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Yolanda Rat
Performed by: Karen Prell (1984-1985), Camille Bonora (1988), Alice Dinnean (2010), Julianne Buescher (1994, 2015-present)

Rizzo's on-again-off-again girlfriend, introduced as one of the rat crowd in The Muppets Take Manhattan and appearing sporadically in Muppet productions ever since.

  • Ascended Extra: In The Muppets Take Manhattan, she was The Chick of Rizzo's group of rats and though she's definitely the non-Rizzo rat to make the most appearances in productions afterwards, she didn't appear very often and usually only for cameos. In the 2015 show, she became a regular character as Kermit's secretary.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She can more than keep up with Rizzo.
  • Hidden Depths: Apparently, she's studying to become an ultrasound technician (she has a B average).
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Extremely sarcastic, sometimes all too willing to step on other people's toes and not always the most moral of rats — but not a bad person.
  • Sassy Secretary: In the 2015 show. With her trademark Brooklyn accent, it was probably inevitable.
  • Voice Changeling: She has an uncanny knack for imitating voices.
  • You Dirty Rat!: Like Rizzo, she mostly subverts it, but still has some of the trademark characteristics, enough that it didn't come across as too out of character when she played one of the swindlers in the Muppet version of The Emperor's New Clothes.

Bean Bunny
Performed by: Steve Whitmire
Voiced by: Dave Coulier (Muppet Babies (1984))
Debut: The Tale of the Bunny Picnic (1986)

Created for a one-off HBO special, Bean Bunny went on to become a recurring character in The Jim Henson Hour and late-period Muppet Babies, and had a major role in Muppet*Vision 3D. He's childlike and cute, he knows it...and he uses it to curry sympathy when his attempts to help the show go awry.

Kermit: We hired him to act cute, so the rest of us don't have to.

  • Love to Hate: invoked Despite not being a villain per say, this was The Jim Henson Company's purpose for him. He's so cute, he's annoying.
  • Mr. Imagination: In The Tale of the Bunny Picnic.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Scooter even comments that "Cute is his middle name" in The Muppets at Walt Disney World. ("Actually, it's Norman," Bean replies.)

Performed by: Kevin Clash
Debut: The Jim Henson Hour (1989)

Part of the MuppetTelevision crew at his debut, Clifford went on to be the host/straight man of Muppets Tonight in 1996.

  • Ascended Extra: He actually started off as this, as a new member of the Electric Mayhem in some later specials (including The Muppets at Walt Disney World) and then got promoted to a main character for Muppets Tonight. Now he's come full-circle...
  • Cool Shades: He couldn't wear them on Muppets Tonight, much to Kevin Clash's chagrin.
  • Deadpan Snarker: It's very rare, but he is known for having a deadpan sense of humor on occasion.
  • Demoted to Extra: He was the last Muppet designed by Jim Henson and it seems they had something planned for this guy. But after Muppets Tonight went off the air and Kevin Clash left the picture...
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: He looks a lot like Bob Marley.
  • Not So Stoic: The formerly cool-as-a-glacier Clifford tended to lose his composure under the stress of being a TV host.
  • The Ghost: Clifford's girlfriend, whom he's constantly talking to over the phone.
  • Put on a Bus: According to Kermit on Twitter, Clifford went back to playing the bass, which is why he is not making any appearances.


Performed by: Dave Goelz
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Was in Jim Henson's original pilot of The Jim Henson Hour, titled Inner Tube TV. Digit was the keyboard player for the all-new band and had a more-robotic voice. Digit is also the only Muppet from said pilot to remain on board when the show was changed to The Jim Henson Hour.
  • Robot Buddy: He appears to be robotic, and serves as something of Kermit's sidekick during MuppetTelevision.
  • Unexpected Character: After two decades of absence, he randomly showed up again in the video game Muppets Party Cruise.

Waldo C. Graphic

Performed by: Steve Whitmire
  • Fad Super: Muppet*Vision 3D was his finest hour (and it still plays at Disney theme parks to this day), but his VR manipulation and outdated CGI gave Waldo a short shelf life indeed. You'd think with 3-D movies being all the rage these days, he'd be primed for a comeback...

Performed by: Gord Robertson (1989), Dave Goelz (2015)

A nerdy human Muppet who was initially rather unknown, but made a comeback as an IT guy on Up Late With Miss Piggy.

