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Characters: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
You are the worst group of people who have ever lived.
—Bruce Mathis

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The Gang

     In General 
Left to right: Mac, Dee, Charlie, Frank & Dennis

    Dennis 

Dennis Reynolds

"I'm going for that Jesus on the cross look."
Played By: Glenn Howerton

"My nose was chiseled by the gods themselves, Frank. My body was sculpted to the proportions of Michelangelo's David."

A co-owner of Paddy's Pub and is Deandra's twin brother. The most sociopathic of the characters, Dennis is abrasive, narcissistic, selfish, histrionic and vain. Much of his inflated ego is perpetuated by his Ivy League education at the University of Pennsylvania where he minored in Psychology.
  • A God Am I: For some reason, realizing that he controls his own life in "Charlie Rules the World" leads to this mindset.
  • Alliterative Name: Uses the pseudonym "Hugh Honey" in "The Gang Exploits the Mortgage Crisis".
  • Ambiguously Bi: Although Dennis is a serial womanizer, he also delves pretty heavily into this area as well:
    • There is an episode called "Mac and Dennis Break Up." The title of the episode is only the beginning of the pseudo-romantic relationship antics.
    • In "The Aluminum Monster vs. Fatty Magoo" Dennis dresses up in a tight silver dress to "properly model it", using basketballs as "breasts" and wearing bright red lipstick. He does this while listening to Rick Astley. He considers this the highest point in his life. Or, as he calls it, his "peak."
    • In "America's Next Top Paddy's Billboard Model Contest" he competes to be the male model on the non-existent Paddy's billboard. His outfits get gayer and gayer each scene — going from a polo to a tight grey v-neck with a black cropped vest.
    • Dennis thinks he knows absolutely everything there is to know about gay sex. As seen in "The Gang Sells Out." And he considers himself to be a power-bottom.
    • In the first episode of the entire series, Dennis has a drunken threesome with two men that wasn't part of the plan to get revenge on Dennis for his comments on gay men.
    • In "Paddy's Pub: Home of the Original Kitten Mittens", Dennis models a pair of thong underwear he plans to sell at Paddy's, saying, "I'm not wearin' these because I'm comfortable, I'm wearin' 'em because I wanna turn you on!
    • In "The Gang Reignites the Rivalry", he tells Frank that back in college, he would stick the tip of his penis in his frat brothers' mouths.
    • Mac makes a plan to "plow some ass." Dennis' reaction is to smile and nod his head, seemingly totally on-board with the plan. When Mac clarifies "not gay sex" Dennis looks upset, and says he thought that's what Mac meant.
    • When Dennis and Mac become manhunters, Dennis is just as onboard as Mac is with all of the homoerotic pranking.
    • The DVD Commentary track to Mac and Dennis Break Up basically confirms that Mac and Dennis are in the closet, with Rob McElhenney saying that he's spinning all over the place with his sexuality but will eventually "land on a dick".
    • Dennis in "The Gang Dines Out" sings "You're the Wind Beneath My Wings" (as a tribute) to Mac.
  • Berserk Button: Do not ever question his vanity. The results are not pretty.
  • Camp Straight: Dennis is obsessed with his own body and wears make-up.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Dennis is not nearly as charming or magnetic as he thinks he is.
    • His use of the D.E.N.N.I.S. System. He's first shown using it on a woman who works at the pharmacy. In the begining, it works, but she later realizes he's a jerk and wants nothing to do with him. Later he uses his system on a married woman and uses a girdle, make-up, and some gossip to seduce her, causing her to think he's Camp Gay.
  • Control Freak: To the point of ordering dishes for the other members of the gang at restaurants.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Tends to snark on the others' idiocy with callous indifference.
  • Dirty Coward: When getting mugged, he, like most of the gang, ran away and pushed Dee closer to the mugger.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: When Paddy's briefly became a gay bar.
  • The Face: He's the only member of the group who can function in certain social situations.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Dennis is quite capable of appearing charming and even likable, but there's a definite sense of cruelty to his actions.
  • Fetish:
    • Anonymous sex, particularly glory holes. Major plot point of "Mac & Charlie Die Part 2."
    • Controlling someone else's life. Before it he was just creepily controlling over minor things like meal decisions, but season 8's "Frank's Back in Business" confirms that it's a sexual thing when Dennis attempts to "get off" by impersonating a dead businessman.
    • The season 7 finale reveals he also has a thing for bondage, which actually ties in quite nicely with the control-freak tendencies mentioned above.
  • Freudian Excuse: His amoral father Frank. His mother also heavily favored him to Dee, constantly feeding his ego to the point that by high school he referred to himself as a "golden god."
  • Future Loser: Frequently states that he was the Big Man on Campus (and peaked) while in High School. The Season 7 finale reveals that this was all a lie; Dennis was no more popular than Mac and Charlie.
  • Handsome Lech: Although Dennis isn't nearly as much of a Casanova as he thinks, he is still a serial womanizer. And he gets plenty of women and gay men interested in him. Just not as much as he thinks. In fact, some women are turned off his behavior, either thinking he's a jerk or Camp Gay.
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: He has his moments, though the "heroic" part is usually accidental.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Mac.
  • Incest Subtext: Has a weird habit of calling his sister "baby", "babe" and "babygirl." They also slow-dance in "The Gang Dances Their Asses Off".
    • Though he also is the loudest of all the gang when it comes to insulting Dee and pointing out every physical flaw, and in the episode where it was implied Dennis might have unknowingly slept with her, he literally would not stop vomiting.
    • "Dammit, Frank, I am NOT banging my sister!"
    • When Dee's about to leave, Dennis decides to go beyond subtext and gives her a speech about how he's perfect for her and loves her. So he could go to Hollywood with her. This says one of three things, either:
      • a) he does really love his sister.
      • b) he's willing to be romantically involved with her, just so he can go to Hollywood.
      • c) the only way he knows to manipulate a woman is in a pseudo-romantic fashion.
  • Instant Expert: Thinks of himself as this, but the reality is otherwise.
  • It's All About Me: He couldn't care less about his friends most of the time.
  • Ivy League For Everyone: He went to University of Pennsylvania and, unlike his sister, he graduated.
  • Karma Houdini: On occasion.
  • Lack of Empathy: He seems perfectly okay with horrible things happening to regular people. See The Sociopath entry for more details.
  • Lolicon: Has an obsession with younger girls. Only dated freshman in High School.
    • Competes with Charlie for the affection of a 12 year old.
    • Even when he's now in his mid thirties, he likes to go for 18 year old girls still. Charlie points out that's kind of weird.
  • Manipulative Bastard
  • Mistaken for Gay: In "The Gang Gets Racist" Terrell, Dee's friend from acting class, is quite interested in Dennis. When they turn the pub into a gay bar, his greed and vanity is perfectly comfortable with letting all the guys flirt with him as long as he was making cash and feeling good about himself.
    • In "High School Reunion", a married women who he's hitting on is confused when he says that he wants to show her what a boring piece of shit her husband is by doing sexual things to her because he gossiped about her husband and wore makeup and a girdle.
  • Mistaken for Murderer: In "Mac is a Serial Killer" Dee and Dennis pretend to be serial killers and stalk The Waitress.
  • Narcissist : For a perfect example, in "Charlie Rules The World" He blows himself in a state of realization that he is God of his own universe.
  • Not so Above It All: Dennis, apparently the most normal of the Gang, is slowly revealed to be the most sociopathic of all of them.
  • Of Corsets Funny: Dennis is so obsessed with primping that he wears a girdle when he wants to look his best.
  • The Pornomancer: Although Dennis doesn't necessarily live up to his ego, a lot of people have shown attraction to him. And he has several video tapes of him having sex with a different woman in each one.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: While Mac and Charlie are more openly immature and childish, Dennis' immaturity takes form in the spiteful way he reacts when not given his way, his lack of responsibility and self-awareness and his inability to see the considerable psychological damage he inflicts on everyone around him as anything more than a game.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue Oni to Mac's Red.
  • Schemer: The D.E.N.N.I.S. system for seducing women. Demonstrate value, Engage physically, Nurture dependence, Neglect emotionally, Inspire hope, Separate entirely
  • Shirtless Scene: In nearly every episode of Season 3, Dennis "pops his shirt off."
  • Sissy Villain: A rare Villain Protagonist version.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: So much that this could probably be renamed The Dennis.
  • Smug Snake: Nowhere near as smart or charming as he clearly thinks he is.
  • The Sociopath: Frequently implied.
    Dennis: I am having—this is crazy—but I'm having feelings again, like some kind of 14 year-old kid or something. I mean, you remember feelings, right?
    Mac: Yeah. I have feelings every single day of my life.
    Dennis: Do you?
    Mac: Are you saying you don't have feelings?
    • It gets really creepy in "The Gang Buys a Boat", where Dennis tells Mac the reason they bought the boat would be so he could bring women on it and have guaranteed sex with them. By his logic, a woman would never say no to sex on a boat because of "the implication."
    • His whole subplot in "Charlie's Mom has Cancer" revolves around how he's stopped feeling emotions; lack of emotion is one of the biggest (if not the biggest) signs of a sociopath.
    • When he reveals that he has an entire system for emotionally manipulating and abusing women, Dee straight up calls him one, with good reason. Other gags in various episodes imply he's perfectly comfortable with outright raping women, to the point of having a special hidden compartment in his car for duct tape and ropes.
  • They Look Just Like Everyone Else: A comedic example. Dennis appears to be the most well-adjusted, handsome, and friendly member of the gang at first glance. Under the surface he's a sociopath whose favorite activities involve manipulating women into sex and exercising total control over his friend's lives.
  • Villainous Breakdown: I REIGN SUPREME OVER EVERYONE IN THIS SCHOOL! I AM THE GOLDEN GOD OF THIS PLACE!! I REIGN SUPREME!! I! I!!!
    • When he's rejected by the wife of the man who had sex with his prom date at his high school reunion, he rushes out to his car fetches items including ropes and duct tape. When questioned, he begins screaming that he needs his "tools" and that he needs to "bind and be bound."
    • When he's rejected by his old fraternity, he becomes increasingly unhinged, screaming in harsh falsetto that they're all "idiots!" and he's "a goddamn legend!"

