Characters: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
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You are the worst group of people who have ever lived.
"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."
One of the co-owners of Paddy's Pub and Dee'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 (maybe) has a threesome with two men while blackout drunk.
- 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!" to Mac.
- 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 and stick bananas up their asses. He also puts his balls in Mac's mouth in "Mac and Dennis: Manhunters."
- 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 on-board as Mac is with all of the homoerotic pranking. Lampshaded by Frank when he walks in on Mac rubbing Dennis' nipples.
- The DVD Commentary track to "Mac and Dennis Break Up" basically confirms that Mac and Dennis are in the closet.
- Dennis and Mac's monthly dinner in "The Gang Dines Out" is largely treated as date, culminating in Dennis giving a heartfelt speech and singing "You're the Wind Beneath My Wings" to Mac in front of the entire restaurant.
- Badass Boast: Incredibly skilled at giving these.
(After getting accused of peaking in High School by Dee)
Dennis: "Peaked? Peaked, Dee? Let me tell you something: I haven't even begun to peak. And when I do peak, you'll know. Because I'm gonna peak so hard that everybody in Philadelphia's gonna feel it."
- Berserk Button: Claiming that he peaked in High School, questioning his success with women or suggesting that he isn't the social God he believes himself to be is not a good idea.
- Camp Straight: Dennis is obsessed with his own body and wears make-up.
Charlie: Are you wearing makeup?
Dennis: I'm always wearing a little bit of foundation, but that's not the point.
- Casanova Wannabe: Dennis does well with women, but he isn't the magnetic charmer that he considers himself to be. The women he targets are usually dim, vulnerable or far too trusting.
- The Charmer: Considers himself this and, to his credit, he seems to be pretty good at making a good first impression on people.
- Control Freak: To the point of ordering dishes for the other members of the gang at restaurants. A therapist becomes rather interested when he reveals that he's been keeping psychological dossiers of the gang, having started Dee's 'file' when they were children.
- Deadpan Snarker: Tends to snark on the others' idiocy with callous indifference.
- Deconstruction: Of the Only Sane Man, namely what kind of person they have to be to hang out with a group of assholes.
- 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.
- 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 (though it's also implied the reason he uses duct-tape and rope for sex is that he's dealing with women who are... less than eager).
- 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. He's just deluded.
- 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. They live together, work together, spend all their free time together, and check in with each other several times a day to make sure the other is okay.
- 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. 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. It's possible he was just trying to manipulate her into taking him with her to Hollywood, but his reaction at the end of the episode implies some part of it was genuine.
- Informed Attractiveness: In-Universe. While Dennis is actually attractive, he's nowhere near the Adonis that he claims to be. Even Mac, who's shown to be a little attracted to Dennis himself, is aware that he isn't as attractive as he thinks, instead preferring Rex. Out-of-Universe, Mac and the Waitress have shown interest and then there's his serial womanizing.
- 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: The most likely member of the Gang to occasionally escape punishment.
- Kavorka Man: While he's pretty good looking, Dennis sleeps with far more women than his modest attractiveness and terrible personality should allow. Later episodes show just how he manages to be a Kavorka Man by revealing him to be an emotionally manipulative serial rapist.
- Lack of Empathy: He seems perfectly okay with horrible things happening to regular people. See The Sociopath entry for more details.
- The Leader: While the Gang are perpetually betraying each other and constantly attempting to claim the role of leader, Dennis, due to his status as a Manipulative Bastard Control Freak, tends to assume this position most frequently.
- Lolicon: Has an obsession with younger girls. Only dated freshman in High School. 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: The D.E.N.N.I.S. system is a masterclass in heartlessly manipulating a woman into having sex with you, stringing her along in a semi-relationship and seperate completely entirely for the thrill of having her fall in love with you.
- 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. They get really into it.
- Mr. Fanservice: Certainly considers himself to be this, and while Glenn Howerton is quite attractive, Dennis' obsession with remaining slim and trim to the point of bulimia is frequently played for Squick.
