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The Brady Parents
Tropes applying to both:
Michael Paul Brady
Played by: Robert Reed
Carol Ann Brady (nee Tyler)
Played by: Florence Henderson
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Is young, pretty and sweet.
The Brady Boys
Tropes applying to all the boys:
- Nice Guy: Sure, they could be rough around the edges and prone to mean tricks and smart-aleck remarks, but they were all good guys. Especially Peter.
- Missing Mom: Even mentioned in the pilot when Bobby is afraid Carol will be sad to see his birth mother's picture still sitting out.
Played by: Barry Williams
- Big Man on Campus
- The Casanova
- The Cast Showoff: His musical skills.
- Hot for Teacher: In the season 1 episode "The Undergraduate"
- Lovable Jock
- Team Dad: When it was just the kids in a situation.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Seems to have a fondness for sandwiches.
Played by: Christopher Knight
- Beware the Nice Ones: Buddy Hinton found this out the hard way.
- Big Brother Instinct: For Cindy
- Catch-Phrase: "Pork chops and applesauce!"
- I Just Want to Be Special: "The Personality Kid".
- Middle Child Syndrome: In "Cyrano de Brady".
- Wholesome Crossdresser: In "The Liberation of Marcia Brady" when his brothers talked him into being a Sunflower Girl. He was less than pleased.
Played by: Mike Lookinland
- Alliterative Name
- Big Eater
- The Celebrity Lie: Claimed he was close friends with Joe Namath.
- Cheerful Child
- First Kiss: The show's only episode on this subject was focused on him.
- Height Angst: Bobby had this in one episode, hating that he was little. But in the end, he and one of his brothers got locked in Sam's meat locker while picking up meat for one of the boys' delivery job and only Bobby fit through the window to get out and get help.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation and I Just Want to Be Special: Not quite Jan level, but he still had enough of those moments. Probably that being the youngest boy and in shadow of both Greg and Peter, and the second-youngest overall, he was often seen questioning his self-worth.
- Middle Child Syndrome: While not a middle boy, as the youngest boy (and second-youngest overall) he was actually more insecure than Peter, in four episodes thinking that Carol didn't love him; being rejected from glee club; not having a trophy when all his other siblings did; and the height issue.
- Mr. Imagination: Bobby had a lot of daydream sequences in the series.
- Sweet Tooth: Was majorly fond of ice cream and pastries.
The Brady Girls
Tropes applying to all the girls:
- Hair Decorations
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Even mentioned in the theme song. Young, beautiful and innocent.
- Disappeared Dad: It's implied their mother was TV's first divorcee, but the network left it purposely ambiguous. At least one fan theory states he left Carol, then died.
- Girl Next Door
- Magic Skirt: Some of the skirts the girls wore in the later years were pretty tiny.
Played by: Maureen McCormick
- The Ace
- Broken Ace: Often.
- Always Someone Better: Jan feels this way about her.
- Catch-Phrase: "Oh my nose!"
- Fragile Flower: Especially in the early seasons.
- Girlish Pigtails: In the first season.
- Smitten Teenage Girl: Quite often.
- Team Mom: When it was just the kids in a situation.
- Tender Tears: She cries pretty frequently in the first few seasons.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Girly Girl to Jan's Tomboy.
- You Go, Girl!: When she tried to join Greg's Frontier Scouts. She succeeded.
Played by: Eve Plumb
- Boyfriend In Canada: Her made-up boyfriend George Glass
- Catch-Phrase: "Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!"
- The Cast Showoff: Eve Plumb was a highly talented artist, which led to Jan displaying some skills of her own in certain episodes.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation
- I Just Want to Be Special: Most of her spotlight episodes were this trope
- Middle Child Syndrome: Practically the poster girl for this trope.
- Overshadowed by Awesome
- Tomboy: While she did have a prominent girly side, she tended to dress more boyishly than her sisters every now and then, and had less of a problem picking up frogs and mice once she got past her initial "yuck" stage regarding them.
Played by: Susan Olsen
- The Baby of the Bunch: Even in the Reunion Show A Very Brady Christmas Cindy, who is now 19, resents the fact that since she's the youngest they rest of her family all treat her like a baby. At Christmas she's still seated at the "kids table" along with the offspring of her siblings while those same siblings (including Bobby who is only a year or so older than her) are all seated at the adults table.
- Cheerful Child
- Companion Cube: Kitty Karry-All in season 1
- The Cutie
- Deliberately Cute Child: She definitely gave off this vibe in the first few seasons, especially when she wanted to get her way.
- Girlish Pigtails: They were even the focus of the theme song.
- Panty Shot: Had a few innocent ones in season 1
- Static Character: Something that annoyed Susan Olsen was the fact that, by the time Cindy had begun to mature, Marcia and Jan had already exhausted most of the typical "teen drama" stories, meaning all Cindy could be was “the youngest one in curls.” Meaning Cindy had to be the wide-eyed, naïve little girl, even as she became a teenager. At one point, Cindy ruins a poster by spelling words wrong (including her sister's name!) and even writing her letters backwards. Olsen herself pointed out that Cindy was much too old for that to be funny by then.
- Sweet Tooth: Like Bobby, she had a thing for ice cream and other desserts.
Played by: Ann B. Davis
- Deadpan Snarker
- Self-Deprecation: Played for laughs with the character herself.
- Team Mom: When Carol wasn't there.
Played by: Allan Melvin
- The Butcher: Sam is a notable aversion of the trope's usual sinister connotations.
- Love Interest: To Alice
- Nice Guy: Always a good friend to the family.
- Recurring Character: He actually appeared in only eight of the show's 117 episodes, although he's talked about in numerous others.
Played by: Robbie Rist
- '70s Hair: His John Denver-styled haircut didn't help to avert the show's status as an Unintentional Period Piece.
- Cousin Oliver: The Trope Namer.
- Kid-Appeal Character: It didn't work as planned.
- The Klutz: In the span of his first day at the Brady house, he caused so many accidents that by the end of the day he and the others were convinced he was a jinx.
- Nerd Glasses
- Sidekick: To Bobby and Cindy
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Disappeared midway into Season 2, due to his original actor being run over and none of the replacements working out.
- Heroes Love Dogs
- Tropey, Come Home: The episode "Tiger! Tiger!"
- What Happened to the Mouse?: His "wife" and puppies from the episode "Tiger! Tiger!". Later fell victim to this himself.