!The Bundy Family
!! Al Bundy
!!! Actor: Creator/EdONeill
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Al is the forever down-on-his-luck patriarch of the Bundy family. His defining moment (so he says) was when he scored four touchdowns in a single game as a fullback at Polk High School. Nowadays, he works a thankless minimum wage job at Gary's Shoe Store in the New Market Mall. He enjoys bowling, visiting strip clubs and avoiding sex with the wife.

* AbusiveParents: Borderline example. His mother was an alcoholic, but Al would share many tender moments with his father when they would share their affection for Playboys in the basement when his mother was passed out.
* AchievementsInIgnorance
* ActionDad: Al is hardly a model dad, but he will stand up for his children and wife when needed -- often with violence.
* ActuallyPrettyFunny: He usually invokes this with Jefferson, who laughs at his jokes about Marcy behind Marcy's back.
** There have also been more than enough times where Peg had to resist laughing out loud.
* AndThereWasMuchRejoicing:
** When Al's neighbors mistakenly thought he'd died, they began dancing in the streets and singing ''Ding Dong, The Shoe Man's Dead!''
** When Al and his family moved to the supermarket to get away from the angry mob for sapping the neighborhood's electricity, the entire neighborhood had a campout where they reunited with old friends and sang songs like, ''If I Had A Hammer (I'd Drive It Through Al Bundy's Skull)''
** When he moved out of the neighborhood after briefly splitting up with Peggy, they had a parade to celebrate.
** "Damn Bundys" sees Al go to Hell and is soon joined by the rest of the cast. Marcy explains that she died by falling into the grave while dancing next to it. Jefferson was next because "It was a conga line."
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Him and Peggy had several of these moments.
* {{Badass}}: Al might be a loser in most areas of life, but he's really good at fighting.
* BerserkButton: Whenever Al catches someone hitting on his wife or having sex with his daughter, he goes into full TranquilFury mode before administering the NoHoldsBarredBeatdown.
* BornUnlucky
* BumblingDad
* CareerEndingInjury: Al had received a scholarship to play football in college, but ended up breaking his leg thanks to a tackle he received while he was distracted by Peg's shouting.
* CatchPhrase: "...four touchdowns...", "A fat woman [verb]ed into the shoe store today...", "Let's rock."
* TheChewToy
* CosmicPlaything
* CrazyJealousGuy: Even though he bemoans the fact that he's married to Peg, Al doesn't take kindly to other men hitting on Peg, and he usually "hits on" them in retaliation.
* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: Scoring 4 touchdowns in a single game was Al's InUniverse CMOA. The experience was so awesome that Al judges his entire life against it and won't ever stop talking about it.
** Getting his bathroom back after Peg turned it into a pink, frilly mess by eating a lot of spicy Mexican food and defecating in front of the interior designers she was showing it off to.
* DeadpanSnarker: It's hard to believe that someone this witty is so BookDumb.
* {{Determinator}}: Despite all the misery he's been through, Al still keeps on going and refuses to take the easy way out by killing himself.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: In an audition, no less. When O'Neill auditioned, he was required to act like he was walking through the front door and then say his lines. He did the entrance, but before saying his lines, he did what no one else thought to do - let out a defeated sigh over returning home. This bit of ThrowItIn won him the part.
* [[EveryoneHasStandards Even Perverts Have Standards]]: Al tends to be {{Squick}}ed out by Bud's rubber sex dolls and the fact that Bud masturbates instead of scoring with a real woman. Goes hand in hand with AManIsNotAVirgin.
* FagHag: {{Gender Flip}}ped by Al and Marcy's cousin Mandy. Al initially thinks Mandy is hot, but when he learns she's gay that doesn't prevent them from being good friends and going to baseball games or playing foosball.
* GloryDays: He considers his school football career his best days.
* HarmfulToMinors: A couple of episodes implied that his mom was an alcoholic (before eating a sandwich made of toothpaste, Al thinks back to his mom cheerfully telling him he'll be President of the United States, with adult Al snapping, "Yeah right, Mom! Try saying that when you're sober!") and his dad was pretty much how Al would turn out in the future (except Al's father abandoned his wife and kid for a hooker. While Al may hate his family for being greedy, lazy, petty, sarcastic, and borderline criminal, he would never leave them for a hot babe, though that's usually because the hot babes don't go for guys like him).
