Browse through all character costume and cosplay guides from the syndicated Sunday American comic strips, Peanuts. Anyone can find a relatable character in the cast of the most famous comic strip in the world. Whether it’s the lovable loser Charlie Brown, his best friend and catcher Schroeder, his wily dog Snoopy a “master of disguise,” his formidable love interest Peppermint Patty, or his ever-present foil Lucy van Pelt, the whole gang can participate—even your dog. Peanuts follow this circle of friends, especially the hapless Charlie, as they navigate their childhood, running into some unexpected lessons along the way. Serve up a good dose of nostalgia with these step-by-step Peanuts costume guides.
“Good ol’ Charlie Brown” might be the original loveable loser. As the lead character of Peanuts, he has become the symbol of this classic American archetype. Just like all of us, Charlie Brown has both good days and bad days, sometimes he is optimistic and occasionally pessimistic, and he has both friends and enemies. What makes him stand out is that he is always accepting of others and doesn’t give up trying to kick that ball, no matter what life (or Lucy) throws his way. Always dressed in a bright yellow and zig-zag shirt, he is an instantly recognizable character that stands out at any party.
After Charlie Brown and Snoopy, the brash Lucy van Pelt is the most recognizable Peanuts character. She is the archetypal bully and the complete opposite of Charlie’s mild-mannered personality. Lucy resembles that little voice inside all of us that can say sarcastic or mean things without thinking it through. Surprisingly, she operates a psychiatric booth where she dishes out harsh truths. She has a soft spot for Charlie Brown and shows unrequited love for Schroeder. With her sky-blue dress and classic 50’s hairstyle, there’s no mistaking when you’re dressed up as this bossy female character.
Peanuts was originally a serial comic strip written and illustrated by Charles M. Schultz. It ran from 1950 to 2000 when its creator passed away but is still circulating in reruns. The comics center mostly around “good ol’ Charlie Brown” who is a good-hearted boy who can’t seem to do anything right. His dog Snoopy is equally famous and is known for his confidence, imagination, and various alter egos, like the Flying Ace. The strips center around the typical childhood interactions between Charlie and other neighborhood kids.
Each character has their personality with bully Lucy, faithful Schroeder, baby-slash-philosopher Linus, kind Franklin, natural leader Peppermint Patty, and the dirty-but-wise Pig-Pen. Just like Lucy always likes to make Charlie fall by moving the ball when he’s about to kick it, their personalities take center stage. This relatability made Peanuts a global phenomenon printed in over 70 countries with TV, film, and even musical adaptations. It’s also widely regarded to be the most influential comic strip of all time.