The characters of the FOX series New Girl
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If we're going to do a shenanigan, I'm fine with doing shenanigans! I love shenanigans! As long as no one gets hurt.
Nicholas Miller (Jake Johnson)
You know what sucks about getting older? Your friends have known you for way too long. They've got too much on you. I want friends who still lie to me 'cause they don't want to hurt my feelings. I sadly kind of mean that.
Schmidt (Max Greenfield)
But, I mean, can we just take a moment to celebrate me?
- All Men Are Perverts
- Ambiguously Bi: Possibly. At the very least, he seems awfully determined to get a look at Nick's privates in one episode, even attempting to hide in the shower to do so (it doesn't work). And he kisses Nick forcefully right on the mouth on more than one occasion. Then there are those suggestive comments he makes about other guys...
- He's apparently specifically gay for Nick. He couldn't deal with the prospect of kissing Winston. Justified in that Nick was there for him for quite sometime when the world was not. While he may not actually be sexually interested in Nick, Schmidt basically doesn't know how to express interest in people in ways that aren't sexual.
- Beauty Is Bad; When he was fat, he was an incredibly sweet guy. Once he lost weight and got handsome, he became a serious Jerkass. Lampshaded by Elizabeth.
- Berserk Button: Do not put your dirty hands anywhere near Schmidt's food.
- The Big Guy/Team Mom
- Can't Hold His Liquor: He has a thing for really low-proof melon liqueur and attempting to swallow whisky makes him scream in pain.
- In another episode, however, he mentions that he was in "two frats because I couldn't decide" and then downs two bottles of alcohol in a very short period of time with no immediate effects.
- Casanova Wannabe
- Chivalrous Pervert
- Closet Geek: Seemingly hinted at. He apparently was considered a geek when he was in school.
- Cool Loser
- Crazy Jealous Guy: Became so insecure about the male models Cece works with that he accuses her of being an untrustworthy sex worker with bad taste in men (proof being her interest in him), sneaks into her text messages, and breaks up with her "for her own sake."
- Cringe Comedy: A lot of his scenes rely on this. Especially the case when he's interested in a woman.
- The Dandy: He has body gelato, and even Cece isn't allowed to touch it.
- The Determinator: To a fault.
- Disappeared Dad: He occasionally references his mother, and a flashback shows him as a child at a large dinner table with only his mother. His dad's never been addressed.
- His dad turns out to have left the family when Schmidt was eight and started a big new happy family with another woman. He's technically still in Schmidt's life, but Schmidt has some issues with him that prevent them being consistently in contact.
- Embarrassing Nickname: "Fat Schmidt." It haunts him. Inverted with "Big Guy" from ex-Elizabeth which references the same thing but in an affectionate way.
- Formerly Fat: He was known for most of his life as "Fat Schmidt." He has a reason for his weight gain, however, and once he was in a healthy relationship, he lost the weight... only to pick up his present day douche-y personality traits.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Choleric.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Nick met him in college and then Schmidt's personality shifts snuck up on him while he wasn't looking. The others do care about him, but his obnoxiousness is hard to live with and makes it difficult to make new friends. They mostly keep him as close as they do because he's the only one who has any money.
- Friends with Benefits: With Cece.
- Handsome Lech: If you're into that.
- Has Two Mommies: He's kind of in denial about his mom being a lesbian.
- Humiliation Conga: Goes through one in season 3. He loses both Elizabeth and Cece, has a Villainous Breakdown when he fails to break Nick and Jess up, finds out his hero Michael Keaton had never written him, got beaten up by a bunch of kids, was swindled by Jess' sister, and after moving out on his own was forced to move back in due to financial difficulties.
- I Call Him "Mr. Happy": Or, in Schmidt's case, "Hector J." He also calls Cece's boobs "Harold and Kumar".
- Innocently Insensitive: "How are you not cold right now? Does your brown skin retain heat?"
- It's All About Me: Incredibly self-centered.
- Jerkass: He's definitely the least likeable main character in the series, in-universe at least.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- Jewish and Nerdy: He's very proud of his Jewish heritage (Schmidt: "Judaism, son!") and alludes to his Judaism very often. He appears to hide his nerdiness though, but his status as a secret geek is often hinted at.
- Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Frequently dispenses bad advice or gives lectures with great confidence about information that the others know is wrong.
- Ladykiller in Love: Towards Cece, and when he reconnects with college girlfriend Elizabeth.
- Last Name Basis: So far his first name has not been revealed.
- Like Brother and Sister: With Jess.
- Manipulative Bastard: He's not above lying, turning on friends, and using people's vulnerabilities against them to get what he wants or avoid trouble.
- Manly Tears: He's a human being and he's entitled to his emotions.
- Moment Killer: His own, everyone else's...
- My Beloved Smother: Based on the information given, his mother is both emotionally distant and yet controlling, to the point where it drove him to binge eating as a child.
- Neat Freak: To the point of Super OCD.
- Nerd Glasses: He's switched to contacts these days.
- Never My Fault: Blames Nick and Jess for Cece and Elizabeth being hurt, rather than the fact that he was cheating on both of them.
- New York State: Long Island, son.
- Noble Male, Roguish Male: The Roguish to Nick's Noble.
- Occidental Otaku: Possibly.
- In "Cece Crashes," he owns a rather short kimono (handwoven ... in China) and tried to defend himself from Winston and Nick's ridicule by associating it with samurais.
- Another episode shows him eating an entire platter of sushi, and an argument with Nick brings up the time Schmidt spilled a Midori Sour on his nana's quilt.
- The One Guy: Schmidt is this at his work place.
- Only Child Syndrome: His mother micromanaged the hell out of his childhood, and now he's a micromanager himself.
- Only One Name: Goes by his last name, Schmidt. The audience doesn't even know his first name.
- Porn Stash: There's at least five and a half hours of it on his laptop and apparently he just leaves it on sometimes.
- Pretty Fly for a White Guy: He believes himself to be very hip, and thinks that Winston's family loves him.
- Pungeon Master: They're bad, but he's full of 'em.
- Real Men Cook: When competing with his cousin, he posits this and claims to be more manly in modern times due to his culinary skills.
- Really Gets Around: Implied. Although he might be exaggerating this to make himself look more impressive.
- Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense: He grew up rich and makes a lot of money in his job, which has made him not necessarily clueless but very used to a certain standard of living, willing to throw money at any problems, and unaware that ruining someone's family heirlooms inherited from dead loved ones is not something you can make up for with a check.
- Sensei for Scoundrels:
- Nick goes to him to learn how to be a douchebag and not care about women.
- Jess goes to him to learn how to use "Dice," an Ersatz version of Tinder.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Constantly. He must have squandered at least a month's salary in the "Douchebag Jar".
- Stalking Is Love: His pursuit of Cece at the very least generously approaches this at times.
- Super OCD: Fortunately for him, Nick and Winston are dependent slobs.
- Unwitting Pawn: Frequently, corresponding to Winston's chessmaster.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: When he was fat, he was very sweet. But when he lost the weight he got much douchier. Nick and Elizabeth both comment on it.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Nick.
- Vomit Indiscretion Shot: A few from his fat days are shown
- Walking Shirtless Scene: At least once every episode Schmidt finds an excuse to employ this trope, usually whenever Cece is around.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Schmidt is terrified of the birdcat (cat raised by birds) which lives on the roof.
- He's also dreadfully afraid of spiders, and becomes increasingly paranoid when he spots one in the loft.
- Workaholic: At least gives the impression of it. He does choose work over other things a lot of times, if only for the income.
- Young and in Charge: He's the youngest in the house — a fact he does not tire of pounding in — and basically head of the household — a fact which he also does not tire of pounding in.
- Your Cheating Heart: He doesn't have the heart to let either one down, so he two-times Cece and Elizabeth. He seems to feel guilty, but it doesn't stop him from doing anything to avoid getting caught, including sell out his friends.
Winston Bishop (Lamorne Morris)
I don't know how to talk to women. Reason being: I feel like you all think that I just want one thing from you. ...I want the one thing, but a bunch of other things — can't a man just want all the things?!
