Illustration by Caroll Spinney.


A large family of Anything Muppets.


Semi-blank versions of Green, Blue and Lavender, from the song "Fat Cat".

Kids for Character Anything Muppet

An Anything Muppet seen in Kids for Character.

Anything Muppets (or "AMs", as they're referred to in the studio) are "empty" humanoid Muppet heads and bodies that are given facial features and clothes to create different characters. They are similar to Whatnots. Some Anything Muppets also appeared in some of the Muppet movies and specials.

The Anything Muppets were introduced in the first episode of Sesame Street in a sketch involving Gordon. An Anything Muppet appeared without any facial features, and Gordon introduced her as an Anything Person and proceeded to give her and four other Anything Muppets (who appeared in sequence) eyes, noses, and hair to form a family.

During the first seasons of Sesame Street, they were known as "The Anything People" who could be anything they wanted. Usually the live actors, like Bob, would turn them into different characters. This concept was abandoned after a few seasons, although every once in a while an Anything Muppet character would take off his nose, lose his mustache, or something of the sort.

Although these puppets were usually used to create human characters, animals were also sometimes concocted from Anything Muppets, until the late 1980s, including the Tortoise and the Hare, the Three Little Pigs and Captain Vegetable. This practice could be seen in The Miss Muffet Play. Aliens, such as The Gonk and The Geefle, and monsters such as Bennett Snerf, Arlene Frantic, Fenwick, Rosemary and Pamela could also be made from Anything Muppets.

Main Sesame Street characters that are made from Anything Muppets include Count von Count, Prairie Dawn, Mr. Johnson, Roosevelt Franklin, Guy Smiley, Lefty the Salesman, the Twiddlebugs, and Sherlock Hemlock.

Our general philosophy on "Sesame" is that we've always dealt with not being specific to races. That is why Jim Henson developed artificial colors or strange colors for all the humanoids.
-Ed Christie describing Anything Muppets to the crew of Sisimpur[1]


The following types of Anything Muppets appear on Sesame Street; terms for these are derived from CTW style guides and other official sources:

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In addition, a few other types have been used less frequently; official titles are currently unknown.


Large orange live hand

Laundromat Manager, King Fred, Murray the Mediocre, Sir John Feelgood, Mo, The Grand Royal Square Lover, Geppetto, Diva D'Abruzzo, Super Nanny, Hansel, Noel Cowherd, "The Most Important Meal of the Day" chef, "Once is Not Enough" father, the dentist from "Dentist of Seville", Dr. Edwynn, Guntag Gelman-Jones, Charmin', Suspension Act Magician, one of the backup singers from the remake of "The Sneeze Song", Long Jane Silver, Dani, Emagene, I.C. DeForrest, King Oliver, Dr. Ruster, Jon, Macaroni the Merciless

Large lavender hand rod

The Count (in The First Day of School), Rusty, Mr. Essex, Sonny Friendly (originally, 1986-1993), Frankie, The Grand High Triangle Lover (originally), The Princess and the C, Donald Trump Muppet, Ambulance Driver, DOS, LB, DM, S'nM


Flo, Smelly, Breakfast Club Singer, Dinner Theatre cousin, Tyrone, Prince, Groucho Marx Muppet, Tony, TJ, Customer

Large Green live hand

Super K Cereal Boy, Ice Cream Vendor, Heaviest Catch Crew Member, GH, GF

Prairies mom

Large pink live hand

Prairie Dawn's Mom, Virginia Virginia, Gretel, The Closer

Large light pink live hand

Sadie Schwartzbaum, Salesperson, Ringmaster


Kingston Livingston III, Sergeant Gabriel, Most Important Meal of the Day Boy, Elf

Monster AMsEdit


Ray Charles performs Bein' Green with a chorus of AM monsters. Among them are Elmo, Natasha, Ruby, Frazzle, an early version of Merry Monster


The All Monster and a Guy Named Murray Chorus

Anything muppets are muppet people on Sesame Street but yet, the monsters of them were also made as well as the human-like Anything Muppets and they are in the same universe. The puppets are similar to regular Anything Muppets in their simple design and interchangeable identities. However, they are also like the Whatnots used on The Muppet Show in that there is usually only one of each kind of monster puppet, whereas there are more than one copy of most Anything Muppets.

During the early years of Sesame Street, monsters needed for brief appearances were usually created by draping fur over parts of the body and head of an Anything Muppet. One of the most prominent monsters created in this manner is Frazzle. Later they were replaced by the AM monsters, allowing for a larger variety of designs.

Some monsters also have features that are rarely removed, such as Kermit the Forg, or had a single identity for an extended period of time (such as Maurice Monster). While most remain background characters, several monsters have developed unique personalities and become main characters, including Humphrey, Natasha, and, most famously, Elmo.




Four examples of Anything Muppet characters from the song, "Family."

  • The term "AM" is also used to refer to various background characters, such as monsters, animals, Honkers, Dingers, and other creatures. In these cases, scripts call AMs "animated Muppets".

See alsoEdit


  1. The World According to Sesame Street