- 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.
- Neat Freak: Keeps everything he owns in pristine condition, and freaks out when this gets threatened.
- Non-Action Guy: While none of the Gang are particularly good fighters, Dennis is not only shown to be useless in a fight but in terrible shape, to the point of getting winded after playing a few seconds of tennis.
- 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.
- Only Sane Man: Tends to play this more frequently than the rest of the group, however, this is horribly subverted just as frequently as Dennis' Not So Above It All moments almost always verge into The Sociopath territory.
- The Pornomancer: Although Dennis doesn't necessarily live up to his ego, a lot of people have shown attraction to him. He has drawers full of sex tapes he's made of him and his partners.
- 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. He has amounted to absolutely nothing in his life beyond having rich parents, yet has been referring to himself as a "Golden God" since high school!
- 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.
- In "Psycho Pete Returns", he and Dee try to con a psychiatrist into giving them a drug prescription by pretending Dee is crazy. Dennis gets so frustrated with her crappy acting that he yells at her to shut up and says she'd be more useful if he skinned her and turned her into a lampshade or a piece of luggage and added her to his "collection", calling into question whether the rest was actually a hypothetical. At that, the psychiatrist willingly gives Dennis the drugs (and diagnoses him with borderline personality disorder).
- Tenor Boy: Plays one of these during the production of "The Nightman Cometh" and in general isn't afraid of showing off his incredible falsetto.
- 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.
- Token Evil Teammate: While the whole group is made up of horrible people, Dennis is the only one who is shown to be undeniably evil.
- 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!"
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.
- The Chew Toy: Pretty much guaranteed to suffer the worst out of the Gang in any given episode.
- Deadpan Snarker: She has her moments. Of course, that comes with having to put up with the boys' shit.
- Delusions of Eloquence: She's nowhere near as classy as she thinks she is.
- 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 mother who criticized everything about her, made it known that Dee was unwanted (despite her and Dennis being fraternal twins) and favored Dennis over her. This has given her 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."
- Outside of the Gang her two "best friends" are the Waitress, who hates her guts, and Artemis, who was willing to sell her out in a second. To be fair to them, she only ever spends time with them when she has an ulterior motive.
- 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 incredibly greedy and manipulative.
- 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.
- Informed Deformity: The guys frequently go on about how ugly she is. This is most likely meant to simply be them being dicks, as she has managed to attract quite a few attractive men before driving them away with her awful personality.
- Ironic Nickname: She's anything but sweet.
- 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.
- Odd Friendship: She actually gets along comparatively well with Charlie, to the point where he could be considered the only member of the group who is actually her friend.
- This is most notable in "The Gang Misses the Boat." When the gang breaks up, she and Charlie spend the time bonding, encouraging each other, and eventually making out/possibly sleeping together.
- 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 she's more talented at acting than she actually is.
- The Smurfette Principle: She's the only female member of the gang. Justified in that none of the guys seem to have any interest in women beyond sex and only hang around Dee because A) They're forced to since she works with them, and B) To use as a personal punching bag.
- 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.
Ronald "Mac" MacDonald
"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?"
One of the co-owners of Paddy's Pub. He is Charlie'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.
"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 and 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.
- Abusive Parents: Of a very different kind than the rest of the group. His mother has a horrendous case of Super OCD and coddled him to a point where he can't properly function in society.
- 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.
- Breakout Character: Probably the most iconic character in the series. Charlie Day has found the most mainstream success of the cast as a result.
- 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 don't 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. He's also great at ice skating, as Day used to play hockey.
- 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, as in the episode "The Nightman Cometh."
- The Chessmaster:
- Mostly in "Mac Bangs Dennis' Mom," but it's still present.
