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Characters: Everybody Loves Raymond
Character sheet for the characters of Everybody Loves Raymond.

Main Characters:

Ray Barone

Played by: Ray Romano
  • Accentuate the Negative: One early episode, "Recovering Pessimist", revolved around Ray's frequent lapses into pessimism, even after he wins a national writing award. Ray declares that the reason he's like this is because he learned from the masters...cough*Frank and Marie*cough.
  • Adorkable
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: How Robert sees him.
  • Attention Whore: At least in Robert's point of view:
    Robert: He is and always has been the center. The center of attention, the center of affection. He always gets the center chair in the kitchen, and this anger of which you speak, from the rest of these poor souls, stems from his unwillingness to share even the tiniest portion of the spotlight that shines without end... on him.
    (He proceeds to sit down, and Ray pokes him in the buttocks)
    Robert: D'OHHH! What are you doin'? What are you DOING?!
    Ray: What are you doing? (sarcastically) Center chair. It's my kitchen. Get your own kitchen.
    Robert: There you go, there you go, you see, because I only have a kitchenette and he loves it! Right, "Rub-it-in" Raymond? No house for me! No wife, no kids, no lawn, no NOTHIN'!
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Eventually, as Debra and Ray got more adversarial, they would get moments of this.
  • Bad Liar
  • Bumbling Dad
  • Butt Monkey: Ray didn't start out this way, but by the middle and later seasons, he had become Debra's Butt Monkey. The rest of his life is pretty charmed, though.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Tied into his status as the Only Sane Man.
  • Flanderization
  • Former Teen Rebel: One early episode revolved around Marie's dismay in learning that the teenaged Ray held parties at their house while she and Frank were away, in which he drank and smoked. Another episode mentions Ray sneaking out of the house when he was a teenager to hang out at Bernie's house.
  • Henpecked Husband: Ray personified this trope. Unlike most, however, he wouldn't always roll over — he'd sometimes snark back at Debra...but his occasional attempts at rebellion were usually quashed pretty quickly by an icy glare (or worse) from Debra.
  • Jaded Washout
  • Jerkass: Sometimes.
  • Large Ham:
    "The fly that was flying around... Angela killed it, it fell on the table, she put it in a napkin, and then SHE AAAAATE IT!!!!!"
  • Lazy Bum
  • Lazy Husband
  • Man Child: Enforced by Marie from the time he was very, very young. Every time he grows in independence, Marie drags him right back.
  • Momma's Boy: Much to his chagrin.
  • Mommy Issues: Understandable. Considering Marie is his mother after all.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Hinted at often. Finally, basically outright stated in the episode where Ray and Frank talk to Robert about his wedding invitations. Also, during the "Angry Sex" episode, Ray can briefly be seen reading a book about Zen Buddhism in one scene. It was so subtle that the studio audience didn't seem to have noticed it (or perhaps were unable to see the title of the book).
  • Only Sane Man: Ray Barone was this, especially during the early seasons. He still performed this role later on, as despite being a whiny Man Child, he was still more together than most of his immediate family.
    • In Real Life: Half of the show's genesis was Ray Romano wryly observing the absurdities and wackiness of his family members (the other half was series creator and executive producer Phil Rosenthal doing the same with his own family).
  • Parental Favoritism: Marie made no secret of the fact that Ray was her favorite child, much to Robert's chagrin. Frank on the other hand, appeared to treat the two equally.
  • Sore Loser
  • That Came Out Wrong
  • This Loser Is You: Undoubtedly.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Ugly Guy to Debra's Hot Wife, with his big nose and flabby body. Some women find him average at-worst, in reality and on the show, and he even got an attractive woman hitting on him when she didn't realize he was married, but everyone in-universe usually paints this as another example of Ray's status as "Born Lucky".
    Debra: I can't believe I just did thirty-six sit-ups for a man whose stomach looks like a deflated clown balloon!
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist
  • Youngest Child Wins: He's favored by his mother over older brother Robert.

