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    Dr. Gregory House 

Head of the Department of Diagnostic Medicine at Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital, with specialties in both Infectious Disease and Nephrology. House did his undergrad at Johns Hopkins; he also attended medical school there but was expelled for cheating and ultimately got his degree from the University of Michigan. House is a brilliant doctor; unfortunately for everyone around him, he's also a misanthrope and an arrogant jerk to everyone he meets. He walks with a cane as a result of an infarction he suffered in his right thigh and the surgery that tried to correct it; the pain from this drives his Vicodin addiction as well.

Played by Hugh Laurie.

Tropes:

  • Abusive Father: Ice baths, Denied Food as Punishment if he was ever even the tiniest bit late for a meal, and being made to sleep outside in the yard when he was a child. House loves his mother, but she either didn't accompany House and his father when he was stationed at various military bases or didn't notice the abuse. House concludes that his mother hated his father, too, when he proves that his dad wasn't his dad. Given the nature of this sort of family dynamic, it's very likely she was a victim, too.
  • Agent Scully: He stubbornly refuses to accept any explanation involving magic/angels/misc supernatural.
  • Anti-Hero: He has good intentions (most of the time) but he is not a nice man.
  • Arson, Murder, and Lifesaving: In that order, less prominent in Season 1. The only reason Cuddy hasn't fired him already.
  • Blasphemous Boast: "In this temple, I am Dr. Yahweh."
  • Blatant Lies: The most obvious: "I never lie."
  • Break the Haughty: A lot of times; Tritter saw it as his purpose to break his pride and make him apologize.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: House is shown to excel at almost everything he puts his mind to. Nonetheless, he will jump through all kinds of hoops to get out of clinic duty, and he was assigned interns to keep him from spending all his time watching Soap Operas. He can often be found doing random things in his office (or Wilson's office, or Cuddy's office...), ranging from playing with a Zen garden to constructing a Rube Goldberg machine to practicing yo-yo tricks. He claims in one episode that isolating himself "helps his process." Whether this or the above is true, or perhaps a mix of the two, is anyone's guess.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: A true example of the 'cost/benefit' part of the trope: he's so good at what he does Cuddy earmarks part of the hospital's budget to pay for the inevitable legal fees. It's also made clear on multiple occasions that House's department is a huge money sink, and that House's antics are pretty destructive to hospital morale and overall functionality. Essentially, were his boss anyone other than Dr. Cuddy, House would have been tossed out years ago.
  • Casual Danger Dialogue: House's typical non-reaction of "cool" or "interesting" when a patient's face melts or some such.
  • Catch Phrase:
    • "Everyone lies."
    • "It's not lupus."
    • "You're/He's/She's an idiot!"
    • "Interesting..."
  • Character Title: The series is named after him.
  • Composite Character: In addition to being an Expy of Sherlock Holmes, as noted below, his character clearly takes some influence from John Watson as well (even with Wilson being written as an Expy of Watson). He combines Holmes' drug use, deductive skills and antisocial tendencies with Watson's profession as a medical doctor, as well as Watson's limp (Watson walked with a cane, like House, because of a gunshot wound in the Afghan War).
  • Consummate Liar: He's good at it sure but it plays into his Catch Phrase "Everyone lies" and they do.
  • Custom Uniform: He very rarely wears the white lab coat that all the other doctors are required to wear. In fact, if you do see House in a lab coat, he's probably up to something.
  • Deadpan Snarker: At everyone, especially patients.
  • Dead Person Conversation: Has repeated hallucinations of Amber and Kutner.
  • Determinator: When he wants to prove that he's right.
  • Disability as an Excuse for Jerkassery: Uses his injured leg to do this, though he was a Jerkass before then.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Whether its about his emotional state or his limp, he'll chew you out for showing sympathy.
  • Driven to Suicide: In the series finale and "Merry Little Christmas". Decides to keep living in the former, and is unsuccessful in the latter.
  • Dr. Jerk: He acknowledges it too: "I'm a doctor you'd never send a gift to." He's got such a reputation for this that his Genre Savvy boss set aside a generous budget for legal expenses when she hired him.
  • Eureka Moment: How House solves almost all the medical mysteries, to the point that he's become Genre Savvy about them and occasionally tries to induce them..
  • Evil Laugh: He breaks out an impressive one when he has The Team cure a braindead woman so they can use her heart for a transplant.
    House: We're going to cure her.
    Cameron: We're going to cure death?!
    House: MUHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! ...Doubt it.
  • Faking the Dead: In the series finale, he switches his dental records with those of a former patient who was dying anyway, leading to the patient's body being identified as his own in the wreckage of a burned-down building. He ends the show legally dead; only Wilson and Foreman know he's still alive.
  • Flanderization: Interestingly, the only Doctor on the show who became crazier as the show went on, suggesting worsening depression and drug addiction. In the first season, House at least tried to hide (however feebly) his rudeness from patients, and went to bat for them if the hospital tried to deny him/her care. Late-season House made it plain that that the patient is irrelevant; all he cares about is the puzzle. There is also a noticeable shift in ideology; a belief that human beings are all shallow narcissists and that kindness springs from cowardice became a moral principle instead of a cynical observation.
  • Freudian Excuse: Subverted. People think his cranky attitude is because of his leg, but Stacey and Wilson confirm that he was just as much an ass before he got his leg injury.
  • Functional Addict: Functional most of the time. When he losses access to vicodin, the result is ugly.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Ultimately, he means well and will go extremely far to save his patients, but he doesn't do it in a nice way.
  • Has a Type: House definitely goes for brunettes. Cameron, Stacy, Cuddy, Paula the hooker from season two, and Dominika from season seven - all are brunettes. Incidentally, whatever he may or may not have felt for the blonde Amber, the most notable instance of a blonde being interested in House, assuming we discount the post-season three Cameron, turned out to be the result of a fungal infection in her brain.