    Sweet Dee 

Deandra "Sweet Dee" Reynolds

"Good luck with those kegs, boners."
Played By: Kaitlin Olson

"See this is the part where I would volunteer to be the girl on the billboard and you guys would find some reason not to and compare me to some sort of animal like a giant bird."

Dennis' twin sister, the main bartender at Paddy's Pub and the show's main female character. Sweet Dee dreams of becoming an actress although she lacks any apparent talent and occasionally suffers from debilitating stage fright. She wore a back brace in high school, leaving her with the nickname "the Aluminum Monster". She majored in Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania but failed her classes. Dee lives in an apartment alone, although she had a cat at one point until it became trapped in her wall.
  • Abusive Parents: Her mother thought she was completely worthless, going as far as to call her "a mistake" in her will in spite of the fact that Dee's a twin.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Dee was mocked in school for her back-brace.
  • Attention Whore: Dee desperately craves approval, affection and attention. She has trouble gaining approval and affection, so she's happy enough to settle for (usually negative) attention.
  • Back from the Dead: After Mac, Charlie and Dee fake their own deaths, they hide in the office of Paddy's. When Frank and Dennis come in, they run out — carrying sparklers — and Sweet Dee yells "Surprise, bitches! We're alive and it's blowing your MINDS right now!"
  • Blondes are Evil: Sometimes.
  • Butt Monkey: Watch any episode of this show. Any episode. If not her, then Charlie. Usually both of them.
  • Character Tics: Kicks in the air when she's angry. Stems from Frank asking to be a part of The Gang, and Dee threatening to "kick the pillars [of Paddy's] in" while kicking at Frank.
  • Characterization Marches On: Sweet Dee's character was originally written to be the voice of the reason or the "useless chick". Kaitlin Olson described the dialogue as "Charlie says something hilarious. Mac says something hilarious. Dennis says something awesome. And Sweet Dee goes 'You guys! That won't work!' " By the end of the first season, Dee is just as deranged and depraved as the guys.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She has her moments. Of course, that comes with having to put up with the boys' shit.
  • Eats Babies: Or, at least claims to in "Hundred Dollar Baby."
  • Fag Hag: In "The Gang Gets Racist" the man she is interested in is gay. In turn, he is very interested in Dennis.
  • Faking the Dead: In "Mac and Charlie Die Part 2" Dee leads Dennis to believe she has been murdered.
  • Freak Out: Over poop in "Who Pooped the Bed?".
  • Freudian Excuse: Again, Frank as a father and a a mother who criticized everything about her, made it known that Dee was unwanted (despite that she and Dennis are fraternal twins) and favored Dennis over her - she has very poor self esteem (aided by way of having to spend most of her teenage years walking with heavy braces due to Scoliosis) and a laundry list of neuroses.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: The gang are always criticizing her looks and such. At one point, their treatment of Dee finally wore its welcome and she became depressed. They appeared to feel bad about what they did. But that was all a part of their plan to sink her even lower then before to show her "things could be worse."
  • Hollywood Homely: In-Universe. The gang constantly insults her looks in the most vicious way though she doesn't look significantly different from other female characters.
  • Hypocrite: Although Dee considers herself to be a compassionate liberal, in truth she is greedy and manipulative (at least from season 2 onward).
  • Incest Subtext: Dennis frequently calls her "baby", "babe" or "babygirl." They also slow-dance in "The Gang Dances Their Asses Off".
    • Though he also is the loudest of all the gang when it comes to insulting Dee and pointing out every physical flaw, and in the episode where it was implied Dennis might have unknowingly slept with her, he literally would not stop vomiting.
  • Is That Cute Kid Yours?: After finding a baby in the Dumpster behind Paddy's, she and Mac decide to raise it and put it into showbiz.
    • When a passerby asks his name, Mac replies with D.B. — which is short for Dumpster Baby.
  • The Lad-ette: She chugs beer and swears like a sailor like the rest of the boys, though she still pretends she is a glamorous starlet like the girls in Sex and the City
  • Manipulative Bitch: We find out in "Dee Gives Birth" that she emotionally abuses men into sleeping with her.
  • Mistaken for Murderer: In "Mac is a Serial Killer" Dee and Dennis pretend to be serial killers and stalk The Waitress.
  • Only Sane Woman: In the first season. Though they eventually made her just as depraved as everyone else, because otherwise there would be no reason why she would even associate with these people.
  • Parental Incest: She and Frank pose as an engaged couple, and even go as far as getting married. Although Frank isn't Sweet Dee's biological father, it's still creepy.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero/Villain: All of Dee's 'crazy characters' that she's created are outrageously racist. One of them even uses Brownface. Also Charlie has expressed some dismay upon seeing her Asian character.
  • Shirtless Scene: "The Gang Solves The North Korea Situation."
  • Show Some Leg: On more than one occasion, Dee dresses as a prostitute.
  • Slap Stick Knows No Gender: Body humor, pratfalls, and Amusing Injuries are Sweet Dee's signatures.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: She thinks she's lady-like and compassionate. But in reality, she's crude, rude, and trashy. She also thinks more talented at acting than she actually is.
  • The Smurfette Principle: She's the only female member of the gang.
  • Straight Woman: The reason she gets so many scenes with Charlie is because she's the most successful at remaining deadpan when he starts riffing off the cuff.
  • The Unfavorite: Her mother thought Dennis could do nothing wrong and she could do nothing right.
  • Who's Your Daddy?: The boys spend most of a season trying to figure out who got her pregnant. Turns out she was the surrogate for Carmen the transsexual and her husband Nick.

