History Characters / FamilyMatters

7th Apr '17 10:58:19 AM annette12
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* AbhorrentAdmirer: His undying devotion to Laura is not received well at all. But that has just as much (or more) to do with his outrageously weird personality than the way he looks.



* AcademicAthlete: Downplayed. He's a brilliant student and [[HiddenDepths can play basketball]], but he's not so good at other athletic activities.



* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: How he was seen and treated for most of the series.

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* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: How he was is seen and treated for most of the series. He's hated by his classmates, the teachers (including the principal), and his own family. The Winslows are the closest thing he has to real friends and most of them can't stand him most of the time.



* CharacterDevelopment: Later episodes portray him as less physically weak (he plays basketball), and less clumsy and socially oblivious.



* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: PlayedForLaughs. He's just so incompetent, inept, and prone to disaster that the amount of destruction he causes occasionally borders on the epic. In a nightmare sequence of Laura, Steve builds a fully-fuctioning nuclear weapon and inadvertently detonates it by uttering the code word "buttercup", blowing half of Chicago completely off the map and killing millions. As always, all Steve can say in light of his actions is "Did I do that?"

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* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass:
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PlayedForLaughs. He's just so incompetent, inept, and prone to disaster that the amount of destruction he causes occasionally borders on the epic. In a nightmare sequence of Laura, Steve builds a fully-fuctioning nuclear weapon and inadvertently detonates it by uttering the code word "buttercup", blowing half of Chicago completely off the map and killing millions. As always, all Steve can say in light of his actions is "Did I do that?"



* {{Flanderization}}: Of him and the entire show. Before he was able to turn science into magic, this was just a mundane sitcom. In many ways, though, the character himself is an inversion. Later episodes portray him as less physically weak (he plays basketball), and less socially oblivious.

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* {{Flanderization}}: Of him and the entire show. Before In particular, he was able to turn science into magic, this was just went from being a bright but mundane sitcom. In many ways, though, high school nerd to a full MadScientist who can wrap the character himself is an inversion. Later episodes portray him as less physically weak (he plays basketball), and less socially oblivious.laws of physics around his little finger.



* {{Geek}}: Steve was this because he was a nerd.



* TheKlutz: Bordering on [[LethalKlutz lethal klutz]], though he got better in later seasons.

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* TheKlutz: Bordering on [[LethalKlutz lethal klutz]], though since he got is infamous for causing disasters everywhere and destroying Carl's property as a result of his outright clumsiness. He gets better in later seasons.



* TheMillstone: Pretty much in every episode, especially in early seasons.

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* TheMillstone: Pretty much in every episode, especially Especially in early seasons.seasons, thanks to his never-ending clumsiness. The Winslows' never-ending exasperation with Steve breaking things was expanded on in several episodes.



* NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup: Subverted in that many of Steve's inventions that we see ''are'' the prototypes, and Steve hasn't worked all the bugs out yet. HilarityEnsues.

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* NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup: NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup:
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Subverted in that many of Steve's inventions that we see ''are'' the prototypes, and Steve hasn't worked all the bugs out yet. HilarityEnsues.



* ProudToBeAGeek: Ultimately, this is how Steve feels.

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* ProudToBeAGeek: Ultimately, this is how Steve feels.feels, except when they wanted to give AnAesop about being happy with who you are. Most of the time, however, he seemingly didn't give a rats ass that everyone referred to him as a nerd, especially since he was probably the coolest person in the school despite his labeling.



* ScienceHero: He became this as the series went on.

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* ScienceHero: He became becomes this as the series went on.



* ShowStopper: Due to his popularity.

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* ShowStopper: Due to his popularity.He would often evoke this response upon entering the scene.



* SpotlightStealingSquad: Due to the fact that he's the breakout character.

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* SpotlightStealingSquad: Due to the fact that he's the breakout character. The problems began when the focus slowly but surely shifted from the Winslow family and Steve to just Steve, his annoying habits, and his bizarre inventions.



* WolverinePublicity



* BigEater

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* BigEaterBigEater: His mother often makes fun of him for it.



* TeamDad



* TeamMom



* LovableJock

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* LovableJock LovableJock: He's into sports but he's not a jerk, despite his occasional selfishness and immaturity.



* BunnyEarsLawyer: He goes from an idiot who can't do anything right to an idiot who also happens to the best SupremeChef in town.

