List of Sesame Street Muppets
The Muppets are a group of puppet characters created by Jim Henson, many for the purpose of appearing on the children's television program Sesame Street. Henson's involvement in Sesame Street began when he and Joan Ganz Cooney, one of the creators of the show, met in the summer of 1968, at one of the show's five three-day curriculum planning seminars in Boston. Author Christopher Finch reported that director Jon Stone, who had worked with Henson previously, felt that if they could not bring him on board, they should "make do without puppets".
Jim Henson was initially reluctant, but he agreed to join Sesame Street for social goals. He also agreed to waive his performance fee for full ownership of the Sesame Street Muppets and to split any revenue they generated with the Children's Television Workshop, the series' non-profit producer. The Muppets were a crucial part of the show's popularity and it brought Henson national attention. In early research, the Muppet segments of the show scored high, and more Muppets were added during the first few seasons. The Muppets were effective teaching tools because children easily recognized them, they were stereotypical and predictable, and they appealed to adults and older siblings.
During the production of Sesame Street's first season, producers created five one-hour episodes to test the show's appeal to children and examine their comprehension of the material. Not intended for broadcast, they were presented to preschoolers in 60 homes throughout Philadelphia and in day care centers in New York City in July 1969. The results were "generally very positive"; children learned from the shows, their appeal was high, and children's attention was sustained over the full hour. However, the researchers found that although children's attention was high during the Muppet segments, their interest wavered during the "Street" segments, when no Muppets were on screen. This was because the producers had followed the advice of child psychologists who were concerned that children would be confused if human actors and Muppets were shown together. As a result of this decision, the appeal of the test episodes was lower than the target.
The Street scenes were "the glue" that "pulled the show together", so producers knew they needed to make significant changes. The producers decided to reject the advisers' advice and reshot the Street segments; Henson and his coworkers created Muppets that could interact with the human actors, specifically Oscar the Grouch and Big Bird, who became two of the show's most enduring characters. These test episodes were directly responsible for what writer Malcolm Gladwell called "the essence of Sesame Street—the artful blend of fluffy monsters and earnest adults".
Since 2001, the full rights for Muppets created for Sesame Street have been owned by Sesame Workshop (as the Children's Television Workshop was renamed to it in 2000).
|Abby Cadabby||Leslie Carrara-Rudolph||(2006–present) A three-year-old fairy who was created to increase the number of female Muppets. Daughter of a fairy godmother (who is spoken about but never seen), she "has her own point of view and is comfortable with the fact that she likes wearing a dress". She was designed by Ed Christie and built by Rollie Krewson.|
|Adam T. Glasser||Jerry Nelson||A Fat Blue Anything Muppet in the "Old West" sketches who does various odd jobs like baker, doctor, dentist, firefighter, lawyer, and zookeeper that he often gets them confused due to the amount of jobs that he has.|
|Alice Snuffleupagus||Judy Sladky||(1988–present) Baby sister of Aloysius Snuffleupagus ("Snuffy"). She has "luxurious, pale-golden fur", long eyelashes, and a blue-checkered hair ribbon. She is smaller than Snuffy. Her arms and legs are controlled by a Muppeteer, while her eyes and mouth are controlled remotely.|
|Alistair Cookie||Frank Oz (1978–2001)||Played by Cookie Monster, he appeared in the "Monsterpiece Theater" sketch (a parody of Masterpiece Theater). At first, he appeared with a pipe that he later ate. The pipe was removed because according to executive producer Carol-Lynn Parente, it "modeled the wrong behavior". He is a parody of Alistair Cooke.|
|Amazing Mumford||Jerry Nelson||A "W.C. Fields-esque" magician made from a Live-Hand Large Lavender Anything Muppet whose magic tricks often go awry. His catch phrase, and most-often used to produce his tricks, is "A-là-peanut butter sandwiches". He was designed by Jim Henson and built by Don Sahlin.|
