I'm really not sure what folder is the right one for this. A few months ago, The Muppet Mindset announced that it would discontinue its Weekly Muppet Wednesdays article series. Most of the really important characters have been covered, but there's still quite a few who I feel should be given WMW articles. So I'll just write my own WMW articles here for some of the "missing characters". Right now I can't decide if I'll just do them on Wednesday or not, and feel free to make your own here as well (and if by chance Weekly Muppet Wednesday returns, I am not sure whether I'll repeat these or not). Here's a few early characters. Harry the Hipster Performer: Jim Henson. Best-Known Role: Early hipster of the Muppet world. First Appearance: Sam and Friends, 1955. Most-Recent Appearance: The Muppets: A Celebration of 30 Years, 1986. Who is Harry the Hipster?: Harry the Hipster was one of the main characters on Sam and Friends, and along with Kermit, is one of the characters featured in the highest-number of surviving episodes. One of his best-known bits is when he helps Kermit learn about the art of visual thinking, showing what an expert he is at it. He's such an expert that when he thinks the kind of thoughts that require thinking backwards to get rid of, he's capable of it. Another of Harry's best-known appearances is playing the role of Edward R. Murrow in "Poison to Poison". Harry was also featured with Kermit in the last episode. After Sam and Friends ended, Harry was absent until 1985, when he, Sam, and Yorrick all made a cameo in The Muppets: A Celebration of 30 Years. He's the only character from the show (besides Kermit) to get any dialogue in the special, asking Kermit why he looks so mucb better now than he did back then. Since that special, Harry has resided in various Henson exhibets. Why do the Muppets need Harry the Hipster?: Harry the Hipster is one of the earliest hip characters. He paved the way for other cool characters like Roosevelt Franklin, Mahna Mahna, Clifford, and all of The Electric Mayhem. He was an early example of Muppet coolness. That's why the Muppets need him. That's why Sam and Friends needed him. King Goshposh Performer: Jim Henson. Best-Known Role: King of the Muppets. Also Known As: King Louie, King Impossible the Third, King Rupert the Second. First Appearance: Tales of the Tinkerdee, 1962. Most-Recent Appearance: The Muppet Show episode 121: Twiggy, 1977. Memorable Quote: "Bring a present for the king." Who is King Goshposh?: King Goshposh was the default king used in various early Muppet productions. He first appeared in the unaired pilot Tales of the Tinkerdee, where he is the father of Princess Gwendolinda, in one of the few instances where he had a Muppet child. The special has the king and his Prime Minister discuss plans for Gwendolynda's birthday, mess-up on what they order, and invite everybody in the kindom except for the witch, Taminella Grinderfall. The pilot was not picked up, and King Goshposh ended up being the only character from the pilot to appear in the next pilot, The Land of Tinkerdee, where he picks up his watch. Throughout the 1960s, King Goshposh was often used whenever a king was needed, and would often be assisted by Featherstone. In The Perry Como Christmas Show, he made a rare non-King appearance, playing the role of a hotel manager instead. But to casual fans, his best-known roles are in the specials Hey Cinderella and The Frog Prince. In Hey Cinderella, he is the father of Prince Arthur Charming, and often looks for fun things to do (whether he's good at them or not). When there's no parades or birthdays ("it's been a lousy year for birthdays"), he decides that it's time for his son to be married just so he can have a masked ball to find a bride for his son, and decides to have guests bring him a present. He also has some unexplained conflict against Kermit (and maybe frogs in general). When Arthur asks his dad to invite common people, he thinks he just wants to invite Kermit, and it's not until Featherstone mentions that he'd get the most number of presents if he invites everyone in the kingdom that the king decides to do so ("everyone in the kingdom, but not that frog"). He spends most of the ball at the punch bowl (as Featherstone says, "if you want to find the punch bowl, look for the king"), complaining about birds coming out of his pie and questioning whether he sent Splurge an invitation. After the ball, King Goshposh decides that his son should marry the mysterious princess who ran out at midnight. By the end, he has apparently changed his mind about frogs, sending Kermit an invitation to the wedding of Prince Charming and Cinderella (and telling him to bring a present for the king). By the time of The Frog Prince, he was renamed King Rupert the Second, and the puppet was changed a little. He was now given white hair around the back of his head and no longer had a cigar in his mouth. In this special, he is the father of Princess Melora, and plans to retire as king and let his daughter take the thrown. He's also very gullible in this special, as he instantly believes that Taminella is his long-lost sister he never knew he had (her "proving" it when she asks him the name of his father and SHE says that was also her father's name) along with other lies, and is convinced to let her be the queen when Melora is put under Taminella's spell to only talk backwards (ignoring the jeers of the peasents when it's announced). He also had a tendency to get jokes wrong. King Goshposh made one last appearance on The Muppet Show, playing the titular king in Twiggy's rendition of the poem "The King's Breakfast". Why do the Muppets need King Goshposh?: The Muppets don't need King Goshposh that much. He was neccessary for specials and productions using a fairy tale setting, but as The Muppet Show and the average other Muppet production took place in the real world (and in America, for the most part), a king character might seem out of place in the Muppet universe. Featherstone Performer: Jerry Nelson. Best-known Role: Assistant to King Goshposh. First Appearance: Hey Cinderella, 1968. Most-Recent Appearance: The Muppet Show episode 423: Carol Channing. Who is Featherstone?: Featherstone is the right-hand man to King Goshposh. His first appearance was in Hey Cinderella, where he wrote the invitations to the ball, convinced the king to invite everybody in the kingdom to the ball (after making a somewhat unflattering remark about the kind of presents common people would bring), suggested that the King give guests a present (geraniums), answered questions from the guests (and didn't catch on when both Prince Charming and Cinderella complained about them giving everyone a geranium, despite his own frustration), and accompanied the prince in finding the mysterious princess from the ball. Featherstone has also made other appearances with the king, including a role as bellhop to Goshposh as a hotel manager in The Perry Como Christmas Show. In The Frog Prince, his role is somewhat smaller than in Hey Cinderella. Here, he mainly plays the trumpet (which the king covers his ears to) and tells the peasents how to react to what the king says. At one point, when Princess Melora tries to point to Taminella to inform the king that she's the one who put her under her enchantment, Taminella manages to make it look like she's pointing at Featherstone, but luckily, thanks to the king's gullibility, the king instantly believes Featherstone when he asks if he put the spell on his daughter. On The Muppet Show, the Featherstone puppet was dressed in drag and made into a queen, appearing alongside the King and Twiggy in "The King's Breakfast" and singing "What Do The Simple Folk Do?" with Zero Mostel. Featherstone would later make an appearance, in his own male form, to introduce Carol Channing and Miss Piggy. Why do the Muppets need Featherstone?: King Goshposh needs Featherstone, because what's a king without an assistant? Featherstone is a bit more level-headed than his boss, and is fairly reasonable.