* HenpeckedHusband: Except on a few rare occasions, it's clear that Peggy is the true head of the household. As he himself notes, Al is more like the ox who's destined to plow the fields until he keels over stone dead.
* HeroesWantRedheads: Well, Al ''is'' a hero to many people in real life. In one episode, Al ruefully admits that, however much he might ogle other women, at the end of the day Peg is still the one he wants.
* HeroicBSOD: Al suffered a couple of these over the course of the series after particularly traumatic or horrifying experiences (being beaten at bowling, accidentally looking up a fat woman's dress and seeing her "Saturday" underwear on a Wednesday, being forced to have sex with his wife, etc.)
* HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood: As bad as Bud and Kelly's childhoods were, several episodes imply that Al's was even worse. His mother was an alcoholic, and his father abandoned the family for a hooker.
* ICouldaBeenAContender: A talented athlete whose career ended at age 18 due to marrying young and suffering a leg injury.
* JadedWashout: Former TropeNamer.
* JerkJock: Al was a football star in high school, before his life went to hell when he married Peg.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Deep down, and we do mean ''deep'', he really does love his family and does what he thinks best for them.
* LazyBum
* LazyHusband
* LetsGetDangerous: When Al states "Let's Rock", it typically indicates that he is about to beat someone senseless.
** If he didn't say that, but George Thurgood's ''Bad to the Bone'' started playing, it was also this.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: Anyone can get ready to cook a barbecue, but Al does it to ''Bad to the Bone''.
-->"Let's cook."
* NeverMyFault: Al tends to blame his family for everything that has gone wrong in his life. He also doesn't act like it was his fault when he insults other people.
* NoAccountingForTaste: His marriage with Peg.
* NotSoDifferent: In order to escape being held hostage by fat women, Al cooks up a [[FreudianExcuse false traumatic childhood memory]] in which he, too, was overweight and knew the pain of being bullied for it (by his own parents, no less). This realization moves the women to let him go free.
* OverprotectiveDad: Al regularly pummels Kelly's boyfriends. Justified in that Kelly's dates (most of them; the early episodes had Kelly dating a lot of nice, normal guys, more-or-less) really are the kind of scumbags that no sane, competent father would want near his baby girl.
* ParentalFavoritism: To Kelly, though that never stopped him from beating up her boyfriends or reacting to her stupidity.
* ThePigPen: One of the {{Running Gag}}s in the show centres around Al's personal hygiene. His feet are so toxic to the point that [[ItMakesSenseInContext his dirty socks can be used as]] ''[[ItMakesSenseInContext starship fuel]]'', he rarely showers, and his teeth are that special shade of golden-yellow referred to as "Bundy Yellow."
** And when he puts his feet in a body of water, it kills all the fish in it.
* PoliticallyIncorrectHero: Al frequently makes disparaging remarks about [[NonActionGuy passive men]], [[CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys the French]], feminists, fat chicks, and women in general, but to his fans he is one of the funniest and most memorable television characters of all time.
* SchoolyardBullyAllGrownUp: [[FutureLoser How the mighty have fallen...]]
* SeductionProofMarriage: Even though Al is very unhappy in his marriage and leers at every attractive woman, when he gets an actual chance to cheat on his wife, he always stays faithful.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Al thinks that playing high school football and scoring four touchdowns in a championship game make him a big shot. He also thinks that other people should be impressed when he mentions this. Naturally enough, he's wrong on both counts.
* SpeedSex: Peg constantly mocks him for not being able to last in bed for more than a few [[strike:minutes]] seconds:
-->'''Peg''': I used to call you the Minuteman. Now I long for those days.
** One episode shows them going upstairs to have sex while Kelly puts a slice of bread in the toaster. They come back down, adjusting their clothes, just as the toast pops out.
* StrawMisogynist
* ThisLoserIsYou
* ThrowTheDogABone: Though very rare and never in any large fashion since StatusQuoIsGod, every now and then Al does come out a winner.
* TranquilFury: Typical mode for Al when actually delivering a beating.
* UglyGuyHotWife: With Peg, though he doesn't consider her attractive.
* UltimateJobSecurity: The way Al insults the fat women who come into the shoe store would have gotten him fired many times over in RealLife, but he manages to keep his job anyway.
** Well, who else would want it?
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist

!! Margaret "Peggy" Bundy née Wanker
!!! Actor: Katey Sagal
Peggy is Al's wife, born and raised in a backwater area in the Midwest called Wanker County. She actively refuses to seek employment, expecting Al to be the breadwinner for their family. She's usually found on her favorite couch with a TV remote in one hand and a handful of Bon Bons in the other.

* AbusiveParents: Borderline example.
* AlphaBitch: During her high school years.
* BigEater: Peg does nothing all day but sit on the couch stuffing herself full of Bon Bons, and yet she never seems to gain a pound.
* BuxomIsBetter: Al once punched out a guy making a comment about his wife's large assets in one episode.
* ClingyJealousGirl: To ridiculous ends.
* DeadpanSnarker
* [[EntitledBastard Entitled Bitch]]
* EvilRedhead: At least if you believe Al about her role in destroying his life by forcing him into marriage.
* FagHag: Played straight and subverted ''in the same episode'' when Peg has a close friendship with a gay man, to the point where they actually begin dancing together at an upscale nightclub. The subversion comes when the gay man's husband thinks that his mate and Peg are having an affair, and tries to tell Al about it. When Al learns that the husband has a job, likes to cook and enjoys watching sports on TV (except for soccer, which he doesn't think is really a "man's game"), Al briefly falls head-over-heels in love.
* FieryRedhead
* GirlyRun: A mild example in that Peg doesn't do much running, but her distinct walking style reflects this trope. According to Katey Sagal, it mostly comes from the shoes Peg wears.
* GoldDigger: Peg, despite the fact that her husband has a crappy job. When they met, Al was a star athlete in his high school, had earned himself a football scholarship and seemed to be going places. He seemed a great catch... until a leg injury ended his sports career prematurely.
* {{Housewife}}: [[SubvertedTrope In title only]]. In the early episodes, she did a mediocre job of cleaning and cooking. In the later episodes, she just stopped doing housework all together.
* ImpossiblyTackyClothes
* InSeriesNickname: Peggy or Peg.
* KarmaHoudini: She took advantage of her family in some really awful ways, but you could count all the times she got punished on only one hand
* LazyBum
* LethalChef: Peg in the early episodes (one of the scenes in the opening credits shows her smoking while making a salad -- and when it goes to the scene of Amanda Bearse as Marcy, it shows Marcy about to eat the salad and finding Peg's cigarette on her fork); the later episodes don't have her cook at all (often ordering pizza, not eating at all, or stealing money to go out to a cheap restaurant and eat). Occassions included Al using the money from the "No Chicken, No Check" insurance company to force Peg to buy meat, Peg's insanely obese mom starting to make money as a phone sex operator, and Peg suffering amnesia and Al brainwashing her into being a competent housewife. Her lethal chef skills at times proved beneficial for her family. For example, her leftover Mystery Meal had the Bundy house and everyone in it quarantined for six months. The people inside at the time included the band Anthrax, favorites of the Bundy kids who apparently really enjoyed those six months.
** And then there was her attempt to develop and market her own line of Bon Bons. Al and Jefferson each need both hands to lift them, and several hours to chew through a single bite. Curiously enough, Marcy and Buck didn't have any trouble eating that one bite, although they both suffered a crazed, hours-long sugar high afterward.
*** They could've just been faking how heavy the Bon Bons were because they were horrified of trying Peg's cooking.
* TheMillstone
* MyBelovedSmother: When Kelly once decided to move out, a devastated Peg compensated by being this to Bud.
* NoblewomansLaugh: Peggy naturally laughs like this, but without the fan or the limp wrist.
* PrettyFreeloaders: Al, Kelly (in the later episodes), and Bud are typically the ones earning money. Peggy is the one helping them spend it. Whether they agree or not.
* SecretIdentityIdentity: When Peg hears that Al is going to be a judge at a stripper pageant at the nudie bar, she's so upset that she enters the pageant herself using a Middle Eastern-style gimmick that keeps her face veiled and calling herself by the stage name of "Jasmine". Not only does she win the pageant, she becomes a full-time exotic dancer and turns Al on so much when he watches her at the nudie bar that he starts doing her on a regular basis. Unfortunately, Al doesn't realize that Peg and Jasmine are the same person, and he ends up screaming Jasmine's name during sex. When Peg realizes that Al is only being turned on by Jasmine, she gets angry at "that slut" for destroying her marriage. Marcy has to remind Peg that ''she's'' Jasmine.
* UglyGuyHotWife: With Al.
* [[UngratefulBastard Ungrateful Bitch]]: To Al.

!! Kelly Bundy
!!! Actor: Creator/ChristinaApplegate
Kelly is the Bundys' only daughter. While not nearly as unsuccessful as her parents (she has held several part-time jobs over the course of the series, and had occasional success as a model and bit actress), she's also not nearly as bright (to put it lightly).