  • Ascended Extra: Managed to go from being an obscure Muppet on a short-running show to being a recurring character in the 2015 show.
  • Author Avatar: He's a caricature of Bill Prady. The fact that Prady was a producer for the 2015 show is the reason he managed to come back.
  • Catch Phrase: "I'm Chip. I'm the IT guy."
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: In the 2015 show, he's treated as this due to his obscurity and weirdness, having been pranked at least once via email. He doesn't mind.
  • Nerd Glasses: He wears a pair of them.
  • Playful Hacker: He often invades the Internet accounts of other cast members; not for bad intentions, but because he doesn't have a sense of privacy.
  • Recurring Extra: When he's not contributing to the plot in the 2015 show, he tends to be seen working in the background.
  • Remember the New Guy?: An odd case; he's not actually a new Muppet, but his obscurity means he's treated as one in the 2015 show. He has to introduce himself to every other cast member because he's just that unknown.
  • Self-Deprecation: Given how he's portrayed in the 2015 show, it's clear that he's meant to be this for Bill Prady.
  • Unexpected Character: Nobody expected him to return for The Muppets. Not even himself.

The Elvises

Performed by: Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Bill Barretta, Brian Henson, Jerry Nelson, others
Debut: Muppets Classic Theatre
  • Elvis Impersonator: The Elvises have had many Muppeteers over the years, all of whom count as these. Part of the fun is hearing the subtle differences between the different performers' imitations.
  • Elvis Lives: And there are three of him! Nobody finds this odd.
  • Elvish Presley: In their debut, they were the stars of a rather unconventional telling of The Elves and the Shoemaker, thanks to Rizzo initially mishearing the title.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: They don't really interact with the main cast much. They appear, rock out, and leave.

Pepe the King Prawn
Performed by: Bill Barretta

A Spanish prawn with an odd accent speech pattern. He often attempts to be a womanizer.

  • Ascended Extra: Became an ascended extra starting with Muppets From Space, but came full circle when he was Demoted to Extra for the 2011 movie. He got re-promoted for the 2015 show.
    “What? He’s a handsome man, and gender is fluid!”'
    • There's a Genius Bonus here: For prawns, and a few species of shrimp, gender is fluid: they can be born male and become female later in life.
  • Berserk Button: Calling him a shrimp rather than a prawn.
  • Big Guy, Little Guy: The little guy to Seymour's big guy.
  • Breakout Character: One of the very few post-1990 Muppet characters to become a full-fledged member of the core cast.
  • Pluralses: He often speaks of his fondness for "womens".
  • Those Two Guys:
    • He and Seymour the Elephant were this on Muppets Tonight. (What happened to Seymour the Elephant? Well, he failed to have a funny accent...)
    • He and Rizzo become this in some of the more modern productions like Letters to Santa.
  • Verbal Tic, okay?
  • Wolverine Publicity: A few instances, but the worst was when Disney had him host the special features of the DVDs of four Muppet movies produced before his creation.

Bobo the Bear
Performed by: Bill Barretta
  • Breakout Character: One of the very few post-1990 Muppet characters to become a full-fledged member of the core cast.
  • Gentle Giant: Like Fozzie, he's more of a teddy bear than a menacing one.

Johnny Fiama
Performed by: Bill Barretta
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome / Demoted to Extra: His appearances became much more limited after 2005, with the Bohemian Rhapsody video from 2009 being his final appearance to date. And with his performer Bill Barretta confirming in 2015 that his puppet had deteriorated (along with Sal Minella's), it's even more unlikely that he'll be seen again anytime soon.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Sal Minella.
  • Meaningful Name: Fiama is an anagram of Mafia, a reference to the rumor that Frank Sinatra achieved fame through his underworld connections.
  • Momma's Boy: Johnny Fiama loves his mama.
  • UST: With Miss Piggy, of all people.

Sal Minella

Performed by: Brian Henson
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome / Demoted to Extra: Just like with Johnny Fiama, his appearances became much more limited after 2005, mostly because his performer Brian Henson stopped being a full-time performer. The Bohemian Rhapsody video from 2009 is his final appearance to date. And it's all the more unlikely we'll be seeing him again after confirmation from Bill Barretta (Johnny Fiama's performer) in 2015 that his puppet had deteriorated (along with Johnny's).


Performed by: Brian Henson

Dr. Phil Van Neuter
Performed by: Brian Henson
  • Freudian Excuse: This guy's been messed up his whole life.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Mulch. Although the "heterosexual" part gets a little murky when you see that Phil's wife, Composta Heap, is essentially Mulch in drag...
    • Actually, it was stated that the only reason he hired Mulch to begin with was because Composta is Mulch's sister, instead making his employment an act of Nepotism.


Performed by: Kevin Clash
  • Early-Bird Cameo: His puppet was originally used on The Muppet Show in a sketch from the fifth season and as a Frankenstein's Monster in the Nephew of Frankenstein sketch from The Muppets Go to the Movies.
  • The Igor: He's a grotesque brute who serves as Dr. Phil Van Neuter's assistant.
  • The Unintelligible: With the exception of the end credits' blooper reels, he does not say anything other than inarticulate growls.

Big Mean Carl
Performed by: Bill Barretta
  • Big Eater: He continues the proud tradition of Muppet monsters with voracious appetites.
  • Breakout Character: Like Pepe the King Prawn and Bobo the Bear, he is one of the very few post-1990 Muppets who is still a prominent recurring character in Muppet productions, albeit not as prominently as Pepe or Bobo.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: The main drive of his character is that he eats living things without remorse.
  • Extreme Omnivore: As all good Muppet monsters are, there is very little he won't devour.
  • Flat Character: When he appears, it is usually just to eat other characters and be mean.
  • Jerkass: They don't call him Big Mean Carl for nothing.

Performed by: Peter Linz
Debut: The Muppets (2011)

  • Ascended Fanboy: The lucky guy gets to meet his idols, help them come back to relevance and even gets a part in their telethon and becomes a member of the gang!
  • Audience Surrogate: As Tough Pigs put it, "(...)Walter is us. I related with his character so much, I practically expected him to say that he runs his own website for Muppet Fans Who Grew Up."
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: He was completely absent from the 2015 show aside from the 10-minute presentation pilot, which is very notable considering that far less important Muppets made appearances in it and his puppeteer worked on the show. He ultimately returned in 2017.
  • Fanboy: Of the Muppets. Because he is one himself, not that he knew that.
  • Keet: He's very excitable and energetic, especially when fanboying.
  • Hidden Depths: He can whistle, but he didn't think of it as a talent until he was put on the spot and had to do something to fill time.
    • Gary and Walter are given the task of putting costumes together, and the former briefly mentions that he and Walter are both "really good sewers".
  • Nice Guy: Walter is very kind and friendly to others.
  • Oblivious Adoption: Averted. The film never even addresses how human Gary and Muppet Walter are brothers.
    • According to Jason Segel, they just decided the audience will go with it, like how in The Great Muppet Caper, people just went with the idea of Fozzie and Kermit being identical twin brothers.
  • Out of Focus: Played with in Muppets Most Wanted, where he's still a main character, but the classic Muppets get more focus than in The Muppets.
  • Put on a Bus: Despite Peter Linz being credited for every episode, and Walter appearing in the original pilot (with no lines), Walter does not make a single appearance in the 2015 TV series.
    • He's back in the Muppets Now, as the format works better for his excitable nature.
  • Ridiculously Average Guy: Walter is a brand-new Muppet created for the film and is described as a plain brown Whatnot. He's not exactly a fan of how generic he is.
  • Stage Fright: So bad he managed to make a Walter-shaped hole in a brick wall when running away.
  • Victorian Novel Disease: Prone to fainting when he gets overexcited or overstimulated, despite being able to withstand an electric fence shocking him. He faints seeing Kermit in the flesh and after waking up, he's told he was brought into Kermit's house, immediately fainting again (albeit much more briefly).

80's Robot

Voiced by: Matt Vogel
Debut: The Muppets (2011)
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Unlike Walter, who was only absent temporarily after Muppets Most Wanted, 80's Robot's absence is another story as 80's Robot has yet to make appearances outside of Muppets Most Wanted.
  • Demoted to Extra: In Muppets Most Wanted, where he doesn't have any lines at all.
  • Disco Dan: Apparently never got the input code that TAB and New Coke are out of vogue.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: He's one of the rare Muppets not to have any mouth where the puppeteer's hand can operate from. He's all remote-controlled by someone off-screen. If he were to appear in any other movie, audiences wouldn't think of him as a Muppet at all.
  • Robot Maid: Introduced as a butler for Kermit when he is found living in his mansion. Assumed to act as someone Kermit can talk to without being completely lonely... to an extent.


Performed by: Matt Vogel
Debut: Muppets Most Wanted (2014)

The world's most dangerous frog. He just so happens to look exactly like Kermit the Frog, save for a mole on his face.

