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Maria Pappas
Maria in "Castles in the Sky"
Physical description
Gender Female[1]
Animal Rabbit[2]
Personal information
Full name Maria Pappas[3][5]
Other names Ms. Pappas[3]
School Lakewood Elementary School
Grade 3rd grade
Teacher Mr. Ratburn
Residence Maria's house, Elwood City
Family Mrs. Pappas (mother)
Steve (brother)
Behind the scenes information
Book debut Arthur's Teacher Trouble
TV debut "Arthur's Eyes"
Voiced by Stacey DePass (s19-present)[3][4]
image gallery

Maria Pappas[6] is a third grader in Mr. Ratburn's class at Lakewood Elementary School.


Early life[edit]

Maria is not in the class picture of Mrs. Robertson's kindergarten class from three years ago.[7] This implies she came to Lakewood in a later year or was in a different class.

Maria was present at Lakewood Elementary in second grade,[1] but was not in Mr. Marco's class.[8] Sometime during this year, she walked into the girls' bathroom when Arthur had accidentally entered moments before.[1]

Third grade[edit]

Maria and some of her friends from class

When Principal Haney announced that Maria and her new classmates were going to be in Ratburn's class, she screamed with everyone else. However, she enjoyed Ratburn's puppet show of Jack and the Beanstalk.[9] She did not qualify to participate in the Spell-a-thon but she did watch from the audience.[10] On a field trip to Rainbow Rock State Park, she did not find any fossils.[11] When Arthur lost a library book, Binky investigated if she or others had stolen it.[12] Before a big test, Buster bounced a crumbled piece of paper off her head, which annoyed her.[13] Maria played the role of a reporter for the class play about Thomas Edison.[14] In the winter, she went ice skating with John.[15] After Prunella's half-birthday, Maria went to her to have her fortune told through the Cootie Catcher.[16] She went on the class field trip to Crosswire Motors, the Ice Cream Shop, and the Elwood City Dump.[17] When Mr. Ratburn lost his voice and his sister was substitute teacher, Maria found Ms. Ratburn's teaching style to be too easy. She was overjoyed when her regular teacher returned.[18] Hoping to check out a copy of the new Scare-Your-Pants-Off Club book, she waited outside the library until it opened.[19] Muffy rallied Maria and the rest of her class to take a stand against whoever stole Francine's bike, whom, at the time, they believed to be Binky.[20]

Maria at the art museum, with Jenna and Brian

Maria was present when Mister Rogers visited the school.[21] On a trip to the Elwood City Art Museum, Maria partnered with Brian and Jenna to write a report on a work of art. She wore a green mask for their project.[22] Maria signed up with everyone else (except Binky) for the TV-Free Week.[23] She and Steve competed in the Brother-and-Sister race in the Annual Picnic.[24]

With a yellow Woogle

Maria went scuba diving with Muffy in the Crosswire Mansion swimming pool when Arthur delivered news that Buster was coming home.[25] When the Magic Toolbox team came to film an episode with her class, Maria had to say something about the Solar System.[26] Maria bought a yellow/orange Woogle, but later abandoned it in favor of the new bottle cap trend.[27] Over spring break, she took a camp at the community center. One class was a karate class hosted by Mr. Ratburn.[28] She and her class competed at the Medieval Fair[29] and she was in the Library Card song.[30]

At Prunella's birthday party

She read a book at the library.[31] She went on the teacup ride with Steve at the amusement park.[32] When Buster found out he had asthma, Maria went with her class inside Buster's lungs to see what asthma is. The tour may or may not have been a real experience.[33] Prunella invited Maria to her birthday party, and she had a good time.[34] She watched the school talent show.[35] At Mill Creek Mall, she met with a boy in Mrs. Fink's class.[36] She was reading a book at the library, but Francine mistook her for Arthur.[37]

When the school population had a lice situation, she probably caught it from trying on Muffy's hat during the school assembly.[38] She said something to Francine that upset her.[39] She and Fern jumped rope in the park.[40] Over winter break, she went shopping in the Mill Creek Mall and attended Muffy's Christmas party.[41]

