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Played By: Topher GraceThe main character. A high school boy living in Point Place, Wisconsin and son of Red and Kitty Forman. Is a sci-fi nerd but has a wild streak in him that emerges from time to time. Towards the end of the series, he moves to Africa for a year to teach in order to further his career.
- Adorkable: He geeks out over sci-fi, especially Star Wars, but is still a very nice guy.
- All Men Are Perverts: Despite being the Nice Guy and, usually, the Only Sane Man of the group, he can be just as horny as Hyde and Kelso.
- Amazon Chaser: When he and Donna first met as kids, he commented in an impressed, amazed tone on how strong she was.
- Back for the Finale: After being Put on a Bus for Season 8.
- Beware the Nice Ones: The Forman Rage is strong in this one, as Red proudly pointed out.
- But I Would Really Enjoy It: He loves Donna, but both of them have doubts about consummating their relationship until mid-Season 2.
- Butt-Monkey: Guess who's the butt of the jokes 80% of the time?
- Characterization Marches On: Early on, Eric was far less of a Deadpan Snarker and more a put-upon everyman, This Loser Is You kinda guy. His fandom of Star Wars was also originally not limited to him, but extended to the rest of the male members of the gang as well.
- Childhood Friend Romance: With Donna, as they befriended each other as children, dated as teens, and continue with a Will They or Won't They? to their adulthood.
- Cool Loser: He's good looking and likable but gets picked on.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: As weak as he's often made out to be, he always displays "the Forman rage" whenever he's in a fight.
- Deadpan Snarker: This quality is why Red calls him "Smartmouth", a trait Red says he gets from his mother.
- Digging Yourself Deeper: He does this a lot. Hyde calls him "The Little Engine That Could of Screwing Yourself".
- Dumbass Teenage Son: He's this in the eyes of his father Red, and while he's nowhere near as dumb as Kelso, neither is he a paragon of sensibility.
- The Dutiful Son: He is this compared to his sister Laurie. After Red has a heart attack (which Laurie was partly responsible for causing), she ditches the family. Eric, meanwhile, puts off going to college to get a job as a waiter to help support the family. Red begins to acknowledge this more and more as the series goes on.
- Extreme Doormat: In an alternate future where he never kissed Donna, he's no longer has the smart mouth that Red complains about, but he is also a complete pushover.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling:
- The responsible to Laurie's foolish.
- After Hyde moves in at the end of the first season, he can be seen as the foolish to Hyde's responsible.
- Geek Physiques: He's often teased for his skinniness.
- Geeky Analogy: Keeps comparing himself to Luke Skywalker, or sometimes Spider-Man. The latter becomes Hilarious in Hindsight since his actor would eventually play Venom.
- The Hero: Main protagonist of the show.
- Heroes Want Redheads: With Donna, although he loved it when she went blonde in season seven.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Hyde. They both were able to say "Indy 500" simultaneously when having to come up with a lie about what they were talking about when Kelso showed up.
- Hollywood Nerd: Eric's not that bad-looking, but he is a huge geek. Some characters wonder how he hooked up with Donna. She's got her reasons.
- Hypocritical Humor: He wasn't happy about Kelso fooling around with Laurie, in part because of how annoying he found Hyde's "nailed your sister" jokes. He gleefully changes his tune in Season 7 when Kelso hooks up with Angie (Hyde's half-sister), saying he "suddenly" realized how funny those jokes can be.Eric: Sticks and stones may break my bones, but Kelso nailed your sister.
- Informed Flaw: Is constantly mocked as geeky and unattractive. While he is a nerd through and through, he is far from ugly. Though most insults tend to focus on him being a nerd rather than his looks. Aside from Donna, several attractive women (and even one man) express an interest in him over the course of the series.
- I "Uh" You, Too: When Donna first tells him that she loves him, his response is "I love... cake."
- Jerkass Ball: More and more often as time goes on.
- Lazy Bum: After Hyde moves in with the Formans and starts pitching in with chores, he discovers that they're actually not too difficult and concludes that Eric's constant complaints about them were because he was just being lazy.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Feminine boy to Donna's masculine girl.Kitty: "Eric? Honey, could you get the Thanksgiving turkey out of the freezer? Oh, wait. It's a 20-pounder. Donna, could you get the Thanksgiving turkey out of the freezer?"
- Mistaken for Gay: By Buddy in Season 1. When Eric asks Buddy why he made a move on him, Buddy explains his attraction is very likely the same things Donna likes about him and there was probably a little wishful thinking involved too.
- Momma's Boy: To Kitty.
- Motive Decay: Deconstructed. Previously, Eric wanted to leave home and be with Donna, but the former got derailed by Red's heart-attack at the end of Season 5, while the wedding was ultimately called off at the end of Season 6. At the start of Season 7, Eric decides to just take a year off and do various goofy activities—much to Red's increasing irritation. It reaches a head in "You Can't Always Get What You Want" and Eric admits he just doesn't want to lock himself into a path he might hate later. Red agrees to give him six months to figure out what he wants, and Eric ultimately decides to become a teacher.
- Muscles Are Meaningless: Zig zags. He is shown to be not very strong, but when he fights he completely dominates guys that have much more weight, except for Hide.
- Never My Fault: Often does this in many episodes. He was caught masturbating in the bathroom by Donna in one episode and then blames her because she doesn't want to have sex with him.
- Nice Guy: This quality makes him stand out from the rest of the group; Eric is always willing to help someone out.
- Noble Male, Roguish Male: Noble to Hyde's Roguish. Zigzagged in later seasons.
- Oblivious to Love: He's actually oblivious that he is still in love with Donna in season four after breaking up with her in the previous season. His family and friends on the other hand can still see it. It took some scolding from his parents and seeing Donna moving on for him to finally realize his feelings for her.
- Only Sane Man: To his friends and usually his parents.
- Put on a Bus: At the end of Season 7.
- Ridiculously Average Guy: Lampshaded by Jackie.Jackie: Michael's the looks, Steven's the brains, and you? Your house has food.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Sensitive guy to Hyde's manly man.
- Small Name, Big Ego: As Red usually scolds him, "The only smart thing about him is his mouth," yet he often brags on how great he is.
- The Unfavorite: He begins the show as this to his father Red. Red seems to find it difficult to relate to him as he's not into sports and his personality isn't very similar. This changes over the course of the series as Eric proves himself the more responsible sibling upon learning of Laurie's behavior, and on occasion will tell Eric how proud he is of him.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Hyde.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: He's always looking for Red's approval.
Played By: Laura PreponThe Girl Next Door to Eric's house. Has a fling with Eric that over time turns serious. Their relationship is generally the main focus of the show. Has some ups and downs with Eric and has broken up with him a few times. Was intending to go to college but decided to stay behind to continue her relationship with Eric. After Eric leaves, she starts dating a new guy named Randy.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: She spends much of the show hooked up with Eric, but otherwise is very attracted to bad boys like Hyde or Aerosmith's Steven Tyler. Eric will often attempt to be more rebellious to impress her, and she's visibly more into him when he shows his wild side. This is what made her briefly hook up with the roguish-but-selfish Casey Kelso.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: A lot, though not quite as much in later seasons.
- Bratty Teenage Daughter: To Bob, both out of rebellion and when he's doing something she doesn't want or like. The only reason she's not called out on it is because Bob's an Extreme Doormat. He does, however, snap back at her when she tries to get him to stop dating Jackie's mom.
- But I Would Really Enjoy It: She loves Eric, but both of them have doubts about consummating their relationship until mid-Season 2.
- Catholic School Girls Rule: In Season 5, Bob sent her to Catholic school as punishment for running away to California. Eric, and all the other guys for that matter, doesn't mind the uniform at all.
