5 Famous Green Characters in Fiction

(DGIwire) – “It’s not easy being green,” sang Kermit the Frog. The famous Muppet may have wished he was a different color—but this particular hue has translated into plenty of green for the creators of a slew of fictional characters. Here are five of the most famous greenish characters.

  • The Grinch: He’s a mean one, all right, sneaking down the chimney to steal all those gifts from the unassuming Whos. But when he finally saw the light and his heart grew three sizes, readers—and viewers of the classic cartoon—forgive him for all his sins.
  • The Incredible Hulk: Don’t make him angry. But maybe he’s always angry. The classic comic superhero, re-envisioned for the Avengers movies, puts a new spin on the age-old Jekyll-and-Hyde split-personality theme. Better let him get his away…or else.
  • Shrek: Somewhat Hulk-like but a lot more gentle, Shrek’s popularity with audiences stretches back to William Steig’s 1990 book but exploded with his 2001 cinematic portrayal, courtesy of Mike Myers’ adept voice acting.
  • The Wicked Witch of the West: Ding, dong, she’s dead. Margaret Hamilton’s timeless portrayal of Dorothy’s nemesis was, for many children, the most terrifying element of the classic film. What a world it is where such a nasty person melts on contact with water.
  • Peter Pan: Fun fact: Peter’s green outfit was a Disney invention. In the original stage productions he was said to wear auburns, tans, browns and cobwebs. But the animated image is the one stuck in the modern popular consciousness, earning him a spot here.

“Few fictional characters in the troves of children’s literature have been studied as carefully as Peter Pan,” says John Leonard Pielmeier, author of the recently published Hook’s Tale: Being the Account of an Unjustly Villainized Pirate Written by Himself (Scribner, 2017). “I decided to treat the character of Captain Hook to the same in-depth analysis and the results were published in my novel, which I believe all fans of the original will enjoy.”

As we learn in Hook’s Tale, Captain James Cook (a/k/a Hook)—long defamed as a vicious pirate—was in fact a dazzling wordsmith who left behind a vibrant, wildly entertaining and entirely truthful memoir. Now Pielmeier is proud to present this crucial historic artifact in its entirety for the first time. Cook’s story begins in London, where he lives with his widowed mother. At 13, he runs away from home but is kidnapped and pressed into naval service as an unlikely cabin boy. Soon he discovers a treasure map that leads to a mysterious archipelago called the “Never-Isles” from which there appears to be no escape. In the course of his adventures, he meets the pirates Smee and Starkey, falls in love with the enchanting Tiger Lily, adopts an oddly affectionate crocodile and befriends a charming boy named Peter—who teaches him to fly. He battles monsters, fights in mutinies, swims with mermaids, and eventually learns both the sad and terrible tale of his mother’s life and the true story of his father’s disappearance.

“It is their personalities, not their costumes, that make Peter and Hook so compelling to those who read about them,” Pielmeier adds.