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->'''Charlie:''' Jake, it takes more than sex to make a man happy... You also need money.

Ladies' man Charlie Harper is living the good life as a successful jingle writer in a seaside mansion in Los Angeles. That is, until his nerdy brother Alan's ex-wife throws him out and he's forced to move in with Charlie, bringing his ten-year-old son Jake with him. Now, not only does he have to cope with Rose, the stalker who lives next door, his conniving and guilt-tripping mother, and his sarcastic housekeeper Berta, but also Alan's various neuroses and Jake's complete lack of any sort of tact or personal hygiene. Sadly however Charlie's womanizing nature eventually catches up with him in 2011 when he [[KilledOffForReal catches a train the hard way]]. Enter suicidal billionaire [[AshtonKutcher Walden Schmidt]] as the new owner of Charlie's home. After quickly becoming friends with Alan he continues to let him and Jake live with him while they get over the loss of Charlie.

The show first began airing on Creator/{{CBS}} in 2003 and is currently in its ninth season. Season eight was cut short after lead actor Charlie Sheen was fired due to his self-destructive breakdown in 2011, one effect of which was a public feud with series creator Chuck Lorre. The show has continued with Ashton Kutcher as Walden, the show's new lead.
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!! ''Two and a Half Men'' provides examples of:
* AbortedArc:
** With Charlie Sheen gone, the story of the decidedly odd love triangle of Charlie, crazy Rose, and "Manny Quinn" will never be resolved. Well, the Charlie/Rose/Manny issue has been somewhat resolved due to [[BusCrash Charlie being dead]].
** Whether Judith's new baby is Alan's or Herb's was never really resolved since her baby is not even mentioned anymore.
** Judith actually was supposed to turn out to be a lesbian originally... until someone pointed out that ''{{Friends}}'' had already used the "woman turns out to be a lesbian and throws out her husband" plot in its own pilot episode nearly a decade earlier (reminding, that was Ross' first ex). As a result, the remaining first season episodes instead had her just pretending to be gay so that Alan wouldn't contest the divorce.
* AbusiveParents:
** Evelyn eats the souls of children, as Alan points out.
** Judith herself isn't the best mom, or human being, ever. Considering how both Charlie and Alan seem to suffer from MommyIssues and possibly Oedipus Complex, one can easily deduce Judith is not much better than Evelyn. Seeing strange men in front of her underage son? Check. Verbally abusing him and his father? Check. GoldDigger and {{Hypocrite}}? Check, Check, Check.
* ActorAllusion:
** Charlie, every now and then, goes to a psychiatrist played by Jane Lynch. In "My Puppy's Dead", he and Alan go home after one visit and watch ''{{Glee}}'', to which he responds "that tall blond in the red track suit is freaking me out".
** In "People who Love Peepholes", Alan says that "when I was was in high school, I was dating a poster of MollyRingwald". Before ''Two and a Half Men'', Jon Cryer was most famous for ''Film/PrettyInPink'', where his character is hopelessly in love with Ringwald's.
** In "A Giant Cat Holding A Churro" Alan confronts his girlfriend Lindsey, played by Courtney Thorne-Smith, with her playing in a softcore porn movie when she was younger and she then tells that the producer had said he could get her on ''MelrosePlace''. Courtney Thorne-Smith was a ''Melrose Place'' regular for the first five seasons.
** A somewhat atypical example. When Alan starts believing himself to be Charlie out of grief, he ends up institutionalized, and imagines he's calling up hookers like Charlie did. Upon "hanging up", he utters Charlie Sheen's own infamous post-firing catchphrase "Winning!". (This is as much an allusion and a jab at Sheen, of which season 9 has plenty).
** In "You ''Do'' Know What the Lollipop Is For", Walden comes down the stairs, and then is taken aback when he can't remember why he came downstairs. Alan suggests "Maybe too much (imitates inhaling a joint) oh hey, dude, where's my car?" Ashton Kutcher starred in the 2000 stoner comedy ''DudeWheresMyCar''.
*** Missi (MileyCyrus) in the same episode tells Jake on the beach an OrphanedPunchline of "And that is why you don't smoke pot in church". This may be a reference to Cyrus' 2011 salvia incident (and her [[SelfDeprecation self-deprecating]] RealLife nickname of "Bob Miley" due to the same incident).
* AdamWesting: Charlie Harper is clearly based on Charlie Sheen, the actor who plays him. Though it seems this is the opposite of how it normally goes because Harper is the less exaggerated one.
** Missi played MileyCyrus seems to be an exaggerated version of the actress complete with a hillbilly accent.
* AesopAmnesia: Charlie seems to go through this every time he gets involved with an older woman. He ascertains that's he's fine dating one older woman and then goes through the whole thing all over again with another older woman.
* TheAllegedCar: Alan's less-than-10-year-old Volvo is inexplicably this.
* AllJustADream: The HumiliationConga that spans most of the episode [[spoiler: "Frodo's Headshots"]], from learning Jake's tutor is pregnant to seeing Walden making out with his girlfirend to being booted out of the house to being shot to death just as he was about to go out with someone.
* AmbiguouslyGay: Charlie has his moments at this.
* AnimalAthleteLoophole: There is an off-hand joke about a movie involving a dog playing hockey in one episode.
* ArtifactTitle: Jake eventually gets old/tall enough that it might have gotten by being called ''Three Men.''
* AscendedMeme: When Alan believes he's Charlie, he states "Winning!" A reference to Charlie Sheen's MemeticMutation, "bi-winning."
* AshesToCrashes: Charlie's ashes end up on the living room when Alan is startled by Walden.
* TheBrainlessBeauty: Kandi
-->'''Alan:''' I need to communicate after lovemaking. I need to share.
-->'''Charlie:''' Well, maybe you should have thought of that before you started boinkin' a girl with the IQ of Tickle Me Elmo!
* BatmanGambit: In "Kinda Like Necrophilia", Charlie manipulates Alan to get him to steal his girlfriend and dump her for him, while making Alan think he was hurting Charlie for it.
* BigScrewedUpFamily: An understatement.
* BiggerIsBetterInBed: According to Alan, Walden is hung like an elephant. Berta and Judith are impressed when they see him naked.
* BilingualBonus: The Chinese-character tatoos on [[{{Goth}} Isabella's]] right arm mean "true love."
* BlackComedy:
** The episode "A Sympathetic Crotch To Cry On". Dear. God.
-->'''Evelyn''': ''(To dead husband at his'' funeral.'')'' I've got a great ass and yours is decomposing!
** Charlie's funeral.
---> "Yeah, Yeah, Why can't we see the body?"
---> "Yeah, I didn't come all this way to spit on a closed coffin"
---> "I'm afraid due to the nature of his passing, the remains aren't exactly...spittable"
* BrainBleach: Invoked in an episode, where the brothers discover that one of Charlie's former girlfriends has undergone a sex change and is now dating their ''mother''. Charlie's suggestion to dealing with this? "Drink until the part of the brain that creates mental pictures dies!"
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Although in this case literally, as Walden's ex-wife drives her car through the wall we usually never see because it's the side from which the audience watches the show. (In the episode "What a Lovely Landing Strip.")
* BrickJoke:
** In one episode, Evelyn asks Alan "More embarrassing when you were eleven and I caught you with the dog and the peanut butter?" In a later episode, Charlie tells a group of friends that he walked in on Alan and said "''Alan!'' The dog is supposed to lick the peanut butter off ''you!''" In "A Giant Cat Holding a Churro", when Alan tells Lindsey all his embarrassing secrets, he starts with this.
** In one episode where Charlie dates a foreign girl he can't understand she says her family will be coming over and he of course can't understand her and just agrees. [[spoiler: After an entirely unrelated episode at the end she comes over with most of her entire family to Charlie's surprise.]]
* BringMeMyBrownPants:
** After Walden apologises for nearly killing them with his reckless driving, Alan apologises for peeing on his car seat.
** And this clip, where [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwJHSkFpn-o a father-son bonding moment gets a little messy]].
** And again, when Walden offers Alan a "small" stipend to serve on the board of his corporation. Alan's response is to make a bubble in the bath, and not with his mouth. If it had been higher, "we would have had to drain the tub".
* BungledSuicide: When his wife left him, Walden tried to drown himself in the ocean. [[WhatAnIdiot Apparently he didn't realize that the water would be really cold]].
** Charlie tries this too in an earlier episode. Same result.
* ButtMonkey: Alan
* ButWeUsedACondom: Charlie had a pregnancy scare in one episode. In another, he began to believe that he was the father of his ex-girlfriend's son and she went along with it. He eventually agreed to keep his distance but supplied the ex-girlfriend with a fat monthly check. As it turns out [[spoiler: she was actually the kid's nanny and she conned Charlie. At the end of the episode she quits her job, telling the real mother that she just came into a new source of income]].
* ButYouScrewOneGoat: Charlie tells his friends about when Alan was a kid and Charlie caught Alan licking peanut butter off a dog.
* TheCameo: John Stamos and DharmaAndGreg showed up looking to buy Charlie's house.
* CarMeetsHouse: In "What a Lovely Landing Strip", Bridget deliberately crashes her car into Walden's house after he dumps her.
* TheCassandra: Alan repeatedly warns Walden about Rose. Eventually he's proven right.
* CatchPhrase:
