Characters: My Name Is Earl
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Earl Jehoshaphat Hickey
"Son of a bitch!"
"You might think that getting so drunk that you accidentally marry a women who's six months pregnant is a good reason to stop drinkin'. Personally, I think it's a good reason to keep drinkin'."
High school dropout ex-felon, once married to Joy, and has a witless brother named Randy, Earl J. Hickey gets handed a rotten dose of bad luck in the form of a passing car driven by an old lady plowing him down in the street right after he scores a prize-winning lotto ticket worth $100,000 bones. Not only does Earl lose the ticket, but Joy divorces him for Darnell as he sits in the hospital on morphine drips. Then, Earl saw Last Call with Carson Daly
on TV from his hospital bed and learned about the concept of karma- do good things, good things happen to you; do bad things, bad things happen to you. Earl realizes that his life sucks donkey turds and if he wants to change it, he needs to fix all the problems he caused- which prompts him to write a list of almost 300 things he did on a yellow sheet of writing paper that he totes around in his flannel shirt pouches. After he starts working on the list, he's greeted with the miraculous return of the lotto ticket and cashes in a small fortune- but he still has a long way to go before he's living like a king.
Although the show got canned, the creator made sure not to let Earl be forgotten. The last we hear of his exploits is on Raising Hope
- if only for ten seconds- and he somehow completed his list. How remains a Riddle for the Ages
- Accidental Marriage: Is tricked into marrying Joy after her girlfriends serve him "upside-down martinis".
- Afraid of Needles
- Anti-Hero: Earl will occasionally do nasty things when he's at wit's end with people he's trying to help, or gets pushed the wrong way. Usually, it results in an appropriate karmic response:
- He once sucker-punched the jerkass boss at a burger joint after taking a buttload of his dickery - which set a chain of events in motion that got the guy busted for cheating and robbing the restaurant, leaving him divorced and locked up in the pokey.
- Another time, when Earl himself got sent to jail, he helped a former junkie who accidentally set fire to his parent's house with his meth lab have the prom he never got, only for him not to reconcile with his parents, which would've allowed Earl to get enough time off his sentence to leave prison. When the guy threw it back in Earl's face, Earl went berserk and torched his cell, destroying all his paintings he made, then punched him in the face and gave him a taste of his own medicine- which finally taught him a lesson.
- Right after this, the bumbling warden found him too valuable at fixing problems around prison, which made him look good by extension. So what does he do? Shred all of Earl's certificates for time off his sentence and snuff him when it comes time to leave, chuck him into solitary for 60 days to the point he goes cuckoo, and then threaten to add to his sentence. Not only does Earl kick him in the stomach and teabag him while in shackles on two separate occasions, with the help of his friends, both in and out of jail, he plans to bust out of prison. But after a mishap, Earl and Randy fall through a ventilation shaft right into the warden's office, take him hostage, and negotiate his release from the slammer. However, Earl questions the lack of karma kicking in and thinks after all he's been through, it's bogus. Finally, one last does of Butt Monkey antics prompts the return of Bad Earl- and karma deals him another car to the chest to punish him.
- Despite being an atoning petty criminal, Jerkass, and a Book Dumb hick, he has a real knack for getting along with people, is actively working hard to become a better person by righting all his past wrongs, in the process making his town a better place, and is willing to make great sacrifices for the people he cares about. Sometimes he relapses, but he brings up some interesting questions on morality and what makes a good person.
- The Atoner: The entire premise of carrying his list.
- Badass Mustache: His signature trait, grown from a desire to have once since he was a kid.
- Bash Brothers: With Randy.
- Being Good Sucks: The things he goes through sometimes border on Kafka Komedy.
- Book Dumb: Badly uneducated outside of a partial high school education. He's also uniformed about things happening in the world, mostly because he lives in a run-down apartment where news doesn't get around fast. He decides to wise up after the bank treats him like a kid and gets a G.E.D. Slowly but surely, Earl's brainpower's getting better.
- Butt Monkey: Dear God. Earl suffers all kinds of ilk as he tackles his list. We could go on for decades about this.
