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     Dunphy Family 

Phil Dunphy

Played By: Ty Burrell

Claire Dunphy (nee Pritchett)

Played By: Julie Bowen

Haley Dunphy

Played By: Sarah Hyland

Alex Dunphy

Played By: Ariel Winter

Luke Dunphy

Played By: Nolan Gould

     Pritchett-Delgado Family 

Jay Pritchett

Played By: Ed O’Neill
  • Badass Grandpa: You do not pull a fast one on Jay.
  • Brutal Honesty
  • Cool Old Guy
  • Catchphrase: "Of course you did.", "And we're back."
  • Character Development: he grows more comfortable around Manny, Cam, and Phil as the series goes along
  • Deadpan Snarker: Just like the first character that made Ed O'Neill famous: Al Bundy (though Jay isn't as sarcastic as Al was. Probably because he's not married to someone as irritating as Peg and, Jay is much more successful in life than Al was.)
  • Determinator
  • Happily Married
  • Hidden Depths: At first he seems like your stereotypical good ol' boy - loves football and lots of macho. But over the seasons, it's revealed he's more of a pragmatic intellectual and shows interests in astronomy, history, model building, and foreign culture among other things. Though the latter one should be self-evident given who he's married to.
    • Also, while it may seem that he is with Gloria for her looks, it is very quickly revealed that while he's attracted to her physically, it is most definitely her personality that he is interested in.
    • His relationship with Cam is equally deep - he seems pretty comfortable confiding things he literally will not tell anyone else with Cam.
  • Jerk With A Heart of Gold: See Hidden Depths above.
  • May-December Romance: Jay, who's in his 60's, and Gloria, who's in her 30's.
  • Only Sane Man: In his immediate and very Colombian family. Also occasionally his extended family.
  • Papa Wolf
  • Parental Substitute: For Manny in some ways given how flaky and unsavory Manny's real father is.
  • Pet the Dog: Literally. He loves dogs.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: With Gloria.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Manly Man to Phil's Sensitive Guy.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: To be fair, Jay is in his 60's...but no denying Gloria's actress Sofia Vergara is smokin' hot.

Gloria Pritchettnote 

Played By: Sofia Vergara

Manny Delgado

Played By: Rico Rodriguez

Fulgencio Joseph Pritchett

     Tucker-Pritchett Family 

Mitchell Pritchett

Played By: Jesse Tyler Ferguson

Cameron Tucker

Played By: Eric Stonestreet
  • Action Dad: Despite Cameron being overly dramatic and somewhat effeminate, when he thinks there's a stranger in Baby Lily's room he jumps out of bed, grabs a baseball bat, and charges in with a Pre Ass Kicking One Liner.
  • All Gays Love Theater
  • Badass Gay: In one episode, when he thought there was a stranger in Lily's room, he jumped out of bed, grabbed a bat, said "It's go time" with a Serious Business look on his face, and charged in ready to KILL whoever was in there (fortunately, no one was). In another episode, when Mitch almost gets into a fight with a rude Jerkass at a gas station, Cam gets out of the car and tells the guy he will "slam [his] head into that bumper so hard the airbag will deploy" if he didn't apologize. The guy apologized with genuine fear in his eyes. (Also, Cam was dressed up as Fizbo the clown during this scene, which just makes it more awesome somehow.)
    • In one episode, he gets so pissed off over his extended family being good friends with Mitchell's ex, Teddy, that he punches a punching bag arcade game hard enough to set a record.
  • Breakout Character: Cameron is the most popular character in the show. The fans just can't get enough of him.
  • Camp Gay: Hoo boy.
  • Cleans Up Nicely: For all the jokes about his weight, it's acknowledged in-universe in Season 4 (by Jay, no less!) that Cam looks great after he rejoins his gym and finds the confidence to start wearing fitted suits.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • The Ditz
  • Drama Queen: Sweet Jesus, yes.
  • Farm Boy: A Missouri boy, and proud of it.
  • Fat and Skinny: A couple example. The Fat to Mitch's Skinny.
  • Happily Married: Initially Averted, in that while he and Mitchell were as happy as the other two couples on the show they couldn't legally marry. Played Straight as of the Season 5 finale.
  • House Husband: Has been one for most of the series' run, although he was a music teacher before adopting Lily, a job which he eventually returns to (this time at Luke and Manny's school) once she starts kindergarten. He also briefly worked in a greeting card shop while Mitchell was unemployed.
  • Large Ham
  • Magical Queer: Played with in Cameron's urge to solve anyone's personal problem that he might stumble across (to the point of hosting a wedding).
  • Momma's Boy
  • Overprotective Dad: Threatened to harm a kindergarten-age boy for pulling on Lily's hair.
  • Papa Wolf: "It's go time."
  • Performance Artist: To some extent.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Depends. Cam is the Sensitive Guy because he's been described as being more "momish" and he does tend to spoil Lily. However he could be the Manly Man because he does have more skill in "manly" things than Mitchell.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: Generally when Lily is in trouble. He is actually mistaken for Mitchell's panicking wife on the phone when Lily is trapped in a car.
  • Ugly Guy Hot Partner: With Mitch.