  • Heroic BSOD:
    • Suffering bad ones after Kutner's death, the first hallucination of Amber, Amber's return in the restaurant, learning that he'll be in prison for Wilson's 5 remaining months alive, and Amber and Kutner appearing in the season finale.
    • Both Kutner and Amber appear in hallucinations in the series finale...as do Cameron and Stacy.
  • Hookers and Blow: Hookers and Vicodin, to be exact.
  • Hypocrite: He openly mocks religious patients for finding comfort in superstition, but privately admits that the evidence for/against God could point either way and his own atheism is partly because he finds it more comforting.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: How he justifies his illegal/immoral behavior towards patients.
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: At the end of Season 4, Amber Volakis died in a bus crash that House was also in when she came to take him home after he went out drinking. Later, when Kutner committed suicide in Season 5, House started to have hallucinations of Amber from the combination of his Vicodin intake and his guilt. At the end of Season 5, House also hallucinates Kutner: he felt guilt for his death and tried to convince himself he was murdered, since suicide meant he never saw what was wrong with him. Afterwards, he checked himself into a psychiatric hospital.
  • Insufferable Genius: House is usually right, and he'll make sure you know it.
  • Lack of Empathy: Subverted. He's fully capable of empathy. In emotional or sad moments, and almost always private ones, he'll display that capacity. He just likes to give the impression that he's an outright asshole.
  • Last Name Basis: None of the hospital staff call him Greg, not even Wilson. Only his mother and ex-girlfriend address him by his first name.
  • The Leader: Of the Department of Diagnostic Medicine. Type Headstrong in that he bullies and goads his way to an objective.
  • Made of Iron: Considering his addictions, all the experiments he performs on himself and the sheer amount of accidents he's been in, it's a wonder he isn't dead yet.
  • Mad Scientist: One time, Cuddy even referred to him as 'playing mad scientist'.
  • Man Child: House acts likes this occasionally.
  • Manipulative Bastard: To both his friends and his patients; either because it amused him or to find out some secret they're supposedly hiding.
  • Mean Boss: If you ever work with him and you have something to make fun of, he will make fun of it. He makes race jokes to Foreman, class jokes to Chase, ridicules Cameron's compassion, makes fun of Adams' rich guilt, Park's social awkwardness, Thirteen's bisexuality, and Taub's inability to keep a relationship together.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Hugh Laurie is a very humble man, who admits he gets worried about the risk of letting the fame go to his head. It seems, at least, that he's doing a fairly good job of keeping his feet planted firmly upon Terra Firma, so far.
  • Meaningful Name : His first name isn't used often, but Gregory means "watchful." House is a sharp, keen observer.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Along with Wilson. In "The Down Low", he pretends he and Wilson are a couple as part of an insanely convoluted plan to sleep with the woman Wilson likes, and keep him from sleeping with her at the same time.
  • Never Be Hurt Again: At times. His relationship with Stacy sent him into one period of emotional disengagement. Then after his relationship with Cuddy goes bad he refuses the affections of his green-card wife, apparently out of fear that sex with anyone who likes him (rather than hookers) might lead to attachment which will hurt him again. If you showed him this page on TV Tropes and said that it applied to him, he'd probably call you a moron for thinking it... and then go home and play his piano, while drinking scotch, alone.
  • The Nicknamer: A Jerkass version of this trope. He comes up with new, insulting nicknames for everyone every time he sees them. Only one sticks: "Thirteen" for Dr. Remy Hadley. Although black Mormon "Big Love" and Cutthroat Bitch both had pretty good runs. House not calling Amber Cutthroat Bitch even makes for at least two distinct OOC Is Serious Business moments.
  • Oh, Crap: Several, the big ones being identifying Amber as the bus crash victim and realizing she's as good as dead in "Wilson's Heart", and Amber and Kutner appearing as hallucinations in late Season 5.
  • The Only One: Other characters have made final diagnoses before he has only a few times in the show's history.
  • Overly Narrow Superlative: "I'm almost always eventually right".
  • Perma Stubble: House always looks disheveled, a combination of his disability and his personality. The stubble is lampshaded in several episodes. One of these has House actually giving himself a clean shave; the result is so jarring that he looks like a stranger, highlighting how much the stubble is associated with his character. On another occasion Dr. Wilson tells him, "I lied. I've been lying to you in increasing amounts ever since I told you you looked good unshaved a year ago
  • Pet the Dog: Plenty, with the golden example being the series finale, wherein House deliberately destroys his own medical career in order to be with Wilson, who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer, during his last five months to live.
  • Phrase Catcher: "You're an ass!"
  • Really Gets Around: Hookers are one of his favorite pastimes.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Wilson's red.
  • Sad Clown: He constantly makes jokes, and enjoys childish pranks. However, he's a deeply depressed man who rarely laughs at anything.
  • Sleeping with the Boss: Winds up having sex with Cuddy, the hospital administrator and his immediate supervisor, after she comes over to his house to help him kick his Vicodin addiction. Except their encounter that night never actually happened—it was all a Vicodin-induced hallucination on House's part.
  • Sociopathic Hero: He does, very deep down, want to cure the people he treats but only if their case is interesting and only if he can go to illegal lengths to make sure.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Inadvertently causes Amber's death in the Season 4 finale. He called Wilson asking for a ride home, Amber saw the number and went to meet him, they went home on a bus which ended up in a horrific crash. Amber died from a combination of her injuries and the flu meds she was taking.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: In "Both Sides Now", the Season 5 finale, House seems to get control of his Heroic BSOD... At which point Amber comes out and congratulates him. The look of absolute horror on his face tells you all you need to know.
  • You Are What You Hate: House harbors a simmering rage at stupid doctors and clueless patients. He's both; when doctors misdiagnosed his clot, House insisted on waiting it out instead of amputation. He ended up with 1˝ legs and double the pain.

