(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:
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.
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
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.
Played by: Archie Panjabi
Tropes displayed by Kalinda Sharma:
- Action Girl
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She's attractive in an imposing way and has an aloof demeanour.
- Berserk Button: Say something to make Alicia know about Kalinda's and Peter's affair and Kalinda will go violent.
- Bi the Way: Describes herself as "flexible."
- But Not Too Bi: Kalinda is seen more often with male lovers, though the balance is being restored.
- Breakout Character
- Consummate Liar: Used primarily in her duties as an investigator.
- Even the Girls Want Her: According to Cary.
- The Stoic: Is excellent at keeping her emotions under the surface, which makes it all the more powerful when they do burst through.
- Ms. Fanservice
- Mysterious Past: Kalinda Sharma is not her real name to begin with...
- Thigh-High Boots: Somewhat of a Zettai Ryouiki.
- Vague Age: She said she was 12 when Alicia last practiced law in the pilot, which would put her age at 25, but that's pretty young for a character with that much experience in everything played by a 37-year old actress. Although it's likely she was just being hyperbolic or lying like many things about her past. For all we know she could be as old as Alicia just younger looking and likes dressing like a college girl.
Played by: Matt Czuchry
Tropes displayed by Cary Agos:
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.
Played by: Titus Welliver
Tropes displayed by Glen Childs:
Wendy Scott Carr
Played by: Anika Noni Rose
Tropes displayed by Wendy Scott Carr: