CHARLIE BROWN Biography - Fictional, Iconical & Mythological characters


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Charles "Charlie" Brown is the main character in the comic strip Peanuts by             
Charles M. Schulz.                                                                     
Charlie Brown is a lovable loser, a child possessed of endless determination           
and hope, but who is ultimately dominated by a "permanent case of bad luck", and       
is often dominated and taken advantage of by his peers. These traits are best-shown     
from his baseball team: Charlie Brown is the manager of the team and its pitcher,       
but the team consistently loses (their all-time record is said to be 2 930, and         
the two wins were only by forfeit when the opposing team's players were ill.           
However, it should be noted that the team is said to have won when Linus was           
pitching in Charlie Brown's absence.) Charlie Brown is constantly cursed as a           
pitcher, often giving up tremendous hits which either knock him off the mound or       
leave him with only his shorts on. The team itself is poor, with only Charlie           
Brown's dog Snoopy being particularly competent; however, most of the occasions         
when his team has won games have been when Charlie Brown is not playing,               
although Charlie Brown did help the team win with a home run on two occasions (the     
pitcher of the other team later admitted that she let him hit the home runs             
because she thought he looked cute standing at the plate). On the rare occasion         
that he does succeed at something, circumstances invariably arise to lessen his         
victory, such as when he wins a bowling trophy on which his surname is                 
misspelled. Charlie Brown is also an avid kite-flyer, but a running joke is that       
his kites keep landing in a "Kite-Eating Tree" or suffering even worse fates.           
Once in 1958, he finally got the kite to fly before it spontaneously combusted         
in the air. However in the 13 July 1961 strip Charlie Brown not only gets his           
kite to fly, but to fly so high that he has to ask Lucy to tie on some extra           
string. The punch line is that Lucy does this in a huge bow. The kite is               
airborne through the four panels of the strip. A Sunday episode showed that             
once Charlie Brown tried to fly his kite in winter - and it froze solid in the         
He is often called "blockhead" by Lucy van Pelt, despite his rather round head.         
Every autumn Lucy promises to hold a football for Charlie Brown to kick, and           
every year she pulls it away as he follows through, causing him to fly in the           
air and land painfully on his back. He was never shown as succeeding in kicking         
the football in the comic strip.                                                       
When Charlie Brown was ill in the hospital in a 1979 sequence, Lucy promised she       
would never pull the football away again. She did not pull the football away           
when Charlie Brown tried to kick it after he got well, but he missed the               
football and kicked her hand. He was depicted as kicking it in a 1981 TV special,       
It's Magic, Charlie Brown, in which he was invisible, but this is not considered       
canon. In 1999, Lucy delegated the task of holding the ball to her brother Rerun,       
but he did not reveal whether he pulled the ball away or not.                           
Charlie Brown is drawn with only a small curl of hair at the front of his head,         
and a little in the back. Though this is often interpreted as him being bald,           
Charles Schulz has explained that he saw Charlie Brown as having hair that was         
so light, and cut so short, that it was not seen very well. Charlie Brown has           
often mentioned getting a haircut, or his hair in general, throughout the strip's       
run. Snoopy thinks of his owner as "that round-headed kid". He almost always           
wears black shorts and a short-sleeved shirt, usually yellow, with a black zig-zag     
stripe around the middle.                                                               
Charlie Brown often utters the catch phrase "Good grief!" when astonished or           
dismayed. In moments of extreme disappointment or despair he sometimes simply           
cries out, "I can't stand it!" Other times, he will exclaim 'Augh!' when               
particularly frustrated or surprised.                                                   
Peanuts Sunday strips were often (unofficially) titled Peanuts featuring Good Ol'       
Charlie Brown. Schulz later stated that he had wanted to name the strip Good Ol'       
Charlie Brown but that the name Peanuts was chosen by the cartoon syndicate             
instead; as a result, some people inferred that Charlie Brown's name was "Peanuts".     
Schulz suggested the Sunday title as a clarification device.