[[folder:The Sherman Family]]

!!Jay Prescott Sherman
->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/JonLovitz

New York's #3 film critic, and host of his own show, ''Coming Attractions''. Jay generally struggles with his lack of popularity both on television and with other people, due to his cynical attitude and less-than-handsome appearance. Outside of work, he's a single father to his son Marty, after his bitter ex-wife Ardeth divorced him. As a baby, he was adopted into an extremely wealthy family, and he has a somewhat vitriolic relationship with his mother Eleanor.

* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: Jay is a constant victim of this.
* AmbiguouslyJewish: Jay. The closest to resolving this ambiguity occurs in "Every Doris Has Her Day", when Jay visits the orphanage he was adopted from and asks if he was Jewish. The priest answers, "Oh, what do ''you'' think?" Jay crows, "I knew it!" and immediately launches into a fake Hebrew song.
** Doubles as ActorAllusion.
* AmusingInjuries: Every time Jay gets hit on the head by a blunt object, he’ll swerve around and fall like a bowling pin. Even the sound effects are added in.
** This is one of the reasons Alice's daughter Penny seems to really like him. Jay ended up endearing himself to her when blunt objects kept falling on his head and she thought it was funny.
* AnimatedActor: Jay did this trope a few times.
* BalloonBelly: Jay. He balloons himself by turning into a giant blueberry when he steals a certain stick of gum from [[Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory Willy Wonka]], is shown having one in a picture inside Alice's diamond locket, and from eating a giant bagpipe-playing potato.
** In another episode he becomes morbidly obese after an image consultant advises him that the public loves people who are "big and jolly" like SantaClaus and Rush Limbaugh. It then cuts to Jay getting liposuction for over a year.
* BigEater: Jay's obsession with food is so massive that his restaurant bills are what keep Vlada's restaurant afloat.
* BumblingDad: At times toward Marty, but Marty knows he means well.
* ButtMonkey
* CantHoldHisLiquor: He and his son get extremely drunk when they each drink a quarter of a glass of wine while in France. After they drink half each, they're hung over.
* CatchPhrase: Jay has several:
** "It stinks!"
** "Hotchie motchie!"
** "Achhum!"
** "Ha-haaa, how ''awkward!''"
** And a fourth was added in the 2nd season, though only in 2 episodes - "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atzLwyecuZg Hi guuuuuuuy!]]"
* CausticCritic: Jay Sherman hates just about every movie he sees. If he mentions a movie he DOES like, it's always so that another movie can be compared unfavorably to it.
** The highest score he ever gives a movie is a 7 out of 10.
** It's revealed that the ''only'' movie Jay likes that isn't foreign and/or artsy is ''Film/CitizenKane''.
** It seems this trait of his isn't as bad in season 2. He'll actually say he enjoyed the films he reviews pretty often, even if what was just shown to the audience was just as stupid and goofy as any of the trailers from season 1.
* CharacterBlog: Jay has a [[http://twitter.com/@JaySherman Twitter account.]]
* CharacterDevelopment: For the second season, Jay's character design was tweaked to give him a friendlier appearance, and most of his harshness and down-and-out traits from the first season were taken away, giving him a warmer, more likable personality.
* TheChewToy
* CompassionateCritic
* CosmicPlaything: The universe really has it in for Jay. In the episode "Lady Hawke," when he was sent to go on the balcony so that Jeremy and his sister, Olivia, could have a private discussion, the weather suddenly turned stormy and a strong wind blew off the towel he was wearing. When Jay finally got back inside and it was Jeremy's turn to wait on the balcony...the weather immediately cleared up and became sunny and beautiful.
** And then greeted by French twins.
-->'''Jay''': That hardly seems fair.
** Jay gives us this gem from the first episode:
--->"Oh, my therapist was right, God ''does'' hate me!"
* GoofyPrintUnderwear
* GravityIsAHarshMistress: He trips, he falls, has things fall on his head, and especially regarding a bungee jump attempt in the first season.
* HappilyAdopted: His adopted family's quirks aside, it's clear that they love each other.
* HePannedItNowHeSucks: What the in-show public thinks about him. [[invoked]]
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Jeremy.
* HoldingBothSidesOfTheConversation: In season 1, Jay often does this by pretending to be his secretary with a British nanny accent.
* HonoraryUncle: Penny calls him "Uncle Jay."
* HypocriticalHumor: This series was built on it. Anytime Jay makes a denying statement about himself, expect him to immediately afterwards do something like it.
-->'''Jay:''' I've suffered every ailment known to Man. Except delusions of grandeur. [[LargeHam Which is why God chose me alone to do His work]] ''[[LargeHam ON EARTH!]]''