    Dr. James Wilson 

Head of the Department of Oncology, and House's best (and only) friend. Got his medical degree from Columbia and did his specialty training at the University of Pennsylvania. It's assumed but never stated that he attended McGill University for his bachelor's degree. Wilson is a sensitive and caring man, whose impeccable bedside manner sharply contrasts House's lack of one. As a result of his nature, he's been married three times, two of them failing as a result of his infidelity, and the third because of his partner's. Very much a people-pleaser. He and House frequently play mind games with one another.

Played by Robert Sean Leonard.

Tropes:

  • All-Loving Hero: Wilson certainly fits this trope a huge percentage of the time. Giving part of your liver to your friend/patient who is dying certainly fits him in this category. In fact, he's always so ridiculously accommodating for other people, trying to help them out and take care of them, that it destroys his romantic relationships because he never wants to burden his partner with his own needs. Amber gets really pissed when he tries to take care of her.
  • All Take and No Give: His relationship with House, most of the time. On the other hand, Wilson has said he values his relationship with House because he doesn't have to walk on eggshells or soften the truth with House, which is valuable for someone who has to be nice and compassionate to people all day long. Inverted when he has cancer in Season 8.
  • All Men Are Perverts: An authentic example. He still can't abstain from dating other women, even when he was married. He even had an affair with a patient. Then he met Amber.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Which House abruptly realizes around season 4 (when Wilson starts sleeping with a female version of House) and mocks him for extensively for the rest of the series.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: In "The C-Word", the hallucination of a kid who died under his treatment asks "if [he] didn't do nothing wrong, why did [he] die?". The question leaves Wilson devastated.
  • Casting Gag: Robert Sean Leonard played Neil Perry in Dead Poets Society, who tried to give up his medical aspirations to be a thespian.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Not only does he state it;
    "Some doctors have the Messiah Complex - they need to save the world."
    • His love life is a victim of it. He gets into relationships with damaged women, and loses interest once they heal. On three occasions(see Serial Spouse), this happens after he marries them. Upside: at least one of the women was rather flattered by the whole thing - at least enough to chew House out for screwing with him. Wilson is pretty much stuck with House as his most significant other simply because House will never stop needing him.
  • Dead Person Conversation:
    • In "The C-Word", he talks to John Taylor, an 8-year-old who died under his care
    • In "Brave Heart": it's revealed that Wilson talks to his dead girlfriend Amber. He knows she isn't there, but it helps him cope.
  • Death by Irony: He's' an oncologist with terminal cancer...
  • Intoxication Ensues: From "Resignation", his infamous "I'm not on antidepressants, I'm on speeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeed!"
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Heavily implied in his relationship with House.
  • Manipulative Bastard: A hugely important part of his character. Wilson remains the only character who can continually lie to House, as well as the only character to one-up House.
    House: You manipulative bastard, did you just invoke the name of your dead girlfriend to play me? You're my hero.
  • Nice Jewish Boy: He's not necessarily nice all the time, but especially compared to House he generally seems nice. Since a lot of his patients are terminally ill, being nice is a job skill.
  • Serial Spouse: Wilson had been divorced twice at the start of the show. He went through his third divorce in season two. At one point his second wife says "He’s just so knight-in-shining armor, you know? Always there to support you, until he’s not, but by then you’re hooked." He stopped being there for her because he needed to be there for House.
    • It's implied that this is due to his Chronic Hero Syndrome. He's supportive of his girlfriends and spouses until they don't need support anymore, then he loses interest. But House never stops needing him.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Sensitive Guy to House's Manly Man.
  • Shipper on Deck: First to House and Cameron (even as he warns her not to hurt him), then to House and Stacy (even as he warns her not to hurt him and reminds House that Stacy's married) then to House and Cuddy. Mostly, he just wants House to be happy.
  • Smarter Than You Look: It's hard for anyone to shine when standing next to House, but Wilson continually provides useful insights (that House ignores). His A Day in the Limelight episode features him diagnosing a recurrence of cancer because his patient failed to mention how his grandchildren were doingnote .
  • Stepford Smiler: Amber beats it out of him.
  • Two First Names: Applies to his actor too.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Decides to induce protective hypothermia in Amber rather than continue with the defibrillator, so House has more time to diagnose her. She was as good as dead when they agreed on this.

