A list of characters from the American series ''Series/{{Veep}}'' and tropes that apply to them.


[[folder:Main Cast]]
!'''Selina Catherine Meyer'''
->'''Played By:''' Creator/JuliaLouisDreyfus

[[caption-width-right:200:"I'm the Vice President of the United States, you stupid little fuckers!"]]
The foul-mouthed Vice President of the United States who longs for more power. She becomes President at the end of season 3, after the previous President unexpectedly resigns. After the end of the Meyer administration, she starts a charitable foundation to end adult literacy. And AIDS. And to promote democracy.

* AbusiveParents: Selina's mother was cold and cruel to her, and Selina ended up treating her own daughter in much the same way.
* AnnoyingLaugh: When she is in a flirtatious mood toward her ex-husband Andrew.
* BadBoss: See NeverMyFault.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: When she [[spoiler:becomes President]], the consequences for fuck-ups become much bigger.
* BrokenPedestal: Selina idolized her father up until the events of "Chicklet", where her uncle tells her that her father was an adulturer [[OutWithABang who died having sex with his secretary]] and that he was involved in numerous shady financial dealings, just like Selina's ex-husband Andrew.
* ConvenientMiscarriage: [[spoiler:In "Baseball", she discovers that she's pregnant, much to her horror, as she's unmarried. She has a miscarriage in the very next episode.]]
* CorruptPolitician: Finally happens in Season 5 when she stops at nothing to buy the House vote, which includes colluding with the Chinese government.
* DeadpanSnarker: But only behind closed doors. Publicly, she sticks to safe (and lame) jokes.
* DeceptiveLegacy: Grew up thinking her father was a wonderful man who built the family fortune and her mother a cold woman who sold off Selina's beloved horse. In season 6, Selina discovers her dad was a scam artist who would have bankrupted the family if not for her mother's business smarts. Also, he was cheating on her mom with his secretary and Selina's mother kept the truth hidden, letting Selina hate her rather than ruin the image of her father.
* DiggingYourselfDeeper: Has a tendency to stick her foot in her mouth, and then ingest said foot, whenever she's put on the spot without preparation. Given that she's a high-ranking politician, these situations are her day job.
* {{Hidden Depths}}: In spite of Selina being largely depicted as incompetent, she consistently has moments which show how she was able to become an accomplished Senator, mount a presidential campaign and become Vice President.
** In "Debate" she is shown to be an effective public speaker who can think on her feet.
** A clip of a presidential debate shown in "Mommy Meyer" suggests that she is much better public speaker than her opponent, Bill O'Brien.
** In "Congressional Ball", she ruthlessly and successfully browbeats fellow politicians to keep them in line.
** In spite of Tom James' status as {{The Ace}}, in Season 5 she sees through and averts his schemes more than once.
* FreudianExcuse: Her mother, whom Selina once claimed was a "pathological narcissist" that routinely neglected and mocked her only daughter, was apparently a large source of grief for her growing up. The irony in ''her'' telling this information to Catherine is justifiably lost on Selina.[[note]]Denial represents a crucial defense mechanism in the RealLife personality disorder, and it's not unlikely for those grandiose, self-defeating traits to be passed down from parent to child.[[/note]]
* HowTheMightyHaveFallen: In Season 6, [[spoiler:Selina's party wants nothing to do with her, she has to deal with President Montez becoming a Nobel Peace Laureate by stealing credit for Selina's accomplishments, and she's financially dependent on her daughter.]]
* HypocriticalHumor: See ItsAllAboutMe.
* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne: In "Nicknames," when she learns about all the various nicknames given to her by bloggers, the one she takes the greatest issue with is "Viagra Prohibitor."
-->They are saying that a prescription medication that is supposed to guarantee a strong and sustained erection in all men despite their age or their health is rendered ineffective by me? You know what? You no longer search on the nicknames!
* ImportantHaircut: She gets a short haircut [[spoiler:when she's running for President in season 3.]]
* InformedAbility: Supposedly a politician of some repute, but with a habit of gaffes, yet on the show she appears to be clueless, surrounding herself with an even more clueless staff, and being unable to effectively engage in the kind of small talk with voters that real politicians do all the time.
* ItsAllAboutMe: She tries to deny it, but it's true. In "Catherine" she says, "I know not everything is about me," to her daughter — while hiding in a closet filled with pictures, posters, and cardboard cutouts of herself.
** Selina becomes incredibly incensed when she learns that Mike and his wife Wendy are trying IVF:
---> '''Selina:''' I can't have Mike getting what's-her-ass all knocked up and pregnant, becoming some sort of dad during ''my'' campaign.
* IvyLeagueForEveryone: Attended Smith College
* JerkWithAHeartOfJerk Initially she had some Heart of Gold moments, especially with Catherine. But as the series progressed she became an increasingly terrible person and stopped showing humanity even to her daughter. And her few genuine accomplishments (like Tibet) were lucky byproducts of her terrible behavior.
* KickedUpstairs: TruthInTelevision, the Vice Presidential position is notorious for being a graveyard for political influence, with some exceptions - UsefulNotes/AlGore, UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush and UsefulNotes/RichardNixon, for example. Selina is apparently not one of them.
--> '''Selina''': What am I missing these days?
--> '''Senator Hallows''': Power.
* KissingUnderTheInfluence: It's implied that she had drunken sex with another woman back in college.
* LawOfInverseFertility: [[spoiler:As a middle-aged, divorced politician, the last thing she wants is another child, so of course she gets pregnant after having unprotected sex one time.]]
* MistakenForRacist: In "Chung", Selina is mistakenly informed that Danny Chung, the Chinese American governor of Minnesota was not born in the U.S., so she says on ''MeetThePress'' that Chung can't run for President, because he's "technically not an American".
* MrsRobinson: Explicitly stated by Jonah, who wonders out loud how many drinks it would take for something to happen between them.
* NeverMyFault: She shifts blame for any mistake on to her staff.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: A female senator who ran a campaign to be President before being shunted into an administration job by the victorious nominee? UsefulNotes/HillaryRodhamClinton. A Vice-President from a mid-Atlantic state with a habit of unfortunate gaffes? UsefulNotes/JoeBiden.
* NoPartyGiven: Selina's party is never named, though the issues she stands for seem to be vaguely liberal, suggesting that she's a Democrat.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: In "Kissing Your Sister" after [[spoiler:the House vote is undecided and Tom James is all but certain to take the presidency]], she just walks out of the Oval Office forlornly. No screaming, no blaming staff, just straight quiet to the point that it's almost a HeroicBSOD.
* PetTheDog: She shows an odd concern for the well-being of the President [[spoiler:when Kent informs her that he's resigning]].
* PowerHair: She gets a short haircut [[spoiler:when she's running for President in season 3.]] Louis-Dreyfus (who wears a wig for the role) said that her own hair "does not look like hair that‘s inside the Beltway".
** It comes in for a good deal of mockery.
---> '''Ben:''' ''[[spoiler:(at Selina's second swearing-in ceremony)]]'' They're gonna have a field day with that haircut. "Thai Ladyboy Made Head of Sweatshop."
** However, in season 4, after [[spoiler:she becomes President, she lets her hair grow out again.]]
* TheScapegoat: Essentially her role for the President and the rest of the administration when a major scandal comes along. Even when Selina actually accomplishes something spectacular, like successfully negotiating the budget talks with the House majority leader in order to avoid a government shutdown, POTUS stalls on the deal and lets the shutdown happen in order to take attention away from [[spoiler:the hostage crisis blowout where one of them was a CIA spy,]] thereby blaming Selina.
--> '''Ben:''' Madam Vice President, greatest respect, but it has been the job of the VP over the ages to, you know, take it in the ass to save the President.
* SirSwearsALot: Her filthy mouth was noted by several reviewers.
* SkewedPriorities: When Selina learns that her exhaustion was a mild heart attack, she's overjoyed because it means that she's not experiencing menopause.
* SlaveToPR: Selina's stance on any issue will be determined by what impression it will have in the media.
* TheUnfavourite: To the administration. In season 1, her main project is a "clean jobs" bill, which she eventually has to veto personally, when the President pulls his support. In season 2, the President gives her a more prominent role in foreign policy, only to throw her under the bus when a major scandal comes along.
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: Selina is selfish, shallow, amoral and incompetent. She does not seem to have any political convictions; all she cares about is how she appears before the voters.
* UpperClassTwit: The media makes her out to be this due to her over-privileged background, especially after a quote in her book about how she learned about the tough life of American farmers through grooming her pony as a child. ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' even does a sketch about this... [[spoiler: and then Meyer turns up in a follow-up one (Dreyfus was in fact in ''SNL'' herself)]]
--> '''Selina:''' So I had a horse as a kid, who didn't? Have a pet, is what I meant.
** Selina also says that you shouldn't be a millionaire at a young age: "You shouldn't make your first million until you're in your thirties. That's what Andrew and I did and it kept us completely grounded."
* WomanScorned: In the middle of her divorce with Andrew, she torched his car and got away with it.

