Charlie Brown

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Charles "Charlie" Brown is the protagonist in the comic strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz.

Charlie Brown and his creator have a common connection in that they are both the sons of barbers, but whereas Schulz's work is described as the "most shining example of the American success story", Charlie Brown is an example of "the great American un-success story" in that he fails in almost everything he does.[1]

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Character

Charlie Brown is a lovable loser,[2] a child possessed of endless determination and hope, but who is ultimately dominated by his insecurities[3] and a "permanent case of bad luck," and is often taken advantage of by his peers. He and Lucy Van Pelt star in a running gag that recurs throughout the series: Lucy holds a football for Charlie Brown to kick, but pulls it away before he kicks it, causing Charlie Brown to fly into the air and fall on his back.

Appearance

Charlie Brown is commonly misinterpreted as being bald, when in fact what many regard as a little bit of hair at the front is actually an artistic shortcut representing the front of his hairline. The back of his head has a few strings of hair which is called a tote. Linus has commented in A Charlie Brown Valentine that he is "kind of blond"; sister Sally is blonde as well. However, in You're a Good Sport, Charlie Brown, after winning the motorcross and getting a prize of five free haircuts, he mentions that he doesn't "have much hair to cut." He commonly wears a collared shirt with a black zigzag across the middle. The shirt originally tended to be red in the Sunday comics, blue on Peanuts merchandise items, and yellow on the animated television specials. With the influence of the television specials, the shirt now tends to be yellow in all media. He commonly wears black shorts, yellow socks and brown shoes. His original appearance was based on one of Schulz himself as a small child, but over time changed significantly.

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