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* SpeakIllOfTheDead: A somewhat inverse example is a RunningGag. The other Bluths were all apparently very found of her while she was alive and have nothing but positive things to say about her, but they are also very insensitive towards Michael regarding her death.

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* SpeakIllOfTheDead: A somewhat inverse example is a RunningGag. The other Bluths were all apparently very found fond of her while she was alive and have nothing but positive things to say about her, but they are also very insensitive towards Michael regarding her death.


Lindsay, Michael's twin sister, is a materialistic charity worker whose relationship with her husband is rocky at best. She can act like a {{Jerkass}} at times, especially when neglecting her teenage daughter Maeby, but she has a [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold heart of gold]]. [[labelnote:Spoiler Information]]She was actually adopted by the Bluths as an infant to stick it to their long-time rival Stan Sitwell, who was planning on adopting her first.[[/labelnote]]

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Lindsay, Michael's twin sister, is a materialistic charity worker whose relationship with her husband is rocky at best. She can act like a {{Jerkass}} at times, especially when neglecting her teenage daughter Maeby, but she has a [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold heart of gold]]. [[labelnote:Spoiler Information]]She was actually adopted by the Bluths as an infant to stick it to their long-time rival Stan Sitwell, who was planning on adopting her first. Then it turns out she was ''actually'' adopted because she's [[spoiler: Lucille's half-sister, not her daughter]].[[/labelnote]]



* BrotherSisterIncest: [[spoiler:Has a crush on Michael, though we only find out after they are revealed to be NotBloodSiblings.]]
** [[spoiler:Although Season 5 reveals she's actually his ''aunt''.]]

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* BrotherSisterIncest: [[spoiler:Has a crush on Michael, though we only find out after they led to believe they are revealed to be NotBloodSiblings.]]
** [[spoiler:Although
NotBloodSiblings. And still technically averted because Season 5 reveals she's actually his ''aunt''.]]



* ObliviousAdoption: [[spoiler:She was actually adopted by the Bluths at age three.]]

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* ObliviousAdoption: [[spoiler:She was actually adopted by the Bluths George and Lucille at age three.]]



* OutnumberedSibling: The only female Bluth child, [[spoiler:and she isn't even a blood-related Bluth when it comes down to it.]]

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* OutnumberedSibling: The only female Bluth child, [[spoiler:and she isn't even a blood-related Bluth when it comes down to it.]]child.



* PutOnABus: [[spoiler: Walks out on the family when she finally gets the kind words from Lucille she's been seeking her entire life, realizes that she didn't really want it after all, and goes off to find her blood relatives instead.]]

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* PutOnABus: In season 5, thanks to Portia de Rossi's retirement from acting, she only makes appearances at either end of the season. [[spoiler: Walks She walks out on the family when she finally gets the kind words from Lucille she's been seeking her entire life, realizes that she didn't really want it after all, and goes off to find her blood relatives instead.]]Then [[TheBusCameBack she comes back]] when she learns [[spoiler: Lucille ''is'' her blood relative. Just not the one she thought she was.]]



%%* TheSociopath



* WhiteSheep: Unless you count crushing on his cousin against him (and trying to start a relationship with her), he’s by far the nicest, most decent, and most normal of the Bluths. [[spoiler: Subverted in Season 4, where after a lot of pushing, his natural Bluth dishonesty comes out.]]

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* WhiteSheep: Unless you count crushing on his cousin against him (and trying to start a relationship with her), he’s by far the nicest, most decent, and most normal of the Bluths. [[spoiler: Subverted Less so in Season 4, 4 and 5, where after a lot of pushing, his natural Bluth dishonesty comes out.]]starts to come out.



* BecomingTheMask: Spends most of Season 5 living as retiree "Annette" in the Spotted Palm. George Michael is shocked when he realises the persona she as thinking of "killing off" was ''Maeby'' and not Annette,and she confesses she occasionally forgets which one she really is.



* InventedIndividual: She lives a double life as a movie producer.

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* InventedIndividual: Her RunningGag. She scams money as "Surely" Fünke, then she lives a double life as a movie producer.producer. And in Season 5 she moves into a retirement community as "Annette".



* AmbiguousDisorder: He has a childish understanding of the world, suffers from crippling panic attacks and is dependent on other people to look after him. No one's as troubled by this as they should be.

