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The Anything Muppets (known internally as "AMs") are "blank" Muppets with interchangeable features and clothing, and allow puppeteers to create new characters without having to build the Muppets from scratch.
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Performer: Matt Vogel (2012-present)
Anything Muppet: Tall Orange
A Tall Orange Anything Muppet kid who has a father in prison. He was introduced in 2012 as part of Sesame Street's Little Children: Big Challenge on the subject of Incarcerated parents as they help children nationwide with parents or other relatives who are in jail or prison.
  • Prison Episode: His father violated the law (an adult rule), and had to go to prison. Other characters taught Alex about incarceration.

The Amazing Mumford
Performer: Jerry Nelson (1971-2012)
John Kennedy (2004-Present)
Anything Muppet: Large Lavender Live Hands

A Large Lavender Live Hands Anything Muppet bumbling Stage Magician whose magic never works quite right.

  • Beach Episode: "Imagine That" had a subplot of him trying to go to the beach.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: To the extent that they cover his eyes completely.
  • Catchphrase: He says, "A la peanut butter sandwiches" when he makes a spell.
  • Exact Words: When Grover asks him to make a carrot disappear, Mumford gladly obliges - by eating it. "Magic? Who said anything about magic?"
  • Inept Mage: His spells nearly always end up backfiring.

Baby Fats Domino

Performer: Kevin Clash

A baby pop singer.

The Beetles
The Beetles
Performer: Richard Hunt (primary lead singer); Christopher Cerf (secondary lead singer, "Hey Food")
Anything Muppet: Various

They are the fabulous insect four who sang "Letter B", "Thinking of U", and "Hey Food" (with Cookie Monster). They appear as both Lavender and Green Anything Muppet insects.

  • Clumsy Copyright Censorship: Almost happened, but was averted at the last minute. Northern Songs, during its waning years as the publishing company for the Beatles' music, attempted to launch a $5.5 million lawsuit against the Children's Television Workshop over the similarities between the series' "Letter B" and the actual group's "Let It Be." Shortly before the case went to trial, Michael Jackson acquired the rights for the group's songs, and dropped the lawsuit. CTW was fined only $50, paid out of the back pocket of series composer Christopher Cerf. Paul McCartney, who admitted to Cerf that he liked the song, was not involved in the lawsuit.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: The group, and its songs, are based on those from the British 1960s rock group The Beatles. "Letter B" is based on "Let it Be"; "Thinking of U" is based on "P.S. I Love You" and "Here, There, and Everywhere", and "Hey Food" is based on "Hey Jude".

Betty Lou
Performer: Frank Oz (1969-1970), Fran Brill (1970-1984, primary), Marilyn Sokol (1974-75, secondary), Lisa Buckley (1993-present)
Anything Muppet: Hot Pink

A Hot Pink Anything Muppet little girl who likes dolls and is four years old.

  • Early Installment Weirdness: In the first season sketch "Pick Your Pet", the character went under the name of Lucy Jones.
  • Face Palm: When Carl answered a circle on The Triangle is Right.


Performer: Jerry Nelson (1969-2012), Matt Vogel (2019)
Anything Muppet: Large Lavender Live Hands

A Large Lavender Live Hand Anything Muppet construction worker who works with his sidekick, Sully.

  • Expy: Based on the overly-talkative taxi cab passenger that Jack Burns played in his recurring comedy sketches with Avery Schreiber (who played the driver).note 
  • Motor Mouth: Biff often talks this way, much to the ire of his best friend and co-worker, Sully, who can't get a word out because of it.

Bip Bippadotta
Bip Bippadotta

Performer: Jim Henson

Anything Muppet: Lavender

A green furry character with an orange beard and Cool Shades. He is made from a Lavender Anything Muppet. He appeared in songs like "The Rhyming Song (Fat Cat Sat Hat)", "Some of Us", "Everybody's Song" (With the Androoze Sisters), "Scratch My Back" (With Jack and Jill), Opposite, and Air.

