82% of People Can't Name All of These Muppets. Can You?

Andrew Katz

Image: Kermit pic: BBC via YouTube

About This Quiz

Do you remember the Muppets from way back when? Did you watch them as a child or did you not catch them until you had kids of your own. If at least part of your day was spent watching the Muppets, and if you've kept up with their many specials and Sesame Street spin-offs, then this might just be the quiz for you.

There are more than 3,000 muppet characters! Yup, that's right... more than 3,000. This quiz has fifty of the more popular Muppets, but you're still going to need some pretty strong Muppet knowledge to ace this one. The good news is that we're going to show you pictures of the Muppets we want you to identify, so that should make thing easier. Still, you'll never make it if you don't know your stuff. After all, you could probably easily pick Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, Kermit, Miss Piggy, and Bert and Ernie out of a crowd, but not all of them are going be a piece of cake. 

So, if you think you know the majority of the Muppets - nah, we don't mean all 3,000 of them - click begin on this quiz to find out how much you really know.

The theater is our favorite place to heckle. Who are we?

Statler and Waldorf were designed by Bonnie Erickson. She started with The Henson Company as a freelance costume designer on 1970s, with The Frog Prince, and stayed through the end of October, 1976, after which she formed her own design group and was responsible for creating characters for national sports teams, commercials, and television. One of her creations is the Philly Phanatic.

I'm not the funniest Muppet in the bunch. Who am I?

Fozzie Bear's name seems to be a play on that of his first main performer, Frank Oz. But it's actually meant as a tribute to the designer of Fozzie's electro-mechanical ears (and other electro-mechanical devices used to operate the Muppets), Faz Fazakas.

What Muppet has a hooked nose?

Also known as Gonzo the Great, The Great Gonzo is the Muppet Theater's resident daredevil. He is performed by Dave Goelz, a Muppet-maker-turned-Muppeteer. Gonzo (as Gonzo the Great) wrote a memoir called "'The' Is My Middle Name," but couldn't find a publisher.

I'm Bunsen's assistant. What is my name?

Beaker took up a lot of screen-time, if not a lot of screen space, in 1980's "Mac Davis" episode of The Muppet Show. Beaker's boss introduced a new copying machine, which ended up duplicating Beaker many times over. Beakers showed up in segments featuring Fozzie Bear, the Swedish Chef, and the Electric Mayhem. They even showed up in the balcony belonging to Statler and Waldorf.

I could cook for IKEA. Who am I?

The Swedish Chef had his own cereal line from Post. It was called "Cröonchy Stars," pronounced with a mock-Swedish accent.

I'm all about a vivid color. Who am I?

Red is one of the fraggles of Fraggle Rock. In 1981, after working on both "Sesame Street" and "The Muppet Show," Karen Prell was cast as Red's puppeteer.

Do purple and green match? Which Muppet am I?

Mahna Mahna is most famous for performing the song, "Mahna Mahna," backed up by the pink Snowths. The opening and closing of the Snowths' round mouths reflected the same movement of Mahna Mahna's same-shaped eyes.

Science is my game. What is my name?

Dr. Bunsen Honeydew hosted the "Muppet Labs" segments on "The Muppet Show" and has appeared in practically every Muppet movie since. He is performed by Dave Goelz.

I live with my mom, and my mom lives with me. Who are we?

Alice and her son Emmet Otter were the stars of "Emmet Otter's Jugband Christmas Special", which was about the two of them struggling to make by in the absense of Emmett's father.

Compost is good for the environment. What Muppet character am I?

Marjory is the trash heap who knows all -- at least, in the world of "Fraggle Rock." She was performed by Jerry Nelson.

Kermit is my true love. Who am I?

In August, 1988, Miss Piggy accompanied Jim Henson to Moscow to tape segments for Chris Cerf and Marlo Thomas' "Free to Be a Family," a live show that aired on December 13 of that year and encouraged glasnost between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. Almost a year later, the Berlin Wall came down -- no piggy karate chop necessary.

Miss Piggy is my lady love. What Muppet am I?

When they appeared on talk shows during the late '80s, Jim Henson carried a repair kit with him in case he needed to fix Kermit the Frog. The kit was a black gym bag with Kermit fleece, eyeballs, sewing equipment and a microphone inside.

