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! Main Characters

!!Alex Kerkovich
->'''Played By:''' Elisha Cuthbert
[[caption-width-right:300:I'm not as dumb as I am.]]

Jane's ditzy younger sister and the youngest (and most clueless) member of the group. She was once engaged to Dave but abandoned him at the altar but as of season 3 [[spoiler: they start dating again. But then, they break up again at the end of that season.]].

* AmicableExes: with Dave [[spoiler:until they start dating again. Then they break up again at the end of season 3. Amicably]].
* BigEater: Possibly the only character in the show who has an appetite bigger than Max.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Alex originally didn't have any defining character traits, but she's gradually turned into the cute ditz.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Set off events which meant the whole group was pranking one another because she's "Not as dumb as I am", by pranking her boyfriend with guns for food.
* TheChick / TheHeart: Has twice led charges for the group 'For Love!'
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Yeah, she's out there. Claims to have pig friends, for one thing.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Often does this.
* TheCutie: Is cheerful and optimistic, more so than any of the others.
* TheDitz: In a webisode, she’s incredulous that the aliens Michael Jordan played with in ''Film/SpaceJam'' were actually cartoons.
* DumbBlonde: Although she notes she's a bottle blonde.
* FlowersForAlgernonSyndrome: Temporarily becomes smart in one episode. Ends up going back to her old ways when she finds that hanging out with other intellectuals isn't all that fun.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Choleric (shares this with Jane)
* TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry: Jane and Alex are normally on the same page but when they fight it gets bad, as seen in the Season 3 episode, The Incident.
* GuiltyPleasures: Alex loves cliched and formulaic RomCom movies.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: See the episode where she's looking for a new roommate.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Felt incredibly guilty about leaving Dave at the altar. Recurs throughout Season 1, whenever she's reminded of the pain she's caused him. They both manage to get past it though.
** She also got this way after chopping off some of her hair to try to protect herself from Max's prank (which ended up being pointless). [[spoiler: Or at least she's pretending to be.]]
* NeverLiveItDown: In-universe example as a lot of people continue to remember her for leaving Dave at the altar long after the pilot.
* OneHourWorkWeek: Owner and seemingly sole employee of a store that she spends hardly any time in.
* RunawayBride: How she was first introduced.
* SiblingYinYang Not too bright, very nice and easy personality contrasting with Jane's intelligent if ruthless approach to things.
* SmartBall: one episode sees her get smarter after doing extensive reading...only to revert to her dumb but sweet self at the end.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: With Jane.
* ThatCameOutWrong: Occasionally does this. Sometimes she notices.
* TooDumbToLive: To prove a point to Dave, Alex tried using her apartment chimney. She ended up setting the place on fire.
* TookALevelInKindness: She was [[TheBully a bully]] in elementary school, but grew out of this behavior.
* [[WeWantOurJerkBack We Want Our Ditz Back]]: In one episode, she becomes fairly smart which makes Dave and Jane feel threatened. They even try to coax her back to her old ways.
* [[ManChild Woman Child]]: She was the flower girl ay her sister's wedding, a role usually reserved for five-year olds.

!!Jane Kerkovich-Williams
->'''Played By:''' Eliza Coupe
[[caption-width-right:300:You lightly bite one security guard and they act like you're a criminal!]]

Brad's wife and Alex's older sister. She was something of an irresponsible party girl in her college days, but matured into a competitive, driven, career-minded perfectionist.

* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Turns out, she has an older sister that makes Jane look like Alex whenever she's around.
* BiTheWay: As Brad found out when Jane's ex-girlfriend comes to town.
** ExperimentedInCollege: Penny says she dated a huge number of girls and called it 'just a phase.'
* ComedicSociopathy
* CompetitionFreak: Demonstrated in 'She Got Game Night' and 'Deuce Babylove 2: Electric Babydeuce.' After she and Brad defeat Max and Alex in a tennis match, she takes Alex's racket and begins to smash it agains the court, saying 'You don't deserve this!'
%%* ControlFreak
* CrazyPrepared: Part of the side effects of being a ControlFreak, and shown to what extremes it is possible in "The Kerkovich Way." This becomes a BerserkButton in "Un-sabotageable", Max says at times she's woefully unprepared. Jane responds by decking him.
%%* {{Determinator}}
%%* FormerTeenRebel
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Choleric (shares this with Alex)
* FreudianExcuse: A lot of her present day and past actions were seemingly motivated by an attempt to match or outshine her older sister who, when she's around, turns Jane into Alex.
* GuileHero: When she's using her powers for good.
** ManipulativeBastard: when she's not.
* HappilyMarried: To Brad.
* MasculineGirlFeminineBoy: she wears the pants in the relationship.
* MsFanservice: Though all the women (and men, for that matter) on the show are rather attractive, Jane most fits this trope, from constantly baring her legs to being unabashed in her sexual desire for her husband, to the completely naked (though censored) scene she gets in the Season 3 opener.
* {{Sensual Slav|s}}: The Serbian heritage is played up much more with her, even though it’s Alex who still has the maiden name.
* ShesGotLegs: Lamphshaded, both Max and Alex (when she's carrying the SmartBall for an episode) note that Jane almost never wears long pants so she can invoke this trope and get outside validation, which she says she needs a lot of.
* SignificantBirthdate: [[spoiler: Christmas]].
* TheSmartGuy: together with her husband Brad.
* StealthHiBye: She's ridiculously good at those.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: With Alex.
* TokenEvilTeammate: The show casts her in lovable villain mode a surprising number of times.
* WeWantOurJerkBack: one episode had her mellow down significantly, much to the eventual chagrin of her friends who found her new personality too lackadaisical.
* WhereDaWhiteWomenAt: Apparently Brad's not the only black guy Jane's dated.
-->'''Jane''': Why are you ''having'' private messages with Megan? What are you writing that I can't read?\\
'''Brad''': I am writing "none of your business." I don't ask what you're writing to Jamal, or Malik, or [[GhettoName Ladwinian]]!

!!Dave Rose
->'''Played By:''' Zachary Knighton
[[caption-width-right:300:Champaigne for my real friends, real pain for my sham friends.]]

Alex's melancholic ex-fiance who as of season 3 [[spoiler: start dating again]], who quits his boring office job to start a food truck business. Tries to be "the cool guy" of the gang but usually fails.

* AmicableExes: with Alex. [[spoiler:Until they start dating again. Then they break up again at the end of season 3. Amicably]].
%%* ApologisesALot
* BeardOfSorrow: Seems to have one in early episodes after getting jilted, but it eventually just becomes part of his look.
* CampStraight: less so than Brad, but it's there.
* CatchPhrase: "Let me back up..." after a bad opening to an explanation, then again after the explanation fails, then at last being cut off as he leads into some anecdote about his childhood. His father shares the same phrase.
* CharacterTics: slaps Max after high-fives.
* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife
* DistractedByTheLuxury: Sneaks back into the apartment he shared with Alex… because her bathroom is nicer than Max’s.
* DreadfulMusician: he's a singer-songwriter. A really bad one.
* TheEeyore: he's a wee bit prone to depression.
%%* TheEveryman
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Melancholic
* HypocriticalHumor: despite his obsession with being cool, he's basically the opposite of that, as his friends often point out.
* TheLeader / TheHero: However, Penny lampshades his atypical nature of this trope by pointing out "Dave, for a leading-man type, you partake in some really outlandish behavior".
* LimitedWardrobe: Dave seems to wear exclusively v-necks.
%%* OneOfTheKids
* NotSoDifferent: Not as dumb as Alex, but he's still not particularly bright either. This is really highlighted in the episode that Alex becomes smart and Dave looks progressively dumber by the minute.
** In one episode, he calls Alex out on being too impulsive. But as other people point out, he's also pretty impulsive as well.
* ProperlyParanoid: Is prepared for most of Max's pranks [[spoiler: except for faking his death.]]
* PungeonMaster: The proprietor of Steak Me Home Tonight pretty much has to be.
* RunningGag: Tends to explain things by going way too broad, saying 'Let me back up'. Eventually its revealed his dad does the same thing.
* WhiteAngloSaxonProtestant: although he's apparently 1/16 Navajo.