* InformedDeformity[=/=]InformedFlaw: One of the shows running gags is that Jay is considered almost monstrously ugly by most people, as well as being enormously heavy due to his [[HollywoodPudgy informed obesity problem]], despite being relatively average looking, and while he is slightly overweight, his short stature means he couldn't possibly weigh more than 250 pounds.
--> '''Freight Helicopter Pilot:''' I don't understand. This thing is supposed to lift a ''tank.''
** In "Sherman, Woman, and Child", Alice decides to change up his wardrobe a little a bit and he becomes more popular and confident which implies a part of the problem were his outfits. But although while his outfits were never fashionable, they weren't {{impossibly tacky| clothes}} enough to make that much of a difference.
* KavorkaMan: Despite the running gag of women finding him hideous, he has had a surprising amount of luck with women INSANELY out of his league. To be fair, though, some of these apparent successes are only because the women had ulterior motives.
* LargeHam: On occasion. Being voiced by Creator/JonLovitz, who lives on this trope, certainly helps.
* LoserProtagonist: Most potent in the first season.
* LoveConfession: To Alice at the end of "Lady Hawke."
* MistakenForGay: Jay's boss is convinced Jay has a crush on him, despite Jay's insistence that he's straight.
-->'''Jay:''' Duke, where's your bedroom?\\
'''Duke:''' ''(chuckling)'' You people never give up.\\
'''Jay:''' I am not gay! And if I ''was'' gay, I would do ''something'' about that wallpaper. [[CampGay Plaids and florals? Oh, puh-lease Dukey-Dukey]].
** It's not just Duke. There's also Cyrus, who immediately assumes Jay is Alice's gay friend shortly after meeting him. Jeremy Hawke also says at one point that Jay's attraction to his twin sister, Olivia Hawke, is just an outlet for Jay's homosexual attraction to him.
* TheNapoleon
* NiceGuy: Jay, especially in season 2. In season 1 he's more of a JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* NoRespectGuy
* OfficialCouple: With Alice in the second season.
* OneLinerEcho: "If the movie stinks, just don't go!"
* OrganAutonomy: Jay's stomach.
* TheProtagonist
* RidiculouslyAverageGuy
* RousingSpeech: In "Eyes on the Prize."
--> "I am a movie critic by trade, and until recently, I got paid to tell you people which movies merely stink and which ones you shouldn't screen near an open flame. Well, I'm putting the burden of lousy movies back on you. It's very simple: if you stop going to bad movies, they'll stop making bad movies. If the movie used to be a TV show, just don't go. After Roman numeral II, give it a rest. If it's a remake of a classic, rent the classic. Tell them you want stories about people, not a hundred million dollars of stunts and explosives. People, it's up to you. [[OneLinerEcho If the movie stinks, just don't go.]]"
* SealedWithAKiss: With Alice in the end of "Lady Hawke."
* ShirtlessScene: Has had a few of these.
* StrawCritic: Jay. In a minor subversion, however, he's essentially a decent guy; in his defense, most of the movies he has to review ''are'' horrible. Still, he does attack some noteworthy films and/or performers -- he once sucker-punched [[Series/MisterRogersNeighborhood Mister Rogers]]! -- and this is one reason he's so unpopular with the public.
--> On Oscar-winner Haing S. Ngor in ''Film/TheKillingFields'': "If you ask me, he should have gone to the ''acting'' fields."
--> "And that's why I'm ''glad'' Music/TheBeatles broke up."
--> "And that's why Creator/GoldieHawn should be shot."
** He was basically the [[WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation Yahtzee]] of his day.
* SurroundedByIdiots: (Non-villain) Jay usually feels like he is the only one with an IQ in a room.
* ThisLoserIsYou: Jay in the first season, but somewhat toned down in the second.
* ThrowTheDogABone: After putting up with so much crap from his job, his parents, women, the general public, and [[CosmicPlaything the universe at large]], Jay manages to get a steady girlfriend in Alice at the beginning of the second season.
** More generally, if the CrossOver with ''[[Franchise/TheSimpsons The Simpsons]]'' is canon, then Jay has a long string of awards. He's also had actresses come on to him in the hopes of getting good reviews, and he's also had off-screen meetings with various celebrities, which suggests that he's well-thought of in the film world, at least. He also seems to make a pretty comfortable living in general.
* UnluckyEverydude
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist
** In the first season. He was made more of a {{Woobie}} in the second season.
** Still; even in the first season he goes through so, ''so'' much crap from all directions you can't help but feel sorry for him.
* TheWoobie: His levels of sympathy are DependingOnTheWriter (though mostly varying in the first season) in-verse as well as out. [[invoked]]

