Susanna Yvonne "Susie" Carmichael is a supporting character from the Rugrats franchise. She is an African-American girl who lives across the street from the Pickles' residence. She is a polar opposite to Tommy's cousin Angelica, and as such, she is always willing to support Tommy and his friends in their adventures, often taking a stand against Angelica. Later in the series and in the spin-off All Grown Up!, Susie develops a talent for singing.
During her time on Rugrats, Susie wore her brown hair in three braids with a barrette at the end of each, and wore a yellow and purple short-sleeved dress, purple leggings, a green bracelet, and red ballet flats. She is shown to be a bright, sweet, kind, friendly, compassionate, trusting, fun-loving, athletic little girl and was one of the few African-American characters on the show. Susie was shown as the youngest of her siblings (she was shown to have two brothers, Buster and Edwin, and one sister, Alisa). Susie's dad, Randy, was established as writing for Dummi Bears (which is among the other babies' and parents' favorite TV shows), and her mother Lucy was revealed in The Rugrats Movie as being a doctor (she had previously had the occupations of airplane pilot and chef).
Although Angelica did not appear in their first story, Susie was soon made as a rival to Angelica, and was shown to be better than her in many things ("Susie vs. Angelica"). However, the Carmichaels' roles were significantly smaller than those of the other characters and their families, as they appeared in fewer episodes. The movies reflected this well:
- In The Rugrats Movie, Susie sang a duet with Angelica during Didi's baby shower but was not with the babies during their trip back to the hospital to return Dil.
- In Rugrats in Paris: The Movie, Susie attended both weddings, and briefly made fun of Angelica in French, but did not go on the other characters' trip to Paris, France.
- In Rugrats Go Wild!, Susie brought her video camera with her when the other families went on their island vacation, but unlike the others, was not accompanied by her parents.
Although Susie has been voiced by Cree Summer since the character's debut, two episodes from the third season had her unavailable to voice Susie, so E.G. Daily, the voice of Tommy, filled in the role.
In Tales from the Crib: Snow White, Susie stars as the titular princess.
When Susie sang at Didi's baby shower in the first movie, it was the first time that she displayed her talent for singing, a talent that would later become the most important part of her character. The Rugrats episode "And the Winner Is..." featured her singing at a talent show.
The Carmichaels (cancelled)
Later in the show's run, there was consideration to give Susie her own spin-off, The Carmichaels, which was slated to have her move to Atlanta, Georgia. However, due to subsequent continuity issues that were raised by the green-lighting of two other spin-offs, it was eventually cancelled.
All Grown Up!
In 2003, when the spin-off All Grown Up! was put into production, a press release for the show announced that "smart, spunky Susie - still a crusader for what's right - upstages Angelica as a singer with real talent", which implied an increased role for Susie in the new spin-off. Besides her singing talent, it was revealed that she also knows ten languages, as shown in the episode "Runaround Susie".
"Susie Sings the Blues", the first episode produced for the spin-off, concerned Susie and her singing talent. Since then, she has appeared in a majority of the episodes (although still in less than the other characters.)
Also, while Susie and Angelica still treat each other as rivals the two actually hang out with each other. Angelica has become jealous of Susie's singing. On the other token, Susie has become somewhat of a "best" friend to Angelica. Susie helps Angelica find her doll in "Saving Cynthia", and, in the same episode comforts Angelica about loosing her other things too.
It was announced that the series was coming back with new and old characters, so it is also revealed that Cree Summer is coming back in the series.