** Charlie's "Are you out of your freakin' mind?" usually said to Alan. Alan sometimes borrows this to say to Charlie.
** Alan's "nevertheless" and "be that as it may".
** Bretta's "I'm not cleaning that up." and "Gadzooks."
** Jake's "...Oh yeah!" Whenever he's been reminded.
** Evelyn's "How could you do this to me?!" in some variation.
* TheCasanova: Charlie
* CelebrityParadox: In "Is There A Mrs Waffles?" Charlie watches DharmaAndGreg (an inside joke as that was another Chuck Lorre production). Then they turn up to buy Charlie's house after he's killed.
** Shortly before Evelyn's wedding, Charlie mentions ''Film/ApocalypseNow'' by name, and references it at another point. Charlie Sheen's father, Martin Sheen, stars in ''Film/ApocalypseNow'', and has at least two appearances on the show.
*** Not to mention, Sheen himself had an easily missable cameo appearance in the movie.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Jake's new baby sister, especially considering on how the show played up on whether if Judith's new baby is Jake's half-sister or his sister. (Judith and Herb had a fight and separated in which a depressed Judith seems to be nicer to Alan and they are in a sexual relationship in which Judith seems to want to get back together with Alan. However shortly before Judith and Herb reunited, Judith began hating Alan again and told him to go away. Shortly after Herb and Judith have reunited Judith is pregnant, before and after the baby was born Alan believes that he is the father of the child while Judith strongly denies it due to her hatred of him.) However shortly after the baby was born, the child was never mentioned again and only Jake was accounted for when it came to Judith's children (though it was briefly brought up in "A Giant Cat Holding a Churro", where Alan tells all of his embarrassing secrets to Lindsey, and again in "Frodo's Headshots", thanks to a dream whipped up by Alan's guilty subconscious).
* CloudCuckoolander: Rose
* CodeWordCoitus: Charlie, natch.
* ComedicSociopathy:
** Charlie to disturbing levels.
** Also Alan, via his ventriloquist's dummy, "Danny O'Day".
--> '''Alan:''' Boy, [Charlie] can be such a pig sometimes.
--> '''Danny:''' ...and you know what happens to pigs, don't you? They get ''slaught--''
--> '''Alan:''' Danny! Don't say that. Don't even think it!
--> ''*{{Beat}}*''
--> '''Danny:''' --ered.
** And Rose, who has yet to be prosecuted for Charlie's murder despite in effect confessing it to the assembled crowd at his funeral.
* CompanionCube: For Alan, Danny the dummy, for a short string of episodes.
* CovertPervert: Alan's pregnancy fetish when Berta's daughter Naomi shows up.
* CrapsackWorld: From Alan's perspective, you live with a brother whose ComedicSociopathy is well known, and gets more than you do, not to mention having an ex-wife who spends alimony payments for inherently selfish purposes, all love affairs you attempt have a FailureIsTheOnlyOption promise, and virtually every single person you meet is a JerkAss or a GoldDigger. Alan has it pretty bad.
* {{Crossover}}: With the ''Series/{{CSI}}'' franchise, on the episodes "Fish in a Drawer" and "Two and a Half Deaths," where each show's writing team wrote the other show's episode.
* CulturalTranslation: Parodied when Charlie has to write a theme tune for an {{Anime}} dub. HilarityEnsues.
* TheDanza: Charlie Sheen as Charlie Harper.
* DeadpanSnarker: Pretty much everyone fits this role at one time or another, but Berta and Dr. Linda Freeman (Charlie's shrink) most frequently.
* DemotedToExtra: Jake, starting season 10.
* DepravedKidsShowHost: Charlie, when he becomes a Children's Song Star.
* DistinguishedGentlemansPipe: Alan, while staying at Lindsey's home, finds her ex-husband's pipe and starts using it to look more distinguished. Unfortunately, he leaves it too close to the drapes and burns the house down.
* TheDitz: Kandi and Jake.
* DoItYourselfThemeTune: Though in appearance only.
* TheDoorSlamsYou. Happens to Alan courtesy of his dimwit son and his dopehead friend while investigating a noise in the middle of the night. Part of a long HumiliationConga that leaves him a twitching, broken, possibly rabies-infected nervous wreck.
* DoppelgangerDating
* DoubleStandard: Egregiously done towards ''both'' sexes, including the RunningGag that is Rose. Think about it for a second: [[GenderFlip if she'd been a guy and Charlie a woman]]....
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: Charlie; see McLeaned.
* DrowningMySorrows: Walden tries it, but he can't stand the taste of whiskey.
* EntendreFailure: In "Avoid the Chinese Mustard":
-->'''Missi:''' So, Jake, do you wanna go to your bedroom and unpack?
-->'''Jake''' Uh, that's okay, I don't really have much.
-->'''Missi:''' Well then, maybe you could help me "unpack".
-->'''Jake''' Why?
* EnterStageWindow
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: Charlie
* EverybodyHasLotsOfSex:
** [[ButtMonkey Except Alan]].
** Continued briefly with Walden's addition.
-->''Seeing Walden go upstairs with both girls after coming home''
--> '''Alan:''' This seems depressingly familiar.
* EveryoneHasStandards: Charlie found there were lines he wouldn't cross.
* EvilMatriarch: Evelyn
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: Both Alan and Charlie have received a load of this such as their respective love lives, whether Alan would ever move out of Charlie's home, etc.
* FakeAmerican: Rose, played by New Zealander MelanieLynskey.
* FamilyThemeNaming: Kandi, Andi and Mandi
* FanService:
** How many gratuitously naked sexy women can fit into one show?
** And then for the ladies, Ashton Kutcher's first episode featured him walking around in his birthday suit.
* {{Fetish}}: Alan has a bit of a thing for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FiNOcWY9KRI pregnant women.]]
* FirstGirlWins:
** (Sort of) In the pilot episode, the actress who plays Chelsea appears in the supermarket and hits on Charlie while he's shopping with Jake.
** In recent episodes, Charlie hooks up with Rose because she tricked him into thinking she got married, making her more attractive to him. She has been around since the very beginning as his stalker and has finally gotten her due (such as it is).
* FlirtyStepsiblings: Charlie and Evelyn's fiance's daughter, played by Jenny [=McCarthy=]. It was later revealed that she wasn't actually the guy's daughter too (they were both con artists) so there was a TON of NotBloodSiblings going on.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Charlie is choleric, Alan is melancholic, Jake is phlegmatic, and Walden is sanguine.
* FromTheMouthsOfBabes: Jake
* TheFunInFuneral:
** In "A Sympathetic Crotch To Cry On", the family attends the funeral of one of Evelyn's exes; a lot of jokes are on the dead guy in the coffin.
** Charlie's funeral in "Nice to Meet You Walden Schmidt" is similar.
* GagBoobs: Take a look [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-P-pQ_yRmA&feature=related here]]
* [[GassHole Gasinass Syndrome]]:
** Jake. Alan squeaks a few off now and again as well. He once admits red wine causes him to fart.
** Berta's daughter had this problem while pregnant, much to Alan's dismay: --> "Wow, that one's got some hang time!"
** Who could forget a less-than-affectionate Lyndsey telling Alan to back off [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gM7IZMscSkE in no uncertain terms]]? One appearance has her getting back together with Alan, one of the reasons being she can fart "like a buffalo" and he still won't leave her. She then proceeds to do so.
* GeniusDitz: Walden is great with computers but has trouble picking matching shoes.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Many times throughout the show. One time Charlie was reading a letter from Rose (the time she was in England) and instead of "greetings from foggy old London" he read it as "greetings from faggy old London".
* GirlOfTheWeek
* AGoodNameForARockBand: Invoked on season 7 premiere "818-jklpuzo" with "Psychosomatic Constipation."
* GoToYourRoom: It's more "Go do your homework.", but Alan does this to Jake whenever he wants to avoid an awkward conversation at dinner.
* GroinAttack:
** "I just got kneed in the nuts!" - Charlie Harper
** Jake mentions getting "a soccer ball to the nads" at least twice.
* [[HasTwoMommies Has Two Daddies]]
* [[SheCleansUpNicely He Cleans Up Nicely:]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVmuwOideU0&feature=related Alan.]]
* HenpeckedHusband: Herb and Alan are both abused by Judith.
* HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood: Charlie and Alan's childhood was like this.
* HollywoodDateless: Although gnomish, nebbishy, and for all practical purposes homeless, Alan does fairly well in the tail department. Most of the failures in his relationships come about as a result of either his crippling insecurity and neediness or the fact that he gravitates towards emotionally-damaged women. This included his first ex Judith, his second ex Kandi, his former receptionist Melissa--and her mother--Rose, and a pill-popping suicidal woman played by Creator/JaneaneGarofalo and Rose herself (not Melissa's ugly mother but Charlie's Rose, the Rose that is mad and played by Melanie Lynsky).
* HollywoodToneDeaf: Averted in "818-jklpuzo;" the singer comes off as realistically unable to sing.
* HumiliationConga: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ap8hmr9cQQ&feature=related Alan, as ever.]]
** Charlie goes through one in the episode "Release the Dogs" where after he breaks his promise to Jake not to date his friend's HotMom, gets [[CoveredInGunge splattered with slime]], falls off the balcony and gets a face and mouth full of sand while chasing Jake, and gets chased by police dogs across the beach.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Judith. For one thing, she chews out Alan and Charlie for the women they bring to Charlie's house while Jake is around, whom she deems as inappropriate, while she has been known to bring strange men to her house while Jake is around just the same.
* ICanChangeMyBeloved: When Charlie's mother meets his first serious LoveInterest, they square off like a confrontation is about to take place. Instead, the mother simply asks desperately, "Can you fix him?" Exasperated, the girl confirmed, "I'm trying." She is, but it doesn't work.
