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.
Hidden Depths: Despite being a general waste of space, he's well able to quote Shakespeare and Oscar Wilde in his narrations and can be surprisingly astute and philosophical after the right amount of booze.
Kavorka Man: Women all over Chatsworth are all over him, despite him looking like he's homeless. At one point, he's shacked up with Sheila while also sleeping with her daughter, Karen.
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 McBride, 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.
Ignored Epiphany: His Near Death Experience in season 4 should've taught him a lesson not only on not drinking anymore (since he physically can't), but on taking responsabilities seriously… however, he chooses to ignore this, runs away from the hospital and starts drinking whisky by his own on the outskirts of town.
Momma's Boy: To his mother, he kisses up her ass all the time when she's in town (and when he was a boy too) just to get on her good side, despite her being very abusive of him and preferring Frank's siblings and his children over him.
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 benefit 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 interesting to say the least.
Berserk Button: Don't touch any of her siblings. In episode 2 of season one, after Frank headbutts Ian, he warns him that if he ever hits one of "her kids" again, she'll end him.
Break the Cutie: In season four. Well, to be realistic, the show's been breaking Fiona since day one (remember that scene where she congratulates herself for a good day work before breaking to tears?), but on season 4 it's made Up to Eleven.
Calling the Old Man Out: While she did this numerous times, special mention should go to her speech to Monica at the end of season 1, when Monica tries to take Liam away. It's ''awesome''.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Her main plot of season four revolves around how badly she manages to fuck up after ‘’finally’’ starting to get things right in her life. She loses her stable job, cheats on her faithful boyfriend with his brother, ‘’accidentally’’ causes her toddler brother to overdose on cocaine, ‘’and’’ goes to prison. All of that over one season.
Only Sane Woman: Until season four, at least. She "gets her shit together", as she says, by the end of the season though.
Promotion to Parent: It seemed at first that since Monica ran off she became this, but it's later shown that ever since an early age she's been taking care of the others, she's been doing Frank and Monica's work since ''she was a toddler''.
Really Gets Around: Kev once commented she was nicknamed "First Date Fiona" (she took no shame in that nickname, though).
Stepford Smiler: No matter how tragic or terrible the situation is, Fiona keeps on smiling and pretending it's all fine for the sake of her siblings.
Armored Closet Gay: In the first season, at least. He hid his attraction towards men from everyone, including his best friend and brother Lip. In fact, the only ones who knew were Lip (he found out on his own, though) and Mandy, and by the end of the season he comes out to Fiona. By season 4, all of the family knows, and they all accept it. Yes, even Frank and Monica.
Badass Gay: Headbutts and proceeds to beat down Terry until one of Terry's brothers hits him with a chair. Which just causes him to turn around and tackle the guy!
But Not Too Gay: Played straight until around season three, but justified for the first two seasons because the actor was not yet 18, and therefore could not perform any explicit sex scenes.
Generation Xerox: Develops manic depression and bipolarity in season four, just like his mother.
Informed Ability: Subverted. 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.
However, 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. AND in Season 3 he knocked down Mickey with TWO fingers!
No Bisexuals: Seems to be a believer in this; he assumes Jimmy's dad is gay and doesn't seem convinced when he claims that he's more Anything That Moves, and also maintains that Mickey's gay and that he only sleeps with women so he can lie to himself.note He's actually right about the latter. Even with a hooker wife (who genuinely wants to make their marriage real) and several other hookers at his disposal, Mickey is seemingly uninterested in women at this point.
Out of Focus: Goes in and out of this over the course of the show, most notably in season two and the beginning of season four.
Put on a Bus: Literally, at the end of Season 3 when he steals Lip's identity to join the Army. He comes back halfway through Season 4.
Transparent Closet: While he didn't go flaunting it early on (because in his neightbourhood, homophobia is quite common apparently), in season 4 it's pretty obvious to everyone in the Gallagher house that he and Mickey were in some sort of relationship.
First Kiss: Has his with homeless Bonnie in season four.
Hero-Worshipper: Perhaps the only Gallagher child who still supports and follows their father. Not that he ignores his true colors though, he does see him for who he truly is after the cancer incident, but because Frank is a Karma Houdini he never calls him on this.
Beware the Nice Ones: Debbie's a real sweetheart, but Season three proved that you "do not F with Debbie Gallagher!," as she puts it. She nearly drowned a girl who was mean to her at the pool, glued shut the eyes of an abusive foster mother, and claimed Cousin Patrick molested her in order to discredit him and force him to let the Gallaghers stay in the house for low rent.
Tries to do this again but only it backfires... severely.
Bratty Teenage Daughter: Starts to develop some of the traits in season three, and is a full blown one by season four.
Hero-Worshipper: She really idolizes her father and hopes for him to come back to normal. Until season three’s "The American Dream" where she loses her shit at him big time. Of course, by the next episode, Status Quo Is God.
