Characters: La Petite Vie
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The Paré Family
Aimé "Ti-Mé / Popa" ParéThe patriarch of the family. Now retired from an unspecified job, Aimé has no more passion in his marriage to his wife, both barely enduring one another. Part of him wishes to re-ignite the love of their youth, but he feels they are both too old to do this. He's never shown much care or attention to his kids when they are growing up, and this is bitting him in the ass now as all four of his kids are dysfunctional in some way. Nowadays he obsesses over the state of his garbage bags, and on the cleanliness of the workshop he has in the basement but never uses. His best friend is Pogo.Popa shows examples of:
- Abusive Parent: To Rénald.
- Hands-Off Parenting
- Ho Yay: There is an undertone of homosexuality in the relationship between Popa and his idol, Mr Bricole (Mr. Fix-It), who is gay. This scares Popa greatly.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: To Rénald and Caro.
Jacqueline "Moman" ParéThe matriarch of the family. Moman is stuck in a now loveless marriage. She obsesses over cooking turkeys on which she dotes like if they were children. She has a slightly better relationship with her children than Popa, and they often come to her for advice or comfort. Always seen in a nightgown and sleeping cap.Moman shows examples of:
Rénald "Pinson" ParéThe youngest of the Paré children, Rénald was an accident. After three children, Moman and Popa both did not want another kid, but luck would have it otherwise. As such, they barely paid any attention to Rénald as he grew up. This has left Rénald rather dysfunctional. Now in his 40s, Rénald is a bank manager with a trophy wife (Lison, whom he calls Creton), but he still craves the acceptance of his parents. Every sunday, like clockwork, he goes to have supper with them (something they despise, but Rénald becomes very aggressive and distraught if they refuse to host him.) Such suppers always are followed by a game of monopoly. Rénald is very obsessive compulsive, growing upset if anything breaks his routine or if he is confronted with his parents' lack of care for him. Furthering Rénald's anxieties are his relations to his three siblings, all of them who have better relationships with his parents and who all are less successful than he is, which drives his jealousy.
- Berserk Button: Being called "cheap" (That is, a cheapskate. Which he is. Exceedingly.)
- Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Not abusive per say, but neglectful. His parents have only one picture of him in his childhood... and he's hiding behind a tree.
- Freudian Excuse: Most of Rénald's issues are blamed on his neglected childhood.
- Shadow Archetype: To Rod. Rod is the eldest son, dotted upon by his mother, who is a Man Child and almost always jobless and still relies on his mother for having his meals cooked for the month and his laundry done. Unlike Rénald who has a far more healthy and successful adult life
Thérèse ParéThérèse is the third child of the couple. Now married to Réjean, who cheats on her. They both live on the second floor of the Paré's duplex, and are both unemployed. This makes her and her husband frequent visitors of the Parés. Thérèse is an insecure woman, in no part due to her husband's cheating. She is dependent on her mother, easily influenced or confused. Probably the most simple minded of the 4 sibblings. She strives to make "Paté Chinois" (A French-Canadian dish which is simple to make, her failure to do so outlining her stupidity) but simply cannot get the layers straight, her inability to do so forms a running gag in the series.
- Running Gag: Attempting to make paté chinois and failing spectacularly.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Quite possibly the most surreal character in a cast consisting entirely of surreal characters.
Caroline "Caro" ParéThe second child and the "troubled child" of the family. Caro attempts to make up for her various anxieties and issues growing up by latching on to whatever fad or idea she can find. She's done drugs, joined cults, attempted to be an artist, gotten involved in politics etc... She is constantly looking for her path in life but never seems to find one that she can settle with. With each new appearance comes a new dedication to something. Caro is most critical of her father, through she gets along well with her mother (whom she often advises to divorce her dad). It is implied she craves her father's acceptance and therefore acts out as a result. She is also fairly critical of her siblings (though most sympathetic of Thérèse though she despises her choice of husband). Despite all this, Caro is arguably the smartest, and most well adjusted of the four children (and you know you're in trouble as a family when she's the "normal" one).
- Berserk Button: Her dad in general, whom she's very hostile towards.
Rodrigue "Rod" ParéThe eldest, and least seen, child of the family. Rod is a Man Child. He still lives like he's just moved out, with his mother preparing meals for him to bring home, and doing his laundry. He is Moman's favorite kid, and she's blind to his childishness or any flaw he might have. Since Popa doesn't care about his kids too much, it also makes Rod the kid who gets along the best with his parents (and the rest of the family in general).
In-Laws of the Paré family
Lison "Creton" ParéRénald's trophy wife. Amazingly stupid but deeply in love with her husband.
Réjean PinardThérèse's husband. Cheats on her, and is unemployed. Despite all this, he's friendly with Popa (who is also his landlord), and often his partner in crime, though Popa is critical of him. Obsessed with owning a Toyota Tercel as if it were some sort of status symbol. Known for shouting his wife's name when she does get fed up with him and locks him out of the duplex.
Paul "Pogo" GauthierPopa's best friend, and a former usher at the Montreal Forum. Originally an alcoholic afraid of being intimate with someone due to his ex-wife cheating on him then dumping him. Prone to monologing about his past as usher, which he is very proud of.
- Noodle Incident: A story he repeatedly tries to tell, but never finishes. Its beginning is his catchphrase: "Un soir que j'tais au Forum, les Maple Leafs jouaient contre ch'ais pus trop qui..." note
Linda GaudetteAnglophone and old schoolmate of Moman, and later wife of Pogo. All in all, she is relatively the most normal character in the series, despite finding Pogo incredibly sexy
- Linda: Have you seen his knees? They're Zeus' knees! Moman: It's a shame he has Bacchus' face.
Jean-Louis "Jean-Lou" FrenetteOriginally Caro's one time boyfriend, it rapidly became apparent that Jean-Lou was an homosexual, which greatly squicked the homophobic Popa, though the rest of the family accepted him well, and he became a frequent friend of the family, eventually marrying in their home and getting Popa past his prejudice when he revealed his husband was Popa's hero, "Mr. Bricole".
Bobby "Mr. Bricole"Initially introduced as the host of Popa's favorite show, the eponymous "Mr. Bricole" (Mr. Fixit). He was later revealed to be Jean-Lou's soon to be husband which got Popa over his prejudice towards homosexuals. Ever since his coming out, there exists an Unresolved Sexual Tension between him and Popa, which confuses and scares Popa greatly.
Momo and BobonneA french couple the Paré were corresponding with. Eventually traveled to meet them. It turns out they are living stereotypes of how Quebeckers see the French: Loud, always talking, unsanitary and unfunny. They annoyed Popa and Moman greatly, but the two couple became friends despite this. They have two sons, one of whom would marry Caro, the other who is identical to Rénald.
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