History Characters / TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir

8th Feb '16 10:52:34 PM annette12
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* Flanderization: Carlton started off as being un-hip and unathletic, but socially saavy and popular in his own setting. As time goes on, his social awkwardness and naivete dominate his character.
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* Flanderization: {{Flanderization}}: Carlton started off as being un-hip and unathletic, but socially saavy savvy and popular in his own setting. As time goes on, his social awkwardness and naivete dominate his character.
8th Feb '16 10:43:38 PM SoapheadChurch
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* HiddenDepths: As a young woman, she dropped out of high school to run off with a guy, and cleaned hotel rooms to put herself through night school to earn her degree. She also knows enough about black history to teach the subject at a high school level, and was active in the Civil Rights Movement along with Uncle Phil.

* BowtiesAreCool
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* BowtiesAreCoolBowtiesAreCool: [[SubvertedTrope Not the way Carlton does it.]]

* BowtiesAreCoolFlanderization: Carlton started off as being un-hip and unathletic, but socially saavy and popular in his own setting. As time goes on, his social awkwardness and naivete dominate his character.

* CousinOliver
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* CousinOliverCousinOliver: A unique case of being born on screen and then aged up to fill this role.

* DumbBlonde
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* DumbBlondeDumbBlonde: Dumber even than Hilary.

* AssholeVictim * BitchInSheepsClothing * BrokenPedestal * {{Cloudcuckoolander}} * DirtyOldMan
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* AssholeVictim AssholeVictim: Literally no one is sad to see him go. His funeral is filled with people who hate him for one reason or another. * BitchInSheepsClothing BitchInSheepsClothing: To the public he's a respectable jurist, complete with a family of paid actors. In reality, he's anything but respectable. * BrokenPedestal BrokenPedestal: Uncle Phil is ecstatic to learn that he's running against his former mentor, believing that the campaign will be fair and honest on both sides. Then he ends up on the wrong side of Judge Robertson's smear campaign, forcing Phil to lose all respect for the man. * {{Cloudcuckoolander}} {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: The implication is that he's senile, but he was odd even when he was younger. * DirtyOldManDirtyOldMan: He's a huge pervert; his campaign headquarters is filled with scantily clad women, and he once even convicted an innocent man because he wanted a date with the prosecutor.

* KilledOffForReal
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* KilledOffForReal KilledOffForReal: From a very poorly timed heart-attack.

* WhyWasteAWedding
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* WhyWasteAWedding WhyWasteAWedding: [[spoiler: When Will and Lisa call of their wedding mid-ceremony, Fred decides its a good time to get married to Vi.]]
24th Jan '16 7:51:37 AM TotalDramaRox97
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* DidntThinkThisThrough: While Will often has a lot of ideas that would be good on paper, he often forgets one important detail that screws things up. Examples include: ** Getting Uncle Phil to invest in Chalet Towers without knowing why it was up for sale (turns out the manager was trying to avoid a slumlord conviction) ** When "The Hilary Show" need better guests, he got a dismissed juror from a high profile case Uncle was the judge for to come on the show. While the guest's rant was hilarious, Uncle Phil was not happy about what the man said about him.
24th Jan '16 7:46:08 AM annette12
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* TheCasanovs: In his younger years, Aunt Viv does not like to be reminded
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* TheCasanovs: TheCasanova: In his younger years, Aunt Viv does not like to be remindedreminded.
24th Jan '16 7:28:54 AM TotalDramaRox97
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* TheCasanovs: In his younger years, Aunt Viv does not like to be reminded
19th Dec '15 2:50:16 PM VoxAquila
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* TheUnFavorite: Fortunately, she's too dim to notice.
13th Dec '15 8:22:56 AM ScribeRetro
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* ButtMonkey: Constantly on the receiving end of jokes about his weight, baldness, and grumpy temperament, usually by Will. * DeadpanSnarker: Not quite to the extent of Geoffrey but he has his moments throughout the series.
27th Oct '15 12:00:50 AM annette12
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[[folder:Main Cast]]
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[[folder:Main Cast]] !Main Cast [[folder:Will Smith]]

* TheAce: which isn't to say he can't muck up, but he's fast-thinking and fast-talking enough to get out of trouble eventually.
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* TheAce: which Which isn't to say he can't muck up, but he's fast-thinking and fast-talking enough to get out of trouble eventually.

* FunPersonified Very fun-loving and always joking around. Most of the time anyway.
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* FunPersonified FunPersonified: Very fun-loving and always joking around. Most of the time anyway.

