We love the Muppets. You love the Muppets. Who doesn’t love the Muppets? These marionette-puppet hybrid performers have provided solid vaudeville-style entertainment for generations now. Whether they’re hosting a variety hour on TV or bumbling through a theme park show, a good time is guaranteed. It all comes down to the characters, and we’ll spotlight some of the troupe’s biggest stars here.
Kermit the Frog
Kermit was the first Muppet and remains its undisputed leader. He’s often the straight man to his zany co-stars, but he’s also the glue of the troupe and often brings the heart. Fun fact: “Rainbow Connection,” his signature song from The Muppet Movie, hit #25 on the Billboard Hot 100. He also makes for an adorable plush.
Miss Piggy may have the biggest personality of the Muppets. She may also be their biggest star — and the diva knows it. She’s a romantic at heart, aggressively pursuing Kermit in an on-off relationship (as seen in this Christmas ornament). When snubbed or insulted, though, her iconic martial arts moves send critics flying.
Despite being the troupe’s resident comedian, Fozzie Bear has a … very broad sense of humor. The Limited Edition Fozzie Bear Disney Scents Pin shows his love for cheap gimmicks (a banana-scented pin) and bad puns (“Very A-Peeling!”). He’s still Kermit’s best friend and a dedicated entertainer.
Another consummate performer is Gonzo — or, in his words, “The Great Gonzo.” His species and gender may be unknown, but his propensity for absurd daredevil stunts is infamous. He did once command the orchestra to play “Flight of the Bumblebee” as he ate an entire rubber tire onstage.
Rizzo the Rat
Hardly a main character, Rizzo still deserves attention. At the very least, the little wise guy will demand it. This New Jersey-accented rodent is prone to sarcasm and fourth wall breaks. Though he makes a great counterpart to Gonzo in works like The Muppet Christmas Carol, he’s a fun foil for anyone.
Rowlf the Dog
In the midst of the Muppets’ mayhem, Rowlf the dog is a rock. His humor leans more toward deadpan than goofiness, and his personality is more easy-going than his co-stars. Don’t mistake him for boring: he plays a killer piano. Rowlf’s also cute that his Tsum Tsum is just barely more adorable.
The Swedish Chef
Cooking programs were popular for old-school variety shows. The Muppet Show had the Swedish Chef, unique among Muppets for using two actual hands in sleeves. His kitchen conduct — hacking pumpkins with chainsaws, throwing food and equipment in fits of rage — is unusual, to say the least. So is his gibberish speech: “Bork, bork, bork!”
Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and Beaker
Dr. Bunsen Honeydew is the resident genius, which may not be saying much. His inventions at Muppet Labs, such as the namesake innovation of the Muppet Vision 3D attraction, are designed to take comedy to new heights. Unfortunately, they don’t always work. Just ask Beaker, his meek, meeping, much-abused assistant.
Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem provide a rockin’ soundtrack for Muppet performances. Their breakout star, unusually, is the drummer. Like a hairier Keith Moon, Animal has held his own against Buddy Rich, Dave Grohl, and Questlove. He also brings that same overwhelming energy to everything, making him a true party animal.
Statler and Waldorf
Some people just can’t let a good thing go without a nasty remark. Statler and Waldorf, a pair of curmudgeons with nothing better to do, are always present to sneer and jeer at the Muppets. The insecure Fozzie is a favorite target. For all their professed disinterest, they always show up on that balcony …
The Muppets Merch at Your WDW Store
This list of characters is definitely not comprehensive. We regret not finding space for Scooter, Sam Eagle, Pepe the King Prawn, Sweetums, and many other deserving troupers. Fortunately, fans can find them all at Your WDW Store, where we offer over 100 pieces of merch themed to the Muppets.