List of minor characters in Peanuts
The following is a list of all notable secondary characters in the American comic strip Peanuts. Begun in 1950 by Charles M. Schulz, Peanuts saw several secondary characters come and go throughout the strip's fifty-year run.
|First appearance||November 30, 1954|
|Last appearance||February 1, 1955|
Charlotte Braun first appeared on November 30, 1954. She was originally intended as a female counterpart of the strip's protagonist, Charlie Brown (hence her self-applied nickname "Good Ol' Charlotte Braun"). In the few comic strips that she appeared in, Charlotte Braun had the trait of speaking too loudly, a trait uncomfortably similar to Lucy van Pelt, although the two characters never appeared together (Charlotte did appear with Linus). Schulz decided to abandon Charlotte Braun after only 10 appearances because "he had run out of ideas" for her, didn't think that the character's personality was very developed, and realized that fans were not particularly liking this character, the latter thanks to a letter from Elizabeth Swaim, a fan who wrote to him to complain about Charlotte Braun. On January 5, 1955, he sent a letter back to Miss Swaim, saying in reply, "I am taking your suggestion regarding Charlotte Braun, & will eventually discard her... Remember, however, that you and your friends will have the death of an innocent child on your conscience. Are you prepared to accept such responsibility?" The letter ended with a sketch of Charlotte Braun standing with an ax in her head. The last time she appeared was on February 1, 1955.
Morag (the "Pencil-Pal")Edit
|First appearance||August 25, 1958|
|Last appearance||October 7, 1994|
In 1958 Charlie Brown had a pen pal, but after several frustrating attempts at writing with a fountain pen results in only messy smudges, Charlie instead addresses and writes to her as a "pencil-pal". When asked by Lucy about what they write about, he says, "She tells me about her country, and I tell her about ours...", so it is presumed she does not live in the U.S. In one strip, Charlie Brown writes to her, telling her that she is his only friend, with the postscript "Everyone hates me". She has been known to write back to Charlie Brown at least once, when Charlie Brown reads his letter to Lucy, reading that she and her class at school all agree that Charlie Brown must be a very pleasant person. In a strip series in 1994, the Pen Pal was revealed to be a girl in Glasgow, Scotland named Morag.
World War II ("The Cat Next Door")Edit
|World War II|
|First appearance||November 23, 1958|
A never-seen cat lives next door to Charlie Brown and Snoopy. The main focus on this cat occurred during the 1970s, although Charlie Brown referred to "the cat next door" as early as November 23, 1958. Snoopy often taunts this cat (usually starting with, "Hey, stupid cat!"), who generally responds by violently carving up his doghouse in a single swipe. They often have fights, with Snoopy generally coming worse off. The neighbors who own the cat have complained to Charlie Brown about Snoopy harassing their "kitten". The cat's name was revealed to be "World War II" in the October 20, 1976 strip.
|First appearance||May 23, 1961|
|Last appearance||November 20, 1961|
Faron was Frieda's cat, who first appeared on May 23, 1961. Faron was a lazy, "boneless" cat who never walked because he preferred being carried everywhere, draped over Frieda's arm. Faron only spoke once ("Meow", causing Snoopy to jump into the air in fright). Faron's only Sunday appearance was November 5, 1961, in which the running gag was Frieda trying to get someone to hold Faron while she went to the library; the last to end up holding the cat was poor Snoopy. Frieda made occasional subsequent appearances, but again with Faron only once; in the cover art for the 1975 retrospective book Peanuts Jubilee, Schulz drew Frieda holding Faron. Schulz later said he dropped Faron because he felt not only could he not draw a cat well enough, but Faron caused Snoopy to act more like a "real" dog. Faron's last appearance was November 20, 1961.
He made a cameo appearance in Happiness Is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown along with Frieda.
Faron was named for country singer Faron Young.
The Little Red-Haired GirlEdit
|Little Red-Haired Girl|
|First appearance||November 19, 1961|
|Last appearance||November 29, 1999|
|Voiced by||Francesca Angelucci Capaldi (2015, in The Peanuts Movie)|
The Little Red-Haired Girl is a female character who has red hair and is Charlie Brown's unrequited love interest through most of the strip, first mentioned by him on November 19, 1961. She is not shown for most of the strips and is known simply as "the little red-haired girl". She appears in the animated television specials It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown (1977) and Happy New Year, Charlie Brown! (1986), and her name is given as Heather. Schulz first publicly suggested that name for her in an article in the February 1968 issue of Woman's Day magazine, but did not utilize it in the strip. She also makes a brief appearance in the 1988 TV special Snoopy!!! The Musical. She is a main character in The Peanuts Movie (she moves in and Charlie Brown becomes infatuated with her, and over the course of the film she gains a liking to him, and becomes his pen-pal).
|555 "5" 95472|
|First appearance||September 30, 1963|
|Last appearance||May 22, 1983|
|Voiced by||Silent character (1965–2011), Brett Johnson (1984)|
3 & 4 (twin sisters)
555 95472, or 5 for short, debuted in the September 30, 1963, strip, and appeared occasionally until the 1980s. A boy close in age to Charlie Brown and Linus van Pelt, 5 had brown spiky hair, and he wore an orange shirt with the number 5 on it. 5 was given a numerical name by his father, who was upset over the preponderance of numbers in people's lives; when questioned, 5 clarified that this was not his father's way of protesting, it was his way of "giving in." His last name, 95472 (the accent is on the 4), was taken from the family's ZIP code; it is also the zip code for Sebastopol, California, where Schulz lived at the time.