    Mac 

Ronald "Mac" McDonald

"I gave him an ocular pat down."
Played By: Rob Mc Elhenney

"The streets are flooded with the ejaculate of the homeless, and you people are counting on the police?"

A co-owner of Paddy's Pub. He is Charlie Kelly's childhood friend and Dennis' high school friend and later roommate. The son of a convicted felon, Mac is frequently trying to demonstrate his toughness and refers to himself as the "sheriff of Paddy's". He also often brags about his hand-to-hand combat skills, although he typically flees any type of physical confrontation.
  • Abusive Parents: Mother was emotionally vacant and his father went to prison when he was 8 or 9 for dealing meth and heroin.
  • Alliterative Name: Uses the pseudonym "Vick Vinegar" in "The Gang Exploits the Mortgage Crisis".
  • Ambiguously Gay:
    • Twice dates a pre-op (MTF) transexual. Their relationship is explicitly sexual and he takes a lot of flak for it from the rest of the cast.
    • There is an episode called "Mac and Dennis Break Up." The title of the episode is only the beginning of the pseudo-romantic relationship antics.
    • Upon finding out that Charlie was molested as a child by the school's gym teacher, he wonders why he wasn't, and flirts with the man who allegedly did it.
    • Insists that The Waitress dress up like Dennis before they attempt to have sex. Also, Mac insists on being the bottom.
    • He's obsessed with the male physique, and chooses action films to watch purely on the muscularity of their stars.
    • He's obsessed with Chase Utley. He admits, "In many ways I do love him," but insists not in a romantic way.
    • By season 8 it's not that ambiguous any more :
      • In "The Gang Recycles Their Trash", he tries to kiss Dennis.
      • In "Charlie and Dee Find Love", he oils up and wrestles with another man. It looks a lot like they are having sex.
      • In "The Gang gets Analyzed", he notices a pen on the therapist's table, thinks it looks like a dick, then starts fondling it, and sucking on it. According to Dennis he does that all the time.
      • In "The gang Dines Out", he feels the waiter's ass when tipping him the same way Frank and Dennis felt the hostess's breasts.
    • By Season 9, he's not even fooling the rest of the Gang anymore. "Mac Day" has everyone simultaneously agreeing that Mac is completely gay and deeply in denial after he drags them to a Bodybuilder competition so they can "oil up beefcakes".
    • And yet again, in Season 9, where Mac has a fantasy dream sequence where he goes to heaven. Apparently his image of heaven is a bunch of super muscular shirtless men in angel wings standing by a sexy shirtless God.
  • Anything That Moves: Had sex with Margaret McPoyle, a woman he's openly disgusted by, simply because she offered.
  • Armoured Closet Gay: See Ambiguously Gay. Now combine that with the fact that Mac said AIDs is God's punishment for gays in "Mac Day".
    • There's also an episode called "Mac Fights Gay Marriage" though he's really just using homophobia as an excuse to be upset that some guy married Carmen, a (trans-gendered) woman.
    • In "Mac Day", he apparently spent 5 hours lecturing them about the evils of homosexuality. Everyone else said it was incredibly blatant he had a boner the entire time. Later in the episode, he has himself and the gang grease up male bodybuilders.
  • Back from the Dead: After Mac, Charlie and Dee fake their own deaths, they hide in the office of Paddy's. When Frank and Dennis come in, they run out — carrying sparklers — and Sweet Dee yells "Surprise, bitches! We're alive and it's blowing your MINDS right now!"
  • Badass Longcoat: "It's not a jacket, it's a duster. It's like a jacket, only it's longer, thicker, and far more badass. I look like Lorenzo Lamas, and women find it irresistible." Subverted though, in that Mac is anything but a badass.
  • Beard of Evil: Has a beard and is a prejudiced ass.
  • Big Eater: To the point of gaining a significant amount of weight in Season 7.
  • Dirty Coward: Not unlike most of the gang, he pushed Dee forward and run away when confronted with a mugger.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Mistreatment of mothers is one of the many things that set him off.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He is typically the only one to protest the scheme that the gang cooks up if it's too morally reprehensible. He also once told off Dennis and Dee for their plan to go on welfare after their unemployment runs out.
    Mac: Welfare is for people who need it, like drug addicts and single mothers. It's not for over privileged pieces of shit who want to waste millions in taxpayer dollars.
    • When he wants out of the Gang's schemes he sometimes just leaves and says "I'm washing my hands of the whole situation!" He has gone back to their schemes after leaving, though.
  • Fake Band: Chemical Toilet.
  • Faking the Dead: "Mac and Charlie Die" Parts 1 and 2. He and Charlie fake their death in order to escape from Mac's father, who they believe is trying to kill them.
  • Freudian Excuse: His father was a meth dealer who was in prison for most of Mac's life and his mother did not care about him at all - he constantly seeks approval and attention.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: He becomes this in "Mac Day" due to his constant denial of who he really is.
  • The Fundamentalist: Moreso as the series progresses. Dialed Up to Eleven in "Mac Day".
  • Global Ignorance: Apparently thinks Philadelphia and Detroit are states.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Dennis.
  • Hypocrite: Mac is a very devout Catholic but lives by absolutely none of the church's teachings. Most notably, he joins an anti-abortion movement until he believes that he gets a girl pregnant, then suggests that she get an abortion.
  • Incredibly Obvious Bug: When he and Charlie fake their own deaths, they hide in the air-vent during their joint funeral at Paddy's, talking at full volume. This alerts Dennis that they aren't actually dead.
  • Instant Expert: Often believes Himself to be this but he really, really isn't.
  • Is That Cute Kid Yours?: After finding a baby in the Dumpster behind Paddy's, Dee and Mac decide to raise it and put it into showbiz.
    • When a passerby asks his name, Mac replies with D.B. — which is short for Dumpster Baby.
  • Likes Older Women: As a result of sleeping with Dennis and Dee's mother.
  • Man Child: While Dennis, Charlie, and Dee show shades of this as well, Mac is by FAR the biggest example. He's constantly doing childish stunts for his "Project Badass" videos, and notice how he acts anytime he shares the screen with his parents.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He was a drug dealer in high school and ratted on all the other dealers to free up the market.
  • Miles Gloriosus: He brags about being a great martial artist. In reality, he's a dirty coward who knows nothing about fighting. He did block a punch from a black belt though, but only to get knocked out shortly afterward.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Seen in the original pilot that was pitched to FX.
  • Mistaken for Murderer: The episode "Mac is a Serial Killer." He's actually banging Carmen the Transexual. Again.
  • Mistaken for Racist: "The Gang Gets Racist." Need I say more?
  • Only One Name: Mac. Just Mac. It was believed to be his last name, because his parents are referred to as Mrs. Mac and Luther Mac to keep the gag going. But in "The Gang Cracks The Liberty Bell", in which Mac, Dennis and Charlie tell the story of The Gang's 1776 counterparts cracking the Liberty Bell, he is referred to as "MacDonald." "The High School Reunion" gives us the whole thing: Ronald McDonald.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero/Villain: He's a homophobic fundamentalist. And he not only thinks Blackface can be done tastefully, but has done it himself.
  • Progressively Prettier: Inverted in Season 7, where he suddenly gains 60 pounds and becomes a lot less good looking. Rob McElhenney was actually really annoyed at the trend of Progressively Prettier in television, especially for actors that play characters that would have no access to (blatantly obvious) plastic surgery or personal trainers, so he put on a ton of weight just to mock the practice.
  • Psychopathic Man Child
  • Raised Catholic: Played for Laughs since he only remembers his Catholic faith when he wants to complain or to criticize other people.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red Oni to Dennis' Blue.
  • Schemer: The M.A.C. system for seducing Dennis' castoffs. Move-in After Completion
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: To the point of making the rest of the gang do it to when they have to all listen to him for the day in "Mac Day".
  • Small Name, Big Ego: He is a Miles Gloriosus who thinks he's less sinful than most people.
  • Smart Ball: Easily the biggest victim of this. Depending on the episode, his intelligence can vary wildly from one of the more rational members to even dumber than Charlie.
  • Stout Strength: This varies in Season 7 when he puts on 50 pounds.
  • This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: Frequently greets walks into Paddy's and yells "What's up, bitches?"
  • Temporary Bulk Change: This occurs in Season 7.
  • Too Dumb to Live: He tells a mob boss's wife that he won't sleep with her because she's gross in "The Gang Gets Whacked".
  • Unfortunate Name: Ronald McDonald And his nickname was Ronnie the Rat for narcing on drug dealers in high school.
  • "Well Done, Son" Guy: Mac, still stuck on adolescence, desperately seeks the approval of his creepy wayward father Luther. While Luther is in prison, Mac tries unsuccessfully to show him that he's "hard." When Luther first gets out of prison, Mac becomes emotionally invested in getting his parents back together, sputtering, "This is about happy boys!" He even tries to bond with his father by driving him to the houses of everybody who was responsible for getting him convicted. In the end of "Mac & Charlie Die Part II," Luther leaves a note telling Mac that he still loves him, even though Mac has driven him away with his constant screw-ups.