Debra Barone

Played by: Patricia Heaton
  • Abuse Is Okay When It's Female on Male: When Ray annoys Debra (often deliberately), he'll get a smack for it. Cue audience laughter.
  • Anti-Hero: In the later seasons, she becomes psychotic, demeaning and vicious.
  • All Women Are Prudes: A shining example. Debra very rarely gets horny — she frequently bans sex or rejects sexual advances from the desperate, horny Ray. Ray does admit to being bad in bed, and Debra used to be more open — a few episodes show her rare "open" moments.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Eventually, as Debra and Ray got more adversarial, they would get moments of this.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing
  • Butt Monkey: To Marie. Debra only ever "won" against Marie when she was actually proven wrong, and the family covered for her.
  • Control Freak
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Flanderization
  • Hair-Trigger Temper
  • Hide Your Pregnancy
  • Hypocritical Heartwarming: She's the only one allowed to treat Ray like crap, Peggy learned that the hard way.
  • Jerkass: Sometimes in the early seasons. More often in the later seasons.
    • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: In "Sweet Charity", Debra asks Robert to perform his ventriloquist act at a hospital Ray is doing voluntary work at — not because he's good at it (despite her compliments); it's all part of her plan to get Ray to leave the hospital.
  • Karma Houdini: Played with. Ray was rarely able to one-up her outside of being lazy and snarky. Outside of Ray though, she's frequently humiliated or her plans blow up in her face, and she's never free of Marie's berating or her in-laws in general.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: In "Sweet Charity". Debra signs Ray up to do some charity work at a hospital, and the latter proves to be a hit with the patients. When Ray starts spending more time there than at home, Debra has Robert perform his ventriloquist act to the patients in an effort to end Ray's popularity. When the truth comes out, Debra ends up having to sing at the hospital and proves to be less than popular with the patients.
  • The Lancer
  • Mood-Swinger
  • Nervous Wreck
  • All Periods Are PMS: An entire episode concerning this has been cemented into the memory of the collective fan base.
  • Only Sane Man: Views herself as this, and even got ignored by a visiting psychiatrist in the early seasons because Ray's family was so weird. Though, as Ray points out — the Barones are family by genetics. Debra chose to be with them. "You're messed up!"
    • Grouchy Frank of all people viewed himself and Debra as this, and was offended that Debra didn't enjoy his company.
  • Parenting the Husband: Ray is messy, sarcastic and a lazy Man Child. Debra is hyperactive, grouchy and a control freak. This is only natural.
  • Shipper on Deck: For Robert/Amy.
  • Sore Loser
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In the first few seasons, Debra was pretty reasonable, generally didn't yell as much, and was quite playful with Ray. In later seasons...less so. Marie and Frank call this the natural progression of marriage.
  • Tsundere: Type A.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Hot Wife to Ray's Ugly Guy.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist

Frank Barone

Played by: Peter Boyle

Marie Barone

Played by: Doris Roberts

Robert Barone

Played by: Brad Garrett
  • Angrish: Occasionally.
  • Basement-Dweller: Was one in the early seasons. He didn't actually live in the basement, but he fit many of the trope traits.
  • Beta Couple: With Amy.
  • Big Brother Bully: His status at The Unfavorite often results in him picking on Ray, but...
  • Big Guy: Being the tallest character in a main cast
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: His three loves: Redheaded Joanne (his bitchy ex-wife), Amy, (his blonde on again, off again girlfriend), and Stefania, (his Italian love interest with the curly brown hair).
  • Butt Monkey: One of the show's most prominent running gags was Robert's continual status as the family's resident Butt Monkey. Marie only treated Debra more poorly.
  • Character Development: During the first season, it seemed like the writers were writing the character as being borderline autistic and so quirky and neurotic that it was genuinely amazing that he was able to function at all, especially as a policeman. By the later seasons, though, Robbie became much more confident and outgoing and finally married Amy. The eighth season even had an episode where Robbie is made to confront his "crazy chin" habit.
  • The Chew Toy: At some points, his misery becomes the central point to his character.
  • The Eeyore
  • Jerkass
  • Man Child
  • New York City Cops: He is one, as is his best friend Judy, who work as partners on the force. They avert the "grim and gritty" stereotypes that some shows use.
  • Not So Different: Robert and Amy's brother, Peter. Robert comes to realize the similarities when the family talks about Peter's problems including him being a Basement-Dweller. In the end, he helps Peter find his own place.
  • Playing Gertrude: A rare male example, Brad Garrett is three years younger than Ray Romano, but he plays the older brother.
  • This Loser Is You
  • The Unfavorite: Hence his frequent antagonism towards Ray.