5 had twin (presumably older) sisters, dark-haired girls named 3 and 4. ("Those are nice feminine names," Charlie Brown dryly commented.) All three siblings appear in A Charlie Brown Christmas, where they have non-speaking roles, but demonstrate distinctive 1960s dance moves during the dancing scene. 5's dance is the famous head-bobbing, side-to-side shuffle that has been widely parodied. 5 also played for Charlie Brown's baseball team; his position was never expressly stated, but it is conjectured that he played third base, since the other spots seemed to be taken (Charlie Brown, pitcher; Schroeder, catcher; Shermy, first base; Linus, second base; Snoopy, shortstop; and some combination of Lucy, Patty, Violet, and Frieda in the outfield). Fittingly, 5 is scorer's shorthand for the third baseman.
5 was largely phased out of the strip by the late 1960s, except as a background extra. Despite this, he appears in multiple animated Peanuts television specials, mainly as a background character, and is also briefly seen in the films A Boy Named Charlie Brown, Snoopy Come Home, and Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown. In his animated appearances during the 1960s, the number 5 on his shirt was generally absent, though he was still distinguished by his thin, spiky hair and orange T-shirt, which remains the color orange throughout the majority of his appearances. Despite having few speaking appearances, 5 is seen much more frequently in the television specials and movies than any other minor character from the Peanuts comic strip and was considered a regular character until the 1980s, after which his animated appearances ceased. However, he did make a cameo appearance in Happiness Is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown along with Frieda, Faron, and his twin sisters 3 and 4. His name also appears on the test scores sheet in The Peanuts Movie, and a boy is shown doing his dance in the film's dance sequence. He also makes a brief cameo in the same film.
3 and 4Edit
|333 95472 (3) and 444 95472 (4)|
|First appearance||October 17, 1963|
|Last appearance||July 28, 1978 (Possibly 3 or 4)|
333 and 444 (3 and 4 for short) were the twin sisters of 5 and were named by their parents who were giving in to all the numbers that are required in everyone's life. All three siblings appear in A Charlie Brown Christmas where they have non-speaking roles, but demonstrate distinctive 1960s dance moves during the dancing scene. The pair appeared occasionally until the mid-1960s; one strip has one of the girls by herself, chatting with Charlie Brown and Snoopy. They make a cameo appearance in You're in Love, Charlie Brown when they make a sand castle (which is immediately assimilated into Pig-Pen's passing dust cloud) and Happiness Is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown along with Frieda, Faron, and their brother 5.
|First appearance||June 11, 1965|
|Last appearance||May 27, 1984|
|Voiced by||Matthew Liftin (1969), Arrin Skelley (1977), Paul Butcher (2006)|
Roy was a male character who first appeared on June 11, 1965. Roy first meets Charlie Brown in camp, where Charlie Brown quickly befriends him. He meets Linus van Pelt at camp the following summer. He later introduces Peppermint Patty to Charlie Brown and his friends. Though still a minor character, Roy was apparently Peppermint Patty's closest friend until Marcie came into the picture. Roy appeared in the television specials He's Your Dog, Charlie Brown (1968), It Was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown (1969), Is This Goodbye, Charlie Brown? (1983), Snoopy's Getting Married, Charlie Brown (1985), and He's A Bully, Charlie Brown, (2006) and the films Snoopy, Come Home! (1972) and Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown (1977).
He disappeared in the comic strip in 1975, but he was shown once more in 1984.
|First appearance||March 20, 1967|
|Last appearance||September 24, 1969 (comic strip)|
The Peanuts Movie (2015) (film and TV)
José Peterson was introduced in 1967 as a friend of Peppermint Patty's whom she recommended to Charlie Brown to be on his baseball team. José Peterson was a very good hitter, but Peppermint Patty was disappointed in the quality of the rest of Charlie Brown's team, so she and José Peterson decided to start a team in their own neighborhood.
José Peterson is notable in that his mixed ancestry—a Swedish-American father and Mexican-American mother—made him one of the first characters of Hispanic descent in U.S. comics. His mother apparently combined her and her husband's ethnicities in cooking, serving tortillas with Swedish meatballs. Before moving to Peppermint Patty's neighborhood, José Peterson had lived in New Mexico and North Dakota.
After his initial appearance, José Peterson was only ever seen again as a bystander in one panel on September 24, 1969, and in the back cover illustration for the 1975 book Peanuts Jubilee. He was briefly visible in the Peanuts animated movie released in 2015.
Sophie, Clara and ShirleyEdit
|Sophie, Clara and Shirley|
|First appearance||June 18, 1968|
|Last appearance||July 20, 1987 (Shirley)|
July 22, 1987 (Clara)
August 19, 1987 (Sophie)
|Voiced by||Sally Dryer (all, 1969)|
Roseline Rubens (Sophie, 1980)
Sophie, Clara and Shirley were female characters who first appeared in the June 18, 1968 strip, as three little girls who were under the tutelage of Peppermint Patty at Summer Camp.
Sophie, a freckled girl with a ponytail, was lonesome at camp but met a new friend in Snoopy. In deference to Peppermint Patty, Sophie called Patty "sir", a trait later picked up by Marcie, who was introduced three years later. Sophie was the only one of the trio to appear in animated form, in 1969's It Was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown.
Clara (not be confused with the later character with this name [see above]), initially was even more similar to Marcie; both girls wore glasses and had the same hairstyle. In the 1980s strips featuring her, her design was different; Clara does not wear glasses, and she has a bow in her hair.