    Charlie 

Charlie Kelly

"Wildcard, bitches! Yeeee-ha!"
Played By: Charlie Day

"Bro, I can handle my sedatives."

A childhood friend of Mac and later high school friend of Dennis and Dee. He is also Frank's roommate. Charlie does most of the dirty work (referred to as "Charlie Work") at the pub, is borderline illiterate, an alcoholic and substance abuser and is often seen huffing glue/paint. He suffers from deep psychological problems, and lives in squalor. An abortion survivor, Charlie has extreme anger issues and often screams to get his point across. He also has a severely unhealthy obsession with "The Waitress", who finds Charlie repulsive and shows no interest in him.
  • Asexuality: While he's obviously got romantic feelings for the Waitress, Charlie is implied to have very little interest in sex, and even explicitly stated so in a deleted scene.
  • Back from the Dead: After Mac, Charlie and Dee fake their own deaths, they hide in the office of Paddy's. When Frank and Dennis come in, they run out — carrying sparklers — and Sweet Dee yells "Surprise, bitches! We're alive and it's blowing your MINDS right now!"
  • Beware the Nice/Silly Ones: When Charlie has been wronged, and is on his A-Game, he can easily become the biggest Chessmaster in the series.
  • Bumbling Sidekick: He's The Ditz of the group. As a result, when the gang has a scheme, he sometimes manages to screw it up. Not that the others do their fair share of screwing up.
  • Butt Monkey: Watch any episode of this show. Any episode. If not him, then Sweet Dee. Usually both of them.
  • Caught with Your Pants Down: Multiple times.
  • The Cast Showoff: Charlie, like his actor, can sing and play piano.
  • Chaotic Stupid: When the gang determined that Charlie is the "Wild Card" of the group, Charlie took it as a cue to go completely insane. Not that he had far to go.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Often has some sort of crazy idea, scheme or object that's meaning isn't clear until the very end. Ex: "The Nightman Cometh"
  • The Chessmaster: Mostly in "Mac bangs Dennis' Mom," but, it's still present.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: His favorite food? "Milk steak". Hobby? Magnets. Likes? Ghouls. ("You know, funny little green ghouls?") Dislikes? People's knees.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: In "A Very Sunny Christmas" Charlie repeatedly screams "DID YOU FUCK MY MOM?!" at a mall Santa, and then takes a bite out of his neck.
    • In "Mac & Dennis: Manhunters" Charlie drops the F-bomb. It was (obviously) censored when it aired on TV, and disappointingly censored on the Season 4 DVDs.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Despite being a lovable idiot, he can pretty a vicious Chessmaster when he wants to be.
  • Dumb Is Good: Charlie is the least intelligent member of the Gang but is also the least morally bankrupt.
  • Extreme Omnivore: He doesn't deny the possibility of newspaper, credit card fragments, and wolf hair being in his stool in "Who Pooped the Bed?". In "The Gang Goes to the Jersey Shore", he drinks sunscreen.
  • Faking the Dead: "Mac and Charlie Die" Parts 1 and 2. He and Mac fake their death in order to escape from Mac's father, who they believe is trying to kill them.
  • Flanderization: He who went from "somewhat awkward, sometimes loud, and occasionally dim-witted, with a mild crush on this one waitress" to "entirely illiterate and completely insane Stalker with a Crush and No Indoor Voice."
  • Freudian Excuse: He was an abortion survivor (may or may not have contributed to his impaired mental faculties) with no father (though Frank may be Charlie's missing father), an OCD, overbearing, and sexually promiscuous mother, and was most likely molested as a child (the "Nightman" song) - explains a lot.
  • Genius Ditz: Charlie has natural piano talent and can pull off some very Machiavellian plots when properly motivated.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Frank.
  • Hidden Depths: Despite being functionally illiterate, he was able to compose and direct a musical in "The Nightman Cometh". He can play piano quite well and is skilled at sewing.
  • Hot-Blooded: Pretty much comes with being the Large Ham that Charlie is.
  • Incredibly Obvious Bug: When he and Mac fake their own deaths, they hide in the air-vent during their joint funeral at Paddy's, talking at full volume. This alerts Dennis that they aren't actually dead.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: To the Waitress, but instead of letting another guy have her, he agrees to stop stalking her. This ends poorly for her, because his "activities" have actually been keeping her out of a lot of trouble.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He shows more empathy than any other member of The Gang and seems to have slightly higher ethical standards.
  • Kavorka Man: He gets two very attractive girls interested in him, despite being a spastic weirdo. He has no interest at all in either, preferring to continue stalking the Waitress.
  • Large Ham:
    "VIETGODDAMNNAM IS WHAT HAPPENED!"
    "ROCK, FLAG AND EEEEAAAAAAGLLLLLLLEEE!"
    "THIS ISN'T OVER UNTIL I SAY IT'S OVERRRRRR!"
    "YOU ALL WANT A GO AT SERPICO, IS THAT IT?!"
  • Limited Wardrobe: Charlie is the only main cast member seen wearing the same clothes over and over, emphasizing his poverty. In one episode he states that he repairs his old clothes rather than buy anything new. Notable favorites include his black and red horse t-shirt, green army jacket and long thermal underwear. Some of these clothes are Charlie Day's actual property.
  • L Is for Dyslexia: Charlie has difficulty reading and writing, which is often pointed out by the rest of the gang as a learning disability or outright illiteracy. His writing is either garbled gibberish or at least partially in pictoral form, though he does manage to write a musical.
    • Subverted in that he can read and write, but he just doesn't like to.
  • Lovable Coward: Downplayed. He does have some Dirty Coward moments note . But he is the most likable and pitiable member of the gang by far.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: In the finale of Season 2, it is revealed that Frank is Charlie's real father.
  • Lolicon: He gets engaged to a 12 year old in "The Gang Solves the North Korea Situation."
  • Made of Iron:
    • Charlie's mom had an abortion while pregnant with him, but he still managed to survive it, along with living through that hilariously revolting life style of his.
    • He's also been electrocuted, like, 500 times according to Mac.
    • Charlie eats a brownie filled with drugs, even though Mac claims it has enough drugs in it to kill a gorilla. Charlie replies "I can handle my sedatives, bro."
    • Mac and Dennis consider him to be almost indestructible. They train him to be a pit fighter by repeatedly smashing him with various objects.
  • Man Child: His Cloud Cuckoolander personality (and that he found himself to have plenty of things in common with a 12 year old) give this impression.
  • No Indoor Voice: After the first season, CHARLIE SCREAMS ALL THE TIME.
  • Phrase Catcher:
    "God damn it, Charlie!"
    "So stupid, Charlie..."
  • The Pigpen: He lives in squalor and has limited personal hygiene. Mac says that he has never seen Charlie put on deodorant.
  • Psychotic Man Child: Charlie's animated day-dream in "The Gang Saves the Day" reveals that he has the mind set of a child.
  • Rape as Backstory: Very strongly implied to have been molested by his uncle.
  • Son of a Whore: In A Very Sunny Christmas, Charlie reflects on what his childhood was like during Christmas. A bunch of Santas would come in, give him presents, & go upstairs with his mom & cheer her up. Mac suggests that his mom was whoring herself out on Christmas day. Charlie doesn't take the realization very well.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: The Waitress, obviously. In nine seasons, Charlie has dated exactly one other woman, with the sole intention of using her to make the Waitress jealous.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Has been obsessed with The Waitress for years, to the point where he often has to live off of dog food because he spends all of his money paying spies to follow her. Even wrote a musical to propose to her. She has multiple restraining orders against him. Ironically, the actress who plays The Waitress is Charlie Day's wife.
  • Token Good Teammate: The only one in the Gang who is NOT a horrible person or a sociopath.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: He's usually the nicest one in the group, but at the end of "Charlie and Dee Find Love," reveals that he was only dating a girl to make the Waitress jealous, and does so very publicly and insults her considerably.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Dennis, Mac, and Dee spend an entire episode trying to do this to Charlie when Frank tells them it's his birthday and he seems pretty depressed. Though things like taking him to a movie and a spa backfire horribly due to his insanity, they eventually find a book where he catalogs his dreams in pictographs and recreate some of the items in it. Charlie feels pretty happy.
  • Villainous Breakdown: He gets even more shrill and angry after gaining power in a social game in "Charlie Rules the World" and having his plans compromised.
  • Wild Card: Given the title of by Mac and Dennis in "The Gang Solves The Gas Crisis."

