Apr 26 2010

It Ain’t Easy Being Green: 20 Memorable Green Characters from TV, Movies, and Video Games

Published by at 2:50 pm under Lists,Movies,Television,Videos


I got the idea for this post when I was walking down the street and saw a parked green car with green characters painted all over it.  It was pretty ugly, but weird enough to look at for a bit.  I came to realize that at some point, the difficulty of being green got lost in the hype over blue.  The Na’vi from Avatar, Dr. Manhattan and his giant glowing dong, and sometime soon, the Smurfs themselves have made blue the “it” color.  Screw that – green is where it’s at.  For the purposes of this post, at least.

Below, check out 20 of the greatest/most memorable green characters from movies, television, and video games.  If I left one of your favorite green characters off, let me know.

Rash, Zitz, and Pimple – Battletoads


Blanka – Street Fighter series


Elliott – Pete’s Dragon


Frankenstein’s monster – Frankenstein


Godzilla – Godzilla movies


Greedo – Star Wars


Green Goblin – Spider-Man


Green Man – It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia


The Incredible Hulk


Kermit the Frog – The Muppets


Kobra Khan – Masters of the Universe


Mike Wazowski – Monsters, Inc.


Shrek – Shrek movies


Slimer – Ghostbusters movies


Squeeze Toy Aliens – Toy Story 2


Swamp Thing – Swamp Thing


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles


The Wicked Witch of the West – The Wizard of Oz


Yoda – Star Wars movies


Yoshi – Nintendo


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42 responses so far

42 Responses to “It Ain’t Easy Being Green: 20 Memorable Green Characters from TV, Movies, and Video Games”

  1. Felixon 26 Apr 2010 at 3:07 pm

    The Green Lantern? Upcoming movie and was in the Justice League cartoon.

    I would also say the Green Power Ranger.

  2. Madisonon 26 Apr 2010 at 3:51 pm

    @ Felix

    Yeah, but their costumes are green – they aren’t. I mean, Ryan Reynolds isn’t going to be painted green, is he?

  3. Paton 26 Apr 2010 at 4:03 pm

    @ Madison

    Why put Green Man & Green Goblin then? :P

  4. Madisonon 26 Apr 2010 at 4:05 pm

    @ Pat

    Well, um, uhhh….let’s see….

    Goblin is actually green in the comics and some other media, so I figured he’d be OK. And Green Man is more than the man inside the costume, it’s a concept, it’s a legend. It is all that is green.

    Fair enough?

  5. seeinidawgon 26 Apr 2010 at 4:19 pm

    Oscar the Grouch

  6. Tishyon 26 Apr 2010 at 4:25 pm

    WTH? Where’s Gumby?!

  7. Robon 26 Apr 2010 at 6:20 pm

    You forgot the mightiest green person of all…

  8. andrewon 26 Apr 2010 at 6:53 pm

    no piccolo?

  9. Madisonon 26 Apr 2010 at 7:04 pm

    @ Rob, andrew

    I thought there was a Dragonball character who was green, so I am assuming that’s Piccolo. I tried to watch once and almost had a seizure, so maybe that’s why I’ve put it out of mind.

  10. Jeffon 26 Apr 2010 at 7:59 pm

    Wow. Where is the emo alien, Kif Kroker? Bonus for Brain Slugs.

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  12. Vadinon 26 Apr 2010 at 10:34 pm

    Why’d you chose that picture for TMNT?

  13. Madisonon 26 Apr 2010 at 10:48 pm

    @ Vadin

    I dunno – I thought it was cooler than a bunch of dudes in turtle costumes, I guess.

  14. zeroon 27 Apr 2010 at 1:25 am

    +1 for the guy that mentioned Kif Kroker. I love futurama.

  15. Camshafton 27 Apr 2010 at 2:25 am

    Is the Toxic Avenger considered green?

  16. that guyon 27 Apr 2010 at 5:18 am

    No Tommy from Power Rangers?!?!?

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  18. clinton 27 Apr 2010 at 2:26 pm

    i always thought that yoda was kind of avatar-esque

  19. Madisonon 27 Apr 2010 at 3:13 pm

    @ clint

    How dare you? Don’t you know that Star Wars came before Avatar? That’s a slap in the face! You don’t know what you’re talking about! Prototype sucks!

    Let it go, dude. Let it go.

  20. beavison 28 Apr 2010 at 7:49 pm

    No green tiger from voltron!

