List of Muppets

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Jim Henson, creator of The Muppets, in 1989

The Muppets are a group of puppet characters created by Jim Henson and now owned by The Walt Disney Company (namely at their entertainment branch called The Muppets Studio). The characters became a household name after their appearance in the children's television program Sesame Street.[1] Henson was initially reluctant to become involved with Sesame Street because he feared being pigeon-holed as a children's performer, but agreed to work on the show to further his social goals.[2] The first Muppet characters appeared as early as 1955, in Sam and Friends, a Washington, D.C.-based show that was on the air for six years. Kermit the Frog was one of the show's regulars, and thus was one of Henson's first Muppet creations.[1]

By the early 1970s, Henson began to think seriously about the possibility of a network series for adults featuring the Muppets.[3] The characters appeared on the comedy sketch show Saturday Night Live (namely The Land of Gorch segments) in 1975, and by 1976, The Muppet Show (which was produced in London) began to air in syndication. Jim Henson and his associates created additional characters for subsequent projects which included television shows, movies, commercials, and programs for the Internet.

Muppets that debuted in Sam and Friends[edit]

The following are the earlier Muppet creations of Jim Henson that appeared on Sam and Friends:

Character Actor/Muppet performer Description
Unknown A humanoid character with a tall head and a big nose.[4]
Hank and Frank Unknown Two bald men. They once took on the roles of Chet Huntley and David Brinkley in a spoof interview with Kermit.[4]
Harry the Hipster Jim Henson A beatnik who resembled a black sock puppet with shades and spoke in a hip slang. He was one of the first Muppets designed and built by Jim Henson.[4]
Henrietta Jane Henson (1956), Jerry Juhl (1970) A pink female creature of indeterminable species. Henrietta appears in The Muppets on Puppets during Rowlf the Dog's mixed-up fairy tale sketch portraying the fairy godmother[4]
Icky Gunk Unknown A snake with arms.[4]
Kermit Jim Henson See: Muppets that debuted in The Muppet Show
Moldy Hay Unknown A humanoid character with orange-red skin, a big nose, and hair over his eyes.[4]
Mushmellon Unknown A yellow monster-like character.[4]
Omar Jim Henson A beaked humanoid with a papier-mâché face.[4]
Pierre the French Rat Jim Henson A rat who was one of Jim Henson's first puppets. Pierre was embodied as a puppet made from plastic wood.[4]
Professor Madcliffe Jim Henson A tall-headed professor with big eyes and a mustache. Professor Madcliffe had a loud and energetic personality.[4]
Sam Jim Henson The main character of the series who never spoke, but would lip-sync to any song. He was made of papier-mâché.[4]
Yorick Jim Henson A voracious puppet who resembled a rock head. He has been known for appearing with Kermit in a segment where Kermit sings "I've Grown Accustomed to Your Face" where Yorick tries to eat Kermit's foot. Yorick is made of papier-mâché with a tube in his mouth that allowed him to swallow things.[4]

Muppets that debuted in commercials[edit]

The following is a list of Muppets that debuted in the commercials:

Character Actor/Muppet performer Description
Arnold Frank Oz A monster, appearing in the Munchos commercials with Fred and had a craving for Munchos, who is a prototype version of Cookie Monster.[5]
Baskerville the Hound Jim Henson See: Muppets that debuted in The Muppet Show
Delbert the La Choy Dragon Frank Oz (performer), Jim Henson (voice) A full-bodied dragon who was in the commercials for La Choy. He used the catchphrase "cooked in dragon fire" to describe the product. Delbert the La Choy Dragon was one of Frank Oz's few in-suit performances since Frank Oz didn't like performing in Full-Bodied Muppet costumes.[6]
Fred Jim Henson The spokesman of Munchos.[5]
Kenner Gooney Bird Jim Henson A bird who was the mascot of the Kenner Toys company. He was designed by Jim Henson and built by Don Sahlin and Kermit Love.[7]
Mert Jim Henson A timid spokesman who was used in the later commercials for La Choy.[6]
Mirinda Craver Bob Payne (performer), Allen Swift (voice) A Muppet Monster who craves the Mirinda drinks and will do anything to obtain a Mirinda drink. With the Mirinda Craver being a Live-Hand Muppet, Bob Payne is assisted in performing the Mirinda Craver by Louise Gold, Dave Holman, or Faz Fazakas with either one handling one of the arms of the Mirinda Craver. The original sketches were provided by Jim Henson, Dave Goelz, and Don Sahlin.[8]
Nutty Bird Jim Henson An excitable bird who was used to promote Royal Crown Cola by touting the benefits. Frank Oz assisted Jim Henson into performing this character. He was designed by Jim Henson and built by Don Sahlin.[9]
Rowlf the Dog Jim Henson See: Muppets that debuted in The Muppet Show
Sour Bird Jim Henson A bird who was used to promote Royal Crown Cola.[9]
Southern Colonel Jim Henson A southern gentleman who was used in the commercials for Southern Bread. Seeing as the Southern Colonel is a Live-Hand Muppet, Jim Henson is often assisted in performing him by Frank Oz or Jerry Nelson. He was designed by Jim Henson and built by Don Sahlin. In The Ed Sullivan Show and The Muppets on Puppets, the Southern Colonel was used in the "A Change of Face" sketch where someone would change the Southern Colonel's face where his personality would match whatever his face resembles.[10]
Tommy and Fred Jim Henson Two men who appeared in the ads for Kern's Bakery. Tommy would always try to get Fred to eat the bread which Fred would often decline and it always ends with something bad happening to Fred. Tommy's puppet is a recycled version of Taminella Grinderfall from the "Tales of the Tinkerdee" pilot while Fred's puppet is a recycled version of the Prime Minister from the same pilot.[11]
Wilkins and Wontkins Jim Henson Two characters who were used to promote Wilkins Coffee. Whenever Wilkins tried to get Wontkins to try the Wilkins Coffee, Wontkins would always decline causing bad things to happen to him.[12]

Muppets that debuted in Sesame Street[edit]

For more details on this topic, see List of Sesame Street Muppets.

Numerous Muppet characters have been created specifically for the children's television show Sesame Street. Since 2001, the full rights for these Muppets have been owned by Sesame Workshop (which the Children's Television Workshop was renamed to it in 2000).[13]

Muppets that debuted in The Land of Gorch[edit]

The following Muppets appeared in The Land of Gorch sketch on Saturday Night Live:

Character Actor/Muppet performer[citation needed] Description
King Ploobis Jim Henson The greedy and decorative King of the Land of Gorch. He is married to Queen Peuta, but has been having an affair with his servant Vazh. King Ploobis is always seeking advice from The Mighty Favog.[14]
Mighty Favog Frank Oz A living statue who serves as the deity of the Land of Gorch. He would offer his advice to King Ploobis and the planet's other inhabitants in exchange for sacrifices. The Mighty Favog's name came from a nickname given by the Muppet performers to the clock in the Green Room of The Ed Sullivan Show where they would playfully pray to the clock that they wouldn't get bumped if the show ran long.[14]
Queen Peuta Alice Tweedie The Queen of the Land of Gorch. She is married to King Ploobis. Due to King Ploobis having an affair with Vazh, Queen Peuta secretly has an affair with Scred. She has three feet which she wears shoes that were made from the skins of the Gligs. She was built by Mari Kaestle.[14]
Scred Jerry Nelson King Ploobis' right-hand man and servant who is in an affair with Queen Peuta. Scred is always mistreated by King Ploobis. He was designed by Michael K. Frith and built by Caroly Wilcox.[14]
Vazh Rhona Handsome (1st time)
Fran Brill (2nd time)
King Ploobis' lovely servant whom he has an affair with[14]
Wisss Richard Hunt The son of King Ploobis and Queen Peuta. He is shown to have an addiction to smoking craters.[14]

Muppets that debuted in The Muppet Show[edit]

Many of the characters who appear on The Muppet Show have previously appeared in earlier productions in various ways.