    Dr. Lisa Cuddy 

Dean of Medicine at Princeton-Plainsboro, an endocrinologist, and House and Wilson's boss. The frequent target of House's insults and innuendos, Cuddy tries her hardest to rein in her star doctor. Unfortunately, House usually ends up gaining the upper hand.

She resigned after Season 7. House's last act was not pretty.

Played by Lisa Edelstein.

Tropes:

  • Beleaguered Bureaucrat: Cuddy constantly gives the impression that she has far too much on her plate, and in her A Day in the Limelight episode "5 to 9". this impression is confirmed with a vengeance, showing that House, for all the antagonism he gives Cuddy, is only about 50% of her problems.
  • The B Grade: She finished second best in her graduating class and was disappointed with the result.
  • Hot for Teacher: She and House attended the same med school (the one he got expelled from), and she tracked him down at the endocrinology seminar he was leading after an intriguing encounter at the bookstore.
  • Law of Inverse Fertility: Desperately wants a child, but is unable to conceive; in Season 3 she tells Wilson that she has made three attempts at implantation, two of which never took and the last of which miscarried. In Season 5, her first attempt at adoption falls through when the biological mother changes her mind about giving up her child. It takes until the middle of Season 5 for her to finally successfully adopt.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Let's see...low-cut tops, tight skirts and a stripper scene in House's mind. Invoked in-universe, as half of House's comments on Cuddy's clothes point out how completely inappropriate they are in a professional environment.
  • Put on a Bus: Resigns the day after the season 7 finale and is never seen or heard from again. A sedan crashing through her living room was enough for her to call it quits.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: With House. House maintains that the reason Cuddy will eventually give him whatever he asks for is because they had a one-night stand prior to the start of the series.

    Dr. Eric Foreman 

Neurologist and one of the original fellows serving under House. Foreman is a black man who comes from an underprivileged background. House hired him because he was a thief and a carjacker in his youth. He is the last of the three original fellows to be hired, having only joined the team three days before the start of the series. House seems to favor him above the other fellows as, and Foreman serves as something of a foil to House himself, being the fellow most likely to challenge House's authority or question his actions. He serves as a fellow for House from Seasons 1 - 7 and becomes Dean of Medicine in Season 8.

Played by Omar Epps.

Tropes:

  • Ambiguously Gay: During the episode "The Jerk" the titular asshat asks if people watch what they say. Foreman asks "Because I'm black?" And the kid says "No, because you're gay." Foreman says nothing.
  • Angry Black Man: Foreman can slip into this territory at times.
  • The Atoner: The only reason he still spends time with his father is guilt over not spending more time with his mother, who died in Season 6 and had Alzheimer's in her final years.
  • Benevolent Boss: In the final season, when he's promoted to Dean of Medicine.
  • Brutal Honesty: Can be like this at times, most notably when he coldly tells Cameron that They're not friends and never will be.
  • Custom Uniform: Starting in Season 4, like House he stops wearing a lab coat. Lampshaded by Chase in the episode "Games".
  • Dr. Jerk: To a lesser degree than House. His attempts to leave the hospital fail because of his House like tendencies.
  • Irony: After Season 2, he's a brain-damaged neurologist.
  • The Lancer: From Season 4 onwards. He's also the de facto Number Two of House's team.
  • Only Sane Man: Everyone but House is this to some extent, but sometimes he seems to be only one with common sense from the entire group.
  • Pet the Dog: On occasion such as when he comforts an overweight girl who is mercilessly bullied that everything will be okay when she's older.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Gets promoted to Dean of Medicine in season 8 following Cuddy's resignation, and seems to be putting his years of working under House to use.

    Dr. Allison Cameron 

An immunologist, and one of House's original fellows. Cameron is often at odds with House over patient care — she is more concerned about the patient, while House is more focused on the puzzle. Cameron is a widow, having married a man who she knew was dying of cancer when she was 21. She serves as a fellow during season 1-3 and the first few episodes of season 6. Starting in Season 4, she transfers from the Department of Diagnostic Medicine to the ER, working as a Senior Attending Physician.

In Season 6, she leaves the hospital and divorces Chase, having become disgusted with both him and House. She moves to Chicago and becomes the Dean of Emergency Medicine. She returned in the series finale, urging House to kill himself and end his suffering.

Played by Jennifer Morrison.

