!Regular Cast
[[folder: Sam Malone]]


->'''Played by:''' Creator/TedDanson

Former [[UsefulNotes/{{Baseball}} relief-pitcher]] for the [[UsefulNotes/MLBTeams Boston Red Sox]] and also a recovering alcoholic. Sam bought the bar during his alcoholism and kept running it since. He's in love with Diane and can't admit it.

* AddictionDisplacement: Sex seems to have mostly replaced alcohol (and in later seasons he even seeks help for ''that''), and he also has a subtle coffee addiction. Not to mention his incredibly co-dependent relationship with Diane.
* TheAlcoholic: A recovering one. When asked what happened to his baseball career, he says, "Elbow trouble. Bent it too often."
* AlcoholInducedIdiocy: In "Bar Bet", he almost loses the bar when he falls off the wagon and makes a drunken bet to marry Jacqueline Bisset within one year. Diane brings up the fact it's not enforceable, but Sam wants to keep it quiet because he's ashamed of getting drunk again.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d and {{Discussed|Trope}} often as a major reason for why he's such a success with the ladies. ** Lilith invites him to appear on a television show to promote a book she's written about the phenomenon.
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: His brother, who is naturally never shown onscreen but said to be more handsome, more popular, and generally better in every way.
** Later, John Allen Hill.
* AllMenArePerverts: At least on the outside.
* AtLeastIAdmitIt: Part of his conflict with Diane is he ''knows'' how shallow he is and refuses to hide it like she does.
* TheBartender: It's his profession, and he has a congenial personality to match.
* BelligerentSexualTension: With Diane.
* BenevolentBoss: Friendly with most of his employees and generous with pay, giving Carla a raise whenever she got pregnant, for example. He also lets them get away with a ''lot'' without firing them.
* BerserkButton: Harbours a deep hatred for both mimes and barbershop quartets, for some strange reason.
* BrokenAce: Sam was a star baseball player in his heyday, and only missed out on national fame by dropping out of the team too early--but the extreme pressure to do well drove him to alcoholism. As the proprietor of Cheers, he's lauded for his many romantic flings and treated as the guy every man there wants to be--but again, the pressure to maintain his masculinity in such a way drives him to being an unhappy sex addict, and he ends up needing therapy for it.
* ByronicHero: Most apparent throughout the Diane era, especially in Seasons Two (his constant angsting and inner conflict regarding his feelings for Diane) and Three (his recovery from the traumatic aftermath of their breakup)--but hints of this pop up throughout the show, one way or another.
* CannotSpitItOut: To Diane--much to her delight. She understands.
* CarpetOfVirility: Much to the delight of female fans he's got hair on his chest.
* TheCasanova: Generally this, although he does have certain standards--like never messing around with married women. {{Deconstructed}} when Diane uses him for a term paper as an example of Don Juanism - and Sam is dismayed to learn that he has a real sickness. It doesn't come up again til very late in the series.
* TheCharmer: [[ZigZaggedTrope Zig-zags]] with TheCasanova. He as a rule knows his limits with Diane, any of Diane's female friends, and with Rebecca.
* ChivalrousPervert: For all his ladykilling ways, he's very protective of the women in his life, whether friends (Carla), lovers, or both (Diane).
** In a beautiful (and beautifully understated) moment of chivalry, he protects Diane in "Personal Business", when she is struck with a moment of temptation to forget her would-be employer's [[AllMenArePerverts less-than-noble overtures]] upon hearing his most generous offer. Sam gives her a very pointed Look and a hint of a head-shake. [[ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules Diane snaps out of it.]]
*** As early as Season One, in "Friends, Romans, and Accountants", Sam makes it a point to covertly water down Diane's drinks so she'll be sober enough to resist Norman's boss, should he try and take advantage of her. Needless to say, the man ''does'' try.
*** Later in the series, when Diane's offered another job as a teacher's assistant, Sam warns her to be careful, fearful as he is of the professor treating her like Sumner Sloan did. In this case, though, [[NiceJobBreakingItHero it causes poor Diane to feel paranoid during her interview, leading to a serious misunderstanding...and her not getting the job.]]
** ''Much'' later in the show, when Sam discovers that Robin Colcord is seeing other women while dating Rebecca, he makes it a point to warn her, [[ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules despite Colcord's attempt to bribe him out of it]] with a golden opportunity to get back the bar. The worst part: [[EasilyForgiven Rebecca quickly forgives Colcord]] and chooses instead to view the other women as [[WorthyOpponent worthy opponents]].
** They also make it clear that Sam has plenty of lines he won't cross, such as never going after a woman who's married.
* CommitmentIssues: Big time. In Season Four's "Don Juan Is Hell", Diane briefly implies she suspects Sam might have a FreudianExcuse for this.
** Season Five's "One Last Fling" seems to imply that he's overcome this with Diane, by then. (Indeed, that seems to be the entire ''point'' of the episode....) [[spoiler: After she leaves in the season finale, though, he's effectively back to his old problems. This even extends to Frasier's spinoff series, where he breaks up with another woman he wanted to marry.]]
* CoolCar: His Corvette. In last-season episode "Love Me, Love My Car" Sam dates the widow of the man who bought the car in an effort to get it back.
* {{Determinator}}: His iron-willed resistance to returning to drink--even though he's running a bar.
* DidNotGetTheGirl: [[spoiler: Season 5's "I Do, Adieu."]] Later again in [[spoiler: the series finale.]]
* DistractedByTheSexy: If a pretty woman walks into the bar it can be assured Sam will immediately drop whatever he was doing and make her the focus of his attention.
* DoYouWantToCopulate: Many examples, from and to Sam, but the biggest subversion is when Sam tries to date a psychologist friend of Frasier's. She dresses him down as a supremely pathetic, shallow womanizer with no thoughts or dreams beyond immediate sex, and will never find happiness or a partner in old age. She's still willing to have a one night stand, however. When an incredulous Sam asks ''why'', she admits that since he's a shallow womanizer with no thoughts or dreams beyond immediate sex, he must be ''really good at it''. Sam is less than amused.
* DontYouDarePityMe: His reaction in "Take My Shirt, Please" when he finds out the only bid for his old baseball jersey...was made by Diane. It's a bit of a BerserkButton.
* EatingTheEyeCandy: Sam ''loves'' doing this. Of course, he prefers to go further with the gal, but at times looking's enough.
* {{Expy}}: Of Jim Lonborg. The photo of Sam pitching behind the bar is Lonborg, and Sam even wore Lonborg's number.
* EveryoneHasStandards: Draws the line at married women.
* ExtremeLibido: In the final season, he realizes he's a sex addict and starts going to meetings.
* GloryDays: Sam always rambles on about those he had in baseball, to get laid, get free stuff, or get laid some more.
* GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex: And in his case, revels in it.
* GoToAlias: "Lance Manyon" and "Honeyboy Wilson", according to Diane in "Dark Imaginings."
* InformedFlaw: Diane and Rebecca love to make jokes about Sam being dumb, which comes off as rather unusual since he's one of the smarter people in the bat. Sam dropped out of high school and possesses simple tastes (Baseball, slapstick comedy, childish pranks) but he's been successfully running a small business for years and is much more savvy than the girls in many areas. If you listened to the two of them, you'd think he was much dumber than Coach or Woody.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: A notorious ladykiller and likes to engage in mean-natured ribbing, particularly to Diane. But he's also very dedicated to making his bar a place where everyone can feel welcome and highly protective of his friends when they need him.
* ALadyOnEachArm: Quite often--much to the delight of the guys:
--> "Samm-Y! Samm-Y! Samm-Y!"
** But to the utter dismay of Coach, because he's also fallen off the wagon. ''Hard.''
* LadykillerInLove: His main conflict with Diane.
* TheLeader: His real role at Cheers. In fact, Nicholas Colasanto told Ted Danson that he was the leader of the group, so he should play his character that way. Danson wistfully recalled that after Nick's death in the bonus content of the first season DVD set.
* LovableSexManiac: As long as she's pretty (and unmarried) he'll go out with pretty much any woman, even ones that have insulted and belittled him in the past. He's actually well liked in the bar ''because'' of it.
* LoveRedeems: He repeatedly admits to Diane--and ''occasionally'' someone else--that knowing that she cares for him has encouraged him to be more and more concerned with "doing the right thing"--presumably to be "worthy" of her....
* AManIsAlwaysEager: Always portrayed as being into sex with random women, even when the situation causes him distress, such as when his advertising agent used him for sex and dumped his career when he broke it off--he almost kept it up just at the suggestion of sex later, even though that exact thing was what he had been complaining about to Diane.
* ManChild: Basically his other major trait besides his skill with the ladies. He's in his 30s at the beginning of the series and his 40s by the time it ends, but still has prank wars with other bars.
** {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d and {{Discussed|Trope}} openly by Diane--eagerly and ''often''!
** MaamShock: In "Dark Imagingings", Sam realizes that for all his Manchild tendencies, he's still getting older - and has nothing to show for it. A fellow patient's daughter's "Sir" drives it home.
* MenAreUncultured: So naturally he falls for [[CuteBookworm a brainy, book-smart, naive girl]].
* MustHaveCaffeine: Since quitting drinking his beverage of choice has become coffee, and his cup is never far away. Downplayed in that he also constantly holds a bottle of seltzer as well.
* MyGirlIsNotASlut: Despite his typical lady-killing ways, Sam often noticeably balks at the idea of Diane having a "casual" sex life--coming to a head in the climax of "One Last Fling", when he gives an amusingly Diane-like speech--to Diane--[[HypocriticalHumor on the importance of romance and commitment]], when he thinks she's been "out all night".
* MySignificanceSenseIsTingling: Sam can detect when a ravishing woman has entered the bar. When one particular sexy woman enters, Carla counts down from 5. Sam emerges a few seconds after zero, demanding, "Okay, where is she?" Carla muses that Sam may be getting older but he still has it; Sam retorts that his radar was hampered by being in the wine cellar.
* NobodyTouchesTheHair: Sam considers his hair his best feature. He even has it ''insured''.
* NoGuyWantsToBeChased: When Diane enters [[ThePollyanna Pollyanna mode]] in the first half of Season 5, and basically semi-chases him to no end while teasing him with wedding plans...Sam is nearly driven insane with frustration.
* OneHeadTaller: Over six feet. As Diane noted once, he looks even taller because of his slightly thin build.
** ''Almost'' leads to HugeGuyTinyGirl with Diane--when she's not wearing high-heels, anyway. He is a platonic version of HugeGuyTinyGirl with Carla, as she's 5'0" and he's 6'1" or so.
* OneTrueLove: Diane...much as he struggles to deny it.
* PhraseCatcher: Diane's affectionately amused "Oh, ''Sam''..." whenever he says/does something particularly cute in her presence. Conversely, he catches a shocked and dismayed "How ''could'' you?!" from her, too.
* PissTakeRap: Did one of these during his brief stint as a sportscaster. Could also count as Stylistic Suck, as it was about as awful as one might expect.
* PlatonicLifePartners: With Carla.
* RatedMForManly: The reason the male patrons look up to him as their inspiration.
* ReallyGetsAround: All the bars patrons love him for it. Even Carla. This ends up being deconstructed in later seasons, where Frasier advises him to seek counseling for it and he admits in a group session that his obsession with sex has ruined his chances of having any long term romantic relationships, and that it doesn't even make him happy anymore. Sam Malone is a recovered alcoholic who is also a professional bartender. He [[AddictionDisplacement replaced alcoholism with a caffeine addiction.]]
** In an early Season 1 episode, Sam declares there are three types of women he will not have sex with: married, underage, and comatose. Norm notes he ''added'' one.
* RecoveredAddict: A recovering alcoholic.
* RedBaron: "Mayday," from his days as a relief-pitcher.
* SexyManInstantHarem: At times. Much to the delight of himself--and the guys. (See: entry on ALadyOnEachArm)
* SlapSlapKiss: He even slaps Diane on the rear with a ping pong paddle once, after she pulls an ISurrenderSuckers on him in "King Of The Hill". (It happens off-screen--SmashToBlack with the sound, and Diane's yelp.)
* SmallNameBigEgo: He often has to re-learn that his celebrity status is not what it used to be.
* STDImmunity: Apparently, the writers had briefly considered a storyline involving Sam angsting over whether or not an STD would result from a certain tryst. They ultimately decided against it, though we ''did'' get an episode where he freaks out over the possibility that he got a woman pregnant. (Carla is not sympathetic, chortling, "Looks like Sammy finally got caught with his hand in the cookie jar!) In that episode, Sam says from now on, he'll drop by the drugstore (for condoms).
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* WellDoneSonGuy: As he admits to Diane in Season 3's "King Of The Hill", his dad was ''such'' a [[ThePerfectionist perfectionist]] that ''nothing'' Sam could do would ever please him. Diane speculates that that is what's led to Sam's competitive nature...before noting that ''she'' was a bit of a DaddysGirl (see: below).
* WellExcuseMePrincess: Often, with Diane.
* WouldHitAGirl: Mostly in retaliation. Diane learned that first hand.

