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Patricia "Peppermint Patty" Reichardt
Peanuts character
Image:PeppermintPatty.gif
Age 8
Gender Female
Family Father
Original voice actor Gail DeFaria
Other voice actors Linda Ercoli (1974)
Victoria Vargas (1983)
Gini Holtzman (1984 - 1985)
Kristie Baker (1985-1986)
Christopher DeFaria (1972)
Stuart Brotman (1975-1977)
Birthday October 4

Patricia "Peppermint Patty" Reichardt is a fictional character featured in Charles M. Schulz's comic strip Peanuts. A freckle-faced brunette, she is one of a small group in the strip who lives across town from Charlie Brown and his school friends. Generally displaying the characteristics of a tomboy, she was the first female Peanuts character to wear pants. She made her first appearance on August 22, 1966. The following year, she made her animated debut in the TV special You're in Love, Charlie Brown and began (in the comics) coaching a baseball team that played against Charlie Brown and since has had other adventures with him. She calls Charlie Brown "Chuck" and Lucy "Lucille" and is the only character to do so (although Peppermint Patty's close friend Marcie has been known to call Charlie Brown "Chuck" on occasion, she usually calls him "Charles"). For other uses, see Peanut (disambiguation). ... This article is about the mint-and-chocolate confection. ... For other uses, see Peanut (disambiguation). ... Image File history File links PeppermintPatty. ... Linda Ercoli was born on March 7, 1960 in California. ... Chris DeFaria was born on May 20, 1959 in Alameda County, California. ... is the 277th day of the year (278th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Alice, a fictional character based on a real character from the work of Lewis Carroll. ... Charles Monroe Schulz (November 26, 1922 – February 12, 2000) was a 20th-century American cartoonist best known worldwide for his Peanuts comic strip. ... This article is about the comic strip, the sequential art form as published in newspapers and on the Internet. ... For other uses, see Peanut (disambiguation). ... Freckles are small brownish spots of melanin on human skin in people of fair complexion, predominantly found on the face. ... a young man with brown hair Brown hair (also referred to as chestnut, cinnamon, dark) varies from light brown to almost black hair. ... This article is about the character from Peanuts. ... For other uses, see Tomboy (disambiguation). ... is the 234th day of the year (235th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ... Youre in Love, Charlie Brown is the fourth of what would become many prime-time animated TV specials based upon the popular comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz. ... This article is about the sport. ... Book cover Lucy van Pelt is a character in the syndicated comic strip Peanuts, written and drawn by Charles Schulz. ... Marcie Marcie is a bespectacled fictional character featured in Charles M. Schulzs comic strip Peanuts. ...


Peppermint Patty's birthday is on October 4, as determined from the October 4, 1970 strip in which Patty's father gives her roses on her birthday. [1] is the 277th day of the year (278th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 277th day of the year (278th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1970 ([[Rf 1970 == January 1 - The Unix epoch begins at 00:00:00 UTC January 2 - The last studio performance of The Beatles oman numerals|MCMLXX]]) was a common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...

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History of the character

One story about Peppermint Patty (Pimienta) has it that Charles Schulz named the character after the York Peppermint Pattie, and in response the makers of the candy, Peter-Paul (later Peter-Paul Cadbury) ended up being one of the exclusive sponsors (along with McDonald's and Dolly Madison) of the animated Peanuts television specials on CBS in the 1970s. However, the York Peppermint Pattie wasn't introduced nationally until 1975, several years after Peppermint Patty was introduced (it had been previously available only in the Northeast, where the California-based Schulz was unlikely to come across one). Schulz has said in several interviews that he named Peppermint Patty after a dish of peppermint candies he had in his office. This article is about the mint-and-chocolate confection. ... Peter Paul is an international lawyer, developer, foundation president, hollywood entrepreneur, internet pioneer, and acquaintance of five U.S. Presidents. ... McDonalds Corporation (NYSE: MCD) is the worlds largest chain of fast-food restaurants, primarily selling hamburgers, chicken, french fries, milkshakes and soft drinks. ... Biography Dolly Madison created ice cream. ... This article is about the broadcast network. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Largest metro area Greater Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ...


