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Linus, my serious side, is the house intellectual, bright, well-informed—which, I suppose may contribute to his feelings of insecurity
~ Charles M. Schulz on Linus van Pelt[1]

Linus van Pelt is a major character in Charles M. Schulz's comic strip Peanuts. He is Lucy and Rerun's brother, and the middle child of the van Pelt family. Linus always means well and tries to smooth over any storms that arise amongst the gang. One of his sources of frustration is his sister Lucy, who always belittles him, particularly over his security blanket. In spite of his insightful nature, he has a naive belief in the Great Pumpkin. He is Charlie Brown's best friend. His favorite teacher is Miss Othmar, who he is also in love with.

Linus makes the second most appearances in the TV specials and movies. Charlie Brown and Snoopy, who appear in every TV special and movie, make the most appearances. Linus is absent from What a Nightmare, Charlie Brown and It's the Girl in the Red Truck, Charlie Brown.



The first appearance of Linus in the strip from September 19, 1952.

Lucy's baby brother was first mentioned on July 14, 1952. Linus first appeared on September 19, 1952, as a baby too young to sit up by himself and was not given a name until three days later. However, he soon aged to just slightly younger than the rest of the cast. He first stood up on June 30, 1953, and is first seen walking on August 20, 1953, and continues doing so for a few more strips before he strangely reverts to crawling. He is first seen with his blanket on June 1, 1954. He finally goes back to walking on a regular basis on June 29, 1955. On September 15, 1955, he first talks in full sentences. In the strip from January 18, 1956, he becomes friends with Charlie Brown.


Linus starts wearing glasses in the strip from February 5, 1962.

In the strip from February 5, 1962, Linus begins to wear glasses. However, by July 17, 1962 of that year, his ophthalmologist had told him that he does not have to wear them all the time, and they are phased out completely after the Sunday strip of September 9, 1962. In the strip from June 9, 1986, Linus claims that his birthday is in October.


Linus was eccentric from the start. As a baby and a toddler, he had a fascination with building impressive structures, mostly with blocks and playing cards. He would instantly learn skills; when his friend Charlie Brown handed him a basketball, Linus bounced it at lightning speeds before shooting and scoring in the trash can. The only thing he couldn't do was blow balloons correctly, they would always end up being cuboid instead of rounded for no conceivable reason. He was more intolerant of his sister's torments than he later would be, and would throw something at her or pretend to shoot her while screaming "BANG!". His appearances and his sentences were small, but both would increase as he started leaving the house more, often being told incorrect facts about the world by Lucy, which he would believe and get scared of.

Linus' age would quickly accelerate, stopping upon being just slightly younger than the rest of the characters. Despite his youth, Linus is incredibly smart, acting as a philosopher and theologian, often quoting the Bible. He is kindhearted and caring, and he listens to the problems of others by the wall or elsewhere and, if not a joke, he would have something helpful to say or do.

In contrast to his advanced intellect, Linus has two of the strangest traits out of the entire cast, ones that make the fact that he sucks his thumbs and thinks that one is sweeter than the other look like nothing unusual. The first is his belief in The Great Pumpkin, which started on October 26, 1959. Apparently started by the confusion of Santa Claus and the commercialization of Christmas poisoning children's minds, he solely believed that the Great Pumpkin would rise from the pumpkin patch he finds is most "sincere", before flying around the world to bring toys to all the good children. This delusion causes Linus to sit in a local pumpkin patch and wait for him to rise out of it. He was able to gain, in Marcie's words, a "disciple" occasionally, such as Peppermint Patty and Sally, but something would always ruin it for Linus, and he obviously never got to see the non-existent entity.

The second and most famous and downright signature trait is his security blanket. Ever since its introduction on June 1, 1954, he has carried it with him over his shoulder in most of his appearances even when others make fun of him for it. Without it, Linus is inexplicable paranoid, and ends up fainting, shaking, sweating, and showing other traits of intense sickness and worry. Lucy makes numerous attempts to break Linus of his blanket habit, and Snoopy tries to steal the blanket for himself, but Linus would never let up. The blanket makes for a peculiar multi-tool for Linus, as he can use it as a whip, a parachute and as a means to grab long range objects. Linus is extremely accurate when using his blanket as a whip, being able to hit a falling nickel in the air without warning. In later strips, Linus was seen less and less with his blanket. Charles Schulz said in 1989 that Linus had outgrown his blanket and it only appeared in strips that were dependent on it.