Tropes:

  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Played With in her crush on House. When she temporarily resigns from his department during the Vogler arc, she claims that he does what he does "because it's right," which suggests that, whatever his abrasive qualities, she's mainly drawn to the Hidden Heart of Gold that she sees beneath them.
  • Black and White Morality: She believes very strictly in a set moral system. Whether or not this chimes with her willingness to euthanize a patient in season three, or with her condemning Chase as "no longer valuing the sanctity of human life" for killing a mass-murdering tyrant who told Chase that as soon as he got out of the hospital he was going to commit an act of genocide, thereby saving the lives of thousands of people, is debatable.
  • Brainy Brunette: Initially. See Expository Hair Style Change.
  • Break the Cutie: Before the series even started, she married a man whom she knew was dying of cancer. Subverted by her three years working for House, which, if anything, seem to have strengthened her quite a bit.
  • Commuting on a Bus: When she works in the ER in seasons 4, 5 and the early part of season 6.
  • Expository Hair Style Change: Initially a brunette, she goes blonde from season four onward, at the point when she resigns from House's department.
  • The Face: She goes out of her way to get to know the patients, as opposed to the other members of her department, who more or less don't care and just ask them about symptoms.
  • The Heart: The moral center, if they would listen to her more often.
  • Hired for Their Looks: In his words, House hired Cameron because "it's like having a nice piece of art in the lobby," though she had impressive medical credentials to go with them. He quickly elaborates on this: with her looks, Cameron didn't have to work as hard as she did to get where she was, but did anyway, and that was why he hired her. (And, implicitly, because he wanted to figure out just how she was damaged, and just how damaged she was).
  • Politeness Judo: Her usual way of dealing with difficult patients or adversarial outside authorities.

    Dr. Robert Chase 

An intensivist (intensive care specialist), and another of the original fellows. Chase is an Australian of Czech descent, and was originally a seminary student before becoming a doctor. He has a strained relationship with his father, largely due to his father's emotional distance and his mother's alcoholism following their divorce. House seems to single out Chase for abuse, likely due to the fact that he's the only member of the team whom House did not select himself. Early on in the series, he is treated as House's "yes man", often agreeing with him and standing by his side no matter what. He gradualy learns the hard way that he can't please his boss all of the time. Nonetheless, Chase is a brilliant doctor in his own right, and has solved the case a few times when House couldn't. He serves as a fellow under House during seasons 1-3 and seasons 6-8. Chase becomes a member of the surgical staff at Princeton-Plainsboro and becomes House's go-to-guy for surgery during seasons 4 and 5. He finds himself practicing under House again as member of his team in the 3rd episode of season 6.

He leaves yet again near the end of Season 8 to pursue his own career as a diagnostician and step out of House's shadow. When House fakes his death in the series finale he ultimately replaces House as Head of Diagnostic Medicine at PPTH.

Played by Jesse Spencer.

Tropes:

  • Abusive Parents: Took care of his sister and mother after his father left them. His mother turned to drinking after the divorce and died from the DTs while he was in the 12th grade, and his father dies of lung cancer in season 2 without even telling Chase he was sick. His motivation for becoming a doctor? His mother would lock him in the study as punishment; once he stopped crying he read the medical books in there to kill time.
  • Bishounen: Several characters, including House, have made quite a few quips about his good looks.
    House (upon seeing Chase for the first time in over a year): Beard's a nice touch. Let everyone else know you're not a teenage girl.
  • Butt Monkey: Sad enough to the extent that House attempted to fire him twice (the first time didn't count as Foreman became House's superior by order of the medical board and Cuddy once, the second time he was fired for real).
  • The Casanova: He becomes this eventually.
  • Chick Magnet: A good part of the episode "Private Lives" is about him being one.
  • Dr. Jerk: To a lesser degree than Foreman; Foreman at one point criticizes Chase for acting nice to patients and then talking smack about them later.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: According to House and Wilson, Chase is prettier than Cameron.
  • Really Gets Around: Sleeps with 4-8 women a month after his divorce from Cameron, and again after his leg injury in "Nobody's Fault", apparently as a coping mechanism.
  • Shoot the Dog: "The Tyrant", and earlier in "Informed Consent" when he thinks he's helping House put a suffering, terminal patient to death.
  • Teeny Weenie: In one episode, a woman takes a naked photo of Chase at a party and posted it on Facebook. At first his crotch was pixellated, but later she uploaded an uncensored version, revealing this, apparently. The other characters, both male and female, tease him mercilessly for it, while Chase insists the image had been doctored.
  • Token Minority: As far as we know, the only member of the PPTH staff who wasn't born & raised in the United States.
  • Two First Names: Applies to his actor too.

    Dr. Chris Taub 

A plastic surgeon. He's serves as one of House's fellows during seasons 4-8. Taub is middle aged and Jewish. He was forced out of his successful practice after his partners found out that he was cheating on his wife with one of the nurses. As part of the agreement, he signed a "non-compete" contract, which states that he can no longer pursue a career in his chosen specialty. Taub can be combative, and has tried to undermine House's authority, going so far as to try to get House thrown off of a case.

Played by Peter Jacobson.

Tropes:

  • Cassandra Truth: Tries to inform a stripper of a potential melanoma. Gets held at gunpoint for his trouble when he can't convince her he's not trying to sleep with her.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Granted, he's no moron, but who would expect a short, meek, balding doctor to be skilled in Krav Maga?
  • Deadpan Snarker: One of the snarkiest characters.
  • Driven to Suicide: Unsuccessfully, in medical school.
  • Dr. Jerk: Again, not as bad as House.
  • Ignored Epiphany: Apparently learned nothing from his divorce, as it doesn't stop him from sleeping around without using protection.
  • Hypocrite: says in season 5 that single people shouldn't have kids but in season 8 fought to not let his wife take their daughter to Seattle with her new boyfriend.
  • Kavorka Man: He's a magnet for the ladies. Though his commitment-phobia and serial philandering always end up torpedoing any chance at happiness.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: His adultery blows up his marriage in season 7, and when he still can't stop sleeping around, becomes a single dad raising his two children from different mothers in Season 8.
  • Lethal Chef: A meal he cooks ends up giving both him and Foreman food poisoning.