|Anne Phibian||Fran Brill||A newt made from a Green Anything Muppet who is the announcer of the game show "Find the Amphibian" which was played by Elmo and Abby Cadabby in episode 4201.|
|Anything Muppets||Various Performers||(1969–present) Writer Christopher Finch called Anything Muppets "unadorned puppet torsos and heads"  used for a single role or purpose. This ever-expanding troupe of Muppets came in all shapes, sizes, and appearances. The Anything Muppets portray humans, specific animals, and occasional aliens.|
|AM Monsters||Various Performers||(1969–present) Short for "Anything Muppet Monsters," the AM Monsters are customizable Muppet Monsters like the Anything Muppets and the Whatnots from The Muppet Show. According to writer Louise Gikow, Elmo started out as an AM Monster.|
|Aristotle||Richard Hunt||A blind monster. He was designed by Michael K. Frith and built by Ed Christie.|
|Arlene Frantic||Fran Brill||(1970) Appeared in the Sesame Street sketch "What's My Part". She is a parody of Arlene Francis.|
|Baby Bear||David Rudman||"Borrowed from the endearing Goldilocks and the Three Bears story", Rudman uses a "babyish lisp" when he voices Baby Bear.|
|Barkley||Toby Towson (1977-1978), Brian Muehl (1978-1984), Fred Garver (1984-1993), Bruce Connelly (1993 – present)||Originally named "Woof-Woof", he is a "large, friendly, shaggy dog" owned by Linda. He was designed by Michael K. Frith and built by Susan Moore.|
|Beautiful Day Monster||Jim Henson, Frank Oz||Originally appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show, this puppet was used interchangeably with Cookie Monster the first season of Sesame Street. He later crossed over to The Muppet Show.|
|Bennett Snerf||Jerry Nelson (Monster version), Caroll Spinney (Anything Muppet version)||(1970) An Anything Muppet who appeared in the Sesame Street sketch "What's My Part". The first one seen is a monster that was made from a Fat Blue Anything Muppet while the second one seen was a human that was made from a Lavender Anything Muppet. He is a parody of Bennett Cerf.|
|Benny Rabbit||Kevin Clash||The "irascible" rabbit who works as a bellhop at the Furry Arms Hotel (which was part of the Around-the-Corner set expansion of the 1990s).|
|Bert||Frank Oz (1969–present), Eric Jacobson (1997–present)||(1969–) Ernie's best friend, he collects paper clips and bottle caps and is fascinated by pigeons and oatmeal. Unlike Ernie, he is tense and easily upset. His catchphrase is "Yes, I do mind!" His sketches were made by Jim Henson and he was built by Don Sahlin.|
|Betty Lou||Jim Henson, Caroll Spinney, Frank Oz (Episode 67), Marilyn Sokol (Episodes 808 and 810), Lisa Buckley (1993), Fran Brill||A Hot Pink Anything Muppet girl who has blonde braided hair, is "friendly and unassuming", and owns several dolls of many sizes and elasticities.|
|Biff||Jerry Nelson||One-half of the Muppet construction worker duo, Biff is an "Archie Bunker-style blue-collar loudmouth" who was made from a Live-Hand Large Lavender Anything Muppet. He and his partner Sully made for a "classic comedy team". Whenever they encountered a problem, Biff would ask for Sully's opinion but interrupt him before Sully could answer, and then Sully would be the one to come up with the solution.|
|Big Bad Wolf||Jerry Nelson (1971-2002), Kevin Clash (1980s), Joey Mazzarino (1990s-2006, and episode 4309), David Rudman (episode 3001), Martin P. Robinson (1990s-2006), Tyler Bunch (episodes 4145, and 4266), Matt Vogel (episode 4318)||The Big Bad Wolf of fairy tales who appears occasionally. Although the Big Bad Wolf had started out blue, there had been other variations of the Big Bad Wolf with the color either being green, purple (the current one), orange, brown, and gray.|
|Big Bird||Caroll Spinney (1969–present), Matt Vogel (understudy)||A large yellow bird who was developed during the 1968 curriculum seminars. Designed by Jim Henson and built by Kermit Love and Don Sahlin, Big Bird is a 8-foot-2-inch tall big yellow bird with a slightly quirky and naive outlook on the world. He was the first Muppet to appear on the show and represents a 6-year old child who questions everything.|
|Big Jeffy||Jim Henson (puppeteer), Jerry Nelson (puppeteer), Kevin Clash (puppeteer, 1980s), Jeff Moss (voice)||A bearded hippie made from a Fat Blue Anything Muppet who is a member of the band "Little Jerry and the Monotones". He sometimes appears as a member of "Little Chrissy and the Alphabeats". Big Jeffy's name was dedicated to Jeff Moss.|
|Billy||Fran Brill (episode 271), Jim Henson (episode 678)||A small monster made from a Hot Pink Anything Monster who appeared in different sketches.|