* AchievementsInIgnorance: On occasion, such as the time she found [[Literature/WheresWally Waldo]].
* AffectionateNickname: She's often called "pumpkin" by her dad.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Her boyfriends are various sleazy bikers, hoods, and ex-cons with nicknames like Mayhem, Pinworm, Salt Water, and Stab Wound. It's even {{Lampshaded}}:
-->'''Buck''': Where does she ''find'' these guys?
* AlphaBitch: During her high school years.
* BareYourMidriff
* TheBrainlessBeauty: Kelly didn't invent the [[DumbBlonde Dumb Slutty Blonde]] stereotype, but she sure as hell added to its fame. In fact, Applegate has been spending the rest of her career [[PlayingAgainstType trying to get away from that image]].
* BrattyTeenageDaughter: In the early episodes before she was played up as an exaggerated stereotype of the dumb, promiscuous blonde.
* ChildhoodBrainDamage: The series had a flashback in which Kelly (TheDitz) was shown to be very intelligent as a young girl, until she hit her head during a car ride.
* DaddysGirl: Of everyone in his family Al seems to have the softest spot for his daughter and the feelings are mutual.
* DatingWhatDaddyHates: See AllGirlsWantBadBoys above.
* TheDitz: Though in the earlier episodes, she wasn't that dumb, and was only made fun of for having bleached-blond hair, being a slut, dating sleazy guys, and committing petty crimes [like speeding, sneaking out of the house, stealing money from Al, and vandalizing public property]. Lampshaded in an episode which showed that Kelly used to be very intelligent as a child, until she hit her head during a car accident.
* DudeMagnet
* DumbBlonde
* DumbassHasAPoint: If any character figured out something that eluded the rest of the cast, it was usually Kelly.
* EveryoneLovesBlondes: See HelloNurse.
* {{Flanderization}}: Kelly gradually gets dumber and sluttier as the show goes on.
* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: The Foolish to Bud's Responsible.
* FreudianExcuse: The episode where Kelly is used as a guinea pig for Al's Shoe Lights invention has a throwaway line that implies that Kelly is promiscuous (or "runs into the arms of strange men") because Al is a bad father and everyone else in the family treats her like a ButtMonkey.
* GeniusDitz: In "Kelly Knows Something", she was capable of learning a huge amount of sports trivia in 48 hours. In "Cheese, Cues and Blood", she's shown to be an excellent pool player. "You Gotta Know When to Hold Them", she's able to predict the winning numbers in roulette. In "Kelly Takes a Shot", she masters archery in a week.
* HelloNurse: Every male in the show (except of course, Al and Bud) drools over Kelly.
* HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood: Many jokes are made what a lousy mother Peg was to Bud and Kelly.
* HormoneAddledTeenager: Obsessed with guys.
* InSeriesNickname: Al often calls her "pumpkin", and Bud sometimes calls her "Kel".
* [[LikeFatherLikeSon Like Father Like Daughter]]: On first sight Kelly seems to take after her mother more, being a beautiful AlphaBitch, though obviously she is much dumber than Peg. However she actually resembles Al much more in personality, being far less lazy than her mother and sharing the occassional PetTheDog moments that Al gets and Peg generally doesn't.
* {{Malaproper}}: Such a common feature of her dialogue that fans call them "Kellyisms" and have assembled a list of them [[http://www.bundyology.com/kellyisms.html here]].
* {{Metaphorgotten}}: A few seasons in, this became a RunningGag for her.
-->"Daddy, it is so hot you could lay an egg on the sidewalk."
* MsFanservice: If you don't understand why Kelly Bundy '''is''' this trope, you've obviously never seen the show.
* NeverLearnedToRead: Kelly is barely literate, despite that one episode revealed that she was smart as a kid, but suffered a head injury in the Dodge and became an idiot (though an earlier episode attributed Kelly's idiocy to Peg's low birth weight when she was pregnant with Kelly).
* ReallyGetsAround: Her easiness is a source of constant jokes from Bud.
* ServiceSectorStereotypes: When Kelly becomes a waitress, one of her former teachers uses this to scare girls into doing better in class than Kelly did.
* SiblingRivalry: The typical interactions of Bud and Kelly feature this. Doesn't stop them from teaming-up for a common cause.
* SnarkBall: Kelly is portrayed as an utter idiot, yet she's capable of delivering witty remarks, especially in fights with Bud.
* SpannerInTheWorks: For rather obvious reasons, Kelly had a tendency to screw up whatever scheme she became involved in. It's even {{lampshaded}} by Peggy at one point as the Bundys and the D'Arcys are being arrested by the police, when she notes that it probably wasn't a good idea to let Kelly in on the plan.
* TookALevelInDumbass: Kelly had perhaps the most extreme version of this trope ever. It is actually possible to pinpoint the exact moment she went from merely BookDumb to an outright idiot: Season two, Episode 14. In that episode Kelly falls for a prank by Bud when he coaches her on a book report on ''Literature/RobinsonCrusoe'' which she hasn't read (Bud feeds her the plot of ''[[Series/GilligansIsland Gilligan's Island]]'' instead.) Not so strange considering even pre-bimbo Kelly was always an awful student, but then having become a laughingstock in front of the whole school, she falls for the same prank ''again'' when Bud promises to help her on her report on EdgarAllanPoe (this time tricking her into talking about ''Series/TheAddamsFamily''.) Thus was born one of the iconic BrainlessBeauty characters.
** We're shown (in flashback) that Kelly was bright enough as a young child (having no problem reading, for instance), until a car accident dumbed her down a notch.
* TheUglyGuysHotDaughter

!! Bud Bundy
!!! Actor: David Faustino
Bud is Kelly's younger brother. Probably the smartest and most decent member of the Bundy clan, although he's still usually quite willing to throw the others under the bus at any given time. Is completely obsessed with girls and sex, so he spends a lot of his time thinking of ways to get laid, but rarely has much luck on that front. He keeps his collection of blow-up dolls a secret from everyone except Kelly, who loves to pick on him for it (among other things).