- Reaches new heights in "Charlie Work", where a surprise health inspection falls on the day the rest of the gang decide to try a Zany Scheme involving a steak delivery man and a bunch of chickens. Charlie has to scramble to move the the health inspector, the rest of the gang, and the delivery man to the right spots with pitch-perfect timing so that the health inspector won't notice the pub's innumerable code violations or the delivery man's suspicious grievances, the delivery man will think the pub is actually a steakhouse, and Mac and Dennis can contaminate the delivery man's steaks with chicken feathers. Charlie also has time to set up a Brick Joke by sabotaging a particular barstool Charlie knew Dee would sit on. To drive home the sheer skill this kind of tactical genius would take, the majority of the episode consists of an extended unbroken shot.
- 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 ne a vicious Chessmaster when he wants to be. He's also generally the only member of the Gang who ever does well in a fight. He possesses a savant-like skill in music and the ability to ice skate, among other things. Hidden genius beneath salient stupidity seems to be his specialty.
- 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 went from "somewhat awkward, sometimes loud, and occasionally dim-witted, with a mild crush on this one waitress" to "entirely illiterate, possibly insane and definitely a savant, 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 by his uncle. It 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. He's also this with Mac, who he has known since childhood.
- 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.
- Innocently Insensitive: Other than joining in on the guys' verbal beat downs of Dee, Charlie almost never intends to offend anyone, he's just really, really stupid and naturally violent.
- 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. It turns out that him not stalking her was just a part of his plan to pull an Operation Jealousy.
- 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.
- 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." Of course, he thought she was older and didn't so much as kiss her, as they had mutually agreed stuff like that was gross.
- Made of Iron: Charlie cannot be killed or permanently hurt.
- 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 Bites Man: Charlie realizes that his mother was a prostitute who slept with men at Christmas, and those men often dressed (sometimes shabbily) as Santa Claus to fool Charlie. He has something of a freak-out, and winds up sinking his teeth into the throat of a mall Santa.
- 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.
- Morality Pet: A very mild example of this to Frank, as he appears to be the only person Frank genuinely cares about besides himself. This doesn't mean much most of the time, but occasionally causes Frank to back down.
- No Indoor Voice: After the first season, CHARLIE SCREAMS ALL THE TIME.
- Odd Friendship: He gets along rather well with Dee, especially in comparison to how the other members of the group treat her.
- This is most notable in "The Gang Misses the Boat" where when the gang breaks up, he and Dee spend the time bonding, encouraging each other and eventually sleeping together.
- Perpetual Poverty: While none of the Gang are financially secure, Dennis, Dee and Mac live in nice apartments and frequently spend far more money than they actually possess, putting them all in severe debt. Charlie on the other hand lives in an apartment that is nothing short of terrifying, lives off of cat food and wolf hair and generally never seems to have any money whatsoever.
- 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 mindset of a child.
- Rape as Backstory: Very strongly implied to have been molested by his uncle.
- Renaissance Man: Surprisingly, despite his lack of intelligence, Charlie is shown to be the most artistically gifted and versatile of the group.
- 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, and go upstairs with his mom to 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 cat food because he spends all of his money paying spies to follow her. He even wrote and staged 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.
- Straw Loser: Charlie manages to make Mac, Dee and Dennis look pretty successful and well-adjusted in comparison, as they all have fairly nice apartments and have had multiple relationships in contrast to Charlie's near literal Hell Hole of an apartment and fixation on a single woman who hates his guts.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: He often comes off as the nicest/most innocent member of the gang, 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."
"I may have started a money fire."
Played By: Danny DeVito
"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 Dee, and possibly 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.
- Abusive Parent: He was a terrible father who relentlessly emotionally tortured Dennis and Dee.
- 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 also 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 Charlie 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.
- Badass Grandpa: He's just so batshit crazy that he's pretty relentless in a fight. Especially notable in comparison to the other members of the gang, who are Dirty Cowards that suck at fighting.
- 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 and "Bigtime!" in season 5.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Frank has no problem selling anyone down the river.... friends, good samaritans, business associates, even (actually, especially) his own children.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Becomes this the more depraved he gets. He participates in some of Charlie's weird activities involving bridges, boiling denim, and many other things.
