This is the character sheet for ''Ally [=McBeal=]''



[[folder: Cage/Fish Attorneys and Associates]]

!Ally [=McBeal=]

Title character of the show, and a litigator at Cage and Fish. Becomes senior partner in Season 5. Played by Calista Flockheart.

* ActionGirl: Rare, but it happens. Assaulted someone at a supermarket, no less.
* {{Adorkable}}
* BirthdayHater: The closer her birthday was, the bigger her depression. She could never enjoy her day and celebrate, and had even trouble to civilly accept best wishes.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: And an actual lawyer, to boot.
* CharacterTitle
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Commented by Jenny (who's kooky herself) that Ally is more bizarre than she is.
* {{Crossover}}: Starred in one with ''Series/ThePractice'', as herself.
* {{Fainting}}: Emotional variety, whenever she sees a girl she likes.
* {{Fanservice}}: The short skirts.
* FreudianSlip: Ally just can't get away from these.
* {{Hallucinations}}: Frequently does this.
* ItsAllAboutMe
* [[MrImagination Miss Imagination]]: Big time.
* ShesGotLegs: And the skirts.
* SweepsWeekLesbianKiss: Engages in one with Georgia. Later, does another with Ling.
* TheUnfairSex: Richard calls out Ally on believing this trope, as she was okay with a bride having an affair before a marriage, but not the groom.

!John Cage

One of the two initial senior partners at Cage and Fish. Played by Peter [=MacNichol=]

* {{Adorkable}}: Even more than Ally. Women who feel attracted to him find him adorably weird.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: One of the best examples in television. His legal defences are brilliant, and he's downright odd.
* CharacterTic: He has an absurdly high number of them -- his nose whistles, stammering "Poughkeepsie", his face above his lips shakes when he thinks about women's "moustaches", he has to be barefoot when preparing his closing arguments, he smiles intensely (a part of his therapy), has a personal song, he hangs in his office as a bat, he has to have a fresh toilet bowl, he has a secret small room in the office (don't ask where), and so on.
* InSeriesNickname: "Biscuit". It's a very old nickname from school. Elaine would use it from time to time.
* MistakenForGay: Nelle suspects this because John had yet to sleep with her.
* MrImagination: He and his Barry White fantasy. Also had an ImagineSpot with Nelle the happy housewife and some kids.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Sensitive Guy to Richard.
* PitbullDatesPuppy: With Nelle in Seasons 2 and 3. The puppy.
* VerbalTic: The nose noises and stammering "P-P-Poughkeepsie".
* WeirdnessMagnet: The firm's lawyers and clients themselves are weird, but John always seems to draw in the crazies.

!Richard Fish

The other initial senior partner at Cage and Fish and Ally's classmate, who offers her a position at his firm. Played by Greg Germann

* BetaCouple: Season 1, with Whipper.
* TheCasanova: And really enjoys it.
* CatchPhrase: "Bygones". Also "That's a Fishism".
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* LikesOlderWomen: Enjoys older women for the wattle, skin around the neck that clumps.
* NietzscheWannabe: Often says things like this.
* NobleBigot: Can be very sexist, but is never outright mean.
* PoorCommunicationKills: Richard believes the opposite, that communication itself is the death knell of any marriage.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: The Manly Man to John


!Elaine Vassal

Gossipy and nosy secretary at Cage and Fish. Played by Jane Krakowski.

* [[BunnyEarsLawyer Bunny Ears Secretary]]
* TheCastShowoff: Subverted. Jane Krakowski is a Tony award winning actress and sings many times during the show, but [[ItMakesSenseInContext it always works within the show.]]
* CoolBigSis: Has this vibe for John, and coaches him about sex and confidence to help him get intimate with Nelle.
* DumbBlonde
* {{Fanservice}}: She once asks John if she oozes sex. His response: "In buckets."
* GossipyHens: Enjoys office gossip and sits in the unisex with her legs up so no one thinks she's around.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* ReallyGetsAround: Meets and sleeps with many men.
* SassySecretary
* SexySecretary
* UrbanLegendLoveLife: But maybe not as many as she implies.


!Billy Thomas

Associate at Cage and Fish, former boyfriend of Ally, and husband of Georgia. Played by Gil Bellows.

* AnyoneCanDie: [[spoiler:He had a brain tumour and died unexpectedly in season 3. He came back for the finale as a posthumous character.]]
* BackForTheFinale: [[spoiler: As a ghost]]
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: Bleaches his hair in Season 3.
* FirstGirlWins: Doubly Subverted. Dates Ally, leaves her, marries Georgia, but always loved Ally.
* TestosteronePoisoning: Goes through this in Season 3, hiring several attractive women to be his assistants.
* TookALevelInJerkass: In Season 3

!Georgia Thomas

Associate at Cage and Fish, wife of Billy. Played by Courtney Throne-Smith.

* BackForTheFinale: Surprises Ally with a visit.
* NeverMyFault: Blames the sexualized office of Cage and Fish for [[spoiler: her destroyed marriage.]]
* [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Woman]]: Or the closest this series comes to one except maybe for Renee
* PutOnABus: [[spoiler: Leaves after Season 3, after Billy's death.]]
* WorkingWithTheEx: When Georgia comes to work at the firm, she does this with Ally, who dated Billy. They actually work very well together. [[spoiler: At first, then Ally and Billy kiss, they go to therapy,]] and [[FromBadToWorse it goes downhill from there.]]

