!Series/MyNameIsEarl
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[[folder:Earl Jehoshaphat Hickey]]
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[[caption-width-right:297:Just your average bum looking to make amends- with a BadassMustache]]
-> Played by: Jason Lee

-> ''"Son of a bitch!"''
-> ''"You might think that getting so drunk that you accidentally marry a women who's six months pregnant is a good reason to stop drinkin'. Personally, I think it's a good reason to keep drinkin'."''

High school dropout ex-felon, once married to Joy, and has a witless brother named Randy, Earl J. Hickey gets handed a rotten dose of bad luck in the form of a passing car driven by an old lady plowing him down in the street right after he scores a prize-winning lotto ticket worth $100,000 bones. Not only does Earl lose the ticket, but Joy divorces him for Darnell as he sits in the hospital on morphine drips. Then, Earl saw ''Last Call with Carson Daly'' on TV from his hospital bed and learned about the concept of karma- do good things, good things happen to you; do bad things, bad things happen to you. Earl realizes that his life sucks donkey turds and if he wants to change it, he needs to fix all the problems he caused- which prompts him to write a list of almost 300 things he did on a yellow sheet of writing paper that he totes around in his flannel shirt pouches. After he starts working on the list, he's greeted with the miraculous return of the lotto ticket and cashes in a small fortune- but he still has a long way to go before he's living like a king.

