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  • '80s Hair: Given that the characters were all teenagers in the '80s, the show was very liberal about this in the corresponding flashbacks. Most notable example is "The One With All The Thanksgivings'', with Ross and Chandler sporting ridiculous A Flock of Seagulls (and later Miami Vice) haircuts.
  • All Work vs. All Play: Ross is All Work, Chandler and Joey are All Play. Especially seen in "The One With The Inappropriate Sister", where Ross and Chandler are bickering about what Joey should do (Ross wants him to write a script for his career, Chandler wants him to play a new self-invented game called Fireball).
  • Beauty, Brains and Brawn: Fashionable, sophisticated Rachel is the beauty; organised, sensible Monica is the brains; and surprisingly badass, former street kid Phoebe is the brawn.
  • Best Friends-in-Law:
    • Ross witnesses Chandler having sex with his sister Monica and angrily declares "I can't believe it, my best friend and my sister!" When Chandler and Monica explain that they're in a serious relationship and in love and not just fooling around, Ross repeats it, only this time overjoyed. Of course, he was taking anti-rage drugs at the time.
    • When Ross and Rachel start dating, Monica almost name-drops the trope, saying she and Rachel will be "friends-in-law".
  • Bromantic Foil: Joey, Ross and Chandler all provide foils to each other in different ways, being an Ensemble Cast none of them are technically The Hero. Joey is The Casanova while Chandler and Ross are Hollywood Dateless. Ross is uptight while Joey and Chandler are relaxed. Chandler is Blue Oni to Ross and Joey's Red Oni. Interestingly Ross and Joey contrast the most but both interact with Chandler, who falls roughly in the middle, more than each other.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Although Chandler is known as the Deadpan Snarker of the gang, the rest of the characters (apart from maybe Joey) would be extremely snarky on any other show. It's just hard to notice because 90% of his dialogue is snark, while everyone else only manages a weak 80%.
  • Ensemble Cast: The show famously has six main characters. All six main characters appear in every single episode, with (usually) equally divided up screen time. The cast themselves insisted they be paid the same amount and each be concealable for Lead Role award nominations. At one point they even had a chart marking the number of lines and jokes each cast member got, to make sure it was even.
  • Freudian Trio:
    • The girls: unpredictable Phoebe is the id, Control Freak Monica the superego, and Plucky Girl Rachel the ego.
    • The guys: dumb and impulsive Joey is the id, serious and hard-working Ross the superego, and snarky but fun-loving Chandler the ego.
  • The Friends Who Never Hang: Although it varies throughout the seasons, the pairing with the least interactions and storylines together are generally Ross/Phoebe, Joey/Monica, Chandler/Rachel, and Chandler/Phoebe.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners:
    • Chandler and Joey. Roomates who do everything together, up to and including buying joint furniture and raising their chick and duck. Season 2 even has a 'break up' story. While Joey is quite happy when Chandler marries Monica (with whom Joey has a Like Brother and Sister relationship with), he's upset when they announce they're moving away...until Chandler and Monica show him his 'Joey Room' at their house.
    • Rachel and Monica have been best friends their whole lives since they are Childhood Friends. Their friendship is very prominent in early seasons although, unlike Chandler and Joey, they don't stay quite as close after Chandler and Monica get together (in later seasons they interact much less).
    • Ross and Chandler during their college years. By the time the shows starts, Ross' place has been taken by Joey (though Chandler calls both of them his best friend), but it's clear they were very close early on including making life-long pacts and spending holidays together. By the end of the series, the three guys are more-or-less a Heterosexual Life-Partners unit, with Chandler in the center.
  • Idiot Ball: Ross, Monica, and Chandler are all usually pretty darn smart, but randomly become idiots for an episode to keep the plot moving. Usually overlaps with Comically Missing the Point.
  • Insane Troll Logic: One of the gang's leading traits (but most common with Phoebe). Really whenever there's an argument or disagreement in the friend group, someone's going to use unbelievably flawed logic and settle it.
  • It's All About Me: All of them can be very self involved, some of them more than others depending on the episode. Chandler and Phoebe are less obvious than the others but they still fit this trope especially Phoebe who, despite her Granola Girl act, is not a better person than her friends. However their selfishness is Played for Laughs and all six are also shown to be caring friends most of the time.
  • Jerkass Ball: They all frequently will become jerks briefly to fuel the plot, before going back to their normal selves.
    • Ross and Rachel, during their never ending Will They or Won't They? saga, often terribly mistreat each other or the other's new boyfriend/girlfriend, but go back to their normal selves afterwards.
    • Joey, whenever Chandler does something even mildly wrong (more in the earlier seasons)
    • Chandler, whenever Monica briefly associates with another guy (only season 5 and afterwards, once they start dating)
    • Monica; when her obsessiveness and Control Freak nature are shown, it's almost always so that she can temporarily be a jerk. (Almost entirely in later seasons)
    • Phoebe probably has the worst of it. Her role as The Gadfly means that she has to be the one to remind the viewers that Chandler and Ross share the role of the Butt-Monkey (mostly in later seasons).
  • Large Ham: What makes these characters so funny and larger-than-life is how the actors tend to overact when portraying them.
  • Like Brother and Sister:
    • Joey and Monica in later seasons. This is mainly because Monica gets together with Chandler, who Joey considers his "brother" and the trio form a mini-family within the True Companions. Monica feeds Joey for years, they include a "Joey Room" in their new house, and frequently act as his older siblings.
    • To a much lesser degree, Rachel/Chandler and Phoebe/Chandler, though they may be too much of The Friends Who Never Hang to count.
  • Limited Social Circle: Probably the most obvious example; the six friends barely seem to know anybody other than each other, their families, and their Girl of the Week (or Boy of the Week). And ironically there are always a lot of people (in the background) at their parties. A bit strange since the friends don't seem to hang out with anyone but each other.
  • Manchild: The characters have had a certain level of immaturity, most notably Joey.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: Phoebe and Joey. They playfully flirt, they have a softness for each other (often both of them picking the other over the rest of the group), they have a lot of Ship Tease, including at least four kisses, yet they have never dated (or had sex) in all ten years, and aside from their jokes about being a possible couple in the future, it was clear that they just wanted to be friends, but nothing more.
  • Sanity Ball: Yet another ball. In the first few episodes Monica was firmly the 'sane' one, but once her more neurotic sides were shown, the role of the Only Sane Man was passed between all six characters depending on the episode. (Doubling as a Smart Ball in the case of Phoebe and Joey).
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: Both Rachel and Monica get knocked down a few times for comedy.
    • Monica slams into Rachel when she practices roller skating. In another episode Phoebe grabs both Monica and Rachel by their ears to stop their Cat Fight.
    • When trying to seduce Joshua, Rachel trips and bites her lip in her cheerleader outfit. In the episode involving her eye infection, there's a scene with all her friends tackling her and holding her down.
    • Monica is usually a tool for physical comedy, such as hitting her eye and wearing a patch, getting her hair caught in a shower curtain, wearing agony-inducing boots, falling on the floor when Joey pulls her down by her jacket, tripping and falling down the stairs at the end of "The One With the Baby Shower", and getting stuck in a bean bag chair during her "fat days."
  • Town Girls: Spoiled rich girl Rachel (femme), bossy Hot-Blooded Monica (butch), and in-between Granola Girl Phoebe (neither).
  • True Companions: Both in the show and in Real Life. The show was described by one critic as a show about a bunch of young adults finding a replacement family for their own, dysfunctional ones. And unlike most shows, even though they have some disagreements, there's no thing such as The Friend Nobody Likes in their group, as they are all very close. As stated above, many of the lead actors retained friendships or close ties with their co-stars even after moving on to other projects.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Phoebe with Ross and Chandler, especially in later seasons. But while Ross seems to enjoy their squabbling, Chandler - despite being the Deadpan Snarker - rarely bites back, hinting he's not that comfortable with her remarks.


Rachel Karen Green
Played by: Jennifer Aniston
Voiced by: Patricia Acevedo (Latin-American Spanish), Shinobu Adachi (Japan)

"It's like, all of my life, everyone has always told me, 'You're a shoe! You're a shoe, you're a shoe, you're a shoe!'. And today I just stopped and I said, 'What if I don't wanna be a shoe? What if I wanna be a— a purse, y'know? Or a— or a hat!"

Spoiled, naive Rachel enters the series in the first episode in her wedding dress, running away from her own big day. She moves in with Monica, gets a menial job serving coffee, soon learns a little bit more about grownup life and ends up dating Ross off and on (and off and on and off and on and...).