- Childhood Friend Romance: With Eric, as they befriended each other as children, dated as teens, and continue with a Will They or Won't They? to their adulthood.
- Closer to Earth: Tends to be the voice of reason in the group, though she occasionally shares this role with either Eric or Hyde.
- Deadpan Snarker: Especially around Jackie.
- Drugs Are Bad: Her smoking ends up getting Eric suspended. She asked him to hold her cigarette, and a teacher caught him with it.
- Dude Magnet: A vast majority of male characters from Hyde, Kelso, Kelso's brother Casey, Fez to many one-time minor characters had an interest in Donna (although Kelso and Fez are into Anything That Moves). Emphasized later when she works in the radio station's booth as "Hot Donna". She's initially embarrassed at being a Lust Object for guys to leer at ("Hot Donna has now signed 87 guys! And two girls") but then she starts enjoying it.
- Everyone Loves Blondes: Dying her hair blonde caused quite a stir in point place.
- Fiery Redhead: A redhead with an outgoing personality, until she dyed it blonde in Season 7.
- Genius Bruiser: She is the most muscular and the strongest in the group, and one of the smarter ones.
- Girl Next Door: To Eric.
- Hollywood Genetics: Donna is a natural redhead, however her mom is a blonde and her dad has dark brown hair.
- In one episode she gets angry with Eric for making plans with his friends without checking with her first. At the end of the episode she makes him promise that he'll always check with her before making time with his friends. Eric then asks Donna if she needs his permission to hang out with her friends, to which she replies "no" and leaves to go see a friend.
- And in another episode she yells at Eric for going on two dates with another girl while she and Eric were broken up. Donna, meanwhile, had slept with Casey Kelso around the same time.
- Also calls Eric out for his insecurity and not trusting her in "Radio Daze" after she announced to the whole town (including the DJ who was clearly attracted her based on calling her "Hot Donna") that she was single and never bothered to talk to him about it. While this wasn't the first time Eric had been jealous, she behaved the same way to him in "Eric's Panties".
- Informed Attractiveness: While not ugly by any means, she's repeatedly stated to be one of the most attractive girls in town. Except by Jackie, who states that she looks like a trucker. Though this is Jackie we're talking about.
- Jerkass: From time to time. She can be really petty and arrogant.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: What she really is.
- In Vino Veritas: When drunk or in "the circle" she has a tendency to act the loopiest of any of the gang, to downright Cloud Cuckoolander levels.
- The Lad-ette: A trait that Jackie bemoans all the time.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Masculine girl to Eric's feminine boy. also with Randy, who is quite vain.
- Ms. Fanservice: Donna is very attractive, and everyone knows it, and on the radio, she is known as "Hot Donna" for obvious reasons.
- One of the Boys: She's just as likely to get down and dirty as the rest of the guys in the group, if not more.
- Only Sane Woman: Just like Eric, to the point where Kelso jokingly refers to them as "Mom and Dad".
- Real Women Don't Wear Dresses: She hates the notion that being feminine automatically means being "girly", and so she typically wears jeans and long-sleeved or plaid shirts. Jackie often calls this her lumberjack look. Despite this, she's worn long dresses on special occasions, and had to wear a skirt as part of her school uniform.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: In her prom dress, she gets the attention of many male background characters. Also, when she wears the catholic schoolgirl outfit in "I Can't Quit You, Baby", she gets this reaction from the other characters.
- The Smart Girl: But she's also The Big Girl.
- Statuesque Stunner: She's quite tall, especially compared to Jackie.
- Straw Feminist: Verges on this at several points, mostly Depending on the Writer. Sometime's it's portrayed realistically, sometime's it's Played for Laughs.
- Strong Girl, Smart Guy: The strong girl to Hyde's Smart Guy.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to Jackie's girly girl. Though she does have a girly streak...
- Tomboyish Voice: She's a tomboy played by deep-voiced Laura Prepon.
- The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: She definitely takes more after her mother.
- Unkempt Beauty: In universe, gets the most compliments from the guys when she isn't dolled up.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Jackie, much to Donna's dismay.
- What Does She See in Him?: Many people (including Eric himself on occasion) don't understand what the heck Donna is doing with Eric.Eric Donna? I just have to ask... why me? I mean there are so many other guys who are way better looking.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Donna wears a pair of white knee-high socks as part of her school uniform, much to Eric's delight.
Played By: Danny MastersonTroubled kid with a dysfunctional family and rarely attends school. His mother is very loose and he lived alone in a dilapidated house until he moved in with the Formans. Has a tendency to suspect various doings behind the scenes. Is usually the one who brings "the stuff" to the Formans' basement.
- Badass Beard: He grows one halfway through the show. He eventually shaves it off to show support for Jackie, who hated it, after her father goes to jail for embezzlement.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: He's probably the smartest character on the show, but has no ambition or motivation to do anything but sit around in a basement.
- Brutal Honesty: Well let’s just say don’t expect him to sugarcoat anything.
- Characterization Marches On: Early on, there were hints that he had a crush of Donna, but this went nowhere and later on, he didn't treat her any different that he did the guys.
- Chocolate Baby: After Hyde meets his real father, William Barnett, who's black, Hyde mentions his mother must have been pretty relieved when he came out white.
- Conspiracy Theorist:
- Commitment Issues: Mostly the reason he and Jackie broke up.
- Cool Shades: He is always seen in these.
- Deadpan Snarker: He’s the king of sarcasm.
- Erudite Stoner: Fits this trope to a T.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: More than anyone else, Kitty can bring out Hyde's softer side. In one episode he's the only person who remembers her birthday.
- Forgiven, but Not Forgotten: In the second season episode, "Halloween", Eric learned that Hyde tried to kiss Donna in the first season episode, "Ski Trip". In "Eric's Stash", a few episodes later, though inflamed by Laurie, it's revealed that Eric still resents Hyde for it to the point he blames Hyde for stealing some money from him. It was Red who took the money to buy a new hot water heater.
- Genius Bruiser: He is both the strongest and smartest of his friends.
- Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Often takes joy in seeing others misfortune or them getting hurt.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Eric.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: He's a genuinely good-natured and upstanding guy, but he hates openly displaying it. Being around Kitty and, eventually, Jackie has drawn that side out of him a bit more.
- Hilariously Abusive Childhood: "They didn't leave me at the mall. They forgot me. They were drunk." The rest of it, though, is genuinely upsetting and taken seriously.
- Jerkass: If anyone can insult someone to that person's face, it's Hyde.
- Jerkass Façade:Kitty: Trade you a lollipop for a kiss.
Hyde: I don't need that baby crap.
(the others leave the room and then Hyde quickly takes the lollipop and gives her a kiss on the cheek.)
- After moving in with the Forman's, to Eric.Hyde: You're lucky I don't kick your ass! *beat* Are you going to eat your cookies?
- After moving in with the Forman's, to Eric.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He’s mean, insensitive, blunt and aloof but does care for his friends and was eventually a great boyfriend to Jackie when they were dating.
- Knight in Sour Armor: Long before they hooked up, Jackie had a crush on Hyde from his defending her. When he beats up a guy who insulted her at Red's barbecue, she sees him as a Knight in Shining Armor, much to his embarrassment and frustration.
- Lack of Empathy: He rarely feels compassion or sympathy for others, it’s even lampshaded in an episode by Eric.
- Ladykiller in Love: Had this dynamic with Jackie.
- The Lancer: To Eric's hero. He even dresses up as the the trope image character in one of Eric's Imagine Spots.
- Last-Name Basis: He's called Hyde by everybody except Red, Kitty, and Jackie (who started calling him Steven after she got a crush on him).
- Lean and Mean: His slim build goes with his Jerkass status.
- Mellow Fellow: Always maintains his laid-back and nonchalant attitude.