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[[/folder]] [[folder:Philip Banks]]

* ActionDad: Has quite a few moments of PapaWolf badassery. In the episode, Mistaken Identity, when a racist police officer arrests his son Carlton and nephew Will, and sees right through an obvious Engineered Public Confession. When said cop refuses to let them out of their cell, Uncle Phil unleashes a verbal ass-whoopin' the likes of which the poor bastard had never seen.

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[[/folder]] [[folder:Vivian Banks]]

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[[/folder]] [[folder:Carlton Banks]]

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[[/folder]] [[folder:Hilary Banks]]

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[[/folder]] [[folder:Ashley Banks]]

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[[/folder]] [[folder:Geoffrey]]

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[[/folder]] [[folder:Nicky Banks]]


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* InTheBlood: When Vy cracks a joke about Uncle Phil's weight in "'Twas The Night Before Christening" and Phil lampshades this by saying "Okay now I see where Will gets it from"
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* * InTheBlood: When Vy cracks a joke about Uncle Phil's weight in "'Twas The Night Before Christening" and Phil lampshades this by saying "Okay now I see where Will gets it from"

* [[spoiler:WhyWasteAWedding: Will and Lisa sure took their single parents marrying each other quite well.]]
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* [[spoiler:WhyWasteAWedding: Will WhyWasteAWedding: [[spoiler:Will and Lisa sure took their single parents marrying each other quite well.]]

* [[BlackBestFriend White Best Friend]]: To Hilary.
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* [[BlackBestFriend BlackBestFriend: Inverted. She's the White Best Friend]]: Friend To Hilary.

* [[CoolBigSis Cool Big Bro]]: Comes off this way.
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* [[CoolBigSis Cool Big Bro]]: CoolBigBro: Comes off this way.

* [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal]]: And caught on live television, while proposing to Hilary.
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* [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal]]: KilledOffForReal: And caught on live television, while proposing to Hilary.

* [[spoiler:BitchInSheepsClothing: Jazz claims that she turned into this once they got married and the honeymoon period wore off. The "sheep" part is arguable, though, since she was on parole for grand theft auto.]]
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* [[spoiler:BitchInSheepsClothing: Jazz BitchInSheepsClothing: [[spoiler:Jazz claims that she turned into this once they got married and the honeymoon period wore off. The "sheep" part is arguable, though, since she was on parole for grand theft auto.]]

* [[spoiler:EmbarrassingFirstName: Hortence.]]
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* [[spoiler:EmbarrassingFirstName: Hortence.EmbarrassingFirstName: [[spoiler:Hortence.]]

* [[spoiler:ReallyGetsAround: According to Jazz, she slept with every man in their building.]]
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* [[spoiler:ReallyGetsAround: According ReallyGetsAround: [[spoiler:According to Jazz, she slept with every man in their building.]]
26th Oct '15 1:26:12 PM TotalDramaRox97
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* CharacterDevelopment: Primarily regarding his relationship with Carlton. Early on, Will gives Carlton grief about not being black enough, but eases off once he sees Carlton face discrimination from other blacks for exactly this and realizes how asinine and unfair it is. Will was pretty much sought to retain his free-will "Homeboy" lifestyle when first settling in Bel-Air, but has become more accustomed to it and more open about his knowledge of numerous references.
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* CharacterDevelopment: Primarily regarding his relationship with Carlton. Early on, Will gives Carlton grief about not being black enough, but eases off once he sees Carlton face discrimination from other blacks for exactly this and realizes how asinine and unfair it is. Will was pretty much sought to retain his free-will "Homeboy" lifestyle when first settling in Bel-Air, but has become more accustomed to it and more open about his knowledge of numerous references. Also towards the final 2 seasons he starts to mature and try to take more responsibility with stuff like trying to make a living for him and Lisa, trying to keep Uncle Phil from seeing the destroyed kitchen to help Uncle Phil not himself, and taking initiative at his job
21st Oct '15 4:05:01 AM annette12
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* ButNotTooBlack: Janet Hubert-Whitten, who originally played Vivian, was replaced by the lighter-complexioned Daphne Maxwell Reid in the last few seasons. This was lampshaded on her first appearance. However only the change in actress was lampshaded. No mention was made of the half-shade difference in color. Even worse, the change in actress (and, with that, skin tone) also corresponded with a change in personality from an assertive outspoken career woman who was every bit her husband's equal to a docile, permissive housewife who appears much less.
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* ButNotTooBlack: Janet Hubert-Whitten, who originally played Vivian, was replaced by the lighter-complexioned Daphne Maxwell Reid in the last few seasons. This The change in actress was lampshaded on her first appearance. However only the change in actress was lampshaded. No appearance but no mention was made of the half-shade difference in color. Even worse, the change in actress (and, with that, skin tone) also corresponded with a change in personality from an assertive outspoken career woman who was every bit her husband's equal to a docile, permissive housewife who appears much less.