    Frank 

Frank Reynolds

"I may have started a money fire."
Played By: Danny De Vito

"No! We can't go out like that. Look, if life pushes you down you gotta push back! If you've been dealt a bunch of lemons, you've got to take those lemons and push them down someones throat until they see yellow!"

The legal father of twins Dennis and Sweet Dee, and may be the biological father of his roommate Charlie. He used to be a successful businessman with a long history of illegal operations and dealings with sordid characters, but chose to abandon that life and redeem himself after leaving his money-grabbing, cheating wife. He now shares a tiny, filthy studio apartment with Charlie, where they share a pullout couch.
  • Affably Evil: One of the most depraved members of the gang. Also one of the most pleasant, and arguably the highest-functioning.
  • Ambiguously Bi:
    • Frank volunteers to judge the male models in "American's Next Top Paddy's Billboard Model." It turns out that he had already posed with two giant-breasted women, making the whole contest moot anyway.
    • Frank and Charlie have a bizarre relationship. In one episode they are revealed to play "Nightcrawlers," which involves crawling around on the ground together. In another episode he believes that Charles is dead and makes a mannequin of him. Charlie claims that he saw Frank "banging that thing."
  • Ax-Crazy: He will pull out his gun and fire wildly into the air at the slightest provocation...or just no provocation.
  • Bald of Evil: He's bald and evil.
  • Blood Knight: He seems pretty happy doing water torture and also wanted to kill a serial killer in the episode "Mac is a Serial Killer."
  • Catch Phrase:
    • Repeatedly says "What's the action?" in season 2.
    • Repeatedly says "Bigtime!" in season 5.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Becomes this the more depraved he gets. He participates in some of Charlie's weird activities; some involving bridges, boiling denim, among many other things.
  • Dirty Old Man: He's the oldest member of the gang. He also hires prostitutes and has a food fetish.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • Despite his ludicrous levels of depravity and cruelty, he's absolutely opposed to Dennis and Mac hunting Rickety Cricket in "Mac and Dennis: Manhunters." Why this specific sociopathic scheme bothers him isn't particularly clear, unless he really can't tell the difference between his life and John Rambo's.
    • He also opposes dousing a 12 year old in a wet T-shirt contest, and jumps in the way so he gets soaked instead.
    • Although he has no problem using virtually any illicit substance that crosses his path, he thinks that only the true bottom of the barrel sells drugs, according to "The Gang Gets Whacked."
    • He's the only one who insists that Cricket is taken to a hospital, after his hand's been shot.
  • Extreme Omnivore: He doesn't deny the possibility of newspaper, credit card fragments, and wolf hair being in his stool in "Who Pooped the Bed?".
  • Fetish:
    • Food fetish. Has a fling with Artemis in "The Waitress is Getting Married." They put Bacon Bits in her hair to "make her feel like a Cobb Salad."
    • This is also hinted at in "Mac & Charlie Die Part 2." Frank and Dennis go to an orgy, and all Frank does is eat.
    • In "Who Got Dee Pregnant" Artemis and Frank experimented with food while having crazy loud sex in a dumpster.
  • Flanderization: His behavior became more and more wild and depraved. Possibly justified, in that he joined the gang in order to leave behind his successful-businessman lifestyle and embrace hedonism full-on instead, so has become progressively more addicted to any and all sorts of vice he can get his hands on, and more lost in his own life of depravity.
  • Gun Nut: He loves to pull out his gun and according to "Reynolds vs. Reynolds: The Cereal Defense", he has several guns without a permit.
  • The Hedonist: See Dirty Old Man, Fetish, Ax-Crazy, Blood Knight, and Extreme Omnivore.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Charlie.
  • Hypocrite: Buys Dee's and Dennis's dream gifts for himself for Christmas every year in a twisted attempt to teach them that you have to earn what you get, a principle Frank claims made him a millionaire. As Dee immediately throws in his face, what made him a millionaire was embezzling from his partner.
    • Him constantly calling his wife a who-er - sorry, whore - gets rather ironic when he later frequents prostitutes.
  • I Love the Dead: On two occasions he's stated that he doesn't care what happens to his corpse. In "Frank's Little Beauties," he says that he'd have no problem with someone having sex with his corpse.
  • Incredibly Obvious Bug: Plants a baby monitor in a man's apartment in "The Gang Solves The Gas Crisis."
  • Kavorka Man: Considering he looks like Danny DeVito (sorry Danny) he's done pretty well for himself and is the only character to have a consensual, on-going relationship...with Artemis.
  • Kissing Cousins: Frank hooks up with his ex-wife's sister's daughter. Yes, that would be his niece. For the record all they do is dry-hump, though he describes it as "awful."
  • Lack of Empathy
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: In the finale of Season 2, it is revealed that Frank is Charlie's real father, though he denies it and the plotline is mostly dropped afterwards.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Frank is a very shady business man. One time, he brought up the whole gun regulations debate up because he made a deal with a gun company and then decided to do the same thing with clean drinking water.
  • Messy Hair: His balding hair starts out combed down but as he joined the gang and the seasons went on, his hair becomes noticeably disheveled, likely to match his depravity.
  • Noble Demon: Sometimes.
  • Parental Incest:
    • He and Dee pose as an engaged couple, and even go as far as getting married. Although Dee isn't Frank's biological daughter, it's still creepy.
    • Shares a bed with Charlie, his biological son. They sleep ass-to-ass.
