Kermit the frog Personality (A Complete Guide)

In this article, we will discuss Kermit the frog Personality. We will do that by describing how Kermit’s character originated and how it grew over time. We will then move on to describe his early life, his family, and professional life. We will also explain his personality and traits as a character on the show.

Kermit the frog Personality 

Kermit the frog has a very laidback and easygoing personality. Yet, at the same time, he is quite efficient and organized. He dislikes going against the rules and destroying things. He is a wise amphibian towards whom others turn to advise. He also encourages people to be themself and own their potential. He gives the message to stay creative and try out different ideas. Kermit especially emphasizes people to not be afraid of mistakes and failure, rather accept them and jump back from them. His own personality is quite optimistic and resilient. He strives to become famous in order to make others happy. He is not interested in fame or money. 

Kermit: Character Origins and Development

Kermit the frog is an important character on the Muppet show. He is the most popular and significant character on the Sesame Street. He also serves as a logo of the Jim Henson company. To this day, he stars in movies related to the muppets and also makes appearances on TV.  Kermit’s first appearance began in 1995 on a five-minute puppet show. With time, his fame as a frog grew in 1997. His voice was inspired by Stan Freeburg. Initially, he was not a frog rather an abstract character. He resembled a lizard more and was quite a simple puppet. With time, he became our frog in 1971. He was eventually given the name Kermit the frog. It is possible that Kermit was named after the childhood friend of his creator. But this claim has been denied. After the death of Jim Henson, Steve Berkemeyer took over as Kermit the Frog.

Early Life and Family

 It has been shown that Kermit lived his early life near a swamp that is near Disney World. Kermit has been seeing to talk about his siblings and family occasionally on the show. He says that he has multiple siblings and childhood adventures. He also has a nephew, Robin. It is unclear whether Kermit is married. However, he enjoys a close and professional relationship with Ms. piggy. His catchphrase is ‘high ho, Kermit the frog here’. He introduces different acts on the Muppet show. He has also been given the credits of writing multiple books.

Professional Life

It has been shown that Kermit was the first from his family to leave the swamp and go to the human world. He is also the first frog who can talk to humans. An agent noticed that he had talent and led him to the station where he met other Muppets and signed a contract to become famous. 

Initially, he started as a host on the Muppet show and was in charge of how the show went on. He is seen to treat others as employees with whom he does not have a close connection. However, with time his character grew and he becomes friends with them. He also sings duets with different stars. He is the love interest of Ms. piggy who makes many advances on him. She tries to make him jealous. Sometimes, they work when Kermit gets jealous of guest male stars. He is also good friends with other characters and asks them for their help when he is in trouble.

He often appears on Sesame Street as our news reporter and covers news flash segments. Here, he interviews multiple characters from fairytales and nursery rhymes. He also gives different lectures on subjects directed towards children. He is seen at his home as well where he sings to an imaginary audience. He also talks to kids. He has occasionally been criticized for being a know it all frog and being too commercialized in the media. In his later appearances, he has serves as a director of Disney special movies.

Personality 

Kermit has been depicted as a normal and calm character who does not lose control. He is composed in many situations but gets panicked when the situation around him is in this order. He occasionally expresses his annoyance when other characters are engaging in making mischief and destroying things. He is also seen to be frustrated at the lack of organization in his environment. Occasionally, he is quite sarcastic and insults others but these are quite subtle. 

He dreams of becoming a star and being famous in Hollywood. His intention to become famous is backed by his motive of making people happy. He is not interested in making money or being admired. 

Yeah, well, I’ve got a dream too, but it’s about singing and dancing and making people happy. That’s the kind of dream that gets better the more people you share it with.’- Kermit the Frog

In one episode it is shown that when Kermit leaves the television station. Other muppets cannot run the show and panic. This indicates that Kermit has a controlled personality that takes his responsibilities and obligations quite seriously and fulfills them. Furthermore, this points to the idea that Kermit is efficient and organized as a worker.

He has been shown as our easy-going and likable character. Other characters go to him to seek wisdom and advice. He has a natural sense of leadership and tries to hold others together. He can also go with the flow when things get overwhelming. Although he is intelligent and responsible, occasionally he can be naughty. Many people claim that Kermit is Henson’s soft-spoken alter ego. This is because their personalities are quite similar. He makes it big as a star and is also given a Hollywood walk of fame star. 