!!Max Blum A.K.A. Joseph Reynolds
->'''Played By:''' Adam Pally
[[caption-width-right:250:Wow, a 90s hippie jam band. You know what I'd rather listen to? Myself being shot in the face.]]

Brad and Dave's friend since college: lackadaisical, sarcastic, gay and perpetually unemployed.

* AllGaysArePromiscuous: In the first season, toned down in the second and seemingly averted in the third where Max begins looking for a steady boyfriend.
* BadassBoast: Attempts several of these in the prank episode, but keeps failing to say his own name correctly.
* TheBear: {{Lampshaded}} in Ordinary Extraordinary Love.
%%* BigEater
%%* BreakoutCharacter
%%* ComedicSociopathy
%%* DeadpanSnarker
* FatAndProud: Averted.
** BerserkButton: {{Played with}}. Max doesn't get upset when people make fun of his weight, just really sad.
%%* FatSlob
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Phlegmatic
* GetRichQuickScheme: ''a lot'', due to his unwillingness to take up a full-time job.
* GuiltyPleasures: Max reads Japanese Tiger Beat.
%%* GuysAreSlobs
* ICallHimMrHappy: apparently his "underpants monster" is called Chad.
* InformedJudaism
** NiceJewishBoy: Loves his parents and they love him, before and after he belatedly comes out to them.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Is pretty self-centered most of the time. But deep down he does care about his friends.
%%* JerkWithAHeartOfGold / JerkassFacade
%%* TheLancer
* NewJobAsThePlotDemands: although he does eventually become a limo driver for some time. He's usually either unemployed or with a job that as Brad puts it, shows that 'Max leads the league in having jobs you didn't know were jobs.'
%%* OneOfTheKids
%%* PermaStubble
* PerpetualPoverty: due to perpetual unemployment.
* PlatonicLifePartners: With Penny.
* RefugeInAudacity: Lots of his actions. Such as [[spoiler: faking his own death as a prank.]]
%%* TheSlacker
* StraightGay: Much to Penny's chagrin, he's basically "a straight dude that happens to like guys."
* TwoferTokenMinority: gay and Jewish.
* [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes Why Did It Have To Be Spiders?]]: It's his third biggest phobia behind public speaking and drag queens with no makeup.

!!Brad Williams:
->'''Played By:''' Damon Wayans, Jr.
[[caption-width-right:350:All about me, what time is it? Sex o'clock!]]

Jane's easygoing (and somewhat effeminate) husband who has a ThoseTwoGuys vibe with Max.

%%* {{Adorkable}}
* CampStraight: “So what, now a brother can’t twirl?”
* CatchPhrase: Often issues a quick, high-pitched "What?" in response to a racist or otherwise offensive comment in conversation. This is typically ignored by the other characters, who continue to discuss amongst themselves.
* CharacterTics: Brad dry heaves when he sees someone ready to throw up.
%%* TheCharmer
* CrazyJealousGuy: Can get jealous pretty easily when it comes to his wife. To be fair, Jane's not that much better.
%%* TheDandy / SharpDressedMan
%%* DeskJockey
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Sanguine (shares this with Penny)
* GuiltyPleasures: Brad loves cliched and formulaic RomCom movies.
* HappilyMarried: To Jane.
%%** OppositesAttract.
%%* InTouchWithHisFeminineSide
%%** MasculineGirlFeminineBoy
* TheSmartGuy: shares this role with Jane.
%%* TokenMinority
* UnconfessedUnemployment: For a while in the second season finale. Inverted in the third season premiere where he pretends to be jobless.
%%* WorkHardPlayHard

!!Penny Hartz
->'''Played By:''' Creator/CaseyWilson[[quoteright:289:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/penny_hartz_7162.jpg]]

A friend of Alex, Jane and Dave since childhood, as well as Max's ex-girlfriend (he refers to it as his "first gay relationship"). She's constantly on the prowl for the right guy but tends to scare potential suitors away with her slightly manic personality.