    • After Charlie fakes his death, Frank dresses up a mannequin as Charlie and Charlie claims he saw Frank "banging that thing".
    • Additionally, In "Mac Fights Gay Marriage" him and Charlie try to get a civil union for the benefits.
    • A possible double-kill in "Mac and Charlie Die: Part 2." He not only almost gets into a glory-hole situation with Dennis, his adopted son, but also lets the mannequin he dubbed "New Charlie" watch.
  • Pet the Dog: Assures a humiliated Charlie that his musical was very good after the waitress refused his marriage proposal in front of the audience. Note that Mac, Dennis, and Dee were unconcerned as usual. This fits well with how far over the deep end he went when he thought Charlie was dead, going to the point of carrying around a dummy of him.
  • Red Baron: "The Warthog".
  • Schemer: Became a millionaire by screwing over his old business partner.
  • Shirtless Scene: Emerges fully nude from a couch in "A Very Sunny Christmas".
  • This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: Very frequently uses an emphatic "bitch."
  • Wild Card: Frank fits the webpage's definition of this trope because he has no loyalty and is willing switch sides (and betray his own side) for his own benefit. He simply does what he thinks will give him the most profit. However in the Five-Man Band dynamic (or the gang's definition), he's less of a wild card and more of a muscle.

Dennis & Dee's Family

    Barbara 

Barbara Reynolds

Played By: Anne Archer

Frank's gold-digging ex-wife, Dennis and Dee's mother. She was a cold, cruel, selfish woman with little affection for her family. Frank referred to her as his "whore wife".
  • Rich Bitch: Well, she did marry a rich guy for his money.
  • Smug Snake: See It's All About Me, again.
  • The Sociopath: The worst sociopath in the entire series, which is saying a lot.

    Bruce Mathis 

Bruce Mathias

Played By: Stephen Collins

Dennis and Dee's biological father. The antithesis of Frank Reynolds, Bruce devotes his time and money to charities and philanthropic efforts, including adopting several suffering children in Africa.
  • Casting Gag: Bruce Mathis, Dennis and Dee's actual father, is level-headed, kind, practically a saint, and is even a pastor. He's also played by Stephen Collins, who also played the father from 7th Heaven.
  • Good Is Not Soft: He tries to teach Dennis and Dee a lesson by pushing them to their limits.
  • Nice Guy: He does volunteer work and is very nice and courteous to Dee and Dennis before realizing they're bad people.

    Gail the Snail 

Gail the Snail

  • Abhorrent Admirer: To just about everyone. Both platonically and sexually.
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Sexually Active Today?: She brags about losing her virginity twice despite being 33 years old, once to her own mother.
    Gail: Guess what mom, I'm sexually active!
    Her mother: You're 33, you're supposed to be sexually active.
  • Woman Child: Downplayed. She acts a desperate teenager who just wants to fit in. She's in her thirties.

Charlie's Family

    Bonnie 

Bonnie Kelly

Played By: Lynne Marie Stewart

Charlie's mom, a sweet and timid woman who is attracted to cruel men. She had a one-night stand with Frank Reynolds 30 years ago, possibly making him Charlie's biological father.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: When Frank was with her, he would treat her like crap because "The woman prefers to be treated like crap. [He's] never seen anything like it." and says that sometimes it's too much even for him. Charlie later tries to break them up by setting her up with Mac's dad, informing her that he was in prison. And it works.
  • Hooker with a Heart of Gold: Played With. In the Christmas Episode, she's revealed to have been a prostitute and is one of the nicer members of the cast. But she also has severe mental issues and is a xenophobe.
  • Nervous Wreck: She's very timid and shy. "I don't want a dog to eat my face off, Charlie!"
  • Really Gets Around: Aside from the dozens of men she had sex with while being a prostitute, she's slept with both Frank and Luther.
  • Shrinking Violet: Older, but has severe nervous issues.
  • Stepford Smiler: She has a tendency to admit depressing things in a cheerful tone.
  • Super OCD: She does things, such as flicking light swithes on and off, three times because she thinks that if she doesn't, Charlie will die. She gave Charlie vaccinations every month. And she and him would also wear bubble boy suits every flu season.

    Jack 

Uncle Jack Kelly

Played By: Andrew Friedman

Charlie's uncle (the brother of Charlie's mother Bonnie) and a lawyer.
  • Black Comedy Rape: It's strongly implied that he molested Charlie or exposed himself to him or something that has caused Charlie to be extremely wary of him.
  • Creepy Uncle: Uncle Jack is a deeply unsettling man; he's always touching people, he's obsessed with hands (he feels his own hands are too small) and he is all but outright stated to be a pedophile interested in young boys. When Dee declares she's kidnapped some kids (by accident) he immediately leaps into action with solid creepy advice.

Mac's Family

    Luther 

Luther McDonald

Played By: Gregory Scott Cummins

Mac's father, a convicted felon. He is tall and has numerous tattoos and a generally intimidating appearance because he never blinks. Possibly due to his past imprisonment and intimidating presence, he is one of the few people The Gang does not immediately try to manipulate or exploit.
  • The Atoner: Once released from prison, he goes to apologize to all the people he's wronged.
  • Beard of Evil: The evil part is subverted. In a flashback to Christmas where he doesn't have the beard, he's more unambiguously evil.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He genuinely loves his son. Even after Mac was so worried about getting killed that he called the cops on him which he apparently wasn't going to do & instead ended up getting him arrested for going against his parole in order to buy tickets for Disney Land for his-own son.

