main index




Topical Tropes

Other Categories

TV Tropes Org
Characters: Two and a Half Men
A list of characters and associated tropes in the long-running sitcom Two and a Half Men:

    open/close all folders 

    The Harper Family 

Charles Francis "Charlie" Harper (Charlie Sheen)

  • The Ace: At least compared to Alan. Women and money just fall into his hands!
    • Broken Ace: There are some moments where Charlie's vices catch up with him (at least until he was killed).
      • In fact, the entire original premise of the show is that Charlie is one of these because Alan and Jake came back into his life.
  • Adam Westing / Meta Casting / Write Who You Know
  • The Alcoholic: Gradually over time, mostly in the later seasons, where if he's home, he's either pouring himself a drink or has one in his hand.
  • Always Someone Better: To Alan.
  • And There Was Much Rejoicing: Next to no one had a single nice thing to say about him during his funeral (Alan tried).
  • Anything That Moves: At least, Alan thinks so.
  • Ashes to Crashes: Ultimately, his smoldered ashes end up on the floor of the house when Alan drops them after being startled by Walden. And again when Jenny shows up.
  • Asshole Victim: The women who attend his funeral view him as one of these.
  • At Least I Admit It: Whatever flaws Charlie has, he doesn't deny who he is.
  • Bastard Boyfriend: To Chelsea. When she was suffering back pain due to large breasts he tried to prevent her from having breast reduction surgery so that she'll stay attractive to him.
  • Big Brother Bully: To Alan, in their childhood.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Gets paid millions just for writing jingles and doesn't have to do any other actual work or support anyone else. This is one of the main reasons why Alan despises him so much.
  • The Casanova: Sleeps with a woman every other episode (if not more).
    • And it's one of the traits passed down from father to daughter.
    • KidAnova: Was one of these in his youth as well.
  • Casual Kink: According to one of the women at Charlie's funeral, he liked being spanked while wearing her panties.
  • The Charmer: For all his flaws, Charlie actually does treat the women he sleeps with rather well. And then after the sex...
  • The Chew Toy: He does have his moments as a result of getting hit with the Idiot Ball, such as the time when he thought his ex-girlfriend's son was his own. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Character Development: Charlie may have been an immature narcissist and so forth, but he did learn how to be a better uncle and more willing to be in a monogamous relationship. Unfortunately it was thrown out the window in later seasons.
  • Chick Magnet: Alan put it best, "They just drop out of the sky for him!"
  • Comedic Sociopathy: To disturbing levels.
  • Deadpan Snarker: One of the biggest, if not the biggest, on the show.
  • Death by Sex: Rose catches him showering with another woman during their vacation to Paris and pushes him in front of a train.
  • Depraved Kids' Show Host: "Is There A Mrs. Waffles?"
  • Disappeared Dad: He decided that he didn't want to be in his daughter Jenny's life anymore and just sent child support.
  • Dreadful Musician: He can definitely play the piano well, and turns out to have a surprising proficiency for writing childrens' songs, but most of his actual jingles are so bad that it makes you wonder how he was ever able to make a living (to say nothing of a living in Malibu) off of it.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: A train, more specifically.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: His family does nothing but insult him, his career and his lifestyle despite him being incredibly successful as a musician (The quality may be questionable, but he's still really successful.) and having every right to live his life as he sees fit.
  • Even the Guys Want Him
  • Everyone Has Standards: Charlie found there were lines even he wouldn't cross, such as in the Christmas episode where he refused to sleep with a woman that was possibly his sister. As Rose quipped, "It's a Christmas miracle!"
    • He also refuses to sleep with teenage girls, as shown with his refusal of Berta's granddaughter's (played by Megan Fox no less) advances.
  • Five Temperament Ensemble: Choleric.
  • Flanderization: Charlie became an even heavier drinker and an even bigger Jerkass. Was flanderized into a hard drug user after his death, though this may have been part of a large Take That aimed at Charlie Sheen.
