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This is the character sheet for ''Series/{{Alf}}''.

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!!'''Gordon "ALF" Shumway'''
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The lovable main character of the show.

* {{Adorkable}}: When he tries to help the family or understand Earth culture.
* AdviceBackfire: What usually causes his problems in most episodes.
* AliensAreBastards: Whenever he acts aggressive.
* AliensSpeakingEnglish: His entire species has a good grasp of English.
* AmusingAlien: Why the audience loves him so much.
* AnnoyingLaugh: Haaaa!
* AntiHero: He has aggressive and rude moments.
* AssInAmbassador:[[spoiler: In ''Project Alf'' he becomes the representative of Melmac.]]
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Threaten his family and he'll threaten you. And in those moments, despite his having the appearance of a mutant teddy bear, he is ''surprisingly'' good at it.
* BigEater: He does have eight stomachs to fill.
* BizarreAlienBiology: His species have 10 vital organs. Eight of which are stomachs.
* BrilliantButLazy: He was formerly the captain for the Bouillabiasseball team back on Melmac. He was also in the Orbit Guard, Melmac's military force. Which may explain why in the pilot, he recognized military garb on humans. He's shown to be reasonably capable as a member of the guard in the animated spin-off, which goes to show what Alf is capable of, ''if'' he truly wanted to apply himself.
* ButtMonkey: At times. Usually it's from his own mistakes.
* {{Catchphrase}}: Haaaa! I kill me.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: By Earth standards he comes across as his.
** TheCloudcuckoolanderWasRight: However, he does have his moments where he is smart.
* CovertPervert: Knows a lot about human anatomy than he lets on.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Apparently, Alf is powerful and stealthy enough in his crazed state in the episode ''Wild Thing'' that he manages to successfully ''hijack a tiger'' from a zoo. While on a ''[[UpToEleven lawnmower]]''. '''''[[BeyondTheImpossible And then brought it to the Tanners' home and stuffed it into their garage without anyone seeing him do it]]'''''. Bear in mind, most tigers go about seven to ten feet long and weigh in excess of four hundred pounds on average. Then compare that to Alf, who's about three feet tall, if not shorter. And probably isn't more than a hundred and ten pounds soaking wet. Makes one wonder just what Alf might be like if he applied this strength and stealth while in his normal mindset.
** This was also the episode where it was revealed that Alf can do ''flawless'' imitations, when he does pitch perfect impressions of Brian, Lynn, and Willie, all in the span of about a minute. Needless to say this particular ability ''completely'' freaked the Tanners out, and they were ''already'' worried for/about Alf due to his psychological shift, which Alf himself claims would make him potentially dangerous till it wore off.
** Alf also displays ''telepathy'' as part of a BrickJoke that ran throughout the episode. It is never explained if Alf can access ''any'' of these abilities outside of the crazed state he enters every 75 years.
* DeadpanSnarker: The majority of his jokes come from this trait.
* TheDogIsAnAlien: One time he pretended to be a dog in order to fool humans. The surprising thing? It actually ''worked''.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: [[spoiler: In ''Project Alf'' he avoids being killed by the BigBad, becomes the representative of Melmac, and gains acceptance from humanity.]]
%% * GoodIsDumb
* HiddenDepths: He's a very talented musician.
* HiddenHeartOfGold: Beneath all the snark is a guy who deeply loves his surrogate family and laments the destruction of his planet.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Claims that he is fully capable of cleaning up his own messes then relies on the family to help bail him out of trouble.
* IdiotHero: He does more bad than good throughout the entire series.
* IJustWantToHaveFriends: One of the main reasons he's forgiven by his actions.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Feels this way about Lynn.
* InnocentlyInsensitive: He often insults people accidentally.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Sometimes he only worries about himself too much. This may partly stem from his situation; he's one of the last of his kind, and has next to no real freedom of movement, sometimes even in the house itself, due to fear of being taken into custody by the Alien Task Force. Occasionally subverted, however, when he'll spend an episode trying to help someone out. Usually the Tanner family, and often with hilarious results.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He can be a real jerk, but he does love his family. Goes to great— and often ''odd''— lengths for the Tanners. He's especially close to Brian and has a very weird mix of brother and surrogate son relationship with Willie. If either of these two are in trouble, Alf ''will'' pull out all the stops to come to their aid, even if it means going against his own nature to do it.
* KarmaHoudini: Sometimes he doesn't get punished for his mischief.
* KickTheDog: More like "kick the cat". He casually reminisces about his cat kills.
* KindheartedCatLover: [[spoiler: Overcomes his hate against cats after adopting a CuteKitten.]]
* LastOfHisKind: Subverted. He is believed to be the last of his species until it's revealed that other Melmacians escaped the explosion.
* LazyBum: Does nothing to help out the family. Justified since he is an alien, but that's no excuse since ''he creates messes'' at their home.
* LovableCoward: He has a tough time handling his problems and hides behind his family.
* MadeOfIron: Survived a space crash, a car crash, and a kitchen explosion.
* {{Manchild}}: He's over 200 years old and still behaves like a 5 year old. May be justified due to the trauma of being one of the last of his kind, a fact that he seems desperate to ''forget'' as much as possible.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Most of the time he causes the problems of the show. He even screws up when he tries helping his family out of easy problems.
* NotMeThisTime: Some episodes will have the family blaming ALF for something he didn't do, all while he tries to clear his name.
* PetTheDog: He occasionally looks out for his family and ''does'' come through when they need him.
* ShrinkingViolet: According to Alf, he's this by Melmacian standards.
-->"It was a planet full of game show hosts."
* SmallNameBigEgo: Apparently, he was known as [[BlatantLies Mr. Science]] back on his planet.
* SmugSnake: Can be selfish at times.
* SnarkToSnarkCombat: Has a moment with everyone.
* TooDumbToLive: It's amazing he's even alive after all the crap he's pulled.
* TookALevelInBadass: He fought off a giant cockroach in ''La Cucaracha''.
* TookALevelInJerkass: In the last season.
* TookALevelInKindness: Started out hating humans and condescending towards Earth concepts, but grew to accept and appreciate it over time.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: While ALF will eat just about anything other than spinach, Alf mentioned his favorite food is cat and he desperately craves it, but he seems to have adjusted comfortably to pizza, sandwiches, cheeseburgers and fried chicken.
* UngratefulBastard: Subverted. He comes across as this a lot of times, but he really is grateful to the Tanners for saving his life. This comes up in several episodes, including one where, thinking Willie was either being mistaken for a criminal (or possibly that he had ''been'' a criminal leading a double life), Alf did his utmost to keep Willie from being captured by the police. A case of PoorCommunicationKills meant this didn't come off the way Alf intended it to until he finally ''explained'' himself near the episode's climax, but the Tanners were extremely touched by the lengths he went through to keep Willie out of jail once they understood what he was trying to do earlier in the episode.
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: He is usually sympathetic, but sometimes he doesn't apologize.

