Characters: That '70s Show

The cast for That '70s Show.
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Eric Forman (Topher Grace)

"God, I feel like I'm Luke Skywalker, ya know?"

The main character. A high school boy living in Point Place, Wisconsin and son of Red and Kitty Forman. Is basically 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.

Donna Pinciotti (Laura Prepon)

"If women don't learn to stand up for themselves, men will always control the world."

The 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.

  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: A lot, though not quite as much in later seasons.
  • But I Would Really Enjoy It: See Eric's entry above.
  • Catholic School Girls Rule: In Season 5, Bob sent her to Catholic school as punishment for running away to California. Eric doesn't mind the uniform at all.
  • Closer to Earth: Tends to be the voice of reason in the group.
  • 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.
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: Dying her hair blonde caused quite a stirr 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.
  • Hypocrite: 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Never 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.
  • The Smart Girl: But she's also The Big Girl.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She's quite tall, especially compared to Jackie.
  • Straw Feminist: Her parents find her feminist principles very funny. However, compared to her mother, she's a much more realistic depiction of feminism.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to Jackie's girly girl. Though she does have a girly streak...
  • 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.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Donna wears a pair of white knee-high socks as part of her school uniform, much to Eric's delight.

Steven Hyde (Danny Masterson)

"The government is out to get you."

Troubled 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.

Michael Kelso (Ashton Kutcher)

"You have the right to remain burned!"

A 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.

Jacqueline "Jackie" Burkhart (Mila Kunis)

"Look, the sooner you realize I'm a genius, the better off we'll both be."

A 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.

  • Adorkable: Her stupidity comes as of adorable.
  • The Beautiful Elite: She's pretty, she's rich. and she won't shut up about it.
  • Brainless Beauty: Downplayed. She's shallow, vapid, ditzy and sometimes comes across as an airhead, but she's not as stupid as Kelso.
  • Character Development: When she started dating Hyde.
  • 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.
  • The Chick
  • The Ditz: Along with Kelso in a Ditz couple.
  • Embarrassing Middle Name: Beulah.
  • 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 realizes just how much Laurie hates her.
  • It's All About Me: And how!
  • Jerkass: The reigning bitch of Point Place.
  • Lethal Chef: She rarely tries to cook, but when she does, the results are disastrous.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch
  • 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.
  • Ms. Fanservice: After Mila Kunis turned 18. She had many Bare Your Midriff moments.
  • 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", 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: With Hyde. 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.
    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 lampshded.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Not evil per se, but she is still quite nasty compared to the rest (even Hyde), at least until she...
  • 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.
  • 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!"

Fez (Wilmer Valderrama)

"Whenever I look at naked ladies, I get really tired. Then I get my second wind, and then I want to look at more naked ladies."

A 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.

  • Always Camp
  • Ambiguously Brown: Part of his Non-Specifically Foreign characterization.
  • 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.
  • Catch Phrase: "Good day." / "I said good day!"
    • "Whore!"
    • "Bitch!"
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Biggest one in the group along with Kelso.
  • Culture Clash
  • 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.
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Sexually Active Today?
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Kelso.
  • I'll Be in My Bunk
  • 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", which makes him...
  • Non-Specifically Foreign: He is from some ambiguous foreign country (probably from somewhere in South or Central America).
  • 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.
  • The Un-Reveal: 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" Foreman (Lisa Robin Kelly, Christina Moore)

"I'll do anything for ten dollars."

Eric's older sister, who studies to be a beautician. Seen as a tramp by everyone, including herself (something she is oddly unafraid to admit). Had a relationship with Kelso and is not liked by Kitty, who almost has nothing nice to say to her ever.

  • Big Sister Bully
  • Blondes Are Evil
  • 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.
  • Dumb Blonde
  • 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.
    Eric: You're actually being nice!
    Laurie: Yeah, it's just not my style.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Hot Girls Are Bitches
  • Jerkass
  • Karma Houdini
  • 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
  • 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 call that "Going where no man has gone before?" That's going where every man has 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".
  • Smug Snake
  • The Vamp
  • The Unfavorite: To Kitty. By Season 5, even Red realizes how ungrateful she has been and calls her on it.

Randy Pearson (Josh Meyers)

The new guy for season 8. Very polite and laid-back. Quickly joins the group and dates Donna after Eric left for Africa.


Reginald "Red" Foreman (Kurtwood Smith)

"You just hung vacancy signs on your asses, and my foot is looking for a place to stay!"

The patriarch of the Forman family. A hard-nosed veteran who always seems to be annoyed at something. Worked at a factory until it shut down, at which point he became a supervisor at a department 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.

  • 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).
  • Badass
  • Bald of Awesome
  • Catch Phrase: "Dumbass!"
    • And also "I'll put my foot up your ass" and all variations of.
  • 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
  • Cool Old Guy
  • Dad the Veteran: Veteran of two wars.
  • Deadpan Snarker: A quality shared with his son. Especially around the other adults who annoy him.
  • 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.
  • For Your Own Good: His approach to raising Eric.
  • Good Is Not Nice: His belief with parenting. Sometimes, it's fitting. Other times, not so much.
  • Happily Married: To Kitty.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Especially when it comes to Laurie.
  • Hey, You!
  • Jerkass Fašade
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: The king of this trope.
  • 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.
  • Not So Above It All: For all his talk, Red is usually willing to be immature too. Examples include feeding the boys a dead possum in revenge for a prank, 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 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 facades.
  • Once an Episode: Red threatening to put his foot up someone's ass and/or calling someone a dumbass.
  • Only Known By His Nickname: His mother was the first person to call him Red and everyone else does so.
  • Only Sane Man
  • Papa Wolf
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Him and Kitty are the grown-up version.
  • Surrounded by Idiots
  • 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.
    • Although he is actually very proud of him.

Katherine "Kitty" Foreman (Debra Jo Rupp)

"Oh Red... you do care."

Eric'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.

Bob Pinciotti (Don Stark)

"Sparkler dogs! God bless America!"

Donna's father. Works at an electronics store.

Midge Pinciotti (Tanya Roberts)

Donna's mother. Is amazingly hot.

Leo Chingkwake (Tommy Chong)

A 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.

Roy Keene (Jim Gaffigan)

A 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.