- The very worst instance was getting roped into a top-secret spy mission with Darnell when he went back into action, only to be given round-the-clock tranquilizers to block out everything he saw with absolutely no say in refusing them (while his life was constantly in danger, no less!), kept knocked out for so long he had to be put in a diaper so he wouldn't soil himself and woke up with side-effect-induced twitches.
- Can't Get Away with Nuthin' : Lampshaded in an episode where he neglects his list in favor of spending time with a beautiful woman and Laser-Guided Karma causes trouble for both of them.
- Carpet of Virility: So much so he had a gorilla chest by early puberty- which made him afraid to pull his shirt off during swimming lessons in school- otherwise, everyone would laugh their heads off.
- Closer to Earth: A rare gender swapped example. He is far more sensible than his ex-wife Joy.
- Deadpan Snarker: When Earl gets sick of the shenanigans his buddies or the person on his list puts him through, or he can't stand Randy's stupidity or Joy's bitchiness, he'll be prone to snarking.
- Dogged Nice Guy: Earl just can't catch a break from anyone. It's a wonder he hasn't pulled a shotgun on some of the people he endures.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: The birthday party episode. It turned out to be a prank, and his friends really did give him props for the wrongs he'd righted thus far.
- "Bad Earl" takes it to a logical extreme. Earl has let himself take the bullet for Joy by going to jail in her stead so she wouldn't get her third strike and become a lifer. It costs him a nice new home, a great job and all the respect that came with it which he fought hard to get, and then the shiftless warden screws him out of an early parole. When he returns to doing his list again, he gets humiliated and believes his misery didn't get a suitable karmic compensation. Earl decides to hell with the list and relapses into his old criminal ways- until karma catches up to him with a vengeance.
- Embarrassing Middle Name: Jehoshaphat. We learn it in the Geraldo Rivera-narrated two-parter, finally revealing what the "J" stood for after four seasons.
- The Everyman
- Face-Heel Turn: Temporarily relapses into "Bad Earl," which pleases Ralph, who thought his list was bunk from the get-go, but scares Randy, and pisses off Joy and Darnell, who discover that drunken Earl and friends have decided to tip over their trailer. Then, he takes a car to the chest again and that's all she wrote.
- Good Feels Good: "Do good things and good things happen."
- Good Is Not Soft: He's willing to kick a person's ass if they sufficiently prove to deserve it.
- Gotta Catch 'Em All: His list of misdeeds... almost clocking in at 300.
- Hair of the Dog: "Some people might think that getting so drunk you end up marrying a woman who's six months pregnant is a good reason to stop drinking. Personally, I think it's a good reason to keep drinking."
- Heel-Face Turn: Getting T-boned by an old lady behind the wheel and losing a lotto ticket with $100,000, then being served up divorce papers in retraction on morphine will do that to you.
- Heroic BSOD: Caused by going to jail for Joy's sake in exchange for a great job and apartment, suffering solitary confinement instead of being rewarded with early freedom, and busting out of said jail without consequence. Earl soon learns the hard way that karma's willing to kick his ass if he strays from being a nice guy.
- Homeless Hero: Technically, since he lives in a motel after Joy took the trailer in the divorce. It never occurs to him that he can use part of the lotto money to pay for a small apartment. He does get an apartment halfway through the series, but that's using money he earned through working at Wadt Appliances. And Randy loses the apartment while Earl is in prison. The fact that Earl has no permanent residence is lampshaded when he goes to apply for a credit card.
- Honor Before Reason: Earl often goes out of his way to fix things, even if they weren't directly his fault and the people he is helping are already happy. When something he did on his list has a snowball effect, he is especially prone to patch those things up, too.
- Idiot Hero: Some shades of Book Dumb mixed with drunken escapades result in Earl having prime moments of stupidity. Otherwise, he's not so dim... but Randy... oh, boy...
- Jerkass: Prior to starting his list, Earl was quite possibly the worst person in Camden County. Which is saying something.
- Kavorka Man: While not unattractive, Earl is very scruffy, technically homeless and is more or less a loser all around. While his Nice Guy attitude and general heroism makes romance seem more plausible, the majority of his relationships occurred before his Heel-Face Turn.