Shirley was the third girl in Patty's tent. She had tousled hair, similar to that of Linus.
|First appearance||August 24, 1968 (comic strip)|
|Last appearance||Snoopy's Reunion (May 1, 1991)|
|Voiced by||Johanna Baer (1972)|
Shelby Flint (1972)
Megan Parlen (1991)
|Family||Unseen mother and father|
Lila is a female character in Peanuts and is Snoopy's previous owner. In Snoopy's Reunion, Lila got him from the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm and they loved each other very much. But her family could no longer keep him. Because when they moved from their old neighborhood (which really was a true neighborhood) to an apartment building, the apartment building's landlord said that pets were not allowed. In a daily strip sequence from June 3 to 8, 1968, Lila comes to visit Snoopy, although she is never actually seen during this episode. That August, Snoopy visits Lila in the hospital, wherein she makes her only appearance in the strip, on August 24. Snoopy's hospital visit is also depicted in the second Peanuts movie, Snoopy, Come Home, where it leads to his decision to return to her; but he goes back to Charlie Brown after reading the No Dogs Allowed sign where she lives. Lila made a flashback appearance when she went to the Humane Society of the United States (actually the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm) and bought Snoopy. At her apartment, Snoopy was fetching a ball, fetching a frisbee, watching TV, and being fed dog food, things he never actually did when he was with Charlie Brown. When there was a sign that said "No Dogs Allowed", she returned him. Her only other animated appearance was in the special Snoopy's Reunion.
|First appearance||June 4, 1970|
|Last appearance||August 4, 1973|
|Voiced by||Kevin Brando (1983)|
Thibault // was a male character who first appeared on June 4, 1970. Thibault is a bully on Peppermint Patty's baseball team. He borrowed Charlie Brown's baseball glove (as a favor for Peppermint Patty), and after the game refused to give the glove back, telling Charlie Brown "I know your kind. You come around thinking you're better than us." Charlie Brown, thrilled that anyone would think of him as superior in any way, let Thibault keep the glove. He also ran afoul of Peppermint Patty and Marcie in 1973 after he chauvinistically told the latter that she should not be playing baseball simply because she was a girl. After insulting Marcie one too many times, she told Thibault that if he said one word, she would slug him. When he said, "Oh?", Marcie made good on her threat. Thibault's role as troublemaker is reflected in his name, a variation of "Tybalt", the hostile troublemaker in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, though he is actually named for an acquaintance of Charles Schulz' named Steven Thibault. Steven Thibault was a highly skilled athlete in high school and college, with baseball being one of his favored sports. During the 1970s, the two men met in a Rhode Island bar, and the next day Schulz went to watch Thibault's baseball game for Holyoke Community College. Thibault characteristically picked on the other team and even started a physical fight against the opponent, thus prompting the feisty (and short) Peanuts character. Thibault made an animated appearance on The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show.
|First appearance||November 12, 1970|
|Last appearance||August 29, 1997|
|Voiced by||Linda Ercoli (1972) (Snoopy, Come Home)|
An unnamed girl was an antagonist in the 1972 movie Snoopy, Come Home. Again, she was identified as Clara, but only in the film's theatrical release poster. Clara briefly captured Snoopy (and later Woodstock), renamed him "Rex", and gave him a forced and uncomfortable bath. In her last scene of the film, Snoopy and Woodstock escape in a wild chase throughout her house.
This character, like Lila, had appeared only one time in the comic strip before the release of the film. She got Snoopy in a similar way in the strip of November 12, 1970, when Snoopy was helping Woodstock to travel south for the winter (Charlie Brown rescued him a few days later). A similarly behaving girl, presumably the same character, made another brief appearance in the comic strip in August 1997 as part of a year-long story arc about Snoopy's brothers, Andy and Olaf, who are on their way to meet Spike, Snoopy's other brother. She takes Andy, puts him into a baby pram and ties him onto a tree until Olaf breaks him out two days later. The character was not given any name in either of her appearances in the strip.
"Shut Up and Leave Me Alone"Edit
|"Shut Up and Leave Me Alone"|
|First appearance||July 21, 1971|
|Last appearance||August 23, 1971 (unseen)|
A nameless, faceless kid who was bunkmates with Charlie Brown at summer camp, who responded to all of Charlie Brown's conversation with "shut up and leave me alone". He did nothing but sit on his bed and look at the wall so we could see only the back of his head. He even said those words to Peppermint Patty when she visited their cabin and was about to introduce herself and Marcie, making Peppermint Patty angry at Charlie Brown. Those were even his parting words to Charlie when camp was over. After camp, Charlie wrote him a letter, but the response was, unsurprisingly, "Shut up and leave me alone."
|First appearance||January 7, 1973 (first and only appearance)|
Poochie was a female character who made her first and only appearance on January 7, 1973. She was almost the first person to adopt Snoopy but was distracted by an English sheepdog while Snoopy was fetching a stick Poochie threw; Snoopy held a grudge against Poochie for this for years afterward. In her sole physical appearance in the strip (she had been mentioned by name in previous strips), it was also revealed that it was she who had first started to call Snoopy's owner Charlie Brown.
Snoopy's Beagle ScoutsEdit
|Snoopy's Beagle Scouts|
|First appearance||June 9, 1974|
|Voiced by||Bill Melendez|
|Gender||Males (Bill, Conrad, Fred, Olivier, Raymond, Roy, Wilson), Female (Harriet)|
Woodstock is sometimes accompanied by as many as seven other almost identical yellow birds named Bill, Harriet, Olivier, Raymond, Fred, Roy, Wilson and Conrad, who, together, are known as Snoopy's Beagle Scouts, or simply the Beagle Scouts. Despite their similar looks (except for Raymond, who is purple), Snoopy seems to be able to tell the difference between the birds. In a 1983 strip, while the Beagle Scouts are on a photo hike, Bill and Harriet get married. The Beagle Scouts appear in The Peanuts Movie alongside Woodstock, acting as the pit crew for Snoopy's 'plane' in the Flying Ace sequences.
