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!!Liz Lemon
->'''Played By:''' TinaFey[[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/liz_lemon_6591.jpg]]
The {{showrunner}} of TGS who [[OnlySaneEmployee has to babysit everyone else.]]

* {{Adorkable}}
* AlliterativeName: '''L'''iz '''L'''emon
* AllWomenLoveShoes: Subverted to show her unfeminine side. Not wearing heels makes her shorter than most everybody else, which adds an element of elfin charm.
* AuthorAvatar: She's based on TinaFey, whose real first name is Elizabeth.
* BigEater
--> '''Rosemary Howard:''' Are you hungry?
--> '''Liz:''' Always.
* BlindWithoutEm: Averted. She is seen frequently without her glasses. {{Lampshaded}} when she and Jenna got into a fight.
--> '''Jenna''': At least I'm not a fraud. She doesn't even need those glasses!
* BrainyBrunette
* BrainySpecs: Jenna mentions that she only wears her glasses to look smarter.
* ButtMonkey
* {{Catchphrase}}: "Blerg" and "I want to go to there".
* TheChewToy: "There's no chance that I'm blowing this."
* DeadpanSnarker
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: The very first thing we see her do is buy out a hotdog vendor's entire stock to prevent someone who cut in the line from getting one.
* FanGirl: For ''StarWars'' and only ''Star Wars''. She dressed like Princess Leia for her wedding and scoffed at visiting Franchise/HarryPotter World in Orlando: "I'm not some kind of nerdery slut!"
* GoofyPrintUnderwear: Of the childish kind: blue with yellow buses.
* HotLibrarian
* HollywoodDateless: Is frequently teased for being undateable, but has several boyfriends throughout the show.
* {{Leitmotif}}: A variation of the very first piece of music heard on the show the theme song for the TGS sketch "Pam, the Morbidly Obese Woman." See UniquePilotTitleSequence on the main page. It's very occasionally used behind Jenna and Tracy as well, but nearly all of its appearances are in scenes that feature Liz.
* LostFoodGrievance: Do not even think of touching her food.
-->"WHERE'S MY MAC AND CHEESE!?!
** Also doubles as HulkingOut when she [[FlippingTheTable flips the writers table that]], in a later episode, almost twelve people cannot even budge.
* MasochistsMeal: "What time do you start throwing out the doughnuts?"
* MeaningfulName: last name of Lemon gels with her tart, acidic commentary.
* {{Moral Guardian|s}} / StrawFeminist: In "''TGS'' Hates Women," she chastises new hire Abby Flynn for her blatant sexuality [[spoiler: only to discover that Abby was only doing it to protect herself from her abusive and murderous ex-husband by drawing in a large crowd of men to shield her from another murder attempt.]]
* MistakenForGay: A RunningGag that she dresses like a lesbian.
-->'''Liz''': What made you think I was gay?
-->'''Jack''': Your shoes.
-->'''Liz''': Well I'm straight!
-->'''Jack''': Those shoes are definitely bi-curious.
* MsFanservice: Fey shows off her cleavage frequently, but rarely exposes anything else. This includes stripping down to her bra on more than one occasion.
* NotSoAboveItAll: She may be the OnlySaneEmployee, but she has her occasional crazy moment as well.
* ObfuscatingInsanity: She's gotten out of jury duty back in {{Chicago}} several times by acting like a delusional Princess Leia cosplayer. Sadly, this doesn't work half as well in the CityOfWeirdos that is UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity.
* ObsessedWithFood: Food is Liz's main vice, and she's gross enough about it that it manages to make her HollywoodHomely trait plausible.
* OnlySaneEmployee: While it's clear that she has her own stock of crazy, she's the one who holds things together between the egotistical stars, dozy writers, {{executive meddling}} and everything else that befalls the show.
* PlatonicLifePartners: With Jack
* SchoolyardBullyAllGrownUp: Revealed to be one when she attends her high school reunion.
* SelfServingMemory: Numerous times, most notably when she recalls being the picked on nerd in high school only to return for her reunion and discover she was actually the harsh bully putting everyone down for seemingly no reason. It's shown in a flashback that what Liz once interpreted as being mocked by the popular girl was actually an innocent attempt by said popular girl to make friends with her, all to get Liz to stop with the cruel personal put-downs.
* ShowRunner: Liz is TGS's ShowRunner. TinaFey, [[AuthorAvatar who plays Liz, is 30 Rock's show runner.]]
* UnusualEuphemism: Lizzing. Also, Snarting, a {{Portmanteau}} of sneezing and farting.
* WhiteGuilt: Has her fair share of this, as when she finds it difficult to break up with an annoying black boyfriend played by Wayne Brady for fear of being thought racist. She also admits that she voted for Obama primarily out of WhiteGuilt. She mostly gets over it after a couple seasons of Tracy playing the EverythingIsRacist card a few times too often, although characters like his wife Angie can still throw her off-balance by playing off of this trait.

!!Jack Donaghy
->'''Played By:''' Creator/AlecBaldwin
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NBC Executive who [[ExecutiveMeddling regularly calls for changes on TGS]].

