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     Dr. John Becker 

"The world is full of idiots, and someone needs to point it out to them or they will never know."

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"If you and I were the only people on the face of the Earth, that would be the only thing we'd have in common."
The primary Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist of the show. He is a loud mouthed and opinionated Dr. Jerk who rants about everything. He's also charitable and altruistic towards his patients.

Tropes:

  • Anger Born of Worry: How he typically shows that he cares about his patients.
  • Anti-Hero: An unpleasant Jerkass who's harshly critical of everything and can be extremely insensitive at times. He is nevertheless a caring doctor who is also charitable to his patients.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Whenever he isn't angry. The above quote is a prime example.
  • Dr. Jerk: But of course.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Choleric. He's hot tempered, loud and has high standards that no one can live up to.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: For all his short temper and misanthropy, he's loyal to his friends and genuinely wants the best for his patients.

    Reggie Kostas 

"He's not only a doctor but a brilliant one. As far as I can tell, that's his only flaw, otherwise he'd be a perfect ass."

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"I don't so much cook as I do defrost and reheat."
A jaded ex-model and the owner and sole employee of the Greasy Spoon she inherited from her father. Has a Ship Tease with Becker and constantly trades barbs with him.

Tropes:

  • Birds of a Feather: With Becker. They're both Jaded Washout s who had a bright future ahead of them but were both sidetracked by decisions they made out of love. (Becker works in a poor neighborhood out of love for his patients and Reggie got stuck in the diner because she wanted to help her father.) They're both dismayed with how their lives turned out but at the end of the day, are able to find meaning in it. (Becker and Reggie both help their patrons in some way.) This is probably the reason why they share their deepest thoughts with each other as they know only they will understand. This is perhaps best shown in their conversation at the end of "Panic on the 24th".
  • Deadpan Snarker: Generally the best at keeping up with Becker.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Melancholic. She's very bitter about the life she's been given and her fall from grace, and her thoughts are usually preoccupied by it.
  • Greasy Spoon: Owns and runs one that she inherited from her father.
  • Lethal Chef: A notoriously terrible cook. Justified as she was actually a model and had no experience cooking and only came to the diner to help her father. She was then stuck with the diner after her father's death.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She's 5'11/182 Cm tall, which is fitting as she is a former model.
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     Nurse Margaret Wyborn 

"Dr Becker also works for me, he just doesn't know it!"

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John, you're a good man, but does it have to be a secret between us?!
Becker's assistant and an experienced Nurse. She's the Only Sane Man of the office and is the one keeping the office running. She has a Manchild husband named Lewis.

Tropes:

  • Cloud Cuckoo Landers Minder: To Becker, Linda and Lewis.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Leukine. She doesn't have any overt personality flaws and is generally the most and solid and dependable member of the cast. (Becker and Linda occasionally push her over the line into Choleric, but she'd have to be a saint to keep that from happening.)
  • Noodle Incident: Becker and Margaret's husband Lewis despise each other. The only explanation from Margaret is it's something to do with veal piccata.
  • Only Sane Man: Of the office. Becker and Linda are both frequently late, Becker is terrible with patients and Linda slacks off all the time. It's up to Margaret to run the office and make sure things goes smoothly.
  • Sarcastic Devotee: Is very snarky towards Becker and criticizes his temper and general attitude towards life. She still sticks with him and supports him.

     Jake Malinak 

"Hi, this is Jake. Look out the window. Now look in a mirror. If it's dark outside and you're John Becker, do me a favor. Go to hell. "

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Hey, can I drive?
A Blind Black Guy who runs a newspaper stand inside Reggie's diner. Makes snarky jokes about his blindness and is Becker's best friend.

Tropes:

  • The Casanova: Relative to Becker, at least (and especially relative to Bob).
  • Deadpan Snarker: He gets plenty of these, although he seems less inclined to treat it like a competition than Becker and Reggie do.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Phlegmatic. Definitely the most laid-back of the main cast, and although he gets screwed over when the show requires it, he seems to bounce back pretty well.
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: Frequently engages in this with Becker and Reggie.
  • Odd Friendship: With Becker. He's the calmest and most relaxed person in the cast while Becker is a hot tempered {Jerkass}.

     Linda 

"Ok, so here's the thing..."

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You know why we have so many young male patients? Because I have the ass of a 16 year old boy, which for some reason guys like.
Becker's secretary and assistant. Is lazy and hedonistic and avoids work at all costs. She's also a major ditz and a Cloud Cuckoo Lander of epic proportions.

Tropes:

  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Lampshaded with Linda's on-off relationship with Gil, her never-seen boyfriend who's implied to have a criminal past.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: And how...
  • Dumb Is Good: Outwardly the nicest of the main characters and, well... she has the occasional moment of insight, but she isn't the sharpest scalpel on the tray.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Sanguine. A cheerful and vivacious young woman who nevertheless comes off as very distracted and air-headed most of the time.
  • Hidden Depths: Speaks fluent Chinese, which proves handy when Margaret is having communication problems with a patient.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Typically dressed in revealing outfits. This is Discussed in one of the early episodes where Margaret complains that her fashion sense is unprofessional and inappropriate for a doctor's office.
  • Noodle Incident: Becker, when asked about it, explains that apparently the only reason he hired her was because he owed her father a favour.
  • Too Much Information: She does this frequently, which can cause some embarrassment and major 'WTF' reactions from anyone who hears.
    Reggie: I was born and raised in New York, and I've never been to the top of the Empire State Building!
    Linda: Really? I was conceived up here! Well, actually it was in the elevator.

     Bob 

"Hey losers! Bob's back!"

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Look, Bob knows a guy who supplies freezers to the whole east coast. I mean you'll get it for below what my guy gets it from guys who sell it through other guys who wish they were guys who knew guys like my guy!
The gang's personal Zoidberg. Went to High School with Reggie and had a crush on her, he was also bullied a lot. Bob was originally the owner of the seventh biggest restaurant supplier in the tri state area and a Smug Snake, Bob then becomes unemployed and then the super of Becker's apartment. Bob frequently hangs out in the diner to annoy people and stalk women. Bob also also speaks in Third-Person Person.

Tropes:

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Reggie definitely considers him this.
  • Butt-Monkey: Oh, so much. While the entire cast has their mishaps, Bob probably suffers the most of them all and his existence mostly consists of being insulted by the rest of the cast. Even after he becomes Becker's super, he is widely known as a Lazy Bum and gets no respect from anyone. See Humiliation Conga below.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: In his very first appearance in Season 1, he mentions that he has "two perfect kids". These kids are never mentioned again through the whole series though it's perfectly possible he was lying just to get under Reggie's skin.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Well, not so much bad, rather annoying, but he is quite fond of her.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Sanguine along with Linda. He's very talkative and energetic even if no one wants to listen to him.
  • Humiliation Conga: He begins the series as a wealthy restaurant supplier. His wife proceeds to divorce him, take all of his money and he ends up as an unemployed loser who lingers around the diner to mostly be insulted by the gang.
  • Lazy Bum: As Becker's super, his daily routine is to mostly take phone calls and tell the tenants who complain to him that they're "on the list". Breaking into Becker's apartment and drinking beer is also one of his most important duties.
  • Stalker with a Crush: To Reggie. Shows signs of this towards Linda as well.

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