Like the FiveManBand, there are certain character archetypes who just seem to fit together, a sort of CommediaDellArteTroupe, if you will. In any given SitCom (especially an ensemble), you are likely to find at least two of the archetypes listed below.

As an example of how these characters mesh, consider the following sample, from ''CommediaDellArte'':

* '''The Wisecracker:''' Arlecchino
* '''The Bully/Charmer:''' Il Capitano
* '''The Square:''' Columbina
* '''The Dork:''' Il Dottore
* '''The Goofball:''' Scaramuccia, sometimes Pulcinella

These archetypes generally work best when the characters have no familial relationships, as in a DomCom; Dom Com characters, being family, tend to have a completely different dynamic to their relationships. On the other hand, nothing could (nor, really, ''should'') prevent a Dom Com from utilizing any, or all, of these character types.

It is important to note that, unlike the FiveManBand, it isn't strictly necessary for each show to have a representative member for each archetype. Keep in mind that, just as in RealLife, the world of Sit Coms is awash in many various and diverse personalities, of which this is hardly an exhaustive list; so there's no need to shoehorn characters into these categories. Some shows will utilize certain archetypes and leave out others, or may have characters who don't fit into ''any'' of the listed types.

And, of course, there's always plenty of room for overlap.
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'''The Square''' -- Often the central protagonist, and usually TheEveryman or the OnlySaneMan. Essentially the StraightMan; this doesn't mean necessarily that The Square gets no funny lines, but a large portion of the comedy from such a character comes from his/her reactions to the situation or other characters. In a DomCom, this role will usually be reserved for the CloserToEarth mother figure.
[[folder:Examples of "The Square"]]
* Tim Daly's character Joe Hackett in ''Series/{{Wings}}''.
* Fred Savage's character in ''Working''.
* Cory Matthews in ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld''.
* the title character in ''Series/{{Alice 1976}}''.
* Eric Foreman in ''Series/That70sShow''.
* The title character in ''Series/FatherTed''.
* Maya in ''Series/JustShootMe''.
* Mary Richards in ''Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow''.
* Monica Geller in ''Series/{{Friends}}''.
* Joel in ''Series/NorthernExposure''.
* Greg in ''Series/DharmaAndGreg''.
* Debra in ''Series/EverybodyLovesRaymond''.
* Will the StraightGay in ''Series/WillAndGrace''.
* Maxwell Sheffield in ''TheNanny''.
* Carly and Freddie in ''Series/ICarly''.
* Yomi and Nyamo from ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh''.
* Kryten in ''Series/RedDwarf''.
* Marge in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.
* Lois in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''.
* Hayley in ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad''.
* The title character in ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle''.
* Kagami in ''Anime/LuckyStar''.
* Dave Nelson in ''Series/NewsRadio''.
* Andy Travis in ''Series/WKRPInCincinnati''.
* Alex in ''Series/{{Taxi}}''.
* Kyon in ''Anime/SuzumiyaHaruhi''.
* Aiko in ''Anime/MagicalPokaan''.
* The title character in ''Series/BarneyMiller''.
* Jeffrey Fairbrother in ''Series/HiDeHi''.
* Mike "Meathead" Stivic in ''Series/AllInTheFamily''.
* Dr. Mary Albright from ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun''.
* Dan of ''Series/{{Roseanne}}''.
* Leonard and Penny of ''Series/TheBigBangTheory''.
* Dr. Frasier Crane in both ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' and his {{Spin-Off}} show ''Series/{{Frasier}}''.
* Ted and sometimes Lily in ''Series/HowIMetYourMother''.
* Annie and Britta in ''{{Community}}.''
* Zelda in ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' (can also occasionally be the Stick depending on the situation).
* David Lewis in ''Series/GoodMorningWorld''.
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'''The Wisecracker''' -- The domain of the DeadpanSnarker or the PungeonMaster. This character just ''lives'' to make fun of others (not usually mean-spirited, like The Bully) or to find the humor in any given situation. Is usually something of a thorn in the sides of the others, particularly in more serious situations. Expect this character to have an especially conflict-laden relationship with The Bully, though the two can be (and often are) good friends underneath. If the protagonist isn't a Square, s/he is most likely a Wisecracker.
[[folder:Examples of "The Wisecracker"]]
* Steven Weber's character Brian Hackett in ''Series/{{Wings}}''.
* Chandler Bing in ''Series/{{Friends}}''.
* Flo, and her various {{Suspiciously Similar Substitute}}s, in ''Series/{{Alice 1976}}''.
