Characters: The Addams Family
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The Addams Family is the titular family of the show which is a weird but loving bunch of people who are unaware that others find them scary or bizarre.
The Addams Family Members
- Battle Butler
- Dumb Muscle: In some incarnations, Lurch is not very bright. One episode of the 1960's show even had Wednesday mention that Lurch doesn't know how to count.
- Frankenstein's Monster: He has the appearance of one, to say the least, but some continuities make jokes implying that he is made from dead body parts, was brought to life in a lab, and/or was created by a mad scientist.
- Gentle Giant: While physically intimidating, Lurch is a very nice guy.
- Only Sane Man
- The Voiceless/The Speechless: In the original New Yorker comics and in the live-action movies. In other continuities, he is rather talkative.
- Age Lift: In the original 1960's show, she was younger than her brother Pugsley. Most other adaptations make her older than Pugsley.
- Adaptation Personality Change: In the original cartoons, usually smiling; by the time of the films, usually scowling.
- Daddy's Girl: Had shades of this in the 1960s show.
- Large Ham (except in the films, where she's a Deadpan Snarker)
- Creepy Child: Almost goes without saying.
- Deadpan Snarker: Famously.
(during lifeguard practice at summer camp)
Amanda: I'll be the victim!
Wednesday: All your life.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette / Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Especially as played by Christina Ricci.
- Enfant Terrible: In the movies and The New Addams Family, she can come off as being downright cold.
- She Is All Grown Up: In the 2010 musical.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: In The New Addams Family. Her tendencies to physically harm Pugsley are exaggerated and she always has to intimidate and frighten everyone who comes by her family's house.
- Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: In the second movie, when pushed to the breaking point, she scalps her persecutors.
- The Un-Smile: Again, in the second movie, this is a warning sign.
- When She Smiles: There are moments where it appears genuine, it just doesn't help much that she seems to show it mostly for sadistic and twisted reasons.
- Younger Than They Look: She is younger than her brother Pugsley in the 90's cartoon despite being taller and more intelligent.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: He was blond in the original New Yorker comics, had dark hair in the 1960's show, was made blond again in the 1970's cartoon, had brown hair in the live-action films, was blond once more in the 90's cartoon, and had brown hair once more in The New Addams Family.
- Adaptation Personality Change: In the original cartoons, usually scowling; by the time of the films, usually smiling.
- A Boy And His Octopus
- Butt Monkey: In the 90's cartoon and especially in The New Addams Family.
- Child Prodigy: In the original 1960's television show.
- The Dog Bites Back: While Pugsley had to put up with Wednesday torturing him most of the time in The New Addams Family, he eventually had his revenge by trapping Wednesday and her identical cousin Monday Jones inside a trunk in the episode "Keeping Up with the Joneses".
- Large Ham
- Older Than They Look: Despite being shorter and less intelligent, he is older than Wednesday in the 90's cartoon.
- Took a Level in Dumbass: He went from being a boy genius in the 1960's show to being a child of average intelligence in the movies to being The Ditz in the 90's animated series.
Uncle Fester Addams
- Bald of Awesome
- Big Fun
- Evil Laugh
- Fat Bastard: Averted. He is overweight, but is actually a very nice and friendly person despite sharing the questionable interests and hobbies of the other Addamses.
- Fat Comic Relief
- Large Ham
- Looks Like Orlock
- Mad Scientist
- Retcon: Throughout the franchise, Fester's relation to the family varied. While it wasn't made clear in the original New Yorker strips by Charles Addams how he was related to the family, he was made Morticia's uncle in the 1960's television show. After that, he was made Gomez's brother in the 70's animated series, then back to Morticia's uncle in the 1977 special Halloween with the Addams Family, and was permanently made Gomez's brother again in the live-action movies, the 90's animated series, and The New Addams Family.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Cacti in the 1960's show. A rather notable case in that the food isn't called by name.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander
- Composite Character: A rather complicated case. In the original 1960's show, Granny was Gomez's mother with Morticia's mother being a separate character. Grandmama would remain the standard grandparent in later adaptations, but it would vary whether she is Gomez's mother or Morticia's mother and she would rarely coexist with Morticia or Gomez's mother as two separate characters. The 2010 musical mercilessly lampshades the issue by revealing that Gomez and Morticia are both uncertain whose mother she is.
