The characters from ''Series/WillAndGrace''.


[[folder:Main Characters]]
!Will Truman
->'''Portrayed by:''' Eric [=McCormack=]

A gay lawyer who shares an apartment with his straight best friend Grace.
* ButtMonkey: Sometimes, especially in later seasons. He tends to suffer bad luck and gets made fun of a lot.
* CampGay: Due to flanderization. He isn't... well, Jack... but certainly camp enough to be noteworthy in RealLife.
* CloudcuckoolandersMinder: Being the sanest character, he often acts like this to all his friends.
* ControlFreak: He is especially controlling when it comes to Grace and her life, and often lampshaded.
-->'''Will:''' I'm rigid, I'm passive-aggressive, I'm controlling.
-->'''Grace:''' News flash-- Will's controlling. Yeah, got that freshman year of college when you told me what electives to take. Funny, 13 years later, and I'm still here.
* DeadpanSnarker: Probably the biggest one in the group. He has a dry sense of humor and not afraid to show it.
* {{Flanderization}}: He became much whinier, and his CampGay tendencies increased.
%%* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Melancholic.
* GayBestFriend: To Grace.
* HelloAttorney: Many characters comment how good-looking he is (the only exception is Jack who always makes fun of Will’s appearance).
* HollywoodDateless: It's hard to believe someone with Will's looks, intellect, kind heart and at worst Adorkable charms hasn't got a legion of men competing for him.
* MasculineGirlFeminineBoy: Feminine Boy to Grace's Masculine Girl. Grace is a brash, lazy, slovenly, BigEater who finds gay porn to be exciting the same way a lot of men feel about lesbians. Will's initially StraightGay but later Flanderized into CampGay, is much more calm and rational (initially,) uptight and decorated their entire apartment and does all the cooking and cleaning.
* NiceGuy: As well as being the most mature, he's also the nicest in the main cast. While he can be snarky, he's a surprisingly loyal and caring friend.
* TheNotLoveInterest: To Grace, it’s the premise of the show.
* OnlySaneMan: Between Jack, Karen and Grace, Will is the StraightMan of the group.
* PlatonicLifePartners: This trope was formerly known as "The Straight Will & Grace."
* RedOniBlueOni: The Blue Oni big time to any character he interacts with (mostly Grace or Jack).
* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl: The levelheaded, uptight Savvy Guy to Grace's neurotic, overemotional Energetic Girl.
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: When Grace's apartment got burgled.
-->'''Will:''' Did I just scream like a woman?\\
'''Grace:''' Don't flatter yourself. You screamed like a girl.
* StraightGay: At first Will was a mostly-sitcom-normal guy who had the occasional camp element pop up for laughs - during a time when the world heard ‘gay’ and thought of someone like Jack. Fast forward a decade, though, and he's a CampGay whose buddy just happens to be doubly so.
* StraightMan: He's most often the serious foil to the others' antics. [[IncrediblyLamePun Subverted at the same time.]]
* YouAreFat: Jack regularly calls Will fat, but is the only one to do so (mostly because it's very obvious Will is anything but).

