History Characters / TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir

27th Jul '16 7:09:09 PM Gravidef
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An old friend of Will's (played by Will Smith's actual rap partner) who moved out to L.A. before he did. Jazz functions as a DropInCharacter, often showing up unannounced (and unwanted) at the Banks house to eat their food, scheme with Will, unsuccessfully flirt with Hilary, and generally insult Uncle Phil. Phil's dislike of Jazz quickly evolved into a RunningGag featuring StockFootage of him being thrown from the house while grunting. Despite being dimwitted and occasionally manipulative, Jazz does care for Will (and the rest of the Banks family as well), and goes the extra mile for them on more than one occasion.

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An old friend of Will's (played by Will Smith's actual rap partner) who moved out to best friend in L.A. before he did. (played by Will Smith's actual rap partner) who met him while performing at a nightclub. Jazz functions as a DropInCharacter, often showing up unannounced (and unwanted) at the Banks house to eat their the family's food, scheme with Will, unsuccessfully flirt with Hilary, and generally insult Uncle Phil. Phil's dislike of Jazz quickly evolved into a RunningGag featuring StockFootage of him being thrown from the house while grunting. Despite being dimwitted and occasionally manipulative, Jazz does care for Will (and the rest of the Banks family as well), and goes the extra mile for them on more than one occasion.
27th Jul '16 6:58:29 PM Gravidef
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An old friend of Will's (played by Will Smith's actual rap partner) who moved out to L.A. before he did. Jazz functions as a DropInCharacter, often showing up unannounced (and unwanted) at the Banks house to eat their food, scheme with Will, unsuccessfully flirt with Hilary, and generally insult Uncle Phil. Phil's dislike of Jazz quickly evolved into a RunningGag featuring StockFootage of him being thrown from the house while grunting. Despite being dimwitted and occasionally manipulative, Jazz does care for Will (and the rest of the Banks family as well), and goes the extra mile for them on more than one occasion.
22nd Jul '16 11:24:18 PM remtar85
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* BewareTheSillyOnes: His short stature and overall behavior aside, Carlton actually managed to knock out Will in more than one occasion, whether it be by one punch, or even a blow from his elbow. He once even let Will take a fall from a treehouse by releasing the ladder after Will had started descending it, this after having taken yet another dig at Carlton's height.

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* BewareTheSillyOnes: His short stature and overall behavior aside, Carlton actually managed to knock out Will in more than one occasion, whether it be by one punch, or even a blow from his elbow. He once even let Will take a fall from a treehouse by releasing the ladder after Will had started descending it, this after having taken yet another dig at Carlton's height. And then there's the time that Carlton meets a bunch of Will's old friends, all of them tough guys, and it doesn't take long for Carlton to be acting and talking as tough and badass as them, having earned their respect and a place in their crew, which leaves Will absolutely baffled.
9th Jul '16 1:37:43 AM Windrays
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* RetiredBadass: While Phil is by no means ''not'' a badass in the current setting of the series, he was also active in Civil Rights crusades in the 1960s, and it's implied that he and Vivian occasionally were involved in protests that turned violent when reminiscing with their old friend Marge. The fact that they are now working from within the system (with Phil as a lawyer and a judge, and Vivian as a professor) to better the lives of black communities as opposed to breaking the law is a point of contention between the Banks parents and Marge.


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* RetiredBadass: As mentioned in Phil's section above, Vivian was very active in the Civil Rights Movement, and it's implied that she and Phil occasionally had to defend themselves from systemic violence in the process.
5th Jul '16 7:25:08 AM annette12
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* BadLiar/ConsummateLiar: A surprisingly realistic example. He's a ConsummateLiar when he can think up a lie in advance, but a BadLiar when he has to think up a lie on the spot

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* BadLiar/ConsummateLiar: BadLiar: A surprisingly realistic example. He's a ConsummateLiar when he can think up a lie in advance, but a BadLiar when he has to think up a lie on the spotspot.
5th Jul '16 5:57:59 AM TotalDramaRox97
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* BadLiar/ConsummateLiar: A surprisingly realistic example. He's a ConsummateLiar when he can think up a lie in advance, but a BadLiar when he has to think up a lie on the spot



* 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

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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 jobjob.
12th Jun '16 8:00:07 AM SirVancelot131
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* BlatantLies: All he ever does is tell lies or make excuses for why he abandoned Will, and he hasn't changed at all.


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* DisappearedDad: Abandoned his family when Will was only four years old.
11th Jun '16 2:33:42 PM redandready45
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* BerserkButton: If you value your health, ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_uUu_xy7cro do not insult Phil's mother.]]'' And threatening his children or wife? Yeah, prepare for a beatdown of the verbal ''or'' physical variety.

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* BerserkButton: If you value your health, ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_uUu_xy7cro do not insult Phil's mother.]]'' And threatening his children or wife? Yeah, prepare for a beatdown of the verbal ''or'' physical variety. Also, don't take away his Thanksgiving dinner, or he'll give you a legal beatdown.
2nd Jun '16 2:05:24 PM GunarmDyne
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* {{Housewife}}: In later seasons, after the actress switch, she doesn’t seem to have a job and acts more like a homemaker.

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* {{Housewife}}: In later seasons, after Even before the actress switch, a throwaway line reveals she doesn’t seem to have a quit her job and acts as a professor to spend more like time with her family, becoming a homemaker.homemaker in the end.
29th May '16 12:58:24 PM VoxAquila
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* SelfMadeMan: Was born a country boy and worked himself up in his career to achieve his current wealth.

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* SelfMadeMan: Was born a country boy and worked himself up in his career to achieve his current wealth. DiscussedTrope in a episode when Will is too proud to ask for money, and Uncle Phil outright tell there's no such thing as the trope, and he only got where he is because others were willing to lend him a hand along the way.
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