The Beagle Scouts first appeared on June 9, 1974. They remained anonymous until March 27, 1978, at which point they were named Conrad, Olivier, Bill, and—of course—Woodstock. Harriet joined May 12, 1980. Wilson was mentioned on December 2, 1984; the group became racially diverse with the arrival of Raymond on October 13, 1988, and Fred was introduced April 2, 1990. Roy joined the group on April 18, 1998.
- Bill: A male member of the Beagle Scouts. During his tenure as a Beagle Scout, he has a sore throat and his voice has gone crazy for a while. He fell in love with Harriet and got married.
- Conrad: A male member of the Beagle Scouts. He has received the Beagle Scout Award and a bronze badge. He dances for rain. On one occasion, he wondered if he should have his beak pierced.
- Harriet: The only female member of the Beagle Scouts. Since she is a girl, her voice is high; she likes angel food and she often brings her to explore. She loves to clean her hair while exploring. She fell in love with Bill and got married.
- Fred: A male member of the beagle scouts. He became homesick during camp. His favorite quote is "When you're lonely, think about fun." He thought of Hot Fudge Sunday.
- Olivier: A male member of the Beagle Scouts. He is shown to be the most clueless member of the Beagle Scouts; on one occasion, as the others brought their food, he brought a TV guide. He likes questions and asks many questions about Snoopy, but he asks many unrelated questions.
- Raymond: A male member of the Beagle Scouts, and the only one colored purple. When the Beagle Scouts were to prepare hot dogs, he brought the wiener sausages.
- Roy: The newest member of the Beagle Scouts. When he was called during a roll call, he answered not only "yes" but also explained why.
- Wilson: A male member of the Beagle Scouts who rarely appears.
|First appearance||March 31, 1975|
|Last appearance||January 29, 1977|
|Voiced by||Casey Carlson (1982), Stacy Heather Tolkin (1983)|
Truffles was a female character who first appeared on March 31, 1975. She has a larger nose and eyes than other Peanuts characters. Named by her grandfather after the fungus that grows underground, she was the second girl who caught Linus' heart (his slight crush on Sally Brown being the first). However, Linus' blossoming relationship with Truffles would be thwarted twice; first in 1975 by Snoopy as he and Linus go on a truffle hunt. Two years later, when Linus found her again while on a school field trip in 1977, Sally, who would call him her "Sweet Babboo" for the first of many times to his annoyance, saw to it that his reunion with Truffles was short-lived with Snoopy's help. She made two appearances in A Charlie Brown Celebration and The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show. Truffles may be based on a young French girl in a family Charles Schulz met and befriended after the liberation of France during the Second World War.
|First appearance||July 26, 1976|
|Voiced by||Jeremy Schoenberg (1983)|
Floyd first appeared on July 26, 1976, at a summer camp Peppermint Patty and Marcie were attending, flagging Marcie's attention by calling her "Lambcake" as an expression of his immediate infatuation with her. But whenever he called her "Lambcake," Marcie retaliated by pushing Floyd off the dock or into poison oak, or hitting him with a first-aid kit and landing him in the infirmary. But he kept stalking her with that same pet name until Marcie and Peppermint Patty left camp, leaving him heartbroken that he never even knew his heartthrob's name. Floyd never surfaced again in the strip.
The Goose EggsEdit
|The Goose Eggs|
|First appearance||March 11, 1977|
|Last appearance||March 30, 1977 (comic strip)|
It's Spring Training, Charlie Brown (Leland only)
|Voiced by||Jenny Lewis (Ruby), Johnny Graves (Austin), Joel Graves (Leland), Jason Mendelson (Milo) (as Jason Muller)|
|Gender||Female (Ruby); Male (Austin, Leland, and Milo)|
Austin, Leland, Milo, and Ruby appeared in 17 strips of a 1977 storyline in which Charlie Brown ran away from home to flee the United States Environmental Protection Agency after biting the Kite-Eating Tree. He soon found himself coaching a baseball team of diminutive toddlers: Milo and Leland, half Charlie Brown's height, were two years old, while "the two biggest" on the team, Austin and Ruby, might have been three. They always addressed Charlie Brown as "Charles" and respected him as a wise elder, something he was completely unused to. The team was named the "Goose Eggs" after the baseball term for a zero score. The story ended when the visiting team turned out to be Charlie Brown's original team from home (Lucy: "We can't play them! They're too little! We'd step on them!") and it was revealed that the evidence against him was destroyed in a storm.
|First appearance||May 9, 1977|
|Last appearance||September 16, 1990|
Molley Volley was a female character who first appeared on May 9, 1977, and was often Snoopy's doubles partner in tennis. Charlie Brown told Snoopy (before he met her) that in her most recent tournament she had beaten up her partner, two linesmen and a ball boy. A hyper-aggressive tennis player, she did not suffer fools gladly and had a bad temper, a great aversion to losing and a reputation for beating up others (including other doubles partners). She also had a tendency to be highly sensitive about her weight: when one of her opponents, a bully called "Bad-Call" Benny, called her "Fat Legs", she hit him in the mouth. She measured all her ground-calls in centimeters. She did get along well with Charlie Brown; in fact, he and Linus were the only ones who usually watched Molley Volley and Snoopy play.