- Crystal Ball
- Dirty Old Woman: In the 90's cartoon.
- Large Ham
- Retcon: Whether she's Gomez's mother or Morticia's mother is never consistent. She started out as Gomez's mother with Morticia's mother existing as a separate character, but was made to Morticia's mother in the 70's cartoon. She went back to being Gomez's mother in the 1977 special Halloween with the New Addams Family, once again coexisting with Morticia's mother. After that, she became Morticia's mother again for the live-action films and the 90's cartoon and went back to being Gomez's mother in The New Addams Family. The inconsistency was mocked in the 2010 musical when Gomez and Morticia were revealed to both be unsure who's mother Grandmama was.
- Blinding Bangs: He is a most extreme case, being covered in hair from head to toe. Some continuities even imply that he's nothing but hair.
- Demoted to Extra/Ascended Extra: He only showed up in three episodes of the 70's cartoon albeit appearing in the opening, but episodes that don't feature him are scarce in the 90's cartoon.
- The Faceless: Hidden under all that hair.
- Kavorka Man: He sure has a lot of girlfriends despite being short and hairy.
- Spell My Name with an "S": The film version of the character's name is spelled with only one T.
- The Unintelligible: To outsiders.
- Helping Hands
- In Name Only: In the original New Yorker comics, Thing was a complete person only partially seen who often appeared in strips as a hidden Easter Egg spying on the family. All other incarnations made Thing a disembodied hand, though some New Yorker strips of the family did feature a hand reaching from some sort of opening (e.g., a pipe or a sea shell).
- Spanner in the Works: In the first movie, he follows Morticia without anyone's knowledge back to the house as she attempts to confront Fester and Abigail, and runs off to warn the others when he notices she's in trouble.
- The Speechless: Well, he is a disembodied hand.
- Subverted in the films, in which Thing finds a voice through Morse Code by knocking on hard surfaces.
Other Addams characters
Debbie Jellinsky Addams
- Ax-Crazy: Big time.
- Big Bad: Of Addams Family Values.
- Black Widow: She killed her previous husbands for their money. She didn't have much luck with Fester, him being an Addams and all.
- Killed Off for Real: She met her end when Pubert crossed a few wires during her Villainous Breakdown and attempt to electrocute the family.
- Self-Made Orphan: She killed both her parents by burning down their house with them inside, in the night of her birthday, for daring to give her a Malibu Barbie instead of a Ballerina Barbie.
That's not who I was. I was a ballerina! Graceful
! They had to go
Dr. Phillip Adams
- Big Bad: Of Addams Family Reunion.
- The Dog Bites Back: His father Walter Adams frees the Addams Family for his attempts to poison him. In addition, the film ends with the doctor being electrocuted by mental patients he had tortured with electric shocks.
- Light Is Not Good: In contrast to the Addams Family being benevolent despite their bizarre and macabre ways, the members of the Adams family look normal but are all Jerkasses.
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate
- Big Bad/Sitcom Archnemesis: Well, they're not exactly villains, but they oppose the Addamses and everything they stand for in the 90's cartoon and are the most frequently recurring semi-antagonists.
- Hero Antagonist/Well-Intentioned Extremist: While they are rather hostile to the Addamses, it is often only to keep their lifestyle from being a danger to others.
- Hypocritical Humor: Norman Normanmeyer and his wife Normina both despise the Addamses for being weird, when they themselves have a very unhealthy obsession with underwear.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: They may have a rather prejudice attitude towards the Addamses, but always reluctantly thank them for their good deeds and they actually care about their son despite being friends with Wednesday and Pugsley.
- Knight Templar: They WILL preserve normalcy!
- Token Good Teammate: Norman and his wife Normina both despise the Addamses, but not their son N.J., who is even friends with Wednesday and Pugsley.