|Bip Bippadotta||Jim Henson||The wild-haired puppet featured in the Muppet segment "Mah Nà Mah Nà". He resembles Mahna Mahna from The Muppet Show, but sports sunglasses and is made from different Anything Muppets.|
|Brad||Richard Hunt||Bert's nephew.|
|Bruce||Various Performers||A grayish-blue monster with a pink nose who appears in different sketches.|
|Bruno the Trashman||Caroll Spinney||Created by Spinney as a way to allow Oscar to move around and talk at the same time, Bruno is a silent trashman who doesn't talk much.|
|Busby Twins||Joe Busby: Jerry Nelson
Moe Busby: Frank Oz
|Two Hot Pink Anything Muppet twins who were around in the 1970s. The Busby Twins were known for sharing everything including their conversations, speaking one word or syllable at a time.|
|Buster the Horse||Martin P. Robinson||Forgetful Jones intelligent horse, who often helps his master get out of difficulties.|
|Captain Breakfast||Brian Muehl||(episode 2159) An Orange Gold Anything Muppet superhero who helps promote breakfast.|
|Captain Vegetable||Jim Henson (1982–83), Richard Hunt (1983-1984)||A strange pink rabbit superhero who encourages people to eat their vegetables. His home base is a garden somewhere in New Jersey. He was made from a Lavender Anything Muppet during Jim Henson's portrayal and later made from a Live Hand Large Lavender Anything Muppet for Richard Hunt's portrayal.|
|Chicago the Lion||David Rudman||A vegetarian lion. He was designed and built by Ed Christie.|
|Chip and Dip||Chip: Kevin Clash
Dip: Richard Hunt (1980s-1992), David Rudman (1992)
|Two cats who appear occasionally.|
|Chuckie Sue||A real hamster||Telly's pet hamster who was originally named Chuckie until Telly discovered she was pregnant. Afterwards he renamed her Chuckie Sue but has continued to call her Chuckie.|
|Clancy||Richard Hunt, Brian Muehl (Episode 1405), Frank Oz, Martin P. Robinson||A dark-green Monster who appears occasionally.|
|Clementine||Brian Muehl (1979-1984), Kevin Clash (1985-1988), Camille Bonora (1988-1992)||A cowgirl made from a Green Anything Muppet who is Forgetful Jones' girlfriend. She will tend to get frustrated with Forgetful Jones' bad memory.|
|Colambo||Joey Mazzarino||A black lamb detective who is inspired by Columbo. Joey Mazzarino originated this character in his audition script for "Sesame Street."|
|Cookie Monster||Frank Oz (1969–2001), David Rudman (2001–present)||As Sesame Street Unpaved says, "At first glance, Cookie Monster appears to be a monster with a one-track mind. He is deeply, emotionally, physically and spiritually attached to cookies". He was designed by Jim Henson and built by Don Sahlin. He also likes to eat healthy foods.|
|Count von Count||Jerry Nelson (1972–2012), Matt Vogel (2013–present)||Count von Count is a number-obsessed vampire who craves counting with a single-focused passion. He was made from a Live Hand Large Lavender Anything Muppet. He has lavender-fleece skin, bat-shaped ears, a flat black hairpiece, a red spade tongue, and wears caped formalwear. Nelson based the Count's character and exaggerated European accent on Bela Lugosi's Count Dracula. An "impressive crack of thunder and flash of lightning", along with his trademark laugh, accompany his counting.|
|The Countess||Fran Brill||(1980) Count von Count's actress girlfriend who was made from a Live Hand Large Lavender Anything Muppet. She has a dog named Masha and is modeled after Marlene Dietrich.|
|Countess von Backwards||Fran Brill (early 1990s) Camille Bonora (1996-1997)||A Live Hand Large Lavender Anything Muppet who counts everything backwards. A loud wolf cry usually accompanies her counting.|
|Curly Bear||Stephanie D'Abruzzo (2003–present)||Baby Bear's little sister. Created to address the issue of sibling rivalry, Curly calls her brother "Bebo" and has a very loud growl. She was designed by Ed Christie and built by Rollie Krewson.|
|David Letterguy||Matt Vogel||(episode 4125) An Orange Gold Anything Muppet who is the host of "The Alphabet Roadshow". His name is a reference to David Letterman.|
|Deena||Karen Prell||A red and pink monster. Described as "hyper-active", Karen Prell reported that her performance was deemed "over-the-top", so the character didn't last long. She was designed and built by Ed Christie.|
|Dexter||Kevin Clash||A large monster juggler. Being a Live-Hand Muppet, Kevin Clash was assisted in performing Dexter by Fred Garver who performed Dexter's hands.|
|Dingers||Various Performers||Like the Honkers, the Dingers communicate only through the noises they make from the bells on their head.|