Maria helped raise money for the school band to purchase new uniforms and musical instruments.[42] Playing with a doll, she was surprised when Hammer walked by her house.[43] She attended the school's Athlete of the Year Award Ceremony.[44]

At the Lapp family's farm

Maria and her mother went to Crown City and bought pretzels from a shop in the Crown City Subway station.[45] She had a role in the school's city centennial play, "Oh, Elwood!", as a present-day student.[46] She went on a field trip to Lapp Farm in Amish Country and helped with the barn-raising.[47] She tried the static electricity exhibit and went on the overnight field trip at the Science Museum.[48] When there was a fire in the teachers' lounge, she evacuated the building with her class and made it to safety. For the next few weeks, her class would attend school at Mighty Mountain.[49] She became a big fan of U Stink at the PTA rally, and was even more excited when U Stink played alongside the Backstreet Boys at a concert.[50]

Maria's desk group

She partnered with a preschooler to do a cross-school team project.[51] On a hot day, she, Muffy, and Fern had agreed to put a dust ruffle on the side of their desk group. After a long series of escalating tension, Maria joined in the classroom riot. When Mr. Haney told them to stop, she helped clean up the classroom before the teacher returned.[52] She had ice cream at the Ice Cream Shop with her mother.[53]

Rehearsing in the choir

As part of the Lakewood Elementary Choir, she practiced the song "In the Good Old Summer Time" to perform in Crown City. After a closed road forced the bus to take a detour, she sang in a diner with her choir.[54] She enrolled in the Elwood City Kids' Circus camp with her friends. On performance night, she juggled pins alongside Arthur and Buster.[55] She watched a soccer game.[56] and rallied for Arthur and Brain in the checkers championships.[57] Maria and Fern got treats from the Ice Cream Shop.[58] On a sunny day, she and Alex read together from a book.[59]

Hearing Mr. Ratburn assigning homework

After watching the classic horror film, The Squirrels, Maria was too frightened to go outside, but seeing a real squirrel in class changed her mind.[60] As an end-of-the-year assignment, Mr. Ratburn challenged his class to choose one food that would sustain them if they were stranded on a desert island. Maria chose cheese as her food.[61] She waited with the class for the school bus to arrive for a field trip to the zoo, but the request for the bus was never delivered, so they had an impromptu spelling bee instead.[62]

Playing hide and seek

Maria played a game of hide and seek with her friends.[63]

She practiced rock climbing in the gym and went rock climbing for real on a mountain.[64] She and Alex went to see a movie[65] and she went with her mother to the Sugar Bowl.[66]

Reading at the community center

When Buster discovered a list of numbers and names of students, Maria was number 23. However, it was later learned that this number had no significance.[67] On Mr. Ratburn's Student of the Month chart, Maria had the fourth lowest score, slightly behind Fern.[68] Maria was shocked to hear that Mrs. MacGrady had cancer.[69] At the community center, she read a book.[70] Maria attended a swim meet where she talked to a boy before the race began.[71] Maria briefly became a member of the Lakewood Pride Committee and ran in the track meet against Mighty Mountain.[72]

Congratulating George for finishing his walk

Maria watched the free throw contest between Brain (with Lydia) and Sam Scarborough[73] and George's report on Buster.[74] Muffy's new playground amusement park idea did not interest her.[75] She was interested, though, to see George walk all the way to Elwood City from Crown City.[76]

Applauding Binky's musical performance

When George went on a radio show to win money for the school, Maria listened to the broadcast from the assembly in the school auditorium.[77] In the same auditorium, she listened to Binky performing music for the clarinet.[78] Maria and her mother went to David's Toys.[79] She took the Stoddard Wilkins Elementary Aptitude Test, but did not take Mrs. MacGrady's relaxation lesson with the rest of her class.[80]

