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1[[folder: Ben Cartwright]]˛[[quoteright:350:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/ben_cartwright2_6.jpg]] ˛ [[caption-width-right:350:Benjamin Cartwright (Lorne Greene)]]˛The owner of the Ponderosa ranch and the father of Adam, Hoss (Eric), and Joseph (Little Joe). Later he adopts orphan Jamie Hunter as his son giving him four sons in total. He is a [[GoodParents a good father]],[[BenevolentBoss a good boss]], and generally a good man.˛!!Tropes:˛* NonIdleRich: The owner of the biggest spread of the Nevada Territory. He is engaged in physical labor on his own ranch and is very active in his community.˛* PapaWolf: Want to make Ben get real angry real fast then threaten one of his sons. He also does not appreciate any children, in general, being threatened.˛* [[SomeonetoRememberHimBy Someone to Remember Her By]]: In a rare male example of this trope, Ben has one son from each of his three dead wives: Adam from Elizabeth Stoddard, Hoss(Eric)from Inger Borgstrom and Little Joe from Marie De Marigny.˛[[/folder]]˛[[folder: Adam Cartwright]]˛[[quoteright:350:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/adam_cartwright2.jpg]] ˛ [[caption-width-right:350:Adam Cartwright (Pernell Roberts)]]˛Ben's eldest son. Adam went to college for architecture and designed the house where the Cartwrights live.˛!!Tropes:˛* BigBrotherInstinct: Adam does not appreciate violence or threats against Hoss or Little Joe. He also defends them (or at least tries to) from [[GoldDigger women who would take advantage of them]].˛* DeadpanSnarker˛* TheStoic˛[[/folder]]˛[[folder: Eric "Hoss" Cartwright]]˛[[quoteright:350:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/hoss_cartwright.jpg]] ˛ [[caption-width-right:350:Hoss Cartwright (Dan Blocker)]]˛Ben's middle son Eric, a.k.a "Hoss" Cartwright. A big and big-hearted man.˛!!Tropes:˛* BewareTheNiceOnes: Hoss is one of the friendliest guys you'll ever meet... as long as you don't try to harm any one he cares about.˛* GentleGiant: Hoss is one of the biggest men in Nevada territory, He is also one of the kindest.˛* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: No one calls him Eric. It is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] at his birth.˛->'''Ben''': We'll give him both names and see which one sticks.˛[[/folder]]˛[[folder: Joseph "Little Joe" Cartwright]]˛[[quoteright:350:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/little_joe_cartwright.jpg]] ˛ [[caption-width-right:350:Joseph Cartwright (Michael Landon)]]˛The youngest of the Cartwright boys. A real hot-head who at times struggles with a need to prove himself as more than just the baby of the family.˛!!Tropes:˛* {{The Baby of the Bunch}}: Before Jamie joins the group in Season 12, He is this being only seventeen at the start of the first season.˛* PrettyBoy: He is played by a young Michael Landon after all.˛[[/folder]]˛[[folder: Hop Sing]]˛[[quoteright:350:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/hop_sing.jpg]] ˛ [[caption-width-right:350:Hop Sing (Victor Sen Yung)]]˛The Cartwright's hired chef.˛!!Tropes:˛* SupremeChef: He is one, as everyone who stays for dinner at the Cartwright's can attest. Hoss, in particular, is a big fan.˛[[/folder]]

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