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TJ. He is always smiling whenever we see him, he's shown to be charismatic (Talking Luann's family into letting him move in with Brad and in their house when he accidentally lit it on fire, talking Brad's dad into okaying a car trip), and has been shown to concoct sometimes rude schemes to get money. However; his parents were never mentioned, and a 2008 strip very heavily implies that he suffers from Parental Abandonment. It's easy to interpret that he's a rare male example of a Stepford Smiler who has to resort to scams or unethical business practices to get by.