  • You Look Familiar: He is basically a Sesame Street version of Mahna Mahna (except he has cool sunglasses in place of the big black eyes).

Captain Vegetable

Performer: Jim Henson (1983), Richard Hunt (1983-1984), Peter Linz (2019)
Anything Muppet: Lavender

A Lavender Anything Muppet superhero rabbit who lives in a secret garden somewhere in New Jersey.

Little Chrissy

Performer: Christopher Cerf (voiced only) Richard Hunt (puppetry only, 1974-1992) Kevin Clash (puppetry only, 1992-2012)
Anything Muppet: Fat Blue

The Fat Blue Anything Muppet lead singer of the band, Little Chrissy and the Alphabeats.


Performer: Brian Muehl (190-1984) Kevin Clash (1985-1987) Camille Banora (1987-1992)
Forgetful Jones's girlfriend.
  • Disney Death: At one point, Forgetful Jones thinks she's gone after hearing the song "My Darling Clementine", but then she comes in and he realizes it was about a different Clementine.

Count von Count
Performer: Jerry Nelson (1972-2012, voice; 1972-2004, puppetry) Matt Vogel (2012-present, voice; 2004-present, puppetry)
Anything Muppet: Large Lavender Live Hands

An Ambiguously Undead Large Lavender Live Hand Anything Muppet guy with fangs, a Romanian accent, and a love of counting. He lives in a castle with a number of bats and has been seen dating various Countesses.

  • Ambiguously Jewish: His songs are frequently based on klezmer.
  • Badbutt: Associated with creepy music, castles, bats, etc. like classical vampires, but like the rest of the cast he's completely harmless.
  • Badass Cape: Wears a long, flowing vampire's cape.
  • Bad "Bad Acting": In a Vanity Fair video where various Sesame Street characters do impressions of each other, his are consistently the worst: he always keeps his own accent, and usually seems at a loss for what to say. His impression of Ernie almost comes off as a roast:
    Count-as-Ernie: I am here to annoy you!
  • Bat Out of Hell: Averted; the Count's bat friends are some of the nicest bats on TV.
  • But Not Too Evil: His original portrayal was fairly sinister compared to his more child-friendly modern portrayal but he was never a straight-up villain.
  • Catchphrase: "[insert number]! [insert number] [insert noun](s)! ϟϟϟϟ AH-AH-AH-AH!!! ϟϟϟϟ
  • Characterization Marches On: He acted a bit more like a vampire in his early appearances, moving his hands around as if hypnotizing others as well as walking around with his cape across his face. His laugh was also louder and more sinister as opposed to the softer chuckle of today.
  • The Charmer: He's quite the romantic and has acted so with various women, but he's too pleasant and good-natured to be The Casanova. A few skits have given him a lady friend named Countess. He tried proposing to her at one point, but she turned him down.
  • Classical Movie Vampire: Count has a Transylvanian accent and lives in a haunted castle.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Downplayed, but aside his "Number of the Day" segments, many of his skits involve him finding bizarre excuses to count things. These include ordering a dozen hot dogs at a restaurant and counting them one by one (without eating even one of them), interrupting Kermit's fairy tale news segments to count the three little pigs and seven dwarves, and counting the times he knocks on his own front door as though he were waiting for someone to answer it.
  • Cold Turkeys Are Everywhere:
    • In the episode where he got the counting flu, the only cure was no counting, yet he kept seeing, hearing, and even imagining things to count.
    • In the episode where he tried to give up counting, all his new jobs required counting.
  • Counting Sheep: Has counted sheep to get to sleep several times, sometimes continuing to count in his sleep.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: He's a vampire, but quite nice.
  • Daywalking Vampire: Whether he actually is a vampire or not, he doesn't have much problem being outside during the daylight hours.
  • I Am Spartacus: In episode 4111, the Count wins the Noble Prize for counting, but the Count runs late, and his neighbors stall for him by impersonating him.
  • Impoverished Patrician: In "Doing the Batty Bat", he states that in his youth "Our castle was poor".
  • Karma Houdini: The Count frequently bothers people with his obsession or even his thunder and lightening. He rarely gets an unhappy ending in his sketches.
  • Meaningful Name: He is called "the Count" because he is like Dracula and because he likes to count.
  • Ominous Pipe Organ: He plays one during the "Batty Bat" song. Another features in the recurring Number of the Day segment, although admittedly that one isn't very ominous.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: In the episode where he counts mistakes, he actually miscounts something at the beginning and in the episode where he tries to give up counting, he does it again, this time by counting the same thing twice.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: Official sources vary on whether or not the Count is actually a vampire, but he's certainly got the look down.
  • Plot Allergy: Seems to have hay fever, as he once noted that he likes to count flowers because they make him sneeze and then he can count his own sneezes.
  • The Pollyanna: As long as there are things to count, nothing ever dampens his spirits. This exchange says it all:
    Susan Sarandon: That's what I love about you, Count. You always look on the bright side.
    Count: Somebody has to.
  • Repetitive Name: Count Von Count.
  • Sick Episode: In one episode, he gets "counting flu" which causes him to pass out every time he counts or thinks of numbers.
  • Signature Laugh: His iconic "Ah-ah-ah!"
  • Time Abyss: According to a video in February 2017 where the Sesame Street characters were asked the Internet's most-searched questions, the Count is 6,523,728 years old "next October".
  • Took a Level in Kindness: His modern appearances are slightly more friendly by comparison with the earlier appearances...
  • The Undead: Zigzagged. He's some sort of vampire, but it's unknown if he's really undead.
  • The Von Trope Family: "von Count" is his surname.
  • Vampire Vords: Played straight and inverted. He pronounces his "w"s as "v"s, and occasionally does the same vice versa (pronouncing "seven" more as "sewen", for instance).
  • Vampires Hate Garlic: In Episode 4931, he goes shopping at Sarita's Supermarket, and says "Pass" when a vendor offers him garlic.