!Grace Adler
->'''Portrayed by:''' Debra Messing

Will’s best friend and roommate, she’s a straight interior designer.
* ACupAngst: As often mocked by Karen.
* AfraidOfNeedles: Grace is so afraid of them that she can't even say "Ringo," because he was a Beatle and that sounds like "needle."
* AllJewsAreCheapskates: She is very cheap, often hoards on free stuff, and even steals.
* BigEater: Grace loves to eat, to the point where her large appetite is a RunningGag.
* ButtMonkey: Like Will, she is the butt of many jokes all the time, especially by Karen.
* CompetitionFreak: In a first-season episode, Grace is shown to be so competitive that her friends stop coming over to her and Will's game nights.
* DeadpanSnarker: In a show where everyone is fond of sarcasm and insulting comebacks, Grace has a few moments as well.
* FagHag: For Will.
* FieryRedhead: Often when she gets upset. She generally tends to be very loud and emotional.
* {{Flanderization}}: She became much more neurotic and self-obsessed
%%* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Phlegmatic.
* FreudianExcuse: Her self-centered nature is implied to be the result of her mother's own ego and desire for the spotlight.
* HollywoodToneDeaf: Subverted. In real life, Debra Messing has a perfectly serviceable, if not gorgeous, singing voice. Her character Grace kept to the tunes relatively well, but always started out way too high, and when the key of a song was supposed to change, she changed too far. A lot of poor singers actually do sing this way. Grace was also incredibly loud.
* InformedJudaism: She's Jewish but not observant. It very occasionally comes up, such as if she ever has to participate in anything related to Christianity and she makes a hash of things because she has no idea what's going on.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Especially in later seasons where she’s almost as bad as Jack. While Jack doesn’t even try to hide his self-absorbed nature, Grace comes off more as a BitchInSheepsClothing. In "The Unsinkable Mommy Adler," Grace looks back on her old journals and discovers that she's demanded to the center of attention in every relationship she's ever been in, and becomes upset (though it [[IgnoredEpiphany doesn't stick]]).
* TheLadette: She's a brash, lazy, slovenly BigEater who finds gay porn to be exciting the same way a lot of men feel about lesbians.
* LastHetRomance: To Will.
* MasculineGirlFeminineBoy: Masculine Girl to Will's Feminine Boy. Grace is TheLadette. Will initially StraightGay but later Flanderized into CampGay, is much more calm and rational (initially,) uptight and decorated their entire apartment and does all the cooking and cleaning.
* MiddleChildSyndrome: Played with. Despite her insecurities about being TheUnfavourite, she considers herself the best one of the Adler sisters.
-->'''Grace:''' You are the screw-up older sister. Joyce is the heavy younger sister. And I am the perfect one in the middle. I am the glue that holds you two losers together.
* MinorFlawMajorBreakup: She tried '''really hard''' to avoid this when she found out her boyfriend had six toes (mostly because he was able to look past a funny mole on her lip, and she didn't want to appear more shallow than him,) but when he revealed he had six toes and was a Celtics fan, she threw him out.
** Will also [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech called her out on this]] during one of their more serious fights, pointing out that she'll look for any excuse, such as a "weird chest hair pattern," to break up with a guy.
* MyFriendsAndZoidberg: Jack would commonly address the other three as "Ladies... and Grace."
* TheNotLoveInterest: To Will, it’s the premise of the show.
* PlatonicLifePartners: This trope was formerly known as "The Straight Will & Grace."
* RedOniBlueOni: Red to Will's Blue.
* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl: The neurotic, overemotional Energetic Girl to Will's levelheaded, uptight Savvy Guy.
* SmallNameBigEgo: She can be very vain.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Tomboy to Karen’s Girly Girl. Grace is brash, unladylike and gluttonous while Karen is a stylish RichBitch who always insults Grace’s clothing choices.
* TookALevelInJerkass: She was originally neurotic but well meaning, but in later seasons she becomes much more shallow and selfish.
* TheUnfavourite: She develops a complex over this with both her father and her mother in different episodes.
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: Sometimes. Just barely has enough morals to not be a Jerkass, but still broke up with someone for having an extra toe, admitted that it was because she was shallow, then asked for sympathy.