- Kick the Dog: Earl did so to one guy in prison after he got whiny and inconsiderate- so he set fire to his cell and gave him a knuckle sandwich.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Exactly what he dished out to the boss of a fast food joint after having to suffer untold humiliation and got talked down to like he was a butt-scratching chimp. Because he beat the guy up, the boss also gets his due for his crimes of cheating and stealing.
- Kids Are Cruel: In his younger days
- Lazy Husband: was this when he was married to Joy.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Sometimes, when Earl discovers the consequences of what he did to the person on his list after it effectively ruined their life, or if he unintentionally botches a plan to fix things and makes them worse when hijinks ensue.
- Nice Guy: After changing his ways, Earl becomes an extremely nice and kindhearted individual, who goes out of his way to help anyone who needs it.
- Only Sane Man: Most of the time. Sometimes, it's inverted, where he gets so engorged with his list, he's the loony one, and Randy usually suffers for it.
- Porn Stache: Lampshaded when Earl teaches a class of douchebag high school students and one insults him by saying he doesn't want to grow up being a loser with a porn 'stache.
- Really Gets Around
- The Reliable One: It reaches a point where everyone in Camden County goes to him when there's a problem.
- Ridiculously Average Guy: He's just about the perfect everyman.
- Serial Spouse: Is married three times over the course of the series, and two of the marriages end in divorce; the second one was annulled.
- Shot Gun Wedding: When he married Joy, she was pregnant the child was later found to be his.
- Also, he briefly married his friend Ralph's elderly mother after he admitted he slept with her while drunk, to appease the man's wrath.
- Technical Pacifist: Earl refrains from fighting whenever possible, but when he's forced to take action, he'll kick your ass in a second.
- This Loser Is You: Earl realizes his life is a pile of dog crap and believes going through his list will change that- which it (somewhat) has.
- Took a Level in Dumbass: Inverted. As the show goes on he goes from an Idiot Hero to Book Dumb to the Only Sane Man and, while still far from intelligent, comes off as one of the only sensible people in the show.
- Took a Level in Kindness: He initially begins his list out of a drug-induced misinterpretation of the concept of karma, but seeing the result of several of his hijinks, along with feeling a sense of accomplishment in the first time in his life both lead to him becoming a legitimately good person, to the point of verging on an All-Loving Hero.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: When married to Joy and later to Billie. Also inverted when he married a friend's elderly mother to make up for sleeping with her while drunk.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Has a fear of taking his shirt off in public due to being teased for having hairy nipples in Junior High- though now, the hair he's sporting is proper for his age.
Played By: Jaime Pressley
Earl's ill-tempered, promiscuous ex-wife
- Action Girl: All those years watching Springer really paid off.
- Anti-Hero: Type IV
- Berserk Button: Harming her children either physically or emotionally
- Blondes Are Evil: Well, not quite evil. Just a giant bitch.
- Clingy Jealous Girl
- Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Surprisingly subverted, although she is quite verbally abusive to Earl, the episode where she's on trial has all these instances brought back against her. Though Earl takes the bullet for her regardless which is mostly just to show how selfless he can be.
- Dumb Blonde
- Hair-Trigger Temper : She's once described as a "tiny pink Hulk."
- Heroic Comedic Sociopath
- Hidden Heart of Gold
- It's All About Me
- Jerk Ass: Cheats on Earl, verbally abuses and even hits him, leaves him for a mutual friend while he's hospitalized, and tries to kill him to get his lottery winnings
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Can be nice (and even helpful) sometimes. Subverted, though, in that usually only if something's in it for her. That said, she did take in Randy after Earl went to prison and is a genuinely loving mother and wife.
- The Lancer: The most hostile and argumentative of the group with Earl.
- Mama Bear: God help you if you hurt her kids
- Megaton Punch: Her right hook can knock any man(Or woman) into next Tuesday.
- Moral Myopia
- Never My Fault
- Proud Beauty: While certainly attractive, she is the one to point it out the most.
- Really Gets Around
- Shot Gun Wedding: Tricks Earl into marrying her in Vegas while she was pregnant with an unknown man's (later found to be Earl's) child.
- Sick Episode: Contracts a flesh-eating toe disease from a hottub Earl gives her (because it was previously inhabited by a homeless man with the same disease)
- Tsundere Type-A example
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife Was the hot wife when she was married to Earl
- Your Cheating Heart: Results in a Chocolate Baby, and later the end of Earl and Joy's (rather dysfunctional from the start) marriage.