Although the show got canned, the creator made sure not to let Earl be forgotten. The last we hear of his exploits is on ''RaisingHope''- if only for ten seconds- and he somehow completed his list. How remains a RiddleForTheAges.
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* AccidentalMarriage: Is tricked into marrying Joy after her girlfriends serve him "upside-down martinis".
* AfraidOfNeedles
* AntiHero: Earl will occasionally do nasty things when he's at wit's end with people he's trying to help, or gets pushed the wrong way. Usually, it results in an appropriate karmic response:
** He once sucker-punched the jerkass boss at a burger joint after taking a buttload of his dickery - which set a chain of events in motion that got the guy busted for cheating and robbing the restaurant, leaving him divorced and locked up in the pokey.
** Another time, when Earl himself got sent to jail, he helped a former junkie who accidentally set fire to his parent's house with his meth lab have the prom he never got, only for him not to reconcile with his parents, which would've allowed Earl to get enough time off his sentence to leave prison. When the guy threw it back in Earl's face, Earl went berserk and torched his cell, destroying all his paintings he made, then punched him in the face and gave him a taste of his own medicine- which finally taught him a lesson.
** Right after this, the bumbling warden found him too valuable at fixing problems around prison, which made him look good by extension. So what does he do? Shred all of Earl's certificates for time off his sentence and snuff him when it comes time to leave, chuck him into solitary for 60 days to the point he goes cuckoo, and then threaten to ''add'' to his sentence. Not only does Earl kick him in the stomach and teabag him while in shackles on two separate occasions, with the help of his friends, both in and out of jail, he plans to bust out of prison. But after a mishap, Earl and Randy fall through a ventilation shaft right into the warden's office, take him hostage, and negotiate his release from the slammer. However, Earl questions the lack of karma kicking in and thinks after all he's been through, it's bogus. Finally, one last does of ButtMonkey antics prompts the return of Bad Earl- [[spoiler: and karma deals him another car to the chest to punish him.]]
** Despite being an [[TheAtoner atoning petty criminal,]] {{Jerkass}}, and a BookDumb hick, he has a real knack for getting along with people, is actively working hard to become a better person by righting all his past wrongs, in the process making his town a better place, and is willing to make great sacrifices for the people he cares about. Sometimes he relapses, but he brings up some interesting questions on morality and what makes a good person.
* TheAtoner: The entire premise of carrying his list.
* BadassMustache: His signature trait, grown from a desire to have once since he was a kid.
* BashBrothers: With Randy.
* BeingGoodSucks: The things he goes through sometimes border on KafkaKomedy.
* BookDumb: Badly uneducated outside of a partial high school education. He's also uniformed about things happening in the world, mostly because he lives in a run-down apartment where news doesn't get around fast. He decides to wise up after the bank treats him like a kid and gets a G.E.D. Slowly but surely, Earl's brainpower's getting better.
* ButtMonkey: Dear God. Earl suffers all kinds of ilk as he tackles his list. We could go on for decades about this.
** The very worst instance was getting roped into a [[spoiler: top-secret spy mission with Darnell when he went back into action]], only to be given round-the-clock tranquilizers to block out everything he saw with absolutely no say in refusing them (while his life was constantly in danger, no less!), kept knocked out for so long he had to be put in a ''diaper'' so he wouldn't soil himself and woke up with side-effect-induced twitches.
* CantGetAwayWithNuthin: Lampshaded in an episode where he neglects his list in favor of spending time with a beautiful woman and LaserGuidedKarma causes trouble for both of them.
* CarpetOfVirility: So much so he had a gorilla chest by early puberty- which made him afraid to pull his shirt off during swimming lessons in school- otherwise, everyone would laugh their heads off.
* CloserToEarth: A rare gender swapped example. He is far more sensible than his ex-wife Joy.
* DeadpanSnarker: When Earl gets sick of the shenanigans his buddies or the person on his list puts him through, or he can't stand Randy's stupidity or Joy's bitchiness, he'll be prone to snarking.
* DoggedNiceGuy: Earl just can't catch a break from anyone. It's a wonder he hasn't pulled a shotgun on some of the people he endures.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: The birthday party episode. [[spoiler: It turned out to be a prank, and his friends really did give him props for the wrongs he'd righted thus far.]]
** "Bad Earl" takes it to a logical extreme. Earl has let himself take the bullet for Joy by going to jail in her stead so she wouldn't get her third strike and become a lifer. It costs him a nice new home, a great job and all the respect that came with it which he fought hard to get, and then the shiftless warden screws him out of an early parole. When he returns to doing his list again, he gets humiliated and believes his misery didn't get a suitable karmic compensation. Earl decides to hell with the list and relapses into his old criminal ways- until karma catches up to him with a vengeance.
* EmbarrassingMiddleName: Jehoshaphat. We learn it in the Geraldo Rivera-narrated two-parter, finally revealing what the "J" stood for after four seasons.
* TheEveryman
* FaceHeelTurn: Temporarily relapses into "Bad Earl," which pleases Ralph, who thought his list was bunk from the get-go, but scares Randy, and pisses off Joy and Darnell, who discover that drunken Earl and friends have decided to tip over their trailer. Then, he takes a car to the chest again and that's all she wrote.
* GoodFeelsGood: "Do good things and good things happen."
* GottaCatchEmAll: His list of misdeeds... almost clocking in at 300.
* HairOfTheDog: "Some people might think that getting so drunk you end up marrying a woman who's six months pregnant is a good reason to stop drinking. Personally, I think it's a good reason to ''keep'' drinking."
* HeelFaceTurn: Getting T-boned by an old lady behind the wheel and losing a lotto ticket with $100,000, then being served up divorce papers in retraction on morphine will do that to you.
* HeroicBSOD: Caused by going to jail for Joy's sake in exchange for a great job and apartment, suffering solitary confinement instead of being rewarded with early freedom, and busting out of said jail without consequence. Earl soon learns the hard way that karma's willing to kick his ass if he strays from being a nice guy.
* HomelessHero: Technically, since he lives in a motel after Joy took the trailer in the divorce. It never occurs to him that he can use part of the lotto money to pay for a small apartment. [[spoiler: He ''does'' get an apartment halfway through the series, but that's using money he earned through working at Wadt Appliances. And Randy loses the apartment while Earl is in prison.]] The fact that Earl has no permanent residence is lampshaded when he goes to apply for a credit card.
* HonorBeforeReason: Earl often goes out of his way to fix things, even if they weren't directly his fault and the people he is helping are already happy. When something he did on his list has a snowball effect, he is especially prone to patch those things up, too.
* IdiotHero: Some shades of BookDumb mixed with drunken escapades result in Earl having prime moments of stupidity. Otherwise, he's not so dim... but Randy... oh, boy...
* KavorkaMan
* KickTheDog: Earl did so to one guy in prison after he got whiny and inconsiderate- so he set fire to his cell and gave him a knuckle sandwich.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: Exactly what he dished out to the boss of a fast food joint after having to suffer untold humiliation and got talked down to like he was a butt-scratching chimp. Because he beat the guy up, the boss also gets his due for his crimes of cheating and stealing.
* KidsAreCruel: In his younger days
* LazyHusband: was this when he was married to Joy.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Sometimes, when Earl discovers the consequences of what he did to the person on his list after it effectively ruined their life, or if he unintentionally botches a plan to fix things and makes them worse when hijinks ensue.
* NiceGuy: After changing his ways, Earl becomes an extremely nice and kindhearted individual, who goes out of his way to help anyone who needs it.
* OnlySaneMan: Most of the time. Sometimes, it's inverted, where he gets so engorged with his list, ''he's'' the loony one, and Randy usually suffers for it.
* PornStache: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] when Earl teaches a class of douchebag high school students and one insults him by saying he doesn't want to grow up being a loser with a porn 'stache.
* ReallyGetsAround
* RidiculouslyAverageGuy: He's just about the perfect everyman.
* SerialSpouse: Is married three times over the course of the series, and two of the marriages end in divorce; the second one was annulled.
* ShotGunWedding: When he married Joy, she was pregnant [[spoiler: the child was later found to be his]].
** Also, he briefly married his friend Ralph's [[MayDecemberRomance elderly mother]] after he admitted he slept with her while drunk, to appease the man's wrath.
* ThisLoserIsYou: Earl realizes his life is a pile of dog crap and believes going through his list will change that- which it (somewhat) has.
* UglyGuyHotWife: When married to Joy and later to Billie. Also inverted when he married a friend's elderly mother to make up for sleeping with her while drunk.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Has a fear of taking his shirt off in public due to being teased for having hairy nipples in JuniorHigh- though now, the hair he's sporting is proper for his age.
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[[folder:Joy Darville-Turner]]
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--> Played By: Jaime Pressley

