List of Peanuts characters

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This is a list of characters from the comic strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz. This list contains limited information on the characters; for more, visit their respective articles.

Main characters[edit]

Character Date Introduced Last appearance Character traits
Charlie Brown 1950-10-02October 2, 1950 2000-02-13February 13, 2000 The main character, an everyman with ever-changing mood and grace; both befriended by all and ostracised by everyone; a loser-yet-leader who rises out of every downfall with shining hope and determination.
Patty 1950-10-02October 2, 1950 1985-11-22November 27, 1997 An early character who never developed a significant personality of her own. After her first few years as the strip's token female, by the mid-1960s she faded into the background, making only widely-spaced background or minor appearances.
Shermy 1950-10-02October 2, 1950 1969-06-15June 15, 1969 An early character, Charlie Brown's best friend and straight man before Linus, Schroeder and Franklin came into the picture. Appeared with rapidly decreasing frequency from late 1952, and seen only in widely-spaced cameos by the 1960s.
Snoopy 1950-10-04October 4, 1950 2000-02-13February 13, 2000 Charlie Brown's pet dog, a beagle. Intelligent beyond his species, he is independent-minded and prone to fantasies.
Violet Gray 1951-02-07February 7, 1951 1985-11-22November 27, 1997 Lucy's and Patty's best friend; a mean and snobby girl; served as an early love interest of Charlie Brown. Often seen with Patty, like that character Violet was slowly phased out of the strip though the 1950s, thereafter making only very infrequent cameo appearances.
Schroeder 1951-05-30May 30, 1951 1999-09-12September 12, 1999 A piano-playing character; Lucy's love interest; admirer of Beethoven; Charlie Brown's second best friend after Linus.
Lucy Van Pelt 1952-03-03March 3, 1952 2000-02-13February 13, 2000 Linus' older sister; a bossy, crabby girl who sometimes torments Charlie Brown; and has a crush on Schroeder.
Linus Van Pelt 1952-09-19September 19, 1952 2000-02-13February 13, 2000 Lucy's younger brother; Charlie Brown's blanket-toting best friend; Sally's love interest; the most insecure but the smartest out of all the characters, with the most intellectualism; a philosopher and theologian.
Pig-Pen 1954-07-13July 13, 1954 1999-09-08September 8, 1999 The character who attracts dust, making him very filthy. In one comic strip, Pig-Pen is walking with Violet walking behind him. At the end of that strip, Violet says, "Pig-Pen, you're the only person I know who can get dirty just by walking down the street."
Sally Brown 1959-08-23August 23, 1959 2000-02-13February 13, 2000 Charlie Brown's younger sister who has a crush on Linus; often complains or overreacts to situations.
Frieda 1961-03-06March 6, 1961 1985-11-22November 22, 1985 The girl who brags about her "naturally curly hair" and is quite obsessed about her beauty. Phased out starting in the late 1960s, and made only background appearances after 1975.
Woodstock 1966-03-17March 4, 1966 2000-02-13February 13, 2000 Snoopy's best friend; a tiny yellow bird. Schulz did not give him a name until June 22, 1970.[1]
Peppermint Patty 1966-08-22August 22, 1966 2000-02-13February 13, 2000 A freckle-faced tomboy who loves Charlie Brown; calls him 'Chuck'; leader of a baseball team and one of Charlie Brown's rival managers.
Franklin 1968-07-31July 31, 1968 1999-09-12November 5, 1999 An African-American child; was initially bemused by the strange things in Charlie Brown's neighborhood; has smarts comparable to Linus; plays on Peppermint Patty's baseball team.
Marcie 1968-06-18July 20, 1971 2000-02-13February 13, 2000 A mild-mannered and bookish girl; Peppermint Patty's best friend despite their very different personalities; calls her "Sir"; secretly likes Charlie Brown
Rerun Van Pelt 1973-03-26March 26, 1973 2000-02-13February 13, 2000 Younger brother of Linus and Lucy; frequently rides on the back of his mother's bicycle; often takes his siblings' places and roles.
Eudora 1978-06-13June 13, 1978 1987-06-13June 13, 1987 Sally's best friend; a girl she met at a camp who then moved down the street.
Peggy Jean 1990-07-23July 23, 1990 1999-07-11July 11, 1999 Charlie Brown's girlfriend in the 1990s after the Little Red-Haired Girl.

Minor characters[edit]

A list of the minor characters.

  • Roy: Friend of Peppermint Patty and Franklin; seen at camp with Charlie Brown.
  • 555 95472: A boy close in age to Charlie Brown and Linus; given a numerical name by his father.
  • Charlotte Braun: An early, short-lived female version of Charlie Brown.
  • Kite-Eating Tree: A large tree that eats kites; often depicted with large teeth and grins.
  • Spike: A brother of Snoopy.
  • José Peterson
  • Miss Othmar: The kids' teacher.

Unseen characters[edit]

  • Adults implied in the strip (but not seen) include: all of the characters' parents; Linus van Pelt's teacher Miss Othmar; Miss Halverson (Miss Othmar's replacement); Charlie Brown's baseball hero Joe Shlabotnik; and Linus's blanket-hating grandmother. Adults in most of the Peanuts animated cartoons are only heard by the unintelligible (to the audience) sounds of a trombone (wah-wah-wah).
  • The Little Red-Haired Girl (Charlie Brown's crush), seen in many animated television specials where she was known as "Heather", but was never seen in the strip itself (except once in silhouette).
  • The Great Pumpkin, a holiday figure whom Linus believes to appear in the most sincere pumpkin patch to deliver presents to good children, but never confirmed to be real and is likely a legendary creation of Linus's imagination.
  • The Cat Next Door who often destroys Snoopy's house.
  • The Red Baron, is the nemesis Snoopy fights while in the guise of a World War I Flying Ace complete with goggles, helmet and scarf. The battles occur while Snoopy is perched on his doghouse that becomes his Sopwith Camel plane through the power of his imagination. The battles between Snoopy and the Red Baron began in an October 10, 1965 Peanuts strip.


  1. ^ Charles M. Schulz, The Complete Peanuts, 1967-1968, New York, Fantagraphic Books, pp. 41-42, 83, 207, 227-228.