A blond kid with a number for a name. His full name is '555' but he usually just goes by '5.' He also has two sisters named '333' and '444' who go by '3' and '4' respectively.
- Iconic Outfit: He usually wears shirts with the number '5'—his name—on them.
- Sliding Scale of Parent-Shaming in Fiction: 5's father is said to have given his family their strange names based on the worry of how numbers are taking over people's lives. When asked if this was his father's way of fighting back, though, 5 clarifies that this was just his father's way of giving up and surrendering.
- The Voiceless: In the Christmas special, he and his sisters appear during the big dance number, but they don't have any lines.
- You Are Number 6: For whatever inexplicable reason, his name consists of three number digits instead of letters.
First Appearance: March 6, 1961 Final Appearance: November 22, 1985
An early female periphery character whose main concern was her "naturally curly hair." Early on, she was a schoolmate of Linus'. She also carried a cat called Faron, whom Schulz eliminated out of fear of making it a cat-and-dog strip (and because he couldn't draw cats well). Only in the strip during the so-called "Golden Era". However, she did feature prominently in one episode of the 2014 French TV series, which also brought Faron back from oblivion (though he wasn't mentioned by name).
- Cats Are Snarkers: Sometimes implied with Faron.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Disappeared from the strip before The '80s were over. However, she continued to appear in the cartoons to fill crowd shots.
- Demoted to Extra: By the 70s.
- Flat Character: She had naturally curly hair and wanted you to know it, and is obsessed with proper beagle conduct for some reason, but apart from that she didn't do much.
- Individuality Is Illegal: She disliked the fact that Snoopy would rather dance and play with rabbits than hunt them, and once even reported him to the Head Beagle over it. (Fortunately, the Head Beagle is a Reasonable Authority Figure.)
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's constantly badgering Snoopy to hunt rabbits, as stated above, but only because she cares about him in her own way.
- Motor Mouth: Early on, especially in her first week of strips. In fact, this was initially her key character trait, her "naturally curly hair" shtick springing from a whole series of almost Talkative Loon-type asides in the first strip featuring her:Frieda: How do you do, Charlie Brown? I have naturally curly hair! Do you feel that spring will be here soon? I belong to twelve record clubs! Now that we're getting a good picture on our TV, the programs are lousy!
- Named After Somebody Famous: Faron was named for Country Music singer Faron Young.
- The Stool Pigeon: In one arc, she becomes the Concerned Clair type, threatening to report Snoopy to the Head Beagle for refusing to hunt rabbits, and then, actually doing it. (Not a single other member of the cast takes her side - dogs regard this as the equivalent of being Hauled Before A Senate Subcommittee.) Fortunately, the current Head Beagle is "very understanding", according to Snoopy.
- Tomboyish Baseball Cap: Inverted. She refuses to wear a baseball cap when she is playing baseball because she's afraid it will mess up her "naturally curly hair".
First Appearance: October 2, 1950 Final Appearance: November 27, 1997
One of the first characters to appear in the strip (she's there on its very first day!), she and Shermy were both portrayed as older than Charlie Brown in the beginning. Patty existed mainly to antagonize Charlie Brown before even Lucy did so. She got Demoted to Extra early on and then disappeared entirely as Lucy upstaged her and Violet.
- Beta Bitch: More of a follower to Violet than a full-fledged Alpha Bitch. When she was alone, she was usually quite friendly; whenever with Violet she was all too happy to join in on all the meanness.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome:
- Vanished from the strip eventually, though she made a surprise return in Happiness Is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown and then in The Peanuts Movie, where she had a notable crush on Pig-Pen (much to Violet's digust).
- She was one of the characters in the original 1967 production of You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown. By the time of the 1985 Animated Adaptation of the musical, she had been gone from the strip for so long that nobody remembered who she was, and she was replaced with Sally — an exchange that was followed through by the 1999 revival of the stage production.
- Hair Decorations: She always sports a bow in her hair, but only on one side of her head.
- Love Triangle: Many of the early strips implied various forms of love triangles between Charlie Brown, Shermy, Patty, and Violet (once she showed up). Often Patty and Violet fought over who was Charlie Brown's girl friend, although they were just as likely to be fighting to push him onto the other girl.
- One Steve Limit: Averted, though when Peppermint Patty made the scene, Patty was already on her way Out of Focus.
- Pet the Dog: Of the three "mean girls" (Patty, Violet, and Lucy), Patty was by far the most likely to do something nice for someone, and was on friendlier terms with Charlie Brown than the other two.
- Those Two Girls: Started out as a solo character, but as the years went by she was rarely seen without Violet.
First Appearance: February 7, 1951 Final Appearance: November 27, 1997
The other (almost) original female in the strip. She never developed all that much in her run, and existed mainly as a young Suzy Homemaker-type and tormentor of Charlie Brown (moreso than Lucy). In early years she was noted for making mud pies. She also held her dad in high esteem. After Lucy rose to prominence, she didn't fall back to quite the extent, or as soon as, Patty did.
Her last name was given exactly once: in the April 4, 1953 strip.
- Alpha Bitch: She once got inexplicably angry at Charlie Brown, threw his coat and hat at him, and shoved him out of the house. They were in his house at the time.
- Demoted to Extra: At some point in the 1970s, until she along with Patty just unceremoniously vanished from the strip.
- Girlish Pigtails: In the early '50s strips, Violet often wore her hair in braided pigtails, giving her a noticeably prettier appearance than Patty's. The pigtails made a return in her cameo appearance in one 1989 strip.
- Informed Attractiveness: According to Word of God, she was introduced to be "the pretty girl" of the gang, which explains the reactions she got from every single one of the male characters in early '50s strips.
- Jerkass: Developed into one of the strip's most clear-cut examples of this over time, being less violent (though she did have her moments there too) but more catty and malicious than Lucy. Worth noting that she and Lucy do not get along; at one point they have a "crab-off". Violet initially dominated due to being bigger, until Lucy got fed up and completely schooled her.
- Love Triangle: Many of the early strips implied various forms of love triangles between Charlie Brown, Shermy, Patty, and Violet (once she showed up). Often Patty and Violet fought over who was Charlie Brown's girl friend, although they were just as likely to be fighting to push him onto the other girl.
- Mad Libs Catchphrase: "My dad can [insert random past-time here] better than your dad.", and "My dad is more X than your dad."