!!'''William "Willie" Francis Tanner'''
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* BewareTheNiceOnes: When pissed off he can get very intimidating.
* BumblingDad: Zig-Zagged. Willie is generally pretty competent, but having to cover for Alf tends to make him look stupid to others.
* ButtMonkey: Usually the one who suffers from Alf's mischief. It's common to see Willie have his dinner stolen by Alf or get forced to pay hefty bills for Alf's TV watching and clumsy damage to the house.
* TheChewToy: Is constantly annoyed by Alf.
* DeadpanSnarker: What makes his character funny.
* GoodParents: With Kate.
* HappilyMarried: With Kate.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He's only this towards Alf.
* LargeHam: ALF! What you did was WRONG! WRRROONNNNG!...wrong.
** "You're STALLLLLLLLLLLLLL-ing!
* OnlySaneMan: Compared to Alf and everyone around him, he's the only one to think rationally. Though this is occasionally subverted when ''he'' sometimes seems to go off into weird tangents and the rest of the family (sometimes including Alf himself) have to get him back on track again.
* [[WackyParentSeriousChild Serious Surrogate Father, Wacky Surrogate Son]]: Crossed between this and BigBrotherMentor to Alf, who never quite gets over the CultureClash between Earth and Melmac. Willie has his silly moments as well, and Alf, of all people, sometimes has to point out these moments. Given their usual relationship, this actually makes those moments much more hilarious.
* TranquilFury: He tries his best to hold back against Alf. And that's ''saying something''.
* UglyGuyHotWife: The ugly guy to Kate's hot wife.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Occasionally this with Alf on those occasions when the two are arguing or Willie is upset with Alf. However, the two will always back one another up when in trouble.

