The Most Popular Characters in ‘Sesame Street’s’ History

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12. Zoe

The 3-year-old monster was introduced in season 25 in 1993 She was meant to fight stereotypes. Her role was to balance the cast of the show, which consisted almost only of men and has a Zoemobile, as opposed to doll, which might be expected for a girl. Ironically, however, it wasn’t until Zoe started wearing a tutu, tights, and ballet slippers that female viewers started liking her more, according to the show’s producers.

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11. Rosita

Rosita, whose full name is Rosita la Monstrua de las Cuevas, meaning “The Monster of the Caves,” is “Sesame Street’s” first regular bilingual character who made her debut in 1991 and later joined the cast full-time. Rosita speaks English and Spanish, which she teaches to her friends. Her “Spanish word of the day” mini segment aired in 2001. Her other specialties are playing the guitar, history, and geography.

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10. Abby Cadabby

Abby Cadabby is the favorite of the newer characters introduced in the show. She made her debut in 2006. The 3-year-old pink fairy is the first leading female character in “Sesame Street’s” history, 37 years after the show first aired. She was introduced for several reasons, one of which was to be a positive and strong role model for girls. Her name derives from the magic word “abracadabra.” She can pop in and out of thin air, float, and turn various objects into pumpkins. She is interested in gardening and grows magical plants.

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9. Bert

This half of the Bert and Ernie duo is not as popular as his best friend and roommate. One reason may be Bert’s more serious personality. He is the introvert of the two — likes to read “Boring Stories” and to study pigeons. Bert is the studious, detail-oriented, and organized character on the show — characteristics that many people may not find fun.

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8. Mr. Snuffleupagus

Mr. Snuffleupagus’ full name is Aloysius Snuffleupagus. He is best known as Snuffy. He was introduced in 1971 during the premiere of “Sesame Street’s” third season. For over a decade, the existence of Snuffy’s character was questionable to the adult residents on the street as they have not actually seen him. In 1985, the producers “confirmed” his existence in an episode by introducing him to everyone. A major reason for the change was a growing number of child abuse cases. Parents became concerned that kids may feel discouraged to speak to them (about potential abuse) if they feared their parents wouldn’t believe them — just like adults on “Sesame Street” never believed that Snuffy was real despite the claims of star characters.