Abusive Parents: His relationship with Neville, was, not great to say the least.
The Alcoholic/Alcoholic Parent: Originally, turns to drink due to Monica leaving him, leaving Fiona to raise the family. Retconned in later series as him always having been an alcoholic and it being a contributing factor to Monica leaving.
Flanderization: Becomes much more of a two-dimensional cunt as the series goes by. Compare Frank in series 1, who one could easily imagine oneself knowing in real life, to the series 11 Frank, a caricature of what once was.
Pet the Dog: Has his soft side and a few heroic moments, particularly in early series.
Played By: Anne-Marie Duff, Series 1-2, 11
Frank's firstborn child, Fiona goes through the biggest struggle of the Gallagher family; attempting to hold the family together and raise her five siblings, in the absence of her rubbish parents, all while attending school and trying to better herself. She is devoted to and besotted with her younger brothers and sisters, and often works overtime to ensure they all get the best possible start in life. She barely recognizes the existence of her degenerate father Frank and pours scorn on him at almost every opportunity.Her life changes dramatically when she meets the Gentleman Thief Steve Mc Bride, who sees the shackles of promoted parenthood, and does his best at every turn to encourage Fiona's independence. She falls deeply in love with Steve and the two of them slowly move up the ladder, getting engaged and acquiring their own house right next door to the Gallaghers.After Steve flees the UK in series 2, she becomes despondent and depressed, but soon ends up in an unlikely relationship with neighbour Craig Garland - more of Fiona's natural type due to his council estate roots in contrast to Steve. So much so that she actually becomes pregnant with Craig's baby.However, when Steve returns for Fiona, she realizes that she still deeply loves him. In a whirlwind of emotion and tears, she flees Chatsworth, with the full blessing of her family and friends, to live in the Netherlands with Steve permanently.
Frank's second child and oldest son. Lip is a cheeky twat who gets into a lot of trouble, but is actually a good lad with hardwired morals and ethics, courtesy of his sister Fiona. He bonds the closest with half-brother Ian, but has great relations with all of his siblings in general. By comparison, his relationship with his father is lukewarm at best, with both Lip and Frank seeing each other in a negative light. It can be argued that Paddy Maguire is more of a father figure to Lip, for the short time they are together, than Frank ever was.Lip goes through many girlfriends and fuckbuddies, long-term and short-term, throughout the series. He accidentally knocks up Mandy Maguire, landing him in a world of trouble with the notorious Maguire gangster dynasty, but he ends up becoming a devoted, loving father to young Katie Maguire at the age of 16.He eventually leaves Chatsworth and Manchester completely to attend the University of Nottingham.
Older Than They Look: Lip discovers on his 18th birthday that he's actually 19, because Frank et al forgot to register his birth for an entire year. He's absolutely furious at first, but soon gets over it.
Ian is the third Gallagher child, however we soon find out that he's actually the product of an illicit affair Monica had with another degenerate alcoholic waster, Gary Bennett. His best friend is his brother Lip, who is in the same school year, and is also the first to find out about Ian's sexuality. He also becomes closer to and develops rapport with Carl after Lip leaves Chatsworth.Out of all the Gallagher siblings, Ian is the one who is the most at odds with adoptive father Frank. Many arguments, headbutts and vitriol are exchanged between the two throughout the series due to various reasons, but Frank reaffirms his love for Ian after he helps to safely deliver baby Stella.Ian spends his teenage years in a secret homosexual relationship with his employer, Kash Karib. He rarely displays any confusion over his ultimate preference for men, although he does embark on a couple of heterosexual relationships with two different girls, and also maintains a fake relationship with his schoolmate and good friend Mandy Maguire.After inadvertently killing Joe Pritchard in rural countryside, he drives off with Joe's corpse in the boot and goes AWOL. He is never seen or heard from again.
No Bisexuals: Has a relationship with at least 2 different girls (Anna in series 4, and Maxine in series 7, but mostly has sex with men so identifies himself as a gay.
Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: All of the Gallagher children go through this, but Ian's is definitely the most overt. Being one of the oldest yet lacking the escape routes that Fiona and Lip found (i.e. university or a nice middle-class boyfriend to follow), Ian is the one to stay on the estate longest and constantly question whether life on the Chatsworth is all there is out there.
Beware the Nice Ones: Stabbed her abusive first husband Sheldon to death. Also, is bizarrely talented, to a professional level, at throwing and otherwise handling knives. On a lighter note, is one kinky bitch in bed and has a collection of dildos of varying shapes and sizes.
Your Cheating Heart: Her affairs always land her and whoever she slept with in deep shit. The first one in series 1 sees her shagging Frank behind boyfriend Lip (and mother Sheila's) back, leading to Lip giving Frank a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown in the middle of the street and causing Karen to flee the estate in shame. The second in series 6-7 with Joe Pritchard leads to a feud between him, her, and the entire Maguire clan, and later Joe's death at the hands of Ian Gallagher.
One-Scene Wonder: Sort of. He only appears in two episodes very briefly, but his departure from the Jackson home and the conversation he has with Frank about Sheila set the ball rolling for Frank and Sheila's relationship and eventual marriage.