** Ms Pasternak wants to do this to Charlie in both of her appearances.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Episodes are named for throwaway lines of dialogue in the episode, thus leading to a TitleDrop as well.
* IdiotBall: Charlie automatically assumes that a child with dark hair and eyes (a common feature) who wears similar clothes to him and supposedly has the same name is his child. Most guys would order paternity tests, and given the kind of guy Charlie is, one would think it would be standard procedure for him.
* IfIHadANickel: "An Old Flame with a New Wick" has, "If I had a nickel for every time a girl broke up with me and came back as a man, I'd have a ''nickel''!"
* TheImmodestOrgasm. When trapped in the beachhouse by a storm, both Zoey and Lindsay fake very loud sex noses, each to try to one-up the other. Zoey's are [[CrowningMomentOfFunny operatic, no less]]. Also, Lindsay can be quite vocal when she's [[HurricaneofPuns having a ball]].
* IndulgentFantasySegue: In one episode Charlie imagines tearing Alan's arm off and beating him with it.
* InformedAbility: For a BigEater, Jake [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodSandwich never seems to finish a meal]] on the show, often going off to do his homework with his plate still mostly full.
* InformedFlaw: In Rose's earliest appearances, the major characters reacted to her as if she was ugly; this was phased out and replaced by sheer creepiness relatively quickly, though. Rose's actress is, by most standards, very pretty.
* InherentlyFunnyWords: [[CrowningMomentOfFunny SQUAB!]]
* InSeriesNickname: Berta calls Alan "Zippy", and Alan calls Jake "buddy".
* InventorOfTheMundane: Walden Schmidt is a billionaire after developing [[http://www.fictionurl.com/blungogo-com/ BlunGoGo.com]], a website that he sold to Microsoft for $1.3 billion. No one has ever heard of it because Microsoft decided to bundle it with the Zune.
* ItsAllAboutMe: This arguably applies to everyone, but especially Evelyn, the two brothers' mother. She frequently reacts to news that affects anyone except her with "Do you have any idea what you put me through?!"
* IWasYoungAndINeededTheMoney: Lindsey says this almost verbatim in "A Giant Cat Holding a Churro", when Alan finds out that she once appeared in a softcore porn film.
* {{Jerkass}}: Most characters, but especially Charlie, Judith and Evelyn.
** Virtually every character on the show--primary, secondary, ''and'' tertiary--is a JerkAss, except for Alan and Rose, though even those two have their moments.
*** Alan became a JerkAss in the later seasons, instead of just having the occasional moment.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Charlie shows tantalizing glimmers of this throughout the series, especially in the early seasons, however his many, many, ''many'' moments of [[JerkAss jerkassery]] tend to eclipse them. When Alan and Jake appear to be moving out, Charlie very nearly tells Alan he can stay before Alan's bluff about finding a good place to live falls through. Charlie however, does not rub it in his face; it's almost a nice moment.
** The time he helps Jake prepare for his first boy-girl party also qualifies.
* KarmaHoudini:
** Judith abuses everybody in her life and despite all of the hell she inflicts on people, she's never had any payback inflicted on her.
** Charlie [[strike:a lot]] [[strike: most]] all of the time too (Well, until he went to Paris, that is).
*** This was actually addressed in the episode "Release the Dogs" where Alan goes through a lot stress and angst over how Charlie seemed to have everything easy and coast by in life, never receiving punishment for his terribleness. By the end of the episode, it's hilariously subverted when after Charlie promised Jake the he wouldn't date Jake's crush's mother yet did so anyway, Jake [[spoiler:with some help from Rose]] pours a bucket of slime over Charlie's head, has him jump over the balcony and crash into the beach, and then get chased after by police hounds.
** When Alan runs a Ponzi scheme on his family and friends, he manages to get enough money [[spoiler:from Rose]] to pay everyone back before they find out what he did.
** It's heavily implied that Rose murdered Charlie, and made it look like an accident. Alan and Berta both realize this, and Alan casually tells it to several people, but nobody does anything about it. In fact, fast forward a year & not only is Rose still walking free, but [[spoiler:it turns out she's started stalking Walden too]].
* KarmicDeath: Charlie went to Paris, and married Rose, then cheated on her. Let's just say he scorned the wrong woman and she pushed him into a train.
* KavorkaMan: Charlie
* KilledOffForReal: Charlie dies between seasons by "falling" in front of a train. The only "witness" is Rose and while she's talking about it the camera cuts to Alan with a knowing look on his face.
* LampshadeHanging:
** In "Fish in a Drawer", Charlie gets to hang a lampshade on how the attire worn by the female characters in the ''CSI'' franchise [[FanService isn't exactly crime scene appropriate]].
** Early in Season 9, after Walden has settled in as the replacement for Charlie, Alan points out how bizarre their living arrangements are when you stop & think about it, for no other reason than to let Walden (Read: the viewer) know that he (Read: the writing staff) is fully aware of how weird it is.
* LastDisrespects: Charlie has a dream in which he attends his own funeral (as a ghost). At the funeral, women spit on his coffin, the eulogy is filled with derogatory jokes, and Alan ends the service by inviting the congregation back to his beach house for a wake/luau.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: Berta in the Christmas episode. Just before the ad break she quips "I can't wait for Act 2".
* LongRunner: 10 seasons and counting.
* ManlyGay: Chelsea's father and his partner, played by Stacy Keach (Mike Hammer) and John Amos, respectively.
* MarsAndVenusGenderContrast: Driving force in plot, characterization and dialogue.
* McLeaned: Charlie was killed off by being pushed in front of a train after he was caught cheating on his fiance, Rose. And just to add insult to injury, [[TheFunInFuneral the funeral]] is full of one night stands and angry exes. And after he is cremated, [[AshtonKutcher Walden's]] first appearance has Alan [[AshesToCrashes spilling Charlie's ashes all over the ground.]] Then Alan vacuums Charlie's remains with a dustbuster.
* MDEnvy: Alan is a chiropractor who gets made fun of constantly for his work.
* MistakenForGay: Charlie and Alan on several occasions. Neither of them ever seem to want to point out that they're brothers.
* MoralDissonance: Charlie is pretty goddamn abusive to Alan to the point of being like a sadistic abuser in a relationship and the characters treat this as if Alan did something did wrong to Charlie. No one ever seems to bring up that Charlie could've gotten rid of Alan if he didn't sleep with his divorce lawyer and made him pay Judith ridiculous amounts of alimony for petty vengeance. It's all about [[JerkAssSue Charlie]].
* MotorMouth: Missi (MileyCyrus) in the episode "You Know What The Lollipop Is For".
* MrFanservice: Walden. Every female character who met him (except for Danny, a lesbian) expressed attraction towards him in some way.
* MsFanservice: Kandi, including a few subtropes, most memorably CatholicSchoolgirlsRule.
--> '''Charlie''': Here's a fun thought: she's probably slept with more women than you.
--> ''*{{Beat}}*''
--> '''Alan:''' [[GirlOnGirlIsHot That is a fun thought!]]
* NeverSpeakIllOfTheDead: Subverted during Charlie's funeral; Alan tries to say nice things about him in his eulogy, but Charlie's ex-girlfriends interrupt him with insults. Later subverted by Alan himself:
-->'''Judith:''' And I thought your brother was a horrible influence. ''(on Jake)''
-->'''Alan:''' Don't speak ill of the dead! But you're right, he was a terrible human being.
* NiceGuy: Herb
* NoNudityTaboo: Walden
* NoPreggerSex: Inverted; Alan says that the most sex he had with Judith was during the time she was pregnant with Jake. This led to him having a pregnancy fetish.
* NoSenseOfPersonalSpace: Walden thinks nothing of hugging Alan while in the nude.
* NoodleIncident: The "Den Mother Fiasco" continually mentioned when Charlie started going out with Jake's teacher.
* NotBloodSiblings
* NotStayingForBreakfast: Charlie
* NotWhatItLooksLike: Walden gives Alan a big hug after being helped by him.....while nude. Cue Jake and Judith walking in the front door and HilarityEnsues.
* OddCouple: Charlie and Alan. Walden and Alan later on.
* OhCrap: [[spoiler:Walden telling Alan & Berta that he's met a woman at a bar ellicits this reaction, after he mentions she was called Rose & that she knew Alan.]]
* OncePerEpisode: An attractive woman shows up for one or two episodes. If Charlie isn't sleeping with her, Alan will be. This was dropped when Charlie was dropped.
* OneHourWorkWeek: Walden is the head of a billion dollar company, yet he seems to have tons of free time to hang out with Alan and is hardly ever shown working.
* OneOfTheKids:
** Walden, originally. He no longer shows any shades of this, though.
** Charlie too, the guy depends on other people for ''everything''. As Alan put it: "You are a child. A high-maintenance child!"
* OnlyChildSyndrome: Jake was an only child up until the end of season 6, when his mother gave birth to Milly.
** Subverted with the rest of the cast. Which most of them are mentioned to have a sibling at least once.
* OnlySaneMan: Alan, who mostly leans on the fourth wall
** Berta would also apply.
* ParentingTheHusband: Being fed up with this sort of situation is what causes the split between Bridget and Walden.
* ParentalNeglect: In later seasons, both Alan and Judith are guilty of doing this to Jake.
* PetTheDog: Berta has some of these moments.
* PlayedForLaughs: Anytime Alan is almost suicidally depressed, Charlie is always thinking of himself no matter what.
