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"To take a blank piece of paper and draw characters that people love and worry about is extremely satisfying. It really does not matter what you are called, or where your work is placed, as long as it brings some kind of joy to some person some place."
Charles M. Schulz

One of the most popular and influential daily Newspaper Comics of all time, Peanuts, created by Charles M. Schulz, debuted on October 2, 1950. Schulz went on to write and draw the strip for 49 years, 3 months and 1 day.

While it's got a large cast, the stars of the strip are a boy named Charlie Brownnote  and his pet beagle Snoopy.

Peanuts had its origins as a successor to Li'l Folks, a weekly feature that Schulz had drawn for his hometown newspaper in the late '40s. It ended its long newspaper run in 2000, with the final weekday strip appearing on January 3 and the final Sunday strip on February 13 of that year... which, as it turned out, was one day after Charles Schulz died in his sleep at the age of 77. Since then, the comic has kept a place in many newspapers by way of reruns.

The strip's popularity eventually launched the franchise of the same name, which includes a series of animated TV specials – beginning with the classic Christmas Special A Charlie Brown Christmas, which was an annual mainstay on American network television for more than half-a-century – as well as several feature films, a Saturday-Morning Cartoon series, and even a couple of live-action musical adaptations. As of 2022 the specials are exclusively available on Apple TV+, which is also producing original series and new specials for online viewing.

In 2011, Boom! Studios began producing a series of Peanuts comic books (as part of the KaBOOM! Comics line), featuring new content as well as old strips. Peanuts comic stories had been previously commissioned for Dell Comics in the late '50s and early '60s.

The complete Peanuts comic strip archive can be viewed at See also the official Peanuts web site. Fantagraphics Books began publishing a multi-volume series collecting the strip's complete run in dead-tree format in 2004; the series, which encompasses 26 volumes, was finished in 2016.

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  • Abhorrent Admirer: Sally to Linus, Lucy to Schroeder, possibly even Peppermint Patty to Charlie Brown. In a weird, deranged way, Clara to Snoopy too.
  • Aborted Arc:
    • Frieda's cat Faron only appeared for a few strips before Schulz realized that since Snoopy didn't speak in words, the only way to have him interact with Faron would be to have them think at each other (as Snoopy would later do with his siblings). Also, by his own admission, Schulz looked at his drawings of Faron and realized uncomfortably that he couldn't draw cats very well. When he got rid of the cat, his only regret was naming it after Faron Young, his favorite country singer. In the late 1960s, Schulz would introduce the unseen, (originally) unnamed "The Cat Next Door", and was much more pleased with the results.
    • What had been intended as a lengthy – possibly months-long – arc with Linus and Lucy's family moving away came to a very sudden end because fans objected.
  • Abridged for Children: Charles Schulz poked fun at this trope in an early '60s comic strip:
    Violet: What are you reading?
    Charlie Brown: This is an adaptation of Sherlock Holmes.
    Violet: An adaptation?
    Charlie Brown: Yes, it's been adapted for children... It's not unlike drinking diluted root beer!
  • Absurdly Sharp Claws: The cat who lives next door to Charlie Brown and Snoopy is able to rip large portions of Snoopy's doghouse off in a single swipe, though it's unclear whether this demonstrates sharpness or sheer brute strength. Either way, you wouldn't want to meet that feline in a dark alley.
  • Accidental Athlete: Discussed Trope. One strip has Charlie Brown recounting his fantasy of catching a wild foul ball while watching a baseball game, prompting the manager to declare, "Sign that kid up!" Linus responds that many millions of other kids have had the exact same daydream.
  • Accidental Misnaming:
    • "Stop calling me 'sir'!"
    • "I am not your 'sweet babboo'!"
    • Early on, the name of the strip (which Schulz always hated to begin with) led some fans to think Charlie Brown's name was Peanuts. This is most likely why the Sunday strips had the title "Peanuts featuring 'Good ol' Charlie Brown'".
  • The Ace: Peppermint Patty was introduced as baseball phenom who manages five home runs in her first game, after offering her services to Charlie Brown's team. But she quickly became a Small Name, Big Ego with subsequent appearances.
    • Later Peppermint Patty introduced Jose Peterson, an even bigger baseball phenom who had once hit .640. And followed that up with an .850. To put that in perspective for those unfamiliar with baseball, no major league hitter has hit .400 since Ted Williams in 1941.
  • Acid Reflux Nightmare: The special What a Nightmare, Charlie Brown is all about one of these suffered by Snoopy.
  • Actually Pretty Funny: In an early Sunday strip, the gang plays "Blind Man's Bluff". Charlie Brown goes first, tripping over a rock and running into a tree during his turn. Patty and Violet take his blindfold off, worried that he might hurt himself even more.
    Charlie Brown: Why are we stopping? That was fun!
  • Adaptation Expansion: The TV specials naturally are more elaborate than the comics they are based on, but one particular example is He's a Bully, Charlie Brown. This special is actually based directly on an arc from the comic from April 1995, but with quite a few key changes. First, it takes place at a summer camp instead of around the neighborhood, and Rerun is given a proper motivation to want his marbles back — his grandfather was a master marbles player and the marbles he lost to Joe Agate were originally his grandfather's possession. Finally, Charlie Brown trains for the match against Joe instead of inexplicably being skillful at it right out the gate.
  • Adults Are Useless: Very much so, but "Useless"? Try non-existent.
    • And it's probably just as well they weren't seen, because the rare situations where the main characters had to interact with them often portrayed them as incompetent. In one story arc, Charlie Brown went to talk to his pediatrician to find out why the school board (which the doctor was a member of) had banned a book called The Six Bunny-Wunnies Freak Out from the school library. The doctor fainted. The nurse later told Charlie Brown that little kids made him nervous. (Remember, this was a pediatrician.) Later, Charlie Brown told Linus that the doctor admitted that he only reads medical journals, but the pictures upset him.
    • Another story arc shows that Peppermint Patty's teacher is a Lawful Stupid type. A hole in the ceiling classroom was causing rain to fall on Patty's head. According to Marcie, the teacher couldn't move Patty to another desk, because that would disrupt the alphabetical seating arrangement.
    • There was one animated special, Snoopy's Reunion, where there are not only adults seen, they can be heard. It's the one where Charlie Brown gets Snoopy for the first time. We see the puppy farm owner and he even talks.
    • Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown! had a couple of adult characters who appeared on camera and spoke normally: the cab driver who took Snoopy to Wimbledon, and the teacher at the French school. There is also a London waiter who speaks in a thick Cockney accent that the kids can't comprehend, and Violette's uncle, "The Baron," who speaks normally but appears only in silhouette.
    • And more background adults (or possibly teenagers) at the club in Flashbeagle.
    • Adults are heard, but not seen, in She's a Good Skate, Charlie Brown, but that's due to the storyline requiring intelligible adults for once (most notably, the rink announcer).
    • The adults in This Is America, Charlie Brown. They were everywhere; again, this was needed for the concept — a look at famous American historical events, inventions, and music — to work, plugging in the kids as a Universal-Adaptor Cast of sorts. And, unlike most of the above examples, we even see their faces.
    • There's also the live-action title character in It's the Girl in the Red Truck, Charlie Brown (played, incidentally, by Charles Schulz's daughter, Jill).
    • Occasionally in the first decade or so of the strip, there was offstage dialogue from parents — usually Linus and Lucy's — but only once did Schulz even try to draw adults, in three Sunday strips in 1954 (starting here). Even then they're only seen from the neck or legs down, or as outlines in distant crowd shots (as part of a storyline involving Lucy participating in a golf tournament). The perspectives are noticably wonky, with the kids barely reaching the adults' knees; notably, those three Sunday strips were not reprinted in any Peanuts collection until Fantagraphics put out the 1953-1954 edition of The Complete Peanuts.
    • The strips where Rerun was carried along with his mom when she went bike riding showed her, though admittedly they only showed her back, and she never said anything.
    • Charlie Brown does go to his father's barber shop and comments on how great his father is for showing him affection.
    • Violet always took unseemly pride in comparing her father's accomplishments with those of the other kids'.
    • Off-screen, there had to be a whole townful of adults giving Halloween trick-or-treaters treats, and rocks to Charlie Brown.
    • In one story arc, the gang is sent to summer camp. Peppermint Patty sees the Little Red Haired Girl for the first time, and she gets upset because she thinks she can't compete with someone as pretty as that. A fight breaks out among the girls, and because Charlie Brown's name is mentioned in the fight, the adults assume he must be some kind of troublemaker and send him home. Linus is livid, but Charlie Brown is in too much awe over the fact that some girls were fighting over him to care, plus he hates camp anyway, so it's not much of a punishment for him.
  • An Aesop:
    • One story had the moral that sometimes, people only tell you things are wrong because it's new to them. Throughout the Story Arc, everyone who saw Linus doing that told Lucy "Your brother pats birds on the head", which prompts Lucy to demand that Linus stop it. Linus is bewildered that people would have a problem with something that only alleviates the birds' depressions and in turn gives Linus a great sense of fulfillment. When he asks just what is wrong with it, all Charlie Brown can give for an answer is "no-one else does it!"
    • Charlie Brown always learns that even if you are the world’s greatest underachiever, there is always a silver lining.
  • 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!")
    • 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.
    • 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."
  • All Love Is Unrequited:
    • Lucy's unrequited crush on Schroeder, Sally's unrequited crush on Linus, Linus's unrequited crush on Miss Othmar, Charlie Brown's unrequited crush on the Little Red-Haired Girl, Peppermint Patty's and Marcie's unrequited crushes on Charlie Brown...
    • Double subverted with Charlie Brown and Peggy Jean. They actually become an item for awhile and it looks like Charlie Brown will finally be happy. Then she reveals that she's got another guy waiting for her on the soccer field and dumps Charlie Brown.
  • Alpha Bitch: Violet and Patty had traits of this trope in the early years. But the reigning champ is Lucy. Later on Violet and Patty were relegated to the status of Beta Bitch to Lucy's Alpha Bitch.
  • And This Is for...: In Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown, when Linus is unable to give his candy to Miss Othmar because she left with her boyfriend, he feels so upset that he goes up onto a bridge and starts throwing off the candies one by one (Snoopy and Woodstock both catch the candies in their mouths and eat them). As he throws each piece of candy off the bridge, he says things that start with this trope:
    Linus: This one is for love! And this one is for Valentine's! This one is for romance! This one is for Elizabeth Barrett Browning! This is for "How do I love thee!" This is for...
    • In a 1959 storyline, Linus threw rocks into a vacant lot as a "release for [his] pent-up emotions": "This is for all the nasty things they said about George Washington! THIS is for people who hate little kids! And THIS is for people who kick dogs! THIS IS FOR HOT SUMMER NIGHTS! AND THIS IS FOR COLD WINTER MORNINGS! AND THIS IS FOR LIES AND BROKEN PROMISES! [to Charlie Brown] Do you have any requests?" Even Schroeder got in on the action, adding, as Linus was about to throw another rock: "THIS is for people who don't like Beethoven!" Linus repeated, "YEAH! THIS IS FOR PEOPLE WHO DON'T LIKE BEETHOVEN!" as he threw the rock, then paused in amazement at what he had just said.
  • Animal Jingoism: Snoopy had a deep hatred for cats, especially the Cat Next Door and Frieda's cat Faron. He also claims to have the world's largest collection of anti-cat jokes. On the other hand, he never misses a chance to boost dogs, especially beagles.
  • Animate Inanimate Object: Linus's blanket was depicted as alive in one story arc, and spent the week terrorizing Lucy.
    • The Kite-Eating Tree is also depicted as one of these.
    • Charlie Brown's baseball glove has attempted to avoid associating with him, even attempting to crawl away from him.
    • Charlie Brown and Sally's school building. Sally talks to it on occasion, and it drops bricks on people who insult it.
    • Several other objects occasionally have thought balloons as a punchline, including the pitcher's mound and a leaf Sally brought for show and tell.
  • Animated Adaptation: Quite often.
    • The 1980s Saturday morning cartoon series The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show consisted largely of animated adaptions of the actual comic strips, from story arcs adapted into five-to-eight minute segments to shorter segments based off of Sunday strips. This approach was first used in the 1981 special A Charlie Brown Celebration and the 1983 series It's An Adventure, Charlie Brown, the latter of which basically serves as a pilot for The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show.
  • Anti-School Uniforms Plot: There was an arc involving school uniforms being instated, to the great displeasure of Peppermint Patty, who had to give up her sandals and shorts. She ended up taking her school to court, and won.
  • Anxiety Dreams: Snoopy and Charlie Brown blame theirs on eating pizza before bed.
  • Appeal to Familial Wisdom: Several characters will quote their Aunt Marian from time to time.
  • April Fools' Plot: Lucy enjoys playing rather cruel April Fool's jokes on Charlie Brown, usually dealing with the Little Red-Haired Girl or baseball. In 1969, Lucy even warned him in advance that she was going to play such a joke on him, and Charlie Brown still fell for it, infuriating Linus, who called him out for being so "vulnerable."
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking:
    Lucy: I got it! We'll demand full-page ads in every newspaper!
    Linus: We'll start a chain of Beethoven superstores!
    Sally: We'll build a Beethoven theme park!
    Charlie Brown: We can have a BAKE SALE!
    • When Peppermint Patty is considering enrolling in a private school and is looking through brochures:
    Peppermint Patty: Here's one that advertises "adventure, fellowship and creativity." And here's one that has an indoor riding ring and an Olympic-sized swimming pool. Here's one that has field trips to Norway and Holland...
    Marcie: Here's one, sir, that emphasizes remedial reading.
    Peppermint Patty: Are you trying to bring me back down to earth, Marcie?
  • Art Evolution: The earliest Peanuts strips have much cleaner, more three-dimensional artwork... which, admittedly, looks really weird nowadays. By the mid-'60s the look of the strip and its characters had more or less settled into what we're all familiar with. Over the final decade or so of the run, meanwhile, the art became scratchy and squiggly due to Schulz's decreasing motor skills.
  • Artistic License – Animal Care: Charlie Brown is seen feeding chocolate to Snoopy in some strips. Dog owners can tell you this is a big no-no. (In one later strip, he gets it right, telling Snoopy that he made him a chocolate sundae for dessert but then had to eat it himself because he heard on the radio that chocolate wasn't good for dogs.)
    Snoopy: Disappointment isn't good for dogs, either.
    • In one 1958 strip, Charlie Brown says that Snoopy eats nothing but pizza, "three times a day, day after day, week after week."
  • Artistic License – History:
    • An in-universe example occurs in Snoopy!!! The Musical, in the song "Edgar Allan Poe". Everything Charlie Brown says about Poe is utterly incorrect. Linus gets almost everything right, only he inexplicably spells the man's middle name wrong— it's "Allan", with two As.
    • Numerous school reports by Peppermint Patty and Sally. Here are some of them:
      Peppermint Patty: This is my report on Washington, D.C. "D.C." stands for Doctor. Dr. Washington was an ophthalmologist. His best friend was named Bunker Hill. One day on the battlefield Dr. Washington looked at Bunker Hill and said, "There's something wrong with the whites of your eyes!" As a reward for saving his friend's vision, the people voted to make Dr. Washington their coach.
      Sally: Britain was invaded in the year 43 by Roman Numerals.
      Sally: Abraham Lincoln was our sixteenth king and he was the father of Lot's wife.
      Sally: This is my report on Columbus Day. Columbus Day was a very brave man. He wanted to sail around the world. "I can give you three ships, Mr. Day," said the Queen.
  • 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.
  • Aside Glance: Occasionally a character will give one of these to the reader. Snoopy seems especially fond of them.
  • Asleep in Class:
    • Peppermint Patty is always falling asleep in class. It's been suggested in the strip that the reason for this is she stays up too late at night (possibly out of fear, since her father is often away from home on business). Marcie, who sits behind her, will either try to wake her up or play tricks on her while Peppermint Patty is asleep.
    • Marcie herself has fallen asleep in class on a few occasions. In one instance, she had to get up early to be at her school patrol post on time, but fell asleep at her classroom desk.
    • The first character depicted as falling asleep in class may actually have been Linus (March 14, 1970 strip). He explained, once awakened, that although he'd had a good night's sleep, "sleeping is like eating" and the nap was "my dessert."
  • Ass in a Lion Skin: Snoopy has a penchant for pretending to be various other kinds of animals — including an alligator, an anteater, a bald eagle, a bat, a beaver, a songbird, a boa constrictor, a cow, a cricket, a dinosaur, an elephant, a giraffe, a goat, a gorilla, a kangaroo, a lion, a moose, a mountain lion, a mule, an owl, a partridge (in a pear tree), a pelican, a penguin, a piranha, a polar bear, a prairie dog, a rabbit, a rhinoceros, a sea monster, a shark, a sheep, a tiger, a vulture, and a wolf.
    • The beagle's distinctive vulture stance when feeling shy or exasperated is Truth in Television.
  • Ass Pull: In-Universe, Snoopy's story "It Was a Dark and Stormy Night" includes one of these. A shot rings out, a door slams, and the maid screams. Up to that point, it reads like a murder mystery. But then Snoopy writes that a pirate ship shows up! With an Aside Glance and a grin, Snoopy thinks "This twist in the plot will baffle my readers..."
  • As the Good Book Says...:
    • Linus is frequently given to quoting Scripture. Sometimes other characters also do it.
    • In one strip Sally asks Charlie what all the "John 3:16" signs people are holding up at a football game mean. When he tells her about the reference she says, "Oh. I always thought it was a reference to John Madden."
    • In one Sunday strip, Schroeder tries to console Charlie Brown on another lost baseball game with the quote "Man is born to trouble, as the spark flies upward" (Job 5:7). The game then turns into a extended discussion on the book of Job, with each character offering up interpretations that fit with their personality.
    • In a Sunday strip with Lucy and the football, she quotes Ecclesiastes: "To everything there is a season [...] and a time to pull away the football!"
    • During the "Mr. Sack" arc (see Story Arc below) Charlie Brown muses on the irony of his sudden popularity by quoting Matthew 13:57: "A prophet is not without honor, save in his own country."
  • Athletically Challenged: Charlie Brown's unseen idol Joe Shlabotnik is said to be a terrible baseball player. He has a .004 batting average, which means he gets on base once every 250 tries. This results in him being demoted to the minor leagues.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: In a departure from what is a relatively down-to-earth franchise, one episode of The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show depicts Snoopy and Woodstock climbing a beanstalk and encountering a giant who looks like Bill Melendez.
  • 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 Appeal: Biblical and literary references (especially to Russian literature) and baseball, tennis and golf trivia. Schulz is also a Francophile from being a soldier in France during World War II, and often has Snoopy as his Author Avatar for the dog's fantasies.
  • Author Avatar:
    • Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and during his later years, Spike. Charlie Brown often recounted things from Schulz's childhood (and late adulthood), while Snoopy engaged in activities from his young adulthood. Spike lived in Needles, CA, where Schulz grew up.
    • Charlie Brown's father, while also based on Schulz's father, stands in for Schulz in many stories that the characters are too young to have experienced themselves. Perhaps the best example was Schulz's favorite strip which recounted Schulz's own confusion of Anne Baxter and Susan Hayward.
  • Awesomeness-Induced Amnesia: The special It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown has Charlie Brown giving the Little Red-Haired Girl the customary kiss... and after a state of euphoria, he wakes up in bed the next morning with no memory of what happened after. Linus tells him later that he was the life of the homecoming dance, which Charlie can't recall.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other:
    • Linus and Lucy are practically the sibling Trope Codifier, as perhaps best illustrated in the strip where Linus encourages a gloomy Lucy to count her blessings. When she demands to know what blessings he thinks she has, he replies, "Well, for one thing, you have a little brother who loves you." She stares at him for a Beat panel, then hugs him and bursts into tears.
      Linus: Every now and then, I say the right thing.
    • This goes for the whole gang. If something happens to Charlie Brown, Lucy's a nervous wreck. If something happens to Lucy, it's Schroeder who suffers. And, though Snoopy drives the kids up the wall, everyone is sad when he's not around. Schulz himself probably said it best:
      "I think all the characters in the strip are really very fond of each other, but they are also very hard on each other."
    • One series of strips had Charlie Brown sent to the hospital for unknown reasons and Lucy was a complete nervous wreck the whole time, so much so that she actually swore that she'd let Chuck kick the football the next time around. And she actually did. Partly due to Linus's telling her that you can't break a promise you've made to a sick person, but nonetheless. Unfortunately, Charlie Brown fails to actually hit the ball and accidentally kicks Lucy in hand so hard that she ends up needing a cast for it.
  • Baby See, Baby Do: One strip, set when Sally was a baby, has Snoopy dance and Sally start to dance too. Snoopy comments that he feels like the Pied Piper.
  • Balloon Belly: Upon meeting Snoopy's brother, Spike, Lucy found herself disgusted by how skinny he was and attempted to fatten him up. This trope was the end result.
  • Barbershop Episode: In one story arc, Peppermint Patty goes to the barbershop so she can get a haircut for an upcoming skating competition. Charlie Brown's father (the barber) mistakes her for a guy and makes her hair ridiculously short, much to her dismay. She solves the problem by wearing a wig.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Linus once challenged his teacher, Miss Othmar, to give up biting her fingernails when she scolded him for bringing his security blanket to school, and gave her the blanket as collateral. He figured she couldn't do it, but his scheme backfired when she ''did''. (She did eventually give the blanket back on the condition that Linus no longer bring it to school.)
    Linus: I failed to reckon with the tenacity of the modern-day school teacher!
