Some of these characters we only recognize by nickname, but did you know they actually were given official names? Scroll down to see the real identities of these fictional people, from cereal mascots to cartoon personalities.
Surprising Real Names of Fictional Characters
Cap’n Crunch: Horatio Magellan Crunch
In the 1960s, Jay Ward Productions (known for cartoons like Rocky and Bullwinkle) created the character of Horatio Magellan Crunch, A.K.A. Cap’n Crunch, when the cereal was developed in 1963. Kids could follow his stories in commercials for Saturday morning cartoons and on the back of cereal boxes. He traverses the Sea of Milk on the ship S.S. Guppy, but even though he’s called a captain, he’s technically a commander, as navy captains actually sport four stripes while commanders have three.
Pillsbury Doughboy: Poppin’ Fresh
Rudy Perz, a copywriter for the Leo Burnett advertising agency, was working on the Pillsbury account and came up with the idea for its brand mascot, naming it Poppin’ Fresh as a node to the product’s quality and freshness. Pillsbury’s first commercial was in November of 1965, when the doughboy announced “I’m Poppin’ Fresh, the Pillsbury Doughboy!” The agency also created Tony the Tiger and the Jolly Green Giant.
Quaker Oaks Guy: Larry
Can you believe Quaker Oats is 144 years old? Head right to its website and you can read all about Larry and his transformation over the years. The company introduced its famous round package in 1915, started producing Quaker Quick Oats in 1922, and then Quaker Instant Oatmeal in 1966. Larry’s picture slightly changed in 2012 – he’s now skinnier, has shorter hair, and shows more skin.
Monopoly Policeman: Officer Edgar Mallory
Hasbro, which now owns the rights to Monopoly, issued a special edition of the game in 2005 for its 70th birthday. It consisted of compilation trivia, including the names of the policeman (Officer Edgar Mallory), Mr. Monopoly (Rich Uncle Millburn Pennybags), his wife (Madge), and the inmate in jail square (Jake the Jailbird.) Another interesting fact: When Parker Bros. debuted the game in 1935, the median household income was $1,500, which is why each player starts the game with that amount of money.
Peppermint Patty: Patricia Reichardt, Muted Trumpet Teacher: Miss Othmar
According to the Peanuts comic strip from January 15th, 1972, Peppermint Patty’s real name is Patricia Reichardt. The teacher, who sounded like a trumpet when she spoke, was named Miss Othmar, but later got married and changed her name to Mrs. Hagemeyer. Poor Linus could never remember her name, as seen in this 1960s comic.
Barbie: Barbara Millicent Roberts, Ken: Kenneth Sean Carson
Barbie is named after creators Ruth and Elliot Handler’s daughter Barbara. Barbie was born on March 9th, 1959 in Willows, Wisconsin to George and Margaret Roberts. She has seven siblings: Skipper, Tutti, Todd, Stacie, Kelly, Chelsea, and Krissy. Tutti and Todd are twins, but so are Todd and Stacie, according to Todd’s toy box. Her cousins are Francie and Jazzie. Ken, released in 1961, is named after their son Kenneth.
Shaggy: Norville Rogers
Shaggy revealed his real name on an episode of A Pup Named Scooby Doo (1988-1991), which was the 8th incarnation of the cartoon and introduced younger versions of the main characters. Norville Rogers’ parents are Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Chastain Rogers, and his sister is Maggie Rogers.
The Skipper from Gilligan’s Island: Jonas Grumby
According to IMDB, the Skipper, who owns and captains the S.S. Minnow, is named Jonas Grumby. He introduces himself in the pilot episode, but his real name is rarely mentioned after that. The Professor’s real name is Roy Hinkley, but the show never mentions if Gilligan is just a nickname or if it’s his real name.
Mr. Peanut: Bartholomew Richard Fitzgerald-Smythe Peanut
In 1916, 14-year-old Antonio Gentile entered and won a Planters contest to create its mascot. He also suggested the name. The original design was similar to its current one, but an ad agency later added the top hat, cane, and monocle. Gentile won $5, or about $200 today.
Jughead: Forsythe P. Jones III
Jughead, who is Archie’s best friend in the Archie Comics, is actually named Forsythe P. Jones III. He is known for always being hungry, hating dating, and wearing his crown-shaped hat. He keeps it on as a good luck charm, as every time he takes it off, something bad seems to happen. Archie’s real name is Archibald Andrews, and star athlete Moose’s is Marmaduke Mason.