* Mama in ''Series/MamasFamily''
* Murray Slaughter in ''Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow''.
* Jack (Just Jack!) in ''Series/WillAndGrace''.
* Dennis Finch in ''Series/JustShootMe''.
* Dorothy Zbornak in ''Series/TheGoldenGirls''.
* Jo Polniaczek in ''Series/TheFactsOfLife''.
* Jerry in ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}''.
* Shawn Hunter in ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld''
* Hyde in ''Series/That70sShow''.
* Niles the butler in ''Series/TheNanny''.
* Dave Lister in ''Series/RedDwarf''.
* Johnny Fever in ''Series/WKRPInCincinnati''.
* Brian in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''.
* Bart from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.
* Konata in ''Anime/LuckyStar''.
* Hawkeye Pierce in ''Series/{{Mash}}''.
* Dr. Cox in ''Series/{{Scrubs}}''.
* Kyon in ''Anime/SuzumiyaHaruhi''.
* Beth in ''Series/NewsRadio''.
* Jack and Stan in ''OnTheBuses''.
* Yukari from ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh''.
* Liru from ''MagicalPokaan''.
* Ted in ''HiDeHi''
* ''{{Daria}}'': Daria.
* Tommy from ''ThirdRockFromTheSun''.
* ''{{Roseanne}}'': Roseanne and her daughter Darlene.
* Norm and Carla in ''Series/{{Cheers}}''.
* Roz, Bulldog, Martin, and Frasier himself in ''Series/{{Frasier}}''.
* Barney and Robin in ''Series/HowIMetYourMother''.
* Jeff in ''{{Community}}''.
* Salem and later Roxie in ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch''.
* Larry Clark in ''Series/GoodMorningWorld''.
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'''The Bully''' -- Despite the name, The Bully is oftentimes not an actual bully per se, but ''is'' usually a {{Jerkass}}, or sometimes a JerkWithAHeartOfGold. Typically more outright beligerent than The Wisecracker, The Bully will have the least patience with The Wisecracker (who isn't afraid to stand up to him/her) or The Goofball (who is more often than not oblivious to the animosity); on the other hand, if written as a complete Jerkass, The Bully may actively dislike ''all'' the other characters. If female, this will be the AlphaBitch or the RichBitch. In {{Work Com}}s, The Bully will be excessively driven to climb the corporate ladder and/or dominate the others, whether a PointyHairedBoss or a co-worker.
[[folder:Examples of "The Bully"]]
* Roy Biggins in ''Series/{{Wings}}''.
* short-order cook Mel in ''Series/{{Alice 1976}}''.
* Lou Grant in ''Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow''.
* Sam (who is also a Wisecracker in her less {{Jerkass}} moments) in ''Series/ICarly''.
* ''Working''
** Liz.
** Also, to an extent, Delaney.
* Father Jack in ''Series/FatherTed'', when he's coherent enough.
* Jackie Burkhart in ''Series/That70sShow''.
* Blair Warner in ''Series/TheFactsOfLife'' is a a mild version to begin with, she mellowed out further as the series progressed.
* ''Series/EverybodyLovesRaymond''
** Frank Barone.
** Marie Barone is also a Bully, but is much more passive-aggressive in her tactics.
* Stewie from ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''.
* Reese and Lois from ''MalcolmInTheMiddle'', the former also the Goofball.
* ''TheSimpsons''
** Nelson and Jimbo.
** Homer often fills this role as well, especially during his {{Jerkass}} period.
* Archie Bunker in ''AllInTheFamily''.
* Frank Burns in ''Series/{{Mash}}''.
* Bill [=McNeal=] from ''NewsRadio''.
* The Janitor in ''Series/{{Scrubs}}''.
* Louie in ''{{Taxi}}''.
* Haruhi in ''SuzumiyaHaruhi''.
* Blakey in ''OnTheBuses''.
* Tomo from ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh''.
* Harley Keiner from ''BoyMeetsWorld''. Also his underlings, Joey 'The Rat' Epstein and Frankie 'The Enforcer' Stecchino.
* Pachira from ''MagicalPokaan''.
* RichBitch Karen in ''WillAndGrace''.
* ''{{Daria}}'': Helen (mother of Daria).
* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'':
** Elaine fromin the later seasons.
** George is this in terms of being the Jerkass. And there's Newman too. Other than Kramer, Seinfeld's whole cast basically qualifies.
* [[TheOtherDarrin (Lecy Goranson's version of)]] Becky from ''{{Roseanne}}''.
