PERFORMER Steve Whitmire
DEBUT 1981

That simple wimp, The Scarlet Pimpernel appeared in the special The Muppets Go to the Movies as an adversary of The Three Musketeers. The dreaded Pimpernel attempts to kidnap Cardinal D'Escargot. He is the one man in all of France who loves Humperdinck's lumpy pumpernickel crumpets beyond all things.


In actuality, while the Scarlet Pimpernel was a swashbuckling character, he had nothing to do with the Musketeers. While the latter served during the reign of Louis XVIII in the 1600s (written by Dumas in the 1800s), the Scarlet Pimpernel was created in 1905 by Baroness Orczy and his tales took place in the 1790s (during the Reign of Terror). He was actually Sir Percy Blakeney, an English baronet who pretends a foppish manner in public while in fact being the heroic Scarlet Pimpernel, rescuing French aristocrats from the guillotine (and thus setting a pattern followed by Zorro and others). The character's exploits have frequently been adapted to the stage, television, film, and radio.


  • Theodore Bikel played the chef d'orchestre in the radio serial episode "One O'Clock Precisely" (1949)
  • John Canemaker] played a spy and took over as Armand St. Juste in the off-Broadway musical Pimpernel (1964)
  • Jim Carter played General La Forge in the 1999-2000 TV series episode "Friends & Enemies" (2000)
  • Jonathan Coy played the Prince of Wales in the 1999 TV series
  • Sutton Foster was in the ensemble of the 1997 Broadway musical
  • Kate Howard played Countess de Beaulieu in the 1982 TV movie
  • Trevor Martin played Heron in Eldorado (1958 radio serial) and Monsieur Simon in two episodes of The Elusive Pimpernel (1969 TV series)
  • John McEnery played Sir William Wetherby in the second season of the 1999 TV series
  • Ian McKellen played Chauvelin in the 1982 TV movie
  • Diana Payan played Solange in the first episode of the 1999 TV series
  • Clive Revill played a citizen in the 1955 Sunday-Night Theatre TV version