Year created: 1952
Secret crush: Sally
Defining trait: Wimpy
Linus van Pelt is a character in Charles M. Schulz’s comic strip Peanuts. The best friend of Charlie Brown, Linus is also the younger brother of Lucy van Pelt and older brother of Rerun van Pelt. He first appeared on September 19, 1952; however, he was not mentioned by name until three days later. The Linus cartoon was first referenced two months earlier, on July 14. Linus spoke his first words in 1954, the same year he was shown with his security blanket.
Though young, Linus is unusually smart, and he acts as the strip’s philosopher and theologian, often quoting the Gospels. Despite Linus’ intelligence and mature vocabulary, juvenile aspects of his character are also displayed; for example, he Linus cartoon is almost always depicted holding his blue security blanket — for which he is often the subject of mockery from other characters — and often sucking his thumb. He invented his own legendary being, the Great Pumpkin, who, he Linus cartoon claims, appears every Halloween at the most “sincere” pumpkin patch, bearing gifts. Linus is the only one who believes in the Great Pumpkin, although he occasionally temporarily convinces other characters the Great Pumpkin is real, only to stubbornly maintain his faith when they lose theirs.
Linus is almost never without his blue blanket, which debuted in the June 1, 1954, strip. He holds the blanket over his shoulder while sucking his thumb. Ridicule of the habit is not a major concern for he Linus cartoon as shown when one friend, Roy, warned him at summer camp that he would be viciously teased for it. In response, Linus uses his blanket like a whip and shears off a tree branch with intimidating power and notes: “They never tease me more than once.” The blanket, it turns out, is an autonomous (although non-verbal) entity. In a 1965 strip, it engaged in a campaign of clandestine attacks on Lucy, even routing her from the house, due to her constant, albeit failed, attempts to get rid of it by throwing it in the trash burner. In the special A Boy Named Charlie Brown, it also performed a complex dance routine with he Linus cartoon upon being reunited with its owner.
Linus is considered Charlie Brown‘s best friend. Linus is sympathetic towards Charlie Brown, and often gives him advice after listening to Charlie Brown’s various insecurities. Similarly, Charlie Brown manages to generally overlook Linus’ faults, such as his undying faith in the Great Pumpkin, he Linus cartoon’s dependence upon his security blanket, or any of his other odd quirks. They are also forced together in allegiance over a common enemy: Lucy, who harasses and bullies Charlie Brown as much as she does Linus. The two are often seen having discussions while sitting on a street curb or leaning up against the brick wall. At some point in the strip, he Linus cartoon begins to appear sitting behind Charlie Brown in school, despite being a year younger than Charlie Brown. It is possible that the Linus cartoon was skipped up a grade due to his unusual intelligence.
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