Perhaps Lucy VanPelt’s most famous gimmick in her long existence as a character in Charles Schulz’s Peanuts is the one in which she pulls the football away from Charlie Brown right as he is about to kick it. The first occasion on which she did this was November 16, 1952 (Violet unintentionally did the same thing a year before because she was afraid Charlie Brown would accidentally kick her), but unlike subsequent stunts, Lucy first pulled the ball away because she did not want Charlie Brown to get it dirty (he took a second try in the same strip, only to trip over it at the end). The football strips became an annual tradition, and Schulz did one every year for the rest of the strip’s run.
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