- My Dad Can Beat Up Your Dad:
- A running theme in the strips was Violet telling Charlie Brown how and why her dad was superior to his in every way. Ultimately has this turned around on her, as Charlie Brown explains that no matter how busy his father is at the barber shop, he will always stop to acknowledge his son, something Violet has no comeback for.
- In one strip she tries this on 5, but he seems to trump her by saying, "My dad goes to PTA meetings!"
- Parasol of Prettiness: In one strip. The parasol in question was stated to be "hi-fi".
- Rich Bitch: Implied rather than outright stated, but her family seems to be considerably well-off certainly more so than the Brown family and she seldom passes up a chance to lord her social superiority over the other kids.
- Tomboyish Ponytail: Drawn with a ponytail in her later years, but not so tomboyish.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: She was very nice and sweet in the early days of the strip (especially to Charlie Brown, surprisingly enough). But a few years down the line... Interestingly, the personality flip seems to coincide with her hairstyle changing from its original braided pigtails to the topknot (making her look a lot like Lucy in the process). Unintentional Important Haircut moment?
First Appearance: October 2, 1950 Final Appearance: June 15, 1969
A male character featured in the strip's early years, Shermy was the first Peanuts kid to speak, having all the dialogue (and delivering the punchline) in the very first strip on October 2, 1950.◊ His original purpose was to serve as a Straight Man to Charlie Brown, but he gradually got fewer and fewer roles as Schulz said that he saved him for instances when he "needed a character with very little personality".
- Always Someone Better: Downplayed, but Shermy usually served as Charlie Brown's superior in things that mattered to him during the early years of the strip.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Shermy's last appearance in the strip was in 1969. The last time his name got mentioned was during a strip in 1977 when Charlie Brown mentioned Shermy was the baseball team's Designated Hitter.
- Demoted to Extra: The first character to suffer this.
- The Generic Guy: The reason for his reduced role and eventual vanishing; he just didn't have many interesting qualities about him.
- The Lancer: The earliest one to Charlie Brown, until his appearances became less frequent.
- Love Triangle: Many of the early strips implied various forms of love triangles between Charlie Brown, Shermy, Patty, and Violet (once she showed up). Often Patty and Violet fought over who was Charlie Brown's girl friend, although they were just as likely to be fighting to push him onto the other girl.
- Straight Man: Served as this when paired with Charlie Brown.
Charlie Brown's one true love, though he's too spineless to come out and admit it to her. First referenced in 1961.
- The Bus Came Back: Charlie Brown glimpses her while on a skiing trip a few months after her departure, Peppermint Patty and Marcie see her at a girls' summer camp in 1972, and she's revealed to be back in the neighborhood in 1978.
- Borrowed Catchphrase: In "The Peanuts Movie", after the book report is destroyed, she uses Charlie Brown's catchphrase of "Good grief."
- The Ghost: She's always off-panel in the comic strip.The Peanuts Movie plays with this: she's on-camera quite frequently, but her face is always obstructed, or she's being seen from far away, or she has her back to the camera. She's only shown close-up in plain view in the last few minutes.
- Informed Attractiveness: She has never been shown in the comic strips, but has appeared a handful of times in the various animations. Most of the time, she has roughly the same face model as the other children, with two separate appearances giving her the Blush Sticker treatment to set her apart from the others. The new movie gives her almost the exact same face model as the other kids, just with a smaller, pointier nose.
- Named by the Adaptation: Heather in the TV show and the movie.
- Nice Girl: She comes across as one in The Movie. She is generally polite to people around her and never makes fun of Charlie, even when he messes up. At the end, she chooses him as her summer pen pal, not because she feels pity for him or anything, but but because she genuinely respects him for his kind and honest personality.
- No Name Given, in the comic strip, although in the 1977 TV special It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown, she was dubbed "Heather" (as well as being seen for the first time), a name that Schulz had revealed for her nine years earlier in an article in Woman's Day magazine. In The Peanuts Movie, her full name is "Heather Wold" according to the list of test scores.
- Put on a Bus: She moves away (devastating Charlie Brown) in a 1969 story arc.
- Satellite Love Interest: In the comics and specials (at least up until the 2015 movie), she had no traits other just being somebody for Charlie Brown to dote on. In the strip, she's never seen at all.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: This is her role in The Peanuts Movie. She becomes Charlie Brown's summer pen pal not out of pity, but because he's a genuinely good person that she likes and respects.
- Unseen No More: Even if it's known Charlie Brown has a crush on her, the Little Red-Haired Girl never appears in the comic strips. She will appear a few times in animated adaptations.
Snoopy's friends, relatives, and rivals
First Appearance: March 4, 1966 Final Appearance: January 16, 2000
A yellow "hippie" bird that Snoopy met in the late 1960s. Unnamed at first, the bird became known as Woodstock after the music festival of the same name. Later on, other birds would appear; named ones would include Bill, Conrad, Olivier, Harriet, and Raymond.
- Acrophobic Bird: A literal example. Going too high causes him a lot of trouble.
- Affectionate Nickname: Snoopy often refers to him as his "Friend of Friends".
- Ambiguous Gender: Before naming him in 1970, Schulz had considered Woodstock to be a girl as a joke on "her" being Snoopy's "secretary", but the little bird was never referred to by any pronouns beforehand anyway.
- Art Evolution: Schulz started out drawing more realistic-looking birds and ended up drawing ones that look like Woodstock. This may be because Woodstock was originally supposed to be a chick that hadn't fully matured (see below).
- Butt-Monkey: Especially in Snoopy, Come Home.
- Carnivore Confusion: A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving ends with him enjoying a turkey dinner with Snoopy. (Which is odd, considering how he was always scared of being eaten on Thanksgiving in the strips.) To be fair though, Woodstock himself isn't a turkey...maybe.
- Cartoon Creature: While he's obviously a bird, it's not clear what species of bird he is. Lampshaded in one strip, wherein Snoopy tries to figure out what Woodstock's species is and never finds an answer. Word of God never clarified the issue either.
- Cloudcuckoolander: The most notable example is a story arc where he and Snoopy got in a fight, when he sent Snoopy a bill for breaking his heart.
- Deadpan Snarker: Apparently.
