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->''"I still don't know what the premise of the show is. [[HoYay Three guys living together in San Francisco?]] Draw your own conclusion."''
-->-- '''Creator/BobSaget''', ''TVGuide'' [[note]](Canadian Edition) Week of May 27 - June 2, 1995.[[/note]]

A 1987-1995 DomCom about the widower father Danny Tanner with three young daughters. He asked his brother-in-law Jesse Katsopolis (a musician with a love of Elvis) and his best friend Joey Gladstone (a stand-up comic with no shortage of impersonations) to help him with the day-to-day needs. The three share a house and the duties of raising Danny's three daughters, 5th grader Donna Jo aka D.J., kindergartener Stephanie and baby Michelle. In season four, Jesse marries his girlfriend Rebecca, who moves into the house, whereupon they have twin boys and both families end up living under the same roof. The show was the flagship of ABC's TGIF lineup in the early 1990s.

Even when it first aired, it was considered a fairly generic family sitcom with little bite. To the surprise of just about everyone, the show became a cultural icon. It was a mixture of being a show for kids when that was increasingly less common on Network TV, provided the most truly family-friendly fare you could get on TV (when parents were most likely looking for that sort of thing) and the superstardom of the [[MaryKateAndAshleyOlsen Olsen twins]]. The Twins became famous for playing the cute baby character Michelle, and started popping of catchphrases left and right -- The "Little baby/toddler says cute things" power ''exploded'' like a super-charged version of ''ComicStrip/TheFamilyCircus'', and pandering to the audience with cuteness nearly always works, especially with moms and little kids. Some have also suggested that despite the wholesome sugar, the show represented the idea of "alternative" families. The three girls were essentially raised by their uncle and their dad's best friends.

Not to be confused with the KoreanDrama of the [[Series/PulHauseu same name]].
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!!This show provides examples of:
* FiveFiveFive:
** 555-6410, the phone number of Steve's residence.
** The number of the Tanner residence is 555-2424.
* EightiesHair: All three primary male actors are shown wearing mullets at different points in the show's run.
* AbortedArc: Joey lands a role on a sitcom which is reformatted to be an animated series, though there's no mention of his role beyond that episode.
* AbsurdlyYouthfulMother: It's stated in-series that Danny and Pam married not long after their senior prom, and one early episode had a college-aged Danny show a picture of D.J at around elementary school age, so it's highly likely that Pam gave birth to her almost immediately after they married. Judging from Danny's 30th birthday in season one (while DJ was 10 or 11), he was at most 19 when she was born, meaning that both Mother and Father were very youthful.
* AbhorrentAdmirer: Mrs. Carruthers is both this and StalkerWithACrush toward Joey.
** Oddly, she was also his SitcomArchNemesis several times.
** Then there's Rusty, the son of Danny's girlfriend during the first half of Season 4 with a similar attitude toward D.J.
* AffectionateNickname / IronicNickname: Kimmy calls Danny "Creator/MrT".
* AnAesop: Every episode. Sometimes even twice.
* AndThereWasMuchRejoicing / TheFunInFuneral: The funeral of the (unseen) owner of Smash Club, who died from heart failure (and left the club to Jesse in his will). [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that he wanted his funeral to be joyous.
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Michelle in the later seasons. Could also be applied to Stephanie in the early seasons.
* TheArtifact: Joey. Unlike Jesse, he was just a good friend that agreed to move in to help Danny raise the girls. Over time, the girls had gotten old enough to take care of themselves and Rebecca also moved in after marrying Jesse. A later episode {{Lampshades}} this by having Joey openly asking why he's still living there.
* AscendedExtra: DJ's boyfriend Steve first appeared in "Sisters in Crime". In the next season, he becomes her steady boyfriend and a recurring character for the whole season. The season after, they break up until they got together in the final episode.
* AudienceSurrogate: Kimmy Gibler and Aaron Bailey were always on hand to make fun of the family's corniness or the grown-ups' obliviousness.
* BackForTheFinale: DJ frets over not being able to get a prom date, but Kimmy finds one for her - Steve.
* BackToSchool: Jesse, to the high school he dropped out of initially (though this contradicts an earlier episode where Jesse was previously shown to have graduated and attend his high school reunion).
* BareYourMidriff: Stephanie and her classmates in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsD5P6M7r80 this dance routine]]. Quite inappropriate considering their age.
* BerserkButton: After a fashion. D.J.'s friendship with Kimmy nearly self-destructs partly because D.J. wouldn't let Kimmy drive home drunk from a party. It's clarified later in the episode that the Tanner girls' mother was killed by a drunk driver[[note]]Until then, it was never explained how their mom died[[/note]], hence D.J. being particularly upset.