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* AmbiguousDisorder: He has a childish understanding of the world, suffers from crippling panic attacks and is dependent on other people to look after him. No one's as troubled by this as they should be. [[spoiler: Especially when it turns out he murdered Lucille 2 and thinks he can get away with it because he's "just a boy".]]



* ArtificialLimbs: [[spoiler:Wears a HookHand after losing his real one to a seal. The army later gives him a freakishly large bionic hand in Season 4.]]

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* ArtificialLimbs: [[spoiler:Wears a HookHand after losing his real one to a seal. The army later gives him a freakishly large bionic hand in Season 4.4, then a skinless Terminator-esque hand in Season 5.]]



* TokenGoodTeammate: Buster may be emotionally unstable and immature and maybe a tad awkward, eccentric and introverted, but he's not as selfish and self-absorbed as most of the Bluth Family and is generally innocent to his family's antics.

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* TokenGoodTeammate: Buster may be emotionally unstable and immature and maybe a tad awkward, eccentric and introverted, but he's not as selfish and self-absorbed as most of the Bluth Family and is generally innocent to his family's antics. [[spoiler: Or is he?]]


* StartOfDarkness: Season 5 reveals [[spoiler:he murdered his grandmother in cold blood over a simple misunderstanding, and Lucille's reaction was to hypnotize him into believing Lucille murdered her and Buster is just taking the blame to protect her, allowing him to contextualize himself as a hero rather than a killer.]]
* TokenGoodTeammate: Buster may be immature and maybe a tad awkward, eccentric and introverted, but he's not as selfish and self-absorbed as most of the Bluth Family and is generally innocent to his family's antics.

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* StartOfDarkness: Season 5 reveals [[spoiler:he accidentally murdered his grandmother in cold blood over a simple misunderstanding, and Lucille's reaction was to hypnotize him into believing Lucille murdered her and Buster is just taking the blame to protect her, allowing him to contextualize himself as a hero rather than a killer.]]
* TokenGoodTeammate: Buster may be emotionally unstable and immature and maybe a tad awkward, eccentric and introverted, but he's not as selfish and self-absorbed as most of the Bluth Family and is generally innocent to his family's antics.

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* TurnToReligion: Parodied when George Sr converts to Judaism and later, Christianity. He doesn't take these conversions seriously enough to actually, er, learn anything about either faith.


* BewareTheNiceOnes: [[spoiler:He puts Herbert Love in a coma at the Cinco de Cuatro party after being continually treated like dirt by him.]]

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* BewareTheNiceOnes: [[spoiler:He puts Herbert Love in a coma at the Cinco de Cuatro party after being continually treated like dirt by him. Season 5 further reveals that he killed both his grandmother (as a child) and Lucille Austero.]]


!!!Played by: Tony Hale

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!!!Played by: Tony HaleCreator/TonyHale


%%* HopelessWithTech: In Season 4.

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%%* HopelessWithTech: In Season 4.HopelessWithTech:


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* StartOfDarkness: Season 5 reveals [[spoiler:he murdered his grandmother in cold blood over a simple misunderstanding, and Lucille's reaction was to hypnotize him into believing Lucille murdered her and Buster is just taking the blame to protect her, allowing him to contextualize himself as a hero rather than a killer.]]


** On the other hand, [[BewareTheNiceOnes his untapped wellspring of violent anger toward his mother]] has been a part of his character from his first focus episode, Season 1's "Bringing Up Buster," and in "The One Where Michael Leaves" Michael takes him fairly seriously when he hints that he might kill her ("Maybe Buster killed her already"). In "Good Grief" we find out that the family has been lying to keep him happy since childhood because of the destruction he can wreak when especially upset. The show is not oblivious to the risk inherent in [[spoiler:arming such an unstable person with a hook or an oversized prosthetic, his [[SanitySlippage breakdown]] in Season 4 was an obvious homage to ''Film/{{Psycho}}'', and by the end of the season he has not only beaten Herbert Love badly enough to put him in a coma but is the prime suspect in the murder of Lucille Austero, whom he blames for turning Lucille against him. And then by the end of next season, it turns out he did murder her...]]

