Characters from the [=HBO=] Dramedy ''Girls''.


!!The Main Four

[[folder:Hannah Horvath ]]
->'''Played By:''' Lena Dunham

As close to a central character as the show has, though this is largely because much of it is told through her eyes, Hannah is an insecure, slightly overweight aspiring writer from Lansing, Michigan who has moved to New York to pursue her dreams. At the beginning of the show she's still receiving financial support from her parents, though that quickly changes. She lives in an apartment in Brooklyn with her best friend from college, Marnie.
* AlliterativeName: Like all the main four.
* AuthorAvatar: To an extent, though Dunham has denied that the character is a direct counterpart to herself.
* [[BigBeautifulWoman Cute Chubby Girl]]: She flaunts her body in bikinis and is noted to be cute.
* {{Character Development}}: Grows out of her laziness and finds success as a writer, and becomes kinder and more accepting of the people around her.
* DitzyGenius: Dunham describes Hannah as being "a mix of natural intelligence and improbable stupidity".
* EvenGirlsWantHer: Enough for a lesbian at a retreat to tell Hannah that she's "too luscious to be with the wrong guy".
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Choleric.
* ItsAllAboutMe: She has a hard time talking about anything but her own problems and concerns. Several characters call her out on that during the whole series.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Can be very caring when she wants to and is very much the optimist.
* LastHetRomance: For Elijah [[spoiler: and subverted as he later has sex with Marnie.]]
* TheLoad: She spends the entire first season either not having a job or not having a job that pays any money, meaning Marnie has to pay her rent and other expenses.
* MostWritersAreWriters
* NaiveEverygirl: Very clueless and relatable along with having a good dose of optimism.
* NeverMyFault: She can't even write a proper apology letter without being hopelessly passive aggressive.
* NoSocialSkills: She can be incredibly tactless at times.
* OneOfTheKids: She's already a WomanChild, but she soon takes a job as a substitute teacher and has a rather big sister/buddy relationship with her students, sometimes to their detriment.
* SheCleansUpNicely: On her 25th birthday, she's very put together in her outfit and hair with nice make up. Her parents remark how well she's looking and Marnie lampshades that she'd look like this every day if she wanted to; Hannah's outer presentation also improves as the series goes on.
* SuperOCD: Hannah has had obsessive-compulsive disorder since her teens, and suffers a major relapse as a result of her breakup with Adam and her nervousness over her e-book deal.
* SurprisePregnancy: [[spoiler: she finds herself pregnant in the last season after she gets herself checked for a UTI]].
* ThisLoserIsYou: She has definitely fallen into this trope, as the series has gone on.
* TookALevelInKindness: Slowly, is mellowing out and open to befriending a girl she was jealous of.
* UnreliableNarrator: {{lampshade}}d by Adam in Episode 7, and heralding a massive dose of CharacterDevelopment for him as she realizes she has been writing him off.
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: Has a ''massive'' tendency to be this at times.
* WeightWoe: She's a BigEater and is aware of how chubby she is, with the first episode having her refer to Marnie as a "Victoria's Secret Angel" and herself as a "fat baby angel" when Charlie commented on how they looked angelic sleeping together; on the other hand, she tends to worry about more things than her weight and tends to regard her body as "it is what it is" and doesn't shy away from string bikinis.
--> '''ADAM:''' "You think because you're, what, eleven pounds overweight you know struggle?"
--> '''HANNAH:''' "I am thirteen pounds overweight and it has been [[ awful for me my whole life]]!"
* WomanChild:She's been mooching off her parents even when no longer living with them (and then she starts mooching off Marnie), she can barely sustain a job or relationship for a reasonable amount of time, and she frequently blames everybody else for her problems and mistakes. This is most evident in the episode "Leave Me Alone," where [[spoiler: she becomes needlessly jealous of a former classmate for successfully launching her writing career, and then sabotages her chance at finally getting recognition for her writing during an essay read. This, among other things, finally pushes Marnie to her limit. And the two, after a nasty fight, break off their friendship... with Hannah ''still'' not realizing how childish her behavior has been]]. In series 2 moreso than in series 1. Series 1 was mostly about the world from Hannah's perspective, Series 2 is mostly about Hannah from the world's perspective, which makes her seem like a much more stupid and arrogant person.