- Metal Head: Was a 70's variety of this.
- My Sister Is Off-Limits!: Did not like Kelso fooling around with Angie.
- Noble Male, Roguish Male: Roguish to Eric's noble. Zigzagged in later seasons.
- Opposites Attract: He’s a smart, dry-witted, cynical Conspiracy Theorist whilst Jackie is a ditzy, rich, loud cheerleader. Gradually deconstructed; their respective differences cause a lot of conflict in their relationship, and they break up and get back together several times. Eventually they break up for good because Jackie wants to know that they have a future together while Hyde feels he is too young to commit to marriage and is more content to live in the moment.
- Parental Abandonment: His dad left when he was a kid and his mom was gone by the end of Season 1 - requiring the move-in with the Formans. His dad returned in Season 3 and Hyde moved in with him, but reversed in Season 4. Off-screen, Hyde's parents got back together, but then left him again.
- Really Get Around: Not as much as Kelso, but still qualifies as he only has one serious relationship.
- Real Men Hate Affection: He denies even having feelings.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Savvy Guy to Jackie's Energetic Girl. They had this dynamic long before they were together, as depicted in the episode where he teaches her to be "zen" in order to piss Laurie off. She ends up pulling it off so well, he compliments her for the first time in the series, saying she was totally badass.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Manly man to Eric's sensitive guy.
- The Slacker: "Just imagine what I could do if I applied myself. Oh well, guess we'll never know." Jackie tries to break him of this, to no avail. Amusingly, he has had several job where HE is the responsible one, as his bosses are usually even lazier than he is, or in Leos case, can barely remember he owns a business in the first place.
- The Stoner: He's the source of the gang's stash.
- Strong Girl, Smart Guy: The Smart Guy to Donna’s Strong Girl.
- Suddenly Ethnicity: Season 7 reveals that his real father is black.
- Technician vs. Performer: With his sister she's been dreaming of taking over her dad's business all her life (to the point that when she was 8 she was disappointed with a pony as a gift) whereas Hyde has no life goals, only took a job managing the record store because he likes music and wanted to spend time with his dad, hates hard work and spends all his time slaking off and smoking weed, however Angie is a Control Freak who freaks out if things don't go exactly according to plan and needs Hyde to improvise.
- Troubled, but Cute: He is a delinquent with parental abandonment issues but still sleeps around and has a good heart.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With everyone.
- What Does She See in Him?: Eric doesn't understand how Hyde can be attracted to Jackie, whom Eric can't stand. Subverted when Hyde tries to explain his attraction to Jackie to Eric, making Eric realize it's not so much that Jackie isn't hot as much as her attitude is so annoying that it distracts him from her hotness.
- With Friends Like These...: He's good at getting the guys in trouble.
Played By: Ashton KutcherA pretty-boy with a few crayons short of a box. Often says the weirdest things and believes he's the center of attention when it comes to the ladies. Dated Jackie but his cheating broke them up. Eventually becomes a police officer.
- Attractive Bent-Gender: Played with. Jackie seems to have a Fetish for androgynous men wearing feminine clothes, so she makes Kelso wear a summer dress and put makeup on.
- Back for the Finale: After being Put on a Bus for Season 8.
- Brainless Beauty: An idiotic male bimbo.
- Breakout Character: Season seven even saw a shift of storylines focusing more on his Character Development than Eric's.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: Scored surprisingly well on the SATs. He initially tries to exploit his newfound potential, but gives up when he learns it won't help him get women. Also in one early episode, he was able to tinker with a video game to make it more challenging, and in another, he was able to quickly calculate in his head how much money they would make from a kegger and was even able to quickly change his calculation to account for how much less the younger partygoers would drink.
- Butt-Monkey: Although he usually brings it on himself with his stupidity.
- Catch-Phrase: "BURN!"
- Chick Magnet: He's very successful with girls.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Being the idiot of the group, he's probably the biggest offender.
- Crazy Jealous Guy: With Jackie to spite the fact that he constantly cheats on her.
- The Ditz: His most famous personality traits are conceit and sheer stupidity, performing a great number of idiocies on a regular daily basis.
- Dumbass Has a Point: Occasionally shows flashes of common sense:
- When Kelso wants to find out if he's the police academy stooge, Donna suggests just asking his commander, but Kelso reminds her that not knowing is the whole point.
- In the above-mentioned keg episode, two bullies get mad at him for not having a working tap, but Kelso angrily reminds them that they're the ones who broke it.
- In a later episode, when the guys were paranoid that Kitty's vacuum was bugged by the feds, they end up destroying it, only for Kelso to be the first one to realize that they could have just put the vacuum outside.
- Even the Guys Want Him: Describes himself as "man-pretty". He and Fez freely admit they find each other mutually handsome.
- Everyone Has Standards: Despite being oversexed, constantly sleeping around and even making small passes at Donna from time to time, he's the most vocal opponent of anyone doing anything sexual in the circle, which he considers sacred. In defending this stance he admits he's had sex in both a church and a cemetery.
- Fair Cop: Became a police officer specifically because the uniform would prolong his beauty many years.
- Fun Personified: Even lampshaded by Red at one point.
- Genius Ditz: He has occasional flashes of intelligence showing there is a brain somewhere underneath his ditziness.
- Handsome Lech: A dumb, oversexed Pretty Boy who is capable of getting women with his good looks.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Fez.
- Hidden Depths:
- Because he was one of the older siblings, he has a real knack for taking care of babies.
- He also comes to realize that his constant cheating on Jackie was due to her domineering attitude towards the relationship, and decides that he does not apologize for it in an argument. Notably, he never cheats on Brook or Angie, who are actually nice to him.
- Hypocrite: He becomes angry at Jackie for dating Hyde while he is away when he cheated on her several times with Laurie.
- Informed Attractiveness: He goes on and on about how hot he is, and is never corrected. Apparently his hottitude is a matter of record in the T70S 'verse.
- Jerkass: Though he becomes more of a Jerk with a Heart of Gold as the series progresses.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Kelso cheated on Jackie with Laurie, only to later on learn that Laurie is cheating on him. Unlike other examples in this trope, a hurt Kelso (dumb as he is) realizes how much he hurt Jackie and therefore believes he deserved to be hurt like this himself.
- Last-Name Basis: Just like Hyde, he's called Kelso by everyone except for Jackie and Kitty.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Pulled this off for some of the seasons, in classic '70s Hair fashion, but gets his hair cut in season 7 right after his daughter is born, though he says it's because he got gum in it.
- Lovable Coward: Can be either this or a Dirty Coward. Invoked in episode Halloween, when Kelso hears a noise which he takes for a vengeful spirit; he pushes his girlfriend out of the way in his haste to flee.Jackie: I can't believe Michael pushed me aside.Donna: Me neither. I thought he'd use you as a human shield.
- Manchild: He possesses numerous infantile qualities such as enjoying Christmas specials deemed childish by his peers and fussing when something is preventing him from viewing them.
- Massive Numbered Siblings: Michael is one of 7 siblings.
- Never My Fault: He tells his friends that he is not responsible for the fire at the police academy...while explaining what was he doing prior to the fire.
- No Indoor Voice: He has the loudest voice of anyone in the group, especially when he's angry or excited. There's a reason why his catchphrase is yelling "BURN!!!" at the top of his lungs.
- One Head Taller: With Jackie.
- Put on a Bus: In season eight, but he appears in a recurring guest role in the first four episodes and the finale.
- Pretty Boy: Necessary component of his The Brainless Beauty act.
- Proud Beauty: One of the things he has in common with Jackie.
- Really Gets Around: "I had two girlfriends. And a little action on the side."
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Manly man to Fez's sensitive guy.