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** On the other hand, [[BewareTheNiceOnes his untapped wellspring of violent anger toward his mother]] has been a part of his character from his first focus episode, Season 1's "Bringing Up Buster," and in "The One Where Michael Leaves" Michael takes him fairly seriously when he hints that he might kill her ("Maybe Buster killed her already"). In "Good Grief" we find out that the family has been lying to keep him happy since childhood because of the destruction he can wreak when especially upset. The show is not oblivious to the risk inherent in [[spoiler:arming such an unstable person with a hook or an oversized prosthetic, his [[SanitySlippage breakdown]] in Season 4 was an obvious homage to ''Film/{{Psycho}}'', and by the end of the season he has not only beaten Herbert Love badly enough to put him in a coma but is the prime suspect in the murder of Lucille Austero, whom he blames for turning Lucille against him. And then by ]]
** [[spoiler: Now played straight as of
the end of next season, it turns out he Season 5 finale, where it's revealed that not only did murder her...]] he kill his own grandmother, but also Lucille Austero.]]



* WhiteSheep: For all his flaws, Buster is the only Bluth who is never actively malevolent, exploitive, or manipulative, and he is notably less selfish than the rest of the family. For instance he is the only family member who follows Michael's order to not sell their stock, and he is shocked when he finds out that the drone has been controlling was not a video game. In fact, by the end of Season 4, he's the only Bluth who can really be considered this, due to his nephew [[InTheBlood finally starting to lie]]. [[spoiler:By the end of Season 5 however, he might have become the worst of them.]]

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* WhiteSheep: For all his flaws, Buster is the only Bluth who is never actively malevolent, exploitive, or manipulative, and he is notably less selfish than the rest of the family. For instance he is the only family member who follows Michael's order to not sell their stock, and he is shocked when he finds out that the drone has been controlling was not a video game. In fact, by the end of Season 4, he's the only Bluth who can really be considered this, due to his nephew [[InTheBlood finally starting to lie]]. [[spoiler:By [[spoiler: Averted by the end of Season 5 however, he might have become 5, with the worst of them.revelation that he killed both his own grandmother and Lucille 2.]]

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** [[spoiler:Although Season 5 reveals she's actually his ''aunt''.]]


* ClingyJealousGirl: A recurring problem. Michael with George Michael (in a nonsexual way), he seems to be particularly jealous of George Michael’s girlfriend, Ann Veal, for taking his son away from him.

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* ClingyJealousGirl: A recurring problem. Michael with George Michael (in a nonsexual way), he seems to be particularly jealous of George Michael’s Michael's girlfriend, Ann Veal, for taking his son away from him.



* DysfunctionalFamily: It’s a JustifiedTitle.

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* DysfunctionalFamily: It’s It's a JustifiedTitle.



* NotBloodSiblings: So many of the show’s pairings, mostly one-sided, involve this trope. There’s [[spoiler:George Michael/Maeby, Steve Holt/Maeby, Annyong/Maeby, Michael/Lindsay, and GOB/Lindsay. There’s even a brief tease of George Michael/Lindsay due to a wacky misunderstanding.]]
* ParentalIncest: One-sided; Buster seems to have a heavy fixation on his mother, Lucille. As a child, he even appeared on a magazine cover with her under the headline “Why I Want to Marry My Mother”, which [[TheRival Stan]] [[SitcomArchNemesis Sitwell]] will [[NeverLiveItDown never let them live down]].

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* NotBloodSiblings: So many of the show’s show's pairings, mostly one-sided, involve this trope. There’s There's [[spoiler:George Michael/Maeby, Steve Holt/Maeby, Annyong/Maeby, Michael/Lindsay, and GOB/Lindsay. There’s even a brief tease of George Michael/Lindsay due to a wacky misunderstanding.]]
* ParentalIncest: One-sided; Buster seems to have a heavy fixation on his mother, Lucille. As a child, he even appeared on a magazine cover with her under the headline “Why "Why I Want to Marry My Mother”, Mother", which [[TheRival Stan]] [[SitcomArchNemesis Sitwell]] will [[NeverLiveItDown never let them live down]].



* OverprotectiveDad: After hints of it in the first three seasons, it balloons in Season 4 when he tries to monopolize all of George Michael’s time and attention while the latter is in college.

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* OverprotectiveDad: After hints of it in the first three seasons, it balloons in Season 4 when he tries to monopolize all of George Michael’s Michael's time and attention while the latter is in college.



* StraightMan: Michael is the king of this trope; he’s more reasonable than the rest of his family, and not naive like his son.

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* StraightMan: Michael is the king of this trope; he’s he's more reasonable than the rest of his family, and not naive like his son.