- Dirty Old Man: He's the oldest member of the gang. He also hires prostitutes and has a food fetish.
- Drop-In Character: Frank is the only member of the Gang who isn't guaranteed to be in an episode, and several episodes begin with him kicking off the plot by announcing something while walking into the bar.
- 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.
- Evil Mentor: Plays this to Mac whenever they share a plot together, such as teaching him how to run a sweat shop.
- 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?".
- Fat Bastard: One of the biggest bastards of the gang, and is played by Danny DeVito who is fairly overweight.
- Fetish: Food fetish. He 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. He gave up his wealth for the sake of doing all the depraved things he wants to.
- 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. They're not blood-related, but she's still his niece. Though he describes it as "awful," he still was willing to accept a handjob from her later in "The Gang Squashes Their Beefs."
- He specifically does this when he's trying to achieve the most depraved behavior possible. Originally, he wanted to bang his dead wife's sister (at her husband's funeral) but Mac convinced Frank that going after his own niece would be even more twisted.
- 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.
- Parental Substitute: A twisted one for Mac and Charlie, particularly the latter, who didn't have father figures growing up. He tends to act more fatherly when dealing with them than he does when dealing with his legal children Dennis and Dee.
- 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".
- Retired Badass: He was a street fighting, drug dealing gang leader in his youth and still has several of his old connections.
- 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."
- Token Adult: Despite all of the other members of the group being in their thirties, Frank is still treated like "the old guy" and is several decades older than everyone else.
- Trigger Happy: He's guaranteed to misfire a gun if he's holding one.
- 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
Played By: Anne Archer
Frank's gold-digging ex-wife and 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".
- Abusive Parent: To Dee more than Dennis.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: Dies off-screen in "Dennis and Dee's Mom is Dead," from a botched neck lift. Dee and Dennis don't care, and Frank is downright celebratory.
- Gold Digger: Married Frank for his money.
- It's All About Me: She is very self-centered and smug.
- Lack of Empathy: She stole medication from dying children and chastised Dee for telling one of them they won't die after they asked her if they would because "if they die, you'll look like a fool".
- Mrs. Robinson: Subverted. She banged Mac, but only to upset Frank and actually finds him quite unattractive.
- Narcissist: See It's All About Me.
- Parental Favoritism: Towards Dennis.
- 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.
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 Seventh 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!
Donna: 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.
Played By: Tom Bower
Dee and Dennis' grandfather on their mother's side.
- Nazi Grandpa: His nazi-war-vetern status and prejudices cause Dee and Dennis to be unsure about whether or not to pull the plug on him. This is because on 1 hand, they'd be killing a family member, but on the other hand, he's a nazi.
- Those Wacky Nazis: Fought in WWII on the side of the Germans and still believes in Aryan superiority.
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.
Uncle Jack Kelly
Played By: Andrew Friedman
Charlie's uncle (the brother of Charlie's mother Bonnie) and a lawyer.
- Amoral Attorney: Jack's a lawyer though a rather bad one. It's obvious to the audience that something's not quite right with him, every time he appears on screen.
- 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.
- Shotacon: Heavily implied.
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: Subverted. In a flashback where he doesn't have the beard, he's more unambiguously evil.
- Death Glare: His default expression. He himself remarks, "I don't blink."
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He has a shady past and is quite blunt and rude, but he genuinely loves his son. In "Dennis Looks Like A Registered Sex Offender," Mac calls the cops on him because he thinks his father is on a murder spree that will end with him and Charlie. It turns out that Luther actually got arrested for violating his parole: he's not supposed to leave the state, but had purchased plane tickets for himself, Mac and Charlie to visit the Baseball Hall of Fame. Even after getting out of jail again, he writes Mac a letter saying he still loves him and that he's trying to learn to forgive him.
- Icy Blue Eyes: As Charlie points out to Bonnie.
- Tattooed Crook: He has quite a few tattoos.
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.
Played By: Sean William Scott
The McPoyle Clan
- 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.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: They're a very close family, sometimes a little too close.
