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Characters: Happy Days
The cast and characters of Happy Days.

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    Arthur "The Fonz/Fonzie" Fonzarelli 
Played by: Henry Winkler

    Richard "Richie" Cunningham 
Played By: Ron Howard

     Howard Cunningham 
Played by: Tom Bosley

    Marion Cunningham 
Played by: Marion Ross

     Joanie Louise Cunningham-Arcola 
Played by: Erin Moran

    Warren "Potsie" Weber 
Played by: Anson Williams

  • Adorkable
  • Alliterative Name
  • The Artifact: After Richie and Ralph left the show.
  • Bound and Gagged: In "Fonzie's Funeral Part 2".
  • Butt Monkey
  • Calling the Old Man Out: We never actually see Potsie do this on the show, but Potsie mentions at the end of "White Christmas" that he is going to finally have a decent talk with his father.
  • Casting Gag / Real-Life Relative: Potsie was in a relationship with Jennifer Jerome (played by Lorrie Mahaffey) for several seasons in-universe; in real life, Anson Williams was married to Mahaffey from 1978 to 1986.
  • The Cast Showoff
  • Catch Phrase: Potsie used to say "man oh man, you got it made in the shade" to Richie in the first two seasons.
  • Childhood Friends: With Richie.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: For the finale, at least. No explanation is given as to why one of the show's original main characters failed to show up.
    • In real life, Anson Williams had left the show and he managed to get some of the last season's episodes done in 1983 before his character vanished entirely.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Very often.
  • Commuting on a Bus / Why Do You Keep Changing Jobs?: Look for Potsie throughout Season 8 episodes in a stream of completely random jobs, including: the announcer at a basketball game, the MC of an awards ceremony, singing at a beauty pageant, etc. before Howard hired him as assistant manager of the hardware store and pledge for the Leopard Lodge.
  • Demoted to Extra: Starting Season 8, his appearances became much less frequent.
  • The Ditz: More so as the seasons went on.
    • Genius Ditz: Potsie's an excellent singer and was smart enough to study psychology in college, but thinks that a pair of scissors is two.
  • Eternally Pearly-White Teeth: Shown in some of the episodes about he and Ralph living in their apartment that he is obsessed with keeping his teeth clean.
  • Fearless Fool: He claims to fear nothing on Richie's list of phobias in "Fearless Malph", as opposed to Ralph, who is terrified of every single item on the list.
  • Five Temperament Ensemble: Phlegmatic.
  • Flanderization: From Richie's worldly best friend to a bumbling, dim-witted sidekick.
  • Four Philosophy Ensemble: The Optimist.
  • Fourth Date Marriage: Averted in "Potsie Gets Pinned" when he declares that he wants to marry Jennifer Jerome after just one date.
  • Freudian Trio: The Id (shared with Ralph)
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: In later seasons.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Ralph. Originally with Richie.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood / Parental Neglect: If Potsie's very bad relationship with his father wasn't played for laughs, you would think he was the victim of some severe emotional abuse.
  • A House Divided: He and Ralph are oblivious to the fact that Richie is disturbed by their peculiar living conditions in "The Apartment", while he and Ralph argue over some of Richie's bad advice in "Ralph vs. Potsie."
  • I Have No Son: He mentions in several episodes that his father doesn't like to tell people that his son even EXISTS.
  • I Owe You My Life: Potsie saves Fonzie's life in one episode. All he wants in return is to 'pal around' with the Fonz ... all the time.
  • The Lancer: Was originally supposed to be this to Richie, before Fonzie became the show's Breakout Character.
  • Locked in a Room: With Richie, Fonzie, and Ralph in "Time Capsule."
  • Long-Runner Cast Turnover: One of the four survivors.
  • Not Important to This Episode Camp: Countless times in the last four seasons.
  • Odd Couple: The Felix to Ralph's Oscar as roommates in their apartment.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname
  • Power Trio: The McCoy (shared with Ralph)
  • The Thing That Would Not Leave: In later seasons. He would often overstay his welcome after following Howard home from the hardware store; Howard would look for ways to get him to leave (convincing Fonzie to take him to play ski ball, tell him to walk out the door and then slam it on the confused Potsie, etc).
  • This Is My Side: He and Ralph play this straight in their apartment when bad advice from Richie goes too far.
  • Those Two Guys: With Ralph.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass
  • Tragic Dropout: He drops out of college in "Potsie Quits School" when he cannot tolerate any more pressure from an abusive teacher. With the help of Fonzie, Potsie manages to convince his teacher (through song) that he can pass his biology test, and reenrolls back into the college.
  • True Companions: With Richie, Ralph, and Fonzie.
  • The Unfavorite: To his father.
  • "Well Done, Son" Guy: Subverted. Most of the time he doesn't even seem to care whether his father notices him or not.

    Ralph Malph 
Played by: Donny Most

    Alfred "Al" Delvecchio 
Played by: Al Molinaro

    Charles "Chachi" Arcola 
Played by: Scott Baio

    Other Characters 

Chuck Cunningham (Gavan O'Herlihy, Randolph Roberts)

Matsumo "Arnold" Takahashi (Pat Morita)

Lori Beth Allen-Cunningham (Lynda Goodfriend)

Jenny Piccalo (Cathy Silvers)

Roger Phillips (Ted McGinley)

Leopold "Flip" Phillips (Billy Warlock)

Krystal "K.C." Cunningham (Crystal Bernard)

Ashley Pfister (Linda Purl)

Heather Pfister (Heather O'Rourke)

"Bag" Zombroski (Neil J. Schwartz)

Bill "Sticks" Downey (Jack Baker)

Eugene Belvin (Denis Mandel)

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