Charlie Brown is the central protagonist of the long-running comic strips Peanuts, syndicated in daily and Sunday newspapers in numerous countries all over the world. Depicted as a “lovable loser,” Charlie Brown is one of the great American archetypes and a popular and widely recognized cartoon character.
Charlie Brown is characterized as a person who frequently suffers, and as a result is usually nervous and lacks self-confidence. He shows both pessimistic and optimistic attitudes: on some days, he is reluctant to go out because his day might just be spoiled, but on others, he hopes for the best and tries as much as he can to accomplish things.
The character’s creator, Charles M. Schulz, has said of the character that “[He] must be the one who suffers because he is a caricature of the average person. Most of us are much more acquainted with losing than winning.” Despite this, Charlie Brown does not always suffer, as he has experienced some happy moments and victories through the years, and he has sometimes uncharacteristically shown self-assertiveness despite his frequent nervousness.
Schulz has also said: “I like to have Charlie Brown to be the focal point of almost every story.”
Lee Mendelson, producer of the majority of the Peanuts television specials, has said that “He [Charlie Brown] was, and is, the ultimate survivor in overcoming bulliness—Lucy or otherwise.”
Charlie Brown’s birth date is October 30. In the original Peanuts strips (excluding Li’l Folks), his birth year is suggested to be 1946 according to a strip originally published Nov. 3, 1950. Initially Charlie Brown suggests he lives in an apartment with his grandmother occupying the one above his; a few years into the strip, he moves to a house with a back yard.