  • All Guys Want Cheerleaders: Rachel claimed that she had never failed to score when wearing her cheerleader uniform, leading to her donning it at a party in a desperate attempt to win the attention of Joshua in "The One With The Fake Party". It ends with her falling down and biting her lip.
  • Ambiguously Jewish: She's never said to be Jewish on the show and she celebrates Christmas. On the other hand, she fits the Jewish American Princess stereotype, has a Jewish-sounding name and uses the Yiddish word "bubbe" referring to her grandmother. When Phoebe is writing a holiday song, she tries the line "spin the dreidel, Rachel"; Rachel's only objection is that this doesn't rhyme. Years later, both David Crane and Marta Kauffman said they wrote her as Jewish.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Ross after their breakup in season 3. Also with her co-worker Gavin in season 9, although he only appears in three episodes.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Don't tell her that she and Ross were on a break. On the other hand, don't tell Ross that they weren't on a break.
    • Don't mess about on any sailing boat Rachel's on. She's inherited her father's intolerance for not respecting the dangers of being at sea.
  • Better as Friends: With Joey, after they briefly attempt to date late in the series.
  • Betty and Veronica:
    • The Veronica to Julie's Betty for Ross' Archie.
    • The Betty to Bonnie's Veronica also for Ross' Archie.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Rachel loves her sisters dearly, but there are times where they test her patience, especially when they drag in their niece and future brother-in-law.
  • Book Dumb: She doesn't know the plot of Wuthering Heights or who was the enemy in World War I (though neither did some of the others). She even actually believes Phoebe when she sarcastically says that the plot of Jane Eyre involves cyborgs. She didn't seem to have any trouble with Little Women though.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Happens to her often when she likes someone. With Ross in season 2 (subverted in the first episode of season 5), with Joshua in season 4, and with Joey in season 9.
  • Catchphrase: Her long drawn out Oh, Crap! expression of "Nooooo..."
  • Character Development: While Rachel started out as spoiled, selfish and somewhat incompetent; she eventually became a successful, independent career woman and a mother.
  • Character Tic: Whenever she comes up with a lie, Rachel tends to swipe her hair.
  • The Cheerleader: Formerly. She's fairly likable as an adult but by all accounts she was an Alpha Bitch during her teen years.
  • Childhood Friends: With Monica.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: She can be extremely jealous of any women the person she has a crush on likes.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: To both her sisters.
  • Cool Aunt: While not his actual Aunt, Rachel is delighted when Ross' son, Ben, starts calling her his 'Fun Aunt Rachel' after she teaches him some practical jokes, much to Ross's chagrin.
  • Cordon Bleugh Chef: Her attempt at making a dessert from a cookbook with two pages glued together results in the trope namer for It Tastes Like Feet.
  • Daddy's Girl: Dr. Green's favorite daughter and the one he is the most proud of. She was very glad to learn that.
  • Dating What Daddy Hates: Her father really doesn't like Ross and the feeling is mutual.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Rachel shows tendencies of this from season 4 onwards, especially towards Ross.
  • The Ditz: She starts out as one as she was clueless concerning any real life skills but thanks to Character Development she becomes a lot more sensible and capable.
  • Drives Like Crazy: She's a terrible driver, and this is why she's the only one whom Monica doesn't let drive the Porsche.
  • Dude Magnet: She was one in high school and she's still one as an adult. Aside from all her suitors and/or boyfriends, both Gunther and Ross (and later Joey) remain madly in love with her throughout the show's duration.
  • Dumbass No More: Starts out as being the most naive and arguably least intelligent of the six, but by the second season is really just Book Dumb and is actually very quick-witted and clever, often deceiving other characters (for good or for bad) with great success.
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: Rachel becomes blonde as she rises through the fashion industry, fitting the glamorous and sophisticated version of this trope.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Her college friend, played by Winona Ryder, is still in love with her.
  • Extreme Doormat: An Informed Attribute of the episode "The One With The Joke", in which Rachel is accused of being a "pushover" who gets intimidated easily. Usually averted because she's almost never portrayed as this (quite the opposite, especially when it comes to Ross). She's less brash and assertive than Monica and Phoebe, but not to the point of being a doormat.
  • Eye Scream: Rachel's phobia. An episode involving Rachel with an eye infection reveals Rachel freaks out every time someone gets close to touching an eye.
  • Fangirl: Of soap operas; Joey tells her that he hides his cast parties from her because of this trope, since she fawns over all the actors.
  • The Fashionista: Rachel works her way up the fashion career ladder.
  • First Girl Wins: Of course. She is Ross' first love and the one who ends up with him at the end.
  • Genius Ditz: She's a bit scatty but she's handy with working a boat.
  • Girly Bruiser: Surprisingly. Rachel is not very athletic and has been described as a pushover, yet in "The One With The Girl Who Hits Joey" she has no problem beating up Joey's Pintsized Powerhouse girlfriend.
  • Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak: She is a spoiled rich fashionista stereotype, but being Joey's roommate in later seasons brings out the The Lad-ette side of her. She starts having fun with him, by dropping food on the floor, throwing huge spitballs at the entertainment center, or sitting in the reclining chairs while drinking beer (the things Joey used to do with Chandler). In one episode Phoebe gives Joey drums, hoping this would annoy Rachel, but it doesn't work because Joey and Rachel start playing drums together. The same episode also reveals Rachel loves tarantulas and used to have one as a kid.
  • Gold Digger: In her back story. Subverted as she couldn't bring herself to marry Barry and left him at the altar in the pilot episode. She does however encourage Monica to date billionaire Pete Becker despite not loving him and gets very excited about having a 'money-themed' wedding.
  • Guilty Pleasures: She claims her favorite movie is Dangerous Liaisons - it's actually Weekend at Bernie's. She also keeps steamy romance novels hidden under the pillow.
  • Has a Type: Rachel has a thing for doctors in the earliest seasons. The show brings up and then hastily backs away from the revelation that her father is a doctor. In season 9, she also starts being attracted to Joey, after she has a dream about him acting as Dr. Drake Ramoray. Eventually, she ends up with Ross, who's Not That Kind of Doctor.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Monica, who has been her best friend since childhood. Becomes this with Phoebe too - mostly in later seasons where they spend many times together.
  • Hypocrite:
    • She dumps Ross for sleeping with someone else while they were on her poorly defined 'break', (which he argues was a break-up). When he gets a new girlfriend, she kisses him.
    • Rachel becomes upset that Ross spreads a rumor about her being a hermaphrodite during high school and claims that she would not do the same to him. She's reminded that she did spread a rumor about him, although she claims what Ross did was still worse because her rumor was true.
    • Lampshaded when Rachel declines pursuing Ross because he's in the middle of a divorce, claiming she doesn't go for divorced guys- Monica points out that she almost crashed Ross's wedding to tell him she still loved him.
    • In The One That Could Have Been, she complains about men not respecting wedding vows after he cheats on her with the dog walker. Ross quickly points out that she just spent the night at Joey's with the intention of sleeping with him.
  • In-Series Nickname: Rach.
  • It's All About Me: She's pretty self-absorbed. Examples include trying to crash Ross's wedding and earlier that season she forced Ross to forgo his plans to have a farewell dinner with Emily to throw a going away party "for Emily" when really it's just so she can win the affections of Joshua.
  • It Tastes Like Feet: In the incident when she makes a half Trifle, half Shepherd's pie in "The One Where Ross Got High", Ross claims her resultant dish tastes like feet.
  • Karma Houdini:
    • During the misunderstanding between her, Joey and Ross when she thought Joey proposed to her, Ross fully blames Joey instead of her because she had his (Ross) baby.
    • She once stole Monica's car and drove it without a license. When she was caught by a traffic police for driving about the speed limit, she managed to get away with it by flirting. Ross later attempts to flirt when pulled over for driving too slow and is humiliated and ultimately unable to talk his way out.
  • The Kirk: Of the women. She's The Kirk to Phoebe's The McCoy and Monica's The Spock
  • Lethal Chef: Due to some pages of a cookbook sticking together, she bakes a concoction that is half trifle, half shepard's pie.
  • Longest Pregnancy Ever: Lasting from May 2001 to August 2002. And then evoked in-verse, as she's two weeks overdue, and spends nearly 24 consecutive hours in labor.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: She was The Cheerleader in high school, and had several former classmates show up and mention just how horrible she was, but was friends with the unpopular Monica. She still retains some traits of this as an adult.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: Although it wasn't really love, just attraction, but Rachel totally makes a fool of herself when she has a crush on Joshua in season 4.
  • Love Makes You Evil: Not really evil, but becoming a jerk. Everytime she sees Ross with a new girlfriend, she will go to great lengths to make sure their relationship ends in a sour note. And not just Ross; she does it to every guy she develops a crush on, including Joey.
  • Love Revelation Epiphany: With Ross, who she only began to fall in love with after hearing secondhand that he loved her. When she goes to meet him at the airport upon his return from China, she comes face-to-face with his new girlfriend.
  • Mama Bear: She and Ross freak out when they find out that Amy pierced Emma's ears.
  • Ms. Fanservice: In early seasons her nipples are visible through her shirt and she gets naked in the apartment the night before she and Ross go to Las Vegas (which Ross mistakes for a come-on), as well as being accidentally interrupted in the shower by Chandler. Her "New Dress" in the appropriately-titled episode is basically her nightie.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!: She does this when Joey tries hitting on Jill.
  • Naïve Newcomer: In season 1.
    Monica: Welcome to the real world. It sucks. You're going to love it.
  • Never My Fault: She blamed Ross for everything that went wrong in their relationship. She even tried to get him to sign a document that said so.
  • Not a Morning Person: When she was stuck in Joey's bedroom during the apartment switch in season 4, she gets more than a little annoyed with the singing guy in the next building over waking her up every morning by singing. Needless to say, when Joey returned at the end of the episode, he joined in the singing.
  • Oblivious to Love: To Ross in season 1, to Joey in season 8 and to Gunther until the last episode.
  • One-Note Cook: In an episode of season three where, despite the others' doubts, the brownies she makes receive no complaints (and even then, the doubts only came after Phoebe quickly spit hers out, which only came from a painful toothache.) The same can't be said for the rest of her cooking attempts.
  • Over Protective Mom: After Emma is born, she calls her doctor so often that he eventually drops her as a client. She then becomes worried Ross is sick with the one illness Emma has not been vaccinated for, rubella (despite clearly not knowing what rubella actually is).
  • Playing Hard to Get: Rachel plays hard to get with Joshua and with Danny. When Danny misinterprets this and introduces her to one of his friends, she thinks he's playing hard to get.
  • Plucky Girl: Thanks to her determination, she becomes a successful career woman.
  • Runaway Bride: Rachel ran away from her wedding in the pilot. This was the first event in the series and the cause of many problems for her, so it's basically the 'setup' for Rachel's character. It was later revealed that her groom was already cheating on her and an alternate universe episode showed that had she actually married him, the marriage would have been miserable and eventually collapsed due to his infidelity.
  • Selective Obliviousness: For Ross' feelings, and later hers.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Sometimes, her name appears as Rachel Greene.
  • Spoiled Brat: In her back story, and has shades of it as an adult before Character Development.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: The majority of the series focuses on her and Ross' relationship, though mostly on her. In fact, eight out of ten seasons ended with cliffhangers on her, including season seven which focuses on Chandler and Monica's wedding.
  • Sweater Girl: Not all the time (although this was The '90s), but enough that it's one of the things Monica mentions to make fun of her.
    Monica: (mocking) "Hi I'm Rachel, is my sweater too tight? No? Oh, I'd better wash it and shrink it!"
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Girly Girl to Monica's Tomboy. Monica is a mild version of tomboy since she loves cleaning and cooking, but personality wise she's domineering, loud and hot-tempered and has a Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy relationship with Chandler. She also likes sports including football and is the most strong and athletic of the six friends, along with Joey. Rachel, on the other hand, is sweet, ditzy, interested in fashion and shopping, and unlike Monica, she's bad at sports.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Mainly in her treatment toward Ross, though Phoebe is also a victim to this at times.
  • Town Girls: The Femme to Phoebe's Neither and Monica's Butch.
  • Tsundere: Neatly summed up by Monica.
    Monica: I'm Rachel. I love Ross! I hate Ross! I love Ross! I hate Ross!
  • Unrequited Love Switcheroo: Several times with Ross, and with Joey in season 9.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Ross. They would resolve it once, then something will go wrong, cue angry break up, the UST will slowly build up again over time, over and over again.
  • Upper-Class Twit: In earlier seasons when she was still recovering from her spoiled upbringing.
  • Vocal Dissonance: She has a younger voice in the Japanese dub.
  • "Well Done, Daughter!" Gal
    "You hear that, guys? My Dad's proud of me!"
  • What Does She See in Him?: The salesman in "The One With the Cop" can't believe that a woman like Rachel used to date Ross.
  • White Sheep: Though she's no saint, Rachel at least has several redeeming features compared to her parents and sisters, a lot of it coming from the Character Development she went through making it on her own over the course of the show. Lampshaded with her sister Jill, who was just as spoiled and vain as Rachel was in the beginning, she was similarly cut off by their father and told to go learn something from "the one daughter he's proud of."
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Has a childhood fear of swings because she had an incident at 4 where her hair got stuck in the swing chain and she hat to cut off her hair, making it uneven.
  • Will They or Won't They?: Exaggerated, between her and Ross. It lasts almost the entire series.
  • Yaoi Fangirl: In one episode when she reveals that she had a sexual fantasy dream involving a threesome with Chandler and Joey, she notes that at some of the points, she was merely a spectator watching the two of them getting busy.


Monica E. Geller
Played by: Courteney Cox
Voiced by: Yolanda Vidal (Latin-American Spanish)

"It's okay, you don't have to be the best at everything."
Monica: "Oh my God! You don't know me at all!"

The Team Mom of the gang, Monica can be somewhat neurotic and obsessive, particularly about tidiness, but puts it all to good use in her job as a chef and keeping the gang fed, organized, and on-track in their lives. She was fat in high school, which is still a source of shame for her and struggles with her parents' Parental Favoritism of Ross. She eventually falls in love with Chandler and the two build the stable relationship of the show.

