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A humble Jewish milkman who must choose between his religion or his daughters more than once.
- Acrofatic: Downplayed. He's usually played as a heavier man but delights in dancing when he gets the chance.
- Arranged Marriage: Was in one to marry Golde. Part of the show is him reflecting on it and their relationship.
- As the Good Book Says...: Quite possibly the trope namer on this site, and something he says a lot.
- Badass Baritone: Has a pretty deep voice.
- Catchphrase: "On the other hand...".
- Cultured Badass: Like most people in his community, he's very familiar with the scriptures and drops references to them in conversation.
- Deadpan Snarker: He's very funny, and full of witticisms about his circumstances.
- Greedy Jew: Defied. He cares about money, but that's because he's very poor. The thought that he'd be able to exploit anyone for it is ridiculous, and also stupid since he lives amongst other Jewish people.
- Plus, it turns out the main reason he wishes he were rich is so he could have time to become a scholar and spend more time in the synagogue. Working as a milkman doesn't leave him much opportunity to actually devote to the religion that guides his entire life philosophy.
- I Have No Daughter!: When she declares her intent to marry a non-Jewish person, he pulls this on Chava as he can't accept her marrying a Russian boy.
- Jewish Complaining: A major part of his narration, but also a great example of why it exists. He complains a lot, but he IS pretty poor, and most of it is directed at God, so he's not blaming others for his problems.
- Knight in Sour Armor: For all his dourness, he still does the right thing 90% of the time.
- Manly Tears: When his daughter Tzeitel gets married.
- Narrator: Narrates the show and addresses the audience directly.
- Real Men Love Jesus: Ahem - Real Men Love God in this case. Like most men in his community, his religious devotion is a source of pride and stability, and he observes his people's traditions with strictness.
- Too Clever by Half: His biggest problem. He's clever enough to question Jewish tradition, but doesn't have the chance to use it to its full extent.
- Running Gag: At his wedding he keeps trying to stand up and getting forced to sit down by one means or another.