* AccidentalMisnaming: During his Grandmaster B phase, the Grandmaster part was often replaced with such terms "Ghostbuster," "Crossdresser," "Mixmaster," "Court Jester," "Grand Bastard," "Gas-passer" and "Grandfather." This infuriated Bud, but delighted everyone else.
* ADateWithRosiePalms: Just another Friday night for Bud Bundy.
* AlliterativeName
* AManIsNotAVirgin: The reason why he's always trying to get laid.
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling
* BeleagueredAssistant: In many later-season episodes when Bud and Kelly embarked on some sort of scheme, he usually ended up suffering the consequences of Kelly's screw-ups.
* ButtMonkey: Though not as much as his father.
* CasanovaWannabe
* CaughtWithYourPantsDown
* CharacterTic: Tends to crack his fingers after making a wisecrack at Kelly (and others).
* CombatPragmatist: While Bud was perfectly capable of handling himself in a straight fight, he continued the proud Bundy tradition of cheating by smashing larger opponents over the head with bottles or chairs, or by hitting them below the belt. Needless to say, this made Al especially proud of his boy.
* EmbarrassingMiddleName: Bud's not too thrilled about his middle name being 'Franklin'.
* {{Flanderization}}: With each successive season, Bud gets more and more pathetic and inept with women.
* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: The Responsible to Kelly's Foolish.
* HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood: Many jokes about what a lousy mother Peg was to Bud and Kelly.
* HollywoodDateless
* HormoneAddledTeenager: Obsessed with girls.
* InformedAttractiveness: Inverted. David Faustino's a pretty good-looking guy, but on the show, girls think he's repulsive.
* LikeFatherLikeSon: Bud is just as much of a pervert as his father:
-->'''Amber''': ''(To Bud)'' You're amazing. Where do you learn this kind of behavior?
-->'''Al''': ''(Watching'' The Centrefold Weed-Whacker Murders ''on TV)'' No, you can't hide under the tree stump! He can burrow! Don't you see? He's half mole!
** He also seems to have inherited Al's less-than-spectacular bedroom skills:
-->'''Ariel''': I didn't say it was the best. I said you ''did'' your best.
* LoserSonOfLoserDad: Bud hasn't sunk to the same level of personal failure as his father, since he got good grades in school and sometimes makes good money as a talent agent or in other temporary professions. On the other hand, Bud has never gotten the same kind of action Al did in high school, and is frequently reduced to scheduling ADateWithRosiePalms whenever he feels horny, so it balances out.
* LovableSexManiac
* OnlySaneMan
* {{Sex As Rite-Of-Passage}}
* SiblingRivalry: The typical interactions of Bud and Kelly feature this. Doesn't stop them from teaming-up for a common cause.
* TheSmartGuy: Arguably the brightest of the Bundys and by far the best educated one. On the other hand his hormones usually keep him from achieving his goals.
* TeensAreShort
* TheUnfavourite: While neither Bud nor Kelly were well looked after by their parents, Bud seems to have been the more neglected given Al's OverprotectiveDad act towards his daughter.

!! Buck
The Bundys' first family dog.

* AscendedExtra: Originally, he was just the family dog. Over time, he became a TalkingAnimal with several episodes focusing on him.
* DeadpanSnarker: Buck trumps everybody in this department, even if the humans can't hear him.
* EvenTheDogIsAshamed
* TalkingAnimal: He can't really talk, but, as with Snoopy or Garfield, the audience can hear his thoughts.

!! Lucky
The Bundys' second family dog.

* TheNthDoctor: Kinda. Buck was reincarnated into Lucky.

!! Seven
!!! Actor: Shane Sweet

A child of one of Peg's cousins that was left with the Bundys when they abandoned him. Despite Al managing to track his parents down, he allows Seven to stay with the family. He appears in a few episodes in the seventh season (funnily enough). But due to unpopularity with the fans and the writers having difficulty working some of their jokes around him, he was quickly written out of the show.

* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Well ''adopted'' younger sibling. Was this for Kelly and Bud since Peg kept doting on him.
* BrattyHalfPint: In his early episodes.
* BrotherChuck: After "Peggy and the Pirates", that's the last we see of him.
* CousinOliver
* FaceOnAMilkCarton: As shown in one episode following his departure.
* HappilyAdopted: Didn't seem all that saddened that his birth parents just up and left him.
* ParentalAbandonment
* PutOnABus
* WhoNamesTheirKidDude: Oh wait, Wanker relatives. Never mind.

!The Neighbors

!! Marcy Rhoades/D'Arcy
!!! Actor: Amanda Bearse
Marcy is a bank teller who lives next door to the Bundys. She frequently belittles Al and reminds him of how much a loser he is, but has a much friendlier rapport with Peggy.

* AbusiveParents: Marcy has multiple stories about how growing up was less than pleasant. One such tale involving her mother selling her beloved dog, Chester, for fifty cents at a yard sale, and using said money to go on vacation and leave Marcy home alone, crying and begging for Chester to come back home.
* ACupAngst: She's mistaken for a boy several times due to her flat chest, much to her anger. Al constantly mocks her about it.
* BoyishShortHair: She had a haircut like that for a large part of the series.
* BreakTheCutie: Was a fairly nice (if snobbish) woman at the start of the series. A few years of living next to the Bundys and Steve leaving her, however, made her a lot more shrill and quick to lash out.
* DistaffCounterpart: Starting with her marriage to Jefferson D'Arcy, Marcy is increasingly played as a counterpart to Al, if a bit better off. Al and Marcy are both shown to be taken advantage of by their lazy spouses. Eventually this is highlighted in an episode where Al brings Marcy to a bar where he and other married men complain about their wives (and she complains about Jefferson). The ResetButton is more or less pressed mid-episode and Al and Marcy revert to being enemies. Al is also played as being a diehard male chauvinist, at least in the eyes of a diehard feminist, which Marcy certainly is.
* EmbarrassingMiddleName: More of an embarrassing ''last'' name, as Marcy D'Arcy would attest.
* EvilLaugh: She was known to issue a triumphant, cackling laugh on several occasions, most notably when something particularly unpleasant happens to Al.
* HarmfulToMinors: Marcy mentions that all of her mother's husbands have killed themselves, her mother was emotionally abusive to her (she sold her dog at a yard sale for a trip that she didn't even take her daughter on and sold Marcy in a card game to a woman who wouldn't stop sweating), and her biological father was a drunk.
* HotGuyUglyWife: With Jefferson.
* LadyLooksLikeADude: Many people often mistook Marcy for a young man in later seasons.
* NotSoAboveItAll
* SitcomArchNemesis: To Al.
* StrawFeminist
* StrawHypocrite