Character Actor/Muppet performer[citation needed] Description
Afghan Hound Louise Gold, Richard Hunt (ep. 44), Kathryn Mullen (ep. 115), Alice Dinnean (2011–present) An Afghan Hound, appearing occasionally. (Debuted in season 2)[15]
Aliens Frank Oz, Dave Goelz An alien duo who appear in episode 88. The duo later make cameos in The Jim Henson Hour and Mopatop's Shop.[15]
Angus McGonagle Jerry Nelson Also known as the Argyle Gargoyle, Angus McGonagle is a Scotsman who can gargle Gerswhin gorgeously. The sound effects of Angus' gargling were provided by Richard Hunt. He was designed by Michael K. Frith and Bruce McNally and built by Jane Gootnick. (Debuted in season 4)[15]
Animal Frank Oz (1976–2001),[16] Eric Jacobson (2002–),[17] Rob Mills (1989), Kevin Clash (occasionally, 1996), John Kennedy (occasionally, 2002–03), Drew Massey (occasionally, 2005) A savage and frenzied monster and the drummer for Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem; Author Christopher Finch calls Animal "the ultimate representation of a long line of Muppets who personify unbridled appetite",[16] both "carnivorous beast" and "physical manifestation of pure libido." He was designed by Jim Henson and built by Dave Goelz. (Debuted in The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence)[18]
Announcer Jerry Nelson (1976–2011), John Lovelady (1976–77) An unseen announcer who would announce the segment that is about to come on; in the Gene Kelly episode, the Announcer is revealed to be a blue Whatnot. (Debuted in the first season)[15]
Annie Sue Louise Gold A young female pig who is Miss Piggy's innocent rival. (Debuted in season 2)[15]
Baby Band Dave Goelz (ep. 56), Louise Gold (ep. 56), Jim Henson (ep. 67), Richard Hunt (ep. 56), Jerry Nelson (ep. 56), Kathryn Mullen (ep. 106), Frank Oz (ep. 67) A bunch of babies who are often seen as members of Bobby Benson's Baby Band. They were built by Calista Hendrickson. (Debuted in season 3)[15]
Baskerville the Hound Jim Henson ("Purina Dog Chow" commercials), Jerry Nelson, John Lovelady (ep. 3), Frank Oz (ep. 67 of Sesame Street; ep. 10), Dave Goelz (ep. 120) A hound, appearing occasionally, who was first used in commercials for Purina Dog Chow with Rowlf the Dog in 1962. The name is a homage to The Hound of the Baskervilles. He was designed by Jim Henson and built by Don Sahlin.[15]
Beaker Richard Hunt (1977–92), Steve Whitmire (1992–present) Dr. Bunsen Honeydew's lab assistant who performs "ill-fated" experiments which often results in him getting blown up, eaten, or knocked over. He was designed by Jim Henson and built by Don Sahlin. (Debuted in season 2)[19]
Beauregard Dave Goelz[20] A creature of indeterminate species who works as the "sweet but dim-witted" stagehand and janitor of the Muppet Theater.[20] Dave Goelz called him "big and strong and clumsy." He was designed by Michael K. Frith and built by Mari Kaestle. (Debuted in season 3)[21]
Beautiful Day Monster Frank Oz (1969), Jim Henson (ep. 3), Richard Hunt (ep. 8), Jerry Nelson (eps. 9, and 26), Dan Redican (1989), Bill Barretta (2011–) A monster who was previously on The Ed Sullivan Show and Sesame Street.[15]
Behemoth Dave Goelz (ep. 15), Richard Hunt (ep. 19), Jerry Nelson (ep. 26), Bill Barretta (1996–) A large orange monster who is one of the full-bodied Muppets. He is one of the Muppets that eat other Muppets. In recent appearances, Behemoth was often named Gene after Bill Barretta's brother Gene Barretta. According to The Muppets Character Encyclopedia (which also confirmed that Gene was Behemoth's real name where Behemoth was his stage name), Behemoth's family has an aluminum siding business. (Debuted in the first season)[15]
Betsy Bird Betsy Baytos A giant red and yellow dancing bird, appearing in the final season, was named after Baytos. According to Jim Henson, Betsy was dropped since the costume seemed to hide Betsy's dance movements. Despite this, Betsy Bird did appear in the special Here Come the Puppets! and was featured in the "Birds" entry of The Muppets Character Encyclopedia. She was designed by Michael K. Frith and built by Cheryl Blaylock and Caroly Wilcox. (Debuted in season 5) [15]
Billy the Bear Frank Oz (ep. 52), Jerry Nelson (ep. 98), Richard Hunt (eps. 73, 99) Dave Goelz (ep. 84), Brian Muehl (ep. 114) A bear, appearing occasionally, who also makes a cameo in "The Rainbow Connection" finale of The Muppet Movie.[15]
Bird Dancers Various A bunch of large dancing birds, appearing occasionally. The people who performed are actually dancers from London's Royal Ballet.[15]
Black Rooster Frank Oz (eps. 44, 69), Jim Henson (ep. 51) A rooster, appearing occasionally.[15]
Bobby Benson Richard Hunt (1976–92), David Rudman (2011–present) A shady-looking man who leads the Baby Band. (Debuted in season 3)[15]
Bossmen Various 12 foot tall Muppets who appear occasionally. They were operated with long rods. First appeared in a 1971 television special starring Nancy Sinatra.[15]
Brewster Dave Goelz Also known as the "Guru", is a wise white-bearded man, appearing occasionally. He also makes a cameo in "The Rainbow Connection" finale of The Muppet Movie. (Debuted in The Muppets Valentine Show)[15]
Brown Bat Dave Goelz A bat, appearing occasionally, once sang the song "Leatherwing Bat" with Judy Collins, Harold the Woodpecker, and a Singing Owl. He also makes a cameo in "The Rainbow Connection" finale of The Muppet Movie.[15]
Bruno Jerry Nelson A Whatnot security guard, appearing occasionally in the final season.[15]
Butch the Tiger Jim Henson (ep. 88), Brian Muehl (ep. 120) A tiger, appearing occasionally.[15]
Camilla the Chicken Jerry Nelson (1977–2003), Alice Dinnean (2005), Matt Vogel (2008–present) A chicken who is Gonzo's girlfriend. (Debuted in season 3)[22]
Chick Frank Oz In the Roger Miller episode, this chick was the source of the Cluckitis, later made other appearances in this show, and appears in "The Rainbow Connection" finale of The Muppet Movie.[15]
Chopped Liver Richard Hunt (ep. 48), Dave Goelz (ep. 113) An alien from the Zabar galaxy that occasionally appeared in the "Pigs in Space" sketch. In the "Alice Cooper" episode, he was a member of Alice Cooper's band called "The Vile Bunch." Chopped Liver was featured in the "Monsters" entry of The Muppets Character Encyclopedia.[15]
Clodhoppers Various One performer was required for each of the full-figured puppets. The feet were attached to the performers' feet while their heads and hands were the performer's hands. The puppeteers were dressed in black to hide themselves against the black background. They were designed by Jim Henson in 1972 for a Broadway show which was never developed.[15]
Crazy Harry John Lovelady (1974–77), Richard Hunt (1975), Jerry Nelson (1977–2003),[23] Louise Gold (ep. 45), Rickey Boyd (2005), Matt Vogel (2008–present) A crazed Muppet pyrotechnician who likes to blow up things. (Debuted in The Muppets Valentine Show, where he was known as "Crazy Donald")[15]
Crocodile Peter Friedman (ep. 14), Frank Oz (ep. 27), Jerry Nelson (ep. 38), Richard Hunt (ep. 72) A crocodile, appearing in various sketches.[15]
Dodo Jerry Nelson A dodo, appearing occasionally, who later appears in Muppet Treasure Island as one of the pirates on Long John Silver's side. It was designed by Michael K. Frith and built by Lyle Conway. (Debuted in season 4)[15]
Doglion Jerry Nelson (ep. 33), Frank Oz (ep. 35), Jim Henson (ep. 48), Kevin Clash (1989), Jim Martin (The Cosby Show ep. "Cliff's Nightmare"), Bill Barretta (1996) A dog-faced monster with horns who is one of the Full-Bodied Muppets. (Debuted in season 2) [15]
Dr. Bunsen Honeydew Dave Goelz[24] A scientist, often paired with and serves as a foil for Beaker,[25] who performs science experiments that usually go wrong and has an "affable cluelessness" whenever Beaker is a victim of these experiments. (Debuted during the first season, and was joined by Beaker during the second season)[19]
Dr. Julius Strangepork Jerry Nelson (1977–2003),[23] Matt Vogel (2009–present) A pig, appearing in the "Pigs in Space" sketches with Link Hogthrob and Miss Piggy where he was a chief science officer. (Debuted in season 2)[26]
Dr. Teeth Jim Henson (1975–90), John Kennedy (1991–2003), Victor Yerrid (2005), Bill Barretta (2005–present) Bandleader and keyboardist of Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem, he was based upon New Orleans singer and pianist Doctor John. He was designed by Jim Henson and Michael K. Frith and built by Don Sahlin. (Debuted in The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence)[27]
Droop Jerry Nelson, Jim Henson (ep. 15), Richard Hunt (ep. 44), Peter Linz (2011–present) A green monster with a long pointy nose and bird-like feet. Droop originated in The Great Santa Claus Switch where he was called Snivelly. He was built by Caroly Wilcox.[15]
Eric the Parrot Jerry Nelson A parrot, appearing occasionally, who also makes a cameo in "The Rainbow Connection" finale of The Muppet Movie. (Debuted in season 2)[15]
Fazoobs Frank Oz, Jim Henson, Richard Hunt, Jerry Nelson Four musical aliens from the planet Koozebane who appear occasionally. (Debuted in season 2)[15]
Fish Singer Louise Gold A fish who would often be paired up with the Gills Brothers. She later made cameos in The Ghost of Faffner Hall. (Debuted in season 4)[15]
Fleet Scribbler Jerry Nelson A gossip journalist for "The Daily Scandal" who sometimes reports on the goings-on at the Muppet Theater. He also makes a cameo in "The Rainbow Connection" finale of The Muppet Movie. (Debuted in season 2)[15]
Fletcher Bird Graham Fletcher (puppeteer), Steve Whitmire (voice) A large multicolored dancing bird, who was named after the puppeteer. (Debuted in season 3)[15]
Flower-Eating Monster Jim Henson A dog-eared monster that eats flowers, appearing occasionally, who was designed by Jim Henson. (Debuted in a 1973 episode of The Julie Andrews Hour)[15]
Floyd Pepper Jerry Nelson (1975–2003),[23] John Kennedy (2005–06), Matt Vogel (2008–present) Bassist of Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem. Author Christopher Finch says that Floyd is most like Nelson, and if there were a spin-off of The Muppet Show centering on his band, Floyd "would probably emerge as the central figure". He was designed by Michael K. Frith and built by Dave Goelz. (Debuted in The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence)[28]
Foo-Foo Steve Whitmire[29] Alice Dinnean (2005) Miss Piggy's dog. She also appears as a real dog in full shots. (Debuted in season 4)[29]
Fozzie Bear Frank Oz (1976–2000),[27] Eric Jacobson (2001–present),[17] Victor Yerrid (personal appearances, 2006) The Muppet Theater's comedian bear that can never make any good jokes. Finch calls Fozzie "a sweetly insecure and absolutely terrible comedian". According to Frank Oz, Fozzie is such a bad comedian that he "can't afford good joke writers, and he can't write good jokes himself". He was designed by Michael K. Frith.[27]
Forcryingoutloud Bird Frank Oz A green bird with a yellow beak, appearing occasionally, was featured in the "Birds" entry of The Muppets Character Encyclopedia. He was designed by Jim Henson. (Debuted in The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence)[15]
Gaffer the Cat Kathryn Mullen An eye patch-wearing cat, appearing occasionally, who was designed by Michael K. Frith and built by Marianne Harms. (Debuted in season 4)[15]
Gawky Birds Various 11 foot tall rod-puppets who appear occasionally. They were operated with long rods. The Gawky Birds were featured in the "Birds" entry of The Muppets Character Encyclopedia.[15]
George the Janitor Frank Oz (1974–76, 1992), Richard Hunt (ep. 45), Steve Whitmire (1996) An elderly janitor who first appears in The Muppets Valentine Show where he discovered with guest star Mia Farrow's help that he loved his mop.[30]
Geri and the Atrics Geri: Jerry Nelson
Drum Atric: Dave Goelz
False Teeth: Richard Hunt
Guitar Atric: Louise Gold
Piano Atric: Frank Oz
Tambourine Atric: Jerry Nelson
Tuba Atric: Steve Whitmire
Vocalist Atric: Kathryn Mullen
A musical group of six elderly ladies and one singing false teeth who appear occasionally. According to The Muppets Character Encyclopedia, the members of Geri and the Atrics lived at the Happy Heart Rest Home before starting their band.[15]
Gladys Richard Hunt She works as a cafeteria lady in the Muppet Theater's canteen delivering the food made by the Swedish Chef to its customers. She also makes a cameo in "The Rainbow Connection" finale of The Muppet Movie. (Debuted in season 3)[15]
Gnu Jerry Nelson A gnu appears in various sketches. He was built by Tim Miller. (Debuted in season 5)[15]
Gogola Jubilee Jugband Banjo Player: Richard Hunt (ep. 4 & 18), Jerry Nelson (ep. 9), Jugband Female: Eren Ozker, Jug Blower: Dave Goelz (ep. 4), Jim Henson (ep. 9 & 13)
Paul: Jerry Nelson (ep. 4 & 23), Peter Friedman (ep. 13), Slim: Frank Oz
A jug band consisting of five Whatnots that appeared in season one.[15]
The Great Gonzo Dave Goelz,[25] Brett O'Quinn (personal appearances, 2006) The Muppet Theater's stuntman, who believes that all his stunts are works of art. Haberkorn calls Gonzo "the most grotesque Muppet", who revels in being different and resists categorization. A prototype version of Gonzo previously appeared in The Great Santa Claus Switch as Snarl. The character officially debuted in the series' first episode.[31]
Gorgon Heap Frank Oz (ep. 3 & 28), Dave Goelz (ep. 19), Richard Hunt (ep. 16), Jerry Nelson (ep. 25) A large purple monster. He is one of the Muppets who eats other Muppets. There was also a hand-puppet version that was used occasionally. He also makes a cameo in "The Rainbow Connection" finale of The Muppet Movie.[15]
Harold the Woodpecker Richard Hunt (ep. 29), Jerry Nelson (ep. 44) A woodpecker, appearing occasionally, also makes a cameo in "The Rainbow Connection" finale of The Muppet Movie and was featured in the "Birds" entry of The Muppets Character Encyclopedia.[15]
Herbie the One-Octopus Band Unknown An octopus who is a one-man band. He also makes a cameo in "The Rainbow Connection" finale of The Muppet Movie.[15]
Hilda Eren Ozker (1976) An old seamstress/wardrobe mistress who speaks with a Slavic accent. Appeared throughout the first season.[15]