Earl's ill-tempered, promiscuous ex-wife
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* AbuseIsOkayWhenItsFemaleOnMale: Surprisingly [[SubvertedTrope subverted]], although she is quite verbally abusive to Earl, the episode where she's on trial has all these instances brought back against her. [[spoiler: Though Earl takes the bullet for her regardless which is mostly just to show how selfless he can be.]]
* ActionGirl: All those years watching Springer really paid off.
* AntiHero: Type IV
* BerserkButton: Harming her children either physically or emotionally
* BlondesAreEvil: Well, not quite ''evil''. Just a giant bitch.
* ClingyJealousGirl
* DumbBlonde
* HairTriggerTemper : She's once described as a "tiny pink Hulk."
* HeroicComedicSociopath
* HiddenHeartOfGold
* HotBlooded
* ItsAllAboutMe
* JerkAss: Cheats on Earl, verbally abuses and even hits him, leaves him for a mutual friend while he's hospitalized, and tries to kill him to get his lottery winnings
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Can be nice (and even helpful) sometimes. Subverted, though, in that usually only if something's in it for her. That said, she did take in Randy after Earl went to prison and is a genuinely loving mother and wife.
* MamaBear: God help you if you hurt her kids
* MegatonPunch: Her right hook can knock any man(Or woman) into next Tuesday.
* MoralMyopia
* NeverMyFault
* ProudBeauty: While certainly attractive, she is the one to point it out the most.
* ReallyGetsAround
* ShotGunWedding: Tricks Earl into marrying her in [[VivaLasVegas Vegas]] while she was pregnant with an unknown man's [[spoiler: (later found to be Earl's)]] child.
* SickEpisode: Contracts a flesh-eating toe disease from a hottub Earl gives her (because it was previously inhabited by a homeless man with the same disease)
* {{Tsundere}} Type-A example
* UglyGuyHotWife Was the hot wife when she was married to Earl
* YourCheatingHeart: Results in a ChocolateBaby, and later the end of Earl and Joy's (rather dysfunctional from the start) marriage.
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[[folder:Darnell "Crabman" Turner''' [[spoiler: '''(Real Name: Harry Monroe)''']]]]
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[[caption-width-right:200:Hey, Crabman.]]
-->Played by: Eddie Steeples

Earl's friend, and the bartender at [[LocalHangout The Crab Shack.]] Joy had an affair with him, and eventually left Earl for him, but in spite of this Earl and Darnell are good friends.
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* AlmightyJanitor
* BadassBookworm
* BerserkButton: ''Never'' do anything to to Darnell's mother.
* BlackBestFriend: To Earl despite the affair and stealing Joy.
* BlessedAreTheCheesemakers
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: In the early episodes, he appeared to be as vacuous and ignorant as Joy and the others. This was before the writers revealed his past and the fact that he is actually very intelligent.
** This may be ''FridgeBrilliance'' as he was probably trying to avoid standing out too much due to his past and may have been overdoing it. When he is relaxed, he shows more of his real personality.
* DissonantSerenity
* EasilyForgiven: Earl doesn't seem too bothered about him stealing Joy nor is Darnell particularly annoyed about Earl sleeping with her
* EruditeStoner
* [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep Everyone Calls Him Crabman]]
* HenpeckedHusband
* LaserGuidedTykebomb: [[spoiler: Was trained from childhood to be a government assassin by his father, which led to his being placed in WitnessProtection after he retired.]]
* NiceGuy: Subverted, though, because he slept with a friend's wife
* NoodleIncident: He had a sister named Pam who was killed by honesty, according to Joy.
* TheSmartGuy
* [[TeamMom Team Dad]]
* WitnessProtection
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[[folder:Randy Hickey]]
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[[caption-width-right:200:"Man, brains are funny. You shake 'em around hard enough and it's like, 'whoa, who's steering this ship?'"]]
--> Played By: Ethan Supplee

Earl's dim-witted brother, who continues to get into all sorts of mayhem with him.
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* AddictionPowered: At exactly four beers, he becomes much more competent, as well as a con man.
* AfraidOfBlood
* AnnoyingLaugh: A wheezy, lengthy chuckle/guffaw that grates on people's ears but makes the audience crack up.
* TheBigGuy
* BerserkButton: DO NOT deny him his claw machine toys while he's injecting shark adrenaline into his nuts.
* BewareTheNiceOnes
* BorrowedCatchPhrase: Loves to shout, "[[YodelLand RIIIIIICOLAAAAA!!]]" in places with good acoustic echoes.
* CannotTellALie: Not until he's had exactly four beers, anyway.
* CloudCuckoolander: He absolutely loves reminiscing about cartoons, movies, anything that amuses him, and especially E.T.- but he's badly distracted by doing so.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: Will get caught in a loop sometimes while trying to think things through or his brain will take the long way around to work out a conclusion. Just don't mention the words Catalina and half-naked in the same sentence, or he'll blank out over and over- maybe not so much now after the UnrequitedLoveSwitcheroo.
* DumbassHasAPoint: Occasionally [[SmartBall says something smart.]]
* DumbIsGood
* DumbMuscle: Strong enough to rip a phone chord out of a wall with little effort, and on shark adrenaline, mutilate a phone.
* FatIdiot
* TheHatMakesTheMan: Inverted. Randy has a bad habit (at least in Earl's opinion) of claiming any stray hat he finds just lying around abandoned and then donning it and inventing a stupidly contrived personality to go along with it, which pisses off Earl to no end.
* InsaneEqualsViolent: Hunger makes Randy go into an angry, dizzy Hulk sort of reaction. ''Shark adrenaline'' makes him AxCrazy.
* InsaneTrollLogic: A common byproduct of his rambling conversations.
* KavorkaMan: Despite being a lazy manchild, Randy racks up a respectable haul of tail.
* KindheartedSimpleton
* TheLancer
* TheLoad: The times Randy is actually useful is outnumbered by the times whatever trouble Earl finds himself in can be directly attributed to Randy. [[TheMillstone Then there's the times where he just makes things worse, which is every single time it's possible]].
* ManChild: There's few as extreme as him.
* NiceGuy: Despite his idiocy, he's one of the sweetest guys you could ever meet.
* NonSequitur: He tries to carry conversations, but drifts into wonderland all the time.
* NoSocialSkills: Although he tries really hard.
* PermaStubble
* SatelliteCharacter: He is dependent on Earl even in the most trivial things (which food to pick for example). After Earl's imprisonment, he is forced to develop a free will on his own, and a more healthy relationship with his brother.
** Moreover, he found his GoalInLife in helping Earl.
* TastesLikeFeet : Randy knows what a lot of things taste like, as he frequently licks things. "This chicken tastes like...zoo."
* TestosteronePoisoning: After getting shark adrenaline pumped into his nads, Randy goes into an uber power-crazed, macho muscleman mindset, with a HairTriggerTemper and frightening distored voice when he turns furious.
* UnrequitedLoveSwitcheroo: Is insanely gaga over Catalina from day one and even gets a green card marriage, but one night of deliberately disgusting sex on her part wipes it all out. If only Catalina had mulled over the possibility of actually enjoying making love to Randy...
* [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes Why Did It Have To Be Cats and Birds]]: Terrorized by birds more so than cats. It's thanks to a NoodleIncident where he burned down a barn at a summer camp.
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[[folder:Catalina]]
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-->Played by: Nadine Velazquez