!'''Amy Brookheimer'''
->'''Played By:''' Anna Chlumsky
[[caption-width-right:200:"If you can't take the heat, buy asbestos panties".]]

The long-suffering Vice Presidential Chief of Staff. In the middle of season 3, she is promoted to Selina's campaign manager to replace Dan after his London trainwreck, only to later briefly resign over Selina's refusal to take her advice. After the end of the Meyer administration, Amy has a brief stint as her fiancé Buddy Calhoun's campaign manager, but she quickly rejoins Selina as her personal assistant.

* BeleagueredAssistant. Like everyone in Selina's staff, she's are completely overworked and constantly forced to put out fires. [[spoiler:In season 4, she can't take it any longer, tells off Selina and quits.]]
* BelligerentSexualTension: With Dan. The two of them dated for a week sometime before the series began and normally can't stomach one another, but they do occasionally seem to care about one another a bit more than most colleagues do. [[spoiler:In Season 6, they have drunken sex offscreen, which results in Amy getting pregnant.]]
* DeadpanSnarker
* HypercompetentSidekick: Consistently, she is the most competent and adept member of Selina's staff.
* ManipulativeBitch: Her manipulations in "Special Relationship" result in [[spoiler:Dan having a nervous breakdown and losing his position as campaign manager, with Amy getting the job.]]
* MarriedToTheJob:
** Work seems to be much more important to Amy than her personal life. She didn't even know about her one-year anniversary with her boyfriend until he told her. Even then, she didn't care, because she had something urgent to do.
---> '''Ed:''' Kind of seems more appropriate now that it's just the two of us.
---> '''Amy:''' No, you have to go too.
---> '''Ed:''' Amy! It's our anniversary!
---> '''Amy:''' Please do not tell me you are one of those fucking weirdos that celebrates three-month-aversaries!
---> '''Ed:''' It's actually a year.
---> '''Amy:''' A year in which you neglected to tell me about Jeff Kane[[note]]Jonah's uncle who controls the senior vote in New Hampshire[[/note]].
** In Season 6, she's shown to be completely uninterested in sex with her fiancé. She only gets excited when he encourages her to rant about how much she hates his opponent, and even then she's more interested in the politics than having sex with him.
* NotWantingKidsIsWeird: Amy is criticized by her family for not wanting children.
* ScrewThisImOutOfHere: [[spoiler:In season 4, when Selina brings on Karen, an useless YesMan to be her adviser, and values her opinions more than Amy's, Amy has a meltdown, delivers a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to both Karen and Selina and quits her job on the spot.]]
* UnresolvedSexualTension: With Dan, though she'd deny it.
* {{Workaholic}}: Amy neglects her personal life for the sake of her job and it seems that she's simply unable to relax. Sue explicitly describes her as a workaholic in "Election Night":
-->She's a workaholic. She works frantically to avoid dealing with her weird mix of lack of self-worth and narcissism.
* WorkingWithTheEx: She and Dan dated for a week. She apparently has no fond memories of it.
--> '''Amy:''' It was like getting over mild food poisoning.