  • '80s Hair: In the earlier seasons. Though it was one of the few styles (bangs) that managed to remain well into the mid-90's.
  • Adorkable: When it comes to cleaning. Or her label maker. Or making lists. Though she's very attractive in a non-geeky, non-dorky way and is a classic beauty.
  • Attention Whore: Often combined with her It's All About Me attitude in later seasons. However, it's mostly sympathetic since it likely stems from her childhood where her parents frequently ignored her and showered praise on Ross for every little thing he did. Examples include when she gives a speech about her (and Chandler's) wedding.
    Monica: Okay, umm, I just wanna say that…I love you guys so so much and thank you for being here on my special night. (Chandler clears his throat)... our special night. I mean it just wouldn’t be my...our, our night, if you all weren't here to celebrate with!
    Chandler: It's okay, I want this to be your night too. (Raises his glass.) To Monica.
    Monica: Awww, come on, wait, stop it...okay, to Monica!
    Monica: Let's go, Team Monica!
    (murderous glares)
    Monica: Okay, we'll think of a name later.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Mostly involving tidiness.
    • Anytime there's a competition, no matter how seemingly insignificant.
  • Beta Couple: With Chandler.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Archie to Chandler's Betty and Richard's Veronica.
  • Big Eater: She was shown to be like this as a child, most likely related to her numerous compulsive tendencies. Her parents were even once shown asking her to eat excess Thanksgiving leftovers when they ran out of space in the fridge and the show presented this as a typical request.
  • Big "NO!": Gave one when she and Rachel lost the trivia contest.
  • Boyish Short Hair: Her hair is at the shortest in season 4, even compared to the pilot. She grows her hair longer in later seasons again.
  • Bridezilla: And at Phoebe's wedding, Maid-of-Honor-zilla.
  • Brainy Brunette: Being the mature Team Mom, she has more common sense than Rachel and Phoebe who are both blonde.
  • Butt-Monkey: In the first couple of seasons, she was (along with Chandler) the one who the rest of the friends thought would never get married, and despite being the Team Mom, was viewed by the others as being too quirky and was often teased for it. Her parents give her a hard time about not being married, and not being Ross, pretty much whenever they can. This goes away pretty much entirely in the later seasons, though, if only to focus more on Chandler and Ross being this trope. And also to help express the other characters surprise at Chandler getting married—to Monica, no less
  • Catchphrase:
    • I KNOW!
    • Her hyper-chipper "OKAY!" when all gets resolved.
    • Her Big Nos are fairly epic.
  • Childhood Friends: With Rachel, though they lost contact after high school.
  • Competition Freak: Particularly from season 5 onwards.
    Chandler: You know how competitive you get, and while I say it's cute, others disagree and I'm lying.
  • Control Freak: Could easily be the Trope Codifier. Especially after Flanderization.
  • Cute Bruiser: Monica is the shortest of the main characters but she's very strong and tough.
  • Dating What Daddy Hates: Her parents dislike Chandler initially because they think he smoked pot (actually Ross did). They warm up to him though and thank him for 'taking on Monica'. They also disapprove of her relationship with Richard, not because they don't like him (he's their best friend), they just don't like him with their daughter.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Sometimes, but less so than Chandler, Ross, Rachel or even Phoebe.
  • Determinator: When Monica wants something, nothing will stop her.
  • Dude Magnet: Just as much as Rachel and Phoebe. After losing weight in college, she becomes able to pick up guys easily. Besides her three main love interests, she has many other men hitting on her, including Joey, her ex-boyfriend's son, Fun Bobby, Rachel's ex-boyfriend from high school, and several one-shot love interests. She has less boyfriends than Rachel and Phoebe only because she spends six seasons dating and later being married to the same person.
  • Fat Best Friend: To Rachel, in their high school days.
  • Fat Comic Relief: Downplayed. In the flashbacks and the what could have been do play off Monica's weight for laughs like her parents assuming she'd finish off the leftovers and her getting stuck in a beanbag but she is still the same character who just more obsessed with food and isn't confidant.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: Inverted. Monica is a professional chef, but she - especially post-Flanderization — is feisty, loud, competitive and downright domineering, especially with Chandler. By the last seasons she was probably the least feminine of the girls. In The One With Rachel's Sister Monica bought a different set of wedding china than the ones Chandler picked out, because in her words, the ones Chandler picked out were "too feminine."
  • The Finicky One: Obsessed with cleanliness, controlling over even the most simple of past times and known to fits of neurotics when the slightest thing is out of place.
  • Flanderization: Her neatness, bossiness and competitiveness.
  • Formerly Fat: Former Trope Namer. Monica was famously very fat in her younger days and many jokes on the show revolve around this. Her "Fat Monica" version is often seen in flashback episodes.
  • Girl Next Door: More so in early seasons, as she becomes bossier post-flanderization.
  • Go-Getter Girl: An adult version of a hard-working woman who strives to be perfect in every respect.
  • Happily Married: To Chandler in the last three seasons. They face a lot of external problems in their early marriage but remain supremely happy and clearly adore each other.
  • The Heart: Ross even called her "the glue that holds the group together"
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Rachel. They have been friends their whole lives who drifted apart during their college years. They become best friends again during in their mid twenties when Rachel moves in with Monica and Rachel "grows up" with her more practical friend. With Phoebe too, they living in the same appartment before the start of serie.
  • Hollywood Dateless: At times, she can pick up guys easily but struggles finding men who want a serious relationship.
  • Hot-Blooded: She shares this trait with her brother Ross, as they are both fierce, energetic, and passionate.
  • Hypocritical Heartwarming: A pretty common theme about her relationship with Chandler, as she could be pretty domineering with him, but was fiercely loyal the instant anyone else bothered him. Best seen while getting their photos for their wedding announcement and Chandler is failing miserably.
    Monica: This photo is supposed to say "Geller and Bing to be Married," not "Local Woman Saves Drowning Moron."
    Monica: (After photographer laughs.) Don't laugh at him, he's my drowning moron!
  • Hypocrite: Dated Richard, who was 21 years her senior, but joins in with the rest of the group in ridiculing Ross for dating Elizabeth, who's only ten years younger than him.
  • I Am Not My Father: Or mother in her case. Determined not to end up like Judy.
  • Informed Deformity: Fat Monica. From the way everybody on the show talks, you'd think she was a two ton blimp. She's notably larger than average, but not that big (mildly obese, at most).
  • Informed Judaism: The Gellers' religious affiliation isn't clear until season 7, when Ross appears as the Holiday Armadillo, and then the only other mention is three seasons later, when Chandler has to remind Monica she can't be a minister because she's Jewish. Considering the care she gives to decorating the Christmas tree, we might not have known. Word of God has said in the past that Jack Geller is Jewish, whilst Judy is not.
  • In-Series Nickname: Mon.
  • It's All About Me: Sometimes, including her response to Rachel saying her pregnancy isn't as big a deal as Monica's wedding "Of course not, nothing is!"; literally saying the wedding is all about her.
  • Jerkass Ball: Grabs it in "The One With Phoebe's Wedding", where Phoebe gets justifiably tired of her control freaking the wedding rehearsal. She never says sorry, gloats when Phoebe freaks out at having to do everything on her own wedding day, and Phoebe has to beg her to come back.
  • Like Brother and Sister: With Joey in later seasons.
  • Like Mother, Like Daughter: Seeks to avert this. Judy emotionally abuses her in the same way her grandmother abused Judy. As Monica's aware of this, adores children and is generally kind-hearted, it's implied she'll break the cycle.
  • Mama Bear: While not as pronounced as her general Team Mom behavior, she's very protective of the other girls, as well as Chandler, particularly after they become a couple.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Masculine Girl to Chandler's Feminine Boy.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Perhaps more so than Rachel. She is seen in lingerie and seductive clothes very often.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: She has a pretty slender, wiry build in the present day but is frequently implied to be "freakishly strong" and underestimates her own strength. She's able to easily subdue a panicky Rachel while trying to put drops in her eyes, gives back massages that border on torture, and after a painful handshake with her, Phoebe comments that she's glad she's not Chandler. According to Ross, the only person in the group stronger than her is Joey.
  • My Beloved Smother: When she gets caught up in the moment of her adopted boy being born, she tells him she's gonna love him so much no woman will ever measure up to her.
  • Neat Freak: She can't sleep after she willingly leaves her shoes in the living room in order to prove she's not as much of a Neat Freak as everybody thinks. Everybody's right, of course. Also, she vacuums her vacuum cleaner with a smaller one, and wishes for an even smaller one to clean the second.
  • Nerd Nanny: Unless it's a subject she is nerdy about.
  • Nerds Love Tough Schoolwork: Which shows up when she accompanies Phoebe to night school.
  • Nice Girl: Despite her faults she's genuinely kind-hearted.
  • Only Sane Woman: In earlier seasons, pre-flanderization.
    (after getting made fun of one too many times for dating Richard's son)
    "Fine, judge all you want to, but (points to Ross) married a lesbian, (Rachel) left a guy at the altar, (Phoebe) fell in love with a gay ice dancer, (Joey) threw a girl's wooden leg into a fire, (Chandler-in-a-box) LIVE IN A BOX! *storms out*
  • Parenting the Husband: In later seasons, she can treat Chandler like a child sometimes.
    Monica: I want to have a kid with you because I think you're going to be an amazing dad. At the fun parts and at the hard parts.
    Chandler: Can you picture me saying, "Go to your room! You're grounded!"
    Monica: Can you hear me say you're grounded?
    Chandler: You said that to me last week.
  • The Perfectionist: Especially in later seasons when Flanderization set in.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: The smallest main character and yet still able to wrestle down her much larger brother and win.
  • Plucky Girl: Not as much as either Phoebe or Rachel, but she has her moments though.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Oddly enough both. She's the Red to Chandler's Blue, but is often the Blue to Rachel's Red.
  • The Reliable One: She's the go-to person for support, advice and comfort, the designated cook, and always up for menial tasks.
  • Second Love:
    • Specifically, the third serious love interest to Chandler after Janice and Kathy.
    • She was also this to Richard. Much to her surprise, Monica finds out in one episode that she's the only woman Richard has slept with, after his first wife Barbara.
  • Secret Relationship: With Chandler for almost an entire season.
  • Shipper on Deck: She supports Ross and Rachel obviously as they are her brother and her best friend, though her enthusiasm (as with most of the others) fades as the series and their on-off again relationship continues. She also ships Ross/Emily at one point.
  • Sibling Rivalry: Sometimes with Ross. Apparently they were much more competitive during their childhood, particularly over football.
  • Single Girl Seeks Most Popular Guy: In high school, she always wanted to go out with Big Man on Campus Chip Matthews, who also used to date Rachel. She manages to date him many years later as an adult and realizes he was nothing special.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Monica dated the Badass from her high school days and got to ride his motorcycle... but he hadn't ever grown out of that old persona and still lived with his parents, so she relished dumping him. Her first two serious boyfriends were Richard and Pete who both fit the "Nice Guy" stereotype pretty well. She ended up with her friend Chandler who was a nice guy too.
  • Spirited Competitor: She takes this up to 11 most times.
  • The Spock: Of the women. She's The Spock to Rachel's The Kirk and Phoebe's The McCoy
  • Super OCD: Panics at the sight of even the slightest messes and strives to have everything neat and organized. In fact, when Ross told her that his date had every inch of her house messy, Monica told her she couldn't sleep thinking about it and asked if she could clean her house for free.
  • Strong Girl, Smart Guy: A sibling example. She's stated to be "freakishly strong", while her brother Ross is weak but the smartest of the group, at least academically.
  • Supreme Chef: Of course, she loves cooking and is a professional chef.
  • Team Chef: She's a professional chef, so it's no surprise that she's always the one to make the food when there's a celebration.
  • Team Mom: Ironically, Monica is the second youngest of the group. Though it wouldn't be wise to call her that... as Chandler found out.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl:
    • Tomboy to Rachel's Girly Girl. Monica is a mild version of tomboy since she loves cleaning and cooking, but personality wise she's domineering, loud and hot-tempered and has a Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy relationship with Chandler. She also likes sports including football and is the most strong and athletic of the six friends, along with Joey. Rachel, on the other hand, is sweet, ditzy, interested in fashion and shopping, and unlike Monica, she's bad at sports.
    • Briefly to Janine in season 6. Janine, a dancer who likes girly things like flowers, complains Monica is 'too loud' and runs away when Monica challenges her to fight it out.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She loves cleaning and cooking, and is obsessed with weddings.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Her bossiness and obsessive compulsive behavior gradually shot Up to Eleven in later seasons.
  • Town Girls: The Butch to Phoebe's Neither and Rachel's Femme.
  • The Unfavorite: Often criticized by her mother, Judy, the same way Judy had been criticized by her own mother. Also, both parents favored Ross, which their dad tries to rectify (seemingly successfully, judging by the reaction) by giving Monica his Porsche.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend:
    • Monica has shades of this concerning Chandler. Notable in this exchange when they're having photos taken.
    Monica: "Chandler, what is wrong with your face? Its meant to say Geller and Bing to be married, not local woman saves drowning moron!"
    Photographer: *Laughs*
    Monica: "DON'T LAUGH AT HIM! He's my drowning moron!"
    • On another occasion she and Chandler were arguing with their neighbour Janine; things were pretty aggressive before but it's when Janine insults Chandler that Monica cracks and gets physically violent.

    Janine: [to Chandler] "You know, I know you’re talking, but all I hear is, "Blah. Blah. Blah-blah-blah."
    Monica: "All right, you and me! Let’s go! Right now!"
  • "Well Done, Daughter!" Girl: As a result of being The Unfavorite. A later episode has her father affirming he's proud of her but we never get such a scene with her mother. (Who was the worse of the two). However its hinted Monica gets over Judy's behavior, as she's Happily Married and a very successful head chef and her mother's favoritism of Ross (with three divorces and two illegitimate children) seems pathetic rather than hurtful.
  • What Does She See in Him?: After discovering Monica and Chandler are dating, Phoebe comments that "she could do better" and makes similar comments several times in later seasons. Played with as Chandler, despite his neuroses, is actually a great boyfriend and he and Monica are very happy together.
    Phoebe: David's here. He's just... he's so irresistible.
    Monica: Really? The scientist guy?
    Phoebe: Really? Chandler?
  • Women Prefer Strong Men: Inverted. She specifically breaks up with Pete because he's obsessed with becoming the Ultimate Fighting Champion and tells Chandler straight up she doesn't care how strong he is because she loves his inner strength instead.


Phoebe Buffay
"Smelly cat, smelly cat..."
Played by: Lisa Kudrow
Voiced by: Gisela Casillas and Rommy Mendoza (Latin-American Spanish)

"I remember when I first came to this city. I was fourteen. My mom had just killed herself and my step-dad was back in prison, and I got here, and I didn't know anybody... then I found aromatherapy. So I know exactly how you feel."

Phoebe is the group's Cloudcuckoolander Granola Girl who has a bit of a dark past: her biological mother left her and her sister with her biological father and adoptive mother, her biological father walked out on her, her adoptive mother died, her stepfather was sent to prison, and she spent some time on the street before finding a stable job (as a masseuse) and roommate (Monica), before eventually moving in with her grandmother. She plays the guitar (badly) and sings (badly) at Central Perk, and exhibits traits of The Pollyanna. Though a bit of a flake, she's a great deal more perceptive and savvy than she looks, due to having more life experience than the rest of the group combined.

