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* Took ALevelInKindness: Her character gradually became much more down-to-Earth and empathetic over time as a hint to her increasing maturity and vulnerability (especially in the aftermath of Trevor's death).

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* Took ALevelInKindness: TookALevelInKindness: Her character gradually became much more down-to-Earth and empathetic over time as a hint to her increasing maturity and vulnerability (especially in the aftermath of Trevor's death).

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* Took ALevelInKindness: Her character gradually became much more down-to-Earth and empathetic over time as a hint to her increasing maturity and vulnerability (especially in the aftermath of Trevor's death).


* NotSoAboveItAll: He's one of the most serious characters, especially compared to Will and Carlton, but still has his silly, irrational moments for the sake of a quick gag.



* {{Tsundere}}: Occasionally Type B towards Philip.

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* {{Tsundere}}: Occasionally Type B towards Philip.Especially in later seasons, she's often snapping at Phil and getting mad for something he said or did. That said, they still have their loving moments.



* WomenAreWiser: While Phil is far from a BumblingDad and is actually a serious, competent father, his wife Vivian is still portrayed as more levelheaded and usually wins all the arguments with him.



* ManChild: When he and Nicky go to see Dougie, they're equally excited. Not to mention ''[[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Dressing up as Macaulay freakin' Culkin for Halloween]]''. Goddammit.

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* ManChild: When he and Nicky go to see Dougie, they're equally excited. Not to mention ''[[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Dressing ''dressing up as Macaulay freakin' Culkin for Halloween]]''. Goddammit.Halloween''.
* NerdsLoveToughSchoolwork: Averted in "The Ethnic Tip" where the extra homework Vivian gives him and Will was too much even for him. Played straight in later episodes, such as "Sleepless in Bel-Air", where he's excited to spend the night with his schoolwork (which was ''optional''), or "Not, I Barbecue" when he turns down a date from a girl on Saturday night because he prefers to study.


* BerserkButton: Do not compare him to his dad. Ever. Also, don't insult his mother.

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* BerserkButton: Do not compare him to his dad. Ever. Also, don't insult his mother.


* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: As stern and short tempered as he is, hes also a very loving father and uncle.

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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: As stern and short tempered as he is, hes he is also a very loving father and uncle.


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* HopelessSuitor: A bit of a running gag in season 4 (and, to a lesser extent, season 5). Whenever he is interested in some girl, he is always rejected.


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* InTouchWithHisFeminineSide: Lampshaded and played for laugh in one episode.
-->'''Carlton:''' You can't understand and respect women because you're not in touch with your feminine side.\\
'''Will:''' And you know what your problem is? You're not in touch with ''anybody'''s feminine side.


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* NotSoDifferent: From Will. While they are ClashingCousins for being opposite, both can be immature, arrogant, blind to their own faults and always ready to point out the flaws of the other.


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* ThrowTheDogABone: Sometimes. In ''Grumpy Young Men'' he steals Will's girlfriend without even trying and later knocks out Will in a physical fight. At the end of ''Sooooooooul Train'' he upstages Will in a dance contest. There are also other rare episodes where he doesn't end up as the loser.


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* EvilCounterpart: To Uncle Phil. A horrible father figure who is absent in Will's life instead of a good father figure who actually supports and cares for Will.


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* EvilCounterpart: To Uncle Phil. Both ambitious judges from the same Law School, but Philip is honest while Judge Robertson is deceitful, dishonest, and resorts to slander to defeat Philip in the election.


* ShowStopper: Ironically starting around the time he became OutOfFocus

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* ShowStopper: Ironically starting around the time he became OutOfFocusOutOfFocus.

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* ItsAllAboutMe: Mild example and she quickly grows out of it, but early in the show, she cannot handle family members going against her wishes ''at all'', to the point that when Janice gets engaged to Frank (who's white), she's initially very disapproving of it, and when Janice understandably refuses to break up with him just because her sister told her to, she refuses to attend the wedding and tries to forbid Will from going as well. She even says that her family not immediatly obeying her [[InsaneTrollLogic means they no longer respect her and thus also no longer love her]]. Will calls her out on how ridiculous she's acting.


* TookALevelInJerkass: While he was apparently honest and idealistic in his younger days, by the time of the show, he's self-centered, bigoted and dishonest.

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* NotSoHarmlessVillain: You'd think a senile, perverted eccentric wouldn't be much of an adversary. And you'd be dead wrong.
* TookALevelInJerkass: While he was apparently honest and idealistic in his younger days, by the time of the show, he's self-centered, bigoted bigoted, perverted and dishonest.dishonest. He still [[BitchInSheepsClothing pretends to be honest and idealistic]], though.


* TheCasanova: In his younger years, Aunt Viv does not like to be reminded.

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* TheCasanova: In his younger years, years. Aunt Viv does not like to be reminded.



* BewareTheSillyOnes: His short stature and overall behavior aside, Carlton actually managed to knock out Will in more than one occasion, whether it be by one punch, or even a blow from his elbow. He once even let Will take a fall from a treehouse by releasing the ladder after Will had started descending it, this after having taken yet another dig at Carlton's height. And then there's the time that Carlton meets a bunch of Will's old friends, all of them tough guys, and it doesn't take long for Carlton to be acting and talking as tough and badass as them, having earned their respect and a place in their crew, which leaves Will absolutely baffled.

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* BewareTheSillyOnes: His short stature and overall behavior aside, Carlton actually managed to knock out Will in on more than one occasion, whether it be by one punch, or even a blow from his elbow. He once even let Will take a fall from a treehouse by releasing the ladder after Will had started descending it, this after having taken yet another dig at Carlton's height. And then there's the time that Carlton meets a bunch of Will's old friends, all of them tough guys, and it doesn't take long for Carlton to be acting and talking as tough and badass as them, having earned their respect and a place in their crew, which leaves Will absolutely baffled.



