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* ContrastingReplacementCharacter: When Herkabe is hired as the new teacher for the Krelboynes, the kids are shocked when he turns out to be a jaded jackass, in contrast to Caroline's nurturing personality.



* EvilCounterpart:
** When Herkabe is hired as the new teacher for the Krelboynes, the kids are shocked when he turns out to be a jaded jackass, in contrast to Caroline's nurturing personality.
** As a former Krelboyne with the highest GPA of his generation, Herkabe is what Malcolm would be in the future if he indulges into his own worst traits.

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* EvilCounterpart:
** When Herkabe is hired as the new teacher for the Krelboynes, the kids are shocked when he turns out to be a jaded jackass, in contrast to Caroline's nurturing personality.
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EvilCounterpart: As a former Krelboyne with the highest GPA of his generation, Herkabe is what Malcolm would be in the future if he indulges into his own worst traits.

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* TooBrokenToBreak: In the episode "Sleepover," when the "Brotherhood of the Apocalypse" treathens to drop Francis into a bottomless pit, flog him mercilessly, and even put his head inside a cage wiith some hungry rats, Francis replies that these tactics don't scare him at all. The leader asks how could he not be afraid of anything they throw at him, Francis responds, through a series of [[{{Flashback}} flashbacks]], that being publicly humiliated by Lois has numbed him, and doesn't fear anything else.

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** From her grandsons, she only seems to favor Reese, because his violent personality seems to be considered a big quality in her country. In comparison, she treats Francis, Malcolm and Dewey with disdain, to the point Francis has been tempted to murder her in many occasions.


* AmbiguousDisorder: Hal is very immature for a middle-aged father, quite paranoid, and capricious. Whatever his issue is, he can relate to Dewey's mentally impaired friend Chad (whose parents are planning on committing him) enough to know how to calm him down during one of his episodes. Dewey's response?
--> '''Dewey''' (to Hal): So, how crazy ''are'' you?

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* AmbiguousDisorder: Hal is very immature for a middle-aged father, quite paranoid, and capricious. Whatever his issue is, he can relate to Dewey's mentally impaired friend Chad (whose parents are planning on committing him) enough to know how to calm him down during one of his episodes.episodes (by filling with pen every blank circle in a book). Dewey's response?
--> '''Dewey''' (to Hal): So, how crazy ''are'' you?you?\\
'''Hal''': Let's just say that's my third set of encyclopedias.


* ParentalNeglect: Despite being the youngest child, he is often neglected by his family and receives the least amount of attention from his parents.

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* ParentalNeglect: Despite being the youngest child, he is often neglected by his family and receives the least amount of attention from his parents. This comes to "MORP", when he finds out that they don't have a single picture of him as a baby, and Lois and Hal are completely unfazed by it.



* TortureIsIneffective: In "A.A.", Malcolm and Reese try to get the car keys out of him with no avail. After they run out of worms to feed him, they realize that they tortured Dewey for so long that he has become immune to all their tricks, so they have to resort to pampering him.



%%* AbusiveParents: Lloyd comments that his mother calls him a failure in one episode. Dabney's mother insults him for not being as smart as Malcom, only buys him birthday presents that he can use on her and rants about how she knew letting him have friends was a bad idea at one pint.
%%* BreakTheCutie: Taken UpToEleven in "Emancipation".

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%%* * AbusiveParents: Lloyd comments that his mother calls him a failure in one episode. Dabney's mother insults him for not being as smart as Malcom, Malcolm, only buys him birthday presents that he can use on her and rants about how she knew letting him have friends was a bad idea at one pint.
%%* * BreakTheCutie: Taken UpToEleven in "Emancipation"."Emancipation". They start the episode trying to impress their new teacher, but as the episode progresses, they become so broken by Herkabe's ranking system that being outsmarted by Malcolm is enough to send them on a massive meltdown.



* ItsAllAboutMe: In "Baby. Part Two", Lloyd arrives in the middle of the chaos just focused on getting Malcolm's notes for an assignment. Just as Lois is going into labor, he only goes to the room to request silence so he can finish the essay.



* InformedAttribute: His status as Francis's bodyguard. He's only protecting Francis from anyones a couple times and is in fact [[WithFriendsLikeThese more likely to haze Francis himself for not going along with academy camping trips and the like.]]

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* InformedAttribute: His status as Francis's bodyguard. He's only protecting Francis from anyones a couple times and is in fact [[WithFriendsLikeThese more likely to haze Francis himself for not going along with academy camping trips and the like.]]



