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Lucy Van Pelt
Peanuts character
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Lucy slugs Linus Book cover Lucy van Pelt is a character in the syndicated comic strip Peanuts, written and drawn by Charles Schulz. ... Peanuts is a syndicated daily and Sunday comic strip written and illustrated by Charles M. Schulz, which ran from October 2, 1950, to February 13, 2000 (the day after Schulzs death). ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ...

Age 8
Gender Female
Family Middle Brother, Linus Van Pelt, Youngest Brother Rerun Van Pelt, Blanket Hating Grandmother, and Unnamed Parents
Birthday Unknown (debut date is March 3rd)
Book cover

Lucy van Pelt is a character in the syndicated comic strip Peanuts, written and drawn by Charles Schulz. She is the older sister of Linus and Rerun. Lucy is a crabby and cynical eight-year-old girl, and is often mean to the other characters in the strip, particularly her brother and Charlie Brown. In one word, she is a fuss-budget (a word which was made popular by the strip); in fact, she was once made honorary president of the National Fussbudget Foundation. Linus awaits the Great Pumpkin. ... Rerun on the back of his mothers bicycle. ... Image File history File links Peanuts_Baseball. ... Image File history File links Peanuts_Baseball. ... This article is about the comic strip, the sequential art form as published in newspapers and on the Internet. ... Peanuts is a syndicated daily and Sunday comic strip written and illustrated by Charles M. Schulz, which ran from October 2, 1950, to February 13, 2000 (the day after Schulzs death). ... Charles Monroe Schulz (November 26, 1922 - February 12, 2000) was a 20th-century American cartoonist best known for his Peanuts comic strip. ... Linus awaits the Great Pumpkin. ... Rerun on the back of his mothers bicycle. ... “Spoiled” redirects here. ... Charles Charlie Brown is a character in the comic strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz. ...

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History

Lucy was introduced into the strip on March 3, 1952 as a wide-eyed baby who constantly tormented her parents. Very early on, Schulz eliminated the circles around her eyes and allowed her to mature to the age of the other characters. She soon grew into her familiar persona of a bossy, crabby, cranky and spoiled girl. is the 62nd day of the year (63rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1952 (MCMLII) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... “Spoiled” redirects here. ...


Perhaps Lucy's most famous gimmick in her long existence as a character is as the one who pulls the football away from Charlie Brown right as he is about to kick it. The first occasion on which she did this was November 16, 1952, taking over for Violet, who had previously (yet, unintentionally) subjected Charlie Brown to this trick on November 14, 1951 all because she was afraid that Charlie Brown would accidentally kick her instead of the ball while Lucy, later on, would intentionally pull the football away from Charlie Brown to trick him. Ironically, the first time Lucy did this, she feared that Charlie Brown's shoes were dirty; and the second time (in the same strip) she, for once, did not pull the ball away, but Charlie Brown tripped when Lucy firmly held the ball in place with unexpected strength. United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... November 16 is the 320th day of the year (321st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 45 days remaining. ... 1952 (MCMLII) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Violet from a comic strip. ... November 14 is the 318th day of the year (319th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Lucy and her "five-cents-please" psychiatric help booth as depicted over at Universal Studios in Osaka, Japan.
Lucy and her "five-cents-please" psychiatric help booth as depicted over at Universal Studios in Osaka, Japan.

In an episode of Robot Chicken while playing Football, Charlie Brown kicks her, fed up with being tricked. In one of the final strips, she's called inside while trying to convince Charlie Brown to kick the ball. She has Linus do the trick this time, and Linus later walks in holding the football. Lucy wondered if he pulled it away, and Linus says that she'll never know. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1024x768, 121 KB)Lucy Van Pelt and her world famous psychiatric help booth. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1024x768, 121 KB)Lucy Van Pelt and her world famous psychiatric help booth. ... USJ1 USJ2 MBS Studio in USJ Universal Studios Japan is a theme park operated by Universal Studios which is located in Osaka. ... Osaka )   is a city in Japan, located at the mouth of the Yodo River on Osaka Bay, in the Kansai region of the main island of HonshÅ«. The city is the capital of Osaka Prefecture. ... Robot Chicken is an American stop motion animated television series distributed by Sony Pictures Digital and produced by ShadowMachine Films, currently airing in the US as a part of Cartoon Networks Adult Swim line-up, in Britain as part of the Bravos Adult Swim line-up, and in...

