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The following is a list of all notable secondary characters in the American comic strip Peanuts. Begun in 1950 by Charles M. Schulz, Peanuts saw several secondary characters come and go throughout the strip's fifty-year run.

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555 95472

555 "5" 95472
Peanuts character
Sex Male
Family Sisters 3 & 4 and parents 1 & 2

555 95472, or 5 for short, debuted in the September 30, 1963 strip, and appeared occasionally until the 1980s. A boy close in age to Charlie Brown and Linus van Pelt, 5 had brown spiky hair, and he wore an orange shirt with the number 5 on it. Linus first met him who introduced him to Charlie Brown, etc. 5 was given a numerical name by his father, who was upset over the preponderance of numbers in people's lives, although when questioned, 5 clarified that this was not his father's way of protesting, it was his way of "giving in." His last name, 95472 (the accent is on the 4), was taken from the family's ZIP code; it is also the zip code for Sebastopol, California, where Schulz lived at the time. He went to the same school as Peppermint Patty.

5 had twin sisters, dark-haired girls named 3 and 4 ("Those are nice feminine names," Charlie Brown commented dryly); they appeared occasionally until the mid-sixties. All three siblings appear in A Charlie Brown Christmas where they have non-speaking roles, but demonstrate distinctive 1960's dance moves during the dancing scene. 5's dance is the famous head-bobbing, side-to-side shuffle that has been widely parodied.

5 also played for Charlie Brown's baseball team.

5 also has an appearance in It's Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown and It's an Adventure, Charlie Brown.

At times, he has been shown as a background extra.

Ace Elementary School

Sally Brown started getting angry at her school and yelling at it, but eventually apologized and gave it a hug. It responded by expressing a floating heart. This was the first time Ace Elementary School had showed signs of consciousness; it would later begin to think in thought balloons. Sally would continue to hold one-sided conversations with it, and it occasionally found ways to communicate in return, for example by dropping bricks on those who had scoffed at Sally for talking to an inanimate object. One time Charlie Brown was sent as a proxy for Sally to talk to the school because she was sick. The school eventually collapsed from depression, marking one of the few times a character in Peanuts "died" of sorts. This greatly upset Sally. When transferred to a new school in the interim, she said her old school spoke fondly of the new school, which was revealed to be able to think as well.

Joe Agate
Peanuts character
Age 9
Sex Male

Joe Agate

Joe Agate was a male character who first appeared on April 7, 1995. He usually wore an orange sweater and a green hat. He was bullying Rerun Van Pelt by stealing his marbles. He was in the animated TV special He's a Bully, Charlie Brown.

World War II

A never-seen cat lives next door to Snoopy. Snoopy often taunts the cat, who generally responds by violently carving up his doghouse in a single swipe. The neighbors who own the cat have complained to Charlie Brown about Snoopy harassing their "kitten". Some have speculated that the cat may have been Frieda's cat Faron or possibly Jim Davis' cartoon cat Garfield due to the timing of its appearance and Schulz' friendship with Davis. The cat's name was revealed to be "World War II" in the October 20, 1976 strip.

Crybaby Boobie

"Crybaby" Boobie
Peanuts character
Sex Female
Family Bobby (brother); unnamed mother
First appearance July 5, 1978

"Crybaby" Boobie was a female character who first appeared on July 5, 1978. She usually wore a polka dotted tennis dress, and her specialty on the tennis court was whining about how everything was unfair (except when she won a game, hence her nickname, "Crybaby"). The only thing that seemed to quiet her down was a punch or kick from Snoopy or being told to shut up by Molly Volley. She is rarely shown with a face, rather she appears as a large open mouth with hair coming out each side, as if she has her head tilted back so as to complain very loudly. She had a brother, Bobby, who was more sedate than she was; and she had a huge fan in her stage-door mother, who often honked her car horn whenever Crybaby made a good shot (Molly once responded to this by tearing off a hubcap). Almost any time a character hears her name mentioned, their reaction is "Crybaby Boobie???"

Her last appearance was in 1997, in a match against Snoopy.

Emily

Emily
Peanuts character
Age 8
Sex Female
First appearance February 11, 1995

Emily was a female character who first appeared on February 11, 1995. She dances with Charlie Brown when he seems to need a mood lift. Sometimes Snoopy comes along with Charlie Brown, which usually leads to a premature end to Charlie Brown's visits with Emily. After Emily's first appearance in the strip, it was revealed that she was nothing more than a figment of Charlie Brown's imagination. However, she did appear a few more times in the strip 1996 and 1999, though the question of whether Emily was a real or imaginary person was never actually resolved.