* {{Ponzi}}: Alan accidentally sets up a pyramid scheme by asking his friends and family for money for advertisements and paying them back with each other's money.
* PrettyInMink: Alan's literal dream woman is a LadyInRed who mentions she has several fur coats, that all feel the same in the dark.
* QueerPeopleAreFunny: Especially with Chelsea's dad and Walden.
* QuipToBlack:
** Parodied when Charlie and Alan are watching a crime show that's an obvious {{expy}} of ''CSIMiami'', with a female in the Horatio Caine role. After she makes her GlassesPull and snappy one-liner, they cut to "Squeeze Box" instead of "YEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAH!"
** And let's not forget the show's title: "[[GettingCrapPastTheRadar Stiffs]]."
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: The reason for Season 8's sudden halt in production, and ultimately why Charlie is revealed to have died between Season 8 and Season 9, is because of CharlieSheen's erratic behavior.
* RearrangeTheSong: After writing Charlie Sheen out of the show necessitated new opening titles (Which also meant abandoning the shot of Angus T. Jones circa season one morphing into his present day form), someone involved in the production pointed out that they also needed to replace the child singer in the theme song.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: [[SarcasmMode Go ahead. Take a wild guess]].
* SerialEscalation: Just how bad Alan's life could be?
* ServileSnarker: Berta.
-->'''Charlie''': I don't pay you to mock me.
-->'''Berta''': Charlie, you'd have to pay me not to.
* SexySantaDress: A lady with... issues about Christmas wears one.
* ShallowLoveInterest: Kandi. She really showed no signs of wanting to know what Alan was like on the inside, just interested in the sex. And it really doesn't help that she dumped Alan soon after he got a gambling jackpot. But in her defense it was said that she dumped him because he didn't want to have children with her.
* ShootTheShaggyDog Chelsea's entire relationship with Charlie becomes this in universe and for many fans as well.
* ShoutOut: Happens occasionally, for example, when Charlie attempts to get Alan out of the house, and Bertha suggests they MakeItLookLikeAnAccident, Charlie shouts out to ''Film/TheGodfather'' (Even 'forgetting' to replace "Fredo" with "Alan"):
-->'''Charlie''': While my mother is alive, nothing must happen to Fredo.
* ShutUpKiss: In "You Know What The Lollipop Is For", Jake has to give Missi some of these, because she [[MotorMouth never stops talking]].
-->'''Missi:''' You're just so sweet. I swear, I could just eat you up, but, you know, then I'd probably get a sugar rush, because you're just so sweet, and if you think I talk a lot now, you should really hear me after I- ''(Jake kisses her)'' I'm definitely gonna shut up now, because you're a really good kisser, and the last thing I wanna do- ''(Jake kisses her again)''
* TheSociopath: Charlie shows enough signs to be diagnosed as one.
* SomethingsDifferentAboutYouNow: Inverted.
* SomethingWeForgot: In "People Who Love Peepholes", Alan moves out of the house and leaves Jake behind.
* StalkerWithACrush: Rose. She is annoying and very creepy. She's also superglued Charlie's testicles to his thighs, poisoned Charlie to keep him sick so she can [[FlorenceNightingaleEffect take care of him and get him to fall for her,]] and it's implied that she pushed him in front of a train after she caught him cheating on her.
* StatusQuoIsGod: No matter what plot twists we're wrung through, Alan is still sponging off of Charlie, Jake is still a young doofus, Evelyn is still a self-absorbed drunk, Judith is still an absolute bitch, Charlie's still single, etc, etc. Well, except for the changes brought by Charlie's death between Seasons 8 & 9.
* StylisticSuck: Charlie's jingles.
* SuddenlySexuality: Judy.
* TakeThat: Numerous to Charlie since Charlie Sheen was fired. There were even some beforehand in Chuck Lorre's vanity cards which may have sparked their whole feud.
* TakingTheKids: Judith used this as a threat from time to time, to drum up zany sitcom conflict so she can take advantage of Alan.
* TheThingThatWouldNotLeave: Alan. So much so, you could practically call this trope ''The Alan Harper''.
* TitleDrop: As mentioned above, every episode is named after a throwaway line of dialogue from that episode.
* ToiletHumor: Greatly emphasized ninth season that it's arguably much more gross then funny, the episode "Not In My Mouth" stands out in particular as you can see in the VomitDiscretionShot entry below.
* TookALevelInDumbass: Jake's definitely taken a few of these.
* TookALevelInJerkass: Over the course of the series, Alan evolved from a down on his luck man into a sleazy weasel who makes no effort to find a place of his own and just intends on sponging off of Charlie, later Walden, for the rest of his life.
** At first Alan had to rely on Charlie for financial support and felt bad about it, until the later seasons where he happily mooches off of Charlie without remorse.
** One could say that Jake also suffered from this. At first, he was a naive, but pretty nice kid. But as he got older, he became a lot more rude; making snide comments to his father and uncle, shows insensitivity to other people's feelings and barely appreciates the hardships his father goes through for him.
** Lindsay, [[JustifiedTrope though it makes sense since Alan really pissed her off by burning down her house by accident.]] Though she forgives him and leaves him for her ex-husband. She only puts up with him because he puts up with whatever habits she wants to have.
** Judith was always a JerkAss, but throughout the series, she became a lot worse, to the point that she abuses and neglects Jake, does everything in her power to make Alan's life even worse just for kicks (Like giving Kandi her divorce lawyer) and treats Herb like he's a third class citizen for no reason whatsoever.
* {{Transsexual}}: A transman in 'Old Flame with a New Wick' when one of Charlie's old girlfriends come back...with a new wick. He starts to date Charlie's mom. Once the obligatory torrent of puerile jokes are through, the episode is surprisingly sensitive.
* UngratefulBastard: What grown-up Jake has become.
* UnproblematicProstitution
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: Most of the cast.
* VanityPlate: Read about 'em [[ChuckLorreVanityPlates here]].
* ViewersAreMorons: The episode "Does This Smell Funny To You?" has a subplot about Jake not being able to find his Gameboy. When he does eventually find it, it's actually a NintendoDS. Apparently the writers thought viewers wouldn't know what a DS was almost two years after the DS came out. It is possible that Jake was just calling it a Gameboy, though (as many people in real life did at the time).
* VomitDiscretionShot:
** Both played straight and averted in "Not In My Mouth". Lindsey gets terribly drunk and vomits everywhere on Walden's private plane. Though we never see it coming out of her mouth, puke appears on Alan and Walden's shirts, and a [[SquIck great huge splat strikes the window]]. Also seen in the Charlie era, where following a night of binge-boozing he excuses himself to the kitchen to retch loudly in the sink.
-->'''Charlie''': Hey, guess who had a Cobb salad for dinner?
** The umbrella stand by the door has been used as a hurl receptacle twice, once by Jake during a bout of the flu, and another time by Charlie after an angry Melissa [[GroinAttack kicked him in the pills]].
* VomitIndiscretionShot: In one episode, Jake is doing an experiment called the "human volcano" which involves Coke, mentos, and a massive projectile vomit onto Alan.
* WeatherDissonance: Whenever Alan wants to take Jake on a camping trip or some similar outdoorsy bonding experience, it rains.
* WhatsAHenway: Occurs in "I Called Him Magoo," After Alan's girlfriend said her first time having sex was at a Police concert:
-->'''Alan''': Sting?
-->'''Girlfriend''': A little bit.
* WhatTheHellHero: Alan gives this to both Evelyn and Charlie in "A Sympathetic Crotch to Cry On". Evelyn isn't a hero, though.
* WhatDidIDoLastNight: Charlie. A lot. But one example in particular had him wake up the next morning finding out he tried to mail his pants back to the manufacturer because he [[GroinAttack snagged himself]] zipping up.
* WhoWillTakeTheKids: If something should happen to Judith and Alan ... ''Charlie?!?''
* WorldsSmallestViolin: Charlie mentions the world's smallest violin in an early episode.
* WomanScorned: This is ultimately the reason why Charlie died, in-universe.
* WriteWhoYouKnow: Charlie Harper's characterization is basically that of his actor, CharlieSheen. It's even referred to as such by Trifecta.
* {{Yandere}}: '''Rose'''
* YankTheDogsChain: Alan on many unfair occasions.
* YouLookFamiliar:
** The actress who plays Chelsea, one of Charlie's few meaningful relationships for a long time (some would say ''too'' long) had already appeared in other roles in previous episodes, including the Pilot.
** The actress playing Kandi made an earlier appearance playing a woman in Charlie's shower, named "Bubbles." It is possible Bubbles ''was'' Kandi, as Kandi shows up two episodes later.
** Jenna Elfman appeared in a two-part episode in the first season as a woman named Frankie. She later appeared as [[DharmaAndGreg Dharma]] in the Season 9 opener.
** Judy Greer, who plays Walden's wife appeared in the fourth season as Herb's sister, Myra.
** Charlie Sheen and Jon Cryer had previously appeared together in ''HotShots''. Sheen and Ryan Stiles (Herb) appeared in ''HotShots Part Deux''.
** Jon Cryer played Lilly Truscott's dad in ''HannahMontana'', while Missi is played by, well, MileyCyrus. Angus T. Jones also cameoed as Siena's obnoxious cousin in the season premiere of ''HannahMontana'''s final season.
*** Though in the latter's case, the two never appeared on screen together.
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->'''Charlie:''' Jake, it takes more than sex to make a man happy... You also need money.