Odd Friendship: She develops this with Mandy in season three, after Mandy teches her to self-defense "Milkovich style". Mandy also serves as a sort of Big Sister Mentor in season 4 when Fiona's too busy with her new job to pay attention to Debbie, specially when Debbie starts reaching sexual maturity.
Also, with Sheila Jackson. Perhaps because she reminds her of Karen as a child, when she was young and innocent. Sheila often trusts Debbie with the care of her house or her plants, and would often stay with Carl and her in season 4 when Fiona was working.
Stepford Smiler: No matter how shitty Frank and Monica treated her, no matter how much her or her family suffer, she always tries to smile so that others don't concern about her.
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."
Chocolate Baby Subverted when a DNA test reveals that Frank truly is Liam's biological father. Even Frank had never believed it before, but when the results come in he remembers an old rumor about his grandmother having had an affair with a black musician, and it all suddenly makes sense to him.
Harmful to Minors: He rather sees a lot of the daily life of the Gallagher clan... and this comes to a head when he accidentally snorts coke, causing him to go the hospital and Fiona getting arrested, causing her own downward spinal.
Jerkass: She's more Obliviously Evil than Frank, but it really says something that, despite the fact that Frank is a drunken irresponsible asshole, Lip considers him "the good one" in comparison to Monica
Dramatic Irony: She is especially contemptuous that her son was born with Down Syndrome (mostly because it makes him undesirable for her to broker to rich families who would pay her), several times referring to Hymie as being "retarded". After being hit by Mandy, she is severely brain damaged and unable to form new memories
Fate Worse than Death: After being ran down by Mandy, she has no short term memory and is very brain damaged because of it.
No Sympathy: Oddly unsympathetic towards Mickey about his rape by Svetlana, and is even angry at him for not going to be with her at the hospital when she gives birth and he points out that he doesn't even know if the baby is his.
Coming-Out Story: Spectacularly in episode 4x11. With Terry out of jail, Svetlana relentlessly blackmailing him by threatening to reveal his relationship with Ian to Terry and Ian literally walking out on him because he's "tired of being a mistress", Mickey breaks down and comes out to everybody at the Christening party at The Alibi. This results in a brutal Bar Brawl involving Mickey, Terry, Ian and Terry's brothers.
Crazy Jealous Guy: An indicator of his relationships. With Svetlana he doesn't care about her still working as a prostitute, even after they're married. But he reacts very badly to seeing other guys hit on Ian, especially in the course of Ian's work giving lap dances.
Gayngst: Understandable enough, given the culture he lives in and his father's outright psychopathic homophobia.
Gayngster: Originally more of a petty criminal, but due to a well-intentioned but foolish mistake he now finds himself to be a pimp.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: The list of people he genuinely cares about is really short, but when he does care, he cares deeply.
Manly Gay: Basically looks and acts no differently than any straight thug.
Morality Chain: Ian. Probably the only reason that Mickey is not as bad as, if not worse than, his father Terry is because he loves Ian and is increasingly finding himself having to behave less selfishly for the sake of their relationship.
N-Word Privileges: Subverted. Mickey actually is more than a little homophobic, largely due to his upbringing by Terry. But it's not unusual for him to speak this way even when talking to his boyfriend Ian.
Mickey: Those fudge-packers got so much snow up your beak you're tweaking like a little bitch.
Satisfied Street Rat: More so than the rest of the characters, who are often reasonably Street Smart, but not as adapted to the way of life as Mickey is thanks to his upbringing within an actively criminal family. He can also fake being a Cowboy Cop (and has a badge he got from somewhere) and does so in episode 4x07 when looking for Ian.
Bi the Way: Has a girlfriend as of the season four finale.
The Baby Trap: The only reason Mickey is married to her, and she is constantly using it as a reason why he needs to break up with Ian and be a devoted husband to her.
Cure Your Gays: What Terry tries to use her for with Mickey. It doesn't work, and she becomes increasingly frustrated that she cannot seem to get Ian out of the picture.
Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: Although it was at Terry's direction, and she was just an available prostitute. But Mickey was not given a choice, a fact that is treated as having been less of a problem because she got pregnant and he had to marry her than the act itself.
Fan Disservice: Dyeing her hair red like Ian's, and opening her robe to reveal her bare breasts and a rather large strap-on as part of her latest attempt to appeal to Mickey could be considered as Squick for the audience. It definitely was for Mickey, who literally flinched at the sight.
Hypocrite: Insists on a formal Russian Orthodox baptism for her baby and is quite pushy with the priest, which is ironic considering that she is a prostitute, and even if the baby is Mickey's, it was conceived in an incident of forced sex.