Cyranose DeBergerac

Performer: Jerry Nelson
Anything Muppet: Green

A poet who has a long blue nose. Gets very angry everytime somebody says "Nose".

  • Berserk Button: He gets angry and shouts, 'YOU SAID "NOSE!!!"' if anyone mentions the word "nose" regardless of context.
  • Freakiness Shame: The reason why he hates the word 'nose' is because he's self-conscious about his own nose.
  • Gag Nose: Has a very long nose, which he doesn't like people mentioning.
  • Meaningful Name: His name comes from Cyrano de Bergerac (who was a poet like him) and "nose" (because he has a big nose).
  • Mister Strangenoun: He has "nose" at the end of his first name.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Is based on Cyrano de Bergerac.
  • Sick Episode: In the episode where Zoe wants to see Oscar annoy somebody, he has a cold which affects his hearing.

Don Music
Richard Hunt (1974-1992), Ryan Dillon (2019)

A Orange Gold Anything Muppet frustrated composer who often cannot think of a rhyme and he gets into a meltdown and ends up hitting his head on the piano. Kermit the Frog is always helping him for suggestions.

  • Catchphrase: "I'LL NEVER GET IT! NEVER! NEVER! NEVER!" is what he says whenever he's discouraged.
  • Character Tics: He has a habit of banging his head on the piano.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Over the years, parents complained to Children's Television Workshop about their kids being inspired by the character to hit their heads at home. As a result, the character, who last appeared on a new episode in March of 1991, had his sketches permanently forced off the series at the end of the series' 29th season. Richard Hunt's death the following year further contributed to his retirement. While he does reappear in the 50th anniversary special, he only acts exasperated without hitting his head. He has since made some background cameos in other projects.
  • It Will Never Catch On: Successfully composed "Yankee Doodle", only to reject it as not making sense.
  • Large Ham: Tends to be very dramatic when he doesn't know what to write.
  • Meaningful Name: A composer whose last name is "Music".
  • Mister Strangenoun: His last name is "Music".
  • Word Salad Lyrics: Defied. He absolutely refuses to write songs that don't make sense.


