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Characters: The Good Wife
(An incomplete list) of characters to be found in the television series The Good Wife.

Alicia Florrick (née Cavanaugh)

Played by: Julianna Margulies

The titular good wife of the series. Formerly a litigation lawyer until she married Peter and had their kids. After Peter is involved in a public sex scandal and faces the threat of prison, she goes back to her former career to support herself and their children. After being away from the job so long she has to start as a junior and make her way up the ladder from scratch.

Tropes displayed by Alicia Florrick:
  • Adorkable: For all her composure and classical beauty, whenever Alicia gets flustered or genuinely, unexpectedly happy, she shows an almost childlike glee that is very cute, as opposed to her more typical subdued sexiness.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She's generally cool and composed, especially when she's in court.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: When she gets angry, look out. Threatening her family is an especially dumbass move.
    Alicia: [sweetly] Die choking on your own blood.
    • Has only increased since departing Lockhart-Gardner.
  • Brainy Brunette
  • Brother-Sister Team: Alicia and Owen turn into this more and more.
  • Career Versus Family: Goes through both sides of this conflict during the show.
  • Cool Big Sis: To Owen.
  • Hello, Attorney!
  • Mama Bear: Go after her kids, and... Just don't.
  • Plucky Girl
  • Pretty in Mink: Attends a gala in a red dress topped with a black fur wrap.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Will. To the point where he says that they have "always had bad timing." Resolved as the closer of season two.

Peter Florrick

Played by: Chris Noth

Tropes displayed by Peter Florrick:
  • The Atoner: Trying to make up for what he did both as a public, political figure and as a husband.
  • Papa Wolf: Which makes goes well with Alicia's attitude towards their kids.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Cheated on his wife with prostitutes.

Diane Lockhart

Played by: Christine Baranski

Tropes displayed by Diane Lockhart:
  • Badass In Charge: Notable in that, like Will, Diane is a named partner of Lockhart/Gardner and a talented, tenacious lawyer, as opposed to many of the equity partners who are content to let lower-ranked members of the firm do their work and just collect a paycheck.
  • Only Sane Man: Routinely has to be above it all when dealing with either the defendants or her coworkers. Because of this, it's allowed her to see Bond attempting to oust her, Will and Alicia willing, and Alicia, Cary, and the fourth years leaving to start their own firm. Also, given Will's own brushes with the wrong side of the courtroom, she serves as the voice of reason for when his ideas can cause problems for the firm, or for him.
  • Opposites Attract: Dates ultra-conservative weapons expert Kurt McVeigh.
    • Which leads to marriage, as of Season 5.
  • Platonic Life Partners: With Will. To the point of platonically slow dancing.
  • Specs of Awesome

Will Gardner

Played by: Josh Charles

Tropes displayed by Will Gardner
  • Amoral Attorney: Was one in the past, and still displays some signs.
  • Hello, Attorney!
  • Jerkass/Jerkass With A Heart Of Gold: Veers regularly between the two: Will can be vindictive, coldly calculating, and unapologetically manipulative. He also seems to have a soft spot for certain, emotionally-charged cases, is quite loyal to those he cares about (particularly Diane, Kalinda, and Alicia), and is, oddly enough, probably the biggest romantic on the show.
  • Platonic Life Partners: With Diane.
  • The Strategist: Has proven an unconventional brilliance when it comes to navigating the world of law.
  • Unlucky Childhood Friend: Has apparently been in love with Alicia for the better part of two decades, but can never seem to get past their "bad timing."
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Alicia.

Kalinda Sharma

Played by: Archie Panjabi

Tropes displayed by Kalinda Sharma:

Cary Agos

Played by: Matt Czuchry

Tropes displayed by Cary Agos:

Eli Gold

Played by: Alan Cumming

You ever seen Drag Me to Hell? It's gonna be just like that.

Tropes displayed by Eli Gold:
  • Berserk Button/Hair-Trigger Temper: "I hate AMATEURS!"
    • Don't do anything to hurt Eli's campaign if you don't want him to spit coffee and throw books or strangle you.
  • Homoerotic Subtext: While Eli is not gay, his actor, Alan Cumming, is openly bisexual, and has been married to a man since 2007.
  • Informed Ability: Eli Gold is supposedly "the best" political manager in the business, but in early season 2 he misses huge problems or plays into a lot of serious screw-ups.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold
  • Manipulative Bastard
  • Pet the Dog: They start showing up right and left in season four. Respects Alicia's decision about the interview, snaps at the interviewer when she gets rude, shows deep guilt about prying into Alicia's private life and explicitly says that he's protecting Alicia, not just Peter, from malicious rumors.

Glen Childs

Played by: Titus Welliver

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Wendy Scott Carr

Played by: Anika Noni Rose

Tropes displayed by Wendy Scott Carr:
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