- Depending on the Artist: His flying abilities (or lack thereof) in the cartoons, as per Rule of Funny.
- Eyes Always Shut: Similar to the Snoopy example, his eyes are always closed in three-dimensional merchandise.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: He has yellow feathers and is Snoopy's closest friend.
- Hidden Depths: Knows a surprising amount of baseball trivia.Snoopy: How'd he ever hear of Ollie Bejma?
- Intellectual Animal: Not as much as Snoopy, but does have his own opinions on things.
- Intelligible Unintelligible: His dialogue is rendered as scratch marks which Snoopy understands. Often overlaps with Repeating so the Audience Can Hear.
- The Klutz:
- Woodstock is not the best flier in the world, when under his own power. It's never outright stated, but Woodstock is implied to be one of two birds that hatched in a nest their parents made on Snoopy's stomach (in 1966), and which Snoopy tipped out before they were ready to fly—they were later shown to be flying upside down, and one of them became a recurring character that was eventually named as Woodstock. This puts a rather darker turn on their friendship, perhaps even that Snoopy felt guilty over the incident.
- As far as dating the character's origin, there is, alternatively, the fact that the "character copyright" Schulz took out for what eventually became Woodstock was dated 1965. (A copyright date of 1965 is included on any licensed merchandise featuring Woodstock.) The best candidate for a "klutz bird" that appeared in the strip that year was from October 20, a bird on Snoopy's doghouse asking him for directions south, and who promptly falls off to the ground as he starts on his way, leading Snoopy to remark, "He'll never make it." Still, storywise, the bird hatched in '66 mentioned above appears to be the clearest antecedent.
- Only Six Faces: All the birds looked alike, even unnamed generic ones (except Raymond, who got halftone dots).
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: He once won a fight with the mean cat next door. Seriously. Exactly how is a mystery. Also, Snoopy once formed a football team consisting of himself, Woodstock, and his other bird-friends, who managed to play Peppermint Patty's team and win, again done completely offscreen.
- Scout-Out: The named birds often took part in Beagle Scout hikes and campouts with Snoopy as the leader.
- She's a Man in Japan: The Norwegian translation gives him the name "Fredrikke", a definitely female name, and refers to him exclusively as a female.
- The Unintelligible: Dialogue spoken by him and his friends is a series of chirps drawn as vertical lines that only Snoopy can understand. (This allows for some interesting Visual Gags now and then using the dialogue balloons. For example, in one Beagle Scout strip, Snoopy takes roll, and they count off "|", "||", "|||" and "||||", then Harriet, who is five, says "||||" with a diagonal slash through it.) However, Woodstock apparently knows how to type in English.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: His relationship with Snoopy occasionally tips over into this. Woodstock occasionally enjoys referring to Snoopy as "banana nose," which Snoopy hates.
First Appearance: August 13, 1975 Final Appearance: December 21, 1999
One of Snoopy's five brothers, and the first of his siblings to be introduced, in 1975. Spike lives in the desert outside Needles, California, and hangs out with his only friend, an inanimate saguaro cactus. He works as a den-cleaner for coyotes. Snoopy often sends him mail to keep in touch.
- A Day in the Limelight: Surprisingly for such a minor character, Spike got his own Spinoff live-action movie, It's the Girl in the Red Truck, Charlie Brown.
- Companion Cube: The cactus.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Surprisingly, one Sunday strip revealed this as the reason why he lives alone in the desert:Spike: Why do I live all alone out here in the desert? I'm going to tell you something I've never told anyone. Years ago when I was young, I was out walking with some people. Suddenly, a rabbit ran across in front of us. "Get him!" shouted the people. Even though I didn't want to, I darted after the rabbit. I wouldn't have known what to do even if I had caught him. Then it happened! the rabbit ran into to the road, and was hit by a car! I was stunned! Why did I do it? Oh, how I hated myself! And how I hated those people who shouted, "Get him!". So I came out here to the desert where I couldn't hurt anything again. I've never told this to anyone before.
*Spike looks at the cactus he's been telling the story to*
Spike: I guess I still haven't.
- Honest John's Dealership: At one point he had a real estate office.
- Nice Hat: His brown fedora.
- Noodle People: Spike is extremely emaciated-looking from the neck down.
- The One Who Wears Shoes: Not usually, but sometimes. Spike claims that his shoes were a gift from Mickey Mouse.
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: At one point he had a real estate office. His clients? A pack of coyotes. One of his most visible deals? Selling them the vacant lot on which Charlie Brown's baseball team plays. The ramifications? Celebration that some strict league rules would not be as heavily enforced.
Belle's First Appearance: June 28, 1976 Belle's Final Appearance: May 11, 1981
Belle's Son's First Appearance: June 29, 1976 Belle's Son's Final Appearance: June 30, 1976
Marbles's First Appearance: September 28, 1982 Marbles's Final Appearance: October 9, 1982
Olaf's First Appearance: January 24, 1989 Olaf's Final Appearance: September 27, 1999
Apart from Spike, Snoopy has six other siblings. Four of them, Andy, Olaf, Marbles and Belle, have appeared in the comic strip. The final two, Molly and Rover, only appeared in the animated TV special Snoopy's Reunion. Of those siblings, one—Belle—had a son, thus providing Snoopy with a nephew.
- Advertised Extra: Belle, kind of. She never became more than an extremely minor character in either comic or cartoon, but she's had a lot of merchandise dedicated to her and even appeared in the intro for The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show, as one of the characters mentioned by the theme song — despite never actually appearing in the show itself.
- Canon Foreigner: Molly and Rover. While the strip made it quite clear that Snoopy had seven siblings, only five of them were named in the strip itself, and the names and appearances of Molly and Rover are not considered canon to the strip.
- Canon Immigrant: Andy. He's the only Peanuts character to have debuted in animation before appearing in the comic.
- The Klutz: Andy has traces of this.
- Fat Idiot: Olaf is the chubbiest and probably the dimmest of the siblings.
- Non-Standard Character Design: Olaf is the only sibling who is fat and has his eyes perpetually spherical.
- Noodle People: Snoopy's nephew is drawn with unusually long legs and a narrow body, as well as thin arms. Snoopy compares him to The Pink Panther.
- The One Who Wears Shoes: Marbles, like Spike, occasionally wears shoes. Unlike Spike, he doesn't wear anything else.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Marbles's reaction when Snoopy's World War I fantasies get too weird for him.