- Massive Numbered Siblings: In the football episode, many many siblings are shown together.
- Trademark Favourite Food: Milk. They always drink lukewarm milk...they drink it instead of beer, have it instead of punch at a wedding and use it on their wounds.
- 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.
- The Patriarch: Papa is the main authority behind the McPoyle family. He's even played by Guillermo del Toro!
- Eats Babies: In his ramblings, he mentions that every McPoyle springs "fully formed" from his loins, and he eats them so they don't eat him first.
Liam & Ryan
Liam & Ryan McPoyle
Played By: Jimmi Simpson & Nate Mooney
Creepy former elementary-school classmates of Mac and Charlie.
- Big "NO!": Liam, the hammier of the twins, who often exclaims a massive no in conjunction with Suddenly Shouting.
- Creepy Twins: Who sleep with each other.
- The Ditz: Ryan. When Liam commands him to stab someone, he stabs Liam.
- Eye Scream: Liam loses an eye during "The Maureen Ponderosa Wedding Massacre." He now uses a flesh-colored patch that is very off-putting. When the Gang tells him how disturbing it looks, he draws a cartoon eye on it.
- 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.
- Jerkass: They're both creepy and more than a little stand-offish.
- Suddenly Shouting: Liam has a tendency to do this.
- Those Two Bad Guys: Being brothers with a creepily close relationship, they're always seen together.
- Twincest: A pair of fraternal male twins who are sexually involved.
Played By: Thesy Surface
Played By: Bob Rusch
- I Coulda Been a Contender: He had a pretty promising future in football, but it's brought to a halt by the Gang.
- 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.
Played By: Mary Elizabeth Ellis
The object of Charlie's affections who initially 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. At the high school reunion it is implied her name is Nikki Potnick, but Word of God has confirmed it isn't.
- 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.
- Sixth Ranger: Plays a completely unwilling one frequently.
- 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.
- With Friends Like These...: Dee occasionally claims that she's her best friend. Not only does the Waitress hate her guts, but Dee only spends time with her when she has something to gain.
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 Dee, 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, although God knows why.
- 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's 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.
- Character Development: While he's definitely become much, much worse after spending so much time with the Gang, he at least seems to have finally gotten over Dee.
- The Chew Toy: See Butt Monkey.
- Crazy Homeless People
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: The few times he physically confronts the Gang, he kicks their asses. He still always ends up getting screwed over though.
- Dogged Nice Guy: He doesn't like Dennis, Mac and Charlie at all and only helps the Gang out to try and win Dee's heart. He seems to have finally gotten over this, as he acknowledges that she's a total bitch multiple times and no longer seems to care about her.
- Facial Horror: The first time we see him in Season 8, he has a scar over his eye, which he got from an off-screen incident that was, for once, entirely his fault. After his fate in "The Gang Squashes Their Beefs," he now looks like Two-Face.
- Fate Worse Than Death: Every time you think he's going to be Killed Off for Real, he gets a severe injury instead.
- 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 and thus lose his job. He ended up on the streets and his life has only gotten worse from there.
- He Cleans Up Nicely: He shows up to his high school reunion clean cut and mature, apparently having been let back into the priesthood. Even after all that had happened to him, he still looks quite handsome. It turns out to have been a ruse, though. However, starting with Season 8, he has been getting horrific injuries that he will probably never be able to recover from.
- Heel-Face Revolving Door: While calling the Gang faces is probably going too far, Cricket swaps between their ally and enemy constantly, generally several times an episode.
- Humiliation Conga: Has been in a perpetual one for most of his life, courtesy of the Gang.
- Love Martyr: For Dee.
- No Accounting for Taste: His crush on Dee remains despite innumerable amounts of evidence that she hates him and is a terrible person. Seems to have finally wised up to this, but by that point he's already lost his job, his house and his mind because of her.
- Sanity Slippage: Goes from the Only Sane Man in his first episode to one of the Gang's most deranged foes by his later appearances.