Her most constant opponent was a loudmouthed girl named "Crybaby" Boobie, who joined the strip in 1978. "Crybaby" had a tendency to cry and complain about absolutely everything. This trait, as well as the car horn honking antics of her stage-door mother, always tended to drive Molley crazy. Tired of always losing while playing doubles with Snoopy, she eventually refused to be his doubles partner and then she disappeared from the strip.
|First appearance||June 13, 1978|
|Last appearance||June 13, 1987|
|Voiced by||Casey Carlson (1982)|
Mary Tunnel (1983)
Gini Holtzman (1984–1986)
Lauren Schaffel (2002)
Cassidy May Benullo (2016)
Eudora is a female character with long, straight black hair and usually wears a knitted hat. Eudora moved to Charlie Brown's neighborhood from another state, though which state was never specified.
The first Peanuts character Eudora met was Sally, on the bus to summer camp on June 13, 1978. Eudora then showed up in Sally's class at the school that fall. The two girls quickly became friends, and became even better friends when Eudora moved into Sally's neighborhood. However, Sally gets angry at Eudora when she is able to charm Linus into giving her his blanket, since she has a crush on Linus herself. Eudora gives the blanket to Snoopy's nemesis, the "stupid cat who lives next door," and it takes the combined forces of Linus, Snoopy and Woodstock to get the blanket back.
Sally gets upset with Eudora whenever she shows feelings toward Linus, as when Eudora calls Linus her "Sweet Babboo", a name by which Sally commonly calls the boy.
In some strips Eudora appears to be even more ditzy than Sally, such as when she tries to give a book report on TV Guide and coming to school on Saturdays without realizing what day it is.
Eudora is shown playing on Charlie Brown's baseball team in some strips, taking the outfield spot next to Lucy that had once been held by Frieda before the latter disappeared from the strip. She was also one of the girls who was nicer to Charlie Brown, often hanging out with him and playing board games. Eudora would eventually disappear as well, with her swan song coming on June 13, 1987, exactly nine years to the day after her introduction.
Eudora was the last new character to join the Peanuts world who could arguably be classified as a major character. Any new characters introduced after her only made limited appearances as part of specific storylines.
Eudora did not feature prominently in any television specials. She only appeared in A Charlie Brown Celebration (1982), The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show episodes "Snoopy's Cat Fight" and "Sally's Sweet Babboo", and had a quick cameo in A Charlie Brown Valentine, where she is seen walking with Sally. Eudora is also featured in the whole episode of "A New Best Friend," part of the new Peanuts cartoon on Boomerang.
|First appearance||June 9, 1986|
|Last appearance||March 23, 1999|
|Voiced by||Lauren Schaffel (2002)|
Cassidy May Benullo (2016)
Lydia is the presumed name of the girl that sits behind Linus in school. She is two months younger than Linus but always asks "Aren't you kind of old for me?" She also goes by a different name every day, leading an exasperated Linus to stick with the name Lydia. Her antics drive Linus crazy, but at the same time he finds her fascinating. In Charlie Brown's Christmas Tales, he once tried to send her a Christmas card, but she never gave him her correct address. Her feelings towards Linus remain ambiguous.
|First appearance||July 21, 1986|
|Last appearance||July 29, 1986|
|Family||Marcie (cousin), Marcie's parents|
Maynard was Marcie's cousin, who appeared in the strip July 21, 1986, when Peppermint Patty's father hired him as her tutor to help her in school. His condescending attitude was apparent from the start when he asked her, "Hi, are you the dumb one?" upon first meeting her, and when he said, "Well, there were these numbers on the houses, see..." when she asked him how he had found her house. In turn, Maynard could not stand Peppermint Patty's own condescending attitude, when she kept calling him "Captain Tutor" and he kept having to remind her that his name was Maynard.
When Marcie revealed to Peppermint Patty that her cousin was getting paid to tutor Peppermint Patty, she threw Maynard out of the house, because she thought he was tutoring her "out of the kindness of his heart." However, Maynard justified his recompense with a Biblical passage: "The laborer is worthy of his hire" (Luke 10:7, mistakenly attributed by Maynard as Luke 10:4). Having been fired as Peppermint Patty's tutor, Maynard never appeared again in the strip.
|First appearance||September 4, 1986|
|Last appearance||December 1, 1986|
Tapioca Pudding first appeared on September 4, 1986. She is Charlie Brown and Linus's classmate, and sits behind Charlie Brown in school. Tapioca has a small crush on Linus, which annoys Sally. Sally is jealous of the friendship. Tapioca is also keen on licensing of brand names. Tapioca Pudding once had what was "planned" by Snoopy (who was portraying a Hollywood agent for Tapioca) as an appearance at the Olympics in L.A. (only for her to find out from Linus that the Olympics were two years ago). Tapioca's last appearance was December 1, 1986. Her dessert-based name and association with merchandise may peg her as a parody of Strawberry Shortcake.
|First appearance||July 23, 1990|
|Last appearance||July 11, 1999|
|Voiced by||Deanna Tello (1992)|
Charlie Brown meets Peggy Jean at camp, and she shows an interest in him. He even forgets about the little red-haired girl. When she asks him his name, he gets so nervous that he says his name is "Brownie Charles". Peggy Jean finds a football in the rec room and asks Charlie Brown to run up and kick it. He gets very nervous and hesitates, remembering Lucy's trick, and Peggy Jean leaves, claiming that Charlie Brown does not trust her. She comes back three days later saying that she could never stay mad at him. He later tells Linus that; she then kisses Charlie Brown. He later buys expensive gloves for her, getting all the money by selling his entire comic book collection. She runs up to him at the mall right after he buys the gloves and says, "I've been shopping with my mother..Look, I just bought this new pair of gloves!" Snoopy is seen using them, so "they don't go to waste". Her last appearance was July 11, 1999, when she breaks Charlie Brown's heart by telling him she has another boyfriend.
|First appearance||July 17, 1992|
|Last appearance||November 2, 1992|
Cormac was a male character who was Charlie Brown's swimming buddy and Sally's classmate. He loves to go swimming at summer camp, but he did not know how his nose goes under water. He tells Marcie that she is beautiful. He calls her smooth. Later, after summer ends, Cormac meets Charlie Brown's sister, Sally at her class. He is in love with her, but Sally calls Linus "Sweet Babboo" because she is in love with Linus. When he became taller, he gave a love letter to Sally, but Snoopy ate it.
