List of Doonesbury characters

The comic strip Doonesbury, by Garry Trudeau, has featured many recurring characters since the comic strip began in syndication in 1970. Most have interacted with each other at various times, and with only a few exceptions these individual histories are maintained consistently through the entire series, even where a character may disappear from the strip for years at a time. First appearances are noted in parentheses.

Main characters

Other characters

Real people

Numerous real-world figures, especially from politics, have appeared in the strip.

Since the late 1980s some prominent politicians were given direct, but metaphorical, visual portrayals via Doonesbury Icons, avatars in the strip which abstractly represented them.[2]

Most other prominent figures, after the strip's early years, stopped appearing directly in-frame, and were represented solely by their dialogue emerging from outside the frame, or from a television or a building shown from the outside (especially the White House). The small number of exceptions to this rule are below.

The following figures have been directly portrayed in-frame in the strip.


  1. Article originally published in the Brunswick, NJ, Home News, 10 October 1976. Reprinted on the Doonesbury Flashbacks CD-ROM.
  2. 1 2 Barron, James (August 31, 1994). "A Cartoonist Feasts on a President. So?". The New York Times website. The New York Times Company. Retrieved 2009-01-21.
  3. Gibson, John (November 21, 2001). "The Big Story w/ Gibson and Nauert : Humor That's Out of Line". Retrieved 2009-01-21.
  4. 1 2 Leepson, Marc (June 2006). "Cartoonist For The Vietnam War Generation". The VVA Veteran website. Retrieved 2009-01-21.
  5. 1 2 Glaister, Dan (May 27, 2004). "Doonesbury at war". The Guardian website. Retrieved 2009-01-21.
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  7. Doonesbury, 2016-11-20.

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