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- A Degree in Useless: What he thinks of his B.A. in English.Princeton: Four years of college and plenty of knowledge have earned me this useless degree.
- Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Hence, the aptly titled number 'Purpose.'
- Informed Attractiveness: According to Lucy, he's "well hung" and "baby-faced". Because he's a puppet,it's harder for the audience to see this.
- Master of the Mixed Message: During the song 'Mixtape' where Kate cannot figure out if he likes her or not.note
- Naïve Newcomer: Gary tends to treat him as this for thinking life would be easy.
- Punny Name: A recent college graduate, and named for one of the most prestigious universities ever.
- Adorkable: Probably moreso than Princeton!
- Cool Teacher: Really wants to be this.
- Deuteragonist: She's Princeton's Love Interest, and the play eventually culminates in her monsters' school opening.
- Politically Motivated Teacher: Played positively, and seen entirely outside of the classroom, too. Kate fiercely opposes racism against Monsters, and her biggest dream is to someday open up a Monsters-only school.
- Expy: Of Ernie.
- Heterosexual Life Partner: With Rod. Emphasis on the fact that "partner" is singular.
- Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: Stated during the "If You Were Gay" number.
- Not-So Fantastic Racism: Possibly. "Happiness at the misfortune of others? That is German."
- Not That There's Anything Wrong with That:Nicky: So what should it matter to me what you do in bed with guys?
- Oblivious to Love: Possibly subverted; while he's fully aware that Rod's gay, it seems that he's NOT aware that Rod's specifically interested in him. However, the boyfriend he finds for Rod looks and apparently acts just like him and he comments after the fact that he "knows Rod's type". It's not clear if this means he knew Rod liked him the whole time or if he was Comically Missing the Point.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: He's blue. Even though he's a republican.
- Berserk Button: Being accused of being gay.
- Gay Conservative: He's a Republican investment banker. Who just happens to enjoy Broadway Musicals of the 1940's.
- Has a Type: Guys like Nicky are apparently grade-A boyfriend material for him. Considering the boyfriend Nicky finds for him is practically his twin, it seems Nicky may have known that.
- A Date with Rosie Palms: Considering he thinks The Internet Is for Porn, it should be obvious he's a masturbator.
- Catch Phrase: "...for porn!"
- Chekhov's Gun: His savings help Kate build her school for monsters.
- Eleventh Hour Ranger: Considering the lateness at which he assists the group...
- Expy: Of Cookie Monster.
- With some Oscar the Grouch thrown in as well, considering his personality.
- Fiery Pinkhead
- Hikikomori: The School Edition of Avenue Q changes his porn-addiction to an anti-social shut-in obsessed with the internet and having thousands of online friends.
- Lovable Sex Maniac: Although he's a solo performer.
- Nonindicative Name: He's obsessed with porn, not Star Trek.
Lucy the Slut
- Back from the Dead: With her virginity intact, too.
- God Is Good: Apparently, He revived her as a chaste woman. It's all Played for Laughs.
- Laser-Guided Karma: After being the Spanner in the Works (see below) she ends up being hit by the penny Kate drops off the Empire State Building and put in the hospital, eventually dying (temporarily). Lampshaded by Kate, who first feels horrible for having dropped the penny, then once she realizes Lucy's spanner role: "I feel better now."
- Spanner in the Works: For Princeton and Kate's relationship since she throws away the latter's note about meeting at the Empire State Building.
- Card Carrying Bitch: She seems rather proud of being a "crabby old bitch"."Crabby Old Bitches are the bedrock of this nation!"
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Well, she was willing to let Kate teach her own session...
- Meaningful Name: Thistletwat. She's a rather unlikeable person.
The Bad Idea Bears
- Bears Are Bad News: Not large and threatening as most examples, but very destructive.
- Evil Mentors: They suggest that Princeton gets drunk and then commits suicide. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.
- Heel–Faith Turn: Subverted. They do find religion in the end (specifically the Church of Happyology) but there's no indication that they're actually going to make a legitimate Heel–Face Turn.
- Good Angel, Bad Angel: Don't believe a word of it. They're both the closest thing the show has to Chaotic Evil characters, so they are practically two Bad Angels.
- Jerks With Hearts Of Jerk
- Phrase Catcher: Usually catches Christmas Eve's phrase: "What!? Brian!"
- So Unfunny He's Funny: More or less the entire point of his character. GET A JOB!
- Catch Phrase: "What!? Brian!"
- Interchangeable Asian Cultures: Averted. Being Japanese is why she can't get a job in a Korean deli (Chinese restaurant in the UK West End version).
- Innocently Insensitive: When Rod talks to her about his friend who's gay, she says there's nothing wrong with it until Rod says the friend is also a conservative at which point she says they should just stay in the closet.
- Japanese Ranguage: Not extremely, but it's always there. Don't worry, though; Everyone's A Rittle Bit Lacist.
- Butt Monkey: Very much. The song "It Sucks to be Me," the characters sing about how their lives are so much worse than everyone else's . . . until Gary pops in. Then everyone cheerfully agrees that he wins the Misery Poker.It sucks to be you!You win!It sucks to be you!
- Catchphrase: Deconstructed, as he's more or less grown resentful of it due to people always saying it to him.
- Crosscast Role: It is a tradition to have Gary be played by a woman. Subverted in the UK version, where he's more often than not played by a man.