Cormac also makes a brief cameo in Charlie Brown's class in the 2015 film The Peanuts Movie.
|First appearance||April 1, 1993|
|Last appearance||March 12, 1994|
|Family||Roy Hobbs (alleged "great-grandfather")|
Royanne Hobbs was a female character who first appeared on April 1, 1993. Royanne, who claimed to be "Roy Hobbs' great-granddaughter", was a pitcher on the opposing team when Charlie Brown hit a game-winning home run. Showing up later that summer, she is again pitching when Charlie Brown hits one of her pitches for an inside-the-park home run. Later that summer, Royanne confesses that she let Charlie Brown hit those home runs because she liked him; Charlie Brown retaliates by informing her that "Roy Hobbs" is a fictional character.
Shortly afterwards, Royanne appears in a story arc where she tries to sell "the bat used by Roy Hobbs", despite her revelation that Roy Hobbs is a fictional character ("So if I sold you this bat, it would be a real con job."), Lucy purchases this bat and lashes out at her upon being informed by Charlie Brown that Roy Hobbs is fictional. Royanne then admits that she wanted to play on Charlie Brown's team, but utterly refuses to play with Lucy.
After she refused to play with Lucy, Royanne sold the bat and she never appeared in the strip again.
Royanne resembles Eudora but with longer hair covering her eyes and usually wears a baseball cap. Her name and claim to fame is based on Roy Hobbs, the central character in the 1952 novel The Natural and its 1984 film adaptation. Hobbs' bat, "Wonderboy," was a key plot device in the novel.
|First appearance||July 14, 1993|
|Last appearance||July 15, 1993|
Ethan was Charlie Brown's bunk mate in summer camp. He first appeared on July 14, 1993. He made an Indian arrow in art class, but it was not a weapon. The next day, he says that when he grows up, he wants to be a newspaper columnist, because he has strong opinions about everything. As an example, he says that the shirt Charlie Brown is wearing is stupid.
|First appearance||February 11, 1995|
|Last appearance||August 13, 1999|
Emily was a female character who was Charlie Brown's partner in a school dance. She first appeared on February 11, 1995. It was implied that Emily was merely a figment of Charlie Brown's imagination as the teacher said that there was no one in the class named Emily. However, in her later appearances, Emily was never mentioned to be an imaginary character and Snoopy was able to see her as well. The question of whether Emily was an imaginary character or not was never resolved.
|First appearance||April 7, 1995|
|Last appearance||April 11, 1995|
|Voiced by||Taylor Lautner (2006)|
Joe Agate was a male character who first appeared on April 7, 1995. He usually wore an orange sweater and a green hat. He bullied Rerun van Pelt by stealing his marbles. He was the adversary in the animated TV special He's a Bully, Charlie Brown, voiced by Taylor Lautner.
Little Pigtailed GirlEdit
|Little Pigtailed Girl|
|First appearance||September 11, 1996|
|Last appearance||January 30, 2000|
|Voiced by||Kaitlyn Maggio (2003)|
The Little Pigtailed Girl is a minor female character in the Peanuts comic strip. She first appeared on September 11, 1996 in Rerun's kindergarten class. She has brown hair, and as her name implies, pigtails. No real name has ever been given for her.
She sits next to Rerun, likes to point out his faults, and often comments about his paintings in art class. Unlike Rerun, she seems to enjoy school and learning. She sometimes tries to get Rerun to listen in class.
The Little Pigtailed Girl appears to be quite gullible. In one storyline from January 1997, Rerun sees that she is very unhappy, makes a joke that the Little Pigtailed Girl should run away to Paris. She believes Rerun (and thinks it's funny) and tells her mother about the joke. But when she tells her mother, her mother does not find it funny. She tells her mother, followed by her mother who tells the teacher, followed by the teacher who tells the principal, and followed by the principal who calls in (and tells) Rerun's parents and suspends Rerun from school for harassment. Rerun is suspended for harassment which results in one day of long term suspension. The storyline was later adapted in the 2003 TV special I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown.
It seems that Rerun might have an innocent kindergarten crush on her. He always talks to her in a flirty way, and has taken her to see one of Charlie Brown's baseball games.
She appears in the third to last Peanuts strip ever, from January 30, 2000, along with Rerun.
In a 2014 trailer for the 2015 CGI Peanuts movie, the Little Pigtailed Girl can be seen sitting in a theater, in the row behind Charlie Brown.
|First appearance||You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown (only special)|
|Voiced by||Todd Barbee|
Russell Anderson is a boy with blonde hair. He appeared in the television special You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown, as Linus' rival for school president. Russell eventually ended up voting for Linus, because Russell thought Linus could do a better job as school president than he, Russell, could.
|First appearance||Someday You'll Find Her, Charlie Brown (first and only appearance)|
|Voiced by||Jennifer Gaffin (1981)|
Dana Ferguson (1985–1986)
Mary Jo was another of Charlie Brown's "true loves" in Someday You'll Find Her, Charlie Brown. He first saw her during the broadcast of Super Bowl XVI; she was in the audience and the TV camera zoomed in on her face. The only difference between her and any other of his loves is that, while he is extremely nervous about the others (so nervous, in fact, that he cannot even bring himself to speak to some of them), he sought after her in a wild-goose chase attempt to find her and win her heart.