J.P. Grosse Jerry Nelson (1977–78), Kevin Clash (1996) Scooter's uncle who owns the Muppet Theater. He was built by Mari Kaestle. He was mentioned frequently during the first season, and finally appeared during season two.[15]
Janice Fran Brill (in "The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence" and "Muppet Meeting Films"), Eren Ozker (1976–77), Richard Hunt (1977–91),[32] Brian Henson (2002–03), Tyler Bunch (2005), David Rudman (2008–) The hippie-like member of the Electric Mayhem and guitarist who is often paired with Floyd Pepper. She was designed by Michael K. Frith and Bonnie Erickson. (Debuted in The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence)
Kangaroo Jerry Nelson (ep. 69) A kangaroo, appearing occasionally, also makes a cameo in "The Rainbow Connection" finale of The Muppet Movie[15]
Kermit the Frog Jim Henson (1955–90),[33] Steve Whitmire (1990–present),[17] John Kennedy (personal appearances, 2006), Artie Esposito (personal appearances, 2009) A frog who is the Muppet Theater's director and Jim Henson's greatest creation as Jim designed and built Kermit. Author Michael Davis calls Kermit Henson's "altered ego", and Finch claims that Kermit is most like Henson. Finch also says, "Reasonably even-tempered and often long-suffering, the small green frog generally serves as the glue that holds the rest of the Muppet universe together". Kermit has been around since Jim Henson's 1955 series Sam and Friends (where he was featured in a pre-frog appearance) and had also appeared on Sesame Street.[34]
Koozebanian Creatures Male Koozebanian Creature: Frank Oz
Female Koozebanina Creature: Jerry Nelson
Baby Koozebanian Creatures: Various
A bunch of aliens from the planet Koozebane. (Debuted in The Muppets Valentine Show)[15]
Koozebanian Phoob Jerry Nelson An alien from the planet Koozebane. (Debuted in season 2)[15]
Lenny the Lizard Dave Goelz (ep. 3), Jerry Nelson (ep. 7), Jim Henson (ep. 28), Richard Hunt (ep. 32) A turquoise lizard who made many appearances on the show. He was designed by Jim Henson and built by Don Sahlin. He also makes a cameo in "The Rainbow Connection" finale of The Muppet Movie. An early purplish Lenny made his debut in The Great Santa Claus Switch.[15]
Lew Zealand Jerry Nelson (1978–2003),[23] Bill Barretta (2002–2005), Matt Vogel (2008–present) The Muppet whose "vaudeville-inspired act" includes throwing "boomerang fish" at the audience. He was originally a Whatnot before a permanent puppet was made for him. The construction of his Whatnot head was done by Dave Goelz while the character finishing was done by Amy van Gilder.[23] Jerry Nelson later spoke about Lew Zealand: "I think Lew was my tribute to Frankie Fontaine. He had that dopey voice, but he could sing beautifully. We never did that part of it on the show, but just the idea of this guy who had a boomerang fish act. There were some really ridiculous acts on the show, and that was one of the all-time dopey ones."[35] (Debuted in season 3)
Link Hogthrob Jim Henson (1977–90),[27] Steve Whitmire (2000–present) A "bumb, pompous"[27] pig, appearing in the sketches "Bear on Patrol" and "Pigs in Space", who was designed by Calista Hendrickson. (Debuted in season 2)[26]
Lips Steve Whitmire An additional member of the Electric Mayhem and trumpet player. He was designed by Michael K. Frith and built by Mari Kaestle. (Debuted in season 5)
Louis Kazzager Jerry Nelson A sports commentator who provided commentary for Muppet Sports. Louis Kazzager was inspired by Howard Cosell. He was designed and built by Mari Kaestle. (Debuted in season 3)[15]
Lubbock Lou and his Jughuggers Lubbock Lou: Dave Goelz, Richard Hunt
Bubba: Richard Hunt
Gramps: Frank Oz (1983), Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt (ep. 43), Rob Mills (1989)
Lou: Louise Gold
Slim Wilson: Jerry Nelson, Jim Henson (ep. 85), Frank Oz (ep. 70), Steve Whitmire (ep. 112), Brian Henson (1996)
Zeke: Jim Henson (1977–78), Steve Whitmire (1979–81)
A jugband who debuted in Season Two replacing the Gogolala Jubilee Jugband.[15]
Luncheon Counter Monster Dave Goelz (ep.s 30, 35, and 50), Richard Hunt (eps. 34, 47), Jerry Nelson (ep. 63), Kevin Clash (1988), Gord Robertson (1989), David Rudman (2008) A hungry purple monster. (Debuted in season 2)[15]
Lydia the Pig Abby Hadfield A bespectacled red-haired pig, appearing occasionally. Unlike the other pigs in this show, Lydia has hooves instead of hands. Her tattoos were drawn by Jim Henson whenever she is shown with tattoos. (Debuted in the first season)[15]
Lyle the Dog Richard Hunt (ep.s 86, and 119), Dan Redican (1988), Dave Goelz (1992) A dog who is featured in various roles. He was named after his designer and builder Lyle Conway. (Debuted in season 4)[15]
Ma Bear Jerry Nelson A bear who is Fozzie Bear's mother. She was featured in the "Cleo Laine" and "Kenny Rogers" episodes of The Muppet Show. She later had appearances in A Muppet Family Christmas (where she was named Emily Bear), The Muppets at Walt Disney World, and The Muppet Christmas Carol.[15]
Mahna Mahna Jim Henson (1969–90), Bill Barretta (2001–present) A purple, wild orange-haired Muppet in a green tunic. He is the singer of "Mah Nà Mah Nà." He was designed by Jim Henson and built by Don Sahlin. (Debuted on a 1969 episode of The Ed Sullivan Show)[15]
Marvin Suggs Frank Oz (1976–96),[16] Eric Jacobson (2011–present) Finch calls Marvin one of Oz's "more unusual creations." Marvin Suggs plays the Muppaphones (small, round, little balls of fur) by hitting them over the head with a mallet. He was designed by Rollie Krewson. (Debuted in the first season)[16]
Mary Louise Eren Ozker (ep. 3), Fran Brill (ep. 8), Rollie Krewson (ep. 14), Louise Gold (ep. 32) A young Whatnot girl. She once auditioned with an unnamed frog three times under three names only to be hooked off stage by Miss Piggy who states that she is the only one who can sing with a frog. She also makes a cameo in "The Rainbow Connection" finale of The Muppet Movie. (Debuted in the first season)[15]
Mean Mama Dave Goelz (ep. 26), Jim Henson (ep. 27), Jerry Nelson (ep. 28), Richard Hunt (eps. 25, 35, 111), Louise Gold (ep. 66) A large voracious brown monster who fits in the category of the Muppets who eats other Muppets. There was also was a hand-puppet version that was used occasionally. (Debuted in season 2)[15]
Mickey Moose Jerry Nelson A moose, appearing occasionally, is a parody of Mickey Mouse (Debuted in season 2)[15]
Miss Kitty Dave Goelz (eps. 1, 3, and 7), Jim Henson (ep. 13), Richard Hunt (ep. 19) A purple monster, appearing occasionally, previously used in The Great Santa Claus Switch as one of Cosmo Scam's henchmen.[15]
Miss Mousey Jerry Nelson A mouse who was a rival of Miss Piggy for Kermit the Frog's affections. She also makes a cameo in "The Rainbow Connection" finale of The Muppet Movie. According to The Muppets Character Encyclopedia, Miss Mousey is currently teaching theater classes at a small college in Wisconsin. (Debuted in The Muppets Valentine Show)[15]
Miss Piggy Frank Oz (1976–2001),[16] Richard Hunt (occasionally, 1976–77), Eric Jacobson (2001–),[17] Jerry Nelson (1974), Fran Brill (1975), Victor Yerrid (personal appearances, 2006) A diva pig who is the Muppets' break-out and "authentic superstar"[36] and Oz's most well-known character.[16] Authors Maryanne Fisher and Anthony Cox call Piggy "uniquely strong and feminine", but "domineering and demanding." She was designed and built by Bonnie Erickson. Debuted in a 1974 Herb Alpert television special, where she was performed by Jerry Nelson.[37]
Mildred Huxtetter Frank Oz (1976), Dave Goelz (ep. 15), Richard Hunt (ep. 9, 1974), Louise Gold (ep. 28, 53) A purple beak-nosed woman who is George the Janitor's dancing partner. She was a prominent figure in the first season, but was later relegated to minor background appearances. Debuted in The Muppets Valentine Show.[15]
Molly and Melville Molly: Louise Gold
Melville: Steve Whitmire
A mother sperm whale and her son that appeared in the "Chris Langham" ep. of "The Muppet Show" during the "Friendship" song where Kermit and Robin helped to protect them from a group of Pig Whalers. Melville is named after Herman Melville (the writer of Moby-Dick). Their storyboards were provided by John Stevenson and their puppets were built by Jan Rosenthal. At eight feet long, Molly the Whale was the largest hand puppet built for "The Muppet Show." After filming on the show had wrapped as revealed in "The Muppet Show Fan Club," the puppet for Molly the Whale was donated to Greenpeace and became a mascot in their efforts to save the world's real whales. An extended version of Kermit and Robin's encounter with Molly and Melville was featured in the book "The Whale Tale" (which was also written by John Stevenson) and they are featured in The Muppets Character Encyclopedia in the "Under the Sea" entry.[15]
Mrs. Appleby Kathryn Mullen A frog who is the scout leader of the Frog Scouts. She was designed by Michael K. Frith and built by Nomi Frederick. (Debuted in season 4)[15]
Mulch Jerry Nelson (1980–81), Kevin Clash (1996–) A blue hunchbacked humanoid monster, debuting in season five. He was built by Bob Payne. Mulch later appears in Muppets Tonight as the hulking assistant of Dr. Phil van Neuter.[15]
Muppaphones Various A bunch of furballs who serve as Marvin Suggs' instruments. (Debuted in the first season)[15]
Muppy Dave Goelz An Old English Sheepdog who is J.P. Grosse's pet dog. An actual dog was used for long shots of Muppy. (Debuted in the first season)[15]
Nigel the Conductor Jim Henson (1975–76), John Lovelady (1976–77), David Rudman (2011–present) The conductor of the Muppet Orchestra. He was built by Dave Goelz. Debuted in The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence as the show's host.[15]
Ohboy Bird Richard Hunt A blue bird, appearing occasionally, who was designed by Jim Henson. He also makes a cameo in "The Rainbow Connection" finale of The Muppet Movie. (Debuted in The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence)[15]
Ohreally Bird Fran Brill An orange bird, appearing occasionally, who was designed by Henson. Ohreally Bird also makes a cameo in "The Rainbow Connection" finale of The Muppet Movie. (Debuted in The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence)[15]
Old Skyball Paint Jerry Nelson A horse, appearing occasionally, who later made cameos in The Ghost of Faffner Hall.[15]
Paul Revere Horse Jerry Nelson (eps. 45, 51, 53), Kevin Clash (1996) A long-legged horse in New Balance Sneakers, appearing occasionally. When in full shots, it took two Muppet performers to operate the legs. He also makes a cameo in "The Rainbow Connection" finale of The Muppet Movie. He was designed by Michael K. Frith.[15]
Penguins Richard Hunt (ep. 69), Steve Whitmire (ep. 69, 2009 "Bohemian Rhapsody" video), Jim Henson (ep. 95, 1987), Dave Goelz (1984), Martin P. Robinson (1985, 2008), Pam Arciero (1985), Kathryn Mullen (1985), Jerry Nelson (1992), Leslie Carrara-Rudolph (2008) A bunch of penguins, appearing occasionally. Although they mostly quack, some of them actually speak.[15]
Pops Jerry Nelson (1980–2002), Matt Vogel (2008–present)[23] The Muppet Theater doorman, debuting in season five. He was designed by Michael K. Frith and built by Mari Kaestle.[38]
Prairie Dogs Jim Henson (ep. 71, 76), Dave Goelz (ep. 71, 76), Louise Gold (ep. 71, 76), Richard Hunt (ep. 71, 76), Kathryn Mullen (ep. 71, 76), Jerry Nelson (ep. 71, 76, 102), Steve Whitmire (ep. 71, 76) A bunch of prairie dogs who appear occasionally.[15]
Quongo the Gorilla Jerry Nelson (ep. 43, 72, and 109), Frank Oz ("Muppet Meeting Films"), Richard Hunt (ep. 105) A wild mountain gorilla, appearing occasionally. (Debuted in season 2)[15]
Righton Bird Dave Goelz A purple bird, appearing occasionally, who was designed by Jim Henson. He also makes a cameo in "The Rainbow Connection" finale of The Muppet Movie and appears in the "Birds" entry of The Muppets Character Encyclopedia. (Debuted in The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence)[15]
Rizzo the Rat Steve Whitmire An inner-city rat, Steve Whitmire describes Rizzo as "a sarcastic kind of New York character." (Debuted in season 4)[39]
Robin the Frog Jerry Nelson (1971–2002),[40] Matt Vogel (2008–present), Drew Massey (personal appearances, 2006) A small frog, who is Kermit's "sweet-voiced nephew" (Debuted as the titular character in The Frog Prince)[41]
Ronald Duck Cynthia Adler (ep. 13) Richard Hunt (ep. 44) A duck in a sailor hat, appearing occasionally, is a parody of Donald Duck. In the "Petula Clark" episode, Ronald Duck was a companion of Mickey Moose.[15]
Rowlf the Dog Jim Henson (1962–90),[42] Bill Barretta (1996–present) A pianist dog who was first used in Purina Dog Chow commericials. He was designed by Jim Henson and built by Don Sahlin.[43] He then appeared in The Jimmy Dean Show. Finch calls Rowlf "the first fully rounded character performed by Jim Henson", and also calls him "wonderfully down-to-earth, with a dry, self-deprecating sense of humor" and "a master of the double take." He was built by Don Sahlin[44]
Sam Eagle Frank Oz (1975–2001),[45] Eric Jacobson (2005–),[17] Kevin Clash (2002–03), Drew Massey (occasionally, 2005–06) A bald eagle who is the Muppet Theater's patriotic and self-proclaimed delegator. Critic Jordan Schildcrout describes Sam as "a cross between Uncle Sam and the bald eagle (which is the U.S. national bird and symbol) with a dash of Richard Nixon, [who] represents a conservative, nationalist Puritanism that makes him a snob and a prude." He was designed by Jim Henson and built by Don Sahlin. (Debuted in The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence)[46]
Scooter Richard Hunt (1976–92),[47] Adam Hunt (voice, 1999), Brian Henson (2002), Rickey Boyd (2005), David Rudman (2008–) The stage manager and gofer of the Muppet Theater and nephew of its owner J.P. Grosse. Richard Hunt based Scooter's voice and personality on how he remembered himself when he was younger. He was designed by Michael K. Frith. (Debuted in the first season)[32]
Screaming Thing Jerry Nelson A green creature with pink feathers and three legs that rotate like a pinwheel. He also makes a cameo in "The Rainbow Connection" finale of The Muppet Movie[15]