- Shipper on Deck: He surprisingly becomes one for Jackie and Hyde in later seasons, even trying to help get them back together in one episode.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Like Jackie, he thinks he is the most handsome person in town.
- Stupid Sexy Flanders: Oh, Fez.
- Too Dumb to Live: For starters, fell off the water tower... once a year... throughout every year of school.
- Took a Level in Dumbass: Though the the initial dumbass level was very high.
- Your Cheating Heart: Cheated on Jackie numerous times, most notably with Laurie.
Jacqueline "Jackie" Burkhart
Played By: Mila KunisA bit of an airhead girl who has a tendency to condescend to everyone (strangely, no one is offended by this and tend to ignore it). Has dated both Kelso and Hyde through the course of the series and gets together with Fez in the second-to-last episode.
- Adorkable: Her ditziness and occasional Genki Girl tendencies come off as adorable.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Her relationship with Hyde.
- The Beautiful Elite: She's pretty, she's rich, and she won't shut up about it.If I'm not a rich, popular girl, I'm nothing. I'm like Donna.
- Beauty Is Bad: Downplayed. She's pretty and popular as well as snobby, rude, and self-absorbed, but deep down not a bad person.
- Berserk Button: Don't tell anyone her middle name is Beulah.
- Beware the Silly Ones: A girlish cheerleader who's normally even more useless in a fight than Eric. When Laurie insulted Jackie though, Jackie finally snapped and attacked Laurie in a vicious Cat Fight. Even Hyde was impressed, telling Jackie that you kicked her ass, man! Jackie also beats up her karate instructor in her first lesson after Donna makes a point about her (Jackie's) breakup with Hyde.
- Brainless Beauty: Downplayed. She's shallow, vapid, ditzy and sometimes comes across as an airhead, but she's not as stupid as Kelso.
- Brutal Honesty: She is pretty tactless and speaks her mind without a filter.Hyde: Roy has some problems with people.Roy: They don't like me. You don't like me, right?Jackie: Not really. But to be fair, I have very high standards.Roy: Yeah? She's really nice, Steven.
- Character Development: When she started dating Hyde. She could very well be the most developed character in the entire show. Many of the characters remain rather static throughout the series but Jackie goes from being a vapid, money-obsessed cheerleader stifling her true self for the sake of popularity to a competent, though still headstrong woman who isn't afraid to take care of herself and doesn't hide who she is.
- The Cheerleader: She starts out as one, and when she's kicked off the squad in season 6 and realizes that she doesn't want to be taken back, it's shown as a part of her personal growth.
- Control Freak: Often bossing Kelso around and telling him what to do.
- Dating What Daddy Hates: Her father doesn't like Kelso, even going as far as cutting off Jackie's financial support when he discovers she's still dating him.
- The Ditz: Along with Kelso in a Ditz couple, although she's definitely smarter than him.
- Dude Magnet: Just ask Kelso, Hyde, Fez, and other guys who are attracted to her throughout the show.
- Embarrassing Middle Name: Her middle name is Beulah; for some reason, she considers it horribly embarrassing and wants to keep it in secret. In the Halloween episode where they find out, she actually beats Hyde up for saying it...though it could be just an Imagine Spot.
- The Fashionista: Down to the shopping addiction and the affection for makeovers.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Jackie starts out as this, with everyone including her primarily because she's Kelso's girlfriend (while urging him to dump her). Eventually, she and Donna become best friends to Donna's surprise. The guys all start accepting her for different reasons—Hyde alternately starts burning her and protecting her, Fez develops a major crush on her, and Eric takes a liking to her after she beats up Laurie.
- Girls Love Stuffed Animals: Has a collection of stuffed animals. Her favorite is an unicorn that she calls "Fluffycakes".
- Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak: Normally very feminine (especially in contrast to Donna), a cheerleader and high-maintenance rich girl, but in one episode she helps Red fix a car, after Eric proves inadequate.
- Informed Attractiveness: It's Played for Laughs once; when Eric asks Hyde why he'd hook up with Jackie. Hyde tells Eric to imagine being stranded on an island with Jackie in nothing but a coconut-bikini, he still doesn't get it. Then he tells Eric to do what he does and tune her out. So Eric re-imagines the same thing but without sound, only to realize Jackie is kind of hot.
- Irony: The main reason that Hyde and Jackie break up is because Hyde refuses to even consider committing to a permanent relationship. While early Jackie couldn't give less of a rat's ass about the future, it was Hyde's challenging of Jackie's personality that causes her to grow up and begin to seriously think about her future. When Hyde declines to even give Jackie a simple maybe as to the future of their relationship they break up. If it wasn't for Hyde's influence Jackie would probably remain the same airhead of the early seasons, and wouldn't have cared about the permanence of their relationship.
- It's All About Me: Especially in early seasons, she only cares about herself.
- Jerkass: The reigning bitch of Point Place.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Thanks to Character Development, she becomes sweeter and less bitchy in later seasons.
- Lethal Chef: She rarely tries to cook, but when she does, the results are disastrous.
- Lovable Alpha Bitch: Donna eventually warms up to her, and they become a Tomboy and Girly Girl pair.
- Lovable Sex Maniac: Subverted. With Kelso, initially, the two of them did everything but engage in intercourse, but Kelso being arrested (cementing him as a sexy bad boy in her eyes) was enough to push her over the edge, and after that you couldn't leave the two of them alone in a room with a flat surface. After their breakup and her subsequent near-obsession with Hyde, she started out this way with him.
- Male Gaze:
- Jackie was subject to this long before she became a full fledged Ms. Fanservice.
- In a famous scene in early season 5, Hyde shares a male gaze moment of Jackie with Eric to explain what he sees in her.
- Jackie invokes this, as well as some in-universe Fetish Fuel to attract Hyde's attention by wearing a toe ring. Hyde bravely retains his cool.
- Morality Pet: To Hyde, as when they start dating he becomes more soft and less pissed-off.
- Ms. Fanservice: After Mila Kunis turned 18, she had many Bare Your Midriff moments.
- Narcissist: In her own words, "if I could run across the beach into my own arms, I would."
- No Accounting for Taste: Her relationship with Hyde. She's a rich, spoiled, selfish Alpha Bitch-type, he's a smart but lazy Conspiracy Theorist slacker. They both can see the improbability of their relationship.Jackie: Steven, do I really sicken you?
Hyde: No. I sicken me because you're supposed to sicken me, but you don't.
Jackie: Well, I feel the same way.
- One Head Taller: With Kelso (Mila Kunis is 5'4" and Ashton Kutcher is 6'2").
- Parental Abandonment: Her father was arrested and went to jail. Her mother was traveling abroad at the time and was too busy partying to return for months on end. (Jackie and Pam did eventually patch things up, though.) From what we see of Jackie's father before he went to jail, he wasn't a particularly attentive parent either. Red and Kitty are much more like parental figures to her than her own parents.
- Petite Pride: She often mocks Donna for her (relatively) large physique, as she goes into narcissistic rants about her gorgeously slender body.
- Proud Beauty: So much. It was in many ways the main thing she and Kelso had in common. Often dips in the Screw the Rules, I'm Beautiful! pool.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Energetic Girl to Hyde's Savvy Guy. They had this dynamic long before they were together, as depicted in the episode where he teaches her to be "zen" in order to piss Laurie off. She ends up pulling it off so well, he compliments her for the first time in the series, saying she was totally badass.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: She is a firm believer in this approach, though she sometimes needs reminding.Red: Look, Jackie. I know that things seem grim. But your father's rich, right? Well, then I'm sure that whatever trouble he's in, he'll buy his way out and wriggle free.
Jackie: You're right! I mean, this is America. The rich are treated differently here.
Red: Yep, and I'm so glad I took some shrapnel to make that possible.