- The Smart Guy: Marbles is considered the brains of the family, and has spent some time researching why some dogs walk at an angle. He's also the only one of them who doesn't buy into Snoopy's fantasies and finds it ludicrous when his brother refers to his doghouse as a Sopwith Camel.
- Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Belle and Molly have prominent eyelashes. In addition, Molly wears makeup and Belle wears a lace collar, sometimes a pearl necklace, and a dress in her animated appearances.
- Those Two Guys: Andy and Olaf eventually took on this role in the strip.
- Walking the Earth: Andy and Olaf took to doing this, but as they're not very good at finding their way they never seem to end up where they want to be. Somehow they always do manage to find their way back to Snoopy's doghouse, though.
Baxter's First Appearance: June 18, 1989 Baxter's Final Appearance: June 18, 1989
Missy's First Appearance: July 26, 1996 Missy's Final Appearance: July 26, 1996
Snoopy's loving parents.
Snoopy's first fiancee was referenced in strips published in 1965. He met her figure-skating and she stole his heart, but her father refused to bless their marriage because Snoopy had dropped out of obedience school. He later met her on the beach (where he calls her a 'Beach-Beagle') and almost drowned trying to impress her, only to learn that she was dating a golden retriever.
His second fiancee was referenced in strips published in 1977. Snoopy falls in love with her, but on their wedding day she chooses to run off with Spike. She later abandons him as well. She is named 'Genevieve' in the (non-canon) animated special Snoopy's Getting Married, Charlie Brown
An octet of birds that Snoopy leads on nature hikes and instructs in the ways of the world.
- Bar Brawl: During one arc, some of the birds go into town and get into one of these. Most of the birds get out okay, but Harriet, who was the strongest brawler, is arrested and Charlie Brown has to bail her out.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Olivier tends to give bizarre and odd responses to Snoopy's questions. At one point he asks Snoopy to tell the ocean to smile so he can get a better picture of it.
- Token Minority: Raymond is given a much darker coloration than the other birds.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Harriet is the toughest of the birds, but she's also the one that's good at baking.
- Wedding Day: Bill and Harriet get married in a sequence of strips from 1983.
The cat next door. He doesn't get along with Snoopy, and frequently expresses his feelings by shredding Snoopy's doghouse.
- Cats Are Mean: One of the meanest characters in the strip.
- Silent Antagonist: Never heard in any way, except for the striking of Snoopy's doghouse; no unintelligible dialogue (unlike Woodstock) or cat sounds; and no thought balloons (unlike Snoopy). Except for one time, when it laughed out loud at Snoopy accidentally getting an electric shock. Though in animation, the cat is heard screeching when it strikes.
- Single-Stroke Battle: He can wreck Snoopy's doghouse with a single swipe of his claws.
- The Unseen: Never shown whatsoever in any medium.
Peppermint Patty and her classmates
First Appearance: August 22, 1966 Final Appearance: January 2, 2000
A Book Dumb tomboy character who's good friends with Charlie Brown despite living on the opposite side of town and attending a different school.
- Affectionate Nickname: Her father calls her "a rare gem." Patty likes this nickname very much.
- Afraid of Needles: In one arc, Lucy and Peppermint Patty wanted to get their ears pierced, and Marcie was a big help, telling them about all the dangers of getting that done by an unskilled amateur; Patty almost freaked when Marcie mentioned a penicillin shot.
- Accidental Misnaming: On the giving as well as the receiving end, calling Charlie Brown "Chuck" and Lucy by her seldom-seen full name "Lucille".
- The Ace: If it's even vaguely related to sports or physical activity, Peppermint Patty can do it better than anyone - except maybe Snoopy. She's always capable of trying new things, and she exudes a constant confidence to match. On the other hand, she's Book Dumb and her confidence isn't quite as boundless as it seems.
- Asleep in Class: The story of Peppermint Patty's life. Marcie once remarked that it seemed like Patty actually came to school prepared to sleep. Patty's response: "What makes you say that, Marcie?" while lying on her desk with a sleeping bag and pillow.
- Berserker Tears: In a 1972 storyline, when she met the Little Red-Haired Girl at summer camp and was so overcome with self-hatred as a result that she began crying hysterically. The outburst got Charlie Brown sent home early, since his name was mentioned and the counselors figured he was to blame.
- Book Dumb: Grade point average of around 1.0, but easily the most athletic of the kids.
- Breakout Character: Almost as much as Snoopy. Schulz once said he felt Peppermint Patty was his only character besides Charlie Brown who was 'strong' enough to carry a strip by herself.
- Broken Ace: Sometimes, though not always. Despite her skills, Peppermint Patty is deeply self-conscious about her appearance and smarts, and her crush on Charlie Brown, and it's sometimes hinted that she doesn't think as much of herself as it appears. The first time she saw The Little Red Headed Girl, she felt so inadequate in comparison that she broke down crying and couldn't stop, causing a huge commotion at camp.
- "You kind of like me, don't you, Chuck?"
- "Don't hassle me with your sighs [or 'sarcasm', etc.], Chuck!"
- "I hate talking to you, Chuck!" [whenever she tries to confide in Charlie Brown and he doesn't tell her what she wants to hear]
- "You're weird, Marcie."
- "Whatever..." (Whenever Marcie corrects one of her malapropisms)
- "Stop calling me 'sir'!"
- "Sarcasm does not become you, ma'am!" [whenever the teacher makes a sarcastic remark at her expense]
- "I'm awake! I'm awake! The answer is twelve!" [often her first words upon awaking after falling asleep in class]
- "I could strike [Charlie Brown] out on three straight pitches." (Trying to convince herself that she couldn't possibly have feelings for someone like Charlie Brown)
- "Chuck, you sly dog!"
- "You touched my hand, Chuck!" [whenever she tricks Charlie Brown into shaking her hand in animated adaptations]
- Cloud Cuckoolander: She thought for years that Snoopy was a weird-looking kid with a big nose. She's also enrolled in (and graduated from) a dog obedience school under the impression that it was a private school; attempted to enroll in a school for gifted children thinking that it meant she'd be given presents; and practiced for what she thought was a figure-skating competition only to learn the day of that it was a roller-skating competition, among other examples.