Kerpow is my favorite noise. Who am I?

Crazy Harry, the pyrotechnic "expert" from "The Muppet Show," debuted in 1974. He was performed by Jerry Nelson.

I'm named after a US president. What's my name?

Roosevelt Franklin was one of the original Muppets of "Sesame Street." He was designed by Jim Henson, built by Carolyn Wilcox, and voiced by Matt Robinson -- the first Gordon on "Sesame Street."

It's all about the suit. What's my name?

Zoot plays saxophone in the Electric Mayhem and "played" the final "note" of the theme song to "The Muppet Show" each week. He is performed by Dave Goelz.

I'm one of the biggest and brightest Muppet stars of all. Who am I?

Big Bird stands 8-foot, 2-inch tall and is made up of 4,000 turkey feathers, dyed varying shades of yellow. His head appeared on the November 23, 1970, cover of "Time" magazine.

Big Bird is my BFF. Can you identify me?

Snuffleupagus is the hairy, elephant-like creature who is Big Bird's best friend. He debuted in 1971 and has been performed by Jerry Nelson, Michael Earl and Martin P. Robinson.

Exploring is my favorite thing to do. Which Muppet am I?

Gobo is the main Fraggle of HBO's "Fraggle Rock," aspiring to be an explorer like his uncle, Uncle Traveling Matt. Gobo was performed by Jerry Nelson.

I'm a wild and crazy guy. What is my name?

Animal appeared on "The Merv Griffin Show" #3224 ("Merv Griffin Salutes the Muppets") to help promote the third Muppet movie, 1984's "The Muppets Take Manhattan." The movie was the solo feature directing debut of Animal's performer, Frank Oz.

I sing like there's no tomorrow. What is my name?

Johnny Fiama is a Sinatra-like crooner who first appeared in 1996 in an episode of "Muppets Tonight." He was performed by Bill Barretta.

I don't have an actual name, but I do have a title. What Muppets character am I?

The Newsman anchors the Muppet News Flash, a recurring part of "The Muppet Show." He got his start in 1976 and was performed by the original Muppeteer, Jim Henson.

My home is a can... literally. Which iconic Muppet am I?

Oscar the Grouch was named for the New York restaurant, Oscar's Salt of the Sea, which, being on Third Avenue, around the corner from Jim Henson's office on East 67th Street, was an oft-frequented lunch spot for Henson and his colleagues. The restaurant's paper placemats were great places to design new Muppets.

Can you see my pearly whites? What is my name?

Dr. Teeth was the first Muppet representative of the cast of "The Muppet Show," as Kermit had a small role in the pilot. When Jim Henson went on "The Tonight Show" to promote it, he brought Dr. Teeth along.

I've got a headache. What is my name?

Don Music premiered on "Sesame Street" in 1974. He was the composer whose signature expression of frustration was banging his head on his piano.

I'm a space guy. What is my name?

Link Hogthrob is the smug captain of the Swinetrek ship in "Pigs in Space." He was originally performed by Jim Henson.

Bawk, bawk. Do you know who I am?

Camilla is Gonzo's chicken girlfriend. She is distinguishable from the other Muppet chickens by her blue eyes.

Catch me in December. Who am I?

This ghost appears in 1992's "The Muppet Christmas Carol." It is voiced by Jerry Nelson.

I look a lot like Kermit. Can you name me?

Robin the Frog first appeared in 1971's "The Frog Prince," voiced by Jerry Nelson. It wasn't until he appeared on The Muppet Show that he was established as Kermit's nephew.

I'm an old scientist. What is my name?

Dr. Julius Strangepork was one of the cast members of the recurring "Pigs in Space" segment on "The Muppet Show." He has been voiced by Jerry Nelson and Matt Vogel.

I've got a different kind of boomerang. Who am I?

Lew Zealand and his boomerang fish act first appeared on "The Muppet Show" in 1978. He has been performed by Jerry Nelson and Matt Vogel.

Maybe I do go in the woods. Do you know who I am?

Although the puppet was used before, Bobo the Bear became a character in the '90s TV show, "Muppets Tonight." He was originally performed by Bill Barretta.

I played the organ at Miss Piggy's wedding. What is my name?

