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What do ya do with a B.A. in English?
A college graduate, who's 22, naive, chipper guy, and looking for his purpose in life.
  • A Degree in Useless: What he thinks of his B.A. in English.
    Princeton: Four years of college and plenty of knowledge have earned me this useless degree.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Hence, the aptly titled number 'Purpose.' In fact, he's so desperate to find a purpose in life that he botches up his relationship with Kate midway through the show when she brings up the idea of marriage.
  • The Hero: The protagonist of the play.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Why would you trust people called the "Bad Idea Bears"?
  • Informed Attractiveness: According to Lucy, he's "well hung" and "baby-faced". Because he's a puppet, although he looks somewhat cute, it's harder for the audience to see this.
  • Innocently Insensitive: He doesn't know it's rude to ask whether monsters are related to each other.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Kate Monster.
  • Master of the Mixed Message: During the song 'Mixtape' where Kate cannot figure out if he likes her or not.note 
  • Naïve Newcomer: Gary tends to treat him as this for thinking life would be easy.
  • Nice Guy: He is generally friendly and helpful.
  • Punny Name: A recent college graduate, and named for one of the most prestigious universities ever.

Kate Monster
There's a fine, fine line between love... and a waste of time.
A 23-year old monster who works in a kindergarten.
  • Betty and Veronica: The sweet, wholesome Betty to Lucy's seductive, lewd Veronica. The two of them are usually performed by the same puppeteer.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: While she's definitely a sweetheart, she can become hot headed if you drive her to it.
  • The Chick: The most prominent female character in the play.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Downplayed but still there. She's visibly angry when she sees Princeton with Lucy, gets into a argument with Lucy when they meet in Princeton's apartment and is mostly unrepentant that she nearly killed Lucy - albeit by accident and Lucy did recover
  • Cute Monster Girl: Her species is literally "monster". She looks like a cute human girl covered in tan-colored fuzz.
  • Cool Teacher: Really wants to be this.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Acts this way when she's hurt or offended. She gets a good quip when she sees Princeton dating someone new after he says he wants to find a purpose in life.
    Kate: Is her name Purpose?
  • Deuteragonist: She's Princeton's Love Interest, and the play eventually culminates in her monsters' school opening.
  • Girl Next Door: She is a nice girl who is the neighbor and Love Interest of Princeton.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Princeton.
  • Passive-Aggressive Kombat: Gets a few good zingers against Princeton whenever they meet after their breakup since she's upset with him.
  • Politically Motivated Teacher: Played positively, and seen entirely outside of the classroom, too. Kate fiercely opposes racism against Monsters, and her biggest dream is to someday open up a Monsters-only school.
  • Precision F-Strike: Not that the whole cast don't swear like sailors, but her exasperated "Fuck!" in "It Sucks to Be Me" is the first clue to the audience that this isn't Sesame Street.
  • Species Surname: Her last name is Monster, just like Trekkie's, but she is offended by the question whether the two of them are related.

If you were gay, that'd be okay.
He's 25-year old slacker with no job, who's Rod's roommate.


Nicky's stuffy investment banker roommate.
  • Armored Closet Gay: Mild example: he's not aggressively homophobic, but when Nicky sings him a whole song about how it'd be okay if he was gay, he squawks, "Nicky, that is WRONG!" (But it might just be because Nicky mentioned specifically "what you do in bed with guys", which is a little too personal.)
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: He's blue, although he's a Republican.note 
  • Berserk Button: Being accused of being gay.
  • Coming-Out Story: His character arc is about him coming around with being gay.
  • Expy: Of Bert.

Trekkie Monster
The internet is for porn!
A monster who prefers to sit in his apartment and look at internet porn

Lucy the Slut
I can make you feel special...
A cabaret singer who sleeps around.
  • Aggressive Categorism: Hates monsters
  • Back from the Dead: With her virginity intact, too.
  • Betty and Veronica: The seductive, lewd Veronica to Kate's sweet, wholesome Betty. The two of them are usually performed by the same puppeteer.
  • Buxom Is Better: Her large breasts match her seductive personality.
  • Family-Friendly Stripper: She dances and sings in a very suggestive manner, but she doesn't actually strip down. This might be justified, as she's a cabaret singer.
  • For the Evulz: Throwing away Kate's note was an entirely spiteful and petty act especially considering the fact that she didn't want a relationship with Princeton after their one night stand and there was no need to get between them
  • Gold Digger: Wants to marry a rich husband
  • God Is Good: Apparently, He revived her as a chaste woman. It's all Played for Laughs.
  • Jerkass: Lucy does a lot of petty things, one of those things is that she gets rid of the note Kate wrote inviting Princeton in getting back together just because.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: After being the Spanner in the Works (see below) she ends up being hit by the penny Kate drops off the Empire State Building and put in the hospital, eventually dying (temporarily). Lampshaded by Kate, who first feels horrible for having dropped the penny, then once she realizes Lucy's spanner role: "I feel better now."
  • Meaningful Name: She is just as much of a slut as her name implies.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Designed to look as sexy as a muppet can be, up to having visible nipples under her dress.
  • My Girl Is a Slut: It's right in her name.
  • Near-Death Experience: Thanks to Kate, who accidentally hits her with a penny dropped from the Empire State Building and puts her into a coma. She finds religion afterward.
  • Really Gets Around: She is stated to be very promiscuous. A line in the Life Outside Your Apartment has one of the characters saying, "Hope you don't get gonorrhea!"
  • Spanner in the Works: For Princeton and Kate's relationship since she throws away the latter's note about meeting at the Empire State Building.
  • Turn to Religion: She experiences a penny to the head thrown from the top of the Empire State Building. Result: she turns into a goody-goody, religious girl. Her puppet's previously sultry, lowered eyelids are removed off-stage to make her eyes look brighter.
  • The Vamp: She flirts with Princeton, and after he breaks up with Kate Monster she tries to ensure they don't get together again.