!Relatives
[[folder: Ida]]
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->'''Played by''': Creator/ClorisLeachman

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!Relatives
[[folder: Ida]]
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The Buseys]]
Kids from the "Disturbed Children" class who befriend Dewey.
->'''Played by''': Creator/ClorisLeachmanCameron Monaghan (Chad), Danny McCarthy (Hanson), Amy Bruckner (Zoe)


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* AmbiguousDisorder: All of them have different special needs. The most notable is Chad, who is close to be committed.
* CharacterTics: Hanson goes around in an invisible motorcycle.
* CoolLoser: Invoked. A boy named Kyle convinces Zoe and Hanson to rally for student council president. Much later Hanson decides to sabotage himself to give the win to Zoe, but it turns out that his ClusterBleepBomb during his speech made him even more popular.
* EvilRedhead: Chad, even thought he is not evil, just very crazy. He is always wearing a paper sign with warnings to not get closer to him, and his parents have to restrain him before bed time.
* LivingEmotionalCrutch: The entire class made Dewey this, since not even the teachers care for them. When Dewey takes a day off or is close to transferring to the normal class, the kids go berserk.
* WildChild: When Dewey gets transferred to a normal classroom, the kids scape their homes and start living in the trees of Dewey's block. Some of them even start behaving like monkeys.
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!Relatives
[[folder: Ida]]
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->'''Played by''': Creator/ClorisLeachman
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* FirstNameBasis: All the members of the family are always referred by their first names. Not even in the Series Finale the last name is known (that is until it's leaked years later from the pilot scripts as "Wilkerson", but the writers decided against it. In the finale, Francis' employee ID has "Nolastname", and the Principal mouths it too when introducing Malcolm as Valedictorian).


* EvilIsPetty: His only satisfaction in life is humiliating his students, proving he is smarter than everyone, and blackmail Malcolm into doing nasty stuff for him (like filming Reese for later pubic humiliation, using Malcolm as a messenger to have an affair with a married woman, or using Reese as bargain chip to make him tank his own grades), and all that only because he doesn't want Malcolm to beat his record as the highest GPA in the school.



* RichesToRags: The Krelboynes have researched Herkabe's background as soon as they heard he was going to be their teacher, finding out that the guy has attended Princeton and earned a double doctorate in business at Harvard. He lost all his fortune after investing in a dot com, and his ex-wife took half of his remaining money after the divorce, forcing him to get a teaching job.

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* RichesToRags: The Krelboynes have researched Herkabe's background as soon as they heard he was going to be their teacher, finding out that the guy has attended Princeton and earned a double doctorate in business at Harvard. He lost all his fortune after investing in a dot com, dotcom, and his ex-wife took half of his remaining money after the divorce, forcing him to get a teaching job.


* FatBestFriend: Hal later admits to Abe that he considers them to be best friends.



* PutOnABus: After the Krelboynes accidentally make her go into labor in the parking lot, she stops appearing in the show.



* EvilCounterpart:
** When Herkabe is hired as the new teacher for the Krelboynes, the kids are shocked when he turns out to be a jaded jackass, in contrast to Caroline's nurturing personality.
** As a former Krelboyne with the highest GPA of his generation, Herkabe is what Malcolm would be in the future if he indulges into his own worst traits.



* RichesToRags: The Krelboynes have researched Herkabe's background as soon as they heard he was going to be their teacher, finding out that the guy has attended Princeton and earned a double doctorate in business at Harvard. He lost all his fortune after investing in a dot com, and his ex-wife took half of his remaining money after the divorce, forcing him to get a teaching job.



* BothSidesHaveAPoint: In "Hal's Dentist", half the group are divided on whether Hal or Trey are in the right. Hal is right because when Trey said "I'll take care of it", it could be interpreted as he would help him for free, while Trey is right too because his services must be compensated. In the end, since Hal didn't want to admit his part of the fault, despite Trey himself offering to not charge him to shut him up, the guys have to tie him up and force him to get treated.



* NotThatKindOfDoctor: The others constantly make fun of Trey for being a dentist. When Lois is going into labor, despite his medical training he can't help her deliver the baby because he can't look at lady parts without giggling, resorting in verbally coaching Francis to do it for him.

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* NotThatKindOfDoctor: The others constantly make fun of Trey for being a dentist.dentist instead of "a real doctor". When Lois is going into labor, despite his medical training he can't help her deliver the baby because he can't look at lady parts without giggling, resorting in verbally coaching Francis to do it for him.


* HarsherInHindsight: His hook hand made for some great visual gags during the show's original run, but the missing limb-themed comedy must be harder for friends and family of Spangler's actor to watch now because, later in life, he had one leg amputated due to diabetes.