  • Big Bad: He is the main villain in Muppets Most Wanted.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: He relishes in his criminal status, and wants to steal the famous Crown Jewels of England to ensure that his name will go down in history as "Greatest Thief of All Time".
  • Faux Affably Evil: Constantine is only polite because he needs to be to keep the Muppets on his side.
  • Glass Cannon: He can take out human guards quickly and effortlessly as long as he has surprise and momentum on his side, but he's still just a frog. Piggy takes him out in seconds as soon as she gets a hold of him.
  • Hates Being Touched: He really doesn't like it, and barely puts up with it because it's crucial to his plans.
  • Jerkass: How do the other gulag prisoners know that Kermit isn't him? Constantine apparently never says thank you for anything.
  • Kick the Dog: While his treatment of Dominic is kind of funny, it's also rather cruel. There's also framing Kermit for his escape, and arranging a wedding with Miss Piggy which he would almost certainly have broken off.
    • The Dog Bites Back: Dominic tries to betray him. Key word being tries. Piggy has more luck, effortlessly slapping him around a helicopter.
  • Laughably Evil: He's just as humorous as any regular Muppet. But he's also probably the most vile and menacing Muppet ever seen thus far.
  • Overly Narrow Superlative: "The most dangerous frog in the world" (which, as Piggy points out in the climax, isn't really saying much).
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Lampshaded when some of the Muppets find out eventually. Kermit is not pleased.
  • Talking to Himself: Since Matt Vogel took over for Kermit, this was the case during their appearance in the 2017 Pentatonix Christmas special.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Demonstrates extreme stage fright. He quickly overcomes it so it doesn't interfere with his plans.


Performed by: Julianne Buescher
Debut: The Muppets ("Pig Girls Don't Cry")

Kermit's girlfriend in the 2015 show. They got together shortly after Kermit and Piggy had their big break-up.

  • Romantic False Lead: Given that she's in the way of one of TV's most famous couples, this is inevitable, especially after she and Kermit split in "Swine Song".

Gloria Estefan

Performed by: Peter Linz
Debut: The Muppets ("Swine Song")

An adorable baby penguin that Piggy takes home with her from a trip to Argentina. No relation to the singer.

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Doc Hopper

Portrayed by: Charles Durning
Debut: The Muppet Movie (1979)

Proprietor of a French-fried frog legs fast food franchise, Doc Hopper sees Kermit the Frog as the ideal spokesman for his product. Kermit refuses to shill for him, but Hopper really won't take no for an answer...


Portrayed by: Austin Pendleton

Doc Hopper's somewhat nerdy assistant brought Kermit to his boss's attention after seeing the frog not only ride a bicycle, but also perform with Fozzie Bear at El Sleezo's Cafe. He's initially supportive of Hopper's attempts to make Kermit a spokesfrog, but soon enough he's only sticking with the bad guy for the money, and even that motivation only goes so far...

  • Heel–Face Turn: He never actually joins the good guys, but he warns Kermit and the gang about the frog killer, and is overjoyed when the giant Animal scares Doc Hopper away.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: He's not very good at being an evil henchman.

Ebenezer Scrooge

Portrayed by: Michael Caine
  • Anti-Hero: The same tropes from the original book can fit him here.
  • Catch Phrase: "Bah Humbug!" of course.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: After his visit from the final spirit is enough to knock some sense into Scrooge and get him to become a better person.

Jim Hawkins

Portrayed by: Kevin Bishop

Long John Silver

Portrayed by: Tim Curry
  • Affably Evil: He's usually nice to Jim.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: The scene in which he prepares to leave in a rowboat at the crack of dawn and that scene being the last time he'll ever see Jim is sad. It's made even more sad when Long John decides he would rather not shoot Jim where he stands.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Shooting Jim where he stands is one of the lines he would rather not cross.
  • Faux Affably Evil: As the ship's cook, pretending to be nice to everyone.
  • Karma Houdini: Or not, considering his escape boat sprang a leak. Even if he did manage to swim back to Treasure Island, the treasure itself would have been lost either way.


Portrayed by: Jason Segel


Portrayed by: Amy Adams

  • Cool Teacher: Her students even simultaneously admit they'll miss her during their two-week Spring Break.
  • Deus ex Machina: When the Muppet Theater loses power during the telethon, she abruptly appears to repair the fuse box.
    • Chekhov's Gunman: Her knowing how to fix the fuse box was forshadowed early on, when she's teaching kids how to repair cars. It's her sudden appearance when she was in another state that makes it Deus ex Machina.
  • Foil: Arguably to Miss Piggy — then "Me Party" shows that the two aren't so different.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Amy Adams, natch.
  • Nice Girl: Mary is friendly and kind, although she does have her limits.
  • Wrench Wench: Fixes a car for her class's benefit. And she's a Girly Girl, no less!

