This is a list of the characters in Frasier.
Tropes that apply to all of the core group
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: All of them are quirky individuals with various dysfunctions. Despite this, they all are great at their jobs: Frasier and Niles are successful psychiatrists, Roz is a great producer (and later, the General Manager of KACL), Martin was a career cop with a great track record, and Daphne is a successful physical therapist.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: All of them have shades of this to varying degrees. Frasier tends toward Large Ham monologues, Niles can act almost oblivious to the dysfunction happening around him (especially involving Maris), and Daphne fancies herself a psychic (and may very well be). Even Roz and Martin, the two more grounded of the group, have their own quirks.
- Deadpan Snarker: All of them thrive on sarcasm to varying degrees. Even Daphne, who's probably the sweetest of the five, isn't immune, especially as she gets more comfortable with the Cranes (and later becomes one).
- Mistaken for Gay: Frasier, Niles, Martin and Daphne have all been mistaken for gay or lesbian during the series, Frasier and Niles more than once.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: They consist of two pompous, high class psychiatrists, their blue collar cop father, a spacey British physical therapist, a snarky, sex-crazed radio producer, and a Jack Russell Terrier.
- True Companions: Make no mistake about it: These five consider themselves family (and by the end, are all related except for Roz) and are very closely devoted to each other.
- Two Girls to a Team: Roz and Daphne to Frasier, Niles, and Martin (and Eddie).
- Vitriolic Best Buds: The group all enjoys poking and prodding at one another, but they don't hide the fact that they all care about each other all the same.
Frasier Winslow Crane, M.D.
- Played by: Kelsey Grammer
The first leading character of his aptly named show, Frasier has moved to Seattle (from Boston as he was a character in Cheers) and takes a job as the local radio station KACL, where he gets his own call-in show as a therapist. Tropes from ''Cheers'' still apply to him.
- Amicable Exes: With Lilith. Eventually.
- Annoying Patient: When ill with flu, he drives Daphne mad with constant, incessant whining about every little thing, until she finally snaps and yells at him for it, saying she's known people on their death beds who were less fussy. He never apologizes, but she gets her own back at him by messing with his head.Niles: Is he in pain?
Daphne: Not enough.
- Answers to the Name of God: Frasier often does this by accident.(Lilith has just slept with Niles, when Frasier shows up with Niles in the bathroom.)
Lilith: (seeing Frasier in just a bathrobe, horrified) My God!
Frasier: (hungrily) My Goddess!
- Aroused by Their Voice: Is regularly complimented on his sexy baritone voice, which just encourages him to dial the charm up further.
- Bad Liar: Lying gives him nausea in one episode. Later on, though, he's got no problem lying to women in order to schmooze, it's just quickly rewarded with a karmic backlash.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension:
- With Kate Costas in "Sleeping With The Enemy".
- He insists he and Julia Wilcox have this. Niles' estimate is that it's not, but rather Frasier over-compensating for his previous failed relationships.
- Berserk Button: Never challenge his intelligence, be it with psychiatry or anything else he considers himself educated in.Frasier: Chicken! I believe it was Laroshe-foucalt, the great thinker, who said...The Chicken: Hey, give it a rest, Double Wide! I went to grad school too, and P.S.- it's pronounced "La Rochefoucauld".Frasier: THAT'S IT! NO ONE CORRECTS MY FRENCH PRONOUNCIATION, YOU SON-OF-A-BITCH!
- Big Brother Instinct: As much as they squabble and snark at each other, he cares deeply for Niles and always takes it seriously when others (usually Maris or Mel) are emotionally abusive to him.
- Book Dumb: Anybody without an Ivy League education, according to him and Niles. Once, he sniffed haughtily at someone's Stanford education, saying, "Well, if you have to go to school on the West Coast..."
- Break the Haughty: A big part of the humor of the show is seeing if it's Frasier's or Niles's turn to get broken, or if they'll share it, and how it's going to happen. Subverted in that while he does get over much of his stuffiness and haughtiness over the course of the series, the actual "breaking" rarely sticks for long.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He is a very effective and successful psychiatrist, but more than a handful of times are the instances where he helps people in need by screaming at them and playing on their insecurities or vulnerabilities to make them see his point.
- Camp Straight: The show takes occasional jabs at his metrosexual and opera loving habits as being homosexual
- Can't Take Criticism: Even someone saying they simply don't like him, in a general "not very interested" sense, will send him into an obsessive spiral that will last days, if not longer. Actual negative criticism is worse. Daphne even mentions at one point that if she wants him out of the way, she'll make an innocuous comment about him gaining weight, and he'll sulk for the rest of the evening.
- Carpet of Virility: While not as thick as some people's, Kelsey Grammer does have a fairly good thatch. Lampshaded in "Slow Tango In South Seattle" when Daphne says he refers to his chest hair as his "rug of love."
- The Casanova: Deconstructed. Frasier is a charming, handsome man, who has no problem catching the eye of women. However, whenever he tries to juggle multiple relationships it inevitably falls apart when his partners find out what he's doing and they all break up with him, understandably furious at him."I'm a one woman man. If that."
- "Oh dear god!" "Oh, for God's sake!" and "What the hell was THAT!?"
- And of course, his radio greeting and sign-off: "Hello <caller>, I'm listening" and "This is Doctor Frasier Crane, wishing you good mental health."
- Character Filibuster: He loves to give speeches, and the rest of the characters know it and complain about it. Lampshaded as early as the second episode.
- Characterization Marches On: An interesting version, given Fras had existed for several years before his show began, but still, there are a few differences between his depiction in Cheers and here.
- His obsessive tendencies were mentioned infrequently on that show, most often by Lilith, but hardly ever displayed (Diane dumping him and an incident with his gold card aside). Here, they're on full display.
- His hamminess. Frasier did get worked up, but not quite as easily as he does in this show.
- Back in Cheers, Frasier had two different phobias on separate occasions - fear of dogs (instilled by Hester of all people), and fear of bees. In eleven years, his problems with Eddie are never once even suggested to be the result of a phobia, just annoyance with the little guy. Meanwhile, Niles inherits the bug phobia, which Frasier treats with irritation.
- His love of sherry. In Cheers, he generally preferred brandy at home, and even if he did drink sherry, it was nowhere near to the extent he does here. It's established in a flashback episode that he and Niles started indulging in sherry not long after Frasier returned from Boston.Frasier: Sherry? What an intriguing idea!
- The Chew Toy: Nothing ever seems to go his way.
- A great example is how everyone reacts to him in "Bad Dog." Despite Bulldog using Roz as a human shield when the coffee shop is held up by an armed robber, Frasier's family is annoyed by him trying to prove it to everyone else, and are more or less indifferent to Bulldog using a pregnant woman as a human shield.
- Complexity Addiction: He can't really do anything simply. When he's asked to write a short jingle for his show, he ends up hiring a full orchestra. It gets to the point where, after agonizing over a bizarre dream he has, he finally comes to the conclusion that he was so bored at his job that his subconscious invented a problem for him to work on.
- Compressed Vice: One episode claims he has a severe aversion to hugging. You'd never know from the times he's quick to offer Daphne and Roz hugs when they're down.
- Control Freak: On occasion, is very determined to do things his way.
- When he inadvertently is put in charge of Daphne's wedding, he quickly takes charge, making every decision regardless of what Daphne thinks, until he finally hits her Trauma Button and she explodes at him for it. Afterward, Frasier admits in this case it was because of issues related to his own failed marriages.
- He and Roz even have a falling out over it at one point, since she lets him be a part of her new radio show, and within minutes of walking in is acting like it's his show. When Roz boots him out, he spends days sulking and plotting obsessive revenge.
- Cool Loser: Despite all the bad luck he suffers from and his slightly eccentric hobbies, Frasier is a charming, highly intelligent, cultured and reasonably wealthy man.
- The Dandy: Tends towards overly flashy suits and bold colours.
- Deadpan Snarker: Has a very dry sense of humour.
- Digging Yourself Deeper: Thanks to his quirk of having to elucidate everything he says, Frasier finds himself getting himself in more trouble the more he tries to explain himself. Notable examples include:
- "The Doctor Is Out": Frasier tries to explain why he was in a gay bar with Niles but can't say Niles is his brother because he promised not to reveal Niles was breaking a promise to Daphne. At the same time, Roz realizes Frasier was trying to prove her metrosexual date was gay, and Frasier just "outed" himself to all of Seattle.
- "The Fight Before Christmas": Frasier keeps trying to patch things with Mel, only to make her madder and madder at Niles over Maris.Frasier: Well, actually I was just apologizing for my part in your little misunderstanding.
Niles: Well, then of course you were discussing the present.note
Frasier: Oh, yes, the present. [lifts glass] And the future, Maris is all in the past!
Mel: (Tranquil Fury) Maris?
Frasier: Oh, dear.
Mel: You were with Maris last night? How dare you! (storms off)
Niles: (to Frasier) Anything else in the box, Pandora?
- "Murder Most Maris": Frasier defending Niles to the press about Niles' role in the murder that Maris commited, making an unfortunate slip: "If there is any justice in the world, Maris Crane and Niles Crane will soon be executed!" when he intended to say "exonerated". And keeps trying to tell people he meant "exonerated", just making people angrier.Martin: (watching TV) That's four times in one newscast. Must be some kind of record.
- "Radio Wars": Every time Frasier confronts Carlos and the Chicken, whether amiably or threatening, just makes them turn up the mocking, leading to them holding a "Frasier Crane's Big ASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS Contest". Everyone tells Frasier the best way to deal with pranksters is to ignore it, but he can't help but try to attack them back... with pithy quotes.
- Disappeared Dad: He is this to Frederick, having lost a bitter custody battle with Lilith and moved interstate as a result. Downplayed in that he clearly loves and dotes on his son when they're together, and still spends a lot of time on the phone with him.
- Does Not Like Spam: He grumbles about red meat often. A problem for him, since Martin's preferred meat is steak.
- Drama Queen: When his ego and/or social position is on the line, he cranks up the ham.
- Family Man: He lives with his elderly father, is best friends with his brother, clearly misses his son who he does not have custody over, and eventually becomes close friends with his ex-wife.
- Fatal Flaw:
- His obsessive tendencies tend to be what ruins any chance of romantic happiness he has.
- His ego. Dear god, his ego. Rare is the episode where it doesnt get him into trouble. More than once, the plot starts when he's suckered by people manipulating him with flattery, or where he comes across a simple problem that he overcomplicates by believing he knows better.
- Friendly Rivalry: With Niles. They agree that their mutual competitiveness has been healthy for their development in the long run, and they care about each other a lot.
- "Friends" Rent Control: Despite only being a radio personality on a local station, Frasier makes enough money to afford a three bedroom apartment in downtown Seattle and have a high-class social life that includes regular opera tickets, the wine club, and a nice car. Word of God admitted when asked on Twitter that the question of how Frasier afforded all this was something the writers themselves joked about internally, and he quipped that Frasier may have just invested the money from his Boston practice very wisely.
- Gasp!: Prone to this when enamored of something. Mocked in "Out With Dad" when Martin mentions it as one of the more unrealistic tropes of opera, and Frasier immediately obliges. Martin gasps himself when he realizes the old crone of a mother is waving at him.
- Gentleman and a Scholar: While Frasier certainly can be arrogant and snobbish, he is nevertheless a well-intentioned and caring man. Even going as far as missing out on a ceremony to honour him, just to help a man he had just met cope with his ex-wife getting remarried. Hes also well-educated and very well read.
- Get Out!: It's almost Catchphrase status for Frasier, who will say this of anyone snarking after one of his Epic Fails or presses his Berserk Button.
- Glory Hound: Frasier has a desperate need to be acknowledged for his achievements. However minor they may be.Niles: Oh please, in your sixth grade production of Oklahoma! you took so many curtain calls Mrs. Van Raphorst had to lasso you and pull you from the stage.Frasier: That woman never understood me or the role of Farmer Number Three!
- Good Parents: He is one to Frederick—even when the boy starts acting out against him.
- Gossipy Hens: Frasier is pretty bad at keeping secrets. Not maliciously, but his inability to tell lies and attention issues usually means he'll blab quickly.
- Guilty Pleasures: In "Daphne's Room," Frasier starts playing the usual classical music that he likes on the piano, and then, realizing that he has the place to himself, he gladly and enthusiastically plays and sings Jerry Lee Lewis's "Great Balls of Fire."
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Downplayed. While not aggressive, Frasier isnt a hard man to irritate or anger. Generally, annoyances mounting up on him will cause him to suddenly explode and start ranting about every little thing that annoys him.
- Has a Type: Insists he's drawn to smart, capable, sophisticated women. Judging by his dating record, his type seems more like any woman who's remotely interested in him. Roz states his types are total bitches, whom he's attracted to solely so he can "fix" them. By "Don Juan in Hell" Fraiser finally realizes his type is his mother. Ironically, Frasier is a Freudian.
- Heroic BSoD: Goes through a comical version of this after he temporarily loses his job at KACL.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Niles.
- Hollywood Dateless: People poke jabs at him not being able to get a girl and he spends supposedly months dateless, but he's getting dates left and right in-show. It's played with in that he gets dates all the time, but 90% of them never go past the first one.Frasier: I'm a one-woman man. If that.
- Honorary Uncle: To Roz's daughter Alice.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Largely due to judging people based on appearances.
- I Gave My Word: One of the show's usual means of torturing him. Frasier stands by his word, often usually making him fall into situations where he'd really, really like to break it, but can't, and tries looking for a loophole or way out.
- Ignored Epiphany: No matter how many times his obsessive nitpicking brings misery to his life, either romantically or just in general, he never learns to just let go of things.
- Incredibly Lame Fun: Mainly because he's so snobbish, but some of Frasier's ideas of fun can fall here, to the extent his KACL coworkers ditch his parties. Niles is about the only one who enjoys Frasier's party games, and even he has his limits, as seen in "Room Full of Heroes", where Frasier's plan for Halloween night is discussing the Human Genome Project. Mysteriously, all the people he invited who weren't Roz came down with sudden plague.