!'''Gary Walsh'''
->'''Played By:''' [[Series/ArrestedDevelopment Tony Hale]]

[[caption-width-right:200:"I'm next to the Veep more than any other human being. I'm her moon."]]
The fiercely loyal personal assistant to the Vice President.

* BerserkButton: Gary is normally a pushover, but he gets very angry when someone hurts Selina. He also flips out when Selina says that he's unimportant to her.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: When it's discovered Andrew is cheating on Selina, Gary screams and tries to throttle the man right in a limo.
* ButtMonkey
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Burns his hands holding VP Meyer's hot coffee cup while she has an idle conversation. He'll go on to do similar things in later episodes.
* GoshDangItToHeck: As opposed to pretty much everyone else on the show, Gary almost never uses profanity. An example of the contrast in "Nicknames", when he and Amy tell Selina about the unflattering nicknames bloggers gave her, and he brings up [=VPILF=]:
-->'''Gary:''' You know what that means? Vice President I Would Like to, you know, fool around with.
-->'''Amy:''' Fuck.
** PrecisionFStrike: On the other hand, there were a few moments where Gary has been pushed to his limits that this happens, as Dana's cheese shop employee, [[ItMakesSenseInContext the Statue of Liberty]], and eventually [[spoiler:Selina]] find out.
* GreenEyedMonster: Gary is clearly in love with Selina and gets very passive aggressive with her boyfriends.
* GrewASpine: In season 4, after Gary makes some serious mistakes, Selina chews him out and tells him that he's unimportant to her. Gary reacts with uncharacteristic anger, reminding Selina that he's more than just her bagman.
-->I've broken my body for you. I've let myself to be laughed at, I've let myself to be humiliated and I'm happy to do it! Most of the time, you don't even know that I exist, but I'm ''[[PrecisionFStrike fucking]] everything to you''!
* HeroicBSOD: After he walks in on [[spoiler:Selina and Tom James having sex]], he can barely walk down the hall, whimpering to himself.
* HypercompetentSidekick: Seems to know everything about everyone in the Washington DC political scene, including his boss. This is very useful to Selina. Has pretty much no knowledge of policy, but that's not his job.
* IgnoredEnamoredUnderling: He shows strong signs of being in love with Selina, who either doesn't notice it or doesn't care about it.
* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne: While playing devil's advocate, Dan predicts that Selina's policy will destroy America, capping it off by saying that she'll become so infamous that no one will ever name their child Selina again. After a stunned moment of silence, Gary says, "My God... no more Selinas?" He's immediately shushed.
* TakingTheBullet: Well, it's actually a [[ItMakesSenseInContext sneeze bullet.]]
* UndyingLoyalty: To Selina. [[spoiler: He even breaks up with her boyfriend!]]
* TheUnFavorite: His parents have far more love for Bruce, Gary's ''stillborn twin'', even keeping the crib meant for him, more than their living son who works for the President.
* WellDoneSonGuy: His dad has little respect for him and his job.

!'''Mike [=McLintock=]'''
->'''Played By:''' Matt Walsh

[[caption-width-right:200:"Hey, you can't read everything. I don't read everything I'm supposed to".]]
The rather incompetent Director of Communications for the Vice President. At the end of season 3, he becomes the White House Press Secretary. After the end of the Meyer administration, Mike briefly becomes a stay-at-home dad before joining Selina's charitable foundation.

* BeleagueredAssistant
* BigEater: Mike is usually seen stuffing his face whenever there is food around.
-->'''Jonah:''' Okay, Mike. One day, you're going to wake up and find that your lungs have turned into pastry.
** In season 4, he tries to eat more healthy at the insistence of his wife.
--->'''Dan:''' Mike trying to be healthy. It's like a potato trying to whistle.
* BrickJoke: His Bullshitzu.
* DeadpanSnarker
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: He gets Selina to cry in an interview with the hope of making her look sympathetic. The GenreSavvy Journalist figures this out quickly.
* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne: When listing the bad things that could possibly happen and overshadow the [[ItMakesSenseInContext plastic untensil incident]], he hypothetically suggests that Creator/TomHanks might die. Everyone is horrified by this.
** In another example, after Selina tears into him for incompetence, he only attempts to rebuff the last part:
---> '''Selina''': Remind me never to get trapped in a burning building with you, Mike.
---> '''Mike''': I'm very good in a fire.
* IllPretendIDidntHearThat: Mike always tries to ignore it when the Veeple People learn about something scandalous.
--> '''Mike:''' ''(cringing)'' Christ, I hate knowledge.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Mike accidentally emails everyone in the West Wing the contents of Kent's flash drive, which contained polling questions like "what if POTUS lied to the American people?" and thus alerts everyone about the spy cover-up.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: Described by Anthony, one of the owners of [[InsistentTerminology frozen yoghurt]] shop as a "gay Irish fireman."
* RunningGag: In season 2, the boat he's trying to get rid of.
* UltimateJobSecurity: Mike is in charge of Selina's PR, so his incompetence turns a great many of her mistakes into fullblown scandals. However, Selina keeps him on despite his incompetence. [[spoiler:Subverted in Season 5, where Selina decides to find a new Press Secretary to replace Mike, but she loses her bid for re-election before anything comes of it.]]
** [[spoiler: Finally comes to an end in season 6, as Mike is not included in Selina's team during her new campaign for president.]]
* WoundedGazelleGambit: A variant. He gets Selina to cry on camera with the hope of playing up her sympathetic traits. Backfires: see HoistByHisOwnPetard.