Eudora

Eudora
Peanuts character
Sex Female
First appearance June 13, 1978

Eudora was a female character Sally met on the bus to camp. She first appeared on June 13, 1978. In one storyline she befriended Sally Brown and eventually developed a similar crush on Linus. Once, Eudora played on Charlie Brown's baseball team, taking the outfield spot next to Lucy van Pelt, supplanting Frieda in that position. Eudora wears a beanie hat and has straight long hair hanging down underneath. She may be the only character who is as prone to mental lapses as Sally (e.g., doing a book report on the TV Guide), and she even joined Sally in the pumpkin patch at one time to wait for the Great Pumpkin. Once when Eudora saw Linus's blanket, he gave it to her. She even kissed him and called him Sweet Babboo, and Sally off panel said "He's not your Sweet Babboo." Linus asked Snoopy to get his blanket back from Eudora, but she gave it to the cat next door. Eudora's last appearance was on June 13, 1987.

Faron

Faron
Peanuts character
Sex Male
Family Frieda, Leland and Frieda's parents
First appearance 1961

Faron was Frieda's cat, who first appeared on May 23, 1961. Faron was a lazy, "boneless" cat who never walked because he preferred being carried everywhere, draped over Frieda's arm. Faron only spoke once ("Meow", causing Snoopy to jump into the air in fright). Faron's only Sunday appearance was November 5, 1961 in which the running gag was Frieda trying to get someone to hold Faron while Frieda went to the library; the last to end up holding the cat was poor Snoopy. Frieda made occasional subsequent appearances, but never with Faron again, except once; in the cover art for the 1975 retrospective book Peanuts Jubilee, Schulz drew Frieda holding Faron. Schulz later said he dropped Faron because he felt not only couldn't he draw a cat well enough, but Faron caused Snoopy to act too much like a "real" dog. Faron's last appearance was November 20, 1961.

Faron was named for country singer Faron Young.

Floyd

Floyd
Peanuts character
Sex Male
First appearance July 26, 1976

Floyd appeared July 26, 1976 at a summer camp Peppermint Patty and Marcie were attending, flagging Marcie's attention by calling her "Lambcake" as an expression of his immediate infatuation with her. But whenever he called her "Lambcake," Marcie retaliated by pushing Floyd off the dock or into poison oak, or hitting him with a first-aid kit and landing him in the infirmary. But he kept stalking her with that same pet name until Marcie and Peppermint Patty left camp, leaving him heartbroken that he never even knew his heartthrob's name. Fortunately for Marcie, Floyd never surfaced again in the strip.

The Goose Eggs

Austin, Leland, Milo and Ruby
Peanuts character
Sex Female (Ruby); Male (Austin, Leland and Milo)
Family Leland: sister Frieda, unnamed parents and Faron (cat)

Austin, Leland, Milo, and Ruby appeared in 17 strips of a 1977 storyline in which Charlie Brown ran away from home to flee the United States Environmental Protection Agency after taking revenge on a Kite-Eating Tree. He soon found himself coaching a baseball team of diminutive toddlers: Milo and Leland, half Charlie Brown's height, were two years old, while "the two biggest" on the team, Austin and Ruby, might have been three. They always addressed Charlie Brown as "Charles" and respected him as a wise elder, something he was completely unused to. The team was named the "Goose Eggs" after the baseball term for a zero score. The story ended when the visiting team turned out to be Charlie Brown's original team from home (Lucy: "We can't play them! They're too little! We'd step on them!") and it was revealed that the evidence against him was destroyed in a storm.

Lila

Lila
Peanuts character
Sex Female
Family unnamed parents and Snoopy
First appearance 1968

Lila was a minor character in the comic strip Peanuts, created by Charles M. Schulz. She was the original owner of Snoopy,[1] before his eventual life with Charlie Brown and friends.

Lila was first mentioned in the strip in the 1960s. It was revealed that she had taken Snoopy home from the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm (where he was born and raised), but was forced to return him after her family moved to an apartment building where dogs were forbidden.

While she was initially an unseen character who was only recollected by Snoopy in the third person, she eventually made an appearance in the strip in 1968.