Jackie: Me too!
- Small Name, Big Ego: She thinks she's the prettiest and most popular girl in Point Place and everyone could benefit from her advice. Others beg to differ.
- Spoiled Brat: Especially in the first few seasons, until her father is arrested for embezzlement and her mother takes off to Mexico.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Girly girl to Donna's tomboy. Often lampshaded.
- Took a Level in Kindness: She evolves into a Lovable Alpha Bitch in later seasons.
- Tsundere: Type A, in all of her relationships.
- Uptown Girl: Jackie is a rich girl and cheerleader, Hyde is a poor delinquent with a messed up family who lives with Eric's family because he has nowhere else to go. Initially Hyde stated their differences in social status as a reason they shouldn't go out, as they had nothing in common.
- Valley Girl: Though she's from Wisconsin.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Donna.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: She's terrified of clowns.
- Wrench Wench: While the others are at career days with their parents, Jackie goes to the Forman house and helps Red in the garage. She demonstrates a real knack for helping fix the car."I just fixed a car! I feel like Nancy Drew!"
Played By: Wilmer ValderramaA foreign kid who is always trying to get laid. Likes to act campy. Has a crush on Jackie and has made it known numerous times. "Fez" is not his real name, simply a name the guys came up with for him. His real name is something incomprehensible.
- Abhorrent Admirer: He had a crush on Jackie since the start but Jackie had never returned his feelings for most of the show, until the final season.
- Ambiguously Brown: Part of his Non-Specifically Foreign characterization.
- Big Eater: Coupled with his sweet tooth, he is nearly always seen snacking on something. He has a love affair with American junk foods after a lifetime of subsisting on the Foreign Queasine of his home nation. In the Scooby-Doo animated circle, Fez is seen eating almost like Shaggy.
- Butt-Monkey: Being the effeminate, unlucky-with-the-ladies guy.
- Camp Straight: Though it has been hinted from time to time that he's attracted to/in love with Kelso.
- Casanova Wannabe: For most of the show he's a horny wannabe ladies man known for his pathetic attempts to get girls, until the final season when he becomes more successful.
- Catch-Phrase: Has a few:
- "Good day." / "I said good day!"
- Characterization Marches On:
- Fez's original character was that of a Funny Foreigner who misunderstood American culture. He didn't develop his constant desire to do it and love of candy for quite a while.
- Early on, after making a tape of their ramblings in the circle, Fez called Kelso stupid. Later on, Fez would rush to his defense when Hyde or even Eric called Kelso stupid.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Biggest one in the group along with Kelso. He is openly regarded as weird by his friends.
- A Date with Rosie Palms: Very, very much so.
- Foreign Exchange Student: The name "Fez" is even short for "foreign exchange student", despite the difference in spelling, which the series' official web site describes as "poetic license". His friends know Fez's real name but consider it unpronounceable.
- Funny Foreigner: Even the characters aren't sure what country he's from, though Wild Mass Guessing favours Trinidad and/or Tobago.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Kelso.
- Lovable Sex Maniac: Fez's lechery is almost always played for laughs.
- Mistaken for Gay: In S7 Ep 20, "Gimme Shelter" happens to him and Kelso. They're looking for an apartment and find a great one only to discover the landlord is Fenton, an enemy of Fez, who refuses them a lease. As they're leaving Kelso comments that they'll have to find some place to live with the baby, referring to his with Brooke, however, Fenton misinterprets this and lets them move in since he can't turn away two men raising a baby.
- My Sister Is Off-Limits!: In a throwaway joke, Fez mentions his relief that his sister is thousands of miles away from Kelso.Kelso: And if things don't work out with Angie, I'm on the first plane out!
- No Name Given: Fez is short for "foreign exchange student".
- Non-Specifically Foreign: He is from some ambiguous foreign country (probably from somewhere in South or Central America). Most likely a former colony, as its revealed in the last season it has a sizeable population of British and Dutch citizens.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: "Fez". So-called due to his Overly Long Name, see below.
- Overly Long Name: Fez' real name and home country; taken to the point of a Running Gag. When Fez does say his real name but is drowned out by the bell, in real life he was reciting all the actors on the series' names.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Sensitive guy to Kelso's manly man.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: He and Fenton are this to each other.
- Stalker with a Crush: At some point he tells Jackie, "You're a super cute high school girl that I've been spying on through a window for three and a half years".
- Sweet Tooth: "WHERE'S MY CANDY YOU SON OF A BITCH!?"
- Those Two Guys: With Hyde up until season five, where Hyde starts dating Jackie, and Kelso starts hanging out with Fez.
- The Unintelligible: The others treat Fez like his English borders on incomprehensible, rather than the noteable but not overwhelming accent he actually has.
- The Unreveal: In one of the last episodes, his best friend from back home comes for a visit. He turns out to be... a different ethnicity and has a different accent (as he "comes from the other side of the island"). The end credits feature the gang quizzing them both about their country, but they only offer vague answers.
- What the Hell Is That Accent?: Enforced by Fez's actor, Wilmer Valderrama, to add to the Running Gag about Fez's unknown home country.
Lauren "Laurie" Forman
Played By: Lisa Robin Kelly (Seasons 1-3 & 5), Christina Moore (Season 6)Eric's older sister, who studies to be a beautician. Happily slutty. Had a relationship with Kelso and is not liked by Kitty, who almost has nothing nice to say to her ever.
- Beauty Is Bad: Proudly exemplifies this trope and will even shamelessly uses it as a means of seduction.
- Big Sister Bully: Laurie relentlessly teases Eric and smugly rubs in the fact Red favors her whenever she can.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She is manipulative and pretends to be nice when she is around her parents, especially her father. Her mother meanwhile knows exactly how bad she really is.
- Commuting on a Bus: In Seasons 5 and 6.
- Daddy's Girl: Red thinks that Laurie is perfect, and he seemingly has no idea that she's the town slut. When Red finally sees her for how his daughter really is, she's genuinely devastated to have fallen from his good graces.
- Dating What Daddy Hates: Red doesn't take it well when he finds out that she's dating Kelso.
- Demoted to Extra: In season 6, after having been recast. Despite appearing in most episodes of that season, she rarely speaks.
- Dumb Blonde: She's not as much dumb as she is wilfully ignorant. This is likely due to a lifetime of taking short-cuts whenever possible. That said Laurie still isn't very bright and displays very little knowledge outside of anything directly affecting herself.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Became horrified when Eric told her he saw Red and Kitty having sex, and then comforted him and told him it would be alright. She even tells their parents what he'd witnessed so they'd stop suspecting he was on drugs due to his behaviour, which was a rare instance of being a good sibling.Eric: You're actually being nice!
Laurie: Yeah, it's just not my strong suit.
- Flat Character: Her defining personality was that she was nasty to everyone except to Red, whom she sucked up to and could do no wrong in his eyes, and she slept around. The main source of humor came from the fact that her nastiness and promiscuity were all there was to her. Some of the only attempts at breaking away from this were her comforting Eric after finding out he saw Red and Kitty having sex, becoming depressed after Red finally realized how nasty she was, and then later attempting to be a good person before she went back to her original, two-dimensional habits in the later seasons.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Foolish to Eric's responsible
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Though none of the group (barring Kelso) like her at all, she often gets involved in their activities for one reason of another.
- Heel–Face Revolving Door: Seems to make a genuine effort to change and be a good person at the end of Season 5. However, in Season 6 (with a new actress in place), she regresses to her old self without explanation.
- It's All About Me: Cares for very little outside of her own interests.
- Jerkass: She enjoys tormenting Eric and manipulating her parents.