[[folder:Marnie Michaels]]
->'''Played By:''' Allison Williams

Hannah's best friend from Oberlin, Marnie is a slightly prissy and uptight but responsible young woman who works at an art gallery. At the beginning of the series she is in a long-term relationship with Charlie, but feeling a bit bored with it. She and Hannah clash at times, but Marnie does care about Hannah despite her occasional IceQueen tendencies.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Arguably is a significant element of his attraction to Booth.
* AlliterativeName: Marnie ''Marie'' Michaels.
* AloofDarkHairedGirl
* BreakTheHaughty: Poor Marnie, since she has split up with Charlie she can't catch a break.
* {{Character Development}}: Is gradually becoming more self-aware and growing out of her entitlement.
* ControlFreak
* ADateWithRosiePalms: After being propositioned by Booth Jonathan at an art gallery.
* {{Failed a Spot Check}}: Has dated a couple of addicts and has friends who use drugs, but is oblivious to the signs that someone is high.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Melancholic.
* HollywoodToneDeaf: Averted. Unlike many other TV show characters who have rather unrealistic dreams of a singing career, her vocals are actually ''okay''. [[SoOkayItsAverage But that's basically it.]]
* IceQueen
* {{Narcissist}}: It shows particularly in her love life and when it comes to her singing ambitions. She and Desi even ''have sex to their own music''.
* NotWhatItLooksLike: Has the nerve to sheepishly say that Ray forced her into having sex with him when Hannah catches the two of them getting it on.
* OnlySaneWoman: How she sees herself compared to the rest of the clique. In the beginning of the series she's the only one with a steady job and a boyfriend. Of course, she's actually just as screwed up as everyone else.
* RedOniBlueOni: The blue to Hannah's red.
* ShesGotLegs: In her hostess outfit.
* StatuesqueStunner: Quoting Hannah, she's the Victoria's Secret's angel while Hannah is the "fat baby angel".

