History Characters / WillAndGrace

30th Jan '17 8:54:38 AM chartoc
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* DidYouThinkICantFeel: Since Karen snarks all the time, the other characters almost never take her seriously, even when she's genuinely trying to help them. She becomes furious and upset whenever this occurs, and on one occasion even ''bankrupted'' Grace by cashing all of her paychecks at once after the latter refused to give her credit for an interior design she had done.

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* DidYouThinkICantFeel: Since Karen snarks all the time, the other characters almost never take her seriously, even when she's genuinely trying to help them. She becomes furious and upset whenever this occurs, and on one occasion even ''bankrupted'' ''quit working for'' Grace by cashing all of her paychecks at once after the latter refused to give her credit for an interior design she had done.done after Grace bail on it.
12th Dec '16 5:02:27 PM ajitter89
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*AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: While never fully seen, due to him being TheUnseen, Karen may have married Stanley for his money, it's often shown that she does genuinely love him, and was completely devastated and betrayed when it was revealed he had faked his death!
6th Aug '16 12:42:51 AM Gravidef
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* {{Flanderization}}: He became much more whiny and his CampGay tendencies increased.

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* {{Flanderization}}: He became much more whiny whinier, and his CampGay tendencies increased.



* AllJewsAreCheapskates: She is very cheap and often hoards on free stuff and even steals.
* BigEater: She has an addiction to eating and it's sort of a RunningGag.

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* AllJewsAreCheapskates: She is very cheap and cheap, often hoards on free stuff stuff, and even steals.
* BigEater: She has an addiction Grace loves to eating and it's sort of eat, to the point where her large appetite is a RunningGag.



* CompetitionFreak: In a first-season episode, Grace is shown to be a competition freak, to the point that neighbors won't even play charades with her anymore.

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* CompetitionFreak: In a first-season episode, Grace is shown to be a competition freak, to the point so competitive that neighbors won't even play charades with her anymore.friends stop coming over to her and Will's game nights.



* FreudianExcuse: Her self-centered nature is implied to be the result of her mother's own ego and desire for the spotlight.



* ItsAllAboutMe: Especially in later seasons where she’s almost as bad as Jack. While Jack doesn’t even try to hide his self-absorbed nature, Grace comes off more as a BitchInSheepsClothing.

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* ItsAllAboutMe: Especially in later seasons where she’s almost as bad as Jack. While Jack doesn’t even try to hide his self-absorbed nature, Grace comes off more as a BitchInSheepsClothing. In "The Unsinkable Mommy Adler," Grace looks back on her old journals and discovers that she's demanded to the center of attention in every relationship she's ever been in, and becomes upset (though it [[IgnoredEpiphany doesn't stick]]).



** Will also [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech called her out on this]] during one of their more serious fights, pointing out that she'll look for any excuse, such as a "weird chest hair pattern," to break up with a guy.



* DeadpanSnarker: "Honey, tact is for people who aren’t witty enough to be sarcastic"

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* DeadpanSnarker: "Honey, tact is for people who aren’t witty enough to be sarcastic"sarcastic."


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* DidYouThinkICantFeel: Since Karen snarks all the time, the other characters almost never take her seriously, even when she's genuinely trying to help them. She becomes furious and upset whenever this occurs, and on one occasion even ''bankrupted'' Grace by cashing all of her paychecks at once after the latter refused to give her credit for an interior design she had done.


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* HiddenDepths: In a few episodes, Karen demonstrates that she's not completely self-centered. In one instance, Grace blew off her marital advice without even acknowledging that she might have a point, which upset her deeply. She also values Grace, Jack, and even Will as her closest friends, and does love Stan.


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* PetTheDog: A few episodes show that there's more to her than snark and sex:
** In a Season One episode, Karen misses her period and fears she might be pregnant. She's not, but is clearly upset about the fact (though she tries to hide it), prompting Jack to give her a comforting hug. After he leaves, she calls Stan and genuinely asks to speak to her stepchildren.
** One episode had Grace struggling with Leo's decision to stay in Africa to continue his work. Karen is the one who ends up giving her the best advice possible, and even tells Grace that while she makes fun of her, she does love her.
** A late episode has Karen design a nursery for a pair of clients, proving that she's picked up ''some'' knowledge of interior decorating with her work over the years. When Grace steals the credit for the nursery, Karen is genuinely upset.
** A ChristmasEpisode reveals that at Grace Adler Designs, ''Karen'' gives the holiday bonuses to Grace!
** The episode which focused on Karen's birthday reveals that she's never invited Will, Grace, or Jack to any of the lavish parties that mark the occasion. When they finally press her as to why, she confesses that if she invited them, they might not take her to a cheap, lousy restaurant to celebrate in their own way--and that's the thing she looks most forward to on her birthdays every year.