- Action Hero Babysitter: He reminds the kid he sits for of LeBron James.
- Ascended Fanboy: He gets to work with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The first thing he does is ask to sit on his shoulders.
- Beleaguered Assistant: To cruel and annoying DJ Joe Napoli. They end up getting along, but Joe puts him through a lot of weird stuff.
- Berserk Button: It isn't so much that he has one specific button as it is that he does really, really weird things when upset.
- All In shows us that disturbing his puzzles is a big one. And, on a more serious note, so is being lied to/thrown to the wolves as part of a lie.
- Beware the Quiet Ones
- Birds of a Feather: A non-romantic version of this with Jess.
- Black and Nerdy
- Black Best Friend: To all the other characters, though he himself is also a main character, unlike many characters on the page for this trope.
- The Bully: Formerly. "Brown Lightning!"
- Butt Monkey: To the point where we feel sorry for him. Winston never can seem to catch a break.
- Cannot Talk to Women: Winston spends so long not getting any action that at one point his desperation steals his ability to speak.
- Can't Hold His Liquor: One sip of a fruity cocktail and he gets... naughty.
- Catch Phrase: "BOOM!" (And, of course, "Brown Lightning" back in his bullying days.)
- The Chessmaster: He deeply enjoys using Schmidt's ego and cluelessness against him.
- Chicago: Winston hails from the Windy City.
- Childhood Friends: With Nick.
- Closet Geek
- Crazy Cat Lady: Well, more like "Crazy Cat Guy." After Daisy cheats on him and he's the only single person in the loft, he starts burying his loneliness by over-bonding with his cat.
- Deadpan Snarker: Pretty close to Nick's level.
- Deadly Prank: His complete and utter inability to prank people constantly threatens to lead to this, because his fallback idea is always to beat somebody with a ski.
- Disappeared Dad: His dad abandoned the family when he was three, and as a result, he's transferred his attachment onto Nick's dad.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Phlegmatic.
- Friend to All Children: When Jess agrees to bring a group of troubled kids into their home after school, it initially appears that this will create a lot of trouble... until he shows up, strikes a rapport with the kids, and begins training them to play bells for a concert in the park (It Makes Sense in Context).
- With Elvin at Schmidt's work party. It scores him a job.
- Go-to Alias: Theodore K. Mullins.
- Heroic BSOD: When he gets extremely scared or stressed, he has panic attacks which involve him stripping down to his underwear.
- Hot-Blooded: When he gets either really mad or really engaged in an activity.
- Informed Ability: We haven't really seen him at work, whether it be basketball or radio producing, which he claims to be passionate about.
- Intergenerational Friendship: Elvin, a boy he nannied, is arguably his best friend in the first season.
- In Touch with His Feminine Side: The only one to side with Jess on wanting a bathtub. He likes to be covered in bubbles.
- NEET: Jess cracks up at the idea that he might be too busy to come help her when she calls him. Things start looking up eventually.
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: He doesn't have so much of a character arc as episodic idiosyncrasies.
- Parental Substitute: He latched onto Nick's dad Walt as a replacement for his own, which Walt encouraged.
- Primal Fear: His fear of the dark is a totally rational adaptive evolutionary response. His associated fear of werewolves perhaps less so.
- One-Liner: When he contributes to a discussion, you remember it.
- Only Sane Man: He's the one to be sensible when everybody else is losing it. (When no one else is losing it, he takes on that role instead.)
- The Quiet One
- Raging Stiffie: His chronic morning wood is the subject of much conversation.
- Second Episode Introduction
- Sexier Alter Ego: Sometimes it is useful to him to slip into the character of Theodore K. Mullins, the soulful, deep-voiced "lover on the down-low" of Nick or Schmidt, depending on who he's trying to help/hurt at the time.
- Sickeningly Sweethearts: With girlfriend Shelby.
- True Love Is Boring: After a few months, Winston finds his relationship with Shelby has become stale and passionless, so much so they can't even muster an argument about the state of their relationship. It causes him to start cheating on her in his imagination, and eventually they break up.