[[folder:Diane Chambers]]


->'''Played by:''' Creator/ShelleyLong

Graduate student whose fiancé dumped her at Cheers the night where they were supposed to be married. Worked as a waitress in Cheers for five seasons.

* AdorablyPrecociousChild: Strongly implied to have been one as a girl, reading ''The New York Times'' faithfully and so on. Her mother gave her a copy of ''Being And Nothingness'' when Diane was young, too.
* {{Adorkable}}: She's quite eccentric (in the non-CloudCuckoolander sense). While several characters take her quirks as off-putting (such as her [[CharacterFilibuster tendency to over-speak]]), they're also [[TheCutie a big part of what makes her so adorable and charming to her love interests.]] The fact that she's pretty as heck doesn't hurt.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Diane often tries her best to verbally [[SubvertedTrope avert]] this trope--convincing few around her. When she tells Cliff in "Cliffie's Big Score" that women as a rule prefer "sweet and vulnerable" guys, Cliff isn't too reassured, leading to this [[DiscussedTrope exchange]]:
--> '''Cliff:''' Then, uh, how come Sammy always scores?
--> '''Diane:''' ''(Dreamily blurts out)'' [[HypocriticalHumor Because he's]] ''[[HypocriticalHumor gorgeous]]''. ''({{Beat}})'' I-I mean...he has low standards--he'll go out with any floozie who comes down the pike!
** Interestingly enough, when Frasier starts to show some "bad-boy" tendencies in "The Heart Is A Lonely Snipehunter", Diane is ''quite'' turned on....
--> '''Frasier:''' Well, that's what it's there for, baby...!
* AmIJustAToyToYou: The reason for Diane's reluctance, when mulling over whether to start/rekindle her romance with Sam. Sam throws it back in her face, saying the only reason she returned to Cheers was because she was hot for ''him'', pointing out if she hates the job, and the only thing Sam has going for him is his looks, what other reason ''could'' there be?
* TheAtoner : In the Season 4 premiere, we find out Diane has been spending her days working at a convent, to atone for some debauchery in Italy after she left Frasier.
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* BadassAdorable: Her WaifFu moment in "Sam At Eleven" (see below).
** Her CrowningMomentOfAwesome in the bowling alley comes to mind, too. [[YouGoGirl Even Carla cheers her on!]]
* BelligerentSexualTension: With Sam. {{Deconstructed}}--it gets downright ''dark'' between the two of them by the end of Season Two, to the point where both end up running like the ''wind'' from their relationship.
* BreakTheCutie: She goes through a lot of these, often overlapping with her BreakTheHaughty moments (see: below). For all her stuffiness, Diane also has an innocence and honesty that naturally sets her up for this sort of thing.
** They do manage to break her, in a big way, in "Diane Chambers Day". She doesn't come back to work the next day because she can't stop crying. However, the gang manage to make her feel like she belongs by taking her to the opera (well, not Carla, but that's her gift to Diane - not coming. Diane thanks her.)
* BreakTheHaughty: Gets a pretty big one in "Everyone Imitates Art" where, after boasting about how she received a "promising" rejection letter from a poetry magazine, realizes it was just a standard form letter and the publisher really wasn't interested in her work.
--> "[[WideEyedIdealist I've struggled so hard for so long to keep my dreams alive]], and [[SmallNameBigEgo I haven't fooled anyone but myself]]. I know all along you all considered me [[InsufferableGenius a pretentious, self-deluded windbag]]. Apparently [[HumblePie you've all been right]]. I'm never going to be Diane Chambers, [[DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife renowned poet, world-famous novelist, revered artist.]] I've gone as high as I'm going to go. I'm a waitress in a beer hall. And not a very good one. [[HeroicBSOD A waitress.]]" ''(Shrugs)'' "[[HeroicBSOD A waitress!]]" ''(Shakes head, deflates)'' "[[HeroicBSOD A waitress....]]"
** Then a customer asks her if she could take his drink order...and [[BreakTheCutie she bursts into tears.]]
*** Another major moment of self-awareness happens in "Someday My Prince Will Come", after she discovers the man she's been fantasizing about, while intelligent and witty, is also pretty nerdy in appearance. Particularly when you consider that Sam's been warning her about this possibility--and Diane kept insisting that such petty things as appearance mean nothing to her. At last, however:
----> '''Diane:''' ''(sigh)'' I'm such a ''pooh''.
----> '''Sam:''' ...Beg your pardon?
----> '''Diane:''' You heard me -- a ''pooh''! ''(eyes welling up)'' [[HumblePie After all these years...I have to admit it]], I'm -- all ''talk''!
----> '''Sam:''' Oh... well, of ''course'' you are, honey--but [[ComicallyMissingThePoint we've all gotten used to that]]!
* ButIWouldReallyEnjoyIt: She and Sam have a sort-of agreement to try out being BetterAsFriends throughout Season 4. This doesn't keep Diane from admitting this trope (sometimes even out loud), whenever they flirt....
* ButtMonkey: Her ego gets deflated regularly courtesy of cutting remarks from bar patrons.
--> '''Diane:''' You know, Sam--if I'm to serve both as a waitress ''and'' [[LampshadeHanging the butt of jokes]], I think I should make more money.
--> '''Carla:''' Yeah...[[DiscussedTrope what DOES a good butt]] [[DeadpanSnarker make in this town?]]
** To her credit, we find out in "Suspicion" that, in her heart, she actually looks forward to the jokes at her expense, as it actually means that, in her own way, she's one of the gang.
--> [[BucketBoobyTrap "I LOVE you guys!"]]
* {{Catchphrase}}: Her affectionately amused "Oh, ''Sam''...."
** To a lesser extent, her teary-voiced "How ''could'' you?!" Again typically said to Sam, and usually signals her entering DramaQueen mode.
* CharacterFilibuster: Diane is ''notorious'' for launching into tangents without a second thought. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4hhbYCZI50 Bonus points for when she's only half-awake....]]
* CharacterTic: Poor Diane has a twitch in her cheek, which makes her look kinda like she's fighting a smirk. It appears a few times in Season 1 whenever she becomes ''extremely'' self-conscious. We rarely, if ever, see it again until her appearance on ''Series/{{Frasier}}''--[[MythologyGag in a sequence that]] [[UpToEleven plays it up for all it's worth]].
* TheChick: Her central purpose among the gang, aside from her romances with Sam and Frasier.
* CloudCuckoolander: Sometimes, she crosses the line into this territory--such as when she joins in the football betting pool and with a straight face picks winners based on uniform colors, mascots, state flowers, and foreign-born conductors. (For some strange reason, it actually seems to work for her!)
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: In a different sense than Coach or Woody, but it's there.
* DaddysGirl: Claims in "King Of The Hill" to have been one, in contrast to Sam's account of his overly-critical parents.
--> ''"My father built me an elaborate rec room when I was a child." ''(Sweet smile)'' "My daddy liked me!"''
** According to her (in "Little Sister Don't Cha"), he even had a ''pet name'' for her ("Muffin", "Because I was so sweet and toasty....")
* DeadpanSnarker: Holds her own pretty well against Sam and Carla, when she's not trying to correct them on [[ComicallyMissingThePoint the basic points of their quips]]--[[InsufferableGenius or the wording]].
* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife: One of the central sources of angst for her that doesn't involve her romance with Sam--and the reason for her major HeroicBSOD in "Everyone Imitates Art". Diane strives to find some sort of career to channel her creative passions--and one way or another, keeps failing [[spoiler: until the Season 5 finale.]]
* DevotedToYou: Even after Season 5, neither Sam nor Frasier ever seem able to get over their feelings for her. The implications of their respective feelings, and how they deal with them, naturally differs. She has her own "permanent basis" feelings for Sam, too, of course.
* DisapprovingLook: A ''lot'', usually when someone--usually Sam--seems to be (often deliberately) ComicallyMissingThePoint.
--> '''Sam:''' ''[[ItMakesSenseInContext (On their false romantic account)]]'' Okay...we went out for Chinese, told each other you-know-what--
--> '''Diane:''' ''(Rolls eyes; Look)''
--> '''Sam:''' Then we went back to my place and tore one off.
--> '''Diane:''' ''(Slumps; {{Facepalm}})''
* DistractedByTheSexy: An occasional running gag has her telling Sam that she's ''above'' such things as falling for mere physical attractiveness--only to find herself helpless at the sight of an ''extremely'' handsome guy.
--> '''Diane:''' ''(On going out with a student)'' I know, I shouldn't even be considering it, but--when I ''look'' at him, I...''consider'' it!"
--> '''Sam:''' Excuse me, but what happened to the woman who said "It's the ''inner man'' who counts"...?
--> '''Diane:''' ''(Smirks)'' [[EatingTheEyeCandy That woman just pictured Lance gathering flowers in his bikini briefs!]]
--> '''Carla:''' ''(super-dreamily)'' [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments So did this one....]]
* DitzyGenius: Diane is well-educated, and can quote any philosopher you want, but even after extensive training isn't the most efficient waitress (though she has on occasion shown improvement on this)--and her try at running the bar ("Pick A Con, Any Con") shows her as pretty comically helpless.
** In ''general'', actually, her basic innocence in the ways of the world constantly gets her into a ''lot'' of trouble, so that she [[TheConfidant tends to need the more streetwise Sam to help her recover.]]
* DramaQueen: She's such a little girl at heart--which remains apparent even as far forward as her appearance in ''[=Frasier=]''. While it's a significant part of her charm, it's also caused poor Sam in particular (and often Frasier) no small amount of headaches. She often makes a big deal over little things, at times driven to angry tears while ranting about how disgracefully someone's just acted.
** Classic example: her reaction to Sam referring to her (''not by name''--not that that apparently matters...) as a "love bunny" during an interview on the radio, in Season 4's "Love Thy Neighbor". After Sam finishes:
--> '''Diane:''' ''(SMACKS counter)'' '''''[[DeathGlare Love...bunny?!?]]'''''
--> '''Sam:''' ''(frowns)'' What's wrong with that? I--
--> '''Diane:''' ''(BOLTS up; teary-eyed)'' How ''dare'' you ''callously'' and cruelly ''lump'' me in with the other--''[[LargeHam conglomeration of TWINKIES]]'' that constitutes your--''sexual PAST''?!? ''(Storms off)''
** Later, she takes the {{Melodrama}} UpToEleven--tears in her voice, and all:
--> "How ''could'' you? After ''all we've been through''...! What we had together was ''real''--and ''special''--and now you've...''cheapened it'' for--all eternity--by broadcasting to the entire Boston Metropolitan ''Area''!--that I was...nothing but--[[SesquipedalianLoquaciousness an odelisk! In your...seraglio!]]"
*** Later, after she forgives him, Sam calls her a "love bunny" again - she enjoys it that time.
* DudeMagnet: A big running gag in Season One, where many a guy out of the blue would suddenly seize her and kiss her passionately ([[AllMenArePerverts or worse,]] as in "Friends, Romans, and Accountants"). Toned down, but still [[PlayingWithATrope played with]], for the rest of her time on the show.
--> '''Diane:''' ''(On Cliff asking her out)'' Sam, [[LampshadeHanging look at all the people who've fallen hopelessly in love with me with only the slightest encouragement:]] You, Frasier...
--> '''Sam:''' Yourself....
* DudeWheresMyRespect: Constantly. Lampshaded in one episode where she complains no one greets her like they do Norm. Sam tells her she's right, and invites her to re-enter. When she does, everyone greets, '''[[PhraseCatcher "NORM!"]]'''
-->'''Diane:''' There. Was that so hard?
* EatingTheEyeCandy: She does this pointedly with Lance. When Sam asks her about all her talk about inner beauty, she replies she just envisioned Lance picking flowers in his briefs. Carla joins in on ''that'' fantasy.
* EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench: Diane certainly seems to think so. A RunningGag consequence of her sophisticated nature is that she will sometimes seem to forget that, for example, the French proverb she drops in her resignation letter in "Personal Business" would ''probably'' have been best written in English, for Sam's sake.
* TheFashionista: Fond of dresses, pearl necklaces, and so on. The RuleOfGlamorous is often a law for her.
** She puts this to good use in "Abnormal Psychology" with Lilith.
* FeminineWomenCanCook: Seemingly [[ZigZaggedTrope zig-zaggs with]] LethalChef, depending on the dish. Sam usually acts pleased with her work--but it's often a running gag that she ''can't'' cook typically "simple" dishes...due to her presuming to "getting a little creative". When the abbess in "Birth, Death, Love and Rice" samples Diane's rice, her reaction is hilarious.
-->'''Diane:''' What should I do?\\
'''Abbess:''' Put your faith in God. ''(under breath)'' I know ''I'm'' going to.
** Diane even {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d this in "Just Three Friends", when Sam and her friend Heather (Markie Post) insist they're enjoying her meal: "Oh, don't give me that--[[SelfDeprecation that meal's inedible!]]"
* FoxNewsLiberal: [[DownplayedTrope Not typically,]] but on occasion she appears to be of the [[OnlySaneMan "sane liberal" variety]]--most memorably in Season 5's "Tan N Wash", when she half-praises UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan, then denies that's her intent:
--> "Well in my case, it's not a ''gamble''...but--rather, a great show of ''faith'' in our great free enterprise system. Yes even Diane Chambers is not ''immune'' to the...renaissance of American patriotism in the 1980's--although I hasten to ''remind'' you this does not imply any ''shifting'' of my support toward the current administration...."
* FriendlyEnemy: With Carla. Despite their mutual surface-hatred, Diane is always ready and eager to help Carla out with her troubles--and despite herself, Carla always seems grateful.
* TheFriendNobodyLikes: [[PlayingWithATrope Played with.]] Diane had very strained relations with the gang sometimes--Carla moreso than most, though that might have been partly due to envy over Diane's relationship with Sam. Diane's true allies at the bar sometimes seems limited to Coach (with whom Diane had a surrogate father-daughter relationship) and later Woody (who she treats like a brother). Still, she has enough HeartwarmingMoments with the others to keep this trope from truly solidifying with her.
* FriendToAllChildren: Strongly indicated whenever a kid shows up at the bar. As Season Four's "Relief Bartender" notes, the kids don't always return her affection.
* GentlewomanSnarker: During her more "superior" moments, her zingers are often quite classy and at times accompanied with a sweet, innocent smile. In short, PassiveAggressiveKombat is a favorite style of hers. Many of her more sly comebacks to Sam count as this:
--> "You could make love to all five of those women and I would feel nothing. As, I'm sure, would they."
** Perhaps her greatest use of this trope involves her TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to Gary in "From Beer To Eternity":
--> "Excuse me, but you’ve obviously come here to belittle my friends. Why, I can only speculate; [[CompensatingForSomething perhaps you’re compensating for some physical shortcoming...]]"
* GirlsLoveStuffedAnimals: A roomful of them--all with names and personalities.
** Sam learns the hard way that she actually cares about the members of her collection--deeply. To the point of [[DramaQueen being driven to angry tears]] [[BerserkButton when she discovers Carla's been using Brian the Lion for a dish rag]] ("Coach In Love, Part I").
*** She even gets set off in response to Sam reluctance to accept her collection into the fold (in "Power Play")--much less as Diane's "friends".
* GoGetterGirl: How she want to be regarded. [[ZigZaggedTrope Sometimes she lives up to it, but not always.]]
* GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex: With Sam and any other possible paramours, if her exchanges on the subject are any indication.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: It's probably just a coincidence that the stage lighting will ''often'' give her hair an angelic glow....
* TheHeart: As a rule, she's the "conscience" of the gang, letting the rest of them know when what they're doing just isn't ''right''.
* HeroicBSOD: She has one in "Everyone Imitates Art," when she discovers the letter she received from a poetry magazine was just a rejection letter.
* HigherEducationIsForWomen: ZigZagged, as the trope applies nicely when contrasting Diane (who is close to achieving any one of ''37'' different master's degrees) with the vast majority of the guys in the bar. (Sam doesn't even have a high-school diploma until Season 3!) The trope's [[SubvertedTrope subverted]], though, whenever a "highbrow" male character shows up--particularly after Season 3 begins, with Frasier.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: [[ZigZaggedTrope Zig-zagged]], as [[GoodIsNotDumb Diane isn't blind to imperfections.]] As a rule, though, her natural innocence [[WideEyedIdealist leads her to assume the best in people.]] As "Homicidal Ham" in particular indicates, this can get her into a ''lot'' of trouble....
* IAmNotPretty: Has this issue in the pilot episode, telling Sumner this early on, and then reacting in astonished gratefulness when Sam tells her (after Sumner dumps her) that she's "a ''very'' attractive young woman." There's a slight implication that Sam's Season One flirtations with her are what help her snap out of this trope.
* InnocentBlueEyes: And when they well up in tears, Sam's left completely helpless.
* InsufferableGenius: The main reason why everyone treats her with little regard. Her main contrast with Fraiser--who, while a stuffy egghead, usually doesn't act like he's smarter than everyone else in the room.
--> "''I'' can be there for you, Carla--I ''want'' to be there for you. Please--benefit from my depth!"
** The punchline being that while intelligent, she's [[SmallNameBigEgo nowhere near as smart or highly-regarded she thinks she is.]] Also, several other intellectuals on the show behave much worse than her--most notably Sumner Sloan...and Diane's own mother.
* IntelligenceEqualsIsolation: [[PlayingWithATrope Played with,]] throughout. One of the major sources of angst for Diane is her fear that she will always be an outsider among the rest of the gang. Emphasized the most in Season 4, with "Suspicion" and "Diane Chambers Day", which both ultimately involve [[HeartwarmingMoments the gang reaching out to make her feel better.]]
