Today I learned that some of the most famous fictional characters ever to don a puppet suit or appear as a 2-D cartoon illustration have been operating under pseudonyms. You thought Shaggy from Scooby Doo was really named ‘Shaggy’? And believed Barbie and Ken to be so famous they didn’t need last names?

Well now it’s time you learned just how naive you were, courtesy of the real names of 23 fictional characters list. A few of my faves:

  • Snuffleupagus‘s first name is Aloysius
  • The man in the yellow hat is actually named Ted Shackleford
  • Sesame Street’s Guy Smiley was born Bernie Liederkrantz
  • The Pillsbury Doughboy‘s name is Poppin’ Fresh. His wife is Poppie Fresh and his two fluffy kids are Popper and Bun Bun
  • Peanut Peppermint Patty’s real name is Patricia Reichardt