|Don Music||Richard Hunt||An Orange Gold Anything Muppet. He is a piano-playing composer who required assistance from Kermit to complete the lyrics to his songs. When frustrated, he would say, "Oh, I'll never get it! Never, never, never!" and bang his head on the keyboard. He had a bust of Beethoven on his piano, and as an inside joke, a framed photo of Joe Raposo hanging on the wall. He was designed by Jim Henson.|
|Donald Grump||Martin P. Robinson||A Grouch who is modeled after billionaire real-estate developer Donald Trump.|
|Dorothy||A real fish||Elmo's pet goldfish (born 1998). Dorothy is featured mostly on "Elmo's World".|
|Dr. Feel||Steve Whitmire||(episodes 4073 and 4077) A Pumpkin Anything Muppet who is a spoof of TV personality and author Dr. Phil McGraw.|
|Dr. Nobel Price||Brian Muehl (1979-1984), Kevin Clash (1984-1988)||(1979–1988) A Live Hand Large Lavender Anything Muppet who works as an inventor. Price's inventions consisted of things, like gravity, that had already been invented. Author Louise Gikow called Price a "misguided inventor" and the "bane of reporter Kermit's existence.|
|Elizabeth||Stephanie D'Abruzzo||A pig-tailed, Green Anything Muppet with a Brooklyn accent who loves the number 732 and her cat, Little Murray Sparkles.|
|Elmo||Brian Muehl (1979-1984), Richard Hunt (1984-1985), Kevin Clash (1985–2012), Ryan Dillon (2013–present)||A furry, three-and-a-half year old red monster. He was created in 1979 and called "Little Monster", Elmo was performed by several people. It wasn't until Clash took over the role that Elmo became a "phenomenon" according to Clash. He was designed by Caroly Wilcox.|
|Ernestine||Unknown||Ernie's baby cousin who was made from a Pumpkin Orange Anything Muppet. Her laugh sounds like Ernie's laugh.|
|Ernie||Jim Henson (1969–1990), Steve Whitmire (1993–present)||Orange-colored, oval-headed, and always grinning, Ernie is a "free spirit" and a "trickster". His best friend is Bert where they share a basement apartment at 123 Sesame Street and his signature song is "Rubber Duckie". His sketches were made by Jim Henson and he was built by Don Sahlin.|
|Farley||Jerry Nelson||A Green Anything Muppet boy with short orange spiked hair and a yellow sweater.|
|Flo Bear||David Rudman||A bear writer.|
|Fluffy the Elephant||Martin P. Robinson (puppeteer)||Oscar the Grouch's pet elephant whose trunk is only seen sticking out of the trash can.|
|Forgetful Jones||Michael Earl Davis (1979-1981), Richard Hunt (1981-1992)||A "simpleton cowboy" made from a Live Land Large Lavender Anything Muppet. Forgetful Jones is the "most forgetful cowboy in the Wild Wild West".|
|Frazzle||Jerry Nelson, Martin P. Robinson (episode 3156)||Large orange monster Muppet with big teeth. He started out as an Anything Muppet before a permanent puppet was made for the character. Frazzle owns a pet Hot Pink Anything Muppet named Pickles.|
|Fred the Wonder Horse||Jerry Nelson||A horse who was ridden by Grover in the "Marshal Grover" sketches. Buster is wiser than Grover and often resolves Grover's problems, such as finding water in the desert, rescuing animals, and counting backwards.|
|Gladys the Cow||Richard Hunt (1973—1992), Jennifer Barnhart (2003—present)||With her "piercing operatic voice", Sesame Street Unpaved calls her "a theatrical ham (even though she's a cow)".|
|Googel||Stephanie D'Abruzzo||A purple monster who is a member of the Monster Clubhouse. She was built by Michael Schupbach.|
|Granny Bird||Caroll Spinney (voice)||Big Bird's grandmother who had watched over him when he was a little bird.|
|Granny Fanny Nestlerode||Jim Henson||An old lady Muppet who appeared in season 2 and is made from a Live Hand Large Lavender Anything Muppet.|
|Grover||Frank Oz (1969-2001), Eric Jacobson (2001-present)||A "valiant, caring blue monster". Sesame Street Unpaved describes Grover as "the Muppet we'd all like to be—self-confident, furry, cute, capable, and intelligent. Well, self-confident, furry, and cute, at least".|
|Grundgetta||Brian Muehl (1982—1984), Pam Arciero (1984—present)||Oscar the Grouch's "trashy girlfriend'; she calls him "Oskie", he calls her Grungie (on occasion). Like Oscar, she likes all things trashy and rainy. She wears tattered hats and veils.|
|Gulliver||Joey Mazzarino||A Seagull pen pal of Big Bird whose bigotry and fear towards Snuffy resulted in being confronted by Big Bird in episode 4021. Gikow states that his episode was inspired by the events of 9-11.|