- Small Name, Big Ego: He's realizing this about himself and trying to work past it. That and his deep interest in hobbies he's not good at (pranking, puzzles...).
- The Smart Guy
- This Loser Is You: Winston spends much of the first season unemployed and clueless about what he wants to do.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Winston is deathly afraid of the dark.
- You Need to Get Laid: He gets this from everyone quite often... even when he's in a committed relationship.
Cecilia "Cece" Parekh
Cecilia "Cece" Parekh (Hannah Simone)
Please put your shirt back on. Please don't make me laugh at you.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: In certain ways, Schmidt is in keeping with her usual taste.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl
- Ambiguously Brown: Eventually, after the guys unsuccessfully attempt to guess her heritage, she reveals that she's Indian.
- Arranged Marriage: Headed into one of the "traditional arranged" variety. Their mothers got them into contact with each other, and everyone involved approved enough that they kept going along with it. Both she and the groom called it off at the literal last second.
- She's also the product of one of these, and is very defensive about her parents' genuine fondness for each other.
- Childhood Friends: With Jess.
- Closet Geek
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Towards Schmidt, though his actions towards her at the beginning of season 3 most likely undid all of that.
- Disappeared Dad: He's dead.
- Distaff Counterpart: To Schmidt, by her own admission.
- Drop-In Character: She's the only regular cast member who doesn't live in the loft.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Melancholic (shares this with Nick).
- Friends with Benefits: With Schmidt.
- Hello, Nurse!: She's a model. And the boys react accordingly, particularly Schmidt, who goes to ridiculous (and ill-planned) lengths to seduce her.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Jess.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: Socially, Cece's this to Jess.
- I Call Him "Mr. Happy": Schmidt calls Cece's breasts "Harold" and "Kumar."
- The Lancer: To Jess.
- Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: The Dark to Jess' Light.
- Lovable Alpha Bitch: She jerks guys around, but she is apologetic when she goes too far and is an awesome friend.
- Magical Negro: Referenced. Schmidt believes that, because of her brown skin, Cece has the wisdom of a thousand white women.
- Mama Bear: Towards Jess.
- Ms. Fanservice:
- Because Cece's a model, we often get to see her in skimpy dresses, lingerie, bikinis, etc.
- Schmidt lampshaded this saying Cece looks like she's trying to distract James Bond at a baccarat table.
- My Sensors Indicate You Want to Tap That: According to Jess, Cece's always thinking this way.
- My Biological Clock Is Ticking: Wasn't interested in having kids at first, but when she discovered her window of fertility was very small, she became very goal-oriented about getting pregnant.
- Odd Friendship: With Jess.
- The Other Rainforest: Cece hails from Portland, Oregon.
- Raised By Grandmother: While she had parents, her grandmother was a significant portion of her life and they're very close. And while Cece's parents haven't been shown, her grandmother has.
- Really Gets Around: Possibly.
- Shipper on Deck: For Nick/Jess.
- Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer: Despite being a main character, she's left out of a huge amount of the promotional materials. She's the only main cast member who's not in the title sequence, and even in the show, she's frequently an Absentee Actor. As of the fourth season, the title sequence has been changed to a new one (it's about five seconds long) which includes both her and Coach.
- Sliding Scale of Beauty: Cece is considered World Class beauty.
- So Beautiful, It's a Curse: Guys often parade her around like a trophy and it makes her very wary of her relationships.
- The Stoic: Her grandma'll tell you.
- Stupid Sexy Friend: It's happened to all the guys with regard to Cece.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: She can seem pretty cold at first, but is very warm and kind underneath it.
- Tsundere: Type A.
- Women Are Wiser
Coach (Damon Wayans Jr.)
That first-class ass is gonna be sitting in Coach tonight.
- Cannot Talk to Women: And how. It effects his work. He asks Jess for advice.
- Commuting on a Bus: Was part of the pilot, then the actor's previous sitcom got renewed, then it got cancelled, so now he's returning.
- Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: Well, Coach. Because he's a coach, you see. His real name is revealed in "Clavado en un Bar" as Ernie.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: After things fail miserably with Cece, they grow into this.