|First appearance||It Was My Best Birthday Ever, Charlie Brown (first and only appearance)|
|Voiced by||Jamie Cronin (1996)|
Mimi is a female character who made her only appearance in the animated TV special It Was My Best Birthday Ever, Charlie Brown.
|First appearance||Why, Charlie Brown, Why? (only appearance)|
|Voiced by||Olivia Burnette|
|Family||Two sisters (resembling Frieda and Patty)|
Janice Emmons is a girl who only appears on the 1990 TV special Why, Charlie Brown, Why? She has blonde hair, sits behind Linus in school, and has a particularly close friendship with him and Charlie Brown. She also loves playing in the swings with Linus. Unfortunately one day, she gets hospitalized and diagnosed with a kind of cancer called leukemia, leaving Linus sad and shocked. Despite her illness, Janice is determined to get better. After some time, Janice manages to recover and returns to school. She shares some similarities with character Lila. Janice has been praised by critics for her bravery.
The Kite-Eating treeEdit
|First appearance||April 12, 1956|
|Last appearance||February 26, 1995|
The Kite-Eating tree is an anthropomorphic tree and a frequent enemy of Charlie Brown. It is often shown with a giant, pointed smile in its leaves when Charlie Brown approaches with a kite, and is occasionally given thought bubbles. Although appearing from 1956, it is not identified as the "Kite-Eating Tree" until the March 14, 1965 strip.
Despite frequently losing his kites to the tree, Charlie Brown continues to fly his kite near it, endlessly determined not to lose his kite to it. However, Charlie Brown has occasionally lashed out at the tree. In 1977, he is so angered by the tree's repeated antagonism that he bites it. This attack subsequently leads to an investigation by the Environmental Protection Agency, causing Charlie Brown to flee the area; later on, when he encounters his baseball team while on the run, he learns that the Kite-Eating Tree fell down during a storm, causing the EPA to close their investigation. Safe from investigation, Charlie Brown returns home.
The Kite-Eating Tree continues to appear until February 1995, from whereon it does not appear. In its resulting absence, Charlie Brown continued to get his kites stuck in other trees.
The Great PumpkinEdit
|The Great Pumpkin|
|First appearance||October 26, 1959|
|Last appearance||October 31, 1999|
The Great Pumpkin is a fictional entity that Linus van Pelt believes in wholeheartedly, despite the widespread disbelief and mockery of his friends.
According to Linus, the Great Pumpkin rises every Hallowe'en night and distributes gifts to those who believe in his existence. Linus' belief in the Great Pumpkin is rarely deterred, despite never having seen it, although he and Sally Brown (who often accompanies Linus to the pumpkin fields out of loyalty) often mistake other things to be the Great Pumpkin, although these sightings ar eoften the result of Snoopy playing a prank on them.
Although the Great Pumpkin is often believed to be a fictional character, a series of strips running in October and November 1961 have radio reports of the Great Pumpkin being sighted; however, this is disregarded in future years.
The School buildingEdit
|First appearance||July 8, 1971|
|Last appearance||January 9, 1976|
The school building is a building within the Peanuts comic strip, where Sally Brown attends school. It is the only building to regularly feature within the strip, and is perhaps the strip's most unusual character, as the building's "thouights" are often displayed in thought bubbles.
In July 1971, angry at having to return from summer vacation, Sally shouts at the school in anger, eventually running up and kicking it. However, she feels remorse almost instantly, and hugs the school building afterwards. On this occasion, the school does not react to Sally's actions.
In August 1974, Sally begins talking to the school building on a regular basis. Although she initially despised the building, she came to reason that the building itself, unlike its staff, its PTA Association or the Board of Education (all of whom Sally had consulted), would listen to her frequent grievances. In the following month, Sally "compliments" the school on its bricks, to which it responds with a heart symbol in a thought bubble. In the following week, Sally is to ill to attend school, and sends Charlie Brown to speak with the building instead, which he does so with great embarrassment. Upon her return to school, Sally tells the building that she now enjoys going to school because of their relationship, to which the school "thinks" about how someone finally "loves" him.
Subsequently, Sally and the school building often had one-sided conversations, wherein Sally shares her feelings to the building. The building occasionally finds ways to respond, most notably by dropping bricks on those that have wronged Sally. He also drops a brick on Linus van Pelt, after Sally tells the building that Linus is her boyfriend.
In January 1976, the school commits "suicide" by collapsing in on itself, after a short spell of existential depression (which makes it the only Peanuts character to die in any way). Sally is greatly upset by its "death", and remembers the building to Peppermint Patty, with whom she shared a desk after being temporarily transferred to her school, and to the school building erected in the former's place. However, the new school building did not share a close relationship with Sally, who it branded a "weirdo".
|First appearance||October 5, 1959|
|Last appearance||August 24, 1993 (comic strip)|
The Peanuts Movie (film)
Peanuts (2016 TV Series)
|Family||Mr. Hagemeyer (husband)|
Miss Othmar served as Linus' teacher starting in 1959. There was a series of comics where Linus had to bring egg shells to class so she could teach the class about igloos but Linus kept forgetting to bring the shells. Typically, neither the comic strip nor the cartoons depict adults. In the strip, we only see the children's side of the conversations with Miss Othmar. In the cartoons, a muffled horn was used for her voice. This became her—and all other voices of adult characters—trademark in the cartoons and is sometimes parodied in other programs.
Linus developed a long-lasting crush on her. As a result, Linus held her in unreasonable esteem, which made his discovery that she earned a salary for her profession a crushing disillusionment that he tried to rationalize away. When Lucy tells Linus that it is wrong to worship a teacher, Linus denies worshipping Miss Othmar, but he does admit to being "very fond of the ground on which she walks."
