Purple Characters

Thanks to everyone for sharing their purple characters with us! We know there’s still more missing. Who have we forgotten?

Coming Soon! Strawberry Shortcake’s Purple Pie Man and Plum Puddin, Eeek the Cat, Marvel’s Hawkeye & his famous purple arrows, X-Men’s Lockheed (Kitty Pride’s dragon), Dino from The Flinstones, Marvel’s Galactus, Tiny Toons’ Fifi La Fume, Widget, Bright Heart Raccoon (Care Bear Cousins), Eleroo (The Wuzzles), Dark Wing Duck, BeBe Bluff (Doug), Zummi Gummi & Cubbi Gummi (Gummi Bears), Jeff (The Wiggles), a whole lot of purple Sesame Street characters (help us with the names), Boots (Dora the Explorer), Eduardo (Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends), Mr. Rush (Little Miss and Mister Series), Pokémon: Gengar, Butterfree, Rattata, Ekans, Arbok, Nidoking, Shellder, Cloyster, Gastly, Haunter, Koffing, Weezing, Starmie, Jynx, Crobat, Aipom, Espeon, Mewtwo, Gligar, Granbull, Cascoon, Dustox, Whismur and Grumpig; Celia (Monsters Inc.), Impkins (Huggabunch), Smoochy, Psylocke (Marvel Comics)

Purple Characters - Shy Violet

Shy Violet of Rainbow Bright

 Shy Violet of Rainbow Brite™

Shy Violet is the 1980′s icon of the purple-loving bookworm. We suspect she would be very pleased to discover The Purple Store’s “(Purple!) Power to the People” program that benefits adult literacy programs.

See Also: RainbowBrite.Net Fan Site


Catwoman, © DC Comics

Catwoman – Purrrfect in Purrrple

DC Comics’ Catwoman has the ultimate purple outfits. While her skin and hair aren’t purple, we’re including her because Catwoman is an icon of purple – sexy and powerful. We love Catwoman because she’s a wonderfully complex character. She’s not 100% good and she’s not a total villain, either. She has a certain moral flexibility, if we may borrow the fabulous phrase from Grosse Pointe Blank. She’ll fight the worst of the villains on occasion, but she’s not a crime fighter. Just when you think she’s a heroine, she wanders off with all the loot that was supposed to be rescued. Catwoman has an amazing and complex history. She’s been with Batman since Issue #1. If you want to really know Catwoman, start there, and work your way up to her annual comic, Catwoman, started in 1994.

Read More! Wikipedia: Catwoman

Purple Characters - Disney's The Cheshire Cat

The Cheshire Cat
© Disney

The Cheshire Cat

The Cheshire Cat has not always been purple. The original Through the Looking Glass artist, John Tenniel, originally illustrated the cat in a ginger-brown. It wasn’t until 1951, when Disney released their animated version of Alice in Wonderland that the famous, trouble-making, perception-of-reality-challenging cat donned his purple and pink stripes.

Wikipedia: The Cheshire Cat

Purple Characters - Count von Count

Count von Count from Sesame Street
© Sesame Workshop

Sesame Street’s Count von Count

Count von Count, “The Count”, is most famous for counting things on the children’s show Sesame Street. And he’s purple.

Von! Von purple character! Va-ha-ha!
Two! Two purple characters! Va-ha-ha!
Three! Three purple characters! Va-ha-ha!

Wikipedia: Count von Count 

Dizzy Devil

Dizzy Devil © Warner Bros.

Dizzy Devil

Dizzy Devil is a purple Tasmanian devil from the 1990s cartoon Tiny Toon Adventures.

Wikipedia: Dizzy Devil

Purple Characters - Grape Ape

Grape Ape © Hanna Barbera

Grape Ape

Grape Ape is a 40 foot tall purple ape. Most famous for his 1970s TV show and guest appearances on Scooby Doo and Tom & Jerry, our favorite Grape Ape quote is from his lesser known 2-issue comic series:
Bystander: “A PURPLE APE?”
Grape Ape: “I LIKE BEING PURPLE. GRAPE APE. GRAPE APE.”