In 1972 Lila appeared in the animated film Snoopy, Come Home, voiced by Johanna Baer. Seriously ill, she is unexpectedly reunited with Snoopy when he comes to visit her at a hospital in Nebraska, and now that she is recovering and will be released very soon, asks him to return to her (forcing him to choose between his "old" life with Lila or his "new" one with Charlie Brown). Snoopy initially leaves the hospital, but finally, out of love for Lila, Snoopy chooses to return to her. She tells him that he should go back and sell his belongings and say goodbye to his old friends, before going back to her. He ends up writing a will instead and goes back to Lila. At the same time, he also is heartbroken over leaving Charlie Brown. However, in an ironic twist when Snoopy arrives at Lila's new apartment, Snoopy finds out (to his surprise) that not only does Lila happen to have a pet cat, dogs aren't permitted in her apartment building either (which explains why her family had to return him). Snoopy bids Lila farewell and returns to Charlie Brown. She then appeared again in Snoopy's Reunion.

Little Pigtailed Girl
Peanuts character
Age 5
Sex Female
First appearance September 11, 1996

Little Pigtailed Girl

Introduced September 11, 1996. She sits next to Rerun van Pelt. She often commentates on Rerun's paintings. In one story arc, Rerun sees that she's depressed and makes jokes about moving to France. She finds the joke funny and tells her mom about the joke, who tells a teacher, who tells the principal, who suspends Rerun for harassment.

Lydia
Peanuts character
Sex Female
First appearance June 9, 1986

Lydia

She was first shown June 9, 1986. She is known for changing her name a lot and saying to Linus, "Aren't you kind of old for me?" Linus was into her for a while but soon he treated her the same way he treated Sally. She sits behind Linus in school. She last appeared in the strip March 23, 1999. She also appeared in It's Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown.

Mary Jo

Mary Jo
Peanuts character
Sex Female
First appearance Someday You'll Find Her, Charlie Brown

Mary Jo was another of Charlie Brown's "true loves". He first saw her on a broadcasting of Super Bowl XVI; she was in the audience and a honey shot zoomed in on her face. The only difference between her and any other of his loves is that, while he is extremely nervous about the others (so nervous, in fact, that he cannot even bring himself to speak to some of them), he sought after her in a wild goose chase attempt to find her and win her heart over. Linus joined him in the first scene, but in the end, it was Linus she ended up loving, not Charlie. She was never in the comic strip but was in an episode of the TV series titled Someday You'll Find Her, Charlie Brown.

Maynard

Maynard
Peanuts character
Sex Male
Family Marcie (cousin), Marcie's parents
First appearance July 21, 1986

Maynard was Marcie's cousin, who appeared in the strip July 21, 1986 when Peppermint Patty's father hired him as her tutor to help her in school. His condescending attitude was apparent from the start when he asked her, "Hi, are you the dumb one?" upon first meeting her, and when he said, "Well, there were these numbers on the houses, see..." when she asked him how he had found her house. In turn, Maynard couldn't stand Peppermint Patty's own condescending attitude, when she kept calling him "Captain Tutor" and he kept having to remind her that his name was Maynard.

When Marcie revealed to Peppermint Patty that her cousin was getting paid to tutor Peppermint Patty, she threw Maynard out of the house, because she thought he was tutoring him "out of the kindness of his heart." However, Maynard justified his recompense with a Biblical passage: "The laborer is worthy of his hire" (Luke 10:7). Having been fired as Peppermint Patty's tutor, Maynard never appeared again in the strip.

Miss Othmar

Miss Othmar
Peanuts character
Age 30s
Sex Female
Family Mr. Hagemeyer (ex-husband){citation needed}
First appearance 1959

Miss Othmar served as Linus's teacher starting in 1959. As with most adults in the strip, Miss Othmar was never seen. In the strip she is never heard either though the children have conversations with her. She was given an unintelligible speaking voice in TV specials in the form of trumpet sounding "wah-wahs". This became her trademark and all other voices of adult characters off camera in the cartoons and is sometimes parodied in other programs.

Linus developed a long-lasting crush on her. As a result, Linus held her in unreasonable esteem, which made his discovery that she earned a salary for her profession a crushing disillusionment he tried to rationalize away.

Eventually, Miss Othmar married, assuming her married name of Mrs. Hagemeyer; Linus, however, continued to call her Miss Othmar, and other characters in the strip began referring to her as Miss Othmar again as well. (As Linus said, "In real life she's [still] Miss Othmar!")

Although Miss Othmar quit teaching after she got engaged, she returned to teaching a few years later, much to Linus' delight. However, in 1969, Miss Othmar was fired following a teacher's strike, and Linus was devastated. Miss Othmar's replacement was Miss Halverson ("Halverson" being the maiden name of Charles M. Schulz's first wife, Joyce), whom Linus initially refused to accept as his new teacher, although he eventually seemed to learn to live with it.

Miss Othmar talks briefly to Sally in the TV special You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown.