* ItsForABook: When serving a pair of well-to-do-looking bar patrons, she claims this is the only reason she works at Cheers.
* KindheartedCatLover: Her beloved Elizabeth dies in Season One, leading to a major BreakTheCutie and TearJerker for poor Diane that's the main plot of "Let Me Count The Ways". By Season Five's "Dance, Diane, Dance", she has another cat, implied to be a kitten.
* KubrickStare: Half the time briefly shoots one as she's struggling her hardest not to just ''explode'' at someone who's gone too far [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEu6cCNUU94 (Carla, for one)]]. Half the time it's just how she looks when she's speaking/listening ''intently'' to someone, or when she's ''really'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsLhJuT2NfA playing her romantic game with Sam]] (in possible homage to Lauren Bacall).
* LadyAndAScholar: One of her main goals in life is to be this. In her better moments, she often is.
* LetsWaitAwhile: Something of a modus operendi for when Sam gets particularly eager in Season 4, especially in "Dark Imaginings" and in "Diane Chambers Day"[[note]] She pulls it again in Season 5's "The Cape Cad"--but it's implied its partly due to frustration at Sam pulling a MoodWhiplash.[[/note]] As far as Diane's concerned, it's so they can more properly process a "new step" in their relationship, or generally to [[AmIJustAToyToYou just keep from trivializing things....]]
** Once, she just wanted to fool around, but Sam imitated her. Unfortunately, his joke killed the mood for her.
* LikeBrotherAndSister: With Woody. Diane is very affectionate towards Woody, and loves educating him on culture, and the like--to the point that she eventually gives him a book her mother had given her. In return, he's the most likely to react positively to something she says/does. She once goes to him as a [[TheConfidant confidant]] of sorts, in the Season 4 finale.
** She's also implied on occasion to have this sort of dynamic with Norman; for example, she does the most to help him adjust to his new job in Season Five.
* LongHairIsFeminine: A blatant visual contrast to the tomboyish Carla--who has short, curly hair.
* LysistrataGambit: [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]], as it's implied she isn't being serious, but she does tease Sam with this a couple times in Season Two (prior to the crumbling), when he's being particularly immature. "Implied", as Sam ''never'' wants to risk otherwise.
* MoeStare: [[http://imagehost.vendio.com/a/35104116/aview/img111_011.jpg Rare live-action example.]] [[http://www.sitcomsonline.com/boards/attachment.php?attachmentid=22820&stc=1&d=1054416418 And she's a grown woman at that.]]
* MoralityPet: For Sam, but occasionally Norm views her as this for situations involving Vera.
* MsFanservice: On occasion--most famously in the final sequence of Season Two's "Power Play", and in the "JumpingOutOfACake" sequence in Season Five's "One Last Fling".
* NaiveNewcomer: Introduced as such to the Cheers bar in the first and second episode, her sheltered nature playing off of the rest of the patrons.
* NeverMyFault: At first. For much of Season Four, where she doesn't seem willing to admit that Frasier's bitterness towards her for leaving him at the altar (after a long and drawn out relationship between them, with her still having strong feelings for Sam) was particularly warranted, going so far as to blame Frasier (in "Woody Goes Belly Up") for loving her in the first place. It's implied at points that the guilt was so overwhelming she just couldn't face it. She finally does apologize to Frasier for hurting him in "Strange Bedfellows, Part II" and tries to again in her appearance on ''Frasier'', after it looked as if she was once again brushing off how cruel what she did was.
* NiceGirl: As a rule, when one of the gang needs emotional support, she's always ready to lend a kind ear and a helping hand.
* NotSoAboveItAll: As much as she prides herself on being sophisticated, she can be incredibly immature.
** This trait has at times resulted in a [[MomentOfAwesome Moment Of Awesome]] for her--particularly her memorable stint at the bowling alley...and [[YourMother what she says to punctuate it]].
** As much as she mocks Sam for chasing skirts, after one of their many break-ups, she spends a fair amount of time badgering him and sabotaging his dates to try and get him back.
** In a way, her ''entire relationship'' with Sam is based on this. All of their arguments are instigated by the fact that one is just as petty, vindictive and competitive as the other, always trying to have the last word in any discussion. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d and {{Discussed|Trope}} in Season 3's "King Of The Hill":
--> '''Sam:''' ''(On why their Season 2 relationship "never worked")'' It's because you always had to have the last say. You always had to be on top--and you're still doing it! You know, you are just as competitive as I am.
--> '''Diane:''' ''ME''? I'm not ''competitive''! ...I'm intense.
** In Season 3's "Cheerio, Cheers", she muses about herself circa Season 1, "What a prissy little snot I was!"
* OneTrueLove: Sam. She even makes it a point to admit in the finale that her life is not particularly full, without him.
** In her ''[=Frasier=]'' appearance, Frasier witnesses her sharing a big kiss with a Sam Malone {{Expy}}, and much later in the show, Frasier conjures her up in his imagination...still carrying a torch for Sam.
* OldShame: InUniverse, Diane has many, from PokeThePoodle incidents ("I'll never forget the day I brought home a ''[[DirtyCommunists utopian socialist]]''. Unbelievable--I know! Unbelievable. I was a rebel, then....") to her skill at bowling, which she fears would threaten her "refined" image ("If you utter a ''word'' of this to ''anyone'' who matters, I will ''find'' you--and kill you.").
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Diane is so pretentious when a British marriage counselor (Creator/JohnCleese) pops by Cheers, she adopts a bad Brit accent herself - though only while in the bar.
-->'''Sam:''' Hey, what's with this English accent? Ever since he walked in here, you've been talking like the Queen was your Aunt Betty or something.
-->'''Diane:''' Oh, tosh! What twaddle.
* OurLoveIsDifferent: Though she at times struggles with the question of AmIJustAToyToYou, Diane knows in her heart that the answer's "no", as far as Sam's concerned.
* ThePerfectionist: As it turns out, Diane reveals in "Manager Coach" that she ''used'' to be quite obsessive compulsive--but insists she's much better, now. She's not.
* PluckyGirl: Particularly before most of her BreakTheCutie moments had happened--even though she had been left by her fiance and was now working in a dead end bar, she was determined to make the most of the experience and still enjoy herself.
* ThePollyanna: [[ZigZaggedTrope Zig-zagged]], but in the first half of Season 5 (after rejecting Sam's initial proposal--and repenting of her reasons), she [[PerpetualSmiler constantly grins]] and gives off a sunny glow while insisting on Sam's love and asserting that he ''will'' propose to her again! Sam, meanwhile, is driven nuts by this, insisting it ''will not happen''. Alas...precious little can assuage her of her attitude.
--> '''Diane:''' How are you...[[OneTrueLove love of my life?]]
--> '''Sam:''' [[DeadpanSnarker Just fine...pain in my neck.]]
** This keeps up until "Chambers vs. Malone", where Sam flat-out tells her it will ''never'' happen--and with that, unintentionally puts poor Diane through a ''major'' BreakTheCutie moment. [[spoiler: He proposes to her again, with this--her tears breaking ''him'' down.]]
* PutOnABus: At the end of season 5. She promises Sam she'll come back--and she does, [[BackForTheFinale in the series finale]].
* RousseauWasRight: Typically asserts her firm belief that everyone has some good within them--and will frequently try her best to appeal to someone's better nature, when the other characters have given up.
* RunawayBride: To Frasier--and Deconstructed. Her leaving him at the altar is an indication of how much she loves Sam and believes they're meant to be together, sure. But the show doesn't pull punches in how it thoroughly and horribly humiliated and emotionally scarred Frasier, to the point where ''years'' later he describes the experience as leaving him with "a sucking chest wound where there once dwelled a heart". The fact that it took her a very long time to completely own up to how much she hurt him[[note]] due to her finding herself in quite a similar situation, in "Strange Bedfellows"[[/note]] didn't help.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: She even loves finding ways to work in her knowledge of French terminology--saying "''nom de plume''" instead of "pseudonym", for example....
* SilkHidingSteel: Very sweet-hearted, feminine, and innocent--but she will take ''no'' garbage from anyone, once she catches on to them.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Has trouble realizing that nobody's opinion of her is as high as her own. Especially since, unlike Sam, she was never famous to begin with and hasn't made any major intellectual accomplishments that would get her well-known.
--> '''Diane:''' Excuse me, I overheard Dr. Crane's remarks; if it's any consolation I can empathize with your hurt feelings. If you'd like to share any of them with me, as a fellow woman, I'd consider it an honor.
--> '''Lilith:''' ''(Beat)'' Who are you?
* SoBeautifulItsACurse: In "Personal Business", she finds to her dismay that the job she lands outside of the bar is only given to her because [[AllMenArePerverts her would-be employer has less-than-dignified ideas about her]]....
** She invokes this trope in "Woody Goes Belly Up", in response to the sight of a broken Frasier temporarily working as the bar janitor:
--> '''Diane:''' ''(Sigh)'' "This is my saddest...romantic legacy." ''({{Beat}})'' "But I ''refuse'' [[NeverMyFault to hold myself responsible]]--[[DudeMagnet do I beg men to fall in love with me?"]]
--> '''Sam:''' [[ComicallyMissingThePoint "Well, I certainly hope not]]--[[DeadpanSnarker I'd like to think I'm...special!"]]
** When it's not as serious, she's usually more bitterly/tiredly amused by it than anything else. From "Someday My Prince Will Come":
--> '''Sam:''' Come on! What, you had--what, a few casual dates with him? What's the big deal?
--> '''Diane:''' ''Yes'', but...as often happens in my life, this gentleman is becoming ''much'' too serious, much too fast. He's wearing that ''smitten'' look I know so well.... I've got to do something before it goes any further.
** Then there's this exchange, when Diane's asked to describe her perfect man:
-->'''Diane:''' Well for one thing he'd be very intelligent. Very well educated, perhaps even overeducated, if there is such a thing. Not particularly athletic, perhaps even clumsy but charmingly so. Blond, blue eyes, with a Byron like innocence...\\
'''Sam:''' Hey, I know this person.\\
'''Diane:''' Who?\\
'''Sam: You.''' You just described ''yourself''. I hope you'll be very happy with yourself.
* SophisticatedAsHell: Despite the airs she typically puts on, Diane has quite a few moments where she proves quite willing and eager to relax and have fun with the others.
** Turns out she's quite fond of the music of Music/BobDylan, if "How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Call You Back" is any indication. She also loves "Our House".
* {{Squee}}: She's known to ''really'' let out her inner [[{{Fangirl}} "little girl"]] when encountering (among others) Dick Cavett, Tip O'Neill, and Gary Hart. Her biggest example is probably in Season Five's "Abnormal Psychology", when Sam gives her tickets to a concert of a certain flautist:
--> "{{GASP}}! ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean-Pierre_Rampal JEAN-PIERRE RAMPAL]]''?!?"
* StrawFeminist: [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed a bit.]] Diane is verbally devoted to feminist dogma and makes a point to undercut Sam's chauvinism, among other things, in the first two seasons. She's hardly militant and man-hating, however, and even falls for [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys the alpha-male Sam Malone]]; the implication becomes stronger over time that her feminist ideals are far more problematic for her life than they're actually worth. The closest she comes to this trope is in Season One's "No Contest", and during a brief moment in her televised acceptance speech in the series finale.
** "No Contest" exemplifies this in particular, where she enters a beauty pageant with plans to verbally tear it apart during her acceptance speech on television. However, during her acceptance speech, she keeps getting interrupted by the emcee telling her about the prizes she won. When she learns she won an all-expenses paid trip to Bermuda, she becomes ecstatic and behaves like a normal contest winner. Afterwards, when she moans she sold out womankind for a trip to Bermuda, Sam gently reminds her that it only means she's NotSoAboveItAll.
* SugarAndIcePersonality: [[PlayingWithATrope Played with.]] In Season One, she seems to really enjoys giving brush-offs to Sam's come-ons. Played more straight in Season Three, where she often goes back-and-forth between vehement denials that she's still in love with Sam and sharing nice HeartwarmingMoments with him indicating this is ''not'' the case.
* SurroundedByIdiots: On occasion, Diane would feel this.
-->'''Diane:''' If ignorance is bliss, this is Eden.
* TearfulSmile: Diane does this a lot, in response to someone saying/doing something particularly touching or heartwarming, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZP7hC6TTTrU as Woody does, here.]]
* TearsOfJoy: In the end of "No Help Wanted", she finds herself wiping away TenderTears in response to Norm and Sam reconciling:
--> '''Diane:''' W-well, this is such a...beautiful moment--seeing you two friends reconcile, I could almost cry...! ''(reaches for a tissue)''
--> '''Norm:''' Hm! [[{{Hypocrite}} Girls....]][[note]]The joke is that just before, Norm was blubbering like a baby with Sam.[[/note]]
** An even bigger example is in "Diane Chambers Day", at the opera, when the guys arrange for the best seats in the house:
--> '''Norm:''' So, where's Diane?
--> '''Sam:''' Ah, she's...powdering her nose--she started to cry again. I mean--what a woman, huh?--do you believe that? She started to cry when we told her we were gonna take her to the opera...she cried when she saw us in her tuxes, and she cried when she saw the limo. ''(Beat)'' She's got it under control, though--she promised she won't do it anymore.
--> ''(Diane comes in through the curtains onto the balcony; the guys stand up for her)''
--> '''Diane:''' ''({{Beat}}, then bawls)'' OH, this is ''the BEST, guys''...!
* ThinksLikeARomanceNovel: Romanticism's a point of pride with her--down to her telling Sam (in the Season Five premier) she wants an "enchanting" proposal that does ''not'' involve [[ThePerfectionist "sports arenas, theme parks, or miniature golf"]]. In the previous season, she gives a rather embellished example of what an ideal declaration of love would be like. (See: "EternalLove" entry on the main page.)
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Girly Girl to Carla's Tomboy.
* TookALevelInJerkass: After Season 1, Diane gets noticeably ruder and more selfish--causing Sam no end of headaches as his off-again on-again girlfriend (which culminates in publicly humiliating him into proposing to her under threat of jail-time,) temporarily ruining Frasier's life and refusing to even apologize until way later, and even her demeanor towards many of the regulars at Cheers becomes more barbed and condescending than in the first season. She still has moments of kindness, but it's all too clear that she thinks more of herself than anyone else.
* UnkemptBeauty: Her "drunk" sequence in "How Do I Love Thee?" has her completely wasted; it's one of her sexiest moments in the whole show.
** Lilith speculates in "Abnormal Psychology" that Diane [[WakeupMakeup wakes up every morning "all blonde and perky".]]
--->'''Diane:''' Well, I must admit in my case, there is some labor involved.
--->'''Carla:''' ''Some''? She calls in Local 314!
* VagueAge: Diane makes it a point to ''never'' directly discuss her age. (She comes close to blurting it out in "Thanksgiving Orphans"--but catches herself just in time, with a blush.) All we know is, Diane storms over to Sam in "Pick A Con, Any Con" to say (after an opening sequence where he teases her about her reluctance), "Sam you are at ''least'' six or seven years older than I am--now, ''admit it''!"
** She gets something of a MaamShock in "Dark Imaginings", when Sam's doctor reveals he was tutored by her, way back when. However, keep in mind an MD has to undergo ''ten years'' of grad school.
--->'''Diane:''' ''(morosely)'' I'm old and alone in Boston.
* VanityIsFeminine: In Season Two's "Where There's A Will", Diane randomly notes out of nowhere:
--> '''Diane:''' By the ''way''...with all the insanity about the will, no one's said a ''word'' about my new hairdo.
--> '''Patrons:''' It ''stinks''!
--> '''Diane:''' [[DeadpanSnarker There, now was that so hard?]]
* VaporWear: The JerkAss boyfriend of Coach's daughter verbally "notices" she isn't wearing a bra--much to Diane's chagrin.
* WaifFu: She's able to flip Sam onto the pool table with barely an effort, as seen in "Sam at Eleven". She noted she learned it in "Practical Feminism" class....
* WellExcuseMePrincess: Her antics towards Sam often result in this.
* WideEyedIdealist: Her major defining trait, along with her relationship with Sam, her [[InsufferableGenius intellectual pretentiousness]], and her [[DitzyGenius lack of real-world know-how]]. Poor girl tries her best to inspire and improve the world around her--but ends up never knowing what's hit her after the plot's done with her.
* WomenAreDelicate: For better and for worse. Practically everything about Diane is ''immensely'' feminine. So naturally she falls for a tall, [[RatedMForManly strong-built and stronger-willed sports jock]] [[OppositesAttract who's the opposite of her]] [[MarsAndVenusGenderContrast in so many ways]]....
* WomenAreWiser: [[ZigZaggedTrope Zig-zagged]]. Diane can be very insightful--and often serves as Sam's conscience, when his pragmatism would otherwise border on amorality. Still, both Diane and Sam have their failings, and either one can call the other out on it, at any time.