- Insufferable Genius: He is very intelligent, and he'll let you know it if he finds a chance to show it off.
- I Resemble That Remark!: "POMPOUS AND SANCTIMONIOUS, AM I?!"
- It's All About Me: Played for Laughs most times. Frasier can be monumentally self-absorbed, such as assuming Niles and Lilith slept together while drunk solely to get at him, or when Niles and Daphne have an argument, and he focuses on some insult thrown at him.
- Ivy League for Everyone: He went to Harvard, as he often likes to remind people. It's something Kate snarks at him about, noting he seems incapable of going a sentence without name-dropping his alma mater.
- Jerkass Ball: Often treats Daphne like a servant, demanding she get the door for him whenever it rings. Goes as far as making her do housework in his flat after she's married Niles, all the more awful because at the time she was pregnant.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: As egocentric, arrogant and self-serving as he can be, Frasier is a good man at heart and truly cares about the people in his life.
- Lame Pun Reaction: He's fond of the joke "Freudian slip" in reference to a psychiatrist tripping or falling somehow. No one ever laughs when he makes it, not even those who probably understand it.
- Large Ham: Loud, boisterous, and a total Drama Queen.
- Long Runner: Individual character version. By the end of Frasier Kelsey Grammer had played Dr. Crane for twenty years, tying the record with Matt Dillon as portrayed by James Arness on Gunsmoke, until the record was surpassed by John Munch (for Live-Action TV) and The Simpsons (for TV overall).
- Missing Mom: Frasier's mother Hester Crane, has been dead for several years by the time the series starts.
- Momma's Boy: It's pretty clear he got on better with Hester far more than he ever did with Martin. Possibly too better, since Frasier - ever the Freudian fanboy - is convinced he's got Oedipal issues, even thinking at one point his love for his mother is why all his relationships have gone belly-up, since none of his wives could ever match up to mom.
- Moral Myopia: When running for president of their wine club, Frasier insists Niles support his candidacy, but is outraged when Niles doesn't, even though he had no intention of doing the same for him. Though to be entirely fair to him, the issue was mainly because Niles had earlier promised to support his candidacy, only to go back on his word and run for the presidency himself, betraying Frasier in the process.
- Never My Fault: Zig-Zagged from time to time as whenever Frasier creates a problem (albeit sometimes indirectly), he just cannot bring himself to own up to it. For example, when he makes the ludicrously over-done song for an ident, he insists Kenny didn't tell him not to, even though the word "jingle" should've been a tip-off.
- Not So Above It All: Though it's less common on his own show than on Cheers, Frasier is definitely capable of cutting loose and hanging out with the boys.
- When alone in the apartment and playing piano, he shifts from playing a classic piece to a boisterous rendition of "Great Balls of Fire", then back to classical when Martin and company come in.
- When Woody drops by, Frasier goes into his beer-swilling Cheers persona. Martin is amazed. In another episode when going through a stint of loneliness, he starts visiting a bar that Daphne frequents and fits right in with the other patrons.
- In Season 2's "Love Bits Dog" when Bulldog becomes a Ladykiller in Love and is heartbroken when he's dumped, Frasier tries to use his usual psychiatry to make him feel better until Bulldog asks him to be "like a guy". Cue Frasier giving a loud Testosterone Poisoning rant about how she was no good for him and he can do better, and he's going to go out tomorrow and have a one-night fling with someone even hotter and won't feel bad about using her, "because we're guys, and that's what guys do!" He gets so into character that he keeps talking that way to Niles and has to be slapped to his senses.
- Zigzagged when it comes to rivalries with those who try to embarrass him or show him up — on occasion he'll sink to their level and get them back at their own game, other times he'll be satisfied with making sure they know he can get them back but lets them off the hook.
- Not That Kind of Doctor: While he does have a medical degree (from Harvard, thank you), he's not a practicing doctor, being as he is a psychiatrist. Doesn't stop him trying to boss actual working doctors around when Niles goes in for surgery.Doctor: Maybe you should perform the surgery yourself!
Frasier: Maybe I should!
Niles: (weakly) Daaaaaad!
Martin: You're not performing surgery on your brother!
- Prima Donna Director:
- In "Ham Radio", Niles states he has an Orson Welles Complex, being unable to stop directing. Niles is right on the money, as over the course of the episode Frasier's obsessive pomposity drives one of the cast members to quit after an entire evening of being badgered by Frasier over his accents. At the climax of the episode, Frasier's over-directing causes Niles to snap and sabotage the entire show from frustration.
- Again in "They're Playing Our Song", he nitpicks and overdirects an orchestra in much the same way.
- And there's that time he tries to micro-manage a stripper. This one somehow ends up with them handcuffed to one another.
- Rousseau Was Right: Frasier thinks so — he notes in a few episodes centering on exploring the idea that he believes everyone is a good person deep down, and if you just give them a chance and believe in them, they will do the right thing.
- Screams Like a Little Girl: On one occasion in particular, Martin scares him and Niles comes in thinking it was a woman.
- Self-Serving Memory: Not surprisingly, Frasier's recollections tend to overlook his faults, flaws and mistakes.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: A habit that often irritates those around him.Frasier: (to a caller) You have my sympathies, there is nothing worse than pretentious and pointless erudition.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: He's almost always wearing a very expensive suit.
- The Shrink: Before the series, Frasier was a practicing psychiatrist; however upon moving to Seattle, he got a job as and spent the series working as a radio shrink. However, towards the end he began to realise he missed being able to do more for his patients.
- Sibling Rivalry: With Niles. The two constantly try to outdo the other when one of them gets some sort of recognition or position the other lacks, or outdoes the other in a competition. Reconstructed quite well when the two openly discuss their constant need to one-up the other and realize that their mutual fear of being outdone probably helped motivate them to become as successful and intelligent as they are, making their rivalry an ultimately positive influence on their lives.
- Sibling Team: With Niles, especially common in the earlier seasons. They never work out though—whenever the two collaborate on anything, their rivalry splits them back up.
- Lampshaded by Julia:Julia: Bye, Frasier. Bye, Emergency Frasier.
- Lampshaded by Julia:
- Sophisticated as Hell: He's an educated and courteous man (and wants to be seen as such), but on rare occasions he'll deliberately be vulgar.
- Sore Loser: Part and parcel of his obsessive tendencies. And that's if he concedes defeat in the first place. When he and Niles run for president of their wine club, Frasier demands no less than four recounts when Niles wins, and still tries to undermine him afterward anyway.
- The Tell: When Frasier has knowingly broken his ethical code, he starts having attacks of nausea.
- Trademark Favorite Drink: Sherry. So much so that his accountant has to hire an assistant specifically to calculate Frasier's sherry expenses.
- Trophy Wife: Inverted during his relationship with successful lawyer Samantha Pierce, where he's the trophy boyfriend, even getting surrounded by all the trophy girlfriends when left alone at a party, who start offering sympathy, and reciting the usual excuses from memory.
- Unreliable Narrator: Was Gil trying to steal Frasier's time slot in the former's first appearance? Frasier was paranoid and either sick or high as a kite during the episode, and in later appearances Gil wasn't the conniving Smug Snake he was portrayed as. (Well, smug, yes, but not an antagonist.)
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: Several episodes highlight that Frasier and Lilith both have shades of this.
- Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Not always- he's often quite sympathetic. But this definitely comes into play during some of his more Jerkass moments, or when he's managing to totally screw up yet another promising relationship.
- Unwanted Assistance: He's obviously popular and helpful on the radio, since they keep him on the air and he usually has a good influx of callers. However his attempts to give advice to his friends and family often backfire horribly, and they call him out on it.Frasier: Well Niles, if you want my advice-Niles: (mildly threatening) Ooo, you know, you really need to stop saying that.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Niles and Roz.
Niles Crane, M.D.
- Played by: David Hyde Pierce
Frasier's brother, even more uptight and snooty than he is. Initially married to a Manipulative Bitch named Maris and an extreme doormat, he falls in love with Daphne at first sight. His Character Development over the series has him grow a backbone as he tries to escape his increasingly unhealthy marriage and some day confess his feelings to Daphne.
- Aborted Declaration of Love: The few times he finally works up the courage to tell Daphne how he feels, something happens that makes it inappropriate or otherwise scares him off.
- Always Second Best: Early on, it's established Niles feels this way about Frasier, even though on paper Niles is the more successful of the two - still married, an eminent psychologist with his own practice and high esteem among his peers - simply because of Frasier being the first-born.
- Ambiguous Disorder: He displays a lot of symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder, from wiping down chairs he's about to sit in to fixing minute details within Frasier's apartment when they're out of place. It's lampshaded more than once (and the other characters have all but diagnosed him), but it's never outright confirmed.
- Awful Wedded Life: While initially it seems like he and Maris are largely content, there are a few hints right from the off it's not as perfect as Niles claims (he already had brochures for a retirement home ready to go). As the seasons go by, it's made clear Niles was treated shabbily through the whole thing, capitulating to Maris's every demand or whim, never once being allowed any leeway or consideration, having to buy her expensive gifts as apologies for any gaffe, such as trying to grow a mustache (though Frasier snarks he owed everyone an apology for that).
- Beat: One of Niles' trademarks, usually followed by a deadpan snark.
- Berserk Button: Stay away from Daphne when he's around. Hitting on her makes him angry and hurting her feelings just makes it worse. Though Frasier and Martin hold him back and talk him down when he gets tempted to use violence in these situations, he won't hesitate to throw out an articulate "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
- Break the Cutie: As much comedy as they mine from his Awful Wedded Life with Maris, it also can be Played for Drama when they show just how badly her emotional abuse has affected him. More than once Frasier has to reassure him that the marriage failing wasn't actually his fault. He gets better when he's with Daphne, as she's still dominating but they're Happily Married.
- Break the Haughty: As with Frasier, a major theme is that one or both of them get broken over the course of an episode. Niles's breaking however takes place over several seasons as his divorce costs him his home, his lifestyle, and his reputation.
- Bully Magnet: In an episode, Niles confronts his former Junior High school bully, Danny Kreasel. Danny expresses regret over his past actions, but points out in his defense that Niles showed up to school in a tweed blazer with elbow patches carrying a valise.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Niles suffers from multiple neuroses of his own, ranging from eccentric, like his germaphobia, to serious, for example the many scars that his marital problems have caused. Nevertheless he is an accomplished and quite capable psychiatrist.
- Camp Straight: Like his brother, often Mistaken for Gay due to his refined tastes.
- Cannot Spit It Out: It takes him seven years to confess to Daphne he has a thing for her. And even then it's only because Frasier has already accidentally spit it out to her.
- Character Tics: He has a particular stagger he breaks out whenever he's emotionally distressed.
- Chick Magnet: Not to quite the same extent as Frasier, though with the obvious justification that he spends a lot of the series married, but Niles has several women drawn to him over the series.
- Compressed Vice: Is subject to this. For example, in one two-part episode, he becomes an ardent nudist. He cures himself of that kink by the end.
- Conspicuous Consumption: Even when dumped by Maris and suffering severe cash-flow problems with the lawyers, Niles finds it insanely difficult to restrict his budget. In fact, he finds it difficult to operate on a budget in the first place, requiring Frasier to step in and tell him to start downsizing.
- Covert Pervert: Checking out Daphne's behind—constantly...
- Gets lampshaded when Daphne looks at old photos and notices how many show him staring at her bum. Though she laughs it off because they're now married.
- When Frasier describes a flirtation with a policewoman he'd met, Niles suddenly begins projecting in a rather startling way:Niles: It's obvious what attracted you to her. The gleam of her badge; the swing of her nightstick...
- Damned by Faint Praise: Niles is often on both the receiving and giving end of this.Bulldog: Hey, Dr. Doolittle! I heard your show. It didn't suck!
Niles: Ah. "Dear Diary..."
- The Dandy: His suits tend to be even trendier than Frasier's.
- Deadpan Snarker: Frasier's wit tends to be more dry, Niles' tends to be more politely facetious.
- Despair Event Horizon: Comes pretty close to this after Daphne gets engaged to Donny.
- Deuteragonist: While earlier seasons focused mostly on Frasier, the focus gradually shifted until Niles was easily as important to the series as his brother.
- Dogged Nice Guy: Towards Daphne.
- Double Take: Niles is a master at this. In "The Matchmaker", Niles thinks Tom, the new station manager, is chasing Daphne, who has a thing for him.Tom: Oh. It must be all in my head, but I sensed that you had a problem with me dating Frasier.
Niles: (haughty) Well, if you must know... (double take, pause) I'm sorry, what was the question?
Tom: Do you have some problem with me dating your brother?
Niles: (serene and smug) No.
- Drama Queen: For the same reasons as Frasier.
- Drink-Based Characterization: Same as Fras, the man likes his sherry. It's a sign of just how rattled he is when things with Maris go into meltdown that he's swigging beer. From a can, no less.
- Drop-In Character: Usually to apparently return something of Frasier's, to pick him up for something, or just to get away from Maris, but usually there's the underlying desire just to see Daphne. Lampshaded once he and Daphne finally get together.Niles (to Daphne): A patient canceled, so I thought I'd... drop by and see you. Oh my god, you have no idea how good it feels to say that. I'm here to see you! No more flimsy pretenses. No more making tedious small talk with Dad!Martin: Hey Niles, it's 82 in Florida!Niles: Here to see Daphne, Dad!
- Embarrassing Nickname: Piles, as a kid. The Coyote, when he moves into the Shangri-La.
- Fainting: Especially at the sight of blood.
- Flat "What": Does this quite a lot, whenever he's serving as the Straight Man.
- Foil: Played with; Niles often highlights and underscores a lot of Frasier's own character traits, but less by direct contrast and more because he's even more like Frasier than Frasier is.Frasier: I'm a teamster compared to you!
