Elizabeth: The more I see of the world, the more am I dissatisfied with it; and every day confirms my belief of the inconsistency of all human characters, and of the little dependence that can be placed on the appearance of either merit or sense.
Marry for Love: What she very much would like to do, although she jokes that she probably won't marry at all with such a standard.
Oblivious to Love: Elizabeth initially has no idea that Darcy is interested in her and mistakes his interest as disapproval, which is justified given his unkind remarks at the first ball and tendency to stare at her without smiling.
Sibling Yin-Yang: With Jane, although they are much closer to each other than their younger sisters. She's much more willing to see people's flaws (without excusing them) than Jane, for good and ill.
Silly Rabbit, Cynicism Is for Losers!: Her cynical outlook on life allows Wickham to completely dupe her about Darcy's true nature. The irony is that she acts as she does in order to avoid being played for a fool, but it happens in a different way than she is prepared to combat.
Spirited Young Lady: Although she doesn't get up to the derring-do usually associated with the trope, she does display an assertiveness and independence that is uncharacteristic of approved "feminine" behavior of the time.
Mr. Fanservice: Considered to be even handsomer than Bingley until people actually try talking to him. Adaptations always make this very clear.
Nice to the Waiter: One of the solid clues we get that Darcy is actually a decent man is that, when asked about him, his servants sing his praises. It seems while he has no qualms about being rude to those he considers a cut beneath him, noblesse obliege requires him to be courteous and considerate to those who are very much his social inferiors and dependent on him.
The Proud Elite: He is perceived as extremely arrogant and completely uncaring of those around him, to the point that even those who acknowledge his good looks and wealth dismiss him as someone not worth getting to know. However, this impression is unintentional, and he is in truth a morally upright, deeply caring man who is unfortunately very socially awkward and slightly pompous.
Wall Glower: This is what he does whenever Bingley drags him to a party.
Bookworm: Often found in his library, usually in retreat from the silliness of his wife and younger daughters.
Brilliant but Lazy: He's an intelligent man who loves to read, but he hates writing letters or conceding to societal demands (like calling on new neighbor Bingley). And he certainly doesn't put much effort at all into parenting his three youngest daughters.
Parents as People: Mr. Bennet copes with his ill-matched marriage by finding refuge in his books and sarcasm. He is indifferent to the fact that this exposes his wife to the ridicule of their children, and their family to the ridicule of the world. By the end of the novel, though, he accepts responsibility for his daughter's mistakes and furthermore, takes measures to instill some sense in his two unmarried daughters.
Parental Favoritism: Elizabeth is his admitted favorite of his daughters, as she's the one most like him in personality. And to be fair, he is kind of right when he says his three younger daughters are "silly." Jane also holds a close second in his affections, as she is the only other child with her head screwed on right.
Parental Neglect: If he'd kept a closer eye on his daughters (especially Lydia), quite a few problems might have been avoided.
Doting Parent: Dotes on Lydia and, usually, only Lydia. She is, however, excessively proud of how beautiful and sweet-natured Jane is.
Establishing Character Moment: Her selfishness is shown when she complains about her daughter having a cold because the coughing gets on her nerves.
Gold Digger: It's not clear if her reason for marrying Mr. Bennet had anything to do with money, but if nothing else she's certainly a Gold Digger by proxy, and is loudly and shamelessly vocal about the fortunes of any eligible men in the vicinity and the likelihood of marrying her daughters to him. This is not without reason, given that the entailment on Longbourn means the girls must marry in order to have their livelihood assured.
It's All About Me: Her main concern is how things are going to affect her. She does care about her children, however, and has a total breakdown when Lydia elopes with Wickham. Essentially, she's trying to protect her children from losing their home and starving to death in the streets when their father dies so it's understandable why her nerves are constantly frayed, even if she does play it up.
I Was Quite a Looker: Apparently in her youth it was one of the main things going for her. And unfortunately for Mr. Bennet, he married her for shallow reasons such as that.
The Matchmaker: Subversion. She attempts to arrange a match between Elizabeth and Mr. Collins, but it fails miserably. She's more likely to ruin a match by supporting it, as nearly happens with Jane and Mr. Bingley.
Mrs. Bennet had no turn for economy, and her husband's love of independence had alone prevented their exceeding their income.
Parents as People: Mrs. Bennet is unambiguously a shallow airhead who loads her daughters down with bad advice; but when Lizzy tries to call her out on her single-minded matchmaking, she delivers a riposte that reveals her very real fear that she and her daughters will be utterly destitute if they do not marry well.
Playing Sick: Her "poor nerves." But of course, she never complains about it - just ask her.
Miss Jane Bennet
Adaptational Attractiveness/Informed Attribute: The book is quite clear that Jane is supposed to be the prettiest of the Bennet girls. This is kept in the dialogue of the films, since it's something of a minor plot point, but most adaptations neglect to actually cast Jane as prettier than Elizabeth.note Crosses over with Values Dissonance in the 1995 miniseries; Susannah Harker fits the ideal of Regency beauty perfectly, while Jennifer Ehle doesn't, but many modern viewers find Ehle more attractive.
Beauty Equals Goodness: In her case, it does. She's the prettiest and the nicest of the Bennet girls, as well as the nicest character in the book as a whole.
Cool Big Sis: To Elizabeth. She tries to be this to the other girls too; they just don't give her credit for it.
