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(io9)   I present you the top 12 worst Muppets ever. Come in for the Elmo hatred, stay for the argument that Snuffaluffagus is on the list   (io9.com) divider line 157
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2014-03-20 02:25:12 PM  
They spend a lot of time complaining about one trick ponies in that article.  Quite a few of the muppets have only one shtick.  Oscar, Cookie, the Count to name three.
 
2014-03-20 02:44:55 PM  
www.expressnightout.com
 
2014-03-20 02:49:09 PM  

EvilEgg: They spend a lot of time complaining about one trick ponies in that article.  Quite a few of the muppets have only one shtick.  Oscar, Cookie, the Count to name three.


Three! Three Muppets with one on schtick! Ah ah ah!
 
2014-03-20 02:50:09 PM  
Walter, and I'm not just saying that because it's my name too if anything that made me give him more of a chance. Walter is the new generation of Muppets with a Kermit who gives up. When Jim Henson died Kermit lost his soul, his son's version seems to harbor the grief of Jim's death as the underlying characteristic of Kermit. It's disturbing.
 
2014-03-20 02:52:37 PM  
I like the one with the boomerang fish.
 
2014-03-20 03:13:51 PM  
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So this wasn't a drug-induced hallucination I had in the 80's?

I'm still frightened by it.
 
2014-03-20 03:25:49 PM  
Fark you Mr. Bricken.  Any Muppet that can get away with lines like this:

Pepe the Prawn: I got good news! I got the fire permit, the health permit, the permit to open a topless nightclub, all the contracts...

The Great Gonzo: Wait a minute. The permit to open a topless nightclub?

Pepe the Prawn: Better safe than sorry, okay?

The Great Gonzo: Good point.


Is A-OK in my book.
 
2014-03-20 03:39:19 PM  
Um ...

www.ilovefraggles.com

?
 
2014-03-20 03:42:10 PM  
Podlings aint good for nothing but essence.

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I guess the great relief is that they are tortured for essence.

img1.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2014-03-20 03:51:25 PM  
Ok, I agree a most muppets on that list were awful.

And Mr. Snuffaleupagus should have stayed "imaginary," they just should of stop shaming Big Bird about it.

But 11) Rizzo the Rat??

Aw, HELL NO. Him and Gonzo make a great team.
 
2014-03-20 03:54:38 PM  

alaric3: Walter, and I'm not just saying that because it's my name too if anything that made me give him more of a chance. Walter is the new generation of Muppets with a Kermit who gives up. When Jim Henson died Kermit lost his soul, his son's version seems to harbor the grief of Jim's death as the underlying characteristic of Kermit. It's disturbing.


Jim Henson's son isn't the voice of Kermit.
 
2014-03-20 03:59:52 PM  
someone on Nerdist said pretty recently....daniel patrick harris?  dammit.  forget.  anyways, apparently a dirty little secret of Muppetdom is that a rite of passage is having sex inside the Snuffleupagus costume.

actually i think it was Moby.  2-3 months ago.  i think he used to work with Henson's son and i think that's how he came into this little seed (pardon the pun) of wisdom.
 
2014-03-20 04:01:35 PM  
Uncle Ant, Disgruntled Goat, Flatulent Fox, Ku Klux Klam, Manic Mailman, Dinner Dog and Rich Uncle Skeleton.
 
2014-03-20 04:02:56 PM  
Rizzo?  Really?  And Pepe? fark this shiat.
 
2014-03-20 04:03:00 PM  
Elmo
Elmo
Elmo
Elmo
Elmo
Elmo
Elmo
That freaky shrimp
Elmo
Elmo
Elmo
Elmo
 
2014-03-20 04:06:19 PM  

EvilEgg: They spend a lot of time complaining about one trick ponies in that article.  Quite a few of the muppets have only one shtick.  Oscar, Cookie, the Count to name three.


Three! Three Muppets with only one shtick!

Ah! Ah! Ah! Ah!
 
2014-03-20 04:07:01 PM  

pizen: EvilEgg: They spend a lot of time complaining about one trick ponies in that article.  Quite a few of the muppets have only one shtick.  Oscar, Cookie, the Count to name three.

Three! Three Muppets with one on schtick! Ah ah ah!


*shakes tiny fist on wired stick*
 
2014-03-20 04:07:38 PM  
So, the ugly and disturbing muppets are the least liked? No wai!  Add Animal and most of the ones from his band from the list and you're good to go.
 
2014-03-20 04:10:38 PM  
What? Snuffy? I liked Snuffy!

*sob*
 
2014-03-20 04:11:30 PM  

Triumph: I like the one with the boomerang fish.


Lew Zealand
 
2014-03-20 04:12:35 PM  
Pepe and Rizzo are great. Sure, they're one trick stereotypes, but hell, so are the vast majority of Muppets. It's not like Fozzie has a well developed character... he's an aspiring comic who just isn't any good. Miss Piggy is the stereotypical diva.