- Freudian Slip: On occasion will let these out, especially about his true feelings regarding his wife and Daphne.Niles: It is possible to move a relationship along too fast, and ultimately marry too hastily. You could find that a few years down the line isn't really right for you, and then what happens if you meet the right person? Someone who really excites you and makes you feel alive? You can't act upon it, because you're trapped in a stale, albeit comfortable, Maris!(pauses while everyone stares) Marriage. I have to go now.
- Gentleman and a Scholar: Just like his brother, while Niles can be arrogant and elitist, he is both highly educated and well-read, but also very caring and compassionate towards his patients.
- Gentleman Snarker: He can be viciously sarcastic while still speaking in an extremely polite fashion.
- Gold Digger: Eventually answered in one episode, in which Niles addresses the big unspoken question: did he marry Maris for her money? He says no, but it was a delightful bonus.
- Good People Have Good Sex: With Daphne, Season Eight on.
- Green-Eyed Monster: He seethes at the thought of someone taking Daphne's attention, even when that someone is his pre-teen nephew (thought it's suggested Frederick can see it and knows full well what he's doing). The same with Maris. He gets frustrated when Frasier mentions having accidentally seen her naked in the shower. That's more than Niles tends to see even when they were married.
- Happily Married: In the first season the audience was led to believe this of him and Maris, despite her selfish moments—although it's subverted by the time of their divorce. After breaking up with Mel, another wife he didn't love, he plays it straight with Daphne.
- Henpecked Husband: An Extreme Doormat for Maris, though he's quick to stand on his dignity with anyone else. This ends up being deconstructed as the series goes on—how easily he's controlled in his romantic relationships ends up being the source of a great deal of self esteem issues and unhappiness in his life, and part of his development is learning to stand up for himself.
- Heroic BSoD: He has many of these throughout the series, probably more than any other character, but most notably when Daphne gets engaged to Donny. Being forced to sit through their engagement breakfast in the next episode certainly didn't help.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Frasier.
- Honorary Uncle: To Roz's daughter Alice.
- Humiliation Conga: Especially in season 6.
- Insufferable Genius: He's this to Frasier, much to his older brother's consternation.
- Hypocrite: In the show's early seasons, Niles had a tendency to make bald jokes aimed at Frasier, even though Niles' hair is also noticeably thinning. He still has more hair than Frasier, however.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Despite how much it hurts him, Niles steps aside when when Daphne gets engaged to Donny. However, Niles ultimately ends up with Daphne in the end.
- I'll Pretend I Didn't Hear That: Just as prone as Frasier to suffer Brain Bleach, but he'll express it with this trope instead.Bebe: (in a bathrobe, greeting Niles after having sex with Frasier) Good morning, Niles! What a lovely surprise! We were just about to sit down to a big family breakfast. Won't you join us?
(Niles gives a very frozen smile, and rings the doorbell again.)
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He can be snooty to people he thinks lesser than him in taste, but he's really a kind man even to people who aren't his friends—looking at how he treats his patients is an example of this.
- The Klutz: On occasion, Niles can turn something as simple as catching a penny he tossed into a cringe-inducing disaster, ending with him lying on the floor surrounded by debris.Martin: Makes you wonder what goes on at that squash court.
- Lethal Klutz: Shows shades of this on a couple of occasions when he repeatedly accidentally hurts Frederick and keeps almost accidentally injuring his father.
- Love at First Sight: Claims as much about Maris, having apparently first seen her trying desperately to get back into her mansion when the gate wasn't working, though later comments suggest desperation on Niles's part played a role as well. It was at least this way for Niles when he first met Daphne.
- Missing Mom: His mother is deceased by the time of the show.
- Neat Freak: Incapable of sitting down on a seat without wiping it down first. A flashback in season 3 has Frasier mention he's been like this since they were four, at the very least.
- Nervous Wreck: As the show goes on, and his problems with Maris get worse, he becomes more and more prone to panic attacks.
- Nice to the Waiter: He's mentioned as giving very generous tips to the staff at Cafe Nervosa, which becomes a plot point when he has a Heroic BSoD at one point, strips his clothes off, and one of said waiters threatens to call the cops:Roz: The hell you are! This mans tips alone have probably paid for all the pot youll ever smoke!
- He also appears to have treated his and Maris's servants much better than Maris did, if this little exchange when he's bidding farewell to them is an indication:Marta: The staff, they have a question: can we come with you?
[Everyone assembled steps forward hopefully]
- That said, he can be just as pompous as Frasier, it's just behind their backs rather than in their face like Frasier tends to be. At one point, Fras even accuses him of putting this on as a pretense around Daphne, citing a time he made a scene at the grocery store simply because the bag boy put ice cream on top of his veggies.Niles: That young man was on drugs and everyone knew it!
- He also appears to have treated his and Maris's servants much better than Maris did, if this little exchange when he's bidding farewell to them is an indication:
- Oblivious to Love: After moving on from Daphne in season 7, it's Niles' turn to be clueless to her feelings for him.
- Pungeon Master: Especially when he's delivered a silly pun and can barely keep from giggling.
- Remember the New Guy?: Despite being Frasier's brother, at no point during Fras's time on Cheers did he ever mention or hint that he had a brother. Gets a Lampshade Hanging in "The One Where Sam Shows Up", and Niles is miffed to learn Frasier never told the gang about him. Sam mentions Frasier probably did, but after several years of tuning out what Frasier says, they probably just didn't hear him.
- Replacement Flat Character: The former Trope namer — Niles is essentially what Frasier was on Cheers with Frasier developing into a more rounded character. Niles then goes on to develop into his own distinct character separate from both the current Frasier and his original Cheers persona.Frasier: (snarking) I'm a teamster compared to you!
- Lampshaded by Sam Malone:Sam: (meeting Niles) Wow... man, this is freaky. He looks just like you did when I met you. (nudges Frasier) What happened, huh?
Frasier: (smiling) Wasn't exactly a health club you were running there, Sam.
- According to the writers, much of the humor comes from them being so similar, when most sitcoms would have them being diametrically opposite. (Of course, Martin provides that conflict - with both of them.)
- Lampshaded by Sam Malone:
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Like Frasier, he's very verbose and has an extensive vocabulary.
- Shadow Archetype: According to David Hyde Pierce, he's what Frasier would be if he never met the cast of Cheers.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: He wears suits even more often than Frasier does. Usually, if he isn't, it's a sign something is terribly wrong, like when Frasier and Martin find him lounging around in a Hawaiian shirt. Once he marries Daphne he starts dressing more casually, although more tastefully than the aforementioned Hawaiian shirt, when not at work implying she's finally helped him to loosen up.
- The Shrink: Niles is a well-respected psychiatrist and even Frasier once acknowledges he might be the better of the two.
- Sibling Rivalry: With his brother, Frasier, which particularly smarts with him as the younger child. It's this rivalry that drove him to become such a success in his practice.
- Sibling Team: Occasionally with Frasier, as the two sometimes collaborate on issues of psychiatry or personal projects (like owning a restaurant.) It invariably ends in disaster.
- Sophisticated as Hell: While eloquent and well-spoken, he won't hesitate to use profanity or slang when the situation calls for it.Niles: Look, I know I don't have your total support in this, but how shall I put this?
Frasier: You don't care?
Niles: If you could work the phrase "rat's ass" into there, you'd have it.
- Stepford Smiler:
- As his marriage with Maris becomes more and more strained, it becomes clear Niles is repressing more than a little anger over his treatment, until he finally lets it all out. Cue many, many smashed vases.
- After going in for heart surgery, he spends several weeks afterwards rhapsodizing about how wonderful everything feels, even though it's clear to everyone else he's right here. Eventually, Martin manages to call him on it.
- Sympathetic Adulterer: He tells Daphne on what's supposed to be her wedding day that he'd dump Mel, who he's just married himself, in a heartbeat to be with her. Of course, by this stage the audience has seen Niles's feelings for Daphne are genuine, and he's be heartbroken over previous failures to say as much to her, while Mel is controlling, clingy, and only slightly nicer than Maris. Just to make things easier for gaining sympathy, Mel takes several levels in jerkass afterwards.
- The Tell: Niles' nose bleeds when he's broken his ethical code, and occasionally he can be seen sniffing to check for it when doing something dubious.
- The Thing That Would Not Leave: Very briefly for his brother after moving out of his fancy apartment, due to his strange quirks and habits, and his refusal to try and find another apartment (not because of proximity to Daphne, just his own refusal to admit how bad things have gotten).
- Troll: While he may be a Deadpan Snarker towards people like Roz and his father, he out and out loves to troll his brother due to Sibling Rivalry. For example, when he became a culture critic and had access to the most exclusive cultural events and theatre, he rubbed his brother's face in it to no end.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Sherry.
- Unrequited Love Switcheroo: He finally moves on from Daphne and enters into a new relationship around the same time that she finally finds out about his feelings for her, afterwards she proceeds to develop feelings for him in return.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Frasier, and eventually Roz after the two get over their initial dislike of each other. By the end of the series, they're close friends, even if they do make friendly snipes at one another.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: He's deathly afraid of insects, though he insists it's perfectly rational fear.
- You Need to Get Laid: When he goes without sex for too long, he starts to mentally unravel, and may well become attracted to any woman that walks past. Something of a problem when married to Maris, who Niles compares to a "sexual camel" (i.e., capable of sustaining herself for long periods on a mere ten minutes lovemaking), and who can and does withhold sex as punishment.
- Played by: John Mahoney
Frasier and Niles's father who moves in with Frasier, he's an ex-cop who was forced to retire when he took a bullet to the hip. Has little patience for his sons' antics and tries (usually with them not listening) to give them valuable advice to make them realize how things are much simpler than they perceive.
- Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other:
- Though he is sometimes exasperated with how snootish they can be, Martin truly does love his sons. In "A Room Full of Heroes", Niles dresses like Martin for Halloween and in character begins to say Frasier and Niles were disappointments to him, only for Martin to sharply cut him off and tell him he has always been proud of them.
- Similarly, with Daphne. The two often bicker and argue with one another, and Martin's always up for insulting her cooking, but Martin makes it clear he likes having her around.
- Book Dumb: He's not as book smart as Frasier or Niles, but has far more common sense and can outsmart them by catching things they overlook in their arrogance. And, as he never hesitates to remind them, he was a detective for several years, and he occasionally demonstrates he's picked up a bit of psychiatry from listening to them and their mother.
- Brutal Honesty: Martin is often pretty blunt in his opinion about Frasier and Niles's antics, helped by his feeling that psychiatry is overrated. Of course, Martin's assessments, such as Frasier over-analyzing everything, often tend to be pretty accurate, and Frasier doesn't have any good counterargument to them.
- By-the-Book Cop: When he was younger, and is often referenced by his sons as the source of their own rigid sense of ethics and integrity. Although, sometimes comments pop up to suggest he wasn't quite that straight-laced, with the most notable instance being admitting to Frasier that he lied under oath about reading the Miranda Rights to a multiple offender that shot someone, and whose had his rights read many times before, so he wouldn't get off on a hyper-technicality.
- Cannot Spit It Out: One episode focused Martin's inability to verbally say "I love you" to his sons. While his sons assure him that they know he does really love them, Martin retorts that he's disturbed by his inability to openly express it to them, and manages to with some effort.Frasier: Dad, listen, you know you can say it. I mean, I heard you say it to Duke.
Martin: Oh, that's different, I said, "I love ya!" Ya!
Frasier: We'd take "ya."
- Career-Ending Injury: Martin's bullet to the hip, which ended his career as a cop.
- Catchphrase: "Oh, jeez."
- Companion Cube: His tatty-but-beloved easy chair, which is his oldest piece of furniture and which holds many happy memories for him.
- Cool Old Guy: He's quite affable, wise to the ways of the world, and has more empathy than his psychiatrist sons.
- Dad the Veteran: He sometimes refers to his service in Korea.
- Deadpan Snarker: He's not averse to snappy remarks. Must be where his children got it from.
- Disability as an Excuse for Jerkassery: His characterization in the earliest episodes are of a tremendous jerk. Flashbacks show Martin pre-retirement are more like he is later on in the show. The loss of his job, and the humiliation of not being able to look after himself any more cause him to become much crustier, resulting in the Martin we're first introduced to.
- Fanboy: Older than the usual examples, but being a sports fan, he's a big admirer of ex-Red Sox player Sam Malone when he comes to visit Frasier. Making it funnier is that Cheers made repeatedly clear over the years that even in his heyday, Sam was not the cream of the Sox crop.
- Fatal Flaw: As has been pointed out to him quite a few times, and as he even acknowledges himself, Martin has trouble acknowledging and honestly expressing his emotions.
- Faux Yay: In the episode "Out With Dad", he tells a woman he's gay, so as not to offend her by turning her down, and subsequently offers to "gay it up a little" so her daughter doesn't suspect he's straight when she sets him up with a friend.
- Foil: Martin is a study in contrasts from his sons, Frasier and Niles; Martin is a retired cop and war veteran who enjoys beer, sports, and action movies, and he can be gruff and emotionally distant, but at the end of the day is a down-to-earth and friendly fellow. Unlike their father, Frasier and Niles are Oxford-certified psychiatrists and high-society elites who enjoy opera, fine wine, and classic literature and music; they are also very kind and caring despite sometimes coming across as stuffy and pretentious.
- Friend on the Force: Martin still has plenty of connections and friends in the Seattle PD. He often calls on these connections to get quicker or preferential treatment.
- The Gadfly: When somebody in the household has succumbed to Complexity Addiction, he'll gleefully make things worse. In 'The Two Mrs. Cranes,' when Daphne has convinced everybody to lie to her Abhorrent Admirer Clive, he piles on an extra lie just to see their reactions, after feeling Frasier and Niles have called him too dumb to maintain the lie.Clive: Are you a psychiatrist too, Mr. Crane?
Martin: Oh, no. I'm retired... I was an astronaut.
- Happily Married: To Ronee, and otherwise to Hester with a few bumps in their marriage.
