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Characters: Family Matters
These are the characters that appear in Family Matters.

Steve Urkel

Carl Winslow

  • Acrofatic: Carl's remarkably fast, despite his spare tire. Just look at any occasion when he chases Steve.
  • Badass: He has taken down crooks and has verbally defended his family (and Steve) several times and helped to diffuse a bomb. This is understandable because he's a cop.
  • Berserk Button: Steve, mostly. More specifically, whenever Steve's clumsiness ends up wrecking his property or physically injuring him.
  • Big Eater
  • Bumbling Dad: Zigzagged. He's very good at his job and is a loving and attentive father...but nine times out of ten, his attempts at home maintenance turn out to be a disaster even when Steve isn't involved.
  • Butt Monkey: Often on the receiving ends of Steve's antics.
    • His mother Estelle makes more than a few sarcastic comments about her son's weight, too.
  • Can't Live with Them, Can't Live without Them: His general view of Steve. For all the times that Steve's damaged his person or his property, and otherwise driven him nuts, Carl realizes that Steve still looks up to him as a father figure, and has also helped the Winslows out multiple times.
  • Cursed with Awesome: When Myra messed with the transformation chamber that turned Steve into Stefan, she ended up turning Carl into a nerdy "Urkelized" version of himself. Stefan tries to fix the chamber, but he's having trouble since he's not as smart as he is when he's Steve. Fortunately, being turned into a nerd made Carl a scientific genius, and so he fixed the chamber himself before being turned back to normal.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Doom It Yourself: Carl's a top notch police officer. Unfortunately, when he starts trying to build or repair things around the house, things don't go so well. Occasionally subverted when he's paired up with Steve, as his attempt at building a shelf turns out just fine while Steve comes up with something that looks more like a post-modern art project.
  • Fair Cop
  • Foil: To Steve.
  • Good Parents
  • Happily Married: To Harriette.
  • Papa Wolf: To his own kids, obviously, but he even gets like this for Steve, too.
  • Parental Substitute: Seen this way by Steve. He eventually accepts this role.
  • Police Are Useless: Subverted.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure
  • Scary Black Man: Whenever one of Steve's mishaps pushes him too far, he ends up chasing after Steve while bellowing like a rogue elephant.
  • Stout Strength: More than one crook has learned the hard way that Carl's pretty strong underneath his fat.
  • Team Dad
  • Trademark Favorite Food: According to his mother, it's donuts. Then again, he is a cop.
  • Unfortunate Name: Actually unfortunate initials: Carl Otis Winslow.

Harriette Winslow

Edward "Eddie" Winslow

Laura Winslow

Judy Winslow

  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Probably one of the most infamous examples of this along with the trope namer. She disappears after Season 4, without explanation. Afterwards, the other characters act as if she never existed and Harriette and Carl only had two kids (Eddie and Laura).
  • Flat Character
  • Out of Focus: After Steve is introduced, she become a background character; in Seasons 2, 3, and especially 4, she is given very few lines (usually in scenes involving the entire family), until her character is completely eliminated in Season 5.

Estelle Winslow

Rachel Crawford

Richie Crawford

Waldo Geraldo Faldo

Myra Monkhouse

Maxine Johnson

Jerry Jamal "3J" Jameson

Stefan Urquelle

Myrtle Urkel

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