* BestFriendsInLaw: Danny and Jesse are an interesting variation. Danny was married to Jesse's sister Pam for about eleven years but they only became best friends (along with Joey) after Pam died.
* BigEater: Steve, D.J.'s boyfriend for a season, is SO WELL-KNOWN for this that presence of food (or lack thereof) is actually an indicator as to whether he's around or not.
* BiggerOnTheInside: The opening credits show their house as one of those iconic multistory Victorian homes in San Francisco. The buildings themselves are actually quite small and are usually duplexes. Yet somehow on the show the home has a living room about the dimensions of the entire building, and attached kitchen, multiple bedrooms on the second story, and, against all logic, a well-sized backyard.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Jesse's cousin, Stavros, who combines this with TheThingThatWouldNotLeave.
* BlandNameProduct: Great American Amusement Park. Anyone from the San Francisco Bay Area knows this is based off of Marriot's/Paramount's/California's Great America in Santa Clara.
* BrattyHalfPint: Aaron, especially towards Jesse.
* BritishRoyalGuards: Appear in one episode when Joey and his GirlOfTheWeek were going to meet the Queen of England. Joey attempted to get a rise out of one, presumably failing. He turns away, and the guard then kicks him.
* BrokenAesop:
** Thanks to the magic of retcon Jesse was made into a high school drop-out and the Aesop of the episode was the importance of staying in school and getting a high school education. The Problem? Jesse had his own radio show with Joey and owned his own Club. [[SarcasmMode See how important a high school education is kids?]]
** In one episode, Michelle gets into a fight at preschool with Aaron, who steals her cookie. Michelle asks Jesse what she should do about it and Jesse (busy with other tasks) just tells her that if someone does something to her, she should just do it right back. Michelle then steals Aaron's cookie and the two start pinching each other. When both kids are punished, Jesse initially overreacts (even pulling Michelle out of preschool), but later realizes Michelle's "do it right back to them" behavior was wrong. The episode tries to paint the lesson as "if you have a problem, just go to an adult"... but Michelle did go to an adult (Jesse) and that's how the whole mess blew out of control in the first place.
* CallBack: The men of the house cover Elvis Presley's "Teddy Bear" to sing a toddler Michelle to sleep; they perform a reprise in hopes of jogging her memory in the finale.
* CarMeetsHouse: A grade-school-age Stephanie once drove Joey's car into the kitchen.
* TheCastShowoff: Two examples being John Stamos' music skills (Stamos occasionally would tour with TheBeachBoys during this time) and Dave Coulier's cartoon voice impressions, particularly {{Popeye}} and [[RockyAndBullwinkle Bullwinkle]]. In a sort of inversion, the show demonstrated Bob Saget's skills as a host on [[ShowWithinAShow "Wake Up San Fransisco"]] that led to AmericasFunniestHomeVideos.
* CastingGag:
** Candace Cameron (D.J.)'s big brother Kirk Cameron appeared in a season one episode as D.J.'s favorite cousin, who was [[LikeBrotherAndSister like a big brother]] to her. What's somewhat [[strike: irksome]] [[HilariousInHindSight Freakin Hilarious]] about this is that he shares the same name as D.J.'s eventual boyfriend.
** Also, in a season five episode, Michelle runs away to her friend Teddy's house and spends some time with his family. Teddy is portrayed in the series by Tahj Mowry, and Teddy's older sister is played--in a double-cast role--by Mowry's real-life older sisters Tia and Tamera Mowry.
* CatapultNightmare: Jesse at the end of "The Seven-Month Itch" (part 1).
* CatchPhrase: Every original main character EXCEPT Danny had at least one.
** Joey: "Cut it out!"
** Jesse: "Have mer-cy!
** Stephanie: "How rude!" "Well pin a rose on your nose"
*** "Hot dog."
** Michelle: Michelle is just a catch phrase spewing machine, the following catch phrases she has had in the show include: "You got it dude!" "Aw nuts" "You're in big trouble, mister!" "Oh Puh-leaze"
*** When she was a baby and started talking, she would say "Don't worry, be happy" whenever someone is upset.
** D.J.: "Oh my lanta!" (D.J. borrowed this bizarre catchphrase from the TV ads for Mylanta heartburn medicine.)
*** Rumor has it that the catchphrase came about because actress Candace Cameron, a devout Christian, objected to saying "Oh my god!"
** Kimmy (sometimes used by D.J. and Michelle): "Whoa, baby!"
** Not really a CatchPhrase, but in the earliest seasons, when somebody (Joey) was being useless, Jesse reply, in a high-pitched voice, something to the effect of "Just do it, hah?" Later seasons referenced this with Stephanie and Michelle.
