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[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Character sheet for the characters of]] ''Series/EverybodyLovesRaymond''.

'''Main Characters:'''

!!'''Ray Barone'''
->'''Played by:''' Ray Romano
* AccentuateTheNegative: One early episode, "Recovering Pessimist", revolved around Ray's frequent lapses into pessimism, even after he wins a national writing award. Ray declares that the reason he's like this is because he learned from the masters...cough*Frank and Marie*cough.
%%* {{Adorkable}}
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: How Robert sees him.
* AttentionWhore: At least in [[TheUnfavorite Robert]]'s point of view:
-->'''Robert:''' He is and always has been the center. The center of attention, the center of affection. He always gets the center chair in the kitchen, and this anger of which you speak, from the rest of these poor souls, stems from his unwillingness to share even the ''tiniest'' portion of the spotlight that shines without end... on him.
-->''(He proceeds to sit down, and Ray pokes him in the buttocks)''
-->'''Robert:''' D'OHHH! What are you doin'? What are you '''''DOING?!'''''
-->'''Ray:''' What are ''you'' doing? ''(sarcastically)'' Center chair. It's my kitchen. Get your own kitchen.
-->'''Robert:''' There you go, there you go, you see, because I only have a kitchenette and he ''loves'' it! Right, "Rub-it-in" Raymond? No house for me! No wife, no kids, no lawn, no ''NOTHIN'!''
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Eventually, as Debra and Ray got more adversarial, they would get moments of this.
%%* BadLiar
%%* BumblingDad
* ButtMonkey: Ray didn't start out this way, but by the middle and later seasons, he had become Debra's ButtMonkey. The rest of his life is pretty charmed, though.
* DeadpanSnarker: Tied into his status as the OnlySaneMan.
%%* {{Flanderization}}
* FormerTeenRebel: One early episode revolved around Marie's dismay in learning that the teenaged Ray held parties at their house while she and Frank were away, in which he drank and smoked. Another episode mentions Ray sneaking out of the house when he was a teenager to hang out at Bernie's house.
* HenpeckedHusband: Ray ''personified'' this trope. Unlike most, however, he wouldn't always roll over -- he'd sometimes [[{{DeadpanSnarker}} snark]] back at Debra...but his occasional attempts at rebellion were usually quashed pretty quickly by an icy glare (or worse) from Debra.
%%* JadedWashout
%%* {{Jerkass}}: Sometimes.
* LargeHam:
--> ''"The fly that was flying around... Angela killed it, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking it fell on the table, she put it in a napkin, and then]] '''''[[SuddenlyShouting SHE]]''''' '''''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis AAAAATE IT!!!!!]]'''''"''
%%* LazyBum
%%* LazyHusband
* ManChild: Enforced by Marie from the time he was very, very young. Every time he grows in independence, Marie drags him right back.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Hinted at often. Finally, basically outright stated in the episode where Ray and Frank talk to Robert about his wedding invitations. Also, during the "Angry Sex" episode, Ray can briefly be seen reading a book about Zen Buddhism in one scene. It was so subtle that the studio audience didn't seem to have noticed it (or perhaps were unable to see the title of the book).
* OnlySaneMan: Ray Barone was this, especially during the early seasons. He still performed this role later on, as despite being a whiny ManChild, he was still more together than most of his immediate family.
** In Real Life: Half of the show's genesis was Ray Romano wryly observing the absurdities and wackiness of his family members (the other half was series creator and executive producer Phil Rosenthal doing the same with his own family).
* ParentalFavoritism: Marie made no secret of the fact that Ray was her favorite child, much to Robert's chagrin. Frank on the other hand, appeared to treat the two equally.
%%* SoreLoser
%%* ThatCameOutWrong
%%* ThisLoserIsYou: Undoubtedly.
%%* TookALevelInDumbass
* UglyGuyHotWife: Ugly Guy to Debra's Hot Wife, with his big nose and flabby body. ''Some'' women find him average at-worst, in reality and on the show, and he even got an attractive woman hitting on him when she didn't realize he was married, but everyone in-universe usually paints this as another example of Ray's status as "Born Lucky".
--> '''Debra:''' I can't believe I just did thirty-six sit-ups for a man whose stomach looks like a deflated clown balloon!
%%* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist
* YoungestChildWins: He's favored by his mother over older brother Robert.