- Shaggy Dog Story: He was relentlessly bullied for wearing leg braces as a teen before cleaning himself up and becoming a respected priest... after which he ends up losing his job and being put into a much, much worse situation than he was initially with no hope of recovery and, as a final insult, stuck in leg braces once again.
- Sixth Ranger/ Sixth Ranger Traitor: The Gang frequently ropes him into their schemes, but he's just as likely to betray them.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Gets worse and worse with each appearance, to the point where he sometimes makes the Gang look good in comparison.
- Unlucky Childhood Friend: Again, for Dee.
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.
Played By: Brian Unger
An attorney who has had several run-ins with the Gang. Like the Waitress, his real name is unknown.
Played By: Travis Schuldt
Dee's online chat buddy "soldier of fortune". He served as an American soldier in Iraq.
- 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.
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.
- Abusive Parents: Flat out told his son that he doesn't love him, and told his daughter she "was too fat to be a slut", neither of them seem older than 12.
- 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. Even the Gang find him super-shady.
- Suicide as Comedy: Although he's yet to go through with it, he was seriously threatening to kill himself at the thought of being the father to Dee's baby and has attempted to drink himself to death.
- Fat Bastard: Was in pretty good shape in high school, but has gained a lot of weight since. Plus he's a bastard.
- 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.
Played By: Catherine Reitman
Dennis's high school girlfriend and ex-wife, and the sister of Bill Ponderosa.
- Abhorrent Admirer: When she's not tormenting Dennis she's usually trying to get back together with him.
- 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.
- Petting Zoo People: The running gag of her using Dennis' alimony payments for unnecessary cosmetic surgeries ends up with her trying to turn herself into a cat.
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. She also disappeared between the end of season 3 and the season 6 premiere, so the time frame isn't quite as compressed as it usually is in TV.
- 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.
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.
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, he 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.
- But Not Too Black: Almost said word for word by Mac. When they try to win an award they invite Z to try and add some diversity but Mac says that he's too black and is just going to intimidate the judges.
- 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.
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.
- Only Sane Man: For the short time he returns to the Gang. He's off-put by their strange habits and rituals which Schmitty has long grown out of, even telling them how weird everything they do is.
- Token Good Teammate: All too briefly, but 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.
Ingrid Nelson AKA Fatty Magoo
A high school friend of Dee's. In High School Dee wore a back brace and was dubbed the Aluminum Monster while Ingrid was morbidly obese and was given the name Fatty Magoo.
- 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.
Played By: David Zdunich
- Recurring Extra: He's a barfly who shows up in the background multiple times.
Peter AKA Psycho Pete
Played By: Dominic Burgess
A former member of the Gang back in high school. The Gang saw him as a harmless Cloudcuckoolander
, but Ingrid Nelson tells them that he is in an asylum for cutting up his family and eating them for Christmas Dinner. It's later revealed in "Psycho Pete Returns" that he actually didn't; he was institutionalized to cope with his social anxiety and depression, and the rumors about him were mostly spread by the Gang.
- The Dreaded
- He Who Must Not Be Seen: Until "Psycho Pete Returns" in season 10, he's only ever mentioned in rumors and horror stories.
- I'm a Humanitarian
- Insanity Defense
- "Just Joking" Justification: The Gang naturally assumes this after Ingrid tells them he threatened to blow up the school, but she tells them that he is legitimately Ax-Crazy.
- Karma Houdini: He got the Insanity Defense, and he was able to threaten to blow up the school, forcing Ingrid to hire extra security. In "Psycho Pete Returns," he gets set free after his institute shuts down.
- Later revealed that he never actually ate his family, it's just one of the many rumors that were started in response to the bad reputation the gang got him.
- "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer / Sincerity Mode: Ingrid tells them that he is literally Axe Crazy, and that he literally ate his entire family for Christmas Dinner
- Knight of Cerebus: Subverted. after all the build up of him as a monster, it turns out he's a soft-spoken Gentle Giant, who hung out with the Gang because they were accepting of him.