* AccentRelapse: in series 4, episode 8 when he talks to Nancy Donovan he falls back into his native Boston accent.
* ActorAllusion / ShoutOut:
** In "St. Valentine's Day" he said [[AGodAmI he claimed to be God]] [[{{Film/Malice}} in a legal deposition]]
** In "100: Part 2" he gives Tracy a big speech about [[Film/TheHuntForRedOctober walking away from a movie franchise]] to do [[Film/TheEdge a movie with Anthony Hopkins]] and so forth in order to get Tracy to return to the show after winning an Oscar
* AscendedExtra: the original plan was to have Jack be the first of an ever-changing parade of [[PointyHairedBoss clueless, incompetent executives]] [[BasedOnATrueStory to reflect NBC Universal's parent company General Electric's policy of rotating its executives through all of the corporate divisions regardless of their fields of expertise]].
* BadassInCharge: Beyond. He not only has emotional depth, he is an honest, snarky, confident alcoholic, with keen wisdom to boot.
--> '''Jack:''' .. Because it's winning time, you magnificent son OF A BITCH!!!!!!!!
* BigEater: A huge stress eater.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Actually pretty good at his job despite his wacky ideas about interpersonal relations, pop psychology, business tactics, etc.
* {{Catchphrase}}: "Good God, Lemon."
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Zig-zagged. Although he's a cutthroat negotiator and his chief motivation in life is money, he also cares about his employees, especially Liz.
* DeadpanSnarker: He gets all the best lines.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Horrified that Devon Banks would destroy thousands of jobs for personal reasons.
* ExecutiveMeddling: InUniverse, he does this regularly.
* {{Flanderization}}: Initially he was only a moderate Republican and even set Liz up on a date when convinced she was gay. Overtime, he's called Barack Obama a "communist", keeps a framed picture of Nixon in his office, has Avery wear a Reagan mask on webcam, and is constantly making fun of anything he considers liberal. This is likely a joke about Alec Baldwin's staunch left-wing views. In the finale, he reels off a list of "liberal foes" he's "defeated", [[ActorAllusion including]] [[CelebrityParadox Alec Baldwin]].
* FreudianExcuse: His mother wasn't exactly the nicest one.
* GutturalGrowler: He has a tendency to talk this way when trying to intimidate people, something that was lampshaded by Liz in one episode.
* INeedAFreakingDrink: His usual reaction to bad news is to pour himself a scotch. On one occasion, he poured ''the rest of the bottle'' into his glass.
* InventionPretension: He frequently claims to have invented various business practices, giving them ridiculous names involving buzzwords like "power". Since he's written books and used to give motivational seminars, he may actually be telling the truth about this.
* TheIrishDiaspora: Jack is ''staunchly'' Irish American.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* LimitedWardrobe: He has almost never been seen without a suit.
--> '''Liz:''' Why are you wearing a tux? \\
'''Jack:''' It's after six, Lemon. What am I, a farmer?
* ManipulativeBastard
* MarriedToTheJob: His single-minded devotion to his job leads to conflict when he finally has a child and doesn't spend enough time with her.
* NobleBigot: Despite his casual sexism and occasional ethnic stereotyping, he's a fundamentally nice person and is also aware that he's very privileged as a good-looking, rich white man (with hair).
* NotSoAboveItAll: Although he tries to repress his emotions as much as possible and project an image of being a tough businessman, he also sometimes bursts into tears over silly things.
* OnlySaneMan: At times.
* ParentalAbandonment: He grew up without knowing his real father, and is shocked to discover that he's [[spoiler: a former tenant of his mother's who is now a liberal history professor]].
* PointyHairedBoss: He starts the series as one.
* PoliticallyIncorrectHero: PlayedForLaughs. For example, a RunningGag that he refers to overly emotional people as "Italians", and another that he thinks women are inferior as businesspersons.
* RaisedCatholic: He doesn't practice it anymore and doesn't feel guilty about it either.
* RichInDollarsPoorInSense: At times. Despite growing up poor, spending years at the top of the corporate ladder has caused him to become out of touch with everyday schmucks. At one point he refers to his Puerto Rican girlfriend's "adorably broken English" when she was actually just talking about public transportation in perfectly fine English.
* SidekickExMachina: A lot of the plots have Liz struggling when she is unable to call on Jack's omnipotence or her surprise when he steps in and resolves issues far beyond her mortal ken.
* StrawmanPolitical: His conservative views are a parody of the Republican Party and act as a foil to Liz' stereotypical liberal values.
* ThatCameOutWrong: He frequently says things which unintentionally sound homoerotic without realizing it.
* UpperClassTwit: Seems to be completely ignorant on how grocery shopping works when attempting to make an analogy to his daughter's nanny.

!!Tracy Jordan
->'''Played By:''' Tracy Morgan
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The famous movie star that [[ExecutiveMeddling Jack brings on to TGS]]. Played by [[TheDanza Tracy Morgan]].