Lily Tucker-Pritchett note 

Played By: Jaden and Ella Hiller (Seasons 1-2), Aubrey Anderson-Emmons (Season 3-present)

  • Berserk Button: For a while, any mention of her potential new adopted sibling. "Kill the baby!"
  • Cool Big Sis: Both Haley and Alex are this to Lily, which is funny because they're both 10x better sister figures to their adopted cousin than they are to their own younger brother.
  • Daddy's Girl: Played with. It's pretty obvious that Cam is all but rearing her up to be one.
    • Granddaddy's Girl: Potentially with Jay since it's been shown the two of them are pretty close.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Now that she can talk
  • A Girl And Her Cat: Becomes very fond of pet cat, Larry.
  • Girls Love Stuffed Animals: Lily's Bunny. She keeps her dads up all night crying when he gets lost on the LA Subway in "Planes, Trains and Cars".
  • Has Two Daddies: And loves to invoke this trope word-for-word.
  • Hidden Depths: Despite Lily's catty attitude, she has shown to be a lot more selfless than what one may think.
  • Jerk Ass: Has become incredibly blunt and/or catty as she gets older. Though one episode suggests she gets at least some of it from Claire and likely, Jay who is particularly close to his granddaughter and vice versa.
    • A lot of it could also be that she is still very young and may not understand what things are rude to say to someone directly.
    • She also seems to mostly snark at people older than herself. In one episode when she's at a gymnastics competition, she hugs another gymnast who just fell off the balance beam and helps her her readjust her hair, which was too tight and was throwing her off.
  • Karma Houdini: Although she's generally a pretty well-behaved and non-destructive kid (particularly for a 5-year-old who is obviously spoiled), Lily gets away with a lot of snark and disrespectful attitude towards adults. Part of this is that her dads are of the hyper-progressive coddling variety, and the other part is that her pinpoint snark accuracy and timing is so impressive most of the time that the adults are left speechless in her wake.
  • Like A Daughter To Me: Gloria considers Lily to be her daughter' she's even Lily's godmother and the one who Lily's dads turn to when Lily has questions about "girly things" that her fathers are a bit embarrassed to answer.
  • Only Sane Man: Even though she's much younger, Lily appears to realize how insane everyone else in her adopted extended family is.
  • Precocious Crush: Developed a crush on Manny, her uncle.
  • Silent Snarker: Though it's now headed to Little Miss Snarker territory now that she can speak.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Luke begins to see Lily as this, as does Mitch and Cam's best friend and "first child", Sal. In turn, it's implied she's beginning to feel this way about Fulgencio-Joe.



Played by: Reid Ewing

  • Abusive Parents: Implied. In one episode, when he (temporarily) lives with Cam and Mitch he mentions that his mother made him leave because of her new boyfriend moving in.
  • Butt Monkey
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Possibly even surpassing Phil.
  • Hidden Depths: He recently told Haley that he's majoring in Nursing.
  • In-Series Nickname: Nicknamed "D-Money" by Phil.
  • Intercourse with You: "In the Moonlight" and "Imagine Me Naked". The former starts out romantically enough, before:
    Maybe, baby
    I just wanna DO you! DO you!
    Do you wanna DO me?! DO me?!
  • Nice Guy: He's one of the nicest and sensitive guys you'll ever meet.

Gil Thorpe

Played by: Rob Riggle

  • Jerkass: He'll do anything to upstage and embarrass Phil. He even offers Claire a job just so he can constantly call Phil and torture him with sexual innuendo about her in front of their son.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: A rival real estate agent to Phil. Every time someone steals a house out from under him or outsells him at work or embarrasses him, it's Gil Thorpe.

Pepper Saltsman

Played by: Nathan Lane

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