Characters from the [=HBO=] Dramedy ''Girls''.


[[folder:The Main Four]]

!!Hannah Horvath
->'''Played By:''' Lena Dunham

As close to a central character as the show has, though this is largely because much of it is told through her eyes, Hannah is an insecure, slightly overweight aspiring writer from Lansing, Michigan who has moved to New York to pursue her dreams. At the beginning of the show she's still receiving financial support from her parents, though that quickly changes. She lives in an apartment in Brooklyn with her best friend from college, Marnie.

* AlliterativeName: Like all the main four.
* AuthorAvatar: To an extent, though Dunham has denied that the character is a direct counterpart to herself.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Choleric.
* ItsAllAboutMe: She has a hard time talking about anything but her own problems and concerns. Several characters call her out on that during the whole series.
* LastHetRomance: For Elijah [[spoiler: and subverted as he later has sex with Marnie.]]
* TheLoad: She spends the entire first season either not having a job or not having a job that pays any money, meaning Marnie has to pay her rent and other expenses.
* ManChild: A rare female example. She's been mooching off her parents even when no longer living with them (and then she starts mooching off Marnie), she can barely sustain a job or relationship for a reasonable amount of time, and she frequently blames everybody else for her problems and mistakes. This is most evident in the episode "Leave Me Alone," where [[spoiler: she becomes needlessly jealous of a former classmate for successfully launching her writing career, and then sabotages her chance at finally getting recognition for her writing during an essay read. This, among other things, finally pushes Marnie to her limit. And the two, after a nasty fight, break off their friendship... with Hannah ''still'' not realizing how childish her behavior has been]].
** In series 2 moreso than in series 1. Series 1 was mostly about the world from Hannah's perspective, Series 2 is mostly about Hannah from the world's persepective, which makes her seem like a much stupider and more arrogant person.
* MostWritersAreWriters
* NaiveEverygirl
* NoSocialSkills: She can be incredibly tactless at times.
* SuperOCD: Hannah has had obsessive-compulsive disorder since her teens, and suffers a major relapse as a result of her breakup with Adam and her nervousness over her e-book deal.
* ThisLoserIsYou: She has definitely fallen into this trope, as the series has gone on.
* UnreliableNarrator: {{lampshade}}d by Adam in Episode 7, and heralding a massive dose of CharacterDevelopment for him as she realizes she has been writing him off.
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: Has a ''massive'' tendency to be this at times.
* WeightWoe:
--> '''ADAM:''' "You think because you're, what, eleven pounds overweight you know struggle?"
--> '''HANNAH:''' "I am thirteen pounds overweight and it has been [[ awful for me my whole life]]!"

!!Marnie Michaels
->'''Played By:''' Allison Williams

Hannah's best friend from Oberlin, Marnie is a slightly prissy and uptight but responsible young woman who works at an art gallery. At the beginning of the series she is in a long-term relationship with Charlie, but feeling a bit bored with it. She and Hannah clash at times, but Marnie does care about Hannah despite her occasional IceQueen tendencies.

* ADateWithRosiePalms: After being propositioned by Booth Jonathan at an art gallery.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Arguably is a significant element of his attraction to Booth.
* AlliterativeName: Marnie ''Marie'' Michaels.
* AloofDarkHairedGirl
* BreakTheHaughty: Poor Marnie, since she has split up with Charlie she can't catch a break.
* ControlFreak
* HollywoodToneDeaf: Averted. Unlike many other TV show characters who have rather unrealistic dreams of a singing career, her skills are portrayed more as SoOkayItsAverage. She finds her voice when she starts singing with Desi, though.
* IceQueen
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Melancholic.
* OnlySaneWoman: How she sees herself compared to the rest of the clique. In the beginning of the series she's the only one with a steady job and a boyfriend. Of course, she's actually just as screwed up as everyone else.
* RedOniBlueOni: The blue to Hannah's red.
* ShesGotLegs: In her hostess outfit.
* StatuesqueStunner: Quoting Hannah, she's the Victoria's Secret's angel while Hannah is the "fat baby angel".

!!Jessa Johanson
->'''Played By:''' Jemima Kirke

A world-traveling, would-be Bohemian Brit, who arrives in New York in the first episode and moves in with Shoshanna. The most impulsive and free-spirited of the bunch, she tends to make things fun for the others but also gets them in trouble at times as well. She has a (well-deserved) reputation for being flaky and unreliable, and like Hannah, she lacks a job at the beginning of the series, though she soon gets one as a babysitter for a wealthy couple.

