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    Ray Barone 
Played by: Ray Romano

  • Accentuate the Negative: One early episode, "Recovering Pessimist", revolved around Ray's frequent lapses into pessimism, even after he wins a national writing award. Ray declares that the reason he's like this is because he learned from the masters...cough*Frank and Marie*cough.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: How Robert sees him.
  • Attention Whore: At least in Robert's point of view:
    Robert: He is and always has been the center. The center of attention, the center of affection. He always gets the center chair in the kitchen, and this anger of which you speak, from the rest of these poor souls, stems from his unwillingness to share even the tiniest portion of the spotlight that shines without end... on him.
    (He proceeds to sit down, and Ray pokes him in the buttocks)
    Robert: D'OHHH! What are you doin'? What are you DOING?!
    Ray: What are you doing? (sarcastically) Center chair. It's my kitchen. Get your own kitchen.
    Robert: There you go, there you go, you see, because I only have a kitchenette and he loves it! Right, "Rub-it-in" Raymond? No house for me! No wife, no kids, no lawn, no NOTHIN'!
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Eventually, as Debra and Ray got more adversarial, they would get moments of this.
  • Bad Liar: Ray is frequently called out for his bad poker face.
    Robert: Are you saying that Amy talks too much?
    Ray: ...No, Robert, I love Amy.
    Robert: Wow, are you a liar.
  • Bumbling Dad: Though the kids there were initially much younger than in other examples.
  • Butt-Monkey: Ray didn't start out this way, but by the middle and later seasons, he had become Debra's Butt-Monkey. The rest of his life is pretty charmed, though.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Ray becomes easily jealous when he believes that Debra may be interested in other men.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Tied into his status as the Only Sane Man.
  • Flanderization: Ray was initially only unhelpful around the house and a sometimes-incompetent father, but in later seasons he becomes a doddering imbecile.
  • Former Teen Rebel: One early episode revolved around Marie's dismay in learning that the teenaged Ray held parties at their house while she and Frank were away, in which he drank and smoked. Another episode mentions Ray sneaking out of the house when he was a teenager to hang out at Bernie's house.
  • Henpecked Husband: Ray personified this trope. Unlike most, however, he wouldn't always roll over — he'd sometimes snark back at Debra...but his occasional attempts at rebellion were usually quashed pretty quickly by an icy glare (or worse) from Debra.
  • Lazy Husband: His wife frequently berates him for his failings and general willingness to leave the housework to her.
  • Manchild: Enforced by Marie from the time he was very, very young. Every time he grows in independence, Marie drags him right back.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Hinted at often. Finally, basically outright stated in the episode where Ray and Frank talk to Robert about his wedding invitations. Also, during the "Angry Sex" episode, Ray can briefly be seen reading a book about Zen Buddhism in one scene. It was so subtle that the studio audience didn't seem to have noticed it (or perhaps were unable to see the title of the book).
  • Oedipus Complex: Heavily implied that he has this on a subconscious level, which disturbs him greatly. In "Counseling," it was pretty much stated that Ray wishes he'd rather have his mother take care of him, than have a mutual relationship with his wife.
  • Only Sane Man: Ray Barone was this, especially during the early seasons. He still performed this role later on, as despite being a whiny and neurotic Manchild, he was still more together than most of his immediate family. In Real Life: Half of the show's genesis was Ray Romano wryly observing the absurdities and wackiness of his family members (the other half was series creator and executive producer Phil Rosenthal doing the same with his own family).
  • Overprotective Dad: When he and the other adults learn that Ally has a crush in "Ally's F", he becomes completely against the idea.
  • Parental Favoritism: Marie made no secret of the fact that Ray was her favorite child, much to Robert's chagrin. Frank on the other hand, appeared to treat the two equally.
  • Protagonist Title: He's the main character and his name is part of the series' title.
  • Sore Loser: In "The Author", Ray finds out he lost a book deal, while Robert was promoted at work. While they weren't really competing, Ray is usually the one who comes out on top, so he doesn't take Robert's news well; he barely congratulates Robert, slams his hand on the table, and leaves the room.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: He was flanderized from being a witty, intelligent Every Man who wins national writing awards into becoming a bumbling buffoon over the course of the show.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Ugly Guy to Debra's Hot Wife, with his big nose and flabby body. Some women find him average at-worst, in reality and on the show, and he even got an attractive woman hitting on him when she didn't realize he was married, but everyone in-universe usually paints this as another example of Ray's status as "Born Lucky".
    Debra: I can't believe I just did thirty-six sit-ups for a man whose stomach looks like a deflated clown balloon!
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: A whiny, lazy momma's boy who constantly lies to get out of sticky situations.
  • Youngest Child Wins: He's favored by his mother over older brother Robert.