That's the comedy- it's the interplay between these characters.

Yeah, there's some terrible Muppets. But some of those aren't them. Even Elmo, who I hate with the passion of a thousand suns, is really only detestable because he pretty well took over Sesame Street and everything is about that little annoying infant of a Muppet.
 
2014-03-20 04:12:52 PM  
i find it strange that some people call it Snuffaluffagus while others call I've always "heard" Snuffleupagus.
 
2014-03-20 04:15:28 PM  
Yeah, some of those Muppets are getting more mileage than they need, but Snuffleupagus has always rocked. Sure, he's like Eyeore, but he's still cool. As someone said above, they should have kept him imaginary, that was the farking POINT of Snuffy. Imaginary friends are healthy for kids, and it was to show that Big Bird had one, and he was just fine. They just needed to tone down the shaming, as was also mentioned.

Most of the rest aren't really getting that much play, except Rizzo, Pepe and Elmo. I hate Elmo, but the other two at least have their moments. I spend most of the time wondering how they became heavy hitters, but I don't get that worked up.

I used to like Rob Bricken's stuff, but since he's left Topless Robot, he's pretty hit or miss.
 
2014-03-20 04:15:35 PM  

SecretAgentWoman: Ok, I agree a most muppets on that list were awful.

And Mr. Snuffaleupagus should have stayed "imaginary," they just should of stop shaming Big Bird about it.

But 11) Rizzo the Rat??

Aw, HELL NO. Him and Gonzo make a great team.


Rizzo ate more scenery than Randy Quaid. Oh, and he'd also point out that it was natural for him to eat the scenery BECAUSE HE WAS A RAT! Hilarious, isn't it?

He's the only Muppet I would like to hit with a hammer repeatedly.
 
2014-03-20 04:15:36 PM  

dixchigme: i find it strange that some people call it Snuffaluffagus while others call I've always "heard" Snuffleupagus.


exactly
 
2014-03-20 04:16:33 PM  
List total fail.

/King Prawn Okay.
 
2014-03-20 04:17:17 PM  

Triumph: I like the one with the boomerang fish.


I farking love him, he gets just enough play to be funny.
 
2014-03-20 04:17:30 PM  
How can you  NOTlike Pepe after seeing this clip? Seriously, I really did almost crap myself from laughing so hard the first time I saw this...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJMr5B4rYLM
 
2014-03-20 04:18:00 PM  

akula: Pepe and Rizzo are great. Sure, they're one trick stereotypes, but hell, so are the vast majority of Muppets. It's not like Fozzie has a well developed character... he's an aspiring comic who just isn't any good. Miss Piggy is the stereotypical diva.

That's the comedy- it's the interplay between these characters.

Yeah, there's some terrible Muppets. But some of those aren't them. Even Elmo, who I hate with the passion of a thousand suns, is really only detestable because he pretty well took over Sesame Street and everything is about that little annoying infant of a Muppet.


This. Both the hatred of Elmo and your reasons.
 
2014-03-20 04:20:45 PM  

akula: Yeah, there's some terrible Muppets. But some of those aren't them. Even Elmo, who I hate with the passion of a thousand suns, is really only detestable because he pretty well took over Sesame Street and everything is about that little annoying infant of a Muppet.


My oldest (almost 6 now) loved Sesame Street and Elmo when he was a toddler.  I think I must have played "Elmo's Song" on Youtube for him about 1,000 times (give or take a few hundred).  His brother (just turned 4), never loved Elmo quite as much, but he did pick out Elmo stuff for his 2nd and 3rd birthday.  My daughter (1) is fascinated by Elmo, but that's mostly because someone gave the oldest a talking Elmo doll and she loves that thing.

My nephews liked Elmo for a bit, too.  There is just something about that character that kids love, and I can't knock it.

I will say that watching the Elmofied Sesame Street is nothing like it was when I was a kid.
 
2014-03-20 04:23:04 PM  
What is with Elmo's appeal? My 2 year old niece loves "Momo." Is it the voice?
 
2014-03-20 04:23:49 PM  

Wellon Dowd: Elmo
Elmo
Elmo
Elmo
Elmo
Elmo
Elmo
That freaky shrimp
Elmo
Elmo
Elmo
Elmo


CSB time:

I used to work for Random House Children's Books, which published Sesame Street stuff. Needless to say, we moved a shiatload of Elmo merchandise. Many of the books we did featured Elmo's parents ... but Sesame Workshop didn't give us any art guidelines for Elmo's parents, since they were never seen on the show.  This meant that every artist ended up doing his or her own version of Elmo's parents, none of which looked anything like the others. So the editorial staff concluded that Elmo was clearly an unwanted foster kid being hot-potatoed from one family to another.
 