Performer: Stephanie D'Abruzzo

A Green Anything Muppet who is the human companion of Little Murray Sparkles.

Forgetful Jones
Michael Earl (1979-1981) Richard Hunt (1981-1992), Matt Vogel (2019)

A Large Lavender Live Hands Anything Muppet cowboy with poor memory.

  • Catchphrase: Says, "Awwwwww. I forget." a lot.
  • Demoted to Extra: He has not been given any prominent roles since Richard Hunt's death, but has made recent non-speaking background appearances, though he did make an appearance at Comic Con.[[note]]The character's initial retirement was out of respect for his death.
  • Forgetful Jones: The Trope Namer. He has an extremely bad memory.
  • Meaningful Name: He's just as forgetful as his name implies.
  • Mister Strangenoun: His first name is a dictionary word.
  • The Piano Player: Most western sketches have one and Forgetful has filled the role at least once.

Guy Smiley
Jim Henson (1969–1990)
Eric Jacobson (2005–present)

An Orange Gold Anything Muppet manic television personality who emcees whatever TV shows need emceeing.

  • Large Ham: Often hams things up.
  • No Indoor Voice: To the point where Jim Henson hated doing the character; it was hard on his throat. note 

Harvey Kneeslapper
Frank Oz (1971-1977)
Matt Vogel (2010)
Eric Jacobson (2019)

A Large Lavender Live Hand Anything Muppet obnoxious, bug-eyed character who specialized in jokes, both verbal and practical.

  • Annoying Laugh: An obnoxious high-pitched chuckle that was eventually too much for Frank Oz's vocals.
  • Brought to You by the Letter "S": He often invokes this trope by putting letters on people's clothes.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Besides the fact that voicing him was too hard on Frank Oz, the other main reason for his being dropped was that he was only good for that one joke. Despite this, his segments continued to appear in new episodes until 2001. Since then, Harvey has made two return appearances—first in a sketch in 2010 and then in the 50th Anniversary special in 2019.
  • A Day in the Limelight: He got an entire season 7 street segment, where he sang a song called "Tell a Joke", to the annoyance of Susan, Luis and Bob.
  • Fun with Homophones: His favorite pranks involve tricking people into thinking he means a word when he really means the same-sounding letter (be/B, see/C).
  • Hilarity Ensues: Several of Harvey's pranks would, in the real world, have him arrested. One of his most serious stunts came when — during a "Sesame Street News Flash" segment — he duped Kermit the Frog into investigating a tip about a person standing outside in a fierce blizzard for a long time, endangering the frog's life (in other words, Harvey was engaging in an early example of swatting).
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Some of his pranks (including a Bucket Booby-Trap and Exploding Closet) wound up boomeranging on him in this manner. In his final sketch he even fell victim to a pun and got a number slapped on his chest.
  • The Hyena: He practically giggles everything he says.
  • Hypocritical Humor: The few times Harvey isn't laughing like crazy is when he's the victim of a prank.
  • Large Ham: As with many of Frank Oz's characters, Harvey dominated many of the sketches he made an appearance in.
  • Meaningful Name: He's a prankster, so he sure does know his knee slappers!
  • Mister Strangenoun: His surname is composed of two words.
  • No Indoor Voice: One reason the character was phased out was that voicing him was too hard on Frank Oz's throat.
  • Parental Bonus: The name Harvey Kneeslapper seems to have been based on the Harvey Wallbanger cocktail (vodka, orange juice, Galliano liqeur), which was popular around the time he debuted.
  • The Prankster: Likes to play practical jokes, some of which backfire.
  • Spiritual Successor: While Harvey got phased out from Sesame Street, his love of the Incredibly Lame Pun and his amusement at his own jokes very clearly traveled over to The Muppet Show and the Frank Oz-portrayed Fozzie Bear.
  • Unspoken Plan Guarantee: Whether a prank worked or backfired often depended on whether he explained it to the audience beforehand.
  • Visual Pun: One of his specialties. A typical example:
    Harvey: [pointing downward] Hey, look... three sticks!
    Other Muppet: [looking down] Three sticks where?
    Harvey: Three sticks... right here! [sticks a giant numeral '3' on other Muppet's head] HAAAAAAAAhahahahaha!!!