!!Martin "Marty" Sherman
->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/ChristineCavanaugh

The son of Jay and his ex-wife Ardeth. Much like his dad, he struggles with his weight, and isn't very popular at school.

* BellyDancer: Marty in the episode "A Day at the Races, a Night at the Opera."
* BigEater: Just like his dad.
* ButtMonkey
* CantHoldHisLiquor: He and his dad get extremely drunk when they each drink a quarter of a glass of wine while in France. After they drink half each, they're hung over.
* ChildrenAreInnocent
* FirstFatherWins: Averted somewhat. While Marty is shown to love Jay very much, his mother's current boyfriend, Alberto, is super rich and lets him fly around in a helicopter and fire a machine gun. Jay obviously can't compete with that, but Alberto and Marty only share a few seconds of screen time, so they're relationship is almost entirely off-screen.
* FirstKiss: Marty and Carmen in the episode "Marty's First Date."
* TemporaryBulkChange: Marty in the episode "From Chunk to Hunk." He and Jay attend a weight-loss camp [[FormerlyFat which results in Marty to lose a lot of weight]] and gain a lot of popularity at school. However, he gains it all back by the time the episode ends.
-->'''Soda Jerk:''' Our freezer is broken. We need someone to eat 50 gallons of ice cream.
-->''(Marty immediately runs in.)''
--> '''Soda Jerk:''' It's Jay Sherman's kid! We're saved!

!!Margo Sherman
->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/NancyCartwright

Jay's sister, and the biological daughter of Franklin and Eleanor Sherman. Unlike her mother, her relationship with Jay isn't at all strained, and the two of them genuinely love each other like a brother and sister should.

* AllGirlsLikePonies
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: In "A Song For Margo," she dated a grunge rocker. She later dumps him upon discovering he cheated on her.
* BigBrotherWorship: She's one of the few people who treats Jay with any respect in Season 1, to the point where she remarks that he and her horse are her two favorite people in one episode.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Deeply cares for her horse.
* PimpedOutDress: When Margo is forced by Eleanor to attend a debutante ball.
* SoapBoxSadie: Didn't want to attend a debutante ball because it violated everything she stood for. After being forced to go, she eventually rushed the stage to chastise the ball as "a tasteless contest to see who can waste the most money."
* {{Tomboy}}: Her mother threatened to kill her horse before she would attend the girly debutante ball.

!!Franklin Sherman
->'''Voiced by:''' Gerrit Graham

Jay's adopted father, and the wealthy former governor of New York. Franklin has a very loose grasp on reality due to his alcoholism. He has a tendency to say and do insane things on a regular basis, much to the embarrassment of his family.