|Guy Smiley||Jim Henson (1969-1990), Eric Jacobson (2005–present)||An Orange Gold Anything Muppet who is the "Extremely enthusiastic" game show host with a "wide, grinning mouth and his desire to explore the lives of others without revealing his own" as Sesame Street Unpaved describes him.|
|Harry Monster||Jerry Nelson (episode 3087)||A light green monster who appears in different sketches.|
|Harvey Kneeslapper||Frank Oz, Matt Vogel (2010)||A blonde and wild-eyed Live Hand Large Lavender Anything Muppet. Harvey likes puns and playing practical jokes on others.|
|Harvey Monster||Jim Henson, Richard Hunt, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson||An AM Monster who appears occasionally. He appeared in the sketch "Near and Far" with Elmo, Clancy, and Kermit the Forg.|
|Herbert Birdsfoot||Jerry Nelson||A bespectacled Lavender Anything Muppet. He is a lecturer who often appeared with Grover.|
|Herry Monster||Jerry Nelson (1970-2012), Tyler Bunch (2013–present)||(1970—present) Herry is blue, big, and burly monster who doesn't know his own strength. He appears in many unscripted scenes with children, and "is written to represent a monster with the psychological age of a six-year old". At first, Herry's nose was covered with light-blue fur, but in 1971, it was replaced with a non-furry blue nose, and finally with a "recognizable" purple one.|
|Homer Honker||Kathryn Mullen (1983), Tim Gosley (1985)||A green Honker with blue hair.|
|Honkers||Various Performers||Like the Dingers, they communicate only through noises by hitting their noses where noise comes out of the horns on their heads.|
|Hoots the Owl||Kevin Clash||Sesame Street writer Mark Saltzman described Hoots as "the saxophone-playing jazz owl". His signature song is "Put Down the Duckie". Kevin Clash based Hoots the Owl's voice after Louie Armstrong.|
|Horatio the Elephant||Joey Mazzarino||An often-dancing elephant who walks on two legs. He was designed and built by Ed Christie.|
|Howie||Fran Brill||A purple rabbit with pink ears and a buck tooth who was made from a Lavender Anything Muppet. Rarely featured on Sesame Street."|
|Humphrey||David Rudman||(1993–present) A monster who is the father of Natasha. He and his wife Ingrid are the hotel managers of the Furry Arms Hotel which was part of the Around-the-Corner set from 1993 to 1998.|
|Ingrid||Joey Mazzarino||A monster who is the mother of Natasha. She and her husband Humphrey are the hotel managers of the Furry Arms Hotel. She is a recycled version of Mona Monster and is named after Ingrid Bergman.|
|J.P.||Kevin Clash||A mouse made from a Green Anything Muppet who appears in the "Miami Mice" sketch (a parody of Miami Vice) and is the partner of Tito. He is modeled after Don Johnson's character Sonny Crockett.|
|Jamie Fox||Joey Mazzarino||(episode 4111) A fox whom along with Elmo and Jamie Foxx try to figure out who is the real "Jamie Foxx" and sing the alphabet together.|
|Joe Hundred Guy||Joey Mazzarino||(episode 4063) An Orange Gold Anything Muppet who is a spoof of the reality show Joe Millionaire.|
|Joey and Davey||Joey: Joey Mazzarino
Davey: David Rudman
|Two monkeys who appear occasionally. They are known to quote "bananas."|
|Mr. Johnson||Jerry Nelson||Also called "Fat Blue", Mr. Johnson is a Fat Blue Anything Muppet who usually appears with Grover in restaurant skits as his harried customer (usually at Charlie's Restaurant). Grover made up this rhyme about him: "In a hurry to be fed, beady eyes and big, blue head!"|
|Juliet||M. Elizabeth Houston (1986-1987), Camille Bonora (1987-1991)||A monster who is Telly's friend. She is a recycled version of Mona Monster.|
|Kathleen the Cow||Marilyn Sokol (episode 2784), Richard Hunt (A Muppet Family Christmas), Stephanie D'Abruzzo (Elmo's Magic Cookbook), Jennifer Barnhart (episode 4083)||A cow who would often appear with Gladys and the other cows.|
|Kermit the Frog||Jim Henson (1955–1990), Steve Whitmire (1990—present)||One of the first Muppets designed and built by Jim Henson. Borgenicht called Kermit "funny, ironic, and always the voice of reason amidst the insanity around him; the calm in the eye of the storm". Gerald S. Lesser, CTW's first Advisory Board chairman, called him "the saturnine but gentlemanly puppet frog".|
|Kingston Livingston III||Kevin Clash||A young African-American boy made from a Brown Anything Muppet who is smart and cool, and who prefers to do his own thing. He is named after his father and grandfather.|
|Lefty the Salesman||Frank Oz||A shady-looking salesman who speaks with a whispery voice and was made from a Green Anything Muppet. He is usually performed by Frank Oz except in 2 sketches of Season 1 where he was performed by Caroll Spinney.|
