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[[caption-width-right:176:What do ya do with a B.A. in English?]]
* ADegreeInUseless: 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.
* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife: Hence, the aptly titled number 'Purpose.' In fact, he's so desperate to find a purpose in life that he [[spoiler:botches up his relationship with Kate midway through the show when she brings up the idea of marriage]].
* TheHero: The protagonist of the play.
* InformedAttractiveness: 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.
* InnocentlyInsensitive: He doesn't know it's rude to ask whether monsters are related to each other.
* InterspeciesRomance: With Kate Monster.
* MasterOfTheMixedMessage: During the song 'Mixtape' where Kate cannot figure out if he likes her or not.[[note]] He does.[[/note]]
* NaiveNewcomer: Gary tends to treat him as this for thinking life would be easy.
* NiceGuy: He is generally friendly and helpful.
* PunnyName: A recent college graduate, and named for one of the most prestigious universities ever.

!!Kate Monster
[[caption-width-right:211:There's a fine, fine line between love... and a waste of time.]]
* {{Adorkable}}: Probably moreso than Princeton!
* BettyAndVeronica: The sweet, wholesome Betty to Lucy's seductive, lewd Veronica. The two of them are usually performed by the same puppeteer.
* TheChick: The most prominent female character in the play.
* CuteMonsterGirl: Her species is literally "monster". She looks like a cute human girl covered in tan-colored fuzz.
* CoolTeacher: Really wants to be this.
* {{Deuteragonist}}: She's Princeton's LoveInterest, and the play eventually culminates in her monsters' school opening.
* GirlNextDoor: She is a nice girl who is the neighbor and LoveInterest of Princeton.
* InterspeciesRomance: With Princeton.
* PoliticallyMotivatedTeacher: 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.
* SpeciesSurname: Her last name is Monster, just like Trekkie's, but she is offended by the question whether the two of them are related.

[[caption-width-right:181:If you were gay, that'd be okay.]]
* {{Expy}}: Of [[Series/SesameStreet Ernie]].
* {{Heterosexual Life Partner|s}}: With Rod. Emphasis on the fact that "partner" is singular.
* HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday: Stated during the "If You Were Gay" number.
* [[SubvertedTrope Not-So]] FantasticRacism: Possibly. "Happiness at the misfortune of others? [[TakeThat That]] ''[[TakeThat is]]'' [[AllGermansAreNazis German]]."
* NotThatTheresAnythingWrongWithThat:
--> '''Nicky''': '' So what should it matter to me what you do in bed with guys?''
* ObliviousToLove: 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, [[spoiler: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 ComicallyMissingThePoint]].
* RedOniBlueOni: The lazy, laid-back Red Oni to Rod's pedant, neurotic Blue Oni.
%%* ThoseTwoGuys: He played this role alongside Rod.

* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: He's blue. Even though he's a republican.
* BerserkButton: Being accused of being gay.
* ComingOutStory: His character arc is about him coming around with being gay.
* {{Expy}}: Of [[Series/SesameStreet Bert]].
%%* FieryRedhead: Subverted.
* GayConservative: He's a Republican investment banker. [[TransparentCloset Who just happens to enjoy Broadway Musicals of the 1940's.]]
* {{Gayngst}}: He has trouble fitting his homosexuality with his conservative mindset.
* GirlfriendInCanada: {{Trope Namer|s}}. When he overhears a discussion that the others think he's gay, he sings a musical number about his alleged girlfriend.
* HasAType: Guys like Nicky are apparently grade-A boyfriend material for him. [[spoiler:Considering the boyfriend Nicky finds for him is practically his ''twin'', it seems Nicky may have known that]].
* MeaningfulName: He's what Creator/JimHenson called a rod-hand puppet (in contrast to Nicky, who is live-hand). Also appropriate that a closeted gay man would have a name that's a penis euphemism.
* RedOniBlueOni: The pedant, neurotic Blue Oni to Nicky's lazy, laid-back Red Oni.
* StraightGay: He's very uptight, conservative, and shows no campy behavior. [[AllGaysLoveTheatre He is into musicals, though.]]
* TransparentCloset: Everyone knows he is gay, no matter how much he denies it.

!!Trekkie Monster
* ADateWithRosiePalms: Considering he thinks TheInternetIsForPorn, it should be obvious he's a masturbator.
* AffluentAscetic: Has over one million dollars lying around his room despite living in a one-bedroom apartment in a poor neighborhood.
* BasementDweller: He has barely any social life, spending most of his time sitting at home and masturbating to porn.
* CatchPhrase: "...for porn!"
* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler: He has savings that help Kate build her school for monsters.]]
--> '''Trekkie''': [[spoiler: ''In volatile market, only stable investment... '''[[BrickJoke is porn]]'''!'']]
* [[spoiler:EleventhHourRanger: Considering the lateness at which he assists the group...]]
* {{Expy}}: Of [[Series/SesameStreet Cookie Monster]].
** With some [[Series/SesameStreet Oscar the Grouch]] thrown in as well, considering his personality.
* FieryRedhead: Has pinkish-red hair and a fierce temper.
* {{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.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Despite his unfriendly, antisocial personality, he helps the case of the school for monsters [[spoiler: by giving them his savings of millions of dollars]].
* LovableSexManiac: Although he's a solo performer.
* NonindicativeName: He's obsessed with porn, not ''Franchise/StarTrek''.
* SpeciesSurname: He is ''not'' related to Kate Monster, they just have the same last name due to both being monsters.
* TheInternetIsForPorn: Firmly believes in this. His signature song is the TropeNamer.

