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Charlie Brown: I'd like to be President or a five-star general or a big-time operator...
Patty and Violet: (simultaneously) Hello, there, Charlie Brown!
Patty: That Charlie Brown's a good guy, isn't he?
Violet: He sure is! Good Ol' Charlie Brown.
Charlie Brown: But that's all I'll ever be... Just Good Ol' Charlie Brown...

First Appearance: October 2, 1950 ‡ Final Appearance: February 13, 2000

One of the most famous comic strip characters in history, "Good Ol'" Charlie Brown is the star of the strip. He's the kid who never has things go his way, partly because he's just unlucky and partly because one of his defining qualities is that he's "wishy-washy", and therefore often fails to go after what he really wants. Running Gags with him include trying to kick the football but having it pulled away, being the dedicated manager of a terrible baseball team (or, depending on Rule of Funny, being the terrible manager of a potentially good baseball team), and generally being the strip's Butt-Monkey-in-chief.

  • Actual Pacifist: He seems to despise violence, trying hard to ignore anyone who eggs him on, only once trying to teach a lesson to a bully that had pushed Sally. (He ended up beaten up by the guy's sister.)
  • Adorkable: He's insecure and awkward, but kind-hearted and almost always tries his best.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Between him and the Little Red-Haired Girl (when you ignore the animated adaptations).
  • All of the Other Reindeer: He has a bad reputation among his peers (mostly due to his incompetence) and is a frequent subject of bullying and teasing.
  • Audience Surrogate: Charles Schulz was for a very long time puzzled why he made such an extreme Failure Hero in Charlie Brown. Then, one day his son came in after a bad softball game and told him he felt just like Charlie Brown. That was Schulz's Eureka Moment than Charlie was the Everyman.
  • Author Avatar: To an extent. For instance, both Charlie Brown's and Schulz's fathers were barbers and their mothers housewives.
  • Big Brother Instinct: To both Sally and Linus. And to Lucy and Schroeder on the early days, and Rerun later on. In fact, the only time Charlie Brown is able to shed his Butt-Monkey status is when he's looking out for others, which is also the times he usually achieves success. He beats a young con artist who was cheating people out of their marbles to get Rerun his marbles back. In the 2015 movie, when he decides to help Sally, he loses all clumsiness until he can finish making her act a hit. He also showed this in one arc where he ran away from home and became a mentor to a group of little kids trying to form a sandlot team.
  • Berserk Button: Before you complain about the price of haircuts, remember, this guy's dad is a barber. (Something Schroder has forgotten twice.)
  • Born Unlucky: So it would appear. He never wins and nothing goes right for him. When he fails, it's often just because of bad luck.
  • Break the Cutie: Oddly enough, it's actually quite difficult to break him; he usually keeps at least a little optimism despite what life throws at him. Sometimes he cracks, though, and it's not pretty when he does. (Lucy found this out the painful way when she donned a Charlie Brown shirt.)
  • Butt-Monkey: Dear Lord. He's not the Trope Codifier, but he should be.
  • Cannot Talk to Women: At least those he has a crush on, which is the biggest reason he's never able to introduce himself to the Little Red Haired Girl.
  • Catchphrase: "Good grief." "I can't stand it, I just can't stand it." "Rats." "AAUUGH!" "I never know what's going on." "This time I'm gonna kick that football all the way to the moon!" "You always say you'll hold it, but what you really mean is that you'll pull the football away and I'll fall flat on my back and kill myself".note 
  • Characterization Marches On: Early on, he was cheerful and naive and unaware of all his flaws. Within a few years, he developed into the Failure Hero he is today. Also, in some strips from the early Fifties, Charlie Brown on occasion pulled pranks and said rude things.
  • Charlie Brown Baldness: Trope Namer. While he's not particularly bald, he only has two strands of hair on his head.
  • Chick Magnet: Both Peppermint Patty and Marcie have a crush on him, as does a minor character named Royanne, who threw two baseball games against his team. He had a girlfriend named Peggy Jean for a while in the 90's. In some adaptations (notably the movie) the Little Red-Haired Girl will actually notice him too.
  • Classical Anti-Hero: One of the most prominent examples.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: More like Cloudcuckoolander's owner. When Snoopy's bizarreness causes problems in the neighborhood, there's a tendency for everyone to blame him ("He's your dog, Charlie Brown!"), and he'll end up having to deliver a lecture, explain Snoopy's actions, or otherwise interfere.