!Karen Walker
->'''Portrayed by:''' Megan Mullally

A rich, perpetually drunk socialite who "works" as Grace's assistant.
* TheAlcoholic: She's perpetually drunk, and can rarely be seen without a glass in her hand.
* AmbiguousGender: She drops the occasional hint that she might have been born male or that she might be a hermaphrodite.
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: While never fully seen, due to him being TheUnseen, Karen may have married Stanley for his money, it's often shown that she does genuinely love him, and was completely devastated and betrayed when it was revealed he had faked his death!
* BadBoss: To Rosario and all her employees, but it’s PlayedForLaughs.
* BiTheWay: Never used for any plotlines, and usually coming across more like "too drunk to tell the difference".
* BreakoutCharacter: By far the most memorable and popular character on the show. Originally a supporting character, she becomes a more prominent part of the show based on viewer reaction.
* BrutalHonesty: A firm practitioner of this.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: She's also perpetually stoned out of her mind, so she's got a somewhat unorthodox world-view.
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment:
** Karen throws a wild party and trashes Will's apartment. Her punishment? Will denies Karen her afternoon martini (a.k.a. "lunch") -- and makes her look at Grace's endless honeymoon photos.
--->'''Karen:''' ''(to Will)'' I HATE YOU!\\
'''Grace:''' Roll one: my ''luggage!''
** In another episode, Karen and Jack are coming up with some type of revenge against the English Lorraine Finster for stealing Karen's husband. Jack's idea? Make her watch the American version of anything British.
** Another time, Grace forces Karen (who just went on a several-thousand-dollar shopping spree) to cut back on her spending habits by threatening to cut up part of the sweater set she just bought.
--->'''Karan:''' No! You kill one piece and the whole ensemble dies!\\
'''Grace:''' Maybe I'll just start with...the ''label''.\\
'''Karen:''' No! Honey that's the BEST PART! (covers mouth in abject horror) No....\\
'''Grace:''' (moving scissors in a cutting motion) [[Film/{{Jaws}} Dah dah! Dah dah! Dah nah dah nah dah nah...]]
* CuteButCacophonic: Karen's voice is physically painful. Her voice was relatively normal in the first few episodes, before Flanderization turned Karen from a DeadpanSnarker into the most outlandish character on the show.
* DeadpanSnarker: "Honey, tact is for people who aren’t witty enough to be sarcastic."
* DepravedBisexual: This is played for laughs rather than used for any serious plots, though. She seems to be more along the lines of AnythingThatMoves.
* DidYouThinkICantFeel: Since Karen snarks all the time, the other characters almost never take her seriously, even when she's genuinely trying to help them. She becomes furious and upset whenever this occurs, and on one occasion even ''quit working for'' Grace after the latter refused to give her credit for an interior design she had done after Grace bailed on it.
* TheDitz: Justified, as she’s usually drunk and at least some of it is ObfuscatingStupidity.
* EvenTheGirlsWantHer: Karen has a great rack. No, like, a really great rack. Gay, straight, whatever, no one is immune to Karen's boobs and the show takes full advantage of this fact.
* EveryoneHasStandards: She is a GoldDigger, but not a hooker. Sex for luxuries, but not money.
* FagHag: For Jack.
* TheFashionista: Often insults Grace's fashion style.
* {{Flanderization}}: Her shrillness and addictions.
* FreudianExcuse: She had a bad childhood due to a difficult relationship with her mother, a con artist who involved her in her schemes.
%%* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Choleric.
* FunctionalAddict: Karen is by far the most heavily addicted drunk on television.
* GoldDigger: She married Stan for his money.
* HiddenDepths: In a few episodes, Karen demonstrates that she's not completely self-centered. In one instance, Grace blew off her marital advice without even acknowledging that she might have a point, which upset her deeply. She also values Grace, Jack, and even Will as her closest friends, and does love Stan.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: With her husband, the morbidly obese Stan.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: In a rather twisted way.
* LadyDrunk: Depending on if she's drunk or on pills, she can be this or happy-go-lucky.
* MasculineGirlFeminineBoy: Masculine Girl to Jack's Feminine Boy. They are Will and Grace UpToEleven (Jack is obsessed with fashion and jewelry, Karen is a violent drunk.)
* {{Narcissist}}: Very much so, and one of the reasons she gets along with the equally narcissistic Jack.
* OldShame: In-Universe, her dominatrix pornstar turn.
* ParentalNeglect: Towards her step-children Mason and Olivia. She doesn’t even remember their names and what they look like.
* PetTheDog: A few episodes show that there's more to her than snark and sex:
** In a Season One episode, Karen misses her period and fears she might be pregnant. She's not, but is clearly upset about the fact (though she tries to hide it), prompting Jack to give her a comforting hug. After he leaves, she calls Stan and genuinely asks to speak to her stepchildren.
** One episode had Grace struggling with Leo's decision to stay in Africa to continue his work. Karen is the one who ends up giving her the best advice possible, and even tells Grace that while she makes fun of her, she does love her.
** A late episode has Karen design a nursery for a pair of clients, proving that she's picked up ''some'' knowledge of interior decorating with her work over the years. When Grace steals the credit for the nursery, Karen is genuinely upset.
** A ChristmasEpisode reveals that at Grace Adler Designs, ''Karen'' gives the holiday bonuses to Grace!
** The episode which focused on Karen's birthday reveals that she's never invited Will, Grace, or Jack to any of the lavish parties that mark the occasion. When they finally press her as to why, she confesses that if she invited them, they might not take her to a cheap, lousy restaurant to celebrate in their own way--and that's the thing she looks most forward to on her birthdays every year.
* PlatonicLifePartners: With Jack.
* PrettyInMink: Loved to wear furs. Her very first scene was her showing up in a mink coat.
* RichBitch: She's filthy rich and usually not very nice, though more because she's totally tactless than outright malicious.
* SassySecretary: She's this to Grace, though Grace rarely requires her to do any actual work because her business contacts are the only thing keeping Grace's business afloat.
* SexySecretary: She's attractive, charismatic, stylish, and no one is immune to Karen's boobs.
* SerialSpouse: She has been married four times.
* SitcomArchNemesis: Candice Bergen, Lorraine Finster, Beverley Leslie, etc.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Girly Girl to Grace’s Tomboy. Grace is brash, unladylike and gluttonous while Karen is a stylish RichBitch who always insults Grace’s clothing choices.
* TooKinkyToTorture: In Season 9 she says that it takes so much to freak her out that she's never had to use her safe word during kinky sex games with Stan.
-->'''Grace:''' How could you not remember your safe word?!\\
'''Karen:''' Well, honey, I've never used it! It takes a lot for this little lamb chop to feel unsafe!
* UglyGuyHotWife: Hot Wife to Stan's Ugly Guy ([[TheGhost or so we're told]]).
* UpperClassTwit: She’s a multi-millionairess and appears to be completely clueless about how normal people live.
* VagueAge: As part of her {{Flanderization}}. In early episodes, Karen simply acknowledged that she frequently had plastic surgery. As time went by, though, the writers started dropping hints that she was somehow in her ''eighties'' at least (she commented about remembering waiting on breadlines during the Great Depression), and used booze and pills to somehow stop the aging process altogether.
* VocalEvolution: Her voice becomes more shrill and high-pitched as time goes on.