!!'''Kate Daphne Tanner'''
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* DeadpanSnarker: Always delivers at least one sarcastic quip per episode.
* FieryRedhead: When she gets in an angry mood.
* GoodParents: With Willie.
* HappilyMarried: Again, with Willie.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: She's sometimes this way towards Alf.
* UglyGuyHotWife: The hot wife to Willie's ugly guy.

!!'''Lynn Tanner'''
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* {{Adorkable}}: She tries to keep the family together, but ends up making herself embarrassed.
* ButtMonkey: She has her moments.
* DeadpanSnarker: As expected of a teenage daughter character.
* EightiesHair: Her style is outdated by today's standards.
* PluckyGirl: Always the optimist of the family.
* ShrinkingViolet: She lacks confidence in herself too often.
* TheUglyGuysHotDaughter: The hot daughter to Willie's ugly guy.

!!'''Brian Tanner'''

%%* {{Adorkable}}
* CheerfulChild: His defining characteristic.
%%* CoolBigBro
* FlatCharacter: Receives the least character development out of every character.
* MoralityPet: For Alf.
* NiceGuy: Treats [[SmugSnake Alf]] with respect and kindness. Because of this, he's probably the closest to Alf in the family, and Alf genuinely reciprocates Brian's kindness and respect, jumping to Brian's aid whenever the need arises, which just feeds into their mutual respect and friendship. The two are quick to come to one another's aid or defense if accused of something, and Brian's behavior goes a long way towards helping Alf settle in. In many ways, Brian treats Alf as a kind of elder brother, despite the fact that Alf often does strange things and occasionally gets Brian in on the act, though Alf has always been careful never to put Brian in harm's way due his unfailing kindness towards the Melmacian.

!!'''Lucky'''

%%* ButtMonkey
* CharacterDeath: In the episode, "Live and Let Die".
* TheChewToy: Alf's literally trying to chew him up, but always fails.
* NiceKitty: Never acts up, even against Alf.
* ThatPoorCat: Always chased by Alf.

!!'''Mrs. Raquel Ochmonek'''
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%%* ButtMonkey
* EvilOldFolks: Averted. She isn't really evil, just really annoying.
* NosyNeighbor: Her defining characteristic.

!!'''Mr. Trevor Ochmonek'''

* DropInCharacter: His main role.
* StrangeMindsThinkAlike: Has shown to sometimes think along the same lines as Alf, such as the time when both of them thought someone in the neighborhood was building a nuclear weapon in their basement.
* JerkJock: He tends to have his moments, but these also tend to be the result of him telling stories of his behavior in high school.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Takes whatever opportunity he can get to say snarky things, but he's always tried to do the right thing.

!!'''Dorothy Halligan [[spoiler:Deaver]]'''

* TheBully: To ALF. He tends to reciprocate, making them [[ArchEnemy Arch Enemies]], or as close to it as the show ever got.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: She is very rude to ALF, but she loves her daughter and her family.
* MyBelovedSmother: In her debut episode she takes over Kate's life. She grows out of this thanks to Alf.
%%* SmugSnake
* WidowWoman: Lost her first husband before the start of the series.
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