  • Clueless Chick Magnet: Difficult as it is to believe, he is the object of affection for many of the strip's female characters, and a few more girls in the TV specials too. Unfortunately for him, he is completely oblivious to it due to his lack of self-confidence and his own hopeless crush on the Little Red-Haired girl. Despite the girls swooning over him, he laments his inability to understand them. The affection gained by Royette, great-granddaughter of Roy Hobbs, actually led her to give him those two game-winning home runs in 1993. Or so she claimed. When he told her that Hobbes was a fictional character she... didn't take it well.
  • Color-Coded Characters: Yellow by his iconic shirt. It has been colored red in some Sunday strips, however.
  • Cool Loser: Sometimes, as this goes back and forth in both the strip and the specials. Despite being a Butt-Monkey, Charlie Brown has a wide circle of friends who are willing to rally behind him or follow his lead - though whether they actually do like and care about him deep down or are Fair Weather Friends who live to abuse him tended to depend on what kind of gag or story Schulz wanted to tell that day. In a bit of Adaptational Heroism, several of the specials and adaptations made this more obvious by showing Charlie Brown with a decent relationship with the others and only a few of them actively going out of their way to put him down. It's at it's strongest in The Peanuts Movie, however, which has the kids all rooting for him at various points and generally being friendly. Linus in that movie sums it up best:
    Linus: It might be time to consider the possibility that you're a good person, Charlie Brown, and that people like you.
  • Determinator: As often as he's beaten up by the world, he never gives up.
  • Disappointing Older Sibling: Charlie Brown is this to his sister Sally due to his wishy-washy nature and consistent record of failure in nearly everything.
  • Eating Lunch Alone: "Lunch is the loneliest hour of the day!"
  • The Eeyore: On occasion, he is prone to depression and anxiety due to his Butt-Monkey status, and you really can't blame him. Thankfully, he's not always sad.
  • Enmity with an Object: With the Kite-Eating Tree, assuming it truly is an object; hard to tell sometimes. And the "conflict" between them has been downright nasty.
  • The Everyman: Probably the biggest reason fans relate to him so well is because even though he lacks self-confidence and suffers every now and then, he reluctantly goes out on days when things may go wrong, hoping for the best and tries as hard as he can to accomplish things, regardless of the setbacks.
  • Extreme Doormat: He's often pushed around by others and can't stand up for himself.
  • Failure Hero: But the people around him admire him as much as they hate him.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: ...the fates deny Charlie Brown complete success at the end of a storyline, returning him to Butt-Monkey status.
  • Fanboy: Of Davy Crockett, as shown in the early days. Also of Willie Mays, although Charlie Brown's favourite baseball player is the fictional Joe Shlabotnik — see Loony Fan, below.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: While all of the permanent characters are his friends, he is often ostracised by them, and three of his friends (Lucy, Violet, and the original Patty) even bully him. Downplayed after Violet and Patty's disappearance from the strip and the introduction of Peppermint Patty and Marcie who both have a crush on him.
  • Full-Name Basis: To most every regular except Peppermint Patty, who calls him "Chuck" and Marcie who often calls him "Charles". (Although Lucy did simply call him simply "Charlie" once during the Christmas special.) Little kids occasionally call him "Charles" or "Mr. Brown".
  • The Gadfly: Surprisingly enough, in the comic's early years, before he became the "eternal loser" we know today, Charlie Brown was a lot more of a wiseguy and would often purposefully tell bad or insulting jokes just because he thought it was funny when people got all riled up.
  • Guilt by Association Gag: People blame poor Charlie Brown for everything - even when he has no idea what's going on. Especially Sally, with whom its a Running Gag.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: He has a hopeless crush on the Little Red-Haired Girl.
  • Home Sweet Home: Doesn't like going to camp and is glad to be back.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Chuck" by Peppermint Patty and "Charles" by Marcie. Years later, he was called "Brownie Charles" by Peggy Jean. Snoopy refers to him as "Round Headed Kid" both in thought/animal speech and in his welcome home banner for Charlie Brown.
  • Limited Wardrobe: His yellow shirt with a zig-zag pattern. Doubles as an Iconic Outfit.
  • Lonely Together: When lonely at camp, he once managed to befriend another lonely kid.
  • Loony Fan: He hero-worships a former major league baseball player named Joe Shlabotnik who's almost as bad as he is. In one arc, Joe was demoted to the minors after a season batting average of .004. His greatest achievements as a player were making spectacular plays on routine fly balls and throwing out a runner who had fallen down between first and second. In another arc, he became manager of a team called the Waffletown Syrups, only to be fired after one game after calling for a squeeze play - with no one on base. (Ironically, that arc ended with Charlie Brown, getting to meet his hero and get an autographed ball, and save it from a street tough with Snoopy's help.)