Shakey Sanchez Jim Henson (ep. 19), Jerry Nelson (ep. 16), Steve Whitmire (ep. 103) A small pink creature, appearing occasionally, also makes a cameo in "The Rainbow Connection" finale of The Muppet Movie.[15]
Shark Jerry Nelson (ep. 76), Frank Oz (ep. 88), Richard Hunt (ep. 91) A shark that appeared occasionally. The Shark appeared in the "Under the Sea" entry of The Muppets Character Encyclopedia.[15]
Singing Food Various A collection of Muppet fruits and vegetables that are used in various sketches. The Singing Food consists of an artichoke, an asparagus, some beans, a bell pepper, a cabbage, a cantaloupe, a cauliflower, a corncob, a eggplant, a bunch of grapes, a grapefruit, an onion, three potatoes, a bunch of scallions, and a tomato. Later Muppet projects had the Singing Food added with other foods from the other food groups.[15]
Singing Owl Jerry Nelson An owl, appearing occasionally, also makes a cameo in "The Rainbow Connection" finale of The Muppet Movie.[15]
Sopwith the Camel Jerry Nelson A bactrian camel (named after the Sopwith Camel), appearing occasionally, is one of the Full-Bodied Muppets and was built by Caroly Wilcox who constructed him in a week. It took two dancers to operate Sopwith the Camel with the front dancer using his arms to control Sopwith's head. He also makes a cameo in "The Rainbow Connection" finale of The Muppet Movie[15]
Statler and Waldorf Statler: Richard Hunt (1976–90),[32] Jerry Nelson (1975, 1992–2003), Steve Whitmire (2005–),[48] Drew Massey (occasionally, 2005–06)
Waldorf: Jim Henson (1975–90),[27] Dave Goelz (1992–),[48] Kevin Clash (occasionally, 1996), Victor Yerrid (occasionally, 2005–06)
Two "grouchy but dapper"[49] gentlemen who heckle the Muppets (especially Fozzie) from the upper balcony box. Statler and Waldorf were named after the late-18th/early-19th century robber barons E.M. Statler and William Waldorf Astor. They were designed and built by Bonnie Erickson. (Debuted in The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence)[50]
Sundance the Lion Dave Goelz (ep. 68), Jerry Nelson (eps. 88, 101) A lion, appearing occasionally. Although he is a full-bodied Muppet, Sundance does have a Live-Hand Muppet counterpart that was used in seasons four and five. He was designed by Michael K. Frith and built by Tim Miller.[15]
The Swedish Chef Jim Henson (1975–90), Bill Barretta (1996–present),[51] David Rudman (1992), Steve Whitmire (occasionally, 1996), Victor Yerrid (occasionally, 2006) A chef that speaks in mock Swedish. Based on the "standard finger puppet",[52] the Swedish Chef was a collaboration between Jim Henson and Frank Oz (who provided the hands). Frank Oz would deliberately do unexpected things, like tossing chickens and juggling meat cleavers, that Henson would have to improvise through. He was designed by Michael K. Frith and built by Jim Henson and Bonnie Erickson. (Debuted in The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence)[27]
Sweetums Jerry Nelson (1971, handler), Carl Banas (1971, voice), Richard Hunt (1976–91),[32] Rob Mills (1989), David Rudman (The Cosby Show ep. "Cliff's Nightmare"), John Henson (1990–2005), Victor Yerrid (2005), Noel MacNeal (2008), Matt Vogel (2009–) A large, hairy, full-sized ogre-like creature, appearing in The Frog Prince before his appearance in The Muppet Show. He told Kermit, "Jack not name; Jack job!" in The Muppet Movie. He was designed by Jim Henson.[53] His performer could see only by looking out of his mouth.[54]
Talking Houses Talking House #1: John Lovelady, Jerry Nelson (ep. 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 17)
Talking House #2: Jerry Nelson
Talking House #3: Frank Oz (ep. 19)
Talking House #4: Eren Ozker (ep. 19)
A bunch of houses that tell jokes to each other and appeared occasionally in the first season. Because the Talking Houses never appeared outside of their sketches, it was never made clear whether they were supposed to be full-sized or in scale with the Muppet Show's other Muppet characters. They were designed by Michael K. Frith.[15]
The Country Trio Jim: Jim Henson
Frank: Frank Oz
Jerry: Jerry Nelson
A hillbilly band who were both caricatures of and named after their performers. Jim and Frank were designed and built by Bonnie Erickson while Jerry was designed by Bonnie Erickson and built by Don Sahlin. They also make a cameo in "The Rainbow Connection" finale of The Muppet Movie.[15]
The Frackles Blue Frackle: Dave Goelz (ep. 4, 19 & 20), Jim Henson (ep. 11 & 27), Richard Hunt (ep. 3, 15, 42 & 55), Jerry Nelson (ep. 31), Frank Oz (ep. 4, 7 & 40)
Green Frackle: Jim Henson (ep. 3, 7, 19 & 42), Richard Hunt (ep. 40), Frank Oz (ep. 3), Eren Ozker (ep. 20), John Lovelady (ep. 18)
Snake Frackle: Richard Hunt (ep. 7 & 27), John Lovelady (ep. 3)
Blue Bird-Like Frackle: John Lovelady (ep. 7)
Green Bird-Like Frackle: Eren Ozker (ep. 3), Abby Hadfield (ep. 27)
Pink Frackle: Dave Goelz (ep. 120), Fran Brill (The Cosby Show ep. "Cliff's Nightmare")
Jade Green Frackle: Dave Goelz (1989), Tyler Bunch (2011)
Emerald Green Frackle: Frank Oz (ep. 109), Steve Whitmire (ep. 110)
Green-Furred Frackle: Frank Oz (ep. 103), Dave Goelz (ep. 103), Kevin Clash (1989)
Purple Frackle: Frank Oz (ep. 109), Jerry Nelson (ep. 120)
Gray Frackle: Steve Whitmire (ep. 104; 1989), Mike Quinn (1992)
A race of monsters who come in different types. They were seen on The Great Santa Claus Switch before appearing on The Muppet Show.[15]
The Flying Zucchini Brothers Frank Oz (ep. 31, 40, 41), Jerry Nelson (ep. 40, 41), Dave Goelz (ep. 40, 41), Richard Hunt (ep. 31, 40, 41, 80, 118), Mak Wilson (2014), Nigel Plaskitt (2014) A group of Italian acrobat/stunt performing Whatnots who appear occasionally. Although there are three of them, an ep. guest starring Wally Boag shows six of them.[15]
The Gills Brothers Jim Henson, Richard Hunt, Jerry Nelson, Steve Whitmire A quartet of fish singers who appear occasionally. They are a parody of The Mills Brothers. They also make a cameo in "The Rainbow Connection" finale of The Muppet Movie[15]
The Lautrec Sisters Louise Gold, Jerry Nelson, Frank Oz A quartet of dancing rats. Two of them later appeared in "The Rainbow Connection" finale of The Muppet Movie[15]
The Muppet Newsman Jim Henson (1976–89), Jerry Nelson (1996), Brian Henson (2001–03), Steve Whitmire (2008–) A bespectacled newsman who hosts the Muppet News Flash where something related to what he is reporting on befalls him. He was designed and built by Bonnie Erickson. (Debuted in the first season)
The Mutations Various A trio of purple Full-Bodied Muppet Monsters who mostly dance. The heights of the Mutations vary depending on who is performing them. They are a parody of the music group The Temptations. (Debuted in the first season)[15]
The Snerfs Various A group of thin monsters with a variety of mouths. They were designed by Jim Henson and built by Don Sahlin. (Debuted in the 1960s)[15]
The Snowths Frank Oz Two furry pink, tube-mouthed, horned creatures who sing along to Mahna Mahna's song. They were designed by Jim Henson and built by Rollie Krewson. In The Muppets Character Encyclopedia, a Snowth was seen in the entry for the Koozebanians indicating that the Snowths come from Planet Koozebane. Debuted in a 1969 episode of The Ed Sullivan Show.[15]
Thog Jerry Nelson (1970–81), Jim Henson (ep. 36), Tyler Bunch (2011–present) A friendly 9 1/2-foot blue monster who is a Full-Bodied Muppet. He is the biggest Muppet character on the show. His ears often go up if he is startled or excited about something. Despite his size, Thog is actually a gentle soul. He was previously used in The Great Santa Claus Switch as one of Cosmo Scam's henchmen. He was designed by Jim Henson and built by Don Sahlin. When it came to The Muppets, Thog was rebuilt by James Kroupa who made him large enough not to be able to fit between the arches for the telethon's theme song. Thus, Thog had to walk in front of the arches.[15]
Timmy Monster Steve Whitmire (ep. 95), Dave Goelz, Jim Henson (ep. 27) A large green monster who is a Full-Bodied Muppet. According to The Muppets Character Encyclopedia, Timmy Monster has retired from show biz and has started a bakery called "Timmy's Treats." (Debuted in the first season)[15]
Tom, Dick, and Harry Tom: Jerry Nelson
Dick: Dave Goelz
Harry: John Lovelady
A green-furred, three-headed monster, appearing two times during the first season. Tom is the green-faced head, Dick is the pink-faced head, and Harry is the blue-faced head.[15]
Trolls Various Three trolls who appear occasionally. One has red hair, one has green hair, and one has gray hair. They were designed by Michael K. Frith.[15]
Trumpet Girl Louise Gold, Eren Ozker (1976), Frank Oz (ep. 2, 5), Alice Dinnean (2011–) The female trumpet player of the Muppet Orchestra. Due to the addition of the trumpet player Lips, she switched to trombone during season 5.[15]
Uncle Deadly Jerry Nelson (1976–79), Matt Vogel (2011–present) Also called "the Phantom of the Muppet Show", Uncle Deadly is a sinister blue dragon-like monster who lurks around the theater and appears occasionally on the show. He was designed by Michael K. Frith. (Debuted in season 2)[15]
Vendaface Jerry Nelson A facelifting vending machine. The Vendaface was apparently only meant to be used once, but David Lazer said that they shouldn't build such an expensive puppet only to use him once. The writers then decided to have him on the show a few more times in the first season. The Vendaface later appeared in episode 66 as the Vendawish (voiced by Jerry Nelson) which was a wish-granting machine.[15]
Walrus Dave Goelz (ep. 76) A walrus that appears occasionally.[15]
Wayne and Wanda Wayne: Richard Hunt (1976–81, ep. 78), David Rudman (2011–present)
Wanda: Eren Ozker (1976–77), Kathryn Mullen (ep. 78), Alice Dinnean (2011–present)
A pair of snobby singers who are introduced by Sam the Eagle who approves of their "wholesome, uplifting and decent" act, but is frustrated by their inability to get past the first verse of any song. While their sketches always begin as mellow and classy, they always end in disaster, seemingly foretold by the title of their chosen song. Wayne was built by Rollie Krewson. They are a slapstick tribute to Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald. After a recurring run in the first season, they disappeared after Eren Ozker quit the show. Wayne still appeared occasionally as a background character or as the hero in a series of Melodrama sketches co-starring Miss Piggy and Uncle Deadly, but soon vanished as well. It was eventually revealed in the Linda Lavin ep. that Kermit had fired them, but forgot why he did and decided to rehire them. Unfortunately, seconds after they started to sing, Kermit remembered why he fired them (because they were terrible) and instantly fired them again and forced them off the stage. Wayne and Wanda would reappear in The Muppets Take Manhattan as guests at the wedding of Piggy and Kermit, and Wanda was seen participating in a choir. Wayne and Wanda appeared throughout The Muppets, where they are caught kissing during a blackout. In the Linda Lavin ep., it is hinted at that they are married because Wanda states that they "get on fine with what we get from my mother".[15]
Whaddyasay Bird Jerry Nelson A red bird, appearing occasionally, was designed by Jim Henson. (Debuted in The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence)[15]
Whatnots Various A bunch of customizable puppets whose blank faces can be changed in each act. They are similar to the Anything Muppets from Sesame Street.[15]
Winky Pinkerton Steve Whitmire (ep. 56), Dave Goelz (ep. 52) A penguin, who does bird impressions, appearing occasionally. Winky Pinkerton also makes a cameo in "The Rainbow Connection" finale of The Muppet Movie. He was built by Brian Henson.[15]
Winny Richard Hunt A bird who is a canteen waitress in season four replacing Gladys. She was designed by Michael K. Frith and built by Tim Miller.[15]
Wolf Frank Oz (ep. 91), Jerry Nelson (1988) A wolf, appearing occasionally, later makes appearances in the "Dog City" ep. of The Jim Henson Hour, in The Muppet Christmas Carol as one of the poor people during the Scrooge number, and in Muppet Treasure Island as one of the pirates on Long John Silver's side.[15]
Wolfhound Frank Oz (ep. 76), Steve Whitmire (ep. 86), Jerry Nelson (ep. 115), Dave Goelz (ep. 119) A wolfdog, appearing occasionally. Besides being refurbished for different roles in both Dog City projects, Wolfhound appeared in The Muppet Christmas Carol as a guest at Fozziwig's Christmas Party.[15]
Woodland Animals Various A group of forest creatures who appear occasionally. The Woodland Animals consist of a Deer, a Raccoon, a Weasel, a Beaver, and recycled and unclothed versions of Mayor Harrison Fox, James Badger, George Rabbit, Nat Muskrat, Old Lady Possum, and Will Possum from Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas.[15]
Yorick Jerry Nelson A talking skull (not to be confused with Yorick from Sam and Friends), appearing occasionally, later makes cameos in The Ghost of Faffner Hall. When packaged with Uncle Deadly and a Ghost as part of Palisades Toys' producing of Muppet action figures, he was referred to as a Muppet Skull.[15]
Youknow Bird Jim Henson A pink bird, appearing occasionally, was designed by Henson. Youknow Bird also made appearances on The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss living in the Jungle of Nool. She was designed by Jim Henson. She also makes a cameo in "The Rainbow Connection" finale of The Muppet Movie. (Debuted in The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence).[15]
Zelda Rose Abby Hadfield (ep. 27), Jerry Nelson (ep. 42), Richard Hunt (ep. 56), Louise Gold A tall pink female Whatnot. She is a recycled and regendered version of Fred from the Munchos commercials. She also makes a cameo in "The Rainbow Connection" finale of The Muppet Movie. (Debuted in season 2)[15]
Zoot Dave Goelz[47] A member of the Electric Mayhem and saxophone player. Dave Goelz calls Zoot "a puzzle to me", "non-verbal" and "just a fifty-year-old burnt-out musician." He was designed by Bonnie Erickson and built by Dave Goelz. (Debuted in The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence).[32]