!! Steve Rhoades
!!! Actor: David Garrison
Steve is Marcy's first husband (Seasons 1-4). Like Marcy, Steve worked in the banking business. He tends to stick by his wife a lot, and frowns upon Al's attempts to get him to go against her wishes.

* CommutingOnABus: David Garrison returned to play Steve several times in one-shot episodes. One notable example had the studio audience applauding him for almost a full minute when he appeared onscreen, during which Garrison humorously checked his watch while standing in silence.
* DeadpanSnarker
* DropInCharacter
* HarmfulToMinors: Steve mentions that his father committed suicide because his mother was so overbearing and unpleasant to be around.
* HenpeckedHusband
* NotSoAboveItAll: Delighted in using his position at the bank to turn down loans for people that picked on him in school.
* NotSoDifferent: Often with Al.
* OnlySaneMan: At least when he was a regular character.
* PutOnABus: He was written out as leaving Marcy so he can be a park ranger. This was done because the actor, David Garrison, was afraid of being typecast and no longer wanted a role on a weekly TV series.
* StraightMan: To Al.
* TheBusCameBack: Garrison made a handful of return appearances, coming back in four separate episodes to reprise the role, during which time Steve Rhoades became the dean of Bud's college and came into conflict with his ex-wife n multiple occasions.

!! Jefferson D'Arcy
!!! Actor: Creator/TedMcGinley
Jefferson is Marcy's second husband (Seasons 5+). Unlike Steve, Jefferson doesn't hold down a steady job, believing he's "too pretty to work". He enjoys most of the same activities that Al does, and the two of them get along pretty well.

* CampStraight
* CrazyJealousGuy: He's actually become quite fond of Marcy, believe it or not.
** Sometimes Mary will gush in Jefferson's presence about how good Steve used to be in bed. This makes Jefferson take her home and promise to "rock the Steve right out of her." This is a BatmanGambit that Marcy uses whenever she wants sex from Jefferson.
** When Jefferson and Steve finally meet, they begin fighting over Marcy. They try to outdo one another by bragging over where they've done the deed with her.
** After Marcy has an orgasm while giving a speech at her bank, she's soon hired by other corporations to give bad news in erotic speeches. Unfortunately, she begins neglecting Jefferson, and he starts getting pouty over it. When he complains to Marcy about being ignored, she takes him home for his own "private little speech". In the last scene of the episode, Peg asks Marcy where Jefferson is, and she explains that he's in the hospital being treated for dehydration.
* CrazyPrepared: During the first stint of No Ma'am, Jefferson was the only one with the foresight to have a Yes Ma'am shirt under his should Marcy be on the winning end of their battles.
* DirtyOldMan
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: Jefferson gets a job as an aerobics instructor in the last season, and he's incredibly popular with the studio's female exercisers. When Marcy finds out, she tries to make him quit:
-->'''Woman #1''': Hold it, sweetie. You don't just ''walk'' into a Jefferson D'Arcy class.
-->'''Marcy''': But I'm his wife!
-->'''Woman #2''': Nice try, honey. On an average day, he usually gets about four wives, plus a couple of husbands!
* GoldDigger: A glorified gigolo (who was once in prison over a land scam and has a secret connection with the CIA) who married a relatively affluent woman.
* HandsomeLech
* HarmfulToMinors: Jefferson mentions that his mother was a stripper -- whose pet snake strangled her to death during one of her acts.
* HenpeckedHusband
* ObfuscatingStupidity: [[spoiler: Jefferson is a retired CIA agent. When Al initially finds this out, he's offered a large cash reward for information leading to Jefferson's capture... however, due to their being in the middle of a prank war, Al wasn't sure if was legit or not. At the end of the episode, Jefferson scares Al before playing it off as a large-scale hoax... until we hear on the still-playing television that the man who'd offered the reward had just died while watching a baseball game.]] Never has someone blowing a noise-maker been so creepily funny.
* PrettyFreeloaders: Marcy is the breadwinner, Jefferson earns his keep with sexual favors.
* RetiredBadass: One episode involved him rappelling down into Fidel Castro's office and holding him at knifepoint - only it turned out he and Fidel were old friends from Jefferson's CIA days.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections: He's occasionally used his former CIA and criminal connections to help the Bundys out:
** When Al's Dodge broke down because it needed a new fuel pump, he travelled to Cuba and got his FriendlyEnemy Fidel Castro to provide a new one from the thousands of old Dodges that were on the island;
** When the NO MA'AM guys went to Washington to petition the U.S. Senate to get ''[[ShowWithinAShow Psycho Dad]]'' back on the air, Jefferson used his old CIA connections to enable them to speak to the Senate...and also to have Marcy and Peggy bound and gagged so they couldn't stop them.
** When Kelly's boyfriend accidentally burned up Peg's couch, Jefferson used his connections with some criminals who smuggled contraband in furniture to help her track down a replacement;
** When Kelly was upset after Buck's death, he got a friend of his, a crooked customs agent who would smuggle in endangered animals for a fee, to get a rare South American bird as a replacement. Kelly really liked it, but then Grandma Wanker got hungry...
* SpearCounterpart: To Peggy. He's very lazy and comes up with all sorts of excuses to avoid getting a job, and has been known to blow Marcy's money on expensive baubles the way Peg spends Al's money on expensive baubles. He also gets very jealous when Marcy reminisces about her ex-husband Steve, or when she generally starts ignoring him.
* StatusQuoIsGod: Despite his protests, Jefferson actually ''does'' manage to get a few jobs throughout the series. Unfortunately, whether he gets a job at the shoe store, as an actor or as an aerobics instructor, Jefferson typically ends up working with beautiful women. This makes Marcy force him to quit and return to his de facto job as her sex toy:
-->'''Jefferson''': I thought you wanted me to get a job!
-->'''Marcy''': Your job is to please me. And right now, I am not pleased.
* UpperClassTwit
* YouLookFamiliar: In the episode "It's a Bundyful Life," [=McGinley=] played Peg's might-have-been charismatic husband, Warren Jablonsky, aired a year before he was cast as the role of Jefferson, in a ''It's A Wonderful Life''-style episode with Sam Kinison as Al's guardian angel.