* AlliterativeName: Sensing a trend yet?
* BritishStuffiness: Completely averted. Jessa is by far the most open-minded and adventurous of the four.
* TheDrifter: Formerly.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Sanguine.
* FreudianExcuse: Gets one in the form of a troubled relationship with her father, who is just as flighty, irresponsible, and self-centered as she is.
* GranolaGirl: Though less into hippie-type philosophies than most examples.
* HideYourPregnancy: Jemima Kirke was pregnant during the filming of season two, though this trope is slightly subverted because she wasn't showing as much as some other examples.
* InformedAttractiveness: She's pretty and all, but the way people go on about her you'd think she was the most glamorous woman on Earth. Episode 4 is particularly over the top about it when the other babysitters just can't believe a stunner like Jessa is a babysitter and not a movie star.
* BiTheWay: In Season 1 [[spoiler: Marnie kisses her in front of Thomas John, she kisses back in a more sensual/sexual way and they dismiss his attempts to join in]], and in Season 3 she [[spoiler: goes down on closeted lesbian Laura at rehab]].
* [[LikeFatherLikeSon Like Father Like Daughter]]: Her father is a [[TheDrifter slight]], unreliable manchild just like her.
* ManicPixieDreamGirl: She seems to give off this vibe to men. Her boss, Jeff, wants her to be this for him. [[spoiler:She declines]]. Thomas-John [[spoiler: pursues and marries her because he views her as this. It doesn't end well]].
* [[spoiler: PutOnABus: During the middle of season two, most likely to accommodate Kirke's [[RealLifeWritesThePlot real-life pregnancy]] at the time]].
* {{Tsundere}}: With her husband Thomas-John. [[spoiler: She marries him because she hates him so much.]]
-->'''Jessa''': [During her vows] Thomas-John, when you came to my house with flowers, I was prepared to call the special victims unit. Not only did I find you very creepy, but I also found you very boring. But for some reason, I decided to have dinner with you. You asked to move tables twice -- and I was even more revolted. Then, you started talking about what you did -- about travel and finance-- and I thought, this man is brilliant in a way I've never known.
* GoingColdTurkey: After [[spoiler: rehab]] she is not shown drinking or using until [[spoiler: Jasper hunts her down at her place of work and it doesn't take much convincing for her to join him in a cocaine binge that results in her stealing from her employer]].

!!Shoshanna Shapiro
->'''Played By:''' Zosia Mamet

Jessa's American cousin, Shoshanna is the youngest and least experienced of the group, and also the only one who's still a student. She's also still a virgin at the beginning of the series, a status about which she is extremely insecure.

* ActionGirl: In Episode 7. Those kickboxing classes pay off.
* AlliterativeName: Yep, definitely a trend.
* AmbiguouslyJewish
* TheDitz
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Phlegmatic.
* TheIngenue
* MotorMouth: Even more so when she smokes crack.
* PitbullDatesPuppy: Her relationship with the rather peevish and sarcastic Ray could definitely be seen as this.
* YourCheatingHeart: Cheats on Ray with a doorman in season 2.
* SexAsRiteOfPassage


[[folder: Other Characters]]

!!Adam Sackler
->'''Played By:''' Adam Driver

Hannah's [[FriendsWithBenefits friend with benefits]] at the beginning of the show, Adam is a part-time woodworker and aspiring actor who likes to work out, [[ADateWithRosiePalms masturbate]], and [[WalkingShirtlessScene walk around without a shirt on]]. It's later shown that there's more to him than meets the eye, however.

* AmusingInjuries: during a heated argument with Hannah, he gets clipped by a car. It's played completely straight (ambulance and everything), but it also [[BlackComedy breaks the tension]].
* [[spoiler: TheAlcoholic: It's revealed to Hannah's surprise that he has been attending AA meetings since he was 17.]]
* BreakoutCharacter: Most definitely.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Every character besides Hannah finds him bizarre. He wonders around Hannah's apartment and annoys Marnie because he doesn't understand the concept of personal space.
* ADateWithRosiePalms: Frequently, at least one time [[FanDisservice only slightly off-camera]].
* FagHag: Gender-reversed, as Adam has a lot of lesbian friends.
* HiddenDepths: {{Lampshaded}} and arguably subverted. Adam points out that his depths aren't so much hidden as that Hannah has never bothered to look for them before.
* [[spoiler: JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Reveals himself to be this later in Season One.]]
* NoSocialSkills: More or less.
* [[spoiler: OffTheWagon: In the season two episode "On All Fours". The results aren't pretty.]]
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Played for laughs, as he's not as attractive as he seems to think he is.

!!Charlie Dattolo
->'''Played By:''' Christopher Abbott

Marnie's boyfriend, who at the beginning of the series has been with her since meeting her at an undergraduate party four years before. He's [[NiceGuy very kind and accommodating]] to her, but she's grown a bit bored of him. He's in a music duo with his friend Ray.