  • Foil: To Alan.
  • Girl of the Week: One has to wonder at times how Charlie Harper is the less-exaggerated version of the actual Charlie Sheen.
  • Handsome Lech: Charlie's the kind of guy who would be in the dictionary under "man-whore" if the word was in there. It's made all the weirder by the fact that he writes children's songs for a living.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: As he tells to Evelyn, when she asks why doesn't he like her:
    I'm not saying I hate you, but if I did, it might have something to do with the fact that you're a narcissistic bloodsucker who drove my father into an early grave, after which you married a succession of men who couldn't care less about Alan and me, which was just fine with you 'cause you... looked at us like a couple of dancing monkeys you could just haul out whenever it suited you! And when it didn't, you sent us off to boarding school or camp or that kibbutz in Israel, where we got beat up 'cause we weren't even Jewish! And now... now you show up here every chance you get to lay a guilt trip on me for not appreciating my cold, lonely, loveless childhood!
  • Instant Seduction: Mia was the only one this didn't work on.
  • It Amused Me: His reason for picking on Alan so much.
  • It's All About Me: He's so self-obsessed that when Alan was suicidally depressed all he was thinking about was how Alan's outburst embarrassed him.
  • Jerkass
  • Just Friends: With Lyndsey, despite what Alan thought.
  • Karma Houdini: Charlie's jerkassery never seemed to catch up to him until he was McLeaned at the beginning of Season 9.
  • Kavorka Man: He's a millionaire with a beachhouse; it's just his personality that makes women leave him.
  • Killed Off for Real
  • Lack of Empathy: Whenever people around him suffer he will often laugh in their face about it. At one point, his girlfriend was having back pain due to large breasts and he tried to prevent her from having breast reduction surgery to deal with that problem. He's even been known to take advantage of people's emotional and social problems for his own benefit.
  • Ladykiller in Love: With Mia, Chelsea, and Rose.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: Subverted. It caused a lot of resentment from Alan and Evelyn. Jake was cool with it though. It also got him killed.
  • Man Child: "You are a child! A high maintenance child!"
  • Mommy Issues: Even more so than Alan.
  • Narcissist: Charlie is always thinking of himself and has a massive ego. When others around him suffer he finds it amusing but then expects them to sympathize with him whenever he suffers.
  • Not So Different: Has shades of this when it comes to Evelyn. They're both narcissists, drink alot and are promiscuous.
  • Not Staying for Breakfast
  • Odd Couple: With Alan.
  • Official Couple: With Rose... or so it seemed at first.
  • One of the Kids: According to Alan - "You're a child! A high-maintenance child!"
  • One-Hour Work Week: Seriously, how often do you ever see him actually working or going somewhere related to his job? Not very often.
    • Somewhat justified, since the show tends to take place on the weekend and Charlie chose his line of work since he can do very little work for a lot of money.
  • Parental Neglect
  • Platonic Life Partners: With Berta. Word of God is that they're best friends, but neither would admit it.
  • The Pornomancer
  • Put on a Bus to Hell: Literally.
  • Really Gets Around
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: After his falling out with Chuck Lorre, Sheen's Character is killed off in a very unglamorous way and manages to undo his potental Character Development in the Trip he took with Rose at the end of Season 8.
  • Smug Snake: Mostly towards Alan.
  • Stylistic Suck: His jingles.
  • The Nicknamer: Mostly to Alan, Jake and Evelyn. Alan was "The Sponge", Jake was "Numbnuts", "Tater head" and "Pumpkin head" and Evelyn was "Satan".
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Even more so than originally.
  • Unproblematic Prostitution: Has an entire contact list full of hookers on his phone.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Most of the time.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: When he wasn't fighting with Alan or Evelyn, they were this.
  • What Did I Do Last Night?: This is a weekly ritual for him.