* AbandonedCatchphrase: Penny's catch phrase in the first season was "Ah-mazing!" She quietly dropped it on the second season, acknowledging that it was SoLastSeason... [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall It's really more of a summer expression.]]
* {{Adorkable}}: Possibly the biggest dork on the show, which is really saying a lot.
* TheBeard: Acted as one with Max to fool his parents into thinking he was gay. Something she wasn't particularly fond of.
%%* BrainyBrunette
* ButtMonkey: Her relationships are constantly failing, she's often the butt of everyone's jokes, her birthday's cursed, and she keeps hitting her head.
* BuxomIsBetter: often noted in-universe.
* CatchPhrase: "Ah-mah-zing".
* DrunkenMaster: When Penny gets ''really'' drunk, she can speak fluent Italian.
* FriendToAllChildren: Sees herself this way, which is why she’s taken aback when two kids she’s babysitting prefer lackadaisical Max.
* FagHag: Penny wants to be this to Max. Because of the whole StraightGay thing it doesn't really work out.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Sanguine (shares this with Brad)
%%* GenkiGirl
* HeroicBSOD: Enters one when she goes on a cleanse.
* InsultBackfire: Thinks the nicknames her co-workers give her are meant as compliments. It takes a while for her to realize that "old spinster", "un-dateable", and "train wreck" may not be forms of praise.
* LargeHam: Is very loud, outspoken, and often overreacts.
* [[LikeFatherLikeSon Like Mother, Like Daughter]]
* LastHetRomance: for Max, or according to him, first gay romance, as Penny acts like a CampGay man.
* LookingForLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces
* MaamShock: First in the pilot, when she responds to being called ma'am by saying she's going to "go bawl my eyes out, and then I'll be back to physically fight you.". In a later episode, she has a more subdued but still surprised reaction when a waiter calls her ma'am.
* [[MistakenForRacist Mistaken For A Nazi]]: In the episode that she dated Hitler. ItMakesSenseInContext.
* NotWhatItLooksLike: Often the victim of this.
* PlatonicLifePartners: With Max.
* RunningGag: Penny is constantly hitting her head on something. In one episode, she's actually prescribed a helmet by her doctor because of this.
* StatuesqueStunner: may be considered this at 5'8''.
* VerbalTic: Really fond of abbreviations, or “abbrevs”.
* WeightWoe: The plot of one episode revolved around her dieting, which she couldn't keep up for long.

! Secondary Characters

-> '''Played by''': Stephen Guarino

The gang's "offensively stereotypical gay" friend.

* AllGaysArePromiscuous: averted; he gets married to his boyfriend Erik in season 2.
%%* CampGay
* CatchPhrase: ''(sung)'' Draaaa-maaaa!
%%* DramaQueen
* {{Foil}}: to Max, who is as far removed from DRAMA! and gay stereotypes as possible.
* TookALevelInKindness: Considerably nicer in his season 3 appearances than he was when introduced in the second episode.

->'''Played by''': Seth Morris

A friend of Max's who is weird and psychotic but it occasionally called upon for various favors.

%%* ComedicSociopathy
%%* GuysAreSlobs

!!Dana Hartz
->'''Played by''': Megan Mullaly

Penny's upbeat, creative mother. She has been thrice divorced and is a travelling lounge singer.

%%* BlitheSpirit
%%* CoolOldLady
%%* GenkiGirl
%%* GoodParents
* ManicPixieDreamGirl: A rare older example.
* ParentWithNewParamour: Currently dating Dave's father, "Big" Dave.
* ThePollyanna: She's always looking on the bright side of things.