Linus became a valued member of Charlie Brown's baseball team. He is usually seen playing second base, however, he has on occasion played as Pitcher in place of Charlie Brown when he has been unwell. Usually, when Linus is pitcher, the team wins the game. Part of Linus' imagination is that he makes up dangerous animals which can harm people. These include Gully Cats and Queen Snakes.

Physical appearance

Linus has stringy hair which stands on end whenever he's surprised, scared or angry. It's unknown to what his real hair color is; in the early comic strips, his hair is black, but in The Peanuts Movie, it's brown. His usually depicted wearing short black pants and a shirt with black stripes. In the Peanuts animated TV specials, Linus' shirt is colored red.


Lucy van Pelt

See main article: Lucy and Linus' relationship

Linus has a rocky relationship with his older sister, Lucy. She often treats him as her personal servant and hits him at times for no reason. Linus usually gets back at Lucy in subtle ways, such as pointing out that she has forgotten how to smile.

Rerun van Pelt

See main article: Rerun and Linus' relationship


Rerun and Linus in He's a Bully, Charlie Brown.

Despite having named his own younger brother, Linus' relationship with Rerun is rarely shown. Both of the van Pelt brothers are most often shown interacting with their sister, Lucy. At various points in the strip, Linus is shown comforting a crying infant Rerun, teaching basketball to him as a toddler, and in later years discussing the crabbiness of their sister. Linus also attempts to convince his brother of the existence of the Great Pumpkin. However, a skeptical Rerun expresses embarrassment at his brother's beliefs, and of his reliance on a security blanket. Rerun is even shown mocking Linus over these issues.

Sally Brown

See main article: Sally and Linus' relationship


Sally calls Linus her “Sweet Babboo” for the first time.

When Sally Brown was introduced in the strip, Linus initially had a crush on her, but he quickly outgrew it. Sally Brown then developed a crush on him, often calling him her "Sweet Babboo." Linus, for his part, resists her advances.

Charlie Brown


Linus asks Charlie Brown to be his friend in the strip from January 18, 1956.

Linus' best friend is Charlie Brown, even though Charlie Brown is slightly older than he is. Aside from Lucy, Charlie Brown is the character with whom Linus is most often seen. They support each other, talk about their problems with each other, and even argue with each other (usually about the "Great Pumpkin"). But after these arguments, their friendship continues in the next strip as if nothing happened. The extent of Linus' feelings for Charlie Brown is demonstrated in the storyline in which he and Lucy are leaving the neighborhood, later adapted into the TV special Is This Goodbye, Charlie Brown?. When he leaves, Linus gives Charlie Brown his security blanket, even though he depends on it to survive and loves it immensely. This comes as a big surprise to Charlie Brown.

Miss Othmar

In the late 1950s, he developed a somewhat intense (but short-lived) crush on his teacher, Miss Othmar. This initial crush ended when it was revealed that she did not like security blankets. Linus commented, "Who's Miss Othmar?" during this time, answering the question of Miss Othmar vs the blanket. Linus does return to like her, though, after they make a deal where Miss Othmar has to stop biting her fingernails, and Linus gives up the blanket. They come to he compromise where Linus cannot bring the blanket to school. During Miss Othmar's strike, Linus rushes to help her up and pick up her sign after the collapsed. After this, she was fired. Linus did not like the replacement, Mrs. Halverson, stating, "We Othmarites are very stubborn".


In the 1980s, Linus developed a crush on a girl named Lydia, who sits behind him in school. Whenever Linus talks to her, she asks him, "Aren't you kind of old for me?". Linus liked her at first, but he soon began to find her annoying and eventually treated her the same that he treated Sally.


Eudora seems to have a crush on Linus. Eudora also calls him her ‘’Sweet Babboo’’, a name Sally commonly calls him. She also kisses him on the cheek after he gives her his blanket, much to his embarrassment and Sally’s annoyance. Linus also might have feelings for Eudora, as he admitted she had a cute smile after giving her his blanket.

Janice Emmons

In the 1990 TV special, Why, Charlie Brown, Why?, Linus befriends a little blonde haired girl named Janice. Linus and Janice are both very close friends enjoy each other's company; Linus enjoys pushing her on the swings during recess and spending time with her. He is deeply heartbroken when she's diagnosed with leukemia and does whatever he can to support her. When a bully starts picking on Janice for losing her hair, Linus defends her by furiously telling the bully off and asking him how would he like it if he had gone through what Janice had gone through with her chemotherapy. When Linus goes to her house to give her a present for Christmas, her older sister complains about her getting more attention due to her cancer, Linus asks her if she does not really mean it and the sister says she does not because she and her little sister feel left out due to Janice getting sick. When Janice returns to school, Linus is more than happy to see her again. When they get to school, Linus pushes her on the swing and to his surprise and happiness, Janice has grown her hair back. He and Janice both rejoice as Janice happily plays on the swings.