!Jack [=McFarland=]
->'''Portrayed by:''' Sean Hayes

A close friend of Will’s, he’s an eccentric and flamboyantly gay wannabe actor.
* AllGaysArePromiscuous: He sleeps around a lot.
* AllGaysLoveTheater: Also a PerformanceArtist sometimes.
* AttentionWhore: He certainly loves to be the center of attention.
* BrilliantButLazy: He's actually a talented musician when he bothers to be. He has many talents if just applied himself such as the time he became a male nurse. He can also write really good homo-erotic novels but only when he's depressed.
* CampGay: Shamelessly flamboyant and campy in every way possible. Will actually said once, "Is there any part of the stereotype you don't fit?"
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Sometimes.
--> '''Jack:''' Who needs brains when you can lick your own eyebrows.
* DeadpanSnarker: Tends to make sassy wisecracks quite regularly.
* TheDitz: A male example of a hyperactive airhead.
* {{Flanderization}}: His shrillness and idiocy and his CampGay tendencies increased.
%%* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Sanguine.
* GayBestFriend: To Karen.
* GiftedlyBad: Mostly due to the fact that he's so wrapped up in himself and has to be the center of attention.
* HiddenDepths: Jack proves to be more than a spoiled ManChild when helps Will come out and Barry become a real gay.
* IfItsYouItsOkay: He's repulsed by heterosexuality, but he likes experimenting with Karen.
* InTouchWithHisFeminineSide: Many jokes on the show are about how effeminate he is.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Always tries to make ''everything'' about him. He doesn’t even try to hide it.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Always very self-absorbed and narcissistic, but occasionally shows that he cares about his friendship with Will and/or Karen.
* {{Keet}}: He's always cheerful and very ''very'' energetic.
* LargeHam: As part of his campy character.
* LukeYouAreMyFather: In season 3 he finds out he has a son, Elliott, created from sperm he donated at the age of 17.
* ManChild: He's irresponsible, doesn't have a stable job, and acts like a spoiled bratty kid.
* MasculineGirlFeminineBoy: Feminine Boy to Karen's Masculine Girl. They are Will and Grace UpToEleven (Jack is obsessed with fashion and jewelry, Karen is a violent drunk.)
* {{Narcissist}}: Very much so, and one of the reasons he gets along with the equally narcissistic Karen.
* PlatonicLifePartners: With Karen.
* ReallyGetsAround: It's implied he has countless short-term lovers in every episode.
* RedOniBlueOni: The Red to Will's Blue.
* SmallNameBigEgo: About his acting career although everyone tells him he has no talent.
%%* SpoiledBrat
* WackyGuy: The outrageous, over-the-top character of the show, along with Karen who is the resident Wacky Girl.

[[folder: Supporting Characters]]
!Rosario Salazar
->'''Portrayed by:''' Shelley Morrison

Karen’s cranky yet loyal maid.
* AmicablyDivorced: With Jack, after the end of their CitizenshipMarriage.
* AscendedExtra: After her first appearance, her popularity caused her to be promoted to semi-regular character.
* ButtMonkey: She’s always being comically abused and mistreated by Karen. However Rosario often gives as good as she gets and it’s implied they both enjoy their VitriolicBestBuds relationship.
* DeadpanSnarker: She serves as Karen's wisecracking maid.
* EthnicMenialLabor: She is Hispanic.
* OverlyLongName: Rosario Inez Consuela Yolanda Salazar.
* PromotionToOpeningTitles: She becomes a regular cast member in Season 3.
* ServileSnarker: Observed by Will the very first time he meets Rosario and sees her interactions with Karen.
-->'''Will:''' Tonight on Springer, shallow socialites and the maids who abuse them.
* SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome: [[spoiler:She's killed off early on in the revival, due to her actress not wanting to come out of retirement.]]
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Karen.