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* VagueAge: As part of her {{Flanderization}}. In early episodes, Karen simply acknowledged that she frequently had plastic surgery. As time went by, though, the writers started dropping hints that she was somehow in her ''eighties'' at least (she commented about remembering waiting on breadlines during the Great Depression), and used booze and pills to somehow stop the aging process altogether.
6th Aug '16 12:21:19 AM Gravidef
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!Harlin Polk
->'''Portrayed by:''' Gary Grubbs

Will's wealthiest legal client in Season 1 and 2, a rich Texan.
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* TheArtifact: An interesting example--despite his name appearing in the opening credits of Season 1, he only appears in about half the episodes.
* BenevolentBoss: Despite being extremely wealthy, he treats Will with kindness, and is shown to be a loving father.
* Fiction500: Harlin has a lot of money and isn't afraid to spend it; in his final episode, he casually buys his wife an outlet mall (that is, the ''entire complex'') as a present.
* GoodOlBoy: A downplayed example. He clearly takes pride in his Texas heritage, but he's much more accepting of Will being gay than this trope usually allows. Harlin gives Will a good deal of respect and is perfectly comfortable with his sexuality.
* OpenMouthInsertFoot: Many of his attempts to talk about Will's sexuality end up this way. In one instance, Will mentions that he didn't think he was a dog person, and Harlin responds "That's right--you people like the cats, don't you?"
* PutOnABus: Left the show early in Season Two; the explanation given is that Will starts focusing exclusively on his cases to the detriment of others, only to be fired when Harlin decides he needs a more experienced lawyer.
30th Jan '16 10:06:23 AM annette12
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* CompetitionFreak: In a first-season episode, Grace is shown to be a competition freak, to the point that neighbors won't even play charades with her anymore.
2nd Dec '15 10:11:29 PM annette12
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* ItsAllAboutMe: Always tries to make ''everything'' about him. He doesn’t even try to hide it.


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* LargeAndInCharge: Stan's company, Walker Inc. We never really find out what it does (aside from a subsidiary called Walker Property Management that owns several New York apartment buildings of various quality,) or what it's worth, aside from the fact that it has left Stan and Karen ungodly rich.
2nd Dec '15 10:53:09 AM annette12
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2nd Dec '15 8:26:05 AM annette12
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* ButtMonkey: She’s always being comically abused and mistreated by Karen. However Rosario often gives as good as he gets and it’s implied they both enjoy their VitriolicBestBuds relationship.

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* ButtMonkey: She’s always being comically abused and mistreated by Karen. However Rosario often gives as good as he she gets and it’s implied they both enjoy their VitriolicBestBuds relationship.



* YourChaeatingHeart: In season 4 he begins an affair with Lorraine Finster, ultimately separating from Karen because of it.

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* YourChaeatingHeart: YourCheatingHeart: In season 4 he begins an affair with Lorraine Finster, ultimately separating from Karen because of it.
2nd Dec '15 8:25:10 AM annette12
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* CloudcuckoolandersMinder: Being the sanest character he often acts like to all his friends.

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* CloudcuckoolandersMinder: Being the sanest character character, he often acts like this to all his friends.



* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Tomboy to Karen’s Girly Girl. Grace is brash, unladylike and gluttonous while Karen is a stylish Rich Bitch who always insults Grace’s clothing choices.

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* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Tomboy to Karen’s Girly Girl. Grace is brash, unladylike and gluttonous while Karen is a stylish Rich Bitch RichBitch who always insults Grace’s clothing choices.



* LadyDrunk:Depending on if she's drunk or on pills, she can be this or happy-go-lucky.

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* LadyDrunk:Depending LadyDrunk: Depending on if she's drunk or on pills, she can be this or happy-go-lucky.



* SitcomArchNemesis: Candice Bergen, Lorraine Finster, Beverley Leslie, etc.



* SitcomArchNemesis: Candice Bergen, Lorraine Finster, Beverley Leslie, etc.



* ManChild: He's irresponsible, doesn't have a stable job, and acts like spoiled bratty kid.

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* ManChild: He's irresponsible, doesn't have a stable job, and acts like a spoiled bratty kid.


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!Stanley "Stan" Walker

Karen’s obese, multi-millionaire, unseen (ex) husband.
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* BigEater: According to Karen, and the reason why he’s so obese.
* TheFaceless: The only time we see anything of him (his hand and his feet are seen in one episode).
* FakingTheDead: Stan dies suddenly at the end of season 5, but at the end of season seven, he reveals to Will that he had faked his own death and is hiding out with the aid of the government.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Huge Guy To Karen's Tiny Girl.
* UglyGuyHotWife: Ugly Guy to Karen's Hot Wife.
* TheUnseen: As with most off-screen sitcom characters, Stan is defined by a single attribute: in this case, his obesity.
* YourChaeatingHeart: In season 4 he begins an affair with Lorraine Finster, ultimately separating from Karen because of it.

!Leo Markus
->'''Portrayed by:''' Harry Connick, Jr.

Grace's most important love interest from season 5 onwards.
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* TheBusCameBack: In season 8.
* MarriedToTheJob: Even though he’s married to Grace, he often spends time away from her due to his work.
* NiceGuy: At least, until he cheats on Grace.
* SomebodyDoesntLoveRaymond: One episode has both Grace and Leo obsessing over why Karen doesn't like Leo (she doesn't think he's funny). Leo even digs up an old yearbook to show Karen all the signatures he got, proving everyone loved him and thought he was hilarious.
* YourCheatingHeart: He sleeps with another woman and this ends up destroying his marriage with Grace in season 6.