Uncle Deadly first appeared alongside Vincent Price on "The Muppet Show." He was originally voiced by Jerry Nelson.

Please, refer to me in the formal sense. Do you know who I am?

Sir Didymus, a fox-terrier knight, rides his canine steed Ambrosius while defending the bridge over the Bog of Eternal Stench. He appeared in 1986's "Labyrinth."

In theory, you could skewer me. What is my name?

Pepe the King Prawn's full name is Pepino Rodrigo Serrano Gonzales. He first appeared in 1996's "Muppets Tonight," performed by Bill Barretta.

People once fought over me at Christmas. Which Muppet am I?

Kevin Clash is probably Elmo's best-known performer, being featured in the 2011 feature, "Being Elmo," but he wasn't the first. The Muppet who would become known as Elmo was performed by Brian Muehl and Richard Hunt before Clash gave him his distinctive voice. Elmo is currently performed by Ryan Dillon.

Dude, like my dreads? What Muppet am I?

Clifford hosted "Muppets Tonight," but he actually debuted in 1989's "The Jim Henson Hour," as the bass player in the "house" band. He was performed by Kevin Clash.

I'm a girl, but my name is unusual. Who am I?

Cotterpin made her debut on HBO's "Fraggle Rock." She was mainly performed by Kathryn Mullen.

I work at the theater. What is my name?

Scooter's originating performer was Richard Hunt. After Hunt's death in 1991, Scooter was retired for a while. It wasn't until 2008 that Scooter gained a new regular performer in David Rudman.

I'm a "cute, furry little monster." What is my name?

Grover, a staple of "Sesame Street," has appeared in other Muppet-related television. At the end of 1985-6's "The Muppets - A Celebration of 30 Years," set at a black-tie ballroom gala honoring Kermit the Frog, Grover has the honor of presenting Jim Henson with the bill.

Even a rodent can be a Muppet. What is my name?

Rizzo debuted on the fourth season of "The Muppet Show" and was performed by Steve Whitmire. His name was inspired by Dustin Hoffman's character from "Midnight Cowboy," Ratso Rizzo.

I'm a high-flying Muppet. What is my name?

Sam Eagle first appeared in the pilot presentation of "The Muppet Show." He was performed by Frank Oz.

I have floppy ears. Do you know who I am?

Rowlf is one of the oldest Muppets. He started in a series of 1962 commercials for Purina Dog Chow and went on to be the sidekick of the namesake of "The Jimmy Dean Show."

Am I related to Miss Piggy? Do you know who I am?

Annie Sue debuted on "The Muppet Show" in 1978 as a new singing pig -- which upset Miss Piggy to no end. She was performed by Louise Gold.

My favorite food is chocolate chip. What is my name?

Cookie Monster began as a purple monster with teeth called the Wheel Stealer, in a test commercial for General Foods' wheel-shaped snacks in 1966. A green version of the Muppet appeared on The Ed Sullivan show and consumed a blinking machine. Finally, the fur changed to blue and the teeth were dropped, creating the lovable Sesame Street character we know today. OHM-NOM-NOM-NOM!

A-one, a-two, a-three... Can you identify me?

Count von Count debuted in 1972's season four premiere of "Sesame Street." He was originally performed by Jerry Nelson and has been performed by Matt Vogel since 2013.

Do you know who we are?

Bert and Ernie, best friends, live in the basement apartment at 123 Sesame Street. They were originally performed by two of the biggest Muppeteers, Frank Oz and Jim Henson.

My name is not exactly fitting. What is it?

Sweetums debuted with Robin the Frog in 1971's "The Frog Prince" -- as an ogre. He went on to be a regular part of "The Muppet Show" during its second season.

I play lead guitar in a band. Do you know who I am?

Despite being together for more than forty years, Janice and the rest of the Electric Mayhem performed live for the first time at the 2016 Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco. They played five songs, including their hit, "Can You Picture That?" from 1979's "The Muppet Movie." In an early showing of feminism, Janice is the Mayhem's lead guitar player.

I'm outta this world. Who am I?

A short Henson reworked many times, "Sclrapp Flyapp" features an alien that blows bmoke at anyone that doesn't say "sclrapp flyapp".

I'm Gary's younger brother. What is my name?

Walter was created for 2011's "The Muppets." He is voiced by Peter Linz.

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