- Karma Houdini: She constantly tortures Eric, is incredibly promiscuous, purposefully ruins Kelso's relationship with Jackie, not to mention forcing herself on him, and routinely takes her barbs against Eric further than words and sabotages his plans with his friends. She never suffers any repercussions from her actions that last any further than a single episode, and is always Red's little girl.
- Long Bus Trip: Season 7, where it was eventually stated she was out of the country. Unlike before, she never came back, which was Lampshaded in the Grand Finale.
- Ms. Fanservice: She is first introduced in only an oversized sweater.
- Pet the Dog: Comforting Eric after he told her he saw their parents having sex. Due to this, Eric was a complete basket case, and Red and Kitty thought he was on drugs. Since he couldn't bring himself to admit what was really wrong, Laurie bluntly told them "he saw you guys doing it!", then happily (and sincerely) told Eric "I helped!". She and Eric both lampshade this, Eric noting that her being nice is odd and Laurie apologizing for being poor at it, as she's not used to it.
- Put on a Bus: Halfway through Season 3, she went to Chicago and was no longer in the main cast.
- Really Gets Around: Oh, does she ever.Hyde: (To Kelso) "You're dating Laurie? That's not different, man. You're boldly going where every man's gone before!"
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: To the entire group barring Kelso.
- Slut-Shaming: If she's being nasty to someone, chances are they'll retaliate with a joke about her being "cheap" and "easy." Jackie even calls her a cheap slut after their Cat Fight.
- Smug Snake: Laurie tends to act like she's smarter than she is and that she will always be seen as Red's favourite. Though it soon becomes apparent Kitty has long seen though the façade and even Red comes to realise she's nowhere near as responsible as Eric.
- Spoiled Brat: This is how she is seen by Eric and the audience. Even her mother calls her this directly, believing she is far too selfish and nasty a person.
- Teacher/Student Romance: Has an affair with her psychology professor.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Kitty delivers an epic one to her in Season 1 when sharing during a "therapy circle."Kitty: "Laurie, you're mean to your brother and you're screwing around at college. We don't even see you unless you run out of clean clothes or need cash. The fact is, you're an ungrateful spoiled brat."
- The Unfavorite: To Kitty. By Season 5, even Red realizes how ungrateful she has been and calls her on it.
- The Vamp: Laurie's habit of using men as her playthings is well known to Eric and his friends. Though Kelso isn't smart enough to be put off pursuing her, even whilst in a relationship with Jackie.
Played By: Josh MeyersThe new guy for season 8. Very polite and laid-back. Quickly joins the group and dates Donna after Eric left for Africa.
- The Ace: Ladies man, good with tools, and full of ideas.
- Chick Magnet: Just like Kelso, he is good looking and successful with women.
- Deadpan Snarker: He has also Eric's sense of humor.
- Final Season Casting: Josh Meyers was put on the show after his contract with Mad TV was up and he chose not to continue being on the show.
- Mr. Fixit: He forms a friendship with Red after showing Red how good he is at fixing things.
- Nice Guy: Randy appears as a laid back, gentle and polite young man.
- Sixth Ranger: Joins the group in the final season.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: For Eric and Kelso. Also a Replacement Scrappy.
Reginald "Red" Forman
Played By: Kurtwood SmithThe patriarch of the Forman family. A hard-nosed veteran who always seems to be annoyed at something. Worked at a car parts factory until it shut down, at which point he became a supervisor at a discount store (and Eric's superior). Eventually has a heart attack, which prompts Eric to stay home from college. When he recovers, he purchases a troubled muffler store. Eric and Red are often at odds but there is an understanding between them when there has to be.
- Abusive Parents: His mother loved and doted on him, but his father was a real bastard. Red's parenting is positively lax in comparison.
- Actually Pretty Funny: When Kelso is "canoeing" in the street, which involves a canoe being dragged by rope attached to a car, Red can't help but enjoy the spectacle of misplaced bravery and childlike glee.Red: "Look at that crazy bastard. He may not be smart but he has more fun than all of us combined."
- Ass Shove: While he's always threatening to put his foot in someone's ass, he's only ever done it once and that was on Iwo Jima. It's not stated whether it was an enemy or an incompetent comrade (or even superior officer).
- Bald of Awesome: Well, balding.
- Berserk Button: Ignorance and stupidity. For his sins he runs into both on a regular basis.
- "I'll put my foot up your ass" and all variations of.
- Characterization Marches On: While Red would later be characterized as a Nixon supporter, even going as far as to believe that Nixon was set up for Watergate, in a Season 1 episode, he publicly condemned Ford to his face about pardoning Nixon. He was also less of a jackass early on.
- Closer to Earth: A rare Gender Flip in that Kitty is the one to usually have neurotic reactions while he's the one who keeps her grounded.
- The Comically Serious: Red often inadvertently slips into this given his reluctance to avoid outward affection. Kitty will actually prey on this to snap him out of being so serious or simply just for her own amusement.
- Cool Old Guy: A badass veteran of two wars, unfailingly faithful to his wife, loves his family immensely and beneath that grim exterior: He's is pretty funny too. He also takes in Hyde, even though Red's struggling financially, just so Hyde will avoid becoming another statistic.
- Dad the Veteran: Veteran of two wars.
- Deadpan Snarker: A quality shared with his son. Especially around the other adults who annoy him. Amusingly he claims Eric's "smartmouth" comes from his mother Kitty, though the evidence might just be against him on that one.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: More implied than anything else, but as he was a chief petty officer during his days in the Navy, he was probably this trope.
- Emotionally Tongue-Tied: He struggles with expressing his positive emotions. Especially with Eric. An incident involving him being drugged from the dentist involved him telling a visibly stunned Eric that he loved him. In the awkward aftermath, Red states under rare circumstances men can say "that phrase" (ie. drunk, dying or to get out of trouble) and at all other times "It's just a given." Eric picks up on the obvious implication of that statement, much to Red's horror.Red: "Other than that. It's just a given."Eric: "Oh. Hey, you just kinda told me..."Red: "No I didn't."
- Expy: Red is very similar to Archie Bunker of All in the Family in many ways; they're both irritable, conservative veterans and hardass fathers, although Red lacks the prejudices that were at the core of Archie's character and he is also notably more intelligent.
- The Fatalist: Red becomes more fatalistic over the series and becomes more annoyingly predictive of the zany antics of those around him. Best exemplified in his pessimistic advice to Eric while dealing with a menopause-ridden Kitty.
- For Your Own Good: His approach to raising Eric. It has little to no effect, as Eric simply tries to sneak around his father.
- Good Is Not Nice: His belief with parenting. Sometimes, it's fitting. Other times, not so much.
- Graceful Loser: He spends the latter part of Season 5 doing everything he can to break up Eric and Donna's engagement: fires Eric from his job, won't pay for college, and whatever else he can think of to make the boy's life difficult. Eric refuses to back down—even saying he and Donna will just move to Madison after graduation. Red thinks this over and completely relents, congratulating Eric for standing up to him.
- Happily Married: Despite his comical sitcom grumblings about the hardship of marriage, he is very much this with Kitty. To the point where he is visibly disgusted with the idea of cheating on her, such as when he finds out his old war buddy had invited him to a swingers party, and that a young saleswoman at Price Mart had a crush on him. The thought of straying doesn't even enter his mind.
- Hey, You!: Red calling Eric and co "dumbasses".
- Horrible Judge of Character: Especially when it comes to Laurie. Eventually he does come round to seeing her for what she is and taking more pride in how well Eric turned out.
- Informed Attribute: Everyone treats him like a strict hardass, but he's really rather lenient, especially for the time the show is set. Red does go too far sometimes, but is generally tough but fair. However part of this reputation seems to stem from his zero tolerance for stupidity and the frequency he seems to encounter idiotic behaviour. Anyone who has seen him vent his anger at a dumbass, which isn't rare, would probably believe that he's always a hardass.