!Beverley Leslie
->'''Portrayed by:''' Leslie Jordan

Karen's effeminate and very short nemesis.
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* CatchPhrase: “Well well well…”
* DeadpanSnarker: His dialogue with Karen is always SnarkToSnarkCombat.
* DirtyOldMan: In one episode Jack and Will meet him in a gay bar, always along with his younger “business associate” Benji.
* FriendlyEnemy: To Karen, on his better days.
* {{Jerkass}}: He takes whatever opportunity he can to antagonize Karen.
* SitcomArchNemesis: To Karen.
* TransparentCloset: He’s effeminate and often seen with a younger man who appears to be his lover, but Beverley tries to pass him off as a "business associate". Everyone knows he’s gay though and in one episode Beverley threatens to sue Karen if she doesn't apologize for calling him a homosexual in public.

!Elliott
->'''Portrayed by:''' Michael Angarano

Jack's biological son.
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* DemotedToExtra: He was a semi-regular in season 4, but in later episodes he only makes rare appearances.
* LukeYouAreMyFather: To Jack, in the last episode of season 3.
* MoralityPet: To Jack. He may be insensitive and self-absorbed in most situations, but really cares about his son and tries to be a good father to him.
* NiceGuy: He is described by Will as "polite, sweet, and kind".
* WackyParentSeriousChild: Serious Child To Jack's Wacky Parent (and possibly with his mother as well).

!Vince D'Angelo
->'''Portrayed by:''' Bobby Cannavale

Will’s love interest from season 6 onwards.
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* TheBusCameBack: After his break up with Will, he later comes back in season 8.
* FriendVersusLover: In one of the last episodes, he surprises Will with an announcement that will ultimately lead Will to choose between him and his friendship with Grace.
* GayBestFriend: Much like Will, he has a female best friend named Nadine.
* LoveInterest: Will’s longest relationship in the series.
2nd Dec '15 7:02:51 AM annette12
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->'''Portrayed by:''' Eric [=McCormack=]

A gay lawyer who shares an apartment with his straight best friend Grace.
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->'''Portrayed by:''' Debra Messing

Will’s best friend and roommate, she’s a straight interior designer.
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->'''Portrayed by:''' Megan Mullally

A rich, perpetually drunk socialite who "works" as Grace's assistant.
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* BadBoss: To Rosario and all her employees, but it’s PlayedForLaughs.



* TheDitz: Justified, as she’s usually drunk and at least some of it is ObfuscatingStupidity.



* FunctionalAddict: Karen is by far the most heavily addicted drunk on television.



* ParentalNeglect: Towards her step-children Mason and Olivia. She doesn’t even remember their names and what they look like.



* SitcomArchNemesis: Candice Bergen, Lorraine Finster, Beverley Leslie, etc.



* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Girly Girl to Grace’s Tomboy. Grace is brash, unladylike and gluttonous while Karen is a stylish RichBitch who always insults Grace’s clothing choices.



* UpperClassTwit: She’s a multi-millionairess and appears to be completely clueless about how normal people live.




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->'''Portrayed by:''' Sean Hayes

A close friend of Will’s, he’s an eccentric and flamboyantly gay wannabe actor.
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* AllGaysLoveTheater: Also a PerformanceArtist sometimes.



* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: He's just as bizarre as Karen, and even more ditzy.

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* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: He's just as bizarre as Karen, and even more ditzy. Sometimes.



* InTouchWithHisFeminineSide: Many jokes on the show are about how effeminate he is.



* {{Keet}}: He's always cheerful.
* ManChild: He's irresponsible, doesn't have a stable job, and acts like a goofy out-of-control kid.

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* {{Keet}}: He's always cheerful.
cheerful and very ''very'' energetic.
* LargeHam: As part of his campy character.
* LukeYouAreMyFather: In season 3 he finds out he has a son, Elliott, created from sperm he donated at the age of 17.
* ManChild: He's irresponsible, doesn't have a stable job, and acts like a goofy out-of-control spoiled bratty kid.



* ReallyGetsAround: It's implied he has countless short-term lovers in every episode.
* RedOniBlueOni: The Red to Will's Blue.




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->'''Portrayed by:''' Shelley Morrison

Karen’s cranky yet loyal maid.
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* AmicablyDivorced: With Jack, after the end of their CitizenshipMarriage.
* AscendedExtra: After her first appearance, her popularity caused her to be promoted to semi-regular character.
* ButtMonkey: She’s always being comically abused and mistreated by Karen. However Rosario often gives as good as he gets and it’s implied they both enjoy their VitriolicBestBuds relationship.


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* OverlyLongName: Rosario Inez Consuela Yolanda Salazar.
* PromotionToOpeningTitles: She becomes a regular cast member in Season 3.
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