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[[folder:The Gilmores]]

!!Lorelai Victoria Gilmore (Lauren Graham)
A single mother, avid eater and caffeine addict, and manager of the Independence Inn in the small town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut. At the age of 16, her entire life was changed when she became pregnant and ran away from the home of her controlling parents to make a life of her own.

* AesopAmnesia: Lorelai has a tendency to go back to Christopher at the most inappropriate times. Rory calls her out on it, but she doesn't learn.
* BigEater: It's implied Lorelai eats a lot, and yet remains extremely slender. Other characters comment on this occasionally.
* BlackSheep: Of the Gilmore family; getting pregnant young and running away from home will do that.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Despite her eccentricities, she does a good job running first the Independence Inn and later The Dragonfly Inn.
* CatchPhrase: "Dirty," as her own version of ThatsWhatSheSaid.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: A mild case compared to her neighbors, many find her to be eccentric.
* CoolBigSis: To Rory, despite being actually her mother, not her sister. They are extremely close. At one point, Lorelai regrets she hadn't taught her how to drink and handle alcohol when Rory is going for her first spring break at college. She is also this towards Lane, who feels more comfortable confiding in Lorelai than her actual mother.AP
* DeadpanSnarker: She's very quick witted, and easily the snarkiest character on the show, even more than Luke.
* DotingParent: Definitely. She thinks her daughter is a paragon of perfection, and reacts very strongly when forced to realize that is not always the case.
* EmbarrassingNickname: "Umlauts", which involved Lorelai as a teen, a particularly cold summer day when she fell out of a canoe at summer camp wearing a t-shirt with no bra; the nickname comes from how a certain part of her body resembled said diacritic after coming out of the water.
* FeminineWomenCanCook: Lorelai is a career woman and sure as hell can't cook, but she can at least brew up coffee and she's a damn impressive seamstress. She's paired with Luke, a bistro owner who is an excellent cook, and her close friend Sookie is a master chef who occasionally cooks her something.
* TheGadfly: It's her main coping mechanism when it comes to her parents. In season 3 she even admits this to her mother, and "teaches" her the trick so she could cope with Trix, her mother in law. As Lorelai later tells Rory, Emily has done it beautifully.
* GenkiGirl: Lorelai's perhaps one of the most chipper characters on the show.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With both Rory and Sookie. Rory is her daughter, her only close family for a really long time when she was not on good terms with her parents. Sookie is her best friend with whom she starts a business.
* MamaBear: Lorelai's laid back for the greater part of the time, but if you hurt Rory...
* MotorMouth: A Gilmore trait. She talks and talks and talks in rapid-fire pace.
* MsFanservice: The show rarely passed up opportunities to have Lorelai in sexy outfits and lingerie.
* MustHaveCaffeine: Lorelai can't function before her morning coffee, and drinks unhealthy amounts of it during the day.
* NotSoDifferent: Occasionally with Emily. Though if someone points it out, [[YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame expect the horrified Lorelai to quickly drop off her ways]].
* OpenMindedParent: Very much so, though she had a hard time with all of Rory's relationships throughout the series at one point or another. She mentions at one point that she plays the "Mom" card as infrequently as possible.
* [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Woman]]: She is the most level-headed between her, Sookie, and Michel. She's also by far the most normal person in Stars Hollow, [[QuirkyTown which admittedly isn't saying much.]]
* ParentalSubstitute: For Lane. Lane is Rory's best friend with an extremely strict mother and she must hide her true self from her. Lorelai can offer her advice on stuff she couldn't admit to her mom.
%%* PluckyGirl
* RebelliousPrincess: Lorelai became pregnant with Rory at sixteen but chose not to marry the father, Christopher Hayden. Instead, she left her privileged world and moved to Stars Hollow where she became employed at the Independence Inn. There Lorelai progressed from maid to executive manager.
* RedOniBlueOni: To Rory's Blue. She's a humorous and talkative GenkiGirl, while Rory is studious and shy.
* SelfMadeWoman: Even though she comes from money she ran away from home as an unwed mother, got her first job basically because the inn's owner took pity on her, lived in a ''tool shed'' and less than twenty years later owned her own house and was part owner of her own inn.
* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl: With Luke, even when they weren't a couple. He's usually the GrumpyBear OnlySaneMan, and she's quirky and talkative.
* ShipperOnDeck: To Rory and Dean in seasons 2 and 3. Dean was the only one of Rory's boyfriends whom Lorelai really liked, but she only truly embraced this trope when [[ShippingTorpedo Jess entered the scene]].
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: Played with. She gets drawn back to Christopher each time because she thinks he gets his act together.
* TeenPregnancy: Got pregnant at 16 with Rory.
* TheUnfavorite: To both Emily and Richard, but especially Richard. She feels they prefer her daughter Rory over her. However, they prove multiple times that they do love her as well.
-->'''Lorelai''' (to Rory): You are the Great White Hope of the Gilmore Clan. You are their angel, sent from up above. You are the daughter they didn't have.
* WillTheyOrWontThey: With Luke. [[spoiler: Eventually TheyDo.]]
* {{Womanchild}}: Her daughter is much more mature than she is.
* YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame: Once her mother agrees with her in something, Lorelai usually begins to self-doubt. One example would be Emily's approval of Lorelai's desire to terminate Rory's friendship with Bad Boy Jess. Lorelai immediately comes to conclusion that she must've approached the MoralEventHorizon and decides to give Rory more freedom.

!! Lorelai "Rory" Leigh Gilmore (Alexis Bledel)
Lorelai's teenaged daughter and best friend. A shy and socially awkward bookworm with aspirations to become a journalist. She slowly comes out of her shell and finds herself drawn to the upper-class world her mother left behind.

