Characters: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
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You are the worst group of people who have ever lived.
- The Alcoholics: All of them (except for Frank) come to the realization that they're alcoholics after experiencing terrible withdraws. Frank becomes more of an alcoholic in "The Gang Gives Frank an Intervention." Although the reasons the gang gives him an intervention aren't necessarily normal.
- Alcohol-Induced Idiocy: the entire gang has this in spades as a direct result of their addiction, but Dee is probably the worst offender.
- A Lighter Shade of Black: Corrupt as they are, they can't even compare to the McPoyles in terms of depravity. Somehow they still manage to be much greater threats to society.
- Anti-Hero: At their absolute best, they manage to be these.
- Bad Bad Acting: Technically applies to the whole Gang at certain times, but Sweet Dee is arguably the in-universe champion of this one. Kaitlin Olson's ability to portray a bad aspiring actress and stand-up comic is nothing short of genius.
- Can't Get Away with Nuthin' : the Gang nearly always fail at their schemes, and none of their dreams and ambitions ever come true.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: the members of the Gang never hesitate to betray one another if there's something to be gained in return.
- Comedic Sociopathy: The show as a whole.
- Comic Trio: Dennis is often the clueless leader (occasionally an ignored voice of reason). Mac is often either the dumb follower or ignored voice of reason (occasionally a clueless leader). Charlie often plays the dumb follower (but occasionally an ignored voice of reason).
- Dumb Is Good: The borderline illiterate Charlie is the closest thing the group has to a decent person. In contrast, Dennis, the only member of the group who has had a higher education, is easily the worst of the bunch.
- While it's played straight within the gang, the gang as a whole averts this trope because they are in general both immoral jerks and idiots.
- Dysfunction Junction: Between the lot of them, the members of the gang have a variety of health problems (notably, everyone is an alcoholic), mental health problems (Dee and Frank have both been instutionalized, Dennis has borderline personality disorder, and Charlie has...whatever it is he has), trouble coming out (Mac), daddy issues, anger management issues, toxic codependence on each other, and a general inability to sustain meaningful relationships outside of the group.
- Five-Man Band: Lampshaded. Throughout "The Gang Solves the Gas Crisis", they argue over their roles in the group. Using their terminology, they end up agreeing on this:
- Flanderization: Played with. Every member of the gang gets more extreme in their characterizations as time passes, but it's justified by their deteriorating mental health, decreasing ability to maintain relationships outside the gang, ungraceful aging, and overall spiral deeper and deeper into delusion and toxic codependency. It's also lampshaded heavily in season 10.Dennis: By the way, all of us have become so goddamn weird.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Charlie is sanguine, Dennis is choleric, Mac is melancholic, Frank is choleric/sanguine, and Dee is phlegmatic.
- Freudian Excuse: As detailed below, all of them have one.
- Freudian Trio: Charlie is The Id, Mac is The Ego, and Dennis is The Superego.
- The Friends Who Never Hang: Generally averted as every potential duo in the Gang gets a few episodes together, but Dennis and Charlie rarely have storylines together without Mac or Frank acting as an intermediary between the two, and Mac and Dee, who hate each other vehemently, only have a handful of episodes centering around just the two of them.
- Heroic Comedic Sociopaths: On a good day. And the "heroic" part is usually accidental.
- Hidden Depths: A minor one, but singing appears to be the one thing all of them are actually any good at, which they each show off pretty frequently.
- Hustlers: While their main line of work is (ostensibly) running the bar, more often than not they abandon their duties in favor of some Short Con or other. On very rare occasions, their schemes actually prove to be successful.
- Hypocrite: All of them are quite adept at pointing out the others' flaws, while completely ignoring their own glaring problems.
- Jerkasses: They're spiteful schemers.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Whenever they do anything remotely heroic it's for selfish reasons.
- Large Ham: All of them are prone to ranting while shouting at the top of their lungs. Dennis is easily the best at ranting while Charlie is the best at shouting.
- Loser Protagonist: No matter what Dennis says, all of the Gang live in squalor and find no success in life.
- Lower-Class Lout: All of them are poor, unintelligent white trash who regularly engage in petty theft and violence. Dennis and Dee like to think of themselves as above this, but neither of them are.
- No Social Skills: Only Dennis has anything even close to normal social skills, and that's only in comparison to the others.
- Pet the Dog: The five of them are highly unpleasant people and the friendships within the group are strenuous, but all members of the gang (even Token Evil Teammate Dennis) are capable of demonstrating genuine kindness and concern towards each other on (very rare) specific occasions.
- Schemers: While Frank and Dennis are the standout examples, all members of the Gang are prone to hatching (ill-fated) plots in virtually any given episode.
- Small Name, Big Ego: All of them fit this description, though Dennis really stands out.
- Smart Ball/Sanity Ball: Any character within the gang can play the role of the Only Sane Man for a scene or two. From most common to least, the people likely to get the Smart Ball are Dennis, Dee, Mac, Frank, and then Charlie though this could be changed at a moment's notice.
- Three Plus Two: Dennis makes it clear in one episode that "The Gang" is just him, Mac and Charlie. Frank quickly blackmails his way in and is the only member of the group who considers Dee, who the others choose to mock and ignore, part of the group.
- True Companions: Dysfunctional ones but a fellowship nonetheless.
- Theme Twin Naming: Dennis and Deandra Reynolds.
- Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonists: Their rude, immoral behavior and misfortunes are Played for Laughs. The most sympathetic being Charlie and the least sympathetic being Dennis.
- Villain Protagonists: Don't hang out with those guys, or they'll crush your spirits and make you as vile as them.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: At best.
- With Friends Like These...: They constantly sabotage each other with dangerous stunts and yet they're still close enough to sing a cappella every once in a while.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: All of them seem to believe that, should they desire it to, the universe will bend itself to follow the structure of whatever movie or TV series they currently wish to emulate.
Played By: Glenn HowertonOne 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.
"My nose was chiseled by the gods themselves, Frank. My body was sculpted to the proportions of Michelangelo's David."
- A God Am I: For some reason, realizing that he controls his own life in "Charlie Rules the World" leads to this mindset.
- Later episodes show that he's believed himself to be a "Golden God" since high school and will take any excuse he can get to confirm it.
- 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:
- In the first episode of the entire series, he has a threesome with two men while blackout drunk.
- In "Frank's Back In Business", he's willing to have sex with the Asian boy he mistakes for a prostitute. Turns out the boy's a caddy, and Dennis backtracks.
- He 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 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."
- He always wanted to be a male model, and whenever this ambition of his resurfaces, campiness ensues:
- 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.
- 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 general, the friendship between Dennis and Mac is rife with homoerotic undertones; of special note are episodes like "Mac and Dennis Break Up" (the creators' commentary basically confirms that the two are in the closet) and "The Gang Dines Out", in which Dennis and Mac's monthly dinner 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.
- In one episode, 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.
- Attention Whore: He's very vain, and only feels validated when he's ther center of everybody's attention.Dee: You don't care about the money, you just like the attention.
- Badass Boast: Dennis is 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.
- Berserker Tears: He has a tendency towards crying and shouting when undergoing a Villainous Breakdown (see "High School Reunion" for a particularly vivid example).
- Break the Haughty: By Season 10, Dennis's mental health has deteriorated to the point where he has lost his position as the de facto leader of the Gang, repeatedly strikes out in social situations, suffers from severe anxiety and sensory overload, and is overall a pathetic mess.
- Can't Take Criticism: To the point the buzzer in "The Gang Goes on Family Fight" gave him an absolute breakdown.
- Camp Straight / The Dandy: 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. Later seasons reveal him to be an emotionally manipulative serial rapist targeting women too dim, vulnerable or trusting to know better.
- Catchphrase: "I don't give a shit", said whenever the Gang reels him in yet another Zany Scheme.
- The Charmer: Considers himself this and, to his credit, he seems to be pretty good at making a good first impression on people.
- Cleopatra Nose: Frank refers to it as an "anteater nose".
- 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.
- Depraved Bisexual: While his sexuality is ambiguous in-Universe, Dennis has committed nonconsensual sexual acts against both men and women and is easily the cruelest member of the gang.
- 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 while in High School (Dee spitefully notes that this was also the time when he peaked). The Season 7 finale reveals that this was all a lie; Dennis was no more popular than Mac and Charlie. He's just deluded.
- Going Cold Turkey: Dennis and Dee get addicted to crack in a season 1 episode, and then go cold turkey to get back to normal. Seasons later Dennis still occasionally gets the urge to smoke crack (which he suppresses).Mac: What do you want more than anything else in the entire world?Dennis: Crack.Mac: Oh. I thought you were going to say pizza.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: While he starts the series as a fairly cool-headed person, in later seasons even the slightest provocation sets him off. See Sanity Slippage, below.
- 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. The two 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. Possibly subverted as their unhealthy co-dependence on each other, along with their heavily implied attraction to men more or less removes the "heterosexual" part.
- Hot Guys Are Bastards: In-Universe, he's thought to be the most attractive member of the gang. He's also the most cruel, and uses his good looks to prey on women.
- 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.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: Dennis' extreme vanity and sense of self-importance are shown to belie feelings of insecurity and self-loathing, and the smallest critiques tend to disproportionately distress him (e.g. Dee saying he has a "fat face" leads to Dennis not eating for three days).
- 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 the latter isn't as hot as he thinks, instead preferring Rex.
- 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.
- 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: He has an obsession with younger girls: e.g. he only dated freshmen in High School, and in his mid-thirties still likes to go for 18-year-olds. 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 then dumping her for the thrill of having her fall in love with you. (The acronym stands for Demonstrate value, Engage physically, Nurture dependence, Neglect emotionally, Inspire hope, Separate entirely).
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: With his sister Dee. Dennis is a Non-Action Guy, the more polite and cultured of the two, and Camp Straight. Also, unlike his more overtly aggressive sister, he normally demonstrates cruelty through snide putdowns and manipulation.
- Mistaken for Gay: His Ambiguously Bi, Camp Straight tendencies make him a frequent recipient of this attitude:
- 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, the vain and greedy Dennis is perfectly comfortable with letting all the guys flirt with him as long as he's making cash and feeling good about himself.
- In "Charlie Wants an Abortion", a woman at the free clinic assumes Dennis is gay and waiting for his HIV results.
- In "The Gang Cracks the Liberty Bell", his 1776 counterpart gets called a "sodomite".
- In "High School Reunion", a married woman 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: she thought he's gay 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 anorexia 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.