- Lovable Jock: He's a personal trainer, and despite his awkwardness probably the nicest to Jess when she first joins the loft.
- Sad Clown: Upon his return, he's claiming that he's happy to have dumped his girlfriend and just wants to party. In truth, she dumped him and he's distraught over it, but can't let his friends see how sad he is.
- Scary Black Man: Schmidt's bronemy Benjamin is a jerk to everybody else but sputters into meekness in the face of Coach.
- Sixth Ranger: He Returned in the 3rd season originally for four episodes, was extended for the rest of Season 3 billed as "Special Guest Star" and is now a Series Regular for Season 4.
- Suddenly Shouting: A big part of why he can't talk to women. He gets frustrated easily.
Cece's fellow model.
- Brainless Beauty: As a model, she's very pretty. Not very smart.
- Brutal Honesty: Doesn't really censor herself. At all.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: She's... an odd duck. When Shavrang is going to show Cece his penis, she gets into a fighting pose and says "if it runs I catch it!" Earlier, she's flipping through a magazine, and then points to it and goes "that's ME!" when no one was around.
- The Exile: Jess says she's been kicked out of Russia.
- Funny Foreigner: Her list of things she likes about America include "ice skating for fun, not to save life."
- Groin Attack: An accidental, but major one: she breaks Schmidt's penis during sex. He swears that there's a right angle in there somewhere.
- Innocently Insensitive: Invariably calls Schmidt "Jew" but doesn't seem to mean anything by it.
- Jerk Ass: Thought Schmidt's injury was funny, makes Jess sing the Russian monkey song over and over again, and overall doesn't really show much empathy.
- Really Gets Around: When Schmidt is about to go on a date with her, Cece comments that not even she knows where she's been. In season four she's pregnant. She doesn't know who the father is, calling it her "magic sex party surprise".
- Screw the Rules, I'm Beautiful!: The only reason she gets away with some of the things she says is because she's beautiful. Lampshaded by Schmidt after she says something offensive.
Paul Genzlinger (Justin Long)
- Birds of a Feather: With Jess and later with fiancee Jenn.
- Creator Breakdown: In-Universe. After his Grandmother died, his music for the school play got quite a bit more downbeat.
- Cringe Comedy: His attempts at sex with Jess... are definitely this.
- Inelegant Blubbering: He's described as the worst crier ever.
- Nice Guy: He's always nice to everyone, barring sleeping with Jess when he has a serious girlfriend.
- One of the Kids: He's a teacher, so it's only natural.
- Serial Romeo: Not only declares his love to Jess after a month of dating but accompanies that declaration with tickets for a trip to Europe, and can't deal with taking their relationship more slowly. Next time we see him, he's preparing to propose to his post-Jess girlfriend, who given the timeline he can't have been with for longer than six months.
- Spear Counterpart: To Jess.
- And to fiancee Jenn. They cry the same way.
- Your Cheating Heart: He is a very, very lucky man.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: She can be condescending, judgmental, passive-aggressive, violent, and also she's not a dessert person.
- Birds of a Feather: After Nick says he's sleeping with other women (and she says she's sleeping with other men), her reaction is to go cry in the bathroom. Jess walks into the women's room and finds her, then tries to go into the men's room... to find Nick crying in there.
- Brainy Brunette: Very intelligent and driven. And she's got brown hair.
- Genre Savvy: Part of the reason why Julia doesn't like Jess is because she can see that she is the "mean lawyer girl" while Jess is the "nice teacher girl."
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Which she's taking courses for... court-ordered courses. She tried learning martial arts to become more "zen" but it just made her better at hurting people who anger her.
- Hello, Attorney!: Even her intern comments that he wants to have sex with her.
- The Lad-ette: Has mostly guy friends, is violent, and tries to dress neutral or masculine.
- Passive-Aggressive Kombat: Nonchalantly insults Jess' whole personality... and then asks her for relationship assistance. She also tells Nick she doesn't want to label their relationship, then tries to figure out how serious his feelings are before she exposes her own vulnerabilities to him.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to Jess's girly girl. Serves as a conflict between those to since Julia doesn't take her seriously for her whole cute shtick while Jess can't understand Julia's pantsuits and Murphy Brown thing.