Reading at the library

Maria welcomed Ladonna to class when she moved to Elwood City.[81] She participated in the first annual Lakewood Derby.[82] When Lakewood started using the HUGO 3.0, Maria was interested at first, but she later cheered for Brain when he defeated the computer.[83] She tried reading at the library, but the Shush Customers were too loud.[84] After earning points in the IRP system, she looked at toy trucks among the prizes available.[85]

Maria tried the ring toss game at the fair.[86] She went to the new ice cream shop Yumbobo, but when Buster and Brain introduced Brain's Blending Lab, she returned to the Ice Cream Shop.[87]

At the preschool fall pageant

Maria went with Steve to Wonder World when it opened a new roller coaster, The Buzzard. After waiting in line, they rode on it together.[88] When Jenna had a birthday party, Maria went to her house to celebrate.[89] Maria attended a pageant performed by the preschool class last fall, according to Arthur's memory of the event.[90] After Hurricane Sadie, Maria attended Ladonna's surprise birthday party at the Tree House. Later, she and Jenna bought ice cream at the Ice Cream Shop's reopening.[91]

Maria went to Muffy's dad's drive-in movie.[92] She and her class played a game of baseball with Sue Ellen's pen pal Tenzin before he had to leave for home.[93] She watched George's puppet show at the PTA variety show.[94] On a rainy day, someone held an umbrella for Maria when she had to wait in a line.[95] Mr. Ratburn appointed Maria as the lead reporter for the Lakewood Elementary News. Initially excited for the opportunity, she was overcome with nervousness due to her stutter and could not do the show. By practicing talking with her friends and a speech therapist, Maria was able to host the next show a few weeks later.[3] When Buster and George tried to distract the Tough Customers with the sound of an ice cream truck, Maria also fell for the trick.[96] While she did not enter the Little Miss Crocus pageant, Maria went with Beulah to get a paper about it.[97] At the end of the school year, Maria and her whole class sang a song for Mr. Ratburn.[5]

Maria cheered for Brain when he won the statewide science competition.[98] She made a caveman cave diorama out of a volleyball. Maria later attended Arthur's piano recital.[99]

With a cat at C.A.T.S.

Maria worked as the "cat wrangler" at Lakewood's Cat Adoption Talent Show and helped families fill out adoption papers.[4]

Maria wished Ladonna goodbye on the day her family left to move to Oregon.[100]



Maria is usually a bit shy.[2] In spite of this, however, she does often participate in class lessons. She is also willing to have lines in a class play, so long as they aren't solo lines.[14] This is because she has a stutter and did not want everyone to know about it. However, with practice her speaking has improved and her confidence with it.[3]

She once said something that upset Francine.[39]


Maria received a 'C' on one of Mr. Ratburn's quizzes.[101] On an oral report for history, the grade she received was a 'B'.[102] She is not the best speller in her class.[10] On the 'Student of the Month' chart, Maria ranks low compared to most other students; she had the fourth lowest (or ninth highest) score, slightly behind Fern at eighth highest.[68]


Maria follows several sports, such as basketball[73] and soccer.[56] She herself participates on the track and field team.[72]


Maria is a member of the Lakewood Elementary Choir.[54] She also plays the tambourine for the school band[103] and has a guitar in her bedroom.[3]

Other interests[edit]

Maria has a butterfly collection, a pet fish, and pictures of marine animals in her room.[3] She also likes cats.[4]

Maria in line for Bionic Bunny's autograph

When the new Scare-Your-Pants-Off Club book was released, Maria waited outside the library to get it.[19] Maria is also a fan of the Magic Cat books.[4] She can frequently be found reading in the library.[31][37][104]

Maria plays hopscotch[105] and jump rope.[40] She rallied for Arthur and Brain in the checkers play-offs.[57] She is also a fan of Bionic Bunny.[106][107] The music by the Finnish band BINKY was a favorite of hers.[108]

Maria owns a doll which she occasionally plays with,[43] though she may also like toy trucks.[85] Maria has another doll that looks like her.[3]

If she could only take one food to a desert island, she would bring a plate of cheese.[61]