  • Love Makes You Dumb: "Love makes you do strange things."
  • Love Triangle:
    • Apex of one between Peppermint Patty and Marcie, although he doesn't seem to realize it. And instigates his own once or twice. Unfortunately, All Love Is Unrequited in this series.
    • 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 girlfriend, although they were just as likely to be fighting to push him onto the other girl.
  • Nice Guy: While he was more of a Jerk with a Heart of Gold in the very early days, Charlie Brown is one of the most beloved sweethearts in cartoon history. He is a genuinely kind-hearted kid that it pains us to see such a nice kid not always get his way and absolutely cheer for him when it does. As a matter of fact, Charlie Brown is such a Nice Guy that in one part of an animated short, he was eager and determined (via Inner Monologue) to give a Valentine's Day card to Lucy, the same Lucy who would blame him for the common cold if she could.
  • Oblivious to Love: Is this way with Peppermint Patty and Marcie. Makes sense in Marcie's case, since she doesn't show it as much, but he must be practically blind to miss all the signals Peppermint Patty throws at him.
  • One-Note Cook: "All I can make is cold cereal and maybe toast."
  • Popularity Power: He may get no valentines from his class, but fans never fail to send them to him by the hundreds. And that's just one example.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Schulz's real life father Carl Schulz was a barber, and Charlie Brown's dad, who was unseen, owned a barber shop.
    • Schulz, like Charlie Brown, had often felt shy and withdrawn.
  • Second Place Is for Losers: His ultimate fate in A Boy Named Charlie Brown.
  • Stepford Smiler: Perpetually depressed, but always trying to put on a happy face around his friends. Unless it's about baseball, where he takes defeat very seriously.
  • Straight Man: In the stories focusing on Sally, Charlie Brown stands back and gets to comfortably be the Deadpan Snarker to his sister's silliness.
  • This Loser Is You: Except Charlie Brown is NOT a "loser".
    Charles Schulz: A real loser would give up.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: He had some success in the '90s after decades of constant failure – he managed to hit a home run and win the game for his team not once but twice; he defeated a bully named Joe Agate in marbles; and he might have even kicked the ball for once.
    Charlie Brown: I hit a home run in the ninth inning, and we won! I was the hero!
    Sally: You?!
  • Too Incompetent to Operate a Blanket: He's known for lacking skill; for instance, Linus says in "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" that Charlie Brown can't butter toast.
    • In a Chex Party Mix commercial, he himself states that he can't make toast.
  • Tuckerization: Charles Schulz met the character's namesake at a Minneapolis Bureau of Engraving class: The real-life Charlie Brown, who had a round face like the character, served at the Hennepin County Juvenile Detention Center, where he helped troubled youths, and went out of his way to show he cared about them.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: He's had a lot of heartwarming moments involving him going to his dad's barbershop, something Schulz has said is autobiographical. (Schulz's father was also a barber, and they used to walk home after work and read the comics together, something that inspired him.) Also, Charlie Brown gave his mom a nice card and a dozen roses on a Mother's Day when his entire team forgot about it.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: As are almost all the kids in this series. It's kind of a staple of Schulz's work.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain:
    • He once bowled a perfect game and won a trophy, but true to form it gave him no joy, as they spelled his name wrong ("Charlie Braun").
    • In a series of strips in April 1973, Charlie Brown's team won the first game of the season but they had to forfeit because of a gambling scandal (Rerun bet a nickel that the team would win). Walter Cronkite himself congratulated Charlie Brown's victory on his news report, only to sadly retract it the next week. (And the better who bet against the team? Snoopy.)

"It was a dark and stormy night…"
—opening line to his perennially-rejected novel

First Appearance: October 4, 1950 — Final Appearance: February 13, 2000

Charlie Brown's pet beagle. Introduced two days into the strip, he initially acted much like a normal dog. Because Schulz had no truck with Animal Talk, the only way of knowing what Snoopy was thinking was to give him thought balloons. It soon became clear that Snoopy's imagination was...vivid. Running Gags include him pretending to be a "world-famous" something or other, fighting the Red Baron, teasing the cat next door or stealing Linus' blanket.

  • The Ace: Charlie Brown fails at almost everything he does; Snoopy can do anything he imagines, which adds a lot of fun to the otherwise down-to-earth comic strip.