* AlcoholicParent: He's usually seen with an alcoholic beverage in his hand.
* BunglingInventor: He's shown to have invented device called the Fishmobabywhirlamagig. It drops a never ending stream of fish onto a conveyor belt, which drops them down a chute into a pipe organ. This causes the pipe organ to play music, which makes a swing ride full of babies spin. The exact use of this device is only known to him. He may or may not have also invented something called the "Badger Blaster."
* CloserToEarth: Subverted. Franklin is completely insane, but he's also a generally pleasant and upstanding guy.
* CloudCuckoolander: Oh, where to begin.
** When running for Vice President of the United States:
--->'''Franklin:''' As the first black female head of the Ku Klux Klan, I'd like to say... '''''America stinks!'''''
--->'''Duke:''' ''(watching)'' This may hurt us more than it helps us.
** Another instance:
--->'''Geraldo Rivera:''' I understand you can say your name backwards.
--->'''Franklin:''' Nilknarf.
--->'''Geraldo:''' What's your favorite food in the whole wide world?
--->'''Franklin:''' Nilknarf.
** At dinner with the family:
--->"Oh, son, if I've said it once I've said it a thousand times...Who ''are'' all you people?"
** His recollection of his first date was himself in a [[{{Popeye}} 1930's black and white rubber hose cartoon.]]
** His family try to write this off as senility, but it's made clear he's been like this for a long, long time.
-->'''Jay:''' ''(To a dinner guest)'' My father had a stroke a few years ago.
-->'''Eleanor:''' ''(Bluntly)'' He didn't really. We just say that to explain his personality.
-->'''Franklin:''' The peanut is neither a pea nor a nut.
*** According to the video reel from "Frank And Ellie Gets Lost", he became this way after having his first taste of alcohol at his wedding in 1955.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Goes hand-in-hand with his CloudCuckooLander status. Such as hearing Jay's RousingSpeech of "If the movie stinks, don't go" and interpreting it as "If the movie stinks, do-si-do".
-->'''Jay:''' Dad, for the last time, are you sure you want to run for Vice President?
-->'''Franklin:''' {completely serious} Jay, can I do a worse job than Spiro Agnew? Or Aaron Burr? Or William Rufus [=DeVane=] King? He died in Cuba six weeks after being sworn in!
-->'''Jay:''' Wow. Maybe you do know what you're doing.
-->'''Franklin:''' {He slips a nylon sock over his head.} Yeah! Now, let's rob that bank!
* DrinkOrder: Franklin is always seen with a glass of brandy in his hand. Even when the glass was shot out of his hand, he had another one in his other hand.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Only because he sees the road as a crazy game of ''Franchise/DonkeyKong'' where his car horn is the jump button and he needs to swerve wildly to avoid barrels.
* JumpingOutOfACake: Franklin jumps out of Jay's birthday cake in the second season's opening credits.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Modeled after UsefulNotes/FranklinDRoosevelt, sharing his name and former office of New York governor.
* OfficialCouple: With Eleanor.
* SleepingSingle: Thanks to twin beds and Eleanor protecting hers with barb wire and dobermans.
* TalkativeLoon

!!Eleanor Sherman (née Wigglesworth)
->'''Voiced by:''' Judith Ivey

Jay's adopted mother. She's very bitter and critical of Jay's career and lifestyle. She also isn't a fan of Margo being a {{tomboy}} with no interest in the life of a debutante. While she's generally shown to be a RichBitch, deep down she does love her children, and only wants the best for them.

* CloserToEarth: Subverted. Eleanor is sane and wise, but she's also shown herself to be rather spiteful and cold-hearted.
* KillThePoor: Jay's mother wants to blast the poor into outer space. She even wrote a book ("Why The Poor Should Be Shot Into Space.")
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Eleanor is named after Franklin Roosevelt's wife Eleanor Roosevelt. Her voice also resembles that of Creator/KatharineHepburn.
* NotDistractedByTheSexy: A hunky Chippendales-esque handyman attempts to seduce her, rubbing oil on his bare chest at one point. She takes the hint: she shoves a cookie in his mouth and pushes him out the door.
* OfficialCouple: With Franklin.
* RichBitch: Elaeanor shows this on occasion.
* SleepingSingle: If Franklin wants to try anything, he's going to have to get through a pack of wild attack dogs that Eleanor keeps around her bed.
* SugarAndIcePersonality: Despite Eleanor's austere demeanor, she does show instances of having a heart.

->'''Voiced by:''' Brenda Vaccaro (season 1) and Rhea Perlman (season 2)

Jay's ex-wife, who despises him more than anyone. She generally only shows up to demand money from him, or to spend time with Marty.

* FlorenceNightingaleEffect: Ardeth had this when she first met Jay while he was in traction. [[AndIMustScream That all changed when the bandages came off.]]
* {{Jerkass}}: Towards Jay. She's also tried to give spooky warnings and put hexes on Jay's girlfriends.
* OneHeadTaller: Inverted. Ardeth is taller than Jay and she doesn't even like him.
* TheResenter: Towards Jay and their marriage. This doesn't affect her parenting of Marty, however. She even goes as far as to admit to Jay's face that they've both raised a great son after Marty becomes the talent-show star with his belly virtuoso act, implying she doesn't completely resent Jay.
* YourCheatingHeart: She was evidently cheating on Jay with the judge who oversaw their divorce proceedings. This doesn't end well for Jay.

