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* MayDecemberRomance: Easily a generation older than Jackie.

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* OnlySaneMan: Deconstructed. When she and Ted are being open about their criticisms of each other, Ted points out that she thinks she's so perfect that she doesn't need anyone else in her life except to correct or look down upon.

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* NotSoAboveItAll: While having the chance to be the OnlySaneMan to Ted, she often proves herself to be on his wavelength.


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* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: ''So much so.'' When Sally once asks him what he's thinking about when they're stargazing and cuddling, he admits that he was connecting the stars like connect-the-dots.


* ManChild / OneOfUs: After the writer changed Ted became very into pop-culture and a little insane. On his own website Marciuliano implies that [[PsychopathicManChild Ted takes psychiatric drugs.]]

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* ManChild / OneOfUs: ManChild: After the writer changed Ted became very into pop-culture and a little insane. On his own website Marciuliano implies that [[PsychopathicManChild Ted takes psychiatric drugs.]]

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-->'''Hilary:''' Just for the record, you do know you only have one kid, right?
-->'''Sally:''' Your dad is currently driving 80 miles to a store that still sells Quisp cereal and Astro Pops, so that number changes from time to time.

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** {{Bifauxnen}}: Has come to an early realization that short hair and dark, unfussy clothes are a good look for her.
** TheLancer: She's the character who puts up the most resistance to Hilary's whims, especially in the band. ("You're So Party Let's Go Dancey" anyone?)


* WhatExactlyIsYourJob: Played with. Nobody, least of all Ted, seems to know what "strategic sourcing" actually is.
* WhiteCollarWorker most of the time, with a stretch of unemployment that lasted about a year when he was downsized from his job in "strategic sourcing".

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* WhatExactlyIsYourJob: WhatExactlyIsHisJob: Played with. Nobody, least of all Ted, seems to know what "strategic sourcing" actually is.
* WhiteCollarWorker most WhiteCollarWorker: Most of the time, with a stretch of unemployment that lasted about a year when he was downsized from his job in "strategic sourcing".
sourcing", as well as a stint at a BlandNameProduct version of Wal-Mart.


* WhatExactlyIsYourJob: Played with. Nobody, least of all Ted, seems to know what "strategic sourcing" actually is.



Sally's former PointyHairedBoss and currently her co-manager.

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Sally's former PointyHairedBoss and currently PointyHairedBoss, then her co-manager.
co-manager until he left the company under early retirement. He now teaches Business class part-time at a community college.



One of Sally's co-workers and main confidante.

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One of Sally's co-workers and main confidante.
confidante. [[spoiler:At least until she left for another job in an October, 2014 storyline.]]



* [[spoiler: PutOnABus]]



Sally's hilariously lazy and incompetent staff. They make her yearn for Ralph. [[spoiler: She eventually fired them all.]]

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Sally's hilariously lazy and incompetent staff.staff when she was reassigned to Marketing. They make her yearn for Ralph. [[spoiler: She eventually fired them all.]]

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** PoorCommunicationKills: [[spoiler: After Hilary calls Faye her best/only friend in front of Nona, Nona stops speaking to them. Wanting to give her some space (and then just being too scared to talk), Hilary and Faye wait so long to apologize they discover Nona has already found a new pair of blond and brunette friends.]]


* ItsAllAboutMe: She's shocked that Faye -- who has divorced parents, no money, and no boyfriend -- doesn't support her when she complains about going to Rhode Island for Christmas and missing Jon. Calling Faye her best (and/or only) friend when Nona is right next to them doesn't help Hilary's case.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: Hillary is surprised that Jon is a year older than her since she feels like [[FrozenInTime she's been repeating]] [[NotAllowedToGrowUp the sixth grade for ages]].




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* OddCouple: Laura is sharp-witted, judgmental, and nasty; her husband (Sally's stepdad) is such a senile CloudCuckooLander he makes ''Ted'' look normal.

'''Ted's family'''

* AlliterativeFamily: Ted's brothers are named Timmy, Tommy, Terry, and Tate and they're all JerkJock[=s=] [[BigBrotherBully (at least to Ted)]].
* TheEeyore: Ted's mom can be counted on to find the worst in everything, even if it's not there.
--->'''Ted's Mom:''' Was the flight dreadful?\\
'''Ted:''' Actually it was pretty smooth.\\
'''Ted's Mom:''' Yeah, air travel is always a nightmare.
** Later, Sally says she doesn't want help making Christmas dinner because she wants to complain about it later.
* [[ManChild Man Children]]: All four of Ted's brothers are sports fanatics and live with or near their parents.
* SiblingYinYang(-Yang-Yang-Yang-Yang): Ted's a FanBoy pop-culture lover; his bothers love sports.
* TheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Ted's dad admits that he likes oddball Ted because [[spoiler: Ted was the only one who shared his father's (Ted's grandfather's) love of art]]. [[TsunDere He quickly takes it back, though]] [[spoiler: Thank god for smartphones]].



* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Alice is blonde, her daughter is a redhead and her son is brunette.




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* HeroicBSOD: She briefly questioned her friendship with Sally during a round of layoffs and, despite not getting fired, was still disturbed weeks later.
* WriteWhoYouKnow: The writer based her son on his brother. His brother's only request was that the kid be "as insane as possible".



Sally's hilariously lazy and incompetant staff. They make her yearn for Ralph.

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Sally's hilariously lazy and incompetant incompetent staff. They make her yearn for Ralph.
Ralph. [[spoiler: She eventually fired them all.]]


* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: He occasionally fantasizes about robot monkeys.

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