- I Resemble That Remark!: When Red asks his son for an honest opinion about him, he not only offers no objection but is actually visably impressed by the accuracy of the answer.Eric: "I think you're angry because life didn't turn out exactly the way you wanted it to. And, uh, maybe you think if you yell at me, I won't let life push me around too."Red: "You came up with that answer awful fast. Hell Eric, maybe you'll be okay."
- Jerkass Façade: For all his grim exterior, Red is ultimately a loving father and husband. Even if he has a hard time showing it.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He was turned into a hardass by both his upbringing by his even sterner father and his experience in the war, but underneath the harsh exterior is a good, honest, hardworking family man.
- Lethal Chef: When he tries to cook, the results are not very good.
- Mean Boss: To be fair, the people that work for him do tend to be really stupid. When he gets the manager's job at Price Mart, Hyde congratulates him by saying "God help the poor bastards who work for you!" Red only smiles and laughs, taking it as a compliment.
- Never My Fault: Tends to blame Eric for things that are his own fault, or that both of them together are responsible, such as when they both forgot Kitty's birthday. He was especially low enough to blame Eric for wrecking Bob's barbecue, not knowing that Bob was losing his store, when it was all of Red's fault as he started the barbecue war first due to jealousy and couldn't admit he was wrong... at least, until he went over to repair the damage he'd done to Bob and helped him get Bob's barbecue back into full swing, as well as apologize for it.
- Not So Above It All: For all his talk, Red is usually willing to be immature too. Examples include feeding the boys dead moths as revenge for a prank gone wrong, openly refusing to go to church, bluntly refusing to help people move, being unable to keep a straight face when talking about Eric killing Donna's cat, stealing Bob's annoying Christmas decorations, and buying a motorcycle with his first paycheck instead of investing it in the family.
- Not So Different: He and Eric are far more similar than either would admit: Both are very sarcastic, both are usually the sanest in their group of friends and both are genuinely kind and devoted friends beneath their façades.
- Once an Episode: Red threatening to put his foot up someone's ass and/or calling someone a dumbass.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: His mother was the first person to call him Red and everyone else does so.
- Only Sane Man: The sanest of the adults and the only one who's on the ball when it comes to the kids' antics.
- Papa Wolf: No one gives his son crap except him and this sentiment extends to Hyde as well, who becomes an adopted son.
- Parental Favoritism: He favors Laurie over Eric, as he's oblivious to the fact that she's the town slut. He also seems to favor Hyde, his pseudo-adopted son, over Eric.
- Parental Substitute: For all Eric's friends but especially Hyde. He complains about this at one point when Jackie runs and hugs him at one point, and says he liked it better when everyone was afraid of him.
- Real Men Eat Meat: In one episode Red's doctor tells him to watch his cholesterol. Kitty prepares him a healthy breakfast of fruits and vegetables, and Red is horrified at the prospect of not being able to eat meat.Red: This isn't food! This is what food eats!
- Real Men Hate Affection: Is incredibly uncomfortable with showing affection in public, especially to Eric, making his few displays of affection particularly poignant.
- A Real Man Is a Killer:
Red: I killed people, never said that I didn't enjoy it.
- Red enjoys killing things, ranging from the deer and fish he kills during his hunting and fishing trips to the squirrels that he shoots with a pellet gun. He occasionally goes on solo hunting and fishing trips when he's very angry and needs to cool down, and Eric noted that Red found gutting worms on a hook to be very therapeutic.
- That said, on a hunting trip, when Eric missed an easy shot on a deer, Red initially berated him for it, but relented when Eric made a much more difficult shot on a tin can. When Eric explains he missed on purpose because he didn't want to kill the deer Red respects that more than him just being lousy shot.
- Overall he seems to zig-zag whether he applies this to other people based on what would be funnier.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He really is underneath it all. It's especially notable because it was implied several times that Red's father was even worse.
- Retired Badass: He's a veteran of World War 2 and Korea.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Red and Kitty are the grown-up version of this.
- So Proud of You: It becomes clear he is very proud of how Eric turned out after all. He even tells Eric this on a number of occasions, especially when he strikes out on his own. Though the most touching instance is when Eric is leaving to Africa.
- Surrounded by Idiots: For the most part he finds himself dealing with a dumbass on a fairly regular basis.
- Team Dad: Much to his chagrin, of course. He could've had a Corvette! And his house is filled with kids, it's like he and Kitty are... MORMONS!
- Where Did We Go Wrong?: With Eric. Despite Red's best efforts, Eric simply has no interest or ability in the things Red considers important such as sports or mechanics. Although he is actually very proud of him, partly because he's been brave enough to go his own way.
Katherine "Kitty" Forman
Played By: Debra Jo RuppEric's mother and Red's wife. Attempts to be as cheery as possible, despite her son's constant snarking, her daughter's obvious sluttiness and disdain, and her husband's unending grumpiness. Works as a nurse at a hospital. Seems to suppress a lot of unpleasant thoughts in order to keep her bright personality.
- Abusive Parents: Kitty's parents are quite a doozy...Hyde: What's wrong with Mrs. Forman's parents?
Kitty: Nothing. They're just...they're very complicated people who can't be summed up in a couple of words.
Eric: Grandma yells, Grandpa drinks.
Red: That pretty much summed it up.
Kitty: Now, that is not true. My father is a wonderful man who just...gets a little sleepy. And my mother, well...fine, is a little remote. Which I have learned through many helpful books makes it impossible for her to say "I love you." Even if it's the only thing in the world a sad little girl needs to hear.
- Annoying Laugh: Kitty's signature laugh. Though often it's a defense mechanism when she's nervous or there's visible tension in the room.
- Cluster F-Bomb: Unleashes a magnificent one on Red when Eric appears to be moving out culminating in her calling him a dumbass.
- Cock Fight: Discussed. Kitty reacts with disapproval when Red admits Eric is off to fight another man interested in Donna, stating men are such "Neanderthals" fighting over a woman. Though her point is quickly lost when she recounts an instance when Red fought a lifeguard a little too fondly.Kitty: It's like that time at that beach, when that lifeguard pinched my fanny. You just had to lay him out, didn't ya?
Kitty: Well how do you think I felt, Red? Watching you stand over that poor man, your eyes burning with intensity, your sun-tanned muscles gleaming like a bronze god.
(Both slowly look at each other, then quickly rush upstairs.)
- Covert Pervert: Her and Red's sex life is much more active than it first seems, most of which is enforced by her.
- Deadpan Snarker: Just as much as her husband and son, though not as obvious. Red comments that Eric gets his smart-mouth from her.
- Disproportionate Retribution: After hitting menopause in season 5 until the end of the series, she becomes much more stubborn towards everyone. Most notably, she becomes angry with Donna after she caught her making out with Randy in Eric's bedroom. It's later revealed that Kitty was really angry with Eric while he was in Africa and was venting all her anger at Donna.
- Genki Girl: She seems to hate acting her age. She's even more energetic than the kids.
- Happily Married: To Red. Their relationship is the clearest evidence that beneath Red's exterior is a loving husband and father. Though she does have to work at bringing out his softer side, she's one of the few people who actually can do so with minimum effort.
- Hidden Depths:
- She doesn't buy Laurie's good girl act for a second and unlike Red seems to have been wise to her antics for many years. She calls Laurie out on this on more than one occasion.
- Seems to be more aware of the kids' drug use than Red. When Eric confesses to using marijuana, she's more worried about him admitting this to Red than the fact he uses it. In a later episode, she even tries it herself.
- After a really bad day trying to quit smoking with Red's mother hanging around, she walked into the basement asking for a cigarette from the gang. When Eric played dumb she stated that as a nurse she knew statistically that at least one of them smoked and they'd best hand one over when she closed her eyes.