* HundredPercentAdorationRating: Her mother and everyone in Stars Hollow seem to think that not loving Rory borders on sort of a terrible crime. To the point where everyone started treating [[NiceGuy Dean]] like a delinquent just because he broke up with Rory, without even knowing the reason and what really happened between them.
* {{Adorkable}}: Her NiceGirl nature and nerdy tendencies often combine to make her this.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Over the course of the series, seems determined to date the baddest boy in the series (so long as he's booksmart). First, she dumps wholesome Dean for Jess; after Jess leaves town, she ends up back with Dean, who is a significantly darker character, given that he's cheating on his wife with Rory; later, she chooses Logan, who is a member of a secret society and a rebel against the wealthy society of his upbringing, over NiceGuy Marty.
* AllLovingHero: While people do annoy her on occasion, she's still kind and pleasant to everyone she deals with, even if they're antagonizing her.
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: She's very smart and does extremely well in academic stuff, so Paris feels she might overshadow her (which later happens to a degree). Rory's best friend Lane is also sometimes jealous of her life, because everything seems to be going swimmingly for Rory: she's at great school, heads to Ivy League, has a loving boyfriend, has a close relationship with her mom and her rich grandparents adore her while Lane is stuck at uninspiring high school, her mother is incredibly strict and she can't follow her true passion without being sneaky about it.
* AmbiguouslyBi: Has dated many guys, and only shoots down the idea that her and Paris would make a cute couple because Paris is "too high maintenance," implying that gender doesn't enter into the equation.
* AmicableExes: She finally parts with Jess on friendly terms (not so much with the two other boyfriends). She also was this with Dean in Seasons 3 and 4.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: She has a very long fuse, but you don't want to be around on the rare occasions she goes off.
* BigEater: Like her mother, Rory is able to consume huge amounts of food, rich food like fries or pizza including. It never shows on her body. Often lampshaded by other characters, including her boyfriends Dean and Jess.
* BrainyBrunette: She's a brilliant, studious TeenGenius and has brown hair.
* BroodingBoyGentleGirl: She's the Gentle GirlNextDoor to Jess' TroubledButCute Brooding Boy.
* CharacterDevelopment: Starts the series as a shy, awkward bookworm who struggles to string two sentences together around boys and generally prefers her own company. Come Season 5, she's actively pursuing Logan.
* CuteBookworm: She's a cute girl and she's never without a book (until she drops out of Yale). Her relationship with Jess stems from a mutual passion for reading.
* DeadpanSnarker: Although more subtle than her mother or Luke.
* DudeMagnet: Manages to attract a large number of men throughout the course of the show. In season 2, Dean, Tristan, and Jess are all interested in her.
* GeniusBookClub: Rory reads everything, from contemporary literature to criticism to biographies to classics. Nearly every episode has reference to at least one book that she has read, is reading, or is planning on reading.
* GirlNextDoor: A cute and feminine girl, and a big part of her appeal is how approachable and down to earth she is.
* GoGetterGirl: Ambitious, hard-working straight A student and ExtracurricularEnthusiast.
* HeroicBSOD:
** Being told "'''You don't got it."''' causes Rory to give up her dreams and drop out of school.
** She has a minor one when she doesn't get the Reston Fellowship in the New York Times. As Lorelai tells her, she's used to working hard and getting what she wants, so it's difficult for her to deal with disappointment.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With both Lorelai and Lane. Later with Paris, too.
* HollywoodNerd: For a supposed "nerd", Rory's stunning.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Has her moments. For example, she's absolutely horrified when she learns that Dean's dropping out of college, and tries to persuade him that no reason is good enough for such an act. Any of those reflections come back to her when she does exactly the same a season later?
* InnocentBlueEyes: Her mother has blue eyes too, but Rory fits this more due to her sweet, naive personality.
* KnowNothingKnowItAll: Also has a few moments of this, especially in college.
* LeftHanging: Remember during the season 6 finale where Rory begged for a job at her internship? Yeah, it's forgotten during the first episode of the seventh season.
* MotorMouth: Even faster than her mother.
* MustHaveCaffeine: Rory's need for caffeine isn't as extreme as her mother's, but it's there all the same. Fun fact: Alexis Bledel didn't like coffee, so in any scene in which Rory drinks it, she's actually drinking coke.
* NerdsAreSexy: Her option, as there's an episode where Rory is seen sitting in the college cafeteria wearing a t-shirt with the logo, "Reading is Sexy". Considering she wears it while thinking about Logan, the third guy in the series she's attracted to for his intellect, it is a reflection of what she honestly believes.
* NeverASelfMadeWoman: Simply in comparison to her mother.
* NiceGirl: A genuinely good, pleasant GirlNextDoor, and considered the biggest sweetheart in Stars Hollow.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Her full name is Lorelai, named after her mother and later revealed to be a traditional family name, but she's always referred to as Rory.
* ParentalFavoritism: Emily and Richard have no qualms about spoiling and praising Rory while looking down on Lorelai.
-->'''Lorelai''' (to Rory): I'm not sure my father has ever loved anything in the world more than he loves you.
* PrincessPhase: Rory doesn't want her grandmother to make her into a princess as she thinks of it being something for small children. She honestly did imagine herself as a princess when she was young. At least she has a crush on the prince from the ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'' cartoon. She specifically says that it was a long time ago.
* TheQuietOne: She starts as a quiet, shy, socially awkward bookworm who is uncomfortable around other students, especially boys. She grows out of it, in college.
* RedOniBlueOni: Blue Oni to both Paris and Lorelai's Red.
* ReplacementGoldfish: A sore point throughout the series is Emily trying to bring Rory up to be the daughter that Lorelai never turned out to be. This comes to a head when Rory is living with her grandparents and Emily accidentally refers to Richard as Rory's father.
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: Despite her [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys other tendencies]], it's there. At first it's played straight, when she chooses the nice Dean over the insufferable Tristan (though she shows some signs of attraction to Tristan). Then she dumps Dean for the 'bad boy' Jess... only to start complaining over time that he doesn't treat her the way Dean used to. And the trend continues: after breaking it off with Jess, she goes back to Dean, ostensibly because he's someone 'who loves her and is good to her'... while he is ''married'' to another woman. The next is Logan, a self-claimed womanizer who tries to persuade Rory that he's not a boyfriend material. She goes for him anyway and is hurt when he turns out to be, well, a womanizer and not quite a boyfriend material. Essentially, she goes for the bad of wrong men while still expecting the 'Good Man' scenario.
* SpoiledSweet: She was raised by her Closer to Earth single mother in relative poverty, but when she's a teen, she definitely benefits from her grandparents' wealth, upper-class status and influence. She's considered the biggest sweetheart in Stars Hollow and perhaps in the whole of New England.
* TookALevelInJerkass: In college. Particularly after she [[spoiler: slept with a married man, stole a boat, dropped out of school, moved in with her grandparents, joined the DAR, and didn't speak to her mother for months.]]
* TheUnfairSex: Played with. Lindsay and Dean's moms certainly bear hatred towards her and consider her a homewrecker, and Lorelai chewed her out for simply disregarding Dean's marital status and sleeping with him, as if Lindsay's feelings didn't matter. Luke, on the other hand, goes on and on about how Dean is not worthy of her and was 'unstable' because he got married despite pining for his former girlfriend. (This last is particularly unfair because it simply wasn't true. ...At least, [[GenderFlip about Dean]].)
* UptownGirl: To her first two boyfriends. Rory herself was pretty down to earth, but both Dean and Jess were considered 'not good enough' by her grandparents. Dean worshiped the ground Rory stepped on, as well as her intellect and ambitions, but it became increasingly obvious that she wanted more of life than he did and he couldn't catch up. Jess, in turn, had trouble grasping the concept of a proper socialization in civilized world, like getting along with his girlfriend's family or basically communicating with other people. This even led Luke to try to lay out for his nephew what it means 'to be with a girl like Rory', making it a DiscussedTrope.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Paris started out as Rory's academic rival but slowly grew to be her close friend and confidant when Rory couldn't confide in her mother or Lane. They still bicker a lot, though.
* WillTheyOrWontThey: She has some unresolved romantic feelings and sexual tension for Jess -- and he for her -- in Seasons 2 and 3.
* WiseBeyondTheirYears: Played with. She can often be very mature and act as the responsible one in her's and Lorelai's relationship. On the other hand, she can (and often does) act in a very immature manner, as befitting a teenager/young adult (like when she almost didn't change schools to Chilton because of Dean in the first episode). A large part of her character arc is learning to be more than just book smart and becoming "life smart" as well.

!!Emily Gilmore (Kelly Bishop)
Lorelai's wealthy and controlling mother with whom she has been estranged with most of her adult life. Emily insists on being involved in her daughter and granddaughter's lives after allowing her to borrow money for Rory's tuition, much to Lorelai's dismay.

* AbusiveParents: She comes close to being abusive in the way she treats Lorelai. She was way too controlling when Lorelai was a teenager and tries to meddle in her life when she's an adult. She has a right to care but should know better.
* AesopAmnesia: Emily just never learns that she has a tendency to drive away Lorelai and even Rory at times by seeking to control everything.
* AndStarring: "and Kelly Bishop".
* DeadpanSnarker: When she's displeased (particularly with Lorelai), she tends to shoot long, sarcasm-heavy monologues, but every now and then displays the classic, deadpan form of the art of snarking.
-->'''Emily''':[[StealthHiBye Lorelai, hello.]]
-->'''Lorelai (startled)''': Mom?!
-->'''Emily''': You remember, I'm so touched.
* DefrostingIceQueen: She usually seems icy, especially to people who don't come from upper classes, but she can show her warm side. For example, she has a nice scene when she talks about her wedding in the club at Lorelai's barchelorette party or when she got carried away planning Sookie's wedding, revealing she's hopelessly romantic.
* EvilMatriarch: Her desire to control the lives of everyone around sometimes make her cross the morality line. The best example is manipulating Christopher into breaking up Luke and Lorelai in Season 5.
* GrandmaWhatMassiveHotnessYouHave: Emily's good looks are sometimes commented on, she attracts an admirer in a bar which is apparently a picking-up area oriented at women about 20 years younger than her, and is mentioned to have several suitors within her social circles.
* LawfulStupid: Though it's more a case of Emily only seeing things in black and white.
* LimitedWardrobe: For a woman of wealth and taste, Emily sure does repeat wearing the same outfits, although maybe that's just for Friday Night Dinner or she's simply fashion conservative.
* MamaBear: It's rarely shown, but the times she goes into this mode are the most awesome. When Emily and Richard find out that the reason Rory engaged in reckless behavior that landed her community service, was all because of Mitchum rejecting her internship. Emily and Richard team up to take down both spouses. Emily making jabs at Shira's weight and Richard telling Mitchum off.
* ManipulativeBitch: Lorelai regards her as a master manipulator, and it's not unfounded. She seems especially fond of using [[PolitenessJudo verbal traps]] to get her way.
* MeddlingParents: Emily tends to have strong opinions about how Lorelai should lead her life and is not shy to constantly try to preach/force/manipulate her visions into reality, often over her daughter's will.
* MoralMyopia: She feels entitled in Lorelai's (who disagrees completely) name to have Christopher in a relationship with her daughter no matter what, because they have a child together. To his second daughter, however, Emily refers as 'it' and simply cannot understand what claim Georgia or her mother may have to Christopher.
* MrsDegree: She met Richard while he was a student at Yale, and she studied history at Smith.
-->''"I went to Smith, and I was a history major, but I never had any plans to be an historian. I was always going to be a wife. I mean, the way I saw it, a woman’s job was to run a home, organize the social life of a family, and bolster her husband while he earned a living. It was a good system, and it was working very well all these years."''
* MyBelovedSmother: Emily doesn't seem to understand that Rory is her own person, and constantly pushes her own ideals onto her; unlike her mother under similar treatment, Rory doesn't push back much.
* RichBitch: [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Not the worst out there]], but she can be controlling and has a manipulative streak. She often looks down on people from working or middle class.
* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl: Emily is very involved in the family's social life and will often be the active (or pushy) one when it comes to orchestrating the events, while Richard is often the one to be dragged from function to function with a resigned look on his face, wishing he would be working. It fits their roles as {{Socialite}} and {{Workaholic}} respectively, but also their tempers.
* SurroundedByIdiots: She holds this view of the endless maids she fires on a weekly basis. Some are genuinely incompetent, others just annoy her or fail to meet her standards.

!!Richard Gilmore (Edward Herrmann)
Lorelai's father. A normally reserved and no-nonsense insurance man, he begins to form a close bond with Rory after coming back into their lives.