  • Afraid of Needles: In one episode she and Rachel decide to get tattoos, but Phoebe backs out at the last moment when she realizes it's actually done with needles.
  • Agent Mulder: Phoebe believes in auras, psychic powers, omens, reincarnation, ghosts and that trees and even objects have feelings.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Or Bi the Way. She has dated many men but also has shown attraction to women a number of times, like Ross and Monica's cousin from the eponymous episode or even Rachel and Monica themselves. When she was presented with the hypothetical question of who she would rather have a relationship with between Rachel and Monica, she immediately blurted out "Rachel!" without taking time to think. She also said that Monica had "the breasts of a Greek goddess" with a longing look on her face.
  • Badass Adorable: She may be lovable and quirky, but do not underestimate her street badass side. Phoebe is a totally tough girl when she wants to be.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Archie to Mike's Betty and David's Veronica.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: She may seem like a sweet Granola Girl with a kooky sense of humor, but she was tough enough to mug older boys when she was just a teen living on the street.
  • Brutal Honesty: She can be quite rude and blunt to her friends.
  • Cain and Abel: The Abel to Ursula's Cain.
  • Catchphrase: "Oh no."
  • Character Development: Though her changes were late in the series, Phoebe eventually decides that she needs to hunker down and be in a serious relationship instead of having one night stands with random guys. This eventually leads Phoebe to getting married and becoming happy that she finally has something normal in her life.
  • Characterization Marches On: She starts off as a sweet and well-meaning Cloudcuckoolander character. By the later seasons, she becomes a lot harsher and more selfish, especially to Ross and Chandler. Her high sex drive also wasn't really present in the first couple of seasons.
  • Comically Missing the Point: One of her defining traits.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: One of the most well known examples for a mass-media audience. For instance, she doesn't believe in evolution or gravity, and was convinced that her deceased mother's spirit returned in a cat.
    Phoebe: Phoebe Buffay. P as in Phoebe, H as in hoebe, O as in oebe, E as in ebe, B as in bee-bee and E as in... Ello there mate!
  • Covert Pervert: Initially, when her "innocence" was more genuine. Then it became less covert and more just part of her character that she was kinky, frequently sharp tongued and kind of mean.
  • Cute Bruiser: Easily the best fighter of the girls (even more so than the supposedly strong Monica) and arguably of the entire group. In an episode, she even breaks Joey's nose (the toughest guy of the group). In "The One After the Super Bowl" she breaks off the Cat Fight between Rachel and Monica by grabbing their ears. She lived on the street, after all.
    Phoebe: Okay, now I'm gonna kick some ass!
  • The Cutie: Mostly in early seasons: her quirky, cheerful, and naive personality combined with Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold and The Pollyanna make her cute.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Already had a troubled family life before having to live in the streets when she was 14.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Mostly in later seasons, she can be incredibly bitchy and snarky.
    Rachel: We were just talking about me not going to Ross’s wedding. It just might be too hard, given the history and all that…
    Phoebe: Wow! This reminds me of the time when I was umm, living on the street and this guy offered to buy me food if I slept with him.
    Rachel: Well, h-how is this like that?
    Phoebe: Well, let’s see, it’s not. Really, like that. Because, you see that was an actual problem, and uh, yours is just like y’know a bunch of y’know high school crap that nobody really gives y’know…
  • The Ditz: She frequently comes off as a flaky airhead.
    Phoebe: I got a call at two in the morning, but all I could hear was, like, this high squeaky sound, so I thought, okay it's, like, a mouse or a possum. But then I realized, like, okay, where would a mouse or a possum get the money to make the phone call?
  • Dreadful Musician: To some, but she's mostly more of a Dreadful Songwriter. Her lyrics are either terrifyingly banal (like "Smelly Cat") or terrifyingly tasteless (like a Christmas carol she wrote about her mom dying).
  • Drives Like Crazy: "Hey, I didn't have my license taken away because I drive carefully. Haha."
  • Dude Magnet: Like Rachel, she picks up numerous guys with ease.
  • Dumb Blonde: To an extent, but she's more a "ditzy and naive blonde" who likes to act silly. She's more streetwise than most of the other characters, despite her kooky behavior.
  • Dysfunctional Family: A fierce competitor with Chandler, given her dad ran away, her mom killed herself, her twin hates her, grandma was weird, and then she met a half-brother who married a much older teacher.
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: She is the free spirit and fun-loving member of the group. Many men seem to find her attractive.
  • Evil Twin: Has one in Ursula.
  • Erudite Stoner: She started that way, and somewhere down the line became an ex-criminal Ditz.
  • The Gadfly: It's often difficult to discern whether or not her Cloud Cuckoolander moments are her being genuine or just messing with people.
  • Giftedly Bad: With her songs.
  • Good Bad Girl: She tends to reveal many unexpected sexual escapades at the most random times, until season 9 when she started dating Mike.
  • Go-to Alias: She often uses the name Regina Phalange when she doesn't want to use her real name.
  • Granola Girl: More in earlier seasons, where it was probably her most obvious personality trait.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Very downplayed. She has light blonde hair and a wide-eyed look on the world similar to a child's, but certainly isn't innocent.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Not often, but it comes up now and then. When she went to a charity event, her idea of helping the kids was to drain the bar so the kids wouldn't drink it.
  • Head-Tiltingly Kinky: Some of her humor derives from the fact her sexual practices have no boundaries.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • She spoke to Joey's grandmother in Italian. Even Phoebe was unaware of her skill.
    • She knows French... from learning it in a street corner with some other people, presumably.
    • She demonstrates her knowledge of wines when Rachel's father berates a waiter for serving the '74 Lafite instead of the '75, then storms off.
    Rachel: In case you didn't notice, that is a scary man.
    Phoebe: He's right, though. The '74 is absolute piss.
  • Hypocrisy Nod: One episode has Phoebe receiving a fur coat, even though she's the first one of the six to be for animal rights, and despite her initial reluctance she quickly starts wearing it and loves it. Then she suddenly runs across a squirrel that's staring at her, leading her to admit she's gone against everything she stood for and throw the coat away.
  • The Ingenue: Downplayed. She comes off as very naive and still believes in Santa, at least until Joey reveals the truth to her. But she is not as pure as she seems (see Good Bad Girl) and has a mean strek.
  • Insane Troll Logic: She thrives on this! For example, in "The One With The Cat", she tries to justify her belief that a stray cat is the reincarnated spirit of her mother by explaining that her guitar case is lined with orange felt. Her mom's favorite fish, meanwhile, was orange ruffy. Cats like fish. Soooooooooooo....
  • In-Series Nickname: Pheebs, though she didn't get it for a while.
    Phoebe: (to Rachel) Oh, Pheebs.
    Rachel: Honey, that's your name.
    Phoebe: That is short for Phoebe? I thought that's just what we called each other.
  • Jerkass to One: A downplayed example when it comes to Ross and Chandler. Joey is her favorite, she usually gets along with Monica and Rachel, but is a lot more harsh and critical to Ross and Chandler. With Ross it's zig-zagged, and while she can be rude to him, she's also supportive of his relationship with Rachel. Also, in the first four seasons she's a relatively good friend to Chandler, but after he starts dating Monica, she becomes dismissive of him for some reason.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's far from a bad person and obviously loves her friends, but she definitely has a mean streak and can be downright bitchy and rude in later episodes.
  • Large Ham: Sometimes. Helps she's enthusiastic and prone to yelling.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: She seems to act as this to the rest of the group, as well as in most of her relationships. Notably, the group occasionally finds her actions annoying or intrusive, and in the 10th season, Phoebe admits that she has never been in a relationship which lasted more than a month. Occasionally, being a Manic Pixie Dream Girl seems to actively work against her, such as the first time she was ready to move in with a man, and then broke up with him shortly after when he impulsively shot a bird with his handgun. On another occasion, she ends a relationship because her boyfriend is even more of a Manic Pixie Dream Guy than she is, and she can't stand him.
  • The McCoy: Of the women. She's The McCoy to Rachel's The Kirk and Monica's The Spock.
  • Meta Girl: Not exactly the Only Sane Woman, but was always the one to point out the show's cliches, like the amount of Gay Panic jokes Chandler makes or the First World Problems Rachel has with Ross.
  • Multiple-Choice Past: Lampshaded.
    Rachel: How have you never been on Oprah?
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!: When her younger half-brother gets engaged to his old elementary school teacher, she becomes a little concerned. She tries to "help him" by breaking her brother up with his fiancée. Unfortunately, the breakup leads to her brother becoming depressed.
  • Nice Girl: Mostly in earlier seasons before she became more of a bitch by the end of the series.
  • The Not-Love Interest: To Joey. Also a Fan-Preferred Couple and often hinting about potentially being together in a future. Besides some isolated kisses, they never actually dated, never had sex and in fact Joey ends up introducing Phoebe to her husband to-be.
  • Opposites Attract: With Mike. He's pretty normal and she is quirky.
  • Parental Abandonment: Has lost more parents than most people have: her birth mother leaves, her biological father walked out on them, her adoptive mother died, and her adoptive mother's second husband was in jail... And, as the page quote reminds us, all this happened before she was 15.
  • Ping-Pong Naïveté: Since she's frequently shown to be quite clever, quick-witted and Street Smart, you may think that all her moments of ditzy idiocy are just Obfuscating Stupidity.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: With Joey. They playfully flirt, they have a softness for each other (often both of them picking the other over the rest of the group), they have a lot of Ship Tease, including at least four kisses, yet they never dated (or had sex) in all ten years, and aside from their jokes about being a possible couple in the future, it was clear that they just wanted to be friends, but nothing more. They even keep a pact until Phoebe's wedding to Mike to get married if they are both still single when they're forty.
  • The Pollyanna: Very cheerful and upbeat, despite her Dark and Troubled Past.
  • Psychic Powers: Implied and Played for Laughs. During one pre-opening credits scene, everyone's thoughts are given voice overs. Joey's thoughts are a random tune. Phoebe's thoughts ask "Who's singing?"
  • Really Gets Around: Almost at Joey's level. She tends to reveal many unexpected sexual escapades at the most random times, until season 9 when she started dating Mike.
  • Running Gag: "Regina Phalange." Even acts as a Chekhov's Gun so that Ross can say good-bye to Rachel in the season finale.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Energetic Girl to Mike's Savvy Guy.
  • Shipper on Deck:
    • She is clearly a Ross/Rachel shipper. According to her, Ross is Rachel's "lobster" (the person you are supposed to be with the rest of your life). Even when they aren't dating she's always the first to believe that they have still feelings for each other (in season 6 and again in season 9) and she's also the one who drives Ross to the airport, to convince Rachel to stay, in the last episode. That said, though, she is also the one who (unsuccessfully) attempts to convince Rachel not to go to London to crash Ross's wedding to Emily and declare her love for him.
    • Inverted when it comes to Chandler/Monica. Possibly because she doesn't seem a big fan of Chandler in later seasons. She even tried to introduce Monica to her "soulmate" when she was already married to Chandler! This could be due to being a Green-Eyed Monster as she's realizing she wants a committed relationship and is jealous of how happy Monica and Chandler are together.
    Phoebe (When she finds out that Chandler and Monica are together): I think it's great! ...For him. She might be able to do better.
  • Soapbox Sadie: Often rails against cruelty to animals and preservation of nature but she sometimes falls short.
  • Smarter Than You Look: She acts like a ditz, but is definitely not stupid. She's Street Smart and can speak two foreign languages.
  • Street Smart: She is not well educated and lacks knowledge in other areas but she spent some of her childhood on the street and gained a lot of knowledge from it.
  • Street Urchin: From the age of 14.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Towards the end, she was absolutely horrible to both Chandler and Ross.
  • Town Girls: The Neither to Rachel's Femme and Monica's Butch.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Ross and Chandler, especially in later seasons. But while Ross seems to enjoy their squabbling, Chandler - despite being the Deadpan Snarker - rarely bites back, hinting he's not that comfortable with her remarks.
  • Weirdness Magnet: Having the ghost of an old woman possess her, being chased around a junkyard by a psychotic, being stalked by men who mistake her for her twin sister, Ursula, and having her apartment haunted by her grandmother.
  • With Friends Like These...: With Chandler in later seasons.
    • Possibly lamsphaded by Chandler in season 10, when Phoebe and Monica have a fight.
    Monica: We are not friends with Phoebe anymore.
    Chandler: If she asks, I protested a little, but okay!
  • Women Prefer Strong Men: While she has dommy qualities herself, she made it clear that she wasn't a big fan of soft/sissy guys and got the most hot for Mike when he was beating Monica at ping-pong.


Joseph Francis "Joey" Tribbiani, Jr.
"How You Doin?"
Played by: Matt LeBlanc
Voiced by: Benjamín Rivera, Jorge Roig Jr. and Luis Alfonso Mendoza (Latin-American Spanish)

"If the package is this pretty, no-one cares what's inside."

The Casanova of the gang, a laid-back Italian womanizer, Joey is Chandler's best friend and roommate, and often the group's comic relief. He tries to make a living as an actor, with varying levels of success. Though always the least intelligent of the Friends, later seasons turned him almost inhumanly stupid. He's also a Big Eater and a bit of a mooch, particularly on Chandler. Despite these shortcomings, he ultimately shows himself to be the heart of the group, capable of kindness and selflessness without compare. He ended up with his own spinoff, which was cancelled after two seasons.