  • Action Pet: Many of his alter egos, especially as "The World War I Flying Ace" where he's involved in endless battles with the Red Baron.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: In the comic strips, Snoopy is prone to Comedic Sociopathy, although he has occasional moments of kindness and is a dedicated Scoutmaster to Woodstock and the other birds. The TV cartoons downplay his Jerkassery, giving him more selfless moments, while The Movie in particular makes him more loyal and empathetic to Charlie Brown.
  • Adaptation Personality Change: In the animated specials and movies, he can only make nonverbal sounds instead of "speaking" via thought bubbles.
  • Afraid of Needles: One strip shows the entire cast of the strip trying to pry Snoopy off of a tree, with Snoopy pleading, "I don't want another rabies shot!" Fortunately, he got it. Snoopy also shares Linus's fear of having slivers removed, as illustrated in a 1981 storyline in which both Linus and Snoopy attempted to evade Lucy and her tweezers. Snoopy eventually turned to the Cat Next Door, who solved the problem by "remov[ing] [him] from the sliver."
  • Anthropomorphic Shift: To the point that Peppermint Patty thought him to be "that funny-looking kid with the big nose". Oddly, he seemed to slide back to acting more like a normal dog in the strip's later years.
  • Arch-Enemy: The Red Baron, when he's imagining himself as "The World War I Flying Ace". His real-life opponent is World War III, the "stupid cat next door", who routinely decimates his doghouse with a single swipe.
  • Badass Adorable: He can do some pretty extraordinary things, especially for a dog. Especially evident when taking on the persona of "Joe Cool" or fighting the Red Baron.
  • Breakout Character: Following the Anthropomorphic Shift. In the early Peanuts strips, Snoopy acted like an ordinary dog, and wasn't a key character. He quickly became the most iconic character of the series, arguably even more than Charlie Brown.
  • Big Eater: He loves his suppers.
  • Characterization Marches On: In his earliest appearances, he behaved like a normal dog, walking around on four legs, and didn't appear to have an owner, roaming freely around the neighborhood. Charlie Brown would become his owner, and his Intellectual Animal and Silent Snarker tendencies were established later.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Why can't Charlie Brown have a normal dog like everybody else?
  • Confusion Fu: In one arc, he stands up to Lucy, and licks her into submission. ("What kind of stupid fight is this??" she shouts.)
  • Cool Pet: Who wouldn't want a dog like him?
  • Cool Shades: He dons these as "Joe Cool".
  • A Day in the Limelight: He's been the focus of a few animated specials, including What a Nightmare, Charlie Brown, Its Magic Charlie Brown, and Snoopys Getting Married Charlie Brown, as well as the feature film Snoopy, Come Home and the stage production Snoopy The Musical.
  • Deadpan Snarker: The biggest snarker next to Lucy.
  • Disembodied Eyebrows: Some illustrations of him depict him with these, such as the one on this page.
  • Drink Order: He loves his root beer!
  • Eyes Always Shut: When Snoopy is put into a three dimensional form, like in toys, statues, etc. his eyes will always be closed.
  • Fantastic Racism:
    • "I don't care for any story where the dog comes out second best!"
    • Was the target of this in Snoopy, Come Home: "NO DOGS ALLOWED!"
    • Snoopy is extremely racist himself...toward cats.
      "I have the world's largest collection of anti-cat jokes!"
  • Four-Fingered Hands: In contrast to most of the characters, he has four fingers.
  • Four Legs Good, Two Legs Better: He usually stands on two legs, except for the earliest comics.
  • Friendly Enemy: To rabbits in general. "Happiness is loving your enemies" is one of his mottos, spoken while hugging two of them. He claims his dad was the same way, as is Olaf.
  • Funny Animal: A non-speaking variant, courtesy of his thought balloons (and occasional typewritten missives).
  • Furry Confusion: In the Charlie Brown special Life is a Circus, he falls in love with a non-anthropomorphic female dog.
  • Heli-Critter: He sometimes used his ears as a propeller. In fact, he even provides the page image.
  • Hey, You!: Refers to Charlie Brown as "The Round-Headed Kid". In one strip, he has trouble filling out a form where he has to write "Name of Owner", and is embarrassed when Charlie Brown has to remind him.
  • I Am Not Weasel: For a long time, Peppermint Patty thought that Snoopy was a human, and called him the "funny-looking kid with the big nose".
  • I'm Not Hungry: In 1973, his reaction to losing the Daisy Hill Puppy Cup was to go on a hunger strike. It lasted exactly one day.
  • Insistent Terminology: Any time he pretends to be someone important, he'll call himself the "world-famous x", even if that profession is something you would never describe as "world-famous" (e.g. golf caddy).