* BadassGrandpa: When Mitchum Huntzberger mistreats Rory, he goes medieval on his arse and gives him a ShutUpHannibal speech.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: He seems (and is) much more genial than Emily, but does have sneaky moments and can be [[PapaWolf quite protective of his family]].
* CoolOldGuy: He finds a lot of common ground with Rory, especially through their taste in books.
* DeadpanSnarker: Mostly to Emily, as a sort of a coping mechanism. He makes sarcastic remarks with deadpan expression and tone, apparently without any hope of making an impact and she almost never notices.
* FakeGuestStar: Each season opening lists Edward Herrmann as making a ''Special Appearance''.
* ManipulativeBastard: While no-where near as bad as Emily, Richard does have his moments, especially when he tries to coax Rory into going to Yale.
* MommasBoy: Will even ignore his wife for his mother's needs.
* PapaWolf: It's rarely shown, but the times he goes into this mode are the most awesome. When Emily and Richard find out that the reason Rory engaged in reckless behavior that landed her community service, was all because of Mitchum rejecting her internship. Emily and Richard team up to take down both spouses. Emily making jabs at Shira's weight and Richard telling Mitchum off.
* TheQuietOne: Often has the least to say at family dinners. Of course, [[MotorMouth with THIS family...]]
* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl: Emily is very involved in the family's social life and will often be the active (or pushy) one when it comes to orchestrating the events, while Richard is often the one to be dragged from function to function with a resigned look on his face, wishing he would be working. It fits their roles as {{Socialite}} and {{Workaholic}} respectively, but also their tempers.
* SharpDressedMan: You'll be hard-pressed to see this man in anything but a suit and tie.
* ThePatriarch: Very much the head of the Gilmore family.

!!Lorelai "Trix" Gilmore (Marion Ross)
Lorelai's paternal grandmother whom she inherited her name from. She is very close with her son, but completely disapproves of Emily.

* CharacterDeath: Trix dies of old age.
* EvilMatriarch: ''Worse'' than Emily. Has been bullying her daughter-in-law to no end for over thirty years, tried to convince her son to leave his bride-to-be at the altar, and leaves a copy of the letter with that for Emily to find, to hurt her beyond the grave.
%% * IronLady: Trix fits this trope almost perfectly.
* {{Jerkass}}: Rude and condescending towards Emily, for no apparent reason. She's adoring towards her son and likes Rory, but Emily and Lorelai? Forget it.
* KissingCousins: Her maiden name was Gilmore... Rory and Lorelai are squicked by the fact and immediately try to find any genetic faults on their bodies.
%% * ManipulativeBitch: Far worse than Emily.
* MeddlingParents: [[spoiler:Pleaded with Richard not to marry Emily. On their wedding day, no less.]]
* NotSoDifferent: She and Emily are not too different after all, but Trix turns out to be a lot more manipulative than Emily could ever hope to be.
* ObnoxiousInLaws: When she visits she puts even more energy into bullying her daughter in-law than into pampering her son.
* PetTheDog: For all of her faults, Trix had a genuinely loving relationship with her son and contributed a lot to charities.
%% * RichBitch: Very rich, and more of a bitch than Emily.

!!Marilyn Gilmore (Marion Ross)
%% * YouLookFamiliar

[[folder:Stars Hollow]]

!!Lucas "Luke" Danes (Scott Patterson)
The owner of the local diner in Stars Hollow that Lorelai and Rory frequent often. Despite his gruff exterior, he is very dependable. He harbors a crush on Lorelai for most of the series, but they begin a relationship in season 4.

* BettyAndVeronica: The Betty to Christopher's Veronica for Lorelai's Archie. (Also Betty to Max, Alex, Jason...the list goes on. Safe to say he's seen a lot of Lorelai's boyfriends pass by).
* BigBrotherInstinct: Luke will never pass up an opportunity to help the people he cares about. Jess occasionally will poke fun at him for it.
* BookDumb: Not particularly well-educated, but makes up for it with practical, real-world experience and his own sort of wisdom.
* BumblingDad: When he tries to be a dad to April. Despite being a good father figure to Rory.
* CarpetOfVirility: Has very manly hairy chest.
* DeadpanSnarker: The ultimate snarker on the show and one of the only things he has in common with Lorelai. He's always sarcastic towards quirky people around him, especially because of his OnlySaneMan status.
* EmbarrassingFirstName: A surefire way to annoy Luke would be referring to him as Lucas. Only Mia is allowed to call him Lucas.
* EmbarrassingNickname: His nickname was Butch in high school.
* GrumpyBear: Has a gruff, world-weary personality.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: It comes from cynicism and anti-social GrumpyBear attitude rather than any actual jerkishness. However he has a close relationship with Lorelai and Rory, and is always willing to help his friends and family.
%% * KnightInSourArmor
* KnightTemplarBigBrother: Later in the series his BigBrotherInstinct gets [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstructed]] and comes in a somewhat darker tone. Jess is the one to [[WhatTheHellHero call Luke out of it again]] in his [[BrutalHonesty usual style]]. Luke [[HeroicBSOD does not take it well]].
* LukeIAmYourFather: I Am Luke And I Am Your Father [[spoiler:April shows up out of nowhere and takes his hair to compare their DNA. She is his daughter he had with his ex-girlfriend who never told him because she thought he disliked kids.]]
* NiceHat: He's rarely seen without his beloved baseball cap.
* OnlySaneMan: The most normal person in Stars Hollow, [[QuirkyTown which admittedly isn't saying much.]]
* PapaWolf: Tends to be quite protective of the young people he loves: Jess, April, and Rory. To the point where he even calls out Rory's ''actual'' father on being there for her less than he has been.
* ParentalSubstitute: He is a parental figure for Rory and Jess.
* PermaStubble: He is never seen clean shaved.
* RealMenCook: though it's clear Lorelai and Rory would accept just about anything that was edible, Luke's abilities shine in a season-five episode when Sookie takes ill and he has to take over for Sookie at the Dragonfly Inn. Despite his lack of training compared to hers, some of the patrons prefer his food to Sookie's.
* TheReliableOne: To the whole of Stars Hollow.
* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl: Savvy Guy to Lorelai's Energetic Girl, even before they were an actual couple.
* TallDarkAndHandsome: Tall, dark-haired. He was a ChickMagnet in high school.
* TallDarkAndSnarky: See TallDarkAndHandsome above, and most of his dialogue is snarky.
* WillTheyOrWontThey: With Lorelai for a while and the town considers their relationship a constant source of entertainment. Much like [[{{Friends}} Ross and Rachel]], this was introduced in the first episode and was not resolved until the very last scenes of series finale.[[spoiler: TheyDo]].

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!!Kirk Gleason (Sean Gunn)
The oddball among oddballs in Stars Hollow. He is never seen in the same occupation.

* AmbiguousDisorder: It's hard to tell if Kirk is just well-meaning but slightly quirky, or perhaps mildly autistic.
* AscendedExtra: Started out as a random guy named "Mick" in the pilot, then developed into an actual character with his own subplots as the series went on.
* ButtMonkey: Cannot seem to catch a break, ever.
* TheChewToy: He usually has it coming because of his stupidity, but still.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Even in an entire town of these he stands out. He has weird theories about how world works and constantly breaks social norms when discussing his private life.
* DidntThinkThisThrough: He moved out of his mother's house, per Luke's suggestion, but didn't find a place to live before leaving. As a result, he spent a few episodes staying the night at other peoples' places after he was found sleeping in Lorelai's garage. He spent a few of them sleeping in Rory's room when she was away at Yale and on Lorelai's couch when she wasn't.
* FanDisservice: Many probably considered seeing Kirk's naked skinny body a disservice but after they did it the first time loads of people were requesting them to do it again and again.
%%* TheFool
* HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday: When he talked about having a date, he mentioned it was with a young lady (Lulu).
* ManChild: Among his quirks are an affection for childish cereal, toys, and a [[MommasBoy over-reliance on his mother]].
* MommasBoy: Until Lulu comes along, he has some serious trouble cutting those apron strings.
* PromotionToOpeningTitles: In season 3.
* ThrowTheDogABone: He gets a pretty and nice girlfriend in later seasons.
* WackyGuy: He does the impossible and is deemed local weirdo in a town of full of weird like Stars Hollow.

!!Sookie St. James (Creator/MelissaMcCarthy)
Lorelai's best friend and a perfectionist chef extraordinaire. She gets married and starts a family at the end of season 2.

