Characters / Avenue Q

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What do ya do with a B.A. in English?
  • 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.
  • 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.

Kate Monster
There's a fine, fine line between love... and a waste of time.
  • 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.

If you were gay, that'd be okay.


  • 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.

Trekkie Monster

Lucy the Slut

  • 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.

Mrs. Thistletwat

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.



Christmas Eve

  • 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.

Gary Coleman

  • 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.