! Recurring Characters

!! Griff
!!! Actor: Harold Sylvester
Griff is a friend of Al's, and his co-worker at Gary's Shoe Store in the later seasons. He is also one of the founding members of Al's NO MA'AM group.

* BlackDudeDiesFirst: Played with. When Al, Jefferson and Griff join the National Guard to thwart Garbage Strikers, they try to send him out first. He obviously says no and invokes this trope as the reason, bringing up other movies as evidence. They go out anyway and he's hit with an eggshell. This prompts Al to play the grieving war buddy to him.
* BlackBestFriend
* DirtyOldMan
* OnlySaneMan: Compared to the rest of the cast, Griff seems to be the only character who is at least relatively grounded in reality.
* StrawMisogynist

!! Officer Dan
!!! Actor: Dan Tullis Jr.
Dan is a police officer who operates in the area where the Bundys and the D'Arcys live. He is familiar with Al and his family because he's usually the first to arrive on the scene whenever they get in trouble. He's also a member of NO MA'AM, but isn't seen as frequently at their meetings as the others.

* CorruptCop: Openly admits to being crooked, though after joining NO MA'AM he frequently used said connections to keep Al out of jail.
* DeadpanSnarker: Officer Dan had some of the shows best one liners.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: More often than not everyone calls him "Officer Dan" instead of just Dan.
* HeelFaceTurn: During the seasons where Al started "NO MA'AM," Officer Dan went from being the cop who always arrested Al to being his best friend.
** Not right away. He finally joined up with them after "Psycho Dad" was cancelled.

!! Bob Rooney
!!! Actor: E.E. Bell
Bob Rooney is one of Al's NO MA'AM cohorts.

* DirtyOldMan: Like the rest of NO MA'AM.
* FatBastard: A textbook example. Al once used his exposed gut to scare a bunch of kids out of their Halloween candy.
* FullNameBasis: Everyone always refers to him by his full name.
* StrawMisogynist

!! Ike
!!! Actor: Tom [=McCleister=]
Ike is another member of Al's NO MA'AM group.

* AmbiguouslyBi: Ike lapses into this sometimes...at least by the standards of stereotypes on this show.
* CloudCuckoolander: He insists that Elvis is alive, enjoys Yanni's music, and it's occasionally implied that he's bisexual.
* DirtyOldMan
* NoAccountingForTaste: Ike has been known to drool over elderly strippers and fat women in aerobics outfits, in other words the kind of women that give the rest of the NO MA'AM guys dry heaves.
* StrawMisogynist

!! Gary
!!! Actor: Janet Carroll
Gary is the rarely-seen owner of Gary's Shoe Store. Despite having a name meant for males, Gary is a middle-aged woman who laments having a sad-sack like Al working for her.

* CorruptCorporateExecutive: She had illegal immigrants making shoes for her.
* {{Fiction 500}}: Own several multi-million dollar businesses, but the constant failings of the shoe store keep her at #501.
* MayDecemberRomance: In one episode, she has a relationship with Bud.
* TomboyishName: That and the fact Al never met her during the first twenty years he's been working at the store made Al mistakenly believe Gary was a man. Whenever he wasn't thinking Gary didn't even exist, that is.