Ladies' man Charlie Harper is living the good life as a successful jingle writer in a seaside mansion in Los Angeles. That is, until his nerdy brother Alan's ex-wife throws him out and he's forced to move in with Charlie, bringing his ten-year-old son Jake with him. Now, not only does he have to cope with Rose, the stalker who lives next door, his conniving and guilt-tripping mother, and his sarcastic housekeeper Berta, but also Alan's various neuroses and Jake's complete lack of any sort of tact or personal hygiene. Sadly however Charlie's womanizing nature eventually catches up with him in 2011 when he [[KilledOffForReal catches a train the hard way]]. Enter suicidal billionaire [[AshtonKutcher Walden Schmidt]] as the new owner of Charlie's home. After quickly becoming friends with Alan he continues to let him and Jake live with him while they get over the loss of Charlie.

The show first began airing on Creator/{{CBS}} in 2003 and is currently in its ninth season. Season eight was cut short after lead actor Charlie Sheen was fired due to his self-destructive breakdown in 2011, one effect of which was a public feud with series creator Chuck Lorre. The show has continued with Ashton Kutcher as Walden, the show's new lead.
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!! ''Two and a Half Men'' provides examples of:
* AbortedArc:
** With Charlie Sheen gone, the story of the decidedly odd love triangle of Charlie, crazy Rose, and "Manny Quinn" will never be resolved. Well, the Charlie/Rose/Manny issue has been somewhat resolved due to [[BusCrash Charlie being dead]].
** Whether Judith's new baby is Alan's or Herb's was never really resolved since her baby is not even mentioned anymore.
** Judith actually was supposed to turn out to be a lesbian originally... until someone pointed out that ''{{Friends}}'' had already used the "woman turns out to be a lesbian and throws out her husband" plot in its own pilot episode nearly a decade earlier (reminding, that was Ross' first ex). As a result, the remaining first season episodes instead had her just pretending to be gay so that Alan wouldn't contest the divorce.
* AbusiveParents:
** Evelyn eats the souls of children, as Alan points out.
** Judith herself isn't the best mom, or human being, ever. Considering how both Charlie and Alan seem to suffer from MommyIssues and possibly Oedipus Complex, one can easily deduce Judith is not much better than Evelyn. Seeing strange men in front of her underage son? Check. Verbally abusing him and his father? Check. GoldDigger and {{Hypocrite}}? Check, Check, Check.
* ActorAllusion:
** Charlie, every now and then, goes to a psychiatrist played by Jane Lynch. In "My Puppy's Dead", he and Alan go home after one visit and watch ''{{Glee}}'', to which he responds "that tall blond in the red track suit is freaking me out".
** In "People who Love Peepholes", Alan says that "when I was was in high school, I was dating a poster of MollyRingwald". Before ''Two and a Half Men'', Jon Cryer was most famous for ''Film/PrettyInPink'', where his character is hopelessly in love with Ringwald's.
** In "A Giant Cat Holding A Churro" Alan confronts his girlfriend Lindsey, played by Courtney Thorne-Smith, with her playing in a softcore porn movie when she was younger and she then tells that the producer had said he could get her on ''MelrosePlace''. Courtney Thorne-Smith was a ''Melrose Place'' regular for the first five seasons.
** A somewhat atypical example. When Alan starts believing himself to be Charlie out of grief, he ends up institutionalized, and imagines he's calling up hookers like Charlie did. Upon "hanging up", he utters Charlie Sheen's own infamous post-firing catchphrase "Winning!". (This is as much an allusion and a jab at Sheen, of which season 9 has plenty).
** In "You ''Do'' Know What the Lollipop Is For", Walden comes down the stairs, and then is taken aback when he can't remember why he came downstairs. Alan suggests "Maybe too much (imitates inhaling a joint) oh hey, dude, where's my car?" Ashton Kutcher starred in the 2000 stoner comedy ''DudeWheresMyCar''.
*** Missi (MileyCyrus) in the same episode tells Jake on the beach an OrphanedPunchline of "And that is why you don't smoke pot in church". This may be a reference to Cyrus' 2011 salvia incident (and her [[SelfDeprecation self-deprecating]] RealLife nickname of "Bob Miley" due to the same incident).
* AdamWesting: Charlie Harper is clearly based on Charlie Sheen, the actor who plays him. Though it seems this is the opposite of how it normally goes because Harper is the less exaggerated one.
** Missi played MileyCyrus seems to be an exaggerated version of the actress complete with a hillbilly accent.
* AesopAmnesia: Charlie seems to go through this every time he gets involved with an older woman. He ascertains that's he's fine dating one older woman and then goes through the whole thing all over again with another older woman.
* TheAllegedCar: Alan's less-than-10-year-old Volvo is inexplicably this.
* AllJustADream: The HumiliationConga that spans most of the episode [[spoiler: "Frodo's Headshots"]], from learning Jake's tutor is pregnant to seeing Walden making out with his girlfirend to being booted out of the house to being shot to death just as he was about to go out with someone.
* AmbiguouslyGay: Charlie has his moments at this.
* AnimalAthleteLoophole: There is an off-hand joke about a movie involving a dog playing hockey in one episode.
* ArtifactTitle: Jake eventually gets old/tall enough that it might have gotten by being called ''Three Men.''
* AscendedMeme: When Alan believes he's Charlie, he states "Winning!" A reference to Charlie Sheen's MemeticMutation, "bi-winning."
* AshesToCrashes: Charlie's ashes end up on the living room when Alan is startled by Walden.
* TheBrainlessBeauty: Kandi
-->'''Alan:''' I need to communicate after lovemaking. I need to share.
-->'''Charlie:''' Well, maybe you should have thought of that before you started boinkin' a girl with the IQ of Tickle Me Elmo!
* BatmanGambit: In "Kinda Like Necrophilia", Charlie manipulates Alan to get him to steal his girlfriend and dump her for him, while making Alan think he was hurting Charlie for it.
* BigScrewedUpFamily: An understatement.
* BiggerIsBetterInBed: According to Alan, Walden is hung like an elephant. Berta and Judith are impressed when they see him naked.
* BilingualBonus: The Chinese-character tatoos on [[{{Goth}} Isabella's]] right arm mean "true love."
* BlackComedy:
** The episode "A Sympathetic Crotch To Cry On". Dear. God.
-->'''Evelyn''': ''(To dead husband at his'' funeral.'')'' I've got a great ass and yours is decomposing!
** Charlie's funeral.
---> "Yeah, Yeah, Why can't we see the body?"
---> "Yeah, I didn't come all this way to spit on a closed coffin"
---> "I'm afraid due to the nature of his passing, the remains aren't exactly...spittable"
* BrainBleach: Invoked in an episode, where the brothers discover that one of Charlie's former girlfriends has undergone a sex change and is now dating their ''mother''. Charlie's suggestion to dealing with this? "Drink until the part of the brain that creates mental pictures dies!"
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Although in this case literally, as Walden's ex-wife drives her car through the wall we usually never see because it's the side from which the audience watches the show. (In the episode "What a Lovely Landing Strip.")
* BrickJoke:
** In one episode, Evelyn asks Alan "More embarrassing when you were eleven and I caught you with the dog and the peanut butter?" In a later episode, Charlie tells a group of friends that he walked in on Alan and said "''Alan!'' The dog is supposed to lick the peanut butter off ''you!''" In "A Giant Cat Holding a Churro", when Alan tells Lindsey all his embarrassing secrets, he starts with this.
** In one episode where Charlie dates a foreign girl he can't understand she says her family will be coming over and he of course can't understand her and just agrees. [[spoiler: After an entirely unrelated episode at the end she comes over with most of her entire family to Charlie's surprise.]]
* BringMeMyBrownPants:
** After Walden apologises for nearly killing them with his reckless driving, Alan apologises for peeing on his car seat.
** And this clip, where [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwJHSkFpn-o a father-son bonding moment gets a little messy]].
** And again, when Walden offers Alan a "small" stipend to serve on the board of his corporation. Alan's response is to make a bubble in the bath, and not with his mouth. If it had been higher, "we would have had to drain the tub".
* BungledSuicide: When his wife left him, Walden tried to drown himself in the ocean. [[WhatAnIdiot Apparently he didn't realize that the water would be really cold]].
** Charlie tries this too in an earlier episode. Same result.
* ButtMonkey: Alan
* ButWeUsedACondom: Charlie had a pregnancy scare in one episode. In another, he began to believe that he was the father of his ex-girlfriend's son and she went along with it. He eventually agreed to keep his distance but supplied the ex-girlfriend with a fat monthly check. As it turns out [[spoiler: she was actually the kid's nanny and she conned Charlie. At the end of the episode she quits her job, telling the real mother that she just came into a new source of income]].
* ButYouScrewOneGoat: Charlie tells his friends about when Alan was a kid and Charlie caught Alan licking peanut butter off a dog.
* TheCameo: John Stamos and DharmaAndGreg showed up looking to buy Charlie's house.
* CarMeetsHouse: In "What a Lovely Landing Strip", Bridget deliberately crashes her car into Walden's house after he dumps her.
* TheCassandra: Alan repeatedly warns Walden about Rose. Eventually he's proven right.
* CatchPhrase:
** Charlie's "Are you out of your freakin' mind?" usually said to Alan. Alan sometimes borrows this to say to Charlie.
** Alan's "nevertheless" and "be that as it may".
** Bretta's "I'm not cleaning that up." and "Gadzooks."
** Jake's "...Oh yeah!" Whenever he's been reminded.
** Evelyn's "How could you do this to me?!" in some variation.
* TheCasanova: Charlie
* CelebrityParadox: In "Is There A Mrs Waffles?" Charlie watches DharmaAndGreg (an inside joke as that was another Chuck Lorre production). Then they turn up to buy Charlie's house after he's killed.
** Shortly before Evelyn's wedding, Charlie mentions ''Film/ApocalypseNow'' by name, and references it at another point. Charlie Sheen's father, Martin Sheen, stars in ''Film/ApocalypseNow'', and has at least two appearances on the show.
*** Not to mention, Sheen himself had an easily missable cameo appearance in the movie.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Jake's new baby sister, especially considering on how the show played up on whether if Judith's new baby is Jake's half-sister or his sister. (Judith and Herb had a fight and separated in which a depressed Judith seems to be nicer to Alan and they are in a sexual relationship in which Judith seems to want to get back together with Alan. However shortly before Judith and Herb reunited, Judith began hating Alan again and told him to go away. Shortly after Herb and Judith have reunited Judith is pregnant, before and after the baby was born Alan believes that he is the father of the child while Judith strongly denies it due to her hatred of him.) However shortly after the baby was born, the child was never mentioned again and only Jake was accounted for when it came to Judith's children (though it was briefly brought up in "A Giant Cat Holding a Churro", where Alan tells all of his embarrassing secrets to Lindsey, and again in "Frodo's Headshots", thanks to a dream whipped up by Alan's guilty subconscious).
* CloudCuckoolander: Rose
* CodeWordCoitus: Charlie, natch.
* ComedicSociopathy:
** Charlie to disturbing levels.
** Also Alan, via his ventriloquist's dummy, "Danny O'Day".
--> '''Alan:''' Boy, [Charlie] can be such a pig sometimes.
--> '''Danny:''' ...and you know what happens to pigs, don't you? They get ''slaught--''
--> '''Alan:''' Danny! Don't say that. Don't even think it!
--> ''*{{Beat}}*''
--> '''Danny:''' --ered.
** And Rose, who has yet to be prosecuted for Charlie's murder despite in effect confessing it to the assembled crowd at his funeral.
* CompanionCube: For Alan, Danny the dummy, for a short string of episodes.
* CovertPervert: Alan's pregnancy fetish when Berta's daughter Naomi shows up.
* CrapsackWorld: From Alan's perspective, you live with a brother whose ComedicSociopathy is well known, and gets more than you do, not to mention having an ex-wife who spends alimony payments for inherently selfish purposes, all love affairs you attempt have a FailureIsTheOnlyOption promise, and virtually every single person you meet is a JerkAss or a GoldDigger. Alan has it pretty bad.
* {{Crossover}}: With the ''Series/{{CSI}}'' franchise, on the episodes "Fish in a Drawer" and "Two and a Half Deaths," where each show's writing team wrote the other show's episode.
* CulturalTranslation: Parodied when Charlie has to write a theme tune for an {{Anime}} dub. HilarityEnsues.
* TheDanza: Charlie Sheen as Charlie Harper.
* DeadpanSnarker: Pretty much everyone fits this role at one time or another, but Berta and Dr. Linda Freeman (Charlie's shrink) most frequently.
* DemotedToExtra: Jake, starting season 10.