[[folder:Carla Tortelli]]


->'''Played by:''' Rhea Pearlman

Bitter single-mother working as a rather unfriendly waitress at Cheers. A fan of Sam from his baseball days, but holds a strong resentment towards Diane.

* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: Inverted in ''[=Frasier=]'', when she attempted to say something nice about Cliff when he's leaving for Florida, but kept getting [[CannotSpitItOut tongue-tied]]. When she finally manages to say her true feelings, it's a long rant of exactly all the reasons why she ''hates'' him!
-->'''Carla:''' ''(to Frasier when he tries to interrupt)'' '''''Back off, I'm toasting!'''''
* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: She teaches Cliff to dance because he stuck with her in a house she was afraid was haunted.
* BelligerentSexualTension: After one watches Season 5's "House Of Horrors With Formal Dining And Used Brick", her taunts of Cliff suddenly seem to take on a whole new undertone.
* BerserkButton: Don't make jokes about Sam's alcoholism in front of Carla.
** If Diane has left, do not mention her around Carla.
* {{Bouncer}}: It's not overt, but if you're not welcome at Cheers, Carla'll be the one to show you the door.
* BrutalHonesty: If Carla likes you.
-->''(On Sam and Diane's feelings toward each other, in front of Diane's mother)''
-->'''Carla:''' Admit it, he's got you ''steaming'' [[TooMuchInformation under the silks!]]
-->'''Diane:''' ''(Bolts up; clearly counts to ten)'' This ''happens'' to be my ''mother''!
-->'''Carla:''' Well, that's why I'm being ''delicate''!
* TheBully: With Cliff, Diane and Lilith being easy targets.
* DeadpanSnarker
* DysfunctionalFamily: She's got 8 kids (four at the start of the series, and has four more through the course of the show), and it's hell. Her mom is also pretty manipulative. Unfortunately for Sam, when he pointed this out to the Tortellis, they took offense, attacked him and locked him in a closet.
* EnfantTerrible: The way Carla describes her kids.
--> Carla: You remember that show ''Series/TheBradyBunch''? Now picture them with knives.
* FriendlyEnemy: With Diane. For all their clashes, there are enough [[HeartwarmingMoments moments between the two]] to indicate that, [[VitriolicBestBuds at the very least,]] the two women respect each other.
** These moments often end with Carla coming ''this close'' to making a (mild) declaration of friendship--only to [[CanNotSpitItOut back out at the last second]] with a snarky save. And when she ''does'' [[AnguishedDeclarationOfLove manage to say something nice]]...
--> '''Carla:''' Hey, uh--Diane...you know, I was skeptical about you finding something, but, uh...guess it won't ''kill'' me to--come out and say...congratulations.
--> '''Diane:''' Oh, thank you, Carla--
--> '''Carla:''' {{GASP}}!!! ''(Topples forward, out cold)''
** They certainly view one another as [[WorthyOpponent worthy opponents]] in their [[SnarkToSnarkCombat constant snarkfest]].
---> '''Carla:''' Hey--uh, wait, I got an idea!
---> '''Diane:''' ''(Innocently)'' You mean you actually conceived something besides a child?
---> '''Carla:''' ''[[DeathGlare Ooooooh]]''...a bitter and unprovoked attack. ''(Smirks)'' [[ActuallyPrettyFunny I like it.]]
*** Carla also has this relationship with Rebecca. There's this one memorable exchange, after Rebecca paid $10 to Carla for a fake explanation of why she was called "Back Seat Becky" in college:
---->'''Carla:''' Wait a minute. Why ''do'' they call you "Backseat Becky"?
---->'''Rebecca:''' ''(deadpan)'' That will cost you a hundred.
---->'''Carla:''' Hey, you know, you're kind of a pig. ''({{beat}})'' Maybe we can be friends.
* HairTriggerTemper: Easily irritated and explosive towards everyone but her closest friends, like Sam. She's likely sleep deprived from all the kids.
* HeroicBSOD: She zones out for a while in Season 5 after hearing that Sam and Diane have gotten engaged.
* HiddenHeartOfGold: Gets REALLY set off whenever someone [[LampshadeHanging calls attention to a "good deed" she does.]]
* HypocriticalHeartwarming: Carla despises Sumner Sloan. Lest we think it's because his dumping Diane had led directly to the latter working at the bar...Diane notes in the end of "Sumner's Return" that it was Carla who just threw Sumner out.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: She often treats people like crap, but all in all she's just a mother trying to make a living. And she does have her moments of nobility.
** Perhaps the best example of her heart: when she counsels Woody and Kelly to not have sex for the wrong reasons.
** She was also the first to panic, and run to find Frasier when the gang catch him on the news, threatening to kill himself. And later, when he officially calls of his marriage to Lilith, who wanted him back, she and Sam don't look happy.
** When Sam prepares to break his n-sex vow to God, Carla says a prayer for him.
** And a casual moment when she offers to walk Woody to his car when they leave.
* KavorkaMan: A rare female example; she's not the prettiest chick in the world, and her personality stinks, yet she [[ReallyGetsAround still gets around]]...
* TheLadette: Carla's got no problem with listening in on the guys' sex stories, and neither do they. At one point when the lady's room is out of paper towels she casually strolls into the Men's room to grab some and nobody bats an eye.
* LawOfInverseFertility: Carla regularly complains about how her many kids drive her ''nuts''...and yet, she somehow refuses to stop "getting around".
** She's pretty [[SelfDeprecation self-deprecating]] about it, though; she's snarked that all a guy needs to do is ''look'' at her a certain way, and she's "three months along"....
-->'''Carla:''' There's only been one form of birth control that's ever worked for me and it makes me sick to my stomach.
-->'''Diane:''' What's that?"
-->'''Carla:''' Saying no.
** When Carla adopts a cat, Woody notes that the cat just had kittens while in the box. Carla is aghast, saying, "I ''swear'' this cat was ''not'' pregnant when I got her. I swear, the minute you become a Tortelli, you start dropping kids like flies!"
* TheMasochismTango: With John Allen Hill. Interesting spin on the trope in that they both REALLY look forward to one-upping each other's insults and vitriol--as much as hitting the sheets together.
* TheNapoleon: At around 5'0", most everyone in the bar towers over Carla. Most everyone tries their hardest not to cross her as well.
* TheNicknamer: Much to Diane's chagrin, in particular. "Stick", "Stiff", "Whitey", "Bleach-bag", "Bone-butt"....
** Lilith inherited Carla's "Whitey/Bleach-bag" insults, eventually.
* OverlyLongName: Carla Maria Vittoria Angelina Teresa Apollonia Lozupone Tortelli [=LeBec=].
* PlatonicLifePartners: With Sam.
* ReallyGetsAround: The reason she has so many kids even after her husband left her.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Tomboy to Diane's Girly Girl.
* TomboyWithAGirlyStreak: Amid her tough-gal nature, she does have her "soft" moments. At ''times''....
* TooKinkyToTorture: Carla has strange sexual appetites.
-->'''Carla:''' Woody, you don't know what you're getting yourself into. I mean, those guys at Gary's are vicious. They could strip you naked, paint you red, and put you on a subway.\\
'''Woody:''' They wouldn't do that.\\
'''Carla:''' They did it to me. But I got the best of them.\\
'''Norm:''' How's that?\\
'''Carla:''' ''(chortling)'' ''I loved it.''
* {{Tsundere}}: Type A. Don't worry, she only calls you an idiot out of love.
* UnfortunateName: Not for her, but her eldest son. The rule was, give him your father's first name and mother's maiden name. [[UsefulNotes/BenitoMussolini Carla's father was named Benito. Her mother's maiden name was Mussolini.]]
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Norm, Woody and Frasier. She insults them quite a bit, but it's also obvious that she likes them all to some degree. Cliff ''thinks'' that he and Carla are this, but in truth she just flat-out hates him.
* WrenchWench: When the men's room has a problem with the plumbing in "Coach Returns to Action", guess who's called upon to tackle it.