    Debra Barone 
Played by: Patricia Heaton

  • All Periods Are PMS: An entire episode concerning this has been cemented into the memory of the collective fan base.
  • Anti-Hero: In the later seasons, she becomes psychotic, demeaning and vicious.
  • All Women Are Prudes: A shining example. Debra very rarely gets horny — she frequently bans sex or rejects sexual advances from the desperate, horny Ray. Ray does admit to being bad in bed, and Debra used to be more open — a few episodes show her rare "open" moments.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Eventually, as Debra and Ray got more adversarial, they would get moments of this.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She becomes one in later seasons.
  • Butt-Monkey: To Marie. Debra only ever "won" against Marie when she was actually proven wrong, and the family covered for her.
  • Control Freak: Wanting Ray to be completely under her control, telling him when he's "allowed" to relax or spend time with his friends, beating him and emotionally tormenting him when she doesn't get her way.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She's very snarky, though not as much as Ray or his father.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: When Ray annoys Debra (often deliberately), he'll get a smack for it. Cue audience laughter.
  • Family Versus Career: She used to work as a public relations expert before having kids and becoming a housewife. In a few episodes she expresses regret about her decision, notably an early episode where she briefly tries going back to work.
  • Flanderization: Her shrillness and willingness to snap at Ray becomes more pronounced over time.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Often times towards Ray, especially in the later seasons.
  • Hypocritical Heartwarming: She's the only one allowed to treat Ray like crap, Peggy learned that the hard way.
  • Jerkass: Sometimes in the early seasons. More often in the later seasons.
  • Jerk With A Heart Of Jerk: In Sweet Charity, Debra guilt-trips Ray into doing charity work at a hospital, though becomes jealous when Ray starts spending more time there than at home. Debra tricks Robert into performing ventriloquism at the hospital by complimenting his skills, in a effort to end Ray's popularity.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: Ray was rarely able to one-up her outside of being lazy and snarky. Outside of Ray though, she's frequently humiliated or her plans blow up in her face, and she's never free of Marie's berating or her in-laws in general.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: She is intelligent and well-read, but she sometimes overestimates how much her knowledge applies to everyday situations. In particular, she frequently annoys Ray by trying to psychoanalyze his and his family's behavior (and is often furious when Ray, or another character tries the same with her).
    Debra: (trying to understand Robert's "crazy chin" habit) No, that's interesting, Frank...candy...and pickles.
    Ray: (sarcastically) It's like watching Freud work!
Ray on one occasion admitted that he hates it when Debra thinks she knows stuff.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Debra's plan in Sweet Charity (see above) backfires when she ends up singing in the same hospital Ray did charity work for and proves less than popular with the patients.
  • Mood-Swinger: In general, with a prominent example in "The Walk to the Door", at a wedding:
    Ray: You win: I'm a bad person.
    Debra: (angry, to Ray) Oh, how do I win? You know, you- (notices the bride and groom kissing at a nearby table; becomes happy) Ohoho, they're kissing. (back to angry) You know what would make me happy? If you recognized a regret before you did it!
  • Only Sane Man: Views herself as this, and even got ignored by a visiting psychiatrist in the early seasons because Ray's family was so weird. Though, as Ray points out — the Barones are family by genetics. Debra chose to be with them. "You're messed up!" Grouchy Frank of all people viewed himself and Debra as this, and was offended that Debra didn't enjoy his company.
  • Parenting the Husband: Ray is messy, sarcastic and a lazy Manchild. Debra is hyperactive, grouchy and a control freak. This is only natural.
  • Shipper on Deck: For Robert/Amy.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In the first few seasons, Debra was pretty reasonable, generally didn't yell as much, and was quite playful with Ray. In later seasons...less so. Marie and Frank call this the natural progression of marriage.
  • Tsundere: Type A. Her default mode is Tsuntsun, as she tends to be overbearing, moody and cranky towards her husband.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Hot Wife to Ray's Ugly Guy.