*** An old home video of Pam, Danny's late wife, showed her saying this.
** Dwayne, a recurring character (as Kimmy's boyfriend): "Whatever."
*** Not so much a catch phrase, as much as a character schtick, since that's all he ever said with two exceptions. Once when he quoted Shakespeare and another time when he said "I guess" twice.
** In the episode in which Stephanie wrecks a car into the house, nearly every character reacts with their catchphrase upon seeing the wreck.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: An early episode had Danny reluctantly cleaning the house when the boys' mothers descend upon them. The same Danny Tanner who in later episodes is shown cleaning his cleaning supplies.
** A lesser example - in the early seasons, Jesse was shown being a sports fan such as watching games, and playing football. In later seasons, he hates sports and is shown being uncoordinated.
*** Especially hilarious considering John Stamos (and by extension, Jesse) is a drummer and by necessity ''very'' coordinated.
* ChekhovsGun: In the episode "Knock Yourself Out", Stephanie gives Danny a colorful tie tack as a present. Later that night, while on TV as a sportscaster, he interviews a boxer called "The Sandman" and asks about his wife leaving him. Apparently, the boxer never knew this and gets knocked out in the next round. Danny later apologizes to him on the air, and the boxer forgives him, but then fires his trainer for keeping it from him. Infuriated, the trainer punches Danny in the abdomen, but Danny is still standing and unhurt while the trainer holds his fist and moans in pain as he walks off. Looking in the camera, Danny opens his suit jacket and reveals the tie tack pinned to his tie, and thanks Stephanie on the air.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Michelle's [[BlackBestFriend friend Denise]] from seasons 5-7 disappears without an explanation after the season seven finale.
* ClipShow: Multiple episodes.
* CompanionCube: Mr. Bear to Stephanie. In "Goodbye Mr. Bear" (where it appears to have been lost), we learn that her affection for it stems from it being the gift her mom gave her when Michelle was born.
* ContinuityNod: The Texaco gas station a block away from the house gets mentioned frequently in the first seasons. Only occasionally through the rest of the series.
* CoolUncle: Joey, although not an actual uncle.
** This can also pertain to Uncle Jesse.
* {{Crossover}}:
** Steve Urkel from ''FamilyMatters'' bizarrely showed up in one episode.
** In ''StepByStep'', Steve Urkel appears in one episode. Later in the series, John Stamos makes a cameo and mentions being the star of ''Full House''. It made a bit more sense the very first time the episode aired; directly before ''StepByStep'' was a new episode of ''Family Matters''. At the end of the ''Family Matters'' episode, Steve got stuck flying through the air on a jetpack he made. At the beginning of the ''StepByStep'' episode, he falls through their ceiling.
*** It's not surprising that all three shows would crossover with each other, given that they were all packaged by Miller-Boyett Productions.
** Michelle (and several of her classmates) appears in an episode of ''HanginWithMrCooper''. Jesse also makes a quick appearance. Not really surprising, since both programs were created by Jeff Franklin.
* CurseCutShort: during Viper's guitarist audition for Jesse's band, Danny doesn't appreciate Viper's interest in tattooing D.J.'s name on his arm:
-->'''Danny''': "Hi, I'm D.J.'s father Mildew, and you can tattoo that name on your—-"
-->'''Jesse''': "Hey ho ho ho! Mildew, take five."
* DeadAir: Used for a brief joke when some of the family is visiting Jesse and Joey at their job at the radio station. At one point, they all realize that nothing is being broadcast, and rather than allow the dead air, they ''all'' begin chattering, singing, etc. into the mic at the same time.
* DeadpanSnarker: Stephanie in the later seasons. Jesse also, to a lesser extent.
** Most of the cast members seem to qualify.
* DeathGlare: Jesse, usually towards Joey.
* DidYouThinkICantFeel: While trapped in a storage closet on the opening of Jesse's new club, Kimmy calls him out for his remarks about her waitress outfit, stating that the reason why she was in the storage closet in the first place was because of his comments.
* DisguisedInDrag: Danny and Joey in "Fraternity Reunion", when they try to steal back their fraternity seal from a sorority. A waiter falls for Danny until he learned the truth, and was angry at ''him'' for playing with his emotion.
* DomCom
* DreamSequence: several throughout the series, one of which has a...
* DreamWithinADream: One bizarre example midway through the show's final season. In the episode "My Left and Right Foot", Michelle has a nightmare that her feet grow to an extremely large size.
* DropInCharacter: Kimmy.
* DumpThemAll: D.J. takes this option when asked to choose between Nelson and Viper, reasoning that if she were really into either of them, then she wouldn't have any trouble deciding who to be with.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: In the first few episodes Danny wasn't as OCD about cleaning, and cleaned the house because his mom was the anal one. They also used hell and damn in occasional dialogue, Jesse's last name was Cochran, and some minor characters smoked.