    Mrs Mac 

Mrs. "Mac" McDonald

Played By: Sandy Martin

Mac's mom. She is usually seen smoking and watching television on the front porch of her home. She is extremely apathetic, demonstrated by her falling asleep at her son's "funeral" with a portable TV on her lap and remaining the same as usual when Luther is out on parole, and she often communicates with minimal words and unenthused grunts, (which Mac serves as translator for).
  • Berserk Button: Being woken up, as Mrs Kelly found out to her detriment.

The McPoyle Clan

    In General 
  • Big Ol' Unibrow: All the family members have one.
  • Brother-Sister Incest: And brother-brother incest.
  • Commuting on a Bus: While heavily featured in the earlier seasons, the characters were phased out due to the actors playing the twins landing work on other shows. Currently, they appear once every couple of seasons.
  • Creepy Twins: who sleep with each other.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: They're a very close family even sometimes a little too close.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: In the football episode, they're many many siblings are shown together.
  • The Patriarch: Papa McPoyle. Played by Guillermo del Toro!
  • Villainous Incest: It is actually family tradition to sleep with and marry off other family members to prevent others from tainting their gene pool. Liam however convinces Ryan that after years of incest, it won't be them getting their gene pool tainted by others, but them tainting the gene pool of other families.

    Papa 

Papa McPoyle

    Liam & Ryan 

Liam McPoyle & Ryan McPoyle

Played By: Jimmi Simpson & Nate Mooney

Creepy former elementary-school classmates of Mac and Charlie.
  • The Ditz: Ryan.
  • Eye Scream: Liam loses an eye during the Maureen Ponderosa Wedding Massacre.
  • False Rape Accusation: When they are first introduced, they are accusing their old gym coach of molestation because they hated his guts. Charlie rats them out.

    Margaret 

Margaret McPoyle

Played By: Thesy Surface

  • Gonk: She has a uni-brow and a masculine-looking face.
  • The Speechless: She is a deaf-mute.

    Doyle 

Doyle McPoyle

Played By: Bob Rusch

  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: Downplayed and lampshaded. He doesn't look exactly like his relatives. However once he says his name is "Doyle McPoyle", Mac and Dennis start to notice some similarities.

Other Characters

    The Waitress 

The Waitress

Played By: Mary Elizabeth Ellis

The object of Charlie's affections, she works at a coffee shop near Paddy's.
  • The Alcoholic: She claims to have a drinking problem. She seems to have it in check, but the few times she slips up, she really goes overboard.
  • Break the Cutie: Thanks to the Gambit Pileup in "Mac Bangs Dennis' Mom".
  • Characterization Marches On: Much like Dee, the Waitress use to be the Only Sane Man to the gang's antics. Then she developed an obsessive crush on Dennis, started drinking again, and became more and more of a Butt Monkey.
  • The Chew Toy: The Waitress tends to be easily manipulated because of her one-sided crush on Dennis.
  • Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: Everyone calls her "the Waitress," even her stalker Charlie and the guy she was engaged to.
  • No Name Given: Lampshaded on a few occasions. In the high school reunion it is heavily implied her name is Nikki Potnick.
    • The creators confirmed this was not her name.
  • The Nondescript: No one can remember her name, and no one except Charlie remembers her from high school, to the point of the school forgetting to make her a name tag for the reunion.
  • Not so Above It All: Can be just as rude and cynical as the Gang at times. 'Flowers for Charlie' also suggested she is as vapid and shallow as them too.
  • Really Gets Around: Which makes it all the more ironic that Charlie still hasn't had sex with her.
  • Sleeps with Everyone but You: The waitress will sleep with just about anybody except for Charlie.
  • Stalker with a Crush: A recipient of this from Charlie. Sometimes acts this way herself, to Dennis.

    Rickety Cricket 

Matthew "Rickety Cricket" Mara

Played By: David Hornsby

A Roman Catholic priest who becomes defrocked, destitute, abducted, assaulted (both non-sexually and sexually), threatened, hunted, severely injured and addicted to cocaine all directly or indirectly resulting from the influence or action of Deandra, Dennis, Charlie and Mac, who are his former high school classmates. As a boy he suffered from a medical condition that required the use of very conspicuous complex leg braces which inspired the pejorative nickname "Rickety Cricket".
  • Alliterative Name: Though no one calls him Matthew Mara. His nickname almost rhymes.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: For Dee.
  • Break the Cutie: He goes from a clean-cut, mature, and successful priest to a crack-addicted street rat who has lost his mind. All thanks to Dee.
  • Butt Monkey: Poor Cricket has fallen to the very bottom of society's rung, and then a few rungs below that, thanks to the Gang.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: By the later seasons, he had been completely corrupted. To the point where he gladly dresses like a terrorist and blinds the gang in a fight in the name of destroying America.
  • The Chew Toy: See Butt Monkey.
  • From Bad to Worse: No matter how low he has sunk, the gang always seems to manage to make his life even worse. At this point, expect every appearance to cost him a body part.
  • Good Shepherd: Was this, until Dee managed to get him to renounce his faith, get a cocaine addiction, become homeless, and have two broken legs from the mob.
  • Love Martyr: For Dee.
  • Unlucky Childhood Friend: Again, for Dee.

    Artemis 

Artemis

Played By: Artemis Pebdani

Dee's friend from her acting classes who acts out a scene from Coyote Ugly. Artemis is overly serious about her craft and displays bizarre habits and outbursts. She is very open about her sexuality and often offers to perform in the nude, even when it is unnecessary. Recently, she was involved in a sexual relationship with Frank and the two shared a food fetish. She likes having sex with bacon bits in her hair because it "makes her feel like a cobb salad." She and Frank once had makeup sex in a dumpster behind Wendy's, where she incorporated a bun. She has openly proclaimed that she has a "bleached asshole".
  • The Alcoholic: She usually can't remember how she spends her nights.
  • Fetish: Like Frank, she has a food fetish.
  • The Hedonist: Artemis likes to have fun, whether it means banging in public or getting insanely high at a Halloween party.
  • Large Ham: When she starts confessing her poor financial state, Dee can't tell if she's still doing some sort of performance.
  • Really Gets Around: She introduces herself to men by telling them she has a bleached asshole, arguing that they're "going to find out anyway."
  • Sixth Ranger: She's basically the only recurring character to have any sort of positive relationship with the gang, and occasionally joins in on their schemes in some capacity.

    The Lawyer 

The Lawyer

Played By: Brian Unger

An attorney who has had several run-ins with the Gang. Like The Waitress, his real name is unknown.
  • The Ace: Much more capable than the Gang and outwits them with ease during each conflict.
  • Amoral Attorney: Averted. He starts out as a decent person until he's had enough of the gang duct-taping his secretary and constantly bothering him. In fact, he seems weirded out by Dennis suggesting that he could "make love" to his soon-to-be-ex-wife while she sleeps as an act of good faith.
  • Ascended Extra: Originally, he was just the lawyer assigned to read Dennis and Dee's mother's will. Since then, he has frequently been at odds with the Gang in unrelated legal situations.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Makes 50 copies of the contract he gives the gang knowing they'd destroy them. Also keeps a gun in his desk in case someone busts in wanting to kill him.
  • It Amused Me: The only reason The Lawyer got involved in Dennis' divorce was to spitefully give him a hard time.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He got the gang to unknowingly sign a contract that also acts as a restraining order and gives him all the profits from their merchandise and makes about 50 copies, knowing that Mac will just eat the original.
  • No Name Given: He's yet to be given a name.