    Frank Barone 
Played by: Peter Boyle

  • Abusive Parents: Frank's idea of parenting comes perilously close to this at times. In a Deconstruction, it's later revealed that the "tough love" angle was passed down through generations of heavy-handed Barone fathers, and that, in spite of verbally belittling his sons in virtually every episode, Frank could never bring himself to physically harm Robert or Ray for that exact reason.
    • At one point he summarizes his own father's interactions with him, after coming home from long hours working on the road, as: "He'd have a drink, punish me for whatever I did and then hit the road again."
    • Conversely, whenever the subject of his mother comes up, Frank invariably describes her as having been a saint (Marie contests this, but that seems to be more about their mother-in-law/daughter-in-law relationship than her parenting).
  • Affectionate Nickname: Marie calls him "Cicci" in their more amorous moments.
  • Armchair Military: Frank and his buddies like to reenact Civil War battles.
    Frank: Reenactment. That's kinda like what me and my Civil War buddies do.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Frank and Marie are this to a tee. Despite turning arguing and insult-flinging into an Olympian sport, the two have a decades-long marriage and are ultimately, in Marie's own words, okay with each other.
  • Bald of Awesome: Chrome-domed and nothing but proud of his macho, tough guy image.
  • Berserk Button: Frank frequently gripes and complains about trivial things, but this is mostly bluster and crankiness. However, if you insinuate that his marriage is bad (as Marie does in "Marie's Vision") or that he did a poor job as a father, he gets insanely angry, dropping the jokes and becoming genuinely furious.
  • Big Eater: Frank's appetite borders on the inhuman, and is the subject of many jokes. He's often more interested in whatever dessert is on the table than the family's latest arguments, and, in one incident, devoured a plate of pancakes that Ally had prepared, then headed home for lunch. It's no wonder he ended up with Marie, a Supreme Chef.
    • This trope is taken Up to Eleven in "Tasteless Frank." When Frank adds salt to Marie's lasagna one night, she flies into a hysterical depression. Frank later tells Ray and Robert that he's completely lost his sense of taste because of a herbal medicine he's been using to maintain his libido. He's thus faced with the choice of either impotency but getting to enjoy Marie's cooking or sex without being able to taste food...and he chooses the food (though that turns out to be a surprisingly sweet moment, as Marie both thanks him for thinking so highly of their married life that he was willing to take pills and happily declares that she'd much rather him keep his sense of taste, too).
  • Brutal Honesty: Has no problem openly insulting his wife, family members, and strangers.
  • Catch Phrase: Famous for two expletives: "Holy crap!" and "Jeez alou!"
  • Cool Old Guy: C'mon, who doesn't love Frank and his one-liners?
  • Deadpan Snarker: Everyone in the family gets moments of this, but Frank is the absolute king of this trope.
  • Determinator: In "Ping Pong," he tells Ray that after coming back from Korea, he went through an endless series of menial jobs in an effort to support his young family. Though he lost all of them, he never gave up and eventually found a permanent position as a bookkeeper—and even then, he hated the work, but kept at it for decades to give Marie, Robert, and Ray a good home.
  • Freudian Excuse: In one episode Frank mentions having a physically abusive father, and tells Ray and Robert how much the experience scarred him. Between that and his Motive Rant about his early married life, it goes a long way towards explaining his overall demeanor.