    • Instead of learning from this incident, a few years later, he tried something similar with his "blanket-hating" grandmother, to get her to give up smoking. Once again, the scheme backfired, as Grandma did give up smoking and Lucy hid the blanket from Linus with great relish. This time, however, Linus was more assertive, forcibly grabbing the blanket back from Lucy when she tried to burn it.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: Woodstock is sometimes one of these to Snoopy.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Linus, upon being referred to as Sally's 'Sweet Babboo', or whenever Lydia tells him, "Aren't you kind of old for me?" when he's only three months older than she. Also, in the TV special ''Why, Charlie Brown, Why?, when a bully makes fun of his friend Janice after he takes her hat and reveals her bald head (she has leukemia), he flips out and delivers an epic "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
    • Some others include: suggesting Linus should get rid of his security blanket; also for Linus, insinuating the Great Pumpkin doesn't exist; calling Snoopy "Banana Nose"; insulting Beethoven in front of Schroeder; daring to criticize Lucy for anything she does. (Although in one 1978 storyline, Lucy was simply stunned speechless when Charlie Brown told her she wasn't perfect, and later on regretted not having hit him for that.)
    • Peppermint Patty once slugged another kid for calling her "Sir" (presumably in imitation of Marcie). She didn't usually go that far with Marcie, except on one occasion in which Marcie kept chanting, "Sir! Sir! Sir! Sir!" at her just to annoy her; Patty hit her with a book and Marcie retaliated by pulling Patty's hair, and the girls ended up in the principal's office.
    • Molly Volley, a minor, tennis-playing character from the '70s and '80s with a hot temper to rival Lucy's, had several, most notably being teased for having fat legs.
  • Big Brother Worship: Completely inverted with Sally, who on numerous occasions has not hesitated to let Charlie Brown know that she has zero respect for him and considers him a nothing. That hasn't stopped her from asking, or occasionally demanding, that he help her with homework (often by threatening him if he doesn't comply).
    • Also inverted, in the later years of the strip, with Rerun, who is contemptful of Linus for still having a security blanket. In one strip, he even says, "My older brother should be my role model, but that blanket business takes care of that." Rerun looks up to Lucy considerably more than he does Linus, but even Lucy isn't exempt from his snarkery.
  • Big "NO!": Whenever any of the gang is really frustrated, they are prone to scream, "AAUUGH!"
  • Bigger on the Inside: Snoopy's doghouse. Its interior was never shown (except in the cartoon where it appears to be an Elaborate Underground Base), but we know it contains a Van Gogh painting (later replaced with an Andrew Wyeth after the doghouse burned down and was rebuilt), a pool table, a bridge room, a swimming pool, a postage meter, etc...
  • Black Bead Eyes
    • Lampshaded in one strip (which is also the page image) when Lucy asks Charlie Brown if he thinks her eyes are beautiful, and he replies, "Yes, they look like little round dots of India ink!" Lucy was actually an aversion in her earliest appearances, when she was depicted as a toddler with prominent Sphere Eyes. Eventually, she (and Linus, and Rerun) were usually shown with small lines on the sides of their eyes to give them a distinctive look from the other characters.
    • Truffles, a minor character introduced in the '70s as a romantic interest for Linus (and Snoopy), was another Sphere Eyes aversion.
    • Spike is another aversion, having also been depicted with Sphere Eyes in his earliest appearances, which soon changed to his more iconic "sad/drooping" eyes look.
  • Black Comedy: No, there's no death, but laughing at the pathetic tragedy of Charlie Brown's life is still an example of this.
  • Blind Without 'Em: Marcie was once told by Peppermint Patty that she would look more sophisticated with her glasses up on her forehead, resulting in her bumping into walls, a lamppost, etc. Marcie noted that "Before I became sophisticated, I almost never had headaches."
  • Blunder-Correcting Impulse: In this strip, Linus has taken over for Charlie Brown as the pitcher for their baseball team. When Charlie Brown sees that Linus is trying to pitch while wearing his blanket over his head, he comes out and takes over the pitching again.
  • Bootstrapped Theme: "Linus and Lucy" is possibly the most famous example. Made even more confusing when there actually is a song called "Charlie Brown Theme" out there, and a few of the specials actually used it. "Linus and Lucy"'s ear worm powers are so mighty that they can just usurp the name. Being heavily featured in A Charlie Brown Christmas, the most famous of the specials, helps.
  • Boyish Shorts: Outside of winter settings, the boys (such as Charlie Brown, Linus, and Schroeder) wear shorts. While adults aren't seen, the shorts help visualize the children as too young to wear long pants regularly and thus still naive and young in the world. Averted with Franklin who wears long pants, but he wasn't introduced until the late 1960s, when the wearing of long pants was becoming more common on young boys.
  • Bowdlerise:
    • That's right, not even Peanuts was immune to censorship. At least on the television, and namely It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown. Twice during the story's central football game, Lucy pulls the ball away from Charlie Brown, as per the usual, causing the play to fail... and Peppermint Patty blames CB in both of these instances. Viewers protested because it was Lucy's fault, so future airings and releases of the special to this day censor those two instances (but miss others!) of PP's blame. This, however, could add Nightmare Fuel to the special because the "offending" lines were backmasked. Her original linesnote  can be heard here.
    • An interesting case where Schulz self-censored. A 1978 appearance by Spike had a running gag of Spike watching Hogan's Heroes on TV, but when the strips were printed in the papers, the references to "Colonel Hogan" got changed to "Mister Spock", at least in some papers. The best explanation seems to be that Schulz changed them after the murder of Bob Crane about a month before the strips were supposed to run. However, all book reprints of the strips kept the Hogan references.
    • In Snoopy!!! The Musical, Charlie Brown erroneously claims that Edgar Allan Poe wrote Black Sambo. This was changed to Harry Potter in the 2017 revival.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: In an early strip, Schroeder plays a note on his piano, then runs over to Charlie Brown.
    Schroeder: Hey, Charlie Brown! I've got "perfect pitch"!!
    Charlie Brown: You mean "a perfect pitch"... Besides, who cares? The baseball season is over!
    Schroeder: [walking away, annoyed] Sometimes I think I should put in for a transfer to a new comic strip!
    • Schroeder did one in Mar 16 1997, talking about the Carnegie Hall concert with Lucy.
    • Again with Schroeder in strips of him playing his piano with music notes over it. Snoopy would often interact with said music notes, such as shoving them aside so he could lie on the piano, slipping himself in between the bars, using it as a bowling lane and striking the notes down like pins, etc. Schroeder also once weaponized this against Lucy, making the music notes appear and shove her off the piano.
  • Breakout Character:
    • Snoopy. The first couple of years of the strip had him being a non-entity who never spoke and was treated as a secondary character. But he quickly became arguably the most famous character of the series. There's a reason the official name of the strip's website was "" for much of the internet era (both before and years after Schulz's death).
    • Alternatively, you have Lucy (upstaging original female lead characters Patty and Violet) and Peppermint Patty, who had her own supporting cast of sorts (Franklin, Marcie, and occasionally José Peterson).
    • Schulz admitted in the liner notes to one book that Peppermint Patty was probably the only one of his characters besides Charlie Brown who could carry a strip by herself.
    • In the late 1950s, the strip had a heavy focus on Lucy and Linus; they both tended to appear in more strips than Charlie Brown, along with Snoopy. It could be because for much of the first decade of the strip, Lucy and Linus were the only kids to be siblings, while the rest of the kids were only children, prior to Charlie Brown's sister Sally being born in 1959.
  • Break the Cutie: Poor Charlie Brown can barely go a day without being miserable.
  • Break the Haughty: Sometimes Charlie Brown will get a few small victories, making him cocky, only to fail due to his overconfidence.
  • Brick Joke: The first strip about kicking the football had Violet (not Lucy) moving the ball because she was afraid Charlie Brown would miss and kick her arm. Decades later, Lucy promises to let Charlie Brown kick the football if he gets out of the hospital. When he does, she makes good on the promise… and, sure enough, he misses and kicks Lucy's arm.
    • The strip of December 22, 1962 references the San Francisco Giants' heartbreaking loss in Game 7 of that year's World Series two months earlier, with a despondent Charlie Brown asking, "Why couldn't (Willie) McCovey have hit the ball just three feet higher?" Then, in the January 28, 1963 strip, Charlie Brown (apparently still not quite over it) wails, "Or why couldn't McCovey have hit the ball even two feet higher?"
  • Bridal Carry: Inverted in a 1977 strip, when Linus lands in Sally's arms after dropping from Snoopy's tail.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Despite his intelligence and wit, Linus is an average student at best — several storylines in the early and mid-1960s dealt with Linus's parents' and teachers' disappointment over his poor grades and/or failing to make the honor roll, since he has such great potential. In Linus's own words, "THERE'S NO HEAVIER BURDEN THAN A GREAT POTENTIAL!" A big part of the problem, though, seems to be that he's just not motivated, since he often makes up excuses to get out of doing his homework or studying for tests.
    • Although another explanation for Linus's poor grades may be that he doesn't do as well in school without his security blanket. In a 1962 strip, Linus explains that having his blanket at school "calms [him] down, and helps [him] to get better grades," and went on to add, "Nobody laughs at a straight A average!" However, in a later storyline, Miss Othmar forbade Linus to bring the blanket to school.
  • Bubble Pipe: Snoopy uses one of these in the special It's a Mystery, Charlie Brown, where he's playing a detective trying to find Woodstock's nest.
  • Buffy Speak: Snoopy's novel The Lonesome Horse Person.
  • Butt-Monkey:
    • Charlie Brown is the unequivocal epitome of this trope, with a goodly amount of The Chew Toy and Woobie thrown in for good measure. Given the series' focus on neuroses, a good amount of the cast have similar moments, though they struggle to compete with the former.
    • If it isn't Charlie, then it's his sister Sally, or Peppermint Patty, especially in class. The only real difference between them is that at least Patty is The Ace at baseball.
  • Call-Back: One arc in the late '90s has Rerun patting birds on the head, much to the annoyance of Lucy, who comments how Linus did the same thing back in the '60s in a similar arc.
  • Calling Me a Logarithm: One story arc has Marcie and Peppermint Patty going to summer camp. Marcie mentions that a boy has been calling her names. Peppermint Patty is ready to step up and take care of this kid, but Marcie was already way ahead of her (hitting the boy with her lunch tray, shoving him in poison oak, etc). In the end, it's revealed that the boy actually has a crush on Marcie, and she had been misinterpreting his little pet names as insults.
  • Canine Confusion:
  • Can't Get Away with Nuthin':
    • One storyline has Charlie Brown contracting "eraserophagia" after nibbling on erasers, prompting him to lampshade this at one point:
      Charlie Brown: So I'm an eraser nibbler! Why should I be punished for it? Can't I ever get away with anything?
      Linus: "Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap."
      Charlie Brown: (banging his head on a tree) I can't stand it!
    • Tired of the abuses of the Kite-Eating Tree, Charlie Brown tells it that if it keeps biting his kites, he'll bite it. And he does. Leading to him getting fined by the EPA.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Linus once told one of the gang about how he'd met a really nice girl who he liked a lot, and he'd wanted to say something to her to introduce himself, but he couldn't really find the words. His solution? "So I hit her."
  • Canon Discontinuity:
    • Provoked by the appearance of the Little Red-Haired Girl, Schulz firmly insisted that the animated specials "don't count."
    • Similarly, the existence of Charlotte Braun was denied until the '00s, when Schulz's estate FINALLY agreed to reprint the strips in which the character appeared. Although in one of the final Peanuts books to come out before his death, Schulz did show a reader's letter complaining about the character and the sketch of Charlotte with an axe in her head he sent in response.
  • Cash Lure: According to a strip from 1985, this is Spike's favorite April Fools' Day joke, with a purse on a string. Because he's in the desert, however, no victims come by.
    Spike: I'll wait for ten more hours, but then that's it.
  • Cats Are Lazy: Frieda's cat Faron was so lazy, he was never seen walking on his own. He always was carried around, either by Frieda or whoever she could talk into doing it for her.
  • Cats Are Mean:
    • The cat who lives next door, known as "World War II", has been known to slice vast chunks out of Snoopy's doghouse and beat up Snoopy and Peppermint Patty simultaneously — always off-panel, although often in response to Snoopy's provocation.
    • Brutus from Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown wasn't exactly friendly, either.
  • Central Theme: The cruelty and unfairness of childhood.
  • Cerebus Retcon: The Running Gag of Peppermint Patty falling asleep in class is Played for Laughs but it's later revealed that she's a latchkey kid who constantly stays up late waiting for her single dad to come home. She's not lazy: she's genuinely sleep-deprived.
  • Chain Letter:
    • Charlie Brown got one in a 1967 story arc. He ultimately decided to break the chain and ripped the letter into shreds — and immediately afterward was drenched in a sudden downpour.
    • Two decades later, Lucy sends chain letters to everyone on Charlie Brown's baseball team, thinking they'll have good luck (and maybe win a game) if no one breaks the chain. When they lose anyway, she blames Charlie Brown for breaking the chain.
  • Characterization Marches On: In the strip's first few years the characters are barely recognizable.
    • Charlie Brown was, incredibly, a happy and self-confident young child in the earliest strips before he became the universe's Chew Toy. Admittedly, given how Shermy openly insulted him at every opportunity, it's no shock C.B. ended up so broken. Looking at the 50s strips, it's almost jarring — some strips ended with Charlie Brown either chasing someone or being angrily chased for pulling a prank on someone.
    • Lucy started out as a wide-eyed, sweet little baby before evolving into the crabby fussbudget the reader usually thinks of her as being.
    • Linus was originally a hyper-intelligent toddler who built impossibly large things with his toy blocks before he became an Innocent Prodigy.
    • Snoopy was just a "regular" dog.
    • Violet seemed to be presented as a child Love Interest and was a relatively reserved girly girl type character. Before suddenly Taking A Level In Jerass out of nowhere.
  • Character Catchphrase:
    • "Good grief!" was the expression of exasperation of choice for most of the characters, Charlie Brown most of all.
    • "You blockhead!" was the insult of choice for most of the characters, with Charlie Brown the most common object.
    • "AAUGH!" was the comic's preferred yell of pain, anger, or despair.
    • "I can't stand it! I just can't stand it!" was another common expression with which the cast expressed frustration.
    • "Rats!" was yet another popular expression of disgust.
    • Charlie Brown has two regarding his dog: "Why does he/do you have to make such a big deal out of everything?" and "Why can't I have a normal dog like everyone else?"
    • "Stop calling me 'Sir'!" was Peppermint Patty's stock response to Marcie doing exactly that.
    • "I'M NOT YOUR SWEET BABBOO!" Not that Linus' endless cries of this do anything to dissuade Sally...
    • Snoopy also had the Mad Libs Catch Phrase "Here's the world-famous (X) doing (Y)".
    • Occasionally, Lucy laments "I'll probably never get married" in response to Schroeder's latest rejection.
  • Character Development: It took a few years after Peppermint Patty's introduction in 1966 for her character to be fully fleshed out beyond her love of baseball.
  • Character Name and the Noun Phrase: Snoopy's beloved Bunny-Wunnie books are generally titled The Six Bunny-Wunnies and [X], though a few (like the controversial The Six Bunny-Wunnies Freak Out) avert this.
  • Children Are Innocent: Subverted, averted and played straight at various points throughout the strip.
  • Christmas Creep: They joked about this concept a lot. The Halloween-Thanksgiving period was the usual victim of the creep, but in the special It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown, an entire scene takes place in a Christmas display when the gang go to buy eggs.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Many. Schulz had absolutely no qualms about dropping a character if he didn't think they were interesting enough or had run out of ideas for them.
    • The majority of the core cast from the strip's first year got this. Shermy disappeared in the late 60's; Violet and Patty got Demoted to Extra sometime in the early 70's, only appearing in crowd scenes. Only Charlie Brown and Snoopy stayed until the end.
    • Also getting the axe over the years were Charlotte Braun note  (in her case literally), Frieda, Eudora, and 5, to name a few.
  • Classical Anti-Hero: Charlie Brown is one of the most prominent examples.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Lucy to Schroeder and Sally to Linus.
    • Peppermint Patty, despite her denial of having any feelings for Charlie Brown, often shows signs of this as well, particularly regarding the Little Red-Haired Girl and, later on, regarding Marcie, who was rewritten from someone who encouraged Patty to be honest regarding her feelings for Charlie to Patty's (at times) rival for his attention.
  • Clothes for Christmas Cringe: One Christmas strip from the '70's had Snoopy getting a ridiculous-looking hat from Woodstock, and Snoopy deciding that he had to wear it at least once in order to avoid disappointing his friend.
  • Clown-Car Base: Snoopy's doghouse has much more room inside than the outer appearance would suggest, given the many things that have been implied or shown to be in it.
  • Clumsy Copyright Censorship: There were a few product placements for Coca-Cola in A Charlie Brown Christmas. The credits end right before the kids finish singing "Hark, the Herald Angels Sing" because an announcer chimed in at that point to plug the soda, and the opening ends up getting a case of What Happened to the Mouse? as Linus landed on a Coca-Cola sign after being flung along with Charlie Brown by Snoopy.
  • The Coconut Effect: At Schulz's insistence, the characters in the Christmas Special were voiced by actual children – some of them very young kids who couldn't even read well and thus had to learn their lines phonetically and recite them one at a time, which gave their reading a curiously stilted quality. This style became a part of the Peanuts tradition and continued even as the kids aged (and were replaced by new sets of kids, an increasing number of whom would be working child actors).
  • Collective Groan:
    • Charlie Brown's ineptitude on the baseball diamond tends to prompt an anguished cry from his teammates.
    • In A Boy Named Charlie Brown, he loses the big spelling bee when he misspells "beagle," Snoopy's breed. Even Charlie Brown himself reacts in this manner, instantly realizing he misspelled it.
    • In You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown, Linus appears to be a lock to be elected Class President, when the day before the election, he addresses the student body... including his campaign team, Charlie Brown and Lucy, who react as expected.
      Linus: ...And, as a change of pace, rather than campaign talk, I've decided to say a few words about the Great Pumpkin...
  • Comedic Sociopathy:
    • Lucy, occasionally Peppermint Patty, earlier characters Patty and Violet, and every adult in the strip's world. In order for Charlie Brown to get a bag full of rocks on Halloween, there has to be a town full of adults who would give a child a rock.
    • He's Your Dog, Charlie Brown! deals in this. Highlights include Snoopy actually physically attacking Charlie Brown, Schroeder, and Linus, Peppermint Patty treating Snoopy as a slave, and even Charlie Brown himself at one point nearly strangling Snoopy with a leash!
  • Comical Overreacting: In one strip, Linus mistakes his suspension from school for being fired.
  • Comically Missing the Point:
    • Lucy takes this to an extreme in Why, Charlie Brown, Why? in which the plot involves Linus's friend, Janice, being diagnosed with leukemia. Linus tells Lucy who at first doesn't care, then becomes afraid that she will catch cancer from Linus because he was in contact with her. After Linus points out her ignorance, she suggests Janice "probably got cancer because she's a creepy kid." Even after Linus continues to explain otherwise, she still doesn't get it and demands that he takes back the glass of milk she asked him to get, only to have Linus verbally own her: "I don't want to catch your crabbiness!"
    • Another one for Lucy. When she realizes Snoopy isn't as smart as she thought he was, because "he moves his lips when he reads", missing the point that a dog shouldn't be able to read at all.
    • The story of Peppermint Patty's life. On one occasion, she enrolled in — and graduated from — an obedience school for dogs under the mistaken belief that it was an elite private school; on another, she tried to enroll in a school for gifted children under the misconception that "gifted" meant the school gave kids presents.
    • One Sunday strip had the cast playing a game of baseball. Schroeder complains he stubbed his fingers. Charlie Brown asks if he can still play (meaning the baseball game). Schroeder runs home and plays some classical music on his piano, then runs back to the game and assures Charlie Brown he can still play (the piano).
    • Snoopy misinterprets some very brief "thanks for writing" form letters from Six Bunny-Wunnies author Helen Sweetstory as invitations to visit her and write her biography.
    • Charlie Brown, Sally, and Peppermint Patty have a collective case of this in There's No Time for Love, Charlie Brown when their schools are on a field trip to an art museum and they lose track of their classmates and enter the supermarket next door instead. They all grab sale fliers as they enter, mistaking them for museum guides, and conclude from reading them that the museum is in such bad financial straits that they are selling off part of their collection — "They must be desperate! They're practically giving the stuff away!" according to Charlie Brown. A stack of tomato cans is interpreted as a pop art installation by Peppermint Patty, while a meat market is declared by Sally to be an exhibit of dinosaur bones (she had no idea they were so expensive, a nod to the rapidly rising price of meat when the special aired in 1973). Only Marcie senses that they have entered the wrong building, but she cannot get anyone to listen to her doubts.
  • Comic-Book Adaptation: From 1960 to 1964 Dell (then Gold Key) put out a Peanuts comic book. Schulz only drew the first story, with the rest done by assistants Jim Sasseville and Dale Hale. Then in 2011 a new comic book mini-series began under KaBoom!.
  • Comic-Book Time:
    • Characters grow up, but reach a certain cap. Lucy is introduced as a toddler; Schroeder, Linus, and then Sally and Rerun are all introduced as babies. They grow up and eventually reach or become within a few years of Charlie Brown's age. Charlie Brown himself also aged somewhat over the course of the strip; he stated that he was four in a 1950 strip, six in a 1957 one, and eight and a half in a 1979 one.
    • The strip makes fifty years worth of contemporary cultural references, running the gamut from Patti Page in 1953 to Harry Potter in 1999, all without anyone reaching their ninth birthday.
    • The strip eventually stopped mentioning specific years, but this went on long enough that it started to get weird: for example, in the late sixties Lucy is still referring back to events in 1954 and naming the year, yet the characters clearly haven't aged in time with it.
  • Community-Threatening Construction: There's a series of strips from the 1960s (during the height of the Interstate building boom) involving a proposed freeway that would go right through Snoopy's doghouse (insert your own Fridge Logic here). The sequence ends with the revelation that the freeway isn't being built until 1967.
  • Companion Cube: The school building that Sally chats with.
  • Conforming OOC Moment: Whenever Charlie Brown loses a baseball game, his whole team will berate him (or insult him at worst), including Linus (who is usually sweet to Charlie Brown).
  • Confused Question Mark: Pop up in speech bubbles sometimes.
  • Continuity Nod: Very often used in the strips. Very rare in the TV specials due to a loose continuity, with a couple of notable exceptions:
    • In "You're in Love...", during Lucy's rant about having a pretty face, she yells, "Wasn't I the Christmas Queen?!", a clear nod to A Charlie Brown Christmas.