Amy McDougall Barone

Played by: Monica Horan

Minor Characters:


Played by: Sherri Shepherd

Peggy Ardolino

Played by: Amy Aquino
  • Catch Phrase: In each of her episodes after the first: "Hello, Ally's Dad."
  • Establishing Character Moment
    Peggy: Now girls, when you're out selling cookies, and someone comes along, what do you say?
    Frontier Girl: "Would you like to buy some cookies?"
    Peggy: (bluntly) No. You say, "How many cookies would you like to buy?"
  • Jerkass
  • Last Minute Hookup: With Peter, Amy's brother during one of the last few episodes of the series.
  • A Nazi by Any Other Name: How Raymond sees her.
  • Pair the Spares: As noted above, with Peter.
  • Sitcom Archnemesis: To Ray
    Robert: Oooh, you have an arch-enemy. What are you, a super-hero now?
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Not technically true, but she was usually called "Peggy Hitler", "The Cookie Nazi" or "Cookie Hitler Lady", especially by Ray.
    Ray:*continuing the Nazi comparison* Similar uniform too!
  • Smug Snake: When Ray objects to Peggy forcing all the kids' parents to buy $200+ dollar dresses to Molly's birthday party, Peggy sneers at him that Ally will stick out like her father's nose. There are other examples of Peggy being this trope.

Henry "Hank" McDougall

Played by: Fred Willard
  • Meaningful Name: He's the polar opposite of Frank...and note the names: Hank vs. Frank.
  • Preacher Man: Not officially a preacher, but as a devout evangelical Protestant, he certainly acted and spoke like one.
    • Presbyterian, actually.

Patricia "Pat" McDougall

Played by: Georgia Engel
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Used to hilarious effect.
  • Cool Old Lady: Somewhat surprisingly, but very entertaining in every instance when it occurs.
    • Ray even calls her cool at Rob and Amy's wedding, after she says to Marie what the rest of the family has been wanting to say for years.
  • The Cutie: Not only is she this trope, but she apparently raised Amy to also personify the trope.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Actually NOT one most of the time, but there was one awesome instance where she suddenly became this trope. After she and Hank get rid of a bunch of Peter's stuff and throw his cat, Miss Puss, out of the house, Peter shrieks "No! NO! Miss Puss is an indoors cat!!!!", to which Pat simply replies "Not anymore!"
  • The Pollyanna: Though not quite as much as we're initially led to believe...

Peter McDougall

Played by: Chris Elliott

Sister Jennifer Whelan (Debra's big sister)

Played by: Ashley Crow
  • Former Teen Rebel
  • Granola Girl: A former one apparently.
  • Nuns Are Funny: Sort of. Actually, it was the other characters' belief in this trope and their reactions to her becoming a nun that led to the hilarity.
  • The Unfavorite: Jennifer was this while Debra was the favorite child. Ray deduces that Debra is annoyed that Jennifer is becoming a nun because:
    Ray: When you were growing up, you were 'the good one.' But now she's becoming a nun, which makes her the REALLY good one!

Warren Whelan (Debra's father)

Played by: Robert Culp

Lois Whelan (Debra's mother)

Played by: Katherine Helmond


Played by: Jon Manfrellotti


Played by: Andy Kindler
  • Those Two Guys: Andy and Gianni often showed up together when Ray hung out with either of them.

Bernie Gruenfelder

Played by: Tom MGowan

Linda Gruenfelder

Played by: Maggie Wheeler

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