Darnell "Crabman" Turner (Real Name: Harry Monroe)
Played by: Eddie Steeples
Earl's friend, and the bartender at The Crab Shack.
Joy had an affair with him, and eventually left Earl for him, but in spite of this Earl and Darnell are good friends.
"Man, brains are funny. You shake 'em around hard enough and it's like, 'whoa, who's steering this ship?'"
Played By: Ethan Supplee
Earl's dim-witted brother, who continues to get into all sorts of mayhem with him.
- Addiction Powered: At exactly four beers, he becomes much more competent, as well as a con man.
- Afraid of Blood
- Annoying Laugh: A wheezy, lengthy chuckle/guffaw that grates on people's ears but makes the audience crack up.
- The Big Guy
- Berserk Button: DO NOT deny him his claw machine toys while he's injecting shark adrenaline into his nuts.
- Beware the Nice Ones
- Borrowed Catch Phrase: Loves to shout, "RIIIIIICOLAAAAA!!" in places with good acoustic echoes.
- Cannot Tell a Lie: Not until he's had exactly four beers, anyway.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: He absolutely loves reminiscing about cartoons, movies, anything that amuses him, and especially E.T.- but he's badly distracted by doing so.
- Department of Redundancy Department: Will get caught in a loop sometimes while trying to think things through or his brain will take the long way around to work out a conclusion. Just don't mention the words Catalina and half-naked in the same sentence, or he'll blank out over and over- maybe not so much now after the Unrequited Love Switcheroo.
- Dumbass Has a Point: Occasionally says something smart.
- Dumb Is Good
- Dumb Muscle: Strong enough to rip a phone chord out of a wall with little effort, and on shark adrenaline, mutilate a phone.
- Fat Idiot
- The Hat Makes the Man: Inverted. Randy has a bad habit (at least in Earl's opinion) of claiming any stray hat he finds just lying around abandoned and then donning it and inventing a stupidly contrived personality to go along with it, which pisses off Earl to no end.
- Insane Equals Violent: Hunger makes Randy go into an angry, dizzy Hulk sort of reaction. Shark adrenaline makes him Ax-Crazy.
- Insane Troll Logic: A common byproduct of his rambling conversations.
- Kavorka Man: Despite being a lazy manchild, Randy racks up a respectable haul of tail.
- Kindhearted Simpleton
- The Load: The times Randy is actually useful is outnumbered by the times whatever trouble Earl finds himself in can be directly attributed to Randy. Then there's the times where he just makes things worse, which is every single time it's possible.
- Man Child: There's few as extreme as him.
- Nice Guy: Despite his idiocy, he's one of the sweetest guys you could ever meet.
- Non Sequitur: He tries to carry conversations, but drifts into wonderland all the time.
- No Social Skills: Although he tries really hard.
- Perma Stubble
- Satellite Character: He is dependent on Earl even in the most trivial things (which food to pick for example). After Earl's imprisonment, he is forced to develop a free will on his own, and a more healthy relationship with his brother.
- Tastes Like Feet : Randy knows what a lot of things taste like, as he frequently licks things. "This chicken tastes like...zoo."
- Testosterone Poisoning: After getting shark adrenaline pumped into his nads, Randy goes into an uber power-crazed, macho muscleman mindset, with a Hair-Trigger Temper and frightening distored voice when he turns furious.
- Unrequited Love Switcheroo: Is insanely gaga over Catalina from day one and even gets a green card marriage, but one night of deliberately disgusting sex on her part wipes it all out. If only Catalina had mulled over the possibility of actually enjoying making love to Randy...
- Why Did It Have To Be Cats and Birds: Terrorized by birds more so than cats. It's thanks to a Noodle Incident where he burned down a barn at a summer camp.
Played by: Nadine Velazquez
A beautiful hotel maid at the motel where Earl and Randy live, as well as a stripper at Club Chubby's. She's always got some advice for Earl, even if it's not necessarily good
- Almighty Janitor: Sometimes, particularly in the first two seasons.