2014-03-20 04:24:02 PM  
Haven't watched it since Oscar was orange, and then came back when they had bands playing LIVE. Too bad bands today don't play live anymore, I miss it.

The best example. Click here --->  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ul7X5js1vE

/lawn, off.
 
2014-03-20 04:26:15 PM  

Ted_Peppy: Haven't watched it since Oscar was orange, and then came back when they had bands playing LIVE. Too bad bands today don't play live anymore, I miss it.

The best example. Click here --->  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ul7X5js1vE

/lawn, off.


Wow, that really WAS a long time! Oscar was only orange in the first season.
 
2014-03-20 04:29:09 PM  
It's been covered but.... Rizzo? Screw you man him and Gonzo made both Treasure Island and A Christmas Carol.
 
2014-03-20 04:30:49 PM  

EmmaLou: What is with Elmo's appeal? My 2 year old niece loves "Momo." Is it the voice?


Toddlers like him because he's one of them.
 
2014-03-20 04:31:35 PM  

akula: Pepe and Rizzo are great.


THIS. Muppets From Space is a work of unmitigated genius (yeah, I know not everyone will agree with that, but fark off--the Muppets singing "Brick House" by the Commodores is brilliant), and the interplay between Pepe, Rizzo, and Gonzo is a key part of it.

Yeah, there's some terrible Muppets. But some of those aren't them. Even Elmo, who I hate with the passion of a thousand suns, is really only detestable because he pretty well took over Sesame Street and everything is about that little annoying infant of a Muppet.

I wouldn't even call Elmo "detestable."  He was a marketable character at a time in which funding for public broadcasting had been slashed, school curricula had been changed (owing to the growing stupidity of kids which, in turn, owed greatly to the fact that parents and teachers are no longer allowed to hold children accountable for anything), and  Sesame Street needed to change to keep going.  I'm not an Elmo fan myself, but it's a character that connects with kids.  Even if Clash turned out to be just a tad too into boys that were a bit under the legal age of consent (gah, dammit--another hero bites the dust), he still did a lot of good work with Elmo, and I won't fault him for being catapulted into the spotlight as a result.  That whole 'banging teenagers' thing, on the other hand...

Don't get me wrong--Grover > Elmo any day of the week.  But even the understandable hatred toward Elmo would be better directed at a system that relies upon creating precious snowflakes instead of kids that can function in a competitive, challenging academic environment.  Which  was the point of Sesame Street in the first place.
 
2014-03-20 04:32:28 PM  

EmmaLou: What is with Elmo's appeal? My 2 year old niece loves "Momo." Is it the voice?


I think it's because he acts like a little kid and the kids watching the show totally relate to him.  That's the best my wife and I could come up with.
 
2014-03-20 04:33:13 PM  
Lew Zealand and the mad bomber Muppet should have their own movie.
 
2014-03-20 04:35:57 PM  
Is it wrong that I kind of want to have sex with Janice?

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2014-03-20 04:36:10 PM  
The fact that nobody believed Big Bird left him bitter to the end of his days.
 
2014-03-20 04:39:09 PM  
Each and every one of the the Fraggles.  I know that the Dozers built their structures so that they could be eaten, it just seems like a jerk kind of thing to just rush over and destroy some structure only so you can eat it.   And I cannot remember a once where they thanked them.  JERKS.
 
2014-03-20 04:42:05 PM  
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2014-03-20 04:43:59 PM  
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2014-03-20 04:47:09 PM  

Uzzah: Is it wrong that I kind of want to have sex with Janice?


Meh, she's probably loose from getting fisted every day.
 
2014-03-20 04:47:52 PM  

Saiga410: Each and every one of the the Fraggles.  I know that the Dozers built their structures so that they could be eaten, it just seems like a jerk kind of thing to just rush over and destroy some structure only so you can eat it.   And I cannot remember a once where they thanked them.  JERKS.


There was an episode in which, Maggie I think her name was (the poet one) convinced everyone to NOT eat the structures. The consequence as it turned out was that the cavern got filled with Dozer constructions and then the Fraggles couldn't move around any more. So they HAVE to eat the structures so the Dozers could continue building. Circle of life.
 
2014-03-20 04:48:01 PM  
Fark them. Fark them right in their Snuffalupagus hating ears.

Snuffy4Life!
 
2014-03-20 04:50:05 PM  
My husband just doesn't understand my depth of love and knowledge of the muppets. Which is weird, because he's only 3 years older and is also of the first Sesame Street generation.

I remember where I was EXACTLY when I heard Jim Henson died. I was 19, and driving in my car listening to the radio, and burst into tears. Kermit had died!
 
2014-03-20 04:51:55 PM  
Saw Pepe at #1, stopped reading and shot my computer.
 
2014-03-20 04:52:05 PM  
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Best Muppets? or Worst?
 
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