  21. Voxarothon 28 Apr 2010 at 8:00 pm

    The fact that there are no Orion Slave Girls from Star Trek renders this list erroneous.

    I demand and update and a picture.

  22. Peteon 28 Apr 2010 at 8:03 pm

    WHAT!? HOW DARE YOU!? The very first thing that popped in to my mind when reading “20 Memorable Green Characters” was Gumby. Isn’t Gumby the king of green things? I can NOT BELIEVE THIS!

  23. Wing Fooon 28 Apr 2010 at 8:25 pm

    WOw, that is amazing. Yoda ROCKS


  24. AJon 28 Apr 2010 at 8:29 pm

    lol @ people complaining for no Piccolo. DB was never nearly as popular as anything listed above, unless you’re a loser japanese kid or a nerd that needs to get sunlight anyway. Greedo probably should have been replaced with Gumby though.

  25. Koon 28 Apr 2010 at 8:33 pm

    … THE Hulk?

  26. Patrickon 28 Apr 2010 at 8:51 pm

    And what about Luigi? Yoshi gets props but Mario’s own brother gets shafted.

  27. Kermiton 28 Apr 2010 at 9:15 pm

    wow. this is great journalism., first a s4eries on “rain” and now “green” making your paychecks you are.

  28. Bobon 28 Apr 2010 at 9:35 pm

    Leech is green, from the He-man/She-ra universe. He was one of the coolest action figures too, you could stick him on glass. I bet there were green battle beasts. All of Monsters in my pocket were green (each monster could be in one of four colors). Army men are green (the toys, not the real ones. Although the real ones often wear green).

  29. Madisonon 28 Apr 2010 at 10:30 pm

    @ Pete

    I left Gumby off because, well…isn’t he sort of a bluish-green? He’s not nearly as green as everyone else on here.

    @ Patrick

    I wanted to limit the characters to one per franchise/series, and Yoshi is way greener than Luigi.

    @ Kermit

    Yup. I get paid for this. You don’t. Boo hoo.

    @ Bob

    I had Leech, as well as the rest of Hordak’s crew. Some of my favorite action figures for sure.

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  31. Flubberon 29 Apr 2010 at 4:13 am

    After scrolling through, first thing I thought…”WHERE’S FLUBBER??”

  32. Aliaon 29 Apr 2010 at 11:06 am

    Man, how crappy does Greedo look by today’s standards? Nothing beats the Greedo/Han standoff though, all time classic.

  33. Doonon 29 Apr 2010 at 11:08 am

    Dennis: What are some of your likes?
    Charlie: Uhh…ghouls
    Mac: Son of a bitch. What are you talking about?
    Charlie: Just funny little green ghouls.
    Dennis: W-What like in movies, or in cartoons?
    Charlie: Little green ghoul buddies!

  34. Kyleon 29 Apr 2010 at 11:08 am

    20 of the most memorable green characters? Wow, apparently I’m not the only one having a slow day at work.

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  36. childcarseaton 01 May 2010 at 12:01 pm

    Pleasantly surprised Swamp Thing made the list (huge fan if the icon and screen name didn’t give it away) although why they chose a movie publicity shot from is beyond me. Wish they would have used a graphic from the Alan Moore-era comics which really was the pinnacle for that character.

  37. ashaon 02 May 2010 at 8:23 am

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  39. Matton 04 May 2010 at 9:46 am

    Piccolo from DBZ, Kif from Futurama, Gumby from Gumby, Roger from Doug, Missing Link from Monsters vs. aliens, Chalky from Doug,

  40. Reparation verreon 17 Jun 2010 at 4:12 pm

    Reparation verre…

    Free advice on How to Fix Scratched Window Glass….

  41. Charleson 15 Aug 2010 at 4:51 pm

    Gumby definitely should have made the list. Gumby is green. Green is a combination, as many of us are aware, of blue and yellow. Now some greens are more blue, and some more yellow, and I am not saying that Gumby isn’t bluish, but Gumby is straight up green as far as I am concerned and I, for one, and I think many others would agree with me, have never had to question Gumby’s greenness. Gumby is as green as the Incredible Hulk, Yoda, or the Wicked Witch of the West. It is absurd to suggest that Gumby is anything other than green. He was green before some of these other characters on the list were even born.

  42. Pebbon 16 Jan 2012 at 2:10 am

    Luigi is one

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