- Ascended Extra
- Bilingual Bonus: Her "insults" in Spanish to Joy are actually Breaking the Fourth Wall to Spanish-speaking viewers, usually thanking them for watching.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: After Randy confesses his love for her she tries to figure out a way to make him lose that feeling, Joy convinces her to sleep with him while being as disgusting as possible. This ends up backfiring when she realizes how good he is in bed but he ends up being disgusted with the smell and loses all feelings for her. Ouch.
- Beware the Nice Ones
- The Chick: The most moral of the group, to the point of occasionally acting as Earl's conscience.
- Citizenship Marriage: Marries Randy to get back into the country although she actually wanted to marry Earl. Because of the bad sex (see above), it doesn't work out so well. We are not told, however, if they are still (legally) married, or if they got a divorce at some point.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Has witnessed multiple Kidnappings and even once killed someone
- The Illegal: She came to America in a box.
- Innocent Fanservice Girl: Starts out as this
- Meido: Works as a hotel maid
- Ms. Fanservice
- Na´ve Everygirl
- Noodle Incident: Apparently killed her mother during a fight. "It was either her or me."
- Later averted when we see in a back-story that the two of them fought to see who would go to America and who would wind up dying to give a kidney to the smuggler's sister.
- Self-Made Orphan: See Noodle Incident
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Has this kind of relationship with Joy, because the latter called her a whore at their first meeting.
- Spicy Latina
- Stripperific: Justified, as she is, in fact, a stripper in addition to working as a hotel maid.
- Team Mom
- Troubled, but Cute
- UST: Has so much of this with Earl.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: Often this with regards to relationships.
- You Don't Want to Die a Virgin, Do You?: This prompts her to have a four-way with Darnell, Patti, and Kenny in a phone booth. Also, to Rage Against the Heavens a bit.
"I'm gonna die a virgin! *all look at her* I was saving myself for marriage...I hope You're
impressed! And that You exist!"
Patty The Daytime Hooker
Camden's most notorious prostitute, and a good friend of Earl's.
A man who went to prison for a crime Earl committed
, but found Jesus there and no longer lives a life of crime.
- The Atoner
- Cloud Cuckoolander
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas
- Eye Scream: Has bulging, somewhat disturbing "Crazy Eyes"
- Heel-Faith Turn: Became a devout Christian while in prison for a crime Earl committed
- Hair-Trigger Temper
- Momma's Boy
- Not Me This Time: He was a crook, but did not commit the particular robbery he was imprisoned for.
- Peeping Tom: Earl paid him to peep on Joy back in the day. (A rumor was going around the trailer park about a peeping tom, and Joy was feeling unhappy about how she looked during her pregnancy. The "peeping tom" was actually Earl, trying to steal a big-screen TV.) Unfortunately for Donny, Joy got excited that the "trailer park pervert" was finally peeping on her, and her excited shouts alerted the other trailer park women. Donny was badly injured by a Sassy Black Woman with a potted fern.
- Put on a Bus: Just vanished halfway through the first season, then reappeared in season 2 during Earl's birthday party.
- Tattooed Crook: Inverted, as he although he got the tattoos while in prison, they are symbols of his Heel-Faith Turn
The first person on Earl's list, a classmate of Earl from grade school, whom Earl used to bully. Shy about his same-sex preferences, but later grows to find a partner in Stuart (and Chester- don't ask
Earl took Didi home from the Crab Shack and slept with her. At first, he told Didi he loved her (likely influenced by alcohol) and was happy to wake up with her, but then found her prosthetic leg in the bed and freaked out. He stole money from her purse, and made off in her car with her prosthesis, and Didi has intensely
hated Earl ever since. Until he finally made it up to her and she forgave him.
- Ambiguous Disorder: Didi is implied to have a couple of screws loose in her head.
- Agony of the Feet: Makes Earl hop on one leg all day as punishment for abandoning her and not returning her prosthesis.
- Berserk Button: Earl. (before he made amends with her)
- Easily Forgiven: Earl later discovers where he stashed her leg and learns Didi has been forced to hop around without until now. He finally gets her to cool off in the midst of an enraged blowup at seeing him again. She has him make up for this by doing the same until his one foot is as sore is hers, but she lets him enjoy the other half of the foot bath she never uses and quickly makes peace with him now that she knows he's really turned a new leaf. They become good friends afterwards.