[[folder:Jessa Johanson]]
->'''Played By:''' Jemima Kirke

A world-traveling, would-be Bohemian Brit, who arrives in New York in the first episode and moves in with Shoshanna. The most impulsive and free-spirited of the bunch, she tends to make things fun for the others but also gets them in trouble at times as well. She has a (well-deserved) reputation for being flaky and unreliable, and like Hannah, she lacks a job at the beginning of the series, though she soon gets one as a babysitter for a wealthy couple.
* AlliterativeName: Sensing a trend yet?
* BiTheWay: In Season 1 [[spoiler: Marnie kisses her in front of Thomas John, she kisses back in a more sensual/sexual way and they dismiss his attempts to join in]], and in Season 3 she [[spoiler: goes down on closeted lesbian Laura at rehab]].
* BritishStuffiness: Completely averted. Jessa is by far the most open-minded and adventurous of the four.
* TheDrifter: Formerly.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Sanguine.
* FreudianExcuse: Gets one in the form of a troubled relationship with her father, who is just as flighty, irresponsible, and self-centered as she is.
* GoingColdTurkey: After [[spoiler: rehab]] she is not shown drinking or using until [[spoiler: Jasper hunts her down at her place of work and it doesn't take much convincing for her to join him in a cocaine binge that results in her stealing from her employer]].
* {{Functional Addict}}/{{Addled Addict}}: Fluctuates between the two.
* GranolaGirl: Though less into hippie-type philosophies than most examples.
* HideYourPregnancy: Jemima Kirke was pregnant during the filming of season two, though this trope is slightly subverted because she wasn't showing as much as some other examples.
* InformedAttractiveness: She's pretty and all, but the way people go on about her you'd think she was the most glamorous woman on Earth. Episode 4 is particularly over the top about it when the other babysitters just can't believe a stunner like Jessa is a babysitter and not a movie star.
* {{Jerkass}}: Often has more in common with a pile of broken glass than with a human being. Especially apparent in season 4. [[spoiler: First she sets up Adam, who is still kindasorta involved with her ''friend'' Hannah, up with Mimi-Rose, an artist acquintance of hers, so she could get closer with Mimi-Rose's ex, whom she has taken an interest in. She also takes pride in allegedly four men trying to commit suicide because of her as if this made her some supreme seductress and not just a terrible person to be with.]]
** [[spoiler: She is intentionally an asshole to Hannah in Season 5 to push her away and alleviate her guilt about falling for Hannah's ex, Adam.]]
* LaserGuidedKarma: [[spoiler: Ace, Mimi-Rose's ex, winds up using Jessa to make Mimi-Rose jealous.]]
** [[spoiler: After Jessa and Adam end things, Hannah forgives her, but states they are better off not being friends]]
* LikeParentLikeChild: Her father is a [[TheDrifter slight]], unreliable manchild just like her.
* ManicPixieDreamGirl: She seems to give off this vibe to men. Her boss, Jeff, wants her to be this for him. [[spoiler:She declines]]. Thomas-John [[spoiler: pursues and marries her because he views her as this. It doesn't end well]].
* PutOnABus: [[spoiler:During the middle of season two, most likely to accommodate Kirke's [[RealLifeWritesThePlot real-life pregnancy]] at the time]].
* {{Stepford Snarker}}: Is fairly snarky and dismissive towards her friends and love interests, though this is largely a mask for what Hannah describes as "a deep well of loneliness".
* {{Tsundere}}: With her husband Thomas-John. [[spoiler: She marries him because she hates him so much.]]
-->'''Jessa''': [During her vows] Thomas-John, when you came to my house with flowers, I was prepared to call the special victims unit. Not only did I find you very creepy, but I also found you very boring. But for some reason, I decided to have dinner with you. You asked to move tables twice -- and I was even more revolted. Then, you started talking about what you did -- about travel and finance-- and I thought, this man is brilliant in a way I've never known.

[[folder:Shoshanna Shapiro]]
->'''Played By:''' Zosia Mamet

Jessa's American cousin, Shoshanna is the youngest and least experienced of the group, and also the only one who's still a student. She's also still a virgin at the beginning of the series, a status about which she is extremely insecure.
* ActionGirl: In Episode 7. Those kickboxing classes pay off.
* AlliterativeName: Yep, definitely a trend.
* AmbiguouslyJewish
* {{Character Development}}: Ends up being the most focused and conventionally successful out of the four.
* TheDitz: There's a reason why her quotes are a tumblr favorite.
* {{Dumbass Has a Point}}: While in later seasons her stupidity is more of an {{Informed Flaw}}, she is very perceptive, and recognizes the flaws of the other characters and her need to move on from them.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Phlegmatic.
* {{I Want My Beloved to be Happy}}: Helps Ray out with Marnie, despite having lingering feelings for him.
* TheIngenue
* MotorMouth: Even more so when she smokes crack.
* PitbullDatesPuppy: Her relationship with the rather peevish and sarcastic Ray could definitely be seen as this.
* SexAsRiteOfPassage
* YourCheatingHeart: Cheats on Ray with a doorman in season 2. Then cheats on her long distance boyfriend while living in Japan in Season 5.