[[folder:Ernie "Coach" Pantusso]]


->'''Played by:''' Nicolas Colasanto

Sam's assistant bartender in season 1 -3; Also Sam's former coach in their Red Sox days.

* BatmanGambit: Coach's plan to get Sam and Diane back together in Season 3 was to privately tell Sam that if Diane doesn't work at the bar, she'll go mentally ill again. He then tells Diane that if she doesn't work at the bar, Sam'll hit the bottle the second she leaves. He then privately tells Frasier than if she doesn't work at the bar, she'll fantasize about Sam, and if they work at the bar, they'll continually snipe and start hating each other.
* BewareTheSillyOnes: He's a forgetful, slow witted old man, but get him riled up and he can verbally kick your ass; '''literally'' when he found out Sam was sleeping with a teacher to get good grades. Such as getting Sam to end a relationship that was causing him moral conflict, or dealing with him when he was an alcoholic.
* CloudCuckooLander: Mostly the result of all his brain injuries over the years--he seems to be in his own little world the majority of the time, a combination of him being not too bright and having bad memory problems.
%%* CoolOldGuy
* TheConfidant: As slow-witted as he is, he's got a pretty firm grasp of common sense. Even Diane's gone to him for insight.
* TheDitz: Not very bright at all, and we learn why when he tells Diane about his playing career; his favorite way to get on base was to intentionally get hit by pitches, so much so that he led the minor leagues in that statistic. A lot of those pitches hit him in the head.
* EccentricMentor: The whole bar listens his every word...[[ShaggyFrogStory even if they don't make sense.]]
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Coach's first lines. When Coach answers the phone:
-->'''Coach:''' ''(aloud to bar)'' Is there an Ernie Pantuso here?
-->'''Sam:''' That's ''you'', Coach!
-->'''Coach:''' ''(to phone)'' Speaking!
-->''(The look on Diane's face can't be described with words.)''
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Everyone calls him "Coach", as he used to be a baseball coach. Hilariously, he assumed they were referring to the class of seat he always rode in.
* HappilyAdopted: Hilariously inverted. According to Sam, Coach once received an invite to a family reunion. The family was black and Coach got the invite by mistake, but he showed up anyway because he didn't want to be rude. The kicker? By the time viewers hear this story, Coach has already attended several reunions and will be hosting that year's one.
-->'''Sam:''' They call him "Uncle Whitey."
* LiteralMinded: He and Woody were pen pals. According to Woody, it was Coach's ideas to exchange pens.
* NameAmnesia: The very first episode has a Downplayed example of amnesia, since Ernie doesn't forget everything about himself, just his own name. He's been called "Coach" for so long, he didn't recognize it.
-->'''Coach:''' ''(answering the phone)'' Cheers. Just a second. ''(to the room)'' Ernie Pantuso?\\
'''Sam:''' That's you, Coach.\\
'''Coach:'''''(into phone)'' Speaking.
* ThePollyanna: He believes everything will work out in the end, though sometimes he'll say it with BrutalHonesty.
* RetiredBadass: Let's put it like this. He's one of the few people who can command Sam's respect, chiefly because it's implied Coach was the only member of the Red Sox who remained loyal to him.
* ShaggyFrogStory: A RunningGag; Coach will often seek to give a kindhearted insight via a story of his past...and then end up focusing on a detail that has nothing to do with what the issue at hand.
* ShipperOnDeck: He wants to see Sam and Diane get married - his fantasy of their union involves him ''living'' with them.
%%* TeamDad
* WoundedGazelleGambit : How Coach gets most of his dates. In Season One, after a woman turns down a date with him, he throws himself down Melville's stairs.

[[folder:Norm Peterson]]


->'''Played by:''' George Wendt

Unlucky accountant and Cheers most frequent customer. Regularly avoids going home to his wife.

* TheAlcoholic: He once gave up membership at a men's club because beer was not allowed at the meetings.
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: He really does love Vera. He'd just rather you not know about it.
* BigEater: A running gag involves him constantly going to a restaurant who's food ''everyone''--including Norm--complains about.
* BrilliantButLazy: Norm has lots of business sense and many skills, and has even started a profitable business or two, but mostly idles his days away at Cheers.
* TheChewToy:
--> '''Woody''': How's life treating you, Mr. Peterson?
--> '''Norm''': Like it caught me in bed with its wife.
** In the more literal sense:
--> "Oh, it's a dog-eat-dog world, Sammy. And I'm wearing Milk-Bone underwear."
* CoolLoser: Fat, lazy, unmotivated, never pays his tab. Everybody at the bar loves the guy.
* DeadpanSnarker: Mainly to Cliff and Rebecca.
* EmbarrassingFirstName: Hilary. Norman is his middle name.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: He seems to spend more time with fellow bar fly Cliff than with his wife Vera.
* HiddenDepths:
** Norm believes he is a failure at life, and resigns himself to Cheers because he's too scared to face the real world. Also, he tends to break down when faced with the prospect of losing Vera.
** Norm is a handy painter and actually quite brilliant at interior design.
* LikeBrotherAndSister: Hinted at, with Diane. He's quite chivalrous towards her: at least ''three'' times, he's the one to save Diane from a guy's unwanted advances. They've also been each other's [[TheConfidant confidant]], on occasion.
* NeverGetsDrunk: Despite his constant beer intake, he's rarely if ever visibly intoxicated.
* OddFriendship: Norm gets along really well with Rebecca after he consoles her after a disaster.
* PhraseCatcher:
** Every time he enters the bar, all the patrons yell "NORM!" (All the staff except for Diane do too; Diane would always greet him with "Norman," a second after everybody else.) In fact, this was actually the first word spoken by Frederick Crane, Frasier and Lilith's son. When the bar was remodeled at the premiere of the sixth season, no one recognized him, which he couldn't abide. Later that episode, when no one was ''supposed'' to know who he was, one patron piped up, "NORM!" Norm muttered, "Not ''now'', you idiot!"
** This also sets off a CouchGag of sorts. Norm enters the bar, is asked if he'd like a beer, makes a joke about it, then is asked about how his life is going and makes some joke about things being bad.

[[folder:Cliff Clavin]]


->'''Played by:''' John Ratzenbeger

Chatterbox postal worker who's Norm's best friend.

* AlliterativeName: '''C'''liff '''C'''lavin.
* AscendedExtra: Cliff was a minor barfly in the first few episodes, essentially a bone thrown John Ratzenberger's way after complaining during casting. Ratzenberger in the second half of the first season got his name added to the opening credits.
* BerserkButton: Never talk smack about the U.S. Postal Service (e.g., merely saying "Federal Express").
* ButtMonkey: Cliff's everybody's personal joke, but especially Carla's. He once proudly admits that he was forced to infiltrate another bar while dressed in only a Speedo.
* CannotTalkToWomen: Until Maggie came along, that is.
** When asking Diane out in "Cliffie's Big Score", he had to pull out a ''written'' speech, and ''read'' out loud!
** Of course, EarlyInstallmentWeirdness has Cliff being very smooth with women, picking up Carla's sister without any nervousness or ineptness.
* CasanovaWannabe: A running gag has him [[BlatantLies bragging about his alleged prowess with women]]--leading to Norm giving an obvious snark a la "What world do you live in?"
* {{Catchphrase}}: "Hey/Y'know, {{Little Known Fact|s}} that, uh...''[fill in the blank]''"
* CloudCuckoolander: Many of Cliff's LittleKnownFacts plant him in this territory.
-->'''Carla:''' You know what? You've got a big mouth, Clavin. ''(storms off...)''
-->'''Cliff:''' She's right, you know. Yeaah, you see, every male descendant in the Clavin family has an extra set of molars in their lower jaw. It's the only way to identify ourselves as the true heirs to the Russian throne.
-->'''Frasier:''' ''(bemused)'' Hello in there, Cliff. Tell me, what color is the sky in your world?
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Even without martial arts training, he smashed boards in half with barehanded strikes. Of course he needed to be taken to the ER afterwards. And he nearly cleaned up on ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' with his knowledge of useless trivia.
* DelusionsOfEloquence: It's his native tongue!
* DrunkOnMilk: Cliff gets trashed on fake beer in "License to Hill."
* DumbassHasAPoint: At times, his LittleKnownFacts are actually true.
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: Most apparent when he appeared on ''Jeopardy!''
* FeigningIntelligence: It's strongly implied that many times, he just improvises his LittleKnownFacts off the top of his head. One time, involving the Mayans inventing basketball, he acts quite surprised when it's confirmed!
* TheFriendNobodyLikes: Comes to a head years later on ''Frasier'' where he's leaving for good and absolutely no one is sad he's leaving. Even his best friend Norm. Many people were actually celebrating.
* GirlfriendInCanada: In "The Belles of St. Clete's" he regales the bar with tales of his girlfriend in Florida, who is supposedly writing him love letters.
** In a subversion of the trope, Cliff's ''real'' girlfriend Maggie ends up living in Canada.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Norm.
* HiddenDepths: Any episode involving his family, or Maggie.
* ItWillNeverCatchOn: In ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', he admits email has hurt the post office, but it's just a fad.
* {{Jerkass}}: His ''Jeopardy!''-style "expertise" often ''really'' goes to his head....
* KnowNothingKnowItAll: He's the former Trope Namer. Cliff's main character trait is bringing up half-baked trivia to impress his friends at the bar. Ratzenberger originally auditioned for the role of Norm, but came up with Cliff based on the fact that Cheers had no "bar know it all" in the cast.
* LittleKnownFacts: Thanks to him, [[TropeNamers the trope has its name.]]
* ManChild
* MommasBoy: He's in his 30s and still lives with his mother, Esther. Cliff isn't very knowledgeable or socially apt (unlike her, whom he ''tries'' to take after) so Mrs. Clavin treats him like a kid.
* SilentSnarker: EarlyInstallmentWeirdness had him throughout the first three seasons as a kind of StraightMan to Coach's CloudCuckoolander antics--often just by reacting with a tired look and implied {{Facepalm}}.
* StrawLoser: When Sam appears on ''Frasier'' (in the same episode he learns about his fiancee sleeping with Cliff), he tells Frasier what everybody at the bar has been up to. Sam says that Cliff read an article about flesh-eating bacteria, and that it scared him enough that he stopped visiting the bar (and going out in public entirely) so that he wouldn't catch it. Sam then mentions that since Cliff's been gone, older customers have started showing back up.
%%* UseYourHead

[[folder:Frasier Crane, M.D.]]