- Hero of Another Story: What information we get about his time on the force makes for a fascinating saga, particularly his romance with Hester, which has all the makings of a Buddy Cop-love story about a cultured and bookish lady forensic psychiatrist and a gruff, streetwise detective.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: He's very close with his bar buddy Duke; they even once got married by accident.
- Hidden Depths:
- He reveals he's a huge Frank Sinatra fan, and he'd write songs during stake-outs and breaks at the station in the hopes Sinatra would sing one. Both his sons spend a whole night to help him work out the only one he really liked.
- He's also capable of outplaying Frasier at chess, repeatedly. Eventually he has to point out to Fras that all those years as a detective might just be a help in that arena.
- Honorary Uncle: To Roz's daughter Alice.
- Hypocrite: In "Dad Loves Sherry, The Boys Just Whine", Martin rips into Frasier and Niles for not making a woman he cares for feel welcome after they admit that they're not fond of his new girlfriend Sherry. Frasier and Niles are humbled and ashamed... for about five seconds, until they remember a very important point that Martin is conveniently leaving out here:Frasier: Wait a minute! When did you ever make any of the women we were involved with feel welcome?!
Niles: Ooh, Frasier, you're right! He almost got away with that!
- Hypocritical Humor: Is extremely defensive about any perceived insult to Eddie's dignity, but he's got no problem sticking the little guy in humiliating outfits when he's the one doing it.
- Iconic Item:
- His ancient easy chair is the one thing that stands out in the apartment's living room, and it's uniquely his.
- He's also (by necessity) never seen without his signature four-pronged metal cane; in the final season, he trades it in for a much more elegant black cane.
- I Told You So: He's not shy about pointing out when he's right about something, usually with some variation on "Well, maybe next time you'll listen to your old man," when Frasier and/or Niles get into strife after disregarding his advice.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In a very different way than his sons. While Frasier and Niles are stuck-up and haughty on the surface but have sweeter sides that become apparent later, Martin is cordial and friendly at first with some jerkiness that becomes apparent when you live with him. He's still a good man underneath it all.
- Malaproper: Constantly mangling the names of various "classy" things his sons are into, such as the time he thought "An Evening With Noël Coward" was about The Three Stooges. And then there was the time he tried singing along to Gilbert and Sullivan with the boys and mistook "Many cheerful facts about the square of the hypotenuse" for "The many-dimpled backside of a scary hippopotamus".
- MayDecember Romance: With Ronee.
- And Maureen before that, albeit mostly offscreen.
- Not So Above It All: For all his grumbling at Frasier's romantic woes, several episodes have Marty doing much the same, such as trying to pull some two-timing date action, while claiming he's better at it than his sons. Which he ain't.
- Obnoxious In-Laws: It's made clear he doesn't like Maris or Lilith very much. With Maris, he at least acts civil to her face, but wasn't above using his connections to have her car booted just to mess with her. With Lilith, the two can't stand one another, and make no secret of hiding it. He also wasn't terribly fond of Frasier's first wife Nanette either, still holding a grievance over two decades on over the wedding. Obviously averted with Daphne, once she marries Niles.
- Odd Friendship: Initially, he and Roz get along far better than he does with his own children, due to her more blue collar mindset.
- Only Sane Man: Not always, but often enough. Especially when both Frasier and Niles are in the same room.
- Old Soldier: Tells constant stories about Korea.
- Papa Wolf: Ironically, is at times this to Daphne, who is not his actual child. Often subverted with his own sons, however, as he is frequently inclined to take the side of the people they get into conflict with over theirs (such as in "Radio Wars", where he points out that Frasier and Niles tended to make themselves targets for bullies) although he can also be defensive towards them at times as well. Plus, it should be noted that Frasier and Niles can often bring these conflicts on themselves and he's often right to point out their responsibility in doing so.
- Parents as People: While he clearly loves his sons, he's not exactly father of the year material; it's made clear at several points that there's plenty of responsibility on his part for the difficult relationship he has with Frasier and Niles, having rarely made much of an effort to connect with them before the series started and spending more time at his favourite bar than with his sons.
- Platonic Life-Partners: His relationship with Daphne has shades of this in the earlier seasons, until her serious relationships with Donny, then Niles.
- Race Fetish: In the episode "The Seal Who Came to Dinner," it's revealed he has a secret fondness for Asian women (thanks to his tour of duty during The Korean War), which Daphne calls him out on when he tries to flirt with her friend.Daphne: Mistake my fanny. You ordered The Joy Luck Club.
- Real Men Hate Affection: Martin often reacts to emotional expressions from others with an "Aw, jeez". However, in "Breaking the Ice", he deconstructs the trope, and admits it bothers him he can't just out and out tell his kids he loves them, and it's something Hester pestered him about. He manages to do it sincerely, and after that episode, he slowly gets more and more emotional towards his kids, such as "Our Father Whose Art Ain't Heaven", when he cries because he can't please Frasier.
- Real Men Wear Pink: One of his deepest secrets is that he'll cry, properly cry, watching The Sound of Music.
- Retired Badass: He's only retired in the first place because he got shot in the hip.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: He's not above using his old contacts in the force for favors should the need arise, or trying to get Niles to write him a prescription.
- The Stoic: He can't express his feelings so easily. At least he has problems getting moved and saying "I love you".Frasier: You said it to the dog!
- Trademark Favorite Food: He only drinks Ballantine beer, and even then only in cans (he used to also drink it in bottles, but not since getting shot in the hip). When meeting Norm Peterson, Martin compliments his "mug callous" while shaking his hand, while Norm similarly identifies Martin as a "can man".
- Ungrateful Bastard: Especially in the early seasons, his gruff, stoic and reserved nature, coupled with tension with his sons and bitterness at how his life has worked out can see him end up as this. In the first episode, for example, he reacts to almost everything Frasier does to try and make him feel comfortable with unconcealed hostility and disdain, and pretty much has to be guilted into saying "thank you" to Frasier for giving up his space and freedom to accommodate Martin. However, this is due to him being angry and panicked about losing his independence.
Rosalinda "Roz" Doyle
- Played by: Peri Gilpin
Frasier's producer and close friend. Her very active sex life is the butt of many jokes, but it does also make her a primary source of dating advice.
- Arch-Enemy: Initially she's a mild example of this toward Niles. While the two didn't exactly go out of their way to cause trouble for each other, they did not get on well at all, and insults would often fly whenever they met. About halfway through the show's run the two start getting along much better however, in no small part due to her introducing Niles to Donny, who helps him get a healthy divorce settlement.
- Better as Friends: With Frasier—even when they slept together it resolved in them remaining friends.
- Brutal Honesty: She does not hold back with her opinions. Case in point, when letting Frasier know about her feelings re: their having sex.Frasier: So... you're not in love with me?Roz: God, no! Weren't you there?
- Deadpan Snarker: According to the writers, she's the only one who can really put Frasier in his place, and does it with great delight.
- Double Entendre: If she meets an attractive man, at least one will be dropped before the scene ends.
- One of the best examples: when she meets Sam Malone of Cheers—and gives him her card.Frasier: Yes. It glows in the dark.
Roz: (Grinning to Sam) So do I!
- One of the best examples: when she meets Sam Malone of Cheers—and gives him her card.
- Ethical Slut: Roz has a very promiscuous sex life, but is always responsible and takes a dim view of cheating. An excellent example is with the father of her child, a young college student. Rather than press him for child support or accept his obligatory marriage proposal, she tells him to take full advantage of the opportunities ahead of him and live a good life.
- Falling into the Cockpit: "You Can't Go Home Again" shows she wasn't Frasier's first choice for producer. That guy quit after just one day of dealing with Frasier's excessively long list of demands. And that was before he actually started recording.
- Fiery Redhead: She's got a strong backbone and isn't afraid to take Frasier down a peg when he's being too elitist.
- Girl Friday: Essentially is this to Frasier, as the snarky producer to a popular call-in radio show he hosts.
- Good Bad Girl: She's as friendly as she is promiscuous.
- Good People Have Good Sex: Loves reminiscing on her past and present experiences with men....
- The "I Love You" Stigma: Discussed in "Breaking the Ice" when Roz talks about a guy she was having casual sex with:Roz: We've been dating a couple of weeks, and last night he started licking me behind my ear. See, I have this sweet little spot there...
Frasier: Uh, Roz, is this -?
Roz: Yes, you do need to know this. So anyway, what I meant to say was, "Oh, I love that!" But I got so caught up that I yelled out, "Oh, I love you!" and then all of a sudden he got this look on his face like Indiana Jones running from the big ball!
Frasier: Well, uh, Roz, do you love him?
Roz: No! But I said it, so he should have said it back, it's just polite.
- The Lad-ette: While certainly not un-feminine, Roz has a strong masculine side. Its revealed in one story that she is not only one of Martins poker buddies, but she apparently knows more dirty jokes than the rest of them.
- Law of Inverse Fertility: Gets smacked with it due to Executive Meddling, though she acknowledges that with her lifestyle, it was fairly inevitable."Even the best birth control is only effective ninety-nine out of a hundred times. I can't beat those odds."
- Like Brother and Sister: With Frasier DESPITE the fact that they slept together! and by extension the whole Crane clan. She is a permanent fixture at "family only" events and by the end of the series is as close to Daphne, Martin and to a lesser extent even Niles as she is with Frasier.
- Ms. Fanservice: While dressed as O, or Wonder Woman.
- Must Have Caffeine: She gets pretty upset when breastfeeding means she can't have any. The minute she's allowed to get back on the bean... the predictable happens.
- Oh Me Accents Slipping: Peri Gilpin is from Texas. Roz is supposed to be from Wisconsin, and generally doesn't have much of an accent. Once in a while, though, the Texan slips out, or is called upon for the sake of the plot.
- Really Gets Around: Her active sex life is one of her Running Gags, particularly how she seeks out men younger than she is and "never says no". When she gets pregnant she remarks that even the best birth control is "only" 99% effective, so it was pretty much inevitable.
- Refuge in Audacity: How she gets her job at KACL back in season 11. Having previously quit to work for a rival company, she just marches back into the office and acts like she never left, even quite literally shoving her replacement out of the booth.
- Sassy Secretary: Not actually one, but fits the character type.
- Troll: She enjoys having some good-natured fun at her friends' expense, even on the job.Frasier: (furious that Roz let a call from Lilith get on the air) Roz, do you know the meaning of "call screening"?!Roz: Yeah, it means I put through the calls I wanna hear.
- Ultimate Job Security: Related to the above trope, later in the same conversation, she gleefully suggests, on air, that Frasier take Lilith out to dinner. Frasier, while maintaining an air of civility on air, immediately writes down on a note, "You're fired" and shows it to Roz. Roz responds with a pre-prepared "I'm union" sign, infuriating Frasier. It's also shown several times through the series that Roz is probably the only competent producer KACL has who can also put up with Frasier.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Frasier and Niles.
- Women Are Wiser: Played with; while she may be more reasonable and socially clued-up than Frasier or Niles, so are Martin and several other of the male characters. Played straight when it comes to her job however, as all the male producers and radio personalities seen at the station (with the possible exception of Gil) are completely inept at their jobs and/or have major personality issues. It's only natural, then, that she becomes the station manager at the end of the series. Word of God stated the other purpose of Roz is to be the one person more experienced than Frasier in his professional life.
- Played by: Jane Leeves
Martin's physical therapist who lives with him and Frasier, she's from England and serves as a working-class presence in a sitcom of mostly high-class characters. Is the subject of affection for Niles, thought she has no idea for the first six seasons.
- Ambiguously Bi: Seen eyeing Frasier's half-naked agent's legs with an apparent look of satisfaction, despite not having an amiable relationship with her. In another episode, describes a concupiscent dream about a female gymnast who used to live next to her. Once mistaken for a lesbian by a gay ski instructor to whom she was attracted.Daphne: I better go cook for him. I know how the Crane men like their legs..Eggs!
- Berserk Button: The phrase "you'll thank me for this later", after years of hearing it from her mother.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Daphne's easily the nicest of the main characters, but when she does get angry, she often lashes out in ways that would give even the Cranes a run for their money. Especially when her mother or Simon are around, or when Frasier or Niles' snootiness gets out of control. In one episode, she seems to be seriously considering premeditated murder of the tyrannical head of the condo board.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: A relatively tame example. While perfectly nice when she gets her way, she has also proven to be selfish, manipulative, petty, and a huge hypocrite who is quick to blame others for most of the problems she causes. This is actually lampshaded shortly after she gets together with Niles, when she believes that her overeating binge was caused partly by anxiety over the fact that she knows she's not as sweet as she acts and doesn't think she can live up to Niles's expectations of her after he has built her up and worshipped the ground beneath her feet during seven years of Unrequited Love. It turns out that Niles is perfectly capable of coming up with a long list of things he hates about Daphne, but loves her all the same.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: She's a good physical therapist, but she also thinks she's psychic and has a lot of eccentricities, especially in earlier seasons.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Her introduction had her admitting right out "I'm a bit psychic", and she often goes on long tangents about crazy things. She comes down to earth a bit over the show run, however.
- Deadpan Snarker: Not as much as the others, but even she has her moments, particularly toward her mother Gertrude.Martin: Well, she was flirting right back. I saw her giving me the once-over.Daphne: Yeah, she looked once and it was over.
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: She gets incredibly angry when she thinks Niles is condescending at her.
- First-Name Basis: Shifts to this with the Cranes when she gets together with Niles. Lampshaded.Daphne: Oh, for heaven's sake Dr. Crane! (she kisses him)
Niles: I think you can call me Niles now.
- Subverted with Martin, when he's now her father-in-law.Daphne: Thank you...Martin / Daphne: *Simultaneously* Dad. / Martin.Daphne: Uh, Dad.Martin: Or Martin. Whatever makes you feel comfortable.Daphne: (hugging him) Oh, thank you, Mr. Crane!
- Subverted with Martin, when he's now her father-in-law.
- Flanderization: Subverted with Daphne. She starts off as a Cloudcuckoolander, but develops into a much less eccentric character.
