These are the characters that appear in ''Series/FamilyMatters''.

!!Steve Urkel

* AbusiveParents: [[TheGhost His parents]] were implied to be this.
* {{Adorkable}}
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer
* AndStarring: In the last seasons.
* AnnoyingLaugh: "Ah heh-heh-heh *snort**snort*!"
* {{Badass}}: As Bruce Lee Urkel, an alter-ego created by Steve via a celebrity sample potion called Bruce Juice.
** BadassBookworm
** CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass
** TookALevelInBadass: Every time he went into his transformation booth to gain the personality, fighting skills and even the accent and hairstyle of Bruce Lee.
* BettyAndVeronica: The Archie to Myra's Betty and Laura's Veronica.
** He's also ''always'' the Betty to Laura's admirer/boyfriend of the week's Veronica. Over and over and over again.
* BewareTheNiceOnes
* BlackAndNerdy
* BreakoutCharacter: And how.
* BunglingInventor: Some of his inventions work just fine. Others, not so much.
* ButtMonkey
* CatchPhrase: Several. "Did I do thaaat?", "You love me, don't you?" etc.
** In later seasons, they changed it up: "Look what you did."
* DeadpanSnarker: Sometimes, especially in later seasons.
** The dumber somebody interacting with Steve is, the more likely it is to get him going. Needless to say, Waldo is guaranteed to bring it out of him during any interaction between the two.
* {{Determinator}}
* DitzyGenius: Despite being a brilliant scientist and TeenGenius, he's clumsy, has NoSocialSkills and is a general nuisance and walking disaster.
* DoggedNiceGuy: Towards Laura.
* DropInCharacter
* ExtravertedNerd: Former [[TropeNamer trope namer]].
* {{Flanderization}}: Of him and the entire show. Before he was able to turn science into magic, this was just a mundane sitcom.
** In many ways, though, the character himself is an inversion. Later episodes portray him as less physically weak (he plays basketball), and less socially oblivious.
* GadgeteerGenius: His {{Flanderization}} in later seasons takes this UpToEleven. He becomes a MadScientist able to create a time traveling machine and many other crazy inventions in which he can clone, teleport, and shrink himself.
* {{Geek}}
* GeekPhysique
* HiddenDepths: He's a good basketball player.
* HonoraryUncle: To Richie. Richie grows out of calling him "Uncle Steve", but keeps looking up to him.
* HopelessSuitor: For most of the series.
* TheKlutz: Bordering on [[LethalKlutz lethal klutz]], though he got better in later seasons.
* LastNameBasis
* LethallyStupid: He often causes disasters without meaning to, much to Carl's dismay.
* LovableNerd
* MadScientist: He occasionally even laughs like one.
* TheMillstone / SpannerInTheWorks: Pretty much in every episode, especially in early seasons.
* NerdGlasses
* NiceGuy
* NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup: Subverted in that many of Steve's inventions that we see ''are'' the prototypes, and Steve hasn't worked all the bugs out yet. HilarityEnsues.
* ParentalNeglect: The reason for his attachment to the Winslows.
* PhraseCatcher: "Go home, Steve!" "But..." "Go home, go home, go home!" "[[ScrewThisImOuttaHere I don't have to take this. I'm going home.]]"
* PromotionToOpeningTitles: In Season 2.
* ProudToBeAGeek
* RejectionAffection: Steve spends the entire run of this sitcom aggressively trying to win Laura's affections even though she is repulsed by him. [[spoiler: His perseverance pays off in the end.]]
* ScienceHero
* SexierAlterEgo: Stefan Urquelle.
* ShowStopper
* SingleTargetSexuality: He is a Laura-sexual for most of the series, though he does get another girlfriend later in the series who ironically turns out to be Steve-sexual.
* SpearCounterpart: One episode has Laura's guardian angel subjecting her to a DreamSequence where she becomes Laura Urkel, Steve's DistaffCounterpart. Steve himself becomes Steve Winslow, essentially a male Laura.
* SpotlightStealingSquad
* StalkerWithACrush: Towards Laura.
* TeenGenius
* TheThingThatWouldNotLeave: Just ask the Winslows.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Cheese.
* [[ChildhoodFriendRomance Victorious Childhood Friend]]: Laura.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With most of the Winslows.
* WackyGuy
* WolverinePublicity