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* BunnyEarsLawyer: He goes from an idiot who can't do anything right to an idiot who also happens to be the best SupremeChef in town.
7th Apr '17 10:14:17 AM annette12
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* TheCheerleader: Played with. She can be shallow at times, and bitchy towards Steve especially in the beginning, but she's also very goodhearted, smart and responsible.

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* TheCheerleader: Played with. She Downplayed. She's a cheerleader who can be shallow at times, times and bitchy towards Steve especially in the beginning, but she's also very goodhearted, smart and responsible.



* GoGetterGirl

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* GoGetterGirlGoGetterGirl: A very ambitious girl who always gets straight A's and takes both school and job seriously. She eventually gains admittance to Harvard but sadly her parents can't afford it.



* HormoneAddledTeenager

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* HormoneAddledTeenagerHormoneAddledTeenager: She has '''a lot'' of boyfriends. And then there's the way she fawns over Stefan (Steve's SexierAlterEgo).



* BluntMetaphorsTrauma



* BunnyEarsLawyer: Waldo is an excellent cook.

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* BunnyEarsLawyer: Waldo is He goes from an excellent cook.idiot who can't do anything right to an idiot who also happens to the best SupremeChef in town.



* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}

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* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}{{Cloudcuckoolander}}: "If you cut me, do I not sneeze?"



* DumbIsGood: He's a kindhearted simpleton.
* GeniusDitz: He's an excellent cook.

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* DumbIsGood: He's Invoked when Eddie and Laura set Laura's friend, Maxine, up with him. She was initially put off by his stupidity, but in the end, she found him at the same time to be a kindhearted simpleton.
charming and sweet guy.
* GeniusDitz: He's an excellent cook. He surprises everyone when he takes a home economics course and proves a natural genius as a chef, to such an extent that in one episode he reveals he was trading recipes with Wolfgang Puck. His mom is a lousy cook, so he had to fend for himself.



* HiddenDepths: See GeniusDitz. Also, despite being generally an idiot, he has shown a strong sense of morality in more than one episode.
* KindheartedSimpleton: One of the most innocent and good-natured characters (except in his early appearances, see HeelFaceTurn).
* {{Malaproper}}
* NiceGuy: Once he became Eddie and Steve's friend.

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* HiddenDepths: See GeniusDitz.Besides his talent for cooking, he's also revealed to be good at tap dancing in one episode. Also, despite being generally an idiot, he has shown a strong sense of morality in more than one episode.
* KindheartedSimpleton: One of the most innocent and good-natured characters (except characters, except in his early appearances, see HeelFaceTurn).appearances.
* {{Malaproper}}
* NiceGuy: Once After he became becomes Eddie and Steve's friend.friend. Unlike most people he actually doesn't mind Steve.



* RepetitiveName

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* RepetitiveNameRepetitiveName: Waldo Geraldo Faldo.



* WackyGuy

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* WackyGuyWackyGuy: He plays this trope along with Steve, but in a different way.



* BookDumb

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* BookDumbBookDumb: Unlike Laura, she gets poor grades.



* RecurringCharacter: Despite appearing from Season 2 to Season 9, she never had a PromotionToOpeningTitles.

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* RecurringCharacter: Despite appearing from Season 2 to Season 9, she never had a PromotionToOpeningTitles. She actually appears in more episodes than Myra, who is considered a main character from season 6 onwards.
6th Apr '17 10:22:00 AM masterofthehouse
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* ChekhovsGun: She first appears in a Season 2 episode. After several years, she comes back as a recurring character.
* ClingyJealousGirl

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* ChekhovsGun: AscendedExtra: She first appears in a Season 2 episode. After several years, she comes back as a recurring character.
* ClingyJealousGirlCrossCastRole: She's played by Jaleel White in drag.
* ClingyJealousGirl: She does ''not'' take kindly to other women being around her beloved Eddie.



* {{Meganekko}}
* SouthernBelle

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* {{Meganekko}}
{{Meganekko}}: Like her cousin Steve, she wears a pair of nerdy (but fashionable) glasses.
* SouthernBelleSouthernBelle: She's from Biloxi, Mississippi, and speaks with a distinct Southern drawl.
6th Apr '17 10:11:56 AM masterofthehouse
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4th Apr '17 8:58:12 AM rafi
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* AscendedExtra: He only had a minor supporting role in early episodes, but proved to be so popular that he eventually became the show's main character.
4th Apr '17 8:45:53 AM masterofthehouse
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* AscendedExtra: He only had a minor supporting role in early episodes, but proved to be so popular that he eventually became the show's main character.
13th Mar '17 12:50:01 PM NekoHybrid
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** Played straight when he used his invention to grant him the fighting skills of Bruce Lee, becoming Urkel Lee. When this happens, he'll open a can of whoop-ass on offending parties. On separate times, Carl and Richie also join in on the action.
25th Jan '17 9:46:33 AM PF
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* DeadpanSnarker

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* DeadpanSnarkerDeadpanSnarker: He usually does this when he's around Steve.