!!'''Debra Barone'''
->'''Played by:''' Patricia Heaton
* AntiHero: In the later seasons, she becomes psychotic, demeaning and vicious.
* AllWomenArePrudes: A shining example. Debra ''very'' rarely gets horny -- she frequently bans sex or rejects sexual advances from the desperate, horny Ray. Ray ''does'' admit to being bad in bed, and Debra ''used'' to be more open -- a few episodes show her rare "open" moments.
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Eventually, as Debra and Ray got more adversarial, they would get moments of this.
%%* BitchInSheepsClothing
* ButtMonkey: To Marie. Debra only ever "won" against Marie when she was actually ''proven wrong'', and the family covered for her.
%%* ControlFreak
%%* DeadpanSnarker
* DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale: When Ray annoys Debra (often deliberately), he'll get a smack for it. Cue audience laughter.
%%* {{Flanderization}}
%%* HairTriggerTemper
%%* HideYourPregnancy
* HypocriticalHeartwarming: She's the only one allowed to treat Ray like crap, Peggy learned that the hard way.
* {{Jerkass}}: Sometimes in the early seasons. More often in the later seasons.
* JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: In "Sweet Charity", Debra asks Robert to perform his ventriloquist act at a hospital Ray is doing voluntary work at -- not because he's good at it (despite her compliments); it's all part of her plan to get Ray to leave the hospital.
* KarmaHoudini: Played with. Ray was rarely able to one-up her outside of being lazy and snarky. Outside of Ray though, she's frequently humiliated or her plans blow up in her face, and she's ''never'' free of Marie's berating or her in-laws in general.
* LaserGuidedKarma: In "Sweet Charity". Debra signs Ray up to do some charity work at a hospital, and the latter proves to be a hit with the patients. When Ray starts spending more time there than at home, Debra has Robert perform his ventriloquist act to the patients in an effort to end Ray's popularity. When the truth comes out, Debra ends up having to sing at the hospital and proves to be less than popular with the patients.
%%* TheLancer
%%* MoodSwinger
%%* NervousWreck
* AllPeriodsArePMS: An entire episode concerning this has been cemented into the memory of the collective fan base.
* OnlySaneMan: Views herself as this, and even got ignored by a visiting psychiatrist in the early seasons because Ray's family was ''so weird''. Though, as Ray points out -- the Barones are family by genetics. Debra ''chose'' to be with them. "You're ''messed up!''"
** Grouchy ''Frank'' of all people viewed himself and Debra as this, and was offended that Debra didn't enjoy his company.
* ParentingTheHusband: Ray is messy, sarcastic and a lazy ManChild. Debra is hyperactive, grouchy and a control freak. This is only natural.
* ShipperOnDeck: For Robert/Amy.
%%* SoreLoser
* TookALevelInJerkass: In the first few seasons, Debra was pretty reasonable, generally didn't yell as much, and was quite playful with Ray. In later seasons...less so. Marie and Frank call this the natural progression of marriage.
%%* {{Tsundere}}: Type A.
* UglyGuyHotWife: Hot Wife to Ray's Ugly Guy.
%%* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist

!!'''Frank Barone'''
->'''Played by:''' Peter Boyle
* ArmchairMilitary: Frank and his buddies like to reenact Civil War battles.
-->'''Frank:''' Reenactment. That's kinda like what me and my Civil War buddies do.
-->'''Marie:''' [[DeadpanSnarker What your Civil War buddies do is get drunk and pee outside!]]
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Frank and Marie were this to a tee.
%%* BadassGrandpa
%%* BaldOfAwesome
%%* BrutalHonesty
* CatchPhrase: "Holy Crap!"
* CoolOldGuy: C'mon, who doesn't love Frank and his one-liners?
%%* DeadpanSnarker
%%* GrumpyOldMan
%%* HenpeckedHusband
* IWasQuiteALooker: Marie claims she fell for Frank's "boyish good looks".
%%* JerkassFacade
* JerkassHasAPoint: Whether you love him or hate him, you can't deny during he makes some good points in some of his rants. In "The Angry Family" Frank states the reason why Marie criticizes Debra; Marie still can't get over the fact that Debra married her son.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: This was the case in many episodes where Frank would start out by acting boorish, but then do something genuinely sweet and heartwarming at the end.
* OnlySaneMan: He views himself and Debra as the "normal ones" in the family, and is offended that she doesn't see it the same way.
%%* RacistGrandpa
* RealMenHateAffection: Though some episodes indicate it's largely an act.
%%* RetiredBadass
%%* ScrewPolitenessImASenior
* SlapSlapKiss: The Frank-Marie relationship was this to a tee. They argued with each other a lot...but it is heavily hinted in most episodes that they ''enjoy'' the witty banter, and really are deeply in love with each other.
* WarIsHell: Often, when the characters would complain about something in their lives, Frank would retort "You think that's bad? Try being in Korea during the war! We didn't have [Insert Modern Convenience Here], we had to tough it out!"

!!'''Marie Barone'''
->'''Played by:''' Doris Roberts
* AllWomenArePrudes: Two of the show's funniest moments were in episodes where Marie, of all people, subverts this trope. In "Good Girls" we learn that teenaged Marie wasn't such a "good girl" and in the another episode where we learn that Frank and Marie have more sex than Ray and Debra.
* ApronMatron: The one most young tropers will be most familiar with.
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Frank and Marie were this to a tee.
* BerserkButton: Don't call Marie a bitch.
%%* BitchInSheepsClothing
%%* ControlFreak
%%* {{Foil}}: To Debra.
%%* IWasQuiteALooker
* {{Jerkass}}: Her treatment/criticisms of Robert and Debra can be really nasty at times, whether she realises it or not.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: She often shows that underneath the smothering, she truly loves her family and just wants what she thinks is best for them.
* JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: On other occasions, she is shown to play up this persona to guilt people into doing what she wants. In ''Thank You Notes'' Marie tries to force Amy to write thank you notes she didn't want to write yet, which Marie initially said she wanted her to do because she said it was polite to let the wedding guests know they got the gifts. It's later revealed that she did that to make herself feel superior to everyone else, and to get a grasp on Amy.
* JewishMother: Not actually Jewish, but partially based on producer Phil Rosenthal's real-life JewishMother, and fits most of the stereotypical trope traits.
* KarmaHoudini: The few episodes that have her being called out on her behavior never stick, as inevitably everyone, including Debra, forgives her and lets her back into their life.
%%* MamaBear
%%* ManipulativeBitch
* MyBelovedSmother: ''Especially'' to Ray, but also to Robert. Her treatment of the two when they were kids has affected both of them into adulthood.
%%* {{Narcissist}}
* NeverMessWithGranny: You do NOT want Marie angry with you. She won't retaliate with violence, but she ''will'' find other ways to settle the score...
%%* NotSoDifferent: Her and Debra. Hinted at in several episodes. As well as Frank.
* ObnoxiousInLaws: To both Ray and Debra.
* ParentalFavoritism: Marie made no secret of the fact that Ray was her favorite child, much to Robert's chagrin. Frank on the other hand, appeared to treat his sons equally.
%%* {{Pride}}
%%* ScrewPolitenessImASenior
* ShipperOnDeck: For Robert/Amy.
* SlapSlapKiss: The Marie-Frank relationship was this to a tee. They argued with each other a lot...but it is heavily hinted in most episodes that they ''enjoy'' the witty banter, and really are deeply in love with each other.
%%* SupremeChef
* WellIntentionedExtremist: See JerkWithAHeartOfGold and DependingOnTheWriter above -- she truly does love her family, and the mean and invasive things she does are just her way of trying to make people happy without realizing she's being mean and invasive.