* AlliterativeName: '''S'''ookie '''S'''t. James.
* BetaCouple: She gets together with Jackson early in the series and they get married only a bit later, and their relationship is stable, in contrast to Lorelai's and Rory's love life.
* BigFun: A perfect female example of the trope. She's a plus size, but cute and funny and amusing.
* ButICantBePregnant: She was ''extremely'' surprised with her third pregnancy. Particularly because [[spoiler:Jackson had told her he'd gotten a vasectomy. He lied.]]
* BunnyEarsLawyer: She's kind of strange and has many quirks, but she's a supreme chef and everybody loves her cooking.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Another major example, to the point that Lorelai actually takes on the role of the CloudcuckoolandersMinder when hanging out with her.
* ControlFreak: Rules her kitchen with an iron fist, even when she's supposed to be on bed rest at the end of her pregnancy.
* CuteClumsyGirl: Part of some early awkward characterization. The perfectionist side of her gets more developed in the later seasons.
* FatBestFriend: To Lorelai. They are very close and start a business together.
* GenkiGirl: Energetic, bubbly and outgoing like Lorelai, or even more so.
* GirlishPigtails: Although she's an adult woman, she almost always wears adorable pigtails. It's always a good idea to tie your hair if you work with food.
* HappilyMarried: Marries Jackson at the end of Season 2, and they remain the most stable couple from that point forward.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Lorelai. They both work at the Independence Inn and dream of having their own business.
* ShipperOnDeck: She would love to see Lorelai happy. At different points, for Lorelai with either Max or Luke. Particularly for Luke.
* SkewedPriorities: Especially if cooking is involved. Cooking is always on top.
* SupremeChef: At least when [[CuteClumsyGirl she's not being clumsy]].
* TheyDo: After a season or two of back-and-forth, she and Jackson tie the knot in the Season 2 finale.
%% * {{Womanchild}}

!!Jackson Belleville (Jackson Douglas)
Stars Hollows's prominent produce man who takes great pride in his work. He begins a relationship with Sookie and the two get married and start a family together.

* BeleagueredBureaucrat: In season 5, Jackson decides to run for town selectman against Taylor, being tired of his obsessiveness, and wins by an overwhelming landslide. However, Jackson finds that the job is very unfulfilling, so he hands the reins back to Taylor.
* BetaCouple: Starts dating Sookie pretty early on and they remain a stable, happy couple. They provide contrast to Lorelai's relationships.
* GoodOlBoy: A manly man with old-fashioned values and a country-boy upbringing.
* EmbarrassingOldPhoto: Jackson owns a pair of pajamas with an old wrestling photo of him on it. Unfortunately, he couldn't hide them from Lorelai and Rory.
* HappilyMarried: He marries Sookie and they remain very satisfied with their life together, and have several children throughout the series. They are not without a fair share of problems.
%%* NiceGuy
* NiceHat: He is rarely seen without a beanie on.
* SatelliteLoveInterest: Despite being married to the best friend of one of the leads, Jackson doesn't really get much to do outside of his relationship with Sookie. This is especially evident in later seasons. He gets however ADayInTheLimelight in a season 5 episode when he runs against Taylor for town selectman (and wins).
* TheyDo: Marries Sookie at the end of Season 2.

!!Michel Gerard (Yanic Truesdale)
A Frenchman with a biting attitude and tongue who works as the concierge at the Independence Inn and later the Dragonfly. Although he is condescending to everyone he comes across, he can't help but admit that Lorelai and Sookie are his friends.

* CampStraight: Combines camp mannerisms (a love for Celine Dion, impeccable dress, vanity) with occasional assertions of his heterosexuality.
* ButtMonkey: Frequently to Lorelai, Rory, and Sookie who constantly mock him and make fun of him.
* TheDandy: Michel is obsessed with how he's dressed and how many calories he consumes per day.
* DeadpanSnarker: His passive-aggressive rants are usually declaimed with a deadpan tone, heavy accent and spiked with jaded snark.
* FrenchJerk: He is a French concierge, and can be condescending and rude when conducting business, although he's also a...
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He appears to share some level of friendship with Lorelai, Sookie and Rory, and deep down cares about them.
* MommasBoy: Adores his mother, much to Lorelai's amusement.
* NationalStereotypes: Embodies plenty of Frenchmen stereotypes (effeminate, rude/snarky, condescending, vain).
* PassiveAggressiveCombat: Michel never tires of giving lengthy, jaded, sarcastic, passive-aggressive monologues in situations where simple 'yes' or 'no' would often suffice.
* PetTheDog: He dotes on his Chow Chow dogs.
* SharpDressedMan: Always impeccably dressed.
* SmallNameBigEgo: He thinks he is refined and so ''above'' everyone else. He isn't.
* TwoferTokenMinority: He is Black and French. Several characters, Drella in particular in season 1, bring up the whole CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkey thing.
* UltimateJobSecurity: In real life, no one that rude and dismissive would get to be a concierge for long.
-->'''Lorelai:''' [''Michel is ignoring the phone''] Michel, the phone.
-->'''Michel:''' Mmm-hmm. It rings.
-->'''Lorelai:''' Can you answer it?
-->'''Michel:''' No, people are particularly stupid today. I can't talk to anymore of them.
-->'''Lorelai:''' You know who's really nice to talk to? The people at the unemployment agency.
-->'''Michel:''' [''picks up the phone''] Independence Inn, Michel speaking.
** Also, the inn's owner finds his accent incomprehensible.
* UrbanLegendLoveLife: Michel quite often talks about dates and how he is dieting because ladies love him fit, but we never see him in action.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Lorelai. Well, not exactly best friends, but about thrice as vitriolic and still friends.
* WithFriendsLikeThese: Lorelai doesn't usually need any outside conflict in the Inn, Michel complaining and behaving passive-aggressively will suffice.

!!Lane Kim (Keiko Agena)
Rory's best friend in Stars Hollow. The two have been inseparable since they met in kindergarten. Lane attempts to be an ordinary American teenager under the watch of her conservative Christian, Korean-centric parents.

* AsianAndNerdy: She's pretty, but can be incredibly dorky and awkward in situations with the opposite sex.
* AuthorAvatar: Producer Avatar. Lane was inspired by Helen Pai, creator Amy Sherman-Palladino's best friend and show producer.
* BetaCouple: With Zach, after they start dating. They eventually get married.
* ButICantBePregnant: Only had sex once on their honeymoon, but it was enough.
%%* CantGetAwayWithNuthin
* TheChick: She's the glue that helps keep Hep Alien together.
* CulturalRebel: Hides unapproved music, makeup and cloths under the floor, as well as giving Rory things to take home so her mother wouldn't find them. She then leaves her mother's house to live with her bandmates (and boyfriend).
* DeadpanSnarker: Just as snarky as everyone else. A lot of her snark is SelfDeprecation.
* {{Foil}}: Despite being best friends with Rory, the Kims have the exact opposite relationship than the Gilmores.
* GenkiGirl: She's quite fun-loving and energetic despite her strict, conservative parents.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Been best friends with Rory since kindergarten. She feels and fears they might drift apart when Rory changes school and later is in college, but they both make effort to stay as close as possible.
* {{Meganekko}}: A cute girl with glasses.
* NerdGlasses: A serious turn-on for Zach, as it turns out once she gets rid of them. He and Mrs. Kim both agree that they make her look smart.
* OneOfTheBoys: Single girl in an all boy band. One of the reasons Zach had a hard time thinking of her as a possible love interest.
* ThePowerOfRock: eventually, it sets her free, and is her path to find love(s).
* SignificantAnagram: Lane's band Hep Alien is an anagram of Helen Pai.
* TheyDo: Spends a few seasons going back and forth with Zach until they finally wind up married.
* TokenMinority: Lane and her mother are among the only non-white residents of Stars Hollow.
* VirginInAWhiteDress: She planned on having sex but when she had the opportunity she surprised herself by saying, "Oh, well, I have to wait until I get married," because the morals her Seventh Day Adventist mother taught her had stuck. She was afraid that she might never get married and have sex but she did.

!!Mrs. Kim (Emily Kuroda)
The antique shop owner in Stars Hollow and Lane's mother. She is a very conservative Christian and disapproves of most American customs.

* AlmightyMom: She scared the crap out of Zach when found out that he'd been 'laying hands' on her little girl. Also most of Lane's peers (''Jess'' is polite to her), and some of the adults, like Lorelai and even Taylor, fear her to varying degrees.
* ApronMatron: She's the unquestionable head of the household (if [[TheGhost Mr. Kim]] is ever shown, he's never singled out of the crowd of the Koreans occasionally gathered in the house) and rules it with an iron fist.
* AsianStoreOwner: Own the town antique shop.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Beneath her icy exterior lies a good-hearted woman who genuinely does love and want the best for her daughter. she even looses up her standards for suitable men for her daughter.
* DrillSergeantNasty: The first association Zach and Brian have upon seeing her is: 'remember that guy from ''Film/FullMetalJacket''?' and after watching her commanding a group of people inside her salon it's easy to see why.
%%* TheFundamentalist
* GenerationXerox: A heartwarming example; Mrs. Kim hides her Christian lifestyle from her traditional Buddhist mother.
* TheGhost: Her husband, Mr. Kim. Lane always talks about her parent'''s''' but Mr Kim is never seen or heard.
* HiddenDepths: She knows a surprising amount about music, and in a way, becomes Hep Alien's pseudo-manager, booking them a tour and helping Zach write songs.
%%* IronLady
* MyBelovedSmother: She is extremely strict, and pushes Lane into a life she doesn't want. However, Mrs Kim loves Lane and care deeply about her. But thinking that Rory might corrupt Lane... well, RuleOfFunny was in play.
* OddFriendship: with Lorelai. The two see eye-to-eye on almost nothing, but Lorelai respects the solidarity of motherhood and will go behind Rory's back when Rory conspires with Lane to do something Mrs. Kim disapproves of. This has the strange effect of making Mrs. Kim the sole person alive who Lorelai will ever cross Rory for.
* PerpetualFrowner: She's rarely seen smiling.
%%* TeamMom: Evolves into this for Lane's band.
* TerseTalker: Mama Kim lives, runs the business and raises her daughter by simple rules ('You break, you buy!', 'No boys!') and doesn't have to waste words to get people into obeying her.
* TookALevelInKindness: She remains strict, but she eventually mellows slightly, going from not allowing Lane to even ''speak'' to boys and forcing Lane to hide music and makeup under the floorboards, to helping Zach write a song ([[ItMakesSenseInContext to prove he's worthy of Lane's hand]]), lovingly giving Lane her grandmother's wedding ring, and sincerely encouraging Lane to follow her dreams and become a professional drummer. Perhaps Lane moving out was the wake-up call she needed?