* EnforcedPlug: The Season 6 finale was the first of several Creator/{{ABC}} sitcoms forced into shooting an episode at Disneyland in the period leading to Disney's purchase of the alphabet network.
* {{Expy}}: The Movie ''ThreeMenAndABaby''.
* FamilyOfChoice: The three girls are raised by their father, their maternal uncle Jesse and their father's best friend Joey. The three men (and later, Jesse's wife and kids) all live in the house together. At first, it was practical, to help raise the girls, but the arrangement continued long after the girls had grown beyond needing that level of care because the bonds of family were so strong.
* FawltyTowersPlot: "Bicycle Thief"; see the funny moments page for details.
* FirstGrayHair: In one episode, Jesse discovers to his shock he has some gray hair. He demands Becky to yank them off, but tells her not to touch when she says should one gray hair gets plucked two hair take its place. He takes this as a sign that he won't be able to make it to the music business.
* FirstPetStory: First was an episode dedicated to the family getting a dog. In a later episode, Michelle got a goldfish as her first pet. She accidentally killed it, but was later able to overcome her sadness by taking better care of the second goldfish. Other episodes covered the kids trying to get animals like a horse and a donkey, and running into the issues that come with those animals.
* {{Flanderization}}: Jesse's obsession with his hair and Elvis, Danny's obsession with cleaning.
* FollowTheLeader: In-Universe example, the Sitcom Joey gets a role on is reformatted to a cartoon series due to the successes of ''TheSimpsons.''
* {{Foreshadowing}}: At the end of "Happy Birthday Babies, Part 1", Becky hold her stomach for a moment.
* FullHouseMusic: The TropeNamer. This ended virtually every episode with a one-on-one chat between an adult and a child.
* GRatedSex: In the episode "Stephanie Plays the Field." In 4-year-old terms, Danny (and Joey as well) explain to Michelle – in very G-rated terms – why the door to Jesse and Becky's room is locked and she's not being invited in. (Indeed, no sex scenes are shown; viewers see only what Michelle sees – a closed door that's been locked to preserve the young lovebirds' privacy.) Michelle complains when she can't get to Jesse so he can play with her, leading Danny to finally explain that sometimes, when two people are married they want their privacy and "alone" time and that she needs to respect that. The word "sex" is not used, nor is Michelle told what Jesse and Becky are doing. (Except for Joey's "tax" explanation.)
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** Every so often. Joey once had to explain to Michelle how newlyweds Jesse and Rebecca are "doing their taxes" and don't want to be disturbed.
-->'''Michelle:''' ''(frustrated)'' Are they going to be doing their taxes ''every night''?!?!\\
'''Joey:''' ''({{beat}})'' For the first few months, yes.
** In the episode where Jesse's old flame comes to town with his great-grandparents, Jesse finds himself unable to remember Becky's name, leading him to visibly mouth "Oh Shit."
** Mild example: Steph and Gia are putting on makeup before school, and Gia says that eyes are the first thing a guy notices. "Really?" "Well... for now."
** In another, D.J. is defending her boyfriend [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys Viper]] from Jesse, saying that "there's more to him than long hair and rock and roll!" Kimmy chimes in "I know! Have you ''seen'' him in tight pants?"
** In "Too Much Monkey Buisness", when Jesse first meets Danny's sister's pet monkey, the monkey takes a liking to him and sticks her hand down his pants pocket.
-->'''Jesse''' ''(wiggling uncomfortably)'': What is this monkey doing in my pocket? Well, I know what it's ''doing''....but ''why'' is it doing it?
** Another mild example occurs when Michelle realizes being a girl is fun. Becky tells her, "and really fun stuff is coming up". While it could be argued that she is referring to her wedding day and prom, there's a good chance she means sex, and Michelle has no clue. Nor would any kid watching the show. Which could make it double as ParentalBonus.
** Yet another mild example happens when Danny wonders why are there so many phone calls being billed at $2 dollars each. Joey says he has NOT been calling any 976 numbers- then gives an example of a dating service one he dialed a long time ago. While a dating service is pretty innocent- 900 numbers are also used for not so innocent purposes.
** Stephanie quips in one episode that a horoscope is a telescope that can see Kimmy's face (after Kimmy insults her intelligence). This can be taken as the G-rated "horror-scope" or the PG-rated "whore-a-scope", which was clearly by intent.
** During a date auction, Rebecca forced Danny onto the auction block. He got a few bids, and when they started to slow down he said: “Don’t stop now, ladies. I can go all night!” Which caused the bidding to speed up again. Danny gave a look, showing that he just realized how what he said sounded dirty.
** In the episode "Under the Influence", Kimmy gets incredibly drunk after a party.
* TheGhost: Kimmy's parents and older brother. She also has two older sisters that were mentioned once in the first episode.