!!'''Robert Barone'''
->'''Played by:''' Brad Garrett
%%* {{Angrish}}: Occasionally.
* BasementDweller: Was one in the early seasons. He didn't actually live in the basement, but he fit many of the trope traits.
%%* BetaCouple: With Amy.
* BigBrotherBully: His status at {{The Unfavorite}} often results in him picking on Ray, but...
* BigBrotherInstinct: ...he's also protective of him, on occasion.
* {{Big Guy}}: Being the tallest character in a main cast
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: His three loves: Redheaded Joanne (his bitchy ex-wife), Amy, (his blonde on again, off again girlfriend), and Stefania, (his Italian love interest with the curly brown hair).
* ButtMonkey: One of the show's most prominent running gags was Robert's continual status as the family's resident ButtMonkey. Marie only treated Debra more poorly.
* CharacterDevelopment: During the first season, it seemed like the writers were writing the character as being borderline autistic and so quirky and neurotic that it was genuinely amazing that he was able to function at all, especially as a policeman. By the later seasons, though, Robbie became much more confident and outgoing and finally [[spoiler: married Amy]]. The eighth season even had an episode where Robbie is made to confront his "crazy chin" habit.
* TheChewToy: At some points, his misery becomes the central point to his character.
%%* TheEeyore
%%* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
%%* ManChild
* NewYorkCityCops: He is one, as is his best friend Judy, who work as partners on the force. They avert the "grim and gritty" stereotypes that some shows use.
* NotSoDifferent: Robert and Amy's brother, Peter. Robert comes to realize the similarities when the family talks about Peter's problems including him being a BasementDweller. In the end, he helps Peter find his own place.
* PlayingGertrude: A rare male example, Brad Garrett is three years younger than Ray Romano, but he plays the older brother.
%%* ThisLoserIsYou
* TheUnfavorite: Hence his frequent antagonism towards Ray.

!!'''Amy [=McDougall=] [[spoiler: Barone]]'''
->'''Played by:''' Monica Horan
%%* AscendedExtra
%%* BetaCouple: With Robert.
* BreakTheCutie: In the later seasons it appears that the Barones were going to give Amy this treatment after she [[spoiler: married Robert]]. Despite several bouts of anger and stress, "Sister-In Law" being one such example, [[SubvertedTrope she still manages to be]] TheCutie [[SubvertedTrope by the end of the series.]]
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: In her first few appearances, Amy's more low key and even sarcastic than she'd become. Her more outgoing, cheerful personality developed gradually.
* {{Cloudcuckooland}}: This is how Amy initially views the Barone household(s) when she first joins them.
** And conversely, this is how ''the Barones'' view the ''[=McDougall=]'' household when they come to visit.
* TheCutie: So very much.
* FriendToAllChildren: After Amy marries into the family, one episode reveals that Ally goes to Amy to talk because she knows that Amy wouldn't be judgmental.
* HairOfGoldHeartofGold: Her patience and sweetness are remarkable in comparison to the rest of the cast.
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: In a pleasant surprise, she managed to be this trope ''without'' being a Mary Sue.
%%* TheIngenue
* NotSoDifferent: With Debra. Debra even lampshades it.
--> '''Debra:''' I keep forgetting how much of a freakshow this family is until someone new comes along and looks at us like that.
--> -Amy giving her most epic WTF look yet.-
--> '''Debra:''' That used to be me! Now I'm one of them!
%%* OnlySaneMan
%%* PluckyGirl
%%* ThePollyanna
%%* SixthRanger

'''Minor Characters:'''

->'''Played by:''' Sherri Shepherd
%%* BlackBestFriend: To Robert.
%%* NewYorkCityCops
%%* SassyBlackWoman

!!'''Peggy Ardolino'''
->'''Played by:''' Amy Aquino
* CatchPhrase: In each of her episodes after the first: "Hello, Ally's Dad."
** PhraseCatcher: Likewise, Ray's response: "Hello...''Peggy.''"
* EstablishingCharacterMoment
--> Peggy: Now girls, when you're out selling cookies, and someone comes along, what do you say?
--> Frontier Girl: "Would you like to buy some cookies?"
--> Peggy: ''(bluntly)'' No. You say, "How ''many'' cookies would you like to buy?"
%%* {{Jerkass}}
* LastMinuteHookup: With [[spoiler: Peter, Amy's brother]] during one of the last few episodes of the series.
* ANaziByAnyOtherName: How Raymond sees her.
* PairTheSpares: As noted above, with [[spoiler: Peter]].
* SitcomArchnemesis: To Ray
--> Robert: Oooh, you have an ''arch-enemy''. What are you, a super-hero now?
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Not technically true, but she was ''usually'' called "Peggy Hitler", "The Cookie Nazi" or "Cookie Hitler Lady", especially by Ray.
-->Ray:*continuing the Nazi comparison* [[{{PuttingOnTheReich}} Similar uniform]] too!
* SmugSnake: When Ray objects to Peggy forcing all the kids' parents to buy $200+ dollar dresses to Molly's birthday party, Peggy sneers at him that Ally will stick out like her father's nose. There are other examples of Peggy being this trope.