* AdamWesting: Basically playing himself. in "Grandmentor" he shouts ''"We're on a ShowWithinAShow! My real name is Tracy Morgan!"''
* CloudCuckoolander: ''Especially'' when he's off his meds.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Running through traffic in his underwear while holding a toy lightsaber and shouting "I am a Jedi!!" repeatedly. (See: CloudCuckoolander)
* EvenEvilHasStandards: He is disgusted with the writers making up a religion to deceive Kenneth.
* EverythingIsRacist: Uses this frequently to try and avoid being blamed. It never works.
** Uses a physical "race card" in the episode "The Natural Order"
* FantasticRacism: Trained his dog to attack white people, because most ghosts are white.
* GeniusDitz: Tracy is an American History buff.
* HappilyMarried: He visits strip clubs regularly to maintain his image, but he still loves his wife, Angie.
* HiddenDepths
* HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood: He could be the page quote.
--> "It's all coming back to me. Oh my God! I slept on an old dog bed stuffed with wigs! I watched a prostitute stab a clown! Our basketball hoop was a rib cage a rib cage! Why did you bring me here? I blocked all this stuff out for a reason! Oh, Lord, some guy with dreads electrocuted my fish! [Later] All my life I've tried to forget the things I've seen a crackhead breastfeeding a rat, a homeless man licking a Hot Pocket off the third rail of the G train! [Still later] I've seen a blind guy bite a police horse! A puppy committed suicide after he saw our bathroom! I once bit into a burrito and there was a child's shoe in it! I've seen a hooker eat a tire! A pack of wild dogs took over and successfully ran a Wendy's! The sewer people stole my skateboard! [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking The projects I lived in were named after Zachary Taylor, generally considered to be one of the worst presidents of all time!]] I once saw a baby give another baby a tattoo! They were very drunk!"
* ItsAllAboutMe: Has this, but not as bad as Jenna.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* LargeHam: One of the most loud-mouthed characters on the show.
* LastNameBasis[=/=]TheNicknamer: Refers to people this way.
* LethallyStupid: He once almost stabbed Conan O'Brien for no reason other than that he was pretending to be a "stabbing robot".
* MadHatter
* ManChild: Part of his image since, as a celebrity, he gets to be a KarmaHoudini.
* MultipleChoicePast: Generally, he always grew up poor in the Bronx. Details beyond that seem to be somewhat variable and change according to the needs of the current gag. Of course, you can never be sure how much of what Tracy says about himself is true.
--> '''Frank''' (while writing his biography) According to wikipedia you were discovered after doing standup at the Apollo in 1984.
--> '''Tracy''' I have no memory of that. Write it up.
* NoFourthWall: When he's off his meds.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Gets brought up from time to time, that his ManChild antics are actually an act.
* RichInDollarsPoorInSense
-->'''Jack:''' Tracy, we think your spending has gotten out of control.
-->'''Tracy:''' (while wearing a shirt made of money) Give me an example.
** Later:
-->'''Tracy''' I've put more money into this than my money pit in Connecticut.
-->'''Jack''' You have a house in Connecticut?
-->'''Tracy''' No, I do not.
** Tracy actually admitted he spends money foolishly because he assumed he'd die young. When Dr. Spaceman told him he would live another 30-40 years, he panicked, because he'd have to consider the future.
* TomHanksSyndrome: InUniverse example. He tried this kind of image change for a while, which included him only making "movies about the Holocaust or Georgia O'Keefe or both", trying to prevent the release of some trashy comedy film of his, and sporting a black beret and turtleneck everywhere. The result is...interesting.
* UltimateJobSecurity: He has it because of his celebrity status.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: After starring in a tough social drama, he can't get anyone to view him as crazy anymore, much to his annoyance. "I can't stop the horrible respect people have for me."
* WalkingShirtlessScene: A very FanDisservice version. PlayedForLaughs, of course.
* WealthyYachtOwner: Invites everyone to his yacht for a party in one episode. [[SubvertedTrope Only it turns out the yacht is not his]], and everyone is arrested for trespassing.

!!Jenna Maroney
->'''Played By:''' Jane Krakowski
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TGS's crazy, [[AttentionWhore attention loving]] star.

* AttentionWhore: Big time. She even considered having a baby to get more attention.
** Though she does resort to SuspiciouslySpecificDenial to try to put bad attention behind her: "I don't know what you're talking about, and that was two years ago."
* BunnyEarsLawyer: She's actually a genius TV producer, as she and Pete discover in the season 5 premiere. ...Mostly because she's a heartless bitch and has no problem firing redundant staff. [[spoiler:She fires ''herself'' as producer in the end]], she's so good.
* DreadfulMusician: Actually she's a fairly competent singer, but she always overdoes it to the point where most people find her singing unbearable.
* DumbBlonde: Surprisingly averted. She is, however, monstrously self-obsessed and will do anything for attention.
* FreudianExcuse: Her mother was a StageMom who was obsessed about making her into a famous singer through a HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood, which she saw as more like TrainingFromHell.
* GenerationXerox: Due to egg donations she has a bunch of biological children with the same looks and obnoxious behaviour as her. The only likable one of the lot is HollywoodHomely.
* HiddenDepths: Once proved herself a surprisingly efficient businesswoman.
* ItsAllAboutMe: She has this bad.
* LackOfEmpathy: "You look like that flash card they told me means sadness."
* NoodleIncident: Has an unspecified feud with RavenSymone. She also views JennyMcCarthy as her nemesis.
* NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity: Her constant need for attention means that any press she gets is a good thing in her mind.
* ManipulativeBitch
* {{Narcissist}}: A fairly accurate portrayal of a more extreme case. She lacks empathy, has a disproportionately large ego, and is threatened easily by the opinions of others -- but she does have genuine affection for a small handful of people, and is capable of (limited) remorse.
** To a point where she ends up dating a man who dresses up as her for a living. Who takes her ''whole'' name when they get married.
* ParentalAbandonment: "My mother's boyfriend raised me to believe..."
* PunnyName / ShoutOut: name is a play on Janel Moloney.
* TheSociopath: In one episode, Pete and the writers test her to see if she is one. When she shows genuine remorse for hurting Kenneth, however, he deems her an "extreme [[{{Narcissist}} narcissist]]" instead.
* ToothyIssue: She sports a ''really'' obvious set of veneers. They once fell off during a one-night stand with Frank, revealing what he describes as little vampire fangs.
* WeirdAside: "That's a double edged sword, like the one Mickey Rourke tried to kill me with." "Telling Dennis off last night was so empowering, I was so pumped on the way home that I tossed a brick through the window of a Banana Republic!" "I still think the album would have sold better had he shot me in the face!"
** In the finale, it's Implied in a MediumAware moment when she says "I've never met Mickey Rourke" that she made up all those stories.
* WhiteDwarfStarlet: She's trying to avert this.

