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Played By: Sarah Jessica Parker
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Tends to date punkers and greasers. Kurt and Twentysomething Sam are examples. Also cheating on dependable Aiden with the elusive Mr. Big.
- All Women Love Shoes: She spends a ridiculous amount of money on shoes, and wears said expensive shoes pretty much everywhere.Carrie: I've spent $40,000 on shoes and I have no place to live? I will literally be the old woman who lived in her shoes!
- Ambiguously Jewish: She doesn't seem to celebrate/be familiar with Christian holidays, and her name is Ambiguously Jewish.
- Author Avatar: For Candace Bushnell.
- Drama Queen: She overreacts to the tiniest things. Sometimes this is amusing, other times it is not.
- Drink Order: If Carrie doesn't have a Cosmopolitan, she'll usually be seen with a dirty martini.
- Everyone Loves Blondes: Friends and boyfriends seem to flock to her.
- Fag Hag: For Stanford. They even consider a sham marriage at some point.
- The Fashionista: The essential TV fashionista, actually.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Melancholic. An introspective romantic with artistic aspirations.
- The Hero: The central and POV character of the franchise.
- Hot Scoop: She'a writer for the fictional "New York Star".
- Humiliation Conga: When she goes to Paris with Aleksander.
- Hypocrite: She is very judgmental of other people, but when she thinks people are judging her she obsesses and complains about it for almost the entire episode.
- Infallible Narrator: Not only does Carrie seem to know every intimate detail in the lives of her three best friends, it looks like she describes it all in her popular magazine column! And her friends are never bothered by this!
- Informed Attribute: For a sex columnist, she can be pretty naive about sex. Particularly in her treatment of LGBT issues and kinks.
- In-Series Nickname: Big calls her "kid".
- It's All About Me: Particularly when it comes to relationships. She's also pretty tactless when attempting to apologize to Natasha.
- Ivy League for Everyone: She's a Brown grad.
- Jerkass Ball: Carrie has a few moments where she could be considered a horrible friend.
- She kicks Samantha out of her room while she's taking a bath and shoves her off into another room down the hall just so she can have sex with Big.
- When Samantha gets a chemical peel and ends up burning off a layer of her face, she still attends Carrie's book release party, but all Carrie can do is mock her appearance.
- She yells at Charlotte for not giving her money although she spent it all on shoes, never listens to her friends when they talk about their personal lives and can come off a bit stalker-ish when it comes to Big, spying on he and his mother when they go to church. Not to mention breaking Aidan's heart twice.
- Carrie can be a bit judgmental of Samantha's sex life, as well.
- Likes Older Men: Most of Carrie's serious relationships have been with men at least five years older.
- Minor Flaw, Major Breakup: Carrie is easily the worst offender in the series, such as when she broke up with a guy for being bisexual or another for having ADHD.
- The Mistress: She struggles with this label and the associated guilt during her affair with the married Mr Big.
- Narrator: The POV character of the series, who is a writer herself.
- Plucky Girl: She can be whiny and snarky, but she's relentlessly positive and determined.
- Runaway Bride: After Big jilts her at the altar.
- Smoking Is Cool: She is an on-off smoker.
- Unlimited Wardrobe: "Friends" Rent Control aside, she's spent $40,000 on shoes.
- Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: With her judgmental and self absorbed nature, she has a massive tendency to be this. Particularly when dealing with Natasha.
Played By: Kim Cattrall
- A-Cup Angst: Not as an extreme example as most, but in the later seasons when she starts dating Smith, she decides to get a "tasteful" boob job...then she finds out she has breast cancer.
- Affectionate Nickname: Calls her friends "honey".
- All Women Are Lustful: And proud of it!
- Anything That Moves: She even briefly dated a woman for a while, but broke up with her when she found Maria too controlling and needy. They part on amicable terms, though.Samantha: I'm a try-sexual. I'll try anything once.
- Berserk Button:
- She does not like being Slut Shamed.
- Don't tell Samantha who she can and can't date.
- The Big Girl: Sort of the "muscle" of her friend group — as she's the most confrontational and the tallest. She's also the most comfortable with her body and sex.
- Bi the Way: Shocks her friends when she enters a lesbian relationship. Samantha professes her liberal outlook on sexuality by theorising that in the future all that will matter is sex between individuals, regardless of gender.
- Casual Kink: She's a big believer in people enjoying their kinks and not judging them for it.