He encourages others to believe in their potential and dont get discouraged. This is depicted by his statement ‘Just because you haven’t found your talent yet doesn’t mean you don’t have one.’

He is determined and sticks to his goals. Even when he faces difficulties, he does not give up. He teaches others to think of failure as part of life and don’t let setbacks stop them from achieving what they want. This is backed by his statement:

Because I’m not giving up! I’m still here and I’m stayin’!’- Kermit the Frog

Similarly, he also says

‘So, never worry about failure. It’s GONNA happen. But that’s okay: go ahead, take chances….and you might just find that what feels like failure isn’t a failure at all, it’s what inspires you to dream even bigger.’- Kermit the Frog

He also encourages others to be creative and think of fresh ideas. He supports group work and collaboration to make things happen. He says:

There’s one other thing that I think every frog or person needs to be creative: and that is friends. For me, I think the very best part of creativity is collaborating with friends and colleagues. Admittedly, mine happen to be bears, pigs, rats, chickens, and penguins, but you go with whatever works for you’.-Kermit the Frog

This points to the fact that he like innovation and is open to a different perspective. He admires uniqueness in people. This is backed by his statement: 

The mind of a child is a beginner’s mind and, for them, every idea is fresh, stimulating and leads somewhere special and surprising.’-Kermit the Frog

Kermit is also a positive character who does not negatively put him down. He sees the silver lining in different situations. He also extends the message of positivity to others in his surroundings. His creator verifies this fact as well. The following statement confirms this idea:

‘I Have what Jim Henson liked to call “ridiculous optimism”. Without it, we wouldn’t have this amazing world we live in.’

After his creator left this world, Kermit is seen to be in pain yet he continues to see the good side and says that his creator was a good person who achieved his dream of making the world a better place. He says-

‘A friend of mine, who also grew up around here said that his ambition was “be one of the people who made a difference in the world”, and that he hoped “to leave the world a little better for my having been here.” That friend was Jim Henson. And, if I say so myself, he certainly left this a better place for having been here.’-Kermit the Frog

FAQs: Kermit the frog Personality

Has Kermit’s voice changed?

Yes, Kermit’s voice has changed after the death of his creator. It was passed on to Steve Whitmire and then handed over to Matt Vogel in 2017. 

How old is Kermit the Frog?

The age of Kermit the Frog is not clear. His appearance is still youthful but since his creation, it has been 60 years. So, we can say that he quite an old frog with a young appearance. 

When did Kermit the Frog die?

Kermit the Frog’s character did not die. Rather his creator died. His character was later taken over by other people from Hollywood.

Who is Kermit’s girlfriend?

Kermit’s girlfriend is Denise who is a pig and quite young as well. He does not go out with Miss Piggy despite her advances and love interest in him.
What is Kermit the Frog’s catchphrase?
Kermit the frog’s catchphrase is ‘Hi-ho, Kermit the Frog here!’. He is frequently seen to be waving his arms around in a wild manner and saying ‘Yayyyy’. This is a technique he learned in his acting career.

Conclusion

In this article, we discussed Kermit the frog Personality. We found that Kermit the frog has a very laidback and easygoing personality. Yet, at the same time, he is quite efficient and organized. He dislikes going against the rules and destroying things. He is a wise amphibian towards whom others turn to advise. He also encourages people to be themself and own their potential. He gives the message to stay creative and try out different ideas. Kermit especially emphasizes people to not be afraid of mistakes and failure, rather accept them and jump back from them. His own personality is quite optimistic and resilient. He strives to become famous in order to make others happy. He is not interested in fame or money. 

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Citations

https://quotes.yourdictionary.com/author/kermit-the-frog/

https://characters.fandom.com/wiki/Kermit_the_Frog

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kermit_the_Frog

Divya is currently a Clinical Psychology Trainee in a Master of Philosophy program and holds a Master’s in clinical psychology. She has a special interest in Personality studies and disorders, having researched the subject before, and Neuropsychology; with an additional interest being Mood disorders. She likes to write about Psychiatric issues, having worked in multiple specialty setups during her time as a clinical psychology student, and in her free time she likes to cook and read.

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