|Little Bird||Fran Brill, Jim Henson (1969-1970)||Wise, soft-spoken, and matter-of-fact little bird who is good at explaining concepts for his friend Big Bird. He is a refurbished version of the Kenner Gooney Bird from the Kenner Toys commercial.|
|Little Chrissy||Jim Henson (performer), Christopher Cerf (voice)||A Fat Blue Anything Muppet who is the lead singer of "Little Chrissy and the Alphabeats," he was one of the earliest Muppets based upon an actual person (Cerf). Little Chrissy was also one of the Frazzletone members designed with the early version of Harvey Monster as his monster variant|
|Little Jerry||Jerry Nelson||A Green Anything Muppet who is the lead singer of the rock group "Little Jerry and the Monotones". Many of their songs were written by Jeff Moss.|
|Little Murray Sparkles||Stephanie D'Abruzzo||(1998) Elizabeth's beloved pet cat.|
|Liz Lemon||Stephanie D'Abruzzo||(episode 4168) A lemon who is a parody of Tina Fey's 30 Rock character of the same name.|
|Louie||Bill Barretta||Elmo's dad. He made his first onscreen appearance in Sesame Beginnings.|
|Lulu||Stephanie D'Abruzzo||A young monster who was seen in 2000 to 2003. In Season 31, Lulu had grayish blue fur and blonde hair. In Season 32, Lulu appeared with blue fur and blonde hair. Since Episode 4008, Lulu was seen with indigo fur and purple hair. She was designed by Ed Christie and built by Rollie Krewson.|
|Mama Bear||Alice Dinnean (1991-2002)m Jennifer Barnhardt (2003–present)||Baby Bear's mother and part of the three bear family from the fairy tale. She is the least frequently appearing member of the family. She is a recycled version of Flo Bear.|
|Maurice Monster||Jim Henson, Richard Hunt (episodes 1836, and 3087), Jerry Nelson (episode 1157)||A light blue shaggy monster with a light green nose. He is the only Muppet to have been around that long without becoming a main character.|
|Mel||Kevin Clash||A gibberish-speaking blue monster with a mop of hair and yellow horns who is a member of the Monster Clubhouse.|
|Merry Monster||Joey Mazzarino||A yellow monster with orange hair who is known for being loud and sometimes obnoxious. She has a roar that is loader than Chicago the Lion's roar.|
|Meryl Sheep||Camille Bonora||A sheep who is a spoof of Meryl Streep. She was built by Richard Termine.|
|Mona Monster||Cheryl Blaylock||A monster who is Telly Monster's sister. She was designed and built by Cheryl Blaylock.|
|Monty||Martin P. Robinson||An Orange Gold Anything Muppet. He pays a tribute to Monty Python's Flying Circus.|
|Mr. Chatterly||Jerry Nelson||A Live Hand Large Lavender Anything Muppet who is the genial host of "Alphabet Chat. His name is a reference to the D.H. Lawrence novel Lady Chatterley's Lover.|
|Mrs. Grouch||Martin P. Robinson||Oscar's mother who will literally drop in on occasion to make sure her son is still grouchy.|
|Murray Monster||Joey Mazzarino||Host of the "Word on the Street" segment. Murray is an energetic, quick-witted, outgoing, inquisitive, furry and orange Muppet.|
|Narf||Joey Mazzarino||An orange monster with a blue nose and googly eyes who is a member of the Monster Clubhouse.|
|Natasha||Kevin Clash||An infant monster who speaks only in gurgles. Natasha's parents are Humphrey and Ingrid.|
|Oinker Sisters||Ivy Austin, Heidi Berg, and Cheryl Hardwick (voices)||(1985–present) A trio of pigs based off The Pointer Sisters who sing and dance to numerous "original" songs. Their lead singer is Sooey Oinker. "The Days of Swine and Roses" is the title of an Oinker Sisters album. The pigs are known to wear sparkly green dresses with green roses on them and a sequined green bow on their 1960's style hair. They have great noses.|
|Oscar the Grouch||Caroll Spinney||(1969–present) Sesame Street's resident Grouch. Oscar is the ultimate pessimist, but has a soft spot for his worm Slimey. One of the first Muppets created for Sesame Street, Oscar gives kids "permission to feel grouchy—and to demonstrate differing opinions". He was designed by Jim Henson and originally built by John Lovelady.|
|Ovejita||Carmen Osbahr||(2008–present) A little lamb, Ovejita accompanies Murray to various schools in the segment "Murray Had a Little Lamb."|
|Papa Bear||Joey Mazzarino||Baby Bear's father and a member of the three bear family from the fairy tale. He works at the honey factory.|
|Pearl||Brian Muehl||A brown monster with orange hair who is Deena's caretaker.|
|Phoebe||Alice Dinnean (2001), John Tartaglia (2002)||A green monster who is a member of the Monster Clubhouse. She was originally called Groogel in Season 32, but was later called Phoebe in Season 33.|