!!Kenneth Parcell
->'''Played By:''' Jack [=McBrayer=]
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The NBC page who is a WideEyedIdealist despite how he's treated by the staff of TGS.

* AccentRelapse: Occasionally, [[FunetikAksent whin he gits t'thinkin 'bout it he done tawlks lahk diyus.]]
* {{Adorkable}}
* TheAce: Perfect at nearly everything he does, and rarely faults. He's also selfless, well kept, and much smarter than initially apparent. He is so good that he actively predicts what Tracy wants. ''Tracy''.
** In one episode, he arrives with pizza, only for Tracy to chime in that he wanted waffles instead. Kenneth opens the box... containing a pizza-sized square of waffles.
* AllLovingHero: He has a genuine love for everybody and everything he comes into contact with, despite no one seeming to give much of a damn for him most of the time.
* AlmightyJanitor: Was one for a little while when he worked as a janitor at NBC and found all sorts of personal secrets in the staff's trash.
* ButtMonkey: Everyone is horrible to him but he seems to enjoy being so badly mistreated.
** A montage of people abusing him ends with him mentioning those incidents were just the ones that happened ''on his birthday''.
* CloudCuckoolander: Maybe not as bad as Tracy, but definitely up there.
-->Bird Internet
* CountryMouse: He's from a farm in Georgia. He's also more innocent and pure than most of the people he works with. [[UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist Which isn't saying much]], but considering [[IncorruptiblePurePureness how nice he is]], it might as well.
* DeepSouth: He's from Stone Mountain, Georgia. Which in reality is an affluent suburb of UsefulNotes/{{Atlanta}}, but in the series its county technically never rejoined the United States, science classes feature the old testament, traditional dishes include union soldier meat, and there's a constant threat of hill people attacks.
* DidYouJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu: Considering that there's something...wrong with him, his interactions with the other characters essentially is this, considering that for a HumanoidAbomination, he's so damn ''nice.''
* ExpansionPackPast: Along with most people on the show, but him especially. He's lived forever/300 years/at least long enough to coach ShirleyTemple, spent a summer captured by hill folk, his family joined a militia, he randomly speaks Latin...
* GoshDangItToHeck: "Sir, I don't mean to swear, but I am ''irritated'' right now."
** "You are being a real [[CountryMatters C-Word]]. That's right, a Cranky-Sue."
* [[spoiler:HonestCorporateExecutive: By the end of the series, he has succeeded Jack as CEO. And holds the position for the next hundred or so years.]]
* HumanoidAbomination: To begin with, [[TheMirrorShowsYourTrueSelf he sees only a white haze when he looks in a mirror]]. He's also implied to be ''very'' old, and according to his mother, said the following when he was born:
--> Mama, I am not a person. My body is just a flesh vessel for an immortal being whose name, if you heard it, [[BlackSpeech would make you lose your mind]].
** Tracy, [[ItMakesSenseInContext who had just received an operation to get his sense of smell back,]] remarks that Kenneth doesn't have a smell.
* KindheartedSimpleton:
--> '''Kenneth:''' There are only two things I love in this world: Everybody, and television.
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: Everyone on the staff treats him horribly, but he doesn't complain because he loves his job.
** Jack goes so far as to fake a "not enough oxygen, SomeoneHasToDie" scenario just to see how far he'll go. Kenneth tries to sacrifice himself without the slightest hesitation, weirding Jack out.
* InnocentInaccurate: Especially concerning his mother's "friend" Ron. One of the last few episodes had his mother finally tell him she and Ron are married.
** Hilariously averted, after he gives Jack and Tracy some "funny water balloons my mother's friend Ron always asked me to buy", only to whisper "I know those were condoms".
* InnocentBigot: Kenneth is by no means spiteful but this doesn't prevent him from saying rather ghastly things because of his religious upbringing.
* LivingBodysuit: According to Kenneth's mother, he told her ''when he was born'' that he was an immortal being using Kenneth's body as a vessel.
* NeverGetsDrunk: He's able to outdrink the Teamsters in a contest after he realizes he's been drinking that stuff since he was a baby.
* NiceGuy
* OlderThanTheyLook: Born "May 27, 1781"
* PerpetualSmiler: Seriously, its becoming a bit creepy.
* ThePollyanna: He regards a guy he's known for a few days as his "best friend ever... tied with everyone else he ever met!"
** "I'm gonna be upset until the end of this sentence".
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld:
--> '''Tracey:''' Ken, you don't wanna be a page ''forever''!
--> '''Kenneth:''' Who said I've been alive forever?
* StepfordSmiler
-->''"Every morning when I wake up, I tell myself everything is gonna be alright. I don't know how long I can believe it".
* WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs: In later seasons he comes and goes from his job as a page, such as working for another network for a bit (but still doing his page duties out of habit), working in [[MoralGuardians standards and practices]] for a little while, and being a janitor too. [[StatusQuoIsGod He always seems to come back though.]]
* WideEyedIdealist: Maybe.

!!Pete Hornberger
->'''Played By:''' Scott Adsit
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The beleaguered producer with a big family and a fatalistic outlook.