- Foreign Queasine: Her inability to cook complex meals is exacerbated by her insistence on cooking English food, which not a single character (outside of her immediate family) can stand even when cooked correctly. She seems to weaponize it when she wants the apartment to herself, such as claiming she was going to make sheep's head stew for dinner, with the main ingredient allegedly in a paper bag. (It's her clean laundry.)
- Good People Have Good Sex: With Niles, Season Eight on. Suddenly, milquetoast nervous Niles becomes strong and athletic, if her description is to be believed.
- Happily Married: With Niles, eventually.
- Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Not only was her mother emotionally abusive and there being mention of her father beating her brothers (but not her, "as long as she behaved perfectly"), but her family was so bizarre it's amazing she only ended up an eccentric Cloud Cuckoolander and not an outright lunatic.
- I Didn't Mean to Turn You On: Almost everything she does in Niles' presence.
- Lad-ette: Downplayed, but it's definitely there. She's a Wrench Wench, a carpenter, a champion billiards player, and often does physical labor. It's justified by having to grow up with a bevy of rowdy Oop North brothers. (It's no wonder she had fondness for her Camp Gay brother.)
- Lethal Chef: While she's apparently okay at putting together simple meals and snacks, her culinary ability sharply drops as the meals get more complex. It doesn't help that she cooks lots of British dishes.
- Like an Old Married Couple: Momentarily dips into this on occasion with Martin, such as in "Secret Admirer".Martin: (as they're preparing to leave) I wanna listen to my radio.Daphne: Fine, if it means I don't have to listen to you talkin'!
- Love Epiphany: Toward Niles in season 7.
- Love Revelation Epiphany: After hearing that he loved her, anyway.
- Male Gaze: Niles has quite an affection for her rear end. Lampshaded in one of the last episodes "Coots and Ladders" while looking at photos of them early in the series.Daphne: Why are you all hunched over in this one?Niles: (uncomfortably) Uh...Daphne: You were looking at my bum, weren't you?Niles: Oh, heavens, no!Daphne: Oh, it's all right, Niles, we're married now.Niles: All right, yes. I might once in a moment of weakness have permitted myself a fleeting glance. (Daphne shows him another photo) Or twice. (Another photo) Many, many times.Daphne: It's all about the rear with you, isn't it?Niles: Oh, no, darling...Daphne: No, seriously... (Daphne stands up and turns away from him) What color are my eyes?Niles: Um...Daphne: (almost laughing) You're looking at it again, aren't you?
- Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: The question of whether she's really psychic or it's just a belief instilled by her grandmother as a coping mechanism that she has "the female Moon gift" is never answered. When given a chance to find out if she's really psychic, Niles decides to throw away her test results.
- Ms. Fanservice: A few times—much to Niles's delight. Observe.
- Nice Girl: Daphne's the friendliest of the core cast.
- Oblivious to Love: Didn't seem to notice Niles' crush on her at all despite Niles not being at all subtle about it. Jane Leeves claimed Daphne knew all along, but that's just her interpretation.
- Oop North: Manchester, although it seems to be a Running Gag that despite supposedly all coming from Manchester, the rest of her family have accents spanning the width and breadth of the entire UK.
- Outnumbered Sibling: The only girl in a house of boys.
- Platonic Life-Partners: With Martin, at least until she gets together with Niles.
- Psychic Powers: She claims to be "a little bit psychic" in the pilot. This is phased out after a few seasons—though it's eventually brought back after she and Niles get together.
- How well her supposed powers work varies. Sometimes she misinterprets her visions, as when divining Jerome Belasco's line of work in "A Word to the Wiseguy".Daphne: You're...a doctor. An osteopath, perhaps?Jerome: No, sorry.Daphne: That's funny...I see you hovering over people with broken bones.
- It comes to a head with this exchange:Niles: I can't read minds, you know. And by the way, neither can you!
Daphne: (shocked) Are you saying you don't think I'm psychic?!
Niles: Not if you thought I loved your cooking!
- How well her supposed powers work varies. Sometimes she misinterprets her visions, as when divining Jerome Belasco's line of work in "A Word to the Wiseguy".
- Runaway Bride: She abandons Donny and exits with Niles in a Winnebago during the second part of the two-part episode "Something Borrowed, Someone Blue". They do go back to the wedding properly, however, and she breaks up with Donny face to face rather than leaving him cold.
- Screaming Birth: In "Goodnight Seattle"
- Servile Snarker: She's Martin's live-in therapist, and has a wicked sense of humour.
- Statuesque Stunner: Daphne is 5'10" and quite beautiful (as Niles often points out).
- Talkative Loon: In spades, often about her Hilariously Abusive Childhood. In fact, the Cranes eventually start fearing some of her stories.Daphne: (about her brothers' competitiveness) Who could the run the fastest, jump the highest. They even this strange one where they'd take little brother Michael, put him in a potato sack and see who could roll him the farthest over the frozen lake out back. They loved that game! Until that year the spring thaw set in early and poor Michael went right through the ice. Ooh, they caught hell for that one, they did. Caught it worse a week later when Michael's toe finally fell off. Michael cried and cried until they told him to put it under his pillow for the toe fairy! And then when he got five quid for it, why it was all they could do to stop him from sawing off the rest of them! (laughs)Martin: (on edge, shouting to the Crane boys) What's keeping you guys with that box?!
- The Un-Favourite: Definitely this to her mother. Rarely did her mother offer anything but criticisms, insults, and put-downs to Daphne even before her first on-screen appearance. Though it's implied she had a much warmer relationship with her father than compared to her brothers.
- Unrequited Love Switcheroo: She finally finds out that Niles is in love with her around the same time that he finally gets over her, not long afterwards she starts falling in love with him.
- Played by: Moose (Seasons 1-9); Enzo (Seasons 10-11)
Martin's faithful dog, Frasier and Niles can't stand him and he seems to know it, as one of his favorite pastimes is staring at them to annoy them. Is more a character than a pet, because he's incredibly expressive and intelligent.
- Amplified Animal Aptitude: Eddie's actor, Moose, and his son Enzo who took over the part in later seasons, were incredibly well-trained. John Mahoney has stated that he considered them animal actors rather than token pets.
- Animal Reaction Shot: He's very emotive.
- Character Tic: Sitting with his tongue sticking out.
- Cloudcuckoolander: As Frasier sums up the first time we ever hear about him, he's weird. And that definitely is true. Like the staring...
- Depending on the Writer: How intelligent he is can depend on what's funniest. Despite being shown to be very smart for a dog, one episode shows his P.O.V., and it's everyone speaking gibberish with "Eddie" being the only intelligible word.
- Even the Dog Is Ashamed: Eddie burying his head under the sofa cushions was a popular pose, though sometimes it's because he's essentially saying, "Please shut up now."Frasier: There are subtler ways to tell the patient their time is up!
- Heroic BSoD: Spends much of "Death and the Dog" in a funk. Turns out it's because he lost his favorite toy. Once he finds it, he perks back up again.
- Kleptomaniac Hero: It's a running gag that Eddie, being a dog, will steal any food left lying around. That includes left on the table.
- Silent Snarker: He's a Crane boy all right.
- Sitcom Archnemesis: One-side. Frasier hates him, but it seems Eddie adores him. Or is well aware Frasier hates him and is just getting his own back.
- Staring Contest: In the early seasons especially, he used to just stared fixedly at Frasier, much to Frasier's irritation. On at least one occasion, Frasier tried staring back in order to break Eddie, only to end up broken himself:Frasier: It's like his eyes turned into sorcerer's pinwheels and started spinning!
- Played by: N/A
Niles's initial wife, she's an incredibly bizarre and eccentric Rich Bitch who is impossible to please, and yet Niles bends over backwards for her anyway. Their marriage dissolves over the course of the show, and Maris makes it as painful for him as she can.
- Ambiguous Disorder: Nearly every description of her eccentric behavior strongly implies that she suffers from eating disorders and body dysmorphic disorder.
- Annoying Patient: In one episode when she's in the hospital for a cosmetic procedure, Niles in seen on the phone assuring her that the IV fluid is "low-calorie". He's later seen buying gifts for the hospital staff as an apology for having to deal with her—when one nurse tells him "I worked the night shift", he immediately complements the small box he gave her with a much larger one.
- Bad Boss: She's often mentioned as nagging, haranguing and outright bullying her household staff. When Niles gathers them together to bid them farewell when he separates from Maris, their immediate response is to beg to go with him.
- Big Eater: Normally barely capable of eating anything, but when she's stressed out, Maris eats... and eats... and eats. Such as when she found out Niles was dating Mel.Roz: Well, she moved next door to the Italian deli. The guy just took the two-foot salami out the window.
- In the same episode:Martin: My God, have you seen Maris?Frasier: Yes, dad, I know. Did Niles calm her down?Martin: Yeah, he took her to your room but he had to butter her up a little.Frasier: I was afraid that narrow doorway might pose a problem.
- In the same episode:
- Can't Take Criticism: As a result of her selfishness, Maris is very defensive against anyone who reads her the riot act. She utterly fires her marriage counselors whenever they point out her flaws or for simply asking her not to catalog shop and she once locked herself in her basement to sulk when Frasier merely questions her serving veal's sensitivity. As Frasier states, she doesn't deal with confrontation well.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Even after she and Niles have divorced, she still tries to sabotage Mel's career out of spite when she finds out they're dating.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Even without her disorders and spoiled upbringing, the picture painted of Maris is someone who is highly eccentric to begin with. When pegged as a flight risk by police because she's carrying thousands in cash, and a wig in her purse, Niles just shrugs this off because Maris always has those in her purse.
- Daddy's Girl: Is apparently used to having her father just buy her way out of any trouble she gets into. A bit of problem given he's dead before the series begins.
- Dark Secret: Played for laughs in the episode when Niles finally divorces her, as Donny's dirt-digging reveals that her family fortune comes from urinal cakes, not timber as she supposedly claimed. To most people this wouldn't be a big deal, but knowing that she moves in ultra-snobby social circles, Niles and Donny leverage this info to make her agree not to leave Niles financially destitute.
- Domestic Abuse: Her treatment of Niles. Occasionally she engages in physical abuse, like throwing things at Niles, but primarily her abuse is emotional and financial (especially as their relationship begins to break down).
- Drama Queen: As one of her eccentricities, even a casual inquiry or display of emotion in her direction has Maris running off either for her pills or the plastic surgeons.
- Entitled Bitch: She just does whatever she wants as if she believes she has a right to. Not even the long-arm of the law is exempt from this. She once parked in a handicapped zone using her chocolate allergy as an excuse, blew off a court summons for parking violations, had an affair with one of her marriage counselors and also planned on wedding him, tried to bribe Niles with gifts so that he may take her back despite the aforementioned affair and willingness to commit polygamy caused him to be driven away.
- Epic Fail: Many is the story Niles recounts of Maris trying to engage in some sort of physical activity and failing miserably, such as getting stuck in a revolving door.
- The Faceless: The writing team did toy with the idea of revealing her, but by that time they had created so many bizarre descriptions of her that they eventually decided no human actress would be able to portray her adequately.Roz: I don't see her, maybe she went back out. Oh, wait. I see her coat on a hat rack.Frasier: Look closer. Is the hat rack moving?Roz: ... Oh my GOD!
- Played with when we do actually get to see her on-screen in a flash-back... but her face is covered in bandages from her latest surgery.
- The Ghost: She's never seen, although occasionally the creators trolled the viewers with the possibility. Ultimately, however, they decided no human being could adequately portray her.
- Grande Dame: Niles refers to her as the doyen of the Seattle elite. Her dates even make the Seattle newspaper after she and Niles are separated.
- Hidden Depths:
- Related to the Big Eater post. She was Formerly Fat as a child and is terrified of being so again, thus explaining her obsession with staying thin. In fact, the descriptions of her body, her dietary habits, and her plastic surgery addiction indicate that she's been struggling with eating disorders and body dysmorphic disorder most of her life, making her just a teeny bit sympathetic despite all the awful things she does.
- While throughout the series she's portrayed as lacking common sense or having much wit due to her ultra spoiled and elitist life, in the final season she shows herself to be quite clever when she places a police tracker in an embarrassing self-portrait of Niles that she knew he would retake when selling off her personal possessions and uses him to lead the police away so that she could flee to a non-extradition private island she owns in order to avoid prison after she accidentally kills her abusive boyfriend.
- I Can't Dance: Can't and won't. Public displays of rhythm make her uncomfortable, and due to certain quirks of her anatomy, she's incapable of doing most forms of dancing anyhow.
- Ice Queen: Niles even compares her with said substance a few times.Niles: It was pitch dark, I thought he was Maris.
Frasier: It's a natural mistake. What tipped you off?
Niles: The heat from her side of the bed! (*bursts out laughing*)
- When Niles was still married to Maris, he and Frasier would argue which woman was the bigger ice queen, such as this hilarious exchange when there was a trip to a volcano.Martin: Why isn't Lilith going too?Niles: Because if she fell in, the shock from the coldest thing on earth hitting the hottest would actually split the Earth in two. (gives Frasier a coy grin)Frasier: (steely) As if a smile from Maris wouldn't freeze mercury.Martin: (practically rolling his eyes) Give it up guys, nobody's gonna win this one.
- When Niles was still married to Maris, he and Frasier would argue which woman was the bigger ice queen, such as this hilarious exchange when there was a trip to a volcano.
- It's All About Me: Ultimately the reason that her marriage with Niles didn't work, she only cared about herself. It even applies after they've long divorced - she still expects Niles to attend to her every need.
- Jerkass: Is cruel, selfish, and treated Niles like a personal slave as much as a husband.
- Karma Houdini: Her ultimate fate. In the final season, it seems that all her emotionally abusive and generally unpleasant attitude will finally catch up to her when she's arrested and charged for murdering her boyfriend; though it's emphasized that it was a highly circumstantial accident, and the man was both abusive and largely culpable by his own deeds. However, she manages to perform a successful Batman Gambit with Niles leading the police away in order to flee to a private island with no extradition. A letter to Niles explains that living in exile, albeit still in luxury, will be her fate for the rest of her life. Niles, Frasier and Martin all give her one last toast to her and her Refuge in Audacity.