  • Alone Among the Couples: He ends up as this in the last episode. But he gets a Love Interest in the Joey spinoff.
  • Always Someone Better: To Chandler a few times. His prowess in attracting women is pretty much indisputable by any characters, which has lead to some insecurity on Chandler's part when he's compared with him (not helped by Joey's overall pride and occasional insensitivity towards Chandler on the topic).
  • Ambiguously Bi: He's The Casanova but the flashback episode The One With Joey's Interview has a whole montage of suggestive moments with Chandler and Ross.
  • Bad "Bad Acting": Most of his in-series acting is either this or overacting.
  • Bad Liar: One of the subplots of "The One With Rachel's Other Sister" is about him being a terrible liar and Phoebe teaching him how to lie.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Do not lie to Joey, especially if you are his best friend. It happens quite a few times with Chandler.
  • Better as Friends: With Rachel.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: He has a long fuse and is generally a goofy and amiable dude, but awaken his deeply-buried wrath and everyone, even his close friends, have good reason to be afraid of him.
  • Big Brother Instinct: He's very protective of his seven sisters. When the youngest, Dina, got pregnant by her idiot boyfriend, Joey attacked said boyfriend, dragged him to Dina, and tried to officiate a Shotgun Wedding. He also acts like this towards all his friends, particularly the three girls. He even allows his sisters to beat the crap out of Chandler when he drunkenly makes out with one sister and can't remember which one it wasnote 
  • Big Eater: In one episode he volunteers to eat a whole Thanksgiving turkey, which doesn't mean he'll stop eating until then. (He calls it "warming up.") Another episode involving Phoebe's birthday dinner at a nice restaurant. Over the course of the episode, everyone, including Phoebe, leaves for other activities... except Joey. He's bummed at first, but lights up when all of the already ordered entrees arrive. He is also the only one who enjoyed Rachel's trifle that contained beef, also managing to eat the pieces everyone else claimed to have eaten.
  • Book Dumb: But street smart and friend savvy. At least that's how the writers viewed him.
  • Brainless Beauty: A sympathetic one. Even Rachel tells him "Thank God you’re pretty" in one episode.
  • Brutal Honesty: Goes between this and Innocently Insensitive. It's Played for Laughs usually, but he tends to be very blunt about Chandler's romantic prospects throughout the series and his overall superiority towards Chandler in terms of winning over women or making love.
  • The Casanova: He's successful with women, and is seen dating and sleeping with many different girls in various episodes. In fact, women are his biggest obsession along with food. note 
  • Catchphrase: "How you doin'?"
  • Characterization Marches On:
    • In the original Series there's a running joke about him being a terrible actor who constantly has to lie on his resume (Phoebe once told him that one of the casting directors said they had never heard a more fake Italian accent from someone of Italian origins). In the spinoff Joey is seen as a much more competent actor.
    • In the pilot, he was a bit of a Jerkass and more of a Handsome Lech. Beginning in the second episode, he's the lovable goof we all know and love.
  • Chick Magnet: Due to being a ladies man. All his female friends (Rachel, Phoebe, Monica) were attracted to him at different points.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Joey is this when it comes to his female friends. He hits on them on numerous occasions and tries several ploys to either see them naked or see them kiss each other, but he's kind, fiercely loyal and incredibly respectful towards them. When everyone believes Phoebe's been in a porno movie, Joey is the only member of the gang who refuses to watch it. He also freaks out quite a bit when Rachel calls his bluff and actually offers to sleep with him. Upon hearing Phoebe was pregnant, he goes out to beat up the supposed father... then comes back and proposes to Phoebe so she won't be alone. Later when he finds Rachel is the one who is actually pregnant, he promptly proposes to her too. In one episode, when a drunken Rachel responds favorably to his "How you doin'?" line, he tells Ross not to let her drink any more.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Possibly Early Installment Weirdness, but Joey got some good one-liners in the first season. And occasionally mocked other people in the later seasons as well, including the example mentioned in Dumbass Has a Point below.
    (After Chandler accidentally revealed that Ross had feelings for Rachel and starts fumbling)
    Joey: Thats good, just keep rubbing your head. That'll turn back time.
  • The Ditz: Especially in later seasons. Joey's ditziness especially shines through in the subject of geography - at various points in the series he has thought that the Netherlands was where Peter Pan lives, described Chandler's "going to Yemen" ruse for getting rid of Janice as clever because "it almost sounds like a real place", and gone to the bank to try changing dollars into "Vermont money".
  • Dumbass Has a Point: Often.
    • In one episode, he pointed out, when everyone (except Phoebe, who was usually self-employed) wondered why their bosses hated them, that they were in a coffee shop at 11:30 a.m on a Wednesday.
    • While he does screw up things for his friends, it's noted that his friends often lied or mislead him first.
  • Ethical Slut: Rare Male Example. He goes through women like most people breathe oxygen, but always respects their boundaries and never comes off as predatory. If anything, he's probably the nicest to potential Love Interests out of any of the three guys.
  • Everyone Has Standards: He may sleep around a lot, but Joey draws the line at being considered a creepy sex addict a la Dennis Reynolds from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
  • Extreme Omnivore: Rachel's little incident of It Tastes Like Feet mentioned above? Yeah, didn't bother him in the slightest. He actually ate everyone else's slices.
    "What's not to like. Custard? Good. Jam? Good. Meat? Good."
  • Eye Take: A character trademark. Whenever Joey comes to major realization, the camera holds on him as the information takes a moment to sink in before he goes bug eyed and dramatically reacts.
  • Flanderization: His eating habits and lack of intelligence, particularly his Manchild behavior. For instance, early in the show, he knows what an Adam's apple is. Later in the series, Chandler has to tell him it's not a "Joey's apple" as it's not named after every individual.
  • Foil: To both Chandler and Ross, especially in terms of success with women. He's consistently portrayed as more dimwitted than either of them, but ultimately a nicer friend with more consistent success with women.
  • Giftedly Bad: With his acting skills.
  • Gratuitous Italian: Kind of. Chandler says Joey "only knows the swear words" of Italian.
  • Handsome Lech: His treatment of potential female roommates borders on stalking. He views the single women of New York as sexual conquests and not much else (he's never abusive, he's just... very, very shallow). According to LeBlanc on a Gaby Roslin interview, he wasn't a great fan of the more lecherous moments, as he felt like Joey had to be sweeter than that otherwise it'd make no sense why the girls would view him as a friend.
  • The Heart: Despite being dimwitted, selfish with food and a sleazy and perverted view of women, he's extremely loyal, protective and arguably the most kindhearted of the friends.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Chandler.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • In "The one with the Kips," he shows his strange knowledge of elevators.
    • He also knew how to turn off the radiator in Monica and Rachel's apartment after they broke the handle off. Might not seem like a big deal, but nobody else on hand knew what to do.
    • He's a fantastic, if careless craftsman, though it's only shown in one episode, "The One With Frank Jr." where he built a giant entertainment centre for his and Chandler's apartment and did such a good job of tiling Monica's bathroom that, even with all her super OCD, she called "beautiful". The carelessness comes in when he almost lobotomises Chandler with an electric drill and builds the entertainment centre too big for the wall.
    • In "The One With Russ," it's revealed that he relieves stress by cooking spaghetti sauce.
  • Hospital Hottie: He's meant to be this as Dr. Drake Remoray on Days of Our Lives, complete with altered voice, but the exaggerated Soap Within a Show means that his character is way too ridiculous to take seriously. After Joey leaves the show, he pokes fun at this by switching voices mid-sentence whenever he has to say his character's name.
  • Hypocrite: He was furious when Chandler kissed his girlfriend, Kathy, even though he was cheating on her with another girl. Somewhat justified in that Joey seemed more upset that Chandler kissed Kathy behind his back rather than the fact that Kathy had feelings for another guy.
  • Hypocritical Humor: He gets annoyed when he realizes one of his one-night stands doesn't remember him even though he never bothers to remember any of them. He justifies this by saying "I am very memorable!"
  • I Call Him "Mr. Happy": The Little General - formerly Little Major, but it earned a promotion after Denise DeMarco.
  • Irony: Joey is considered to be the least intelligent of the friends, but he's the one who found clues and figured out Monica and Chandler were in a Secret Relationship, whereas Rachel, Phoebe and Ross caught them in the act.
  • Kindhearted Simpleton: Despite his stupidity, he's regularly shown to be a nice and caring friend toward the other five.
  • Ladykiller in Love: As short-lived as it was, his crush on Rachel in season 8 was genuine. He also develops real feelings for Phoebe's twin Ursula in season 1, his co-star Kate in season 3, and his new roommate Janine in season 6.
  • Like Brother and Sister: With Monica in later seasons, when she marries his Heterosexual Life-Partner Chandler.
  • Logical Fallacies: Joey naturally falls into this a lot.
    Joey: You hid my clothes?! Well...I'm going to do the exact opposite!
    Chandler: ...You're going to show me my clothes?
    • Which is pretty much what he does. By wearing every pair of clothes Chandler owns.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: He talks openly and often about his many, many sexual conquests, at one point admitting to deflowering an intern on the set of his television show. His love of pornography is also the target of numerous jokes.
  • Manchild: He constantly mooches off Chandler (with everything from rent payments to acting classes), he refuses to maintain a steady romantic relationship even when he's well into his mid/late-30's, and he's hopelessly idealistic about his acting career despite clearly being a pretty lousy actor. He also keeps a stuffed penguin and a Cabbage Patch Kid doll.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: He has seven sisters.
  • The McCoy: Of the men. He's The McCoy to Chandler's The Kirk and Ross's The Spock.
  • Mr. Fanservice: The go-to guy for Shirtless Scenes among the main male characters, and is definitely the most well-built and traditionally attractive of the three. He even gets a few nude scenes over the years, though generally for Naked People Are Funny purposes rather than outright fanservice. Many women also consider him this In-Universe, and he's even used it leverage a few acting gigs.
  • Never Gets Fat: To the point the "Joey Special" (two large cheese pizzas) is named in his honor.
  • Nice Guy: Joey is incredibly loyal and a great friend. He manages to be a good guy despite his womanizing ways.
  • The Not-Love Interest: To Phoebe and Chandler. Before Chandler and Monica got together, he and Joey were considered to be "The other couple of the series" by some interviewers.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Joey or Joe. In the latter case, it's usually Chandler being sarcastic. Phoebe does call him by his full name when he blows her off one night. Another instance is when he is sitting at the coffehouse brainstorming for a new stage surname with Chandler. They always use Joseph, not Joey. He finally likes one of Chandler's suggestions (Stalin), but it fails to impress the crew in his next audition.
  • Outnumbered Sibling: He comes from a family of eight children, where he is the only male.
  • Papa Wolf: He can be very protective of his friends. In "The One With The Red Sweater", Phoebe tells him that she's pregnant (when actually Rachel was), and that the father wants nothing to do with her or the baby.
    Joey: Well who is this guy?! Huh? Who is he? ‘Cause I will track him down and kick his ass!
    Phoebe: David Lynn.
    Joey: David Lynn! David Lynn! David Lynn!! (Exits)
  • Platonic Life-Partners: With Phoebe. They playfully flirt, they have a softness for each other (often both of them picking the other over the rest of the group), they have a lot of Ship Tease, including at least four kisses, yet they never dated (or had sex) in all ten years, and aside from their jokes about being a possible couple in the future, it was clear that they just wanted to be friends, but nothing more. They even keep a pact until Phoebe's wedding to Mike to get married if they are both still single when they're forty
  • The Pornomancer: Possibly the most famous modern pornomancer. Despite not having any magical skills (or intelligence) of note, he rarely needs to utter more than "Hey. How you doin'?" before scoring.
  • Pride:
    • He is very proud of his past role as Dr. Drake Ramoray and after that, sometimes believes to be too good for being treated as a normal actor, he has already lost a job out of denying to have a small role, he refused to believe a very shady movie wasn't his big break, and in "TOW Rachel's Assistant" he refuses to audition to come back to 'Days of Our Lives', believing he should have the part automatically. It's particularly noteworthy that he considers himself a better actor for that gig, despite the fact he only earned it by sleeping with the cast director.
    • He feels this ways about his performance in bed, asserting that women should remember him even when he doesn't.
  • Reading the Stage Directions Out Loud: In some of his acting gigs, one is even the page quote. And the very first episode of Joey has him introducing himself with "I am [name]!"
  • Really Gets Around: Big time. Best demomstrated when Chandler wants to ask advice for a sexual problem, and rhetorically asks, "'ve had a lot of sex, right?" Joey replies, "Today? Some...not a lot."
  • Real Men Wear Pink: He's the most confident, macho, and "manly" of the three male characters, but he has no problem being In Touch with His Feminine Side in quite a few episodes. Being Janine's roommate in season 6 makes him develop an interest in girly activities, such as knitting and flower arranging. In another episode, he really likes wearing a bag, even if the others make fun of him because it looks like a woman's purse.
  • Romantic False Lead: On at least two occasions: first with Chandler and Kathy, then later with Ross and Charlie.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man:
    • Manly Man to Chandler's Sensitive Guy. Generally, Joey will sleep with girls for a night and Chandler will make them breakfast the next morning.
    • In later seasons, he is also the Manly foil to nerdy Sensitive Guy Ross. We see this dynamic more often after Chandler starts spending more time with Monica.
  • Sex God: He is sometimes portrayed as an extremely satisfying lover.
  • Shipper on Deck: A hardcore one for Chandler/Monica as he helps hide their relationship for months, officiates at their wedding and tells Chandler that they're perfect for each other and going to be together forever.
  • Simple-Minded Wisdom: Despite Joey's intelligence, there are times where he's given worthy advice to his friends, even though, it's given in his usual foolish manner. For example, when Rachel asks about the healthy amount of time to wait before asking someone out, Joey tells her "The big question is, does he like you?". Stating that her feelings for him will be doomed from the start if he doesn't like her back.
  • Smart Ball: Once in a while, he can be inexplicably cunning, fire off weird but practical knowledge or think brilliantly outside the box, and then go right back to being a ditz, sometimes in the same sentence. Joey was also the only one in the group to figure out on his own that Ross had a thing for Rachel. (Chandler being Ross's confidant and the girls finding out when the secret was blown). He was also the only one to figure out on his own that Chandler and Monica were together (Rachel accidentally heard them having phone sex, and Phoebe and Ross saw them having sex).
  • Supreme Chef: While he's been shown making a few errors (such as being unable to flip flapjacks well) he's been shown to pretty decent cook in his own right on occasion, with "TOW the Cooking Class," even hinting that he could potentially be good enough to rival Monica.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: He seems to have lost quite a few IQ points over the years, to the point where in the final season he can't tell left from right.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: He is pretty much a Jerk with a Heart of Gold in early seasons. From season 4 onwards, his caring nature, Undying Loyalty, and close relationship with everyone in the group are emphasized much more.
  • Too Dumb to Fool: While he's dimwitted for the most part, he is capable of becoming exceptionally quick or suspicious, especially when his friends lie to him.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Most Italian dishes, especially meatball sub sandwiches, lasagna, and the "Joey Special."note 
  • Undying Loyalty: Probably his main redeeming factor on the show. He can often be very shallow and dimwitted but is a very loyal friend to the rest of them.
  • Un-Entendre: He can make anything sound dirty, including "Grandma's chicken salad."
  • Yuri Fan: Is the most likely one to suggest that Girl-on-Girl Is Hot.