* Sally of ''ThirdRockFromTheSun''.
* Carla and Lilith in ''Series/{{Cheers}}''.
* Bulldog in ''Series/{{Frasier}}''.
* Pierce from ''Series/{{Community}}''.
* Libby, Willard Kraft, and sometimes Salem and Roxie (before her {{Character Developement}}) in ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch''.
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'''The Dork''' -- A HollywoodNerd/[[HollywoodGeek Geek]]. The Dork need not be stereotypically nerdy or geeky, at least [[HollywoodHomely not visually]], but should be such [[StrawLoser relative to the other characters]]. In a cast full of such characters, The Dork will be the most obviously "dorky" of them. In shows with no obvious Goofball, The Dork may fulfill that role as well. And if a show needs a ButtMonkey, who better than The Dork?
[[folder:Examples of "The Dork"]]
* Steve Urkel in ''FamilyMatters''.
* Tootie Ramsey started out this way in ''Series/TheFactsOfLife'', though she may have been closer to The Precocious.
* Jon Cryer's character Alan in ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen''.
* Jim Belushi's brother-in-law in ''Series/AccordingToJim''.
* Big brother Robert in ''EverybodyLovesRaymond''.
* Rhoda in ''TheMaryTylerMooreShow''.
* Freddie in ''Series/ICarly''.
* Les Nessman in ''WKRPInCincinnati''.
* Stuart Minkus in ''BoyMeetsWorld''.
* Steve from ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad''.
* Meg from ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''.
* Milhouse from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
* Fez in ''That70sShow''.
* Matthew Brock from ''NewsRadio'' is this along with being The Goofball.
* Ross Gellar from ''{{Friends}}''.
* John Burns in ''{{Taxi}}''.
* J.D. in ''Series/{{Scrubs}}''.
* Olive in ''OnTheBuses''.
* Soujirou in ''Anime/LuckyStar''.
* HollywoodDateless FagHag Grace Adler in ''WillAndGrace''.
* ''{{Daria}}'': Daria's Father, Jake.
* Jackie of ''{{Roseanne}}''. David in later seasons.
* Harry from ''Third Rock From TheSun''.
* Diane Chambers and Dr. Frasier Crane in ''Series/{{Cheers}}''.
* Dr. Frasier Crane and Dr. Niles Crane in ''Series/{{Frasier}}''.
* Ted in ''Series/HowIMetYourMother''.
* Just about everyone in ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' with the exeption of Penny.
* Abed from ''{{Community}}'' (who can also be a Goofball.)
* Valerie in earlier seasons and Miles in later seasons of ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch.
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'''The Goofball''' -- This role is typically filled by TheDitz or the {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, but the character could also be generically zany or a BlitheSpirit rather than outright ditzy. Could also be a {{Pollyanna}}, with naivety serving as the defining trait; if so, expect this to be the youngest character (see also The Precocious) or a NaiveNewcomer. In {{Dom Com}}s this can be an air-headed child -- [[AlwaysFemale typically a daughter]] -- and a (sometimes) milder incarnation can take the form of a BumblingDad.
[[folder:Examples of "The Goofball"]]
* ''Series/{{Wings}}'' had two: Fay Cochran and Lowell Mather.
* ''Series/FatherTed'' has both Father Dougal and Mrs. Doyle.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'' has Phoebe and Joey.
* Vera in ''Series/{{Alice 1976}}''.
* Spencer and Gibby in ''Series/ICarly''.
* Kramer in ''{{Seinfeld}}''.
* Kelso in ''That70sShow''.
* Rose Nylund in ''TheGoldenGirls''.
* Eric Matthews in ''BoyMeetsWorld''.
* TedBaxter in ''TheMaryTylerMooreShow''.
* Jack in ''WillAndGrace''.
* Arden Myren's character Abby in ''Working''.
* Dharma in ''Series/DharmaAndGreg''.
* Daphne in ''Series/{{Frasier}}''.
* The Cat in ''Series/RedDwarf''.
* Jerry Stiller's character in ''KingOfQueens'' is a dangerous combination of The Goofball and The Bully.
* Haruhi from ''SuzumiyaHaruhi'' is the same, but on top of that, she's also [[spoiler:God.]] Mikuru also shares this status.
* Dewey in ''MalcolmInTheMiddle'', sometimes Hal as well.
* Homer in ''TheSimpsons''.
* Peter in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''.
* Francine in ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad''.
* Tsukasa in ''Anime/LuckyStar''.
* Matthew Brock in ''NewsRadio''.