* GenerationXerox: At the end of her Season 4 storyline, [[spoiler:Lindsay’s abandoned her liberal ideals to become the Republican candidate for Congress in place of the now-comatose Herbert Love. After she makes this decision, she changes her appearance and even her mannerisms to resemble Lucille after she points out, “You’re a blonde, [=WASPy=], Orange County princess”.]]

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* GenerationXerox: At the end of her Season 4 storyline, [[spoiler:Lindsay’s abandoned her liberal ideals to become the Republican candidate for Congress in place of the now-comatose Herbert Love. After she makes this decision, she changes her appearance and even her mannerisms to resemble Lucille after she points out, “You’re "You're a blonde, [=WASPy=], Orange County princess”.princess".]]



* InsistentTerminology: GOB does not do “tricks,” as he [[EstablishingCharacterMoment sets out in the first words he says on the show]].

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* InsistentTerminology: GOB does not do “tricks,” "tricks," as he [[EstablishingCharacterMoment sets out in the first words he says on the show]].



-->'''Gob:''' But I’m the oldest. The matriarch if you will!\\
'''Michael:''' Sure, I will.

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-->'''Gob:''' But I’m I'm the oldest. The matriarch if you will!\\
'''Michael:''' ''(amused)'' Sure, I will.



'''Gob:''' I ''know'' what an erection feels like, Michael! No, it's the opposite. It's... it's like my heart is getting hard.

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'''Gob:''' I ''know'' what an erection feels like, Michael! No, it's the opposite. It's... it's like my heart ''heart'' is getting hard.



* AccidentalMarriage: [[spoiler:With Maeby in the Season 3 episode "Fakin' It". They didn’t know the priest was real (and the priest wasn’t told it was a mock wedding)]].
* {{Adorkable}}: This is the role that made Michael Cera’s career. [[TypeCasting If only he would be able to play other characters…]]

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* AccidentalMarriage: [[spoiler:With Maeby in the Season 3 episode "Fakin' It". They didn’t know the priest was real (and the priest wasn’t wasn't told it was a mock wedding)]].
* {{Adorkable}}: This is the role that made Michael Cera’s Cera's career. [[TypeCasting If only he would be able to play other characters…]]characters...]]



* GoodIsNotDumb: He’s probably the most likable character and he is an excellent student in school.
** [[spoiler:Until season four, when he finally breaks out of his shell, and in the process becomes lying, cunning, and starts sleeping with his father’s girlfriend.]]

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* GoodIsNotDumb: He’s He's probably the most likable character and he is an excellent student in school.
** [[spoiler:Until season four, when he finally breaks out of his shell, and in the process becomes lying, cunning, and starts sleeping with his father’s father's girlfriend.]]



* BookDumb: In her twenties, she doesn’t understand what “solve for X” is even '''''asking''''', let alone how to do it. In "Pier Pressure", she and her mother are proud of her getting a C minus on a test.

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* BookDumb: In her twenties, she doesn’t understand what “solve "solve for X” X" is even '''''asking''''', ''asking'', let alone how to do it. In "Pier Pressure", she and her mother are proud of her getting a C minus on a test.



* CatchPhrase: “Marry me!” as a standard deflection, particularly when she illicitly becomes a film executive, or “That was a freebie …” for unusual luck.

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* CatchPhrase: “Marry me!” "Marry me!" as a standard deflection, particularly when she illicitly becomes a film executive, or “That "That was a freebie …” freebie..." for unusual luck.



--> "You see, Light Drizzle will just annoy you, but Thunder will ''eff you up."''

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--> "You -->"You see, Light Drizzle will just annoy you, but Thunder will ''eff you up."''



* PsychopathicManchild: [[spoiler:Downplayed, then subverted. In his Season 4 focus episode, “Off the Hook,” Buster gets a job as a drone pilot for the army, and takes great glee as he gets to fly out and shoot people and places up, including weddings and hospitals. But then he finds out [[HeelRealization that the drone-controls are not a video game and that he has been shooting at real people the whole time]]. He reacts to this new knowledge with shock and disgust before going all out in a violent panic attack.]]