English Rose: Jane is kind, polite, intelligent, well-mannered English country gentry, and considered the most beautiful young lady in the neighbourhood. Her character is contrasted with Elizabeth's as sweeter, shyer, and equally sensible, but not as clever; her most notable trait is a desire to see only the good in others.
Love You and Everybody: The reason that Darcy comes to the (erroneous) conclusion that Jane is not particularly attached to Bingley is because she treats him with the same sweet, friendly openness that she shows to everyone.
Marry for Love: Like her sister Elizabeth, she very much wants to do this. Happily, she gets her wish.
Nice Girl: Oh yes, to the point that she would totally defend any poor defenseless hellspawn (read: Caroline Bingley). She's not Stupid Good, however. Even Jane realizes what bad eggs Bingley's sisters are when they deign to visit her in London.
Bratty Teenage Daughter: She's selfish, completely self-involved, materialistic, and cares absolutely nothing about the people who are hurt because of her, the trouble she causes for her family, or the consequences of her stupid actions. What's worse is that she won't even acknowledge that her actions were stupid or had damaging effects, and she's helped along in this by Mrs. Bennet who has a similar personality type.
The Runaway: Elopes with Wickham near the end of the story.
Shotgun Wedding: She's not pregnant, but for her (and the rest of her family) to have a hope of preserving reputation, Darcy and Mr. Gardiner force them to tie the knot.
Statuesque Stunner: Lydia in the book - at least, she considers herself to be this. Early in the book, on the prospect of whether or not Bingley will dance with her, Lydia remarks, "Oh, I am not afraid, for though I am the youngest, I'm the tallest!"
The Thing That Would Not Leave: After the main events of the novel she continuously bugs Elizabeth and Darcy (now a couple) to let her stay with them on their estate, despite being married to Wickham. She is occasionally allowed to come, but only if he doesn't come with her. Jane and Bingley, being much more accommodating, are subjected to their overlong stays.
Attention Whore: In a different fashion from Lydia. Mary takes every opportunity to try to show herself off as intelligent and moral, and also jumps at the chance to perform musically whether anyone wants her to or not.
The Bore: Her recitations of what she's read are usually found to be tiresome by the rest of her family.
Bratty Teenage Daughter: Mary is one because of her pompous moralizing and general self-involved attitude; she works too hard for accomplishments and praise because she's the least attractive of the five girls, and receives less attention than her prettier sisters. Mary does get better over time since she becomes her mother's companion once her sisters are married off, so she's forced to socialize more; what's more, without her sisters to be compared to she's no longer reduced to "the plain daughter," which makes her feel better about herself.
Bratty Teenage Daughter: Kitty tends to follow in Lydia's footsteps and as such is a milder version of her. Kitty does improve over time due to the considerably-better influence of her two oldest sisters, once Lydia is out of the picture (and her parents strictly forbid Kitty from answering her invitations).
Middle Child Syndrome/The Unfavourite: Kitty catches the worst of this, overshadowed by Jane, Elizabeth, and Lydia and ignored by everyone as a result. She spends most of the book trailing in Lydia's wake until Lydia goes to Brighton.
Nice Guy: Like Jane, he believes the best of people.
Odd Couple: Observers wonder how such a likable fellow could be best friends with a man like Darcy. The story does go on to show that while Darcy might be socially awkward and awful with people, he really does care about Bingley, and Bingley is well aware of it.
Babies Ever After: The last letter that Mr. Bennet is shown receiving from him in the story mentions that he is expecting his first child.
The Bore: He prattles on endlessly (usually about Lady Catherine) so that the Bennets hide from him as best they can while he's a houseguest. His wife deals with it by encouraging him to do all sorts of healthy, worthwhile activities - reading, walking to Rosings, tending to his garden - which conveniently limit their interaction as much as possible.
Entitled to Have You: He displays this sort of attitude towards Elizabeth when he proposes to her, arguing that she has no choice but to accept him because he's going to be the best offer she'll ever get. He's wrong. Elizabeth gets a much, much better offer.
The Friend Nobody Likes: In his own way. Mr. Bennet, his cousin, admits to Elizabeth that even though he hates maintaining correspondence, he wouldn't give up exchanging letters with Mr. Collins for anything because they're so unintentionally funny to a Snark Knight like himself.
Last Name Basis: His first name is never shown being used by anyone, not even his wife. We only know that it's William from the signature on his first letter to Mr. Bennet.
Professional Butt-Kisser: Mr. Collins is so devoted to sucking up to Lady Catherine that he shamelessly grovels over her when she's not even present.
Rejection Affection: Somewhat averted. While Mr. Collins initially takes Elizabeth's first rejection as encouragement to continue courting her (see article quote), he soon finds out that she is serious. But his initial interpretation of her rejection as a positive step in their relationship reflects on his views of women in their culture.
Settle for Sibling: Attempted. He initially wanted Jane, but Mrs. Bennet convinced him to propose to Elizabeth instead (as she was hoping to keep Jane free for Mr. Bingley). However, Elizabeth refuses him outright, subverting this trope.
Miss Bingley was very deeply mortified by Darcy's marriage; but as she thought it advisable to retain the right of visiting at Pemberley, she dropt all her resentment; was fonder than ever of Georgiana, almost as attentive to Darcy as heretofore, and paid off every arrear of civility to Elizabeth.
Green-Eyed Monster: Towards Elizabeth, due to her managing to catch Mr. Darcy's attention.
Hypocritical Humor: Because she wants Darcy for herself, she tears down Elizabeth every chance she gets; most notably, she claims that Elizabeth is one of those women who try to get men's approval by putting down other women.