  • Grumpy Old Man: He has a rude, grouchy disposition, and rarely shows his warmer side.
  • Hidden Depths: Frank may be boorish and "uncultured," but he worked as accountant/bookkeeper for decades and had a high position in his company, suggesting that he's Good with Numbers and skilled in financial matters.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: He may have a gruff exterior, but he has a Hidden Heart of Gold (which he himself denies) and is definitely not a bad guy.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: Marie claims she fell for Frank's "boyish good looks".
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Whether you love him or hate him, you can't deny during he makes some good points in some of his rants. In "The Angry Family" Frank openly lays out the reason why Marie criticizes Debra; Marie still can't get over the fact that Debra married her son.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: This was the case in many episodes where Frank would start out by acting boorish, but then do something genuinely sweet and heartwarming at the end.
  • Motive Rant: In "Ping Pong" he tells Ray about his difficulties upon leaving the Army, cycling between menial jobs that he hated before finding steady work as a bookkeeper, all while trying to support Marie and the kids.
    "That is life! And you have to be tough."
  • Only Sane Man: He views himself and Debra as the "normal ones" in the family, and is offended that she doesn't see it the same way.
  • Papa Wolf: Though he bitches about them incessantly, Frank is shown to be hugely protective of his family under the surface. In one instance, he goes against his perverted Lodge buddies to protect Debra, and in the Finale he's obviously distressed when the doctors can't wake Ray up after his surgery. Later in the same episode, he lets Ray himself have it for accusing Debra of not caring about him.
    Frank: HEY! I was there and I saw your wife fall apart! I never saw her look like that and I'll tell you, I never want to see her look like that again!
  • Racist Grandpa: Towards the Japanese, the Koreans, the Chinese, gay and lesbian people...oh, the list goes on.
  • Real Men Hate Affection: Though some episodes indicate it's largely an act.
  • Real Men Love Jesus: In contrast to his hypermasculine boorishness, several episodes show Frank to be a devout Catholic.
  • Retired Badass: A U.S. Army veteran who served in Korea. Frank just loves to remind people of this.
  • Screw Politeness, I'm a Senior!: He's an unapologetic ass who constantly belittles everyone in the family, and treats his wife analogous to a slave.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: A mild example. While Frank certainly didn't suffer from PTSD, he did struggle with reintegrating into society after his service in Korea. In "Ping Pong," he remarks that "you can't put 'good with a bayonet'" on an application, and further reveals that he went through many low-paying, thankless jobs that he kept losing before finally finding stable work as an accountant.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: The Frank-Marie relationship was this to a tee. They argued with each other a lot...but it is heavily hinted in most episodes that they enjoy the witty banter, and really are deeply in love with each other.
  • War Is Hell: Often, when the characters would complain about something in their lives, Frank would retort "You think that's bad? Try being in Korea during the war! We didn't have [Insert Modern Convenience Here], we had to tough it out!"