->'''Played by:''' Creator/KelseyGrammer

Psychiatrist and second fiancé of Diane. After Diane abandoned him at the altar, Frasier became another regular at the bar, and later married Lilith.

* AllPsychologyIsFreudian: As ''[=Frasier=]'' would later reveal, Freud is his childhood hero.
* AscendedExtra: He was originally meant to be a brief, barely used character. He became so famous that not only did they make him a regular, but he earned himself a spinoff which lasted a whole eleven seasons.
* BadassBeard: He grows another beard late in Season Ten--and keeps it this time until he presumably shaves it off prior to the beginning of ''Series/{{Frasier}}''.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Tries to invoke this by holding Sam up at gunpoint after Diane leaves him at the altar for him. Sam sees right through this though because the gun was visibly not loaded.
* BreakoutCharacter: Got his own spinoff, which itself lasted for 11 years.
* {{Catchphrase}}: "You will ''rue the day'' you did that!" Ironically, he only uses the catchphrase once in ''Series/{{Frasier}}''. He does say it once on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', though.
* TheDogBitesBack: In "The Heart Is a Lonely Snipe-Hunter." It is his EstablishingCharacterMoment, and he doesn't do it because he is mean or angry--he accepts being a victim of a snipe hunt because that's what guys ''do'', but screwing the others would also be what guys ''do''. At that moment, Frasier earns some HiddenDepths.
* {{Facepalm}}: All. The. Freaking. ''Time''.
* GreenEyedMonster: For a while, he resented Sam because Diane left Frasier for him--this jealousy even started before the ill fated marriage proposal, knowing their prior relationship. He got over it though, after hooking up with Lilith.
* HenpeckedHusband: Lilith will get her way. No questions asked.
* HeroicBSOD: For the first handful of episodes in Season 4, Frasier is pretty broken up following Diane leaving him. He gets better in "Triangle."
* InsufferableGenius: Less so than Diane, but it's there. It's part of the reason why he was embraced by the bar patrons (and perhaps the fans as well) much more quickly than Diane was.
* ItWorksBetterWithBullets: Amusingly, the reason Sam knows Frasier isn't about to shoot him isn't because he thinks he's a wimp- it's because he's using a revolver and Sam can easily see that the chambers are empty.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: While Frasier is a bit of an InsufferableGenius and was quite bitter after Diane left him at the altar, he does care about his friends and tries to give them legitimate advice for free, such as helping Sam with his sex addiction.
* NotSoAboveItAll: He's got class, but he takes part in his fair share of bar pranks and tomfoolery and no one respects him less for it.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: It's his main language, such as using the [[SocietyMarchesOn old yuppie term for shacking up]], "POSSLQ".[[note]]'''P'''ersons of '''O'''pposite '''S'''ex '''S'''haring '''L'''iving '''Q'''uarters for those who don't know.[[/note]]
* TheShrink: His profession, which he eventually [[Series/{{Frasier}} makes a radio career out of]].
* SophisticatedAsHell: His way of clarifying himself for the lesser-erudite bar patrons.
* {{Spinoff}}: ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' moves to Seattle, where his antics would go on for 11 years.
* TallDarkAndSnarky: Embodies this trope for 20 years.
* TookALevelInBadass: His arc in "The Heart Is A Lonely Snipehunter". This is the episode where he transforms from a kind of lovable goof into "one of the guys".
* TookALevelInJerkass: Diane leaving him at the altar left him quite bitter for a very long time, most notably in Season 4--as indicated by his first exchange with Woody--
--> "Just get me a whiskey, ''punk''!"
* YouWouldntShootMe: A broken Frasier threatens to kill Sam for ruining his life, but it was really just an attempt to see him quake in his boots.

[[folder:Woodrow "Woody" Boyd]]


->'''Played by:''' Creator/WoodyHarrelson

Sam's assistant-bartender after Coach passed away. Born and raised in rural Indiana.

* BadBadActing: In "Two Girls For Every Boyd," when Woody, cast in a community theater production of ''Theatre/OurTown'' opposite a young [[Series/{{Friends}} Lisa Kudrow]], is too nervous about a love scene to act competently.
** Woody is also portrayed as a terrible actor to start with, as even his community theater group won't hire him for anything unless they're absolutely desperate.
** Actually a ZigZaggedTrope, as Woody gives a beautiful performance as Mark Twain in Season 6.
* CannotTellALie: Woody, for the first part of his tenure in the bar. So much so, that he has himself hypnotized into loving ''kale'' so he can do a commercial for a veggie drink. He goes into a HeroicBSOD when asked to lie about whether he parachuted from a plane. Later, he starts getting good at lying.
* ChickMagnet: Ladies think he's cute. Actually has quite a few potential love interests pre-Kelly.
* CloudCuckooLander:
-->'''Carla''': These guys always ask stupid questions, like, "If the Brady Bunch crashes in the Andes, who's gonna eat who first?"
-->'''Woody''': [[{{Completely Missing the Point}} Well, they'd probably eat the maid because she ain't kin.]]
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: One of the guiltiest of the regulars, regarding this.
-->'''Eddie:''' What did you used to do to break out of slumps when you were pitching, Sam?
-->'''Sam:''' Me? Well, I, uh, drank myself into a coma.
-->'''Woody:''' Did it work?
* CountryMouse: From his very first episode, where his remarks on the bar prompt Sam to ask if he's from out of town.
* EmbarrassingFirstName: Huckleberry.
* FormerlyFat: When the gang brings over one of his old love interests to visit, she mentions that he used to be pretty big.
* GeniusDitz: Woody speaks simply and is completely blind to double talk, but his upbringing has given him a useful, if unorthodox insight in the big city.
** Also shows a shocking natural aptitude for Chess, beating the pants off Frasier every time they play together (much to the suffering of Frasier's ego).
** And another episode has him lose a $20 bill, which Cliff finds (not knowing Woody lost one) and announces to the bar. When it's suggested that it rightfully belongs to Woody, Cliff suggests facetiously that Woody give him the serial number. Woody does, surprising everyone, and explains to Sam that he memorizes the serial numbers on all his currency for just such an occasion.
** It may run in the family. When asked by Woody's father didn't like the LeFilmArtistique; made by Diane, Woody replied that his father thought it was too derivative of Creator/JeanLucGodard.
** Then we have this in ''Tan 'N Wash'' on why he won't invest.
--->'''Woody:''' You know, when I left home, my father gave me some very sound advice. Never trust a man who can't look you in the eye, never talk when you can listen, and never spend venture capital on a limited partnership without a detailed analytical fiduciary prospectus.
* GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex: With Kelly. In the Season 10 two-part finale, they can't keep their hands off each other!
* HenpeckedHusband: [[PlayingWithATrope Played with.]] Kelly even gets poor Woody to change his church denomination. Frasier makes it a point to warn him it's only the beginning....
* HypercompetentSidekick: Even if he's slow on the uptake, he manages to keep things in line at Cheers pretty well, especially when Rebecca takes over.
* InnocentlyInsensitive: His slowness in many things sometimes leads him to be this. Mainly towards Carla.
** Carla took a picture of herself with a cardboard Elvis at Graceland:
--->'''Woody:''' Wow! You look almost lifelike!
--->'''Carla:''' ''(in stride, smiling)'' So do you, Woody.
*** Poor Diane's a victim too, at times. When Diane reveals she had a wild fling after she left Frasier at the altar:
----> '''Woody:''' Was that before or...after you dumped Dr. Crane and sent him into an alcoholic tailspin?
----> '''Diane:''' ''(Timidly)'' Um--after....
----> '''Frasier:''' ''(piping in, snarky)'' How ''long'' after?
* InsultBackfire: As part of their annual attempt to outdo Gary's Old Town Tavern, Sam proposes a UsefulNotes/{{Basketball}} game with, as a ringer, a member of the [[UsefulNotes/NationalBasketballAssociation Boston Celtics]]. Larry Bird is suggested, and Woody immediately rejects him.
-->'''Woody''': I know Larry Bird. He's from Indiana. He's a doofus.
-->'''Carla''': So, you're from Indiana and you're a doofus.
-->'''Woody''': Yeah, but he's from French Lick, and everybody from Hanover knows that everybody from French Lick is a doofus.
** They get Kevin [=McHale=] instead, which leads to a BrickJoke, as [=McHale=] says that Bird had told him that everybody from ''Hanover'' is a doofus.
* KindheartedSimpleton: As sweet as a small child and about as intelligent.
* LikeBrotherAndSister: With Diane. Interestingly enough, he's often described Diane as "beautiful/pretty"-- even in her presence!--but any attraction is downplayed, as [[ShipperOnDeck he strongly supports Diane's relationship with Sam.]]
* ManChild: Even more than Sam. Sometimes he openly pouts or cries when he doesn't get his way.
* MoodWhiplash: A lot of his stories about his family can be like this. Seems sweet, takes a swerve and then goes back to a sweet outlook.
* MyBelovedSmother: Implied in one episode, where Woody follows up his constant phone conversations with his mother by going to the men's room to ''wash out his mouth''--because Mom took offense at his choice of words.
* NiceGuy: Always eager to help.
* ObfuscatingStupidity:
--> '''Frasier:''' ''(On Woody beating him in chess)'' Woody! You must be some kind of idiot savant!
--> '''Woody:''' Yeah...but I cover it by smiling a lot.
* SarcasmBlind: Notorious for his innocent responses to sarcasm or rhetorical questions.
* SeenItAll: "Ah, the old 'boy loses, girl wins, boy wins, girl loses jinx reinforcement' theory. If I've seen it once, I've seen it a hundred times."
* ShipperOnDeck: For Sam and Diane--to the point where he eagerly lets himself get recruited in one of Diane's plans to draw Sam out of his shell, in Season 5's "Tan N Wash". (See: the "Funny" page.)
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Of Coach. But he grows into his own character over time.
* {{Troll}}: As sweet as he usually is, Woody can be a major troll. He mocks Frasier when he beats him at chess, and when he's winning a poker tournament, he becomes a major taunting {{Jerkass}}.
* WhatMightHaveBeen: Apparently, the show creators had been considering continuing the show in Ted Danson's absence, with Woody as the lead. However, Woody Harrelson refused to do it.
* WideEyedIdealist: Such is his outlook that a tearful, honest plead to the voters won him a seat on the City Council.

[[folder:Lilith Sternin, M.D.]]


->'''Played by:''' Creator/BebeNeuwirth

Frasier's wife, and later ex-wife. Also a psychiatrist. Very stoic, but there's feelings in there somewhere.

