!'''Selina Meyer'''
->'''Played By:''' Creator/JuliaLouisDreyfus

[[caption-width-right:200:"We have two catch-22 situations simultaneously. Is there even a name for that?"]]
The foul-mouthed Vice President of the United States who longs for more power. [[spoiler:She becomes President in season 3, after the previous President unexpectedly resigns.]]

* AnnoyingLaugh: When she is in a flirtatious mood toward her ex-husband Andrew.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: When she [[spoiler:becomes President]], the consequences for fuck-ups become much bigger.
* 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.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: But only behind closed doors. Publicly, she sticks to safe (and lame) jokes.
* 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."
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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."
* 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.
* 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:"I am in a room with three people and a fuckload of quiche".]]

The long-suffering Vice Presidential Chief of Staff.

* BeleagueredAssistant. Like everyone in Selina's staff, she's are completely overworked and constantly forced to put out fires.
* BelligerentSexualTension: With Dan.
* DeadpanSnarker
* 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]].
* NotWantingKidsIsWeird: Amy is criticized by her family for not wanting children.
* 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:"Every single thing you say to me is emasculating. Do you realize that?"]]
The fiercely loyal personal assistant to the Vice President.

* BerserkButton: Gary is normally a pushover, but he gets very angry when someone hurts Selina.
* 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 and [[spoiler:the Statue of Liberty at the Detroit protest]] find out.
* 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 the Veep. [[spoiler: He even breaks up with her boyfriend!]]
* WellDoneSonGuy: His dad has little respect for him and his job.

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

[[caption-width-right:200:"So you my friend, have your cock out at a funeral".]]
The rather incompetent Director of Communications for the Vice President.

* 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.
* 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.
* 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?"]]
The White House Liason to the Vice President's office [[spoiler:until season 3, when he gets fired]], and a notorious(ly bad) womanizer.

* 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.
* 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.
* {{Jerkass}}: Jonah is a selfish asshole, who is also incredibly annoying. Pretty much everyone who knows him holds him in contempt.
-->'''Mike:''' I'm appealing to your better nature.
-->'''Jonah:''' Mike, I don't have one of those.
* MemeticMolester: In universe, he is described as having the face of a rapist.
--> '''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.
* OnceAnEpisode: He will point out he works at the White House. And hit on Amy. And Sue. And everyone. See the character quote.
* 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.
** 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.]]
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Dan tears into him when he finds out Jonah's position is so unimportant he cannot be used for information.

!'''Dan Egan'''
->'''Played By:''' Reid Scott
[[caption-width-right:200:"Yeah, well, next time pack an espresso in your big fucking bitch bag".]]

The former Director of Communications for Senator Hallows, until he sabotages her in an attempt to curry favour with Selina. This gets him a job under Mike as Deputy Director of Communications for Selina.

* BeleagueredAssistant
* BelligerentSexualTension: With Amy. Also, arguably, Jonah.
* 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
* 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]].
* LikesOlderWomen: In a private conversation, he says that he prefers older women due to their life experience. 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.]]
* 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.]]
* SlasherSmile
* SmugSnake
* 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.
* 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.

!'''Sue Wilson'''
->'''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.

* 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
* [[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.
* RunningGag: In season 1:
--> '''Selina''': Sue, did the President call?
--> '''Sue''': No.
* 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.

* 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
* TheEeyore: Explicitly referred to as such by Selina.
* JadedWashout: Selina refers to him as a "burned-out loser".
* 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.
* StoppedCaring
--> '''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]].

!'''Kent Davison'''
->'''Played By:''' Gary Cole

A senior White House polling adviser.

* DeadpanSnarker
* 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]].
* 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.