Chandler Muriel Bing
"I say more dumb stuff before 9 a.m. than most people say all day."
Played by: Matthew Perry
Voiced by: Sergio Gutiérrez Coto (Latin-American Spanish)

"I'm not so good with the advice. Could I interest you in a sarcastic comment?"

The group's Deadpan Snarker. A friend of Ross's from college, the friends never quite understand the nature of his job in the business world, which he hates, but it's led him to be generally the most financially successful of the group, to the point that he essentially supports Joey in the early years. His dad runs an all-male burlesque called "Viva Las Gaygas". His mom is a world-famous erotic romance novelist. Neither fact sits well with him and has led to a severe fear of commitment and a lifetime of over-compensating for his insecurities with a a sharp, acerbic sense of humor. Originally best defined through his Heterosexual Life-Partners relationship with Joey, he eventually falls in love with Monica, and they build a rare stable relationship within the gang, which leads to his slow maturation throughout the series into the Team Dad alongside Monica's Team Mom.

  • Ac CENT Upon The Wrong Syl LA Ble: Only occasionally, but when he does... could he BE more of an example?
  • Adorkable: Chandler often wears vests and suits. He makes awkward jokes and is very insecure. He makes up for a fight with Monica by expressing his feelings for her through a dictionary definition. When she asks him how he got so cute, he says his grandfather was Swedish and his grandmother was a tiny little bunny, which gives him bonus points in cuteness.
  • Agony of the Feet: Accidentally got his toe cut off in "The One With All the Thanksgivings".
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: It's hard to beat telling people how you got your son his first condoms on The Tonight Show. "And then he burst into flames."
  • Ambiguously Bi: Loved women and Monica, but had some Even the Guys Want Him moments, was teased the most for acting gay, was deeply protesting constantly and has made out with both Ross and a crossdressing man while drunk. Plus in "TOW The Superbowl", after Phoebe sings her No Bisexuals song, he notices a kid smiling at him knowingly and ends the scene sulking. Chandler was originally meant to be gay, but the writers dropped the idea when Matthew Perry was cast. He's also a huge fan of romantic comedies, knowledge of celebrities (which makes Rachel suggest he watches less E! and more ESPN) and once started a sentence with "If I was a guy..."
    Chandler: What is it about me? Is it my hair?
    Rachel: Yes, Chandler, that's exactly what it is. It's your hair.
    Phoebe: Yeah, you have homosexual hair.
  • Beta Couple: With Monica.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Betty to Richard's Veronica for Monica's Archie.
  • Beware the Silly Ones:
    • For the most part his jokes might hurt feelings sometimes but they're not meant with malice. But in “The One Where Ross Finds Out”, where Monica has been driving him crazy with all the training, he makes her stop by 'innocently' pointing out every shitty thing that had happened to her recently and how depressed she must feel. He even warns her beforehand to not make him do anything he'll regret.
    • In "TOW Rachel's Other Sister", Chandler is genuinely hurt that Ross wouldn't consider him a good parent to Emma if he and Rachel died without Monica around due to the perception that he makes jokes all the time and wouldn't put his foot down. When Rachel and her sister Amy get into a cat fight and break one of Monica's fancy plates, Chandler proves Ross wrong and calls them both out for acting childish, and makes them apologize to Monica and each other.
  • Boarding School: Reveals he attended an all boys boarding school.
  • Bound and Gagged: In "The One With The Cuffs". Being Chandler, he takes a moment to lampshade the Cuffs Off, Rub Wrists trope.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Despite being the joker of the gang and rather lazy he's shown to be very capable at his job, being promoted several times (including heading up an office in Tulsa). When he switches to advertising he's good enough to skip several rungs on the career ladder.
  • Butt-Monkey: A very close second, after Ross. While Ross is very unlucky in every situation and his humiliations tend to be more physical, Chandler's Butt-Monkey status mainly consists of his friends belittling him and making passive aggressive comments about him (both to his face and behind his back) and generally being considered a loser for no apparent reason. Chandler's own Self-Deprecation also helps.
  • Cannot Keep a Secret: Chandler is pretty much made of this trope, several times during the series he has accidentally revealed his friends secrets. Probably his biggest offense is when he revealed to Rachel that Ross was in love with her. In a final season episode he reveals to a child that they were adopted and then later reveals to Phoebe's nieces and nephew that Phoebe actually gave birth to them (though to be fair, he didn't know that these were secrets).
  • Character Development: At the beginning, Chandler had serious issues with commitment, which made him incapable of holding a relationship. He eventually overcame them thanks to his relationship with Monica and he was also ready to start a family with her as well.
  • Characterization Marches On: In the first few seasons, Chandler is shown to be as rabid a sports fan as Joey is. As the Ambiguously Bi traits increase in later seasons, this goes away to the point where even Rachel chides him for not knowing who Paul O'Neill is.note  This was slightly explained away in season four's "The One Where Chandler's In A Box", where he pretends to want to watch the game, but Phoebe tells him he doesn't have to act macho because the other guys weren't there, and he happily watches the parade instead.
    • He also can't think of a masculine sport on the spot:
    Chandler: This is like figure skating team all over again!... I mean synchronized swimming!... I mean... I mean the balance beam. Help me.
    Ross: FOOTBALL!
    Chandler: Thank you!
    • Over the course of ten years with the gang, he went from hating Thanksgiving, since it was the day his parents broke up, to helping Monica make the dinner, making the cranberry sauce. He even was mad when the rest of the gang was late and ruined "Cranberry Day."
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Chandler is this to the child-like Joey. When they are getting ready for the flight to London:
    Chandler: You got your passport?
    Joey: Yeah, in my third drawer on my dresser. You don't want to lose that.
    (Chandler glares at him. At first Joey doesn't know why, it takes him a little bit to figure it out)
    Joey: Ohh!! (Runs to his room)
  • Commitment Issues: One of his defining traits. The first four seasons have him freaking out whenever it gets serious with a girl and it's only thanks to Monica's support he copes with their relationship. This is attributed to his unstable upbringing, his parents' horrible divorce and being continually screwed over by the women he does commit to. (Given that, until Monica, every girl he dated during the series cheated on him, and that his parents can't stand to be in the same room together, it’s hard to judge his fears.)
    Chandler: So, I guess this is it.
    Monica: What's it?
    Chandler: Well, it's over. The thing we had.
    Monica: Why, exactly?
    Chandler: Because, we had a fight. I mean...
    Monica: Chandler, you don't just give up after you have a fight. I mean, if you do that you'd never have a relationship lasting longer than... Ohhhhh.
  • Cool Loser: Despite his neuroses, Chandler is smart, witty, good-looking, has a good job, and is generally a Nice Guy. But he's still treated like a loser, is unsuccessful with women, and is considered lucky to get a woman like Monica who apparently "could do better than him" (according to Rachel and Phoebe, at least).
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: While dating Kathy, he doesn't like her kissing her co-star and suspect that she is cheating on him. After being in a relationship with Monica, he doesn't like it whenever Richard is brought up.
  • The Cynic: This mostly stems from both his parents' divorce and his all around crappy childhood. He gradually gets better later in the series, largely because of Monica's love and support.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Of legendary proportions; it seems like Chandler can't go a scene without snarking some way - even in situations in which he really shouldn't. It's even exploited in "TOW All the Resolutions," in which he truly takes pains to not snark as part of his New Year's resolution (and gives up in less than a week).
  • Deconfirmed Bachelor: Starts out with serious commitment issues but finds he is 'happier than he ever thought he could be' after falling in love with Monica.
  • Digging Yourself Deeper: A specialty of Chandler's, especially around Monica's parents.
    "I tend to keep talking until somebody stops me."
  • Dysfunctional Family: Part of why he's so quirky is being raised by two Amazingly Embarrassing Parents, a mom who Really Gets Around and writes trashy sex novels, and a dad who became a Drag Queen and ran away with the pool boy (on Thanksgiving to make him hate said holiday...).
  • Embarrassing First Name: Chandler's first name is considered embarrassing, though not so embarrassing that he doesn't use it - which makes sense, because his last name is Bing, and his middle name is...
  • Embarrassing Middle Name: Muriel.
    Ross: Chandler Muriel Bing...Boy, your parents never gave you a chance did they?
  • Flanderization:
    • His effeminacy. In the first season, he liked sports, beer, pizza and Baywatch as much as the other guys but had to fight against the popular misconception that he was gay. By the end, he has two copies of the Annie soundtrack, can identify the film Miss Congeniality through a wall, pretends to watch NFL football while openly admitting he doesn't like it, gets pedicures and has had it revealed that he (accidentally) made out with a guy in college.
    • His jokes. He started out as a Deadpan Snarker, but his humour gradually became less deadpan sarcasm and a lot more goofy and immature after a certain point (possibly when he got married). Specifically, his penchant for making jokes when he's uncomfortable gets downgraded to fart noises when he's saying goodbye to Rachel in the penultimate episode.
  • The Friends Who Never Hang: While the six were inseparable and had love and affection for each other, the two pairs of friends who arguably got along the least were Chandler/Phoebe and Chandler/Rachel, who both seemed to have a lot more interaction with him (Rachel even had sex dreams about him and Joey together) before he started dating Monica. Jokingly played with in regards to Monica; before sleeping together for the first time, Chandler points out that this would probably ruin their friendship forever, to which Monica jokes that they weren't that close to begin with. (Blatant Lies as he was closest to her of the three girls, they had a history going back to college and shared secrets and romantic advice. In early seasons, watch how often they're sharing a chair or couch space almost on top of each other.)
  • Gag Penis: For maybe two hours, between Rachel telling this to the other girls (long story) and Joey ratting him out.
  • Happily Married: To Monica in the last three seasons.
  • Has a Type: Enjoys the controlling, domineering type of woman, like he kept ending up with Janice until she annoyed him too much, Joanna had those handcuffs and Julia Roberts's character kinkily manipulated him into a Trauma Conga Line, plus he had a sweet speech to Monica about it's fine that she was high-maintenance because he liked '...maintaining' her.
  • Hates Being Alone: Hinted to be this. In Season 2 when Joey moves out he's openly distressed and quickly finds a new roommate despite admitting he can afford his apartment by himself. He also worries that all the other Friends will get married and leave him behind, begging to be allowed to come over for holidays when this happens. Given his unstable parents and childhood, the friends were probably the first security he'd ever known.
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: Oh, so many times. Lampshaded when he does this when he and Monica go to the drag club his father performs at. One of the workers tells him, "We get it. You're straight."
  • Henpecked Husband: Played with. While Monica often gets her way, it's mostly because they're small issues that Chandler doesn't care about. When it comes to their big decisions (moving in together, the price of the wedding, having a baby etc.) he and Monica have a very balanced dynamic, and there are several occasions when he puts his foot down.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: So much. Suffers security issues and always believes himself to be inferior to his wife Monica and is no match for her previous love interest, Richard, even after they have been Happily Married for a year. Also this part when he and Monica are looking for good qualities in a potential sperm donor:
    Monica: It's just that when we were asking him all those questions before I just realized I don't care if he's the most perfect guy in the world. He's not you.
    Chandler: Yeah. He's better!
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Joey. Also with Ross during their college years.
  • Hidden Depths: He plays a mean game of ping pong much to Monica's surprise. (Note he was well-aware of this skill. He just didn't tell Monica because he didn't want to do couples tournaments and the like.) It's not just ping pong, judging by the kinds of games Joey and Chandler play in their apartment Chandler actually is fairly athletic, just not competitive (which is Truth in Television, as Matthew Perry is a very skilled tennis player in real life).
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: His parents were never intentionally abusive per se, but his past does come close. When Monica finds out that he's Unable to Cry, she tries to make him cry by showing him an album of pictures of his childhood. Plus in a (usually cut out) line from "The One With The Pediatrician", he was apparently molested by his piano teacher.
  • Hollywood Dateless: Before he starts a relationship with Monica.
  • Hypocrite: A few times in the series he gets annoyed with how immature Joey can sometimes act in spite of the fact that he really isn't all that better.
  • Hypocrisy Nod: He can occasionally make some mean jokes towards his friends but gets upset if one of them does so to him. He brings this up in "The One Where Monica Sings" when Ross makes a remark about him and Chandler tries to remind him that "he can only dish it out."
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: As revealed during his table tennis match with Mike, he's fairly good at competitive games, more than enough to keep up with Monica. He just preferred to downplay it because of her ultra-competitive nature.
  • I Am Not My Father: Many of his neuroses stem from worrying he'll end up like his flighty and self-absorbed parents, and mimic their unpleasant marriage. Much of his Character Development, especially his relationship with Monica, revolves around getting over these issues.
  • Informed Deformity: It's revealed in a flashback that Monica accidentally dropped a knife on his toe and he had to amputate the top of it. We would have no way of knowing prior to this episode.
  • Insecure Love Interest: Concerning Monica. He felt inferior to her ex-boyfriend Richard (his previous idol) and got very worried when Phoebe introduced Monica's 'soulmate', and offered to stand aside for him. Thanks to Monica's reassurances he does get better. Also with previous girlfriends like Janice and Kathy, as much of his Self-Deprecation references his struggles to please women, which he frequently feels dejected about. (Not that he'd show it...)
  • I Was Quite a Fashion Victim: Chandler had a Flock of Seagulls haircut in his college days. Also, he once won a Vanilla Ice look-alike contest.
  • In-Series Nickname:
    • Subverted. Joey comes up with a few nicknames but no one uses them.
    Joey: It's like the end of an era! No more J-Man and Channy!
    Chandler: Okay, I gotta ask, who calls us that?!
    • Chandler refers to himself as the Chan Chan Man but it doesn't catch on. He was called Skid Marks in the past.
    • Bing-a-ling note 
    • Ross ocassionally calls him "Chan" but this doesn't seem to stick as a nickname.
  • In the Blood: Gets severe cold feet right before his wedding because he and Monica were about to become "the Bings", and Bings never had happy marriages.
  • In Touch with His Feminine Side: Especially in later seasons, where he's sensitive, peaceful, obsessed with Broadway plays, and often mistaken for gay. He's also best friends with the manly Joey, and falls in love with the strong-willed Monica. Both relationships emphasise his feminine side but given how he takes care of Joey and calms Monica's stressing they're pretty thankful for it.
  • Irony: Despite hating Thanksgiving, many fortunate events happen to Chandler on this day during the series such as Monica's parents accepting him dating their daughter and receiving a phone call that a single mother had accepted he and Monica to be the foster parents for her baby.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Snarkily name-dropped when Rachel squees that he has great taste in men.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: The houseboys seemed more dependable than his parents when he was growing up.
  • Manchild:
    Monica: Come on. Why don't you put on the tux and I'll fix you up a nice Martini.
    Chandler: You know I don't really like Martinis.
    Monica: Oh. Well, how about a Yoo Hoo with a funny straw?
    Chandler: Ooh, yum!
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Feminine Boy to Monica's Masculine Girl.
  • Minor Flaw, Major Breakup: All of the friends fell into this, but Chandler was probably the most notable early on due to his simultaneous desire to be with someone and his commitment issues. Big nostrils, having a big head, not hating Yanni—all was fair game and a reason why he was regularly single for the first couple seasons. He did start to get better at it before ending up with Monica. Of course, he actually thought that relationship was over early into Season 5 when they had a fight during a getaway. Monica tells him adult relationships don't end so arbitrarily and that they can work through one fight.
  • Nice Guy: In early seasons he's cynical, has Commitment Issues and can be pretty selfish with a vengeful streak, but is a lot sweeter than he realizes. As the series progresses he takes a level in kindness, though is still very much a Deadpan Snarker.
  • No Social Skills: More so by the end due to flanderization. Monica lampshades this in the finale by asking if there's any social situation he's comfortable with.
  • Obliquely Obfuscated Occupation:
    • Monica is able to say what Chandler's job is (statistical analysis and data reconfiguration)... after he has left it. Chandler lampshades it, of course.
    • This trope was also how he and Joey won Rachel and Monica's apartment. Ross asked the question, and...
    Rachel: Oh, gosh. It has something to do with numbers...
    Monica: ...And processing...
    Rachel: He carries a briefcase...
    Monica: It's, um, it has something to do with transponding.
    Rachel: Oh! Oh! He’s a transpons... transponster!
    Monica: That's not even a word!! I can get this, I can get this!
    (their time runs out)
  • One-Hour Work Week: Less justified than most of the others, as... whatever it is he does looks like a 9-5 office job. Lampshaded in one scene at Central Perk. Chandler's complaining about not being treated well at his job and Joey notes, "Well, maybe it's because you're hanging out here at 11:30 on a Wednesday..."
  • Out-of-Character Moment: "TOW Ross's Teeth" has him being the manly policing one, and complaining to Joey from episode start that Janine is turning Joe into a woman. Given the amount of times before and after the episode that Chandler's treated like a Virtual Girl by everyone else, it's very hypocritical of him.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Monica's previous boyfriends, especially Richard. Given that he'd idolized Richard, and her other ex-boyfriends included millionaire Pete, The Ace Allan and Fun Bobby, his insecurity is understandable. Thanks to his strong relationship with Monica, he overcomes many of his confidence issues, except for being a Sad Clown: "Being funny is all I have!"
  • Parental Neglect: His mother was a famous erotic novelist, his father ran off with the houseboy and he was sent to boarding school. This conversation sums it up nicely:
    Chandler: Oh, that’s Parent’s Day, first grade. That’s me with the janitor, Martin.
    Monica: Where were your parents?
    Chandler: Oh, they didn't want to come.
  • Parental Substitute: In a joking manner, Chandler sometimes treats Joey as if he were his son due to Joey's lack of maturity, even stating that if he can't have Emma in the event of Ross and Rachel's death, then they can't have Joey.
  • Pungeon Master: From time to time.
  • Runaway Fiancé: Has a Freak Out! before the wedding to Monica and runs off. Played sympathetically because of his Commitment Issues and he of course came back, but he's not quite let off as Phoebe throws out some What the Hell, Hero? comments, Ross really does try to kick his ass when he thinks Chandler's leaving again, and even Monica finds out (from Joey, who chose to voice his disapproval at the altar) and snarks at him a few times.
  • Sad Clown
  • Second Love: Third to Monica, after Richard and Pete. Richard's status as Monica's First Love is a recurring fear of his, though but Monica makes it very clear she loves him more than Richard.
  • Secret Relationship: With Monica for almost an entire season.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Sensitive Guy to Joey's Manly Man. Generally Joey will sleep with girls for a night and Chandler will make them breakfast the next morning.
  • Sex God: After some coaching from Monica and Rachel when he dates one of Joey's exes. Later, Monica tells Rachel her new secret boyfriend is the best she ever had.
  • Smoking Is Cool: Or so he claims.
    Hey, y'know, I have had it with you guys and your cancer and your emphysema and your heart disease. The bottom line is, smoking is cool, and you know it.
  • Stepford Snarker: He openly admits to using sarcasm to hide deep insecurity that developed due to his rather unusual and traumatic childhood. His snarking also grows noticeably worse during painful situations such as Ross and Rachel's break up, his parents visiting or friends leaving.
  • Straight Man: Chandler is easily one of the most intelligent and rational despite also doing impulsive things, he mostly excels with this trope when he generally interacts with Joey.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Chandler is referenced as being mediocre in bed a couple times over the course of the early seasons, until the famous scene where Monica gives him a diagram-based crash-course in pleasuring the female body. His girlfriend literally runs across the hall to hug and emphatically thank Monica following their next lovemaking session. Ends up being a good call on Monica's part, as when she and Chandler later enter a relationship she repeatedly describes him as the best sex she's ever had.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Because of his upbringing, he used to be kind of a jerk when he was younger (lifting up Susie's skirt in fourth grade or insulting Monica for being fat). In early seasons he is very cynical and has a hard time showing affection to people, but shows his kind side often enough to be a good guy. After he starts dating Monica, he loses most of his cynicism, and becomes a regularly sweet and devoted boyfriend.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Chandler loves Yoo-Hoo chocolate milk; in addition to scenes that explicitly bring it up as a joke, there's also times during the series where he's drinking it without it being a set-up for a punchline.
  • Triple Nipple: Had a "nubbin" for the first couple of seasons; after it scared off a girl he was trying to date, he got it removed.
  • Tough Room: He's considered to be the funniest character on the show, but his friends find his jokes annoying for most of the time. A little justified for a couple of reasons: One, he makes those jokes all the time meaning his friend are likely going to get tired of them eventually (indeed they laugh less and lampshade more as time goes on), and Two, he frequently makes his jokes about them, giving them another reason not to laugh.
  • Unable to Cry: In the episode Chandler Can't Cry. While he has cried before in a few past episodes, he's always not the emotional character since he hides his inner feelings and insecurities by being a Deadpan Snarker.
  • Unexplained Recovery: One episode has him making a huge scheme and ending up flying to Yemen to escape his on-again-off-again girlfriend Janice. The next episode does not address how he managed to come back, though one can presume that he simply bought another ticket for a trip back immediately after arriving. Assuming that the return trip cost as much as it did to get there, this means he wasted over $4000 just to get out of dating Janice without having to directly break up with her.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Phoebe in the later seasons. Despite being the Deadpan Snarker, he rarely bites back, hinting he's not that comfortable with her remarks. They share rare sweet moments in "The One with the Ring" and "The One with Phoebe's Wedding", implying they are still good friends.
  • Unfortunate Names: "Chandler Muriel Bing. Wow, your parents never even gave you a chance, did they?"
  • What, Exactly, Is His Job?: A Running Gag is that nobody is able to define what he does for a living. He and Joey actually win Monica and Rachel's apartment when they can't answer the question as to what his job is. Monica is finally able to define it when he finally quits.
  • You Are What You Hate: Played for laughs when he gets a promotion in his original company in Season 1. He ends up acting like the kind of boss he had always complained about and recoils in fear.


