This Indian Muppet transports from place to place by sneezing, giving her the ability to single-handedly spread deadly viruses around the globe—like a more cuddly Gwyneth Paltrow in Contagion.
11. Bjarne Betjent
Bjarne is the ticket master at the train station on Norway’s Sesame Street. He seems nice enough, but we all know what that distended red nose means. Skal!
This Canadian refugee from a touring company of Cats is ready to pounce into your nightmares. Feel the claws of Chaos!
Hello… Nu’Man! And like a bizarre lost Seinfeld episode, this Kuwaiti Sesame Street character’s costume was stolen when Saddam Hussein’s forces invaded the country in 1990.
8. Da Niao
This yellow-feathered beanpole is pitched to Chinese preschoolers as Big Bird’s identical cousin, not a cheap knockoff. But is that a cache of pirated DVDs in Big B… er, Da Niao’s nest?
This disembodied trunk hangs out, literally, on the Mexican Sesame Street. Elephant walk indeed.
6. Moishe Oofnik
Hey, kids: What’s more fun than a Grouch in a trash can? How about this Grouch who lives in a junk car on Israeli Sesame Street? Oofnik!
5. Akshar Kumar
Muppet Bollywood star from Indian Sesame Street, or preview of 1970s Don Draper from Mad Men? We’re going with the latter.
What could possibly be more huggable than a curious jackal? That’s the completely reasonable question posed by the scavenger-carnivore lovers at Bangladesh Sesame Street.
3. Don Pimpón
Colorful threads? Stylin’ hat? Decked out in fur? Hangs on the corner with vacant-eyed characters who don’t wear clothes? Yes, children, that’s Sesame Street Spain’s lovable Don Pimpón.
2. Karl Heinz
What’s weirder: that the German Sesame Street features a scrub brush as a sentient character, or that its name is Karl Heinz?