Alan Jerome Harper (Jon Cryer)

  • Abhorrent Admirer: He attracts old women, like Judy's or Melissa's mother.
  • Abusive Parent: To Jake, starting with Season 6.
  • Adorkable
  • Aesop Amnesia: After Walden's ploy to find a woman by pretending to be someone he's not completely blew up in Walden's face, despite Alan's warnings, Alan seems to have completely forgotten these events ever happened in Season 11 and pursues Lyndsey and her fiancée's sister, Gretchen, using the false identity of "Jeff Strongman."
    • And like Walden, Alan ends up losing it all. For now.
  • Ambiguously Bi / Camp Straight: His rivalry with men often turns into crush, for example towards Walden and Larry.
    • Although he says to Charlie in one episode that he's metrosexual.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: He falls in love with Charlie's older, motherly girlfriend in one episode for this reason.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Alan is the kind of guy who has spent his whole life living by an arbitrary morality, and is now mad that he hasn't reaped the rewards he thinks he deserves for it. Yes, life hasn't treated him all that well, but a lot of that is because Alan is a spineless doormat; he is incredibly resentful against his brother, who lived in hedonistic revelry that Alan secretly wanted himself, but never allowed himself to go for because he thought that the universe would automatically reward him for his passive aggressive nice guy act. In the last few seasons of the show, however, he seems to have realized this, and consequently has relinquished all pretenses of being a Nice Guy.
    • Not So Different: Alan likes to act like he's better then Charlie because he got married and had a kid instead of having endless casual sex in various ways, but while he doesn't have as much sex as Charlie(or with as many women), Alan has quite a bit of casual sex and has cheated on women several times and done some other morally questionable stuff throughout the series.
  • Born Unlucky: Despite all his faults, one cannot deny that Alan was born with some kind of curse hanging over his head.
  • Butt Monkey: Try and name one episode where something bad doesn't happen to Alan in some way. Go ahead, try it.
  • The Cassandra: He repeatedly warns Walden about Rose, and is eventually proven right.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Judith.
  • Cosmic Plaything: Just about everything is out to get him, and is merciless in execution.
  • Covert Pervert: Although he tries to act more controlled than Charlie when it comes to women, Alan is perhaps even more of a pervert.
  • The Dandy
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: Very often. Charlie's even caught him having sex with a vacuum, he admits to masturbating before dates to get the right enthusiasm out of women, and once masturbated seven times in several different locations just to use up pills before they expired (eventually getting arrested when he was caught in a movie theater).
  • Deadpan Snarker: Especially towards Charlie.
  • Deuteragonist: From Seasons 1-8. In Season 9, one could argue that Alan is the main character (at least for the first half of the season), but by Season 10, Walden is the main focus; in Season 11, he and Walden have roughly equal amounts of importance.
  • Extreme Doormat: One could say that Alan is the world's chew toy.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: No matter what happens, Alan will always end up living in the beach house again, broke and without a girlfriend.
  • Fetish: Due to having the best sex with Judith when she was pregnant with Jake, Alan has a bit of a thing for pregnant women...
  • Five Temperament Ensemble: Melancholic.
  • Flanderization: Into a Jerkass that makes no attempt to find a place for himself and sponges off Charlie (later Walden) without remorse for his actions. Combine that with the recent levels in dumbass he's been taking, and that's essentially Alan's new characterization.
  • Foil: To Charlie (and later Walden).
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: No one likes him and the show gives plenty of good reasons why they don't.
  • He Cleans Up Nicely
  • Henpecked Husband: You could not find a better example (although it's more like Henpecked Ex-Husband).
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood
  • Holier Than Thou: He looks down on pretty much everything Charlie does that isn't an age appropriate relationship.
  • Hollywood Dateless: He's a very, very, very strange case. Alan finds himself having sex with a woman every two episodes or so, but his bad luck with maintaining a relationship stems from his crippling insecurity and neediness, Mommy Issues, and his tendency to gravitate towards emotionally damaged women.
  • Humiliation Conga: Alan's life is one big one.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Zippy", from Berta, "The Sponge" from Charlie.
  • Jerkass: In the later seasons, with only the occasional Jerk with a Heart of Gold moment.
  • Kavorka Man: He's managed to hook up with a legion of attractive women, despite being broke, a Cosmic Plaything and not particularly good-looking, including mothers Judith and Lyndsey, Brainless Beauty Kandi, Melissa, and countless others. Nearly all of these have ended in disaster, however.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: Although he's more reserved about it than Charlie, it's still there.
  • MD Envy: He is a chiropractor that is constantly made fun of for not being a "real doctor."
  • Mistaken for Gay: Sometimes with Charlie, but it turns into a running joke with Walden from Season 9-on. Every woman that learns they live together seems to think they are a couple.
  • Mama's Baby, Papa's Maybe: Played with. It's implied that Jake might not even be Alan's son; Charlie can't help but notice how much the exterminator, water deliveryman, and mailman all resemble Jake...
  • No Pregger Sex: He claims the best sex he ever had with Judith was during the time she was pregnant with Jake, which explains his offbeat pregnancy fetish.
  • No Respect Guy: If Alan is given any amount of praise whatsoever from his family, it's gone or forgotten by the next episode.
  • Odd Couple: With Charlie and later with Walden.
  • Only Sane Man: In the early seasons; now he's probably the goofiest character on the show.
  • Parental Neglect: In later seasons, both he and Judith exhibit this towards Jake. In turn, Alan was a victim of this from his own mother.
  • The Scrooge: His sponging off of Charlie (and later Walden) was eventually Flanderized into this. He was once driven to tears from having to pay for a meal.
  • Smug Snake: To Walden.
  • The Thing That Would Not Leave: You could practically name this trope The Alan Harper. It's Up to Eleven in Season 9 and onwards.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Starting around Season 7.
  • True Companions: With Walden.
  • The Unfavorite: He's gotten flanderized into this over time, with recent episodes having Evelyn being repulsed by the very thought of Alan.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: He shows brief glimmers of this throughout the entire series, but it's more prevalent in later seasons.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Gets flanderized into this around Season 7-8, although how bad he acts depends on the writer. It goes from such despicable acts as cheating on Lyndsey (who actually loves him) with Melissa for meaningless sex and then getting away with it scot-free, to feeling remorse for stealing Judith's diamond earrings to purchase Lyndsey a birthday present. Really, Alan zig-zags between this status in Seasons 7, 8, and 9, but by 10, he's definitely become a Jerkass.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Played completely straight with Walden.
    • He and Charlie were this when the latter was alive and they weren't fighting about something.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: On numerous unfair occasions, most notably when he found happiness with Kandi and moving into a condo, only for Kandi to leave him a few months later, keep the condo, and have the alimony checks for Alan continue, this time for two ex-wives.

