This weekend sees the release of The Muppets, the first theatrical Muppet film since 1999's Muppets From Space. The film has been promoted like gangbusters over the last three months, with constant TV appearances by classic Muppets like Kermit the Frog, Ms. Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, Animal and Rowlf the Dog. But while even novice Muppet fans recognize these top tier characters, many are clueless to the lesser known Muppets appearing in the film's trailers and publicity stills. As such, we've established this guide to some of the great unknown (or at least lesser-known) Muppets you'll be seeing in the new film. They may not have lines or much screen time, but they are valid characters just the same, and probably more fun to drink with than many of their human co-stars.

Crazy Harry

Crazy Harry is known for his love of explosions. This may not qualify exactly as pyromania, but it was close enough for the original Muppet producers to shift his character to the background after The Muppet Show's first few years. He did have a great cameo in the original Muppet Movie, however, and will be on hand (hopefully with dynamite) in the new film.

Lew Zealand

Although most casual Muppet fans don't know his name, Lew Zealand is pretty recognizable as the Muppet with the amazing boomerang fish. He's also very creepy in his appearance. Still though, at least he doesn't have an explosives fetish, like Harry.

Pepe the King Prawn

This bizarre character is relatively new to the Muppet world, first appearing on Muppet's Tonight. Pepe has a heavy Spanish accent, and takes great pride in being a Prawn, as opposed to a shrimp. In fact, he looks down upon shrimp, which pretty much makes him the only bigoted Muppet, except of course for Big Bird, who hates Mexicans.

Marvin Suggs

This Muppet musician wasn't cool enough for the main Muppet Show Band, Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem. Marvin's main schtick was playing an instrument known as the muppaphone, which was apparently made up of tiny living Muppets he'd smash like a xylophone, which is kind of sickening, when you think about it. Don't think about it.

Bobo the Bear

Bobo the Bear was a mainstay on the TV series Muppets Tonight, and generally filled the role of security guard to the Muppets. It's unclear if he performs that function in the new film, but if he does, I hope he gets to taser Rizzo the Rat. I hate that Muppet.


Beaurgard was the featured janitor on The Muppet Show. He had a small appearance in The Great Muppet Caper, but since then has been pretty low-profile. Whether he'll ever get to tell us which Muppet Show celebrity guest stars clogged their dressing room toilets remains to be seen. I'm looking in your direction, Linda Ronstadt.


This giant Muppet is pretty recognizable from the first film, as he was constantly chasing the main group down, trying to go to Hollywood with them. Although monstrous in appearance, Sweetums is one of the friendlier Muppets, usually misunderstood do to his clumsy nature, and what we can only assume is a troubling mescaline addiction.

80's Robot

I wracked my brain trying to figure out where this Muppet had appeared before, until I looked it up and learned that 80's Robot is a brand new addition specifically created for upcoming film. Although he doesn't appear very Muppet like, I'm willing to give this new character a chance, provided he has a hilarious robot voice.


Thog is one of the great "who is that?" characters appearing in The Muppets latest ads. He actually dates back over 40 years to some of the earliest Muppet productions. Thog would pop up periodically on The Muppet Show before disappearing from the franchise until now. Hopefully we can finally learn more about this mystery Muppet. At the very least, I'm excited to see him take on Grimace during the inevitable McDonalds promotional crossover.

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