History Characters / MalcolmInTheMiddle

10th Aug '16 6:39:36 PM BlindJustice-2515
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* ChildProdigy: He's a musical genius and was able to build his own piano because his father wouldn't buy him one. He also shown to have a talent for magic even performing his own magic show in front of a shopping mall.

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* ChildProdigy: He's a musical genius genius, and was able to build his own piano because his father a functioning pipe organ out of household junk when Hal wouldn't buy him one. He also shown to have a talent for magic magic, even performing his own magic show in front of a shopping mall.mall which raked him over a thousand dollars.



* WellIntentionedExtremist: Was willing to do anything to ensure that his brother got even a decent childhood, even if it meant tricking or humiliating his parents in the process.

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* WellIntentionedExtremist: Was Dewey is willing to do anything to ensure that his brother got even Jamie has a decent childhood, even if it meant means tricking or humiliating his parents in the process.
2nd Aug '16 10:15:23 AM annette12
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* CharacterDevelopment: Early in the series he's just a DumbMuscle {{Jerkass}} with a rather excessive LackOfEmpathy (he even has to be told he has that lack of empathy because he's so incapable of seeing it himself). Later on, while not exactly nicer or smarter, he seems more socially adjusted and is able to carry on normal conversations without coming off as a sociopath. He also seems to get along with his brothers a little better later on and is somewhat more open-minded (for instance he attempts to embrace religion for a little while).

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* CharacterDevelopment: Early in the series he's just a DumbMuscle {{Jerkass}} with a rather excessive LackOfEmpathy (he even has to be told he has that lack of empathy because he's so incapable of seeing it himself). Later on, while not exactly nicer or smarter, he gets a bit nicer and his bullying tendencies are actually toned down. He seems more socially adjusted and is able to carry on normal conversations without coming off as a sociopath. He also seems to get along with his brothers a little better later on and is somewhat more open-minded (for instance he attempts to embrace religion for a little while).



** He once talked a man out of suicide. Unfortunately subverted when it was really a ploy to get him to buy something from his telemarketing company.



* TookALevelInKindness: He starts to be a more decent person in later seasons.
** He actually describes a voice that has been getting louder telling him not to do stupid things.

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* TookALevelInKindness: He starts to be a more decent person in later seasons.
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seasons. He actually describes a voice that has been getting louder telling him not to do stupid things.
2nd Aug '16 9:36:43 AM ComingSecond
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Reese is the second oldest of Hal and Lois's sons. Easily the stupidest and brawniest of the clan, he fills in as dumb muscle or sucker for Malcolm and Dewey's schemes... or he bullies the hell out of them, as he sees fit. Although Reese always had an idiot puppy kind of charm, as the series progressed he developed from being a moronic thug into a slightly more nuanced and likable character.

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Reese is the second oldest of Hal and Lois's sons. Easily the stupidest and brawniest of the clan, he fills in as dumb muscle or sucker for Malcolm and Dewey's schemes... or he bullies the hell out of them, as he sees fit. Although Reese always had an idiot puppy kind of charm, as the series progressed he developed from being a moronic thug fall guy into a slightly more nuanced and likable character.
2nd Aug '16 8:08:21 AM SolidSonicTH
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* CharacterDevelopment: Early in the series he's just a DumbMuscle {{Jerkass}} with a rather excessive LackOfEmpathy (he even has to be told he has that lack of empathy because he's so incapable of seeing it himself). Later on, while not exactly nicer or smarter, he seems more socially adjusted and is able to carry on normal conversations without coming off as a sociopath. He also seems to get along with his brothers a little better later on.

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* CharacterDevelopment: Early in the series he's just a DumbMuscle {{Jerkass}} with a rather excessive LackOfEmpathy (he even has to be told he has that lack of empathy because he's so incapable of seeing it himself). Later on, while not exactly nicer or smarter, he seems more socially adjusted and is able to carry on normal conversations without coming off as a sociopath. He also seems to get along with his brothers a little better later on.on and is somewhat more open-minded (for instance he attempts to embrace religion for a little while).
2nd Aug '16 8:06:42 AM SolidSonicTH
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* CharacterDevelopment: Early in the series he's just a DumbMuscle {{Jerkass}} with a rather excessive LackOfEmpathy (he even has to be told he has that lack of empathy because he's so incapable of seeing it himself). Later on, while not exactly nicer or smarter, he seems more socially adjusted and is able to carry on normal conversations without coming off as a sociopath. He also seems to get along with his brothers a little better later on.



* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass

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* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadassCrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: His battle strategy during his stint in the army is proof enough of that.
2nd Aug '16 8:02:30 AM SolidSonicTH
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** During his academy days he also does some genuinely nice things despite his delinquent nature (such as sticking up for another student when Spangler comes down too hard on him for a minor dress code infraction, trying to win back the TV through an organized hunger strike, and even cheering up Spangler himself when he got too drunk to meet Oliver North).
2nd Aug '16 7:55:54 AM SolidSonicTH
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* DeadpanSnarker: Always, always snidely fuming at everyone and everything.

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* DeadpanSnarker: Always, always snidely fuming at everyone and everything. One time he attempted to shut this off so he would stop offending everyone and it only led to him swallowing down so much snark that he wound up hospitalized with a peptic ulcer.
1st Aug '16 11:08:23 PM annette12
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The unquestioned head of the household, Lois is a tireless, creatively cruel, vindictive and repressive tyrant. She is this because (to her mind) her borderline uncontrollable sons and scatterbrained husband would destroy themselves otherwise. It is demonstrated frequently that she loves her family more than anything, and would (and does) do anything for them. That she makes their lives a living nightmare is simply an unfortunate necessity.

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The unquestioned head of the household, Lois is a tireless, creatively cruel, vindictive very temperamental and repressive tyrant.overbearing woman. She is this because (to her mind) her borderline uncontrollable sons and scatterbrained husband would destroy themselves otherwise. It is demonstrated frequently that she loves her family more than anything, and would (and does) do anything for them. That she makes their lives a living nightmare is simply an unfortunate necessity.



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Malcom's father Hal is an obsessive, slightly unhinged cubicle slave. Easily distracted and prone to extremely vocal breakdowns, episodes frequently centre around his fly-by-night obsessions, which are mostly attempts to break out of the mundanity and squalor of his day-to-day life. He is devoted to Lois, and delegates all of the running of the household to her.

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Malcom's father Hal is an and Lois's obsessive, slightly unhinged cubicle slave.husband. Easily distracted and prone to extremely vocal breakdowns, episodes frequently centre around his fly-by-night obsessions, which are mostly attempts to break out of the mundanity and squalor of his day-to-day life. He is devoted to Lois, and delegates all of the running of the household to her.
1st Aug '16 6:13:47 PM ComingSecond
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The titular hero and occasional to-the-camera narrator, Malcolm is the middle child in a large, dysfunctional, lower-middle class family. He also has genius level I.Q. - but rather than making his life easier, it in fact makes it considerably more miserable, thanks to the neurosis he develops and the degrees of separation it instils between him, his family, his peers and society in general. Indeed, most episodes of Malcolm in the Middle revolve around the self-made catastrophes our hero becomes embroiled in. His victories are almost always of the Pyrrhic or bittersweet variety, and more than any other character, he is made to suffer.

As the series progressed, Malcom developed from being a relatively normal young boy into a considerably more cynical and neurotic individual. Justified firstly by what he endures, and secondly because puberty ensued.




The unquestioned head of the household, Lois is a tireless, creatively cruel, vindictive and repressive tyrant. She is this because (to her mind) her borderline uncontrollable sons and scatterbrained husband would destroy themselves otherwise. It is demonstrated frequently that she loves her family more than anything, and would (and does) do anything for them. That she makes their lives a living nightmare is simply an unfortunate necessity.



Malcom's father Hal is an obsessive, slightly unhinged cubicle slave. Easily distracted and prone to extremely vocal breakdowns, episodes frequently centre around his fly-by-night obsessions, which are mostly attempts to break out of the mundanity and squalor of his day-to-day life. He is devoted to Lois, and delegates all of the running of the household to her.




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The eldest of Hal and Lois's sons, Francis is a conniving delinquent who spends almost all of the series away from home - first at military school, then in Alaska, then at a Midwestern ranch. Episodes frequently split between Malcolm and whatever Francis is up to, making him a kind of star of a show-within-the-show. Similarly to Malcolm, Francis is quite smart and warm when he wants to be and even honorable up to a point, but is incredibly self-destructive and obsessed with his mother.



Reese is the second oldest of Hal and Lois's sons. Easily the stupidest and brawniest of the clan, he fills in as dumb muscle or sucker for Malcolm and Dewey's schemes... or he bullies the hell out of them, as he sees fit. Although Reese always had an idiot puppy kind of charm, as the series progressed he developed from being a moronic thug into a slightly more nuanced and likable character.



Dewey is the youngest of Hal and Lois's children - at least until Jamie comes along. Dewey is a quiet, devious and rather spooky character who is frequently underestimated (or flat out ignored) by the rest of his family. He became slightly less weird and more assertive as the series went on.




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Lois and Hal's youngest son, born near the end of the series. Although obviously extremely young, he seems destined to follow in his brothers' chaotic footsteps.
29th Jul '16 11:35:25 AM Apocrypha
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