* HappierHomeMovie: In a season two episode, the family watches the video of the now-dead mom arriving home from the hospital with then-newborn baby Michelle.
* HappilyMarried: Jesse and Becky
* HasTwoMommies: The girls essentially had three fathers. There was no sign of an influential female presence until Becky married Jesse and became a [[ParentalSubstitute mother figure to the girls]].
* HatesBeingTouched: Ranger Roy. When Joey hugged him after being named his replacement, Roy hyperventilated into a paper bag.
** In the earlier seasons, Jesse never really cared for all the hugs.
* HeelFaceTurn: When Gia is first introduced, she's the resident "bad girl" in Stephanie's class and her arch-rival. Shortly thereafter, Gia becomes Stephanie's best friend.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Joey and Jesse (Danny can sometimes be added)
* HiddenDepths: Joey Gladstone, known in the series as something of a ManChild, also has a pilot's license, a teacher's license, could give a surprising detailed response to a question about cartoon violence, and on occasion substituted for Becky on ''[[ShowWithinAShow Wake Up, San Francisco]]''.
* [[HoistByHisOwnPetard Hoist By Their Own Petard]]: In "Be True to Your Preschool", the girls played "ring around a Chevy" in front of a group of nerds walking. Only to lock themselves out, much to the nerds' amusement.
* HomoeroticSubtext: Joey and Jesse often acted like a couple in raising the girls, particularly Michelle. One bemused boss of theirs declared, "Your private life is none of my business!"
* HonoraryUncle: Averted in that the girls ''never'' referred to Joey as their "uncle," but played straight in regards to his relationship with them.
* HormoneAddledTeenager: Played straight with D.J. and Kimmy.
* HotTeacher: In "Pal Joey", Jesse use to fantasize about Ms. Borland, a rather attractive-looking teacher.
-->'''Ms. Borland:''' Until you learn to stop chasing girls, Jesse Katsopolis, you're gonna sit on the bench all recess with me. ''([[ShesGotLegs crosses her legs]])''\\
'''Young Jesse:''' Have mercy!\\\
'''Jesse:''' I wonder if I still have her number?
* HurricaneOfPuns: Joey and Jesse rattle off a series of bad egg puns in "Mr. Egghead."
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Several early episodes were titled, "Our Very First..."
* IdiotBall: Danny grabs it once every season. Namely around or prior to the 7th episode.
* ImportantHaircut: Stephanie accidentally gives Jesse one in the season 2 premiere, ultimately forcing Jesse to lop the rest of his mullet off ([[spoiler:spoiled in syndication by using the standard Season 2 intro]]).
* InLoveWithLove: [[LampshadeHanging Stated word by word]] by Danny while trying to diffuse the tension between Jesse and Joey for falling for the same girl simultaneously.
* InsultBackfire: In "The Devil Made Me Do It":
-->'''Michelle:''' You got a bad attitude.\\
'''Bad Michelle:''' Thanks.
* ItsAllMyFault: In "Cutting it Close", Steph blames herself for causing Jessie's accident, all because she accidentally cut his hair in her pretend haircut game.
-->'''Steph:''' I only scalped him, crashed his bike, and broke his arm. No wonder he's mad at me.
* ItIsDehumanizing: In the episode where Jesse learns he's having twins, before that he wants to know if it's a boy or girl because he doesn't like calling the baby "it" and knows it can hear outside the mother.
* ItSeemedLikeAGoodIdeaAtTheTime: In "Fraternity Reunion", DJ and Kimmy carry the big TV upstairs so they can watch two [=TVs=], until they realize they should have brought the small TV downstairs. Kimmy accidentally drops it from high up. When DJ tries to explain to Danny what happen, she realized their plan sounded better before she said it.
* JerkAss: Becky's snobbish cousin in "Trouble in Twin Town". He's not hesitant to tell Jesse how much he dislikes him to his face.
** Joey's rival Hershel "Stonewall" Binkley in "Nice Guys Finish First", who joined the charity hockey game only to beat and humiliate Joey like when they were kids. Though [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Joey beats him by winning the game]].
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Michelle
* KarmaHoudini: ''Michelle''. Even though the plot of Season 4's "Crimes and Michelle's Demeanor" involved Danny realizing he was letting her get away with too much. Lampshaded occasionally in the rest of the series. Although usually when Michelle does something wrong she DOES get a talking-to and occasionally she'll get punished, ex: The episode "Sisters in Crime".
* LargeHam: Danny is an in-universe example whenever he's [[ShowWithinAShow on air]]. All three young girls were prone to this as well, as ''VOLUME IS POWER'' to them or something.
** Stephanie gets special mention during the scene of the wedding episode where she reads Jesse's letter explaining his wanting to go skydiving before the wedding.