- Sanity Slippage: While Dennis starts out as the Only Sane Man of the group, he is slowly revealed to hide anxiety, feelings of emptiness, and sociopathic tendencies beneath his Mask of Sanity. As he grows older, he finds it harder and harder to keep these issues under wraps, and he is eventually diagnozed with borderline personality disorder and prescribed medication.
- 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."
- Show Some Leg: Much like his sister, Dennis often volunteers to seduce (or is tasked with seducing) somebody in order to further the gang's plans.
- Sissy Villain: A rare Villain Protagonist version.
- Slowly Slipping Into Evil: While he's not a nice person to start with, over the seasons Dennis slowly becomes more unhinged and sociopathic. (See Sanity Slippage, above).
- 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 throughout the first nine seasons (as evidenced by the examples below) but eventually subverted in "Psycho Pete Returns" when he's officially diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, not sociopathy/antisocial personality disorder.
- 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).
- Spoiled Brat: Probably the worst possible example of what can happen to one. Not only is he incredibly vain and incapable of doing anything for himself, but he also has a god complex the size of the moon, is totally amoral, and is heavily implied to be a serial rapist with sociopathic tendencies.
- Stepford Smiler: his affable, attractive exterior masks mental illness and feelings of emptiness.Dennis: I need something. I mean, I got this, uh, this giant, gaping hole inside me. And Iím... Iím always trying to fill it with something. I like to call it my, uh... my ďGod Hole. And I think a lot of people in this world, they fill it with religion. But I donít believe in God.
- 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.
- Tin Man: Dennis considers himself to be "the only rational and emotionless" person among his friends and claims he's incapable of feeling anything (see The Sociopath, above), but he's actually the member of the Gang most governed by emotions (albeit negative ones) and the one most likely to break into tears, rage or manic laughter at the slighest provocation.
- 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 and 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!"
- Weight Woe: he has a very unhealthy relationship with food and with his body, and on occasion starves himself to boost his attractiveness.Dennis: I am going to be 20 forever, Mac, because the older I become, the more vigilant I am. I don't eat lunch anymore, for instance. And on odd days, I don't eat breakfast.
Deandra "Sweet Dee" Reynolds
Played By: Kaitlin OlsonDennis' 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.
"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."
- Abusive Parents: Her legal father is Frank (enough said), and 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.
- Action Girl: Well... comparatively, at least. Her male companions are all out of shape Dirty Cowards while she is shown to be fairly athletic and much more physically capable than they are.
- All of the Other Reindeer: Dee was mocked in school for her back-brace, and known under the Embarrassing Nickname of "Aluminum Monster".
- Animal Motifs: is often compared to a giant bird.
- 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, though it's more Jerkass than evil.
- 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.
- Dear Diary: Dee kept a (written) diary in school and keeps a video diary in her adult years.
- 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.
- Femininity Failure: Played with - Dee has no trouble looking feminine, but whenever she tries to act like a lady, the results are bound to be disastrous.
- 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.
- Giftedly Bad: She fancies herself a performer, and throws herself into acting, stand-up comedy and def poetry with passionate abandon. Too bad she's not particularly good at any of those things.
- Going Cold Turkey: Dennis and Dee get addicted to crack in a season 1 episode, and then go cold turkey to get back to normal.
- Huge Schoolgirl: A grown-up version of this trope. Dee is tall (5''8') and lanky, with size 13 feet, and very uncoordinated as a reslt.
- Hypocrite: Although Dee considers herself to be a compassionate liberal, in truth she is incredibly greedy and manipulative.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: Her desire for acceptance among the Gang is so strong that she's ecstatic to be included in the Gang's plans even if it involves her working at a fish factory. She's also the only main character who goes out of her way to cultivate friendships outside of the gang (namely, The Waitress and Artemis, both of whom admittedly dislike her).
- 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: In-Universe. The gang constantly insults her looks in the most vicious way though she doesn't look significantly different from other female characters. This has less to do with her looks and more with the gang being dicks, as she has managed to entice 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 Klutz: Dee is incredibly uncoordinated, resulting in a lot of physical comedy for the character. (She wasn't initially written that way, and this quality carries over from her actress).
- 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.
- Lady-Swears-A-Lot: Dee is easily the most foul-mouthed member of the Gang, which is saying something.
- Lame Comeback: Dee will often parry an insult by repeating it back: e.g. when Mac calls Dee's new car a "piece of shit car", Dee responds with "You're a piece of shit... car".
- Manipulative Bitch: We find out in "Dee Gives Birth" that she emotionally abuses men into sleeping with her (which mirrors the behavior of her brother).
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: With her brother Dennis. Dee is The Lad-ette, and is the more uncouth, uncultured and overtly aggressive of the two. Also, she's fairly fit and athletic, especially in comparison to her Non-Action Guy brother.
- 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.
- One of the Boys: She is The Lad-ette who hangs out only with guys, and is just as loud, crude and tough as them. However despite being very much "one of the boys", she's the gang's resident Butt Monkey and The Friend Nobody Likes.
- 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.
- Performance Anxiety: Dee suffers from debilitating stage fright which cause her to dry heave while performing in front of a crowd.
- 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.
- Really Gets Around: When the guys try to find out who the father of Dee's baby is in "Dee Gives Birth", they're impressed by the amount of the action she gets and decide to step up their own game to match her success in getting laid.