* BaldOfAwesome
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: He finds out in one episode that he is unbeatable at arm wrestling, something he picked up subconsciously from years of trying to manage his hyperactive kids. [[spoiler: Subverted in that his entire storyline in this episode was a daydream he had prior to arm-wrestling Frank, a match he immediately loses.]]
* CreepyChild: One of Pete's kids is frequently referenced as "the creepy one".
* TheCynic: Arguably the most jaded in the entire cast of TGS,
* DeadpanSnarker: To Liz at times.
* DemotedToExtra
* ExpansionPackPast: As told by Pete in season 6 "My father was a congressman, I was valedictorian at St. Andrew's, an Olympic archer, fourth guitarist in Loverboy as a teenager." Immediately lampshaded by Jack " If it weren't all true I would say it doesn't even make sense."
* HairTodayGoneTomorrow: In flashbacks to the 80s he's shown to have once had fairly long hair as well as a mustache.
* HenpeckedHusband: His wife is rather shrewish, so he avoids spending too much time at home.
* HiddenDepths: He's an impeccable archer and a pretty good musician.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: He's so good that he can shoot just close enough to Jenna to graze her arm and tear her shirt.
* JadedWashout: Definitely jaded, though not exactly a washout. Although he did get denied the chance to participate in the Olympics, and a DUI prevented him from being a Congressman. He still manages to keep his sanity and tends not to relive his past glory.
* NotSoAboveItAll: Has been becoming increasingly unstable as the series goes on.
* OnlySaneEmployee: Slightly less sane than Liz, but that's just because he's far more cynical.
* ParentalAbandonment: Inverted. Pete confesses to wanting to run away from his wife with each of her seven pregnancies, but he always comes back.
* TheStraightAndArrowPath: It's rare that it's relevant, but there have been a few times where his archery skills resolved the episode's conflict.

!!Frank Rossitano
->'''Played By:''' Judah Friedlander

* JerkWithAHeartOfJerk
* LikesOlderWomen: He also likes younger women, but older women are the only ones he has success with.
* ManChild
* MommasBoy
* NeverBareheaded: Always wears the trucker caps with amusing slogans, except for one episode where Jack took him under his wing and had him wearing suits.
* OedipusComplex
* OnceAnEpisode: His hat has something different written on it each episode.
* IfItsYouItsOkay[=/=]SingleTargetSexuality: He becomes convinced that he's gay after meeting Liz's date in one episode.
* TheSlacker
* SmarterThanYouLook: Despite being an immature womanizing slob, he's actually fairly intelligent and got into law school, but his mother disapproved since she believed he would TurnOutLikeHisFather and become an AmoralAttorney.

!!Cerie Xerox
->'''Played By:''' Katrina Bowden

Liz's young, airheaded assistant, who is treated as the resident hot girl.

* ComicallyMissingThePoint: A standard with her Ditz status:
-->'''Liz''': You need to wear a bra to work.
-->'''Cerie''': I really don't. They just kinda stay up there on their own, see? *jiggles boobs*
* TheDitz: She doesn't catch on when the writers ask her to get things to [[MsFanservice watch her reach for them]], constantly screws up what Liz asks of her, and often can't find her shoes.
* DemotedToExtra: In the last two seasons of the show. This is explained in the scene in one of the last episodes where the entire staff of TGS quits, where she reveals that she had actually quit two years prior, around the start of season 6, though it's left unexplained as to why she continued to show up.
* HiddenDepths: She disapproves of Greek treatment of Cyprus, she knows the exact speed of light, and she's just saner in general than most people at TGS.
* InnocentlyInsensitive: She's not malicious, but sometimes she'll say things to Liz and Jenna that women their age don't necessarily want to hear.
* MeaningfulName: She's a copy girl, and Los Angeles is apparently brimming with girls who look exactly like her.
* MsFanservice: Goes out of her way to wear revealing outfits, which are often commented on in-verse.
* SexySecretary: As Liz's assistant she fills this role and has the appearance to match.
* SpoiledSweet: She's obviously from a wealthy background but is consistently sweet and kind.
* ValleyGirl: Has the voice and personality, plus its regularly implied she's from a wealthy family.

!!James 'Toofer' Spurlock
->'''Played By:''' Keith Powell

* BaldOfAwesome
* BoomerangBigot: James himself isn't one, but he's horrified when he learns that his ancestor, whom he thought was the highest-ranking black officer in the [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar Union army]], was actually a ''Confederate'' officer.
* IvyLeagueForEveryone: Graduated from Harvard, and he makes sure everyone knows it.
* StopBeingStereotypical: He's not very approving of Tracy's behavior.
* TwoferTokenMinority
** Liz states early on that they call him Toofer because he's black and from Harvard, but it's repeatedly implied as the series goes on that he's gay, which actually makes him a Threefer Token Minority.

!!Warren "Grizz" Griswold
->'''Played By:''' Grizz Chapman

Part of Tracy Jordan's entourage.

* BadassBeard
* TheBigGuy: He's seven feet tall.
* GentleGiant: Often shown with a very tender side, and generally quite soft spoken.
* GeniusBruiser
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With [=DotCom=]
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: All his relationships.
* IncrediblyLamePun: "You wouldn't think a movie called Somewhere would go absolutely Nowhere"
* OddFriendship: He and Liz had minimal contact in season one but are later revealed to be close enough for him to call her "Beth".
* PunnyName: Grizz's fiancee (and later, wife) Feyonce.
* NoodleIncident: Used to be secret lovers with Liz.