A beautiful hotel maid at the motel where Earl and Randy live, as well as a stripper at Club Chubby's. She's always got some advice for Earl, even if it's not necessarily ''good'' advice.
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* AlmightyJanitor: Sometimes, particularly in the first two seasons.
* AscendedExtra
* BilingualBonus: Her "insults" in Spanish to Joy are actually BreakingTheFourthWall to Spanish-speaking viewers, usually thanking them for watching.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: After Randy confesses his love for her she tries to figure out a way to make him lose that feeling, Joy convinces her to [[PleaseDumpMe sleep with him while being as disgusting as possible]]. [[spoiler: This ends up backfiring when she realizes how good he is in bed but he ends up being disgusted with the smell and loses all feelings for her.]] Ouch.
* BewareTheNiceOnes
* TheChick: Subverted, as she's usually not as whiny as typical Chicks.
* CitizenshipMarriage: Marries Randy to get back into the country [[spoiler: although she actually wanted to marry Earl]]. Because of the bad sex (see above), it doesn't work out so well. We are not told, however, if they ''are'' still (legally) married, or if they got a divorce at some point.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Has witnessed multiple Kidnappings and even once killed someone
* FakeNationality: Nadine Velazquez is American of Puerto Rican descent.
* FetishFuel
* TheIllegal: She came to America in a box.
* InnocentFanserviceGirl: Starts out as this
* {{Meido}}: Works as a hotel maid
* MsFanservice
* NaiveEverygirl
* NoodleIncident: Apparently killed her mother during a fight. [[IDidWhatIHadToDo "It was either her or me."]]
** Later averted when we see in a back-story [[spoiler: that the two of them fought to see who would go to America and who would wind up dying to give a kidney to the smuggler's sister]].
* SelfMadeOrphan: See NoodleIncident
* SitcomArchNemesis: Has this kind of relationship with Joy, because the latter called her a whore at their first meeting.
* SpicyLatina
* {{Stripperific}}: [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], as she is, in fact, a stripper in addition to working as a hotel maid.
* TeamMom
* TroubledButCute
* {{UST}}: Has so much of this with Earl.
* WideEyedIdealist: Often this with regards to relationships.
* YouDontWantToDieAVirginDoYou: This prompts her to have a four-way with Darnell, Patti, and Kenny in a phone booth. Also, to RageAgainstTheHeavens a bit.
--> "I'm gonna die a virgin! I hope [[{{God}} You're]] impressed! And that You exist!"
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[[folder:Patty The Daytime Hooker]]

Camden's most notorious prostitute, and a good friend of Earl's.
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* AnythingThatMoves
* AffirmativeActionGirl
* BadassBookworm
* CatholicSchoolgirlsRule: Went to Catholic school, and transformed her uniform into the [[FetishFuel fetishized version.]] Tries to [[InvokedTrope invoke the trope]] again 20-30 years later during a drag race. [[FetishRetardant It does not work.]]
* EightiesHair: Actually, her [[OutdatedOutfit entire getup]] looks like she never quite ''left'' TheEighties.
* FanDisservice
* HeadTiltinglyKinky: Specializes in catering to Camden's kinkier tastes.
* HiddenDepths: Is noticeably smarter and more experienced than many other Characters
* HollywoodHomely
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Is very [[NiceGuy kind]], and always willing to help out Earl.
* IWasQuiteALooker: Was very pretty when young
* [[KavorkaMan Kavorka Woman]] Has slept with practically every straight or bisexual man in Camden County at least once (and all of them enjoyed it), even though she looks to be well into her 40's or 50's, and is very open about being a prostitute.
* MyGirlIsASlut
* ReallyGetsAround
* SixthRanger
* {{Streetwalker}}
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[[folder:Donny Jones]]
A man who went to prison [[spoiler: for a crime Earl committed]], but found Jesus there and no longer lives a life of crime.
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* TheAtoner
* AxCrazy
* CloudCuckoolander
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas
* EyeScream: Has bulging, somewhat disturbing "Crazy Eyes"
* HeelFaithTurn: Became a devout Christian while in prison [[spoiler: for a crime Earl committed]]
* HairTriggerTemper
* MommasBoy
* NotMeThisTime: He ''was'' a crook, but did not commit the particular robbery he was imprisoned for.
* PeepingTom: Earl paid him to peep on Joy back in the day. (A rumor was going around the trailer park about a peeping tom, and Joy was feeling unhappy about how she looked during her pregnancy. The "peeping tom" was actually [[spoiler: Earl, trying to steal a big-screen TV]].) Unfortunately for Donny, Joy got excited that the "trailer park pervert" was finally peeping on her, and her excited shouts alerted the other trailer park women. Donny was badly injured by a SassyBlackWoman with a potted fern.
* PutOnABus: Just vanished halfway through the first season, then reappeared in season 2 during Earl's birthday party.
* TattooedCrook: Inverted, as he although he got the tattoos while in prison, they are symbols of his HeelFaithTurn
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[[folder:Kenny James]]