!!Carl Winslow

* {{Acrofatic}}: Carl's remarkably fast, despite his spare tire. Just look at any occasion when he chases Steve.
* {{Badass}}: He has taken down crooks and has verbally defended his family (and Steve) several times and helped to diffuse a bomb. This is understandable because he's a cop.
* BerserkButton: Steve, mostly. More specifically, whenever Steve's clumsiness ends up wrecking his property or physically injuring him.
* BigEater
* BumblingDad: Zigzagged. He's very good at his job and is a loving and attentive father...but nine times out of ten, his attempts at home maintenance turn out to be a disaster even when Steve isn't involved.
* ButtMonkey: Often on the receiving ends of Steve's antics.
** His mother Estelle makes more than a few sarcastic comments about her son's weight, too.
* CantLiveWithThemCantLiveWithoutThem: His general view of Steve. For all the times that Steve's damaged his person or his property, and otherwise driven him nuts, Carl realizes that Steve still looks up to him as a father figure, and has also helped the Winslows out multiple times.
* CursedWithAwesome: When Myra messed with the transformation chamber that turned Steve into Stefan, she ended up turning Carl into a nerdy "Urkelized" version of himself. Stefan tries to fix the chamber, but he's having trouble since he's not as smart as he is when he's Steve. Fortunately, being turned into a nerd made Carl a scientific genius, and so he fixed the chamber himself before being turned back to normal.
* DeadpanSnarker
* DoomItYourself: Carl's a top notch police officer. Unfortunately, when he starts trying to build or repair things around the house, things don't go so well. Occasionally subverted when he's paired up with Steve, as his attempt at building a shelf turns out just fine while Steve comes up with something that looks more like a post-modern art project.
* FairCop
* {{Foil}}: To Steve.
* GoodParents
* HappilyMarried: To Harriette.
* PapaWolf: To his own kids, obviously, but he even gets like this for Steve, too.
* ParentalSubstitute: Seen this way by Steve. He eventually accepts this role.
* PoliceAreUseless: Subverted.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure
* ScaryBlackMan: Whenever one of Steve's mishaps pushes him too far, he ends up chasing after Steve while bellowing like a rogue elephant.
* StoutStrength: More than one crook has learned the hard way that Carl's pretty strong underneath his fat.
* TeamDad
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: According to his mother, it's donuts. Then again, he ''is'' a cop.
* UnfortunateName: Actually unfortunate initials: Carl Otis Winslow.

!!Harriette Winslow

* TheArtifact: After Steve became the undisputed main character, more and more members of the Winslow family got phased out. Unlike Laura, Eddie, and Carl, Harriette lacked any dynamic and comedic relationship with Steve leaving her as the odd man out.
* BewareTheNiceOnes
* GoodParents
* HappilyMarried: To Carl.
* MamaBear
* [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Woman]]
* OutOfFocus: Originally the character ''for whom the series was developed for in the first place'', Harriette was [[SpotlightStealingSquad eclipsed so completely by Steve's shadow]] that actress Jo Marie Payton eventually left the show.
* SassyBlackWoman
* TeamMom
* WomenAreWiser

!!Edward "Eddie" Winslow

* BerserkButton: Degrading sex jokes about women, and guys bragging about who they scored with, both make Eddie really mad. That goes double for anyone who brags about having sex with his little sister.
* BigManOnCampus
* BookDumb
* ButtMonkey: In the early seasons, the rest of his family didn't treat him that well...
* TheCasanova
* CharacterDevelopment: He becomes more responsible in later seasons.
* DumbassTeenageSon: Mostly in the beginning.
* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: The Foolish to Laura's Responsible.
* GentleGiant
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Waldo, starting season 3. He eventually becomes this with Steve as well, though during the early years, he thought of him as annoying like Laura and Carl.
* HormoneAddledTeenager
* LadyKillerInLove: When he starts dating Greta.
* LovableJock
* MySisterIsOffLimits: Subverted in that Eddie doesn't typically care who Laura dates. The sole exception is when one of Laura's dates brags about sleeping with her, which pisses Eddie off.
* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: He is named after English kings.
* OddFriendship: With Steve and Waldo.
* OverlyLongName: Edward Arthur James Winslow.
* ScaryBlackMan: Eddie's generally an easygoing {{nice guy}}, but he's also a very big man. Anyone who pushes one of his {{berserk button}}s quickly comes to regret it.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Manly Man to Waldo's Sensitive Guy.
* TheSlacker
* SmallNameBigEgo: At his worst.
* StraightMan: When he is with Waldo.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Steve.