    • In "Easter Beagle...", Sally brings up the trauma she suffered waiting for the Great Pumpkin.
  • Continuity Reboot: Happiness Is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown, a 2011 Direct to Video film from Warner Premiere, is this to the original run of animated specials and series. An adaptation of strips that had previously been adapted in The '80s, it focuses on the core cast from The '60s (save for a Woodstock cameo in the opening sequence), dials back Snoopy's slapstick and Spotlight-Stealing Squad tendencies, doesn't try to be "relevant", disregards the strip and specials' Art Evolution in favor of the '60s-era designs, and is quieter and more melancholy than most of the later adaptations. (In other words, it could coexist with A Charlie Brown Christmas and Snoopy, Come Home, but not with It's Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown).
  • Cool Mask: In one story arc, Charlie Brown goes to camp with a paper sack over his head, covering his face except for two eye holes (It Makes Sense in Context). While he's there, nobody knows who he is and some kids decide, as a joke, to have him elected Camp President. While he's Camp President, everyone takes his advice and he's given the credit for anything good that happens. One kid in particular treats him as a hero. Then CB takes the sack off his head, and the kid stares at him and says "They made HIM camp president?!"
  • Cosmic Retcon: As mentioned in Comic Book Time above, in the early days, Schulz introduced characters as babies – Schroeder, Linus, and Sally – only to age them up to within a couple years of Charlie Brown with absolutely no explanation nor indication they had ever been so much younger.
    • One particularly weird instance happened in 1959, when Sally was born. Linus (also introduced as a baby a couple years earlier) had already gone through this process, but he explicitly mentions being five years older than Sally. By the time of the Christmas special (1965), they're in the same class at school.
  • Counting to Potato: In an early strip, Lucy counts her cookies like this: "One, six, eleventy-four, thirteen-eight, nine million, twelvty-three". But despite this, she can still tell that Snoopy took two of them when she wasn't looking.
  • Crossover: For the second-to-final Veterans' Day strip, Sparky asked Bill Mauldin to briefly come out of retirement so he can draw his famous Willie and Joe characters one last time.
  • Daddy's Girl: Peppermint Patty has a close relationship with her father. 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.
  • Dark Horse Victory: In You're in the Super Bowl, Charlie Brown, Melody-Melody ends up coming out of the stands to beat Linus in the Punt, Pass, & Kick competition. In the process she wins a bike and Super Bowl tickets.
  • A Day in the Limelight: It's a Mystery, Charlie Brown is mainly focused on Woodstock.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Lucy, Linus, Schroeder (usually in response to Lucy's attempts to flirt with him), even Charlie Brown on occasion, but Snoopy most of all.
  • Decided by One Vote: The class election in You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown.
  • Demoted to Extra: Shermy and Patty were the strip's original supporting cast, both appearing for a while as Straight Man to Charlie Brown, Shermy even delivering set-up and punch-line in the very first strip. However, as Schulz started developing new characters they receded further in the background. Shermy last appeared in 1969, and after a one-off mention by Lucy in 1977, vanished completely from the strip's world. Patty's last undisputed appearance was in 1976, but a girl who looks like her popped up a few more times in the final two decades of the strip (and Schulz himself confirmed that one of the appearances was indeed supposed to be Patty).
  • Denser and Wackier: Whilst the strip evolved from its more lighthearted roots into a grittier and more brutally honest commentary on American childhood/society by the mid-Fifties, it also began incorporating more surreal elements like the Kite-Eating Tree (to the extent where it was drawn with a mouth in later appearances), a sentient school building (complete with thought bubbles), and a heavier focus on an increasingly humanoid Snoopy and his wild fantasies.
  • Destined Bystander: In a 1968 sequence Peppermint Patty serves as a summer camp tent monitor for three younger girls named Clara, Sophie, and Shirley. Clara has dark hair and glasses. Three years later Marcie made her official debut, also in a summer camp sequence. The only real difference between Marcie and Clara besides their names is that Clara's glasses aren't opaque. The name Clara got re-used for the overenthusiastic animal lover in Snoopy Come Home.
    • Clara and Sophie re-appeared in 1987, 19 years after their original appearance, in another summer camp storyline. The new Clara had the same Marcie-like hairstyle albeit with a ribbon added, and no glasses. The new Sophie, however, looked somewhat different, as she still wore her hair in pigtails but did not have freckles. She also had a habit of impulsively rushing into things ("HERE I GO!!!").
    • Interestingly, it was Sophie, not Marcie, who was the first to call Peppermint Patty "sir." Unlike with Marcie, however, Patty didn't respond to this with exasperation.
  • The Determinator: No matter how many times he loses, Charlie Brown simply refuses to give up. And he expects the same of his teammates, to the point where he refuses to call games even if it's raining hard enough to flood the entire ball field.
    • 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.
  • Deus Angst Machina: Everything in the universe conspires against Charlie Brown and his search for a bit of happiness.
  • Devastating Remark: In one arc, Marcie asks Peppermint Patty about her crush on Charlie Brown. Peppermint Patty denies it and asks who could love a loser like him. Charlie Brown then emerges from the bushes, clearly heartbroken, and walks off as Peppermint Patty tries in vain to apologize.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: According to Linus, Peppermint Patty did so in a 1975 story arc in which she decides to wait in the pumpkin patch with him for the Great Pumpkin. The "insult" is asking the Great Pumpkin to bring her a new baseball glove. Linus flips out.
    Linus: You don't ASK the Great Pumpkin for something! You wait for whatever he brings you! Don't you know how sensitive he is?! You've done the worst thing a person can do! You've offended the Great Pumpkin! ... You've disgraced yourself! You've offended the Great Pumpkin and the spirit of Halloween!
    Peppermint Patty: [walking away dejectedly] Banished from the pumpkin patch... *sigh*!
  • Digging Yourself Deeper: Peppermint Patty giving an account of her vacation to her class at school:
    Peppermint Patty: I spent a week on my grandfather's ranch...well, it isn't exactly a ranch...he lives sort of in the country...kind of on the edge of town...actually, he has an apartment over a drugstore.
  • Does Not Like Spam: Schulz hated anything coconut-flavoured, and as a result none of the characters like it either.
  • Doing It for the Art: In-Universe When Lucy asked Schroeder if musicians made a lot of money, he flipped out and said he cared nothing about money and this was simply an art, pounding on his piano each time he used the word "art". Lucy was amused by all of this.
  • Don't Call Me "Sir": Peppermint Patty is the Trope Namer… though more commonly the exact line was "Stop calling me 'sir'!"
  • Don't Say Such Stupid Things!: From a 1951 strip:
    Charlie Brown: I'm a useless sort of guy! I'm a lazy good-for-nothing!
    Patty: (with a resounding slap) You can't talk that way about Charlie Brown!
    Charlie Brown: (sitting stunned on the floor) What loyalty!
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male:
    • To a mild extent, with Lucy and Charlie Brown (and more with Lucy and Linus). Charles Schulz even admitted as much in an interview; he found that girls being mean to boys was funny, while the other way around, not so much. In one Sunday strip where Charlie Brown hit Lucy, it was an accident and he felt so guilty about it afterward that he sought advice afterward at Lucy's psychiatric booth, at which Lucy immediately evened the score by slugging him back.
    • While Lucy is the main example, most of the girls have been shown slugging a boy at some point — this happens to Charlie Brown on only the second day of the strip — with even Marcie punching out a sexist kid on Peppermint Patty's team. The only boy who is ever known to hit anyone is Linus with his blanket, and that always happens off-panel.
    • A Running Gag in the stories Snoopy writes is a man making a pun and a woman reacting by hitting him with something.
  • Drench Celebration:
    • This was a Running Gag in the special You're In The Super Bowl, Charlie Brown, where after Snoopy's football team, the Birds, are triumphant in beating the other teams, the teammates dump a cooler of Chirpade over his head, except for the third and final game, where they do this to Lucy instead.
    • In one Peanuts strip, Lucy decides to drench Charlie Brown with water, despite their team never having won a game. When she does follow through with it, Linus screams "Are you out of your mind? Charlie Brown is gonna hate you for the rest of your life!"
    Charlie Brown: [in shock] Did we win?
  • Drop-In Character: Every character can be at any other character's house at any time, even Snoopy (and occasionally, Woodstock). Lucy may irritate Schroeder, but she's constantly at his house leaning on his piano.
  • Dub Species Change: As the entire concept of Halloween wasn't well known in Italy when the strips were first translated, all the references to pumpkins (including the Great Pumpkin himself) have been replaced with watermelons in the Italian translations.
    • Some earlier Italian translations also changed the strips where Snoopy pretends to be a Gila monster to have him state instead he's a warthog.

    Tropes E–K 
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Inverted. Frieda appeared in The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show (and got name-checked in its opening theme song) despite having disappeared from the strip at least ten years prior. Similarly, Violet, who was Demoted to Extra in the '70s, got an appearance in the 2006 TV special He's a Bully, Charlie Brown.
  • Early-Installment Weirdness: Read the strips from the early 50's. It looks and feels like a totally different series.
    • The art was slicker (to the extent of resembling typical early '50s newspaper illustrations), and actually used a range of different perspectives (particularly three-quarter shots, which the strip virtually abandoned following the end of The '50s).
    • The humor was far lighter and often stemmed from kids behaving as kids (albeit precociously), instead of acting like adults (although they always had large vocabularies).
    • The core cast in 1950-1951 consisted of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Schroeder, Shermy, Pattynote , and Violet. The latter three had all but disappeared entirely from the strip by the late 60's (though they continued to appear in the animated specials to fill out crowd shots).
    • Charlie Brown was a lot more confident and assertive, filling the role of The Prankster and (comparatively) the Tagalong Kid as opposed to a perpetually depressed Butt-Monkey. His shirt also lacked its trademark zig-zag during the first two months of the strip's run. Sometimes colourised strips depict Charlie Brown's shirt as red.
    • Snoopy was a normal (presumably non-sentient) dog, and he wasn't definitively Charlie Brown's pet. Also, in at least 1953 and 1954, it seems that Schulz couldn't decide whether to use normal word balloons or Thought Bubble Speech for his dialogue (although in instances where normal balloons were used, it was still clear that the other characters couldn't hear him).
    • In a few early strips, adult characters actually spoke with the children (although this always happened with the word balloons coming from off-panel).
      • There was a story arc in which the kids play Golf - and multiple adults were shown, albeit from the leg-down.
    • Lucy was a wide-eyed, cute little Cloudcuckoolander, who spoke in third person and appeared to be toddler-aged, almost nothing like her later bossy, crabby, mean self.
    • Linus and Schroeder first appeared as babies.
    • The first pulling-the-football-away strip had Violet instead of Lucy, and she pulled it away from Charlie Brown out of fear he'd kick her hand rather than malice. A later strip had Shermy holding the ball for Charlie Brown, who actually kicked it; albeit not very far.
    • Since Li'l Folks was just a weekly collection of gag cartoons and not a formal strip, it's not exactly the same as Peanuts, but you can see the roots of many characters and tropes that ended up in Peanuts, but with some odd differences. One example is a blond-haired aspiring musician who's an obvious forerunner to Schroeder, but he plays a regular piano, and in some cartoons, a violin.
    • There were a handful of early strips showing Snoopy interacting with birds, but the birds are drawn realistically. Too realistically for Schulz's taste, so he stopped doing them, and about a decade later replaced them with the more Woodstock-like abstract birds that became familiar sights.
  • Ear-Piercing Plot: In one arc, Lucy and Peppermint Patty want their ears pierced. Marcie tells them about all the dangers of getting it done by an unskilled amateur; Patty freaks out when she mentions a penicillin shot. Eventually they decide to go the safe route and have a doctor do it, but Lucy chickens out and runs after hearing Patty overreact to it.
  • Easter Egg:
    • 95472 was Schulz's ZIP code (Sebastopol, CA).
    • One strip has Snoopy dictating a love letter to Woodstock, who snickers at what he's being told to write. The shorthand that appears in the first panel reads "To my dearest darling precious sweetie."
    • Schulz often inserted his children's names into the strip (as well as his first wife's name, Joyce) whenever a plot point called for a list of names (such as when Snoopy recites the names of all the girls who sent him Valentines).
    • The exclamation "Poor, sweet baby!," which appeared occasionally in the strip during the 1970s, was something Schulz's second wife, Jeannie, frequently called him. In fact, Snoopy!!! The Musical even includes a song called "Poor, Sweet Baby," sung by Peppermint Patty.
  • Easter Special: It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown.
  • Election Day Episode: In one story arc, Linus campaigns for class president, with Charlie Brown as his running mate. At the very end, however, Linus blows the election by mentioning the Great Pumpkin in his final campaign speech. This storyline was adapted as the special You're (Not) Elected, Charlie Brown; after his apparent campaign-blowing Great Pumpkin speech, Linus goes from certain victory to neck-and-neck with the other candidate, Russell, but when the votes are counted, Russell casts his vote for Linus, feeling he would make a better class president, and Linus wins by one vote. To Sally's disgust, it takes Linus mere minutes to go from planning to tell the principal and teachers what to do to agreeing to do whatever the principal tells him to do.
  • The End of the World as We Know It: A 1980 summer-camp story arc has the entire main cast (including Snoopy) packed away to some sort of evangelism camp, where one of the guest speakers terrifies Peppermint Patty with his talk about Doomsday and "the last days." Patty realizes she's been had when Marcie informs her the camp is soliciting $8 million worth of donations to upgrade its facilities.
    Peppermint Patty: The world may end tomorrow, but I wasn't born yesterday!
    • In an earlier Sunday strip from 1973, Sally watches the final round of a golf tournament on TV and hears the announcer say "There's no tomorrow!", which she interprets to mean that the end of the world is at hand, then runs around the neighborhood whipping Linus and Snoopy up into a panic.
  • Entertainingly Wrong: This 1961 strip.
    Charlie Brown: Valentines, huh?
    Violet: Yes, they're for all the boys I like in our class at school.
    Charlie Brown: Wait... you dropped one... it has the initials "C.B." on it. We wouldn't want to lose THAT one, would we? Ha ha ha ha ha ha!
    Violet: No, I guess not... Craig Bowerman would be very disappointed.
  • Epic Fail:
    • Charlie Brown's curse is to fail spectacularly at most of what he attempts.
    • Peppermint Patty isn't immune to this either. In a strip from December of 1989, she's getting ready to throw around a football with Marcie. It's very cold, but that's no problem, because Patty has a hoodie to keep her warm! Telling Marcie to kick the ball to her as soon as she gets it on, she puts it on backwards and then pulls the hood up, yes, over her face. Not able to see a thing, she misses the catch and gets hit in the head with the football a moment later.
      • Although it's possible she put it over her face on purpose to protect her face from the ball, since Marcie is so inept at anything sports-related. After all, Marcie is the one whose reply to Patty asking her to join her baseball team was, "What if I get put in the penalty box?"
    • Most of the gang's baseball games go poorly, but once, in the first game of the season, they give up a hundred runs. In another game, where Peppermint Patty is a guest pitcher, she pitches a no-hit game and makes five home runs and the team still ends up behind 37 to 5, leading her to quit in frustration. And if Charlie Brown is involved, even Peppermint Patty's team is vulnerable: in a 1981 storyline, Patty let Charlie Brown take over for her as pitcher, with her team leading 50-0 and two outs in the bottom of the ninth. They lost 51-50.
      • Still, none of this compares to one 1959 strip in which Charlie Brown's team lost 600-0.
      • Nevertheless, Charlie Brown's team has been shown to win some games — mainly the ones in which Charlie Brown does not play. A rare exception to this rule occurred in a 1973 storyline in which Charlie Brown's team managed to eke out a victory because Rerun kept getting "walked" at bat. However, even this ended badly, as the team were forced to forfeit due to a gambling scandal involving Rerun and Snoopy.
    • All of the decathletes in You're the Greatest, Charlie Brown — except for Marcie — fail in epic fashion in at least one event.
      • Charlie Brown gets off lightest; he finishes last in the 100m and 400m, but his worst performances are in the 110m hurdles, when he knocks over every hurdle but one and finishes last by several seconds, and the 1500m, when he is so elated by taking an early lead that he closes his eyes and misses the first turn in the track completely, running out of the stadium and out of contention.
      • Freddie Fabulous, the Fremont school champion, collides face first with the bar in the high jump on only his first jump, and trips while gearing up to throw the discus and falls flat on his face.
      • But it's the Ace Obedience School champion, the Masked Marvel (better known as Snoopy), who racks up the most embarrassing failures; he drops the shot on his foot in the shot put, his attempt to hop gracefully over the high jump bar ends in disaster when he lands on the bar instead and is launched halfway across the field, he ends up throwing the discus straight up into the air and unsuccessfully tries to outrun it when it lands again and spins around like a runaway wheel, and he gets his collar stuck on the pole during the pole vault and is launched halfway across the field again. Peppermint Patty later tells Charlie Brown that "the Masked Marvel" and Freddie Fabulous also got into a fight on the last lap of the 1500m and were both disqualified. Small wonder Marcie ends up winning the decathlon!
  • Eskimos Aren't Real: Lucy once spent several strips mocking Charlie Brown for telling her that birds fly south for the winter: "In all my life, Charlie Brown, I have never met anyone with an imagination like yours!" When Chuck insisted, and also added that they fly north during the summer, Lucy sarcastically retorted that they must fly east during the spring and west during the fall. Then she pressed the issue further with "Chickens are birds, aren't they?! You never see a chicken flying south for the winter, do you?! CHICKENS ARE BIRDS, AREN'T THEY?!" Eventually Lucy learned (from a third party) that Charlie Brown was right about (some) birds flying south for the winter, and had to eat crow.
  • Establishing Series Moment: The comic sets its tone with the very first strip, which features Shermy watching Charlie Brown walk down the street, repeatedly calling him "good ol' Charlie Brown," before grumbling "how I hate him" as soon as he's out of sight. In those four panels, Peanuts immediately establishes its trademark contrast between its cheery art style and acidic, observational humor and Charlie Brown's status as someone whose good-hearted nature is offset by how often he gets picked on by the world around him.
  • Even the Dog Is Ashamed: Snoopy frequently feels this way about Charlie Brown.
  • Everything's Better with Rainbows: Linus uses this to assure Lucy that the world won't flood – sound theology does tend to put your mind at rest.
  • Everybody Do the Endless Loop: The famous dance sequence in the Christmas special.
  • Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!:
    • Charlie Brown is hit by this when the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm calls him in He's Your Dog, Charlie Brown.
      Charlie: He didn't show up? But he left a week ago! I don't understand. He left, and was supposed to stop at Peppermint Patty's, then— (trails off, realizing exactly what happened, and immediately calls Peppermint Patty)
    • Also in a 1961 Sunday strip in which Lucy makes a flannelgraph for Linus illustrating a story about a shepherd and three sheep.
      Linus: [to himself] I wonder how she thinks of things like that? A flannelgraph! Just imagine! I wonder where she got the flannel in the first place to.... [suddenly panics and runs off to find shapes of a shepherd and three sheep cut out of...] MY BLANKET!!
  • F--: Frequently invoked.
    • Peppermint Patty frequently received Z's for a time in the mid-1970s strips, and the teacher sarcastically admitted her to the "D Minus Hall of Fame" in 2000.
    • After Sally rehearsed her report on Abraham Lincoln:
      Sally: Do you think I'll get an "A"?
      Charlie Brown: Do they give out Z's?
    • In Snoopy! The Musical, Lucy is given a Z for suggesting that if one removes King Louis XIV from King Louis XVI, the end result is King Louis II. She angrily retorts, "A Z is not a grade, a Z is sarcasm!"
      • That retort was originally attributed to Peppermint Patty in the mid-1970s, when she got a "Z-minus" on a test and was so angry that she went to the principal to try to get the grade changed. The grade was indeed changed — from a Z-minus to a straight Z.
    • In another strip, Peppermint Patty is delighted to have got an N ... until Marcie tells her she's holding it sideways.
  • The Faceless:
    • The adults watching the golf tournament Charlie Brown and Lucy are competing in, in the Sunday strips of May 16, 1954 and May 23, 1954.
    • A series of strips from May 1971 has Charlie Brown attending summer camp and futilely attempting to befriend an unnamed kid who's always shown with his face turned toward the wall and never says anything other than, "Shut up, and leave me alone!" When Charlie Brown tried to write him a letter later on, the kid even wrote back, "Shut up, and leave me alone!" Later still, he called Charlie Brown on the phone and said, "Shut up and leave me alone!"
  • Faceplanting into Food: In one strip, Linus goes out for ice cream with a chatterbox of a girl named Tapioca Pudding. Tapioca bores Linus so much he faceplants into a sundae.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: ...when you're Charlie Brown and Lucy's holding the football for you to kick. Or, really, when you're Charlie Brown and you're trying to do anything.
  • Faint in Shock:
    • After the Little Red-Haired Girl moves away, Charlie Brown is devastated and faints... while still standing up.
      Charlie Brown: I just passed out. I'm still standing, but I've passed out.
    • In one strip, Charlie Brown is about to tell Snoopy who won the Daisy Hill Puppy Cup, leading to this:
      Snoopy: I think I'm going to faint...
      Charlie Brown: Don't faint!
      [Snoopy does exactly that]
      Charlie Brown: Didn't you hear me?
      Snoopy: Quiet, please! Never interrupt a good faint!
    • Snoopy passes out after he receives a letter from the Head Beagle. He even says that one always faints when they get a letter from the Head Beagle.
    • Linus tends to feel faint whenever his Security Blanket is lost. During the story arc where he agrees to give up his blanket if his grandmother gives up smoking, he faints several times on his way to school and ends up arriving late.