* AllPsychologyIsFreudian: Averted. In "Veggie Boyd" when Frasier talks about what Freud would make of Woody's condition, Lilith snorts in derision.
-->'''Lilith''': Honestly, Frasier. You must be the [[LampshadeHanging last psychiatrist on Earth who hasn't abandoned Sigmund Freud's theories]].\\
'''Frasier''': What are you saying?\\
'''Lilith''': Merely that his theories are outdated sexist superstitions unsupported by a shred of clinical evidence.\\
'''Frasier''': You're drunk.
** It's established in "Abnormal Psychology" and later in ''[=Frasier=]'' that Lilith is a fan of Gestalt.
* AmbiguouslyJewish: A subversion. There's nothing about her that is remotely Jewish. She even celebrates Christmas.
* AscendedExtra: She first appeared in one Season 4 episode in which Frasier has a disastrous date. The character returned in Season 5 and eventually Neuwirth joined Grammer in the opening titles.
* BrainyBrunette: About as, if not more intelligent than Frasier, with very dark black hair.
%%* ButtMonkey
* TheComicallySerious: It takes until a few seasons into the spinoff show, ''Frasier'', before she actually gets a sense of humor. That doesn't mean other characters can't play off of her for humor.
* DeadpanSnarker: Hell, she's a deadpan ''everything''.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Courtesy of Diane, in Season 5's "Abnormal Psychology". [[ZigZaggedTrope Zig-zagged]] in that Lilith's rigid nature can apparently only "defrost" for so long.
** By ''[=Frasier=]'', she's managed to loosen back up a bit. Maybe too much, because she once sleeps with Frasier's brother behind his back.
* DramaQueen: Believe it or not, it happens. Examples include when she learns of the extent of Frasier's relationship with Diane...or when she over-mourns her ''lab rat''.
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: Her incredibly pale skin and dark ensemble is used to show how socially removed she is from the rest of the characters.
* EmotionlessGirl: Lilith is ridiculously stone-faced, even when she's angry, or cracking a joke...or even when she's flirting her brains out with Frasier.
** After a separation from Frasier, she is finally driven to tears...and [[UpToEleven even her crying sounds robotic.]]
** When Diane tells her that Frasier is harboring a secret attraction to her, she coughs twice, then thanks Diane for making her laugh the hardest she's done in years.
* GranolaGirl: Which is what happens when a yuppie gets pregnant. She and Frasier go beyond even granola, with Frasier proudly proclaiming he has created life with his seed and Lilith responded she is his fertile soil with which to grow it. Of course, when they try a more agrarian life, it takes them a few hours to abandon it and head to a posh restaurant.
* HotLibrarian: She is rather attractive, but almost never sheds her outer layer of sophistication.
* HypocriticalHumor: Lilith once called her yuppie friends "the very definition of the Y-word". When Norm puzzled over the expression, Frasier snarked, looking pointedly at Lilith, "It's the yuppie term for yuppie."
* InsufferableGenius: Surprisingly [[AvertedTrope averted]], as she rarely rubs her expertise in anyone's face. Still, she notably makes an exception in Frasier's case....
* LethalChef: For example, when Lilith asks in Season Five's "Dinner At Eight-ish" if the group wants more lasagna, then leaves to get coffee:
-->'''Diane:''' '''''Lasagna?!'''''
-->'''Frasier:''' I wasn't even ''thinking'' Italian!
-->'''Sam:''' Well, I was closest. I said "something with meat".
* LongestPregnancyEver: Claims to have been pregnant with Frederick for 15 months - considering her flat delivery, it's impossible to tell if she's being sarcastic or not.
* LysistrataGambit: Lilith pulls this more and more as the Rebecca era progresses. It hits Frasier hard.
-->'''Lilith''': Oh, Frasier, isn't it enough that I'm [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar doing it]] to your [[MindScrew mind]]?
* MenAreUncultured: Parodied. Frasier is very cultured [[{{Sophisticated as Hell}} but still has his moments]]. Lilith is the kind of girl who just doesn't enjoy things that the average joe does.
* MyBelovedSmother: Frederick certainly thinks this of her during his bar mitzvah.
* NextSundayAD: One episode ended with this kind of future, where Frederick is grown-up, and he and Lilith are listening to a reading of Frasier's will. [[spoiler:Thanks to incidents at the bar in the present, Frasier's will got mixed up with Sam's sperm test results.]]
-->"That damn bar."
* NoSenseOfHumor: Early on, any attempts at joking with Lilith would be met by a blank stare.
** It goes both ways; Lilith thinks of ''herself'' as a cut-up, but Frasier humors her. Cliff genuinely thinks she's as funny as she thinks she is.
* NotSoAboveItAll: Lilith partakes in the shenanigans going on in the bar from time to time, sometimes at Frasier's urging, sometimes with the pretense of being interested from a psychiatric standpoint, sometimes just because.
* OddFriendship: Implied, with Cliff. In "Heeeeeeeeeeeere's Cliffy", she's the only one who thinks the jokes Cliff wrote out are funny.
* ReplacementFlatCharacter: [[PlayingWithATrope Played with.]] When she becomes a recurring secondary in Season 5, her interactions with Diane make the latter look surprisingly easygoing and down-to-earth by comparison, emphasizing how far she's come in five years.
** Later, in the Rebecca era, Lilith has quite a few moments of SnarkToSnarkCombat with Carla that seem ''very'' familiar....
* TheScottishTrope: Lilith evolved into this over time; just mentioning her name sends shivers up people's spines. The Spin-Off, ''[=Frasier=]'', shows Frasier's superstitious maid Daphne getting psychic backlash whenever Lilith is nearby.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Bedroom talk between her and Frasier must've been interesting.
%%* TheShrink
* SpockSpeak: Uses clinical terms in every-day speak, without irony.
* TheStoic: In an episode of the spin-off, ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', in which she and Frasier run into each other on vacation with their respective dates, Frasier is convinced that she's having sex in the next room over based on the ''dead silence''.
* SurroundedByIdiots: She ''tolerates'' the goings-on in the bar...but not without some eye-rolling. Becomes more and more apparent as time goes on--amid Frasier acting more and more laid-back in his interactions with the guys....
* WomenAreWiser: She's the wet-blanket [[TheSpock superego]] to Frasier's more laid back [[TheKirk ego]]. Who's in the right [[ZigzaggedTrope tends to vary]].

[[folder:Rebecca Howe]]


->'''Played by:''' Creator/KirstieAlley

Cheers's manager when Sam sold the bar to a corporation. Aspires to climb up the corporate ladder and/or marry a rich man.

* AbsoluteCleavage: In "Hot Rocks".
* ButtMonkey: Once Diane left, Carla needed a new target.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Her first apperance shows her as a stern, no-nonsense IceQueen. She got more and more neurotic as time went on, because the writers found her funnier this way.
* TheChewToy: Audience opinion of her went up the more her life fell apart. The ham handed neurotic breakdowns helped.
* DefrostingIceQueen: This was the main idea behind the character when she was first introduced, but then the writers found her funnier as a neurotic mess.
* DramaQueen: [[UpToEleven BIG one!]] When Diane finally meets her in the series finale, she notes to Sam that Rebecca strikes her as "the emotional equivalent of ''Mr. Toad's Wild Ride''". (Yes...even ''Diane'' looks reserved compared to Rebecca.)
* FallenOnHardTimesJob: After getting fired by the Lillian Corporation, Rebecca takes a demeaning job doing demonstrations at an auto show. Eventually Sam brings her back on as manager of Cheers.
* FeigningIntelligence: She's got no idea how to run a bar and refuses to admit it.
* {{Flanderization}}: Into a NervousWreck. By the last season she was constantly on the verge of a nervous breakdown.
* GoldDigger: Her goal in life is to find a rich guy who will marry her.
* HypocriticalHumor: Main source of it on the show.
* HystericalWoman: By the Final Season.
* IgnoredEnamoredUnderling: With every boss she has, save Robin Colcord, who dates her ''only'' to keep her from revealing his misdeeds with the company.
* IronLady: In her earliest appearances she's depicted as a cool, no-nonsense businesswoman, although the facade doesn't take long to start crumbling.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Rebecca can be immensely self-centered at times. Actually, most of the time.
* JerkassBall: In her worse moments.
* MistakenForGay: Because Rebecca rebuffs all advances on her because she's [[GoldDigger carrying a torch for Evan Drake]], she's assumed to be a lesbian by her corporate co-workers -- including Evan himself.
* MyBelovedSmother: [[GenderInvertedTrope Gender-inverted.]] As of Season 11, she's ''still'' receiving an ''allowance'' from her father.
* NervousWreck: As her arc went on, she went into more and more frequent breakdowns.
%%* NotSoAboveItAll
* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything: A RunningGag in the last season was that she rarely did much actual work.
* PointyHairedBoss: Rare female example.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Alley took the vacant spot of the female lead when Shelley Long left. Rebecca and Diane were different characters though.
%%* SmallNameBigEgo
* TooDumbToLive: According to her, in "Cry Hard"--upon discovering that she's let Robin Colcord use her and basically walk all over her from day one.
--> "[[SuddenlyShouting I AM]] [[InvokedTrope TOO STUPID TO]] ''[[DramaQueen LIVE...!!!]]''"
%%* UpperClassTwit
* WomenAreWiser: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted.]] She puts on this act to annoy Sam, but is so immature, it eventually becomes the norm that Sam looks like a sage compared to her.
* YouNeedToGetLaid:
** Carla makes this diagnosis after Rebecca's pining leads to awkward attempts to write dirty letters to Robin. Considering how tense Rebecca had gotten by then...
** Sam makes the diagnosis even earlier when she reveals she hasn't had sex in two years.
--->'''Sam:''' ''(to Rebecca, genuinely concerned)'' The way I see it, you haven't had a date with a guy for about two and half years. Now, I think this date of ours could be good for me but sweetheart, I got to say it's looking ''real necessary'' for you.

!Recurring Characters
[[folder:Paul/Glen/Gregg/Tom Krapence]]

->'''Played by:''' Paul Willson

* AbhorrentAdmirer: In the ''Frasier'' episode "Cheerful Goodbyes", Paul announced that Cliff has been a "role model" to him. Cliff doesn't take this too well....
* AscendedExtra: Started off as just one of many background patrons who'd get a line on occasion. Ended up a popular recurring secondary.
* ButtMonkey: Took the mantle of "default target" from Cliff once he became a semi-regular--much to Cliff's relief and delight.
%%* DeadpanSnarker
* KavorkaMan: Somehow, he gets to sleep with Carla and Sam's fiancé, and even attracts a hot blonde (though she self-admitted she was a ChubbyChaser.)
* RunningGag: As he [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] in the series finale, "big", interesting things seem to happen ''after'' he walks off to do something and end ''before'' he comes back.
--> ''(Long pause)'' "I ''missed'' something, didn't I?"
** OneSteveLimit: Another barfly was TheDanza with a name of Paul. When that barfly was no longer a regular...


->'''Played by:''' Al Rosen

* AbhorrentAdmirer: Of Diane.
* AscendedExtra: Became a fan favorite on the basis of one word alone:
--> "SINATRA!" ''(ItMakesSenseInContext)''
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: When the actor, [[TheDanza Al Rosen]], passed away, his character's absence was not explained. His absence was later explained in the Season 9 Frasier episode "Cheerful Goodbyes" when Cliff gives a toast to Phil.
-->'''Cliff''': "You've always been there for me, Al",
-->'''Phil''': "I'm Phil. Al's been dead for fourteen years, you dumb son of a bitch!"
%%* CoolOldGuy
* {{Corpsing}}: He's the sole member of the cast who would noticeably do this, which was okay because the ''rest'' of the actors had trouble not corpsing at his line deliveries as well.
* DeadpanSnarker: And ''how''. In response to Cliff giving another of his LittleKnownFacts...
--> '''Al:''' Get ''outta here''...!
--> '''Cliff:''' You question my ''figures''?!
--> '''Al:''' No! I want you to get ''outta here''!
* DirtyOldMan: A walking stereotype. Even goes so far as to rummage through a suitcase of Diane's lingerie! When she finds out and smacks his hands away, [[WorthIt he doesn't mind....]]
-->'''Al:''' That was the most fun I had since '59!
* HiddenDepths: In "Cheers: The Motion Picture", ''he'' turns out to be the one who convinces Woody's father to let Woody stay in Boston--by sending a surprisingly heartfelt and meaningful postcard.
* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: PlayedForLaughs when Diane gets stuck in the floor, her face visible through the grid:
--> "Pucker up, ''baby''!"
--> ''(Diane screams--Sam shoves Al away in time)''
* {{Troll}}: Occasionally.
-->'''Al:''' DANCE, mailman!

[[folder:Harry "The Hat" Gittes]]

->'''Played by:''' Harry Anderson

A {{con man}} who occasionally frequents Cheers.

* CardSharp: most notably in "Pick a Con, Any Con".
%%* FriendInTheBlackMarket
%%* {{Hustler}}
* HypocriticalHeartwarming: "I don't like the idea of someone else plucking ''my'' pigeons."
* NiceHat: His fedora.
* PutOnABus: Disappeared after Season 2 due to Harry Anderson's commitment to ''Series/NightCourt''. When he made a return appearance in Season 6, Harry simply explained, "Two to ten, with time off for good behavior." He made one more appearance in Season 11.

->'''Played by:''' Joel Polis[=/=]Robert Desiderio

The proprietor of Gary's Old Town Tavern and a fierce rival of Sam's.

* AllMenArePerverts: He verbally taunts Diane in the bowling alley by challenging Sam to "raise the stakes" by adding a date with her in the betting pool--and then mocks her earlier intellectual smackdown of him by suggesting the members of her sorority "had quite a reputation"--to Diane's face. ([[BewareTheNiceOnes Bad idea....]])
* BreakTheHaughty: After nearly six seasons of KarmaHoudini in the Rebecca era...Gary [[spoiler: finally gets what's coming to him when Harry the Hat cons him into demolishing his own bar.]]
* CompensatingForSomething: During her [[GentlemanSnarker polite verbal smackdown]] [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech of Gary and company]], Diane throws in a speculation that this is the reason for Gary's chronic obsession with belittling Sam.
* InsufferableGenius: His response to Diane's rebuke and appeal to "higher attainments"--"I graduated magna cum laude in American Literature from [[UsefulNotes/IvyLeague Princeton]]."
-->'''Diane:''' Oh? Couldn't make summa?
* {{Jerkass}}: He makes it a point to rub in Sam's face any real or anticipated victory.
* JerkJock: Though the bullying is more verbal/mental than anything else.
* LoungeLizard: Diane sums him up as one before rendering him silent with her bowling prowess.
* SmugSnake: He only seems to respect fellow Jerk Asses--such as the members of his clique.
* TheOtherDarrin: Sort of, Gary was basically played by two actors who alternated throughout the series based on availability.

[[folder:Andy Schroeder, aka Andy-Andy]]

->'''Played by:''' Derek [=McGrath=]

The wannabe Shakespearean actor who did time for murder--and then, for attempted murder of Diane.

* DevotedToYou: A dark example. In Season ''Eleven'', he only threatens to blow up ''Cheers'' until he's told she's not around anymore.
* GreenEyedMonster: His BerserkButton is hit when he discovers Diane is Sam's girl.
* StalkerWithACrush: A ''dangerous'' crush.