* J.D. in ''Series/{{Scrubs}}''.
** Turk can be this too, though not nearly on J.D.'s level's.
* Reverend Jim, Tony and Latka in ''{{Taxi}}''.
* Osaka from ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh''.
* Yuuma from ''MagicalPokaan''.
* Edith Bunker in ''AllInTheFamily''.
* Dick from ''ThirdRockFromTheSun''.
* ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' has Cliff, Coach, and later on Woody.
* Marshall and occasionally Barney in ''Series/HowIMetYourMother''.
* Raj and to an extent Sheldon in ''Series/TheBigBangTheory''.
* Troy and Chang in ''{{Community}}''.
* Sabrina, Hilda, and occasionally Harvey in ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'':
* Sandy Kramer in ''Series/GoodMorningWorld''.
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!!Since the above are basic archetypes, they can (and are often) supplemented with one or more of the following:

'''The Charmer''' -- This character comes in two varieties: First, TheCasanova, the lover, the player. Enough said. Second, a more classically refined character, someone who is a devout adherent to old-fashioned politeness, grace and decorum (but not nearly so uptight or demanding of others as The Stick).
[[folder:Examples of "The Charmer"]]
* Eric Matthews in the earlier seasons of ''BoyMeetsWorld'' and Shawn Hunter in the later ones. .
* Blanche Devereaux in ''TheGoldenGirls'' combines both aspects.
* Neil Patrick Harris' character Barney in ''Series/HowIMetYourMother''.
* Roz in ''Series/{{Frasier}}''.
* Charlie Sheen in ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen''.
* Fez is a wannabe version of this in ''That70sShow'', though it seems to be pretty legitimate in the final season.
* Bobby Wheeler in ''{{Taxi}}''.
* Ryoko Asakura from ''SuzumiyaHaruhi''.
* Joey Tribbiani from ''Series/{{Friends}}'' is definitely the Casanova version.
* Brian Hackett on ''Series/{{Wings}}'' is also the Casanova variation.
* ''{{Daria}}'': Daria's little sister Quinn plays this in addition to The Precocious.
* Dan Fielding on ''NightCourt''.
* Sam Malone in ''Series/{{Cheers}}''.
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'''The Stick''' -- Crank The Square up to eleven, and you have The Stick. This character is extremely [[BritishStuffiness uptight and stuffy]], a stickler for the rules if you will, a stick in the mud as it were. Usually humorless, [[TheComicallySerious often humorously so]]. Not unlike The Square, the humor from The Stick generally results from his/her dismay or outright horror at the antics of the others, and s/he may frequently insist (usually to no avail) that everyone should adhere to his/her mile-high standards. Oftentimes The Stick can overlap with The Bully, or even The Dork. On those shows wherein The Stick co-exists with The Square, The Square is more likely to be the central character.
[[folder:Examples of "The Stick"]]
* Felix in ''Theatre/TheOddCouple''.
* ''{{Friends}}''
** Ross.
** Monica, on countless occasions, had outright stifled any fun being had by bombarding everyone else with rules.
* Frasier was The Stick in ''{{Cheers}}''; but Niles took over this role in ''{{Frasier}}'', relegating Frasier to The Square. This is why Niles is a ReplacementFlatCharacter. But Frasier would become the Stick again whenever playing off against his father.
* Bishop Brennan in ''FatherTed''.
* Amy [=MacDougall's=] parents, Hank and Pat, in ''EverybodyLovesRaymond''.
* Lisa Miller in ''NewsRadio''.
* Topanga Lawrence in ''BoyMeetsWorld'' after they ditch her GranolaGirl persona.
* C.C. Babcock in ''TheNanny''.
* Arnold Rimmer in ''Series/RedDwarf''.
* Stan in ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad''.
* Post-{{Flanderization}} Flanders in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.
* Charles Emerson Winchester III in ''Series/{{MASH}}''.
* Dr. Kelso in ''Series/{{Scrubs}}''.
* Bob in ''TheOblongs''.
* Nagato in ''SuzumiyaHaruhi'', though she doesn't enforce it.
* Hank on ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill''.
* Sheldon of ''TheBigBangTheory''.
* Al Borlin of ''HomeImprovement''.
* ''{{Roseanne}}'': Roseanne's [[MyBelovedSmother mother]] Beverly.
* Angela of ''WhosTheBoss''.
* Diane on ''Series/{{Cheers}}''.
* Dr. Niles Crane in ''Series/{{Frasier}}''. [[TheNiles At first.]]