- Color-Coded Characters: Green
- Daddy's Girl: Peppermint Patty has a close relationship with her father, and is very proud that his nickname for her is "rare gem." 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.
- A Day in the Limelight: She was the star of She's A Good Skate Charlie Brown, and has major subplots in a lot of the later specials, adapted from her mostly-solo stories in the strip (see Breakout Character).
- Does Not Like Shoes: She's always seen wearing sandals, and is pretty militant about it. One story arc involved the school's dress code banning her favorite sandals, which her dad bought her because she's a "rare gem." It upset her to the point of tears.
- Dolled-Up Installment: Schulz actually created her for a children's book that he never got around to writing, so he added her to the comic strip instead.
- Dreadful Musician: On a field trip her class took to a Messiah sing-along, she was the only one kicked out of the auditorium. It didn't help that the middle panel depicted her with a Volumetric Mouth as Marcie looked on in confusion.
- Dumb Jock: This is a girl who spent nearly a decade of the strip's run thinking that Snoopy was "the funny-looking kid with the big nose". And she can be more stupid, like when she was convinced that a dog obedience school was for humans, enrolled as a student doing all the curriculum as the dogs and never questioned why she was the only human doing it. Then she "graduates" and seriously thinks she doesn't have to continue in regular human school including arguing the point with the principal with Snoopy as her lawyer until the principal finally clues her in what she has done.
- F--: She often gets D-minuses or even Z-minuses on her tests.[on a "Z-minus she received on a test] "That's not a grade... that's SARCASM!"
- Girliness Upgrade: Despite her dislike of wearing dresses, she's tried wearing frilly dresses and/or ribbons in her hair a few times with the hope that her teacher will see it as reason enough to avoid giving her a D-minus. Ultimately, it never works.
- Hates Wearing Dresses: She was the first female character to wear pants. In a '70s arc her school required a dress code that banned her shorts and sandals. She took them to court - and lost, although eventually she was again seen in school in her trademark outfit, suggesting that her school did eventually relax the code.
- He Is Not My Boyfriend: Patty will angrily deflect any suggestion that she has a crush on Charlie Brown. However, her Clingy Jealous Girl moments give her true feelings away.
- Heavy Sleeper: Peppermint Patty's bad grades are possibly exacerbated by her tendency to sleep through class. This was explained by the fact that her father works late, and Patty is too insecure to sleep until he returns home.
- Hidden Depths: For a brash, overconfident tomboy, she expresses a lot of insecurity in her appearance. She even suggests that the chief reason for her poor grades in school is that the teacher doesn't like her looks.Patty: I've got a big nose, so I fail... it's as simple as that.
- Informed Flaw: She hates her nose and thinks it's too big, even though it doesn't look that much different from anyone else's. Of course, that may be the point. At one point when Linus tries to give up his blanket, he grabs her nose so he can hold onto something.
- Innocently Insensitive: She tries to be good to Charlie Brown and rarely means to contribute to his misfortunes, which sets her apart from characters like Lucy even when at her most overbearing and abrasive. She tends to be apologetic whenever she realizes she's done wrong, though her attempts to make amends sometimes just make things worse.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: A brash, tough tomboy but she also has a softer side. While she's overbearing and pushy, with a tendency to explode, she's also one of the few character who will truly feel guilty and try to make amends whenever she hurts Charlie Brown's feelings.
- Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Sort of. She often gets an idea in her head, and doesn't seem to hear people correcting her until she's already humiliated herself.
- Literal-Minded: Goes hand in hand with Know-Nothing Know-It-All on occasion, notably when she tried to enroll in a school for gifted children thinking that "gifted" meant the school administrators would shower her with gifts. She even brought a bag with her to carry the presents in.
- Lovable Jock: Flanderization, combined with the Comedic Sociopathy that characterized the strip, moved her into Jerk Jock territory occasionally, but at heart she was a dim but loyal tomboy with a crush on Charlie Brown.
- Love Triangle: Usually low-key rivalry with Marcie over Charlie Brown.
- Malaproper: Not as often as, say, Sally, but she has her moments. In one strip, she was assigned a report on Washington, D.C., and proceeded to write the report on George Washington instead; when Marcie tried to correct her, Patty thought "D.C." stood for a son of George Washington with the initials "D.C." Another time, she thought "D.C." stood for "doctor" and wrote a report about George Washington being an ophthalmologist and saving the vision of his friend, "Bunker Hill."
- Missing Mom: She lives with her father. It's hinted that her mother may have died, which at least partly accounts for her tomboy nature. In the series of strips where she commissions Marcie to make her a new skating dress, Marcie's mother does it, and Marcie notes that her mother feels sorry for Patty because she doesn't have a mother of her own.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Charlie Brown once overheard Patty insulting him in response to Marcie asking her if she liked him, and was so hurt that he went straight to bed when he got home. Patty, once she realized what she'd done, did the same out of depression for having hurt Charlie's feelings.
- Never My Fault: She tends to blame others when things don't go her way. In one strip she even tells Charlie Brown that her problems are his fault because she needs someone else to blame.
- The Nicknamer: She insists on calling some of the other character by nicknames, most famously "Chuck" for Charlie Brown.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: She's always referred to as "Peppermint Patty", to differentiate her from the other Patty in the strip. Patty eventually disappeared from the strip entirely, but Peppermint Patty's nickname has still remained ever since.
- One of the Boys: Almost, for all intents and purposes. One arc featured a player on her team protesting Marcie joining, stating that he didn't want to play with a girl. Patty is not happy with this statement. "That's the first time I've ever been threatened with a shredding.."
- Passionate Sports Girl: She not only manages her own sandlot baseball team, but loves to play football, even in the rain (possibly especially in the rain). There was a brief story-line where she started associating this with the feminist movement, but eventually, she started to just do it for fun. Unfortunately, her bookworm friend Marcie doesn't share her appreciation for it much.
- Phrase Catcher: Her friend Marcie habitually addresses her as "sir".
- Playing a Tree: A variant - in It's Christmas Time Again, Charlie Brown, she gets stuck with playing a sheep. Hilarity Ensues.
- Raised by Dudes: It's implied at least part of the reason she's such a tomboy is because she was raised by a single father, and has no mother figure to speak of.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The brash red oni to Marcie's quiet and soft-spoken blue.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: She hates wearing dresses, but has worn some nice skating outfits every now and then.