- Deadpan Snarker: Heavier on the snark than the deadpan, but can dish it out at times.
- Ethical Slut: Famously so.Samantha: I will not be judged by you or society. I will wear whatever and blow whomever I want as long as I can breathe and kneel!
- Everyone Loves Blondes: An attractive, successful blonde seductress.
- Femme Fatale: Often The Mistress, and uses her sexuality to her advantage.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Sanguine. Fun, non-judgemental, impulsive and self indulgent to a fault.
- Hidden Depths:
- For all her sleeping around, Samantha never leads any of her dates on and generally seems to have less emotional drama with her various boyfriends than her friends. Plus, she works diligently to boost Smith's career and she's very loyal to Carrie and the others.
- It's implied that her promiscuity is partly due to the fact that the few times she's genuinely liked a guy enough to pursue a serious relationship, she's gotten her heart broken. As such, she keeps her dates at arms' length to avoid having this happen again.
- For all of her flamboyance, she's quite a dependable friend and emotionally supportive of others when they are truly in need.
- Hypocrite: Has had no problem sleeping with married men, but is outraged whenever she's cheated on.
- Hot-Blooded: She will not hesitate to sass you out if you upset her, or kiss you passionately if you entice her.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She has a bit of an ego and can be pushy, but she's a fiercely loyal friend and a lot of fun to be around.
- Lady in Red: Samantha wears tight red dresses very often.
- Lady Killer In Love: On the sparse occasions where Samantha pursues a serious relationship.
- Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: The Dark to Charlotte's Light.
- May–December Romance: With Smith. And many other nameless men throughout the series.
- The Mistress: Samantha has almost no problem with sleeping with married men. Sometimes, however, this has repercussions for her image—in particular, the one time this doesn't happen, no one believes her claims of innocence thanks to her previous behavior—or when the husband announces he's leaving his wife for her.
- Mrs. Robinson: Has heavy cougar tendencies.
- Nice, Mean, and In-Between: The Inbetween of Carrie's friends.
- Porn Stash: She's very open about having a "goody closet".
- Really Gets Around: It's a Running Gag.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red to Miranda's Blue.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Samantha hastily abandons a new friend when she crosses the line and proves to be far more promiscuous than her.Samantha: Claire-Anne, I'm going! And you can forget Samba!
- Secret Keeper: Naturally, Samantha's the one Carrie confides in when she cheats on Aidan with Big.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: Easily the most casual with cursing out of the four.
- The Stoner: Samantha's often shown lighting and smoking a joint.
Played By: Kristin Davis
- Beware the Nice Ones: Charlotte is usually the sweetest and most forgiving of the four, but she isn't afraid to speak her mind if she thinks something is wrong, like calling out Carrie for cheating on Aidan with Big, or slapping her friend's husband when he admits he wants to leave her for Charlotte.
- Brainless Beauty: Probably the most conventionally attractive of the four - also the ditziest, though she isn't stupid.
- The Cutie: Known in-universe as "Park Avenue Pollyanna".
- The Ditz: Easily the most gullible character in the series, though she mentions more than once she went to Smith.
- Fag Hag: For Anthony.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Phlegmatic. Loyal, idealistic, sweet and pretty timid.
- The Heart: Espouses the most moral judgements, though she's well-intentioned.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Charlotte has a tendency to assume that if a guy is "from a good family", he is automatically husband material and reacts with shock if he does anything that doesn't fit in with that assumption.
- Housewife: After her first wedding.
- Hypocrite: Blasts Trey for discussing their infertility and adoption plans with his (admittedly overbearing) mother, when she did the same thing with complete strangers.
- The Ingenue: The most innocent person (relatively speaking) in her peer group.
- Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: The Light to Samantha's Dark.
- Love Freak: To the point where she insists that no relationship is a waste of time, even after Burger infamously breaks up with Carrie via a Post-It.
- Morality Pet: For Carrie. The only one of her friends to call her out on her affair with her married Ex. And the only one to force her into Big's wife's shoes.Charlotte: I'm getting married in three weeks. How would you feel if somebody did this to me!?Carrie: ...I would kill them.Charlotte: How could you do this?
- Nice, Mean, and In-Between: The Nice one of Carrie's friends.
- Plucky Girl: Especially when she finds out she can't have a baby.