    Marie Barone 
Played by: Doris Roberts

  • All Women Are Prudes: Two of the show's funniest moments were in episodes where Marie, of all people, subverts this trope. In "Good Girls" we learn that teenaged Marie wasn't such a "good girl" and in the another episode where we learn that Frank and Marie have more sex than Ray and Debra.
  • Apron Matron: The one most young tropers will be most familiar with.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Frank and Marie were this to a tee.
  • Berserk Button: Don't call Marie a bitch.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Marie acts sweet and loving, but is very condescending and hypocritical. Not to mention her obsessive control over the lives of Frank, Ray and Robert in the name of keeping up her vision of a perfect, happy family, even if they actually aren't.
  • Control Freak: Marie has been pulling this on the whole family for decades, using guilt to get everyone to go along with her wishes.
  • Cool Old Lady: To her grandchildren. She dresses up on Halloween, spoils them with her cooking and sweets, and helps them with their homework. The episode "Hackidu" also reveals that she's completely memorized the lore of the titular trading card game (an Expy of Pokemon) just to be able to bond with them. It's promptly lampshaded when, after rattling off in-depth information about one particular card and getting astounded stares from Ray and Debra, she nonchalantly remarks "I'm Grandma. I have candy, and this."
  • Foil: To Debra.
  • Freudian Excuse: As mentioned under Fridge Brilliance, it's revealed that she was relatively demure and hands-off in her children's adult lives...until Robert got married to Joanne, an absolutely horrible woman who treated him like dirt. When Joanne called Marie a bitch, the Barone matriarch went absolutely nuts, screamed that she was done sitting by and not helping her children, and ended her rant by saying "Time to take out the trash", shoving the ex out the door. It's arguable, then, that much of her meddling is motivated by the fear that she was too distant from Ray and Robert, and is now trying to make up for it.
    • This would also explain why she keeps insisting that Debra is a "bad match" for Ray—she saw what happened when she didn't speak up in Robert's first marriage, and overcompensates as a result.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: Mentioned in an episode where she discovers that, among other books, Frank is about to throw away her high school yearbook, in which there are several pictures where Marie looks beautiful.
  • Jerkass: Her treatment/criticisms of Robert and Debra can be really nasty at times, whether she realises it or not.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She often shows that underneath the smothering, she truly loves her family and just wants what she thinks is best for them.
  • Jerk With A Heart Of Jerk: On other occasions, she is shown to play up this persona to guilt people into doing what she wants. In Thank You Notes Marie tries to force Amy to write thank you notes she didn't want to write yet, which Marie initially said she wanted her to do because she said it was polite to let the wedding guests know they got the gifts. It's later revealed that she did that to make herself feel superior to everyone else, and to get a grasp on Amy.
  • Jewish Mother: Not actually Jewish, but partially based on producer Phil Rosenthal's real-life Jewish Mother, and fits most of the stereotypical trope traits.
  • Karma Houdini: The few episodes that have her being called out on her behavior never stick, as inevitably everyone, including Debra, forgives her and lets her back into their life.
  • Mama Bear: Marie has many moments of this trope. The flashback episode to when Robert and his first wife got a divorce.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Marie is very good at controlling the family. They're all aware of it, but they try not to think about it. Can be best summed up by a line uttered by Marie during a time the family is about to connect the dots and realize she's to blame for something:
    Marie: Let's all eat this food I made, and remember that this was nobody's fault.
  • My Beloved Smother: Especially to Ray, but also to Robert. Her treatment of the two when they were kids has affected both of them into adulthood.
  • Narcissist: She believes herself as a positive example of what every wife, mother and woman should be.
  • Never Mess with Granny: You do NOT want Marie angry with you. She won't retaliate with violence, but she will find other ways to settle the score...
  • Not So Different: Her and Debra. Hinted at in several episodes. Their personalities really aren't very different at all, especially in their desires for complete and utter control over Ray.
  • Obnoxious In-Laws: To both Ray and Debra.
  • Parental Favoritism: Marie made no secret of the fact that Ray was her favorite child, much to Robert's chagrin. Frank on the other hand, appeared to treat his sons equally.
    • Though she's not above playing with Ray's head as well. In one episode where Ray is angsting because he thinks Debra is more attracted to Robert, Marie's response is basically "Well, of course. Robbie's always been the handsome one."
  • Pride: She takes special pride in her Italian background. She's also extremely proud of her skills in the kitchen, going so far as to treat her recipes like an inheritance that she planned to leave to Debra. It's such a major part of her personality that when she thinks she's lost her in touch in "Tasteless Frank," she becomes hysterically depressed, eating nothing but doughnuts and not bothering to change out of her pajamas.
  • Screw Politeness, I'm a Senior!: At best, Marie's criticisms can be seen as her being innocently insensitive. At worst, she can be downright smug.
  • Self-appointed Matriarch: Marie thinks that because shes the matriarch of the family, she has full authority, what she says goes, her way or no way.
  • Shipper on Deck: For Robert/Amy.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: The Marie-Frank relationship was this to a tee. They argued with each other a lot...but it is heavily hinted in most episodes that they enjoy the witty banter, and really are deeply in love with each other.
  • Supreme Chef: Marie is an exceptional cook.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: See Jerk with a Heart of Gold and Depending on the Writer above — she truly does love her family, and the mean and invasive things she does are just her way of trying to make people happy without realizing she's being mean and invasive.