  • Fake-Hair Drama: Invoked twice with Peppermint Patty choosing to wear a wig. In a 1974 story arc, she gets a tall, curly wig to wear to an ice skating competition she's entered after Charlie Brown's barber father gives her a boy's haircut by mistake; in the end, after it turns out she's made a mistake and entered a roller skating competition, she gives the wig to her coach (Snoopy) as payment for her skating lessons. In a 1988 story arc, she wears a wig for her school class picture that's so big it ends up obscuring the faces of several classmates, including Marcie, much to the anger of her classmates' mothers. Patty, pleased with how she looks, decides to wear the wig every day from now on, but finally gets rid of it when another kid insults her appearance and she retaliates by stuffing the entire wig into his mouth.
  • Famous for Being First: Strongly averted by Linus, who, in a strip made in 1966, expresses an interest in being the 47th (or 34th, or some other specific number) Man On The Moon.
  • Fantastic Racism: No dogs allowed!
  • Fear-Induced Idiocy: In one arc, Sally plays an angel for a Christmas play. Her Performance Anxiety is so bad that she flubs her single line, "Hark", as "Hockey stick!" Downplayed, though, as she was already a Dumb Blonde.
  • Felony Misdemeanor:
    • A 1959 storyline has Charlie Brown losing a book from the library, leading to Lucy accusing him of having "stolen" it and Charlie Brown working himself up to a state of stark terror at the imagined consequences.
    • Used a couple of times in later years with Sally.
      • In a 1967 storyline, Sally took a crayon home from school and broke it, and, afraid that her teacher would "give her a judo chop" if she confessed to the truth, lied to her teacher about it; Charlie Brown finally shamed her into feeling guilty about it by yelling "GEORGE WASHINGTON!!!!" at her.
      • And in a 1978 storyline, Sally borrowed a ruler from one of her classmates. After the ruler ended up broken when Sally tried to measure the width of the street in front of the school (with a 12-inch ruler), she again put off dealing with the issue (despite admitting she was afraid that the ruler's owner would retaliate). However, this time she did the right thing in the end and bought the kid a new ruler.
  • Fired Teacher: Miss Othmar was fired in a 1968 storyline as a consequence of a teachers' strike, devastating Linus. At some point, however, she was apparently reinstated, as she is shown teaching again in future comic strips and TV specials.
    • Interestingly, in a c. 1960 storyline, it was mentioned that Miss Othmar was quitting her job to get married. Eventually she returns to teaching, but Linus still insists on calling her Miss Othmar rather than by her married name. "In REAL life she's Miss Othmar!"
  • Flat Character: Virtually any chucked character, such as Patty, Shermy, Pig-Pen, or 5.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The Browns (Sally is Foolish, Charlie is Responsible) and the Van Pelts (Lucy is Foolish, Linus is Responsible). But interestingly, when Lucy is paired with Rerun, she becomes Responsible while he takes the Foolish role.
  • For Halloween, I Am Going as Myself: Snoopy, in this 1966 strip.
  • For Your Own Good: Lucy's excuse for trying to get rid of Linus's blanket is that she's trying to help him break a bad habit. She also invokes this trope when pointing out Charlie Brown's faults.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: In the 1960s, four characters emerged as the leads: Charlie Brown (melancholic), Snoopy (sanguine), Linus (phlegmatic), and Lucy (choleric). The correspondence faded as more characters were introduced and the personalities shifted somewhat.
  • Fourth-Date Marriage: Snoopy seems to be quite fond of writing stories like these ("Their eyes met... Five minutes later they were married"). Snoopy himself partakes in a lot of these as well, at one point proposing to a girl beagle he had only known for about two weeks.
  • Free Prize at the Bottom: One story arc concerned getting one free marble in a box of Snicker-Snacks cereal. In one strip Charlie Brown found that the packing center made an error — there were 400 marbles and one Snicker-Snack.
  • Free-Range Children: Somewhat justified by the times, and by how they apparently only hang around their own neighborhood.
  • Freudian Excuse: Lucy's mistreatment of Charlie Brown suddenly makes a lot more sense when you look at the early strips.
  • The Friends Who Never Hang: Among the main cast, Linus and Schroeder, probably the two most intellectually-inclined characters, hardly ever interact. Peppermint Patty, Marcie, and Franklin also don't interact much with the main group outside of Charlie Brown and Snoopy, which is justified due to them living on the other side of town (though Linus managed to briefly convert Patty and Marcie into believing in The Great Pumpkin at different times).
  • Friendly Tickle Torture: In one strip, Lucy decides to tickle Snoopy's feet while he's sleeping on his doghouse. It makes him giggle uncontrollably until he falls off his doghouse. Lucy thinks she killed him, but is relieved that she didn't when Snoopy continues to giggle.
  • From Bad to Worse: Lucy threw Schroeder's piano into a tree which causes Charlie Brown to panic.
    Charlie Brown: Not this tree! Don't say that!
    Schroeder: Why?
    Charlie Brown: This is a dreaded kite-eating tree!
  • Frothy Mugs of Water: Snoopy as the WWI Flying Ace often treats himself - and others - to a nice mug of root beer.
    Snoopy: Actually, World War I Flying Aces very seldom drank root beer.
  • Frustrated Overhead Scribble: This was used a few times in the early years of the strip in speech bubbles as a way to depict how upset and dejected characters were, particularly Charlie Brown (after dealing with Lucy) and Snoopy (after getting humiliated).
  • Full-Name Basis:
    • Charlie Brown, obviously, to everyone except Peppermint Patty (who calls him "Chuck"), Marcie ("Charles"), and Snoopy ("the round-headed kid", because he doesn't remember Charlie Brown's name). Since you don't call your own family members by by your own last name, Sally calls him "big brother." Although Sally did refer to her own brother as "Charlie Brown" in some early strips after she first began talking, and Peppermint Patty also called him Charlie Brown in some of her early appearances.
    • Peppermint Patty is also unusual in calling Lucy "Lucille."
    • Subverted in A Charlie Brown Christmas. Lucy, for the first and only time, calls Charlie Brown "Charlie" when she gives her theory on how Christmas is a racket controlled by a syndicate. It also happened a few other times in the early TV specials.
  • Funny Afro: A plot line in the mid-70s had Peppermint Patty enter a skating competition. She decides to get a new hairstyle from Charlie Brown's dad, who thinks she's a boy and gives her a short cut. She decides to wear a afro wig to cover it. After the competition, she gives the wig to Snoopy as payment for skating lessons.
  • Funny Animal: Over time Snoopy developed into a non-talking version of this.
  • Furry Reminder: The strip has Snoopy, who can type and bark.
  • Fuzz Therapy: "Happiness is a warm puppy."
  • Generic Guy: Shermy and later, Franklin. The latter could qualify as an Only Sane Man, though.
  • Genius Loci: A few:
    • Sally's school building, which is both resentful and defensive of its occupation and human inhabitants.
    • Charlie Brown's pitcher's mound, that would rather be anywhere else than where it is.
    • The kite-eating tree may count. Lucy once threw Schroeder's piano into it, and the tree immediately ate it.
  • Girls Like Musicians: Lucy's crush is on the piano-playing Schroeder, fawning over his music as he tries to concentrate.
  • Girliness Upgrade: Peppermint Patty occasionally, especially these two strips.
    • Peppermint Patty has also notably tried a Girliness Upgrade as a ploy to get herself better grades. After putting a bow in her hair got her a C+ instead of her usual D- on one report, she went all out giving her next report, adding even more bows and a frilly dress. ("Yes, ma'am... this is really me!") Her second attempt didn't work, as she got a D- on that report.
    • A story arc in the early 1970s had to do with Patty being forced to wear a dress to school, which made her so upset she actually dreaded going to school (partly because some of her classmates humiliated her for it). After being sent to the principal's office for deliberately defying the dress code and wearing her usual shirt, shorts and sandals, she hired Snoopy as her lawyer and tried to challenge the dress code before the school board. She was unsuccessful, but was only drawn wearing a dress in a few subsequent strips, suggesting that the school did eventually relax the dress code.
  • Girl Posse: Lucy, Patty, Violet, and occasionally Frieda.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Violet wore her hair in braids in her early years before permanently switching to her trademark ponytail. She appeared in pigtails one more time in a brief 1989 appearance.
    • Sophie, a minor character who appeared at Peppermint Patty's summer camp in 1968 and again in 1987, also wore her hair in pigtails.
  • Going Cold Turkey: Linus tried to give up his blanket cold turkey a number of times. It failed every time. Often it was the result of Lucy doing something to try to "break him of the habit," such as burying the blanket or making a kite out of the blanket and then letting go of it, but sometimes it was voluntary. A few times it even almost worked, but invariably something happened to make him "relapse": for example, Charlie Brown buying him a new blanket to make up for the one Snoopy had made into two sport coats (1971), or the discovery that his only pupil for his "security blanket cessation" clinic was Sally in disguise (1983).
    • Lucy also got a taste of this when her mother decided to get rid of the TV set because she and Linus had constantly fought over it. She actually experienced symptoms of physical withdrawal, such as shaky hands and a sore throat.
  • Got Volunteered: Lucy tends to "volunteer" Linus on tasks every now and then, such as singing carols on PTA Christmas Program.
  • Gratuitous French: The Flying Ace doesn't know how to speak French, which exasperates him when Marcie and Eudora do.
    • The above instances are often played for laughs, but in Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (And Don't Come Back!), Marcie is fluent enough in French to act as an interpreter for her friends.
    • In a 1984 storyline, Peppermint Patty goes to France with her father for the summer (on the school psychologist's recommendation since Patty was depressed over being held back a grade). In post cards back home, she proudly tells Marcie and Charlie Brown that she's learning to speak French. But in Patty's world, fluent French is "Bonjour, kid!" or "Garcon, junk food, s'il vous plait!"
  • Guilt by Association Gag: A common gag — the kids, especially Sally, find some way to blame Brown for everything that goes badly, even if he had nothing to do with it. Charlie Brown, naturally, rarely even knows what's going on.
    Peppermint Patty: Guess what, Chuck. My first day of school, and I got sent to the principal's office. It was your fault, Chuck!
    Charlie Brown: MY fault? How can it be MY fault? Why do you always say everything is MY fault?
    Peppermint Patty: You're my friend, right, Chuck? You should have been a better influence on me!
  • Hair Flip: Done by Frieda, whenever she needed to show off her "naturally curly hair". And no, she doesn't have Regal Ringlets.
  • Happiness Is Mandatory: Lucy invoked this with Linus in this Sunday strip from 1982.
    Lucy: How can the world be getting worse with me in it? Ever since I was born the world has shown a distinct improvement! I make the world better! I am a positive force! [threateningly, to Linus] SMILE! [Linus complies – sort of] See? With me around, everyone is a lot happier!
  • Happy Dance: Snoopy is the Trope Codifier (and the page image).
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend: Peppermint Patty will angrily deflect any suggestion that she likes Charlie Brown, her rationale being that she couldn't possibly have a crush on someone she could strike out on three straight pitches. After Marcie confessed her love for Charlie Brown during the 1979 story arc in which Charlie was in the hospital, Patty took her straight to the emergency room, declaring, "I think she's [Marcie] sicker than he [Charlie] is!" However, Patty's Clingy Jealous Girl moments give away her true feelings.
  • Helicopter Parents: Linus gets notes in his lunch from his mom encouraging him to do well in school and giving him other advice.
  • He Who Must Not Be Seen:
    • Any and every adult in the strip. Occasionally, especially in the strip's early years, adults would be given speech bubbles and address the kids from off-panel, though more often only the kids' reactions and answers are shown and the adults are neither shown nor directly heard from. In the animated adaptations, this was recreated by the famous "muted trumpet" sound that played whenever adults were talking.
    • The Little Red-Haired Girl (in the strip, although she did appear onscreen – much to Schulz's vocal dismay – in the special It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown).
    • Snoopy's nemesis World War II, aka "that stupid cat next door."
    • Charlie Brown's pen/pencil pal.
    • Sally wasn't seen until about three months after her birth.
  • Headdesk: Charlie Brown does this in You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown, during the song "Little Known Facts".
  • Heroic BSoD: Happens twice to Charlie Brown in two of the movies; once after coming home after losing the spelling bee in A Boy Named Charlie Brown, and once again after Snoopy leaves Charlie Brown for Lila in Snoopy Come Home.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Marcie and Peppermint Patty. Not too surprisingly, comedians and wiseacres like to inflate this to Les Yay (even though they both have a crush on Charlie Brown).
  • Hidden Badass: Linus, of all people. When Charlie Brown was crying as a bully was attacking The Little Red-Haired Girl, then we see Linus using his blanket as a whip in the air, he goes off-panel and we see the same sound effect of the blanket-whip. Poor bully...
    • In an earlier strip, when Roy advised Linus to put his blanket away at camp so as not to be teased by the other kids, Linus used his blanket as a whip to strike a twig off a tree before remarking smugly to a stunned Roy, "They won't tease me more than once."
    • In a 1967 storyline, Lucy hides the blanket from Linus for two weeks (after he'd pledged to give up the blanket if blanket-hating Grandma would give up smoking), then brings it out to throw it into the trash burner. After she's already thrown the blanket in, Linus snatches it back and delivers an epic tell-off to Lucy. Charlie Brown, who witnesses the incident, even applauds him afterward.
      • And the blanket itself, in a 1965 storyline in which it struck back at Lucy for her years of attempting to get rid of it. It frightened Lucy so much she was afraid to go home at night or be alone in the house with the blanket.
    • Also applies with Marcie, as she slugged Thibault for making sexist remarks about women and later attempted to run out onto a frozen lake to save Peppermint Patty from being harassed by bullies (although she never made it, as she slipped, fell and knocked herself unconscious).
  • High Hopes, Zero Talent: Charlie Brown loves baseball, and there's nothing he'd rather be doing than playing the game. He's also terrible at it, usually losing double figures to nothing. Probably the only reason he's still a team manager is that nobody else on the team cares enough to try and have him removed.
    • In one sequence, Peppermint Patty asks Charlie Brown to help her baseball team...selling popcorn at their game. He agrees to do it, but spends most of the game asking her for a chance to pitch. Peppermint Patty, who knows exactly how bad Charlie Brown is at baseball (or so she thought), rejects him every time. That is, until the very end of the game, when her team is so far ahead — they have a fifty to nothing lead, and it's the last of the ninth, two outs — that she decides it's impossible for them to lose anyway, so she lets him pitch just this one time. The first thing Charlie Brown does, is to throw a wild pitch that knocks Patty unconscious. Then he somehow causes her team to lose fifty-one to fifty. Infuriated, Patty demands to know how this is even possible, but Charlie Brown can't (or won't) explain, and spends some time hiding from her.
  • Home by Christmas: Invoked by Snoopy (as the World War I Flying Ace) in the Christmas Eve 1967 strip.
  • Hurricane of Excuses: Lucy, after striking out for Charlie Brown's baseball team.
  • Hypocritical Humor: All the time.
  • I Am Big Boned: Snoopy's brother Olaf once said he's not fat, he's "roly-poly".
  • I Am Not Weasel: For a long time, Peppermint Patty thought that Snoopy was a human, calling him "the funny-looking kid with the big nose".
  • "I Am" Song/"I Want" Song: A few have cropped up over the years. "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown" gives Charlie Brown the title song, which is both; Lucy has an I Want song ("Schroeder"); and Snoopy gets one of each ("Snoopy" and "Suppertime"). It's Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown has "Lucy Says", which serves both purposes for Lucy. And Someday You'll Find Her, Charlie Brown has the heartbreaking "Alone", an I Want song for Charlie Brown (although he doesn't sing it, it plays in the background and obviously represents his perspective).
  • Iconic Outfit:
    • Charlie Brown's polo shirt with the black horizontal zigzag on the bottom (usually yellow, but also red sometimes).
    • Linus's red striped T-shirt and Lucy's blue dress and saddle shoes.
    • Sally's blue or pink polka-dotted dress.
    • Peppermint Patty's green striped shirt, navy blue shorts, and sandals.
    • Marcie's orange T-shirt.
  • I Know You Know I Know: Employed for this "Lucy and the football" strip.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Schulz always hated the name "Peanuts", so virtually every single TV special ever made has the name "Charlie Brown" in its title somewhere, as do three of the four films. Extra points if it looks something like this: "(insert phrase here), Charlie Brown". This is also the case with many of the strip's book collections, although Snoopy sometimes gets title billing rather than Charlie Brown.
  • If It Was Funny the First Time...: Averted with the "Lucy holding the football" gag. Schulz made a point of keeping it fresh by doing it just once a year, and giving it a slightly different variation each time.
  • If I Were a Rich Man: If Lucy had a million dollars, apparently she'd spend it all on marshmallows.
  • If You Die, I Call Your Stuff: Sally asks Charlie Brown if she can have his room, should something happen to him while he's away at summer camp. Sometimes she doesn't even wait for him to go to camp — once she started moving her things into his room while he was out shopping.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Charlie Brown's often-stated lament of "Why can't I have a normal dog like everyone else?" in regards to Snoopy.
  • I Just Write the Thing: Schulz often spoke about his characters as if they were real people.
  • Immaturity Insult: In this strip, 5, Sally and Lucy yell at someone who they refer to as a "little kid". The final panel reveals that it's Charlie Brown.
    Charlie Brown: Actually, I'm bigger than any of them. What they're referring to is my emotional immaturity!
  • Interspecies Friendship: Snoopy the dog and Woodstock the bird are best friends and often seen hanging out with each other.
  • I Take Offense to That Last One: Occurs in January 3, 1990:
    Message in a bottle: Help! Am stranded in some stupid dog's water dish! A bug.
    Snoopy: (after freeing the bug) You're welcome... but I didn't care for the part about the stupid dog!
  • I've Heard of That — What Is It?:
    • Occurs in the October 13, 1955 strip. Lucy tells Linus
      Lucy: When autumn is over, Linus, winter comes. And when winter comes, we can throw snowballs and make snowmen? Won't that be fun?
      Linus: Boy! I'll say! (thinking, after Lucy walks away) I wonder what "snow" is?
    • Lucy herself invoked this in the December 16, 1962 Sunday strip, after a Beethoven's Birthday party hosted by Schroeder.
    Lucy: Now that everyone has gone, I'd like to ask you something, Schroeder. Who was Beethoven?
  • Improbable Weapon User: In the comic, Linus has used his blanket as a whip to break off a tree branch and beat up bullies. In the Christmas special, he also used it as a sling to throw a snowball with pinpoint accuracy.
  • Improbably Predictable:
    • In one Sunday Strip, Linus and Lucy drew pictures for their grandmother. Linus had Lucy take the drawings and ask which one Grandma liked better. He successfully predicted that Grandma would like both drawings equally.
    • Linus predicts to Lucy that if an adult is asked, "We have Mother's Day and Father's Day... why isn't there a Children's Day?" the adult will answer, "Every day is Children's Day." When Lucy tries it, Linus is proved right.
  • Informed Flaw: Peppermint Patty is always complaining that she has a big nose, but it's really no bigger than anyone else's.
  • Informed Species: Snoopy and his family don't really look like beagles, as their black and white color scheme is more akin to that of a Dalmatian's. Schulz acknowledged this, but invoked Rule of Funny, saying that he just liked the way "beagle" sounded.
  • Inherently Funny Word:
    • Zamboni note 
    • Petaluma note 
  • Insistent Terminology: Snoopy's fantasy alter egos are almost always "The World-Famous (X)", even if it's absurd, like the World-Famous Caddy or the World-Famous Grocery Clerk.
    • In Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown, Linus takes pains to point out that he's not in love with Miss Othmar... he's merely fond of the ground on which she walks.
    • Schulz's vocabulary used in the strip sometimes showed favor towards using Midwestern terminology ("supper", "sliver" rather than "splinter") or outdated usages ("tricks or treats", "good-by" instead of "goodbye").
  • Instant Book Deal: While played straight for an early story for Snoopy, but the rest of the strip had Snoopy getting increasingly angry rejection letters from publishers about him pestering them and then moves to cheap pranks to annoy Snoopy.
  • Instrumental Theme Tune: Technically called "Linus and Lucy," but widely referred to as the "Charlie Brown Theme" anyway (causing a bit of confusion, as there is an entirely different Guaraldi Peanuts song with that name).
  • Intellectual Animal: Snoopy.
  • Invisible Parents: As with all other adults, the parents of the characters are never seen and (with a few rare exceptions) never heard. They're not even referenced by their children all that much.
  • Is It Something You Eat?: When Lucy finds Frieda at her usual spot leaning against Schroeder's piano, she says that if you're going to hang around there, you have to like Beethoven. Frieda says she'll just have a small glass, and Schroeder pulls the piano away.
  • It Was a Dark and Stormy Night: The very first depiction of Snoopy as a World-Famous Author, on July 12, 1965, showed him lugging a portable typewriter up on top of his doghouse, then typing the trope name. The initial joke was that he was smart enough to know how to use a typewriter, but he used it to type an infamously hokey literary cliche, clearly thinking it was brilliant. This eventually turned into a whole Snoopy "novel" entirely strung together out of banal lines and contrived plot twists.
  • It Was His Sled:
  • Jerkass: Lucy. As well as, in the early strips, (original) Patty and Violet.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold:
    • Despite Lucy's bossiness and crabbiness, she actually has shown to have a nicer, caring side on a number of occasions.
      • For example, when Charlie Brown has to go to the hospital, Lucy is distressed, and eventually promises that if he gets better, she won't pull the football away. She keeps her promise but Charlie Brown accidentally kicks her hand.
      • Lucy also has a good relationship with her youngest brother Rerun. Charles M. Schulz himself commented on how this came as a surprise to him.
      • In It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, Lucy wakes up in the middle of the night, and — finding that Linus hasn't come home — puts on a coat over her nightgown, goes out to the pumpkin patch, brings her exhausted and shivering brother back to the house, takes off his shoes and socks, and carefully tucks him into bed.
    • Back when she was in the strip, Frieda was always pushy and pressuring toward Snoopy, whom she wanted to be a "real dog" by hunting rabbits instead of being lazy, but it was evident that she liked Snoopy and it was concern for his well-being, no matter how misguided, that motivated her. And after reporting Snoopy to the Head Beagle for not chasing rabbits, she eventually felt remorseful and seemed legitimately concerned about what might happen to him as a result.