[[folder:The Tompkins Family]]

!! Alice Tompkins
->'''Voiced by:''' Park Overall

A single mother from Tennessee who moved to New York to make it on her own away from her cheating ex-husband, Cyrus. She is eventually hired as Jay's assistant, and the two of them become an OfficialCouple.

* BettyAndVeronica: Alice was the Betty to Olivia’s Veronica for Jay's Archie in "Lady Hawke."
* DontYouDarePityMe: Jay tries to anonymously slip money under Alice's apartment door to prevent her from getting evicted (he actually mistakenly slipped the money in the apartment of the [[GoingPostal "crazy postman"]] across from hers). Alice finds out about it and is not pleased about being given charity. Jay then offers her a job to be his personal assistant. At first she doesn't want to take the job because he feels sorry for her, but then decides to take it.
* GirlNextDoor: She has a plain but sweet appearance. Her personality is also very warm and pleasant.
* TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry: Alice and her SouthernBelle sister Miranda.
* LoveConfession: To Jay near the end of "Lady Hawke."
* NiceGirl
* OfficialCouple: With Jay in the second season.
* SealedWithAKiss: With Jay at the end of "Lady Hawke."
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Alice and her sister Miranda.

!! Penny Tompkins
->'''Voiced by:''' Russi Taylor

Alice and Cyrus' daughter. She's always very upbeat and cheerful, and takes a liking to Jay when she meets him, calling him "Uncle Jay".

* CheerfulChild: Almost always shown with a smile on her face.
* ChildrenAreInnocent
* CousinOliver
* TheCutie
* SatelliteCharacter: Didn't get nearly as much development as Marty.
* TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior: In a funny way rather than a disturbing way. Due to Penny initially having no school to go to, unlike Marty, and Jay and Alice having no babysitter for her, she comes to work with them and hangs out with Doris on her off time. The two of them play mahjong together, and Penny ends up talking like an old lady, much like Doris. This and Doris' constant smoking are what spur Alice into finding her a preschool.
-->'''Doris:''' Oy, my hip is killing me.
-->'''Penny:''' Hey, at least ya don't have diaper rash, mahjong.

!! Cyrus Tompkins
->'''Voiced by:''' Sam [=McMurray=]

Alice's cheating husband. He's a country music star who uses his sweet, sultry voice to charm Alice into staying with him, at least until Jay comes along. He appears in the season 2 episode "Sherman, Woman and Child."

* ArousedByTheirVoice: The only reason Alice has trouble leaving him until Jay comes along. Every time she talks about leaving him, he starts singing to her, causing her to lose all reason and fall for his charms.
* {{Jerkass}}: He cheats, feels no shame in it, and is not even subtle about it.
* WeWillMeetAgain: After Jay manages to break Cyrus' spell on Alice and she kicks him out, he says he won't give up...before immediately moving on to another woman.
-->'''Alice:''' Cyrus, it's not workin'. It's over, darlin'. Don't ya come back now, y'hear?
-->'''Cyrus:''' I'm never gonna give up! ''(To a woman offscreen)'' Hey, gorgeous, what's your name!?
* YourCheatingHeart: And he's not at all subtle about it, to the point where he released an album called ''[[LongTitle I'm Being Unfaithful To My Wife, Alice Tompkins. You Heard Me, Alice Tompkins]]''.

!! Miranda Tompkins

Alice's sister, who always outshines Alice at everything she does. She arrives in New York in order to find a rich husband. She appears in the season 2 episode "Dukerella."

* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: She was this to Alice, until Miranda arrives in New York City. Alice has spent some time in the city, and knows how to get around quickly and safely. Miranda takes one step outside alone, and comes back a few seconds later with cement shoes and covered in graffiti.
* AttentionWhore: She would always try to upstage Alice at everything. She wore a wedding dress to Alice's wedding, and then promptly took it off in front of everyone. She also tries to get attention from Jay when he starts kissing Alice.
* CountryMouse: She's a southern girl who has trouble adjusting to life in New York City.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: A clip from Alice and Miranda's childhood shows her to be this. After Alice attempts to sing a song to a mockingbird, it flies away from her and towards Miranda, who is surrounded by other woodland creatures while she performs a Disney-esque musical number for them.
* TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry: Alice resents Miranda for constantly outshining her at everything and being a general AttentionWhore.
* GoldDigger: Sort of. She wants to find a husband mainly for their money, though she clearly wants them to like her as well. She clearly falls in love with Duke for more than just his money.
* SouthernBelle: Outright called this by Duke Phillips. She's much more glamorous compared to the more plain looking Alice.
* TheyDo: Ends up marrying Duke Phillips in "Dukerella".
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: The girly girl to Alice's tomboy.

