History Characters / TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir

12th May '17 3:07:25 PM TotalDramaRox97
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* TheScapegoat: In later seasons, this doesn't go unlampshaded.
-->'''Will:''' What is that the theme of this family? 'When in doubt blame Will.'
30th Apr '17 8:48:10 PM TheTrailblazerCritic
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* YoureNotMyFather: The last thing Will says to his father before he abandons him for the second and final time, referring to him as ''Lou'' instead of "Dad".




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* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Successfully dupes everybody into voting for him after an outrageous smear campaign against Uncle Phil. It is not until his funeral that we see how truly despised he was by those who knew him best.
21st Apr '17 1:42:28 AM annette12
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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.



* CoolOldGuy: {{Subverted}}.



* ThatManIsDead: Will has nothing but contempt for him any time he is brought back up in later seasons. The rest of the family held this attitude before and after his second abandonment of Will.
** It's also ''not'' a wise idea to [[BerserkButton compare Will to him]], as Carlton learns when he makes this accusation during a rather bitter argument.

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* ParentalAbandonment: He left when he was younger without a word of goodbye to Will. He shows up later during Will's college years and even offers to let him travel with him...only to run off without a word once again much to Will's dismay.
* ThatManIsDead: Will has nothing but contempt for him any time he is brought back up in later seasons. The rest of the family held this attitude before and after his second abandonment of Will. It's also ''not'' a wise idea to [[BerserkButton compare Will to him]], as Carlton learns when he makes this accusation during a rather bitter argument.
** It's also ''not'' a wise idea to [[BerserkButton compare Will to him]], as Carlton learns when he makes this accusation during a rather bitter argument.
19th Apr '17 8:28:49 AM TheTrailblazerCritic
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* ThatManIsDead: Will has nothing but contempt for him any time he is brought back up in later seasons. The rest of the family held this attitude before and after his second abandonment of Will.
** It's also ''not'' a wise idea to [[BerserkButton compare Will to him]], as Carlton learns when he makes this accusation during a rather bitter argument.
19th Apr '17 7:52:02 AM TheTrailblazerCritic
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* LaserGuidedKarma: Spends his time at the celebration of his reelection mocking and insulting Uncle Phil, during which Will finally has had enough and chews him out for the louse he is right in front of everybody, causing him to drop dead just seconds later from a heart attack. With nobody else to take his seat, Uncle Phil is promoted to the bench.
17th Apr '17 4:09:33 PM TheTrailblazerCritic
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* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Never too far from a bucket of chicken wings.
11th Apr '17 5:43:36 PM SoapheadChurch
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* NotSoDifferent: He and Uncle Phil are both quick-minded, overprotective, have underprivileged backgrounds, huge fans of Malcolm X, Phil was TheCasanova at Will's age, and have a knack for great put downs. The biggest difference between them is that Uncle Phil is serious and focused on the matter at hand while Will is a free goofy and free-spirited.

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* NotSoDifferent: NotSoDifferent:
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He and Uncle Phil are both quick-minded, overprotective, have underprivileged backgrounds, huge fans of Malcolm X, Phil was TheCasanova at Will's age, and have a knack for great put downs. The biggest difference between them is that Uncle Phil is serious and focused on the matter at hand while Will is a free goofy and free-spirited.free-spirited.
** As Carlton points out, to his father. Like his father, he's TheSocialExpert, and tends to try to get by on just his charm. Unlike his father, however, he cares about his family and has a sense of responsibility, however slight.



* CategoryTraitor: Several episodes reveal that he secretly fears that he's a sellout for becoming a high powered corporate attorney and leaving his old neighborhood. At first, Will thinks this of him, but he grows out of it as they spend more time together.



* HypocriticalHeartwarming: His treatment of Will raises serious questions about if he actually likes his nephew at all. If anyone else mistreats Will, however, nothing can protect you from his wrath.



* OmnidisciplinaryLawyer: In the present day, he is a business lawyer mostly doing corporate mergers. However, in his youth he was a very skilled civil rights and anti-poverty lawyer. He also has an encyclopedic knowledge of the rights of criminal defendants, which he's displayed on multiple occasions.



* FriendlyEnemy: To Will, mostly in season 1.

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* FriendlyEnemy: To Will, mostly in season 1. Later evolves into VitriolicBestBuds, and then later into HeterosexualLifePartners.



* HeterosexualLifePartners: Becomes this with Will later on.

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* HeterosexualLifePartners: Becomes this with Will later on.on, especially in college where they both rarely spend time with anyone else.



* NoSocialSkills: Downplayed; Carlton isn't ''completely'' devoid of social skills, but he oftentimes seems incapable of interacting with people outside of a country club or private school. He gets better over time, but he's always pretty awkward.



* SarcasticDevotee: How much hes actually loyal and devoted to the Banks family varies DependingOnTheWriter.
** In one episode, he believes he has won a multimillion dollar lottery (it was actually a prank of Will and Carlton) and immediately quits his job after insulting the whole family, although he comes back eventually. It also gets played with a bit in that, when he thought he was rich, he was quite willing to share the wealth with those that treated him kindly (such as promising to buy Ashley a car).
** One ClipShow dedicates a series of clips to his wisecracks, much to his shock.

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* SarcasticDevotee: How much hes actually loyal and devoted to the Banks family varies DependingOnTheWriter.
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DependingOnTheWriter. In one episode, he believes he has won a multimillion dollar lottery (it was actually a prank of Will and Carlton) and immediately quits his job after insulting the whole family, although he comes back eventually. It also gets played with a bit in that, when he thought he was rich, he was quite willing to share the wealth with those that treated him kindly (such as promising to buy Ashley a car).
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car). One ClipShow dedicates a series of clips to his wisecracks, much to his shock.
8th Apr '17 7:18:21 AM TheGameMaster
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The spoiled elder child of the Banks family, Hilary's socialite bent on looked highly upon her peers in the upper class. She's also leeches off her parents' fortune and ignorant of how life outside hers really works.

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The spoiled elder child of the Banks family, Hilary's a socialite bent on being looked highly upon by her peers in the upper class. She's She also leeches off her parents' fortune and is ignorant of how life outside of hers really works.
20th Feb '17 7:03:58 PM dpisel01
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* FishOutOfWater: The premise of the show, with Will being an easygoing streetwise kid from West Philadelphia moving to rich, snooty Bel-Air. It's especially noticeable in the early seasons when he a student at Bel-Air Prep. The season 2 premiere also shows him being scared out of his mind by an earthquake while everyone else is able to shake it off since they are more used to them.
16th Feb '17 12:15:12 PM Green_lantern40
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* TheFriendNobodyLikes: Of the family, only Will and Ashley actually enjoy having him around. Philip downright loathes him, Hilary doesn't care for his flirting, and Carlton thinks he's an idiot. Vivian is civil towards him but leans more towards her husbands views when it comes to Jazz. Even Will occasionally gets fed up with his {{Jerkass}} and stupid behavior, which usually lands Will in ''real'' trouble.

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* TheFriendNobodyLikes: Of the family, only Will and Ashley actually enjoy having him around. Philip downright loathes him, Hilary doesn't care for his flirting, and Carlton thinks he's an idiot. Vivian is civil towards him him, but leans more towards otherwise shares her husbands views when it comes to Jazz.husband's views. Even Will occasionally gets fed up with his {{Jerkass}} and stupid behavior, which usually lands Will in ''real'' trouble.



An old friend of Will's who ends up attending UCLA with him for a short handful of episodes in season four.

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An old friend of Will's who ends up attending UCLA ULA with him for a short handful of episodes in season four.
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