* TookALevelInKindness: Was a snobby dick in the first season, but became far nicer in subsequent seasons.



* TheFriendNobodyLikes: Of the family, only Will and Ashley actually enjoy having him around. Philip downright loathes him, Hilary doesn't care for his flirting, and Carlton thinks he's an idiot. Vivian is civil towards him, but otherwise shares her husband's views. Even Will occasionally gets fed up with his {{Jerkass}} and stupid behavior, which usually lands Will in ''real'' trouble.

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* TheFriendNobodyLikes: Of the family, only Will and Ashley actually enjoy having him around. Philip downright loathes him, Hilary doesn't care for his flirting, and Carlton thinks he's an idiot. Vivian is civil towards him, but otherwise shares her husband's views. Even Will occasionally gets fed up with his {{Jerkass}} tendencies and stupid behavior, which usually lands Will in ''real'' trouble.



* BrokenPedestal: Uncle Phil is ecstatic to learn that he's running against his former mentor, believing that the campaign will be fair and honest on both sides. Then he ends up on the wrong side of Judge Robertson's smear campaign, forcing Phil to lose all respect for the man.

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* BrokenPedestal: Uncle Phil is ecstatic to learn that he's running against his former mentor, believing that the campaign will be fair and honest on both sides. Then he ends up on the wrong side of Judge Robertson's smear campaign, forcing causing Phil to lose all respect for the man.


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* JerkassHasAPoint: He insults Will's father to Will's face... but whether he knew it or not, Lou Smith completely deserved it. Notably, Will's completely unfazed by the insult.


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* TookALevelInJerkass: While he was apparently honest and idealistic in his younger days, by the time of the show, he's self-centered, bigoted and dishonest.

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* LastDisrespects: His funeral is filled with people who had some sort of grudge against him with one man openly admitting he's just there to make sure Robertson is actually dead.

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* LetsGetDangerous: If she starts to take off her earrings it's time to run.

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* WhatTheHellHero: While his schemes and girl chasing was mostly harmless, there were two incidents in particular that ''really'' crossed the line and earned him serious wrath from uncle Phil.
** He and Carlton pawned one of Vivian's necklaces to get extra funds for trading stock and lost it all because the tip they got turned out to be bad, which would be bad enough on it's own, but Carlton got the tip through insider trading, which is a federal crime.
** By far the worst thing Will did in the whole series was trying to trick a girl into sleeping with him by staging a fake wedding (Jazz played the preacher) because she didn't want to have sex before marriage. He came to his senses at the last minute and didn't go through with it, but had he done so, it could very likely have been considered rape-by-deception. Tellingly, when Phil finds out, he responds with TranquilFury instead of his usual rage and it takes him ''three years'' to think of a punishment fitting the action.


* FormerlyFit: An episode that flashed back to over a decade previous showed that he was slimmer and more conventionally attractive before he got into the wealthy world of high-powered law.

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* FormerlyFit: An episode that flashed back to over a decade previous showed that he was slimmer and more conventionally attractive before he got into the wealthy world of high-powered law. It's also mentioned several times that he played football in both high school and college and was quite good at it.



** Used a bit more seriously in the episode "Blood is Thicker Than Mud", where Will and Carlton try to join an all-black fraternity. Although they're both hazed, Carlton's hazing is more severe than Will's. Even after he endures everything they put him through, the pledge master, Top Dog, still refuses to let Carlton join because he believes that Carlton is a "sellout". Will quits in disgust when he finds out. After they return home and tell Uncle Phil and Aunt Vivian what happened, Phil laments: "When are we going to stop doing this to each other?"

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** Used a bit more seriously in the episode "Blood is Thicker Than Mud", where Will and Carlton try to join an all-black fraternity. Although they're both hazed, Carlton's hazing is more severe than Will's. Even after he endures everything they put him through, the pledge master, Top Dog, still refuses to let Carlton join because he believes that Carlton is a "sellout". Will quits in disgust when he finds out, and one of the other frat members tells Top Dog the others are sick of his crap and they're going to have him thrown out. After they return home and tell Uncle Phil and Aunt Vivian what happened, Phil laments: "When are we going to stop doing this to each other?"


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** Strangely, one flashback shows that she was like this even as a child, when the Banks were still lower-middle class and Phil didn't earn much yet, implying that she was born spoiled rather than becoming this way due to the family's later wealth.



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* TooDumbToLive: A bungee expert, he was not.


* InTheBlood: When Vy cracks a joke about Uncle Phil's weight in "'Twas The Night Before Christening" and Phil lampshades this by saying "Okay now I see where Will gets it from".
%%* MamaBear

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* InTheBlood: When Vy Vi cracks a joke about Uncle Phil's weight in "'Twas The Night Before Christening" and Phil lampshades this by saying "Okay now I see where Will gets it from".
%%* MamaBear* MamaBear: She acts as this to her son, her nieces and nephew, and her younger sisters, particularly Janice.
* OneSteveLimit: Averted; both she (and her sisters) and her ex-husband have the surname Smith.



* OneSteveLimit: Averted. Lou shares his surname with his ex-wife.



!!Helen Smith (Jennifer Lewis)

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!!Helen Smith (Jennifer (Jenifer Lewis)



* SassyBlackWoman:

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* SassyBlackWoman: Even by the standards of her very sassy gaggle of sisters. It comes with being played by Jenifer Lewis.

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