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Ivy the Terrible is a fictional character
Fictional character
A character is the representation of a person in a narrative work of art . Derived from the ancient Greek word kharaktêr , the earliest use in English, in this sense, dates from the Restoration, although it became widely used after its appearance in Tom Jones in 1749. From this, the sense of...

 featured in The Beano
The Beano
The Beano is a British children's comic, published by D.C. Thomson & Co and is arguably their most successful.The comic first appeared on 30 July 1938, and was published weekly. During the Second World War,The Beano and The Dandy were published on alternating weeks because of paper and ink...

. The strip involves a four-year-old girl whose mischievous antics are a constant annoyance to her parents.


Ivy first appeared in issue #2233, dated 4 May 1985, drawn by Robert Nixon
Robert Nixon (artist)
Robert Nixon was an artist who worked on several British comics.Bob was born in South Bank, Middlesbrough, in North Yorkshire on July 7, 1939. He was the fifth of six children born to Arthur Nixon and Phylis Thompson. Robert's mother Phylis worked as a housewife while his father worked locally...

. Throughout the strip, it showed her attempts to become the toughest character in The Beano. Finally, when about to confront Dennis the Menace himself Dennis simply waited until evening at which point Ivy, being a toddler, had simply fallen asleep. He then took her back to her house and remarked, very out of character, that she 'almost looked cute'. The popularity of the character led to the strip being expanded to two pages as of issue #2931 (19 September 1998). Later strips dropped the idea of her longing for toughness and instead concentrated on her hyperactivity and tantrums. Her popularity even grew to the point she was briefly featured in her own spin-off in which she would choose her favourite nightmares entitles 'Ivy's Favourite Nightmares.'

Death of Nixon & Later History

Robert Nixon continued to draw Ivy until his death in 2002. His successor as artist was Tony O'Donnell, who drew the strip in a very similar style to Nixon, making no major changes to the strip or characters. However, Trevor Metcalfe
Trevor Metcalfe
Trevor Metcalfe born May 1939 in Brotton, Yorkshire is a British illustrator and comic book artist. Known for his comic strips in IPC Magazines comics such as Sweet Tooth and Junior Rotter in Whizzer and Chips....

 drew several strips during 2003 and 2004, in which Ivy was given a noticeably more childlike and less malicious personality, although again the strip's style was based on Nixon's. In early 2007, O'Donnell retired from the strip, and reprints of 1989-1998 Robert Nixon
Robert Nixon (artist)
Robert Nixon was an artist who worked on several British comics.Bob was born in South Bank, Middlesbrough, in North Yorkshire on July 7, 1939. He was the fifth of six children born to Arthur Nixon and Phylis Thompson. Robert's mother Phylis worked as a housewife while his father worked locally...

 stories began running.

In August 2008, the strip was merged with the strip Bea
Bea (Dennis the Menace character)
Bea, is a fictional character in the UK comic strip Dennis the Menace and Gnasher, from The Beano. She is Dennis' baby sister, born in issue 2931, dated 19 September 1998.-Introduction to The Beano:...

 and renamed Bea and Ivy
Bea and Ivy
Bea and Ivy was a comic strip in The Beano. It featured two characters who previously had their own comic strips in one strip. These characters were:*Bea - Originally a character from Dennis the Menace.*Ivy the Terrible...

. However, when Dennis the Menace
Dennis the Menace (UK)
Dennis the Menace, later called Dennis the Menace and Gnasher and now Dennis and Gnasher, is a long-running comic strip in the British children's comic The Beano, published by D. C...

 was revamped to match the new TV series a year later, Bea and Ivy were split up and she reverted back to being a solo strip, again being reprinted Nixon strips, but this time the two page stories from 1998 onwards were used.

In October 2010, new single page strips of Ivy started appearing in the Beano drawn by Diego Jourdan Pereira
Diego Jourdan
Diego Jourdan Pereira is a Uruguayan comic book artist and illustrator, residing in Santiago de Chile, Chile, and specializing in licensed properties.-Life:...