- Workaholic: Spends all of Valentines Day working.
Caroline (Mary Elizabeth Ellis)
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She's perfectly friendly whenever you meet her, but Nick's friends have horror stories about the things she put him through.
- Girl Next Door: She comes across as even-tempered, friendly, with a personality not too extreme in any direction.
- Informed Attribute: Nick says that she's emotionally, mentally, and physically abused him, but the worst we've seen is her stringing him along while he had no shot with her. After they've broken up (again), she doesn't take it well, however.
- The Masochism Tango: Her habit of stringing Nick along comes from her never feeling like he's there for her emotionally, yet being unable to move on from him herself, making the relationship a painful one for both of them.
- Master of the Mixed Message: She spends all day flirting with Nick before telling him she's already got a boyfriend.
- New Old Flame: They get back together at the end of the first season.
- Old Flame: Of Nick's. He's been hung up on her since college.
- Psycho Ex-Girlfriend: When The Bus Came Back in season 3, she goes full psycho when she finds out Nick and Jess are together.
- Relationship Revolving Door: She and Nick have gotten together and broken up four times.
Russell (Dermot Mulroney)
- Cool Old Guy: He's much older than the gang, but he gets along with them exceedingly well.
- Even the Guys Want Him: Nick refers to him as "the only man we've both loved"
- Foil: To Nick. He's a sophisticated, wealthy, responsible older man. However, he says that in his youth he was very much like Nick.
- The Bus Came Back: Shows up in the second season while Nick and Jess are trying to go on a date.
- Uncle Pennybags: As he says, he's got a lot of money, and he enjoys spending it. He's very generous.
- Foil: To Jess. Both are MPDG but show two very different sides of that coin.
- The Lad-ette: Overtly sexual, bold, likes whisky, knocks guys out, likes guns, short hair, drives a motorcycle...
- Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Where Jess, for all claims, really just encourages people to be brave enough to be themselves, Angie is truly wild and wants to sweep you along in her adventurousness. Subverted when Nick can't handle her and she freaks out when trying to be what he needs.
- My Girl Is a Slut: Nick spends most of his relationship with Angie trying to be okay with having an open relationship. Angie is genuinely regretful to hurt him, but isn't ready to reel it in.
- Opposites Attract: But maybe they shouldn't.
- Polyamory: She doesn't want to be tied down to one guy. Nick isn't comfortable with that, which leads to their breakup.
- Show Some Leg: Or, you know, something else. Uses it to get Nick and his friends into the hospital after visiting hours.
- Youthful Freckles
Sam (David Walton)
- Above the Influence: As he points out, he managed to turn Angie down while he was very drunk on absinthe and she was in his lap.
- American Accents: His Californian Surfer Dude accent is part of the reason people assume he's a Brainless Beauty.
- Brainless Beauty: What he seems at first. Turns out to be subverted.
- Derailing Love Interests: Inverted. In order to get him and Jess to break up, he was suddenly revealed as a doctor, and great with kids. This led to Jess wanting something more, which he didn't want, causing him to break off their arrangement.
- Frat Bro: He has the mannerisms of one, constantly fist bumping and talking like a surfer.
- Friends with Benefits: With Jess for the beginning of season 2.
- Hidden Depths: He's a doctor, and great with kids.
- New Old Flame: Comes back later in season 2 wanting to get back together with Jess.
- One of the Kids: He initially comes off as a bit immature, but The Reveal that he's a pediatrician justifies it somewhat.
- Satellite Love Interest: Lampshaded by Cece when she finds out he's a doctor. Cece just thought he was "an unemployed handsome guy or something."
- Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: Leaves Jess when he finds out Nick kissed her, realizing that the relationship wasn't going to work.
Elizabeth (Merritt Wever)
- Big Beautiful Woman: She's not small, but she's also not ashamed of herself at all.
- Birds of a Feather: With Fat Schmidt. They both were sweet, overweight, and danced with crazy energy. When he got skinny he changed and she didn't like him as much.