* LaughTrack: Used for scenes shot outside without the audience and sometimes for pre-taped sequences, particularly with the kids.
* LeadIn: Just another chance to display the [[RuleOfCute cute factor]] of Michelle, Nicky, and Alex.
* LethalChef: Rebecca suffers from this reputation, much to her annoyance. An episode involves her and Michelle learning how to cook together, however, with rather appetizing results to subvert the trope.
** Joey also. Flounder Tarts, anyone?
* LetsHaveAnotherBaby: Jesse spends a whole episode trying to be the perfect stay-at-home dad to convince Becky they can have another baby. In the end, it's Becky covering a miraculous birth on Wake Up, San Francisco! that changes her mind. Although they never do have another baby during the course of the show...
* LickedByTheDog: Jesse has much fondness for his nieces, yet ''much'' less fondness for animals. Expect every animal to walk through the door, be it their dog Comet (especially as a puppy, less so in the later seasons), a warthog, a monkey, and a donkey, to take an instant liking to Jesse.
** Most notably Comet's mother, who decided Jesse's bed was the perfect place to give birth.
* LittleBrotherIsWatching: An episode had Joey giving up on his comedy career only to find out that DJ has quit trying to play the guitar as a result. A few seasons later there was a similar episode; Jesse has quit going back to school so Michelle quits learning to tie her shoes.
* LittleMissSnarker: Stephanie, later Michelle.
* LookBehindYou: In an early episode, DJ and Kimmy are practising soccer and Kimmy is the goalie. DJ points past her and says, "Look, Kimmy, jeans on sale!", then scores a goal when Kimmy turns to look. Kimmy then admonishes DJ to ''never'' make jokes about a sale.
* ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'': A rare crossover satire with "America's Phoniest Home Videos Visits ''Fool House''," featuring host "Bob Saggy" relentlessly tearing into the sitcom he starred in because while he was only one of six main players there, he was the only regular on the video show ("I should care? No way, dude!"). It's unlikely Saget minded much - see OldShame.
* MakingUseOfTheTwin: Michelle was played by both Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. Child labor laws wouldn't allow one actor to work enough hours to play the part, so one would be swapped in when the other's time was up.
** Taken advantage of in 4 different episodes when the two appear on screen together for various reasons (character dream, hallucinations, identical cousins).
* MeaningfulRename: [[{{Rewrite}} Not that it was addressed in-series]], but Jesse's last name was Cochran in season 1. John Stamos asked for the character's last name to be changed in order to better reflect his own Greek heritage, so he became Jesse Katsopolis, and nods to his heritage were put in--including an ''in-series'' example of this trope, when Jesse admits that his birth first name was Hermes, the real-life name of Stamos' paternal grandfather.
* MightyLumberjack: Joey spent some time hosting a children's television show and invited a Jesse to join it. Jesse scoffed at the idea, thinking it below him, till he was offered a role whose manliness satisfied him: "Lumberjack Jess."
* MiddleChildSyndrome: One episode revolves around Stephanie constantly feeling ignored due to being the middle child. Jesse, Danny and Joey reassure her, adding that being "the middle" has its advantages.
* MissingMom: The driver for the series' main premise (Danny's brother-in-law and best friend moving in to help raise his three daughters). Several months before the series' began, Danny's wife and the girls' mother, Pam, was killed in an accident caused by a drunk driver.
** The absence of Pam in the girls' lives drove several of the series' plots throughout its run. Most emotional are those episodes where either Stephanie or -- in the later years -- Michelle are seeking a mother figure in their lives and try to play matchmaker for their father. However, Becky -- especially after marrying Jesse -- would effectively soon fill the void and become the girls' ''de facto'' mother. In the series finale, amnesiac Michelle asks about her mother.
* MistakenForGay: Happens to Joey and Jesse when they inadvertently begin acting like a couple around their boss.
* MistakenForServant: In the finale:
--> '''Mother''': ''(hands a $20)'' Could you comb out my little girl's?\\
'''Danny''': I'm a parent, not a groomer.\\
'''Mother''': Oh, I'm sorry. You just have the air of stable help.\\
'''Danny:''' In that case, I'll take the money.
* MoodWhiplash: Rare, but a particularly jarring one happens in "The Last Dance." First, you have a heartwarming scene of Michelle and Papouli (Jesse's grandfather) dancing to Greek music that ends with them hugging with happy music in the background. It then fades to the next day with somber music playing in the background. The first thing you see is the family in mourning, with Papouli absent from the group for the first time in the episode. It's even more depressing considering that wasn't his first appearance on the show.
** Which could make this an example of BackForTheDead.
* NeatFreak: Danny.
* NerdsLoveToughSchoolwork: DJ complains in an episode that on the first day of school, the nerds brought homework.