- She's All Grown Up: Played With. She had to wear an unflattering back brace throughout high school and was thus incredibly unpopular. Whenever she encounters one of her former schoolmates they're quick to point out how good looking she's become, only to realize that while she's outwardly much better than in high school, inwardly she has remained stunted and has only become more twisted over time.
- Shirtless Scene: "The Gang Solves The North Korea Situation."
- Show Some Leg: On more than one occasion, Dee dresses as a prostitute.
- Slap-Slap-Kiss: Invoked in "The Gang Tries Desperately to Win an Award", where Dennis forces her and Mac to have this dynamic to draw in customers a la Sam and Diane. Unfortunately, rather than flirty sexual tension, Mac and Dee's tension is much more aggressive, violent and founded on mutual hatred rather than any sort of attraction.
- 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.
- STD Immunity: Averted.Sweet Dee: It seems like I have a rash in a place where a sexually active person can have a rash.
- Straight Woman: The reason Dee gets so many scenes with Charlie is because her actress is the most successful at remaining deadpan when he starts riffing off the cuff.
- Tank-Top Tomboy: Often seen wearing tank tops, befitting her ladette nature.
- This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: Punctuates many of her remarks with the word "bitch".
- The Unfavorite: Her mother thought Dennis could do nothing wrong and she could do nothing right.
- Vanity Plate: When she buys a scooter in "The Gang Gets Audited", its license plate says "$CAMMING".
- 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.
- You Go Girl: In "The Gang gets Invincible", Dee dresses as a man and takes part in an open audition for the Philadelphia Eagles along with Mac and Dennis, in order to prove that girls can play football. She does, in fact, get farther than the very unfit Mac and Dennis, in part due to her excellent kicking abilities. Too bad she breaks her foot, rendering her chances nill.
Ronald "Mac" MacDonald
Played By: Rob Mc ElhenneyOne of the co-owners of Paddy's Pub and its self-proclaimed head of security. 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.
"The streets are flooded with the ejaculate of the homeless, and you people are counting on the police?"
- Abusive Parents: His mother was emotionally vacant and his father went to prison when he was 8 or 9 for dealing meth and heroin.
- Alliterative Name: Calls himself "Vic Vinegar" whenever he needs a pseudonym. Also, he's referred to as Ronald Reynolds in "The Gang Goes on Family Fight".
- Ambiguously Gay: In earlier seasons, Mac regularly sleeps with women, but it's hinted that he's into men as well (he gushes over the male physique, particularly that of Chase Utley, enjoys a homoerotic friendship with Dennis, and while dating a pre-op MTF transsexual (twice!) says that her penis makes him feel weird things).
- Later seasons throw the ambiguity out of the window, with Mac losing whatever attraction he felt toward the opposite sex: he gets aroused only by dudes, actively seeks situations where he can feel up beefcakes, fantasizes about a Heaven filled with sexy shirtless guy angels, and tries to kiss Dennis on two separate occasions. The creators have confirmed that Mac is, indeed, queer, and from season 8 onwards he is firmly in Armoured Closet Gay territory (see below).
- Anguished Declaration of Love: He abruptly confesses his love to Dennis when the gang is held hostage by the McPoyles. The admission goes unreciprocated and is never mentioned again.
- Anything That Moves: Had sex with Margaret McPoyle, a woman he's openly disgusted by, simply because she offered.
- Armoured Closet Gay: He tries to cover up his attraction towards men by being a Heteronormative Crusader.
- There's an episode called "Mac Fights Gay Marriage," in which Mac uses homophobia as an excuse to be jealous that some guy married Carmen, a (transsexual) woman. It is repeatedly pointed out that Mac had sex with Carmen back when she still had a penis, so his objections make even less sense.
- In "Mac Day", he apparently spent 5 hours lecturing the Gang about the evils of homosexuality (and at one point claimed that AIDs is God's punishment for gays). 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, during which the Gang notes he has a boner again.
- Author Appeal: The movie that he writes in "The Gang Makes Lethal Weapon 6" is so rife with homoerotic undertones that it gets confused for gay porn.
- 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 Beard: Considering he's in a perpetual state of trying to be a badass, this is most likely why he has a beard.
- 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.
- Berserk Button: He has many, usually relating to insults directed at him or his mother.
- Big Eater: To the point of gaining a significant amount of weight in Season 7.
- The Big Guy: Seems to think that he's this, what with his constant claims of being the sheriff of Paddy's, but everyone else is all too aware that he's anything but this. In the episode where his role in the Five-Man Band is determined, he fights for the position of "The Muscle" before settling on "The Brain", while in reality he's more or less The Lancer.
- Boisterous Weakling: Mac's always eager to fight, but in the instances where he doesn't simply run away, his fights are always Curbstomp Battles in his opponent's favor.
- Catchphrase: "What's up, bitches?"
- Many episodes start with Mac entering the bar and saying "Guys, I've got news!" or a variation thereof.
- Celeb Crush: Has a thing for Chase Utley, to the point of writing him love letters (which he claims are platonic).
- Characterization Marches On: in earlier seasons, Mac is portrayed as straight (with a fetish for older women) and fairly liberal (for a member of the Gang, anyway). In later seasons, he's a closeted, bigoted gay man. This is possibly an example of negative Character Development: presumably, as Mac's attraction to men grows more pronounced and harder to deny, he becomes more reactionary and pseudo-religious in defense.