Jacob David "Jake" Harper (Angus T. Jones)

  • Abusive Parents: Alan and Judith are this to him.
    • Both seemed to at least try to provide a good life for Jake in the early seasons, but after realizing that his life would most likely go nowhere, they stopped caring.
  • Adorably Precocious Child: Originally.
  • Big Eater: His defining characteristic.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: In seasons 2-4. After that he became too old to be considered a "half-pint."
  • Catch Phrase: "... Oh yeah!" whenever he's been reminded of something.
  • The Chosen One: Called this by Charlie and Alan. He was the only person who ever broke Evelyn.
  • Clueless Chick Magnet
  • Deadpan Snarker: He has his moments.
  • Demoted to Extra: Starting with Season 10, when Jake left to join the military and only appeared sporadically. Even before that, his role slowly started to diminish.
    • And now he's left the show entirely.
  • The Ditz
    • Genius Ditz: He's an idiot, a jerkass and is socially inept, but he is a fantastic cook and everyone likes his cooking. He even became a chef when he joined the Army.
  • Dumbass Teenage Son: Alan and Judith both realized pretty early on that his life was going nowhere.
  • Fat Slob
  • Five Temperament Ensemble: Phlegmatic.
  • From the Mouths of Babes
  • Gasshole: According to Charlie, Jake is flatulent like a whoopee cushion.
  • Gonk: In the later seasons.
  • Has Two Daddies: If you can consider Charlie and Alan as this.
  • He Cleans Up Nicely
  • Innocently Insensitive: He alternates between being this and being a deliberate Jerk Ass.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Pretty much his default thought process, especially when he gets older.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Buddy" from Alan and "Taterhead" from Charlie.
  • Jerkass: Started in Season 3, got worse as time went on.
  • Kavorka Man: In the later seasons. He's ugly, stupid and obnoxious, yet he manages to pull a threeway with two cute girls while in high school (and at the age of 16, to be exact).
  • Lazy Bum
  • Like Uncle Like Nephew: Jake had quite a bit of success with women just like Charlie did. In high school Jake had a threeway with two girls that he likely lost his virginity to, and slept with his tutor, Zoey's slutty neighbor, Missy (who had a boyfriend), his older girlfriend Tammy, and then Tammy's daughter. Charlie would have been proud.
    • If some of Jake's throwaway comments to Alan mean anything, the list might be even longer.
  • Literal-Minded: It really annoys people too.
  • Odd Friendship: With Rose.
  • Only Child Syndrome: Until Milly came along. He's alright with having a little sister though.
  • Parental Neglect: From both Alan and Judith in later seasons.
  • The Pigpen: Combine this with being stupid and an eating machine, and that's Jake in a nutshell.
  • Pet the Dog: He was genuinely sad for Charlie that he and Chelsea broke up.
  • Put on a Bus: Starting Season 11. He likely isn't coming back (barring the role being recasted), due to Angus T. Jones having decided to largely give up acting in the wake of becoming a Born-Again Christian, and limiting himself to stage work and occasional independently-produced Christian films.
  • The Slacker
  • Something We Forgot: In several episodes, Alan temporarily moves out of the house and accidentally leaves Jake behind. Although he doesn't seem to care.
  • The Stoner: In Season 9. That's basically all he does in that season, get high and act as background filler.
  • Those Two Guys: With Eldridge.
  • Too Dumb to Live: How Jake hasn't killed himself in some crazy stunt, we'll never know. The episode where he and Eldridge film Jackass-type antics takes this Up to Eleven.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass / Took A Level In Jerk Ass: Jake went from a fairly likable and witty but sloppy kid to an ungrateful, obnoxious, braindead pothead.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: What grown-up Jake has become. In his few appearances in Season 10, he seems to be getting better with his attitude towards his father (no doubt a result of enlisting in the Army).