Mama's Baby, Papa's Maybe: Given her profession, it is not really certain that Mickey is the father of Svetlana's baby. But due to his general shortage of money, a Daddy DNA Test is not something that would be as readily undertaken as would be the case with more affluent characters, so the trope survives.
Opportunistic Bitch: Is totally improvising, but is trying to force Mickey to become a submissive husband, generally by threatening to reveal his ongoing relationship with Ian to Terry.
Reality Subtext: Svetlana's apparent beliefs about Mickey's homosexuality, notably that he could stop being gay if he would just stay away from Ian, are actually very consistent with present-day real world attitudes towards homosexuality in Russia.
Suddenly Sexuality: Her revelation that she is bisexual/lesbian comes only after an extended period of trying very hard to get Mickey to become her husband in more than just name only.
Portrayed by: Dennis Cockrum
Abusive Parents: Holy shit. He isn't willing to raise his hand to teach his kids a lesson, but then we get this little tid-bit.
Lip: He has this habit of molesting his daughters.
It was not intentional, but what he did to Mandy...
Is positively brutal towards Mickey over the latter's homosexuality, going so far as trying to kill him.
Berserk Button: Homosexuality in general, but especially his son Mickey's.
Heteronormative Crusader: In addition to beating Mickey for his relationship with Ian, he also forces Mickey to have sex with a prostitute (while Ian is made to watch at gunpoint) in order to "fuck the faggot out of him". Boasts about beating up "queers" in prison.
No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: At the receiving end of one from Mickey and Ian during a Bar Brawl. To put the cherry on top Terry is arrested again for getting in trouble not four hours into parole, and Mickey taunts him with the idea of Prison Rape.
I Have Many Names: Has invariably been known on the show as Jimmy, but everyone else knew him from his alias of Steve and as of the season four finale, he's known as Jack.
Never Found the Body: Is still up for debate in the third season finale but it is heavily implied throughout the episode that he is Killed Off for Real, only time will tell. Word of God is that Jimmy is dead, the lack of a death scene being due to filming complications. An added gunshot sound effect added to the season four recap suggested he was indeed dead, but…
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.
Foster Kid: When he was younger, which encourages him to foster Ethel and her baby son.
Happily Married: To Veronica, even if their marriage is ‘’technically’ not legal because of an earlier marriage that was never annulled.
Portrayed by: Madison Davenport
Blue and Orange Morality: Partially from growing up in a polygamous cult, partially from hanging around the Gallagers. She does not consider what was done to her in the cult sexual abuse, and cheerily does almost all of the housework for Kevin and Veronica, something Veronica is fine with but Kevin is distressed by. She also, despite frequently quoting and believing in the Bible, seems to have no problem assisting the Gallaghers or Kevin and Veronica with their criminal schemes
Cloud Cuckoolander: Again, from growing up in a polygamous cult where she was married to a 65 year old man when she was 11, who had enough sex with her to give her a son
Foster Kid: Is being fostered by Kevin and Veronica, at first to get foster care money (and because Kevin himself was a foster kid and wants very much to be a parent), but later because they've become attached to her
Green Thumb: She is very good at growing things, helping Kevin to start a garden in his backyard and also helping him to grow a massive marijuana crop in the basement of the Alibi Room
Happiness in Slavery: She apparently did a lot of chores and housework in the cult, and is eager to help Veronica and Kevin out, something Kevin is rather disturbed by. She also sees nothing wrong with the essential state of sexual slavery she was in when she was in the cult.
Happily Fostered: She's pretty happy being fostered to Veronica and Kevin, although when her husband is murdered in prison and her sister wives try to take her back, she is conflicted
Poor Communication Kills: she mentions casually to Malik that she hopes there's someone in prison to "take care" of her septugenarian husband Clyde. She meant it literally, but Malik thinks she meant it more idiomatically, and asks his dad to shank Clyde in the showers
Put on a Bus: Literally, as she runs away with Malik and their two children, and is last seen having boarded a bus with the money she made selling the pot Kev buried in his yard.
Sexual Abuse As Backstory: She's a 13 year old girl removed from a polygamous cult where she was married to and raped by a 65 year old man named Clyde
Portrayed by: (Zach McGowan)
Mr. Fanservice: It’s easier to list the amount of times he ‘’wasn’t’’ naked.
Nerd Glasses: body, are those some big, bug-eye oval frames. They cover the whole middle third of her face.
Brainy Brunette: cute, and with an obvious social life, and good taste in clothes.
Genki Girl: as Lips' roommate points out, the only way to get her to be quiet for a couple of minutes is while she gives a blowjob; though she's less excessively over-the-top energetic than some examples of this trope.
Ethical Slut: she's saving her cherry for her future husband, but, ho-boy, she's ready for lots of other stuff all the time. Makes sure to put plenty of "BJ Break" time on Lip's schedule.