!'''Jonah Ryan'''
->'''Played By:''' Timothy Simons

[[caption-width-right:200:"I'm from the White House, and what the fuck are you doing?"]]
Freshman congressman from New Hampshire; formerly the White House Liason to the Vice President's office, and a notorious(ly bad) womanizer. In season 3 he is fired from the White House, but is taken back on as part of a deal. In season 5, he's elected to Congress.

* [[DoubleStandardRapeMaleOnMale Abuse is Funny When It's Male On Male]]: Averted. In season 4, he gets a new boss, Teddy, who [[spoiler:frequently fondles his balls as a power move in the office]]. It's never PlayedForLaughs, and when Dan witnesses it, he's [[EvenEvilHasStandards genuinely outraged]].
** [[spoiler:It gets even more averted when Jonah seems genuinely scarred by the experience for several episodes afterwards, and asked to testify in a class action lawsuit against Teddy in 4x06. ]]
* BrickJoke: His obsession with getting laid by Eights.
* ButtMonkey: He is hated by pretty much everyone in the Vice President's office. And the Administration. And the District. And possibly in the world.
* CasanovaWannabe: Hits on Amy, Sue and pretty much every girl he comes into contact with. Always rebuffed.
* TheDogBitesBack: In Season 5, Jonah gets sick of Selina bossing him around and decides to campaign on an anti-Meyer platform. It works wonders for his polling, which suits Selina just fine.
* FromNobodyToNightmare: He goes from a three-month internship to a White House Liaison somehow drunk with power...and things get worse and worse from there until [[spoiler:he gets elected to Congress, shuts down the government out of spite, and sets himself up for a presidential run at the end of season 6]].
* FunWithAcronyms: Does this incessantly. Calls the President POTUS ("Poh-tuss"), the Veep VPOTUS ("Vee-poh-tuss"), the First Dog of the United States FDOTUS ("F-doh-tus") and makes them up pretty much on the fly, such as VPVP ("Vice Presidential Visual Presence"). This annoys everybody.
--> '''Mike''': You can't just make up acronyms, Jonah.
--> '''Jonah''': Somebody has to, Mike.
* IgnoredEpiphany: After being repeatedly sexually harassed, Jonah finally realizes that sexual harassment is a terrible thing. Unfortunately, Jonah only cares about sexual harassment perpetrated against men and remains as misogynistic as ever.
* {{Jerkass}}: Jonah is a selfish asshole, who is also incredibly annoying. Pretty much everyone who knows him holds him in contempt. It is his lack of self-awareness that really stops him from being TheScrappy.
-->'''Mike:''' I'm appealing to your better nature.
-->'''Jonah:''' Mike, I don't have one of those.
* KickedUpstairs: In Season 5, he's recruited to run for an open seat in the House of Representatives by the Meyer administration and his uncle Jeff Kane, a prominent New Hampshire political figure who actually wants the seat to go to his son Ezra, who is deployed in Afghanistan. Jonah is described as being so ineffectual that he'll be easy to replace when Ezra comes home, but as Jonah himself points out, he's very, very good at hanging onto positions he's never really deserved.
--> '''Jonah''': I went to the White House on a three-month placement and stayed for four years! I'm a MRSA infection! ''You don't get rid of Jonah Ryan!''
* MemeticMolester: In universe, he is described as having the face of a rapist. When Doyle hears that sexual harassment occurred in his office, he immediately thinks it was Jonah (actually he was the victim).
--> '''Jonah''': May I remind you this rapist face gets eights? Consensually, I might add.
* MeaningfulName: Whether or not this was intentional...his name is Jonah and he's [[Literature/TheBible supremely unlucky]].
* {{Nepotism}}: Sort of. As we learn in season 3, he only got a job in the White House because his uncle has important political connections in New Hampshire. Jonah, however, refuses to acknowledge this.
--> '''Jonah:''' Mom, do you think that you could talk to Uncle Jeff for me? I want a job on my own merits and I think he's the guy to get it for me.
* ObfuscatingDisability: In Season 6, he hides the fact that his cancer is in remission and shaves his head because being a cancer patient is good for his approval ratings.
* OnceAnEpisode: He will point out he works at the White House. And hit on Amy. And Sue. And everyone. See the character quote.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech:
** Dan tears into him when he finds out Jonah's position is so unimportant he cannot be used for information.
** Jonah gives an epic denouncement against Teddy in Season 5, calling people like him (i.e. sexual harassers) soulless. Unfortunately for Jonah, Bill Erickson's creative camera work makes it look like Jonah's rant was directed at a woman with Down's Syndrome.
* RunningGag: Hey, did you know he works at the White House? [[spoiler:This ends in season 3, since he no longer works there]].
* SmallNameBigEgo: Vastly overstates the importance of his position, and is severely lacking in self-awareness. This gets even worse in season 3 when [[spoiler:he's fired, and insists that the pathetic trashy gossip blog he's set up is making him an IntrepidReporter who's going to bring Washington to its knees.]]
* SpannerInTheWorks: Jonah throws Furlong and Montez's plans into chaos when he has his "Jeffersons" caucus vote against the bipartisan budget bill, for no reason beyond spiting Furlong and the rest of Congress for not taking him seriously.