Herbert Birdsfoot
Jerry Nelson (1970-1974)

A Lavender Anything Muppet mild-mannered, bespectacled lecturer who usually appeared in conjunction with either Grover or Cookie Monster.

  • Put on a Bus: Due to concerns about his appearances in commercial entertainment, Kermit wasn't used in the second season of Sesame Street, so Herbert was introduced to essentially fill the same role on the show. Once Kermit returned in Season 3, the now-superfluous Herbert was phased out. His final appearance to date was as part of the finale sequence of The Muppet Movie.

JP Mouse
JP Mouse
Performer: Kevin Clash
Anything Muppet: Green

One of the "Miami Mice". He is a parody of the Miami Vice character Sonny Crockett, and is made from the Green Anything Muppet pattern.

Lord Chatterly
Lord Chatterly
Jerry Nelson (1975-1992)

The Large Lavender Live Hand Anything Muppet host of Alphabet Chat.

  • Chair Reveal: He turns his chair around to the camera during the Alphabet Chat's opening theme.
  • Large Ham: He went into a meltdown in episodes where he tried to do lectures for the letters L, O, and R. When he got too many interruptions, he caused the show to cancel and the producers had to strike the set.

Mr. Johnson

Performer: Jerry Nelson (1969-2012; voice, 1969-2004; puppetry)
Matt Vogel (2012-present; voice, 2004-present; puppetry)
Anything Muppet: Fat Blue

A Fat Blue Anything Muppet grumpy old customer of Charlie's restaurant where his waiter is Grover.

  • Ascended Extra: Granted, he's been on the show since the early years, but he's gained a bit more prominence in later years, appearing in more street stories, and sometimes without Grover.
  • Big Eater: Subverted. His overweight appearance and the fact that he is constantly at restaurants would suggest this, but in one sketch, he couldn't eat two slices of pizza.
  • Butt-Monkey: In nearly every appearance he makes, something unlucky happens to him.
  • Catchphrase: [as he sees Grover in other jobs] "I know you. You're that waiter from over at Charlie's!" or "Oh... not you again!" Also "That does it. From now on, I'm taking my lunch with me in a paper sack."
  • Cloudcuckoolander: This is a man who orders a bowl of alphabet soup and expects it to contain each and every letter of the alphabet.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: In early 'Waiter Grover' skits, he was the one who caused Grover trouble.
  • Fainting: He often passes out (or at least appears to) at the end of a skit.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While he's often annoyed by Grover and doesn't hide it, he's shown to be a bit nicer to some of the Sesame Street residents, particularly the younger residents.
  • Memetic Mutation: His interactions with Grover are frequently parodied, and he was a meme on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart due to his physical resemblance to then-Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele.

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Dr. Nobel Price

Brian Muehl (1980-1984)
Kevin Clash (1984-1988)

A scientist who often either thinks he's invented or discovered something only to find out it's already been invented/discovered or uses mundane objects for crazy reasons.