Maria's mother was with Maria at the Ice Cream Shop,[53] The Sugar Bowl,[66] and David's Toys.[79]

Maria's older brother Steve also goes to Lakewood. They often talk with each other between classes and at lunchtime.[62] The two were confirmed to be related by their participation in the brother-and-sister race at the Annual Picnic.[24] They also go on amusement park rides together, such as the spinning teacup ride[32] and The Buzzard, a roller coaster.[88]


Binky Barnes

Maria encouraged Binky after he missed his opportunity to star in a TV commercial.[4]

Fern Walters

They have been seen outside of school together, enjoying dessert snacks.[58]

Jenna Morgan

Maria and Jenna are good friends. They play together[27] and visit each other's houses.[3] For a time, Jenna was one of the only people who knew Maria's secret about her trouble speaking.

Muffy Crosswire

Maria follows Muffy's blog on her smartphone.[4]

Prunella Deegan

Despite being one school grade apart, Maria was invited to Prunella's birthday party.[34]

Sue Ellen Armstrong

Seen walking together at the Harvest Day Celebration.[67]

Physical appearance[edit]

:Main article: Maria Pappas/Gallery/Designs

Maria, as she appeared in the early seasons

Maria is an anthropomorphic rabbit with a cream complexion. She wears a sky blue skirt, a cyan-and-light pink striped shirt, white knee socks, and light brown shoes. She has light brown hair in the form of a bob cut.

Not including her ears, she is a few inches taller than Arthur.[109] In some instances, though, her height has varied from preschooler size[66] to Prunella's height.[50]

Moderate orange (s2)[110]
Moderate amber (APC)[111]
Moderate orange (s7)[112]
Moderate orange (s9)[113]
Moderate orange (s11)[114]
Brilliant orange (s18)[115]
Brilliant orange (s19)[116]
Light amber (s2)[110]
Light gold (APC)[111]
Light amber (s7)[112]
Light amber (s9)[113]
Light amber (s11)[114]
Light gold (s18)[115]
Pale, light grayish gold (s19)[116]

Behind the scenes[edit]


This list contains 232 items (bold indicates a speaking role)

  • Specials: (4)
  • Books: (3)
  • Games: (1)
  • Online: (4)

Development and design[edit]

Maria in Arthur's Teacher Trouble (1986)

Maria first appeared in Marc Brown's 1986 book Arthur's Teacher Trouble. Although a similar rabbit girl had been appearing as early as Arthur's Eyes (1979), Maria's design for the TV series was based on an unnamed background character in Arthur's Teacher Trouble.[119]

According to Peter K. Hirsch, Maria (and Alex) were created to keep the classroom from looking too empty.[120] Like many other recurring extras, Maria was given a name for the storyboard artists' convenience. On one reference sheet from 1996, she is labelled "#2 Maria".[109] Maria is likely named after someone who worked at Cinar at the time.[119]

Maria's name, in "MacFrensky"

Maria's given name appeared in written form in "Arthur's Number Nightmare" (2009). However, the context of this episode could not narrow down the name to this character. "MacFrensky", which aired the next day in the U.S., proved that the last unnamed girl in Mr. Ratburn's class was Maria. The Arthur crew has since confirmed this on social media[121] and at live appearances.[120]

Maria's surname, Pappas, first appeared in written form in "The Last Day", airing in the U.S. on May 23, 2016. A day later, it was confirmed in dialogue of "Maria Speaks".

At New York Comic Con in October 2013, Peter K. Hirsch mentioned Alex and Maria by name.[120] The ARTHUR Facebook page added, "[...] we may hear from them in the future".[2] An episode featuring Maria was announced May 9, 2014.[122] Its title, "Maria Speaks", was revealed May 2015.[123] The episode aired May 24, 2016 on PBS Kids.