- Preppy Name
- Shipper on Deck: For Carrie/Big, for probably the entirety of their relationship.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Dedicated to finding "Mr. Right".Charlotte: I don't want to be the up-the-butt girl, because I mean... Men don't marry up-the-butt girl. Whoever heard of Mrs. Up-The-Butt? No, no, no. I can't. I want children and nice bedding, and I just can't handle this right now...
- Thinks Like a Romance Novel: Which sharply contrasts with Miranda's cynical outlook and Samantha's casual attitude to dating.
- Tomboy And Girlygirl: Girly Girl to Miranda's Tomboy.
- True Love Is Exceptional: She thought Trey was her Prince Charming but ended up finding true happiness with Harry.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Hot Wife to Harry's Ugly Guy.
- What the Hell, Hero?:
- Gives a surprisingly blunt one to Carrie about her affair with Big and how she's Natasha into the "idiot wife" and asks how Carrie would feel if someone had done that to Charlotte herself.
- Also gives one to a friend's husband when he admits he lied about having a single friend for Charlotte to date because he wants to leave his wife for her.
- White Anglo-Saxon Protestant: And proud of it. Until she converts, that is, and becomes a Jewish American Princess.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist
Played By: Cynthia Nixon
- Anger Born of Worry: Miranda yells at Steve when he confides to finding a lump in one of his testicles, telling him that it IS a big deal and he needs to get it tested as soon as possible. She feels bad about it later, but Steve actually thanks her for being concerned enough to call him an idiot for trying to ignore the issue.
- Brutal Honesty: At times.
- Deadpan Snarker: Easily the snarkiest character on the show.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: With Steve.
- Fiery Redhead: When she gets annoyed.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Choleric. Ambitious, snarky, sensible and hot-tempered.
- Hello, Attorney!: An attractive lawyer.
- Ivy League for Everyone: Has a law degree from Harvard.
- Jerkass Ball: She can be quite horrible to some of her boyfriends. In particular, she dumps Skipper, then decides she wants him back the second that she sees that he's happy with someone else. After they sleep together, she decides this is the perfect time to tell him she doesn't want to be monogamous. When he rightfully gets angry and tells her off, declaring that he's sick of her jerking him around, she reacts with astonishment and tells him he's overreacting. She blasted Carrie for constantly letting Big do this to her, yet is completely oblivious to the fact that she's done it to someone else.
- The Lancer: To Carrie. Most supportive, but also the most likely to criticize Carrie for her choices.
- Law of Inverse Fertility: Miranda gets pregnant accidentally with Steve, despite Steve only having one ball and Miranda having a "lazy ovary", which initially causes some friction with Charlotte, who is desperate for children.
- Married to the Job: Which is a source of conflict for her when Brady starts to view Magda as his "real mommy"- eventually, she figures out how to balance being a workaholic whilst spending time with her son.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: She's the Masculine Girl to Skipper and Steve's Feminine Boy.
- Mistaken for Gay: Is thought by coworkers to be a lesbian in an early episode. In real life, Cynthia Nixon is bisexual.
- Nice, Mean, and In-Between: The Mean of Carrie's friends.
- Not So Stoic: After her mother dies, Miranda puts on a brave face, but ends up breaking down in tears when an over-bearing bra fitter reminds her of her mother.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives one to Carrie when she implies she's going back to Big after his marriage to Natasha breaks down, pointing out that Carrie turns into a desperate, needy person when Big is around and how willing she is to put herself through it over and over.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue to Samantha's Red.
- The Snark Knight: Miranda is hard on everyone, but especially on herself.Miranda: Do any of you have a completely unremarkable friend or maybe a houseplant I could go to dinner with on Saturday night?
- Sugar and Ice Personality
- Team Mom: Especially towards Charlotte.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to Charlotte's Girly Girl.
- Tsundere: Heavy on the Tsun, but rest assured, Miranda does have a soft side, particularly for her friends and her son, Brady.
- Workaholic: More of an Informed Attribute of Miranda's. She's trying to make partner at her Law Firm (which can be a grueling prospect in real life), while getting into adventures with the girls and raising her son alone for periods. At one point she tries to shorten her work week to 55 billable hours and the other attorneys are aghast (Which is a little bit Reality Is Unrealistic because that's still right on Partner track levels of billing). Lawyers who understand the importance of sleep ask for 6-8 a day, which still translates to a good 9 hours spent at work a day.
Played By: Chris Noth
- Big Ol' Eyebrows
- Cigar Chomper
- Deadpan Snarker: Especially in response to Carrie's antics.