!'''Dan Egan'''
->'''Played By:''' Reid Scott
[[caption-width-right:200:"This is what happens if you tell the truth. Nothing good comes of it".]]

The former Director of Communications for Senator Hallows, until he sabotages her in an attempt to curry favor with Selina. This gets him a job under Mike as Deputy Director of Communications for Selina. In season 3, he is chosen to be Selina's campaign manager, which completely blows up in his face and he is quickly replaced by Amy. After the end of the Meyer administration, Dan rebrands himself "Danny" and becomes a CBS news anchor.

* BeleagueredAssistant: Dan is frequently overwhelmed by Selina's demands
* BelligerentSexualTension: With Amy. The two of them dated for a week sometime before the series began and normally can't stomach one another, but they do occasionally seem to care about one another a bit more than most colleagues do. [[spoiler:In Season 6, they have drunken sex offscreen, which results in Amy getting pregnant.]]
* BluntYes
--> '''Gary''': Every single thing you say to me is emasculating. Do you realize that?
--> '''Dan''': Yes.
* TheCharmer: Subverted. Whenever he turns on the charm, his colleagues find it anything but.
--> '''Mike:''' You know, Dan, watching you try to be nice is like watching a baby smoke a cigarette. It's kind of cool, but also very disturbing.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: He ''will'' sell out whoever he works for if he thinks it can further his career, but then this is par for the course in politics. He's just the one in Selina's staff who displays it the most.
* DeadpanSnarker: Like most of the cast, Dan is frequently sarcastic.
* HypercompetentSidekick: [[AvertedTrope Averted]]. Though clearly thinking himself as a cut above the rest, Dan's arrogance and inability to think things through causes his advice to not only be useless not once or twice, but ''every single time'', frequently backfiring into his and/or Selina's face.
** In season two he is told several times directly to his face that he is not nearly as smart as he thinks he is. Once by Kent once by oil lobbyist Sidney Purcell, and once by Selina herself, as seen in "Hostages", where Dan's attempts to sidle up to her backfire, as the VP was in the middle of reacting to the news of a marine losing his leg. He's put in his place so severely that even ''Gary'' gloats to him about it.
-->'''Gary''': [[IronicEcho End of an era]].
** In season 3, [[spoiler:when Selina is running for President, he promotes Dan to campaign manager. However, he ends up being unable to deal with the pressure and has a nervous breakdown. As a result, Selina replaces him with Amy.]]
** Also in season 3, he leaks a (presumably false) story about Governor Chung being involved in the torture of Iraqi prisoners to Jonah in order to get his trashy news site discredited and shut down. [[HoistByHisOwnPetard This comes back to bite Dan in the ass]] when [[spoiler:Kent threatens to fire him because the leak has been traced back to him.]] Of course, Dan resolves this quickly enough [[spoiler:by getting Jonah to denounce the internet as his source for the story in exchange for a job with Selina]].
** In season 4, he reveals that he's been setting up Jonah to take the fall for [[spoiler:the Medileaks scandal]] by slowly increasing his role in the administration. This, again, [[HoistByHisOwnPetard bites him in the ass]] when [[spoiler:Ben and Kent force him to resign in disgrace]].
* LikesOlderWomen: In a private conversation, he says that he prefers older women due to their life experience -- of course, at the time, he's flirting with Selina. Almost leads to a Mrs. Robinson moment between him and Selina, [[MomentKiller until it's ruined]] when he tells her his darkest secret: [[spoiler:he killed a stray dog on a dare.]] Subverted in Season 6, where he is outraged at the notion that he would hit on an older woman for any reason other than personal advancement.
* ManipulativeBastard: A highly skilled political jockey who can quickly defuse complex problems for Selina, while also making things better for himself. Or so he thinks.
* RealityEnsues: No matter how skilled you are, sneaking in a bill opposed by the President and much of Congress will cause a shitstorm. [[spoiler: And result in the Veep having to veto the bill she spent ages working on. He is still dealing with the fallout as of the Season One final, and possibly into Season Two.]]
* RewardedAsATraitorDeserves: His willingness to sell out his team or spill secrets to pander to prospective employers makes him an undesirable hire.
* SlasherSmile: It comes out when he's particularly on edge, either in victory or defeat.
* SmugSnake: Dan thinks of himself as a ''Series/HouseOfCards'' style schemer. In reality, he's no more competent than the rest of the cast and simply mistakes [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder backstabbing]] for political prowess.
* TheSociopath: The show is giving less-subtle hints that he seems to be of the high-functioning variety. The fact that he revealed that he [[spoiler:killed a stray dog as a child to win a dare]] is leaving little room for doubt.
* SleepingTheirWayToTheTop: He attempts it by sleeping with Amy's sister, because he thinks she can get a job for him at CBS (she actually works for CVS, a pharmacy chain).
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Gives a devastating one to Jonah.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: A rare [[InvertedTrope inversion]] - Dan sells out his boss, Senator Hallows, to dig Selina out of a scandal. In the process he gets a job on the Veep's staff. It's clear from earlier dialogue he sees the Senator as merely a stepping stone on his career.}
* {{Workaholic}}: Dan doesn't seem to have a personal life at all. He mentions dating a woman in "Nicknames", but only to further his political career. When he finds out that she won't get an important job, he dumps her immediately.
* WorkingWithTheEx: Amy does not have a high opinion of him. Well, not his competence, but his personality.
* WrongGenreSavvy: As shown above, he thinks he's far smarter than everyone and fantastic at his job, not grasping he's as much an incompetent nut as the rest of the staff.