  • Blatant Lies: In one skit, he claims not to be unhappy while sobbing (and by the context, it clearly isn't Tears of Joy).
  • Buffy Speak: He tended to give his inventions (of things that had already been invented) names in this style, like "carry-keeper" (lunchbox), "story-carry" (book) and "dirt-pusher" (broom).
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Among other things, he thought socks weren't invented yet and thought using a balloon to "find the sky" was something most people were inclined to do.
  • Ditzy Genius: He's talented enough to be an award-winning scientist, yet he often goofs up due to lacking basic facts.
  • Labcoat of Science and Medicine: Is a scientist and wears a lab coat all the time.
  • Punny Name: His name is a deliberate pun on "Nobel Prize".

Old MacDonald

Performer: various

A Tall Orange Anything Muppet guy who, among other things, introduced the music video of The Oinker Sisters' new hit song: "A New Way To Walk".

  • Mid-Vid Skit: Well, it says it all as he introduced the song by The Oinker Sisters.

Phil Harmonic

Performer: Jerry Nelson
Anything Muppet: Large Lavender Live Hands

The host of Live from the Nesterpolitan Opera and Pretty Great Performances.

  • Punny Name: His name is based on the word "Philharmonic", which means "devoted to music" and features in the names of many symphony orchestras.

Prairie Dawn
"Oh welcome, oh welcome, to our little play/ We're ever so glad you could join us today/ To read all these tropes which make up my life/ Which may have been chock-full of chaos and strife."
Performed by: Fran Brill (1971-2014), Stephanie D'Abruzzo (2015-present)

A Hot Pink Anything Muppet, pageant-obsessed girl who aspires to a career in journalism.

  • Catchphrase: "Oh, dear!" is her catchphrase, usually followed by a groan.
  • Drama Queen: Rants whenever she's upset or frustrated.
  • Face Palm: Her signature gesture, whenever the other Muppets mess things up in her plays (in other words, every single play).
  • Foil: Some Cookie Monster-centric sketches show her as the prim, polite counterpart to his messy and undignified gluttony.
  • Girly Girl: When it comes to Muppets performed by Fran Brill, she's this compared to Zoe's Tomboy (although Prairie doesn't usually exhibit normal stereotypic behaviors of one).
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: She's very tiny; whenever she interacts with male muppets like Grover or Cookie Monster, they tower over her.
  • Intrepid Reporter: Besides hosting pageants, this is another role she's often played.
  • Large Ham: When she's unhappy, she makes a very big deal out of it.
  • Oh, Crap!: In one Letter of the Day skit, she actually eats the Letter of the Day and gets very gassy from it.
  • Once an Episode: There is a whole set of sketches where Prairie Dawn tries to keep Cookie Monster away from a Letter of the Day Cookie. Three guesses how that turns out.
  • One of the Boys: A downplayed example, but Prairie is seen with male Muppets more often than female, usually the likes of Cookie Monster, Grover, Elmo, Telly and Big Bird.
  • Only Sane Woman: Tends to play this role to the other, zanier Muppets.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Her skin is hot pink and she's a prim and proper Girly Girl.
  • The Smurfette Principle: One of the few female recurring Muppets in the early days of Sesame Street. These days, Abby Caddaby, Rosita, and Zoe have made for a slightly more gender-balanced cast.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: She never actually says it in so many words, but when you watch her pageants or demonstrations with Cookie Monster, it's clear that she must be thinking it.
  • True Blue Femininity: Usually wears blue.
  • Wise Beyond Her Years: Prairie is reportedly 6 years old and is easily the most "mature" of the Muppet cast, to the point of serving as a director and reporter in many episodes and direct-to-video specials.

Prince Charming

Frank Oz
An Orange Gold Anything Muppet prince who appeared on Sesame Street News with Kermit the Frog.
  • You Look Familiar: Although it is the same Anything Muppet, Prince Charming has nothing to do with Guy Smiley.

Professor Hastings

Frank Oz
A Fat Blue Anything Muppet Teacher who would give out some lectures. He also appeared as a panelist on What's My Part?