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* PsychopathicManchild: [[spoiler:Downplayed, then subverted. In his Season 4 focus episode, “Off "Off the Hook,” Hook," Buster gets a job as a drone pilot for the army, and takes great glee as he gets to fly out and shoot people and places up, including weddings and hospitals. But then he finds out [[HeelRealization that the drone-controls are not a video game and that he has been shooting at real people the whole time]]. He reacts to this new knowledge with shock and disgust before going all out in a violent panic attack.]]



** "Red Hairing" has Lindsay falling in love with Herbert Love, a black politician, specifically because he reminds her of Tobias back when they started dating.

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** "Red Hairing" has Lindsay falling in love with Herbert Love, a black black, bespectacled, bald politician, specifically because he reminds her of Tobias back when they started dating.



-->'''Tobias''': And second-of-ly, I know you're the big marriage expert! Oh, I'm sorry - I forgot, ''your wife is dead!'' ''(long pause)'' ... I'm sorry. That was 100% inappropriate, and I do apologize profusely... I'm... Ohhh...

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-->'''Tobias''': -->'''Tobias:''' And second-of-ly, I know you're the big marriage expert! Oh, I'm sorry - -- I forgot, ''your wife is dead!'' ''(long pause)'' ... pause)'' ...I'm sorry. That was 100% inappropriate, and I do apologize profusely... I'm... Ohhh...



-->'''Tobias''': I want to hear about your dreams.\\
'''Murphybrown''': I don't know, I'm really good at computers. It's fun too, kind of like the only time I feel alive.\\
'''Tobias''': No, no, your ''dreams''. Not what you think will make you rich, your ''passion''.\\
'''Murphybrown''': Oh, maybe also like maybe being a doctor for animals, or their dogs. Cause sometimes if I look at an animal there's like a special connection\\
'''Tobias''': ''DREAMS!'' Dreams! I didn't ask what part of an animal you want to touch!

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-->'''Tobias''': -->'''Tobias:''' I want to hear about your dreams.\\
'''Murphybrown''': '''Murphybrown:''' I don't know, I'm really good at computers. It's fun too, kind of like the only time I feel alive.\\
'''Tobias''': '''Tobias:''' No, no, your ''dreams''. Not what you think will make you rich, your ''passion''.\\
'''Murphybrown''': '''Murphybrown:''' Oh, maybe also like maybe being a doctor for animals, or their dogs. Cause sometimes if I look at an animal there's like a special connection\\
'''Tobias''': '''Tobias:''' ''DREAMS!'' Dreams! I didn't ask what part of an animal you want to touch!



* PhraseCatcher: In season 4, “anus tart”, due in part to his VanityLicensePlate (“A NU START” … ''without'' spaces). Lucille calls him this without having seen it.

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* PhraseCatcher: In season 4, “anus tart”, "anus tart", due in part to his VanityLicensePlate (“A ("A NU START” … START"... ''without'' spaces). Lucille calls him this without having seen it.



** He is an analyst and a therapist; therefore, his business cards say “analrapist”. For which he was almost arrested. He admits that the cards were a mistake and even adjusts the portmanteau to “theralyst” when his credentials are brought up in season 4.
** In season 4 as he decides to try for a new start, he celebrates the occasion by having a VanityLicensePlate with the words "A NU START" made. It doesn’t look too good without the spaces either.

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** He is an analyst and a therapist; therefore, his business cards say “analrapist”."analrapist". For which he was almost arrested. He admits that the cards were a mistake and even adjusts the portmanteau to “theralyst” "theralyst" when his credentials are brought up in season 4.
** In season 4 as he decides to try for a new start, he celebrates the occasion by having a VanityLicensePlate with the words "A NU START" made. It doesn’t doesn't look too good without the spaces either.



* ThatCameOutWrong: Subverted in that he is seemingly oblivious and the other characters rarely acknowledge it. Lindsay usually reacts by rolling her eyes in resignation, while Michael attempts to point this out a few times but even when taking his advice and recording himself, Tobias is unsurprisingly unable to see what’s wrong.
-->“We need to talk. Man on man.”
** They might not explain what he’s saying, just for the rule of DontExplainTheJoke. Or because they’re happy to laugh about him behind his back.

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* ThatCameOutWrong: Subverted in that he is seemingly oblivious and the other characters rarely acknowledge it. Lindsay usually reacts by rolling her eyes in resignation, while Michael attempts to point this out a few times but even when taking his advice and recording himself, Tobias is unsurprisingly unable to see what’s what's wrong.
-->“We -->"We need to talk. Man on man.
"
** They might not explain what he’s saying, just for the rule of DontExplainTheJoke. Or because they’re they're happy to laugh about him behind his back.