* DepravedKidsShowHost: Charlie, when he becomes a Children's Song Star.
* DistinguishedGentlemansPipe: Alan, while staying at Lindsey's home, finds her ex-husband's pipe and starts using it to look more distinguished. Unfortunately, he leaves it too close to the drapes and burns the house down.
* TheDitz: Kandi and Jake.
* DoItYourselfThemeTune: Though in appearance only.
* TheDoorSlamsYou. Happens to Alan courtesy of his dimwit son and his dopehead friend while investigating a noise in the middle of the night. Part of a long HumiliationConga that leaves him a twitching, broken, possibly rabies-infected nervous wreck.
* DoppelgangerDating
* DoubleStandard: Egregiously done towards ''both'' sexes, including the RunningGag that is Rose. Think about it for a second: [[GenderFlip if she'd been a guy and Charlie a woman]]....
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: Charlie; see McLeaned.
* DrowningMySorrows: Walden tries it, but he can't stand the taste of whiskey.
* EntendreFailure: In "Avoid the Chinese Mustard":
-->'''Missi:''' So, Jake, do you wanna go to your bedroom and unpack?
-->'''Jake''' Uh, that's okay, I don't really have much.
-->'''Missi:''' Well then, maybe you could help me "unpack".
-->'''Jake''' Why?
* EnterStageWindow
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: Charlie
* EverybodyHasLotsOfSex:
** [[ButtMonkey Except Alan]].
** Continued briefly with Walden's addition.
-->''Seeing Walden go upstairs with both girls after coming home''
--> '''Alan:''' This seems depressingly familiar.
* EveryoneHasStandards: Charlie found there were lines he wouldn't cross.
* EvilMatriarch: Evelyn
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: Both Alan and Charlie have received a load of this such as their respective love lives, whether Alan would ever move out of Charlie's home, etc.
* FakeAmerican: Rose, played by New Zealander MelanieLynskey.
* FamilyThemeNaming: Kandi, Andi and Mandi
* FanService:
** How many gratuitously naked sexy women can fit into one show?
** And then for the ladies, Ashton Kutcher's first episode featured him walking around in his birthday suit.
* {{Fetish}}: Alan has a bit of a thing for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FiNOcWY9KRI pregnant women.]]
* FirstGirlWins:
** (Sort of) In the pilot episode, the actress who plays Chelsea appears in the supermarket and hits on Charlie while he's shopping with Jake.
** In recent episodes, Charlie hooks up with Rose because she tricked him into thinking she got married, making her more attractive to him. She has been around since the very beginning as his stalker and has finally gotten her due (such as it is).
* FlirtyStepsiblings: Charlie and Evelyn's fiance's daughter, played by Jenny [=McCarthy=]. It was later revealed that she wasn't actually the guy's daughter too (they were both con artists) so there was a TON of NotBloodSiblings going on.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Charlie is choleric, Alan is melancholic, Jake is phlegmatic, and Walden is sanguine.
* FromTheMouthsOfBabes: Jake
* TheFunInFuneral:
** In "A Sympathetic Crotch To Cry On", the family attends the funeral of one of Evelyn's exes; a lot of jokes are on the dead guy in the coffin.
** Charlie's funeral in "Nice to Meet You Walden Schmidt" is similar.
* GagBoobs: Take a look [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-P-pQ_yRmA&feature=related here]]
* [[GassHole Gasinass Syndrome]]:
** Jake. Alan squeaks a few off now and again as well. He once admits red wine causes him to fart.
** Berta's daughter had this problem while pregnant, much to Alan's dismay: --> "Wow, that one's got some hang time!"
** Who could forget a less-than-affectionate Lyndsey telling Alan to back off [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gM7IZMscSkE in no uncertain terms]]? One appearance has her getting back together with Alan, one of the reasons being she can fart "like a buffalo" and he still won't leave her. She then proceeds to do so.
* GeniusDitz: Walden is great with computers but has trouble picking matching shoes.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Many times throughout the show. One time Charlie was reading a letter from Rose (the time she was in England) and instead of "greetings from foggy old London" he read it as "greetings from faggy old London".
* GirlOfTheWeek
* AGoodNameForARockBand: Invoked on season 7 premiere "818-jklpuzo" with "Psychosomatic Constipation."
* GoToYourRoom: It's more "Go do your homework.", but Alan does this to Jake whenever he wants to avoid an awkward conversation at dinner.
* GroinAttack:
** "I just got kneed in the nuts!" - Charlie Harper
** Jake mentions getting "a soccer ball to the nads" at least twice.
* [[HasTwoMommies Has Two Daddies]]
* [[SheCleansUpNicely He Cleans Up Nicely:]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVmuwOideU0&feature=related Alan.]]
* HenpeckedHusband: Herb and Alan are both abused by Judith.
* HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood: Charlie and Alan's childhood was like this.
* HollywoodDateless: Although gnomish, nebbishy, and for all practical purposes homeless, Alan does fairly well in the tail department. Most of the failures in his relationships come about as a result of either his crippling insecurity and neediness or the fact that he gravitates towards emotionally-damaged women. This included his first ex Judith, his second ex Kandi, his former receptionist Melissa--and her mother--Rose, and a pill-popping suicidal woman played by Creator/JaneaneGarofalo and Rose herself (not Melissa's ugly mother but Charlie's Rose, the Rose that is mad and played by Melanie Lynsky).
* HollywoodToneDeaf: Averted in "818-jklpuzo;" the singer comes off as realistically unable to sing.
* HumiliationConga: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ap8hmr9cQQ&feature=related Alan, as ever.]]
** Charlie goes through one in the episode "Release the Dogs" where after he breaks his promise to Jake not to date his friend's HotMom, gets [[CoveredInGunge splattered with slime]], falls off the balcony and gets a face and mouth full of sand while chasing Jake, and gets chased by police dogs across the beach.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Judith. For one thing, she chews out Alan and Charlie for the women they bring to Charlie's house while Jake is around, whom she deems as inappropriate, while she has been known to bring strange men to her house while Jake is around just the same.
* ICanChangeMyBeloved: When Charlie's mother meets his first serious LoveInterest, they square off like a confrontation is about to take place. Instead, the mother simply asks desperately, "Can you fix him?" Exasperated, the girl confirmed, "I'm trying." She is, but it doesn't work.
** Ms Pasternak wants to do this to Charlie in both of her appearances.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Episodes are named for throwaway lines of dialogue in the episode, thus leading to a TitleDrop as well.
* IdiotBall: Charlie automatically assumes that a child with dark hair and eyes (a common feature) who wears similar clothes to him and supposedly has the same name is his child. Most guys would order paternity tests, and given the kind of guy Charlie is, one would think it would be standard procedure for him.
* IfIHadANickel: "An Old Flame with a New Wick" has, "If I had a nickel for every time a girl broke up with me and came back as a man, I'd have a ''nickel''!"
* TheImmodestOrgasm. When trapped in the beachhouse by a storm, both Zoey and Lindsay fake very loud sex noses, each to try to one-up the other. Zoey's are [[CrowningMomentOfFunny operatic, no less]]. Also, Lindsay can be quite vocal when she's [[HurricaneofPuns having a ball]].
* IndulgentFantasySegue: In one episode Charlie imagines tearing Alan's arm off and beating him with it.
* InformedAbility: For a BigEater, Jake [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodSandwich never seems to finish a meal]] on the show, often going off to do his homework with his plate still mostly full.
* InformedFlaw: In Rose's earliest appearances, the major characters reacted to her as if she was ugly; this was phased out and replaced by sheer creepiness relatively quickly, though. Rose's actress is, by most standards, very pretty.
* InherentlyFunnyWords: [[CrowningMomentOfFunny SQUAB!]]
* InSeriesNickname: Berta calls Alan "Zippy", and Alan calls Jake "buddy".
* InventorOfTheMundane: Walden Schmidt is a billionaire after developing [[http://www.fictionurl.com/blungogo-com/ BlunGoGo.com]], a website that he sold to Microsoft for $1.3 billion. No one has ever heard of it because Microsoft decided to bundle it with the Zune.
* ItsAllAboutMe: This arguably applies to everyone, but especially Evelyn, the two brothers' mother. She frequently reacts to news that affects anyone except her with "Do you have any idea what you put me through?!"
* IWasYoungAndINeededTheMoney: Lindsey says this almost verbatim in "A Giant Cat Holding a Churro", when Alan finds out that she once appeared in a softcore porn film.
* {{Jerkass}}: Most characters, but especially Charlie, Judith and Evelyn.
** Virtually every character on the show--primary, secondary, ''and'' tertiary--is a JerkAss, except for Alan and Rose, though even those two have their moments.
*** Alan became a JerkAss in the later seasons, instead of just having the occasional moment.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Charlie shows tantalizing glimmers of this throughout the series, especially in the early seasons, however his many, many, ''many'' moments of [[JerkAss jerkassery]] tend to eclipse them. When Alan and Jake appear to be moving out, Charlie very nearly tells Alan he can stay before Alan's bluff about finding a good place to live falls through. Charlie however, does not rub it in his face; it's almost a nice moment.
** The time he helps Jake prepare for his first boy-girl party also qualifies.
* KarmaHoudini:
** Judith abuses everybody in her life and despite all of the hell she inflicts on people, she's never had any payback inflicted on her.
** Charlie [[strike:a lot]] [[strike: most]] all of the time too (Well, until he went to Paris, that is).
*** This was actually addressed in the episode "Release the Dogs" where Alan goes through a lot stress and angst over how Charlie seemed to have everything easy and coast by in life, never receiving punishment for his terribleness. By the end of the episode, it's hilariously subverted when after Charlie promised Jake the he wouldn't date Jake's crush's mother yet did so anyway, Jake [[spoiler:with some help from Rose]] pours a bucket of slime over Charlie's head, has him jump over the balcony and crash into the beach, and then get chased after by police hounds.
** When Alan runs a Ponzi scheme on his family and friends, he manages to get enough money [[spoiler:from Rose]] to pay everyone back before they find out what he did.
** It's heavily implied that Rose murdered Charlie, and made it look like an accident. Alan and Berta both realize this, and Alan casually tells it to several people, but nobody does anything about it. In fact, fast forward a year & not only is Rose still walking free, but [[spoiler:it turns out she's started stalking Walden too]].
* KarmicDeath: Charlie went to Paris, and married Rose, then cheated on her. Let's just say he scorned the wrong woman and she pushed him into a train.
* KavorkaMan: Charlie
* KilledOffForReal: Charlie dies between seasons by "falling" in front of a train. The only "witness" is Rose and while she's talking about it the camera cuts to Alan with a knowing look on his face.
* LampshadeHanging:
** In "Fish in a Drawer", Charlie gets to hang a lampshade on how the attire worn by the female characters in the ''CSI'' franchise [[FanService isn't exactly crime scene appropriate]].
** Early in Season 9, after Walden has settled in as the replacement for Charlie, Alan points out how bizarre their living arrangements are when you stop & think about it, for no other reason than to let Walden (Read: the viewer) know that he (Read: the writing staff) is fully aware of how weird it is.
* LastDisrespects: Charlie has a dream in which he attends his own funeral (as a ghost). At the funeral, women spit on his coffin, the eulogy is filled with derogatory jokes, and Alan ends the service by inviting the congregation back to his beach house for a wake/luau.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: Berta in the Christmas episode. Just before the ad break she quips "I can't wait for Act 2".
* LongRunner: 10 seasons and counting.
* ManlyGay: Chelsea's father and his partner, played by Stacy Keach (Mike Hammer) and John Amos, respectively.
* MarsAndVenusGenderContrast: Driving force in plot, characterization and dialogue.
* McLeaned: Charlie was killed off by being pushed in front of a train after he was caught cheating on his fiance, Rose. And just to add insult to injury, [[TheFunInFuneral the funeral]] is full of one night stands and angry exes. And after he is cremated, [[AshtonKutcher Walden's]] first appearance has Alan [[AshesToCrashes spilling Charlie's ashes all over the ground.]] Then Alan vacuums Charlie's remains with a dustbuster.
* MDEnvy: Alan is a chiropractor who gets made fun of constantly for his work.
* MistakenForGay: Charlie and Alan on several occasions. Neither of them ever seem to want to point out that they're brothers.