!!Other Characters

[[folder:Adam Sackler]]
->'''Played By:''' Creator/AdamDriver

Hannah's [[FriendsWithBenefits friend with benefits]] at the beginning of the show, Adam is a part-time woodworker and aspiring actor who likes to work out, [[ADateWithRosiePalms masturbate]], and [[WalkingShirtlessScene walk around without a shirt on]]. It's later shown that there's more to him than meets the eye, however.
* AbsenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder: [[spoiler: He starts dating Mimi-Rose while Hannah is in Iowa. To be fair, he considered her moving away as a breakup.]]
* TheAlcoholic: [[spoiler:It's revealed to Hannah's surprise that he has been attending AA meetings since he was 17.]]
* AmusingInjuries: During a heated argument with Hannah, he gets clipped by a car. It's played completely straight (ambulance and everything), but it also [[BlackComedy breaks the tension]].
* BreakoutCharacter: Most definitely.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Every character besides Hannah finds him bizarre. He wanders around Hannah's apartment and annoys Marnie because he doesn't understand the concept of personal space.
* ADateWithRosiePalms: Frequently, at least one time [[FanDisservice only slightly off-camera]].
* FagHag: Gender-reversed, as Adam has a lot of lesbian friends.
* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: Not "responsible" per se, but he comes off as being more functional than his sister Caroline (that isn't saying much).
* FormerlyFat: He tells Hannah he was fat in high school, now a muscular twenty-something that teases Hannah about her weight.
* HiddenDepths: {{Lampshaded}} and arguably subverted. Adam points out that his depths aren't so much hidden as that Hannah has never bothered to look for them before.
** His acting skills stand out considerably here. During the first half of season 3, he is mentioned to be going to auditions, but it's mostly played for laughs since he says he mostly does it to get a rise out of people. However, when he finally reads some of his lines to Hannah, he pulls them off ''amazingly'', almost changing into a different person in front of her.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Reveals himself to be this later in Season One. He also tends to have a moral code and is horrified when Hannah worries about her ebook deal just after her boss died.
* NoSocialSkills: More or less.
* OffTheWagon: [[spoiler:In the season two episode "On All Fours". The results aren't pretty.]]
* {{Tall, Dark, and Snarky}}
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Played for laughs, as he's not as attractive as he seems to think he is.
** YMMV on that one. Many fans find Adam Sackler and the man who plays him, AdamDriver, incredibly hot.

[[folder:Charlie Dattolo]]
->'''Played By:''' Christopher Abbott

Marnie's boyfriend, who at the beginning of the series has been with her since meeting her at an undergraduate party four years before. He's [[NiceGuy very kind and accommodating]] to her, but she's grown a bit bored of him. He's in a music duo with his friend Ray.
* GadgeteerGenius: Charlie made a lot of money and started a successful company after developing an app ("Forbid") that prevents you from calling someone (such as an ex-boyfriend or girlfriend) whom you are tempted to call but know that you shouldn't call.
* DoggedNiceGuy: To Marnie's annoyance. [[spoiler: Later shows that he can be just as big a {{Jerkass}} as any of the other characters.]]
* HiddenDepths: As with Adam, there's a bit more to him than is initially presented.
* [[spoiler:PutOnABus]]
** {{The Bus Came Back}}: In Season 5.

[[folder:Elijah Krantz]]
->'''Played By:''' Andrew Rannells

Hannah's ex-boyfriend from college. Hannah tracks him down in season one to give him some news, only to find out that he has some news himself - he's gay, and now out of the closet. He later becomes a recurring character.
* BerserkButton: "Berserk" is a tad strong, but he does ''not'' like people making fun of his singing voice.
* CampGay
* {{Gaydar}}: [[spoiler: He knew about Mr. Horvath's sexuality before he did.]]
-->[[spoiler: (in season 1) "Your dad is gay!"]]
* {{Heterosexual Life Partners}}: Has become this with Hannah as of Season 6, even [[spoiler: offering to help raise her baby.]] Ironic considering that he is gay and the two used to date.
* {{Hidden Depths}}: Is actually a talented actor and singer, despite his general attitude of coasting through life.
* IncompatibleOrientation: With Hannah, obviously. An unusual case as she only finds out after they've already broken up.
* {{Jerkass}}: At times, though his reasons for being such are usually at least somewhat sympathetic.
** {{Jerkass Has a Point}}: His predictions that Marnie's relationship with Desi [[spoiler: would end poorly]] were 100% correct, as well as his comment about Hannah's father [[spoiler: being gay]].
* NoBisexuals: Discussed after he [[spoiler: has sex with Marnie.]]
* TransparentCloset: {{Lampshade}}d by Elijah himself:
-->"''Theatre/{{RENT}}'' rehearsal!"
* WouldHitAGirl: He hits Marnie when she insults his singing voice, although it's more of a pissy slap than an actual attempt to harm her.