Wikipedia: Grape Ape

Purple Characters - McDonald's Grimace

McDonald’s Grimace

 Grimace

Grimace is a large, purple character who was first introduced in November 1971 as the “Evil Grimace”. In his first two appearances, he was depicted with two pairs of arms with which to steal milkshakes and sodas. “Evil” was soon dropped from his moniker, and he was reintroduced in 1972 as one of the good guys. In 1974, he was redesigned, going from two pairs of arms to the single pair he has today.

Wikipedia: Grimace

Purple Characters - Harmony BearHarmony Bear, the Lavender Care Bear

Harmony bear is an open-hearted, friendly Care Bear. The smiling flower on her stomach symbolizes what grows from the seed of getting along with others.

Harmony Bear had two different looks.  The flower-bellied Harmony was the original, and then a modified tummy image with bars of music followed.

Motto: Good times get better when we get along together!

The Joker

The Joker is the purple-clad villain undermining Batman and Robin in comic books and on the TV and movie screens since his debut in DC comic book Batman#1 (1940). Did you know…? The Joker was originally the Red Hood. As a laboratory worker earlier in his life, he decided to steal $1,000,000 and retire. Red Hood was his version of Robin Hood, but he wasn’t just stealing from the rich. On the eve of his final steal that brings him his goal of $1,000,000, Batman and Robin corner him on a factory catwalk. Trying to escape capture, he dives into a chemical catch basin, which is responsible for his appearance. Thus does the Red Hood become the purple-clad Joker.

Wikipedia: The Joker

Maleficent

Disney’s version of the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale introduces the purple and black clad Maleficent, who can morph into a purple and black dragon. Affronted when the king and queen don’t invite her to their daughter’s birth, Maleficent bestows upon the infant princess a curse concerning a certain spinning wheel needle. We like Maleficent because she has a wicked laugh and who doesn’t dig a purple dragon?

Wikipedia: Maleficent

Mr. Face Backpack

The lavender Backpack appears in Dora the Explorer, a TV program about a young Latina girl on adventures. The program teaches children problem-solving skills. Tell us what you know and like about Mr. Face.

See Also: Nick Jr.’s Dora the Explorer (for Parents) Page

Purple Characters - The Parasite © DC ComicsThe Parasite

Also known as Nekron, the Fear Parasite. The purple-skinned Parasite comes from another universe, and causes the Justice League of America all kinds of trouble and fear. This guy even makes Superman nervous.

Read More! The Unofficial Nekron (The Fear Parasite) Biography

Purple Characters - Sailor SaturnSailor Saturn (Hotaru Tomoe)

The violet-clad persona of Japanese manga Sailor Moon.

Wikipedia: Sailor Saturn

 Purple Characters - Sour GrapesSour Grapes

Sour Grapes is one of the villains of Strawberry Shortcake.

She has a sidekick snake named Dregs, and a trouble-making niece named Raisin Cane that was introduced in the Strawberry Shortcake comic books.

Share Bear CarebearShare Bear, the Purple Care Bear

Share Bear loves collecting things to share with others. The crossed heart lollipops on her stomach symbolize that the root of all sharing is caring.

Motto: Do your share of sharing!

Purple Characters - Tinky WinkyTinky Winky

Tinky Winky  is the first Teletubby. He is the largest and oldest of the Teletubbies, is covered in purple terrycloth, and has a triangular antennae on his head. He is notable for the red luggage (described by the show as a “magic bag”, but often described by other media as a handbag) he always carries.

Tinky Winky also has a lot of controversy and speculation surrounding him.  Read more:

Wikipedia: The Tinky Winky controversy!

Purple Characters - Ursula from Little MermaidUrsula

Ursula is a part-octopus sea witch who “helps” unfortunate merfolk to achieve her own goals. Ursula frequently turns them into polyps and imprisons them. Her appearance is of a zaftig purple-skinned, white-haired female human, but from the waist down she has six black tentacles.

 

Little known fact: her overall design is based on the drag queen Divine.

Wikipedia: Disney’s Little Mermaid Characters – Ursula

Purple Characters - Yuri -  Haruka TakachihoDirty Pair Flash: Yuri

Purple-haired Yuri is one of the heroines of the manga/anime novels by Haruka Takachiho.

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