* GadgeteerGenius: Charlie made a lot of money and started a successful company after developing an app ("Forbid") that prevents you from calling someone (such as an ex-boyfriend or girlfriend) whom you are tempted to call but know that you shouldn't call.
* DoggedNiceGuy: To Marnie's annoyance. [[spoiler: Later shows that he can be just as big a {{Jerkass}} as any of the other characters.]]
* HiddenDepths: As with Adam, there's a bit more to him than is initially presented.
* [[spoiler:PutOnABus]]

!!Elijah Krantz
->'''Played By:''' Andrew Rannells

Hannah's ex-boyfriend from college. Hannah tracks him down in season one to give him some news, only to find out that he has some news himself - he's gay, and now out of the closet. He later becomes a recurring character.

* BerserkButton: "Berserk" is a tad strong, but he does ''not'' like people making fun of his singing voice.
* CampGay
* IncompatibleOrientation: With Hannah, obviously. An unusual case as she only finds out after they've already broken up.
* {{Jerkass}}: At times, though his reasons for being such are usually at least somewhat sympathetic.
* NoBisexuals: Discussed after he [[spoiler: has sex with Marnie.]]
* TransparentCloset: {{Lampshade}}d by Elijah himself:
-->"''Theatre/{{RENT}}'' rehearsal!"
* WouldHitAGirl: He hits Marnie when she insults his singing voice, although it's more of a pissy slap than an actual attempt to harm her.

!!Ray Ploshansky
->'''Played By:''' Alex Karpovsky

Charlie's bandmate and best friend, who is extremely protective of Charlie's feelings. Ray manages a coffee shop, at which Hannah eventually gets a job.

* BreakoutCharacter: As of season 2.
* DeadpanSnarker: Particularly the 'deadpan' part.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He can be a bit of a dick, but he really does have his friend's best interests at heart.
* OlderThanTheyLook: He's 33, almost a decade older than the other characters.
* TheCynic
-->'''Shoshanna''': [[spoiler: During her breakup with Ray]] You hate everything!

!! Booth Jonathan
->'''Played By:''' Jorma Taccone

A conceptual artist whom Marnie meets at an art gallery in the first season, and [[spoiler: later dates after her breakup with Charlie]]. Unlike most of the other characters, he's fairly successful at his job, and while Marnie admires him for it he isn't universally liked.

* BadassBoast: Using these seems to be central to his approach to chatting up women. From what we've seen so far, it works.
* {{Jerkass}}
* [[UglyGuyHotWife Ugly Guy, Hot Girlfriend]]: [[spoiler: Charlie's view of him and Marnie.]]

->'''Played By:''' Chris O'Dowd

A venture capitalist who meets Marnie and Jessa when the two are out drinking one night. He tries to put the moves on them, unsuccessfully, but later comes back into the picture when [[spoiler: it's revealed that he's been seeing Jessa and the two of them have decided to get married]].

* BoringButPractical: The way he views his profession - it may not be as interesting as what Jessa and her friends do, but it pays the bills.
* StraightMan: Of the mostly non-comic variety.

->'''Played By:''' Donald Glover

A black law student whom Hannah briefly dates after [[spoiler: her breakup with Adam]]. Elijah dislikes him and Hannah is critical of him because of his conservative political beliefs, but he generally remains good-natured with them.

* StrawmanPolitical: Averted. In general he politely avoids discussing politics, and while he refuses to apologize for his beliefs to Hannah or Elijah he isn't presented as unreasonable in doing so.
* TokenMinority: To this point, the only non-white character to have much of a role on the show.

!!Caroline Sackler
->'''Played By:''' Gaby Hoffman

Adam's emotionally unstable sister who briefly lives at Hannah's. According to Adam, she has a thing for driving a wedge between people.

* BigOlEyebrows: She's played by Gaby Hoffman, after all.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}
* MessyHair

!!Tad & Loreen Horvath
->'''Played By:''' Peter Scolari & Becky Ann Baker

Hannah's parents, who are university professors in Michigan. They had been supporting Hannah financially as she worked at her unpaid internship, but cut her off from further support in the initial episode.

* BumblingDad: Hannah's father displays a degree of naivete, or at least lack of sophistication, that is surprising given that he's a college professor ("Can we get a hotel for $50 a night in Manhattan?")
* HippieParents: They display traces of that, as can be seen in the contrast between their wild shower sex and Hannah's more pedestrian romantic encounters.
* ParentalObliviousness: They believe Hannah when she says that she's doing okay financially.