Muppets that debuted in The Muppets Take Manhattan[edit]

The following Muppets made their debut in The Muppets Take Manhattan:

Character Actor/Muppet performer Description
Bill the Frog Dave Goelz He along with Gill and Jill are the only adult Muppet frogs besides Kermit. They worked in the advertising business. Bill is the only frog with ears. Bill later appears as a racing boss in the Muppet RaceMania game.[55]
Chester the Rat Dave Goelz A rat who is one of Rizzo's friends.[55]
Gill the Frog Steve Whitmire He along with Bill and Jill are the only adult Muppet frogs besides Kermit. Gill later made a cameo in ep. 6 of Muppets Tonight (where he was performed by Bill Barretta) and is a racing boss in Muppet RaceMania.[55]
Jill the Frog Kathryn Mullen The only female frog in the Muppet universe. She later appears as a racing boss in Muppet RaceMania.[55][56]
Masterson the Rat Bruce Edward Hall A rat who is one of Rizzo's friends[55]
Tattooey the Rat Brian Muehl A rat with an anchor tattoo on his chest who is one of Rizzo's friends[55]
Yolanda the Rat Karen Prell (1984), Camille Bonora (1988), Julianne Buescher (1994), Alice Dinnean (2010) A female rat who is one of Rizzo's friends.[55]

