“Charlie Brown must be the one who suffers because he’s a caricature of the average person. Most of us are much more acquainted with losing than winning. Winning is great, but it isn’t funny.” — Charles M. Schulz on Charlie Brown
“Charlie Brown (called Chuck by Peppermint Patty and sometimes referred to as Charles by Marcie) is a major character in the Peanuts comic strip by Charles M. Schulz. He has been hailed as one of the best cartoon characters of all time, and he has become one of the great American archetypes.
In terms of personality, he is gentle, insecure, and lovable. Charlie Brown possesses significant determination and hope, but frequently fails because of his insecurities, outside interference, or plain bad luck. While he can be smart, he over-thinks things and this often gives him a tendency to procrastinate, as well as give him his ‘wishy-washyness’.
Charlie Brown inherited a massive number of traits from Schulz, right down to his first name. His nickname ‘Charlie’ and his last name ‘Brown’ were given for Charlie Brown, one of Schulz’ coworkers at the Art Instruction Inc. He and Snoopy are the only characters to appear in every TV special and movie.”
Source: “Charlie Brown.” Peanuts Wiki: Good Grief. FANDOM Comics. Accessed April 2022. URL: https://peanuts.fandom.com/wiki/Charlie_Brown
“Sally is the complete pragmatist. There is a certain charm when she fractures the language: ‘By golly, if any centimeters come in this room, I’ll step on them!” — Charles M. Schulz on Sally Brown
“Sally Brown is a major female character in the comic strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz. Sally was introduced to the strip in 1959 and her final appearance was February 13, 2000. She is the younger sister of Charlie Brown…Since her older brother is the protagonist of the strip and she starts out as a baby, we initially view her through his eyes: she’s a kid who needs protecting and guidance, who is too rambunctious, and who is undependable. As she grows into her own, Sally becomes a kind girl who is creative and sentimental. She shares some of her brother’s worst tendencies to procrastinate, but is more cheerful than he is. She is somewhat aimless, but enjoys being a kid and tries to avoid the minimal responsibilities that entail. She’s the classic little sister who is too immature for her eight-year-old sibling, but she has a highly developed sense of what’s just and cares deeply for her loved ones—particularly her perpetual crush, Linus van Pelt…
Like her older brother, Sally has a good heart and a strong moral sense. She is extremely sensitive to the unfairness of life. Charlie Brown usually goes to Lucy in her psychiatric booth when he is feeling depressed, but Sally prefers to confide her troubles to the school building, which is very protective of her and will drop a brick on anyone who does not treat her nicely. Sally has a lot of trouble in school. For one thing, she has a problem with malapropisms, both in speech and writing. For example, she says ‘violins broke out’ rather than ‘violence broke out,’ or ‘controversial French’ instead of ‘conversational French.’ One of the strip’s running jokes is the unintentionally humorous school reports she gives at the front of the class, which are frequently inspired by malapropisms and end with her feeling humiliated as all of her classmates laugh at her…
Sally has wanted Charlie Brown’s bedroom for years. Every time he either leaves home for a while (such as going to summer camp) or talks about leaving, the first thing she always wants to know is if she can have his room while he is gone. A few times, she has actually begun to move her possessions into her brother’s room when she thinks he is never coming home, as in one incident from May 1976 when Charlie Brown floats away on his pitcher’s mound after a heavy rain (when Charlie Brown does come back, Sally tells him that she supposes that he wants his room back) when he fails to come after falling ill during a baseball game in the strip from July 10, 1979, (Sally writes a get well card to Charlie Brown telling him she moved into his room and then she sold all of his stuff).
Being Charlie Brown’s little sister, she refers to him as ‘big brother,’ having called him by his full name only on very rare occasions.”
Source: “Sally Brown.” Peanuts Wiki: Good Grief. FANDOM Comics. Accessed April 2022. URL: https://peanuts.fandom.com/wiki/Sally_Brown
Lucy van Pelt
“Lucy comes from that part of me that’s capable of saying mean and sarcastic things, which is not a good trait to have, so Lucy gives me a good outlet. But each character has a weakness and Lucy’s weakness is Schroeder.” — Charles M. Schulz on Lucy van Pelt
“From her earliest moments as #1 fussbudget in the early 1950s to the empowered member of the “Peanuts” Gang who embodied the movement toward equality in the 1960s, 1970s, and beyond, there is no mistaking Lucy. Whether she’s sharing sage advice from her psychiatric booth, contemplating against Schroeder’s piano, or running from Snoopy’s dog lips, Lucy can be counted as crabby, bossy, or even rude at times. But, within it all, there is a young lady who is confident, compassionate, and ready to tackle anything—literally!