Mrs. Thistletwat

Kate's boss, a kindergarten teacher.
  • Ambiguously Gay: A cut line in the official book has her state "I have never laid with a man", and one of the personal ads in the same book is a W4W (woman for woman) ad with teaching puns implied to be from her.
  • Card-Carrying Jerkass: She seems rather proud of being a "crabby old bitch".
    "Crabby Old Bitches are the bedrock of this nation!"
  • Full-Name Basis: The only character in the musical who refers to Kate as "Katherine".
  • Ill Girl: Her first scene has her telling Kate that she's getting a heart replacement surgery.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Well, she was willing to let Kate teach her own session...
  • Mean Boss: She's very unfriendly with her employee Kate.
  • Meaningful Name: Thistletwat. She's a rather unlikable person.
    Mrs. Thistletwat: You're going to Hell, Katherine.
    Kate Monster: SEE YOU THERE!
  • Sadist Teacher: Though we don't see her teach, how she treats Kate implies that she doesn't treat her students any better. She actually lampshades this herself as she's firing Kate, saying she never should've hired a monster:
    Kate Monster: Well, better a monster than a crabby old bitch!

The Bad Idea Bears

Two bears, one yellow, and one blue, who offer Princeton very bad ideas.
  • Bears Are Bad News: They are not large and threatening as most examples of this trope, but don't let their cute appearance fool you: they are very malicious.
  • Crocodile Tears: When Princeton says he probably shouldn't be spending his parents money on beer, they cry loudly and dramatically until he says maybe he can afford a six-pack, and then get him to up it to a case of beer.
  • Evil Mentors: They suggest that Princeton gets drunk and then commit suicide. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.
  • For the Evulz: Their motivation for ruining Princeton's life is never explained. It's just what they do.
  • Heel–Faith Turn: Subverted. They do find religion in the end (specifically the Church of Happyology) but there's no indication that they're actually going to make a legitimate Heel–Face Turn.
  • Genki Girl: The yellow bear energetically and enthusiastically tries to enforce whatever bad idea the blue bear comes up with.
  • Good Angel, Bad Angel: Don't believe a word of it. They're both the closest thing the show has to Chaotic Evil characters, so they are practically two Bad Angels.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: This goes without saying, as they really don't have much in the line of goodness besides encouraging self-destructive behavior in the other characters. In one instance, later, they try to convince Princeton to kill himself.
  • Karma Houdini: They get no comeuppance for their misdeeds.
  • Manipulative Bastards: They manipulate Princeton into spending all his money on alcohol, getting Kate drunk so he can bed her, and almost hanging himself.
  • Poisonous Friends: They act as if they wanted the best for Princeton, but their suggestions always make Princeton's life worse.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: In this partnership, the blue bear tends to come up with the suggestions while the yellow one tries to enforce them more enthusiastically.
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: The guy is blue with a bowtie, the girl is yellow with a ribbon, eyelashes, and a pearl necklace.



An unemployed 32 year old who's engaged to Christmas Eve
  • Henpecked Husband: He is constantly abused by Christmas Eve. Doesn't seem to be too bothered by it, though.
  • The Lancer: He becomes Princeton's closest friend.

Christmas Eve

Brian's fiancee, who's a Japanese immigrant and a therapist, though,she doesn't get a lot of clients.
  • Catchphrase: "What!? Brian!"
  • Interchangeable Asian Cultures: Averted. Being Japanese is why she can't get a job in a Korean deli (Chinese restaurant in the UK West End version).
  • Innocently Insensitive: When Rod talks to her about his friend who's gay, she says there's nothing wrong with it until Rod says the friend is also a conservative at which point she says they should just stay in the closet.
  • Japanese Ranguage: Not extremely, but it's always there. Don't worry, though; Everyone's A Rittle Bit Lacist.
  • Odd Friendship: In Act 2, she develops a rather sweet one with Rod.
  • Official Couple: She and Brian get married over the course of the play.
  • Twofer Token Minority: After Christmas Eve marries Brian, she is now a (from what's implied) Jewish Japanese woman, or as fans put it "a kung fu Jew."
  • Tsundere: She can switch quickly from being nice and sweet to yelling and abusive. She believes that "the more you love someone, the more you want to kill 'em".

Gary Coleman

  • Butt-Monkey: Very much. The song "It Sucks to be Me," the characters sing about how their lives are so much worse than everyone else's . . . until Gary pops in. Then everyone cheerfully agrees that he wins the Misery Poker.
    It sucks to be you!
    You win!
    It sucks to be you!
  • Catchphrase: Deconstructed, as he's more or less grown resentful of it due to people always saying it to him.
  • Crosscast Role: It is a tradition to have Gary be played by a woman. It has been stated that the reason for this is the people behind the production didn't want anyone to think they were making fun of the real life Gary Coleman, and they believed that having him played by a woman would provide a clever "wink" to the audience to let them know it's not meant to be serious. Subverted in the UK version, where he's more often than not played by a man.
  • Death by Adaptation: After the death of the real Gary Coleman, some productions of the show end with Gary dying. It's usually played for Black Comedy.
  • Drop-In Landlord: As the building super, he's not part of the main ensemble of Avenue Q residents, but periodically shows up to interact with the main characters, who treat him with a mixture of amusement and pity. They all agree that while their lives are bad, his is the worst.
  • Mr Fix It: He works as the superintendant, and part of his job is to fix things.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Averted - he is a caricature of the real Gary Coleman. Foreign adaptations sometimes replace him with a different - but always real - celebrity.

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