    Ben Smith 

Ben Smith

Played By: Travis Schuldt

  • The Ditz: He's shown to be somewhat of a lovable idiot.
  • Extreme Doormat: He was so nice and innocent that Dee would tell him to sit and wait for her in the car, in blistering 100 degree weather, for hours on end, with the windows rolled up simply because she didn't mention to roll down the windows. Though he does eventually leave her when it's made clear that she's "a mean person."
  • Nice Guy: Ben is just a sweet guy who's very considerate and pleasant to be around. He was very nice to Dee until he realized she was a jerk. At one point, he offered to help her when she had some trouble walking after falling down.

    Bill Ponderosa 

Bill Ponderosa

Played By: Lance Barber

Dee's high school crush and the brother of Dennis's high school girlfriend Maureen Ponderosa. He has put on a lot of weight since high school.
  • Affably Evil: Bill is a very jovial fellow who's always willing to share his drugs with people...who don't want his drugs. Bill cheats on his wife, frequents prostitutes, snorts up whatever drug is closest and lies to women that he had a vasectomy to avoid wearing a condom.
  • Fat Bastard: Dee is surprised and put off by how fat he's become, but sleeps with him anyway, leading to an awkward conversation with his wife.
  • Functional Addict: He appears pretty well-adjusted upon first meeting him, and then he starts casually using drugs.
  • The Hedonist: Gluttony, lust, drugs. Yep, sounds about right.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Cheats on his wife with several prostitutes and Dee.

    Maureen Ponderosa 

Maureen Ponderosa

Played By: Catherine Reitman

Dennis's high school girlfriend and the sister of Bill Ponderosa.
  • Fourth Date Marriage: Played With. She and Dennis knew each other in high school. They met up again, now older. They have one more date before getting married. Dennis falls out of love with her the next day.

    Carmen 

Carmen

Played By: Brittany Daniel

A trans woman who was dating Mac. She is attractive but displays an obvious bulge in her pants. She keeps Mac interested in her with promises of undergoing sexual reassignment surgery and with constant flattery of Mac's physique.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Has yet to have her life ruined by the gang...so far.
  • Easy Sex Change: Possibly averted she most likely kept saying she would lose her penis 'soon' due to how expensive it is.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Dee comments on her impressive implants in her first appearance.
  • Happily Married: Eventually, to Nick, following the completion of her surgery.
  • Nice Girl: Carmen is very sweet and kind.
  • Transsexual: Male-to-female. She spends much of the series still in transition.

    Brian McIntyre 

Brian McIntyre

Played By: Dave Foley

The high school principal who hires Dee as a substitute teacher and Charlie as a janitor.
  • Butt Monkey: The few times the gang shows up to his school, there's always trouble. Especially the second time.

    Rex 

Rex

Played By: T.J. Hoban

One of the male models vying for the spot on Paddy's Pub's billboard.
  • Brainless Beauty: He's a male model. But he did things like eat a whole bowl of cockroaches before Frank told him to, just so he can be on a billboard (not so he can get paid, just wanted to be on a billboard).
  • Determinator: He wants to win the billboard competition very badly.
  • Hunk: Rex is very muscular. The gang describe him rather accurately as a beefcake.
  • Shirtless Scene: Well, he is a model.

    Duncan & Z 

Duncan & Z

Played By: David Gueriera & Chad Coleman

Frank's bizarre friends that he met under a bridge.
  • Scary Black Man: Z, as played by the intimidatingly large Chad Coleman.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: They tend to appear together, and are very unsavoury criminals.
  • Toxic Friend Influence: Dennis considers them this for Frank, although Frank doesn't really need anyone's influence to be awful.

    Schmitty 

Peter Schmidt AKA Schmitty

Played By: Jason Sudeikis

A former member of the gang back in high school. Mac and Dennis kicked Schmitty out of the gang (and a moving car) to make Charlie happy. Charlie and Schmitty used to be roommates and Charlie always feels upstaged by Schmitty.
  • The Ace: Schmitty is good at pretty much everything.
  • Nice Guy: He was the most normal and well-adjusted out of the gang. Kind of makes you wonder why he was friends with them in high school.
  • Token Good Teammate: All to briefly but when Dennis and Mac reunite with their old friend Schmidty and ask him to replace Charlie in the gang. Schmidty is friendly, personable, inclusive and doesn't mind when the gang tries to push him out of a moving car! (Twice!) Needless to say, he is one of few decent people in the history of the show.
  • Unknown Rival: Charlie hates him and considers him a threat to his position within the team, but Schmitty isn't too aware of Charlie's feelings.

    Fatty Magoo 

Ingrid Nelson

Played By: Judy Greer

  • Formerly Fat: The reason her nickname in high school was "Fatty Magoo"
  • Nice Girl: She maintains a cheerful disposition. When Dee told her that she herself was gonna grow up to be an actress to rub it in her face, it instead inspired Ingrid to run her own clothing store. And she personally thanks Dee for this upon seeing her in her store.

    Ernie 

Ernie

Played By: David Zdunich

  • Recurring Extra: He's a barfly who shows up in the background multiple times.

The Nightman Cometh

    Little Boy/Dayman 

Little Boy/Dayman

Played By: Dennis Reynolds

    Coffee Shop Princess 

Coffee Shop Princess

Played By: Deandra Reynolds

    Nightman 

The Nightman

Played By: Ronald McDonald

    Antonio the Troll 

Antonio the Troll

Played By: Frank Reynolds

  • Bigger Bad: Antonio is the one who the Nightman pays for the Boy's soul/hole, and keeps the Boy in servitude.
  • Fat Bastard: He's played by Frank Reynolds who is fairly overweight himself.
  • Karmic Death: He's killed by his own slave.
  • Villain Song: 'Troll Toll'.

Lethal Weapon Series

    Riggs 

Martin Riggs

Played By: Dennis Reynolds & Mac

    Murtaugh 

Roger Murtaugh

Played By: Dennis Reynolds & Mac

  • Ambiguously Gay: In Lethal Weapon 6. To the point where one guy confused it for gay porn.
  • Blackface: Mac uses this trope when playing Murtaugh. Averted with Dennis who finds it racist.
  • The Other Darrin: invoked Played for Laughs. Mac and Dennis randomly switch between playing Murtaugh and Riggs.

    Lazurus 

Chief Lazurus

Played By: Frank Reynolds

  • Bad Boss: He uses his own goon as a human shield.
  • Back from the Dead: He's resurrected in Lethal Weapon 6 by a Native-American witch.
  • Big Bad: Of Lethal Weapon 5 and 6.

    Police Chief 

Police Chief

Played By: Charlie Kelly

  • Bad Bad Acting: Charlie's acting in Lethal Weapon 5 is so terrible that Dennis and Mac seriously consider cutting him out completely.
  • Da Chief: Of the Police Department.
  • Mr. Exposition: He tells the two detectives the basic plot of the movie.

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