The first person on Earl's list, a classmate of Earl from grade school, whom Earl used to bully. Shy about his same-sex preferences, but later grows to find a partner in Stuart (and Chester- [[FreudWasRight don't ask]]).

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* AllOfTheOtherReindeer
* CampGay
* ClubKid: Becomes this after Earl helps him break out of his shell
* HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday
* HetIsEw: In later episodes
* HollywoodNerd
* {{Keet}}
* NerdGlasses
* NiceGuy: Part of the reason Earl feels so bad about hurting him and why they become friends thereafter.
* ShrinkingViolet
* SmartGuy: Often the Brains involved in Earl's operations.
* SomethingElseAlsoRises: "STUART, PUT A WASHCLOTH OVER CHESTER!!" (said to him in a quickly diminishing bubble bath)
* UnluckyEverydude
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[[folder:Didi]]

Earl took Didi home from the Crab Shack and slept with her. At first, he told Didi he loved her (likely influenced by alcohol) and was happy to wake up with her, but then found her prosthetic leg in the bed and freaked out. He stole money from her purse, and made off in her car with her prosthesis, and Didi has ''intensely'' hated Earl ever since. Until he finally made it up to her and she forgave him.
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* AmbiguousDisorder: Didi is implied to have a couple of screws loose in her head.
* AxCrazy
* AgonyOfTheFeet: Makes Earl hop on one leg all day as punishment for abandoning her and not returning her prosthesis.
* BerserkButton: '''Earl.''' (before he made amends with her)
* EasilyForgiven: Earl later discovers where he stashed her leg and learns Didi has been forced to hop around without until now. He finally gets her to cool off in the midst of an enraged blowup at seeing him again. She has him make up for this by doing the same until his one foot is as sore is hers, but she lets him enjoy the other half of the foot bath she never uses and quickly makes peace with him now that she knows he's really turned a new leaf. They become good friends afterwards.
* FieryRedhead
* HandicappedBadass: Lost her leg in a minefield during wartimes, explaining why she's such a good shot with a gun- she's ex-military.
* IfYouEverDoAnythingToHurtHer: She gets a HandicappedBadass boyfriend mid-series, who's ready to beat the crap out of Earl at a moment's notice.
* InformedFlaw: The only one that seems to [[UnfortunateImplications have a problem with the fact that she only has one real leg]] is Earl.
** This was quite a bit before Earl's HeelFaceTurn however.
* MetaCasting: The actress that plays her actually does only have one leg.
* MinorFlawMajorBreakup: The only reason Earl [[NotStayingForBreakfast didn't at least stay for breakfast]] after their one-night stand (if not actually date her) was because he was shocked and upset that she only had one leg.
* {{Yandere}}: [[MemeticMutation YOU SAID YOU LOVED ME!!!]] (While blasting a shotgun at Earl). In all fairness he ''did'' [[spoiler: steal her car and ditch her after sex]], but it's not like she couldn't have let the police deal with it.
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[[folder:Billie Cunningham]]

The ex-girlfriend of Earl's cellmate Frank, who decides to follow in Earl's footsteps to become a better person, although she prefers to "work smarter, not harder," unlike Earl, who will do whatever it takes. Earl was initially smitten with her, but found out the hard way that having her for a wife wasn't all he thought it would be.
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* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Played straight with Frank, subverted with Earl.
* ClingyJealousGirl
* ControlFreak
* DatingCatwoman: Getting into a relationship with Frank was ''not'' the best decision she ever made.
* {{Expy}}: Deconstructed: She wants to get on the right path, but has very different ideas than Earl about what constitutes making things up to people. And she even [[spoiler: goes so far as to undo what Earl has done when she feels she isn't getting enough attention from him.]]
* FaceHeelTurn: When she met the guy she was with before marrying Earl, she was a good person. Her boyfriend, however, introduced her to stealing (which gave her a rush), and she became his partner in crime.
* HeyItsThatGuy: Earl is married to [[Series/{{Charmed}} Pheobe Halliwell]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: At least in the beginning, before becoming a complete JerkAss, and finally becoming a [[NiceGuy genuinely nice person.]]
* HeelFaithTurn: Joins an Amish-like settlement when hiding out on their land, and finds inner peace and becomes a better person.
* HighHeelFaceTurn: Wants to follow in Earl's footsteps after hearing about his list and breaking up with her boyfriend.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: When Earl is focused on the list instead of sex with her, she goes and undoes everything Earl has already crossed off the list.
* WantingIsBetterThanHaving: Earl finds out the hard way that being married to Billie is nothing like TheFifties DomCom he pictured while in a coma.
* {{Tsundere}}: Type B, before turning into a {{Yandere}}
* UnholyMatrimony: Was this to the guy she was with before meeting Earl.
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[[folder:Ralph Mariano]]
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[[caption-width-right:301:A mama's boy who's out to [[ChaoticNeutral raise some hell]]]]
-> Played By: Giovanni Ribisi