- Fiery Redhead
- Handicapped Badass: Lost her leg in a minefield during wartimes, explaining why she's such a good shot with a gun- she's ex-military.
- If You Ever Do Anything to Hurt Her...: She gets a Handicapped Badass boyfriend mid-series, who's ready to beat the crap out of Earl at a moment's notice.
- Informed Flaw: The only one that seems to have a problem with the fact that she only has one real leg is Earl.
- Meta Casting: The actress that plays her actually does only have one leg.
- Minor Flaw, Major Breakup: The only reason Earl didn't at least stay for breakfast after their one-night stand (if not actually date her) was because he was shocked and upset that she only had one leg.
- Yandere: YOU SAID YOU LOVED ME!!! (While blasting a shotgun at Earl). In all fairness he did steal her car and ditch her after sex, but it's not like she couldn't have let the police deal with it.
The ex-girlfriend of Earl's cellmate Frank, who decides to follow in Earl's footsteps to become a better person, although she prefers to "work smarter, not harder," unlike Earl, who will do whatever it takes. Earl was initially smitten with her, but found out the hard way that having her for a wife wasn't all he thought it would be.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Played straight with Frank, subverted with Earl.
- Clingy Jealous Girl
- Control Freak
- Dating Catwoman: Getting into a relationship with Frank was not the best decision she ever made.
- Expy: Deconstructed: She wants to get on the right path, but has very different ideas than Earl about what constitutes making things up to people. And she even goes so far as to undo what Earl has done when she feels she isn't getting enough attention from him.
- Face-Heel Turn: When she met the guy she was with before marrying Earl, she was a good person. Her boyfriend, however, introduced her to stealing (which gave her a rush), and she became his partner in crime.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: At least in the beginning, before becoming a complete Jerk Ass, and finally becoming a genuinely nice person.
- Heel-Faith Turn: Joins an Amish-like settlement when hiding out on their land, and finds inner peace and becomes a better person.
- High Heel-Face Turn: Wants to follow in Earl's footsteps after hearing about his list and breaking up with her boyfriend.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: When Earl is focused on the list instead of sex with her, she goes and undoes everything Earl has already crossed off the list.
- Wanting Is Better Than Having: Earl finds out the hard way that being married to Billie is nothing like The Fifties Dom Com he pictured while in a coma.
- Tsundere: Type B, before turning into a Yandere
- Unholy Matrimony: Was this to the guy she was with before meeting Earl.
Played By: Giovanni Ribisi
One of Earl's old friends. Gung-ho and stark-raving mad, Ralph loved the days when he and Earl would go looting stuff. Unlucky for him, Earl changed, and he wanted nothing to do with karma. So, where Earl does good things, Ralph does bad things- and almost always finds himself in jail following a crime spree, but Ralph's also a whiz at blowing through the holes of the criminal justice system and always seems to be back out on the streets in no time flat. The one thing he loves more than crime is his beloved mama, but when he learned Earl slept with her, he really, really
blew a fuse- as in refused to let Earl do anything short of marrying her to make it up to him, and would make his buddy spit gum out his forehead
if he tried to cut and run. Luckily, they worked things out.
- Asshole Victim: Chances are, if Ralph gets arrested, he deserved it.
- Ax-Crazy: Threatened to blow Earl's brains out if he deserted his mama- and that's not the half of his insanity.
- Berserk Button: Screw around with his mama and he will force you to wed her. Try to run, and he'll whip out a revolver.
- Catch Phrase: "ROCK AND ROLL!"
- Can't Get Away with Nuthin' : Sent to jail at the drop of a hat. While the main cast goes about their daily lives, chances are he's mulling things over in jail. He might even be worthy of a "Frequent Flyer Miles" card for getting sent there so much. That being said, he probably deserved it.
- Conveniently Cellmates: With Earl right as soon as he gets put in jail- except Ralph's being dogged by a guy threatening to stab him and gives Earl a sock filled with batteries to fend him off when they go out into the yard.
- Easily Forgiven: Earl and Randy are always quick to forgive him. Though Ralph does suffer from others for his actions.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: VERY protective of his mama.
