!!Alan Shore (Creator/JamesSpader)

* AmoralAttorney: {{Inverted|trope}}. 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 an associate at Crane, Poole & Schmidt 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.
* TheLostLenore: His wife passed away just as he was deliberating over getting rid of her. Since then, he drowns his loneliness and grief in a parade of comely paralegals.
* 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?]]: Alan is absolutely terrified of 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: Constantly makes sexual remarks and puts the moves on just about any woman who crosses his path.
* FourthWallObserver
* HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday
* HiddenDepths: He can be surprisingly insightful and emotional when caught in a quiet moment.
* HypocriticalHumor: He claims to have never lost a case, and frequently proclaims "Still undefeated!" after a win. However, he has been shown to lose several cases, though he purposefully takes second chair on cases that he thinks might be losses so that he can claim that it was the first chair attorney, not himself, who earned the loss. Despite that, he still claims the victory on cases won with himself as second chair.
* 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 has an enormous ego and isn't afraid to show it, 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 best 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: He's 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: "Nice to meet you. You're fired."
* 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
* MSNBCConservative: Surprisingly averted. Brad sounds like a genuine conservative whenever he gives his opinions, and he's even allowed to win a few verbal battles.
* ModernMajorGeneral: His combat training, due to being a former Marine.

!!Paul Lewiston (Rene Auberjonois)

* BenevolentBoss: He can be, but he can also be a BaitAndSwitchTyrant.
* TheBusCameBack: It never really left. He just moved to a position in the firm where he dealt less with the named partners when Carl transferred to Boston to act as Denny's handler. Paul seems to be happy about this when we see him next, and it's implied that he was burnt out from having to put out all the fires Denny started.
* TheComicallySerious
* DeadpanSnarker
* FaceHeelTurn: He arranges for the merger with [[spoiler:the Chinese]] in the series finale.
* 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: Mostly. Unless Denny or Alan push too many buttons.

!!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 (Creator/RhonaMitra)

* BritishAccents
* HelloAttorney
* PutOnABus: She leaves for England when she decides Alan will never commit to her.

!!Sally Heep (Lake Bell)

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

!!Garrett Wells (Justin Mentell)

* BrotherChuck: One of the truest examples on the show. His absence is never explained.

!!Sara Holt (Ryan Michelle Bathe)

* BrotherChuck: Along with Garrett, her absence is never explained.
* HelloAttorney

!!Denise Bauer (Creator/JulieBowen)

* TheBusCameBack
* HelloAttorney
* OnlySaneMan
* PutOnABus
* TheyDo: With [[spoiler: Brad]].

!!Jerry Espenson (Christian Clemenson)

* AspergersSyndrome: He's diagnosed with this.
** ArtisticLicense: When first introduced, Jerry's disorder is not named, and ''could'' be Aspergers, due to his inability to make eye contact and discomfort at having to actually speak to anyone. However, as it progresses, it's pretty clear that it cannot be Asperger's. Asperger's patients have a seeming inability to make friends or empathize with others. This hardly describes Jerry, who considers Alan a great friend, and empathizes with Alan, Shirley and Katie, among others.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Jerry is an excellent attorney in despite of his Asperger's.
* ButtMonkey
* CreatorsPet: Arguably. Weasels his way into virtually every episode by season three.
* FourthWallObserver
* JustFriends: With Katie.
** [[spoiler:LastMinuteHookup: With Katie.]]
* LivingLieDetector
* TheRainman
* RenaissanceMan

!!Jeffrey Coho (Craig Bierko)

* BunnyEarsLawyer
* LoveTriangle: He and Brad both [[spoiler: slept with Denise]].
* PutOnABus: Leaves the firm once [[spoiler: Denise chooses Brad]].
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: To both Brad ''and'' Alan.

!!Claire Simms (Constance Zimmer)

* DeadpanSnarker
* OnlySaneWoman

!!Clarence Bell (Gary Anthony Williams)

* BrotherChuck
* BunnyEarsLawyer
* ExtremeDoormat: His actual personality. He developed Clarice, Clavont, and the others as a way of being able to become someone else that didn't have his crippling shyness.
* GrewASpine: Starts off unable to be himself around others, using his invented personas, and refuses to even try to practice law. By the time he leaves the show, he has more than once defended a client in court and has developed the ability to stand up for himself.
* SassyBlackWoman: As Clarice and Oprah.
* SplitPersonality: Clarice, Clavont, and Oprah.
* WholesomeCrossdresser

!!Lorraine Weller (Saffron Burrows)

* BrotherChuck
* HelloAttorney

!!Whitney Rome (Creator/TarajiPHenson)

* BrotherChuck
* HelloAttorney
* SassyBlackWoman
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Seems to be added to the show after Chelina didn't end up becoming a regular.

!!Carl Sack (John Larroquette)

* MeaningfulName: He's a bit of a sad "sack".
* OnlySaneMan
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: For Paul.

!!Katie Lloyd (Tara Summers)

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