* NotSoDifferent: Turns out that Abe is very similar to Abe, as addressed in "Polly in the Middle". Both are overweight, wear glasses, are nerdy and recently lost their Kitty.

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* NotSoDifferent: Turns out that Abe Craig is very similar to Abe, as addressed in "Polly in the Middle". Both are overweight, wear glasses, are nerdy and recently lost their Kitty.



* MyBelovedSmother: Kitty was this to Stevie initially, putting him to bed at absurdly early hours and sheltering him. Followed later by...

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* MyBelovedSmother: Kitty was this to Stevie initially, putting him to bed at absurdly early hours and sheltering him. Followed later by...That is until she leaves him and Abe.



* PutOnABus: Kitty leaves before the beginning of Season 4, which leaves Stevie nearly catatonic.

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* PutOnABus: Kitty leaves before the beginning of Season 4, which leaves Stevie nearly catatonic.catatonic with depression.



* ActuallyPrettyFunny: When Lois is in her crusade against a the mascot of a beer label being a black janitor named "Slappy" for being too racist, all of them actually find it very funny, especially when Abe stands next to the cardboard standee with a mop.

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* ActuallyPrettyFunny: When Lois is in her crusade against a the mascot of a beer label being label, who is a black janitor named "Slappy" "Slappy", for being too racist, all of them actually find it very funny, especially when Abe stands next to the cardboard standee with a mop.


* ScaryBlackMan: Invoked. To scare Ida away from the house, Abe does a BadBadActing impression of a ghetto gangsta. Fortunately Ida is freaked out enough to not notice.



* LaserGuidedKarma: In his final appearance, after blackmailing Malcolm into tanking his courses to lower his GPA, he lets the fact that he didn't take physical education during his senior year slip, causing his academic trophy to be revoked. He then tries to re-take the class, leading to Reese, who was getting picked on by Herkabe constantly and the way Herkabe blackmailed Malcolm, to pelt him with dodgeballs for the hell of it.

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* LaserGuidedKarma: In his final appearance, after blackmailing Malcolm into tanking his courses to lower his GPA, GPA by humiliating Reese, he lets the fact that he didn't take physical education during his senior year slip, causing his academic trophy to be revoked. He then tries to re-take the class, leading to Reese, who was getting picked on by Herkabe constantly and the way Herkabe blackmailed Malcolm, to pelt him with dodgeballs for the hell of it.




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[[folder: Hal's Poker Buddies]]



Abe's friends who welcome Hal into their circle.



* BarbershopQuartetsAreFunny: One of the subplots involve the gang forming a Barbershop group. Dewey momentarly makes them fight by asking some "innocent questions" about their roles.



* NotThatKindOfDoctor: The others constantly make fun of Trey for being a dentist. When Lois is going into labor, despite his medical training he can't help her deliver the baby because he can't look at lady parts without giggling, resorting in coaching Francis to do it for him.

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* NotThatKindOfDoctor: The others constantly make fun of Trey for being a dentist. When Lois is going into labor, despite his medical training he can't help her deliver the baby because he can't look at lady parts without giggling, resorting in verbally coaching Francis to do it for him.


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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Steve delivers one to Ida when he had enough of her bigotry.
-->'''Steve''': Ok, you know what? See, here's the thing, "Lady". We're better than you. Every one of us in every way. I'm smarter than you, more educated, and I contribute more to society. I have a family that loves me, I live in a big house, drive a nice car, and make more money in a year than you've probably made your whole lifetime. \\
'''Ida''': [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Big deal. So you're a drug dealer.]]\\
''(beat)''\\
'''Steve''': Booga Booga!!


* ArchEnemy: While Francis is constantly antagonizing his mother, with his grandmother is a very different story, to the point Francis was near to kill Ida multiple times.



* BerserkButton: Do NOT try to evict her from her home.

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* BerserkButton: Do NOT try to evict her from her home.home, or treat Francis badly.
* ButNotTooBlack: Invoked. When the family try to discourage Ida from living with them, they resort to asking Abe and his friends to scare her off playing the race card against her.
-->'''Piama''': I'd do it, but I'm not dark enough. I just annoy her.



** The main reason she doesn't want to leave Alaska, despite hating her town and having no connection to her roots, is because she is afraid of not knowing what is outside. She and Francis decide to leave when she accepts a huge settlement for her house.



%%* HairTriggerTemper

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%%* HairTriggerTemper* HairTriggerTemper: Just like Lois, she can be pretty scary when she is pissed off. Lavernia finds out when Piama kidnaps her parakeet and threats to not return it until she treats Francis better.



* LikeParentLikeSpouse: She shares many similarities to Lois personality-wise.