- Depending on the Writer: While he's always presented as far, far less skilled of a fighter than he claims to be, the show switches between whether he is physically pretty strong but lacking in any stamina or fighting ability, or completely weak in every sense of the word.
- Dirty Coward: Even worse than the rest of the gang (with the exception of Dennis). In one instance, he decided to beat up Bruce Mathis but freaked out and bailed before confronting him; in another, he pushed Dee forward and ran away when threatened with a mugging.
- Eat the Evidence: He has eaten paper contracts in order to make them invalid. It hasn't always worked.
- Embarrassing Nickname: in high school, he was called Ronnie the Rat.
- When he joins The Mafia in "The Gang Gets Whacked", the gangsters take to calling him "Pussyhands".
- 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: when he wants out, he sometimes just leaves and says "I'm washing my hands of the whole situation!" He normally comes back to their schemes after leaving, though.
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.
- He also finds Dennis's predilection towards Date Rape disturbing, and once told Dennis and Dee off for their plan to go on welfare after their unemployment runs out.
- 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.
- Fighting Irish: He is a very hot-blooded and confrontational Irish American.
- Flanderization: While his homoerotic obsession with muscles and Dennis was always a thing, it has been dialed Up to Eleven as the seasons went by, up to a point where Mac is canonically gay and heavily implied to be into Dennis.
- Freudian Excuse: His parents' neglect led him to constantly seek approval and attention in adulthood.
- 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".
- Fun T-Shirt: Punny/funny T-shirts are a staple of his wardrobe.
- Global Ignorance: Apparently thinks Philadelphia and Detroit are states.
- Gym Bunny: Mac shows shades of this stereotype, e.g. his love of sports stems partly from his obsession with the male physique, and he only ever goes to the gym to ogle beefcakes and work on his glamour muscles.
- Has a Type: While he's not picky about who he has sex with (see Anything That Moves), he has consistently shown a preference for beefy hunks (making his implied attraction to unfit Dennis very ironic).
- Heaven Seeker: Much to the increduity of his friends, Mac will occasionally refuse to participate in the Gang's schemes if he believes they compromise the likelihood of him getting into heaven (which, in his opinion, is populated by hunk angels and a buff shirtless god). See Raised Catholic, below.
- He-Man Woman Hater: While all the male members of the gang are pretty misogynistic, Mac's the only one to explicitly state that he hates women. Out of the gang, he also has the worst relationship with Dee.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Dennis, though "heterosexual" is debatable in this instance.
- He's also this with Charlie, who he has known since childhood.
- High School Hustler: A negative example. He dealt weed in high school in a selfish bid to be popular, and ratted out his competition to clean up the market.
- Hot-Blooded: He is quick to anger, and has a tendency to act first and think never (e.g. he offers to take a Blood Oath and slices his hand before anybody actually agrees to it).
- 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.
- I Just Want to Be Badass: Mac is entirely motivated by his desire to be the resident Badass. Unfortunately for him, his Dirty Coward nature actually makes him the member of the Gang with the fewest Awesome Moments.
- 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.
- Like Father, Like Son: Mac tries to deliberately invoke this trope by dealing drugs, emulating his father's appearance and acting tough. Subverted in that Luther used to be a genuinely terrifying and capable criminal whereas Mac is a cowardly, incompetent small-time crook. See "Well Done, Son!" Guy below.
- Likes Older Women: As a result of sleeping with Dennis and Dee's mother.
- Man Child / Psychopathic 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.
- Martial Arts and Crafts: Inserts arbitrary roundhouse kicks and karate chops into pretty much everything he does.
- 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 once, but only to get knocked out shortly afterward.
- Mistaken for Gay: Seen in the original pilot that was pitched to FX. (The scene didn't make it to the series proper).
- 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."
- Neat Freak: Much like Dennis, he's very clean and organized where his living space is concerned. He even cleans Charlie's apartment when he moves in with him for an episode.
- 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.
- Oral Fixation: Has a habit of chewing / sucking on pens, probably as a manifestation of his repressed homosexuality. It gets so bad that Dennis has to keep all the pens in their apartment hidden.
- 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.
- Puppy-Dog Eyes: One of his signature looks, which he flashes whenever he wants to get his way or is feeling sympathetic / confused.
- Raging Stiffie: A recurring problem for Mac, who gets easily aroused when in close proximity to beefcakes (or Dennis).
- 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: The Red Oni to Dennis' Blue.
- Schemer: The M.A.C. system for seducing Dennis' castoffs. Move-in After Completion.
- Screams Like a Little Girl: whenever he's really, really happy, he emits loud, high-pitched squeals of delight more befitting a five-year-old (best demonstrated in "A Very Sunny Christmas" when he's psyched about the Christmas gifts).
- Slap-Slap-Kiss: Invoked in "The Gang Tries Desperately to Win an Award", where Dennis forces him and Dee to have this dynamic to draw in customers a la Sam and Diane. Unfortunately, rather than flirty sexual tension, Mac and Dee's tension is much more aggressive, violent and founded on mutual hatred rather than any sort of attraction.
- Sleeves Are for Wimps: Mac usually wears sleeveless t-shirts in order to appear more Badass and show off his tats, and even makes the rest of the gang do the same when they have to all listen to him for the day in "Mac Day".