Relationships with other characters

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Lucy and Linus

Lucy is frequently irked by her younger and more passive brother, Linus. In particular, she wants Linus to stop his addiction to his security blanket, and has even gone so far as to steal it. She once made a kite out of it and "accidentally" let go of it. The blanket flew around the country and people wrote Linus to let him know they saw it. The Air Force rescued it when it flew out over the Pacific Ocean. Another time Lucy buried the blanket, causing a frantic Linus to dig up almost the entire neighborhood before Snoopy found it. A security blanket is any familiar object whose presence provides comfort or security to its owner, such as the literal blankets often favored by small children. ... Yokaichi Giant Kite Festival held on the fourth Sunday every May in Higashiomi, Shiga, Japan Kite flying is the activity of flying tethered man-made objects in wind. ... The United States Air Force (USAF) is the aerial warfare branch of the United States armed forces and one of the seven uniformed services. ... For the American rapper, see Snoop Dogg. ...


Aside from trying to cure him of his blanket habit, Lucy also generally treats Linus like dirt, stealing all the crayons (except black, white and gray, of course), changing the channel or turning the TV off entirely while Linus is watching it, and forcing him to shower her with lavish words of praise before she'll even consider sharing some of her food with him ("Thank you, dear sister, greatest of all sisters, without whom I'd never survive!") Lucy also treats Linus like her own personal servant, forcing him to bring her a snack or something to drink while she watches TV. Lucy once bragged that she played Linus "like a pianist plays a concert grand," which isn't far from the truth. Linus' attempts to stand up to his sister typically result in a verbal or physical beatdown, though not always. Lucy has made no secret of the fact that she wishes she were an only child, and has actually tried to throw Linus out of the house a few times.


Linus gets his revenge on Lucy in more subtle ways. In one strip, he awards her with a printed scroll and congratulates her on being "crabby" for 1,000 days in a row.


Lucy and Charlie Brown

Her treatment of Charlie Brown is just as bad (although in the early days, her occasional crushes on him are very questionable, if she had a crush on him). Aside from her football trick, she gives "psychiatric advice" by insulting and belittling him. In the earlier years, Lucy comes up with a silly theory ("Snow comes up out of the ground") and berates and laughs at Charlie's patient efforts to tell her otherwise. When Charlie Brown finally proves that Lucy's theory is false, Lucy makes an insensitive remark about the way he looks. (A similar thing happens when Lucy laughs at Charlie's assertation that birds fly south for the winter; upon learning the truth from her teacher, she wonders if she can change to a different teacher.) When Charlie Brown fails at something, Lucy is one of the hardest on him. She is somewhere between a fair weather friend and a bully to him.


Lucy and Rerun

By contrast, Lucy's relationship with her other brother, Rerun (who entered the strip as a baby in 1972 and didn't become a major character until the late 1990s), is much less turbulent. Lucy has, in fact, taken on something of a mentor role for Rerun, teaching him important things he needs to survive in life, such as how to tie his shoes - in contrast to the outrageous misinformation she has been known to force on Linus (e.g. telling him that leaves falling off trees in autumn were "flying south for the winter"). As a result, Lucy's personality seemed to mellow a bit in the final years of the strip, though she never did become totally "nice." Rerun often shows a knack for getting around Lucy and weakening her defenses, whereas Linus is apt to give up and just let Lucy dominate him. This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


Lucy and Snoopy

Lucy is terrified of being licked or kissed by Snoopy, and usually runs off screaming whenever he does kiss her. Snoopy is naturally infatuated with her and likes to tease her about it. For the American rapper, see Snoop Dogg. ...


Lucy and Snoopy have also occasionally found themselves in not-so-friendly competition - the two faced off in an arm-wrestling tournament once (the competition ended abruptly after Snoopy kissed Lucy on the nose and she recoiled in horror), and more than once in the course of the strip have actually come to fighting (again, Snoopy often wins by default by trying to kiss or lick Lucy's face). As it turns out, Snoopy is perhaps one of the few characters in the strip who usually winds up outsmarting Lucy.


Lucy and Schroeder

Lucy is infatuated with Schroeder, who constantly rebuffs her advances. She spends much of her time leaning against his toy piano as he plays, striving to gain the attention Schroeder gives to his music. Schroeder often responds to her flirting with a sarcastic quote. Schroeder is a fictional character in the long-running comic strip Peanuts, created by Charles M. Schulz. ... A short grand piano, with the top up. ...


Lucy constantly sees herself as being in competition with the piano, which she has even tried to steal and destroy, and sometimes succeeding, earning her none of Schroeder's love or affection. To an extent, she also believes she is competing with Schroeder's favorite composer, Beethoven, and often makes a point to belittle and insult Beethoven to Schroeder's face (which angers Schroder immensely). In one strip, Lucy tossed Schroeder's piano up into the Kite-Eating Tree which always eats Charlie Brown's kites, and in another strip, she threw his piano down a sewer. Schroeder, for his part, has on occasion exacted revenge by yanking his piano out from under Lucy, causing her head to strike the floor. Schroeder often is annoyed by Lucy's materialistic outlook on life (especially when she suggests that Beethoven's birthday is an ideal day to buy girls gifts). A portrait by Joseph Karl Stieler, 1820 Ludwig van Beethoven (IPA: ), (baptized December 17, 1770[1] – March 26, 1827) was a German composer. ... Charles Charlie Brown is the principal character in the comic strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz. ...