[[folder:Ray Ploshansky]]
->'''Played By:''' Alex Karpovsky

Charlie's bandmate and best friend, who is extremely protective of Charlie's feelings. Ray manages a coffee shop, at which Hannah eventually gets a job.
* BreakoutCharacter: As of season 2.
* TheCynic:
-->'''Shoshanna''': [[spoiler: During her breakup with Ray]] You hate everything!
* DeadpanSnarker: Particularly the 'deadpan' part.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He can be a bit of a dick, but he really does have his friend's best interests at heart.
* OlderThanTheyLook: He's 33, almost a decade older than the other characters.
* {{Tall Dark and Snarky}}

[[folder:Booth Jonathan]]
->'''Played By:''' Jorma Taccone

A conceptual artist whom Marnie meets at an art gallery in the first season, and [[spoiler: later dates after her breakup with Charlie]]. Unlike most of the other characters, he's fairly successful at his job, and while Marnie admires him for it he isn't universally liked.
* BadassBoast: Using these seems to be central to his approach to chatting up women. From what we've seen so far, it works.
* {{Jerkass}}
* UglyGuyHotWife: A girlfriend/boyfriend variant. [[spoiler: Charlie's view of him and Marnie.]]

->'''Played By:''' Chris O'Dowd

A venture capitalist who meets Marnie and Jessa when the two are out drinking one night. He tries to put the moves on them, unsuccessfully, but later comes back into the picture when [[spoiler: it's revealed that he's been seeing Jessa and the two of them have decided to get married]].
* BoringButPractical: The way he views his profession - it may not be as interesting as what Jessa and her friends do, but it pays the bills.
* StraightMan: Of the mostly non-comic variety.

->'''Played By:''' Donald Glover

A black law student whom Hannah briefly dates after [[spoiler: her breakup with Adam]]. Elijah dislikes him and Hannah is critical of him because of his conservative political beliefs, but he generally remains good-natured with them.
* DeadpanSnarker: This comes out when he and Hannah break up.
--->'''Hannah:''' ''(when breaking up)'' Do you want to have sex still?
--->'''Sandy:''' No.
--->'''Hannah:''' I didn't feel like it either, I just didn't want you to have blue balls because that's another thing I don't believe in.
--->'''Sandy:''' [[SarcasmMode You're so sweet, you're so sweet]].
* StrawmanPolitical: Averted. In general he politely avoids discussing politics, and while he refuses to apologize for his beliefs to Hannah or Elijah he isn't presented as unreasonable in doing so.
* TokenMinority: To this point, the only non-white character to have much of a role on the show.

[[folder: Fran Parker]]
->'''Played By:''' James Lacy

Hannah's fellow teacher and boyfriend.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: He has a trial for a girlfriend, sure. But he often is very condescending and passive-aggressive to her and doesn't care for her feelings.
* GenderBlenderName: His nickname is Fran for one.
* NiceGuy: Stands out as one of the few stable boyfriends of Hannah, [[spoiler: until he proves himself as one of those people who act "nice to hide their inner assholes" as Hannah's one-off partner put it]].
* NotSoAboveItAll: He turns out to be as messed up as most of the cast.
* WomenAreWiser: Averted, given that his girlfriend is the erratic Hannah.