!Nelle Porter

Associate at Cage and Fish, joined at the beginning of Season 2. Played by Portia de Rossi.

* BeneathTheMask: Can actually be very sweet and loving beneath her cold exterior.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Just as eccentric as everyone else, but she was the firm's most productive associate and was specifically brought in as a "rainmaker", to generate new business.
* IceQueen: She was called "sub-zero" for this reason. She doesn't even stick her hand all the way out for a handshake. [[CharacterDevelopment It changes as the series progresses.]]
** DefrostingIceQueen: Season 4 really starts this for her, starting when she spends the day with a doctor going to jail for euthanizing a client.
* InSeriesNickname: "Sub-zero" because she's so icy and unapproachable.
* KickTheDog: Nelle leaves the firm in Season 3, and tries to steal the clients by manipulating Elaine. [[spoiler: It doesn't go well for Nelle.]]
* PetTheDog: Nelle has a few, but ultimately the largest is when she helps Elaine fulfill her dream to become a Broadway star.
* PitbullDatesPuppy: With John. She's the pitbull.
* RichBitch
* [[ThoseTwoGuys Those Two Girls]]: Has this vibe with Ling.
* WomanScorned: Leaves the firm in Season 3, but comes back later.

!Ling Woo

Associate at Cage and Fish, started as a client of Nelle's before she was hired a few episodes later. Friend of Nelle's. Played by Creator/LucyLiu.

* AlphaBitch: And HOW!
* BeneathTheMask: Sobs when one of her clients dies of leukemia, but only when she's alone.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: The second she opens her mouth, the bitch comes out.
* DepravedBisexual
* DragonLady: TropeCodifier
* FemmeFatale
* FreudianExcuse: In a show known for these, she is noticeably [[SubvertedTrope the only one who doesn't have one.]]
* IronLady: To which both Ally and Nelle admire her for.
* {{Leitmotif}}: Every time Ling walks into a scene Ally imagines that she hears the ''Wicked Witch of the West'' theme from ''Film/TheWizardOfOz''.
* PetTheDog: Volunteers at an old folk's home, and went out of her way to make Elaine feel better after she lost in a contest.
* RefugeInAudacity: Convinces a dying boy that he can sue God, yells at handicapped people for getting all of the good parking spaces, pretends to be blind and causes car accidents to cross a street, and it goes on.
* RichBitch
* SweepsWeekLesbianKiss: Engaged in one with Calista Flockheart.
* [[ThoseTwoGuys Those Two Girls]]: With Nelle.
* TokenEvilTeammate


!Mark Albert

Associate at Cage and Fish, hired during the end of Season 3 following the death of [[spoiler: Billy]]. Series regular in Season 4. Played by [[Creator/JamesLeGros James [=LeGros=]]].

* BunnyEarsLawyer: Nicknamed "The Closer" due to his skill in closing arguments, and obsessed with hygiene.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Disappeared from the firm in Season 4 with no explanation.
* InSeriesNickname: "The Closer"
* OutOfFocus: Thanks to Robert Downey Jr. joining the cast.
* YourCheatingHeart: How he ends his relationship with Elaine. He's the victim.
* TwoFirstNames

!Coretta Lipp

Associate at Cage and Fish. Guest starred in Season 4, became a series regular in Season 5. Played by Regina Hall.

!Jenny Shaw

Associate hired by Ally at the beginning of Season 5. Glenn's former girlfriend. Played by Julianne Nicholson.

* {{Adorkable}}
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}
* PutOnABus: Written out in the middle of Season 5.

!Glenn Foy

Associate hired by Richard at the beginning of Season 5. Jenny's former boyfriend. Played by James Marsden.

* PutOnABus: Written out in the middle of Season 5.

!Raymond Millbury

Associate hired at the beginning of Season 5, played by Josh Hopkins.


[[folder: Other Characters]]
!Vonda Shepard

Singer at the piano bar the lawyers frequent. Played by herself.
* AsHimself
* GreekChorus: Sometimes
* SofterAndSlowerCover: Former TropeNamer
!Renee Raddick

Ally's roommate and D.A. Often sets Ally up with many different men. Played by Lisa Nicole Carson.

* AbsenteeActor: Disappeared after Season 4 due to problems with the actress.
* AlliterativeName
* BlackBestFriend: To Ally.
* TheCastShowoff: Less so than Elaine, but frequently sings. Still subverted, as her singing is incorporated into the plot.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome
* FriendlyEnemy: Being a D.A, she's often speaks against Cage and Fish's clients. Still goes out to the bar with them after work, and lives with Ally.
* [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Woman]]
* ReallyGetsAround: She gives Elaine a run for her money.
* SassyBlackWoman
* {{UST}}: With John in the first season.
!Larry Paul

Lawyer introduced in Season 4 when Ally mistakes him as her therapist. Ends up dating Ally, played by Creator/RobertDowneyJr.
* AbsenteeActor: Written out after Season 4 ended due to Robert Downey Jr. having drug problems
* OfficialCouple: With Ally.
* TwoFirstNames
!Whipper Cone

Judge and on-again, off-again lover to Richard. Played by Dyan Cannon.

* BetaCouple: With Richard in Season 1
* [[ThoseTwoGuys Those Two Girls:]] Joins Renee's firm in Season 3, giving up the bench.