Marcie mentions that she is taking organ lessons from a "Mrs. Hagemeyer" in a 1979 strip, but it is unclear whether this Mrs. Hagemeyer and Miss Othmar are one and the same.

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Other teachers

Aside from Miss Othmar and Miss Halverson, few other teachers were mentioned by name in Peanuts (and none were ever drawn), with the children most often addressing their teacher as "Ma'am" (only once was a male teacher mentioned, in the infamous "GEORGE WASHINGTON!!!" storyline from 1967 featuring Sally and Charlie Brown).

In the 1966 strip storyline about Charlie Brown's competing in the class spelling bee (later adapted into the movie A Boy Named Charlie Brown), Charlie mentions that his teacher's name is Mrs. Donovan, but he was later shown in Miss Othmar's class with Linus. Peppermint Patty and Marcie's teacher - Miss Tenure - was mentioned by name in 1978, in a storyline in which Patty disguised herself as a janitor to investigate the theft of Miss Tenure's box of gold star stickers and to clear her name of said theft. In Aug 24, 1993, in conversation with Marcie, Peppermint Patty refers to her book report as being written for Miss Davis. Marcie reveals to her that Miss Davis quit two years previous to have a baby.

Charlie Brown's pen(cil) pal

Charlie Brown's pen(cil) pal
Peanuts character
Sex Male
First appearance 1958

In 1958 Charlie Brown had a pen pal, but referred to him as a pencil pal, because "I do not write well with a pen." When asked by Lucy about what they write about, he says, "He tells me about his country, and I tell him about ours...", so it is presumed he does not live in the USA. In one strip, Charlie Brown writes to him, telling him that he is his only friend, with the postscript "Everyone hates me". He has been known to write back to Charlie Brown at least once, when Charlie Brown reads his letter to Lucy, reading that he and his class at school all agree that Charlie Brown must be a very pleasant person.

Poochie

Poochie
Peanuts character
Sex Female
First appearance January 7, 1973

Poochie was a female character who first appeared on January 7, 1973. She was almost the first person to adopt Snoopy but was distracted by an English sheepdog while Snoopy was fetching a stick Poochie threw; Snoopy held a grudge against Poochie for this for years afterward. In her sole physical appearance in the strip (she had been mentioned by name in previous strips), it was also revealed that it was she who had first started to call Snoopy's owner Charlie Brown.

Tapioca Pudding

Tapioca Pudding
Peanuts character
Age 7
Sex Female
First appearance September 4, 1986

First appeared in September 4, 1986. She is Linus's classmate. Tapioca has a small crush on Linus, which annoys Sally. Tapioca is also keen on licensing of brand names. Sally is jealous of the friendship. Tapioca Pudding once had what was "planned" by Snoopy (who was portraying a Hollywood agent for Tapioca) an appearance at the Olympics (only for her to find out from Charlie Brown that the Olympics were two years ago). Tapioca's last appearance was December 1, 1986. Her dessert-based name and association with merchandise may peg her as a parody of Strawberry Shortcake.

Roy

Roy
Peanuts character
Age 8
Sex Male
First appearance June 11, 1965

Roy was a male character who first appeared on June 11, 1965. Roy first meets Charlie Brown in camp, where Charlie Brown quickly befriends him. He meets Linus van Pelt at camp the following summer. He later introduces Peppermint Patty to Charlie Brown and his friends. Roy was Peppermint Patty's closest friend until Marcie entered the picture.

He disappeared in the comic strip in the 1970s but he was shown once more in 1984.

Royanne

Royanne
Peanuts character
Age 7
Sex Female
First appearance April 1, 1993

Royanne was a female character who first appeared on April 1, 1993. Royanne, who claimed to be "Roy Hobbs' great-granddaughter", was a pitcher on the opposing team when Charlie Brown hit a game-winning home run. Showing up later that summer, she is again pitching when Charlie Brown hits one of her pitches for an inside-the-park home run. Later that summer, Royanne confesses that she let Charlie Brown hit those home runs because she liked him; Charlie Brown retaliates by informing her that "Roy Hobbs" is a fictional character.

Shortly afterwards, Royanne appears in a story arc where she tries to sell "the bat used by Roy Hobbs", despite her revelation that Roy Hobbs is a fictional character ("So if I sold you this bat, it would be a real con job.") Lucy purchases this bat and lashes out at her upon being informed by Charlie Brown that Roy Hobbs is fictional. Royanne then admits that she wanted to play on Charlie Brown's team, but utterly refuses to play with Lucy.