[[folder:Caroline Sackler]]
->'''Played By:''' Gaby Hoffman

Adam's emotionally unstable sister who briefly lives at Hannah's. According to Adam, she has a thing for driving a wedge between people.
* BigOlEyebrows: She's played by Gaby Hoffman, after all.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: So cuckoo that [[spoiler: she breaks a small glass in her hand]]
* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: Adam is the more responsible and functional comparison to her
* JerkassHasAPoint: She [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech tells Hannah that she and Adam are both]] [[{{Wangst}} whiny]] and self-centered people.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Really cares for Hannah and Adam, then later that care is extended to Laird and her daughter.
* MessyHair: Has really messy, wavy brown hair.
* MissingMom: [[spoiler: She leaves Laird and their baby girl in ''Homeward Bound''.]]

[[folder:Desi Harperin]]
-> '''Played by:''' Ebon Moss-Bachrach

An acting colleague of Adam who later becomes the other half of Marnie's singing duo as well as her lover [[spoiler: and later husband]].
* {{Flanderization}}: Was initially introduced as an actor/musician, who was narcissistic, but also much hipper and more collected. He developed into a {{Man Child}} who throws petty tantrums if he's not getting constant attention.
* {{Functional Addict}}: [[spoiler: Revealed to be this in Season 6.]]
* {{Narcissist}}: Even worse than Marnie.
* YourCheatingHeart: When he starts singing with Marnie, his girlfriend Clementine gets jealous of their chemistry right away, for which she later apologizes. Turns out her suspicions were more than justified.

[[folder: Laird]]

Marnie and Hannahs' neighbor, a recovering drug addict, and later Caroline's partner.
* BrokenBird: He's a fragile person.
* NiceGuy: One of the few genuinely nice characters in the show.

[[folder:Mimi-Rose Howard]]
->'''Played By:''' Gillian Jacobs

An upcoming artist/writer and [[spoiler:Adam's new girlfriend]].
* BitchInSheepsClothing: According to her ex, her cordiality is just an act she puts on because it fits her public branding as an artist.
* NiceGirl: She's really, really friendly.
* NotSoDifferent: From Hannah. In her first appearance, she's portrayed as a flawless Anti-Hannah. The more we get to know her, the more we find out that she's actually just as screwed up as the main four.
* WalkingSpoiler: It's difficult to bring her up without revealing [[spoiler:that she is Adam's new girlfriend.]]

[[folder:Tad & Loreen Horvath]]
->'''Played By:''' Peter Scolari & Becky Ann Baker

Hannah's parents, who are university professors in Michigan. They had been supporting Hannah financially as she worked at her unpaid internship, but cut her off from further support in the initial episode.
* TheBeard: [[spoiler: Loreen decides to stay with Tad after learning that the life of a divorcee isn't all roses.]]
* BumblingDad: Hannah's father displays a degree of naivete, or at least lack of sophistication, that is surprising given that he's a college professor ("Can we get a hotel for $50 a night in Manhattan?"). It's especially bad since his daughter HANNAH has to school him on a few things.
* FieryRedhead: Loreen has short, flaming red hair and is often impatient with Hannah and her demands for money.
* TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry: Loreen has two sisters with whom she has a rather....tenuous relationship with as seen in "Flo".
* HippieParents: They display traces of that, as can be seen in the contrast between their wild shower sex and Hannah's more pedestrian romantic encounters.
* ParentalObliviousness: They believe Hannah when she says that she's doing okay financially.
* SuddenlySexuality: [[spoiler: After decades of marriage, Tad comes out as gay. Of course, Elijah called it way back in season 1.]]
* TookALevelInJerkass: Understandable for Loreen, the man she's been married to came out to her after several years and she's often lashing out to the point where she's placing Hannah in the middle.