  • Jump Rope Blunders:
    • A few strips had Snoopy getting caught in Lucy's jump rope.
    • Charlie Brown's younger sister, Sally, tries a jump rope. She flips the cord over her head, watches it land at her feet, then ponders, "Now what?"
  • Just Eat Gilligan: Charlie Brown's team invariably wins when he isn't playing. Somehow the logical conclusion never seems to occur to him or anyone else.
  • Kafka Komedy: Seemingly everything in the Peanuts universe is arranged so that poor Charlie Brown will fail spectacularly at anything he sets out to do. If anything it's even worse in the TV specials.
  • Karma Houdini: Lucy, in It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown. Pulling the football away from Charlie Brown is one thing. Causing their football team to lose the game because of it, then managing to convince everyone it was Charlie Brown's fault, is another.
    • While there's Butt-Monkey moments for all the cast, nearly everyone has a turn being insensitive or rambunctious with no repercussions shown. Lucy and Snoopy are the most common cases, though even Charlie Brown has the odd moment.
  • Kids Are Cruel: Well, they're always cruel to Charlie Brown. They can occasionally be cruel to each other as well.
  • Knocking on Heathens' Door: In the last two decades of the strip, Linus started going door-to-door around Halloween to spread the message of the Great Pumpkin.
  • 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.
    • Snoopy, especially when he lectures the Beagle Scouts about nature.

    Tropes L–P 
  • Large Ham:
    • Lucy is right behind Sally in volume, and beats her out in terms of hamminess.
    • Snoopy specializes in silent hamminess, particularly when he's hungry and trying to get Charlie Brown to feed him.
  • Last-Name Basis: Schroeder, probably. An early strip had a radio announcer credit "Mr. Schroeder" with a request he wrote in. It's possible that he insists on being called by his last name in homage to people referring to Beethoven that way, but if this is the case, we never learned his first name.
  • Laughing Mad: A post-Valentine's Day strip has Charlie Brown reacting in this manner after Freida asks how many valentines he got.
  • Let's See YOU Do Better!:
    • During the animation process of one of the animated specials, Charles Schulz oversaw Bill Melendez's animation process and constantly objected to his decisions. After Melendez handed a pen to him and said this phrase, Schulz never interfered with the animators again.
    • In the strip, Linus and Snoopy are often confronted with this challenge, and typically, they do.
    • Sally did once as well. Charlie Brown, irritated with his sister for laughing at his inability to draw a circle using a compass without smudging it, told her to see if she could do better — and she did: "It's all in the wrist."
  • Lighter and Softer: The strip developed a lighter and less depressing tone in the mid-1970s, after Schulz's second marriage. Schulz himself admitted that the characters had become less sarcastic as he himself had gotten less sarcastic, and Lucy in particular mellowed out a lot.
  • Limited Wardrobe:
    • Most of the characters have these, with Charlie Brown's yellow-and-black zig-zag polo shirt in particular becoming iconic. Although the wardrobes used to be much more limited; Linus became famous in a red-and-black striped tee, Peppermint Patty in a green one (plus flip-flops), and the other girls in color-coded dresses with puffed sleeves and a bow sash. In the early 1970s, Sally began appearing in shirts and pants as often as in her trademark blue-with-black-polka-dots dress, and Schulz would drop the 'girls in dresses, boys/tomboys in shorts or pants' cliché completely by the end of the '80s.
    • Enforced almost absurdly in It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown. The kids are in their default outfits during the football game; the only concessions to football are the helmets, puffier shoulders suggesting pads, and cleats. Then again, this school obviously couldn't afford other football luxuries, like coaches, or any officials ... or a team doctor ... and apparently a band member called in sick ... there's a cheerleader missing, too ...
  • Literal Ass-Kicking: When Snoopy became the (temporary) manager for Charlie Brown's baseball team, this was his solution for whenever the team messed up. Things got ugly when they lost their first game.
    • And in 1970, when Snoopy became Head Beagle, he had (then-unnamed) Woodstock deliver the ass-kicking when Lucy dared to badmouth him.
    Snoopy: My administration hates criticism!
  • Literally Laughable Question: In one strip, Charlie Brown asks Lucy at her psychiatric booth, "So I'm wondering, could I ever learn to be the life of the party?" Lucy says, "YOU?" and laughs hysterically. She apologizes for laughing and says, "You? The life of the party?" followed by another fit of hysterical laughter. Sally then has the same reaction when her brother recounts the story to her.
  • Literal-Minded: Many of the characters have moments where they misinterpret figures of speech by taking them at face value. For example, in There's No Time for Love, Charlie Brown, after Charlie Brown walks Marcie home, she kisses him on the cheek and tells him that he can think of it as a goodnight kiss from Peppermint Patty, whom Marcie says "kinda likes you." A lovestruck Charlie Brown promptly goes home, dials Peppermint Patty's house, and thanks her for the goodnight kiss, leading Peppermint Patty to conclude that he's flipped his lid.
  • Little Did I Know: Lucy tells Snoopy he should start one of his novels with "unbeknownst to everyone" instead of his usual "it was a dark and stormy night". "Unbeknownst to everyone, it was a dark and stormy night".
  • Little Known Facts:
    • When Linus was younger, a running gag was for Lucy to fill him up with her "knowledge", which was invariably of the "Artistic License" variety. In one strip, Charlie Brown laments that Linus will take twice as long to finish school as everyone else, as it will take him twelve years to unlearn everything Lucy has taught him.
      Lucy: (showing Linus leaves falling off a tree in the autumn) See these leaves, Linus? They're flying south for the winter. (She then proceeds to justify this to Charlie Brown, who had witnessed the exchange, by saying, "When you look at a map, north is up and south is down, isn't it?")
    • There's actually a song called "Little Known Facts" in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown that illustrates Lucy's tenuous grasp on accuracy.
    • Linus has done this himself to Sally on at least one occasion, when he tricked her into delivering a lecture about the dangers of "rock snakes" in class.
    • In a late run of strips, Sally had to teach Sunday school classes to younger kids, one of whom persistently confused the details of the Christmas story (and every other Biblical story) with The Great Gatsby.
    • Even after Linus stops believing everything Lucy tells him, he gets his knowledge of zoology from a book called Hedge Toads, Queen Snakes, and Gully Cats. He writes an entire essay on "Wild Animals of the West" about the gully cat, and how it's immune to the bite of the queen snake. When Charlie Brown asks him what kind of grade he got, he says "Nice try".
  • Little Miss Snarker: Most of the female characters have traits of this at some time or another.
  • Little Professor Dialog: Everybody, but especially Linus.
  • Littlest Cancer Patient:
    • Janice (literally) in Why, Charlie Brown, Why?
    • Lila in Snoopy, Come Home.
    • Charlie Brown himself in a series of strips. While it's not made clear exactly what lands him in the hospital (he takes himself to the emergency room after a ball game, complaining only of 'feeling kinda woozy...'), he spends an implied several weeks there, while all of the other characters fret about his survival. Lucy even vows never to pull the football away again, if only he gets better. The series of strips also resulted in hundreds of thousands of "Please get well" cards from fans around the world.
  • Loophole Abuse: Whenever Lucy promises not to pull the football away, she always comes up with some loophole making the promise invalid.
  • Love Floats: Linus, in this strip.
  • Love Hurts: And how.
  • Loony Fan:
    • Schroeder's major schtick is that he is a serious Ludwig van Beethoven fanboy.
    • Less frequently mentioned, but Charlie Brown is one for the terrible baseball player Joe Shlabotnik. In one storyline, he goes to see Shlabotnik's ill-fated managerial career with the (very) minor league Waffletown Syrups, during which he is fired before the first game is over for calling a squeeze play when there is no-one on base,note  and Charlie Brown still asks Shlabotnik to autograph the foul ball he caught.
    • Snoopy has a phase where he's one for Miss Helen Sweetstory, author of the Six Bunny-Wunnies books. He gives it up when he discovers that Miss Sweetstory is a cat person.
  • Lots of Luggage: Occurs on January 15, 1990:
    Linus: Here comes the school bus now.
    Sally: (surrounded by suitcases) Yes, sir, I have two pieces of carry-on, and five other pieces here which I'll be checking through...
    (bus leaves without her)
  • Love Triangle: Linus found himself involved in two in the mid-1970s, both involving a cute girl he had a crush on named Truffles. In the first, Linus's rival for Truffles' attention was none other than Snoopy, who displayed unusual Jerkass behavior even by Snoopy standards, taking sadistic pride in Linus's misery. In the second, Linus was the one being fought over, with Sally and Truffles getting into a shouting match over which one of them Linus liked better (it was in this 1977 storyline that Sally first called him "Sweet Babboo").
    • Linus was then involved in a third triangle in a 1978 storyline, when he meets Cloud Cuckoolander Eudora and is so flattered by her smiling at him that he gives her his security blanket. Sally, who has worked for so long to get Linus to like her, is not happy, even screaming at him over the phone that she hopes he has a nervous breakdown (which, without his blanket, he was).
    • If Peppermint Patty and Marcie ever have a falling out, it's likely to be over Charlie Brown, whom they both like but who isn't interested in either of them romantically.
    • On occasion, Frieda was depicted as a potential rival for Lucy for Schroeder's affection. This didn't last long, as Frieda was appearing very rarely by the early 1970s (and it also didn't help Frieda's cause that when Lucy asked her if she liked Beethoven, Frieda's reply was, "I'll just have a small glass").
  • Mad Libs Catchphrase: Snoopy's preferred second line for his novels, after "It Was a Dark and Stormy Night," is "Suddenly, a shot rang out!" However, usually with prompting from Lucy, he can vary the things that rang out. For example, when she suggests he write a romance, he changes the line to "Suddenly, a kiss rang out!" And when she suggests he write a political novel, the line becomes "Suddenly, a vote rang out!"
  • Malaproper: Several characters did this, especially in the fifties (after all, they were little kids), but later on Sally became the main Malaproper. A compilation of the many ways she's fractured the English language.
  • Married Animals: The birds Bill and Harriet, who get married. Snoopy is even Best Beagle.
  • Mathematician's Answer: Charlie Brown notes that Schroeder's toy piano's black keys are just painted-on, and asks him how he's able to play complex classical pieces:
    Schroeder: I practice a lot!
  • Mature Younger Sibling:
    • Downplayed with Rerun. His older brother Linus isn't immature per se (in fact, he's one of the most sensible characters), but Rerun doesn't suck his thumb, believe in the Great Pumpkin, or carry around a blanket. Rerun has admitted he doesn't idolize Linus in any way.
    • Linus is a wise kid (albeit one with a slight immature streak) who is mostly even-tempered and in touch with moral principles, as opposed to his older sister Lucy, who will fly into a rage at the smallest provocations. He at least tries to steer her in the right direction, but she doesn't listen to him.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Is the Great Pumpkin a jerkass genie, putting Linus's faith to test for no good reason? Does it have so high and over-the-top standards, that not even Linus is considered worthy? Or is it as everybody else says: the Great Pumpkin does not exist, and it's just a stupid belief of Linus?
    Linus: STUPID? WHAT DO YOU MEAN STUPID? Just wait 'til next year, Charlie Brown. You'll see! Next year at this same time, I'll find a pumpkin patch that is real sincere! And I'll sit in that pumpkin patch until the Great Pumpkin appears! He'll rise out of that pumpkin patch and he'll fly through the air with his bag of toys! The Great Pumpkin will appear! And I'll be waiting for him! I'll be there! I'll be sitting there in that pumpkin patch... And I'll see the Great Pumpkin! Just wait and see, Charlie Brown! I'll see that Great Pumpkin! I'll SEE the Great Pumpkin! Just you wait, Charlie Brown! The Great Pumpkin will appear and I'll be waiting for him! I'll be there! I'll be sitting there in that pumpkin patch... and I'll see the Great Pumpkin! Just wait and see!
  • May–December Romance: Parodied with Lydia and Linus, whom Lydia believes is "too old" for her (despite the age gap being only a couple months.)
  • Meaningful Name: Rerun is, well, a rerun of the naive Linus before he became an Innocent Prodigy.
  • Medium Awareness:
  • Menace Decay: Surprisingly, Lucy resorted less to physical violence and became more self-conscious in the later strips. She's still snarky and crabby, though.
  • Men Like Dogs, Women Like Cats: Charlie Brown has his pet beagle, Snoopy, and Frieda has Faron, a cat who never walked and was always being carried, usually by Frieda herself. Faron was dropped from the strip after only a few appearances mostly due to the fact that Schulz couldn't draw cats very well.
  • Metaphorgotten: March 11, 1990:
    Peppermint Patty: Yes, ma'am... well, that might be hard to answer. I mean, it would be comparing apples and eggs.
    Marcie: Oranges.
    Peppermint Patty: Yes, oranges and eggs.
    Marcie: Apples and oranges.
    Peppermint Patty: Or eggs and pumpkins!
    Marcie: Pumpkins and celery!
    Peppermint Patty: Carrots and coconuts!
    Marcie: Grapes and cucumbers!
    Peppermint Patty: Bananas and radishes!
  • Missing Mom: Peppermint Patty lives alone with her father. In one strip, she mentions she doesn't have a mother. It is hinted that her mother is either separated from the family or dead.
  • Mistakes Are Not the End of the World: In the book "You're a Big Brother, Charlie Brown", set during Sally's infancy, Charlie yells at her for messing up his favorite jigsaw puzzle, but then feels bad about it. Linus tells him that mistakes happen and siblings can get along, and that therefore he should not feel too bad. However, Lucy then yells at him for taking her comic book.
  • Mistaken for Flirting: Peppermint Patty is often mistaking Charlie Brown's actions for flirting. And she doesn't seem to mind the idea. Many a strip has had Peppermint Patty suggest that "Chuck" was trying to do something like hold her hand, with her grinning and calling him a "sly dog".
  • Mondegreen Gag:
    • Subverted in one series of strips. Sally prepares for a Christmas pageant in which "I come out and say, 'Hark!', then Harold Angel starts to sing." Everyone assumes that she's simply confused by the name of the song... until a kid named Harold Angel actually shows up.
    • Also played straight a fair bit with Sally, such as a sequence where she believes that Santa Claus wears a yellow sou'wester and rubber boots (having misheard 'reindeer' as 'rain gear'), or her description of Arbor Day as "the day the ships come sailing into the 'arbor".
  • Motor Mouth: Freida was like this in her earliest appearances. Linus even comments to Charlie Brown after Freida leaves in one strip, "Freida sits behind me in school... I haven't heard a word our teacher has said this whole semester!"
  • The Movie: Four of them prior to Schulz's death, one since.
  • Moving Angst: Inverted in one arc, where the Little Red-Haired Girl moves away. Charlie Brown (who has a crush on her) is devastated, but he still doesn't have the guts to say goodbye, and by the time she leaves, he still doesn't say a word to her. He has a Heroic BSoD for quite some time afterwards.
  • Motivated by Fear: In Linus's case, fear of being slugged by Lucy.
    Linus: [refusing to memorize his line for the Christmas program] I'M REBELLING AGAINST CHRISTMAS PROGRAMS!
    Lucy: [holding piece of paper] Look, do you see this? What is this?
    Linus: It's my piece for the Christmas program. I'm supposed to memorize it.
    Lucy: Very good. Now, do you see this? [holds out her fist] What is this?
    Linus: It's a fist! ... [recites his line perfectly] "And it came to pass in those days that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed..."
  • Mr. Imagination: Snoopy, a large part of the time.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: Lucy, wanting Schroeder's attention, once threw his toy piano into a tree. That she happened to throw it into one of the neighborhood's many kite-eating trees was complete coincidence on her part. After a period of mourning, he ordered a new piano, which Lucy would later throw down the sewer, where it would be washed out to sea, believing the piano was "too much competition" for her. Schroeder would once again order a new piano.
    Schroeder: How do you explain to an insurance company that your piano was eaten by a tree?
    • Although Lucy has always regarded Schroeder's piano as her "rival," Frieda provided Lucy with a real rival in a handful of strips. In one early 1960s Sunday strip, Lucy tried to murder that hypotenuse, attacking Frieda while the latter reclined at Schroeder's piano and brawling with her (at Snoopy's advice).
  • Musical Episode:
    • Both stage musicals, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown and Snoopy!!!, were adapted into '80s animated specials.
    • Also It's Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown and Snoopy's Getting Married, Charlie Brown (both of which coincided with Stacy Ferguson's tenure as Sally).
    • And the first movie, A Boy Named Charlie Brown. The later movies also had insert songs, but they weren't performed by the kids themselves.
  • My Dad Can Beat Up Your Dad: Violet was very prone to bragging about her father, and got shot out of the saddle for it just as frequently.
    • In most of the strips in which Violet brags about how much better her father is than Charlie Brown's, he simply shrugs it off and/or agrees with her, but in the Father's Day 1964 strip, he interrupts her and takes her to his dad's barber shop, telling her that however busy his dad may be, he always looks up and smiles at Charlie Brown whenever he enters the shop. A deflated Violet trudges off, wishing Charlie Brown a happy Father's Day.
    • In one strip, Violet brags to Lucy that her dad has excellent bowling averages in three weeknight leagues. Lucy simply says that her dad spends his weeknights at home.
    • When Violet points out to 5 that her dad is taller than his, 5 retorts that his dad goes to PTA meetings, implying hers does not.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: A series of comic strips from October 1971 had Marcie (who had just debuted in the comic the previous summer) visiting Peppermint Patty, and the two of them playing a game of "Ha Ha, Herman" with Charlie Brown and Snoopy. Sensing Peppermint Patty's crush on Charlie Brown, Marcie asks if she likes him, and a flustered Peppermint Patty snaps, "Who could ever be in love with boring, dull, wishy-washy old Chuck?" Unbeknownst to her, Charlie Brown is within earshot of this remark, and he trudges off, his self-esteem obliterated, to Peppermint Patty's horror. This incident was adapted as part of the 1973 TV special There's No Time for Love, Charlie Brown.
    • Charlie Brown had this reaction in a Sunday strip after Lucy goaded him into fighting and he ended up hitting her on the nose. Lucy got her revenge when he went to her psychiatric booth for advice on dealing with his guilt and the first thing she did was to slug him.
    • Charlie Brown also dealt with this after yelling at Sally (then still a baby) for messing up his picture puzzle (1959) and trading Snoopy to Peppermint Patty's baseball team in exchange for some new players (1967). In the latter storyline, Charlie Brown decided to call off the deal, which turned out to be a moot point because the players Patty would have traded to him steadfastly refused to join Charlie Brown's team anyway.
  • Mythology Gag: The iPhone game "Snoopy's Street Fair" reintroduces Faron (Frieda has a cat-petting booth), depicts Lydia running a "Guess the Name" game, and shows Emily selling dance supplies and Shermy selling root beer as in this extremely early strip. All of these jokes probably won't be picked up on by casual Snoopy fans.
  • Named in the Sequel: Woodstock more-or-less debuted in 1967 (that's the point when one particular bird out of the flock that had been hanging around Snoopy for a while became his sidekick), but was The Nameless until 1970.
  • Named by the Adaptation: The Little Red-Haired Girl was famously named Heather in It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown, and Marcie (Johnson) and Franklin (Armstrong) got last names in You're in The Super Bowl, Charlie Brown, but none of those were ever acknowledged in the strip.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: The (possibly nick) name of the "stupid" cat next door that's been known to take out 98% of Snoopy's doghouse with one swipe? World War II.
  • Neologism:
    • The term "security blanket", which is now listed in Webster's Dictionary.
    • Also "fussbudget," which Schulz inserted into the strip after one of his daughters described herself this way.
  • Nerd Glasses: Marcie wears a pair of big, round, opaque glasses (and several strips reveal she is Blind Without 'Em) to emphasise the contrast between her bookish introversion and Peppermint Patty's sports-crazy extroversion.
  • Never Bareheaded Minor characters Roy (a friend of Peppermint Patty's) and Eudora (a friend of Sally's) are always depicted wearing hats.
  • Never My Fault:
    • In It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown. During an important football game Lucy pulls the ball from Charlie's kick, losing the game. She proceeds to blame him – and the others go along with her.
    • Peppermint Patty also tends to dominate her conversations with Charlie Brown, never letting him get a word in edgewise as he attempts to object to or correct her. Then she yells at him when things don't live up to her expectations (though Marcie usually tries to talk her down). "I hate talking to you, Chuck!" Patty will also shift the blame onto Charlie Brown for things that are really her fault — such as failing a test because she talked with him on the phone instead of studying, when she's the one who called him. In a 1984 strip, she tries to blame him for her being sent to the principal's office for attacking a classmate, and her rationale is, "You're my friend, right, Chuck? You should have been a better influence on me!"
  • Never Trust a Title: You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown is actually about Linus running in a school election (though technically Charlie Brown isn't elected so it's still accurate).
  • New Baby Episode: You're a Big Brother, Charlie Brown! is a book based on the comic, set when Sally was a baby. When Sally is born, Charlie Brown becomes so excited, he runs out of his house saying that he's a father before correcting himself, and Snoopy likes Sally because he is glad to have someone who can walk on four feet just like him. When Charlie Brown talks to Lucy about his new baby sister, Lucy tries to convince him that his parents will dote more on Sally than on him. Charlie Brown does get upset with Sally when she messes up his favorite puzzle and when he has to push her around the neighborhood in her stroller, causing him to miss a baseball game with his friends, but he does realize that she's a baby and she can't help those things, so he doesn't stay mad at her for long, and is happy to have her as a little sister.
  • The Nicknamer: Peppermint Patty.
    • Schulz said he once knew a man who gave odd nicknames to his children, including one he called Pig-Pen. That gave him an idea for a character.
  • No Antagonist: Since even Lucy's bullying is offset by her usual good intentions, there isn't really a villain per se for most of the time, and the ones that exist are all mental. The Red Baron is an antagonist in Snoopy's imagination, the kite-eating tree seems to be how Charlie Brown's mind is able to accept so much bad luck with kites, and that was it for a number of years. The animated special Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown! broke tradition and added a team of no-good bullies from parts unknown to torment the gang.