!'''Sue Wilson-Levinson'''
->'''Played By:''' Sufe Bradshaw
[[caption-width-right:200:"If I were writing a memoir, which I'm not, but if I were, whoo, this would be a big moment."]]

The Personal Assistant to the Vice President. Probably the most competent member of her staff. She retains her position in the Montez administration.

* AdvertisedExtra: Appears mostly in background scenes, either with her RunningGag or a snark, despite being listed on the credits. She gets more screen time and a more fully-rounded character starting Season 2.
* BeleagueredAssistant: A possible aversion, although we never see.
* [[BluntYes Blunt No]]: See RunningGag.
* DeadpanSnarker: A particularly icy flavor of snark.
* HiddenDepths:
** [[spoiler:Claims to have been married a year prior to the presidential election. She didn't invite anyone from work, naturally.]] Apparently Catherine knew, however, since her new last name is revealed in the documentary.
** Apparently she knows enough Korean to say "I hate you" to Mike.
* [[MaleGaze Female Gaze]]: Mike jokingly accuses Sue of undressing him with her eyes.
--> '''Sue''': I'm adding more clothes, Mike.
* NotSoStoic: Usually Sue is the calm and collected member of Selina's staff, but she breaks under the pressure of a Congressional committee.
* PutOnABus: She appears to have exited the series at the end of Season 5, when she remains in the Montez administration.
* RunningGag: In season 1:
--> '''Selina''': Sue, did the President call?
--> '''Sue''': No.
* TheStoic: Sue remains calm and professional in almost every situation. As seen in "Convention", her "elated face" is almost the same as her normal face, save from a slight hint of a smile. In "Mommy Meyer", when there's an intruder in the White House, Sue calmly keeps doing her work and even hushes a Secret Service man.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: See the character quote.
* TokenMinority: She seems to be the only black person on Selina's staff.

!'''Ben Cafferty'''
->'''Played By:''' Kevin Dunn

The long-suffering White House Chief of Staff for President Hughes and his successor, Selina Meyer. He and the President were college buddies. Politics has taken its toll on him. After the end of the Meyer administration and a failed stint as a Silicon Valley consultant, Ben becomes one of Jonah's advisors.

* TheAlcoholic: He isn't shy about it either.
--> '''Amy''': Anyone who talks about work tonight has to take a drink.
--> '''Ben''': Work. ''(Takes a drink.)''
* DeadpanSnarker: With the added bonus of being completely immune to any insults directed back at him (see StoppedCaring).
* DiggingYourselfDeeper: While working as a consultant for Uber, Ben makes the mistake of using the word "Chinaman" in front of Uber's board, which has at least two East Asian people on it. When they call him out on his use of a slur, he responds with "my wife is oriental." They promptly fire him.
* TheEeyore: Explicitly referred to as such by Selina.
* JadedWashout: Selina refers to him as a "burned-out loser".
* MarriedToTheJob: Goes with being the White House chief of staff. Subverted in that it appears he's still HappilyMarried.
* MustHaveCaffeine: His coffee mug can hold nine-cups worth and he claims that if a fire were to happen in the West Wing, it would be the only thing he'd salvage.
* [[ReallyGetsAround Really Got Around]]: When discussing the possibility that Thornhill might have had an affair with a mystery person.
--> '''Selina:''' 8 years ago? It could have been anyone. Could have been Ben.
--> '''Ben:''' Yeah, I poked everything that moved back then.
* PlayingBothSides: Ben's is a trusted ally of both the despotic President of Georgia and the leader of the Georgian opposition party.
* StoppedCaring: This insulates him from the stress the rest of the cast endures for all the internal jockeying... Leaving him free to absorb all the stress of the real-world problems the Oval Office faces.
--> '''Selina:''' ''(In response to learning about the number of pro-life and pro-choice lobbyists that she has to listen to)'' Is there a "pro-I-don't-give-a-shit" lobby?
--> '''Ben''' Yeah, you're looking at him. I got posters, buttons,... not really, [[ShapedLikeItself because I don't give a shit]].
* UndyingLoyalty: To Selina, even before she became president.

!'''Kent Davison'''
->'''Played By:''' Creator/GaryCole

White House polling adviser and senior strategist. He was also the strategist for the President on his campaign trail and forced Selina into unwanted PR situations with her ex-husband. After the end of the Meyer Administration, Kent becomes one of Jonah's advisors.

* BadassBiker: As revealed in Catherine's documentary.
* DeadpanSnarker: So much so that it's hard to tell when he's kidding.
* DullSurprise: Kent's default expression rarely ever changes.
--> '''Selina:''' [Kent]'s got that blank look, I bet he doesn't even have a cumface. Can you imagine fucking that guy?
* NotSoAboveItAll: He expressed interest in [[{{Squick}} watching the gang throw Mike's expired cum]] [[ItMakesSenseInContext at Jonah's door]].
* SherlockScan: He is apparently able to determine the sex of an unborn child after briefly looking at the (fully-clothed) pregnant woman. [[spoiler: He's correct.]]
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: He's shouting in anger when he finds out Jonah has accidentally revealed that President Hughes wasn't running for reelection.
* TheSpock: Kent only cares about facts and numbers. Others often describe him as emotionless and robot-like.
* TheUnSmile:
--> '''Kent:''' Ma'am, your song last night made my lips curl. Upwards.
* UnresolvedSexualTension: With Sue! Everyone else just wants to know what the heck's going on.

!'''Richard Splett'''
->'''Played By:''' Sam Richardson
A bumbling young assistant who first appears on Selina's book campaign trail, and later ends up working on the Meyer campaign. In season 4, he's promoted to Jonah's assistant in the White House. After the end of the Meyer administration, Richard becomes Selina's personal assistant.