Muppets that debuted in Jim Henson's Little Muppet Monsters[edit]

The following Muppets debuted in Jim Henson's Little Muppet Monsters:

Character Actor/Muppet performer[citation needed] Description
Boo Monster David Rudman A monster who is the brother of Tug Monster and Molly Monster. He was designed by Michael K. Frith and built by Jan Rosenthal.[57]
Molly Monster Camille Bonora A monster who is the sister of Tug Monster and Boo Monster. She was designed by Michael K. Frith and built by Joanne Green.[57]
Nicky Napoleon James Kroupa A penguin who is the leader of the musical group Nicky Napoleon and his Emperor Penguins.[57]
Tug Monster Richard Hunt A monster who is the brother of Molly Monster and Boo Monster. He was designed by Michael K. Frith and built by Ed Christie.[57]

Muppets that debuted in the Play-Along Video series[edit]

Character Actor/Muppet performer[citation needed] Description
Kai-Lee Camille Bonora A child who is the sister of P.J. She was designed by Michael K. Frith and built by Rollie Krewson.[58]
P.J. Kevin Clash A playful child and the brother of Kai-Lee. He was designed by Jim Henson and built by Rollie Krewson.[58]
Picklepuss and Pop Caroll Spinney A cat duo who was created by Caroll Spinney for the Boston broadcast of Bozo's Big Top back in 1967. They appeared in Muppet form in the "Play-Along Video" called "Wow, You're a Cartoonist" where Picklepuss is a Hand-Rod Muppet and Pop is a Full-Bodied Muppet.[58]

Muppets that debuted in The Jim Henson Hour[edit]

The following Muppets made their debut in The Jim Henson Hour:

Character Actor/Muppet performer[citation needed] Description
Anthony Dan Redican An orange-brown cockroach-like monster who is the husband of Fern. He appeared in the MuppeTelevision sketch called "Hurting Something" (a parody of Thirtysomething). Anthony (alongside Fern) was featured in the "Monsters" entry of The Muppets Character Encyclopedia.[59]
Bean Bunny Steve Whitmire A rabbit who first appeared in the HBO special The Tale of the Bunny Picnic as the main character. Bean Bunny also appears in Muppet Babies, the Disney theme park attraction Muppet*Vision 3D,[60] The Jim Henson Hour, and almost every Muppet movie after The Muppet Christmas Carol. He was designed by Diana Dawson-Hall and built by Rollie Krewson.
Beard Jerry Nelson The long-bearded guitarist of Solid Foam. He was designed by Michael K. Frith and built by Ed Christie and Peter MacKennan.[59]
Chip Gord Robertson A nerdy technician who works at Gorilla Television. He later made appearances in Muppets Tonight and Muppets from Space. He was designed by John Stephenson and Michael K. Frith and built by Tim Miller.[59]
Clifford Kevin Clash[61] Clifford is a Muppet with a catfish-like face who wears sunglasses and has his hair in thick dreadlocks. Clifford plays the bass in Solid Foam. He speaks in a slow, "bourbon-mellow voice"[62] and has a laid-back personality. He later appeared on The Arsenio Hall Show in 1990 (in what was Jim Henson's final televised interview).[63][64] Clifford later became the host of Muppets Tonight. Though Clifford was featured with Muppet eyes in place of his usual sunglasses in this appearance, he went back to wearing sunglasses in later Muppet projects since Kevin Clash didn't like the eyes on Clifford which he revealed at MuppetFest.[59] He was designed by Kirk Thatcher and built by Tim Miller.
Digit Dave Goelz The semi-robotic technical director of MuppeTelevision and keyboardist of Solid Foam. Later appeared in the video game Muppets Party Cruise.[59]
Fern Camille Bonora A turquoise-green gill-man-like monster with a partially-exposed brain who is the wife of Anthony. She appeared in the MuppeTelevision sketch called "Hurting Something" (a parody of Thirtysomething). Fern (alongside Anthony) was featured in the "Monsters" entry of The Muppets Character Encyclopedia.[59]
Flash Steve Whitmire The lead singer and saxophone player of Solid Foam. Later appeared on Muppets Tonight.[59]
Jacques Roach Steve Whitmire (1989, 1996), Jerry Nelson (1996, singing) A French-accented cockroach. He often played a French chef competing against The Swedish Chef. Later appeared as a pirate in Muppet Treasure Island.[59]
Jo Beth Garfdoohoo Jerry Nelson A red alien monster from Crab Nebula. She wins Miss Galaxy Pageant by eating all the judges. She is a recycled version of Poison Cackler from Fraggle Rock.[59]
Leon Kevin Clash A pink lizard who is prone to pulling Gonzo into his schemes. He was designed by Kirk Thatcher.[59]
Lindbergh Gord Robertson A kiwi who serves as the maintenance man on MuppeTelevision. He was designed by Michael K. Frith and built by Rollie Krewson.[59]
Ubu Bob Stutt (1st time), Rob Mills (2nd time) A blue gorilla who is the head of Gorilla Television. He was designed by Michael K. Frith and built by Jane Gootnick.[59]
Vicki Fran Brill A young assistant of Kermit the Frog at MuppeTelevision. She was designed by Kirk Thatcher.[59]
Waldo C. Graphic Steve Whitmire A computer-generated puppet, appearing in Muppet*Vision 3D and The Jim Henson Hour, was described as a cross between an insect and a seal and is the first computer-generated Muppet.[65]
Zondra Fran Brill A gothic woman who works at Gorilla Television. She was designed by Kirk Thatcher and built by Jitka Exler. Later reworked as "Darci" in Muppets Tonight.[59]
Zsa Zsa Porkmustard Dan Redican An alien from Planet Koozebane. She is a recycled version of Food from The Land of Gorch.[59]

Muppets that debuted in Muppet Treasure Island[edit]

The following Muppets debuted in Muppet Treasure Island:

Character Actor/Muppet performer Description
Angel Marie Bill Barretta (1996, 2009), John Kennedy (2005) An ugly green hideous monster who is one of the Pirates on board the Hispaniola that is a member of Long John Silver's Crew. He later appears in The Muppets' Wizard of Oz as a Flying Monkey and in Muppets Most Wanted as a chef at Gulag 38B.[66]
Black Dog Kevin Clash A dog pirate who accompanied Blind Pew into raiding the Admiral Benbow Inn and is based off the character of the same name from Treasure Island. He later appears in The Muppets' Wizard of Oz as a Flying Monkey and in Muppets Most Wanted as a Gulag 38B inmate.[66]
Blind Pew Jerry Nelson A blind monster pirate with two eyepatches who is looking for Billy Bones and is based off the character of the same name from Treasure Island. Seeing as Blind Pew is a Live-Hand Muppet, Jerry Nelson is assisted in performing him by Bill Barretta who operates Blind Pew's hands. Blind Pew later appeared in Muppets Most Wanted as a Gulag 38B inmate (minus the eyepatches). He was designed by Michael K. Frith and built by Ed Christie.[66]
Calico Jerry Nelson A pink-skinned pirate with blonde hair, freckles, a tall head, and a monocle. He was named in the video-game adaption of the film. Calico later appears in The Muppets' Wizard of Oz as a Flying Monkey and in Muppets Most Wanted as a Gulag 38B inmate.[66]
Clueless Morgan Bill Barretta A humanoid goat who is one of Long John Silver's henchmen alongside Polly Lobster and Mad Monty. He is unaware of a lot of things going on and is really stupid. He and Polly Lobster later starred in the "At the Bar" sketch of Muppets Tonight.[66] In an interview with Bill Barretta, he stated that the puppet for Clueless Morgan has gone missing.[67]
Dead Tom Unknown A skeleton who was operated by another pirate (played by Mudwell the Mudbunny from Fraggle Rock).[66]
Headless Bill Unknown A Muppet who has no head.[66]
Mad Monty Jerry Nelson A green monster. He first appeared as one of the pirates that is one of Long John Silver's henchmen alongside Polly Lobster and Clueless Morgan.[66]
Old Tom Jerry Nelson (1996), Tyler Bunch (2005), Allan Trautman (2005), Steve Whitmire (2009, Bohemian Rhapsody video) An old man who is one of the pirates on Long John Silver's side. He later appears in The Muppets' Wizard of Oz as a Flying Monkey.[66]
One-Eyed Jack N/A A Whatnot with blonde hair a black eye-patch and a red and black stripy shirt who is one of the pirates on Long John Silver's side. He previously appeared as two different roles in The Muppet Christmas Carol as a Vegetable Vendor (performed by Frank Oz) during the song "Scrooge" and a Prisoner (performed by Jerry Nelson) during the song "It Feels Like Christmas." One-Eyed Jack later appeared in Muppets Most Wanted as a Gulag 38B inmate.[66]
Polly Lobster Kevin Clash A lobster who serves as Long John Silver's "parrot" and is one of Long John Silver's henchmen alongside Clueless Morgan and Mad Monty. He and Clueless Morgan later starred in the "At the Bar" sketch of Muppets Tonight. In The Muppets Character Encyclopedia, Polly Lobster was listed under the entry for Lobsters.[66]
Real Old Tom Kevin Clash A mummified person who is one of the pirates on Long John Silver's side.[66]
Spa'am Kevin Clash The chief of the native pigs on Treasure Island.[66] The Hormel Foods Company (which were the creators of Spam) sued Jim Henson Productions for using the Spam name for this character.[68] The case was found in favor of Jim Henson Productions since the judge didn't see the proof of the damages to the product and even commented "one might think Hormel would welcome the association with a genuine source of pork." When Spa'am appeared as a boss racer in Muppet RaceMania, he was credited as "Pig Chief."[69]
Spotted Dick Jerry Nelson (1996), Mike Quinn (2005) A purple crocodile-like monster with orange spots and green eyes. He is one of the Pirates on board the Hispaniola who is a member of Long John Silver's Crew. He later appears in The Muppets' Wizard of Oz as a Flying Monkey and in Muppets Most Wanted as a Gulag 38B inmate. He was designed by Laurent Linn.[66]
Walleye Pike Kevin Clash A large walking pike who is one of the pirates on Long John Silver's side. In "The Muppets Character Encyclopedia," Walleye Pike was seen in the "Under the Sea" entry. Walleye Pike later appeared in Muppets Most Wanted as a Gulag 38B inmate.[66]