One of Earl's old friends. Gung-ho and stark-raving mad, Ralph loved the days when he and Earl would go looting stuff. Unlucky for him, Earl changed, and he wanted nothing to do with karma. So, where Earl does good things, Ralph does bad things- and almost always finds himself in jail following a crime spree, but Ralph's also a whiz at blowing through the holes of the criminal justice system and always seems to be back out on the streets in no time flat. The one thing he loves more than crime is his beloved mama, but when he learned Earl slept with her, he really, ''really'' blew a fuse- as in refused to let Earl do anything short of marrying her to make it up to him, and would make his buddy [[HomeAlone spit gum out his forehead]] if he tried to cut and run. Luckily, they worked things out.

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* AssholeVictim: Chances are, if Ralph gets arrested, he deserved it.
* AxCrazy: Threatened to blow Earl's brains out if he deserted his mama- and that's not the half of his insanity.
* BerserkButton: Screw around with his mama and he will force you to wed her. Try to run, and he'll whip out a revolver.
* CatchPhrase: "ROCK AND ROLL!"
* CantGetAwayWithNuthin: Sent to jail at the drop of a hat. While the main cast goes about their daily lives, chances are he's mulling things over in jail. He might even be worthy of a "Frequent Flyer Miles" card for getting sent there so much. That being said, he probably deserved it.
* ConvenientlyCellmates: With Earl right as soon as he gets put in jail- except Ralph's being dogged by a guy threatening to stab him and gives Earl a sock filled with batteries to fend him off when they go out into the yard.
* EasilyForgiven: Earl and Randy are always quick to forgive him. Though Ralph does suffer from others for his actions.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: VERY protective of his mama.
* EveryManHasHisPrice: Can be bribed into committing any form of crime for the right price- such as [[spoiler: burning down a rival hot dog stand.]]
* ForTheEvulz: Ask him why he likes to burn down things- [[{{Pyromaniac}} go ahead.]]
* InsaneEqualsViolent
* JerkAss: To Earl when he [[spoiler: burned down Pops' hot dog cart.]]
* KarmaHoudini: Although Ralph generally does get punished for his actions (thus proving he's not a member of this trope), the fact that Earl believed he became one [[spoiler: due to not getting retribution for taking advantage of a senile old woman]] results in his forsaking The List.
* LaserGuidedKarma
* MoneyDearBoy: Why he burned down P's HD Cart...both times.
* MoralMyopia
* PutOnABus: After Earl [[spoiler: end's up in another coma after getting hit by a car]] in season 3, Ralph is never seen again for the rest of the series.
* {{Pyromaniac}}
* RefugeInAudacity
* ShotGunWedding: Imposes one on Earl to make amends for sleeping with his mama.
* SixthRangerTraitor: He'll ditch his friends for [[EveryManHasHisPrice money]] on the fly.
* TokenEvilTeammate: The only guy out of the original thieving gang Earl formed with Randy and Joy who's still an outright crook.
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[[folder:Natalie Duckworth]]

Earl's ex-girlfriend. He faked his own death to get out of the relationship, because he found her too clingy but also didn't want to hurt her feelings.
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* AttendingYourOwnFuneral
* ClingyJealousGirl: Well, at least the "clingy" part. She doesn't have a jealous bone in her body.
* CloudCuckoolander: Somewhat
* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: When she fakes her own death to get even with Earl for doing likewise to her, dumps her {{Jerkass}} boyfriend, and opens a successful art gallery featuring her papier-mache creations.
* CryCute
* TheCutie
* ExtremeDoormat: Earl helps her get over this.
* FakingTheDead
* HeyItsThatGirl: it seems [[{{Leverage}} Parker]] has a history of FakingTheDead.
* InLoveWithLove
* LookingForLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces: Is rather a jerk-magnet, because she's such a doormat.
* NaiveEverygirl
* NaughtyByNight: Went to the Crab Shack on Halloween dressed in [[{{Stripperiffic}} a slutty biker-chick costume]], and even took Earl home with her, but the next morning, even ''she'' is shocked by her actions. [[spoiler: In fact, she ended up losing her virginity that night!]]
* ThePollyanna
* PleaseDumpMe: Earl tries this on her, but it doesn't work.
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[[folder:Jessie]]

Another ex-girlfriend of Earl's. He had started dating her three weeks earlier, only to be tricked into marrying a very pregnant Joy. When Jessie hears that Joy has a bounty on her head, she becomes a bounty hunter in an attempt to make her suffer.