* NobodyTouchesTheHair: Jesse, to the point where it borders on being a catch phrase.
* NoPeriodsPeriod: On a show that featured three young girls, two of whom (definitely D.J.) reached that age during the series run, the fact that we never got a VerySpecialEpisode related to all this really stands out.
** Especially since there's probably a lot of comedy to be mined from the only people they have to talk to about it being three dudes.
* OneSteveLimit: Averted. The girl's cousin Steve played by Kirk Cameron appeared in the first season, with Steve, DJ's boyfriend appearing in later seasons.
** Averted again, Danny's mother's name is Claire and in the eighth season Danny dates a woman named Claire.
* OperationJealousy: Danny finds out Joey had gone out with a girl he once dated in high school. Joey started going out with her a few seconds after she and Danny broke up. Danny thinks Joey stole her from him until Danny decides to call her and she explains everything. They both learned that the only reason she went with either of them was to make someone else jealous. And to both their surprise, it was [[spoiler:Jesse]].
* ParachuteInATree: When Jesse goes skydiving, his parachute gets stuck in a tree, causing him to be late to his own wedding.
* ParentalSubstitute: Rebecca becomes a sort of mom substitute to D.J., Stephanie, and Michelle. Jesse and Joey are additional dad figures to the girls as well.
* PictureDay: The episode "Mr. Egghead" sees Stephanie end up with a broken nose shortly before Picture Day (due to a botched prop during Joey's tryout for a local kids show).
* PinocchioNose: In "The Wedding, Part 1", Danny won't look Rebecca or her father in the eye when he lies.
* PromotionToOpeningTitles: Andrea Barber and Lori Laughlin (as Kimmy and Rebecca, respectively).
** The Olsen girls were added to the credits in season two. They weren't in the season one credits until the show was syndicated.
** And with Lori Loughlin; during Season 3 (the year Becky first became a main character) whether she appeared in the opening titles depended largely on whether her character appeared or not.
** Also used with Scott Weinger, who made a one-off appearance in Season 5 as Steve before getting credited as a member of the main cast in Seasons 6 and 7.
* ReadingTheStageDirectionsOutLoud: In the episode "Sisterly Love", Stephanie does this while rehearsing for a commercial.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: The 1989 episode "Aftershocks" was written as a response to the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake that famously interrupted Game 3 of the World Series. However, this effect is lost during reruns, and may make some people feel LostInMediasRes.
* {{Rewrite}}: Jesse's last name.
* {{Retcon}}: Jesse being a high school dropout. He actually attended his high school reunion in one episode and a flashback has him talking about graduation. Additionally, Danny and (to a lesser extent) Joey knew him back in the day. They're just as surprised as anybody when Jesse admits he dropped out of high school.
* RichSuitorPoorSuitor: Nelson vs. Viper.
* RunningGag: Jesse never remembers the name of a member of the Rippers (Lanny). He got called out on it by Lanny himself, Rebecca, and ''Michelle''. It also happened with a classmate of Michelle's. Every time he's corrected, he snaps his fingers saying he knew it.
** Kimmy and her smelly feet. Every time she removes her shoes everyone can smell it, even at a far distance.
** Before Joey moved down to the basement, there was a mannequin that was sometimes seen in the alcove of the living room. It always had on the same outfit as whatever Joey was wearing in that episode.
** The hugging, or rather how frequently it occurs. Lampshaded by an Amnesiac Michelle in the finale:
--->"Is it me or does this family hug an awful lot?"
*** In "Matchmaker Michelle", where D.J. and Kimmy switch identities for a school project, Kimmy gives disgruntled Danny and Steph a hug, knowing that's what the family does.
** The way Joey laughs at Jesse whenever something happens to him. The role was reversed in "Cutting it Close".
** Steph and Jesse's "No he doesn't!" "Yes he does!" thing in season 1. The last episode they do this is "Cutting it Close", where Jesse says she's getting too old for the crying routine.
-->'''Steph:''' I knew this would happen.\\
''[She resorts to sighing sadly, which worked.]''
* SceneryCensor
* ScoobyDoobyDoors: Used in "The Perfect Couple" with Stephanie and the twins.
* SecurityBlanket: Stephanie's Mr. Bear.
* SeriesContinuityError: In "A Pox in Our House", Stephanie get chicken pox. Joey claims he is immune, saying he "never had it, never will." He, of course, catches chicken pox halfway into the episode. Much later in "Viva Las Joey," though, Joey is reunited with his estranged father, who recalls when Joey was suffering through chicken pox as a child. Joey nods along in agreement. He could have easily denied never having the chicken pox.
* SexyDiscretionShot: When Jesse and Becky decide that they'd be okay with having another baby (even though that doesn't end up happening).
