Prince Charming is the hero and love interest in many fairy tale stories. In the first decade of Sesame Street, he made recurring appearances in sketches and street scenes, portrayed as a waspy, upper crust elite.
This persona first appeared in a Sesame Street News Flash sketch involving Rapunzel. He appeared in a few more News Flash sketches, attempting to woo such damsels as Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella. According to the script for Episode 1312, his monarchy hails from the Land of Nod. He was occasionally accompanied by his horse, Duke.
Originally, the Prince Charming puppet was a redressed version of Guy Smiley, another Orange Gold Anything Muppet, except with different clothes. The puppet would later have slightly modified facial features to better distinguish the two.
In later appearances, Prince Charming's puppet design and performers have varied.
|An orange live-hand Muppet Prince Charming made a few appearances in the 1990s, including Episode 2943 (performed by Jerry Nelson), the Colambo "Lost Slipper Caper" sketch (also Nelson), the "Fairytale Detective" sketch (performed by David Rudman).|
|In Episode 3319, Prince Charming appears in the story of "The Princess in a Low Tower." Here, he's played by Martin P. Robinson and is made from a Lavender Little Anything Muppet.|
|A Large Lavender Live Hand Prince Charming (Martin P. Robinson) appears in Episode 3342, where he tires of the strenuous lifestyle of a prince and Ruthie and Elmo help him choose another occupation.|
|A Pumpkin live-hand Prince Charming (played by Joey Mazzarino) appears in Episode 4233, attempting to romance a science-obsessed Cinderella.|
- Big Bird's Busy Book (1975)
- See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Smell No Evil (1975)
- The Sesame Street Library Volume 5 (1978)
- The Sesame Street Dictionary (1980)
- The Sesame Street Storybook Alphabet (1980)