Readers Of The Open Range

The trio Cowpokes who love to read.
  • Can't You Read the Sign?: When they saw the banner sign reading "Welcome to Bisbee Arizona." They told the citizens who think they are lost in the range that Bisbee, Arizona is the name of the town.
  • Signature Song: "We're Readers, Readers, Readers of the Open Range, We're Readers, Readers, Readers of the Open Range!"

The Rhymies


An Anything Muppet trio who speak in Rhyme. Their names are Larry (Lavender), Marry (Pointy Green), and Barry (Fat Blue).

  • One-Shot Character: They only appeared in two skits, one were they went sailing on a boat at sea and the other had them going camping in the woods.

Roosevelt Franklin
Matt Robinson (1970-1975); Chris Knowings (voice), Ryan Dillon (puppetry) (2019)

A young African-American boy who appeared in seasons 1-7. Best remembered for his recurring segment as a teacher who educates his peers at Roosevelt Franklin Elementary School. He proved popular enough to spawn his own record album, The Year of Roosevelt Franklin, released in 1971 on Columbia Records. The character was dropped at the height of his popularity. Like Herbert Birdsfoot, he and his mother made their last on-screen appearances in the finale sequence of The Muppet Movie. However, the character continued to appear in the show's tie-in books for two decades, and made his final overall appearance in 1996 with Elmo's Lift-and-Peek Around the Corner Book. He was the spiritual predecessor to Kingston Livingston III.

  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Eventually dropped from the show amid concerns that his Jive Turkey tendencies were too stereotypical. Some people also complained that his rowdy behavior in class was reflecting poorly on their children. (Don Music was subject to similar complaints.) Despite this, he is fondly remembered by older fans and has gained a following amongst younger ones, and even made a cameo in the 50th anniversary special.
  • Commuting on a Bus: After he quit portraying Gordon, Matt Robinson still stuck around on the show to write the Roosevelt Franklin sketches and perform Roosevelt's voice.
  • Cool Teacher: He teaches his own class at his own school, and uses things like songs and colorful visual aids in his lessons.
  • Jive Turkey: He was portrayed by a purplish Muppet, but he was clearly intended to be African-American, complete with stereotypical mannerisms and slang. Much of the controversy over the character was divided between whether he was too black, or was a shallow Cliché Storm who wasn't a realistic portrayal of black culture.
  • Totally Radical: Being an attempt at a "hip" character, his sketches tend to feel more dated.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: String beans.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Not only is he a child who works as a teacher, the school is named after him!

Roxie Marie

Fran Brill (1991-1998)
Biff's 10-year-old niece who lives in Canarsie and has a fondness for bugs.
  • Ascended Extra: Fans may only recognize Roxie from the stage shows, where she lasted much longer than in the actual series.
  • Big Sister Mentor: Anytime she and Elmo are paired up together, though she usually sees him as an Annoying Younger Sibling who will, "get in the way."
  • Vocal Evolution: In her earliest appearances, Roxie spoke in a genial tone with just a touch of a suburban accent. Eventually she was established as Biff's niece, at which point her voice became a bit more gruff (think Zoe's voice, but deeper) and her accent more thickly defined as someone who grew up in Brooklyn.

Sherlock Hemlock
Jerry Nelson (1970-1996), Matt Vogel (2019)

A Green Anything Muppet somewhat inept detective. Like many others, he's fallen by the wayside over the past decade or so.