…Though she’s often dismissed as simply bossy or crabby, there’s more to Lucy than strong opinions. She dispenses sound advice for just five cents and looks out for her brothers, Linus and Rerun. She’s confident, strong, and positive she’ll make a great president or queen one day. Her biggest weakness is her unrequited love for Schroeder… *sigh*. Never fall in love with a musician.”
Source: “Lucy! Fussbudget to Feminist.” Charles M. Schulz Museum. Published 2022. URL: https://schulzmuseum.org/lucy/
Linus van Pelt
“Linus, my serious side, is the house intellectual, bright, well-informed which, I suppose may contribute to his feelings of insecurity.” — Charles M. Schulz on Linus van Pelt
“Linus van Pelt is a major character in Charles M. Schulz’ comic strip Peanuts. He is Lucy and Rerun’s brother, and the middle child of the van Pelt family. Linus always means well and tries to smooth over any storms that arise amongst the gang. One of his sources of frustration is his sister Lucy, who always belittles him, particularly over his security blanket. In spite of his insightful nature, he has a naive belief in the Great Pumpkin. He is Charlie Brown’s best friend…
Linus was eccentric from the start. As a baby and a toddler, he had a fascination with building impressive structures, mostly with blocks and playing cards… His appearances and his sentences were small, but both would increase as he started leaving the house more, often being told incorrect facts about the world by Lucy, which he would believe and get scared of. Linus’ age would quickly accelerate, stopping upon being just slightly younger than the rest of the characters. Despite his youth, Linus is incredibly smart, acting as a philosopher and theologian, often quoting the Bible. He is kindhearted and caring, and he listens to the problems of others by the wall or elsewhere and, if not a joke, he would have something helpful to say or do…In contrast to his advanced intellect, Linus has two of the strangest traits out of the entire cast… The first is his belief in The Great Pumpkin, which started on October 26, 1959. Apparently started by the confusion of Santa Claus and the commercialization of Christmas poisoning children’s minds, he solely believed that the Great Pumpkin would rise from the pumpkin patch he finds is most ‘sincere,’ before flying around the world to bring toys to all the good children.
The second and most famous, and downright signature trait is his security blanket. Ever since its introduction on June 1, 1954, he has carried it with him over his shoulder in most of his appearances even when others make fun of him for it. Without it, Linus is inexplicably paranoid, and ends up fainting, shaking, sweating, and showing other traits of intense sickness and worry.
Lucy makes numerous attempts to break Linus of his blanket habit, and Snoopy tries to steal the blanket for himself, but Linus would never let up. The blanket makes for a peculiar multi-tool for Linus, as he can use it as a whip, a parachute, and as a means to grab long range objects. Linus is extremely accurate when using his blanket as a whip, being able to hit a falling nickel in the air without warning.
Linus became a valued member of Charlie Brown’s baseball team. He is usually seen playing second base; however, he has on occasion played as Pitcher in place of Charlie Brown when he has been unwell. Usually, when Linus is pitcher, the team wins the game.”
Source: “Linus Van Pelt.” Peanuts Wiki: Good Grief. FANDOM Comics. Accessed April 2022. URL: https://peanuts.fandom.com/wiki/Linus_van_Pelt
“I kind of like Schroeder. He’s fairly down to earth, but he has his problems too. He has to play on the painted black piano keys, and he thinks Beethoven was the first President of the United States.” — Charles M. Schulz on Schroeder
“Schroeder is a major male character in the Peanuts comic strip by Charles M. Schulz. He is distinguished by his precocious skill at playing the piano, as well as by his love of classical music and the composer Ludwig van Beethoven in particular. Schroeder is also the catcher on Charlie Brown’s baseball team and the object of Lucy van Pelt’s unrequited love.
Schroeder was introduced as a baby on May 30, 1951. In the September 24, 1951 strip, Charlie Brown makes an attempt to show the infant how to play a toy piano, but is quickly embarrassed when Schroeder completely outclasses him. However, his love for Beethoven specifically did not begin until October 10 of that same year.
Schroeder is an accomplished musician, although his piano is only a toy, and the black keys are merely painted on to the white keys. In one strip, Charlie Brown tries to get him to play a real piano, but Schroeder bursts out crying, intimidated by its size.