!!Walter "[=DotCom=]" Slattery
->'''Played By:''' Kevin Brown

Part of Tracy Jordan's entourage.

* BaldOfAwesome
* ButNotTooBlack: Occasionally called out on this by Tracy.
* GentleGiant: Not as big as Grizz but he's equally soft-spoken and polite.
* IvyLeagueForEveryone: Went to Cornell.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Grizz.
* HiddenDepths: Speaks French, did theater in college, and goes on exotic foreign vacations.
* TeamChef: Able to whip up a gourmet French meal for Kenneth and his date on Valentine's Day.
* NoodleIncident: He used to be part of Phil Spector's entourage....
* TheSmartGuy

!!Jonathan
->'''Played By:''' Mauilik Pancholy

Jack's assistant, who often annoys him and seems to have a gay crush on him.

* AmbiguouslyGay: Or possibly just IfItsYouItsOkay.
* BerserkButton: Insulting or lightly joking about Jack is not a good idea around him.
* ButtMonkey
* ChewToy
* CrazyJealousGuy: Becomes a {{Jerkass}} to anyone who might matter to Jack more than him.
* OutOfFocus: Due to Pancholy taking a job on [[Series/{{Whitney}} another show]]. Lampshaded in an episode.
* SingleTargetSexuality
* StalkerWithACrush: To Jack.

!!JD Lutz
->'''Played By:''' John Lutz

* AmbiguouslyGay
** In the finale we find out [[spoiler: he's [[BiTheWay bisexual]].]]
* ButtMonkey
--> '''Liz:''' "''Shut up everybody! Shut up Lutz!!''"
* ChewToy
* DirtyCoward
* WhosLaughingNow: The series finale has Lutz enact his revenge against his years of abuse from the others by going to {{Determinator}} levels to make sure [[SeriousBusiness they order lunch at Blimpies.]]
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[[folder: Recurring GE/NBC/Kabletown employees]]
!!Danny Baker
->'''Played By:''' Cheyenne Jackson

* CanadaEh
* OutOfFocus: After all of one episode of him being Liz's lover and Jack's best friend, he immediately fell into the same background status as Josh, with the only gag his character has is that ... he is from Canada and sometimes things are a little different there.
* OneSteveLimit: His name is actually Jack, but Jack Donaghy forces him to change it to Danny.
* SixthRanger

!!Don Geiss
->'''Played By:''' Rip Torn

* KilledOffForReal
* PointyHairedBoss

!!Josh Girard
->'''Played By:''' Lonny Ross

* BackForTheFinale: [[spoiler: In a very blink-or-you'll-miss-it fashion; he's in the brief TGS sketch in Greek, standing behind Tracy.]]
* DemotedToExtra
* {{Expy}}: Very clearly based on Jimmy Fallon.
* ManOfAThousandVoices: Regularly does impersonations, and can do a spot on one of Jack and Tracy.
* PutOnABus
* OutOfFocus

!!Kathy Geiss
->'''Played By:''' Marceline Hugot

* AdultChild: To a frightening degree.
* AllGirlsLikePonies: She loves unicorns, and since she's mentally a child (except for her crush on Jack), it counts.
* AmbiguousDisorder: It's never stated why she's so weird, but there's definitely something wrong with her, since she's almost non-verbal.
* TheDitz
* GeniusDitz: She does a breath-taking rendition of [[Theatre/LesMiserables "I Dreamed A Dream"]].
* GirlsLoveStuffedAnimals
* NoSocialSkills
* OralFixation: She has a tendency to shove things into her mouth, such as pocket watches or toy racecars.
* TheQuietOne: She hardly ever speaks.

!!Devon Banks
->'''Played By:''' Will Arnett

* AllGaysArePromiscuous
* EvilSoundsDeep
* EvilCounterpart: To Jack.
* GutturalGrowler
* ManipulativeBastard
* PsychopathicManchild
* SitcomArchNemesis
* StalkerWithACrush: Is this to Kenneth.
* StraightGay
* VillainWithGoodPublicity


!!Sue [=LaRoche=]-Van der Hout
->'''Played By:''' Sue Galloway

* AscendedExtra: She did not have a speaking role until Season 3.
* BiTheWay: She shows attraction to women on occasion.
* CovertPervert: Apparently enjoys viewing pornography.
* TheExoticDetective: Her last job was working as a psychic detective, even with a show based on her back in her homeland.
* FunnyForeigner: She is Franco-Dutch.
* WhereDaWhiteWomenAt: Inverted. She has a fetish for black men, is a virgin "with white guys," and has a half-black daughter.

[[/folder]]

[[folder: Liz's Love Interests]]

!!Dennis Duffy
->'''Played By:''' Dean Winters

Liz's boyfriend at the beginning of the series, a working-class Irish-American who seems to be from Brooklyn or maybe Queens. Generally disliked by all the characters but keeps on finding ways back into Liz's life every so often.

* AffectionateNickname: "Dummy" for Liz, though she's not really a fan.
* {{Jerkass}}
* [[PoliticallyIncorrectHero Licensed Sexist]]
* {{Leitmotif}}: A wistful, BruceSpringsteen-esque ditty, usually featuring a harmonica if Dennis is actually onscreen. Tellingly, a variation of the same music also plays whenever Liz gets into ''anything'' that's crappy and disappointing, not just her relationship with Dennis.
* OddFriendship: Has signs of this with Criss in season 6.
* OnceASeason
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: In "Subway Hero."
* YourCheatingHeart

!!Floyd [=DeBarber=]
->'''Played By:''' Creator/JasonSudeikis
Liz's second boyfriend. A lawyer in NBC's legal department, originally from Cleveland.