* Lily in ''Series/HowIMetYourMother''.
* Roland B. Hutton in ''Series/GoodMorningWorld''.
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'''The Sage''' -- Usually an older character, this person acts as a sort of [[{{Mentors}} Mentor]] to the main characters, dispensing advice and AnAesop or two. Though close to the main group, The Sage generally exists outside that group, for example a neighbor, or an authority figure such as a teacher. In {{Sit Com}}s of old this position was typically filled by a wise, calm-voiced father figure, but that character type has been largely supplanted by the BumblingDad. Indeed, The Sage himself is becoming a [[ForgottenTrope forgotten character type]] these days, as the main characters tend to share the Aesop-dispensing chores rather than get them from a singular source.
[[folder:Examples of "The Sage"]]
* Wilson in ''Series/HomeImprovement''.
* Ward Cleaver in ''Series/LeaveItToBeaver''.
* Mike Brady in ''Series/TheBradyBunch''.
* Mr. Drummund in ''Series/DiffrentStrokes''.
* Mrs. Garrett in ''Series/TheFactsOfLife''.
* George Feeney in ''BoyMeetsWorld''.
* Alex is also often the Sage in ''{{Taxi}}''.
* Itsuki in ''SuzumiyaHaruhi''.
* Dr. Cox in ''Series/{{Scrubs}}''.
* Jimmy James in ''NewsRadio'' manages to be the Sage and the Goofball simultaneously.
* Sakaki from ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'' often fulfills this role.
* Rosario in ''WillAndGrace''.
* The Coach was this in the first 3 seasons of ''Series/{{Cheers}}''.
* Martin Crane in ''Series/{{Frasier}}''.
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'''The Bigmouth''' -- A (sometimes) softer, less-hateful alternative to The Bully, The Bigmouth is an annoying, um, bigmouth. Whether s/he is a KnowNothingKnowItAll, an overbearing egotist like the TedBaxter, or an intrusive NosyNeighbor, The Bigmouth just has a knack for getting on everyone's nerves (with the possible inclusion of the audience!). Much much humor is milked from the fact that The Bigmouth isn't nearly as smart as s/he presumes to be. Oftentimes crosses over with The Dork.
[[folder:Examples of "The Bigmouth"]]
* Cliff Clavin in ''Series/{{Cheers}}''.
* TedBaxter in ''TheMaryTylerMooreShow''.
* Tomo from ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'', and to some degree, Kagura as well.
* Paul Kinsey in ''MadMen''. Joan, the smoking-hot girl Friday, even tells him this to his face in one episode.
* Peggy, Dale and, later, Kahn in ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill''.
* Pheobe and sometimes Ross in ''Series/{{Friends}}''.
* Ted Mosby in ''Series/HowIMetYourMother''.
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'''The Precocious''' -- The (usually) youngest, cutest member of the cast (this character ''really'' flourishes in {{Dom Com}}s), this [[TastesLikeDiabetes sweet, adorable little angel's]] principal reason for existence is to make the audience go "awwwww" (not to imply the tyke doesn't deserve it, natch). Usually fulfills the {{Pollyanna}}, {{Kawaiiko}} or MoeMoe role, but can get in a few [[DeadpanSnarker sharp quips]] as well. Also, this [[ChildrenAreInnocent kid's pure innocence]] can bust through the toughest Aesops imaginable.
[[folder:Examples of "The Precocious"]]
* Rudy, and later Olivia, in ''TheCosbyShow''.
* Tina in ''Still Standing''.
* Michelle in ''FullHouse''.
* Mikuru in ''SuzumiyaHaruhi'', resident [[MoeMoe Moe Blob]] and ironically ''oldest'' member of the cast. Kyon's little sister is another example from the same series.
* Bobby and Cindy (more usually Cindy) in ''TheBradyBunch''.
* Dominic, Logan and Sammy in ''YesDear''; most especially Dominic, the only one of the three old enough to handle dialogue with the adults.
* Dewey in ''MalcolmInTheMiddle''.
* Miyuki in ''Anime/LuckyStar''.
* Maggie in ''TheSimpsons''.
* Morgan Matthews in ''BoyMeetsWorld''.
* CheerfulChild Chiyo is the obvious choice in ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'', but Sakaki also fills this role.
* Frederick in later seasons of ''Series/{{Cheers}}''.
* Alice in later seasons of ''Series/{{Frasier}}''.
* Ben and later on Emma in ''Series/{{Friends}}''.
* As of the end of season 7, Marvin in ''Series/HowIMetYourMother''.
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