- Shout-Out: To the York Peppermint Pattie, a brand of dark chocolate-covered mint confections.
- Sleepyhead: She falls asleep in class so often that she once got tested for narcolepsy. One strip explains that her father works nights, and Patty stays up late waiting for him to come home because she's afraid to sleep in the empty house. One series of strips had her held back a year in school - and the sound of snoring still came from her empty seat!
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She is a fan of (and participates in) figure skating.
- Traumatic Haircut: Patty got one in a 1974 storyline in which she went to Charlie Brown's father's barber shop for a haircut so she would look nice for a skating competition. Unfortunately, Chuck's dad mistook Patty for a boy and gave her a boy's haircut, forcing her to wear a tall, curly wig to the competition.
- Tsundere: Type B. Generally friendly and flirtatious toward Chuck, but more than willing to shout him down if she thinks she's being insulted or ignored.
- Unwillingly Girly Tomboy: In one story arc, Patty is forced to wear a dress to school in order to conform with the new dress code, and gets teased for it. She hates dresses so much that she's willing to risk being expelled for wearing her normal clothes, and even (unsuccessfully) challenges the dress code at a school board meeting (with Snoopy as her attorney). At some point, however, the dress code was apparently relaxed, since Patty was only shown in a dress a few times afterward, and Marcie also never wears dresses.
- Youthful Freckles: Noticeably the only kid who has freckles. Or at least the only major character.
First Appearance: July 20, 1971 Final Appearance: January 2, 2000
A nerdy girl who first met Peppermint Patty at summer camp, and then later met the rest of the cast. She acts as a foil to Peppermint Patty, whom she calls "sir", much to P.P.'s chagrin.
- Adorkable: A soft-spoken, bookish Meganekko with a shy crush on Charlie Brown. She's even branded as such in her character poster◊ for the 2015 Peanuts film.
- Ambiguously Brown: Some fans wonder if Marcie was meant to be East Asian — what with her dark hair, and Schulz also seemingly having resorted to using the tired, old stereotype of the nerdy-but-serious student with Opaque Nerd Glasses who's an Education Mama's girl.
- Armor-Piercing Question: Gives an amazing one to Peppermint Patty in A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, after Patty chews out Charlie Brown for his hastily prepared Thanksgiving dinner.Marcie: Did he invite you, or did you invite yourself?
- Asleep in Class: Marcie's done it a few times, although not habitually like Peppermint Patty. Once was due to sleep deprivation, since she was on safety patrol and was fatigued from having to get up at 6:00 a.m. Patty (who, for once in her life, was awake in class at the moment Marcie was asleep) was named as a temporary replacement for Marcie on patrol.
- Berserk Button: Being insulted in general. Se also: Beware the Nice Ones.
- Make a male chauvinist comment to Marcie, and you'll earn yourself a belt across the chops, as Thibault learned the hard way in a 1973 storyline.
- Another one is referring to her as "lambcake," as a fellow camper named Floyd, who had a crush on her, discovered in a 1976 summer-camp storyline.
- Another strip has her start a fight with Peppermint Patty herself after the latter called her "crabby" one too many times.
- Beware the Nice Ones:
- When set off, Marcie can prove to be tougher than Peppermint Patty, going so far as to demolish Snoopy's dog house with one punch. Furthermore, when she is being insulted, Marcie once furiously growled "Let's go shorten a few lifespans!" and Patty had to rein her back. (This was after Marcie had fallen on the ice and knocked herself unconscious trying to rescue Patty from a gang of hostile hockey players who were trying to force Patty, who had been practicing her figure skating, off the ice.)
- Patty didn't hold her back when she confronted Thibault after he'd been giving her a hard time about being a girl in baseball. She's ready to chew him out, threatening that if he says one word, she'll "belt [him] right across the chops!" He replies "Oh?" Marcie's response is a left hook.
- After she and Peppermint Patty try to earn some extra money by working as golf caddies, she ends up snapping at the constant bickering of their two clients and angrily tells them that she's quitting while also kicking their golf clubs everywhere. She becomes even more livid after their employer wants half of their earnings, and probably the only reason Marcie doesn't slug him is that Patty does so first.
- A later storyline has Marcie working as Patty's caddie in a children's golf tournament. When an opponent's caddie makes a patronizing comment to her, her reaction is to shove him into the lake, along with all of the opponent's clubs - and, much to Patty's chagrin, Patty's clubs as well.
- Brainy Brunette: She is studious and has brown hair.
- Blind Without 'Em: Once, when pressured to not wear her glasses to increase her popularity, she spent the rest of the day walking into walls and poles.
- Bookworm: She's intellectual and loves books.
- Catchphrase: "You're weird, sir."
- Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: To Peppermint Patty, though she has plenty of Cloudcuckoolander moments of her own, especially when it comes to sports.
- Color-Coded Characters: Orange
- Compliment Backfire: One summer camp arc revolves around this, she complains about a boy who's calling her names, and proceeds to hit him with her lunch, push him in the lake, and push him into a patch of poison oak, all off-panel; even Patty tells her to stop, saying she's "going to kill that kid". As it turns out, its a boy who has a crush on her, calling her "lambcake" as a show of affection. Marcie explains her violent reactions to such an innocuous nickname in this way:When someone calls you "lambcake" when you know you're not a "lambcake", that's sarcasm.
- Creepy Monotone: Speaks this way in the 2016 shorts.
- Cunning Linguist: When the kids go to France in Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (And Don't Come Back), Marcie's shown to be the most fluent in French out of the entire group.
- Deadpan Snarker: A more subtle one than many examples. It's often hard to tell how many of her Cloud Cuckoolander moments are genuine and how many are just her being sarcastic.
- Ditzy Genius: While Marcie is very smart and wise, she can be naive and goofy.
- Education Mama: In a 1990 storyline, she reveals to Charlie Brown that her parents put a lot of pressure on her to bring home good grades.
- Foil: She is Peppermint Patty's opposite in every aspect of their personalities (a serious bookworm in contrast to Peppermint Patty who is a Book Dumb athletic tomboy).
- Glasses Pull: Several strips end with Marcie taking off her glasses to roll her eyes at Patty - probably because we wouldn't see the eye roll otherwise.