!!Dean Forrester (Creator/JaredPadalecki)
A Stars Hollow high school student from Chicago who eventually becomes Rory's first boyfriend.

* BettyAndVeronica:
** Betty to Jess's Veronica. Rory later expressed regret about the relationship with Jess to her best friend Lane Kim; saying that, while she was initially attracted to Jess' intellectualism and his "bad boy nature," she had become used to Dean's reliability and affectionate nature.
** He was the Archie to Lindsay's Betty and Rory's Veronica.
%%* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome
* CrazyJealousGuy: He gets angry towards Rory when she declines to spend time with him in favor of school or town activities and therefore in the vicinity of Tristan, Jess or Logan. He insisted on being there when Rory and Tristan rehearsed the death scene of ''{{Romeo and Juliet}}'', as it involved a kiss. He also dumped her after she blanked on saying "I Love You" back after gifting her with a car and telling her he loved her. Rory eventually did say it several episodes later. His jealousy of Jess at least turns out to be pretty well justified.
* {{Foil}}: For Jess. For all of his dependability Dean doesn't stimulate Rory intellectually like Jess does, clashing with him for obvious reasons. Dean also is a good fit for Stars Hollow, whereas Jess tends to annoy the townspeople with his pranks and general attitude. In Dean's final appearance he's still in Stars Hollow after a failed marriage and a job in the local construction company while Jess is last seen having written a book and part of the local arts scene where he lives.
* InformedAttractiveness: He's described as 'beautiful' or 'gorgeous' probably even more frequently than the protagonists (compared to their respective amounts of the screen-time)
* NewTransferStudent: In season one. He is introduced as the new guy in town in the "Pilot".
* NiceGuy: In the first seasons Dean is the typical friendly wholesome BoyNextDoor, especially in contrast to Rory's other boyfriends. His character devolves over later seasons though, see TookAlevelInJerkass.
* PromotionToOpeningTitles: In season 2.
* RomanticRunnerUp: He may have been Rory's first ever boyfriend, but he eventually loses her to Jess and then to Logan as the series progressed.
* SatelliteLoveInterest: Despite being an important character, he's this to Rory. His story-lines revolve exclusively around a) how he and Rory are in love b) how he is being jealous for Rory's current other love interests c) how is his [[DisposableFiance new relationship]] inferior to what he had with Rory. Also, him not having much of plans or ambitions outside relationship with Rory and revolving around her while she has other things to do is a recurring aspect since early in the series.
* TallDarkAndHandsome: About 90% of the characters who encounter him comment how tall he is, about 90% of the female characters who encounter him comment how good-looking he is, and he has dark hair. Notably, [[WorldOfSnark despite being a prominent character]] he is not TallDarkAndSnarky.
* TookALevelInDumbass: Downplayed. As the plot was progressing, the writers tried to emphasize his position as Rory's - and her new love interests - intellectual inferior. He never becomes ''dumb'' but gradually turns into a simpleton without an original thought, able only to admire Rory.
* TookALevelInJerkass: By the time seasons 4 and 5 roll around, he's cheating on his wife and gets possessive of Rory.
* YourCheatingHeart: He gets married to Lindsay in season 4 but convinces Rory to rekindle their relationship, leading them to have an affair.

!!Zach van Gerbig (Todd Lowe)

%%* TheBigGuy
* ChickMagnet: He is several times seen to be quite popular among the ladies and eventually even Lane falls for him.
* CommanderContrarian: If there is a conflict in the band, Zach will be the one causing it.
* CrazyJealousGuy: Goes over-the-top when he thinks other guys (even Brian) might be interested in Lane.
* GuiltyPleasures: In episode 11 of the 4th season, "In the Clamor and the Clangor", it is highly implied that he actually likes Music/{{NSYNC}} and that they are his guilty pleasure. But, he didn't want to admit it and got a little bit defensive when the band teased him about it (they, too, revealed their guilty pleasures -- which did not include boy bands or bubblegum pop acts though).
* LikesOlderWomen: The first time he meets the Gilmore girls. He isn't much interested in Rory, but makes passes on Lorelai whom he considers StacysMom archetype.
* ManChild: Not the most mature member of the group, to say the least.
* SecondLove: For Lane. Dave was her first serious love, but after Dave moves to California, Zack replaces Dave as Lane's romantic interest.
* TheSlacker: When he is not playing, arguing or womanizing, he is usually seen playing video games or lazying around the (dirty) house and trying to delegate chores to lane or Brian.
* SurferDude: He speaks in TotallyRadical and has a cool-wannabe attitude, for example forbiding Gil to talk about parental matters because it's not 'rock and roll'.
* ThoseTwoGuys: He and Brian started out as Dave's weird teammates without much of character depth.

!!Brian Fuller (John Cabrera)

* NerdGlasses: Wears a pair and his look is a honest indication about his personality.
* ProudToBeAGeek: He has a tattoo of [[ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} Snoopy]], according to Lane.
* ShipTease: With Kyon. Her and Brian are visibly interested in each other from the day when Brian impressed her with his knowledge of Korean culture.
* TheSmartGuy: Between him, Zach and Gil, Brian is the only one who has the ambition to read or learn about anything.
* ThoseTwoGuys: He and Zach started out as Dave's weird teammates without much of character depth.

!!Dave Rygalski (Adam Brody)

* {{Determinator}}: In regards to dating Lane. After the Bible quest even Mrs Kim was impressed.
%%* NiceGuy
* OnlySaneMan: The most level-headed one in the band.
* PutOnABus: Leaves [[Series/TheOC "for California"]] after Season 3.
%%* SecretRelationship: With Lane.

!!Taylor Doose (Michael Winters)

* ZeroPercentApprovalRating: Because of how annoying and obsessed about ridiculous town matters he is, nobody has much patience for him. However, when it hits the critical point and Jackson runs against Taylor for a selectman and wins by a landslide, turns out that Taylor is the best candidate for that job... exactly because he's the only one willing to take care of the ridiculous town matters.
* AuthorityInNameOnly: He's the town selectman and for the most part, he's seldom taken seriously.
* ButtMonkey: Taylor is basically the town butt monkey of Stars Hollow and is even the butt monkey amongst his family. Shockingly enough, Lorelai seems to be the only person to have any sympathy for him.
* ControlFreak: Hooboy, is he a stickler for the rules.
* {{Jerkass}}: He's unbelievably obnoxious, but usually just tries to what is right in his mind (or is simply self-serving at worst). Townspeople mostly acknowledge that Taylor is a good guy, but don't have much patience for him anyhow.
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: Seems to take a perverse delight in insisting every rule be followed to a tee, particularly when it irritates others.
* SitcomArchnemesis: To Luke, who seems to be the only person in Stars Hollow to disapprove and speak out against Taylor's obsessive need to control every aspect of the town. The rest of the townspeople tends to treat Taylor as a joke and Luke's feuds with him as another one.

!!Babette Dell (Sally Struthers)
Lorelai and Rory's loud, eccentric, but loving next-door neighbor. She treats the two girls like her own daughters. Just among the many of Stars Hollow's zany bunch.

* ChubbyMamaSkinnyPapa: She's short and chubby while her husband Morey is tall and thin. Morey is usually very quiet and hardly ever speaks but she's very chatty and talkative.
%%* CloudCuckooLander: A serious example even among eccentric neighbors.
* GossipyHens: Along with Miss Patty, knows every bit of gossip in the town and happily broadcasts it.
%%* HappilyMarried: With Morey.
* KindheartedCatLover: Nearly bordering on CrazyCatLady at times. Babette can't resist taking in cats and treats them like her own children.
* NoIndoorVoice: She talks in very loud voice all the time.
%%* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl
* UrbanLegendLoveLife: At least the way Babette describes it. Apparently she's pushed out of a moving car by a guy and was even part of a cult once.

