Muppets and body parts — an interesting relationship

List of characters who have had body parts removed in unusual ways.


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Sesame Street

Bert sneezed his nose off in one sketch. (First: Episode 0026)
Ernie removed Bert's nose in a sketch where Ernie talked about body parts that he had two of. (First: Episode 0061)
Ernie cut Bert's hair off in a three-part sketch. (First: Episode 0068)
Ernie pulled off Bert's nose in a sketch where he made a clay sculpture of Bert. (First: Episode 0463)

The Muppet Show

Episode 102: Connie Stevens: Ernie briefly pulled Bert's nose off.

The Muppets: A Celebration of 30 Years

Ernie again briefly pulled Bert's nose off.

Finish the Picture

Ernie pulls off Bert's nose on the cover of this 1987 play book.

Don't Forget to Watch the Movie

And again, Ernie pulled the old nose trick on Bert.



The Muppet Show

Episode 212: Bernadette Peters: Beaker briefly pulled his hair off and put it back on.
Episode 217: Julie Andrews: Beaker's hair blasted off after using hair tonic.
Episode 305: Pearl Bailey: His nose fell off after eating edible paper clips.

Blue Frackle


The Muppet Show

Episode 104: Ruth Buzzi: Although not actually seen happening, the Blue Frackle mentioned that one of his legs never came back from the cleaners.
Episode 111: Lena Horne: His head explodes in At the Dance.
Episode 119: Vincent Price: She (or he) takes her (or his) head off and gives it to Miss Kitty in At the Dance.
Episode 120: Valerie Harper: The baseball bat hits his head, knocking it off, in At the Dance.

Cookie Monster

Sesame Street

On the blooper reel screened at the Sesame Street Puppets Live event, Cookie Monster ends up eating his left eye pupil when eating the book.



Sesame Street

In one sketch, in which Ernie demonstrates "near" and "far", Ernie's nose comes off. (First: Episode 0005)

Green Frackle

The Muppet Show

Episode 120: Valerie Harper: His head explodes at the beginning of the show.



The Muppet Show

Episode 401: John Denver: In the opening sequence, Gonzo blows his trumpet and his head explodes; it then pops up in another angle of the Muppet Show's "O". The gag is repeated on the opening for episode 502.

Disneyland's 35th Anniversary Celebration

Gonzo's nose explodes (much to his own enjoyment).

The Muppets' Wizard of Oz

The Flying Monkeys cause a system overload in Tin Thing Gonzo, causing his head to blow off.


The Muppets' Wizard of Oz

The Flying Monkeys rip Scarecrow Kermit's arms off, take out all his stuffing and remove his head.
The Wizard of Oz takes Scarecrow Kermit's head off in order to pour his brains in.

Louis Kazagger

The Muppet Show

Episode 310: Marisa Berenson: His hair jumps off his head.

Mary Louise

The Muppet Show

Episode 103: Joel Grey: The Green Frackle pulls her nose off after it's stuck on him. This was the only time she had a nose.



The Muppet Show

Episode 119: Vincent Price: He pulled his hand off after offering to give Vincent Price a hand.

Other Characters

The Muppet Show

Episode 106: Jim Nabors: The wind blows the girl's hair off during the end of "Gone With The Wind."
Episode 108: Paul Williams: A monster takes off all his body parts in "All of Me."
Episode 109: Charles Aznavour: A woman takes off her facial parts in "I Feel Pretty."
Episode 112: Peter Ustinov: The Balloon-Head Conductor's head pops at the end of "Pizzicato."
Episode 115: Candice Bergen: George the Janitor pops the Question's head in At the Dance.
Episode 117: Ben Vereen: Trumpet Girl pulls her partner's eye off after he's got it on her.
Episode 118: Phyllis Diller: The happy creature in Hugga Wugga gets his head blown off.
Episode 123: Kaye Ballard: Vendaface removes facial parts from two Whatnots.
Episode 124: Mummenschanz: The heads of two Whatnots explode in At the Dance.
Episode 220: Petula Clark: Phyllis "blows [her nose] out of proportion" and it explodes. (Her nose is a balloon.)

Muppets Tonight


Theme Song: Quongo removes a Whatnot's nose
Episode 203: Heather Locklear: Steve's head explodes after drinking too much coffee in the opening number.

The Ed Sullivan Show

Change of Face: Southern Colonel's facial features get changed throughout the skit.
Sclrap-Flyapp: the snail-like creature get's his head blown off.
Come Together: a cowboy loses his arms and legs.

Sesame Street


The Miss Muffet Play: The Fat Blue Anything Muppet's rabbit, duck, and fish features get changed throughout the sketch.
Sesame Street News Flash: Rapunzel's hair falls off her head.
The Weather Show: The wind blows the conductor's hair away.
Big Round Nose: A Large Lavender Live Hand Anything Muppet removes his own nose. He eventually ends the song placing it back on, but only after he's pulled the noses off three other AM's, tried them on himself, and returned them to their rightful owners.
Squiggie Marley: After singing, "Everyone Makes Their Own Music", the worm bows and his dreadlock hairpiece falls off.
Song: I Want to Hold Your Ear: Maurice, a hapless casanova, removes the facial features from the female Pumpkin Anything Muppet whilst singing this love song to her.
Song: B.B. King's "B" Song: Bearded Anything Muppets rip each other's beards off.
Episode 4267: In a game of "What's Missing?," Murray Monster removes his nose in order for the view to notice it's gone.

Plaza Sésamo

Vincente has his ears stolen by a Multimonstruo in a season eight episode.

Julie on Sesame Street

I Feel Pretty: A Large Lavender Live Hand Anything Muppet woman takes off her facial parts during the number.

Muppet Meeting Films

Franklin is decapitated in "The Meeting That Would Not Die." However, his head continues to speak, droning on, while his body stumbles around.
Leo and Grump remove various facial features on a Whatnot until he looks like the boss in "Nobody's Perfect".
The Balloon Audience loses their heads in "The Sky's The Limit".

From the Balcony

Loni Dunne gets her head knocked off by Tom Cruise Muppet in Episode 23.

Wilkins Coffee

"Lost my Head": Wilkins lost his head over Wilkins Instant Coffee.
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