[[folder:Other Characters]]

!! Duke Phillips
->'''Voiced by:''' Charles Napier

The owner of Phillips Broadcasting (Formerly Duke Phillips Chicken and Waffles), which broadcasts Jay's show. He is an egotistical billionaire businessman, and constantly pesters Jay to either make changes to his show or threaten his job.

* ArousedByTheirVoice: Birds like the sound of his voice, to the point where one flew into his mouth while he was talking at one point.
* BadassBaritone: Courtesy of Charles Napier.
* BadassMustache
* BigFancyHouse
* GeorgeJetsonJobSecurity: If Duke hasn't fired Jay for the episode, then he's threatening to pull him off the air.
* {{Hunk}}
* {{Jerkass}}
* JerkassHasAPoint: Moreso in the first season - he's fairly quick to point out why Jay's show has low viewership and isn't interesting to the general populace, such as when he points out that Jay repeated the same joke about Creator/TomCruise being on [[{{Pun}} "Cruise control"]] three times.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Has shown instances of this. One example is when Alice had problems enrolling Penny in preschool, Duke builds his own preschool for Penny to attend. Though in all he did this on a dare. He also becomes dismayed to the point of desperation whenever Jay temporarily leaves the network.
* KindheartedCatLover: His bid for the Republican nomination is scuttled because Bob Dole had footage of him as this, [[SlaveToPR contrary to his public perception]], forcing him to run as an Independent.
* TheNicknamer: For Jay.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Duke is modeled after Ted Turner.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: When one of his employees is really in trouble, he doesn't yell; he's nice to them.
-->'''Duke:''' Hello, handsome! ''(Kisses Jay on the top of his head)'' How's my special little guy?\\
'''Jay:''' That's it, I'm doomed!
* ShamelessSelfPromoter:
** He built "Duke Phillips Hospital," which includes a giant statue of himself chanting "All hail Duke. Duke is life."
** While campaigning to be President for the '96 election, Duke flashed messages of "VOTE FOR DUKE" in the middle of an airing of ''Coming Attractions''.
* TheyDo: Duke marries Alice's sister Miranda at the end of "Dukerella."

!! Jeremy Hawke
->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/MauriceLaMarche

One of Jay's closest (and only) friends. Jeremy is a highly attractive actor from Australia who generally makes movies that Jay dislikes. Despite this, Jay gave a good review to Jeremy's first movie, ''Kegger Party at Hanging Rock'', and was the only critic to do so, thus beginning their friendship. Jeremy also has a twin sister named Olivia.

* AwesomeAussie: He is one, and almost always plays his characters like this...even if he's playing someone who isn't Australian, like UsefulNotes/MahatmaGandhi.
* ChickMagnet: No matter what he does, he attracts women. He's tried not shaving, not bathing, and talking in a goofy voice, but none of it stopped women from being attracted to him.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Jay.
* {{Hunk}}
* LandDownUnder: Jeremy and Olivia's country of origin.
** Bonus points for Olivia actually singing it in the shower.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Jeremy is a mix of Creator/MelGibson and Paul Hogan. Vocally, he's reminiscent of Creator/KirkDouglas.
* OddFriendship: With Jay. He's an actor, and Jay's a critic, one who doesn't like most of his films. However, Jay was surprisingly the only critic to give a positive review of Jeremy's first movie, ''Kegger Party at Hanging Rock''. According to him, Jay's the only decent person he's met in America.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Jeremy is 43 years old. When Jay blabs this out, everyone is so shocked that it's a front-page headline. By contrast, Jay is 36. Would you ever guess Jeremy is the older one?
* ShirtlessScene

!! Doris Grossman
->'''Voiced by:''' Doris Grau

Jay's elderly, chain-smoking makeup artist. She's generally snarky and takes pleasure in seeing Jay suffer, and also has a crush on Duke Phillips, much to his disgust.