!!Patricia "Miss Patty" Lacosta (Liz Torres)

* BigBeautifulWoman: She's large, but still very beautiful, especially when you consider her age.
* DeadpanSnarker: Like almost everyone in Stars Hollow, she deals with Taylor with crippling sarcasm. Or just telling him to shut up.
* DirtyOldWoman: Flirts with every man who crosses her path, regardless of age.
* GossipyHens: She usually stands in front of her ballet school and surveys the town for new interesting bits to see or hear, and she happily passes the knowledge. She's never malicious.
* IWasQuiteALooker: Used to have quite a career on the stage as a beautiful dancer/actress, apparently.
* MrsRobinson: Granted Miss Patty flirts with men of all ages, she seems particular fond of handsome young men.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: No one ever calls her "Patricia."
%%* UrbanLegendLoveLife

!!Gypsy (Rose Abdoo)

* AmbiguouslyBrown: In the very white Stars Hollow.
* DeadpanSnarker: Taylor makes her favorite target, but not the only one.
--> '''Jess''' ''(about his car, being repaired by Gypsy)'': Are you waiting for it to tell you where it hurts?
--> '''Gypsy''': I've seen dumber things talking.
* GirlishPigtails: Despite her tomboy appearance otherwise
%%* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname
* WrenchWench: Car trouble in Stars Hollow? Gypsy's your go-to woman.

!!Cesar (Aris Alvarado)

* BigFun: He's both obese and always cheerful, sunny and polite to customers, in contrast to Luke.
%%* BumblingSidekick: Sometimes to Luke.
* SpearCounterpart: To Sookie who is a chef as he works in the kitchen of Luke's diner. Though Cesar is much less important than Sookie.

!!Morey Dell (Ted Rooney)
The Gilmore girls' next-door neighbor and Babette's husband. He carries himself with a very cool demeanor and is a talented musician.

%%* CoolShades
%%* HappilyMarried: With Babette.
%%* NiceHat
%%* KindheartedCatLover
%%* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl

%%% ZCE clean-up done till here.

!!Liz Danes (Kathleen Wilhoite)

* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: To Luke, although he loves her.
* BetaCouple: She's Luke's older sister and had a string of bad short-term relationship. However, her relationship with TJ is stable, while Luke has ups and downs with Lorelai.
* BigBrotherWorship: Adores her big brother Luke
* CloudCuckooLander
* ParentalNeglect: She packs off Jess, her troubled teenage son, and sends him off to his uncle Luke while none of them had any word in the matter prior to Jess' arrival to Stars Hollow. It's also heavily implied that she rarely paid attention to Jess as a child and was more concerned with boyfriends and drugs.
* TheStoner: She used to be a heavy pot smoker, but since quit.
* TeenPregnancy: She had Jess as a teenager, much like Lorelai had Rory.

!!TJ (Michael Deluise)

* TheDitz: In his [[{{Flanderization}} later appearances]]. He wasn't initially presented as a particularly bright guy, but later devolved to someone whom a construction crew can trick into thinking he's the boss, while sending him off to buy them sandwiches to get him out of the way.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* ObnoxiousInLaws: He's one for Luke. In a variation, TJ is more obliviously obnoxious, he does like Luke and treats him like family. Luke just sort of tolerates him for Liz's sake. (Jess flat out can't stand him.)

!! Lindsay Lister (Arielle Kebel)

* AlliterativeName: Until she married Dean, anyway.
* BettyAndVeronica: The Betty to Rory's Veronica.
* DisposableFiance: She was so disposable that Louise was able to predict her marriage with Dean breaking because of Rory despite ''never even meeting her''.
* EveryoneLovesBlondes: ''Michel'' found her attractive.
* LethalChef: Apparently. Though she tried her best to improve for Dean's sake and seemed to make some progress.
* SpoiledBrat: She's immature and would rather have fun than acknowledge that her husband has to work, but she cares about Dean and consequently tries to improve in cooking to please him.
* WomanInWhite: In the fifth season, when she doesn't have any JerkAss moments and her innocence is played up as [[spoiler:the extramarital affair's wronged party]].

!!Lulu (Rini Bell)

%%* ManicPixieDreamGirl: For Kirk.
%%* AttractionDissonance: The entire town wonders.

!!Tom (Biff Yeager)

* DeadpanSnarker: Always speaks in an apathetic tone and hardly says a line that isn't a snark.

!!Kyon (Susane Lee)

* ReplacementGoldfish: Moves in with Mrs. Kim after Lane moves out. Lane even calls her on it.

!!April Nardini (Vanessa Marano)

* BrainyBrunette
* CousinOliver: A young, precocious character added in during a rather unpopular stretch of the show.
* HollywoodNerd: April is supposed to be a dork, but aside from her NerdGlasses, she's actually quite lovely.
* LukeYouAreMyFather: To, well, Luke.
* {{Meganekko}}

!!Anna Nardini (Sherilyn Fenn)


!!Paris Eustace Gellar (Liza Weil)
One of the top students at Chilton, who tries to make Rory's life there hell. The two of them eventually become close friends, but it always remains a little shaky.

* AcademicAlphaBitch: The first time that Rory meets Paris at Chilton, Paris tells her how she's going to be editor of the school paper and valedictorian, ending with, "You'll never catch up. You'll never beat me. This school is my domain and the Franklin is my domain. And don't you ever forget that."
* AscendedExtra: Especially after season 1. Originally Paris was only going to be in a few episodes, but Liza Weil really stood out and her role was greatly expanded.
* BadassPrincess: Paris is born to wealthy parents but she fights to earn everything she gets.
* TheBGrade: Paris gets an A-minus on a science test and forces Rory to have an emergency study session with her.
--> '''Paris''': All I had to do was [[MisplacedADecimalPoint move a decimal point]], and none of this would have happened.
* BelligerentSexualTension: With Doyle
* BrutalHonesty: Don't ask Paris a question unless you're prepared for a pretty harsh answer.
* ClingyJealousGirl: In the later part of Season 1 and the beginning Season 2, she freezes out Rory because she believes that Rory accepted a date with Tristan (she didn't). Never mind the fact that A) Rory was the one who set up Tristan with Paris in the first place and B) Rory personally helped Paris prepare for her first date with him.
* DeadpanSnarker
* DefrostingIceQueen
* {{Determinator}}: She will fight to succeed and get what she wants.
* DrillSergeantNasty: Whenever she has an opportunity, she terrorizes, shouts at and commands around just everybody below her (and some weak-willed individuals who are technically her superiors). It shows best when she becomes the editor of Yale's Daily News, but starts as early as in Chilton.
--> '''Francie''': What idiot gave ''her'' a gavel?
* DumbBlonde: Except with regards to diplomacy, this is averted to Hell.
* ExtracurricularEnthusiast: Even makes a chart of experiences and activities to do by graduation.
* FishOutOfWater: She doesn't fit in so well on her first trip to Stars Hollow, but mostly because she's convinced that it's secretly some kind of seedy hellhole.
* GoGetterGirl: Like Rory, only with a slight touch of insanity to it.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Rory and Paris usually find a way to work things out, though.
--> '''Emily (to Rory)''': Are you and Paris Gellar friends? I can never tell.
* HiddenDepths: Of the JerkWithAHeartOfGold variation.
* HollywoodNerd
* InferioritySuperiorityComplex: Mainly with Rory, though not only. Paris is brilliant and knows it, but her insecurity on a social level and paranoid personality makes her feel easily threatened.
* InformedJudaism: The only time it really came up during the course of the show was when Paris visited Jamie during the holidays, and when it's pointed out her bat mitzvah dress carries a menorah, though Liza Weil does practice Reform Judaism in real life.
* InsufferableGenius: Paris is brilliant, sure, but she's also a pain in the ass about making sure everyone knows it.
* {{Jerkass}}: In Season 1, defaulting to JerkWithAHeartOfGold in later seasons.
* LonelyRichKid: It's downplayed, but one gets the sense her parents don't care an ounce about her. She was basically raised by her nanny, and is heartbroken when she moves to college and has to let her go (but they still talk), and she doesn't have many friends. Though that's due to her having NoSocialSkills, and it gets better in later seasons.
* MayDecemberRomance: With college professor Asher Fleming. She seems to have a thing for older men as well, including [[StacysMom Richard]]. Both squick out Rory. It seems that she just judges people for her brains and accomplishments, so older men have an advantage.
* TheNapoleon: She is usually the shortest, the loudest and the most power-hungry person in the room.
* NoIndoorVoice: What's shouting for others, for Paris is a normal speaking volume. It's implied to be her FatalFlaw which cost her [[spoiler:Harvard]].
* NoSocialSkills: She's good with academics, not with people.
* OvershadowedByAwesome: How she feels about Rory. On notable example is in "Secrets and Loans" when she just HAS to know if Rory's PSAT scores are higher than hers. Rory refuses to tell her.
* ParentalAbandonment: Technically she still has her parents but not only [[TheGhost do we never see them]] neither does she (we do see Paris's mother once played by the [[TypeCasting mom of Kelly]] from ''BeverlyHills90210'', but she's on for less than a minute to lecture her about her acne regimen). They're rarely even in the same ''country'' as her and she was functionally raised by her nanny, who attends her graduation with her own family to provide some kind of 'family' support. Later they forget to pay their taxes, leave the country to avoid charges and leave her penniless.
* PerpetualFrowner: Paris is usually stressed about something, angry and/or feels that she's SurroundedByIdiots, and her expression reflects that.
* PreppyName
* PromotionToOpeningTitles: In season 2.
* RedOniBlueOni: The Red to Rory's Blue.
* RichesToRags: After her parents leave the country to avoid charges for tax evasion. She manages remarkably well (she already seemed to have logical money skills and shamed her parents for stupid accounting), and adjusts fairly quickly to no longer having money, all things considered.
* TheRival: Introduced in Season 1 as a rival to Rory, and always feels this way a little, even when they become friends.
* SlutShaming: Paris inflicts it on ''herself'', apparently seeing a link between having sex with Jamie and [[spoiler:not getting into Harvard]]. She does it during her Chilton Bicentennial speech, which is aired live by Creator/{{CSPAN}} (a very rare instance of that network lending its brand to a fictional series). And then outs Rory as a virgin, and 'deduces' (correctly) that therefore [[spoiler:she will get accepted into Harvard]]. Did we mention it was on C-SPAN?
* SchoolNewspaperNewsHound: editor of both the Chilton Franklin and Yale Daily News.
* StudentCouncilPresident
* SugarAndIcePersonality: She's usually the icy part with everyone, including close friends and loved ones, but every so often, the sugar part comes through, like with Lorelai, Rory, and Jamie.
* TookALevelInJerkass: In season 4. Paris was never the nicest person around, but at least in earlier seasons she tended to abuse people who'd annoyed her or the ones she was feeling threatened by. Granted, those two categories covered most of the population, but at least she used to have reasons. In her freshman year in college, however, she goes to treat her innocent, nice and loving boyfriend like dirt, and not even for a cover for her affair with an older man, but simply because she doesn't even bother to tell Jamie she doesn't want him anymore.
* {{Tsundere}}: Type A.
* UnknownRival: Again, with Rory.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Despite trading snark with each other, Rory and Paris have become close friends and will stick up for each other. Paris, in a way, becomes Rory's closest confidante during the periods of time when Rory's relationships with her family became strained.