* GeniusDitz: Richard is supremely incompetent; he even manages to get his own name wrong while introducing himself. [[spoiler:However, he has two doctorates and an encyclopedic knowledge about recount procedures (which was his doctoral subject.)]]
* HiddenDepths [[spoiler: Has two doctorates - one in veterinary science, and one in constitutional law.]]
* NiceGuy: In stark contrast with pretty much every other character, Richard is unfailingly nice and polite to everyone.
* PerpetualSmiler: Teetering on StepfordSmiler, depending on how aware he actually is of his status.
* ThePollyanna: Richard is oblivious to how selfish the rest of the cast is and how they find him extremely annoying.

[[folder:Recurring Cast]]
!'''Catherine Meyer'''
->'''Played By:''' Sarah Sutherland
Selina's college-aged daughter, who has a contentious relationship with her mother mainly due to the latter's political career.
* TheDogBitesBack: [[spoiler:Her wealthy grandmother leaves Catherine the majority of her estate, much to Selina's shock and displeasure. When Selina loses the White House, she finds herself financially dependent on Catherine, who places her mother on a strict, but reasonable budget.]]
* FakeGuestStar: From Season 4 onwards, she's in almost every episode and gets about the same amount of screentime as the regulars, but Sarah Sutherland remains credited as a guest star.
* HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood: Selina paid more attention to her political career than to Catherine. Catherine's favorite family vacation was the time the housekeeper took her to Disneyland with her family. In "Alicia", Catherine outright tells her mother that she had a "hard, lonely, miserable life".
* NiceGirl: As shown in her documentary, off-screen everyone besides her mother seems to genuinely like her.
* OedipusComplex: In Season 5 [[spoiler:she not only reveals that she's a lesbian, but that she's dating Selina's bodyguard. That is, a woman who got her job largely because of how much she resembles Catherine's mother.]]
* SheCleansUpNicely: She gets a new stylist in the season 5 finale who improves her looks so much that Dan doesn't even recognize her at first.
* SuddenlySexuality: [[spoiler:She comes out as a lesbian in season 5, without any previous indication of being attracted to women.]]
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: [[spoiler:Catherine tells Doyle that Selina plans to break her promise to appoint Doyle Secretary of State. This leads Doyle to vote for Montez over Tom James, effectively ending Selina's career.]]

!'''Andrew Meyer'''
->'''Played By:''' David Pasquesi
Selina's ex-husband, a property developer, to whom she was married for 12 years and with whom she still has an on-and-off again affair.
* BelligerentSexualTension: Between him and Selina. In "Andrew", during a dinner they alternate between flirting and fighting in a matter of minutes.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: In season 6 he tries to get the Meyer Fund into several million-dollar quid pro quos with shady foreign nationals.
* SexWithTheEx: Andrew and Selina have casual sex several times in seasons 2 and 3.
* YourCheatingHeart: He cheats ''constantly''. Whether he's with Selina or someone else at the moment, if there's another attractive woman in the room he'll flirt with her while ''all three of them'' are sharing the same conversation, and his current partner never seems to notice. For a standout example, though, he and Selina officially get back together during the time skip between seasons 5 and 6. Then he cheats on her with Selina's portrait artist in Selina's favorite chair.

!'''Marjorie Palmiotti'''
->'''Played By:''' Clea [=DuVall=]
Selina's Secret Service body double. She later becomes Catherine's life partner.

* CannotTellAJoke: Her jokes about how Selina "gave her [=AIDS=]"[[note]]Referring to how Selina publically announced that her charitable foundation, which she has Marjorie run, is going to do [=AIDS=] charity work without consulting with Marjorie first[[/note]] fall flat because her deadpan manner makes everyone who hears it worry that she's being serious.
* ConsummateProfessional: Is always completely professional. While at first this seems to be just ordinary Secret Service behavior, she continues to act like this even after she leaves the Service.
* HiddenDepths: Catherine's documentary in "Kissing Your Sister" shows that she is capable of behaving casually when its just her and Catherine.
* TheStoic: Almost never shows any sign of emotion.

!'''Andrew Doyle'''
->'''Played By:''' Phil Reeves
A highly influential U.S. Senator and the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee. In Season 4, he becomes Selina Meyer's choice for the office of Vice President. Dropped from the presidential ticket and replaced by Tom James.
* TheDogBitesBack: [[spoiler:He casts the deciding for vote Senator Montez, making her the new president, after Selina lies to him one time too many.]]
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: He hates Ben Cafferty and openly mocks Selina, but agrees to try and calm down the salmonella hysteria.
* VicePresidentWho: As Vice President, Doyle is ignored and disrespected within the Meyer administration (the same way Selina was treated when she was Vice President). He remarks: "Cycle of abuse continues."

!'''Danny Chung'''
->'''Played By:''' Creator/RandallPark
The Governor of Minnesota and a decorated veteran of the war in Iraq, something he reminds everyone of in each of his appearances. In season 3 he becomes a candidate for the Presidency.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: As much of a JerkAss and SmugSnake he is, even he's put off by how Selina runs her campaign, which is why he declines being her running mate.
* FakeUltimateHero: It's heavily implied that his various glorious military anecdotes didn't actually happen.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Every other time he speaks he's boasting about how great he is.

!'''Roger Furlong'''
->'''Played By:''' Dan Bakkedahl
A highly irascible Ohio Congressman who ran and lost the election for governor of Ohio. In Season 6, he is the House Minority Leader.

