Characters: The Addams Family

Since the franchise itself had many, many characters, and even the family itself has many members this page was made.

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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 

Gomez Addams

Morticia Addams


  • 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.

Wednesday Addams

Pugsley Addams

  • 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.

Cousin Itt


  • 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 

Abigail Craven

Tully Alford

Margaret Alford-Addams

  • Awful Wedded Life: One-half of the couple mentioned under Tully's entry. Eventually, she leaves him for Cousin Itt.
    Margaret: Why did I marry you?
    Tully: Because I said yes!
  • Human Mom Non Human Dad: Well, whether or not Cousin Itt's actually human is debatable, but the fact is that he and Margaret managed to conceived a child together — "What", named by the obstetrician.
    Morticia: Isn't he precious?
    Margaret: We've had offers.
  • Running Gag: In the first movie, she manages to trick herself into Fester's "Chinese finger torture trap" gag device more than once. She's even chosen to model it at the charity auction for this reason.

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.
    Debbie: That's not who I was. I was a ballerina! Graceful and delicate! 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

The Normanmeyers

  • 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.