!!Doyle [=McMaster=] (Creator/DannyStrong)

* BelligerentSexualTension: With Paris, until TheyDo (much to Rory's initial disgust).
* BetaCouple: With Paris, to Rory and Logan.
* DeadpanSnarker
* LovableNerd: Who else but Creator/DannyStrong?
* SchoolNewspaperNewsHound: a pretty [[ProfessionalButtKisser desperate one.]]
* TheSmartGuy

!!Logan Huntzberger (Matt Czuchry)

* BrilliantButLazy: Rory swears that Logan is even smarter than she is, and when he wants to, Logan displays serious intelligence and education. He just doesn't usually want to. The only reason he manages to stay on the staff of the school paper is because the editor knows who his father is.
* TheCharmer
* HandsomeLech
* ImAManICantHelpIt
* {{Jerkass}}: Later (arguably) becoming a JerkWithAHeartOfGold.
* LadyKillerInLove: When he falls for Rory, Logan tries to swear off his womanizing ways.
* MeetCute: When buying coffee from the cart at school Rory turns around and drops her change all over the ground. She crouches down. Logan stops to help her pick up the coins and he greets her with, "This would definitely qualify as a cute meet if we hadn't already met."
* PromotionToOpeningTitles: In season 6.
* RebelPrince: He says that he sees only one door, and feels he's being pushed through it. What he feels he's being pushed into is inheriting the Huntzberger Publishing Company, a national newspaper conglomerate.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: Doesn't care about breaking rules (or laws) because he is secure that his family's wealth can get him out of any tight spots.
* SmugSnake
* SpoiledBrat: And how!
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: His appearance and behavior, at first at least, might give a feeling that we're seeing a couple of years older [[PutOnABus Tristan]] again. Down to having ThoseTwoGuys companions with whom he does stupid things, and ridiculing his [[BettyAndVeronica the Betty]] rivals for belonging working class.
* ThirdOptionLoveInterest
* TroubledButCute
* WellDoneSonGuy: Has serious daddy issues with his overbearing, disapproving father.
* YourCheatingHeart: With five different girls from his sister's wedding party, no less!

!!Marty (Wayne Wilcox)

%% * {{Adorkable}}
* TheBusCameBack: Just in time for Rory to reject him again in the last season.
* DerailingLoveInterests: Goes from a nice, sweet friend to a bit of a jealous Jerkass
* DoggedNiceGuy: Towards Rory.
* JustFriends. He might have even used the phrase itself during his confession.
%% * MeetCute
* NakedFirstImpression: First meets Rory when he wakes up outside her dorm room after a party, without any clothes on.
%%* NiceGuy

!!Tanna Schrick (Olivia Hack)
One of Rory and Paris's dormmates in their freshman year at Yale. She is younger than both girls and is very quiet and out of place in social situations.

* CloudCuckooLander
* DitzyGenius
* FishOutOfWater: She's even more socially awkward than Rory.
* NoSocialSkills
* TheQuietOne
* PutOnABus: Disappears after season 4, since she wasn't rooming with Rory and Paris anymore.
* RegalRinglets
* TeenGenius: She was 16 when she started college.

!!Janet Billings (Katie Walder)
Another of Rory and Paris's dormmates in their freshman year at Yale. Her strong personality often causes her to clash with Paris.

* DeadpanSnarker: Especially towards Paris.
* PassionateSportsGirl
* PutOnABus
* SitcomArchEnemy: To Paris. Paris being a geek and Janet being a jock, they can't stand each other.

!!Asher Fleming (Michael York)

* BusCrash: He and Paris go away to England during the summer, and he dies there.
* CharacterDeath: He has a heart condition and dies.
* CoolOldGuy: Tries to be cool by dating young college girls.
* HotTeacher: Paris and quite a lot of female students at Yale would say so.
* MayDecemberRomance: He and Paris start dating and their relationship lasts quite long. He seems to have a reputation for dating young female students. Paris names the trope word-for-word to describe their relationship, though Rory describes it as a "May-Min Dynasty romance".


!!Madeline Lynn (Shelly Cole) and Louise Grant (Teal Redmann)
Two students at Chilton who are rarely ever seen apart from Paris.

* AfraidOfBlood: Madeline is afraid even of the word 'blood'. Saying it will make her scream.
* BetaBitch: They help Paris intimidate Rory in early episodes.
* BrainlessBeauty: Madeline, personality-wise, at least.
%%* DeadpanSnarker: Louise, though not as much as Paris.
* ExperimentedInCollege: Somewhat. While on spring break in college, the two girls discover that they can manipulate boys by kissing each other.
* TheFashionista
* FriendlyEnemy: To Rory, periodically. Theoretically they are supposed to follow Paris in her FaceHeelRevolvingDoor, but they after a few circles they stop putting any effort into that and Madeline even has trouble remembering whether she is supposed to talk to Rory at the moment, or not.
* GeniusDitz: Hard to tell. Madeline seems like a complete idiot at times, and yet she's still a Chilton student and apparently does quite well at school (part of the credit goes probably to Paris terrorizing her clique, but still). Louise seems pretty sharp herself, but not as much as Rory or Paris.
* GirlPosse: Two sidekicks for [[AcademicAlphaBitch Paris]].
* GoodBadGirl: Both are boy-crazy, and Louise is apparently promiscuous (it's implied in season two that Madeline is a virgin), but they are not bad people.
* LovableAlphaBitch: They seem to 'hate' Rory only on Paris' command and over time become sort of friends with her. They are still capable of behaving like bullies at times, though. Just ask Brad.
* MsFanservice: Both Madeline and Louise seemed to fit the role, especially during college when they discovered that they can get boys to do what they want by kissing each other.
* OddFriendship: With [[InsufferableGenius Paris]]. Hints are, they sometimes find her amusing, though.
* PutOnABus: Both girls, since they don't go to Yale with Rory and Paris. They make their last appearance together.
* ReallyGetsAround: Louise, apparently.
* ThoseTwoGirls
* UpperClassTwit: Both of them, especially Madeline.

!!Max Medina (Scott Cohen)

* AlliterativeName
* AmicableExes: With Lorelai. When she meets him again after she's left him at the altar, Max acts so classy, that it makes Lorelai a little uncomfortable.
* CoolTeacher: Voted favorite by the students.
* HotTeacher: A few of his students mention how attractive he is and wonder if he's dating someone.
* RomanticFalseLead: In season 2, he and Lorelai were going to get married and move in together.
* TallDarkAndHandsome
* TheBusCameBack: Returning from California.

!!Tristan Dugray (Chad Michael Murray)

* BettyAndVeronica: The Veronica To Dean's Betty, before Jess arrives.
* TheCasanova: During the preparation to the school play he chooses a group with Paris (whom he briefly dated) and Rory (whom he kissed) out of five or so others, because... it was the only one free of his ex-girlfriends.
* FreudianExcuse: He's implied to have a pretty bad family situation.
* ILoveYouBecauseICantControlYou: Obsessed with Rory at least partly because she isn't interested in him. Rory even says that she doesn't think he actually likes her, just that he wants to prove that he could get her to like him.
* {{Jerkass}}
* PreppyName
* PutOnABus: shipped off to military school.
* SpoiledBrat

!!Headmaster Hanlin Charleston (Dakin Matthews)

* GoodIsNotNice
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure

!!Henry Cho (Eddie Shin)

* PutOnABus
* SecretRelationship: Somewhat, despite never actually going on a date. Ironically, Henry would probably be the perfect boyfriend for Lane in her mother's eyes, but Lane decides to hide the relationship since she thinks her parents would either never approve or approve of him so much that Lane wouldn't like him anymore.
* TokenMinorityCouple: With Lane.