- Smart Ball: Easily the biggest victim of this. Depending on the episode, his intelligence can vary wildly from one of the more rational members of the Gang to even dumber than Charlie.
- STD Immunity: Averted. Mac never uses condoms during sex due to his Catholic beliefs, and accumulates diseases as a result.Frank: Mac, you're too low-class. All those women are going to think they will catch something from you.Mac: They will.
- Sticky Fingers: He often instinctively steals things he doesn't actually need (e.g. trying to pocket an ashtray in "The Gang Goes on Family Fight" despite having given up smoking by that time).
- Stout Strength: This varies in Season 7 when he puts on 50 pounds.
- Straight Gay: While nowhere near manly, he doesn't have any Camp Gay traits either.
- Tattooed Crook: He has a number of "tribal" tattoos on his arms which he likes to show off. Subverted, of course, in that Mac's not the hardened criminal he pretends to be.
- This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: Frequently greets the Gang with "What's up, bitches?!"
- 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".
- Transparent Closet: By season 9, Mac's sexuality is obvious to the rest of the gang, even though he himself is still in denial.Charlie: I know we've never said this as a group, but Mac's gay, right?(the rest of the gang agrees)
- Underdressed for the Occasion: His idea of formalwear is a tie over a polo shirt.
- Unfortunate Name: Ronald McDonald. And his nickname was Ronnie the Rat for narcing on drug dealers in high school.
- Verbal Tic: Tends to pepper his sentences with the word "bro" frequently.
- "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.
- What the Fu Are You Doing?: On the occasions where he shows off his martial arts skills it becomes painfully obvious that he has none.
Played By: Charlie DayA 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.
"Bro, I can handle my sedatives."
- 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.
- Almighty Janitor: Charlie, who does most of the janitorial jobs around Paddy's, is actually the one keeping the bar afloat through his work ethic and bouts of ingenuity. This is especially evident in "Charlie Work" where he ensures a surprise health inspection goes smoothly and brings the bar a good grade.
- However, this has also been painfully subverted on occasion. In "The Gang Reignites the Rivalry", Charlie goes undercover into a fraternity, and assumes his janitorial skills will allow him to "Good Will Hunting" the frat brothers and impress them into letting him in. (They don't). In the two-parter "The Gang Gets a New Member" / "Dee Reynolds: Shaping America's Youth", Charlie leaves the bar and the gang and becomes a janitor at a local high school, where he tries to mentor students. (Unsuccessfully).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 whose meaning isn't clear until the very end, as in the episode "The Nightman Cometh."
- The Chessmaster:
- In "Mac Bangs Dennis' Mom," he orchestrates a Batman Gambit to go on a date with the Waitress.
- 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 "The Gang Tries Desperately to Win an Award", he sings a mostly bleeped-out song.
- 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 be a vicious Chessmaster when he wants to be. He's also generally the only member of the Gang (except Frank) 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.
- Drunk with Power: Charlie is the Gang's least ambitious member and is, for most of the time, completely happy in his job as a janitor. However, on the rare occasions that he finds himself in a position of power, he completely flies off his rocker and turns into a veritable dictator. (The episode "Charlie Rules the World" is a prime example of this trope in motion).
- 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. And he eats stickers "all the time, dude!"
- 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.
- 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!"
- 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 / Hidden Depths: Charlie is good at piano, sewing, songwriting and ice-skating; wrote and directed a musical despite being functionally illiterate; and can pull off some very Machiavellian plots when properly motivated.
- Genki Guy: He has a near-limitless supply of energy and enthusiasm, which unfortunately goes misplaced most of the time due to his incompetence and selfishness.
- The Heart: He's easily the sweetest member of the gang, and the only one who's friends with each of the other main characters.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Frank. He's also this with Mac, who he has known since childhood.
- 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.
- Kind Hearted Simpleton: Well, "kindhearted" is pushing it, but Charlie is consistently shown to be the most decent person of the Gang and is heavily implied to be mentally disabled. Most of his mean-spirited actions also come off as him being more Innocently Insensitive than anything else.
- 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 / Never Learned to Read: 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." He ends up outlasting most of the contestants after several hours(despite being barely conscious), and manages to come in third place before finally passing out.
- 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 / Psychotic Man Child: His general Cloud Cuckoolander personality, and the fact that he found himself to have plenty of things in common with a 12 year old all give this impression.
- Men Can't Keep House: played with. On the one hand, he can't be bothered to keep his apartment clean (and its horrible state reflects that). On the other hand, he shines in his job as a janitor at Paddy's.
- 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 making out and maybe 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.
- 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 ten seasons, Charlie has dated exactly one other woman, with the sole intention of using her to make the Waitress jealous. Of course, he has also made out and possibly slept with Dee.
- 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.
- The Stoner: He huffs glue and spray paint, which is part of where his Wild Card / Butt Monkey status comes from.
- 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.
- Token Good Teammate: Charlie is the closest thing the Gang has to a moral compass.
- 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" he reveals that he was only dating a girl to make the Waitress jealous, and does so very publicly and insults her considerably.
- His shocking cruelty and vindictiveness in "Charlie Has Cancer," "Mac Bangs Dennis' Mom," and "Charlie and Dee Find Love" are excessive, even by The Gang's standards.
- 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.
- Trademark Favorite Food: the mysterious "milk steak".