    Dr. Lawrence Kutner 

Born as "Lawrence Choudray". A sports and rehabilitation medicine specialist. He's a member of House's fellows during seasons 4 and 5. Of Indian descent, Kutner was orphaned at the age of six, following his parents' shooting in a burglary attempt. He was subsequently adopted by another family, leading to his decisively non-Indian name. Despite this, he is generally cheery, and displays an honest enthusiasm for what he does.

Kutner commits suicide for unknown reasons toward the end of season 5.

Played by Kal Penn.

Tropes:

  • Character Death: When Kal Penn, the actor who portrayed him, left the show to work with President Obama, his character was killed off in "Simple Explanation", via suicide. House thought it was murder, but Word of God stated that it was indeed suicide.
  • Dead Person Conversation: Reappeared as part of House's subconscious in the 5th season finale, and came back for the series finale.
  • Not So Different: Kutner tends to come up with crazy methods to test/cure a patient not unlike what House does all the time.
  • Running Gag: Kutner + defibrillator = disaster — Foreshadowing in "Locked In", Kutner uses the paddles without anything disastrous happening. The next episode is "Simple Explanation", where Kutner commits suicide. As Kutner's previous...mishaps with the paddles were likely a result of his characteristic overeagerness, this shows that, despite appearances, he isn't his usual self.
  • Token Minority: For the new crew, although Foreman is still around so he's not alone. In the episode "Locked In", he refers to them as "dark and darker".

    Dr. Remy "Thirteen" Hadley 

Remy Hadley is better known as "Thirteen". She specializes in internal medicine, and is a fellow during seasons 4-7 (though she is gone for most of season 7). Thirteen prides herself on being a bit of an enigma, and her real name was not known until the end of Season 4. It's later revealed that her mother died of Huntington's disease, and she was reluctant to get tested for the disease herself, feeling that it was better not knowing. In the fourth season finale, she finally gives herself a blood test for Huntington's, which comes back positive.

In season 8, she leaves the hospital to be with her new girlfriend and enjoy what time she has remaining. She returned for the last two episodes of the series.

Played by Olivia Wilde.

Tropes:

  • The Chick: In temperament, has shades of Tomboy.
  • Distaff Counterpart: To House, in the later seasons, as both their lives seem to be made of concentrated misery. House seems to believe that if she can be happy, her life being much crappier than his, so could he.
  • Happy Ending: At least until her condition begins to advance.
  • It Runs in the Family: Huntington's disease.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: The Dark to Cameron's Light.
  • Mercy Kill: After disappearing for a year House eventually finds out that she did this to her brother, who was suffering from Huntington's at his request. She kept her prints off the syringes used to administer the drugs so that she only did time in jail for excessive prescribing. At the end of the episode, House offers to mercy kill her when she gets too sick.
  • Missing Mom: Her mother died of Huntington's when she was a child.
  • Ms. Fanservice . Combined with a bit of Girl on Girl Is Hot ("Thirteen," S5, Episode5).
  • Nice Hat: She wears an adorable little hat when she's not at work.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Her last name is only given a couple of times on screen and her full name only once, both after she'd been on the show for quite a while. Even after her real name is revealed, it's almost never used.
  • Out of Focus: She's gone for most of season 7, due to her actress filming TRON: Legacy, and most of season 8.
  • Really Gets Around: Sleeps with a different woman every night after her Huntington's diagnosis.
  • Secretly Dying: Poor Thirteen.
  • Soap Box Sadie: Her temporary return in season 7 oddly has more of these tendencies. Most notable when she's calling out a patient for dating multiple men in her workplace and when she defends a performance artist's... poor decisions.
  • Thirteen Is Unlucky: She has Huntington's.
  • You Are Number Six: Her nickname is just "13".
  • Your Days Are Numbered: Her Huntington's gives her 10 years to live, probably less, as of "Last Resort".

    Martha M. Masters 

A med student brought in as an intern to replace Thirteen for most of season 7. She does not approve of House's extreme methods. She departs when Thirteen returns.

Played by Amber Tamblyn.

Tropes:

  • Ambiguous Disorder: She's socially inept and has compiled many esoteric facts inside of her head.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She fantasizes about torturing people she dislikes, and implies she has something special in mind for House.
  • Foil: To House, who often makes fun of her for her honesty and naivete.
  • Heroic BSOD: When she realizes she unknowningly just saved the life of a cannibalistic serial killer, helping him to escape the FBI.

    Dr. Jessica Adams 

An internist who originally worked at the jail that House spent the first episode of Season 8. After being fired from that job for taking House's advice in treating an inmate, she joins House as fellow in season 8.

Played by Odette Yustman.