  • Captain Ersatz: It goes without saying that he wears a deerstalker cap and tweed Inverness cape.
  • Catchphrase: He often shouts, "Egad!".
  • Clueless Detective: He has a tendency to miss the obvious when solving "mysteries".
  • The Ditz: Sometimes forgets that he did some of the "crimes" himself.
  • Does Not Like Spam: Implied not to like bread crusts in one skit.
  • Identical Grandson: He evidently had a caveman ancestor: the Royal Smart Person.
  • Leitmotif: His entrances are usually heralded by a distinctive organ tune. Lampshaded in one skit by Ernie: "Hey, that's detective music!"
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Jerry Nelson patterned his voice for the character after that of the English film actor Ronald Colman.
  • Sherlock Homage: About as blatant as it gets, with his British accent, deerstalker, cape and magnifying glass. Several generations of Americans kids were familiar with Sherlock Hemlock long before they found out about Holmes.
  • Shout-Out: His name is based on Sherlock Holmes and he acts like Hercule Poirot.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: He maintains that he's "the World's Greatest Detective", despite ample evidence to the contrary.

Simon Soundman
Jerry Nelson (1970-1999)

A Fat Blue Anything Muppet who has an unusual way of talking. He would replace some words with sound effects.

  • Alliterative Name: His first and last names begin with "S".
  • Meaningful Name: He can speak in sound effects and his last name is Soundman.
  • Stock Sound Effects: He has the ability to speak with added sound effects. For example: In one of the Grover the Waiter sketches, Simon said to Grover, "I would like to buy a [clucks like a chicken] sandwich!" In another sketch, he wanted to use Ernie's telephone, but Ernie had trouble understanding him.
  • Unsatisfiable Customer: When he was at Charlie's, Simon ranted, "Why did my brother recommend this restaurant? The service is terrible." It may be that Simon Soundman's brother is the usual customer, Mr. Johnson. And both are Fat Blue Anything Muppets originally performed by Jerry Nelson.

Sinister Sam

Jim Henson

The Large Lavender Live Hands Anything Muppet meanest roughest cowboy in the west.

  • Men Are Tough: Well, Sam looked for some suspect for some problems he is having problem. Like at one time, he was looking for Doc Holiday because he had an itchy trigger finger (and he means his finger is really itchy).

Sonny Friendly

Performer: Richard Hunt (1986-1992), David Rudman (1992-present)
Anything Muppet: Large Lavender Live Hands
Sonny Friendly

The Large Lavender Live Hands Anything Muppet host of "Sonny Friendly's Traveling Game Show". He also appeared as the host of The New Here Is Your Life in the 1990s.

  • Catchphrase: "Are we having a nice day, or what?"
  • Game Show Host: He frequently pops up to make just about anything into a game show (much to the annoyance of some of the cast).
  • Security Blanket: His Teddy Bear from The Crying Game Show.

Richard Hunt (1971-1992)
David Rudman (1992-present)

He is Biff's partner and is made from Tall Orange Anything Muppet.

  • The Piano Player: Sully has played music on the piano (including the sketch where he and Biff - mostly Sully - build a piano).
  • The Speechless: Sully usually never did speak (mostly because he couldn't get in a word edgewise over Biff).
  • Suddenly Voiced: Rarely, he speaks (like in Outrageous Makeover: Home Addition).

Tito Mouse
Tito Mouse
Performer: Martin P. Robinson
Anything Muppet: Lavender

One of the Miami Mice. He is a parody of Miami Vice character: Ricardo Tubbs. He is made from Lavender Anything Muppet.

The Twiddlebugs
The Twiddlebugs
Performed by: Various

A Group of Anything Muppet insects who lives in Ernie's window.

  • Alliterative Family: Their names are Tina, Thomas, Timmy and Tessie.
  • Gender-Equal Ensemble: Two males (Thomas and Timmy) and two females (Tessie and Tina).
  • I Am Not Weasel: When they first obtain their pet caterpillar Jeff, they think he's a cat.
  • Nuclear Family: Father, mother and two children.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Even though the Twiddlebugs always manage to overcome even the most seemingly insurmountable tribulations, such as figuring out how to exit a roller rink, their ultimate solutions are rarely the most logical, though they remain blissfully unaware of them.

Vincent Twice
Performer: Martin P. Robinson
Anything Muppet: Orange Gold

The Orange Gold Anything Muppet Host of Mysterious Theatre.


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