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; Strangely, he is regarded as both a loser and leader by the other kids and is befriended, reviled and ostracised by most of them as well; he takes his frequent failures extremely hard, yet rises out of nearly every downfall with renewed hope and determination.
Patty 1950-10-02October 2, 1950 1985-11-22November 27, 1997 An early character who never really developed a distinct personality of her own. After her first few years as the strip's token female, by the mid-1960s she was seen only occasionally, making widely-spaced background or minor appearances. She was merged with Violet and Frieda as a composite character in the 1967 off-Broadway play You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown.
Shermy 1950-10-02October 2, 1950 1969-06-15June 15, 1969 Another early character, Charlie Brown's best friend and straight man before Linus, Schroeder and Franklin came into the picture. Shermy appeared with decreasing frequency throughout the 1950s, and by the late 1960s, was seen only in widely-spaced cameos.
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 daydreaming and fantasies.
Violet Gray 1951-02-07February 7, 1951 1985-11-22November 27, 1997 Patty's best friend; a vain and snobby girl; served as an early love interest of Charlie Brown. She was usually seen with Patty, and like that character, Violet was slowly phased out of the strip throughout the 1960s, thereafter making only infrequent background or cameo appearances.
Schroeder 1951-05-30May 30, 1951 1999-09-12September 12, 1999 Piano-playing prodigy and catcher on Charlie Brown's baseball team; Lucy's unrequited love interest; ardent admirer of Beethoven; Charlie Brown's closest friend besides Linus.
Lucy Van Pelt 1952-03-03March 3, 1952 2000-02-13February 13, 2000 Linus' older sister; a bossy, fussy, crabby girl who sometimes torments Charlie Brown, frequently bullies Linus, battles with Snoopy, and who 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 unrequited love interest; the most insecure but the smartest and most intellectual out of all the characters; a frequent philosopher and theologian.
Pig-Pen 1954-07-13July 13, 1954 1999-09-08September 8, 1999 The character who attracts dust, making him extremely filthy. In one strip, Pig-Pen is perfectly clean, until he steps outside and instantly become dirty. "I'm a dust magnet! ", he tells an incredulous Charlie Brown.
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, overreacts or overanalyzes situations; she often shows little respect for her older brother.
Frieda 1962-03-06March 6, 1961 1985-11-22November 22, 1985 The girl who brags about her "naturally curly hair" and is quite obsessed about her beauty. Introduced in 1962, Frieda was already being phased out by the late 1960s, and after 1975, made only background appearances. In a running gag, Frieda tries to force Snoopy to chase rabbitts against his will.
Woodstock 1966-03-17March 4, 1966 2000-02-13February 13, 2000 Snoopy's best friend; a tiny yellow bird. First seen in 1966, 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 has a crush on Charlie Brown, and whom she calls 'Chuck'; leader of a baseball team and one of Charlie Brown's rival managers; she has difficulties with school, where she often falls asleep at her desk; for several years she did not realize Snoopy was a dog.
Franklin 1968-07-31July 31, 1968 1999-09-12November 5, 1999 An African-American child; was initially bemused by the strange kids (and Snoopy) in Charlie Brown's neighborhood; has intelligence and rationality comparable to Linus; plays on Peppermint Patty's baseball team.
Marcie 1968-06-18July 20, 1971 2000-02-13February 13, 2000 A mild-mannered, plain and bookish girl; Peppermint Patty's best friend despite their different personalities; calls Peppermint Patty "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 later years after the Little Red-Haired Girl.

Minor characters[edit]

Snoopy's siblings[edit]

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.

References[edit]

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