* {{Adorkable}}
* TheAlcoholic
* EmbarrassingTattoo: Courtesy of his season four relapse.
* [[spoiler: HappilyMarried:]] Presumably, after season 4.
* NiceGuy
* PunnyName: play on [[Characters/TheAndyGriffithShow Floyd the barber]]
* PutOnABus
** TheBusCameBack: In season 4.
* OffTheWagon
* ShoutOut: To Floyd the Barber from ''Series/TheAndyGriffithShow''.

!!Drew Baird
->'''Played By:''' Creator/JonHamm
Originally Liz's downstairs neighbor whose mail was accidentally sent to her. Despite being a doctor, he proves to be a complete moron.

* BrainlessBeauty
* TheDitz
* [[spoiler:HookHand: Ends up with two of these by his reappearance, once from waving from a helicopter and once from a fireworks accident.]]
* HospitalHottie
* TooDumbToLive

!!Wesley Snipes
->'''Played By:''' Michael Sheen
An English insurance claims adjustor whom Liz met in the recovery room after a dental operation. It doesn't work well.

* FateDrivesUsTogether: The only reason him and Liz keep interacting in season 4.
* JerkAss
* NamesTheSame InUniverse, this is referenced in the season 4 episode, "Don Geiss, America, and Hope"
-->'''Liz Lemon:'''Wait, your name is Wesley Snipes? That's insane!
-->'''Wesley Snipes:''' This is insane? You know what's insane? That the actor is named Wesley Snipes! If you were shown a picture of him and a picture of me, and were asked "who should be named Wesley Snipes", you'd pick the pale Englishman every time! Every time, Liz!
* SmallNameBigEgo

!!Carol Burnett
->'''Played By:''' Creator/MattDamon
An airline pilot Liz meets while reluctantly "dating" Wesley in Season 4. They prove to be too similar to work out.

* BitchInSheepsClothing: Despite acting nice and goofy around Liz and others, Carol enjoys mistreating airline passengers. In "Double-Edged Sword" he openly tortures his passengers (including Liz) and refers to them as "animals."
* GenderBlenderName: He literally shares his exact name with a female comedian. People are very confused by it.
* PutOnABus
* SpecialGuestStar: Granted, most of Liz's boyfriend actors fit this trope but arguably an A-lister like Matt Damon tops any others.

!!Criss Chross
->'''Played By:''' James Mardsen
Liz's last boyfriend, a hipsterish artist/entrepreneur who tries to run an artisanal hot dog truck. Well, hot dog van. Well...see below.

* MistakenForPedophile when selling hot dogs from a van, because he can't afford a food truck.
* NiceGuy: Notable in that he is severely lacking in the deal-breaking flaws of her previous boyfriends, or they just enhance his sweet personality.
* ShoutOut: Either to Music/ChristopherCross or Music/KrissKross. Your pick.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Jack's Love Interests]]
!!Bianca
->'''Played By:''' Isabella Rossellini

Jack's ex-wife.

* BitchInSheepsClothing: She acts perfectly polite to Jacks girlfriend's, but only when its clear that they'll leave him in the end. [[ShipTease Liz could make Jack happy, though,]] and Bianca [[BerserkButton hates seeing Jack happy.]]
* DivorceAssetsConflict: She and Jack legally separated in the 1980s, but neither was willing to give an inch regarding property, so they remained married for the next two decades.
* RichBitch

!!Phoebe
->'''Played By:''' Emily Mortimer
Jack met her at an art gallery. She's interested in things other than his permanent love and affection.

* HowsYourBritishAccent
* OohMeAccentsSlipping
* TheVamp
* YokoOhNo: [[invoked]] In "Cleveland" she says she wants to be Jack's Yoko, much to Liz's horror.

!!Celeste "C.C." Cunningham
->'''Played By:''' Edie Falco
A liberal Democratic Congresswoman from Vermont, and a high-powered tort lawyer. They prove to be too similar to work out.

* LifetimeMovieOfTheWeek: Had one made about her life. Kristen Wiig played the fictional actress who played her.
* PutOnABus
** TheBusCameBack: In the season 2 finale.

!!Elisa Pedrera
->'''Played By:''' Creator/SalmaHayek
The Puerto Rican[[note]][[RunningGag It's not racist to call her that]]![[/note]] nurse Jack hires to take care of his mother after she broke her hips (or rather, after he broke her hips...) in Season 3. Jack gets as far as proposing to her, but it doesn't happen...

* BuxomIsBetter: Played by one of the trope's patron saints.
* DerailingLoveInterests: Ooo boy. After returning from a brief trip away she went from an ordinary nurse whose devotions are centered around her religious faith and her love of family, and having a frustrated disdain with Jack's snobby upperclass world... to a cartoonish character completely oblivious to American culture, suddenly speaking in broken English, and completely out of no where [[spoiler: turns out to be a serial killer known as the black widow!]] Quite possibly the most blatantly over the top reason to write her out and keep Jack single a bit longer.
* HospitalHottie
* LatinLover: Almost a self-conscious parody of the trope.
* MsFanservice
* PutOnABus
** TheBusCameBack: Makes a cameo in the finale, appearing so she can [[spoiler:join in a threesome between Jack and Nancy]]. Apparently [[spoiler:it was so good it turned her British]].
* {{Yandere}}: She [[spoiler:killed]] her husband because she thought he was cheating on her.