Depiction in other media[edit]

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  • In the Living Books computer games that are based on the books, Maria had a light yellow complexion and brown hair in Arthur's Teacher Trouble. When the player clicks on the poster behind her, the drawing comes to life and looks between Maria's ears. Clicking on Maria herself makes her say, "I thought I'd win," which was her first distinct speaking line ever. It is unknown exactly who voiced her, since the voice actors for minor characters were listed together with no distinction.


Note: These do not include quotes from "Maria Speaks" or "Binky Can't Always Get What He Wants".

Quotes by Maria

I thought I'd win.

—Maria, Arthur's Teacher Trouble

We don't believe it!

Alex, Fern, and Maria, "Francine Frensky, Superstar"
Quotes about Maria

If you say that again you're going to get it!

Francine to Maria, "Francine Goes to War"


:Main article: Maria Pappas/Gallery

:See also: :Category:Images of Maria Pappas

Notes and references[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Arthur's Eyes"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Arthur (October 13, 2013). "The female rabbit is named Maria and the male rabbit is named Alex. They’re both a bit shy. But we may hear from them in the future.". Facebook. Retrieved October 14, 2013. (archived page; retrieved December 27, 2013)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 "Maria Speaks"
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 "Binky Can't Always Get What He Wants"
  5. 5.0 5.1 "The Last Day"
  6. "G-g-good m-morning, Lakewood. I'm... Maria Pappas. Today, I'm reporting on an important issue -- kids and adults: stuttering." — "Maria Speaks"
  7. "Brain's Shocking Secret"
  8. "Arthur and the True Francine"
  9. "Arthur and the Real Mr. Ratburn"
  10. 10.0 10.1 "Arthur's Spelling Trubble"
  11. "Buster's Dino Dilemma"
  12. "Arthur's Lost Library Book"
  13. "Buster Makes the Grade"
  14. 14.0 14.1 "Francine Frensky, Superstar"
  15. "Sue Ellen Moves In"
  16. "Misfortune Teller"
  17. "My Dad, the Garbage Man"
  18. "Arthur's Substitute Teacher Trouble"
  19. 19.0 19.1 "The Scare-Your-Pants-Off Club"
  20. "Stolen Bike"
  21. "Arthur Meets Mister Rogers"
  22. "Binky Barnes, Art Expert"
  23. "Arthur's TV-Free Week"
  24. 24.0 24.1 "Sue Ellen's Little Sister"
  25. "Buster's Back"
  26. "And Now Let's Talk to Some Kids"
  27. 27.0 27.1 "Arthur Rides the Bandwagon"
  28. "The Return of the King"
  29. "Arthur's Almost Live Not Real Music Festival"
  30. 31.0 31.1 "D.W.'s Library Card"
  31. 32.0 32.1 "Muffy's New Best Friend"
  32. "Buster's Breathless"
  33. 34.0 34.1 "Prunella Gets it Twice"
  34. "To Beat or Not to Beat"
  35. "Prunella's Prediction"
  36. 37.0 37.1 "Buster's Best Behavior"
  37. "The Lousy Week"
  38. 39.0 39.1 "Francine Goes to War"
  39. 40.0 40.1 "Muffy Gets Mature"
  40. "Arthur's Perfect Christmas"
  41. "Buster's Sweet Success"
  42. 43.0 43.1 "The Boy with His Head in the Clouds"
  43. "The Good Sport"
  44. "Muffy Goes Metropolitan"
  45. "Elwood City Turns 100!"
  46. "Buster's Amish Mismatch"
  47. "The World of Tomorrow"
  48. "April 9th"
  49. 50.0 50.1 "Arthur - It's Only Rock 'n' Roll"
  50. "D.W., Dancing Queen"
  51. "Desk Wars"
  52. 53.0 53.1 "Big Horns George"