!!Laura Winslow

* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Almost all of her potential suitors who serve as {{romantic false lead}}s are unlikable jerks.
* AllGuysWantCheerleaders: Laura is a cheerleader and an insanely popular DudeMagnet.
* BettyAndVeronica: Much to her dismay, she was the Veronica to Myra's Betty for Steve's Archie.
** She's also ''always'' the Archie to Steve's Betty and her admirer/boyfriend of the week's Veronica. Over and over and over again.
* TheBGrade
* CantLiveWithThemCantLiveWithoutThem: Anytime Steve focuses his attention on another girl, she shows shades of this to various degrees.
* TheCheerleader: Played with. She can be shallow at times, and bitchy towards Steve especially in the beginning, but she's also very goodhearted, smart and responsible.
* DeadpanSnarker
* DistaffCounterpart: One Christmas episode has Laura meet her guardian angel. He subjects her to a dream sequence to show her what she puts Steve through. She becomes Laura Urkel, essentially a female version of Steve. Steve becomes her spear counterpart as Eddie's brother.
* DudeMagnet
* FirstGirlWins
* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: The Responsible to Eddie's Foolish.
* GiveGeeksAChance: In the last season, she eventually learns to love Steve and agrees to marry him.
* GoGetterGirl
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Maxine.
* HormoneAddledTeenager
* HypocriticalHeartwarming: She blasts anyone who dares to badmouth Urkel, despite the fact that she herself can't stand him most of the time.
* InformedAttractiveness: Steve regards her as the most beautiful girl in the world, as do several of the other boys who show interest in her.
* IvyLeagueForEveryone: Subverted. She gains admittance, but her parents can't afford it.
* LittleMissSnarker: In Season 1, the pre-Steve days, Laura serves mainly as this.
* LovesMyAlterEgo: She loved and fawned over Stefan, Steve's SexierAlterEgo.
* [[SassyBlackWoman Sassy Black Girl]]
* TookALevelInKindness: Especially towards Steve. She wasn't very nice to him in the early seasons.
* {{Tsundere}}: To Steve. Initially a type A, then evolving into a type B.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Steve for most of the series and, eventually with Myra too (until the last season).

!!Judy Winslow

* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Probably one of the most infamous examples of this along with the trope namer. She disappears after Season 4, without explanation. Afterwards, the other characters act as if she never existed and Harriette and Carl only had two kids (Eddie and Laura).
* FlatCharacter
* OutOfFocus: After Steve is introduced, she become a background character; in Seasons 2, 3, and especially 4, she is given very few lines (usually in scenes involving the entire family), until her character is completely eliminated in Season 5.

!!Estelle Winslow

* {{Badass}}: A [[RunningGag running gag]], possibly the most badass character in the show.
* BewareTheNiceOnes
* CatchPhrase: [[SarcasmMode "Way to go, Carl!"]]
* CoolOldLady
* DeadpanSnarker: In addition to berating her son whenever he screws up, Estelle could always be counted on to make cracks about Carl's weight and fondness for donuts.
* DecemberDecemberRomance: With Fletcher.
* FanOfTheUnderdog: She's the only one who genuinely liked Steve from the beginning.
* IWasQuiteALooker
* NeverMessWithGranny
* PutOnABus: After Season 7.
** TheBusCameBack: Occasionally in the last two seasons.
* SassyBlackWoman

!!Rachel Crawford

* ActionMom / TookALevelInBadass: She tightrope walked on a clothesline several stories in the air (in heels) to save a drunk Steve from plummeting to his death.
* AndStarring: "And Telma Hopkins as Rachel".
* CoolAunt
* NiceHat: She often wears hats.
* OutOfFocus: In Season 4, her role was much smaller. After this season, she was...
* PutOnABus: Ironically, since her son Richie apparently still lived with the Winslows.
** TheBusCameBack: Makes occasional guest appearances in Season 6 and 9.
* WidowWoman

!!Richie Crawford

* CheerfulChild
* ChildrenAreInnocent
* DisappearedDad
* PutOnABus: Yes, even Richie eventually, after Season 7.
** TheBusCameBack: In some episodes.
* SacredHospitality: Will take in strangers without a second thought. Maybe he's paying Carl's kindness forward.
* SoapOperaRapidAgingSyndrome: In Season 2, he was recast as a four year old kid.
* TookALevelInBadass: In "Karate Kids".

!!Waldo Geraldo Faldo

* AscendedExtra: Seen as an extra in a Season 1 episode where he was credited as "Guy in Towel".
* BetaCouple: With Maxine.
* BumblingSidekick: Initially he was this to Willie, the school bully and a minor villain. Starting in season 3 he becomes this to Eddie.
* BunnyEarsLawyer
* CatchPhrase: "Cool", "No prob, Bob!" and "Sup".
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}
* CrazyJealousGuy: Sometimes, towards Maxine.
* TheDitz
** GeniusDitz: He's an excellent cook.
* DumbIsGood
* HeelFaceTurn: Sort of. Was originally introduced in Season 2 as the sidekick to the school bully, Willie, who picked on Steve, until he presumably stopped hanging out with him, after being arrested. Afterwards, he was rewritten as a [[DumbIsGood good guy]] and one of Eddie and Steve's best friends.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Eddie.
* HiddenDepths: See GeniusDitz. Also, despite being generally an idiot, he has shown a strong sense of morality in more than one episode.
* KindheartedSimpleton: One of the most innocent and good-natured characters (except in his early appearances, see HeelFaceTurn).
* {{Malaproper}}
* NiceGuy
* PromotionToOpeningTitles: In Season 4.
* PutOnABus: After Season 7.
* RepetitiveName
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Sensitive Guy to Eddie's Manly Man.
* StrawLoser: [[BookDumb Eddie]] isn't the smartest person in the world but next to Waldo he looks like a genius.
** Waldo is also there to show that Steve isn't Eddie's only friend who is a loser. Eddie's friendship with Steve makes more sense because all his bad qualities can be seen as not that bad when you consider that his other best friend is kind of dumb.
* SupremeChef: After he discovers his talent for cooking.
* TooDumbToLive: Sometimes you have to wonder just how Waldo made to high school...
* WackyGuy