* MoralDissonance: Charlie is pretty goddamn abusive to Alan to the point of being like a sadistic abuser in a relationship and the characters treat this as if Alan did something did wrong to Charlie. No one ever seems to bring up that Charlie could've gotten rid of Alan if he didn't sleep with his divorce lawyer and made him pay Judith ridiculous amounts of alimony for petty vengeance. It's all about [[JerkAssSue Charlie]].
* MotorMouth: Missi (MileyCyrus) in the episode "You Know What The Lollipop Is For".
* MrFanservice: Walden. Every female character who met him (except for Danny, a lesbian) expressed attraction towards him in some way.
* MsFanservice: Kandi, including a few subtropes, most memorably CatholicSchoolgirlsRule.
--> '''Charlie''': Here's a fun thought: she's probably slept with more women than you.
--> ''*{{Beat}}*''
--> '''Alan:''' [[GirlOnGirlIsHot That is a fun thought!]]
* NeverSpeakIllOfTheDead: Subverted during Charlie's funeral; Alan tries to say nice things about him in his eulogy, but Charlie's ex-girlfriends interrupt him with insults. Later subverted by Alan himself:
-->'''Judith:''' And I thought your brother was a horrible influence. ''(on Jake)''
-->'''Alan:''' Don't speak ill of the dead! But you're right, he was a terrible human being.
* NiceGuy: Herb
* NoNudityTaboo: Walden
* NoPreggerSex: Inverted; Alan says that the most sex he had with Judith was during the time she was pregnant with Jake. This led to him having a pregnancy fetish.
* NoSenseOfPersonalSpace: Walden thinks nothing of hugging Alan while in the nude.
* NoodleIncident: The "Den Mother Fiasco" continually mentioned when Charlie started going out with Jake's teacher.
* NotBloodSiblings
* NotStayingForBreakfast: Charlie
* NotWhatItLooksLike: Walden gives Alan a big hug after being helped by him.....while nude. Cue Jake and Judith walking in the front door and HilarityEnsues.
* OddCouple: Charlie and Alan. Walden and Alan later on.
* OhCrap: [[spoiler:Walden telling Alan & Berta that he's met a woman at a bar ellicits this reaction, after he mentions she was called Rose & that she knew Alan.]]
* OncePerEpisode: An attractive woman shows up for one or two episodes. If Charlie isn't sleeping with her, Alan will be. This was dropped when Charlie was dropped.
* OneHourWorkWeek: Walden is the head of a billion dollar company, yet he seems to have tons of free time to hang out with Alan and is hardly ever shown working.
* OneOfTheKids:
** Walden, originally. He no longer shows any shades of this, though.
** Charlie too, the guy depends on other people for ''everything''. As Alan put it: "You are a child. A high-maintenance child!"
* OnlyChildSyndrome: Jake was an only child up until the end of season 6, when his mother gave birth to Milly.
** Subverted with the rest of the cast. Which most of them are mentioned to have a sibling at least once.
* OnlySaneMan: Alan, who mostly leans on the fourth wall
** Berta would also apply.
* ParentingTheHusband: Being fed up with this sort of situation is what causes the split between Bridget and Walden.
* ParentalNeglect: In later seasons, both Alan and Judith are guilty of doing this to Jake.
* PetTheDog: Berta has some of these moments.
* PlayedForLaughs: Anytime Alan is almost suicidally depressed, Charlie is always thinking of himself no matter what.
* {{Ponzi}}: Alan accidentally sets up a pyramid scheme by asking his friends and family for money for advertisements and paying them back with each other's money.
* PrettyInMink: Alan's literal dream woman is a LadyInRed who mentions she has several fur coats, that all feel the same in the dark.
* QueerPeopleAreFunny: Especially with Chelsea's dad and Walden.
* QuipToBlack:
** Parodied when Charlie and Alan are watching a crime show that's an obvious {{expy}} of ''CSIMiami'', with a female in the Horatio Caine role. After she makes her GlassesPull and snappy one-liner, they cut to "Squeeze Box" instead of "YEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAH!"
** And let's not forget the show's title: "[[GettingCrapPastTheRadar Stiffs]]."
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: The reason for Season 8's sudden halt in production, and ultimately why Charlie is revealed to have died between Season 8 and Season 9, is because of CharlieSheen's erratic behavior.
* RearrangeTheSong: After writing Charlie Sheen out of the show necessitated new opening titles (Which also meant abandoning the shot of Angus T. Jones circa season one morphing into his present day form), someone involved in the production pointed out that they also needed to replace the child singer in the theme song.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: [[SarcasmMode Go ahead. Take a wild guess]].
* SerialEscalation: Just how bad Alan's life could be?
* ServileSnarker: Berta.
-->'''Charlie''': I don't pay you to mock me.
-->'''Berta''': Charlie, you'd have to pay me not to.
* SexySantaDress: A lady with... issues about Christmas wears one.
* ShallowLoveInterest: Kandi. She really showed no signs of wanting to know what Alan was like on the inside, just interested in the sex. And it really doesn't help that she dumped Alan soon after he got a gambling jackpot. But in her defense it was said that she dumped him because he didn't want to have children with her.
* ShootTheShaggyDog Chelsea's entire relationship with Charlie becomes this in universe and for many fans as well.
* ShoutOut: Happens occasionally, for example, when Charlie attempts to get Alan out of the house, and Bertha suggests they MakeItLookLikeAnAccident, Charlie shouts out to ''Film/TheGodfather'' (Even 'forgetting' to replace "Fredo" with "Alan"):
-->'''Charlie''': While my mother is alive, nothing must happen to Fredo.
* ShutUpKiss: In "You Know What The Lollipop Is For", Jake has to give Missi some of these, because she [[MotorMouth never stops talking]].
-->'''Missi:''' You're just so sweet. I swear, I could just eat you up, but, you know, then I'd probably get a sugar rush, because you're just so sweet, and if you think I talk a lot now, you should really hear me after I- ''(Jake kisses her)'' I'm definitely gonna shut up now, because you're a really good kisser, and the last thing I wanna do- ''(Jake kisses her again)''
* TheSociopath: Charlie shows enough signs to be diagnosed as one.
* SomethingsDifferentAboutYouNow: Inverted.
* SomethingWeForgot: In "People Who Love Peepholes", Alan moves out of the house and leaves Jake behind.
* StalkerWithACrush: Rose. She is annoying and very creepy. She's also superglued Charlie's testicles to his thighs, poisoned Charlie to keep him sick so she can [[FlorenceNightingaleEffect take care of him and get him to fall for her,]] and it's implied that she pushed him in front of a train after she caught him cheating on her.
* StatusQuoIsGod: No matter what plot twists we're wrung through, Alan is still sponging off of Charlie, Jake is still a young doofus, Evelyn is still a self-absorbed drunk, Judith is still an absolute bitch, Charlie's still single, etc, etc. Well, except for the changes brought by Charlie's death between Seasons 8 & 9.
* StylisticSuck: Charlie's jingles.
* SuddenlySexuality: Judy.
* TakeThat: Numerous to Charlie since Charlie Sheen was fired. There were even some beforehand in Chuck Lorre's vanity cards which may have sparked their whole feud.
* TakingTheKids: Judith used this as a threat from time to time, to drum up zany sitcom conflict so she can take advantage of Alan.
* TheThingThatWouldNotLeave: Alan. So much so, you could practically call this trope ''The Alan Harper''.
* TitleDrop: As mentioned above, every episode is named after a throwaway line of dialogue from that episode.
* ToiletHumor: Greatly emphasized ninth season that it's arguably much more gross then funny, the episode "Not In My Mouth" stands out in particular as you can see in the VomitDiscretionShot entry below.
* TookALevelInDumbass: Jake's definitely taken a few of these.
* TookALevelInJerkass: Over the course of the series, Alan evolved from a down on his luck man into a sleazy weasel who makes no effort to find a place of his own and just intends on sponging off of Charlie, later Walden, for the rest of his life.
** At first Alan had to rely on Charlie for financial support and felt bad about it, until the later seasons where he happily mooches off of Charlie without remorse.
** One could say that Jake also suffered from this. At first, he was a naive, but pretty nice kid. But as he got older, he became a lot more rude; making snide comments to his father and uncle, shows insensitivity to other people's feelings and barely appreciates the hardships his father goes through for him.
** Lindsay, [[JustifiedTrope though it makes sense since Alan really pissed her off by burning down her house by accident.]] Though she forgives him and leaves him for her ex-husband. She only puts up with him because he puts up with whatever habits she wants to have.
** Judith was always a JerkAss, but throughout the series, she became a lot worse, to the point that she abuses and neglects Jake, does everything in her power to make Alan's life even worse just for kicks (Like giving Kandi her divorce lawyer) and treats Herb like he's a third class citizen for no reason whatsoever.
* {{Transsexual}}: A transman in 'Old Flame with a New Wick' when one of Charlie's old girlfriends come back...with a new wick. He starts to date Charlie's mom. Once the obligatory torrent of puerile jokes are through, the episode is surprisingly sensitive.
* UngratefulBastard: What grown-up Jake has become.
* UnproblematicProstitution
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: Most of the cast.
* VanityPlate: Read about 'em [[ChuckLorreVanityPlates here]].
* ViewersAreMorons: The episode "Does This Smell Funny To You?" has a subplot about Jake not being able to find his Gameboy. When he does eventually find it, it's actually a NintendoDS. Apparently the writers thought viewers wouldn't know what a DS was almost two years after the DS came out. It is possible that Jake was just calling it a Gameboy, though (as many people in real life did at the time).
* VomitDiscretionShot:
** Both played straight and averted in "Not In My Mouth". Lindsey gets terribly drunk and vomits everywhere on Walden's private plane. Though we never see it coming out of her mouth, puke appears on Alan and Walden's shirts, and a [[SquIck great huge splat strikes the window]]. Also seen in the Charlie era, where following a night of binge-boozing he excuses himself to the kitchen to retch loudly in the sink.
-->'''Charlie''': Hey, guess who had a Cobb salad for dinner?
** The umbrella stand by the door has been used as a hurl receptacle twice, once by Jake during a bout of the flu, and another time by Charlie after an angry Melissa [[GroinAttack kicked him in the pills]].
* VomitIndiscretionShot: In one episode, Jake is doing an experiment called the "human volcano" which involves Coke, mentos, and a massive projectile vomit onto Alan.
* WeatherDissonance: Whenever Alan wants to take Jake on a camping trip or some similar outdoorsy bonding experience, it rains.
* WhatsAHenway: Occurs in "I Called Him Magoo," After Alan's girlfriend said her first time having sex was at a Police concert:
-->'''Alan''': Sting?
-->'''Girlfriend''': A little bit.
* WhatTheHellHero: Alan gives this to both Evelyn and Charlie in "A Sympathetic Crotch to Cry On". Evelyn isn't a hero, though.
* WhatDidIDoLastNight: Charlie. A lot. But one example in particular had him wake up the next morning finding out he tried to mail his pants back to the manufacturer because he [[GroinAttack snagged himself]] zipping up.
* WhoWillTakeTheKids: If something should happen to Judith and Alan ... ''Charlie?!?''
* WorldsSmallestViolin: Charlie mentions the world's smallest violin in an early episode.
* WomanScorned: This is ultimately the reason why Charlie died, in-universe.
* WriteWhoYouKnow: Charlie Harper's characterization is basically that of his actor, CharlieSheen. It's even referred to as such by Trifecta.
* {{Yandere}}: '''Rose'''
* YankTheDogsChain: Alan on many unfair occasions.
* YouLookFamiliar:
** The actress who plays Chelsea, one of Charlie's few meaningful relationships for a long time (some would say ''too'' long) had already appeared in other roles in previous episodes, including the Pilot.
** The actress playing Kandi made an earlier appearance playing a woman in Charlie's shower, named "Bubbles." It is possible Bubbles ''was'' Kandi, as Kandi shows up two episodes later.
** Jenna Elfman appeared in a two-part episode in the first season as a woman named Frankie. She later appeared as [[DharmaAndGreg Dharma]] in the Season 9 opener.
** Judy Greer, who plays Walden's wife appeared in the fourth season as Herb's sister, Myra.
** Charlie Sheen and Jon Cryer had previously appeared together in ''HotShots''. Sheen and Ryan Stiles (Herb) appeared in ''HotShots Part Deux''.
** Jon Cryer played Lilly Truscott's dad in ''HannahMontana'', while Missi is played by, well, MileyCyrus. Angus T. Jones also cameoed as Siena's obnoxious cousin in the season premiere of ''HannahMontana'''s final season.
*** Though in the latter's case, the two never appeared on screen together.
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** Charlie's "Are you out of your freakin' mind?" usually said to Alan.