!!Nancy Donovan
->'''Played By:''' Creator/JulianneMoore
Jack's high school crush. A classic UsefulNotes/{{Boston}} Irish Catholic housewife replete with guilt who spends the better part of Season 4 drumming up the courage to divorce her husband. Part of a LoveTriangle with Jack and Avery for that season.

* BettyAndVeronica: Betty to Jack's Archie and Avery's Veronica.
* TheCameo: Appears for the finale during Jack's quest for happiness and meaning. [[spoiler:It involves getting into a threesome with Jack and Elisa]].
* FieryRedhead
* FightingIrish: Jack calls her "a fiery Irish nutjob descended from bog people"
* HollywoodNewEngland: Some of her characteristics--including her accent, sports fandom, and attitude towards marriage--are almost ludicrously stereotypically Boston Irish.

!!Avery Jessup
->'''Played By:''' Creator/ElizabethBanks
A Creator/{{CNBC}} reporter. From an old WASP family, she is ruthlessly ambitious, driven, and fiercely attached to her (highly conservative and nationalistic) beliefs. Part of the LoveTriangle with Jack and Nancy; she wins ([[spoiler:because Jack knocked her up]]) and becomes Jack's second wife. In the end, they prove to be too similar to work out.

* BettyAndVeronica: The Veronica to Nancy's Betty.
* BlondeRepublicanSexKitten:
-->'''Jack:''' She's like a young Bo Derek, stuffed with a Barry Goldwater.
* ClingyJealousGirl: At times she gets jealous of Jack's relationship with Liz, which is the very definition of platonic.
* {{Determinator}}: A trait she shares with Jack. Avery refuses to give up under any circumstances.
* PutOnABus: Twice.
** She was kidnapped by Kim Jong-Il at the end of season five and married to his son.
** After being [[TheBusCameBack traded back for a North Korean spy]], she and Jack conceded that their relationship wasn't working, and she left for good.
* WorthyOpponent: Her ability to play psychological games on his level is what attracted Jack to her in the first place.
* YourCheatingHeart: She developed and intense (but non-physical) relationship with another kidnapped newscaster while in North Korea.

!! Diana Jessup
-->'''Played By:''' Creator/MarySteenburgen
Avery's widowed mother. Faultlessly aristocratic. Jack falls for her immediately when she shows up during [[spoiler:Avery's kidnapping by Kim Jong-Un]].

[[/folder]]

[[folder: Others]]
!! Dr. Leo Spaceman
->'''Played By:''' Chris Parnell

* AfraidOfNeedles: Bizarrely, he gets squeamish giving other people shots.
* AmbiguouslyEvil: He is extremely sinister. Becomes less ambiguous when it is all but stated that he killed his wife.
* BackAlleyDoctor
* DrFeelgood: He's introduced as this to Tracy.
* InNameOnly: He's legally required to put quotation marks around his title of "Doctor".
* ItIsPronouncedTroPAY: Everyone but Tracy pronounces it sp'TCHEM-in.
* TheQuisling: Served as a doctor in the First Gulf War. On the Iraqi side.
-->'''"Dr." Spaceman''': You have no reflexes, your blood tastes like root beer, and some of your bones appear to have vanished. Now, I've only ever seen this kind of thing on dead people in Operation Desert Storm. I actually wrote a report on it, but the commander refused to pass it on up to Saddam. Kooky times!
** He and his IdenticalGrandpa are admitted Nazi doctors.
* WorthlessForeignDegree: He got it from the Ho-Chi Minh School of Medicine.

!!Colleen Donaghy
->'''Played by:''' Elaine Stritch

Jack's elderly mother, who he has confined to a retirement community in Florida, due to their combative relationship.

* AbusiveParents: Verbally cruel to Jack for his entire life. She once gave him a myna bird she'd trained to spy for her.
* AwfulWeddedLife: Her marriage to Jimmy Donaghy was very unhappy and he frequently disappeared for months or years at a time. It got so bad that ''their priest'' recommended a divorce.
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Colleen and Jack may not get along, but they ''do'' care for one another.
* [[CallingTheOldManOut Calling The Old Woman Out]]: OncePerEpisode whenever she appeared.
* TheCorrupter: Gets the Lemon family at each other's throats in less than an hour.
* EvilMatriarch: Her presence evokes equal parts frustration and dread for her son, to the point where even a phone call can drive him into a stress-eating episode.
* FamousLastWords: "I just want you to be happy." Jack and Liz believe she was being sarcastic. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming She wasn't.]]
* {{Hypocrite}}: Disapproves of Jack and Avery having a child out of wedlock, despite doing the same thing herself.
* KilledOffForReal: In season seven, she dies of a heart attack during a carriage ride to the hospital.
* LoveRedeems: Her relationship with Marta brought out the best in her.
* OddFriendship: Gets along well [[note]]For a given value of "well."[[/note]] with Liz.
* RacistGrandma: Jack describes her as "an Olympic-level racist."
* ScrewPolitenessImASenior: Abuses and/or manipulates almost everybody around her, and gets away with it due to her age and poor health.
* SuddenlySexuality: Had a relationship with her female live-in nurse in her final years.
* YourCheatingHeart: Colleen had an one-night stand with a tenant during one of Jimmy's long absences in 1958, which resulted in Jack. Decades later she had an affair with a married man.

[[/folder]]
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