!!Alan Shore (JamesSpader)

* AmoralAttorney: Inverted. He's more than happy, eager even, to bend or break legal ethics to uphold his own moral ones.
* BrokenAce: He's gradually revealed to be a broken man filled with sexual repression and self-loathing.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: He provides the page picture.
* ChewbaccaDefense: His primary ability is to turn the courtroom into his personal soapbox so he can manipulate and shape the issue at hand any way he wants.
* CrusadingLawyer: He takes plenty of cases just because he feels strongly about an issue.
%%* DeadpanSnarker
%%* HandsomeLech
%%* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* LikesOlderWomen: He has a thing for Shirley Schmidt.
* LimitedAdvancementOpportunities: It's pointed out several times that he is permanently stuck in his position as associate due to his complete refusal to play by corporate rules, but he's simply too good and valuable as a trump card to fire him.
%%* MotorMouth
* NiceHat: Not necessarily always a hat, but Alan is particularly fond of wearing strange things on his head. Ornaments (that light up, no less), mistletoe, wigs, coonskin caps...
** ...[[BunnyEarsLawyer Bunny ears]]...
* TheOnlyOne: He's the go-to man when it comes to impossible cases, since his originality may be the thing to save the day. Also, a lot of such cases are so fucked that there's nothing he can do to screw it up even more.
* WellDoneSonGuy: His father was never proud of him, as he admits to Denny.
* WhatTheHellHero: Often subjected to it, particularly in the early episodes.
%%* [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes Why Did It Have To Be Clowns?]]

!!Denny Crane (Creator/WilliamShatner)

%%* BunnyEarsLawyer
%%* CloudCuckoolander
%%* CoolOldGuy
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Whenever he puts his mind to it, Denny Crane's an absolute beast of an attorney.
%%* DirtyOldMan
%%* FourthWallObserver
%%* HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday
* HiddenDepths: He can be surprisingly insightful and emotional when caught in a quiet moment.
%%* InsufferableGenius
%%* JadedWashout
* LargeHam: It's Creator/WilliamShatner.
%%* ObfuscatingStupidity
* TheNotLoveInterest: For Alan, [[spoiler:to the degree that when Denny decides he wants Alan to inherit his estate when he dies, they get married to seal the deal]].
* ShowyInvincibleHero: Denny never lost a case and he never does over the course of the show, but his insane behavior in court only makes it more fun.
* StrawCharacter: Denny Crane is a strawman political caricature of a conservative gun nut, although this did allow him to save the day a few times. Keeping guns in your office seems so much less crazy when you just used them to shoot the man about to kill your friend.
* ThirdPersonPerson: "Denny Crane!"
%%* UltimateJobSecurity
* WellDoneSonGuy: He became a lawyer because of his father, only to be disowned for pulling a CourtroomAntic his dad disapproved of to save a client.
* TheWonka: Named Partner, so he can't be fired.

!!Shirley Schmidt (Creator/CandiceBergen)

* AlliterativeName: '''S'''hirley '''S'''chmidt.
* ArousedByTheirVoice: Shirley gets Denny aroused just by whispering his name.
%%* BaitAndSwitchTyrant
* BerserkButton: As far as Shirley herself is concerned...well, don't make fun of/attempt to fire Denny Crane. Just...don't.
%%* TheComicallySerious
%%* CoolOldLady
%%* DeadpanSnarker
%%* OnlySaneWoman
* TheOneThatGotAway: For Denny. He "falls in love" at least thrice over the course of the series, but he regards her as "the one." She's also pretty much the only woman he may act tenderly towards.
%%* [[StraightMan Straight Woman]]

!!Brad Chase (Mark Valley)

%%* TheComicallySerious
%%* NoSenseOfHumor
%%* OnlySaneMan
%%* PutOnABus
* ModernMajorGeneral: His combat training.

!!Paul Lewiston (Rene Auberjonois)

%%* BenevolentBoss
%%* TheBusCameBack
%%* TheComicallySerious
%%* DeadpanSnarker
* FaceHeelTurn: He arranges for the merger with [[spoiler:the Chinese]].
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: His final scene implies that he's aware that [[spoiler:he didn't really save Crane, Poole & Schmidt]].
%%* OnlySaneMan
* PutOnABus: He's advanced to more administrative duties, no longer simply to keep the atmosphere sane.
%%* ReasonableAuthorityFigure

!!Lori Colson (Monica Potter)

%%* BrotherChuck
* {{Foil}}: To Alan in the first season. She's a woman and she's also deeply morally disturbed--contrary to Alan, who is mostly fine with everything illegal and amoral he does.
%%* HelloAttorney
* PutOnABus: It's implied she's quietly swept out of the firm by Shirley after she refuses to back down on filing a sexual harassment case against Denny.

!!Tara Wilson (Rhona Mitra)

%%* HelloAttorney
%%* PutOnABus

!!Sally Heep (Lake Bell)

* TheBusCameBack: Later returns with a very ruthless personality.
%%* HelloAttorney
* PutOnABus: Fired by Shirley for not being good enough.

!!Garrett Wells (Justin Mentell)

%%* BrotherChuck

!!Sara Holt (Ryan Michelle Bathe)

%%* BrotherChuck
%%* HelloAttorney

!!Denise Bauer (Julie Bowen)

%%* HelloAttorney
%%* OnlySaneMan
%%* PutOnABus

!!Jerry Espenson (Christian Clemenson)

%%* AspergersSyndrome
%%* BunnyEarsLawyer
%%* ButtMonkey
%%* FourthWallObserver
* JustFriends: With Katie.
** [[spoiler:LastMinuteHookup: With Katie.]]
%%* LivingLieDetector
%%* TheRainman
%%* RenaissanceMan

!!Jeffrey Coho (Craig Bierko)

%%* BunnyEarsLawyer
%%* PutOnABus
%%* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute

!!Claire Simms (Constance Zimmer)

%%* OnlySaneWoman

!!Clarence Bell (Gary Anthony Williams)

%%* BrotherChuck
%%* BunnyEarsLawyer
%%* SassyBlackWoman
%%* SplitPersonality
%%* WholesomeCrossdresser

!!Lorraine Weller (Saffron Burrows)

%%* BrotherChuck
%%* HelloAttorney

!!Whitney Rome (Taraji P. Henson)

%%* BrotherChuck
%%* HelloAttorney

!!Carl Sack (John Larroquette)

%%* OnlySaneMan

!!Katie Lloyd (Tara Summers)

%%* BritishAccents
%%* HelloAttorney
* JustFriends: With Jerry.
** [[spoiler:LastMinuteHookup: With Jerry.]]
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