Although it is never stated, it is heavily implied that Linus has a crush on Janice, as he and Janice share a hug when he and Charlie Brown visit her in the hospital. In various cover art for the book, VHS tape and Apple TV+, Linus is depicted of giving Janice a bouquet of flowers.



Linus stays at "Joe Cool's dorm" in the strip from May 15, 1972.

Linus has a good relationship with Snoopy, at least while Snoopy is fantasizing about being Joe Cool or the World Famous Attorney. In the strip from May 12, 1972, after Lucy has kicked Linus out of the house during the time that their mother is in the hospital. Joe Cool allows Linus stay at his "dorm" (that is to say Snoopy's doghouse). Linus also offers Snoopy advice about legal issues whenever the beagle is playing the World Famous Attorney. For example, Sally Brown once physically injured Linus, resulting in Linus using Snoopy as his lawyer (Sally cheats by threatening to throw Snoopy's supper dish over the fence should Linus sue her). However, they do have their quarrels, mainly over Snoopy's desire to take Linus' security blanket for himself. A recurring gag in the strip involves Snoopy grabbing the blanket in his mouth and dragging Linus around to make him let go. Occasionally, Snoopy goes as far as to swing around the blanket, with Linus still attached to it, before letting it go, sending the boy flying through the air. As a result of this treatment, Linus often refuses to let Snoopy near him when he knows the dog is after his blanket. Many strips show Linus threatening to inflict physical harm on Snoopy, easily scaring the beagle into submission. Despite all this, Linus and Snoopy remain on friendly terms.

Cultural impact


Linus from The Peanuts Movie (2015)

  • An Italian magazine, publishing Peanuts and other comics during the 1960s, was named Linus.
  • The term security blanket originated in Peanuts.
    • The character himself named and inspired Project Linus, an organization whose aim is to provide homemade security blankets to children and teenagers in difficulty or illness.


  • Linus is one of the many Peanuts characters to appear in the game Snoopy's Street Fair, in which he owns a pumpkin pie booth. This may be a callback to his reverence of the Great Pumpkin.
  • Christopher Shea gave Linus a minor lisp in A Charlie Brown Christmas. Linus' lisp is an infrequently recurring trait, depending on whoever is voicing him at the time.
  • According to Lydia in the March 23, 1999 strip, Linus smells of erasers.
  • It’s unknown if Linus is really Charlie Brown's friend or not due to yelling at him sometimes. Unlike his sister, however, Linus tends to get over it quickly, whereas his sister tends to hold onto the grudge.
  • Some of Linus' earlier appearances depicted him wearing overalls, which would later be associated with Rerun much later in the strip. It is possible (though unconfirmed) that Rerun's overalls could be a hand-me-down from his older brother.
  • Jonny 2x4, a character from another cartoon called Ed, Edd n Eddy, was originally going to carry around a blanket too as it was based off the creator's friend who carry a blanket around, however this made him too similar to Linus, so the blanket was changed into a plank of wood named Plank.
  • Linus was the third baby to be seen in the strip, behind Schroeder, Lucy van Pelt, and Rerun van Pelt. He is in front of Sally Brown.
  • Linus's current voice actor Wyatt White is also known for voicing Brad in the PBS series Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum and Ari in Elinor Wonders Why (which also stars Maria Nash, who voiced Eudora in Snoopy Presents: It's the Small Things, Charlie Brown).
  • He has had crushes on many girls throughout the course of the series, such as Violet, Sally, Miss Othmar, Truffles, Mary Jo, Lydia, Tapioca Pudding, Janice, Melody-Melody, and Mimi.
  • With his red shirt and black trousers, Linus serves as the design inspiration for Calvin from Calvin and Hobbes. This is due to Calvin's creator, Bill Watterson, being a fan of the Peanuts series.
  • The only special to focus on Linus are Why, Charlie Brown, Why?, It Was My Best Birthday Ever, Charlie Brown and Happiness Is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown.
  • According to Charlie Brown's Big Book of Questions and Answers, Linus is allergic to goldenrod.


  1. "TV Guide:Feb 23-29"(1980), p24, Triangle Publications

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