* MamaBear

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* MamaBearMamaBear: For her children, Richie, 3J, and Steve.



* SassyBlackWoman

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* SassyBlackWomanSassyBlackWoman: Whenever she is upset or is telling someone off.



* TheSlacker

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* TheSlackerTheSlacker: Shown to be considering his education.



* ADayInTheLimelight: Judy never really gets a day in the limelight, only a few subplots.

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* ADayInTheLimelight: Judy never really gets a day in the limelight, only a few subplots.subplots:



* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Probably one of the most infamous examples of this along with the trope namer. She disappears after Season 4, without explanation. Afterwards, the other characters act as if she never existed and Harriette and Carl only had two kids (Eddie and Laura).

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* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Probably one One of the most infamous examples of this along with the trope namer. She disappears after Season 4, without explanation. Afterwards, the other characters act as if she never existed and Harriette and Carl only had two kids (Eddie and Laura).



* SassyBlackGirl: Mainly in Season 1 her character would give sass mainly to her older siblings.

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* SassyBlackGirl: Mainly in Season 1 1, as her character would give sass mainly to her older siblings.



* SassyBlackWoman

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* SassyBlackWomanSassyBlackWoman: Estelle isn't afraid to tell it like it is.



* CoolAunt

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* CoolAuntCoolAunt: For the Winslow kids.



* BumblingSidekick: Initially he was this to Willie, the school bully and a minor villain. Starting in season 3 he becomes this to Eddie.
* BunnyEarsLawyer

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* BumblingSidekick: Initially he was this to Willie, the school bully and a minor villain. Starting in season 3 Season 3, he becomes this to Eddie.
* BunnyEarsLawyerBunnyEarsLawyer: Waldo is an excellent cook.



* TheDitz: Sometimes you have to wonder just how Waldo made to high school...
* DumbIsGood

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* TheDitz: Sometimes you have to wonder just how Waldo made to high school...
school.
* DumbIsGoodDumbIsGood: He's a kindhearted simpleton.



* NiceGuy

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* NiceGuyNiceGuy: Once he became Eddie and Steve's friend.



* CousinOliver

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* CousinOliverCousinOliver: He was introduced late in the series.



* HappilyAdopted

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* HappilyAdoptedHappilyAdopted: The Winslows adopt him.



* NeverLearnedToRead: He's much younger than most other examples of this trope, but old enough for it to be a problem.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname

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* NeverLearnedToRead: He's much younger than most other examples of this trope, this, but is old enough for it to be a problem.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNicknameOnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Is almost always referred to as 3J.



* WiseBeyondTheirYears

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* WiseBeyondTheirYearsWiseBeyondTheirYears: Due to his street smarts.



* TheCharmer
* ChickMagnet

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* TheCharmer
TheCharmer: His personality.
* ChickMagnetChickMagnet: He's very popular with the ladies.



* SexierAlterEgo

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* SexierAlterEgoSexierAlterEgo: He's this for Steve.
26th Dec '16 11:04:52 AM JM1982
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** Averted with the "cool elixir" that turns Steve into Stefan. When Stefan turns out to be a {{Jerkass}} after the first time Steve turns into him, Steve reworks the formula to make Stefan a nicer person the next time he transforms.


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* ArchEnemy: To Eddie's eventual girlfriend Greta.
3rd Dec '16 8:23:25 AM tyrekecorrea
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* {{Foil} 3J finds some of Richie's pastimes to be boring, and is more morally ambiguous than he, but the two ultimately become best friends.

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* {{Foil} {{Foil}}: 3J finds some of Richie's pastimes to be boring, and is more morally ambiguous than he, but the two ultimately become best friends.



* MaliciousMisnaming: 3J calls Steve "Urkie" until he teaches him to read.
* NeverLearnedToRead: He's much younger than most examples of this trope, but old enough for it to be a problem.

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* MaliciousMisnaming: 3J calls Steve "Urkie" until he teaches him to read.
realizes that Steve actually cares about him.
* NeverLearnedToRead: He's much younger than most other examples of this trope, but old enough for it to be a problem.
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