-->'''Jesse''': Just one question... when would you like to start?\\
'''Becky''': Now works for me.\\
''[They get in bed, lights out, and the episode ends.]''
* SheIsAllGrownUp:
** DJ is the most popular example. Nearly everybody who has ever watched the show has commented on how she....developed nicely in the show's later seasons.
** Stephanie also became many times more crushworthy as she hit puberty. More fitting to the trope, Jodie Sweetin has become very attractive as an adult.
* ShipTease: There were a fair bit of jokes about Jesse and Kimmy, mostly her having a crush on him. This was played entirely for laughs.
* ShoutOut: One scene involving Jesse and Kimmy being a couple features Kimmy resembling [[MarriedWithChildren Peggy Bundy]]. Lucky for Jesse [[AllJustADream it turned out he wasn't married with her after all.]]
** Until Kimmy shows up for real.
** In season four, Michelle is shown to own stuffed animals of [[WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures Buster and Babs Bunny]].
* ShowWithinAShow: ''Wake Up, San Francisco'' once Danny gets the job as (co-)host of the show.
* SitComic: Not one but TWO comedians as part of the main cast (Bob Saget & Dave Coulier).
* SitcomArchNemesis: Stephanie to Kimmy once Michelle takes over the LittleMissSnarker title; Kimmy insults back only occasionally because she isn't as witty.
* SmellyFeet: Kimmy Gibbler.
* SmokingIsGlamorous: Although D.J. eventually decided against smoking. Stephanie, too.
* {{Snapback}}
* SpoiledBrat - Michelle. A side effect of her becoming a huge CreatorsPet.
* SpotlightStealingSquad: The show was suppose to be more about the 3 adult men raising these kids, but then Danny Tanner's daughters (ESPECIALLY Michelle) got more & more popular. Granted, when it comes to sitcoms packaged by Miller-Boyett Productions, [[Series/FamilyMatters it's not the worst offender -- but still]]. People were even referring to it as "The Michelle Show" towards the end of its run.
* StopCopyingMe: Michelle annoyed Stephanie by shadowing her. Steph eventually got Michelle to shadow Kimmy instead.
** An episode had Stephanie copying D.J.'s clothing, room, and mannerisms in order to seem more grown-up, much to D.J.'s chagrin. Towards the end, Michelle starts doing the same thing with Stephanie.
* StrangeMindsThinkAlike: In "My Left and Right Foot":
-->'''Michelle:''' I was trying to shrink my feet.\\
'''Joey:''' ''[snaps fingers]'' I would have been right.
* SuperOCD: Danny upgrades from NeatFreak to this during Spring Cleaning.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial
-->'''Danny:''' Now I'm gonna go upstairs and see if your sisters are up there.
-->'''Michelle:''' They're not doing anything wrong.
-->'''Danny:''' Well, that normally means that they are.
* {{Telethon}}: The Season 3 finale has Danny and Becky (and the rest of the family) hosting the "We Love Our Children Telethon '90". [[HilarityEnsues Chaos ensues]].
* ThisIsMySide: D.J. once divided the room she shared with her younger sister Stephanie. Too bad Stphanie's half didn't have access to the door.
* ThisIsSomethingHesGotToDoHimself: When Michelle climbs a fence and gets stuck, Danny refuses to call for help, and talks Michelle down from the fence instead.
* ThreeAmigos: Jesse, Danny and Joey.
* ToneShift: From family-friendly sitcom to aesop-dropping kid's show.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood:
** Kimmy loves trout.
** Vanilla Weasels for Joey.
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: ''Full House'' could be the definition of this trope. The fact that this show is a half-hour late-80s/early to mid-90s time capsule may explain its current popularity with adults, who enjoy the show as a nostalgia piece.
* VacationEpisode: At times, the family went to Hawaii and Walt Disney World.
* VerbalTic: The way the casino manager says "F-''abulous''" in "Luck Be a Lady".
** DJ's "Oh Mylanta!" borders on this (especially in the later seasons when it went from merely an expression of surprise to an interjection), both because of how she always says it in the same cutesy rising intonation almost as if asking a question and the frequency.
* WhatTheHellHero: Danny siding with Jesse over DJ for being caught with a beer in her hand at a school dance, although from what Jesse walked in on, it was justified (she reeked of beer, which was sprayed on her by another kid and she was waving it around in her hand, as to mock them for drinking it).
** Played straight with DJ herself in an episode where Stephanie was taking dancing classes. She casually pointed out that if she practiced as much and as often as her sister did, she'd have no life.
* WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs: Early during the show, Jesse and Joey work for an advertising firm; they leave sometime during the third season. They go through several different jobs for a while until both finally settle for being radio [=DJ=]s for a local radio station in the sixth season.
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