    Robert Barone 
Played by: Brad Garrett

  • Ambiguous Disorder: He's repeatedly shown to have strange habits like eating his foods in alphabetical order or obsessively polishing his car keys, or his signature quirk of touching food to his chin, implying that he has undiagnosed autism or obsessive-compulsive disorder.
  • Angrish: Occasionally, Robert will get angry at something and mutter gibberish as he walks away.
  • Basement-Dweller: Was one in the early seasons. He didn't actually live in the basement, but he fit many of the trope traits.
  • Beta Couple: With Amy. They were an off-and-on couple throughout most of the series, breaking up and then getting back together repeatedly.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Robert may be quirky, morose, and neurotic as a general rule, but he's also 6'8", a police officer, and very protective of his family.
  • Big Brother Bully: His status at The Unfavorite often results in him picking on Ray, but...
  • Big Brother Instinct: ...he's also protective of him, on occasion.
  • The Big Guy: Being the tallest character in a main cast
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: His three loves: Redheaded Joanne (his bitchy ex-wife), Amy, (his blonde on again, off again girlfriend), and Stefania, (his Italian love interest with the curly brown hair).
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Despite his eccentricities he's surprisingly good at his job, becoming a lieutenant and scoring a job interview with the FBI. Ray sees him foil a robbery in "Ride Along" and is genuinely impressed.
  • Butt-Monkey: One of the show's most prominent running gags was Robert's continual status as the family's resident Butt-Monkey. Marie only treated Debra more poorly.
  • Character Development: During the first season, it seemed like the writers were writing the character as being borderline autistic and so quirky and neurotic that it was genuinely amazing that he was able to function at all, especially as a policeman. By the later seasons, though, Robbie became much more confident and outgoing and finally married Amy. The eighth season even had an episode where Robbie is made to confront his "crazy chin" habit.
  • The Chew Toy: At some points, his misery becomes the central point to his character.
  • Death Glare: He gives one so scary, it provides the image for the show's Nightmare Fuel page.
  • The Eeyore: Robert comes across as this sometimes, even down to the vocal intonation.
  • Friend to All Children: He gets along better with the kids than he does with the adults. To the point where Ally and the Twins imitate his food chin touch.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Robert has his Jerkass moments and often gets so crazily jealous of Ray that he actually rejoices when Ray faces setbacks. However, he is a caring uncle and still deeply cares for little brother deep down.
  • Large Ham: Perhaps even more so than his brother. Just look at some of his quotes above.
  • Manchild: Mainly because not only does Marie enforce on him, but Robert spent a number of seasons living at home with her and Frank and sponging off them as well. Also, Depending on the Writer, Robert's level of maturity is either above or below Ray's.
  • Not So Different: Robert and Amy's brother, Peter. Robert comes to realize the similarities when the family talks about Peter's problems including him being a Basement-Dweller. In the end, he helps Peter find his own place.
  • Playing Gertrude: A rare male example, Brad Garrett is three years younger than Ray Romano, but he plays the older brother.
  • The Unfavorite: Hence his frequent antagonism towards Ray.