- Kavorka Man: A rare female example. Maris is oft mentioned to be emotionally distant at best, generally unpleasant to be around, and not what would be considered conventionally attractive, and yet Niles and later Dr. Schenkman gush about her apparent beauty. With the later case, Niles is actually dumbfounded (since Schenkman is their marriage counsellor, and yet he's talking about her being "warm and caring", two traits that could never be ascribed to her).
- Lack of Empathy: First pointed out in the beginning of Niles' marriage meltdown, where she goes on a shopping spree in New York without so much as a phone call. When Niles calls her out on it, she immediately demands a divorce.
- Lean and Mean: She's a pretty terrible person who treats everyone around her with sneering contempt, and she's so light and thin that she doesn't leave footprints in the snow.
- Lysistrata Gambit: How she controls Niles at times. Even when Niles and Maris is separated, as seen in "Look Before You Leap".Niles: (excited) When Maris says "get together," she means, "You wear the creme fraiche. I'll lick it off," sense.
- Manipulative Bitch: Her relationship with Niles consisted of almost nothing but this. When it wasn't outright Domestic Abuse.
- The Napoleon: Often mentioned to be on the tiny size, both weight and height wise. Niles finds horse jockeys alarming because tiny, well-dressed people carrying riding crops remind him a little too much of Maris.
- Nervous Wreck: She's very easily startled and alarmed, along with a possible case of paranoia. While they're married, Niles is often shown having phone calls trying to reassure her about something ludicrous (like being convinced one of her servants got walled in during a remodelling).
- Never My Fault: She ended up firing every couple's therapist that acknowledged her part in the marriage's self-destruction. During the culmination of their divorce, Maris made clear she'd only take Niles back if he accepted everything that went wrong was his fault.
- The Paranoiac:
- Just another of her charming quirks... she initially refused to get a pet, despite an apparent fondness for animals in general, because she fears unconditional love. Which, come to think of it, explains a lot of her relationship with Niles...
- Another instances has Niles mentioning she once had one of her topiary bushes burnt because she thought it was laughing at her latest attempt at weight loss. Yeah...
- Pet the Dog:
- It may have been an example of Early Installment Weirdness, but Niles mentions in a Season 1 episode that she donates her old party dresses to the homeless.
- Later in the series, she calls Niles to check on him before his heart surgery. While the call itself turns into a mild squabble, it's still the one time Maris shows genuine concern for Nile's well-being.
- Red Right Hand: According to Niles, Maris had a slight webbing between her fingers that made her self-conscious enough to refuse to hold hands with anyone.
- Run for the Border: Her fate in the final season. After accidentally (or so she claims) killing her boyfriend she decides she won't get a fair trial if she stays in the states. She slips off her ankle monitor and has Marta attatch it to a painting Niles is reclaiming. While the police follow Niles, assuming Maris is with him, she slips out of the mansion and flees to her family's private island which she can't be extradited from.
- Something Only They Would Say:
- Non-verbal variant, when Niles is able to recognize Maris was in Café Nervosa when a barista tells him a thin woman came in, ordered a coffee and merely sniffed it before sending it away. He'd been uncertain beforehand, but this confirms it's her.
- Also happens in "The Last Time I Saw Maris." Maris has gone missing, and Niles is worried sick as Martin's police buddies tell him that Maris' credit card has been used at several businesses in New York. It's not until Martin reports that the card had only been used at upscale clothing boutiques and not a single restaurant that Niles realizes that Maris is safe and sound.
- Spoiled Brat: Maris is of a very rich family. She likewise displays multiple signs of arrogance, selfishness and entitlement throughout the series.
- Tranquil Fury: Instead of her usual melodrama, when Niles confronts her over her trying to bribe him back in "Secret Admirer", she apparently just stared at him while stroking her ocelot ("I think they've got a cream for that.") Then when Niles gets back to his apartment, he finds another gift from Maris - a nickel, a poem declaring she's going to financially destroy him, and the shredded remains of their divorce settlement.
- Uncatty Resemblance: The closest the audience gets to seeing Maris is when Niles gets a new dog, a whippet named Girl, who everyone else sees as the canine image of her. Niles is in deep denial about this, until Frasier forces the comparison.Frasier: She's high-strung, cold to the touch, and ignores you! My god, stand her upright, take ten pounds off her, put her in a Chanel suit, what ya got?
- The Voiceless: In addition to never having a face. She is quite vocal, but we only hear it from secondary source.
- Weight Woe: She viciously exercises if she gains so much as a pound, so desperate is she to remain thin. This, despite being incredibly thin to begin with. According to Niles she was much heavier as a child, and after he starts dating Mel she relapses and gains a lot of weight.
- Womanchild: Despite being hailed as the creme de la creme of Seattle's upper crust, she's ultimately nothing more than an overgrown child in the body of an adult; she is petty, vain, selfish, impulsive, unforgiving, quick to anger, ludicrously self-indulgent, incapable of admitting when she's at fault, has no empathy for anyone but herself, and is known to throw things when angry.
- Woman Scorned: When Niles rejects her attempts to reconcile she arranges for her lawyers to completely ruin him financially out of spite for his rebuffing her.
Hester Crane, M.D.
- Played by: Rita Wilson ("Momma Mia")
Martin's wife, and Frasier and Niles's mother, a psychiatrist herself who died several years before the series began.
- Dating What Daddy Hates: In the Cheers episode "Diane Meets Mom", Hester was quite clear she despised Diane, even threatening to kill her rather than let her marry Frasier. Many years later, in "Don Juan in Hell", Frasier is convinced she didn't or wouldn't approve of any of his relationships.
- Happily Married: To Martin. Barring one incident when Frasier and Niles were children, when she cheated on him.
- Never Speak Ill of the Dead: The Cranes all remember her fondly, but it's made clear a few times she had her flaws the same as anyone else. Martin in particular refuses to speak of her affair.
- Not So Above It All:
- Martin fondly remembers her as a classy woman, but notes she'd be just as able to let her hair down when the situation called for it, and with more grace than Fras or Niles usually show when forced to endure less highbrow situations themselves.
- She and Martin would commemorate the anniversary of their first meeting with ginger-bread men... made in the shape of the chalk outline they met over. Niles is pretty aghast at this, having always assumed they were meant to be dancing.
- Frasier and Niles are pretty put out to find out where she got their names from - her two favorite lab rats.
- Posthumous Character: Died sometime in the mid-80s from cancer. Many times through the show it's established the Crane men are still, in a lot of ways, not over the suddenness of her death.
Lilith Sternin, M.D.
- Played by: Bebe Neuwirth
Frasier's ex-wife, she drops in on occasion as they have a son together (Frederick) and still maintain a friendship. The rest of the family is terrified of her. Tropes from ''Cheers'' still apply to her.
- Ambiguously Jewish: Played with. She celebrates Christmas, but still insists on a mohel and goes to pieces during Frederick's Bar Mitzvah.
- Amicable Exes:
- She and Frasier, most of the time.
- After she and Niles sleep together, they try to act amicable toward one another. Frasier finds this too disturbing, and asks they go back to vicious sniping.
- Brainy Brunette: Lilith is an accomplished researcher and psychiatrist, as well as being a very well read woman, who has long dark brown hair.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Easier to notice when compared to her first appearance in Cheers, but becomes much more relaxed and sociable by the end of Frasier.
- Divorce Is Temporary: Teased several times but ultimately averted. She and Frasier have tried to get back together, even sleeping with each other a couple of times, but they are just too different to make a functional couple and are thus Better as Friends.
- The Dreaded: None of the Cranes like her. Martin and Daphne will run away and hide in their rooms if they think she's around, and that's if they haven't been forewarned of her presence.
- Early Installment Weirdness: In the first season, Martin says Lilith is weirder than Maris. That proves to be a hilarious lie.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Supernatural references tend to pop up when she hits town, and not only from Niles and Martin.
- Good Parents: To Frederick; he grows up pretty well, even if bratty at times, under her care.
- Ice Queen: Although she later evolves into a Defrosting Ice Queen as the series progresses.
- Ms. Fanservice: She's Got Legs on more than one occasion. Once shows up at Frasier's door in a short-cut dress with cleavage:Frasier: Oh, baby!Lilith: Thanks, Frasier, I needed that....
- Obnoxious In-Laws: Or Obnoxious Ex In-laws, with Niles, who at the beginning of the series is still holding a grudge against Lilith snickering during his wedding when Maris read out her own vows (which involved such statements as "sailing the transplendent river of [our] love"). It lasts until Lilith, genuinely confused as to how Niles could've taken offense, apologizes.
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Her skin being pale is a Running Gag for the series, to a point that when aiding the victim of an accident the paramedics tried to give her a blood transfusion.
- Snark-to-Snark Combat: With Niles. Which might also edge into Belligerent Sexual Tension.
- Sophisticated as Hell: Her rebuttal to Frasier's hypothesis as to the motivation for her and Niles sleeping together being a transparent attempt to get back at him.Lilith: Allow me to rebut: WHAT A CROCK!
- The Spock: Her emotions come out clearly in moments where she lets her hair down, but otherwise she's a very calculating and efficient woman, whose idea of an emotional rollercoaster is getting choked up for two seconds.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: She's frosty, but she has her kind side, especially as the seasons progress.
Frederick 'Freddie' Gaylord Crane
Frasier's son with Lilith.
- Character Development: Initially a Child Prodigy, he develops into a normal kid as he grows up, frustrating Frasier as they grow apart.
- Embarrassing Middle Name: Gaylord, which is revealed in front of everyone at his bar mitzvah, much to his embarrassment.
- From the Mouths of Babes: In season 4, he manages to do this several times to Fraiser and Martin.
- Goth: As a teen, he had a stereotypical goth period. It's implied he did it for a girl.
- Hilariously Abusive Childhood: His regular childhood is fine, but he's implied to have had an infancy that was like this in "The Apparent Trap."Lilith: If he wants something badly enough, he will figure out a way to get it. Remember when he was a baby, the bottle at the end of the maze?
Frasier: You know, I kinda regret doing that.
- Hypocritical Humor: After a candid conversation where he and Fraiser talk about Fraiser letting him down, he then gets outraged at the idea that Martin, whom he previously been getting on with, can't do mental arithmetic.
- Like Parent, Like Spouse: There's something oddly oedipal about him being into goth girls as a teenager.
- Manipulative Bastard: Is this in a Thanksgiving episode where he manipulates Frasier and Lilith into thinking he wants them to get back together, planning to act emotionally crushed so they buy him a minibike. The two surmise this means he's a typical growing kid.
- Precocious Crush: He had a crush on Daphne when he was younger, but soon grew out of it. It was Played for Laughs...as was Niles' rampant jealousy.
- Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome: Averted. The transition from Luke Tarsitano to Trevor Einhorn was a believable one, and the latter owned the role the rest of the series.
Bob "Bulldog" Briscoe
- Played by: Dan Butler
The host of the Gonzo Sports Show at Frasier's radio station, his show usually comes on after Frasier's. Has an on and off relationship with Roz due to the fact she's physically attracted to him but otherwise finds him a disgusting pig (and he is).
- Armoured Closet Gay: He's not, but the idea was suggested to Frasier by a psychology student he was interested in, and Frasier said dryly that he'd like to run the idea by Bulldog. In reality his actor is openly gay, making it even funnier.
- Ascended Extra: Weirdly inverted. After he got promoted to the main cast for Seasons 4 through 6 he started appearing less than before.
- Cannot Spit It Out: By the time he's actually in love with Roz he can't tell her and so settles for scaring off her dates and playing babysitter to Alice to spend time with her. He does spit it out once she catches on though.
- Catchphrase: Whenever he thinks he's lost something (and really hasn't)—(POUND!) "THIS STINKS!!! THIS IS TOTAL B.S.!!! THIS IS—oh, here it is...." Given an Ironic Echo occasionally where he delivers it in tears when utterly crushed.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Kinda downplayed as his last appearance is in the final season ("Frasier-Lite"). Still, he is conspicuously absent in the series finale, even though his buddy Gil and Noel show up, due to Dan Butler touring his one man show, The Only Thing Worse You Could Have Told Me... at the time.
- Dirty Coward: In "Bad Dog," upon seeing a man with a gun at the cafe, he tried to use a pregnant Roz as a human-shield. Thing is, it actually appeared as if he was trying to pull her to safety, so he is dubbed a hero by all - except Frasier, who knows the truth and spends the rest of the episode obsessing over it.
- Fridge Logic: Two in-universe examples occur when Frasier's son visits the station and asks Bulldog why he's nicknamed "Bulldog", and why he uses so many sound effects on his show. Bulldog realizes he doesn't know the reason for either.
- The reason he's nicknamed "Bulldog" is answered quickly when he literally barks at a sexy woman walking by.
- Heroic BSoD: He has a brief one in Love Bites Dog when he is dumped on the phone by someone he genuinely falls in love with.
- Hidden Depths: He genuinely falls in love with Roz, and was once so passionate about a relationship that when she dumped him he was reduced to tears.
- Jerk Jock: A sports show host and a massively egotistical jerk.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Has his moments. Most notably that he's respectful around kids, such as talking up Frasier once when Freddie visited or taking care of Alice for Roz. He also does offer to Roz to be there for her if she needs him when she's turned down for a promotion.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Somehow he has this and Jerk with a Heart of Gold; there are occasions where he does something nice just for his own profit, such as giving Roz a gift for her not-yet-born baby and hugging her so he can feel her pregnancy-enlarged breasts. After he admits he's in love with Roz, Roz invokes this as a way of letting him down easy by letting him play it off as just a way to get her into bed.
- Kavorka Man: He's short, bald, rude and annoyingly loud-mouthed. The first two could probably be excused if not for the last two. He's not physically repulsive, but his personality is repellant. And yet, he sleeps with a lot of women. (It doesn't hurt, however, that he had a rock-hard muscular body that he showed off once or twice.)