- His addiction to cheese is a Running Gag.
- Unknown Rival: He believes himself to be the Lawyer's Worthy Opponent despite it being about as far from the truth as possible. The Lawyer frequently reminds him that this isn't the case but occasionally plays along to get him to leave him alone.
- 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."
Played By: Danny DeVitoThe 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.
"I don't know how many years on this earth I got left. I'm gonnna get real weird with it."
- 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.
- Combat Pragmatist: He never hesitates to use dirty tricks in a fight, which is why he generally wins them.
- 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.
- Freudian Excuse: He was institutionalized as a kid, and the resulting traumatic experiences probably contributed to his uhighly unstable personality.
- 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.
- Imperial Storm Trooper Marksmanship Academy: He's a pretty terrible shot though.
- The Watson: As the only outsider in the Gang, he frequently is used as a quick way for the others to explain their many weird traditions.
- 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 ArcherFrank'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. In her will, she explicitly calls Dee "a mistake".
- And There Was Much Rejoicing: After her death, attitudes range from apathy to outright celebration. Frank pops champagne while Dee and Dennis are largely concerned with what she's left them.
- 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.
- Karmic Death: It's oddly fitting that Barbara would die as a result of an unnecessary surgery she got to appease her own vanity.
- 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.
- Your Cheating Heart: She cheated on Frank with Bruce Mathis. Considering what we know about Barbara, it's likely she went through most of Philadelphia while married to Frank.
Played By: Stephen CollinsDennis 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.
- Only Sane Man: He starts out as a very reasonable person, but his desire to get the better of the gang makes him quickly lose his rational demeanor.
Gail the Snail
Gail the Snail
Played By: Mary Lynn Rajskub
- 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!
- In-Series Nickname: She has two of them - primarily "Gail the Snail", largely due to her mucus and the fact that the only surefire way to get rid of her is to salt her. She's also known as "Garbage Pail Cousin", since she's generally disgusting.
- Woman Child: Downplayed, but there. She acts like a desperate teenager who just wants to fit in. She's in her thirties.
Played By: Tom BowerDee and Dennis' grandfather on their mother's side.
- Nazi Grandpa: His nazi-war-veteran status and prejudices cause Dee and Dennis to be unsure about whether or not to pull the plug on him. This is because on one 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 StewartCharlie'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!"
- Odd Friendship: With Mrs. Mac, after some initial difficulties that involved Mrs. Mac strangling her a tad.
- Politically Incorrect Villain/Politically Incorrect Hero: She bonds with Mrs. Mac over their mutual racism.
- 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 FriedmanCharlie'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 CumminsMac'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."
- Depraved Bisexual: According to Bonnie, he's bisexual and had a sexual relationship with a certain Eduardo Sanchez.
- Icy Blue Eyes: As Charlie points out to Bonnie.
- 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.
- Tattooed Crook: He has quite a few tattoos.
Mrs. "Mac" McDonald
Played By: Sandy MartinMac'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.
- Gonk: Probably as a result of a lifetime of bad habits like smoking and drinking.
- Hidden Depths: She's very handy and good at fixing things.
- Must Have Nicotine: She's literally never seen without a cigarette in her mouth.
- Odd Friendship: With Bonnie Kelly, after some initial difficulties that involved Mrs. Mac strangling her a tad.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: She bonds with Bonnie Kelly over their mutual racism.
- The Unintelligible: Much of the time she communicates in grunts and coughs which Mac then translates.
Played By: Sean William Scott
- The Alcoholic: The gang notes he always he has a beer in his hand. This later causes him to die abruptly.
- Badass: Lampshaded in "Mac Day". Everyone in the Gang except for Mac thinks Country Mac is bad ass and will comment on it every now and then, while Mac insists he's just reckless.
- Badass Gay: Everyone in the Gang except Mac finds his genuine Bad Assness and being open about being gay to be very refreshing over Mac believing he's the former with little reason and loudly condemning the latter in spite of himself.
- Country Cousin: He's nick-named "Country Mac" because he's Mac's cousin from the countryside.
- Death by Falling Over: He dies from his motorcycle falling over at low speed.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: He falls off his motorcycle and dies.
- Foil: To his cousin, Mac. He is reckless, tough, confident but not cocky, religious but tolerant, and open about his sexuality.
- Good Counterpart: He's basically what Mac ould be if he actually got his act together and made something of himself.
- Improvised Weapon: When a black-belt knocks out his cousin, he uses his shirt to strangle him.
- Manly Gay/Straight Gay: He admits he's at the bodybuilding competition to pick up some bodybuilders.
- Mr. Fanservice: He's good looking and we get to see him shirtless.
- Only Known By His Nick Name: We never get to know his actual name.
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.
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.
- Evil Old Folks: he's the McPoyle counterpart to Frank, as in simultaneously old and evil.
- The Patriarch: Papa is the main authority behind the McPoyle family. He's even played by Guillermo del Toro!
Liam & Ryan
Liam & Ryan McPoyle
Played By: Jimmi Simpson & Nate MooneyCreepy 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 EllisThe 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.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Despite knowing what a scumbag Dennis is, there are times where she ignores all common sense and still finds herself pining for him. She always winds up coming to regret it.
- 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 HornsbyA 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: Began to fill the stereotype more and more as time went on. After that reached its peak, he has started to become more deranged and animalistic.
- 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.