* AbhorrentAdmirer: Towards Duke Phillips, especially in season two.
* AesopAmnesia: Despite Jay and Doris becoming friends in "Every Doris Has Her Day", she doesn't treat him any differently in following episodes.
* DeadpanSnarker
* IWasQuiteALooker: She was allegedly cast as a dancer in some old beer commercials, but her career came to an end when she was knocked up by the Fruit-of-the-Loom banana.
* MustHaveNicotine: Doris is hardly ever seen without a lit cigarette in her mouth. Duke once snatched one out of her mouth in an attempt to make her quit smoking, only for a new lit one to immediately pop out of it, with a cash register "Ka-CHING!" sound effect. He repeated the act a few more times, only for the same result to happen every time.
--> '''Doris:''' I can do this all day.
* VitriolicBestBuds: She and Jay start an IntergenerationalFriendship when evidence pops up that Doris may be Jay's biological mother - though the DNA test they both took proved that to be false, they remained friends at the end of the episode. This still doesn't stop Doris from snarking at Jay and vice-versa.

!! Vlada Veramirovich
->'''Voiced by:''' Nick Jameson

The owner of Jay's favorite restaurant, L'ane Riche (French for "The Wealthy Jackass"). He's something of a friend to Jay, though Vlada is only interested in him because Jay's BigEater tendencies account for most of his profits. Not that Jay doesn't know.

* AlliterativeName: '''V'''lada '''V'''eramirovich.
* AmbiguouslyGay: He has somewhat effeminate mannerisms, and rejects the affections of Olivia Hawke. With that said, though, he's never shown to be interested in a man, and he does have a presumably biological son.
* DemotedToExtra: Though he was the only other character from the first two seasons besides Jay to appear in the webisodes, he plays a much more minor role in them compared to before.
* FalseFriend: Vlada to Jay. He's honest about it, though.
-->'''Vlada:''' I love you, too!
-->'''Jay:''' Oh, you just love my money.
-->'''Vlada:''' This is true, but it is a love that will never die.
** This is to the point where Vlada actually gets scared when Jay tells him he's on a diet.
-->'''Jay:''' Hello Vlada. Tonight, I'm on a diet.
-->'''Vlada:''' ''(picks up the phone in disappointment)'' Tell Vlada Jr. no Harvard.
-->'''Jay:''' In fact, I may just have coffee.
-->'''Vlada:''' ''(sadly back to phone)'' Pull the plug on Mama.
* FunnyForeigner: He's a bit quirky, and he's Eastern-European.
* LethalChef: Zig-zagged. His restaurant is quite popular, though there's several times where he's shown to be very lazy and dishonest with preparing his food. Once, he served soup to Jeremy Hawke with a large HAM radio in it. Instead of making a new batch, he swaps it with his mother's foot soaking water, with a stocking still in it. He also wanted to serve Jay's dog as food, and he would serve him raw to save on electricity.
-->'''Vlada:''' Ignore them, Mr. Sherman. Vlada is still your friend.
-->'''Jay:''' Thanks, man.
-->'''Vlada:''' ''(To his waiter)'' Serve him the tainted clams.
* TheLoinsSleepTonight: Apparently, Vlada's [[UnusualEuphemism souffle hasn't risen in years]].
* ShoutOut: Vlada is from [[WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle Pottsylvania]].

!! Zoltan Veramirovich
->'''Voiced by:''' Nick Jameson

Vlada's possibly {{transgender}} son. He attends the same school as Marty.

* AmbiguouslyGay: Much like his father, he has very effeminate mannerisms (Though this may be justified if Principal Mangosuthu's comment about him being transgender is true).
* FunnyForeigner: While Vlada doesn't quite fit this, his son [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5EcaGvvhIBo Zoltan's performance in the UN Talent Show]] runs on this.
-->'''Zoltan:''' Hello. I would like to dance and sing my country’s national anthem. ''*Singing*'' [[AsLongAsItSoundsForeign Eepee-Teepee Peepee Poopee.]]
-->''*Audience laughs*''
-->'''Vlada:''' You don’t understand. He's singing of all the people who died in the earthquake, fire and famine of 1805.
-->''*Audience is successfully shamed*''
-->'''Zoltan:''' ''*Glares, then sings*'' Eepee-Teepee Peepee Poopee.
-->''*[[CrossesTheLineTwice Audience laughs]]*''
* ShoutOut: Zoltan is from [[WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle Pottsylvania]].
* {{Transgender}}: An alleged remark made about him by Mangosuthu when introducing him at a talent show.
-->'''[[JerkAss Principal Mangosuthu]]:''' And now the boy who used to be a girl - Oops, that ''used'' to be a secret...