Evelyn Harper (Holland Taylor)

Jenny Harper (Amber Tamblyn)

    Other Main Characters 

Berta (Conchata Ferrell)

Judith Harper-Melnick (Marin Hinkle)

Rose (Melanie Lynskey)

  • Ax-Crazy: God help anyone that tries to stand in her way.
    • Charlie ended up in this situation, too...
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Yup, and how.
  • Beautiful Lech
  • Cloudcuckoolander
  • Comedic Sociopathy: She has yet to be prosecuted for stalking and murdering Charlie, despite basically confessing the latter to the assembled crowd at his funeral.
  • Demoted to Extra: With Charlie dead, it's very unlikely that Rose will ever play a major role in the series again, although it has been shown that she is now stalking Walden.
  • Flanderization / Took a Level in Jerkass: She originally gave off a sweet and innocent vibe to conceal her true nature, but in later seasons, becomes a full-on Ax-Crazy bitch who takes delight in doing nasty things to get her way, and has no problem letting anyone know.
    • Killing Charlie definitely cemented this status.
  • Flower Motifs: Her clothes embroidered with flower patterns, topped with her name.
  • Five Temperament Ensemble: Sanguine.
  • Jerkass: In her own way, although she may not seem like it at first glance. And she did murder Charlie. But, to be fair, he did cheat on her and as Berta states, "Never cross a crazy woman." She also stalked Walden and had her ferrets attack Walden when he dumped her.
  • Karma Houdini: It's heavily implied that she killed Charlie. Plus all of the stalking over the years.
  • Love Makes You Crazy
  • Ms. Fanservice
  • Odd Friendship: With Jake.
  • Official Couple: With Charlie at first, but shit happens...
  • Put on a Bus
    • The Bus Came Back: In the introductory episode of Season 9 and three episodes of Season 10 (this time stalking Walden).
  • Stalker with a Crush: A self-proclaimed "Stalker with a Crush", too, towards Charlie (and later Walden).
  • Sugary Malice
  • Yandere

Kandi (April Bowlby)

Chelsea (Jennifer Bini Taylor)

Walden Schmidt (Ashton Kutcher)

  • Always Someone Better: To Alan.
  • Bungled Suicide: He tried to drown himself in the ocean outside of the beach house after his wife left him, but apparently didn't realize the water would be so cold.
  • Butt Monkey: He's still much better off than Alan, but has started to verge into this territory recently.
  • Characterization Marches On: Around the time when Walden's beard was gone, so was his childlike personality. Alan originally had the upper hand as his "guidance" following his divorce, but by Season 10, Walden is clearly the more mature one in the house, often acting as Alan's conscience to show how far his personality has gone.
  • Chick Magnet: Seriously. Every girl on the show who has met him expressed attraction towards him in some way.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Especially to Alan.
  • Ditzy Genius: Started off in this zone, got better but still has the occasional moment.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Alan didn't mind kissing him, the therapist questioned her orientation after his hug.
  • Flanderization: In Season 11, he starts to develop some shades of neediness, unable to sleep with an attractive woman without declaring his love for her.
  • Five Temperament Ensemble: Sanguine.
  • I Banged Your Mom: He had sex with Evelyn, despite Alan's warnings that she was a cougar.
  • Man Child / One of the Kids: Originally, but his personality has greatly matured over the past two seasons, and at this point it's clear who is the more mature one in the beach house.
  • Mistaken for Gay: It used to be a running gag, but now it's been upped to Once per Episode.
  • Mr. Fanservice
  • Nice Guy: He's a genuinely good guy who, despite being a little sharp-tongued to Alan, is kind to those around him and rarely ever antagonizes anyone (again, unlike Alan, whose behavior he actually has a reason to scoff at). And, unlike Alan, he actually feels remorse for his actions and realizes when he's made a mistake.
  • No Nudity Taboo: In his introduction episode.
  • One-Hour Work Week: He is the head of a billion dollar company, yet seems to have tons of free time to hang out with Alan, and is hardly ever shown working.
  • Only Sane Man / Reasonable Authority Figure: He is starting to become something like this in the beach house, in comparison to Alan, Jenny, and Berta.
  • Parenting the Husband: This situation is what led Bridget away.
  • The Stoner: Even has a drawer containing pot hidden inside his nightstand.
  • True Companions: With Alan.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: In Season 9, he was fairly sympathetic and generous to Alan, but in Season 10, he seems to have discovered most of Alan's gnomish qualities and threatens to kick him out of the house multiple times. Regardless, he and Alan know that whatever happens, they can count on each other.