  • Nobody Likes a Tattletale: In a 1959 strip, Lucy and Violet are engaged in a shouting match. Violet initially appears to have the upper hand until Lucy fires back with, "You're a no-good, tale-tattling little sneaking snip-snap pony-tailed ape!" A visibly shaken Violet walks away without saying another word.
  • No-Dialogue Episode: Schulz would occasionally feature these, most often in a Sunday Strip. Here's an example.
  • No Ending: The last true strip (the actual last strip is a letter from Schulz to his fans accompanied by recycled artwork) has Charlie Brown explaining his vast knowledge of love letters to Sally; when she notes his expertise, the punchline has him saying "If I ever got one, I don't know what I'd do." A very poignant kind of No Ending.
  • No Indoor Voice: Charlotte Braun exists practically for this trope.
  • No Matter How Much I Beg: Linus enlists Snoopy in this trope to kick his blanket habit, but by the time he realizes what a mistake he's made, Snoopy has had the blanket made into sport coats for himself and Woodstock. Years earlier he tried the same thing with Charlie Brown. The first time he asked to have the blanket back Charlie Brown promptly obliged. (Linus, in disgust: "You're weaker than I am!")
  • No Name Given:
    • Unnamed characters include the Little Red-Haired Girl (though in one or two specials she was given the name Heather), Charlie Brown's pencil-pal, all the parents (most of them do have family names, though), and "Pig-Pen".
    • Technically, Lydia. She usually introduces herself with a completely different name every time she appears (eg. "Today, my name is Susan"). Lydia is however the only name we see her use more than once, so it is generally accepted as her real name.
  • Non-Indicative Name: No, none of the characters is named "Peanuts". The name was assigned due to Executive Meddling, apparently by someone who assumed it was a slang term for kids. Schulz originally wanted to call it "Lil' Folks" (the title of the local strip he'd already drawn for a few years in St. Paul), and was none too happy with the title change, fearing that readers would assume "Peanuts" was the name of the lead character (which early on, they did).note 
  • Noodle Incident: A 1965 storyline involved Snoopy being invited back to the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm to give a speech, but apparently chickening out along the way and hiding out in a tree (until the falling leaves of autumn exposed his hiding place). A few days later, Charlie Brown asked Snoopy to tell him what had happened on the way to the puppy farm to give Snoopy "cold paws," and Snoopy responded by screaming "AAUGH!" and fleeing. The incident was never discussed again.
    • We also never learn what happened to Snoopy in his appearance before the Head Beagle after Frieda reported him for not chasing rabbits; all Snoopy says is, "Fortunately, the Head Beagle was very understanding."
  • Noodle People: Spike in his earlier appearances. As the Art Evolution grew, Spike appeared less thin, but still thinner than Snoopy.
  • No Sense of Direction: To Andy and Olaf's credit, they did find a desert when trying to find Spike...
    Andy: Have you ever seen the pyramids by moonlight?
  • Not Allowed to Grow Up: Most characters started out really young, gradually grew up to a certain age, and then remained that age for the remainder of the strip. For example, Charlie Brown was originally 4, then gradually became older, eventually stopping around the age of 8.
  • Notary Nonsense: Employed by Lucy for the Football Gag in this 1964 strip. Reused two years later in It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.
  • "Not So Different" Remark: In a 1963 strip, Linus points this out to his "blanket-hating" Grandma after she drinks 32 cups of coffee, upsetting everyone in his family.
    Linus: I suggested that perhaps her drinking thirty-two cups of coffee was not unlike my need for a security blanket... she didn't like the comparison.
  • Not So Stoic: Linus pointed that a moving van is coming. Charlie Brown stays completely cool and indifferent. When Linus pointed that the van stopped at the little red haired girl's house, all of Charlie's life flashed before his eyes.
  • Oblivious to Love: Charlie Brown never seems to figure out that Peppermint Patty is sort of in love with him.
  • Oddball in the Series: The television specials The Big Stuffed Dog and It's the Girl in the Red Truck, Charlie Brown. The former is set in the "Real World" and is about a kid and his stuffed Snoopy doll (this and the fact that Charles M. Schulz wrote it are the only things that even make it count as Peanuts)note . The latter only has Charlie Brown and Snoopy at the very beginning and end, and stars Spike in a Medium Blending adventure with a character played by Schulz's daughter.
  • Oddly Specific Greeting Card: In a 1971 strip, Lucy asks Linus why he's making a Mother's Day card instead of just buying one at the store. When she shows him the card she bought, the verse says, "Dear Mother, I bought this card for you with my own money instead of giving you a hand-made one like some cheap kid I know!"
    Linus: These days you seem to be able to get a card for almost any occasion...
  • Once a Season: Several recurring jokes occurred once a year. These included Lucy pulling away the football when Charlie Brown tries to kick it, Linus awaiting the Great Pumpkin, and Schroeder celebrating Beethoven's birthday. There were also strips commemorating D-Day, and Snoopy going to drink root beers with Bill Mauldin every Memorial Day (based on Charles Schulz's real-life ritual with Mauldin, a cartoonist famous for his satirical cartoons on military life during WWII).
  • One Cast Member per Cover: The book series The Complete Peanuts collects every strip from the almost 50-year history of Peanuts. Every cover shows a cast member with a look of some strong emotion on their face. A different cast member is shown on the spine. While there is repetition of the cover characters no character appears on two or more spines.
  • One-Letter Pun: In a Sunday Strip from the 1980s, Sally is writing letters of the alphabet and describing them to Linus. But she misinterprets his comments as letters: For instance, when Linus says, "I see," Sally says she's not writing I's and C's. At the end, Sally is writing U's, but Linus says, "They don't look like me at all," prompting Sally to throw her paper and pencil at him.
  • One-Note Cook:
    • Charlie Brown once said "All I can make is cold cereal and maybe toast." In a Chex cereal commercial from the early '90s Charlie Brown admits that "I can't even make toast."
    • A similar joke was made about Lucy, after Schroeder told her that Beethoven loved macaroni and cheese and the girl he married would have to be able to make good macaroni and cheese:
      "How did Beethoven feel about cold cereal?"
  • One-Steve Limit: Averted with Patty and Peppermint Patty. Perhaps not coincidentally, the former got Brother-Chuck'd at about the same time the latter became popular.
  • One, Two, Skip a Few: In one strip Lucy is skipping rope saying "Fourteen, fifteen, sixteen..." When she passes by Charlie Brown and Linus she loudly says "Ten billion and one, ten billion and two, ten billion and three, ten billion and four..." Once they're out of sight she returns to "Twenty one, twenty two, twenty three..."
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: "Pig-Pen" (for his messiness) and "Rerun" (after Lucy compared having a second little brother to watching television repeats — though it's actually Linus that made the nickname stick).
  • Only Six Faces: All the human characters have almost identical faces and the exact same body shape. This also resulted in a bit of Generic Cuteness, as in a few strips, Peppermint Patty worries about how she has a "big nose" and is "plain looking", but she doesn't really look too different from anyone else.
  • Opaque Lenses: Marcie. She sometimes Glasses Pulled to indicate that she was rolling her eyes, perhaps as a subtle Lampshade Hanging of this trope.
  • Operators Are Standing By: Played for Laughs. Gullible Sally is watching one of these ads. She runs to get her big brother Charlie Brown, only to find that the commercial is over, and she missed the phone number to call. The final panel has Sally lying in bed, a haunted look on her face, muttering, "How can I sleep, knowing those operators are standing by?"
  • Out of Focus:
    • This started to happen to Schroeder sometime in the '80s. Also, Sally and Linus fell victim of this trope in the '90s, when Rerun gained more prominence.
    • Then, of course, there's Shermy, Patty, and Violet, who were major characters initially but Demoted to Extra by the end of the '50s.
  • Overly Long Gag: In Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown, everyone receives and reads out the message printed on their candy hearts. Everyone has simple messages on theirs except Sally, whose heart contains the entirety of Sonnet 43 by Elizabeth Barrett Browning ("How do I love thee...").
  • Painting the Medium: In one late '80s strip, Lucy, frustrated over Schroeder's lack of interest in her, grabbed the musical notation, crumpled it up into a ball, and threw it on the ground before storming away. Schroeder un-crumpled the notation and placed it back in its proper place. Charlie Brown then commented as he was listening to Schroeder play, "Maybe it's none of my business, but your music sounds kind of wrinkled."
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: In He's Your Dog, Charlie Brown, when Snoopy returns home, he puts on a fake mustache before revealing himself as a surprise. Charlie Brown sees him and doesn't recognize him until Snoopy takes off the mustache.
    • Snoopy also dons one in the strip itself, when Charlie Brown warns him that he could be in big trouble once Peppermint Patty realizes that the "private school" Snoopy gave her a brochure for is really an obedience school for dogs.
    Snoopy: [in hat, mustache and sunglasses] Beagle? What beagle?
    • Also employed by Woodstock in his fear of Thanksgiving.
    Snoopy: Let's try it without the pipe.
  • Parental Bonus:
    • When Snoopy's doghouse burns down, Lucy says he was probably smoking in bed.
    • A 1956 strip shows Snoopy having a very... intense reaction to Schroeder playing some Chopin on his piano.
    • A strip from October of 1959 has Linus speaking in his sleep to Miss Othmar in a somewhat suspicious manner:
      Linus: Oh, Miss Othmar! Why, Miss Othmar! Don't even say things like that, Miss Othmar... Why, Miss Othmar!
  • Parental Obliviousness: One story arc features Charlie brown running away and spending several nights in the rain away from home.
  • Perfectly Cromulent Word: Fairly often, mostly from Lucy, always lampshaded.
  • Performance Anxiety: Linus, whenever he's assigned a part in the PTA's Christmas programs. Lucy is not only unsympathetic, she threatens him with physical violence if he doesn't comply. In a 1963 storyline, Lucy volunteers Linus to sing "Jingle Bells" in the Christmas show. Despite protesting that he can't sing and angsting about it for weeks, he manages to pull it off with some "encouragement" ("SING, YOU BLOCKHEAD!") from his sister. Lucy's next move is to volunteer Linus for the role of Baby New Year in the New Year's program, but this time Linus puts his foot down and flat-out refuses to participate, even hiding in a tree until the program is over and forcing Snoopy to fill in for him.
  • Person as Verb: Charlie Brown, though more usually as an adjective.
  • Pet the Dog: Lucy's protective attitude toward Linus, and also Rerun later on.
  • The Piano Player: Schroeder fits this trope to a tee, except for the fact the the characters aren't in a bar.
  • Pie in the Face: Spike remarks that one plus of living in the desert is that you know no one is going to hit you with a pie. Sure enough, a pie then flies out of nowhere and strikes him in the face.
  • Plank Gag: Peppermint Patty does this to Marcie in one strip; accidentally beaning her with a loaf of French bread she brought back from her trip to Paris.
  • Please Keep Your Hat On: Happens in one strip when Peppermint Patty wears her ski cap into class. Her teacher tells her to take it off, but when she does, her hair is so wild and unruly that she is immediately told to put it back on.
  • Pluralses: When Snoopy becomes the Head Beagle, we see this thought:
    Snoopy: Let's see now... I'm supposed to direct some collies to Vermont, some golden retrievers to Minnesota, and some Pekingeseseses to... I never could pronounce that!
    • Also, Sally when drawing a picture of a horse: "I'm having trouble with the hoofseses."
    Charlie Brown: Not "hoofseses." "Hooves." Like in "behooves."
    Sally: Bees don't have hooves! Bees have feet! WHO YOU TRYIN' TO KID?!
  • Political Overcorrectness: In one of his "Flying Ace" strips, Snoopy imagines that he's flying over "No Man's Land". As if she read his mind, Lucy comes up to him and asks him why they can't just as well call it "No Woman's Land". In the last panel, Snoopy imagines that he's flying over "No Person's Land".
  • The Pratfall:
    • The famous sequence where Lucy would pull away the football at the last second always resulted in Charlie Brown landing on his backside.
    • The same goes for baseball strips, where he would get zinged by a line drive and get sent flying, often getting half his clothes knocked off in the process.
  • Precocious Crush: Linus had one on his teacher, Miss Othmar.
  • Prefers Proper Names:
    • Eudora refers to Charlie Brown as "Charles". This doesn't reflect formality and is instead a sign of her weird personality.
    • The very formal Marcie calls her friends by their full names. Peppermint Patty is her exception, but she does use "Patricia" the few times she doesn't just call her "sir".
    • Although she usually is The Nicknamer, Peppermint Patty always calls Lucy "Lucille". This may be because she doesn't like Lucy very much.
  • Print Long-Runners: Schulz drew 17,897 strips over a span of 49 years and 4 months. At least one academic has suggested that Peanuts may well be the longest narrative ever composed by a single person in history.
  • Product Placement: The first couple of animated specials had product placement for Coca-Cola, forcing certain scenes to be excised after the initial network airings.
  • Pseudo-Santa: It's a major Running Gag that Linus believes in "the Great Pumpkin" who apparently rises up out of the "most sincere" pumpkin patch to deliver presents on Halloween.
  • Pun:
    • Schulz wasn't above making these now and then. Sally would often use her school presentations to set up a punchline, but she was by no means the only one to make puns that other characters disapproved of.
    • Also quite often occur in Snoopy's writings.
  • Puni Plush: Well, as close as you can get with American comics, anyway.

    Tropes Q–S 
  • Quitting to Get Married: Zig-Zagged in a couple comic strip arcs. Linus' teacher Miss Othmar, upon whom he has a crush, quits to get married, but years later she comes back to teaching. Linus is still in the same class.
  • Raw Eggs Make You Stronger: In one strip, Charlie Brown adds a raw egg to Snoopy's dog food to give him a shiny coat. Snoopy doesn't like this.
    Snoopy: BLAH!! So much for suppertime!
  • Readings Blew Up the Scale: In one strip, Snoopy adds the number of pizzas he and Woodstock ate before midnight to the number of pizzas they ate after midnight. The result blows up his pocket calculator.
  • Reality Is Unrealistic: Considering how many holiday specials have been done, one might assume upon first hearing that It's Arbor Day, Charlie Brown is a parody title that somebody made up. Then they check out the Easter special's DVD ...
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
    • While Patty and especially Violet subjected poor Charlie Brown to this on various occasions, it was Lucy who turned this trope into an art form in regard to Charlie Brown. Lucy never misses a chance to list off all of Charlie Brown's faults: in a 1964 storyline (later adapted into the script of A Boy Named Charlie Brown in 1969), she not only forced him to sit through a slide show presentation of all of his faults, but then got mad when he refused to reimburse her $143 for renting the projector, making up the slides, and so on (not to mention $100 of that sum was Lucy's "personal fee").
    • In one Sunday strip from 1969, Lucy delivered a Reason You Suck Speech to Charlie Brown using a variety of sports analogies in one session at her psychiatric booth. Fortunately, this time Charlie Brown had the perfect comeback ready.
      Lucy: You, Charlie Brown, are a foul ball in the line drive of life! You're in the shadow of your own goal posts... You are a miscue... You are three putts on the eighteenth green... You are a seven-ten split in the tenth frame... A love set! You have dropped a rod and reel in the lake of life... You are a missed free throw, a shanked nine iron and a called third strike! Do you understand? Have I made myself clear?
      Charlie Brown: [knocking Lucy off her chair] JUST WAIT 'TIL NEXT YEAR!
    • A story arc from July 1969 has the Little Red-Haired Girl moving away with her parents. Linus urges Charlie Brown to talk to her while he still has the chance, but when the moment comes he, as usual, freezes in panic. After she's gone for good, Linus flips out and tears into Charlie Brown for his wishy-washiness:
      Linus: She's gone! You didn't do anything! You just stood there! You never do anything! All you ever do is just stand there! You drive everybody crazy, Charlie Brown! I'm so mad I could scream! I AM screaming!!! (to Lucy) And don't YOU give me any trouble!!!!
    • Lucy was sometimes herself the recipient of Reason You Suck Speeches, as in when Schroeder lists off the reasons why he doesn't like her. And then there's this example from 1982, delivered by Linus in one of his bolder moments. Despite Lucy's comeback, Linus came away from it feeling immensely satisfied.
      Linus: Oh, yeah? You should talk! You're the crabbiest person in the whole world! And you always have to have your own way! And talk about loud... you're always yelling! And you always think you're right! You never admit you're wrong about anything!
      Lucy: Well, at least I don't go around carrying a stupid blanket! [walks away triumphantly]
      Charlie Brown: Beat you again, huh?
      Linus: Not really... I had more shots on goal.
    • The special Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown has an amusing subversion of this (adapted from this 1963 strip). On the morning after Valentine's Day, Charlie Brown's female classmates approach him, explain that they feel bad he didn't get a single valentine card, and offer him one of their own cards with the original name scratched off and his penciled in. Seeing this, an outraged Schroeder tears into them for their hypocritical gesture:
      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! Well, let me tell you something! Charlie Brown doesn't need your...
      Charlie Brown (shoving him aside): Don't listen to him! I'll take it!
      • Played more straight in 1966's Charlie Brown's All-Stars, when Schroeder delivers a modified version of the above to Lucy, Violet, Patty, Frieda and Snoopy, even though he had joined them in walking off the team just a few minutes earlier after learning they weren't going to get the promised uniforms.
        Schroeder: You girls are very thoughtless. Don't you think Charlie Brown has feelings? All of you are the most thoughtless bunch I've ever known! You don't care anything about Charlie Brown! He's been loyal to you because he thinks you're his friends. But do you ever act like friends? No! Those uniforms meant as much to Charlie Brown as they did to you, probably more!
    • The infamous scene in "A Charlie Brown Christmas" where everyone berates Charlie Brown for getting a shabby tree for the play.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Most obviously Lucy (Red Oni) and Linus (Blue Oni)note , but there are several other of these pairings: Snoopy (red)/Charlie Brown (blue); Sally (red)/Charlie Brown (blue); Lucy (red)/Schroeder (blue); Sally (red)/Linus (blue); Peppermint Patty (red)/Marcie (blue).
  • Red-plica Baron: One of the Snoopy's alter-egos is the "World War I Flying Ace", in which he dons an aviator hat and his doghouse is his plane. Being his fantasy to be in WWI, his nemesis is none other than the Red Baron himself, getting a personal duel between both characters. Of all his appearances in other media, The Peanuts Movie is the first time the Red Baron got a human form, with him usually being just mentioned, or only the plane being seen and not the pilot. The Red Baron was also prominently featured in Snoopy & The Red Baron, a Milton Bradley skill game released in 1970.
  • Repeated Rehearsal Failure:
    • In one strip, it was Valentine's Day and Charlie Brown was going to give Violet a box of chocolates. On his way to meet her, he kept rehearsing, "This is for you, Violet. Happy Valentine's Day. This is for YOU, Violet. Happy Valentine's Day. THIS is for YOU, Violet. Happy Valentine's Day." When he arrived, he handed her the box of chocolates and said, "This is for you, Violet. Merry Christmas." In the last panel, he was bashing his head against a tree.
    • In another arc, Sally was constantly rehearsing her line for the Christmas play, the single word "Hark!" On the night of the actual performance, with Charlie Brown and Linus in the audience, she suddenly exclaims, "Hockey stick!"
  • Repeating So the Audience Can Hear: Used in the characters' conversations with adults.
  • Rescue Arc: October/November of 1980 saw a lengthy Beagle Scout arc that started with the troop's only girl, Harriet, getting arrested while the troop was camping in the woods (having gone into town with the boys one night and ended up starting a fight with some blue jays, resulting in being detained by the Humane Society). Charlie Brown gets her out, but they get lost in the woods trying to get her back to Snoopy. After hearing about it from Sally (who has again started moving into Chuck's room), Peppermint Patty and Marcie form a rescue party. Then it starts snowing.
  • Riddle for the Ages: Did Rerun let Charlie Brown kick the ball in the last football strip?
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Snoopy and Woodstock.
  • Right Out of My Clothes: A Running Gag is that whenever Charlie Brown pitches for his baseball team, the opposing batter hits the ball so hard it knocks Charlie Brown out of his clothes.
  • Ripped from the Headlines: A lot of the strips, especially the earlier ones, were very topical. Some examples:
    • When Franklin was introduced in 1968, he mentioned that his father was serving in Vietnam.
    • Speaking of Franklin, it's hard to imagine that the introduction of the strip's first African-American character wasn't inspired by the civil rights movement. Indeed, Schulz received some hate mail from segregationists when Franklin, a black boy, was depicted in the same class at school with Peppermint Patty, a white girl.
    • Snoopy's speech at the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm in a 1970 storyline being interrupted by an anti-war protest — complete with tear gas — over "dogs being sent off to Vietnam and not getting back."
    • Charlie Brown being obsessed with Davy Crockett merchandise in the 1950s. Schroeder's Beethoven obsession was originally intended as a parody of this (i.e. why is it normal for one historical character to be a famous institution popular with kids and yet absurd for another one from the same era to be). Ironically, Schroeder's Beethoven fandom became so iconic that it survived as a joke long after the Davy Crockett craze was forgotten.
    • The kids going space crazy after the Sputnik launch in 1957.
    • Snoopy landing on the moon in the 1960s. (The Apollo 10 Command and Landing modules were named Charlie Brown and Snoopy, and one component of the Apollo astronauts' spacesuit — a black-and-white cap that covered the ears and top of the head — was known as the 'Snoopy cap.')
    • Snoopy wanting to compete in figure skating at the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble.
    • Snoopy also ended up going into the desert because Spike told him the Summer Olympics would be in Needles, Arizona in 1988 while Charlie Brown points out they were going to be held in Seoul.
    • Rerun being suspended for flirting with a girl was ripped from the headlines of crazy school rules about sexual harassment and zero tolerance policies.
    • Linus and Lucy's experiment with "Stereophonic Fussing" in the late 1950s, at a time when stereophonic sound was just becoming common for record albums.
    • Snoopy going in for his dog license renewal. In the process he ends up with a fishing and driving license from mixups, but is told he doesn't need a license for 'that'. Cue assault rifle.
    • Snoopy challenging Hank Aaron for Babe Ruth's career home run record in 1973 (and getting hate mail similar to that received by Aaron in real life).
    • About two months after the 1962 World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the New York Yankees, Schulz – a Giants fan – published a strip that had Charlie and Linus sitting silently for three panels, only for Charlie to exclaim in the last, "Why couldn't McCovey have hit the ball just three feet higher?!" (the series ended with a Yankee victory in the final game when Giants first baseman Willie McCovey hit what would have scored the winning runs directly to the Yankees' second baseman). About a month later, an identical strip was published, instead ending with Charlie exclaiming, "Or why couldn't McCovey have hit the ball even two feet higher?!"
    • A 1986 story arc was ripped from the headlines of World War I, as it dealt with Snoopy the WWI Flying Ace coming down with the Spanish influenza that killed some 30 million people worldwide during the final months of the war and afterward. Marcie also catches it while caring for him.
  • Roger Rabbit Effect: It's the Girl In the Red Truck, Charlie Brown. In fact, it debuted a couple months after Who Framed Roger Rabbit was released, making it falsely appear to be a case of Follow the Leader (it had been in production for a few years). Inevitably reviewers compared the two (a bit unfair since Schulz didn't have anywhere near the budget to work with).
  • Rouge Angles of Satin: Played for Laughs in this 1959 strip. Linus makes flash cards and practices them on Charlie Brown, but every single word on them is spelled wrong, including "taybul" and "kow". While Charlie successfully identifies each (misspelled) word, he declines from doing anymore because "awl thys reeding is harrd onn mi eyys!"
  • Runaway Bride: In the cartoon special Snoopy's Getting Married, Charlie Brown, Snoopy is all set to get married to a dog named Genevieve when Lucy soon arrives with news that the bride-to-be has just run off with a golden retriever. Snoopy is heartbroken at first, but soon lightens up at the prospect of remaining a bachelor, and enjoys the wedding cake with Woodstock.
  • Running Gag:
    • Charlie Brown and Lucy's football. Could it get any more classic?
    • Snoopy and his imaginary fantasies, especially the accursed dogfights with the Red Baron.
    • In some mid-1950s strips, there was a running gag of a character being told that he or she is doing something wrong, and then replying with "Five hundred years from now, who'll know the difference?"
    • In the 90s, there were many strips that used the setup of Charlie lying in bed at night saying "Sometimes I lie awake at night and I ask X...Then a voice comes to me out of the dark and says Y."
    • In the early years there was: "Everyone is (engaging in some fad)"..."everyone?" Snoopy engaging in the fad..."everyone!"
    • Dislike of coconut. In one strip, Flying Ace Snoopy knows his girlfriend back home doesn't love him anymore when she sends him a box of chocolates filled with coconut. In another, Linus literally becomes hysterical when Lucy offers him a cookie, somehow knowing without even looking at the cookie that it's coconut.
    • In later years, Snoopy's love of cookies, especially chocolate chip cookies.
    • For a while in the late 50s:
      Lucy or Violet or Patty: Hey Charlie Brown! Look at my new hi-fi (non-audio item)!
      Charlie Brown (to us): How can a (non-audio item) be hi-fi?
  • Running Gagged: In the last ever "Lucy pulls the football away" strip (which ran in October 1999), Lucy is called in to lunch by her mother and Rerun takes her place. The last we see of the scene, Charlie is reassuring himself that this time he'll do it, as Rerun would never pull the ball away. Rerun then refuses to tell Lucy if he pulled the ball away or not, to her immense frustration.
  • Sadist Teacher:
    • Charlie Brown's teacher makes him read War and Peace over the Christmas break in the New Year's special. This is a novel of old Russia that's over a thousand pages long in most editions. And good ol' Charlie Brown is 8. What's even worse is that nobody else seems to have to read it. Even Linus, who is explicitly in the same class (and was sitting behind Charlie Brown when the assignment was given) is never shown so much as picking up the book. Either the teacher is such a sadist she only gave Charlie Brown that assignment, or he's the only one who bothered to actually do it (and got a D-).
    • In the original comic, the book is Gulliver's Travels — which is around a fifth of the size but still fairly scary for an eight-year-old. However, everyone else finishes the assignment early in the break where as Charlie Brown does it at three in the morning the day it's due. The fact that his paper was a last-minute rush job (and probably done while sleep-deprived, if the look on his face on the way to school is an indicator) whereas everyone else got it done properly was probably the determining factor in his just-above-failing grade.
    • Peppermint Patty had a couple of scary assignments also. One test: "Explain World War II." Patty (incredulous): "Explain World War II!?" Last panel, the rest of the assignment: "Use both sides of the paper, if necessary."
    • In one strip from 1988, Patty's teacher assigns the class to read the first 35 chapters of Anna Karenina by the end of the week. However, all it takes is Patty yelling, "What? WHAT? WHAT?!" progressively louder to make the teacher change her mind.
    • Sally was once asked to factor a pretty scary math problem that shouldn't show up until Algebra I in 1974.
  • Santa Clausmas: Averted hard in A Charlie Brown Christmas, of course, and then again in this Sunday strip from the following year.
  • Sarcasm Mode: Schulz had a unique way of showing this, with characters' eyes changing from dots to quote mark shapes to imply eye-rolling.
  • Satellite Love Interest: The Little Red-Haired Girl, for Charlie Brown.
  • Saw "Star Wars" Twenty-Seven Times:
    • A Sunday Strip from the early 1970s saw Snoopy (as Joe Cool) remark, "I see they're showing Citizen Kane again… I've only seen it 23 times." It later became something of a Running Gag to have a character keeping track of how many times he/she had seen Citizen Kane.
    • And then there was Schroeder's response to Lucy asking him if his grandfather had fought in World War I: "No, but he's seen Victory at Sea twelve times!"
  • Scam Religion: A story arc in 1980 has the kids being sent off to some sort of Bible or evangelism camp, where the preacher who runs the camp frightens Peppermint Patty senseless with his talk of impending Armageddon. Patty realizes she's been had when Marcie draws her attention to a drawing of new $8 million facilities the owners are raising funds for.
    Peppermint Patty: Maybe the world will end tomorrow, but I wasn't born yesterday!
  • Scout-Out: Snoopy's "Beagle Scout" troop.
  • Selective Obliviousness:
    • Linus always points out that he's not Sally's "sweet babboo". She simply replies that he's so cute... And sometimes she'll interpret something as innocent as the two of them standing in line together as Linus "taking her to the movies."
    • Lucy with Schroeder, as well.
      Lucy: What are you going to get me for Beethoven's birthday?
      Schroeder: Nothing! [pounding on piano] NOTHING! NOTHING! NOTHING!
      Lucy: [coyly] You're such a tease...
  • Self-Deprecation:
    • The strip of January 1, 1974 has Lucy watching the Rose Parade. When Linus comes in and asks if the Grand Marshal has gone by yet, Lucy replies, "Yeah, you missed him...but he wasn't anyone you ever heard of!" (That's right, the Grand Marshal that year was Charles Schulz.)
    • After "happiness is a warm puppy" became a worldwide meme and a best-selling book, Schulz did multiple strips making fun of his own meme, including Snoopy thinking "my mother didn't raise me to be a heating pad!" and Linus hugging Snoopy and then asking, "what's so happy about a warm puppy?"
  • Serious Business:
    • The kids' baseball games, spelling bees, school elections, Christmas pageants, etc.
    • One series of strips involved the kids' wintertime snowman-building efforts being organized by parents into actual leagues with championship trophies, referees, sponsors, and so forth.
    • Linus's annual vigils for the Great Pumpkin.
    • Beethoven's birthday, for Schroeder. In the rare years he forgot about it, he was beside himself with guilt.
    • Snoopy's assignments from the "Head Beagle," and the arc in which Frieda reported him to said Head Beagle for refusing to chase rabbits.
    • Lucy has been shown to have many trophies, including one bigger than her, for being a "fussbudget."
  • Shaped Like Itself: Snoopy on why he's managed to hold a grudge against Poochie, a girl who hurt his feelings when he was a puppy, for so long: "We beagles have memories like beagles!"
  • Share Phrase: While often associated with Charlie Brown, many of the other characters will also say “Good grief” when upset.
  • She's a Man in Japan: In the Norwegian translation, Woodstock is a girl named Fredrikke (a female name over there).
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: Linus denies it when Sally calls him her sweet babboo.
  • Shipper on Deck:
    • Sally, to Charlie Brown and Marcie. Although she does it with her usual lack of grace and sensitivity:
    • 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.
    • Peppermint Patty shipped Snoopy/Marcie for a while, since she thought Snoopy was a human being.
    • 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.
    • In the TV special You're In Love, Charlie Brown, Peppermint Patty tried to set Charlie Brown and Lucy up on a Blind Date. Charlie Brown assumed Patty was trying to get him together with the Little Red-Haired Girl; we don't know for sure but we could assume Lucy assumed Patty was setting her up with Schroeder. When Charlie Brown and Lucy saw each other, they immediately shouted in unison, "YOU??? BLECCHHH!!!"
    • Charlie Brown later returned the favor in a 1980 storyline, setting Peppermint Patty up on a blind date to a Valentine's Day disco dance. Patty wasn't too thrilled when she found out who her date was (Pig-Pen), but surprisingly, the two of them hit it off.
  • Shoo Out the New Guy: Charlotte Braun in the 1950s, and one actually called Poochie (although not the Former Trope Namer) in the 1970s.
  • Shoot the Shaggy Dog: A nonlethal example. The strip's longest storylinenote  had Peppermint Patty spending six weeks preparing for an ice-skating tournament, with Snoopy as her coach, and sewing herself a dress, only to find when she actually got to the tournament that it was a roller-skating event.
  • Shout-Out: Now with its own page.
  • Show-and-Tell Antics: Sally once brought Snoopy for Show-and-tell, but was less than pleased that the beagle was flirting with a girl in the front row.
  • The Show Must Go Wrong:
    • Snoopy's magic show in It's Magic, Charlie Brown. Almost none of his tricks go as planned...
      • His first two tricks — pulling a rabbit (well, Woodstock with rabbit ears tied to his head) out of a top hat and the "linking rings" trick — seem to work, but a heckler in the front row ruins the effect by shouting "That's no rabbit!" for the first trick and challenging Snoopy to take the rings apart again for the second (at which Snoopy fails). The beagle conjurer forcibly shuts up the heckler both times.
      • Things go downhill when Snoopy starts recruiting members of the audience to assist him. Franklin volunteers for the "stick through the box" trick, but instead of appearing to pass through his body, the stick jabs him in the head, causing him to leap out of the box in agony. Peppermint Patty ends up worse off when she volunteers for the "amputation-decapitation cabinet" trick and has her head, torso, and legs scrambled, with Snoopy apparently unable to put her back together again until she finally forces her way out of the cabinet.
      • A "demonstration of telepathy" is more successful — which may have something to do with the fact that Marcie, to whom Snoopy whispers the identities of the objects Sally is holding, is not blindfolded — but a "cut and restore" trick for which Lucy volunteers a horrified Linus' blanket goes badly as Snoopy is able to do the first part but not the second. The sight of his blanket still in pieces when Snoopy pulls it out of the hat causes Linus to faint dead away.
      • Lucy herself ends up on the stage for the next trick, a levitation act. It seems to work at first, as Snoopy puts a blanket over her and makes her rise into the air, then sweeps a hoop down her body to show that there are no wires holding her up — but as he is bowing to the audience's applause, Lucy abruptly falls out of the air with a thud.
      • After returning to the audience in a daze, Lucy supplies a third volunteer, this time going from the unwilling to the unwitting as Charlie Brown is summoned to the stage for a disappearing act. Judging from Snoopy and Marcie's shocked reactions when the blanket is removed to reveal that he really has disappeared, they were not expecting the trick to work as it did. And when a sudden rainstorm breaks out and the audience and other performers flee, the invisible Charlie Brown is left alone on stage.
    • In the comics, any school play is guaranteed to be full of flubbed lines and missed cues, as in these two storylines both adapted into the script of the second Peanuts Christmas special, It's Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown (1992).
      • Sally is given a part as an angel in a Christmas play in a 1983 storyline, with only one word to say: "Hark!" When Sally's cue comes, she freezes briefly before yelling out, "Hockey Stick!"
      • In a 1988 storyline (also adapted into It's Christmastime Again...), Marcie is cast as Mary in the school Christmas play while Peppermint Patty is stuck playing a sheep — and yet even saying "Baa!" is too much for her to remember, as when she and Marcie take to the stage, she panics and blurts out "Woof! Meow! Moo! Whatever!" to riotous laughter from the audience and angry embarrassment from Marcie, who drags her offstage with her shepherd's crook. Although it's likely Patty flubbed the scene on purpose, as she had been insanely jealous that Marcie had been cast as Mary and not her ("MARY NEVER WORE GLASSES!!!") and she had remembered to say "Baa!" earlier in the show, but at the wrong time...
        Franklin: I am Gabriel. Do not be afraid, Mary.
        Marcie: Behold, I am the handmaiden of the Lord...
        Peppermint Patty: BAA!
        Franklin: I am Gabriel, Mary, and I couldn't hear you because of the sheep.
  • Shown Their Work:
    • The music notation that appeared when Schroeder played was always accurate. Likewise with the Bible quotationsnote 
    • Parodied with the Snoopy as WWI Flying Ace strips, in which on two occasions Snoopy himself (after describing in great detail the operation of a Sopwith Camel) comments on how good his research is.
  • Show Within a Show:
    • In the animated specials, at least, Snoopy was a fan of The Bunnies, apparently a series of children's books about the comedic adventures of a family of hyperactive rabbits that were also adapted into animated shorts.
    • In the strip the book series is called 'The Six Bunnie-Wunnies', and is written by Miss Helen Sweetstory. Snoopy develops a raging crush on her at one point, until he learns she's a cat person.
  • Shrunk in the Wash: In one strip, Lucy attempted to wash Schroeder's piano, and it shrunk to a toy-sized piano.
  • Signature Sound Effect: The 'wah-wah' sound that represented adult speech was a muted trombone.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Charles Schulz himself with MAD magazine. The friendly feud started when Mad complained about Peanuts's use of Comic-Book Time and started drawing their own strips showing the characters growing up; Mad also ran a series of strips depicting the Red Baron drawn in Peanuts style in which other German pilots tease him because his Worthy Opponent is a dog, and others. Eventually the crossover was returned when Schulz climaxed a 1970s story about Charlie Brown hallucinating baseballs everywhere with a cameo by Mad mascot Alfred E Neuman. They had a little fun afterwards, too. A later (90s-era) Mad back cover featured a parody of Metropolitan Life insurance ads featuring Snoopy, as an evil 'Mutt Life' representative. Sparky's reply? A sketch of Snoopy going door to door, claiming he wasn't the guy on the cover of the magazine.
  • Sitting on the Roof: By the end of the 50s, Snoopy spent more time on the roof of his doghouse than he did inside of it. The first time he attempted to sleep on the roof, he rolled off.
  • Sitting Sexy on a Piano: Lucy with Schoeder's piano... well, sort of.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: It can go in either direction. Sometimes Kids Are Cruel and other times it's a very heartfelt moment of life.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Lucy, oh so very much.
  • Smart Animal, Average Human: The unlucky boy Charlie Brown and his intelligent pet beagle Snoopy.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Averted in the comic at large, but in the Beagle Scout stories, the only female troop member is Harriet, thanks to her skill at creating angel food cake with seven-minute frosting.
  • Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome: In the first decade, some characters aged far more rapidly than others. Notably:
    • Schroeder, introduced in early 1951 as an infant, within a year became first a toddler piano prodigy, and then not only fully verbal but apparently the same age as Charlie Brown, Shermy and friends.
    • Lucy was a crib-bound toddler in her first appearances, and aged until she reached a point where she's apparently slightly older than Charlie Brown (based on the fact that Charlie Brown and her little brother, Linus, are usually depicted as being in the same class).
    • Linus, introduced in late 1952, was somewhere between infant and toddler for two years, and a typical preschooler for the next year or two. Then, in 1957, he rapidly became the precocious Christian theologian he would remain ever after. (He never gave up his security blanket, however.)
    • Sally Brown was the first character born into the strip, in 1959 (Snoopy mentions waiting "until her eyes are open" to go visit her). Theoretically, this should make her at least several years younger than the rest of the cast. But by the early 70s she was more or less the same age as Linus. Similarly, almost overnight in the 90s, Rerun Van Pelt went from a toddler to kindergarten age.
  • Somewhere, an Ornithologist Is Crying: Woodstock and Harriet's plumage indicate that they are yellow warblers—among the first neotropical migrants both to arrive in North America in February and to fly south again in August.
  • Sore Loser:
    • Snoopy in You're a Good Sport, Charlie Brown; after losing a tennis match, he goes on a tirade that would make John McEnroe blush. Also memorably in Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown! (And Don't Come Back!), at Wimbledon no less.
    • During a late 1960s storyline in which Snoopy temporarily took Charlie Brown's place as manager of the baseball team, Snoopy is shown to have absolutely no tolerance for players who make mistakes or criticize him, literally giving them sharp and painful kicks in the backside. And Lord help them if they lose the game...
    • Lucy is shown to be a sore loser as well. In one early strip, she got so frustrated by her inability to shoot a marble correctly that she flew into a rage and stomped on Charlie Brown's and Schroeder's marbles. And decades later, she got back at Linus for beating her in croquet by pinning him down by the wrists and ankles under croquet wickets.
  • Sound Defect: In a 1956 strip, Linus is surprised to hear a leaf make a "klunk" noise as it hits the ground.
  • Soup Is Medicine: In one strip, Marcie makes a sick Snoopy (in his Flying Ace persona) a bowl of dog food soup.
  • The Speechless: The characters first introduced as infants (Schroeder, Lucy, Linus, Sally, Rerun) were justifiable examples of this, although their thoughts were frequently "verbalized" via thought balloons a la Snoopy.
  • Spelling Bee: One arc involves Charlie Brown entering one. After a bunch of strips involving him practicing for the bee, before he washes out on the first word 'maze', which he spells 'M-A-Y-S'. He was thinking of Willie Mays at the time.
    • This story arc was expanded into a motion picture, A Boy Named Charlie Brown, a few years later. In the film, Charlie manages to make it considerably farther, but the final outcome is similar, with Charlie eliminated for misspelling "beagle").
  • Spoiling Shout-Out: One strip has Linus watching Citizen Kane. Lucy comes up and spoils the movie for him (and any readers who hadn't seen it) by revealing that Rosebud was his sled.
  • Squee: Snoopy's usual reaction, in both the strip and the animated tales, to The Six Bunnie-Wunnies.
  • Stating the Simple Solution: In this 1963 strip, Charlie Brown is looking for ideas on how to keep Snoopy from getting cold at night. Linus suggests, "why couldn't he sleep inside the doghouse instead of on top?" The other characters roll their eyes at this "ridiculous suggestion."
  • Still Sucks Thumb: Linus, a small boy, is often seen sucking his thumb while holding his security blanket, a blanket he needs to feel comfortable.
  • Stock Footage: Present in several of the animated specials.
  • The Stoic: Schroeder, who can seem rather emotionless, even when playing his piano. Well, at least until you insult Beethoven, when he becomes Not So Stoic.
    Lucy: Do you like Beethoven?
    Frieda: What?
    Lucy: If you're going to hang around here, you've got to like Beethoven.
    Frieda: All right, but I'll just have a small glass.
    [Schroeder angrily yanks his piano out from under both girls]
    Lucy: You blew it, kid!
  • Story Arc: One of the staples of the strip. Many of them were later adapted for the TV specials.
    • They started getting longer and more elaborate in the '70s. Perhaps the most famous example was a nearly-month-long arc from the summer of 1973, in which Charlie Brown starts seeing baseballs in everything he looks at, then develops a baseball-shaped rash on the back of his head, which forces him to wear a paper sack over his head, then he leaves for camp, where he becomes the unexpectedly popular and successful "Mr. Sack" and even gets elected camp president, then he loses the sack after the rash disappears, then he decides to confirm that he's "cured" by getting up to watch the sun rise to see if it looks like a baseball... only to find that it looks like Alfred E. Neuman instead.
  • Straw Feminist:
    • Peppermint Patty occasionally shows a mild straw feminist streak. Lucy and Sally sometimes do, too.
    • In the early '70s, Lucy went so far as to withdraw from Charlie Brown's baseball team because she felt baseball was degrading to women as a male-dominated game. Also an example of Ripped from the Headlines.
    • Sometimes they did voice Schulz's own concerns, as in the Sunday strip where Peppermint goes on a rant about TV sports news neglecting women's sports (rattling off the names of twenty sportswomen of the time in the process). Charles M. Schulz was a great admirer and personal friend of Billie Jean King and hosted a women's tennis tournament himself.
    • Lucy once declared this year's yanking away of the football was "brought to you by women's lib".
  • Straw Misogynist:
    • In TV special #2 (Charlie Brown's All-Stars, 1966), a local businessman offers to sponsor the team and give them uniforms and everything. The kids are excited and start practicing really hard, making great plays. Charlie calls off the deal — because the businessman wanted him to cut Snoopy and the girls from the team and have only boy players.
    • Thibault, a member of Peppermint Patty's baseball team would constantly criticize Marcie for being on the team because she was a girl. Peppermint Patty had to remind him that she was one as well. He still wouldn't let up, until Marcie finally had enough and slugged him.
  • Strictly Formula: The second-ever strip showing Snoopy typing, from 1965, was Conversational Troping about this.
    Linus: This was a good book, Charlie Brown. I like an author who is versatile.
    Charlie Brown: I know what you mean. Of course, some authors become successful simply by developing a formula...all their stories follow a certain pattern.
    Snoopy: (Typing atop his doghouse) "It was a dark and stormy night."
  • Strip Archive: Here.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Having half-circles around their eyes all the time seems to be a common trait in the Van Pelt family.
  • Such a Phony: The very first strip opens with, "Good ol' Charlie Brown... How I hate him!".
  • Suddenly Shouting: One of the strip's Running Gags features two characters talking, then one of them shouts out of nowhere, usually after realizing something, causing the other to flip through the air in shock. This gag is done several times in A Charlie Brown Christmas
  • Suddenly Voiced: In most of the animated specials and films, Snoopy was The Speechless (though his thoughts could be read in the comic strip). However, in the adaptations of the two Broadway musicals and during some segments of The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show, he actually gained a voice for his internal monologues. This, however, had a backlash effect to fans who felt it didn't fit him. Thus subsequent animated adaptions left Snoopy voiceless once again.
  • Summer Campy: Used in numerous storylines in the strip, as well as the TV specials It Was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown and He's a Bully, Charlie Brown and the feature film Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown.
  • Surprise Jump: A storyline in 1962 had Sally filled with fear about her first day of kindergarten. On the day before school starts, Charlie Brown tells Lucy that Sally is so scared about her first day of kindergarten that if someone even mentions kindergarten while she's around, she'd jump 30 feet in the air. Putting this theory to the test, Lucy says "Kindergarten" to Sally, who then promptly jumps up into the air in fear. Lucy then muses, "Only 10 feet. I knew you were exaggerating."
    • In the September 1960 storyline in which the construction of a new freeway puts Snoopy in danger of losing his doghouse, Linus exhorts Snoopy to stand firm before yelling "HERE COME THE BULLDOZERS!" to test him. Instead of standing firm, a startled Snoopy manages a successful 30-foot leap into the air.
  • Surprise Pregnancy: Rerun is implied to be the result of one, since neither of his siblings were told about him until after he was born.
  • Sweetie Graffiti: This 1954 strip.

    Tropes T–Y 
  • Take That!:
    • The strip fired a good amount of shots at Disney, allegedly because Charles Schulz was turned down from a potential job there.
    • The above mentioned shots at Willie McCovey for his loss at the 1962 World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the New York Yankees.
    • The short-lived '80s character "Tapioca Pudding" was a Take That! to Merchandise-Driven franchises like Strawberry Shortcake. Her father works in licensing and is planning to put her likeness on lunchboxes and countless other knickknacks. Which is also an example of Hypocritical Humor, when you remember just how much Peanuts merch there is (and if anything there was even more back when that comic was made), but the difference was that Peanuts established itself as a comic strip first, instead of being created solely for merchandising. (Though given how much of the strip reflected the creator's own life, it could also be interpreted as a Take That! at himself.)
  • "Take That!" Kiss: Snoopy uses this fairly frequently.
  • A Taste of Their Own Medicine: When Lucy dons a Charlie Brown shirt, everyone has a big ol' belly laugh at her. But the unkindest cut of all comes from —- guess who?
    Charlie Brown: Well, hello, there, Charlie Brown, you blockhead.
  • Tempting Fate: In one storyline, Linus is running for class president with Charlie Brown as his running mate. After some very rousing speeches, it looks like Linus has the election in the bag. During his closing speech, Lucy and Charlie Brown watch in the audience, and Lucy notes that there's no way they could lose, unless Linus says something incredibly stupid. Linus picks that very moment to talk to the student body about the Great Pumpkin and promptly gets laughed off the podium.
  • That Cloud Looks Like...: Occurs in this 1960 strip, which was recycled in A Boy Named Charlie Brown:
    Lucy: If you use your imagination, you can see lots of things in the cloud's formations. What do you think you see, Linus?
    Linus: Well, those clouds up there look to me look like the map of the British Honduras on the Caribbean. That cloud up there looks a little like the profile of Thomas Eakins, the famous painter and sculptor. And that group of clouds over there gives me the impression of the Stoning of Stephen. I can see the Apostle Paul standing there to one side.
    Lucy: Uh huh. That's very good. What do you see in the clouds, Charlie Brown?
    Charlie Brown: Well... I was going to say I saw a duckie and a horsie, but I changed my mind!
  • That Was the Last Entry: In a 1990s arc, Snoopy and Woodstock find a tiny book inside a dented cage. The book is a diary that supposedly belonged to Woodstock's grandfather.
    Snoopy: (reading diary) "Once a week, they put my cage outside in the sun. Sooner or later they're going to leave that little door open. Anyway, this is a stupid life sitting here alone, waiting for that to …" (turning to Woodstock) "And that's it! The diary ends right there! [Your grandfather] probably got out, and is sitting on a telephone wire right now looking down at us...
  • There Are No Therapists: In one series of strips, Sally struggles with fear of starting school, which is mentioned as a serious problem requiring "professional help", but the solution is not to take her to an actual professional, but Lucy's five-cent psychiatry booth. Lucy herself has even been known to play both sides of a therapy session rather than seek actual therapy, and of course Charlie Brown never even considers seeing a real therapist in almost fifty years of needing one.
  • The Thing That Would Not Leave: Snoopy becomes this for Peppermint Patty in the TV special He's Your Dog, Charlie Brown. Eventually, Patty has enough of Snoopy's freeloading and starts making him "pull his own weight." This ultimately drives Snoopy to leave.
  • Those Two Guys: Although Patty and Violet were originally the primary female characters in the strip, both of their personalities were fairly generic. Once Lucy arrived their role became limited to tormenting Charlie Brown (and occasionally others) for sport. The two were generally seen as a pair, and when seen apart, they were usually playing Straight Man to another character. Not much was seen of them after the 1970s. Patty ironically started out as part another "those two guys" pair, as far as as Patty and Shermy being a couple in the first couple months of the strip.
  • The Three Certainties in Life: One Sunday strip where Lucy, holding a football, challenged Charlie Brown to name three things that are certain. Charlie Brown guessed Death and Taxes but drew a blank at the third...until Lucy pulled the football away. "It was so obvious, Charlie Brown."
  • Thought Bubble Speech: Snoopy's speaking is only in his thoughts, with bubbles portraying them. Averted in a few early strips, where he sometimes "talked" (albeit only to himself).
  • Throw the Dog a Bone:
    • People who complain about Charlie Brown always getting the short end of the stick and never being able to kick the dang football probably never saw the 1980s TV special, It's Magic, Charlie Brown.
    • As many problems as Charlie Brown has, parental issues aren't one of them; as he occasionally talks about how great his dad is for making time for him.
    • In March of 1993, Charlie Brown finally hit the winning home run in a baseball game. (That game's pitcher, Royanne Hobbs, later spoils the moment by insisting she could've struck him out but didn't because she had a crush on him.)
      • Twenty years earlier, Charlie Brown's team won their first game of their season, but Charlie Brown was unable to enjoy the moment because he thought about how the other team must have felt and started to feel guilty. It ended up a moot point, as the bone was taken away from him when he was forced to forfeit because of a gambling scandal involving Snoopy and Rerun.
    • In June 1962, Charlie Brown won his first trophy ever for breaking 100 in bowling. Lucy proceeded to ruin the moment for him when she pointed out that his name was misspelled ("Charlie Braun").
    • Charlie beat Joe Agate in a game of marbles in April 1995 in order to gain back the marbles that Joe swindled from Rerun.
  • Through a Face Full of Fur: Snoopy is often shown blushing. In one 1950s strip, Charlie Brown wonders, "How can anyone blush through a face full of hair?" (thus becoming the Trope Namer).
  • Title Drop: In He's Your Dog, Charlie Brown, the Peanuts gang all express disgust at Snoopy's antics and blame Charlie Brown for it, like so:
    Kids in unison: Well, Charlie Brown?!
    Charlie Brown: Well what?
    Violet: That dog is impossible!
    Lucy: Charlie Brown, you've got to do something about that dog!
    Linus: It's up to you, Charlie Brown.
    Charlie Brown: Why me?
    Kids: (shouting) BECAUSE (titles appear) HE'S YOUR DOG, CHARLIE BROWN!
  • Token Minority: Franklin is one of the few characters who aren't some shade of white. However, Schulz forbore to make any more of a point of it than necessary; Franklin (and later Swedish-Mexican character José Peterson) speak the same amusingly hyper-correct English the white characters do.
  • Tree Cover: One story arc has Charlie Brown hiding behind a tree in front of the home of the Little Red-Haired Girl, trying to muster up enough courage to knock on her door and talk to her.
  • The Troublemaker: Snoopy tends to cause a good deal of trouble for the neighborhood, often prompting Charlie Brown to ask, "Why can't I have a normal dog, like everybody else?!"
    • He frequently attempts to steal Linus's signature Security Blanket. If Linus sees him coming, he will caution him that the attempt will earn him a punch in the nose.
    • He's frequently being chided by Lucy for whatever cause she seems to be justified in at that given moment, such as lecturing him for dancing when there was so much trouble in the world. Snoopy's response is usually to ignore her, or to give her a very unwanted smooch.
    • Schroeder has caught him dancing atop his piano from time to time, and usually manages to send him packing with a Death Glare. He probably wishes he could do the same with Lucy.
  • True Meaning of Christmas:
    • Linus reads off part of the Gospel of Luke in the first Christmas special. Yes, folks, the original meaning gets used.
      • In a later Sunday strip which became part of one of the later Christmas specials, Linus tries to explain the True Meaning of Christmas to Sally by quoting the same Scriptural passage, only to give up when Sally, who obviously isn't listening, interrupts him with complaints about how much she hates Christmas shopping.
    • Similarly, the Thanksgiving special has Marcie giving a brief lecture on the True Meaning of Thanksgiving.
  • 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.
    • Sally is 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.
    • Peppermint Patty is a bit more sweet towards Charlie Brown than she is towards anyone else, but is still prone to blow up at him if things don't go her way.
      • Marcie sometimes shows tendencies of this as well. She once actually kicked Charlie Brown in the leg when he balked at answering her question of whether he liked her.
  • Tuckerization: Most of the characters were named after people that Charles Schulz knew, most famously his Art Instruction Schools colleague Charlie Brown. Of particular note is Linus Van Pelt, with the first name of another Art Instruction co-worker and the last name of one of Schulz's neighbors.
  • Umpteenth Customer: In one Sunday strip, Charlie Brown goes to the movie theater because they're offering free candy bars to the first 1500 children in line. He lets Lucy ahead of him, and she's the 1500th child.
  • Undesirable Prize: In You're a Good Sport..., Charlie Brown finally wins something (A motocross event where everyone else broke down before the finish), but instead of getting tickets to the Pro Bowl (as the promised prize), he gets a gift certificate for five haircuts... which is useless to him because his dad's a barber, and he doesn't have hair to cut in the first place.
  • The Unintelligible: Every adult in the animated specials. Averted in the strip, which would usually just have the kids respond to unheard questions off-panel, but occasionally used adult speech balloons.
    • An exception: Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (And Don't Come Back) had two intelligible adults, for plot reasons (namely, the kids' teacher in their class in France, and the Baron who owns the Chateau Mal Voisin), but it was toyed with earlier in the movie when British people talking to the kids speak a language that is intelligible to the audience but not to the main characters. And apparently it works both ways:
      Taxi driver: Where to, guv'nor?
      Snoopy: [growls while gesturing]
      Taxi driver: [scratches his head] Blimey, it's a bit dicey understanding these Yanks...
    • Also, You're in the Super Bowl, Charlie Brown has an intelligible announcer/narrator. As did She's a Good Skate, Charlie Brown. Snoopy's Reunion featured the appearance of the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm owner, and It's Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown had a number of teenagers/adults in the disco where Snoopy goes.
    • Woodstock's chirpings are unintelligible to the reader/viewer, but apparently not to Snoopy.
  • Unraveled Entanglement: Poor old Charlie Brown not only never manages to keep his kite in the air, but often ends up incapacitated by the kite string, ranging from a few strands wrapped around him to a huge snarl of twine that hides him completely from view.
  • The Unreveal: In the final football gag strip, Rerun calls Lucy in for supper, and Lucy asks Rerun to take over for her on the football. Then we see Charlie Brown running up confidently. Suddenly, we cut to Rerun approaching Lucy at the dinner table with the football under his arm. Lucy asks what happened and if he pulled the ball away from Charlie Brown. Rerun simply says, "You'll never know.", to which Lucy appropriately cries out, "AAUUGH!!"
  • Unsound Effect:
    • Linus jumps into a leaf pile, making the Written Sound Effect "Ker-leaf!" in the process. This gets lampshaded by Charlie Brown, who makes an Aside Glance and asks, "Ker-leaf?!"
    • Also, the "polkas, schottisches and waltzes" strip mentioned above. Snoopy's accordion playing was captioned with those words.
    • Sally "dotting i's": "DOT DOT DOT DOT DOT DOT DOT DOT".
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight:
    • Nobody (except Charlie Brown) ever seems to think it odd that a beagle is riding atop his doghouse in full WWI Flying Ace getup, among many other things (Marcie even participates in the WWI fantasy on occasion, as a 'simple French lass' with whom he shares wistful root beers in little cafes). A running gag was that Peppermint Patty thinks Snoopy is a "funny-looking kid with [a] big nose." In fact, Snoopy provokes most of the moments like these.
    • This is averted in one of Franklin's early appearances where he encounters, in rapid succession, Lucy's psychiatric booth, Snoopy doing the Flying Ace thing, and Linus talking about the Great Pumpkin, at which point he proclaims to Charlie Brown that the neighborhood is just too weird and goes home.
  • Vandalism Backfire: In an early strip, Lucy takes a blanket away from Linus and tears it apart. Linus says, "That wasn't my blanket. It was yours." Cue Lucy pounding the floor in frustration.
  • Verbal Judo: Charlie Brown attempted to do this, on different occasions, with both Violet and Lucy, who were chasing and threatening him with physical harm. Both times, it failed, as both girls slugged him before he could finish his attempt to talk the situation down.
    Violet: [to Patty, after punching Charlie Brown after he tried to convince her not to] I had to hit him quick. He was beginning to make sense!
  • Very Loosely Based on a True Story:
    • A 1966 storyline, involving Snoopy's doghouse catching fire and burning to the ground, was inspired by a fire at Schulz's studio in Sebastopol, CA earlier that year. (This sequence became Harsher in Hindsight in 2017 when the house Schulz lived in up until his death got destroyed in the California wildfires).
    • A story arc about Charlie Brown ending up in hospital for weeks on an end was based on Schulz going through a bypass surgery that included a similarly lengthy recovery period.
  • Very Special Episode: "Why, Charlie Brown, Why?" (aka the Cancer Special).
  • Visual Pun: Playing football against Snoopy, Linus tells Charlie Brown that he suspects Snoopy is going to try the Statue of Liberty Play. Cut to Snoopy wearing a crown and robe and holding a book and lifting the football up like a torch.
  • Volumetric Mouth: Frequently seen when Charlie Brown screams "AAUGH!", as demonstrated on the page image.
  • The Von Trope Family: Lucy, Linus and Rerun Van Pelt.
  • We Want Our Jerk Back!: In He's Your Dog, Charlie Brown, Snoopy is sent away to the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm (at least, that was the plan) when his antics finally go too far in annoying the other kids. After Snoopy's departure, however, the kids realize just how much they miss Snoopy's antics and want him to come home later.
  • Wedding Episode: The cartoon special Snoopy's Getting Married, Charlie Brown has Snoopy all set to get married to a dog named Genevieve when Lucy arrives with news that the bride-to-be has just run off with a golden retriever. Snoopy is heartbroken at first, but soon lightens up at the prospect of remaining a bachelor, and enjoys the wedding cake with Woodstock.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: An in-universe example happens in this early strip, in which the local drug store has tons of violent comic magazines neatly arranged in a section labelled "For the Kiddies".
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Everyone does this to Charlie Brown when he trades Snoopy for five players from Peppermint Patty's team.
    • In A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, Peppermint Patty bitches and moans about the shoddy Thanksgiving feast (toast, popcorn, jelly beans). Marcie angrily tells her that she invited herself to the dinner, and that she has no right to complain.
    • Charlie Brown and Linus angrily tell off Frieda for reporting Snoopy to the Head Beagle when he refused to chase rabbits.
    • Linus yells at Charlie Brown for blowing every single chance he had to talk to the Little Red Haired Girl before she moved away.
  • When It Rains, It Pours: Rain in the comics is truly a black line-y torrential downpour. Schulz himself wrote that his taste for drawing this kind of rain originated from a pen test cartoonists used; one very thin line, one in-between line, and a thicker line. These three lines in droves represents rain in the comic strip.
  • When Trees Attack: The Kite-Eating Tree, which is implied to be sentient.
  • Where the Hell Is Springfield?:
    • We're never told the location of the town the characters live in, or even its name. However, the look of the houses is based on those in Charles Schulz's own birthplace of Saint Paul, Minnesota, and an early strip has Lucy winning a trophy for "Outstanding Fussbudget of Hennepin County" (real-life location of Minneapolis).
    • The character "5" is established to live inside ZIP code 95472, which is Sebastopol, California (where Schulz lived and had his studio from 1958 to 1969).
    • The 1963 book Security is a Thumb and a Blanket contains the passage "Security is having a home town", with a picture showing Linus hugging a sign post for Pinetree Corners (Population 3,260).
    • The school that Charlie Brown, Sally, et al. attend is variously referred to as James Street Elementary, Pinecrest Elementary, and (in the specials) Birchwood Elementary.
    • If you look closely at a letter envelope in Charlie Brown's Christmas Tales, it lists the town as "Sparkyville, USA". ("Sparky" was Schulz's nickname.)
    • If A Boy Named Charlie Brown is to be believed, the gang live about one or two hours bus drive from New York City. Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown has them attending summer camp in what could be the Adirondacks, but there's no desert anywhere in New York State.
    • Lampshaded in a 1995 strip:
      Rerun: They say Joe Agate is the best player this side of the Mississippi.
      Lucy: Which side of the Mississippi are we on?
      Rerun: I don't have the slightest idea.note 
  • Who Would Be Stupid Enough?: Used several times, with Charlie Brown as the punchline.
  • Who's on First?:
    Sally: I'm practicing my Y's.
    Linus: Why?
    Sally: No, Y's! I did a whole row of them.
    Linus: Oh.
    Sally: Not O's, Y's!
    Linus: I see.
    Sally: I C? Who said anything about I's and C's? These are Y's! Don't you ever listen?
    Linus: Gee!
    Sally: Not G! Y's!! Now pay attention... these are U's...
    Linus: They don't look like me at all...
    (Sally throws papers at Linus)
  • William Telling: Charlie Brown does it to Snoopy in this early strip.
  • Winter of Starvation: Implied by the opening line to one of Snoopy's novels.
    A light snow was falling, and the little girl with the tattered shawl had not sold a violet all day.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Charlie Brown and Linus.
  • Wolverine Publicity:
    • The special It's the Girl in the Red Truck, Charlie Brown stars Snoopy's brother, Spike, and Charlie Brown himself only gets a small cameo.
    • Similarly, What a Nightmare, Charlie Brown! centers around Snoopy, with Charlie Brown only appearing at the beginning and end.
    • He also only appears briefly in the Peppermint Patty and Marcie-centric She's a Good Skate, Charlie Brown.
    • Snoopy in general is the most merchandised character in the franchise. He also appears in the most advertising, having headlined nearly the entierty of the Metlife campaign. When Peanuts content came to Apple TV+, he became the lead character in two series, and the new specials on the service begin their titles with "Snoopy Presents" regardless of his importance to their plots.
  • Worth It: Lucy asks Linus if she should get her ears pierced, and he suggest instead that she get her mouth boarded up. Lucy slugged him, and Linus said that was worth getting hit. Maybe not getting hit twice, but definitely once
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Used (and subverted) a few times in the early days of the strip. Explained more on the trope page.
  • Writers Cannot Do Math: In one strip Peppermint Patty is asked to solve a (word) algebra problem involving relative ages. Peppermint Patty gives up without trying, but if you actually work out the problem, you'll discover that the father is only 9 years older than his daughter! The father would be 11, the daughter 2, and the son 5.
  • X Must Not Win:
    • Whenever Charlie Brown has any real chance of winning something, someone has to be around specifically to prevent him from achieving the victory, usually Snoopy.
    • The most prominent case is in A Boy Named Charlie Brown, where he is one of the two remaining contestants on a winner-takes-all national spelling bee. Charlie Brown screws up spelling "beagle" due to a combination of Snoopy (who is a beagle) following him along and worry over Linus getting angry at Charlie Brown for a trivial reason.
    • In Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown, Charlie Brown's team is set to win the river race, but the bullies sabotage his boat, allowing Woodstock to win.
    • Averted in "You're a Good Sport, Charlie Brown". He actually wins a motocross race, but the victory is somewhat dampened by the Undesirable Prize. (above)
  • Yank the Dog's Chain:
    • One cartoon had Charlie Brown's baseball team win their first game ever (with Charlie Brown, that is — with him absent they won a few)...then have to forfeit because Lucy's baby brother Rerun had broken a rule. Ironically, Rerun had also been the chief reason they had won the game in the first place.
    • One story arc had Charlie Brown's team in the championship game. Charlie Brown balks and ends up losing the game as the other team gets an extra run added to their score for the balks.note 
  • You Are Number 6: 555 95472 ("5" for short) and his sisters 3 and 4 (and, presumably, parents 1 and 2); 5 explains that his father is commenting on the prevalence of numbers in our lives: not as a sign of protest, but of surrender.
  • You Know I'm Black, Right?: During a baseball game, one kid on Peppermint Patty's team, Thibault, was angry that Marcie was playing on the team, and refused to play baseball with a girl. Peppermint Patty responded with "What do you think I am, you blockhead?" and threatened to shred him if he said anything else.
  • You Said You Couldn't Dance: In It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown, after the titular event, Charlie Brown can suddenly dance, and does so with all the girls... and can't remember it the next morning.
  • You Wouldn't Hit a Guy with Glasses: Linus, who wore glasses for a short time in the early '60s. Lucy got mad at him for eating the last apple and snapped that if it not for the fact that Linus were wearing glasses, she would slug him, leading Linus to remark, "Glasses are good for your eyes. They keep you from getting punched in them!"


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Snoopy didn't show up?!

Upon getting a call from the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm on how Snoopy didn't show up (as Charlie Brown put Snoopy in a obedience class due to him acting up), Charlie Brown wonders how that happened, before remembering a certain detail in his plan for Snoopy.

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