!!'''Henry "Hank" [=McDougall=]'''
->'''Played by:''' Fred Willard
* MeaningfulName: He's the polar opposite of Frank...and note the names: Hank vs. Frank.
* PreacherMan: Not officially a preacher, but as a devout evangelical Protestant, he certainly acted and spoke like one.
** Presbyterian, actually.

!!'''Patricia "Pat" [=McDougall=]'''
->'''Played by:''' Georgia Engel
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Used to hilarious effect.
* CoolOldLady: Somewhat surprisingly, but very entertaining in every instance when it occurs.
** Ray even calls her cool at Rob and Amy's wedding, after she says to Marie what the rest of the family has been wanting to say for years.
* TheCutie: Not only is she this trope, but she apparently raised Amy to also personify the trope.
* ThePollyanna: Though not quite as much as we're initially led to believe...

!!'''Peter [=McDougall=]'''
->'''Played by:''' Chris Elliott
* BasementDweller: Both literally and figuratively.
* BigBrotherInstinct: His main reason for disliking Robert.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Peter made it no secret that he hates Robert. [[spoiler: So when Robert and Amy were engaged, he made every effort into sabotaging the wedding. Obviously he doesn't succeed]].
%%* CloudCuckooLander
* LastMinuteHookup: With Peggy the Cookie Nazi]]
%%* ManChild
%%* ObnoxiousInLaws
%%* OccidentalOtaku
%%* PairTheSpares: As noted above
* TheUnfavorite: Peter and Robert finally make peace with each other when they realize that they have this in common with the way their parents treat them.
-->'''Robert:''' ''It's like I was the 'test kid,' Like, 'Oh! Well now we know not to drop Raymond!''
-->'''Peter:''' ''In my house it was 'Peter, Amy's playing the piano! Put away your cape and eat your dinner!''

!!'''[[spoiler: Sister]] Jennifer Whelan (Debra's big sister)'''
->'''Played by:''' Ashley Crow
%%* FormerTeenRebel
* GranolaGirl: A former one apparently.
* NunsAreFunny: Sort of. Actually, it was the other characters' belief in this trope and their ''reactions'' to her becoming a [[spoiler: nun]] that led to the hilarity.
* TheUnfavorite: Jennifer was this while Debra was the favorite child. Ray deduces that Debra is annoyed that Jennifer is [[spoiler: becoming a nun]] because:
-->'''Ray:''' ''When you were growing up, you were 'the good one.' But now she's [[spoiler: becoming a nun]], which makes her the REALLY good one!''

!!'''Warren Whelan (Debra's father) '''
->'''Played by:''' Robert Culp
%%* AlliterativeName
* InformedAttribute: The characters kept describing Warren as being a heavy drinker, but we never really saw that onscreen.
%%* UpperClassTwit

!!'''Lois Whelan (Debra's mother)'''
->'''Played by:''' Katherine Helmond
%%* RichIdiotWithNoDayJob
%%* UpperClassTwit

->'''Played by:''' Jon Manfrellotti
%%* CasanovaWannabe
* ThoseTwoGuys: Andy and Gianni often showed up together when Ray hung out with either of them.

->'''Played by:''' Andy Kindler
* ThoseTwoGuys: Andy and Gianni often showed up together when Ray hung out with either of them.

!!'''Bernie Gruenfelder'''
->'''Played by:''' Tom [=MGowan=]
%%* FatAndProud
%%* SickeninglySweethearts: With Linda.

!!'''Linda Gruenfelder'''
->'''Played by:''' Maggie Wheeler
%%* SickeninglySweethearts: With Bernie.