Characters / Avenue Q

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Princeton

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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.
  • Adorkable: He is a nice, often awkward, and apparently very handsome young man.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Hence, the aptly titled number 'Purpose.'
  • The Hero: The protagonist of the play.
  • Informed Attractiveness: According to Lucy, he's "well hung" and "baby-faced". Because he's a puppet, although he looks somewhat cute, it's harder for the audience to see this.
  • Innocently Insensitive: He doesn't know it's rude to ask whether monsters are related to each other.
  • 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.
  • Nice Guy: He is generally friendly and helpful.
  • Punny Name: A recent college graduate, and named for one of the most prestigious universities ever.

Kate Monster

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There's a fine, fine line between love... and a waste of time.
  • Adorkable: Probably moreso than Princeton!
  • Betty and Veronica: The sweet, wholesome Betty to Lucy's seductive, lewd Veronica. The two of them are usually performed by the same puppeteer.
  • The Chick: The most prominent female character in the play.
  • Cute Monster Girl: Her species is literally "monster". She looks like a cute human girl covered in tan-colored fuzz.
  • Cool Teacher: Really wants to be this.
  • Deuteragonist: She's Princeton's Love Interest, and the play eventually culminates in her monsters' school opening.
  • Girl Next Door: She is a nice girl who is the neighbor and Love Interest of Princeton.
  • 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.
  • Species Surname: Her last name is Monster, just like Trekkie's, but she is offended by the question whether the two of them are related.

Nicky

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If you were gay, that'd be okay.

Rod

Trekkie Monster

Lucy the Slut

  • Back from the Dead: With her virginity intact, too.
  • Betty and Veronica: The seductive, lewd Veronica to Kate's sweet, wholesome Betty. The two of them are usually performed by the same puppeteer.
  • Buxom Is Better: Her large breasts match her seductive personality.
  • 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."
  • Meaningful Name: She is just as much of a slut as her name implies.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Designed to look as sexy as a muppet can be.
  • My Girl Is a Slut: It's right in her name.
  • Really Gets Around: She is stated to be very promiscuous.
  • 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: They are not large and threatening as most examples of this trope, but don't let their cute appearance fool you: they are very malicious.
  • Evil Mentors: They suggest that Princeton gets drunk and then commit suicide. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.
  • For the Evulz: Their motivation for ruining Princeton's life is never explained. It's just what they do.
  • 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.
  • Genki Girl: The yellow bear energetically and enthusiastically tries to enforce whatever bad idea the blue bear comes up with.
  • 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
  • Manipulative Bastards: They manipulate Princeton into spending all his money on alcohol, getting Kate drunk so he can bed her, and almost hanging himself.
  • Poisonous Friends: They act as if they wanted the best for Princeton, but their suggestions always make Princeton's life worse.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: In this partnership, the blue bear tends to come up with the suggestions while the yellow one tries to enforce them more enthusiastically.
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: The guy is blue with a bowtie, the girl is yellow with a ribbon.

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Brian

  • Henpecked Husband: He is constantly abused by his bride Christmas Eve. doesn't seem to mind, though.
  • The Lancer: He becomes Princeton's closest friend.

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.
  • Official Couple: She and Brian get married over the course of the play.
  • Tsundere: She can switch quickly from being nice and sweet to yelling and abusive. She believes that "the more you love someone, the more you want to kill 'em".

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.
  • Mr Fix It: He works as the superintendant, and part of his job it to fix things.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Averted - he is a caricature of the real Gary Coleman. Foreign adaptations sometimes replace him with a different - but always real - celebrity.

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