* BadBoss: He constantly verbally abuses his poor assistant, Will, usually with homophobic remarks.
-->'''Furlong:''' I'd make more money if I installed will here as a full-time gloryhole greeter at a Georgetown gay bar. Which I'm pretty sure he already does part-time. Right, Will?
-->'''Will:''' Yes, sir.
* DeadpanSnarker: Furlong constantly makes sarcastic remarks (which are usually vicious insults).
* {{Jerkass}}: He's absolutely horrible to pretty much everyone he meets.
* SirSwearsALot: Almost everyone swears on Veep, but Furlong stands out: he can hardly say a few sentences without obscenity, as shown in "Congressional Ball":
-->'''Selina:''' Roger, you want to walk us through the drill right now? And would you please, please try and keep it clean?
-->'''Furlong:''' Madam President, tomorrow night is the president's annual holiday party for congressional members and their families. Ma'am, you'll need to make the initial approach. Ben will keep the offer straight. Kent will keep a running tally. Tom, you'll be in charge of putting out any fires. And once you're all done with them, I'll move in and squirt a half gallon of ropey jism into their modeled congressional cornholes.
-->'''Selina:''' Oh, you made it so far and then you just...

!'''George Maddox'''
->'''Played By:''' Isiah Whitlock, Jr.
The Secretary of Defense. In season 3, he unexpectedly resigns from his post and runs for the presidential nomination, only to quit after a poor performance in the primary debate.

!'''Ed Webster'''
->'''Played By:''' Zach Woods
Amy's oft-ignored boyfriend. He runs Selina Meyer's PAC office in Boston, but nobody really remembers who he is.
* ButtMonkey: Whenever he appears, not even Amy seems to respect him:
-->'''Ed:''' Everyone here doesn't hate me, right? ''(Silence)''
* CannotTellAJoke

!'''Leon West'''
->'''Played By:''' Brian Huskey
A political journalist for the ''Washington Post'', nicknamed the "Beltway Butcher." He frequently antagonizes Mike and Dan.
* ItsPersonal: He becomes obsessed with bringing down Selina after she arranges for Iran to imprison him so she can free him as a publicty stunt.
* KnowWhenToFoldThem: At the end of Season 6, [[spoiler:after being fired from the ''Post'' for his vendetta against Selina hurting the quality of his work, Leon joins Selina's new presidential campaign, replacing Mike.]]

!'''Wendy Keegan'''
->'''Played By:''' Kathy Najimy
A journalist with the Style section, she and Mike marry at the beginning of season 3.

!'''Bill Ericsson'''
->'''Played By:''' Creator/DiedrichBader
He is a political campaign manager and possibly the best one.
* TheBusCameBack: He got sent to prison at the beginning of Season 5, but came back in "C**tgate" as the campaign manager for Jonah's opponent in the congressional race. He's not happy about Meyer sending him up shit creek without a pardon.
* DeadpanSnarker: He snarks so much that people can't tell when he's being sincere.
* {{Jerkass}}: He's incredibly rude to pretty much everyone.
* TheScapegoat: The Meyer administration pins the blame for the anti-Family First lobbying and the chaos at the race symposium on him.

!'''Teddy Sykes'''
->'''Played By:''' Creator/PattonOswalt
Introduced in season 4, he is VP Doyle's Chief of Staff.
* TheBusCameBack: After being fired by Doyle in "Convention", he returns in "Congressional Ball" as one of the campaign managers for Jonah's opponent.
* [[DoubleStandardRapeMaleOnMale Abuse is Funny When It's Male On Male]]: Averted. He constantly [[spoiler: fondles Jonah's balls as a power move in the office]] throughout season 4. It's never PlayedForLaughs, and Dan is [[EvenEvilHasStandards genuinely outraged]]. When Doyle finds out, he fires Teddy on the spot.
* {{Jerkass}}: Not only a selfish jerk (like most of the characters) but also an unrepentant serial sexual abuser.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: As he is being fired, he claims that everything he did was in aid of his boss, especially the sexual abuse.
* SmugSnake

!'''Tom James'''
->'''Played By:''' Creator/HughLaurie
A charismatic senator who Selina chooses to be her running mate in the presidential election.
* TheAce: He's introduced in "Convention" as a shrewd, charismatic political operator who (initially, at least) has the respect of everyone on Selina's Team.
* BelligerentSexualTension: Between him and Selina. [[spoiler:They end up having angry sex in "Congressional Ball"]].
* SpotlightStealingSquad: InUniverse, to Selina after she chooses him as her running mate. At almost every campaign visit Tom receives way more attention, to Selina's chagrin.
* TheStarscream: Becomes this in Season 5, after it becomes clear at the end of Season 4's "Election Night" that the [[spoiler:hung Electoral College]] could lead to him becoming President instead of Selina. In "Congressional Ball", he is shown actively encouraging congressmen not to vote for Selina. [[spoiler:It works, but his later plan to win a vote for Presidency fails when Montez ends up taking it instead.]]
* WellIntentionedExtremist: He claims that he tried to steal the election from Selina to save America from another four years of her Presidency.

!'''Laura Montez'''
->'''Played By:''' Andrea Savage
Senator O'Brien's running mate. Thanks to a quirk of the electoral system, she becomes the 46th President of the United States.
* ChekhovsGunman: Is mentioned early in Season 4, but doesn't play much of a role in the plot until the Senate unexpectedly makes her the next President.
* FakeUltimateHero: She wins the Nobel Peace Prize for convincing China to free Tibet. In reality, Selina was the one who did this, but Montez stole the credit. [[spoiler:Towards the end of Season 6, this is revealed to the public, which causes Montez's approval rating to plummet.]]
* UnexpectedSuccessor: She was the vice presidential candidate running against a sitting president. However, Tom James's machinations backfiring made her President.
* TokenMinority: Invoked. O'Brien brought her on to his ticket to offset allegations that he is a racist.