Ludwig van Beethoven is Schroeder’s favorite composer, as revealed in the February 27, 1955 strip…Every year, Schroeder marks Beethoven’s birthday on December 16, although in a series of strips from December 1957 he forgets the date, is in shock when he finds out about it the following day and feels terrible for several days afterwards…
Another distinguishing character trait of Schroeder is his constant refusal of Lucy’s love. Lucy is infatuated with Schroeder and frequently leans against his piano while he is playing, professing her love for him…In a story arc where Lucy and the rest of her family have moved out of town, Schroeder becomes frustrated with his music and mutters disbelievingly that he misses her. Despite his constant animosity towards her, Schroeder would come to realize that Lucy has unwittingly become his muse and he cannot play without her. In the December 16, 1984 strip, Schroeder kisses Lucy on the cheek, but when Lucy turns around, she sees Snoopy instead. Believing Snoopy was the one who kissed her, she runs away screaming, while Schroeder calls for her to come back.
Schroeder is a member of Charlie Brown’s baseball team, often seen as a catcher (notably as far from outfielder, Lucy, as possible). In this capacity, he has often been shown to provide backhanded compliments on Charlie Brown’s pitching. Also, he will run through a list of complicated signals, only to end up with something to the effect of, ‘Just throw it down the middle. He’ll hit it out no matter what you throw, anyway.’ Schroeder lives on 1770 James Street, which was revealed in the August 14, 1952 strip. He mentions that the street number is easy to remember because it was the year that Beethoven was born.”
Source: “Schroeder.” Peanuts Wiki: Good Grief. FANDOM Comics. Accessed April 2022. URL: https://peanuts.fandom.com/wiki/Schroeder
“Snoopy’s whole personality is a little bittersweet. But he’s a very strong character. He can win or lose, be a disaster, a hero, or anything, and yet it all works out. I like the fact that when he’s in real trouble, he can retreat into a fantasy and thereby escape.” — Charles M. Schulz on Snoopy
“Snoopy is a major character in the Peanuts comic strip by Charles M. Schulz. He is the pet beagle of Charlie Brown (his best friend) who cares for him. Snoopy is blessed with a rich, Walter Mitty-like fantasy life. Along with Charlie Brown, Snoopy is the only other character to appear in every movie and special. Snoopy is loyal, funny, imaginative, and good-natured. He is also a genuinely happy dog. A running gag within the strip is that he does a ‘happy dance,’ which annoys Lucy because she believes that nobody can ever be that happy. However, Snoopy just thinks Lucy is jealous because she is not capable of being as happy as he is. The only thing that truly upsets him is a lack of supper. Snoopy, being a dog, has a strong hatred of cats, often making rude remarks to the cat next door (who usually attacks him and destroys his doghouse) and in one series of strips writes stories for a magazine which just point out that cats are stupider than, and inferior to, dogs.
Snoopy loves root beer and pizza, hates coconut candy and listening to balloons being squeezed, gets claustrophobia (which keeps him out of tall weeds and even his own doghouse), and is deathly afraid of icicles dangling over his doghouse. One of his hobbies is reading Leo Tolstoy’s epic novel War and Peace at the rate of ‘a word a day’…Snoopy also loves sleeping and being lazy – a trait which often annoys Frieda. Snoopy often lies on top of his doghouse and sleeps, sometimes all day long. In one strip, Charlie Brown refers to him as a ‘hunting dog,’ because he always hunts for the easy way out of life.
Snoopy has a broad and vivid fantasy life, often delving into many alter egos…The most famous of his role plays is The World War I Flying Ace. When assuming this personality, Snoopy dons goggles, a flying helmet and a scarf, and climbs on top of his doghouse (which he claims is a Sopwith Camel). His primary imaginary enemy is the Red Baron. Another well-known imaginary role is ‘Joe Cool,’ in which Snoopy puts on a ‘cool’ look by putting on sunglasses and leaning against a wall doing nothing.
Snoopy has also imagined himself as a self-proclaimed ‘famous’ writer (although after a brief early success, his extremely short ‘novels’ are never published, and the two-paragraph one that managed to get published failed to sell), a bow tie-wearing attorney (who once defended Peter Rabbit), a hockey player, an Olympic figure skater (who used to skate with Peggy Fleming before he became ‘big time’), and as a world-famous grocery checkout clerk who operated from the top of his doghouse in an apron. He also imagined himself as an astronaut, claiming to be the first beagle on the moon in his delusional dreams.”
Source: “Snoopy.” Peanuts Wiki: Good Grief. FANDOM Comics. Accessed April 2022. URL: https://peanuts.fandom.com/wiki/Snoopy