* ActionGirl
* BewareTheNiceOnes
* BountyHunter
* TheChick: Initially
* FemaleFelineMaleMutt: Trades her cat in for a large dog during her training, just to show how tough she is.
* ItsPersonal: She wants to become a bounty hunter, just so she can take Joy in as vengeance for a) stealing her boyfriend and b) knocking out her two front teeth.
* OfficeLady: When she met Earl, she was a secretary at the bail bondsman's office Earl frequented.
* TrainingFromHell: Puts herself through this to become a bounty hunter.
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[[folder:Nescobar Aloplop]]

A friend of Earl's, whom Earl helped to learn English (in order to make up for making fun of people's accents).

* CloudCuckoolander: To be fair, he does live in [[CloudCuckooland Camden.]]
* CrazyCulturalComparison: Believes that when a stripper gives him a lapdance, he is legally married to her.
* FunnyForeigner
* {{Kleptomaniac}}: Compulsively steals pens. Only pens, though. [[MakesAsMuchSenseInContext Even he doesn't understand why]].
* {{Omniglot}}: He likes to learn languages; English is only one of them.
** MetaCasting: The actor that plays him speaks 6 different languages fluently.
* ThisIsForEmphasisBitch: Often adds "Bitch" to the end of sentences.
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[[folder:Willie the One-Eyed Mailman]]

Camden's mailman. He lost his eye after Joy smashed a framed poster of Earl's with a bowling ball, and he happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

* CoolOldGuy
* DissonantSerenity: Noticeably undisturbed by most of the mayhem that happens around him.
* EyepatchOfPower
* NiceGuy
* TheQuietOne: Most of the time he doesn't speak. He does have a few lines, though.
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[[folder:Woody]]

A former stoner that Earl robbed blind one hot summer. After a skydiving mishap, Woody got clean and moved to a hippie commune.

* DrugsAreBad: Even though he's been clean for a couple of years at least, his heavy marijuana use gave him some brain damage; he's still kind of slow. (Not as slow as Randy, but still slow.)
* GreenAesop: Teaches Earl about global warming...but also teaches him that he doesn't have to do anything monumental.
* NewAgeRetroHippie
* NiceGuy
* NoodleIncident: The skydiving accident, and what exactly spurred his decision to live "off the grid."
* TheStoner: Formerly
* WhatDidIDoLastNight: Has no recollection of the skydiving accident other than waking up in the middle of nowhere. Justified because of his heavy marijuana use.
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[[folder:Carl Hickey]]

Earl's father, who resents him for all his childhood antics.

* TheComicallySerious
* ExiledToTheCouch: At an anniversary party back either late in TheSeventies or early in TheEighties, Earl slipped one of his friend's mom's "happy pills" into Carl's whiskey. Which resulted in him goosing female guests, and attempting to start a [[APartyAlsoKnownAsAnOrgy key party]]. Kay was not amused.
* GrumpyOldMan
* ManlyTears: [[spoiler: After finding out about the affair his wife had with a former neighbor of theirs...and that she had kept it from him for all those years.]]
* ParentsAsPeople: Resents Earl, but also cares about him.
* WhatTheHellHero: Gives Earl one of these when Earl attempted to leave Joy after Earl Jr. was born.
* {{Workaholic}}: Earl recalls that his dad was always at work. Mainly to get away from his less-than-wonderful marriage to Kay, and his troublemaker sons.
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[[folder:Kay Hickey]]

Earl's mother. She dotes on Earl and Randy, in contrast to her husband.

* AlcoholicParent: Implied.
* BrokenBird
* DissonantSerenity
* DotingParent
* NaughtyByNight
* MinnesotaNice: At least in terms of being a bit passive-aggressive and making an effort to always be polite. It's unknown whether she actually is from Minnesota or not, though.
* ParentsAsPeople: Likes Randy better, because although he did almost as much bad stuff as Earl, he wasn't the brains behind it.
--> "One of you is ''bad'', the other is just simple. Earl, you're bad."
* YourCheatingHeart: Once had an ill-advised affair with their next-door neighbor. She did regret it, though.
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[[folder:Iqbal]]

The convenience store clerk where Earl got the lottery ticket.

* AsianStoreOwner: Well, it's never confirmed whether or not he actually ''owns'' the store.
* BiTheWay: Although he is a frequent client of Patty, he is also seen at Camden's [[WhereEverybodyKnowsYourFlame gay bar]].
* ButtMonkey: Just a little.
* CoitusUninterruptus: Witnesses the infamous "phone booth orgy" between Darnell, Patty, Catalina, and Kenny.
* CovertPervert
* FunnyForeigner
* NiceGuy: Willing to help Earl
* TheQuietOne: Mostly because he doesn't speak English fluently.
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[[folder:Frank]]

Earl's old friend and roommate. He planned a big robbery, and almost got away with it too, until he and Paco plowed into an FBI van. [[spoiler: The same FBI van that was dropping off Harry Munroe so he could start his new life as Darnell Turner in WitnessProtection.]]