Lucy is even highly protective of "her man". On occasion during the 1960s, Lucy and naturally-curly-haired Frieda were shown as rivals for Schroeder's affections; she once spotted Frieda taking Lucy's place at Schroeder's piano, and (egged on by Snoopy) attacked her. Friedas first appearance in Peanuts. ...


Other personality traits

Psychiatric booth

Lucy is also the manager of a psychiatric booth, parodying the lemonade stand operated by many young children. Here, she gives advice for five cents to the other characters in the strip, most frequently an anxious Charlie Brown. Of course, the advice that Lucy offered often leaves Charlie Brown feeling even worse than before. The psychiatric booth is a prime example of the more adult-oriented humor that Schulz incorporated into his comic strip, making it accessible to people of all ages. In the early years of the psychiatric booth, another of Lucy's most frequent clients was her own brother, Linus; Schroeder, Sally, Frieda, and Snoopy have also been beneficiaries of Lucy's psychiatric wisdom. Psychiatry is a branch of medicine dealing with the prevention, assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of the mind and mental illness. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A two-cent euro coin A United States penny, or 1¢ In currency, the cent is a monetary unit that equals 1/100 of the basic unit of value. ...

"...and we'll start rehearsal" Lucy van Pelt, as depicted in 1965's A Charlie Brown Christmas

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Baseball

On Charlie Brown's baseball team Lucy plays right field, and is characterized as a bad player, who, when temporarily kicked off the team, turns to heckling the games. Lucy has a knack for coming up with a novel excuse for every fly ball she misses (for example: "The moons of Saturn got in my eyes," or "I think there were toxic substances coming from my glove, and they made me dizzy."). Other times, she finds an excuse to have one-sided conversations with Charlie Brown at the pitcher's mound, often over some trivial thing she noticed, which usually result in Charlie Brown blowing his top, twice, he has screamed at her to "Get back in center field where you belong!". Once, Charlie Brown traded Lucy to Peppermint Patty's baseball team for Marcie (and a pizza), but once Patty discovered what a terrible player Lucy really was, she traded her back. Even on the diamond, Lucy flirts with Schroeder, who plays catcher on Charlie Brown's team: once she called for a "squeeze play...I'll squeeze the catcher!" Only once has Lucy ever produced on the baseball diamond: in one game, Lucy (using a bat signed not by a ballplayer, but by actress Liv Ullmann) slammed a home run, after Schroeder jokingly suggested that he would kiss her if she hit a four-bagger. (Lucy let him off the hook: "If that's the only way I'll get you to kiss me, forget it! Another victory for women's lib!") A view of the playing field at Busch Memorial Stadium, St. ... Liv Johanne Ullmann (born December 16, 1938) is an Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe-winning Norwegian actress, author and film director. ... Feminism is a body of social theory and political movement primarily based on and motivated by the experiences of women. ...


Portrayals

1960s child actress Tracy Stratford first voiced Lucy in 1965 and since then many actresses including sisters Robin (from 1972 to 1973) and Melanie Kohn (from 1974 to 1977) have voiced her. Actress Sally Dryer provided Lucy's voice from 1966-1968. Pamelyn Ferdin also provided a voice to Lucy in Play It Again, Charlie Brown. 1980s child actress Angela Lee voiced her in 1982 and 1983. Heather Stoneman voiced her in 1984 and 1985. Erica Gayle and Ami Foster both voiced her in "This Is America, Charlie Brown" (1988-1989). Robin Kohn was a child actress noted for providing the voice of Lucy van Pelt in various Peanuts animation films during the early 1970s. ... Sally Dryer (a. ... Pamelyn Ferdin (born February 4, 1959) is an outspoken animal rights activist and former child actress. ... Play it Again, Charlie Brown is one of many prime-time animated TV specials based upon the popular comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz. ... Ami Foster (born August 5, 1975) was a successful child star in the early-1980s who is perhaps best remembered for playing Margeaux Kramer on the American television program Punky Brewster. ...


In the stage musical You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Lucy was portrayed by Reva Rose in the original off-Broadway cast in 1967, and by Ilana Levine in the 1999 Broadway revival. Youre a Good Man, Charlie Brown is a musical comedy with music and lyrics by Clark Gesner and a book by John Gordon, based on the characters created by cartoonist Charles M. Schulz in his comic strip Peanuts. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... Ilana Levine (born December 5, 1963) is an American actress. ... Year 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar). ...


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