- The Reveal: He never killed or ate anyone, the worst he ever did was yelling at some babies and making stray cats and dogs fight, which he did for the gang's attention.
The Nightman Cometh
Played By: Dennis Reynolds
Coffee Shop Princess
Coffee Shop Princess
Played By: Deandra Reynolds
- Pink Means Feminine/Princesses Prefer Pink: She wears a pink dress.
- Shotacon: An unintentional example. She's deeply in love with the little boy, who is meant to be a young man but is only ever referred to in ways that make him sound extremely young. Defied by Dee who's worried about people perceiving her as a pedophile because of her character.
- Write Who You Know: Considering the Waitress works at a coffee shop, she's probably loosely based on her.
Played By: Mac
- Animal Eyes: Cat eyes, specifically.
- Badass: Intended to be this by both Charlie and Mac, who utterly fail at portraying him as one.
- Big Bad: He's the main antagonist of the play.
- Dark Is Evil: He dresses in all black and is named "Nightman".
- Large Ham: Mac plays him this way. It actually leads him to become an audience favorite, but not for the reasons Mac intended (he wanted to come off as a scary badass, not a goofy Large Ham).
- Sssssnake Talk: He speaks with a lot of hisses.
- Shotacon: Once again, unintentionally. He's supposed to be something of a grim reaper type figure after the Little Boy's soul, but Charlie's writing, Frank's continuous pronunciation of "soul" sounding like "hole" and Mac's attraction to Dennis all make him come off as a rapist.
- Title Character: Of "The Nightman Cometh," of course.
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.
- Large Ham: Due to being played by Frank.
- Villain Song: "Troll Toll."
Lethal Weapon Series
Played By: Dennis Reynolds & Mac
- Ambiguously Gay/Bi: In Lethal Weapon 6, there is some unintentional Ship Tease between Riggs and Murtaugh because of Mac. So he decided to add a scene with them at a strip club to make them appear straight, but all it did was make them look insecure about their sexuality. He did marry Murtaugh's daughter, but it's possible she was his beard.
- Awesome Aussie: Only when Dennis plays him.
- The Hero: Though he steps down from the spotlight a bit in Lethal Weapon 6.
- Mr. Exposition: When Mac plays him, he makes sure to go into extended detail about every single event occurring around him because, in Mac's words, "nobody ever knows what's happening in movies."
- The Other Darrin: A comedic example. Mac and Dennis switch parts abruptly in the middle of both movies.
Played By: Dennis Reynolds & Mac
- A Day in the Limelight: Lethal Weapon 6 focuses on him a bit more than Riggs.
- Ambiguously Gay/Bi: In Lethal Weapon 6, to the point where the movie was confused for gay porn. He does have a daughter though, and did have a wife. So he's either bi or used his family as The Beard.
- Blackface: Mac uses this trope when playing Murtaugh. Averted with Dennis, who finds it racist.
- Catch Phrase: "I'm gettin' too old for this shit!"
- Cool Old Guy: He's supposed to be this, though Mac and Dennis are clearly the same age.
- The Lancer: Though he steps up to the spotlight more in Lethal Weapon 6.
- The Other Darrin: Played for Laughs. Mac and Dennis randomly switch between playing Murtaugh and Riggs.
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.
- Brownface: Native American Chief Lazurus is played by caucasian Frank Reynolds.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Of his casino. He also owns an umbrella factory, likely a planned safe haven for after his apocalyptic rain dance.
- Jabba Table Manners: As seen when he meets with Riggs & Murtaugh for the first time.
- Large Ham: Frank is really enjoying playing a villain. Lazurus shouts, snarls, froths and groans.
- Meaningful Name: Chief Lazurus comes back from the dead.
- Native American Casino: He's a Native American who owns a casino.
- Really Gets Around: As one of the actor's stipulations, Chief Lazurus gets lots of ass.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After being brought back from the dead, he sets out on a mission of revenge and to do a rain dance that will drown the city.
Played By: Charlie Kelly