[[folder:Kelly Gaines]]

->'''Played by:''' Jackie Swanson

Woody's girlfriend and eventual wife.

* DatingWhatDaddyHates: Well, not on purpose, but the old man definitely didn't care for Woody.
%%* DumbBlonde
* GirlsLoveStuffedAnimals: [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] as, in Kelly's case, it's Barbie dolls. Sam snarks upon discovering this that Franchise/GIJoe would have a ''great'' time in Kelly's room....
* GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex: Once she's "deflowered" [[spoiler: (by Woody, don't worry)]], she and Woody have a ''really'' hard time keeping their hands off each other!
* TheIngenue: UpToEleven! The girl's a big sweetheart, but her complete obliviousness to people's darker motives can at times lead to irritation in the other characters (even Woody).
%%* NiceGirl
%%* ThePollyanna
* ReplacementFlatCharacter: For Woody. She has the same naiveté and simple-mindedness that Woody had back in the beginning. Meanwhile, over the years Woody becomes more worldly-wise and experienced. The "Henri" arc in particular emphasizes all this.
* RichInDollarsPoorInSense + TheDitz: Honestly, there are times when Woody looks streetwise compared to her.
* SelectiveObliviousness: ''Refuses'' to acknowledge Henri having anything less than perfectly innocent motivations (no matter how blatantly obvious...which is ''the norm'').[[note]]It's hinted she's aware, but just enjoys Henri flirting with her and has no intention of actually ''sleeping'' with him. However, she's InnocentlyInsensitive and doesn't understand how that makes Woody feel.[[/note]]
* SpoiledSweet: Her character in a nutshell. "The Gift of the Woodi" shows that until she dated Woody, Kelly had ''no concept of being broke''; she had assumed Woody was rich as well, and that his mediocre birthday gifts were fake outs. When he explains it thoroughly, however, she immediately sympathizes and tells him that she could never accept a gift from him if it would break his bank.
%%* WideEyedIdealist

[[folder:Evan Drake]]

->'''Played by:''' Tom Skerritt

Owner of the Lillian corporation for a time. Rebecca's big crush until he left the show.

* DeadpanSnarker: He seldom ever gets ''angry''. He just pulls off a quip and moves on.
* ObliviousToLove: He has no idea Rebecca has the hots for him, which leads to a few InnocentlyInsensitive gags.
* PutOnABus : Went to Japan after just one season, possibly so Tom Skerritt could move on to other roles.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: He and Sam have a good working relationship and understanding of each other.

[[folder:Robin Colcord]]

->'''Played by:''' Roger Rees

Rebecca's boss and major LoveInterest in later seasons.

* AscendedExtra: Roger Rees eventually became regular enough that he appeared in ''Cheers'' cast photos late in the series' run.
* TheAtoner: Has become this by the time of his final appearance, where he reveals that he gave away what money he still had left, and now travels the world seeking to educate people on how foolish and damaging greed can be.
* BritishStuffiness: A bit less tight-knit than most, though.
* TheChessmaster: Skilled at games of will and intellect and ThePlan. He's also shown to be literally this in one episode, when he challenges Sam to a chess match, forcing Sam to rely on help from the regulars and a chess computer, [[spoiler:and not only does Robin immediately work what's going on, he nearly ''beats'' the computer until a communication breakdown causes Sam to make a fluke move that wins him the game]].
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: [[ZigZaggedTrope Ziz-zags]]. Whether he really is corrupt or not is a major question fueling his arc.
* CrazyPrepared: Robin brings a shredder in his briefcase... to his marriage proposal to Rebecca.
%%* ManipulativeBastard
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Though he does do some pretty admittedly slimy stuff, he ''does'' have his moments--such as encouraging Sam to re-discover his motivation to do whatever it takes to buy back ''Cheers''.
* NotSoAboveItAll: He challenges Sam to a thumb war at one point.
* SecretTestOfCharacter: Had some money stashed away, but pretended to be dirt poor to see if Rebecca would marry him anyway. When she backed out, he revealed the money and left. In his final appearance she thinks he's pulling the same trick again, but this time he's ''not'' faking it.

[[folder:John Allen Hill]]

->'''Played by:''' Keene Curtis

''Extremely'' pretentious and snobbish fellow who buys Melville's (and, somehow, manages to get possession of part of ''Cheers'' for a while). Seems to enjoy making life hard for the staff and patrons of ''Cheers''. Eventually has a passionate (yet belligerent) relationship with ''Carla''.

* CatchPhrase: "''Sam''...!" (done in an incredibly condescending, smug tone). Sam even lampshades this in one episode.
* ComedicSociopathy: Somehow managed to secure ownership of the bathrooms and pool room of the bar...just so he can blackmail Sam.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Actually breaks down in tears and ''begs'' Sam not to continue dating his daughter.
* HateSink: Seems to have been created specifically so the audience will have someone they hate.
* ItsAllAboutMe: When Sam tries to reason with him by appealing to mutual benefit, Hill just gloats, "''I'' don't need ''you''."
* LoveRedeems: Once he and Carla fall for each other, his rivalry with Sam more-or-less ends--though they still snark at each other.
* ManipulativeBastard: Master of blackmail--and plays Sam's frustrations like a flute.
* TheMasochismTango: With Carla. It would be called a "romantic relationship", except, well...
* SmugSnake: Seems to live solely for having everyone around him constantly acknowledging his power over them.


->'''Played by:''' Anthony Cistaro

The Frenchman who accompanies Kelly when she returns to the U.S. Seemingly obsessed with flaunting how much of a womanizer he is. Has his eyes on Kelly [[spoiler: until she marries Woody]]. Obsessed with finding ways out of having to work...and into women's beds.

* ArchNemesis: To Woody, in Season 10.
%%* TheCasanova
* FrenchJerk: Mm-hmm....
* HiddenDepths: Averted. During his contest with Sam, actually drops the French accent and confesses to a girl he's a fake and just pretends to be a FrenchJerk because it gets him laid. When she leaves, he returns to his ''normal'' French accent and proudly announces he's scored another one.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Selfish to the extreme. Has no concern over who he hurts to get the girls.
* JerkAss: His ''constant'' taunting of Woody to the effect that "I Will Steal Your ''Girl''". In front of Kelly. With no shame whatsoever.
* KavorkaMan: Quite gangly and scrawny, and has little sense of manners and no desire to work (as he ''admits'' without a second thought)--and he's a chronic liar, to boot. And yet he manages to give Sam a run for his money, in picking up women. Must be the accent.
* LazyBum: The idea of actually "working" for a living seems so alien to him, he more or less makes staying on unemployment an art form.
** Actually ''balks'' when Sam actually hires him temporarily to fill in for Woody.
* ManChild
* ManipulativeBastard: Comes ''this close'' to making Kelly one of his conquests, and she is completely oblivious to it. And Woody feels powerless to do anything, for fear of upsetting Kelly.
* NotSoDifferent: He's basically a French Sam without the latter's scruples or ambition to actually ''succeed'' in life. As such, he ''loves'' to compare himself to Sam...or rather, Sam to ''him''. How Sam takes this basically depends on his mood....
* PretendPrejudice: One episode has him dropping slurs against "[[HypocriticalHumor lazy]]/fat" Americans (enraging the gang in the process)...but it's just to bait Sam into facing off against him in a bout.

[[folder:Esther "Ma" Clavin]]

->'''Played by:''' Frances Sternhagen

Cliff's mom.

* CoolOldLady: Can pull pranks with the best of them, and is generally quite well-up on "modern" culture.
* DeadpanSnarker: Especially when putting up with her son's awkward behavior.
* LittleKnownFacts: Apparently, it runs in the family....
* GeniusBonus: Her facts are actually true - and Cliff often repeats some of them in the bar (and bungles them.)
* MyBelovedSmother: Ma can certainly be this way.
** In her defense, Cliff's [[ManChild a bit immature]], though how much of it is ''due'' to her babying of him is anyone's guess.
** Actually averted in that when she leaves, she remark's Cliff's almost 40 and it's ''time to cut the cord''.

[[folder:Vera Peterson]]

Norm's wife.

* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: It's vaguely implied that she spends as much time making fun of Norm as he does making fun of her. It's also made clear that she loves him too.
* TheFaceless: She "appears" this way in a couple of episodes.
* SheWhoMustNotBeSeen: She's never seen, only talked about by the other characters.
* YourCheatingHeart: One of the episodes centered around Norm's fear that she was having an affair.

[[folder:Nick Tortelli]]

->'''Played by:''' Dan Hedaya

Carla's slimy, yet oddly charming, ex-husband.

* ButtMonkey: But then, he tends to have it coming.
* DeadpanSnarker: Usually at the expense of Loretta and Carla. Sadly, the nature of his snarks (Loretta's slowness in understanding most things; Carla just being hard to handle) arguably tends to lead to JerkassHasAPoint.
* {{Jerkass}}: Especially in "An American Family", when he tries to take one of Carla's kids.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Every once in a blue moon, he has a nice PetTheDog moment.
* KavorkaMan: His looks are (let's be honest) every bit as repulsive as his personality. And yet he's a charmer--even affecting Diane ''once'', actually making her faint just by whispering in her ear.
-->'''Diane:''' This is the part I don't get. Here's a man that ''quicksand'' would spit up and yet he has this strange Svengali-like power over you.
* KubrickStare: For some reason, this seems to be his normal expression.
* NotSoDifferent: Repeatedly insists this is the case with Sam. Sam is never amused by this.
* {{Spinoff}}: Briefly, with ''The Tortellis''. In fact, the ''Cheers'' Season-Five episode "Spellbound" is actually a crossover of sorts!
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: [[invoked]] Originally [[TheOtherMarty was to be played by]] [=Danny DeVito=], which would have been a CastingGag, since Rhea Perlman played Louie's erstwhile LoveInterest in ''Series/{{Taxi}}''. [=DeVito=]'s rise to stardom in film made him too expensive for the sitcom, so Dan Hedaya was cast instead.

[[folder:Loretta Tortelli]]

->'''Played by:''' Jean Kasem

Nick's {{trophy wife}}, who is basically the exact opposite of Carla in just about every single way.

* {{Asexuality}}: Hinted at.
-->'''Loretta:''' And I'm good at (sex), too! ''(pouts)'' Even though I don't ''like'' it very much.
* CatchPhrase: "Hi, gang at Cheers!"
** "Oh, ''no''!"
* CloudCuckoolander: UpToEleven. ''Everyone'' sharing a scene with her looks down-to-earth by comparison.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Endlessly. Once mistook Sam telling her the name of the song "I've Got You Under My Skin" as a come-on, and panics...even though she just quoted the song's TitleDrop!
* CuteButCacophonic: Which makes her being part of a singing troupe for a time especially amusing....
* TheDitz: Just when you think she finally gets it...her awareness fades away.
* DramaQueen: Gets extremely childish. At times tries her hand at {{Melodrama}}, which is especially hilarious with her high-pitched voice.
* DumbBlonde: UpToEleven. Basically why she's able to put up with Nick's antics. They just don't register with her. For example, she says Nick's cheating on her because she found a blonde hair on his sweather. Diane reminds her that ''Loretta'' is blonde too.
-->'''Loretta:''' Sure! Take ''his'' side!
* EasilyForgiven: When Nick wanted Carla to give up Gino to him, Loretta momentarily grew a spine, refusing to force a mother to give up one of her children to him. [[KavorkaMan Nick takes her into the backroom.]] When she returns after a ''second'', she coldly tells Carla to sign the papers.
-->'''Sam:''' ''(amazed)'' Even a dose of Vitamin Sammy doesn't work ''that'' fast!''
* InnocentlyInsensitive
* NiceGirl: Has a good heart, to her credit. Rarely has much courage of her convictions, though.
* NoIndoorVoice: And it's [[CuteButCacophonic pretty thin, to boot.]]
* StatuesqueStunner: Compared to Nick, the woman's a giantess.

[[folder:Sumner Sloan]]

->'''Played by:''' Michael [=McGuire=]

Diane's ex-fiance...and former employer. Professor of World Literature at Boston University.

* AlliterativeName: '''S'''umner '''S'''loan.
* BookEnds: Sumner brought Diane to ''Cheers'', and Sumner takes her away.
* InsufferableGenius: So much so, Diane looks ''filled'' with humility next to him.
--> "Diane, I may not be perfect." ''({{Beat}})'' "Then again I ''may''...."
* {{Jerkass}}: They way he dumps Diane in the series premier--without even a call or a hint. As Diane noted, he's going to have to live with his "creep" reputation.
* ManipulativeBastard: Regularly tempts Diane with her own insecurities about not fitting in among the rest of the gang.
* SmugSnake: Even treats ''Dr.'' Frasier Crane with complete derision.
* SophisticatedAsHell: [[ZigZaggedTrope Depends on the episode.]] In the series premier, he briefly joins in the guys' discussion on "the sweatiest movie ever made" (his suggestion of ''Film/CoolHandLuke'' apparently settles the argument). In his later appearances, however, his attempts to sound casual make him look like an arrogant klutz.