Tropes:

  • Foil: To Dr. Park, in some ways. It makes their first few interactions rather entertaining.
  • The Generic Girl: She got easily the least development of any regular character in the series. In part this was due to her only appearing in the final season, but it didn't help that the character development episodes in that season focused almost entirely around Park (and, to a lesser extent, Taub) before the final story arc involving Wilson's terminal cancer, which mostly took the focus away from House's team.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: She's basically a heterosexual, non-Huntington's afflicted version of Thirteen. In addition to having a very similar physical appearance, both specialize in internal medicine, have an unlucky relationship history and a complicated personal life, and very high moral concerns about patient care.
  • Woman Scorned: Patients who cheat on their wives/girlfriends are her Berserk Button, thanks to her own husband having done the same to her.

    Dr. Chi Park 

A young Korean/Filipino neurologist who joins House's team when he finishes his prison stint in the second episode of season 8. Initially, she is his team. She is nerdy and socially inept.

Played by Charlene Yi.

Tropes:

  • All Love Is Unrequited: Her crush on Chase is not mutual, and House and Adams taunt her about it occasionally, persumably as he's a Mr. Fanservice even in-universe, while she's seen as a Hollywood Homely (House notes that she's ruining his Charlie's Angels fantasy for the brief time where only her, Adams and Thirteen were on his team.)
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Got fired from Neurology and wound up on House's team after punching her then-boss, and assaults House with his cane in "Holding On
    "You're aware I punched the last person who pissed me off?"
  • Extreme Doormat: Kinda. Though even House has to approve of her punching the head of neurology for groping her. See Beware the Nice Ones.
  • Formerly Fat: Apparently gained a lot of weight when her last relationship ended.
    Park: They used to call me Park-ing lot.
  • Mushroom Samba: After eating ice cream at a patient's house, she starts having very vivid and hilarious hallucinations, including seeing Taub as a fairy. It turns out that the ice cream was laced with LSD, due to the patient (who had been blind since birth) wanting to know what it would be like to see.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: For Masters. Opinionated, notably younger than the rest of the team, poor social skills which make her unafraid to call out superiors, and intimidated to the point of speechlessness in her first few interactions with House.

Notable Antagonists/Secondary Characters

    Edward Vogler 
A billionaire pharmaceutical magnate who "donated" $100,000,000 to Princeton-Plainsboro in exchange for being made chairman of the hospital's board. Wanting to use the hospital as a testing facility for his company's drugs, he comes into direct contention with House, whom he sees as a serious liability.

Played by Chi McBride.

Tropes:

  • Blatant Lies: His $100 million was not a donation.
  • Control Freak: His first act as board chairman is subjecting House to a sick loyalty test, just because he can.
  • Freudian Excuse: Gave $100 million to the hospital because of his father's Alzheimer's disease.

    Detective Michael Tritter 

One of House's clinic patients, who bullied House into running a series of (presumably unnecessary) tests; House retaliated by using a rectal thermometer to take his temperature...and left him there, unattended, for two hours. Tritter, who is as hard headed as House (with a bad attitude to match), sees House as a danger to himself and his patients due to his Vicodin addiction, and will stop at nothing to put him away.

Played by David Morse.

Tropes:

  • Corrupt Cop: In exchange for Foreman's testimony, offers to get his brother Marcus early parole. Destroys Wilson's practice and freezes the accounts of House's team to extort testimony.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Okay, Tritter has reason to be pissed House left him in a clinic room with a rectal thermometer up his ass for two hours straight, but does that really justify trying to imprison House, get him declared a drug pusher/addict, and get him disbarred from medicine forever? And then there's his nonchalant destruction of Wilson's practice as part of his investigation.
  • Freudian Excuse: It's hinted that a drug addict once betrayed his trust and that is why he takes the case so personally.
  • Graceful Loser: He does concede he could be wrong about House at the end of the Tritter arc, and even wishes House luck while he's at it.
  • Hypocrite: He shows up demanding House give him unnecessary tests. When House refuses, Tritter assaults him (trips him, throwing him into a wall).
  • Karma Houdini: Other than a judge telling him his charges were overblown, he gets away scot-free.
  • Knight Templar: Assuming his actions aren't just petty vengeance, he's adamant that his tactics are justified and that House is a drug addict who needs to be dealt with by the police. He never entertains the idea that the Vicodin could be legitimately medicinal, or that pushing for the harshest possible sentence is overreach.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: His raison d'etre for making House suffer.
  • Villain Has a Point:
    • His actions are jumping off the slippery slope, but his irritable lecture to Cuddy hits every point on the head as he rails against House's drug addiction and the fact that those around him enable it. He also accurately states that House is gonna kill someone if something isn't done. This is at foreshadowing for later events in the episode when a strung-out House almost would have caused a little girl to have crippling amputation for the wrong diagnosis if not for Chase's intervention.
    • He demands House to apologize. When House finally does Tritter dismisses it as dishonest. House then checks himself into rehab to show Tritter he is making an effort to improve himself. Tritter still rebuffs him, saying that even his actions are dishonest. He was right. House was bribing an orderly to give him Vicodin instead of his medicine.

