Pee-wee Herman is a comic fictional character created and portrayed by American comedian Paul Reubens. He is best known for his two television series and film series during the 1980s. Pee-wee is commonly portrayed like an impatient and fun-loving child with dainty, effeminate mannerisms and quirky facial expressions. His age has never been explicitly stated; although, he once proclaimed on The Pee-wee Herman Show, “I’m the luckiest boy in the world.”
David Letterman once said of the character, “What makes me laugh…is that it has the external structure of a bratty little precocious kid, but you know it’s being controlled by the incubus — the manifestation of evil itself.” While the character is typically cheerful and flamboyant, Pee-wee has indeed displayed an aggressive side, including his vicious pool battle with Francis in Pee-wee’s Big Adventure. He also played vengeful tricks in the aforementioned film and occasionally threw childish tantrums on Pee-wee’s Playhouse.
Count von Count, often known simply as The Count, is one of the Muppet characters on Sesame Street, performed by Jerry Nelson. The Count is a vampire modeled after Béla Lugosi’s interpretation of Count Dracula.
The Count has a love of counting (arithmomania); he will count anything and everything, regardless of size, amount, or how much he annoys everyone around him.
Following a counting session, the Count has been known to laugh maniacally, “AH AH AH AH AH!”. He wouldn’t let anything interrupt his counting, and uses his hypnotic powers to temporarily stun people with a wave of his hands.
The Count lives in an old castle which he shares with many bats, which he has named Grisha, Misha, Sasha, and Tatiana. He also has a cat, Fatatita. He also drives a special car designed in the features of a bat, named the Countmobile.
The Count’s former girlfriend, Countess von Backwards, was known for counting backwards. More recently he has been seen with a new girlfriend, Countess Dahling von Dahling.
Eustace Tilly is the name of the mascot, and a character created for The New Yorker magazine by Corey Ford. The magazine’s first cover illustration, of a dandy peering at a butterfly through a monocle, was drawn by Rea Irvin, the magazine’s first art editor.
Eustace Tilley was the hero of a series entitled “The Making of a Magazine,” which began on the inside front cover of the August 8 issue that first summer. He was a younger man than the figure of the original cover. His top hat was of a newer style, without the curved brim. He wore a morning coat and striped trousers. Ford borrowed Eustace Tilley’s last name from an aunt—he had always found it vaguely humorous.
Tilley was always busy, and in illustrations by Johann Bull, always poised. He might be in Mexico, supervising the vast farms that grew the cactus for binding the magazine’s pages together. The Punctuation Farm, where commas were grown in profusion, because Ross had developed a love of them, was naturally in a more fertile region. Tilley might be inspecting the Initial Department, where letters were sent to be capitalized. Or he might be superintending the Emphasis Department, where letters were placed in a vise and forced sideways, for the creation of italics. He would jump to the Sargasso Sea, where by insulting squids he got ink for the printing presses, which were powered by a horse turning a pole. It was told how in the great paper shortage of 1882 he had saved the magazine by getting society matrons to contribute their finery. Thereafter dresses were made at a special factory and girls employed to wear them out, after which the cloth was used for manufacturing paper. Raoul Fleischmann, who had moved into the offices to protect his venture with Ross, gathered the Tilley series into a promotion booklet. Later, Ross took a listing for Eustace Tilley in the Manhattan telephone directory.
Rich Uncle Pennybags AKA Mr. Monopoly is the rotund old man in a top hat who serves as the mascot of the game Monopoly. Rich Uncle Pennybags was rechristened Mr. Monopoly (the nickname by which he was already popularly known) in a Hasbro marketing effort in 1999. His full official name is Stanley Monopoly, but he goes by the nickname of Toby. He also appears in the related games Advance to Boardwalk, Free Parking, Don’t Go To Jail, and Monopoly Junior.
The character first appeared on Chance and Community Chest cards in U.S. editions of Monopoly in 1936. The identity of the artist who designed the character has remained a mystery. Historian and author Philip Orbanes wrote in 2004 that it is believed that the character is based on either the calling cards of Albert Richardson (Parker Brothers’ first traveling salesman), the character of “Little Esky” from Esquire magazine, or a combination of the two. Orbanes later wrote, in 2006, that the character was also partially influenced by the stature and dress of financier and banker J. P. Morgan.