History Characters / TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir

16th Oct '17 3:13:30 PM TomPhanto
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* BerserkButton: Do not compare him to his dad. Ever.


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* {{Jerkass}}: He's a deadbeat father played straight who continuously makes excuses whenever Will tries to spend time with him.
13th Oct '17 7:30:46 PM TotalDramaRox97
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* AcademicAthlete: At least in season 1. He is his prep school's star basketball player (and a bit of a general goof off), but is also stated to be an avid student. He once mentioned how, while growing up in west Philadelphia, a friend had to stop bullies from attacking him for carrying around his textbooks. Played with from season 2 onwards, where he's portrayed as a slacker who is not interested in his academic studies but is still BrilliantButLazy and manages to score higher than Carlton on a standardized test.

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* AcademicAthlete: At least in season 1. He is his prep school's star basketball player (and a bit of a general goof off), but is also stated to be an avid student. He once mentioned how, while growing up in west Philadelphia, a friend had to stop bullies from attacking him for carrying around his textbooks. Played with from season 2 onwards, where he's portrayed as a slacker who is not interested in his academic studies but is still BrilliantButLazy and manages to score higher than Carlton on a standardized test.test, though it's mentioned in season 2 his grades were still good.


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** She also becomes gradually more independent over the course of the series. She starts off living in the Banks' residence, to living in the pool house without rent, to the pool house with $500 rent, to back into the Banks house for about a year to recover from Trevor's death, to moving into her own house, and finally making it on her own (with Ashley living with her) in New York.
24th Sep '17 10:44:44 AM nombretomado
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* ClosetGeek: He definitely has his nerdy side. If he applies himself even a ''little'' he will achieve grades that rival Carlton in school, and don't even get him started on BeastWars.

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* ClosetGeek: He definitely has his nerdy side. If he applies himself even a ''little'' he will achieve grades that rival Carlton in school, and don't even get him started on BeastWars.''WesternAnimation/BeastWars''.
15th Sep '17 11:22:10 PM SpideyTerry
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* YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre: Phil didn't think much of his life in Yamacraw, though Will ends up being impressed by some of the stories, such as becoming the first black president of the Young Farmers club and using a white's only restroom when he really had to go. Phil thinks those are trivial items because he wasn't trying to prove some grand point with either of them, but Will says they're things he should be proud of.



* IgnoredExpert: When Ashley secretly transferred out of Bel-Air Prep and enrolled in public school, Phil was outraged when he found out. He intended to make her transfer back and didn't care at all about the merits of the public school. Vivian takes issue with this--saying he didn't bother to consult her despite her history in education.



* SternTeacher: During her tenure teaching black history at Bel-Air Prep, she made Will and Carlton miserable with a hefty workload. On the other hand, the other students loved her.



** In the last season, he finally gets accepted to Princeton. However, he starts getting cold feet when he sees how much Phil accomplished during his time there.



* CoolOldLady

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* CoolOldLadyCoolOldLady: To the point where Will loves hanging out with her.
5th Sep '17 11:14:35 AM TheTrailblazerCritic
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* HateSink: As this entire entry shows, he has virtually no redeeming qualities to speak of, and went out of his way to defame his own pupil for his own ends.
5th Sep '17 11:11:14 AM TheTrailblazerCritic
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* HateSink: If his first abandonment of Will didn't seal the deal, the second time he does this firmly cements him as this.
22nd Jul '17 3:12:33 PM TropesForever
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* BowtiesAreCool: [[SubvertedTrope Not the way Carlton does it.]]



* BowtiesAreCool: His uniform actually has a cravat tie, but when dressed "casually" he likes bowties.
5th Jul '17 9:45:33 AM Erin582
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* AsideGlance: Frequently. Heck, his featured picture even shows him engaged in one!



* {{Manchild}}: Especially in the later seasons and particularly when it came to his way with the ladies. Carlton even called him out on this in an episode and called the behavior acceptable in high school, but an embarrassment now that they're in college.



* MrViceGuy: Even through all of his faults and idiosyncrasies, Will is a genuinely decent guy.



* OneHeadTaller: Not including the women, he's this from Carlton, Geoffrey ''and'' Jazz. The only recurring character that's taller than him is the 6'5" Uncle Phil.



* SelfDeprecation: Believe it or not, yes. As highly as he thinks of himself, whenever Will has an ImagineSpot of himself in the future, he envisions himself as [[FutureLoser a sleazy, unkempt and usually overweight (namely with an oversized butt) old man.]]



* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Like any loyal son of Philly, Will loves his cheesesteaks. He has also shown a huge fondness of sweet potato pie

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* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Like any loyal son of Philly, Will loves his cheesesteaks. He has also shown a huge fondness of sweet potato piepie.
5th Jul '17 9:28:35 AM DrOO7
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* {{Flanderization}}: When the series began, her ditziness was based more on being clueless about the real world. As the series progressed, she became dumber.



* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: While it doesn't show very much, she does genuinely care for her family. Especially when Will gets shot. Also when Ashley is contemplating sleeping with her boyfriend, without outright telling what she should or shouldn't do, she's very supportive.

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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: While it doesn't show it very much, she does genuinely care for her family. Especially when Will gets shot. Also when Ashley is contemplating sleeping with her boyfriend, without outright telling what she should or shouldn't do, she's very supportive.
23rd May '17 3:34:11 AM annette12
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* ExtracurricularEnthusiast: In high school. Captain of the debate team, straight A student, leader of the glee club, editor of the yearbook..\\\

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* ExtracurricularEnthusiast: In high school. Captain of the debate team, straight A student, leader of the glee club, editor of the yearbook..\\\
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