Muppets that debuted in Muppets Tonight[edit]

The following Muppets made their debut in Muppets Tonight:

Character Actor/Muppet performer Description
A. Ligator Jerry Nelson A pink vulture who serves as the announcer.[70]
Andy and Randy Pig Andy Pig: Brian Henson (1994), Steve Whitmire (1996–present)
Randy Pig: Dave Goelz
Two pigs who are Miss Piggy's nephews.[70]
Barbershop Cactus Quartet Various A group of four cacti who make up their own barbershop quartet.[70]
Big Mean Carl Bill Barretta A shaggy monster who is in the category of Muppets eating other Muppets.[70]
Bill the Bubble Guy Dave Goelz A blue-skinned Muppet who can make bubbles come out of his head.[70]
Bobo the Bear Bill Barretta A realistic-looking bear Muppet that worked as a security guard at KMUP. In one ep., Bobo fell in love with and won the heart of guest star Cindy Crawford.[71] He was previously seen in The Muppets Take Manhattan as a generic bear that was performed by Jerry Nelson.
Captain Pighead Steve Whitmire A bald pig who serves as the captain of the new Swinetrek in the "Pigs in Space: Deep Dish Nine" segments. Captain Pighead later appeared in Muppets Most Wanted as a guest at Miss Piggy's wedding at the Tower of London.[70]
Carter Kevin Clash Howard Tubman's elderly doddering butler. He is a recycled and regendered version of the Geri and the Atrics' guitar player from The Muppet Show.[70]
Crainiac Kevin Clash An alien with a brain for a head. He is a crew member on the Swinetrek in the "Pigs in Space: Deep Dish Nine" segments.[70]
Darci Leslie Carrara-Rudolph She was featured in "The Real World Muppets" segments. She is recycled version of Zondra from The Jim Henson Hour.[70]
David Hoggselhoff Bill Barretta A pig who is the star of "Bay of Pigswatch." He is a parody of David Hasselhoff.[70]
Dr. Pain Dave Goelz A doctor, appearing on "E-I-E-I-O R".[70]
Dr. Phil van Neuter Brian Henson A mad scientist who hosts "Tales from the Vet." With Dr. Phil van Neuter being a Live-Hand Muppet, Brian Henson is assisted in performing him by Bill Barretta who operates the hands.[70]
Ernst Stavros Grouper Bill Barretta A grouper with an eyepatch. He is the Chairman and CEO of The Grouper Group which bought out Carni-Vore Industries (the company that owns KMUP) in the ep. that guest starred Don Rickles and Coolio. He is a parody of Ernst Stavro Blofeld.[70]
Eugene Steve Whitmire A mink who serves as Nigel's assistant. Appeared as a background character during the early 1990s.
Gary Cahuenga Dave Goelz A ventriloquist's dummy who has a mind of his own.[70]
Howard Tubman Bill Barretta A rich food-loving pig. His puppet was previously used for one of native pigs from Muppet Treasure Island.[70]
Johnny Fiama Bill Barretta Patterned after Frank Sinatra, Johnny is often seen with his bodyguard Sal Minella. He is a big Tony Bennett fan. He was designed by Ed Eyth and built by Jane Gootnick.[72]
Jowls Jerry Nelson A wrinkly faced man who leads a house band called the Muppets Tonight Band. According to The Muppets Character Encyclopedia, Jowls and the Muppets Tonight Band were the show's house band because Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem were on tour at the time.[70]
Mama Fiama Jerry Nelson The mother of Johnny Fiama.[70]
Mr. Poodlepants Steve Whitmire An eccentric character with a strange fashion style.[70] He first appeared in the "Billy Crystal" episode opposite Sam the Eagle in a "political" sketch.[73]
Muppets Tonight Writers Alice Dinnean (2014), Bruce Lanoil (2014), Various A group of three monkey writers who did the writing for the show as seen in the "Andie MacDowell" episode. They later appear in the video to the Muppets version of "Bohemian Rhapsody" and in a crowd cameo in The Muppets. Two of the appear in Disney Drive-On with The Muppets as writers at the Muppets Studio where one of them wears a vest and another one wears glasses.[70]
Nigel Brian Henson A light green monster with a long pointy nose who serves as the show's stressed-out director. He resembles Droop from The Muppet Show[70]
Pepe the King Prawn Bill Barretta A "scheming and sassy" Latino king prawn.[74] He and Seymour would often work as elevator operator and commissary cooks. His first theatrical film appearance was in Muppets from Space. Pepe became the spokesman of restaurant chain Long John Silver's in 2002.
Pokey Stephanie D'Abruzzo (2008) A monster who appeared in unnamed appearances. She got her name when she appeared on the "Muppet Takeover" ep. of The Today Show. Pokey was also seen in The Muppets where she appears backstage and in a crowd cameo.[70]
Sal Minella Jerry Nelson (1996), Brian Henson (1996–2005), Matt Vogel (2009) Sidekick and vest-wearing chimpanzee bodyguard of Johnny Fiama. In episode five, Sal falls in love with Johnny after being struck by one of Cupid's arrows. He was designed and built by Jane Gootnick.[71]
Seymour Brian Henson An elephant who is often paired with Pepe. He and Pepe would often work as elevator operator and commissary cooks.[70] Seymour the Elephant was dropped after Muppets Tonight ended. Pepe stated at MuppetFest that Seymour is living in a condo in Florida. In a 2008 interview, Pepe reported that Seymour's green card expired and he was subsequently deported to India where he works in a zoo. In a response to a Twitter question in 2012 on YouTube, Pepe said he's still friends with Seymour. The problem is he can't fit in a lot of the clubs Pepe goes to. In another interview, he mentions Seymour works in the sanitation business in L.A.[75]
Snookie Blyer Bill Barretta He is the host of the game show "Swift Wits"[70]
Snorty Dave Goelz A pig, appearing in the "Pigs in Space: Deep Dish Nine" segments, is a parody of Lt. Commander Montgomery "Scotty" Scott. The character design was later reused for "Miss Poogy".[70]
Spamela Hamderson Leslie Carrara-Rudolph A female pig who is a spoof of Pamela Anderson. She was designed by Ed Eyth.[70]
The Elvises Various A group of Muppets who resemble Elvis Presley. First appeared in Muppet Classic Theater.[70]
Thor Brian Henson (1996), Eric Jacobson (2008) The God of Thunder who is seen doing every day mundane tasks. Whenever someone angered him, Thor would strike the person with lightning. Thor later appeared in the Disney Xtreme Digital's Kermit-Cam as part of the "Big Finnish" with Kermit the Frog and Swedish Chef.[70]
Zippity Zap Bill Barretta A frog-like Muppet who is one of the crew members on the show.[70]

Muppets that debuted in Muppets from Space[edit]

The following Muppets debuted in Muppets from Space:

Character Actor/Muppet performer[citation needed] Description
Baab the Sheep Kristina Donnelly A young sheep who lives in the Muppet Boarding House. Kristina Donnelly performed Baab the Sheep as part of a Make-A-Wish Foundation request when she had Ewing's Sarcoma.[76]
Bubba the Rat Bill Barretta A tough-talking rat who is an inmate at C.O.V.N.E.T. Later appeared in The Muppets' Wizard of Oz[77]
Fast Eddie Drew Massey A rat who is an inmate at C.O.V.N.E.T. Fast Eddie is a harmonica virtuoso.[77]
Shakes the Rat Peter Linz A rat who is an inmate at C.O.V.N.E.T. Due to an experiment involving a substitute of coffee, Shakes has become hopped up on caffeine. He repeats what he says on occasion.[77]
The Bird Man Dave Goelz An elderly rat who is an inmate at C.O.V.N.E.T. He trains pigeons and has a particular soft spot for Gladys. The character is inspired by Robert Stroud (AKA the "Birdman of Alcatraz").[77]
Troy Unknown A silent rat who is an inmate at C.O.V.N.E.T. Due to the experiments conducted in C.O.V.N.E.T.'s lab, Troy has an injury on his right eye.[77]

Muppets that debuted in Kermit's Swamp Years[edit]

The following Muppets made their debut in Kermit's Swamp Years:

Character Actor/Muppet performer Description
Arnie the Alligator John Kennedy An alligator who served as a kind of bodyguard and elder mentor to Kermit and his young friends Croaker and Goggles. Arnie is a recycled version of one of the alligator puppets that was used in Muppet Treasure Island. A realistic animatronic alligator puppet was previously used to portray Arnie in The Muppet Movie.
Blotch John Kennedy An aggressive bullfrog.
Chico Steve Whitmire Chico is a Spanish frog that resides in "Wilson's Pet Store."
Croaker Bill Barretta A young frog who is friends with Kermit the Frog. Originally, Joey Mazzarino was casted as Croaker, but he traded roles with Bill Barretta after they tried the different characters out. Croaker later appeared in Muppets Most Wanted as a guest at Miss Piggy's wedding at the Tower of London.[78]
Goggles Joey Mazzarino A young bespectacled toad who is friends with Kermit and Croaker.
Horace D'Fly Bill Barretta A CGI fly, who sings the opening song of the movie. He was designed by Ed Eyth.
Jack Rabbit Steve Whitmire A rabbit that resides in Wilson's Pet Store, and does his best to convince them that they are better off in the human world with the song Life as a pet.
Kermit's Mom Alice Dinnean (puppeteer), Cree Summer (voice) The mother of Kermit the Frog, who speaks in the movie to Kermit one night and gives him advice as he gazes at the stars.
Pilgrim Alice Dinnean (puppeteer), Cree Summer (voice) An Old English Sheepdog that Kermit and Croaker befriend one their journey their friend Goggles in the movie.
Roy the Frog Bill Barretta A friendly frog who welcomes Blotch and Goggles to the pet store on behalf of the other frogs.
Vicki Alice Dinnean A snake that Goggles and Blotch encounter in the pet store they have been kipnapped for in Kermit's Swamp Years.