- No Name Given: To the audience, anyway, symbolizing Carrie's struggle to get close to him emotionally. It's finally revealed in the series finale and subsequent movie: John James Preston.
- Not So Stoic: Is heartbroken by an unemotionally uninvolved movie star and confides in this to Carrie. Later in the series he is moved by Carrie's book and very apologetic about hurting her in the past.
- Tall, Dark, and Handsome
- Uncle Pennybags: Lampshaded in the movie.
- Will They or Won't They?: With Carrie.
- Your Cheating Heart: He cheats on Natasha with Carrie, even though Carrie was seeing Aidan.
Played By: John Corbett
- Forgiven, but Not Forgotten: Never manages to forget Carrie's betrayal nor truly trust her.
- Grand Romantic Gesture: Attempts these with Carrie when they get back together.
- Nice Guy: Positioned as this in contrast to the emotionally unavailable Mr Big.
- The Rival: Aidan compared himself to the Green Hornet vs. Big as Batman.
Played By: Mikhail Baryshnikov
- Gentleman Snarker
- Grand Romantic Gesture: His entire relationship to Carrie is made up of these.
- May–December Romance: With Carrie, which causes problems later in the relationship.
- Real Men Cook: Makes Carrie dinner in her own house.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Once he convinces Carrie to move to Paris with him, he constantly leaves her alone in a country where she doesn't speak the language, begs her to come to a museum opening with him and then ignores her all night, and when she confronts him, he replies, "This is who I am".
Played By: Kyle MacLachlan
- Amicable Exes: When his mother tries to take the apartment he gave Charlotte away because she didn't honor her marriage, Trey comes to her defense by sending a telegram saying she was a wonderful wife and tells his mother to leave her alone.
- Birds of a Feather: For Charlotte. Unfortunately, his intimacy problems in marriage drive a wedge through what brought them together.
- Caught with Your Pants Down: Charlotte catches him after he tells her he's not a sexual person.
- I Call Him Mr Happy:Charlotte: You pull me off my unicorn, you tear away my gossamer petticoats, and you put your 'Schooner' deep inside my 'Rebecca'.
- Jizzed in My Pants: When Trey can get sexually aroused, it usually leads to this.
- The Loins Sleep Tonight: Initially played solely for comedy, but kick starts Trey and Charlotte's marital problems.
- Madonna–Whore Complex: Implied to be a major source of his intimacy issues.
- My Beloved Smother: His overbearing mother has a highly influential opinion on almost every aspect of his life.
- Nice Guy: Despite all their problems, Trey is never cruel towards his wife. Whilst separated he even offers to pay for her dry-cleaning bill.
- Porn Stash: Is a fan of "Jugs", which is intercepted by Charlotte who pastes her unwanted wedding proofs throughout it.
- Preppy Name
- Speed Sex: Related to Trey's impotence.
- White Anglo-Saxon Protestant: Right down to the family estate in Connecticut.
Played By: Evan Handler
Played By: David Eigenberg
- Amicable Exes: He and Miranda have an on-off relationship throughout most of the series, but they are almost always at least on good terms.
- Dogged Nice Guy: Towards Miranda.
- Law of Inverse Fertility: Accidentally gets Miranda pregnant, despite him having only one ball and her having a "lazy ovary."
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Feminine Boy to Miranda's Feminine Girl.
- Nice Guy: Probably the sweetest guy on the show.
- Your Cheating Heart: Has sex with another woman in The Movie. He and Miranda separate because of this, but she eventually forgives him and the two decide to move forward.
Played By: Willie Garson
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Anthony, for a while.
- The Lancer: He is sometimes Carrie's.
- Pair the Spares: Averted, both of them are offended when Charlotte assumes they will like each other just because they are gay. It takes them a while to get to know each other, first.
- Pet Homosexual: He started out as Carrie's, but he does get his own storylines and calls Carrie out when she acts like his love life with Marcus is of nominal importance.
- Platonic Life-Partners: With Carrie.
- Shrinking Violet: Occasionally, he's sometimes insecure around people.
Played By: Mario Cantone
- All Gays Are Promiscuous: Averted- In the movie, he says he's allowed to cheat because he's Italian, not because he's gay. Stanford tells Carrie he just said it to buck tradition.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Stanford, for a while.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: To Stanford.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's very snarky and obnoxious, but he really is a loyal friend to Charlotte.
- Large Ham: He's almost always shouting or coming out with snarky quips.