- Hypocrite: A sympathetic example; she detests the idea of Eric smoking cigarettes even though she smokes herself (and admits that as a nurse she knows all about the adverse effects of it). Rather than laying into her, Eric accepts his Mom just has trouble quitting the habit, as seen when he's sympathetic to her failed attempts to give it up.
- Lady Drunk: Kitty is revealed to have a somewhat dependent relationship with alcohol, mostly after she hits menopause.
- My Beloved Smother: Certainly has her moments to Eric and sometimes Hyde.
- Nice Girl: She is the nicest person on the show despite some justified slips in the latter season for being unappreciated or succumbing to menopause moods.
- Not So Different: While she usually plays Straight Man to her domineering husband and bumbling son, its shown several times that she can be just as dotty and thoughtless as Eric and his friends.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: She's known as "Kitty".
- Parental Favoritism: For Eric since, unlike Red, she has no illusions about Laurie.
- Parental Substitute: Kitty mothers the teenagers as if they were her own children, and tries to help them with their problems, even going so far as to adopt Hyde after his mother abandons him. Red also ends up getting involved on more than one occasion, much to his displeasure.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Kitty and Red are the grown-up version of this.
- Stepford Smiler: Very, very heavily implied to be one. When she takes Eric to the hospital for career day, he sees her handle corpses, talk to dying people, and treat the already dead like numbers. When he asks her how she copes with it all, combined with the added stress of her family, she turns the radio up to maximum volume and starts singing over him.
- Supreme Chef: Several characters note that she's a good cook. This apparently has her showing emotions through cooking, such as when her hated mother-in-law died, and Kitty, full of grief and having no idea how to express it, spent days cooking instead.
- Team Mom: She mothers everyone in the gang, to Red's constant irritation.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: When she hits menopause in Season 5 onward, Kitty becomes a lot bitchier. Remember when Kitty was just a regular housewife and occasional Straight Man to the others, instead of an alcoholic who was obsessed with her son to a creepy degree?
- Where Did We Go Wrong?: With Laurie.
Played By: Don StarkDonna's father. Works at an electronics store.
- Abusive Parents: Though he never was outwardly malicious to Donna and in fact loves her deeply, his tendency to experiment with drugs and throw nudist parties at their house often frustrated Donna, much to Bob's ignorance or apathy towards how it made his daughter feel. Not to mention he decided to date Jackie's mother, despite how unpleasant it was for his daughter and Jackie who were close friends.
- Berserk Button: When he finds out Donna and Eric have had sex.
- Bumbling Dad: Bob tries his best, but is simply unsuited for the role of fatherhood, possibly as a result of having Donna so early in life.
- Butt-Monkey: Oh, Bob. First he ends up going out of business due to Price Mart coming in. Then his wife leaves him and his daughter to go to California which puts him in a deep depression. And then another girlfriend he really got along well with leaves him so upset that he wouldn't even leave his bed.
- The Dog Bites Back: When it came to dating Pam, Donna and Jackie were very much against this. Bob, however, finally stands up for himself and says that he doesn't need his daughter telling him how he should be happy.
- Extreme Doormat: Especially after his wife leaves.
- Hidden Depths: During Career Day, Donna is embarrassed by the way Bob behaves at work and all the goofy promotions. He justifies the craziness, however, by saying it's all to pay for Donna's college and ensure a good future. (Except the presence of a monkey, which was for his own amusement.)
- Honest John's Dealership: It is eventually driven out of business by Price Mart, leaving Bob destitute until he invents a car accessory that brings him plenty of patent royalties.
- Kavorka Man: Though visibly muscular, Bob has a real bulldog face, a hilariously ridiculous white guy afro, and insists on rather clashing clothing, even for the 70s. He still manages to hook up with hotties like Midge and Jackie's mom.
- Nice Guy: Wouldn't he have to be to hang out with Red all the time? Kelso also reasoned that this trope was how Bob hooks up with attractive women. As old-fashioned as Bob can be, he has put his family ahead of himself so many times that a lot of the bad things that happen to him feel almost undeserved.
- Overprotective Dad: Can be like this at times with Donna as it relates to Eric.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: With Midge. He later dates Pam, Jackie's mom (played by Brooke Shields).
Played By: Tanya RobertsDonna's mother. Is amazingly hot.
- Abusive Parents: To Donna. She had no problem up and leaving Donna without a warning to her family of where she would go, because she often felt unhappy and stole Bob's car. She also had no problem doing sexual acts with Bob around Donna much to her disgust and often belittled Donna's more feminist beliefs while using them as an excuse to be neglectful.
- Brainless Beauty: She is seen as the sexy neighborhood mom, but she's also dimwitted.
- Buxom Is Better: So much that once she leaves the show the boys imagine a montage for her "sweet uptown rack".
- Dumb Blonde: At one point, she locks herself in a bathroom. Two separate characters tell her the lock is on the doorknob. The first time, she responds that she's staying locked in on purpose, but "I see it now, thanks."
- Foreshadowing: Bob and Midge were shown experiencing (rather hilarious) marriage difficulties in multiple episodes before their divorce in season 4. In fact, her very last line before leaving was "I'm unhappy, Bob."
- Put on a Bus: She leaves Bob in season 4 and moves to California. A distraught Donna runs off there as well at the end of the season (with Kelso in tow), returning at the beginning of season 5. She leaves again in season 7.
- Stacy's Mom: The boys have fantasized and made lewd comments about her, and even spied on her. Fez and Kelso fell prostrate and worshipped Eric when they mistakenly believed he'd shagged her. The fanboys also love her because of her looks.
- Straw Feminist: Played for Laughs, Midge has no actual understanding of feminism and was just swept up in the early feminism fad of the 70s.
- Sweater Girl: When Midge left Bob, the boys lament over losing "her sweet uptown rack".Fez: Oh, good God, man, what a marvelous set of kittens. Remember that sweater?
Kelso: Oh. Remember the other sweater?
Eric: Yeah. Remember that time she ran up to us in a sweater?
Hyde: Remember the week she took up jump rope? In a sweater?
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Until she leaves Bob.
Played By: Tommy ChongA hippie that maintains a very easy-going attitude with everything he does. Also the owner of a local photography store where Hyde works in once in a while.
- Ascended Extra: Was originally just Hyde's goofy boss at the Photo Hut.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Justified by the fact that he smokes weed, and very likely other harder drugs that couldn't be shown on network TV.
- Cool Old Guy: Significantly, the only adult universally allowed into the basement circle.
- The Ditz: See Cloudcuckoolander above.
- Expy: Of Chong's main character from Cheech and Chong.
- Hidden Depths: He was revealed to be a WWII vet and has rescued his platoon. This gives Red a newfound respect for Leo.
- Mysterious Past: "There are a lot of things about me you don't know about. For instance... I'm a veteran."
- Parental Substitute: To Hyde, the son he never had.
- Pointy-Haired Boss: He once threatened to fire Hyde if he helped a customer.
- Put on a Bus: When Tommy Chong was arrested by the end of Season 4, Leo obviously disappeared from view. Sometime into Season 5, it was revealed that he had left town (leaving Hyde a goodbye letter) to go back to his family. The Bus Came Back towards the end of Season 7, though, mainly to fulfill the "idiot" role originally held by Kelso before Ashton Kutcher's departure.
- Real Life Writes the Plot: His departure from the show only happened because Chong, being in prison, was no longer available to play the role.
- Verbal Tic: He ends most of his sentences with the word "man", man.
Played By: Jim GaffiganA manager at a hotel where Hyde, Kelso, and Eric work for a time during seasons five and six. He appeared on the show while Tommy Chong was in prison.