!! Grandma Wanker
!!! Actor: Kathryn Freeman (voice only)
Grandma Wanker is Peg's incredibly fat and hideous mother. She's so fat that her footsteps can make the earth shake, she can make the ceiling crumble simply by rolling over, and she's such a glutton that she can eat an entire pig in under a minute. Grandma Wanker comes to live with the Bundys for a while in the tenth season, much to Peg's delight and the frustration of the rest of the family.

* BigEater: Anyone who can eat an entire pig in under a minute, uses a pitchfork as an eating utensil, whose stomach begins rumbling if she doesn't get nine square meals a day and who ate her own dog after wrapping him in bacon has to qualify for this.
* [[FatBastard Fat Bitch]]: Oh yeah.
* {{Gonk}}: She's repeatedly implied to be this. Al was once blinded when he was unlucky enough to walk into the bathroom while she was having a bath. Another one of Peg's relatives explained that this was "hysterical blindness", which also happened to Grandma Wanker's doctor.
* ImAHumanitarian: Al hates all of Peg's relatives, but he especially dislikes Grandma Wanker. One reason is because he never liked the way she looked at him, as if he was always between "two slices of bread." She's also eaten at least one of Peg's relatives, and bit off the tip of Grandpa Wanker's finger when he tried to feed her. Grandpa Wanker then points out that she would have eaten his whole hand if he hadn't tickled her stomach.
* ObnoxiousInLaws: Al and the kids both hate her. Curiously enough, she doesn't seem to loathe Al as much-one episode has Peg telling Al that Grandma Wanker never liked him, but another one lamented the way Al insulted her, considering how much Grandma Wanker loved him.
* TheVoice: Thankfully, she never appeared on screen. We only ever hear her dialogue, and occasionally we see the ceiling of the Bundy house buckle whenever she rolls over or she has a "belly quake". Originally, Divine (from the John Waters film ''Pink Flamingos'') was supposed to play Peg's mom, but he/she died before his/her premiere episode, so, out of respect, the writers made Peg's mom unseen.

!! Grandpa Wanker
!!! Actor: Tim Conway
Grandpa Wanker is Peg's father and Al's father-in-law. Like all of Peg's family, he's a drunken hillbilly. He notably held a shotgun in Al's back to force Al to follow through on his drunken proposal to Peg. He splits up with Grandma Wanker during season 10, which prompts Grandma to move in with the Bundys, and Peg later sets out in the ninth season to try and find him after he disappears.

* DirtyOldMan: After he splits up with Grandma Wanker, he dates a couple of women young enough to be his granddaughter.
* OverprotectiveDad: Surprisingly averted. Although Al generally can't stand him, he actually seems to like Al just fine, to the point where he held a shotgun in Al's back to force Al to follow through on the proposal he made to Peg while drunk.
* ShotgunWedding: He did this to Al when Al and Peg got married. He did it again at the end of the ninth season, when Al and Peg were renewing their wedding vows. During the renewal, Grandpa Wanker implied the shotgun wasn't loaded the first time around.
* [[UglyGuyHotWife Ugly Wife Hot Guy]]: Grandpa Wanker isn't exactly BradPitt, but when you consider who he's married to this obviously applies.

!! Amber
!!! Actor: Juliet Tablak

Amber is Marcy`s niece, who hails from Los Angeles. When her parents become concerned that she's getting too wild and hanging out with the wrong crowd, they send her to live with Marcy so she can learn more "wholesome" values. Despite Marcy's warnings against getting involved with the Bundys, she quickly becomes friends with Kelly and even has a brief fling with Bud.

* DidIJustSayThatOutLoud: Amber told Bud that she'd had the best sex of her life when she slept with him, but she only said that to spare her feelings. She later accidentally revealed her true opinion of his performance when she got angry at him:
-->Amber: I can't believe I let you have what you ''claimed'' was sex with me!
* EthicalSlut: To the point that she refused to sleep with Bud unless he started being nicer to Kelly. When he started being nicer to Kelly, Amber continued using her wiles as "encouragement."
* GoodBadGirl: Amber was arguably one of the more moral and good-natured characters on the show:
** She spared Bud's feelings when she claimed that he'd given her the best sex of her life, when in fact she was rather underwhelmed by it;
** She was willing to give Bud another chance even after he groped her breasts and used his "movie theatre popcorn trick" on her;
** She used her wiles to force Bud to start being nicer to Kelly.
* SheIsAllGrownUp: Bud first met her six years ago, when she was thirteen. Marcy shows him a picture of what she was like then, and Bud screams in recognition. When he meets her in person, she's now nineteen and puberty has been ''very'' kind to her.
* [[TheUglyGuysHotDaughter The Ugly Chicken's Hot Niece]]: Despite being related to Marcy, Amber is remarkably hot. Al notes that she "must be from the unfeathered side of the family."