!! Shackleford
->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/MauriceLaMarche

The butler to Franklin and Eleanor Sherman. He hates working for them, due to being subjected to Franklin's insane tendencies and Eleanor's general unpleasantness. He doesn't like Jay either, usually greeting him as "Adopted Master Jay".

* BurnBabyBurn: Said word for word as the Sherman Estate goes up in flames due to Franklin leaving the stove on in one episode!
* ButtMonkey: Is often subjected to Franklin's whims, such as being smacked over the head with a guitar while Franklin was acting as El Kabong. He's also had to clean Jay's clothes from time to time, which is presented as a punishment in itself.
* DeadpanSnarker
* {{Expy}}: Modeled after the butler character Hobson from the 1981 film ''Film/{{Arthur}}''.[[note]]Coincidentally, Creator/MauriceLaMarche also voices the direct parody of that film's title character who appears in several episodes.[[/note]]
* HiddenDepths: Has a knowledge of and love for various rock and roll musicians, apparently having worked for them in the past.
* IdenticalStranger: In "Frankie and Ellie Get Lost", Franklin finds a replacement butler on their deserted island; an ape who looks exactly like a simian version of Shackleford, whom Franklin calls Shackleape.
* TheJeeves
* ServileSnarker: Mostly towards Jay, though he will have his revenge on Eleanor and Franklin if he can, whether they know it or not.
* StealthInsult: Shackleford refers to Jay as "Adopted Master Jay," but in this case he says it right to Jay's face.
** In "Every Doris Has Her Day," after finding out Doris may be his mother, Jay tells him his adoption jibes can't hurt him anymore.
-->'''Shackleford:''' ''(with a tear in his eye)'' They can't?

!! Principal Mangosuthu
->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/MauriceLaMarche

The principal of the UN School that Marty attends. He's generally very rude to people, pointing out their faults and letting out a loud, boisterous laugh.

* BrutalHonesty: Generally all he does is point out other people's flaws or mistakes, and laugh at them.
-->'''Principal Mangosuthu:''' Our next event is the long jump.
-->''(Marty jumps in slow motion, but falls backwards)''
-->'''Principal Mangosuthu:''' I'm afraid you've actually gone ''back'' a few feet. You would have been better off just standing there! Haaa-hahahahahaha!
* HeliumSpeech: When a helium leak occurs offscreen, Mangosuthu is heard talking like this.
* TheHyena: He's known for letting out big laughs, mostly at other people's expense.
* {{Jerkass}}: He spends all of his time laughing at other people's misfortune.
* SignatureLaugh: "Haaa-hahahahahaha!"

!! Easter Island Kid

One of Marty's classmates. His had is a large, heavy Easter Island statue, which makes life very hard on him.

* BitCharacter: Never has a speaking role, and exists only for jokes about the weight of his head.
* EenieMeenieMinyMoai: His head is an Easter Island statue.
* TheVoiceless: He never gets a speaking role, and exists mainly for gags on how heavy his head is.

!! Humphrey the Hippo
->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/TressMacNeille

An {{Expy}} of [[Series/BarneyAndFriends Barney the Dinosaur]] whose rating beat Jay's, much to his annoyance.

* AmazingTechnicolorWildlife: Humphrey is a green hippo.
* SamusIsAGirl: Humphrey is actually played by a very attractive woman who has the hots for Jay at one point.
* SmokingIsCool: One of the companies that Jay's parents own, Phlegm Fatale Cigarettes, hires Humphrey the Hippo to peddle smoking to children, and tell them what happens when you get a lung removed (You get ice cream!).

!! Jennifer (webisodes only)
->'''Voiced by:''' Valerie Levitt

* OneHeadTaller: Inverted. Jennifer is taller than Jay.
* ReallyGetsAround: In webisode 2, Jennfier says to Jay that "It's so hard to turn (men) away," and reveals after she has sex with them, [[EveryoneLovesBlondes they become "fixated" with her afterwards]]. This is probably the reason she has quite a lot of children (revealed in webisode 8).
* ReplacementScrappy: She replaced Doris as Jay's Makeup Lady and Alice as Jay's girlfriend. Also, the entirety of Jay's supporting cast are not present either, with the exception of Vlada, and even he only appeared in the fourth of the ten webisodes. Jennifer is far less developed as a character than Alice, Doris, or any of the other characters, although that could be somewhat attributed to the inherent limitations of the new format. [[invoked]]