  53. 54.0 54.1 "Tipping the Scales"
  54. "Francine's Big Top Trouble"
  55. 56.0 56.1 "Arthur Weighs In"
  56. 57.0 57.1 "A is for Angry"
  57. 58.0 58.1 "Buster the Myth Maker"
  58. "Binky Goes Nuts"
  59. "The Squirrels"
  60. 61.0 61.1 "Desert Island Dish"
  61. 62.0 62.1 "Buster's Special Delivery"
  62. "Germophobia"
  63. "The Chronicles of Buster"
  64. "I Owe You One"
  65. 66.0 66.1 66.2 "The Perfect Game"
  66. 67.0 67.1 "Arthur's Number Nightmare"
  67. 68.0 68.1 "MacFrensky"
  68. "The Great MacGrady"
  69. "When Carl Met George"
  70. "D.W. Swims with the Fishes"
  71. 72.0 72.1 "The Pride of Lakewood"
  72. 73.0 73.1 "The Wheel Deal"
  73. "The Buster Report"
  74. "The Play's the Thing"
  75. "The Long Road Home"
  76. "Fifteen"
  77. "I Wanna Hold Your Hand"
  78. 79.0 79.1 "Cents-less"
  79. "S.W.E.A.T."
  80. "Based on a True Story"
  81. "Muffy Takes the Wheel"
  82. "Get Smart"
  83. "The Last Tough Customer"
  84. 85.0 85.1 "Buster's Book Battle"
  85. "Crime and Consequences"
  86. "Brain Freeze"
  87. 88.0 88.1 "D.W. & Bud's Higher Purpose"
  88. "Best Wishes"
  89. "The Pageant Pickle"
  90. "Shelter from the Storm"
  91. "Brain Sees Stars"
  92. "Wish You Were Here"
  93. "Dueling Detectives!"
  94. "Buster Isn't Buying It"
  95. "Too Much of a Good Thing"
  96. "Little Miss Meanie"
  97. "Buster's Second Chance"
  98. "Arthur and the Whole Truth"
  99. "When Duty Calls"
  100. "All Worked Up"
  101. "Brain Gets Hooked"
  102. "Brother, Can You Spare a Clarinet?"
  103. "Sue Ellen's Lost Diary"
  104. "The Long, Dull Winter"
  105. "Buster Gets Real"
  106. "Buster's New Friend"
  107. "Meet Binky"
  108. 109.0 109.1 Earwig (February 9, 2013). Arthur class size comparison.pdf (PDF; must be logged in to view). "Re: The Named Characters Speculation". Reply #9. Elwood City Central Forum. Create a Forum. Retrieved September 21, 2013. (archived page; retrieved September 17, 2014)
  109. 110.0 110.1 This image from "Binky Barnes, Art Expert" (2x02a)
  110. 111.0 111.1 This image from "Arthur's Perfect Christmas"
  111. 112.0 112.1 This image from "Buster's Amish Mismatch" (7x07b)
  112. 113.0 113.1 This image from "Castles in the Sky" (9x01a)
  113. 114.0 114.1 This image from "Germophobia" (11x01b)
  114. 115.0 115.1 This image from "Best Wishes" (18x04a)
  115. 116.0 116.1 This image from "Maria Speaks" (19x06a)
  116. Appears in "April 9th Story"
  117. Appears in "Train Puzzles"
  118. 119.0 119.1 Earwig (October 15, 2013). "Re: Arthur @ NY Comic Con 2013". Reply #18. Elwood City Central Forum. Create a Forum. Retrieved October 25, 2013. (archived page)
  119. 120.0 120.1 120.2 Liu, Ed (October 17, 2013). "NYCC 2013: The “Arthur: Aardvark for the Ages” Panel Was a Wonderful Time of Day". Toon Zone News. Retrieved October 25, 2013. (archived page)
  120. Arthur (December 28, 2012). "That's Maria. She's in my class at Lakewood Elementary". Facebook. Retrieved December 28, 2012. (archived page; retrieved March 5, 2015)
  121. @ArthurRead (May 9, 2014). "Maria will be featured in her very own episode in Season 19. Stay tuned :)". Twitter. Retrieved May 12, 2014. (archived page; retrieved September 27, 2014)
  122. KET (May 1, 2015). "KET - Arthur - Maria Speaks/Postcards from Binky". KET. Retrieved May 2, 2015. (archived page)