- Ladykiller in Love: Happens twice, first with Roz's friend Shannon and later on Roz.
- No Indoor Voice: Shouts, uses loud noises, and barks in nearly all his appearances.
- Not Staying for Breakfast: In the first episode of Season 3, he says this is his usual practice.
- Out of Focus: In later seasons, especially once he's fired.
- Perverted Sniffing: One of his Establishing Character Moments early in the show has him suddenly freezing, and sniffing the air—and in this case, his sniffing sounds very convincingly like...a dog. The fact that he follows it up with his characteristic barking when he sees the "chick" in question takes the darned trope Up to Eleven.
- Sixth Ranger: To the main cast.
- Testosterone Poisoning: A subtle in-joke, as actor Dan Butler is gay in real life.
- Played by: Marsha Mason
A girlfriend of Martin's in seasons 4 and 5, a cocktail waitress who plays the banjo. Of course, Frasier and Niles can't stand her.
- Big Fun: Not "obese" at all, but certainly full-bodied. And boisterous as heck.
- Commitment Issues: She's been married multiple times and says she learned the hard way she isn't looking for forever. It's because of this that she and Martin break up.
- Dreadful Musician: Admittedly, Frasier might be biased on the subject of her music, what with playing "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" on the banjo in the middle of the night.
- Innocently Insensitive: Is completely oblivious to how uncomfortable her lack of inhibitions makes Frasier and Niles, and butted heads with Daphne on one occasion due to her unwanted attempts at playing matchmaker. Other comments suggest she unknowingly tends to rub most people the wrong way due to her unfiltered opinions and behavior.
- Serial Spouse: She was married and divorced six times, and turns down Martin's proposal as she isn't interested in getting married again. The two break up over it.
- Unwanted Assistance: To Frasier. Her seeming inability to censor what she (thinks she) knows about things leads to a LOT of trouble for poor Frasier in a two-parter where he's struggling with dating a series of women. Each date attempt basically goes awry at least indirectly because of Sherry popping up and blurting something out.
- Played by: Harriet Sansom Harris
Frasier's agent who will resort to anything to get her clients fame and fortune, largely because she likes basking in it herself.
- Blackmail: She blackmails Dr. Phil into pretending he's one of her clients to get Frasier to re-sign with her.
- Catchphrase: "I could make you a STAAAAAAAAAAH!!!" Or some such variant. Usually said with bulging eyes....
- Evil Can Not Comprehend Good: When Roz interviews for her own radio show, and Frasier offhandedly expresses his hopes in her being turned down, Bebe immediately interprets this as a signal for her to sabotage Roz, rather than just venting mixed emotions. After Frasier becomes genuinely outraged on discovering this, she thinks its just him being coy. Several times.
- Glory Hound: When she becomes a morning talk show host with Frasier, she becomes this, having become addicted to fame.
- Gold Digger: Attempted to marry "Big Willy" Boone, one of the many station owners of KACL, but he died before they could make it to the end of the aisle. She was clearly only in it for his money but had him convinced she genuinely loved him.Bebe: Isn't it wonderful? We met last month and it was love at first sight!
Roz: First sight of what? His bankbook and a cardiogram!?
[Bebe grins broadly.]
- Ham-to-Ham Combat: With Frasier, most often when she tries to win him back.
- I Did What I Had to Do: Her excuse for the unethical things she does as an agent.
- It's All About Me: As dedicated, hardworking and charismatic as she is, she admits that the main reason she pushes her clients to succeed is so she can bask in their residual glory.
- Large Ham: If anyone on the show could out-ham Frasier, it's her.
- Manipulative Bitch: One of her establishing episodes has her lying to Frasier about how hot a product he is in radio so he'll negotiate for more money and then, after forcing the station to renegotiate his contract from scratch, she increases his value by faking a suicide attempt for him to talk her down from.
- Milking the Giant Cow: When she really gets going....
- Older Than They Look: The finale of the show suggests that she's got a middle-aged son and that she looks so young because of a cosmetic surgeon she relies on. Although since it's Bebe, and she was trying to convince Frasier to use the surgeon, the truth of this is a little muddied.
- Once a Season: Justified, as she shows up when it's time for Frasier to negotiate his contract.
- Satanic Archetype: Played for laughs. Most jabs about her from Niles are on-par with his attitude towards Lilith, and Frasier tends to ascribe a combination of straight sociopathic and supernatural traits to her whenever he's trying to dissuade someone else from making a deal with her. Then there was that one time she tried to sleep with Frasier with the room glowing red, steam coming in from off-screen, and a demonic choir chanting in the background, with her room eventually revealed as room 666].Roz: What!? It's not like she worships the devil...Frasier: Well, she doesn't have to, he worships her! [...] Roz, listen to me, for God's sake, if you've got the tiniest shred of dignity or sense in you, you have to remember what this woman did to you this afternoon and renounce her! She has no scruples, no ethics, and no reflection!
- Sex for Services: Sleeps with Frasier once just as a tool to keep him as a client, knowing Frasier's guilt complexes.
- Sociopathic Hero: Bebe likes to portray herself as this. The self-portrayal is up for debate, however, when she feeds Frasier the Crane a jawbreaker and it chokes to death.Bebe: (after Frasier fires her) Next time you need a deal made, call the Dalai Lama. A long time ago, I had to make a choice between being a good agent and a good person, because trust me, you can't be both! So forgive me if I don't have time to make everybody warm and fuzzy. I am just too busy spending every waking minute pouring any drink, pulling any shameless tricks I can to make my clients' dreams come true! I am a starmaker!
- It's heavily implied in the last episode that she may have killed the person Frasier was replacing in San Francisco.Bebe: (after Frasier initially turns down the job) Well, that's gratitude for you. Do you have any idea the lengths I went to to make this happen?
Frasier: (horrified) Wait a minute... you were in San Francisco last week! Don't tell me!
Bebe: (offended) I was no-where near that air conditioner. (laughs) You're worse than the police.
- It's heavily implied in the last episode that she may have killed the person Frasier was replacing in San Francisco.
- The Unfettered: Treats helping her clients as Serious Business - but moral and legal issues are irrelevant. She once faked a suicidal 'standing on a ledge' moment just to get Frasier on the evening news as a hero (to ensure he got a better contract.)Frasier: My God, woman! You've shamelessly manipulated me - my employers - everyone at KACL and the entire city of Seattle! What could you possibly have to say for yourself!?
Bebe (after a moment's thought): Aren't you glad I'm on your side?
Frasier: Yes, I... suppose I am.
- Played by: Tom McGowan
The station manager at KACL, he's a very friendly guy unable to make the hard decisions and is easily swayed.
- A Day In The Lime Light: "Kenny On The Couch", "Hungry Heart" and "Kissing Cousin".
- Big Fun: Somewhat overweight and generally a good-natured guy.
- Breakout Character: Sort of. After an endless series of managers who are introduced with an episode devoted to how the station (and Frasier in particular) deals with this new personality running things, show up in a few episodes more, and then leave...Kenny shows up—and charmed viewers enough so that he stayed for the rest of the show.
- Butt-Monkey: Often enough.
- From Bad to Worse: In his first appearance, Frasier manages to get him fired, which'd be bad enough, except he also notes his wife is pregnant. Then he finds out she's had twins, just twist the knife on Frasier even further.
- Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Actually enjoys swearing but was forced to use this language in older jobs, and is annoyed at the sexual harassment suit Frasier incurred meaning he'd have to go back to saying "patootie".
- Large Ham Radio: When he sits in for Frasier in the series finale he snaps into a stereotypical hammy DJ voice the second the On Air light goes on.
- Nice Guy: Generally sweet and well meaning, but this gets him pushed around by the on-air talent.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: After a cycle of predecessors with the creative purpose of giving Frasier a hard time, Kenny shows up to break the pattern.
- Will Not Tell a Lie: He gets very upset if he has to lie, usually apologizing moments later.
- Played by: Millicent Martin
Daphne's mother who makes no secret she is deeply disappointed in how her daughter turned out. Ridiculously dependent—and ends up living with Niles and Daphne for a while...much to their chagrin.
- Abusive Parents: Made clear right from the first time Daphne ever mentions her, Gertrude is a horrific mother.
- Ascended Extra: After appearing in the Season 7 finale, she came back midway through Season 9 and then appeared in virtually every episode of Season 10.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Towards Martin; even when he makes it clear he wants nothing to do with her, she scares away the other women he's interested in.
- Deadpan Snarker: Has her moments of wit. When Niles's and Daphne's "argument" in "Tales From The Crypt" doesn't get any further than tired smirks—and ends in flirting and kisses—Gertrude snarks, "If this is your idea of a fight, you two aren't fit for marriage."
- Demoted to Extra: A change in writing staff in Season 11 saw her only make one appearance and only get the occasional mention during that season.
- The Dreaded: When she gets a job at Nervosa, she's so obnoxious everyone there flees the minute she shows up.
- It's All About Me: Self-centered to the extreme, and has no shame about her dependence issues. When Niles and Daphne get her to take a job, she tries her best to guilt-trip them for it.
- Jerkass: Treats her daughter and husband like complete crap, and this is made apparent long before her actual appearance.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: It's buried somewhere deep under all the bitterness and passive aggression/outright aggression, but it's there. Most apparent when she briefly softens up in Niles's and Daphne's wedding episode.
- Manchild: Complete with getting into a pissing match with an actual kid.
- Manipulative Bitch: Is pretty shameless in her guilt tripping her daughter, and taking advantage of the Crane's hospitality to get her way. When even Daphne has had enough and tries to kick her out, she fakes an injury so that they let her stay.
- My Beloved Smother: Is this way to her daughter and sons.
- Never My Fault: Up to Eleven. Will never—ever—apologize for anything she does or says, unless when in Sarcasm Mode, or under duress. Usually the two are connected. The only exception is in Niles's and Daphne's wedding episode and when she apologizes for scaring away Martin's love interests.
- Obfuscating Disability: Niles and Daphne quickly figure out she's playing up her "injury" to stick around, but can't be bothered trying to get rid of her.
- Obnoxious In-Laws: Practically a walking archetype of it.
- Parental Favoritism: She shows a lot more favor to Simon than any of her other children, especially Daphne. Even when Simon abandons her after her husband leaves her, she makes excuses for him.
- 0% Approval Rating: Inspires animosity in all the major characters. Daphne tries her best to give her mother the benefit of the doubt, but even she has her limits on that.
- Played by: Anthony LaPaglia
Daphne's obnoxious, boorish brother.
- The Alcoholic: Pretty much never seen sober or without a beer in his hand.
- Back for the Finale: Shows up in the first half of the final episode.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: Daphne's appraisal of him. Frasier denies Simon is the former, but Simon is pretty wily and when asked to pretend to be a rich software mogul, he talks convincingly about data encryption and security software.
- It's All About Me: He's a bum that only looks out for his own needs. Best seen when both he and Daphne's mother has been left by their father, and he only sticks around long enough to dump her on Daphne, then hits the road.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Obnoxious, uncouth and selfish, though doesn't appear to be actively malicious and gets on well with Martin.
- Kavorka Man: He Really Gets Around for a slovenly, drunken boor.
- Lazy Bum: He'll never do anything for himself if he can't get someone else to do it. Part of the reason Daphne hates him is he honestly expects her to wait on him hand and foot.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: He has surprisingly eloquent and sophisticated speech patterns, either naturally or possibly in a Stealth Parody of Frasier. Normally such a character would have Delusions of Eloquence, but he's perfectly capable of the real thing.
- Played by: John La Motta
A good friend of Martin's who owns a bar.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Martin.
- Becomes literal when he and Martin accidentally get married in San Francisco.
- One Name Only: We only know him as "Duke".
- The Unseen: Averted, though it's easy to miss. He does show up in a handful of episodes, but not enough to be recognizable on sight, and plays a much larger role in the series through Martin's conversations with him on the phone than he does in any on-screen appearance.
- Played by: Edward Hibbert
Another radio personality at KACL, who acts as a food critic.
- Ambiguously Gay:
- Fulfills all of the stereotypes and occasionally makes suggestive statements about male coworkers. It's never confirmed, though everyone in the station appears to think so. More confusingly, he's married...to what sounds like a Butch Lesbian who never appears onscreen. Notably, his coworkers are surprised he didn't notice how good looking a new male employee is, he instantly realizes what they're insinuating and gets very defensive very fast. This is also when his possibly-lesbian wife gets brought up for the first time.
- Camp Gay: Everyone in the station at least assumes he's gay because of the way he acts; some episodes also have him pretty much admitting that he is.
- Camp Straight: Assuming he isn't lying about being married to a woman and being straight, he sure acts the stereotypical gay man.
- Cool Car: Owns a red Ferrari with a red interior.
- Deadpan Snarker: Particularly when criticizing food.
- Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: Gil hits on women and claims to be married to a woman named Deb, but in context it looks more like overcompensating than anything.
- Mistaken for Gay: He insists this is the case if anyone brings it up.
- Odd Friendship: Appears to have one of these with the testosterone fueled Bulldog, usually entering or leaving the scene alongside him and exchanging quips between themselves.(Bulldog and Gil are reading passages from a romance novel, Slow Tango in South Seattle)Bulldog: (laughing) "I wept as our bodies made the music of love."Gil: (laughing) "I'm your rhapsody, play me!"Bulldog: (laughing) "Crescendo, my young maestro, crescendo!"Gil: (to Bulldog) My vessel yearns to dock in the magnificence of your harbor.Bulldog: (begins to laugh, then stops puzzled) Hey, that's not in the book!
- In The One Where Woody Shows Up, he starts one with Noel as well.
- Reality Subtext: In The Show Where Woody Shows Up, Edward Hibbert is still very tan from doing the pilot to the Fantasy Island reboot.
- The Rival: In his first appearance only, where he tries to steal Frasier's timeslot. After that the two are depicted as being reasonably friendly towards each other.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Employs flowery and complex language as he describes food and restaurants.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Is never seen not wearing a suit.