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* LikeParentLikeSpouse: She shares many similarities to Lois personality-wise.personality-wise, which made them clash at first. When Francis and Hal go on their motorcycle trip, both start destroying their stuff while bonding over the horrible things they're going to do in revenge.



* FriendlessBackground: No one likes him, since his childhood days.

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* FriendlessBackground: No one likes him, since his childhood days. Dewey feels sorry for him when Craig tells him that nobody found him when playing Hide and Seek. And he is finally happy when Reese moves in with him and become roommates.



%%* JustFriends: With Lois.

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%%* * JustFriends: With Lois.Lois. In "Cattle Court", Craig finally has it when he realizes that Lois takes him for granted and he is never getting a chance to be with her. Lois only convinces him to not leave by stating a possible scenario where she is old, has dementia, her family isn't around, ''and only then'' he would have a chance.



* NotSoDifferent: Turns out that Abe is very similar to Abe, as addressed in "Polly in the Middle". Both are overweight, wear glasses, are nerdy and recently lost their Kitty.



%%* BlackAndNerdy: Abe. Like father, like son.

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%%* * BlackAndNerdy: Abe. Like father, like son. When Hal isn't capable of grieving his father's death, Abe can only think to have Creator/LeonardNimoy or other member of the Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries cast to talk to Hal.



%%* TheBusCameBack: In Season 6.
* EasilyForgiven: [[spoiler:Kitty, when she returns to the fold after having left two seasons prior. Lois, and to a lesser extent, Malcolm are the only ones disgusted by the idea that someone could simply abandon their disabled child then return two years later as if nothing happened.]]

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%%* * TheBusCameBack: In Kitty returns in Season 6.
6 after being absent for two years.
* EasilyForgiven: [[spoiler:Kitty, Kitty, when she returns to the fold after having left two seasons prior. Lois, and to a lesser extent, Malcolm are the only ones disgusted by the idea that someone could simply abandon their disabled child then return two years later as if nothing happened.]]



* ParentalAbandonment: When she divorced Abe and abruptly left the family after the third season. [[spoiler:She eventually returns.]]
%%* PutOnABus: Kitty before the beginning of Season 4.

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* NotSoDifferent: Turns out that Abe is very similar to Craig, as addressed in "Polly in the Middle". Both are overweight, wear glasses, are nerdy and recently lost their Kitty.
* ParentalAbandonment: When she divorced Abe and abruptly left the family after the third season. [[spoiler:She She eventually returns.]]
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PutOnABus: Kitty leaves before the beginning of Season 4.4, which leaves Stevie nearly catatonic.




!Hal's Poker Buddies
->'''Played by''': Alex Morris (Trey), Dan Martin (Malik), Edward James Gage (Brian), Jonathan Craig Williams (Steve)
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* ActuallyPrettyFunny: When Lois is in her crusade against a the mascot of a beer label being a black janitor named "Slappy" for being too racist, all of them actually find it very funny, especially when Abe stands next to the cardboard standee with a mop.
* NiceGuy: All of them are very good friends of Hal despite all their differences.
* NotThatKindOfDoctor: The others constantly make fun of Trey for being a dentist. When Lois is going into labor, despite his medical training he can't help her deliver the baby because he can't look at lady parts without giggling, resorting in coaching Francis to do it for him.
* OneSteveLimit: One of them is named "Steve", like Abe's son "Stevie".
* ScaryBlackMan: Invoked. They actually avert the trope since all of them are polite men and earn more money than Hal. When Lois wants to get rid of Ida, she asks the guys to pretend to be Ghetto stereotypes to scare her off.



%%* TheBusCameBack: In "Dewey's Dog."

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%%* * TheBusCameBack: In He returns one last time in "Dewey's Dog."" After Francis left the academy, apparently the place tanked and he was left with no purpose, so he travels all the way to Alaska to find Francis and figure out what to do next.

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* BookSmart: A BrilliantButLazy example. He's a troublemaker like his brothers, but unlike them, he's also a prodigy who excels in school, even in his class for gifted students.

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->''"You wanna know what the best thing about childhood is? At some point, it stops."''
-->-- '''Malcolm'''


* BigBrotherInstinct: Dewey will do everything in his power to protect and nurture the kids in the special classroom because no one else is willing to. Also to his younger brother, even tricking his own parents to ensure that the younger brother gets the attention from his parents that he himself never got because they were always to busy dealing with their more troublesome kids.



* PapaWolf: Dewey will do everything in his power to protect and nurture the kids in the special classroom because no one else is willing to. Also to his younger brother, even tricking his own parents to ensure that the younger brother gets the attention from his parents that he himself never got because they were always to busy dealing with their more troublesome kids.

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