- Descent into Addiction: The Gang got him hooked on meth. While he no longer cares about Dee, the Gang can still manipulate him into helping them simply by offering him drugs or a beer.
- 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.
- Mutilation Conga: About half of his appearances end with him getting a new injury.
- 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 PebdaniDee'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".
- Affably Evil: she is extraverted, friendly and personable, but also extremely selfish and scheming.
- The Alcoholic: She usually can't remember how she spends her nights.
- Bi the Way: According to the season 5 extra features, she's had multiple lesbian encounters.
- 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 UngerAn 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.
- Deadpan Snarker: He always has a witty put-down.Lawyer: It is just so nice to see you again, Mr. Reynolds, I see that you're still...just horrible.Lawyer: You know, I don't think I'm going to do anything close to that and I can clearly see you know nothing about the law. Seems like you have a tenuous grasp on the English language in general.
- Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: Like the Waitress, no one ever calls him by name and is only known by his job title. Justified because the gang has fewer interactions with him.
- Guile Hero: A rare Hero Antagonist version.
- It Amused Me: The only reason the Lawyer got involved in Dennis' divorce was to spitefully give him a hard time.
- Jerkass: He says some very nasty put downs pretty much every time he appears. Completely justified though, since we only ever see him when he's dealing with the Gang, who he immediately recognizes as a group of depraved morons.
- 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.
- Only Sane Man: The only recurring character who is intelligent, rational and successful in life.
- You Have to Have Jews: Averted, but for his own racist reasons Frank believes him to be Jewish by virtue of being a lawyer.
Played By: Travis SchuldtDee'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 BarberDee'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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Your Cheating Heart: Cheats on his wife with several prostitutes and Dee.
Played By: Catherine ReitmanDennis'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.
- Not So Different: At first she seems like a perfectly sweet girl, as opposed to her evil brother. However, she gradually becomes just as unhinged as he is albeit in a different way.
- 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.
- Sanity Slippage: It's unclear what began to send her down the path of insanity, but she's firmly down that yellow brick crazy road. It's likely it began with her discovery of her father's corpse after he committed suicide, and from there on she grows increasingly unhinged.
Played By: Brittany DanielA 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 FoleyThe 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. HobanOne 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 could 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 L. ColemanFrank's bizarre friends that he met under a bridge.
- Affably Evil: Z, who's quite friendly and cool. Not so much with Duncan.
- Beard of Evil: Both of them have beards, and both are criminals who are seen beating the hell out of a couple who destroyed their wall (which is just a plastic sheet held up).
- Black Best Friend: Z to Duncan.
- 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.
- Hyper Awareness: Somehow, Z is able to determine that Dee is pregnant before she's really showing.
- Nice Hat: Z is often seen wearing a nifty beanie hat.
- 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 SudeikisA 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 "Fatty Magoo" Nelson
Played By: Judy GreerA 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.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: She was highly unpopular in her teens, but became gorgeous and successful in adulthood. She's also one of the few people in the series who haven't had their lives ruined by the Gang (yet).
- Formerly Fat: The reason her nickname in high school was "Fatty Magoo."
- Good Counterpart: She's similar to Dee in that they were both mocked in high school only to become attractive after graduating, but rather than stew in rage over her awful high school experience and cling to the past, she chooses to move on and become a happy and successful person.
- 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 BurgessA 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.
- Ax-Crazy: subverted; it turns out that he was institutionalized for anxiety and suicicdal tendencies, and was "more of a danger to [him]self" than others".
- The Dreaded: Mentioning his name is enought to instill a sense of fear into the listeners. He finally appears in season 10 and turns out to be a Gentle Giant undeserving of his terrible reputation.
- Gentle Giant: When he finally appears in season 10 he turns out to be a large, timid man.
- Harsher in Hindsight: Gets put on an Amtrak train in Philadelphia about three months before the train derailment that killed 8 and injured more than 200.
- 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: He murdered and ate his family. Except he didn't - this was just a rumor blown out of a proportion.
- "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. It's 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.
- Nice Guy: In reality he's a rather even-tempered man who's struggled with mental health problems, as opposed to the crazed killer the Gang made up.
- "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
- And Show It to You: How he disposes of the Nightman, ripping the beast's heart out and showing it to him.
- Badass: He defeats the Nightman and the Troll in combat.
- Bragging Theme Tune: "Dayman."
- Coming-of-Age Story: The play chronicles his rise from a scared little boy to an all powerful hero.
- The Dog Bites Back: He was forced into slavery by Antonio the Troll and later fights back, killing his master and later his abuser, the Nightman.
- The Hero: He saves the Coffee Shop Princess.
- Kid Hero: Subverted. Despite his appearance, name, mannerisms and the way other characters refer to him, he is meant to be a young man. Charlie's complete inability to convey this and the heavy pedophilic undertones that stem from it as a result become a running gag.
- This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: When he kills the Troll."You know what it is, bitch."
- Took a Level in Badass: Goes from a defenseless little boy to the invincible Dayman by the end of the play.
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: Invoked. 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.
- Greed: If you want to get into that Boy's soul/hole, there's a toll to pay. A toll enacted by a troll, a troll toll, if you will.
- 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
- 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."Turns out another person just died from tainted tap water. Turns out someone taint—someone tapped the tainted water supply. (pointing at Murtaugh) The person who just died was your wife."