- Every Man Has His Price: Can be bribed into committing any form of crime for the right price- such as burning down a rival hot dog stand.
- For the Evulz: Ask him why he likes to burn down things- go ahead.
- Insane Equals Violent
- Jerk Ass: To Earl when he burned down Pops' hot dog cart.
- Karma Houdini: Although Ralph generally does get punished for his actions (thus proving he's not a member of this trope), the fact that Earl believed he became one due to not getting retribution for taking advantage of a senile old woman results in his forsaking The List.
- Laser-Guided Karma
- Moral Myopia
- Put on a Bus: After Earl end's up in another coma after getting hit by a car in season 3, Ralph is never seen again for the rest of the series.
- Refuge in Audacity
- Shot Gun Wedding: Imposes one on Earl to make amends for sleeping with his mama.
- Sixth Ranger Traitor: He'll ditch his friends for money on the fly.
- Token Evil Teammate: The only guy out of the original thieving gang Earl formed with Randy and Joy who's still an outright crook.
Earl's ex-girlfriend. He faked his own death to get out of the relationship, because he found her too clingy but also didn't want to hurt her feelings.
Another ex-girlfriend of Earl's. He had started dating her three weeks earlier, only to be tricked into marrying a very pregnant Joy. When Jessie hears that Joy has a bounty on her head, she becomes a bounty hunter in an attempt to make her suffer.
A friend of Earl's, whom Earl helped to learn English (in order to make up for making fun of people's accents).
Willie the One-Eyed Mailman
Camden's mailman. He lost his eye after Joy smashed Earl's Def Leppard
wall mirror with a bowling ball, and he happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
A former stoner that Earl robbed blind one hot summer. After a skydiving mishap, Woody got clean and moved to a hippie commune.
- Drugs Are Bad: Even though he's been clean for a couple of years at least, his heavy marijuana use gave him some brain damage; he's still kind of slow. (Not as slow as Randy, but still slow.)
- Green Aesop: Teaches Earl about global warming...but also teaches him that he doesn't have to do anything monumental.
- New-Age Retro Hippie
- Nice Guy
- Noodle Incident: The skydiving accident, and what exactly spurred his decision to live "off the grid."
- The Stoner: Formerly
- What Did I Do Last Night?: Has no recollection of the skydiving accident other than waking up in the middle of nowhere. Justified because of his heavy marijuana use.
Earl's father, who resents him for all his childhood antics.
- The Comically Serious
- Exiled to the Couch: At an anniversary party back either late in The Seventies or early in The Eighties, Earl slipped one of his friend's mom's "happy pills" into Carl's whiskey. Which resulted in him goosing female guests, and attempting to start a key party. Kay was not amused.
- Grumpy Old Man
- Manly Tears: After finding out about the affair his wife had with a former neighbor of theirs...and that she had kept it from him for all those years.
- Parents as People: Resents Earl, but also cares about him.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Gives Earl one of these when Earl attempted to leave Joy after Earl Jr. was born.
- Workaholic: Earl recalls that his dad was always at work. Mainly to get away from his less-than-wonderful marriage to Kay, and his troublemaker sons.
Earl's mother. She dotes on Earl and Randy, in contrast to her husband.
The convenience store clerk where Earl got the lottery ticket.
Earl's old friend and roommate. He planned a big robbery, and almost got away with it too, until he and Paco plowed into an FBI van. The same FBI van that was dropping off Harry Munroe so he could start his new life as Darnell Turner in Witness Protection.
- Affably Evil
- Blond Guys Are Evil
- Break the Cutie: Being dumped by Billie was really hard on him.
- Break Up to Make Up: Earl convinces him to (gently) break up with Billie again so that she could get back on the right path.
- Cloud Cuckoolander
- Dating Catwoman: Billie was a kind nursing student, until Frank introduced her to stealing. This trope is also inverted: when Frank hears that Billie has once again gone to The Dark Side, he falls in love with her again and gets into a huge fight with Earl over her.
- Fruit of The Loon: Is moved to a halfway house, where they spike the food with tranquilizers to keep the inmates under control. Since Frank has not been eating, Randy gives him an apple slice he'd been carrying around.