    Dr. Amber Volakis 

An interventional radiologist, she was one of the 40 applicants for the fellowship. Devious and manipulative, she earned the epithet of "Cutthroat Bitch," a nickname that she seems almost proud of. Eliminated in the last round of the competition due to her inability to accept being wrong, she started dating Wilson in the latter half of Season 4. After suffering kidney damage in a bus crash (which brings on amantadine poisoning as a result), she dies in the Season 4 finale...before reappearing as a manifestation of House's subconscious in the latter half of Season 5 following Kutner's death. She returns as a hallucination in the series finale and discusses House's patient with him and convincing him to keep living.

Played by Anne Dudek.

Tropes:

  • Competition Freak: Literally couldn't understand how the patient in "Games" could be okay with his own mediocrity.
  • Distaff Counterpart: To House for being manipulative and obsessed with being right. House himself notices this and mocks Wilson for dating her.
    "You could do worse than a female proxy for me."
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Frequently barefoot when she's a hallucination.
  • Enemy Without: As a hallucination. Initially an ally, she turns dark as House wises up to the fact that her (his?) intents are hostile.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Amber is the first to balk at House's absurd tests. She announces she's leaving, and half of the trainees follow suit. She returns minutes later, having thinned the herd.
  • Freudian Excuse: Parodied. When House does his usual 'why are you broken' routine she rattles off cliched reasons like 'Daddy didn't love me enough' or 'Mommy set too high expectations' or 'something' to show her annoyance.
  • I'm Cold... So Cold...: In the bus crash.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: She reappears as a manifestation of House's subconscious in Seasons 5 and 6.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives several to House as a ghost, when he's detoxing.
    Amber: Oh, now this is interesting. If you take the pill, you don't deserve her. If you take the pill secretly, you don't deserve anyone.
  • The Scrappy: In-Universe due to her extremely aggressive behavior.
  • She's Got Legs: Part of the explanation Kutner gives as to why he asked her out.
  • Shipper on Deck: To House and Wilson, albeit as part of House's subconscious.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: After starting to date Wilson she actually tries improving her attitude, making a real effort to get along with House, consciously trying to be less bossy and bitchy toward Wilson, and even accepting her death gracefully and ensuring that the last emotion she felt was her love for Wilson, rather than anger toward House or the accident. Inverted by the hallucinatory version that shows up later, which is like her early Cutthroat Bitch persona turned Up to Eleven.
  • You Called Me X, It Must Be Serious: House calls her by name rather than "Cutthroat Bitch" immediately before he fires her.

    Dr. Darryl Nolan 

House's psychotherapist manager in Season 6. Came back for the series finale as Foreman and Wilson asked of House's whereabouts after he was considered missing.

Played by Andre Braugher.

Tropes:

    Stacy Warner 

A lawyer in the employ of Princeton-Plainsboro Hospital in seasons 1 and 2...oh, and she used to date and live with Gregory House. Remarried.

Played by Sela Ward.

Tropes:

  • Almost Kiss: More like "almost sex." In "Failure to Communicate", House and Stacy attend a meeting in Baltimore and end up stranded there when all the flights are grounded. Stacy books them a hotel room, and they end up kissing, but before things can go any further, House gets a call from his fellows regarding their patient and reluctantly answers it.
  • Beleaguered Bureaucrat: As hospital attorney, she is swamped with malpractice & fraud claims related to House's department.
  • Death Glare: She loves giving these to House. Granted, at least ninety percent of her glares are completely justified.

    Dominika Petrova House 

A prostitute of unidentified Slavic origin introduced in Season 7, when House marries her as a green card cheat. House later falls in love with her for real, but ends up sabotaging that, too.

Tropes:

  • Fair Cop: She was once in the police force.
  • Keeping Secrets Sucks: This is what breaks her and House up, as she was so upset when she learned House was lying when he said she had not got citizenship (House hid the letter stating she could become a citizen, so she would carry on living with him for fear of being deported).
  • Sidekick: Seems more willing to go along with House's zany schemes than his team.

    Jack Moriarty 

One of the few other characters besides House and Wilson loosely based on a Sherlock Holmes character, Jack Moriarty is an ex-patient of House's who walks up to him one day and shoots him twice. The majority of his portrayed character is shown to be House's greatest enemy - himself. The real Jack Moriarty shot House, escaped, and was never seen again. Instead, House's coma-induced hallucination of Moriarty breaks down House's morals from within, hurting him far more than the bullet ever did.

Tropes

  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives two incredibly in-depth ones to House.House's hallucination of Moriarty does, that is.
    Moriarty: You pretend to buck the system, pretend to be a rebel, claim to hate rules. But all you do is substitute your own rules for society's. And it's a nice, simple rule: tell the blunt, honest truth in the starkest, darkest way. And what will be, will be. What will be, should be. And everyone else is a coward. But you're wrong. It's not cowardly to not call someone an idiot. People aren't tactful or polite just because it's nice. They do it because they've got an ounce of humility. 'Cause they know that they will make mistakes. They know that their actions have consequences. And they know that those consequences are their fault. Why do you want so bad not to be human, House?
    Moriarty:You think that the only truth that matters is the truth that can be measured. Good intentions don't count. What's in your heart doesn't count. But a man's life can be measured by how many tears are shed when he dies. Just because you can't measure them, just because you don't want to measure them, doesn't mean it's not real.


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