Eventually, Miss Othmar married, assuming her married name of Mrs. Hagemeyer; Linus, however, continued to call her Miss Othmar, and other characters in the strip began referring to her as Miss Othmar again as well. (As Linus said, "In real life she's Miss Othmar!")
Although Miss Othmar quit teaching after she got engaged, she returned to teaching a few years later, much to Linus' delight. However, in 1969, Miss Othmar was fired following a teacher's strike, and Linus was devastated. Miss Othmar's replacement was Miss Halverson ("Halverson" being the maiden name of Charles M. Schulz's first wife, Joyce), whom Linus initially refused to accept as his new teacher, although he eventually seemed to learn to live with it.
Miss Othmar talks briefly to Sally in the TV special You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown.
Marcie mentions that she is taking organ lessons from a "Mrs. Hagemeyer" in a 1979 strip, but it is unclear whether this Mrs. Hagemeyer and Miss Othmar are one and the same.
|First appearance||August 18, 1963|
|Last appearance||January 3, 1997|
Joe Shlabotnik is a minor-league baseball player who, inexplicably, is greatly admired by Charlie Brown. He never appears in the strip, but is occasionally mentioned by Charlie Brown as his hero and is part of several plots involving Charlie Brown:
- Even before the minor character was introduced, Schroeder made up the name (albeit as composer "Joseph Shlabotnik") to impress Charlie Brown with his "knowledge".
- Joe is introduced (with no name yet) when Charlie Brown reads in the paper that his "baseball hero" is sent down to the minor leagues for a low batting average.
- In 1963, Charlie Brown spends $5.00 (a huge sum of money for a child back then; equal to $37 adjusted for inflation) on 500 penny packs of bubble-gum cards (incidentally, the last year Topps offers penny packs) to get a Joe Shlabotnik card, but none of the 500 cards he buys has Joe's picture. Lucy then buys one penny pack, and it turns out to be a Joe card. Charlie Brown offers Lucy his entire baseball card collection in trade for Lucy's Joe Shlabotnik card, which he has been trying to get for five years. Lucy declines, then (after Charlie Brown walks away, dejected) throws the card into a trash can, deciding Joe is "not as cute as I thought he was."
- In his Joe Shlabotnik Fan Club News, Charlie Brown writes that Joe, now playing in the Green Grass League, batted .143, made some "spectacular catches of routine fly balls" and "threw out a runner who had fallen down between first and second." The newsletter lasts only one issue, owing to Lucy's comment on it: "Who needs it?"
- Charlie Brown and Linus attend a sports banquet so that Charlie Brown can sit next to planned attendee Joe Shlabotnik, who does not show up because he had "marked the wrong date on his calendar, the wrong city, and the wrong event."
- Charlie Brown's baseball teammates invite Joe to be guest speaker at a testimonial dinner honoring Charlie Brown's dedication as their manager. Joe accepts the invitation for a reduced speaking fee (down from his usual $100 fee), because all they can offer is 50 cents. However, they cancel the dinner at the last minute when they decide it would be hypocritical because they would be giving Charlie Brown untruthful praise. Joe gets lost along the way and does not show up for the dinner.
- Charlie Brown discovers that Joe is managing the Waffletown Syrups in a location near his summer camp, so Charlie Brown attends the game and cheers Joe on as he manages. Somehow catching a foul ball, Charlie Brown waits after the game for Joe to sign it, only to find out that he has been fired for "signaling for a squeeze play with nobody on base." Charlie Brown finally meets Joe in person when he catches up with Joe as his bus is about to leave. Joe autographs the baseball, but hits Charlie Brown on the head with it (demonstrating his incompetence in baseball) when he throws it to him as the bus departs.
- In a series of strips in 1996–97, Charlie Brown purchases a baseball signed by Joe Shlabotnik, but it turns out to be a forgery.
- Schroeder points out that the reason Joe Shlabotnik is sent back down to the minors is because he has a .004 batting average.
|First appearance||October 10, 1965|
The Red Baron is an adversary of Snoopy, under the guise of his "World War I Flying Ace" persona.
Although never seen in the strips, Snoopy and the Red Baron often battle against each other; despite Snoopy's best attempts, the Red Baron often wins their dogfights, causing Snoopy to fall from the roof of his kennel (which doubled as the Flying Ace's "Sopwith Camel") and curse his opponent. Snoopy's battles with the Red Baron were a popular feature of the comic strip, and featured frequently.
Schulz took the Red Baron directly from history, based on the real-life wartime career of Manfred von Richthofen.
Aside from Miss Othmar and Miss Halverson, few other teachers were mentioned by name in Peanuts (and none were ever drawn), with the children most often addressing their teacher as "Ma'am" (only once was a male teacher mentioned, in the infamous "GEORGE WASHINGTON!!!" storyline from 1967 featuring Sally and Charlie Brown).
In the 1966 strip storyline about Charlie Brown's competing in the class spelling bee (later adapted into the movie A Boy Named Charlie Brown), Charlie Brown mentions that his teacher's name is Mrs. Donovan, but he was later shown in Miss Othmar's class with Linus. Peppermint Patty and Marcie's teacher was named Miss Swanson in the early 1970s, but had changed to Miss Tenure by 1978, in a storyline in which Patty disguised herself as a janitor to investigate the theft of Miss Tenure's box of gold star stickers and to clear her name of said theft. On August 24, 1993, in conversation with Marcie, Peppermint Patty refers to her book report as being written for Miss Davis. Marcie reveals to her that Miss Davis quit two years previous to have a baby.
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