|Placido Flamingo||Richard Hunt||An operatic flamingo who sings at the Nestropolitan Opera. He was designed and built by Richard Termine.|
|Polly Darton||Fran Brill||A parody of Dolly Parton.|
|Prairie Dawn||Fran Brill||A little Hot Pink Anything Muppet girl whose psychological age is that of a precocious seven-year old, Prairie is methodical, driven, and a natural leader. She is famous for writing and directing pageants featuring her friends (with the pageants mostly featuring Ernie, Bert, Grover, Herry Monster, and Cookie Monster).|
|Preposterous||Kevin Clash||A Groucher Spaniel who is owned by Oscar the Grouch.|
|Preston Rabbit||Jim Martin||A rabbit who often gives presents to everyone which don't normally help the person.|
|Prince Charming||Frank Oz, Martin P. Robinson (episode 3542)||An Orange Gold Anything Muppet who resembles "Guy Smiley in prince's clothing". he is the "self-involved" prince who appears in Muppet fairy tales. Another one was a Large Lavender Live Hand Anything Muppet who appeared in episode 3542.|
|Professor Hastings||Frank Oz||A bespectacled and old Fat Blue Anything Muppet professor with white hair who gives comically confused lectures, losing track of the subject and falling into short naps. Kermit often acts as his assistant, keeping him awake and reminding the absent-minded professor of the topic of his lecture. He was dropped from the show because he was too dull.|
|Roosevelt Franklin||Matt Robinson (voice)||A little Reddish-Magenta Anything Muppet who attended Roosevelt Franklin Elementary School and was so popular, he recorded his own album. He was dropped from the show because "he was thought by some to be a negative cultural stereotype".|
|Roosevelt Franklin's Mother||Loretta Long (voice)||A Purple Anything Muppet who is the mother of Roosevelt Franklin.|
|Rosita||Carmen Osbahr||(1991—present) The first bilingual Muppet on Sesame Street, Rosita speaks both English and Spanish. She is a "good-natured, intelligent turquoise Muppet" and her full name is Rosita, la Monstrua de las Cuevas (translated as "Rosita, the Monster of the Caves"). Rosita was originally envisioned as a fruit bat, but later redesigned as a normal monster. She was designed and built by Ed Christie.|
|Roxie Marie||Fran Brill||A Lavender Anything Muppet who is the niece to construction worker Biff.|
|Ruby||Camille Bonora||A yellow monster who is always curious and loves to conduct experiments. She also likes to play with toy trucks.|
|SAM the Robot||Jerry Nelson||A robot who is supposedly perfect, SAM is prone to silly mistakes. His name is an acronym for "Super Automated Machine". He was designed by Jim Henson.|
|Sherlock Hemlock||Jerry Nelson||Based on Basil Rathbone's movie portrayal of Sherlock Holmes, He is a Green Anything Muppet detective who solves mysteries by "concentrating on the little clues and overlooking the big ones" that his dog Watson tends to find.|
|Sherry Netherland||Julianne Buescher (1993-1996), Alice Dinnean (1996-1998)||The "Leona Helmsley of the Furry Arms Hotel" where she is its owner. She rules with "an iron fist, a heart of gold, and a brain of oatmeal". Her name is a reference to the Sherry-Netherland Hotel in New York City. She was designed and built by Mark Zeszotek.|
|Simon Soundman||Jerry Nelson||(1970) A Fat Blue Anything Muppet who first appeared in season 2. He uses sounds in sentences. Example: "I'd like to buy a "POUND! POUND! POUND!" (referring to a hammer). In one sketch at Charlie's Restaurant where Simon Soundman was waited on by Grover, it was implied that Simon Soundman is Mr. Johnson's brother.|
|Slimey the Worm||Jerry Nelson (1970–1978), Michael Earl Davis (1978–1980), Martin P. Robinson (1980–present), Dick Maitland (voice)||A worm who is the smallest and smartest character on Sesame Street. When he first appeared, he spoke in just squeaky sounds. He later became the only Muppet not voiced by a puppeteer.|
|Aloysius Snuffleupagus (AKA "Snuffy")||Jerry Nelson (1971–1978), Michael Earl Davis (1978–1980), Martin P. Robinson (1980–present), Bryant Young (rear end)||(1971–present) Created to represent the psychological age of a four-year old, Snuffy at seven feet tall and twelve feet wide is the largest Muppet on Sesame Street. He was Big Bird's "imaginary friend" until 1985, when he was finally revealed to the adult cast.|
|Sonny Friendly||Richard Hunt (1986-1992), David Rudman (1992-2000)||The Pat Sajak of Sesame Street (whom he resembles), he is "America's Friendliest Game Show Host". His catch phrase is "Are we having a nice day or what?"|