- Formerly Fat: Not her, but she liked Schmidt better when he was fat.
- New Old Flame: Schmidt's first girlfriend, and they begin dating again at the end of season 2.
- Nice Girl: She first met Schmidt when she approached him at a party and asked him to dance, and tried to make him feel better about being awkward, alone, and fat.
- Operation Jealousy: The reason Schmidt pursued Elizabeth again. He wanted to make Cece jealous of him to get her to break off her marriage.
Abby Day (Linda Cardellini)
Jess's wild sister.
Tran (Ralph Ahn)
- Nice Hat: Nick compliments Tran's hat, he likes how it's blank and doesn't have a logo.
- Magical Asian: Manages to solve Nick's problems just by being there and listening to Nick without saying a word, but Nick always winds up feeling better afterward.
- Parental Substitute: Part of the reason Nick like Tran so much is that he'll listen to Nick. Nick showing off to Tran "look how high I can jump!" is evocative of a child showing off for his dad.
- The Quiet One: Has one line thus far: "You are a huge baby."
- Shipper on Deck: His expression when Nick meets his granddaughter indicates that them meeting was his plan all along.
- The Silent Bob: Nick reacts to Tran like he's saying things, even though Tran is dead silent.
- Spell My Name with an "S": This very site seems to alternate between "Tran" and "Tranh."
Kai (Greta Lee)
Tran's granddaughter, whom Nick dates after "Thanksgiving IV"
- Accidental Misnaming: Calls Schmidt "Glen" and Winston "Wilfred" in one scene, to which Winston comments that she "ain't good with names."
- Big Eater: Winston points out she eats like she never knows where her next meal is coming from.
- Birds of a Feather: She's exactly as slovenly as Nick.
- Eccentric Millionaire: So eccentric that Winston thinks she's homeless.
- Foreshadowing: During Schmidt's Bangsgiving, Nick says "slap a dress on you and I'd date ya." That same episode introduced Kai.
- Meal Ticket: Winston at first thinks Nick is her meal ticket, but she winds up offering Nick money to not go to work and be with her.
- One-Hour Work Week: Justified in that's already wealthy, and just occasionally does consulting work.
- Secretly Wealthy: She hides the fact she's incredibly wealthy. Her shadiness about it leads Winston to think she's homeless.
- The Slacker: She wants to do absolutely nothing, and wants Nick to do the same. When he realizes he wants to do something with himself, she has to break up with him.
- We Want Our Jerk Back: Breaks up with Nick because he's become too driven and motivated to do work.
Ryan Geauxinue (Julian Morris)
Jess' love interest in season four, a new teacher at her school.
- Accidental Truth: At one point, Jess says he's so perfect. He probably spent his childhood teaching his dyslexic sister to read or something. Turns out this is exactly true.
- The Ace: He's utterly, comically, perfect. He's witty, handsome, intelligent, an excellent teacher, and loving. His biggest flaw? He's too rich.
- Character Shilling: Characters cannot stop talking about how perfect he is.
- Derailing Love Interests: An odd version, his derailment is that he moves to England after getting offered his dream job. The reason this is out of nowhere is because the school (that he's obsessed about) hadn't been mentioned once prior to that episode. And once he gets to England, he winds up awful at long-distance.
- Dogged Nice Guy: To Jess. She's actively trying not to be interested in him, but he is relentless in his (respectful) pursuit of her, rules be damned.
- Everything Sounds Sexier in French: Well, with a British Accent. Even mundane words can turn Jess on. Raccoon.
- Hot Teacher: To the point that Coach is upset that he's no longer the hot teacher.
- I Didn't Mean To Turn You On: When Jess is trying not to fall for him, everything he does just makes him seem more perfect to her.
- Never Learned to Read: He got into teaching after teaching his dyslexic sister to read.
- Put on a Bus: To England, but he remains in a long-distance relationship with Jess. Turns into a non-fatal Bus Crash since they break up while he's away.
- Unfortunate Names: His last name is pronounced "Goes in you." Since Jess is actively trying to avoid thinking about, well, him going in her, this is more unfortunate for her than for him.