!!Francine "Francie" Jarvis (Emily Bergl)

* AlphaBitch: Leader of the Puffs, Chilton's "secret" sorority, and senior class president in season 3, who pits her two enemies, Rory and Paris, against each other and subtly manipulates the student council for personal gains.
* EvilRedhead
* SmugSnake: Lampshaded by Paris: 'She's not smart enough to be sneaky'. She does manage to temporarily do some harm to Paris and Rory's friendship, but mostly by an accident (she mentions Paris' boyfriend not intending this information to be the bomb) and thanks to Paris' paranoid personality. Usually, though, her plots are easily brought down by Paris or Rory, but she still fancies herself as a formidable enemy of them.


!!Christopher Hayden (David Sutcliffe)

* AmicablyDivorced: For the most part of the series with Lorelai, despite not having been ever married. He eventually does end up being divorced [[spoiler:twice, to two different women, both being the mothers of his daughters]].
* BettyAndVeronica: The Veronica to Max's Betty.
* BumblingDad: To Rory.
* DisappearedDad: For the most part.
* ExtremeDoormat: Any time his parents or Lorelai's parents tell him to do something, he usually does it without much protest. He usually means well for Lorelai and Rory, but he doesn't seem to be able to stand up to their parents. Plus, when Sherry tells him she's pregnant, he's visibly torn between staying for Rory or returning to Sherry before caving in and leaving again.
* GlorifiedSpermDonor: He was rarely in Rory's life, largely due to Lorelai running away and breaking off contact, and because his parents directed his life to keep contact to a minimum.
* HumansAreFlawed: Christopher usually means well and is generally a nice guy, but can't seem to get a control over his life, is weak, easily manipulated and well, [[StarCrossedLovers he and Lorelai tend to have a horrible timing]], so his appearance usually make things worse. Rory at some point realizes it and tries to keep him from causing damage to her mother's life. [[AesopAmnesia Lorelai doesn't.]]
* RichSuitorPoorSuitor: Rich Suitor for Lorelai, with Luke being the Poor Suitor. It has to do more with the social standing than with the actual money, though. And in later seasons he gets filthy rich when he inherits his father's money. He spends a romantic getaway with Lorelai in Paris and uses his money to pull a GrandRomanticGesture -- they were hungry and couldn't find a place, so he pays a lot of money to have a romantic restaurant opened just for them.
* RomanticFalseLead: For Lorelai: no matter how much he (and sometimes she) wished otherwise, it was always going to be Luke for her. Even acknowledged in-universe as such.
* ShotgunWedding:
** Averted with Lorelai when she got pregnant with him when they both were teens; both their parents pushed hard for this, and he was willing, but Lorelai refused.
** He actually wanted to end his relationship with Sherry, but returned to her when he found out she is pregnant; they got married and had Gigi.
* StarCrossedLovers: With Lorelai, for more than twenty years. [[spoiler:Eventually they get to get together and then split up for good.]]
* UnluckyChildhoodFriend: He's known Lorelai since they were kids and genuinely does love her. He even proposed to her when she got pregnant, and they did get married in Season 7, but her heart ultimately lies with Luke.
* UnwittingPawn: A lot of his actions towards Lorelai are largely triggered by suggestions from Emily, in an albeit misguided attempt to do right by Lorelai. For her part, Lorelai doesn't seem to begrudge Christopher's efforts, but she knows that he rarely did things of his own volition and mostly because the parents tell him to.
%%* WellDoneSonGuy. And then his father dies.

!!Jess Mariano (Creator/MiloVentimiglia)

* AmbiguousDisorder: Shows the disdain and apathy of a depressed teenager, and in his centric episode in season 3, he blows up about his insecurities. See HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood below for more information on his troubled past.
* BettyAndVeronica:
** The Veronica to Dean's Betty. Rory later expressed regret about the relationship with Jess to her best friend Lane Kim; saying that, while she was initially attracted to Jess' intellectualism and his "bad boy nature," she had become used to Dean's reliability and affectionate nature.
** The Betty to Logan's Veronica.
* BlackSheep
* BookWorm: Rory's massive book collection prompts him to steal and annotate her copy of Ginsburg's "Howl" so that he can attempt to actually talk to her. Their mutual love of reading forms the basis of their relationship.
* BrokenAce: Inverted. Jess' outward image highlights his troubled nature, his insecurity, and loner tendencies, when he's actually quite sophisticated and intelligent.
* BrilliantButLazy: Starts out this way, then puts on this as a facade to hide his overtime shifts at work. He also secretly fixed Luke's toaster and refuses to admit he did it.
* BroodingBoyGentleGirl: Brooding Boy to Rory's Gentle Girl.
* BrutalHonesty: He's absolutely not afraid to say what's on his mind, especially how he sees Luke acting towards Lorelai. His first encounter with Lorelai even led him to bluntly ask her if they were a couple.
* TheBusCameBack: Returns twice, once in Season 4, and once in Season 6.
* DeadpanSnarker: Must be inherited from his uncle, as their conversations tend to fall into SnarkToSnarkCombat, as well as towards Lorelai. He's much nicer to Rory for obvious reasons.
* DisappearedDad: His father left the family right after the birth of Jess.
* {{Foil}}: For Dean. While Jess has his own problems and is generally not well liked by the residents of Stars Hollow he connects with Rory on an intellectual level unlike anyone else in the town.
* HatesSmallTalk: Self-admittedly. His monosyllabic tendencies are commented by several characters and never in a positive light.
* HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood: When Liz shows up her ditzy nature and bad taste in men is almost entirely played for laughs...never mind that Jess had to grow up with an unstable mother and her string of horrible boyfriends. And yeah, ''he'' gets blamed for being bitter about it? In his first meeting with Lorelai, she clumsily attempts to relate to him with her own past, but it only makes him even angrier.
* {{Jerkass}}: Starts out as a Jerkass but becomes the JerkWithAHeartOfGold in his last appearances.
* LoveAtFirstSight: Upon his second return in season 4, he tells Rory that he knew they were "meant to be together" from the first time he saw her. Sadly, Rory has lost her trust in him by this point and rejects him.
* OperationJealousy: The first half of season three. Jess gets himself a blond bimbo solely to infuriate Rory and show her that little does he care about her still being Dean's girlfriend. As soon as Rory and Dean are broken up, the bimbo is out of the picture.
* PetTheDog: In one episode, he pulls a prank which turns the whole town against Luke because he tried to defend him yet again. When he gets a WhatTheHellHero from Rory for not caring about it and being ungrateful to Luke, he fixes the toaster Luke was working on in the beginning of the episode.
* PromotionToOpeningTitles: in season 2.
* SecondLove: To Rory. Dean was the first.
* SelfMadeMan: Season 6 reveals that he's published a short book and is very involved with the local independent arts scene.
* StarCrossedLovers: As the show went on, this became the case for him and Rory. Their initial attraction and relationship is plagued by the presence of Dean, the town's disapproval and Jess's own issues. Jess then runs away, leaving Rory heartbroken but later returns to find Rory back with Dean, leaving HIM heartbroken. He then returns again (after fixing himself) as a young adult to find Rory now with Logan and as much of a mess as he was before. After he convinces her to 'fix' her life, they kiss for a final time, only for her to decide to remain with Logan instead, causing Lit fans to lose their final shred of patience with the writers.
* TeensAreShort: Part of the trick to convince the audience that he's seventeen was apparently use camera angles to make the 5'10" Milo Ventimiglia look shorter as well as dressing him in over-sized clothing and playing most of his scenes against Scott Patterson and Jared Padalecki, who were both over 6'.
* TerseTalker: He can be eloquent (mostly when talking to Rory or taunting Dean), but usually gets by 'yep', 'nope' and 'huh'.
* TookALevelInKindness: By Season 6 he's matured greatly, learned to communicate with people and thanks both Luke and Rory for supporting him when his life was a mess.
* TroubledButCute
* WillTheyOrWontThey: With Rory.

!!Jason Stiles (Chris Eigeman)

* DerailingLoveInterests
* EmbarrassingNickname: "Digger" Stiles. A lot of the characters call him that simply to annoy him.
* HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood: Most of the time his childhood is brought up, it's for laughs.
* PutOnABus
* ThirdOptionLoveInterest
* WellDoneSonGuy
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Nothing ever comes from the storyline dealing with Jason suing Richard.

!!Gil (Sebastian Bach)

* TeamDad: Not to mention, he is the oldest member in Hep Alien.
* PluckyComicRelief
* SurferDude

!!Sherry Tinsdale (Madchen Amick)

* ControlFreak: To the point of scheduling giving birth.
* FamilyVersusCareer: A career girl. The show does ''not'' treat it sympathetically.
* MissingMom: [[spoiler:Abandons Christopher and Gigi when Gigi is still a toddler because she was chasing a career opportunity in Europe. Though later she changes her mind and seeks a contact with her daughter.]]
* ShotgunWedding: She and Christopher only return to each other and get married because Sherrie discovers she's pregnant. [[spoiler:It ends the way you'd expect it to.]]
* WrittenInAbsence: The show couldn't get Amick to reprise her character in later years, so the 'running away to Paris' plot was created to conveniently allow her to be absent without writing out the character.