Have You Ever Wondered Who Arthur and His Friends Are? !

If you grew up in the ’90s or early ’00s, you probably have fond memories of the PBS animated series, Arthur. You may also have kids or grandkids who watch the show today—after The Simpsons, it’s the longest-running animated TV show in the U.S.

Based on a popular series of children’s books created by author and illustrator Marc Brown, the show follows the daily adventures of a nine-year-old anthropomorphic animal, Arthur Read, and his many animal friends at Lakewood Elementary. But if you’re unsure what type of animal each character is, you’re not alone—it’s not always obvious at first glance. To help you get it straight, here’s a rundown of some of the most popular animals on ArthurHere is a quick overview of their personalities.

Binky Barnes

Binky Barnes wearing an orange shirt
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Binky Barnes is a bulldog. It makes sense, given his tough exterior (especially in the first seasons) and tendency to behave like a bully. When he’s first introduced, he’s one of Arthur’s nemeses, however, the two eventually become friends over the course of the series. Despite Binky’s often intimidating and abrasive nature, he has a soft side underneath it all—though he tends to keep that part of himself hidden from most of his peers. When he’s around Arthur and other close friends he trusts, he lets his guard down and allows them to see his gentler side.

Nigel Ratburn

Mr. Ratburn from the tv show
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Nigel Ratburn is, as his surname implies, a rat. He‘s a teacher at Arthur’His school, Lakewood Elementary is well-known for being very strict. He’s considered by many students to be the toughest teacher in the entire school because he assigns large amounts of homework to the kids in his class. Despite this fact, he’s a helpful and friendly teacher who cares deeply about his students. He is always there for their best interests and wants them to succeed.

Prunella Deegan

Prunella Deegan from the show Arthur
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Prunella is tall, slim and has a curly, brown-colored head. She has a reputation for being somewhat of a snob, in part because she loves to flaunt the fact that she’s older than Arthur and the rest of the gang. Prunella is a dedicated student who loves to read and is already worrying about where she will attend college, despite the fact that she’s still in elementary school. Although her predictions are often inaccurate, she loves paranormal phenomena and is passionate about making future predictions. Prunella is close to Marina Datillo, Muffy Crosswire, and has a teenage sister Rubella.

Timmy and Tommy Tibble

Timmy And Tommy Tibble are characters in the tv show Arthur
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Timmy, Tommy, or collectively the Tibbles, are twin bear cubs. They are preschoolers in the same class as Dora Winifred (known as D.W.), Arthur’s younger sister. Always by each other’s side, the Tibble twins are mischievous, like to cause trouble, and often lie or manipulate their preschool classmates to get what they want. They dress almost identically but Tommy wears a red scarf while Tommy wears a blue scarf.

Sue Ellen Armstrong

Sue Ellen Armstrong is a cat on the show Arthur
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Joining Mr. Ratburn’s class in the third grade after moving to Elwood City with her family, Sue Ellen Armstrong is a cat. Her father (also a cat) is a diplomat, so she’s a well-traveled kitten who’s lived in a number of different places around the world, including Egypt and Nicaragua. Sue Ellen is friendly and easy-going, and she is also a part of the Lakewood Elementary Soccer team. Although she doesn’t have any siblings, she keeps in touch and communicates with Tenzin Wangdu (a panda who lives in Tibet).

Fern Walters

Fern Walters is a dog on the show Arthur
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Fern Walters is a mixed breed dog. When we first meet her, she’s extremely quiet and shy, though she beings to open over the course of the series and eventually becomes a little less introverted. Despite her wallflower nature, she’s not afraid to stand up for what she thinks is right and sometimes gets into fights with other students as a result of her stubbornness. Fern is a talented singer who plays the flute with the school band. She loves horror stories and mysteries and she sings well. Fern also enjoys drawing, and she often uses photos to express herself.

George Lundgren

George Lundgren is a deer on the show Arthur
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George Lundgren is a moose who has antlers so large that they sometimes interfere with everyday activities. His family is from Sweden. He was initially a minor character on the show, but he became a main character during season 9. George, like Fern is quiet and shy. He often spends his time by himself, playing with Wally his ventriloquist. He has a lot of nicknames, thanks to his big antlers. “Hammer,” “Big Horns,”And “Headgear.”

Alan Powers A.K.A. Brain

Alan Powers A.K.A. Brain is one of the characters of the beloved tv show
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Also known as “The Brain”In later seasons, just “Brain,”Alan Powers is a bear. He’s also Arthur’s best friend. As his nickname suggests, he’s very intelligent and almost always earns As and A-pluses on his assignments. He’s polite and well-mannered. He enjoys playing with his peers, is on multiple school sports teams including baseball, soccer, and track. He’s also a member of the Computer Club and plays piano and cello in the school band.

Francine Frensky

Francine Frensky is a anthromorphic monkey on the show Arthur
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Francine Frensky can be described as a monkey. She is energetic and talented in all sports, including soccer, kickball and bowling. Francine, in earlier seasons of the series, was known for her bad temper and rude behavior towards her classmates and friends. Her outgoing, strong-willed personality still remains. She is more friendly and mellow over time. Marc Brown, who was the original creator, illustrator and author, modeled her character after his sister. Arthur book series on which the show is based.

Muffy Crosswire

Muffy Crosswire is a character on Arthur
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Alice Crosswire, who goes by Francine, is like Francine. “Muffy”() is a monkey. As one of the wealthiest kids in Elmwood City, she’s spoiled and often thinks money can fix any problem. She has everything she needs, including a large mansion with endless toys and her own clubhouse. Although she can be snobbish and condescending towards her peers at times, Muffy is a kind and caring person with lots of friends. Her best friend is fellow monkey Francine, and she’s also tight with Arthur and D.W. She’s also very close with her family’s butler, Bailey.

Buster Baxter

Buster Baxter sitting against a tree, holding a flower
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Another one of Arthur’s besties, Buster Baxter is a rabbit. He is laid back and easy going, which sometimes makes it difficult for him to complete chores on time. He enjoys food and will eat any item, even if it has expired or been on the floor. A firm believer in aliens, he claims to have seen UFOs. He also believes that aliens are responsible for many unexplainable phenomena. Buster was the subject in the PBS spinoff series.Buster’s PostcardsThe series aired from 2004 to 2008.

D.W. Read

D.W. Read looking stubborn
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D.W. Read can be described as an aardvark. She’s also Arthur’s younger sister (and the older sister of their other sibling, Kate). As a preschooler, she’s not the nicest or most even-tempered character on the show. She often gets on Arthur’s nerves, though it’s clear her big brother still loves her despite it all. She likes to cause trouble for her family and friends. It’s obvious that D.W. is younger than Arthur and his friends, as she often doesn’t know the meaning of complex words and has the erroneous belief that teachers live in schools and babies come from a baby store.

Arthur Read

Arthur from the self-named tv show
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Lastly, there’s Arthur the aardvark. As the main character of the series, he’s kind-hearted and has lots of friends, including best buds Buster and Brain. He plays piano in the school band (though he often puts off practicing), is the forward and goalkeeper for the Lakewood Elementary Soccer Team, and plays on the school’s track and baseball teams. He enjoys reading and spending time in the library. His trademark pair of large, thick glasses makes him instantly identifiable. As mentioned previously, he’s often irritated by his younger sister D.W. who is constantly causing him problems. Despite that fact, he does his best to be a good big brother by trying to ignore her bratty preschool behavior and help her when she’s in need (or when his parents ask him to do it).

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