"We just think puppets are kinda cool. We like puppets. Some of our best friends are puppets. We're puppets." — John Linnell, Spin magazine, December 1985
- Cut The Strings - "Cause I ain't no puppet"
- Dunkin Of Course Of Course - "Don't blame the puppet, blame the hand"
- Definition Of Good - "Unbelievably real shadow puppets"
- Disco Lover (Extended Version) - "...that were little hand puppets"
- Get By With A Little Help - "Our...special puppet friend"
- Somebody's Body - "I never tired of puppet shows"
- She's Actual Size (New Live Version) - "For Animal from The Muppet Show, press or say nine!"
- You Don't Like Me - "You like shadow puppets"
- They Might Be Giants worked with The Brothers Chaps who have used puppets of their characters on their website and on stage with TMBG at several of their shows. They also did a series of eight Puppet Jam Recordings that are available on homestarrunner.com and on DVD
- TMBG's name was borrowed from their friend's puppet show (which was taken from the title of a film in reference to Don Quixote)
- Robin Goldwasser frequently joins TMBG at shows with her Deeply Felt Puppet Theater
- Exquisite Dead Guy and Counterfeit Faker used to be performed live with puppets
- The video for Meh (They Could Try Harder) features the website's puppet Irk
- What Is A Shooting Star? is often performed live with sock puppets