    Amy McDougall 
Played by: Monica Horan

  • Ascended Extra: Started out as an occasional guest star, gradually became involved in some of the Robert-centric plots, and finally married Robert in the later seasons and became a Barone.
  • Beta Couple: With Robert. They were an off-and-on couple throughout most of the series, breaking up and then getting back together repeatedly.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: In spite of Amy's unfailing kindness, several episodes show her to be tough and defensive when seriously pushed, such as when Raymond calls her an annoying chatterbox behind her back. Notably, Marie rarely wins against Amy.
  • Break the Cutie: In the later seasons it appears that the Barones were going to give Amy this treatment after she married Robert. Despite several bouts of anger and stress, "Sister-In Law" being one such example, she still manages to be The Cutie by the end of the series.
  • Characterization Marches On: In her first few appearances, Amy's more low key and even sarcastic than she'd become. Her more outgoing, cheerful personality developed gradually.
  • Cloudcuckooland: This is how Amy initially views the Barone household(s) when she first joins them. And conversely, this is how the Barones view the McDougall household when they come to visit.
  • The Cutie: So very much.
  • Friend to All Children: After Amy marries into the family, one episode reveals that Ally goes to Amy to talk because she knows that Amy wouldn't be judgmental.
  • Hair Of Gold Heartof Gold: Her patience and sweetness are remarkable in comparison to the rest of the cast.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: In a pleasant surprise, she managed to be this trope without being a Mary Sue.
  • The Ingenue: The most pure, innocent character as seen above.
  • Nice Girl: Amy's defining trait, and what sets her apart from the clown car that is the rest of the Barone family.
  • Not So Different: With Debra. Debra even lampshades it.
    Debra: I keep forgetting how much of a freakshow this family is until someone new comes along and looks at us like that.
    -Amy giving her most epic WTF look yet.-
    Debra: That used to be me! Now I'm one of them!
  • Only Sane Man: It's true that she is a bit naive, but for the most part she is one of the few "normal" members of the family.
  • Sixth Ranger: She officially joined the family in the later seasons.

Minor Characters

Played by: Sherri Shepherd

  • Sassy Black Woman: she doesn't hold back in her comments and criticism and takes no crap from anybody. Not even Frank and Marie.

    Peggy Ardolino 
Played by: Amy Aquino

  • Catch Phrase: In each of her episodes after the first: "Hello, Ally's Dad."
  • Establishing Character Moment
    Peggy: Now girls, when you're out selling cookies, and someone comes along, what do you say?
    Frontier Girl: "Would you like to buy some cookies?"
    Peggy: (bluntly) No. You say, "How many cookies would you like to buy?"
  • Freudian Excuse: In "Sleepover at Peggy's" she mentions having a rocky marriage with a husband who was neglectful, condescending and verbally abusive. Eventually, Peggy got fed up with him and divorced him. She outright says that her personality developed in reaction to the experience.
  • Hidden Depths: In addition to the revelation of her verbally-abusive marriage, Peggy is later shown to be a sci-fi buff and a fan of Star Wars. Peter falls in love immediately.
  • Jerkass: Towards Ray especially.
  • Last Minute Hookup: With Peter, Amy's brother during one of the last few episodes of the series.
  • A Nazi by Any Other Name: How Raymond sees her.
  • Pair the Spares: As noted above, with Peter.
  • Sitcom Archnemesis: To Ray. Lampshaded by other characters who find it ridiculous:
    Robert: Oooh, you have an arch-enemy. What are you, a super-hero now?
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Not technically true, but she was usually called "Peggy Hitler", "The Cookie Nazi" or "Cookie Hitler Lady", especially by Ray.
    Ray: *continuing the Nazi comparison* Similar uniform too!
  • Smug Snake: When Ray objects to Peggy forcing all the kids' parents to buy $200+ dollar dresses to Molly's birthday party, Peggy sneers at him that Ally will stick out like her father's nose. There are other examples of Peggy being this trope.

    Henry "Hank" McDougall 
Played by: Fred Willard

  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: An interesting contrast to the rest of the cast. While outwardly polite towards everyone, he constantly criticizes the Barones on everything from their admittedly uncouth behavior to their Catholicism. For example, in "The Bachelor Party," Frank's more annoyed by Hank's passive-aggressive comments than Peter's blatantly obnoxious behavior.
  • Gosh Darn It to Heck!: Never swears once in the entire run of the show.
  • Holier Than Thou: Condescending preachiness is one of Hank's defining personality traits.
  • Meaningful Name: He's the polar opposite of Frank...and note the names: Hank vs. Frank.
  • Not So Above It All: He likes to blow up fireworks, much to the surprise of both his family and the Barones. He also mentions getting drunk at a Christmas party, prompting Frank to comment, "Damn, Hank, I'm starting to like you!"
  • Pet the Dog: He does eventually warm up to Robert once he sees how much he loves Amy. In one episode where Robert considers retiring from the police force, Hank encourages him not to because he respects Robert's work.
  • Preacher Man: Not officially a preacher, but as a devout evangelical Presbyterian, he certainly acts and speaks like one.