. Most of the title banners consisted of parodies of famous films such as Rocky and Fight Club
Fight Club (film)
Fight Club is a 1999 American film based on the 1996 novel of the same name by Chuck Palahniuk. The film was directed by David Fincher and stars Edward Norton, Brad Pitt and Helena Bonham Carter. Norton plays the unnamed protagonist, an "everyman" who is discontented with his white-collar job...

 and a tagline was introduced; Be thankful she's not your little sister.
Unfortunately, this only lasted until February 2011, as a change of editor at the Beano saw Ivy get dropped. Although a few of Diego Jourdan's strips appeared after this point, they were simply stockpiled strips which had yet to be used.

In the 2008 and 2009 Beano Annuals, her strip was drawn by Steve Horrocks, and in the 2011 edition she was drawn by Dave Eastbury, the Ball Boy
Ball Boy
Ball Boy is a comic strip in the UK comic The Beano and also the name of the main character. It first appeared in issue 1735, dated 18 October 1975. It features a five-a-side football team that includes:* Ball Boy - the captain of the team, Ball Boy bears resemblances to The Dandy's Owen Goal...


Personality traits

Ivy can be compared to that of an average toddler
A toddler is a young child, usually defined as being between the ages of one and three. Registered nurse, midwife and author, Robin Barker, states 'Any time from eight months onwards your baby will begin to realise he is a separate person from you...

 in that she is extremely quick to anger and is prone to pulling temper tantrums when things are not quite going her way. She can at times be purposefully malicious, for example stamping on her father's toes but most of the time it appears much of her deeds are all done by some fun which has gone out of hand. She has been seen to have a thirst to prove herself, for example, her introductory strip in which she challenges Dennis the Menace to a fight. She seems to have a fairly strong friendship with Dennis' younger sister Bea and is on talking terms with Minnie the Minx
Minnie the Minx
Minnie the Minx is a fictional character in the British comic The Beano. Created and originally drawn by Leo Baxendale, she first appeared in issue 596, dated 19 December 1953 making her the third longest running Beano character, behind only Dennis the Menace and Roger the Dodger...

 and Toots
The Bash Street Kids
The Bash Street Kids is an ongoing comic strip featuring in the British comic The Beano. The strip was created by Leo Baxendale under the title When the Bell Rings, and first appeared in The Beano in issue 604, dated 13 February 1954. It became The Bash Street Kids in 1956 and since then, it has...

. A Diego Jourdan strip revealed Ivy has a love for horror films as she is watching Scream
Scream (film)
Scream is a 1996 American slasher film written by Kevin Williamson and directed by Wes Craven. The film stars Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Drew Barrymore, and David Arquette...

 on her living room telly.

Physical appearance

Ivy sports two pig tails on her jet black messy hair and a single tooth in her mouth. Her usual apparel mainly consists of a yellow fleece jumper under red dungarees with blue play shoes. However, she has occasionally worn blue dungarees with a red fleece jumper. She appears short and stocky but in fact holds rather a lot of strength for someone so young.


  • Ivy appeared alongside other Beano stars in the straight-to-DVD release of Beano Video-Stars. She enters the red carpet via space hopper
    Space hopper
    A space hopper, also known as a moon hopper, skippyball, kangaroo ball, bouncer, hoppity hop, or hop ball, is a rubber ball with handles which allow one to sit on it without falling off...

     and her one and only segment is her simply playing with her stuffed animals.

Theme park

  • Pictures of Ivy was posted all around Beano-Land in Chessington World of Adventures before it was changed into a African theme in 2009.

Other comics

  • A girl similar to Ivy appeared in a Dave the Squirrel strip in a 2011 edition of The Dandy
    The Dandy
    The Dandy is a long running children's comic published in the United Kingdom by D. C. Thomson & Co. Ltd. The first issue was printed in 1937 and it is the world's third longest running comic, after Detective Comics and Il Giornalino...

    . However, due to her mother looking different and the location change (The Dandy takes place in Dandytown rather than Beanotown) it is assumed by most to simply be a small reference by illustrator Andy Fanton
    Andy Fanton
    Andy Fanton is a British comic artist and writer, who had his George Vs. Dragon comic strip published in Britain's long running children's comic The Dandy from October 2010 onwards....