Dr. Ross Eustace Geller
"Unagi is a state of total awareness."
Played by: David Schwimmer
Voiced by: José Carlos Moreno, Mario Filio and Mario Castañeda (Latin-American Spanish)

"Oh, sure, Ross'll do it. It's not like he has a job or a child or a life of his own — no, no, I wanna play!"

The nerd of the group, Ross is a Hollywood Dateless paleontologist whose wife left him when she realized she was a lesbian. She also turned out to be pregnant, and Ross tries his best to be a good dad to his son, Ben. He's fairly awkward and insecure when it comes to relationships, owing to more than his fair share of bad luck with women. His habit of not trusting something's going to work without his intervention often leads him ruining things because he intervened. Though he can be (almost) as neurotic as his sister at times, Ross is generally also seen as the smartest of the group and has a habit of always being right and correcting the rest of the gang when they are not — whether that's major ethical lapses or minor grammatical mistakes. He loves Rachel, but you knew that already, right?

  • Adorkable: Ross is a major dinosaur and science geek and swoops in with dazzling lines like "would you rather burn or freeze to death?" Sometimes it works and ladies like it, but at times he strikes out.
  • Afraid of Needles: As seen in "The One With the Baby on the Bus".
  • All Jews Are Cheapskates: Ross is notoriously cheap, although even he is appalled when Rachel's father tips just 4% at dinner.
  • All There in the Manual: Word of God states Ross's middle name is Eustace. The name "Eustace" was written in the original script for one episode of season 1, but the line was cut, so it never actually aired.
  • Amicably Divorced: With Carol. And with Rachel in the last few seasons. Not with Emily, though.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Rachel after their breakup in season 3.
  • Berserk Button:
  • Betty and Veronica:
    • The Archie to Rachel's Veronica and Julie's Betty.
    • The Archie to Rachel's Betty and Bonnie's Veronica.
  • Big Brother Instinct: See the dramatic explosion above. Also, at Monica and Chandler's wedding, he tells Chandler that if he ever hurts his little sister, he will hunt him down and kick his ass. Of course, since it's Ross, everyone just starts laughing at him—until he proves that he wasn't kidding when he lays Chandler flat out and tells him "you're not running out on my sister!"
  • Born Unlucky: Something bad always happen to him in almost every episode. Even something as simple as getting a spray-on tan ends up with him getting tanned unevenly.
  • Butt-Monkey: The whole cast go through instances of getting dumped on, but poor Ross seemed to become the official Butt-Monkey in later seasons, ending up the victim of failed attempts, misunderstandings and overreactions one right after another. His romantic life is cruelly wrecked by said misunderstandings and overreactions, and his somewhat pathetic, lovesick nature makes sure he always suffers the full impact without ever really getting to stand up for himself and make an honest effort at a healthy relationship.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Ross doesn't tell Rachel he loves her for the entire first season of Friends, chickening out every time the opportunity arises. This has the unfortunate result of Rachel only finding out from Chandler while Ross is on a trip to China, and when she realizes she loves him too, he's already met someone else there.
  • Catchphrase: His distinctive "Hi" and "We were on a break!".
  • The Chew Toy: The director's commentary for one of the early episodes claims this is because David Schwimmer is excellent at physical comedy (such as walking into an open washing machine door).
  • Chick Magnet: Ross attracts several women during the show, including Rachel (of course!), Julie, Bonnie, Emily, Elizabeth, Mona, Charlie, Chloe and others.
  • Cosmic Plaything: Ross can't catch a break. Whenever his relationships endure the initial crush-stage and he convinces himself things are going smoothly, Rachel will interfere, or some misunderstanding happens, or his own desperation gets in the way, invariably resulting in utter heartbreak on his part. This is never seriously acknowledged, and more often than not, his friends rub it in his face afterwards, usually with all the blame too.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Pointed out that he became this after his first divorce. Ross' jealousy becomes full blown when Mark is introduced to Rachel, causing Ross to go to extreme lengths to show he is dating Rachel. When he causes a mess at Rachel's work in an attempt to show he loves her, that's what causes her to take a break from him in the first place.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Not as much as Chandler or Rachel, but he has his moments.
  • Digging Yourself Deeper: Can be just as bad as Chandler when it comes to this, especially when he tries flirting with other women.
  • Disproportionate Retribution:
    • After his divorce from Carol, he had to move from his apartment and has no custody over Ben.
    • After breaking up with Julie and Bonnie for Rachel's sake, he did not end up with her both times because she scolds him for making a list about her flaws in the former and for him not following her list in the latter.
    • After refusing to pay for his new apartment handyman's retirement fund, everyone in the building gives him the cold shoulder.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Towards Rachel, in seasons 1, 4, 8 and 9. He is constantly whining about her boyfriends, who he deems innapropriate for her (Paolo, Russ, Joshua, and even Joey), and feels entitled to her affection just because of "their history"- which started with a high school crush. Moreover, the episode where Ross and Rachel get together for the first time shows Rachel finally realizing what a great guy Ross is for waiting for this.
  • Dreadful Musician: With keyboard and especially bagpipes.
  • The Eeyore: Listen and watch the way he acts when he faces conflict, like the time when his divorce with Carol. Like Chandler, he's socially awkward, pathetic, cynical and insecure and is easily the most depressed member of the group.
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: Hence why he's a paleontologist.
  • The Finicky One: While Monica is more perfectionistic and obsessed with cleaning, Ross is more anxious and obsessive about relationships and word grammar.
  • Flanderization: In early seasons Ross showed basic nerdiness and neuroses tendancies, but during Season 5 David Schwimmer's penchant for high-intensity comedy ("MY SANDWICH!" for example) saw these character traits turned up to eleven. From that point onwards Ross' character became almost a parody of itself and started riding a line between being more funny but also more of a flawed person.
  • Generation Xerox: Not only does he look like his dad (thanks to David Schwimmer's uncanny resemblance to Elliot Gould) but has picked up a lot of his mannerisms. Shown off well in "The One Where Nana Dies Twice" where they're sitting in the same pose at the hospital and they stand up at the same time and in the same way.
  • Give Geeks a Chance: Palaeontologist Ross and the socialite Rachel are the show's lead examples, and had this dynamic going back to high school where he was the nerd and she was the Lovable Alpha Bitch, who barely noticed him. As adults she's a Spoiled Sweet former Gold Digger who eventually goes to work in fashion and he becomes a university professor.
  • Good Parents: Loves Ben and Emma very much and is very involved in their lives despite not being with their mothers anymore.
  • Grammar Nazi: He was often this kind of Nazi or at least his irritated friends had the opinion that he was. He had a habit of correcting people when they misused "who" for "whom" and occasionally could become quite irate when confronted with bad grammar (or he would get angry about something else but still feel compelled to nitpick).
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: In later seasons.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Chandler during their college years. By the time the shows starts, his place has been taken by Joey (though Chandler calls both of them his best friend), but its clear they were very close early on including making life-long pacts and spending holidays together. By the end of the series, the three guys are more-or-less a Heterosexual Life-Partners unit, with Chandler in the center.
  • Hidden Depths: Can turn erotic cakes into woodland creatures. Note this was an ability he didn't know he had until he had to fix Emma's birthday cake.
  • Hollywood Dateless: Despite his numerous girlfriends and dates during the show's run and him being kind of an Adorkable Chick Magnet (evidenced by "The One with the Girl from Poughkeepsie" and "The One With The Cooking Class"), he's regularly referred to be as hopeless with women for some reason. There's even an episode named "The One Where Ross Can't Flirt", and Joey once said to him that he (and Chandler) "repels women all the time".
  • Hollywood Nerd: He's fairly attractive, for being a nerdy paleontologist.
  • Honor Before Reason: Ross never wants to admit he is wrong or that he did something wrong (unless an extreme circumstance forces him to). For example, when Monica threatened to expose Ross' secret to his parents about smoking pot in college, Ross kept coming up with excuses and lies on how he was tricked or how it wasn't really him that smoked. After Ross got married to Rachel while drunk, he knows that he has to get a divorce because he and Rachel would never agree to it. However, in order to save his pride and not get divorced for a 3rd time, he tries to convince Rachel to stay married to him and then lies about getting the marriage annulled.
  • Hot-Blooded: In one episode Ross turns into "Red Ross". His hot bloodedness becomes more apparent when Rachel challenges him to poker.
  • Informed Judaism: Subverted during his turn as the Holiday armadillo in season 7, but otherwise there's not much indication of the Gellers' religious beliefs over the course of the show.
  • In-Series Nickname: Discussed several times: He likes 'Ross-A-Tron' and 'Red Ross' but they never catch on, "Wet Pants" Geller and "Crazy" Geller however.. He and Phoebe also debate between "Divorco" "Ross the Divorcer", and "The Divorce Force".
  • Insufferable Genius: He tends to be right on many subjects and he always has to prove that he is right whenever someone says something grammatically incorrect or state a wrong fact. His friends naturally get annoyed by this.
    Rachel: "God, I hate it when Ross is right!"
    Chandler: "You know, I think for once Ross might actually be wrong..."
    Rachel (delighted): "Really?!"
    Chandler: "Nah, he's right."
  • I Was Quite a Fashion Victim: Ross's 80's curly fro and mustache from his school days.
  • Jerkass Ball: He can be nice, but a lot of the time he can be arrogant, possessive, temperamental and incredibly stubborn, even in the early seasons.
  • Jewish and Nerdy: As seen in Informed Judaism.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Not as bad as some other examples of this trope, but he definitely doesn't know quite as much as he thinks he does.
  • Large Ham: Everyone has these moments, but Ross really ran with this trope as the Holiday Armadillo.
  • Last Het Romance: His wife left him for another woman.
  • Lost Food Grievance: MY SANDWICH?! (cue Astronomic Zoom)
  • Lovable Nerd: Well, in early seasons he was supposed to be a geeky romantic nice guy. He still is but his erratic behavior often gets the better of him. Ross may be prone to anger, takes too much pride in work and can make very impulsive decisions in his life, but it's hard to ignore the fact that he can genuinely sweet-natured, loyal and caring when the situation needs him to be, like sacrificing his interview so Rachel could go the hospital and helps her overcome her fears of swings, buys Phoebe (a woman with a dysfunctional childhood) a bike when she admitted that she never had one, kisses Joey for an audition and along with Joey and Chandler, he creates space camp for a little girl to make up for accidentally breaking her legs and not being able to collect enough money for her to on an actual space camp. Ross' many good deeds, his dedication to be a family man and that fact that he's one of the funniest characters definitely makes him a very lovable member of the 6 friends.
  • Manchild: Although he's pretty good with his job and looking after himself, and a good father to Ben, he can fall into this in some situations. In early seasons, both he and Rachel resort to petty revenge whenever they break up from their on again off again relationship. He also gets into childish fights with his sister, Monica, such as hogging the TV or calling her childish names. For the latter, he thought his squabbles with Monica as they grew up together was harmless fun and that is why he kept doing it well into adulthood until Monica confessed that she hated him when they were kids because of his bullying.
  • Misblamed: He was fully blamed by Rachel and Emily for his fail relationship with them.
  • Momma's Boy: He's clearly Judy's favorite. And then there's this quote:
    Chandler: "I was so pissed at you that night that I wanted to get back at you. So I thought, who does Ross like the more than anybody?"
    Ross: (thinks about it for a few seconds) "What did you do to my mom?"
  • Nervous Wreck: Other than Monica, Ross Geller is the biggest neurotic, especially when it comes to relationships.
  • Never My Fault: Monica has called him out on never taking responsibility for how bad she was made to feel in childhood, and Chandler had to remind him that even though he may thought he'd broken up with Rachel, he still slept with a girl three hours after the break and was a Crazy Jealous Guy over Mark.
  • Nice Guy: Ross is lovably shy, nerdy, smart, romantic and emotional and although he's a neurotic Insufferable Genius, he's very caring and loyal to Rachel (his love interest), his sister Monica and his friends and not to mention, VERY protective of his son and daughter, Ben and Emma and wants to be the best dad.
  • Non-Action Guy: While he and Chandler are both considered the more pathetic members of the group, this trait is played up more with Ross. Many of his physical activities tend to end in pain, humiliation, or getting overpowered. Joey is able to push him over the couch with one hand, while Rachel and Phoebe show themselves capable of easily overpowering him.
  • No Respect Guy: Despite being the most accomplished and successful member of the group, there is not a single moment in the entire series where the characters treat his (high-paying and well-respected) profession with anything other than mocking and derision. Granted, he is an Insufferable Genius about it, but the gang treats him like he unclogs toilets for a living instead of teaching college students.
  • Not That Kind of Doctor: Ross has a PhD in paleontology, and loves to introduce himself as Dr. Geller. When he does it at a hospital, Rachel tells him: "Ross, stop it. That actually means something here."
  • One-Hour Work Week: Though his profession does come into play every now and then.
  • Only Sane Man: He likes to think he is, being the man of science and the only one with any kind of post-college education. Whilst he's arguably this early on, as the series progresses, he becomes such a neurotic mess, he can barely live up to this trope.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The overreacting Hot-Blooded Red to Chandler's Deadpan Snarker Blue.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: As close as a thirty-year-old man can do without any help. And it is brilliant.
  • Self-Deprecation: Even Ross starts making jokes about his three failed marriages in the later seasons.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The nerdy Sensitive Guy to Joey's macho Manly Man. Mostly seen in later seasons, after Chandler starts spending more time with Monica, often leaving Joey and Ross as a Those Two Guys duo.
  • Serial Romeo: Sure Rachel was always the one, but he falls in love with quite a few girls throughout the show.
  • Serial Spouse: He had three ex-wives by the end of the series.
  • Sibling Rivalry: With Monica. They clearly love each other and will defend one another when the chips are down, but they have a pretty typical sibling rivalry. They squabble, bicker, argue, fight, and don't always get along — and compete with each other on a lot of crap, especially when it comes to their parents' approval. Ross is the golden boy to their parents while Monica isn't.
  • The Smart Guy: Being a nerd, he's rather more intelligent than rest of the gang. Ross is the only one with a PH.D. and generally rather traditional and rational.
  • The Spock: Of the men. He's The Spock to Chandler's The Kirk and Joey's The McCoy.
  • Strong Girl, Smart Guy: A sibling example. He is weak but the smartest of the group, while his sister Monica is stated to be "freakishly strong".
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: The tallest out of the three guys.
  • That Came Out Wrong: Ross was the Mayor of doing this on that show. In a late season, he's trying to convince Rachel's ex-boss to rehire her, and he learns that the man's son is into dinosaurs.
    Ross: I'll let your son come to the museum, late at night after everyone is gone, and he can touch anything he wants!... OK, I just heard that the way you must have heard it. I mean you'll be there too, and the touching just refers to bones — Fossils!
  • Too Spicy for Yog-Sothoth: In one episode out of depression from his breakup with Emily he winds up dating Janice. However, his complaining winds up getting on Janice's nerves and she quickly ends things with him. The knowledge that he's managed to actually annoy her winds up cheering him up a little.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: Ross was one of the most rational and serious members of the group in early seasons. By the end, he may still be intelligent but he becomes more of a neurotic mess and a Manchild prone to overreacting, often acting foolish, making bad choices and regularly putting himself into ridiculous situations. It could be that he was Surrounded by Idiots from the start and simply became one of them.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: After his breakup with Emily, he gradually becomes more egotistical and temperamental, if only to justify his Butt-Monkey role.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: While not as prominent as Joey or Monica's obsession with food, he also enjoys sandwiches. The most notable example is the "Moist-Maker".
  • Tsundere: Get close to Rachel and you'll likely get this from Ross.
  • Unrequited Love Switcheroo: Several times with Rachel.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Rachel.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: More in later seasons. Ross's characteristics of jealousy, arrogance, whininess and overall negative characteristics get played up more. At the same time, he's also the main Butt-Monkey of the group (even more than Chandler). The series pokes a lot of fun at his misfortunes, most notably being divorced three times over the course of the series.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Phoebe.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Has a great fear of spiders.
  • Will They or Won't They?: He and Rachel are the king and the queen of this trope.

Alternative Title(s): Friends Ross Geller, Friends Rachel Green, Friends Monica Geller, Friends Phoebe Buffay, Friends Joey Tribbiani, Friends Chandler Bing


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