!!Myra Monkhouse

* AlliterativeName
* AscendedExtra: Like Steve, she was supposed to be a one shot character.
* AxCrazy: In the last season.
* BettyAndVeronica: The Betty to Laura's Veronica for Steve's Archie. But again, Myra was the only one actually interested in him (at first).
* BlackAndNerdy
* ClingyJealousGirl: Especially in seasons 5 and 9.
* CuteAndPsycho: Let's face it. The girl ''was'' batshit-insane.
* DerailingLoveInterests
* DistaffCounterpart: Was originally supposed to be one for Steve, just less clumsy and more attractive.
* FaceHeelTurn: In the seasons where she and Steve were a steady couple, Myra was on friendly terms with the main cast and she even formed an OddFriendship with Laura. By the last season, after her breakup with Steve, she becomes a villain and an AxCrazy PsychoExGirlfriend trying to destroy Steve's relationship with Laura.
* {{Flanderization}}: She went from a perky girl who has a crush on Steve to a borderline AxCrazy {{Yandere}}.
* GenkiGirl
* HollywoodNerd
* LoveMakesYouCrazy
* ManicPixieDreamGirl: To Steve.
* NerdsAreSexy: Definitely. While not a DudeMagnet like Laura, she's considered beautiful in-universe and out.
* RomanticFalseLead: Though in season 7 and 8 she's treated like a legitimate love interest. But Steve was meant to be with his first love Laura.
* PromotionToOpeningTitles: In Season 6.
* PsychoExGirlfriend: In the last few seasons.
* SingleTargetSexuality: Totally and absolutely Steve-sexual.
* StalkerWithACrush: And how.
* TeenGenius
* VitriolicBestBuds: Eventually she becomes this with Laura (until the final season).
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds
* {{Yandere}}

!!Maxine Johnson

* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Before Waldo, she dated several jerks in early seasons.
* BetaCouple: With Waldo for most of the series.
* BookDumb
* TheCheerleader: Played with. Like Laura, she was one in high school, and while Max is generally a good girl, she's definitely not as smart as Laura.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Laura.
* ParentalNeglect: It's revealed that she has neglectful parents who don't care about her at all.
* PopularIsDumb: She's almost as popular as her friend Laura. And unlike Laura, she's a poor student.
* RecurringCharacter: Despite appearing from Season 2 to Season 9, she never had a PromotionToOpeningTitles.
* SatelliteCharacter: To Laura and Waldo.

!!Jerry Jamal "3J" Jameson

* AccidentalMisnaming: 3J calls him "Urkie" until he teaches him to read.
* AlliterativeName
* CousinOliver
* HappilyAdopted
* {{Kidanova}}
* NeverLearnedToRead: Although Steve catches on to this early.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname
* PromotionToOpeningTitles: In Season 8.
* TagalongKid
* TookALevelInBadass: In "Karate Kids".
* WiseBeyondTheirYears

!!Stefan Urquelle

* TheAce
* BornAsAnAdult: Well, he's Steve's clone (originally alter ego).
* ChekhovsGunman: He makes a single appearence in Season 5, when Steve changes his DNA as a plan to become cool. Later he turns into Stefan several times and in Season 7, thanks to Steve's cloning machine, Steve and Stefan become two different characters.
* TheCharmer
* ChickMagnet
* DidNotGetTheGirl: Laura chose Steve over him in the final season.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Originally, in his very first appearance. Later, less so.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Towards Laura, eventually.
* LoveTriangle: Yes, with Steve and Laura.
* SexierAlterEgo

!!Myrtle Urkel

* AbhorrentAdmirer: To Eddie.
* ChekhovsGun: She first appears in a Season 2 episode. After several years, she comes back as a recurring character.
* ClingyJealousGirl
* DistaffCounterpart: To Steve.
* {{Meganekko}}
* SouthernBelle
* StalkerWithACrush: On Eddie.