  • Informed Species: Most people probably wouldn't know he's a beagle without being told. At first glance, he looks like a Dalmatian with only one spot on his back. By Schulz's own admission, he decided to call Snoopy a beagle not because he particularly resembled one, but because he liked the sound of the word.
  • Intellectual Animal: Snoopy provides the page image. He's one of the smartest characters in the cast, although most of said intelligence is spent dreaming up his flights of fantasy. He may not be a Bible scholar like Linus, but his imaginative escapades show him to have a respectable knowledge of literature, drama and history (especially of World War One.) He also appreciates art, owning (at different times) paintings by Van Gogh and Andrew Wyeth.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Snoopy can be quite obnoxious, snooty, and selfish at times. But when it comes to the crunch, he's good-natured, friendly, and will go out of his way to help people or animals in need. His heart of gold tendencies are played up in the TV cartoons and movie (see Adaptational Nice Guy.)
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Especially when he lectures the Beagle Scouts about nature.
  • Miles Gloriosus: He tends to insult and threaten the mean cat next door a lot, only to cower in terror when he gets close.
  • Most Writers Are Writers: He's an aspiring author.
  • Mr. Imagination: Quite often, he'll imagine himself to be anyone. This trait of Snoopy's is so prominent that it was the theme of a McDonald's line of toys during March 2018. Snoopy was featured as a baseball player, basketball player, detective, dancer, Beagle Scout, pirate, superhero, and astronautnote , as well as his classic personas of Sopwith Camel pilot, "Joe Cool", and famous author (with his iconic typewriter). He's also quite adept at animal impersonations, having done everything from rabbits to vultures to dinosaurs.
  • Nice Hat: His WW1 aviator's helmet, baseball cap, fishing hat, golf hat, tennis visor, attorney's bowler hat, Beagle Scout campaign hat...
  • Non-Human Sidekick: To Charlie Brown and occasionally other characters. In the early days, it was unclear who was the owner of Snoopy.
  • Old Soldier: World War I veteran, and shows a great deal of experience with military customs, courtesies, tactics, and training. Adopted as a mascot by several military organizations. Spent each Veteran's Day enjoying root beer with Bill Mauldin. Allied records regarding his exploits are somewhat vague due to the high level of secrecy involving many of the operations he took part in.
  • Really Fond of Sleeping: Snoopy is quite the connoisseur of naps. Best exemplified in one strip where he bemoans "I missed the golden age of radio. I missed the golden age of films. I missed the golden age of movies. I refuse to miss the golden age of sleeping!"
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: He'll play up to this if it means he gets food.
  • Scout-Out: His "Beagle Scouts" (Woodstock and other birds).
  • Shipper on Deck: In The Peanuts Movie, he tries to get the Little Red Haired Girl to notice his master.
  • The Silent Bob: He becomes one in nearly every animated special and movie, most notably What a Nightmare, Charlie Brown. Creator Charles Schulz had considered many ways to animate his thoughts into speech, before deciding not to have him speak at all and communicate only in pantomime (accompanied with various barks, whimpers, and snarls), which worked out rather well.
  • Silent Snarker: We can read his thoughts, but he comes off as this to the kids in-universe, rolling his eyes and expressing derision through animal sounds. Sometimes his thoughts aren't even shown, and we're left to guess.
    Snoopy: My mind reels with sarcastic replies!
  • Series Mascot: Seen on a lot of Peanuts merchandise.
  • Sore Loser: He can go into a destructive rage when he loses.
  • Suddenly Voiced: Because the material would not work with his usual pantomime acts, the Animated Adaptations of the two stage musicals, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown and Snoopy!!! The Musical lets the audience hear his thoughts so that he can participate in the song numbers. In You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown his speaking/singing voice was provided by Robert Towers, and in Snoopy!!! The Musical by Cam Clarke.
  • "Take That!" Kiss: He does that a lot. Usually to Lucy.
  • Through a Face Full of Fur: Trope Namer. He would be seen blushing occasionally, and Charlie Brown even lampshaded it, saying "How could anybody blush through a face full of hair?"
  • Trademark Favorite Food: By the time the Nineties rolled around, he was pretty obsessed with cookies. Also, angel food cake with seven minute frosting. But originally, it was candies, to the point where Shermy, Patty, and Charlie Brown had to trick him or otherwise give up their candy to him. And who could forget all those pizzas before going to bed?
    • And always root beer!
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Sometimes his getups and antics are noted and commented on. And sometimes it seems like they're missing the point, such as Charlie Brown grumbling about having to untangle Snoopy's ears. After Snoopy had been flying around. Under his own power.

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