-->'''George''': Hey, enjoy yourself tonight because you are ''out'' of here. ''(tightens Buster's tie)'' I'm ''not'' going to spend my retirement watching you wipe your nose on your sleeve.\\
'''Buster''': ''(choking)'' I can’t breathe, Dad!\\
'''George''': ''Neither can I.''

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-->'''George''': -->'''George:''' Hey, enjoy yourself tonight because you are ''out'' of here. ''(tightens Buster's tie)'' I'm ''not'' going to spend my retirement watching you wipe your nose on your sleeve.\\
'''Buster''': '''Buster:''' ''(choking)'' I can’t can't breathe, Dad!\\
'''George''': '''George:''' ''Neither can I.''



-->'''Lucille''': I'm so tired of being the villain.

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-->'''Lucille''': -->'''Lucille:''' I'm so tired of being the villain.



--> '''Lucille''': I was about to cry for the first time in sixty years.

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--> '''Lucille''': -->'''Lucille:''' I was about to cry for the first time in sixty years.



--> "Everything they do is so dramatic and flamboyant, [[HypocriticalHumor it just makes me want to set myself on fire]]."

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--> "Everything -->"Everything they do is so dramatic and flamboyant, [[HypocriticalHumor it just makes me want to set myself on fire]]."



* ZipMeUp: A recurring theme of hers is having Buster zipping her up.

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* ZipMeUp: A recurring theme of hers is having Buster zipping up her up.dresses.



* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Due to "Annyeong" being the most common spelling of the Korean word. Also applies to his real name, which is usually Romanized [[spoiler: "Haru"]].

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* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Due to "Annyeong" being the most common spelling of the Korean word. Also applies to his real name, which is usually Romanized [[spoiler: "Haru"]].[[spoiler:"Haru"]].


** On the other hand, [[BewareTheNiceOnes his untapped wellspring of violent anger toward his mother]] has been a part of his character from his first focus episode, Season 1's "Bringing Up Buster," and in "The One Where Michael Leaves" Michael takes him fairly seriously when he hints that he might kill her ("Maybe Buster killed her already"). In "Good Grief" we find out that the family has been lying to keep him happy since childhood because of the destruction he can wreak when especially upset. The show is not oblivious to the risk inherent in [[spoiler:arming such an unstable person with a hook or an oversized prosthetic, his [[SanitySlippage breakdown]] in Season 4 was an obvious homage to ''Film/{{Psycho}}'', and by the end of the season he has not only beaten Herbert Love badly enough to put him in a coma but is the prime suspect in the murder of Lucille Austero, whom he blames for turning Lucille against him.]]

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** On the other hand, [[BewareTheNiceOnes his untapped wellspring of violent anger toward his mother]] has been a part of his character from his first focus episode, Season 1's "Bringing Up Buster," and in "The One Where Michael Leaves" Michael takes him fairly seriously when he hints that he might kill her ("Maybe Buster killed her already"). In "Good Grief" we find out that the family has been lying to keep him happy since childhood because of the destruction he can wreak when especially upset. The show is not oblivious to the risk inherent in [[spoiler:arming such an unstable person with a hook or an oversized prosthetic, his [[SanitySlippage breakdown]] in Season 4 was an obvious homage to ''Film/{{Psycho}}'', and by the end of the season he has not only beaten Herbert Love badly enough to put him in a coma but is the prime suspect in the murder of Lucille Austero, whom he blames for turning Lucille against him. And then by the end of next season, it turns out he did murder her...]]



* WhiteSheep: For all his flaws, Buster is the only Bluth who is never actively malevolent, exploitive, or manipulative, and he is notably less selfish than the rest of the family. For instance he is the only family member who follows Michael's order to not sell their stock, and he is shocked when he finds out [[spoiler:that the drone has been controlling was not a video game. In fact, by the end of Season 4, he's the only Bluth who can really be considered this, due to his nephew [[InTheBlood finally starting to lie]]]].

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* WhiteSheep: For all his flaws, Buster is the only Bluth who is never actively malevolent, exploitive, or manipulative, and he is notably less selfish than the rest of the family. For instance he is the only family member who follows Michael's order to not sell their stock, and he is shocked when he finds out [[spoiler:that that the drone has been controlling was not a video game. In fact, by the end of Season 4, he's the only Bluth who can really be considered this, due to his nephew [[InTheBlood finally starting to lie]]]].lie]]. [[spoiler:By the end of Season 5 however, he might have become the worst of them.]]