Muppets that debuted in Statler and Waldorf: From the Balcony[edit]

The following Muppets made their debut in Statler and Waldorf: From the Balcony:

Character Actor/Muppet Performer Description
Hollywood Pitchmen Hollywood Pitchman #1: Drew Massey
Hollywood Pitchman #2: Victor Yerrid
Two unnamed pitchmen who would pitch some ideas for sequels of some of the movies.[79]
Larry and Oliver Larry: Victor Yerrid
Oliver: Drew Massey
Two stagehands for Hollywood. Larry previously made an unnamed appearance as a crew member on Muppets Tonight.[79]
Lester Possum Victor Yerrid An opossum. In his appearances on Statler and Waldorf: From the Balcony, Lester would interview people that walk by the El Capitan Theatre in a "Man on the Street" fashion. His puppet was later used in Puppet Up![79]
Loni Dunne Victor Yerrid A Whatnot who works as the overly-excitable entertainment correspondent. She is a recycled version of Denise from the French Muppet production titled Muppets TV.[79]
Stan and Louie Stan: Drew Massey
Louie: Victor Yerrid
Two rat brothers who sit under Statler and Waldorf's balcony.[79]
Ted Thomas Drew Massey An excitable entertainment correspondent, he is the son of Ted Thomas Sr. (who was also an entertainment correspondent). Thomas is a recycled version of Gimley's Boss from the Muppet Meeting Films.[79]
Ted Thomas Sr. Drew Massey An entertainment correspondent who is the father of Ted Thomas. He was seen in ep. 31 interviewing the George Lucas Muppet.[79]

Muppets that debuted in The Muppets[edit]

The following Muppets made their debut in The Muppets:

Character Actor/Muppet performer Description
'80s Robot Matt Vogel A R.O.B.-like robot who is Kermit the Frog's butler and chauffeur. He was designed and built by Legacy Effects.[80]
Gary Muppet Paul McGinnis (puppeteer), Bill Barretta (voice) The Muppet version of Gary (played by Jason Segel) who was seen during the "Man or Muppet" song.
Hobos Green Hobo: Bill Barretta
Blue Hobo: Tyler Bunch
Peach Hobo: Bruce Lanoil
A trio of Whatnot Hobos. In The Muppets and Muppets Most Wanted, they were seen in the company of Hobo Joe (played by Zach Galifianakis).[80]
The Moopets Miss Poogy: David Rudman
Kermoot the Frog: Dave Goelz
Foozie Bear: Bill Barretta
Janooce: Matt Vogel
Roowlf the Dog: Matt Vogel
Animool: David Grohl
A street-based Muppet tribute band in Reno, Nevada that Fozzie was a member of before rejoining Kermit and the other Muppets. It consists of Miss Poogy (a Miss Piggy-like character who is a recycled version of Snorty from Muppets Tonight), Kermoot the Frog (a Kermit the Frog-like character), Foozie Bear (a Fozzie Bear-like character and a later addition), Janooce (a Janice-like character), Roowlf the Dog (a Rowlf the Dog-like character), and Animool (a man dressed as Animal).[17]
Walter Peter Linz The orange Muppet brother of Gary and hard-core Muppet fan, "a shy, squeaky-voiced little guy whose lack of self-confidence manifests itself in crumpled shoulders and long stares at the floor."[81] He was designed by Paul Andrejco.

Muppets that debuted in Muppets Most Wanted[edit]

The following Muppets made their debut in Muppets Most Wanted:

Character Actor/Muppet performer Description
Carlo and Manolo Flamingo Carlo: Bill Barretta
Manolo: Peter Linz
Two flamingos.[82]
Constantine the Frog Matt Vogel A frog who is the number one criminal, the "World's Most Dangerous Frog," and a dead ringer of Kermit the Frog. Constantine is different from Kermit where his eyes line up differently, has a shorter collar, and a distinctive mole on the right side of his face.[82][83]
Leprechauns Bill Barretta, Nigel Plaskitt, Mak Wilson A trio of leprechauns serve as security guards for the Irish National Bank. The Leprechauns are featured in The Muppets Character Encyclopedia.[82]

Other Muppets[edit]

The following Muppets debuted in other projects:

Character Actor/Muppet performer Description
Angelo Tyler Bunch An Italian chef who is Cat Cora's co-star in The Muppets Kitchen with Cat Cora. Angelo was taught about cooking from the Swedish Chef (whom Angelo is good friends with). Being a Live-Hand Muppet, Tyler Bunch is assisted in performing Angelo by Paul McGinnis who operated Angelo's hands.[84]
Bertha Julianne Buescher A monster who works as a construction foreman. Bertha appeared in Muppets on Wheels where she sings to Kermit the Frog and Lindy about bulldozers. Her puppet also appeared as a male monster in the Muppet Meeting Film "Think Bigger", on the cover of "Kermit Learns Windows", as an audience member on "Muppet Classic Theater" and "Muppets Tonight", and later made a crowd cameo in The Muppets.[85]
Big V Jim Henson A long-nosed Muppet Monster who first appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show. He was in the "Inchworm" sketch where he ate Kermit. Big V later made cameos in Hey, Cinderella!, ep. 39 of Sesame Street, and appeared in the animated Fraggle Rock episodes "Red's Drippy Dilemma" and "The Radish Fairy".[86]
Billy Bunny Kevin Clash A happy playful rabbit who loves to laugh, sing, and play. He first appeared in Billy Bunny's Animal Songs and later appeared in a Muppet Time sketch revolving around the Frog Scouts.[87]
Catgut Jim Henson (puppeteer, 1972), Phyllis Marshall (voice, 1972), Richard Hunt (1976) A cat who first appeared in The Muppet Musicians of Bremen. Catgut later appeared in The Muppet Show.[88]
Grump Frank Oz, Jerry Juhl (voice, 1966), Jim Henson (1969) A Muppet, appearing in the Muppet Meeting Films.[89]
King Goshposh Jim Henson A king who first appeared in the pilots for Tales of the Tinkerdee and The Land of Tinkerdee. He was designed by Jim Henson and built by Don Sahlin. He later appeared in The Mike Douglas Show as "King Louie," The Muppets on Puppets as "King Louie" again (where he considered himself as the "Ruler of the Muppets"), and Hey, Cinderella! as the father of Prince Arthur Charming. A Full-Bodied Muppet version of King Goshposh called King Rupert the Second appeared in The Frog Prince and later appeared in the "Twiggy" ep. of The Muppet Show.[90]
Leo Jim Henson A hard-sell business executive, appearing in the Muppet Meeting Films.[89]
Leroy Frank Oz (puppeteer), Nick Nichols (voice) A donkey who first appeared in The Muppet Musicians of Bremen. He was designed by Michael K. Frith and built by Don Sahlin. A full-bodied marionette was used for full shots of Leroy.[88]
Lindy Bruce Lanoil A boy who appeared in Muppets on Wheels and Things That Fly where he wanted to know how different vehicles move.[85][91]
Lo-Co Cee Lo Green (voice) A Muppet who is a caricature of Cee Lo Green. He appeared in the music video for "All I Need is Love" by Cee Lo Green and the Muppets.[92]
Old Joe David Rudman (puppeteer, 1992), David Shaw Parker (voice, 1992), Jerry Nelson (1996) A spider who works as a fence in The Muppet Christmas Carol and is based off the character of the same name from A Christmas Carol. He later made a cameo in Muppet Treasure Island as a pirate who works for Blind Pew.[93]
Rock and Roll Monster Various A monster with three heads and six arms who played two guitars and a drum. The Rock and Roll Monster later appeared in The Muppets on Puppets where the middle head was replaced by the early version of Grover's head.[86]
Rover Joe Jerry Nelson (1972, puppeteer), François Klanfer (1972, voice), Jim Henson (1976) A hound dog who first appeared in The Muppet Musicians of Bremen. He was designed by Michael K. Frith and Jim Henson and built by Don Sahlin. Rover Joe later appeared in The Muppet Show.[88]
Splurge Frank Oz A tall purple Muppet Monster with short arms who is the first larger than life Full-Bodied Muppet and was the first huge creature that Kermit the Frog hired to join the Muppets as stated in The Muppets Character Encyclopedia. He first appeared in Hey, Cinderella! Splurge later appeared in The Ed Sullivan Show and episode 15 of Sesame Street.[94]
T.R. Jerry Nelson A rooster, first appearing in The Muppet Musicians of Bremen, who was designed by Jim Henson and built by Don Sahlin and Bonnie Erickson. T.R. later appeared in The Muppet Show.[88]
Taminella Grinderfall Jerry Juhl A witch who first appeared in the pilot for Tales of the Tinkerdee. She was designed by Jim Henson and built by Don Sahlin. She later appeared in The Muppets on Puppets and The Frog Prince (in a full-bodied form).[90]
Two-Headed Muppet Monster Head #1: Jim Henson Head #2: Frank Oz A Muppet Monster with two heads who appeared on The Mike Douglas Show. One of the heads was used to perform Gretel the Cow in The Muppets on Puppets. This was Oz's first speaking role with the Muppets.[95]

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  5. ^ a b Munchos (1969)
  6. ^ a b La Choy (1965-1967)
  7. ^ "Kenner Toys" (1962-1974)
  8. ^ Mirinda (1975-1978)
  9. ^ a b "Royal Crown Cola" (1966)
  10. ^ "Southern Bread" (1965-1966)
  11. ^ "Kern's Bakery" (1966-1969)
  12. ^ "Wilkins and Wontkins" (1959-1961)
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  15. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av aw ax ay az ba bb bc bd be bf bg bh bi bj bk bl bm bn bo bp bq br bs bt bu bv bw bx by bz ca cb cc cd ce cf cg ch ci cj ck cl cm cn co cp cq cr cs ct cu cv cw cx cy cz da db dc dd de df dg dh "The Muppet Show" (1976)
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  20. ^ a b Stoessner, p. 75
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  24. ^ Finch (1981), p. 84
  25. ^ a b Finch (1981), p. 85
  26. ^ a b Finch (1993), p. 114
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  43. ^ Parish, James Robert (2006). Jim Henson: Puppeteer And Filmmaker. Ferguson Pub. p. 52. ISBN 978-0-8160-5834-1. "It was Don Sahlin whom Jim [Henson] assigned to create Rowlf the Dog (and his sidekick Baskerville) for the company's new client, Purina Dog Chow" 
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  45. ^ Finch (1981), p. 72
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