What Happened to the Mouse?: It's implied Chesney leaves him to die in the shop fire when he comes back in series 6, but it's never explicitly stated and just sort of glossed over. The fact that Chesney would commit such a brutal act and the idea of no one investigating the body found amongst the flames (even if Kash was legally dead) is pretty far-fetched in itself.
Ax-Crazy: In the early series. One of his first appearances shows him beating up someone who owes him money. And laughing like a lunatic. Before he even appears on the show, Kev refers to him as a 'violent pisshead'.
When the Maguires join the cast proper, we see more sides of Paddy and see he's not actually that crazy, at least when not doing business.
He still has his moments when under great stress though. He's seen losing it dramatically in the finale of series 4 when he thinks someone is out for his blood, going so far as to kidnap his son Jamie, stuff him in the boot of his car, and drive him round all day because he thinks he's involved. Also, in one episode Ian remarks that Paddy tied the paper boy to the back of his car and drove him round the estate.
Your Cheating Heart: His affair with Maureen is what lands him in being captured and forcibly injected with heroin by the psychotic woman and then turned loose on the streets, which leads to his marriage with Mimi breaking down.
Reformed Criminal: At least on the surface. Turns out it's all a facade to slowly bump off a group of men who want Paddy dead without arousing suspicion. Makes a more honest attempt at reform after series 4 and is largely successful but is drawn back into 'the family business' after Paddy is turned into a heroin addict and Mimi goes to prison after taking the rap for assaulting Joe.
Took a Level in Badass: When the Maguire family temporarily falls apart in series 6, he is forced to take up the reigns of his father and develop the ruthlessness needed to run a drug/gun/miscellaneous contraband empire.
"Well Done, Son!" Guy: Really wants his parents favour. He often daydreams about the day he comes out and the news is well received by Mimi and Paddy. In one episode he starts training to be a fireman and is seriously hurt when Paddy mocks him for it.
Dark and Troubled Past: Alludes briefly to her past on a few occasions: she mentions she's spent time in prison (which drove her over the edge until she met Monica), and also was a prostitute for a time.
Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Meets the Gallaghers through Carl, but is actually more of one to Debbie. She comes to Debbie at a time in her life when she's deciding that she shouldn't be doing Frank and Monica's jobs as parents for them and should be out partying and enjoying herself. When Maxine arrives on the scene, Debbie begins shoplifting, drinking, and pulling guys as an almost daily activity.
Pet the Dog: He has his moments. Notably when catching Ian and Mickey having sex, he passes no judgement on them despite their fear at what he might do with the information. He'll also occasionally use his schemes to benifit his children- always as a side effect to his own selfish desires, but still. But his biggest moment comes at the penultimate episode of season three where he takes responsibility for a heist he and Carl carried out, saving Carl from going to juvie. This shocks Lip so much that he comments "Hell just froze over."
The Load: All the times, but when he does help, its intresting to say the least.
But Not Too Gay: Averted by Season 3 however. Justified in the first two seasons because the actor was not yet 18 and therefore could not perform any explicit scenes.
Informed Ability: Ian supposedly knows how to kill people in a hundred different ways, is a good marksman and trains karate, but even armed with a tire iron, Mickey managed to get the upper hand of him easily and most of Ian's problems have been solved by either diplomacy or sex, so there's no much support for his alleged skills.
Then again, Ian beats the living crap out of his brother, proving he does show these fighting abilities but just chooses not to.
After Frank headbutts him, Lip tells him to fight back, but Ian says he won't because if he does, he will kill him.
In Season 3 he knocked down Mickey with TWO fingers!
Littlest Cancer Patient: Played with in season three, when Frank purposely convinces Carl that he 'caught' cancer from someone for monetary gain.
Out of Focus: For part of Season 2, before having several storylines for Season 3.
Portrayed by: Emma Kenney
Hero-Worshipper: She really idolizes her father and hopes for him to come back to normal. Until Season 3's "The American Dream" where she loses her shit at him big time. Of course, by the next episode, Status Quo Is God.
Wise Beyond Their Years: Her maturity and responsibility are a running gag. She even gets a stress rash at one point from running a daycare at the house. At one point in the first season she says to Carl, "You're 9, you need to start pulling your weight."
Word of God is that Jimmy is dead, the lack of a death scene being due to filming complications. That said, the writers could well use this to bring him back if they wanted, but there are no current plans.
Nice Guy: Yes, he can be a Jerkass but he is still a nice guy (compared to other people) and willing to start anew and become normal for Fiona, even going out of the way to buy braces for Carl with money he barley has. Not only that, he desperately wants to be Fiona's Knight in Shining Armor, if only everything wasn't fucked up for him and her.
Shotgun Wedding: To save his life, more then likely. He is married to Estefania, a Cartel leader's daughter.
Your Cheating Heart: It's...complicated. On one hand, he's obviously in love with Fiona. On the other hand, he's legally married to Estefania. For the most part he lives with Fiona, but every now and then he sleeps with Estefania. It's hard to say which one he's technically cheating on.