|The Squirrelles||Rhonda: Julianne Buescher (puppetry and singing voice), Lillias White (voice)
Darlene: Lisa Buckley
Crystal: Pam Arciero
|A trio of singing squirrels that live in a tree in the park as part of the "Around the Corner" expansion. They consist of Rhonda (a pink squirrel that is the lead singer of the group), Darlene (a lavendar squirrel), and Crystal (a dark purple squirrel). They are a parody of The Shirelles and most of their songs are based on 1960's pop hits.|
|Stuie Monster||Richard Hunt||A maroon and yellow monster who appears in the song "Fur" in episode 812.|
|Sully||Richard Hunt (1973-1992), David Rudman (1992-present)||A Pumpkin Anything Muppet who is one-half of the Muppet construction worker duo and Biff's silent counterpart. He is one of Richard Hunt's most "understated and complex" characters.|
|Stinky the Stinkweed||Joey Mazzarino||A talking stinkweed plant who lives in a smelly lot. Despite being a stinkweed plant, he is actually very friendly and does not mind asking for a favor.|
|Super Grover||Frank Oz (1974-2002), Eric Jacobson (2002-present)||Grover's superhero alter ego who often more well-meaning than helpful.|
|Telly Monster||Bob Payne (1979), Brian Muehl (1979-1984), Martin P. Robinson (1984–present)||Originally named "the Television Monster" because he was obsessed with TV, his name was changed to Telly and his obsession became triangles. Telly is "the Woody Allen of Muppets: the neurotic one, the one who overthinks everything, the worrier". The original Telly Monster puppet was built by Bob Payne.|
|Tito||Martin P. Robinson||A Spanish-accented mouse made from a Purple Anything Muppet who appears in the "Miami Mice" sketch (a parody of Miami Vice) and is the partner of J.P. He is modeled after Philip Michael Thomas's character Ricardo Tubbs.|
|The Twiddlebugs||Thomas Twiddlebug: Jim Henson (1973-1990)
Tessie Twiddlebug: Frank Oz (1973-1990)
Tina Twiddlebug: Jerry Nelson (1973-1990)
Timmy Twiddlebug: Richard Hunt (1973-1990)
|(1973-) A family of cute and innovative bugs (consisting of Tina, Thomas, Timmy, and Tessie) made from different Anything Muppets that live in a flower box on Ernie's windowsill. They use tiny found objects as their furniture and toys. The Twiddlebugs later appeared in CGI by 2006 where they were animated by Magnetic Dreams Animation Studio and were all voiced by Rickey Boyd.|
|Two-Headed Monster||Right Head: Richard Hunt (1980-1992), David Rudman (1992–present)
Left Head: Jerry Nelson (1980-2002), Joey Mazzarino (2003–present)
|A purple monster with two heads. They teach young viewers how to cooperate while speaking in a baby-like, gibberish language. They were designed by Jim Henson and built by Caroly Wilcox.|
|Velma Blank||David Rudman||Pat Playjacks' co-host of "Squeal of Fortune" who was seen in episode 2579. She is a parody of Vanna White and has also appeared as a sidekick of Sonny Friendly.|
|Wanda Cousteau||Fran Brill||A fish explorer in a water-filled diving helmet who explores the land.|
|Watson||Kevin Clash||Sherlock Hemlock's faithful dog. He is named after Dr. Watson.|
|Wolfgang the Seal||Kevin Clash||An excitable seal who goes into a frenzy whenever he hears the word "fish." He was designed by Richard Termine.|
|Yip Yips (1971)||Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, Martin P. Robinson, Kevin Clash, David Rudman, Julianne Buescher, John Tartaglia, Eric Jacobson, Matt Vogel, Leslie Carrara-Rudolph||The nickname for the Martians with a jellyfish-like appearance who speak in simple, declarative phrases that are a mixture of Martian and English. They "valiantly explore our world despite their frequent terrifying encounters with everyday objects like telephones, clocks, and computers".|
|Zoe||Fran Brill||(1993—present) Introduced to increase the number of strong female characters on Sesame Street, Zoe is an orange monster who is "simultaneously dainty and strong, practical and impulsive". She loves dancing and ballet and usually wears a bright tutu since 2002. She was designed by Ed Christie and built by Rollie Krewson.|
|Zostic||Joey Mazzarino||An evil monster alien and ruler of the planet Enormous who is the primary antagonist of the "Super Morphin Mega Monsters" segments (which is a parody of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers). He would use his power to cause young monsters to do bad things until it is undone by the Super Morphin Mega Monsters (consisting of Elmo as Elmosaurus, Rosita as Rosita Raptor, Telly as Telly Dactyl, and Zoe as Zoeceratops).|
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