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 Episode 1312, his monarchy hails from the Land of Nod. His horses are named Lance and Duke.
He made his last appearance to date in this form in a "Fairytale Update" sketch in season 24 (revisiting his first flame, Rapunzel).
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.
- Charming appears in the Colambo sketch "The Lost Slipper Caper" (performed by Jerry Nelson), where he takes Colambo with him to his palace simply for holding the missing glass slipper.
- In "Fairytale Detective," Charming (David Rudman) is interrogated by Miss Marble as to whether his glass slipper was the one belonging to The Old Woman Who Lives in a Shoe.
- Prince Charming tries to marry Gabi in Sesame Street Episode 2943.
- A Large Lavender Live Hand Prince Charming (Martin P. Robinson) appears in Sesame Street Episode 3342, where he tires of the strenuous lifestyle of a prince and Ruthie and Elmo help him choose another occupation.
- 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)