    Recurring Characters 

Herb Melnick (Ryan Stiles)

Lyndsey MacElroy (Courtney Thorne-Smith)

  • The Alcoholic: Naturally, like Charlie, her drinking habits have been toned up in recent episodes.
  • Compressed Vice: Portrayed as an out-of-control alcoholic in ""Not in My Mouth!", with no previous indications of a drinking problem. Her alcohol issues appeared inconsequentially in the following episodes.
  • Flanderization / Took a Level in Jerkass: Goes from being a genuinely kindred spirit into a bitchy alcoholic.
  • Gasshole: One reason that she likes Alan is because she can fart with him around, and he won't leave her, because he won't be able to find anyone better.
  • I Was Young and Needed the Money: Her explanation for appearing in a porn movie.
  • Just Friends: With Charlie, despite what Alan thought.
  • Ms. Fanservice
  • Relationship Revolving Door: Dated Alan consistently in season 8 until she left him for her ex-husband, then they got together again briefly and broke up due to Alan's paranoia that she was sleeping with Charlie. They got back together in Season 9 because she can fart like crazy and he won't leave her. They were engaged in Season 10 and then they broke up, seemingly for good. However, in the second episode of Season 11 she began sleeping with Alan again, but they are not in a relationship, as she has a boyfriend, Larry. Alan eventually wanted to restart their relationship and planned on proposing to her, but Larry did it before he could. After that, Lyndsey stopped sleeping with Alan. Later, she tried to restart the affair, but by then, Alan was dating Larry's sister, so he rejected Lyndsey.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: To Alan.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: At first she was perfectly nice to Alan and seemed to genuinely love him. Then he accidentally burnt her house down.
  • Your Cheating Heart: In Season 11 she's involved in a committed relationship to a Nice Guy... and cheats on him with Alan because he's really terrible at sex.

Eldridge MacElroy (Graham Patrick Martin)

    Minor Characters 

Gordon (J.D. Walsh)

  • Butt Monkey: Offscreen, his life may be just as bad as Alan's: He was only a substitute for Charlie when he was dating Rose, and mentioned in an episode that he got a decent job as well as a wife within a 2-year radius, only for all of that to leave him. He's also envious of Charlie's lifestyle and easygoing demeanor, calling him a "genius."
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Disappeared after Season 8, so it's unknown if he's aware that Charlie died.

Larry (D.B. Sweeney)

  • Crazy Jealous Guy: To the point where he hires a private investigator (who turns out to be Rose) to get the scoop on the guy Lyndsey's been cheating on him with (unaware that it's his new best friend, "Jeff"). He thinks it's Walden, though.
  • The Ditz: He was completely oblivious to many of the slip-ups Alan made about sleeping with Lyndsey.
  • Flanderization: And in less than ten episodes, too. He started off as being simply too naïve to pick up on the fact that Alan and Lyndsey were cheating behind his back; then, he's suddenly a full-fledged Ditz who isn't bright in the least.
  • Good People Have Good Sex: Subverted. He's incredibly bad at it, which is why Lyndsey is sleeping with Alan.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!: Inverted: He's delighted to find out that Alan has been sleeping with his sister.
  • Nice Guy: Treated Alan the nicest out of everybody on the show, despite only being around for a few episodes.

TwistedCharacters/Live-Action TVUgly Betty

TV Tropes by TV Tropes Foundation, LLC is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available from
Privacy Policy