    Patricia "Pat" McDougall 
Played by: Georgia Engel

  • Beware the Nice Ones: Used to hilarious effect.
  • Cool Old Lady: Somewhat surprisingly, but very entertaining in every instance when it occurs.
    • Ray even calls her cool at Rob and Amy's wedding, after she says to Marie what the rest of the family has been wanting to say for years.
  • The Cutie: Not only is she this trope, but she apparently raised Amy to also personify the trope.
  • Nice Girl: Quite unlike most of the main cast, what you see is what you get with Pat: a genuinely sweet old lady.
  • The Pollyanna: Though not quite as much as we're initially led to believe...
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Pat delivers a very soft spoken, yet scathing one to Marie concerning the latter's narcissistic behavior during Robert and Amy's Wedding Ceremony. She also gives one to her own husband,
  • Stepford Smiler: A few episodes imply this, especially the smoking episode and this exchange with her husband in "Security":
    Hank: We'll discuss this later.
    Pat: Okay. (beat) But we won't.

    Peter McDougall 
Played by: Chris Elliott

  • Basement-Dweller: Both literally and figuratively.
  • Big Brother Instinct: His main reason for disliking Robert.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Peter made it no secret that he hates Robert. So when Robert and Amy were engaged, he made every effort into sabotaging the wedding. Obviously he doesn't succeed.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: His love for comics and science fiction, his friendship with his cats, and generally loopy and eccentric behavior.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Peter spends most of the series being a complete ass, especially to Robert, but it's made clear that this attitude stems from his love and protectiveness for Amy. Once he buries the hatchet with his brother-in-law, he becomes a lot more likable.
  • Last Minute Hookup: With Peggy.
  • Manchild: A nerdy, petulant dweeb who still lives with his parents past 40 years old.
  • Pair the Spares: With Peggy, as noted above and to Ray's overwhelming despair.
  • The Unfavorite: Peter and Robert finally make peace with each other when they realize that they have this in common with the way their parents treat them.
    Robert: It's like I was the 'test kid,' Like, 'Oh! Well now we know not to drop Raymond!'
    Peter: In my house it was 'Peter, Amy's playing the piano! Put away your cape and eat your dinner!'

    Warren Whelan 
Played by: Robert Culp

  • Informed Attribute: The characters kept describing Warren as being a heavy drinker, but we never really saw that onscreen.
  • Obnoxious In-Laws: Downplayed. He and Lois occasionally get on the Barones' nerves, but their relationship is relatively amicable, especially compared to the Barones and McDougalls.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Turns up in one episode to have a heart-to-heart talk with Debra about his impending divorce from Lois.
  • Upper-Class Twit: Not a twit in the sense of being unintelligent, but he and Lois are oblivious to how arrogant and out-of-touch they often seem to others.

    Lois Whelan 
Played by: Katherine Helmond

  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Interested in abstract art and eccentric cultural practices; she's not the most grounded person.
  • Stepford Smiler: Especially in later episodes, when it's revealed that her and Warren's marriage is dissolving.

Played by: Jon Manfrellotti

  • Casanova Wannabe: He pretends to be irresistible to women, but we don't see any evidence of this.
  • Manchild: Debra considers him this. His obsession with sports and chasing women makes a strong case.
  • Those Two Guys: Andy and Gianni often showed up together when Ray hung out with either of them.

Played by: Andy Kindler

  • Those Two Guys: Andy and Gianni often showed up together when Ray hung out with either of them. He initially had this with Kevin Daniels, before Kevin's actor left to star in The King of Queens

    Bernie Gruenfelder 
Played by: Tom MGowan

    Linda Gruenfelder 
Played by: Maggie Wheeler


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