- Gretzky Has the Ball: She's often unclear on the particulars of various sports, much to Peppermint Patty's irritation. In fact, chances are she's probably name-dropped the trope at some point.
- Love Triangle: Low-key rivalry with Peppermint Patty for Charlie Brown's favor.
- Malaproper: Quite often, with regard to sports. Among other things, she says "Zucchini" for "Zamboni" and "Splendid Bowl" for "Super Bowl".
- Meganekko: She also wears Nerd Glasses with Opaque Lenses. And she's Blind Without 'Em.
- Named by the Adaptation: Marcie Johnson gets her last name in You're in The Super Bowl, Charlie Brown, but it was never acknowledged in the strip.
- Nerd Glasses: Not only that, Opaque Nerd Glasses.
- Nice Girl: One of the sweetest and kindest characters in the strip with only rare Jerkass Ball moments, and easily the nicest of all the female characters.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: While generally meek and gentle, Marcie has been known to unleash on Peppermint Patty for doing or saying something particularly stupid. In the July 30, 1995 strip, she goes off on Patty for referring to composer Samuel Barber as "Samuel the Barber."
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The quiet and soft-spoken blue oni to Patty's brash red oni.
- Sempai/Kohai: Only in the Japanese-dubbed version. She addresses Patty as such as part of the adaptation in that language, seeing as calling a classmate "-san" (equivalent to sir or ma'am) is considered normal in Japan.
- Shipper on Deck: 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.
- The Smart Girl: One of the smartest characters, though she has her moments of silliness.
- Troll: Increasingly with Peppermint Patty in the strip, as the years went by - especially in the school strips. It wouldn't be remiss to say that by the 90's trolling and having harmless fun at each other's expense was a major element of their friendship.Patty: (on the phone) Are you and Chuck having a good time at Summer Camp, Marcie??
Marcie: Charles, I can't hear what she's saying if you keep nibbling on my ear.
Patty: (gnawing on the phone cord) ARRRGGGGHH!
Marcie: Just teasing, sir!
- Tsundere: Marcie sometimes shows tendencies of this. She actually kicked Charlie Brown in the leg when he balked at answering her question of whether he liked her.
First Appearance: July 31, 1968 Final Appearance: November 5, 1999
The strip's first Black character and Only Sane Man. He never developed much of a personality beyond that, although he's apparently unnaturally good at break-dancing. According to Word of God, he's the only character whose knowledge of scripture comes close to rivalling Linus's. Also, he manages Peppermint Patty's baseball team.
- The Generic Guy: Like Shermy before him, Franklin doesn't have a very strong personality. He is a good deal smarter and completely lacks Shermy's Jerkass moments, though. Charles Schultz claimed that "in contrast with the other characters, Franklin has the fewest anxieties and obsessions."
- Named by the Adaptation: Franklin (Armstrong) gets his last name in You're in The Super Bowl, Charlie Brown, but it was never acknowledged in the strip.
- Nice Guy: Of all the characters in the franchise, Franklin is probably the nicest. For one thing, he's the only one who's never said an unkind word to Charlie Brown.
- Only Sane Man: He frequently lampshades the other kids' eccentric natures. This strip is a good example.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Though he would change his mind and return later on, this was his initial reaction to the kids in Charlie Brown's neighborhood."I didn't mind the girl in the booth or the beagle with the googles, but that business about the 'Great Pumpkin'... No, sir!"
- Token Minority: The only reason he existed, although Schulz himself insisted that Franklin's race was immaterial to his creation. Schulz got in a fair bit of trouble at the time for including a black character: several readers (mostly in the Deep South) wrote to him and his editors, angrily demanding Franklin not be shown interacting with the rest of the (white) cast due to the "controversy" of it. When Schulz ignored the complaints, some Southern papers dropped the strip in protest.
Sally Brown and her classmates
First Appearance: August 23, 1959 Final Appearance: February 6, 2000
Charlie Brown's younger sister, born in 1959. She's not that bright, and sometimes prone to firing off sarcasm when Charlie helps her with her homework. She has an unrequited crush on Linus, whom she calls "sweet babboo".
- Abhorrent Admirer: No matter how pretty Sally might be, Linus would like to remind you that he is not her "sweet babboo".
- All Love Is Unrequited: For Linus. There have been other boys (notably Harold Angel and Cormac) who have had crushes on her, but she, much to Linus' chagrin, remains faithful to her Sweet Babboo.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Charlie Brown tries to be understanding, but he loses his patience with her sometimes.
- Big Brother Worship: Absolutely positively utterly inverted. She thinks Charlie Brown is weird. And an idiot. Which doesn't stop her from blackmailing him into helping her with homework (or more often, doing her homework for her).
- Book Dumb: She struggles at school and has trouble with her homework.
- Characterization Marches On:
- Early on, she was originally just sweet and naive before she devolved into The Ditz.
- Later on, Sally was ironically the reasonable one in the room when briefly assigned by their minister to teach stories from the Bible to some preschool kids, but one boy wouldn't stop confusing the Bible with The Great Gatsby, to her frustration.
- While she usually refers to Charlie Brown as "big brother", she actually did refer to her own big brother as "Charlie Brown" in one early strip.
- Companion Cube: Many strips had her talking to the school building.
- Color-Coded Characters: Originally sky-blue (back when all the girls wore dresses), but also pink later on.
- Costume Evolution: Sally was the first female character (discounting Peppermint Patty and Marcie, who virtually never wore dresses) to switch from wearing a dress to wearing pants on a regular basis, years before Lucy did the same, although the dress remained her trademark outfit in the animated TV specials. By the late '70s, she was rarely shown in a dress in the strip outside of school.
- The Ditz: She can be pretty ignorant. One example is thinking that her family is famous just because their name was in a telephone book.
- Dumb Blonde: She has shades of this, mostly in the school reports she writes (such as "Butterflies are free. What does this mean? This means you can have as many of them as you want.")
- The Ghost: Although she was first mentioned on May 26, 1959, she was constantly talked about by Charlie Brown and his friends, but not officially introduced to the strip until August 23, 1959.
- Hopeless Suitor: Quote Linus: "I'm not your 'sweet babboo!'" Ironically, it was Linus who was first interested in her, albeit in a creepy Wife Husbandry way when she was still a baby.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She can often be quite mean (particularly to her older brother), but she does love her brother and can be a nice person, especially around Linus.
- Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Because she's too lazy to do actual homework, Sally will usually bluff or improvise her way through any school assignment.
- Large Ham: SHE'S BEEN ROBBED!! SHE'S BEEN CHEATED!! CALL HER LAWYER!! SHE DEMANDS THAT WE ACKNOWLEDGE HER HAMMINESS!!
- Malaproper: Her school reports, to the point of being a Running Gag.
- Pink Means Feminine: She wears a pink dress.
- Shipper on Deck: She ships Charlie Brown/Marcie, and not subtly: "KISS HER, YOU BLOCKHEAD!"
- Stalker with a Crush: On Linus, practically since the day she learned how to walk.
- Took a Level in Dumbass: Got less and less smart as the strip went on. This makes her insults of her brother's intelligence both hypocritical and ironic.
- Tsundere: Often this with Linus. Early on, she's almost as adamant as Lucy at bugging Linus to give up his blanket, since she regards him as husband material except for the blanket. When Linus gives her the brushoff, she'll sometimes retaliate by yanking his blanket away a la Lucy and Schroeder's piano. She'll also ask her big brother to play "hit man" by slugging or punching her "Sweet 'n' Sour Babboo" in revenge, which Charlie Brown is understandably reluctant to do.
First Appearance: June 13, 1978 Final Appearance: June 13, 1987
Sally's classmate and summer campmate, who makes even her look smart by comparison.
- Adorkable: One of the most blatant examples of this in the comic; she's utterly adorable in her total weirdness.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Arguably the last major character to get introduced in the strip, she debuted in the late seventies and was a semi-major character for nearly a decade until she vanished around the late eighties. Apart from Rerun, she's the only major or semi-major character from the strip who does not appear in The Peanuts Movie... though she does appear in the 2014 series.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Without question the most eccentric cast member; she writes her book reports on the TV guide, eats chocolate-and-gravy sandwiches, tries to attack the water with loud battle cries when going swimming, and goes on field trips to a car wash.
- The Ditz: Just as an example:Sally: Eudora! What are you doing here? There's no school on Saturday!
Eudora: There isn't? That explains everything. Saturday's the only day I never get anything wrong.
- Nice Hat: She's never seen without her cap.
- Only One Name: Her last name is never revealed.
The schools that Sally attends. They are able to hear Sally talk to them and think of their own responses in exchange, though they can't actually speak aloud. Ironically, despite Sally hating school, the buildings are arguably Sally's best and most steadfast friends.
- Driven to Suicide: Sally's original school building eventually collapses, and when a tearful Sally asks the rubble why, the school's remains 'think' that it just couldn't take anymore.
- Mysterious Protector: When a bully harasses Sally for talking to a school building, the building drops a brick on the bully's head.
- Tap on the Head: How it deals with someone who is bullying Sally.
"Rerun" and his classmates
First Appearance: March 26, 1973 Final Appearance: January 30, 2000
Linus and Lucy's younger brother, born in 1972. He was never given a true name, and was always referred to as "Rerun" after a comment that Lucy made about another younger brother being akin to a TV rerun.
- Adapted Out: Curiously enough he's nowhere to be seen in The Peanuts Movie (outside a single comic strip shown during the end credits) despite having been one of the main characters of the strip's later years... and despite getting a Suspiciously Similar Substitute character in the movie just referred to as "Little Kid."
- Annoying Younger Sibling: To Linus, though Lucy seems to handle him just fine.
- Ascended Extra: It took a quarter century after his introduction in the early 1970s for Rerun to become a regular. For most of that time Rerun was usually shown riding on the back of his mother's bicycle, when he was shown at all. By the last few years of the strip, however, his interactions with Snoopy and Lucy, as well as his entering kindergarten, had provided fresh material. Rerun is even the main character of a few of the more recent TV specials.
- Drives Like Crazy: For a while, his main thing was being stuck on the back of his mother's bicycle. Said mother is a very bad cyclist.
- Line-of-Sight Name: Lucy is frustrated when he is born that he's male, angry stating he's a "rerun" of Linus. The nickname sticks.
- Morality Pet: Lucy's nicer side emerges when he's around.
- No Name Given: He is Only Known by Their Nickname.
- Replacement Flat Character: Sometime after Linus developed his personality as a blanket-hugging, gospel-quoting weirdo, Rerun was introduced with Linus' original personality; being a baby learning to cope with the world.
- Sequential Artist: He specializes in what he calls "basement comics".
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: After around two decades of being an incidental character, he became much more prominent in the strip's last few years, to the point where he was one of the main stars.
- Strong Family Resemblance: He looks an awful lot like Linus, to the point where fans and even translators have occasionally confused the two. There are a couple of visual differences:
- They both wear striped shirts, but Rerun often wears overalls over his. (Linus never does)
- Rerun's hair is only on top of his head, while Linus's hair curls around his ear.
A classmate and friend of Rerun.
A girl that Charlie Brown meets at camp and falls in love with.
- Accidental Misnaming: When Charlie Brown first meets her, he gets so nervous that he accidentally calls himself Brownie Charles. Peggy Jean proceeds to call him this whenever she addresses him. He likes it, but this does cause problems when she writes him letters that never arrive in part because they were addressed to 'Brownie Charles.'
- First Love: While Charlie Brown had pined for girls before, Peggy was the first girl that he ever approached romantically, and she and Charlie Brown were very close for a while... until her final appearance revealed that she had a different boyfriend.
A boy that Charlie Brown meets at camp.
- Lonely Together: Charlie Brown meets him when he's sad about being lonely. Since Charlie Brown is himself lonely and homesick, he uses this as a basis for the two of them to become friends.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Roy spent much his run as something of a bit character, but it's through him that Charlie Brown first met Peppermint Patty - who, naturally, became one of the most significant characters in the strip.
An unpleasant boy who shares a cabin with Charlie Brown at camp. Whenever anyone tries to talk to him, he tells them to shut up and leave him alone.
- Catchphrase: "Shut up and leave me alone." It's the only thing he ever says. At one point he even wrote a letter to Charlie Brown, consisting entirely of that one sentence.
- No Name Given: We never learn his name, though fan pages and wikis name him, what else? "Shut Up And Leave Me Alone."
- No Social Skills: He spends all of camp facing a wall and ordering everyone who talks to him to shut up and go away.