Peppermint Patty was first voiced by Gail DeFaria in the CBS specials, then by various other child actresses including Linda Ercoli (1974), Victoria Vargas (1983), and Gini Holtzman (1984 - 1986) (although few boys including Christopher DeFaria and Stuart Brotman had voiced Peppermint Patty). It has been reported, originally in The Washington Times, that Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts portrayed Peppermint Patty in his all-male high school's production of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. However, Peppermint Patty does not appear in the original version of the show; there is a part for "Patty", but she is an earlier Peanuts character. Linda Ercoli was born on March 7, 1960 in California. ... Chris DeFaria was born on May 20, 1959 in Alameda County, California. ... The Washington Times[1] is a daily broadsheet newspaper published in Washington, D.C., United States. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  US Government Portal      The Supreme Court of the United States (sometimes colloquially referred to by the... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      The Chief Justice of the United States is the head of the judicial branch... This article is about the Chief Justice of the United States. ... For other uses, see High school (disambiguation). ... 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. ... Patty from a comic strip. ...


Notable character traits

Peppermint Patty is noted for her persistent habit of profoundly misunderstanding basic concepts and ideas that most people would consider obvious, leading to embarrassing situations. For instance, she probably is the only character in the strip who for a very long time did not recognize Snoopy as a dog, continuously referring to him as "the funny looking kid with the big nose". This was a recurrent gag in the strip until an incident in which Patty declared she was through with school and planned to spend the rest of her days staying in "Chuck's guest cottage" (Snoopy's dog house). By the end of this particular story arc, Marcie, in a fit of exasperation, angrily informed Patty exactly what the "funny looking kid with the big nose" actually was, which left Patty in stunned shock for several strips. In a later phone call to Charlie Brown, Patty finally accepted the truth: "Let's just say my pride had the flu, okay, Chuck?" Snoopy is a fictional character in the long-running comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz. ...


She also thought a school for gifted children meant that she would get free gifts if she enrolled. Likewise she once confused a dog obedience school with a human private school, going so far as to enroll and graduate with the other dogs. It was only later, when she tried to use that diploma to show that she didn't have to go to regular school, that she discovered that she had publicly humiliated herself for a meaningless honor. She is widely known for receiving a D− grade on every test or assignment in school (in 1999, the final full year of "Peanuts," her teacher presented her with a certificate naming her to the "D-Minus Hall of Fame"). In a series of strips in 1984, Peppermint Patty was held back a grade for failing all of her classes - only to be allowed to return to her old class when her old desk in front of Marcie started to emit snoring noises, leading kids and faculty alike to suspect that the classroom was haunted by a "snoring ghost." Gifted children are those considered by educational systems to have significantly higher than normal levels of one or more forms of intelligence. ... An obedience school is an institution that trains pets (particularly dogs) how to behave properly. ...


Peppermint Patty's bad grades are possibly aided by her tendency to sleep through class. This was explained by the fact that her father works late, and Patty is too insecure to sleep until he returns home. In one series of strips, Marcie suggests that it is Patty's unrequited love for Charlie Brown (see below) which causes her to fall asleep. At Marcie's urging, Patty also went to a sleep disorders treatment center to be tested for narcolepsy; once again, though, it was determined that staying up too late at night, and not narcolepsy, was the cause of Patty's falling asleep in class. This article is about the character from Peanuts. ... For other uses, see Narcolepsy (disambiguation). ...


Peppermint Patty hired Snoopy twice to serve as her watchdog so she could sleep better at night, but both incidents ended in disaster. The first time, Snoopy was unable to get off Peppermint Patty's waterbed in the guest room to catch the burglars who were robbing the house at that very moment, and the second time, Snoopy was distracted by the girl poodle who became his fiancee (the engagement was called off on the day of the wedding), leading Peppermint Patty to angrily call Charlie Brown in the middle of the night and demand that he come to her house to serve as watchdog in Snoopy's place. Besides guard duties, Peppermint Patty also retains Snoopy's services as an attorney, once even enlisting his help to openly defy the school's dress code. The first strip in which the character's full formal name, Patricia Reichardt, was mentioned, published 15 January 1972; her formal name appeared again at least one more time, in the 05 February 1993 strip, in which she reads to Marcie an ad she has placed in the paper: February 5 is the 36th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ...

  • First panel: PP: See Marcie? My ad is in the paper..
  • Second panel: PP: "Help wanted.. attractive young lady can't remember history dates."
  • Third panel: PP: "Doesn't understand fractions.. Call Patricia Reichardt at number below.."
  • Fourth panel: PP: What do you think, Marcie? M: You are extremely weird, sir.