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** Charlie's "Are you out of your freakin' mind?" usually said to Alan. Alan sometimes borrows this to say to Charlie.



** Bretta's "I'm not cleaning that up."

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** Bretta's "I'm not cleaning that up." and "Gadzooks."


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** Evelyn's "How could you do this to me?!" in some variation.
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** Judith is always abusing Alan and she never gets any payback for it.

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** Judith is always abusing Alan abuses everybody in her life and despite all of the hell she inflicts on people, she's never gets had any payback for it.inflicted on her.


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** Judith was always a JerkAss, but throughout the series, she became a lot worse, to the point that she abuses and neglects Jake, does everything in her power to make Alan's life even worse just for kicks (Like giving Kandi her divorce lawyer) and treats Herb like he's a third class citizen for no reason whatsoever.
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*** Alan became a JerkAss in the later seasons, instead of just having the occasional moment.


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** At first Alan had to rely on Charlie for financial support and felt bad about it, until the later seasons where he happily mooches off of Charlie without remorse.
3rd Dec '12 11:51:14 AM Aquila89
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** Lindsay, [[JustifiedTrope though it makes sense since Alan really pissed her off by burning down her house by accident.] Though she forgives him and leaves him for her ex-husband. She only puts up with him because he puts up with whatever habits she wants to have.

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** Lindsay, [[JustifiedTrope though it makes sense since Alan really pissed her off by burning down her house by accident.] ]] Though she forgives him and leaves him for her ex-husband. She only puts up with him because he puts up with whatever habits she wants to have.
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** Lindsay, [[JustifiedTrope though it makes sense since Alan really pissed her off by burning down her house by accident.] Though she forgives him and leaves him for her ex-husband. She only puts up with him because he puts up with whatever habits she wants to have.
29th Nov '12 10:59:52 AM hullflyer
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*** Not to mention, Sheen himself had an easily missable came appearance in the movie.

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*** Not to mention, Sheen himself had an easily missable came cameo appearance in the movie.
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*** Not to mention, Sheen himself had an easily missable came appearance in the movie.
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* WriteWhoYouKnow: Charlie Harper characterization is basically that of his actor, CharlieSheen. It's even referred to as such by Trifecta.

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* WriteWhoYouKnow: Charlie Harper Harper's characterization is basically that of his actor, CharlieSheen. It's even referred to as such by Trifecta.
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* ShallowLoveInterest: Kandi. She really showed no signs of wanting to know what Alan was like on the inside, just interested in the sex. And it really doesn't help that she dumped Alan soon after he got a gambling jackpot... But it was said that she dumped him because he did not wanted to have children with her.

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* ShallowLoveInterest: Kandi. She really showed no signs of wanting to know what Alan was like on the inside, just interested in the sex. And it really doesn't help that she dumped Alan soon after he got a gambling jackpot... jackpot. But in her defense it was said that she dumped him because he did not wanted didn't want to have children with her.
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