!Stanley "Stan" Walker

Karen’s obese, multi-millionaire, unseen (ex) husband.
* BigEater: According to Karen, and the reason why he’s so obese.
* TheFaceless: The only time we see anything of him (his hand and his feet are seen in one episode).
* FakingTheDead: Stan dies suddenly at the end of season 5, but at the end of season seven, he reveals to Will that he had faked his own death and is hiding out with the aid of the government.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Huge Guy To Karen's Tiny Girl.
* LargeAndInCharge: Stan's company, Walker Inc. We never really find out what it does (aside from a subsidiary called Walker Property Management that owns several New York apartment buildings of various quality,) or what it's worth, aside from the fact that it has left Stan and Karen ungodly rich.
* UglyGuyHotWife: Ugly Guy to Karen's Hot Wife.
* TheUnseen: As with most off-screen sitcom characters, Stan is defined by a single attribute: in this case, his obesity.
* YourCheatingHeart: In season 4 he begins an affair with Lorraine Finster, ultimately separating from Karen because of it.

!Leo Markus
->'''Portrayed by:''' Harry Connick, Jr.

Grace's most important love interest from season 5 onwards.
* TheBusCameBack: In season 8.
* MarriedToTheJob: Even though he’s married to Grace, he often spends time away from her due to his work.
* NiceGuy: At least, until he cheats on Grace.
* SomebodyDoesntLoveRaymond: One episode has both Grace and Leo obsessing over why Karen doesn't like Leo (she doesn't think he's funny). Leo even digs up an old yearbook to show Karen all the signatures he got, proving everyone loved him and thought he was hilarious.
* YourCheatingHeart: He sleeps with another woman and this ends up destroying his marriage with Grace in season 6.

!Beverley Leslie
->'''Portrayed by:''' Leslie Jordan

Karen's effeminate and very short nemesis.
* CatchPhrase: “Well well well…”
* DeadpanSnarker: His dialogue with Karen is always SnarkToSnarkCombat.
* DirtyOldMan: In one episode Jack and Will meet him in a gay bar, always along with his younger “business associate” Benji.
* FriendlyEnemy: To Karen, on his better days.
* {{Jerkass}}: He takes whatever opportunity he can to antagonize Karen.
* SitcomArchNemesis: To Karen.
* TransparentCloset: He’s effeminate and often seen with a younger man who appears to be his lover, but Beverley tries to pass him off as a "business associate". Everyone knows he’s gay though and in one episode Beverley threatens to sue Karen if she doesn't apologize for calling him a homosexual in public.

->'''Portrayed by:''' Michael Angarano

Jack's biological son.
* DemotedToExtra: He was a semi-regular in season 4, but in later episodes he only makes rare appearances.
* LukeYouAreMyFather: To Jack, in the last episode of season 3.
* MoralityPet: To Jack. He may be insensitive and self-absorbed in most situations, but really cares about his son and tries to be a good father to him.
* NiceGuy: He is described by Will as "polite, sweet, and kind".
* WackyParentSeriousChild: Serious Child To Jack's Wacky Parent (and possibly with his mother as well).

!Vince D'Angelo
->'''Portrayed by:''' Bobby Cannavale

Will’s love interest from season 6 onwards.
* TheBusCameBack: After his break up with Will, he later comes back in season 8.
* FriendVersusLover: In one of the last episodes, he surprises Will with an announcement that will ultimately lead Will to choose between him and his friendship with Grace.
* GayBestFriend: Much like Will, he has a female best friend named Nadine.
* LoveInterest: Will’s longest relationship in the series.

!Harlin Polk
->'''Portrayed by:''' Gary Grubbs

Will's wealthiest legal client in Season 1 and 2, a rich Texan.
* TheArtifact: An interesting example--despite his name appearing in the opening credits of Season 1, he only appears in about half the episodes.
* BenevolentBoss: Despite being extremely wealthy, he treats Will with kindness, and is shown to be a loving father.
* Fiction500: Harlin has a lot of money and isn't afraid to spend it; in his final episode, he casually buys his wife an outlet mall (that is, the ''entire complex'') as a present.
* GoodOlBoy: A downplayed example. He clearly takes pride in his Texas heritage, but he's much more accepting of Will being gay than this trope usually allows. Harlin gives Will a good deal of respect and is perfectly comfortable with his sexuality.
* OpenMouthInsertFoot: Many of his attempts to talk about Will's sexuality end up this way. In one instance, Will mentions that he didn't think he was a dog person, and Harlin responds "That's right--you people like the cats, don't you?"
* PutOnABus: Left the show early in Season Two; the explanation given is that Will starts focusing exclusively on his cases to the detriment of others, only to be fired when Harlin decides he needs a more experienced lawyer.