Joe Shlabotnik

Joe Shlabotnik is minor-league baseball player who, inexplicably, is greatly admired by Charlie Brown. He never appeared in the strip, but is occasionally mentioned by Charlie Brown as his hero and is part of a couple of plots involving Charlie Brown. In one such plotline, Charlie Brown discovers that Joe is managing the Waffletown Syrups in a location near his camp, so Charlie Brown attends the game and cheers Joe on as he manages. Somehow catching a foul ball, Charlie Brown waits after the game for Joe to sign it only to find out that he's been fired for "calling for a squeeze play with nobody on base."

"Shut Up and Leave Me Alone"

"Shut Up and Leave Me Alone"
Peanuts character
Sex Male
First appearance 1971

That was all this nameless, faceless kid ever said whenever Charlie Brown tried to be friendly with him. He was Charlie's bunkmate at the summer camp where Marcie was introduced in 1971. He did nothing but sit on his bed and look at the wall so we could see only the back of his head. Those were even his parting words to Charlie when camp was over. After camp, Charlie wrote him a letter, but the response was, of course, "Shut up and leave me alone." Finally, later, during the following school year, out of the blue, Charlie brown received an unsolicited phone call from his old bunkmate. He tells the hapless Charlie to, "Shut up and leave me alone."

Thibault

Thibault
Peanuts character
Age 7
Sex Male
First appearance June 4, 1970

Thibault (pronounced TEE-BO) was a male character who first appeared on June 4, 1970. Thibault is a bully on Peppermint Patty's baseball team. He borrowed Charlie Brown's baseball glove (as a favor for Peppermint Patty), and after the game refused to give the glove back, telling Charlie Brown "I know your kind. You come around thinking you're better than us." Charlie Brown, thrilled that anyone would think of him as superior in any way, let Thibault keep the glove. This shocked Thibault. He also ran afoul of Peppermint Patty and Marcie in 1973 after he chauvinistically told her she should not be playing baseball. This infuriated Patty, who told him if he was not quiet, she would shred him. After insulting her one too many times, Marcie called a time-out and told Thibault that if he said one word, she would slug him. When he said, "Oh?", Marcie made good on her threat and clobbered him. Thibault's role as troublemaker is reflected in his name, a variation of "Tybalt", the hostile troublemaker in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Thibault made an animated appearance on The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show.

Truffles

Truffles
Peanuts character
Age 8
Sex Female
Family Grandfather
First appearance March 31, 1975

Truffles was a female character who first appeared on March 31, 1975. She has a larger nose and eyes than other Peanuts characters. Named by her grandfather after the fungus that grows underground, she was the second girl who caught Linus's heart (his slight crush on Sally Brown being the first). However, Linus's blossoming relationship with Truffles would be thwarted twice; first in 1975 by Snoopy as he and Linus go on a truffle hunt. Two years later, when Linus found her again while on a school field trip in 1977, Sally, who would call him her "Sweet Babboo" for the first of many times to his annoyance, saw to it that his reunion with Truffles was short-lived with Snoopy's help. She made two appearances in A Charlie Brown Celebration and The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show. Truffles may be based on a young French girl in a family Charles Schulz met and befriended after the Liberation of France during the Second World War.

Molly Volley

Molly Volley
Peanuts character
Age 8
Sex Female
First appearance May 6, 1977

Molly Volley was a female character who first appeared on May 6, 1977, and was often Snoopy's doubles partner. She had an extremely bad temper and a reputation for beating up others (including other doubles partners). She had a tendency to be highly sensitive about her weight. (In fact, one of her opponents, a bully called "Bad-Call" Benny had called her "Fat Legs". For that insult, she hit him in the mouth.) She also measured all her ground-calls in centimeters. Tired of losing while playing doubles with Snoopy, she eventually refused to be his doubles partner and then she disappeared from the strip.

Woodstock's bird friends

Woodstock is sometimes accompanied by as many as seven other yellow birds. Their names have been given as Bill, Harriet, Olivier, Raymond, Fred, Roy and Conrad, though often only a few of them appear, and it is impossible to tell which ones, since they all look identical (with the exception of Raymond, who is darker, and Harriet, who was shown in 1990 to have a full head of "hair"). Despite this, Snoopy seems to be able to tell the difference. In a 1983 strip, while the beagle scouts have a photo hike, Bill and Harriet get married.

References

  • Derrick Bang with Victor Lee; Fifty Years of Happiness, 1999, ISBN 0-9685574-0-8
  • Various cartoons, published in various book including the The Complete Peanuts series.

Notes

  1. ^ Charles M. Schulz, The Complete Peanuts 1965-1966 (Fantagraphics Books, 2007), Back Matter.

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