* HollywoodDateless: In contrast to Will TheCasanova, he’s always referred to be as hopeless with girls and as someone who has trouble finding someone to date. However throughout the show he has more onscreen dates than both his beautiful sisters (justified considering their respective amounts of screen-time), he has been hit on by girls numerous times (although Carlton usually screws up with them anyways), and at least four girls actually picked him over Will. * HumiliationConga: Gets a particularly bad one in a short amount of time in season six. First he's fired from his job as assistant talent coordinator for ''Hilary'' in favor of Will, then gets rejected from several attempts to pad his résumé, including Bob Dole's campaign headquarters (they cited budget problems, when he ''volunteered''), got passed over for a job he was certain he had in the bag, and ultimately found himself skipping an interview with a Princeton scout to hang out at a local blues bar.
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* HollywoodDateless: In contrast to Will TheCasanova, [[TheCasanova Will]], he’s always referred to be as hopeless with girls and as someone who has trouble finding someone to date.dates. However throughout the show he has more onscreen dates than both his beautiful sisters (justified considering their respective amounts of screen-time), he has been hit on by girls numerous times (although Carlton usually screws up with them anyways), and at least four girls actually picked him over Will. * HumiliationConga: Gets a particularly bad one in a short amount of time in season six. First he's fired from his job as assistant talent coordinator for ''Hilary'' in favor of Will, then gets rejected from several attempts to pad his résumé, including Bob Dole's campaign headquarters (they cited budget problems, when he ''volunteered''), headquarters, got passed over for a job he was certain he had in the bag, and ultimately found himself skipping an interview with a Princeton scout to hang out at a local blues bar.

* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Sometimes you have to wonder why Uncle Phil doesn't fire him. However Geoffrey has his kindly moments and still has a (somewhat) good relationship with the family, as seen in the episode when they ask him to become Nicky’s godfather.
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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Sometimes you have to wonder why Uncle Phil doesn't fire him. However Geoffrey has his kindly moments and still has a (somewhat) good relationship with the family, as seen in the episode when where they ask him to become Nicky’s godfather.

* BackForTheFinale * BrutalHonesty
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* BackForTheFinale * BrutalHonestyBrutalHonesty: He just doesn't know when to shut up, especially around Uncle Phil.

* {{Cloudcuckoolander}} * [[ChekhovsGun Chekhov's Shirt]]: Since they constantly reused the same clip of Jazz getting thrown out of the house, they maintained continuity by having Jazz wear the same shirt in almost every episode he gets thrown out. It gets to the point where you can tell the RunningGag is about to occur if you see him wearing the shirt.

* CoolShades: He wears them all the time.
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* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Most of the time. * CoolShades: He wears them sunglasses all the time.

* GettingTheBoot: See RunningGag.
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* GettingTheBoot: See RunningGag.The famous RunningGag of Jazz getting thrown out of the Banks' house (usually by Phil, but everyone in the family except Carlton and Ashley did it at least once).

* HopelessSuitor: To Hilary.
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* HopelessSuitor: To Hilary. He has a massive crush on her but she always turns him down.

** JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Despite his occasional Jerkass moments, he's a good friend to Will and holds genuine care for all of the members (including Phil)
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** * JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Despite his occasional Jerkass moments, he's a good friend to Will and holds genuine care for all of the members (including Phil)Phil).

* OutOfFocus: In later seasons. * RecurringCharacter * RunningGag: His tendency to get thrown out of the Bankses' house. ** Inverted, subverted, and averted a couple of times, such as when he was thrown ''into'' the house, when Jazz [[spoiler:[[CrowningMomentOfFunny threw Uncle Phil out the house]]]], and when Jazz did something so horrible that Will doesn't think he's worth kicking out of the house. Also invoked by Jazz himself to show that he can reach the car from the house without walking. * TheSlacker * WackyGuy
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* OutOfFocus: In His appearances are less frequent in later seasons. * RecurringCharacter RecurringCharacter: Surprisingly he never has a PromotionToOpeningTitles. * RunningGag: His tendency to get thrown out of the Bankses' house. ** house. Inverted, subverted, and averted a couple of times, such as when he was thrown ''into'' the house, when Jazz [[spoiler:[[CrowningMomentOfFunny threw Uncle Phil out the house]]]], and when Jazz did something so horrible that Will doesn't think he's worth kicking out of the house. Also invoked by Jazz himself to show that he can reach the car from the house without walking. * TheSlacker * WackyGuy WackyGuy: He serves as Will's dumb, ill mannered friend who is always getting thrown out of the house.
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