!!Lucy the Slut
* [[spoiler:BackFromTheDead: With her virginity intact, too.]]
* BettyAndVeronica: The seductive, lewd Veronica to Kate's sweet, wholesome Betty. The two of them are usually performed by the same puppeteer.
* BuxomIsBetter: Her large breasts match her seductive personality.
* FamilyFriendlyStripper: She dances and sings in a very suggestive manner, but she doesn't actually strip down.
* GodIsGood: [[spoiler: Apparently, He revived her as a chaste woman. It's all PlayedForLaughs.]]
* LaserGuidedKarma: After being the SpannerInTheWorks (see below) she ends up [[spoiler: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 [[spoiler:for having dropped the penny]], then once she realizes Lucy's spanner role: "I feel better now."
* MeaningfulName: She is just as much of a slut as her name implies.
* MsFanservice: Designed to look as sexy as a muppet can be, up to having visible nipples under her dress.
* MyGirlIsASlut: It's right in her name.
* ReallyGetsAround: She is stated to be very promiscuous.
* SpannerInTheWorks: For Princeton and Kate's relationship [[spoiler:since she throws away the latter's note about meeting at the Empire State Building]].
* TheVamp: She flirts with Princeton, and after he breaks up with Kate Monster she tries to ensure they don't get together again.

!!Mrs. Thistletwat
* AmbiguouslyGay: A cut line in the official book has her state "I have never laid with a man", and one of the personal ads in the same book is a [=W4W=] (woman for woman) ad with teaching puns implied to be from her.
* [[CardCarryingVillain Card Carrying Bitch]]: She seems rather proud of being a "crabby old bitch".
--> "Crabby Old Bitches are the bedrock of this nation!"
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Well, she ''was'' willing to let Kate teach her own session...
* MeanBoss: She's very unfriendly with her employee Kate.
* MeaningfulName: Thistle''twat''. She's a rather unlikeable person.
%%* SadistTeacher

!!The Bad Idea Bears
* BearsAreBadNews: 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 Mentor}}s: They suggest that Princeton gets drunk and then commit suicide. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.
* ForTheEvulz: Their motivation for ruining Princeton's life is never explained. It's just what they do.
* [[spoiler:HeelFaithTurn: Subverted. They ''do'' find religion in the end (specifically the ChurchOfHappyology) but there's no indication that they're actually going to make a legitimate HeelFaceTurn.]]
* GenkiGirl: The yellow bear energetically and enthusiastically tries to enforce whatever bad idea the blue bear comes up with.
* GoodAngelBadAngel: '''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.
* [[JerkWithAHeartOfJerk Jerks With Hearts Of Jerk]]
* {{Manipulative Bastard}}s: They manipulate Princeton into spending all his money on alcohol, getting Kate drunk so he can bed her, and almost ''hanging himself''.
* {{Poisonous Friend}}s: They act as if they wanted the best for Princeton, but their suggestions always make Princeton's life worse.
* RedOniBlueOni: In this partnership, the blue bear tends to come up with the suggestions while the yellow one tries to enforce them more enthusiastically.
* TertiarySexualCharacteristics: The guy is blue with a bowtie, the girl is yellow with a ribbon.
%%* ThoseTwoBadGuys
%%* {{Token Evil Teammate}}s



%%* DeadpanSnarker: Sometimes.
* HenpeckedHusband: He is constantly abused by his bride Christmas Eve. doesn't seem to mind, though.
* TheLancer: He becomes Princeton's closest friend.
%%* NiceGuy
* OfficialCouple: He gets married with Christmas Eve over the course of the play.
* PhraseCatcher: Usually catches Christmas Eve's phrase: "What!? Brian!"
* [[SoUnfunnyItsFunny So Unfunny He's Funny]]: More or less the entire point of his character. GET A JOB!

!!Christmas Eve
* CatchPhrase: "What!? Brian!"
* InterchangeableAsianCultures: Averted. Being Japanese is ''why'' she can't get a job in a Korean deli (Chinese restaurant in the UK West End version).
* InnocentlyInsensitive: When Rod talks to her about [[IHaveThisFriend 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.
* JapaneseRanguage: Not extremely, but it's always there. Don't worry, though; Everyone's A Rittle Bit Lacist.
* OfficialCouple: She and Brian get married over the course of the play.
%%* TheSmartGirl
* {{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
%%* TheBigGuy : Metaphorically.
* ButtMonkey: 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 MiseryPoker.
-->It sucks to be you!
-->You win!
-->It sucks to be you!
-->[[CrossesTheLineTwice I feel better now!]]
* {{Catchphrase}}: Deconstructed, as he's more or less grown resentful of it due to people [[PhraseCatcher always saying it to him]].
* CrosscastRole: 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.
%%* DeadpanSnarker
* DeathByAdaptation: After [[RealLifeWritesThePlot the death of the real Gary Coleman]], some productions of the show end with Gary dying. It's usually played for BlackComedy.
%%* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* MrFixIt: He works as the superintendant, and part of his job it to fix things.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Averted - he is a caricature of the real Gary Coleman. Foreign adaptations sometimes replace him with a different - but always real - celebrity.