- Love Triangle: Still in love with Billie after the breakup, but Earl is trying to date her.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Eventually is able to let Billie go.
- Irony: He subletted his kitchen to Earl and Randy, they owned his trailer (at least while Earl was still married to Joy). They also drive his old El Camino, and Earl briefly marries Billie.
- Naked People Are Funny: With some help from Earl and Randy, he posts a nude photo of himself on a billboard in order to win Billie back, seeing as she had dumped him for showing Earl her naked picture. It's played for every laugh it's worth.
- Second Love: Believes he will never find love again after the demise of his seven-year relationship with Billie, but eventually finds love again with her cousin Jocelyn.
A docker at Bargain Bin, he accidentally got kidnapped by Joy and Earl while unloading a truck. He escapes alive and unharmed, since Earl and Joy did not mean to hold him hostage, but unfortunately dies in his own apartment. Earl has to figure out how to make up for kidnapping him.
The attorney that the court appointed for Joy, she falls in love with Earl. Their relationship is short-lived, however, as Earl goes to prison. Earl once robbed her before they met, which puts strain on their relationship.
A woman who dotes on her show-cat, Sebastian, that Earl once stole and placed in the home of an old woman so Joy's cat would have an edge in the Camden cat show. She also dates Randy briefly.
- Abhorrent Admirer: It takes Randy a while to realize this, but she has lost the ability to differentiate between the best ways to show affection towards a human and towards a cat. When Randy does realize it, he is horrified and upset.
- Break the Cutie: Losing Sebastian was really hard on her, especially as it's implied that she did not have many human companions in her life.
- Break Up to Make Up: Judy and Randy break up so they can each live a better life. They break up on pretty good terms too; Randy doesn't even feel the need to wallow in grief and play "Time After Time" by Cyndi Lauper on endless loop like he usually does when he gets dumped!
- Christmas Cake
- Cloud Cuckoolander
- Crazy Cat Lady
- Dying Alone: Her biggest fear
- Fourth Date Marriage: Randy moves in with her right away.
- Love Interest
- Love Martyr: Will do anything for Randy, up to and including giving up her beloved cat.
- No Accounting for Taste: Randy is certainly not a bad guy, but he's slow, clumsy, and awkward, and yet Judy loves him anyway.
- Not Good with People
- Romantic False Lead: Her purpose is to help Randy gain more confidence with women and being his real clumsy awkward self around them. Likewise, he helps her see that there's more to life than her cat.
- Tsundere: Type B
- What the Hell, Hero?: Gets one from Randy, after he sees that she's been treating him like a cat for the duration of their relationship
John the Artist
A fellow inmate at the Camden prison, known for his paintings. Earl attempts to help him reconnect with his parents, but things don't go according to plan.
Joy's half-sister, who had her identity stolen by Earl during a standoff with Joy in a parking lot. She dreams of becoming a famous wrestler. Her husband, however, wants to start a family. Earl convinces Joy to become a surrogate mother, so that Liberty can fulfill her dreams...and Ray-Ray can have the child he wants.
- Babies Make Everything Better: Her relationship with Joy drastically improves
- Black Gal on White Guy Drama: See "Expy"
- Cat Fight: Airs out her grievances in a fight with Joy, after Joy poses as Liberty's wrestling Heel.
- Chosen Conception Partner: Eventually, she agrees to let Joy be a surrogate for her.
- Defeat Means Friendship: With Joy
- Expy: Of Joy. And, like Joy married a laid-back black man, Liberty married a laid-back white man (who also, like Darnell, wears a tank top and keeps a pet reptile.)
- Face: She plays "Lady Liberty," a character who seeks racial justice (although is often held back by her manager, Da Man). She pays her next-door neighbor to play "The Klanimal."
- Happily Married: To Ray-Ray
- Hidden Depths: The reason she hates Joy so much is that Joy got to grow up with their father, and she never had a father figure.
- Long-Lost Relative: She is Joy's half-sister, as a result of their father's philandering with black women.
- Malcolm Xerox: A rare female example, at least in Kayfabe
- Sassy Black Woman: Both as her "real"-world personality and her Kayfabe persona
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: To Joy
- Wrestling Family: She plays "Lady Liberty," and her husband plays Lady Liberty's evil manager.