The Muppets are a group of puppet characters created by Jim Henson. Individually, a Muppet is properly one of the puppets made by Jim Henson or his company's workshop. Although the term is often used erroneously to refer to any puppet that resembles the distinctive style of The Muppet Show and Sesame Street characters, the term is both an informal name and legal trademark linked to the characters created by Henson. The word Muppet itself was said by Henson to have been created by combining the words marionette and puppet. However, Henson was also known to have stated that it was just something he liked the sound of, and that he made up the 'marionette/puppet' story while talking to a journalist because it sounded plausible.