** On the other hand, season 5 reveals he has a son he conceived prior to his marriage to Lindsay.



* InformedAbility: According to Lindsey, he was a passionate human rights activist when she first met him but this has since faded. Not once do we ever get to see him take a remote interest in human rights.

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* InformedAbility: According to Lindsey, Lindsay, he was a passionate human rights activist when she first met him but this has since faded. Not once do we ever get to see him take a remote interest in human rights.



* KavorkaMan

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* KavorkaManKavorkaMan: He did land Lindsay. But to be fair, she did marry him only to spite her parents.



* NoodleIncident: How on Earth did Tobias mistake ''a lemon'' as a cell phone?!
* ParentalNeglect: Is extremely neglectful towards Maeby.
* PhraseCatcher: In season 4, “anus tart”, due in part to his VanityLicensePlate (“A NU START” … ''without'' spaces).

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* %%* NoodleIncident: How on Earth did Tobias mistake ''a lemon'' as a cell phone?!
%%** The term "lemon" can also be used to refer to a defective piece of technology.
* ParentalNeglect: Is extremely neglectful towards Maeby.
Maeby. [[spoiler:Much less so with his illegitimate son, with whom he reconnects during season 5, much to Maeby's disgust.]]
* PhraseCatcher: In season 4, “anus tart”, due in part to his VanityLicensePlate (“A NU START” … ''without'' spaces). Lucille calls him this without having seen it.



** [[spoiler:In season 4 as he decides to try for a new start, he celebrates the occasion by having a VanityLicensePlate with the words "A NU START" made. It doesn’t look too good without the spaces either.]]

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** [[spoiler:In In season 4 as he decides to try for a new start, he celebrates the occasion by having a VanityLicensePlate with the words "A NU START" made. It doesn’t look too good without the spaces either.]]either.
** Also his T-shirt during the season 5 finale, supposed to be about the environment, simply says "USE LESS" in all caps and a very small space between the words.


* BigDamnKiss: [[spoiler:With Maeby at the end of Season 2.]]

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* BigDamnKiss: TheBigDamnKiss: [[spoiler:With Maeby at the end of Season 2.]]


* SpeakIllOfTheDead: A RunningGag. The other Bluths are often very insensitive towards Michael regarding her death.

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* SpeakIllOfTheDead: A somewhat inverse example is a RunningGag. The other Bluths were all apparently very found of her while she was alive and have nothing but positive things to say about her, but they are often also very insensitive towards Michael regarding her death.


* OutOfFocus: In season four; [[RealLifeWritesThePlot reality interfered to make it so]]. Tony Hale’s [[Series/{{Veep}} cumbersome]] [[Series/SanjayAndCraig schedule]] during the filming of season 4 is the reason for his character arc being mostly divorced from the rest of the family members’.

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* OutOfFocus: In season four; [[RealLifeWritesThePlot reality interfered to make it so]]. Tony Hale’s [[Series/{{Veep}} cumbersome]] [[Series/SanjayAndCraig [[WesternAnimation/SanjayAndCraig schedule]] during the filming of season 4 is the reason for his character arc being mostly divorced from the rest of the family members’.


* AccidentalMisnaming: Gob is often hit with this, due to his name being an abbreviation of his full name. It is supposed to be pronounced like the name of biblical Job (or, to put it in phonetic terms, /dʒoʊb/), but other people tend to pronounce with a hard G (like /ɡɒb/). This later becomes a BrickJoke, when Gob actually discusses the biblical story of Job with a bartender, but being unable to remember the name of the titular character, and when the bartender tries to correct him, he is confused because he thinks the bartender is talking to him.

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* AccidentalMisnaming: Gob is often hit with this, due to his name being an abbreviation of his full name. It is supposed to be pronounced like the name of biblical Job (or, to put it in phonetic terms, /dʒoʊb/), but other people tend to pronounce with a hard G (like /ɡɒb/). This later becomes a BrickJoke, when Gob actually discusses the biblical story of Job with a bartender, but being unable to remember the name of the titular character, and when the bartender tries to correct him, he is confused because he thinks the bartender is talking to him.constantly saying his name.

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