Patty is also a star athlete, especially in baseball, where her team regularly trounces Charlie Brown's squad. In the first series of strips in which Patty appeared in 1966, she actually joins "Chuck"'s team as its new pitcher, relegating Charlie Brown to the outfield. However, she quits in disgust after only one game; despite tossing a no-hitter and slamming five home runs, her new team lost, 37-5, due to their somewhat porous defense. In baseball, a home run is a base hit in which the batter is able to circle all the bases, ending at home plate and scoring a run, with no errors on the play that result in the batter achieving extra bases. ...


Peppermint Patty lives with her father and enjoys a particularly close relationship with him, even though he apparently has to do a lot of travelling. He refers to his daughter as his "rare gem," a nickname with which Patty is extremely pleased. Her mother apparently died long ago, for Peppermint Patty has no memories of her. Peppermint Patty has often lamented her lack of a mother to help her prepare for skating competitions and such:

Peppermint Patty: "Skating mothers are like stage mothers and swimming mothers. They grumble and complain and gossip and fuss, but you really need them!"
Marcie: "How do they get that way, sir?"
Peppermint Patty: "Early rising and too much coffee."

A mother is mentioned over the course of the television special He's Your Dog, Charlie Brown, but Schulz has repeatedly stated that the situations presented in the cartoon adaptations are not canonical to the strip. Hes Your Dog, Charlie Brown is one of many prime-time animated TV specials based upon the popular comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz. ...


Relationships with other characters

Peppermint Patty's constant companion, Marcie, calls her "Sir" and has since she first appeared in the strip by name in 1971. (One rumor suggests that she does so because of her failing eyesight.) For a long time, this was a major annoyance to Patty, and she would continually snap at Marcie, "Stop calling me 'Sir'!", but eventually she got used to it, though she still preferred that Marcie not call her "Sir." [clarify] Look up sir in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


The first character to call Peppermint Patty "Sir" was not Marcie, but a pigtailed girl named Sophie in Peppermint Patty's cabin at summer camp, who appeared in the same series of strips in the summer of 1968 that introduced Marcie's predecessor, Clara. When Sophie and Clara (this time sans glasses) re-appeared in Peanuts in the summer of 1987, they called Patty "Ma'am", which also annoyed her.


Not until a few years after she was introduced into the strip did it become apparent that Peppermint Patty had a crush on Charlie Brown. Peppermint Patty frequently plays "lovers' games" with Charlie Brown, and gets frustrated or even angry when he doesn't take the bait. Originally, Peppermint Patty played reverse psychology; she would often say, "You kind of like me, don't you, Chuck?" when it was clear that it was Peppermint Patty who had the crush on Charlie Brown, while he not only didn't have a crush on her, he also didn't quite know what to make of her. His true love was the unattainable Little Red-Haired Girl, and having a girl actually like him was unexplored territory. Patty frequently denied having a crush on Charlie Brown at first, writing him off as too "wishy-washy" and because she "could strike him out on three straight pitches", and during a game of Ha-Ha Herman crudely insulting him when she thought he wasn't listening. Yet it was still obvious to Marcie that Peppermint Patty liked Charlie Brown as more than a friend, "wishy-washy" or not. The Little Red-Haired Girl is an unseen character in the Peanuts comic strip by Charles M. Schulz, and is a symbol of unrequited love. ...


In one Sunday strip from 1979 (drawn as part of a storyline in which Charlie Brown was in the hospital), Peppermint Patty essentially admitted to kind of liking Charlie Brown and, in the same strip, Marcie admitted loving "Charles," so far as to affirming her willingness to marry Charlie Brown. Even this strip ended in a denial of sorts - Patty brought Marcie up to the front desk of the hospital and tried to have her admitted as a patient, saying, "I think she's sicker than he is!" Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... This article is about the character from Peanuts. ...


Peppermint Patty often tries to talk to Charlie Brown about matters of the heart (often depicted with both characters sitting under a tree) and even calls him often on the phone (usually taking up the majority of the conversation), but Charlie Brown usually manages to somehow evade the issue, often by simply playing dumb. Patty often grumbles, "I hate talking to you, Chuck!" whenever she tries to confide in him and he doesn't tell her what she wants to hear.


Peppermint Patty also developed a crush on Pig-Pen for a while in 1980, after Charlie Brown set them up on a date for a Valentine's Day dance. Also, in the movie Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (And Don't Come Back!!), both she and Marcie were shown as being attracted to Pierre, the son of their host family in France. Pierre only returned Marcie's affections, however, a fact to which Peppermint Patty remained oblivious even when they were holding hands right in front of her. Pig-Pen is a character in the comic strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... For other uses, see Valentines Day (disambiguation). ... This article contains a trivia section. ...


External link

  • Peppermint Patty at Snoopy.com
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