Tex Richman

Portrayed by: Chris Cooper

The prospect of oil under the site of the old Muppet Show theater prompts this billionaire to buy the building under the guise of turning it into a museum. When the good guys learn of his scheme to raze it, their quest to raise enough money to buy it back begins. He's got all the trappings of a classic kiddie-movie villain...except the Evil Laugh.

Dominic Badguy

Portrayed by: Ricky Gervais
Constantine's right-hand man, Dominic gets tangled up with the Muppets even before his boss does, suggesting that they go on a world tour and kicking off the movie's plot.

  • Affably Evil: He's surprisingly polite, all things considered.
  • Beard of Evil: Ricky Gervais keeps his beard for the role.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: His efforts to overthrow Constantine end terribly, and he's ultimately laughed into prison.
  • Butt-Monkey: He's treated like this in the song "I'm Number One", with a door swinging into his face being one such example of him being a victim of this trope.
  • Curbstomp Battle: Is on the recieving end of one of these, courtesy of Constantine.
  • The Dog Bites Back: He attempts to betray Constantine because he treats him horribly. It doesn't work.
  • The Dragon: To Constantine.
  • Dragon with an Agenda: He doesn't like his boss, however.
  • Evil Brit: For a given measure of "evil", given how he's rather affable.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Unlike the previous movie's villain Tex Richman, Dominic Badguy does not reform from his evil ways.
  • Hyper-Competent Sidekick: While Constantine is plenty competent for the most part, he does the lion's share of his and Constantine's activities, from heists to keeping up the charade that Constantine is Kermit. Unfortunately, betrayal is one of the few areas he's lacking in.
  • I Lied: This realization is first Lampshaded by Walter when he informs Fozzie that Dominic Badguy lied and he's responsible for the ticket sales numbers.
  • Meaningful Name: They don't call him Badguy for nothing.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: His failed betrayal is partly out of greed, but mainly because Constantine treated him like rubbish.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Downplayed, but someone called "Dominic Badguy" probably isn't the most heroic character. He manages to persuade the Muppets that it's pronounced "bahd-gee".
  • Obviously Evil: Oh come on. Just look at his name!
  • Spanner in the Works: His betrayal may have ended disastrously, but it did slow Constantine down.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Or so he thought; Constantine set the record straight for Dominic after stating he doesn't tolerate his own boss attempting to betray him before ejecting him from the helicopter.
  • The Starscream: As explained in his Villain Song duet with Constantine and later demonstrated during Dominic's attempted coup, key word being "attempted".


Portrayed by: Tina Fey

A feisty Russian prison guard who loves Broadway and has a crush on Kermit.

  • Genre Savvy: Works out most of Kermit's escape plans owing to her watching many prison films on Netflix. Breaking out with the cover of a show wasn't something she saw coming.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's a little rude and manipulative, but at the end of the film, she lets Kermit go after realising that she'd take him away from his family if she took him back to prison.
  • Stalker with a Crush: It seemed Nadya quickly figured out Kermit wasn't the criminal that belonged in her gulag. But her Stalker Shrine to Kermit in her locker implies she had her own reasons for keeping him in her gulag.


Portrayed by: Margo Harshman (Pilot), Riki Lindhome (Actual series)
Debut: The Muppets ("Muppets Presentation Pilot"/"Pig Girls Don't Cry")

Fozzie's human girlfriend, who sometimes gets involved in the antics around Up Late With Miss Piggy.

Lucy Royce

Portrayed by: June Diane Raphael
Debut: The Muppets ("Swine Song")

The president of the network that airs Up Late With Miss Piggy. While initially not present, she eventually starts to meddle with the show on occasion.


Portrayed by: Utkarsh Ambudkar
Debut: The Muppets ("Swine Song")

A branding guru that Royce hires to help run Up Late With Miss Piggy alongside Kermit. However, he tends to have bad ideas that make him little more than a nuisance around the office.

  • Its Pronounced Tropay: He insists his name is spelled "Pizza" for branding purposes, even though, as the Muppets point out, pizza in and of itself is not technically a brand.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Is not above using underhanded tactics to get his way, from having guest stars pulled at the last minute to bribing the writers with new suits.

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