- Smug Snake: How Gil comes off in his first appearance.
- Played by: Patrick Kerr
- A Day in the Limelight: "Star Mitzvah", to some extent.
- Butt-Monkey: He doesn't get very much respect from others.
- Casanova Wannabe: Has no idea how ridiculous he looks whenever he tries....
- The Dog Bites Back: In "Star Mitzvah", he gets revenge on Frasier because of a percieved slight. In "Frasier-Lite", he returns a Dope Slap to Bulldog.
- Extraverted Nerd: He's quite sociable and shown to have a couple of friends, but he's also extremely awkward and unattractive with a huge Star Trek obsession.
- Jewish and Nerdy: Just make sure he's teaching you Hebrew, and not... Klingon!
- Multiboobage: One of his apparent fetishes. Once, he made up a character named "Rozalinda", who is Roz with two rows of breasts. It doubles as a Star Trek: The Next Generation Mythology Gag, as that was how Deanna Troi was initially concieved (and Kelsey Grammer learned about, which is how it got incorporated into one gag in the series.)
- Odd Friendship: Develops one with Gil.
- Stalker with a Crush: So obsessed with Roz, he'll literally do anything to proposition her.
- Trekkie: Fluent in Klingon, among other things...
- Played by: Saul Rubinek
An old boyfriend of Roz who ends up becoming Niles's divorce lawyer later in the series.
- Beware the Nice Ones: He's sweet, friendly, charming, affectionate, and ruthless, which is a very positive trait in a lawyer, as long as he's your lawyer.
- Broken Bird: After Daphne dumps him, he goes through a couple of relationships and actually ruins his own wedding because he admits that she's always been the one he loves in front of his new fiancee.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: One of the best lawyers in Seattle, despite his unorthodox methods.
- Digging Yourself Deeper: When marrying his third crush (after Daphne and another woman), he tells Niles when it looks like Daphne is leaving him at the altar too, he crows, "You'll never find anyone better!" — then awkwardly realizes he just said that in front of his fiancee.
- Establishing Character Moment: His first meeting with Niles and Frasier. He initially appears as a slob who changes out of his gym clothes in front of potential clients but is actually listening closely to Niles' story. He then picks up the phone and immediately gets Maris' divorce lawyers to move up the hearing by seven months. Niles immediately hires him.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Eventually drops the lawsuit against Niles and Daphne after realizing it was just a knee-jerk reaction, before wishing them the best.
- Nice Guy: A little less so after Daphne leaves him, but he tries.
- Played by: Jane Adams
Maris's former plastic surgeon, who becomes Niles's girlfriend for much of Season 7.
- Female Misogynist: Any woman she takes a dislike to (real or imagined) is referred to with liberal usage of Your Little Dismissive Diminutive and the word "whore".
- Gender-Blender Name: Niles and Frasier initially think Dr. Mel Karnofsky is a man. Niles is mildly surprised to see that she's a woman, though he adjusts quickly — and falls for her.
- Jerkass Has a Point: She's horrible to Niles after he dumps her, put it's pretty understandable considering he did so within days of their wedding. Niles even acknowledges she does have a bit of a point (at the worst possible time).
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: How she starts off. Pushy, demanding, rude, neurotic in a slightly eerie fashion, extremely and unthinkingly rude toward Daphne but also capable of being polite and sociable, and her affection for Niles is genuine.
- Lady Macbeth: In the episode where Frasier runs for Grand Winemaster of the wine club; Mel...encourages Niles into running, himself.
- Sans the villainy part she outright admits that she wants to be a gentler version of this trope, the "one safe person" that can help Niles become all the things he's too soft to do on his own.
- Manipulative Bitch: Gradually develops into this in Season 7 and 8, in the latter series especially as a result of heartbreak—and milks her remaining hold over Niles for all it's worth.
- Older Than They Look: Despite her appearance, it's strongly hinted in her first episode that she's actually several years older than Niles, and has a son who's in college.
- The Paranoiac: Very jumpy about the possibility of Niles going back to Maris, and refuses to listen during a miscommunication because she honestly believes he'd want to go back to her.
- Spoiled Brat: Her major Kick the Dog moment involves her feeling entitled to order Daphne around, seemingly oblivious to the fact that Daphne is obviously sick.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To Maris and Daphne; her personality is roughly midway between the two women, occasionally behaving in a warm, personable manner, but also being very pushy and manipulative.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: In the Season 7 finale it's hinted that her personality's finally starting to soften somewhat. Which of course goes out the window as soon as Niles ditches her two days after their wedding, and leads to her jerkassery being turned Up to Eleven for the remainder of her time on the show. Justified, in that she's had her heart broken.
- Woman Scorned: Once Niles leaves her without a second thought for Daphne, all her genuine love for him becomes malice and she puts him through a torturous ordeal of pretending they're happily married to preserve her reputation.
Lana Gardner (formerly Lynley)
- Played by: Jean Smart
A real estate agent who was Frasier's old high school crush. They briefly date in season 7, but it doesn't last long due to Lana's short temper and smoking habits being turnoffs. Despite this, the two remain friends afterwards, even though Frasier still has some lingering feelings for her.
- Alliterative Name: Lorna/Lana Lynley.
- Alpha Bitch: What she was in high school, and remains rather unpleasant in adulthood.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: While she never loses her Hair-Trigger Temper, and she has always liked Frasier, she grows softer and softer in Season 9 as Frasier gets to know her better.
- Divorce Is Temporary: In her last appearance, she reconciles with her ex-husband, with begrudging help from Frasier.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: It doesn't take a lot to get her screaming and ranting.
- Sudden Name Change: Her name was originally "Lorna Lynley", but in her next appearance, her first name was changed to Lana because she was named after a real person who decided they no longer wanted their name used.
- Suddenly SHOUTING!: She alternates between talking normally and shouting at the top of her lungs without warning.
- Played by: Brian Klugman
Lana's son, a high school slacker who Frasier tutors in exchange for Lana setting Frasier up with her friend, Claire. Kirby also has a crush on Roz, who ends up going to the prom with him (in exchange for a day off to see a Bruce Springsteen concert by Frasier).
- Brilliant, but Lazy: Implied to be the case, as he is surprisingly crafty for someone who barely squeaked by in school, such as how he gets back at the Teen Scene hosts for exposing Frasier's dirty secrets on air.
- Dumbass Teenage Son: Hence why he needs Frasier to tutor him, or else he'll fail his class and won't graduate.
- Likes Older Women: He has a crush on Roz, despite her being almost old enough to be his mother.
- Played by: Felicity Huffman
A lawyer and business analyst who begins working at KACL during Season 10. Has a reputation for suing her own employers and being virtually impossible to work with, though that doesn't stop her getting into a brief relationship with Frasier near the end of Season 10.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: Frasier insists this is what they have, but it generally seems to be more belligerence than actual sexual tension.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Disappears after Frasier dumps her the second episode of Season 11, and is never mentioned again, not even to imply that she quit or was fired from KACL.
- Designated Love Interest: In-universe, no less. Once she and Frasier start dating, he starts getting increasingly insistent that this time she's the one for him, and they're very much in love. Niles eventually calls him on it, stating Frasier's only doing so to prove he's not got a habit of Minor Flaw, Major Breakup. And he's right.
- Disproportionate Retribution: She dates Frasier's accountant, and then he takes a program from her. So she breaks into his office to steal it back. Then she erases everything off his hard-drive while she's there, and throws everything off his desk for good measure.
- Everyone Has Standards: Even she thinks suing KACL for Frasier mistakenly assuming they were flirting would be pathetic. She also takes part in KACL's charity events, on the grounds she'd have to be a heartless bastard to openly scorn charity work (like a certain radio psychiatrist had just done).
- Innocently Insensitive: Her two appearances in Season 11 slightly toned down her personality, and had her just not realizing how offensive she tended to be, rather than actively going out of her way to be a bitch. Not that it saved her from being dumped by Frasier.
- Jerkass: To the point where if she were actually evil, she'd be a Card-Carrying Villain. Not only does she constantly act like a bitch, she openly ridicules Frasier when he attempts to understand why she behaves the way she does, and pretty much revels in her unpleasant attitude.
- Jerkass Has a Point: In her first appearance, she cuts off Frasier when he tries to introduce her, and points out he was going on. While she is pretty rude about it, Frasier was being long-winded and eating into her time.
- Pet the Dog: It's almost a running gag throughout the "Julia-arc" in Season 10 that an episode will end with her either doing something nice (like when she gives the somewhat out-of-place folk singer a job so he won't keep alienating Frasier and Niles from Cafe Nervosa) or seemingly beginning to reconcile with Frasier or Roz...only to have it retconned by the next episode so that she's back to bickering with the two, as if the moment never happened.
- Shut Up, Kirk!: When Frasier tries to give her a talking-to about her constantly acting like a total Jerkass, she tries to give him a "Shut Up" Kiss, though Frasier states he knows what that feels like.
- Troll: During the KACL charity bikeathon, she draws Frasier's attention to a nearby mailbox, knowing Frasier's inability to ride bikes will draw him to it and make him crash. Which he does.
- Womanchild: She is not a mature person at all; despite occasionally putting on airs of professionalism, she is boorish, tactless, uncouth, self-serving, and has a juvenile sense of humor.
- Played by: Brian Stokes Mitchell
Charming fellow who moves into the apartment above Frasier's late in the show. The two immediately engage in a rivalry that soon escalates into all-out warfare. Ironically, he and Frasier have a lot in common....
- Arch-Nemesis: To Frasier—until his mom, teaming up with Martin, force the two to make peace.
- Badass Baritone: Another trait he shares with Frasier.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: After he and Frasier reconcile, he never appears again. He's only referred to a couple of times after that—and then, only briefly. Before that, he was...
- The Ghost: For the first few seasons, Cam was only mentioned, but never seen. To the point where he was almost to Frasier what Maris was to Niles!
- Insufferable Genius: Very similar to Frasier in that way.
- Manipulative Bastard: Plays the condo board like a flute when his rivalry with Frasier reaches a boiling point.
- Not So Different: He and Frasier are so similar, their bickering is actually quite cute.
- When writing up a peace treaty, they get so into it the apartment becomes littered with proposals, making their burying the hatchet as complicated as the Treaty of Versailles (and almost as important to them.)
- Phrase Catcher:Frasier: (Angrish) CAM WINSTON!
- Sharp-Dressed Man: His wardrobe consists of an array of expensive suits.
- Sophisticated as Hell: For all his cultured stuffiness...Mr. Winston's vehicle of choice is a Hummer! Frasier is both irritated and highly amused by it—even going so far as to suggest Cam may be Compensating for Something....
- Played by: Wendie Malick
The former childhood babysitter of Frasier and Niles, who meets up with them again in Season 11, and ends up getting into a relationship with Martin, ultimately marrying him in the series finale.
- Expy: Her personality, mannerisms and interests are very similar to those of Martin's mid-series girlfriend, Sherry. However, they're also toned down enough that Frasier and Niles are able to actually get along with her. It doesn't hurt that she was one of the boys' babysitters. Niles still hasn't forgiven her for her "earwig" practical jokes, however.
- The Gadfly: Likes teasing Frasier in a good-natured way. She also is responsible for Niles' germaphobia, thanks to many bedtime stories about earwigs crawling into his brain.
- Hollywood Heart Attack: She's dismissive of Martin's because he didn't even need CPR.Martin: You had the paddles?
Ronee: Let's just say I didn't have the best lipo guy.
- Just Friends: Not that she ever had any real interest in Frasier to begin with, but she says that even if she did, it'd just be too weird to date him seeing how she mostly remembers him as a prepubescent child.
- Ma'am Shock: In the final episode, she begins to tell newborn David, "And I'm your Grandma!", then states immediately, "No, I can't get used to that."
- My Beloved Smother:
- Her mother appears in one episode, and she's more prudish than a librarian, and believes Ronee is one, too. (However, Ronee Really Gets Around, since she was a teen.)
- In the same episode, Frasier is caught covered in whip cream with Kim by Martin, Ronee and her mother. After her mother and Martin leave in shock, Ronee grins and pretends the trope.Ronee: You may get away with this now, young man, but once I'm your mother...
Frasier: (rolling his eyes) Oh, Get Out!!
- Older Than They Look: It's implied that she likes to lie about her age, even though the Cranes know full well how old she actually is.
- However, all of her fans at the cabaret know she's older than she looks, chiefly because she has had a lot of plastic surgery.
- Romantic False Lead: At first it looks like she's going to be another one or two-episode love interest for Frasier. Midway through the episode where she's introduced however, we find out that she never had the slightest bit of interest in Frasier, and that it's actually Martin she wants. Then marries Martin.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To Sherry Dempsey, Martin's previous most major love interest. Both are crass and more lowbrow than the Crane boys would like but for some reason (partly Character Development on their part, partly the fact that Ronee is less boisterous and in-your-face than Sherry was) they get along MUCH better with Ronee. They never are passive aggressive towards her as they were with Sherry and when she and Martin get engaged they are both genuinely happy.
- Played by: Laura Linney
Professional matchmaker with an office near Frasier's, when he sets up a private practice again in the final season. She tries to take him on as a client...and ends up becoming his last love interest on the show.
- Distaff Counterpart: Of Frasier, really. She has a job that involves helping people psychologically (although in this case it's with their love lives,) had a divorce and was forced to move because of it, is living with her mother, and also fudges the truth to hide her inadequacies and plans-gone-awry (in this case, the fact that her business was a disaster and she was matching Frasier with women she found in a bar.)
- Maybe Ever After: Frasier delays beginning his new job in San Francisco to reunite with her, in the series finale.
- One True Love: Strongly implied, with Frasier—especially considering how they ultimately agree to throw caution to the wind after acknowledging such issues as her returning to Chicago.
- Wedding Ring Defense: She's wearing a ring when Frasier meets her but eventually admits that she's divorced and kept wearing the ring to project an air of confidence to her clients. According to her, people don't want to be set up by "a matchmaker whose life's a mess".