* AffablyEvil
* BlondGuysAreEvil
* BreakTheCutie: Being dumped by Billie was ''really'' hard on him.
* BreakUpToMakeUp: Earl convinces him to (gently) break up with Billie again so that she could get back on the right path.
* CloudCuckoolander
* DatingCatwoman: Billie was a kind nursing student, until Frank introduced her to stealing. This trope is also inverted: when Frank hears that Billie has once again gone to TheDarkSide, he falls in love with her again and gets into a huge fight with Earl over her.
* FruitOfTheLoon: Is moved to a halfway house, where they spike the food with tranquilizers to keep the inmates under control. Since Frank has not been eating, Randy gives him an apple slice he'd been carrying around.
* LoveTriangle: Still in love with Billie after the breakup, but Earl is trying to date her.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Eventually is able to let Billie go.
* {{Irony}}: He subletted his kitchen to Earl and Randy, they owned his trailer (at least while Earl was still married to Joy). They also drive his old El Camino, and Earl briefly marries Billie.
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: With some help from Earl and Randy, he posts a nude photo of himself on a billboard in order to win Billie back, seeing as she had dumped him for showing Earl her naked picture. It's played for every laugh it's worth.
* SecondLove: Believes he will never find love again after the demise of his seven-year relationship with Billie, but eventually finds love again with [[BigBeautifulWoman her cousin Jocelyn]].
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[[folder:Josh]]

A docker at Bargain Bin, he accidentally got kidnapped by Joy and Earl while unloading a truck. He escapes alive and unharmed, since Earl and Joy did not mean to hold him hostage, but unfortunately dies in his own apartment. Earl has to figure out how to make up for kidnapping him.

* TheDanza: Played by JoshWolf
** AsHimself
* DeadGuyOnDisplay: At his [[ItMakesSenseInContext second funeral]] he is displayed doing what he loved best: sitting in front of the computer.
* DueToTheDead: Wants to receive a proper funeral
* DyingAlone: Subverted; it seems like he has no social life, but [[spoiler: All his friends are online.]]
* TheEveryman: Lives a very normal, average life
* GhostlyGoals: Appears to both Earl and Joy in a dream, informing them that he wants a proper burial.
* HollywoodNerd: Somewhat.
* MurphysBed: How he dies
* OneOfUs: Spends an awful lot of time online. Additionally, he is inspired by a post on TelevisionWithoutPity about Murphy Beds.
* OperatorFromIndia: Goes on weekly Skype dinner dates with one of these.
* UnluckyEverydude
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[[folder:Ruby]]

The attorney that the court appointed for Joy, she falls in love with Earl. Their relationship is short-lived, however, as Earl goes to prison. Earl once robbed her before they met, which puts strain on their relationship.

* AllWomenAreLustful: Likes to flirt with men, much to the annoyance of her (male) interpreter.
* HandicappedBadass
* HelloAttorney
* HeroesWantRedheads
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Earl breaks up with her when he's sent to prison, so she wouldn't have to wait around for him to get out.
* LoveInterest
* MetaCasting: Is played by deaf actress MarleeMatlin
* SecondActBreakup: When she sees that she's on Earl's list, she gets angry with Earl and leaves him. They get back together when Earl [[spoiler: takes the fall for Joy]], but it doesn't last long.
* {{Tsundere}}: Type B
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[[folder:Judy]]

A woman who dotes on her show-cat, Sebastian, that Earl once stole and placed in the home of an old woman so Joy's cat would have an edge in the Camden cat show. She also dates Randy briefly.

* AbhorrentAdmirer: It takes Randy a while to realize this, but she has lost the ability to differentiate between the best ways to show affection towards a human and towards a cat. When Randy ''does'' realize it, he is horrified and upset.
* BreakTheCutie: Losing Sebastian was really hard on her, especially as it's implied that she did not have many human companions in her life.
* BreakUpToMakeUp: Judy and Randy break up so they can each live a better life. They break up on pretty good terms too; Randy doesn't even feel the need to wallow in grief and play "Time After Time" by CyndiLauper on endless loop like he usually does when he gets dumped!
* ChristmasCake
* CloudCuckoolander
* CrazyCatLady
* DyingAlone: Her biggest fear
* FourthDateMarriage: Randy moves in with her right away.
* LoveInterest
* LoveMartyr: Will do ''anything'' for Randy, up to and including giving up her beloved cat.
* NoAccountingForTaste: Randy is certainly not a bad guy, but he's slow, clumsy, and awkward, and yet Judy loves him anyway.
* NotGoodWithPeople
* RomanticFalseLead: Her purpose is to help Randy gain more confidence with women and being his real clumsy awkward self around them. Likewise, he helps her see that there's more to life than her cat.
* {{Tsundere}}: Type B
* UnfortunateImplications: She implies that due to her mother's criticism of [[HollywoodPudgy her weight]], she struggled with an eating disorder and alcoholism, and became rather isolated and lonely.
* WhatTheHellHero: Gets one from Randy, after he sees that she's been treating him like a cat for the duration of their relationship
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[[folder:John the Artist]]

A fellow inmate at the Camden prison, known for his paintings. Earl attempts to help him reconnect with his parents, but things don't go according to plan.

* DrugsAreBad: Landed in prison because his meth lab caught fire
* {{Jerkass}}
* KnownOnlyByTheirNickname
* NeverMyFault
* MustMakeAmends: When he sees what a {{Jerkass}} he's been, he [[spoiler: paints all the family photos that got destroyed in the fire, that he had memorized while stoned.]]
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: The sensitive guy to Earl's manly man
* TheStoner: So much so that his parents refused to let him go to his high school prom because they were worried for his behind-the-wheel safety
* TooDumbToLive: Took the time to complete his painting instead of either a) attempting to put out the fire or b) getting out of the house.
* UnfortunateNames: Laments that he has "two toilets" in his name (his first name being "John," the middle name being "Lou."
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