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.
- Adorkable: He geeks out over sci-fi, especially Star Wars, but is still a very nice guy.
- 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?
- 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".
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- I Uh You Too: When Donna first tells him that she loves him, his response is "I love... cake."
- Informed Flaw: Is constantly mocked as geeky and unattractive. While he is a nerd through and through, he is far from ugly.
- Jerkass Ball: More and more often as time goes on.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Feminine boy to Donna's masculine girl.
- Mistaken for Gay: By Buddy in season 1.
- Momma's Boy: To Kitty.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Unfavorite: To Red, for not being very good at sports.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: He's always looking for Red's approval.
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, and all the other guys for that matter, 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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: Verges on this at several points, mostly Depending on the Writer. Sometime's it's portrayed realistically, sometime's it's Played for Laughs.
- 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.
- 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.
- Conspiracy Theorist: "There's this car that runs on water, man."
- Cool Shades: He is always seen in these.
- Deadpan Snarker: He fits this trope really well.
- 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.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Eric.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: He's a genuinely good-natured and upstanding guy, but he hates openly displaying it.
- Hilariously Abusive Childhood: "They didn't leave me at the mall. They forgot me. They were drunk."
- Jerkass: If anyone can insult someone to that person's face, it's Hyde.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He does care for his friends.
- Jerkass FašadeKitty: 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)
- 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 embarassment and frustration.
- 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).
- The Lancer: To Eric's hero. He even dresses up as the the trope image character in one of Eric's Imagine Spots.
- Metal Head: Was a 70's variety of this.
- Noble Male, Roguish Male: Roguish to Eric's noble.
- My Sister Is Off-Limits!: Did not like Kelso fooling around with Angie.
- 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 Foremans. 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.
- Real Men Hate Affection: He denies even having feelings.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: With Jackie.
- 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.
- Suddenly Ethnicity: Season 7 reveals that his real father is black.
- Troubled, but Cute: Jackie certainly thinks so.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With everyone.
- With Friends Like These...: He's good at getting the guys in trouble.
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.
- 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.
- The Big Guy
- 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, was able to tinker with a video game to make it more challenging.
- Catch Phrase: "BURN!"
- Chick Magnet
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder
- Cloudcuckoolander: Being the idiot of the group, he's probably the biggest offender.
- The Ditz
- Genius Ditz: Occasionally.
- Even the Guys Want Him: Especially Fez.
- Fun Personified: Even lampshaded by Red at one point.
- 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.
- He has occasional flashes of intelligence showing there is a brain somewhere underneath his ditziness.
- Jerkass: Though he becomes more of a Jerk with a Heart of Gold as the series progresses.
- 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.
- One Head Taller: With Jackie.
- Put on a Bus: In season eight.
- Pretty Boy: Necessary component of his The Brainless Beauty act.
- Proud Beauty: One of the things he has in common with Jackie.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Manly man to Fez's sensitive guy.
- 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 (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: Her middle name is Beulah; for some reason, she considers it horribly embarrassing and wants to keep it in secret.
- 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
- Loveable 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.
- 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", 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 lampshaded.
- 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.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: She's terrified of clowns. Or just Fatso.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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: Has a few:
- "Good day." / "I said good day!"
- 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). Most likely a former colony, as its revealed in the last season it has a sizeable population of British and Dutch citizens.
- 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.
- Sweet Tooth: "WHERE'S MY CANDY YOU SON OF A BITCH!?"
- 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.
- The Unintelligible: The others treat Fez like his English borders on incomprehensible, rather than the noteable but not overwhelming accent he actually has.
- 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. Happily slutty. 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 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
- 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
- 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.
- The Ace: Bordering on Mary Sue.
- 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
- Nice Guy
- Sixth Ranger
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: For Eric and Kelso. Also a Replacement Scrappy.
Reginald "Red" Foreman (Kurtwood Smith)
"You morons just hung vacancy signs on your asses, and my foot is looking for a room!"
The 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.
- A Real Man Is a Killer: Averted. While Red usually puts Eric down for what he perceives as less than manly qualities, he fully acknowledges and respects that Eric dislikes killing animals.
- 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/Retired Badass: He's a veteran of World War 2 and Korea.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Especially when it comes to Laurie.
- Hey, You!
- Jerkass Fašade
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: 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.
- 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 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 facades.
- 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
- 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. 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.
- 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. 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.
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.
- Annoying Laugh
- 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.
- Genki Girl: She seems to hate acting her age. She's even more energetic than the kids.
- Happily Married: To Red.
- Hidden Depths: 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.
- Lady Drunk
- My Beloved Smother: Certainly has her moments to Eric and sometimes Hyde.
- Nice Girl
- 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:
- Parental Favoritism: For Eric (since, unlike Red, she has no illusions about Laurie).
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: With Red.
- 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.
- Where Did We Go Wrong?: With Laurie.
Bob Pinciotti (Don Stark)
"Sparkler dogs! God bless America!"
Donna's father. Works at an electronics store.
- 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.
- The Ditz
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
Midge Pinciotti (Tanya Roberts)Donna's mother. Is amazingly hot.
- The Brainless Beauty
- Buxom Is Better: So much that once she leaves the show the boys imagine a montage for her "sweet uptown rack".
- The Ditz
- Dumb Blonde
- 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 on tow), returning at the beginning of season 5.
- Sweater Girl
- Stacy's Mom
- 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.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Until she leaves Bob.
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.
- Ascended Extra: Was originally just Hyde's goofy boss at the Photo Hut.
- Cloudcuckoolander and The Ditz: Justified by the fact that he smokes weed, and very likely other harder drugs that couldn't be shown on network TV.
- 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.
- Kavorka Man
- 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.
- Stoners Are Funny
- Verbal Tic: He ends most of his sentences with the word "man".