Human Resources Creatures
The Ghost of Duke Ellington
The spirit of Duke Ellington living in the attic of the Birch household, where he died. Andrew and Nick often go to him for advice, which he gives with convoluted and bizarre analogies to his life.
- Bait-and-Switch: At one point, he tells Nick the hypothetical scenario of him firing someone from his band for being gay, leading the man to commit suicide. Nick is surprised and the viewer is led to believe that's something that Duke did. Duke however says it was all hypothetical, because he loved having gay bandmates, as they attract women that Duke can then flirt with without competition.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Cookiness aside, Duke has proven to be a very helpful figure to Nick and Andrew.
- Conspiracy Theorist: According to him Stevie Wonder faked his blindness and 9/11 was an conspiracy organized by Jews.
- A Day in the Limelight: The season 3 episode "Duke" is all about how he lost his virginity and became a jazz musician.
- Demoted to Extra: He becomes less involved in season 2.
- Expy: A smooth black man who gives white boys advice while singing soulfully. Much like Chef.
- Large Ham: Being a person, or ghost for that matter, who often sings jazz will do that for you.
- Magical Negro: Gives Nick and occasionally Andrew guidance.
- The Obi-Wan: Serves a mentor to the kids.
- Out of Focus: Gradually becomes this as the series progresses and the kids interact with an increasing number of Hormone Monsters and the Shame Wizard, likely due to Jordan Peele's increasingly busy schedule.
- The Pollyanna: For a guy stuck in limbo, he's pretty cheerful. Given that he's not damned to haunt a single spot like ghosts in fiction normally do, he's probably not that inconvenienced. Plus he manages to have hang out sessions with other ghosts of dead celebrities, including (but not limited to), Prince, David Bowie, Freddie Mercury, and Whitney Houston.
- Sex as Rite-of-Passage: His own episode reveals in the end that he grew his trademark mustache after losing his virginity.
Jay's pillow, whom he has sex with.
The manifestation of Missy's self-loathing.
- Enemy Within: She first exists in Season 2 to make Missy feel bad about not catching up on puberty like the rest of the kids, but returns in Season 3 to teach Missy about anger and releasing it.
- Expy: She's dressed just like Palpatine from Star Wars.
- I'm Melting!: What initially happens when Missy finally overcomes her self-loathing. She gets better.
- In the Hood: She initially wears a cheap hoodie, but her outfit later takes on elements of the dark side.
- Killed Off for Real: In "Horrority House", she gets Us'd by Missy's Overalls.
- Shadow Archetype: While Missy is sweet and optimistic, Evil Missy is a Jerkass.
- Teach Her Anger: Her main purpose in Girls Are Angry Too, as she wants Missy to stand up for herself through the power of her anger, though beforehand Missy mistakes it for hatred.
- The Man in the Mirror Talks Back: The basic concept of her character.
- Too Kinky to Torture: When Missy finally snaps and hits her in her second appearance, Mirror Missy just smiles and disappears.
Missy's celebrity crush.
- Adaptational Sexuality: Missy and Jay write a fanfiction where he has an intimate relationship with Gustavo.
- As Himself: With the obligatory Adam Westing.
- Celeb Crush: Naturally, but it goes a bit beyond that. Though Missy's hormone monster is also supposed to be Mona, Nathan Fillion fills in a kind of pseudo-Hormone Monster role to distinguish her more from Jessi.
- Composite Character: Missy pictures him as a cross between Mal from Firefly and Castle.
- Love Triangle: Both Missy and Andrew fantasize about Andrew competing with Nathan Fillion for her affections.
- MayDecember Romance: Andrew points out that Nathan is over 30 years older than Missy.
Suzette & Brad
Suzette is a motel pillow and Brad is a couch cushion. Jay has sex with both of them.
- The Bus Came Back: After breaking up with Lola, Jay ends up cheating on her with both of them.
- Pair the Suitors: Suzette initially gets jealous of Brad, but as soon as they meet she develops an attraction to him. Jay then has a threeway with them.
- Put on a Bus: The stress of trying to please both of them convinces Jay that they should break up.
Jessi's Talking Vagina
- A Date with Rosie Palms: In "How To Have An Orgasm", she teaches Jessi how to masturbate, though she doesn't do well at all the first time.
- Nice Girl: She might have been the first fully positive being to influence Jessi's growth into womanhood. Unlike Connie, she has only positive influences towards her, and only wants for Jessi to enjoy and learn about her own body.
- Organ Autonomy: She's Jessi's vagina and can freely talk with her, and in fact is quite the voice of reason in advising Jessi.
- Perpetual Smiler: Even after a period, she keeps on a happy face. If anything, menstruation makes her even more excited.
Leah's old iphone who gets handed down to Nick.
- Asshole Victim: Seeing how much of a destructive influence she was on Nick, it's really not that hard to see why Diane went to such an extreme length to get rid of her.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: At first she seems like a pretty cool person, but is later revealed to be extremely clingy, controlling and manipulative.
- Manipulative Bitch: Best exemplified when she talks Nick into posting a very private video of his father online.
- Toxic Friend Influence: She clearly enjoys Nick's obsession with her, to the point that she goads him into recording a very private moment of Elliot and posting it online.
- Chain Letter: A verbal example; once someone is told of Vader Johan, they must tell the story to another or else he'll target them next.
- Child Eater: Rises from the deep every Christmas Eve to look for children to eat.
- Dance Off: The only reprieve one can hope for is a desperate offering and prayer to the Mongoose King to fend him off in dance off. Unfortunately, chances are Vader Johan will outdance him so thoroughly that the Mongoose King will melt into a giant dollop of cream.
- Eldritch Abomination: Basically a mix of Cthulhu and the Sandman from that creepy old stop motion cartoon. He's only ever shown as a cutout from a minimalist cartoon, implying his true form might be even more horrifying.
- Expy: Of The Babadook, being a grinning dark bogeyman with a Nice Hat and talons that torments children and can never be killed or defeated so long as people know of his existence.
- Fate Worse than Death: Being eaten by him is explicitly called worse than dying, because you'll still live on in his stomach.
- Horror Doesn't Settle for Simple Tuesday: Has his "child bone dinner" on Christmas Eve.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: He's got a shaggy body with a head like a dolphin and a series of crustacean legs.
- Super-Persistent Predator: "Uh oh! Vader Johan can hear your blood!"
- Would Hurt a Child: Pretty much a given, seeing as how his house, diet, and musical instruments are all made of children's bones.